Wednesday, July 23, 2008

ABC Wednesday---A for Aley UMC

From the Texas Handbook Online:
ALEY, TEXAS. Aley is on Farm Road 85 twenty-seven miles northwest of Athens in far northwestern Henderson County. The settlement was evidently founded soon after the Civil War. A post office operated there from 1894 to 1907. In the early 1900s J. O. Hall and W. C. Higgins operated a local general store, and by 1910 the settlement had a combination church and school, a store operated by James Burns, and a population of twenty-five. In the mid-1930s it had a population of sixty-five, two churches, a store, and a school. After World War II the population dropped to fifty and the school closed. In the early 1990s a cemetery and two stores remained. In 2000 the population was twenty.

Today the area seems to have been incorporated into the city of Seven Points. But there are still a couple of churches with the name Aley....this one is Aley Methodist Church and I know a few really fine folks there!

P.S. I've discovered that there's been a big change to the ABC Wednesday process and I haven't figured it out yet. So I won't be linked there .... but I'm still going to count this one and will be ready next Wednesday!

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