||The town moves
The construction of the courthouse seemed to spread a general ambition
to build and imporove. There was talk of establishing an electric
light plant, a water works and even an ice house, and soon the Cleveland
road was being surveyed. The new road was expected to be ready for
heavy trucks by about September, thus competing with the railroad for freight
hauling. By the middle of May, work on the courthouse had been closed
down, possibly due to the heavy rains that had caused the Trinity River
to sweep over the lowlands, washing out roads and pushing livestock to
The first hint of the townspeople moving came in May when C.D. Hollis bought
T.L. Ross' corner store and had it moved to the new town site.
About the same time another development excited everyone. It was
soon to be built from Conroe to Cold Springs. This announcement came
in a rounabout way, .ike a rumor. The Times quoted the announcement
from the Polk County Enterpirse, who had quoted it from the Beaumont Enterprise,
who had quoted H.C. Fuller, editor of "Southwest" magazine.
Fuller visitied Cold Spring and in his magazine prophesied that "The new
town on the hill will take on new life and energy as the years come and
go, and when another decade shall have been added to the history of the
past, Cold Springs of today will not be recognizable in the new Cold Springs
of ten years hence...."
But for the present, the residents were concerned with the move itself.
By summer, the Methodist Church had been moved to the new town site by
Mr. Streeter, work on the Cleveland road had begun, lumber for the courthouse
had arrived, Hansbro had bought a car, a new Hupmobile, along with many
residents who were turning Cold Springs into a car-clogged town.
Walt Autry's delivery wagon was bashed to pieces against a tree when the
horse was frightened and ran off with it and he immediately bought a new
Dodge. The move to wheels was on.
The Democratic primary had come and gone with W.H. Beazley ousting Modisett
and G.A. Derrick unseating Everitt as commissioners. And, most important,
a home grown boy, F.O. Fuller, had been elected state representative, a
move that was to involve him in one of the most notable events in Texas'
political history, the impeachment of Gov. "Pa" Ferguson.
Work on the courthouse and the Cleveland road continued with little notice
as cotton-picking time came and went, prohibition was delcared in Cleveland,
Colonel Roosevelt was talking like he was running for President and Cold
Springs first suto repair shop was built with "machinist" Charles Cain
in charge. It would be called Cold Springs Garage and Motor Car Co.,
dealers for Overland, Chevrolet and Willis-Knight.
The brick work on the courthouse began in October. By that time most
of the concrete work was finished, except for some stairway and columns.
The bricks, now coming from two kilns, had drawn the attention of an industrialist
who talked of establishing a clay plant here.
By the beginning of 1917, businessmen could take enough away from moving
the town and hunting possum to send a delegation to secure a terminal in
Cold Springs for the proposed Waco-Beaumont Railroad. Both cities
had already pledged $100,000 each and the communities on the proposed route
were expected to help.
Meanwhile, most of the the partitions had been put up at the courthouse
and it looked like San Jacinto would soon have a house for the county seat.
Glover wrote: "Only a short time is now required to complete the building
after which the streets will be graded and a general move will take place.
We have already learned there have been contracts let for moving houses
from under the hill to the new town."
In fact, Glvoer himself was in the process of moving the Times office to
the new location in the San Jacinto Mercantile Co.
The county, in only a few months, had made considerable progress on new
roads. In addition to the road to Clevelan (that was graded and yet
to be paved), there were graded roads from Camilla to Shepherd, Shepherd
to Drews' Landing, Swarwout to Cold Springs via Camilla and two petitions
were being circulated for bond issues for additional roads from Waverly
to Cold Springs and from Oakhurst to Point Blank.
Then trouble in San Jacinto County.