Pioneer Exponent, Comanche County, 13 March 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 Logans 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
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
N. YARBROUGH, Presiding Justice; G.W. MONTGOMERY, H.W. SUBLETT, John ROCH, D.J. ROWE
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.
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.
Salt Spring Grange meets first and third Saturday in each month. W. R. SINGLETON,
W.M.; W.A. PHILLIPS, Sec.
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
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 Bros. 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
©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.