The heading of today’s Snippets might be answered this way – “The name is for a person for whom a county and its county seat were named.”
If you responded in the above manner, then you would be correct with today’s topic.
Ye OLD Columnist (YOC) has reference to a certain individual in Texas history for whom the county and the county seat were tagged – Collin County with the county seat being McKinney. Yep, there was an individual many years ago, who was named Collin McKinney.
This might be the only instance in Texas, whereby the county carried the first name of a person, while the sir name was the name for the county seat.
What do we know about Collin McKinney? YOC might point out that Collin County, which is located immediately north of Dallas County, is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. The county was created in 1846 from Fannin County (Bonham – county seat).
McKinney’s “claim to fame” came a decade before Collin County came into existence. At the age of 70, he was the oldest signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. This document was signed on March 2, 1836, at Washington-on-the-Brazos (Washington County – Brenham, the county seat).
Born in New Jersey in 1766, he would later move to Texas and spend his last years in the Lone Star State.
McKinney had strong beliefs, regarding counties and county seats in Texas. He advocated making counties about 30 miles square with the courthouse being the geographic center. Thus county seats would be about 30 miles apart.
After he was 75 years old, he made numerous trips to Kentucky and Tennessee, guiding settlers to new homes in his adopted Texas. He died in Texas in 1861 at the age of 95.
The next time you might travel through Collin County or McKinney, remember the county and the county seat were named for the same individual – Collin McKinney.
My thanks to my son, Dr. Brad Chilton, for the idea on today’s column.
Remember the heavy rain and strong wind on Monday, June 9? YOC had performed his twice-weekly job of putting his trash near the curb for the Progressive Waster Solutions truck to make its early Monday pick-up.
Well, as luck would have it – the wind blew the trash container over into a large puddle of water on my drive-way. Before I could correct the situation, a Good Samaritan, Candelario Guiterrez, one of the drivers for Progressive, stopped and placed the trash in the back of his large truck. He also went the “extra mile” in moving the trash container out of the large water puddle to a dry spot on the drive-way.
Candelario, thank you very much. Yes, there are still Good Samaritans in this world, and at least one of them resides in Stephenville.
Old Goats sadness
Colleen Collins Lucas, wife of OLD Goat, Richard (Luke) Lucas, passed away earlier this month. Luke and Colleen had been married 62 years, and both were Erath County natives. Luke retired from the military service a few years ago. Snippets and the OLD Goats send their best to Luke and the Lucas family.
’TIL NEXT TIME – “I came from a town so small that the phone book did not include last names.” Anonymous.
Dr. Stuart Chilton, a retired educator/journalist, lives in Stephenville.