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54 TEXAS AND TEXANS FIFTY YEARS AGO.
was welcomed with hearty and sincere hospitality. The coffee pot
was always on the fire, and the guest soon after his arrival was
invited to partake of its contents. If he was a stranger, he was
bidden to make himself at home and stay a week, and when business
or inclination urged his departure he was earnestly requested
to call again.
There were among the people no party or political discords. The
spirit that ruled the settlers was the desire to settle and upbuild the
country. There were in the early fifties no primaries nor conventions
for the nomination of candidates for office. Men became candidates
of their own volition, or at the solicitation of personal
friends, ran on their own merits and not on the demerits of others,
and were elected because of their fitness for the office they
Such was the sentiment among the early settlers of Texas. They
were men who bravely confronted all of the dangers, hardships and
discomforts of a newly settled country, conquered the wilderness
and laid the foundation deep and strong for the future prosperity,
glory and greatness of the State. These early pioneers of Texas
not only had to suffer the discomforts of a new and sparsely settled
country, but in addition took their lives in their hands in combat
with the thieving and bloodthirsty savage. Their names and deeds
should be treasured in grateful remembrance by us, who now enjoy
the fruits of what they so nobly planted in discomfort, toil and
'In the early fifties the means of travel and transportation in
Texas were of the most primitive and limited character. Everybody,
men and women as well, rode horseback. Carriages and buggies
were almost unknown. The supply of goods and groceries for
Leon county was obtained for the most part from Houston and
Galveston. Steamboats navigated the Trinity river during the winter
and spring, brought up supplies and carried off the produce of
the country. During the low water season, wagons drawn by from
four to six yoke of oxen hauled the cotton to Houston and brought
back the necessary supplies. These land ships would often be six
weeks in making the round trip from Centreville to Houston and
back. Time was no special object. People then lived slow, com-
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Wood, William D. Reminiscences of reconstruction in Texas ; and, Reminiscences of Texas and Texans fifty years ago, book, 1902; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth14387/m1/54/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .