• Rollie Bailey – Memories Of Dublin, Texas

     I absolutely love it when one of you takes the time to send us something you remember from one of our Texas towns. Today, we are reprinting Rollie L. Bailey’s  memories of growing up in Dublin, Texas.  We’d love to hear from some of the rest of you!

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    1855 TURNBOW BARBEE CABIN DUBLIN, TEXAS

    I’ve been reading your blog on Dublin and need to put my two cents in. I was born in Dublin in 1926, but we moved to Amarillo for a couple of years. We moved back two or three years later.

    We lived with my grandfather (Sam Bailey) a while, then moved up by the standpipe.

    There were only four streets paved in town—Patrick—Grafton—Highway 6 (from the library to the Santa Fe tracks) and the street on the north side of the Dublin Bottling Co. to the tracks.

    The wagon yard was behind the old A&P store, and it was always full on Saturday. I remember third Monday trade day—standing around Brown’s Blacksmith Shop–watching the doodle bug go thru town—going to the old old school building(built in 1903) torn down 1936.

    I lived in Dublin only 18 years, but those were the days.

    Keep up the good work

    Rollie L. Bailey

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    6 Responses to Rollie Bailey – Memories Of Dublin, Texas

    1. Anna Thompson says:

      Dublin Oil and Refinery Plant:

      Fredda, could you ask Mr. Bailey if he ever saw this plant or heard about it during his growing-up years. We have pictures of brick buildings, tanks, metal stairs, pipes, and a rairoad track with crossing lights starting in 1920 and ending in 1927. My in-laws, Cicero Taylor Thompson and Charles Etta Dunlap Thompson, lived there from about 1920 when their first child, Gerald Dunlap Thompson, was one year old until their fourth child, Mary Etta Thompson Wade, was born in 1928. We have pictures of visitors on stairs, tanks, playing in the dirt and sitting in cars. In the 1930 Census, the whole family lived on Harris Street in Dublin.
      I have asked Mary Etta, Mrs. Yantis, and members of the Erath County Genealogical Society. No one has heard about it much less could tell me where it was located. What business could have taken its place? I would love to have this mystery cleared up. Thanks.

      Anna

    2. Anna Thompson says:

      Looking forward to a reply. Thanks,

      Anna

    3. Missy Jones says:

      Fredda, with a later day note. I remember so well the Sunset Cafe. It was a great place to eat, to drink coffee and visit with your friends. I have written about Jimmie Tucker and his wife. They wned “The Owl Drug” in Comanche. They closed the Owl about 10:00 pm on Saturday night. Darrell and I, (we were “courting”) Mr. and Mrs. Tucker and several other couples would drive over to Dublin to the Sunset cafe, drink coffee, and eat a slice of fresh pie (they were baking pies late that night for the Sunday lunch) and visit to the wee hours. I also remember my good friends, Rochelle and Dorothy Elliott. We made lots of coffee runs over there, and I remember (Rochelle) he loved to drive fast. and would be making 100 miles an hour as we crossed the Leon River bridge. We didn’t have a brain, but were sure having a good time. Also, Dublin was the home of the Pre-Madison Square Garden Rodeo that would be held in New York directly after the Dublin rodeo was over. Darrell and I were in the stands the night that Gene Autrey made his last trip to Dublin, and he rode his horse around and around the rodeo arena. We were all Gene Autrey fans.

      • Tom D says:

        I visited a lot in the 80s. My mom grew up in Dublin and I’d accompany her on her trips back to visit her parents. Always made her take me to Sunset Cafe. I fell in love with steak, and some teenage waitress, here!

    4. Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

      Anna, below is the reply:

      I AM ALSO PUZZLED ABOUT THIS OIL BUSINES AND WHERE IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN. I WAS BORN IN DUBLIN BUT WE LIVEN IN AMARILLO TILL I WAS NEARLY 4 WE WERE IN THE 30 CENSUS IN AMARILLO. WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT I ONLY LIVED IN DUBLIN FOR 14 YEARS.

      BUT THOES WERE THE GOOD OLD DAYS. I WENT THIRD GRADE IN THE OLD SCHOOL BLD BUILT IN 1903. I WAS DRAFTED IN 1944 WENT TO THE NAVY GOT OUT IN 46 WENT TO COLLEGE 2 YEARS THEN GOT A JOB WITH ATT STAYED WITH THAT FOR 43 YEARS. A LOT OF STUFF HAPENED IN THE MEANTIME MORE LATER MABE

      CALL ME LOYD

      THANKS

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