The Comanche Weekly Chief, 16 March 1876
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.
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 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
ROBERTSON & LANCASTER; D.J. McDOWELL; REDDEN & TURNER; G.W. TUCKER
HUTCHISON & SHROPSHIRE; C.E. WILLIAMSON, G.R. HART; FLEMING & STEPHENS, Wm. A. FIELDS; S. P. FORD, Wm. LOWRY, W.S.J. ADAMS.
©2004 Judith Michaels. This transcription is the generous work of Judy Michaels taken from microfilm held by the Newspaper Collection of the University of Texas at Austin with a microfilm copy at Comanche Public Library. The information may be used for personal research only and not for commercial purposes without specific permission.