Current Edition – Spring 2019
Erath County Living magazine is published twice per year and distributed throughout Stephenville and Dublin. We produce each edition with exceptional quality and content to become long-lasting, coffee table-quality magazines.
The magazine is printed on high quality thick paper stock to give it a better feel and increased thickness. The spine of each publication is perfect-bound to resemble a book, and to hold together for many years to come. The covers are UV tinted to withstand exposure and maintain a quality our readers have come to expect.
Editions of each publication are proudly displayed throughout businesses, professional waiting rooms and state legislative offices around the area. Being area-specific, the content within the pages of each publication is sure not to become dated or out of style. Residents have stated that each edition is a legacy, holding information about its people and events that one can reflect on and show for years to come.
We would like to say Thank You for all those who’ve made Erath County Living possible. We look forward to bringing you many more editions for years to come. Please let us know if you have any article suggestions, or have an event you’d like featured in the pages.
Baskets Full of Happiness
On any given day, you can find Carli Pounds tackling a large to-do list. The Jane-of-all-trades has a varied background that all points to the success she enjoys now. She has experience as a professional cook, a vet technician and dental assistant. But, these days, you will find her happiest right in her own backyard taking care of all things red roan- horses and baskets.
Carli can’t stand for something that could be repurposed to be thrown away. As a child, growing up between Dublin and Stephenville, she would dig though trash and find old bottles. She was obsessed with the idea of flipping houses, before it was a trend. She maintains the lifestyle of buying someone else’s trash to become her treasure. She learned from her grandmother who survived the depression with the mantra, “waste not, want not.”
The repurposing lifestyle is now a business for Carli, born from her husband’s castaways. She says her team roping husband is the biggest diva when it comes to the ropes he uses in the arena. When he doesn’t like the feel of a rope, he gets rid of it. “If he doesn’t like a rope, he gives it to me.”
Peacock’s Restaurant-45 Years Strong!
“Constantly cracking, we go through boxes and boxes of eggs,” says Michael Beach, part owner of Peacock’s Restaurants in Stephenville. That means millions of eggs have been cracked during their long history. Originally The Pitt Grill, Peacock’s opened in 1973 as a twenty-four hour eatery to offer “Dee-Licious foods anytime!” A ribeye dinner was $3.25, a cheeseburger cost seventy cents. The cash register only went up to $5.99 and required pushing three clunky buttons in succession—five, then ninety, then nine—to ring up that amount.
The diner quickly became a fixture of Stephenville life and its popularity hasn’t wavered, with Peacock’s recently celebrating its 45th anniversary. Such longevity is rare, as is the distinction of being family-owned the entire time. Steve and Linda Peacock bought the restaurant from Linda’s parents, Louis and Wanda Weible. Soon, the Peacock’s daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Michael Beach, will be carrying the baton.
It All Started with Vision
When one thinks of Nationally Recognized Historic Districts, cities like Charleston, South Carolina and New Orleans, Louisiana come to mind for most people. Even thinking a little more locally, most folks think of Granbury and their town square. However, Stephenville, Texas has recently received an honor worthy of mention that places it amongst the elite of the nation as far as Historic districts. Stephenville’s downtown historic district was recently awarded a place on the National Register of Historic Places. It began with one woman, and in three years’ time, had the support of an entire community.
The National Register of Historic Places is a federal program administered by the Texas Historic Commission in conjunction with the National Park Service. It is the Nation’s official list of structures, sites, buildings, objects and districts deemed worthy of preservation for being significant to American history, architecture, culture and archaeology. Anytime an honor like this is bestowed on an area it comes with great benefit for both the town and for property owners.