In the 1950s, the Mabank Monitor published weekly an article called “From Our File.” These were gleaning from the Mabank Banner which gave insight into the life and times of the 1930s and early 1940s. In these articles the Monitor indicated what residents were doing, the names of men and women called to serve in the military at the beginning of World War II and where they were stationed, the prices merchants were charging for everything from milk delivered to the house to the latest fashions, who was elected to office and who took a vacation, and who were hired to teach in the public schools.
These articles tell us what little boy was kicked by a mule and broke his leg and who were married and who moved away; we are told who produced the first bale of cotton for the year, whose barn burned down and whose bulldog was killed because he had hydrophobia. Not only do they give us and insight into the lives of Mabank residents but we read about Coke Stevenson, Pappy Lee O’Daniel, and how many votes were cast for Mr. Roosevelt and how many for Mr. Landon. If you are looking for a person who was even remotely connected to Mabank, search these files. They have been completely indexed with family names, places, cemeteries, military service, illness, and occupations. Even if you are not searching for a relative who could be connected to Kaufman County, these articles offer fascinating reading about life in the county from 1932 to 1943.