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 - HE BUILT THE FIRST HOUSE IN BROOKSHIRE ~ Monday...
HE BUILT THE FIRST HOUSE IN BROOKSHIRE ~ Monday was rather a dull, lonesome day in Brookshire. It was a beautiful, I warm, spring day, a day when all of' the farm hands were busy in the fields and the ranch hands had many things to attend to out on the open spaces, oil field workers were working frantically spudding in a new well and laying more pipe lines, and in our search for news we chanced to have the pleasure of meeting up with that veteran of the early days, Mr. W. T. Cooper, who told us many interesting happenings of the early days in thin section of Waller County. Mr. Cooper was born and reared just a mile and a half from Brookshire on January 3,1867, when Brookshire was part of a cattle range. It was during the year 1903 that Mr. Cooper built the first house that Brookshire had. That was before the Katy railroad was completed. There 'com,'' head, and deer .were as plentiful as cattle whese now is Brookshire's busiest busines ssection. It was during the year 1903 that Mr. Cooper had decided to build 9 new house out on the farm and had the lumber bought, and hearing of an auction sale of lots »uu •.caiiUB ux an „«,„«„. o-»»x ~™ on the Brookshire townsite, he was , one of the first to buy, and so instead'at of unloading the lumber where he first intended to build, he commenced at once to erect a new home on one of the lots that he had purchased, and so others followed suit—soon there sprung up a veritable little village. Mr. Cooper also bought the first automobile in the town of Brookshire, which was that ancient model of Henry Ford's with all the brass trimmings and you had to wind it up with a crank to get it going. It was about that time also that Mr. C. J. Raymond traded a car load of cedar posts for one of the more high falutin' motorized transports, but Mr. Cooper don't remember what the name of it was. But the horse and buggy still had right-of-way, because poor roads and bad weather rendered the automobile useless during certain seasons. Mr. Cooper has been in the hotel business for the greater part of his life and he still owns and manages the only hotel in Brookshire. Mr. Cooper served as county commissioner at one time. Aside from that he has never tried or cared to get into either County or State politics. He has reared a splendid family, of whom five are still living; a few of his old boyhood companions are still left, but he has seen many of them pass on. i Reminiscence of his early boyhood days brings to his mfnd stories told by his father, who was also a native of Waller County, of the time when his great grandfather was in the mercantile business at old San Felipe. One i story in particular was when Stephen F. Foster would order his groceries, feed, etc. He would always wind up the order with a gallon of whiskey. You see that was in the days when snake bites were poison and whiskey was .a splendid remedy. Mr. Cooper went on to tell us many other interesting facts, but we will have to continue the story in some future issue.

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  1. The Brookshire Times,
  2. 23 Apr 1937, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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