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HISTORY OF ALTO SPRINGS, TEXAS



Alto Springs was was an early-day Texas Settlement established in 1846 with a combination post office and stage stop near the banks of Tucker Creek between present-day Kosse and Reagan Texas.

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HISTORY OF ALTO SPRINGS TEXAS



Photo of early-day Comanches
Photo of an Alto Springs cowboy in the 1880's

HISTORY OF ALTO SPRINGS, FALLS COUNTY, TEXAS



This is a work in progress. Send me your stories and photos and I'll add them to the webpage.

Leonard Kubiak



The area around the central Texas region that briefly came to be known as Alto Springs was initially part of a shallow sea and during the ice ages became the seashore of Texas. Around 10,000 years ago, the Paleo people their way on foot from Asia across the Region that is now the Bering Sea. With a massive amount of water frozen at the poles, the Bering sea became a land bridge for perhaps a thousand years. These ancient settlers followed the herds of wooly mammoths as they crossed the land bridge near present-day Alaska and headed southward.

By the 1500's, the region was home to several nomatic Indian tribes including the Yeagues, the Huecos, the caddos, the Apaches, and Tonkawas. Map of Alto Springs area
Alto Springs Location




ALTO SPRINGS ESTABLISHED IN 1846

Alto Springs was established in 1846 with a combination post office and stage stop near the banks of Tucker Creek between present-day Kosse and Reagan.

Alto Springs had a church, a school, and a brush arbor that was used as a community center and served for several years as a gathering place for political rallies and stump speeches.

Alto Springs was considered a possible county seat when residents of Falls County were deciding on a location in 1851. The possibility faded, however, when it became clear that the Houston and Texas Central Railway would bypass the town by about three miles.

Some of the early-day postmasters of Altos Springs included:
Livingston, Middleton, 28 Sep 1857
Trigg, Abram S., 18 Aug 1858
Johns, Wm. H., 10 Apr 1861 (Resigned)
Trigg, A.S., 21 Aug 1861 (CSA)
Steele, R. G., 3 Jan 1865 (CSA)
Leetch, John N., 5 Jan 1866
Winn, Chas. W., 1 Aug 1866
Kidd, Wm. L., 7 Dec 1866

The Alto Springs post office was discontinued on June 8, 1868 and the mail routes were transferred to Kosse. However the village of Alto Springs, located between Kosse and Reagan, maintained its segregated school system. By 1900, the Alto Springs white school had one and forty-nine white students. The colored school system included two one-teacher schools with a total of 140 black students.

Alto Springs class of 1915
Alto Springs School, Class of 1915 (photo curtesy of Milton Turnipseed).



Alto
Alto Springs School, Class of 1934 (photo curtesy of Milton Turnipseed).




Alto Springs School, Class of 1937: Top Row:LEFT-TO-RIGHT: Annie Lee McCarver, Wanda Jean Johnson, Margaret Laxson, Mr. W.G. Curry, Miss Nola Hobbs, Daron Laxson, and Robert O. Springfield.
2ND Row: GC. Stone, Travis McCarver, Dorothy Jones, Billy Ed Perdue, C.G. Smith, Bivin Johnson and Darwin Crabb.
3rd Row: Jean Smith, Howard McCarver, Donald Jones, Julia Lee Kay, Ercel Laison, Billie Jean Curry, and Ruby Nell Lloyd.
4TH ROW: Vera McCarver, Jean Lloyd, Louise Williams, Nelda Faye Fenner, Olene Hill, and Charles Stone. (photo curtesy of Milton Turnipseed).

In the 1940's, the community had a school, a church, and several residences. According to Milton Turnipseed, his older sister, Imogene Turnipseed, started school in Alto Springs at the age of five (1942). Her teacher was Miss Mary Truett who later taught first and second grades in Reagan from 1946 until her retirement in the 1950's.

In 1949, the Alto Springs schools were consolidated with the Marlin Independent School District and by the 1980s only a church marked the community on county highway maps.



BIBLIOGRAPHY: Walter W. Brawn, The History of Falls County (M.A. thesis, Baylor University, 1938). Marlin Daily Democrat, July 16, 1936.
Milton Turnipseed interview.




PROMINENT FAMILIES IN EARLY-DAY ALTO SPRINGS

In 1900, Delilah and Johnnie Pamplin were living in Wilson County, Texas.

In the early 40's,

Roland Guy and Hazel Pauline McCarver Turnipseed


Roland Guy and Hazel Pauline McCarver Turnipseed of Alto Springs Texas
Roland Guy and Hazel Pauline McCarver Turnipseed



Children: Dorothy Imogene- Born in McClennon County on March 12, 1937.


Dorothy Imogene Turnipseed, Attended Altos Springs School in 1942.






ALTO SPRINGS CEMETERY LISTING

Buttrill, J.W., born Sep 16 ??; Died Feb 04 83


Cain, Sallie A.; Born Aug 08 1847; Died Jul 02 1927; Mother.

Cain, Rev Thomas R.; Born Sep 02 1854; Died Mar 19 1929.

Cain, Catherine; Born Jan 19 1900; Died Feb 16 1928; D/o Thos. R. & S.C.

Cain, Mrs. Mary R. (Swann);Born Sep 25 1817; Died Oct 18 1915; W/o Thomas J.

Cain, Thomas J.; Born Jul 29 1813; Died Aug 17 1886.

Cain, James A.; Born 1847; Died ??

Cain, Mrs. Louisa; Born 1849; Died 1907; W/o James A.

Davidson, Dr. G.L.; Died Nov 30 1887.



Davis, Sallie; Born Sep 16 1859; Died Feb 21 1885.

Davis, Robert; Born Mar 02 1859 ; Died Aug 08 1860; S/o W.M. & M.E.

