The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 46
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children and every cent of property that I possessed, except some
land, were on board that vessel. On the seventh day of February
I relieved Major Moreland of the command of Post Galveston.
Major Moreland had anticipated my arrival and had detailed from
among the Mexican prisoners a gang of experts to erect for the
accommodation of my family a "casa grande," and on my arrival
I found it completed.'
This house consisted of one room, ten by eleven feet, made of
wire grass sods taken from the shore of the bay, cut in shape with
spades, with the roof thatched with grass. A chimney and fire-
place, and a hole through which to enter completes the description
of this "casa grande" which was very durable if not reached by
Colonel Turner remained in command of Post Galveston until
August the fifth, when his resignation was accepted. Soon after
this he received the position of boarding officer from Gail Borden,
Jr., collector at Galveston. The first custom-house used at Gal-
veston was the old Mexican custom-house, which had been used as
commissary quarters by Colonel Morgan, and which had afterwards
been repaired and occupied as a dwelling by Colonel Turner and
his family; but now the lower rooms were offered by Colonel
Turner to Mr. Borden until a proper building could be erected
for a custom-house.
Colonel Turner writes, "The first duties collected were in June
(I think), 1837, and the first consignee that paid duties was W. M.
Cook, who settled at Houston. The first clerk employed by Col-
lector Borden was David Murphree, who was first lieutenant of
Captain Wm. H. Patton's company, Second Regiment, Texas Vol-
A contract was closed by Borden in August 1837 for the build-
ing of a new custom-house, which was to be completed by the first
of October. It was to stand on the northwest corner of Strand and
Tremont Streets. The keys were delivered to the collector two
days before the great storm of 1837, which blew it down and, it
is supposed, washed it out to sea, as no vestige of it was ever found
About this time, August 1837, the survey of most of the city
had been made by J. C. Groesbeck, and the first plot of the city
by Harrison Sandusky.
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