Store in Neinda, Texas

Hello Everyone,

Have been doing some digging into family history the last few days. I then went back into a box of items we had from my husbands grandmothers, she saved all her cards. Each year, bundled them with rubber bands, some with a piece of paper marking “Christmas 1987″ and things like that. She saved all of her birthdays, Easter, Christmas, Mothers Day.

These were items that would have gone into the trash, but I dug them out from being cleaned out of her place. I went through them all one by one. I threw away a large pile, there were just so many, just vague cards with not much noted.

I kept ones from relatives with writing or pictures tucked inside. I picked the vintage cards with neat pictures on them that can be used for crafts.

So I was googling Neinda, Texas, its pretty much a ghost town now. But its where much of my husbands Mothers side of the family is buried. We need to take a trip and visit. My husbands Grandfather, Great Grandfather and other relatives are buried there.

There is very little when you google Neinda to find. I found a mention of population 21 in 2000. I wonder if there is anyone else left there today? I am quoting a website “]

“NEINDA, TEXAS. Neinda, on Farm Road 126 seven miles southeast of Hamlin in northwest Jones County, was settled in the 1880s by Joe Cox and others. It was called Banner until the post office was established in 1900. The railroads bypassed Neinda, and the town’s first postmaster, John O’Brien, was also its last. In 1940 Neinda had a gin, several businesses, and seventy-five residents. In 1978 a store, a gin, and the Baptist church survived. The population was thirty-one in 1980 and 1990. The old cemetery is maintained by the Cemetery Association and the Pioneers Reunion, which meets annually. In 2000 the population was twenty-one .”

I tried looking up a Cemetery Association and Pioneers Reunion online and could not find anything, do they still get together? Would love to find out where one gets this type of info.
There are some pictures on Flickr of someone going through and the Old Neinda Baptist Church. You can see the sign and church at the following links. I was reading it and see the name J. S. Hubbard was the first preacher. I believe this to be a relation, my husbands Grandmother was a Hubbard, and she spoke of her Uncle the preacher and how she loved going to his house. It could be another preacher she spoke of, but her story is in my head, she passed away 2 yrs ago at age 94, and told us about going to the preachers house while her mom was away in a “hospital” how she loved it there and didnt want to go home and cried when she had to leave. She always spoke fondly of the preacher. I wonder did Grandma Faye sit in this little church? Did she worship here? Was this the same preacher she spoke of listed on the sign? Im guessing this is where some family funeral services also took place.
A picture of the church
So what brought me to doing this post, was a photo found tucked inside a card in Faye’s Christmas Card collection, 1977.
And then seeing a man named Barclay Gibson photographed this same spot on Oct. 2004. I wonder how this looks today, another 10 yrs has almost passed! Here is his photo and a link to his web page.
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So here is what this lovely Christmas Card had tucked inside.
Dear Friends,
Proud to hear from you again and that you and yours are well. We are still doing pretty good for kids our age. We have had the hottest summer I think we have ever had. Fay Im trying to help Lena with the cards and I hope you can read this. We plan to spend Xmas with Sonny’s 2 girls and 4 boys who live in Odessa. Just think we have 4 great grand Sons. Time flys. We see Hershell and his Faye occasionally. Sure feel sorry for Hershell, his eyesight is almost gone. We are sending you a picture of the store. Rod and Dell still operate it. Sept 27 was 50 Anniversary. Lena joins me in wishing all of you health and happiness and a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year. With Love (JuoR?) and Lena Brown.
Hard to make out his name, so Im posting a photo as maybe someone else can transcribe what it says.
BrownSignature
The sign says “Brown’s Cash Store” Opened Sept 27, 1927 is written on the back of the photograph and I can make out the 1927 on the store sign to the right side. Here is that photo tucked inside the card.
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I wonder when it closed? I wonder what happened to the couple running it? Would love to see more photos or hear stories of life in Neinda before it became a ghost town. Would love to chat with others from the Hubbard or Westmoreland families that once were around these parts and hear old stories.

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9 responses to “Store in Neinda, Texas

  1. gluepot

    Fascinating to think of the people that went through that store during its long life, the conversations that were had, stories that were told there. Thanks for sharing this find, and please let us know if you ever get there to look for it.

  2. I wonder how many of these treasures got lost when people threw out piles of greeting cards. I was always amazed at the stuff peole would bring to school for the children to cut up at Christmas to make into their own cards and decorations. I’ve rescued quite a few, but none with little notes and photos like this one.

  3. The store looks like it was abandoned even in 1977.

  4. What a great discovery. Isn’t it wonderful how a chance find can start you on an adventure which can lead anywhere – or in your case to Neinda, Texas. Thanks for taking us with you.

  5. I got interested in the place name, and was disappointed that it was not named after the first postmaster as many settlements in Canada were, as I discovered when I went to Aspdin Ontario many years ago to discover why it bore my unusual surname. An ancestor had settled there as postmaster. The only clue I can come up with for the name is that, in German it is “No Because”, as in “Are you lonely living so far from the city in such a small settlement?” “Nein da………….”

  6. Now I’m curious. I have been around that area several times and missed it. I must try to find it.

  7. Mrs Marvel

    Ghost towns are fascinating because of the “memory” of when they weren’t empty, really. I volunteer at a ghost town out here and I really enjoy seeing the children’s eyes light up when they see a photo of the town “as it was” and suddenly they have an idea of why they are visiting that place. Nice post. I admit I have thrown away tonnes of greeting cards. I just can’t keep everything, but the ones I have kept are from grandmothers and grandfathers long passed.

  8. My grandmother saved everything too. Boxes filled with ephemera from distant cousins and old friends who sent letters, notes, photos of children, and postcards from everywhere. I went to the website with the image of the Mr. Brown’s store as it is today and was amused that the site tried to offer “hotel accommodations” near there!

  9. I got waylaid by your links today. A fascinating story of such a small town. I have never been so lucky as to find a treasure trove of pictures and cards like yours.

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