Aransas Pass Progress (Aransas Pass, Tex.), Vol. , No. 4, Ed. 1 Friday, May 10, 1912 Page: 2 of 8
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WHEN OUR HARBOR AND TERMINAL
RAILROAD ARE FINISHED AND IN OPERATION
§an Antonio Express.
' SAN ANTONIO TO— 1
Houston present rate........72
AraUsas Pass present rate ... .58
4 • 5 A B
57 40 41 38
47 33 34 31
Tins little table of freight rates
gives an idea of the saving to
San Antonio merchants and bu-
siness men in Southwest Texas,
the San Antonio territory, when
the deep water port of Aransas
Pass, already a reality, is used
for shipping, or as soon as the
docks and wharves now’ building
are ready for use. It also serves
to show under what a terrific
handicap in the way of freight
charges San Antonio, is, and has
The rates quoted are as they
appear in the tariff sheets, but
but very thinly populated, be-
cause of its extent, this section
of the rich North American con-
tinent is destined to be the fast-
est growing, the one favored spot
for investor, capitalist, home-
seeker and pleasure hunter, for
every elass of newcomer. Other
cities on the seaboard or close
to' deep water-»4iave attracted
more railroads and waxed great
as commercial and railroad cen-
ters, but despite this, despite the
fact that heretofore San Antonio
has ranked with inland 'cities,
she has grown, pushing steadily
pm nearly every large, important j forward as the greatest, the fin-
class there is a special comrnod-j est city in the entire state of
ity rate separate and distinct Texas, the largest city in the
from the above. These reduced
rates have been obtained by
Houston, the special rates hav-
ing been taken out of the class
largest state in the Union. And
the reason for this growth has
been San Antonion natural as-
sets, climate, soil and water. Ev-
rates. All the special rates, nolery advantage has been hers, ex-
doubt, are based on the mileage (cept one.
haul. Granting that and giving ,That remaining advantage is
a. 200 mile haul from Houston
and Galveston, what would San
Antonio’s revised tariff sliest
be with a water rate to its own
port and a rail route to that
port practically half the
Here are a few instances of the
freight rate handicap:
Of wool, mohair and hides ten
million pounds are annually, pro-
-duce.<U.in the state of Texas; 50
per cent of this passes through
San Antonio, since it is concen-
trated here and at Uvalde, Kerr-
ville and other points. At pres-
ent it takes a rate to Houston
on loose wool of 61 cents, and
pressed wool 51 cents, against
a rate to Aransas Pass of 47
cents for loose and 39 cents for
A great quantity of hides is
npneentrated here. The rate , on
dry hides to Houston is 28 cents;
to Aransas Pass 22 cents; on
green hides, to Houston, 18 cents;
to Aransas Pass, 131/2 cents.
There is a special commodity
rate on onions from Laredo to
Houston, via San Antonio, of 20
cents in car load shipments. This
is a distance of more than 400
miles. The distance from Lare-
do to Aransas Pass is 180 miles.
The rate, as has been said be-
fore, no doubt, is based, as "are
over drawn, but merely another
way of stating a fact—San An-
tonio is the nearest large Ameri-
can city to thl Canal Zone and
to the countries served by the
Big Bitch and the rich producing
agricultural country of which
San Antonio .is the center and
the distributing point, is also the
nearest supply region.
What Aransas Pass Has.
now being added'to her long list
of superiorities. Aransas Pass,
within four hours journey by rail*
when, the railroad now under con
struction , is completed, is her
dis-1 deep water port. Soon there will
! be two direct 'lines between this
city and the harbor in addition
to the pioneer road now op-
erating. Enjoying freight rates
based on the low water haul and
the short mileage between the
two points, San Antonio will be
in a position to laugh at the at-
tempt of any other city, even
though directly on the coast
—and Houston is not—to enter
her territory and solicit busi-
ness from her merchants.
