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Grayson County News
November 1, 1897

PLATTING LAND FOR SETTLERS
 
TWENTY NEW HOUSES ON THE SANBORN RANCH NOW BEING ERECTED FOR GERMANS

 DIFFICULTIES OF SECURING PEOPLE

(The Sherman branch office of The News and reportorial office are at W.L. Butting & Co.'s, east side public square, where subscriptions and advertisements are received. Telephone 78.)

 German-American Settlers

Sherman, Tex., Oct. 30 - The improvement of the lands platted off the Sanborn ranch, west of the city, and sold to German-American settlers still goes on. About twenty new houses are in course of construction with necessary barns, fences, etc. Speaking to-day of the proposed immigration of a large number of families direct from Germany, Mr. J.F. Evans, agent of the Sanborn ranch, said:

"The arrangement we hoped to close was for October passage on the lines of steamers plying directly between Europe and Galveston. The yellow fever scare played sad havoc with that. The difficulties under which one labors when endeavoring to encourage German immigration are much greater than in generally supposed. Soliciting immigration is strictly forbidden, and all steamship lines desirous of advertising the facilities and convenience of their respective lines are forced to employ local counsel to avoid the danger of running afoul of the imperial statutes. After such advertisements are legally reviewed they are subjected to a close scrutiny by the perfect of the police into whose jurisdiction it is desired to send and distribute them. In consequence the very best sort of story of the wealth and resources of Texas and this section we could get before the people was a milk and water effort. However, the interest was awakened and I am quite sure that as a result, while it will be delayed some little time that Grayson county will secure from fifty to 100 thrifty German families at no distant date."

The recent publications in The News of the efforts of Grayson county in this line have attracted a great deal of attention.
Mr. Ehreet is in receipt of several letters calling his attention to large bodies of lands near San Antonio and in southwest Texas. The News correspondent here is also in receipt of letters from a number of sections of the state which are anxious to benefit by the example and energy of Sherman and Grayson County.



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