50 Years Ago In Burleson
Burleson and Her Business Men
As Appeared in The Burleson Banner
June 21, 1895

Note: There is no known copy of The Burleson Banner in existence. This issue was reprinted in The Burleson News in late 1945. The transcription on this page was done by Robert Griffith on April 26, 2008. If you know any of the people mentioned in this article, or would like to help research the Banner and other topics in early Burleson history, please e-mail Robert Griffith.

Burleson was named after a Texas gentleman by that name, and its birth dates back to the building of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas railroad from Ft. Worth. The depot and station house were the first buildings erected, and, with the depot came Major J.C. Jones, who continued in the capacity of local agent for twelve years. Major Jones is still here and occupies an enviable position among the citizens. Resigned as agent on account of failing health and being a live, energetic man, began to look around for something to turn up. He saw the need of good water and concluded to give the town a system of water works, which he accomplished by boring an artesian well. The well reaches a depth of 500 feet, and the water reaches within 100 feet of the surface. The water is pumped into a large reservoir by a wind mill and steam. When the wind donít blow the engine is used. Bath houses are also in connection. There 45 hydrants.

Major Jones is a native of Alabama, but has been almost raised in Texas. He is also the agent for the townsite, which belongs to Gen. Dodge of New York.

Burleson has two drygoods houses, Conner & Butts, and Armstrong Bros.

The business of Butts is managed by Mr. Butts, the resident partner, who has only been here since May 6th. The firm has in stock a full line of drygoods, shoes, hats, trunks and millinery. The latter department is presided over by Mrs. Butts and Miss Corrie Garner. Mr. Butts is doing a good business and selling strictly for cash. In looking over the stock and comparing price, we see no reason why people cannot buy drygoods cheaper in Burleson than in Fort Worth or Cleburne.

The firm of Armstrong Bros. consists of J.S. and R.B. Armstrong, originally from Tenn., but who have been in Texas for many years, 10 years of which time has been spent in Burleson, and they have satisfactorily conducted the postoffice for eight years, making many friends. They handle a general stock of drygoods, notions, boots and shoes and are enjoying a good trade.

The lumber demands of Burleson and vicinity are well supplied by S.F. Hackney, who has in stock a full line of building material valued at about $12,000. His stock includes undertakers goods. Mr. Hackney came here about four years ago and by his energy and enterprise, has built up a nice business. He has been a great help to the town, having erected five substantial dwellings one of which he occupies. He is a native of Alabama, but has been in Texas 19 years, living the greater part of that time at Coryell. The remainder of his life will likely be spent in Burleson, the growth of which he watches with pride.

J.D. McGee, who handles a full line of staple and fancy groceries, queensware, saddlery and harness, came here from Luling last December. He keeps in stock everything a man wants to eat and will deliver it promptly at your residence in a very short space of time.

Burton Bros., druggists, are recent arrivals and have a neat stock of pure drugs, patent medicines, notions, tobaccos, cigars, candies etc. The business is managed by J.H. Burton of Mills county, who will give you a fair deal every time.

W.P. Lace, Burlesonís other druggist, moved here from Alvarado about two years ago and is well pleased with the change. He keeps in stock a full line of drugs and patent medicins, notions, etc. Mr. Lace is a whole-souled jolly fellow.

Burleson can boast of an enterprising implement firm, Goodloe & Bransom, who also carry a large stock of groceries and wall paper. The firm has been in business two years, but Mr. Goodloe is an old merchant and an old resident of Texas. Mr. Bransom first saw the light in Iowa, but came to Texas when a child. The firm is solid and reliable and is doing a large business.

The firm of G.W. Watters & Bro. have a general stock of groceries and always keep a fresh supply of cold drinks on hand.

Mr. G.W. Watters runs the store while his brother conducts a farm. They have ben here three years and are Alabamains.

Burleson is well supplied with doctors, and they are all good ones, too. Drs. Hall & Pickett have been practicing in this vicinity since 1875, and have been in partnership two years. Dr. Hall is an old Texan and graduate at the Cincinnati Medical College. Dr. Pickett is a native of Alabama and a graduate at the Medical Department of Vanderbuilt University at Nashville.

Dr. Dunn is a recent arrival, and a graduate of the University of Nashville. All are nice, pleasant gentlemen.

W.E.C. Vermillion is in the jewelry and repair business, and we are satisfied he can repair anything from a carpet tack to a thrashing machine. We know because he kindly helped us put up our news press.

Killman & Wood are general blacksmiths and woodworkmen, and have been here two years. Mr. Killman is originally from Tennessee.

Duringer & Neeley have recently purchased the butcher business of Will Decker. The firm have all kinds of fresh meats constantly on hand.

