Family History in Cleburne, Texas

Family History in Cleburne, Texas

The bottom half of my siblings (me, Theresa, and Greg) were all born in Fort Worth but the upper crust (Gary, Debra and Tim) were all born in Cleburne.  I only lived in Cleburne for two years and I started 1st grader there too!  Our grandparents lived in Cleburne and we visited frequently.  We have aunts, uncles and cousins who lived in Cleburne and who still live in Cleburne.  It’s time for a visit.  We are going to Antique Alley!

I love staying at the Liberty Hotel.  It was built in 1924 and has been fully restored and it is a beautiful hotel.  You can walk to restaurants, antique stores and the courthouse.  You should check it out.  I booked a room for Cindy, Theresa and myself.

Bob and I had lunch at the Burger Bar before he dropped me off.  It was a good burger but I liked the fries better.  I think about Granny Bick whenever I have a burger.  She used to write me letters and tell me how much she loved Aunt Laverne and Uncle Roland bringing her a burger on Friday night.  It makes me smile!



I check into the Liberty and Bob heads back to work.  I take a nap and in no time Cindy and Theresa have arrived!  We make plans to meet up with Robbi and Shelley.  I tell Theresa and Cindy about a new game called Four Letters and this is what happened:


I didn’t have the heart to tell them they will never beat Greg or Julie’s score!

We walk around the corner (while we are waiting on the cousins) to visit some antique stores.  I love Heritage Home.  They have beautiful things!  We wander around and take a few pictures and walk over to Red Horse Antique.  We look around and I find this:



I love James T. Kirk but I leave him at the antique store.  We walk out of the store only to realize that the store is bigger so we can back in and explore two more sections and two more floors!

Robbi calls and ready to meet us at the hotel.  We load up in her car and take Cindy on a sightseeing trip of our family history in Cleburne (or at least part of it).  We start with a drive down Anglin street to see where Granny Nutt and Big Daddy lived.  There house is no longer there but it was right in front of the old Cleburne hospital (just a shell of a building now).  We laugh and talk about our grandparents.  We drive to Granny Bick’s house and it still looks the same.  Shelley is at a ballgame and wants us to wait on her so we go to the cemetery to visit the graves of our grandparents and great-grandparents.  We start with Josephine M. Bicknell and her husband James Clinton Bicknell.  We always love to tell the story of Myrtle Corbin.  Just ask one of us some time. We also visit the graves of our grandparents Alma Cordelia Bicknell and Clinton Francis Bicknell.  As you know from previous posts I like to visit cemeteries and we find some pretty interesting people in this one.

Shelley caught up with us and we go to eat at Susannah’s.  We call this an OP place.  OP is for old people but the food is good.  After we order and the laughter has begun, much to our surprise Uncle Gene and Aunt Shelia come in so we pull another table over and let them join in on the fun.  Shelley’s kids also show up and add to the fun.

We go back to the hotel with Robbi, Shelley and three of Shelley’s kids and we laugh a whole lot more before they have to leave.

I was tired.  Theresa stayed up and played Four Letter for a long time.  We all three snore and Theresa records me and Cindy snoring.  I will save that for another trip when I can get a recording of Theresa snoring too!

See you in the morning!







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