Weekly Corpus Christi Caller (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 25, No. 9, Ed. 1 Friday, February 21, 1908 Page: 1 of 8
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RICH IN THIS COUNTY
iSULTS FOR TEN YEARS
AVERAGE OF $50 NET TO
lis Includes all Crops uutl Work of All
Farmers ••■ Good Farmer*
Made $100 lo Acre.
a in an cau borrow money at 10
cent, stand two failures and conic
lit on top and make money on his
['I he above statement was made to a
Iti¡'-i representative yesterday by a
pm ¡ornan who han been truck fann-
in in thin county for the past twenty-
IfVftu years. He then qualified bis
[¡(ternoat by saying that there had
ever been a year in all the twenty-
live n years that, he had failed to make
[toiu-y. In other words, that he had
•vi r experienced a total crop failure
jhrifig- all those years.
( apt. W. A. Pitch, that enthusiastic
■titleinau who made a fortune in the
|ntel liuslness in t'bis city, and who
¡t to within a few months ago con-
oiled the major portion of the hotel
arllltiin this city, kindly escorted
Caller representative up the valley
tlrtiug Nueces bay for a distance of
filter miles. All along the way there
fero beautiful farms. There were
p.Village patches and onion patches in
fech; there were lettuce and beets ¡
ln<l radishes. In fact, nearly every!
Jinn contained large patches of all
a inner of trucks and vegetables.
Not all of the land has been Im-
proved. In fact there is a great deal
f land skirting the roadway on eith-
er side that in lying waste, covered
Pith mesquite, chaparral and cactus,
hie Caller representative was glad
k this, for It gave him the opportu-
nity of sizing up the possibilities to
better advantage. He had often
beard that niesriuite, cactus and chap-
arral land would grow nothing else
)ut. mesquit'e, cactus and chaparral.
But here on one side of the road
has the cactus and mesqulte—a ven-
dible jungle of It. Some places the
[rowth was so thick that a bird could
|iardly fly through.
On the other side of the road were
nuches of onlous and cabbage, lettuce
(¡uid all manner of truck. The growth
fwus luxuriant. The ground wns
¡clean. There was not a weed nor a
dade of grass, and the soil was rnel-
[low. An Investigation of this soil
(disclosed that the moist was near the
top —in fact, only it thin layor of sun-
dried top hid the moist and it ap-
! poared In the foot-print.
One could not ask for a better or
more complete demonstration. The ■
land on which the mewjuite and cac-
tus in growing Is the same land on
which the truck is growing. The
(Tuck land was once the mes-
quite arid cactus land.
ARE FIXED TO LIVE.
|( While one is struck with the condi-
tion of the farms—the absence of
weeds, rhe luxuriant growth of the
eiops and the mellowness of the soil
—another thing which impresses is
the homes of the farmers. They are
fixed to live and their cottages com-
pare very favorably with the cottage
homes of the city, while occasionally
there is a handsome large two-story
residence with all the modern conve-
niences that one finds in the city, and
for the most part there are telephone
connections. | | m
In the fields the men are at work
with the plow and the hoe, and ail
about is an air of prosperity and can
temmetit. From one dainty little cot-
tage near the roadway came the har-
monious- sound of the blending of the
violin and the guitar. It was not the
character of music one "might expect!
to hear in a tropic or semi-tropical
climate, where the trum, trum of the
guitar is a sure indication of lazi-
ness—of poor crops and lots of weeds.
The music was classical, refitted and
The condition of the growing crops
showed that this farmer was up with
his work and thai he could afford to
enjoy himself in the family circle (
Further along the road a ruddy far- ¡
mer was plowing his onions. Capt,
Fitch lt< Hoed to him and asked him
how he was getting along. "Ail hunkie
dorie," he replied.
A cloud was banked up in the north-:
west, and the Captain asked him 11
he thought it was going to rain. "I
think it is going to be a norther," he
n-plled. "1 don't care."
The farmer kept plowing away and
Captain Fitch, commenting upon hi
remark, said: "That is the most con-
tented man 1 ever saw. He is pros-
perous and he is happy."
