Comanche County, Texas Newspaper Transcriptions

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Comanche, Texas Thursday April 19, 1888

Hazeldell Dots

Farmers are on the boom.Corn is coming up.Some are planting
cotton.Springtime has come once more.

Miss Paralee McCAMPBELL is very sick, Jack HAMILTON and Mrs. L.M. ATKINSON
are also on the sick list.

The school at this place, taught by Prof. W.S.P. McCULLONGO, has closed.
Prof. M. is a good teacher and was highly esteemed by his scholars.

SIPE SPRINGS

Mrs. VERNON has gone on a visit to Baird this week

Messrs EASLEY, McQUARY and BELDING attended a quarterly meeting at Bear
Springs this week.

Eld. Frank WAGNON occupied the pulpit here last Sunday morning and Rev.
WALLAS of Abilene at night

Our Indian Mountain friend Prof. C.C. BEARDEN has left for the summer. He
will spend a few months among friends in Arkansas

Dr. McQUARY has a new safe and can now sleep without the fear of burglars

Several of our town people spent last Sunday on South Copperas and report a
very enjoyable trip. They are loud in their praises of the hospitality that
was extended them, and it is rumored that for once our friend Fletcher FALLS
got all he could eat.

By request of the Union Labor club of De Leon, Prof. H.F. JONES will address
the citizens of De Leon, April 28, 1888 at 2 o'clock, p.m. on the financial
and other questions embodied in the U.L. platform. Come one and all, and
hear the sound doctrine of Progressive Democracy. Remember the day, last
Saturday in April.

Mr. Wm. CARNES, of De Leon, is one of the most untiring and unselfish
workers in the cause of labor we have in the county. Our standing card of t
hanks is due Mr. CARNES for his efforts in our behalf, and for the large
list of subscribers which he has sent us. Success to you, friend Bill.

DIED: At Comanche, Texas at the residence of Mrs. S.J. WALCOTT on Monday
evening at 6 o'clock p.m. after an illness of one day, Miss L. BOLLING. The
deceased was a highly esteemed young lady, and was beloved by all who knew
her. Her large number of friends and acquaintances will sympathize with the
bereaved relatives. The remains were interred Tuesday evening at 4:30.
Rev. Peter WAGET conducted the funeral services, which were attended by a
large number of the friend of the deceased.


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Comanche, Texas
Thursday July 5, 1888



Another runaway team last Saturday got scared at Dr. McQUARY

We got a glimpse of Sheriff ROWE last week but we had business off just then
and did not wait to promise to vote for him.

Miss Jennie STEWART returned from a months visit to Brownwood last Sunday
accompanied by Miss Alice BARNES, who is visiting friends in town. Dr.
TERRY and family are visiting Esq. HALEY. The Doctor is one of our old
schoolmates and has a host of friends here who would like to see him
occupying his old position.

Messrs Henry HALL and Robert JOYCE started for the Colorado River Thursday
where they expect to spend a week or two fishing and hunting. They took
Uncle JACKLONG to drive the teams and cook.

The Temperance council is booming and are having entertaining meetings this
summer. There was a large attendance last Friday night, new officers are to
be installed at the next meeting.

COUNTY DIRECTORY-COMANCHE

Baptist Church. Rev. M. RAY, Pastor, preaching first and third Sunday's.
Sunday School every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. L.B. RUSSELL, Sup't.

M.E. Church South, Rev. A.P. SMITH, Pastor. Preaching 2d 3d and 4th
Sundays. Sunday School every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. R.S. SWITZER, Sup't

Presbyterian Church, Rev. W.G. McDONALD, Pastor. Sunday School every Sunday
at 9:30 a.m. T.O. MOORE, Sup't

Episcopal Church, Rev. Peter WAGER minister. Morning and evening services
every 4th Sunday. Lay services every Sunday morning at 11 o'clock. W.L.
HARTWELL, Ray READER

Hope Lodge No. 481, A.F. & A.M. meets Saturday on or before each full moon.
W.O. HAMILTON, W.M., Y.I. WRIGHT, Secy. Visiting brethren in good standing
cordially invited.

Comanche Lodge No. 165 I.O.O.F. meets Saturday night. F.E.SHERRILL, N.Y.;
J.C. HUSE, Secy.


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Comanche, Texas

Thursday, June 27, 1889

Monne KEITH was thrown from a horse at Dublin Texas on the 23rd sustaining
fatal injuries.

Dublin had a big Masonic celebration on the 24th

Rev. J.W. Zachary is holding a meeting in the Wagon neighborhood on Copperas
creek.

Mr. L.A. DINGLER has sold his homestead near Sidney to Mr. C.C. DEARDEN and
will soon move to Eastland County.

The Alliance people are all moving up the line.

It is the opinion of ye scribe that if Comanche had the railroad and would
give the Sidney people a good road to the same they would buy lumber and
shingles and just cover their corn fields this fall.

M.W. HEAD of Indian Gap was in the city Monday and called to see us. Mr.
HEAD reports crops good in his section of the country.

Monday and Tuesday's rains prevented us from getting any mail as the streams
were too badly swollen to admit travel.

Rev. S.J. FRANKS and wife, .D. COX and others, left yesterday morning for
Golthwaite to attend the quarterly conference of the M.E. Church South, in
session at the place.

The crops of V.F. BOWMAN, P.M. WHITE, T.H. HOLCOMB and others that were
badly damaged by the storm 20 days ago are coming out and will still make a
tolerable good yield.

Mr. Birch TAYLOR, the new postmaster has received his commission and will
take charge next Monday the 1st. He will move to town tomorrow and occupy
the dwelling of J.S. STEVENSON southeast of the square.

Buy the Scantling Cane Mills, Pioneer Gold Medal Cane Mills or the Cook and
Champion Evaporators from Fred GRIMM northeast corner of the square.

Rev. J.M. BURROW will preach at Sardis on the first Sunday in July at 11
a.m. and at 2 p.m. Dinner will be on the ground and a nice time is
anticipated.

Wm. WALKER at the mouth of Rush Creek has several acres of corn that will
make 75 bushels per acre without anymore rain.


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Comanche, Texas

Thursday January 2, 1896

A large concourse of people assembled at the cemetery to deposit the remains
of Grandpa McADOO in its last resting place. We did not get a biography of
the deceased; therefore we cannot give a deserving eulogy at this writing.

We learn the infant of Mr. And Mrs. Sid DERRICK who has been sick some time,
was relieved of its pains and sufferings by death last Saturday morning. We
extend our sympathies to the bereaved relatives and friends



A son was born to Mr. And Mrs. Joe McADOO



Marriages

J.C. BUTLER to Miss Ada McADOO; J.V. CARVILLE to Miss S.A. ALLEN; Jno. H.
HERRING to Miss Ella LOVE; W.T. RASCO to Miss B. VAUGHN.



Robert GARNER and family returned to Comanche and will make their home here
again. They have located on the H.R. MARTIN farm south of the city.



J.D. BONNER & Co. have moved their drug store from the east to the west side
of the square. They no occupy the building vacated by R.W. TURNER.



Miss Fannie FRANKLIN came to spend the holidays with the old folks.

D.A. STRAIN and Joe RODGERS left Monday for Ft. Worth, to attend the funeral
of Dr. C.F. RODGERS



S.F. REESE and wife of Canton were visiting in the city last week, the guest
of their brother, Wm REESE

Ras. GAYE, who has been working the stock of R.W. TURNER, Sipe Springs, came
in Monday.

W.T. HURST of Sidney was in Comanche Monday, and kindly remembered the
printer.

J.H. LLOYD was in the city Monday


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Comanche, Texas

Friday July 3, 1908

We have just received a letter from Mrs. J.C. CHILTON (formerly Miss Alice
FARMER) in which she states that she and her husband will spend the summer
at LaPorte.

Woodmen of the World of Gap Camp, No. 1530 will unveil a monument to the
memory of the late Sov. T.R.W. GREEN at Stag creek graveyard, 13 miles
northwest of Comanche on the third Sunday in July (the 19th) at 3:00 p.m.
All Woodmen and the public invited to attend. Fraternally Yours W.L.
KINSER, C.C. C.L. WHITE, Clerk

Mr. And Mrs. BERRY of the Board Church community were visiting her parents
Saturday night when their little boy fell from a box and sprained his ankle.
He was unable to walk at the latest news.

Will SMITH has returned home from Decatur, Wise County, where he has been
for about six weeks visiting relatives. He says that a big rain fell there
last week.

Mr.Less DILLARD and family of Comanche were down Sunday visiting her sister,
Mrs. A.P. MERCER.

Rev. BROOK preached at Hebron Sunday

The young people had an enjoyable time at an ice cream supper at Henry
McCULLOUGH's Saturday night. Mr. COOPER furnished music with his
phonograph.

Harvey ARNOLD of Dallas is the guest of his aunt, Mrs. F.A. JACK.

Mrs. J.D. FARRAR has returned from a months stay with relatives at Wilson.
Her brother Mr. JOHNSON, came home with her.

E.L. HALLFORD and family went to Democrat Saturday.

J.H. GOOSBY and family visited relatives at Indian Gap Sunday

Rev. LAKER filled his appointment at the Methodist Church Sunday

Mrs. E.C. CLARK of San Angelo is the guest of Mr. And Mrs. Willis Bradley.

Miss Maggie CUNNINGHAM is at Priddy visiting her sister, Mrs. John PRIDDY

Burton & Cunningham will ship another car of cattle to Fort Worth this week.


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Comanche, Texas Friday July 3, 1908

June 23-We are needing rain. Crops are not burning any yet but if the high
winds and dry weather continue much longer they will suffer much

Mrs. LISMBEE has been quite sick for the past week and Mr. SWAN's baby is
sick.

Mr. LOVEJOY, another candidate was in our community yesterday

ENERGY NEWS-June 22-We haven't had a rain in a long time and corn is failing
fast. Most everyone is done chopping cotton.

J.I. MAYFIELD was in the community Friday looking after his phone line

The steam thrasher is busy now thrashing the grain

Mrs. HITT is improving. We hope she will soon be well again.

THENY NEWS-June 16-The farmers here are up with their work but are needing
rain

S.L. RACKLEY has been sick for some time but is improving

Mr. And Mrs. STRAIN have a very sick baby

Mr. And Mrs. W.J. ADAMS are the proud parents of a baby boy. Also Mr. And
Mrs. Tom HAZARD and Mr. And Mrs. M.M. PEACE are rejoicing over a baby girl.

The neighbors have worked the crops of S.L. RACKLEY and A.L. STRAIN who have
been sick

Our pastor H.G. McCAIN filled his regular appointment Sunday at 11 a.m. and
there was Sunday School at 3 p.m. and a prayer meeting at 8 p.m.

Judge ABLES was called to Rotan Saturday on account of the serious illness
of his Grandchild but we have learned since, that the child died before his
arrival.

Mesdames J.F. STOKLEY and Will GREEN of Proctor are visiting friends and
relatives here this week.

S.E. COUCH, well known here, is a candidate for re-election as commissioner
at Ozona

Goldwaite business men are raising a fund to improve the road from that
place to Priddy.

At Goldwaite more than 200 names have been signed to an endorsement of the
candidacy of R.R. WILLIAMS for Governor

Claude HUDDLESTON, aged 19 years, whose home was in Eastland County, was
killed on June 22 by a train at Wichita Falls

The postal department has threatened to abolish rural routes 1 and 2 out of
Blanket if the roads are not repaired

The case against CARGYLE, the Dublin man indicted for receiving stolen
property, attracted much more attention Tuesday than cases of minor
importance normally do. The property received by him was three quilts which
had been stolen from the WILEY cottage at Dublin. The main effort of the
defense seemed to be to establish the fact that the quilts were not worth
$50. To do this a number of prominent ladies of this city were called in as
witnesses and none of them considered the articles worth that much. On the
other hand Mrs. WILEY and two or three other Dublin ladies thought them
worth more than that. So did Mrs. WILLINGHANT of this place. By the time
the case went to the jury the real issue for them to decide was whether or
not the quilts were worth $50 or less. On this point they failed to agree,
standing 7 and 5. Stephenville Empire



School Teachers Elected-

Bibb-M.C. APPLEWHITE, principal; Miss Carrie LINDSEY, assistant

Beattie- J.L. JENKINS, principal; Miss Lillie BREWER, assistant

Vandyke-Miss Bertha ROBERSON, principal; Miss Nettie LONG, assistant

Swan Hill- W.H. CARPENTER, principal

Energy-C.G. STRICKLIN, principal

Roch School House-Miss Coda JEFFRIES, principal

Wilson-J.M. STRICKLIN, principal, Mrs. J.M. STRICKLIN, assistant

Baggitt-Miss Ada HARVEY, principal

Mountain Valley-Miss Ada KELLY

Duster-Miss Katie GRAY, principal

Suez-Miss Lillie Bell RODGERS

Gum Springs-Miss Buna McGUIRE

Hebron- O.L. KILMAN, principal; Miss Mamie PERRY, assistant

Newburg-W.A. JETER

Fairview-Miss Alma GRISSOM, Miss Ina WALLACE

Elm Grove-Miss Pearl BOYD



Carbon-June 24

J.R. FOSTER's store was broken onto and robbed Monday night. As soon as
discovery was made a searching party was made up and started on the trail
for about two and a half miles. The parties were tracked to a house and
after a search was made the goods were recovered and two men were placed
under arrest and brought to town. The goods recovered amounted to about
$150.00 in value. One man made bond in the sum of $1000 and the other was
sent to jail to await the action of the grand jury.



Jesse, son of Bud ABLE, died at Wilson June 17 and was buried at Pecan grave
yard the following day



Last Friday morning Bud RHONE and Sam BYRD, whose place of business is on
the southeast corner of the square, were arrested on charges of having
violated the injunction recently issued against them by Judge LINDSEY,
forbidding them to sell any intoxicating liquors, hence it is charged they
are in contempt of the court. It is alleged the "Tin Top", a beverage sold
by them, has and does produce intoxication and the case will be fought out
on this contention. County Attorney REID purposes to break up the selling
of this class of beverage. The defendants gave bond and the trials will
take place today before Judge LINDSEY



George FLETCHER and son Tom of Stanton are here visiting the farmers sister,
Mrs. W.W. HARVEY

Otis GUTHRIE has bought a two seated automobile



Hico News-Mrs. NORTEN and daughter Miss Irma returned Tuesday on a visit to
relatives in Comanche

Carbon News-Mrs. I.A. DINGLER returned Tuesday from a two week visit to her
daughter in Comanche County

Blanket Signal-Rev. S.M. HAYGOOD preached for the Baptist people in Sidney
last Sunday. He reports fine crops in that country

Stamford Tribune-S.R. ECHOLS and family of Comanche County spent Sunday in
the city on their way to Guyman Oklahoma to locate to that place.

Ozona Kicker- Mrs. H.A. CARMICHAEL and children, Katherine and Neil, of
Comanche are here visiting the family of A.M. BUCK, Mrs. CARMICHAEL is the
sister of Mrs. BUCK



Visits from the stork-

O.O. EDGINGTON, Sipe Springs, June 16, a boy

W.J. STEELE, near Sidney, May 7, a girl

Harvey SMITH, near Sweetwater, June 9, a girl

Jackson C. LINDSAY, Bibb, June 11, a girl and boy

Solly McDONALD, near Sidney, May 6, a girl

John RUSSELL, near Gustine, June 11, a girl

Dave CARNES, near Comanche, June 15, a girl

N.V. NICHOLSON, north of Comanche, June 17, a boy

John HUMPHREY, west of Comanche, June 18, a girl

J.W. ROBERSON, Comanche, June 17, a girl

A.T. PERRY, near Comanche, June 16, a boy

Ollie ALLEN, Comanche, June 17, a boy

Tom DENTON, Gustine, June 19, a boy

Fate Holcomb, Downing, June 16, a boy

J.H. REED, Downing, June 23, a boy

Dison DALBY, Downing, June 3, a girl

Walter GARNER, Comanche, June 30, a boy

J.B. BLACKSTOCK, DeLeon, June 24, a girl

Mody WILBURN, near DeLeon, June 18, a girl

Tom HAGGARD, Near Theney, June 1, a boy

Major PIERCE, Theney, June 10, a girl

Jasper GARDEN, near Indian Gap, June 15, a boy

James SHAFER, near Newburg, June 15, a girl

Dan DUTTON, near Harmony, May 22, a boy

Thos. JETER, near Newburg, May 12, a girl

Walter CASTLEBERRY, Sipe Springs, June 12, a boy



Marriage Licenses

S.A. WALKER and Amanda BRYANT

R.S. HARE and Eura HOGAN

T.M. HALL and Otho THOMPSON

K.D. JONES and Bessie May McCULLOUGH

J.F. TODD and Lishie FRANKLIN

Nat HOLMAN and Golda Kirk

Robert E. COLEMAN and Mrs. Rose RITCHEY



There will be a grand fourth of July celebration and Woodman picnic at
Brownwood. Hon. Cone JOHNSON will deliver an address in the morning and
there will be Driving Club races in the afternoon. Everything free except
the Grand Stand. The railroad will make a rate of $1.20 for the round trip
from Comanche. Everybody go.



The skating rink is open Tuesday and Friday nights. Music by the band. The
rink is also open every afternoon from 2 to 5 o'clock.


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Comanche, Texas

Friday July 3, 1908 - Continued

Monday of last week while Uncle Zack WEST, formerly of Comanche but now
lives near Andra, Taylor County, was driving along in his wagon six miles
from Ballinger the team was frightened and ran away. WEST was thrown from
the wagon and dragged for some distance and his lower jaw broken on the left
side, his upper jaw and the bridge of his nose were also broken and his body
was bruised and lacerated nearly all over. His brother, W.P. WEST,
immediately went to Ballinger to see him and has returned and says that
while fatal results are not likely his brother is very seriously hurt, as
the doctors have been unable to get his lower jaw to stay in place, though
they have set it three times.



Mr. Elmo COLEMAN stole off to Brownwood Wednesday evening, where he was
married to Mrs. Rose RITCHIE a charming widow of that place. They came in
on the midnight train and are now at the home of Mr. And Mrs. R.B. NEWMAN.



County Court will convene next Monday



The Presbyterian Church was handsomely decorated Tuesday night with white
daisies and smilax and the aisles and entrance to the church were carpeted
with white muslin in honor of the wedding, which took place at 9 o'clock.
The contracting parties were Miss Golda KIRK and Mr. Nat HOLMAN both of them
from very prominent families of this county, and the wedding was preformed
by Rev. G.B. HALL. The organ commenced with the wedding march and the house
was nearly filled with friends of the young couple, and when the bride and
groom came down the aisle preceded by attendants, the scene was one of great
beauty. The bridesmaids were Misses Ellen MOORE and Cleve BURKS; the
groomsmen, Foltz HOLMAN and George SARTWELL, the ushers Bob MOORE and Walter
Jack CUNNINGHAM. The bride was dressed in White embroidered chiffon made
over white silk, en princess, and wore a white aigrette in her hair and
carried a bouquet of white daisies and the bridesmaids in white lingerie
dresses and carried bouquets of pink roses. At the conclusion of the
ceremony the bridal party went to the home of the happy couple next to the
Christian church, which had already been furnished and the immediately began
housekeeping. The presents received by the newly married couple were
numerous and handsome as well as valuable. The bride is the daughter of
Mrs. Lacy KIRK. She is a young lady of many graces of mind and person, who
is capable of tilling the home she will adorn with happiness and will prove
to be truly a helpmate and companion by the husband she has chosen to honor
her hand. The groom is from one of our best families.



G.W. WILSON is out in the San Angelo country.

Fred COX and family have moved to Brady.

W.R. SLIDER returned last week from Marlin.

J.J. FRANKLIN of Stephenville was here last week.

Mrs. Fayette SIMPSON went to Dublin Tuesday to visit relatives.

Miss Ora RAWLS of Dublin id the quest of Mrs. Hubert REESE.

Will CHANCELLOR of Hamlin is visiting his parents near Gustine.

John JUSTIN of Nacona is the guest of his aunt, Mrs. GERGANESS.

Mrs. SHROPSHIRE of Brownwood has been here visiting relatives.

Rev. L.B. OWEN left Wednesday for Victor to begin a Baptist revival.

Miss Ellen HARRIS of Dublin was the guest of Mrs. SARTWELL last week.

Miss Buna HITCHCOCK returned last week from Baylor University.

Mr. And Mrs. Jay HOLCOMB of Abilene came in last Friday to visit relatives.

Mrs. Caroline STEWART spent several days this week with her son at Blanket.

Mrs. FURMAN of Dublin has been the guest of her mother, Mrs. M.S. ALLEN

J.C.C. MARTIN went to Fort Worth Tuesday to see about a real estate deal.
Chief Clerk KYLE of the Wells Fargo Co. was here Thursday, from Fort Worth.

Mrs. A.C. COKER has returned from a three week visit with friends in
Houston.

Chas. CUTHBERSON left Monday for Colorado City, to see his mother who is
sick.

W.H. AKER, of Breckenridge, has been here visiting his father, David AKER
who is sick.

Judge HARDIN of Stephenville was here last Friday looking after his lumber
interests.

Mr. And Mrs. T.R. HOLMSLEY left Tuesday night for Colorado to spend the
summer vacation.

Finis MASON has returned to Comanche from Louisiana where he has been
playing baseball.

Miss Bessie REEVES of Brownwood is here to make her home with her sister,
Mrs. Virgil McDANIEL.

Mrs. R.V. NEELY, daughter and son left last Friday for Battle Creek, Mich.
To spend several weeks.

Mesdames W.R. SLIDER and A.F. BLUE left yesterday for Jonesboro, Ark. To
visit a sister for three weeks.

Mrs. Geo. GRAY and daughter Clara of Cherokee are guests of their daughter
and sister, Mrs. Mark BOONE>

Mrs. Clay MONTGOMERY has returned to her home in Crockett county. Her
sister Miss Mamie LONG went with her.

Mrs. ULERY and her daughter of Denver, Colo., who have been visiting the
family of Geo. VERNON left Tuesday for their home.

Misses Ruby GRANGER and Myrtle PAINE went to Fort Worth Wednesday to attend
the summer school at Polytechnic college.

Mrs. PENROD of Pocatello, Idaho had been the quest of the family of M.W.
CARROLL. She was formerly Miss Myrtle BISHOP of Dublin.

Mr. TURNER of Fort Worth and Eb JONES of Stephenville were here Saturday
before the county board of equalization in regard to the Fensco railroads
rendition.

Scott H. MACK of Ballinger was here last Friday. He says his section of the
state is prospering, has fine prospects and the people are very buoyant. A
fine grain crop has just been harvested and the cotton is at a good stand
and promises a big yield.

Mr. And Mrs. J.M. HUGHES will leave Monday for Elida, New Mexico to spend
several months for the benefit of her health.

Mrs. D.B. TURNER and Miss Lottie PAINE went to DeLeon last Friday to visit
relatives for several weeks.

Mrs. Pink ANDERSON of Blanket was the guest of her daughter, Mrs. Harry
CAMPBELL last week.

Miss BOARDMAN who has been the guest of Mrs. STEED left yesterday for her
home in Oklahoma.

Mrs. E.M. KELLEY and daughter, Miss Berta, have been at Coleman visiting
relatives.

Will BOTTS and family have moved to town and he is clerking for Haney &
Douglas.

W.L. and L.M. STEPHENS and Chas. CONNER are out west prospecting. Miss Ruth
WALDROP of Gorman was here last week, visiting her parents.

Judge DABNEY spent several days this week in Fort Worth.

Groce KILPATRICK returned to Chickasha, Oklahoma last week.

Miss Mary LEE is at Fort Worth attending a summer school.

Ernest CARPENTER went to Brownwood yesterday.

Jack PALMER and family are moving to Gustine.

G.A. CHILTON went to Mineral Wells yesterday.

Nath COOK of San Angelo was here.



Thanking my friends who promised to support me in my race for Sheriff of
Comanche County and who assisted my campaign, I have deemed it best to
withdraw from the race. J.B. NABERS



Erath District Court

Leonard HARRIS assault, six years penitentiary.

John NOGGLE, burglary, two years in penitentiary

G.T. CARGILE, charged with receiving stolen property, mistrial.

Eugene NOLAN, theft over value of $50, two years in reformatory

J.Q. McGEE, disposing mortgaged property, not guilty

Minnie TURNBOW vs Walter TURNBOW, divorce granted



Blanket News

W.T. POWERS and daughter Miss Lizzie returned Monday night from a trip to
Birmingham Alabama. Mrs S.E. LACY has her little sister Isla WARD of Sidney
visiting her this week.

J.W. DABNEY one of the most progressive farmers in this section marketed
over 4000 bushels of oats this week.

J.A. SMITH has traded his telephone exchange at Sipe Springs to W.T.
BURLESON for the latter's home in town and his farm, and will move back to
Gorman about the first of July, and Mr. BURLESON will move to Sipe Springs
and take charge of the telephone business at that time. - Gorman Progress

Late last Saturday evening the usually quiet streets of Ranger were startled
by four pistol shots. F.P. BARNETT and W.M. and A.M. JAMISON living on
Barnett Place a few miles from town. Saturday afternoon they met on Market
Street and after the passage of a few words the shooting occurred. BARNETT
firing four shots without effect. BARNETT was arrested and put under bond
by Judge DAVENPORT to appear for trial on the tenth, which he did. After an
examination of a number of witnesses the court placed BARNETT under a bond
of $1000 to await the action of the grand jury



Proctor News

June 22 - Mrs. Will GREEN and children have been visiting at Theny

Mrs. EVANS spent Sunday in Dublin

Mrs. STOCKLEY has returned to her home after a short visit with friends at
Theney

Misses Lemoine PINSON and Bess BARKER are visiting friends at Selden

Messers HENDERSON, ORR, GRAY and Misses Annie LAURIE, Lucille and Sallie
GRAY, of Hasses were the guests of R.W. GRAY Sunday

Miss WOOTEN of Dublin was the guest of Nean STEPHEN and wife Saturday and
Sunday

Author REID and family are visiting in Ballinger

June 29 - Mrs. ROSS of Walters Oklahoma is here visiting her mother and her
brother R.W. GRAY

J.B.SMITH and family have gone to spend a year in the west on account of
their health. He writes back from Pecos City that they are well pleased
with their new home.

Miss Willie WOODS spent last week in Dublin

Mrs. L.T. GREEN spent three days in Granbury last week visiting friends

Ernest CROFT returned to his home Wednesday after a short visit with his
parents

Una STONE spent Saturday in Dublin

Mr. JOHNSON was the guest of Miss Carrie WOODS Tuesday

Edward STONE, Will EWING, Willie HUGHES and Mr. ROBERTS returned Saturday
from a fishing trip. They tell some awful fish stories.

Mrs. BYERLY and daughter, Samie, have gone to Fort Worth to visit relatives

Dave JENNINGS and family have returned from a visit with Mrs. JENNINGS
sister at San Angelo

Zin BARRY shipped several cars of cattle to Fort Worth last week

Mrs. Henry EARGLE and Miss Mattie BARRY left Monday morning for Coahoma
Texas where they will visit their brother and sister, Mr. And Mrs. Claud
BARRY. Mrs. EARGLE will return in a short time; Miss Mattie will likely
remain all summer.



Fleming news

J.P. PETTIT and wife are visiting relatives out west

Joe ADAMS had the misfortune Sunday night to get his collar bone broken.

The literary Society is progressing nicely. It will meet Friday night, July
17. All are invited to come and take part.



Downing News

The farmers of this area are rejoicing over a nice rain which fell this
morning

Misses Daisy and Maude PINSON of Proctor were here Saturday and Sunday

Miss Kate GORDON from Alabama is here spending the summer with relatives.

T.H. LOCK and family visited their cousin, Mrs. Geo. MOHON, who is sick at
DeLeon last week.

A number of our people attended the Abe MULKEY meeting at DeLeon last week



Copperas Prairie & Gap News

June 29 - Mr. And Mrs. SWEATMAN gave an ice cream supper Saturday night in
honor of a number of their relatives from near Blanket and Gustine.

Sam SINGLETON and wife of Democrat were the guests of Mrs. SINGLETON's
mother, Mrs. L.E. ADAMS, Saturday and Sunday

Bill DAVIDSON, who lives south of Comanche, was in Gap country Sunday.

Elder BRYANT of Brown county preached at Copperas Prairie Sunday. He
contemplates holding a ten days meeting here in July

Miss Janie ADAMS who has been down with the measles is slowly improving

Sunday King JONES of Copperas Prairie and Miss Bessie McCULLOUGH of Pleasan
Valley went to Comanche where they were married. They were entertained
Monday evening by Mr. And Mrs. E.A. REECE



Bibb News

Ben RHODES of Oak Valley was here Saturday and Sunday

Otho COX has returned home from Bosque County.

R.R. McGEBEE was in Comanche Friday after a load of freight for J.B. GREEN

D.F. HANES is visiting the family of J.M. ATCHISON at Dublin

C.W. ATCHISON and family and Uncle Jess ATCHISON returned Saturday from near
Golthwaite where they have been visiting for the past week

Walt ROBERTS is all smiles over the arrival of a fine girl at his home.
Mother and baby doing nicely

U.S. BATES and family of Beatie visited here Sunday

Rev. CASTLEBERRY preached an interesting sermon at the Baptist church Sunday
morning

Mrs. C.D. TRICE and children spent Saturday night visiting relatives near
Sipe Springs

Jno. DUGGER of Gap attended singing here Sunday

Emmett TRICE accompanied by his mother and sisters spent Sunday in our town

Jake FIELDER of Stag Creek was here Saturday night

M.H. NELSON and Jacox spent Saturday at Beattie

J. HATLEY and J.B. FIELDER were in the capital Saturday



Hasse News

June 22- Rev. G.S. WALKER and family went to Purves last week

We regret to hear that Mr. GAMBLIN is sick

Faytte and Troy ROGERS of Duncan visited their Uncle Mr. MORELAND Saturday
and Sunday

Dr. HAILEY and Missionary ARCHER of Comanche were here Saturday

Quinn SMITH left for Oklahoma Monday morning

Mrs. RILEY entertained the young people Monday night and all report a nice
time

We regret to learn that Dr. MARTIN and family will leave for Know County in
a few days where the doctor will begin work in a new field

Merton HARRIS of Mt. Pleasant who has been attending school at Baylor
University at Waco visited friends here Sunday

Mr. RAY made a business trip to Fort Worth Saturday night

Rev. STANDRIDGE preached at the First Baptist church Sunday night

Mr. And Mrs. W.B. BALDWIN went to Fort Worth Sunday Miss Bertha Lee GAINES
is at home from Baylor University at Waco


Miss Lizzie RODGERS is entertaining a house party composed of Misses Camile
THODBERG, Coralee GREEN, Clara MOORE, Emma HARRIS, Nellen WYATT, Minnie
ELKINS and Bonnie McCRARY


Little Misses Ernestine and Alma ATWOOD entertained a number of their little
friends Wednesday evening with "London Bridge" and other school games after
which cake and cream were served by Misses Mamie KING, Gertrude JENKINS and
Esther BROWN


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Pioneer Exponent
Comanche, Texas



August 21, 1908



Old Settlers Will Meet

Annual Session in Comanche August 27-28

The first annual meeting of the Old Settler Association joined by the
Confederate veterans will be held at Flemings park in Comanche Thursday and
Friday August 27 and 28.



The annual reunion of the CUNNINGHAM family which was inaugurated twenty
years ago by Capt. James CUNNINGHAM and his wife Susie, was held last
Saturday at the old homestead on Aaron CUNNINGHAM's place in a beautiful
grove near Newburg in this county. Capt. James CUNNINGHAM and his wife, who
came to this county in the forties, have been dead several years but the
family custom originated by them has been continued by their sons and
daughters, of which there are twelve, eight of whom reside in the county, to
wit: Aaron, Dave H., R.T., W.H., J.W. and T.A. CUNNINGHAM, Mrs. T.J.
HOLMSLEY and Mrs. Jim LEWIS, and J.V. CUNNINGHAM, for twenty five years the
Sheriff of Taylor County, Mrs. J.M. NEELY of Texico and Geo. W. CUNNINGHAM
of San Angelo, the latter two being the only ones of the original twelve who
were absent at this reunion. This family is one of the sturdiest in all
Texas. The entire family of twelve children being hale and hearty, the
oldest being Aaron, 72 and the youngest Mrs. Jim LEWIS, 45 years, with 104
children of whom 57 were present, and with 102 grandchildren, of whom 45
were present. Since the reunion of last year there have been two marriages,
seven births and three deaths. This large family, including the sons in law

and daughters-in-law now number 287, 159 of whom were gathered together here
last Saturday.

Only one day has heretofore been given over to the reunion but for the next
year two days have been selected. Aug. 17 and 18 at which time a big
barbeque is planned, and the greatest of all of these notable reunions is
expected.



J.R. WEST Hurt

One day last week Squire John R. WEST of Comanche was run over by an
automobile at Ballinger and one of his legs broken.

He was at Ballinger attending the Confederate Reunion and visiting his
brother, Z.P. WEST, who was recently seriously hurt in a runaway.

More than a year ago the Squire, while picking cotton, was struck in one of
his eyes with a cotton boll and the sight destroyed.



Off To The Markets

Hill HUDDLESTON of Martin Co., O.M. SIMMONS of Adams-Burks-Simmons Co. and
T. H. JACKSON of Dingus-Jackson & Co., left last night for St. Louis to buy
fall and winter goods. S. E. GUTHRY of Higgenbotham's will leave today. M.
G. CATTER of Catter Dry Goods will leave tomorrow; Mrs. CATTER will
accompany him as far as Memphis where she will visit her mother, W. L.
RANDALL of Neely. Harris CUNNINGHAM Co. and John CUNNINGHAM of Cunningham,
Burton and Wilkerson will leave next week.



DEATHS



Grandpa CADENHEAD, aged 78 years, died at the home of his son, B.F. on
Sabanno Creek, last Friday night and was buried at DeLeon Saturday.

He leaves an aged wife and grown sons and daughters to mourn his death.

He was an excellent man, who had by his up-right life, won the esteem of all
who knew him.





OTHER NEWS



L.H. HOLT, who lives on the Comanche and Hasse road 3 miles from Comanche,
was showing a large apple here Thursday, which he grew on his place. It
weighed one pound and two ounces, and took 14 inches of tape to girdle it.
The apple is now at CARROLL'S Drug Store.



B.F. PERKINS is now building a new residence near Gustine.



Interesting Happenings and Gossip from Different Parts of the County





BRIAR GROVE NEWS

Aug. 17 - It is getting very dry now. Cotton is opening fast.



Mrs. Lucy LOFTIS sick.



There are not any meetings around here now.



Mrs. Mandy KERLEY and little granddaughter, Audry, visited in this community
last week.



John ROBERTSON and family last spent Sunday with their uncle Turner
ROBERTSON; also Frank ROBERSON and wife.



Volny BROWN of Fisher county and Miss Myrtle FAULKNER of this community were
quietly married at the home of Rev. J.C. WITHERS Saturday night. VOLNEY is
a son of T.D. BROWN who lived in and around Comanche until last fall, when
he moved to Fisher county. Myrtle was the oldest of A. FAULKNER. We wish
them a long and happy life.





PROCTOR NEWS

Aug. 18 - Miss Florence GREATHOUSE is spending a couple of weeks at home.



Mr. EVANS and family spent Sunday in Comanche.



Mrs. CALLAN and children spent Saturday and Sunday in Hasse.



Mrs. R.C. JOHNSON is the guest of Mrs. Lettye GRAY.



Miss Willie WOODS visited in Hasse Friday and Saturday.



Mrs. FULFER of Hasse was the guest of Mrs. WOODS Thursday.



Miss HORN of Stephenville is the guest of Miss Julia LUKER this week.



The Christian meeting is in progress now, Elder MORRISON doing the
preaching. There has been 8 additions to the church at this writing
(Tuesday). The sermons are very interesting, especially the 5 o'clock ones.
Elder MORRISON is a fine preacher.



Mr. THORNTON and family spent last week at Huckaby.



Zella DAVIS is visiting relatives at Gustine.



Mr. PRESTON of Seldon was the guest of Miss LeMoine PINSON Sunday.



Mrs. JENKINS is visiting relatives in Oklahoma.



Rev. POWERS of Dublin is conducting a Presbyterian meeting at Gray's Chapel
this week.



Jones CHILCOATE and family have returned from a visit in Callahan county.



R.H. REID took in the re-union at Ballinger last week.



Sam EWING, Dong CHISHOLM and Miss Carrie WOODS took advantage of cheap rates
to Galveston last week.



Miss Lena CASTLEBERRY is visiting relatives here.





COTTONWOOD NEWS

Aug 18. - A good rain would be appreciated at present.



Randolph LIGNOSKI went to Elm Grove Sunday.



Frank FOSTER and Early ELLIS attended preaching service at Oak Valley
Sunday.



Tellie RANDELL of Hasse has been here this week.



Charlie HAM of Comanche was here Sunday.



T.H. McCULLOUGH and wife visited relatives near Sidney Sunday.





VANDYKE NEWS

Aug. 18 - The Vandyke meeting began Friday night with a large attendance.



D.E. NABERS and Cal FRITTS have been out west but have returned. They
report that the worms have eaten up the crops out there.



Miss Willie NABERS is visiting Mr. and Mrs. NABERS this week.



Harvey JACKSON came very near dying with heart trouble Saturday night.





DeLEON NEWS

Rev. C.W. PATTERSON preached at the Methodist church Sunday night.



B.J. PITTMAN and W.P. CAPEHART left Sunday for a tour in the west.



Prof. and Mrs. Gaylord KLINE are here from Rule to visit Mrs. KLINE's
parents. Mrs. KLINE is down with rheumatism.



Mrs. Weston MOHON, wife of George MOHON, died at the home of her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. T.J. NABORS last Wednesday and was buried in the cemetery here
Thursday evening. She leaves a husband and four little girls.



The fire boys made a run one evening last week in 81 seconds, 100 yards.
The boys have only been practicing a short time but are improving rapidly. -
Free Press Aug. 14.





OAK VALLEY NEWS

Aug. 17 - Tom JONES . . . of May were here . . . visiting relatives.



J.M. THOMPSON . . . went to Sipe Springs . . . to see a brother.



Miss Oma SPENCE attended church at the Chapel Wednesday night.



J.R. LANE of Coleman is conducting a meeting.



H.R. ROE and Wilson RUDD were in this community Thursday.



M.A. ROE and wife went to Beattie last week.



Emmitt ACKER is at Gorman.



Miss Amanda ADCOX and Fred Ellis went to Elm Grove to church Thursday night.



Glen ADCOX and family of Lorraine are visiting his parents here.


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Pioneer Exponent-Comanche Texas
March 16, 1876



Mr. J. B. BURTON of the Pecan Valley Eagle , gave us the
pleasure of his company this week. Mr. BURTON is energetic in his efforts
to build up a live paper for the people of Brown, who ought to lend a
liberal support. Call again friend BURTON, the latch string of our office
hangs on the outside.



Dr. MATCHETT returned this week from Hillsboro, and reports crops looking
remarkably well throughout the section through which he has passed. The
farmers seem to have planted an unusual amount of oats which look very
promising. We are pleased to learn that the Doctor will remain with us for
a while.



M. STRICKLAND many years established in the business of book binding and
lithographing, and has the finest assortment of stationary in Texas, This is
a reliable house and we ask for them the patronage of our people.



Almost A Fire
On yesterday the cry of "fire!" rang out, startling our
unusually quiet town with its alarming sound. The fire was discovered in
the roof of the store, occupied by Mr. J. S. VEDDER, and, with the usual
promptitude of our citizens, a hundred or two men were soon at the scene of
action with buckets and hatchets and succeeded in staying the flames, but
not until it had burned a considerable hole in the roof. Never was more
alacrity displayed, and it was of the highest importance, for had there been
the least delay or bad management, the flames would have gotten such headway
that it would have been impossible to suppress them, and had it not been
that there was a cistern of water at the back of the store, it is doubtful
if it could have been saved. And how terrible would have been the
consequences! for the entire side of the square was wooden buildings, and
they would have all been laid in ashes.

Now let us organize a hook and ladder company, and get a few of
the small fire extinguishers. And in addition let a good cistern of water
stand at the back of each store. These matters are of vital importance and
action should be taken at once. We will have more to say on this subject
hereafter.



A Mule Found
I found a mule tied in the brush at Logan's Gap, six miles west
of Comanche. Said mule is of the following description: Black, about 12
years old, branded on left shoulder with a blotched brand and has a peculiar
bridle mark. Thinking said mule had been stolen, I took charge of it, where
the owner can get possession by proving property.

E.N. WALDREP Comanche, March 16, 1876



Comanche Directory
County Officers:

Hon. J.P. OSTERHAUT, Judge District Court
James BOYD, District Attorney

John CARNES, Sheriff

J. D. BONNER, District Court Clerk

S.F. TODD, Treasurer

J.T. TUNNELL, Surveyor



County Court:

N. YARBROUGH, Presiding Justice; G.W. MONTGOMERY, H.W. SUBLETT, John ROCH,
D.J. ROWE



Churches:

Methodist - Rev. JOHNSON preaches every Sunday, at the Methodist Church

Baptist - Rev. J.T. HARRIS preaches at the College every third Sunday
morning and the Saturday night before.

Presbyterian - Rev. W.A. SMITH preaches every first and fourth Sunday at the
college.



The Orders:

Masonic - Comanche Lodge No. 316 meets the Saturday night on or before the
full moon in each month. G.A. BEOMAN, W.M.; John S. JOHNSTON, Sec.



I.O.O.F. - Comanche Lodge No. 165 meets every Monday night. B.F. WRIGHT,
N.G.; C.E. WILLIAMSON, Sec.



Temperance - Comanche Lodge No. 2 Moral Aid Society meets second and fourth
Thursdays in each month. P.W. GRAVIS, C.K.; R.G. ARMSTRONG, Sec.



Pioneer Council No. 449 United Friends of Temperance, meets every Friday
night. Wm. LOWRY, W.P.; Wm. A. FIELDS, Scribe.



The Grange:

Salt Spring Grange meets first and third Saturday in each month. W. R.
SINGLETON,

W.M.; W.A. PHILLIPS, Sec.



Physicians:

ROBERTSON & LANCASTER, D.J. McDOWELL, REDDEN & TURNER, G.W. TUCKER



Attorneys:

HUTCHISON & SHROPSHIRE, C.E. WILLIAMSON, G.R. HART, FLEMING & STEPHENS, Wm.
A. FIELDS, S.P. FORD, Wm. LOWRY, W.S.J. ADAMS



Bankers:

H.R. MARTIN & Co., bankers and dealers in exchange



Places to Trade:

W.H. WILSON - Dry Goods, Groceries, and general merchandise

CAMPBELL & ZETLEMOYER - Dealers in Furniture and Undertakers

D.L. GOOCH - Drugs, Medicines, and Groceries

CAMPBELL & MIZELL - Dry Goods, Groceries, and General Merchandise

J.S. VEDDER - Dry Goods, Groceries, and General Merchandise

REDDEN & TURNER - Drugs and Medicines

HAMILTON Bro's. - Drugs, Groceries, and Lumber

DICKSON & GREEN - Dry Goods, Groceries, and general merchandise

J.C. WEAKLY - Stoves, Tin, Sheet Iron, and Copperware, and House Furnishing
Goods

Wm. BARNES - Groceries, Plows, and Hardware

M. RILEY - Fancy Boot and Shoe Maker


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COMANCHE WEEKLY CHIEF

COMANCHE, TEXAS, THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 1876



PERSONAL - Mrs. M. BALLANTINE returned home last week from a protracted
visit to Waco.



D.L. GOOCH, the live Drug and Grocery man, returned this week from St.
Louis, where he has been to purchase goods.



Our friend Otto STEFFENS passed through town this week en route for
Brownwood, where he is to locate in business.



Mrs. W.B. JOHNSON, proprietor of the stage line between this place and
Waco - the irrepressible JOHNSON, who comes rain or shine, epizootic [Note:
definition, (of animals) epidemic among animals of a single kind within a
particular region] or no "zootic - enlivened our sanctum this week.



We had the pleasure of a call this week from Capt. R.S. ROSS, proprietor of
that excellent paper, the Waco Reporter. Mr. ROSS is a live newspaper man
and under his management the Reporter is growing daily in public favor.



Mr. J.B. BURTON, of the Pecan Valley News, gave us the pleasure of his
company this week. . . .





COMANCHE WEEKLY CHIEF

COMANCHE, TEXAS, THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1876



. . . . Three and one-half pounds of the best coffee in town for one
dollar at W.J. McLANE's.



JUDGE FLEMING left on Friday last for Coleman county, where he will hold
court during this week. As this is the first court which has been held in
that place there will consequently be but little business.



BEST LINE OF SUGARS in town at W.J. McCLANE's.



MEN'S AND BOY'S STRAW HATS at cost at CAMPBELL & MITZELL's.



BYRON GREEN returned last Friday from Dallas. He reports that wheat crops
on the road as not being first rate. He things there will not be more than
half a crop. Byron is prepared to assist our farmers in saving what wheat
they will make, however, he having bought a first-class reaper and thresher
with him.



ON FRIDAY last Mr. William ANGEL and his son John, who had been brought in
some days before charged with stealing and concealing some bells, were
brought before his Honor Judge FLEMING, upon a writ of habeas corpus. The
State failed to show that John was capable of committing any crime, he being
only ten years old, or connected him directly with taking the bells. John
was therefore discharged. The evidence as to the ownership of one of the
bells which was found in Wm. ANGEL's possession was claimed by Mr. SANFORD,
and charged to having been stolen by ANGEL, was conflicting. Judge FLEMING
therefore bound him over to appear at the next term of the District Court,
in a bond of one hundred dollars.



IF YOU WANT a class of goods to please you go to W.J. McLANE's.



We neglected to mention in our last issue the death of our former townsman,
Mr. R.F. BIDDLE, who departed this life on the 28th ult. at Meridian. Mr.
BIDDLE resided in Comanche for several years previous to his removal to
Meridian, and while here won the esteem and affections of all who knew him
intimately. His greatest fault (and who has none) was a too generous heart,
for his last farthing [Note: definition, A former British bronze coin worth
a quarter of a penny] was freely at the disposal of a friend. We extend to
the relatives and friends of the deceased our heartfelt sympathies.



TWO MEN from Erath county passed through Comanche last Saturday week, and
gave currency top the startling report that President GRANT had been
assassinated. As none of our exchanges contain[?] any account of the
tragical catastrophe, we have concluded that the parties who so startled us,
had just heard of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and having heard by
accident that Grant was the President of the United States, got the names
mixed.



FINE, pure Whisky, the best in town at D.L. GOOCH's.



Mr. J.C. BARTLETT has just returned from Brownwood. He says they are
complaining of hard times over there and are especially pining for a bevy of
lawyers and doctors to settle among them. We have some of both here who, if
business does not improve, will either have to change their profession or
lengthen themselves out to some other territory. The prospects for both
professions are beautifully contracted and sublimely monotonous.



FOR SALE. - A good two-horse Wagon. Everything in good order. Apply to
CHARLEY STEFFENS.



Dr. M.S. CROW, of Stephensville called upon us yesterday morning. The
Doctor was called to our town to hold a consultation with Capt. J.M.
HOLMSLYs little boy who has been dangerously ill for several days.





WHITVILLE ITEMS

We hear of quite a number of stray horses in the valley. We would advise
our farmers to look well after theirs for a while, for there is more danger
of horses wandering at this season than any other of the year.



We have recently conversed with many of our farmers and, with a good rain,
they consider their prospects for good crops very encouraging.



Mr. Sam DIAL has purchased a thresher, Mr. Isaac DIAL a sorghum mill, and
Messrs. SUMNER and PRICE a reaper. Three conveniences very much needed by
our farmers.



We learn that the school, taught by Mrs. CANNTESON, near the residence of
Alex TUGGIE closed on Friday last week.



The writer of these articles feels thankful for the kindness shown him by
the citizens here on the second. We wish the CHIEF and his braves had been
present.



We were pleased to see the interested manifested by some of the married
ladies at the pic-nic, by engaging in the plays with the children.



Many of our farmers are planting a quantity of sorghum. This is a
profitable crop, and requires less cultivation generally than corn or
cotton.



We are glad to see in our midst again Charley HALEY and Jimmy PRICE. They
have been as far east as Freestone county.



Though not present at the party at Mr. DIAL's, we are nevertheless pleased
to hear from our young friends, who were there, and they enjoyed the music
and dancing.



The Angel, sent from Blanket Creek to town, who had such a fondness for
cow-bells, lives beyond the divide, does not dwell in this valley, never
did! We won't claim him.



The pic-nic, on the 2nd of May, given by the citizens in and around
Whittville, was decidedly a success. There were but a few persons from a
distance. Among them were Mrs. PHIFER, of Brownwood. Messrs. SHROPSHIRE,
DICKENS, and CHILDRESS of Comanche. The young people enjoyed themselves
very much, and the older ones seem highly satisfied. The dinner, spread
under the oaks, was abundant, and the meat, barbecued by our friends Messrs.
DIAL and KELLEY was cooked in the best of style. The day will long be
remember by us all, and we hope this may not be our last, for such
gatherings do much good in creating an exchange of thoughts and kindnesses
and is also the means of becoming better acquainted with each other.



Whittvillians hand in your names to Mr. CHINA for the CHIEF. Only $2.00 a
year.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Thursday, June 12, 1879

MONEY LOST!

Lost, on the public road between M.V. FLEMING's pasture and J.B. LACEY's on the Sipe Springs
road $190. The money was rolled up in buff colored paper, and there were three fifty dollar
bills and some tens and twenties.

Twenty dollars reward will be paid to the person returning the money to O.P. TAFT or Dan CALL
at Albany, Shackleford County. H.W. HOLCOMBE

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Town and Country, Comanche, Texas, June 3, 1886

OBITUARY

Nathan F. CARSON was born in South Carolina, May 29, 1813, and in his boyhood he moved with
his father to Georgia, then to Alabama. In his 29th year he was married to Miss Amanda B.
CURTIS, whom he lived with until they were separated by death, which occurred in Comanche
County, Texas, May 26, 1886 in his seventy-third year. He lived to a full old age, and was
gathered to the home of the good, like a shock of corn, in its season. He lived a consistent
member of the Methodist church about 40 years. As a husband he was kind, as a neighbor,
obliging; as a Christian faithful in his service to his God.

PERSONALS

Mr. S.R. SWITZER announces for assessor this week.

Mr. A.P. KELLY, of Newburg, has announced for county assessor.

Mr. W.S.P. McCULLOUGH in in the field for county attorney. See his announcement.

Messrs. CHILTON & CAMPBELL are having the upper rooms of their building repaired and
replastered.

Mr. DINGWALL, Comanche's veteran shoemaker, presented the junior with a beautiful boquet
yesterday, in spite of the drouth.

Comanche Lodge No. 165, I.O.O.F., elected the following officers Tuesday night for the ensuing
term: F.H. SHERRILL, N.G.; C.P. HILL, V.G.; C.E. WILLIAMSON, secretary; Sam ZETTLEMOYER,
treasurer.

Mr. A. BOOTH , of DeLeon, from the weight of hear say now circulated, seems to have been
unnecessarily sacrificed by the attachment proceedings a few days ago. He is well nigh crushed,
but being a young man, it is to be hoped that he may yet rally and achieve a high degree of
prosperity. His energy and pluck deserve success.

Mr. C.P. HILL is recovering from his rheumatism.

Mr. A.J. CAFFEY, of Mercer Gap, made us a pleasant visit Saturday.

Rev. Mr. DAVIS, of the Baptists, preached last Sunday at the Methodist Church.

The "old reliable," W.D. SUMNER, of Whittville, was smiling audibly on the streets Saturday.

Mr. B.F. GAMEL was in town Saturday and the head loafer of this concern had the pleasure of
his acquaintance.

Mr. John SWITZER's many friends will be glad to know that he has returned to Comanche. He is
now foreman of this office.

Mr. Riley CROSS, of Thrifty, Brown county, is in the city on a visit to his daughter, Mrs.
Rufus SWITZER. His wife and another daughter, Mrs. PERRY, are with him.

Mr. S.P. FORD has been in the city for a few days enjoying the pleasure of meeting his old
friends and acquaintances. Sam turned benedict and married last December, and his lady is
sojourning here with him. We wish them much enjoyment.



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Comanche Weekly Chief, Thursday, March 16, 1876

DISSOLUTION NOTICE

The partnership existing between FLEMING & STEPHENS is this day dissolved by mutual consent.
J.R. FLEMING, J.D. STEPHENS Comanche March 2, 1876

ALMOST A FIRE

On Yesterday the cry of "fire!" rang out, startling our unusually quiet town with its alarming
sound. The fire was discovered in the roof of the store, occupied by Mr. J.S. VEDDER, and, with
the usual promptitude of our citizens, a hundred or two men were soon at the scene of action
with buckets and hatchets and succeeded in staying the flames, but not until it had burned a
considerable hole in the roof. Never was more alacrity displayed, and it was of the highest
importance for had there been the least delay or bad management, the flames would have gotten
such headway that it would have been impossible to have surpressed them, and had it not been
that there was a cistern of water at the back of the store, it is doubtful if it could have
been saved. And how terrible would have been the consequences for the entire side of the square
was wooden buildings, and they would have all been laid in ashes.

Now let us organize a hook and ladder company, and get a few of the small fire extinguishers.
And in addition let a good cistern of water stand at the back of each store. These matters are
of vital importance, and action should be taken at once. We will have more to say on this
subject hereafter.

PERSONAL

Mrs. M. BALLANTINE returned home last week from a protracted visit to Waco.

D.L. GOOCH, the live Drug and Grocery man, returned this week from St. Louis, where he has
been to purchase goods.

Our frind Otto STEFFENS passed through town this week en route for Brownwood, where he is to
locate in business.

Mr. W.B. JOHNSON, proprietor of the stage line between this place and Waco - the irrepressible
JOHNSON, who coms rain or shine, epizootic or no "zootic", - enlivened our sanctum this week.

Dr. MATCHETT returned this week from Hillsboro, and reports crops looking remarkably well
throughout the section through which he has passed. The farmers seem to have planted an
unusual amount of oats which look very promising. We are pleased to learn that the Doctor
will remain with us for a while.

A MULE FOUIND

I found a mule tied in the brush at Logan's Gap, six miles west of Comanche. Said mule is of
the following description: Black, about 12 years old, branded on left shoulder with a biotched
[sic] brand and has a peculiar bridle mark. Thinking said mule had been stolen, I took charge
of it, where the owner can get possession by proving property. E.N. ALDREP

PHYSICIANS:

ROBERTSON & LANCASTER; D.J. McDOWELL; REDDEN & TURNER; G.W. TUCKER

ATTORNEYS:

HUTCHISON & SHROPSHIRE; C.E. WILLIAMSON, G.R. HART; FLEMING & STEPHENS, Wm. A. FIELDS; S. P.
FORD, Wm. LOWRY, W.S.J. ADAMS.



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The Comanche Weekly Chief, Comanche, Texas, Thursday, May 11, 1876

CRIME REPORT

On Friday last, Mr. William ANGEL and his son John, who had been brought in some days before
charged with stealing and concealing some bells, were brought before his Honor, Judge FLEMING,
upon a writ of habeas corpus. The State failed to show that John was capable of committing
any crime, he being only ten years old, or connected him directly with taking the bells. John
was therefore discharged. The evidence as to the ownership of one of the bells which was found
in Wm. ANGEL's possession was claimed by Mr. SANFORD, and charged to have been stolen by ANGEL,
was conflicting. Judge FLEMING therefore bound him over to appear at the next term of the
District Court, in a bond of one hundred dollars.

Our readers all perhaps remember Houston FAUGHT, the man who was brought here immediately
after the recent bank robbery and was supposed to have been one of the men who performed that
bold deed. As he could not be identified as one of the robbers, he was released from custody.
The Deputy Sheriff of Jack County arrived here the day after his release with papers for his
detention, but his bird had flown. We next hear of FAUGHT hanging to a limb on the banks of
the Clear Fork of the Brazos, having been hung, says the Frontier Echo, by a vigilance
committee which took him from the guard house at Ft. Griffin. According to that paper, horse
thieves stole the horses so fast in Shackleford county that the citizens could not keep up
the supply.



Precinct 1, Justice of the Peace

We neglected to mention in our last issue that Justice Milton BROWN assumed, on Monday week
last, the duties of Justice of the Peace in Precinct No. 1. There were several cases on the
docket which were commenced during Judge YARBOROUGH's term, viz: G.W. TUCKER vs. Wm. STUART,
continued by consent. Daniel BOONE vs. CAMPBELL and MIZELL, compromised, and judgement for
cost against BOONE. J.W. MATCHETT vs. J.R. FLEMING, continued. J.T. TUNNELL vs. W.F. McGEE,
continued. Mr. BROWN disposes of business before him with a degree of dignity and intelligence
altogether superior to what is usually displayed by Justices of the Peace. He is a lawyer of
most respectable acquirements, and we feel that the people of Precinct No. 1 have honored
themselves by re-electing him as Justice.

ILLNESS

Dr. M.S. CROW, of Stephenville called upon us yesterday morning. The Doctor was called to
our town to hold a consultation with Dr. TUCKER in the case of Capt. J.M. HOLMSLY's little
boy who has been dangerously ill for several days.

WHITTVILLE ITEMS

Mr. Sam DIAL has purchased a thresher, Mr. Isaac DIAL a sorghum mill, and Messrs. SUMNER and
PRICE a reaper. Three conveniences very much needed by our farmers.

We are glad to see in our midst again Charley HALEY and Jimmy PRICE. They have been as far
east as Freestone county.

Though not present at the party at Mr. DIAL's, we are nevertheless pleased to hear from our
young friends, who were there, that they enjoyed the music and dancing.

The pic-nic, on the 2nd of May, given by the citizens in and around Whittville, was decidedly
a success. There were but few persons from a distance. Among them were Mrs. PHIFER, of
Brownwood, Messrs. SHROPSHIRE, DICKSON and CHILDRESS of Comanche. The young people enjoyed
themselves very much, and the older ones seemed highly satisfied. The dinner, spread under
the oaks, was abundant, and the meat, barbecued by our friends Messrs. DIAL and KELLEY was
cooked in the best of style. The day will long be remembered by us all, and we hope this may
not be our last, for such gatherings do much good in creating an exchange of thoughts and
kindnesses; and is also the means of becoming better acquainted with each other.

FARM FOR SALE

160 acres, 10 under cultivation, good box house, well of water, six miles from Comanche, same
now occupied by Jno. ROCH, Esq., at a bargain. J.S. VEDDER

COMANCHE CO. ESTRAYES

Taken up by J.M. HIGGENBOTHEM and estrayed before Milton BROWN Esq. J., P., Precinct No. 1,
Comanche County, April 27, 1876, a dun colored horse black mane and tail six or seven years old,
branded on neck 68 and on each hip 85, appraised at $30. J.D. BONNER, Cl'k. Co. C'rt Comanche
Co.

Taken up by T.R. BOWEN, and estrayed before Milton BROWN, Esq., J.P., Precinct No. 1, Comanche
County, April 22nd, 1876, a light bay horse, black mane and tail, snip on the nose, 8 or 9
years old, branded X on the thigh, about thirteen hands high, and appraised at $15.00

Taken up by C.C. McCARDY and estrayed before N. YARBROUGH, J.P., Precinct No. 1, Comanche
County, April 18, 1876, a brown horse, about 12 years old, not branded, collar marks on right
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche Co., Texas, Thursday, 8 April 1879
DIED

PARKER - On the morning of the 6th instant, at the residence of his step-father, Mr. Frank
KETTLES, in Comanche county, Joshua PARKER, age 21 years.

The deceased was one of the first white children born in this county where he has resided all
his life. He was a moral, sober and industrious young man and merited the esteem of all who
knew him.

JOHNSON - In Comanche, on the 2d day of April, 1879, after a long and lingering sickness
(consumption). Mrs. M.E. JOHNSON, in her 25th year.

Sister JOHNSON was a lady of most excellent qualities of heart, and during protracted sickness
was ever ready to leave at the call of her Maker.

Upon her death-bed, one of her last requests was to thank the many friends of Comanche who
done so much to alleviate her sufferings, and also her gratitude to the good people of the
Stinnett neighborhood for their benevolence and charity to her brother, who died a few days
before her death, away from home, but among these friends.

Mr. JOHNSON feels himself under many obligations for the kind and friendly offices from the
noble-hearted people of Comanche and Stinnett community. He who knoweth all things may bless
such acts of love and benevolence. A Friend.

Mrs. J.J. RICHARDS, formerly of McLennan county, died on Friday morning last, near the mouth
of Jimmies creek, in this county.

Mr. John BURGAN, a poor, Christian man, died suddenly, Sunday last, near Tuggle's schoolhouse,
in this county. He left a wife and five children, who were penniless and without means of
subsistence. A liberal amount of money and provisions, however, were donated by our citizens,
which will somewhat relieve their present wants.

A KILLING

In the report of the killing which took place last week on Cow Creek in Erath county, we said
that one of the HOLLOWAYS were killed which was a mistake. Charles HOLLOWAY was badly wounded,
but not killed as was stated in these columns. M.D. ROBERTSON and M.T. ROSS were the only ones
killed. Old man HOLLOWAY and his wounded son are now in the Stephenville jail awaiting trial.

LOCAL NEWS

The many friends of the Rev. W.A. SMITH and his estimable lady will regret to learn of their
departure for Bastrop county where they will make their home in the future. The parson and lady
carry with them the well wishes of the entire community.

J.T. CHIDESTER, Jr., returned from a visit to Arkansas, last Friday.

Mr. D.A. CAMPBELL is building an elegant two-story stone residence in the northern portion of
Comanche.

Messrs. BURRIS, COX, WIGLEY and several other gentlemen, of Mineola, Texas, were in town Sunday.
They are visiting our section for pleasure.

We were pleased to see on the streets again our old and much esteemed fellow citizen Mr.
C.C. CAMPBELL, who has been confined at home for several months by a severe spell of sickness.

Mr. A.L. HAMILTON has built a neat new fence around his place.

Mr. Samuel ZETLEMOYER returned Monday from Fort Worth, bringing with him his brother and
sister-in-law, recently of Pennsylvania..

Tom HOLCOME has reopened his saloon, at the old stand, on the north side of the square, where
he will be glad to see his old friends and customers. He keeps the best of wines and liquors.
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LOCAL NEWS

T.J. HOLMSLEY's herd of cattle is rapidly increasing.

Messrs. HOOD & HOLMSLEY start their herd of cattle for Kansas today. It counts 1900 strong,
all male cattle.

Mr. L.R. LUPTON has just finished another elegant wagon at his shop. In strength, beauty and
finish, it will compare with any northern make.

We are sorry to learn of the death of the esteemed wife of the Rev. Joseph WYATT, which sad
event took place Monday morning. The bereaved husband has our heart-felt sympathy in his sad
affliction.

James HOLLOWAY, one of the parties concerned in the killing of the constable's posse near
Dublin recently, was tried at Stephenville last week and found guilty of murder in the second
degree. His term of sentence was fixed at thirty-five years.

Messrs. J.S. VEDDER and J.D. BONNER are angling in the Colorado.

Bob CHILDS, of Hazle Dell, brought up 300 head of cattle, Monday.

J.D. STEPHENS, W.S.J. ADAMS, I.P. and T.L. HUCHISON, of the legal fraternity, were off last
week attending courts.

F.A. DEATHRIDGE brought in forty-five head of cattle from Blanket, last week.

Mr. G.F. NEILL is the father of the latest addition to our population. It's a boy.

Mr. FALSTON, the carriage maker, has left us. He was a good workman.

We are pleased to see Mr. W. J. McLANE in town again, after a prolonged absence in the
southern portion of the State.

Mr. D.J.ROWE, of Hazle Dell, dropped in this week and paid in advance for another years
subscription. He reports the crops in his section to be in a splendid condition.

SIPINGS FROM SIPE SPRINGS

James STRATTON died on the 21st ultimo.

There were two burials on the 22d at our neighborhood graveyard - one, B.F. WITTENHOUSE, a
little pupil of the town school, the other, James STRATTON.

Mr. N. MELTON is recovering rapidly from the wounds received in the JAY and MELTON affray of
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche County, Texas, May 8, 1879

LOCAL NEWS

County Surveyor T.R. HILL is building a neat residence near the northeast corner of the square.

Farmer James L. WRIGHT and Farmer Rufus TURNER were in the city last week, looking hale and
hearty.

Mr. Jno. W. CLARKE, who lives at old Cora, in this county, has the finest wheat we have seen
this season, being long, thick and well-filled.

HOOD & HOLMSLEY's herd, which left last Thursday, will not drive through this year, but will
probably winter on Wichita or Pease River.

The union Sunday school had its annual pic-nic last Thursday. Speeches were made by Messrs.
SWITZER, STEPHENS, GAISER, HAMILTON and others. Miss BEAN was crowned queen of May by Mr. James
NABERS, who made an appropriate speech. A sumptious repast was spread upon the grass, which
lacked not in abundance and was enjoyed by all. After dinner a drizzling rain quickly dispersed
the crowd much to the consternation of all.

Upon the petition of John D. STEPHENS, D. WALCOTT, and several others, Judge WILLIAMSON,
granted an injunction restraining Town Recorder James NABERS from selling the property of
petitioners levied upon and advertised for sale. The petition sets forth several reasons why
the injunction should be perpetuated, and the Recorder is restrained from selling until the
case is tried before his honor Judge WILLIAMSON, which will probably take place at the present
term of the County Court.

PERSONALS

Mr. BRENNAN, the live drummer for J.H. BROWN, Fort Worth, paid our sanctum a visit this week.

Messrs. VEDDER and BONNER returned from their fishing excursion last week. They report having
had a splendid time and an abundance of fish.

Mr. H.C. LACKEY departed last week for Waco, where he will make his home in future. He made
many friends during his brief stay in our city, and the Chief hopes he will at some time, in
the near future, again make his home in our midst.

LETTER LIST

The following letters remaining in the post office at comanche, Texas, May 1, 1879, will be
sent to the dead letter office at Washington, D.C., if not called for by June 1, 1879:

BOSTIC, J.G.; BREEDING, John; BUCKLER, Mrs. L.E.; CARPENTER, Miss M.J.; CLARK, Berry; CLARK,
L.B.; CARTER, Henry; DUNCAN, B.D.; DANNELL, Mark; DARGIT, Frank; HOLT, A.C.; LUCAS, Mrs. S.A.;
LOGSDON, Mrs. Ann; McGEE, H.A.; MATHEWS, Miss L.; McDONALD, Wm.; MOORE, A.J.; NELSON, J.W.;
STEPHENS, Morris; STEWART, John; ROBERTSON, Alice; TAYLOR, Ginder; TAYLOR, Mrs. Amada; WEAVER,
Wm.; WHITNEY, Olanda; WORTHY, James N.; WILSON, J.W.; WHITNEY, Creamer L.; MASSENGALE, Thos.



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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas Thursday, May 13(sic), 1879
NOTE: This should have read the 15th. The following Thursday is the 22nd.

FATAL FIGHT WITH HOES

Brothers by Marriage and Foes for a Moment

A sad affray took place at the residence of a Mr. WALLER, who lives on Austin branch, about
nine or ten miles north of town, on Wednesday last, in which Charles GREEN was killed by Tobe
WALLER.

The facts, as near as we could ascertain, are in substance as follows: GREEN and WALLER were
cultivating land in the same field and had in some way exchanged hoes. GREEN sent word to
WALLER to bring his hoe home. WALLER, who lived a short distance away, mounted a mule and took
the hoe to his father's house, where GREEN resided, when some words were exchanged by them.
GREEN struck WALLER with a hoe, whereupon a general fight ensued in which both struck several
blows and each received severe wounds.

GREEN lived until Friday, when he died from his wounds. WALLER's back and arms were severely
badly bruised.

GREEN was WALLER's brother-in-law, having married his only sister. Both combatants were
citizens of good standing and well liked by their neighbors. The sad occurrence is much
regretted by all acquainted with the parties.

Esquire TERRY held an inquest over the remains of the deceased, on Friday evening last and
rendered a verdict that GREEN came to his death from a blow from WALLER.

WALLER gave himself up and had a preliminary trial on Monday. He was bound over in the sum of
$---- to appear before the district court.

DEATHS

Mrs. STINNET died at her residence in the northern part of the county, on Sunday last.

BIRTHS

The senior editor of the Chief has a nine-pound little chief at his house.

LOCAL NEWS

Dr. C. PAINE has bought Mr. SHELWORTH's residence in the northern part of town.

Rev. J.M. GAISER preached an interesting sermon on "Intemperance," at the court-house, Sunday
morning.

Tom HAMILTON has been quite ill for a week or two with pneumonia. He is slowly recovering,
however, and will soon be all right again.

Deputy Sheriff YATES, accompanied by Messrs. G.A. CHILTON and John de ANE, departed for Austin,
Wednesday last. They took the three counterfeiters who have been confined in our jail for some
time with them.

Sheriff LONG brought over the Erath county prisoners last week, and confined them in our jail
for safe keeping. Among them were old man HOLLOWAY and son, of the Dublin killing notoriety.

Hon. W.S. DELANEY, of Columbus, paid the Chief office a visit this week. He is at present a
guest of his nephew, E.L. SHROPSHIRE, but, we understand, contemplates making Comanche his
future home.

We were pleased to form the acquaintance of Drs. F.T. and C.F. PAYNE, formerly of Mississippi,
who have recently settled in our town for the purpose of practicing medicine. We welcome you
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Thursday, May 22, 1879

MARRIED

CARROLL-FORD - At the residence of the bride's father, on the evening of the 14th inst. by Rev.
J.T. HARRIS, M.W. CARROLL to CATHERINE FORD, all of Comanche. The newly married couple have our
warmest congratulations and best wishes for their future prosperity and happiness as they
journey on their voyage through this life of care and trouble.

TIMELY NOTICE

All parties having guns in their possession that were issued to the Comanche Guards, during the
Hardin troubles, are requested to bring them in and deposit them with Wm. CARROLL, or the state
authorities will take steps to punish all who refuse to deliver up the guns. J.A. WRIGHT, J.D.
STEPHENS.

LOCAL NEWS

Marshal BREEDLOVE arrested three cowboys Sunday, for using profane language at WALDREP's store. They were fined.

Mr. A.L. HAMILTON returned from the Fort on Monday's stage.

Mr. W.S. ANDERSON, of Sipe Springs, was in town this week.

Mr. Howard PEAKE, of Fort Worth was in town Sunday.

E.W. HOPE departed for Waco Monday morning.

Mr.D.M. CLOWER and family left yesterday for a trip to Dallas and Fort Worth.

Mr. STOVALL, of Hamilton, brother of our old friend Sim, was in town this week.

The familiar face of our old esteemed fellow townsman and former county treasurer S.F. TODD
was seen on our streets this week.

Messrs. J.A. WRIGHT, F.E. WILSON and E.L. SHROPSHIRE departed for Fort Worth and Dallas on a
business trip, last Monday morning.

Mr. W.T. CROPPER, formerly of this place but now of Hamilton, spent Sunday in the city. He has
the contract for this end of the Waco daily mail, and is putting good stock on the road.

COURT NEWS

The injunction case wherein J.M. McCRARY, Jno. D. STEPHENS, et al., were plaintiffs and James
NABERS and the town of Comanche were defendants was decided in Judge WILLIAMSON's court last
week. Able arguments were made by the counsel on both sides, and every inch of ground was hotly
contested. The following is the verdict of the jury: "We, the jury, believe that the plaintiffs
should pay their taxes and for one line advertisement in the county paper. C.F. ALLEN, Foreman"
There is some talk of an appeal by the plaintiffs.

WILLOW SPRINGS ITEMS

The above is the name of school community No. 14, Comanche county, situated between the waters
of Walnut and South Copperas, in the north-east corner of Cal LACY's beautiful tract of land,
and numbers of acres of the most fertile unimproved lands lie adjacent, which present a most
inviting opening to the immigrant desiring a home in a good neighborhood, convenient to
churches, mill, schools, &c.

Crops are far better than ever before known. J.L. WRIGHT and Rufus TURNER, two old town boys,
have the best field of corn in the neighborhood, while D.S. BOWDEN, S.H. GRIZZELL, G.W.
CHANCELLOR, Calvin LACY and others too numerous to mention, too, have prospects of reaping an
abundant harvest.

A prosperous school is being conducted in our midst by Professor J.B. HALL, and prosperity
seems to abound with us.

Calvin LACY is now buy cattle for T.J. HOLMSLEY, and the probability is there will be some
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, June 5, 1879

LOCAL NEWS

Mayor BROWN is not quite up to style. Why don't you veto something?

HOOD & HOLMSLEY's herd had quite a stampede, Saturday night, ..their pen, four miles west of
town. Several yearlings were tramped to death.

Messrs. DENTON & NEILL, and Jno. D. STEPHENS have moved their law office to the stone building
on the west side of the square.

Mr. Jno. T. CHIDESTER, Jr., informs us that the A.T. and P. Mail company have decided to move
their shops and stables to some other point. He is not positive where they will go to , but
thinks Stephenville will be the point selected by the company for the permanent location of the
shops.

Messrs. HOLLAND & CARTER, proprietors of the Comanche City Mills, are preparing for the
erection of a commodious gin house, which they will have completed and fitted up with the
latest improved gin machinery in time for the coming cotton crop. They are also getting their
excellent flouring mill in flue trim for the new wheat that will soon be coming in.

At a regular meeting of Hope Lodge No. 481, A.F.&A.M., held last Saturday night, the following
officers were chosen for the ensuing Masonic year: G.A. BEEMAN, W.M.; D.S. SWITZER, S.W.; A.L.
HAMILTON, J.W.; J.W. GREENE, Secretary; Dr. R.D. REDDEN, Treasurer; J.E. SLAUEIL, Tyler; R.
HOLLAND, S.D.; Joe W. HILL, J.D.

Mrs. BROWN, an old lady, the wife of an indigent and helpless man, and mother of several little
children, was found wandering on the Square last Friday evening in an insane condition. She was
carried home, but again found her way down town at midnight when she was taken charge of by the
authorities. In old age and poverty, fast approaching their end, bereft of kindred, she and her
family are indeed worthy objects of charity.

The mite meeting at Col. WALCOTT's new residence, last Tuesday evening, was one of the most
pleasant affairs of the season. The band played several pieces in the forepart of the evening,
while the ladies entertained the assemblage with their accustomed grace. A few pleasant dances
were indulged in by the young folks, Mr. HOLCOME kindly furnishing the music.

Dr. S.K. SMITH, who by the way is one of the best dentists in the state, has returned to his
old home in Comanche, where he will remain for some time, or at least until July.

THE FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

The committee on general arrangements held a meeting last Tuesday evening and appointed the
following committees:

Committee on Program: G.A. BEEMAN, A.L. HAMILTON, Ben F. WRIGHT.

Committee to Prepare Grounds: W.O. HAMILTON, James NABORS, J.M. McCRARY

Committee on Barbecuing and Preparing Meats: George HAMM, M.V. FLEMING, Thomas HOLCOME,
___PRIDDY, Henry HILL

The grounds near Fleming's spring were selected as the place for holding the barbecue.

John T. GREEN was appointed treasurer and J.M. GAISER, secretary.

The contribution committee reported progress, about $150 having been subscribed to date.



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The Comanche Chief, Comanche County, Texas. 19 June 1879

MIDNIGHT FLAMES!!

A BIG BLAZE WHICH MIGHT HAVE BEEN LARGER.

GALLANT FIREMEN.-SUPPOSED ORIGIN.-BLOODY RUMORS.-A WORD TO OUR CITIZENS.

Our citizens were aroused from their slumbers yesterday morning by a fusillade of small arms
and an alarm of fire. The two-story frame building on the east side of the Square was seen to
be burning. The hook and ladder boys were soon on the grounds with their machine and did
gallant work. The building was too far gone to be saved, and they immediately devoted their
attention to the neighboring buildings, the first of which was the small tailor shop adjoining
J.D. STEPHENS' law office. This they soon yanked out of the way with their hooks and every
nerve was strained to save STEPHEN's office, the two story rock building, which, after much
hard work, the boys kept from the flames.

The building in which the fire originated, owned by F.E. WILSON was entirely consumed. The
lower story was used as a paint shop, but everything of value was saved.

The fire originated in the upper story, which was unoccupied. Rumor says that certain parties
had secreted themselves in the upper story for the purpose of playing poker, and, becoming
involved in a row, they accidentally set fire to the building, while some say that the parties
became involved in a row and the cry of "Murder" was heard, indicating foul play, and that the
house was burned for the purpose of concealing crime, but this is considered "thin".

We cannot commend the fire boys too highly, and through their efforts a hundred times the cost
of their truck was saved, yet some of our citizens who own property refuse to aid the company.
Buy the boys some buckets, axes, lanterns and other appliances which they need and you will
never regret it.

Before leaving the scene of the conflagration, three cheers for Mike ZERR, who was acting
foreman, were given with a zeal.

Mr. J.D. STEPHENS requests us thank all who assisted in saving his property.

LOCAL NEWS

Mr. L.R. LUPTON is preparing to erect a neat dwelling house in town.

Mr. M.M. STONE exhibited a full-grown cotton boll at this office last week.

Mr. Samuel ZETTLEMOYER has returned from a trip through the northern portion of the state.

We are sorry to learn that Rev. W.A. SMITH intends leaving Comanche.

Squire CARRINGTON, of Sipe Springs, illuminated our town with the light of his countenance last
week.

The sociable at Mr. BARNES' residence, last Thursday night, was a most pleasant affair and a
snug little sum was raised towards opening the graveyard. Mr. and Mrs. BARNES spared no pains
in entertaining the large assemblage.

It has been announced in nearly every paper in the State that Judge FLEMING intended to change
his residence and locate in Graham. The Judge denies it and says that he has given no cause for
the rumor.

The cause for jealousy is now removed on our part. Comanche has pure coined silver in a well,
and no doubt about it. Mr. BEEMAN's little daughter, while playing nearby, recently dropped a
four bit piece in a well. There is some talk of organizing a joint stock company for the
purpose of sinking Friday MORRIS down in the well to recover it.

The Ladies' Mite Society would tender their sincere thanks to the citizens of Comanche for
their sociable at the residence of Mr. BARNES on June 6th; would also thank Mrs. BARNES for
the liberality in furnishing cake bountiful for the supper.

We feel sure that, with like patronage in future that we have received in the past money
sufficient will have been raised to finish the work. Mary E. YEARGIN, Sec.

SIPINGS FROM SIPE SPRINGS

Mr. SPINKS has traded his farm for the WOOD mill and gin and is now overhauling and repairing
the machinery. He intends to gin all the cotton the adjacent country can produce, evincing a
spirit of industry, pertinacity and honesty.

Mr. DRY is building an office in the hotel yard for the accommodation of drummers and travelers.

Mr. H. JOICE has teams on the road to Fort Worth for lumber to build a nice residence at his
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. 26 June 1879

LOCAL NEWS

The trial of Dan STANIFER for wife murder is set for this morning.

The Ladies Mite Society will give a sociable at Col. WALCOTT's residence tonight.

W.P. CHIDESTER, of the A.T. & P., Mail Co., returned by Monday's stage.

Sheriff T.T. LONG, of Erath county, brought over another batch of prisoners this week.

Mr. J.L. WRIGHT, the old and reliable photographer, is again in the field, at his old stand
on the South side of the square, where he is now prepared to take all kind of pictures in the
best style of the art, both photographs and gems. Give him an early call as he will only
remain a short time.

DISTRICT COURT ITEMS

Civil Docket

In the case of PORTER vs. WOOD, judgement was rendered against WOOD.

R. BEAL vs. B. McAFEE. Suit on note and lien. Dismissed a plaintiff's cost.

Emma G. COBB vs. J.M. MAXEY. Continued.

Josiah CREAMER vs. W.R. SINGLETON. Suit on note and lien. Dismissed at plaintiff's cost.

J.D. WRIGHT vs. B. Mc AFEE. Suit for debt. Judgement by default.

J.M. HAMILTON vs. J.S. JOHNSTON. Suit on note and lien. Dismissed at defendant's cost.

F.E. WILSON vs. G.A. BEEMAN. Suit on note and lien. Judgement by default with writ of inquiry.

James FOSTER vs. J.M. DIAL. Suit on note and lieu. Dismissed at defendant's cost.

H.R. MARTIN vs. DOUGHTY. Injunction. Dismissed at plaintiff's cost.

Criminal Docket

State vs. A.M. ASLOP. Assault to commit rape. Guilty and punishment fixed at five years in the
penitentiary.

State vs. V.H. EDWARDS. Murder. Guilty and imprisonment fixed at five years.

State vs. E. JACKSON. Theft. Two cases. Dismissed by state.

State vs. M.J. OVERSTREET. Theft. Nol. pros. in felony case, and fined $50 and costs for
misdemeanor.

State vs. H. MAYFIELD. Theft of gelding. Acquitted.

State vs. Allen DUNN. Threats to take life. Acquitted

State vs. John McGEE. Theft of gelding. Dismissed.

State vs. H. TAYLOR. Theft of cattle. Dismissed.

State vs. D. HARRIS. Dismissed

State vs. Wm. HURT. Bond forfeited and judgement ni si entered.

State vs. T.E. KEITH. Official misdemeanor. Fined $20 and cost.

State vs. Branch HUFF. Assault to murder. bond forfeited.

State vs. H.M. LONG, Mat. FULLER, Bob MARTIN, Bill ROSE, Malvin HARWICK, James BAKER,
Pink FLOYD, Tom GILBERT, Bill MASSENGALE. Murder. Continued by the state.

State vs. H.M. LONG, Bill MASSENGALE, Tom LAFFERTY, John WARREN. Murder. Continued by the
state.

State vs. H.W. SUBLETT. Official misdemeanor. Dismissed.

The STANDIFER murder case is set for trial at 8 o'clock this morning.



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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, TX. Thursday, July 3, 1879

SAD ACCIDENT

From Mr. G.R. HUSTON we learn of the following fatal accident. A week ago last Sunday a Mr.
GOUGE, a renter on Mr. Mark McMULLEN's farm on Sabana creek in the northern part of the county,
met with a very sudden death in the following unnatural manner. He was riding a horse sidewise,
bareback, and leading another one when the horse he was leading jerked back suddenly pulling the
rider off. In falling Mr. GOUGE became entangled in the rope of the horse he was riding and the
animal became frightened and ran several hundred yards, over a rocky prairie, dragging the
unfortunate man and bruising his head and body in a most horrible manner, from the effects of
which he died in a few minutes. He leaves a wife and family to mourn his untimely end.

IN MEMORIAM

Entered into eternal rest, in Comanche county, near Proctor, on the 26th of June, 1879, Gayle
TALBOT, aged 39 years and 5 days.

The deceased was a native of Matagorda, in this state, where he resided until five years since,
when he moved to Erath, and a few months ago to this county.

In boyhood he attached himself to the Methodist church, and remained a true member until the
date of his death. Firm was his faith, and it shone triumphant on his deathbed. "I trust in
Jesus," "All of you put your trust in Jesus," were among his last words. He leaves a wife and
five children, brother and sisters to mourn his loss, but they are consoled, for they know that
"In the arms of the Lord he rests his soul."

LOCAL NEWS

Mr. A.L. HAMILTON is building a neat addition to his dwelling house.

Prof. SWITZER and family will spend their summer vacation in Round Rock.

Miss Annie BELL, of Hamilton, is visiting her many friends in Comanche.

Mr. J.C. BARTLETT and lady departed for Lampasas springs yesterday morning.

Mr. Sam P. FORD of the Meridian Blade is visiting his many friends in the city.

F.E. WILSON & Co.'s banking house is now fairly under headway and is doing a good business.

The new Methodist church was not dedicated last Sunday, owing to the non-arrival of Mr. ELLIS,
the presiding Elder.

The mite meeting at Col. WALCOTT's last Thursday, was a success, and quite an amount was
contributed towards fencing the graveyard.

The fall term of Comanche Institute, under the principalship of Prof. SWITZER, will begin on the
first Monday in September next. Prof. SWITZER has but few equals as an educator, as his
numerous patrons will testify, and we look for a larger attendance at the Institute the coming
session than ever before.

Mr. Pryor CALFEE, who is well known all over the county as an educator, has determined to make
his future home in McLenan county, near Waco. We regret the loss of so useful a citizen as Mr.
CALFEE, and hope he may at some future day return to his old home and friends in Comanche county.

Marshall BREEDLOVE arrested a drunken man Saturday afternoon for indecency, and carried him to
the calaboose, chained him to the floor, locked the door and left him to sober off. BREEDLOVE
then returned up town, and had been there only a few minutes when he met his man walking around
as drunk and free as ever, having slipped his shackles and escaped.

Mrs. CANAN's school will begin its fall session on the first Monday in September in the old
Methodist church, which she has purchased and fitted up for a permanent school house. There are
but few, if any, towns in Texas that can boast of a better teacher than Mrs. CANAN, and we are
glad to know that she has made her school one of Comanche's permanent institutions.

Mr. HOLT, recently of Hopkins county, and who has just settled in our midst, met with bad luck
Saturday. Mistaking the depth of the creek, he attempted to ford it with an ox wagon loaded
with supplies. The water washed everything out of the wagon and drowned a yoke of his oxen.

The entertainment of the Ladies Mite Society, at Col. WALCOTT's residence, last Thursday night, was well attended. The Society returns many thanks to all who assisted on the occasion and to Mr. HOLCOME for the ice with which the cream
was frozen. The Society also returns many thanks to Miss Cal JONES (colored) who generously
contributed her mite of $1.75 cents towards fencing the graveyard. The proceeds of the
entertainment amounted to $22.15. Lizzie FORD, President.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Thursday, July 10, 1879

LOCAL NEWS

John D. STEPHENS smiled the biggest smile we ever saw "smoled" when the jury brought in a
verdict for the defendant in the case of SCHNEIDER & DAVIS vs. J.D. STEPHENS.

(Transcriber note: This was, once again, an issue that did not have much of genealogical value.
However, if you have a V.H. EDWARDS ancestor, let me know as their was quite a long article
about his sentencing to five years imprisonment. )


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, July 17, 1879

OFF TO BROWNWOOD

The long-looked-for band contest between the Comanche and Brownwood bands, takes place at the latter place tomorrow. The citizens of Brownwood, some time since offered a cup for the best band in Northwest Texas, and the Comanche band quickly accepted the challenge although they have been organized only two months. It is hard for us to speak flatteringly of our band, as both editors and one of our compositors are members of it, but we will say that our boys will strain every nerve to bring that cup home with them. The following is a list of members of the Comanche band:

Prof. C. RIEK, leader Bb clarinet; F.M. CLOWER, 1st Bb cornet; Mike ZERR, 2d Bb cornet; J.W. HILL, 1st Eb alto; D. ZWEIFLE, 2d Eb alto; Geo. HAM, Bb tenor trombone; R.T. HILL, Eb tuba; E.W. HOPE, snare drum; J.A. HARRIS, bass drum and cymbols.

DISTRICT COURT

The following cases have been tried and otherwise disposed of in the district court since our last issue.

CIVIL DOCKET

Junius B. HARRIS vs. J.D. STEPHENS et.al., trespass to try title. Plaintiff takes a non-suit.

H.R. MARTIN & Co. vs. I.B. LUPTON et.al., trespass to try title and for damages. Judgment for plaintiff with writ of restitution.

J.D. STEPHENS et al., trespass to try title and for damages. Judgment for plaintiff for property and $130 damages.

W.T. CARUTH vs. D.H. CUNNINGHAM, injunction. Injunction dissolved and case dismissed for want of jurisdiction.

M. BARKER vs. D.H. CUNNINGHAM, injunction. Non suit entered for plaintiff.

A.C. HUTTON vs. D.H. CUNNINGHAM, injunction. Nonsuit.

F.H. NEEDLY vs. D.H. CUNNINGHAM, injunction. Non suit entered for plaintiff.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche Texas, Thursday, July 24, 1879

BIRTHS

Mr. J.W. STONE is the happiest man between the garden of Eden and Tricham. He's got a bouncing baby
boy at his house.

The same may be said of Dr. WRIGHT. He's got a new boy at his house, and so has SHROPSHIRE. What
does Comanche county want with an immigration bureau?

LOCAL NEWS

Miss Annie BELL departed for her home in Hamilton, Tuesday. Her many friends will miss her.

Mrs. W.D. BELT, Schneider & Davis' drummer, was attacked by three highwaymen on July 15th between
Eastland and Albany, and robbed of several hundred dollars.

ASLOPP and MILLER, convicted and sentenced to the penitentiary .the late term of the district
court, the former for five years for rape, and the latter for seven years for horse stealing, were
taken to the penitentiary last Sunday morning .

MILLER, who was taken to the penitentiary last Sunday, has the sympathies of a large portion of
this community. Many think that he was wrongfully convicted, and others that he was more
persecuted than prosecuted. We did not hear the testimony against him, and only give what we
believe to be the public sentiment.

The following ladies and gentlemen from Comanche attended the band contest at Brownwood: W.S.J.
ADAMS and lady, Dr. G.W. TUCKER, Miss Maggie VEDDER, Miss Annie BELL, of Hamilton; Mrs. Joe W.
HILL, Miss Annie CLOWER, G.A. BEEMAN, John CAMPBELL, Uncle Dick CARNES, Isham SMITH, and the
members of the band.

RECAPTURED

Four of the five prisoners that broke jail last week-HOLLIS, FERGUSON, GREEN and POTTER-have been
recaptured and lodged in their old quarters. EDWARDS, the only Comanche county prisoner that made
his escape, is still at large, but the officers have strong hopes of getting him yet. Too much
praise cannot be bestowed upon Sheriff CUNNINGHAM and Deputy YATES for the untiring energy
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, 31 July 1879

PERSONAL

Mr. W.L. SARTWELLE, took a pleasant jaunt over to our sister town of Brownwood last week.

