The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 17 April 1880


Mrs. CHILDRESS, who lived in the Jimmy’s creek neighborhood, died last week.

County Clerk J.D. BONNER and Paschal and George TUCKER, are off on a fishing excursion this week.

We regret exceedingly to hear that Mr. T.J. HOLMSLEY and family contemplate moving from our county to Nolan.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. BARTLETT entertained a party of young ladies and gentlemen in a most hospitable and agreeable manner at their residence Thursday night.

Messrs. A.L. HAMILTON and R.D. REDDEN leave for the Galveston convention this morning.

The beautiful oratorio of Esther was performed last Tuesday night, at the court-house, for the benefit of the Comanche graveyard fence, to a large and appreciative audience. As Haman, Mr. Sam HAMILTON’s acting was one the best of the company, tho’ his tenor is somewhat deficient in smoothness, which fault he can easily overcome by cultivation. Mr. MOTTWILLER sang a good tenor, as Mordicai, but he was apparently somewhat given to stage bashfulness, which will soon wear off. In the dual roles of Prophetess and Esther, Miss STOUDEMEYER charmed the audience with her rich, sweet voice and graceful acting. She possesses rare talents as an amateur actress and vocalist, of which many a professional would be envious. Zeresh, Miss Sudie FORD, acted her part well, and has a good voice, which would have much more effect if given more power. The part of Mordicai’s Sister was performed in a graceful and able manner, by Mrs. Sam. HAMILTON. Too much praise can not be bestowed upon Mr. WALTERS for the able manner in which he assumed several parts and conducted the cantata. The proceeds cleared the debt which Comanche’s noble ladies had assumed for the purpose of fencing the graveyard.

©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.