In March the Open Space Committee made a day-long trip around the county visiting places of historical interest, one of which was the old place known as the Magee home at Fitzhugh Mills, purchased by Ed. McGee in 1914.
This was the site of the Fitzhugh mills where a mill and gin were built soon after the Fitzhugh family settled there i 1846. The mill was a grist mill.
Here at the home place is the most remarkable spring, never having ceased to provide clean pure water for household use. People from A & M University have researched the area trying to find the source of all this fine water that comes from a hillside where troughs were built long ago, bring water to the road where people riding by always stopped for a cool drink in summer.
In 1927 McGee built a spring house where food could be kept cool. Around the spring giant trees tower, with some of them bearing testimony to the Indian custom of tying down branches to mark the place where cool water could be found.
McGee married Viola Poole who became Collin County's first demonstration agent in 1917 and their child is buried under a huge bois d'arc tree on a hill near the home.
All that remains of these famous mills are the old timbers--the mill stones disappeared long ago.
Mrs. W. F. McGahee Passes Away Friday After Month's Illness
Mrs. W. F. McGahee, 71, died in the County-County Hospital Friday after a month's illness. She was born in Hunt County, July 27, 1886, the daughter of J. H. and Mattie Green Hamlin, but had lived in Collin County since 1925. She moved to McKinney from Farmersville 20 years ago, and was a member of the Central Church of Christ.
Funeral services will be held a 2 p.m. Sunday in Harris Funeral Chapel, conducted by Tillet S. Teddlie of Greenville and G. Ray Lee of Dallas, with burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery at Alba, Tex.,
Pallbearers are O. F. Foster, Lewis Foster, George H. Jones, P V. Banker, B. H. Carroll and Wilbur Thompson.