Walter Harriss, a leading merchant of Gainesmore, the new town on the Hawkinsville branch of the Southern Pacific, spent today in the city on business. Mr. Harriss states that everything is prosperous with hs people and that, on account of a recent good rain, the planting of fall Irish potatoes is general and that a good acreage is going in. He also stated that the corn crop is fine, that cotton is yielding three-fourths of a bale to the acre and that some of the farmers there are gathering 300 bushels of sweet potatoes to the acre which are readily selling at $1.00 per bushel.
Gainesmore is situated in the southeastern portion of the county in the famous Caney Valley.
Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, September 6, 1912
Mrs. J. W. Powell and sons left yesterday for Blessing and Palacios where they will visit relatives.
Mr. M. Patterson's family moved to Bay City Monday.
Mr. John Richards of Palacios visited relatives here last week.
Miss Osie Harriss of Cedar Lane was the guest of Miss Bettie Grace this week.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Harriss visited friends in Cedar Lane Sunday.
J. W. Powell was a business visitor in Bay City last week.
Miss Annie Richards left Monday for Palacios where she will attend school.
There will be preaching services Sunday at 11 o'clock and Sunday night at 8 by Rev. Pond of Palacios.
Leo E. Moore of Bay City and a coffee drummer for Wharton Wholesale were "doing" our merchants again last Wednesday.
We live on Caney, too, but that Cedar Lane corn story is too much. We would refer our readers to the Bible, Gen. 41:6: "And he slept and dreaming behold seven ears of corn came upon one stalk."
The Matagorda County Tribune, September 13,
Contract Is Awarded E. C. Baker Who Left Wednesday for Scene of Operations.
Ed. C. Baker was in Bay City Saturday and returned with a contract for the construction of about a dozen houses on the new townsite, Gainesmore, which was named for Judge J. W. Gaines and Col. Moore, two of the leading promoters. The townsite is on the edge of Caney Valley about 18 miles northeast of Matagorda.
Mr. Baker left here Thursday with Carpenters W. E. Bedford, C. W. Pope and Jas. Inglehart, and will be joined by other workmen from Bay City.
Mr. Baker carried with him a complete camping outfit, spacious tents, comfortable furnishings, with plenty of those goods things which keep the inner man satisfied and happy while at work. The spot where the party stops today, they find an open plain or a big pasture, they will leave in 60 days a flourishing town with a vim and go which will double its size every year or so.
These towns springing up as if by the wand of the magician, presents an interesting and forceful lesson to the older and quite conservative towns, with whom it is sometimes difficult to “get a move on.” Cooperation—unity and harmony—are very necessary. —Matagorda News.
Gainesmore is the place or postoffice that has heretofore been known as At Last.
Palacios Beacon, October 11, 1912 and
Matagorda County Tribune, October 4, 1912
Mr. J. C. Richards and son, Ira E. Richards of Gainesmore, were in the city yesterday on business. Mr. Richards is a farmer of the Gainesmore section and has devoted much of his time and energy to the growing of potatoes although he plants corn and cotton as well. In speaking of Gainesmore, Mr. Richards said that the new town is enjoying quite a boom. The school building is ready for duty, the sheds for the lumber yard going up and several other improvements are on the way. He speaks highly of the fertility of the soil of Caney Valley and sees a great future for that country. Mr. Richards and his son returned to Gainesmore yesterday afternoon.
Matagorda County Tribune, October 18, 1912
Mr. Hy. Rugeley, who has just returned from a business visit of several days to Gainesmore states that the new town is progressing steadily and substantially. The farmers are all in good shape financially and well up with their work.
Improvements are being made on the farms and in the town of Gainesmore, business is good and everyone seemingly enjoying an era of prosperity.
The soil in that section is becoming more popular with the outside people and many inquiries are being made as to the price of it and the chances farms every day.
The Matagorda County Tribune, November 29,
Mr. J. W. Powell, Dr. R. R. Curtis and son went to Bay City on business.
Master Frank Curtis is very happy this week over the prospect of winning a prize in The Texas Boys' Corn Club, having grown 85 bushels of corn on one acre, costing the small sum of $13.30, including $5.00 for rent.
Mrs. E. L. Hawkins is making quite a showing with the new grader on Gainesmore streets.
