Kerrdale was a post office at Spears Chapel, which is on Farm Road 2991 five miles southeast of Burkeville in eastern central Newton County. In 1909 J. J. Kerr established a small general store in the Spears Chapel community. The following year he secured a post office. Kerr was, according to that year's census, a thirty-year-old, White, native Texan with a wife and one child. The office served Spears Chapel, which had about thirty families, and the settlement at New Columbia, which was rapidly growing with the help of the newly established McMahon Handle Company. Inhabitants of New Columbia complained that the Kerrdale post office, three miles distant across rough terrain, was inconvenient. A. A. (Jack) McMahon and J. Polk McMahon, founders of the McMahon Handle Company, persuaded Kerr to liquidate his stock and become general manager of their own store. The post office, named Jack's, moved with Kerr; it closed in 1916. Although most of the residents left when the handle company closed in 1915, a few houses remain at Spears Chapel.
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.
Robert Wooster | © Texas State Historical Association
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