Aransas Pass Progress (Aransas Pass, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, July 2, 1909 Page: 1 of 4
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Volume I Number 13
^Aransas Pass, Texas, Friday, July 2, T909
By Will H. Vernor
The committee having in charge
the barbecue to be given in this
city on the 4th of July has prepared
its program, which is as follows:
“My Country,”..........By Band
Address of Welcome Gov. Wheeler
Aransas and its Possibilities......
A. D. Powers
The Importance of Publicity in
Town Building.. .. Wm. Clendenin
Address.... Hon. John G. Willarey
Sack Race.............50 Yards
Blind Folded Wheelbarrow Race
Three Legged Race
Barbecue Dinner, Free for All
Base Ball—Rockport vs. Aransas
Dance at Night
A last meeting of the committee
was held last night (Thursday), and
all matters are now arranged for
the entertainment of the visitors.
The following committee was ap-
pointed on reception and enter-
tainment of those who attend:
T. B. Wheeler,' A. P. Frick, W.
H. Young, Lee Steagall, A. D.
Powers, J. W. Riddle, J. B. Bailey,
F. E. Condron, J. P. Gandy, W. D.
Holloman, J. W. Cherryholmes, J.
H. Moffett, J. W. Compton and Carl
. A New Lumber Yard.
The Woodcock Simms Lumber
Company is the name of a new
enterprise that is just being started
in Aransas Pass, lumber and build-
ing material now being en route
for the new yard, which will be in
a condition for business within the
next ten days. Messrs. Woodcock
and Simms came to Aransas Pass
several weeks ago from Portales,
and Elida, N. M., respectively, and
looking over the situation carefully
have decided that this is the proper
place for them to locate, so
have entered into business as
mentioned above. They are both
thorough good business men, and
from the amount of building that
is now going on and contemplated,
there is little doubt they will have
an excellent business from the,
start. They will carry a general
line of lumber, lime, cement, brick
and building material, and their
yards will be located on the Gandy
Looking for Location.
Rev. A. Antonio, President of
the theological seminary of the
St. Mary’s church at San Antonio,
together with Father H. A. Con-
stantineau, of the same organiza-
tion, spent a short time in the city
Monday morning. It was not
their original intention to visit this
city, but through the good office of
Conductor Foster of the Sap, they
were made acquainted with the
fact that a city was springing up at
this place, and while the train
stopped here, which was something
like an hour, the distinguished
visitors were driven about the city
in the Gandy passenger wagon,
and shown the different points of
interest. As explained to a repre-
sentative of the Progress, it is
their intention, if a suitable loca-
tion may be found, to establish a
summer home and training school
for their class of young men, where
the moral influence is good, and
where space may be obtained for
athletic sports, bathing, etc. Sites j
were shown the visitors at both j
ends of Commercial street, and!
while they have several other pros-
pective locations to consider, they j
show every indication of being;
well pleased with Aransas Pass,!
and it is possible will locate here, j
They will be given a hearty wel- j
come by the citizenship, and it is
hoped will make their decision to
come to this place.
The Ice Factory.
C. K. Calhoun, who is now in
Aransas Pass making his plans for
the establishment of an ice and
cold storage plant at this place, is
also sinking a well on the ice plant
property, with the hope of striking
a flow of artesian water. J. P.
Gandy, J. B. Bailey and others
who are interested in striking a
flow of artesian water are lending
their assistence in sinking the well,
and they have hopes of striking an
abundance of water at a depth of
about 1000 feet. They are much
encouraged over the fact that a fine
flow of artesian water has been
found at Bayside, which is only
twelve miles back on the peninsula
from this place, water having been
found there at a depth of something
more than 900 feet. Mr. Calhoun
states that the ice plant will be in-
stalled in the immediate future,
and that the plant being put in will
be one of the finesi in the south-
west, the machinery alone costing
more than $20,000. It is hoped
that the plant will be in operation
and serving the public before this
season is gone. As soon as ice can
be manufactured locally, parties,
who are interested, have signified
their intention of putting in large
fish houses, cold storage plants and
other enterprises of a like nature.
Young men, you are the archi-
tects of your own fortunes. Rely
upon your own strength of body
and soul. Take for your star, self-
reliance. Don’t take too much
advice—keep at your helm and
steer your own ship, and remem-
ber that the great art of command-
ing is to take a fair share of the
work. Think well of yourself.
