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The Co6perative Movement in Texas, 1870-1900
1889." Rose and Shaw signed a contract with A. J. Sewell, W. D.
Harris, and H. C. Mills, binding the Association to establish a
fair and livestock and experimental farm about a mile north
of the town near the junction of the Santa Fe and Cotton Belt
railroads."7 The Grangers secured a charter in April, 1889.98 At
that time less than 300 shares of stock had been sold. Construc-
tion work at the fair was delayed, partly because of the bad roads
over which lumber had to be hauled."99 The first exhibition, which
was opened on October 8, 1889, was creditable, but there was
a conspicuous absence of farm products.'00
Dissension had been developing in the Association since its
beginning. President Rose opposed Isbell, superintendent of
the fair, who wanted to borrow $3,000 for building an exhibi-
tion hall,'"l but in so doing the President only increased his
own unpopularity. His extreme opposition to the sale of whiskey
and to horse races on the fair grounds further incensed the
public against him.D02 Refusing to change his "old fogy notions"
on these points, he declined to stand for re-election in 1890,
and was at that time succeeded by Nick Stallworth of Falls
Between October, 1891, and March, 1892, not a share of stock
was sold, and it appeared as if half of that already sold would
a"Proceedings of Texas State Grange, 1889, p. 9.
"The Grangers agreed to begin the construction work before April 15,
1889, and to invest until they had expended $100,000; $12,500 of it must
be spent during the first year. In return the agents for McGregor agreed
to convey a warranty deed to 400 acres of land to the Association. In
event the Association failed to give a fair annually, beginning in the
fall of 1889, or failed to invest at least $12,500 during the year 1889,
or failed to support and to maintain the fair as a permanent enterprise,
the bonus of $8,000 cash which McGregor gave and the market value of
the land ($8,000) was to revert to the donors. The Association gave a
lien on the land to McGregor as security. Contract between Texas State
Grange Fair, Immigration, and Manufacturing Association and the Citizens
of McGregor, March [?], 1889, Rose Papers.
"sRose to J. M. Frazier, November 26, 1888, Rose to J. M. Moore, March
1, 1889, Rose Letter Book; Moore to Rose, April 19, 1889, and By-laws of
The Texas State Grange Fair Manufacturing and Immigration Associa-
tion, March 1, 1889, Rose Papers.
"Shaw to Rose, June 6, 1889, Rose Papers.
10Rose to J. H. Scott, December 30, 1889, Rose Letter Book; Galveston
Daily News, October 17, 1889.
"'Rose to Isbell, April 29, 1890, Rose Letter Book.
"'2Rose to W. H. Harris, November 14, 1893, Rose Letter Book.
03Rose to Harris, October 27, 1892, Rose Letter Book; Galveston Daily
News, October 7, 1892.
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