Good afternoon sassies,
I have been cleaning the pool waiting for your arrival!!!! Although it is a little overcast today, still a nice day.
Steps for the 23rd - 4,459
Steps for the 24th - 4,486
Here is a partial excerpt of a little history on Hempstead, TX taken from the book “A History of Waller County, Texas, Published by The Waller County Historical Survey Committee 1973, Hempstead, by Barbara Uzzell
The town of Hempstead and its environ have been shaped by large outside events. During the thrid and fourth decades of the nineteenth century, there was considerable colonization of the then Mexican territory, of which Texas was a part, by colonists from the United States and Germany. The first major colonial venture of this nature was undertaken by one Moses Austin, and later brought to fruition by his son Stephen. The Austins contracted with the Mexican government for a large block of land (eventually – through a piloting error – to lie along the east side of the Brazos River) which they, in turn, divided among a number of colonists. These original colonists, in the early 1820′s effectively introduced cotton farming to the area. Produce for this newly formed hinterland was shipped to the coast by river, and from there to the already operating ports of Galveston, and New Orleans.
This land east of the Brazos River was rich fertile loam, and was perfect for growing cotton and corn. The deep sand hills surrounding what is presently Hempstead were the answer to the watermelon grower’s dreams. Hempstead later was to be know as the watermelon capitol of the United States. Watermelons were shipped all over the country, and people from everywhere cams to buy them, because no watermelon flavor could equal that of the Hempstead melon. As many as 1800 railroad car loads were shipped in a single season. On the land also flourished pecan trees, fruit trees, dewberries, grape vines, and trees for building materials.
The Colonists, such as Jared E. Groce and J. W. McDade, who had land holdings with palatial plantations homes, worked with other colonists in an attempt to secure land held by Mexico at that time. Mexico would concede nothing to the colonists: therefore, the war for Texas Independence from Mexico was declared in 1836. After this war, the colonists made greater fortunes, and secured more land and slaves so the cotton kingdom grew into a land of plenty for the plantation owners.
Hempstead is famous for its watermelon crop, and until the 1940s the town was the top shipper of watermelons in the United States. Billy DiIorio was known as the Watermelon King and Angelina DiIorio was known as the Watermelon Queen. Both resided in Hempstead, Texas. The town holds an annual Watermelon Festival in July.
Let's cut open one of those ice cold watermelon's and have a party and if we run out we will just my son's friend whose father still runs the famous DiIrio Farms roadside market.
Off to the tend the BBQ!
Have great day!