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Texas Siftings
of January 1893
Extracted from The Fort Worth Gazette

These newspaper articles of the name "Texas Siftings" come from The Fort Worth Gazette published in 1893.  They mention many names and events in Texas including obituaries.  I find them to be interesting reading if you are interested in Texas history.  Information found in these articles can give some insight into what our Texas ancestors endured, the things that were weighing on their minds and what they were concerned about when they settled in Texas.  Spelling has been left as found in the articles.  I hope you enjoy them.  Be aware, there are clippings from all over the state included in these, so don't be put off by the fact that they were copied from Dallas and Tarrant County newspapers.  

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January 2, 1893
The gardeners around Vernon who have facilities for irrigating will plant a crop of celery this year.

William Campbell, a negro horse-thief has been arrested at Meridian.

A number of boxes of strawberries were sold at Alvin on Christmas day at $1 per quart.

A large crop of tomatoes will be raised around Alvin this coming spring.  Most gardners are of the opinion that there is more money in them than strawberries.

Eugene Randle burned his face very badly at Dallas.  He was "monkeying with powder".

The people of Greenville favor a primary election to select a postmaster.

Peace and quiet remained supreme at Gainesville during the holidays.

Graham Leader - This paper supported Cleveland from principle and not for the spoils of office, but at the same time, if his administration should thrust the postoffice upon us, we would be bound to accept it, though we would bitterly regret that we caused disappointment to the many applicants in the filed.  When our country calls us we must obey.

P. Everett an escaped county road convict was captured at Albany.

Henry Matthews, the oldest citizen of Beaumont died on Christmas day.

Beaumont Journal - County Judge Gray, accompanied by County Clerk Blanchette, went up to Austin Thursday to negotiate the sale of the remainder of the court house bonds, which signers? court Judge Gray was author-amount to about $12,000.  At the adjourned November term of the commissioned to negotiate the sale of these bonds.  The state will doubtless purchase them as an investment of the school fund.

Beeville Bee - Last Thursday night the 15-year-old son of J. V. Ellis, while walking in his sleep fell from a window of the second story of R. E. Nutt's residence in this city and broke his thigh.

The Beeville Times says: On Leon prairie, near Centerville, hydrophobia is getting among the stock to an alarming extent.  A stock dog of Wm. Brady's was discovered to be mad and soon afterwards, John Rashear had to kill five head of his cattle, Bill Reid two and Henry Richardson three.  A large portion of these were milk cows, and most of the people in that vicinity have quit milking their cows.  One farmer was heard to say he would take two-bits apiece for his cattle.  None are disposed to think that the disease is complicated by the mad cattle trying to browse over the grass and others feeding on that grass.  

January 3, 1893
The legislature meets in one week from today.

The wheat crop around Coleman was never better.

Monroe Johnson was arrested at Jonesville.  He is wanted on a charge of outrage and other charges.

The Tyler Evening Democrat - Reporter asks what's the matter that the Neuces can't be made navigable?  

All the candidates for the Coleman postoffice are willing to submit to a vote of the people receiving mail at the office.

During the year 1892, there were 1203 arrests made by the Paris police.  This is an average of about 31/2 per day, 24 per week, 105 per month.

A 12-year-old son of a Mr. Prestige, living at Mount Calm was severely kicked in the head by a mule last week.  He is in critical condition.

Robert Johnson carried off the gold medal as the best marksman of the Coleman Frontier Guard, scoring 17 out of 25.  John Cross captured the copper medal.

During the month of December, ninety marriage licenses were issued by the county clerk of Lamar County, which brought the total for the year up to 507, which is fifty-seven less than for the year 1891.

Claude News - The snow which remained with us over two weeks has disappeared, leaving a magnificent season in the ground.  While it was damaging to stock, it was worth thousands of dollars to our wheat crop.

Eagle Pass Guide - American corn has been successfully introduced into Mexico.  It is likely to continue to be imported, despite duty.  Agitations, however, are on foot praying that the duty be not restored.  No definite action has been taken.

