City Of Copeville

City of Copeville 

 

Copeville        Josephine        Lavon        Nevada

 

World War II Honorees

 

HALL, LOUIS W. - Army PVT
(38682962)

Hometown: Copeville,
25 Sep 1924-21 Dec 1944, Thompson Cemetery

KIA. Arrived in Germany in October of 1944. Killed in action two months later.

 

MONTGOMERY, J. L. - Army SGT
(38431919)

Hometown: Copeville,
2 May 1923-2 Feb 1945, Thompson Cemetery

A tank commander in Co. A, 740th Tank Battalion. He left his tank when the gun jammed and his radio would not work. On foot he led another tank from his platoon into position to fire at an approaching German tank. An artillery round hit the second tank near where he was standing and killed him instantly. Sgt. Montgomery was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery in that battle near Udenbreth, Germany.

 

MONTGOMERY, JAMES W. - Army PVT
(38631097)

Hometown: Copeville,
22 Oct 1923-16 Jun 1945 Thompson Cemetery

KIA in action during the battle for Okinawa.

Copeville Station circa 1880
 
The unincorporated community of Copeville lies between Lavon and Farmersville on State Hwy 78. Copeville was organized by Kentucky native John Miles Cope. He settled in Collin County in 1848 with his parents and brother on land in the Willis Roberts and Hezekiah Walters Survey. The area was originally known as Black Spot. In 1878, Cope became the town’s first postmaster. By 1885, the community had a church, a bank, a cotton gin, a sawmill, a flour mill, a saloon and a general store that also housed a doctor’s office. Thomas King had platted the original town site in 1877. But in 1886, the community moved one mile northeast to be next to the New Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad tracks. Local merchant James E. Jones, who gave the railroad land for its right-of-way and depot, operated the town’s first general store at the new site. Copeville became the shipping point for area farm products and Bois D’arc timber, which is valued for its density and toughness.
 
 The Karo School, located at the original town site, started in 1895. Although the community never incorporated, by the early 20th Century, it had grown to about 300 residents. The Copeville School operated from 1913 into the 1940s. In 1921, Copeville became one of the country’s first towns to have a female postmaster. Her name was Elizabeth Pearce. In the early twentieth century, two local congregations, the First Methodist Church of Copeville and the First Baptist Church of Copeville (organized as the Mount Pleasant Baptist church in 1857) relocated to the town. In that era, the town’s businesses included the Craft Hotel, a drugstore, a pickle factory and several general stores. Just after World War II, Copeville had 150 residents, two churches, five businesses and a school. Copeville is growing today and has its own water supply. It is served by the Community Independent School District and the Nevada and Josephine Fire Districts.