Monday, March 14, 2016

Assorted News Items About Kerr County, 1876-1877

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Galveston Daily Times, May 10, 1876
From the Frontier. Movements of Roving Redskins. Austin, May 9, 1876
Adjutant General Steele has a letter from Capt. Caldwell, commanding Company F, Frontier battalion, dated Camp Merrit, Kerr county, April 30, which states that two parties of Indians had been on his part of the frontier line that month.  He supposed each party numbered ten.  A man and a boy were killed on the Nueces, and another man wounded on the South Llano.  The Indians drove off thirty head of horses.  He was unable to overtake them, but during his trip came across other trails, evidently of thirty Indians.
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Galveston Daily News August 8, 1876
Kerr County.
Judge Paschal has appointed A. McFarland to the office of District Clerk of Kerr county.  Governor Coke's recent decision made an appointment necessary.

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San Antonio Express, October 20, 1876
Notice to Consumptives.
I have recently opened in Kerrville, Kerr county, Texas, a Sanitarium, for the reception of invalids who may wish to try the mountains during a part of their stay in this climate.  Game, such as deer, bears, Turkeys, quail, etc., and excellent trout fishing right at hand.  Good saddle ponies free to the Invalid Patrons of the Home. Conveyance furnished to  Kerrville and return when requested.  Address G. R. Parsons, M.D. by letter or telegram.
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Galveston News, December, 1876
Kerr County.
The preliminaries are being arranged for a grand shooting match, to come off in Kerrville on New Year Day, 1877.  For the prize shot and championship of the county, only breech-loading arms are to be used.

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Galveston Daily News, February 6, 1877
Kerr County.
Kerrville Frontiersman: Some of the wants of this village: A shoemaker, a tailor, a butcher, and other like useful folks.  Either or all of the three named could do excellently well here....Mr. Ben F. Denton, long a sufferer, died some time last night at his residence, it is reported.  An old and well known citizen gone....Mr. Jones, of Smith & Jones, of Bandera county, has been purchasing hogs in the western portion of this county.  Price paid has been about three cents gross per pound, and the number so bought will reach from two to three hundred....Kerrville boasts of a lady, long past the meridian of life, yet still hale and hearty, who depends not on masculine labor when anything as to be done. She plows her field, with three horses abreast, as well as the best man of them all; she puts up stone fence like an expert, and hauls wood for all her household purposes.
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Galveston Daily News March 14, 1877
Kerr County.
The Frontiersman: Messrs. Gooch and Light, from the live stock county of Mason, have been here this week endeavoring to make purchases of a thousand cattle or so.  Succes did not crown their efforts, their figures not being enticing....Mileposts have been placed along the new Fort McKavett road from the mouth of Johnson's creek to Squire Nelson's....Messrs. Faltin & Schreiner have just sold twenty bales of cotton to be shipped to Mexico via San Antonio....Prof. T. U. Webb, of New York, arrived at Sanitarium this week. He comes for the restoration of his health....County Surveyor Brown is still kept busy locating the public domain for private parties.  Some 7000 acres were located this week about twenty-five miles west of Kerrville, part being for intending settlers and the rest for investment by outside parties.
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San Antonio Express, March 24, 1877
We received a call yesterday from John W. Brown, of Kerrville. He is here in the interest of the Kerrville Immigration Society, which has large bodies of land in Kerr and adjoining counties, for sale.
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San Antonio Express, May 17, 1877
We extract from the Frontiersman the following items:
Messrs. Lowrance & Rees, Centre Point, have one of their irrigating pumps in operation, we hear.  Let's have the particulars, gentlemen.
Mr. Wiedenfeldt, of Comfort, informs us that clouds of grasshoppers came down in that vicinity Wednesday and damge to the growing crops was done.
Mr. Dolph Rees, whose beautiful farm is about a mile above town, has about four acres of barley which is expect to yield sixty bushels or more to the acre.  It stands, on an average, about four feet high.  Who can beat it?
Alfalfa is one of the crops enlisting increased attention in this locality, Mr. Rees, Capt. Tivy and others are making experiments....

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Galveston Daily News, June 26, 1877
Kerr County.
The Frontiers-man says that on the night of the 9th instant there was considerable frost, to the surprise of everybody and the injury of a few.  Up the river there were more sufferers than below Kerrville. Corn blades clearly showed signs of the unwelcome visitor, but it does not appear to have done serious damage....
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San Antonio Express, June 30, 1877
 Mr. S. P. Spotts, of Kerr County, returned to the city yesterday, and made the Express a call.

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San Antonio Express, July 8, 1877
The 4th at Kerrville.
Our Kerrville correspondent under date July 6th, sends us the following:
 Messrs. Editors San Antonio Express:
The 4th of July reached our quiet little village in a small way on last Wednesday this being the first attempt for a general gathering of the citizens for many years.  The principal feature of the day was a shooting-match with breech-loading rifles, at a distance of 80 yards with a rest, or 60 yards off hand.  Mr. Jones Glenn made the best two out of three shots, and received the first prize of fie Mexican dollars known as the Hamer prize.  Mr. John Tedford won the scond prize, a silver plated castor, donated by Mr. Holekamp.  Dr. Parsons gave a prize of a fine pair of boots and spurs for the best two out of three shots made with a six shooter, while mounted and under full gallop, at a target the size of a man. Out of nine competitors Jimmy Holiman was the lucky shot and Mr. Hamp Johnson got a fine new hat, donated by Mr. Nathan Herzog, as the second prize.  In the evening Dr. and Mrs. Parsons gave a public ball, which was attended by forty-five couples.  The dancing was in the Court House and supper at the Sanitarium. Everything passed as merry as a marriage ball "till broad day light," when the boys went home with the girls in the morning.

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