Red River County Historical Society

Red River County Historical Society Red River County Historical Society P. O. Box 1261 Clarksville, TX 75426

Annual Membership is just $10.00. If you are interested in becoming a member, please forward your fee to Red River County Historical Society P O Box 1261 Clarksville, TX 75426

Mission: to promote and preserve the history of Red River County, Texas

Here’s a photo of Miss Ellis Weaver. Miss Ellis was one of Clarksville’s most popular piano and voice teachers for o...
06/16/2019

Here’s a photo of Miss Ellis Weaver. Miss Ellis was one of Clarksville’s most popular piano and voice teachers for over forty years. She also directed the choir at McKenzie Memorial Methodist Church for many years.

One of our followers graciously shared these photos taken of the old wooden bridge crossing the Pecan Bayou north of Whi...
05/31/2019

One of our followers graciously shared these photos taken of the old wooden bridge crossing the Pecan Bayou north of Whiterock. This was probably taken in the late 1950s. It was always scary crossing this bridge with all the creaking.

First Presbyterian Church, Clarksville, Texas
04/07/2019

First Presbyterian Church, Clarksville, Texas

Here are some photos from our archives taken at the 125th Anniversary Luncheon on May 18, 1958. The luncheon was held in the Junior High Cafeteria.

First Presbyterian Church, Clarksville, Texas
03/17/2019

First Presbyterian Church, Clarksville, Texas

We thought we would share this photo from our archives taken March 17, 1939. This is how the church looked exactly 80 years ago today!

First Presbyterian Church, Clarksville, Texas
03/17/2019

First Presbyterian Church, Clarksville, Texas

Here are some more great photos from our archives. The first photo was taken in 1911 of the C. T. Walker family in their 1911 Buick stuck in the mud and the overflowing Delaware Creek. The second photo is of Mrs. Essie Walker in her new 1951 Buick in the same place. We are certainly thankful for paved streets and for the construction of the flood prevention lakes built in the 1950s.

We are proud to have our new way finding signs up in Clarksville pointing the way to our historic sites and other points...
03/11/2019

We are proud to have our new way finding signs up in Clarksville pointing the way to our historic sites and other points of interest.

One of our followers found some old photos recently.  We are happy to show this photo of Doris Hall taken in 1947 in fro...
01/15/2019

One of our followers found some old photos recently. We are happy to show this photo of Doris Hall taken in 1947 in front of the Dorsey Hotel on West Main Street in Clarksville. The Dorsey Hotel was located just west of the present Old Church Theatre and across from the present McDonald's. The steps are still there!

We are also happy to report that we were able to send these lost photos to a family member.

Don Kirk submitted this photo of the 3-room Bagwell school taken about 1903. His aunt, Myrtle Kirk, who was born in 1893...
01/02/2019

Don Kirk submitted this photo of the 3-room Bagwell school taken about 1903. His aunt, Myrtle Kirk, who was born in 1893, is second from the right on the middle row.

The Festival of Quilts is today from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church.
10/06/2018

The Festival of Quilts is today from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church.

One of our vendors will have beautiful antiques for sale in her booth.  Don’t miss our 39th Annual Fall Bazaar this Sa...
10/02/2018

One of our vendors will have beautiful antiques for sale in her booth. Don’t miss our 39th Annual Fall Bazaar this Saturday around the Red River County Courthouse!

We quickly sold all of John Chapman’s current paintings for this year’s Bazaar. We were able to secure some previous...
10/01/2018

We quickly sold all of John Chapman’s current paintings for this year’s Bazaar. We were able to secure some previously painted works. If you are interested in these, we will have them at The Bazaar on Saturday.

The PRIDE Group along with other vendors are already working on the booths for our 39th Annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, ...
10/01/2018

The PRIDE Group along with other vendors are already working on the booths for our 39th Annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, October 6 around the Red River County Courthouse. As of tonight, we have 65 booths confirmed with several more in the works.