Mr. D.M. CLOWER has gone to Dallas, where he will make arrangements to locate himself and family.
We are sorry to lose such energetic citizen as Mr. C., but no doubt our loss will be Dallas' gain.

Mr. J.F. SHELLWORTH departed for Buffalo Gap last week, at which place he will establish a hardware
and tin store. Mr. SHELLWORTH has resided in Comanche for several years, and leaves many friends
behind. We cordially recommend him to the good people of Taylor county as a sober, reliable and
industrious young man and wish him abundant success in his new home.

LOCAL NEWS

When completed Doc HAMILTON's house will be the handsomest frame dwelling in the city.

Mr. COLLIER, County Clerk of Bosque county and the first white settler of Comanche county, was in
town last week and paid the Chief office his respects.

DEATH OF MRS. WHEELER

Mrs. Jane WHEELER, wife of Mr. Frank WHEELER, of Belle Plain, late of Comanche, Texas. Died at
Belle Plain on the 6th day of July 1879, aged 45 years, 10 months, and 10 days, after a severe
illness of Phlegmonous Erysipelas. Services were held at the house. The funeral was one of the
largest ever held in that place. Rev. T.J. AUSTIN officiating.

BEE IN A MAN'S EAR

We frequently hear of bees creeping into ears of people, which is attended with great pain and
considerable danger. A case of this kind was reported to us last week. A bee entered the ears of
David LIEBENKNECHT of Lower Windsor township, although it would occasionally work its way out so
far as to be seen, all methods adopted to eject it from its hiding place proved unavailing,
finally smoking a cigar was proposed, and,, by closing the nose and forcing smoke
down the throat, into the eustachian tubes that connect with the head; it had the desired effect
to drive the troublesome insect out, and thus relieved Mr. LIEBENKNECHT from any further trouble.
This is a very simple and certain remedy.-York (Pa) Daily.



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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. 7 Aug 1879

LOCAL NEWS

Mr. D.M. CLOWER, while on the way from Fort Worth home, last week, was attacked with a severe
congestive chill. He is much better now, we are happy to announce.

Sheriff LONG, of Erath, took the ten Erath county prisoners, who have been confined in our jail
for safe keeping, to Stephenville, Monday, where they will be tried this week.

D.K. SMITH has lost his ponies. One of them is branded a diamond "K" on the left shoulder and a
Spanish brand on hip. The other one, he thinks, has S on shoulder and had one white foot. He will
pay a liberal reward for their return to Comanche.

A letter from the superintendent of the lunatic asylum to Judge WILLIAMSON states that it is i
mpossible for Mrs. BROWN, who was adjudged insane several weeks since, to gain admission into that
institution at present, as every ward is crowded and there are several prior applications. Judge
WILLIAMSON has exhausted all the means within his power to have this unfortunate woman taken to
the asylum but has failed, and the county will still be burdened with the expense of keeping her.

PERSONAL

Messrs. BARTLETT, GREEN, and KEY leave for Lampasas this week. Pleasant trip to you, gentlemen.

Mrs. I.B. LUPTON left last week for her old home in Virginia, where her husband is very ill.

Mesrs. F.M. McDERMOTT and F.A. DEATHRAGE have gone to Waco, where they will be tried for failing
to deface the stamp on empty cigar boxes.

A half-grown buffalo browsed around the square for an hour or so yesterday. He is as gentle as any
of the more civilized cattle. John CARTER is his owner.

The Ladies Aid Society gave a pleasant little sociable at the residence of Mr. John T. YEARGIN,
Tuesday night. It was much enjoyed by all who attended.

A shooting affray took place on Friday evening last at the bridge on the Leon crossing on the Stephenville road
between Mr. George McKINZIE and three travelers-two brothers by the name of KING and a man by the name of GILBREATH,
hailing from Wood county. One of the KINGs shot at McKINZIE with a double-barrel shotgun and McKINZIE returned the
fire with a six-shooter, but, fortunately, no one was hurt. The difficulty grew out of a refusal to pay toll for a
boy on a horse who was accompanying the travelers. Deputy Sheriff YATES and posse went in pursuit of the part and
arrested two of them, GILBREATH and Robert KING. John KING, the party that did the shooting, made his escape.



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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, August 21, 1879

John CARTER, begs leave to inform his friends that he is now located on the west side of the square at A.L. HAMILTON's
old stand where he will keep constantly on hand a full assortment of Staple and Fancy Groceries, which he will sell as
low as the lowest. Give him a call.

LOCAL NEWS

Mrs. M. FORD left last Monday for a visit to her old home and friends at Navasota.

Messrs. Elliott L. SHROPSHIRE and I.P. HUTCHINSON are attending court at Coleman this week.

Sheriff CUNNINGHAM started with Mrs. BROWN for the lunatic asylumn at Austin, Sunday.

Messrs. KEY and GREEN returned from Lampasas, Saturday. They look much improved and report having had a good time.

Our popular and efficient district clerk. M.W. CARROLL, and lady have gone to Waco for a few days recreation and pleasure.

Messrs. J.T. TUNNELL, Rufus SWITZER and D.S. SWITZER are attending the Methodist District Conference, in San Saba county.

Elder J.H. HARBESON, of Thorp Springs, will conduct a two-days Christian meeting at the court house, commencing Saturday
next at 11a.m. The public are cordially invited to attend.

Dr. S.K. SMITH desires us to announce to his friends and the general public that he will be in
Comanche in a few days and will remain here for several weeks. All those wishing work done on their
teeth should consult the doctor.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. BARTLETT have returned from Lampasas.

Our former fellow-citizen Mr. Frank WHEELER, is in town.

A report reached here last week that a son of Mr. J.E. O'DELL had killed a man in Parker county and
made his escape to parts unknown, which report was corroborated by a capias arriving for the sheriff
to arrest young O'DELL and a message to his father to come after the wagon and team left by his son.
We have made diligent efforts to get at the particulars of the unfortunate affair, but have been
unable to get at the facts only that the difficulty between O'DELL and the other party arose about
a horse trade and that he (O'DELL) struck him on the head with a stick which resulted in death. Mr. J.E.
O'DELL started for Parker county last Monday carrying with him a letter of recommendation signed
by nearly a hundred of our very best citizens, all indorsing him as an honest, industrious and
respected citizen of our county. He has the warm sympathies of all who know him, and if his son has
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, TX. Thursday, August 28, 1879

LOCAL NEWS

Mr. BARNES received an elegant Steinway piano this week.

We had the pleasure of meeting our old friend A.G. RICE of Sipe Springs, this week.

Dr. G.W.L. ROBERTSON revels in the luxury of a bouncing baby boy at his house.

Mrs. CANNAN's school will open next Monday, at the old Methodist church building.

Prof. SWITZER's school will begin its fall session next Monday. The Professor will be assisted by [his?] excellent lady,
who is also an excellent teacher.

Jim WRIGHT is taking excellent pictures now. We have seen several specimens of his work lately that would compare
favorably with any city artist in the state.

Prof. J.B. HALL has connected himself with F.M. McDERMOTT & Co., where he will be pleased to meet his many friends
throughout the county.

Our young friends Avery CURRY and Richard WRIGHT leave this week for the Austin military school, where they will take
a year's instruction. We hope they will take advantage of their opportunities and carry off the highest honors of that
institution.

Comanche has a Sunday-school of which it may well feel proud. Last Sunday there were 134 members in attendance, and
the school, under the able management of Prof. SWITZER, is fast increasing in numbers and popularity.

Mr. G.F. NEILL left by yesterday's stage for El Paso, where he will make his future home. Mr. NEILL came to Comanche
about a year ago and has resided here ever since, during which time he has made many friends, and all of them will
unite with us in regretting his departure. He is a young man of fine legal ability and social qualities, and we
cheerfully recommend him to the good people of El Paso.

PERSONALS

Mike ZERR has returned from Eastland, where he put a roof on the new jail.

Mr. W.W. GREEN, who has been visiting his children in Comanche county for several weeks, started for his home in
Polk county, Ark., last week. We are glad to learn that he contemplates returning and settling here in the fall.

DEATH OF MR. LUPTON

The sad intelligence reached this place Saturday of the death of our former townsman L.B. LUPTON; of consumption
at Harrisonburg, Va. Poor Briss: like all of us he possessed many faults and many virtues, and we know that all will
regret his loss and hope in death he has found relief from his prolonged and painful sufferings.

CORRECTION

In our last issue we made a mistake in the article in reference to the O'DELL killing in Parker county. We should
have said "a son of J.W.," instead of "J.E. O'DELL."

COMANCHE CO. ESTRAYS

[Note: I am only going to extract the names of the people who "have taken up and estrayed" the livestock. If one of
your ancestors is here I would be happy to type up the particulars. Just let me know the name of the ancestor and the
date of the paper.]

J.M. DANIEL; J.W. HOLMES; J.M. LUMPKINS; B.M. SHELL; R.T. CHILDS; Leonora WINDSOR; W. THASE; J.H.R. STIRMAN; T.L. WEST.



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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, September 25, 1879

NEW BLACKSMITH SHOP

I have opened a new blacksmith shop on the southeast corner of the square, by TALBOT's livery stable. I am ready to do
all kinds of work. I will make a specialty of horse shoeing, and guarantee my shoeing to give entire satisfaction. E.D.
DANLEY

LOCAL NEWS

The TUCKER brothers are building a photograph gallery, on the west side of the Square.

Dr. WRIGHT's little daughter was .. very ill the other day, while at school, with congestion of the brain.

PERSONALS

Mr. E.B. DWEY, of Sipe Springs, gave us a pleasant call, Tuesday.

Mr. Lon WILBUR, of Coleman county, is visiting his friends in Comanche.

County Clerk BONNER and Mr. J.S. VEDDER have gone west on a fishing expedition.

Messrs. J.M. McCREARY and Mike ZERR left for Desdemonia yesterday, where they will tin-roof a new store house.

Mr. John M. CLOWER has the material upon the ground wherewith to build a neat residence in that portion of our little
city called "Boogerville." Harry MOORE ditto.

Our young friends James MEADOWS and Sandy CHILTON will open a saloon and billiard hall, in the building formerly
occupied by CLOWER & McKEE, on the 1st prox.

W.B. CHANCELLOR, the gentlemanly proprietor of the City Hotel, is making large additions to that popular hostlery,
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, Oct. 9, 1879

LOCAL NEWS

Mr. J.W. MOORE has opened a first class grocery store in the same house with Dr. LEE's drug store. He will keep a good
stock, and requests everybody to give him a trial.

John CHIDESTER has gone to Arkansas on a tour of recreation.

Mr. J.E. CANAN has been quite sick for the past week, but is fast recovering, we are happy to state.

Rev. J.M. GAISER will soon organize a Cumberland Presbyterian church at Gum Springs, in this county.

Dave ZWEIFLE has added a candy confectionery to his bakery and restaurant business. Dave is an enterprising youth and
deserves the encouragement of our citizens.

The deputy sheriff of Erath county took HOLLIS, BARRETT, EAKIN, and another prisoner from our jail, Tuesday, and will
take them to Waco, Houston, or Galveston for safe keeping. This will be a great relief to our officer and overcrowded jail,
for by their constant attempts to escape they have deprived the other prisoners of much comfort.

SIPE SPRINGS NOTES

C.L. TAYLOR has started his splendid new gin, which turns out a fine sample of cotton.

Of late our streets have presented the appearance of a cotton mart. Our cotton buyers are Hal ANDERSON, RICE, John LEESER
and C.L. TAYLOR. Seed cotton ranged for the past week from $2.75 down to $2.25.

Wheat sowing has commenced and so have the grasshoppers.

PERSONALS

Mr. J.J. SPRINGER has returned to this county, where he says he will make his future home.

Messrs. McDERMOTT and DEATHERAGE have gone to Waco to settle their little dispute with Uncle Sam.

Rev. J.T. HARRIS has returned from his visit to Denton county.

Mr. Rufus TURNER brought in to town, on Monday last, a load of the finest cabbages we have seen this year. Why do our
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. 16 October 1879

A HORRIBLE FATE!

A LITTLE BABE WANDERS FROM HOME AND IS LOST IN THE WOODS.

Found Dead, after Four Day's Searching.

The most pitiful and heartrending affair that has ever occurred in our county, took place last week, several miles south
of town, on the Cox's gap road. On Wednesday morning Mrs. SPAGGINS left the house to get some water at a spring, several
hundred yards distant, leaving her little child, only twenty-one months old, at the house. Upon her return to the house,
she missed the child and could not find it. She searched everywhere, but in vain. The neighborhood was aroused, and the
fact was soon made evident by the little foot-tracks in the path that the toddler had attempted to follow its mother to
the spring and had become bewildered and alarmed. The whole neighborhood became aroused, and a thorough search commenced.
Again was its trail found and lost, and every moment they expected to find the little fugitive, but were doomed to
disappointment. Night fell o'er the scene, and the last sign of the child was found four miles from home. by this time
the mother had become frantic! with grief, and her agony was heartrending.. At night fires were built and at early dawn
the search was resumed with renewed vigor. Morning passed, and the sun hung low in the west, but no new signs were
discovered of the child. A messenger was sent to town for reinforcements. Some fifty or sixty men hied to the scene.
A search was kept up all night by means of numerous lanterns but with the same fruitless result.

By the next morning some 300 resolute men had gathered and a single line was formed, nearly a mile in length and all day
long the country was literally scoured wherever it was in the bounds of reason to supposed the child could have wandered.
"Hope deferred maketh the heart sick," and many gave up all hope of finding the child alive. Many supposed it had fallen
a prey to the numerous wolves, bear and cougars which abound in that country, and were about to give up the search when a
piece of its dress was found hanging to a bush, far up on the side of a rugged mountain, and fully five miles from home.
This gave the weary hunters new encouragement and vigor. But again the darkness interfered, and the men camped in small
groups all over the country. One party slept all night within twenty fee of the dead child's body, where early next morning
(Saturday) it was found dead on the mountain side. The body was found lying on its face, and a bush was caught in the back
of its dress. The little feet were swelled to twice their natural size. Thorns had pierced its body; and its breast, face,
legs and hands were literally scratched to pieces. There is no way telling or even imagining the suffering and misery the
little wanderer endured. The child had only been walking four months and had not been weaned from its mother's breast.
It would appear impossible to the casual observer for a child to travel over the rough mountains and thickets that this
one did. Death, no doubt, was a sweet relief to the little wanderer's terrible sufferings.

PERSONALS

Sheriff D.H. CUNNINGHAM, Turner BREEDLOVE and James NABERS left for Waco, last Sunday, where they have been summoned as
witnesses in the U.S. court, against the parties captured in this county last spring, for counterfeiting.

Messrs. McDERMOTT, and DEATHERAGE have returned from Waco, the U.S. grand jury having failed to find bills against them.
It is very evident that the deputy marshal who arrested them was working more for fees than justice, in direct violation
of his superior's orders in regard to arresting parties for unknowingly violating trivial laws.

BREVITIES

Byron GREEN looked like the hero of some blood and thunder novel, when he arrived from across the plains the other day.
Under the magic influence of WIES's razor he again looks like a white man, however.

The most notable improvement for some time in our little city is the large two-story carriage shop
that is being built near the north-east corner of the square, by Mr. L.R. LUPTON. It will be a
great benefit to our little city, not only in looks, but by keeping a great deal of money at home, which would otherwise be sent out of the State.
Mr. LUPTON first set up a little shop in our town last spring, doing all the work himself. How he
employs some five or six hands, and turns out some of the finest work in the State.

The hogs made havoc with Mr. FORD's apple stand, last Sunday night.



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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. 23 Oct 1879

LOCAL NEWS

Rev. J.T. HARRIS preached two eloquent and impressive sermons, at the court house, Sunday. A
large audience gave him their attention.

Rev. Lewis CHAMBERLAIN will preach at the Methodist Church tonight.

Billy LEE lost his saddle bags, on the road to Hamilton, the other day. See his notice in
another column.

Dr. D. DYE has arrived and will remain only a few days. all those needing dentistry should call
on the doctor while he is here.

For the size of the town we will wager, Comanche has less musical talent than any town in the
United States, but we are glad to note that it is improving in that respect. Several new pianos
have recently been purchased and parents are beginning to take more interest in learning their
children the art of performing on that excellent instrument. Miss HART, a most beautiful performer
and a thorough teacher, has recently settled in our midst and is giving lessons to quite a large
class.

FOR SALE-300 acres of good land in Comanche county. Will take the pay in work. Apply to J.D.
STEPHENS

Messrs. GEORGE, NUGENT, BORDERS and THORNTON, of Stephenville Royal Arch Chapter, organized a
chapter at this place last week, and set it to work under dispensation with the following as
officers:

W.L. SARTWELLE, H.P.; James CARDER, K.; D. WALCOTT, Scribe; J.J. FRANKLIN, C.H.; W.T. LEE,
P.S.; G.A. BEEMAN, R.A.C.; E.L. SHROPSHIRE, 3d V.; R. HOLLAND, 2d V.; C.S. FRITZ, 2st V.;
B.F. WRIGHT, Treasurer; J.W. GREENE, Secretary; J. MILNER, Guard.

PERSONALS

The Junior Chief and Mr. E.W. HOPE departed, on Tuesday's stage, for Fort Worth. Mr. HOPE will
bring Mrs. HOPE back with him.

Our former fellow townsman, W.J. McLANE, now a resident of Concho county, has been in town for
the past week, as happy as a lark and as gay as a junebug in Jamestown-weed time.

R.T. LONG, the efficient sheriff of Erath, is in town, attending court as a witness in the
MACKEY-McDONALD mob case. Mr. LONG is conceded to be one of the best sheriffs in Texas, and is a
terror to thieves and evil-doers.

We were pleased to form the acquaintence of Mr. W.N. BEALL, formerly of Mississippi, who has
recently settled in our town.

GIN HOUSE AND COTTON BURNED

The cotton gin located at Blanket, or ANDESSON's store was destroyed by fire on the 20th, with
about three bales of cotton, two of which belonged to F.A. DEATHERAGE & Co. and the other to
Mr. Tom NELSON. Mr. CARTER looses [sic] his gin stand, valued at $250. The fire is supposed to
have originated from a match or rock in the cotton which was being ginned, as it was first
discovered in the lint room.

The gin had only been in operation a short time and was doing a good business, and its loss
will be greatly felt in the neighborhood. Mr. CARTER, we understand, intends replacing the gin
at once.

LOST

On the Hamilton and Comanche road, a pair of Saddle Bags, containing 1 black coat, 3 shirts, a
pair of drawers, socks and some smaller articles. The finder will please leave them at the
Chief office and oblige W. T. LEE

DISTRICT COURT

The following is a list of cases tried and otherwise disposed of by the court up to 12 m.
yesterday:

Civil Docket

J.O. TOLIVER vs. S.W. BLOUNT. Injunction. Judgement for plaintiff

E.J. MORGAN vs. L.T. COKER, et al. Trespass to try title. Dismissed at plaintiff's cost.

J.F. CHILDRESS vs. P.G. CROSSLY, et al. Injunction. Dismissed at plaintiff's cost and suit
reinstated.

Wm. PENDERGRASS vs. J.S. WHALEY, et al. Attachment. Dismissed at plaintiff's cost.

Martha ROSS vs. M.J. ROSS. Suit for divorce. Dismissed.

Milton BROWN vs. S.P. FORD. Note and lien. Dismissed at cost of plaintiff.

M.S. McKEEN et al. vs. J.F. CANNEDAY. Note and lien. Judgment by default and lien foreclosed.

Mack STADDER & Co. vs. R.T. CHILDS & Co. Debt and note. Judgement by default; clerk to assess
damages.

LESSING, LYONS, SOLOMON & Co. vs. T.A. McDONALD et al. Debt and note. Judgment by default;
clerk to assess damages.

J.M. HALEY vs. W.H. SIMMONS. Mandate of Appelate Court filed and case dismissed at appellant's
cost.

Criminal Docket

State vs. Thomas GRAVIS. Theft of cattle. Acquitted.

State vs. Wm. LANCASTER. Official misdemeanor. Nol. pros.

State vs. Branch HUFF. Assault with intent to murder. Found guilty of an aggrivated assault
and fined $25 and costs.

State vs. E.W. HOPE. Nol. pros.

State vs. Thomas HOLCOME. Aiding prisoner to escape. Acquitted.

State vs. J.R. GORDON. Theft of mare and colt. Acquitted.

State vs. E.J. CARRINGTON. Official misdemeanor. Nol. pros.

State vs. T.L. HOSMARK. Nol pros.

State vs. L.B. WOOD. Embezzlement. Acquitted

State vs. J.B. SMALLWOOD. Dismissed for want of prosecution.

State vs. W.P. LANCASTER. Assault and Battery. Fined $2.50 and cost.

State vs. GOOLBY, alias J.W. ROBERSON. Plead guilty and penalty assessed at five years in the
penitentiary.

THE STANIFER CASE

"Not Guilty" Sayeth the Jury

The case of the State vs. W.D.D. STANIFER indicted for the murder of his wife, Lidia STANIFER,
was called in the District court Monday morning last. Both sides announcing ready, the clerk
proceeded to call the special veniri of sixty, and the enpanneling of the jury began. The
veniri was soon exhausted, however, the State challenging six, the defence eight and
fifty-three for cause. Another veniri was soon summoned, and at about 2 p.m. the last juror
took his seat in the box.

The following gentlemen composed the jury: S.R. DOGGETT, W.T. WEAVER, J.N. BROUGHTON, A.J.
COTTRELL, L.L. THORNTON, M.M. STONE, A.J. PETTITT, N.W. BROUGHTON, W.H. DAVIS, W.H. McKEE, J.J. MARTIN and E.J. WHITT.

After the jury was sworn in the examining of witnesses, over twenty in number including doctors
TUCKER, LEE, ROBERTSON, HOLMSLEY and JACK, lasted until late Tuesday evening. Mr. N.R. opened
the argument for the State in a speech of some length which was pronounced by all who heard it
to be a masterly argument, well timed and delivered. Hon. Ira B. SADDLER, for the defence, came
next in a long talk of over an hour and a half, after which the court, being fatigued,
adjourned over night.

Yesterday morning the Hon. Jno. D. STEPHENS, also for the defence, made an able, logical and
concise argument in his client's behalf, which was followed by District Attorney MOORE in the best effort he ever made at this bar.

The argument concluded, Judge FLEMING read his charge and the jury retired, at about 3 p.m. to
make up their minds and return their verdict. At half-past eleven, the sheriff was notified
that they had made up their minds, and Judge FLEMING was sent for and opened court at 12
o'clock. The jury then came in with the following verdict:

We the jury find the prisoner not guilty. Whereupon the prisoner was released. STANIFER then
shook hands with the counsel and jurors and retired.

The verdict was the subject of much comment, and a surprise to the many, although it is
admitted by all fair-minded men who heard the evidence that the jury could have done nothing but acquit with the evidence produced in court.

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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, Oct. 30, 1879

MARRIED

HOPE-HARRIS-At the residence of the bride's brother, Mr. Chas. L. HARRIS, Fort Worth, Texas, Mr. E.W. HOPE of Comanche,
to Miss Nettie HARRIS, of Fort Worth. No cards.

The wedding was very private, but the large and handsome array of bridal presents attested the well-wishes of their
numerous friends, while congratulations were heartily bestowed by all. The happy couple arrived in our city Monday morning, where they will make their future home. We wish them much prosperity.

LOCAL NEWS

Mr. John T. GREEN is erecting a ..cottage in the east part of town.

Byron GREEN has gone in with J. GREEN in the mercantile business.

The college bell is broke and you must not wait for it to ring before you start to church Sunday.

Mr. T.J. HOLCOME opened a dancing school, at Fossetta's Hall this week, which is well attended.

While at the gin of Messrs. HOLLAND & CARTER on Tuesday evening we counted twenty wagons mostly, loaded with cotton. They
have packed 325 bales and as this is only that which was picked, maturing before the rains early in August, they will gin
and pack we think, at least three times as much as they anticipated. Mr. VERNON, at his gin, has packed nearly half as much,
and the "fleecy staple" still crowds his house.

It is a hard matter for a man to be printer, editor and devil-three persons and one man-all at the same time, as was the
case last week in the Chief office, and that accounts for so many errors in our paper. In our report of the STANIFER trial,
we omitted Mr. LINDSEY's name, saying "Mr. N.R. opened for the State," when we should have said, "Mr. N.R. LINDSEY opened
the argument, &c."

On Thursday last, Judge FLEMING passed sentence on GOOLBY, the highway robber. When asked if he had anything to say why
sentence should not be passed upon him, he replied, "Nothing, only five years seems like a mighty long time for me to go."
The Judge then told him that five years was not half long enough for him, and if the jury had performed their duty they
would have given him twice five years. GOOLBY was taken to Huntsville the same day.

DISTRICT COURT

Civil Docket

HENRY & UNDERWOOD vs. J.S. LAMB, note and lien, judgment for plaintiff and foreclosure of lien.

MADDOX vs. W.T. CARUTH, et. al., dismissed as to RENICK & FRAZIER, co-defendants.

G.W. WRIGHT vs. MARGARETTE WRIGHT, divorce, judgment for plaintiff.

M.J. and J.W. MILLICAN vs. Frank MATHERSON, et. al., dismissed for want of prosecution.

C.G. DAVENPORT and wife vs. J.M. HOLMSLEY et al., note, dismissed.

J.D. STEPHENS, et al., vs. Wm. REDDEN et al., dismissed at plaintiff's cost.

Scire Facias Docket

State vs. W.B. KNOX, dismissed.

State vs. T.P. McCALL and F. BADER, dismissed.

State vs. F. BADER and Jas. M. TRAINER, dismissed.

State vs. Wm. HURT, A.J. CARNES, and M.V. FLEMING, judgment Ni Si, made final by default.

Criminal Docket

State vs. H.M. LONG, Mat FULLER, Bill ROSE, Malvin HARWICK, Jas. BAKER, Pink FLOYD, Tom GILBERT and Bill MASSENGALE,
murder, acquitted.

State vs. J.A. CRABB, theft of cattle, guilty of misdemeanor, fined $10 and costs.



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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. 6 Nov 1879

SUDDEN DEATH

Tuesday night last, while Mr. Thos. SMART, who resided about eight miles east of town, was eating his supper, he fell
suddenly from his chair and expired immediately without uttering a single word. His family supposed it to be merely a
fainting attack and resorted to every restorative they could procure, but their labors were of no avail. He never breathed
or moved again. The deceased was about sixty-three years of age, and a farmer by profession. He was a firm, upright
Christian, and a member of Sardis Baptist church. The Chief will ever remember his kindness in informing it of any little
local happening of his neighborhood, and the small, though cheerful, support he always tendered us.



LOCAL NEWS

The numerous broken windows of the church and college speak not very well for some of our rock-throwing boys.

There was no church last Sunday although it was a beautiful day. With over fifty ministers in the county and three good
halls in the town, we see no reason why we should not have a least one sermon on Sunday.

Deputy Sheriff YATES returned from Fort Worth, Tuesday. He brought with him a prisoner, in the person of Neill TYRE, our
citizens will remember, was indicted some three years ago, for shooting into an immigrant wagon, on the Brownwood road. He
was captured at Waxahachie.

There are now attending the different schools in Comanche, nearly two hundred children. There are six teachers employed,
one gentleman and five ladies.

Our fellow citizen, J.M. GAISER, is a candidate for the appointment of Supervisor of the Census, for this congressional
district. We wish him success.

We have recently heard of the death of John FRANKLIN, a nephew of Col. William STONE. He and a brother were camped near
the Colorado, and catching a large catfish in the river, started to carry it to their camp, by running a loaded rifle
through its gills. The fish floundering struck the hammer of the gun, caused it to fire, and discharging the ball into his
left side, he fell to the ground a corpse.

IN MEMORIAM

Died-In Tarrant county, Texas, on the 17th day of June, 1879, Enoch JAMES, in the forty-ninth year of his age.

The subject of the above notice was well-known to the older citizens of Comanche county, having been one of the earlier
settlers. He was possessed in an eminent degree of that peculiar energy and enterprise-the consistent element of progress
necessarily possessed by those whose mission it is to push forward the car of civilization and develop a frontier country.

As a friend penciling this last tribute to his memory, we do not feel called upon to portray his character, as is so often
done, in brighter coloring than truth demands, for the deceased, like the great mass of his fellow mortals, had faults and
failings. Ah! who has them not? And while truth demands this much at our hands, she also accords us the more pleasing task
of recounting his virtues, for such he also had-positive, true, and noble characteristics, which shed a halo of beauty
around his checkered life.

Deceased was born in Alabama, emigrated to Texas in early life, and for the last 22 years has been a citizen of Comanche
county. He has been surrounded by the temptations of prosperity, and tried in the fires of adversity, yet, under all the
circumstances, he has sustained the character of "God's noblest work-an honest man." While possessing a noble charity of
sentiment and feeling, he also exhibited a positive charity in the bestowal of alms to the needy and unfortunate.
Unobtrusive in his charities, yet the needy never turned away empty-handed. "Charity suffereth long and is kind." What
brighter jewel could we find to adorn the chaplet we would weave to his memory? It is the bright star which shines
undimmed from the firmament of his eventful and checkered life. Perhaps we could not add more to this brief memorial than
to insert the fact that while he has many warm friends, he had scarcely an enemy in the circle of his acquaintance. At the
time of his death he was a member of the M.E. church South, and died in the triumphs of a living faith, trusting to Him
who taketh away the sins of the world, and leads to a life of purity and rest beyond the river of death. A FRIEND



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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. 20 Nov 1879

LOCAL NEWS

County Commissioners Court

The report of the jurors in regard to assessing damages caused by running the Palo Pinto road through J.A. McGAIRE's farm
was received. No damages allowed.

Ordered that the treasurer pay out from the pauper fund ten dollars each to the following named persons: Bartlett ANDERSON,
Rhoda ANDERSON, Ezekiel ..OSE [surname mostly obscured] and N. MACON.

J.P. ESTIS was appointed to act as agent for Comanche county to collect judgment and costs of $500 renered by the district
court in favor of the ..against John COHLSON and S.A.. He is allowed ten percent on what he can collect.

The following persons were allowed..for services as guards: T. BREEDLOVE, $4.50, J.S. RHODES, $15, Wm. ..GGLE, $1.50, Ed.
DANLEY, $3; Clay McDOWELL, $1.50; Jhn SULLIVAN, $16.50; - L. WRIGHT. $16.50.

An election was ordered to be held the 19th of December, 1879, to determine whether or not hogs shall be permitted to run
at large in precinct no. 1.

J.T. HARRIS was allowed $11.50 for stationery for his office for the year 1879. Scrip to be issued for same. Dr. D.N. LEE
was allowed $5 for medical services and medicine furnished STANIFER.

Ordered that Dr. F.M. HOLMSLEY be paid out of the pauper's fund, $60.93 for medical attention to prisoners and paupers.

G.W. WRIGHT's claim of $28.50 for guarding J.W. WELCH, a lunatic, was allowed.

Ordered that the sheriff be allowed .. for taking Mrs. BROWN to the asylum.

John SULLIVAN was appointed constable for precinct No. 1.

Dr. REDDEN was allowed $5 for medical attention on Mrs. GRANTHAM's son.

The claim of J.S. JOHNSTON, for $14.50 was allowed and ordered paid out of the court house and jail fund.

Saturday morning last, just after daylight, some unknown person put a lot of burning coals into the hay-stack in the
rear of Mr. WASSON's residence. Fortunately they were discovered before any material damage had been done, and the fire
was extinguished.

A SAD DEATH

Our jail contains one prisoner less this week. On last Thursday night, while the rest of our people were enjoying their
repose or watching for the meteoric shower, the soul of John DICKERSON silently escaped from its prison walls and took
flight to the unknown country, far beyond the possibility of pursuit or recapture. Poor fellow! He was a victim of that
unaccountable passion which prompts some men to take that which is not their own. He was sentenced at the August term of
court to three year's imprisonment, for theft of cattle. The sentence weighed heavily upon his mind, for he was not a
hardened criminal and he became the victim of melancholy and remorse, refusing to take any exercise whatever, or to make
any exertion for the preservation of his health, he became a victim of typhoid fever, which caused his death. He was
kindly cared for by the jail officials and his fellow prisoners during his illness.

PERSONALS

That prince of good fellows, Judge J.B. GANDY, of Brownwood, was in the city last week.

Messrs. GOODWIN, BRUMLEY, KELLEY and COGGINS, of Brownwood, were in town last week, on business connected with the Masonic
order.

We are sorry to learn that Mr. John T. YEARGIN contemplates leaving our town and locating in Eastland.

John T. CHIDESTER's melodious voice is heard upon our streets. He has been rusticating in Arkansas for about two months,
and apparently enjoys getting back to civilization once more.

Mr. Chas. STIMSON, who has been connected with the A. T. & P. Mail Co.'s office in this city ever since its establishment,
has severed his connection with the company and left for the west.

MUSTANG AND WALNUT CREEK SIFTINGS

The Messrs. ABBOTTS have not succeeded very well with their bees this year, as it was too dry for our usual crop of
prairie flowers.

Dr. HERNDON has a flock of 250 good sheep and intends purchasing more in the spring.

We regret to learn that Dr. APPLEWHITE is going to move. He goes to Hamilton county, near the twin mountains.

The best wheat we have seen this fall is on the farm of Mr. T.O. MOORE.

Proctor has a store well stocked with drugs and groceries, a blacksmith shop, a Sunday school, and the public school,
taught by Mr. N.H.C. ELLIOTT.

Mrs. A.J. RUBLE has twenty acres of wheat sown. He invariably makes more wheat per acre than any of his neighbors.

Mr. B.S. PARKER will make seventeen bales of cotton on his farm. He has for some years killed the largest hog in the
county. He has one this year which he thinks will weigh 400 pounds.

Those persons residing in the neighborhood of Mr. J.V. CARTER are building a church and school house 16x28 feet. We are
always pleased to see such improvements going on.

We noticed, not far from the residence of Mr. Alex EWING, lumber for a new church and school house. Such improvements
denote a thriving people, and you never hear them complaining of hard times.

DEDICATION

The monument prepared and erected by Mr. Thomas MATTHEWS, to designate the place and to perpetuate the memory of the
mournful circumstances of the losing of the little child of Mr. and Mrs. SPRAGGINS, will be dedicated on Saturday,
November 22, 1879. The ceremonies to commence at 11 o'clock, a.m. on the spot where the child was found. The dedication
discourse will be delivered by Rev. P.W. GRAVIS. The friends and acquaintances of Mr. and Mrs. SPAGGINS are respectfully
solicited to attend. A FRIEND



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Comanche Weekly Chief, 27 November, 1879

HYMENIAL

One of the most elegant and fashionable weddings that has ever occurred in our little city took place last Thursday night,
at the residence of Mr. M.V. FLEMING. The high contracting parties were Mr. John T. GREEN, our popular young dry goods
merchant, and the beautiful and accomplished Miss Albertia SHERRILL, while Rev. J.T. HARRIS tied the nuptial knot with his
accustomed grace. The happy couple were the recipients of many congratulations from numerous friends who had assembled upon
the occasion while Mr. and Mrs. FLEMING entertained the guests in a most hospitable manner.



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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, Dec. 4, 1879

LOCAL NEWS

Prof. SWITZER's school is preparing for an exhibition.

Mr. STIMSON's familiar face is again seen in the stage office at this place.

Mr. John YARBROUGH and lady of William's Ranch, are visiting their Comanche friends.

Parties wishing their pianos tuned should see Prof. PEGGS immediately. He can be found at the
Chief office.

The new Methodist Sunday school which was recently organized bids fair to be a success. Messrs.
J.T. TUNNEL and W.C. SWITZER are the Superintendents.

Judge J.R. FLEMING left last week for Austin, where, it is rumored that he will hand in his
resignation to the -. S.
After diligent enquiry, we have failed to find any ground for the rumor, however.

E.L. SHROPSHIRE has departed for Houston, where he will attend the Masonic grand lodge.

Miss Dora LAMBETH, one of Brownwood's most accomplished daughters, is visiting her Comanche
county friends.

The young folks took Mr. BEEMAN's castle by storm last Thursday night. He and his accomplished
lady declared a truce
with the invaders and the music and dancers proceeded, and lasted till the wee sma' hours.

John CARTER opened wide his doors and entertained his host of friends in a most sumptuous manner,
Friday night. Dancing was indulged in by those who wished to participate, while the refreshments
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, Dec. 18, 1879

HYMENIAL

NABERS-GRAVES. At the residence of the bride's father, Camp Colorado, Coleman county, Mr. James
B. NABERS, of Comanche, to Miss Mary GRAVES, on 8th inst.

Who would have thought that our Jim had such Grave(s) intentions? But there is nothing like
gaining new Nabers, and we admire your pluck, James, and may you and your happy bride live long
and prosper.

LOCAL NEWS

Mr. J.D. BROCK was arrested last week upon a charge of obtaining goods under false pretences. It
is said that he sold ELLIOTT & WRIGHT two imaginary bales of cotton by sample, and obtained nearly
$50 worth of goods upon the same. He waved examination before Justice BROWN and gave bail to
appear at District Court.

"The Drunkard" was played at the College, Tuesday night last, by some of our amateurs. The piece
was well played, considering the short time they were engaged in preparing it. The new scenery,
painted by Mr. ZERR, added a hundred per cent to the piece. The ladies-Misses REDDEN, PAYNE,
NABERA, SADIE and Lizzie FORD-all acted splendidly. Messrs. Rufus and Wm. SWITZER played Cribbs
and Wm Dowton real well, and the same can be said of Mr. BEEMAN, as the Drunkard.

Prof. SWITZER's school exhibition will take place tomorrow night. Everyone is invited to attend.

Mrs. J.T. CHIDESTER has returned from Arkansas.

WIESENDANGER, Comanche's genial and accomplished barber, requests us to state that he will erect
a blackboard in his shop, and on it he will write the account of all who owe him and do not pay
up by Jan. 1. Square up.

COMANCHE CARDS [Advertisements]

J.M. McCRARY, Dealer in Stoves and All Kinds of Hardware.

J.B. HALL with F.M. McDEMOTT & CO., Dealers in Groceries, Confectioneries, Liquors, &c.

Livery Stable, North side Public Square, Comanche, Texas. Care of transient stock a specialty.
Good Shelter for vehicles. Henry HILL, Proprietor.

VAUGHAN & Co. Sample Room, West Side Public Square, Comanche, Texas. None but the very best
quality of Whiskey, Brandy, Wines and Cigars.

STANCIL & FRANKLIN, Gunsmiths and Machinists, Special Attention paid to repairing Steam Engines,
Boilers, Agricultural Implements, Sewing Machines, Etc. Near Northwest corner Public Square,
Comanche, Texas

Down Go Prices! J.W. STONE, Manufacturer of and Dealer in Saddles and Harness.

DRS. F.T. & C.F. PAINE, Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics. Office northwest corner of the square,
next to Elliott & Wright's.

E.L. SHROPSHIRE, Attorney At Law.

Dr. G.W.L. ROBERTSON, Physician, Surgeon & Accoucheur. Office at Hamilton & Br's Drug Store, west


side of public square.

JNO. D. STEPHENS, Attorney at Law

W.G. DUNCAN & Co., Complete Line of General Merchandise consisting of Dry Goods, Clothing, Boots,
Shoes, Hats, Dress Goods, and Notions, and Groceries of every description. West side of Public
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. 1 January 1880

LOCAL NEWS

Matt McCREARY's cow is dead. He requests us to write her obituary. Sorry we can't do it, Matt.

Christmas was ushered in at ? MOORE's residence by a bouncing baby boy. MOORE must have had a
merry time, and we hope his Christmas gift is doing well.

Mr. Len COKER was dangerously ill last week.

Prof. SWITZER's night school began last Monday night.

Mr. BEALL received a handsome pone of corn-bread, at the church fair, for being the ugliest man
in the house.

Jno. CARTER, Frank SHERRILL and Sandy CHILTON, accompanied by a few canines of the long-ear
persuasion, caught a wolf about four miles from town, one day this week.

DIED

COKER-At his residence, four miles east of Comanche, on the night of the 6th Jan., 1880, L.T.
COKER. In the death of Mr. COKER, our county has lost one of its best and most worthy citizens,
society a good member, and his family a kind and affectionate husband and father. He has resided
in this county almost from its first settlement, and by his industry and straightforward
deportment, had not only accumulated a fine property, but had-better than all-secured the
confidence and esteem of all who knew him. We tender our sympathy and condolence to his distressed
family in their great bereavement.

WALLER- On Austin Branch, in Comanche county, Dec. 27th, 1879, Mrs. Salle E. WALLER, wife of A.G.
WALLER. The deceased was born in Mississippi, but has lived in Texas for several years past. She was a kind and loving wife, and a devoted member of the Baptist church. The bereaved husband has our heartfelt sympathies.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, December 11, 1879

LOCAL NEWS

Mr. J.M. GAISER will preach at the court house, next Sunday.

Another responsibility to meet at Mr. Ben. SWITZER's, a boy this time also.

Prof. SWITZER's school exhibition bids fair to be a success. Date will be given hereafter.

Mr. F.A. DEATHERAGE has closed his store at Blanket and moved back to town.

Mr. Caleb TERRIL, Eastland's popular young druggist, made the Chief a visit last week and had us
put his name down as a subscriber.

Mr. John GREEN's new residence looks immense. John has displayed much taste in building his house,
and it is an ornament to our little city.

That big hog of Mr. B.S. PARKER's weighed four hundred and seventy-five pounds. He sold it for
four cents per pound, receiving $18 for it when dressed.

Prof. WALTERS has started his singing school at the church. He is a thorough teacher of vocal
music, and should be liberally patronized by our citizens.

Prof. SWITZER, at the request of several who cannot attend school in the day time, will begin
teaching a night class after the Christmas holidays, thereby giving the young men who have a
desire to improve themselves an opportunity to do so. The professor is a most excellent teacher,
in mathematics especially, and our young men will find it much more profitable, and less expensive
in attending school than in punching billiard balls.

The Temperance Council held an election for officers, last Friday night, with the following
result: J.M. GAISER, W.P.; Miss Ida HART, Lady Assistant; J.T. TUNNELL, A.W.P.; Mrs. J.T. TUNNELL,
Assistant; F. E. WILSON, D.G.W.P., Miss Sarah REDDEN, Assistant; Mr. GRIBBLE, Chaplain, Miss Alice
BAUGH, Assistant; MR. BELL, R.S.; Miss PAINE, L.A.; Dr. PAINE, Treasurer; Miss LEE, Assistant;
Rufus SWITZER and B.W. KEY, Conductors; Misses SHORTRIDGE and HARRS, Assistants; Mr. NORWOOD,
I.S.; and Mr. ZERR, O.S.

DIED

WINN - On the 5th inst., James Monroe, the only son of Rev. H.S. WINN, of Resley's creek. He was
a dutiful son, and beloved by all who knew him.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, Jan. 22, 1880

[Transcriber's note: This was a special issue to extol the virtues of Comanche County to the
"immigrant". Because it is very long, I am transcribing it in two parts. This is Part 1 of 2.]

EARLY SETTLEMENT OF COMANCHE COUNTY

AN INTERESTING REMINISCENCE BY THE FIRST WHITE SETTLER

On the night of the 18th Dec. 1854, the first settlers of Comanche county, Jesse MERCER and F.M.
COLLIER, struck camp in a Live Oak grove, one mile east of Dr. Geo. W. MONTGOMERY's
residence-formerly MERCER's; the first furrow plowed in the county, was done by B.J. HOLMSLEY-
on Holmsley's creek-in the HOLMSLEY field; the first cabin was built by F.M. COLLIER, on Mercer's
creek, one mile east of Dr. MONTGOMERY's residence; the first birth in the county was Thos. A.
COLLIER, son of F.M. and Julia A., born May 30, 1855; the first death in the county was a little
daughter of C.H. ISHAM, one mile south-west from Comanche town, who was poisoned by eating berries
from mesquite mistletoe; the first man killed was J.H. FOREMAN, in an altercation with Jesse REED
at the crossing on Mercer's creek near where J.F. KETTLE's farm now is; the first marriage license was issued to Elias DENTON and Polly WRIGHT; the first marriage ceremony was said to T.J. HOLMSLEY and Bettie CUNNINGHAM at Cap!
t. CUNNINGHAM's residence on Mountain creek.; the first sermon was preached by Rev. B. KEMP-
Methodist-at F.M. COLLIER's cabin; the first Baptist sermon was preached by Rev. HOWARD, on
Mercer's creek, near Fletcher NEELEY's residence; the first school and church house was on
Mercer's creek, near Dr. R. TUGGLE's old place-now D.H. CUNNINGHAM's; the first Indian
depredations was the stealing of Adam's-not Ichabod's-an emigrant moving to the settlement-horses
by two Comanche Indian's, on Warren's creek in the valley where Uncle Billy LATHAM's-Mama HONEY's-
field is now; the first persons killed by Indians, were - BEAN and his negro man, near the Twinn
mountains, now in Hamilton county, and Peter C. JOHNSON, near Johnson's peak in Bosque county-BEAN and JOHNSON were citizens of Comanche county; the first persons killed and scalped by Indians, in the county proper, were Gid FROWMAN and a little son of John BAGGETT's. FROWMAN was killed on South Leon, four miles below Old Cora. BAGG!
ETT's son, on the Baggett branch, north of the North Leon, during the same raid that FROWMAN was
killed. Kenith McKENZIE was mortally wounded, and died in a few hours, in an Indian fight after
night, in the north edge of Comanche town, where Buggertown now is. The first settlers on Indian
creek were John A. McGUIRE, Henry MARTIN, Sr., and C.H. ISHAM. MARTIN and McGUIRE got there with
their families in Feb. 1855. Knarf M. REILLOC

W.C. SWITZER-BLACKSMITH

Among our artisans and mechanics there are none more worthy than W.C. SWITZER, whose hammer can be
heard going from morning til night, in his old shop near the northwest corner of the square. His
shop does not shine much, but his work does. His son, Rufus, does the heavy work (slings the
sledge) and blowing (the bellows) for the shop.

J.L. WRIGHT-COMANCHE'S BOSS PHOTOGRAPHER

With the exception of Galveston and Dallas, we doubt if there is a town in the State that has an
artist equal to our Jim WRIGHT. His work brings out every feature of the human physiogomy upon
the negative, and his pictures are printed and toned to perfection. He takes every style and kind
of picture from the little miniature for a lady's locket, to the magnificent cabinet size photo.
He has on exhibition and for sale at his gallery some magnificent views of our little city. If you
wish a cheap and magnificent present for your friends, and one that will be appreciated as much as
the most costly from Tiffany's, have Jim to make you a dozen of those elegant cabinet sized photos.

COMMERCIAL TRAVELERS generally stop at Mrs. LOWRY's, when they come to Comanche. This excellent
lady sets an elaborate table, and her house has a state reputation for its cleanliness, neatness
and home-like appurtenances. The following are a few of the traveling men who stop at Mrs. LOWRY's,
to all of whom the public is most respectfully referred: Messrs. BRANNON, WALTERS, PEAKE, MERCHANT,
PADDOCK, MIDDLETON, BETTERTON, MELLERSH, STEPHENSON, GRAHAM, WIGHT, DENNEY, WILKES, McLAUHERTY,
HARRIS, and a host of others.

F.A. DEATHERAGE

This enterprising young man also introduces himself in a new roll to our many readers this week.
He has purchased the neat and elegant little billiard parlor and drinking saloon of Messrs.
VAUGHAN & Co., and will take charge of the establishment on the 24th inst. We can assure our
readers that Mr. DEATHERAGE will keep up the reputation of the establishment he has purchased and
while we are sorry to lose such an estimable citizen as Mr. VAUGHN, we are glad that he has such
a worthy successor as Mr. DEATHERAGE.

COMANCHE'S SCHOOLS

The town of Comanche has five good schools for the education of its young. These schools are
generally in session from eight to ten months of the year-four of which, they are free schools,
and the remaining months pay schools. The primary and intermediate branches are all well taught
in them; but we can not say that we have any real first-class higher school, but there is some
talk of establishing a graded school.

MRS. J.E. CANAN'S SCHOOL

Mrs. CANAN has a large and interesting school of some forty-five scholars, and she ranks high as
a teacher of the young. She has a large and commodious school-house, and her scholars are muchly
attached to her.

COMANCHE INSTITUTE

This school is under the able management of Prof. D.S. SWITZER, and has near fifty scholars upon
its rolls. Prof. SWITZER is a thorough master of the higher branches, while his talented lady
instructs the primary department.

MISS HART'S SCHOOL

This estimable young lady has recently opened a private school, at Dr. PAYNE's residence. She
comes to our town highly recommended, and we hope she will succeed in building up a good school.
She also teaches pianoforte music.

MRS. CANUTESON'S SCHOOL

This talented lady has an excellent school, in the western suburbs of our little city, with a good
attendance.

MISS DANLEY'S SCHOOL

A good primary school for younger children is taught by this young lady, and is highly spoken of
by all.

SIPE SPRINGS SCRAPS

The school of Messrs. GILLILAND and MOORE closed last Tuesday, and all who were present at the
examination expressed themselves well pleased.

Capt. ANDERSON contemplates moving the remainder of his stock of goods west soon, on the head of
Sabana, where he expects to make his home in the future. He also talks of putting up a gin and
mill there.

JUDGE FLEMING RESIGNS

The many friends and admires in this city of Hon. J.R. FLEMING, district judge of the twelfth
the Comanche) district, will be interested to know that he has positively tendered his
resignation, and it has been accepted, to take effect April 1st, proximo. It is intimated that
Gov. ROBERTS will appoint one Mr. HUTCHISON, a lawyer of Comanche, to succeed the retiring judge.

SOUTH LEON NEIGHBORHOOD [extract]

This neighborhood, perhaps better known as the "Cunningham neighborhood," is some ten miles
south-east from Comanche, on the South Leon and Mercers creek..........
Quite a number of the old settlers of the county are there. Among these are Capt. Jas. CUNNINGHAM,
Mr. F.H. NEELY, Simeon WELCH, H.A. ALLIN, Wm. LITTLE, G.W. CUNNINGHAM Sr., and B.P. LEWIS. These
old people, with most of their families, now grown up, married, and settled around them, are,
after the hardship and dangers incident to an early frontier life, now enjoying a quiet and
contented old age in the midst of peace and plenty still retaining, in a marked degree, their
early pioneer characteristics of courage, friendship and open hospitality they form a social
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. 22 Jan 1880 [part 2 of 2]

HENRY HILL - LIVERY STABLE

Mr. HILL keeps a splendid livery, feed and sale stable. Most of his vehicles are of home make and
of the latest and handsomest style. His teams are all neat and well cared for. Strangers can be
assured of good attention for their stock when they put them under Mr. HILL's care.

J.M. McCRARY-HARDWARE AND TINWARE

We take especial pleasure in mentioning Mr. McCLARY's business, because the tinware department
is what all should encourage - a home industry - connected with his store, in an adjacent
building. He has a well-equipped shop, where pans, cups, boilers, and everything in the tin line
is turned out by a skillful workman, who is one of the best tin-smiths in the state. Matt, in
another house, keeps a large stock of glass, earthen and crockery ware, while in his main store,
may be found a large and complete stock of shelf and heavy hardware, cutlery, plows and other
agricultural implements. This house has been in existence nearly ten years. McCRARY liberally p
atronizes the printers, as our columns will show, and many a stranger who reads this paper will
owe it to his liberality in purchasing a large number of extra copies and sending them abroad.

E.W. HOPE-FURNITURE

Mr. HOPE is one of the substantial young men our our town and possesses untiring energy and
admirable business qualifications. He keeps all kind of furniture, pictures, brackets, frames,
mattresses, etc. Mr. Hope also does a large business in cofins and undertaking goods.

LESSING, LYONS, SOLOMON & CO.-DRY GOODS AND GROCERIES

This is a Waco firm, but they have a branch house in Comanche, located in the elegant rock front
on the west side of the square. Johny MOORE and G.A. BEEMAN, the patriarch of the Chief, manage
the dry goods department, while Oscar HAMILTON manipulates the grocery department in an adjacent
building. Their stock is large and complete. Mr. BEEMAN, of this house, was the founder of the
Chief, and having been a newspaper man himself, he of course appreciates the value of printer's
ink.

MEADOWS & CHILTON-SALOON

Comanche can truly boast of the most orderly saloons in the state. We have only two of these
establishments in our town, and they are carried on with as much order and politeness as the
most fashionable sample rooms of any large city; and the few drunken men upon our streets prove
this assertion. Jimmy MEADOWS and Sandy (G.A.) CHILTON, constitute the team who ring the
bell-punch for thirsty customers at the Monarch Saloon. Polite and attentive, and liked by
everybody, these young men have not a single enemy in the county. They keep an elegant billiard
table, and only the best of cigars and liquors. Another item in regard to Comanche bar-keepers,
they ring the bell-punch for every drink sold, which can not be said in many towns.

F.M. McDERMOTT & CO.-GROCERIES

This is one of Comanche's most substantial firms. Mr. McDERMOTT has sold goods for himself and
others in the town of Comanche for ten years. He keeps a large stock of family groceries, fine
cigars, tobaccos, wines, liquors, etc. They sell on the plan of small margins and quick sales.
Everything in the line of fine groceries may be found on their well-stocked shelves.

J.D. STEPHENS & CO.-DRY GOODS

This store is under the management of Mr. C.B. MASON, one of our most substantial and prosperous
citizens. Mr. MASON is a young man and an Alabamian by birth, and has only been in Texas six or
seven years, but by close attention to business and perseverance, he has acquired a competency,
and above all, a character for integrity and honesty which is to be envied by all. In his store
may be found all kinds of dry goods, gents furnishing goods, boots, shoes, etc. Mr. Jno. CARNES,
who is known by every one, is his polite and attentive assistant.

A.L. HAMILTON & CO.-DRUGS

This is one of the best drug houses in the county. Mr. HAMILTON (Doc) is one of the few men in
this world who are liked by everybody. To the new citizens, physicians and others who have come
within the circle of Comanche's trade, we will say that no more reliable house could be selected
from which to make orders. Dr. TURNER, a prescriptionist of much experience, attends to the
medicine department and gives general satisfaction. But everybody knows "Doc" HAMILTON and his
cleverness, and it is no use for us to further describe him or his business. Mr. HAMILTON
liberally supports his home press and other industries.

DAVID ZWEIFEL-BAKERY

Mr. ZWEIFLE has one of the neatest and cleanest establishments of the kind in the west. He bakes
fresh bread, cakes, etc., every day for his numerous customers. In connection with his bakery he
has an elegant restaurant and cigar stand; also a liberal stock of confections. Dave also serves
up the luscious fresh oyster in any desired style. Mr. ZWEIFLE came from Switzerland. Being a typ
himself, of course he knows the value of printer's ink when judiciously used.

WM. BARNES-HARDWARE

Mr. BARNES ranks as the most "solid" merchant in northwest Texas, and he lives up to that most
splendid rule of paying cash for everything he gets and selling upon the same basis. His stock
of shelf and heavy hardware, plows, cooking stoves, etc., though not so extra large, contains
an assortment of every article in his line, and embraces builders hardware, houskeepers' goods,
and such outfits as the farmer needs around his house and farm. In stoves, and in fact everything
else, he handles none but the best goods.

T.J. HOLMSLEY & CO.-DRUGS AND GROCERIES

Keep a splendid stock of their line of goods. Dr. Frank M. HOLMSLEY, one of our best physicians
and prescriptionists, and Mr. Walter CUNNINGHAM,, have the store in charge. Upon the neat and
tastefully arranged shelves, are every kind of herby, elixer, extract, powder, oil, etc., that
is used in curing any of the diseases that man is heir to. On the grocery side of the house, you
can see all sorts of canned goods, crackers, pickles, salt, flour, confectionaries, tobaccos,
etc., that are usually kept in a family grocery. This house bears a fine reputation for integrity
and honesty and its gentlemanly proprietors please all who deal with them.

CITY HOTEL-W.H. CHANCELLOR, PROPRIETOR

This house is situated near the northwest corner of the square, and is convenient to the busines
portion of the town. The house is kept clean and neat, and the table is always bountifully
supplied with the best the market affords. As a host Mr. CHANCELLER will always be found pleasant
and agreeable, and never tires in trying to make his guests comfortable.

L.R. LUPTON-CARRIAGE AND PLOW SHOP

Mr. LUPTON, like Banquo's ghost, cannot be kept down. He has too much energy to remain idle, and
whatever he undertakes, he carries out. It was not much over a year ago that he first announced
to the people that he intended to manufacture wagons in the town of Comanche. Some people hooted
at the idea, however, but LUPTON hired a shop, put his card in the paper and went to work. In a
few days he had made a complete wagon, having done all the work himself. The wagon was not long
in finding a purchaser, and LUPTON had orders for more. His business rapidly increased, and he was
soon forced to hire numerous assistants, and, finally, to build the commodious shop, where he is
now located. He did not confine himself strictly to the manufacture of wagons, however, and now
makes in the highest style of the art, all kinds of buggies, hacks, plows, etc. His last venture
is the manufacture of plows.

A. BRAEUTIGAM-BLACKSMITH

Few towns boast of such a complete blacksmith shop as Mr. BRAEUTIGAM's. It is kept clean and neat
as a parlor and Mr. BRAEUTIGAM, as a smith, has few equals. Making a specialty of horse-shoeing
and tire-shrinking, his facilities for doing this kind of work are perfect. Mr. BRAEUTIGAM is
also a carriage ironer and plow maker. He has always contributed liberally towards any public
enterprise, and is a quiet, peaceable citizen who would be credit to any town.

J.W. STONE-SADDLERY AND HARNESS

In mentioning the men who manufacture, we must not forget our old friend J.W. STONE, who keeps
the extensive saddle and harness shop on the northwest corner of the square. He makes every kind
of saddle, bridle, harness, quirt, etc., and keeps a large stock in store.

W.G. DUNCAN & CO.-GENERAL MERCHANDISE

This firm was only established in our town last fall, but it can already boast of a part of the
friends and customers of this section. Judge CARDER and W.G. DUNCAN constitute the firm, while
John CARTER's jovial carcass ornaments the selling side of the counter. Their stock of fresh and
well-selected general merchandise is complete. They patronize the Chief quite liberally, and
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. 5 February 1880

Thursday morning last, Messrs. DICKSON & GREEN and LESSING & Co. missed several valuable hides
which they owned the night before. Mr. A.L. HAMILTON also discovered that his store had been
burglarized to the amount of three or four dollars in small change. Sheriff CUNNINGHAM immediately
undertook the job of finding the thief, and he succeeded in working up the case most admirably.
His only clue was a wagon trail which led in the direction of Brownwood, and he immediately
started for that town accompanied by Mr. KEY, for the purpose of intercepting the thief. At
Brownwood it was discovered that the missing hides had been purchased by Mr. STEPTOE, of that
place from a young man named R.E. SMITH, and that he had spent the money in that town, and had
then returned to his home, near Mercer's Gap in this county. Sheriff CUNNINGHAM immediately
returned to Comanche, and arrested SMITH early Friday morning, at his home, and brought him to
town.

Much surprise was expressed at SMITH's arrest, as he was generally supposed to have been a
straightforward young man, apparently square and attentive to his own business. The proof against
him, however, was overwhelming. Saturday morning the officers discovered over two wagonloads of
goods at SMITH's house, which were identified by numerous citizens as their property and went to
show that SMITH had been systematically stealing from our merchants for several months and it is
a matter of surprise that he had not been captured long since. His plan of stealing appears to
have been as follows: He would drive his wagon in the rear of one of the store, in the day time,
and leave it. He would then lounge around town until after the stores were closed for the night,
when he would open a back window and climb in the store, take what goods he wanted, put them in
his wagon, and drive home before daylight. Among the stolen property in his possession was a clock
and set of shirt studs which were stolen from Mr. J.M. CLOWER, several months ago; innumerable
articles of dry goods and groceries, such as overcoats, blankets, bolts of calico, shirts,
drawers, socks, handkerchiefs, parasols, fans, canned fruits, mackeral, several sacks of flour,
canvassed hams, bundles of shingles, a keg of molasses, pickles, two boxes of cigars, and numerous
other articles, all of which were identified by Messrs. STEPHENS, HAMILTON, HOLMSLEY, BEEMAN and
others.

SMITH waived an examination before Justice BROWN, Saturday, and, in default of $1,000 bail, was
committed to jail to await the action of the grand jury.

SMITH, so rumor says, was to have been married last Sunday, and stole a good many articles for
the purpose of starting house-keeping.

PERSONAL

Wm. DYER has gone to Sipe Springs, where he will sell goods for A.G. RICE & Co.

Messrs. Geo. KNIGHT and Henry STEPTOE, two of Brownwood's jolliest boys, were in town Saturday
on business. Come again, boys.

Mr. J.B. HALL, the efficient agent for the Waco stage line, returned from Waco Sunday.

Miss Ellen HARRIS has returned to our little city after an absence of over a year. She was
heartily welcomed by her many friends.

MARRIED

COOK-HART..at the residence of the bride's mother, Mrs. HART on the 1st of February, 1880, by
Elder J.T. HARRIS, Mr. C.R. COOK and Miss Sarah J. HART. All of this county.

DEATHERAGE-BOATMAN..At the residence of the bride's parents, near Blanket postoffice, Brown
county, Texas, Sunday, Feb. 1st 1880, Mr. F.A. DEATHERAGE to Miss Lizzie BOATMAN.



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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. 19 Feb 1880

LOCAL NEWS

As will be seen by reference to the court proceedings, R.E. SMITH goes to the penitentiary for
seven years. This indeed is a severe lesson to the young man, who less than three weeks ago was
a free and well-thought of citizen. Young men, take warning, and when the evil spirit tempts you
take that which is not your own, remember the sacred commandment, "Thou shalt not steal."

PERSONALS

Mr. J.B. HALL is dangerously ill with fever.

Mr. B.A. TAYLOR and Miss Mollie LEE were married last week.

Mr. Joe L. BISHOP, of Williams' Ranche, was in town this week.

Tom HAMILTON was on the streets this week handshaking with his many friends. He reports
everything lovely at Eastland and business good.

Rev. W.D. SARTWELLE, of Waco, is here, visiting his parents. He is accompanied by his family.

Mr. W.H. CHANCELLOR, the affable host of the City Hotel, has gone to Panola county to attend
court as a witness.

Tom CLOWER, formerly of this place, but now of Fort Worth, is in the city. He is representing
that reliable paper the Fort Worth weekly Democrat.

Dr. TUCKER returned from Waco Sunday, bringing with him his two accomplished daughters, Misses
Maud and Mary, who have been absent for some time from our little town.

SIPE SPRINGS SPOUTINGS

The wife of Mr. Geo. HILL, one of our most esteemed citizens, died on the 1st inst., of
consumption, after many month's suffering. She was dearly loved by all, and Mr. HILL has
our heart-felt sympathy.

We understand that Mr. Sam PERCIFIELD has sold his interest in the flouring mill at this place
to Mr. YANTIS.

Squire CARRINGTON has gone to Waco to meet his wife, who has been visiting her father at that
place.

DISTRICT COURT

FIVE UNFORTUNATES SENTENCED TO THE PENITENTIARY

The following cases have been tried and otherwise disposed of since our last issue:

CIVIL CASES

T.L. NUGENT vs. W.S.J. ADAMS: Note and lien. Judgment for plaintiff.

M.E. THIGPIN vs. N.J. THIGPIN. Divorce. Judgment for defendant and divorce granted.

State of Texas vs. J.F. MONTGOMERY, James EARP, J.W. McDANIEL, Susan P. ROBERTS, P.G. CROSSLEY,
H.W. SUBLETT, G.F.M. DAVIS, W.S. ANDERSON, Martin DUVALL, Norris FOSTER, J.E. WELCH, Wm. DAVIS
and Oliver EDDINGTON. Suite for ejectment. Judgement by default and writ of inquiry; land
forfeited.

T.L. HUTCHISON vs. Jas. BIGLEY. Debt. Dismissed at plaintiff's cost.

F.M. BROWN, et al. vs. W.R. and Samuel EDDINGTON. Trespass to try title. Judgment for plaintiff
and foreclosure of vendor's lien.

George W. DICKERSON vs. J.A. HARRIS, et al. Debt and lien. Judgment by default and mortgage
foreclosed.

P.J. WILLIS & Bro., vs. W.G. DUNCAN & Co. Attachment. Dismissed at cost of plaintiff.

Leon & H. BLUM vs. W.P. LANCASTER. Garnishment; N.R. LINDSEY garnishee. Judgment for $28, less
cost of garnishee.

Magie M. CROWELL vs. Jno. M. CROWELL. Divorce. Judgment for plaintiff.

J.M. McDANIEL vs. LESSING, LYONS, SOLOMON & Co. Judgment for defendant for part of saw mill.

A.E. LOWRY vs. S.L. THORNTON, Judgment for plaintiff, forclosure of vendor's lien.

STATE CASES

State vs. H.M. LONG, et al. Murder. Nol. pros.

State vs. E.D. DAVIS. Burglary and theft. Guilty and punishment fixed at two years in the
penitentiary. Appealed.

State vs. James HAGAN. Burglary and theft. Bond forfeited and judgment Ni Si.

State vs. Wm. WEAVER. Unlawfully marking cattle. Acquitted.

State vs. Bernard McAFFEE. Moving stock from its accustomed range. Acquitted.

State vs. Webb ELDRIDGE. Assault and battery. Appeal from justice court. Dismissed.

State vs. Wm. PULK. Unlawful marriage. Guilty; penalty three years in the penitentiary.

State vs. G.W. TUCKER, G.C. DIAL, John TOLIVER, J.W. APPLEWHITE, J.T. FOSTER, and _ GIBSON.
Failure to pay occupation tax. Dismissed.

State vs. Neil TYRA. Assault to murder. guilty of aggravated assault; fined $28 and cost.

State vs. J.D. BROCK. Theft. Plead guilty; penalty fixed at four years in the penitentiary.

State vs. R.E. SMITH. burglary and theft. Plead guilty in three cases, and juries fix penalty at
two, three and two years, making seven in all. The district attorney dismissed the other charges
against him.

State vs. Marion WATERS. Theft of horse. Guilty; penalty five years in the penitentiary. Appealed.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, February 26, 1880

LOCAL NEWS

There were two deaths in our little town last Saturday. One of them was a four year old
daughter of Mr. Wm. CARNES and the other a three-day old infant of Mr. John M. CLOWER's.
The bereaved parents have our sympathies.

Mr. VERDON's new flouring mill is being roofed and it will be a great addition to our town
when completed. It's a two story building, with a six foot attic and basement, and is substantially built of rock. The roof is of iron.

PERSONALS

Mr. John S. JOHNSTON, is spending a few days at home.

Capt. J.J. PORTER has removed his family to his farm in the eastern edge of Brown county.

Mr. J.B. HALL has recovered from a severe attack of sickness, and is able to resume his
daily avocation, we are glad to see.

We had the pleasure of meeting Rev. John A. McMURRAY last week. He is of the Presbyterian
denomination, and will hereafter preach in Comanche one Sunday of each month.

Rev. J.T. HARRIS departed for Dallas, Saturday, where he will attend the State Baptist
Association, which is investigating the Buckner-Link affair.

Sandy CHILTON has gone off on a tour of recreation, to Dallas, Fort Worth, and Denton. We wish
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, March 4, 1880

LOCAL NEWS

District Clerk CARROLL is the happy dada of a ten pound girl.

Prof. WALTERS' class is making rapid headway in the rehearsal of Queen Esther.

A brother of Mr. J.W. MOORE has been lying quite ill at his residence for nearly a month. we wish
him a speedy recovery.

Mr. W.O. HAMILSON has been in the hospital for several days, but is out on the streets again, we
are glad to see.

Another bell-punch will soon be ringing in Comanche. Our young friends ACKERMAN & FERNANDEZ will
run the machine.

Lewis COLLINS, a former resident of Comanche county, was killed in a bar-room row at Buffalo Gap
on the 25th inst.

R.T. HILL, the junior Chief, left on Tuesday's stage for Dallas where he will remain for a few
weeks, endeavoring to recuperate his health.

The leap year party given to the young folk, at the residence of Prof. SWITZER's was a grand
affair.

PERSONALS

Byron GREEN has returned from Waco.

Pete STEPHENSON, the "boss" drummer, was in town this week.

Rev. J.T. HARRIS has returned from Dallas.

Mr. Rufus HOLLAND is back from Waco.

Wm. DYER, of Sipe Springs, was ;in town Sunday.

SIPE SPRINGS SIPINGS

Mr. PERCIFIELD sold his interest in the flouring mills to Mr. ELDER, instead of Mr. YANTIS, as
previously reported.

The Odd Fellows have a lodge at this place which has been a working lodge for five years. The
officers of the lodge for the term beginning January 1, 1880 are E.W. PLOTT, N.G.; W.R. NEAL,
V.G.; Elias PLOTT, Sec.; J.C. SMITH, Treasurer.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, March 11, 1880

LOCAL NEWS

Prof. HUGHS brought his entire school into town last Friday for the purpose of having their
pictures taken, but the little fellows were sadly disappointed as neither of the artists were
in town and they had to go back without their pictures.

Mrs. DEATON, a sister of Capt. [illegible] WRIGHT, died at his [sic] residence in our town on
Thursday last. In accordance with her expressed request before death, her remains were taken to
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, March 18, 1880

LOCAL NEWS

Mr. Frank WHEELER, whom many of our readers will remember as a citizen of Comanche a few years
ago, died at Bell Plain on the 21st of last month.

The junior Chief has not yet returned and the entire force of the office at present consists of
the senior and an intelligent apprentice, Jno. SWITZER.

Read the proceedings of the citizens meeting held at Shiloh church in regard to the recent
cowardly outrage perpetrated on Dr. NELMS. We are personally acquainted with most of the signers
to the instrument and know them to be worthy, law abiding citizens.

Mr. Jno. S. JOHNSSON, of that enterprising firm of Martin, Byrne & Johnston, builders and
contractors, was in town this week. He reports that their work on the Buffalo Gap jail had come
to a standstill on account of being unable to find freighters to haul the cage from Fort Worth.

Mesrs. HOLLAND & CARTER, proprietors of Comanche City Mills give notice to their customers that
they will shut down in April for the purpose of putting in new machinery. Mr. HOLLAND informs us
that they have recently purchased entire new machinery for making flour after the improved plan.
Mr. VERNON's mill will also be ready for the coming harvest and will be furnished with late
improved machinery. Two good mills will make milling lively in Comanche, if we don't have a
railroad.

CITIZENS' MEETING

We, citizens of Comanche county, have convened ourselves at Shiloh Church, on Holmes creek, for
the purpose of discountenancing the unlawful crime perpetrated upon the person of Dr. NELMS on
the night of the 6th of March, 1880.

A mob of ten or twelve men, in disguise, concealed themselves near the doctor's residence, one
going to the house and pretending that he was moving to Buffalo Gap, was camped near PARKER's
well and wanted the doctor to go see his wife, as she was very sick, insisting that the doctor
should hurry as she was in labor. The doctor got out of bed and started as quick as possible.
On arriving at the place of the concealed party, they were halted and the doctor, being led off
some distance, was forced to pull off his coat, lay down and, by two of the party, with whips,
unmercifully whipped.

On motion, Thomas HARRIS, J.E. SMITH and H.S. RISHER was called to the chair, and W.D. MARKHAM,
secretary.

Moved and seconded that Dr. NELMS state who he believes committed the crime. Carried.

Resolved, That we, as citizens of Comanche county, do believe in a prompt execution of the laws
of the land; believing it to be the duty of each and every citizen to report all lawless crimes
to the proper authorities. We are willing to give our aid and assistance in a prompt execution of
the law, believing it sufficient protection to both person and property if properly executed. Dr.
NELMS is a law abiding man and a good physician, and deserves the protection of his country, and
we as citizens are willing to lend our aid and assistance in his, or any other law abiding
citizen's protection.

Moved and seconded that all present who endorse the sentiments of these resolutions sign the same. Carried.

Moved and seconded that the proceedings of this meeting be published in the Comanche Chief.
Carried.

On motion, the meeting adjourned. W.D. MARKHAM, Sec.

Signed: H.S. RISHER, J.E. SMITH, Tho's HARRIS, B. LASSITER, J.W. HOLMES, Dan LONG, C.S. PARKER,
W.H. BURKS, B.M. FRANKS, T.B. CARROLL, Asa FRANKS, P.B. LASSITER, O.L. BOLTON, J.H. REEVES, G.W.
LASSITER, H.R. McDONALD, W.B. McKAY, J.M. CAMERON, S.H. EUBANKS, J.J. JOHNSON, J.W. CLARKE, J.R.
BURKS, J.C. HOLCOMB, W.J. TAYLOR, B.D. HOLIFIELD, G.C. CREAMER, DRAPER, J.P. PETTIT, W.T. T.C.
WILLIAMS, E.H. WILLIAMS, Wm YORK, W.W. WIMBURLY, W.T. TANNER, R.A. WHITE, J.K. GAFFORD, Wm. COX,
C.C. SPEED, E.W. BURDEN, W.J. BRYSON, C. COX, J.D. LASSITER, T.J. BURKS, John PALMER, J.G.
BRAZIER, J.W. CUNNINGHAM, W.J. MOORE, J.C. BRUCE, E.G. BURDEN, Adam SLYGER, R. McCULLOM, J.F.
TRAYLOR, S.N. WOODY, T.G. CUNNINGHAM.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Thursday, March 25, 1880

LOCAL NEWS

Prof. SWITZER adjourned his school sine die last Friday.

Mr. POUNDS has the sympathy of the Chief in the loss of his beloved wife.

Several drunk men on the streets Saturday.

The young men have a nice little party at Mrs. LOWRY's Friday night in honor of the Queen.

The Chief will be issued on Saturday in the future. Don't forget it. The next Chief will appear
on Saturday week.

The pleasing countenance of Master Frank CAMPBELL may now be seen peeping from the post office
window.

The alarm of fire was sounded yesterday morning about 10 o'clock caused by a burning out of a
chimney at Capt. J.M. HOLMSLEYS' residence. No damage.

DEATH NOTICES

Mrs. POUNDS, the esteemed wife of Mr. N.J. POUNDS, and a daughter of Mr. W.T. CARUTH, died at her
residence in Comanche on Monday last, after a short illness.

The estimable wife of Mr. Raburn SCOTT died at his residence on Copperas creek, on Friday night
last. Mrs. SCOTT was the daughter of Mr. W.B. BINGHAM, and a most estimable lady and leaves a
large family of children and a loving husband to mourn her sad loss.

A GOOD MOVE

The old rickety windmill that has been standing on the square for the past two or three years was
torn down and moved away this week. This we consider a good move.

Prof SWITZER leaves in a few days to take charge of the Grandbury High School. Seldom has the
Chief chronicled a departure from Comanche that it regretted more than it does the professor's. His place will be hard to fill with one so competent and worthy as he. As an educator Prof. SWITZER has few superiors, and as a good citizen and clever gentleman, none. We commend him to the good people of Grandbury as a gentleman and teacher well worthy their patronage and esteem, and hope that he will be successful in his new field.

PERSONALS

We have been pleased to form the acquaintance of Mr. T.C. HILL, recently of Norway Mills, Bosque
county, who has gone into business in our town in the house of Lessing, Lyons, Solomon & Co. Mr.
HILL is a pleasant young gentleman and we cordially welcome him into our midst.

Mr. SHROPSHIRE of La Grange, a brother of E.L. SHROPSHIRE, Esq., of Comanche, is up on a visit to
his brother.

Mr. J.T. HAMMON, returned, by Sunday's stage, from Arkansas, where he has been for several months
on business connected with his plantation in Woodrough county.

Tom. HAMILTON couldn't stay away. He had to come down to see Esther.

J.C. BARTLET and lady have returned from Lampasas.

Mr. CURRY is another of the Commercial College boys who left for home this week with a great big
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, April 3, 1880

DEATHS

Mrs. DANLEY died, Thursday, at her residence in Comanche. In accordance with her last wishes her
emains will be taken to Belton for interment.

The wife of Mr. Jack CARNES died in this county on the 31st of March.

We learn from private sources that Benj. BRANNON, formerly a rock mason of Comanche, recently died
in New Mexico. His death was brought on by exposure during last winter.

It is with regret that we chronicle the death of Mr. and Mrs. Jno. M. CLOWER's infant girl, aged
about 5 weeks.

DR. NELMS has sent in a communication in regard to his late unpleasantness, but it is entirely too
long for publication in our columns. We sympathize with the doctor in his trouble, and would be
glad to publish the article were it not for the reasons stated.

PERSONALS

Mr. A.G. RICE and County Commissioner HALL, leading merchants of Sipe Springs, were in the city
this week.

We regret to chronicle the departure of Mrs. W.S.J. ADAMS this issue, who leaves us this week for
Kansas City, Mo., where she will make her future home. The Colonel will follow in a few months.

J.T. WASHINGTON, who has been a citizen of Comanche county for several years and a good one too,
left this week for Silver Cliff, Colorado, where he expects to make his future home.

THE PEOPLE WANT ANOTHER CONVENTION

AND SPEAK OUT THEIR SENTIMENTS TO THAT EFFECT

We, the undersigned Democratic voters of Precinct No. 1, Comanche county, not believing that there
were a sufficient number of people of the county in attendance at the late convention to have a
fair expression of the views of the Democratic voters of the county, and being in favor of a
convention where a full and fair expression can be had, respectfully call on the Chairman of the
Democratic Executive Committee to call a convention of the Democratic voters of Comanche county
to meet at the court house, in Comanche, on the 10th day of April next, for the purpose of
electing delegates to represent this county in the Democratic State convention, to assemble at
Galveston in the 20th day of April.

J.A. WRIGHT, C.L. DENTON, J.M. SANFORD, Wm PENDERGRAST, J.B. GREEN, C.F. ALLEN, R.D. REDDEN, Jas.
J. FRANKLIN, Wm. HYDE, W.C. SWITZER, S.R. SWITZER, G.W. TALBOT, J.S. VEDDER, B.F. WRIGHT, Jas.
CARDER, J.H. ACKERMAN, S.C. FERNANDEZ, M.W. CARROLL, J.D. BONNER, J.W. HILL, E.W. HOPE, Jno. M.
CLOWER, J.W. GREENE, J.W. STONE, John ELLIOTT, T.J. NABERS, J.B. NABERS, John CARNES, C.C.
CAMPBELL, Michael ZERR, T.J. HOLMSLEY, J.T. GREEN Nathan COOK, F. BROWN, E. KNUDSON, R.M. GARNER,
Wm. BARNES, F.M. HOLMSLEY, G.A. CHILTON, J.T. CHIDESTER, jr., W.P. CHIDESTER,, F.M. McDERMOTT,
J.R. DICKSON, J.M. McCRARY, Milton BROWN, W.L. YATES, Jas. CARNES, sr., F.A. DEATHERAGE, F.E.
WILSON, James L. WRIGHT, GEORGE BAMM, C.B. MASON, J.D. STEPHENS, Henry HILL, A.L. FORD, J.A.
MEADOWS, W.B. CUNNINGHAM, J.C. BARTLETT, J.M. HOLMSLEY, N. YARBROUGH, J.R. FLEMING, L.L. JOHNSON,
J.P. POUNDS, F.H. SHERRILL, J.B. HALL, J.G. HAMILTON, D.N. LEE, Robert CARTER, J.E. DeWITT, A.L.
HAMILTON, J.M. GAISER, Geo. R. HART

A DARING HORSE THIEF

Last Sunday night, at the stage stand, twelve miles east of here, at Mr. PARKER's residence, while
the hostler and all of the residents of the place were absent, some cowardly scamp stole his way
into the stable, cut a double set of stage harness into small pieces, and carried away two grey
horses. Upon his return from church, the hostler discovered the theft, and hastened to town,
where he notified the sheriff, who, with his deputy, were soon attempting to discover the thhief,
but no news of who he was, or where he went has yet been heard. The thief, however, discarded one
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, April 10, 1880

DEATHS

We sympathize with Mr. Thos. HOLCOME in the death of one of his children last week.

Charley, a son of Mr. B.S. PARKER, died this week at his home near Proctor.

Died, at her residence, in Cato, Crawford County, Kansas, Feb. 4th, 1880: Mrs. Elizabeth E. COONROD, in the 45th year of her age. Deceased's maiden name was Garrison and a former resident of Texas. Relatives are requested to address John COONROD, Cato, Crawford County, Kansas, for further particulars.

A CARD

J.E. STANCIL, now convalescent, tenders his thanks to his many friends for their assistance and kindness while he was sick with pneumonia; also a word of thanks to his worthy physician Dr. ROBERTSON for his close attention and kind services.

LOCAL NEWS

Mrs. J.E. CANAN's school has closed for this session.

The remains of Mrs. DANLEY were interred at the grave yard Sunday afternoon.

HOOD & HOLMSLEY will drive two herds of cattle from Comanche county this year, of 1,500 head each.

PERSONALS

District Attorney J.M. MOORE left here Tuesday for the purpose of attending District Court at Brownwood.

Paschal TUCKER, of Dallas, a son of our Dr. G.W. TUCKER, is in the city, visiting relatives.

Mr. Rufus HOLLAND and family, accompanied by young Mr. SHROPSHIRE, have gone west on a fishing excursion.

J. Howard PEAKE, the irresistible hardware drummer, is due here today.

Rev. Mr. SARTWELLE has accepted a ministerial call from Springfield, Illinois. He will leave in a few days for his new home.

Mr. Geo. D. YATES, a brother of our popular deputy Sheriff, arrived from Greensboro N.C. yesterday. He comes to locate in our town, and we hope he will be satisfied with his new home.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, April 17, 1880

LOCAL NEWS

Mrs. CHILDRESS, who lived in the Jimmy's creek neighborhood, died last week.

County Clerk J.D. BONNER and Paschal and George TUCKER, are off on a fishing excursion this week.

We regret exceedingly to hear that Mr. T.J. HOLMSLEY and family contemplate moving from our county
to Nolan.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. BARTLETT entertained a party of young ladies and gentlemen in a most hospitable
and agreeable manner at their residence Thursday night.

Messrs. A.L. HAMILTON and R.D. REDDEN leave for the Galveston convention this morning.



The beautiful oratorio of Esther was performed last Tuesday night, at the court-house, for the
benefit of the Comanche graveyard fence, to a large and appreciative audience. As Haman, Mr. Sam
HAMILTON's acting was one the best of the company, tho' his tenor is somewhat deficient in
smoothness, which fault he can easily overcome by cultivation. Mr. MOTTWILLER sang a good tenor,
as Mordicai, but he was apparently somewhat given to stage bashfulness, which will soon wear off.
In the dual roles of Prophetess and Esther, Miss STOUDEMEYER charmed the audience with her rich,
sweet voice and graceful acting. She possesses rare talents as an amateur actress and vocalist, of
which many a professional would be envious. Zeresh, Miss Sudie FORD, acted her part well, and has
a good voice, which would have much more effect if given more power. The part of Mordicai's Sister
was performed in a graceful and able manner, by Mrs. Sam. HAMILTON. Too much praise can not be
bestowed upon Mr. WALTERS for the able manner in which he assumed several parts and conducted the
cantata. The proceeds cleared the debt which Comanche's noble ladies had assumed for the purpose
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, April 24, 1880

DEATHS

GYGER - Died of congestion, at the residence of her parents, at Proctor, Comanche county, Texas,
Saturday evening, April 17, 1880, Miss Fannie GYGER. Aged 24 years.

Words are inadequate to express the loss that the family and friends of the above sustained by
her death. She was a kind, loving and affectionate daughter and sister, and a true friend and neighbor. Her loss is severely felt throughout the entire neighborhood; and many who have been cheered and nursed by her during sickness, will ever remember her kind and self sacrificing disposition.

Miss Fannie GYGER was born in Bedford, Indiana, October 4, 1854, and was the daughter of Larkin
GYGER. At the age of eighteen she made a profession of religion, and from that time until the day
of her death she lived a consistent, Christian life. She expressed a willingness to die, and was
prepared by Christian hope and assurance for the eternal mansions in the heavens.

We have received a notice announcing the death of Miss Lizzie WILKES, at her father's home,
Mercer's Gap, Comanche county.

PERSONALS

Miss Lizzie FORD departed last Saturday morning for Cleburne, where she will make her future home. During her long residence here, she made many friends, who wish her much happiness in her new home.

Rev. W.E. SARTWELLE and family departed for Sedalia, Mo., where they will make their future home.

Phillip CHILTON, who has been a member of Arrington's and Peake's ranger companies for nearly two
years, has resigned his place, and is again among his old Comanche friends.

LOCAL NEWS

Mr. C.B. MASON contemplates opening a first-class dry goods and grocery store in the brick building
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MARRIED

ZWEIFEL-POMMER At the residence of Mr. Geo. HAMM, in Comanche, on the evening of the 27th inst., by the Rev. J.T. HARRIS, Mr. David ZWEIFEL to Miss Carrie POMMER.

Rev. HARRIS hat letzen Dienstagabend ein junges glueckliches Paar zusammengebunden. Moege Fortuna und Amor diese Gluecklichen nie verlassen, und Ihnen eine bleibende Heimath unteruns bescheren.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SPEAKING

Both schools will meet at the college, at 9 o'clock, a.m., and be ready to march to the grounds. When they arrive at the grounds they will be seated, and submitted to the following:

1. Brief address by superintendents.

2. Prayer by Rev. McMURRAY.

3. Crowning of May Queen by Master John SWITZER, with address.

4. Address by W.O. HAMILTON. Song

5. Address by Rev. J.M. GAISER. Song.

6. Address by Rev. J.T. HARRIS. Song.

7. Address by Rev. HENRY. Song.

8. Refreshments. Songs.

Miss Estelle FLEMING was selected Queen of May, and will be crowned by Mr. Jno. SWITZER, the "handsome" young man of the Chief office.

LOCAL NEWS

Just as we go to press, we learn that Mr. Thomas LISTER has been captured by a handsome young lady, and has quit the realms of bachelordom and become a benedict.

Mr. HOLCOME's little child is still very low.

Mr. NEER's little child died last week at Proctor.

There is a new arrival at Judge FLEMING's house - a girl. It arrived night before last.

Mr. Frank SHERRILL has resigned his position as jailer and Mr. John SULLIVAN has superceded him.

PERSONALS

J.A. MEADOWS and Phillip CHILTON chartered a buggy last Monday and left on an excursion through the northwestern counties.

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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, May 8, 1880

LOCAL NEWS

Mr. and Mrs. W.T. HOLCOME have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their little
child last Sunday night. Its name was Lulu, and it had been ill for 28 days.

Before retiring, the editors of the Chief cannot refrain from giving their intelligent and
sprightly apprentice boy, Johnny SWITZER, a farewell recommendation. He has been in our employ
for nearly two years, and has ever been faithful and steady. We cheerfully recommend him to any
one who may employ him hereafter, in whatever capacity, and more especially to our brethren of
the art preservative.

OBITUARY

Died of pneumonia, March 4, 1880, near Proctor, Comanche county, Tex., Charles D. PARKER, aged
twenty years, two months and nineteen days. The deceased was born in Wayne county, North Carolina,
and removed to Washington county, Texas, in 1871, and from there to Comanche county in 1878.
Charlie had not an enemy, and was beloved by all who knew him. He was well-known by the writer
and he never knew a purer and better boy - one freer from the vices and wickedness of the world.
He was not a member of any church nor a professor of religion, yet he practiced those virtues
which every true Christian should.

May those whom he has left to mourn his loss be comforted and assured that he has gone to Heaven,
and we hope that God, in his tender mercy, will lead them all in the way of righteousness, that
they may again meet him where they will never be separated. The family have the sympathies of
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, 3 July 1880

FIENDS INCARNATE! THE ASSASSIN'S WORK.

TWO BRUTAL MURDERS. WILL OUR LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS SUBMIT TO THIS MUCH LONGER? THE HELLISH CRIME OF
RAPE ALSO PERFORMED

Mr. HIBARGER Shot Dead in his Field

On the 21st of last month Mr. John HIBARGER, while plowing in his field, was shot and killed by
two unknown men. The killing was witnessed by several parties some distrance from the scene. The
murderers were described as being, one a rather tall man with heavy whiskers and the other a
beardless youth. The cause of the murder is unknown, as Mr. HIBARGER is reputed to have been a
quiet, industrious man. The scene of the murder was on Resley's creek.

Another Man Waylaid and Murdered

On the 22nd ult. a man named McKEY was reported missing from his home on Indian creek, in this
county. He was at work in a field belonging to Mr. SMART, and left in the evening to go to his
home. He had not been gone long when two reports of fire arms were heard in the direction he had
gone, but nothing was thought of the matter until the next day when he had failed to return home.
The neighbors hunted for him for several days and then gave the matter up, thinking he had left
the country as he had been charged with neglecting his family. On Thursday last the body of a man
was seen floating in the Leon river, about four or five miles from the place the killing was
supposed to have taken place. A jury of inquest was immediately summoned and on the arrival at
the place, it was found to be the missing man, McKEY. He had been shot through the body and his
throat cut, almost severing the head from the body. His remains were carried home for interment.

Is a cyclone of murder and lawlessness about to sweep over our county, which has so long been a
pattern of good order? At the last term of the court only six bills of indictment were found, but
right upon the heels of this fair record comes the startling news of two dark murders in one week. Our officers are not idle, and we yet hope these mysteries will be cleared up.

