Parker County Today November 2017 - Page 35

Pyron had been postmaster but a few months.

 One would think Barton enjoyed postal work, as in 1894 he estab- lished a community just north of Adell called “Advance” and served as postmaster there. Advance never really lived up to its name and the post office opened in ’94 and closed in 1906, two years after Adell lost its office.

 Adell truly is a “wide spot in the road,” and a lovely one! The roll- ing countryside, which must have attracted the early settlers, makes for a fine drive, or, better yet, ride. The tiny town’s population never exceed- ed 100. But there was a cotton gin, corn crusher and gristmill, and three churches and a school, all the trap- pings of rural life in early Texas.

 Another little community in the area, Authon, popped up just south of Adell. First known as “Dry Creek,” the fledgling town applied for a post office about 1879 under the name “Author.” Some postal bureaucrat apparently misread the application and rendered it “Authon.” (Well, how the blazes was he to know? There could have been someone named Authon living in Dry Creek.) It caused a little confusion and the post office did not open until October 1882. As rural post offices go, it lasted a good while, remaining open until May 14, 1904, when delivery of mail went to Garner. That’s right, the same day Adell lost its mail to Garner. Consolidation, I think it’s called.

 #The phrase “caught red-handed” is a very common one, generally used to note that it’s pointless to deny you did something, because the evidence speaks for itself. A child denies getting into the cookie jar while wearing a cookie-crumb mustache. A teen swears he’s not been drinking when his hoppy breath belies the denial and a pull tab is still on his right index finger. The phrase’s origin is quite descriptive of a partic- ular situation: “It is a straightforward allusion to having blood on one’s hands after the execution of a murder or a poaching session. The term origi- nates, not from Northern Ireland, but from a country not so far from there, socially and geographically, that is, Scotland. An earlier form of ‘red- handed’, simply ‘red hand’, dates back to a usage in the Scottish Acts of Parliament of James I, 1432.”

• Handbook of Texas Online
Texas Almanac
Jim Wheat’s Postmasters and Post Offices of Texas
other online sources Adell Church 33