The Weekly Democrat-Gazette (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 29, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 15, 1912 Page: 1 of 12
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TWENTY-NINTH YEAIl, XO. 8.
McKINNEY, COLLIX COUNTY, TEXAS, THURSDAY. ! KB. IS, lOia
ONE DOLLAR FEB YEAR.
Henry Steele, whose death tame
at 4 o'clock Friday afternoon an
a result of drinking the contents of
a two ounce vial of carboljc acid,
was born in Tennessee and moved to
Texas with his parents, in early man-
hood. He had lived here for the
past twenty-five years, and had made
many friends during this time, lie
is the son 'of John Steele of New
Hope. Twenty-two years ago he
was married to Alias Sallie Terry of
tills county, who, with three chil-
dren, survive him. The children
are, Charlie Steele of the New Hope
community, Mrs Clayton Coleman
of this city and Miss Bessie Steele,
aged about fourteen years. Mr.
Steele suffered a very severe ill-
ness several years ago, from the ef-
fects of which he has been mentally
deranged at various times since. He
•lad attempted to take his own life
two or three times prior to hif
death. He was a member of the
Baptist church, ami also the W. ()
W. at this place. Speaking of the
unfortunate affair, Mrs. Steele said:
"I have been watching him very
closely for several weeks, fearing
that he would do himself bodily
harm." lit' ha-l not been away
from her over tliirlV'Minutes Fri-
day until silt was noticed of his dy-
ing condition She said ho wanted
to come to town, staring that lie
wanted to see a party, on business.
She was opposed to his coining, but
finally consented, when he promised
to soon return, lie came straight to
the South Side Drug Stftre and pur-
chased the deadly poison, going
from there to G. .1. S. Walker's
store on South Tennessee street. En-
tering the store he asked for a
drink of water, and Mr. Walker told
lilin ho would And water in the back
part of the building, doing to the
hydrant he poured the carbolic, acid
in a cup and soon had swallowed
the poison. Tie Iheii seated himself
in a chair and calmly awaited the
result of the action of the deadly
drug. He was soon noticed by the
proprietor to be In great agony and
medical aid; was summoned. But de-
spite the most strenuous efforts of
physicians he died in about thirty
minutes after entering the store.
The deceased leaves three broth-
ers, Sam and Bob Steele of Long-
neck, and John Steele of this city.
The funeral services were held
at. the Wilsori Chapel cemetery Sun-
oay afternoon, at 2 o'clock u'hrter the
auspices of the Woodmen of the
World lotf&o. Religious services
were conducted by Rev. M. F.
Wheeler. We extend sincere sym-
pathy to the bereaved ones.
Sunday morning wedding.
Young People Happily
On last Sunday morning at 0
o'clock, at the homo of the bride's
parents, Mr. nnd Mrs. .T. J. Suther-
land, Br. 13. E. King united in mar-
riage their daughter, Miss Bessie, to
Samuel D. Sturgess of Dallas. Only
a few relatives and friends were
present. Mr. and Mrs. Sturgess left
on the I I o'clock interurban car for
Dallas. They were accompanied to
«i)allns by Mr. and Mrs, Will Stur-
gess and little daughter, Willie,
where an elegnnt dinner was served
at the'home of the groom's parents.
Mr. Sturgess holds a responsible po-
sition with Butler Bros, at Dallas.
He has a nice (5-rooni bungalow al-
ready furnished, awnltlng his bride.
We wish Mr. and Mrs. Sturgess
much happiness in their new home.
Evei? man, woman and child in
the state of Texas who lives on a
farm and can supervise or cultivate
a crop should compete for one or
more of the prizes offered this year
by the Texas Industrial Congress.
There *are 14 2 of these prizes,
amounting to $ 10,000, and the crops
are so varied as to offer an equally
fair opportunity to everyone in tho
State, it matters not in what section
he may live. If you do not win out
in one class, you may in another.
There are absolutely no charges
or fees connected with this contest,
the only requirement of a contest-
ant. being that he givo a little addi-
tional time and attention to the cul-
tivation of his crop according to di-
rections, and at the end of the season
he may not only receive a goodly
sum as a prize, but he will also have
his crop—perhaps the finest his
land has ever produced. The solo
motive of the Congress in offering
these prizes is to aid in developing
the agricultural possibilities of the
State and making Texas what It
ought, to be, "the garden spot, of the
Write today for full partlculas re-
garding Aie contest and ask for your
entry blank, addressing tho Texas
Industrial Congress at Dallas.
