The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on September 6, 1959 · Page 5
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Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, September 6, 1959
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,• M80spOTt County, f «xu, l«pt., I, T*I 11AZ08P011T FACTS If GAftDfN NOTfS: Page 5 r- i ^'ESi'^%i^^J-V^'i^i'*i ; i;^ : ',fe'.l' , .••„ i&f l&teu* MILE VUw ISLAND PLANTATIOH, AS WHAHTON DESCENDANT REMEMBERS IT el 1121 Mansion Buin.d In Wood bf Mrs. Sarah WhirJon Croc. Strict Putting It Off Ends; Cold Frame Gets Built »» DOROTHY SMITH »««,,.«„ . . ..:_.''. »r DOROTHY SMITH Tired ol being t "procrastlnator" for the past four or' five years, the writer took a "now or never" attitude last weekend and embarked on a cold frame building operation. , The man about the house (after sulkily making the unheard of accusation that such operation was tally for the benefit of mes- dames of the Brazorla Garden Club, who are scheduled to be hosted here next month), decided that the' price of lumber being what It was, it might be feasible for him to lend assistance. ' . Result* of this undertaking were as follows: We purchased two badly mutilated outside doors from our neighbor, fisherman Buddy Schuster, which we decided would serve nicely for a double lid. A frame was constructed of 2x6's, another such piece of lumber nailed firmly In the middle of the 7'x8'. rectangle, and hinges affixed to the doors. We decided to place the frame on the small square extension in the vegetable garden which heretofore hai mothered fruiting type tomatoes, We decided that although the soil In that area was of a face powder consistency, we would not chance fussing about stubborn petunia, stock and'verbena seed falling to germinate. As insurance against any default in germination due to the type of soil, we found that $5.25 would purchase a 100 pound sack of potting soil from the feed store, and this purchase was made . . . although the breadwinner of the family is also of the economically minded species. Perhaps you could use the argument that I did, to the effect that repeated plantings of difficult seed are not any more expensive than a primary investment in proper soil! The potting soil was then mixed and blend- id with the soil already in the garden with 'he care milady often gives to her pie crust. We sowed the fiat type sweet Spanish onion seed, green "bunching" onions, stock, hollyhock and lettuce seed that afternoon. Following a light sprinkling, the lids were closed to discourage the kittens or the neighbors dogs from wrecking havoc on our new treasure. A glance at the September planting guide reminds us that petunia seed are due to be olanted this month, along with Gerber* Daisies, calendula, allyssum, snapdragon and candytuft Poppy seed are not recommended for the cold frame, tt they are very contrary about being transplanted, and of course, no one would dream of planting sweetpeas therein. We are eyeing a narrow bed along the back fence with intentions of trying sweet- peas again-this year* Last year ours defied all ntatemenU made by seedmen and froze We will proceed strictly a la Jack Marshall this year, and dig the trench 10 Inches deep and deposit a quantity of the composted cow manure we have bearded all summer at th« bottom. Seed should then be sowed and covered with about two incnes of soil, and have the remainder added continuously as the seed comes up and grows. This produces vigorous roots, sez Jack, the professional sweetpet grower of Brazorla. We got out the pruning shears the other afternoon and trimmed all dead and weak wood from the tea and miniature rose bushes. We also cut the tea roses back severely, with hopes for another period of bloom beteri the arrival of Jack Frost. The climbers were not cut back (thej bloom on old growth, you know), bufsev era! weak canes were removed. We fed them a generous portion of leaf mold, and gava them a last sip of liquid fertilizer (we use Ortho Grow) for the year. We completed moving the remainder of all bulbs to the new bulb bed, with the exception of the Dutch Iris. We have had our* for three years, and they like to move on the fourth. We also inserted the top of the clothes sprinkler in the five gallon gas can, and after snipping the grass around an the flower beds, further Insulted the grass roots by applying a generous amount of gasoline to them. (We usually use a commercial weed killer for this, but our summer's supply was exhausted). That should hold the lawn In check until next spring. Following all this activity, we decided to call It a day for this week. See you Saturday! equel-Locals Related To Eagle Islanders POLLY O'CONNELL Fieli Ntwsvrrilcr it Eaglt Island story which led in last Sunday's Brazos, 1 Facts has been received 1th great enthusiasm by read- It has brought letters from _ston relatives of the last Iby born at Eagle Island here the home was sold in l»« by William. Wharton Iroce. Mrs. Sarah Wharton Groce rlet, that last baby, is now and reported to be quite 111. latlves requested copies of story for her as well as themselves. i.JMn. Berlet's nice, Mrs. Kate Ider Myer, wrote that they re pleased that the story of le Island could be read by jmany people who might not low the romance of the area Mi the time, and