The Hereford Brand, Vol. 9, No. 37, Ed. 1 Friday, October 22, 1909 Page: 1 of 12

The Hereford Brand
Vol. 9
Mo. 97
All the Pubudte and Texas Get
Extra Rainfall—Average Over
One inch.
Thousands of Acres of Grain Planted
—If nch of it Up—All Benefitted
—More to be Sown.
The whole Panhandle and the
greater part of the State was soaked
by a regular Fall rain last Sunday
night and Monday.
Reports from the Panhandle show
an average of one and one quarter
inches. Around Hereford the fall
is reported by farmers at one and a
quarter to one and one-half inches.
The reports from the daily papers
indicate that a general rain fell over
all the Panhandle, South Plains and
West Texas country.
In Deaf Smith and Castro counties
thousands of acres of wheat bad been
planted and the ground prepared for
much more. Much of the wheat was
up and growing and this rain will
put a fine season in the ground for
all winter wheat. Many large fields
are yet to be planted. The indi-
cations are that a large area will be
planted in wheat this fall.
No Fire Drill at School.
Several times during the past few
years the public has been shocked
upon reading the accounts of the ter-
rible loss of life in burning schools,
and after careful investigation it was
found in each case that the school in
question had no organized fire drill
and at the first cry of "Fire" the
children became panic striken and
rushed in a mass for the stairways
and doors with the result that but
few escaped and many were actually
smothered to death before the flames
reached them.
There was, however, on* exception
to the above, and in that instance
the children had been well drilled,
so that when the alarm of fire was
given, they quietly assembled in
order and marched down the stairs
and would have all been saved, but
for the fact that the doors of the
school opened in and not outward as
they should have, with the result
that when the children reached the
doors they could not be opened
owing to the pressure of children
against them.
The Brand does not wish to ap-
pear as an alarmist, but our present
school building is but a fire trap at
the best, ar.d if ever a school needed
a well organized fire drill, the Here-
ford school does. Contrary to the
the usual way of arranging grad-
es by leaving the younger classes on
the ground floor, the plan is revers-
ed in our school, and the pupils in
the grammar grades are occupying
the top floor, while the larger High
School pupils are seated on the ground
floor. In case of fire the younger pu-
pils in the building will be forced to
fight their way to safety down the
stairs, while the older pupiU are in
the better position to savethemselves.
It would seem that all the advantage
should be given to the younger child-
ren, who are not so well able to take
care of themselves in case of fire.
This is not intended as criticism.'but
merely as a friendly and timely
At the present time the school has
no telephone connection so that in
case of fire, or accident, much val-
uable time is lost, and perhaps lives,
also, in sending in an alarm, or a
call for a physican. Today, the
telephone is regarded as a necessity,
and in nearly every city you will
find that the School Trustees have
provided for this, and not only is
the main school building connected
by 'phone, but every room also. We
pride ourselves in living in a pro-
gressive city, and we do, but there
is a great room for improvement
along certain lines and it is to be
hoped that the Trustees will see the
necessity of a well organized fire
drill and telephone connection for
our schools.
Gregg carried with htm a sample of
wheat raised on his farm near Here-
ford. Thir wheat was of extra fine
berry, clear and hard, and tested
65 pounds to the bushel. Every-
body whs has examined the wheat
has pronounced it the best they have
ever seen. A sample of this wheat
was shown before the Fort Worth
Chamber of Commerce and also the
offices of the Texas Grain Dealers
Association. Of course a bushel is
on exh b tion at the great Texas
State Fair and a long blue ribbon
will, no doubt, wave from the golden
Canyon to Have New Depot.
Our thriving little neighbor, Canyon
City, is to be congratulated, The
Santa Fe has promised her a new
depot according to the following
from the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:
Canyon, Oct. 2—About the 10th
of this month a movement was begun
looking toward the improvement of
the local railway station in this city,
and it was suggested that a petition
to the railway officials be prepared
and forwarded to them which was
done, practically every citizen of the
city having signed the petition that
afternoon. On the 11th a letter was
written to the general manager,
Eight Families From Rochester
to Settle i n Panhan-
dle Country.
That the Panhandle country still
holds its own in spite of the off sea-
son and the partial failure of the
wheat crop due to a late freeze is
amply demonstrated by the interest
that the farmers of other states are
written back to the old home started!
Texas fever there and it is still
spreading. It would not surprise
me if 5000 Kentuckians came to Tex-
as in search of homes during the
coming winter and early spring.
"And, let me tell you, when a
Kentuckian comes to Texas, h e
comes to stay. It is hard for him
io sever ties of a life-time and cut
loose from the old home, but when
he does it's for keeps."
Another Church For Hereford.
On last Sundty afternoon Rev.
Roswell E. Farley. Pastor of the
First Methodist Episcopal Church,
of Wichita Falls, Texas, preached
on the subject of the "Triumph of
Christian Faith" to a much interest-
ed congregation. Altho his stay in
Hereford was a short one, yet Rev
Mr. Farley found that over one
hundred members of his church res-
ided here and he expects to return
in a few weeks when steps will be
taken to organize a church. The
annual conference of the Methodist
Episcopal Church will be hfld at
Wichita Falls commencing November
25th and it is expected that several
Santa Fe and Uncle Saanel Get
Together and Give Hereford
Another Mail Service.
Alfalfa on Sulphur Park Farm
Secretary and Chairman Rewarded
• for Their Untiring Labors in Ss-
curing Extra Mail Train.
