AN EXCITING RUNAWAY
Miss Emma Douglas Shows Remarkable Presence of Mind
There was an exciting runaway up Beaton street to Fourth avenue for three
blocks this afternoon about 2:30 o’clock. Miss Emma Douglas was returning
from dinner and came by the postoffice [sic] en route to York’s music house
where she is a bookkeeper.
When she stepped into the buggy at the postoffice, the horse started off
suddenly, and when Miss Douglas had hold of but one of the lines. The animal
had gone only a few feet when he collided slightly with another buggy which
seemed to frighten him and he started off at full speed. In turning
Ta….(illegible) corner going up Beaton street, Miss Douglas was thrown from
the seat on her knees in the bottom of the vehicle. At this juncture, with
wonderful presence of mind, the young lady got the other line and without
uttering a cry of fright she swung like a genuine heroine to the lines,
striving all the while to keep the horse in the middle of the street and to
avoid colliding with other vehicles.
At Burton & Peel’s corner the horse turned west out Fourth avenue. About
this time Walter Douglas, the young lady’s brother, came along and seeing
his sister’s peril, mounted a horse and started out after the runaway
animal. Mr. John Sullivan, who was returning from dinner, also went to her
relief and when near the First Presbyterian church, just as Walter Douglas
caught the rein of the runaway animal, John Sullivan climbed into the rear
end of the buggy. The horse, with the young lady unhurt and the buggy in
perfect condition, were returned to the York music house where Miss Emma was
the heroine of the occasion and received many congratulations for her
coolness and excellent horsemanship.
H. Douglas, Michigan
The Corsicana Daily Sun -
April 9, 1909
Excellent Interpretation of “The Gilded Fool” by Mr. DeRoame.
A very large crowd containing a liberal per cent of Corsicana’s best
people;e and most critical playgoers were at the Airdome last night and
enjoyed the presentation of “The Gilded Fool” by Mr. Truman DeRoame as the
leading man and Miss Sara Goodwin Ehlinger as the leading lady. That it was
well done and pleased all present was shown by the close attention and
frequent applause given.
The play deals with a young man, Chauncey Short, reared in poverty, who
inherits millions on the death of an uncle and plunges into reckless
expenditures and riotous living. The spark of love is kindled by Miss
Margaret Ruthven, who is the daughter of a member of an old and aristocratic
firm. He is timid in making all avowal of love and while the wealthy girl
reciprocates young Short’s affection yet he makes no avowal and continues
his life of extravagance and dissipation. However, the love he bears for the
girl creates the desire to live for something and to accomplish something,
and it is in his reflective moments that he upbraids and refers to himself
as a “glided fool.” Eventually a Mr. Bannister Strange appears on the scene,
secures a partnership in the firm and wrecks it by reckless investments, he
having fraudulently obtained the funds by which an interest in the firm was
purchased. At the critical time Short’s money restores the firm to solvency
after its failure and brings Strange to shame and disgrace. Mr. DeRoame as
Short, speaks his lines well, has good facial expression and carries himself
well through all the changes in his career. Miss Ehilinger, as Margaret
Ruthven, the wealthy daughter, gives Mr. DeRoame most excellent support. Her
costumes are costly, elaborate and bountiful and her lines are well suited
to her. Mr. Harry Bernard as Bannister Strange, the imposter and villain,
gave a most excellent interpretation of the role and succeeded in arousing
the enmity of his audience so well did to carry his part. Miss Fulsom as
“Aunt Jessie,” who loved foreign missions and literally reveled in
antiquities, was a comical a character as one would care to see and was
highly pleasing and thoroughly enjoyed. Miss Baldwin, the faithful little
sweetheart of Jack Duval, the accountant, impersonated by Bill Blaize, was
bright and interesting and Mr. S. A. Suminais as Rev. Jacob Howell, the
detective, in the role of a missionary, was all that the word good implies.
The lesser lights in the play also deported themselves well and aided in
making up a well balanced company.
