By Susan Harrison
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY –Serving as the event coordinator for both the Malakoff Historical Society and Museum and the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce, Pat Isaacson was the guest speaker at the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce July 11 luncheon.
Isaacson provided interesting details and tidbits about the Flagg House, the Bartlett House and Malakoff for the members.
“Malakoff got its name in 1855 from the postmaster general when the townspeople applied for a post office,” Isaacson explained.
In 1912, lignite mines were discovered in Malakoff and were able to produce 300 tons of coal a day with a payroll of $2,000 to $3,000 a month.
“The miners came, houses were built for them and the managers,” Isaacson said. “Some houses are still standing and lived in today.”
In 1939, gas and electricity came about and 75 percent of the coal mining left Malakoff and by 1944, it was completely gone.
The historical society bought the Flagg House to serve as its museum two years ago and is located on Main Street in Malakoff.
Harry Flagg built the $35,000 house in 1921 for his wife and six children.
“It is large house – 4,800 square feet – because Flagg did not want to add to it later for his family,” Isaacson said.
“The house has pocket doors that still work, 54 windows, four bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms, one-inch thick oak floors downstairs and pine floors upstairs.”
Isaacson said that Flagg was quite an entrepreneur. He was president of the original First State Bank (not connected with the current bank) had a lumberyard, brickyard and a store and was also a pharmacist. His wife was a schoolteacher.
“The Bartlett House is nine years younger than the Flagg House and not livable, but has awesome construction,” Isaacson said.
“Mr. Bartlett invented white brick. Prior to Bartlett’s invention, which won a first place award at the 1905 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Mo., only red brick was available.” she said
He built the Bartlett House at the height of the depression to let everyone know everything was going to be all right she added.
It, too, has a rich history and is owned by the Greater Malakoff Area Garden Club.
To learn more about touring the Flagg House, contact Isaacson at (903) 489-8118.
Gun Barrel City councilman Dennis Baade told chamber members that the Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation is providing a matching funds grant to veterans starting new businesses in the city.
“The Boots To Business grant will match up to $50,000 to qualified veterans opening a business in Gun Barrel City,” Baade said.
The grant criteria and application are available at www.gunbarrelcity.net.
In other business, chamber members heard:
• Chairman of the board Marty Mullins named Southside Bank as the July Business of the Month.
Mullins recognized the bank’s participation in area organizations, such as Toys for Tots, Mabank Education Foundation, Kiwanis and the Miracle League.
Becky Hepker and Ralph Fortner accepted the award,
• Leadership Cedar Creek Lake 2013-14 Class is accepting applications. The class is limited to 12 students, cost is $350 and meets one day per month,
• Chamber’s Red Hot 19 Golf Tournament needs hole sponsors for $100 each and team players. The event is scheduled for Monday, July 29 and will be held at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Canton.
• Mabank ISD new teachers luncheon is set for August. Contact the chamber to sponsor a teacher at the luncheon and,
• Contact the chamber for a vendor booth at the October Fall Business Expo.
More photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, July 21, 2013 issue of The Monitor.