SWEET HOME HALL

SOLOMON WEST TRAVELED FROM ALABAMA TO LAVACA COUNTY IN
JUNE OF 1853 AND PURCHASED 2,214 ACRES OF LAND ON MUSTANG CREEK.
WHEN HIS FAMILY JOINED HIM IN 1854 AFTER A LONG, TIRESOME JOURNEY
BY WAGON TRAIN, MARY B. WEST EXCITINGLY SAID,''PA, THIS WOULD BE A REAL
SWEET HOME'' AND THUS, THE AREA WAS NAMED.
                      SWEET HOME TOWN WAS ESTABLIESHED IN 1887 WHEN THE SAN ANTONIO /
                      ARANSAS PASS RAILROAD LAID TRACKS THROUGH LAVACA COUNTY. OVER THE
                      LAST 150 YEARS, SWEET HOME HAS GONE THROUGH A LOT OR CHANGES
                      MOST VILLAGERS MOVED FROM OLD SWEET HOME TO THE PRESENT LOCATION
                      TO BE NEAR THE RAILROAD. THE TOWN PROSPERED AND GREW TO INCLUDE A
                      RAILROAD DEPOT, A DRUG STORE, A ROOMING HOUSE, AN ICE HOUSE, TWO
                      BANKS,TWO MOTELS, A MORTUARY, A LUMBER YARD, A MASONIC LODGE, TWO
                      CHURCHES, A LARGE MERCHANDISE STORE, A COTTON GIN, A TOMATO GRADE
                      SHED, A DANCE HALL CALLED '' WAGON WHEEL'', AND ABOUT FOUR SALOONS.
                      THE CATTLE DRIVERS STOPPED TO REST IN SWEET HOME AS THEY TRAVELED
                      THE OLD CHISHOLM TRAIL. LATER, HOWEVER, WHEN THE RAILROAD
                      DISCONTINUED ITS PATH THROUGH SWEET HOME, MOST BUSINESSES RELOCATED.
                      TODAY, SWEET HOME HAS TWO LEATHER FACTORIES, A POST OFFICE, A GAS
                      STATION, A SALOON, A FIRE DEPARTMENT, A CATHOLIC CHURCH, A PARISH
                      HALL, A BAPTIST CHURCH, AN AUTO REPAIR SHOP, A SIGN COMPANY,AN
                      ANTIQUE CAR SHOP, A SCHOOL, A STORE & KITCHEN, A LITTLE LEAGUE BALL
                      FIELD, AN AMERICAN LEGION HALL, & SWEET HOME  COMMUNITY CENTER.
                      DANCE   PRIVATY   PARTY  WEDDING  REUNION   PICNIC  TURKET SHOOT
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               IN 1949 THE KUTAC FAMILY DONATED TWO ACRES OF LAND TO BUILD NEW A
                      S.P.J.S.T. LODGE # 63. THEY BUILT THE SWEET HOME HALL. THE FLOOR WAS USED
                      FROM THE OLD WAGON WHEEL BUILT IN 1887, AND THEN IN 1958 THE SWEET HOME
                      FIRE DEPT. PURCHAED IT, IN 1967 , HURRICANE BLULAH DEMOLISHED THE HALL ALL
                      EXCEPT THE FLOOR, THE FIRE DEPT REBUILT THE HALL ON THE SAME FLOOR. IN 1990
                      THE YOAKUM C.B. CLUB BOUGHT THE HALL. THEY HAVE BINGO ON MONDAYS
                      ON WEEK ENDS IT IS USED FOR RENTALS AND DANCES. IF YOU DANCE ON
                      THE FLOOR IN SWEET HOME HALL YOU CAN SAY YOU DANCED WERE BOB WILLS,
                      JOE PATEK, ADOLPH HOFFNER, FRANK MIGL, ADOLPH MIGL. WORTHING BRASS BAND,
                      RUDY KURTZ, AND THE VANEK'S ORCHESTRA, PLAYED BACK IN THE TWENTY'S AND
                      THIRTY'S, THE OLD WAGON WHEEL HALL WAS 3 BLOCKS DOWN FROM THE SWEET
                      HOME HALL RUNNING PARALLEL WITH FM 531 MGR,FATHER KUREATO BOUGHT IT
                      OUT IN THE MID 40'S. AFTER HE RETIRED FROM QUEEN OF PEACE CHURCH HE BUILT
                      HIM A HOME ON THE CORNER OF FM 531 & 77 A, THE PROPERTY WAS SOLD TO GENE
                      JANAK AND HE BUILT HIS OWN HOME. THE WAGON WHEEL WAS ROUNG. THE CEILING
                      LOOKED LIKE SPOKES AND IN THE IN THE MIDDLE CEILING A HUB FOR AIR VENT,
                      THAT'S WHY THEY IT WAGON WHEEL, THE LAST COUPLE  BOOKED DANCE WAS
                      MR & MRS. WACHARS AND LATER MOVED TO CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS. IT WAS
                      RUMOR THAT HANK WILLIAMS WAS BOOKED BUT HE NEVER SHOWED UP

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