||The town moves
Although there was a strong drive for prohibition in the area and across
the U.S. as well, a group wanting to end prohibition in the county filed
a peition calling for a wet-dry election. This upset many of the
residents and threated to split the county momentarily, but when it came
to the final count, the voters favored prohibition. Point Blank voters
showed the greatest majority in favor of liquor (118-12) and booze also
was favored at Stevens Creek and Everitt.
"Thus ends the dreaded saloon, " wrote Glover.
It was really a moot question since national prohibition was just around
the corner, although it would infuriate Texans. It was a matter of
states' rights. Texas was ready to go dry anyway, but they wanted
it to be THEIR decision not the the U.S. Governement's.
By March -- when the rumblings of ware were getting closer -- the move
of the town was well on its way.
The Times was in their new office and Glvoer had left his business neighbor,
Dr. McCardell, his best wishes and a pile of stove wood. In addition,
John Cochran was to open a store in the new town and Frank Greenaway was
building a two-story up-to-date hotel with 19 rooms and a bath an toilet.
A new $1000 Negro school was completed, Judge McMurrey bought an Overland
and was read to learn to drive it and the Cleveland News reports that A.D.
Davidson, a Cleveland contractor, "has a contract to move Cold Springs
from the hole to the hill."
Davidson brought in his equipment in March to begin moving some of the
town's buildings. The first one to be moved was the large frame building
that was placed near the new brick schools. It was enlarged and used
for an auditorium and music hall. A school orchestra was being formed.
Judge McMurrey was busy collecting logistical date of the court to present
to the backers of the proposed Waco-Beaumont Raiload. He ahd been
appointed as the county's representative for this project.
The county was moving rapidly and approached something akin to a fever
to embrace the modern age. Glover had this to say: "It is the
talk now of moving to the new town, we have heard several express themselves
as anxious to move right away....There seems something mysterious concerning
As for the courthouse, it ws finished in May, at long last, and furniture
was already being moved in. Tax assessor Jim Hade was the first to
move in and he was followed by most county officers in the next two weeks.
But as the construciton of the courthouse came to an end, there cam a disturbing
message from the governor: a notice that there may be a quick enlistment
of men of military age. Two weeks later, a draft regsitration was
set for June 5.
This news didn't stop the move to the new town. In June, McCardell's
Drug Store moved to the north side of the courthouse and others moving
were Hansbro and postmaster McClanahan, who was given permisiion to use
a room in the west end of the courthouse for the post office.
The old printing office was moved to be used as the City Restaurant and
T.L. Ross moved his two story office building.
Just in time for the Fourth of July, an American flag was given to the
county by a local group to top off the courthouse. An to top off
the holiday, the people of the county decided to have a big Fourth of July
celebration, the first in years. They have much to celebrate.
They had built a new town and had made strides elsewhere in roads, schools,
modernization. The demand for cars and the new local dealer swamped
with orders (they had already sold four loads) new businessmen were coming
into town, tow more road bond issues had been approved by voters and it
looke like there would be a prosperous oil field at Mount Hope.
The big event took place in a cool, shady place with plenty of water.
It attracted over two thouseand people from all over East Texas: Houston,
Fostoria, Guase, Livingston, Cleeland and even a young lady going to school
in Lynchburg, Va., Douglas Fain, got home just in time for the holiday.
There was musice furnished by the Hoo-Hoo Band of Lufkin to go with the
barbequed meat and there was a mountain of side dishes and desserts to
Rep. Fuller, by that time speaker of the Texas house, provided political
observations and ball teams from Cold Springs, Livingston and Cleveland
kept the crowds cheering. (Cold Springs lost to Livingston 4-2 in
a hard fought game and tied with Cleveland after nine innings.)
Over a hundred automobiles took part in a parade through the new town.
Everyone agreed it was one of the finest get-togethers ever held in Cold
There was now little to be done with the new courthouse. A well was
drilled and there waw painting to be done. There were still others
moving into the town in the next few months. And word was received that
Jesse G. Tompkins, one fo the eight young men who had enlisted with the
first military call, had arrived in France. More would follow, many
A total of 151 young men had registered for the draft on June 8 and about
69 of them were to leave in September for the Great War.
On a Wednesday that September 1917, a crowd of friends and relatives escorted
the new draftees to Cleveland to see them off at the railway station.
It was a time of mixed feelings. The future prosperity of the
county looked good. It looked like Cold Springs would be on the route
of a highway from Houston to Nacogdoches, which didn't happen. The
railroad that were looming on the horizon would prove to be a mirage.
There was still a lot of building in town, but they had no way of knowing
that within the next few months they would be heavily involved with the
war effort. The mothers of the soldier boys would be forming clubs
to sew uniforms, blankets and other needed supplies. War bond drives
would be on everyone's mind.
But for now, the people of Cold Springs had a new town, a renewed interest
in their future. They had passed over that line from a village to
a town and had entered the modern age with a new progressive spirit.
Over two years before, the courthouse had burned down and had taken several
other buildings with it. It just seemed like a good time to start