2017-04-27 / Community News

Lexington’s Past Reported

As uncovered by Stanley Miller

April 22, 1877 – The Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina) reprinted replies to a circular asking what it takes to raise cotton, sent out by the New York Herald with one reply among many coming from Lee County, Texas.: “A crop statement from Lee County, Texas gives the following products from 10 hands, including 3 boys: Cotton 50 bales; corn 1,500 bushels, potatoes 100 bushels, some barley; pork 3,000 pounds; good beeves 40. This gentleman estimates the cost of cotton at 8 cents, adding “It costs more to pick it than it does to raise.” No fertilizers used and none needed. Average crop, 300 to 500 pounds. A special acre, carefully cultivated, produced, from improved seed, 1000 pounds.”

April 21, 1887 – Dallas Morning News: Martin Poole, of Lee County, was among the 57 members of the Texas Veterans’ Association attending the group’s reunion at Corsicana. Attendance was limited because of the high railroad fare to that place.

April 23, 1887 – Galveston Daily News: … recent orders from the government post office department affecting Texas: Post Offices Established — Darden Springs, Lee county, Paige is 8 miles south. Blue Branch 8 miles north, with Wm. B. Darden, commissioned as postmaster.

“The Giddings Advocate “defines its position on prohibition — strictly on the fence and impartial as a judge. The Advocate is strictly a democratic paper and is run for the interests of the democratic party, in local matter in the interest of Lee county and subject to these considerations for the pecuniary benefit of its proprietor. The Advocate recognized the question of prohibition to be purely a political one, not at all a moral one or a partisan one. The platform of the party at the Galveston convention and the submission of the amendment by the democratic legislature at the time when no party question is to be voted upon, clearly takes the domain of partisan politics. A man may be for prohibition or against prohibition without affecting his standing as a democrat, and this being so, the Advocate, while committing itself to neither side, proposes to give a fair showing to both.”

April 23, 1887 – Fort Worth Daily Gazette: Victor Lengfeld of Lexington was a new arrival at the Ellis Hotel in Fort Worth.

April 24 -25 & 29, 1897 – Houston Daily Post: A notice in these editions read: “LEXINGTON, Texas, needs a private bank. Anyone with $8000 to $10,000 would make big money by establishing a private bank there. Lexington is situated in the best part of Lee county, has good schools and churches; population between 800 and 900; cotton shipments range from 5000 to 6000 bales annually and with the aid of a banking facility would increase 25 to 50 per cent. For further information address Box 4, Lexington, Texas.”

April 27, 1897 - Houston Daily Post: “Lee County Ginners. Giddings, Texas, April 26.- Pursuant to a call a number of Lee county ginners met at the courthouse this evening and organized the Lee County Ginners’ Association. C.W. Roschke (sic - Raschke) of Lexington was elected president and W.A. Trusdel of Giddings secretary. The following is a list of membership: C.W. Roschke, W.A. Trusdel, H.L. Brown, Gerhardt Koppler, Hermann Karcher, A. Ramsel, E. Mattijetz, J.E. Pauls, G.A. Falke, 2 names illegible, Powell, and Romeo Colvin.”

April 23, 1907 - Galveston Daily News: Livestock sales reported from Fort Worth included those of C.C. Rouse, Lee County, who sold 44 hogs, 167 pounds, at $6.25; 97 plus 87 pigs at 85 pounds, at $5.25.

Also: “To Go Via Somerville. Taylor. Tex., April 22. —The Taylor committee of the proposed Taylor, Somerville & Houston Railway has been advised by Col. M. R. Hoxie, chairman and promoter of the enterprise, that he, in company with a party of surveyors headed by Capt. J. G. Dalrymple, County Surveyor of Burleson County, and others, of Somerville, will leave Dime Box in Lee county tomorrow to survey the most practical route from that point to Somerville. The survey from Taylor to Dime Box has already been completed, Brenham having been deflected from the proposed route, the line going via Somerville instead.”

April 24, 1907 – The National Co-Operator and Farm Journal (Dallas, Texas)

J.B. McIver of Lexington, the secretary of the Lee county Union, reported on the April 11 and 12 county meeting held at the Pleasant Grove Union.

Items taken up included the sales of shares in a county warehouse by solicitation in the 14 local unions of Lee county, and adoption of a resolution by Bro. J.D. Province condemning those in the state that are speaking against the state officers and calling on support for them. The next regular session was scheduled for July 11 and 12 at the Concord Union, a new group located a few miles from Giddings.

April 26, 1907 – Dallas Morning News: The State Convention of the Universalist Church of Texas will convene at Siloam Church, four miles west of Beaukiss, south of Taylor, on next Friday morning, April 26, for a four-day session. Dr. Shinn, a Universalist divine of Boston, Mass., will be in charge.

April 27, 1907 - San Antonio Gazette: An ad: “A Big Farm and a Big Bargain. 3500 acres in Lee county, 1000 acres in cultivation, near good town on railroad; 20 houses, plenty of water. Can be bought at $11.50 per acre, half cash. This opportunity will not be offered long. MOUNT BROS., 403 Navarro St.”

April 22, 1917 – Houston Post: D. Fount Wade, the mayor of Lexington and cashier of the Lee County State Bank was responsible for the grand reception the Houston Trade Team received recently at Lexington. Mr Wade is also president of the local commercial club and secretary of the Lexington Manufacturing company, producers of “Lex-Tex” dairy products. He was pictured in the article. Also noted: Mr Chester Cameron of Lexington was married to Miss Libbie Wade at the Christian Church at Elgin on Thursday.