Tonight the company will appear in “Twilight.”
Old Age Pensioners In County Are 1350
There were 1350 persons in Navarro county who received old age assistance
checks during the month of January, according to a report and list filed
Monday I the office of Lonnie L. Powell, county clerk, from the state
comptroller’s department at Austin. The checks totaled $17,558, an average
of $12.96 per person.
WOLF WAS TRAPPED NEAR CHATFIELD FRIDAY
A large grey timber wolf, trapped near Chatfield Friday night by R. E.
Morton state trapper, was brought to the Daily Sun office Saturday by J. J.
Kelt, Chatfield farmer.
The wolf, which strangely enough had a cropped left ear, was suspected of
being a member of a large wolf pack that has been roaming that section of
the county and taking a heavy toll among unguarded flocks of sheep.
Trapping of the thirty-eight pound animal marks the launching of an
intensive campaign to rid the Chatfield community of wolves, Mr. Kelt told a
Daily Sun reporter. He said the services of State Trapper Morton had been
secured by a group of Chatfield farmers who have been suffering heavy losses
as the result of recent wolf raids. Kelt said he has lost six sheep in the
past several days. He termed many of the raids that vicinity as "wanton."
Other farmers in that section sustaining similar losses, according to Kelt,
are Tom Weaver who has lost fourteen, W. M. Harper and W. D. Dickson of the
Valley Farm who have lost two each.
MOTHER ON VIEW IN CORSICANA EXHIBIT
Mrs. Gertrude Karn, the world’s largest mother, weighing 745 pounds, opened
an exhibition at 117 North Beaton street Tuesday afternoon, which will
continue until Saturday night. Mrs. Karn was born of normal sized parents in
Teague, 28 years ago and weighed 18 pounds at birth. At the age of one year
she weighed 100 pounds. She has one sister who is of normal size.
Annie Lee Karn, 21 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karn is of normal
size, and is said to be the only living child of abnormally large parents.
She was born in Social Circle, Georgia.
Mrs. Karn is reported to measure 85 inches around the waist; 28 inches
around the upper arm and 39 inches around the knee. She has given
exhibitions in England, Canada, Cuba, Old Mexico and every state in the
union. She was the subject of a Ripley “Believe It Or Not,” and appeared in
the Ripley “Odditorium” during the last four months of the World’s Fair, in
On Highway 22 Is Near Completion
BLOOMING GROVE, Oct. 29.—Officials of the Austin Road Company, contractors
of the Highway 22 paving project, have announced that about 10 more working
days would be required to complete the paving of the highway to Frost,
including the tie-in street at Frost.
CHICKENS - Would You Dress
One for 5c ?
We will if you will come by and select one of our fat fancy fryers at the
regular market price. We will dress it for you while you wait for only 5c.
C. L. McMANUS
210 E. Fifth Phone 1133
1. Applications for rationing books must be filed at the nearest elementary
school on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, Nov. 19-20-21, between the hours of
8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
2. Motorist will be issued an “A” rationing book, good for approximately 240
miles of driving each month. Individuals engaged in occupations
necessitating more mileage can make application for such before a special
commission to be in session at each of the schools during the periods of
3. Application blanks for “A” and “B” books can be secured at the school on
the days of registration.
4. No ration book will be issued if the car owner has more than five tires
per motor vehicle in his possession at the time or registration. Excess
tires must be turned in at the local Railway Express Office before Nov. 22.
5. No applications will be received at the central office of the rationing
6. Motorists must produce their certificate of registration or their
certificate of title before they will be issued a ration book. Positive
proof of ownership of the vehicle must be established through this method. A
copy from the tax collectors office will suffice.
