2017-04-13 / Community News

Lexington’s Past Reported

As uncovered by Stanley Miller

April 9, 1877- Galveston Weekly News: “LEE COUNTY. The Trouble in McNeese Colony.” In this column on March 16, there was a story from Giddings about the terrorizing and breaking up of this community from a report by a writer calling himself “Citizen”. In a March 30 letter from “Post Oak Flat” a writer styling himself “Second Citizen” strongly disputed the first report and accused the family, whose house was burned, of stealing livestock. The letter also disputed the allegation that the families had been ordered off their land by anyone. A second letter from Giddings, Lee county, signed by W.K. Ray, wished to clear up points from an article from the Giddings Tribune. This concerned a dispute over his exercising a lien on the cotton of his tenant farmer, Alfred Randle. Randle had told the community that Ray had obtained two bales of cotton under false pretense and sworn out an affidavit against him. Ray held that the cotton was the rental payment due him, as Randle had sold the corn and other cotton earlier and had refused to pay his rent.

April 9, 1887 – Dallas Morning News and Galveston Daily News: An attempt to arrest Will Jacobs, wanted for an alleged murder, was reported by both papers. This incident was reported in one paper as occurring at the home of Ira Bounds, and in the other at the home of his brother, John Bounds, both living about 12 miles southwest of Rockdale (likely in the Watson branch community). A seven member Milam County posse, with revolvers drawn, surrounded the house and called for Jacobs to surrender. That call was answered by “ a tremendous fusillade” from a Winchester rifle. Deputy Lee Pool was shot dead, and three members of the posse, Messrs. Barber, Bickett and McCalla were wounded. Barber was shot through the head and was said to have lost his reasoning. Jacobs, thought to be wounded, escaped into a thicket near the house and disappeared.. Jacobs was also wanted in Frio and Gonzales counties for murder, and was thought to be one of the parties who liberated the convicts on Clay’s farm in Brazos county, at the time Deputy Sheriff L. P. Smith was killed. This story was picked up by newspapers as far away as Maine, New York and California, and given sensational headlines. [Note: Jacobs cut a wide road through South Texas, accused of killing at least one more man and committing a number of other crimes, before being arrested at Pearsall, Texas, in September 1888. He was tried for murder in Frio County, but acquitted in 1888. Jacobs was returned to Milam county and, in May, 1889, he was tried and convicted of second degree murder for the death of Deputy Poole and received a ten year sentence. That conviction was upheld by the State Court of Criminal Appeals and he was sent to a prison at Rusk Texas. Jacobs was released after serving almost eight years.]

April 7, 1897 – Galveston Daily News: F.M. Mundine (of Lexington) was one of 52 house members who opposed the spending of $25,000 to purchase the San Jacinto battle ground site.

April 11, 1897 – Houston Daily Post: “Arrested For Theft. Giddings, Texas, April 10.- City Marshal Massey brought T.W. Selman down from Lexington this morning and placed him in jail. Selman was arrested on a warrant for theft. Since January 1, 1897, the postmaster at Lexington, has noticed his money would frequently balance short, and growing suspicious, he set a trap and caught Selman, a young man who carries the mail between Lexington and Dime Box. Selman confessed.”

April 6, 1907 – Bastrop Advertiser (Bastrop, Texas): A new road law for Lee county presented by Schlosshan was passed in the house.

April 7, 1907 – Houston Post: Lexington residents, Mrs. S.S. McClanahan and Mrs. S.J. Riggs, were appointed as the local chapter delegates to represent the Daughters of the Confederacy at the National reconciliation and peace conference to be held in New York, April 14 to 17 inclusive.

April 10, 1907 – The National Co-Operator and Farm Journal (Dallas, Texas): A letter from J.J. Brown of Lexington, stating his belief that “Unionism” is doing fairly well in Lee county, but too many people do not practice what they preach. He believes that members should raise their own corn and other crops to be totally self-sufficient for food and feed. He also thinks that people should stop grumbling about the officers if the members want success for their cause.

April 10, 1907 – Galveston Daily News: “Taylor Trolley Line. Taylor, April 9. —The chief promoter of the proposed Taylor, Somerville & Houston railway, Col. M.R. Hoxie, was here yesterday from his home in Lexington. He reports that the new survey of this road from Taylor via Lexington and Dime Box to Somerville, where connection will be had with the Santa Fe system, will shorten the distance of the proposed line to Brenham as originally surveyed several miles, the distance from Somerville to Taylor, being only fifty-eight miles. Excellent progress is being made in securing the right of way from Lexington to Somerville; property owners along the line showing an eagerness for the road and making liberal donations of rights of way. Mr. Hoxie reports that the business men of Somerville and citizens of Burleson County are keenly alive to the benefits to accrue from the building of this road, and are responding liberally to all demands made for the building of the road.”

