Weir

City of WeirWeir, see also Midway and Townsville. Weir was established after the Granger-Georgetown railroad was built and named at the suggestion of Horace M. Weir, first postmaster there, for his father, Calvin Weir a settler who had lived in the area since 1856. Once during the many decades that the prohibitionist question raged over the nation, Calvin Weir placed a notice in the county newspaper in 1887 stating that "the report in circulation that I am an anti-prohibitionist is absolutely untrue." Weir and his descendants were active in the community for many years. The post office at Weir was under the postmastership of Horace M. Weir (May 3, 1900), Lucy A. Weir (1903), Charlie E Collins (1905), Anna C. Burnap (1919), Allie Norma Hausenfluke (1957), Hattie M. Burran (1972). Churches, schools and businesses quickly built up in the railroad town. Businesses were mercantile stores owned or run by Gus Braun, W C. Gilliam, Mr. Collins, Mr. Magee, Carl Liese, Otto Liese, H. B. Peters, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hausenfluke; W E Boyd Grocery; Harry Percy and W H. Percy Drug Store; Isom Lister Bank, Weir Union Telephone Company operated by Mrs. Blanche Cash Millholin; Independent Telephone Company operated by Mrs. I. N (Miss Effie) Daniels; Glenn Stearns gin (1909); J. W Dowda blacksmith shop; George Messer's Hotel later owned by Mrs. D. A. King; Belford Lumber Company run by Oran Faubion and John C. Sherman, Sr. and Mr. Ridings; H. P. Allcorn confectionery and drug store; A. G. Braun automobile agency; Weir Grain and Elevator Company built in 1957 by Victor Knauth; Martin Buchhorn Fertilizers; Macon Jones, Magnolia agency. The town also had early millinery and barber shops, livery stable, the Airdrome for entertainment, and a small newspaper, believed to have been called the Weir Reporter, published about 1910 or 1911; a meat market and a movie house. Arthur Foster of Weir was a distinguished flyer in World War I for whom Foster Field at Victoria, Texas, was named. In 1930 when the United States commercial airlines were being developed, an emergency landing field was erected near Weir by the federal government with a beacon and searchlight for airmen flying between Mexico City and Chicago. The searchlight was said to be visible for thirty miles from the air. During his undergraduate student days at the University of Texas, young Bill Moyers served as student pastor at the Weir Baptist Church. Moyers was on the staff of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, serving as advisor and press secretary during the Johnson administration. Moyers later published Newsday, a Long Island newspaper; a book, Listening to America, and produced a television series released in 1972 called "Bill Moyers' Journal." Weir School was annexed to Jonah on March 18, 1950.

Weir's population in 1998 was 292.This town was incorporated in 1987, with Marvin Walker as Weir's first mayor and he is still mayor in 1998. The community is growing fast with many new homes being built, and plans for further considerable expansion are underway. Weir is in the Georgetown Independent School District, and students attend school there. Transvac Systems, Inc., employs about 20 people and manufactures equipment used primarily in hospitals, but also in hotels. The local Grant Elevator has been sold to the Top Dollar Grain Company. Weir has a convenience store which serves food, and a restaurant will be built soon.

Bibliography

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

Photo caption: City of Weir - Photo Courtesy Nancy Bell March 2017