Runnels County in 1887

Information taken from
First Annual Report of the Agriculture Bureau 1887-1888,
published in Forgotten Texas Census 1887-88, L. L. Foster, 2001


Runnels County population in 1880 was 980. Population in 1887 is 1865, which is an increase of 885. Of those, 987 are males, 878 are females. The population in 1887 is divided in the following manner: Americans 1741, colored 24, English 24, German 63, Irish 7, Scotch 6.

The assessed value of all property in 1877, $94,761; in 1887, $2,194,826.

Town populations in 1887 consists of : Ballinger, 1000; Content, 200; Runnels, 100; Maverick, 50.

In 1887, there is one weekly newspaper published in the county.

Schools

This county has a total school population of 515 with __ school houses and gives employment to 8 teachers. Average wages paid teachers: White - males $56.62, females $42.83. The total number of pupils admitted to the schools in 1887 was 330, average attendance 270, and average length of school term 122 days.

Farm and crop statistics

Acres in prairie 44,713, in timber 1937, in pasture 137,592, in cultivation 5525.

Stands bees 46; pounds honey 250, value $37.50. Tons cotton seed 7, value $50.

Number farm laborers employed on the farm during 1887, 10; average length of time employed 6 months; average wages paid per month $20.

Ninety per cent of the cotton crop was destroyed by worms, and the injury to all other crops by drought was 90 per cent.

Fruits and Gardens - Acres in melons 14, value of product $322.

Poultry and Dairy - Chickens 3966, value $904.95; turkeys 20, value $15; dozen eggs sold and used 4185, value $945.25; milk cows 401, value $9870; gallons milk 94,070, value $36,903; pounds butter 12,000, value $2776.

Livestock - Horses and mules 3849, value $71,779; cattle 31,041, value $246,456; jacks and jennets 15, value $775; sheep 42,312, value $50,611; goats 1077, value $930; hogs 66, value $89.

Farm Animals Died - Horses 26, value $1032; cows 8, value $40; sheep 300, value $400.

Animals slaughtered - Cattle 305, value $3130; hogs 86, value $680; sheep 108, value $191; goats 2, value $2.

Wool - Sheep sheared 46,611, pounds wool clipped 317,679, value wool clipped $59,817.
Runnels County

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