THROUGH A RICH COUNTRY.
A Times-Herald Correspondent
Doing the Country in a
- May 15, 1891, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 2.
DE SOTO, May 14.--Take the country that embraces the
thriving villages of Lisbon, Wheatland, Ka and De Soto, with
its magnificently improved farms, and you have a country that
outrivals the far named valley of the Nile in richness and the
diversity of its products. There has not, in ten years, been
a better prospect for a general crop. Wheat will make from twenty-five
to thirty bushels to the acre, while other grain crops are all
that could be desired. Morris & Staples are adding a large
amount of new machinery to their already big gin with which to
handle the expected increase in cotton this season. It was your
correspondent's good fortune the first night out from Dallas
to receive an invitation to stay the night at the residence of
Parson Terrell, about two miles from Wheatland. The parson has
a number of blooded cattle, a few of which, are Polled Durhams,
which the parson says are the best cattle extant for general
purposes. Among the many pedigreed horses shown your correspondent
was one magnificent black, of which he is justly proud, being
a son of Endower, one of the horses matched with Ten Broeck in
his record-breaking race. Mrs. Terrell has sold since the first
of January, three hundred dozen eggs, and in speaking of the
market report in the TIMES-HERALD, said: "I find your reports absolutely
valuable and I would not be without it for several times its
price, as it enables me to successfully cope with the hucksters
who usually take advantage of our ignorance of the condition
of the market and give us their own prices." As it rained
heavily a short time after starting the Arabian that pulls the
cart over the road, was slowed up before the country residence
of Mr. J. W. Allen, where was found a model farm and household.
Having seen Messenger, a grand two-year-old lineal descendant
of the Messenger known the world over to lovers of the turf,
ye scribe was taken to the house where he was the recipient of
a good old fashioned welcome, characteristics of southern hospitality.
The interior of the residence is done in a hard oil finish, being
the creditable handiwork of Mr. Allen in person. Mr. Allen is
a believer in the efficacy of home education for his children
and has a governess who is their constant instructor and companion
and there could be no more convincing proof of the wisdom of
this course than the remarkable proficiency of his children in
the different branches and especially in music. The TIMES-HERALD daily
and weekly are regular visitors to this house and it is humbly
suggested that many who are as near their offices as Mr. Allen
might, emulate his example in this particular respect by taking,
in addition to their weekly, the daily edition, for as Mr. Allen
aptly says: "Were they once to take the daily, they would
not be without it for anything." Regular corespondents will
read the doings of the people from the villages mentioned near
the head of this article, which will reach the people through
the medium of their favorite paper.
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DE SOTO NEWS.
School Trustees Elected--Per-
sonal and Minor Mention.
Special to the Times-Herald.
- June 17, 1891, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 3.
DE SOTO, Tex., June 17.--By an election here, it was
determined that school district No. 30 in Dallas county will
not have the 20 cent school tax. The vote was as follows: For
the school tax, 20; against the school tax, 41. This majority
signifies "retrenchment and reform" in school affairs
as expressed by many, the general impression being that the economical
investment of existing funds will give ample school facilities.
David Trees, George Morris and
T. J. Parks were elected school directors for the ensuing year.
The election of these three men, when we consider their known
sentiments, makes their duty plain in one respect, viz: They
must employ a female assistant teacher in the De Soto school
Cotton worms have done some damage,
but are now though to be subsiding. On account of them, a few
of our farmers have had to replant portions of their crops.
H. L. Love has started his new
steam threshing machine. It is doing most excellent work. He
has thrashed his own, and F. H. Hines' crop of wheat, obtaining
a yield of 14 and 18 bushels per acre respectively. The quality
of grain is fine.
The spring oat crop is about ready
for the sickle, and is good, though injured somewhat by rust
during the last few days. The outlook for growing corn is flattering
indeed in this immediate vicinity. A few miles to the southeast,
rain is needed badly, so I am told. Farmers are generally up
with their work.
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sary in Grand Style
at De Soto.
The Odd Fellows
of De Soto celebrated the birth of their order in the United
States by giving a grand picnic at Morris' Grove. This lodge
branched off from the Lancaster lodge in 1887 with a membership
of five. It now has forty members and is reputed to be one of
the best working lodges in the state. The officers elective are
J. M. Park, N. G.; D. M. Waters, V. G.; C. S. Crave, secretary
and J. J. Chastain, treasurer.