Davis, William; Born Jun 05 1832; Died Aug 23 1874

Davis

Davis, Ada Lee; Born Dec 04 1891; Died Aug 30 1902; D/o Wiley & Icy



Fenner, Mary J.; Born Apr 11 1843;Died Nov 10 1897; W/o S.J.



Garrett, R.; Born Oct 04 1901; Died Aug 13 1902.



Hudgins, S.L..



Hunt (Infant); Born Aug 07 1892;Died Aug 07 1892; D/o W.G. & L.R.

Kidd, Rev Wm L.;Born Jul 24 1825; Died Dec 30 1892.

Kidd, Rebecca; Died Jun 22 1885; Age: 87 yrs 4 mos.

Kidd, Webb;Born ???; Died Jan 18 1883: Age: 87 yrs 10 mos

Kidd, Maggie V.; Born ??; Died Apr 04 1873; W/o E.Z. Age: 33 yrs

Kidd, Dr. T.O.;Born ??; Died May 27 1867



Kimball, Claud Livingston; Born Sep 22 1878; Died Dec 04 1879; S/o S.M. & E.V.



Lehn, J.H.; Born ??; Died Jul 22 1883 in Falls Co, TX



Lewis, Mrs. P.G.; Born 1830; Died Sep 24 1878 Age: 48 yrs W/o F.A.



Oliver, Beary H.; Born Dec 14 1870; Died Sep 12 1880.



Owen, Oscar T.; Born Nov 24 1875; Died Jun 13 1899.



Price, G.W. ; Co E 35th TX Cav CSA



Riddle, T.J.G.; Born Jan 14 1858; Died Sep 15 1900.

Riddle, R.F.; Born Nov 30 1857; Died Mar 25 1899.

Riddle, V.; Born Sep 21 1876; Died Jun 19 1900.

Riddle, E.R.; Born Jun 28 1897; Died Aug 14 1900.

Riddle, E.W.; Born Feb 20 1900; Died Oct 08 1900 (infant death)



Rogers, Charles W.; Born Nov 20 1867; Died Jul 19 1892; Born in Kosse, Limestone County, TX S/o Larkin & Mary (Aycock)

Rogers, Joseph B.; Born Jun 06 1806; Died May 02 18--

Rogers, Thomas; Born May 12 1872; Died Jun 29 1873; S/o H.J. & L.M.



Tally, Alma A.;Born Mar 13 1868; Died Aug 26 1880; D/o A.D. & J.H.



Thompson, Maggie C.;Born Nov 03 1902; Died Nov 03 1902; D/o W.R. & M.C.

Thompson, James Foy; Born Jul 14 1891; Died Jan 24 1908; S/o W.R. & M.C.

Thompson, Sarah L.; Born Apr 01 1884; Died Apr 01 1884; D/o W.R. & M.C.



Warren, Emery Gillis; Born Nov 02 1893; Died Jul 30 1907, S/o G.W. & M.E.

Warren, G.W.; born Sep 18 1856; died Mar 06 1925







LEONARD KUBIAK's ONLINE TEXAS HISTORY WEBPAGES


TEXAS HISTORY

Letters by Early-Day Texas Settlers.
Officers and Men of the Republic of Texas
How Texas Got It's Name.
Officers and Men of the Republic of Texas
Old 300 Anglo Settlers in Texas.

Important Documents of Early-Day Texas
Battle of San Jacinto-Victory for the Republic of Texas Army

Military Forts in Early Day Texas


FALLS COUNTY, TEXAS
History of Busksnort and Marlin, Texas
Eye Witness Accounts of Busksnort and Marlin, Texas
History of Cedar Springs, Wilderville, and Rosebud

Pleasant Grove, Falls County, Tx Webpage
Rosebud, Falls County, Tx Webpage
Highbank Webpage and History

History of Reagan, Texas
History of Reagan Baptist Church
History of the Reagan Methodist Church
Reagan Homecoming Page
Reagan Obituaries
Map of Reagan, Texas
Former Residents of Reagan, Texas
Former Students and Teachers of Reagan, Texas
Fond Memories of Life in Reagan

FALLS COUNTY CEMETERY LISTINGS
North Blue Ridge (Stranger)Settlement History and Cemetery
Blueridge History and Cemetery Roll
Mustang Prairie Settlement History and Cemetery Listing
History of Cedar Springs, Pleasant Grove, & Wilderville, and cemetery Listings Waite (Reagan)Cemetery Listing
Blue Ridge (Reagan)Cemetery Listing
Hog Island (Reagan) Cemetery Listing
Johnson (Reagan)Cemetery Listing
Powers/McCaleb(Reagan)Cemetery Listing

LIMESTONE COUNTY
Kosse Cemetery Listings.

MILAM, COUNTY, TEXAS
History of Rockdale, Thorndale, Bushdale
History of Hamilton Chapel, Cemetery Listing
History and Listing of Rockdale IOOF Cemetery


ROBERTSON COUNTY

Bremond and Wootan Wells


WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TEXAS
Liberty Hill, Williamson County, Texas Home Page
Prehistoric History of the Liberty Hill Region
Liberty Hill Settlement in the 1850's
History of the Liberty Hill Stage Coach Stop (1852)
Liberty Hill -Then and Now
The Founding of New Liberty Hill (1882)
Historic Liberty Hill Cemetery Listing.

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Jean Kubiak Cundieff Memorial Page
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Famous Sam Bass Outlaw Gang
General Santa Anna
Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the U.S.


HISTORY OF TRANSPORTATION
History of Trains in Texas


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Indian Treaty Signed With the Comanches, Kiowas, and Apaches in 1867
The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker.
History of the Tarahumara Indians, a primitive tribe living in modern times.

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