The Meridian Tribune. (Meridian, Tex.), Vol. 7, No. 31, Ed. 1 Friday, January 10, 1902 Page: 1 of 8
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The Meridian Tribune.
VOL. VII, NO. 31
a local mmvspapek, devoted to the dissemination of the news, and the upbuilding of meridian amd bosque county.
MERIDIAN, TEXAS, JANUARY 10, 1902.
ONE DOLLAR A YEAR
THE MONEY CENTER,
One Day Last Week New York Ms=
counted Notes in Meridian and
Carried Away the Cash.
A correspondent wants to
know the origin of the phrase,
"He isn't in it!" It was first used
by an editor who died and went
to heaven and looked around for
the man who took his paper for
three years and then refused to
pay for' it!
It is generally understood that
New Foik is the money center of
the United States, but from a
transaction made in Meridian one
day last week, in the office of H.
C. Odle, it seems the center has
Mr. H. C. OJle, with the as
sistance of "The Old Reliable
First National Bank of Meridian,
made the deal, completing the
purchase of land notes from the
Butterick Publishing Co , of New
Fork City, together with money
loaned to other parties, amount-
ing to a total of $23,100.57, all of
which was closed up and the
money paid over in less than
three hours, there being six sepa-
rate and distinct transactions.
This lot of notes was sold by
H. C. Odle to the Scottish-Amer-
ican Mortgage Co., of Scotland,
through their Texas agent, Mr.
E. H. Dickson.
Alter the transaction, Col. J. P.
Henderson, attorney for the But-
terick Publishing Co., received the
money and carried it to New
"DR. POOLE IS DEAD."
A DESCRIPTION OF MERIDIAN
As Published by The Trade Eeview of Dallas in Its
The above was sadly passed
from one to another on Thurs-
day morning throughout town
and county. We could hardly
believe our ears. Is it possible ?
Our friend and neighbor who but
yesterday was on the streets, as
companionable as ever !
Dr. Poole was a pioneer of
Walnut Springs, and one of na-
ture's, noblemen. When his coun-
try or friends called him, he never
answered nay nor "went over to
the other side."
Fie well understood that a
wise toleration was the sunshine
love and believed implicitly in
the will of majorities; always
battling for the right; an ag-
gressive friend of youth—fore-
most in the fray for better schools,
l#ve of liberty and law.
A conservative legislator—wise
in the councils with friends in the
upbuilding of town and coun-
try—no man of his ability gave
more freely ot his time and means
to helping his fellow man. Should
every one to whom he had done
a kindly act drop a flower on his
grave, he would now rest under a
bower of roses.
Dr. Poole had passed the al-
lotted years of man, and nature
dealt kindly with him in the end.
He paid the penalty of his birth
without a itruggle or any pro-
tracted suffering. Friends showed
their homage by closing every
business house in town and the
funeral procession reached almost
from the church to the cemetery.
Yes, the kind friend, the gen-
erous neighbor, the physician, the
chivalrous Southern soldier has
laid down to rest, and next to
everlasting joy is eternal rest.
We mourn the loss of the "noblest
work of God"—an honest man.
Walnut Springs, Jan. 5th.
RESOLUTION BY THE BAH.
The Meridian Bar met at 11
o'clock, Friday, January 3, and
Hon. Richard Kimball was elected
chairman, pro tern, and C. M.
Mr. Kimball stated the object
of the meeting to be to take some
action upon the death of Dr. T.
Upon, the motion of Judge
Gillette a committee was appoint-
ed to draft suitable resolutions,
which committee returned and
afterwards reported the following
resolutions, which were adopted
by the Bar Association:
Meridian, Texas, January 3rd, 1902.
To the Hon. Richard Kimball, Chair-
man of tho Bar Association, Meridian,
Your Committee appointed to draft
resolutions on the death of Dr. T. C.
Poole, Representative of the 76th Rep-
resentative District of Texas, beg leave
to submit the following report:
Whereas, it has pleased the Groat
Author of All Laws to call from our
midst the member of the Texas Legis-
lature representing this tho 76th
And whereas, we recognize in Dr.
Poole a man of strict integrity and
distinguished character, one faithful to
all trusts confided to him, a legislator
careful, cautious and concervative; a
citizen of exemplary habits and conduct;
a neighbor of tender and warm sym-
pathies; and a husband and parent of
fondness and affection.
Therefore be it resolved, that this
district has lost a faithful and officient
representative, Bosque County an hon-
orable and respected citizen, his com-
munity a humane and charitable mem-
ber, and his family a fond and indulgent
husband and father.
Resolved, that the bar of Meridian
tenders to his family and neighbors its
deepest sympathy and condolence.
Resolved, that a copy of these reso-
lutions be furnished the family of the
deceased, and to tho press for publica
(Signed) J. A. Gillette, Chairman
Wm. M. Knight.
W. B. Thompson.
B. J. Word.
J. M. Robertson.
After the adoption of these
resolutions, feeling remaiks were
made by different members of
the Bar, relating to the life anc.
character of Dr. Poole.
ORGANIZED 5.0.O. F. LODGE
Kid. J. H. Johnson special D
D. G. M. instituted a splendid
new lodge of Odd Fellows, with
eight charter members, at Glen
Rose, Somervell county, Texas
on the night of January ist, 1902
After the institution of the lodge
the degrees of the order were con-
ferred on six new applicants
making a total membership of
fourteen; with more to follow.
The membership of this lodge is
composed of the best men in the
town and county, and it bids fair
to become one of the best work-
ing lodges in the state, in the
near future. Bro. Johnson was
assisted in the organization and
degree work of Glen Rose Lodge
U. D., by the lodge at Walnut
Springs, to whom he returns his
sincere thanks. He informs us
that the order throughout the
state is on "a booom," there hav
ing been 72 new lodges organized
since the last meeting of the
Grand Lodge, in February last.
Also, that Odd Fellowship is now
the strongest order,—numerically
and financially, in the world.
If William Allen White is bald,
how in the duce will Boss Piatt
take his scalp?
The people of this country will
see that Schley gets justice if
they have to elect him President
to secure it.
Meridian (Bosque Co) Dec. 2.—
This charming little city of 923
inhabitants is located in very
nearly the center of the county,
on the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe
Railway, with Morgan 7 miles to
the north, Kopperl 14 miles to the
northeast, Clifton 12 miles south-
east, Valley Mills 24 miles south.
Located, as it is, in the immediate
bend of the fertile Bosque Valley,
which approaches the city in all
its grandeur from the northwest,
and continuing due south in an
unobstructed, magnificent per-
spective to the horizon, presents
an ideal situation. Located upon
the east bank of the Bosque river,
on an elevation gradually sloping
in all directions, with a running
brook on the east, winding through
the incorporated limits of the city,
provides a natural drainage un-
equaled, perhaps, within the vast
boundary lines of the great State
of Texas. The picturesque view
of the wide extent ot territory in
this fertile valley from this stand-
point,is one of marvelous grandeur
and beauty, the rising and setting
of the shining sun, unfolding a
aanoramic view of mountain
Deaks on the west, casting their
shadows on the city nestled in
the valley in the dawn of the
evening to the distant mountain
range in the east, topped with
oak and evergreens. The glisten-
ing foliage, sparkling and dancing
in the glowing rays of the setting
The soil in the valley is variable
and difficult to describe—princi-
pally black land, while the famous
black waxy laindn prevail on the
uplands, both of which are uni-
versally recognized t® be the most
productive and valuable in the
State. The mountain slopes are
naturally of a rockey nature, and
difficult of cultivation, being al-
most universally devoted to graz-
ing purposes an<5 the raising of
sheep and goats. The streets of
the city are macadamized with
rock from the mountain sides for
a foundation and then capped
with coarse gravel from the bed
of the Bosque river. This gravel
pulverizes into dust and the fall-
ing rains form a cement that dries
and hardens into a solid mass as
tough as flint and as white as
sn»w, producing not only the
most attractive but enduring pave-
ment at an almost insignicant
cost. This improvement should
attract the attention of the proper
officials ot the larger cities, the
adoption ot which would speedily
relegate the old block system to
Nearly all of the business blocks
of the city are constructed of this
native rock exclusively, the scarcity
of brick buildings becoming con-
spicuous. An ordinance of the
city prohibits the building ot
frame structures within the fire
limits, and only a few remain.
The disastrous fire which totally
destroyed one and one-half blocks
of the moat attractive business
buildings in the h&art of the city
on the nth day of last September
caused the city fathers to pass or-
dinances fixing an appropriate
fire limit And building specifica-
tions for future protection. The
city is supplied with pure and
sparkling water in abundance
from two artesian wells 600 feet
in depth, a natural flow giving
sufficient force to supply business
blocks and residences, public
drinking fountains, reservoirs and
watering troughs. The health of
the community is phenomenally
good. Splendid roads and good
bridges prevail, an inducement
attractive to the farmer and stock-
raiser to trade in this market.
The public schools are in charge
of a splendid superintendent and
three efficient instructors, the
enrollment being 124 males and
123 females, the scholastic year
averaging nine months. Meridian
Academy, under efficient manage-
ment, provides a training school
for graduates in the higher
branches «f learning in the dis-
trict and community schools, pre-
paratory to entering universities
Four religious denominations
sustain houses of worship, name-
ly: The M. E- South, Baptists,
Cumberland Presbyterians and
Christians, the latter at present
holding service in the Tabernacle,
owned in common by all the
church organizations. They hope
soon to have a home of their own.
Good farming land may be had
in this locality at from $4 to $25
per acre, according to quality, lo-
cation and improvements. The
principal crops grown are wheat,
cotton, corn and oatsr. Fruit and
vegetables grow in abundance
wherever cultivated. Desirable
business sites in the city of Me-
ridian may be had from $300 to
$600, while residence property, in
the shape of building lots, may
be had at from $100 to $500, ac-
uudcr consideration plans and
specifications lor the erection ot a
commodious temple, to be con-
structed of faced native rock.
Meridian has the usual number of
business houses, two weekly news-
papers, the Tribune being the
official organ and very prominent,
together with various infant in-
dustries., conducted upon prosper-
ous line*. Industries which could
locate here, and which would re-
turn a lair revenue on the invest-
ment and receive substantial en-
couragement from the citizens,
may be mentioned a cotton mill,
a creamery, an ice plant and an
electric lighting plant in combina-
tion, a large dry goods store, car-
rying a complete stock; a building
and loan company or association,
and a first-class hotel.
Bosque county has 594,265
acres of land, valued at $3,113,-
910, of which $513,490 is the value
ot city property. There are I4r
248 hordes and mules, valued at
$350,110; 34,523 head of cattle,
valued at $351,4755 i°7 jacks and
jennets, valued at $5,815; 22,428
sheep and goats, valued at $43,-
140, and 9,819 hogs, valued at
$19,515. The total value of mis-
cellaneous property is $5,192,725.
The total State tax assessed
$8,655 ad valorem, $9,347 school,
and $5,051 poll tax, making a
total State tax of $23,053. Thc
total county tax assessed was
$20,771 ad valorem, $6,954 spec-
ial, $843 poll, and $7,789 for
county roads. Total State and
county taxes, $59,377.
The number of pupils in the
district schools of the county,
both male and female, inclusive,
is 1,557; number pupils in com
munity schools of the county,
both male and female, inclusive,
2,585, giving a total of 4,142 pu
pils. Amount proportioned coun-
ties, cities and towns, rural and
independent districts, net State
and county appropriations, at
34.90 per capitals $22,603. There
are 74 teachers in the community
and 15 teachers in the indepen-
WORK THAT PAIS.
The Best Way to Advertise a Town Is to
Beautify It.-=We Rave the Streets
Other Things are Needed.
THE ED HERD TRIAL
cording to location.
The local freight business from
this station is, in carloads: For-
warded—Grain and seeds, 40;
horses and mules. 3; cattle, 6;
hogs, 7; hay and straw, 1; flour
and feed, 18; emigrant movables,
1; cotton, 48; live stock, 20; mis-
cellaneous, 24. Received—Coal,
8; lumber, 22; flour and feedstuff's,
25; live stock, 20; miscellaneous.
25. Less than carloads forwarded,
475,871 pounds. Less than car-
loads received, 1,532,811 pounds.
