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Markham Marmalade
By Patrick Dolan.

There will be a picnic and barbecue at Cortes July 4th.

C. F. Chillson and J. E. Pierce were on our streets Tuesday.

Geo. Seydler was over on the Hawkinsville train Tuesday.

Regular trains will go through to Palacios after July 1st.

H. J. Falke moved his family over from Bay City Monday.

Wm. Caruthers will erect a house and move to Markham in the near future.

Rev. Armstrong preached Sunday morning and night to good audiences.

H. W. Cortes and E. W. Hutchinson of Houston spent several days in Markham this week.

Steps are being taken to have a deputy sheriff appointed, to serve as night watchman at Markham.

Jim Kray of LaGrange, who is interested in Markham real estate, was in the city Tuesday and Wednesday.

Robertson & Son are putting up a large addition to their building and will move their stock of merchandise from Bay City.

Farmers have experienced considerable trouble recently on account of being unable to procure feed for stock. Some are using rice.

Thos. Smith has resigned the office of postmaster. Petitions have been forwarded recommending R. L. Abbott and W. D. Watson.

Nearly all business lots in Markham have advanced 50 to 100 per cent since the opening. Residence lots are also rapidly increasing in value.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 26, 1903

Markham Marmalade
By Patrick Dolan.

B. J. Dantzler was over from Bay City Monday.

W. J. Collins is erecting a neat cottage near his shop.

Frank Carr and W. E. Green were in the city Monday.

One of W. C. Green’s little children has been very sick.

Lee Davidson had a short round with the chills last week.

Mr. Jones, the well driller, was in town a day or two this week.

H. W. Cortes was in from Houston Saturday, returning Sunday.

Frank Harrison was over to see Ed. Reynolds Tuesday and Wednesday.

Work on the hotel is progressing nicely, and the outside part will soon be finished.

H. Rader has returned from an interesting visit to the oil fields of Sour Lake and Saratoga.

Thos. Smith, our accommodating postmaster, is up and around again sfter some days of sickness.

The picnic at Trespalacios creek Thursday was succeeded by a gay dance at night at the Moore-Cortes warehouse.

Miss Lottie Crawford, who is visiting the family of Newt. Huddleston, has been indisposed several days this week from a light attack of fever.

Mrs. B. F. Hodges happened to the painful accident of sticking a nail through her foot last Saturday. She has suffered a great deal from the wound.

J. H. Hill, W. D. Watson, B. F. Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. N. Huddleston, Dr. and Mrs. Clay Moore were among the visitors to Palacios Sunday.

Rev. Armstrong preached to attentive audiences Sunday morning and afternoon. Several additions to the church were made by transfer. He announced a revival meeting to begin August 14th.

R. L. Abbott writes that he is detained at Taylor by the severe illness of his child which was taken down the day after the burial of Mrs. Abbott. He has the deep sympathy of the community in his bereavement and trouble.

Two cars of heavy machinery for the Roach pumping plant, which have been on the switch several days, are being unloaded west of town, below the rice fields. The placing of the engine is all the plant lacks of being ready for operation, and it is hoped this may be accomplished in a very few days.

Matagorda County Tribune, July 24, 1903

Markham Marmalade.
By Patrick Dolan.

W. H. Collins has moved into his new residence.

R. Robertson is moving into his new residence.

Mrs. Jim Whitley is very low of typhoid fever.

George Brown stuck a nail through his foot Monday.

Crop prospects are very fine on this side of the river.

Oscar Barber and Frank Carr were in the city Tuesday.

R. Robertson returned Saturday from a business trip to Lockhart.

D. Coston has torn down his old stand and put up a new restaurant.

R. L. Abbott was notified of his appointment as postmaster a few days ago.

Wm. Carothers has his family with him and is now a permanent citizen of Markham.

Miss Emma Lewis was a passenger on the Palacios Flyer Tuesday, en route home from a visit up the state.

The store building for the Markham Mercantile Co. is looming up rapidly and will be ready for occupancy in another wreck.

Miss Lottie Crawford, who has been visiting friends in Markham several weeks, returned to her home near Cuero last week.

Messrs. D. Rice, E. W. Hutchinson, and H. W. Cortes, all of Houston, were attending to business in Markham several days last week.

M. H. Lopez has completed the building for H. Rader’s furniture store. It is the largest and best storehouse in Markham and will soon be filled with a fine line of goods.

A fracas occurred Tuesday evening in McLaughlin’s saloon and the proprietor got the worst of the deal. Mac is uneasy lest a bite he received in the back may result in hydrophobia.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 7, 1903

Markham Marmalade

By Patrick Dolan.

Markham is still progressing.

W. W. Whitsitt is erecting a five room cottage.

A big ball at Markham is slated for about Aug. 16th.

The Markham girls say the boys are too busy with rice to get married.

Mr. J. J. Blake and daughter, Miss Lulu, are visiting relatives in El Campo.

Gen. Waties is looking well and says prospects are fine for a heavy crop of rice.

The big grocery company’s house is looming up. They expect to begin business the 19th.

C. W. Varnado claims to have the best rice west of the river. It is heading out and turning down.

Harry Loraine was here Wednesday in the interest of the Tribune, but he found only two men who did not already take the paper, and they both subscribed.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 14, 1903

Markham Marmalade.

By Patrick Dolan.

B. J. Dantzler was over Monday.

J. H. Randolph made a business trip to Bay City Monday.

W. W. Whitsitt’s handsome residence is nearing completion.

Mott Perry had business in Markham the first of the week.

Several cars of threshing machinery are being unloaded here this week.

The Markham Mercantile Co. are getting in their big stock of goods.

The Moore-Cortes Canal Co. are having their warehouse moved to Markham.

Dr. Clay Moore was called to Hawley neighborhood Tuesday night to see a patient.

LeTulle Mercantile Co. are delivering a car of binders twine to rice farmers in this section.

Farmers are busy making arrangements for the big harvest. Crop prospects are very fine.

D. Rice and H. W. Cortes, of Houston, spent several days looking after their interests here this week.

Plotner & Stoddard will build an immense warehouse at Markham and also a hotel at their farm, six miles from town.

It is reported that another Markham bachelor is figuring on securing a charming house-keeper the latter part of the week.

Tuesday evening a shooting affray took place in the front part of Robertson & Co.’s store between Will Anderson and Harman Price, in which Price received a painful though not serious wound under the left arm, the ball passing out between the shoulders. He was attended by Dr. Moore and carried to Maxwell’s hotel, where he is reported to be doing very well. Both parties claim self defense and there are conflicting reports in regard to the affair. Anderson is in charge of Constable Hawkins and an examining trial will be held today (Wednesday) before Justice Moore.

Chief Justice Moore convened the honorable court last Saturday to try the case against the proprietor of the Moss Rose saloon for an affray which occurred in his place of business some days ago. The defendant, who was charged with having a bottle broken over his head, being bitten in the back, and sundry other grave offenses, took the stand in his own behalf, and made an eloquent appeal for his life, which was mercifully spared by the jury. He was fined five dollars and the drinks, and the judge is elated over the compliments of his friends regarding the first great event in his administration.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 21, 1903

Markham Marmalade.

By Sweet Child.

Arthur Miller went back to his old home in Matagorda last week.

Jim Blackshear from Cortes spent the day in Markham Sunday.

Lon Huddleston is confined to his room by chills and fever this week.

They have completed the new dining room over at Louis’s restaurant.

John Blum was visiting over on the Carancahua Wednesday and Thursday.

Another blacksmith shop is going up in Markham, near the City meat market.

Markham is shining! Have an ice delivery to some parts of town. If you don’t believe it, ask Rusty.

We are having some very pretty weather now and the farmers had better make hay while the sun shines.

Norbert Hill has returned home after a several months stay with his brother, Harvey Hill, at Markham.

Markham was aroused Sunday morning at 9:30 by the ringing of wedding bells, the happy couple being Jim Brown and Miss Cleo Ready. Hon. A. A. Moore made them man and wife. May their joys be as deep as the ocean and their sorrows as light as its foam!

Miss Tenie Duffy from Hawley was here visiting her sister Mrs. Reynolds, the latter part of the week.

George Gideon, one of our popular rice farmers from Cortes, was in town Sunday with a smile on his face, as usual.

It seems as if girls are scarce in Markham. Ben Henderson took all the men out riding Sunday night. How about it Ben?

Miss Helena Cornelius from Midfields was over visiting her friends, Dollie Huddleston and Sarah Morris, Thursday and Friday.

Dr. Moore’s father came over from LaGrange Friday and was accompanied back Saturday by the doctor and wife and little son, Littleton.

Three of our Markham boys left Monday for Midfield—Dee Powell, Bob Watkins and Sam Grace. We hope to see them back soon.

Sam Grace, Bob Watkins and Jim Pridgen went over to Bay City Saturday night to take in the show. They went over on a special pumped by hand.

Lon Huddleston and Misses Sarah Morris and Dollie Huddleston spent a day or two over on the Trespalacios, visiting friends and relatives, the middle of the week.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 4, 1903

Markham Marmalade.

By Sweet Child.

Markham had another rain Monday.

Abraham Smith of Hawley was over to the dance.

Will Cornelius from Hawley came over to the ball Tuesday night.

Mr. Bishop’s family moved into the New Section house Monday.

The large warehouse near the Moore-Cortes office is nearly completed.

Some young men from Midfields say the walking isn’t all taken up yet.

Floyd Lewis of Ashby was here several days this week attending to business.

Mr. McLaughlin’s family moved to Markham and has rented Truett’s cottage.

M. H. Lopez is going to open up a store in the Truett store house in a few days.

Mr. Parker and little daughter from Cortes were in town on business Tuesday.

Murray Huddleston went over on the Trespalacios to see his wife the latter part of the week.

Miss Tenie Duffy from Hawley came over to attend the dance at Watson and Boyd’s hall last Wednesday night.

Dr. Moore and Newt Huddleston went to Ashby last week, looking after the Dr.’s rice crop. Dr. says he is going to live easy next year.

Ron Huddleston went over near Midfields to see his sweet o’sweetest Sunday, returning Monday, just at the break of dawn. Tell me Watson’s clerks don’t shine.

The young men of Markham gave a ball last Wednesday night. Coston’s band furnished the music. Had a large crowd out, and every one had a delightful time.

Misses Mary Downer and Helen Cornelius from Midfields went over to Bay City trading, and as they came back they stopped over in Markham and spent the eve with the family of Mr. Huddleston.

Young men of Markham gave a ball Tuesday night in honor of Miss Sarah Morris who will depart for her home in Victoria Thursday. The hall was crowded with merry dancers and tripped the fantastic until the break of dawn, when all with sad hearts bade each other good night. It will long be remembered by all of those so fortunate as to be present.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 11, 1903

Markham Marmalade.

By Sweet Child.

The boys are talking of having a dance Friday night.

Lon Huddleston is still confined to his room by slow fever.

Mr. Bryan, the machinist, went over to the city on business one day last week.

Jim Blackshear went over to Bay City Friday morning returning on the noon train.

Prof. Murray, the editor of the Matagorda Pilot, was in town Friday and Saturday.

Moore-Cortes rice farmers are very busy gathering their rice crops, which are very fine this year.

Had church in Markham Sunday. Rev. Kerchener preached in the afternoon and Rev. Hennessee at night.

Gaddis Lewis has sold out his restaurant to McGlothlin and has gone home to gather his rice crop.

John Blum is going around town singing “O, I wish that train would come and bring back my own true love.”

J. J. Blum and Miss Dollie Huddleston accompanied by Miss Morris as far as Wharton Thursday, returning on the evening train.

Snyder is having a house built across Broadway from McLaughlin’s, to which place Harvey Hill is going to move his place of business.

Markham has four stores, two hotels, two blacksmith shops, two saloons, two restaurants, two barber shops, two drugstores, two lumber yards, and two warehouses, and it won’t be long before she will have a school house and a church.

Miss Sarah Morris, who has been visiting her cousin, Miss Dollie Huddleston, left for her home near Victoria last Thursday, leaving sad the hearts of her many friends and relatives who bade her good-bye hoping to see her smiling face in Markham again soon.

W. D. Watson, Jim Blackshear and Ron Huddleston started over to Hawley church to an ice cream supper Friday night, but Watson and Blackshear decided there were too many mosquitoes out for them, and so they came back to Markham. Ron being tougher than they, went on to the ice cream supper.

Died, at her home at Cortes, about 10:30 o’clock on Saturday night, Mrs. Parker, wife of the chief engineer of the Moore-Cortes pumping plant. Her malady was congestion, and she was sick but a few days. She leaves a devoted husband and a little daughter about ten years old to mourn her loss, and they have the deepest sympathy of our people. The family moved here from Louisiana about the first of April, and it is sad indeed that it should have been so soon disrupted by a visit of the death angel. But this is the fate that awaits us all, and happy are they who are ready when called.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 18, 1903

Markham Marmalade.

By Sweet Child.

Rev. J. B. Armstrong held service here Sunday.

The new hotel is finished but not one is running it yet.

Miss Rena Bailey went over to Bay City shopping Saturday.

Markham is climbing to the top; you can see new houses going up every day.

Jim Blackshere had a barn built on his lot last week. Jim is fixing up for winter.

Dr. Moore was over at Ashby a day or two this week, looking after his rice crop.

Hon. Nolan Keller and daughter, Nonie, from Midfields, came over to church Sunday.

Miss Benzley came over from Bay City Saturday and was the guest of Miss Mamie Green.

They are moving the corral from Cortes to town and will put it up near the big warehouse.

Albert Rhodes got back last week from over about Fannin, on a visit to a friend, I suppose.

Newt Huddleston is having a servant’s house built this week. Jim Hardeman is doing the work.

Miss Dollie Huddleston went over to Bay City Saturday morning, returning on the evening train.

We hope it won’t be long before we will have a pavilion in our little town. What about it, boys?

Watson is having a store built between his other store and the drug store, to which he will move his stock of goods about the first of the week.

We hear there will be but one more ball given at the hall, and that will take place next Friday night, the 25th. Watson has rented the house to Boyd, who will put in a saloon.

Markham had another grand ball last Friday night. Coston’s band furnished the music, a large crowed was out and the dancers tripped the fantastic toe until two o’clock in the morning.

A special passed through town Saturday evening and eight prospectors from Illinois stopped over at the Huddleston hotel, and Sunday morning they wanted to sport a little, so J. A. Blackshere drove them out of town where they killed all kinds of game from a jackrabbit to a horned frog, then came back to town in time to take the train to Palacios. The writer failed to get their names.

A dance and ice cream supper was given at Mr. Terry’s last Tuesday night. Those who went from here were Misses Josephine and Minnie Falke, Mamie Perkins and Dollie Huddleston and J. J. Blum, J. A. Blackshere, W. D. Watson, Clark Green, and the musicians, Coston and son and Shandler. All went in a wagon full of straw drawn by Jim Blackshere’s beautiful white horses. They report a delightful time.


Our town continues to grow.

The Rev. Mr. Armstrong filled his regular appointment here Sunday.

Prospectors are here nearly every day, and we think some of them will locate with us.

The weather is fine and separators can be seen in all directions at work. Farmers say the yield will be fine this year.

Work has begun on ___ Watson’s new store Monday. Work has also begun on the Markham Warehouse Co’s. large rice warehouse.

Perry & Bryan are daily receiving new goods for their new store. They are getting a big stock on hand. We note also that Mr. Rader is getting his stock of furniture in. He is filling his house full. In fact, all the merchants are expecting a big trade, from the way they are stocking up.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 25, 1903

Markham Marmalade.

By Sweet Child.

Markham is the busiest town of its size in Texas.

A car load of furniture came in last week for Rader.

Moore-Cortes warehouses is shining with a fresh coat of red paint.

Lon Huddleston is recovering from a severe spell of slow fever.

Misses Mamie and Fannie Perkins are visiting in Bay City this week.

Harvey Hill returned the latter part of last week from a business trip to Houston.

Messrs. Cortes and Rice of Houston paid our little town a visit the last of the week.

Theodore Schaedel was in town from Cortes Saturday, shaking hands with friends.

W. D. Watson and Jim Blackshere were out riding about Hawley and Midfields Sunday.

Miss Minnie Falke went over to Bay City Saturday morning, returning on the evening train.

Watson’s store house is nearly completed. He will move his stock of goods in the latter part of the week.

Markham isn’t the only place they use firearms; they have been using them at Cortes of late, so rumor goes.

John Blum left town Monday and went out on the farm to run Anderson’s separator. We miss John very much.

D. E. Meads and wife and baby have moved to Midfields, where he is going to run Grant’s lumber yard. We miss them very much.

Markham is going to have a paper of her own in a few weeks. We hear the office building is going to be commenced in a few days.

Two more big warehouses are going up right across the railroad from the depot—Northern Irrigation warehouse and Markham warehouse.

Markham Sunday school commenced last Sunday. Will have Sunday school every Sunday at 3:30 p. m. All are invited to attend.

Mr. Train, from El Campo, was in town last week. He likes the looks of Markham very much and thinks he will go into business here.

Bob Watkins was in town from Midfields Sunday, shaking hands with friends. Bob says Midfields is coming to the front, but nothing like Markham.

George Gideon, one of the Cortes rice farmers, was in town Sunday. He says he has already threshed 1070 sacks of rice and has hardly commenced.

Drummers are coming in on every train. Our merchants are getting in full stocks of goods. They know upon which side their bread is buttered.

Dr. Smith was called over from Bay City to the bedside of Gaddis Lewis who was taken suddenly ill. We hope to see Gaddis on the streets again soon.

Ron Huddleston was visiting his brother’s family near Midfields Saturday and Sunday, and someone else, but we won’t give the old boy away just now. But you will know for yourselves pretty soon.

John Blum and Jim Blackshere were out duck hunting one day last week. The boys had fine luck—killed all kinds of game. The Huddleston hotel feasted on game for several days. John and Jim say they are going again soon.

Miss Dollie Huddleston was out buggy riding one day last week, driving one of those dashing white horses that you can see on almost any time of the day working to a dray. It was too bad she had to go by herself.

A young man from Cortes came out Sunday evening and took one of Markham’s young ladies out driving. When he brought her safely back home, he took her father out driving. We do not know what business he had with the old man, but perhaps the readers can guess.

Four of Markham’s most popular young men, here of late, whenever they hitch up their buggies or saddle their horses, they turn their heads toward the old used-to-be place, Hawley, but now they have to say Midfields. Something very attractive is over there. It is too bad, too bad that our Markham girls cannot entertain the Markham boys any better. Try harder, girls.


W. D. Watson will soon move into his new store, which is nearly complete.

Mr. Kaulbach returned from Bay City Tuesday, where he has been for the past few days, on the sick list.

Prof. Murray of the Matagorda Pilot is here now and informs us that he will move his paper here just as soon as he gets his house built. Welcome to our town, Professor. We want to see all such enterprises here.

Jack Robinson is having a nice cottage built in the eastern part of town, which he will occupy himself. We hear that Mr. Truitt will shortly build another store house for rent. Now, won’t someone built some cottages for rent? We need them badly.

The new hotel is now open for business and we learn that several are stopping there already. It is well furnished and will be a nice place to stop; so the traveling man need have no more fear about being well taken care of when he visits our town. We learn that their rates will be $2 per day.

The Woodmen of the World organized a camp here, and from the noise they keep up every Thursday night, we judge they must be riding the goat pretty hard. But they say he is always ready for any new members. Now, if we can get a K. of P. lodge started here, and we hear some talk of it, we will be strictly in it.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 2, 1903

Markham Marmalade.

By Sweet Child.

Rev. Story held services here Sunday night,

Harvey Hill is moving to his new saloon building.

Floyd Lewis was in town Sunday and Monday from Ashby.

Mrs. Wisdom from Cortes was in town shopping Saturday.

John Schaedel was in town from Cortes Tuesday, on business.

Miss Lizzie Gaines is visiting Mrs. Edna Anderson this week.

Little Newton Hodges has been quite ill for several days this week.

Jim Blackshere made a flying trip to Bay City Saturday on business.

Mr. Boyd was taken very ill one day last week but is up and around now.

Tim Williams is having a neat little cottage built out on the edge of town.

Little Lokey Huddleston has been real sick for the past two weeks with fever.

Murray Huddleston is moving from the Midfields neighborhood to Markham.

Markham can’t hear herself think for the rattle of rice wagons the last three weeks.

Markham had another big hall Monday night and a large crowd of young people was out. Everyone reports a delightful time. Coston’s band furnished the music.

Mr. and Mrs. Myers were over from Bay City visiting friends the last part of the week.

Miss Lenona Beaks came over last week from East Bernard on a visit to Miss Jessie McNeal.

Mr. Rader went to Wharton to meet his mother, who has gone over to spend a few days with him.

We are having some pretty weather now. The farmers had better cut rice while the sun shines.

Mrs. Stevens from Jewett is here on a visit to her husband, who has been at work here for several weeks.

Mr. and Mrs. Boyett and Miss Lena Williams came over from El Campo to visit their father, Tim Williams.

Jim Blackshere and Miss Dollie Huddleston spent the day with Murray Huddleston and family Sunday, over near Midfields.

Those who attended church at Hawley from here Sunday were W. D. Watson, Clark Green, Ernest Anderson and Ron Huddleston.

John Brady and brother are in town from Jewett. They say Markham is the very town for them. They expect to make this their future home.

W. D. Watson and Clark Green went over to Bay City the middle of last week. The evening train left the boys, so they hired a rig and came back to Markham by moonlight. They report a delightful time.


Rev. G. W. Story filled his regular appointment here Sunday.

Ernest Fleury came over Tuesday evening. He is hustling for the Visitor.

Fred Pettingill spent several days at Palacios last week, looking after business.

A. A. Moore is now our townsite agent. Guess he will build an office over in town soon.

Tim Williams’s daughter is visiting him from El Campo. He is building in the east end of town.

Dr. J. R. Elliott from Galveston has located here. He says he is well pleased with his outlook here.

M. Snider sold his new two-story building to Hill & Co., this week, and they will move their saloon into it.

The first copy of the Markham Pilot came out last Friday, and it is a nice, newsy little paper. Prof. Murray is a hustler, and with the proper help from our people, which he will have, he is bound to succeed.

