The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 4 September 1880
Death at Sipe Springs: J.W. CRANFORD, an aged citizen of Sipe Springs, in this county, died suddenly Monday of rheumatism of the heart.
Departed this Life: Mrs. KNUDSON, wife of K. KNUDSON, died on Sunday last and was intered in the graveyard here Monday.
Death of Mrs. J.S. Johnston: It is with feelings of regret that we are called upon to chronicle the death of Mrs. John S. JOHNSON, of this place, which event ocurred at Palo Pinto, on the 1st inst. She was a most estimable lady, whose loss will be mourned by her many friends. Her remains will be interred at this place this morning, having arrived last night from Palo Pinto.
FELL IN A WELL. A Three-Year-Old Child Falls 60 Feet and is Uninjured. Heroic Conduct of His Mother.
Last week the Chief made mention of a child falling in a well, the particulars of which are as follows: The little boy, three years old, while playing about the well, which was sixty feet deep, fell into it. His mother, Mrs. PENNINGTON, ran to the well and, instead of screaming, fainting and so on as ninety-nine out of a hundred women would do under such circumstances, had the forthought to immediately seize a little girl and lower her into the well by the rope to keep the little fellow from drowning should he still be alive, which, no doubt, was but a faint hope to the terrified mother. But imagine the motherís joyful surprise when the little girl announced from the bottom of the well that the little boy was not dead. In the mean time, Mr. PENNINGTON, who was at work some distance from the house, came to the scene and found that the little girl in the well could not bring the little boy up and the father had to go down and hold the babe while Mrs. PENNINGTON drew the little girl out, but, as there was no other man on the place, word had to be sent to a neighbor, two miles distant, to come over and assist Mr. PENNINGTON out of the well, which consumed about two hours, all of which time the father and child stayed in the well.
Dr. PAINE was sent for and went to see the child, and, after careful examination, reported no bones broken nor any serious damage done that he could find, there being only a few bruises on his head and back.
This is one of the most miraculous cases that has ever come to our notice, and too much praise and admiration cannot be bestowed upon the self-possession, heroism and motherly love displayed by Mrs. PENNINGTON in so trying an hour.
J.D. STEPHENS has about completed his immense cattle pasture.
Uncle Jack NABERS drives the most stylish looking rig in the city.
Mr. T.B. PRESTON, erewhile a citizen of Comanche, but now a resident of Buffalo Gap, is in the city.
George YATES was arrested last Monday, upon a charge of theft of $300. In default of bail, he was committed to jail.
©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.