A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from January 03, 2012
Gilmerite (inhabitant of Gilmer)

"Gilmerite” is the name of an inhabitant of Gilmer, Texas. The name “Gilmerite” has been cited in print since at least 1923.

Wikipedia: Gilmer, Texas
Gilmer is a town in and the county seat of Upshur County, Texas, United States. It is best known for being the birthplace of popular music singer Johnny Mathis. The population was 4,799 at the 2000 census. The town’s namesake is a former United States Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Walker Gilmer.

19 July 1923, Dallas (TX) Morning News, pt. 2, pg. 13, col. 4:
Gilmerites Back From Tour.
Special to The News.
GILMER, Upshur Co., Texas, July 18.—W. H. Marshall, O. B. Moughon, R. J. Hogg and A. B. Williford, business men of Gilmer, arrived home Monday evening from a 2,000-mile auto trip west.

11 November 1931, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Tyler Lions Face Gilmer,” sec. 2, pg. 5, col. 5:
Henry McClelland, Buckeye coach, a native Gilmerite, who played center for two years with Texas A. & M, and has lost only three games to Class B opponents in eight years, is considered one of the best high school coaches in Texas, ...

31 January 1941, Richardson (TX) Echo, “Gilmer Fire Chief and Fire Marshall Visit Richardson,” pg. 1, col. 1:
While here, they visited with Mayor Jackson and other friends, extending to all a most cordial invitation to the Gilmer “Yamboree” this fall. As is the custom of all Gilmerites, they never lose an opportunity to boost their show.

22 March 1951, Gilmer (TX) Mirror, pg. 3, col. 2 photo caption:

Google Books
A folk history of Texas foods

By Ernestine P. Sewell and Joyce Gibson Roach
Fort Worth, TX: Texas Christian University Press
Pg. 169:
There is a song for all the visiting bands to play in the parade and Gilmerites to sing with fervor:

East Texas is the home of Yamboree,
A great festive show, where each one should go ...

Google Books
By Mary Laschinger Kirby
Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub.
Pg. 67:
He persuaded Gilmerites and residents of the surrounding countryside of steps they needed to take to improve the health of their families.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Tuesday, January 03, 2012 • Permalink