Hardeman, Matagorda County, Texas

A. H. Elmore Plantation Supplies
Matagorda County Tribune, December 2, 1899

Bailey Hardeman Family Cemetery               Samuel Wilson Hardeman Family Cemetery

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 Hardeman is the business center on Caney creek. We have two first-rate stores, two gin houses, two blacksmith shops, one saw mill and a large ... suspension bridge of beautiful architecture, that adds much to the appearance of the place. Also two resident physicians, three carpenters and one machinist.

Cotton picking is progressing rapidly.

Worms have destroyed considerable cotton on Caney.

Mr. Gregory says that he has cotton on his plantation that has over a bale to the acre open on it now; notwithstanding the rain and worms.

Dr. Brown resumed work at his brickyard last week. he has discovered a kind of prairie soil that makes a superior article of brick.

Mr. J. A. Elmore has completed his residence on his plantation, and expects to move his family from Matagorda soon.

Several herds of horses and mules passed through here last week.

The public bridge, across Hardeman creek, has been completed.

Mr. Frank Rugeley went to Wharton to attend court.

Col. J. T. Harrington is recovering from an attack of slow fever.

Bay City Breeze, September 13, 1894


 Mr. Irvin Rugeley, of Culver, has moved to Hardeman.

Cotton is coming in fast, the crop is turning out better than expected.

Mr. J. B. Ford, representing the Victor Safe and Lock Co., passed through Hardeman Saturday.

Mr. Gregory and family, J. L. Thornton, Henry Williams and Mr. White spent Sunday in Bay City .

With a possible exception, there has not been a case of slow fever at Hardeman this year, while at other places in the county it has been very prevalent.

Nestled in the heart of the richest portion of Matagorda county, surrounded by the grand old plantations, whose fertile acres extend for miles, each having a history of its own, dating from Anti Bellum times, is situated the neighborhood of Hardeman, which is fast assuming the proportions of a town.  Come one, come all, to the land of plenty and health

Bay City Breeze, October 11, 1894


Mr. Frank Hawkins of Lake Austin, was up visiting Dr. Rugeley.

The doctor has purchased a dick break plow, which is the best thing we have ever seen in the plow line, and think it is bound in the near future to revolutionize our present mode of breaking land.

Some good work has been done on the public roads the past week, no excuses now about tools.

Capt. White, our efficient mechanic and contractor, has about completed Dr. Brown's gin house and is now waiting on the gin stands and different parts of the running gear, hurry up Capt. cotton will soon be crowding you, hope you will put off that trip to Rackensack till you get the gins running.

J. Elmore is putting up a large crib preparatory to housing his corn crop.

A little rain would help things, still nothing is suffering.

Dr. Brown we are sorry to say is on the sick list.

Bay City Breeze, August 15, 1895


Another fine rain and crops are booming. Considerable wind but no damage.

Ed Wadsworth, from near Pledger, passed through a few days ago and reported crops as some better there than here.

Dr. Boulden was over one day last week. The Doctor left his saddle horse at his plantation and went back in his buggy, may-be there is something in the wind, young men don't like to ride in buggies alone. The Doctor has an excellent crop on his plantation, which is managed by J. A. Elmore.

Capt. Frank Rugeley is interested in about 1200 acres cotton and is highly pleased with the outlook.

Capt. White our rustling mechanic has been somewhat under the weather, the effects of a collision with another player in a base ball game, but is improving rapidly and contemplates another trip to Rackensack soon.

Everybody here seems highly pleased  with our new court house and officers hear of no grumbling about high taxes among the farming class.

Walter Brown and Henry Rugeley left for N. Orleans with their beeves.

Bay City Breeze, May 7, 1896


 Farmers are pushing things all they can now trying to make up for so much  lost time. Corn is very scarce and the work stock, generally, are very much drawn and need weatherboarding very bad; while we are later and not in as good shape as we were at this time last year, let us hope that a bad beginning makes a good ending. In '84 there was very little plowing done on Caney before the 19th of February, still every body made an abundance of corn and a fine cotton crop and with half a show from now on we will do so again.

Dr. Brown has been planting considerable clover and bermuda grass which makes the best pasture of anything that has ever been tried here.

Capt. White and old "Jug" has left us for a while and have took up their abode at Dr. Rugeley's plantation where he has been doing considerable carpenter work and thinks he will put up a gin house for Henry Rugeley this summer.

We hope the BREEZE will keep the good road movement before the people. A ten cent tax would be very reasonable but think we had better go to the limit and make it 15 cents; some are going to kick any how, and let them have as much to kick about as possible. Our present system of working roads is very unfair and unjust and a complete failure. Those that work the roads are the laboring class and depending on their day's work for support, but whenever he is called on the road he must go or hire a substitute, regardless of the condition of his crop, which is five days equal to $5, much more than the tax would be on the majority, and sometimes it causes considerable loss to crops and no gain to the roads. Keep the ball rolling.


