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A Little Postons History
I was just finished reading a story you published Feb. 19, 2007, about history of the Poston Dry Goods store in Mineral Wells. It came up on a Google search. I found it interesting and informative and thought you might like a little bit of information that I found in my grandfather’s records.
For the last one and a half years I have been researching the architectural work of my grandfather, Wiley G. Clarkson, of Fort Worth. I have been trying to document and photograph all the still extant projects he designed and also find information about those projects that are no longer with us. This has been quite an involved project as most of my grandfather’s records and stored plans were destroyed by the man who purchased my grandfather’s firm after my grandfather’s death in 1952. During the years my grandfather was designing buildings, homes, etc., he became one of the best known and respected architects in Texas and modern day architects are still studying his work.
While digging through some of the surviving records, I found two jobs listed that he designed in Mineral Wells. The first job was Poston’s Dry Goods, Mineral Wells Box 1 Job 127. The numbering of the job would have placed the design work between 1915 and 1917, which coordinates very well with your story for the remodeling. My grandfather also did several projects for the Poston family between 1915 and 1930 in Fort Worth and Weatherford.