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-Buffalo 'Bayou and Houston Ship Channel, 1820-1926

Col. John T. Brady, who saw in the future ocean
vessels around or about Harrisburg, who planned a Belt
Switching Railroad, and built the old Magnolia Park
line and Clinton Railroad long before there was any economic
reason for doing so.
J. R. Morris, who owned the leading hardware store,
on the site of the present Levy Brothers Dry Goods Company,
whose home was on Main street between the
present Bender Hotel and Second National Bank Building,
and whose name so frequently appears two generations
Major E. W. Cave, who for many years was Treasurer
of the old "Central" Railroad, and for more than
a generation actively interested himself financially and
otherwise in waterway activities and did much to interest
Commodore Morgan.
I-. R. Allen, a brother of A. C. and John K. Allen,
the founders of Houston, whose name so frequently appears
up to the early seventies.
C. L. Longcope appears first in 1866, and thereafter
for ten years his name occurs frequently and prominently.
W. J. Hutchins, W. M. Rice, T. M. Bagby and Alex.
Sessums, whose names appear collectively so often
between 1850 and 1875.
Wm. D. Cleveland Sr., T. W. House, Capt. Sinclair
Taliaferro, R. M. Johnston and Chas. H. Milby, all of
whom were especially active a generation since in advocating
the improvement of the waterway.
Chas. S. Riche, an eminent and distinguished United
States Engineer, in charge for many years of the improvement
of the waterway, and who told me in 1914

that our community "should not fail to go its full length
in providing adequate Terminal facilities."
At a somewhat later period appears H. Baldwin Rice,
several times Mayor of Houston, who clearly read the
future and gave most liberally of his time and means.
Thos. H. Ball appears first in the latter nineties, a
Member of Congress, and his long and distinguished
service to the waterway, in public and private life, has
been, and is yet, of great value. His faith was always
an inspiration to me.
R. S. Sterling, who has served continuously and conspicuously
since 1910 on the Navigation District Board.
i-e has given freely of his time and constructive ability
for more than sixteen years.
Jesse H. Jones, who served as Chairman of the first
Harbor Board, and whose courage, foresight, and administrative
ability was of important value.
J. S. Cullinan, who visioned the future and on numerous
occasions, in his characteristic way, in important
places rendered services of real and lasting value.
C. G. Pillot, J. T. Scott, and E. A. Peden have each
rendered distinguished and important service.
John H. Kirby, who for many years has given liberally
of his time and means.
For many years the project of the Intra-Coastal Canal
-now nearing realization - has also had the generous
and unswerving support of the business interests of Houston,
and J. S. Cullinan, C. S. E. Holland, and G. J.
Palmer have given liberally of their time and means to
the promotion of that waterway.

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