Buffalo Express March 26 - April 23, 2003
Taken from "The Flo News" written by Norma Moore

March 26, 2003
        It was founded in 1867 with a few settlers, from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee.  Marquez was then considered chiefly of prairie land dotted with farms, the convenience of water from nearby creeks rivers and springs being the resource of their farm life, they soon learned the sandy and red soil with the proper mix and the water, produced long growing seasons and with the wild game and fish, they had a proper living.
        Marquez's bright future came in 1871, due to the arrival of the International and Great Northern Railroad.  This promoted a rapid growth of population, railroad depot provided jobs, a market for the farmers produce a choice of transportation and a hustle of activity day and night.  The freight room and the cotton wharves a buzz with the farmers shipping their cotton to other parts of Texas and the world, and the many travelers gathering around the coal burning stove in the middle of the room was always filled with crowds of people all this providing a new flourishing.
        Marquez, turned a small preview into a booming township with organized churches, a school, and professional businessmen of many walks of life.  This Leon County Community brought recognized wealth and a bright promise to many other people and many other places.
        The Marquez Times and Farmers Journal were published.  The operators D.J. Price and LeRoy Trice welcomed new residents and much important land development with their advertisement of land for $1.50 an acre.  This was well received by subscribers, and by them passing on the word and as more land owners called Marquez home.  The first post office was established in 1872.  The outgoing mail was dropped into barrels.

April 2, 2003
        Marquez with rich heritage was named for Marie De Le Marquez, on whose estate Marquez is located.  Its first history was recognized as a prairie land convenient in water resource of the creeks, rivers, and springs.  It was first populated with a few white settlers who considered themselves as campers thinking they would move on after they had raised enough food to survive.  To their great fortune they realized the climate, the good rain and the water resource provided an almost year round gardening.  They started planting orchards, large gardens and cotton and corn crops.  With the abundant wild game, fish, and with their cattle, chickens, and hogs, the settlers were well satisfied with Marquez as their new home.  They gave God glory for their great abundance.
        The Marie Marquez farm and ranch is the largest landowner.  Along with these few settlers were the Marquez township from 1867 until 1871.  When the I. and G. N. Railroad made its arrival, this provided a prosperous era of Marquez history with a rapid population and a remarkable growth of business organizations.
        The Railroad operation, bringing many employees from other states and supplying the local men with work; the railroad depot with production of huge crowds of people from all walks of life, a market for the farmers crops, a new way to transport their cattle, hogs, and the recognition of a flourishing town with bright promise.  The Marquez Township developed into a wide trade territory offering general merchandises, hardware, lumber, groceries, furniture, churches, newspapers, a post office, blacksmiths, drug stores, improved land status and refined social fraternal lifestyles.
        The Marquez Times Farmers Journal, The Marquez Listings, The Marquez Monitor, and the Marquez News supplied the township with promotional population of moral citizens and impressive land development.  D. J. Price, LeRoy Trice, Fred Carrington, Jack Robinson, E. O. Boggs, and Brad Robinson were the important publishers and editors.
        The first post office built was in 1872 and the first post master was Joseph Brown.  He traveled by horseback at times delivering the mail himself when the bad weather kept people home.
        From the wooden areas of Marquez came timber for homes, barns and split rails for wagons, fencing and furniture.  The timber brought the sawmill operation.  A. Amos and Alfred Petty are the well remembered saw mill owners and operators.
        D. W. Carrington and Son owned and operated the General Wood Shop Company, which supplied carriages, liveries, Hickory wagons, rib boards, horses and groceries.  Buck Winn had a livery, feed and sale stable.  Sid Myers was famous for his material, yard goods and best jean pants.
        Buck Winn's wife operated The Winn Hotel with rates of a dollar a day.  It was neat and clean with a friendly atmosphere.
        The McArthur Hotel with Carrie McArthur in charge, just across the railroad depot was appealing.  Her hotel offered the best food and pie was so delicious.  It was favored by the railroad men, the traveling farmers and the stockmen.  It was called the Famous Marquez Pie.
        The Blacksmiths were James Petty, Tom Watson, Bob Thames, L. Autry, Bob Horn, and Jeff Collins.  The McArthur's, Carrington's, Boggs', Grayson's, Winn's, Spencer's, Petty's, Jones', Vestal's, Seales', McCormick's, and Allison's built a one room schoolhouse.  It was erected on the bank of Mill Creek.  This served as the school, the Church, the Community building.
        The Church was the hub of the citizens social activity.  Worship services were held every Sunday if weather permitted.  They had dinner on the ground staying long hours sharing, visiting, and their feast was under the shaded trees.  Also some memorable summer revivals would be held for two weeks at a time.  Traveling Evangelists held the services staying in family homes.  These were the best of God's ministry.  Many souls were saved and baptisms were held at the old Mill Creek swimming hole.
        Later the first Baptist Church was established in 1892.  The Christian Church in 1895, organized by D. W. Carrington, E. Bateman, and A. D. Boggs.  The Methodist Church was established in 1919.  It was organized by B. D. Dashiel, Oscar Keeton, J. S. Moore, W. H. Joyce Gill, Charlie St. John.  The first pastor was Rev. J. S. Steward.  The black Baptist Church was in 1909 and was organized by Reverends Williams and Allen.  It was a thriving church with many added to their membership.  The Presbyterian Church was established in 1922.  Brothers J. L. Ward and J. M. Black were pastors.  This being a one room church was replaced.

