Rylie, Dallas County, Texas

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(Updated December 9, 2004)




Numerous Small Thefts--A
Newsy Letter.

Special to the Times-Herald.
YLIE, Texas, June 12.--There has been a protracted meeting held at this place for the last ten days in which much interest was manifested. The meeting was conducted by Bro. Rogers of Garland, assisted by Bros. Shutt and Keene. It is to be regretted that thieves would select a place of this kind to ply their nefarious ways, but numerous articles, such as bridles, saddles and even the lamps with which the church was lighted, were taken.
     Mr. W. S. Freeman had all his hoes stolen from his field last night. This wholesale thieving is a matter of great surprise to the people of Rylie, as their settlement is reputed for the law-abiding sentiment which prevails among its residents.
     Since the death of her husband, Mr. J. H. Cox no longer wants the postoffice and there are two contestants for the position--Messrs. E. C. Sweet and M. Cory.
     At the election for school trustees, Messrs. T. R. Marshall, J. W. Snow and J. C. Reeve were elected. They are efficient men and the school at Rylie will prosper under their management. Their selection for teacher was Mr. Speer, who was one of the deputy assessors last year. School will begin on the 15th of this month.
     There was a heavy rain Friday, which was badly needed.
     A heavy crop of corn is assured. Oats and wheat are harvested and the yield per acre will be unusually large.
     A regular correspondent will, in future, keep the readers of the T
IMES-HERALD posted on the various doings of Rylie and vicinity.

- June 12, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 1-2.
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Rylie News.

Special to the Times-Herald.
YLIE, Tex., June 20.--There is a gloom cast over our little town by the untimely death of Miss Emma Moore, which occurred last evening. She was in the bloom of youth, and stricken down after a few days' illness.
     The general health of our community is good.
     Crop prospects were never better.
     Our school is progressing finely under the management of Prof. J. E. Spear.

- June 20, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
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Rylie Notes.

Special to the Times-Herald.
YLIE, Tex., July 17.--This neighborhood was visited by a much needed rain yesterday which came in the nick of time to keep the cotton growing. The farmers are wreathed in smiles this morning.
     M. Cory received the appointment of postmaster at this place and to building a new house in town to keep the office in.
     G. W. Cabell of the Christian church has just closed a fine meetig at this place. Visible results, 12 or 14 additions and the church much edified.

- July 17, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 6.
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Serious Accident to a Ginner.

Special to the Times-Herald.
YLIE, Tex., Oct. 2.--- Mr. O. P. Love, a man working in Paul's gin at this place, got his hand caught in the saws. His arm was pulled in up to the shoulders and cut all to pieces. Dr. Baldwin of Kleburg was called and dressed the wound. He suffered terribly. It is though his arm may be saved if mortification does not set in.

- October 2, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 4.
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Rylie News.

Special to the Times-Herald.
YLIE, Tex., Nov. 15.--Mr. F. R. Puckett had the misfortune to lose his house and contents by fire. No insurance. The family [was] about a mile from home, picking cotton, when the fire occurred.
     Cotton is about all gathered in this neighborhood.
     The school here is progressing nicely under the management of Prof. J. E. Spier.
     Water is very scarce here at present.

- November 16, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
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The Postoffice and a Saloon
Done Up.

Special to the Times-Herald.
YLIE, Tex., March 16[?]. -- Last night, the postoffice at this place, kept by M. Cory, who also keeps a stock of groceries, was burglarized of two boxes of tobacco, candy and apples. It is supposed the same parties also broke in Mr. Little' saloon. An entrance had been effected through a window and about twenty-five bottles of beer taken. It is hoped the guilty parties will be arrested and brought to justice, as this kind of business is getting entirely too common. It will be remembered, only a short time since, the store of E. C. Sweet at this place was burglarized, an account of which appeared in the TIMES-HERALD.

- March 15, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 3.
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Real Estate Transfers.

     A. Dowdy to Andrew Taylor, land out of the A. Dowdy survey, $60.

- May 18, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 3.
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     Three thousand people attended the picnic at Rylie. It was held in the grove of Mr. Bat Carr. A band from Dallas furnished the music. Col. S. H. Russell and J. O. Davis made speeches.

- August 1, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 3.
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Added March 5, 2004:

     H. and M. C. Norton to A. Cox, October 29, 1894, 25 acres out of S. A. and M. G. railroad survey, 1 mile west of Rylie, $175.

- November 9, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 1.
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Added March 14, 2004:

     D. B. Cox to M. Cory, February 17, 1894, block 11, of Rylie, $25.
     George R. Carey to M. Carey, May 30, 1894, lot 3, block 2, Town of Rylie, $40.

- December 15, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 1-3.
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Added March 28, 2004:



He Gives a Weak Imitation of Shooting Up
a Town by Getting Drunk, Running
His Pony and Yelling Like
a Comanche.