Mr. Hy. Rugeley has been spending a few days here, helping to boost the good work.
Mr. I. C. Richards paid Palacios a business visit last week.
Messrs. E. L. Hawkins and Walter Harriss visited Cedar Lane Monday.
Mr. Hubert Bowie was in our city Tuesday.
Mr. Warren, the recent purchaser of resident lots in Gainesmore and a nice large farm near our town visited Bay City Sunday. Mr. Warren is a booster and the kind we need, letting his actions speak for him, having started thirty men clearing on his new purchase. His intentions are to plant a large acreage to potatoes the coming season.
It's in the wind from some source that the Caney Valley Development Company is to erect a large two-story building in our city, so let it come, we can use it.
County Tribune, December 6, 1912
Mr. L. B. Ayers of the Caney Valley Development Company, was in our city with a crowd of prospectors Wednesday. They were all well pleased with the town and surrounding country. Three of them were likely purchasers.
Mr. Geo. Trull of Palacios paid our city a business visit of two days, looking after his interests here.
Mr. M. Patterson was a Bay City visitor this week.
Mr. E. L. Hawkins started his grader again this week and as usual it rained.
Mr. Warren tells us that he is progressing nicely with his clearing and will soon be ready to start his plows.
Mr. Chambless of Sargent was in town this week and bought a nice bill of lumber of the Gainesmore Lumber Co.
Our potato farmers are offering a nice lot of seed potatoes for sale and we would advise those who intend to buy do it now, as the amount for sale is limited.
We are getting a good season now and the progressive farmers of our district are taking advantage of it by doing their breaking.
Mr. J. W. S. Rupe, carpenter and contractor of our city, reports the work progressing nicely on the several houses he is building on the Hawkins' ranch.
There will be preaching Sunday by Rev. Pond of Palacios.
County Tribune, December 13, 1912
Mr. C. H. Fisbeck, G. H. & S. A. agent at Hawkinsville, passed through Gainesmore on his way to see his mother in Lavaca County, who has been ill for some time.
A negro child was burned to death in the Bell Bottom neighborhood on March 18th. Its mother left three small children in the house alone and __ clothing caught fire and it was dead when found.
Misses Lydia and Eva Kennemer visited Mrs. C. H. Fisbeck at Hawkinsville Sunday.
Mr. J. H. Shockley, Master Sargent Walker, Mr. F. P. Vaughan and family and Miss Lillian LeSage, all of Buckner’s Prairie, attended Sunday school here Sunday.
Mrs. Chas. Freeman passed through here Tuesday en route home from Houston.
Mr. R. G. Warren left Monday for a business visit to Houston.
The officers here have been busy the past few days chasing a negro who robbed Mr. Hamiltons’ store at Coulterville. The negro beat them to Bay City and gave up to the officers there.
Mrs. R. G. Warren went to Bay City Wednesday to meet her father who came from Louisiana. Mrs. Warren’s mother is on an indefinite visit to Gainesmore.
Mrs. W. W. Patterson and son, Clyde, and daughter, Opal, of Cedar Lane visited Mrs. M. Patterson Tuesday.
The farmers are taking advantage of the good weather and are planting their crops.
A. C. Kennemer moved into the O. C. Rupe house Tuesday.
Miss Ethel Tripp of Rugeley attended Sunday school here Sunday.
Mr. J. J. Shockley of Buckner’s Prairie passed through here on a visit to homefolks at Van Vleck. He was accompanied by his daughter, Florence.
Mrs. G. E. Ratliff of Cedar Lane attended Sunday school here Sunday.
Mr. John McMicken of Wharton is visiting at the home of Mr. Walter Harris.
The Matagorda County Tribune, April 2, 1915
J. W. Powell and two sons, Ford and James Ira, went to Bay City Friday, returning Saturday.
J. J. Shockley and daughter, Florence, of Buckner Prairie passed through here Friday on their way to Van Vleck for a few days’ visit to homefolks.
Mr. John Elliff of Wharton was down on a few days’ visit to friends last week.
Mr. G. E. Ratliff of Cedar Lane was down one day last week, visiting her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Warren.
Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Farmer came in Saturday from North Texas for a visit to Mr. S. S. Kennemer and family. They like our country so well that they have decided to stay.
