Somervell County, Texas

Community News

1887

Glen Rose, Tex., June 16 – The Prohibitionists held a picnic and barbecue at this place today.  There were about 4000 people present, and the crowd was entertained by M. M. Crane, J. N. English and Colonel W. H. McGaughey for the pros and Messrs. Morgan and J. U. Vincent for the antis.  The Prohibitionists divided time with the antis, and everything went off pleasantly. (Fort Worth Daily Gazette, Fort Worth, Tex, June 19, 1887 - vm)


1897

Great is Somervell
Just Milam Talks About Cotton in That County
Somervell County is a valuable section of Fort Worth's trade territory and besides supplying a considerable portion of the farm products marketed here, has furnished some of the handsomest men now adorning the Fort Worth bar.
   Judge F.F. Milam, Justice of the Peace for Precinct No. 1, is one of these.  Bob has recently been on a visit to his old home in Somervell, and when seen by The Register reporter yesterday, hailed him with: "Say, do you know that the first bale of cotton was marketed in Fort Worth was raised in Somervell?  Well, it was.  Mr. Tidwell, a tenant on my father's place, raised it and brought it to market.  And that's not all.  On that same place there are 200 acres in cotton, under irrigation, that will yield two bales to the acre."
   "Don't believe it, eh? It's a fact, nevertheless.  I don't mean one bale, I mean two bales.  I never saw anything like it.  Lots of it is up to here" (and the elongated justice marked a spot on his chest nearly six feet from the floor) and just full of bolls."
   "You may swear me if you please.  It's gospel truth."
   The statement appeared somewhat extravagant, and the reporter went on a still hunt through the court house to leanr what the rest of the gang thought of Judge Millam's reputation for veracity.
   Sam Butler said: "If Bob Milam said two bales, it'll be nearer three; he's so conservative.  He would deviate a hair's breadth from the truth if his nomination depended on it.
   George Akers: "I hear that story.  You've got it  twisted.  He said the cotton would yield a bale to the 200 acres."
   Jim Swayne:  "Was there any one present competent to administer oaths and take depositions?"
   But, as a matter of fact, Judge Milam's reputation is too well established to permit a cavil.  Somervell is certainly a wonderful county, and irrigation is a great thing for cotton.  Great is Somervell, and Milam is it's prophet. (Fort Worth Morning Register, 08-16-1897)


1899

FROM GLEN ROSE TEXAS
Mr. Editor
As I am a reader of the Enterprise and thinking that a little write up from this part of the earth to your valuable paper would be of no harm and perhaps would be of interest to at least some of your readers (as I lived among them for twenty years) I thought I would try it.  This country together with part of the surrounding counties, is what we would call a broken country; at the same time there is an abundance of good, fertile land, and very productive. There are causes for its brokenness.  First the Brazos River, with it shills and great ledges of rocks, run through the county. There are many ravines on each side of the river that furnish drainage for both the hill land and prairies.  These are generally covered with evergreens; such a exclusive oak and cedar, giving the country a beautiful appearance, winter and Summer.  There is a great deal of good farming land, waxey, black sandy and white sandy.  A great deal of this white sand is wheat is called “blow’ sand (and I tell you Mr. Editor, If you were in one of these sand storms when you could not see your hat brim, you would think they were rightly named) Paluxey and Squaw Creek run through the greater part of the county. The banks of these streams, too, are lined with hill and ledges of rocks, cedars, lie oak and many other varieties and growths. The low lands on these creeks are mostly black waxey and black sandy and are very rich. Then while we have a variety of land good, better and best, we also have a variety of water. There are, so I am told about 200 flowing wells in the county; about 75 of which are within one mile of the court house.  These wells afford different kinds of mineral water. Some black Sulphur and some white Sulphur, some lime and some has an iron taste. The black Sulphur suits our taste best at first for it is the best, though it is all free stone.  Then we have lots of fine fire wood. There is no danger of any one freezing to death here for want of wood. The tillable hill and in its county is most all sandy; but is rich and very productive. Glen Rose is a beautiful little town, located on the banks of Pauluxey and is a summer resort for those who live in the prairies to come to and recuperate their heat. Hundreds of these people come every summer.
     The past winter has been the coldest for many years, and owing to so much dry weather, the small grain crops do not promise much; the wheat is beginning to head and is needing a good rain. The rest of our crops are looking splendid considering the clod late spring and late breeze that killed all the corn that was up. Cotton planting is all the go for some time. Well Mr. Editor all the family are anxious to get the Enterprise. We consider it our home paper as it gives us news that interest us and we like to read it all over and over.  I wish there were more communications from all over that county.  May the enterprise grow in interest week by week, and spread its circulation with the cash to the editor, until it will have to spread out larger, like  anther hen to hover a large brood of chickens.  If this should miss the waste basket I will try to write more anon.    W. A. HUCKABEE  ( Winfield Enterprise, Marion County AL, May 11, 1899 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


1900

Somervell County Apples
The news received yesterday by express a box containing a number of fine apples from Dr. T.B. Campbell of Glen Rose, Somervell County.  A note from Dr. Campbell is self-explanatory:  "Please accept same apples grown by Mr. Jackson Sullivan, County Assessor, Somervell County.  These apples will give you an idea of the fruit crop here.  Apples,  peaches and grapes and in fact all fruits, do well here.  Next season we expect to secure space at the State Fair for an exhibit of fruits from Somervell County." (Dallas Morning News, 10-17-1900)

 


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