We have a new T-shirt for this year’s Fall Bazaar. This design will be on a gray heather T-shirt.
09/20/2018

We have a new T-shirt for this year’s Fall Bazaar. This design will be on a gray heather T-shirt.

At this year’s Fall Bazaar, we invite you to bid on a Haunted Night in Clarksville. The evening will include a private...
09/18/2018

At this year’s Fall Bazaar, we invite you to bid on a Haunted Night in Clarksville. The evening will include a private Ghost Tour for up to eight guests led by a local historian. The evening will culminate with the highest bidders spending the night in Clarksville’s most haunted home. A continental breakfast will be served the following morning for those who weren’t scared away! This is sure to be a night to be remembered, and is not for the faint of heart! The high bidder will select a Friday or Saturday evening in October or November of 2018. The opening bid is $600. You may bid on here up until October 5th.

We are proud to offer six different magnets at this year’s Bazaar on October 6th. These magnets are priced at $5/each ...
09/17/2018

We are proud to offer six different magnets at this year’s Bazaar on October 6th. These magnets are priced at $5/each and will be the perfect gift for those who collect magnets or to add to your collection.

Clarksville Main Street is partnering with the Red River County Historical Society and the First Presbyterian Church- Cl...
09/15/2018

Clarksville Main Street is partnering with the Red River County Historical Society and the First Presbyterian Church- Clarksville on October 6, 2018 to present the Inaugural Clarksville Main Street Festival of Quilts. The CMS Festival of Quilts will be held in conjunction with the RR Co. Historical Society's Annual Fall Bazaar. The Quilt show is open to anyone that has a quilt that they would like to display. There is not fee for participation or for attending. Quilts will not be judged, but a People's Choice Award will be given. For information or registration/entry forms for the Festival of Quilts contact Mickey Allen at 903-427-2500 or email [email protected]

These photos of the old Red River County Jail were taken in the mid 1980s before the Historical Society did any restorat...
05/09/2018

These photos of the old Red River County Jail were taken in the mid 1980s before the Historical Society did any restoration work. Tell us if you have any memories of the jail or the surrounding businesses, including the Sweeden Coin Laundry, the Sweeden Meat Market, the Blue Bird Cafe, etc.

04/27/2018

Please plan to join us on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church for our Quarterly Program Meeting. Preston Ware of the Oklahoma Historical Society in Oklahoma City will present a special educational program on the history and importance of musical instruments in the early, mid and late 19th century. He will demonstrate and perform on period musical instruments. This will be a fun and educational program for children and adults alike.

04/20/2018
Teela Hurt will present our Quarterly Program on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church ...
01/24/2018

Teela Hurt will present our Quarterly Program on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Clarksville. Mrs. Hurt will speak on the Orphan Train Movement and the adoption of children by Red River County families on the train's stop in Clarksville in the spring of 1926. The practice of relocating children from New York to towns in 47 states began in 1853 and ended in 1929 when the last train left New York for Sulphur Springs, Texas. Please make plans to attend this very informative program.

Congratulations to the Clarksville High School Band for making history today by winning the Texas 2A UIL State Marching ...
11/07/2017

Congratulations to the Clarksville High School Band for making history today by winning the Texas 2A UIL State Marching Contest!!!

10/31/2017

On Thursday, November 2, 2017, the Red River County Historical Society will hold its Quarterly Program Meeting at the First Christian Church in Detroit at 6:00 p.m. The Church is located at 155 1st Street NW in Detroit just north of the stop light on US 82. Attendees at this meeting are invited to bring an item for a “Show and Tell” Program. Items may include an item that you may think of having historical significance or a treasured family heirloom. Attendees may also give a brief history of the item or ask the audience what anyone may know about the item. It is hoped that some true “treasures” will be found. This format will be similar to that of Antiques Roadshow, but no valuations will be available.
Please come and enjoy an evening of fun as we find some Red River County treasures.

Clarksville Cemetery is featured.
10/05/2017

Clarksville Cemetery is featured.