Rev. F. L. Hardy filled his regular appointment here Sunday, and is spending a few days visiting and fishing.
Lamar Rugeley, wife and baby came from Houston Tuesday for a visit to his grand parents, Dr. and Mrs. C. H. Williams.
Dr. R. R. Curtis of Rogers was here Tuesday looking after farming interests here.
Mr. M. R. Rogers of Beadle was seen on the streets here Tuesday.
The Matagorda County Tribune, April 9, 1915
Mr. R. G. Warren and daughter, Miss Ruth, visited at Cedar Lane one day last week.
Prof. R. W. Persons was here Saturday, vaccinating the stock.
Miss Vivian Grace of Wharton is visiting her sister, Mrs. W. Harriss.
We had a fine rain Saturday night and it will do the seed much good that has just been planted.
Messrs. J. W. Powell and A. C. Kennemer visited home folks Sunday, returning to their work at the Hawkins ranch Sunday afternoon.
Mr. A. D. Duffy of Blessing is visiting his sister, Mrs. J. W. Powell, and family.
Mr. F. P. Vaughan of Buckmer Prairie is hauling hay here and shipping it.
Mrs. G. E. Ratliff visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Warren, Wednesday.
The Matagorda County Tribune, April 16, 1915
Mr. R. G. Warren was up from Gainesmore yesterday and gave the New-Farmer a report of the Southern-Pacific effort to do away with the depot agent there. That action is not consistent with the S. P.’s development campaign they have been conducting with a brass band. The agency costs them only about $12 a month and yet they would, to save that and get increased passenger tolls on all part of Gainesmore, take the agent away, and out the 300 people tributary to that station to the extra expense in passenger fares and extra trouble in receiving their freights, waiting at the station for every expected train that might be supposed to bring their goods, waiting often till away in the night, or else take chances on their good being put off in the rain or exposed to other risks. The railroad commission should not permit the abolition of the depot agent. Railroads are eager enough to put in railroad stations, or accept them when given to them and then if one gets to be a losing station; they would cut it out. Let the road cut off a bit off some the high salaries of the favorites and keep the station open for the accommodation of the patrons until times get better and crops justify a profitable return.
Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer,
June 8, 1915
Tuesday was court day in Gainesmore and the elite of the colored population of Kenneth [Kenner] Prairie were very much in evidence. Cleveland Fletcher and his wife, Corine, and Napoleon Phillips and his wife Francis, were on trial for a slight difference between the families which arose a few days ago, wherein sundry objects, animate and inanimate, figured conspicuously. Napoleon and Francis said they "fit" and plead guilty to an affray, drawing a fine of one dollar and costs, but the Fletchers went to trial on charges of assault. The jury concluded that Corine Fletcher had received about $7.50 worth of satisfaction and assessed the fine accordingly.
Cleveland passed up the jury (to its chagrin), but nevertheless he drew a fine of $5 from Justice Warren, regardless of the fact that Napoleon "made him hard to catch."
County Attorney Davant was in Gainesmore representing the state in the justice's court proceedings. He was the guest at luncheon of Mr. and Mrs. Harriss.
The "throngs" on the streets of Gainesmore have again assumed normal proportions, as all of the vacationists have returned from their outings at the beach. All report having had an ideal time, even Mr. Powell, who was compelled to substitute an "Armstrong" motor in his boat for an Evinrude on his return trip.
Mrs. Wm. H. Kelly left Saturday morning for her home in Plum Point, La. Mrs. Kelly has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Patterson of Gainesmore, for a few weeks past.
A delightful party was given last Wednesday night by Mrs. Walter Harriss, in honor of her husband's birthday. A large number of friends were present and were entertained with an enjoyable musical program and domino games. The juveniles of the party found happy engagements in a number of unique games selected for them by Mrs. Harriss. Ice cream and cake were served and the evening was crowned by a good old fashioned "singing," in which all participated.
Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer,
Bay City, August 17, 1915
Messrs. A. C. and S. S. Kennemer left last week for Woodsboro on business.
The continued rains are very injurious to the corn, as it is on the ground since the storm.
Fishing is the fad now, there being
quite a number of large channel cats caught lately, but Master Warren
Powell claims the championship, he having caught a 36-pounder this
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