Fannin County TXGenWeb
Handbook of Texas Online-Windom
will do lookups in : "Our Town Windom, Texas"
by The Windom Book Club.
Alternative Theory for the Naming of Windom, Texas
Windom is located
on state highway 82 between Honey
Grove and Bonham.
Windom is known as the highest point in altitude between Texarkana and
Fort Worth. Some say that the name of the town came from the the windy
nature of the rolling plains. Others claim the town was named for a train
Early settlers include
These early settlers staked claims on land
granted or sold to
John BOLSER, Nancy FITZGERALD ,William PERRY, and Jeremiah PENNINGTON.
The Texas & Pacific Railroad came through Windom in 1872 & these
early settlers would sell meat, pies, cakes, butter, & eggs to the
In 1876-1877, the town was laid out in blocks based on the survey of John
BOLSER. In 1890, the population was 100 residents. There was a post office
run by J. F. STEELMAN who was also the rail agent for the rail station.
Lumber could be purchased from B. J. CAGLE. The gin & grist mill were
run by the HOOPER brothers. Doctor J. M NEEL tended to the
injured and ill of
There were two grocery
stores run by the SMITH & SETTLE
Windom was established in 1880 and incorporated in 1918. The first school
was a one-room building built in 1884.
The Baptist Church was built in 1886 & the first pastor was Reverend
E. OWENS. Annie WRIGHT and Dr. George W WHITLEY were the first couple to
be married there.
The Presbyterian Church was built in the 1890's & remained until 1930.
The Methodist Church was built in 1891 & the first pastor was Thomas
LOWELL. Betty ROBERTSON and Wiley HULSEY were the first couple to be married
there. The Christian Church was built about 1897 or 1898. Elizabeth "Lizzie"
BALDWIN (Nancy FITZGERALD's grandaughter) and Fred WILLIAMSON were the
first couple to be married there.
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