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SIMPSON LOYD  --1897

One of the most widely known Hamiltonians of early days was Simpson Loyd.  The 1897 special edition of the Herald had this to say of him:

"One of the most picturesque characters among us, representing that class of men that have done much to assist in transforming our frontier lawlessness into a condition of law and order is Esquire Simpson Loyd.   He is one of the landmarks of the stormy days when the red man was a common enemy to all, and private animosities divided men into cliques that vented their hatred towards their enemies in midnight assassinations or pitched battles in broad daylight.  Mr. Loyd was a public officer and an active participant in all of the events   He not only braved the poison arrows of the Comanches but the bullets of the frontier desperado to lay the foundations of the civilization of today for the protection of life and property.  He still fills his place as justice of the peace and country commissioner, attending to all his duties faithful.  He is now about 74 years of age and his hair and beard white as now, but his recollections of those days of peril are clear and distinct.  He came from Eastern Texas and settled here when there were but few settlements between here and Waco.  There are but few of the old men of those days lingering around the scenes of this early adventure.  Let us cherish them while they remain with us."

As far as the County News can learn, Squire Loyd has no descendants in this section now.

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PIONEER EDITION

HAMILTON COUNTY NEWS, Vol. VIII, No. 7

THE CARLTON CITIZEN, Vol. 30, No. 23

Friday, June 24, 1938

W. F. Billingslea, Publisher, Hamilton County, TX

 

 

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PIONEER EDITION

HAMILTON COUNTY NEWS, Vol. VIII, No. 7

THE CARLTON CITIZEN, Vol. 30, No. 23

Friday, June 24, 1938

W. F. Billingslea, Publisher, Hamilton County, TX

 

 

 
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