I wrote a post in my ranch blog about some things I found out about the Walkers Creek area during a visit to the Milam History Museum in Cameron. Read it, if you want to!
What I was really there for, though was to get more information on the property we own and are using for our offices, the old First Christian Church, and the house behind it. Melanie Reed was gracious enough to introduce me to Charles King, who runs the museum and is a major collector in town. He brought out some fascinating photo albums of Cameron through the years, and even looked up the original owners of the Gillis house, the Pope family, in their archives to see if anything was there.
We could not find any photos of the Gillis house, or maybe we should call it the Pope house, but we got some good information that I’ll be able to use in a future post.
We found a great image of the church, though, a postcard that had been mailed in 1912, so we know the photo was from around then. It shows how beautiful the original building was, in pretty good detail, though perhaps the telephone pole right in front is not helpful. I wish those trees were still around!
I was happy to learn that Charles has the negatives to these photos, so I will order one of those and get a nice print made to display in the chursh when it’s renovated.
As I was reading a very detailed Milam County history book, Matchless Milam, which had some references to the Pope family (but, frustratingly, nothing about this church), I came across this tidbit:
“Mrs. Pope was a charter member of the Christian Church of Cameron, and was an active worker in that church.” (p. 209)
Well, it must have been easy for her to work at the church, given its distance from her home! Maybe it’s NOT a coincidence our two properties are tied together.
By the way, I also found out that Mr. and Mrs. Fuller (James Pierce “Buddy” and Irene), the next owners of the home, also attended our church (Cameron Herald, 08 Oct 1981). Smart people.