The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on August 24, 1959 · Page 6
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THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS mansion Copy Of Home Srazoaport and Bmorla County, Texfta, Monday, August M, 1959 Mobile »>. POLLY O'CONNELL ~; f«6b HawtwriUr Got Jared Groce, who built toft3»t>ulous Eagle Island Plan- tatfi*'home as a wedding gift fotoiSls daughter in the late 18JO*, left large plantations in GeStfia, Alabama, South Car- btwsr and other areas of the Old 'feuth to found a new cot- t6ft--dynasty In Texas. dojpplete with slaves, equip- meBf-and everything needed'to iOUTO a southern style plantation in Texas, he joined Ste. Austin's colony on the Brazos Rivar in the first par of 1822. It is said that his huge, wa gon train was startling to be hold as it made its way to Tex as. He put his slaves, many ski! led in building and other skills to work founding his first plan tation. Growing cotton, making trip to Mexico, New Orleans, ahi other places to sell it and brin_ back supplies, Col. Groce ac quired more and more wealth The Eagle Island Plantatio the home were wedding' gifts and the home were weddin gifts from Col. Groce to hi daughter, Sarah, and her hus band, William H. Wharton, up on their marriage in 1827. Patterned after a handsome southern mansion Col. Groc remembered from his boyhood IS TOUR OAR PROPERLY? , PERFORMING ATLAS Motor Analyzer with DTOA-VISION Amailnj new machine (ells yon exactly what the trouble to with your anto'i engine. THREE FACTOR! TRAINED MECHANICS ON BVTX AT ALL TIMES TENNER'S HUMBLE SERVICE 4th & Hickory Freeport near Mobile, Ala., it wis completely planned in Mobile. A few weeks altar the wed' ding,, Col. Groce s«nt word to his brother in Mobile that he wanted an exact copy of that mansion. Since there were no sawmills in Texas until 1633, this was probably the first "ready cut" home to be built and perhaps the first frame home in Texas. Every tree was numbered, each plank was : numbered when it was cut, and' every, thing to build the fine home was assembled in Mobile. The beautiful stairway, window facings, doors, arid trimmings were cut from mahogany imported from Cuba.' ••'; • This entire "home kit" was shipped by boat to a landing on the Brazos 'River, as near Eagle Island as possible. From there, wagons hauled the material to the building site. Col. Grace's skilled slaves and overseers supervised the erection of the home.' Bricks were made from Brazos River clay and fashioned into fire places, walks, and chimneys. It was huge, 98 feet long by 52 feet wide and had two floors. The lower floor featured a hall 20 by 40 feet which .separated two 20 by 20 foot rooms on each side of the hallway. A 12 by 60 foot 'gallery ran across the front of the house. These four lower rooms were used as parlor, dining,room, library, and bedroom, with an ell built on the right rear of the home. This had. an eight foot passageway through. H leading toward the separate kitchen building behind the home. rooms in those days, each bedroom had a stand with a large bowl and pitcher as well as a smaller pitcher of drinking water. These were of s: ftne china. .•'••". There Was also a soap dish oh the stand, handy for tidying up and a commode contained a handsome china chamber pot and lid, decorated in exquisite flower design. . ' Ladles and gentlemen of those days hung their finery in 'he huge wardrobes and sent "• ;• nl's to one of Another bedroom, 20 by 24 feet, was in this ell. A 38-foot gallery ran across this ell on the front side of the house. Up the gorgeous mahogany staircase iw the lower hallway, one found a 20 by 32 foot hallway, two 20 by 20 rooms, and twp that were 20 by, 12 feet. Brass chandeliers with prisms of crystal glittered from the ceilings. Gold framed mirrors, several feet wide and reaching almost to the celling, /el- vet carpets, silk, and wool damask draperies, and handsome carved mahogany furnishings made the home ft beautiful setting for a young couple em barking on a life in southern plantation style. • The 'beautifully carved four: poster beds in 'the bedrooms had silk testers and draperies. They were so high that small ladders with three steps were' used to get into bedi : A double wardrobe and a highboy and lowboy for use of Ihe couple occupying the room completed the furnishings ex cept for the wash stands. Sin«e there were no bath "The constant drop •- of water wears away the hardest stone; | The constant gnaw of a dojj'g teeth crushes the hardest; bone, The constant wooing lover capture* the blushing maid; And the constant advertiser is the one who gets the trade." : i ' ler rooms upstairs for Storage. The kitchen was a separate building where slaves prepared the food without cooking odors penetrating the home. With no screens in that time, a porous cheesecloth was tacked to the window openings to keep flies out. : Of course, many other buildings had to be constructed to house the .slaves, carriages, wagons, and other, needs such as barns, smoke houses,, and stable** . ' • .' This plantation, like others of early days, was complete in itself. Every need possible was met right there in providing food, clothing, and shelter for all as well as marketable pro ducts for necessary income. While the home was being constructed, Sarah and her new husband had gone to Nashville where William hid urgent bus- ines*. . . .;.. ,. TuMday LH» on lh« Plantation Boy Scout News ,, A new Explorer Post has'had their charter approved by Scout headquarters, Po'it 3S6. Freeport, Is sponsored by the Bra- zorla County Bowman, Robert E. Boston, president, This post meets at 2ll East Park Avenue on Fridays at 5 p.m. . ..•'.' Committee members are B. B. Ktlgbre, G. W. Smith,, J. S, Carroll, and M. L, Allen, chairman, with Bostoti as institutional representative. , Alvin Sandldge is advisor assisted by C. R. Tucker. Ex- plorefs,are Douglas W. Short, CHICKEN F££D • It wai chlckan «v«ry Sunday —and pracHeally »v*i« d»y. far that mallet— for Lorenzo Leonard), hii wiit, two teng «nd Hve'dogi. ' , ' PoIliiDiald Leonard! «d- ; milled h« had (wlptd 2,500 chickens ilo f«ad ihe fapilly during lh« laii ihr«» yean. II Clk OH * ^dispensable in our way of U, g... vital to our national defense. In Ae 100 years since the drilling of the first oil well in the United States, the usefulness v of petroleum has been often demonstrated in inany ways .... It is an economical and efficient source of energy and a raw resource convertible through petrochemistry into innumerable useful materials ... It is indispensable in our way of life, and vital to the national defense. 5 /*It is comforting to know that today's reserves are ample for today's The Hj^dble Company, incorpo- - rated &1917, has participated in ihe' development of new and better ways to m$ and produce oil, and in the r«1?earch that has improved petroleiuR products and discovered coundess new. uses for oil and natural gas. Uuipble j* a major pro. ducer of y,S,x)il, with production extending all «cro«* die southern needs. And if incentives to undergo the heavy risks involved are continued, there is no doubt that more oil will be discovered and produced to replace the oil we use... The United States has found, produced, refined, and used more oil than any other nation. This has made petroleum products a feature of the abundant American life. Americans «se more petroleum products than any other people on the globe. tier of states from Florida to California. 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