April 26, 1917 – Rockdale Reporter: Earnest Lanmon of Pleasant Grove enlisted in the navy at Giddings.

April 27, 1917 - San Patricio County News (Sinton, Tex) Mr. and Mrs. Jim Vick and Mr. and Mrs. Seth Gentry of Lexington and Mr. and Mrs. Orillian Williams of Blanconia attended the funeral of their father, W.N. Gentry, on

April 22, 1937 – Rockdale Reporter: Rat bait will be distributed in every community in Lee county between the hours of 3 to 6 p.m. and should be exposed that afternoon before dusk while it is still fresh for the rats to consume.

April 20, 1947 – Corpus Christi Caller-Times: An article celebrated Mrs. John F. Goode’s 17-years of service as a housemother to co-eds at Texas A&I in Kingsville. The former Clara Massey of Giddings came to Kingsville in 1918 with the Missouri Pacific railroad from Lexington, Texas. Mr. Goode was Kingsville’s mayor from 1921 until his death in 1929.

April 23, 1957 – Taylor Daily Press: A Sheriff ’s Posse for Lee County was formed recently at Giddings. Lexington residents who are charter members are: J.H., Hilliard (also a director); J.V. Elliott, E.C. Wren, O.E. Balch and George Lee.

The Annual Sunday School picnic was held at Shaw Lake on Monday. That has been the site since 1933. The annual Baptist – Methodist softball game was not possible because of a lack of players. A number of out of town visitors were present.

April 24, 1957 – Taylor Daily Press: Henry Burgevin, a retired railroad engineer and now a rancher-farmer on String Prairie, was notified that a tax proposal he had sent to Washington was being considered by the Ways and Means committee. The Taylor City Commission tabled a proposal by S.K. Holmes of Lexington to lease the Taylor airport for $25 per month and half the 50% of the hanger rentals.

April 26, 1957 – Lexington Enterprise: The Middle Yegua south of town overflowed after a cloud burst Wednesday. The creek is expected to continue rising until Saturday. School was closed for the rest of the week as bus routes were impassable. A large crowd enjoyed the Shaw Lake Sunday school picnic Monday. The Nalle Fish Fry will be held next Sunday as well as the annual Adina community homecoming. Edgar Weiderhold has purchased the old Aunt Katie Millinery Shop and Lexington Cleaners building,and will replace it with a modern home for his City Meat Market. Jeff Yeager’s barbershop will move next door [to the old Bennie Ausburn gas station location] recently vacated by Justice of the Peace, J.W. Thornton. Helen Patschke will advance to the U.I.L State meet in number sense after placing second in region competition. Richard Jordan was elected the president of the Lexington senior 4-H club. Other officers are Stanley Miller, vp; Carol Sue Story, secretary and Patricia Smith, reporter. Officers of the Junior 4-H are Richard Reat (pres.), Robert Jensen v-p, Barbara Caraway, secretary and Judy Brademan, reporter.

Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Richter honored Hazel Richter, LaVerne Jatzlau and Patricia Story on the occasion of their confirmation with a barbecue dinner, April 14. Lee County residents, Alwin, Gilbert, Monroe and William Schulz and John Henery, all from the Giddings area, were fined $89 each after game wardens cited them for operating illegal nets and fishing without licenses on the Colorado river over the weekend. This week’s citizens of the future are twins, Timothy and Thomas, the two month old sons of Mr and Mrs A.P. Kleinschmidt. Carl (Bub) Gould, a junior agriculture major, son of Mrs and Mrs J.M. Gould of Lexington, is serving on a committee organizing the Annual S.W.T.S.C. Frontier Days at San Marcos.

April 28, 1957 – Waco News-Tribune: Ten-year-old Kyle Sherrill of Lexington, a patient at the Waco Crippled Childrens Hospital is pictured with Dr. Diego Alonso Hinojosa of Tampico, Mexico, when he visited that facility. Kyle was badly burned when her dress caught fire from a heater in her home recently. Also, the State Highway Department reported that FM 112 between Taylor and Lexington was closed due to high water.

April 27, 1967 – Rockdale Reporter: A.W. Herter, chairman of the Lexington Homecoming Committee announced a partial list of committee assignments. Judy Sorenson has been elected Lexington LHA president for the next school year. Other officers are Kathy Story, Joan Hall, Brenda Turner, Susie Dymke, Arlene Dowdy, Angel Brown, Kathy Melcher, Cindy Boyd, and Patsy Boettcher. The annual Sunday School picnic had 176 in attendance for lunch before taking in the annual softball Baptist – Methodist game. The Baptists emerged the victor by a 14 - 11 score. Mr and Mrs Joseph Rodgers Jr. of Lexington announced the engagement of their daughter, Pansy Lou, to Mr. Welton Hugo Ellison of Rockdale. A May 27 wedding is planned. Robert Drosche of Lexington set a new Class A regional record in qualifying for the state meet. His time of 3:38.9 (sic – should be 4:38.9) eclipsed the old mark of 3:41.0 (sic - 4:41.0] He also placed sixth in the 120-yard high hurdles. The Lexington boys volleyball team fell to Shelbyville in the regional finals.

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