I had a couple of very busy weekends in which I was unable to get out a column. Things have finally slowed down and we are back to business. A couple of things to mention regarding the Bosque County Collections, first off the County Clerk's office has recently donated the original early deed books to the Collection. These date back to the 1880's many of these are handwritten and hold a wealth of information for those researching here in the county. Second the Collections will be holding their Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, June 13th, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, refreshments will be served and you can tour the new location. Hope to see many of you there and I know you will be thrilled with how beautiful the new location in the historic Lumpkin building is now.
Letter To The Editor
Sept. 1, 1887
Below I will give a detailed list of houses
and property entirely destroyed at Iredell by the flood of August 30, 1887.
J.H. Crabtree residence and cotton gin, J. Lindsey, P.C. Anderson, Allen Lasswell, George Loader, R. D. Tidwell residences. Lusk and Bancroft, S. B. Frank, J. E. Sellers, M.E. McPhail, P.C. Anderson business houses. J. A. Chester and R. D. Tidwell Cotton Gins. G. W. Harris, two stables and smoke house. M. H. Ward, livery stable. Harrison & Royall blacksmith shop. Sellers, Harris & Companies granary besides the above entirely washed away.
The following is a list of houses damaged.
R. H. Williamson residence washed 50 yards
and lodged against a tree and a great portion of the house washed away.
B. F. Sikes residence washed 15 feet from it's foundation and considerably
damaged. J. H. Crabtree, saloon building washed 40 or 50 feet from it's
foundation but not seriously damaged. Loader & Sons store house washed
40 or 50 yards not seriously damaged. E. L . Deatherage drugstore washed
from it's foundation and
considerably damaged. J. H. Wilson and Son Blacksmith shop fell almost a total loss. Railroad bridge across Duffau creek just above town washed away for several miles above and below town cannot estimate damage yet.
B. F. Cox
A colt from Col. Barry's pasture swam seven
miles and was found alive and all right.
Doc. Sadler lost two horses and all his corn.
But one life was lost in Bosque the drowning of Mr. Cabler at Meridian.
Every farm on the river from Stephenville to it's confluence with the Brazos suffered more or less.
Mr. L Tandy returned from Temple Sunday evening.
Mrs. Fannie Payne of Moody spent several days in Meridian the latter part of last week and the first of this visiting relatives and friends.
A private letter from Col. Blythe, who recently removed from Meridian to Downey, California, gives a glowing account of that country and but for the fear of depopulating Bosque THE CITIZEN would take great pleasure in publishing it.
Mr. John Knight appealed to the law for redress and the grand jury invited one of his neighbors to prance up and answer to the charge of fence cutting.
Mr. Jeff McLeinore of Eulogy had business in court Monday and kindly paid his respects to THE CITIZEN.
Mr. Tom Hall of Meridian and Mr. Alf Hines of Morgan leave this morning for California.
September 15, 1887
Over The County
Cranfills Gap is to be congratulated upon the auspicious opening of the public school. Prof. Word is energetic, competent and efficient and the village is on the upgrade.
Norway Hill is moving for a roller mill which is necessary in order to hold it's wanted competition with Clifton. It is said Mr. Reeder will put in his milling property and organize a stock company. Messrs. Hill and Co. are receiving a better trade than they expected this season.
Mr. Charley Hayes continues to have his fun over the incidents of the prohibition campaign.
Col Jessie Jenkins is booming up as a successful land lawyer.
A.P. Bell, Esq., of Cranfills Gap, is now rendering the district clerk efficient assistance. He is capable, clear and was never cranky until he swallowed a dose of prohibition. He has about recovered now and is to be congratulated.
Postmaster Jno. H. Johnson was somewhat indisposed the latter part of last week. He is up again and at his post which he fills so efficiently.
Johnnie Black and family who live about two miles above town are to leave this place for at least a year's stay at El Paso. THE CITIZEN wishes him success.
These newspapers and many more dating back to the late 1800's can be found in the archives of the Bosque County Collection in Meridian. For more information on their wonderful collection of history you can visit their
website at http://www.htcomp.net/bcc.
Here's my reminder to everyone, talk with your relatives, remember to take the time to record you family history and memories, someday, somewhere some descendant will surely thank you for not letting the past slip away.
If you are researching your Bosque County families online be sure to visit Bosque Co. TXGenWeb site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~txbosqu2/ you'll find a wonderful collection of information provided by other researchers, it's quite possible you might just find other researchers there researching your same family lines. This column will also be available weekly at this site.
If you would like to submit a story or query
about your Bosque County
family,as well as information on reunions, to this column please mail them to:
LaDawn Garland c/o The Bosque County News,
P.O. Box 343, Meridian, TX 76665,
fax to (254) 435-6335
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.