Later. - A Horrible Rape Committed

Since the above was put in type, a terrible crime has been brought to light in connection with the
McKEY murder. Mrs. McKEY made an affidavit before Justice SMITH that she was raped, several days
previous to her husband's murder, who was absent from home at the time, by two neighbors, "to the
best of her knowledge and belief," named O'DELL and TATE. The young men were immediately arrested
and brought to town by acting Deputy Sheriff CHILTON and posse, and lodged in jail, in default of
bail, to await an examination Monday next. The arrested parties are farmer boys by profession and
of highly respected parentage.

The general supposition now is that McKEY was murdered by the ravishers of his wife in order to
evade that dire vengeance which any husband would be sure to inflict upon the villians who would
invade the sacred threshold of his wife's chastity.

McKEE's body when found, was perforated by two bullets and his head was nearly severed. His teeth
were knocked out, which may be indicative that the bullets failing to kill him, he was knocked
down by a blow in the mouth and his throat cut. His remains were in a terrible state of
decomposition when found. We await new developments.

Just So

Prof. SWITZER has gone to Comanche this week to wind up his affairs preparatory to a permanent
residence in Granbury. We hope the Comanches will feel that their loss is our gain. - Granbury
Vidette.

We do indeed, Bro. Garland. We see from the prospectus of the school that there was an attendance
of 265 scholars last session. It does us good to learn of the Professor's success, for he is in
every way worthy and well qualified. He is an educator of superior endowments--one who has made
it a life-time profession, who has made proficiency his watchword and glories in the profession
he has adopted.

Masonic Installation

The following officers of Hope Lodge No. 481 F.&A.M. were installed on the 24th ult: J.J. FRANKLIN,
W.M.; R. HOLLAND, S.W.; B.F. WRIGHT, J.W.; R.D. REDDEN, Treasurer; Joe W. HILL, Serg.; G.A.
BEEMAN, S.D.; R.T. HILL, ?.D.; J.E. STANCIL, Tiler; M.W. CARRELL and J.M. McCRARY, Stewards

Local News

The infant son of J.L. and Ella MOORE died and was buried on Wednesday last. The bereaved parents
have our sympathy in their sad affliction.

Mrs. Maimie TUCKER departed Wednesday for Sedalia, Mo., where she will spend the summer with her
sister, Mrs. SARTWELLE.

Dr. D.N. LEE, M.D. is moving his entire stock of drugs to Buffalo Gap. We commend him to the
people of that thriving town as a live, energetic, reliable businessman, and wish him abundant
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Local Matters

A Worthy Object

A liberal sum of money has been subscribed by the citizens of our town for the benefit of Mrs. McKEE, the widow of the man who was so brutally murdered.

Scholastic Population

According to the assessment rolls for 1880, the scholastic population of Comanche county sums up 1358 white and 11 colored children between the ages of eight and fourteen years.

A Mean Trick

Last Sunday some villain shot a horse belonging to Wm. BELL, which was quietly grazing on the range north of town, away from anybody's house or field. It was a most contemptible trick.

A Horse Thief Sent Up

We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. J.D. TRUSTY, who was just returning from Cleburne, where he had been to give in evidence against one W.M. THOMSON, alias William Thomas THOMPSON, who stole two horses from Mr. TRUSTY on Blanket creek, on the line of this and Brown county, and was followed and captured in Johnson county. THOMSON was sent up for ten years.

Personals

The little boy of Mr. ALEXANDER's who fell from a tree several weeks ago, at Mr. J.D. [illegible] residence, and broke his thigh is able to walk out on crutches.

Mr. E.L. SHROPSHIRE has returned from the Cincinnati convention. He was accompanied by his accomplished wife and child, who have been absent for some time on a visit to [illegible].

The Hibarger Murderers

As soon as Sheriff CUNNINGHAM learned of the murder of Mr. HIGHBARGER, he took Deputy YATES and ex-Sheriff F.E. WILSON and started in pursuit. They found the tracks of the horses near where the old man met his tragic end, and started off on the trail at once. They followed this trail for miles and miles-out of Comanche, through Erath, Eastland, Stephens, Shackleford, Palo Pinto and Jack counties-occasionally hearing of the game from citizens along the road. From Griffin to Breckenridge and back to Griffin, where they lost all trail and had to give up the chase. They followed the trail over two hundred miles, and the distance and speed at which they traveled was clearly shown by the jaded condition of their horses when they returned. Our officers deserve the highest praise for the promptness and energy of their action, and it is to be hoped their vigilance will yet lead to the apprehension and capture of the parties who perpetrated the heinous crime.

Preliminary Trial. Rape and Murder. An Exhaustive Examination. Five Days Consumed in Examining Witnesses.

In last week's issue we have an account of the perpetration, in this county, of the horrible crime of rape upon Mrs. W.J. McKEE and the subsequent murder of her husband by some unknown parties. The young men arrested, Mack O'DELL and Henry TATE, were brought to town, Saturday, and lodged in jail until Monday, when they were put upon trial for the crime of rape. After two days trial, Justice BROWN deemed the evidence sufficient, and bound the parties over to await the action of the grand jury, in a bond of $1,000 each.

The same parties were then put upon trial for the murder of the man McKEE, and after the first day, James O'DELL, a brother of Mack O'DELL, was also arrested upon the same charge.

On Thursday, TATE was released on a bond of $250, and on Friday the two O'DELLs were allowed bail in the sum of $1000, and in default of which were sent to jail.

In the first case the evidence was not at all positive, but still of a very strong character, the lady not being sure of their identity, and swearing only to the best of her knowledge.

In the murder case the matter was sifted to the very bottom, there being some thirty or forty witnesses examined, and the evidence was thought sufficient to bind the parties over.

We do not wish to say anything that would militate against the parties on final trial, which we trust may be fair, and their guilt or innocence be fairly established. As to young TATE there was little or no evidence pointing to his guilt on the charge of murder, and the small bail required in his case was a mere matter of formality.

We listened to the entire evidence of Mrs. McKEE, and must say we never heard testimony given more succinctly, clearly, and bearing more the semblance of truth. Modest in deportment, she bore the fire of a cross-examination for several hours without apparent confusion and without a single conflict in her testimony. What carried conviction of the truthfulness of her story was the absence of all attempts at exaggeration.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, July 17, 1880

LOCAL MATTERS

We Are Eclipsed

Comanche has a population of 704-Brownwood 726

Deaths

Mrs. J.T. HODGES died and was buried this week.

A little child of Mr. George DICKENS' died Thursday last and was buried yesterday.

The First Cotton Boll

Mr. FAGIN, who resides upon Duncan creek in this county, brought us an open cotton boll Thursday. This, we believe, is the first of the season.

Fine Tobacco

Mr. SPENCER, five miles north of town, has about one-half an acre in tobacco, and those who know say it is as fine as ever grew in Virginia. The leaves measure two feet in length and sixteen inches in breadth. We hope there will be more attention paid to its culture by our farmers in future.

Leap Year Party

The young ladies of our town gave a leap year party last night , at the residence of Mr. G.A. BEEMAN. The fair young men of the town were asked and escorted to the party, fanned, flirted, and, perhaps, courted, by the ladies. Everything passed off lovely, and nothing occurred to mar the gaieties of the evening. It is rumored that one of the charming gentlemen came near fainting when proposed to, but the young lady failing to stretch out her arms to catch him, he concluded he wouldn't.

Precinct Meeting

Quite a respectable number of the voters of precinct No. 1 assembled at the court house last Saturday night for the purpose of appointing delegates to the county convention and transacting such other business as come before the meeting.

Judge N. YARBROUGH was called to the chair, and the following gentlemen were selected as delegates to the county convention: A.L. HAMILTON, T.R. HILL, J.C. BARTLETT, T.J. HOLMSLEY, D. WALCOTT, G.A. BEEMAN, C. CAMPBELL, M.A. CORNELIOUS, J.M. McCRARY, N.R. LINDSEY.

PERSONALS

Turner BREEDLOVE has returned from up the trail. Col. W.S.J. ADAMS will leave in a few days for Tennessee.

Miss Jenny MILLION has returned to our city from Meridian.

Johnie SWITZER, of the Ranche Racket, was in the city Sunday, visiting his numerous friends.

Mr. R. HOLLAND has returned from Dallas, where he had been to purchase mill machinery for John A. McGuire and Company. Mr. HOLLAND informs us that he purchased the most complete machinery he has ever seen in Texas, and before many weeks their mill and gin will be established on Rush creek ready for business. There is no better miller in the state than Mr. HOLLAND, and when the machinery goes up under his supervision it will be first-class and complete.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, July 24, 1880

Coleman Cullings

The Telegram says that James McCANY, of Comanche county, was arrested last Monday, and lodged in jail, charged with theft of cattle.

Local Matters

Stabbing Affray: Last week Oscar MORRISON was stabbed and seriously wounded at a social gathering above Dublin. We did not learn the name of the young man who inflicted the wound.

Coming Back: Mr. John M. CLOWER, who has been absent for some time in Dallas, will return in a few days with a complete outfit of sewing machine and fixtures and will be ready to thoroughly repair all kinds of sewing machines. He will also reopen his watch shop, and will be better prepared than ever to repair your time piece, having purchased many new tools, etc.

Precinct Conventions

District 4. The following delegates to the county convention were chosen: T.O. MOORE, John FARMER, James TERRY, John ROCH, G.P. HERNDON, John McGUIRE, Morgan BAAARKER, W.S. DODSON, N.H.C. ELLIOTT and W.T. CARUTH.

Precinct 2. The following gentlemen were lected as delegates to the county convention: James CUNNINGHAM, A.P. KELLEY, C.A. LEE, John HALLFORD, William LINDLEY, B.P. LEWIS, J.A. MONTGOMERY, R.T. CUNNINGHAM, J.B. BURTON and S.J. WILKES.

>From Oliver Springs

On the evening of the fourth instant, Mr. Danie HARRIS and Miss Mollie HOUSTON were married at the residence of Mr. A.A. HOUSTON. Esquire T.E. KEITH performed the ceremony in elegant style, but with some embarrassment. After the ceremony, Mrrs. HOUSTON fully convinced the assembled guests that she was no novice in the culinary art. On the following morning the happy pair started for their home in Erath county, taking with them the best wishes of their many friends.

Personals

Mr. John ELLIOTT hass returned from his western fishing excursion.

Mr. And Mrs. J.C. BARTLETT have gone to Lampasas Springs to spend the summer.

Mrs. D.M. HOUSTON and family, of Waco, are in the city, visiting her brother, J.W. STONE's family.

Mrs. BROWN, who was some months since, adjudged a lunatic and sent to the insane asylum, has returned to Comanche, much improved in mind.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche Co., Texas. Saturday, July 31, 1880

Local Matters

J.D. STEPHENS is putting in a pasture of 5000 acres near Round Mountain.

Mr. VERNON, of the Pearl mills, has had the platform scales moved from off the square to his mills.

Writing School

Prof. W.E. MENEFEE will commence a school in penmanship at the college next Monday morning. The professor is a master of the art of penmanship, and those desiring to take lessons should avail themselves of this opportunity.

Personals

Our old town boy Tom HAMILTON is in our town.

John M. CLOWER is back from a long visit to Dallas.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, August 7, 1880

Married

EVANS-MORROW On August 1, 1880, by the Rev. BLANTON, S.R. EVANS to Miss M.A. MORROW. All of Brown
county. No cards. May they live long and prosper and may sunshine and happiness ever come with
the Morrow.

SHROPSHIRE-HARRIS At the residence of Mr. E.W. HOPE, Wednesday morning, August 4, 1880, Mr. L.L.
SHROPSHIRE to Miss E.H. HARRIS. The happy couple left immediately on the stage for Dallas, where
they will probaably make their future home. This wedding was a surprise to even their most intimate
friends, and "Shrop," the most genial and goodhearted of fellows, walked away with the belle of
our town. While we wish them all joy, peace, happiness and prosperity, we can not help but mourn
the loss of two such brilliant lights from our Comanche society.

YATES-HARRISON At the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. And Mrs. D.H. ARMOUR, Wednesday, Aug.
5, 1880, Mr. W.L. YATES to Miss Mamie HARRISON. Such is life! Our popular deputy sheriff who has
for several years been arresting people, finds himself a prisoner in the hands of Hymen and
securely bound by the bonds of matrimony. Well, there are not many people who do not enjoy such
bondage, and the bride and groom have the hearty congratulations of the entire community.

Death of Mr. Thomas Wright

The many friendds of Mr. Thomas WRIGHT will be grieved to hear of his death which sad event
occured at his residence on Copperas creek in this county, at nine o'clock last night. He was one
of our county's most useful and respected citizens and an honored member of the Masonic fraternity.
His funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock at his residence. To the family of the
deceased we tender our deepest sympathy in their sad affliction.

Funeral Notice Members of Hope Lodge No. 481, A.F.&A.M., and all master Masons in good standing
are requested to meet at the ressidence of our deceased broother, Thomas WRIGHT, tomorrow morning
at 10 o'clock for the purpose of performing our last sad rites over the remains of our departed
brother.

WM. H. STEPHENS KILLED. A Cowboy Does the Dreadful Deed

Last Sunday morning Hon. John D. STEPHENS received a telegram informing him of the murder of his
brother, William H. STEPHENS, by a man named PADGETT, in a few miles of Caldwell, Kansas. Mr.
STEPHENS immediately left for Morgan to telegraph for further particulars and went on from there
to Kansas. On Tuesday Bailey NABERS and Dudley SHERILL, who went through to Kansas with Williiam
STEPHENS and were eye witnesses of the killing returned to Comanche and from them we learned the
following particularrs of the unfortunate affair.

It will be remembered that William STEPHENS left here in May last in charge of a herd of cattle
for Judge FLEMING and J.D. STEPHENS. Somewhere on the trail he employed a hand who then gave his
name as SMITH, but afterwards called himself PADGETT. After arriving in Kansas the cattle were
sold and at the time of the killing were being delivered near the Kansas line in the Indian
Territory. Some words passed between Mr. STEPHENS and PADGETT, and STEPHENS turned to ride away,
and when he had moved off a short distance, PADGETT ran up behind him and, putting his pistol
almost against him, shot him in the back. STEPHENS fell from his horse and died without uttering
a word after he was shot. PADGETT fled, but was pursued and captured by the other hands and sent
down to Fort Smith, where he will be held for trial. He asserted after his arrest that it was the
seventh man he had killed. From all accounts, PADGETT is a reckless, desperate man, and it is to
be hoped he will meet the punishment he so justly deserves.

Mr. STEPHENS leaves a young and loving wife and a darling little bright-eyed baby boy, and a large
circle of relatives and friends to mourn his untimely end.

Local Matters

Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Mrs. J.A. WRIGHT has our thanks for some excellent peaches. They were the
finest we have seen this year.

Mrs. A.E. LOWRY astonished the Chief corps yesterday evening with a bowl of delicious ice cream
accompanied with cake.

Our old friend Mr. WEST favored us this week with some more of his excellent melons.

And last, but not least, Mr. ACKERMAN has our thanks for a wholesome lubricator in the shape of
Anheuser's best.

Fine Corn Mr. A.C. DANIELS, who resides on Mr. D. WALCOTT's farm north of town, brought to our
office yesterday three immense ears of corn which he says is about an average sample of his crop.
The three weighed four pounds. Mr. DANIELS says he can pick much larger ears and will wager a year's
subscription to the Chief that he can show as fine corn as any man in the county.

Personals

Bailey NABERS and Dudley SHERRILL have returned from Kansas, looking somewhat brownish but several
pounds heavier than they did when they left.

Mr. ROACH, of the firm of Smith & Roach of the thriving little city of Sipe Springs, paid us his
respects yesterday and handed in another subscription.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, August 7, 1880

Married

EVANS-MORROW On August 1, 1880, by the Rev. BLANTON, S.R. EVANS to Miss M.A. MORROW. All of Brown
county. No cards. May they live long and prosper and may sunshine and happiness ever come with the
Morrow.

SHROPSHIRE-HARRIS At the residence of Mr. E.W. HOPE, Wednesday morning, August 4, 1880, Mr. L.L.
SHROPSHIRE to Miss E.H. HARRIS. The happy couple left immediately on the stage for Dallas, where they will probaably make their future home. This wedding was a surprise to even their most intimate friends, and "Shrop," the most genial and goodhearted of fellows, walked away with the belle of our town. While we wish them all joy, peace, happiness and prosperity, we can not help but mourn the loss of two such brilliant lights from our Comanche society.

YATES-HARRISON At the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. And Mrs. D.H. ARMOUR, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1880, Mr. W.L. YATES to Miss Mamie HARRISON. Such is life! Our popular deputy sheriff who has for several years been arresting people, finds himself a prisoner in the hands of Hymen and securely bound by the bonds of matrimony. Well, there are not many people who do not enjoy such bondage, and the bride and groom have the hearty congratulations of the entire community.

Death of Mr. Thomas Wright

The many friendds of Mr. Thomas WRIGHT will be grieved to hear of his death which sad event occured at his residence on Copperas creek in this county, at nine o'clock last night. He was one of our county's most useful and respected citizens and an honored member of the Masonic fraternity. His funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock at his residence. To the family of the deceased we tender our deepest sympathy in their sad affliction.

Funeral Notice Members of Hope Lodge No. 481, A.F.&A.M., and all master Masons in good standing are requested to meet at the ressidence of our deceased broother, Thomas WRIGHT, tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock for the purpose of performing our last sad rites over the remains of our departed brother.

WM. H. STEPHENS KILLED. A Cowboy Does the Dreadful Deed

Last Sunday morning Hon. John D. STEPHENS received a telegram informing him of the murder of his brother, William H. STEPHENS, by a man named PADGETT, in a few miles of Caldwell, Kansas. Mr. STEPHENS immediately left for Morgan to telegraph for further particulars and went on from there to Kansas. On Tuesday Bailey NABERS and Dudley SHERILL, who went through to Kansas with Williiam STEPHENS and were eye witnesses of the killing returned to Comanche and from them we learned the following particularrs of the unfortunate affair.

It will be remembered that William STEPHENS left here in May last in charge of a herd of cattle for Judge FLEMING and J.D. STEPHENS. Somewhere on the trail he employed a hand who then gave his name as SMITH, but afterwards called himself PADGETT. After arriving in Kansas the cattle were sold and at the time of the killing were being delivered near the Kansas line in the Indian Territory. Some words passed between Mr. STEPHENS and PADGETT, and STEPHENS turned to ride away, and when he had moved off a short distance, PADGETT ran up behind him and, putting his pistol almost against him, shot him in the back. STEPHENS fell from his horse and died without uttering a word after he was shot. PADGETT fled, but was pursued and captured by the other hands and sent down to Fort Smith, wheerre he will be held for trial. He asserted after his arrest that it was the seventh man he had killed. From all accounts, PADGETT is a reckless, desperate man, and it is to be hoped he will meet the p!
unishment he so justly deserves.

Mr. STEPHENS leaves a young and loving wife and a darling little bright-eyed baby boy, and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his untimely end.

Local Matters

Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Mrs. J.A. WRIGHT has our thanks for some excellent peaches. They were the finest we have seen this year.

Mrs. A.E. LOWRY astonished the Chief corps yesterday evening with a bowl of delicious ice cream accompanied with cake.

Our old friend Mr. WEST favored us this week with some more of his excellent melons.

And last, but not least, Mr. ACKERMAN has our thanks for a wholesome lubricator in the shape of Anheuser's best.

Fine Corn Mr. A.C. DANIELS, who resides on Mr. D. WALCOTT's farm north of town, brought to our office yesterday three immense ears of corn which he says is about an average sample of his crop. The three weighed four pounds. Mr. DANIELS says he can pick much larger ears and will wager a year's subscription to the Chief that he can show as fine corn as any man in the county.

Personals

Bailey NABERS and Dudley SHERRILL have returned from Kansas, looking somewhat brownish but several pounds heavier than they did when they left.

Mr. ROACH, of the firm of Smith & Roach of the thriving little city of Sipe Springs, paid us his respects yesterday and handed in another subscription.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, August 14, 1880

A Serious Accident

Last Thursday, a little son of Mr. W.M. STEWART, while playing in the upper story of the college, fell through a hole in the floor to the lower story. The fall was fifteen feet and the little fellow was badly bruised but, fortunately, no bones were broken.

Fine Specimens

Bill CARROLL can "beet" any man in the county. He brought one, raised on his place in town, to our office yesterday which weighed seven pounds, and he says that was not his largest.

Mr. WEST, the champion gardener of the west, brought in some of his excellent tomatos and a new variety of musk melon which is very fine.

Mr. M.Y. ALLEN favored us with a few specimen bolls of his fine cotton. He says his cotton is as fine as any in the county and there is not a worm in it.

Personal Items

J.A. MEADOWS has returned from Waco.

Mrs. ISAACS, daughter of Mr. T.J. HOLMSLEY, is very ill, we are sorry to learn.

Johnny SWITZER is back from Williams Ranche, wherre he has been adjusting the movable alphabet for several weeks past.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, August 21, 1880

Death of Mrs. Issacs

It seems sad that the angel of deaath should cut down one so young and endowed with so many womanly virtues. On Monday night last the spirit of Mrs. Wm. ISAACS took flight from its earthly friends to a better world. She was the daughter of Mr. T.J. HOLMSLEY, and only a few months ago was led to the bridal alter. A large procession of friends followed her remains to the grave. Christian or not, we do not know, neither do we enquire, but she was a true woman possessing every virtue necessary for a happy peace in that great unknown where her spirit has fled.

Sudden Death

On Wednesday last, the wife of Mr. T.R. LANE, who lived a few miles east of town, died very suddenly. It seems that Mrs. LANE and her small child had been having chills for several days and were both taking medicine out of the same bottle and that there was no apparent cause for serious alarm. Mr. LANE even did not think it necessary to have a doctor call on his wife, but while in town, called on Dr. PAINE to prescribe and the doctor did so, giving a ssimple prescription for the mother and child in the same bottle. This was on Tuesday and both mother and child took the medicine that day. On Wednesday, Mrs. LANEE arose feeling much better. At about 11 o'clock ate a watermelon and in a short time after eating it was taken violently ill. The family did not consider her case dangerous, but sent into town after Dr. PAINE to go see her. The doctor went out to her and when he got there she was a corpse. It is supposed her death was from a congestive chill caused by eating the melon.

This should be a warning to all who are chilling not to eat melons, especially the little ssickly ones like some we see brought to town almost every day.

Local Matters

The little boy that fell through the trap door in the college building last week, is rapidly recovering.

The writing school has discontinued, and Professor MENEFEE has gone to Brownwood, where he will set up another class.

Mr. Sam ZETTLEMOYER is breaking dirt for an extension to his storehouse now occupied by Lessing, Lyons Solomon, & Co.

Fell in a Well

An imbecile daughter of Mrs. TYRA's fell into a well thirty feet deep, last Monday, but was drawn out unhurt. She fell in feet foremost.

Our Graded School

The board of trustees of the Comanche graded school have employed Professor A.C. KIDD, of Warrensburg, Mo., who has come to us highly recommended, for the position of principal of the school. Several assistants will also be employed.

A Painful Accident

Mr. SENCLAIR, our worth blacksmith, had the misfortune to lose his left thumb, Wednesday morning. He was shoeing a fractious horse, which kicked him over and tread on his thumb, breaking it so badly that amputation was necessary. Dr. TUCKER performed the operation.

The First Bale

The first bale of new cotton raised in the county this yeaar was brought in last Thursday by Wm. JONESS who resides on Austin branch in the north part of the county. It was ginned by Messrs. HOLLAND & CARTER and the bale, weighing 575 pounds, was baled on their new and powerful hyddraulic press.

Personals

John CHIDESTER is paying off the hands along his stage line.

A.L. HAMILTON and Rev. J.T. HARRIS left for Austin, Monday. On their return they will take in Major PENN's camp meeting.

Byron GREEN and Sandy CHILTON have returned from a tour of inspection through Eastland and other northwestern counties.

Misses Mary and Fannie BRATTON, two of Williams Ranche's fairest daughters, were in town this week visiting the family of Mr. John YARBROUGH.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, August 28, 1880

Local Matters

A Three Year Old Child Falls In a Well

Last Thursday a little three year old boy of Mr. T.R. PENNINGTON's fell in a well sixty feet deep,
and strange to say, the little fellow was not killed or materially injured. We will give full particulars next week.

Married

HALL-LOGAN At the residence of the bride's father, in this county, by the Rev McMURRY, Mr. J.B.
HALL to Miss Ella LOGAN, on the night of the 25th inst. The happy couple have the best wishes of
their numerous friends for their future prosperity and enjoyment through life.

Local Etceteras

Mr. W.J. McLEAN is moving his large stable building at this place to his ranche in Coleman County.

Mr. Henry HILL has returned home again from a visit down in the southern part of the state.

Mr. A.G. RICE, of Sipe Springs, passed through town Monday on his way to Waco to buy his fall and
winter stock.

We are glad to see that Mr. SENCLAIR is nicely recovering from the effects of the amputation of
his thumb.

OUR GRADED SCHOOL. A First-Class Principal Chosen, and Preparations Being Made for its Opening.

The board of trustees of our graded school has at last selected a first-class principal for the
school at this place. Last week we announced that Professor KIDD was the man chosen, but, owing
to a disagreement between the professor and the county board of examiners in regard to the correct
answerrs to several simple questions, he concluded he would not accept the school, which was
generally conceded to be a very judicious decision upon his part. The board immediately tendered
the principalship to Professor TIMMONS, a young man of high merit and qualifications, and he
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, September 4, 1880

Local Matters

Death at Sipe Springs: J.W. CRANFORD, an aged citizen of Sipe Springs, in this county, died
suddenly Monday of rheumatism of the heart.

Departed this Life: Mrs. KNUDSON, wife of K. KNUDSON, died on Sunday last and was intered in the
graveyard here Monday.

Death of Mrs. J.S. Johnston: It is with feelings of regret that we are called upon to chronicle
the death of Mrs. John S. JOHNSON, of this place, which event ocurred at Palo Pinto, on the 1st
inst. She was a most estimable lady, whose loss will be mourned by her many friends. Her remains
will be interred at this place this morning, having arrived last night from Palo Pinto.

FELL IN A WELL. A Three-Year-Old Child Falls 60 Feet and is Uninjured. Heroic Conduct of His
Mother.

Last week the Chief made mention of a child falling in a well, the particulars of which are as
follows: The little boy, three years old, while playing about the well, which was sixty feet deep,
fell into it. His mother, Mrs. PENNINGTON, ran to the well and, instead of screaming, fainting and
so on as ninety-nine out of a hundred women would do under such circumstances, had the forthought
to immediately seize a little girl and lower her into the well by the rope to keep the little
fellow from drowning should he still be alive, which, no doubt, was but a faint hope to the
terrified mother. But imagine the mother's joyful surprise when the little girl announced from the
bottom of the well that the little boy was not dead. In the mean time, Mr. PENNINGTON, who was at
work some distance from the house, came to the scene and found that the little girl in the well
could not bring the little boy up and the father had to go down and hold the babe while Mrs.
PENNINGTON drew the little girl out, but, as there was no other man on the place, word had to be
sent to a neighbor, two miles distant, to come over and assist Mr. PENNINGTON out of the well,
which consumed about two hours, all of which time the father and child stayed in the well.

Dr. PAINE was sent for and went to see the child, and, after careful examination, reported no
bones broken nor any serious damage done that he could find, there being only a few bruises on
his head and back.

This is one of the most miraculous cases that has ever come to our notice, and too much praise and
admiration cannot be bestowed upon the self-possession, heroism and motherly love displayed by Mrs.
PENNINGTON in so trying an hour.

Local Dots

J.D. STEPHENS has about completed his immense cattle pasture.

Uncle Jack NABERS drives the most stylish looking rig in the city.

Mr. T.B. PRESTON, erewhile a citizen of Comanche, but now a resident of Buffalo Gap, is in the city.

George YATES was arrested last Monday, upon a charge of theft of $300. In default of bail, he was
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas Saturday, September 11, 1880

Public Speaking: A goodly number of voters assembled at the court house last Tuesday night where
they were entertained by speeches from C.E. WILLIAMSON, N. YARBROUGH and J.M. GAISER, candidates
for county judge; followed by Dr. R.D. REDDEN and J.G. HAMILTON, candidates for treasurer; B.W.
SWITZER, for assessor, and W.O. HAMILTON, candidate for county attorney. Everything passed off
pleasantly and harmoniously.

Personals

E.W. HOPE was made happy on Sunday last by the arrival of a nine pound boy at his house.

The genial face and portly form of our friend, Frank BROWN, graces the store of Elliott & Wright.

R.T. CHILDS and Prof. J.E. CARRIGAN, of Hazel Dell, visited our sanctum this week. The Professor
has recently taken charge of Hazel Dell's flourishing school.

Judge J.R. FLEMING, accompanied by his step-daughter, Essie Grace, departed for Shelbyville, Ky.,
on Monday last, where Essie will remain some months attending school.

Rob't HILL, who has been connected with the Chief for the past six years, a great portion of the
time as editor and proprietor, departed last Monday for Houston and New Orleans. Bob is a good
printer and a brilliant writer for one of his age and the Chief will miss his valued assistance.
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, September 18, 1880

Local Matters

John SELLMAN has been taken to Albany, Shackleford county, for trial on nine indictments for theft
of cattle.

Local items are just a little scarcer than hen's teeth this week. Not deaths, no fights, no
stealiing, no nothing.

C.A. LEE and J.H. HALLFORD have established a cotton gin on South Leon, at the mouth of Mercer
creek, wherre they are prepared to gin all cotton brought to them on short notice.

Personals

John CLOWER and Rufus SWITZER have gone to Eastland City on business.

Mr. John EMMICK, the gentlemanly tinner who has been working for J.M. McCRARY, has gone to Calvert
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, Sept. 25, 1880

Local Matters

The young folks had a pleasant party at Col. WALCOTT's residence Wednesday night.

Mrs. Stephen HOLLAND died at her residence, fourteen miles north of town, on the Palo Pinto road,
Tuesday night. She was a most estimable lady, and leaves many friends to mourn her loss.

J.E. CORRIGAN, the school teacher at Hazel Dell, was brought to town by Constable John RHODES and
lodged in jail Thursday evening. He is charged with assaulting his wife while he was in a state of
intoxication. It is indeed a great pity that so intelligent a man should allow strong drink to get
control of him.

Last week at the camp-meeting on Indian creek, Alfred COKER's horse, bridle and saddle were stolen
by some one, supposed to be James ROBINSON, whom our readerrs will remember as "Whistling Jim,"
the fellow who tried to get up a whistling school herre and got so gloriously ducked. ROBINSON has
left the country and parties are on his trail.

Personals

Rev. Mr. EWELL made the Chief a very pleasant visit this week.

Mr. J.S. VEDDER returned from Galveston yesterday.

We were pleased to form the acquaintance of Mr. Frank HILL, brother of T.C. HILL, who has come to
our city to reside.

SERIOUS DIFFICULTY. R.C. COKER struck in the Head by His Son-in-law, T.Q. BULLOCK. Full Particulars
of the Lamentable Affair.

Last Monday morning our citizens were startled by the report that Mr. R.C. (or Col., as he is
familiarly known) COKER had been struck in the head and his skull fractured by a stone thrown
by his son-in-laww, Tom Q. BULLOCK. After dilligent inquiry, a Chief reporter found the following
to be substantially the facts in the case.

BULLOCK was stopping temporarily at his father-in-laws house. Sunday night, Mr. COKER had one of
BULLOCK's little boys on his lap asleep when BULLOCK took the child to put it to bed and the little
fellow began to cry and COKER told him to take him out doors, as he thought that was what the child
wanted. BULLOCK took the child out and it continued to cry which seemed to irritate the father and he chastized it. COKER remarked: "Tom, don't whip that child that way. Don't you see he's asleep?" or words to that effect. BULLOCK's reply was, "You go to the devil." Mr. COKER replied: "Don't you talk to me that way, Tom," and started to walk out into the yard, when he observed BULLOCK standing in a defensive attitude with a stone in his hand, and remarked: "Tom, you ain't going to hit me with that rock are you?" but had no sooner spoken the words than the stone flew, striking him over the left eye and glancing cut his left ear. COKER staggered back into the house and laid down on a b!
ed. BULLOCK, realizing the effects of his rash act, started for a neighbor's house nearby and me
Dock HARDIN on the road when HARDIN told him to go over to his house and stay that night; that he
would be home presently. HARDIN went on to COKER's and he and a son of Mr. COKER's came to town
after a doctor and to procure a writ for BULLOCK's arrest, and returned with Deputies YATES and
CHILTON who made the arrest at HARDIN's house. When arrested, BULLOCK cried piteously and requested
the privilege of visiting his father-in-law which was granted, the officers accompanying him. He
shook hands with his victim and humbly beseeched his pardon. The officers then brought the prisoner
to town and lodged him in jail, where he now awaits the result of his rash act prior to a preliminary
trial.

Dr. PAINEE attended the wounded man and on examination found his skull fractured and indented, but
cannot tell as yet whether the wound will prove fatal, and although the patient is apparently
doing remarkably well, there is danger of inflamation setting in at any time which would be very
likely to cause death.

Mr. COKER is one of our county's best citizens and has the sympathies of a large circle of
relatives, friends and acquaintances.

What a warning this should be to every one. Leaarn to control your temper, for one rash act,
committed in the heat of passion, may blight your own happiness and cause untold suffering and
misery forever. Poor BULLOCK should be pittied, for his actions have clearly shown that he
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, October 2, 1880

Local Matters

Mr. R.C. COKER, we are pleased to state, is improving and it is thought he will now recover.

The largest watermelon brought to this office this year was that of Mr. LANGSTON's. Weight,
fifty-two and a half pounds.

T.Q. BULLOCK Gives Bond

T.Q. BULLUCK was brought before justice BROWN this week and, waiving examination, gave bond in the
sum of $400 for his appearance at district for assaulting R.C. COKER.

Marriage Licenses

County Clerk BONNER issued the following marriage licenses during the month of September:
E.F. WALKER to Ellen J. RANKIN, J.W. RICKS to Josephine NEATHERLINE, J.A. TULLOS to M.J. TOWNSLEY,
G.W. BUCHAN to Juda M. MALONE, P.F. CRAWFORD to J.A. BUCHAN, J.T. CHILCOAT to M.A. BAUGH

Married

On the evening of the 29th of September, 1880, by the Rev. J.A. McMURRY, J.T. CHILCOAT to Miss
M.A. BAUGH. The Chief wishes the happy couple a long and prosperous life.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, October 9, 1880

Personal

Mr. H.C. DENNY has returned from New Mexico and Arizona, wherre he has been for several months
looking for a better place than Comanche county. We did not learn whether he found such a place
or not.

Mr. C.D. YATES, of Greensboro, North Carolina, father of our popular young Duputy Sheriff Wm.
YATES, is in town visiting his son.

We have got that printer we advertised for after so long a time. He is somewhat of an itinerantt,
by name John HUTCHINSON, alias "Little Hub No.2." Hub is a jovial good fellow and knows exactly
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, October 16, 1880

[Advertisement] Comanche Graded School! (Male and Female)

Opens September 6th, 1880, and continues Ten Months

Primary, Grammar, High School and Musical Departments.

Faculty: J.W. TIMMINS, Principal; Assistants: Mrs. S.H. SHORTRIDGE, Miss Eva MOTWILER; Miss Ida
HART, Music Department.

Tuition: Primary Department, $1.50/mo; Grammar Dept., $2.00/mo; High School Dept., $2.50/mo;
Music, including use of instrument, $4.00/mo. Tuition must be paid promptly at the end of each
month. Board can be had at moderate prices in private families.

Local Matters

The Deatherage saloon was opened again on last Monday. John CARNES presides.

A deputy U.S. marshal was in town this week summoning witnesses to attend the U.S. court at Fort
Smith, Arkansas, in the trial of PADGETT, for the murder of Wm. H. STEPHENS.

The manipulating department of the Chief returns thanks to Messrs. FERNANDEZ & ACKERMAN, of the
Grange saloon, for courtesies extended.

A Sad Death

The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. F.M. BROWN will regret to hear of the death of their bright-eyed,
darling little boy, Coke, which sad event occurred at their home on Tuesday night last. The
grief-stricken parents have the deepest sympathies of their many friends.

Masonic Installation

Grand Lecturer NOLIN instaalled the following officers for Comanche chapter on Monday: W.L.
SARTWELLE, H.P.; D. WALCOTT ?.K.; James CARDER, S.; G.A. BEEMAN, C.H.; E.L. SHROPSHIRE, P.S.;
R. HOLLAND, R.A.C.; S.L. MURPHREE, 3d V.; J.J. FRANKLIN, ?.V.; J.W. GREENE, sec'y; B.F. WRIGHT,
treasurer; J.E. STANCIL, guard.

Accidents

Bob CARTER, son of Mr. Robert CARTER, was kicked and severely injured by a horse last Saturday.

Barbary CUMMINGS, daughter of Mr. W. CUMMINGS fell from a tree last Saturday and received severe,
but not serious, injuriees.

While working around HOLLAND & CARTER's gin yesterday, Mr. I.B. BROWN had his hand and arm cut by
the saws very badly almost causing the loss of his hand.

Personal

We were pleased to meet Mr. W.P. SEBASTIAN this week. Mr. S. Is a candidate for district attorney,
and has been making losts of friends among our people.

Mr. BOWYER, also a candidate for district attorney, visited our office this week. We found him to
be a most pleasant gentleman, and calculated to make friends wherever he goes.

Judge KENT, of Shackleford, is attending court here this week.

Mr. A.R. COLEMAN, candidate for district attorney, was in town this week, and made many friends.

A Grave Charge but No Foundation

Our citizens were shocked last Tuesday morning by a report that A.J. RUBLE, a respectable citizen
of our county, had been arrested on indictment by the grand jury for committing the most henious
crime known to man, the details of which are too sickening to publish, and were it not for the
purpose of doing Mr. RUBLE justice and setting him aright before the public the Chief would pass
the matter by unnoticed. The facts concerning the lamentable affair, as near as we could learn
after diligent inquiry, are as follows: RUBLE was arrested by order of the grand jury during an
investigation by that body, and not on indictment, as rumored. The jury made a thorough investigation
into the charge and finding the same unfounded failed to find a true bill and released Mr. RUBLE.
The street rumors seemed to us unreasonable at least, and since the grand jury has failed, after a
thorough investigation, to find a bill against the accused, the mantle of charity should be drawn
and Mr. RUBLE pronounced innocent of the charge.

A Fire-A Generous People

On Friday of last week, the house occupied by Mr. Elijah MULLINS and family, on Dave CARNES' farm
two miles from town, was entirely destroyed by fire, together with all their wearing apparal except
what was on their backs. Mr. MULLINS was a hard working, industrious man and had struggled hard to
make a crop and support for his large family consisting of himself and wife and seven children,
and had just the day before the fire sold a portion of his crop and bought shoes and clothing for
his wife and little ones and had something over forty dollars left, all of which was destroyed. The
poor man was grief-stricken when he beheld his all reduced to ashes and not a change of clothing
or a mouthful of vituals left, but his kind-hearted and generous neighbors who had gathered around,
assured him that his family should not suffer, and straightway proceeded to supply their immediate
wants. The next day a subscription was raised in town which amounted to something over sixty
dollars in money and goods and presented to Mr. MULLINS who received it with a grateful heart and
tearful eyes. Besides the amounts contributed around the square, the ladies of our town contributed
liberally in clothes and bed clothing and the neighbors contributed liberally and did everything
in their power to relieve their wants and restore their loss. Mr. MULLINS will ever remember the
people of Comanche as a whole-soul generous people whose generosity cannot be excelled in any clime.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche Co., Texas. Saturday, October 23, 1880

Almost A Blaze At Sipe Springs

The gin house of Mr. H.H. SPINKS, at Sipe Springs, was set fire a few nights ago by some unknown
parties. Two young men were sleeping in the gin at the time, and woke up in time to extinguish
the flames before any material damage was done.

Behind Time

The stage from the east did not arrive Friday until late in the evening, owing to a runaway the
night before just this side of Stephenville. The well known driver, Jim DAVIS, was thrown from
the box and had his shoulder broken.

For Commissioner

J.W. GREENE, at the solicitation of his many friends, and the voters who have watched his course
as commissioner, has consented to become a candidate for re-election. Voters should remember this
on the 2d of November.

Personal

Judge HUTCHISON has gone out on an electioneering tour.

Robert T. HILL, our young bud, is now adjusting the movable alphabet in New Orleans.

Mr. Fred BRUNER, a former resident of our county, but now a citizen of Arizona, is in the city
trying to dispose of his farm which lies west of town.

S.P. FORD of the Cleburne Avalanche, is in town visiting his old friends and acquaintances. Sam
looks as natural as ever and hasn't grown an inch.

Hon. J.D. STEPHENS, Bailey NABERS, Dudley SHERRILL, and Wm. TUGGLE start for Fort Smith, Arkansas,
next Monday to appear as witnesses in the U.S. court against PADGETT, the murderer of W.H. STEPHENS.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, October 30, 1880

Local Matters

A little child of Mr. Clayte CARNE's died last Saturday night and was buried on Sunday. The
bereaved family have our deepest sympathies.

The funeral cortege of Mrs. David BYRNE yesterday was the largest witnessed in Comanche for a long
time. The people turned out en masse to pay their last tribute to all that was mortal of the
beloved wife of our esteemed citizen. The merchants on the square closed their doors as the solemn
procession passed.

Died!

Byrne- On the evening of Wednesday, October 27, 1880, Laura A. BYRNE, consort of David BYRNE, and
daughter of J.H. RANDALL, age 25 years. The deceased was a lady of most estimable traits of
character, a loving and affectionate wife and a kind, good neighbor. Her death has caused a
vacancy in the hearts of those who knew and loved her best which can not be restored. To the
bereaved family and afflicted husband we extend our most sincere sympathies, and bid them look
for comfort to the sweet by and by, when those long parted meet again, and those that meet shall
part no more.

Personal

Dr. D.N. LEE, of Buffalo Gap, is in town knocking around among his old friends.

Dr. M.S. CROW, of Stephenville, ws in town this week, having been professionally called to visit
Mrs. BYRNE.

Mr. Clay MANN, of Coleman, accompanied by his lady, passed through, going east this week.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, Nov. 13, 1880

DIED

HILL- On the morning of the 7th instant at half-past seven o'clock. Robert E.L. HILL, son of Henry
and Sarah A. HILL. Age 7 years.

The little form has gone to rest,

And is free from every care;

God called His lovely child to bless

In a better world afar.

"I'll take these little ones," said He,

"And fold them to My breast;

Protection they shall find in Me,

In Me be ever blest."

Thus has Death entered and taken from a loving father and mother a precious jewel and left a
vacant chair that can never be filled. To bereaved family the Chief joins with their many friends
in extending their heart-felt sympathies.

Local Matters

Sipe Springs will have a daily mail hereafter.

DICKSON & GREEN have had ginned to date 500 bales of cotton.

Rev. J.M. GAISER will preach at the court house tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock.

Lou LUPTON is receiving orders for his patent sand bands from all parts of the state.

John SELLMAN, who was confined in our county jail a short time since, made his escape at Fort
Griffin recently.

Mr. C.W. WEST brought to our office this week some very fine tomatoes. They looked as fresh and
nice as if there had been no snow, but then the snow came before frost this time.

The Town Election

An election for town officers and as to whether a tax should be levied for school purposes was
held on Thursday with the following result: Mayor, Robert CARTER; recorder, J.W. GREENE; marshal,
J.C. HUSE; aldermen, D. WALCOTT, J.B. GREEN, Wm. BARNES, David BYRNE. For the school tax, 55;
against the tax, 7.

Dr. J.T. MATHIS Oculist and aurist, of the late firm of Dohmen & Mathis, of Austin, Texas, has
bought the entire office outfit of Dr. DOHMEN, which added to his own, is very complete. Dr. MATHIS
now occupies the main office formerly occupied by Dr. DOHMEN & MATHIS.

Beet This and Take the Horns

Mr. S.S. FARRIS, who resides near Mercer Gap, yesterday brought to our office a beet two and a
half feet long and weighing twelve and a half pounds. This "beets the beater," and anybody that
can "beet" this can take the horns.

Since the above was put in type, Col. D. WALCOTT has come in and "beet the beeter" with a seventeen
and a half pound beet. Next.

The Colonel also brought in a seven and a half pound potato.

Personal

Bailey NABERS and Dudley SHERRILL have returned from Fort Smith, Ark., where they were summoned as
witnesses in the PADGETT-STEPHENS murder case. PADGETT's trial was continued to the next term of
the court.

The Waco Telephone announces the arrival in that city of Rev. B.H. HENRY and lady, of Comanche.

Mr. J.T. TUNNELL, is attending the methodist conference at Waco.

Elder J.T. HARRIS has gone to Dublin to attend a convention of Baptists called for the purpose of
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The Comanche Chief. Comanche, Texas. Saturday, 20 Nov 1880

Disloyal Goat

The other day a United States marshal came along and stuck up a notice, about a yard and a half
long, advertising land for sale and turned to leave, but had not got out of the court house yard
before John CHIDESTER's black goat deliberately walked up, tore it down, and devoured it. This is
another arguement in favor of court house door legal advertising.

