Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Ernestine Weiss Faudie]
“Another story is that gold and silver bullion was brought from Chihuahua, Mexico, for shipment to the mint at New Orleans. Instead of the horses and carriages the ox-wagons were familiar sights on the streets of this little coast town. It is said that hides and tallow were among the more important commodities. After the cattle were killed and [skinner?] the carcases were ahuled beyond the city limits and dumped, and the fresh beef was used for fattening hogs and the people in the town were welcome to all the meat they wanted at the slaughter house.
“Natural ice from New England was shipped by steamer from Boston, army goods were shipped from Baltimore thro Indianola to the forts at El Paso and San Antonio. The number of people in the town in 1875 were close to 3,500 and town lots sold for a good price. So the town was one of the best in Texas until Sept, 16, 1875 when the tropical storm came. The citizens hurried to the business buildings and private houses that were known to be the stoutest, but only a few escaped with their lives.
“It was said that many were forced out of the second stories when the water rose in them and had to seek safety in hastily constructed rafts which they made from the sections of the floors and walls of the houses they were in. Some of them were thoughtful enough to have ropes