Andy C. Aston’s gravestone is found with others just outside of a fenced plot that contains the graves of three of his family members. The Astons are in an area where there are older markers, some dated, some not.
It was winter when I visited the country cemetery, so the grass was brown and the fields bare.
I don’t know if there are Aston descendants still in the area, but there are believers that Andy’s wife, Dollie Ficklin, still visits their home on Bridge Street, even though she is reported to have died in 1961.
The Aston family plot and surrounding fence have fallen into disrepair and the weeds are high and the buffalo grass is thick.
When thirty-nine year-old Andy Aston asked young Dollie Ficklin to marry him she was twenty-one. He promised that if she would say yes to his proposal, he would build her one of the finest homes to be found. She agreed. Their marriage is recorded in Book D/page 200 of Hood County Marriages as having taken place on the 30th of January in 1896. The famed Aston House still stands at
Andy Aston and his partner, George Landers, owned and operated a saloon at
Carrie Nation visited Granbury in 1905, and in 1906 the local voters approved prohibition. Ms. Nation’s efforts in outlawing liquor succeeded. Aston and Landers “sold every drop of liquor in the saloon; taking in over $100 the night before prohibition took effect.” Aston later had the building converted into a harness and buggy shop.
Andy C. Aston
Oct. 8, 1857 – Aug. 19, 1917
“The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.”
Hood County Texas Genealogical Society
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Tolar, Hood County, Texas
All photographs were taken by me, Judith Richards Shubert
2008 Mount Pleasant Cemetery