The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 339
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Horace M. Hall's Letters from Gillespie County
Factory along with Charlie Coxes house burned to the ground, it
was the largest fire ever in Charleston since we have been here. The
loss is about 1200ooo dollars and the Insurance about $9000 Grannie
has been sick off and on every since you left and has not cooked a
meal since you left. Last Monday I washed every dish in the house,
some of which had been used three times. Mr Briggs has given Bond
and me a piece of ground and says we can have all we make. Write
soon and dont give me so much advice and tell me more about the
city I hope your throat is getting better I will have to close as
breakfast is ready.1
From your Wilful
ABBILINE KAS Nov 1 
Arrived here safe this morning, We are about to start to Texas
with Sam Johnson a big cattle dealer,2 the stock yards are filled and
lots waiting for their turns,3 If we dont go there we are about to
'This letter provides some information as to the boy's background. His mother,
Adaline Jane Sargent Hall, is said to have been a temperance worker who lectured
for the cause around the country. His father, Dr. Jesse C. Hall, a dentist and
jeweler, is believed to have been born in New Hampshire. The History of Coles
County, Illinois (Chicago, 1879), 659, lists "Dr. J. C. Hall, dentist," among the
taxpayers of Charleston Township. The Hall family had moved to Charleston
from Urbana, Ohio. "Grannie" was Horace's maternal grandmother, Mrs. Arnold
Greene (Sylvia Jewett) Sargent, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, who lived with the Dr. Jesse
C. Hall family after her husband's death.-Horace M. Hall to Joseph S. Hall, Feb-
ruary 17, 1937.
2Horace's prospective employer was Samuel Ealy Johnson, Sr., the grandfather of
Lyndon B. Johnson, the present majority leader of the United States Senate. Sam
Johnson was born in Alabama in 1838, the tenth child of Jesse Johnson and Lucy
Webb Barnett Johnson, who had lived in Georgia most of their lives and had moved
to Texas in 1846. After his father's death, Sam and his brother Tom entered the
cattle business, pasturing their cattle in Gillespie County and driving them to
Kansas markets. In the late 1850's the brothers made their headquarters in what is
present Johnson City, the first settlement in that section.-Booth Mooney, The
Lyndon Johnson Story (New York, 1956), 17-20o. Incidentally, Horace claimed a
measure of credit for founding this town. See footnote 24.
Cattle were shipped to feeders in the Corn Belt, but the booming West was still
hungry for stock cattle and did not spurn the rangy Longhorns.--Wayne Gard, The
Chisholm Trail (Norman, 1954), 99.
1Abilene was chosen as the market site for Texas cattle by the Illinois cattle
dealer, Joseph Geiting McCoy. He built a shipping yard that would hold a thousand
cattle, a three-story frame hotel called the Drover's Cottage complete with a large
livery stable, and other buildings. His cattle yards were capable of loading a train
of forty cars in two hours. Between 1867 and 1871 Abilene became the chief ship-
ping point for Texas cattle, and took on the appearance of a boom town. McCoy
encountered opposition from Kansas cattlemen who feared Texas competition, and
also, in 1868, the Texas fever caused much trouble, although heavy shipments con-
tinued in 1869.--Ibid., 65-105. By 1871 Abilene's welcome to the Texas drovers
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