The "Beetenest" one of All.

We had about concluded that Col. WALCOTT's beet "beet the beeter," but Mr. WEST, Comanche county's
champion gardener, brought in one this week which was the "beetenest" one of all. It weighed
twenty-five and a half pounds. Mr. W. Also brought in a nine pound and a half potato.

Personal

The familiar face of Dr. F.M. JACK is again seen on the square, having recently returned from a
visit to his old home in Alabama.

Judge FLEMING and family departed last Monday for San Antonio where they will probably reside in
future. The judge's presence in our town will be greatly missed and the Chief with his hosts of
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, November 27, 1880

Local Matters

Prof. TIMMINS observed Thanksgiving day by suspending his school for Thursday.

Mr. W.C. SWITZER had his foot badly mashed last Wednesday by a large iron falling on it.

Mr. And Mrs. J.E. STANCIL celebrated the tenth anniversary of their wedding day last Wednesday
evening. A large number of friends assembled at their residence, taking with them tin presents.
Mr. and Mrs. STANCIL spared no pains in royally entertaining their guests.

An Accident

Last Saturday night at the fire, Mr. WEISENDANGER met with a very painful accident. The fire
company had fastened an iron anchor to the burning building and about a dozen men were pulling on
the rope when the anchor broke and the chain and rope flew back striking Mr. W. on the chin,
cutting a gash to the bone and bruising his face otherwise. If the iron had struck six inches
higher it would have hit his temple and probably killed him.

Fire! Fire!!

Last Saturday night about nine o'clock our town was startled by the cry of "fire fire" and the
discharge of fire arms on the square. The light from the fire was very bright when the alarm was
given and being in the direction of Holland & Carter's mill, caused a great excitement as there
was a great deal of cotton belonging to our merchants stored there at the time, and in a few
minutes a hundred people were going in that direction, with buckets. The fire, however, proved to
be a stable and corn crib on the promises of Mr. C.B. MASON, which had been burning sometime
before it was discovered. Mr. J.W. MOORE was the first to appear on the ground and it was with no
little difficulty he succeeded in rescuing from the burning stable Mr. MASON's mare which was
locked in. In a few minutes after the alarm, the hook and ladder truck and a large number of
citizens were at the scene of conflagration, but as the fire had got too much the start of the
boys, the only thing to be done was to save the other buildings and a hay stack near by. The air
was very calm and the sparks did not fly far, going almost straight up. How the stable caught fire
cannot be definitely ascertained, but the supposition is that it was caused from a spark from a pipe.
Mr. MASON lost about fifty bushels of corn, some other feed and a few general articles in the fire.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, December 4, 1880

Local Matters

Bud CLARKE had a wagon lead of very fine pork on the square Thursday which he sold readily at five
cents by the hog.

Personals

J.W. GREENE has gone east to lay in Christmas goods.

Mr. John ELLIOTT has been east several days purchasing goods for his house.

Mr. W.L. SARTWELLE leaves tomorrow for Houston to attend the meeting of the Masonic Grand Lodge.



The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, December 11, 1880

Local Matters

Mr. W.H. CHANCELLOR has resumed control of the City hotel.

Mr. J.M. GAISER has our thanks for valuable assistance rendered this week.

Mr. W.C. SWITZER has, at last, abandoned the old rickety board shop and has taken up quarters
on the northeast corner of the square.

Bailed

Jim O'DELL, charged with the murder of McKEE, was released from custody this week on a $1000 bond.
Mack O'DELL, his brother, still remains in jail, having so far failed to give the required bond
($2000) for murder and rape.

Commissioners Court

The Commissioners court coonvened last Monday, Present C.E. WILLIAMSON, J.W. GREENE, S.C. SLAUGHTER,
W.P. FERGERSON, H.P. GARRET. The bonds of the various officers were received and approved.

Ordered that $45 or so much thereof as necessary be appropriated to pay Geo. D. BARNARD for books,
and for repairing hearth of clerks office.

Ordered that $3.15 be allowed Milton BROWN, and the constable $1.40 for costs in suit of the
county against J.W. WELCH.

Ten dollars was allowed W.S. HOFFMAN, as a pauper.

Ordered that each member in attendance be allowed $3.00.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, December 18, 1880

Sent to Jail

J.B. HANSON, was tried before Justice CARR last Monday for incen..arism, and his bond for
appearance at the district court fixed at $2000, which he failed to give and was sent to jail.

Religious Services

Rev. W.R.D. STOCKTON, presiding elder of the Comanche district, delivered his first sermon in
Comanche at the Methodist church last Sunday. His congregations, both morning and evening, were
large and attentive and from what we can learn, our Methodist friends are highly delighted with
their new presiding elder.

Elder J.T. HARRIS will preach at the courthouse tomorrow.

Personal

Judge J.R. FLEMING was in town this week. He was warmly welcomed by his many old friends.

Mr. John ELLIOTT has returned from Galveston. While on his way to that city Mr. E. was badly
bruised up by a smashup on the Santa Fe road and compelled to lay up for several days and is yet
unable to attend to business.

We were pleased to form the acquaintance this week of Rev. W.R.D. STOCKTON, who has recently
settled among us. Mr. S. comes highly indorsed as a minister and gentleman, and will no doubt
prove a valuable addition to our community.

Rev. B.H. HENRY, accompanied by his accomplished bride, returned to Comanche last Saturday.


John T. GREEN revels in the luxury of a bouncing baby boy at his house.

Mr. W.L. SARTWELLE has returned from Houston where he has been attending the Masonic Grand Lodge.

The pleasing countenance of W.P. CHIDESTER was seen upon our streets this week.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, TX. Saturday, January 1, 1881

Married

Key-Vedder On the morning of December 30, 1880, at the reesidence of the bride's parents, in Comanche,
Texas, by Rev. J.A. McMURRY, Mr. Brewer W. KEY, and Miss Julia S. VEDDER.

Galveston papers please notice. The newly married couple started immediately for Ottawa, Kansas,
where they will reside in the future.



The Comanche Chief, Comanche, TX. Saturday, January 8, 1881

Local Matters

Mr. John CARTER gave a pleasant party at his residence last Tuesday night.

Our young friend J.W. MOORE is going to open up a grocery store in Comanche in a few days.

Personal

Two of Comanche's most popular young men, J.A. MEADOWS and Wm. DYER, departed this week to seek
new fields and pastures green on the Texas and Pacific railroad. May success attend them wherever
they may go.

Dr. D.N. LEE and family will depart, in a few days for Taylor county, their future home.

The Stephens Failure

The failure of J.D. STEPHENS has been the all-absorbing topic of our town and county for the past
few days. The first news of the failure was announced on the 16th of last month by the attachment
of all of the business houses owned by Mr. STEPHENS by writs sworn out by Lessing, Lyons, Solomon
& Co. and Cleveland & Cameron, of Waco; followed by suits for smaller amounts by merchants in Fort
Worth and other places, making an amount between thirty and fifty thousand dollars. Mr. STEPHENS
has been operating in Comanche and vicinity for the past eight years, and was at the time of his
failure proprietor of the houses, doing business at Hazel Dell under the name J.D. STEPHENS & Co.,
Sipe Springs, and J.T. YEARGIN & Co., Eastland. His house at this place was disposed of several
months ago, and he had of late been devoting his attention to the cattle business. His real estate
amounts to thousands, but is not convertible into money. His failure was not a surprise to some,
while to many it was not only a surprise but will work great hardships. Mr. STEPHENS says he can
and will pay out every dollar he owes if he is not pressed too hard by his creditors. It is to be
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, January 15, 1881

Married

HARDIN-SMART In Comanche county, December 30, 1880, by Rev. L. BROCK, Mr. D.L. HARDIN and Miss M.E.
SMART. May all the pleasures of a married life be theirs, and we wish them prosperity in the future.

Runaway

The plug hitched to Mr. POWERS' job wagon, became frightened on Monday and ran at a break-wagon
speed around the square, playing smash with the wheels of the wagon. Right here we think it proper
to remark that the custom of yelling at a team or horse when it begins to run should be stopped.
It only serves to frighten an animal and make it run faster and do more damage to the vehicle.
While it may seem funny to some, it is not a bit amusing to a poor man to watch his wagon go to
atoms and his team maimed.

A Comanche Invention

Mr. J.J. FRANKLIN, Comanche's mechanical genius, showed us a model of a wheel invented by himself,
and patent applied for. The wheel is so constructed that a spoke or fellow can be inserted without
removing the tire or even taking the wheel to a shop. It is practical and can be made for about the
same as an ordinary wheel. We wish him a fortune as the result of his ingenuity.

Fire at Sipe Springs - Eight Horses consumed in the Flames

On Friday night, between 12 and 1 o'clock a fire was discovered in a frame building at Sipe Springs
owned by C.L. TAYLOR and partly occupied by him as a saloon. The rear part of the building
(formerly a ten pin alley) was used by the Arkansas, Texas & Pacific Mail Company for a stable and
at the time of the fire eight horses were tied therein and were burned to death, together with
several sets of harness, a lot of feed, and other fixturees. Their loss will amount to about
$1,000. Mr. TAYLOR lost the entire contents of his saloon amounting to about $800 and the building,
valued at $500, making a total loss of $2,500. Mr. TAYLOR had insurance to the amount of $1,000.

The fire burn very rapidly, there being a strong wind blowing and several barrels of whiskey to
help the flames.

The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is supposed to be the work of an incendiary. There had
been no lights or fire in the house for two weeks, the saloon having been closed at that time.

It is but a short time since an attempt was made to burn Mr. SPINKS' gin a that place. No efforts
should be spared by the citizens to ferret out the culprits. The burning of the dumb brutes was
a most atrocious crime, besides the loss of property.

Personal

The many friends of Mr. J.E. CANAN, who is now at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, will be pleased to
learn that he has so far recovered his health as to be able to work regularly in a clothing house
as salesman.

Mrs. Mary KEITH, wife of Jonathan KEITH and daughter of A.H. DOBKINS, died at Dublin last week.

Judge FLEMING has moved his library to Eastland, where will open up a law office in conjunction
with J.M. MOORE.

School Matters

The trustees of the Comanche Graded School met Thursday to settle the business of the past
session and to employ teachers for the next five months. Prof. TIMMINS was retained as principal
and Mrs. J.H. SHORTRIDGE as first assistant. Mrs. KNUDSON takes the place of Miss Eva MOTTWILER
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, January 22, 1881

In Memorium

Almeda HOLCOMBE, daughter of W.F. and S.A. HOLCOMBE, died at her home four miles north of
Comanche, January 8th, 1881. Everything was done that medical skill could devise to arrest
the fell destroyer, disease. But alas! All was in vain. Little Almeda is no more, for God
has taken her, cut down in childhood's gentle morn. She was gentle and loving, affectionate
and kind, loved and idolized by father and mother, brothers and sisters and all who knew her.
Her little body sweetly rests at Zion Hill grave yard and her disembodied spirit is at rest
amid the golden glories of that summer land of bliss. We would offer consolation and comfort
to the bereaved ones, in the language of our blessed Savior, where he said, "suffer little
children to come unto me, and forbid them not for, of such is the kingdom of heaven." HER COUSIN

Married

Allison-Womack At the residence of the bride's brother, near Mercer's Gap, in this county,
January 13, 1881, Dr. F.F. ALLISON and Miss M.C. WOMACK.

Local Matters

Mr. C.W. ROSE is very sick.

Only one saloon open in Comanche now.

Mr. C.B. MASON is putting an addition to his dwelling.

Mr. S.P. FORD is a candidate for the postmastership at Mt. Airy.

Messrs. ELLIOTT and WRIGHT have bought the Grange Saloon. Mr. Milton BROWN will have charge, so
we learn.

Why don't Road Overseer McCRARY put stepping stones from the sidewalk to the court house instead
of digging canals through public streets?

Another Comanche Invention

We were shown this week by Mr. L.R. LUPTON another one of his inventions. It is a machine for
counting letters and postal cards.

Another Attachment

On Monday last, the Grange Saloon, owned by FERDANDIS & ACKERMAN, was attached by F.E. WILSON
for a debt of $150 claimed to be due him. FERNANDIS & ACKERMAN claim that they did not owe WILSON
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, January 29, 1881

Local Matters

Constable HUSE makes an efficient officer and is a terror to evil-doers.

We regret to lose Charlie MASON from our side of town.

WEISENDANGER has moved his tonsorial parlor to the east side of the square.

John SULLIVAN stepped up to the Justice's office this week and paid $5 and expenses for the
privilege of partaking of too much of the joyful.

Prof. W.D. COX, at the Jimmies Creek school house, has one of the best conducted schools in the
county, and the professor, by the way, is one of the very best teachers. Over fifty pupils are
on his roll.

Disturbing a Singing School

Young Jack and Guy CARNES were tried before Justice CARR yesterday for disturbing a singing school
at Gum Springs. Guy plead guilty and was fined $25 and cost, and Jack had a jury and was acquitted.

Personal

We have been pleased to meet Mr. W.O. DIFFEE, of Arkansas, who has come with his family to locate
with us.

Jim MEADOWS has come back to locate in Comanche. The boys can't stay away.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, February 5, 1881

Death of Mrs. Armour

The many friends of Mrs. W.L. YATES will regret to hear of the death of her mother, Mrs. ARMOUR,
which sad event occurred on Thursday night last, after a lingering illness of several months duration.

Married

NORWOOD-LITTLE..At the residence of the bride's parents, January 30, 1881, by Elder S.H. POWERS,
Mr. Wm. R. NORWOOD, and Miss Amanda LITTLE. All of Comanche County.

CONNELL-MILLICAN..At the residence of the bride's parents, January 30, 1881, by Elder J.T. HARRIS,
Mr. W.E. CONNELL, of Brownwood, and Miss Hattie MILLICAN, of Comanche.

New Advertisements

Mr. Mark McMULLEN has lost two head of horses. See "Strayed or stolen."

Personal

S.P. FORD has received the appointment of postmaster at Mt. Airy.

J.W. HILL, of the Chief, is off on recreating tour to Williams Ranche.

Frank HILL left for a short visit to his old home in Bosque county, Wednesday.

Dr. G.S. SYKES, of Coleman, was hand-shaking with his old Comanche friends this week.

Mr. And Miss MASON, of Greensboro, Alabama, are in town, on a visit to their brother,
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, TX Friday, Feb. 12, 1881

Personal

Mr. J.W. GREENE has returned from his western trip.

Mike ZERR is now in the legal business at Corsicana-putting a tin roof on the court-house.

Miss Annie BELL, of Hamilton, a great favorite in Comanche society, is now in Thibedeaux, La.

Mr. A.Y. HUGHSTON, formerly of Waco, paid us a visit Monday. He will locate at Mount Airy.

Mr. Thos. HOLCOME has purchased the building formerly owned by him and will open a saloon so
we are informed.

Mr. LAPRELL, a drummer well-known to our merchants, had his handsome nasal organ smashed by a
recent railroad accident on the Central railroad.

Col. Wm. E. DYER is now chief engineer of a yard-stick in a drygoods store at Eastland, and
Mr. F.A. DEATHERAGE is dispensing liquids at the same place. Both old Comancheites.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, February 19, 1881

Local Matters

A.L. HAMILTON and HALL, MOORE & Co., have ornamented their respective places of business with
handsome new signs.

Assessor HUSTON and Mr. L.R. LAPTON, his assistant, are making the annual assessment of property
in this county.

Pearl, the bright little daughter of Mr. And Mrs. CARDER, has been laying at the point of death for
the past week.

A man by the name of FLANNIGAN was arrested by Deputy Sheriff CUNNINGHAM, Tuesday, upon a charge of
stealing a watch from Mr. ROUNDTREE at HILL's livery stable. The evidence against him is said to be
very strong. When arrested, he had upon his person a pistol.

Sheriff YATES returned from Sherman, Saturday night, bringing with him Thomas SCOTT, who is accused
of way-laying Mr. HEATH, in this county, several months since, and striking him in the head with a
rock. He was lodged in jail.

Court Notes

Ex-sheriff CUNNINGHAM is assisting Sheriff YATES during court.

Jurymen will be in demand next week, three venires having been summoned. Hide out.

Thursday, while hearing the case of McKAY vs. WALKER, Judge WHEELER became very ill, and had to
retire to his room, thus causing another delay in the proceedings until this morning when the j
udge though not entirely recovered is able to be on the bench.

Personal

Mr. SPINKS, of Sipe Springs, paid us a pleasant call Monday.

W.S. WHITTWORTH is our new telegraph operator, vice Mr. ALLEN, transferred to Georgetown.

Mr. B.W. KEY, his many friends will be glad to learn, has a position with York & Co., at Caldwell,
Kansas.

J.D. STEPHENS is in Fort Smith, Arkansas, attending the trial of his brother's murderer. From thence
he will go to New Mexico.

Mrs. BEEMAN, the venerable mother of Mr. G.A. BEEMAN, departed, Thursday, for Refugio, Texas, upon
a visit to her daughter, Mrs. L.B. RUSSELL.

County Commissioners-Appropriations

Bartlett and Rhoda ANDERSON, Julia SCOTT, Ezeikel ROSE and Mrs. TYRA were allowed $10 each out of
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, February 26, 1881

Local Matters

A team running away made things lively on the square last Monday morning.

Mr. E. WEISENDANGER, the enterprising barber, is digging a well in the rear of his shop. He intends
running a bath house this summer.

Hair Switches

I would announce to the ladies of Comanche and vicinity, that I am prepared to make hair switches
to order. Your patronage is solicited. Mrs. C.A. PRICE

The O'Dell Boys' Trial

Last Thursday morning the case of the State vs. Mack and Jim O'DELL was called. A severance was
granted and Jim O'DELL put on trial. The whole of Thursday was consumed in getting a jury, and on
Friday the witnesses, some thirty-five or forty, were examined. As we go to press the attorneys
are making their arguments. There is but little probability of a conviction. Mack O'DELL's trial
will probably begin Monday morning.

Organized

The young men of Comanche met Tuesday night and organized a social and literary club, the object
thereof being mutual improvement sandwiched by a good deal of pleasure.

The officers are: R.T. HALL, president; C.L. DENTON, vice-president; J.D. CAMPBELL, secretary;
J.B. GREEN, treasurer. They will meet again next Monday night to complete their organization.

Northcutt Acquitted

Wm. NORTHCUTT was tried for murder and acquitted in the district court this week. The murder charged
was committed in September, 1872, the victim being Wm. POWELL, a cousin of NORTHCUTT. The weapon
used was a rock thrown by NORTHCUTT at POWELL in a fit of madness. NORTHCUTT fled the country as
soon as the killing took place and was not captured until last summer, when he came back to see his
mother and relatives who reside in this county.

Personal

Mr. J.R. MOBLEY, jr. of Mt. Airy paid the Chief a visit this week and left an order for a good lot
of job work.

Mrs. BEEMAN and Mr. BISHOP returned on Wednesday, Mrs. B. being unable to stand the trip of 300
miles by land.

Jno T. GREEN and J.M. McCRARY left yesterday for New Orleans. The former goes to witness the Mardi Gras
festivities. The latter to interview Mr. DeLESSEPS upon the utility of railroad scrapers in the
great canal project.

District Court

Civil Docket

McKAY vs. WALKER. Trespass to try title. Judgment for plaintiff for land and improvements.

H.B. ANDREWS vs. W.T. CARUTH. Trespass to try title. Dismissed at cost of plaintiff.

J.D. STEPHENS vs. August NASH et al. Note and lien. Judgment foreclosing vendors lien.

State vs. Geo. B. YATES, F.E. WILSON and J.A. WRIGHT. Nisi $800. Judgment made final.

State vs. E.D. FOSTER, A.C. BENNETT, J.F. WEAVER and J.W. WEAVER. Judgment nisi $500 made final
for $300.

D. SWARTZ & Co. vs. A.G. RICE & Co. Attachment. Judgment by default and foreclosure of lien.

EVANS & MARTIN vs. A.G. RICE & Co. Attachment. Judgment by default and foreclosure of lien.

M.O. PAULK vs. W.R. PAULK. Divorce. Judgment for plaintiff.

Wm. GIBSON vs. R.H. SPINKS, et al. Note and lien. Dismissed at plaintiff's cost.

State Docket

State vs. Wm. NORTHCUTT. Murder. Acquitted.

State vs. Bishop LOWRY. Assault with intent to murder. Acquitted.

State vs. Henry MERCER. Forgery. Nol pros.

State vs. J.A. CUNNINGHAM. Burglary. Dismissed.

State vs. Tom COOPER. Assault to murder. Mistrial.

State vs. Leander WAMBLE. Unlawfully using estray. Acquitted.

State vs. Thos BULLOCK. Aggravated assault. Fined $5 and cost.

State vs. Jas. HANSON. Gaming. Appeal dismissed.

State vs. G.D. POWELL. Malicious mischief. Dismissed.

State vs. Wm. FLANNIGAN. Theft of watch. Plead guilty. Ten days in county jail and fine $100.

State vs. Wm. ANNETT. Carrying pistol at social gathering. Plead guilty. Fined $50.

State vs. Mack and Jas. O'DELL. Murder. Deffendants severed, and Jas. O'DELL placed on trial.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, March 5, 1881

Connected

Mr. G.W. JONES and Mrs. Sarah JONES were united in the holy bonds of wedlock, by County Judge WILLIAMSON, in the courthouse on Tuesday last.

Took A Tumble

A horse fell into a well, at Constable HUSE's residence, Wednesday night. The animal was taken out, and though considerably bruised, is still living.

Sentenced to the Penitentiary

Shade WALDON was sentenced to serve two years in the state penitentiary, on Monday last by the District court for burglary, he having entered Mr. Clayte CARNES' house and taken therefrom one side of bacon.

Sad Accident

Last Monday morning Mr. J.W. O'DELL, in attempting to get out of his wagon, made a misstep and fell to the ground dislocating his backbone. He was cared for by friends until he could be removed to his home in the country.

Death of Mrs. Yeargin

The many friends of this estimable lady were made sad by the news of her death, which event occurred at Eastland. Her remains were brought to Comanche and interred in the city cemetery. [rest of article is torn off]

Personal

Mr. Walter CUNNINGHAM is up from his recent spell of sickness we are happy to note.

Mrs. J.E. CANAN has closed her school at Dublin, and will proceed to Eureka Springs, Ark., accompanied by her little daughter, Adrin.

We regret very much to lose Uncle Charley STINSON from our town. He has been the agent and manager of the A.T. & P. Mail company's stage office at this place since its establishment here. He will make friends where ever he goes.

The Trial of James O'Dell

The case of the State vs. James O'DELL, indicted for the murder of McKEE, was given to the jury, late Saturday afternoon. The jury retired, and about an hour afterward, returned and informed the judge that it was impossible for them to agree. The judge remanded them back to their rooom. On Monday morning the jury had not yet decided upon a verdict, and after four day's confinement, and there being no prospect of agreement, was dismissed late Tuesday afternoon. This case was one of unusual interest, the brutal outraging of Mrs. McKEE, while her husband was absent, and his subsequent murder, and the horrible manner in which it was perpetrated, being of a hellish character seldom if ever equaled. James and Mack O'DELL were accused and arrested for the crime, and secured a severance of their cases. Mac's case was continued until next court. How the jury in Jim's case stood, we have been unable to learn definitely, as the jurors agreed among themselves not to tell.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas Saturday, March 12, 1881

Williams's Ranch - An Unnatural Son Fractures His Father's Skull

Williams's Ranch, March 3 This morning, in a quarrel between Albert CHANDLER, colored, and his son Pad., Albert was struck over the head with a club or board by Pad., fracturing his skull, which may result in death. Pad. Escaped. Officers are in pursuit. Albert is an industrious negro, being the owner of a good farm and a number of cattle, and is well thought of in the community.

Local Matters

The citizens of Long Hollow, and those living on the route from here to the mouth of Rush Creek, intend petitioning our county commissioners for a road to run by Mr. Richard CARNES', then by Mr. H.S. L[ANDS?], leaving Mr. McDONALD's farm to the right and intersecting near Mr. RANDALL's. This route will be preferable, as there will be but little sand to go through. This road is intended to connect with the one which runs up Sowell's creek to Mount Airy, and will be some miles shorter than the present one.

Personals

Mr. Robert GARNER, our efficient deputy post-master, has now only twenty days to remain prior to leaving for Tennessee.

Mr. W. CUNNINGHAM and Dr. R.D. REDDEN are again on the streets after having been sick, the farmer with pneumonia, the latter with bilious colic.

Messrs. John GREEN and Mat McCRARY have returned from New Orleans. They report the city lively, and an attendance at Mardi Gras of sixty thousand people.

Dr. ROBINSON and family start on a visit to relatives in Missouri soon.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas Saturday, 19 March 1881

Justice's Court

M.E. PACE was tried in Squire CARR's court, Monday last, for herding cattle and knowingly causing them to run upon the land of A. WALKER. The jury failed to agree.

Some Snakes

Frank SHERRILL killed eleven rattlesnakes, Tuesday, on the southeast point of Round mountain. He says that there is a den of the reptiles at that place, in which there are probably several hundred of them.

Fire

The dwelling house of Wm. M. STARKEY, on Sabana creek, twelve miles north of town, was destroyed by fire, on the 13th inst. The house and its contents were a total loss. Mr. STARKEY's hand was badly burned while endeavoring to save the contents of his smokehouse. A subscription for his relief was circulated in town Thursday.

Six Shooter Practice

Last Tuesday Messrs. D.T. LONG and D.G. MERRIT became involved in a difficulty at the latter's house. LONG fired at MERRITT several times, and MERRITT threw a rock at long. Nobody hurt. LONG was placed under a bond of $500 by Justice CARR, to await the action of the grand jury.

Sipe Springs Items

Mr. YANTIS has recently pruchased C.L. TAYLOR's drug store.

SMITH & ROACH and M.W. HALL are both doing a large dry goods and grocery business.

Mr. LANDRETH has a neat drug store at this place.

Death of A.J. MORRISON

Again we are reminded that the sands in the hour glass run slowly but surely, and that man must die.

News was received here, yesterday, of the death of A.J. MORRISON, a well-known citizen, at his residence, in the northeastern portion of this county, near Mount Airy, of pneumonia. Dr. TUCKER was sent for to attend him, Thursday, but arrived too late to be of service to the dying man. Mr. MORRISON was an old and well-respected citizen and enjoyed the esteem of all who knew him. Mr. MORRISON was a Royal Arch Mason.

Personals

Ssquire CARRINGTON, of Sipe Springs, has returned, after a prolonged visit to the southern part of the state.

Mr. T.C. HILL, of Comanche, one of the live young men of that place who has been spending a few days here on business and pleasure returns on this morning's train. - Telephone

We are glad to see Mr. Sol MARKS in Comanche once more. He still represents a Dallas house.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, March 26, 1881

Local Matters

Tommy LACY, our industrious apprentice, is confined to his bed with the measles.

A fine, marble-top, center table was raffled off, Thursday. Deputy Sheriff SHERRILL was the fortunate winner.

Deputy Tax Assessor LUPTON having resigned, Mr. C.B. MASON has been appointed in his place. Mr. HUSTON could not have made a better selection.

Mother SHIPTON, in her predictions, says all young ladies who shall be taken with measles during this year, shall die old maids. Several young ladies in Comanche are contemplating leaving until the present rage of the disease is over.

THE FLAMES! Our Town a Victim to the Firey Element..The Northwest Corner of the Square, Consisting of Four Business Houses, Destroyed

Tuesday night, at 10:30 o'clock, only a few minutes after the last light had been extinguished upon the square, two gentlemen, who had been out in the suburbs, arrived up town just in time to see an immense flame burst forth from the dry goods store belonging to Messrs. ELLIOTT & WRIGHT, on the northwest corner of the square. The alarm was sounded immediately, and a large force of citizens and the hook and ladder truck were soon upon the ground, vigorously fighting the flames. The rapidity with which the house was consumed was marvelous, and the fire rapidly spread to the adjoining stores, occupied by HAMILTON & HAMMON, grocery dealers, and the small grocery house of ELLIOTT & WRIGHT's. It was but a few moments before these houses were burned to the ground. These buildings were all built of lumber of the most combustible kind, being of pine. This fact, together with the inflammable contents of the buildings, caused the fire to rage with great heat and ferocity. The flames so!
on spread to the two-story concrete house known as the Fossett building, owned by Mrs. Sam FOSSETT, of Meridien. The stock and fixtures of the Grange saloon in this building were quickly removed, but the building was a total loss.

At this stage of the fire it was very apparent that the whole block of buildings upon the west side of the Square was in imminent danger of being consumed, and the only way in which to stay the progress of the flames was to tear down the next building in their course, which was the frame grocery store of Messrs. HILL, MOORE & Co. To this task the firemen set to with a vim, quickly pulling the building to the ground, and thus stopping the fire for want of fuel.

Meanwhile, however, when the flames were at their highest, several merchants became alarmed at the almost hopeless situation of affairs and removed the goods from their stores. HILL, MOORE & Co.'s large stock of dry goods was greatly damaged by the removal, and their groceries almost ruined by the tearing down of the building.

J.W. STONE's saddlery shop and a building owned by Dr. REDDEN and used as a gun shop, caught fire several times from sparks, but were extinguished.

Arrested

Sheriff YATES, on Saturday last, arrested James ROBINSON, otherwise known as "Whistling Jim", who is indicted for stealing a horse from Alf. COKER, October last. He was placed under bond of $1000 to secure his appearance at the next District court.

Deputy Sheriff SHERRILL, on Tuesday last, arrested T.A. SUBLETT, in the neighborhood of Sipe Springs, upon a capias from Johnson county, charging him with assault and battery. He gave bond.

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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, April 2, 1881

Local Matters

The measles still raging.

J.M. McCRARY has moved his stock to the old STEPHENS store.

>From letters received here, we learn that J.D. STEPHENS and Harvey ACKERMAN, former citizens of our town, are now in El Paso, the former in the real estate business and the latter making brick.

The Slander Case

The preliminary trial of A.C. DANIELS, charged with slandering Mrs. McKEE, occupied nearly all of the day in Justice CARR's court last Saturday. DANIELS was bound over in a bond of $50 for his appearance at the district court.

Notaries for Comanche County

The following is the list of notaries public appointed by the governor for Comanche county: J.M. GAISER, R.T. CHILDS, E.L. SHROPSHIRE, to succeed themselves; Luther LESTER, J.W. HILL, new appointments.

Real Estate Transfers

Mr. Tom HOLCOME this week sold his building on the north side of the square to F.M. McDERMOTT.

Messrs. J.T. HARRIS and W.L. YATES purchased Mr. Henry HILL's dwelling and livery stable on Thursday last.

Justice Court

Justice CARR was kept busy all day Saturday trying evil-doers of various degrees and kinds. Below is a list of cases tried in his court during the past week:

Earle RAINS, cursing and swearing in loud and vociferous manner, fined $1 and cost.

Guy CARNES, cursing and swearing in a public place, $1 and cost.

Tom HOLCOME, same offence, $1 and cost.

Guy CARNES, carrying steel knucks, $25 and cost.

Tom HOLCOME, assault and battery, $5 and cost.

D.T. LONG, carrying a six-shooter, $25 and cost.

The Burnt District

Hardly had the smoke cleared from the ruins of the fire last week before several of our enterprising citizens began planning to build up the burnt district, and it is now rumored that the details are perfected. It is a fact well-known that Mr. MARTIN, of the firm of MARTIN, BYRNE & JOHNSTON, has purchased the lots owned by Mrs. FOSSETT, of Meridian, and it is said that the firm will erect two elegant, two-story stone fronts upon them to be the finest store-houses in this section. One of these buildings is intended for one of our most prominent grocery firms. It is also said that Mr. BARNES, the hardware merchant, will erect a handsome two-story building on the lot where his present store is situated, and it is too well known to need any comment upon our part that when Mr. BARNES undertakes anything that he will have nothing but the best.

We have also heard that Mr. A.L. HAMILTON will build a house in usison with those of Messrs.
MARTIN, BYRNE & JOHNSTON, thus making a continuous block of five two-story stone-fronts upon the
west side of the square. One of the prominent features of the buildings will be a commodious public
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, April 9, 1881

Local Matters

Mr. J.S. VEDDER is now deputy postmaster.

Rev. J.M. GAISER preaches at the Methodist church tomorrow morning and evening.

Badly Hurt in Ft. Worth

A letter from T.W. SHUGART, of Fort Worth, to Mr. F.M. BROWN, of this place, states that a man
from Comanche by the name of John GREEN, while trying to stop a runaway horse was run over and
badly hurt, that he was in a critical condition and delirious. GREEN said his grandfather was a
teamster and resided in this county.

The Colored Troops Fought Nobly

Bill "GREENE" and Dick "GOOCH", were arraigned before 'Squire CARR last Monday morning for
engaging in pugilistic recreations on Sunday. Dick was taxed $5 and cost and Bill was released.

Fire in the Country

Mr. V.J. BOWMAN's mill caught fire last Monday and a considerable damage was inflicted upon the
fixtures therein before it could be put out. He thinks it was the work of an incendiary.

Personals

James CAMPBELL is confined to his bed with rheumatism.

S.S. CARNES and Miss S.A. FRITTS were married by 'Squire CARR on the evening of the 4th inst.

Mr. John ELLIOTT has returned from Galveston, looking much improved by his trip.

Among the departures from our town this week was our efficient Deputy-postmaster, R.M. GARNER,
who with his family go to Tennessee to reside in future. Mr. GARNER leaves a host of friends who
will join us in regretting his loss from our town. May sunshine and prosperity accompany him in
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, April 2, 1881

Local Matters

The measles still raging.

J.M. McCRARY has moved his stock to the old STEPHENS store.

>From letters received here, we learn that J.D. STEPHENS and Harvey ACKERMAN, former citizens of
our town, are now in El Paso, the former in the real estate business and the latter making brick.

The Slander Case

The preliminary trial of A.C. DANIELS, charged with slandering Mrs. McKEE, occupied nearly all of
the day in Justice CARR's court last Saturday. DANIELS was bound over in a bond of $50 for his
appearance at the district court.

Notaries for Comanche County

The following is the list of notaries public appointed by the governor for Comanche county: J.M. GAISER,
R.T. CHILDS, E.L. SHROPSHIRE, to succeed themselves; Luther LESTER, J.W. HILL, new appointments.

Real Estate Transfers

Mr. Tom HOLCOME this week sold his building on the north side of the square to F.M. McDERMOTT.

Messrs. J.T. HARRIS and W.L. YATES purchased Mr. Henry HILL's dwelling and livery stable on Thursday last.

Justice Court

Justice CARR was kept busy all day Saturday trying evil-doers of various degrees and kinds. Below
is a list of cases tried in his court during the past week:

Earle RAINS, cursing and swearing in loud and vociferous manner, fined $1 and cost.

Guy CARNES, cursing and swearing in a public place, $1 and cost.

Tom HOLCOME, same offence, $1 and cost.

Guy CARNES, carrying steel knucks, $25 and cost.

Tom HOLCOME, assault and battery, $5 and cost.

D.T. LONG, carrying a six-shooter, $25 and cost.

The Burnt District

Hardly had the smoke cleared from the ruins of the fire last week before several of our enterprising
citizens began planning to build up the burnt district, and it is now rumored that the details are
perfected. It is a fact well-known that Mr. MARTIN, of the firm of MARTIN, BYRNE & JOHNSTON, has
purchased the lots owned by Mrs. FOSSETT, of Meridian, and it is said that the firm will erect two
elegant, two-story stone fronts upon them to be the finest store-houses in this section. One of
these buildings is intended for one of our most prominent grocery firms. It is also said that Mr.
BARNES, the hardware merchant, will erect a handsome two-story building on the lot where his present
store is situated, and it is too well known to need any comment upon our part that when Mr. BARNES
undertakes anything that he will have nothing but the best.

We have also heard that Mr. A.L. HAMILTON will build a house in usison with those of Messrs.
MARTIN, BYRNE & JOHNSTON, thus making a continuous block of five two-story stone-fronts upon the
west side of the square. One of the prominent features of the buildings will be a commodious
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, May 7, 1881

Adjudged Insane

James CARROLL, who resides on Resley's creek, was brought before Judge WILLIAMSON Wednesday on a
writ of lunacy, tried, and adjudged insane. CARROLL is a man of family and his insanity is said to
be brought on by chronic dispepsia. On Sunday night last, he attempted to take his life by cutting
his throat. He was remanded to the custody of the sheriff until he could be transported to the
asylum.

A Solemn Funeral

The remains of Mrs. HENSLEY were brought from Callahan county to Comanche for interment, and placed
to rest in the cemetery Thursday night between the hours of nine and ten o'clock. It would take the
pen of a poet to describe the solemnity of such a funeral cortege, and as the bell tolled, and the
grief-stricken friends moved slowly towards the city of the dead, all were forcibly impressed with
the solemnity of death, and reminded that at some time we, too, will be called to appear before the
Great I Am.

Died

HENSLEY-In Callahan county on the evening of the 4th inst. Amelia A. HENSLEY, consort of Joseph HENSLEY, and daughter of C.C. CAMPBELL. Age 27 years.

Again death entered and taken to eternal rest a loving wife, daughter and sister. To the relatives of the deceased, the Chief joins with their many friends in sympathy. May they meet again in that beautiful land "where those long parted meet again and those who meet shall part no more."

At the residence of Mr. John A. CAROTHERS, on Thursday evening, April 21, 1881, Miss Maggie HILL,
after a long and painful illness. In the bloom of youth she was called away to enter into that rest
prepared by our heavenly Father for His faithful children. Her young life was spent in His service
and His holy word was a much loved study. With its blessed truths and precepts she was peculiarly
familiar, and her young heart was set upon pure and holy things. Goodbye, Maggie. We will all miss
you, sister, brothers, friends. You cannot come back to us, but we know, if we live as faithful,
we shall see you again.-West Point, (Miss.) Echo.

The subject of the above notice was our youngest sister. May we meet again dear sister.

Personals

Master Frank CAMPBELL has returned from Abilene.

Mrs. DUFF, of Golden, Colorado, is in town on a visit to relatives.

Wm. DYER came down from Cisco this week on a short visit to his hold Comanche friends.

Mr. L.L. SHROPSHIRE was in the city this week, whispering around among his many old friends and
acquaintances.

Messrs. G.A. CHILTON, R.T. HILL, Harry MOORE, J.D. CAMPBELL, and J.H. SMALLWOOD have gone west, on
a fishing frolic.

Mesrs. BONNER, GREEN, CARTER, DICKSON, SHERRILL, VERNON and others returned from their fishing
excursion last Sunday. They report splendid luck and plenty of fish and fun. No snake bites.

We were pleased to meet Mr. F.M. COLLIER, of Meridian, who paid our office a very pleasant call
yesterday. Mr. COLLIER was the first white settler and the father of the first white child born in
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, May 14, 1881

Our School

Professor J.W. TIMMONS has signified his intention to sever his connection with the Comanche public free school, and take up the study of law. The position thus vacated will probably be offered to Professor P.M. BARNES, late of Missouri, who comes well recommended as an instructor.

The school will begin its next ten months session in September, and the trustees are putting forth
their energies to make it one of the best schools of northwest Texas. How well they have succeeded
can be attested by the good results thus far achieved.

The Cattle Drive

The cattle drive is now in full progress. Some 900 head of cattle passed through this county during
the three days ending Tuesday last. It is thought that the old Fort Worth trail will be abandoned
after this year owing to the rapid settlement of the country along its route.

HOOD & HOLMSLEY's herd started this week for Kansas. WRIGHT & WILSON's herd will follow in a few
days.

Mr. ROSENCRANZ's here is fast being gathered. He now has 1,100 branded. These cattle will be taken to
the Panhandle.

Frank WILSON left for Caldwell, Kansas, yesterday, with 1,800 head of cattle belonging to WRIGHT & WILSON.

Personals

Sheriff YATES is attending the sheriff's convention at Houston.

J.M. BRANNAN was in town this week.

Mr. J.B. HALL made a flying trip to Waco and back this week.

Mr. Daniel HAMMON has returned to Comanche, after a protracted visit to Arkansas.

Mrs. CORUM, of Clifton, Bosque county, and her daughter, Miss Ella, are on a visit to Mrs. J.M. HOLMSLEY.

Rev. Mr. SARTWELLE, pastor of the Sedalia Episcopal church, is visiting his parents who reside in
our town.

A.L. HAMILTON, our populaar druggist, left Wednesday for a two week's trip below, taking in Dublin,
Waco and Belton on his rounds.

County Sunday School Convention

Saturday, April 30, at the M.E. church, in Comanche, a few delegates of the Sunday schools of this
county assembled: Comanche Union Sunday school, George STANCIL; Comanche Methodist Sunday school,
S.R. SWITZER; Indian creek Sunday school, J.W. COKER, L. CAYL, and T.M. JONES; Salt Springs Sunday
school, Rev. J.J. JOHNSON, J.E. SMITH, and J.W. TUNNELL.

Rev. B.H. HENRY was elected temporary chairman and J.W. COKER, secretary.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, May 28, 1881

Local Matters

E.L. SHROPSHIRE was the only notary public in Comanche county who qualified for the office.

A.L. HAMILTON has a soda fountain in full blast.

Mr. And Mrs. Sam HAMILTON celebrated their wooden wedding, Wednesday evening. It is reported to
have been a most enjoyable occasion.

Mr. Emile WIESENDANGER has some very fine kohlrabi growing in his garden, which is a most excellent
vegetable and well adapted for this climate. So far as we know he was the first to introduce this
vegetable into Comanche county.

Death from a Fall from a Horse

We learn that a man by the name of James TURNEY died last Saturday, at the residence of Captain
BENNET, in the western portion of the county, from the effects of a fall from a horse, some three
weeks since.

Broke His Arm

Little Tommie HOLMSLEY, son of Mrs. J.M. HOLMSLEY, fell off a horse, last Sunday afternoon and
broke both the bones in the lower part of his right arm. The little fellow was five miles from
home at the time the accident happened, and he remounted his horse and rode the entire distance
before the arm could be replaced. Dr. TUCKER skillfully set the broken bones and the sufferer is
doing well.

School Trustee Elected

The election for a school trustee, vice Judge FLEMING resigned, took place Tuesday. Very little
interest in the matter was manifested by the citizens. The following is the result of the ballot:
W.L. SARTWELL, 33; Wm. MARTIN, 11; J.W. MOORE, 3; Mrs. D. WALCOTT, 2, Mrs. Lucy NABERS, 2, J.W.
GREENE, 2. The selection of Mr. SARTWELLE was a good one, as he is a thorough scholar and teacher
and understands what is needed for the welfare of the school.

Personals

Mrs. E.L. SHROPSHIRE has returned from Eureka Springs.

Wm. MARTIN returned by last Saturday's stage from Kansas.

Mr. A.L. HAMILTON and family returned from a pleasant visit to Belton, last week.

Rev. J.H. McMURRAY left for Virginia, last Tuesday, where he will spend a few weeks with his
relatives. We wish him a pleasant trip.

Mr. C.A. PRICE, who has been in the Chief office since last fall, is now adjusting the movable
alpabets on the Clarendon at Baird.

Rev. J.M. GAISER will leave in the early part of next week for his old home in the porkoplis of
America, Cincinnati, Ohio. We hope he will be heartily received and enjoy himself hugely.

Died

Jane TYRY, the imbecile daughter of Mrs. TYRA, died last Sunday afternoon, and was buried on Monday.
Her death was caused from drinking concentrated lye, several months since.

Capt. J. M. Holmsley

Died, at his residence in Comanche, Texas at ten minutes past 12, Thursday night, April 28th, 1881,
Captain James Monroe HOLMSLEY, aged 42 years, 11 months and 24 days.

Captain HOLMSLEY was the son of Burwell J. and Lucinda HOLMSLEY, and was born May 4, 1838, in
Richland Valley, Madison county, Arkansas. His father immigrated to Texas in 1853, and in 1854
settled on Holmsley's creek, then in the territory of Coryelle county, but since 1854, in Comanche county.

Captain HOLMSLEY was first in the territory now comprising Comanche county on the 19th day of December, 1854.
He was then sixteen years old, and was one of the scouts which followed the first marauding Indians that
depredated upon the first settlers of Comanche county, and for a series of years following the Indian troubles
grew worse and no man in Comanche county was more constantly in the saddle day and night than Captain Holmsley.

His first service under orders from the state was in Captain T.C. FROST's ranging company, in the
winter of 1857. Immediately after the ordinance of secession was passed by Texas, Colonel H.E. McCULLOUGH
was ordered to raise a regiment to capture the posts on our frontier. Captain HOLMSLEY went into this
regiment as a first lieutenant and was soon after promoted to captain, and remained in constant active
service during the entire struggle. He went in first and came out last.

