in a Pecan shell|
The town was named for one of the original
Spanish settlers - Jose Antonio Chireno. Perhaps Chireno's most famous resident
was dancer/ movie star Ann Miller who used to spend summers on her grandparent's
of significant historic events in Chireno
1790: The Spanish government granted land to settlers
1837: John Newton Fall,
of Georgia (the first Anglo settler) bought land from Josť Chirino.
same year Samuel Flournoy, built a large two-story house that served as the town's
first post office.
1839: Chireno got it's first public school.
the Flournoy house became a stagecoarch stop.
|The Civil War:|
The men of fighting age in Chireno left the area to serve defending the Texas
coast. Others operated a tannery supplying boots, saddles, harnesses and reins
for the Southern cause.
The Freedmen's Bureau opened an office nearby in Nacogdoches,
and black soldiers were sent to Chireno as election monitors. The Ku Klux Klan
organized locally to prevent black voting. Eventually tensions eased.
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