the part the tally played in Texas history. Mrs. Berlet's daughter, Mrs. .;' L. McKee, wrote for a num- ir of copies of the story for ilatives. and had many favor- )lc comments about Uir story Other relatives nf the people mentioned In the story have turned up in Frecport. Mrs. Vtlma Hay s phoned that her children, T. C. and Marie Brooks, are relatives of. Dr. Branch T. Archer through their father. She recalled Mrs. Julia Ann Gibson, formerly Miss Archer, telling the children of the part Dr. Archer played In Texas history. She was the children's great grandmother and had a boarding house in Velasco In the 1890's, Mrs. Hays said. Mrs. Hays added that the Eagle Island story was very interesting to her because she had .been vague on the facts of those early days In Texas. Elvin Waller, 830 West Board, and his'brother, O. E. Waller, 1727 West Fourth, are both de- sccndents of Sarah Wharton'* cousin, Edwin Waller, who was in the battle of Velasco, fpre- runner to the Texas Revolution. | Mrs. Elvin Waller said her ihrsband's father is named Ed|Win and that (he name h?" l been handed down through I generations. Waller County i* named for this family, closely related to the Groce family as Texas was pioneered. Mrs. Jared E. Groce, mother of the bride who first lived at Eagle Island, had the maiden name of Mary Ann Waller. Many readers have asked just what they could see of Eagle Island's remains at Rest- wood Memorial Park, so Manager. S. G. Marshall was contacted. He says he will be happy to show people around from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday Sept. 6, all day .Monday, or they can come by and visit anytime. He reports that . people have been coming by to see things con- |Cernlng Eagle Island. A man from Abilene, visiting in the area, came by and said he would bring his family for return visit Uie next day, Eagle Oak can be found by turning into Restwood from State Highway 332, through the main entrance, and turning left at the first road Inside the Park. Eagle Oak Is on the right aide of the road about 50 or 60 feet from the turn. Eagle Oak marks the edge of a flower bed of daisies and it near the road. Marshall reports that, as in death and resurrection, the old Eagle Oak put out a new tree frjm its roots, to take its place when it dies. The new oak is about two or three years old and located few feet from the trunk of the old oak. Marshall says that good care is being given the new tree and he hopes it Is sizeable by the time Ragle Otfc dies completely. Marshall has a picture of the t is difficult to get to the old family cemetery for the lake Is higher than Jt has Been In many years becaus* ol the recent rains, Marshall says. About six or eight graves are j visible there because of the way | they have sunk, he says. Many! graves remain to be located. Marshall is anxious to locate as many of the old graves u "*m H. Wharton and Dr. Arch- r nd the addltl °n °' color. The cr. They are located In a pas-1 n>i '' tur * Is In Restwood building lure behind the Restwood I Threre are remains of sugar building, about 100 yards away, bins and cisterns to be seen but By Third Great Books Discussion Group May Be Organized Soon fkalrtM* Tufitnnn** VAB^BW •»!..__ -^ it _ .. .» *._ _ i m< . Munson .column, so if you want to get .coumn, so you want o get ,.. Did you catch, Mrs. Sidney I some opinions off your chest, (\tGreen (of the Lane jaCKson contact Mr. Bryant or this col- , Library Operating Board forjumnist. U the Brazosport Library Associa- ; COMMAND THE MORNING J'fation) and Jim Vogh on a Chan- Pearl S. Buck. The author has ' nel 8 television show recently? ch icn as the title of her most They participated in a dis- recent novel a portion of Je? eussion of techniques of form- ....... I ing and leading of discussion [ croups. Both ot them are Jead- ; ers 6f the fourth year Great ' Books discussion group which meets at th« Lake Jackson Library. There are two Great Books groups in Lakt Jackson now which meet on alternate Frl- da,vs with about IS people attending each (roup. If enough people are Interested another first year group will be started lathis fall. hovah's rhetorical question to Job: "Hast thou commanded the morning?" For her plot, she Is indebted to Mrs. Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN. The resulting synthesis makes fascinating reading, for the monster Is still very much alive and with us—it is the A- bomb. The heroes, If the hook has any. are Burton Hall, the head of the oroject, and his chief as- Distant. Steve Coast. Steve Is a | Quaker who accepts his posl I because of a deep feeling of | -••:*-n\tw VI a UCCp ICTM1I1K We are happy to be able to -vrsonal obligation to Hall, bring you this week another of' The Internal struggle these Burl Bryant's book reviews. We (wo fundamentally different think Mr. Bryant do«s «s nice a „„„„ , n "meddle" because of IhU love, Is a public service. The book has some faults Neither Percy Hard, the British traitor, nor Yasuo Matsugi, the Japanese artist, is believable. job of picking thi meat from a book and presenting the entire picture as any reviewer we have ever reaci. By the way, we would wel- other reviewers to this Letters from Mamma -6v Cliff flrquelte (Uuynft always said Iwasas etna as a button.) lUaii w* tata Mount Uy (she ox* on). bte afcoot MyHafte* Festival. My, Ifs so Gwndpa Oafs nose. You've never seen *'» «u Md. He'stbe only penon In Mount lay who ue* *HD» mOte without holdlaaMs tend up. •etorfbl, to mrioB to !