Gilliam shares memories
Earline Gilliam, 86, shared a poignant memory with me this past week. It was 80 years ago this month that she moved into the town of Lipan. Her parents, Alton and Bessie Stowe, started running a gas station in town, and they lived in the back of the station.
Earline was 6 years old, just starting the first grade, and her little brother, John, was 3. Miss Jecklia Windsor was her first grade teacher, and Miss Jecklia’s brother, Walter Windsor, ran the grocery store. His daughter Leta Mirl, age 9, was Earline’s best friend.
Earline’s dad, Alton Stowe, also drove the ice truck. He was a fun loving man and frequently invited everyone that wanted to go to Granbury to the “picture show.” He would have that truck loaded with kids and young people that wanted a ride. Earline remembers what a good time they all had.
Where Wiley’s Funeral Home currently sits in Lipan, there was a large two-story white board house owned by the Campbell family. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell lived upstairs with their family. There were three sons: Gene, Jo Belle, and A.P. There were two daughters, but Earline could only remember Paulette Campbell (Howell) – she was James Addison’s mother.
All of the children were musically inclined. Earline remembers them singing and performing at several different events. Many of us remember Paulette playing the piano in her later years at church.
Downstairs, there was a dress shop in front, and two apartments in back. This building was later replaced with the brick “Roxy Theater,” built by Earl Gafford. That building was remodeled by John Howard and his mother, Bobbie, and used as the telephone office for several years.
Billy Wiley bought it almost 20 years ago, and currently uses it as the Lipan branch of Wiley Funeral home.
Earline knows more about the history of Lipan than any other current resident. If you want to know about something, just ask her – she’s willing to share what she knows. Thanks Earline!
SAN MARCOS TRIP
Gene and Pat McNeely attended the Texas Extension Education Association state meeting in San Marcos on Sept. 10-11. Pat is president of the Lipan Club of TEEA. They were accompanied by Gwen Williams of Granbury.
Chieftan and Squaw MEETING
The Lipan Chieftan and Squaw Club meets the third Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center. Membership dues are $20. This club is looking into different ways to raise money to keep the Community Center open. Visitors and new members are welcome.
The First Baptist Church is having a Fall Revival, Sept. 22 – 25. Worship leader John Stewart from Henderson Street Baptist Church in Cleburne will be there, and Evangelist Steve Smith from University Baptist Church in Portales, N.M. will bring the message. Services are Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m.
There will be a children’s pizza party on Monday at 6:15 p.m., a youth pizza party on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m., and a steak dinner for $3 per person on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited.
HELLOS AND BIRTHDAYS
Hello to Lipan resident Patricia Chandler, currently residing at The Good Tree Retirement Center in Stephenville. Pat and her husband D.C. lived in Lipan for many years. We hope you are doing well.
We would like to wish a belated Happy Birthday to Mary Reynolds. Her big day was Sept. 15. Happy Birthday to my sister, Sara (Perry) Pendergrass, who will have a birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Linda (Wagnon) Hubbard also celebrates her birthday the same day. Thursday, Sept. 26, is Terry Light’s birthday.
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