Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 111 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
things, as will not admit of strenuous and continued
efforts for improvement and reform. "Advance" is
the watch word for Texas, and will continue to be, until
her moral wastes disappear, and the light of truth
has so spread its purifying beams, that the moral beauties
of this infant State shall compete with and outvie
those which nature has so lavishly bestowed.
Rusk, the shire town of Cherokee County, is an
interesting town, and is fast improving. This county
embraces a very fertile body of land, and is probably
attracting emigrants as rapidly as any other country in
the State. It is noted for its health, and though of inland
situation, its highly productive soil will necessarily
advance it in wealth.
Larissa, in the same county, twenty miles north of
Rusk, is a pleasant, growing village. Although but two
or three years since its settlement commenced, it now
contains a population of about four hundred, and is fast
increasing, rendering its future prosperity exceedingly
flattering. Its situation for an inland town, is highly
favorable, being at a central position between the two
adjacent county towns.
The citizens of Larissa are characterized by intelligence,
morality, industry and enterprise. A better
indication cannot be presented of the character of the
people, than the erection of a respectable Church
edifice before the town was one year old. The Gospel
also, is sustained in a manner becoming its importance
the people support the preacher, and he devotes his
time exclusively to the duties of his responsible calling.
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/111/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .