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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
was one of the leading lawyers and was inter-
ested in a bank. A man named Frazee was also
in the banking business as was Simpson & Co.
Frazee was a man who never shaved and yet
carried a perfectly smooth face without the sign
of whiskers or moustache.
Judge Geo. W. Smith owned a ranch some
twenty miles south of Columbus, on which were
probably ten thousand head of cattle.
The great feud that had existed many years
between some prominent families in which quite
a number were slain, had about eased up and
died out when the year 1875 was ushered in.
In those days the telephone, electric light,
phonograph, moving pictures, traction and
power lines were unknown and scarcely
Richardson, Belo & Co. were running the
W. W. Wooten was running the Live Oak
Hotel. There was also a hotel run by a Mr.
Band, and possibly other hotels which the writer
does not remember.
There was a movement on hand, in 1875,
to construct a canal across the bend, thru the
town from a point near Halliard's ferry, from
which to secure power for running manufac-
turing and other plants. On his visit here, the
writer had hoped to find the undertaking had
became an accomplished fact.
Among the philanthropists in Columbus,
Judge G. W. Smith was a leader.
Flour was shipped in from the Northern
States, via the Gulf, and was sold at from $12
to $15 per barrel. Consum- surprised when they
failed to find less than half a pint of weevil and
worms to the gallon in this staff of life.
On one occasion a fifty pound boy while
fishing with a pole, hook and line, not far from
where the railroad bridge is located, was
dragged into the water by a 75-pound catfish
and had to be rescued from drowning. Both the
boy and fish were finally landed.
An aged darky, we think his name was
Richmond, looked after the ferry boat which
plied just above the present highway bridge be-
low the railroad's structure across the Colo-
There were no floods in the river between
1872 and 1880.
Steamboats that used to ply the Colorado,
were taken off before 1872.
But few gins were run by steam power.
Most of the larger farmers had gins of their
own, which they ran by horse power. The larger
portion of the seed was thrown away.
The writer on being sent out to feed the
stock, shortly after his arrival, placed a gener-
ous quantity of cotton seed in the troughs for
mules and horses. The critters refused to eat
thereof and wouldn't be forced to swallow the
W. L. Adams was a boyhood playmate of
Shelly and L. G. Smith and yours truly in those
The yellow fever epidemic of October,
1873, carried away relatives and friends of the
writer, and many other citizens. We visited the
town several times each week during the time
the scourge raged, and often saw three and four
vehicles bearing dead to the cemetery. E. C.
Sronce was the only undertaker in town and he
was taxed in getting coffins enough to supply
the demand. There was one instance in which
coffins had been taken to a man's door on three
separate occasions under the impression that
he would die every minute. He recovered. We
believe the man's name was Shuttleworth.
The people of Texas have been giving the
writer a fine reception, and he has had, since
his arrival in their midst on the 21st of Janu-
ary, the most pleasant time in his remembrance
and in his writings back to papers of the States
to the North will certainly give justice to the
Lone Star State.
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