The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 28 May 1881

Local Matters

E.L. SHROPSHIRE was the only notary public in Comanche county who qualified for the office.

A.L. HAMILTON has a soda fountain in full blast.

Mr. And Mrs. Sam HAMILTON celebrated their wooden wedding, Wednesday evening. It is reported to have been a most enjoyable occasion.

Mr. Emile WIESENDANGER has some very fine kohlrabi growing in his garden, which is a most excellent vegetable and well adapted for this climate. So far as we know he was the first to introduce this vegetable into Comanche county.

Death from a Fall from a Horse

We learn that a man by the name of James TURNEY died last Saturday, at the residence of Captain BENNET, in the western portion of the county, from the effects of a fall from a horse, some three weeks since.

Broke His Arm

Little Tommie HOLMSLEY, son of Mrs. J.M. HOLMSLEY, fell off a horse, last Sunday afternoon and broke both the bones in the lower part of his right arm. The little fellow was five miles from home at the time the accident happened, and he remounted his horse and rode the entire distance before the arm could be replaced. Dr. TUCKER skillfully set the broken bones and the sufferer is doing well.

School Trustee Elected

The election for a school trustee, vice Judge FLEMING resigned, took place Tuesday. Very little interest in the matter was manifested by the citizens. The following is the result of the ballot: W.L. SARTWELL, 33; Wm. MARTIN, 11; J.W. MOORE, 3; Mrs. D. WALCOTT, 2, Mrs. Lucy NABERS, 2, J.W. GREENE, 2. The selection of Mr. SARTWELLE was a good one, as he is a thorough scholar and teacher and understands what is needed for the welfare of the school.


Mrs. E.L. SHROPSHIRE has returned from Eureka Springs.

Wm. MARTIN returned by last Saturday’s stage from Kansas.

Mr. A.L. HAMILTON and family returned from a pleasant visit to Belton, last week.

Rev. J.H. McMURRAY left for Virginia, last Tuesday, where he will spend a few weeks with his relatives. We wish him a pleasant trip.

Mr. C.A. PRICE, who has been in the Chief office since last fall, is now adjusting the movable alpabets on the Clarendon at Baird.

Rev. J.M. GAISER will leave in the early part of next week for his old home in the porkoplis of America, Cincinnati, Ohio. We hope he will be heartily received and enjoy himself hugely.


Jane TYRY, the imbecile daughter of Mrs. TYRA, died last Sunday afternoon, and was buried on Monday. Her death was caused from drinking concentrated lye, several months since.

Capt. J. M. Holmsley

Died, at his residence in Comanche, Texas at ten minutes past 12, Thursday night, April 28th, 1881, Captain James Monroe HOLMSLEY, aged 42 years, 11 months and 24 days.

Captain HOLMSLEY was the son of Burwell J. and Lucinda HOLMSLEY, and was born May 4, 1838, in Richland Valley, Madison county, Arkansas. His father immigrated to Texas in 1853, and in 1854 settled on Holmsley’s creek, then in the territory of Coryelle county, but since 1854, in Comanche county.

Captain HOLMSLEY was first in the territory now comprising Comanche county on the 19th day of December, 1854. He was then sixteen years old, and was one of the scouts which followed the first marauding Indians that depredated upon the first settlers of Comanche county, and for a series of years following the Indian troubles grew worse and no man in Comanche county was more constantly in the saddle day and night than Captain Holmsley.

His first service under orders from the state was in Captain T.C. FROST’s ranging company, in the winter of 1857. Immediately after the ordinance of secession was passed by Texas, Colonel H.E. McCULLOUGH was ordered to raise a regiment to capture the posts on our frontier. Captain HOLMSLEY went into this regiment as a first lieutenant and was soon after promoted to captain, and remained in constant active service during the entire struggle. He went in first and came out last.

At the close of the war he returned to Comanche and, in 1866, engaged in the mercantile business, and for several years carried on an extensive cattle trade from Texas to Kansas city, Missouri. On the 15th day of July, 1869, he was married to Miss Araminta CORUM, of Bosque county, Texas, who, together with his five promising children (four boys and one daughter) survives him……

©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.