Honey Grove Preservation League

Saving and Documenting the History of Honey Grove, Texas

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Read about Honey Grove baseball teams HERE.


In 1921 the Honey Grove football team went to the state quarter-finals back in the days when the little schools played right along with the big ones.  Honey Grove tied Oak Cliff of Dallas 0-0 in the quarterfinals, and had to play them over in Dallas.  Oak Cliff won that one 7-0.  Mack Eversole was on that 1921 team.  Two other members of the 1921 team went on to become Southwest Conference captains, and another Honey Grove boy, Wash Underwood, who was attending high school at Terrell Prep in Dallas that year, also became a Southwest Conference captain.

Honey Grove supplied three captains to three different Southwest Conference teams in 1925.  The three were: Jim Magness, SMU (guard); Wash (Heavy) Underwood, Rice (center) and Fay (Mule) Wilson, Texas A&M (fullback).  

Fay (Mule) Wilson was the all Southwest Conference fullback in 1924 and 1925.  After graduation from Texas A&M, Wilson played for the New York Giants in 1927-1932.  Later Wilson was inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame.

Wilson's brother, T. F. (Puny) Wilson, preceded him at Texas A&M.  He was also an all-SWC end for three years.  Puny Wilson was also inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame.

Wash Underwood was all-SWC two years during his playing days at Rice.  His brother, John Underwood, was all-SWC in 1920 and 1921 at Rice.  Both have been inducted into the Rice Hall of Fame.  Wash Underwood dropped back from Center to do the Owl's passing and punting.  His coach was John W. Heisman, the coach after whom the Heissman Trophy was named.  

Another Honey Grove star was Eugene (Gene) Hodge.  Hodge played on the 1934 Honey Grove team that did not allow any points during the regular season games.  Hodge still holds [1990] the state record for catching twenty-one touchdown passes and three extra points for a total of 129-points.

Gene Hodge played his college ball at East Texas State University where he had the distinction of being the only player in Lone Star Conference history to earn all-conference honors at three different positions.  He was an all-conference guard his sophomore year, an all-conference tackle his junior year, and an all-conference end his senior year.  He was inducted into the East Texas State hall of Fame and later, after graduation, went on to play both pro baseball and pro football.

Information from the Bonham Daily Favorite, November 11, 1990 and the Paris News, March 20, 1955.


Honey Grove Golf Club

The Honey Grove Golf Club was organized in 1926.  Read about the history HERE.

Rabbit Races

Honey Grove Signal, February 26, 1904

Rabbit races were held at Robbeken park Monday.  "Northern Light," belonging to Deacon Schreilber, captured first prize of $50.

Read more about Rabbit Races HERE.


Bicycling became very popular in Honey Grove beginning in about 1893.  Read more HERE.

Badger Fighting

Honey Grove Signal, November 4, 1910

​Badger fighting, a sport that was popular in Honey Grove years ago, has been revived and promises to regain all of its old-time popularity, provided such exhibitions are not prohibited by the law for prevention of cruelty to animals.  There was a big fight on the West side of the square Wednesday in which the badger proved exceedingly tough and the dog fought with all the ferocity of a striped tiger of Bengal.  Honors were about even at the close.  Several gentlemen from other states and countries were present and witnessed for the first time an exhibition of true Texas sport.