The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899

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EARLY EXPERIENCES IN TEXAS. II.
ROSA KLEBERG.
[The following is a continuation of the narrative published in THE QUAR-
TERLY for April, 1898, and has been written on the same general plan.
--RUDOLPH KLEBERG, JR.]
Upon returning home, everybody went peacefully to work once
more. There was scarcely any crime; but times were very hard.
Nearly all the cattle in the country had either been stolen by, the
Mexicans or were strayed 'and could not be found. A pig and -one
lame old ox constituted our entire live stock. Our house had been
partly consumed by fire, and our crop of corn and cotton was, of
course, totally destroyed. Our company went into partnership with
Bosticks and planted a field. The work o'f splitting rails and build-
ing fences was very hard, since all of us had chills and fevers.
There was no ready money in the country; at 'any rate, we had
none of it; and, what was worse, were in want of provisions. I sold
some fine linen table cloth which I had brought from Germany for
rice and flour. Six pounds of flour or rice could be obtained for
one dollar. We could not afford to buy meal, we had no corn, and
had to substitute hard curd for bread. It was with great difficulty
that the farmers obtained seed-corn. My husband travelled two
days and a night to buy seed-corn from a farmer living on the Colo-
rado who had succeeded in saving his corn by putting it in an under-
ground cistern. It was here that all our neighbors got their corn,
paying $5.00 per bushel. My husband bought a big work-horse for
a labor of land.
The first store that did business after the war stood near the pres-
ent site of Bellville. San Felipe was rebuilt soon afterwards.
In 1837, my husband was made associate commissioner of the
Board of Land Commissioners, and in 1838 he was made president
of that body by J. P. Borden, Superintendent of the Land Office.
Upon his return from Houston he poured a number of bright silver
dollars into my lap. This was the first money I had seen since the
outbreak of the war. Later he was commissioned justice of -the

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