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Brownsville herald. [volume] (Brownsville, Tex.) 1910-current, December 21, 1924, Valley Industrial and Mid-winter Edition, Image 20

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Free Lots Offered for
i New Business Houses
and Residences; C. of
C. Live Organization
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The first business building was ereef-1
td in Alamo, a town of more than 600
people, in 1920 and the town was incor-i
porated in May of this year, giving it’
rifht to the claim of being the young-1
e'st incorporation, and it is by far the
fastest growing, its residents say.
Four business and seven residence!
lots are to be given free to firms or in-!
dividuals who will erect business hous- j
es or residences of a type which meets
ceVtain restrictions before March 1 and
January 1, 1925, respectively, according
to an announcement recently made by
the Alamo Chamber of Commerce, one
cf the livest organizations of the kind
in the Valley. The lots are to be donat
ed by C. H. Swallow, owner of the Ala-!
mo townsite. This novel method of ad- j
vertisiag the town’s advantage is at- '
ti acting wide attention, it is said.
The first colonization work was done
on the Alamo tract 1914, byb the Ala
mo Land and Sugar Co., a Lincoln, Ne
braska, corporation. The first sales
were to prosperous farmers of the
northern states and were in 40, 90 acres
and even larger tracts. By 1920 ap
proximately 12,000 acies of mesquite
and cactus had been cleared, farm
homes dotted the land scape, brush
trails w'ere abandoned for real roads
and canals for i: rlgation had been built
to altaost every section of the tract. ;
First Building Erected
■.-The need of a town became apparent
and a large tract of land for a townsite
was set aside in 1919 by the Alamo
Land and Sugar Co. The first building
a residence, was erected on the present
townsite before it was laid out in 1918
by J. G. Beal, who still owns a splendid
home in the town and a block of sub
stantial business building besides. The
first business building was erected ear
ly in 1920 by C. A. Phillips and this was
the beginning of a series of projects
which saw a number of business build
ings and residences completed before
the,end of that year.
In the election for an incorporation
of .the toWn, held in May, 1924, only
three negative votes were cast. Frank
ir Denxer was elected first mayor and
Frank W. .Rotnpf and “Morgan Olson
were elected commissioners, the com
mission form of government having
been adopted.
The men who planned the townsite of
Alamo-looked into the future and pro
vided for a "city beautiful.” Many
pj^rks were laid out and set aside, the
streets aft amply wide to allow the
planting of flowers ahd shrubs along
thV Walks on both sides of the streets
and h'mjjle parking space is provided in
the business section. ,
._ The development of the fertile farm
• itffe Section abdtif the town has caused it
to flourish as it has in the past and
$$plains the present era of growth.
There ate 20,000 acres of wonderfully
fertile land in the trade territory of the
tohm, the 40 and 80 acres tracts in
which it was sold originally have since
been out-into five, ten and 20 acre
blocks and now is intensively farmed.
EhoTmons crops of vegetables are prod
uced oh the tract and more than 4000
bales bf cotton were ginned this year.
Crops Worth $8000.000
Crops from that section to the end of
September, 1924 had sold for $694,000,
according to'an estimate made by Ma
yor Dfenzer and C. B. Shumaker, sec
retary of the Chamber of Commerce.
Some of the leading crops in this esti
mate were: cabbage. 130,000; beets and
efirrots, $21,000; cotton, $525,000; cotton
seed, $90,000; and broom corn $.‘50,000. A
number of other crops netted smaller
The citrus industry is just being de
veloped on the Alamo tract but the fine
grapefruit, orange and lemons grown
on the older orchards indicate that it
soon will take its place with the lead
ing fruit growing sections. At the begin
ning of the present year there were on
ly about 1000 acres in orchards on the
tract but this has been more than dou
bled in the past 12 months and in the
next three or four years this will be
come one of the section’s leading crops.
The town recently has completed a
fine $25,000 grade school building, and
it is said that another soon will be
needed. Pupils who have reached high
school attend the Pharr-San Juan-Ala
mo school which is located half way be
tween the first two named towns, and
is one of the best in the Valley. ,
Alurtio provides a free moving picture
show every Batu:dav night for its citi
zens and for residents of the trade ter
ritory which draws at least 1000 people
every week’and which has had as many
as 6000 attending. All roads leading into
town are kept in good condition by road
clubs which work through the Alamo
Chamber of Commerce. A prize is
awarded at the end of the year to the
flub which has kept its road in the
best condition during that time.