H. Rader’s mother is visiting him, and says she will perhaps stay some time. She lives in Yoakum. Mr. Rader says he will fit up his cottage in a few days so she can stay with him as long as she likes. That’s right, Harvey, keep your mother with you all you can.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 9, 1903

Markham Marmalade.

By Sweet Child.

Lee Powell was in town Sunday.

Northers are becoming quite frequent.

Rice, rice everywhere—nothing but rice.

A special passed through town Monday.

A light shower on Monday night, enough to lay the dust.

Murray Huddleston, wife and mother, have moved to Markham.

Dr. Moore and N. Huddleston and little son Allan went to Bay City Monday.

T. C. Williams has built a small house on his lot in the east end of Markham.

J. Robinson has moved into his neat cottage in the northeastern part of town.

Little Lokey Huddleston, who has been sick for some time, is improving.

H. Hill has moved into his new saloon on Broadway, opposite the Moss Rose saloon.

Another two story building is going up on Broadway. It will be occupied by a dealer in general merchandise.

Jed Garnett from Tres Palacios was shaking hands in Markham this week, with a smile on his face as usual.

Mrs. Dr. Moore is coming home the doctor having rented the house in the north end of town recently vacated by J. Robinson.

Allen Hoget and daughters Leta and Myrtle were in town Saturday and made a pleasant call at the Huddleston Hotel to see friends.

Miss Dollie Huddleston left last Saturday for Victoria on a visit to her cousin. Miss Sarah Morris, who is expected to accompany her home.

Dr. Moore got fooled yesterday, having gone to Bay City to meet his wife, but she failed to get there from some cause, and to the doctor, lamentations.

The ladies of Markham gave a supper last Wednesday night for the benefit of the church. They realized about $30. Another ice cream supper for the church was held Saturday night at Mrs. Caruther’s. Have not learned the amount collected. All had a nice time.

A very pleasant ice cream supper was given at F. Cornelius’s Friday night, and of course, as they always do, some of Markham’s young people had to go. Everything went smooth until the return trip, when one of the young men’s horses, being blind in one eye and not able to see very well out of the other, ran off the Partain bridge on the Tres Palacios creek and threw the inmates of the vehicle out. The young lady escaped injury, but the young man was bruised considerably. They had to go to a near by neighbor to get an outfit to take them home.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 16, 1903

Markham Marmalade.

By Sweet Child.

(Arrived too late for last week.)

All the threshers began work again Monday.

Another store building is going up on Broadway.

Dr. Moore has moved out to one of the Kray cottages.

Ed Gorman left Tuesday to take in the San Antonio fair.

Mrs. Robinson is having a new addition put to her house this week.

Rev. J. B. Armstrong filled his regular appointment here Sunday.

Will Dunmon went over to Lane City to see his mother, who is very sick.

If what rumor says is true, wedding bells will ring in Markham real soon.

Conductor Truitt’s two-story building will be completed the latter part of the week.

The Baptist church will be commenced in a few days. Have something over $400 raised.

Dee Powell and Bob Watkins have returned to Markham from Midfields, where they have been at work.

Dr. Moore was called over about Tres Palacios to the bedside of Mrs. George Dixon, who is quite ill.

Miss Dollie Huddleston was accompanied home from Victoria by her cousin, Miss Sarah Morris, who will remain in Markham until Christmas is over.

Those who attended the show at Bay City from here were John Blum, Jim Blackshere, Ed Garmon, Gaddis Lewis and W. D. Watson. They report a nice time.

Mr. Richards of the Buckeye canal gave a grand ball at the company hotel that is just finished. It was one of the swellest balls that has ever taken place in Matagorda county. Bright lights were to be seen from miles away, and it looked as if the hotel might have been some king’s palace. As the people began to gather, what Negroes were there took care of the guests’ teams. Mrs. Millikin, one of the Buckeye’s charming ladies, greeting each one of her guests with a happy smile and led the way into the ball room, where delightful music floated out upon the air. At twelve o’clock all were invited to partake of one of the finest suppers hands could prepare. All ate to their hearts content and then returned to the ball room and tripped the light fantastic until two o’clock, when all bid each other farewell, hoping to meet again soon. Those who attended from here were John Blum, Jim Blackshere, Kirk Boyd, Gaddis Lewis, Boyd Green, Clark Green, Misses Josephine Falke, Leona Beaks, Sarah Morris, Jessie McNeal and Dollie Huddleston. All had a delightful time.

The weather looks ominous.

Clark Green was visiting over at Bay City Sunday.