Two Arrests Monday.
Constable Will Kerby arrested Ed
a well and Morgan Johnson, color-
Monday, against whom he liled
charges of bootlegging. The cul-
prits were placed In Jnll to await
further action of tho court.
NOTABLE DAY MORRIS SHEPARD RETIRES
February 10, 1912, was a notable
day in the history of Collin county;
this day was celebrated by giving, ut
McKlnney, the llrst demonstration of
the successful navigation of air by
TIiobo enterprising and generous
business men, Scott K- Emerson, mer-
it much honor and esteem for pre-
senting to tho people the spectacle
of the culminating invention ant!
discovery of modern times.
The temperature, air and sunlight
made a most suitable afternoon to ba
enjoyed by thousands of people,
many of whom viewed for the first
time an airship. The new fair
grounds at the terminus of the new
street car line west of the city, was
the site of this most famous enter-
Prof. Walsh, the aviator, made
three most successful flights In his
Ourtlss Biplane. His starts, stops,
ascensions and descensions, his
turnings and beautiful spirals were
all executed In keeping with the best
art. This bird man rose innnv hun-
dred feet in the air and sailed sever-
al miles over the city, giving every
person an opportunity to view the
wonderful machine as it soared high
In the air.
The car line installed additional
cars and moved the visitors with
rapid dispatch. For this pleasing and
Inspiring occasion we are indebted
to a few generous and progressive
C. F. Walsh, this famous aviator,
was a pleasant and interesting visit-
or at our ofllce Saturday morning.
Mr. Walsh is a very pleasing and in-
teresting gentleman to talk to. He
began his career as a ,steam engi-
neer, later working in a motorcycle
factory, and says he is now doing
what he supposes is the last thing a
man could do flying through the
air almost every day.
He first mad© for himself a flying
machine which would only rise off
the ground for a little distance, with
a down bill run. Later, with greater
effort, he made one in which lie
could (1 v about a mile. This ma-
chine. he "old for $3,000.
After this, Mr. Walsh stated that
he had learned a great deal more
about the mechanism of the ma-
chines by studying others, and later
lie constructed a good machine of his
own. in which he took his wife and
• wo children up for a several miles'
flight. TTe is probably the onlv
aviator In the world who ever took
his entire family up in a flying ma-
chine for a trip through the air. He
has several times carried Ills wife
up with him. the last, time being
when he recently made a night in
Havana, Cuba, when he circled
around over the water in the Cuban
Bay. TTe likes to fly, in fnct, he
would rather flv than ^o pav rail-
road faro, notwithstanding that he
says it costs him about a dollar per
mile to travel In his machine, that
is, considering the wear and tear of
his biplane, etc.
He Is the llrst man to fly in Collin
county, or rather to stop ! Collin
county that we know of.
INTERC RliAN CHARTER FILED.
Electric Lino to Traverse Hunt, Col-
11it iiiiiI Grayson Counties, Cap-
italized by #210,000.
Austin, Texas, Feb. I i,—The Sec-
retary of State iias filed the charter
of the Greenville and Whitewright
Northern Traction Company, of
Whitewright, Grayson County. The
principal points to be touched by the
line are .Greenville and Merit, Hunt
county; Blue Ridge and Westmin-
ster. •Collin county, and White-
This is another of the projected
electric interurbans that are being
projected in North Central Texas.
The corporation has a capital
stock of $210,000, divided into 1500
shares each of preferred and com-
mon, par value $100, and if Is cer-
tified half tho stock is subscribed
and IT) per cent paid in. The in-
corporators and llrst. year directors
are: A. It. Nicholson, J. W. Castle-
berrv, if. A, Bafsun, A. W. Dofee,
I. 15. Morris and W. II. James of
lireenvllle and S. M. Dickens of
There was also filed an act of dis-
solution of the Mineral Heights
Traction Company, Greenville, in
which tho same Incorporators were
II. W. Ardinger, Former McKlnney
Merchant, Stricken in Dallas.
H. W. Ardinger of Dallas, Is a
meningitis patient. Relatives phon-
ed J. L. Todd Sunday evening that
Mr. Ardinger was in a critical con-
dition. For a number of years Mr.
Ardinger was a prominent McKlnney
dry goods merchant and has many
friends throughout this county who
will regret to hear of his affliction,
but will hope to hear of his recovery.
The serum treatment had been giv-
en him and hopes were entertained
for his recovery, although ho had
been unconscious for two days.