Two witnesses who testified in the Jack Williams' murder case at the last term of the federal court had an examining trial yesterday before United States Commissioner Kirkpatrick at Paris, on a charge of perjury.  They were held for appearance before the next grand jury.

Round Rock News - Wednesday morning the 10-month-old infant of L. F. Webb fell from the cradle into the fireplace and received burns on the legs and body which resulted in it's death Friday morning, Mr. Webb was in the field at the time and Mrs. Webb was milking.

January 4, 1893
The county court opened at Archer yesterday with a full docket.

C. M. Barton, the boy-preacher is expected at Taylor today to assist Rev. J. B. Sweeney, pastor of the new Christian church, in a New Year's revival now going on there.

Forney has about closed her cotton crop, making her largest sale of this season with 931 bales sold by Shands & Co., and the R. P. Rhea company to H. Jones & Co. of Terrell.

Quite a number, a dozen or more, business changes in mercantile affairs have taken place in Taylor with the beginning of the new year, and , strange to say, not a single business failure has occurred in Taylor during the past year.

Albert G. Stuart, associate editor of the Taylor Journal is a candidate for the sergeant-at-arms of the next Texas house of representatives and already has the endorsement of quite a number of the newly-elected members of that august body.

Denton Herald - Mr. Gus Thomas, one of the oldest stage drivers in the United States is spending a few days in the city.  Thomas took the first stage into Deadwood City.  He also "staged it" on the Smokey Hill route through Nebraska and Wyoming.  He whacked bulls on the plains when Indians were as thick as prairie dogs.

Galveston Tribune - About 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon , tng Clara May picked up the body of John Heyer, who was drowned off the bay bridge ten days ago.  The body, which was badly decomposed, was taken to the county undertaking rooms and an Inquest held yesterday morning and the remains buried this afternoon.  His parents who reside in Harper, IA, have been notified.  

Marshall Messenger - Hon. George Clark was in the city yesterday and dined with Mr. C. A. Ginocchio.  Upon arriving he wanted to know if the people had quit voting here yet.  Mr. G. replied, that a number of the boys from the forks of the creek didn't get in to the polls on account of the rain, and, in case they were needed, were ready to vote at any time, believing that they had a ballot coming to them whenever they wanted it.

January 5, 1893
Several prospectors are camped out around Paducah.

Baird has handled about 2500 bales of cotton this year.

The book-binders of Galveston have been formed into a union.

A protracted meeting will begin at the Baptist church in Groveton next Sunday.

Fifteen ox teams loaded with supplies left Laredo yesterday for the troops in the field.

At Sweetwater, N. L. Saunders lost his pocketbook containing $400 and some very valuable papers.

William Creager was exhibiting a sample of coal at Denison yesterday morning which he says was taken out of the earth seven miles from that city, but he refuses to give the locality.

Joseph Dangerfield was taken before Judge Nixon at Denison yesterday morning and bound over to the grand jury, in the sum of $1000, for assault committed upon Ed Green, Dec. 24.

G. G. Randell of Denison has suits involving over $40,000 against the mining company of the Indian Territory, brought in lieu of the number of lives lost there in the mines about a year ago. 

Constable A. R. Bryant captured and lodged in jail at Paris one Bob Burkham who escaped from the penitentiary on Aug 25 last.  He was sent from Sulphur Springs and has two years yet to serve.

Mr. Ed Sea of near Carpenter's Bluff, near Denison, who was in the latter city yesterday, states that a large amount of cotton has yet to be gathered.  If it should continue pleasant two or three days, cotton picking would be resumed.

John Mahoney, who resides east of Stringtown, I. T. about thirty miles, reports the presence of wild pigeons.  This is the first appearance in a number of years.  Twelve years ago, wild pigeons to the number of millions, nested in the pine woods in the mountains east of Stringtown.

Denison Herald -  E. J. Bolles, who has spent several months in the territory, combining business with pleasure, arrived last night.  Mr. Bolles while prospecting in San Bola? county, Choctaw nation, discovered a large tract of land which abounds in a substance which will rank in quality with the best imported cements.  A sample was forwarded to St. Louis from Muskogee and has been declared by experts to be equal to the Portland.  The discovery is about 30 miles east of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railway.

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