The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on August 15, 1962 · Page 6
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The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas · Page 6

Freeport, Texas
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Wednesday, August 15, 1962
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fAGE 6 Editorial—Adv.—jE 3-3Jl I —CJassi/ied—j T H I *»OS?OST FACTS BRA.C.,. JRf A;JO BflAZORlA COUNTY. TEXAS, WED., AUGUST IS, i? AJ I _ Peach Point: EVEN NATURE'S FORCES SEEMED PITTED AGAINST THE SOUTH AFTER CIVIL WAR IHAPTER tO : By MARIE BKTII JONES The darkest pprinrl in Peach Point's long history follower! the Civil War anrl Reconstruction Era. One after nnothrr disasters hnrl 'fallen not only on that plantation, but on the entire arm, crippling Brazoria County, Texas and Ihe entire South. After the death of Sarah and Stephen Perry, ownership of the plantation passed to their oldest son. James F. Perry II. Namesake of the original owner ot the plantation, it was not to he the destiny of this James to see Peach Point regain the glory its first owners had achieved. CUT and WRAPPED ARMOUR STAR . HEAVY BEEF tOU YOUR FREEZER GIROUARD'S SUPER MARKET V *M w. 2 ':.."• i It seemed as though the very [forces ot nature were combining ! tn plague the South in those days. Storms lashed the coast, dealing ; death and destruction, and wiping | out a full year's work with torrential rains and winds which slrip- •pcrl the cotton from its bolls and flattened the corn and cane. The boll weevil arrived, and since insecticides had not yet been manufactured to combat this menace, more crops were : destroyed. The borer struck flourishing '.carte crops, and the outlook grew even more bleak. In 1909, another hurricane I struck, even worse at Peach '< Point than the awful one nine years earlier. This time, the family home was almost destroyed. Only a couple of rooms remained standing when the wind had died down enough for the family to examine the situation. It was to James and his wife, Katherine Karris Perry, that these blows fell. "Aunt Katie" as this third mistress of Peach Point was known, was not one to admit defeat. ! Instead of dissolving into tears at the fnistration of forever try-, ing and constantly failing to put the plantation back on its^ feet, | Aunt Katie met Ihe world with n villa llawes Perry, moved from oncp four closely planied oak ' i bright smile. She hadn't much to Frccport to the plnntnlinn. al Peach Point, an empty tomb trmpts still more visitors '.o the plantation. It is the original burial place of Stephen F. Austin, entertaining friends who;the trek to the plantation to view "^TnZi^ 77* '°'.'Jf by her homo, and often ! ,bo historic building and the me-,;.^^ <.„„' £]!,,„ At that time, one of the speakers noted that soon after Austin's death, "A single portrait was hune in the hall of the Old House of Representatives, to the right of the Speaker's chair. This was share with others, but somehow [she managed In share anyway. : I offering iTimfort In the sick and'the two-room house which still ; needy with the calm assurance stands from among the original jthat her own family would some-: cabins built by Kmily and James 'how be provided for. Perry. Individuals, chilis, history Considered a fine musician, she:classes and other groups made enjoyed slopped by nor nome. ann oiien'the historic building , played for her own family's en-jiirntoes of Emily and James joyment. as well as lending herjwhich have been collected for the I talent to the community in direct-! restored cabin. ;ing church choirs and teaching! Even the trees at Peach Point j music lessons to children through-; have histories. One, a twisted, : out the area. gnarled giant, bears the name of i The decline around Peach Point 1 "Austin's Oak." A family story !\vas a sir.w one. but it eventually j tells that as Stephen F. Austin drained away most of the resi-. drove a team of oxen home from! 