Vol 8, No 246
September 2, 1844
Anson Jones elected forth President of Texas
President Anson Jones
On this date in 1844, Anson Jones is elected as the forth and final President of the Republic of Texas.
Henri Castro sets out to create Castroville
SAN ANTONIO (1844)
On this date in 1844, Henri Castro set out from San Antonio with a group of Catholic Alsatian farmers in search of a site to build a town. Accompanied by six Texas Rangers including John C Hays, the colonists selected a site along the Medina River.
The town was later surveyed and layed out similar to Europeans towns where small lots were surrounded by larger farming plots.
The Inn in Castroville was later set up as a stagecoach stop. The Inn is still in use, and is currently part of the Texas State Parks system.
Yellow Rose of Texas copyrighted in New York
NEW YORK CITY (1858)
On this date in 1858 "The Yellow Rose of Texas" was copyrighted by Firth, Pond and Company of New York. The manuscript, bearing the authorship of "J.K." stated that it was written for vaudeville performer Charles H. Brown.
The "Yellow Rose" was the pseudoname of a free-born mulato (yellow) girl (rose) named Emily Morgan. Her real name was Emily D. West and she worked as a housekeeper at the New Washington Association's hotel. Stories suggested that she was a slave, but the record does not support that.
Nontheless, legend has it that Emily, who had been captured by Mexican General and President Santa Anna, had "distracted" her the general long enough to prevent the alert going out the Mexican Army at San Jacinto, allowing a quick victory by the Texas Army under general Sam Houston.
Factual or not, it still makes for a great story ... and song. The tune was recorded in the 1950s by Mitch Miller's band, and reached No. 1 on Billboards top 100.