A Hi'RE ENOl'GH FARMER.
Reaching a form about four and a
half miles from the city the Captain
turned to the left and drove up a
lane to the crest of a hill. A hand-
some residence adorns the hill. It
Is one of those largo, roomy, two-j
story houses with porches below and
above half way around the house;
flowers were growing in the yard and
all manner of shrubs, while sloping
down the hillsides in every direction
were large patches of onions and cab-
bage. Nueces bay, which at, this
point Is a beautiful body of water,
lay away to the east only a short
distance, it was a view which would
cause the artist to go into raptures.
"This," stated Captain Fitch, "Is the
farm of a sure enough farmer. This
man has made money here, and he
doesn't have to work hard."
The sure enough farmer was found
over some distance from the house tn
Ills tomato field plowing. He was
very friendly and seemed to be pleas-
ed to show the Captain and the Caller
representative over his farm. His on-
ions are In fine condition, and so Is
his cabbage. He readily answered all
questions concerning the manner of
culture and the like until it dawned
upon him that the reporter was after
a story. Then t"> stated that he had
nothing to say for publication.
"There haB been too much said al-
ready,' he stated; "and much has
been published that should never
been published that should never
farmer and I do not desire notoriety,
if the people who write about this ¡
country would tell the *,■* things as j
well as the gen*! things, it would be
all right, but there have been irre-
sponsible people who have written
about this country who put in all the
good and skip over the bad. I don't
think that is fair to the people who
expect to come here."
The gentleman was urged to make j
a statement concerning his experi-
ences during the twenty-seven years |
that he has farmed in this county, but
he was loth to do so. Finally upon
a promise that his name would not be
used In connection with the article he
reluctantly answered a few questions.
RICH RETURNS FROM TOMATOES.
This man's name was used once In
a magaslne article concerning his suc-
cess with tomatoes. He netted $350
from one acre or $700 from two acres
of tomatoes, and when this was pub-
lished he received letters from people
all over the country requesting a ver -
MORE ROADS ORDERED
it would have required the
Of a stenographer, and the outlay
much money for stamps. The man j
is not in the real estate business. He!
has no lands to sell, and he could;
see no good reason why he should j —~~~
he put to so much worry, aud for that' UKCAL REPORTS OF
reason, he will not allow the us of! HEAD AM APPROVED
his name in connection with this ar- j J|p
"If it became known Over the coun-
try that 1 made $600 an acre from to-
matoes since I made the $380," he
stated, "I suppose 1 would have to hire
half a dozen stenographers to answer
my correspondence; but such is a
fact. Over on that patch there on
the slope of the hill I gathered ;i crop
of tomatoes which made $600 to the
The gentleman then answered a few
questions concerning what had been
accomplished by the farmers during
the past ten years in this section.
RESULTS OF TEN YEARS.
"The farmers of the section, the
good farmers and the bad farmers,
taking all varieties of crops on an av-
erage of ten years, the net annual In-
come per acre has been $50. Yott
might say that the good farmers have
just doubled that average for the past
The gentleman would make no fur-
ther statement for publication.
Will Be Shot for
Hi. Petersburg* Fob. 80.-—doner*! HV
iu the vurdki «I the mil I fairy wmrt which
Juries of view Appointed For Eaelt of, nt. %Vtt8 found guilty of the charge of misconduct In
Sew Beads-Other important Arthur during the .lapaiienu-ltu^iau war, and will he shot.
The Officer faced the charge with out a tremor.
been found (
down its decision
It might lie stated that this gentle-
man has more than averaged $100
per acre per year for the past ten
years on all hiw crops. He In a very
conservative man and stated that he
did not care to say just what his earn-
ings have been. He Is a sure enough
tanner. He keeps i ? ' "b
the government agr depart-
ment, secures all t) imlhr-b"- •<« d
which pertain to
by him; he ex peri
eat varieties, and < ,u¡ ¡it
of fertilizers, and . n>
use of the intelllj ; e> at t
given him. That 1. the ¡te
been successful. 1 m¡ i '
worked ull his if! n at-i
could hardly meet v,.üi f.
eons. He would be as much out of
place as would this farmer should ho
attempt to construct a fine cabinet.
