Katemcy, Texas

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Katemcy, Texas
Katemcy, Texas is located in Texas
Katemcy, Texas
Katemcy, Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Katemcy, Texas is located in the United States
Katemcy, Texas
Katemcy, Texas
Katemcy, Texas (the United States)
Coordinates: 30°54′46″N 99°15′14″W / 30.91278°N 99.25389°W / 30.91278; -99.25389Coordinates: 30°54′46″N 99°15′14″W / 30.91278°N 99.25389°W / 30.91278; -99.25389
CountryUnited States
1,680 ft (512 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)325
FIPS code48-38464[1]
GNIS feature ID1380020[2]

Katemcy is an unincorporated community on Katemcy Creek in Mason County, Texas, United States. The community is located on Ranch to Market Road 1222, a mile east of U.S. Highway 87. The creek and the community were named after Penateka Comanche Chief Ketemoczy (Katemcy) who gave John O. Meusebach the nickname El Sol Colorado (The Red Sun) because of his red hair. Ketemoczy was also one of the chiefs who signed the Fort Martin Scott Treaty.

Early settlement[edit]

The community was originally named Cootsville after colonist Andrew Jackson Coots.[3] Settlers began moving in during the late 19th Century.[4]

In 1879, Doctor William Flemon Cowan,[5] and his spouse, midwife Mary Ann Primm Cowan,[6] moved to the community from Limestone County. The plot of land on which they settled became the community of Katemcy. Dr. and Mrs. Cowan provided medical services to the settlers by riding horseback throughout the county. In the style of the day, Mrs. Cowan rode sidesaddle in a riding skirt.[7]

Dr. Cowan's sons John,[8] Elias and Alfred[9] ran a sawmill, gristmill and cotton gin.


Baptist minister Lawson Jones donated land in 1883 for the construction of Friendship School. A community collection provided the building fund, and J.M. Heatherly became the first teacher of the one-room school. Funding for the school came from tuition, which could be off-set for needy families by having their child perform chores at the school. A public school was later built in Katemcy, and the Friendship School was moved and became the Friendship Baptist Church.[4][7]

Post office[edit]

Alfred R. Cowan was appointed postmaster when Katemcy received its post office on November 17, 1884.[10]

Later years[edit]

Katemcy became attractive to settlers with its inexpensive acreage and bountiful water supply. The area received its first telephone in 1914. Local farms were often tenant farms, an arrangement that contributed to the thriving rural community that supported three churches, a school, two doctors, two general stores, two blacksmith shops, and a cotton gin. By 1920, the tractor had replaced a lot of field hands, and farm employment began to disappear. The population began its decline in 1925. The Katemcy school system was consolidated with Mason in 1945. Today, the rural community population remains small.[4][7]

Notable people[edit]

The late actor Dewey Martin was a native of Katemcy.


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Andrew Jackson Coots at Find a Grave
  4. ^ a b c "Katemcy, Texas". The Handbook of Texas online. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  5. ^ William Flemon Cowan at Find a Grave
  6. ^ Mary Ann Primm Cowan at Find a Grave
  7. ^ a b c "History of Katemcy". Mason County Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  8. ^ John Abraham Cowan at Find a Grave
  9. ^ Alfred Riley Cowan at Find a Grave
  10. ^ "Mason County Post Offices". Jim Wheat. Retrieved 24 February 2011.

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