Mason High School - Branding Iron Yearbook (Mason, TX)

 - Class of 1924

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the damage caused by drought during these years. Most of the creeks became very dry, causing stock to suffer and die. It is ever said that In some instances the people had to haul their drinking water a distance of from three to ten miles. Added to these harships of the '60’s was the fact that most of the able bodied men were in military service. In the early seventies what was known as the "Iloodoo” war broke out between two .actions of the jjeople of Mason county. This war started from cattle stealing. Numerous hangings by mobs took place. In the pasture of Mr. Jacob Scbuessler there stands a tri « where five men were hanged by a mob, after they had been taken from the county Jail. The faction led by the notorious Scott Cooley sprang up, its members being sympathizers of the cattle thieves who were being mobbed and hanged. For seven years this was continued. always increasing in the extent of its horror. In the spring of 1870, Mr. Dan Hoerster was killed by Scott Cooley on the square in Mason. But finally with the death of Scoti Cooley in 1K77 the two factions disbanded and soon peace reigned supreme again. Then the people again began to follow more useful and peaceful pursuits. Following the close of this war. the history of Mason lists been one of progress. The population of Mason County in 1S80 totaled six hundred and thirty inhabitants: in 1900 the population of Mason was two thousand six hu dred and fifty-five people, and when the census of Mason County was taken in 1U20, it was found that there were nearly five thousand | eople in the county. The population of the town of Mason at tIk- present .late is about fifteen hundred |MM»ple. In lstis. Mason held its lirst Confederate reunion and it has become a custom t« have this reunion each year. In 1907 the people of Mason began to see a iuhnI of a larger and more modern court house. The old one was torn down a: 1 on the same site one of the most modern court houses in Central or V»»st Texas lias been built. It is built of brown sandstone. When the United States entered the world war in 1917 the young men of the county responded very readily. Between three and four hundred men fiom Mason County went to the army: i7i of these men lost their lives while in service. In 1922 Mason’s new sixty-five thousand dollar high school building was completed. Mason has a school for which it can truly be proud. It has affiliation credits with all the big universities and colleges of the South, which total twenty-three. Stock raising is still the principal occupation of the people of Mason county, although diversified farming is also being carried on now to a great extent. About thirty thousand head of cattle are shipiied each year. Nearly all cattle raised in Mason County arc of good breeding. About one hundred and twelve thousand pounds of wool is shipped each year as well as fifty eight thousand pounds of mohair. In addition to these about four thousand and five hundred hogs are marketed from Mason County each year. Last year two hundred and twelve thousand pou; ds of pecans were shipped from the county. Several thousand turkeys were also sold. Since 1900 Mason County has averaged nearly three thousand and five hundred bales of cotton. In closing, kind readers we wish to say that the purpose of placing this history of the county is i ot only to show the rapid progress the people of Mason County have made in the past few years, but also to remind you of the hardships suffered by our forefathers, those sturdy pioneers, who paved the way for 011 and founded a civilization out of the wilderness, that will last forever.



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