Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. George Fowler]
In 1875, my father bought land and built the old Breland home, which is still standing just about a half-a-mile from the present town of Mart, across Big Creek. There were only three or four families living near them; these were my brother-in-law Evan Easter; Mr. Brooks and soon Mr. Will Criswell built the first house in what later became the town of Mart. It was called Willow Springs until a post office was granted, then the name was changed to Mart.
“My father hauled the lumber from Waco to build this house which is still standing. It has two front rooms, and an old fashioned hall between them and a kitchen in the rear. It is built of cedar logs and was later weatherboarded and ceiled inside. My father bought this land from Judge Battle of Waco. Waco is about twenty miles from Mart.
The country was wild when we came to Mart. The country was all ranches and there were plenty of cattle theives to steal them. There