Lonnie Cornelius was over from Midfields Monday.

Jim Blackshere made a flying trip to Bay City Sunday eve.

Misses Helen Cornelius and Lizzie Gainer were visiting at the Huddleston hotel Sunday.

Ed Gorman came back from San Antonio Monday. He says he’s not afraid of yellow fever.

Anderson Bros. threshed out 420 sacks of rice Monday and lost two hours. They can go over 500 a day and not half try.

Ron Huddleston was over about Midfields again Sunday and didn’t get back until train time Monday morning, but that is nothing strange for Ron.

Mr. Boyd had some more bad luck Thursday night; he took two young ladies to a dance out on the farm and his horses got loose from the hitching post to which they were tied and ran off, they plunged into a ditch and one of them was drowned. He has had several accidents of late.

Mr. and Mrs. Powell had a surprise party out at the Northern farm last Wednesday night. A large crowd was out and everyone had a very pleasant time. At twelve o’clock cake and coffee were served. Those who attended from Markham were Misses Sarah Morris and Dollie Huddleston, J. J. Blum and Jim Blackshere.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 30, 1903

Markham Marmalade

By Sweet Child.

Markham is growing rapidly. Several buildings are just completed and at least half a dozen more commercial.

Will Baxter and Ed Low have opened up a confectionery shop over in Lopez’s store.

Ron and Lon Huddleston went over to Hawley to church Sunday.

Duck hunting at night has become the “loneliest” thing here of late.

Bob Lewis has returned home after an absence of nine months at Sour Lake.

Harvey Rader is having a new addition built to his little cottage on Avenue I.

S. S. Perry’s handsome little cottage will soon be completed.

There is going to be a box supper at the new school house just completed, given for the benefit of the school.

Dr. Moore and Lon Huddleston went over about Ashby Tuesday to see about the doctor’s rice, which is being harvested.

Two couples went out driving Sunday evening, consisting of J. J. Blum and Miss Sarah Morris, J. A. Blackshere and Miss Josephine Faickney. They went over about the Buckeye farm and just returned in time for night services.

Will Baxter came over from Bay City Monday to the interest of his business.

Misses Morris and Huddleston were over at Bay City shopping one day last week.

Mrs. Lizzie Gaines is visiting Mrs. Edna Anderson at Midfields this week.

The Markham printing office was commenced Monday.

Dr. Elliott and Clark Green are having a neat little cottage built out on the edge of town. The Faickney family are going to occupy it.

W. W. Shay has been under the weather for the past week, but was able to join Pettingill and Huddleston in their duck hunt. They are the best duck hunters in town.

E. Dickey, one of Bay City’s popular young men, was in town Monday and stated that he is going to put up a large dry good store. That is what our little town needs.

Rev. McKissick has been holding services here for several nights, and large crowds attend each meeting. Everyone is carried away with his preaching, he shows so plainly the road to everlasting life. If we only take his advice Markham will be one of the  noblest towns in Texas—but there are many almost persuaded but not quite.


Business continues good in our town. The Truitt building will be finished in a few days. The lower story will be used for a store and the upper for a W. O. W. hall. “The Faickney building, will be finished soon and we learn that it will be used for a hardware store. The Townsite Company has their new office nearly finished, also, and the frame of the new schoolhouse is up. Several other houses will be built in the near future.

H. Rader left Tuesday on a business trip to Houston.

Several of our rice farmers went to Bay City the first of the week on business.

A Negro was shot Tuesday night but we haven’t any of the particulars. Only a flesh wound however.

All of the boarding houses are full now. The Huddleston House has 58 regular boarders, and Mrs. Robbins has about 30 and the Maxwell house seems to be crowded.

Among the Bay Cityites we have noticed in our town in the past few days were Messrs. Magill, Baxter, Lowe, Stinnett, Klein, Geeder and several others.

Will Black looks lonesome this week. Mrs. Black left Sunday to visit relatives

We hear there is to be a two-story building put up on Main street in the near future, and the contractors are figuring on Prof. Murray’s printing house.

See M. H. Lopez when in need of good underwear or nice socks.

M. H. Lopez is still agent for the Model laundry. Leave your clothes with him and they will come back alright.

Matagorda County Tribune, November 6, 1903

Markham Marmalade.

By Sweet Child.

Tom Howard was over from Bay City Sunday.

Mr. Dennis left for his home in Jewett Wednesday.

Dr. Moore went over to Bay City Monday on business.

Miss Julia Beasley was visiting Miss Mamie Green last week.

Newt Huddleston went over to Bay City Tuesday on business.