Strike out. Assume your own
position. Put potatoes in a cart
over a rough road, and small ones
go to the bottom. Rise above the
envious and jealous. Fire above
the mark you intend to hit. Ener-
gy, invincible determination, with
a right motive, are the levers that
move the world. Be in earnest.
Be self-reliant. Be generous. Be
civil. Read the papers. Adver-
tise your business. Make money
and do good with it.—Ex.
W. P. Soash, of Watrloo, la., and
D. Soash, of Iowa Falls, Iowa, re-
presenting the Soash Land Com-
pany, which is now putting on a
large tract of land in western Tex-
as, spent a time in the city last
week. The Messrs. Soash did not
make public their mission in Aran-
sas Pass, but as they are engaged
in building over fifty miles of
railroad to connect with the Texas
& Pacific at some point near Big
Springs, it is thought likely that it
would seek a southern connection
with a deep water way, and possi-
bly they might be induced to con-
tinue the road on southward to Ar-
ansas Pass, making connection at
Kerrville. One of the largest land
deals in the past few years was
recorded when the Soash Land
Company bought from C. C.
Slaughter seventeen sections of
land lying just north from Big
Springs and Stanton. This land is
now being opened to settlers, by
being cut up in small tracts and
sold out to farmers who are
brought down from the north. It
is hoped the same company will
find it to their interest to acquire
some property holdings in this
section of the country, and there is
little doubt they would be very
instrumental in the development.
From distant Cuba comes a re-
quest to the Progress for a copy of
its special July edition. When it
was proposed to have a carnival
here during July, the Progress an-
nounced that it would at the same
time bring out a special illustrated
edition, and requests have been
received from a number of dif-
ferent parties for copies. When
the dates for the carnival were
postponed, it of course postponed
the issuance of the special edition,
but we ipromise that it has not
been forgotten, and will be com-
ing forth before the summer
months have gone. That just re-
minds us, if you have anything of
special interest that might help as
a special article in the illustrated
special edition, just bring or send
it in. It will be kept and used at
the proper time.
The music lovers of Aransas
Pass were treated to a musical
festival at the school house last
Friday night when a recital was
given by the Misses Averill; Lena,
Dana, Vera, Lottie and Eska. The
instruments used were piano,
guitar, mandolin, violin, besides a
number of vocal selections which
were rendered. The young ladies
are daughters of R. L.Averill, who
recently moved to this community,
and there are eight daughters in
the family, all of whom are mu-
sicians. The following program
was rendered and was much ap-
preciated and applauded by those
1. Jesus Lover of My Soul____Vocal Trio.
2. Randoal Ongarese_____________Piano.
3. Off to the Front______________Violin.
4 Home Sweet Home_____________
—-------------Mandolin and Guitar.
5. Pleasant Valley March.-.:______Piano.
6. Hark! What a Burst of Sound
7. Mocking Bird_________________Piano.
8. Exposition March.______________
_______________Mandolin and Guitar.
1. Home, Sweet Home..Vocal Quartette.
2. A Twilight Idyl_______________Violin.
3. Reverie d’Amour______________Piano.
4. Boston Ideal March________Mandolin.
5. Invitation a la Valse___________Piano.
6. Chicago Ideal March____________
_______________Mandolin and Guitar.
7. Fanfare_________________Piano Duet.
8. Good Night._________Vocal Quartette.
Shooting at Sinton.
Aspara Garza, a middle-aged
Mexican, who conducts a Mexican
restaurant here, was discovered
Wednesday morning lying by the
the side of the Brownsville railroad
track, about a half a mile from
tcrwn, with a bullet hole through
He was bleeding and almost
speechless when discovered. He
The shooting is thought to have
taken place about midnight, and
is a mystery so far; as Garza could
not tell who shot him, No arrest
has been made.
Garza lately came here from
Kingsville, where he has a mother
and familyr He is about 35 years
The Cemetery Association will
have its regular monthly meeting
July 6th, at the school house at 3. i
p. m. Would be glad to have as
many ladies in attendance as can
Mrs M.M. Hay. Pres.
Put away your little hammer
and let it go to rust, put on a
pleasant smile and carry it with
you all the time. You can do
more and better business with a
cheerful countenance than one of
these long, drawn-out faces that
would slip on a sanded walk.
Keep the good cheer going round
and round; if it rains or snows, or
blows, continue the smile and soon
the smile will become contagious
and gather in the whole neighbor-
hood. Boost for yourself and
boost for your town. Keep the
pleasant smile on the outside
where the people can see it, and
keep the hammer in the darkest
place you can think of and forget
where you put it.—Ex.