G.A. Teague has the only barber shop in town, but he is reasonable in his charges, careful with his razor and a gentleman sure and certain.

J.A. Roberts is the justice of the peace. He also carries a stock of groceries. He is preparing to move over on Main street.

Burleson has a goodly number of carpenters, Messrs Carsan, Katy, Harris, Rhoads, Graham, Corley and Gunn.

There are five preachers residing here, Revs. Collier, Davenport, Bills, Landers and Sullivan.

J. Fred Cox is the local agent for the Missouri, Kansas & Texas railroad. He sells tickets, flags trains, sends and receives wire messages, goes with the girls and makes himself generally useful around town, but he is always on hand at the depot when duty calls.

Burleson is blessed with good schools and it is doing much to build up the town. The public schools are in charge of Prof. Griffith, and there was an enrollment of about 100 scholars last year.

Besides the public schools there is a college in charge of Profs. Collier and Davenport, which is located one mile from town.

Burleson can boast of three churches, Methodist, Baptist and Missionary Baptist. They are all handsome structures.

Burleson also has a grain elevator, and Mr. Hackney told us he paid out for Cameron last year the sum of $20,000 for grain. Besides the elevator, there are two gins, which are kept busy during the cotton season.

Burleson can also boast of a beautiful site, good water and a healthy climate.

The town also supports a good hotel in charge of W.B. Dawson, late of Denison, where the hungry traveler can get a fine mean and a clean, soft bed.

R.H. Burns does a general blacksmith business, carriage repairing, etc. He has been here nine years and came to Texas from Tennessee. J.H. Landers occupies the rear of Mr. Burnsí shop and does all kinds of wood work. He came to Texas from Georgia 24 years ago.

A short time ago the town of Burleson was visited by a very destructive fire, which destroyed nearly the whole of the business part, but it has been rebuilt with good, substantial structures and new life seems to have been infused into the business men.

Burleson is not overdone. In no line of business, this is a fact. Every merchant is doing a good business and therefore is perfectly satisfied with his location. The surrounding country cannot be beaten for diversified farming and is thickly settled by a prosperous and high toned people.

Every merchant is interested in the upbuilding of the town, realizing that sharp competition is the life of a place.

Burleson is improving the fastest of any town in the state, according to its size. In three months one of our lumber firms sold 25 cars of lumber. Yet the place is only having a natural growth. Thee is enough trade belonging to Burleson, that if brought here, would support a town of 2,000 inhabitants. The merchants are beginning to realize that the more goods they keep, and better the selection, the more trade it brings. Let every effort be put forth to procure that which belongs to us.

The BANNER family is comfortably located in the new residence of Mrs. Graham.

Will Decker has purchased a new buggy. The young ladies will please take notice.

T.N. Pierce has our thanks for a lot of peaches; also three subscriptions to the Banner.

F.J. Booth and L.C. Collier came in fourth and fifth as cash subscribers. Many Thanks.

Messrs. Hackney and Bransom are arranging for the erection of a large gin in time for the next crop.

A.T. Rosamond is the first cash subscriber to the Banner. He takes two copies, sending one to his brother at Gainesville. Mr. Rosamond is an enterprising man and believes in helping a laudable enterprise, not only with his influence, but with his money. The gentleman has our thanks and we hope he will never have cause to regret his action.

W.P. Lace and family visited relatives in Alvarado several days last week.

Mrs. Renfro is having her fine residence painted.

The ladies of the Baptist Sunday School will give a musical entertainment and concert at the school house on the night of June 28, 1895, for the purpose of rasing money to pay for the organ. Admittance 25c. Everybody come.

Mr. Lon Murphy will begin building a business house on north-west corner block No. 1 by the 15th of July. Mr. Murphy will open a first class stock of furniture. Watch Burleson grow.

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Is Burleson incorporated?
No. But there is talk of it.

Prof. L.C. Collier attended the Epworth League Convention at Fort Worth last week.

R.P. Alexander is selling trees for the Lone Star Nursery. He was formerly a member of the firm of G.W. Dobson & Co., which was burned out in February.

The infant child of J.W. Floyd was buried last Friday, having been ailing some time.

We are glad to learn that Philip Davenport is recovering from a severe illness.

S.F. Hackney, the lumber man, is the third man to plank down the hard cash for subscription to the great and only Banner, for which he has our thanks.

Milton Woodson, a prominent farmer living seven miles south east of town, was in town this week with a wagon load of apples which he was selling at the low price of $1.00 per bushel. Mr. Woodson has a large supply on his trees.

Rev. Sullivan has been employed by the Banner management to solicit and receipt for subscriptions.