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STREETER, TX

STREETER, TEXAS. Streeter is between Big and Little Bluff creeks just north of U.S. Highway 377 and nine miles west of Mason in western Mason County. Around 1855 Irish settlers, including William S. "Uncle Billy" Gamel and the Caveness brothers, began moving to the area. Shortly thereafter, Germans also began to settle in the community. The earliest families settled along Big and Little Bluff creeks and nearby Honey Creek, so the community was called both Bluff Creek Community and Honey Creek Community. Early settlers suffered from Indian raids, but these ceased as the county became more firmly established. Early camp meetings were held near Streeter between 1860 and 1890, and in 1870 a Baptist church was organized. Dean Martin and Tom Brite opened early stores, and Charles Brite once operated a gin and flour mill. The name Streeter was applied to the community when a post office was established on September 5, 1890. It is believed that Joseph A. Black, the first postmaster, named the town after an early settler, Samuel T. Streeter. The first school in the area was on Honey Creek; there was not a school in Streeter itself until 1900. In August 1903 Streeter was temporarily quarantined for smallpox by the county health authorities. Telephone service was established in the area by 1914. As of 1939 Streeter had several stores, a garage, and a school, and by 1947 also a church and filling station. The post office was discontinued in 1970. The estimated population from 1925 to 1962 was 100. This figure dropped to sixty by 1964 but rose again in 1974 to 200, where it held steady through 1990. In 2000 the population dropped to 100.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Kathryn Burford Eilers, A History of Mason County, Texas (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1939). J. Marvin Hunter, "Brief History of Mason County," Frontier Times, November, December 1928, January, February, March 1929. Mason County Historical Book (Mason, Texas: Mason County Historical Commission, 1976). Mason County News, June 19, 1958.

Alice J. Rhoades

Citation

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

Alice J. Rhoades, "STREETER, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hls80), accessed October 23, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.