A. E. Smart of route I, Wylle, Is
a well-to-do farmer. For several
years he lived nenr Piano but recent-
ly moved to his present home near
Wylle. He Is n late addition to The
Weekly Democrat-Guzette and we
trust that he may be so well pleased
with our paper that he may lortg con-
tinue to tnke It.
FROM SENATORIAL RACE
HON. MORRIS SHKPPARD.
Texarkrna, Texas, Feb. 1 I.—Tn a
brief and unexpected statement giv-
en out Wednesday night, Hon. Mor-
ris Sheppard, Congressman from
this district, announced his with-
drawal from the race for the Demo-
cratic nomination for United States
Senator to succeed Hon. Joseph W.
Bailey. Mr. Sheppard's statement
"I have decided to withdraw from
the Senatorial race.
"The strain of the triple task of
looking after my Congressional
work, my fraternal work and the
Senatorial race has overtaxed my
strength and I do not feel equal to
the burden of the campaign about
"To my friends in every section'
of the State I return my heartiest
thanks for assurance of support, f
shall retire to private life at the
close of my present term with only
the most pleasant memories of a de-
cade in the people's service.
To Take Long Rest.
Mr. Sheppard said lie had deliber-
ately come to the conclusion to
withdraw, after considering the mat-
ter from every standpoint. Asked if
he had1 heard that some one else
would announce for the office, he
"1 have no idea that any one else
will announce. I know nothing
Asked regarding his plans, ho
said: "1 am going to take a long
rest and try to recover my strength."
R(wclitMl After Consultation.
Mr. Sheppard said the decision
was reaeheO after a consultation
with his friends. He did not. say
that a conference had been held.
wll lid raw n
WOLTERS IN' RACE TO STAY.
Houston, Texas. Feb. II.—When
from slumbers which he
peaceful to he informed
Morris Sheppard had
from the race for United
States Senator, Hon. J. F. Wolters
said that the news was too sudden
and the Information concerning the
withdrawal too meager for him to
make any extended comment at this
time regarding the new situation.
"I know Mr. Sheppard as a fine,
clean gentleman," said Mr, Wolters,
"and I am very glad indeed that I
shall nol have to heat him, I am In
the race for United States Senator
to stay. I went in to win and I am
going to win. That Is about all
(Jtoster's UQeather bulletin
(Copyrighted 1909 by W. T. Foster)
Washington, D. C., Feb, 15.—Last
bulletin gave forecasts of disturb-
ance to cross continent Feb. 19 to
23. warm wave is to 22, cool wave
21 to 25. This disturbance is ex-
pected to average warmer than us-
ual and cause an Increase in precini-
tatlon. The storms will be ol more
than usual force west of meridian 90
and will decrease in for'" as they
approach eastern sections.
Not far from Feb. a sudden in-
crease of the storm forces on many
parts of the earth has been expected
and predicted. Great sunspots were
also predicted and the results will
he mentioned in coming bulletins.
The effects of this great disturbance
may he extended to all parts of the
continent and will probably cover the
week of Feb, 15 to 21. This bulle-
tin fill be published at a good time
to call attention and observe th«
results of this great planetary event
Next disturbance will reach Pa-
cific const about Feb. 22. cross Pa-
cific slope by close of 2:t great cen-
tral valleys 21 to 20, eastern sec-
tions 27. Warm wave will cross Pa-
cific slope about Feb. 24, great cen-
tral valieys 2f>, eastern sections 2S.
Cool wave will cross Pacific sfope
about Feb. 25, great central valleys
27, eastern sections 29.
This disturbance will have great-
est force on western parts of the
continent but will continue In great-
er force than usual across eastern
sections and on to the Atlantic. Pre-
cipitation will be above the average
of the month In the Northwest and
My January forecasts were good
enough for all purposes. Excepting
these bulletins no forecasts eve
equaled them. They are good for
all parts of the continent and 1 will
always be satisfied with all forecasts
that are as good. First part of Feb-
ruary forecasts were not so good.
The storm waves were on time, but.
T had predicted a cool wave where
and when the pevere cold wave came
In. The predicted freezing and
thawing for Feb. occurred as fore-
told and winter grain will show the
hud effects during April and May.
