Cotton is opening fast.
sloop, Mystery, just from Lavaca, with a cargo of merchandise.
Wylie Kuykendall left Thursday for
Ida and Madie Dunbar are visiting at the Port.
Frank Lawson has gone to visit to her old home, in
Bay City Breeze,
Cotton is opening fast.
sloop, Mystery, just from Lavaca, with a cargo of merchandise.
Wylie Kuykendall left Thursday for
Ida and Madie Dunbar are visiting at the Port.
Frank Lawson has gone to visit to her old home, in
Bay City Breeze,
M. E. McSparran is visiting her grand daughter, Mrs. J. P. Pierce.
Hamlin was in the first of the week.
and Mrs. John Moore came in recently from Stockdale the rest of the
family will be here in a few days.
Ford Moore and wife will make Ashby their future home. We welcome them
A. Wagner, piano tuner and Hauschild, agent for the Hauschild Music
House of Victoria were here Tuesday.
Downer and daughter, Miss Mary, were calling and shopping in our city
the first of the week.
Howard Dunbar and family accompanied by Miss Julia Smith, Misses Ida and
May Dunbar and Messrs. Boguet and Harvey are expected up from Port
Lavaca to attend the Baptist camp meeting at Deming's Bridge, which
commences to-day and will continue one week.
fair faces so familiar in Caranchua's social circle were present Tuesday
music rendered by Messrs. Wagner and Hauschild added greatly tot he
pleasures of the lawn party on Tuesday eve.
colored Baptist, of Ashby, commenced a meeting to-day.
Bay City Breeze,
Annie Vaught, who is teaching the Cashes Creek school, spent Saturday and
Sunday with home folks.
citizens of Bethsada were up trading this week.
Moore spent Saturday and Sunday with Miss Ella Kuykendall.
the tower of the grist mill at Ashby can be seen as many as seven plows
running this week tickling the earth for next year's crop.
E. Pierce passed through town Sunday morning with the Mayor of Pierce
emigrants from Travis county passed through Friday with teams and cattle
for the east side of the river seeking locations for next year.
sloop Mistery left for Port Lavaca loaded with cotton.
A. M. Pelton spent a few hours with us one day this week.
W. E. Moore and son, Ashby, are on a short visit to Matagorda, will return
J. P. Pierce is boring our neighbor, Ford Moore, a deep well.
Bay City Breeze,
Who won the quarter?
Frolics are over, and back to work we must go. Tough, isn't it.
Schooner Empress, Capt. Keller master, sailed for Port Lavaca Monday.
Farmers are making preparations for an early crop this year. I wish you all success.
Times seem to be very good, both for the county clerk and the preacher this winter.
How about that stove for the church? We haven't had enough religion to keep warm without one on a cold day.
Well, Xmas is over and a new year is here, and we hope the good resolutions that have been made will be practiced as well as preached.
I didn't get half as mad as was reported about those young ladies putting on my leggings and riding my horse a mile from where I left him.
Quite a pleasant surprise party wound up at the Wylie bachelor hall last Saturday night. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Many thanks young ladies for the honor of your call. LONESOME BACHELOR
The Matagorda County Tribune,
January 7, 1899
hands and cotton pickers are busy.
Moore's foot is very much improved.
Gill Kuykendall went to Victoria this week after horses.
E. I. Moore is visiting her niece, Mrs. R. Gill. Kuykendall.
Nonie Keller is visiting her sister, Mrs. W. D. Williams.
are jubilant over the prospects of a big cotton crop.
was cottage prayer meeting Friday night at W. E. Moore's.
D. Williams and family visited Saturday and Sunday at Hawley.
J. E. Pierce arrived Wednesday with merchandise and lumber.
Jack Elliott and wife are visiting at El Campo and Wharton this week.
Dunbar and family returned to Port Lavaca Sunday on the J. E. Pierce.
El Vaquero towed the Empress down to Johnson City on Tuesday loaded with
gin machinery for J. P. Pierce.
Thursday the neighborhood was startled by news that Aunt Rosa Farris was
dead. She was found lying on the ground face downwards, as if she had
fallen from her chair in the doorway - and had, from all appearances,
been dead several hours. Her health seemed much better and the neighbors
had seen her the day before. She was very old - no one knew her age. Her
remains were laid to rest in the Wilson Creek cemetery. Peace to her
J. J. Smith was quite sick this week.
Rich moved to his new home Saturday.
was a dance at Earnest Dawdy's Friday night.
to Deputy Sheriff Hugh Phillips and wife a girl.
school opened Monday after a week's vacation.
Hugh Phillips has rented land from J. J. Smith.
R. Wylie sold a span of mules to W. E. Moore last week.
Vera Moore spent a few days with Mrs. Arnett this week.
Madie Dunbar and Mrs. Addie Coble visited Hawley Tuesday.
E. Smith and wife, of Hawley, are visiting homefolks this week.
Dora Moore is spending a few days with W. E. Moore and family.
F. Dickert and son, John, were hauling posts from Mr. Meeks' this
Ella Arnett is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wylie Kuykendall.
Smith's renter, Mr. Jones, became dissatisfied and moved to Mr. Pool's
C. McClary and family left for east
Moore has failed to rent his place and says he will have to get married
if he can't get a renter.
was a party at Dave Baxter's Friday night. The young people always enjoy
themselves at Mr. Baxter's.
Jennings and Earnest Dickert returned to Cash's creek Sunday and some of
our girls are looking lonely.
Dickert, Ham Moore, Prof. Jennings and Earnest Dickert spent a few days
on the bay this week fishing and hunting.
Spoor went to Caranchua Wednesday to be present at the marriage of his
niece, Miss Ida Harris, to Mr. George Owens.
a large crowd met at D. Dunbar's Thursday night and tendered Bro.
Calloway with a nice supply of the necessaries of life.
A. Shirley, D. Powell, Rev. Powell, Willie Cornelius, Earnest Smith and
Jas. Partain attended the pound party at D. Dunbar's Thursday night.
crowd who attended the Christmas tree at Caranchua from this place were
Misses Madie, Anita and Kate Dunbar, Mrs. Addie Coble, Misses Ida
Dickert, Oce and Vera Moore, Minnie and Lizzie Phillips, Lucy Nicholson,
and Messrs. Earnest Dickert, John Spoor, E. P. Wells, Hugh Phillips,
Clarence Nicholson and Dr. Moore.
Capt. Roach went to Markham Thursday.
C. Morris made a trip to El Campo Thursday.
Dr. Moore was down from Markham Wednesday.
J. P. Spoore [Spoor] of Tres Palacios was here trading, Monday.
Spivy McNeil of Markham called at D. Dunbar’s Friday.
Mr. Brown of New York, a friend of Capt. Roach, visiting him this week.
Capt. Alvin has sold his boat, the “Evaline,” to his mate Capt. White.
Capt. Hicks of the J. E. Pierce brought up freight Saturday for C. E. Smith & Son.
Barney Smith of Bay City was here several days this week, subpoenaing witnesses.
Messrs. Moore and Edgar Hodges of Markham visited Mr. and Mrs. Austin Hicks, Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson, who have been visiting relatives in Grayson county, returned Sunday.
C. H. Gyle, D. N. Dunbar, Julian Harvey and J. J. Smith attended court in Bay City Monday.
There is a sweet baby boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wylie. We wish for him a long and useful life.
Walter Ramsey, assistant engineer of the Plotner-Stoddard Canal Co., left Monday for Houston to visit relatives.
Justice John F. Lewis performed the ceremony Saturday for Minnie Rounds Lawson and Cope Alinice, (colored).
Mr. Hughes of Dallas was down this week consulting with his partner, Capt. Roach, concerning their interests here.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert O’Neal and Mr. and Mrs. Allen left Friday for Palacios on a prospecting and also pleasure trip.
Julian Harvey went to Matagorda Wednesday. He has bought lots at Palacios is preparing to build his residence there.
The colored people here celebrated their emancipation by giving a nice supper. A crowd of white people attended.
The sociable given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. N. Dunbar Thursday evening was very much enjoyed by those in attendance. Cake and lemonade were served.
Brenham Fritzner of Bay City, who is book-keeper for the Plotner-Stoddard Canal Co, visited Mr. and Mrs. Millikin, at the Buckeye farm, Sunday.
From some cause Bro. Payne failed to meet his appointment here Sunday, however we had several songs and prayers and Sunday school in the afternoon and singing at night. Excuse Bro. Payne please. [New boy at his house-only boy in a family of four children.—Editor.]
B. F. Keeling of Hawley spent Wednesday night here with relatives. He was to leave Friday for Bee county, where he has bought a nice home, three miles from Beeville. There is a fine crop on the place, which he is going to look after. His family will go the last of July or August.
