Posted By:Caleb G. Teffeteller
Subject:Big Springs, TX 1883
Post Date:September 15, 2003 at 09:26:51
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East Tennessee News (Blount Co. TN), Monday, June 11, 1883

Big Springs, Texas

A correspondent of the Weatherford (Texas) Times, has this to say about Big Springs:

“The fullness of time finds me in this town, the wonder of “sterile” and “unproductive” Texas. I discover upwards of twelve hundred people here, moving in all directions as if each one has some purpose in life and Big Springs the place where that existence is to be profitable. There are lots of good people here and among them I recognize several from old Weatherford. And, by the way, I notice that two of your well-known townsmen have handsomely distanced all competitors in the contest for the court house and jail and carried off the $33,700.00 prize. I mean, of course, the irrepressible clever-hearted, wide awake, Jim H. Milliken and James Lee, formerly, as I am informed, of Lee & Strain. This Howard County temple of justice will vie with Parker’s beauty, and show that if there is really much “sterility” in Howard, and there is much more productiveness to be seen in Big Spring in five months than in any place along the Texas and Pacific Road. To the initiated it is only requisite to mention the names of a few of the public spirited citizens to satisfy the most skeptical of the future of the town. To particularize, we have Capt. Henry Stocking, J.A. Monahan, J.M. Anderson, George Bauer, Robert Morrow, J.D. Carskaden, Hon. George Hogg, Capt. Reed, Lawson, Smith & Co., Henry Razin, A.S. Haynes, Joseph Cassnaugh, Capt. Boydston, George Little, Brassie Brothers, M. Meehan, Frank Baze, Capt. Torbitt, and others whose names I cannot, at this moment, recall. Do not think me partial if I say a word special about a few of the boys whom I have met.
R.W. Morrow, Esq., the sheriff of (this) Howard County, has recently captured two of the most daring, dangerous and notorious horse thieves that ever depredated on the Texas frontier. We happen to know something of Mr. Morrow, better known as “Bob,” and while there may be other officers as efficient, Bob has not a superior in his official capacity in the course of years past has never yet been charged with faltering in the face of duty. While he is a generous kind hearted gentleman, firmly united to his friends, he is an enemy to law-breakers, and horse thieves especially, and don’t you forget it. Long may he wave.
Lawson & Smith & Co., have a large stock of dry goods and do a fine trade. It seems incredible, almost, that a house at a point so remote, and where poor lo, the buffalo and his favorite American brother, the Indian, were monarchs of this whole surveying district. This firm prospers because of their enterprise and liberality.
J.M. Anderson, the County Clerk, is one of the most practical men in the region. He enjoys his duties and performs them efficiently. He can record a deed equal to the most experienced and fulfill every other necessity in a manner that gratifies everybody.
In my hurry I have mislaid my memorandum book, and therefore must postpone the mention of more until a more “convenient season.” However, allow me to say that J.D. Carskaden, who runs the Cattle Exchange, is an artist of no mean dimensions. He keeps step to the music of go-ahead-ativeness and never fails to give his customers the very best.
The springs, from which the town derives its name, are Big, indeed. They are close together---within 300 feet of each other and less than three miles from the town. The distance between the three is probably not more than 250, 300 and 150 yards, respectively. The southernmost is the largest. The T & P Company has utilized these springs for supplying water to the engines, to the trains and to the town. It is pumped from the three springs into a reservoir, and from the reservoir the water is conducted to the town of Big Springs in three inch pipes. The water is pleasant to the taste and delightfully agreeable for washing feet. It has no special charms for diluting good Monongahela, Monarch, Melrose, Kentucky sour mash, and other excellent brands of life-preserving fluids, for the reason that these are well enough in their place and on the Paulian theory “good for the stomach.”