It’s All About the Melody

In 1923 the Texas cotton industry had peaked and was slowly diminishing; however, you couldn’t tell that around Bell County in Central Texas. The German/Czech Blackland farmers were working harder than ever to coax a crop out of the well-used dirt. Seeking a relief from their toils, these folks needed a break from their toils.

Tomáš & Terezia Sefcik worked a farm about eight miles east of Temple in a Czech community called Seaton, which consisted of a church, school, blacksmith shop, and the ever-present in Central Texas cotton gin. They decided to establish a gathering spot for their friends and relatives. They constructed a two-story structure that served as a general merchandise store (hardware, basic food, clothing, even lumber) along with a bar downstairs and a dance floor upstairs.

 

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