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OATMEAL, TX

OATMEAL, TEXAS. Oatmeal, Burnet County's second-oldest town, is on Farm Road 243 eight miles southeast of Burnet in southeast Burnet County. A German family reportedly named Habermill came into the area in 1849 and spent a season or two in the vicinity of the headspring of the stream now known as Oatmeal Creek. The town name is either an alteration of the name of a Mr. Othneil, who owned the first gristmill in the area, or a supposed translation of the name Habermill (Haber is a German dialect word for Hafer, "oats"). An Oatmeal post office was established in 1853, and the first schoolhouse was built in 1858. A second school, marked by a state historical marker and still used as a church in 1990, was erected in 1869. The first orchard in the county was located in the community, and the first and only cheese press in the county operated there. A gin built by George Naguler in the 1870s served as a local landmark until 1907, and the community at one time had a general store. A cemetery plot was deeded in 1871, though burials had occurred there as early as 1854. After the Civil War a colony of former slaves settled in the eastern part of Oatmeal. They built homes along a straight lane, constructed a building for use as a church and school, and established the only all-black cemetery in the county. The settlement, known as Stringtown (among other names), ceased to exist by the 1920s. In 1936 state highway maps showed a school, two churches, and scattered dwellings at the townsite. In 1990 Oatmeal had ten farming and ranching families, a church, a community center, and a cemetery and celebrated an annual Oatmeal Festival with neighboring Bertram. The population was recorded as twenty. In 2000 the population remained the same.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Burnet County Historical Commission and Burnet County Heritage Society, Burnet County Cemetery Records, 1852–1982 (Austin: Eakin Press, 1988). Darrell Debo, Burnet County History (2 vols., Burnet, Texas: Eakin, 1979).

Maxine B. Glimp

Citation

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

Maxine B. Glimp, "OATMEAL, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hro08), accessed December 22, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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