Originally published in "The
Navarro County Scroll", 1960
Reprinted with permission of the Navarro
County Historical Society
Mr. Bob Henderson
About four miles southwest and two miles
south of the present locations of Blooming Grove and
Frost was an early
settlement called Cross Roads. In 1875 a combination school and
Masonic Lodge was built there. The lodge met upstairs and school was held
downstairs. As settlers continued to come Cross Roads became a thriving
little community. It had a post office, gin, blacksmith shop, four stores,
a Baptist and a Methodist Church, and about ten homes. The community had
many fine citizens, some whose families still live in this area. Wiley B.
Jones built the gin at Cross Roads. He was remembered as later keeping a
trained bear, and building the steamboat on Frost Lake. R. J. Sanders came
to Cross Roads from the McCore community in 1882 where he owned 1100 acres of
land. He bought 475 acres of land at Cross Roads and went into the
mercantile business. Mr. Sanders originally came to this area from Kaufman
County in 1864 after serving in the Civil
War. He had enlisted at age
sixteen. He married Eliza McPeters and they had ten children.
One of them was Ive Sanders, who recently passed away. He was the source
of much of this information. Mr. Sanders bought a general store from
George Acrey. this store also contained a post office. The
postmaster was a bachelor from Illinois named Mathis or Matthews. He also
was Mr. Sanders' book keeper. Another early settler was Rev. J. G.
Way, grandfather of Earl Way of Frost. Cross Roads was to receive a
doctor in 1885 when Dr. Rice Knox, fresh out of medical school in Kirksville,
Missouri, arrived in Corsicana. After conferring with the local doctors they
felt that he should go to Cross Roads, as the town needed a doctor.
R. J. Sanders furnished a small plot of land and a two room building. He
had an office in one room and he slept in the other. J. A. Tullos owned a
large amount of land also, paying seven to ten dollars an acre for it. he
and Joe Galbraith ran a general store there, moving to Frost later. This
little community was short-lived though, because when the Cotton Belt Railroad
built its line from Hillsboro to Corsicana in 1887, the community moved two
miles north to the railroad and founded Frost. Today all that is
left of this once thriving community is a cemetery, overgrown with weeds.