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The Rev. J. B. Armstrong, of the Baptist persuasion, closed a revival meeting on Sunday a.m. at Eagle Lake, in which consideable interest was manifested, and which resulted in several accessions of the _____. Sunday afternoon Mr. Armstrong administered the Holy Rite of baptism by immersion upon the following persons: Messrs. John Gordon and A. J. Nave, Jr., Mrs. J. W. McCarty, Mrs. Philips, Miss Alice Williamson and Miss Clara Beard.
Colorado Citizen, August 28, 1879


The Baptist church at Eagle Lake, which has been under construction for several months past, is now completed, and the ceremony of dedication will take place on the 4th Sabbath in this month. The ceremony will be conducted by Elder I. S. Campbell,of Galveston, assisted by Elder Daniel Whitley, Pastor in charge.
Colorado Citizen, April 7, 1881, page 3

Eagle Lake Baptist Church

Last Sunday, 24th April, the Rev. Daniel Whitly, colored held the first meeting in the newly built Baptist church (colored.) His text was taken from the 9th chapter of Proverbs: “Wisdom has built her a home, she has hewn out her seven pilars.” The meeting was well attended with colored members and goodly number of prominent white citizens of the town were present. A collection was taken up to amount $12.05. Some money due yet on the church. The Rev. Daniel Whity handled his subject well. The sermon was, however, Baptist in doctrine, listened to with a great dal of attention....
Colorado Citizen, April 28, 1881, page 3



The new Episcopal Church was consecrated to Christ last Sunday by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Gregg, of Austin, assisted by Revs. H. C. Howard, of Columbus, and W. G. W. Smith of La Grange. The sermon delivered by the Rev. Mr. Smith Sunday night , was thoughtful , well considered, and free from sectarianism , and though comparatively a young man, Mr. Smith exhibits a profound knowledge of the teachings of the scripture, and is liberal in his views.
One of the neatest specimens of workmanship that has recently struck the eye of your correspondent is a neat altar-cover in the Episcopal Church, bearing the motto, “I am the true vine,” made and presented by Miss A. A. Dunovant.
Colorado Citizen, February 4, 1886


Eagle Lake Items

The city election passed off very quietly Tuesday, and resulted as follows: J. B, Walker, mayor; W. T. Eldridge, marshall[sic], J. A Harbert, R. B. Dobins, H. M. Johnson, Ferdinand Draub and J. K. Davison, aldermen. The race for mayor and marshal became somewhat exiting[sic] towards the lateter[sic] part of the day, and was very closely contested. Mr. Walker “got there” for mayor by two majority only, and his majority was twice as large as that of Marshal Eldridge.
Colorado Citizen, April 3, 1890



In two or three weeks, without some unforeseen misfortune, Capt. Dunovant will have his sugar-house fully completed, and the machinery in operation, and will be prepared to turn out first-class molasses and good sugar.
Colorado Citizen, November 12, 1891, page 3


Capt. Dunovant has about finished his large sugar-house, and began to make sugar and molasses last Monday. He has been very successful heretofore in making a superior molasses, and feel confident that with his present improved facilities he will be able to turn our even better molasses and first-class sugar.
Colorado Citizen, December 3, 1891, page 3

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Our colored Baptist brethren have about completed their new church here. The building is well constructed and neatly executed, and when fully completed will be quite an ornament to our town. The colored Baptists of Eagle Lake deserve credit for the energy and zeal displayed in this laudable and praise worthy enterprise

W. T. Eldridge has sold the Drummers’ Home to W. J. Robinson, our genial railroad agent, who will take charge the 1st of next month, and will doubtless sustain the high reputation already acquired by that popular house.
Colorado Citizen, January 28, 1892, page 3


Pavilion Nearing Completion

Eagle Lake Canoe: The pavilion is now nearing completion. The frame work is about all up and it only remains yet to be covered and trimmed and the rubbish to be cleared away and everything will be in ship shape. The hall will be very large, the floor very smooth and stedy, the walls will be of lattice work, giving ventilation for all the nice, cool, lake breeze, which will make this the grandest place out for almost any kind of an entertainment, and most especially for dancing. Mr. Eldridge tells us that he is going to have a telephone line running from the Drummers’ home to the lake, and have the phone office at the pavilion. This will be a great convenience for saving trips from the lake to the town.
Weimar Mercury July 1. 1893


