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Texas Siftings
of September 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


September 1, 1893
A $10,000 gin has just been completed at Mertens.

Prairie Valley has a new $15000 church just completed.

A new school house and Masonic hall are being built at Amesville.

The drouth still continues unbroken in the vicinity of Linden, Cass county.

Mrs. McNary ? McNany? of San Antonio was badly burned by the explosion of a lamp.

J. C. Hale has been arrested at Honey Grove, charged with passing counterfeit money.

A large number of colored people are in attendance at the Baptist convention at Denton.

Col. Isaac Willer has 1900 pear trees under cultivation at Alvin, 600 of which are bearing.

The state Baptist conventions will be held at Gainesville Oct. 4.  One thousand delegates are expected to attend.

The Underhill family held a reunion at Estacado recently.  This is one of the oldest families in Crosby county.

The Italians of San Antonio are making arrangements for a Columbian celebration to he be held in that city Sept. 20 and 21.

At Nacogdoches, M. Perkins, a tinner, fell from a scaffold thirty five feet receiving injuries which may prove fatal.

Mr. T. Shreenk, near Dawson, by the burning of his barn, lost hay, harness, and several fine hogs.  The loss is considerable.

Mrs. Dr. J. B Mangum of Simpson dropped dead from heart disease while walking.  Mrs. Mangum was one of the first settlers in that section.

At Alvarado, the 8 year old daughter of a man named Allen was severely wounded by the explosion of a dynamite cap, which was concealed in some trash she was burning.

Rev. Joe Parks of Meridian became ill immediately after eating a dish of ice cream and died before a physician could be summoned.  He was considered a rising man in the church.

Vance D. Foster, the 12-year-old son of Joe Foster of Houston, was found in a strip of woods near that city in an unconscious condition, having been thrown from his horse.  His skull is fractured and he is fatally injured.

September 2, 1893
Worms are ravaging the cotton in Falls county.

A new school building at Sardis has been completed.

Work as been resumed on the Hall county court house at Memphis.

A local option election will be held at Savoy, Fannin county, September 16.

The Mckinney oil mill with a capacity of six tons per day is ready for business.

The merchants of Sulphur Springs have re-organized the Merchants' exchange.

One of the largest stocked poultry farms in the state will be started at Angleton soon.

Mrs. J. F. Conyers, a wealthy and esteemed citizen of Danville, is dead, ; aged 78 years.

Several children have died from diphtheria in the vicinity of Rock Hill, Collin county.

Mrs. Amelia King of Martin, who is still hale and hearty celebrated her 80th birthday recently.

The ???? gin and mill of Mr. Gerder at Halletsville, near Cuero has been destroyed by fire.  Loss $10,000.

An incendiary burned the barn of W. H. Goodwin near Killgore, Gregg county, causing several hundred dollars loss.

Rance Grey and Johnnie Kimmick, 10-year? / 20-year? old boys of respectable parents, are in jail at Waco, charged with burglary.

The Populists will hold a camp meeting at Prairie Log on Sept. 14, 15, and 16.  A number of prominent speakers will be present.

The tenth anniversary of Rev. Allen's connection with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Longview, will be celebrated next Sunday.

Paul White is in jail at Winnsboro charged with an attempt to poison Tark? / Tack? Parks by putting strychnine in his whiskey.  Both are colored.

The camp meeting which has been in progress for two weeks at John's Well, Denton county has closed with thirty-five conversions.

Abe Loftus, living at home with his parents, near Comanche, committed suicide by swallowing strychnine.  He was 23 years old and had always been highly esteemed.

The Hargrave family will hold a re-union at Nelta, Hopkins county September 17.  The Hargraves were the original settlers of Hopkins county.  It is expected that 300 members will be present.

The meeting just closed at the Honey Creek camp ground, Collin county, was the largest in its history.  One hundred and twenty-seven families were camped on the grounds.

An old man, 80 years old named Wallace Grier arrived in Alvord a few days ago from Memphis, Tenn., having walked nearly the entire distance.  He is an old Confederate veteran and is enroute to El Paso.  Several of Alvord's citizens made up a purse to assist him on the way.

Benjamin F. Carter of Denison, who has been receiving a pension of $12 per month, has been notified that he has been dropped from the pension list.  Mr. Carter is a cripple and cannot walk without crutches.  This is the first notification of this kind that has been received in this section.

September 3, 1893
Italy has received 100 bales of cotton to date.

A Lutheran church has been organized at Olivia.

The Alvord canning factory is having a very successful season.

A buzzard with a tin can attached was seen near Arlington recently.

One hundred turtles were canned by the Fulton canning factory last week.

Corpus Christi sulphur water is being shipped in large quantities.

An outfit for making counterfeit money was unearthed in a pasture near Rancho.

The wells are drying up and the people are hauling water in Mesquite, Dallas county.

One hundred and fifty Mexican cotton pickers have been taken to Nueces county from Laredo.

Work on the artesian well at Arlington has been suspended temporarily.  The well is now 1200 feet deep.

L. Hodges of Hillsboro was thrown from his horse, sustaining a severe fracture of the leg, just above the ankles.

Tramps burned the barn of Mrs. Ramsey near Honey Grove.  It contained 150 bushels of oats and seven tons of hay.

Near Levita, Luther Squyres, son of J. B. Squyres, accidentally shot himself through the left hand.  His hand is permanently injured.

Mrs. Donnerberg, wife of F. H. Donnerberg, living twenty-two miles from New Braunfels, committed suicide by hanging.  No cause is assigned.

The Equitable Mortgage company which failed recently in Kansas City, held mortgages on a half million dollars worth of property in Grayson county.

Three negroes escaped from jail at Orange by breaking the iron bars of a window.  Two were overtaken and captured, but the third is still at large.

The entire prison population of Texas amounts to 3820.  Of this number 1056 are confined in Huntsville; 1141 area at Rusk and 1623 are employed upon railroads and farms.

The cotton crop in the vicinity of Hochheim , Dewitt county, is the smallest for years in that section.  It will take four of five acres to make a bale.  the corn crop is good.

The 18-month-old daughter of Rev. McGibbs of Wichita swallowed a small quantity of concentrated lye.  Her mouth is badly flayed and blistered but she will recover.

A negro preacher, who had been conducting a meeting at Coleman was fired upon from ambush by unknown parties.  Six shots were also fired into the house of Joe Bennett where he was stopping.

While increasing the depth of his well which has gone dry, A. L. McLane of Arlington struck a strata of coal at a depth of thirty-five feet from the surface.  The coal is said to resemble that of the Alba mines.

At Houston, a man named John Curley, a passenger on an International and Great Northern train, while attempting to pass from one car to another had his foot mangled so badly that amputation will be ? rest of this cut off page.

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