Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mr. William P. Jones]
“Another interesting incident worthy of note is the wrecking of the Falls County Court House, preparatory to building a new $218,000 County Court House. Of especial interest to me is the removing of the old Falls County clock, which hung in the [cupale?] of the building. It was silenced after fifty-one years of service. It had gone thro' all kinds of weather, but had always tolled the dinner and quitting hour for the employees of the court house and town.
“Neither the heat of summer or the cold of winter was ever able to completely conquer the old time piece and it has been in constant use save for short periods when minor accidents caused it to cease its constant ticking. The big hail of 1913, which shattered 144 windows in the court house, including those about the clock tower, failed to halt its ticks. Thick blankets of snow or heavy coating of ice did not halt its faithful striking of the hour. In times of storm or calm, always the hour would be struck, though sometimes muffled by the blowing of the wind or heightened by the stillness of the night.
“Towereing as it did above the country-side, the clock tower was used as a lookout in times of flood, to observe the progress of the rising water from the near-by Brazos river, and many a warning was given in time to rescue inhabitants of the lowlands by the use of the tower. It is possible to view the whole country on a clear day or night. The lights of [Waco?] 28 miles away, may be clearly seen. Many bird's eye views of Marlin and Reagan, (just 11 miles away) have been viewed from the tower as it has been in other nearby communities. Many an old pioneer