Nescatunga is at present the second town in the county, and there is no reason that she should not remain such, if she does not become the first. That the town has a good location; none not even its enemies will deny. It possess as many if not more advantages than any other town in the county. It is surrounded upon every side with a rich agricultural and grazing region of country. The supply of good wholesome water is unlimited and easy of access. There is an inexhaustible bed of a good brick clay as can be found in the state, within the city limits. All that is necessary to convince the skeptically inclined is to point them to the brick kiln in the south part of town and to our splendid two story brick school building. Evansville, fifteen miles distant and Nescatunga are the only towns on the east side of the county; while on the west side there are four. Fuel can be purchased cheaper in Nescatunga than in any other town in the county, excepting Evansville. That the location is healthy, the experience of the past two years and a half has fully established; for while malarial fever relentlessly raged in an adjoining town during the summer seasons of '84 and '86 Nescatunga was exempt from its ravages.
The growth of the town has been steady and permanent, and if it continues to grow in the future as it has in the past year; two years hence it will be a town of two thousand inhabitants, and there is no reason why its growth should not continue. If we as citizens make proper efforts, there are numerous ways in which we can assist in building up our town. For instance, offer inducements to some kind of manufacturing establishment, that would give employment to a number of hands. Offer inducements to branches of business that are not represented here. Turn our attention to public improvements, build sidewalks, set out trees on either side of our streets, secure ten acres of ground and lay it out for a public park and plant it to trees, or still better secure twenty acres of ground for a college site and after awhile incorporate out town and vote bonds for the erection of a college building, and donate it to parties who will establish a school at this place. By so doing we would secure the better class of citizens. Our town would be built up, our merchants would get more trade and we would all be benefited. 'Tis true that we can look back over the past, and see where apparently, we have not made our efforts in the proper direction, and used our means to the best advantage, but it will do no good to growl and pout over past mistakes; then let us simply allow them to stand out as so many warnings for the future, and take hold and pull together. Study to use our means and efforts judiciously and success will crown our efforts.
June 19, 1886:
Destructive Wind, Hail and Rain storm.
Nescatunga Enterprise, June 19, 1886.
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