Jarrell

Jarrell Marker DedicationJarrell, Williamson County's youngest town, founded when Bartlett Western Railroad built there. Postmasters were Thomas B. Thoma (March 8, 1912), William E Votaw (1914), Maynard C. Watkins (1950), James H. Jones (1962).

A total of 410 people lived at Jarrell in 1998. There are two community parks with pools and six other city parks. The Jarrell schools include one elementary, one middle, and one high school with an enrollment of 650 in 1998-1999. The community has three churches. Two new businesses in Jarrell are a manufacturing plant that makes axles for trailer homes and a Livestock Barn. Jarrell had the worst natural disaster to any Williamson County community since the flood on the San Gabriel River in 1921. On one hot afternoon in May 1997, a tornado (probably a convergence of two tornados) swept through the west part of Jarrell, destroying an entire subdivision and killing 27 residents. That event was spectacular enough to be reported in European news.

Bibliography

Clara Stearns Scarbrough, Land of Good Water: A Williamson County History (Georgetown, Texas: Williamson County Sunday Publishers, 1973, Fifth printing, 1998).

Photo caption: Jarrell Marker Dedication - Photo Courtesy Williamson Museum 2010