There is too much develop-
ment now in progress to permit
of any other view than that this
will be the storm center of ac-
tivity, industrial and commercial,
of the entire Southwest. Other
claims sound false and hollow,
for they are lost in the whirring
of achievement. Southwest. Tex-
as “has the goods” and is .pro
dueing them. r
The past week a party of rail-
road men at the head of one of
the largest systems entering Tex-
as came to San Antonio to or
ganize a terminal belt railway to;
take care of the increased traf-
fic. It was another straw show
all rates, on mileage. The qu.es-! ing which way the big wind of
tion arises: If the railroads can San 'Antonio’s destiny is blow-
haul onions at 20 cents from La-
_ redo 400 miles, how big will be
- the reduction when t'he distance
THE NEW SCHOOLHOUSE
Trustees Have Inspected ancT Ac-
cepted Work on Building.
ing. Railroads building, railroad*
enlarging their facilities to, han-
dle business, work progressing on
to deep water is shortened to 180 the $8,(jt)0,000 Medina irrigation
As the rates stand at present,
deep water at Aransas Pass
saves the San Antonio merchant
from 10 to 20 per cent. When
shipments begin moving, when
the new port becomes the
shipping point for this territory,
when the heavily laden freight
steamers leave the port for all
sections of the world—and this
is as certain to come as the sun
is to rise—the only remaining
barrier to San Antonio’s supre-
macy as the distributing and
supply point in the Southwest,
will be removed.
It is no longer a dream of the
future; it is a reality rapidly
and power plant, skyscraper* in
process of construction, a banner
year for the farmer—which
means a banner year for every-
body, the old saying that a pres-
idential year is always an off
year being proved untrue — al-
ready having been ushered in by
a record early truck and onion
movement to northern markets;
an united and enthusiastic citi-
zenship having raised $75,000
to still further exploit San An-
tonio ’s fame abroad; more home-
seekers inquiring and preparing
to come to Southwest Texas;'
seeking investment here and the
buildgig of the docks and
wharves at Aransas Pass—thejfe
First Stafe Batik.
Postal Savings Bank.
Planing Mill. \
Two Shoe Shops.
Two Fish Packing Fk
/ Two Meat Markets.
Two Tailor Shops.
Low death- rate: <
Three Barber Shops
Millinery and Dress
Live Oak Groves.
Two Dry Goods Sto
Two General Stores.
Eight Grocery Store
Two Clothing Stores
Two Shoe Stores.
One Hardware Store.
Two Plumbing Shops.
Two Blacksmith Shops.
Six Real Estate Offices.
Two Law Offices.
Three Boarding Houses.
Fivev Rooming Houses.
Four Cold Drink- Stands.
Two Lumber Yards.
A. F. & A. M. Lodge.
I. O. O. F. Lodge. ^
M. W. of A. Lodge.
Baptist Ladies Aid.
K. of P. Lodge.
Chapter O. E. S.
Business Men’s Club .
Two Furniture Stores.
Jewelry Store. • .
Two Feed Stores.
Embaimer and undertaker.
Two Pool Hallsf.
Hunting Club and Lakes.
Wholesale Oil .House.
One Real Estate Exchange.
Progress Printing Company.
Concrete Corner Post Factory.
Fire Company and equipment.
Bath House, Pavilion and Cafe.
Ice Plant of 50 tons capacity
Cement Sidewalks, fourteen
Aransas Foundry, Machine and
* Two Livery Barns, with buss
and drays meet all boats and
Ship Yards and Dry Docks on
Offices of Aransas Harbor Ter-
minal Railway and Aransas Pass
Channel & Dock Co.
A first class Telephone Ser-
vice with long distance connec-
tion and cable out to the Port.
Electrical supply house and
the cost fof sohoN
amazed that suefr ■?
The new school building is com-
pleted, and is one of the best in
Southwestern Texas, or. any other
state in the Union, and certainly
there is no other town of the
size of Aransas Pass, which can
boast of such a school house. It
has ..eight class rooms, library^smp-
erintendents office, and an audit-
orium with a bbwl floor and a
large stage, which will seat six
hundred people or more. The
class rooms are well lighted and
ventilated and each is provided
with plenty, of closets. The stair-
way! are a. lo X -n a. The halls
are- wicta and room , and the
floors of those on t e first story
arc made of ro-Mfr-f *.ed concrete.
The entire'plan m tk feet and the
whole eo Ensidv and school
board may well G. proud of it.
A great many s who know
- uildings are
be erected for F ban $20,000.
Some hava erm.. su. 1 tha^ other
localities have bud . ngs costing
over $afo,000,n kwh re jj^t as
'Architect 3. 7 ■ Mr >ride, of our
city has ability his line,and
the contractor K. oks, our fel-
low townsman, has made a spec-
ial effort to give the community
and the Board of Education the
advantage of his long experience
as a dealer and a contractor. N.
