Ka, Dallas County, Texas

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Prevalence of the Measles--Farmers
at Work.

KA, TEX., Feb. 19, 1889.

    Farmers are working with a vim to get their oats, notwithstanding the very cool weather and black birds. A flock of them will soon devour the oats if the latter are not plowed under.
    Mr. George Rawlins' public school will close this week.
    Mr. E. D. Longley, who, a few weeks since, came near dying with hemorrhage of the lungs, is now physically weaker and has a fearful cough.
    Mr. Ben Branson, who has been seriously sick with rheumatism and neuralgia, is some better.
    W. G. Arthur, who has seen three score years, and who came from Virginia about five years ago, is going to Dallas this morning afoot, some thirteen miles or more, to see his son, who lives there, and has the measles, to see how he and his family are getting along.
    E. C. Lee, who lives at Dalllas, and peddles produce from this part of the county, has not been out for two weeks because of the measles; therefore, we have quite a supply of eggs, etc., on our hands.

- February 21, 1889, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 2.
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Local Notes From Ka.

To the Times-Herald.
     We had quite a rain this morning. The wheat fields are showing some green. The wheat crop is considered more or less damaged, according to height and thinness, by the freeze of near two weeks since. All oat crops up good and growing finely are thought dead. Some will sow over, where they have the oats to sow, others will put the ground in corn or cotton.
     Mrs. M. Arthur, sister-in-law of G. W. Arthur, died last Friday at 10 a. m. in her 63rd year, buried last Saturday at the Rawlins graveyard west of Lancaster. She leaves a daughter and son with a few relatives here to mourn her departure. She, a delicate, widow, with her daughter, came from Virginia about three years ago, her son coming before her to make their home in Texas.
     A. J. Hurry is yet suffering with his carbuncle on the back of his neck. The general health of the vicinity is right good.

- March 12, 1890, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 2.
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Fruits of All Kinds and Vege-
tables Plenty; And a
Happy People.

                        KA, Tex., June 4, 1891.
To the Times-Herald.
     Mr. Whaley, residing between here and De Soto, cut his fine crop of wheat last week. There is a general cutting of wheat this week. The several citizens are estimating their different crops from 15 to 30 bushels per acre.
     J. C. Garrison has returned with his family from Oak Cliff to his home in the county, about a mile from Ka.
     Last week, Mr. Bud Parks of Dallas came on a visit to his brother, E. R. Parks, and will, no doubt, have a good time breathing this pure, bracing atmosphere.
     Many of this community have gathered a great many green grapes, that grow wild, to make preserves, etc.; and many of the women and some young folks have gotten their faces poisoned by poisonous vines while gathering dewberries. A few sold some of their berries at Lancaster at 50 cents a gallon. All are having a fine supply of green vegetables; and generally, our people are well and enjoying eating, the greatest privilege of earth.

- June 5, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 2.
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Good Crops and a Rabid Dog.

Special to the Times-Herald.
A, Tex., June 10.--The wind, with rain, blew down the corn considerably in the afternoon of June 6 inst., and a few think it will not all be restored, the stalks being heavy and tasseling. Some crops of oats were also blown down. Some were needing rain. It came in good season, and many joyous prospects.
     Mr. George Parks, of De Soto, has had near twenty acres of cotton eaten by the worms; also, four acres on Mr. Henry Daniels' farm, two miles south, and a few others complain of the worms damaging the cotton. The prospects of crops are generally good.
     Several of our community are having ripe peaches.
     Last Saturday morning, a mad dog came into the neighborhood, about three miles northeast of here, and continued going south of west several miles, before he was killed. He bit a great many dogs, and several persons only narrowly escaped being attacked. It seems no one was expecting a mad dog, and many not thinking, made little effort to follow and have the dog killed. The dogs are greatly feared.
     Mr. Val Wetzel, of Greenfield, Mo., arrived at Lancaster Tuesday evening, called at his uncle, L. L. Beckley's, remained two days, then came to Ka to see Grandma Beckley and his uncle and aunt. He is a young man just merging into manhood, hoping to continue to make a bright mark in the future.
     Prof. George C. Rawlins stopped to spend a few days with his brother, H. C. Rawlins, from Trinity county, Texas, where he had closed a term of teaching. He will go to his mother's at Thorps Springs to enjoy rest for a while.
     W. A. Chapman, of West Red Oak, called in yesterday afternoon for a drink of water, reported a good rain, and crops all good.

- June 10, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 1.
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A Breezy Letter From Ka
Touching Crops, Etc.

Special to the Times-Herald.
A, July 15.--Threshing is almost over. It take money to feed and pay thresher hands, yet there is a thresher at Mr. Spann's and one at Mr. Hamilton's.
     The young man, Jesse Barnes, is yet living and thought to be better, while one week ago, the doctors did not think it possible he could live. There is now a hope.
     Last Wednesday evening, while several parties were coming from the reunion of the pioneers, they stopped at E. A. Morris', a half mile east of Ka. Mr. Vanchventer also stopped. He had been loaned a buggy by Mr. John Vincel to ride home and was leading his own horse behind the buggy. The hitch reign caught on the spring behind, turning the buggy over, frightening the horse hitched in, throwing Mr. V. out, breaking off the top of the buggy, tearing down more than fifty feet of fencing, leaving his net covering in different places on the wire fending, and coming around the corner of E. R. Park's field, then passing the southeast corner of S. Beckley's pasture fence, went but little further west, till he left the remainder of the perfectly wrecked buggy thrown on the fence, mostly ruined. The horse was not hurt and the man escaped. Many that saw the breakup say it was almost a miracle that some one was not killed. The same man, Mr. V., late Friday evening, near Wheatland, ran his horse against the wheel of a wagon with such force as almost to kill himself and horse. He almost fractured his skull, and, his neck. The doctor was called as soon as possible. The side of his neck and face is yet badly swollen. He is able to get up.
     Mr. John Burns, who lives up Bear creek, called in at Ka, Saturday evening and reported crops good. His wheat made over twenty-one bushels to the acre and his neighbor's, twenty-six bushels. It was thought the difference was made by the different threshers, one thresher throwing the wheat away in the straw.
     Mr. H. C. Rawlings, one week since, went east to the Trinity bottom to hunt honey, but found grapes and brought home eight bushels.
     Mr. Harris, an old man of 82 years and smart for his age, called in at Ka, yesterday morning. He came from his daughter's, near Richardson, and will stay a while with his daughter, Mrs. E. R. Parks. He reports the grain crop good, but corn not so good as here.

- July 15, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 7, col. 1.
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Ka Locals.

Special to the Times-Herald.
A, Tex., July 16.--Mr. Dan Waters called in this morning and said he is going west. He and Melvin Waters, D. M. Waters' son, are going to Mineral Wells for their health, but will take his wife and two little children to his father's, near Wichita Falls.
     Mrs. O. D. Couch started yesterday morning to visit her sister and other relatives in New Mexico. She hopes to arrive at her sister's this evening.
     Miss Jennie Gillespie, a bright young lady of Oak Cliff, has succeeded in getting up a music class and will give lessons at J. C. Garrison's residence.
     Master Horace W. returned home yesterday morning after a stay of two weeks and seeing threshing through at Grandma Beckley's.

- July 16, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 2.
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Cotton Will Yield a Good Crop.

     Mr. H. W. Houston of the Ka neighborhood, was in the city to-day and sends the Weekly TIMES-HERALD to his brother in Tennessee. Mr. Houston says cotton is going to yield a good average crop in his section, although a little more rain would have insured an unusually large crop. His corn is very good.

- September 26, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 4.
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German Millet.

     Postmaster Kizzie Beckley, of Ka, sends the TIMES-HERALD, by mail, magnificent specimens of German millet, raised on the farm of C. C. Fisher. The stalk is very tall, the head very heavy, and all in all, it cannot be beat anywhere.

- June 21, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 3.
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City Notes.

     W. G. Arthur, near Ka, sends a sample of millet. The stalk measure 5 feet 5 inches.

- July 11, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 2.
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