Collection: Jon Walter
Hoxie Postcard mailed in 1920
This was one of the first postcards I found of Hoxie. I bought it on Ebay in the mid to late 1990’s. The back of the card is postmarked July 9, 1920, and has a 1 cent stamp on it. It was addressed to a Mrs. Jim Blankenship, in Glenn, Missouri, and reads:
Got here O.K. Chicken was fine. Will leave here at 4:10 and go straight thru to Dallas. Will get a Pullman. Estell feeling pretty good. Blanche
The publishers marking on the back of the postcard dates this postcard in 1914.
This is the second Boas Hotel. The first was a wooden structure built in the late 1800’s and replaced by this modern brick two-story in 1913. According to the “The American Contractor, Volume 34”, published in 1913, Henry A. Lesmeister of Jonesboro prepared the plans and secured the contract for this hotel for $40,000.
The Boas Hotel sat on the NW corner and very near the crossing of the Frisco and Missouri Pacific railroads. It was between the railroad and Annie Street. In addition to the Hotel in this picture, you can also see three buildings to the left. This was from left to right, a drugstore, the Post Office, and a Barbershop. If you look closely, you can see the barber pole, just to the right of the automobile.
The Gibson House sat just to the north of this Hotel. It was built by John S. Gibson and his wife Annie Boas Gibson, daughter of Mary Boas. There was a covered walkway from the back of the Hotel to the Gibson house.
The Hotel burned in October 1931, but the three buildings to the left of it are still intact and in very good shape as office buildings. The Gibson House, unfortunately, burned to the ground because it was connected to the Hotel with the walkway. It was rebuilt after 1931 and still stands today, but has not been occupied in years.
Streetcar and Railroad
This is the next to the last stop in Hoxie for the streetcar. The last stop would have been just south of where old Hwy 63 and old Hwy 67 cross now, just prior to where Turkey Creek crosses Hwy 67. There would have been a wooden bridge there then.
In addition to the streetcar tracks, you can also see the Missouri Pacific railroad tracks in this picture. On this side of the tracks is a vehicle called a Velocipede. Velocipedes became popular in the 1880’s, and were used by railroad inspectors to travel quickly to check sections of railroad track. It was powered both by pedaling and by pulling / pushing with the arms, and could carry 2 people.