Shake Rag History

Shake Rag was the countryside’s nickname for Jeffersonville or Lake Creek Post Office. It was a prosperous little village in the days of the Civil War, but the first building on the hill was a grocery or doggery, that generation’s nickname for a saloon. Transportation was uncertain, and the Jeffersonville storekeeper never knew when a new barrel of whiskey would arrive. To get word to his customers, he hoisted a square of red flannel, flag-fashion, above his low, mud roof. As the neighbors ascended the hill, they looked to see whether the rag’s shaking meant a drink was in prospect.

See also, Jeffersonville and Lake Creek Post Office

(Extracted from Pioneer Folks and Places, Barbara Barr Hubbs, 1939, on sale at the Williamson County Museum)