Bank building detail
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, February 2007
a Pecan Shell
had begun in the 1850s when a gristmill was established by one Silas
Christal. Christal and his neighbors sat in tranquility, milling
grist and swapping stories until the railroad arrived in 1886.
With typical arrogance, the railroad renamed the community Gerald
the namesake being long forgotten. When it became time for
a post office, the residents were shocked and saddened to learn
the name was already in use.
and Denton banker W. A.
Ponder, who stepped forward to help out. His name was accepted by
postal authorities and in 1893, storekeeper C. N. Skaggs opened
the Ponder post office in his place of business.
H. F. Wakefield donated land for Ponderís first school in 1897 but
it wasnít until 1903 that the town was properly surveyed.
The Ponder State Bank and the Ponder Hotel opened in 1910 and a
waterworks was in place and operating by 1912, even though the population
was less than 100. In fact, the population was a mere 84 residents
in the early 1920s.
Rodeo began in 1939 and attracted attendees from all over the region.
Rationing during WWII
moved the event to Denton,
but after the war it moved back. Denton
had grown rather fond of hosting a rodeo and started its own in
1950. Ponder found out just how fickle the public can be. Dentonís
success caused Ponder to abandon their event.
Typically, Ponderís population was around 250. It dropped to 179
in the 1970s, but has since increased to 432 by 1990 to 1,395 by
Talkin': The Top Films of 1965-1969" by Barry Monush
Book review by Dr. Kirk Bane
"Fifty years ago, Bonnie and Clyde, released in the
summer of 1967, exploded on the screen, exhilarating many viewers,
alienating others, and deeply dividing critics. Brilliantly scripted
by Texan Robert Benton and his writing partner, David Newman, and
adeptly directed by Arthur Penn, the film starred Faye Dunaway and
Warren Beatty in the title roles. This groundbreaking motion picture
was an unusual, and compelling, blend of violence, humor, social
commentary, and banjo music. Penn shot his masterpiece in the Lone
Star State, home of the notorious desperado couple, in such towns
as Ponder, Pilot Point, Midlothian,
Red Oak....." more
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