The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 15 January 1881


HARDIN-SMART In Comanche county, December 30, 1880, by Rev. L. BROCK, Mr. D.L. HARDIN and Miss M.E. SMART. May all the pleasures of a married life be theirs, and we wish them prosperity in the future.


The plug hitched to Mr. POWERS’ job wagon, became frightened on Monday and ran at a break-wagon speed around the square, playing smash with the wheels of the wagon. Right here we think it proper to remark that the custom of yelling at a team or horse when it begins to run should be stopped. It only serves to frighten an animal and make it run faster and do more damage to the vehicle. While it may seem funny to some, it is not a bit amusing to a poor man to watch his wagon go to atoms and his team maimed.

A Comanche Invention

Mr. J.J. FRANKLIN, Comanche’s mechanical genius, showed us a model of a wheel invented by himself, and patent applied for. The wheel is so constructed that a spoke or fellow can be inserted without removing the tire or even taking the wheel to a shop. It is practical and can be made for about the same as an ordinary wheel. We wish him a fortune as the result of his ingenuity.

Fire at Sipe Springs – Eight Horses consumed in the Flames

On Friday night, between 12 and 1 o’clock a fire was discovered in a frame building at Sipe Springs owned by C.L. TAYLOR and partly occupied by him as a saloon. The rear part of the building (formerly a ten pin alley) was used by the Arkansas, Texas & Pacific Mail Company for a stable and at the time of the fire eight horses were tied therein and were burned to death, together with several sets of harness, a lot of feed, and other fixturees. Their loss will amount to about $1,000. Mr. TAYLOR lost the entire contents of his saloon amounting to about $800 and the building, valued at $500, making a total loss of $2,500. Mr. TAYLOR had insurance to the amount of $1,000.

The fire burn very rapidly, there being a strong wind blowing and several barrels of whiskey to help the flames.

The origin of the fire is unknown, but it is supposed to be the work of an incendiary. There had been no lights or fire in the house for two weeks, the saloon having been closed at that time.

It is but a short time since an attempt was made to burn Mr. SPINKS’ gin a that place. No efforts should be spared by the citizens to ferret out the culprits. The burning of the dumb brutes was a most atrocious crime, besides the loss of property.


The many friends of Mr. J.E. CANAN, who is now at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, will be pleased to learn that he has so far recovered his health as to be able to work regularly in a clothing house as salesman.

Mrs. Mary KEITH, wife of Jonathan KEITH and daughter of A.H. DOBKINS, died at Dublin last week.

Judge FLEMING has moved his library to Eastland, where will open up a law office in conjunction with J.M. MOORE.

School Matters

The trustees of the Comanche Graded School met Thursday to settle the business of the past session and to employ teachers for the next five months. Prof. TIMMINS was retained as principal and Mrs. J.H. SHORTRIDGE as first assistant. Mrs. KNUDSON takes the place of Miss Eva MOTTWILER who retired at her own request.

©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.