The Democrat. (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 48, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 2, 1902 Page: 1 of 8
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McKINNEY, TEXAS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 1902.
Entered at the Postoffice as Second-Class Mai! Matter.
|lXHtebm$ foi* One an& HU a Happv anb prosperous "Rew l^ear.
HUSTLING LITTLL CITY, THL CAPITAL OP OLD
HL BEST TOWN IN TEXAS
'f; The Heart of The Richest County On Earth—A Bright
new era of progress is indeed
Owning for Texas and her people
e awakening to their boundless
jportunities. McKinne\'s im-
lovements during the first year
the new century demonstrates
at she is not to be a laggard in
e van of industrial progress.
the first place McKinney is
rtunate in being in the best
ate in the Union; the state with
unequaled capacity for the
H>duction of rice, sugar, fruits,
>rn, wheat, cattle, horses, oil,
inera', and the great textiles,
atton and wool, and which is
)w just on the verge of an un-
ecedented era of prosperity in-
lent to the establishment of
e much needed manufacturing
tablishinents to exploit these
luable products and make her,
deed, the Empire State of the
nion. When Captain Lucas
covered the limited resources
Spindle Top, he made East
xas a world power mdustrially.
lready Texas produces one-third
the cotton of this country,wool
ough to clothe the nation, pine,
k and other woods sufficient to
pport any number of great fae-
ries in all lines utilizing wood,
iron in almost limitless quant-
, a region as large as the State
Louisiana adapted to sugar
ing, a tobacco region larger
an Connecticut, a rice region
rger than Sonth Carolina, a
in belt larger than the State of
linois, and a stock raising area
trger than any other State. By
eveloping the boundless resour-
s of this country Texas can
pply a population of ten or
enty millions with happy homes
d profitable occupation. All
e world is awakening to the
opheey made by the illustrious
mmodore Maury, fifty years
o, that the cutting of an isth-
ian canal would center the
orld's commerce in the Gulf of
exico. The canal must come
d will be a reality of the not
r distant future, and now while
e eyes of the world are on us
the time that Texas is most de-
rious of securing more people
n/d more capital that she may
rove to the world that her ability
f achievement along the line ot
dustrial progress is equal to her
undless resources and her un-
Collin county is acknowledged
be the richest agricultural
nty in the State. It is in the
of the black land belt, has
pleasant and healthful climate,
hird timber and two-thirds
ie land and produces all of
principal farm crops in
ce, and with her popula-
of 65,000, her two hundred
her churches of
, her rural
and her tax-
McKinney, the county site of
Collin county,—but words would
fail us to properly portray her
many virtues. The festive drum-
mer, the wholesaler and commer-
cial agent who know things be-
yond the ken of the average men
will tell you seriously that Mc-
Ivinney is the solidest and "the
best town in Texas." She has
the most beautiful homes, the
best naural surroundings, mote
wealth, more money invested
in manufacturing, and the best
people of any town of its size in
the Lone Star State.
McKinney has, besides the
features mentioned elsewhere in
this issuts a
Population of 6,000,
Annual business $18,000,000.
Wheat marketed annually 225,-
Cotton marketed annually 30,-
Oats marketed annually 250,000
Corn marketed annually 500,000
Pecans shipped per season 25
Cattle shipped lsat season 284
Hogs shipped last season 96 cars
Horses and mules shipped last
season 50 cars.
Oil Mill, daily capacity, 100
Flour Mill, daily capacity, 1000
Ice factory, daily capacity, 20
Cotton compress, daily capacity
A packery, daily capacity, 100
Two railroads built, one pro-
Two express companies.
Two telegraph companies.
Two national banks.
One private bank.
Two telephone companies.
Six artesian wells.
Two graded public schools.
A steam laundry.
Wateworks, Electric lights and
Three weekly newspapers.
Two dally newspapers.
Numerous llrst-class hotels ana
An excellent volunteer fire de-
partment with all modern equip-
A flourishing Young Men's
Christian Association with an
elaborate hall and jymnasium.
An excellent silver cornet band.
Numerous lodges,and social and
A public library.
And in fact McKinney compris-
es all the requisites of a substan-
tial and progressive city, and of-
tcrsa magnificent field for factor-
ies and all mechanical industries.
The McKinney Board of Trade
extends a cordial invitation to all
parties interested in manufactur-
ing enterprises or in search of a
more pleasant home, to thorough-
ly investigate the advantages of-
fered by McKinney and Collin
county and will gladly furnish all
information which snch parties
~ ~ «I «%AM MAAimal
W. W. MERRITT CAMP HELD
TO COMPLY WITH CONSTITUTION.
CHARTER TO BE APPLIED
Col. J. M. Pearson, Mayor of McKinney.
Pursuant to call W. W. Meritt
Camp, Sons of Confederate Vet-
erans, met Monday night in the
The constitution requires that
each camp shall have only the
sons of ex-Confederates as offi-
cers. To meet this requirement
another election was necessary
and resulted as follows:
J. P. Moulden. Commandant;
J. L. Franklin 1st Lieut.,
J. N. Grisham 2nd Lieut.;
R. C. Merritt, Adjutant:
T. F. Moore, surgeon:
Mack B. Harris, Quartermas-
Wallace Hughston, Chaplain:
Robt. Moulden, Treasurer:
Preston Allen, Color Sargeant;
E. W. Merritt, Historian-
A charter will be applied for at
once. R. C. Merritt, J. N. Gris-
ham, and J. P. Moulden were ap-
pointed a committee on eonsti.tu-
tion and by-laws.
EXTREMELY HEAVY RAIN-
FALL OCCURS IN SOUTH-
THREE DROWNED IN CHATTAHOO-
CHEE AT WEST POINT, ALA-
FOR JUSTICE OF THE PEACE.
