Menard County Texas

Fort Mckavett-The Community

June 1883, the military moved out of the fort, and are residents moved into the buildings. So began the organization of the community of Ft. McKavett. As my research continues, additions will be made about Fort McKavett, The Community.

Newspapers Articles about Ft. McKavett and Residents


June 21, 1884 there was a new telegraph office in Ft. McKavett (source)

June 21, 1884, early settler, F. Mayer plans to move to McKavett. By August 1889, F. Mayer would be the owner of a building that was used for the community's "calaboose" and he would also be the owner of a saloon.

1889 time period, see Ft McKavett "Breeze" Newspaper located HERE

G. Baker ran a store in Ft. McKavett. I'm not sure where this store was located..........but found the following lease letter that MAY be in reference to his store location. I also found a picture of the Baker store in the Menard Anthology. You can view this here. A short biography about Green B. Baker and family can be found HERE.



The Menard Messenger
Vol. 10 No. 26
Thursday, April 26, 1917

(page 12)

Alfred Jones, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jones, died last week of appendicitis and was interred Friday at the Opp cemetery.

Dr. W. L. Langford reports the birth of a fine boy to Mr. and Mrs. Will Warren Sunday. Mother and babe doing fine and Will is expected to recover with careful nursing.

The Menard Messenger
Vol. 10 No. 26
Thursday, May 3, 1917


J. A. Champie made a flying trip to Junction this week.

Last week being clean-up week for our city the people have been very busy and the town looks considerably cleaner now.

Mrs. F. B. Opp was up from the ranch, Thursday, shopping.

Talbert & Stockton of this city have a car of lumber which they are going to use in putting up some fine residences on their farm.

A home guard of twenty members was organized here Saturday.

John Nixon made a business trip to Menard this week.

Crops are good in this section considering the small amount of rain we have had so far.

John Webster was in from his ranch Wednesday, in his Maxwell

Finess Hamby was over from Sonora the first of the week and reports that he is doing well.

Rev. Schrimpshire is going to move his family to Eldorado, but will continue to preach here once a month.

Louis Ball bought from Tobe Warren, the old Warren homestead one mile from town.
Written by "Whisting Rufus"

The Menard Messenger
Vol. 10 No. 29
Thursday, May 24, 1917
(page 6)


Judge Haley performed the ceremony which made Jack Stockton and Miss Lucy Smith man and wife, Sunday evening at the home of the bride.

Dr. Langford reports the birth of a pair of twin girls to Mr. and Mrs. John Fish; a big girl to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Baker and a girl to Chas. Clark and wife, all doing nicely.

The Menard Messenger
Vol. 10 No. 44
Thursday, September 13, 1917

(page 1)

Minnie Burleson, the 16 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Burleson of Ft McKavett, was taken to Brady six weeks ago and after an operation for appendicitis was removed to her home where she died Tuesday. The funeral was held Wednesday and burial at McKavett.

The Menard Messenger
Vol. 10 No. 45
Thursday, September 20, 1917

(page 7)

Miss Minnie Burleson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Burleson, died on Tuesday morning the 11th, after an illness of over two months. She was born at Fort McKavett on February 11, 1902, and was just reaching young womanhood. Deceased was one of those dignified, modest girls whom to know was to love, a universal favorite among all with whom she came in contact. She loved pictures, music and so utterly forgetful of self when she could be of service to others. She was always of a cheerful and sunshiny disposition, not to the neglect of life's serious side.
The funeral rites took place at the cemetery on the night of the 11th, and was conducted by Rev. Richard Mercer, who in addition to the service, made a brief and feeling address.
Appropriate hymns were sung and the grave was covered with flowers and wreaths made by loving hands. A very large crowd of people from the surrounding country came to pay their last tribute of affection to the one who was so transparently sincere. The public school of which she was a talented pupil closed for the day.
The parents and family have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their noble girl, who exchanged the pangs of earth for the joys of paradise.

How appropriate these lines of the quaker Poet fit the deceased.

"I know not where God's islands lead
Beyond the crowded air
I only know that I cannot drift
Beyond God's love and care. " -M-


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