•  Brand :  V - L
•  RL Frog :  
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•  City, State :  ROCKDALE, TX
•  Graves book :  T224

Lignite coal was discovered in a small creek by Mr. Gus Vogel. This discovery brought a new era to Talbott Ridge. There were many mines opened. Some of these were the Compress, Big Lump, the Big Square, International, Vogel, Yoakum, the Texas, the Witcher and the Worley mines. Two of these were slope mines and cars of coal were pulled to the surface by mules. All this brought many more people to work the mines. The clay was fi~und suitable for brick and two brick kilns were started. One of these was started by Major Talbott and another by Vogel and Lorenz. Mr. D. Tannyhill found the clay ideal for pottery and set up his pottery wheel. Here many jugs, crocks, pots and churns were shaped and salt glazed a golden brown. Many workers were needed so the Mexican Nationals came bringing new foods, customs and happy music. They built a village of their own near the company "Big Store" where the Talbott Ridge road enters Highway 79.