The following excerpt is from: "Something About Brown" by T.R. Havins, 1958, Banner Printing Company - Brownwood, page 74. It tells of the role Bill Anderson's close friend Henry Ford played in bringing a progressive irrigation system to Brown County.
"...The proposal of Ingle aroused interest, and a permanent irrigation committee was the outcome. Henry Ford became chairman and a special soliciting committee composed of L.P. Baugh, S.P. Burns, Frank A. Swindon, Charles Wells and D.H. Wood began soliciting acreage in the various communities affected, holding ten community mass meetings between August 24, and September 5. In the meantime both the Brownwood Bulletin and the Pecan Valley News gave large space to news items on irrigation in other sections of the United States. Henry Ford wrote lengthy articles for both newspapers in which he advocated the proposed project. A second mass meeting in Brownwood in August, 1894, appointed a committee to visit California for an inspection of irrigation in that state. This committee, composed of W.C. Parks, S.R. Coggin, Henry Ford, and W.H. Clark, left immediately for California and spent nearly a month. After returning home the members made a favorable report on their visit and declared that the Brown county project appeared to have greater possibilities than anything they had seen in the West. The acreage committee continued its efforts during 1894 and into the summer of 1895, reporting on July 1, 1895, that land owners had pledged 38,000 acres for irrigation. But at this juncture an insurperable obstacle arose when several large land owners whose lands would be submerged if a lake were built, refused to negotiate with the syndicate. Finally, when the syndicate demanded contracts on the pledged acreage, only about 5,000 acres were actually tendered for contract. Discouraged but not willing to admit defeat, Brooke Smith contacted Boston capitalists who sent William Beall, Jr., to Brownwood in October 1896. He spent three weeks in the area, and with the aid of L.P. Baugh, J.F. Smith, and Jap Hill, attempted to revive the interest of the land owners. Little interest was evinced in the project, and the proposal for a dam on the river lay dormant until 1924..." ***
As everyone, who has ever visited our beautiful Lake Brownwood knows, Henry Ford's proposal was delayed but not defeated. ~Jay~