The Hereford Brand, Vol. 9, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, November 12, 1909 Page: 1 of 16
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The Hereford Brand
HERITOM), TEXAS, NOVIMBBR. It. I«09
Knew Hothing of Llano Estacado
Country About Which
push and energy.
the following oountiee in Tonne. Don! Smith county at - the Fair,
there beinf a considerable area in ITh* New; compliments its contem-
Mexico): Parmer, C a s tro, 1 pcr.rr on %r pi
Swisher. Briscoe, Bailey. Lamb,
Hale, Floyd, Cochran, Hockley, —
Lubbock, Crosby, Yoakum, Lynn,! Turkey Dinner.
Terry, Gaines and Dawson, with the The Ladies Aid of the Baptist
the fair were not reported.—Prom
Butler Daily Democrat.
Hooray for Hereford and home.
—G. H. McElroy.
Amarillo and Bad Mont.
MEET AT HEREFORD
exception of that portion of Crosby Church will give "a Turkey Dinner
Floyd and Briacoe which is below,on Thankegivinf Day. Donl worry 1 nMd unhValVh"
Does the citizenship of Amarillo Attendance Small but Good
rill be announced later
CALLED "TREELESS WASTE"
Firet Settlement Made in Crosby
County by a Colony
the "Cap Rock." (At this point and work but eat with them. Place
Uncle Joe will have to correct some
of his ancient geography, for he
fails to name all the counties on the
Llano Estacado. He should add to
the list Deaf Smith, Randall, and
parts of Oldham, Potter, Armstrong
Carson and Gray —The Brand.)
The first settlement in the Llano
Meeting Held Willi the Bore-
Joe H. Foster in Star-Telegram.
Plainview, Oct. 30.—Forty and
more years ago the geographys
taught us that this section was 4a
barren, treeless waste, a level plain,
devoid alike of timber, water or
grass, only inhabitable by roving
bands of Indians and wild animals."
While this may have been true at
some remote era of the world, there
is nothing here to warrant that such
a condition has existed within the
past century, and probably not for
many hundreds of years.
In many places along the Palo-
duro and Tule canyons which tra-
verse the plains regions there are to
be found stumps and portions of the
trunks of immense cedars which be-
token great age, certainly years and
years older than the personal know-
ledge of anyone who has visited this
section within the past century.
This leads me to believe the "an-
cient geographers' " legends were
fake stories, it being very probable
that they never journeyed across
I have the information from Col-
onel W. K. Makemson of William-
son county that he, many years ago,
met and conversed with a gentleman
from New Orleans, who was at one
time "field editor" for a New Or-
leans paper, and if I remember
right, of the Picayune, who was in
Texas during the troublous and stir-
ring times of the Texan war with
Mexico, and was with a command
which sought to make the journey
from Austin or some place in that
vicinity, to the city of Santa Fe, but j
they only got as far as probably the
Tule or Palo Duro canyons, where
they spent the winter of 1840, and j
in the published report of his trying
times, there was mention of a forest
fire which devastated the country.
In the lower Llano Estacado there !
is considerable mesquite, some of
the trees, showing great age, older
at least, as we reckon the age of
trees, than the time when the "an-
cient geographers" wrote their fic-
tion. Along the canyons spoken of
and in the Yellowhouse canyon there
are stately cottonwoods whose grace-
ful heads tower a hundred feet h,,?h.
The Cottonwood is a quirk growing
tree, to be sure, but there are trunks
several feet in diameter which were
lying on their present sites when the
cowman first came here more than
thirty years ago. These giant trees
had been uprooted so long then that
the bark was nowhere to be found.
Nurserymen tell me that for even a
cottonwood to gain a diameter of
three and a half feet, it must be at
least thirty years old. Surely there
were trees here when the geograph-
ers came, if they ever came.
Who Saw it First?
The first European to have crossed
the Great Plains of Texas is said to
have been Chevalier Coronado, a ,
Spanish nobleman and adventurer, j
who, with three hundred followers,,
in 1640, were searching for gold and
treasure. They are said to have j
reported the finding of a "great
walled country inacessable except in
J w places, and its strongholds in-
iltritttted by a remnant of the Nas-
of Aztecs, which had
from the halls of the
•ad forbidden ever to i
They alao found great lakes
Year Raise the Brush on an
Estacado country was made in Cros- R„Went of p,nhandle Will Next
by county by a colony of Friends or !
Quakers, in the year 1881 or 1882,
near where the town of Estacado '
now is, and their firsi crop were sor-,
ghum, potatoes and peanuts. These . v. ^
they sold tothecowman, whose dug- Amarillo, Tex., Nov. 6.—A. J.
outs were made a year or two before Lundegreen, the pioneer broomcorn
but he was not considered as an man of the Amarillo country, stated
It is a fact
that consumers of
- vv ■**
Marching Through Texas—Is Deaf Smith County in the Procession'
actual settler, as he was here for
the benefit of the free grass, which
he found to be abundant and nutrit-
The first settlement in Hale coun-
ty was made in 188.3 by Rev. Hora-
tio Graves, a northern Methodist the largest, if not the largest, tract
preacher, a mile southwest of where in the whole country.
Hale Center now is. This unique \jr< Lundegreen stated that an
character was the first man to dem
before a meeting of the
Farmers' Institute this
that he has prepared his
1,500 acres to broomcorn next year.
