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Texas Siftings
More 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 5, 1893
Fence cutters are operating in Hunt county, near Greenville.

The Bell county corn crop will average forty bushels to the acre.

Work has commenced on a new Baptist church at Longview Junction.

The new pottery works at Calaveras, Wilson county, are now in successful operation.

The pecan crop along the Colorado, Pecan Bayou and other creeks is said to be the finest in years.

A fine three-story brick hotel will be erected on the present site of the Donoho hotel at Clarksville.

Stock water and grass are not said to be plentiful in Mills county and stockmen are hopeful of a good winter range.

T. J. Stack of Nacogdoches fell a distance of thirty-five feet from a scaffold, breaking his leg and receiving internal injuries.

J. R. Pritchett, an invalid pauper, was found dead, shot through his head, near the poor house at Athens.  The assassin is unknown.

Stock water is getting scarce in Bell county, and in some sections people are hauling their drinking water from one to three miles.

Whooping cough is raging in the Bell neighborhood, near Longview.  Five children have died there within the past week from its effects.

While digging a well at his home at Ives creek, Austin county, August Troeder unearthed a human skull at a depth of two and a half feet.

An incendiary destroyed the farm house of Wylie Parker near Karnes; 3000 pounds of cotton, several cultivators and other farm implements were burned.

The thirteenth annual session of the New Bethlehem association (Baptist) convenes at Ben Wheeler on Saturday, September 30.  There are 26 churches in the association.

The gathering and marketing of Mesquite beans is becoming a profitable industry in Southwest Texas.  They are now selling in San Angelo by the wagon load at 60 cents per hundred pounds.

St. Jo claims the following buildings erected in that city since February 1888: One roller mill, one elevator, twelve stone and five frame buildings, three churches, ninety-seven residences and one $8000 school building.

J. D. Graham, one of the leading cotton growers of Lee county, will gather fifty bales of cotton this season from eighty acres.  He has twenty-one bales harvested.

The army worm has made its appearance in portions of Red River county.

Waco has found a freak in the person one John M. Franklin, a farm laborer, confined in the sick ward of the county jail at that place, whose collar bone is said to be in two sections, or what is termed double jointed.  The bones move about loosely under the skin without any apparent connection with the body.

September 20, 1893
Mrs. Frances E. Roten of Honey Grove has been adjudged insane.

Twelve hundred bales of cotton have been ginned in Frio county to date.

The Germans of Dallas are preparing to celebrate "German Day," October 8.

The taxable values of Stephens county are $2, 641, 766, an increase over last year of $13,080.

The feed crop in Randall county is very large this season.  Hands are in demand to harvest it.

Over 200 families recently arrived from the Panhandle are employed picking cotton in Hill county.

The new compress at La Grange is now in operation.  It cost $18,00 and has a capacity of 100 bales per hour.

At Denison, Henry Bogard, while asleep on a veranda, fell from his chair and fractured his left arm at the elbow.

Three insane people are at present confined in the Fannin county jail, there being no room for them in the asylum.

Large crowds attend the campmeeting at Abilene, which is conducted by J. W. Hill, editor of the Dallas Christian Advocate.

Thieves entered the Methodist church at Oak Cliff and carried away an eight day clock, a glass pitcher and silver baptismal font.

Joe Euper? of Denison has just made his second shipment of horned frogs to the World's fair.  He made $15 on his first shipment.

Alfred Bradenburg, a young man living with a farmer, near Salado, had his right arm badly lacerated by an explosion of gun powder.

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