at Time, Texas l915 or l916.
My mother and 3 sisters and one future sister-in-law are in this picture"
- Shirley McLain
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has very little history. A post office was granted in 1896, but closed
in 1931. The 1914 population was only 40 people served by two stores.
It increased to 75 people by 1925, however by 1939 it was back to
40. When Toledo
Bend Reservoir was constructed in the late 1960s, Time was inundated
and joins the soggy roster of submerged ghost towns.
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I read with
interest your information about Time, Texas. Your quote was recorded
by my father, Carl Arvid Beall, and published in a little school
magazine called CHIQUAPIN, Spring-Summer 1980 edition, published
by Douglass Independent School District. It got in that magazine
by way of my son, Kress McLain, who was in high school at eacher,
Gene Tomlin, asked his students to interview a senior citizen and
if he liked their report he would have it published. Kress' interview
with his grandfather was chosen and Mr. Tomlin gave it to his wife
who was on staff at the Douglass, Texas school, and an advisor for
the CHIQUAPIN magazine. I don't know how long the little magazine
was published, but I have that copy and one other printed in 1977.
Once I saw 2 or 3 in an antique shop in Nacogdoches, marked $5.00.
They are really neat little publications containing interesting
personal history told by ordinary senior citizens. I just wonder
how and where you saw that article. I have a group school picture
of the Time, Texas school taken about 1916, including my mother
and 3 of her sisters - 30 students in all and their teacher. It
is on a post card. It was a thriving community at one time. According
to my mother, Belva Beall, Tom Beall, my grandfather( also her father-in-law),
had a store (where her family did their Christmas shopping one year
spending $10.00), a cotton gin, syrup mill, a grist mill and a big
farm where he raised hogs, cows, and chickens. In his thirties he
was hired by Orange Lumber Co. to float logs from Sabine
County to Orange. Logs floated from Patroon and other creeks
into the Sabine River and were guided to Orange where the raft on
which the men had their tent, was dismantled and sold with the other
logs. The men then walked back the ninety miles and assembled another
raft on which to put their tent which was hauled back from Orange
by a wagon. The logs for the raft were held together by iron spikes
and chains. Good reading. - Shirley Beall McLain, March 22, 2017
was founded by my great grandfather, Thomas Neil Beall. The following
information was passed on by his son, Carl Arvid Beall, who
grew up in Time. It was told by Arvid in the 1970's and printed
in an article, “guiding on Toledo Bend Lake.” There was also a schoolhouse
in Time that both my grandparents attended. I went there in the
1970's myself, and it was just woods, with some earthen mounds.
I hope this is useful.” - Celeste Waller Milam, Texas, June 14,
"My Dad had
a small country store up at Time. It sold general merchandise. Her
also had a cotton gin. We ginned cotton and ground meal for people.
It was over here between Patroon Creek and the Sabine river. At
one time there was a big settlement in there but now they took that
land, and all, and put the river in there, and there ain't nobody
lives over there now...ain't no such place. We had a post office
and all over there. It's been dead, plum dead, ever since they put
in this Toledo Bend dam, but just over half of them had moved out
before then, in the 30's and 40's."
pretty interestin', in old times, back in them days, back up at
old Time, Texas, A pretty big community was there, and everybody
was trying to help each other. Lot of people was clearing up new
land, putting in cultivation, and they'd give what they called a
'log rollin' . And all the community would meet up there, and we
had what we called 'hand sticks'. And they had them logs cut up
and they'd take them hand sticks and one would get one side and
one on the other, and they'd get 7 or 8 men on that log, and tote
it and put it on a heap....where they could burn 'em up. They helped
each other that way. The women would all meet and bring dinner,
and we'd have a big dinner. When we got ready to cover a house,
we done the same thing. And back in those days, most everybody built
Once upon a time
there was a Time
a little place
small as a dime
but the lake was built
and Time declined
what's left behind
is just lost Time.
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