Author: Mary H. Hodge and Priscilla S. King
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Copyright: April 2009
In 1909, real estate developer Orlando D. Jarrell had a vision: He would sell lots near the Bartlett Western Railroad site and name the town Jarrell. When the railroad bypassed the nearby town of Corn Hill and Jarrell’s lots began to sell, the residents of Corn Hill—and their houses—moved to the promising, new town. Rock quarries became and are still a mainstay of this area, shipping limestone all over the world. About 200 vintage photographs illustrate the time between 1855 and more recent years, including the monstrous 1997 tornado that put Jarrell into the national spotlight.
Coauthor Mary H. Hodge, a Jarrell native and published historian, is involved with numerous historical societies and is a member of the Daughters of the Revolutionary War and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Coauthor Priscilla S. King, a longtime Jarrell resident, is active in numerous civic organizations and is in the process of launching the Jarrell Historical Society. The images they have included in this book were drawn primarily from the private collections of Mary and C. B. Hodge, as well as from other Jarrell citizens.