From the O. B. Powell Newspaper Collection
Contributed by James Barrett
[Note: Believed to have been printed in the Granbury Democrat in the Spring of 1905; date and source were not given.]
Capt. Thrash says he is here – if he doesn’t blow much about it.
Hannaford uses $700 worth of printed labels per year. It pays him well.
The tin roof was blown off of the stone building occupied by Bates Bros. during the storm on Monday night.
Mr. Jack Wright has just returned from Shreveport, and brings us late papers which were very acceptable.
The new machinery in the Glen Rose Mills is working admirably, but the water is most too low at present to suit the capacity of the Mills.
All parties wanting Lightning Rods can apply at this office. The best Rod in the market. Work warranted and satisfaction guaranteed.
Some of our Granbury merchants and salesmen ride as much as ten miles every Sunday morning for their health. In the course of the ride they manage to nail up about 100 posters on the trees, but invariably get back in time for divine service.
We feel safe in saying that the postoffice in our town is as efficiently conducted as any interior office in the State. Mr. Billie Haynes the deputy, is a clever and accommodating young man, and uses every exertion possible to give general satisfaction to the public.
The resignation of Sheriff Hightower has been accepted by the Governor, and an election will be ordered forthwith. Mr. Hightower has consented to act until a new one is elected. We believe there are several candidates in the field already, among which are some very good men, but they have not seen fit to announce themselves through the columns of the VIDETTE.
The election in Granbury this week, to fill the vacancy of Chief Justice, Precinct No. 1, passed off very quietly – so quietly that there was not a ballot cast or a shot fired, and the candidates had the grim satisfaction of seeing the day pass without any stir around the polls. A small dispatch came from Gov. Davis late yesterday which declared no vacancy in the office, and we suppose from this that Esquire Sears has authority to continue, from a higher power than Judge Soward. Bully!
We had a visit from Esquire W.H. Barker this week, who it will be remembered, contracted to locate the School Lands for Hood county several years ago, and from information derived from that gentleman during his brief call, we are allowed to say that Mr. Barker is not speculating on said lands, but that he considers he has nothing to do in the matter, as he transferred his contract to Gideon A. Rucker a long time ago, with the expressed understanding that he should fulfill the contract in the time specified.
Col. Isaac Parker, in honor of whom the county of Parker is named, is enjoying his old age at his residence, eight miles from the town of Weatherford. He was a member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas, from Tarrant county, before annexation and was a member of the Legislature when the bill passed partitioning from its territory the present county of Parker. He is above 80 years old but the vigor of his mind remains intact and he enjoys the solace of a young wife and baby. Of such stuff were made the founders of Texas Independence – Houston Telegraph.
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