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PAUL'S STORE , TEXAS

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Shelby County, East Texas

17 Miles E of Center the county seat
Population: Merged with Huxley, Texas

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History in a Pecan Shell

Once known by the colorfull name of Terrapin Neck, the town was later named after William Paul, the man who owned the store, gin and sawmill. A post office was opened in 1886 and continued in operation until 1906.

Early history is hard to come by outside of the county but after WWII there remained a school, store and gin with a population of around fifty. Postwar prosperity took a toll on the community and although the population remained the same through the 1960s, the businesses at Paulís Store (including Paulís store) closed.

The remaining population has since been added to that of Huxley, Texas.

William A Paul, Eva Pauline Whitlock, John E. Whitlock
William A Paul with Eva Pauline Whitlock, John E. Whitlock
Photo courtesy John Paul Kenno

William Allen Paul
William Allen Paul
Photo courtesy John Paul Kenno

Paul's Store, Texas Forum

Subject: William Paul, Paul's Store Texas
William Paul was my Great Grand Father, his daughter, from his second family was born in 1903, Eva Paul. William was about 65 years old and a Confederate Veteran soldier. The census of 1900 lists all Eva's siblings. I found that while visiting Austin, Texas prior to 2000. Sounds like I need to plan a road trip to visit the area.

William Paul is buried in Glendale, California at Forest Lawn Cemetary. Eva (Paul) Whitlock is buried at Oakdale Cemetery, Glendora, California. She died in the year 2000. I did know one of Eva's (aka Doc) brother, Earl Paul. He worked at a Richfield gas station in Lake Arrowhead, California, died in Hemet, California. - John Paul Kenno, July 26, 2015



Paul's Store TX Shelby County 1888 Postmark
Paul's Store TX Shelby County 1888 Postmark
Cover cancelled with 1888 Paul's Store postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

Shelby County TX 1907 Postal map
1907 postal map showing Paul's Store in NW Shelby County
From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Nacogdoches
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