The total valuation of city prop-
erty is $188,750, and the total
valuation of personal property is
$132,154; total value of taxable
property, $320,903. Taxation on
city property is 75 cents on the
The merchants of the city are
organized into a commercial club,
and have chosen shrewd and prac-
tical gentlemen as officials to
manage the affairs of their organ-
ization. Besides Masonic and
Odd Fellows' lodges, the usual
number of social circles prevails,
providing classical and ethical
entertainment for the prudent, as
also amusement and terpsichorean
clubs, which furnish innocent en-
joyment for undeveloped youth.
The Knights of Pythias have now
The case of the State of Texas
vs. Ed. Herd, 011 a change of
venue to Cleburne, Johnson coun-
ty, was called for trial at that
place Tuesday morning at 11:30
o'clock. Defendant's motion for
a continuance was overruled and
the case went to trial.
Only a short time was spent in
securing a jury, and there being a
large number of witnesses sum-
moned, the Court held night ses-
sions, and the case was given to
the jury at 9 o'clock Thursday
evening. The evidence was about
the same as that given at the
trial here last September, although
several witnesses who testified at
the previous trial were not put on
Herd is charged with the mur-
der of George Farabee,at Walnuf
last May, and was tried at the last
term of the district court of this
county, resulting in a hung jury,
full account of which appeared in
the Tribune at the time. The
case was then moved to Johnson
county, as the facts and circum-
stances attendant upon it were so
well known that a jury could not
have been secured in this county.
We understand the attorneys
on both sides contested every
inch of ground, and that there
was much interest manifested in
the case by the people of Cle-
burne and Johnson county.
Up to the time of going to
press no verdict had been reached
by the jury.
It costs little more to make a
city pleasing to the eye than to
make it ugly, and a beautiful city
attracts residents of a desirable
sort and is a standing advertise-
ment. It is not mere sentiment
that is leading the railways to be-
gin the beautifying of their sta-
tions; it pays. It is not for sen-
timent that railway and steam-
ship lines advertise the natural
beauties *f their routes; beauty
represents cash to them.
Clean streets, tasteful buildings,
charming prospects, are valuable
assets for a city. To keep still to
the utilitarian side, cleanliness
makes for health. The sanitary
value of the American cleansing
of Cuba is only an extreme in-
stance of what is true everywhere.
Cleanliness begets cleanliness, and
the peogle in a clean, well ordered
city are more likely to live clean,
well ordered lives.
In many other ways such a
general striving for betterment is
profitable. It stirs civic pride.
It makes better citizens. The more
people possess to be proud of in
their home city, the more they are
willing to do for it, Moreover,
there is a strong moral uplift in
food surroundings. An inspiring
environment, whether of nature or
ol art, reacts irresistibly upon the
And beyond all this is the fact
that beautiful surroundings beau-
tify and enrich life. None of us
would wish to be condemned to
the dull monotony of a sandbank
in place ot the splendid panorama
of hills that girt this city. Our
natures crave something better,
and the more beautiful and varied
the surroundings the richer and
pleasanter is life.
Jim Fouree, aged 73, died at
his home near Iredell last Thurs-
day morning with congestion.
His remains were buried at River-
side cemetery in Iredell the fol-
lowing evening. Mr. Youree has
lived in this county many years
and had many friends who join
the relatives in mourning his
Telephone mistakes have their
serious side. A man who wished
to communicate with another
named JFilliams, looked in the
directory and then called up a
number "south." Presently there
came through the receiver a soft
feminine "Hello," and he said:
"Who is that?"' "This is Mrs.
Williams." "Have you any idea
where your husband is ?" He
couldn't understand why she rung
off so sharply until lie looked at
the book again and discovered
that he had called up a widow.
NOTICE CONFEDERATE YETRANS.
Headquaters Albert Sydney
Johnson Camp, No. 115 U. C. V.
All members of the Camp who
can do so are requested to meet
at the court house in Meridian,
January 20, 1902, to consider im-
portant business; the hour to be
announced at 12 m.
By order of
T. C. Alexander, Adi'*
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Dunlap, Levi A. The Meridian Tribune. (Meridian, Tex.), Vol. 7, No. 31, Ed. 1 Friday, January 10, 1902, newspaper, January 10, 1902; Meridian, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth415658/m1/1/?q=poole: accessed February 26, 2024), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Meridian Public Library.