MACK B. HARRIS, A YOUNG LAWYER
OF THIS CITY, ENTERS
\\ hile calling attention to our
possessions to which McKinney
points with pride we could
scarcely do our city justice with-
out introducing its Mayor and
saying a few nice things for him.
He was elected mayor in '93 and
has held the position for five suc-
cessive terms without opposition,
which fact attests the city's apre-
ciation of his efficient and faith-
ful service in her behalf. During
his administration McKinney has
secured a waterworks system and
aiso a sewerage system,
new public school building, im-
proved her streets and sidewalks,
extended the city limits on the
North, South and West, revised
her city ordinances, paid off all
her floating indebtedness, has a
sinking fund of $4000 in the treas-
ury and received a premium of 5
1-2 per cent on her water works
bond issue. Col. Pearson served
on the reception committee which
entertained the New York dele-
gations from the Chamber of
Commerce and the Merchants As-
sociation, last summer, and is for
McKinney, first, last and all the
The Best Holiday.
There's a Fourth o' July 'ith its
An' crackers, an' rockets that
It's a glorious day in its noisy old
A day that is fine—ail but this:
You've got to watch out fer burnt
That sort of cuts int(Tthe fun.
So, though it's a day to be longed
fer, I say
I know of a dandier one.
Thanksgtvin', 'ith spareribs and
'Ith pies of about eve;' kind;
'Ith its apples to eat an' its cider
Is a bally old day, to my mind.
But abo'it all there's to it is din-
An* when you're filled up that's
But j*ou get a big dinner at Chris'-
An' my! such a lot of thing*
There's presents of toys that are
Of books most delightful to
Of skate* fer to slide, an' bicycles
Geared up to a wonderful
An' then there are bags full of
An' sugar plums 'long 'ith the
So, of all holidays that yon long
fer an' praise
I'm thinkin? that Chris'mas is
Mack B. Harris has us place his
name in the Democrat announce-
ment column today for justice of
the peaee, precinct 1. Mack is a
son of the late Rev. Wood Harris,
having been born and reared here.
He was educated at our public
schools and at Baylor University,
studied law and was admitted to
the bar. Mack is a sober young
man and well qualified to dis-
charge the duties of the office.
All hold him in the highest es-
teem and this announcement will
be hailed with delight by Mack's
numerous friends everywhere in
the precinct. Mack will make law
his profession in life and feels
that the opportunities offered by
the duties of justice of the peace
would be of advantage to him in
the practice of his chosen profes-
sion, and being well qualified for
the place, he solicits the help of
all our readers in his race.
Watched the Old Year Depart.
Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 31.—The
torrential rains of the last three
days in Georgia, Alabama, East-
ern Tennessee and portions of
North Carolina caused the death
of four persons as far as known
and inflicted serious damage to
all kinds of property. The rains
have been followed by clear and
much colder weather, accompan-
ied by high winds.
The Weather Bureau announce
ed today that the Chattahoochee
river would continue to rise be-
low Oakdale during the next
thirtv-six hours, and it is feared
much damage will result. Warn-
ings to this effect were today sent
to all points likely to be affected
Rainfalls of from 5 to 7 inches
were reported from several points
for the three days.
Three people were drowned at
West Point, Ga., while attempt-
ing to c.oss the turbulent Chatta
hoochee, and Thomas G. Russell,
an engineer on the Atlanta and
West Point railroad, was killed in
a freight wreck caused by a wash-
out near Notasulga, Ala.
The situation at West Point is
reported serious. Thousands of
dollars worth of property has
been destroyed and there is much
suffering. All day Sunday the
merchants worked to save then-
stocks and removed them from
their flooded stores to places ot
At 9 o'clock yesterday the wa-
ter in the streets of West Point
was two to five feet deep. The
removals of goods were Srst made
in buggies and other vehicles, but
as the water rose boats were used
and rafts were constructed as the
means of conveyance. Many of
the people spent the night in his-
toric old Fort Tyler.
No trains have been sent
through from Atlanta to Mont-
gomery over the Atlanta and
A\ est Point road since Saturday,
and the Southern Railway's New
Orleans limited last night was
sent around by Birmingham and
Quite an interesting, attractive
and well attended watch meeting
was held at the Presbyterian
church Tuesday night.
A very touching talk about the
dying year by Bro. Steen just two
or three minutes before twelve
and then a bright talk on what
the new year had in store for each
and every one.
The new year had a noisy greet-
ing from tLe mill whistles, fire-
bell, church bells, pisto1*, fire
works and anything to make a
noise and no doubt it thought this
a very noisy world.
Hauling Water for Miles.
The remains of Miss Maggie
Scroggins, the 18 year old daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. A« C. Scrog-
gins at Forest Grove were inter-
red in Pecan Grove | cemetery
Tuesday. Services were ^cop-
ducted by Eld R. R. Hamiin.
Dr. Jim \\ right, who lives near
Princeton, was here Tuesday. He
reports the farmers in that section
up with their work in mak-
ing ready for the crop of 1902.
He says the scarcity of water has
become alarming that people are
hauling for miles away.
To Remain Here.
John C. Cook came in from
Rockwall Monday where his
house, the J. D. Stiff Dry Goods
Co. has a branch business. Dur-
ing the year just closed he spent
much of his time at that place,
but this year may be found regu-
larly wuh the McKinney house.
Mrs. Penshaw and two daugh-
ters, Misses Ethel and Gladys,
have returned to Decatur after a
visit to the family of Lew
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Thompson, F. C. The Democrat. (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 18, No. 48, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 2, 1902, newspaper, January 2, 1902; McKinney, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth192102/m1/1/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.