Inside and Outside the Picket Fence


On Saturday, July 20, the historic Stinson House inside the picket fence, and the Wood County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens outside the picket fence, will host a 5K race to commemorate the birthday of Miss Ima Hogg and recognize the 150th anniversary of the construction of the Stinson House.

Travel with me back in time to the year 1869. Colonel James A. Stinson, owner of a lumber mill in Pine Mills, Texas, constructed a sturdy home from the trees surrounding his property. This structure would become the home of the Colonel and his daughter Sarah Ann “Sallie” Stinson. Miss Stinson went on to become the bride of the soon to be governor, Jim Hogg. On April 22, 1874, they were married in the front parlor of the Stinson House.

Sallie Ann and Jim Hogg became the proud parents of Ima Hogg. She was born at 125 Line St. in Mineola in 1882. As one of the governor’s four children, Miss Ima became a familiar name and face as she led a busy life in Austin. Her generosity as a benefactor of education and the arts became known and admired as she traveled the world.

In 1969, Miss Ima was instrumental in having the Pine Mills home her grandfather had constructed moved from its original site to a piece of land that is now known as the Wood County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The home and the gardens are located at the rear of Hogg Park in Quitman, Texas.

If this 5K Run interests you, as a sponsor, a participant, or spectator, information can be found on our website. The coffee is on.