The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 20 November 1879


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] nad 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.


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.


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.


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.


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

©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.