Tn December and first of January
holders of cotton were advised not
to sell anil those who held made $5
a bale by doing so. Cotton had gone
down $10 a bale during the past
year and a panic In prices was im-
pending. I belie\e the advice given
out through these bulletins and pri-
vately turned tli^ tide. That great
depression in prices of cotton was
serious and ihreatened a general
panic . The cotton mills of Eurcne
and America had manufactured cot-
ton fabrics from high priced cot-
ton and when the raw material fell
lo half price the mills could not sell
without a great loss. That fact had
much to do witth the great strikes
!n tiie cotton mills and the financial
world was on the eve of a great
Looking ahead at the cotton crop
weather of 1912 I could see that
prices must go up and I gave such
advice to tnanv cotton mills that
were In distress. The tirlees imme-
diately slopped !he decline and the
clouds of financial distress so began
to dear away Somebody manipu-
lated the cotton marketer and came
near causing a great financial panic.
If the "hogs would keep their feet,
out of the trough there would be
nn abundance for all."
Readers of these bulletins should
not forget that Into in November
holders of grain were advised not to
sell. Grain of Canada and the
States Is now worth millions of dol-
lars more than it was bringing two
months ago. The above statement
Indicates how vastly valuable long
ranee weather forecasts may be.
Next bulletin will give general
forecasts of cron weather of March,
Six months of the crop growing sea-
son are now Immediately before us
anil T propose that these weather
bulletins "shall be much more valu-
able durlng.sWiHt six months than
they have ever been.
* i'' .'r<y ^srW^ir"
J. F. WOLTERS.
that I have to say at this time, ex-
cept that I am i^oitig to make a good
Senator for Texas."
HON. C. B. RANDELL.
RVNDELL has nothing to say.
Washington, Feb, 11.—Represent-
ative Choice B. Randell, a candidate
for the Senate to succeed Senator
Bailey, when Informed tonight of
Representative Sheppard's withdraw-
al from the Senatorial race declined
to comment on the matter at this
Christian Endeavor Societies
Tuesday evening the home of Mr.
and Mrs. W. M. Snow oil North Ken-
tucky street was the scene of a very
enthusiastic business meeting. About
fifteen members of the Senior Chris-
tian Endeavor Society of the Pres-
byterian Church, IJ. S. A. gathered
there to transact business in connec-
tion with the work of their society.
All the chairmen of committees
were present with two exceptions,
nnd the reports which were read
show quite an increase in Interest,
which means that this society ineuns
to do more and better work in the
Two new members
dedi to the roll since
ness meeting and the
five others that will
After quite a lengthy discussion
of ways and means to increase the
efficiency of the society the meeting
was adjourned to meet the second
Tuesday evening in March at the
home of the pastor, Rev. R. It
McKINNEY PASTOR ON PROGRAM
Rev. .1. M. Hell Will Deliver Opening
Address at Endeavor Convention
have been ad-
the last busi-
re are four or
Announcement is made that Rev.
.1, M. Bell, pastor of the First Christ-
ian Church of this city, has been in-
vited to deliver the opening address
at the great State Christian Endeav-
or Convention to be held In San An-
tonio June 11. 12 and 13. It is also
announced that Mr. Bell lias accept-
ed the invitation. This is a well de-
served recognition of the ability and
untiring energy of the McKlnney
pastor in the Christian Endeavor
work. There are a number of noted
speakers on the program for this oc-
casion. and those who know him and
have heard him. are confident, that
Mr. Bell will be one of the most
prominent and most Interesting
speakers on tho program.
WOOD, THE WALKER.
Has Returned I'Yoni a Spin Through
East, iiihI South Texas.
"Wood, tho Walker," the man who
spurns railway trains, automobiles,
airships, horse-drawn vehicles or
any other mode of transportation In
his extensive travels, preferring
rather, Ills God-gven means of loco-
motion. has Just returned to McKln-
ney from a trip of several weeks
through East and South Texas, cov-
ering several hundred miles on foot
during the past two or three weeks.
Mr. Wood spent a part of the past
week at Fort Worth, but left that
city early Tuesday morning, saying
tliut "the little |nirg of Fort Worth
Is too dangerous a place for a man
to stop In." He will rest up a few
days, but promises to be out among
his McKlnney friends Friday and
The remains of Otis Wllkerson,
who died here Wednesday morning
at 9:25, at tor a severe attack ot
pneumonia, were forwarded to
Farmersvllle that afternoon on the
2:40 train, where they were laid
to rest In the I. O. O. F. cemetery
Thursday p. m. The Are boys had
their wagons draped in mourning,
and left the city hall about 2:15 en
route to the hotel. The body was
placed in one of the wagons and car-
ried to the depot, the other fire boys
and relatives foliowing. As the fu-
neral procession moved down East
Louisiana street to the station, the
lire bell tolled out a sad farewell.