Tribune, June 26, 1903
D. N. Dunbar went to Hawley Friday.
C. T. Nicholson went to Midfields Monday.
Capt. Roach went to Bay City Saturday.
Woods Morris went to Matagorda Saturday.
The Ashby boys organized a base ball team Saturday.
Mrs. D. Dunbar and Dr. Pickle are among the sick ones this week.
The sloop Mystery came up Saturday with freight for our merchants.
Mrs. Charles Morris and children are spending this week in Bay City.
The Plotner-Stoddard Canal company commenced pumping water Juy 17th.
Mr. Silverstein, the peddler, came by Wednesday on his way from Markham.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Allen have gone to Bay City to reside for an indefinite time.
Mrs. W. S. Millikin will leave tomorrow for a several weeks visit to relatives in Houston.
Dr. C. Pickle and family have moved to the old Wells place, now owned by Dr. Richey of Iowa.
Miss Jennie Eidman has been visiting her sister Mrs. V. O. Ford, of Bay City, for several days.
Willie Evans of Tres Palacios and Jimmie Harris of Carancahua were down Wednesday after corn.
The steamer Old Rip came up Wednesday loaded with cement for the Plotner-Stoddard company.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Smith are now domiciled in the Miss E. I. Moore cottage at old Ashby. Mrs. Smith has been on the puny list several days.
Dr. Moore of Hawley came down twice this week to see Mrs. Robert O’Neal who has been ill for more than a week. She is much better at this writing.
The H. E. Moore and B. J. Hadley case was transferred to district court. We were wrongly informed last week about Mr. Moore being here. He did not come.
The long looked for engine for the Trespalacios pumping plant has come at last, and is now on the road from the station.
Arrangements are being made to change the mail route so we hope to soon get our mail by way of Bay City instead of El Campo.
Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Poole and children of El Campo passed through Wednesday on their way to visit J. P. Pierce and family.
Our sweet little friend, Vernon Keeling, of Hawley, is visiting her little cousins, Clinton Smith and Ermine and Eddie Partain.
Mrs. Cryer of Normana, Texas, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Robert O’Neal. She was accompanied by her little daughter Maud.
J. S. Robertson hauled his household goods to Midfields and will ship them to Taylor county, where he and his family will soon go to reside.
L. Dorsey is trying to prove that the chickens crow at ten in the evening instead of four in the morning. He says the clocks strike wrong, too.
Rev. W. T. Nicholson of Smithville came down Friday to visit home folks a few days. He will leave here Tuesday for Whitesboro, Texas., where he is going to assist in a meeting.
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Williams and W. T. Kuykendall all went to Bay City Monday by way of Long Mott. Mrs. Williams and little daughter, Veta, will go from there to Houston where they will visit Dr. Lunn and family.
Messrs. Plotner and Stoddard of Dayton, Ohio, spent part of this week at the Buckeye Farm, of which they are the proprietors. In company with Mr. Chillson of Bay City they took a trip to Matagorda on the steamer, Old Rip, Saturday.
T. F. Dickert left for Bridgman, Texas, and from there he will go to Lindale, Smith county, to visit his brother. Some of his friends are all curiosity to know if he is going to bring some one home with him. Bro. Hennessee says he must have gone on very important business or he would not have left the campmeeting.
Quite a number of Ashbyites attended the campmeeting at Hawley Sunday and Sunday night. Bro. W. T. Nicholson preached at eleven Sunday morning and Rev. Annis of Edna preached in the afternoon. We met many old friends we had not seen for a long time. Among them were our dear friends, Misses Annie Vaught of Field’s Store, Mattie Mersfelder of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Morrow. The latter we had not seen in seven years.
Tribune, July 24, 1903
Ernest Smith made a trip Friday up near Midfields.
Hugh Eidman and Dick Lewis went to Bay City this week.
J. H. Logan of Hawley was down at the store Wednesday.
D. E. Griffin and Lon Fagg and family left Monday for north Texas.
Capt. J. W. Roach left for Dallas Tuesday, 28th, and returned Monday.
The schooner Casatromposta came up Monday with freight for J. P. Pierce.
Mr. and Mrs. Julian Harvey returned Thursday from a few days visit to Port Lavaca.
Walter Allen came over from Bay City Tuesday after the remainder of his household goods.
Mrs. Kate Warren of Hungerford is visiting the families of D. C. Napper and T. J. and W. D. Williams.
Joe James of Cash’s Creek brought a load of freight from El Campo Wednesday, for C. E. Smith & Son.
Mrs. Robt. O’Neal and mother, Mrs. Cryer, and little daughter Maud left Friday for Mineral, the home of Mrs. Cryer.
Mrs. William Douglas returned to Bay City Friday. She was accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. T. J. Williams and children.
Mrs. Nave of Pierce is down, spending a few days with her husband, G. W. Nave, who is looking after the A. H. Pierce cattle.
Dr. Moore of Markham was called Thursday to see his baby, Littleton, who was ill at the home of his grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dunbar. We are pleased to say he is well again.
Bro. Hennessee preached at Ashby Sunday instead of Hawley. The change was not generally known at Ashby, hence several persons would have been there, had they known of the appointment.
The Baptist meeting will begin on the nineteenth of this month, and Bro. Armstrong will be assisted by Rev. Stevens, of El Campo. We hope every one will come who can, and let us do our part towards having a good meeting.
J. P. Pierce has made several trips up the Trespalacios this week, with his steamer, which was formerly the yacht Nomad, owned by Capt. W. E. Moore, A. B. Pierce and R. G. Kuykendall. It is a nice little steamer and makes quick trips. He tows a large barge, which was loaded with wood for his home at Johnson City. The boat keeps the old name Nomad.
The sad news reached the Ashby rice planters July 28, that the machinery for the Trespalacios pumping plant has been put in wrong. It runs backward. It will now be impossible to get it all remodeled in time for this year. However, the last machinists who have come think probably they will get one pump ready to run in three weeks. The poor farmers are wearing sad faces. They feel sure the water will come too late to save their rice.
Our esteemed friend, Mr. Keeling of Hawley, came down Friday and his little nieces, Clinton Smith and Ermine and Eddie Partain, returned home with him and stayed over Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Keeling and their lovely little flock accompanied them home. This makes their farewell visit before their departure for Beeville. There is not a family in this part of the county who is more respected and loved than that of Mr. Keeling; hence, their many Ashby friends were sad at the thought of their leaving. Mr. Keeling is delighted with Bee county. He says instead of feeling doltish on rising in the morning he feels like “pitching.” We can imagine it would be an amusing sight to see him do that.
Tribune, August 7, 1903
Old Rip came up Monday.
Hugh Eidman went to Bay City Friday.
Dr. Pickle made a trip to Midfields Tuesday.
D. N. Dunbar has four head of good mules for sale.
Ernest Nicholson and Eddie Partain are on the puny list.
Walter Penny left Thursday for Weimar to visit his parents.
The Negroes are having a protracted meeting on Wilson creek.
Some have commenced preparing their gardens for fall planting.
Let everyone attend the meeting which convenes on the nineteenth of August.
There are four vacant houses at Ashby now and we hope to soon see them occupied.
Oh what a rain we had Monday the 10th. However, our faithful postrider came.
Paul? Rivers, colored, who has lived here for some time, died at Danevang of fever.
Peaches are scarce around Ashby and the few for sale are selling at a dollar per bushel.
Mr. and Mrs. Austin Hicks left for Markham Wednesday, where they will reside for a while.
Several bridges have been built on the Trespalacios canal this week and the flood gates are being put in.
Miss Annie Vaught came down from Hawley Sunday to visit her many Ashby friends. She was accompanied by W. K. Keller.
F. Showaker returned Saturday from Trespalacios, where he had been several days assisting Mr. Baxter, who is preparing to move to Palacios.
Miss Emma Lewis returned home Tuesday. She visited Austin, Taylor and Lockhart while gone. She said her visit all around was very pleasant.
Perry and Joe Hill will go to El Campo this week, where they will join their parents and sisters in a trip to the Nation, where they are all going to reside.
Mr. Davenport of Markham came down Sunday, the 2nd, to bring James O’Neal who was returning from his visit to Mineral.
Capts. Roach and Jno. F. Lewis, D. N. Dunbar, C. Morris, D. A. O’Neal and I. J. Smith went to Bay City and back Tuesday. They went by way of Long Mott.
Mrs. Dr. Moore and baby, Littleton, returned to their home at Markham Friday. They were accompanied by Mr. Dunbar and children Lois and Calvin. Lois will stay several days.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Smith visited some friends and their farm at Hawley and also went to Midfields Thursday. They say Midfields is growing rapidly and that there is the finest crop on their farm they have ever seen for several years.