Quin Walker Home

Eagle Lake Advertiser:
Eagle Lake can soon boast of having one of the finest residences of any town of its size in the state. Mr. Walter E. Taylor, architect, of Greenville, Texas,is now engaged in making plans and specifications for a very large two-story brick residence for Mr. Q. R. Walker. The building will contain fifteen large rooms, exclusive of halls, bath rooms, closets, pantries,etc. The interior walls and ceilings will be finished with cement plaster throughout. The roof will be of slate or metallic tileing. The designs show that the house will be a perfect model of strength, convenience and beauty, and would be a credit to any city in Texas. The building will probably cost ten or twelve thousand dollars. Not only Mr. Walker and family, but all Eagle Lake, will be proud of the beautiful building, and we hope many others will follow Mr. Walker’s good example. No money is better invested than that expended in a good home.
Weimar Mercury, July 2, 1898, page 4

Eagle Lake Items

The traveling public will regret to know that W. T. Eldridge, the popular hotel-keeper, has retired from the business.  Mrs. M. S. Watson, formerly of Columbus, has rented the Drummers' Home, and will continue the business.  as a hotel keeper Mrs. Watson is very popular, and the successful manner in which she conducted the Kulow hotel in Columbus leads us to believe that the high standard of the Drummers' Home will be maintained.
Colorado Citizen, September 3, 1898
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm


Fig Trees in Eagle Lake

When Mr. Huddleston and Mr. Hurff each get their 1000 fig trees put out, you will find that a new industry has come to Eagle Lake, and one that we hope will be a success. Mr. Hurff has his 1000 trees on hand, while those of Mr. Huddleston will arrive about the 18th of this month. Mr. Huddleston estimates that it will cost about $40 an acre to buy the trees and plant them out. This, with the price of the land, will run the total cost an acre to about $75.--Eagle Lake Advertiser.
Weimar Mercury, December 30, 1905,page 8


Rock Island Ripples

Mr. and Mrs. N. C. Rigg on the 16th went to Eagle Lake to install the newly elected officers in the Rebekah lodge, and report a fine enertainment, ice cream and other good things in abundance. They were domiciled at the hospitable home of Mr. A. Seaholm. They reported the 200 acres of rice fields of Mr. Seaholm a splendid sight.
Colorado Citizen, July 23, 1909


FOR SALE CHEAP--My Gin and Saw Mill at Ramsey, 6 miles from Eagle Lake. Prospects are good for cotton crop and plenty of timber at hand for saw mill. My reason for selling is that I am getting too old to look after the business.
Eagle Lake Headlight, Auust 20, 1910


Mr. F. Skeeter and family have moved into their new home recently erected in the Putney & Wilson additon.
Eagle Lake Headlight, June 14, 1913, page 2



Two teaspoonsful of sugar will be allowed patrons of public eating houses at each meal until further instructions, according to a bulletin received Monday by the local Food Administrator. However, only one teaspoon of sugar will be allowed for each cup of coffee or tea. An additional teaspoonful will be allowed for cereal or fruits.
Eagle Lake Headlight, November 9, 1918, page 4


Work has begun at the Lakeside Sugar Mill of repairing all the machinery at the plant. The mill not having been operated for quite a number of years, the machinery naturally will have to undergo considerable repair work, Mr. Maurice Miller of New York is here and has the management of the work. The mill is owned by the J. D. White Company of New York. A force of about ninety men will be at work at the mill in the repair and remodeling of all the machinery from now until the coming November, at which time the plant will be shipped by the White company to Jamaca[sic].
Eagle Lake Headlight, March 9, 1918

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One Mexican and four more negroes have died of influenza here since Wednesday. A Mexican died this morning out at the Raezer place between here and Lakeside.
Jessie May Hawkins, colored, aged two and a half years, died Wednesday.
Rosenvelt Hudson, colored, aged, fifteen, died Wednesday.
Amelia Upson, colored, aged fifty-nine, died Wednesday.
Burt Boyd, colored, aged twenty-three, died Wednesday.
Eagle Lake Headlight, October 19, 1918, page 2

In conversation over the phone this morning with Mr. Chas. Davis at Eldridge, he informed the Headlight that but one negro on the Eldridge plantation had died, and three Mexicans. Two negroes on the Rogers place have died during the week and also two negroes on the Herbert place.
Eagle Lake Headlight, October 19, 1918, page 2

