HATCHEL, TEXAS. Hatchel, on U.S. Highway 83 in central Runnels County, was originally named Vogelsang for Otto Vogelsang, a local settler. With the establishment of a post office in 1904, it was named for E. W. Hatchel, a storekeeper and the community's first postmaster. The Abilene and Southern Railway reached Hatchel in 1909, and soon the community comprised more than eight businesses, including a depot, cattle pens, and a gin. The town declined, and by the 1970s it had lost its post office. The population of Hatchel was reported as fifty in 1940 and as sixteen in 1980 and 1990.
Charlsie Poe, Runnels Is My County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1970).
William R. Hunt
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