"There has been a great deal of
discussion concerning the value of
lands," stated Captain Fitch on the
way hack to the city, "and some peo-
ple have claimed that the prices are
too high. Land is worth just what
you can get from It, and I think that
the real test Is what a good farmer
can do and not what an Inexperienced
man can do. It Is not difficult to fig-
ure the worth of these lands from the
figures that this man has given con-
cerning what has been done by the
farmers during the past ten years."
"It might here be stated that a net
profit of $50 per acre is 10 per cent!
A regular meeting of the commis-
sioners' court of Nueces county was
held at the courthouse in Corpus
Citrlstl Fob. 10, ll and 12. Present;
W. F. Timoa, judge; T. M Lawrence,
W. T. Wright and Win. Adams, com-
missioners; M. H. Wright, sheriff, and
H. K. Lutev, clerk
The usual reports of the county of-
fic<|in wore read and approved.
# Ution for a bridge over the Nu-
ece> river at Sandia was read, and It
wtu moved that the county judge
eon or with the officials of San Patri-
cio county regarding same,
Otto Brandt of San Diego, having
paid in full for his school land pur-
chased from this county, the county
judge was ordered to make deed for
Petition for a bridge over the Penl-
tus creek was laid over until next,
It was ordered that the road on
half section line running from the
' " 'i wing the half
•i ittjo Mtreu-h \'o. 2 and part"
!**.' i i Hour Bluff and
I Fa.'.a and Garden tracts be
i 11 up muí i! at the owners of
la 1 fo< 1 *d> "<'d to remove or set
'V C'«lit i't.airt:
' \ ><• itlon .in "tw asking for
"tH "I >',«0 \>.t> to the Texaa-Mex-
j ic rail wisit ' ud's siding was
«i anted, tw-.d fob' ¡I Gallagher, Fat
!• u. luiiti, A. „. uniy, J. C. Baldwin
and Ed Cody wore appointed jury of
Petition of citizens asking for a
neighborhood road In Fairvluw neigh-
borhood was granted, and John Dunn,
P. Mcflride, Thomas Whclnn, W. T.
Walker and Henry Kaler were ap-
polnte jury of view.
The proposition of The Caller Pub-
lishing company for publishing pro-
ceedings of the commissioners' court
and other niattcrgiécessary to be pub-
lished In a newspaper was read and
the paupers during tilo coming year
for $100 was accepted.
The application of Mattie E. Gregory
The proposition of L
to furnish drugs, medicines, etc.,
Corsicana, Texas. Feb. 20. --The
Fourth district hankers association
Is ¡a t«'Knion here today, and the at-
tendance 1b large.
Banker Joe llirsch of Corpus
Chrlstl Is in attendance and today
ho will deliver an address to the con-
vent Ion on"tho needs of another
great deep water port In Texas. Ills
address Is In nowUe a knock on any
port., but he produces facts and fig-
ures to prove that Texas should have
another great prot.
Mr. Hlrsch is firmly of the belief
that Corpus Chrlstl should be made
a great deep water port, and the
figuren he presented to the conven-
tion hearing upon this point were
interesting and caused much com-
MR. EVERHART IEPLIES
Feb. 20, 1908.
Mr. D. Reld, City.
Dear Sir; In your article of the
19th Inst., appearing In the Corpus
Christ! Caller, you «abe tucc&aion to
refer to me as being In a Jack pot
with you and wonder what i will do
Permit me to say that you are not In
the game, us yet nobody having dealt
you a hand, and that your are four-
Now. sir, if you wish to get in this
jack pot, come out like a man, get
busy and get In t.he game. I will
then propound a few qucstloos to you
for your consideration and answer.
