Blooming Grove History 1933
Blooming Grove History Written in 1933
Blooming Grove. Shortly after the Civil War several families settled a few miles North of Dresden and R. J. Grady and Sam Andrews built a small store and put in a stock of general merchandise. In about a year W. D. Grady bought out Andrew's interest and he and his brother operated the store. This point was called "Gradyville" for some years until Dr. James Davis bought an interest in the store and applied for a post office. When they were casting about for a name the appellation of Blooming Grove was decided upon because of the fact there was a beautiful grove of trees near the location of the town and Dr. Davis had a young son whose name was Blooming Price and they combined part of the name of the boy with that of "grove." The post office was asked for and approved under the name of Blooming Grove.
Numbers of families began to move to the new town and settle within the town or nearby. Dr. H. B. Ransom was one of the early physicians and Rev. G. P. Miller was pastor of the Methodist church which was built in 1869. The Christian church was built in 1874.
When the Cotton Belt railroad was built in 1881 it ran about one mile north of town, but the town gradually moved to the railroad and Blooming Grove is today a city of some 1500 population with a variety of business institutions of all kinds as well as up-to-date schools, churches and all conveniences that go to make up a thriving city.
Among the early residents of Blooming Grove were the Huffs, Campbells, Hartleys, McSpaddens, Williams, Langstons, Mabrys, Phillips, Whortons, Jones, Gradys, Henrys, Grimmes, Harris, Pruitts, Maggards, Carrolls, Georges, Hight, Loyds, Robinsons, McClanahans, Sewells, Youngs, Coxes, Grants, Gowans, Fagalas and Griffins.
Some members of the businessmen's luncheon club and leading citizens of Blooming Grove at the present time are T. M. Sewell, mayor ; R. B. McCormick, president of luncheon club ; C. N. Dillingham, president of Blooming Grove Fair Association; Dr. W. M. Ellis, T. M. George, Jr., banker; Justin McSpadden, banker; L. I. Griffin, C. L. Tillman, John George, G. E. Ramsey, R. L. Harris, J. W. Harris, Dr. C. C. Kelsey, J. I. Saunders and J. E. Walker.
History of Navarro County, 1933, by Annie Carpenter Love