Honey Grove Preservation League

Saving and Documenting the History of Honey Grove, Texas

Authentic History of City of Honey Grove 
Signal-Citizen, October 22, 1937

Co-operating First History of Honey Grove, Commencing in 1836 and Written by James Gilmer, 
​Who Settled Here in 1845, and Compiled to 1883. 

From This Date H. P. Allen, Honey Grove, Has Taken Up the History 

and Is Compiling It Until the Present Date,
Assisted by W. J. Erwin of Honey Grove

The tone of society prevailing here cannot be excelled in the state for sobriety, industry, enterprise and strict morality. Being founded largely by the hardy old settlers from Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee and their descendants, there is imparted to the entire community a similarity of spirit and a tone of reliability and integrity of word and conduct.  This influence is strongly felt, giving to our people a general sentiment of public and private community; hospitable and forbearing.

Honey Grove is preparing for a large increase this fall in her annual trade, by building roads and bridges, digging ditches and grading, building new platforms
for cotton beside the old ones, securing various buyers of cotton, stocking stores with select and abundant goods at lowest rate of sale.  Thus offering a variety of legitimate inducements to the farmers of Fannin and surrounding counties to seek this as the best, surest, and most reliable and profitable market for their
produce.  The work done with this object in view is already beginning to tell throughout the country and the tide of fluctuating trade is beginning to turn in this direction, recognizing the fact that a city whose citizens put out their money one roads, streets, and bridges in the placed that will command the business of the country.  

Fannin County Vote On Prohibition in 1887

                                    Pro                  Anti                 Total

Bonham                       943                  549                  1462

Honey Grove                622                  362                    981

Ladonia                        529                  215                    744

Dodd City                    355                  273                    628

Savoy                          324                  135                    459

Orangeville                  158                    63                    221

Pllasant Grove             119                  233                    352

New Hope                   165                  254                    419

Jones Mill                      44                    67                    111

Gum Springs                 13                    63                      76

Leonard                       219                  114                    333

Grove Hill                     87                    55                    142

Gober                          178                  110                    288

Ravenna                      138                  200                    338

Trenton                        117                  197                    314

Dial                               60                    50                    110

Total                          4071                  2910                  6981

Pro Majority   _______________________________1161

Fannin is the banner prohibition county in the state, no other county giving half so
large a majority.  

Fannin’s Wealth 

Assessor T. P. Baker has completed the assessment rolls for 1887.  The recapitulation shows the following assessed values of property rendered for taxation.  It is a splendid showing for old Fannin and speaks well for Assessor Baker and his assistants: 

577,028 acres of land                                        $3,953,732

59 ½ miles of railway                                            439,571

Railroad rolling stock                                              49,431

139 miles of telegraph and telephones                          7632

(Part of the newspaper clipping is missing

4511 carriages, buggies, etc.                                133,906

Tools, implements and machinery                         189,055

Materials and manufactured articles                          5,513

17,141 horses and mules                                      647,443

76 jacks and jennets                                               10,300

7420 sheep                                                             8,027

187 goats                                                                  183

17,864 hogs                                                           22,121

Goods and merchandise                                        447,956

Money                                                                107,504

Miscellaneous                                                      784,432

Total                                                                 $8,125,582


Increase over taxable values of last years $879,446.


Figures on Exports and Imports 

Below we give in full the amount of produce, stock and goods of every description shipped from the place, as well as everything coming in, from September 1st, 1883 to September 1st, 1884.  This is a full and complete report for the year, as shown by the books of the railroad company in this depot.  From this exhibit
it can easily be seen that the capabilities and demands of this locality, in a commercial direction, are steadily increasing and that Honey Grove is gradually becoming of importance as a shipping point. Also, the variety of the articles shipped shows a progressive spirit on the part of our farmers, who are fast coming to the conclusion that it is not best to depend entirely upon cotton, and who now turn their attention and labor to mixed farming and raising stock.  Cotton is yet the principal crop and we presume it will remain so, but the increase in the shipment of cotton is not so marked as is other things, while being considerably in excess of any former year.  Especially would we notice the rising importance of the stone quarry enterprise.  From almost nothing two years ago, the export of stone last year amounted to 217 carloads, and that industry even now only fairly begun.  It will pay our business men to study this report closely, as it will indicate with certainty the drift of business and the public demand.  It will also be of much benefit to the farmers as they may ascertain exactly what crops, and the surplus of each, are raised by others who make this place their market, and thereby may know whether this or that industry gives encouragement.  




Cotton                                     12,989 bales 

Hay                                           66 cars 

Oats                                           26 cars 

Corn                                          69 cars 

Wheat                                        27 cars 

Rock                                        211 cars 

Cotton Seed                              54 cars

Cattle                                        46 cars 

Bones                                          1 car

Household Goods                       1 car

Scrap Iron                                   1 car 


Household Goods                   40,585 lbs.

Hides                                       17,900 lbs

Wool                                       10,963 lbs.

Beeswax                                  628 lbs. 


Furniture                                     2 cars 

Nails                                            3 cars 

Lumber                                    278 cars 

Household Goods                         3 cars 

Paint                                            1 car

Wire                                            8 cars

Oil                                               4 cars

Potatoes                                      6 cars 

Stoves                                         4 cars 

Wagons                                     11 cars

Salt                                            15 cars 

Coal                                             7 cars

Stock                                         17 cars 

Bagging and Ties                         19 cars 

Shingles                                     24 cars 

Flour                                         42 cars 

Machinery                                 14 cars 

Agricultural Implements                3 cars

Doors and Windows                   3 cars 

Telegraph Poles                           1 car



This installment completes the part of the history compiled by Mr. Gilmer. 
Next week will be the history compiled by H.P. Allen.