Clipped From The Brookshire Times
Katy On The Katy you on me nothing town— a lot every with them— road give 0. A Brief History of the Towft f\f If _ * __ vvr* * * • « . I OfKatyWillbeContin. tinued in The Times . all i've the saw has 'em if 'm— told _ A well (Continued From Last Week) The first settlement here was call-1 The Second Chapter ed Cane Island, being named for thej creek or bayou here, then known as Cane Island Creek. Most of the buildings were along the banks of the creek just back of the home. There was a C. L. Baird three-roomed hotel, a two-story school-house, a few houses and. a cemetery. The ceme- tery was first started when — a "«u nou ouaiueu wnen an epi-1 demic of yellow fever struck a band) of soldiers in 1863 resulting in from thirty-five to fifty deaths. Some of the old cistern they made for water, the graves may still be found, also moved I so as a the but most of the bodies were either to a place south of Katy or toL the present cemetery, northwest of | Katy. The stage coach line ran through the settlement, and northwest by the old Cabaniss place. This was the stage that ran from San Felipe, then the capital of Texas, to Harrisburg. Santa Anna marched his army through here on his way from San! Felipe to San Jacinto battleground. The upper part of the two-story schoolhouse was used for the classroom, and the lower floor, for a social hall. Here the Literary Society met. At one memorable Literary meeting debate (you know, of course, that it couldn't be a literary society in those days unless there was a debate), the topic for the evening was "Resolved; that Modern Inventions do more harm than good." Mr. William took the affirmative, and ex- m I p. to 13 I I inventions that he broke up meeting. .Jn those days it was not uncommon to see many prairie fires, and at times the fire worfd be almost a complete circle around the horizon. Wolves roamed the prairies in small packs. Their howling probably sent prickling chills to 'many a late traveler on lonely winter nights. In 1895 tthe jRl>ii..-i*. "ra'ffroi* a road tih-o'ugh here and that was the! beginning of the end of the ! .'Narrow Guage." At first there was only a section crew house and a water tank. Then they set out a box-car for a station and J. E. Cabaniss as the operator. It was at this time that the Katy town site was laid out in plots. Some of the earliest settlers were: J. E. Cabaniss, Dr. J. M. Stewart, 1898, J. H. Wright, 1898, Joe Freeman, E. M. Morton, W. P. Morrison, 1897,'Wm. Eule, 1897,.'D. S6uthard, 1898, R. B. Wilkinson, 1897, A. Bolen, 1898, W'm. Gaul, 1899, J. 0. Thomas, J. A. Danover, 1896, W. H. Feathrestone, G. W. Douglas, 1899, Ed Brand, T. G. Roberts, E. D. Dorn, 1899, D. A. Hagermann, 1899, J. M. Janes, F. G. Hart, J. M. Newspme, Will Shapley, D. Hu- •.'V * * tend -afternoon, also. bier, C. Schlipp, Geo. Schultfs, 1900.. In 1898 ^Mr. Waite, ex-Governor of Colorado, and his daughter lived here in a house where the M. W. A. Hall now stands.' (Continued Next•" eek) ST. ;he St. Sacred Mass 8 and 2nd 7:45 Sunday, Prayer evening, Missionary at 3 New and Sunday meeting Prof.