The farmers on the Plotner-Stoddard canal are delighted over their fine prospects for a rice crop, and Messrs. Richards and Millikin receive great praise for their good management and close attention to business, which from all accounts they richly deserve.
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Spoor and children, of Tres Palacios, made a very pleasant call at the post office Tuesday evening. We suppose they will be called Ashbyites now, as there is no longer any post office at Trespalacios, and they will come to Ashby for their mail.
The writer is indebted to some one for a beautiful book, “Triumphant America and Her New Possessions.” We haven’t the least idea who sent it. However we heartily thank the kind donor, and if his eyes chance to fall on this he may rest assured his gift is highly appreciated.
Hugh Eidman went to the railroad Tuesday to take his brothers, Craft and U. S., who left for Iago on a visit to their brother and family. They failed to find Long Mott and went on to Midfields to take the train. Long Mott is about four miles south of Midfields and is several miles nearer for the Ashby people.
Tribune, August 14, 1903
We had another nice rain Sunday.
John Dickert went to Markham Tuesday.
D. N. Dunbar was in Bay City Wednesday.
Walter Penny returned from Weimar Sunday.
J. H. Nicholson had a fine mare to die this week.
The schooner J. E. Pierce came up Thursday.
The steamer Nomad came up Thursday.
Little Clinton Smith has a very sore arm, caused by a burn.
Mrs. V. E. Eidman and sons, Craft and C. S., returned from Iago Wednesday.
Miss Annie Vaught returned to Hawley Thursday, accompanied by W. K. Keller.
C. E. and J. J. Smith made a trip to Midfields Saturday after freight for the store.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wheeler and baby came down Saturday and joined the sailing party.
J. P. Pierce turned the water on his rice field last week. He has his pumping plant on the Johnson timber slough.
Mr. Nave was bitten by a spider and suffered very much for several days, and is now carrying his arm in a sling.
Dr. Moore, of Markham, was called Saturday to the bedside of Miss Letitia Lewis, who, we are sorry to say, is very ill.
Capt. Roach and J. A. Partain went to Bay City Saturday. They were accompanied by C. C. McElrath, who will go from there to his home in Houston.
Quite a number from Ashby attended the ice-cream supper given by Mr. and Mrs. Baxter at Trespalacios for the benefit of the M. E. Church at this place. A nice sum was realized.
Capt. Hicks, not being able to go to Port Lavaca Monday, asked C. H. Gyle to take charge of his schooner and go down for him. He was accompanied by Floyd Lewis and Arthur Wheeler.
T. F. Dickert returned home Sunday, the 9th, from a several weeks’ visit to his daughter, Mrs. Alexander, of Hill county, and his brother in Smith county. He reports a delightful time, and brought back some of Smith county’s fine fruit.
Capt. Hicks, of the J. E. Pierce, carried a sailing party down on the bay Saturday and returned Sunday evening. We failed to get the names of all who went; however, Miss Rogers and a lady friend from Cash’s creek were among the number.
J. J. Smith and children, Harold and Lurline, went to Long Mott to meet some old Ellis county friends, Mrs. M. G. McElrath and son, Charles, and little grandson, Leonard McElrath. Their friends here are delighted to meet them again. Mr. McElrath visited here two years ago, but it has been fourteen years since the friends of Mrs. McElrath had seen her.
Tribune, August 21, 1903
We have had several fine rains this week.
The steamer Nomad came up Monday, the 24th.
Fred Pybus was over from Palacios Thursday.
F. M. and B. J. Moore bought several head of cattle from D. N. Dunbar, Monday.
Mrs. W. S. Millikin returned Wednesday from an extended visit to ____ and Houston.
T. J. Williams and C. H. ____ two large alligators Saturday ___ the Trespalacios.
They think the Trespalacios pumping plant will be ready to pump water by the first of September.
Hamilton Moore of Port Lavaca came over from Bay City Saturday. He will spend this week here.
Mesdames Jno. F. Lewis, C. E. Smith, F. M. Moore and J. J. Smith are among the puny ones this week.
Mrs. Steger left Thursday for Stockdale to visit her daughter. F. M. Moore accompanied her as far as Wharton.
Miss Sallie Pickle has been afflicted several weeks with painful sores on her feet which we are glad to learn are much better.
Justice Lewis was called up near Midfields Thursday to perform the marriage of Mr. Huddleston and Miss Beulah Mullen.
Dr. Moore of Markham has called again Tuesday to the bedside of Miss Letitia Lewis who has been real ill. However, at this writing she is very much better.
One of W. D. Williams’s best work mules was killed by lightning Tuesday. One of his horses died several weeks ago, and this is the third one he has lost this summer. He has our sympathy.
The wood work of J. P. Pierce’s pumping plant caught fire Tuesday night and came near burning up. Several persons have said he has the prettiest little plant they have ever seen. Mr. Pierce thinks now that he will put in nine thousand acres of rice next year.
C. H. Gyle, Floyd Lewis and Arthur Wheeler returned from Port Lavaca Thursday. They were in two light squalls and had quite a rough voyage, going down, and also coming back. Mr. Wheeler brought up lumber to build a house near the draw bridge, where he and Ernest Dawdy will put in a stock of general merchandise.
The visitors at Sunday school were Mrs. Baxter of Bay City, mother of David Baxter of Trespalacios, Miss Georgia Townsend, who is visiting the family of J. P. Spoor, Dick Serrill of Matagorda and Hamilton Moore of Port Lavaca. They have an interesting Sunday school at Ashby and Miss Katie Dunbar is organist. After the lessons were recited J. H. Nicholson, teacher of the Bible…
Tribune, September 29, 1903
C. E. Smith went to Midfields Friday, after freight.
Robert O’Neal is spending a few weeks with his wife at Mineral.
Miss Emma Lewis and Capt. Roach went to Bay City Saturday.
Messrs. Landry, Thomason and Davis left for Bay City this week.
D. A. O’Neal returned Tuesday from a three weeks trip to Mineral.
The steamer Nomad has made several trips up this week after wood.
Mrs. J. P. Pierce and children are visiting Mrs. Dr. Lunn of Houston.
Mr. Davenport, of Markham, attended church here Wednesday and Sunday.
Ernest Smith made a trip to Midfields Wednesday, after freight for the store.
Hamilton and Ashby Moore of Port Lavaca are attending the meeting here this week.
T. J. Williams came by Monday on his way to see Dr. Pickle about a sick horse.
Mrs. Annie O’Neal returned from Mineral Sunday where she has been visiting her daughter.
We are sorry to say W. D. Williams has lost another horse. A two year old colt died this week.
Scott Yeamans is back again from the Territory. He will make his home on Cash’s creek, for a while.
C. Fowler Charliss will leave Tuesday for Houston where we suppose he will reside, and he is through with his work here.
W. K .Keller and wife of Hawley and little sister, Theresa Jordan, of Carancahua, came down to the meeting Wednesday night.
The rice is needing rain badly again. The Trespalacios pumping plant they think will be ready to begin pumping Wednesday.
Mr. Dunbar went to Markham Friday after his little daughter, Lois, who had been gone three weeks visiting her sister, Mrs. Dr. Moore, of that place.
Mr. Taylor of Hawley brought the mail down Thursday for Mr. Highborg as the latter wished to attend the funeral of one of his friends, at Danevang.
Mrs. M. G. McElrath and little grandson, Leonard, left Thursday for Houston where they will spend several weeks before returning to their home in Waxahachie. Their two weeks stay was highly enjoyed by their friends, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith and family.
Mrs. Townsend and daughter, Miss Georgia, of Salado, and Miss Benna Magee and brother Walter, of Hawley, have been staying with Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Spoor and attending the meeting.
Those among the puny this week are John Moore, Mesdames Elizabeth and C. E. Smith, D. Dunbar, T. F. Dickert, C. H. Gyle and Mrs. Harvey’s baby, Ardella. We hope to soon see them up again.
The visitors who attended church Sunday were J. H. Logan, Gwynne Dixon, Lonie Cornelius, John Duffy and Hamilton and Ed. Smith, of Hawley, Spivey McNeal of Markham, Darrel Jorean of Carancahua, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Yeamans and family, and Misses Rogers and Phillips of Cash’s creek, Mrs. Arthur Wheeler and sister, Miss Jessie Logan, and Mr. and Mrs. George Dixon.
