a Pecan Shell
has no 19th Century history. It sprang up after 1900 and was named
for lumber/sawmill magnate W.O. Stamps who opened most of the local
businesses – including a gin and a canning factory.
Mr. Stamps also donated land for a church and school as well as a
Woodmen of the World hall. Although no population figures are available,
a sizable body of residents moved away after WWII.
Today Stamps is remembered by the 45 local people who were counted
for the 2000 census.
“A historical marker is located
about a ½ mile west of the intersection of FM1649 and Gardenia Road.
I made it a point to go back here May 22, 2012. I had hurriedly photographed
the marker about a year ago and wanted to see what I might have missed.
I am familiar with the Stamps Baxter music company. In the 1940s and
50s I used to go with my parents to ArkLaTex Singing Conventions that
for a time were held in my hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. I always
heard advertisements, speakers and songs from the Stamps-Baxter Music
Company and was surprised to learn it is still in operation.” - Gerald
Massey, May 25, 2012
Stamps School Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Gerald
Massey, July 2011
Site of Stamps
Oct. 24, 1906, and named for settler William O. ("Uncle Billy")
Stamps, who gave land and materials for building.
Community children, including Stamps' six sons, attended the school.
Building also served as church and lodge hall.
At behest of
W. O. Stamps, music teacher Roe M. Morgan was hired to operate a
singing school here. Through his inspiration, two of Stamps' sons,
Virgil (1892-1940) and Frank (1896-1965), became gospel singers
and founded large music publishing company and school.
Present school consolidated with New Diana
on March 3, 1934.
TX 1920s Map showing Stamps
"HU" in "UPSHUR")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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