Bay City Breeze, February 11, 1897

Hardeman Happenings

Weather is and has been for the past week fine for cotton picking.

Up to last Saturday 212 bales had been ginned at the Brown gin and 46 at the Cantzon gin.

Cotton is growing and blooming but will be too late to mature another crop, and besides, what is now open will be as much as we will be able to gather.

Mrs. Dr. Rugeley and Mrs. Elmore were over last week shopping.

B. Harris from Columbia gave us a call, suppose his business was buying cotton. He reports cotton crops fine in Brazoria county.

Dr. Brown went to Wharton last Sunday.

Cotton worms have made their appearance on several places but no talk of poisoning them.

A few have gathered corn and the crop will be a great deal larger than last year.

Gardens are doing well.

Our school started last Monday with Miss Tenie Hardeman as teacher. We only have funds enough for three months.

Bay City Breeze, September 25, 1897


By Merchant

Cotton crops are looking fine.

We had a nice rain on Thursday.

Business is dull in town this week.

J. H. Rainey visited Bay City on Wednesday.

F. M. Gregory went over to the county capital on Thursday.

Capt. W. C. White has been on the sick list for several days.

Will Andrus, of Richmond, was in town, last week, on business.

J. A. and W. A. Elmore made a flying trip to Bay City on Saturday.

John Elmore began picking cotton, Monday morning. He will market some in a few days.

Mr. Lemmons, representing P. J. Willis Bros., of Galveston, was talking to our merchants, last week.

Capt. White found his hatchet in W. A. Elmore's cotton patch, where he did some work on the White & Gatson planter, last March.

Mr. Davis living on Dr. Bouldin's plantation, lost a new-born babe on Wednesday night. It was buried at the Bay City cemetery.

Dr. Simons and A. J. McMahan were in our town, last week, talking insurance. Come again Mr. Mack. I think you will catch John Elmore next time.

Edgar Rugeley spent the day with us last Saturday, and had a nice little game of high five, and invited some of us over to see a certain young lady friend of his. Says she is mighty pretty and lively. Think we will have to give her a call, before long.

The Matagorda County Tribune, January 28, 1899


Mr. Davis who has charge of Dr. Bouldin's plantation reports having fine weather for killing hogs.

There has been very little plowing done and a great many have not finished clearing off the old stalks.

Our successful young merchant, A. H. Elmore left for Galveston Sunday to lay in his spring stock of general merchandise.

Farmers are badly behind on account of so much bad weather. Some say they will not have time to break their corn land.

Our wide-awake farmer, F. M. Gregory, is looking long-faced on account of so much bad weather which has retarded farming.

Mr. Ned Wadsworth has received his opening bill of general merchandise, and started up in his new store on Dr. Rugeley's plantation.

On last Thursday two Mexicans on Dr. Bouldin's plantation became involved in a difficulty which resulted in one being badly cut with a brush ax. One thumb was entirely severed from his hand, and one foot badly cut. Up to this writing there has been no complaint made.

L. W. B.

The Matagorda County Tribune, February 11, 1899


By Clod Hopper

Lee Riffle is on the sick list this week.

Dr. Brown is having the roof of his residence painted.

Mr. Hines, of Chance's Prairie, was in our city last week.

J. A. Elmore and son Marshall visited Wharton last week.

Mrs. Gregory has been quite sick, but we learn she is some better now.

Dr. Brown has had an attack of lagrippe, and hasn't entirely recovered yet.

Irvin Rugeley was in our city this week, looking after Capt. Frank's business.

Capt. W. C. White is expecting congressman Hawley out to see him next week.

Ned Wadsworth spent most of last week at his old stamping grounds at Pledger.

Our criterian farmer, E. S. Berkley, is getting the Dr. Rugeley place in fine condition.

The Rainey school has closed. Oar Lee wonders why this school can't run all the year.

Most of the farmers have finished planting. They are now complaining of dry weather.

Col. O. W. Ford, who is an old land mark on Caney, is now clerking for Wadsworth & Berkley.

J. P. Foster, of Winfield, Kansas, has been in our county several weeks, prospecting. He is pleased with our county.

The planters say they expect to do very little credit business this year. And most of them are toeing the line, so far.

Charlie Mensing, representing Mensing Bros. & Co., of Galveston, was talking business to our Hardeman merchants on Tuesday.

The Matagorda County Tribune, March 25, 1899


By Clod Hopper

Everybody complaining of la grippe.

John Lee, of Bay City, was over here on Saturday.

Mr. Shelton of Lynville, was in our city, Monday.

Ned Wadsworth returned from Matagorda on Saturday.

Alex and Marshall Elmore visited Bay City on Sunday.

