Meyersville store: A step back in time
By - SLONG@VICAD.COM
Aug. 24, 2013 at 3:24 a.m.
Updated Aug. 26, 2013 at 3:26 a.m.
MEYERSVILLE - Robert Moore knows his store is a special place filled with history and memories.
First established in 1868 by Isaac Egg mainly as a tin shop, the Meyersville Store's current building was constructed in 1917. It has always been owned and operated by Egg's descendants.
Most days, another Isaac Egg - the founder's great-grandson - can be found manning the cash register.
A sign on the side of the building still reads "Isaac Egg's Sons" and touts Coca-Cola in the bottle for 5 cents.
Moore, sitting on a stack of feed bags, recalled a recent visitor.
"A man was in here not long ago, and he said it was like going back in time," Moore said.
And it is.
Along with the stacks of feed bags, the store stocks grocery items, beer and some hardware.
"That hasn't changed much over the years," said Moore, who has owned the store since 1981. "Feed, food and beer. Folks don't seem to need much more than that."
Area residents also drop off fresh vegetables, free for the taking for whoever needs them, and from time to time, Moore will make sausage and jerky for family and friends.
Mounted heads of deer and at least one hog adorn the walls, along with photographs and signs from the past.
The store in Meyersville, an unincorporated community of about 400 residents 14 miles south of Cuero, has also housed the community's post office since 1873, with Egg as the first postmaster.
Since that time, all the postmasters had been Egg descendants - until the current one, Michelle Smith.
The area known as Meyersville, the county's second oldest German community, was settled about 1846 and named for early settler Adolph Meyer.
The community was a big cotton producer and at one time had six different cotton gins.
It was also known for producing turkeys and, according to the Handbook of Texas Online, the Egg family was the supplier of the 14,000 turkeys used in the first Turkey Trot in Cuero in 1912.
Moore said most of his customers are local. "It keeps people from having to drive 15 miles to the store. It saves them a few miles," he said.
But the visitors are not always the locals. "Every once in a while, we'll get some descendants of the early settlers doing genealogy research," Moore said.