This month in Gonzales history - June



  • June 25, Mr. Miller attacked by panther


  • June 9 – T.J. Ponton, District Attorney, has a pasture in the southern portion of the county, and in the last two weeks the wire fence has been cut several times.  Four or five parties have been charged and some put in jail.
  • June 9, Captain Parker showed a six inch strip of wood labeled, “Piece of flag pole raised at Gonzales on the Plaza (note: this is now known as Texas Heroes Square.) November 1, 1860, being the first secession flag raised in the south.”  He says it was cut from the pole by Judge C.C. DeWitt, and that the inscription, as a matter of history is correct.
  • June 9, E.M. Steen, surveyor for the country, has been engaged for about a week in surveying the inner town.  He found a large number of fences and a few buildings in the streets; that is, if he has the correct starting points. He placed iron stakes at the corner of each block, and they should, and doubtless will, guide those who may build hereafter.
  • June 16 – a river bath every evening or morning is a luxury any Gonzalian can enjoy who has the energy to walk a few blocks.  It is a privilege not enjoyed by every town.


  • June 8, boll weevils are greatly feared by cotton farmers.  A large ad on the front page of The Inquirer offers 10 cents per pound of “punctured bolls or squares.  By destroying these punctured squares, thousands of boll weevils will not hatch and thus be eliminated.”


  • June 3, after a heavy rain, the Inquirer reports that city employees are going about town digging boxes and pieces of boxes out of the storm drains.  The stopped up drains caused unnecessary flooding in the city. Merchants are asked to not stack boxes or debris on their curbs or in the streets and admonished to “keep the welfare of your city in your heart.”
  • June 12, The Inquirer will collect and the Civic Club will pay 25 cents for every pint of flies brought in.


  • June 22, mass meeting called to save Ottine State Park
  • June 23, citizens pledge $2000 to match the $2000 appropriated by Commissioners’ Court to purchase the land needed for Ottine Park area.


  • June 13, Stahl Brothers plant processes over 4,000 chickens daily.  300 employees.
  • June 19, 200 scouts gather for the dedication of the Boy Scout Hut, built by NYA and partially funded by Mrs. J.M. Murphey.
  • June, John Marriott employed to prepare plans for the shop building to be constructed on the high school campus on St. Louis Street.  To be an NYA project