DIES, TEXAS. Dies is near the junction of Farm roads 256 and 1632, seven miles northwest of Woodville in central Tyler County. The church and school set up by early settlers, originally called Cherokee for a Cherokee Indian village once located near the site, changed its name in 1915, when a post office was established and named for Martin Diesqv, a congressman from Jasper. The area around Billums Creek and Colmesneil, where Dies is located, is surfaced by a band of blackland soil good for raising cotton. After 1835 Josiah Wheat, an early settler who donated land for the county seat at Woodville, cleared land south of Town Bluff for a farm but traded it soon afterward for land in Dies because he wanted to raise cotton there. Dies has been a dispersed farming community for most of its history. During the 1930s it had a post office. By 1941 it listed a population of twenty-five, but the post office had been discontinued. In 1978 the settlement had seventy-five residents and received its mail from Woodville. It was still listed as a community in 1990.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Megan Biesele, "Dies, TX," accessed February 20, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrd25.
Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.