Purdon’s Patriotism 100 Per Cent—Big Feed Crop Expected
On last Saturday another call was answered by many stalwart young men of
Navarro County, several of our Purdon boys being included in this call. As
we stood on the streets of Blooming Grove and watched these boys line up for
march our hearts were made sad. Then it was that the great crowd gathered
began to realize that war actually existed and that we were again called
upon to contribute to it, not dollars this time, but something more than
dollars—we were called upon to give our own boys. This was a sad occasion,
not only because we were to lose these splendid boys from our midst, but
because it meant the breaking of many family ties. But when we looked up
toward the north end of the street and saw Old Glory as she proudly floated
in the breeze we could not help but rejoice that we had young men to send
across to protect her honor, for there will never be soldiers that can boast
of fighting for a greater cause, a grander flag, or a nobler principle than
will the boys who take part in this war. They are not only fighting that
democracy and freedom may flourish on this earth, but they are paying the
debt of gratitude that America justly owes the republic of France. And when
those boys return with victory stamped upon their brows they must occupy the
first place not only in the hearts of the American people but the people of
the world, for they can truly say that they have rendered a real service to
On last Saturday night Purdon was more than $300 over their quota on the
Second Red Cross war fund, which makes us feel proud of Purdon and her
people. While the committee was making their tour for the Red Cross fund one
old lady was canvased who only had one nickel in money. She insisted on the
committee taking this nickel, saying she wanted some part in the work. On
Saturday evening June, 1st, this nickel was auctioned off on the streets of
Purdon and it brought $48.50. The Red Cross will present the giver with a
nice dress and the rest will go to the Red Cross treasury. This should
remind us of the fact that we should give, no matter how small the amount
may be. This woman little dreamed that this one nickel could be such a
blessing and accomplish so much for the cause of freedom.
Another fine rain fell on last Sunday night, which gives us a fine season.
This gives us the best prospect for a bumper feed crop we have had in years.
With best wishes to all, I remain, as ever.
An unruly steer caused great consternation in Frost Saturday. Capt. Jock
Sanders was driving a herd of steers through town when one of them
became unruly, left the herd and dashed through the bank. Coming out on
the sidewalk he turned into the next building which was occupied by a
restaurant. Here he knocked things helter skelter as he ran from the
rear of the building, kitchen and all.
CITIZENS TIRED OF WAITING ON ROADS
BLOOMING GROVE, Feb. 13.—The citizens and the taxpayers of this part
of Navarro county are getting tired of waiting for highway improvements that
never come. We are beginning to think that even old Precinct No. 1,
(Corsicana) has turned the back of her hand upon us. Precinct 1 led a
campaign for several years for a county-wide road making; failed because of
rural support, and then she divorced herself from the rest of the county and
built her own roads to the limits of her taxable rights. That was all right,
but she went ahead and laid concrete leading in and leading out almost every
direction except toward the western part of the county. We are wondering
what we have done to have visited upon us mud and mire sentence.
And here comes the State building concrete highways all over the country.
But when it comes to this rich section between Corsicana and Hillsboro on
Highway 22, they suffer us to make it the best we can on a dirt road. We are
tax-paying citizens in this section. We are law-abiding folks, progressive
and ambitious with as much civic pride as the keeper of a park. We have made
some effort to get a highway, an improved highway, but to date all we have
is a promise and an occasional visit from highway surveyors. One taxpayer
remarked the other day that his tax receipt showed $45.00 road tax and he
didn’t have any more wet-weather road than a jaybird.
We are wondering why our representatives in the Legislature from Navarro and
Hill counties do not endear themselves in the hearts of their constituents
by busying themselves in getting road improvement in this neglected span of
territory. If our folks at Austin would cut our “submission” and eliminate
“politics” and devote more time to the needs of the common people there
might be more happiness, contentment and incentive to look toward a rising
sun for a brighter day. There is entirely too much punishment of enemies and
paying of political debts in the average legislature to suit the folks at
home, who are paying the fiddler. Some years ago the voters voted to raise
the pay of legislators with the hopes of raising the standard of work
needed. It is up, to the folks at home to say whether they blundered or not
in raising the pay.
But we want to get back to the road business. We have for weeks been in the
mud between Corsicana and Hillsboro while in many other parts of the state
(many of them less favored) the folks are gliding along over concrete roads.
