In 1889 the Missouri Kansas and Texas Railroad
opened the railroad to Nocona. They offered free excursions to any
one who wanted to visit the new town. One wonders if they offered
William came on the excursion to see the town
and apparently liked it. He returned to Arkansas and move his family
into Texas. Two of his relatives had already been in the area a
number of years: Steve Tobey was mail carrier from Gainesville to
Montague, and George Tobey was cowboy for Sam Howard near Spanish
His grandfather John McCall had come
through the area in the 1870's on a "land prospecting trip."
He left Arkansas October 9, 1889, bringing his family:
Oct. 9, 1904 - Threatening rain, cool
& pleasant, 15 years today I left Ark
Oct. 10, 1904- 15 years today to Nocona
His Father John Washington McCall 74 years of
is Mother, Nancy Robinson McCall 71 years of age.
His Son, Cadmus Mc Call 15 Years of age.
His Uncle Price McCall.
They were Methodists.
W. A. was a mason and a strong abolitionist.
Descendants of John
William Asbury McCall*
James William McCall*
Mary Nell McCall*
General Price McCall
Delilah Jane "Jennie" McCall (Mrs. A. P. Black)*
Nancy Appline "Appie" McCall (Mrs. James McElwee)*
Martha Clementine McCall
Mitchell Alexander McCall*
Amacy "Mace" McCall*
Gertrude Jennete "Jennie" McCall*
Milton P. McCall*
Marion Frances McCall
Thomas Nelson McCall
John Lindsay McCall
* Buried in Nocona, Texas.
Two brothers in law: A. P. Black and J. N. McElwee and their families.
Black and McElwee were carpenters.
His Mother did not stay long. She died in 1892
in Norristown Arkansas.
He promptly bought business and residence lots, A residence was
built and the first place of business was the hardware store on West
Front Street, now called Willow Street. Later
the hardware store was in a stone building on the corner of Clay and
Oak Streets, which later was sold to Barlow & Harbour, who sold to
J. H. Cone, then W. L. Scott bought the building, the location now
being the site of the Nocona Branch of Legends Bank.
It seems he bought the entire block, or at
least three fourths of the block on Highway 82 bounded by Denton,
Sherman, and east Mesquite streets for residential use and a lot on
North Front Street for the
Business Interests Included:
Hardware, Furniture, International Harvester
4) Pilot Point
Bonita State Bank
Bonita National Bank
Nocona Farmers and Merchants National Bank
Security National Bank
Changed name and moved from Bonita to Nocona.
Oklahoma Land Rush
Nocona Cottonseed Oil Mill
Creamery ( Nothing known of this enterprise )
Oil and Gas Production
Consumer Loan Company
Left to right
Numbers indicate generations and are
above standing people and below seated people.
Front Row ( four ladies )
Grandmother Tobey (1)
Mary Ellen Toby
McCall 'Mellie' (2)
Jennie McCall Black
Standing in front of rail behind
Grandmother Toby: Nancy McCall McElwee?
Back left seated : General Price
Girl Seated on Porch: Mary Nell
McCall Storey (4)
Man seated on porch with hat: J.N.
Standing Minnie Myrtle McElwee
Man standing right of McElwee with
hat in his right hand. W.A. McCall (2)
Young Man left to right
James W. McCall (4), Mrs. Davis
Back Row upper right. Nell
McGillicuddy McCall leaning on pillar, Cadmus McCall (3)
2, 1905 - Cadmus & I went to Pilot Point to take
inventory of dry goods Jan. 3, 1905 - Bussy (sic) all
Jan. 4, 1905 -
Sold out today to Martin & Farris but had to finish inventory
There was a bank in Pilot Point called the Farmers & Merchants
Bank. It is not recorded, but I would bet a dollar against a peanut
that he liked either the banker of the name and used it for hiz own