At the close of the war he returned to Comanche and, in 1866, engaged in the mercantile business,
and for several years carried on an extensive cattle trade from Texas to Kansas city, Missouri.
On the 15th day of July, 1869, he was married to Miss Araminta CORUM, of Bosque county, Texas, who,
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, June 4, 1881

Half Sheet

Unavoidable circumstances compel the Chief to issue this week on a half sheet. A disagreement
between the proprietors, resulting in a personal difficulty, caused the office to close for three
days, thereby rendering it impossible to get out the paper. But, thanks to the Almighty, we have
rid ourselves of partners, and the Chief will in future be run and controlled by Joe W. HILL as
editor and proprietor without the "Co." attachment; or, if we do have a "Co." it will be one of
our own selection and not a second-hand forced upon us without our knowledge and consent, as was
the case in the recent co-partnership....

Personals

Miss Ida HART and Mrs. N.R. LINDSEY have left for a visit to their old home in Mississippi.

Mr. N. COOK departed last Monday for Eureka Springs, Ark., where he will join his family.

John R. DICKSON has gone to old South Carolina to spend the summer at his old home.

We regret to chronicle the departure from our midst our worthy fellow townsman Mr. A. BREAUTIGAM
and family who departed this week for San Antonio, where they will reside in future.

James CAMPBELL and James MEADOWS have gone to Thorp Springs to take a course in the commercial
college at that place.

Mrs. J.W. WELCH has been dangerously ill for the past week.

Sandy CHILTON left Sunday for a visit to relatives at Fort Worth and Denton.

T.C. HILL has gone east to buy goods.

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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, June 11, 1881

Died

The little babe of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. WELCH died Tuesday, and was interred Wednesday afternoon. The
parents have the sympathies of the entire community.

Married

At Eastland City, on Tuesday, June 7, at the residence of H.W. WALKER, Esq., (brother of the bride),
by the Rev. Mr. MANN, Dr. George W. TUCKER, of Comanche, to Mrs. Hattie W. TUCKER, of Breckenridge,
formerly of Canton, Miss. The Doctor completely surprised his numerous Comanche friends, and they
all unite with the Chief in its most hearty congratulations to him and his charming bride.

Personals

Messrs. A.W. HOOVER, of Lampasas; John DeANE, of Cisco; and Dr. D.J. McDOWELL, of Hamilton, former
Comancheites, are in the city, visiting friends and relatives.

Mr. J.B. HALL rejoiceth from the fact that he has a nine-pound girl baby at his house.

Comanche Booms - Four Stone Business Houses in Course of Construction - New Business Enterprises,Etc.

At present Comanche is enjoying a real boom in the building line. Four elegant cut stone front
business houses are in course of construction on the west side of the Square as follows:

MARTIN, BYRNE, & JOHNSTON, two-story stone building, 25X70 feet.

J.W. GREENE & Co., two-story stone building 25x70 feet.

A.L. HAMILTON, one-story stone building 25x70 feet.

Wm. BARNES, a two-story stone building, 25x65 feet.

In addition to the business houses being constructed, we notice Captain Jack WRIGHT is re-covering
the old Sam FORD residence, and J.M. McCRARY's elegant stone dwelling is nearing completion. The
store now occupied by Wm. BARNES is to be moved to a vacant lot on the south side of the square,
and will, so we understand, be used for a grocery store.

One new saloon was opened on the north side of the square this week, and another will be opened
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, June 18, 1881

New Saloon

A new saloon was opened on the north side this week. The genial John CARNES and C.L. DENTON
dispense the "Oh, be joyful" in a graceful manner.

Another Pic-Nic

A pic-nic will take place, next Friday, near the residence of Mrs. KNUDSON, one mile west of town,
under the auspices of Mesdames SHORTRIDGE and KNUDSON's classes at the public school. A general
invitation is extended to the public.

Died

Little Willie, the promising baby of Mrs. J.M. HOLMSLEY, was buried beside the new-made grave
of its father, on Tuesday last. Monday morning his little soul deserted its earthly body, and
sought refuge in the bosom of its father. Could the sympathetic thoughts of sorrow find expression
in words the widowed mother would be the recipient of no more genuine condolence than now lingers
unspeakable in the hearts of her friends.

Personals

Miss Pearl CARDER has just returned from her trip to the east.

Mr. Joe MASON and Mr. STEWART left for the southern part of the state with Mr. HILL and family.

We regret to note the departure of Mr. Henry HILL and family for their old home in Lavaca
county where they go to reside permanently. The genial countenance of Henry and his original
logic will be missed by his many friends. We wish him success.

From a card from Jas. A. MEADOWS who, with J.D. CAMPBELL, is attending a commercial school at
Thorp Springs, we learn that they are both doing well. Sandy was with them last week and says he
will be home next week. We all miss the society of these young men and anxiously await their return.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, June 25, 1881

Local Matters

District Clerk CARROLL is building a smoke house.

Mr. D.A. CAMPBELL takes charge of the post-office on the first prox.

Died

An infant child of Mr. J.W. MOORE's died on Friday last and was buried on Saturday. The grief-stricken
parents have our sincere sympathies in their sad bereavement.

A Happy Sheriff

That broad grin on Sheriff YATES' face is the natural consequence of his being for the first time
a father. It is a fine girl, and made her appearance last Sunday night.

Death of Mrs. Wm. Hyde

Mrs. Wm. HYDE died of billious fever at Abeline on the 15th inst. She leaves a husband and three
children together with a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. The Chief extends
its sincere sympathies to Mr. HYDE in his sad bereavement.

Personals

Mr. NEELEY has returned from Waco, where he has been attending school.

Squires CARRINGTON, of Sipe Springs, and LASWELL, of Desdimonia, were in town this week.

Miss Estelle GRACE has returned from school, in Kentucky, and is stopping with Mrs. T.L. HUTCHINSON.

John S. JOHNSTON has returned from Sweetwater, Nolan county, bringing with him a contract to build
a fine jail at that place.

Master Thomas LACEY, who for some time has been working in this office as an apprentice, departed
on Tuesday last for San Antonio where he will attend school. Tom is a model boy, and will be greatly
missed in Comanche.

Improvements

Mr. J.T. TUNNELL is making preparations for an extension to his storehouse.

Work on Mr. BARNE's two-story stone building has commenced. The building will be pushed through at
a rapid rate, a large force of masons being at work on it.

Mr. BARNES has moved his stock of hardware, and the wooden building formerly occupied by him has
been purchased by E.L. SHROPSHIRE and removed to the vacant lot next to the Chief office.

Religious Intelligence

Rev. J.T. HARRIS preached his farewell sermon to the Baptist church of this place, Sunday night last.
He has been the favorite minister in Comanche for years, and his retirement is deeply regretted.

Rev. J.T. STANTON preached at the courthouse last Sunday morning. He is a young minister of extraordinary
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, July 2, 1881

Commissioner's Court

The county commissioners convened in extra session, on Monday last, with all the members present. The
court having examined the rendition of property as shown by the assessment lists, desire to raise the
rendition made by the following parties: E. AVLEGE, J.J. BAUGH, Alfred BLACK, W.M. BRIGGS, O.M. BARKER,
A.J. BOWMAN, A. CUNNINGHAM, L.R. CONRO, A.J. CARNES, W.M. HOLDEN, M. HOPLIN, J.J. HEATH, W.H. MONTGOMERY,
J.J. MARTIN, T.W. MATTHEWS, John PERRY, E. PATE, J.M. ROBERTSON, A.B. REYNOLDS, E.B. RILEY, S.F. STONE,
W.L. SARTWELLE, J.H. D. SIDES, I.N. STOVALL, J.F. STEPHENS, A. TAYLOR, G.W. WALKER, G.W. WILKSOON,
J.L. WELCH.

Unexpected Death

On Monday last Mr. C.B. MASON received a telegram from Flatonia, announcing the death of his brother,
G.A. MASON, which occurred at that place on the 25th ult. Mr. MASON, the deceased, came to Comanche
in January last from Maringo county, Ala., and left a few weeks ago for Southern Texas with Mr. Henry
HILL. He was a young man of a genial disposition and in good health when he left here and the news
of his death was unexpected to his relatives and friends.

Personals

Mr. Sam HAMILTON and lady have returned from a visit to friends at Belton.

Mrs. M.W. STAFFORD, of Galveston, arrived yesterday, and will spend a few weeks with her parents,
Mr. And Mrs. J.S. VEDDER.

Prof. J.W. TIMMINS left us on Sunday last for his old home in Tennessee. Mr. TIMMINS is a self-made
young man of unusual ability, and has made a host of friends while in Comanche who will greatly
miss his genial association.

Jimmy MEADOWS left for Abilene, Thursday, where, it is rumored, he will take unto himself a bride,
one of the fairest flowers ever propagated on Texas soil.

Mr. W.H. CHANCELLOR has returned from Eastern Texas where he has been for several months past work
on a railroad.

Comanche's New Postmaster

Mr. D.A. CAMPBELL took charge of the post office yesterday, Judge YARBROUGH retiring. We have
every reason to believe that Mr. CAMPBELL will make an efficient officer, but cannot help
regretting the loss of the Judge, who has filled the office so long and faithfully. For thirty
years Judge YARBROUGH has been off and on, connected with the post office department and retires
with a clear, clean receipt, and with the regrets and best wishes of the citizens of our town.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, July 9, 1881

A National Calamity! Attempted Assassination of President Garfield by a Chicago Lunatic at
Washington, on the 2d Inst. The Wound Probably a Fatal One, but There are Hopes for His
Recovery-The Murderer Arrested.

Local Matters

A pleasant company of young people celebrated Miss Ella LOWRY's twelfth birthday, Wednesday night.

Mr. BARNES' building is going up ver fast, and the beautiful cut .front will soon be completed.

Personals [Some of the following was not visible on the microfilm]

- M. GAISER has returned from a visit to his relatives in Kentucky.

Our ex-fellow townsman, Mr. J.J. -NKLIN is now in Tyler working in a machine shop.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas. Saturday, July 16, 1881

Local Matters

Now is the accepted time to set out dog poison.

Mr. J.T. TUNNELL has had his store neatly whitewashed.

Mr. J.P. COOK has finished the carpentry work upon J.M. McCRARY's residence.

The Masonic lodge at Sipe Springs was put to work last evening by G.A. BEEMAN, D.D.G.M.

Some three hundred dollars were paid out last Saturday night, by Mr. MARTIN, to his hands
engaged upon Mr. BARNES' new building, for one week's labor.

Religious Intelligence

Rev. J.T. STANTON, Baptist, will preach at the courthouse tomorrow, at 11a.m. and 7 p.m.

Rev. J.M. GAISER resumed his ministerial labors last Sunday, and preached morning and evening
at the Methodist church.

Bishop A.C. GARRETT (Episcopal) preached at the college last Sunday. A large number of people
listened to him with the deepest interest.

The Public School

The board of trustees of the Comanche public schools, met Tuesday, and elected Professor W.D. COX
and Mrs. Ed. KNUDSON assistant teachers for the ensuing session, who, with Professor BARNES, will
constitute as fine a corps of teachers as can be found in the state.

Personals

Frank E. WILSON is expected home from Kansas.

Mr. T.W.S. PRESTON, of Buffalo Gap, is in town.

Prof. D.S. SWITZER returned to Granbury, Wednesday.

Mrs. J.C. BARTLETT left this week upon a visit to Lampasas Springs.

Mr. W.H. KEY, of Sipe Springs, gave the Chief a pleasant call this week.

The Misses HOLMSLEY have returned from a pleasant visit to San Angelo, Tom Greene county.

Rev. J.M. McMURRAY returned Wednesday from an extended visit to old Virginia, where
his family is at present.

The many friends of W.E. DYER will be glad to learn that he has a good position in a
mercantile house at Cambridge, Clay county, and is doing well.

Mrs. Brewer W. KEY, nee Miss Julia S. VEDDER, arrived from Kansas on Tuesday's stage. Her
many friends are delighted to see her, and wish her a pleasant stay.

Messrs. Wm. LINDLEY and F.E. BONPART will soon open a grocery, grain and provision store at
the new town of DeLeon, on the Central.

Needs Cleaning Up

Comanche needs cleaning. The public square and streets are filled with rocks, sticks, bones, old
fruit and oyster cans, etc., all of which serve to mar the looks of our town and create the
impression on strangers' minds that our people are slovenly. With a neat coat of whitewash on the
courthouse fence and the square cleaned up, our town would present a better appearance by a large
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, July 23, 1881

The First Cotton

Little Buelah, the 12 year old daughter of Mr. A.P. McCAY, who lives upon Holmsley's creek
in this county, brought the Chief several open bolls of cotton, which she pulled on the 18th
inst. This is the first cotton of the season in Comanche county so far as we have heard. Mr.
McCAY says his cotton crop is excellent and promises an abundant yield.

Spurlin-Vedder; A Hamilton Beau Captures a Comanche Belle

Wednesday morning last, at 8 o'clock, Mr. John L. SPURLIN, one of the leading young
gentlemen of our sister town of Hamilton, was united in holy wedlock to Miss Margarette
J. VEDDER, one of Comanche's most charming young ladies. The ceremony was performed in
the presence of a few personal friends at the residence of the bride's parents, by Rt.
Rev. A.C. GARRETT, D.D., bishop of the diocese of Northern Texas, according to the beautiful
ritual of the Episcopal church. The happy couple were attended by M.C.A. VEDDER and Miss
Maude TUCKER and Mr. Henry KEY and Miss Ella CORUM. The bride was given away by her father.
She wore an elegant dress of cream colored lace bunting, trimmed with brocade satin and lace,
while the groom was attired in the conventional black broadcloth, and we dare say a handsomer
couple nee'r stood before the altar in Comanche. The congratulations of the assembled friends
were hearty and sincere, and after partaking of some refreshments spreead by the bounte!
ous host, the couple bade adieu to Comanche and left for Hamilton-their future home.

The Chief congratulates Mr. And Mrs. SPURLIN most sincerely, and while we can ill afford to
lose a young lady possessing such stirling virtues and so many good qualities as Miss Maggie
possessed, we find consolation in the fact that she has secured a husband who is worthy of
the jewel he has obtained. May their cup of happiness e'er be full to the brim and their
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, August 6, 1881

Love in a Buggy

On Thursday evening about one o'clock, a buggy containing a gentleman and two ladies
drove up to the court house and halted, when the gentleman alighted and hunting up Judge
WILLIAMSON, informed him that he had a little business for him out at the buggy. The judge
immediately reparied to the buggy when, lo and behold! Mr. William GLEASON informed him
that he wanted to be joined for better or worse to the lady in the buggy (the young one),
Miss Cora A. BENDER. The judge performed the ceremony in his usual solemn and dignified
manner, pocketing the perquisits with a gracefulness seldom witnessed. The happy couple
went on their way rejoining to their hom near Mount Airy.

Murder at Sipe Springs. Wm Woods Instantly Killed by Fred Paine. Woman the Cause..Paine Makes His Escape

One of the most shocking murders that has occurred in our county for a number of years was committed
in Sipe Springs on Tuesday morning last, whereby a young man by the name of William WOODS was hurled
into eternity by the hands of an old man named Fred PAINE. The particulars of the shocking affair, so
far as the Chief has been able to ascertain, are in substance as follows.

WOODS had been in the habit of visiting a daughter of PAINE's (who is a grass widow) and on Friday
before the killing, Paine forbade him coming on his place again. On Sunday, however, WOODS took
the lady buggy riding and remained until a late hour at night unawares to the old man, but on Monday
he heard of the previous day's proceedings and on Tuesday morning he loaded a shotgun and mounting a horse,
went to WOOD's father's house in search of young WOODS, but did not find him at home. PAINE then went up
into the town of Sipe Springs in search of . and found him lying on a [illeg] in a small bakery with his
[illeg] near a window. Riding up to within a few feet of the window, PAINE told his victim to
"get up G__d__ you, I've come to kill you," and as he was in the act of raising up, fired through the
window, the contents of the gun (buckshot) striking the unfortunate young man in the forehead just above
the eyes, lifting the top of his head off and strewing his b [illeg] on th!
e floor and wall near by in a most horrible manner. PAINE then rode quietly away to his
home where he remained a few minutes and then rode off. There was no officer in the town
at the time of the killing, but Deputy Sheriff SHERILL arrived on the spot four or five hours
later and with a posse started in pursuit, but was unable to overtake the murderer.

[Next paragraph illegible]

PAINE was a old man with a very good character, but was irritable and high tempered and had
considerable domestic trouble. He was a blacksmith by trade.

WOODS was a young man, inclined to be a little wild, but his untimely death is greatly regretted.

A Handsome Present

Frank WILSON made Sheriff YATES an elegant present, last Monday, in the shape of a handsome silver-mounted,
pearl-handled six-shooter, made by some new-fangled pattern, whereby it is quite an improvement on the
Colt's 45. It is such a pretty weapon that one would consider it a great luxury to be so fortunate as to
be shot by it.

Personals

Miss Maude TUCKER has returned from Hamilton.

Postmaster CAMPBELL has returned from Hamilton.

J.L. WRIGHT, one of our old-time Comanche boys, was in town yesterday.

Messrs. F.E. WILSON, Baily NABERS, John MASON, and Burwell TAYLOR have returned from Kansas.

Mr. J.D. CAMPBELL returned from Thorp Springs, Monday last, where he has been attending Mahan's
Commercial College.

Miss Jennie MILLION, of Meridian, has returned to Comanche, much to the pleasure of her numerous
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, August 13, 1881

Commissioners Court

The county commissioners court convened in regular session on Monday morning last. A full court
present. The following business was transacted, to-wit:

The resignation of J.M. HOWELL, constable of precinct No. 4, and A.T. LASWELL, justice of the
peace, precinct No. 7, were received and accepted.

J.A. COTTRELL, J.A. CHAMBERS, J. TERRY, R.M. HOLLAND were appointed a jury to survey and lay out
a road from DeLeon to Comanche, using the Comanche and Eastland road to the point where it crosses
Copperas creek.

R.T. HEATH, N.W. BROUGHTON, L.A. HARRISON, A.J. BOWMAN and Jacob HOWARD, were appointed a jury to
lay out and survey a road from DeLeon to Sipe Springs.

Judge WILLIAMSON was allowed $99 for services in disbursing school fund, which amount was ordered
paid out of said fund.

The two one-quarter sections of county school land north of E.J. WHITT's, for which an application
for purchase had been made by Daniel HAMMOND, was valued by the court at fifty cents per acre.

The following amounts were ordered paid:

W.B. CUNNINGHAM, for medicine furnished jail, $12.

A.L. HAMILTON, medicine and stationery, $8.

Ezekiel ROSE, Bartlett ANDERSON, Rhoda ANDERSON, Tibb EARLE, W.S. BARNETT, and Eliza J. BELL,
paupers, were allowed $10 each.

J.W. GREENE, services and expenses in going to Granbury on business for the court, $32.95.

J.W. FOX, conveying lunatic to the asylum, $30.

$150 Reward

A brother of Wm. WOOD, who was killed by Phillip PAYNE, at Sipe Springs last week, offers a
reward of $150 for the capture of PAYNE.

Admitted to the Asylum

Judge WILLIAMSON informs us that ?.W. CARROLL, who was adjudged insane some time ago, was last
week admitted to the state lunatic asylum, whither he was sent by order of the commissioners court.

Pension Certificates

Four application for land grants under the act of the last legislature granting lands to maimed
confederates and widows of those who died in the service, were filed with the commissioners court
this week as follows: Mrs. M.A. GEASLIN, Eli R. HUFFMAN, C. KOUNEE [KOUNCE?], and Jas. NEELY.

Married

Mr. W.P.A. SLOAN and Miss E.L. CARR were united in the holy bands of wedlock on the 9th inst., at
the residence of the bride's father, R.H. CARR, Esq., three miles east of town. Rev. J.M. GAISER
officiated. The Chief wishes the young couple a long, prosperous and happy life.

Fifty Dollars and Costs

On Wednesday last, Esquire CARR fined Polk HELMS $50 and costs for disturbing the peace by using
profane and obscene language in a public place, and disturbing the peace. HELM got too much benzine
on board Tuesday night and went to several private homes in town scaring the ladies. He plead
guilty.

Personals

Ruf. SWITZER has returned from the camp-meeting at Eastland.

Six commercial drummers stopped at Mrs. LOWERY's Sunday night, among whom we recognized Messrs.
BELT and FRIEND, of Dallas, and FINCH of Galveston.

Sheriff YATES and Deputy CHILTON returned, Thursday, from a tedious hunt for PAYNE, the Sipe
Springs murderer.

Improvements

Mr. F.M. McDERMOTT will soon open a new retail grocery store upon the squaare.

Mr. J.T. TUNNELL, we learn, will soon bring a stock of dry goods to Comanche.

Mr. G.A. CHILTON will open a first-class dry goods and grocery store in the new Hamilton building,
as soon as it is completed.

J.A. MEADOWS will occupy the new Martin & Byrne building with a fine bar room and billiard outfit.

Mr. D. ZWEIFEL has furnished an elegant apartment in his bakery for the accommodation of his
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, August 20, 1881

Local Matters

Mr. BARNES has got into his new store house.

Tax Assessor HOUSTON and C.B. MASON have completed the tax rolls of Comanche County for 1881. Next
week we will publish a statement of the footings.

Still They Come

Mr. R.T. CHILDS has rented the brick store on the southeast corner of the wquare and will shortly
open up a dry goods and grocery store.

Swallowed Centipede

Last week Mr. W.H.C. FRITTS, while drinking water out of a keg, swallowed a centipede about an
inch and a half in length. In a few minutes he threw the poisonous insect up and was all right
again, sustaining no serious results for it whatever. It is supposed the centipede crawled into
the keg and drowned itself, as it was evidently dead when FRITTS swallowed it or the result would
have been serious.

Personals

Mr. J.R.[H.?] DICKSON returned home from a long visit to his old home in South Carolina Saturday
last.

John GREEN has gone east to buy goods for that immense winter stock.

Mr. R.T. CHILDS and family have moved back to their first love-Comanche.

Postmaster E.J. CARRINGTON, of Sipe Springs, was in town Thursday.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, Sept 10, 1881

[A good portion of the local news column is blacked out on the microfilm so you will find many
blanks for a portion of each news item. I can't even read the exact title of the column.]

- To People

- R. GRIFFITH, of Taylor county --- this week.

- W.D. SARTWELL and Miss - TUCKER arrived from Sedalia - week.

Mrs. Wm. BARNES returned last -day, having taken sick on the road to Louisiana, where she had
started upon a visit.

District Court

District court convened Monday morning. Judge BLACKBURN presiding; W. ACKER, district attorney.

The following grand jurors were empaneled: A.L. HAMILTON, foreman; N.H.C. ELLIOTT, C.W. CARNES,
T.M. RENFRO, J.P. ANDERSON, J.P. PETTITT, J.W. BISHOP, A.J. CAFFEE, J.W. CARMACK, A.B. FOSTER,
W.B. FLETCHER and J.M. HALEY.

The following cases were tried or otherwide disposed of:

Civil Docket: Bailey MARSHALL vs. Joe ALEXANDER. Garnishment. Judgment for plaintiff for $40.

Geo. TALBOTT vs. Thos. HOOD. Garnishment. Judgment for plaintiff for $100.

Wm. LOWRY vs. A.J. PILGRAM. Suit to divest title. Dismissed at plaintiff's cost.

Wm. HUNT vs. Japeth WALKER. Trespass to try title. Non-suit taken by plaintiff.

Jesse W. JOHNSTON vs. C.C. CALLOWAY. Note and lien. Judgment for plaintiff.

T.Q. BULLOCK vs. John SMART et al. Dismissed at plaintiff's cost.

R.T. HALE vs. J.P. KIRK. Attachment. Dismissed at plaintiff's cost.

Criminal Docket: State vs. James MERRITT. Adultery. Guilty. Fined $225 and cost.

State vs. James ROBINSON. Theft of horse. Bond forfeited; judgment Ni si.

State vs. James CONNELL. Theft of cattle. Four cases. Continued. T.J. HOLMSLEY, Wm. MONTGOMERY and
H. LITTLE, witness in these cases were fined $600 each for non-attendance.

State vs. A. McCAMPBELL. Unlawfully selling estrays. Guilty. Fined $1 and cost.

State vs. Tim FOLEY. Unlawfully selling estray cattle. Guilty. Fined $1 and cost.

State vs. R. THOMPSON. Theft of hog. Acquitted.

State vs. John WAGNON. Assault and battery. Plead guilty. Fined $5 and cost.

State vs. Than WILLIAMS and Jas. McGUIRE. Disturbing the peace. Acquitted.

State vs. Jas. TURNBOUGH, et. al Malicious mischief. Dismissed for want of jurisdiction.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, September 24, 1881

Local Matters

Mr. And Mrs. Mart V. FLEMING entertained a select party of young people at their residence, on
Friday evening of last week. The time was quickly passed in entertaining conversatioon and music.
May there be many more occasions of the kind this winter.

On Monday last 164 pupils had been enrolled at the Comanche public school, and next week an
additional teacher will be employed.

Personals

Wm. E. DYER is now rusticating in Chattanooga, Tenn. We wish him a pleasant visit.

Miss Isla SHORTRIDGE departed this week for Huntsville, where she will attend the Sam Houston
Normal school.

County Clerk BONNER has been upon the sick list for the past week and unable to be at his office.
He will soon recover, it is to be hoped.

Messrs. G.A. CHILTON and J.D. CAMPBELL returned, Tuesday, from Fort Worth, where they purchased a
large stock of dry goods, with which they will soon open a store in Comanche.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, October 15, 1881

Local Matters

Little Lina WRIGHT, daughter of Mr. B.F. WRIGHT, had her wrist badly dislocated by a fall from a
horse last week.

A pleasant dance was given by the young people at Mrs. LOWERY's residence, Tuesday night, and was
enjoyed greatly by all who participated.

Charley MASON may now be found at J.W. MOORE & Co.'s store.

Bitten By A Spider

A little girl, the daughter of Mr. John ELLIOTT, was badly bitten by a spider last Monday night,
from the effects of which she suffered great pain.

Religious Intelligence

The protracted meeting was ended last Sunday night, at the Methodist church. Mr. GAISER preached
the sermon and the closing exercises were somewhat protracted owing to the unusual amount of
interest displayed.

The Baptists will hold services at the courthouse tomorrow. Mr. HARRIS has gone to Hamilton, and
his appointment will probably be filled by Mr. STANTON.

The contract for building the new Baptist church was this week awarded to George MOTTWILLER for
$758.44. The site selected for the location of the building is on the block north of the college.
Work will commence in a few days.

Comanche R.A. Chapter

The following gentlemen were installed as officers of Comanche Royal Arch Chapter for the ensuing
year at their last regular meeting: W.L. SARTWELLE, High Priest; R.D. REDDIN, King; S.L. MURPHREE,
Scribe; G.A. BEEMAN, Captain of the Host; E.L. SHROPSHIRE, Principal Sojourner; R. HOLLAND, Royal
Arch Captain; J.W. GREENE, Grand Master of the third veil; J.M. McCRARY, Grand Master of the
second veil; D. WALCOTT, Grand Master of the first veil; A.L. HAMILTON, Treasurer; R.D. TURNER,
Secretary; J.E. STANCIL, Sentinel.

Personals

Mr. James CARDER departed yesterday for Whitney where he will join his family.

Mr. A.L. FORD, wife and two daughters, Miss Sudie and Mrs. M.W. CARROLL, departed upoon a visit to
San Augustine, Texas.

Messrs E.L. SHROPSHIRE and T.R. HILL have completed their abstract of title for Comanche county.
County Clerk BONNER has also finished an abstract of town lots.

Rev. J.A. McMURRAY left, Wednesday, for Virginia after his estimable lady, who has been there
several months upon a visit. He will take in the cotton expositioon at Atlanta, and the
Presbyterian synod at Corsicana upon his return trip.

Disliked the Preacher

Everything did not pass off as smooth at the colored church last Sunday night, as heretofore.
Possibly if Brother HIGBY had been present the difficulty would not have happened, but that
gentleman had, unfortunately, gone west the day before. The ruffling of the waters was not owing
to any lack of interest or enthusiasm. Parson MASON preached his best sermon, the singing was up
to its usual standard, and the best prayer prayed his best prayer. All went well until the
invitation was extended to mourners. All the unconverted flocked to the altar-except one. Yes,
far back in the corner, stolid, callous, calm and indifferent, sat one lone unrepentant, Henry
DICKENSON, Esq., the champion colored cook of Comanche, and he was one-half the cause of the
difficulty. The parson constituted the remainder. The appeal for mourners had hardly ended, when
Uncle Dick (H.D., Esq.) arose from his seat and addressed Parson MASON in the following language,
which might be considered rather personal by some: "Parson MASON, I haint got no objections to de
church, and I likes de religion very well, but you aint worth a ___, an' I would sink in de
furthemost pits of h__ before I'd come up to dat mo'ners' bench an' kneel down before such a dirty,
trifling nigger as you is." He also alluded to Mr. MASON being better adapted for a polygamist
than a Methodist. That is the whole substance of the quarrell in Blackville, with the exception
that Henry D., will appear before the next district court, provided he does not forfeit a $100
bond, which he gave Squire CARR, last Monday, to answer a charge of disturbing public worship.

Advertisement

Go to Wm. BARNES' New Store for your Hardware, Glassware, Tinware, Notions, Stoves, also a nice
lot of School Books, Juvenile Books, Slates, and Stationery. West Side of Public Square, Comanche,
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, October 22, 1881

Local Matters

Mr. J.P. COOK, the builder, will soon commence the erection of an elegant dwelling house.

Mr. T.J. HOLMSLEY will soon have a large bunch of cattle on the road to his ranch out west.

Messrs. Aaron and Dave CUNNINGHAM have recently fenced in a large pasture of about 2000 acres in
-ze. They used two wires and a -ail.

A valuable horse, the property of Captain J.A. WRIGHT, was killed last week, by being impaled
upon the panel of a fence which it was trying to jump.

Charles ADAMS and ___HOWELL were arrested last week by Sheriff YATES upon three indictments against
each of them, for unlawfully marking and branding and theft of cattle. HOWELL gave bond and ADAMS
was incarcerated.

Mr. W.J.C. CATHEY brough to the Chief office last Saturday, a huge sweet potato, which weighed six
pounds. His crop of tubers this year is very large and fine.

Joined

Rev. J.T. HARRIS joined in the holy bonds of matrimony, Thursday afternoon last, Mr. Jas. E. DRAKE,
of Cook county Texas, to Miss Jennie EAST, of DeLeon, Texas.

Serious Accident.

Through parties from the Cunningham neighborhood, we learn that a little boy, the son of Mrs.
REECE, was severely burned, on Monday afternoon last, at the residence of Mr. F.H. NEELY, by
falling into a vessel of boiling syrup. At last account, its injuries, though very serious, were
not supposed to be fatal.

Another Richmond in the Field

While a Chief reporter was passing along the west side one day this week, he espied a wagon
unloading a number of scrapers at Mr. Wm. BARNES' store, and the idea that struck the reporter
was that the advance guard of the Fort Worth and Rio Grande had arrived, but upon inquiry he
learned that Mr. BARNES was expecting the appointment of road overseer and was only receiving the
scrapers preparatory to filling up ex-road overseer's canals.

Released and Returned

Mr. F.M. McDERMOTT returned from Waco, Saturday last, where he had been carried by Deputy U.S.
Marshal HUNNICUT, to answer a raked-up charge of violating the revenue laws, or, in plainer
English, to be blackmailed by the vampires who are abusing Uncle Sam's authority in that city.
McDERMOTT brought with him a receipt from District Attorney MINER for $75, which reads "in full"
for all costs, paid upon condition that the case would be compromised. As he was about to leave
they demanded an additional forty dollars, but he refused to be bled any more, and said he would
fight it out before a jury.

Personals

Mitch OVERSTREET is now engaged in the drug business at Albany.

Mrs. J.M. HOLMSLEY left for Waco last Saturday, upon a weeks visit.

Philip CHILTON has left Dublin for New Mexico, where he will reside in the future.

John SEDDON, Esq., of DeLeon, was in town, Wednesday, and gave the Chief a pleasant call.

A.B. FOSTER, of Sipe Springs, starts for his old home in Alabama, in a few days, upon a visit.

Mr. Nathan COOK and family have returned from Eureka Springs, Ark., where they have been spending
several months for the benefit of their health.

Miss Maude TUCKER departed, Saturday last, for Kansas City, Mo., where she will spend the winter.
We hope she will find her trip of much enjoyment and pleasure.

Mr. O.J. POSEY, of Burnet, came this week to take charge of the telegraph office at this place,
but after viewing the dilapidated line and fixtures, he decided not to undertake the job. Mr.
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, October 29, 1881

Local Matters

Messrs. CROWDER Bros have recently fenced in a large pasture and erected a gin and mill in
Stephenville valley on the Leon.

A number of our citizens have joined the Texas Benevolent Association recently. Mr. W.L. SARTWELLE
represents the society at this place.

Rumor sayeth that the item in last week's issue in regard to Mr. J.P. COOK going to build a nice
house was entirely too transparent. Mr. COOK is going to build the house, but the boys say, he is
building it for the oldest old bachelor in town. We can't imagine what use an old crusty bachelor
has for a four-room house.

Sentenced for Four Years

Marion PERKINS whom our readers will remember as the party arrested by Sheriff YATES several
months ago for burglary, in conjunction with Pryor CARNES, was tried in the Erath court at
Stephenville last week, and sentenced to the penitentiary for four years. Pryor CARNES was also
convicted and sent up for three years for the same offence, but procured a new trial.

Personals

Mr. J.L. WRIGHT has moved back to town to live.

We are pleased to note the return to our town of Mrs. FORD and Miss Lizzie.

R.T. HILL, of the Chief, departed on Sunday morning last for a western tour with the Messrs. BRANNON.
He will be absent several days.

Mrs. Mollie E. Moore DAVIS, Texas' gifted poetess, is still at her brother's, Mr. T.O. MOORE, near
Proctor, in this county. Our citizens will feel slighted should Mrs. DAVIS return to her home in
New Orleans without visiting Comanche.

Dr. M.T. HENDRICKS, of Lockhart, paid the Chief office his respects on Thursday.

Married

Mr. T.A. TUNNELL and Miss Eva MOTTWILLER were married at the residence of the brid's mother in
Comanche, Sunday evening last. Rev. H.B. HENRY officiated. The Chief united with their many friends
in wishing the newly married couple much happiness.

Dr. M.T. HENDRICKS, of Lockhart, Texas, and Miss Lizzie WILLIAMS, of Boliver, Tenn, were united in
marriage in Comanche by Elder J.T. HARRIS on the 26th inst.

Dr. Jas EVERHART and Miss Dolly DAVIS were married at the residence of Frank GREEN six miles east
of town, on Thursday evening last. Squire R.H. CARR, performed the ceremony.

Fair Warning

I again warn the public against purchasing the store house in the town of Comanche, known as the
"Glass Front," and the property of the TUGGLE estate, under penalty of buying a law suit. M.J.
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, November 5, 1881

Local Matters

J.P. COOK has begun the erection of that fine bachelor's ball.

Jas. L. WRIGHT has bought the grocery stock of J.E. STANCIL & Co., and will continue in business
in Comanche.

Lumber for the Baptist church is beginning to arrive. Mr. MOTWILLER will begin
work on the building in a few days.

Mr. Frank GREEN sent in to the Chief a specimen of red pepper grown on his place
east of town. It is as fine as can be grown in any country.

David ZWEIFEL's new novelty is the centre of attraction. A great many chances have
been taken, and it will not be long before they will all be gone.

The citizens in Col. STONE's neighborhood, have at last concluded to finish their
school-house.

Among the enterprises of our town, there is none more deserving of merit than the
saddlery and harness manufactury of J.W. STONE. By hard licks and a careful study
of the wants of his customers, Mr. STONE has built up a good trade and his business
is daily increasing. He mades a specialty of cowboys goods such as saddles, spurs,
quirts, leggins, hat bands &c, and guarantees as good work and low prices as any
house in the state.

Married

Mr. J.M. ROSS and Miss Lucy J. MORRISON were united in marriage at the residence
of Mr. Wm. MORRISON, in the eastern portion of the county, Oct. 27th by Rev. J.T.
HARRIS. May they live long and prosper.

P.M. Resigns

Mr. T.O. MOORE has tendered his resignation to the department at Washington as
postmaster at Procter.

Roll of Honor

Following is the roll of honor for Comanche Institute for the month of October:
Camile FLEMING, Clara BEEMAN, C. REDDEN, D. WALCOTT, Jr., L. COX, Ella LOWRY,
L. HOLMSLEY, J.T. HALLFORD, Lizzie WHITT; Jack KETTLES, Mintie HOLMSLEY, Zachie
HARRIS.

Seriously Hurt

A Mr. FLIPPIN, living in the southern portion of the county, was recently badly
hurt by being thrown against the horn of his saddle by his horse jumping a ravine
while under full speed. He is not expected to live. Dr. F.M. HOLMSLEY is attending
him.

Died

The little boy, son of Mrs. REED, living on HOLMSLEYS Creek, mention of whom was
made a few weeks ago, died after nine days suffering from the effects of the
scald received by falling into a pot of boiling syrup. His sufferings were great,
but he has no doubt received his reward in that beautiful land beyond the river.

Sipe Springs Sipings

Mr. R.H. SPINKS is making preparations to put up a first class flouring mill.

Sipe Springs now has both a masonic and I.O.O.F. lodge and both are flourishing.

Religious Items

Rev. H.B. HENRY will preach his farewell sermon at the Methodist church tomorrow
morning. Mr. HENRY starts to conference at Waxahatchie in a few days.

The deacons of Comanche Baptist Association held their meeting at the court house
last Saturday. The organization was effected with G.P. HERNDON, Pres.; I.A.
LANDERS, Vice Pres.; J.G. O'BRIEN, Sec.; and J.W. McDONALD, Treas.

Personals

Judge KENT was in town Wednesday.

Rev. J.A. McMURRY and family have returned from Virginia.

Mrs. W.D. SUMNER, departed for the Atlanta expositioon this week.

Our sanctum was lighted by the pleasant countenance of Mr. R.H. SPINKS, of Sipe
Springs, Tuesday.

Messrs. W.C. CUMMINGS and Joe HAMMERS got back from the end of the T. & P.
extension Sunday evening last.

Mr. A.C. NELSON, the popular grocery merchant of DeLeon, dropped into our office
Monday last and handed in five new subscribers and three jobs.

Dots from DeLeon

Our post office, with J.M. LAMBERT as postmaster, is now open and in full operation.

J.W. GORMAN, of Mt. Airy, and another merchant paid our town a flying visit last
Sunday. Mr. G. will become one of us soon.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, November 12, 1881

Local Matters

District Clerk CARROLL is building a neat additioon to his residence.

Mr. W.L. SARTWELLE presented our office with a beautiful bunch of natural roses
this week. Thanks.

Mr. E.W. HOPE is making numerous improvements with the hammer and paint brush
about his store room.

Mr. J.A. McDONALD will organize a new grange on Sabanna creek, today. This will
make the ninth grange in the county.

Dr. ROBERTSON has returned, and begs to announce to his friends and patrons that
he has resumed the practice of medicine at his old stand, Hamilton's drug store,
where he may be found at all hours during the day when not professionally engaged.

Mrs. BELL, who was adjudged a lunatic several weeks ago, is still in custody of the
sheriff. Judge WILLIAMSON has made every effort in his power to get her a place
in the asylum, but failed on account of the crowded condition of the institution.

Married in Camp

On the 9th day of November 1881, by R.H. CARR, Esq., at their camp, two miles from town on the
Brownwook road, Mr. S.R. DICKEY to Miss Emma HENDERSON. All of Brown county, Texas.

Roll of Honor

The following names were inadvertantly omitted from the roll of honor published
in last week's Chief: Sallie BAUGH, Bertha BAUGH, Sallie LOFTIS, Sallie ARMOUR,
Nora MOTTWILLER, Georgia KNUDSON, Minnie CAMPBELL, Annie WRIGHT.

Accused of Theft

Deputy Sheriff SHERRILL last week arrested J.R. WHEELER, of Eastland county, upon
a charge of stealing a beef steer from Mr. OBITHIER, of this county. He was
lodged in jail, and on Thursday waived examination. Squire CARR fixed his bond at
$500, which he failed to give and was returned to jail. Messrs. F.E. WILSON and
G.C. COTNAM are the principal witnesses for the state.

Married

At the residence of Mr. PHILBRICK, Fort Griffin, Texas, Oct. 20th, Mr. Robert E.
WATTS, of that place, to Miss Lulu G. OVERSTREET, formerly of Comanche.

Personals

Rev. J.A. McMURRAY started house-keeping this week.

Mr. E.L. SHROPSHIRE departed Monday last upon a visit to the old folks at home in
Fayette county.

W.W. and J.H. CUNNINGHAM, of Comanche county were at the Atlanta cotton exposition
on the 3d.

J.T. WASHINGTON has returned to our county to reside, after a year's absence in
the northern portion of the state. We are glad to see him back.

Mr. T.O. MOORE, of Proctor has accepted a position with Hill, Moore & Co., and
will take his place behind the counter next week.

Wm. HYDE, our former townsman, is now residing in Abilene, and is fast recovering
from the effect of his hard struggle with fortune of the past few years. We
heartily wish him all the success attainable.

C.B. MASON's family are visiting relatives in Meridian.

Mrs. E. WIESENDANGER has returned from a visit to Dallas.

Reverends STOCKTON, HENRY, WELBORNE and GRAVIS, and Mr. S.R. SWITZER have gone to
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, December 3, 1881

Local Matters

There was a fight on the west side last Saturday afternoon between George McKENZIE
and Tom GRAVES.

Judge WILLIAMSON has succeeded in procuring a place in the asylum for Mrs. BELL.
She will be taken to the asylum next Monday.

Tom GRAVIS has a knife and -ng scheme on the west side of the square which has
been lining his pockets with ducats for the past week.

Up to the time we go to press, Friday afternoon, Mr. John R. DICKINSON and bride
have not arrived in Comanche. They say John went off to marry a handsome young
lady, a former resident of Comanche, and by this time the ceremony has no doubt
been performed, and the happy couple en route to Comanche.

Accident

Mr. T.S.W. PRESTON, while plastering on A.L. HAMILTON's new building, Wednesday
morning, Wednesday morning fell from a ladder the distance of fourteen feet,
inflicting some painful though not serious wounds on his chin and nose.

The Youngest Telegraph Operators

Katie and Ellen DANIEL, twins, age nine years, daughters of the railroad agent at
DeLeon, in this county, claim to be the youngest operators in the world. These
young girls, so we are informed, do nearly all the operating for their father.

Robbery at DeLeon

Monday night, last, two men entered J.M. STINNETT's bedroom at DeLeon, and after
going through thepockets of his clothes, which were hanging on the wall, and
throwing them down on the floor, they jerked his pants and pillow from under his
head and ran. Chase was given the thieves, but they escaped. Mr. STINNETT's pants
were found in a field near by, minus $55 which had been taken from the pockets.

Roll of Honor

Following is the roll of honor for Comanche Institute, intermediate and primary
department, for the month of November:

Florence CHANCELLOR, Mamie HOLLAND, Hidie BISHOP, Pinkie McCRARY, Nattie HAMILTON,
Walter WELCH, Willie LOFTIS, Pompy CARNES, John WRIGHT, John MOTTWILLER, Charlie
BROWN, John ROBINSON, Laura LEDBETTER, Nellie LATHROP.

Personals

Dr. T.H. EAST, John SEDDON and A.H. TUGGLE, of DeLeon were in town this week.

Mrs. WALKER, of Breckenridge, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Dr. TUCKER, returned home
this week.

Rev. H.B. HENRY returned from conference Thursday evening. He will leave today
for his new field of labor. Mr. HENRY has made many friends during his stay in
Comanche who will regret his departure.

Mr. Hartwell MOORE, late of Galveston, a typo by profession, made the Chief a
pleasant visit Monday last. He comes to our county to settle and will engage in
farming with his brother, T.O. MOORE, near Proctor.

Mr. John CHILTON, who for some time past has been clerking at the store of Cilton
& Campbell, went to Dublin this week, where he will make his future home.

Miss Aline STOUDEMEYER, one of Brownwood's most accomplished young ladies, spent
a few days in Comanche this week.

Mr. T.C. HILL, one of the clever gentlemen of Comanche, is in the city, and
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, December 17, 1881

Local Matters

Mac O'DELL gave bond and was released from jail on Thursday.

Nearly Christmas and not a single flake of beautiful snow has fallen in our midst.

Master N.A. COOK, Jr., returned from Eureka Springs, Ark., this week, where he
has been for several months past for the benefit of his health.

Superintendent SWITZER, of the Methodist Sunday school requests us to inform the
patrons of the school that all presents intended for the Christmas tree should be
at the church Friday afternoon or early Saturday morning in order that sufficient
time may be had for the arrangement of the tree.

Died

Mrs. Mary MILLER, wife of Mr. Isaac MILLER, died at their residence, six miles
north of town, on Wednesday morning last, of consumption.

Still Another

Mr. Riley CONDRON purchased the Professor SWITZER residence and will in a short
time move his family to town for the purpose of sending his children to our
excellent school. As the Chief has often said, a good school will be the
redemption of our town, and many more good families will move to it if the school
will be pushed and kept up to the proper standard.

