|Shady Grove Church
four miles SE of Timpson
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, January 2006
in a Pecan Shell
Founded with the arrival of the
Houston, East and West Texas Railway in 1885, the town was named for
P. B. Timpson, a railroad engineer.
Timpson opened its post office that year and by 1890 the town had
1,200 people with two sawmills, a canning factory and a weekly newspaper.
By 1925 Timpson had become a lignite shipping point. The town population
swelled during the 1920s to an estimated population of 2,500, but
the boom was short lived due to the onsetof the Great Depression.
The town declined over the years, reaching 1,050 in 1968 - a figure
that it has since become somewhat stable.
| 1908 Timpson
Timpson, Bobo, and Blair
by Archie P. McDonald, PhD
Tenaha, Timpson, Bobo, and Blair are communities in Shelby County
whose names were appropriated for a plea by crapshooters for good
luck when seeking to roll double fives. Similarly, dice throwers hoping
for an "eight" would sing out, "Eighter from Decatur, the County Seat
of Wise." Later the alliteration in the sing-song phrase "Tenaha,
Timpson, Bobo, and Blair" helped a folk song recorded by Tex Ritter
How did the communities become involved with dice and popular music?
History of Timpson
I was wondering if [anyone] can help me. I understand there is a book,
The History of Timpson. Does anyone know who published it or how I
could go about getting a copy? There are pictures of my relatives
in it and I own a very old handmade quilt sewn by Mrs. Cozart who
is also featured in the book.
My mother was Helen Elizabeth Jennings who taught in the Timpson School
system. It was a time when the school was so short of funds they were
unable to pay their employees. I still have the chalk box she kept
on her desk.
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you very much.- Carolyn Carney,
firstname.lastname@example.org , Winnsboro, Texas, August 15, 2006
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