Are you like me? You’ve listened to an older generation most of your life as those people talk about long gone communities, and yet you have no real idea where they were located, right?
That’s the way I was recently about what I thought was the community of Hebron. As it turns out (according to Missy Jones), I was wrong. Hebron wasn’t a community at all; it was a school, a school that served the community of Creamer…go figure on that one!
So where was the Hebron school located? And where was Creamer, the community it served? It’s really very simple….well, it is once you know.
To get to Creamer, take Highway 36 out of Comanche toward Gustine.
Since Highway 36 was once the tracks for the Cottonbelt railroad, the depot would have been located very close to the road. Missy Jones remembers her parents telling her that young couples used to take their buggies after church on Sundays and go out to watch the train come in!
There was apparently a picket fence around at least part of the depot yard.
“One time when Mama and Daddy were courting, Daddy was trying to open the gate in the picket fence for Mama to walk through. The depot man, as Mama called him, called out, ‘Mr. Will, why don’t you just pick her up and sot her over it?'”
And how many times have you blithely driven from Comanche to Gustine, never dreaming that once there was an entire community with its own train station between the two towns? Amazing, isn’t it?
(In 1992, Alton Mercer drew a map of the area and plotted who lived where. This can be viewed inside the Comanche County Historical Museum should you be interested.)