Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 3, September, 1992 Page: 162
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
January 14, 1897
January 20, 1897
Everybody contributed liberally and the result was a handsome pine tree,
elegantly decorated and richly laden with Christmas gifts calculated to please and
amuse not only the children but the old folks. About three hundred persons were
present and all was mirth and joy.
Rock Island Ripples: We are thankful to the management of the railroad company
for having completed this week a nice passenger platform, also for the completion
of a perfect system of drainage along railroad fronting town. This system makes
connection with our town drainage. So we will venture the assertion that Rock
Island has the best graded streets and the most perfect system of drainage of any
town in the county, and we invite public inspection to verify what we say. ... Mr.
A. D. Rust, father of the editor and proprietor of the Sealy News, gave us a
prospective call Thursday. We enjoyed his visit very much, finding the gentleman
to be interesting, pleasant and affable. ... The Rock Island Colony and Land
company have completed their new and elegant office fronting the railroad, and
it is well equipped with nice furniture. ... Our excursion of the 7th inst. was quite
a success - several parties having purchased lands. They expressed themselves
as being perfectly charmed with our delightful climate, and were very much
surprised to see cattle on the range in good condition. These people are
accustomed to feeding about six months of the year, and can hardly realize that
cattle go through winters here without feed or protection.
Rock Island Special Edition
Colorado is one of the original counties of the state, and one of the best,
ranking about third as to capacity, in the production of cotton. It is bounded on
the north by the counties of Fayette and Austin, on the west by Lavaca and
Fayette, on the south by Wharton, and on the east by Austin and Fort Bend, and
is located about a quarter of a degree below latitude 30. This county is about
seventy-five or eighty miles from the gulf coast, and is divided nearly centrally
by the Colorado river. It was settled in the early history of the state, and there
yet remains within its confines a few of the hardy band of veterans who fought
and encountered hardships for the independence of Texas, enjoying peace, health
and plenty, and the great satisfaction and quiet content arising from the
knowledge that they assisted in introducing to civilization such a grand empire
as Texas, with its present improved condition, its progressive march, and its
thousands of comfortable homes and industrious citizenship. When these grand
old patriots cast their fortunes in the wilderness of Texas in early days,
established homes, repelled the Indians, instituted government, and later
participated in the war which culminated in the grand victory at San Jacinto, they
"builded better than they knew." They ushered into being and to civilization the
grandest domain now constituting a part of the United States, and prepared the
way for comfortable homes for thousands of their fellows of the older states.
The face of the country is approximately level, with sufficient undulation for
a natural drainage, so that there are but few lagoons or stagnant pools of water
in the county, consequently the people are healthy and robust, and generally free
from miasmatic diseases.
The first settlement of Colorado county was commenced as early as 1822,
at the Atasca Sita crossing of the river, just below Columbus, and included among
the number of immigrants Leander Beason, Wm. Alley, Ross Alley, Jesse
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