2017-05-04 / Community News

Lexington’s Past Reported

Week of May 4
As uncovered by Stanley Miller

May 3, 1877 – Weekly Democratic Statesman (Austin, Texas): Bids requests for three mail routes from Giddings were printed. One to Bastrop by Grassyville and Alum Creek, twice per week. A second, to Caldwell, by Brown’s Mill and Dean’s Store, once per week; and the third, to Warda, once a week.

May 4, 1877- Brenham Weekly Banner: “Mr. Brown of the Giddings Tribune and Mr. S.O. SoRelle, Esqr., a talented and rising young lawyer of Giddings, paid the Banner office a visit yesterday morning. They expressed themselves well pleased with the Volkfest, especially the magnificent display of female beauty to see upon the grounds, at the shrine of which Mr. SoRelle is a devout worshipper.”

May 1, 1887 – Dallas Morning News: The Giddings Advocate chronicles the return of a journalist after a long tramp. Mr. Oscar Knapp, formerly connected with this newspaper, has, after an absence of a year and a half, returned to Austin from an extensive trip through Central and South America. He spent time in Guatemala, San Salvador, Costa Rica, the United States of Columbia, and Peru. He stayed about half a year in the City of Mexico, and in the cities of Lima, and Callon and Chila – the latter in the heart of the Andes where he spent some seven months.

April 28, 1897 – Galveston Daily News: W.H. Coffman, of Lexington attended the American Legion of Honor Grand Council meeting held in Galveston, and served on the credentials committee.

Compiled from stories in the May 1, 1897 – Galveston Daily News and San Antonio Express and the May 3 – Houston Daily Post: Robert E. Barker, J. E. Barker, James Mundine, Frank Mundine and other expert cowboys living on Brushy creek south of Taylor, have organized a wild west show which they will take on the road about the middle of May. First, they will give an exhibition of their skill in Taylor at the fair to be held next week. These men have achieved considerable notoriety in the roping, branding and handling of wild Texas cattle and will also feature Wm. [Bill] Pickett, who will catch the wildest steers by the horns with his hands and by the nostrils with his teeth, throwing them bulldog fashion.

April 29, 1907 – Houston Post: “Lexington, Texas, April 28 – Dr. Francis A. Holliday, surgeon, United States Army, stationed at Fort Fremont, S.C., came in yesterday in response to a telegram requesting his presences at the bedside of his step-mother, Mrs. Holliday – Nesbit. The Doctor lived here when quite a boy, but left in 1857, studied medicine, joined the army and entered the army service as a surgeon the latter part of the civil war. He was stationed at Galveston, Austin, San Antonio and El Paso in the early seventies and tells some thrilling tales of encounters with the Indians during those troublesome times.”

May 2, 1907 – Dallas Morning News: “Texas Universalists. Taylor, Tex., May 1.- After a busy four-day session in Siloam Church, four miles west of Beaukiss, south of Taylor, the Universalist Church State convention has adjourned. About fifteen delegates, representing churches of the various portion of the State were in attendance, besides a large number of visitors.” During the session, a memorial service was held honoring Rev. John E. Lawhon who was State president of the Universalist Church at the time of his death.

May 4, 1907 – Houston Post: Farmers at Lexington, Lee county, are complaining that they will have to plant their cotton over because of excessive rain and the extremely cold weather being experienced there. Some who had already planted again say they have a bad stand and will have to replant again. This may prove to be a blessing, however, because it will take less work to cultivate it, and it will be growing and fruiting at the time the weevil is not active. Last year cotton planted in May did better than cotton planted earlier or later.

April 28, 1917 – Taylor Daily Press: C.E. King of the Turkey Creek Farm at Taylor recently sold Durham bulls to two Lexington buyers. Joe Parker paid $250 for a 2-year old and J.I. Peebles bought a yearling for $150.

May 3, 1917 – Rockdale Reporter: A “Good Roads” election for the Tanglewood – Lexington section of Lee County will be held Saturday. The State Department of Agriculture will conduct a “Farmers Institute” at Lexington at 2 p.m., May 16.

May 3, 1917 – San Antonio Light: Proof of final payment of $3000 for capital stock was filed by the Lexington Manufacturing Company of Lexington, with the State in Austin.

May 3, 1927 – San Antonio Express: Oil well drilling is active in the area, 2 miles east of Manheim in Lee County. The same driller has a contract for another when the first well is completed. The Lee County Chapter of the Red Cross sent checks totaling $152.25 for relief of flood sufferers. With the rise in cotton prices, a number of bales were sold this week in Giddings. Rev. W. Mueller of Giddings will be one of the speakers at the Mission Rally of the First Lutheran Synod of Texas when it holds its diamond anniversary at Fredericksburg Sunday.

