East Cedar Creek Freshwater
Supply District meets at
12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD office on
Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council
meets at 7 p.m. in the Eustace City Hall the first Thursday of each
month. For more information, please call 425-4702. The public is invited
Eustace Independent School District
meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High
School Library. For more information, please call 425-7131. The public
is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Council
meets in Brawner hall at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each
month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited
Gun Barrel City Economic Development
Corporation meets at 1831 W. Main, GBC,
at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information,
please call 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioner’s Court
meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the
Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Management
District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third
Tuesday of each month at Oran White Civic Center in Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission
meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical
Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court
meets the first, second, third and fourth Monday of each month at 9:45
a.m. in the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited
Kemp City Council
meets at Kemp City Hall at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For
more information, please call 498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District
meets the third Tuesday of each month in
the Board Room in the Administration Building. For more information,
please call 498-1314. The public is invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council
meets the third Thursday of the month in city hall. For more
information, please call 489-2195. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council
meets at 7 p.m. in Mabank City Hall the first Tuesday of each month. For
more information, please call 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District
meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more
information, please call 887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council
meets at city hall at 7:30 p.m. every third
Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 451-9229. The
public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp.
meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs
Community Center, located at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council
meets at 7 p.m. in Seven Points city hall the
second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call
432-3176. The public is invited to attend.
Tool City Council
meets at 7 p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each
month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility
District is held at 5
p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call
432-3704. The public is invited.
Bank treats top MHS grads to
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–Talk about a touch of class – for 21 years, the First State Bank
in Mabank has hosted the top graduates at Mabank High School for a trip
to one of the most exclusive dinner clubs in Dallas.
“We just wanted to show our appreciation for their accomplishments,”
vice president and branch manager of First State Bank Athens, Mabank
Branch Ronnie Davis explained.
The students, dressed in their finest, were treated to a tour of the
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and afterwards were taken to the
Thanksgiving Tower Club for dinner.
With floor-to-ceiling windows, the 50-story structure provided a view of
downtown Dallas the students are not likely to soon forget.
Accompanying the students on their excursion were Davis, MHS principal
Brad Koskelin, assistant principal Jes Satterwhite, Brent Fisher and Dr.
Russell Marshall, Mabank Independent School District superintendent.
Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
The top 20 Mabank High School graduates were treated to a tour of the
Symphony Center in Dallas and to dinner atop Thanksgiving Tower May 1.
are (not in order) Erica Umana, Lauren Hamilton, Shalynna Stinnett,
Natalie Tovar, Melody Cook, Kevin Liggitt, David Stallings, Heather
Smith, Amber Tyler, Anthony McLaughlin, Rosa Sanchez Rubio, Jason
Quintanilla, Cordell Hewitt, T.J. Dally, Amber Cook, Matt Hughes and
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACE–A Texas Historical Commission marker will be unveiled at 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, marking the former Ham-Pauline community near Eustace.
Like Mabank and Eustace, Ham (as it was originally known) grew up around
the Texas and New Orleans Railroad, and relocation of the railroad
proved to be the final blow against a community that had seen more than
its share of tough times.
The marker site is on Pecan Road, just off State Highway 334, east of
Gun Barrel City and west of the U.S. Highway 175 intersection.
The following history was prepared and submitted to the Texas Historical
Commission by Fran Adair Bethea Oct. 10, 2007.
Origin and history
In an effort to create a more direct path to Dallas, the Texas and New
Orleans Railroad purchased a 28-acre line of property in 1898 from a
large land owner, M.H. “Ham” Gossett. This property was four miles
northwest of Eustace and four miles southeast of Mabank on the H.M.
Strode Survey A-695 in Henderson County.
Train tracks were completed by 1900 and land along the tracks quickly
sold. About 1900, a small town named Ham had been created and named
after Gossett, a local lawyer and county attorney. The nearby town of
Mabank was created at nearly the same time.
With the railroad providing a way to quickly move produce and cattle to
market, farmers and other prospective business owners began to move into
the area. It had fertile land for growing different varieties of fruits,
vegetables and cotton, and was quite accommodating for raising
In 1903, it was reported 40 small tracts, each 40 to 50 acres, were
purchased for farming. A community water well followed, which was used
to fill the train steam engines.
A local merchandise store was opened by Beckworth, which also housed the
first post office. Richard D. Morton was the first postmaster at Ham,
serving from Aug. 2, 1901, until June 5, 1902.
By 1903, a school had been built, along with two other general
merchandise stores, Raby’s and Meredith’s, which were followed by a
cotton gin and a church.
Other postmasters were William H. Wiles (Aug. 16, 1902), Charles L.
Cramer (April 10, 1907), Henry M. Faulk (April 11, 1912), Oscar
Henderson (Dec. 12, 1912), Matthew H. Hendley (Jan. 9, 1914), William G.
Pate (June 5, 1914), James H. Banks (April 23, 1915) and Joe D. Banks
(Nov. 9, 1917).
The final postmaster was David S. Meredith, who began service July 10,
1920. The post office was dissolved March 15, 1921, and all mail began
being routed through Eustace Post Office.
The most remembered postmaster – and romantic piece of history linked to
this town – was Faulk.
Faulk was born 1874 in North Carolina and homesteaded in the area, where
he served a schoolteacher, as well as a member of the Masonic Lodge.
During his tenure as postmaster, he became fond of a beautiful young
schoolteacher, Pauline Riddle.