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Stephen (irahaiu. writing to the Lon
don Times, reports from Riga as fol- i
- On »U bands 1 hear rumors of 1
the coming famine in Russia. On the
border there afe many escap* s. or at
tempted osoape*. of soviet subjects, each j
bringing a tale of impending disaster.
Bad »S fhipgs were, they are going to be ]
worse. - The worst winter of the revolu- |
rion TS corning. There is a ‘sort of mur- i
that of half-suppressed terror and mis
ery audible from the East. Not a word 1
of comfort. Bot n rumor of new life of
mohstrartidn. U|a>n which one might .
bad* new hopes. The Russian war areas ;
dud ’devastated regions have been con- ,
verted into living and prosperous eoun- .
trie# like Latvia and Lithunania. but ;
tixMKrffl. with all her great strength and
kdr» resource* ha* not yet risen ont of <
kir jnitery. Poor northern Latvia, with <
a decent! government, tan feed herself; <
. rich Russia, with the bolshevists, can i
not.” 1
' Two hundred Btownsville men and
i their families enjoy the Brownsville
Golf and Country club which furnishes
many different forms of recreation and
:.im:sement, including go’.i, tennis.
I owi mining. imp ."hotting, dancing, ban
quets, etc.” throughout the entire year
1 he Ge untry club was organized in
1912 and toon after that tini- the pre
i •ei:* eommodicu.-. two-story building
nas constructed, this building having
b<en enlarged and .improved since that
1 time until it is a first class country
j club offering accommodations which/in
! clud - a dance floor and*- banquet hall,
showers. assembly room, and other sk
commodations, and is equipped with
water und electric lights.
Officers of the Country club at t^e
piesent time are Dr. H. K. Loew, presi
dent; A1 Parker, vice president; A.
Wayne Wood. J. B. Scott and Wm. R.
WeBt, members of the board of trustees,
which includes the lirsf named officers,
and G. C. W'agner, secretary and trfas
ui er.
The club hns a beautiful 9-hole golf
course, considered one of the best in
this part of the state. and golfers can
be seen on it at almost any time of
day. The club has a concrete tennis
court and two dirt courts. Hnd facili
ties for clay pigeon shooting.
An additional 70 acre tract of land
across the resaca from tlu country club
grounds has been purchased recently by
the club wilh plans for adding nine
more holes to the golf course. A com
mittee is making plans at the present
time to carry out this plan.
,A reproduction of an old steel
engraving ma le by a United
States army, engineer back in
the days before the close of
the Civil war, showing how
Brownsville looked in its in
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steam table, used to keep the food
warm, was installed this year.
Girls Sell Corking
The cooking classes in high school of
ten sell their products through the cafe ,
teria and the proceeds are used for
beautifying the, class rooms and for
other purposes. ' The pupils of these
classes also are given trajning in quan
tity buying and in preparing meals for
large numbers.
Mr. Yoe, superintendent of the sys
tem, has a statewide reputation as a
school executive and much of the pio
gress made in the past few years is at
tiibuted to his capable direction.
The senior high school has an en
rollment of 265 and W. A. Raseo is
principal. There are 13 teachers in the
laeulty. The junior high has an en- j
roliment of 406, a facility of 12 teach
ers and X. ~0. Fiasco is principal. Thf
grammar school has about 850 enrolled,
a faculty of U2 teachers and E. C. Dodd i
is principal. The Fourth ward school
has 222 enrolled and has six teachers. !
Miss Rachel Clearwater is principal. At
West Brownsville school there are 125 ,
pupils enrolled under four teachers o.1
which Mrs. Margaret Yarbrough is prin- '
cipal. The Victoria heights school has '
64 pupils and .Mrs. Daisy Taggart is
teacher. The Colonia Mexicana school
has an enrollment oi 58. Miss Amelia
Fernandez is teacher. Included in these
figures ate about 70 children which are
brought in each morning trom El Jar
din and Media Luna in two large motor
Almost one thousand pupils attend the
parochial schools. The Academy of the
Incarnate Ward and St. Joseph’s college
in Borwnsville and the Catholic schools
of the city have for many years played
an important role in the education of thfr
Back in 1853, only three years after
the city of Brownsville had been in
corporated, and four years after the J
Oblate Fathers forged their way into
the Valley, the nuns of the Incarnate ■
Word, a French order, Started con
struction work on the convent here. Iri !