April 10, 1907 –San Antonio Gazette: “Taylor Trolley Line. Taylor, April 10. —The chief promoter of the proposed Taylor, Somerville & Houston railway, Col. M. R. Hoxie, was here yesterday. He reports that the new survey of this road from Taylor via Lexington and Dime Box to Somerville, where connection will be had with the Santa Fe system, will shorten the distance of the proposed line to Brenham as originally surveyed several miles, the distance from Somerville to Taylor being only 58 miles.”

April 11, 1907 – Dallas Morning News reported that Senator Watson was finally able to get the Lee County road law passed in that chamber.

April 13, 1907 – Galveston Daily News: “FOR SALE. A few choice 1-yearold Hereford bulls; also other Herefords. J. H. MUNDINE. Lexington, Tex.” (also through April 17.)

Also: The Bastrop county sheriff was looking for one Will Snow, a white man about 27 years of age, who had been working near Lexington on the S.A.&A.P. Railroad as a laborer, on a burglary charge.”

April 12, 1917 – Houston Post: Two hundred school children turned out at Lexington, Texas, to meet the train of the visiting Houston Trade delegation. The visitors were given sandwiches and ice cream as part of the welcome. The delegation later wrote to the chairman of the welcoming committee there apologizing that the visit had to be cut short due to the delegation arriving late and already being behind schedule. The Houstonians promised that on any following trips to give Lexington ample time. The Houston Trade Delegation was greeted at Giddings by R.W. Mayfield, who told of the recent passage of a $150,000 bond issue to support Good Roads in Lee County.

April 12, 1917 – Rockdale Reporter: Lexington voted to incorporate and form a commission form of government by a 19 vote majority. Mr. D.F. Wade, cashier of the Lee County State Bank, was elected mayor, and G.P. Dixon and W.A. Matlock the commissioners.

April 13, 1917 – Galveston Daily News: Reports received from correspondents of The News throughout South, and Southeast Texas, including Lexington, say that the long continued drought was effectually broken Wednesday and Thursday by steady rain, amounting in some places to more than an inch.

April 13, 1917 – Houston Chronicle: Dr. N. Williams, of Lexington, attended the South Texas District Medical two day meeting in Houston.

April 8, 1927- Hearne Democrat reported that forty car-loads of hogs were shipped out of Lexington last year, while most sections of the State reported a shortage of hogs. Lexington also shipped a number of car lots of turkeys.

April 8, 1937 – Rockdale Reporter: Lee county residents will conduct a war on rats on May 5 – 6 under the direction of the county agent. County residents need to reserve the bait needed in advance.

Lexington area farmers had signed contracts with a New Orleans company to grow 750 acres of peas at a minimum price of $2.50 per hundred for Black-eyed, Brown Crowder and Cream or lady peas. Prices will be paid in cash at the thresher in Rockdale. The buyer will also take purple hull and clay peas, but prices are not available yet.

Also Cole Springs social news included word from David Corder, who was called into the Navy, that he is stationed in California and satisfied with military life. Miss Mabel Clare of Cole Springs attended the county meet held in Lexington on Friday.

April 12, 1937 – Corpus Christi Caller-Times: Lexington was one of eight Texas towns to share in a $230,000 fund for water and sewer systems projects that had been recommended by Congress.

April 10, 1947 –Rockdale Reporter: Alf Hahn of Lexington was advertising seed peanuts for sale. Recent Rockdale hospital patients from Lexington were Mrs. T.E. Gay, Mrs. Shelly Strong and Mr. W.D. Mathis.

April 11, 1947 – Abilene Reporter-News: Gov. Buford Jester granted a 30-day stay of execution to Gaither Loveday, who was convicted of murder by a district court in Lee county, and who was scheduled to die in the electric chair on April 12. The Taylor Daily Press reported that Lovelady’s execution was set for May 13, after he received the 30-day reprieve.

April 12, 1947 – El Paso Herald Post (El Paso, Texas): T/Sgt Robert L. Phillips, [known to home folks as Bobby Lee] of Tanglewood, Tex., representing the 25th Infantry Division in Korea, was pictured with Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, commander of the 4th Army in the Pacific, and other recruiters for the divisions in that army. The recruiters were to arrive in El Paso to contact former members in an attempt to secure replacements for units in that area.

