in a Pecan Shell
was named for Walter S. Posey.
In the mid 1930s Posey had a population
of 25 residents served by three businesses. By 1941 it had grown to 70 residents
and amenities included a school, church and a grain elevator.
school merged with Slaton
schools prior to 1960 and the population reached 120 in the early 1950s. It remained
there through the early 1970s. In 1974 the population grew to 125 and remained
at that level through the early 1990s.
- no beach... Gin & Church only... Will provide its own flowers for the service
- soon... - Rick
Vanderpool, June 10, 2010
Posey, Texas Forum:
Naming of Posey, Texas I
came across the page that you have published in the magazine concerning the name
of Posey, Texas. Although all the family is pleased and happy to see any commendation
of Uncle Walter S. Posey, he would be the first to point out to you that the information
that you have on the naming of Posey, Texas ["Walter
S. Posey who was instrumental in arranging for the railroad to have a right-of-way
through the future town."] to be incorrect.
In 1904, James
B. Posey, Walter's father, and Lewis T. Lester purchased the controlling interest
in the First National Bank in Lubbock where Walter S. Posey became the cashier.
Later on, in 1908, the James B. Posey family moved to the farm that they had purchased
that was between Lubbock and Slaton and built a house on what later proved to
be right in the center of the survey of the proposed railroad line right of way.
The family jacked up the house and moved it about a mile north and when the railroad
was established a switch was installed on the site of where the Posey house had
been and so it was called "Posey Switch." Later when a community grew up around
that site, the name was abreviated to "Posey."
Often erroneous information
gets published as fact and, trivial as the above correction may be, it is the
true story of how Posey, Texas was named and does not belittle all the fine accomplishments
and improvements Walter S. Posey brought about for the Lubbock area. -
Mrs. John E. Williams (John E. Williams is a great grandson of James B. Posey
and a great nephew of Walter S. Posey.) December 19, 2010
Lubbock County map showing Posey along the railroad track|
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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