In an effort to win her admiration, he made an official request to the
people to change the town’s name from Ham to Pauline. The people of the
community accepted the request, and the name was officially changed to
Pauline in April, 1912.
Unfortunately, after changing the community name to Pauline; the young
lady was not persuaded by Faulk’s endeavors. Miss Riddle announced her
engagement and marriage to William H. Owen in 1913.
Heartbroken, Faulk remained postmaster for only a short time before
leaving Dec. 11, 1912. He continued to live in the area until 1924, at
which time he moved to Arkansas, but he returned to the community and
remained in Pauline until his death June 6, 1948.
Pauline featured a church building used by all religious beliefs, and as
an arbor for summer meetings, town meetings and other social events.
The school in Pauline was a simple wooden one-room structure, located on
a two-acre tract east of the train tracks. Most of the two acres was
used as a play area for the children.
As the population grew, a second room was added and connected by a small
covered porch, which became a stage for performances by the children and
other social ceremonies.
“That’s the whole reasoning for having the Avanti choir and other
performers there, to get that flavor of holding performances (on the old
school porch),” event organizer Christi Barrett said. “I thought that
would be really neat.”
By 1920, there were two teachers, who taught an average of 35 to 45
students through the 1930s. The decline of the school started during the
destructive years of the Great Depression.
There was no such thing as federal school funding during the Great
Depression, and by Feb. 28,1935, school terms were being shortened to
May 6, 1940, community members voted 27 to 9 to consolidate with the
Eustace School District, ending the Pauline school.
In 1942, Joe D. Banks purchased the two acres, with the old school
building, for $25, and tore down the structure to utilize the land as
pasture. In 2005, the Romine family purchased the schoolhouse property,
then cleared and marked the area for people to visit and learn the
history of the community.
During the 1930s, a cannery was built on the west side of the train
tracks across from the Meredith and Raby store, with the aim of
increasing railroad trade, but the cannery closed in 1970 when the
railroads relocated their tracks.
In 1998, the cannery and land was purchased by the Romine family.
The voting house was a small personal home located north of the cannery
on one acre that once belonged to Richard D. Morton.
People from the surrounding area came to the house to vote between 1940
and 1960. Edwin B. and Dixie Cox ran the polls for many years.
Even though the house has changed owners several times during the years,
it is still in existence. It has been slightly altered and moved about
100 yards west of the original site.
In 1940, another store was built in Pauline and operated by Tom Jackson.
It served as a gas station and grocery store, and also sold livestock
Around 1952, the Kirkpatrick family purchased the store and ran the
business until about 1960. Although the business is no longer there, the
structure still exists.
In 1950, a motel with a gas station was built in Pauline. The motel had
four bedrooms and was operated by the station owners.
The town of Pauline was often referred to as the “town of love and
friendship.” However, the long economic struggles of Prohibition, the
Great Depression, World War II and the fall of cotton as the state’s
number-one agricultural crop, combined with the school’s closing,
effectively killed the community.
Buildings were torn down or abandoned as residents moved to surrounding
towns or larger cities, particularly during the Depression, when many
residents abandoned farming – always a risky occupation at best – to
seek jobs in the Dallas area.
It wasn’t long before the trees, vines, and shrubbery would drape over
the once-used pathways and roadways, and even the train tracks that were
once avenues of commerce.
In 1970, the Texas Railroad Commission marked a dot on the map to
represent the little town that was once called Pauline, but after the
relocation of the railroad in 1976, the community’s demise was official.
As of today, there isn’t a dot on the map for Pauline, only faded
memories of sweetness, romance, friendly faces, lively festivities, hard
work, and even harder times.
When you walk the area where the heart of Pauline once thrived, you can
feel the warmth and peace That must have been felt by the people who
lived there or visited the once-thriving little hamlet of Ham and
National Nursing Home Week
celebrated May 10-16
Special to The Monitor
MALAKOFF–Cedar Lake Nursing Home (CLNH) of Malakoff welcomes everyone to
join them for National Nursing Home Week, May 10-16.
The theme of National Nursing Home Week is “Nurturing a Love that
“‘Nurturing a Love that Lasts” will encourage all to think of
generations of parents and grandparents nurturing future generations to
carry on life and family traditions,” CLNH administrator and director of
operations Douglas “Sonny” Humble said.
CLNH will be holding special events every day of the week to showcase
residents and give them a chance to shine.
“Come and be part of our residents’ remarkable achievements and witness
first hand the beauty and joy that are the motivating force behind Cedar
Lake Nursing Home’s quality long term care,” Humble said.
• Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Mother’s Day Tea with Elvis
• Monday, 1 p.m. Balloon lift off
• Monday, 2:30 p.m. Yesteryear’s Group
• Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. Log Cabin Swingers
• Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. Antique Road Show
• Thursday, 2:30 p.m. Senior Prom with music, dancing and food
• Friday, morning: Antique cars and cookout
• Friday, 2:30 p.m. Red Hat Ladies
“Many nursing home residents are the people who planted the seeds that
have made our community grow stronger,” Humble said.
“They have been the teachers, the business people, the parents and other
central figures who produced all of the good things that we now enjoy.
“This week gives us a chance to honor these special residents, as well
as the families, staff, volunteers, and community,” he added.
CLNH has been owned and operated by the Humble family for more than 40
National Nursing Home Week is sponsored annually by the American Health
For more information about events during Nursing Home Week, call Cedar
Lake Nursing Home at (903) 489-1702.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
We have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on
County Road 2403 in
For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at