M. Cole, another citizen of Aran-
sas Pass, was sub-contractor on
the brick and concrete work and
is a very competent mechanic and
builder. O. G. Parsons did the!
plastering and G. E. Gustafson j
furnished the interior work • and j
put same up. Hamilton and West:
wired the building for electricity.!
The Aransas Foundry and Boiler j
Works made and erected the iron:
stairs and W. E. Tedford . had
charge, of the painting. In fact
the general contractor, all sub-
contractors and nearly every man
who worked on the building were
citizens of Aransas Pass, and the
city itself received all the benefit
possible from the erection of this
building, and every eitizen should
rejoice. We hope to have a first
class, well organized school next
year, second' to none, as all for-
mer disadvantages have been elim
While th’b contractors had some
bad luck, and perhaps some mis-
takes were made along other line*
we are taught that “Alls’s well
that ends well.”
Leaves Aransas Pass for P(|
Why Do Ships
In Fair Weatherl
Why Should Y<
Because it is better to have it
not use it
Than to want it and not have it.
/ Moral—Insure with
R. L. Spencer Cj
Aransas Pass, Texas
Machine, Boiler, Marine,
Pump work of every descriptl
Iron and Brass castings of all kij
Structural Iron and Steel wf
Grate Bars, and Sash Weil
Smoke Stacks Oil Tanks, Gasc|
Engines and Pumps. Boiler
Machine work done at any pj
away from Aransas Pass. ImJ
ions perfected and Patents s«j
ed, We will save you money |
do your work right.
ARANSAS FOUNDRY, Mj
CHINE & BOILER WORI
approaching fruition. The docks are a few of the big things re
and wharves on Harbor Island volvine around and in San An-
will be completed in July. The
railroads are heading for deep
water ; work on one is already
under way. Northern and Euro-
pean capital is being put into
the project, for the possibilities
are easily seen; they are not pos-
sibilities so much as
ready to be grasped.
It all means but one thing: In
the hollow of The protecting hand
mf Providence rests San Antonio
d Southwest Texas. Blessed
climade to which theror is
kperior, with the . pirn's!
volving around and
What other city has such brigh
prospects? What other city of a
corresponding size is doing more
or'is in the center of such devel-j
opment? ThT opening' of the
Panama Canal, the* resultant es-
actualities \ tablishment of a merchant marine
and business with South and Cen-
tral American countries, will be
further factors in San Antonio’s
growth, assuring that greater
growth, if assurance were needed
For—and here is why the stafe^
ment that San Antonio and Sou
M. C THIELEN
Ectim&taa Cheerfully Furnished
CVjjroe* Goodnjffht and Pacific
The Womans Club will hold its
annual meeting Thursday, May
16, at the home of Mrs. D. A.
Peoples. • A short program will
be rendered and refreshments
served. All members are urged
Mrs. A. D. Oliver,
Cliairmail House and Home Com.
j. d, coq
We Sell the Farm
If you intend to build
Mechanics Planing Mill.
OVER 65 YEARS*
Anyone sending n sketch and description may
qnlelily ascertain our opinion free whether an
invention is probably patentable. Communion-
triclly confidential. HANDBOOK on Patents
& Co. receive
ions strictly comment ini. HAN!
out free. Oldest agency for sc
Patents taken through Jluntr & 1
special notice, without charge; In the
) Clli • 1UUI ilium uo, ,lu u
MUNN & Go.3'5'6™*™’’ New York
Branch Office, C25 P St., Washington, D. C.
- I Sell an|
S. E. Hamlii
For any inf or i
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? DO YOU EAT TO LIVE
HEALTHY to be wise, so buy the best-Its no higher.
HOLLOWAY’S is known for all that is best in
staple and fancy groceries. Fresh fruits and vegetables in
sjbn. All orders are given prompt and careful attention,
delivery is made to all parts of the city. ,*We buy country
NextJto Todd Block.
We invite you to injj
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Price, E. L. Aransas Pass Progress (Aransas Pass, Tex.), Vol. , No. 4, Ed. 1 Friday, May 10, 1912, newspaper, May 10, 1912; Aransas Pass, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth975430/m1/2/: accessed January 20, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Ed & Hazel Richmond Public Library.