Rev. J. B. Armstrong, of Eagle Lake, began a series of meetings here Monday night, 17th, and closed Sunday night. He preached some soul stirring sermons and was given good attention by the congregation. While there were not many visible results, we believe that great good was done. He will preach here again on the second Sunday night. He will preach at Hawley in the forenoon and afternoon of the same day. The Baptist people are very thankful to the Methodists for the use of their house and also for their help in the meeting. Bro. Hennessee was with us a few days and left Saturday for Carancahua where he was to preach Sunday.
Tribune, September 4, 1903
Miss Jennie Eidman is visiting in Weimar.
Hugh Eidman is visiting in San Antonio.
Robert O’Neal returned from Beeville Tuesday.
Little Veta and Irene Williams are on the sick list this week.
Capt. Hicks of the J. E. Pierce left for Port Lavaca, Wednesday.
Dr. Pickle made a business visit to Bay City Tuesday and returned Friday.
We have had several good rains this week, which still keeps the rice alive.
The schooner Louisa came up Saturday with the monument for Mrs. Kate Moore.
Mayor Cabell and Ben Davis of the Tres Palacios Irrigation Co., came in Tuesday evening.
J. A. Partain and son, Forrest, went with C. E. Smith to Midfields, Thursday, after freight.
Guy Eidman of Ft. Worth spent three weeks here visiting his mother, Mrs. V. E. Eidman and family.
Hamilton Moore and Ernest Smith went to Bay City Tuesday, Hamilton will remain there for an indefinite time.
A number of Missourians came down to Danevang Wednesday and made a deal on two thousand acres of land southeast of that place.
This is Sept. 7th and they have not started the pump at the Trespalacios plant yet. The smoke stack blew down and putting that up again hindered them several days.
J. P. Pierce and a party of six of his Wharton friends spent several days on the bay last week. They went on his steamer Nomad and visited Palacios, the gulf and many other places.
Hermon Dasby will leave Monday, the 7, for Waco where he will enter Adran [Adrian?] College. Many good wishes follow him. His mother, Mrs. W. S. Millikin will accompany him to Waco, though she will return in a few days.
“Aunt” Jane Lacy, colored, was found dead in her bed Monday morning, Sept. 7th. She seemed perfectly well the day before. However she has suffered of heart trouble for some time. “Aunt Jane” will be missed by her many white friends, as she was well thought of by all and was a great help to many of us in sickness.
F. M. and B. J. Moore, have lost several head of cattle of something like charbon. F. S. and Fred Mc. C. Robbins, have also lost a good many cattle, about fourteen head of their registered cattle have died, besides a good many of their other cattle. They do not know what is causing their death. They do not seem to suffer any and lie down like they are going to sleep and die while down. They have also lost several head of horses.
We understand that Mr. Lawson of Matagorda, F. S. Robbins and P. R. Dawdy have each given fifty acres of land and J. C. Maxwell twenty-five to a company who will bore for oil. They are to begin work by the first of January. The land is on this side of the river near the home of Mr. Dawdy. Several of our Ashby people think they have oil mounds on their land. We hope they will be more successful when they bore for oil than they have been trying to make a rice crop.
Mrs. Kate Moore and little daughter, Gladys, of Port Lavaca came up Friday evening. They came to Palacios on the schooner Louisa and from there to Pheasant switch on the train. They got conveyance from Mr. Phillips and came over. They were accompanied by Willie Wells, of Grovette, Ark., and Mr. Conard. The latter will erect two monuments at the Ashby cemetery, one for Mrs. Moore and the other for Mrs. R. G. Kuykendall. Mrs. Moore’s friends are glad to be with her again.
Tribune, September 11, 1903
The Nomad passed up the creek Thursday.
Ashby Moore left Monday, the 14th, for Bay City.
Calhoun and Tynie Pickle went to Markham Monday.
The Misses Lewis visited Bay City Saturday and Sunday.
J. J. Smith and little son Harold went to Trespalacios Friday.
Mr. Waterman left for his home in Pennsylvania Saturday.
F. M. Moore and C. Steger attended church at Hawley Sunday.
Capt. Roach and friend, Mr. Davis, went to Matagorda Saturday.
Stuart Lewis, who spent several days with home folks, left Monday.
We are glad to see Mr. Love out again. He has been sick for three weeks.
D. A. and Jim O’Neal are hauling timber for the big Buckeye warehouse.
C. E. Smith went to his old home near Midfields, Tuesday, to see after cattle.
Mrs. Jim Magee of Hawley and sister, Mrs. Townsend of Salado, attended church here Sunday night.
Several of the Ashby rice farmers have gone to Markham to help harvest; and some have sent their teams.
The monuments Mrs. Moore had erected are handsome and add much to the beauty of the cemetery.
R. G Kuykendall of Buda and A. B. Pierce of Hawley stopped at the store Friday on their way to J. P. Pierce’s.
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Cates and four children of Midfields visited at the homes of John and F. M. Moore this week.
Those among the sick this week are Mrs. Dr. Pickle, John Moore and little Veta Williams. The latter has been chilling.
Dr. Pickle and son, Crawford, are at Markham helping the harvesters. They came home Saturday but returned Monday.
Bro. Armstrong preached an excellent sermon here Sunday night from the text “Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not.” Proverbs 27:10.
Mrs. Kate Moore and little daughter Gladys left Wednesday for Bay City. Their few days stay here was very much enjoyed by their Ashby friends. They were accompanied to Blessing by F. M. Moore.
Ashby school trustees for this year are D. N. Dunbar, J. H. Nicholson and C. Morris. Many of our people would like for the school to open by the first of October, and we hope they will get a teacher by that time.
The O’Neal Bros. have two hundred acres of rice which they have irrigated from water which backed up in a large flat. One hundred acres they think will make a fine crop, and the other will make an average crop.
To the regret of our people, one calamity after another has befallen the Trespalacios pumping plant and now one among the last is the boiler is too small and does not afford steam enough to draw the water from the river.
D. N. Dunbar and C. E. and J. J. Smith got some very fine pears from the Pybus orchard. A gentleman from Alvin who saw Mr. Pybus’s orchard said it is the finest he ever saw. They have had an immense crop of pears this year, the third large crop in succession.
Bro. Armstrong cannot preach for us the second Sunday in October, as the Colorado Baptist Association meets at that time. He does not know whether he will stay in the mission field or not. If he does, he will continue preaching here and at Hawley. He has many friends here and we hope he will return.
Tribune, September 18, 1903
Bad colds are prevalent again.
Miss Emma Lewis went to By City Saturday.
What cool weather in September for our “Sunny South.”
L. Dorsey has his kodak ready now to take any pretty picture.
Capt. Roach has made several business trips to Bay City this week.
Mrs. W. S. Milliken returned from Waco, where she left her son Herman in Adran [Adrian] College.
J. D. Pierce and little sons, J. E. and Richard, went to Houston Friday and returned Saturday.
Dr. C. Moore came down to the pumping plant Thursday and stayed over night with D. Dunbar and family.
Mrs. Joe James Jr. and little sons, Allen and Earl, of Pheasant, visited Mrs. C. E. Smith Monday and Tuesday.
T. F. Dickert and sons are cutting their oldest rice for hay. However, they think they will make some Providential rice.
C. H. Gyle and J. J. Smith went to Markham Saturday after their binders, which were shipped there from Bay City.
Little Eddie and Claire Partain have been on the sick list for several days. However, at this writing they are much better.
J. A. Partain went to Markham Monday after medicine for his children, Eddie and Claire. Ashby is very much in need of a good Doctor.
W. F. Wylie and J. J. Smith will go Tuesday to help Mr. Combs of the Buckeye farm, reap his rice. J. J. Smith will run his own binder. Dickert brothers will also use their binders on the Buckeye farm.
C. Ernest Smith made a trip to Midfields after freight Wednesday. Their good trade keeps them constantly hauling freight. We Ashby people will gladly welcome the Rice Belt railroad. For the present a depot at Blessing would be handy for us.
W. S. Millikin of the Buckeye farm says they are getting along nicely harvesting. They are running fifteen binders for the company, and Mr. Combs is running several. They will begin threshing next week. We rejoice in our neighbors’ prosperity.
Brother Hennessee preached Sunday morning and night. Those from neighboring places were Fred Pybus and mother and sisters of Tres Palacios, Frank Showaker of Palacios and Darrel Jordan of Carancahua. We missed the familiar faces of David Baxter and family. Although they did not live here, we felt that they were [one] of us, as they came to church and Sunday school more regularly than some of our own people. We hope they will find many good friends in their new home at Palacios.
Tribune, September 25, 1903
Ernest Smith went to Bay City Monday.
J. P. Pierce went to El Campo Wednesday.
Ernest Smith went to Midfields Tuesday.