We are not satisfied with our condition, and we are tired of fellows passing
along “on the other side” when we need to be picked up, taken to an inn, our
wounds healed and a few square meals paid for out of a fund we are helping
to build up.
--R. W. GEORGE.
JESTER TALKS ON
HISTORY OF COUNTY BEFORE CIVITANS
INTERESTING RESUME OF EARLY TIMES HEARD BY LUNCHEON CLUB TODAY
An address dealing with the history of Navarro county by Judge C. L. Jester
and vocal solos by Miss Virginia Roberts with Miss Georgia Ruth Pollock at
the piano, featured the regular luncheon-meeting of the Civitan club
N. Suttle Roberts and Pat Barton had charge of today’s program. Marvin
Thomas and Roy Peebles will have charge of the program next Thursday.
Reports on the world’s series second game via radio were heard during the
Judge Jester said that Navarro county was established from a portion of
Robertson county in 1846 and included originally a part of McLennan, all of
Hill, part of Tarrant, Somerville, Parker, Ellis and other counties located
between the Trinity and Brazos rivers. Corsicana was designated as the
county seat in 1848. The first settlement was Spring Hill. The famous Battle
Creek massacre was fought by 22 surveyors in 1838 against 300 Indians. Seven
white men survived. A monument has been erected on the site of the battle
and the State Highway department plans to erect a monument-marker near the
place between Hubbard and Dawson. Navarro county was named for Antonio
Navarro. George Hill resided near Spring Hill and was Indian agent and
secretary of war in two administrations of the Texas republic. Hill county
was named for him when the county was carved out of Navarro county.
Dresden Second Community.
Dresden was the second community established in the present Navarro county,
but was named Melton and later Richland. Taos, now Porter’s Bluff was
established in 1845 and then Chatfield, Bazette, Pisgah Ridge and Corsicana.
Corsicana contributed much to the leadership of the country although there
were only 300 inhabitants in the community. Two colonels in the Confederate
army were included with one later being a congressman and senator, a
grandmaster of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the first Court of Criminal
Appeals, a captain in the Confederate Army and John B. Jones, adjutant
general of Texas were citizens of this community.
The first courthouse of Navarro county was located in what is now Ellis
county. The second was a log affair and was built here in 1848 and cost
$100. The logs from the building are now being preserved and it is planned
to reconstruct the building on the present courthouse lawn.
Col. Albert Lee, father of Miss Lida Lee, an officer in the U. S. Army, is
buried in Oakwood cemetery. Judge Jester said Col. Lee resigned and joined
the Confederacy and was in charge of Confederate troops which were attacked
at Galveston by a northern ship under command of Col. Lee’s son. The son was
mortally wounded in the battle and was brought ashore and died. His father
conducted the rites for his son.
Major Chaffey, later general of the U. S. Army, was in charge of Union
troops in Corsicana during the carpetbag days.
The first democratic convention in Texas after the war was held here.
Richard Coke was nominated and elected governor. Roger Q. Mills and Asa H.
Willie, Sr. were named as Congressmen-at-large.
Judge Jester said Corsicana started growing after 1871 when the railroads
HIGHWAY 22 WILL
BE LOCATED EARLY DATE TO HILL LINE
Right-of-way on Highway 22 from the end of Road District No. 1 limits to the
Hill county line will be secured immediately and plans completed for this
section of the highway, representatives of Navarro County were informed by
officials of the Texas Highway Department in Austin Monday.
Specific instructions were issued to secure the needed land at once; it was
also reported that the contract for the stretch of the road inside the road
district would be let early in October.
Representatives from Dawson and Corsicana were also assured that all
intentions of using the northern route for Highway 31 west had been
abandoned and that the maintenance of the road would be over the present
route. The extent of improvements that would be made on the road was not
Members of the Corsicana delegation included J. N. Edens, Ted B. Ferguson,
A. F. Mitchell and W. O. Harwell. They were joined by C. M. Newton and
others from Dawson.