The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 13 August 1881

Commissioners Court

The county commissioners court convened in regular session on Monday morning last. A full court present. The following business was transacted, to-wit:

The resignation of J.M. HOWELL, constable of precinct No. 4, and A.T. LASWELL, justice of the peace, precinct No. 7, were received and accepted.

J.A. COTTRELL, J.A. CHAMBERS, J. TERRY, R.M. HOLLAND were appointed a jury to survey and lay out a road from DeLeon to Comanche, using the Comanche and Eastland road to the point where it crosses Copperas creek.

R.T. HEATH, N.W. BROUGHTON, L.A. HARRISON, A.J. BOWMAN and Jacob HOWARD, were appointed a jury to lay out and survey a road from DeLeon to Sipe Springs.

Judge WILLIAMSON was allowed $99 for services in disbursing school fund, which amount was ordered paid out of said fund.

The two one-quarter sections of county school land north of E.J. WHITT’s, for which an applicatioon for purchase had been made by Daniel HAMMOND, was valued by the court at fifty cents per acre.

The following amounts were ordered paid:

W.B. CUNNINGHAM, for medicine furnished jail, $12.

A.L. HAMILTON, medicine and stationery, $8.

Ezekiel ROSE, Bartlett ANDERSON, Rhoda ANDERSON, Tibb EARLE, W.S. BARNETT, and Eliza J. BELL, paupers, were allowed $10 each.

J.W. GREENE, services and expenses in going to Granbury on business for the court, $32.95.

J.W. FOX, conveying lunatic to the asylum, $30.

$150 Reward

A brother of Wm. WOOD, who was killed by Phillip PAYNE, at Sipe Springs last week, offers a reward of $150 for the capture of PAYNE.

Admitted to the Asylum

Judge WILLIAMSON informs us that ?.W. CARROLL, who was adjudged insane some time ago, was last week admitted to the state lunatic asylum, whither he was sent by order of the commissioners court.

Pension Certificates

Four application for land grants under the act of the last legislature granting lands to maimed confederates and widows of those who died in the service, were filed with the commissioners court this week as follows: Mrs. M.A. GEASLIN, Eli R. HUFFMAN, C. KOUNEE [KOUNCE?], and Jas. NEELY.


Mr. W.P.A. SLOAN and Miss E.L. CARR were united in the holy bands of wedlock on the 9th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, R.H. CARR, Esq., three miles east of town. Rev. J.M. GAISER officiated. The Chief wishes the young couple a long, prosperous and happy life.

Fifty Dollars and Costs

On Wednesday last, Esquire CARR fined Polk HELMS $50 and costs for disturbing the peace by using profane and obscene language in a public place, and disturbing the peace. HELM got too much benzine on board Tuesday night and went to several private homes in town scaring the ladies. He plead guilty.


Ruf. SWITZER has returned from the camp-meeting at Eastland.

Six commercial drummers stopped at Mrs. LOWERY’s Sunday night, among whom we recognized Messrs. BELT and FRIEND, of Dallas, and FINCH of Galveston.

Sheriff YATES and Deputy CHILTON returned, Thursday, from a tedious hunt for PAYNE, the Sip Springs murderer.


Mr. F.M. McDERMOTT will soon open a new retail grocery store upon the squaare.

Mr. J.T. TUNNELL, we learn, will soon bring a stock of dry goods to Comanche.

Mr. G.A. CHILTON will open a first-class dry goods and grocery store in the new Hamilton building, as soon as it is completed.

J.A. MEADOWS will occupy the new Martin & Byrne building with a fine bar room and billiard outfit.

Mr. D. ZWEIFEL has furnished an elegant apartment in his bakery for the accommodation of his ice-cream customers.

©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.