The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 23 July 1881

The First Cotton

Little Buelah, the 12 year old daughter of Mr. A.P. McCAY, who lives upon Holmsley’s creek in this county, brought the Chief several open bolls of cotton, which she pulled on the 18th inst. This is the first cotton of the season in Comanche county so far as we have heard. Mr. McCAY says his cotton crop is excellent and promises an abundant yield.

Spurlin–Vedder; A Hamilton Beau Captures a Comanche Belle

Wednesday morning last, at 8 o’clock, Mr. John L. SPURLIN, one of the leading young gentlemen of our sister town of Hamilton, was united in holy wedlock to Miss Margarette J. VEDDER, one of Comanche’s most charming young ladies. The ceremony was performed in the presence of a few personal friends at the residence of the bride’s parents, by Rt. Rev. A.C. GARRETT, D.D., bishop of the diocese of Northern Texas, according to the beautiful ritual of the Episcopal church. The happy couple were attended by M.C.A. VEDDER and Miss Maude TUCKER and Mr. Henry KEY and Miss Ella CORUM. The bride was given away by her father. She wore an elegant dress of cream colored lace bunting, trimmed with brocade satin and lace, while the groom was attired in the conventional black broadcloth, and we dare say a handsomer couple nee’r stood before the altar in Comanche. The congratulations of the assembled friends were hearty and sincere, and after partaking of some refreshments spreead by the bounteous host, the couple bade adieu to Comanche and left for Hamilton–their future home.

The Chief congratulates Mr. And Mrs. SPURLIN most sincerely, and while we can ill afford to lose a young lady possessing such stirling virtues and so many good qualities as Miss Maggie possessed, we find consolation in the fact that she has secured a husband who is worthy of the jewel he has obtained. May their cup of happiness e’er be full to the brim and their honeymoon perpetual.

Cow Shooting

At least two valuable milk cows have been shot by unknown parties during the past week, one belonging to Mrs. George MORRIS, a lady who could ill-afford the loss, and the other, a fine-blooded animal, to Mr. John T. GREEN. The animals were not shot for malice, but probably because they were intruding upon someone’s field. We do not think it proper to treat the animals in such a manner. True it is that a law reuiring a man to fence out other people’s property is a hardship, but that is no excuse for taking revenge upon a dumb brute. If our shooting friends would impound all marauding animals found in their field and notify their owners, they would save much hard feeling and receive damages for their loss.

©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.