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OLIN

 

Olin was a business center about 1900, and is twelve miles north of Hamilton, about half way between Hico and Hamilton on HWY 281. Automobiles caused the demise of the turn-of-the century business district leaving only a school community and finally only a church. Mr. Erastus Kimber Ridenhower, a rancher, who owned the land, named Olin for his son when a post office was established.

Erastus Kimber Ridenhower and his wife, Orpha Jane Blackman Ridenhower arrived in Hamilton County in a heavy snowstorm in 1877. In 1879 they purchased all of the land now at the intersection of HWY 281 and FM 219 (the Carlton Road). Mr. Ridenhower donated land in the northeast corner of the intersection to be a post office which he named for his son, Olin. He also designated land for a Methodist Church and a Baptist Church--land on which the Olin Baptist Church is located.

 

T. T. Gordon had a cotton gin and a mercantile store at Olin. The Olin Post Office opened 22 January, 1898, with Robert F. McKeage as postmaster. On January 15, 1908, Olin Post Office closed and mail was moved to Hico.

OLIN, TX." The Handbook of Texas Online

OLIN BAPTIST CHURCH

OLIN METHODIST CHURCH

OLIN POST OFFICE

OLIN REGISTERED VOTERS, 1937

SEAGO

 

 
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