When you do a little research, it is amazing the family history you uncover.
As I was writing my book (about those who had to move because of the coming of Fort Hood in 1942), I was trying to understand more about the layout of the former town of Ewing (located on what is now Fort Hood). While at the Texas Historical collections at Baylor - my sister found this little gem. "My Whole Life in Ewing Texas 1914-1919 and Grandpa's Ledger." As I read through the short book more like a journal, I learned all kinds of interesting things about Ewing and the people who live there.
The author also included her Grandpa's general store ledger. The best discovery came on page 72. My eyes scanned across the name - Y.W. Williams.
As I read the name, my heart skipped a beat. A ledger from Ewing, Texas with the name Y.W. Williams -- it was my great-grandpa's name!
As you can see in the scanned document, the ledger recorded exactly what he (as a 41 year old man) purchased October 11, 1916.
Even though this post does not seem directly tied to "the move".... it is.
Twenty six years later, as a sixty-seven year old man, Y.W. Williams had to sell his 173 acres and walk away from Ewing forever.
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