by Judy Odom
In 1906, the Fort Worth and Rio Grand[e] Railroad Company presented a letter to the Tolar City Council asking them to consider the fact that the Railroad Company furnished the windmill, tower, and the well pipe and pump for the public well in Tolar, which had then become the property of the city of Tolar. The purpose of their letter was to request that the city of Tolar grant the railroad free water for use at their depot and cotton platform. The railroad also requested permission to lay the pipes for this purpose, and agreed that the hydrants at the cotton platform would be used only in case of fire.
In the 14th census, the preliminary announcement of population by the Bureau of Census states the town of Tolar in 1910 had a population of 455, and in 1920 had a population of 416.
Dovie Sue was born on April 12, 1912, and that same day Fayne Rose’s mother and father were married.
In Aug. 5, 1921, Jewel Cherry wrote a check for $2, on the Continental Bank of Tolar, to John Tarleton College for her college tuition.
Edna Meryl Sawyer’s father, Van Cochran, was the rock mason that built the old Dr. Rose building and the adjoining building that was the old Tolar Post Office. He also designed the rock arch leading into the old elementary building.
Leslie O’Neal still has the mission oak furniture that he purchased from Dr. Rose in 1932.
Virgil and Ruth Goforth opened Goforth Grocery and Feed for business in August of 1938 in downtown Tolar. This was a time in grocery history when there were still hitching posts, benches in front of the store, and the merchants set their merchandise out front without fear of theft. Coca-Cola was in a glass bottle and the grocery clerks did not have computers nor calculators to assist them in figuring your bill. People brought in their eggs, cream, and produce to trade for other essentials, and most likely charged their groceries, and to date some of those accounts still are not paid. As Virgil reminisces about his days in the grocery business, he tells of the time when the whole block caught on fire. People came from everywhere to help him move his supplies across the street. After the fire was put out, people helped him clean up and put all of the supplies back on the shelves. Lake Curl also owned a grocery store across the street. Virgil said the competition was friendly, and they helped each other out when needed. Their daughters were best friends and grew up playing together on the sidewalks in front of the stores. He gives his wife, Ruth, credit for the success of their business. He commented his was born a worker, not a learner. She was the brains of the business. Ruth received a degree in English from Texas Wesleyan College and taught school in Hood County.