At last we have a mail clerk on
the early morning tram. The Com-
mercial Club has been working
steadily toward this end four solid
months, and tor a time it appeared
as though it would be "love's labor
lost." However, perserverance fin-
ally won out
Uncle Sam was first petitioned and
replied that Samuel was willing, pro-
vided the Santa Fe would put on a
suitable mail car. This reply was
only obtained after the Secretary
paid a personal visit to the Railway
Mail headquarters at Fort Worth.
Then the Santa Fe was gone after,
arid Tuesday the Postmaster was
jnotified that the service would start
with Wednesday morning's tram,
thus giving Hereford citizens the
privilege of mailing letters direct on
the train twice daily, if necessary.
"Every little bit added to what
you've got makes a little bit more."
A Number of Popular Young Ladies
of Hereford Have Entered the
stating what had been done and re-
questing a reply relative to the mat-
ter, and the reply is in the hands of
L. E. Cowling, who had the matter
in charge, and is as follows :
Amarilio, Sep. 20, 1909.—L. E.
Cowling, Canyon City, Texas: Dear
Sir—I have your letter of the 11th
instant, inclosing petition for a new
depot at Canyon City. If I am able
to carry through present plans I
hope to begin work upon a new sta-
tion in your city during the early
part of 1910.
"Yours truly,
C. W. Kounz, General Mgr."
From Mineral Wells by Auto.
On Saturday night a party con-
sisting of J. M. Gardner, G. R. Hay
and Mr. McAfee arrived in Here-
ford having driven from Mineral
Wells in an auto. They report a
very enjoyable trip and say this
country looks much better than any
they passed thro. Several stops were
made on the way for the purpose of
sight-seeing and the entire trip was
made without a mis-hap of any kind.
They will remain in'Hereford for
, several days before returning home,
and will visit their numerous friends.
Will See the Fair.
Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Gregg left
Sunday for a trip to Fort Worth and
the Dallas Fair to see something
more of their adopted state. Mr.
taking in this section, and its grand
opportunities are beginning to be
realized more and more each year.
Over fifty families from Kentucky
will soon move to this section, and {
John T. Fortner, of Rochester, Ky.,
has been sent on in advance as their
representative to select suitable'
lands, as much in one body as pos-
sible. Mr. Fortner says that the
people of Kentucky are much inter-
ested in the Panhandle and there will
doubtless be a large number of home-
seekers from his state during the
coming year.
The following from the Fort Worth
Star-Telegram shows how well the
Panhandle country is advertised.
In advance of a colony of 50 Ken-
tuckians, John T. Fortner arrived in '
Fort Worth from Rochester, Ky.,
Friday afternoon and after spending
Saturday and Sunday in the city,
will leave for the Panhandle country
"The fifty pe<- pie in whose inter-
est I am in Texas," said Mr. Fort-
ner, "are all farmers and include
eight families They are coming to
Texas tc locate sometime between
now and the first of the coming year
if a suitable location with land at
reasonable prices can be secured ;
and I have ome out in advance to
look after that particular thing.
"Texas is w-*ll advertised in Ken-
tucky by letters written back home
by Kentuckiani who have already
located in Tex is and who have made
good here. The tales they have,
members from Hereford will be pres-
ent. Rev. Mr. Farley impressed all
who met him and they will welcome
his return and extend to htm their
b^st wishes for success in his efforts
to organize a church in our city.
He Liked Hereford.
The following was recently re-
ceived from an old-time Herefordite
and it goes to show that if you once
breathe the Panhandle air it will re-
main in your lungs no matter how
far you travel
Sioux City, Iowa, Oct. 5, 1 >09.
The Hereford Brand.
Dear Sirs —Find enclosed on*
dollar for the reoewel of my sub-
scription to the Hereford Brand
which I neglected attending to last
spring. I have got along wi hout
news from home as long as I can
stand. Yours truly,
Lawrence Page.
A lively interest is bemg taken in •
the Brand Circulation Campaign and
during the past wrek several of the
many, popular young ladies of Here-
ford nave received votes and are
now in the race for the diamond
ring, solid gold watch and neck-
rham. The number of votes re-
ceived for each will not be published
this issue but will appear in the
Brand of October 22nd, as many of
the votes were turned in too late for
compilation. The following are
now in the race and the readers of
the Brand are promised the most in-
teresting contest that has ever taken
place in Hereford
Miss Jewel Buster 1500
Miss I Jna Norton 700
Miss Jessie Stsk 650
Miss Ida Beach 600
Miss Dimple Gass 700
Miss Susie Lackey 600
Full particulars of the Circulation
Campaign and contest, together with
the prizes offered to contestants, as
well as to the Brand's patrons will
' be found on another page.
Thru an error the name of Miss
Alma Beach appeared last week as
one of the contestants, it should hav#
been Miss. I id Beicn
Wye he and Miss H immack hive
withdrawn from the cont-st.
Pays Promptly.
October 11, 1909.
Editor Brand.
Dear Sir ■
I see by the label on the Brand
just received that my subscription
expired on the 7th. I therefore en-
close SI.00 for renewal. I find it
very interesting to watch Hereford
grow through the Brand.
Yours truly.
A. J. Wagers.
Chicken Pic Supp-r.
All lovers of that seductive Jisn.
chicken pie, will have a chance to
indulge in that toothsome dainty to-
night at the Wyche school house.
Tne ladies of the neighborhood have
succeeded in capturing a number of
yellow-legged pullets which will go
to make up the ground work of the
aforesaid pie. Every body is cordi-
ally invited and a goodly number
should be on hand as all the pro-
ceeds will be devoted to improve-
ments on the school house.

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Elliot, A. C. The Hereford Brand, Vol. 9, No. 37, Ed. 1 Friday, October 22, 1909, newspaper, October 22, 1909; Hereford, Texas. ( accessed April 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Deaf Smith County Library.