April 29, 1937 – Kerrville Daily Times reported that Joe L. Dubcek of Lexington, was a patient at the (American) Legion Hospital there.

April 29, 1937 – Rockdale Reporter: Rev J.L. McRae filed a $15,000 lawsuit against the T. & N.O. Railroad in connection with the loss of his left hand and forearm. He alleged that he was beaten and left unconscious on the railroad track before a train ran over it on Sept 16, 1936, near Hicks.

Henry Saettler of Lexington wanted to sell his shoe machines, including a finisher and sole cutter with a half-horse motor, a patch machine and many other tools for cash.

May 1, 1947 – Belton Journal: Mrs Lucy King Brown, 89, of Temple died in a hospital there. She was the daughter of Rufus King, the first county judge of Lee county, Texas, died at Temple Wednesday night. Her father organized that county after returning from the Civil War and was one of the first chief justices of the Republic of Texas. Her husband’s family came to Texas from Alabama in 1836 and settled in what was then Milam county, later part of Lee county. Among her survivors are sons, George and Herman Brown, of Houston, well-known construction executives.

April 28, 1957 – Waco News-Tribune: Ten-year-old Kyle Sherrill of Lexington, a patient at the Waco Crippled Children’s 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.

May 3, 1957 – Lexington Enterprise: The flooding caused by heavy rains in the area made many roads impassable this last week and forced the Lexington school to extend its closure until Wednesday, making five days. Roads that were closed at some time or the other included FM 696 near Blue, FM 112 at Brushy Creek, Pack Ant Road at the Indian Camp crossing, Woodward Ranch road which is still closed due to a washout, Germania road at the middle Yegua, String Prairie road at the East Yegua crossing near Gus, US77 near Rockdale, Highway 21 at the Middle Yegua crossing near Knox Lake, The Loebau-Knox Lake road at the Middle Yegua, and FM 141 from Giddings to Dime Box at the junction of the Middle and West Yegua. All county roads crossing the Middle Yegua south and west of Lexington are still considered dangerous. Lee Bostic reported that Lexington had received 13.85 inches of rain in April while the heaviest downpours occurred north and west of Lexington. Due to the heavy rain, the Lexington Cemetery needs volunteers with power mowers to cut the alleys between the graves.

District court closed on April 23 with Bobby Hugh Martin sentenced to five years for burglary and David L. Carson drawing two 3 years concurrent sentences for forgery. Annie Wilson got two years probation for cattle theft. All plead guilty as charged.

Citizens of the Future this week are Carol Sue, 14 month old daughter of Mr and Mrs A.D. Martin; Jan, 2 year old daughter of Mr and Mrs D.F. Brewer; Kerry, seven months, and Darry, 2, sons of Mr and Mrs K. W. Langehennig; and, Cindy, 3, and Kenneth, 5, children of Mr and Mrs K.A. Mostyn.

Obituarys: Mrs Selma Theresia Herzog (Gus Sr.) Drosche, 74, and James Marion (Bud) Roberts, 64.

April 27, 1967 – Burleson County Citizen and Caldwell News: Lexington native, G.A. (Gerald) Jackson, was named vice-chairman of the 1967 Democratic Congressional Dinner according to Congressman Jake Pickle of Austin. Jackson is Vice-President of U.S. Plywood-Champion Papers Inc. Mrs Woodrow Spacek and Mrs. Ted Koudelka have earned Lay Teacher’s Certificates from the Austin Diocese by completing a 20 week basic teacher training course.

May 4, 1967 – Rockdale Reporter: A.W. Herter, chairman of the Lexington Homecoming, is expecting a big crowd on Saturday and Sunday. The event includes a Saturday gathering on the city square followed by western music. After church services on Sunday morning, there will be a barbecue dinner at the school cafetorium with the afternoon open to visiting to conclude the celebration. Mr and Mrs Ernest (Amos) Quinney welcomed a new daughter, Gina Rae, on Saturday.

Trail Boss Oman Jensen announced that Lexington trail riders will depart the Auction Barn on Wednesday afternoon May 10 for Giddings with a stopover that night in Lincoln. The riders will participate the next day in the Giddings Western Parade. The Reporter acknowledged its error in reporting the time of Robert Drosche’s regional record setting mile run, saying that at 3:38, it would have been well under the world’s record held by Jim Ryan. Lexington Elementary School held an intramural track meet for grades four, five and six. There will be a special program at the Lexington Faith Temple Friday night featuring the young people of the Waco Faith Tabernacle.

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