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Bando's Candy Kitchen

Many times I have heard my mother affectionately remember Bando's Candy Kitchen which was located at 222 S. Main not far from the Wanachee Hotel. The Candy Kitchen was on Main Street while the Bando home was located at 302 S. Ragsdale which is the Southeast corner of Ragsdale and Rusk Street.  Mr. Bando, of Brenham, bought the candy kitchen in May 1908 from B. G. Booth.

One of their candies has always been a favorite with our family.  Mother's generation knew it as the Bando Special, my generation the Halcomb Bar for Mr. Bando sold his business to Halcomb when he moved from Jacksonville.

Charlie Bando, son of the Candy Kitchen's owners, would laugh as he told the following tale on his father.  One night someone broke into the Bando home.  Mr. Bando authoritatively called out, "Hands up!  Charlie, get the gun."

Cherokee Gin

The Cherokee Gin is located on the corner of Oak and Commerce.  Now Zimmerman and Commerce.  When doing research on the gin got my feathers ruffled to realize our bright City Fathers renamed the street to honor Zimmerman.  My feelings are if you want to honor someone with a street by all means do so but name a new street after the person.  Me thinks they must have chosen this street since currently there is only one residence on the street which was the residence of O. B. Fox, town blacksmith and honey wagon man.

At one time Cherokee Gin was owned by my grandfather, W. F. Tucker.  He also owned a gin on the corner of Patton and Commerce and one in Palestine. 

O. B. Fox, Blacksmith and Honey Do Man

Dad  and Charles Anderson would laughingly tell the story of the honey do man who would come around on a tricycle with a container on the front to clean out the outdoor privy.  The honey do man would haul away the refuse in the this container.  I have seen such workers also referred to as the honey wagon man.  This term is also used to describe the wagons that removed horse excrement from the city streets.

In 1916 O. B. Fox lived at 401 Oak Street which is the corner of Oak (now Zimmerman) and Larissa. 

Dad said the honey do man always had a good garden and he was fearful concerning what was being recycled.

Ice House

The ice house was located on the SW corner of Rusk and South Jackson Street.  Before the days of electric refrigerators, housewives kept food cool in an ice box.  The top part of the box had a galvanized aluminum container in which large squares of ice was placed to cool food in bottom part of box.  Ice cards were placed in the front window of the home so the ice man would know how many pounds of ice was needed each day.

Ice was manufactured at the ice house.  As ice freezes the impurities in the water accumulate in the middle of the block of ice.  The ice makers would suck the impurities out thus forming crystal clear ice.

My father, Herbert Bell (Hub) Smyrl worked at the ice house when he was in school.  He said it was amazing who you would see out late at night when people though inquiring minds were sleeping

T. &  N. O. Restaurant, aka The Sour Rag

The Sour Rag, owned by Utah Taylor, was located in the 500 block of Oak Street (now Zimmerman) directly across from the T. & N. O. Depot.  All that remains of the Sour Rag are the steps from street level leading up to the restaurant site.

Tony Johnston, daughter of Leslie David Taylor and granddaughter of Utah Taylor and Addie Pearl David, wrote How Many Miles to Jacksonville to honor her family connections to the town.

The Utah Taylor family home was located at 517 South Bolton, across street from the back of The Sour Rag.

W. F. Tucker

W. F. Tucker pursued many business interests in Jacksonville.  One of the early day interests involved a barber shop that boasted of the first public bath tub that was plumbed to provide hot and cold running water.

He also had a hardware store that was the forerunner of Cherokee Hardware.  I believe the store was called Tucker and Douglas.  I know he and Hayden Douglas were cotton buyers. Their business was located at 118 1/2 East Commerce.  See photo page 226 Jacksonville, Texas Centennial - 1872-1972.  In the bottom photo on the same page you find a picture of Will's father, P. L. Tucker.  He is the man with the cane.

Another enterprise of his and his brothers was the Wanatchee hotel on the North side of the 200 block of E. Rusk.  It sided on the alley in the block and was just behind what was once May Drug Store on the corner of Main and E. Rusk. We possess leaded glass bookcase that came out of the Wanatchee lobby.

He owned the Cherokee Gin, a gin on the corner of Patton and Commerce and a gin in Palestine and was a tomato grower and rancher.

 

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