D. O. Love is among the puny ones this week.
J. H. Nicholson and Ernest Wylie are making hay.
Mr. Christopher and wife left Tuesday for their home in Bastrop.
C. D. Wallace, D. C. Napper and J. S. Hicks are harvesting at Cortes.
Mrs. Annie O’Neal and son Jim are visiting for a few days in Matagorda.
W. G. McDonald of El Campo came down Saturday to attend Justice’s court.
A large herd of the J. P. Pierce cattle passed through Tuesday from the bay pastures.
The pumping plant started again Thursday the 24th and has been running off and on ever since.
Stonewall Thompkins, constructor of the Trespalacios pumping plant, left Saturday for his home in Virginia.
Our new and interesting correspondent of Tres Palacios was wondering last week “why Darrell Jordan had not been back.” Darrell’s interests seemingly are at Ashby now.
B. F. Keeling of Beeville wrote here for cotton pickers as hands are scarce there. We fear he will not be able to get any from here, as the farmers are begging for hands, wagons and teams to help gather their abundant rice crops.
D. N. Dunbar and family and their daughter, Mrs. Harvey, and children, with Joe Nicholson went on a pleasure and prospecting trip to Palacios Saturday. Mr. Harvey, who is carpentering there, came home with them, returning Monday.
It will be a surprise to many of the friends of Miss Fannie Davidson of Alleyton, to learn of her marriage. She was married in August to Rev. O. E. Bryan, of Texarkana. Miss Davidson attended several camp meetings here and won the hearts of old and young. We are sure her life will be one of usefulness, and we wish for her many years of peace and happiness.
W. P. Wylie and J. J. Smith helped Mr. Combs of the Buckeye farm harvest several days last week. The latter brought his binder home and commenced cutting rice for J. A. Partain Monday. He also has about forty acres of his own which he will harvest this week, all Providential rice. Several others will begin harvesting soon. The water will be a great benefit to the rice that isn’t quite ripe and probably to the young rice, if we have a late fall.
Tribune, October 2, 1903
Capt. Roach left Friday for a few days visit in Dallas.
D. N. Dunbar and little son went to Blessing Wednesday.
Walter Penny went to Markham Monday, to run a binder.
D. C. Napper went to Markham Wednesday after his binder.
Miss Emma Lewis and brother James visited Bay City Thursday.
Ed Quinn returned Tuesday from an extended visit to San Marcos and Beaumont.
Several of our farmers are cutting their Providential rice. Some of it is very light.
Floyd Lewis, who is working for a binder company came home on a visit Sunday.
T. J. Poole of El Campo and son Tom of Tres Palacios were down on business Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Kuykendall of Kyle came down Friday and visited their old home on the Buckeye farm.
The pumping plant broke down again Saturday evening. They had been getting a little water up to that time.
John Moore and wife and daughter, Mrs. J. B. Moore, went to Midfields Sunday and from there to Bay City Monday.
Miss Jennie Eidman has returned from her long visit to Weimar, and her mother, Mrs. V. E. Eidman, left Tuesday for Liberty Hill.
C. E. Smith has made several trips to the thriving little town of Midfields this week. Mrs. Smith accompanied him Wednesday.
J. A. Partain went to Bay City Wednesday to see his brother, R. A. Partain but failed to find him. He had gone to El Campo, hence J. A.’s disappointment.
D. C. Napper will butcher whenever he gets right hungry for steak, and we hope he will get hungry quite often, as E. Dawdy usually sells out before reaching South Ashby.
Miss Sallie Rowls of Hawley is staying awhile with her sister, Mrs. P. R. Dawdy. They went up to Hawley Wednesday to visit their parents, and returning home Thursday came by and brought the writer a lovely bouquet of roses and a bunch of Golden Dwarf oranges gathered from their mother’s yard, where grow also some large lemons almost ready to open.
A few of the young people gathered at the home of Capt. and Mrs. John F. Lewis Thursday evening to play croquet. They took advantage of the moonlight and played again Friday night at the home of Dunbar.
Henry Jennings, formerly of Ashby and now engineer on a road in Mexico, was married on September 20 to Miss Lily Dobbins at El Paso. The groom is well known here and is an estimable young man. He has a sister, Mrs. C. Wallace, and a host of friends in Matagorda county.
Mr. and Mrs. Fowler of Bay City and a friend, Gen. Miles of Nebraska, spent several days this week at the Buckeye farm, visiting Mr. and Mrs. Millikin. Mr. Fowler is paymaster for the Plotner-Stoddard company and Mr. Miles is representing a new cotton planter. They, in company with D. O. Love, went out gunning Tuesday and killed three alligators and several coons. It was a new experience to the Nebraska gentleman, as he had never seen an alligator or a coon.
Tribune, October 9, 1903
Dick Lewis went to Bay City this week.
C. H. Gyle made a business trip to Blessing Monday.
J. A. Partain went to Bay City Monday to purchase a wagon.
Dr. Moore of Markham has been down helping harvest his rice.
One of C. H. Gyle’s workhorses died Sunday night with blind staggers.
The Buckeye farmers are getting along rapidly threshing their rice.
Capt. Lewis and daughter, Miss Emma, went to the city of Markham Saturday.
We are sorry indeed to see some of our Ashby people harvesting on the Sabbath.
Mr. Milliken and wife were over Sunday. They dined with Capt. Lewis and family.
Julian Harvey came up from Palacios Friday to visit his family. He returned Saturday.
The Nomad is the only boat we see now. The J. E. Pierce has been down at Port Lavaca for some time.
Mr. Morris and wife went to Bay City Monday, where she will remain several days on a visit to her mother.
Mrs. D. Dunbar and daughter Lois and Miss Emma Lewis and Leslie Napper visited the Tres Palacios store this week.
Misses Nannie and Agnes Pybus and Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Spoor, all of Tres Palacios, made a very pleasant call at the post office Monday afternoon.
F. M. Moore, while trying to rope some cattle, dislocated his arm. The men who were with him put it in place and he is, we are glad to say, doing well.
The ladies of the M. E. church will give an ice cream supper at the church Friday night, the 16th.The proceeds will go to their pastor, Brother Hennessee.
There will be two threshers here this week. J. E. Pierce’s will begin threshing at T. F. Dickert’s, and the Hodges and Hicks thresher will begin in D. C. Napper’s field.
Willie Maxwell of Markham came down to try to get a place for his father, who thinks of moving here. They are good people and we hope Willie will succeed in getting a house.
W. H. Manning and wife and children, of Mineral, Tex., arrived Thursday. Mrs. Manning is a daughter of Mrs. Annie O’Neal. They probably will make this their home, and we would like to see them settle here.
Charlotte Moore, colored, wife of Anthony Moore, died Wednesday the 7th, after several months of suffering caused by an abscess. She was a quiet, peaceable woman, and will be greatly missed by her family and relatives.
The many friends of Mrs. Thomas Huff of Weston, Texas, will be surprised and grieved to learn of her death. She lived with her family at Ashby several years and made many friends who deeply sympathize with her husband and children to their bereavement.
Some of the farmers who have finished cutting their Providential rice have gone back to the Buckeye farm to work, others are still busy harvesting. It will soon be over, however. We have as fine rice land as there is in the county and one of the best situations on the river for a pumping plant, hence we hope to see an abundant harvest next year.
Tribune, October 16, 1903
Captain Roach returned from Dallas Tuesday.
Captain Hicks, of the schooner J. E. Pierce, is back from Port Lavaca.
Drummer Lewis left this week, after spending several days with home folks.
Dr. Moore and wife, of Markham, spent several days this week at D. N. Dunbar’s.
Mrs. Rebecca Williams left Tuesday for Hayes county to visit her daughter, Mrs. Meeks.
C. E. Smith & Son are now prepared to show you some nice glassware and kitchen furniture.
Capt. Roach, J. A. Partain and Drummer Lewis went to Bay City Thursday by way of Markham.
A great deal of lightning and thunder Thursday evening, 15th, but very little rain here. A few hail stones fell.
Deputy Tax Collector Amos Lee was over Wednesday to see the people. He made a very pleasant call at the postoffice.
J. H. Nicholson is making new desks for the school house. The trustees want to be ready for school to begin Monday, October 26th.
There will be preaching here the fourth Sunday by Bro. Nicholson, and on the second Sunday night in November by Bro. J. B. Armstrong.
Miss Emma Lewis and Captain Roach went to Bay City Saturday. Miss Lewis will go on to Matagorda, where she has accepted a position in the school.
Bro. Hennessee preached his farewell sermon last Sunday. He also preached Sunday night. Owing to the cold weather there were not many out at either service.
The ice cream supper announced for Friday night at the church was moved to the home of D. Dunbar. There was a good crowd, considering the busy time and cool night.
