The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 3 July 1879


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.


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 dat 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."


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.

©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.