Buicks for Sale at Prewitt

Prewitt was a store in Taylor, Texas–hardware, dry goods, clothing–but cars?  Apparently so.  This newspaper advertisement appeared in the January 19, 1921 issue of the Taylor Daily Press. Buick Motor Company was founded by David Dunbar Buick (1854-1929)–a Scottish boy who came to America with his parents when he was 2 years old. David quit…

Importance of Writing Paper

In an era where we communicate by typing and shooting our messages off digitally, can we even imagine the art of letter writing?  It was important, and you needed to make an impression with your penmanship, composition and quality of writing material.  At least that’s what the J.J. Thames Drug Co. would like you to…

Public Bus System in Taylor

In the 1940 Taylor Daily Press, there was this announcement for the Taylor Transit Bus Company.  There was a circular route, so you could go to shops and return home again in very little time.  Now personal vehicles are so prevalent, but there are still those who call CARTS (Capital Area Rapid Transit System) for…

Snakes in Pianos

  One of the many dangers of early settlers and families in Williamson County was encounters with rattlesnakes.  The second danger was how folks thought to cure a snake bite.  Mrs. Stone found a snake in her piano.  That story really stands out, so is included here.  Really, it wasn’t a rattlesnake, but one can…

Men, Mules, Machines

This article came from the December 22, 1944 issue of the Taylor Daily Press.  WWII was well underway.  All merchants and businessmen ran Christmas greetings in the paper that day.  This one from Texas Power & Light, which had a major office in Taylor at that time, ran this greeting that spoke to the workers…

School to Open in Taylor (1917)

All students went o the Main school building–that’s where the old 7th Street Campus now stands. There was a “Beginners” group and apparently all the students were sorted through and assigned to classes. None of this age breakdown business!