"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 2 May 2002

Freezeout Cemetery On-Line

Originally, Freezeout was a stop for mule drivers hauling freight from Matagorda. It is located on FM 1786 about 8-miles southwest of Rockdale in southern Milam County. The "Freezeout Cemetery" is located about 12-miles from Rockdale on land now owned by the Alcoa Aluminum Company (Alcoa) and can be viewed on-line at: http://www.geocities.com/milamco/milam-007.htm

Freezeout had a trading post, a quarter-mile racetrack, and several saloons. A post office opened there in 1873 and the name was changed to Millerton in honor of Emil Miller, who had given land for a school.

The McAlester Fuel Co. renamed the town Sandow in 1922, after a famous strongman then being promoted by Florenz Ziegfeld.

For 25-years the mine at Sandow provided lignite to the central heating plants at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University, the San Antonio Public Service plant at New Braunfels, and the Texas Power and Light plant at Trinidad. The abundance of cheap natural gas, however, undermined the lignite industry during the 1940s, and in 1950 the mine was closed.

In 1951, after the development of a process by which lignite could be dried and carbonized to produce a cheap fuel, Alcoa decided to locate a large plant near Sandow; the Sandow Power Plant used lignite to generate electricity for Alcoa.

Texas Forest Trail Region Travel Guide

The Texas Forest Trail Region Travel Guide is now available free from the Texas Historical Commission (THC). The new brochure highlights historical and cultural treaures throughout the State of Texas.

The travel guide covers a 35 county area including:

To get your free map write: Texas Historical Commission, P. O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711-2276 or visit: http://www.thc.state.tx.us.

Book Review

Historic Williamson County: An Illustrated History, by John J. Leffler, Ph.D, San Antonio, TX: Historical Publishing Network http://www.lammertinc.com/, 2000 [ISBN: 1-893619-09-5] and published for the Williamson County Historical Commission, 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown, Texas 78626, telephone: 512/996-8582. Hardback, $39.95, 126 pages, index

An amazing book, the "Historic Williamson County: An Illustrated History" is an expansion of Professor Leffler's award-winning work for "The Austin American Statesman" related to Williamson County's Sesquicentennial. This is a wonderful pictorial coffee-table book with a manuscript that features hundreds of new and archival photographs and a wealth of cultural information about Williamson County, Texas.

Through the many images and photographs, Dr. Leffler traces Williamson County's evolution from its early Native American inhabitants through the Civil War & Reconstruction, Cowboys, Railroads, Immigrant Citizens, the Depression and into the modern age. Dr. Leffler is a teacher, writer, and historical preservationist and is a Professor of History at the University of Texas-Austin.

This book will make an outstanding addition to your home library. It will be a wonderful gift for any family who has roots in Williamson County, Texas. Give it as a gift to your children or grandchildren, friends or neighbors. I personally couldn't keep the copy sent to me out of my mother's hands! She kept commenting on this person or that one's family. It proved to be a good facilitator to get her talking about the old days and the photographs gave an image to her descriptions of the people and the lifestyle of days gone by.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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