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Page 1 [Newspaper Page] — Shafter Lake Herald — 27 December 1907
SHAFTER LAKE HERALD. VOLUME I. Shafter Lake, Andrews County, Texas, Friday, December 27, 190"/. NUMJBER 18. MOST PRODUCTIVE AGRICULTURAL COUNTRY IN THE ENTIRE WORLD ■ ' ' ' ' ' \ I / L l * Is the Shafter Lake Country-Big Statement to Make-But We Are Basing This Statement Upon the Actual Results Obtained Here. Written for the 13th Issue of the Shafter Lake Herald BY JAMES T. CUMLEY, It was not the cattlemen ,or any one associated with or representative of the cattle interest who have made the agricultural possibilities of West Texas known to the world, and the actual results obtained by farmers in West Texas have become known only by the1 persistent efforts of those pioneer "nestors" who first came West and planted a little cotton and corn, and then, in their own crude way, attempted to disseminate this information. It has only been for the last few years that the farmer could have the opportunities which West Texas held out to the prospector made unown through the press, because in ...
Page 2 [Newspaper Page] — Shafter Lake Herald — 27 December 1907
i I i A DAY IN A NEW WESTERN TOWN Has Many Interesting Features—Lights and Shadows That Fall Athwart One's Path in 24 Hours 1 r' * v t A I • c I ' 1 if: '.i ■ f, I V/ •v. J?'' I ss*', ♦ i* .1 J f V p ♦ f i In a Three Months' Old Town-From Sunrise to Sunrise Tfiis Restless, Vibrating Mass of Humanity Never Stops-The Panorama as Viewed By James T. Cumley. S-'r&Mf? HI mmm. It is a night's ride on the T. & P. from Fort Worth to Midland, and as we alighted from the train we saw the Shafter Lake and Seminole automobile waiting to take its load of passengers and mail. Besides the chauffeur, there was a gentleman from Pennsylvania, another from Georgia, and the lady who oc- cupied the other seat was from Illinois. It was a beautiful morning—the earth was garbed in a resplendent grandeur that only comes to that portion of the world which is" known as West Texas. For the first five miles out of Midland the road made a few crodks and turns, and then we hit the straight trail in a north...
Page 3 [Newspaper Page] — Shafter Lake Herald — 27 December 1907
rs (y rs \o [e Ke *> '•* < rl ♦ * THIS TEXAS RANGER WAS A FIGHTER Smiling Silas Pursued Robber Band Across the Rio Grande River and Exterminated Them. "The pluckiest chap I ever saw was a young Texas ranger known as Smiling Silas, one of Sim- mons' band, on the Rio Grande border, and I will never forget the way that lad, single-handed, rounded up Pantaleon Calderone, a Mexican terror, and three of the Greaser's followers. I didn't see the sensational finish to the chase across the plains—no, I wish I had—but it was given to me by a half-breed boy who'd looked on at a safe distance." Harry McChesney, a cattleman with a ranch near Denham, Tex- as, sat talking with some friends and the group, liking the way the visitor started off, insisted that he tell the story of Smiling Silas' fight. "It was back in the early 80's," Mr. McChesney began, as he tilted back his big chair and struck a match to a fi*esh cigar, "that Simmons' rangers came down to the river to round up Calderone and...
Page 4 [Newspaper Page] — Shafter Lake Herald — 27 December 1907
ANDREWS COUNTY WINNER OF TWO PRIZES * , . / ' - ) , Secured Third Prize in All Texas for Farm and Mill Products at the Dallas State Fair and First Prize for Watermelons-Exhibits Generally Praised. *> I Callahan county first. Tom Green county second. Andrews county third. This is the manner in which the prizes for farm and mill pro- ducts were awarded at the Dal- las Fair a few days ago! * It is very noticeable that the prize counties are all of the west- ern portion of the state—the country of continual wonders and opportunities. For weeks the Herald has been telling the people over a vast area of territory of the wonder- ful development of this country and contiguous territory, and hundreds of people have come here on our representations. Most of them have said they hafd not believed all the good things printed concerning Andrews county and the Shafter Lake country, but that after reaching here they found the Herald and other publications very modest in their assertions. The fac...