Markham is building up rapidly—new houses going up every day.

John Blum has been confined to his room for several days with fever.

Indications are that we are going to have some cold weather in a few days.

Mr. Coston will start his dancing school Tuesday night. He has about twenty scholars.

Will Baxter and Misses Edna and Edie LaBauve were visitors at the Markham House Saturday.

The Faickney family moved into the Elliott cottage Tuesday, it just having been completed.

Mr. McLaughlin came home Tuesday, accompanied by his mother, father and sister, who will remain for a few days.

Joe Shoemack and family from Victoria county arrived in Markham Tuesday. We hope they will make this their future home.

Rev. McKissick closed his meeting Friday night. There were five converted namely, Mrs. Moore, Edna Anderson, Mrs. Caruthers, Will Caruthers and Ben Henderson.

Those who attended church at Hawley from here Sunday were Misses Jessie McNeal and Dollie Huddleston, Ernest Anderson, Lon Huddleston, Lee Powell, Hugh Powell and Richard.

The box supper that was given at the school house Saturday night was a great success. Thirty-two dollars and twenty-five cents was the sum realized. They sold the boxes to the highest bidder, $4.50 being the highest price paid for any one box. All had a fine time.

Matagorda County Tribune, November 13, 1903

Markham Marmalade.

By Sweet Child.

We are having some more, pretty weather now.

Mrs. Robbins moved to her home on Canal street Monday.

What about a Christmas tree in Markham? Let’s try and have a good one.

J. J. Blum looks as if he had lost his best friend. We wonder why.

Murray Huddleston and wife were visiting relatives at Hawley Sunday.

Prof. Murray has about sixty scholars. A fine showing for Markham.

Will Baxter came over Monday on business, returning Tuesday morning.

Mr. Jonas, from Houston, was transacting business in Markham Saturday and Sunday.

Ben Hodges and Newt Huddleston went over to Pierce on business, the latter part of the week.

Miss Helen Cornelius of Midfields was visiting friends in Markham the latter part of last week.

The train was three hours and one-half late Tuesday morning, due to loading cattle on it at Midfields.

J. H. Lewis is delivering all kinds of trees and plants from the Austin nursery around in town this week.

Bro. Maxwell is trying to get up a music and singing school in Markham. We hope he will succeed in his purposes.

The dancing school is progressing nicely. Markham people will be the swellest dancers in the county the first thing you know.

Will Anderson and wife, Ernest Anderson and Miss Lizzie Gainer took Thanksgiving dinner with the Cornelius family at Midfields.

Markham is doing a rushing business now—getting in old Santa Claus in some places. It is the same dear old face that it was a year ago.

Lee Henry, who has lately been confined to his bed at Murray Huddleston’s suffering from slow fever, is about to be out on the street again.

Miss Sarah Morris, who has been visiting her cousin, Miss Dollie Huddleston, left for her home in Victoria Saturday. We hope to see her back soon.

Those who attended the carnival at Houston from here were Mesdames Hawkins and Hill, Miss Leona Beaks, Kirk Boyd, Ed Gorman, J. R. Pettingill, Geo. Waites, Roy Jones, Spivey McNeal and Harvey Hill.

Matagorda County Tribune, December 4, 1903

Markham Marmalade.

By Sweet Child.

Jim Blackshere visited Cortes Monday.

The church house will soon be completed.

J. J. Blum of Cortes spent Sunday here.

Four or five new buildings going up in the last week.

Sam Grace of Bay City is visiting in town this week.

F. Cornelius of Midfields was shaking hands with friends in town last week.

Mrs. Huddleston and daughter, Dollie, went over to Bay City shopping last week.

Newt Huddleston and Ben Hodges were transacting business in Bay City Saturday.

The post office was moved from Collins’s drug store to Robertson’s store Sunday morning.

W. L. Blair’s barn out on the canal was burned Monday night. The cause we have not learned.

Will Black and John Brady are looking for their wives to come in from Jewett the latter part of the week.

J. A. Blackshere and Misses Josephine Falke and Annie McIntosh were over at Bay City Monday, shopping.

There was a show in Markham Wednesday night. A large crowd attended, and everyone was well pleased with it.

Kid Jones and Ed Gorman went out duck hunting Tuesday morning. The boys had fine luck, killing two or three little birds.

Markham is going to have one of the swellest Christmas trees that has ever been in Matagorda county. Everybody is invited to attend.

Prof. Murray’s assistant teacher came in Tuesday and took charge of the little folks at once. We haven’t heard the young lady’s name as yet.

Matagorda County Tribune, December 11, 1903


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