We received permission just this morning from Millard Doan Brent to reproduce his History of Dodd City and post it to the TXFannin GenWeb site.
It is about 20 pages which will have to be transcribed before I can get it online. But, you may find this paragraph of use:
A Brief History of Dodd City, Texas
by Millard Doan Brent, page 3
© 1962 by Millard Doan Brent
"Major Dodd's house was a log cabin, built about 1840, remodeled in 1850 and remodeled again about 1900 when it was enlarged with a second story constructed at the rear of the original building. This house served not only as the Dodd home, but as an inn for travelers on the stage coach line from Clarksville, Texas, to the western junction with the Butterfield Stagecoach Route, and was a place of departure for freight wagons which were pulled by oxen and driven to Jefferson by Hade Whitsett, Tibb Dodd, and other early settlers. It also served as a post office in 1845 when the settlement was called Lick. Mrs. Dodd was postmistress."
The book was written prior to the fire, so there is no mention... There is another photo of the home in the book but the scan is not high resolution.
What newspapers have you consulted? Both Bonham and Honey Grove Libraries should have their respective newspapers for Nov 1975 on microfilm.