April 7, 1957 – Waco News-Tribune reported that out of a total of 1,622 employees, the Alcoa works at Rockdale had 59 from Lexington; Giddings 41; Dime Box, 15; Lincoln, 14, and Tanglewood, 13.

From the April 7 and April 10, 1957, Taylor Daily Press: Lexington students taking first place honors U.I.L. district Literary events competition were: (High School division) Jimanne Lewis – Girls poetry reading; Robert Vance- boys poetry reading; Joe Ed Matejcik – declamation; and Helen Patschke – number sense. Winners in the junior division were Don Adair – boys declamation, and the team of Kay Ellen Woodward and Carole Fritcher in spelling. In the elementary division, Elaine Watson won first in girls declamation. A number of Lexington students also took 2nds, 3rd and fourths in other U.I.L. literary competitions.

A contested school board election drew 192 voters to the polls at Lexington. Colquitt Reynolds and J.R. Jordan were victorious. Vaughan Jensen was re-elected as board chairman, John Reat as VP and Robert Vance as secretary. Revival services closed Sunday night at the Lexington Baptist Church with the baptism of eight new members. They are Mr and Mrs. Henry Moses, Kathy Harrison, Connie Jensen, Charlotte Dick, Johnny Parker, Margaret Bryan and James Moses. Mrs. Conrad Brown was complimented with a Pink and Blue Shower by the members of the Martha and Mary Sunday Class on Tuesday night.

Members of the junior and high school classes elected cheerleaders for the 1957 season. They are Myrtie Alice Watson (head cheerleader), Martha Byrne, Anna Perry and Faye Carolyn Boyd.

April 11, 1957 – Rockdale Reporter: Army Sergeant First Class, R.E. Hays, whose father Andrew Hays lives at Lexington, is now stationed at Fort Riley Kansas as a member of the 7th Artillery, 1st Howitzer Battalion. He entered the Army in 1948. Army PFC Levi Morrison, son of Mrs and

Mr. Amos Morrison of Tanglewood, is now a member of the 24th Infantry Division stationed in Korea. He entered the army in January 1956 and took basic training at Ft. Ord, Ca. He attended Aycock High School in Rockdale.

Paying a fine in Rockdale Municipal Court this week was Jamie Woodward of Lexington for excessive noise, vehicle.

April 12, 1957 – Lexington Enterprise: April is picnic time with the Shaw Lake affair scheduled for April 22 and the Nalle Fish Fry on Sunday, April 28 on the old Nobles place in that community. The third annual Lexington FFA stock show will be held on May 10- 11, according to Carl Peterson, the Lexington vocational agriculture instructor. The Lexington Senior Class will present its annual play, a hilarious farce named “Hen-Pecked Henry” on April 16. The cast includes Jeanette Patschke, Charles Patschke, Ronald Skaggs, Judy Jay, Patsy Dismukes, Charlotte Ricketson, Laverne Hoskins, Darvin Nettles, Patricia Brewer, Jo Ann Jordan and Kenneth Brown.

Citizens of Tomorrow pictured this week are 6- month old Ricky, the son of Mr and Mrs Manuel Matthews; Lois Ann, 1, daughter of Rev. and Mrs Paul Stengel Jr; Ronnie Joe, 5, and Ted, 8, sons of Mr and Mrs Robert Lay; 2-month old Robert and 4 year old Belinda, the children of Mr and Mrs Robert Ahrendt.

Lexington school bus drivers, Mack Nettles, a 17 year veteran who over that time has driven enough miles to take him around the world about 10 times, and Werner Ahrendt, with 7 years and 103,000 miles of service and is also responsible for the bus maintenance, were recognized by the editor. April 13, 1967 – Rockdale Reporter: The Lexington Eagle track team dominated the field events but finished third to Bartlett and Rogers at the District 24-A meet at Thorndale. First place regional qualifiers are Charles Frosch, discus; David Brown, high jump, and Robert Drosche in the 120-yd high hurdles and mile run. The High School boys won the district volleyball crown and LHS tennis players, Rick Spencer, singles; Robert Sherrill and Gary Jordan, doubles, Linda Nettles, singles, and Sheryl Kleinschmidt and Peggy Davenport, doubles, all took firsts and qualified for the regionals.

Okie Martin has been elected president of the Lexington High School band for 1967-68 school year. Other officers are Belinda Barry, Patsy Boettcher, Ann White, Kathy Tolkmitt, Paula Barry, Cindy Lewis and Linda Jordan. Lexington won the overall championship in both the junior and high school division of the District 24-A literary contest held at Thorndale.

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