Print the grandest sermon t hat
ever fell from inspired lips and not
20 per cent of the professedly pio-
us will read it; print a detail of
some sensational divorce in high
life, and 99 per cent of the elect
will make a dive for the paper be-
fore breakfast, swoop down on it
like a hungry negro on a bowl of
clam soup, devour every word,
then roll their eyes heavenward
like a calf with the colic, and won-
der what this wicked world is
coming to.—Electra News.
David M. Picton was a pas-
senger on the east bound train
Tuesday morning, having spent
several days in Yoakum and San
Antonio looking after business
matters. The new contract for
jetty work has been commenced
by Mr. Picton, and rocks are now
coming through daily on the Sap.
According to Mr. Picton, the
greatest need for the town of
Aransas Pass at this time is another
railroad, and he seems to believe
that this one proposition will have
to be worked out before very long
to receive the desired benefits
from deep water development.
i ABOUT BUILDING CONTRACTS)
Any share holder can select a lot if he is ready to improve it.
No one can buy a lot from us unless he is a share holder.
We permit lots to be improved with business houses to cost not less
than one thousand dollars, and residences costing five hundred
dollars or more.
Contract holders taking building contacts must begin improvement
within thirty days after signing the building contract, and must
complete his improvements within ninety days.
All improvements must be completed by the opening. No building
contracts will be issued after date of the opening is announced.
Share holders who select lots for' improvement will receive their
deeds as soon -as improvements are made, as agreed, and will
not take part in the opening sale.
A large number of lots are being selected for improvement, but
there are plenty more.
Bayside News Letter,
The county commissionrs, Joe
St John and Wesler Bissett were
down from Refugio Saturday, and
a road committe of five, Capt.
Dougat, J. T. Dougat, C. T. Maid-
den, Louis Peterson and W. C.
Pradt have been appointed to
select a route for a road from Bay-
side to Woodsboro.
Mr. Page and family, of Mineral
City, Texas, are visiting at the Tom
Frank Cambs has returned from
his old hume in Dimmit county.
Mrs. J. C. Nichols and Annie M.
Mansfield, now of Rockport, were
over Monday and bought a bay
front lot in the new addition.. They
are now planning their new resi-
C. H. Walton left Monday for a
short business trip to Iowa and
Missouri. Ed Boone has been left
in charge of the deep well and is
now putting down the casing.
Mr. Bentley has built a new foot
bridge over the draw between the
new and old additions of Bayside.
W. C. Myers, the Baptist minis-
ter of Rockport, held services Mon-
day and Tuesday evenings an the
school house. Rev. Myers has ar-
ranged a regular schedule for Bay-
side. Services being held here on
the Friday evening before the 4th
Sunday of each month.
Mr. Coleman, Edna and Elsie
Peterson, Arthur Rhine and Hans
Lentner visited Refugio Monday.
Hounburg’s and party have been
camping at the bay thj,s week.
Several Refugio people,gnjoyed
a Bayside dance Friday eveningT
Mr. Leisering has returned to
Refugio after completing his tin
and plumbing work on the Bent-
Ernest Burton, son of Mr. Bur-
ton, of the Burton & Danforth Co.,
was over Monday looking around.
M. Hansed has moved from the
North and has put up a tent or.
and cleared lots 1 and 2 in blpck
Mrs. Brightman, of Refugio, is
now visiting the old Brightman
Though the post office is not es-
tablished here yeL our mail is well
taken care of at the Bayside Cash
Store by Miss Coleman, our post-
master to be.
Sunday the bay front was lined
with picnickers from Aransas river
The Progress has been expecting
weekly to have good railroad news
to give to its readers, but so far
there is none that can be said with
authority except that those who
have the matter of promotion of
another road in hand are working
hard on the question, and result;
may be eqpected at any time. /
meeting of the executive committ e<
of the North & South Constructor
Company will be held in Cuero or
July 9th, when it is expected tha'
some disclosures of the plans will
be made. A number from this
point will attend the meeting.
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ARANSAS PASS, TEXAS
Happy Day has closed up his
office which he has maintained in
the Bay View Hotel for some weeks’
past, and has left for other points.
He made a farewell address to the
members of the Commercial Club
meeting Tuesday night, which was
1 listened to with much interest and
attention by all present. Happy is
1 a brainy man, a good talker, a rea-
soner, a student of economic ques-
tions, as he terms himself, and it is
to be regretted that he does not
find it to his advantage to further
associate himself with the p^Qrad-s-
ing city that is being built at feh
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