Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Emma Falconer]
“From about six miles of Waco starting on the Tehuacana there were families who had settled on plantations down to Marlin, they were first General Harrison, who also came from Missippi, Dr. W. W. Dunklin, Dr. Bedwell, the Shaklefords, the Mullins, Punchards, Billingsleys and the Oakes. Most of these families came either in the Sterling Robertson colony or soon after. We came much later. But even when we came it was in some ways a little wild and unsettled.
“The “Waco Tap” railroad as they called it had just been completed from Houston to Waco. This made Waco the terminus and brought trade from farther west as they brought their produce here to be shipped to Houston to the market. For years Waco, Fort Worth and Dallas were said to be wild cow-boy towns. Everything was what they called wide open, saloons occupied the best business stands. The bars were in front and the gambling dens were in the rear behind saloon doors. A special stunt of the cowboys was to ride into the saloon and shoot a barrel of whiskey untill they could
“Under the reconstruction period the lawlessness had continued in Texas, theives were numerous and bold and found a secure retreat in the thickets and timber of the Brazos bottom along the Brazos River. Many a man has been trailed and caught here it the bottoms with blood hounds. But it was said that this was changed when the Hon. Richard