ELKS LOSE TO TROUP TIGERS
28 - 7
NEXT GAME: Sept 29, 2017 .. home vs. Westwood
PeeWee Cheerleaders open the first home game of 2017
2016 Elkhart Homecoming King & Queen
ALEX THLANG - KIMBER DOUGLAS
Elkhart Volunteer Fire Department
Fall 2016 Annual Donation Letter
This year, we are pleased to announce that the Elkhart Volunteer Fire Department has received a grant
from HB-2604 for the purchase of a new fire truck. The cost of the new truck will be $246,963.00. The grant
will cover $200,000 and the EVFD will be responsible for the remaining $46,963. We are currently working on
various fund-raisers to meet the matching funds for this project.
Please also be aware that the ISO rating has changed for our area. On a scale from 1-10, with 1 being
the best, we were rated at 8. However, with updated equipment, training, and several other factors, we
are now rated at a 5. This should save you some money on your homeowner's policy. Please contact you
personal insurance agent that provides your Homeowner's Insurance Policy for futher information.
Fire Chief Randy McCoy and Assistant Chief Bobby Cernoch would like to congratulate Cody young on his
move up the ranks to the position of Lieutenant. Cody completed his fire training at the Kilgore Fire
Academy this year and is currently enrolled at the Trinity Valley Community College for his EMT basic.
The Elkhart Volunteer Fire Department is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Fire/Rescue Dept that covers 100 square
miles with a population of approximately 6500. That includes the City of Elkhart and most of the Elkhart
school district. The Elkhart VFD responds to all 9-1-1 calls in our response area 24 hours a day and also
serves with mutual aid to neighboring departments.
The Elkhart VFD is primarly supported by voluntary donations from citizens and receives limited support
from the county and the city. Donations may be sent to EFVD, PO Box 145, Elkhart, TX 75839
The Elkhart VFD Board of Directors:
President - Bobby Cernoch
Vice-President - Justin Pitts
Cody Young - Secretary
Tammy Reagan - Treasurer
Randy McCoy - Fire Chief
Elkhart Masonic Lodge to host annual Bar-B-Q Fund Raiser on Deer Season Opening Day
The Elkhart Masons hold an annual fund-raiser to help out with their scholarships and other benevolent
community programs. One of these is the annual Bar-B-Que held on Saturday, the opening day of deer
season. Everyone is encouraged to stop by and pick up several plate lunches or sandwiches. Desserts
will also be available, thanks to the ladies, in the form of cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, and other
Posted by ALAN GELL
The City of Elkhart is at the intersection of State Highway 294 and U.S.
Highway 287 (aka: TX Hwy 19), eleven miles south of Palestine in southern Anderson
In 1851 members of Daniel Parker's Pilgrim community moved to
land around Boxy Creek to take advantage of the new post office and a
newly established railroad. With the efforts of a friendly Indian, the
newcomers settled into a community that continued to survive. They
named the town after the Indian. A nearby spa served many socialites
with its excellent mineral waters.
The International-Great Northern Railroad ran both passenger and
freight trains through Elkhart. The freight cars were loaded with
tomatoes, cotton, and pulpwood from the local sawmills. The depot in
Elkhart was a thriving center for both trains and trucks.
One mile west
of the Pilgrim Baptist Church established by Daniel Parker is a
Methodist church with a historical marker pointing out the locale of
its first building. The first Methodist sermon was preached by Rev.
William Stevenson, who came to Elkhart and met with members in their
home until a church could be built about 1840.
In 1912 the downtown area was destroyed by fire. During the Great
Depression, Elkhart continued to have both a bus stop and railroad
station, but as the farming declined, the services were gradually
curtailed. In 1933 Elkhart's public school district enrolled 736 white
and forty-three black students.
(copied from Handbook of Texas, Dorothy K. Bridges)