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The town of Texas
(1856-1976)

IX. Miscellaneous stories,   pp. 66-70


Page 66

MISCELLANEOUS STORIES
THE WHISKEY ROAD
For the past Century, a part of what is
now named the Granite Road was known as
the Whiskey Road. It was the opinion of
the pioneers that when the surveyors and
road builders were laying out and cutting
this road, they had consumed too much
whiskey and located the road eighty or
ninety rods north of the section line. It
became an important road to the settlers
and is still spoken of as the Whiskey Road
by many residents in the surrounding town-
ships.
COUNTRY DOCTORING
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Kittel were German
Immigrants who settled on the Whiskey Road
in 1876. Although his occupation was a
millwright, he built a farm and was often
referred to as a country doctor. He wasn't
licensed, but owned a large German Home-
opathischen Doctor Book which he used to
diagnose sicknesses. He also had a supply
of pills such as Belladonna, Aconite and
Arnica which he obtained from the Luyties
Pharmacy Co. in St. Louis, Missouri, which
he would give to the settlers who came from
miles around. He never charged for the
medicine, but coins were usually left on
the kitchen table.
His wife, Amelia, was a registered mid-
wife and signed approximately 300 birth
certificates.
Mrs. Guido Beyer, a resident of the Town
of Hewitt, was also a midwife, bringing
forth into the world many babies in the
Town of Texas.
TURNER'S SLOUGH
Turner's Slough, located north of Trappe
River at the old bridge which was crossed
by what is now called Highway W, was a
favorite fishing spot for the early fisher-
men. Large cane poles, from which dangled
spoonhooks, were swished in all directions
catching pickerel and bass. The fishermen
were seldom disappointed, for Turner's
Slough always yielded a good catch.
CONTEST WINNER
Many advertising gimmicks are used today,
but fifty-some years ago Leona Naef won a
new piano when she entered a contest.
She wrote "No pianos are better than
Paffs" on a postal card. Her card was
selected as a winner because it contained
the most phrases and was neat and legible.
FIRST GAME FARM
One of the first game farms was at the
William Neitzke home. He had a licensed
deer farm. The deer all became his pets
and responded to their names when he
called them.
Wiliam Neitzke and HiZ DeeA
FISH POND
Many of the farms in our Township have
ponds today. About 50 years ago,
Herman Stolz built a pond on his farm.
He planted fish in it and created an
island in the center. The remains of it
are still existing.
DAIRY TESTING
About 55 years ago, John Chiber belonged
to a State Testing Association and re-
ceived a Certificate from the State for
his high producing Holstein dairy herd.


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