Nov 18 2014

GREELY NO. 2 — Observations Among the Karnes County Grangers—Model Farms and-Prosperous Farmers

HELENA, May 15, 1882, San Antonio Express — On leaving Fairview Sunday evening, I ran down to Graytown, called on my old friend Newton Young. I found him in his garden, hard at work. Right here let me say, give Mr. N. Young two years more experience, and old Bexar will have no better farmer. This is another of Mr. Greeley’s predictions: note result. Young was stacking his oats, which was fine straw, rank, coarse and fine body, but he says they are not as heavy as they should be, because they were not sown quite early enough.

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Nov 18 2014

GREELY NO. 2 — Among the Farmers East of Us — Fine Crops and Good Fruit Prospects

LA VERNIA, WILSON CO., May 3, 1882, San Antonio Express — I left San Antonio yesterday at 3 p.m. and ran out to my old friend Forehand’s some twelve or fourteen miles from San Antonio, on the Lavernia and Sulphur Springs road.  Mr. Forehand has the largest peach orchard in Bexar county, at least I have seen no larger in the County, some 1,500 old trees and 900 young ones, besides apples, plums in variety, and grapes.

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Nov 18 2014

GREELY NO. 2 — An Interesting Account of His Observations From McKavett to Concho  — Poisoned by a Bulbous Root — Wonderful Progress of Tom Green County — The Military

SAN ANGELA, TOM GREEN CO., February 24, 1882, San Antonio Express — Wishing to take things as they come, I will commence with McKavett.  This is a beautiful and a healthy site for a post, on a high, rocky elevation, within two or three miles of the great springs forming the head of the San Saba river, affording about as much water as the great San Felipe or Del Rio springs, and nearly equal to the San Antonio river.  Mr. Wallick, the pleasant and popular post trader, introduced me to several officers, with whom I was much pleased, especially the quartermaster, who seems to be a very popular officer.  I saw he had a good lot of hay.

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Jan 27 2015

Compass RoseIn 1872, Johns James, the legendary Texas land speculator, conveyed to the community elders a plot of land measuring 100 by 200 varas (about 3.5 acres), for the purposes of “School, Religious, and Moral Meetings.” A school was built on the property and named the Union School.  This land would become the center of Kicaster, Texas.

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Nov 18 2014
Compass RoseOn quiet evenings in La Vernia, under the branches of the old post oaks, one can easily imagine the time before railroads came to the area. It was a time when teams of mules and oxen strained to pull huge wagons along the rutted road from Indianola on the Texas Coast to Chihuahua in Mexico.
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