April 9, 2003
        The Historical Marquez settlement was two settlements.  The first with only a few in number.  These were farmers, named for Marie Marquez, who owned a large tract of land and was the most important of the establishments of Marquez.  Then with the arrival of the Iron Horse, the T and G. N. Railroad, Marquez became a booming township providing an increased population and a wide section of territorial growth.
        Marquez at first with a one room school house which was their school, church, and their community center in 1867.  Marquez became a foundation of an impressive ministry of God's Christian work of the second Marquez township.  The First Baptist organized in 1892, the Presbytery erected in the 1800's only with one room, this being replaced in 1922, with a larger more beautiful church.
        The Grayson family donated the Baptistery.  Mrs. (Grayson) Love gave the piano.  This church held services for over 90 years, many preachers and many dedicated members have been faithful servants.  The Christian Church was built in 1895, a deed obtained from the New York and Texas Land Companies was a one room building until 1928; when a larger church was erected and now is of brick.  The Methodist Church founded in 1919 was reconstructed in 1920 by Charles St. John.
        The Black Church was vital of God's Ministry and was established by Reverend Allen and Williams with a great number in membership.  It is well recognized as a great mission.
        Marquez first little school house on Mill Creek in 1871 has become one of the best planned organized education systems of our Leon County.
        A Leon Academy organized by the Trustees Sydney Myers, F. M. Carrington, Silas Spencer making provisions in 1902.  There were 166 students enrolled.  H. H. Wahl was the superintendent.  These students started in the 1st grade and continued through their senior year.  They with the highest marks of academics and devoted of marches, drills, and patriotic songs, vocal music and art.  The teachers were Ida Yarborough, Zela Seale, Zula Powell, Sid Bateman, Mrs. F. M. Carrington, and Lula Barkley.
        From 1902 until 1957 Marquez's school system was of the highest standard with Cicero German, English Literature, Debate, Latin Composition, Shakespeare plays, Geometry, Essay and oration, bookkeeping and commercial law, were added to their basic states of educational skills.  Other teachers were Troy Davis, Herman Easterling, Ruby and Blanch Petty, Hardy Seale, Julia Sadler, J. M. Bandeen as principal, Guy Lanier, Willie, Dean, Beene and James Atkisson were some of the teachers of the 1940's and 1950's.
        In 1958 the enrollment of the Marquez school had declined due to World War II. The Marquez and Jewett Schools consolidated their schools to form the Leon School, which is a most influential Leon Country school system.
        The most remembered Druggists were Lloyd Powell, Hugh Cundiff, and Edwin Evans, their recommended remedies was often as good as a doctors, lemon juice, honey, juice of boxwoods, tansy tea.
(the issue April 16, 2003 was combined with the first part of this story)

April 23, 2003
        Marquez with its unique history and the preservence of this recorded history can respectfully be accounted to three of their special ladies, Thelma Jones, Vesta Petty, and Mabel Cash, with their deep love of the people and their loved Marquez.
        They have compiled and shared recorded family, community heritage since the Marquez establishment until its present day.  It has been passed from one generation to another, all sharing the same love of God, their families, and dedicated pride for a moral Christian, family township for all their citizens of its beginning.  It has grown into a wide territorial prairie of churches, several businesses, a social status that includes all families and visitors.
        The once dotted farms of the land now rich with ranch, farm, oil & gas wells, beautifully well kept gardens, orchards, flowers, and sweet watermelons of Leon County.