C. E.  TALIAFERRO

Rose Davidson in
Heart O' Texas News
30 April 1931

     In 1882 I was working for Frank Taylor who lived in Coleman at that time but had a ranch in this (Doole) county.  This was an open country at that time.  A few small fields were sown in Johnson grass.  Brady was a small town like Melvin is now.  I came back to Melvin community in December 1907 and have been living ever since there.  There was one store in Melvin at that time run by Duke Marsden.  Blacksmith run by Uncle Campbell Ince, gin run by Cam Utsey.  There were a few small farms south of Melvin where now all is farm land for ten miles south.  There were a few farms north of Melvin; now it is solid farms to the Colorado River, twenty-two miles.  Farming land was selling from eight to twenty dollars per acre whereas it is now from twenty-five to one hundred dollars, all of which shows how the country has changed.
     The second store was built in 1909 by Uncle Johnnie Morrow who walked two miles for meals and boarding place.

      Rose Davidson in
   Heart O' Texas News
    30 April 1931

Submitted by: Louann Hall