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
Bonham News - Our merchants all report an unprecedented cash trade for the season since Jan 1. Many say their January trade was better than any of the fall months. This certainly indicates that the people of the country are in a better condition financially than they have been before in the past four or five years.
Grimes county farmers are putting in a great many acres of cotton.
Mesquite Mesquiters - Never in the history of the state has cotton seed been in so great demand and brought such enormous prices as it has this winter. The season opened at the usual price - $5 to $7 per ton, and has been gradually advancing till the mills are anxious to get seed at any price, and have this week been offering $17 per ton on the track at this place.
Pneumonia is prevalent at Itasca.
The San Marcos Era will be six months old next week.
Oat sowing is in order around Muenster.
A fine road is just about finished connecting Comstock with Ozona, a distance of thirty-five miles.
The Del Rio school house is to be of brick and will require 800,000. These are to be burned at that place.
Pittsburg has been a dry town for six years but by popular vote, saloons are allowed, and in one week, six were started.
Twenty-one steamers have loaded at Velasco since it became a port of entry.
The stockyards of Velasco will soon be ready for the shipment of cattle.
The Vernon Commercial Hub has chosen nine of its members to represent it at the immigration convention at Wichita on the 22.
Up to date Mexia has shipped 25,808 bales of cotton.
On April 6, 1862, Dr. Hynes, now a resident of Brenham, left an arm and his sword on the battlefield at Shiloh. Last week, he received his sword from S. F. Blythe of Hood River, Ore.
Land has been secured at Mexia on which to erect a cotton mill to cost between $78,000 and $100,000.
A piece of scrip was presented for collection in Orange county a few days ago for jury service done in 1870.
The petition praying for the organization of Glasscock county has been granted.
A stock show will be held at Breckenridge on March 15.
The farmers of Lamar county are discussing cotton acreage.
A local option election will be held at Louisville on March 11.
At the last term, the Hunt county grand jury returned 104 indictments.
An election for a special road tax was held at Blossom. The tax was defeated.
On March 4, an election for choice for postmaster will be held at Breckenridge.
Two hundred and seventeen cars of lumber were shipped from Orange last week.
J. R. Hughes, a dealer in liquors at Celeste, made an assignment. Liabilities about $1500.
Hardeman county is beginning to receive her share of immigration that is pouring into Northwest Texas.
Captain R. M. Henderson of Sulphur Springs has gone to Washington to see about the collectorship of that district.
Suits have been initiated against an number of the saloon men of Waxahachie for violating the law by putting up screens in their places of business.
A petition of 157 signers was presented to the Howard county commissioners court on the 13th for the organization of Glasscock county. The petition was granted and the election will be held March 14.
A. L. Carter, who lives about thirteen miles from Mexia, has discovered on his land what promises to be a fine quality of coal. That discovered is a cropping out in a branch and the strata is more than half a mile long that can be seen, with implications of an inexhaustible quantity in the vicinity.