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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
feet deep, sufficient water is found to success-
fully irrigate from one hundred to one hundred
and sixty acres of rice. (The Eagle Lake section
is right in the shallow well district of Texas.)
Rice is one of our established crops. So much
so, that Eagle Lake has two rice mills which
prepare for market the product of the rice fields;
and these mills are not cheap structures, but are
well built brick buildings, equipped with the
very latest rice milling machinery and cost over
$50,000 each. At each mill is erected a large
rice elevator, 105 feet high, with a storage
capacity of 80,000 bushels of rice. These mills
are the Eagle Lake Rice Milling Company, Mr.
L. Goldsmith, general manager, and the Lake-
side Rice Milling Company, Mr. J. J. Whatley,
general manager. The first named is located on
the Santa Fe and San Antonio & Aransas Pass
railroads, and the latter is located on the Santa
Fe. These two mills are well managed. They
enjoy the confidence of the rice men in this
community and both handle large quantities of
rice every year.
Eagle Lake, being in the best cane growing
section of Texas, has the finest sugar refinery in
the South. The Lakeside Sugar Refining Com-
pany, Mr. H. W. Rayner, general manager,
with a capacity of 1000 tons of cane daily, is
located on the Santa Fe railroad about three-
quarters of a mile from the business portion of
town. This plant, which is owned by St. Louis
capital, was erected at a cost of more than a half
million dollars, and is thoroughly fireproof and
Something that has been very important in
the attraction of many of the above mentioned
enterprises is Eagle Lake's splendid railroad
facilities. Our city has three railroads-the
main line of the Sunset, from New Orleans to
San Francisco; the main line of the San Antonio
& Aransas Pass, from Houston to San Antonio,
and the Santa Fe, which is a branch road from
the main line at Sealy to the coast. These three
roads five Eagle Lake ten passenger trains
The Eagle Lake Commercial Club and the
Good Roads Club of Eagle Lake, two organiza-
tions composed of the local business men, are
wide awake, and are working hard for the
building and improving of Eagle Lake. They
have but one aim in view-better roads and a
greater Eagle Lake.
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