1868 the institution was completed, hav
ing to be almost rebuilt after the dis
asterous storm of 1867.
The convent was the only educational
institution in Biownsville for a num
ber of years and children of all denomi
nations took advantage of it to secure
an education. Following the storm and
its destructive work, the Guadalupe
school for girls, the first parochial
school to be built in Biownsville, was
This school is near the convent on
St. Charles and Seventh streets, and the
two are connected by an archway over
Seventh street. A short time after the
completion of the Guadalupe Schoo'
girls, the Si. Joseph’s college was com
pleted, this being a school for boys.
Lack of financial supfiort was one of
the chief drawbacks to the college in
its early days, but it has since become
well established as an educational in
stitution in the city.
The next Catholic school to be con
structed in Brownsville was the Imma
culate Conception school in 1906, for
hoys, near the corner of Fourteenth and
Jefferson. This school building was
erected on the site formerly occupied
by the Immaculate Conception church.
In 1912 another parochial school, St.
Francis’ school for both hoys and gi*-N
was erected at the corner of Tyler an 1
Eigth, this school building being con
structed with funds finished by the late !.
Mrs. FelicitaS Yturria, who also left un |
endowment for the school for 10 years )
when she died in 1919.
The regular school work is carried
aut in all of these institutions, with j'
special courses in painting and music ;
being gven at some of them, notably
Jt the convent. The parochial schools,
Guadalupe school. Immaculate Concep
tion school, and St. Francis’ school, are [
tinder the direction of the Oblate Fa- j
thers, headed by Rev. Chailes A. Sero- ,
dcs. These schools are supported by !
the parish, and no charge is made to I
he pupils who attend.
All of the school buildings are of j
irick and stone with the exception of •
st. Francis’ schnol for girls, which i 1
» frame building. The only one of the :■
Catholic schools which carries on high !
-chool courses at the present time is
he convent, in which advanced work of j
egular high school rating is given. The
iresent plan is to add another story j
lext year to St. Joseph’s College, and , j
five high school* work there, as one of j [
he hi others is in the University cf Tex- ! j
is at the present time preparing to !i
each the work. |
Enrollment in the various catholic LI
ichools are: Incarnate Word academy,
114; St. Joseph's college, 174; Guadalu
>e school. 77; Immaculate Conception
choo], 148; St. Francis’ school, 104 boys
ind 136 girls.
There are two teachers at the Gua
lalupe school, three in the Immaculate
’onception school, six at St. Francis’
chool, 22 at the Academy of the Incarn
ate Word, and seven in St. Joseph’s col
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Five years ago, Weslaco was a mass of tangled cactus,
mesquite trees and underbrush—just a vast area of un
developed land, holding a golden opportunity, a definite
promise to those whose determination and aggressive per
sistence would penetrate the tangle. Hardy men, strong I
I in character, mind and physique came—they saw—they 11
conquered, and today—less than five years have passed— 1
Weslaco stands, a monument to these men, offering a 1
still bigger opportunity to those who will come. * I
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Wesiaco today is surrounded by more than 30,000 acres
of farm land, has dozens of prosperous businesses, housed
in modern buildings:—beautiful homes, fine schools and
churches. The population of 2,500 is dajly increasing
and :iew projects are almost daily announced. Home
builc ng is the best evidence of a community’s advance
ment and Weslaco now has 2€ homes under construc
tion. Sixteen business houses of brick are nearing com- |
| pletion. I
In civic pride and civic organizations, Weslaco is second "■
fo none. It enjoys the distinction of originating the “Liv
erite Club, the only club of its kind in existence. It is
a luncheon club with a three-fold purpose: To develop
its members into physically fit, mentally alert and mor
ally awake men whc are leaders in all civic movements,
| better business methods and community building, and in
physical training, both individually and in groups.
(Weslaco beckons to the aggressive, red-blooded Ameri
can who has the determination to win.
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I This Space Made Possible by the Following
, Public Spirited Business Firms of Weslaco
McWhorter & Thompson weslaco lumber co.
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