The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 19 November 1881

Commissioners Court

The county commissioners court met in regular session on the 14th, with all the members present. Clerks, judges and managers of the election precincts in which elections were held on the 6th of September, 1881, were allowed $2 each.

J.T. TAYLOR was allowed five dollars per month for keeping Tibie EARLE, a pauper, and that said TAYLOR have an order for $15, and that like order issue to him at each subsequent meeting of the court.

Elbert CARTER, Henry STINNETT, John W. TERRY and Mary G. ALSOP were granted certificates showing them entitled to 1280 acres of land under the Confederate soldier pension act.

The county judge was instructed to convey to the M.E. Church South two acres of land off of the Thomas R. BOWEN survey of county school land, provided said church first obtain from BOWEN title to the land.

A great many changes were ordered made in roads, the most important being the change in the Comanche and Sipe Springs road. Messrs. WRIGHT and WILSON petitioned for a change in the road so as to avoid their pasture, which met with strong opposition. The court finally granted WRIGHT and WILSON’s prayer on condition that they would cut out and open the road at their own expense.

The Comanche and Hamilton road was changed to leave the present road at the southwest corner of M.V. FLEMING’s pasture; thence to the HYDE place, leaving the WARD place to the right; thence in a direct line to old Cora whence it will intersect the present road. M.V. FLEMING, T.W. EANES, Thomas HARRIS, D.T. LONG and J.P. PETTITT were appointed Overseers to open the new road.

The resignation of J.L. MOORE as constable for Precinct No.2 was received and accepted. J.T. HODGES was appointed to fill the vacancy.

The care of Mrs. BELL, a lunatic, was entrusted to Mrs. TYRA until a place could be procured at the asylum, Mrs. TYRA to be paid at the rate of $5 per week.

The following amounts were allowed and ordered paid.: Bartlett ANDERSON, pauper….$10; Rhoda ANDERSON, pauper….$10; Ezekeil ROSE, pauper…$15; Mrs. DUNCAN, pauper…$10; G.R. FAGANS, J.W. CORBUL and J.W. COLT, jury of inquest, $2 each…$6.00.; M. STRICKLAND, stationery….$11.35; M.W. CARROLL, stationery…$4.90; A.L. HAMILTON, medicine for jail….$3.25; R.D. REDDEN, services and medicine….$4.00; J.D. BONNER, stationery…..$2.50; J.W. HILL, publishing estrays….$2.00; John WASSON, boarding lunatic…..$49.00; G.R. HOUSTON, assessing taxes….$422.36; G.R. HOUSTON, stationery….$2.50; C.E. WILLIAMSON, J.W. GREENE, S.C. SLAUGHTER, W.P. FERGUSON and A.P. GARRETT, three days services as commissioner $9 each….$36.00.

Local Matters

Mr. J.L. MOORE has opened a handsome saloon in the building normally occupied by J.W. GREENE & Co.

Col. WALCOTT contemplates soon finishing his residence. When this is done he will have the finest domicile in northwest Texas.

J.B. BONNER killed a skunk under his barn on Sunday last. The skunk had previously bitten a house cat and caused it to go mad or have fits. The cat was also slain.


Dr. G.W. TUCKER and family returned from Breckenridge Thursday.

Mr. HUTCHINSON, of Williams Ranche, was in town Monday. His accomplished little daughter, Hallie, the youngest telegraph operator in the world, accompanied him.

Mr. W.L. SARTWELLE received this week the sad intelligence of the death of his only brother H.J. SARTWELLE which occurred at Auborn, N.Y., on the 5th inst.

Death of an Estimable Lady

Yesterday morning about 9 o’clock the estimable wife of Dr. C.F. PAINE breathed her last and her spirit returned unto Him who gave it. In the death of Mrs. PAINE, Comanche society loses a bright jewel, her husband a loving, kind and affectionate wife, and her sweet little children that which can never be replaced–a mother. To the family and relatives of the deceased, the Chief, with their host of friends, extends its deepest sympathies. As a mark of respect for the deceased, the public school was dismissed at ? P.m. yesterday.

A Mysterious Death. The Decomposed Body of Mr. C.W. West Found Back of his Field. A Good Citizen Gone.

On Tuesday last Mr. J.H. BRYSON and County Surveyor HILL called at the house of Mr. C.W. WEST, about one half mile southeast of Whittville postoffice, but failed to find the gentleman at home. Mr. BRYSON was somewhat surprised to find upon the door a piece of meat he had hung there the Saturday previous for Mr. WEST, and that numerous hogs and other animals in the barnyard were suffering for water. These facts aroused Mr. BRYSON’s apprehensions that some accident had befallen the owner of the place. A search was commenced for the missing man, which was assisted in by numerous neighbors. Wednesday morning two youths, by the names of REEVES and ___ found, about thirty feet outside of his rear fence, the dead body of Mr. WEST. The corpse was lying front downward, with the face slightly turned to the left. His right leg was straightened, with his left drawn up sharply beneath it. The head was badly decomposed and perfectly nude of the natural gray hair and beard. The remainder of the body was better preserved. Upon one of his feet there was some fresh blood and a very small puncture, but there was no mark upon his shoe to indicate that this blood was connected with his death. A large corn knife was lying beneath him, and he had evidently just come from his corn field, where he had been at work.

Esquire CARR held a coroner’s inquest in the afternoon, and the following jury was impanelled: M.V. FLEMING, R.K. THOMPSON, B.W. HARRIS, Dolph COOK, Smith LACEY, and J.H. LOGAN. After examining several witnesses, the principal facts elicited being that the deceased was last seen alive on November 1, and that he then complained of a pain in his heart and a paralysis of his right arm and shoulder. The jury returned a verdict that the death was from an unknown cause–probably heart disease.

This death is a sad one indeed. The deceased has always acted the part of a quiet, honorable intelligent gentleman since his residence in our county. He lived alone on his place, but had sons and daughters in New York and Pennsylvania, and they have been notified of his death.

By his death our county loses its best gardener and fruit-grower, and one that will be hard to replace. His polite, gentlemanly, courteous treatment to all will long be remembered by his friends.

Sudden Death

Mr. J.J. KENNEDY, well known to many of our readers, died very suddenly, at his home on Sweetwater creek, this county, on the night of the 11th inst. He had been afflicted with a mental derangement for some time, but on the night of his demise, so we have been informed, seemed unusually well and cheerful. A gentleman who was with him a short time before and stepped out only a few minutes, on returning found him lying on the floor lifeless. Mr. KENNEDY was without family or relatives in Comanche county, but has relatives living in McLennan county. Waco papers are requested to mention.

©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.