The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916 Page: 58
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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Houston had three official postmasters during the period of the
Republic of Texas. The first was Thomas M. League, the second,
Thomas William Ward, and the third Martin K. Snell. The post-
offices were kept at different places, at one time at the Houston
House, a leading hotel, then in Cruger and Moore's building, de-
scribed in old records as on Main Street opposite the White
A great many families of Houston, usually reckoned among the
first settlers, and whose names have been perpetuated by descend-
ants, still living, did not become citizens until some years after
the period here dealt with, and on the other hand a large propor-
tion of those whose names are recorded in these pages left no chil-
dren and are to the present citizenship comparatively unknown.
Changes in population were frequent; many became discouraged
Third ward, George Kimball, George Fisher; Fourth ward, Thomas Stans-
bury, C. W. Buckley. Recorder, R. R. Wilkins; secretary and treasurer,
H. Hyland; marshal, D. Busby; deputy marshal, James H. Clark; con-
stable, H. T. Woody; wharfmaster, Charles Gerlach; marketmasters, E. H.
Haines, Jacob Rothaus; surveyor, Charles Bowen; sexton, Michael Con-
1842.--John D. Andrews, mayor. Aldermen: First ward, M. De-
Chaumes, T. Donnellan; Second ward, Charles Shearn, A. S. Ruthven;
Third ward, George Kimball, George Gazley; Fourth Ward, Thomas Stan-
bury, E. S. Perkins. Recorders, John Scott, William G. Evans; secre-
tary and treasurer, J. H. Clark; marshal, D. Busby; constable, H. T.
Woody; marketmaster, Charles Bowman; wharfmaster, D. Wheeler; sur-
veyor, Jacob Rothaus; sevton, Michael Connelly.
1843.-Francis Moore, Jr., mayor. Aldermen: First ward, T. Don-
nellan, R. P. Boyce; second ward, John Church, J. W. Schrimpf; Third
ward, Jesse R. Randell, A. McGowan; Fourth ward, E. S. Perkins, H.
Baldwin. Recorder, George Fisher; secretary and treasurer, John Fitz-
gerald; marshal, D. Busby; constable, H. T. Woody; marketmaster,
Charles Brown; surveyor, Jacob Rothaus; sexton, S. D. Staats; printer,
1844.-Horace Baldwin, mayor. Aldermen: First ward, M. H. Shy-
rock, R. Levenhagen; Second ward, E. B. Nichols, W. J. Hutchins; Third
ward, J. DeCordova, A. McGowan; Fourth ward, C. R. Hopson, H. S.
Bachelder. Recorder, Justin Castanie; marshal, James A. Young; con-
stable, William Smith; secretary and treasurer, John Fitzgerald; market-
master Charles Bowman; wharfmaster D. Wheeler; sexton, S. D. Staats.
1845.-W. W. Swan, mayor. Aldermen: First ward, J. A. Harris,
B. Carraher; Second ward, W. J. Hutchins, T. M. League; Third ward,
J. DeCordova, B. A. Shepherd; Fourth ward, C. R. Hopson. Recorder,
James Bailey; marshal, W. H. Smith; secretary and treasurer, John Fitz-
gerald; marketmaster, C. Bowman; wharfmaster, D. G. Wheeler; surveyor,
Jacob Rothaus; sexton, R. W. Ridgway.
"The residence of the President was given this imposing title in imi-
tation of the parent Republic's white house at Washington.
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