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1 Aid Fair in Concrete Texas on Mon May 31, 2010 10:39 pm

I don't know how many of you are familiar with Concrete Texas. It is located between Gonzales and Cuero and it is basically a wide spot in the road and a cemetery. Their biggest claim to fame currently is the Roadkill Grill (I've been told the food is very good). I found the following in Vicki Betts' newspaper transcrïptions and just couldn't help laughing to think that little Concrete apparently at one time was quite the community.

Concrete, DeWitt County, }
March 30th, 1863. }
Editor Telegraph:--It is indeed encouraging to see with what zeal
the ladies of our fair State do their part towards conquering a
peace and establishing Southern independence. It has been my good
fortune to have attended several entertainments gotten up by ladies for the purpose of raising funds for our army hospitals. The necessity for such funds, no patriot denies. But to the point. I had the pleasure, on the night of the 20th inst., of attending a Concert, tableaux vivante, supper, &c., gotten up by the ladies of Concrete and vicinity, which I am compelled to pronounce, (with all due deference to the ladies of other places,) a little ahead of anything of the kind I have yet witnessed. The tableaux were quite original and arranged with a great deal of taste; the music was splendid, and calculated to please all. The supper would have pleased the most fastidious epicure. Before adjourning to the supper room, two young ladies, at the suggestion of a friend to the cause, passed through the audience and received contributions, which amounted to $300. The proceeds of the entertainment were $711. On the night following, the entertainment was repeated, free of charge, for the benefit of the darkies, who not only enjoyed themselves in such a manner as to put all Yankeedom to the blush, but contributed $27.95, making in all the sum of $1,038.95. A few days afterwards, a patriotic citizen handed the committee the handsome sum of $1000.
I opine that the only objection that could have been raised, was the admittance fee ($2) was too small, as either the Concert or Supper were each independently worth more than the money.
Home Guard.
[HOUSTON] TRI-WEEKLY TELEGRAPH, May 1, 1863, p. 1, c. 5

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