The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 26 August 1882

Swallowed A Lizard

The Dublin Enterprise of the 23rd instant contains the following:

Wm. M. TAYLOR, of Comanche county, who has his family at Duffan wells, informed our reporter, a day or two since, that a little daughter was taken suddenly sick and had convulsions for three days, but was relieved by the passage of a large stinging lizard. How she managed to swallow the lizard is not known, but supposed to have swallowed it in drinking water.

The Old Settlers

The reminiscences of Mrs. Elizabeth PENRYS, one of the oldest settlers of Comanche county, have come to hand. They are very interesting, and will be published an early day. The following extract indicative of Grandma PENRY’s good sense and kindness of heart, is inserted for the information of her old acquaintances and as a reminder that they have not yet furnished their reminiscences, which are daily looked for at this office. She says:

"If you see fit to publish this, I hope it may be the means of drawing out some of the life history of more of the frontier matrons, among whom I would like to hear from Grandma MARTAIN, Aunt Lucy NABERS, Aunt Betty CARNES, Aunt Susie CUNNINGHAM and Elizabeth BAGGETT, Mrs. Mary LOGAN and Mrs. C.C. CAMPBELL. Come sisters, let’s write our own obituaries. I would like to see published the incidents of many of your lives as we are getting old and can’t visit each other and talk over old times. So I give you mine, please give me yours in return."

Since Mrs. PENRYS wrote the above one of her old friends above named has been called hence, under circumstances admonitory of the uncertainty of life. The death of Mrs. Lucy NABERS furnishes a strong argument against her surviving friends procrastinating further the furnishing of the information called for. Come, old ladies, don’t be backward. The Chief desires to put your lives upon record, for the benefit of posterity.

Death of Mrs. Lucy Nabers

On Monday morning last, the twenty first of August, 1882, our community was startled by the announcement that Mrs. Lucy NABERS, (familiarly and affectionately called "Aunt Lucy") was dangerously ill, having a sudden attack of hemorrhage from the lungs. But as she had been previously thus affected several times, all hoped for her recovery. When the news of her death at 4p.m. spread through our community, the sad faces of all indicated the universal affection with which she was regarded. She was probably as widely known and as generally beloved as any woman who ever came to the frontier of Texas. About twenty years ago she came with her husband to this place. During nearly all of that time "Uncle Jack and Aunt Lucy," (by these names they are known throughout the frontier) kept a house of entertainment, wherein the weary wayfarer could find rest, and the resident members of the community without a home, could secure a comfortable boarding place.

The young men who ventured out as far as Comanche, before the Indians had ceased their maraudings, when the settlers were few and far between, found a motherly welcome from "Aunt Lucy", whose kindness was persistent and whose equanimity, while providing for their comfort, never failed or faltered, it mattered not how great might be the disturbing causes. When the trials, the hardships and the excitements incident to frontier life, that add greatly to the labors and cares of housewives in the new settlements, are taken into consideration, it is no wonder that her equanimity won for her while living, the admiration and love of all her boarders and that they so sincerely mourn her dead.

Mrs. Lucy J. NABERS was born in Virginia, on the 15th of April, 1822, and was therefore at the time of her death aged sixty years, four months and six days. Her parents having removed from Virginia to Mississippi, she was married near Pontotoc in that state on the third day of November, 1842, to Thomas J. NABERS, ("Uncle Jack") who now survives her, and to whom through varied fortunes she proved herself a … and congenial wife until death. Early in life she attached herself to the Methodist Church, of which, under all circumstances, she proved herself a zealous and consistent member.

Several years after their marriage Uncle Jack and Aunt Lucy moved to one of the southern counties of Missouri, where they remained a few years, thence they removed to Texas, settling first in what was then known as the Milam district, afterwards, near Belton where they lived several years, and next near old Fort Gates, now Gatesville in Coryell county. At last they settled in Comanche in the year 1855, where they have ever since resided.

They have had born to them nine children viz; Mary Ann, a daughter, who married a Mr. S. BRASHERE, and died in Missouri; William J. and James B. NABERS, who have families and live about five miles from town; two other daughters, Fannie, who married Mr. George VERNON, and Dora, who married Mr. J.W. GREENE, residents of this place; John BAILY, and Miss Maggie J. who are unmarried and are at home, and two other sons, not grown at the time they were foully murdered on the 20th of April, 1875. The names of the two, Joseph and Fleet, aged twelve and fourteen years. We refrain from recounting all the details of this foul and atrocious murder of these two innocent boys, for which there was no provocation whatever on their part, or that of their parents; suffice it to say, a negro fiend named Mose JONES who wished to marry his own step-daughter, and was a servant in the employ of Uncle Jack and Aunt Lucy had been thwarted in his scheme by people of his own color. In a fit of rage and jealousy, he went to the house of Mr. NABERS in the dead of night, a little before daybreak and murdered his step-daughter and another negro girl who was sleeping with her. He then went to the room of the sleeping white boys and murdered them, nearly severing their heads from their bodies with an axe; setting the house on fire and taking off the well rope, he fled to the house of a colored acquaintance to whom he boasted of his crime………………………………….

Personal Mention

Dr. S.H. STOUT, editor of this paper, and Mr. J.C. BARTLETT started for Lampasas on Wednesday last.

Mr. Sam ZETTLEMOYER and his sister, Miss Amanda, departed this week for a few week’s visit to their old home in Pennsylvania.

Mr. L.E. BOYNTON, of Whittville, left on Wednesday for an extended trip north to his old home in the state of New York.

Mr. D. DINGWALL has returned to Comanche for the purpose of opening up a boot and shoe shop.

The many friends of Mrs. J.S. VEDDER in our town will be pleased to learn that she is in Comanche visiting Mr. Milton BROWN’s family.

Prof. P.M. BARNES departed yesterday for Abilene, where he goes to take charge of the school. He is a thorough educator and we wish him abundant success in his new home.

Sipe Springs Locals

The cattle business is still flush. We hear that Mr. L.H. BREWER has disposed of his stock for $15 per head.

Dr. S.K. SMITH was brought home on the 22nd from Abilene, where he dislocated his thigh by stepping off the railroad platform at night. He is still unable to walk and will probably be confined to his bed for some time.

©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.