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Cheney Russell PROUTY son of Will & Rebekah PROUTY
Posted by: Tyger Nelson Date: February 09, 2002 at 08:40:16
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With a big thanks to Louise PROUTY, the U.S. Customs Archives in Washing D.C., VC/UHV Library and the City of Eagle Pass, Texas..Cheney Russell PROUTY is my Great-Grandfather and the son of William & Rebekah (PROUTY) PROUTY of Spencer, Worcester Co., Mass. Born in 1839, he entered the Union Army through Boston, Mass in 1861, discharged at Camp Woobury, Va in Nov 1864, through a mutual friend in the Union Army he was able to get a job as a clerk in the Quartermasters Office in Victoria, Texas on Jan 20, 1866. His family not happy that he was "only a clerk" secured him a Presidential Appointment from Pres. Andrew Johnson to "Deputy Collector of Customs" at the Port of Indianola, Tex. the 1st of April 1866, only 10 weeks after arriving in Tex. He was promoted by another Presidential Appointment on Mar 29 1873, by Pres. Ulysses S. Grant to "Collector of Customs" at Indianola. His position ended in 1882. He remained in the Indianola/Victoria, Texas area still working for the U.S. Customs Office until the killer hurricanes in 1878 & 1886. He does appear in the list of people in the relief effort in Indianola at the 1886 storm. Indianola became a ghost town. It sits underwater in the Gulf of Mexico. Afterwards,he then moved to Eagle Pass, Texas knowing that would be the new port of entry to the U.S. When the U.S. Customs office officially closed the Port at Indianola in 1890, it officially opened the Port of Eagle Pass, Texas on the same day of 1890. Cheney owned and operated an ice making factory known as the "Crystal Ice Company" on Commercial Street. The back of the factory ran parallel to the Rio Grande River. His home was across the street from the factory. It was a pominant, well-kept with manicured lawn. He was well known for his 'watermelon' parties, since they used to keep them cool at his ice factory, but in South Texas before you cool the melons, you cut a small plug fill the melon with tequila and replug the melon and chill it. (I think is was the tequila that made him popular.) Cheney was also elected Mayor of Eagle Pass, Texas 1889 to 1892. Political tention from the Conferate Southerns did not allow him to run for a second term since "he was a Yankee". He met and married my Great-Grandmother Juanita (MACIAS or MUNIZ) a full-blooded Kickapoo Indian. For more info on this wonderful Great-Grandfather of mine or if you have a phot of him, please email me.


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