When the last shipment of the machinery at the Lakeside Sugar Refinery goes out for Jamaca, which will possibly be some time during December, Mr. Maurice Miller,who has been here for some time past superintending the dismantling of the mill, will also sail for Jamaca, where he will remain with the mill after it is constructed there. The mill machinery is being shipped to Kingston, Jamaca, at which place it will be rebuilt. Mr. Miller is a most estimable young gentleman and has made many friends in Eagle Lake during his stay here, all of whom will regret to see him leave, but will wish him the best of good fortune in his far-away home.
Eagle Lake Headlight, November 23, 1918, page 5


Mr. G. A. Stoermer, of our enterprising citizens, has established in behalf of the Red Cross, the “Staff of Liberty.” This staff has been erected in the Main Street, near the traffic post at the First National Bank corner. It is to be used as a means for collecting for the Red Cross all the worn automobile casings and tubes. It is surmounted by a Red cross and the shaft will receive a red, white and blue complexion as soon as a painter can be obtained.
See that all your worn out auto tires are entrusted to the “Staff of Liberty” for safe delivery to the Red Cross and in so doing help make this old world free.
Eagle Lake Headlight, November 9, 1918, page 4

John L. Waddell Bags Three Big Buck Deer

Mr. John L. Waddell has again demonstrated that he is the leading deer hunter of Colorado County. Every year he keeps up his record by getting his bag limit. With a party of ten, he visited the Alleyton bottom on a deer hunt last week and on Saturday morning he brought down three big bucks, these three being the only deer killed by the party. Mr. Waddell stood in the same spot and killed all three of the deer. When the dogs brought the deer by him, he felled one with his first barrel, dropped another with his second barrel, quickly reloaded and brought down the third. The Headlight willingly admits that John Waddell is the best deer hunter in Colorado county; we admit that he is an all around fine fellow and we admit that he has been a good friend of the editor of this paper since said editor was old enough to waddle, but dad-burn his old soul if we will ever forgive him for not bringing us a deer steak when he had three big bucks at his feed at the same time.
Eagle Lake Headlight,November 9, 1918
Transcribed by Judy Talkington


The casualty lists of Monday contained the name of Elmore Johnson of Eagle Lake among the wounded. Elmore Johnson is a negro and his home is at Matthews where his mother resides. The mother had a message from the Adjutant-General at Washington stating that he had been severely wounded on October 15th. Then a letter was received later by the mother from Elmore himself written from France and dated November 4th., in which he says nothing of being wounded. Whether some mistake was made in the casualty lists or whether the letter written by Elmore was dated wrong is not known. This is the first negro soldier from Colorado County who has thus far been reported wounded in France.
Eagle Lake Headlight, December 14, 1918, page 12



The work of shipping the machinery from the former Lakeside Sugar Mill has been completed. This machiney[sic] was shipped by train to Galveston, and from there loaded on boats for shipment to Kingston, Jamaca, where the mill is being rebuilt. It required an even one hundred cars to ship the machinery of the mill from Lakeside to Galveston. It is expected that the mill will be rebuilt in Jamaca and ready for business by the first day of next January, which will be in time to take care of next year’s cane crop there. The cane crop in that country is ready for cutting by the first day of January, and the cutting and grinding season extends from that time up to June first, there being no cold weather there to injure the cane crop.
Eagle Lake Headlight, February 8, 1919, page 4


MR. C. P. Hoyo Sells His Rice Interests, Stock, Teams and Farming Implements to Mr. J. E. Roberts.

A deal involving, approximately $100,000 was consummated here during the later part of the week wherein Mr. J. E. Roberts purchased the farming interests of Mr. C. P. Hoyo, including all mules, stock, farming implements and 1300 acres of land. Most of the land purchased is rice land, with the exception of 117 acres on the lake, in front of the Geo. H. Bowles home and extending down as far as the canal. The deal includes twenty-three mules, three head of horses and 231 head of cattle.

Mr. Roberts has since sold a portion of the rice land to Mr. J. N. Lee of Lissie and has disposed of the 231 head of cattle to Mr. I. V. Duncan. Mr. Roberts expects to farm a considerable portion of the rice land on halves the coming year.