The McKlnney Steam Laundry, at
which #place Otis had worked so
faithfully for the past, two years,
was closed and all the employes
were at the train when the body ar-
It was a recent request of the de-
ceased, at a time when he little
dreamed how soon his associates
would be called upon to carry out
ills wishes, that II' he should die In
McKlnney his body should he placed
upon the combination hose truck,
and accompanied by the fire boys,
conveyed to its resting place In the
same manner as If they were going
to a fire. It was also his desire
that the bell be tolled. The request
was carried out, almost to the letter.
The funeral service was attend-
ed by flic following McKlnney peo-
ple: Mrs. S. I'. Coffey and daugh-
ter, Miss Hallie, Miss Rosa Lee
Welch, Jim Harnett, .1. Fred Uran-
ium, Messrs. George and Beauford
Welch. The fire boys who went
were: R. L. Worsham, Torn Klneel-
1a, lim Snider, Arlie Moss, Marshal
Padgltt, Arliy Sparlln, John Moore,
Dick Moore, Reynolds Oneal, Dick
Faulkner, Dewey May, Bob Ware,
Isaac Crouch and Tennle MeCown.
Plie funeral was under the auspices
of the McKlnney Fire Department of
which the deceased was a faithful
member. The funeral procession
left the home of Mrs. Pearl Wtlcox-
son. sister of deceased, at 2: HO, and
was led by Chief Dan Neathery of
the Farmersvllle Fire Department
and Mr. Evans followed! by the mem-
bers of the McKlnney Fire Depart-
ment. In speaking of this impress-
he occasion, Mrs. Coffey, says: "One
can hardly realize the beautiful
spirit of unselfishness, the sweetly
cherished sympathy and the evef
thoughtful kindness of thpfta . noble
fire boys, until they have witnessed
a ceremony such as the one of
Thursday afternoon when they per-
formed the last sad rites at the grave
of their friend and faithful member.
Oils very often called Mrs. Coffey
"mother" when he lived at her
when lie formerly lived nt her
home, and Mrs. Coffey had become
very much attached to him, always
treating him as she would one of
her own children. Otis, after being
treated with such kindness by this
good lady, never forgot the love she
had for him. He would always go
to her with Ills troubles and when
he would visit his parents at Farm-
ersvllle,, would often tell Ills mother
that he had another mother at Mc-
Klnney, meaning Mrs. Coffey. The
fire boys are very grateful to Mr.
and Mrs. Ed Wallis of Farmersvllle
for the courtesies extended them
during their stay there. Seven of
the hoys accompanied the body of
their comrade to that place Wed-
nesday afternoon. A very large
crowd was present nt the funeral.
Tho funeral services were conducted
at the cemetery by tho pastor of the
Methodist, church at Farmersvllle.
Those who attended from here re-
turned Thursday afternoon.
IN THIS tITY
The local Mothers' Clubs are com-
pleting arrangements for the district
meeting of Mothers' Clubs which Is
to tie held in McKlnney on Saturday,
February 17. This meeting, which
is cue of unusual importance and
will be of great benefit to the cause,
will be convened In the First Bap-
tist church on the above date, at
10: 'Jo o'clock In the morning. Rep-
resentatives from all the Dallas lo-
(iil clubs will be In attendance, ub
well as from numerous other towns
and cities in the district. The meet-
ing will also be honored with the
presence of Mrs. J. N. Porter, state
president of Mothers' Clubs, who
will deliver an address before the
body, and will lend her able counsel
in the deliberations of the Clubs.
All mothers, all teachers, In fact,
every one who feels an Interest in
the moral, intellectual and physical
welfare of the children of our coun-
ty. are urged to attend this meeting,
and even If they do not take an act-
ive part In the proceedings, they may
enjoy the occasion and iearn some-
thing of this great and good work
which Is being done by the good
mothers of our land.
County School Hoard Meets.
The County Board of Education
met In the office of County Supt. O.
W. West Monday. Many matters
pertaining to the educational Inter-
ests of Collin county were discussed,
and more particularly the permanent
school fund of this county.
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Perkins, Tom W. & Wilson, Walter B. The Weekly Democrat-Gazette (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 29, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 15, 1912, newspaper, February 15, 1912; McKinney, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth292084/m1/1/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.