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Cumby......Ninety Years Ago
(Reprints of "The Cumby Rustler" from 1909

From the Cumby Rustler,
G. M. Morton, Editor

Friday, Sept. 4, 1909:

Reprinted in the Cumby Rustler from the Bonita Standard - The speech of Hon. H. Bascom Thomas at the Nocono reunion has been commented on more or as much, as any other speech made on that occasion. The gentleman from Hopkins County is a speaker of strong ability, and his side of the expulsion from the state senate created the wildest enthusiasm. He condemned in the strongest language the corruption and fraud that is practiced in Austin by the representatives of the people. As he talked of the high endorsement given him in his re-election by the voters of his district, the great crowd cheered continuously. It was a great effort, and after he had concluded, hundreds of people crowded around him to shade his hand and bid him Godspeed.

A mule buyer was here Saturday and bought ten big mules, paying as high as $425 a pair. Big mules are like cotton this year - rather scarce and bring a roll of the needful.

New concrete sidewalks are now complete and open to public use. The few days inconvenience has been forgotten in the stability and convenience of the splendid work done.

Johnny Dickson has now been clear of fever for several days and is gradually building up.

Would again suggest that you bring home our ladder. It has been gone three months and is longing for home. If you don't return it we will forever be denied the pleasure of lending it.

Capt. J. A. Crain was thrown from his horse yesterday morning in front of the State Bank and badly shaken up. After reviving somewhat from the shock of the fall he was taken home and has since been resting very well. His age and weight made it a serious mishap for him and he escaped serious injury by almost a miracle.

Jim Rippy was bitten by a spider Wednesday night and has suffered much since, but is now considered out of danger.

C. Smith is now postmaster at Cumby and entered upon his duties the first day of September. His son, John, will be deputy and begin work as soon as he can arrange his affairs.

A crowd of Cumby young folks had chicken broil at Plunkett's Park last Saturday night.

The laymen's meeting advertised last week was almost a failure from that standpoint. R. N. Ramsey, Tom McCorkle and Frank Scott were here and did their part well. Business kept others away.

It was Jesse Davis who died at Lone Oak last week instead of Joe Davis as stated in the Rustler. He was the son of Mrs. R. V. Oak of Cumby.

The Cumby Merc. & Lumber Co. just received an immense fire-proof safe, giving them plenty of room and perfect safety for papers and records pertaining to the business.

We hear that Jim Fowkles of the Friendship community will soon move to Bailey to engage in the grocery business.

Jeff Branom has a splendid position with the compress in Sulphur Springs as checking clerk. Jeff is swift and industrious and will make a first-class addition to the force.

We are glad to note that Mack Smith has decided to stay on our side of town, and is today moving into the dwelling vacated by Mrs. Mullenix on Tarrant Street. Judge Irons is tearing down his old barn and building a new one. Byron Whitehead will move Monday to Mrs. Joe Lowe's residence near the depot. Peek Currin and family have moved to the Chas. Holderness residence on Depot Street. Prof. Vanderslice and family occupy the Ed Cox building just west of the school house. Horace Shaw and family moved Thursday to the Doc Newland residence on Main Street. Mr. Black from north of Commerce has bought Mrs. Gordon's residence on the south side and will move in with his parents. Miss Juanita Green left Wednesday for Sherman to enter Kidd-Key College. Jack Cox, of Young county, is here on a visit to relatives; he is the son of our former citizen Fred Cox, and has been growing up with the west for the last twenty years.

Miller Grove Melodies -
Mrs. Ella Oliver of Emory is visiting her parents, J. D. Cook, this week. Marion Dickens of Palestine and Jonnie Gee of Miller Grove were united in marriage Thursday. The little shower of rain Sunday was nice to cool the air but not sufficient for stock water. 

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