He added that this will be one of
onstrate the exceeding fertility of Panhandle land properly cul- Deaf Smith county pulled down tirst
the soil in this county. His crop t,vated wlU Vield 5100 annually, money at the Texas State Pair on
consisted of pumpkins, peanuts and This is exclusive ot the seed and (Turkey re(^ wheat, sugar beets, red
fulmeatsPisa question now being
asked, and with emphasis. There
is a strong intimation that as meat —
is com.un.ed liberally a. an article • Comm„cjll club wk_ dltCMted
of diet in Amarillo, the quality .
should be well looked after. Thia ** Don C BW - Fed-
brings the proposition down to the erated Club,.
Question of naming a city inspector, The Dallas Fair and the P «-
which may or may not be expedient. by Frye xcntlrj
Weight attches to the suggestion cj ^
that the appointment of an inspector ' , ,
would be wise through the fact that > irrigation project at Portales,
even good meat decays rapidly if not N. M., by T. J. Molinari, Secretary
carefully handled, to say nothing of ( Portales club.
that into which the germs of disease These were some of the ivparlant
have entered prior to the slaughter of u 4 . .. , . „
animal general subjects talked about at tne
joint session of the Federated Clubs
i and the Hereford Commercial Club
Tuesday night at the opera house,
j where a three-hour session was held.
While the number of members
present was not as large as it was
expected, the session was by far the
best yet held both for the Federated
| Clubs and the local club.
L. Gough, vice-president of the
Hereford club, called the meeting to
order and opened tne session by a
Don C. Biggers, secretary of the
Lubbock Commercial Club and of
the Federated Clubs, followed with
a strong address.
After him, Secretary Frye, of the
Tulia Club, told all about the splen-
did work of the Panhandle counties
at the stete fair and advocated a
specially erected building on the fair
grounds for the exclusive use of the
Mr. Knight, who had come into
the hall during these address, was
then called to the chair. He made
a short talk about "How to Settle
the Plains Country." Mr. Molinari
then took the Moor and made a tel-
ling address on the irrigation pro-
ject at Portales, explaining in detail
the contracts, etc He was asked
a number of questions by members
present, all ot ot which were satis-
factorily answered. The following
resolutions were introduced
That the Panhandle counties
through their secretaries take up
the matter of erecting a suitable
building on the Texas State Fair
grounds for the use of the Pannan-
That the Hereford Club foster
the organisation of a corporation to
purchase and opera'" a 'J'-manstra-
tion farm near Heretord
The question of opening firms in
the Panhandle was freely discussed.
In this connection L. Gough, scien-
tific farmer, told aoout the results
obtained from the publication of the
fact that one farmer by proper
methods have raised JO bushels of
wheat per acre near Hereford. One
result was the opening of two more
ith its first page all cov- farms Hereford, one to contain
Blue ribbons, because 160 acres ^ wneat this Y*** ari(i the
Amarillo meat in Amarillo would look carr-
af'ernoon fully into their source of suppiy if
lands for tkey could for once be permitted to
look into conditions sometimes pre-
vailing -it slaughter p<*ns.
Whee! How's This? Holman
The Hereford Brand come out
other to have put in 400 acres as
soon as the ground could be prepar-
ep. Mr Gough stated that the first
potatoes, all of which he raised on iodder of the plant, which are valu-
the "open range" there being
fence around his tilled ground.
What Others Said About It.
The Hereford Brand, with its five
red ribbons and its four blue ribbons
typifying its county's victories at
the State Fair, was a regular "Old
able for feed. The culture of broom
corn will doubtless become general
in this section of the state oext year.
Won State Fair Prizes.
Butler people having friends in,
they were all dry farm staff. If
they had irrigation up there, they
r- e , -T* . would ha\e taken all of the prises
the Hereford. Texas, country and L, the (air._.Roi«,i Reg„,tr.Tri-
,, ' .. ® , ... 1 the many others who are interested! bune
Glory combination of red, white i. 7 . , , ounc
in that section will be pleased with 1
the information received from Here-
ford friends by G. H. McElroy of
beets and kershaws, and second prize named place had 3 teet of moisture
on spring wheat, cauliflower, cante- now stored in the soil.
loupes, cabbage and tomatoes. All A number of other questions were
of which was certainly going some discussed, but the key to the entire
for the former supposed barren session was The Panhandle and the
staked plains. Needless to say Plains must be settled by substantial
and industrial farmers.
and blue last week. The Brand is
always good, in fact is one of the
it to mean "Sta
The Llano Es
with pure sparkling
best weeklies coming to the Index's the Democrat force. The comraer-
exchange table. (Deaf Smith got
fourteen ribbons all told.) Wise Co.
Junior League Program.
Leader : Bessie Snyder.
The Hereford Brand came out
last week printed in a tri-color in
consequence of the premiums won by
cial club of that city arranged a
large agricultural exhibit for the
state fair at Dallas. In competition
with fifty other counties of the "lone I Beatrice Story
star" state, Hereford won first and Reading—Cuba.
"Around the Camp Fire."
In the magarrie section of The
Hereford Brand wi.l monthly appear
sketches of early Texas History
entitled "Around the Camp Fire."
It is the diary of a Texas ranger;
wno was himself a ranger and fought
the Indians and "bad men" of the
Texas frontier in the seventies.
Recitation— Elizabeth Everett.
Violin Duet -Raymond Hawkins, The sketches are true to life and to
facts and we hope none of the
Jessie Bullock. Brand's subscribers will fail to read
second prizes on wheat, four other
first prizes, tive second prizes and
the awards of the last two days of
them, as they contain data on Texas
history well worth remembering.
iTheAu'hor is A. J. Sowell.
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Elliot, A. C. The Hereford Brand, Vol. 9, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, November 12, 1909, newspaper, November 12, 1909; Hereford, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth253527/m1/1/: accessed August 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Deaf Smith County Library.