Rev. W. T. Nicholson, of Smithville, came Friday on a visit to his parents. Bro. Nicholson has resigned the care of his church at Smithville, and will hold meetings this winter.
Captain Thomp Gyle, of the schooner Weaver, came in Friday from Galveston. He recently made a trip to Havana with a load of freight from Mobile, Ala. He brought back a load of Havana’s delicious fruit to Galveston. He fell in love with Havana and her beautiful women and fine fruits.
They have been grading the Markham road, putting same in very good condition, and W. S. Millikins told us they are trying to get the mail brought direct from Markham to Ashby. We have been told that Blessing is several miles nearer. However, we are not prepared to say which is the best route.
Julian Harvey came up Saturday from Palacios, with the sad news that Howard Dunbar and another gentleman, of Port Lavaca, had left their home on Thursday, the evening of the storm, and had not been heard of since. He went to Markham Sunday, where he found D. H. Dunbar who sent a telegram to Lavaca, and word came back that their boat had been found capsized in the bay. Capts. Gyle and Hicks boarded the schooner J. E. Pierce Sunday morning and went in search of them. We hope yet they will be found alive.
Tribune, October 23, 1903
Mrs. W. S. Millikin is on the puny list this week.
E. Wylie went to Hawley Friday in search of barb wire.
Mrs. J. P. Pierce and baby boy returned home from Houston this week.
L. Dorsey will leave Tuesday for Koppen to visit his father and sisters.
Mrs. V. E. Eidman and family are moving back to Bay City, their old home.
Miss Annie Dunbar opened school Monday, the 26th, with a right full school.
Arthur Wheeler, the Tres Palacios merchant, was down Saturday on business.
F. M. and B. J. Moore shipped two car loads of calves to New Orleans Thursday.
Brother Nicholson will leave Wednesday for Slayden, where he will hold a series of meetings.
Miss Annie Dunbar went to Markham Thursday and intended going to Bay City, but missed the train.
Carrington Park of Stockdale, who has been here visiting, went away with Moore’s car of calves.
The Misses Pybus of Tres Palacios were down Tuesday and brought us some of their delicious pears.
Dr. Elliott of Markham was called Wednesday to see John Dickert, who has been ill with bilious fever.
C. Dorsey went to Blessing Saturday to meet Misses Annie and Kate Dunbar, who had been visiting Markham.
Those who heard Brother Nicholson Sunday say he preached a fine sermon. He also preached Sunday night.
Mrs. Joe Love and sister, Miss Bennett, came up from the Colorado Sunday bringing Pearl, the little daughter of Mrs. Love, who entered school here Monday. She will board with Mrs. J. J. Smith.
W. H. Manning and his wife, who have been on the puny list all summer, and who recently came here for their health, are improving and as this is one of the most healthful portions of Texas, we anticipate for them a speedy and complete recovery.
D. N. Dunbar and Captain Gyle returned Saturday from Port Lavaca, where they went to look for the body of Howard Dunbar, brother to the first named, who was drowned on the night of the 15th. They found his body on the 22d. The family lived at Ashby off and on for a number of years and have a host of friends and relatives here who mourn his untimely death. May God in his infinite mercy comfort the bereaved ones!
Tribune, October 23, 1903
Dr. Pickle made a business visit to Bay City Tuesday.
The steamer Nomad came up Friday.
Robert O’Neal left Saturday for Mineral to see his wife, who is visiting her mother there.
J. A. Partain is hauling rice to Blessing for the O’Neal brothers.
Fred Kelly is on the puny list this week.
Captain Gyle went to Palacios Monday.
Dr. Heath of Cash’s Creek is helping C. Morris haul rice to the railroad.
Messrs. Stoddard and Plotner have been down at the Buckeye farm looking after their abundant rice crop.
P. Dawdy and wife made a flying visit to Hawley one day this week.
C. Morris went to El Campo Saturday.
A good many attended the oyster supper at the church Friday night. They had plenty of oysters and everyone had a good time generally. Fifteen dollars clear was realized.
The thresher from Markham failed to come and J. P. Pierce is threshing the Providential rice, all that has been harvested. A great deal of it will not make anything. Some turned out nine sacks to the acre and some four.
Misses Phillips and White of Cash’s Creek, Miss Addie Spoor and others from the Buckeye farm, whose names we did not learn, attended the oyster supper Friday night.
D. N. Dunbar and Capt. Gyle went to Markham Sunday. Capt. Gyle will go on to Port Lavaca.
F. M. and B. J. Moore have moved their hay press over in the rice fields and will bale rice straw.
Tribune, November 6, 1903
Capt. Roach returned Tuesday from a visit to his home in Dallas.
S. J. Gore left Wednesday for Cassville, Ga., where he has gone to visit his parents.
C. F. Nicholson has been up at Hawley this week assisting T. E. Partain in branding some cattle.
P. R. Dawdy was up. He told us he had conditionally sold his home place to Guss Gottschalk of Big Hill.
Dr. F. M. Cotheridge of Urena, Ga., is here visiting his relatives, T. J. Williams and D. C. Napper and families.
The friends of Mrs. Howard Dunbar of Port Lavaca will be pleased to know she is recovering from her long illness.
Earnest Smith, W. T. Kuykendall, Mesdames John Moore and J. H. Nicholson, are among the puny ones this week.
Little Allen James of Cash’s Creek came over Sunday and will stay with his Uncle and Aunt, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Smith.
Miss Kate Dunbar, who is staying with her sister, Mrs. Dr. Moore, of Markham, came home Sunday and returned same day.
Bro. Armstrong left Monday for Markham. He was accompanied by D. H. Dunbar, J. A. Partain and J. J. Smith, who went on to Bay City.
J. J. Smith went to Bay City Tuesday and returned Wednesday R. A. Partain of Beeville, who is now in Bay City, came home with him for a short visit to his brother, J. A. and Mrs. J. J. Smith.
Those who attended church here Sunday night from other parts were: Mrs. E. Dawdy and little daughter, Elma and Lerlen? and Cecil Jordan of Tres Palacios; Willie Cornelius and John Duffy of Midfields; Willie Wells of Markham; Miss Lizzie Phillips and Mrs. Steger, and Mr. and Mrs. J. A. James of Cash’s Creek.
Those who attended church at Hawley Sunday were: C. M. Steger, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Moore and their grandfather, Mr. Moore, J. A. Partain and family, J. J. Smith and family, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Smith, and the writer. Bro. J. B. Armstrong preached two excellent sermons. His text at eleven o’clock was “We are laborers together with God,” 1 Cor. 3:9; and in the afternoon, “Launch out into the deep,” Luke 5, and 4. He has been appointed Missionary for this part of the Colorado Baptist Association. He was called as pastor of the Hawley church to serve them the second Sunday in each month. He came down to Ashby Sunday night and preached a good sermon from the 23rd psalm, taking for his text the latter part of the last verse “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” He had a very good audience at all the services.
Tribune, November 13, 1903
Julian Harvey is up from Palacios.
D. A. O’Neal went to Bay City Wednesday.
C. E. Smith attended court in Bay City this week.
D. N. Dunbar was over in Bay City Thursday and Friday.
The rice farmers are getting anxious to begin another crop.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Morris attended the carnival this week.
T. J. Williams’s little daughter, Irene, is on the sick list this week.
The Tres Palacios mail carrier came down Monday for the first time.
Earnest, Fred and John Dickert went over to Bay City Saturday.
Our old Ellis county friend, C. R. Yates of Midfelds, was down Thursday and dined with us.
Capt. Gyle returned from Port Lavaca Saturday. He spent several days at Palacios, fishing and hunting.
J. M. Love came up Thursday after his little daughter Pearl, whom he wished to take with him and Mrs. Love to Bay City Friday.
Those who are fond of duck meat can feast now, as there are thousands to be found in the rice fields, and a great many are being killed.
J. M. Love and family, while returning from Bay City Saturday, got lost up north of the Buckeye farm and stayed out all night. The dense smoke hid all the neighboring lights and also the stars, consequently they lost their course.
F. M. Moore was running cattle Monday the 9th inst., when his horse fell with him. His shoulder struck the hard ground, badly bruising it and dislocating his collarbone. Doctors Moore and Elliott of Markham were called to see him. He suffered a great deal for several days, but at this writing we are glad to say he is doing well.
Tribune, November 20, 1903
C. D. Janel went to Bay City Saturday.
D. A. O’Neal went to El Campo Saturday.
J. A. Partain was in El Campo Tuesday.
L. A. and Jim O’Neal attended the Houston carnival.
D. O. Love left Tuesday for New Orleans where he went with two cars of calves for J. R. Pierce.
C. Morris and family visited the family of Walter Allen of Bay City during the carnival.
The mail service from Blessing to Ashby is now open for bids for contracts. Bids are to be sent to the postmaster general by the 15th of December.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Fowler and C. F. Chillson of Bay City came over and spent Thanksgiving with Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Millikin, and remained over the balance of this week.
