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A Rock Island Reader
March 25, 1897
April 1, 1897
anticipates quite a large attendance, and the citizens of Rock Island are glad to
know that they will have the honor of entertaining this distinguished represen-
tative body of men. ... On March the 5th, Friday morning, as your correspondent
approached the city limits of Rock Island he discovered that everybody in town
was engaged in reading a newspaper, and for a moment he could not imagine the
object of this unusual occurrence, but upon investigation he ascertained that the
Rock Island Weekly Journal had circulated among its subscribers for the first
time. The paper is a well edited, neatly printed, newsy, six column 4-page paper.
The citizens of Rock Island are proud of their paper and wish the editor and
publisher much success in the broad field of journalism. March 18, 1897
Rock Island Journal: Since the opening of the railroad office here March 1, up to
Wednesday noon there has been eight car loads of freight received, including
corn, flour, hay, lumber and imigrant outfits.
Rock Island Journal: It is very gratifying to see the beautiful gardens here. One
year ago the virgin soil was stirred for the first time. This year radishes, cabbage,
beets, onions, lettuce, peas, beans, Irish potatoes and much other garden truck
is growing rapidly, making the heart glad.
Rock Island Ripples: Our excursion party of last week was quite a success, as
all parties purchased a section of land. The tide of immigration has turned towards
Colorado county, and with wise and judicious management on the part of our
citizens every tract of grazing and tillable land for sale can be sold within the next
twelve months. Bear in mind that harmony and intelligent co-operation will be
the great motive power in accomplishing this work. ... Several car-loads of
lumber, corn, flour, etc., have been received at this point within the last two
Rock Island Ripples: According to advertisement the San Antonio & Aransas Pass
Immigration association met here on Wednesday, MarCh 24th, for transaction of
business. Following members of the association were present: Chas. Peterson,
president, Rock Island; W. G. Ranney, secretary, Yoakum; Geo. F. Lupton,
assistant general passenger agent, S. A. & A. P. R'y Co., San Antonio; F. R.
Graves, Karnes City; Col. Cyrus Thompson, Lockhart; F. A. Sweezy, San
Antonio; C. S. Penfield, Houston; J. D. Wheat, San Antonio; C. J. Swan
Normanna, Gen. Paul Van Dervoort, Chester. The following named persons were
visitors upon this occasion: J. C. Wright, traveling representative of the Texas
Stock and Farm Journal, Fort Worth; E. E. Brown, Kansas City World; Elton T.
Brown, traveling representative, Greater Texas, San Antonio; W. G. T. Carver,
representing a publishing house of Kansas City; Geo. P. Wright, Houston; Carey
Shaw, H. R. Byars, Jas. Pinchback, John Hester, Sam K. Seymour, W. E. Bridge,
J. T. Johnson, Columbus; H. M. Johnson of Eagle Lake, was also here. Our
reception committee met parties coming in on trains at depot with carriages.
They were shown over the town, after which they were driven to the hotel
Continental, where a very sumptuous, elegant dinner was served at 5:30 p. m.
- eighty-five guests were entertained at this dining. Dinner over everybody
repaired to the schoolhouse, 7:30 p. m. where the address of welcome was
delivered by J. W. Tinkler, Col. J. R. Wheat of San Antonio responding in behalf
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