Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 3, September, 1992 Page: 169
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A Rock Island Reader
January 21, 1897
January 28, 1897
February 4, 1897
February 11, 1897
The last issue of the Hallettsville Herald says: "The little town of Rock Island just
east of us is certainly growing. Northern prospectors go there in special cars."
Yes, Rock Island is growing, for a fact, and expects in a short time to be as large
as Hallettsville or Eagle Lake, its neighbors on the Aransas Pass.
Rock Island Ripples: Mr. C. P. Yates, who is erecting a handsome two-story
residence, arrived from Iowa yesterday with two cars loaded with fine cattle,
horses and hogs, together with household furniture. ... Mr. Chas. Peterson, our
enegetic townsite manager, and president of the San Antonio & Aransas Pass
Railway Immigration association, left on a business trip Wednesday to Yoakum
and other points. ... Rev. Henry Eubank is erecting nice substantial buildings on
his farm about three miles southeast of town.
The last issue of the Yoakum Times has the following good words to say of Rock
Island, in Colorado county: "A carload of immigrants from Missouri passed
through here Thursday for Rock Island, where they will most likely locate. That
little city is growing very rapidly; in fact, a gentleman informed us Thursday that
he thought in another year it would be about as large as Cuero.
Rock Island Ripples: Still they come - Four more families from the state of
Missouri with their cars loaded with stock, farm implements and household
furniture. These people all go into the country, which means more farms and
greater prosperity for Rock Island. ... Mr. Chas. Peterson, our townsite manager,
returned Wednesday from the north in the interest of railroad business. .... Our
excursionists of the 20th inst. were a fine looking, intelligent class of men -
several land sales were made. ... We understand one of the main roads leading
to Columbus through the Hester pasture from Rock Island will soon be closed
against public travel. Our people think if merchants and business men of
Columbus desire our trade, that it would be to their interest to have a first-class
road leading from the county site to Rock Island. ... Mr. A. D. Rust of Sealy paid
us a business call Friday. He has bought a lot and will soon erect a printing office
thereon. So it will not be long until Rock Island will have a newspaper of her own
and then we will be flashing the news over the country.
Rock Island Ripples: The family of Mr. J. E. Smothers moved into their nice
residence a few days ago. We are glad to welcome these good people to our
town, and we regard Mr. Smothers as being quite an acquisition to our
community, having purchased the cotton gin plant of this place, formerly owned
by Mr. Wilcox. ... Dr. Reed of Altair paid us a pleasant visit Thursday and we
understand the doctor contemplates moving here soon.... Mr. Chas. Peterson left
Friday on a business trip to San Antonio and other points.
Rock Island Ripples: Our citizenship is gradually increasing, two more immigrant
cars having arrived here this week from the state of Missouri. ... Mr. Chas.
Peterson visited Houston last Wednesday, returning Thursday. ... Mr. A. R.
Voorhees has purchased from our nurseryman, Hon. J. F. Leyendecker, quite an
assortment of fruit trees, and he is now planting them in his out lot property in
town. We venture the prediction that Mr. Voorhees will soon have gained the
distinction of having the nicest fruit farm in the county, judging from his present
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