Saw Accident

Monday evening last Mr. BAUGH was the victim of quite a painful accident, at the
Comanche cotton gin. While attempting to clean out the gin, the sleeve of his
shirt was caught in the saws, which dragged his arm against the revolving teeth.
The back portion of his lower right arm was badly lacerated, but his hand
fortunately was not hurt. Dr. PAINE dressed the wounds, and the sufferer was
taken to his home.

Personals

Mr. George VERNON and family departed Monday for Kansas upon a visit to his mother.

Dr. S.K. SMITH, the affable and gentlemanly dentist, is in town, plying his
vocation. The Doctor is stopping at Uncle Jack's where he will be pleased to see
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, December 24, 1881

Local Matters

When you go to or come from Dublin, do not fail to patronize Mr. MORRIS's hack,
which makes quick time and close connections with all the trains.

Jeff GRAVIS was tried last Monday upon the charge of carrying a pistol and
acquitted. He obtained a continuance upon the charge of drunkenness, but while
Constable HODGE stepped across the street to get a blank bond at the Chief office,
Jeff stepped off in the opposite direction, and has not since been heard from.

A Large Hog

Ed. Chief: -Please publish that I have this day killed one hog, 21 months old,
that weighed 529 pounds. Wm PENDERGRASS

For Violating the Sunday Law

Constable HODGE arrested Mr. Warren CUMMINGS, Monday last, for violating the
Sunday law, by selling liquor to Mr. A.V. BOWMAN. The defendant had a hearing in
Justice CARR's court on Thursday, resulting in a mistrial.

Administrator's Sale

The personal effects of the late C.W. WEST were sold by Administrator BRYSON,
Monday last, at public outcry, at the farm of the deceased. Several gentlemen
went from town to buy the cattle but they were over bid. About $700 were realized.

Compromised

Rev. P.W. GRAVIS has compromised the suits he had entered against the proprietors
of the Commercial and Monarch saloons, those gentlemen having made the amende
honorable. These suits will have the salutary effect of making saloon men a
little more careful in observing the letter of the law.

An Election Ordered

Mayor GAISER has very generously resigned his office as school trustee, he
being an ex-officio member of the board, by virtue of his office as mayor, in
order that the board may have a full representation of citizens, and has ordered
an election to take place on the 9th of January, to fill the vacancy. At the same
time another trustee will be elected to fill the vacancy ceased by the resignation
of Judge FLEMING, Mr. SARTWELLE having declined to serve.

Personals

Mr. B.D. SHROPSHIRE, of LaGrange, Texas, and a brother to our esteemed
fellow-townsman, E.L. SHROPSHIRE, arrived by Tuesday's stage, accompanied by his
family. He will locate in our town and practice law with his brother.

A Good Man Gone To Rest

Mr. Isham OSBORNE died on the 19th inst., at his residence in this county. The
deceased had resided here for a number of years, had a host of friends and but
few, if any enemies, and was one of our best citizens. We can pronounce no higher
eulogy to his name or memory than that which came from the lips of the minister
who preached his funeral when he said: "I never knew a better man. He was truly a
man who, in all the walks of life, lived the religion that he professed. His
firm and living trust in Jesus as his personal Redeemer gives evidence that he
has entered into that rest that remains for the people of God."


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, December 31, 1881

Local Matters

Henry KEY has gone to Waco on a visit to his relatives there.

E.W. HOPE advertises in this [?] his entire stock of furniture, and the good will
of his large and increasing business to some cash purchaser. Mr. HOPE, we are
exceedingly sorry to learn, contemplates returning soon to his old home at
Bethlehem, Pa., to reside in the future.

Personals

The Misses HERNDON, of Proctor, honored Comanche's Christmas festivities with
their presence.

Turner BREEDLOVE, one of our old Comanche boys, came down from the Panhandle to
spend a few weeks in civilized Comanche.

Miss Avis MICHINER, of Weatherford, a most charming and agreeable young lady,
visited her relatives at this place, the family of Postmaster CAMPBELL, this week.

Col. WALCOTT, Dr. TUCKER, Professor BARNES and County Clerk BON- went to the
Colorado this week upon a fishing excursion.

After a Prisoner

Sheriff John CUNNINGHAM, of Taylor county, arrived in town Wednesday. He came
after the prisoner McGEE, who recently broke jail at Buffalo Gap, and was
subsequently recaptured at DeLeon, in this county. McGEE is considered a bad man,
having murdered a ranger at Big Springs, last spring.

Society Notes

Mrs. BARTLETT entertained a select assemblage of friends at her residence Thursday
night, in a most elegant manner. The occasion was in honor the the Misses HERNDON
of Proctor, who were guests of the hostess.

Mrs. WALCOTT's residence was stormed by a large crowd of young people, Wednesday
evening, who completely surprised her. With her usual hospitality, and with the
assistance of Miss Annie BELL, she soon had the young people heartily enjoying
themselves, which they did most heartily.

The ladies of the Methodist church have inaugurated a series of sociables for the
purpose of raising funds to complete the parsonage. The first of these occurred
at Mr. J.C. BARTLETTS, Thursday night, and was largely attended. The host and
hostess, as usual, made everything doubly agreeable to all who attended.

Who Will It Be?

Mr. Dave ZWEIFEL has a nice Pyramid cake, weighing about 50 pounds valued at ten
dollars, which he wishes to dispose of. In order to do this he will allow it to
be voted to the most popular lady in the town at 10 cents a vote. The polls are
now open at his store, and will be closed Wednesday night. Walk up gentlemen and
do not allow your favorite to be beaten.

A Fight

Joe BROWN and Charles KELLY, colored, seeing that their white brethren were going
to forget the Christmas fights, concluded that such an important part of the
holiday programme should by no means be omitted, and so they proceeded to pommel
each other. They were liberally fined for their fun. Bob FRALEY, a witness to the
affair, refused to be subpoenaed and was arrested and fined $10 therefore.

Quarterly Conference

The Methodist quarterly conference meets at the church today. The appeal of Mr.
J.T. TUNNELL, from the decision rendered against him a short time since, will be
heard.

A Card

Mr. Editor: - It having come to my ears that the grave charge of "collusion"
between Rev. C.H. ELLIS and myself is being handed round by word of mouth in
Comanche, in which the slanderers would make the impression that by mutual
agreement between brother Ellis and I, the ends of justice were defeated at our
last annual conference, in withholding complaints against H.B. HENRY and C.H.
ELLIS, I take this method of denouncing the whole as a slanderous falsehood,
and if the perpetrators have any grounds for their statements, they are
respectfully demanded. W.R.D. STOCKTON, P.E. Brownwood Dis't.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, January 14, 1882

Local Matters

We received last week a most agreeable treat from our popular baker and
restaurateur, Mr. David ZWEIFEL in the shape of a pitcher of delicious
cider and an assortment of elegant cake. It was eaten with a relish and
we hope the donor much success.

Sheriff YATES and Jailer SULLIVAN returned from Dallas Sunday, where
they turned over to the prison authorities Gus ELLISON and HARRIS, the
two escaped boy convicts recently arrested in this county.

Deputy Sheriff SHERRILL surprised our genial friend Dr. TOWNSLEY, Tuesday
last, by arresting him upon a warrant from Dublin, Erath county charging
him with fighting. Several months ago the Doctor met a gentleman over there
who did not like a joke very well and an old fashioned fight ensued. The
Doctor started to Dublin Wednesday to answer the charge.

Recovering

We are glad to learn that the estimable wife of Mr. G.A. BEEMAN, who has
been very ill for the past week, is rapidly recovering. It is hoped that
she may soon be as well as ever, and enjoying good health.

Married

At the residence of Dr. W.V. CRAWFORD, Sipe Springs, on Jan. 4th, 1882, by
E.J. CARRINGTON, Esq., Mr. Elias PLOTT to Miss Bettie CRAWFORD. Our young
friends, it would seem, were prompted by timidity, to be over faithfull in
the effort to conceal from the world the fact of their union.

While they have our most profound sympathy in their failure to longer keep the
secret, we heartily congratulate them on their entrance into that enchanted
sphere. May the paths of their lives be strewn with beautiful flowers, or in
other words, we hope that all their future troubles may be "little ones." A Friend

Personals

Col. J.D. BERRY and lady, of Stephensville, were in town Wednesday night.

Master Geo. TUCKER, one of the brightest youths of our town, who for some time
past has been visiting relatives at Weatherford, returned Saturday.

Mr. J.T. YEARGIN, known as Eastland's handsome clerk, has accepted a position for
a couple of months at Baird, as a receiver of some assigned goods. Mr. Y.,
anticipates making Cisco his future home, and will be welcomed by a host of old
friends.

We made several mistakes in the personal notice of Miss EVERETT last week. It
should have read "Miss" instead of "Mrs." And "a niece" instead of "a sister" of
Mrs. CANAN's.

Dr. REDDEN departed this week for DeLeon where he will practice his profession.
The people of that community will find the Doctor to be one of the most
straight-forward gentlemen that ever located there and well worthy of their
patronage.

Accidentally Shot

Sunday night three young cowboys who were en route to the western counties, in
search of employment, encamped near the residence of Mr. WHITE at the crossing
of Sweetwater about six miles west of town. One of them, a Mexican lad by the
name of Joe RICHARDS, while stooping down to perform some duty around the
campfire, dropped his pistol which went off, the ball entering his abdomen, a
little to the right and below the naval, ranging upward through the entire body
and coming out at the top of the shoulder. Dr. PAINE was summoned to dress the
wound, which he says is not dangerous. The wounded youth was taken to the
residence of Mr. WHITE, where he now lies under medical treatment. RICHARDS
is from Williamson county.

The School Election

Monday last the citizens of Comanche voted to elect two school trustees to
fill the vacancies caused by the resignations of J.M. GAISER and W.L. SARTWELLE.
As this is considered quite an important and responsible position by our people,
and one in the selection of which the people could not be too careful, there was
quite an interest manifested, seventy-four votes being polled even though the
weather was very bad, while at the last electioon for a trustee there were very
few, thus showing an increased interest in the school. The votes stood as
follows: E.L. SHROPSHIRE, 48; J.M. McCRARY, 37; G.W.L. ROBERTSON, 22;
Benj. F. WRIGHT, 12; G.A. BEEMAN, 8; R. HOLLAND, 7; W.O. HAMILTON, 3; J.G.
HAMILTON, 2; M.V. GLEMING, Milton BROWN, G.W. TUCKER and J.W. GREENE, 1 each.
Messrs. SHROPSHIRE and McCRARY are therefore the successful candidates.

City Council

J.W. GREENE was allowed $10.50 for services rendered as recorder. Messrs. J.C.
BARTLETT, J.W. GREENE and J.R. DICKSON were appointed appraisers for the town
property. Aldermen BEEMAN and HAMILTON were appointed a committee to district
the town into four wards each of which is to constitute a road precinct, and
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, March 4, 1882

Local Matters

Be prompt at court next week. Judge BLACKBORN is a rusher.

Rev. W.C. BRODIE preaches tomorrow at the Methodist church.

The crowd of boys that hang around the post office of nights are becoming a
nuisance.

Jr. J.P. COOK's gang of carpenters are at work at DeLeon on Sheriff YATES' livery
stable.

Road overseer ZETTLEMOYER had a party of road hands working the streets in
Boogerville this week.

Six or eight divorce suits to be tried this term of the court. Comanche will soon
out-rival Chicago in the divorce business.

Personals

Dr. S.K. SMITH, of Sipe Springs, was upon our streets this week.

Mr. CREECH, of Sipe Springs, paid the Chief a pleasant call this week.

Byron GREEN and Geo. VERNON have gone west on a drumming excursion.

Messrs. F.E. WILSON and G.C. COTNAM departed for Fort Worth, Tuesday.

Mr. V. ALLEN, a former resident of our town, but more recently of Johnson county,
has returned to dwell among us.

Mrs. SHORTRIDGE has moved to Dublin, for the purpose of teaching school. Mrs. S.
is an excellent teacher and lady and carries with her the well wishes of her many
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, April 8, 1882

Local Matters

A little child of Mr. And Mrs. Fred GRIMM died this week.

J.K. MAGILL, Christadelphian, will preach at the courthouse in this place, on next
Wednesday night. Subject, the Gospel of the kingdom of GOD.

Purse PARSONS and Rebecca A. BURKS were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at
the Primitive Baptist Church last Sunday by Rev. BURKS.

Dr. TOWNSLEY is in town. He has been suffering for several days from a large
carbuncle on the back of his neck.

Dr. G.W. TUCKER and lady returned from Eastland and Cisco on Thursday. The doctor
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, May 6, 1882

Local Matters

James WRIGHT is having erected, a neat residence in the Northwest part of town.

A dispatch from Bryan says that Jesse B. HALL is lying there at the point of
death, his wife left on the first train to go to his assistance.

We are glad to note that Dr. C.F. PAINE was elected first Vice President of the
Northwest Texas medical association which convened lately at Fort Worth, a
deserved compliment to a worthy physician.

Caught

Sheriff YATES succeeded in capturing one MORRIS, near Iredell, who is accused of
doing the shooting at DeLeon a few days since. We understand that he has
implicated the AMMERINE brothers who have also been arrested as participants in
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, May 13, 1882

Local Matters

The many young friends of Mr. And Mrs. W.L. YATES, enjoyed a pleasant sociable,
last Friday night.

A neck-tie party was enjoyed by a host of young friends of Mr. And Mrs. HOLLAND
on last Tuesday night.

The many friends of T.C. HILL will be sorry to hear of his being very sick. We
are in hopes he will soon recover.

Personals

Mrs. Lula CLOWER departed Monday on a visit to Colorado City.

Judge T.L. HUTCHISON has returned from Austin, where he has been upon legal
business.

W.H. POLLARD, Bud HOLMSLEY, W.B. CHANCELLOR and D.L. STEPHENS graced our sanctum
but better still left the subscription price each for the Chief.

'Squire Jim TERRY called in, this week, he reports DeLeon booming, the people
moving on and building up their interests.

Dr. S.H. STOUT left yesterday for Comanche, Texas, where he will make his future
home. He will edit the Comanche Chief and practice medicine in that locality. We
regret to loose such a valuable citizen. Chattanooga Times, May 3rd

We chronicle the arrival a few days since, of Dr. S.H. STOUT, of Chattanooga,
Tennessee. The Doctor is extensively known throughout the south and especially
to many old soldiers of Hood's army, wherein he was a Medical director. We find
him to be a courteous and polished gentleman, full of sound thought and
progression. He will locate with us, and being an uncle of our editor, Joe W.
HILL, we may look for a marked improvement in the Chief, as the doctor is a
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, May 20, 1882

Local Matters

The following marriage licenses were issued from the county clerks office on
Tuesday: J.E. HARRIS and L.J. HOLIDAY, Chas. H. WILLINGHAM and Lillie E. CARR,
J.A. BURKS and Nemma MORGAN.

S. ROACH has the only exclusively cash store in Sipe Springs.

Personals

Mr. Paschal TUCKER and lady, of Dallas, are in Comanche, visiting Dr. TUCKER and
family.

Mrs. W.L. SARTWELLE and Miss Mamie TUCKER, of Weatherford, are visiting relatives
in Comanche.

Col. D. WALCOTT returned from the southern portion of the state this week.
Sickness compelled him to return by rail.

Joe W. HILL, of this paper, returned from San Francisco, last Friday evening.

Married

WILLINGHAM-CARR. Married by Rev. J.M. GAISER, at the residence of the bride's
parents, near Cox's Gap, Comanche county, Texas, on the 17th of May, at 3p.m.,
C.H. WILLINGHAM, Esq., attorney-at-law, and editor of the "Record," of Runnels
county, to Miss Lillie E. CARR. The parents of the bride but recently removed
to our county from Brenham, and after a short sojourn here she "goes further
west" under the protection of a gallant gentleman, whose hosts of friends in
north-western Texas bid him and his lovely bride God speed in the journey of life.

Election

Whereas the time of service has expired of C.F. PAINE, J.M. McCRARY and R.D.
REDDEN, as trustees of the Comanche school board of trustees, I am authorized
by order passed by the board of Aldermen to order an election to be held upon
Monday the 5th day of June 1882 for the purpose of electing three trustees to
fill the said vacancies and I hereby appoint and empower A.L. HAMILTON to conduct
said election in accordance with law. J.M. GAISER, Mayor of Comanche.

Dots From Sipe Springs

Ed. Chief: The farmers are all busy harvesting. Wheat is much better than was
expected.

Mr. HILL has sold his farm to a Mr. STEWART from Arkansas. Mr. S. seems to be a
man of the right kind from the energy and pluck he has displayed during the short
time he has been here.

Mr. SPINKS now has his new mill completed and is in full blast. We now have two
as good mills as is in the west. Messrs. JACOBS & STAMEY have moved to their new
house on the west side of the street. This gives us three general merchandise
stores, Mr. ROACH occupying the house that they were formerly in. Mr. HALL is
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche Texas, Saturday, June 3, 1882



Shut Down

Mr. HOLLAND has shut down his mill for the purpose of putting in new
improved machinery and general repairs, preparatory to grinding the new
crop. The mill will be ready for work again in two or three weeks and will
be one of the best equipped in the state.



Sipe Springs

Mr. R.H. SPINKS has started his new mill, which, by the way, is a credit to
the town and its enterprising owner. With two good flouring mills, the
Springs expects to draw a large trade.

Messrs. JACOBS & STAMEY are authorized to receive subscriptions to the Chief
at Sipe Springs.



Comanche County Products

Mr. Josiah CREAMER, who resides six miles east of town, brought in on Monday
some fine ripe June apples.

D.T. LONG, from the same neighborhood, presented us with some specimens of
white onions-the large flat variety-measuring in diameter from three and
half to four inches.

Mrs. D. WALCOTT sent to the Chief office a bunch of four most deliciously
flavored peaches, which was quite a curiosity. They were as closely in
contact as grapes in the bunch.

Thanks to that little daughter of C.A. LEE, who was so thoughtful of the
editor as to insist upon her father bringing in for his especial benefit
some specimens of peaches of the variety called the "Governor's Garland,"
good enough to crown humbler people than governors with joy.

Uncle Dick CARNES, one of the oldest settlers of Comanche county, also
brought in some fine ripe peaches, grown on his farm near town. What Uncle
Dick doesn't know about Comanche county and its resources probably no body
else knows. He thinks, after an experience of years, that it is a far
better region for farming than most of the country east of the Mississippi.

"Brother" B.S. PARKER, who lives near Proctor, in this county, sent in a
specimen of Mediterranean wheat grown on his place which demonstrates the
wonderfully prolific character of that variety of grain.

Messrs. STONE and DICKEY have a field of Nicaragua wheat, of which they have
sent a specimen to the Chief, that will make twenty-five bushels to the
acre.



Personals

Sandy CHILTON returned from Wise county Wednesday.

Mrs. J.L. SPURLIN, nee Miss Maggie VEDDER, is in the city, visiting her
sister, Mrs. Milton BROWN.

Frank CHANCELLOR has given up the telegraph office at this place and has
been superseded by Walker WILLIAMS, of Belton.

Dr. G.P. HERNDON, of the eastern portion of the county near Dublin, paid our
office a pleasant visit this week.

Mr. B.D. SHROPSHIRE was taken to LaGrange this week by Deputy Sheriff
SHERRILL. He was an attached witness.



Martin's Branch

John JANES, who recently came into the neighborhood, is building a new
house. He is a "go ahead" man, just such as we need.


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, June 10, 1882



Brief extracts from business advertisements from current issue:

Dr. S.H. STOUT...tenders his services in the practice of all branches of his
profession...Office upstairs in rear of the Chief office.

F.T. PAINE, M.D., Comanche, TX. "All chronic diseases will be critically
investigated and treated according to advanced principles." Office of F.T.
& C.F. Paine, southwest corner square.

J.R. FLEMING, J.M. MOORE, E.T. HILLIARD, Attorneys at Law, Eastland, TX

E.L. SHROPSHIRE, B.D. SHROPSHIRE, attorney at law, Comanche, Texas

G.W.L. ROBERTSON, M.D., Surgeon and Physician, Office at Hamilton's drug
store, west side of square. Comanche, Texas

W.O. HAMILTON, (County Attorney) , Attorney-At-Law, Comanche, Texas.
Special attention paid to land litigation and collections.

HILL, MOORE & CO., Bankers and Dealers in Exchange. Comanche, Texas

W.L. SARTWELL. Attention Stockmen. 3200 acres of land for sale. Patented
to James HAMILTON.

John FARMER, Comanche and DeLeon Hack Line. Conveying U.S. Mail, Daily
except Sunday. Passengers for Comanche, should buy tickets to DeLeon as
that is the nearest station. I am now running my hack line and have it
equipped with good stock and make good time.

A.L. HAMILTON I keep constantly on hand a large and varied stock of drugs,
including patent medicines, school books, stationary, toilet articles, ready
mixed paints, tobacco and cigars, prescription department.

J.W. STONE, Saddler and Harness Maker, Northwest corner Public square,
Comanche.

S. ROACH, Dealer in General Merchandise, Sipe Springs, Texas. Cash Paid for
Hides.

Comanche Institute, male and female. P.M. BARNES, A.M. Principal; W.D. COX,
Assistant; Miss Ida HART, Teacher of Music.

W.L.YATES, DeLeon and Comanche Livery Feed and Sale, Stables. North Side
Public Square, Comanche, Texas. Near Railroad Depot, DeLeon.

DENTON & CARNES, Glen Lea Saloon, west side public square, First-class
billiard and pool tables, the best liquors, Cigars, & C.

J.W. GREENE, The Most Complete Stock of Staple and Fancy Groceries and
Western Produce Ever Brought to Comanche. North West Cor. Pub. Square

S.C. BEEMAN. Now is the Time! Twenty-five Per Cent Off! Silk and Lace
Ties and Fichus, Silk, Lace and Linen Handkerchiefs, Kid, Lisle and Cotton
Gloves.

V.F. BOWMAN. To Farmers. I take pleasure in informing the farmers of
Comanche county that I am again preprarted to thresh their wheat, having
purchased a new eight-horse power vibrator of the very best make.

E. WIESENDANGER. Keg Beer Saloon and Restaurant. East Side of Square.
Comanche, Texas

M.V. FLEMING. Furniture! Having purchased Mr. E.W. HOPE's stock and tools,
I beg leave to inform the citizens of Comanche and surrounding country, that
I will continue the business at the old stand.southeast corner of square,
Comanche, Texas.

F.M. McDERMOTT, on the North side of the Public Square of Comanche. Keeps
constantly on hand a full line of Groceries of every kind, sells very low,
and strives to please.

W.B. CUNNINGHAM, Dealer in Drugs & Groceries, West Side Public Square,
Comanche.



Church Destroyed By Fire

The Jimmie's creek church and school house was destroyed by fire on Sunday
night last. The arbor, belonging to the church, which stood some distance
from the house, was also consumed. The origin of the fire is unknown, but
it is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary.



Comanche County Products

Col. WALCOTT brought to the Chief office a stock of corn grown on his place
in town, vigorous and large, bearing nine ear shoots.

H.O'BRIEN, Comanche's most successful horticulturist, brought in this week a
lot of three varieties of peaches, delicious and large, and some fine wild
goose plums that cannot be excelled. Mr. O'B is agent for the Rosedale
Nursery and parties wanting to learn something about fruit best adapted to
this climate and soil would do well to call on him.

A beet, twenty-two inches in length and fourteen in circumference, sound to
the core, and a radish eighteen inches long, were brought in this week for
exhibition by Isaac DAVIS -"Watermelon DAVIS" as he is generally called from
the fact that he uniformly raises great quantities of melons. His farm is
in the fork of Indian creek and the Leon river.



Personals

Mr.C.B. MASON is confined to his home with the measles.

Mr. R.R. YOUNG (Happy Jack) and family of Brownwood, passed through town on
Monday last, on their way home from a trip east.

We had a pleasant call this week by S.H. KELLY, Esq., who lives near Salt
Springs in this county. He is a native of Ohio. He emigrated to the South
many years before the war and has resided in Mississippi, California and
Arkansas, and served in the Confederate army.



Sipe Spring Doings

Mr. W.E. VERNON now runs a self binder and the farmers are so much pleased
with it that I think they will be used altogether after this season.

R.H. SPINKS has started his new mill and is making as fine flour as is made
anywhere.

T.C. YANTIS is repairing his mill, putting in some new machinery to grind
and bolt the "Nicaraugua" which is badly needed.

The two new business firms, Messrs JACOBS and STANLEY, and Mr. S. ROACH,
seem to be doing well. Indeed every man you meet looks happy since the
rains. Even M.W. HALL is as gay as a boy.

The cattle trade is still going on. J.W. MORGAN has bought about 600 head,
which he received here on the 2nd of June.

The sheep interest is also getting to be quite an important one in this
section. Mr. A.B. FOSTER & Bro, own about a thousand and Mr. A.J. JOYCE
about nine hundred.

I almost forgot to tell you of our brag garden owned by Dr. S.K. SMITH. It
is a very fine one. Vegetables in a great variety. He speaks of sending a
load down to Comanche. Yours very truly, JOHNSING


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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, June 17, 1882



Local Matters

Mr. Joe HAMMERS has secured the mail contract from Comanche to DeLeon and
will take charge of the -ame on the first prox. Joe has ordered a bran
[sic] new hack and says he intends to run first-class teams.



Marriage Licenses

County Clerk BONNER has issued licenses to marry during the present month as
follows, to wit:

J.H. MILLER and Sarah HANSON

J.C. WILLIAMS and Lillian E. COOPER

William CARGILE and Mary UNDERWOOD

J.R. McKINZIE and Ellen E. EDWARDS



Announcements

W.L. YATES, the present efficient sheriff of our county, announces as
candidate for re-election. Mr. YATES is well known to the citizens of
Comanche county, of having served -- term as sheriff and two as deputy
sheriff.

The name of Mr. G.R. HUSTON appears this week as a candidate for re-election
to the office of tax assessor.



School Trustees Elected

On Monday last an election was held for four school trustees to take the
places of C.F. PAINE, J.M. McCRARY, N.R. LINDSEY and R.D. -IDDEN, whose
terms of office had expired. Following shows the votes totaled: R.
HOLLAND, 57; C.F. PAINE --; J.W. GREENE, 39; F.A. JACK, 38; - R. LINDSEY,
35; G.A. BEEMAN, 29; - M. McCRARY, 27; scattering, 10.



Fine Spring Turnips

Mr. J.M. CASSLE, who lives nine miles east of town, between Indian creek and
the North Leon, sowed, on the 26th of February last, in the sandy land of
his locality, one-eighth of an acre of the purple top turnip. An average
specimen of the product he has brought to the Chief's editorial room. It is
six inches in diameter and weighs two and a half pounds.



Wild Goose Plums

Mr. D.H. CUNNINGHAM brought in this week some specimens of the wild goose
plum a third larger than any the writer has ever seen. It is best to buy
the grafted bushes from the nursery, but, as this variety is known generally
to propagate its kind from the seed, farmers would do well to plant as many
as they can.



Real Estate Transfers

The following deeds have been recorded in the county clerk's office since
our last report, to-wit:

E.L. SHROPSHIRE to S.A. LYNCH; 160 acres, Joseph HARRALSON survey, $23.10

State of Texas to A.H. DOTY, 160 acres, pre-emption patent.

A.G. DAVENPORT and wife to A.E. BAILEY, 60 acres; $50

A.E. BAILEY and wife to D. LINDLEY, 60 acres; $355

N.J. POUNDS to D.N. LEE, lot 2 in block 46 in town of Comanche; $200

G.C. COTNAM to A.C. WILLIAMS, 283 acres out of the Z.S. BROOKS survey; $450

John McDOUGALL to Wm. LINDLEY, 1585 acres out the S. THOMPSON survey;
$396.25

C.G. DAVENPORT and wife to David LINDLEY, 80 acres; $120

J.W. DUNN and wife to A.E. BAILEY, 19 acres; $35

A.E. BAILEY and wife to D. LINDLEY, 19 acres; $10

F.E. BOMPART and wife to Wm. LINDLEY, undivided one-half interest in lot 12,
block 18 in DeLeon.

Heirs of J.J. GREEN, et al. to Jane A. GREEN, et al.; undivided one-half
interest 640 acres, Thomas PARKER survey; $1

Jane A. GREEN, et al. to W. VON ROSENBERG, undivided one-half interest in
640 acres, Thomas PARKER survey; consideration, legal services



Personals

Capt. J.A. WRIGHT returned, on Wednesday, from Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto
county, whither he had been to take Mrs. WRIGHT for her health.

John M. CLOWER came down from Colorado City on Monday evening. He reports
the young giant as still growing. He will return next week, taking his
family with him.

Mr. Lou LUPTON, a former citizen of Comanche, who has many friends here, is
now in Virginia, as we learn from the Rockingham Register.

Prof. J.W. TIMMINS, former principal of Comanche's school, has recently
moved to San Angelo, Tom Green county, where he has formed a copartnership
in the practice of law with Francis F. HOPP, Esq.

The Dublin Gazette of Saturday last says: "Miss Isla SHORTRIDGE arrived
home Tuesday. She has been attending the normal school at Huntsville since
last September. Although she lost seven weeks from her studies, caused by
sickness, she was chosen among the twenty who were placed on the roll of
honor. The papers which gave the standing of these, placed her fifth, when
she was third, and it gives us pleasure to make the correction."

Miss Isla's home is in Comanche, and her numerous friends are justly proud
of her success.



Sipe Springs Locals

M. W. HALL is building a new stone store house.

S. ROACH has received a large lot of new furniture.

R.H. SPINKS ground a load of wheat from Comanche a few days ago.

A.J. JOICE is building a neat residence here and will move to town in a few
days.

Mrs. Dr. S.K. SMITH has returned from a visit to her father, who lives near
Meridian, Miss.

Rev. G.F. FAIR, one-half of a mile south of town, has an orchard of as
thrifty trees as ever grew anywhere. It is well loaded with fruit, and the
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The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, Saturday, June 24, 1882



Local Matters

Mr. HOLLAND will start his mill about the middle of next week.

The young people enjoyed a pleasant sociable at the residence of Mrs. J.M.
HOLMSLEY on Tuesday evening last.

The first watermelons of the season were brought in yesterday by Mr. W.M.
HOPSON, who resides near Salt Springs.



Announcements

In our announcement column will be found the name of J.W. ALBIN as a
candidate for cattle inspector. Mr. ALDIN [spelling appears both ways] is
well known in our county and, if elected, would, no doubt, fill the office
with credit.



A Mysterious Circumstance

We learn that C.A. LEE of the South Leon neighborhood, found in his pasture
a few days ago, a pair of matched grey horses, well shod, that had evidently
been recently driven and put in there through the gate. He thinks it
probable that they are livery horses.



A Distressing Accident

Mr. J.P. COOK, while driving a -ial at Mr. HOLLAND's mill, met with a
serious accident, which, it is feared, will result in the loss of vision in
his right eye. While driving a nail overhead it flew down and penetrated
the ... of the eye. Yesterday his attending physician, Dr. C.F. PAINE,
stated that he was comparatively comfortable, but a conclusion as to the
result could not yet be arrived at. Mr. COOK has our sympathies.



Drowned

We learn that a little boy, about twelve years old, name SHERROD, was
accidentally drowned while bathing in the Leon near the mouth of Sowell's
creek on Sunday last.



A $3,500 Failure

On Friday last considerable excitement was caused on our streets by the
failure of the grocery firm of J.W. MOORE & Co. The assignment was made by
C.B. MASON, partner in the firm, to W.O. HAMILTON, assignee, for the benefit
of creditors. The liabilities of the firm foot up about $3,500 while the
stock on hand invoiced a little over $1,4000. A large bulk of the
indebtedness is due parties in the town and county, Mr. MOORE, it seems,
having been "borrowing from Peter to pay Paul" for some time. Realizing the
inevitable and lacking the moral courage to face his creditors, many of whom
he says were his best friends, MOORE left on Thursday for parts unknown but
has since been heard from at Colorado City. Mr. MASON has not been an
active member of the firm for some time. Having been employed as
book-keeper in another house, he knew but little of what was transpiring in
the now defunct store. The break was no doubt an honest one, and is greatly
regretted both on account of the young men and their many creditors.



Personals

We are pleased to see Prof. W.D. COX on the streets again after a spell of
sickness.

Mr. R.V. NEELEY has returned from Waco, where he has been for several months
attending school.

Mr. J.E. CANAN and family will leave, in a few days, for Crosby county,
where they will probably reside in the future.

Mr. J.T. HARRIS' family moved to Dublin this week. Their many friends in
Comanche regretted very much to see them leave, and join with the Chief in
many wishes for their welfare in their new home.

The Chief had a pleasant call from Mr. S.E. McASHAN, formerly of Houston,
who is running a mixed sheep and cattle business in the South Leon
neighborhood.

Messrs. Jesse CUNNINGHAM and C.A. LEE, of the southeastern section of our
county, called on us the early part of the week. Such men, in the vigor of
manhood, full of energy and enterprise and engaged in rural pursuits, are
bound to build up a country like this. Comanche county has room for
thousands more like them.

One of the earliest and constant friends of the Chief, Raburn SCOTT, Esq.,
ten years a farmer in Comanche county, called this week. .He is one of our
most respected and venerable citizens.



De Leon Locals

Esquire TERRY is having but little business in his court now. Perhaps the
people are becoming more pious of late.

BOOTH, MORRIS & TERRELL have almost completed a two-story house, the upper
story of which is to be used for Masonic purposes.

John TERRY was bitten by a copperhead snake on the 17th inst. Dr. REDDEN
and EAST were called to see him. He was improving when last heard from.



Sipe Springs Locals [Sipe Springs is situated about twenty miles a little
northwest of Comanche in the most densely populated portion of Comanche
county. It contains seven or eight stores, two splendid flouring mills, two
steam gins, good church and school buildings, a Masonic and I.O.O.F. lodges,
& c.]

Prof. WEAR opened school on yesterday with a fair attendance.

Dr. S.K. SMITH left a few days ago for the west on the Texas Pacific to fill
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Masonic Installation

The following gentlemen, officers elect of Hope Lodge No. 481, A.F. & A.M.,
were, on Saturday night last, installed for the ensuing Masonic year by
D.D.G.M.G.A. BEESON: R. HOLLAND, W.M.; Joe W. HILL, S.W.; C.F. PAINE, J.W.;
J. GREENE, Treas.; N. COOK, Sec; W.J. NABERS, S.D.; J.R. GAFFORD, J.D.; W.W.
McCULLOUGH, S.S.; G.A. CLIFTON, J.S.; J.J. FRANKLIN, Tiler.



School Matters

The trustees of the Comanche Graded School announce that they will consider
applications for places in the school on the 24th inst.

Mrs. KNUDSON's school closed on the 23rd ult. The attendance during the
session was good. The following prizes were awarded: For punctual
attendance, Joe YALE; for the most rapid improvement in penmanship, Willie
LOFTIS; for excelling in his class, Charlie BROWN; for excelling in their
classes, Sarah LOFTIS, Nettie HAMILTON, Grace KNUDSON and Laura CHANCELLOR.
Mrs. KNUDSON is very popular with her patrons and pupils and we wish her
success.



Personals

J.W. MOORE has returned to Comanche.

Mrs. J.J. FRANKLIN, accompanied by her children, returned to Comanche
Tuesday evening last. They were warmly welcomed back to their old home by
their numerous friends.

Mr. John HOWELL, of Springfield, Ohio, (an uncle of F.E. WILSON,) who has
been on a prospecting tour to our county, returned to his home on Monday
last. We hope he will decide to come here to live.



Salt Springs Locals

We have a good school at Salt Springs, taught by Mrs. TUNNELL.



Principal Inhabitants of Sipe Springs on The 24th of June 1882

J.C. SMITH, blacksmith; J.F. CHILDRESS, farmer; H.R. SPINKS, miller; Dr.
S.K. SMITH, farmer and dentist; T.J. CRAWFORD, miller; Elias PLOTT,
druggist; Ed DEWEY, miller; Rev. G.F. FAIR, minister; J.W. JOHNSON, farmer;
R.G. ELLIOTT, freighter; Mr. HUTCHENS, farmer; T.C. YANTIS, miller and
merchant; Mr. CREECH, merchant; John ROACH, clerk; S. ROACH, merchant; M.W.
HALL, merchant; Dave JACOBS, merchant (no family); Frank STAMEY, merchant
(no family); K. STEPHENSON, clerk (no family); J.C. LEAZAR, saddler; George
CREED, blacksmith; Branch HUFF, blacksmith; A.A. MILLER, carpenter; J.J.
DEENS, farmer; Jas STANTON, engineer; Press THURMOND, farmer; T. REEVES,
bootmaker; B. WALKER, bootmaker; E.J. CARRINGTON, postmaster and J.P.; A.J.
JOICE, farmer; Q. BOOTH, blacksmith; Rev. R.D. WEAR, principal of school;
Mr. STUART, farmer; William VERNON, farmer and mechanic; Jeff CRESTMAN,
farmer; Hans WEAVER, farmer; J.W. MORGAN, cattleman; Dr. DAVIS, physician
and surgeon; Mr. FRANCIS, farmer; Burton JOHNSON, farmer, (no family); Rob't
McADAMS, farmer, (no family); and Milt WYATT, farmer, (no family).



Obituary

Mrs. Mattie M. LEE, wife of Dr. D.N. LEE, died at her home in Colorado,
Mitchell county, Texas, at 2 o'clock a.m., June 27, 1882, and her infant son
died at 9a.m. on the 28th, and both were buried in one grave beside the
grave of little Lula in Comanche cemetery on the evening of the 28th. Mrs.
LEE has been an exemplary member of the Methodist church since her girlhood,
and we have every reason to believe that the Saviour, whose cause she so
faithfully advocated through life, accepted her in death, and that she is
now enjoying the beauties of the Christian's home in Heaven. She was very
modest and retiring in her disposition, and only those intimately acquainted
with her could properly appreciate her womanly and Christian virtues. She
was kind and sympathetic to her children and neighbors, ever dispensing her
blessings and benedictions to all in the circle of her acquaintance, but
more especially the sick and destitute in the community.

Though she has passed over the river, she will live in the memory and
affections of many friends in Comanche.

To the bereft husband and children let me say emulate her pure Christian
life and example, that you may make an unbroken family in Heaven. A
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Local Matters

The foundation for the new Presbyterian church is being laid.

There was a pleasant sociable at the residence of M.W. CARROLL on Thursday
night.

The committeemen of the State Grange for Comanche county are Dr. G.P.
HERNDEN, post office Proctor, and J.A. McDONALD and E.M. KELLY, post office
Comanche.

Uncle Jerry HARRIS found a pocket book on the street last Monday containing
forty-one dollars in cash and some notes and other papers by which the owner
was identified. Uncle Jerry, being an honest man, immediately returned the
book and contents to its owner.



Personals

Prof. P.M. BARNES went to Waco on the fourth inst.

The familiar face of Mr. W.J. McLANE was seen upon the streets of Comanche
this week.

Mr. J.J. HICKS departed on Sunday last for a visit to his relatives and
friends in Tilton, Ga.

Sheriff YATES has been confined to his bed for several weeks. His father
arrived in Comanche last Sunday, coming all the way from Greensboro, N.C.,
to see his sick son.

The many friends of our former townsman, Henry HILL, were agreeably
surprised to see his familiar face upon our streets this week. He is now
residing in Victoria county, and speaks in glowing terms of that section.



Sipe Springs Locals

Prof. WEAR has been sick but is again at his post in the school room.

Messrs. CREECH, MORGAN and DRY will start west prospecting in a few days.

Mr. HALL's building is progressing finely under the management of Mr. Z.T.
BROOKS.

Mr. A.J. JOYCE has moved to town, having completed his new residence. Mr.
JOICE has lived here before and his friends are glad to have him among them
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Worthy of Recording

Not the least touching of the manifestations of the affectionate regard in
which Mrs. Elizabeth A. TUGGLE was held by those who knew her best, were the
tears so freely shed on the occasion of her funeral by the old colored
people present, who whether bond or free, had been the recipients of
persistent kindness and bounty at her hands.



Card of Thanks

Editor Chief: I desire to return our heartfelt thanks to the kind, generous
and whole-souled people who generously furnished means to assist me in
prosecuting the murderer of our son, Eddie. Such kindness .the gracious
donors will never be forgotten by the mother and father whose only boy has
been so ..taken away from them. Very respectfully, John W. CLARKE



Brevities

W.H. KEY, of Sipe Springs, offers $5 reward for a stray horse.

Mrs. W.M. PENDERGRASS and Mr. J.A. McGUIRE have the thanks of the entire
Chief corps for excellent peaches sent to the office this week.

Mr. J.W. CAVE brought to the Chief a specimen of peaches that cannot be beat
in any country. They were of the large yellow clingstone variety, and grew
on a seedling tree.



Personals

Dave BYRNE is now erecting a jail at Mason.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. BARTLETT departed for Lampasas on Tuesday morning last.

We were pleased to meet our old friend and former townsman, J.F. SHELLWORTH,
in town this week.

Mrs. Mollie E. MOORE DAVIS, the gifted Texas poetess, is spending the summer
with her brother, T.O. MOORE, at Proctor, in the eastern part of this
county.



Death of Mrs. Elizabeth Tuggle, a Resident of Comanche County for
Twenty-seven Years.

Mrs. Elizabeth A. TUGGLE died in this place, at the residence of her
son-in-law, Mr. L.D. CRISSWELL, on Tuesday the 25th of July, 1882. While
sitting in her chair, apparently in her usual health, she was suddenly
attacked with difficulty of breathing, of a character to which for several
months past she had been subject, and from which, in this instance, she
could not be resuscitated by means that heretofore had proven successful.

This estimable lady was not only beloved by all who knew her, but she was
venerated by our people as an interesting historical character in the annals
of Comanche county. She was the daughter of Henry DARNELL, of Milledgville,
Georgia, where she was born on the 30th of September 1817. Her first
husband was John A. DeANE, whose assassination by two young men, while he
was in the discharge of his duty as sheriff of Baldwin county was the origin
of a cause celebre of great public interest in that locality. Her son by
this husband, Mr. John DeANE now resides in Albany, Texas

In the year 1846 or 1847, she married Dr. R. TUGGLE, a physician then
practicing at Milledgeville, one of a family of that name well-known in that
place, in Columbus and other localities in Georgia. Dr. TUGGLE was in many
respects a remarkable man. He was born in 1803, was graduated as doctor of
medicine in the University of Pennsylvania in the year 1823(8?). After
practicing his profession for nearly twenty years in Georgia, he removed to
Arkansas in 1842, and in 1852 to Texas. In 1845 he returned to Arkansas,
and came again to Texas in 1855. He actively practiced his profession for
fifty years. He came to Comanche county in the year 1855, twenty seven
years ago, with his family, when the Indians freely roamed over the country,
and engaged in raising cattle, of which he at one time owned an immense
herd. In 1861 he was surgeon of the 1st Confederate regiment of Texas
cavalry. He died on the 28th of March, 1879, in Comanche county, leaving
his venerable widow, the subject of this notice, to linger among us, a relic
of the past around whom clusters reminiscences of hardships heroically
endured enterprise cheerfully embarked in, of dangers encountered with
Christian fortitude and a life of gentle charity and hospitable friendship,
that gives promise of an eternal reward of bliss. A member of the Methodist
church since early childhood, after an experience so varied and so laborious
she has at last reaped the reward of her dutifulness. She now rests her
weary body in the bosom of the earth; her spirit no doubt has winged its way
upon its last flight to the bosom of her God, who gave it, there to rest
forever.

Besides her son above mentioned, of the second marriage, Mrs. TUGGLE has
left behind her to mourn her loss two sons, William and Thomas TUGGLE, and
two daughters, Mrs. William CARNES and Mrs. L.D. CRISSWELL, both residents
of Comanche, and a step son, Alexander TUGGLE, resides at DeLeon.

Mrs. TUGGLE's remains were followed to the grave, in our cemetery by the
side of her late husband, by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and
neighbors, and consigned to the earth; appropriate divine services being
conducted by the Rev. J.M. GAISER, of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Among this large concourse were to be seen all of the early settlers of the
county and their descendents, who had notice of Mrs. TUGGLE's death, a
striking testimonial of the profound respect with which she was regarded by
those who knew her best, and among whom in times of hardship and danger, she
was esteemed a pattern of feminine grace and heroism, of motherly
dutifulness and neighborly affection.



Sipe Springs Locals

M.W. HALL has about completed his store house and will have it all fixed to
go in, in a few days.

Dr. W.V. CRAWFORD, who left here last January to attend a course of lectures
at the Louisville medical school, has just returned a full-fledged M.D. with
his diploma and is now ready to minister to the sick and wounded. The Dr.
took high honors in his class. We now have two physicians. Dr. F.M. DAVIS
is still to be found in his office.

Mrs. CLARK and Mrs. MELTON from Thorpe Springs, are on a visit to their
brother T.C. YANTIS of this place.

Prof. R.D. WEAR has left us, and we mourn his absence. We have no teacher
at the present time.



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