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Monday, January 18, 2016

Thursday, January 18th, 1866


To day I drove up town in the buggy after a few articles for the little woman [Margaret* Hall Stewart nee Sharp] and while there collected the freight bills for the Steamer Kate, which said boat I learned was burnt up on Red fish bar on her downward trip with 85 bales of Cotton. Frank Stewart & Roberta [Downes Halyard nee Hall] are still sick and do not improve any. I sent over to Houston for some iron bars to brace the Cotton shed. Weather changeable & warm.


*This Margaret is a 2nd great-grand-aunt to the Keeper of this family history blog, and is the wife as well as the step-sister of JMH.



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BeNotForgot said...

Tri-Weekly Telegraph (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 31, No. 137, Ed. 1 Friday, January 19, 1866 . . . We learn that the little propeller steamer Kate, running between Liberty and Galveston, was totally destroyed by fire on Monday night, at Red Fish Bar. Her deck load of cotton caught fire and she soon burned to the water's edge. She had about 100 bales of cotton on board, which is a total loss.