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Few Notes from the Glen Rose Reporter Newspaper Week of Dec 18, 2008

18 December 2008 at 3:47:54 PM

because I like to read it- link to the newspaper. 

I was pleasantly surprised to see a picture of the John St Helen cabin that is downtown. Seems so serendipitous. I have been speaking in a completely unrelated venue with a descendant of the man, Finis L Bates, (different spelling for Phineas)  who wrote the book about the Escape of John Wilkes Booth; he had told me he has a copy of the over 100 year old book in his possession, but was reluctant to scan it, etc. Then I found the book online on google books, and it mentions Booth/St Helen being in the vicinity of "GlenRose Mils".  Of course, Glen Rose was at that time part of Hood County.  Also recently had been talking about Panther Cave and taking a tour, which I'm going to try to do in the near future. I had also heard that the cabin behind Rustic Rhinestone on the west side of the squre, was St Helen's, had been added on to and was available to be rented out.  Here's from p 7 of that book.

In the spring of 1872 I was entering the threshold of manhood, a lawyer yet in my teens, in the active practice of my profession, having settled at Grandberry, the county site of Hood County, in the State of Texas, near the foothills of the Bosque mountains. Among my first clients inthis locality was a man who had been indicted by the grand jury of the Federal Court, sitting at Tyler, Smith County, Texas for selling tobacco and whiskey at Glenrose Mills, west of Grandberry, who had failed first to obtain a license, as required by the Federal statutes, as a privilege for carrying on such business. The penalty for the violation of this law being punishable as a misdemeanor by a fine and imprisonment or either fine or imnprisonment, at the discretion of the court. Hood County at this time was well out on the frontier of the State, and the country to within a few miles of Grandberry was frequently raided by the savage Comanche Indians.

Glenrose Mills was located immediately on the Bosque river, which flows at the base of the Bosque mountains, while at this point on the river was located a mill run by water power from the falls of the river, and on the bank of the river were located two or three small log houses, together with the old mill house constituting the bulidings of teh place called Glenrose Mills. One of these log houses was used as a storehouse by the man known to me as John St. Helen, which place or house, however, for a year or so prior to St Helen's occupancy had been occupied doing a general mercantile business, in a small way, carrying with his line of goods tobacco and whiskey, for the retail trade, as did St. Helen in this place, as his succeesor in business at Glenrose Mills. The former merchant having removed from Glenrose Mills to Grandberry, opened up his business in the latter place before and continued his business, in Grandberry after St Helen had begun business at Glenrose Mills. St Helen occupied this log house not only as a store, but the pack part of the same as living apartments for himself and a negro man servant, or porter, he having no fmaily or known relatives or intimate friends within the time he was doing business at this house in Glenrose.  Read more at this book link.

Article about Joelle Ogletree's Resolution of Hearing about Volunteer Denial not on the GRISD board agenda.  We put up audio and video of that here.

Burn ban till first of the year. I haven't shot off fireworks in about 5 years since the dohicky that holds the tireworks turned sideways and raced across the grass.

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