a Pecan Shell
First settled during
the 1830s around a plantation of the same name, the community held
a post office from 1897 through 1904. There had been a school which
merged with the ones in Maud in 1900.
Other than this, there seems to be no additional history or population
figures. The town was dropped from maps long ago and according to
the Handbook of Texas, it had “ceased to exist as a named community”
by the 1980s.
I would like to add information about the community of Poer, Texas
that once had a school and a post office and a store about two miles
east of Simms, Texas on highway 67.
My father was born in Poer, Texas in 1905. His name was Clarence V.
Poer and he was delivered by his father, Dr. John Franklin Poer. That
is written on his birth certificate. The original plantation was owned
by Martin A. Poer who received the land grant of 1280 acres in 1837
from the Republic
The post office existed until Dr. John Franklin Poer died in 1918.
Poer, Texas is now called Old Union Community and receives
rural mail delivery from Simms, Texas in Bowie
County. A letter that was post marked "Poer, Texas" could be put
on the train at Carbondale, Texas about a mile east and arrive in
New Orleans in two days for 2 cents.
The school existed until it was consolidated with James Bowie High
School in the Simms Independent School District in 1939. The school
in Poer had only 6 grades.
There were two churches, the Primitive Baptist Church and the Missionary
Baptist Church. There is a large, well-kept cemetery next to those
churches where the original settlers are buried. The members of the
community still have an annual reunion picnic every Memorial Day with
a business meeting in the old Primitive Baptist Church and a military
memorial service by the veteran's monument. Descendants bring their
lunch and eat in the large pavilion under the oak trees.
The Primitive Baptist Church was organized in August of 1850. There
is a monument in front of the old building with the names of the charter
members which includes two slaves. We think it is probably the first
integrated church in Bowie
County. The secretary of the church was Martin A. Poer. We have
the minutes that he wrote at each meeting until he retired. - Frances
Poer Fox, March 18, 2013
In the scope
January 16, 2013
County Texas Postal Map showing Poer
(South of Boston. Below "OW"
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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