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 - Backward Glances By A. W. Neville R ED R1VSR...
Backward Glances By A. W. Neville R ED R1VSR was not only navigable a large part of the year from the days when emigrants began :o come to Texas but even up to about a half century aero. Then th© railroads having come, peo- abandoned ihe river for the speedier transporta- t!on. Jefferson, which had been the metropolis cf) northern Texas, with its wharves piled with freight i 1 to and from New Orleans, rapidly shrunk into a | yjj! a g- e alzio 1 * 7 and except tha T ^ r w~s a CO-">T\- ! j * "-* ""» - *• -• **•* a *-O<-.i.O • seat would perhaps have disappeared entirely. Jet- j 'erscn people always blamed the Quick decline of their city on :he cutting: of the raft below that city. ! which held back the waier and gave a depth in the | slough or bayou that would float the steamers. The was cut under orders of ihe war department the railroads were One navigator of the Red vas Captain Benjamin F. Savage, who soon after the war between the sections engaged In steamboatlng with Colonel T. r»I. Arnett and a man named Crooks. They ran a trace on upper Hed river, carrying: cotton some_ as far as Xew Orleans and bringing back miscellaneous freight- In 1STO their boat took on freigh: at shreveport, for landings on the river a >> QTe t v. a - c > :y . and often ran to the mouth of Mineral, about twenty miles above where later settling in Grayscn county IO spend his last years, | He ^- as boril in Cooper countv , Missouri, in 1S27. a so ^ o: - Tvniiam Savage who had moved 10 that state from Xorth Carolina, The father was a physician and farmer and between times fought la- dia=s £nd S6rve i ustlc5 of the eace _ 3n Sav _ age therefore began early 10 see life and he saw more cf it when in 1S46 he came to Texas and tried - o se t;le in Coliia county near where is the iown of West on, but some months later was driven bv Indian forays to Kentucky town, in whai is now Grayson county, where he engaged in selna•-. goods with his brother, Sam Savage. He presently sold his interest and moved to near where is now Whitesroro and began raising cattle. When the war came he was called by the Confederate war de- partment to furnish beef for the soldiers at r ort Arbnckle and received pay in Confederate money which finally caused him considerable loss when the war closed and the currency was worthless. During this time he was arrested and charged with helping deserters from the Confederate army ; to leave the country, when the fact was that he had persuaded a number of them to return, to their j commands rather than risk being caught, and shot as deserters. He had a letter from General ilcCul- lough thanking him for having done tLis. and Cap- I£ln ^^ s£id til5 TO a11 ^ MT ** ^ ^- He wa3 * cr-arter member and first senior warden of ^^-esboro ilascnic lodge, and was la all Aspects

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  1. The Paris News,
  2. 08 Sep 1933, Fri,
  3. Page 4

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