The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 7 August 1880


EVANS-MORROW On August 1, 1880, by the Rev. BLANTON, S.R. EVANS to Miss M.A. MORROW. All of Brown county. No cards. May they live long and prosper and may sunshine and happiness ever come with the Morrow.

SHROPSHIRE-HARRIS At the residence of Mr. E.W. HOPE, Wednesday morning, August 4, 1880, Mr. L.L. SHROPSHIRE to Miss E.H. HARRIS. The happy couple left immediately on the stage for Dallas, where they will probaably make their future home. This wedding was a surprise to even their most intimate friends, and "Shrop," the most genial and goodhearted of fellows, walked away with the belle of our town. While we wish them all joy, peace, happiness and prosperity, we can not help but mourn the loss of two such brilliant lights from our Comanche society.

YATES-HARRISON At the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. And Mrs. D.H. ARMOUR, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1880, Mr. W.L. YATES to Miss Mamie HARRISON. Such is life! Our popular deputy sheriff who has for several years been arresting people, finds himself a prisoner in the hands of Hymen and securely bound by the bonds of matrimony. Well, there are not many people who do not enjoy such bondage, and the bride and groom have the hearty congratulations of the entire community.

Death of Mr. Thomas Wright

The many friendds of Mr. Thomas WRIGHT will be grieved to hear of his death which sad event occured at his residence on Copperas creek in this county, at nine o’clock last night. He was one of our county’s most useful and respected citizens and an honored member of the Masonic fraternity. His funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock at his residence. To the family of the deceased we tender our deepest sympathy in their sad affliction.

Funeral Notice Members of Hope Lodge No. 481, A.F.&A.M., and all master Masons in good standing are requested to meet at the ressidence of our deceased broother, Thomas WRIGHT, tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock for the purpose of performing our last sad rites over the remains of our departed brother.

WM. H. STEPHENS KILLED. A Cowboy Does the Dreadful Deed

Last Sunday morning Hon. John D. STEPHENS received a telegram informing him of the murder of his brother, William H. STEPHENS, by a man named PADGETT, in a few miles of Caldwell, Kansas. Mr. STEPHENS immediately left for Morgan to telegraph for further particulars and went on from there to Kansas. On Tuesday Bailey NABERS and Dudley SHERILL, who went through to Kansas with Williiam STEPHENS and were eye witnesses of the killing returned to Comanche and from them we learned the following particulars of the unfortunate affair.

It will be remembered that William STEPHENS left here in May last in charge of a herd of cattle for Judge FLEMING and J.D. STEPHENS. Somewhere on the trail he employed a hand who then gave his name as SMITH, but afterwards called himself PADGETT. After arriving in Kansas the cattle were sold and at the time of the killing were being delivered near the Kansas line in the Indian Territory. Some words passed between Mr. STEPHENS and PADGETT, and STEPHENS turned to ride away, and when he had moved off a short distance, PADGETT ran up behind him and, putting his pistol almost against him, shot him in the back. STEPHENS fell from his horse and died without uttering a word after he was shot. PADGETT fled, but was pursued and captured by the other hands and sent down to Fort Smith, wheerre he will be held for trial. He asserted after his arrest that it was the seventh man he had killed. From all accounts, PADGETT is a reckless, desperate man, and it is to be hoped he will meet the punishment he so justly deserves.

Mr. STEPHENS leaves a young and loving wife and a darling little bright-eyed baby boy, and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his untimely end.

Local Matters

Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Mrs. J.A. WRIGHT has our thanks for some excellent peaches. They were the finest we have seen this year.

Mrs. A.E. LOWRY astonished the Chief corps yesterday evening with a bowl of delicious ice cream accompanied with cake.

Our old friend Mr. WEST favored us this week with some more of his excellent melons.

And last, but not least, Mr. ACKERMAN has our thanks for a wholesome lubricator in the shape of Anheuser’s best.

Fine Corn Mr. A.C. DANIELS, who resides on Mr. D. WALCOTT’s farm north of town, brought to our office yesterday three immense ears of corn which he says is about an average sample of his crop. The three weighed four pounds. Mr. DANIELS says he can pick much larger ears and will wager a year’s subscription to the Chief that he can show as fine corn as any man in the county.


Bailey NABERS and Dudley SHERRILL have returned from Kansas, looking somewhat brownish but several pounds heavier than they did when they left.

Mr. ROACH, of the firm of Smith & Roach of the thriving little city of Sipe Springs, paid us his respects yesterday and handed in another subscription.


©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.