Courtesy Robert N. Hudspeth
a Pecan Shell
Maypearl got it's name the same way as Penelope
in Hill County.
When the International-Great Northern Railroad came through, (1902)
Penelope was named
after the Railroad President's daughter and when it reached Eyrie,
in 1903, the town was renamed in honor of two other railroad official's
Further north, Venus was
on the railroad's route, but was named after a local girl.
incorporated in 1910 and its history is not unlike its neighbors.
All enjoyed prosperity immediately
after World War I and all lost people to the draw of larger cities
during the Great Depression.
Maypearl's population, however, remained somewhat constant through
the depression. In fact the population was virtually unchanged from
1925 to the mid-60s with 350 to 400 people. People from Maypearl
call themselves Maypearlians.
suffered several fires and vacant storefronts where the buildings
once stood are filled in to conceal the gaping spaces.
shell for Maypearl
TE Photo, 2001
TE Photo, 2001
Your website asks for photos of Maypearl, so here is one of the
high school ca. 1920, from which my mother graduated that same year.
- Best, Robert N. Hudspeth
Dear TE, My aunt Maypearl Branam was named for Maypearl TX, where
she was born in the early 1900's. She went by Pearl, and her siblings,
my father and other aunt, were subsequently named Earl and Mearl
to rhyme. - J.P. Branam, Grand Prairie, Texas, November 02, 2006
You said you didn't know what people of Maypearl called them says
but your guess was Maypearlers. Well we call ourselves Maypearlians.
- Niki Larson of Maypearl, January 12, 2006
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