Corpus Christi Caller (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 52, Ed. 1 Friday, December 20, 1901 Page: 1 of 16
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CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1901.—EIGHT PAGES.
A VISITORS IMPRESSIONS. Stopped me on the street, introduc-
ing themselves, handing me their
cards aad asking if I was a pros
pector. I found others anxious to
show me property for sale, on which
they could make a commission.
I met Mr. Cole aud conversed
with him several times before I
found out he was in the real estate
What He Thinks of Corpus
Christi and Vicinity.
Kansas City, Dec. 16, 1901.
Mr. Editor: I was suddenly (
called home from an extended visit' business; then, he did not tell meso
to your beautiful city and did not himself. It is quite refreshing to
have time to see you before leaving. I meet a real estate agent like him.
Since arriving home, I find I am | He does not hunt around for
much more interested in the Corpus customers. I always found him at
Christi country than I had supposed.
You certainly have the most
pleasant and healthy climate I have
found in my travels over theUuited
States. Have been in California
and Florida and nowhere else have
I found as equable and dtsirable a
climate the year round as at Corpus
Christi. I have never heard anyone
complain of, your weather, unless it j
is that you have too much fice |
weather. Farmers and gardeners'
would Sometimes rather have more!
rain, but, if they did, they would!
all become millionaires, as they are
certainly making money now.
I found a few who were complain-
ing some, but you will find such
wherever you go and in all walks of
life; but I found that all your
farmers and gardeners, who have
lived there any length of time and
have their places improved and j
paid for, were satisfied and loth to |
part with them; and while some;
would not sell at any price, others
asked a high price. Of course
there are always some who will sell
Mid sometimes at a bargain; pros-
ptctors can learn of these places by
calling on the real estate men.
1 am only speaking now of the
improved truck farms. Ycu have
an abundance of unimproved land
in your county and I am surprised;
at its cheapness when you consider
the great advantages you have over
other sections, and the amount of
money that can be made off ol an |
acre of land there. Why, some of j
your farmers told me they had i
realized as high as $200.00 per acre i
from their Jand, in one year, by;
growing two and three crops on the
land, and that they often realize
from $100.00 to $150.00 per acre for
their cabbage crops, grown during?
the fall and winter and shipped
north, using the same land to grow
spring crops on. Your soils are so
rich, one crop can be followed by
another without injuring the land
or fertilizing. Sursly there are
fortunes in the soil around Corpus
Christi if plowed out of the ground.
I predict the time is not far
distant when your lauds will be- ¡
come very valuable, as soon as the
vacant land is all improved and peo-
ple abroad learn of the advantages
your section offers over other agri-
cultural sections. There is not a
month in the year that something
cannot be planted and marketed.
While the north is snow and ice
bound, you can furnish the table of
their rich people with all the
"delicacies out of season," for
which they pay a very high price.
Winter farming is the farming that
pays and your section is far ahead
of any other in the south.
I went to your city for rest and
recreation, hearing of your delight-
ful climate and sanitary location.
You certainly have the most desir-
able location on the entire gulf
coast. The Creator has done his
part well and if man will do his,
you can have the best and most
popular resort in the south and
west;. Your people are very courte-
ous, kind and hospitable, and I like
them and shall visit your city as
often as possible.
I am under obligations to your
Mr. E. B. Cole for a great deal of
mv information, observation and
knowledge of the outside country.
Not being particularly interested in
making any investment in your
country, I did not call on any real
estate agent, knowing, from past
experience, that if I showed interest
they would bore me nearly to death
Judge, then,"of" my surprise when
going to the postoffice the second
morning after my arrival, two men
tracts. When I drove over the
land with him, I could not find a
man who wished to sell out, all
having increased their acreage since
purchasing. Tuey are a thrifty lot
of good farmers, highly respected
and doiug well, all speaking in the
highest terms of Mr. Cole and hie
dealings with them. I learned
from the bank and others that he is
perfectly reliable and his statements
can always be relied upon. He
will not advise a man to buy more
land than he can pay for, or at all.
Nature provides everything and
that one can live without work.
Nor, should he go without enough
money to make, at least, a partial
payment for his hnd and sufficient
to make the necessary improvements
and provide implements, seed and
the necessaries of lile until he is
able to produce a crop; but any
man, who is willing to work and
who has a little money to back him
up until he gets started, I believe
can succeed. There is more in the
man than in the land. Some men
I shall speak a good word for
your country whenever I can, al-
though I am not pecuniarly in-
terested, only that I expect to visit
it for health and comfort whenever
I can. Inclosed find money order
Very truly your,
E J Dow
A Happy New Year and Merry
Christmas to the friends of The
Caller; our enemies, if we have
any, can lookout for themselves
Few Reasons Why You
Should Come to South*
TH6 7VTAN WITH THE HOE
JAMES HENDERSON ROARK,
, , j„ "Vvoc fhpiaht fi feet a inches- weighs 188 pounds) who, a few years ago, organized the Roark Produce Co..
