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Upshur County, which
was created from territory originally in Harrisonand Nacogdoches
counties and was organized in 1846, is situated in the heart of the
piney woods of northeast Texas,and the manufacture of the hard
woods and the pine still constitutes one of the leading industries.
As of2000, the population was 35,291. The county seat is Gilmer.
Upshur County is part of the Longview MetropolitanStatistical Area
as well as the Longview Marshall Combined Statistical Area. The
county is named for Abel P. Upshurwho was U.S. Secretary of State
during President John Tyler's administration. Upshur was killed in
the explosionon the USS Princeton along with new United States
Secretary of the Navy Thomas Walker Gilmer.
The first railroad in the
was the main line of the
Texas & Pacific, which was extended west from Longview
beginningabout 1871, and passes through the southwestern portion of
the county,its first station being Big Sandy. About the
same time the old TylerTap Railway, a narrow gauge line, was built
north from Tyler across the Sabine River into Upshur County
to a connection with the
Texas& Pacific, and a few years later was extended north to
Mount Pleasant, reaching the latter place in 1878. Thisis now a part
ofthe St. Louis Southwestern
System. During the decade of the '90s the old Texas Southern, now
the Marshall &East Texas, a portion of the Missouri, Kansas
& Texas System, was constructed centrally through the
giving Gilmera station at
the junction of two roads. The original railways did much to
stimulate the lumber industry in thecounty,
andlater have promoted
development along other lines. Thirty years ago, when the lumber
business was at its height,the manufacturing interests of the
comprised about eighteen
sawmills and a number of shingle mills, and some grist mills forthe
local trade. Some of the old centers of settlement in the
county,before Gregg and Camp counties were detached,
are indicated by the post offices in 1856, the names of which were
Galloway, Coffeeville, Earpville, Gilmer, Omega, Pine Tree,
PointPleasant and Red Rock. Besides the two railroads townsof Gilmer and Big Sandy, the two largest
centers in 1882 were Coffeevilleand Simpsonville. Other towns
at the present time are Ewell,
Glenwood, Ashland, Bettie, Latch and Smith.
Cities and Towns
Bettie * Big
Sandy * Center Point (Ghost Town) * Diana (unincorporated) * East
Enoch (unincorporated) * Gilmer * Gladewater (mostly in Gregg
County) * Harmony * Latch
* Ore City * Pritchett (unincorporated) *
Simpsonville * Union Grove * Warren City (mostly in Gregg
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Upshur County Online Data
2014: Mil: Vietnam War Casualties; Korean
2014: Bio: LINDSEY
2014: History: 1914
County Description and Overview
- July - August 2014:
Obit: DARDEN -
Transcribed by Vicki Bryan; Obit:
DRAKE - Transcribed by Bobby Dobbins Title
- Obit: LAWRENCE - Transcribed by
East Mountain Cemetery - Transcribed by R.
- JANUARY 2014
- BIOS : DANIELS,
Dr. John Gilbert; GASKINS, T. B.; HART, Sterling
Carroll; HILL, Judge James Benjamin; McDONALD, John
Clarence; MARSHALL, James Monroe; STEPHENS, John
Jeptha; WILLIS, Nolan Richard-all transcribed by
Michele Jackson; DEATHS : Additional 200
Deaths. (1904); OBITS : Robert Walton Simpson;
Charles Bush; G. C. Bruner BIOS
: John La Fayette Camp; Oliver C. Roberts; Elias
Oden; Dick Gilliam, O. F. Crone Murder Victim;
Thretcher Morris had a bale of cotton stolen from
him.; W. H. McNair; Trial of Walter Davis for Murder
of Walter Harris; CRIME : Will Cooner; George
Knight; Turner Vs. St. Louis Southwestern Railway;
Gilmer Prisoners Escape; Gilmer Lynching Cases
Postponed DEATHS : Added 150 Death Records;
HISTORY : Upshur; NEWS : POLITICAL -
Upshur Primary Nominations, 1892; Upshur County School
Imbroglio; Upshur County Populists 1898; Jester at Big
Sandy, 1898; Upshur County Republicans, 1898; Upshur
County Democrats, 1900; Prohibitionists Carry Every
Precinct Except Grice; Majority vote for Prohibition;
NEWS : FIRES - Depot at Rhonesboro Burns, Mrs.
Jim Bratton burned; MARRIAGE & ANNIVERSARY NEWS
: Presley-Shepperd; Davis-Buie; Buie-Cosby;
OBITS : Joe Bishop; TOWNS : Kelsey News
JBUSINESSES : William Parker; W. J.
Moore; Mudge Company Moves Headquarters to Gilmer;
Gilmer needs hotel;
BIRTHS : 50+ Births
Added; NEWS : Community - Coal in Upshur
County; Oil Doubles Population of Gilmer; New
courthouse with jail atop; MARRIAGE &
ANNIVERSARY NEWS : Collins-Flowers; Geddis-Adams;
Hart-Johnson; Ortan-Pate; Smith-Galloway; OBITS :
Mrs. J. B. Anderson; Mrs. B. F. Bledsoe; J. D.
Bowie, Jr.; Frank Couch; Horace Douphrate; Mrs. Genie
Gano; J. R. Hinson; Lucy Johnson; Walter Loyd; H. Dee
Magrill; Mrs. Ollie Kate Marshall; O. C. Roberts;
William Sanders; Joe Satterwhice; J. M. Todd; WILLS
& PROBATE : Maggie Godfrey; D. R. Snider; Jas.
Phillips; BIRTHS : 50+
Births; CHURCHES : Baptist minister leaving;
Methodist Church News; GAZETTEER : 1904 Upshur
Gazetteer; MILITARY : 1883 Pensioners Listing,
transcribed by Mary Saggio; MARRIAGE &
ANNIVERSARY NEWS : Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Barton
Anniversary; Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Carter Anniversary;
Taylor-Buie; OBITS : Nellie Mae Beckworth; Mrs.
T. H. Briggs; C. C. Coppedge, T. A. Culberson; Mrs.
Dethridge; John Dulley; W. M. Dunn; L. F. Fouts; Katie
Jones; J. H. Landers; Mrs. S. S. Lyons; R. D. Moon; S.
B. Penry; Dr. W. Ragland; J. W. Willeford; James
Coleman Winn; SCHOOLS : School Exercises,
Gilmer building new high school. TOWNS : Gilmer
- WW2 Casualties; obits for
STANSEL, LOVING, SPENCER, THOMAS, DENTON, ROGERS,
EDGAR; Marriage Announcement for FLORENCE;
Gossip news, fire news re: WRIGHT;
Crime news: MCGUFFIN, DAVIS, LOVING,
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