When the MK&T Railroad offered
a special excursion to Nocona, a new town, he came to take a
look. He liked the looks of the country, went back to Arkansas for
his family 1889 and arranged to have supplies to start a hardware
He bought a lot on
North Front Street for the
first store and a block across the street from the depot for a home
He also brought his father John McCall and two
uncles, A. P. Black and J. N. McElwee who were carpenters and built
the store and houses.
He immediately opened a hardware store in Nocona. Over
the next several years, he opened other stores in Ringgold, Hobart,
and Pilot Point
1901 He and Cadmus opened the store In Hobart where Cadmus moved to
run the store. This store was originally in a tent with a wooden
floor. Cadmus' first child, James William McCall was born there.
His family tends to think of him as a hardware dealer and banker.
Neither is correct. He was a cotton and corn merchant who dabbled in
hardware and banking.
He left a rather extensive diary of the years from 1899 to 1914.
The following link is not complete but it is way more than you can
read in a single setting.
If you read it, you will notice that 98% of the business related
entries are about cotton or corn. 1% about the banks, and almost
nothing about the hardware stores. ( He had at least four of them.
Nocona, Ringgold, Hobart, and Pilot Point. I am still researching
W. A. McCall Diary 1899
As a teenager he was threatened repeatedly during
interrogations by Union soldiers attempting to find John
and the supply wagons. He would be placed on
the back of a horse with his hands tied behind him and a
rope around his neck tied to a tree limb. They would
spook the horse and make it jump around but fortunately
they never carried out the threat. He was advised to go
with his father, as he would be safer in the army.
He did so and enlisted as a private, At the age of 16,
William fought in the battle of Oak Hill, also known as
The Battle of Wilson Creek.