Mr. Hoyo has made a big success of the rice farming business, and has sold out in order to take a long and much needed rest. He has not been in good health for some time and has decided the best way to recover his health is to dispose of all of his business interests in order to have nothing to worry him, and take a rest. In the transaction Mr. Hoyo has sold all of his holdings here with the exception of his home place and ten acres of ground adjoining. Mr. Hoyo is a splendid man and the Headlight, in common with his friends throughout this community, hopes that he may soon regain his health and become strong and well again.--Eagle Lake Headlight
Weimar Mercury, September 26, 1919, page 7



For the first time in the history of the county a Rotary Club has been organized within its boundaries. Supported by the members of the Young Men’s Progressive Club of Eagle Lake, that town has put itself on the Rotary map by organizing with a charter membership of sixteen. They will affiliated[sic] with the Rotary International as soon as the charter is prepared and issued to the club. Bishop Quinn of the Episcopal Church of Houston, with Henry Schumacher, Joe Smith, Ben Christian and others held the first Rotary meeting in the Dallas Hotel of Eagle Lake Friday. Much enthusiasm was shown and no doubt but that this little club will be one of the best in the international organization.
Weimar Mercury, April 13 1923, page 3


Jos. Osoba Is Sworn In This Week As Sergeant In State Rager [sic] Service

City Of Eagle Lake Abolishes Office Of City Marshal, Which He Has Held Four Years, And Will Appoint No Successor.

Mr. Jos. Osoba, who for more than four years has been city marshal of Eagle Lake, having been made headquarter sergeant in the ranger service under the new state administration, returned to Eagle Lake last night after a few days’ stay in Austin. While in that city he was sworn into the ranger service and tendered his resignation as city marshal on his return here this morning.

“I will be in and out of here, and will see you people every once in a while,” Mr. Osoba said, “and it is likely that my family will remain here until the close of the school term.”

Mr. Osoba asked that the Headlight thank his friends in this community for the many favors that have been shown him during his stay here.

At an adjourned meeting of the city council from the regular meeting of that body on Tuesday, January 20th, the council having in mind the further reduction of city expenses for the coming year, voted to discontinue the office of City Marshal or Chief of Police, effective on the first of February.

Mr. Jos. Osoba has held his position since August of 1928, and has made the city a first class officer. It is stated that he will become a member of the ranger force of the state under the new administration.

When Mr. Osoba gives up the office of city marshal on February 1st, the only peace officer in the city will be the constable, Mr. H. A. Lee, but it is generally stated that the city will ask Sheriff Frank f. Hoegemeyer to appoint a deputy sheriff here, thee having been no duly appointed deputy here since the mysterious appearnec [sic] of W. S. Smith, who had become a member of the ranger force, and apparently dropped from sight early in July and has not been heard of since that time.
Eagle Lake Headlight, January 21, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Who Wants To Become City Pound Manager?

The office of city pound manager is vacant, according to a notice in this week’s issue of the paper, and the mayor asks that all applications for the position be made to him. By consulting with Mayor Welford, the full duties of the pound manager will be explained. One essential necessary to become pound manager is that you must have a horse.
Eagle Lake Headlight, January 21, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Indianapolis Auto Races Shown In Talking Picture

In connection with the regular program, the Avalon Theatre will show a talking picture of the Indianapolis Auto Races tonight (Friday). This feature is sponsored by the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, as Firestone Tires were used on the winning cars in the race. The picture shows the real thrills of auto racing. R. M. Fitzgerald, district Firestone salesman, asks that you be sure and see this feature racing picture tonight.
Eagle Lake Headlight, July 29, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Mexican Ball Teams in Close Game Last Sunday

The local Mexican baseball team went to Gonzales last Sunday for a game with the team of that city, and came out in the little end of a close 2 to 1 score. The game is said to have been exciting throughout.

The same two teams play in Eagle Lake on next Sunday afternoon beginning at 3:30 o’clock. The grounds will be in the H. S. Johnson pasture, near the Johnson service station.

The Rosales brothers constitute the battery for Eagle Lake, Reuben doing the twirling act and Aaron behind the bat. The brothers are said to be unusually clever. No doubt many Eagle Lake people will be out to witness this game next Sunday. The admission price will be 25 cents.
Eagle Lake Headlight, July 29, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington


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