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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
April 8, 1897
April 15, 1897
April 29, 1897
of the association. All members present of this association honored the citizens
of Rock Island with a good speech upon the subject of imigration. In fact we had
what you would term an intellectual treat. And most especially the speech
delivered by Gen. Paul Van Derwoort, Past Commander in Chief Grand Army of
the Republic. The general said it would require a campaign of education to
convince the northern people that Texas was all that she claimed to be - they
are afraid, said he, of the intense heat of our summer, when, in fact, he said, it
was much warmer on the coast of the New England states. He spoke from
experience, having spent summers in both climates. Some northern people
imagine, said the general, that in order to live in Texas it would be necessary to
incase one's body in a sheet iron jacket to keep away the snakes and spiders. The
general paid a glowing tribute of respect to the Texas people, and especially the
ex-Confederate soldier. In all his travels he never met a more kind-hearted, loyal,
hospitable people. Gen. Van Derwoort is now a citizen of Colorado county and
he is devoting his time and energy in the settlement and development of our
prairie lands. The association had a very interesting business meeting Thursday
morning, after which they adjourned to meet at Karnes City, April 28th, 1897.
Rock Island Ripples: Mr. J. W. Garnett of Andrain county, Missouri, arrived with
his car Tuesday, loaded with a nice pair of horses, feed and household goods.
Mr. Garnett has bought land about eight miles south of town, has moved on the
premises and gone to work in earnest. ... Mr. C. S. Penfield of Houston was here
on business Friday. ... The following officials of the Aransas Pass railway passed
through here Friday on an inspecting tour: M. D. Monscrete, general manager and
vice-president, W. M. Berry, superintendent transportation department, R. H.
Innes, general superintendent.
Rock Island Ripples: Mr. C. S. Penfield of Houston was here Thursday looking
after his real estate interests. ... Citizens of Rock Island are eating fresh English
peas, Irish potatoes, and, in fact, we have quite a variety of vegetables on our
tables every day. ... Messrs. York, emigration agents, M. K. & T. R'y are here
this week with a nice crowd of excursionists, selling lands as usual. ... Mr.
McClandless, real estate agent of Rogers, Arkansas, is here in the interest of land
sales. ... Messrs. J. H. and Earnest York left Saturday for the state of Missouri
in the interest of the Rock Island Colony and Land Company.
Rock Island Ripples: Well, Rock Island still continues to make history for herself
- the first marriage ceremony having been performed on Wednesday, April 14
at 2 p. m., in the parlor of the Continental hotel, in the presence of quite a number
of invited guests. Contracting parties were Mr. M. W. Bryant and Miss Carrie
Gowf of Missouri, the Rev. J. B. Armstrong of Eagle Lake, uniting the happy
couple in the holy bonds of matrimony. The ceremony was all that two loving
responsive hearts could wish or desire; it was plain, impressive, eloquent and
very appropriate. We tender our best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Bryant, as they float
along life's stream, hoping their disappointments will be few, but that enjoyment
and prosperity will far surpass their most sanguine expectations. ... Mr. T. M.
Ford is erecting a nice two-story building on his lot just south of the land office.
... Mr. J. R. Malloy is also building a business house on Main street south of
H. A. Brown's feed store.
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