The Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas, 29 July 1882

Worthy of Recording

Not the least touching of the manifestations of the affectionate regard in which Mrs. Elizabeth A. TUGGLE was held by those who knew her best, were the tears so freely shed on the occasion of her funeral by the old colored people present, who whether bond or free, had been the recipients of persistent kindness and bounty at her hands.

Card of Thanks

Editor Chief: I desire to return our heartfelt thanks to the kind, generous and whole-souled people who generously furnished means to assist me in prosecuting the murderer of our son, Eddie. Such kindness …the gracious donors will never be forgotten by the mother and father whose only boy has been so ….taken away from them. Very respectfully, John W. CLARKE


W.H. KEY, of Sipe Springs, offers $5 reward for a stray horse.

Mrs. W.M. PENDERGRASS and Mr. J.A. McGUIRE have the thanks of the entire Chief corps for excellent peaches sent to the office this week.

Mr. J.W. CAVE brought to the Chief a specimen of peaches that cannot be beat in any country. They were of the large yellow clingstone variety, and grew on a seedling tree.


Dave BYRNE is now erecting a jail at Mason.

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. BARTLETT departed for Lampasas on Tuesday morning last.

We were pleased to meet our old friend and former townsman, J.F. SHELLWORTH, in town this week.

Mrs. Mollie E. MOORE DAVIS, the gifted Texas poetess, is spending the summer with her brother, T.O. MOORE, at Proctor, in the eastern part of this county.

Death of Mrs. Elizabeth Tuggle, a Resident of Comanche County for Twenty-seven Years.

Mrs. Elizabeth A. TUGGLE died in this place, at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. L.D. CRISSWELL, on Tuesday the 25th of July, 1882. While sitting in her chair, apparently in her usual health, she was suddenly attacked with difficulty of breathing, of a character to which for several months past she had been subject, and from which, in this instance, she could not be resuscitated by means that heretofore had proven successful.

This estimable lady was not only beloved by all who knew her, but she was venerated by our people as an interesting historical character in the annals of Comanche county. She was the daughter of Henry DARNELL, of Milledgville, Georgia, where she was born on the 30th of September 1817. Her first husband was John A. DeANE, whose assassination by two young men, while he was in the discharge of his duty as sheriff of Baldwin county was the origin of a cause celebre of great public interest in that locality. Her son by this husband, Mr. John DeANE now resides in Albany, Texas

In the year 1846 or 1847, she married Dr. R. TUGGLE, a physician then practicing at Milledgeville, one of a family of that name well-known in that place, in Columbus and other localities in Georgia. Dr. TUGGLE was in many respects a remarkable man. He was born in 1803, was graduated as doctor of medicine in the University of Pennsylvania in the year 1823(8?). After practicing his profession for nearly twenty years in Georgia, he removed to Arkansas in 1842, and in 1852 to Texas. In 1845 he returned to Arkansas, and came again to Texas in 1855. He actively practiced his profession for fifty years. He came to Comanche county in the year 1855, twenty seven years ago, with his family, when the Indians freely roamed over the country, and engaged in raising cattle, of which he at one time owned an immense herd. In 1861 he was surgeon of the 1st Confederate regiment of Texas cavalry. He died on the 28th of March, 1879, in Comanche county, leaving his venerable widow, the subject of this notice, to linger among us, a relic of the past around whom clusters reminiscences of hardships heroically endured enterprise cheerfully embarked in, of dangers encountered with Christian fortitude and a life of gentle charity and hospitable friendship, that gives promise of an eternal reward of bliss. A member of the Methodist church since early childhood, after an experience so varied and so laborious she has at last reaped the reward of her dutifulness. She now rests her weary body in the bosom of the earth; her spirit no doubt has winged its way upon its last flight to the bosom of her God, who gave it, there to rest forever.

Besides her son above mentioned, of the second marriage, Mrs. TUGGLE has left behind her to mourn her loss two sons, William and Thomas TUGGLE, and two daughters, Mrs. William CARNES and Mrs. L.D. CRISSWELL, both residents of Comanche, and a step son, Alexander TUGGLE, resides at DeLeon.

Mrs. TUGGLE’s remains were followed to the grave, in our cemetery by the side of her late husband, by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and neighbors, and consigned to the earth; appropriate divine services being conducted by the Rev. J.M. GAISER, of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Among this large concourse were to be seen all of the early settlers of the county and their descendents, who had notice of Mrs. TUGGLE’s death, a striking testimonial of the profound respect with which she was regarded by those who knew her best, and among whom in times of hardship and danger, she was esteemed a pattern of feminine grace and heroism, of motherly dutifulness and neighborly affection.

Sipe Springs Locals

M.W. HALL has about completed his store house and will have it all fixed to go in, in a few days.

Dr. W.V. CRAWFORD, who left here last January to attend a course of lectures at the Louisville medical school, has just returned a full-fledged M.D. with his diploma and is now ready to minister to the sick and wounded. The Dr. took high honors in his class. We now have two physicians. Dr. F.M. DAVIS is still to be found in his office.

Mrs. CLARK and Mrs. MELTON from Thorpe Springs, are on a visit to their brother T.C. YANTIS of this place.

Prof. R.D. WEAR has left us, and we mourn his absence. We have no teacher at the present 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.