The largest truck raiser in rexas, (heig&t b teet, 4 njenes, weigu ^ ¿ th* «r.u- commission mei
The largest trucK raiser in vu s :Ii7r «mrwK~n &■TTrmihart in the snrimr of iqoo overthrowing the wily commission men. 1
whichSpring thDedreFweBre ^idímlt'tjeCofpüí'Chrfati National Bank alone over ¿75.000 in gold for checks cashed there, principally for cahba.e.
fourths of the amount bought through the Roark Produce Co
his office busy when he was not i it he thinks he will not succeed
out showing property or away from: and will tell you the bad featur"?
home He seems to have exclusive j the country as well as the go .
control of most of the really desir-'So. I say again, it was qu te re
and his j freshing to meet a real estate man
able and salable property
dealings with his customers
given him a good reputation and he
is so well known and advertised
that customers come to him. He is
a very busy man and has a large
correspondence. Mr. Cole is very
proud' of his settlement adjoining fords
town on the south, located 011 about j ments
4,000 acres, known as the Hoffman ¡ place
tract, and surveyed into forty acre J there
in whom you can have explicit
confidence, and I congratulate you
in having such a man íd your city
to meet strangers.
While your section, with its rich
soils, climate and productions, af-
greater attractions, induce-
and advantages than any
I know of, «one should go
with the impression that
are adapted by Nature for garden-
ing, some can adapt themselves to
it, some men would make a failure
on any land. It seems to me that
people ought to get along easier
and better in your country than up
I did not intend to write so much
when I started, only to say I ex-
pected to visit your city again next
winter, and until then, for you to
send me your paper, one of the
best weeklies I ever read, and I
will say about it what I said about
Mr. Cole, it is reliable; gives facts.
It you own a farm aud are out of
debt, if your health is good and you
are satisfied with your present loca-
tion, then stay where you are; but
if you are in debt on your farm the
chances are you will never pay it.
Then, rather than be working like
a slace the rest o. your life
merely to pay interest, sell
your farm and you will likely
have money enough left after
paying your debts to buy a
farm here, where you can get
a more productive farm for a
fraction of what a farm costs
in the North.
Second. If you are a rent-
er, then remember that it costs
less to own a farm here than
to rent one in the North.
Third. If your health is
poor or if you are tired of the
long and severe winters of the
North and the intense heat
during the short summers,
come to South Texas and en-
joy health and comfort. Al-
most every disease known
yields to our genial climate,
but you must use judgment in
selecting j-our location. Avoid
river bottoms and sections
without drainage, unless you
are proof against malaria, then
you may locate anywhere in
the South and enjoy health.
Fourth. If you are just
starting in life and have means
—from a few hundred up—
then come to South Texas;
come to a country offering ten
chances to every one in the
North—a country with a great
future. If Horace Oreelev
was row living he would say,
"Go South, young man; go
South!" There are more rich
men in South Texas who have
made every dollar they owa
legitimately by raising and
selling cattle and buying land
than in any other section of
the country, in proportion to
There is still room to make
money in the same way, espe-
cially by engaging in and rais-
ing blooded stock, but the
greatest chances in making
money here in the future will
be found in truck-growing and
new enterprises, in engaging
in something nobody thought
of before, on the farm, in the
factory or in business. Men
with some means and plenty
of brains can do better in
i Southwest Texas than any.-
! where else in the country. All
the opportunities of a new
! country are found here—in a
country with a civilization as
old and as far advanced as that
of the Middle West.
Fifth. South Texas, in ad-
dition to its fine climate, pro-
ductive soil and cheap land,
possesses a great advantage of
being located near the ocean,
thus securing low rates of
transportation to the markets
of the world. The commerce
of the northwest is rapidly
seeking the gulf ports instead
of the Atlantic, because of the
shorter distance to the gulf
than to the Allantic. But the
northwestern farmer is 1,000
miles or more from the gulf,
while the South Texas farmer
~ 77Z, r ¡ £ T is right on the gulf. It costs the
George Miller, herdsman.for Jos. northwestero farmer many dollar£
to ship his grain from Omaha to
New York. This amount the South
Texas farmer saves, as the ocean
F. Green & Co , who is bringing
down a car load of registered bulls
aud heifers for his rrm, also has the
car of bulls bought by R J Kleberg ^ from the lf ports are pracd.
and Captain John Tod. Fifteen head tfae sameas frQm Ngw York
ol these are tor the Santa Gertrudes J .
ranch aud three head for the Laure j ^ lllllllllllllllllllUllllllllllllltlllUIHIIIIIIIlHIUIllllllllliliii^
les. Among the latter is the second j I
prize Polled Durham bull calf at
the International Show.
fifteen head for the Santa Gertrudes
twelve are Shorthorns, two of which
were imported from England and
For information of the country
along the line of the San Antonio
& Aransas Pass Railway, and date
of home seekers' excursions from
the north, address E. B. Cole, im-
migration agent, Corpus Christi,
ten from Canada.—S. A. Express,
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