THROWBACK THURSDAY: Market Days were a winner for Liberty Hill

Market Days were held in downtown Liberty Hill in Veterans Park as vendors sold their wares from a series of booths that lined the back portion of the property. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR It’s been many years, but a lot of folks remember Liberty Hill Market Days. Held the first Saturday of each month at Veterans Park downtown, Market Days brought droves of folks to the community as they would browse through the various booths that lined the back of the VFW property. Vendors offered […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Seward Junction got its name in the mid-1930s

Ellis Newton Seward and his wife, Mary, donated land in the mid 1930’s when US Highway 183 was being built. The couple were paid $100 for moving their house and fence line. Seward Junction as it looked in 1967. The building was torn down many years ago. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR Back in the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s, when the Liberty Hill Cafe was my second home, among my mother-in-law’s frequent customers were Mildred and W.K. Seward. W.K. never was much of a talker, but Mildred enjoyed visiting and for reasons that escaped me, took a liking to this long-haired country boy […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Chesley’s articles provide some history of Durham Park

George Washington Glasscock, who once was a business partner of Abraham Lincoln, patented some 4,600 acres in western Williamson County in 1846 with that acreage including what is now the northwestern half of Durham Park. One of the main streets through Durham Park bears his name,  Glasscock Road. 
(Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR While glancing through some old copies of The Paper, a publication that served Liberty Hill briefly in the early 1980’s that was published by the Liberty Hill Community Education Advisory Council, I came across a pair of articles about the history of Durham Park, which was perhaps the first subdivision in the […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Former student shares memories of school days

Members of a Lady Panther varsity basketball team from the late 1960’s. Top row from left are Coach Cadmus Brown, Carolyn Ross, Paula Lane, Lori Lay, Carleene Wright, Sarah Jones and Connie Sue Foust. Second row from left are Bertha Reed, Teresa Williams, Denise Williams, Mary Parker, Sue Williams, Pam Williams, Debbie Mather and Effie Montgomery. Front row are Margot Lynn Wetzel, Donna Jay, Wanda Johnson and Sybil Brown. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR I’d just completed my last column when I mentioned to my wife one of the stories Billy Ray Guerin told me about students climbing out of windows for a ride down the fire escape. “Oh, yeah,” she said, “Those windows were open a lot, and sometimes the milkman, after making a delivery […]

Old Red Brick School House produced community leaders

The Liberty Hill sixth grade in 1947 included from front row left, Gene Landrum, Joe Ed Canady, Gerald Dickinson, Eugene Childers and David Williams. Second row are J.L. Smith, Tommy Pope, Earlene Inmon, Bessie Lee Dycus, Eloise Woods, Faye Kirk, Jimmy Wilson and Norman Bonnett. Third row are Ethelene Chandler, Letha Jo Mather, Beverly Speed, Betty Smith and Jean Ledbetter. Fourth row are Lois Williams, Edna Earle Jackson, Robert Berry, Alfred Gilmore and Frances Johnson. The fifth row includes Earl Inmon, Edward Odis, Kenneth Lane, George McAnnally, Miss Lock, Ruth Floyd and Gale Kauffman. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR The year was 1947. Two years earlier, atomic bombs had been dropped on Japan, bringing the Pacific conflict of World War II to an end. President Harry Truman, who issued the order to attack, was still in office in 1947, the year that would see Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Chickens doomed Liberty Hill’s first incorporation attempt

Nathan Wetzel, pictured here with wife Margot, was among the proponents when Liberty Hill first attempted incorporation in 1984. Wetzel, who was later elected as Liberty Hill’s first mayor following a successful 1999 incorporation election, was among those seeking a post as city commissioner in 1984. Both have since passed away. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR It was about this time some 30 years ago that Liberty Hill was abuzz with talk of incorporation, and leading up to the August 11, 1984 election, there was plenty of controversy swirling as residents debated the issue. I’ve been unable to come up with the official number of votes regarding the […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Myers spread love throughout Liberty Hill

Gloria Myers, seated left, and husband Jim (standing at left) posed with two of their children (standing from left--Sydna and James and James’ wife Tonya) during a visit from Gloria’s mother back in the mid-1990’s. Gloria and Jim were leading supporters of the Liberty Hill ISD band program and other community causes. Gloria was once honored by the Liberty Hill Masonic Lodge, which presented her with the Community Builder Award, the highest honor the Masons bestow on non-members. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR Of all the folks I’ve met during my years in Liberty Hill, perhaps none impressed me more than Gloria Myers and her husband Jim. Gloria operated a tiny flower shop downtown next door to the cafe, and from there she, in her own special and unique way, touched many lives. She reminded […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Old newspapers provide interesting tidbits about Liberty Hill’s yesteryears

J.D. Cox, far left, looks on as then-First Lady of Texas Rita Clements prepares to snip the ribbon at dedication ceremonies of the Liberty Hill International Sculpture Park in the mid-1980s. Cox had been serving as high school principal when he was tabbed to replace retiring school superintendent Bill Burden in 1982. 
(James Wear Photo)

By JAMES WEAR A couple of weeks ago I noted that one way to learn about Liberty Hill’s past is to have coffee with oldtimers. Another, if you’re lucky enough to come across old newspapers, is to simply read through them and review the contents. Some time ago I came across a stack of The […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Notes reveal support for school

By JAMES WEAR Columnist for The Independent Over the years I’ve found myself often saving little scraps of paper on which I’ve written notes–some to myself as I pondered the meaning of life, others the beginnings of letters to friends or relatives that I never mailed. All of these, I believe, will someday (after I’ve […]

‘Poppa Troy’ Joseph was among Liberty Hill’s memorable citizens

The late Troy Joseph was a devoted Panther fan, attending most home football games. He is pictured here with his great-granddaughter, Moxie Henry. (Courtesy Photo)

By JAMES WEAR I still can’t drive down Loop 332 in Liberty Hill without looking over and expecting a wave from the man who, in the 30 years I knew him, perhaps represented Liberty Hill as well as anyone. Troy Joseph has been gone nearly three years now, passing away in July 2011 only a […]