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