Yesterday we told you that October is Texas Archeology Month and that we have put QR codes at Evergreen Cemetery to talk about the symbolism you can see on some of the graves there. We also told you that we've added a new cemetery to our Texas Archeology Month celebration, but didn't tell you where. We're excited to say that this year we've also put QR codes out at Clarksville Cemetery! These QR codes will talk about the symbolism you can find on some of the graves, even the graves of some notable citizens like Albert Hamilton Latimer, who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Clarksville Cemetery is located in Clarksville, between Washington and West Taylor Streets.

To read QR codes you need to download a QR reader app, or if you have iOS 11 you can use your camera to read QR codes.

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We are pleased to represent Red River County native, John David Chapman's paintings at our booth at this year's Bazaar. ...
09/23/2017

We are pleased to represent Red River County native, John David Chapman's paintings at our booth at this year's Bazaar. These works will be available for purchase at our booth, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Red River County Historical Society. One of Chapman's paintings of the DeMorse Home in Clarksville won Best of Show at the 2017 Red River County Fair. Don't miss a chance to own one of these extraordinary pieces of art. We are pleased to report that three of the seven have now been sold -- Scaff Gin, Courthouse Tower and Red Barn!!! If you are interested, please let us know. You may pick them up on Bazaar day.

We thank Wanda Storey Varley for graciously donating this oil painting of the old Clarksville High School to the Red Riv...
09/23/2017

We thank Wanda Storey Varley for graciously donating this oil painting of the old Clarksville High School to the Red River County Historical Society. Tickets may be purchased for $5/each or 5 for $20 to have the opportunity to win this beautiful painting. Tickets will be available on Bazaar Day and at CHS Golden Oldie Reunion on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Don't miss a chance to win this beautiful painting. This is a one of a kind.

Our new cookbook has arrived and will be available at our 38th Annual Fall Bazaar on October 7th. The cost is $20. They ...
09/20/2017

Our new cookbook has arrived and will be available at our 38th Annual Fall Bazaar on October 7th. The cost is $20. They will make perfect Christmas gifts!! If you need one before the Bazaar, they are available at the Historic Red River County Chamber of Commerce.

Red River County native Hub Whiteman was the World Champion Steer Wrestler in 1941. He is also reputed to be the only pa...
07/30/2017

Red River County native Hub Whiteman was the World Champion Steer Wrestler in 1941. He is also reputed to be the only participant to win both a timed and riding event at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
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Red River County Public Library

CLASS OF 25
TOP ROW, from left to right: Paul Thomas, president/prophet; Margaret Marable, treasurer/prophet; Hattie McConnell, secretary; William Hogan, vice president/writer of will
SECOND ROW, from left to right: Harold Martin, Mary Frances McCarver, poet; Eunice Reed, Edith Butcher, Mildred West, historian; Hazel Maxfield, pianist; Weldon Latimer, Lee Brown
THIRD ROW, from left to right: William Hale, Lois Witmer, William (Peter) Barnett, Louise Ward, Page Keeton, valedictorian; Eva Strickland, Charles Hagler, Katherine McMaster, Moody Hale
FOURTH ROW, from left to right: Hubert Goodman, Cherry West, Carroll Jamison, Inez Latimer, Pat Beadle, Ruth Williams, James Robert Gross, Leola Lyons, Mildred Francis (no photo)
FIFTH ROW, from left to right: Enos Reed, Gladys Adams, Floyd Williams, Margaret Mehaffey, Dick Hamilton, AlgieLee Stamphill, Bob Giddens, Ralph Green, Margaret Jones (no photo)
BOTTOM ROW, from left to right: Tom Brown, Anna Belle VanWinkle, Clyde Rains, Ruth Terry, salutatorian; Sam Mauldin, Sallie Igo, Britta Hearne, Wayne West, Virginia Seay

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
05/06/2017

Red River County Public Library

Red River County Public Library
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Red River County Public Library

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601 W Broadway St
Clarksville, TX
75426

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