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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
September 30, 1897 Rock Island Journal: The new postmaster has rented the building and outfit just
as it is from the retiring postmaster Scott and the new management will be
installed October first, one week from to-day.
Letter From Texas
Monroe County (Mo.) Appeal
Rock Island, Tex., Aug. 25. - We reached Rock Island last Thursday noon and
found the Monroe and Andrian county people all well and doing well, all well
satisfied. Indeed this is a beautiful country, the most magnificent prairies that
I ever saw in any country; as far as the eye can reach it is one continuous prairie,
dotted here and there with a beautiful grove of live oaks. One can see more cattle
here in one day than he can see in Monroe county in a life time. It is wonderful
how they have improved their cattle in the last few years. The great cattle kings
of former years will now be forced to hunt new grazing lands, as this country will
soon be settled by agricultural people, yet there will be an abundance of free land
for years to come. Messrs. Baker and Lipp are well satisfied with what they have
seen of Texas. I think Mr. Lipp will buy land in Colorado county, Texas. The
people here are just now planting their second crop, consisting of garden truck,
potatoes, sorghum, millet and watermelons. The cotton crop is excellent for sod
land. I believe people can find cheaper and better land with the Rock Island
Company today than in any part of the United States. The question of soil and
climate has long since been settled. The half has never yet been told of the
wonderful grazing qualities of Colorado county, Tex. A Missourian with energy
and one old cow can soon get rich in this country. There is not only plenty of
grass, but an abundance of water for the great and mighty herds of cattle that
roam the prairies of this part of Texas. We will leave here this week for Galveston,
leave Galveston Sunday for Dallas, thence home. Tell the people to be prepared
for the news of the wonderful resources of Texas when we reach Monroe once
more, for Messrs. Baker and Lipp will be prepared to give all a hearing on Texas.
D. M. Fields.
October 7, 1897
Rock Island Ripples: No epidemic exists in Rock Island except the building
epidemic. ... The contract has been let for the new postoffice building, Main
street, Mr. Jackson being the contractor. He has a force of men busy today laying
the brick foundation. Twenty by forty feet will be its dimensions and will be fitted
with all latest improvements and appliances, and the arrangements modern in
every respect. The roof in front will be ornamented with a tower and flag pole,
from which the American colors will constantly wave. ... Mr. Charles Peterson,
the new appointee, took charge of the postoffice Oct. 1 and installed his eldest
son, William Peterson, as assistant. A money order office has been granted, and
will perhaps be put in operation when Mr. Peterson moves the office into its new
quarters. ... Mr. J. V. Shelly, a well known druggist of Caloway county, Mo. has
purchased a business lot on Main street, south of the new postoffice site, and
broke dirt Tuesday for a new business house 20x40 feet. He will put in a new
line of drugs and druggists' sundries as soon as the new building is ready for
occupancy. ... About 8 o'clock this morning a heavy freight train loaded with
lumber and other material arrived from the east, and at daylight it was noted that
the S. A. & A. P. railway had a large force of men unloading the cars and breaking
dirt for the new stand and passenger depot. The building is to be seventy feet
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