The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 372
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
neighbor was hailed with gladness and his going a cause for
Speaking of quiltings recalls one at the home of Aunt Cather-
ine Ross. As usual, the men had gathered also. Just after an
early dinner at the Ross home the men were congregated at a
spring some distance below the Ross home which was in what
is now the City Park. To these men came a peddlar named
Kattin Horn with the first barrel of whiskey ever brought to
Cameron. The men had no money, but by making a joint note
they secured all the whiskey they wanted. It was probably the
first time in years that these men had seen more than an occa-
sional drink and so it did not require much to floor them or
rather ground them, as there were no floors even in the houses,
except dirt floors.
In some of the rude play Captain Ross fell in the water and
his leather breeches got soaking wet. He then went to sleep in
the sun; and when he awoke a little later, his pants were like
boards, and a companion obligingly ripped the seams. The
Captain took another drink and then concluded to go home and
get another pair, and, as walking in these he had on was difficult,
he removed them and threw them across his shoulder. Mean-
while someone had reported to the ladies that the men had
somehow got some whiskey and were drinking rather freely.
Some of the ladies became anxious, but Aunt Catherine calmly
continued her quilting as she placidly remarked, "Well, I am
not the least bit worried as Captain Ross never drinks to
excess." Almost at the same time the Captain, clad only in
hunting shirt, with leather breeches across his shoulder was
seen approaching. That quilting was immediately adjourned,
and the Captain and his wife met alone, and no report of the
meeting was ever published.
The first merchant in Cameron was Tom Warren. He first
located his small store of goods on my father's place on the
south side of the river. One day my brother, R. C. (Coley)
Turnham, and my sister, Fannie, found a keg of powder among
the goods and came near blowing themselves across the river,
and then my father made Warren move his goods off the place,
and so his little store became the nucleus for the future
metropolis of Milam.
In the early forties there was no politics, but as the county
began to fill up, the need of organization was felt. Milam was
then called the Milam Land District, and it reached from the
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