By ANDY BEHLEN
The Fayette County Record
Questions about the future of the historic cotton compress in Schulenburg have spurred a preservation effort. That effort got a big boost this week from Mrs. Lila Clark and family of the late Tommy Brown, who pledged over $10,000 toward preserving the compress. The compress company operated from 1882 to 1968. The Brown and Clark families have intimate ties to the compress. Clark’s late husband, I. E. Clark, was the grandson of an early owner of the Schulenburg Compress Company, Dr. I. E. Clark. Chuck and Larry Brown are the sons of the compress company’s last owner, Tommy Brown, who passed away in January. Tommy Brown’s father, Oscar Brown, purchased the compress company from Dr. I. E. Clark in 1927.
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