Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Roy Eddins]
Miss. Effie Cowan, P. W.
McLennan County, Texas.
District No. 8.
No. of Words
File No. 240.
Page No. 1.
“THE STORY OF FALLS COUNTY COURT HOUSES, as told by Roy Eddins,
“Before anybody builds a house of business, he wants to know of the title to the land upon which he is to build is clear. He wants to know if that land belongs to him and is free of any and all claims and future litigations concerning it are nil- before he puts a lot of money into a structure. Well the land upon which Falls county's new courthouse is to be built (the same spot upon which four previous courthouse have been built and where the business of the county has been transacted for eighty-eight years) is “clear”. It is indeed, the property of the county. But not without litigation. Wait—!
“Even before a people builds a place of business—a courthouse—it must know it has a right to do business. Falls county certainly has a right to transact business—financial, economic, social, and otherwise. Not only because it has done so for eighty-eight years, but also because it waslegally created or constituted, away back yonder in 1850, so the records show. Since Falls county is going to build a new courthouse a brief history of Falls county, its county site and a few highlights of its early trials and successes are apropriate. Special reference herein is made to the county's court-houses, five of them (and perhaps another).