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PERCILLA, TX

PERCILLA, TEXAS. Percilla, at the junction of Farm roads 2022 and 228, six miles northeast of Grapeland in north central Houston County, was first settled just before the Civil War. A church and school named Evergreen opened there in 1879, and during the 1880s the community was known by that name. In 1891, when a post office was established, citizens requested that the name be changed to Procilla, after prominent early settler J. M. Procilla (or Procella). Postal officials misread the name as Percilla, and the town retained that altered spelling. By 1896 Percilla had two general stores; Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches; and an estimated population of twenty-five. In the mid-1930s it still had a church, a cemetery, a school, and four businesses. Its estimated population in 1936 was fifty. After World War II its school was closed, but the population of Percilla had grown to nearly 100 by the mid-1970s. In 1990 Percilla was a dispersed rural community with a church, a community center, a cemetery, and number of scattered houses. That year its reported population was ninety-five. The population remained the same in 2000.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Houston County Cemeteries (Crockett, Texas: Houston County Historical Commission, 1977; 3d ed. 1987). Houston County Historical Commission, History of Houston County, Texas, 1687–1979 (Tulsa, Oklahoma: Heritage, 1979).

Eliza H. Bishop and Christopher Long

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Eliza H. Bishop and Christopher Long, "PERCILLA, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hlp19), accessed December 19, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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