Page 5 [Newspaper Page] — Shafter Lake Herald — 27 December 1907
t I J', ■ H' ' v( S , I®'; * < M -T— ' - ..V . ?T55! >¥?■.'' &S; ggHHil >^n|jg| j-i . ^ si Large Natural Salt Lake, Which is Within a Short Distance of the City of a Thousand Wonders. A NEW HOPE A NEW FUTURE A New Home Await You in the Shatter Lake Country—As Related By James T. Cumley. In an article written by Mr. W. H. Gaston, which appeared in the Port Worth Record of Sunday, May 26th, and which we are not permitted to give here, owing to lack of space, was given the first authentic account of the beginning of the town on the plains which is destined to be one of the most important possible for a cattleman to load his cows in a car at Shafter Lake on Saturday morning and have them on the Kansas City market the following Monday morning, as there will be two roads for him to route his cattle over, as we understand the new line is to connect at Dalhart with both the Rock Island and the Port Worth Watermelon Time in the Shafter Lake Country. x%v • ! centers of distributi...
Page 6 [Newspaper Page] — Shafter Lake Herald — 27 December 1907
HUNT m I i / ■ m Results in Destroying the final Link in the Chain Which Binds West Texas to Her Remarkable Past. w $ ■$ f * '4*4 * **• ■ > • i Cyclone Davis of the Steeple 0, the Champion Broncho Buster of' the World, Assisted By That Irrepressible Percy Saint Clair, Killed the Last Bison, for Many Years a Derelict of the Plains. v.*- A LOCO STORY BY JAMES T. CUMLEY aer> v, i|taco] •orTty-^ I n tadi o, 'it .ii am j V- Quiet — it was exceedingly quiet. At the Meteor Club there was nothing—absolutely nothing to break the eternal monotony of the houi^ The very atmosphere of the club room was permeated with an air of ennui which had been freely imbibed by the occupants. In the. lounging room, Bill Zeeks, leaning over the end of the leather-covered davenport, was matching twenty dollar gold pieces with Chalk White, who was comfartably oecupying three chairs. Id the billiard parlor, a half doeen cowboys were languidly indulging in a game of fifteen ball pool at five dollars per bal...
Page 7 [Newspaper Page] — Shafter Lake Herald — 27 December 1907
V'";vr • Eft* * ti/4.A . ' ( 4 FROM DALHART TO MEXICO THROUGH SHAFTER LAKE COUNTRY BAILEYJ FLOYD i— ; COCHRANJ j HOCKLEY j LUBBOCK •Rob well I LYNN I GARZA iTERRY NES DAWSON ^MIDLAND AUSTIN SANANTO/V/o &>cSTOti W Railroad That Open to Settlement the Body of Agricultural Land in the World. TEXAS AS VIEWED IN COLORADO \ A For many years past the peo- ple of Texas have been coming to Colorado as summer Visitors in ever increasing numbers. This year there were more Texans in Colorado than ever before, and the people of this state have come to realize that it is very much to our advantage to culti- vate acquaintance and friendly * relations with the people of the v great state that lies so near our southern borders. There is one peculiarity about the people of Texas that their summer friends of Colorado have, not failed to notice. The people of the Lone Star State do not emigrate. They come to us for the summer, they admire our mountains, they praise our cli- mate, they politely a...
Page 8 [Newspaper Page] — Shafter Lake Herald — 27 December 1907
% i P ? I- IN THE ENTIRE WORLD CONTINUED FROM FIRST PAGE And then on the top of this, we want the reader to peruse the columns of the story in which we bave mentioned the fact that "Buster Brown" was off to the State Fair (reprinted from the thirteenth Issue.) "Buster Brown" is a watermelon raised by M£. Charles Logsden of Andrews county, and weighs ninety-seven pounds, and even though there be some who may be unable to see the pos- sibilities of the Shafter Lake country, in an agri- cultural way, if he attended the Dallas Fair and asw ,the Andrews County Agricultural Booth, in charge of Col. J. F. Austin, and looked upon this iratermelon, which was raised within fourteen miles of Shafter Lake, then when be sees a story of the agricultural possibilities of West Texas, he will take off his hat and stand uncovered and say, ""My God, what have you not given to West Texas!" Below we give the statements made before an ' audience of our representatiye citizens, as stated above: TEN DOLLAR...