LOCATION AND HISTORY OF SCHOOL.
[Taken from the 1921 Bears Memories yearbook]
Although there were a few white families living in the Lower Rio Grande Valley forty or fifty years ago, nevertheless it has been only fourteen or fifteen years since the real settlement of the Valley began, Since that time the country has developed from a sparsely settled wilderness into a very populous district, thickly dotted with thriving towns. Grass, trees, flowers, and all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and agricultural products are growing everywhere. Schools, churches, and other institutions which mark the progress of civilization and culture have come into existence. Today this section of the country not only compares favorably with other sections which have been settled much longer, but even excels them in many respects.
There are reasons for this rapid development. The unusual fertility of the soil is a large factor and the splendid irrigation system in operation insures a plentiful supply of moisture at any and all times. Almost any agricultural product may be grown in the valley. These products excel in quantity per acre, quality, and in early yield those of most other sections. Corn is produced in great quantities. Cotton, broomcorn, and other crops are grown profitably. There are many truck farms; vegetables and all sorts of garden produce may be obtained during almost any season of the year. All kinds of fruits can be grown, but the oranges and grape fruit in particular have made the Valley famous. Last year, at the National Fair, the citrus fruits from the Valley were given first, second, and third places, ranking above those from Florida and California.
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