W. P. Johnson is hauling cotton to Wharton for Dr. Bouldin.

Mr. Gregory and daughter, Miss Sallie, visited Bay City on Saturday.

Mr. Lords, of Bay City, was over Saturday after a load of cotton seed.

Mr. Davis reports everything moving along nicely on Dr. Bouldin's place.

Mr. Gill, representing P. J. Willis & Bro., of Galveston, was in our city on Friday.

Mrs. Carrington and daughter, Mrs. Montgomery, were visitors at Mr. Gregory's on Friday.

Mr. Bates, one of the proprietors of the Wharton Commission Co., was a guest at Dr. Brown's on Tuesday night. Mr. Bates is out rustling for business.

The light frost on Tuesday night did very little damage. Most of the gardens were covered up. It did not hurt corn, and did but little damage to cotton.

Last Sunday Jim Rainey was whipping his dog for not staying at home, when the dog got tired of the castigation and turned on his master and bit him on the hand.

Mr. Felder, of Chance's Prairie, was over last week and purchased three tons of cotton seed from Dr. Brown, for planting. Mr. Felder is on the Francis Smith Loan Co.'s place.

Octave Herman has Mexicans clearing land and chopping wood on the two hundred acres which he bought of Mr. O'Connell. He has now about fifty or sixty acres cleared up. Octave is the best rustling black man in our community.

The Matagorda County Tribune, April 1, 1899


By Clod Hopper

Deputy sheriff Keller is around collecting taxes.

Capt. Frank and Irvin Rugeley were in our city on Monday.

Mr. Gregory and daughter, Miss Sallie, attended church in Bay City on Sunday.

Messrs. Cash and Bondurant were out prospecting on Saturday and paid us a pleasant call.

J. A. Barnett sent four wagons up Friday to get corn he has on the Kate Rugeley place.

Jim Pridgen, proprietor of Wharton Wholesale Co., was talking business to our merchants on Wednesday.

We had two drummers here on Tuesday--one selling Grove's Chili Tonic, and the other Lucy Hinton's Tobacco.

Ned Wadsworth is gathering his cattle at Pledger. He has sold them to Kemp & Rugeley. They will be delivered in Bay City.

John, Will, Alex and Marshall Elmore went to the beach on Friday and returned Sunday evening. They report having had a fine time and got an abundance of fine oysters.

T. H. Brown has about six acres of sugar cane planted on the new place which he and his father leased of Dr. Brown. It is coming up nicely. They will increase their acreage next year.

Jim Rainey is trying to raise money for a school house at his place. We can buy the house of Mr. Thompson's near A. I. Rugeley's for $125. Mr. Rainey has already over half of the amount subscribed and has not been all over the community yet. We need a house for school, church and Sunday school and we hope Mr. R. will succeed.

The Matagorda County Tribune, April 8, 1899


It rains in this section nearly every day and sometimes twice.

Hardeman is strictly in it for mosquitoes and weeds.

John Elmore returned last Friday from a trip around the world. Our friend Walter Brown who left with him hasn't quite got around yet.

Alex Elmore returned last Friday from Waverly, where he has been visiting his mother. Mr. Ross accompanied him home.

L. E. Beadle and J. D. Featherstone passed through here Tuesday en route to Galveston. Mr. Beadle is the gentleman who surveyed the line through here about two years ago for the Galveston, Brazos & Southwestern Ry. Co.

Dr. Brown and Mr. Payne went over last Sunday to examine the Bernard bridge and found it in very bad condition.

Ed Wadsworth, of the firm of Wadsworth & Berkley, passed through here Monday on his way to Mr. Holt's.

J. H. Rainey, the big fat man, was pressing mud here Tuesday.

Robt. Bishop, employed by Mr. Davis, left Monday for Bay City to spend a few days for his health.

Capt. W. C. White lost his favorite hatchet the other day and everyone is trying to consol him.

T. H. Brown is turning out some very fine shingles at his saw mill.

Jno. Serrill and Alex Benge paid Hardeman a flying visit Saturday.

Say, Mr. Editor! What has become of the "Diamond Cutter?" Probably you don't know him by that title; he is that ex-soldier you have over here. [He is still here and doing business at the same old stand.--Ed]

G. M. Magill and wife visited Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Monday.

The colored children of the Free System School are preparing for a grand turn out on the 28th. The principal of this school has given general satisfaction.

Mr. Pinton, the rustling seed man of D. M. Ferry, was doing business with the Hardeman merchants Wednesday.

Ramus Brown, of Pledger, spent Tuesday night in the burg.


Weekly Visitor, July 21, 1899


By Merchant.

We had a nice rain on Monday.

J. H. Rainey was in twice this week on business.

Dr. J. W. Brown visited the county capital Tuesday.

N. M. Vogelsang was in town Monday on business.

I. W. Brown lost his noted race horse, Whiskey Jake, last week.

Cliff Yeamans of Bay City, was in town several days this week.

The boll weevils and cotton worms are having a good time on the cotton this week.

Mr. Caldwell, representing Rosenfield Notion Co. was doing our merchants on Wednesday.

J. A. Elmore is still hauling cedar to Bay City.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 9, 1899


Dozia Brown was in our city Thursday.

Ned Wadsworth was in for mail Friday.

Capt. White and Dr. Brown visited Bay City Monday.

B. W. Matthews representing the Galveston Dry Goods Co. spent Sunday and Sunday night at Mr. Elmore's and sold Alex a nice bill of goods.

John Lackey, Wharton county's surveyor and Mr. Carr of Wharton, dropped in at Dr. Brown's Friday night, and on Saturday surveyed some land which Dr. Brown sold to the new town company.

Marshall Elmore and Carlisle Williams brought Misses Stella and Fannie Wallace out to see Miss Annie Elmore Saturday. Saturday night the "little four" from Bay City, Alex and Miss Annie Elmore and ye scribe spent a few pleasant hours at Mr. Gregory's. It is useless to say that all had an enjoyable time. Music was furnished on the piano and violin by our talented friends, Mr. and Mrs. Gregory, and Miss Sallie spared no means in entertaining her guests. Sunday afternoon the "little four" and Miss Annie returned to Bay City.


Weekly Visitor, February 2, 1900


Most of the farmers are planting corn.

Alex Elmore visited Bay City Wednesday.

Billie Franz patronized our phone Saturday.

Capt. White and Jno. Elmore visited Bay City Monday.

Dr. Brown made a business trip to Pledger on Wednesday.

Will Showaker and Dick Johnson were on our streets Sunday.

John Serrill and Geo. Williams was seen on our streets Wednesday.

Dr. Brown had a crew of hands working on the road above here Friday.

Col. T. H. Mullens was building some chimneys out on the burn last week.

Corn will be cheap on Caney this fall, our neighbor Jim Rainey is planting extensively

Mrs. Davis and children moved to Bay City Monday where they expect to reside in the future.

Mr. B. H. Matthews, representing the Galveston Dry Goods Co. spent Monday night at Dr. Brown's.

Mr. Allen Armstrong of Chance's prairie spent Sunday and Monday with his old friend Capt. White.

Mr. Dray, representing A. B. Frank of San Antonio, was talking Dry Goods to our merchants Friday.

M. O'Connell, Jr. was in our city Wednesday and gave Walter Brown an order for some tailor made clothing.

Miss Annie Elmore came out from Bay City Monday and spent the night with her uncle Johnie and brother Alex.

Mr. Gibson came out Friday from Bay City and carried back with him Sam Franz and Walter Williams who are working with the bridge crew on Dr. Rugeley's place.            SAWYER

Weekly Visitor, March 2, 1900


News is scarce.

Mr. Davis Sundayed in Bay City.

Every body is busy planting corn.

Mr. Gregory was in our city Saturday.

Ned Wadsworth was in our city Thursday. Mr. Wadsworth is bitterly against the Boers.

Henry Williams and J. W. White came out from Bay City Saturday and spent Sunday with the Franz bridge crew.

W. E. Harris representing Gust Heye & Co. of Galveston, and Schnapp's Tobacco man were here on Friday.

Alex Elmore visited Bay City Sunday and did not return until Monday night. There seems to be some attraction there for Alex.

We learn that it is reported in Bay City that the graders on the Caney Valley had packed up their plunder and gone, and that work was suspended for the present. We had news from the camps Saturday that they were progressing nicely. The grade will be completed in a few days to the old Matthews quarter on the Sadler & Brown place. How about the Cane Belt?


Weekly Visitor, March 9, 1900


A. I. Rugeley was in our city Monday.

Well, Sawyer is able to stand at his lever again.

Ned Wadsworth spent Sunday at Tangle Wilde.

Capt. White is busy working on his boll weevil exterminator.

Mrs. J. H. Rainey and Miss Deck were in our city shopping Saturday.

Jas. Fleury came out from Bay City and spent Saturday and Sunday at Mr. Elmore's.

Farmers are very busy, most of them have finished planting cotton and are now working their corn.

No mail Monday on account of high water. The river water has not reached here in Caney yet.

T. H. Mullens is as busy as a bee, getting everything ready to start on a brick kiln on the O'Connell place.

Some of our young friends seem to have important business in Bay City. We hope for their sake, the water will run down soon.

The early bird did not catch the worm this time. All the early planters had to plant over on account of the heavy rains.

Dozia Brown is busy hauling large logs for his mill. The bottom has been so very wet for some time that he could not do any hauling.

Our grading contractor, Mr. Craig, left Friday morning for Wharton to be with his family until the flood scare is over. He left his work here in charge of Mr. Hewitt.


Weekly Visitor, April 20, 1900


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