     Justice Lauderdale's court was occupied the greater part of yesterday with the case of the State against Ike Reeves, charged with disturbing the peace at Rylie Prairie. The testimony showed that, while on a wild drunk, Reeves mounted a bucking pony and ran it at full speed through the streets of Rylie, whooping and yelling like a Comanche as he rode.
     Thirty odd witnesses came up from Rylie to describe to the court and jury, Reeves' wild ride. But, the jury considered the defendant's exploit a very weak imitation of shooting up a town, and not worthy of notice, so they returned a verdict of not guilty.

- February 9, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 3.
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And Both Debtor and Creditor Go to Jail.
A Severe Blow at the Credit
System in That

     Justice Lauderdale's Court was occupied all day long yesterday with the case of H. C. Hampton, an old man from Kleburg, charged with using loud and profane language and chasing W. F. Allison with an axe.
     The testimony developed the facts that Hampton had a board bill of $1 against Allison, and that he sent for Allison and asked when he meant to pay it. Allison, it seems, found some difficulty in finding an answer to the question, when Hampton flew into a rage and proceeded to apply to him language that was shockingly profane, and wound up by gathering up an axe and chasing Allison, who took refuge in a corn crib, and from this secure retreat, he proceeded to do a little "cussing," himself.
     Hampton then had Allison before the Justice of the Peace in that neighborhood, who fined him $50, and, in default of payment, sent him to the Dallas jail.
     But, before he was arrested, Allison went before the same Justice of the Peace and wished to have Hampton arrested, but finding that Hampton had got in ahead of him, he took a change of venue and made his complaint before Justice Lauderdale, of Dallas.
     Nearly all the population of Kleburg and Riley were here as fact or character witnesses.
     Hampton was stuck for $75, and in default of the cash, went to jail to keep company with Allison.
     If it takes all this trouble, expense and circus to collect a dollar, the credit system will surely go out of fashion as soon as money gets in circulation again.
     Kleburg will lost cast as a summer resort with such rigid board-bill regulations.

- March 26, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 7.
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To The News.
     Another Texas pioneer wants to talk some, as all the pioneers are writing. I came to Texas with my parents from Illinois in 1866, just a small lad. We settled at Hutchins; that is, where Hutchins now is. We brought the first thimble skein wagon that was in Dallas County. The old Dawdy Ferry was owned and run by my Uncle Anse Dawdy. There were only two houses between Dawdy's Ferry and Lancaster. Dallas and Lancaster were the most important towns at that time. About ten years later, the Texas Central Railroad was built.
     When Sam Bass, Jesse James and their pals did so much robbing, Sam Bass, while holding up a passenger train at Hutchins, fired several shots, one striking our gate post. The people had to haul freight from Houston to Dallas, and they did not have concrete roads, but had lots of mud. That was before the Central Railroad was built. Cotton was ginned by horse power. There was a gin about halfway between Dawdy's Ferry and Lancaster, owned and operated by John R. Fonderant. People who needed cotton seed just went to the gin and helped themselves. The surplus was hauled out and dumped on the prairie.
     I have seen Dallas grow from a few stores and courthouse, to the great city of the Southwest, and the acres that were growing nothing but grass have been transformed to factories of all kinds, work shops and business houses and residences, where happy people live. I well remember the little mule-drawn street cars and dim street lights, very different from today. Another thing I want to say, is that Dallas can boast of people who never turn a deaf ear to those who need help. Of the men who first established business and are still helping to make Dallas a greater city, I want to mention one or two men. One was Sam Dysterbach's father, as good a man as ever lived, and another was Mr. Waggoner. I mention these because I was personally acquainted with them.
     I am just a plain farmer, living thirteen miles from Dallas, but if I live much longer, I think Dallas will reach my farm, and I will live in Dallas, too. A. L. C
Rylie, Texas.

- January 27, 1925, The Dallas Morning News,
Sec II, p. 12.
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Added November 5, 2004:
Officials Puzzled When
Second Okay for School
WPA Grant Comes Through

     The board of trustees of Rylie common school district is well fixed for federal aid on construction of a new school house, unofficial reports from Washington indicated Wednesday.
     Hoke Smith, architect for county school projects aided by the Works Progress Administration, was unable to understand an announcement that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had Tuesday given his approval to Public Works Administration allocation of $14,850 for erection of a new Rylie district school, costing about $33,000.
     "That's funny," Mr. Smith said. "A WPA application for the same project has been approved and is undergoing final examination at the state WPA headquarters in San Antonio. We expect to be able to start construction in about three weeks with WPA labor."
     The PWA application the president was reported to have okayed was submitted to Washington about two years ago, when the need for a new school at Rylie was less urgent than now, Smith explained.
     Last winter, while school was in session one afternoon, the Rylie school building caught fire and was destroyed within a few minutes, but not a pupil was injured. Since then, sessions have been conducted in two churches of the community.
     "I'll have to find out the straight of the thing before I'll know if our plans will be changed, Smith said.

- August 18, 1937, Dallas Daily Times Herald, Sec. II, p. 1, col. 6-7.
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