Part 2: Japan’s Katayama farms at Markham

Photo by Susie Adkins
A Markham grave marker for Ichiji Kosaka, a young Japanese man working for H. Katayama, who was killed in a tragic accident.

Continuing last week’s Katayama’s Farm at Markham.

   BAY CITY, Matagorda County, Texas, May 4.—Another norther struck here last evening, and fires and overcoats are necessary in order to keep one warm. Much complaint is heard from many on account of the continued bad weather.
   Mr. Katayama, who is the head of a Japanese colony in this county, was here yesterday, and upon being asked what effect the weather was having on his crops, replied: “I must not complain. It comes from heaven.”
Houston Post, 
May 5, 1907
   Markham Claims Her Own.
   To the Editor:
   The following appeared in The Post, dated Bay City, Texas, August 22:
   “Mr. Katayama, an extensive rice grower of Matagorda County, says that this section has the best rice land in the world, and with proper cultural methods will grow rice that cannot be excelled either in quantity or quality anywhere on the globe. 
   Mr. Katayama has a large amount of the very best rice already cut and in shock, which he will begin threshing next week. The rice is free from red rice or seeds of any kind usually found in rice, which often causes it to be graded low. 
   He has carefully watched his crop and kept the farm clean of weeds and grass and red rice by having his men go over the field and pull out by hand all foreign growths. 
   He has the banner crop of this section of the rice growing belt.”
   The above is misleading, inasmuch as Mr. Katayama does not live in the vicinity of Bay City. Markham should have the credit of what enterprise she is justly entitled to. 
   Mr. Katayama’s farm is situated four miles west of Markham and is a part of the Moore-Cortes Canal Company’s property, recently sold to that gentleman. 
   Mr. Katayama’s rice comes fully up to what is claimed for it, and there are numerous other crops on the Moore-Cortes Canal and Northern Irrigation company, Plotner & Stoddard, and Tres Palacios Rice and Irrigation company canals, which will compare with any country, and all are contiguous to Markham, which territory embraces the largest body of rich rice lands in the county. 
   This territory stands alone unsurpassed, and is not an adjunct to any locality, being separated from Bay City by the Colorado River on the east, and the Tres-Palacios river is our western boundary. Very truly yours, N. F. Henderson, Foreman Carpenters on Moore-Cortes Farm, Markham, Texas—Houston Post, August 29, 1907
   400 Sacks of pure, genuine just domesticated Shiariki rice on sale at $5 per barrel. Apply to H. Katayama, Markham, Texas.
Houston Post, January 1, 1908

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