Slow Travels-Oatmeal, Texas

Oatmeal, Texas (5.6 miles southwest of Bertram on FM 243)

A German family reportedly named Habermill came into the area in 1849 and spent a season or two in the vicinity of the headspring of the stream now known as Oatmeal Creek. The town name is either an alteration of the name of a Mr. Othneil, who owned the first gristmill in the area, or a supposed translation of the name Habermill (Haber is a German dialect word for Hafer, “oats”). An Oatmeal post office was established in 1853, and the first schoolhouse was built in 1858. A second school, marked by a state historical marker and still used as a church in 1990, was erected in 1869. The first orchard in the county was located in the community, and the first and only cheese press in the county operated there. A gin built by George Naguler in the 1870s served as a local landmark until 1907, and the community at one time had a general store. A cemetery plot was deeded in 1871, though burials had occurred there as early as 1854. After the American Civil War a colony of former slaves settled in the eastern part of Oatmeal. They built homes along a straight lane, constructed a building for use as a church and school, and established the only all-black cemetery in the county. The settlement, known as Stringtown (among other names), ceased to exist by the 1920s. TSHA Online











Elijah Bullion was born Oct. 24, 1809, in Franklin Co., Georgia, and died October 19, 1888, at Oatmeal in Burnet County. He was buried in Oatmeal Cemetery. On January 29, 1839, he was married in Itawamba Co., Mississippi, to Elizabeth Mariah (Betsy) Bumgardner.



2 thoughts on “Slow Travels-Oatmeal, Texas

  1. RE: “Slow Travels – Mississippi” Please explain why this book by Lyn Wilkerson, copyright 2010, refers incorrectly and repeatedly to “The War Between the States,” instead of to what the 1861-64 war actually was, The (American) Civil War. From the page samples I saw online, it looks like an interesting book, but this gross inaccuracy to the true nature of this war needs to be corrected immediately. Please pull all existing copies of this book immediately and reprint it with the correct information, including a “correction” acknowledging the false labeling of the war in the 2010 (and earlier?) editions. Thank you (from a 72-year-old white Mississippian who grew up with lies about the “glorious war”)

    1. By definition, a civil war is “a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country.” The reference to “The War Between the States” merely states what the war was. Your personal preference to the name of the conflict you prefer does not change the existence of the other. As stated by, “American Civil War, also called War Between the States, four-year war (1861–65) between the United States and 11 Southern states that seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America.” There are many thoughts and theories on the cause and nature of the war, and assigning the war a one particular name does not change that. For publishing purposes, I chose “The War Between the States.” Thank you for your interest.

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