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Cforewoni IT IS OUR SINCERE HOPE That YOU WILL FIND A TRUE CAMPUS REPRESENTATION IN THESE PAGES; Also That THERE IS SOMETHING OF THE NOVEL, SOMETHING OF THE AMUSING TO AROUSE YOUR COMMENDATION Capt. H. M. Shreve landed on icest bank of Red River in 1836— A memorable act Our present monuments of industry were then nothing but trees and fields ' -l®Ss=
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was, in reality, only a spot on the bank of Red River. The Caddo Indians, in that year, ceded their land to the United States government. These Indians reserved for their friend and interpreter, Larkin Edwards, a section where our city now stands. The same year Edwards sold the tract, about one square mile, to Angus McNeil, for $5000. A single log hut, probably a trading-post, marked the location of the future city. Six men, among whom was Henry Miller Shreve, formed with McNeil the Shreve Town Company. Captain Shreve, the guiding spirit of the new town ' s destiny for the next few years, was a native of New Jersey. Early in his career he moved to the West, where he carried on a very profitable fur trade. The Missis- sippi boating life called him and he was the first man to operate a steam- boat upon the river. The Red River interested Captain Shreve so he asked from Congress an appropriation to remove the snags from the river-bed. It was while engaged in this work that he became interested in the future of the Red River Valley, and helped form the colonization company that bore his name. The members of Shreve Town Company pledged to each build a home. Streets were laid off on the river bank and the trading-post grew to a frontier town. So near the Texas border, it partook of the Western atmos- phere and freedom. The names of some of the streets, Travis and Crockett, reflect the Texan influence. In 1839 a charter was granted to Shreve ' s Landing, with John O. Sewall as first mayor. A few months after the founding of Shreve ' s Landing, a rival trading company established headquarters about three miles down the river at a point called Coats ' Bluff. Rivalry grew so bitter between the two out- posts, that Captain Shreve manned his snag-boat " Eradicator " one Sunday morning in 1837 and cut a ditch a few hundred yards long across the base of the point on which Coats ' Bluff was located. The river did the rest and the unfortunate town was left on dry land. Old documents tell us that Bishop Leonidas Polk held the first relig- ious services in Shreve ' s Landing in March, 1839. On his return in 1841, he found that not another service had been held during his two years
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