Youra very truly,
W. B. Everhart.
WACO HTIlfSBT IMPROVEMENTS
Citizen* Unite and Build Concrete
Tr- :■;>!. 1 >' < "V s íífflsS
Today's Rtceipts and Quota-
tions at Fort Worth.
Fort Worth, Texas. Feb. SO.—The
cattle and hog market ruled very
firm today, and prices were up sev-
eral poluta in many particulars, The
receipts and quotations wore as fol-
Total cattle receipts 1600.
Boer steer receipts fiOO.
IJeef steer prices $3.80 #$6.00.
Butcher cow receipts C00.
Butcher cow prices $2,75 £$$6.00.
Calves receipts light
Calves prices $4.36,
Hog receipts 2000.
Hog prices $3,75 ©$4.G0.
LOCAL PROVISION MARKET.
Maaagor Baskln of tho local bran
the Dosel-Uoetfoher company,
on an Investment of $500. That Is j amj j j0ne for certificate for a
what has been done by the good ami! p«n8iot, „nder the Confederate pen-
bad farmers for ten years, throwing j 8|0n law was granted.
tho work of the good farmer against j The application of C. S. Christen «en
and others for the purpose of holding
that of the bud, and that Is not fair
to the land.
The good farmers have for the past
ten years averaged $100 per acre net.
That Is 10 per cent on an Investment
of $1000. That Is fair to the land and
It is not hot air.
Kendallvllle, Ind., Feb. 20.—The
American car In the New York to
Paris auto race arrived shortJy after
daylight after being snow bound the
greater part of the night east of the
city. The French car arrived short-
ly after. Farmers along route turn-
ed out at night to shovel the snow
from the path of the American car
but refused to aid the foreign dri-
vers who used the path «it lor
BECKHAM WILL WITHDRAW
Louisville, Ky., Feb. 29.—Former
Governor Beckham today declared he
will withdraw from
race If the sti
an election In school district No.
to determina whether or not s tax of
20 cents on the $100 valuation of
taxable property shall be levied for
school purposes, was not granted be-
cause of not having enough tax pay-
- i]'¡SSf ' ■
ing signers to application.
The application of F. Bmmcrt and
others for the purpose of holding an
election In school district No. — was
not granted because of not having
signers enough to appltcaUbn.
The superintendent of the county
convict camp was allowed $125 per
month to bo deducted from board of
Dr. F. M. Vlck, Dr. ^Atkinson and
J. 3. Boerum were appointed as board
of health for the unincorporated town
of Alice. ' !f§|
West Waco street. Is the scene of
the latest sidewalkJ^^Hpgllon. On
the east side beginning In front of
Mr. F. E. Ring's residence and run-
ning north two blocks cement side-
walks have been built, Messrs. Ring
tí Powell having the Job In hand.
This is the result of a united ef-
fort of the citizens on that side of
the street in front oí whose property
the sidewalks were built. They got
together recently and decided to
malte the improvements, realising
that Its cost would be small compar-
ed with the benefits to be derived
It is probable that the clUxors on
the other side of the street will foi
low the example set and make like
improvements on their side.
Here Looking After Ihc Kew Depot
authority for the statement that the
prevailing cold weather In the north
will likely affect the potato market
gnd that there may he a sharp ad-
' ■" tS
Today's Quotations on fruits and
provisions are as follows:
Potatoes, per bushel 5c®$l, *
Onions, Red Globe, per pound, 2%c.
Cheese, full-cream Daisies,
Eggs, fresh receipts, 80c.
Oranges, per box, $3.16.
Bananas, per bunch, $2#$<!.25.
Colery, per do?,., 80o.
Messrs. J, C.
Graves, train master
for the Tosa Mexican railway, and
W. F. Morrow, road master, arrived in
the city last nlgbt, Mir. Graves Is on
a tour of Inspection and will return
to Laredo today. Mr. Morrow will
lie hero a day or two looking after J
matters In connection with the new
, The work on the new
tlon Is progressing and
will soon he ready for
Martin, the for
the cross overo Bo
vlser Hale and hi
busy raising t
erton of St.
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