The Dickert brothers and Capt. Gyle went to the bay this week and got all the fish and game they could dispose of. Capt. Gyle met a boat on which he sailed for Port Lavaca.
Clay McSparran, foreman of the A. H. Pierce cattle ranch, and who is now on the bay seeing after the cattle in their winter pasture, came up to the postoffice Sunday. It has been several years since we met Mr. McSparran last and we were glad to see him again. He informed us that he has contracted with J. H. Pierce to bore one or more artesian wells in the hay pasture, for which the material has been ordered.
There is to be a Christmas tree at the Ashby church Christmas eve and every one is cordially invited to take part. There will be a short program and we hope all our people will join in and make it as entertaining as possible, and see that all the children have a good time. We hope that not one will go away feeling disappointed or slighted.
D. Dunbar and wife went to Markham Saturday to visit their daughters, Mrs. Clay Moore.
We are sorry to say Miss Annie Dunbar is chilling. She was not able to teach Monday. We hope she will soon be out again.
D. C. Napper and family visited Mr. and Mrs. Blackburn, of Blessing Saturday and Sunday.
W. B. Williams of Cash’s creek was over Saturday.
Horace Yeamans of Cash’s creek made a very pleasant call at the office Sunday.
Tribune, December 4, 1903
Miss Cora Gyle and her sister returned to Galveston last Sunday.
The Texas pumping plant runs approximately three hours each day.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Penny spent a few days last week visiting Mr. Penny's parents at Bay City.
Cotton picking has begun. There being no gin here, it will be sent by boat to Palacios to be ginned.
A number of the farmers are putting up hay. Several car loads are shipped each week to eastern markets.
The people of Dunbar have voted a special tax for school purposes. There will be two teachers in that school this year.
Mr. C. S. Sanders has a small patch of about 20 acres of rice ripe, which he has begun to harvest. The yield is fairly good.
A large crowd of young people from here attended services at Blessing on last night. A protracted meeting is being held there by Rev. Ellis, a Baptist minister.
The Farmers Institute met at Blessing last Saturday. This was purely a business meeting and of course the ladies stayed at home. The next of the meetings will be held at some shady spot on the river and there will be a basket dinner.
The Misses Plummer are at home with their parents who have recently moved here from Dixon, Ill. They are charmed with their home but will be here only a short while. One of the ladies will return to the north to teach and the other will teach in San Antonio.
The Matagorda County Tribune, August 12, 1910
Some nice showers fell here the past week, but not sufficient rain has fallen to put the soil in condition for fall planting.
A number of the rice farmers on the Co-Operative canal are cutting their rice and bailing it for hay, while a few have matured crops ready for harvesting.
Mr. B. D. Sanders began threshing fifty acres of rice this week. This is the first lot threshed this season here.
Miss Lois Dunbar has been visiting relatives and attending the cotton carnival.
The residents along the Trespalacios have at last finished the telephone line to Palacios, and the service is good. There are about twenty homes on this line that have phones. We hope to have the line complete to Blessing in the near future.
Dunbar is growing. The Sunday school attendance has increased so much that the house will hardly accommodate the classes.
There will be an addition built to the school house before the fall term opens. Prof. and Mrs. Brown of Blessing have been employed to teach the coming term of schools.
Mr. Rule has been selling some fine pears from his orchard about a mile from Ashby. He has about ten acres in the orchard and from it he has already sold more than five hundred dollars worth and he expects to gather about 1000 bushels at $1.25 per bushel. He will realize a neat sum from his ten acres. The orchard has been neglected the past few years, but with the care Mr. Rule says he is going to give it, the yield will be much better.
Mr. W. H. Foster has been quite sick this week.
Col. Simpson has
already gathered four bales of cotton from 25 acres on his experimental
farm. It promises a heavy yield.
Good showers have fallen here the past three days, enough to make a good deal of late rice and fine for the fall gardens.
Miss Lola Dunbar returned from Galveston last Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Perry returned from El Campo yesterday, where they spent the last two weeks with relatives.
Fishing in the Trespalacios is unusually good for this time of the year. Fine catches of trout and mackerel have been made every day for the past week, and the boys are enjoying the sport.
The good people of Dunbar gave their pastor, Rev. Chambers, a pounding at the school house last Saturday night. A nice little program of music and recitations was disposed of first, and then the table of good things was turned over to the pastor and his wife.
Mr. D. N. Dunbar returned from Palacios yesterday. Mr. Dunbar had his hand badly hurt about a week ago, and was in Palacios for medical aid.
A number of our farmers are preparing to plant several acres each of Bermuda onions.
The members of the
W. C. T. U. at Dunbar spent a pleasant afternoon at Mrs. Johnson's on
Mrs. D. N. Dunbar is visiting relatives at Palacios this week.
A good rain fell here last Monday, the heaviest for several months.
There is some rice being cut this week.
A great deal of hay is being harvested.
The Ward Cattle Co. is leasing old rice land for winter pasturage for their cattle. This company lost a good many cattle the past summer on account of the dry weather.
C. D. Sanders spent Sunday here.
School will open Monday at Dunbar under the management of Prof. and Mrs. Brown.
County Tribune, October 28, 1910
A great many home seekers from the north and east have been here the past week.
Mr. Coul of Alta Vesta, Kansas, has purchased a tract of land adjoining Dunbar. He will erect a house and move his family here this winter.
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Mayers entertained last Saturday evening in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ball of Iowa. About thirty guests were present.
The teachers of Dunbar and Ashby Sunday schools are preparing to make the children happy Christmas. There will be a tree at each place on Christmas eve.
Mr. T. Gyles of Galveston has been visiting relatives here the past week.
Mr. Clark of Illinois, who recently bought the Tiera Rica farm at the Hurd pavilion, has arrived and will make his home on this beautiful little farm.
Mrs. Ray Phillips has returned from Kansas where she has been visiting relatives and friends for the past two? months.
Mr. Bud Spoor is building a cottage on his tract of land near Ashby.
Miss Leila Hartwell
of Dixon, Ill., arrived last week and will spend the winter with her
parents at "Palm Cliff" on the Trespalacios.
Mr. Robin Hartwell is spending the winter with his parents at Palm Cliff.
The young people of Blessing and the Trespalacios enjoyed a dance at the Plummer home on Christmas.
Miss Plummer of Dixon, Ill. spent the holidays with home folks at Sarajo on the Trespalacios.
Some orange trees were slightly damaged by the recent cold wave. Ice was seen on the Trespalacios river, and a number of dead fish were found along the banks that had been chilled by the sudden cold.
The Dunbar school resumed work last Monday.
Mr. Bruno and family of Caney have moved into one of the cottages on the Tippitt farm.
A. J. Jackson has purchased a small machine for making brooms made from broomcorn raised by himself and neighbors on the Trespalacios.
Farmers are very busy preparing the soil for the coming crop.
Miss Leaman of Corsicana spent the holidays with home folks.
Mrs. B. Lee of San Angelo is visiting her daughter, Mrs. A. Tippit.
The young people of
Ashby spent a pleasant evening at the Dunbar home during the holidays.
Everybody went masked.
Mr. and Mrs. D. Dunbar are visiting in Palacios this week.
Mr. Clarence Nicholson and Miss Bettie Botard were married at the residence of Mr. Turner during the holidays.
Farmers are very busy taking advantage of the fine weather to prepare their land for another crop.
A move is on foot to open up a first class road from Ashby to the iron bridge on the Trespalacios to extend south along the river bank. It will make a pretty driveway as well as a great convenience to residents on this side of the river.
Clara Ifland was thrown from her horse last Tuesday evening while returning from school. She only received a slight wound on the face.
Mrs. Ifland and Mrs. Elmer Johnson made a visit to Palacios last week.
Mr. Ferris of Dallas is having his farm premises near here fitted up with good substantial barns and other improvements.
There will be a large acreage planted to cotton at this place.
Mr. Frank Wilson and family have moved to Blessing where they will make their home.
County Tribune, January 27, 1911
A. J. Tippitt is in Gonzales on business this week.
Prof. Hartwell was a visitor to Bay City last Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Johnson and Mesdames Ifland and Morgan attended the Sunday School Convention at Bay City last week. They spoke in the highest terms of hospitality of the Bay City people.
Mrs. B. Lee left for home in San Angelo after a month's visit with her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Tippit.