- July 27, 1891, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 3.
At the picnic grounds, a grand
march was formed by the home and visiting Odd Fellows. They marched
to the grand stand, where they were received by appropriate music,
after which, the first speaker, John T. Witt, was introduced
by Mr. E. S. Denguid. Mr. Witt made a telling speech, in which
he held forth the beauties of the order in glowing terms. He
was followed by Col. S. H. Russell, who, it is needless to say,
made an eloquent address. At the close of his speech, the Colonel
introduced to the audience, Dr. J. A. Lindsey, of Lancaster,
an Odd Fellow for 38 years, and called attention in a few well
chosen words to a medal given him by the Grand Lodge of the state
for efficient and long labor in the order. Dr. Lindsey was followed
by Mr. Geo. White, who, for 37 years, has worked for the good
of his beloved order and is, to-day, proud of it. The next feature
on the programme was dinner, and in keeping with everything undertaken
by the people of this wealthy neighborhood, a success.
After dinner, Mr. W. Illingsworth,
on behalf of the visiting members, made a felicitous address,
which was frequently interrupted by loud applause. The crowd
dispersed at 6 o'clock, impressed with the hospitality and good
fellowship of the people of De Soto.
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De Soto Notes.
To the Times-Herald.
- May 4, 1892, Dallas
Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
DE SOTO, Tex., May 2. -- There was an election at De
Soto on the 30th ult. to determine whether we should have a school
tax or not. The result was 18 for the tax and 58 opposed. About
one year ago, we had another election for the same purpose, with
almost exactly the same result. It is hoped now that the boomers
will let the community rest, for with two elections, they ought
to learn public sentiment.
Judge Nash of Garland and Judge
Marshall of Dallas were out at the election and gave us a nice
little talk each as to their respective claims for the county
judgeship. They had a good hearing and were each advanced in
the race, we think.
So far, the crop prospect is fine
about De Soto, especially the wheat crop. The acreage is greater
this year than last.
There is a great deal of complaint
of grub worms eating the corn. Some small crops have been destroyed,
while most crops are comparatively exempt.
There is a great reduction in the
acreage of cotton planted in this vicinity, fully one-half.
The corn and oat crops are large,
though rather late.
The closing exercises of the De
Soto school will occur on the 10th, we believe. It seems to be
the general sentiment that our teacher, Prof. Gabb, has discharged
his duties faithfully.
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REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.
E. Turner and wife of Franklin, Va., to DeSoto lodge I. O. O.
F., one-half acre in town of DeSoto, $200.
16, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 4.
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FROM MR. M. BRAGG.
DALLAS, April 8, 1893.
one month since, I placed my wife, who had long been a great
sufferer from lung and stomach trouble, under the care of Dr.
J. A. Hunter at his institution in Dallas. We had tried many
other physicians, but all failed. She has steadily improved under
Dr. Hunter's skillful and faithful care and attention. All her
distressing, most painful symptoms have disappeared and she has
gained ten pounds of flesh. We are grateful to Dr. Hunter, and
in the interest of the sick, as well as kindness to him, publish
13, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 4.
Dallas Co., Texas.
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OF THE DAY.
Saunders, who has been dodging the sheriff for six months past,
was arrested and jailed yesterday. He is charged with seduction,
having been indicted by the grand jury on evidence furnished
by a young lady in the De Sota [De Soto] neighborhood.
23, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 3.
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REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.
R. Parks to DeSoto Schoolhouse Association, April 25, 1886, 1
1/2 acres at DeSoto Schoolhouse,
12, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 3.
T. A. Morris et al. to T. H. D.
Sewart [Stewart?] et al., September 26, 1888, 1 1/2 acres at DeSoto school house, gift.
T. A. Morris et al., to W. H. Walker,
September 26, 1888, 1 1/2
acres at De Soto school house, gift.
W. H. Walker and wife to D. S.
Goble, August 28, 1890, 1 1/2
acres out of E. R. Parks survey at De Soto, $1500.
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