Frontier Times Magazine
Vol 12 No. 10- July, 1935
Masonic Lodge Uncovers History At Llano
By Hazel Oatman Bowman.
For those interested in seeking early Llano County genealogy and history, it is very
unfortunate that the courthouse at Llano burned several times during the earlier days,
destroying in each instance various records of the county. Fire also destroyed a number of
the old mercantile establishments, where officials sometime; maintained their office
quarters. But fortunately the local Masonic lodge records have survived the years, the
books containing the original minutes and proceedings of the lodge from its beginning on
March 24, 1860 down to the present time, having been preserved. And while they are,
strictly speaking, a history of the lodge per se, in them can be found many interesting
facts about the members - information which in turn gives an insight into the manner of
living and the activities in this section during the pioneer days as well as some
EXCELLENT GENEALOGY AND HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF LLANO AND
Further Mentions: Wilburn Oatman Sr., a Llano attorney and a member of the local
organization for some 28 years * Brother Charles Haynes * H. F. Stockman, senior
warden * W. C. Stuffy, junior warden; James Billings, treasurer; J. W. Codwell,
seeretary-treasurer ; J. G. Talley, senior deacon; J. P. Smith, junior deacon, and W.
Wimberly, tiler * John Larremore of Valley Lodge No. 175, and J. G. Burleson of
Hopkinsville Lodge No. 193 * Joseph M. Gibson, Jasper Crownover, and Hiram
Stockman, all of whom were residents of the Comanche Creek community and members
of the old Texas families * Damon Slator, another old citizen of Llano County * Judge
M. D. Slator and J. D. Slator Sr., of Llano, and Jim Slator of San Antonio * W. A. Eaker,
from a Kentucky lodge * Seth Mabry, a pioneer stockman and a well-known old-timer *
William Haynie; D. J. Owens, more familiarly known as "Uncle Davie" Owens *
Lawrence Miller, one of the prominent old German settlers, and uncle of Mrs. Oscar
Krauskopf of Fredericksburg * Mrs. E. Haynie better known among the old-time
residents as "Aunt Betty," was the widow of Tom Haynie, a pioneer merchant of Llano *
Some of the best known attorneys who frequented the old Haynie hotel were A. S. Fisher
of Georgetown, Buck Walton of Austin, and W. W. Martin of Johnson City, father of
Judge Clarence Martin * the Haynie Hotel * Henry Leverett, a brother of the J. C.
Leverett * E. D. Harrington of Pantano, Ariz * the Packsaddle Indian fight in Llano
County * Dr. G. C. Taylor, father of C. W. Taylor, now a newspaper editor at Rogers,
and who at one time represented Bell County in the State Senate * C. J. Phillips, Mr.
Oatman's grandfather * Wilburn Oatman, Sr * John Oatman, Jr * Ed R. Beeson * Peter
Elridge * R. J. Jackson * the "State Gazette" (published in Austin) * R. S. Coon * "Sister"
Coon * Lawrence Miller * Byrd G. Owens * F. J. Smith, a pioneer Llano merchant * .
Mr. Smith was the father of Charlie Smith and Mrs. Jack Carter of Llano, Mrs. Albert
Foremen of Seguin, and Mrs. Hubert Cone of Los Angeles, Calif. S. W. Tate, father of
Mrs. W. H. Roberts of Llano and granddaughter of Mrs. J. T. Hallford of Llano * Brother
G. W. Miller * R. F. Holden, father of Mrs. Ellen Porter and Mrs. Walter Roberts, both of
Llano * R. H. Laning, father of Will and J. A. Laning and Mrs. Allan Newsom of Llano,
Robert Laning of Menard, and Mrs. George Staples of Eagle Pass * William S. Watkins *
Mrs. Violet A. Haynes, club woman of San Antonio * the "Buckeye Rangers" * Barnard
E. Bee, Secretary of War, and father of the late Carlos Bee of San Antonio * Miss Jane
Power * Lockhart * the Battle of Linville and the Battle of Onion Creek * John J. Haynes
(father of Mrs. Violet A. Haynes), Henry P. and Charlie Haynes * Bert Haynes ranch in
Blanco County * J. P. Smith, a pioneer stockman of this county and father of S. S. and D.
P. Smith and Mrs. J. L. Hurt * I. N. Jackson, or "Newt" Jackson, grandfather of Mrs. T.
E. Foster of Llano * W. T. Swanson, who now resides in San Antonio * James S.
Bourland * Mrs. Oscar Shearer of Mason and the late Mrs. W. B. Collins of Llano * M.
M. Harris * S. W. Kendrick, a pioneer blacksmith of Llano * the late Frank Kendrick *
A. D. Cone * "Lon" Cone, was an uncle of J. L. Conners, a Llano resident * Joe F. Brown
was a pioneer stockman, who moved to Edwards County * Virge and Will Brown and
Mrs. D. E. Newsom. J. C. Leverett was the father of Dave, John and Jim Leverett and the
late Torn Leverett, all of Llano * P. H. Hargon, or "Professor" Hargon * Two of
Professor Hargon's sons, Sam E. Hargon, and Leo Hargon, still live in Llano and another,
Nolan B. Hargon, resides in Austin * E. W. Farmer * George M. Watkins * Jim Long, W.
B. Walker, Ben Thomas, Henry Smith, D. J. Smith, A. J. Frazier and Mr. Weed * Mr. Jim
Long and his ranch place near Kingsland * the Packsaddle community * R. A. McInnis,
S. B. Jester, I. N. Jackson, Lark Berryman, Henry Reynolds, J. W. Long, (his father), Cy
Currie, F. C. Willbern, Crawford Stewart, Luke Garner and J. F. Dancer. J. S. Atchison, a
pioneer merchant and justice of the peace at Llano, and father of Miss Beulah Atchison,
of Llano * The old Comanche Creek school * the Blow Out postoffice, near the Blanco-
Llano County line * Mrs. J. T. Hallford of Llano relates that her father, the late J. R.
Phillips * Cypress Mills. * Professor F. M. Behrns of Llano * the Cherokee school * the
Palace Barber Shop * F. J. Smith * Charles Haynes * W. D. Reed * S. L. Dalton * I. N.
Jackson * James S. Bourland * William Haynie * D. J. Owen * James S. Bourland * G.
W. Miller * I. N. Jackson * John C. Oatman * E. R. Beeson * S. W. Kendrick * John C.
Oatman * S. W. Kendrick * John C. Oatman * A. D. Cone * ; J. F. Brown * R. F. Walker
* John C. Oatman * Joe F. Brown * P. H. Hargon * J. C. Leverett * M. M. Hargis * E. W.
Farmer * M. M. Hargis * George M. Watkins * W. J. Moore * Samuel Spears * W. J.
Moore * E. W. Tarrence * Charles L Lauderdale * G. B. Cross * S. H. Watkins * W. C.
Wallace * E. W. Tarrence * F. M. Behrns * W. H. Ward * G. H. Olinger * A. C. Chism *
T. W. Alexander * Joe A. McInnis * Grady Faubion * R. Fishbeck * M. C. Wilkes * W.
C. Treadwell * W. D. Parkhill * ; H. M. Nichold * L. H. Baldwin * J. L. Conners * James
W. Duncan * J. R. Cone * E. B. Foreman * M. C. Dalchau * W. O. Williamson * Leo L.
Lewis * William S. Watkins * Mr. W. A. Silveus, of San Antonio *