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February 11, 1897
Abstracted by Shirley L. Brown from the Newspaper Archives at the Matagorda County Museum, 2100 Ave F, Bay City, Texas.


 Will the weather clerk please let up on the rain and give us some sunshine.

We all join the BREEZE in her fight for R. R. for Matagorda county. Give us a railroad and we will sure go to the front with our rich lands.

The farmers and planters are backward as it keeps raining and raining. Jno. Rugeley has his field of 250 acres about all under a good fence. It is raw land, but he hopes to make a good crop on it this year.

Walter Millican has a disk plow, to which he works three yoke of oxen and he is turning over Buckner's prairie land in good shape. He says he can plow five acresa day. Walter is a rustler to work, also to eat.

On last Monday morning the elegant Rotherwood home of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Williams caught fire from a defective flue and the house was saved simply because it was daylight, there was plenty of help there and it was discovered before it had burned through the roof. The fiaught (sic) between the ceiling and roof and by getting on top of the house and chopping a hole through the roof it was soon under control and the damage was slight. Nothing but the fact that everything was favorable and that heroic efforts were made at the right moment saved the place.

On Thursday, February 4th, about 2 o'clock, just after dinner was over and the family was gathered around a heating stove, lightning struck the house of Mr. Johnie Rugeley and their escape from instant death, at least some members of the family, seems to be nothing less than miraculous. They were around the stove, Mr. and Mrs. Rugeley and baby and Walter Millican. The lightning struck the upper part of the stove, following it down into the stove, tore several joints of the pipe all to pieces, overturned the stove, then followed along where the floor and ceiling met for a ways and tore a piece of weather boarding off from the sill, up for ten feet or more. Shattering the weather boarding into splinters and throwing the splinters for some distance. Broke several windows all to pieces and shattered every lamp shade in the house. There was no fire in the stove but a lot of ashes and Mr. Rugeley thinks the ashes saved their lives, as they turned the current of the lightning outwards, and they were all in front of the stove and not more than four feet distant. The jar was awful, everybody was stunned and it was several minutes before they could hear or realize what had happened. The current of lightning melted holes in the stove pipe, did not hurt the sill of the house but split up a live oak block. He says he can't understand how the current of electricity got out of the back of the stove as it did, without breaking the stove, which it did not injure.


 The last cold snap kinder swiveled Evergreen's leaves, but the present warm weather is bringing him out again all O. K.

Trespalacios school opened last Tuesday under the skillful management of Miss Olivia Hensley, of San Antonio. Miss Hensley is a thorough teacher and is up to date in her profession. What more could we ask. Good schools and good roads is the true source leading to happiness and prosperity.

J. P. Pierce, of Johnson's timber, made a flying business trip to El Campo later part of last week.

D. Baxter paid his old Matagorda county friends a brief visit last week.

M. C. Park of this place received the welcome intelligence that his mother who has been quite low with pneumonia at her home at Stockdale, is recovering.

J. E. Lothrige, the alcalda of the Shropshire & Stafford ranch, accompanied by Walter Ables, of Columbus, came in to our vicinity fore part of last week and will spend a few days with us.

Road supervisors called out the road hands this week and did some much needed work. Good.

The writer fully endorses the proposition for a road tax law that was offered in the last issue of the BREEZE.

Romeo promises us an entertainment soon. Let it come.



 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.



J. H. Herring and Miss Mary Clapp, of Wharton, linked their lives, on Wednesday of last week. The bride was one of the most prominent young ladies of the Forest City, while the groom is a member of the firm of Herring & Blizzarde, grocery merchants, who advertise in the BREEZE. He is also well known here in Bay City, as he comes here about once a month on business trips. The BREEZE extends to the happy pair our most hearty congratulations.

A. S. Robbins, of the lumber firm of Blades & Robbins, Athens, came in on the steamer Bay City, first of week and has been visiting his nephew, Dr. J. E. Simons, of Caney. Mr. Robbins, or rather his firm took the contract to build the large Simons residence in Bay City and shipped the lumber and material to Wharton several weeks ago but so far owing to the bad roads and the fact that the steamer had more than she could do he has been able to get very little of the material to Bay City, as yet, and is now talking of rafting it down. However, Mr. Robbins likes our country and says all we need is transportation.


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