Mr. Carter who recently bought the Hurd place, near Blessing, is making extensive improvements on the place.
Nearly all of the farm land around...corn, cotton, rice and garden truck. Very little will remain idle.
Mother Earth has put on her coat of green and the trees are putting on their new leaves. All is ready for the spring poet to declare spring.
C. D. Sanders made his regular visit here last Sunday.
Mr. Chester Dunbar and brother visited relatives here a few days ago.
County Tribune, February 3, 1911
Light showers have fallen here the past three days, but farmers would like to see a little heavier precipitation. A great deal of land is in fine condition for planting.
Mr. J. W. Spencer is having an artesian well drilled at Dunbar. Mr. Spencer is very enthusiastic over citrus growing here and is having this well put down so that he can take care of his trees if they should need water during the summer.
Mr. D. W. Dunbar spent a few days in Palacios last week.
County Superintendent Lewis visited Dunbar school last Thursday.
Rev. Chambers held a protracted meeting at Dunbar the past week.
The box supper at Prairie Center school for the benefit of the Bible class was a splendid success.
Ray Snedeker, a bright boy of the Dunbar neighborhood, has gone to Galveston and joined Uncle Sam's navy.
Little Janet Tippit has been sick this week.
Mr. Landers and family have moved into the old Moore house at Ashby. Mr. Landers will cultivate a part of the Simpson-Ferris land.
County Tribune, February 17, 1911
School closes tomorrow at Dunbar. Mr. and Mrs. Brown have given perfect satisfaction and we regret very much that the school fund exhausted so soon. School begins at Ashby next Monday.
Mrs. D. N. Dunbar is at Palacios this week helping to nurse a number of her grandchildren through an attack of the measles.
Chas. Lee drilled a well for A. J. Tippit last week and secured plenty of good water at a depth of forty-seven feet. Mr. Tippit will attach a gasoline engine to this well and irrigate his orchard and garden from it.
A great deal of corn has been planted this week. On some farms in this vicinity corn is up to a fine stand ready to thin out. Every farmer here will plant some cotton and a large acreage will be planted in peanuts. Those who planted kaffir corn last year were so well pleased with results that they will increase their acreage this year.
Mr. Ferris of Dallas was here last week looking over his farm.
Misses Kate and Lois Dunbar entertained a number of their young friends last Wednesday evening. The evening was spent in games followed by refreshments.
Mayor Sutherland and Messrs. Steger, Crowley, Tippins and Sutherland motored from Bay City last Monday and were joined here by Mr. Tippit and spent the afternoon fishing on the Trespalacios.
C. P. Theiss' handsome bungalow is about completed. It will have all the modern conveniences and will be beautifully furnished throughout the interior with beaver board.
County Tribune, March 17, 1911
The teachers of Dunbar Sunday school gave the little folks an egg rolling Saturday afternoon, which they enjoyed very much.
H. H. Foster attended business at Bay City on Tuesday.
The pump at the Texas plant has been in operation about 10 days.
A. J. Tippit is in San Antonio on business this week.
Mrs. Yeamans and son visited here on Thursday.
An Easter program was rendered at Ashby church on Easter Sunday. This is a very interesting Sunday school and the attendance is increasing each week.
Mrs. J. L. Hartwell will leave on the 20 inst for her home in Iowa where she will spend the summer.
Dr. and Mrs. Moore and children of Palacios visited at the Dunbar home last week.
The residents of Dunbar will soon have a new church to worship in. Mr. Hurd has donated a pretty lot for the building site and the lumber will soon be on the ground.
Miss Doss of Ashby school gave her pupils an Easter hunt Saturday.
Gardens are looking fine and the people of this neighborhood are enjoying all kinds of nice vegetables.
Mrs. Plummer and grandchildren of Palacios spent Easter with home folks at Dunbar.
County Tribune, April 14, 1911
Crops are looking exceedingly well considering the amount of rain that has fallen the past month. In most cases corn is fine and with a few more days of sunshine all crops can be clear of grass and then the farmers will smile.
The new church at Dunbar will be ready for services next Sunday.
Mrs. Harvey and children of Palacios are spending the week at the Dunbar home.
Mr. Chas. Link of Peru, Ill., has been the guest of Larry Leofler the past two weeks.
Capt. Nobles makes regular trips twice a week up the Trespalacios delivering ice to the residents along the river and also carries passengers.
Mr. Wm. Ludwig of Peru, Ill., is visiting his sister, Mrs. Harry L. Leofler.
A. J. Tippit is in West Texas transacting business.
A very small crowd from here attended the picnic at Tide Haven.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Penny visited relatives in Bay City last week.
Rev. Chambers will preach in the new church at Dunbar next Sunday a special song service will be rendered.
Mr. and Mrs. Tippit accompanied by Messrs. Link Lefler and Dunbar made a trip to Palacios in their launch last Friday.
Miss Rena Ifland and brother Roy have returned from Palacios where they have been attending school.
The Trespalacios river has been very high the past week.
The dewberry crop was cut short on account of the heavy rains.
The Matagorda County Tribune, May 12, 1911
Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Spoor and son Donald visited in Houston last week with Mr. Spoor's brother, Mr. W. A. Spoor and family.
Messrs. Bill and Jim Kuchar of Collegeport were visitors of Ashby Thursday.
There were a good many people from here and El Maton attended the dance at Collegeport at the Kuchar home Thursday night.
Mrs. W. M. Trousdale gave a party at her home Saturday night for her Sunday school class. There were also some grown people there. They all seemed to have a delightful time. They all returned home about 11:30 o'clock after refreshments of sandwiches and hot chocolate were served.
Messrs. E. F. Spoor and J. L. McKissick were business visitors in Bay City Thursday.
Messrs. P. P. Terry and Geo. B. McKissick were in Bay City on business on Thursday.
Mr. J. R. Trousdale was a Collegeport visitor on Thursday.
Messrs. E. F. and V. D. Spoor were in Palacios one day last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Glayze [Glaze] and Mr. Cecile Buchert visited with Mr. and Mrs. Oliver McNeil and family Sunday evening. That night they all went to B. Y. P. U. and preaching at El Maton.
Mrs. H. H. Foster spent the week-end in Palacios with Mrs. Carrie Nelson.
Several from here motored to Bay City and back Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McGlothlin and son, Norman, visited with Mr. and Mrs. Geo. B. McKissick and family Sunday.
Mrs. Mary Jurek and son were visiting in Ashby Sunday from El Maton.
Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Hejtmanek and family visited in Midfield, Sunday.
Mr. Callie Williams of Newgulf came down Monday and he and his brothers Vallie and Malcolm motored to Freeport and back that day.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Trousdale, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Trousdale and Junior visited in El Campo one day last week.
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Terry and Joyce visited in Ashby Sunday from Blessing.
Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Vacek and family attended church in Blessing Sunday morning.
Messrs. Henry and Cecil Legg and Miss Minnie Legg were Bay City visitors Friday.
and Mrs. E. F. Spoor and family visited with Mrs. Orville Reaves, near
Buckeye Sunday afternoon.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, January 26, 1933
Mrs. Nora Davis of El Campo visited here one day last week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Trousdale.
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Williams of Newgulf spent several days here last week with Mrs. Williams' parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Trousdale.
Mrs. Alvin Williams of Bay City was here on business last Saturday.
The 4-H Club met last Thursday at the schoolhouse. There were a good many there. The secretary, Mrs. Landers, reported the Texas Gulf Sulphur Company donated the club $35 for which to buy canners and sealer for the community.
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Legg and family of Bay City visited here Sunday with Mrs. J. D. Legg and Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Spoor.
Several from here attended the dance in El Maton Saturday night.
Mrs. D. E. Spoor and Donald were Bay City visitors Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Trousdale and Mr. J. L. McKissick were business visitors in Bay City Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Brooks and baby of Bay City were business visitors here last Thursday night.
Mr. R. C. Rodly and daughter of Egypt, Texas were business visitors here Tuesday.
Monday night a bunch met at the store, then they all went to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver McNeil to give them a surprise party. Games and conversations were enjoyed until l late hour, then refreshments were served which were taken there by the "surprisers."
Mr. and Mrs. McNeil and sons are leaving this week for south San Antonio, where Mr. McNeil will teach school next year.
We hate to lose these good people, who have been such a help in the community and with the Sunday School, but we wish them luck in their new home.
Mr. and Mrs. V. D. Spoor and their daughter, Neldine and Mrs. H. H. Foster, motored to Palacios Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Spoor and daughter stayed over for a visit with Mrs. Spoor's mother, Mrs. W. M. Jett.
Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Terry and their daughters, Della and Bernice, were business visitors in Bay City Saturday.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, May 4, 1933
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