'dents, leaving the area almost de-itlie fields after dark one evening.: serted until the Frceport Sulphur]one. of the animals walked | Company began operations and j close to a yo'ing oak tree, catch;the population started to climb ling it in the wheel ot the cart, aeain. |The tree was harily bent before At the time ot her death, in Austin could release it, according 193B. Aunt Katie could not have,to this tale, and has ever after dreamed of the progress which i borne the mark of tiic accident, would be made in just a few! Underneath this tree is kept a years, with the arrival of Dow huge iron pot, some 10 feet in Chemical Company bringing diameter. It is one of those which about a prosperity greater than;was used to boil the cane juice in had been known even in those]the plantation sugar mill during'£ golden days before. Ihe Civil War. : the days when Peach Point he! About 1950, the Perry family re- ed earn Braairia Counrv saplings which grew nnd gradual- One of their greatest pleasures , y mfr ^ .„.., pm . RiK;intjc ^ A. The first rnmpulsnry othirnlion'l Inw in Hie \\VslPi-n Hemisphere i WHS iletTenl for nil rhlltlrrn hr-J Iwi'i-ii ii and 1.1 by HIP Danish gnv- rmniput of Ihc Virgin Islnnds In | ISls t»> SIMI—AUTOMATIC (DUTCH-MAID) WATER SOFTENERS -I** placed there by the men who once lollovved him to the wilderness in ( search of homes — who had 100 -shared with him its perils and who knew him best." This portrait was moved i n 1S55, when another state house was built, and occupied (he same position in that building, and again in the present capitol. Soon after the 1900 storm. Austin's papers, uniform, sworl, and other personal possessions were Riven to the State for safekeeping. ''"I (Sun: l'e«ch 1'olnt Today) the nick- OWN CHEAPER ., THAN RENT WHOLESALE RETAIL Distributors for DOWEX Water Softening Minerals We've got bargains too at LADIES SWIM SUITS >5 ALL OTHERS REDUCED BY V» to Vt LITTLE BOYS COATS 1/2 OFF WINTER JACKETS AND COATS SPECIAL GROUP SIZE 1 to 7 LIGHT COLOR BOYS JEANS 3 fw $750, , M Reg 2.98 to 3.98 It. Blue-It. Gold-Lt. Green-Grey, Only GIRLS SUMMER DRESSES $ 2- $ 3 T « $ 6 OR BUY 4 or MORE AT Vi ORIGINAL PRICE GIRLS SUMMER SALE $ 1- $ 2- $ 3 BLOUSES—SHORTS—SPORT SETS—PAJAMAS GIRLS WINTER COATS • SPECIAL GROUP i DRESSY WOOL & - CAR TYPE V* OFF REG. 2.50 to 6.00 LADIES PAJAMAS OFF LITTLE GIRLS SWIM SUITS $ SORRY ONLY SIZES 2 to 6X 1 BIG BOYS SWIM TRUNKS SORRY ONLY SIZE 12 to 20 GIRLS WHITE SHOES SIZES 3 to 12 FOR GIRLS UP TO 7 or 8 yrs. COAT & PANT SETS. SIZES 9 to 30 Months INFANT COAT SETS 1/2 OFF turned to live at Peach Point. ; name of "Sugar Bow] of Texas."' Aunt Katie's son, Stephen S. Pcr-j Another o[ the huge trees' Astronomers believe that white ry II, built a new house on Ihe j which causes unfailing comment i dwarf stars once were larger than site where the original one had : by visitors is one of mammoth j the sun. Now many of them are stood, and he and his wife, Cor-j girth. The family says this was j smaller than the earth. STEPHEN F. At!8TI\ LIKENESS IX 18.1S Portrait Now llnnpw In Te.vas Senate Clmmlmr, Austin BRAZOSPORT BOTTLING CO. BE 3-1481 128 South B North Frcsport ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^•^••^•^••••••^^^^•••••••••••••••^••i^WPiiMMBBBBW^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^"' ™«^^^^^w S MAY BE STRETCHING THINGS JUST A LITTLE! BUT... We Don't Believe You'll Ever Find PRICES THIS LOW ELSEWHERE... Save During Ourl 111 A><-- EVERYTHING GOES! EVEN THE WAREHOUSE SOME BRAND NEW . . . SOME OLD . . . SOME USED . . .' SOME WAREHOUSE DAMAGED ... BUT BARGAINS ALL! WE'RE TIRED OF LOOKING AT THESE AND BESIDES THAT WE'RE GOING TO TEAR DOWN OUR OLD WAREHOUSE AND DON'T WANT TO MOVE THE MERCHANDISE! COME ON DOWN WHEN THE SALE STARTS TOMORROW . . . KICK THE DUST ASIDE AND RUMMAGE ABOUT! YOU MAY FIND SOMETHING YOU WANT. WE KNOW YOU CAN AFFORD IT AT THESE LOW PRICES! & 00> 1& .1 **** *", •flV* itf* p\> AS IS PRICED AS C AND IT EN RUNS TABLE ODDS & ENDS &&H&S THERE'S REALLY NOTHING ODD BUT THE PRICE CHAIRS THEY WILL ONLY SEAT ONE BUT r OU CAN BUY SEVERAL WHEN THEY'RE PRICED S3.00 UP AND UP Co»'* QUO** geeoute A»' Much V.o*e V/e ?rfee Are a* <* HO* VJe On VTi« The* 0 PUSH CARTS Really For Yard Work But Ideal As A Baby Carriage. For Shopping. Etc. Priced Low Tool LAMPS TO LOW TO EVP^ PRICE At ODDS & ENDS BEDROOM FURNITURE CARPET REMNANTS AT A REMNANT OF THE ORIGINAL PRICE We'll Even Deliver • No Refundi • No Exchanges • All Sales Cash • All Sales Final ^\ SOME AS LOW AS Ordinarily You Couldn't Even Cuy A Bed Slat AT THIS PRICE NOTE WAREHOUSE SALE WILL BE AT OUR OLD 503 W. 2nd St.

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