in a Pecan Shell
The county's first and only county seat, Quitman was formed in 1850
and named after John A. Quitman, a governor of Mississippi and a General
during the Mexican War who distinguished himself at Monterey and also
served as governor of Mexico City during the U. S. occupation.
In 1872 as the Texas and Pacific Railway headed west across Texas,
they wanted to have a depot there, but as was the custom, they demanded
Stephen Hogg, who later became Texas' first native-born governor,
stood up to the railroad. No money changed hands, but Quitman didn't
get their depot, either.
The T & P chose Sodom, Texas - a town that changed its name to Mineola
- according to The Handbook of Texas.
By the 30's Quitman's population rose to a respectable 950 before
declining like most of Texas. An oil
discovery reversed the decline and by the mid-1950s it was back in
Quitman is the hometown of actress Sissy
Stephen Hogg by Archie P. McDonald
Creek Baptist Church North of Quitman
Creek Cemetery North of Quitman
story about Rip Torn and Sissy Spacek is mostly true. They were
cousins, and Rip Torn played a very important role in Sissy becoming
the star that she is. However, she was born and raised in Quitman,
Texas which is Wood County. They have streets named after her there,
I would be surprised if folks from Quitman haven't already contacted
you....they are very proud of their home town girl. I hear she was
a majorette and the home coming queen when she was a senior there.
After she graduated, she moved to New York with her cousin Rip Torn
and the rest is history... - James Neal, Mineola, Texas, August