February 9, 2008

Fords Corner

angled ford's corner
Info. from the Handbook of Texas Online:

Fords Corner is a rural residential community located at the junction of State Highway 21 and Farm Road 1 about seven miles southeast of San Augustine in northeastern San Augustine County. Named after the Ford family, the community was probably in existence in the early 1900s. For years a general store served both travelers and farmers in the area. By 2000 only dispersed homes remained, and Fords Corner had a population of thirty.

flags at ford's corner
ford's corner pumps
ford's corner store window
a clowder of cats
There was a clowder of cats (in this case, five) nearby.

ford falcon at ford's corner store
Ford Falcon (this one was on blocks)

ford's corner
rear of ford falcon at ford's corner

Some interesting information about Fords Corner via a commenter at texmarc's stupid rabbit:

"My grandfather 'Elbert' Ford opened that store in the 1920's. I remember him telling us kids about the time the infamous Bonnie & Clyde showed up at the store...this was about 1934. Scared the shit out of him...as he knew they were runnin the back-roads between Texas and Louisiana and that they loved to rob gas stations. Turned out...they were very nice and paid for their gas and drinks. After they left, a letter (that probably fell out of Clyde's pocket) was found on the floor that was written to his mother. My grandfather kept it for a while then turned it over to the San Augustine County Sheriff. I think it's displayed in some museum now. He always said he wished he'd kept it but my grandmother 'Vera' Ford said that the sheriff threatened him and made him turn it over. That store is still owned by a cousin that lives in the house behind it.

-T-Ford"

5 comments:

Whoa Pink! said...

Again, I am stunned by your photographs.

Chris said...

Stunned? I wish. That's so nice of you to say!

texmarc said...

A Friend of mine found your blog through a link on my page. Here are his comments about a recent entry:
Hey, cool photo piece on Ford's Corner on your latest blog...where'd you get it and who did the pics? My grandfather "Elbert" Ford opened that store in the 1920's. I remember him telling us kids about the time the infamous Bonnie & Clyde showed up at the store...this was about 1934. Scared the shit out of him...as he knew they were runnin the back-roads between Texas and Louisiana and that they loved to rob gas stations. Turned out...they were very nice and paid for their gas and drinks. After they left, a letter (that probably fell out of Clyde's pocket) was found on the floor that was written to his mother. My grandfather kept it for a while then turned it over to the San Augustine County Sheriff. I think it's displayed in some museum now. He always said he wished he'd kept it but my grandmother "Vera" Ford said that the sheriff threatened him and made him turn it over. That store is still owned by a cousin that lives in the house behind it.
T-Ford

Chris said...

That's awesome, texmarc! I appreciate you letting me know. I've added your friend's comments to the post. He has a great memory for some of that story's details. I have no doubt as to its authenticity!

Faith Haughtone said...

Your post is really good. It seems that car was like the used one I saw at Andrews ford.