SAMPLE, TEXAS. Sample, on U.S Highway 87 in southern Gonzales County, was named for a local family when the town became a switch on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway, which built through the county during the 1870s. A post office opened there in 1905, and by 1915 Sample had a telephone connection, a blacksmith, a cotton gin, two general stores, and a population of seventy-five. By 1936 the community had a school, though the population had fallen to fifty and the number of businesses to one. The population had dropped to twenty-five by 1965, when no businesses were recorded, and continued to be estimated at twenty-five through 2000. One business was reported there in 1985 and still remained as late as 1988.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Stephen L. Hardin, "SAMPLE, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hns09), accessed May 22, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.