• *TI amd at ib* festive!. Bbi «•» a* Mi BMfBiben. Ada* 4 b* eat* fee i to fltntoete UMogtaetfi. ftm boy* tat mind pay&tt Hfcto • aWnl tot a Us* b* they aey *•« awful touab boat, k COM h« 1847-WfiwhMpMjaae. »nd WOO for «11 tbe banana* ah« ate. When th« b»*t docked, it didnt have any cargo. Sw sure lovjgs bananas. She's the only Deraoo I know vjho eta eat them si(tew»y A wponeruked Elsie why afce was socrazy about bananas, and she Mid, "Ever since I WM a little child, I've alway* liked tt> hang around with the.bunch." . WcU, son, I must dote now and johalp your father. Ha Just tried an experiment. He filled his pipe with half tobacco and half gunpowder to see'If it'would light faster. It backfired. Love, Minimi (K>-,n the book, CWSL^Y WEAVER'S LETTu . jM MAMMA, published by The John C. Winston Company. Copyright, 1969. by Cliff Arqueue.) The explanation given for the treachery of Percy Hard could have been developed, and perhaps made plausible, in a novel twice as 1- g as this one. As Mrs. Buck handles it, though, orw is never quite sure personalities undergo in their attempts to reconcile their wartime obligation to their country and their ultimate responsibility to humanity is the keystone of one of this year's best historical novels. Each of the men is basically religious. Hall Is the son of a Methodist minister of the Bible- thumping, circuit riding school. His father died resolutely allen- at<"< from the agnostic son, Steve, on the other hand never openly broke with the faith of his fathers, although his memories of childhood meeting '—dons are obviously bitter. These early patterns presage the ultimate behavior of each man when he faces the decision of accepting responsibility for his scientific contribution to Ihp development of the bomb. One of the best features of this novel Is the author's realization, and her symnathetic oortrayal of the fact, that those men did have a very real nd terrlfvln? 'ftspnnslhility. To » larife extent, public or'nion has been unsmnathetic Coasts. Too often we tend to scorn them on the one hand as irresp'nsible creatures who value knowledge and ideas above human welfare In one breath, and as meddlesome dreaming long-hairs on the other. A re- ' -hie presentation o. even fictional scientists who love humanity, and have the why Hard is in the book at all Often the author betrays a basic lack of knowledge of th< nature of -scientific research When Burton Hall drafts Steve Coast as his assistant, he he says. "A fellow who can measure cosmic rays 2SOO fee 1 underground in a mine am have them within a declma fraction of accuracy is the fellow I want to tell me what can be done with uranium." One can't help but wonder why a research scientist was measuring cosmic rays In the bottom of a mine if they were already known to a decimal fraction of accuracy. Secondly, it is even more difficult to understand why a piece ot work obviously Invented to demonstrate excellent ex- oe>- ! mpr\tal technique on the nart of S*»\> Coast is then used bv Mrs. Huck as nroof nositive ' S»M'»'S theoreHcul renlus. Such nolnf* nrohuM" Ho not detract much from the very to the real-life Halls and real worth of thi novel. Dr. Perry Mueller Announces the Opening of his office for the practice of GENERAL DENTISTRY SUITE 126 Lake Jackson Proffessional Building Lake Jackson, Texas Office Phone OY 7-3488 Residence Phone OY 7-4248 Office Hours: 8:30 A.M. — 5 P.M. possible so they can be kept apart from the further development of Restwood burial plots when the park. is enlarged someday. Another point of interest to people is the roadside marker on Loop Road on the outer side of the Restwood ligustrum hedge. The marker Is about 50. or 60 yards from trie Loopj Koau-State Highway 332 Intersection. A tree that "breaks" the hedge marks the location, Mar«hall says. This marker tells some of the history of the first owners of the Eagle Island home as well as some of the history of distinguished guests of the home. The many readers ol the Eagie -iiand story can, if they wish, go to the location of this colorful home, historic meeting place of Texan! who fought for state independence. They can see Eagle Oak in whose shade these Texas heroes and heroines have walked. They can relive one of the most important periods of history Texas ever had. 48 HOUR SERVICE KODACHROME PROCESSING sy | KODAK l Delaney's PHARMACY ANGLETON Tl 9-6446 A SALUTE TO.... AND EVERY WAGE EARNER IN OUR COMMUNITY Today, with an enormous percentage of our population engaged in an earning capacity . . . Labor Day may well be thought of as a day when we salute not just the individual worker ... but our entire American way of life. And it is, most certainly, a good way of life! | Management and labor, men and women, people of every background work hand in hand... to provide every family, directly or indirectly, with an abundance of the necessities and the enviable luxuries that we Americans are privileged to enjoy every day of th» year. IfL •BANK OF COURTESV FREEPORT NATIONAL BANK 103 CHERRY ST. FRKPOqT, T£XAi — . - : - MEMBER EQI.C

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