The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 31 December 1881

Local Matters

Henry KEY has gone to Waco on a visit to his relatives there.

E.W. HOPE advertises in this [?] his entire stock of furniture, and the good will of his large and increasing business to some cash purchaser. Mr. HOPE, we are exceedingly sorry to learn, contemplates returning soon to his old home at Bethlehem, Pa., to reside in the future.


The Misses HERNDON, of Proctor, honored Comanche’s Christmas festivities with their presence.

Turner BREEDLOVE, one of our old Comanche boys, came down from the Panhandle to spend a few weeks in civilized Comanche.

Miss Avis MICHINER, of Weatherford, a most charming and agreeable young lady, visited her relatives at this place, the family of Postmaster CAMPBELL, this week.

Col. WALCOTT, Dr. TUCKER, Professor BARNES and County Clerk BON– went to the Colorado this week upon a fishing excursion.

After a Prisoner

Sheriff John CUNNINGHAM, of Taylor county, arrived in town Wednesday. He came after the prisoner McGEE, who recently broke jail at Buffalo Gap, and was subsequently recaptured at DeLeon, in this county. McGEE is considered a bad man, having murdered a ranger at Big Springs, last spring.

Society Notes

Mrs. BARTLETT entertained a select assemblage of friends at her residence Thursday night, in a most elegant manner. The occasion was in honor the the Misses HERNDON of Proctor, who were guests of the hostess.

Mrs. WALCOTT’s residence was stormed by a large crowd of young people, Wednesday evening, who completely surprised her. With her usual hospitality, and with the assistance of Miss Annie BELL, she soon had the young people heartily enjoying themselves, which they did most heartily.

The ladies of the Methodist church have inaugurated a series of sociables for the purpose of raising funds to complete the parsonage. The first of these occurred at Mr. J.C. BARTLETTS, Thursday night, and was largely attended. The host and hostess, as usual, made everything doubly agreeable to all who attended.

Who Will It Be?

Mr. Dave ZWEIFEL has a nice Pyramid cake, weighing about 50 pounds valued at ten dollars, which he wishes to dispose of. In order to do this he will allow it to be voted to the most popular lady in the town at 10 cents a vote. The polls are now open at his store, and will be closed Wednesday night. Walk up gentlemen and do not allow your favorite to be beaten.

A Fight

Joe BROWN and Charles KELLY, colored, seeing that their white brethren were going to forget the Christmas fights, concluded that such an important part of the holiday programme should by no means be omitted, and so they proceeded to pommel each other. They were liberally fined for their fun. Bob FRALEY, a witness to the affair, refused to be subpoenaed and was arrested and fined $10 therefore.

Quarterly Conference

The Methodist quarterly conference meets at the church today. The appeal of Mr. J.T. TUNNELL, from the decision rendered against him a short time since, will be heard.

A Card

Mr. Editor: – It having come to my ears that the grave charge of "collusion" between Rev. C.H. ELLIS and myself is being handed round by word of mouth in Comanche, in which the slanderers would make the impression that by mutual agreement between brother Ellis and I, the ends of justice were defeated at our last annual conference, in withholding complaints against H.B. HENRY and C.H. ELLIS, I take this method of denouncing the whole as a slanderous falsehood, and if the perpetrators have any grounds for their statements, they are respectfully demanded. W.R.D. STOCKTON, P.E. Brownwood Dis’t.

©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.