The Industrial Advantages of Austin, Texas, or Austin Up To Date Page: 43
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TilE. CITY OF AILSTIN. 4;
JOHN BREMOND & CO.
Wholesale Dealers in Dry Goods, Notions, Groceries, Etc., 109, 111,
and 113 East Sixth Street and Brazos Street.
The foundations of this extensive business were laid lby Mr. John Brcnond in' the
year 1847. and it is one of the oldest estalilishled i!n this section of 'exas. Ever since its
establishment. during a period of nearly half a century. it has steadily increased the
circle of its operations ail,1 the volllune of its trade. The present members of the firm are
Messrs. Johl n Bremiondl amld Jolhn II. ]oilis.on. Jr.. tlhe title of .Jolhn Breinond & Co.
having been instituted in 1S(5. 'T'hle business of thle house is a dual one. separate business
premises bIeing utilized: tile dry goods operations having as headquarters a twostory
brick building of 70x1(;0 feet. located on East Sixth street. andl the grocery
departmelnlits are carried on in a single story structure on Brazos street, which occupies
.an area of 70x12S feet. 'The linn are large dealers in dry goods of every description.
notions. hats and c.aps. boots and shoes. etc.: also full lines of staple and fancy groceries.
canned goods. teas, coffl'es. spices. etc. Thie facilities of thle house include the most
intimate connections with ma:n facturers. imnl)orters. and first hands generally. enabling
them to quote tile lowest prices to the trade. The firm control some of the choicest
goods in this market. anl tlie finest canned(l goods are put up for them under their own
brand titles. which tlhe are thus enabled to guarantee. Their brands of 11our. "'Peacemaker"
and " Peacock." are standlar( in the market. Messrs. John Bremond & Co.
have an office at 371 Broadway. New York. where they have a resident buyer who diligently
keeps watch of thle fluctuations of the market, and also assures that all the
novelties of each season shall be early at tile (lisposal of tlme patrons of thle house. The
members of tile lirmn possess an ample experience and are fully solicitous to satisfy all
tile deniandls of this section in the dlepartments of trade to which their energies are devoted.
Both, gentlemen have long been identified with the best interests of the city and
its a(lvancm.llenit. In a(lditionl to their own business tiley are connected with other
Austin enterprises of importance. Both of them are directors of the State National
Bank. and Mr. Bretiond is a member of the Austin Board( of Trade.
BERGEN, DANIEL & GRACY ABSTRACT COMPANY.
105 East Sixth Street.
There is nothing of more vital importance in real estate operations than thle validity
of the titles to tile property transferred. A piece of prol)erty with an imperfect title is
depreciated in value, a:(nd frequently costs the owner a lawsuit to remedy thle defect.
These defects in title. when taken advantage of 1by unscrupulous persons inl making abstracts.
often result in the entire loss of the property to tile presume(d owner. Therefore
it at once becomes apparent that those entrusted with the examination of the records
and the preparation of abstracts of title should be in possession of complete facilities,
and should be men of untarnished reputation an(d of the highest character. Thus we
are led here to speak of the Bergen. D)aniel & Gracy Abstract Company, whose business.
is a consolidation of all the abstract of title concerns in the city. making it to-day the
only institution here that can nowv furnish reliable abstracts of title in the county. The
company are now the owners of four complete sets of abstract books, which having
been compiled from different sources. are of the greatest value for comparison. and
greatly strengthen the value and validity of titles. These are the original books of Mr.
J. V. Bergeni, afterwards owned by the firm of Bergen, Daniel & Gracy: those of Mr.
M. S. l)unn: those of the Texas Abstract Company, later known as the Austin Real
Estate and Abstract Company: and the books of IMessrs. Steussy & lIanna, later possessed
by Mr. Jolln 1t. Peel. Mr. Bergen. tile compiler of the first namne(d set of abstract
books. is a practical surveyor, and lie has been engaged diligently in verifying
lines and early surveys. running connections, and! making plates of tile larger tracts of
lands in this county. Th company e com pany are os also of special facilities,. amnd th!ey are
in every way familiar with city. county. and state property, anii with tile history of
families ;who have been the owners of property, and lhow it has (lescended from the
earliest times. facts not always shown byv tle records. They have full data concerning
all lots and outlots in the city of Austin. and lands in Travis county and lani,1 '-t rict
affecting titles in the counties of Hays. ('Comnal. Blanco. Burnet. Llano, Lam.:pasais. San
Saba, Brown. Coleman. Runnels. Calilahan. 'l'alor. etc. The company are conversant
with all land laws. including Spanish and MIexican lawsnaffecting titles to property. In
a word. it is practically impossible to make a safe transfer of property in this district
without consulting thle records of this organization. The exective officers of tile cominpany
are C. W. l)aniel. president: W. 11. Stacy. vice president; and 1). B. Gracy, secretary
alnd general manag-er: leading real estate men of this city, and gentlemen ofundoubted
standing in the community, whose names and reputation afford the fullest
measure of confidence.
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