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I lived in Old Austin in the J. R. Martin antebellum house located on the corner of what is now Ray Sowell Road and Dogwood Lane from 1943 to 1956. There was never a post office in the community during this time; our mail was delivered from Austin by Rev. Clem Pool and later by Joe Shannon.

The only business in Old Austin during these years was Hall’s grocery store. This can also be verified by Jimmy Ballard of the Sylvania community.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, this community became dairy farms, which was promoted by J. M. Park Sr. and his wife, Sue, who worked at the Bank of Cabot.


Dorothy Grant Trickey
Little Rock, AR