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Churches of Hubbard – United Methodist Church of Hubbard

Did you know a famous architect from Dallas planned and built Hubbard United Methodist Church? His name was James Edward Flanders. He built hundreds of buildings including the Navarro County Courthouse. The contract for construction of the extant Methodist Episcopal Church South of Hubbard was awarded to L.J. Kauhl in November, 1910 for a bid of $20,000. Construction began just over a month later and by the following July the exterior was almost complete. The members expected a completion date of September 1. The church was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1991.Two, very small quarter round balconies are in both rear corners of the church. The rear wall extends completely across the back of the sanctuary but can be lifted by turning a single small crank. Catwalks in the attic permit the lowering of light fixtures so bulbs can be changed. The church contains over a hundred stained glass windows. The Hubbard church is an important one because it shows a break from Flanders use of the traditional Akron plan and the exterior is unlike any other known Flanders churches. Hubbard is very lucky to have an architectural gem created by one of Texas’s most famous architects! If you would like to read more about J. E. Flanders this is an excellent site.

A Typical Hubbard Home in 1915

HUBBARD HISTORY — This was the home of Ward R. Dean in 1915. It was on a postcard that “Kittie” wrote home to Massachusetts August of 1915. “Kittie” appeared to be studying music (there was a music college here in Hubbard at the time). She was sailing out of Galveston and appeared to be going back home. From what I can tell from census records, this house was located at 208 Bois D’ Arc here in Hubbard. It appears to no longer be here. (If any one knows any different, please let us know). Mr. Dean was a cotton buyer and is buried here in Hubbard at Fairview Cemetery. He passed away when he contracted pneumonia in 1918. He was 43.

The “Real Postcard” thing was a huge deal from 1905 to about 1917 (ish), and lingered on until about 1930. Many of the inks and chemicals used in the postcards came from Germany, which explains the decline in interest about 1917.

[House of W. R. Dean], postcard, 1915; (…/metapth1212784/m1/2/…: accessed October 14, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Private Collection of T. B. Willis.

308 Bois D’ Arc – Hubbard, TX?
Fairview Cemetery, Hubbard, TX

The 1976 Bicentennial Madness (Even in Hubbard, Texas!)

In the USA, The Bicentennial was a big event! 1976 and our wonderful Country was 200 Years old. I was in elementary school at the time (in SC not Hubbard), but I am sure the excitement was shared all over the USA! National pride and the history of our country was at the forefront even in Hubbard! The articles I found in the Waco paper suggested there was a big celebration. The Hubbard Garden Club planted trees and at the celebration, Justice Sam Johnson was to speak recognizing that Hubbard was a “Bicentennial City.” Does anyone remember the celebrations here in Hubbard or wherever you were at the time? As I recall we began preparing in 1975 through 1976. They called it the “Bicentennial Madness”. I guess it was – everything was red, white and blue. Even Ford put out a special edition truck – don’t you wish you had one now! Where were you and do you remember?

The Hubbard Garden Club planted trees!
Justice Sam Johnson was to speak!
T-Shirts like this were everywhere!
Ford had a special edition truck – Bicentennial Madness was everywhere! It was wonderful!

Hubbard Garden Club Christmas Tour of Homes!

The Hubbard Garden Club will be presenting the Christmas Tour of Homes on December 6th from 2PM to 5PM. This year, we have several options for you to purchase the tickets. You can purchase tickets from Garden Club members and local business, as well as order your tickets early ONLINE or with a Credit Card at the door.

Tickets: $10

The lovely homes to be featured:

Kelly & Marty Kimbrough – 200 NW 3rd Street

Bertha & Clarence Odom – 805 N Magnolia

Olga & Art Munoz – 901 N Magnolia

For information call: 254-495-3712


Masks will be required.

1886 Men of Hubbard, Texas

Step back in time to January 24, 1886, in Hubbard. These are the boys and men you would see working and walking the streets, going in the shops and possibly the several saloons! This was an important day for them as you can see they dressed up and they all have their fancy watches and chains (a fashion at the time). They all probably worked hard, but took a Saturday afternoon off to take their photograph at the studio of J. E. Taulman. (Joseph E. Taulman Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin)

Handwritten on back “Ottie Taulman, Percy Bryan, Zac Wilson, Geo. W. Bishop, Eddie Taulman, John Dunn. Hubbard City, Texas. Jan. 24th 1886”.

January 1886 – Hubbard, Texas

Another Hubbard – Hollywood Connection

We talk a lot about Joseph Taulman and his wife, Arminta McClellan Taulman. Now, we can share about Arminta’s sister, Livonia Mildred McClellan Roach and her daughter, a Hollywood movie star! While Arminta stayed in Hubbard (and is buried here), her sister Mildred moved to Los Angeles and she married to a Edward Roach. They had a daughter, and if you have watched Westerns of the 1940’s, you have seen Nell (Roach) O’Day!

She began acting as a child in the 1920’s (while her mother worked in photography studios – no doubt skills taught to her by her brother-in-law, our Mr. Taulman). By the 1940s, O’Day was becoming a regular in Western films and started to receive starring roles in them, typically opposite the likes of Johnny Mack Brown, Ray “Crash” Corrigan, Max Terhune, and John ‘Dusty’ King. Thanks to her experience as a talented equestrian, she signed a contract with Universal and fulfilled a recurring cowgirl role in a series of horse operas opposite star Brown and his sidekick, Fuzzy Knight. She would also appear in Westerns for other studios, including Republic and Monogram. Her last starring Western role would be in Boss of Rawhide (1943).

Though O’Day occasionally performed on stage, she retired in 1945 after performing in the Broadway’s Many Happy Returns. She made one more movie, a non-Western, entitled The Story of Kenneth W. Randall M.D. (1946). O’Day then devoted her time to writing. One of her successes was the play The Bride of Denmark Hill, which was later turned into a BBC-TV production.O’Day would write and grant interviews until the end of her life at age 79.

She died from a heart attack on January 3, 1989, in Los Angeles, California. Her burial location is unknown. Today, there are few tributes to O’Day that remain. We can remember, here in Hubbard, that her Aunt and Uncle are buried here. Another Hubbard Hollywood connection!

Nell O’Day
Cabinet card with photograph of a woman (Livonia Mildred McClellan) holding artist’s palette and paint brushes and sitting on a wicker chair beside a framed painting. Photograph is on white cardboard with photographer’s name at the bottom. Handwritten note on back of photograph “Livonia Mildred McClellan, (daughter of James W.) Original photo taken by Chalmers, of Ennis, Texas, Oct. 24, 1897.”
Nell O’Day
Nell O’Day