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Comments : We drove through Cameron this weekend and took a picture of an old building located at 326 N
Central Ave. Can you tell me the history of this building? It appears to be vacant. Thank you, Donna
2015-02-05 - standard reply / email forwarded to MCHC members.
I visited the Hubert home (312 N. Central) yesterday morning. I took the attached photos, while waiting for
the Cameron Public Library to open. I was disappointed in ourlack of reference material related to this
stately home in the library. I did find three books showing prominent homes, Churches and businesses, but
obviously, the Hubert home failed to make the cut. Numerous others listed were more conservative than this
home in this writer's humble opinion.
I then visited the Milam County Historical Museum in Cameron. Charles King, the Museum Director, was
familiar with the home, but was able to only relay the past +/- 50 years of its life. Charles stated that
he has visited the home and relayed some items of interest that came to mind. When Hwy 190/36 was widened
it took a considerable amount of the north side yard which diminished the "balance" of the house on the
lot. He stated that the home has a magnificent, large dining room with a beautiful coffered ceiling. He
said that Mr. Currie prefers a room that is in what Charles called, the attic. Mr. Currie managed two
different businesses out of the home, one being 'Farm to Market Internet'. The large antenna on the roof of
the home may or may not be attributed to that venture.
The current owners are Vickie and Wallace Currie. Wallace lives in Dallas and usually visits every two to
three weeks per Charles. I placed a note and my Commission business card on the door asking if he would be
kind enough to give me a call the next time that he is in town.
A mature fellow Genealogical Society member, Charles Hubert, may be related to the Huberts who previously
owned this home. I left word that I would like to talk with him about the house.
The Milam County Appraisal District's digitized property records are only searchable on-line back to 1989.
Prior to that, earlier deed record searches requires a visit (I didn't have time yesterday) to the M/C
County Clerk's Office. If I'm unable to turn up any more historical information on the home, I at least
would be able to research back to approximately the time that it was built.
We do have Micro-tapes of the local Cameron Herald newspaper. Unfortunately, they have not been transferred
to a digital format which would be searchable. I would like to think that a newspaper reporter would have
taken a photo of this home at one time.
Charles also relayed that Mrs. Hubert ran a children's nursery business out of the home ca. 1950's-60's.
She also instructed piano lessons - Jane Monroe, a fellow Milam County Historical Museum Board member,
stated she was one of her students. I hope to relay more early historical information to you shortly.
Respectfully, Jack Brooks
Wow!† That is a lot of info!† Thank you for spending so much time investigating this lovely old home.†It
appears to be have be built prior to 1900, though...don't you think?† Great pics, too!
I agree with you, the home probably dates anywhere from the late 1890's to the teens. For brevity, I failed
to relay that I had already searched the Sanborn Maps for it. I have found them to be one of the best
resources for dating early urban, moderately populated, communities. Cameron's Sanborn's date from 1885 to
the 1930's. You are probably very well aware of the, but if not, here is my reference source;
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/sanborn/texas.htmlThe Hubert home is located in the middle of attachment #1.
Something that I also learned, was that most(not a few) of the streets in downtown Cameron were renamed
once if not twice between 1906 and 1931. Quite unusual, and I don't have a clue for the reasoning. I was
only able to chase the home to the 1920 map. Prior to that, the earlier maps fell short in radius by about
1/2 block in its illustration. Wouldn't you know. That's why it is now necessary to search the property
records for dating unless another reference source turns up. Another thing that was quite remarkable about
the home was the leaded glass windows. Many had dirty storm windows covering them which hindered the
appreciation of the same. I learned that Charles Hubert's son is gravely ill after heart surgery. I'll give
this a little time before I approach him again, for obvious reasons. I'm glad that you appreciate my
footwork, but I benefit, just as much as yourself, by learning about the rich history of this County. I
thank you for helping educate me as well.
Respectfully, Jack Brooks bjohnr2010(AT)hotmail(DOT)com
Thank you so much for the link.† No, I was not aware, but I have book marked it as it will come in handy in
the future!† Keep me posted....research is great fun, isn't it!†
I researched the ownership of the "Hubert" home, last Friday, at the Milam County, County Clerks Office. A
general overview of public records is as follows;
Year Grantor $$$ Grantee
1890 Ms. A. B. Meagher 1800 John B. McLane
1901 John B. McLane 1750 Mary O. Lawrence
1946 W,H. Lawrence 100 J.F. Guggolz
1952 Emma Guggolz 10 Selma Barmore
1963 W.C. Barmore 10 Robert J. Woodum
1970 Robert J Woodum 10 Edith Hubert (single)
1998 1st Nat Bank 00 Vickie/Wallace Currie Trustee (Successor Trust 1989)
2003 Vickie/Wallace Currie 100 Vickie/Wallace Currie (ownership) (Trustees of Currie trust)
I am not a lawyer, so this information is being relayed, as best as possible, by a layman.
If you'll note the above, numerous were probate upon death and inheritance. I was unable to determine when
the home was built because the transfer price did not reflect the true real value of an improved lot with a
home. That would be readily determined by the property tax records. Per the Milam County Appraisers office,
those earlier tax records (some in excess of 100 yrs. old) are no longer available. If I were to speculate,
I would say that it was constructed between 1890 and 1901 while under the ownership of John B. McLane. The
McLane families were very prominent citizens and business men of Cameron and generally of considerable
means. Here is an example of one of their family's descendants;
I'll relay additional information after future research.
Respectfully, Jack Brooks