Rose Hill, Dallas County, Texas
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Base Ball.

Special to the Times-Herald.
AUGHT'S STORE, Texas, Sept. 8.--The pride of Rose Hill, her base ball club, has fallen beneath all hopes of recovery. In the last game, the score stood 5 to 3 in favor of Scyene, everything being quiet until the close of the game. The stillness was then broken by a speech from the supposed bootblack of Rose Hill, who flourished his blacking brush with all graceful ease, while the oratorical eloquence flowed from his organs of speech as hot and pure as any that flow from springs, with a $50 challenge.

- September 8, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 2.
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The Result Was Announced Yesterday

     The commissioners court canvassed the returns of the local option election recently held on the Rose Hill precinct and announced the result yesterday. Rose Hill is dry -- very dry -- by a vote of 50 for, to 18 against local option.
     An election was ordered in the Hutchins precinct, to be held on November 4, and the drys declare that the saloon must go in that bailiwick.

- October 10, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 2.
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Rose Hill Citizens Celebrate
Gin Completion


Second Industrial Enterprise
Is Occasion of All-Day Picnic
and Fiesta.


Officials Address Merrymakers
While Housewives Spread Big Lunch.



Interesting Glimpses of Industrial Holiday at Rose Hill


  Upper left -- "Uncle" Henry Loving, 83, the oldest living settler of Rose Hill. He came to Texas eighty years ago with his parents and has lived there ever since. "Uncle" Henry remembers the time he bought 182 acres of black land around Rose Hill for four horses.
Upper right -- Rose Hill's new $25,000 cotton gin, officially opened Friday.
Center -- County Superintendent of Schools H. L. Goerner and Representative Nathaniel Jacks of Dallas, speakers at the affair, finding time to fill in on the homemade lunch given by the housewives of Rose Hill.
Center right -- J. T. Clark, one of the heads of the new ginning corporation at Rose Hill cemetery beside the business end of the new machinery in Rose Hill's cotton gin.
Lower left -- Pleasant Ridge cemetery, donated to Rose Hill in 1878 by William and Robert Johnson of Rose Hill.
Below -- Rose Hill's famous baseball nine which played against the Garland team at the outing at Rose Hill Friday.

     Rose Hill, Tex., April 18.-- Rose Hill celebrated its second entrance into the industrial field Friday with the completion of its new $25,000 cotton gin.
     It was one of those days they circle on the mental calendar and tell the grand children about during the stormy seasons. Two hundred persons attended the affair, which began early in the morning when the long luncheon tables were erected, and lasted until the last dish had been washed and the silver finally assorted and distributed to its owners.
     At noon, after good will addresses by Nathaniel Jacks and County School Superintendent H. L. Goerner, there was an open air luncheon prepared by Rose Hill housewives. They had everything except lobster and ice cream. And, there was no limit to the helpings.
     When an inspection of the mill was over, several hours after the picnic lunch, the Rose Hill nine went into the baseball diamond against the Garland team. The game was a trifle slow and spectators blamed over indulgence in home-made goodies.

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Owned by Citizens.
     The event was, literally, Rose Hill's second start in industrial enterprise. The initial endeavor was halted temporarily when their first cotton gin was destroyed by fire several years ago. Thirty-five residents of the little community each have purchased a $100 share in the new gin. The remainder of the stock is held by J. T. Clark of Dallas and J. T. South of Wilmer, Tex.
     The organization is to be known as the Clarson Gin company, with headquarters in Dallas. It is expected to run the first cotton through the mill on Aug. 15, after the first of the cotton crop comes in.
     The gin is one of the most completely equipped in Texas. The machinery is operated by a seventy-five horse power "Y" type Fairbanks-Deisel engine. The engineer of the plant is John Shortnacy, who has had many years of experience on the Deisel type of engine.
     Capacity of the gin, according to Mr. Clark, will be eighty bales daily. Arrangement of the plant is made in order that cotton may be handled with the least possible effort. Long suction tubes lift the cotton from the wagons and carry it through the gin by suction and belt conveyors. A revolving table in the rear of the building holds two baling boxes in which the cotton is compressed by air pressure. Long pipes carry the lint and cotton seed to different parts of the building for baling.

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Day for Sun Bonnets.
     It was a day for sun bonnets at Rose Hill Friday. Practically every one of the hostesses of the affair wore them as they busied themselves with the chicken, home boiled ham, salads, molasses pies and cookies that were spread along a long table. The young girls of the community wore their summer best and carefully attended every guest, lest he should be without a full plate.
     Representative Jacks told of the time he visited Rose Hill with his daddy, a number of years ago. At this time, he said, he ate so much he had to find a shady grove some distance away, where he promptly fell asleep. It was three hours afterwards before he was found. A committee was appointed to prevent Mr. Jacks from sleeping during the baseball game.
     One of the guests of honor at the outing Friday was "Uncle" Henry Loving, 83, the oldest living settler of Rose Hill. He came here from Kentucky with his parents and a brother at the age of 3, and has resided here ever since.
     At that time, "Uncle" Henry says, there was but fifteen families living in Dallas county.
     The nearest neighbor was fifteen miles from the rough hewn cabin of the Lovings. Mr. Loving, who was captured three times during the Civil war, said that at one time, he purchased 182 acres of the finest black land soil at Rose Hill for four horses.
     "And two of them were wild," he chuckled as he related his bargain.
     On one occasion, while "Uncle" Henry and his brother were still young, their parents and a negro slave were taken seriously ill with chills. They were sick for several days, and during that time, the two boys had gone without eating.
     "Our meat supply," said Mr. Loving, "was hung in the fireplace. We could not reach it and our people were too sick to get up and get it for us."
     The boys were nearing the point of starvation, when a traveler happened along and discovered their predicament.

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Proud of Cemetery.
     Rose Hill is one of the few communities in this country that is genuinely proud of its cemetery. It is called Pleasant Ridge cemetery. The name, undoubtedly, was taken from its location, which is on the crest of a low hill outside of the town.
     According to the oldest residents of Rose Hill, the plot was given to the community by William and Robert Johnson.
     The first person to be buried there was Cassie, the 15-year-old daughter of the Rev. A. N. Keen, one of the first Methodist ministers in this part of Texas. The body of the preacher's daughter was laid to rest beneath a grove of wide shade trees in 1878. For years, it was the burial place for Texans for miles around Rose Hill because there was no charge made for plots within the long white railing.

- April 19, 1925, Dallas Times Herald, Sec. II, p. 3, col. 1-6.
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     Several tons of poison, to be used in the fight now being waged by County Farm Agent A. B. Jolley against a threatened grasshopper plague, were shipped Saturday to Rose Hill. The shipment is consigned to L. A. Vaughn, prominent farmer of the community, who is taking an active part in the warfare on the pests.
     The campaign to kill off the grasshoppers before they gain headway and start destruction of growing crops was launched last week by Mr. Jolley in response to requests from all sections of the county. It is planned to continue the administration of poison through the summer months.
     A similar campaign last spring and summer resulted in the effective checking of inroads by the hoppers.
     A number of meetings in the interest of the work are to be held during the coming week.

- April 19, 1925, Dallas Times Herald, Sec. II, p. 3, col. 6.
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