The Comanche Chief and Pioneer Exponent, Comanche, Texas, 13 June 1913

Public Library

The matter of a public library for Comanche was discussed and a committee composed of E.W. HARRIS and S.P. SMITH were appointed to confer with the committees of other organizations appointed for this purpose.

O.E.S. Installation

At the Masonic Temple on Tuesday evening, May 31st, the following officers for the ensuing year, of Comanche Chapter, No. 310, of the Order of Eastern Star, were installed, towit: Miss Dona SAYE, Worthy Matron; Roger NABERS, Worthy Patron; Mrs. Rose THODBERG, Associate Matron; Mrs. Lucy THOMAS, Secretary; Mrs. Sarah HICKS, Treasurer; Mrs. Theodocia SLIDER, Conductress; Mrs. Alice RUSSELL, Chaplain; Mrs. Anna ORY, Marshal; Mrs. Elliott GREER, Organist; Miss Minnie CUNNINGHAM, Adah; Miss Ida Hart, Ruth; Mrs. Maud HUDDLESTON, Esther; Mrs. Dora GREEN, Martha; Mrs. Ada BRADSHAW, Electra; Mrs. Jennie HAMILTON, Warden; Mr. Howard KILPATRICK, Sentinel.

Real Estate Transfers

S.R. EUCUS and wife to C.F. JACOBS, part of block 15, Walcott’s addition, Comanche; $250.

W.M. WILLIS and wife to J.W. JOHNSON, 29 ˝ acres Epps. D. PAYNE survey; $1,600.00

K.A. GREGORY and wife to M.T. HARTMAN, one-fourth of block No. 1, Hasse; $350.00

C.W. JOHNSON and wife to W.M. WILLIS, 193 acres, S.W. HOWLAND survey; $600.00

H.J.R. GILLE and wife to L.V. REID, house and lot; $1,500.00

J.O. HARRISON and wife to Gustine Mercantile Company, part of Ira S. HARRIS survey; $225.00.

W.Z. BOLTON and wife to Gustine Mercantile Company, part of Whitfield Chalk survey; $7,500.00.

T.A. RICE and wife to A.B. HAWORTH, Mr. J.J. JOHNSON survey, 30 acres; Fran JAMES survey, 14 acres; J.J. JOHNSON survey, 16 acres; W.E. HATTON survey, $2,500.

Marriage Licenses Issued

The following named parties have been granted license to wed since our last report:

Russell KADING and Miss Mattie POTTS


Elmer REVEILE and Miss Della COOK

Visits of the Stork

The following births have been reported to the county clerk since our last report:

Born to Mr. and Mrs.

George HULSEY, near DeLeon; a girl

Morris EANES, Comanche, triplets, two boys and one girl.

George STEPHENS, Gustine, a boy.

J.D. SISSON, Proctor, Route 2, a girl.

C.A. NORWOOD, near Sidney, a boy.

R. TAYLOR, near Sidney, a girl.

E.W. WAGNER, Sidney, a boy

W.W. TRICE, near Gap, a boy.

R.R. CAFFEY, near Sidney, a boy.

Dave M. STONE, near Proctor, a girl.

Jno. W. MAY, Proctor, a boy.

J.P. SCOTT near Hasse, a boy.

E.M. STONE, Proctor, a boy.

W.W. MATHIS, near DeLeon, a boy.

Burt PATTERSON, near Dublin, a girl.

Beal SITZLER, near DeLeon, a boy.

Lon WINKLES, near DeLeon, a girl.

L.H. eLY, near DeLeon, a boy.

J.W. HUSE, near DeLeon, a boy.

Jim CREEK, near DeLeon, a boy.

Tom GOODEN, near DeLeon, a boy.

R.R. HARVEY, DeLeon, a girl.

C.P. HARWELL, Lamkin, a boy

Dooley BAIRS, near Comanche, a girl.

Jno. T. HOPPER, near Gorman, a boy.

Card of Thanks

We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to our many thoughtful friends for your most tender consideration and loving sympathy to us through the illness and death of our baby boy. Only God alone knows how we appreciate it and may He bless you all is our prayer.

Mr. and Mrs. T.E. HOOD and children.

Father Killed; Sons Arrested – Tragedy Result of Family Troubles in Which Sons Took the Part of Their Mother.

Lee W. JONES, aged 50, a well known and prosperous farmer living six miles south of Dublin, was shot and killed last Thursday night by his two sons, Robert and Charlie, aged 22 and 18 years respectively, the tragedy being the result of family troubles between deceased and his wife, the sons taking the part of their mother.

The men were placed under arrest to await the action of the grand jury.

Mrs. JONES, wife of the slain man, was not at home at the time of the tragedy, having gone to her daughter’s home at Placid, in McCulloch county.

The deceased has been a resident of the Dublin country for many years and was known as a reliable and trustworthy citizen in matters of financial consideration. He had been successful as a farmer, and for several years past had been preachin on various occasions as a minister of the Holiness faith. Besides his wife, who is a daughter of Capt. Allie BURNETT, of Dublin, he leaves a large family of children, as follows: Mrs. Nettie GURNEL, of Placid, McCulloch county; Mrs. Alva TACKETT, of near Edna Hill, this county; Robert, aged about twenty-two; Charlie, aged about eighteen; Jessie, aged about sixteen; Florence, about thirteen; June, about eleven years, and Willie and Baby Earl about five and two years respectively.

The decision of Justice ABLES in the inquiry was to the effect that deceased came to his death by gun shot wounds, received from a gun in the hands of this two sons, Robert and Charlie.

A Generous Stork – Comanche County Woman Gives Birth to Triplets Last Week

Mrs. Morris EANES last week gave birth to triplets at her home in the country. Two of the babies were girls and one a boy. However, the Grim Reaper – Death, claimed two of the infants for his own, leaving only the one – the girl – to gladden the hearts of its parents.

Gustine Death

Marion, the baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Collie McDONALD, died at Seymour last Sunday evening. The body was brought to Dublin, where the funeral services were held Monday afternoon. Marion was one and one-half years old and was a bright lovable child, who is fondly remembered, the family having lived in Gustine.

Mrs. R.B. Lee

Mrs. R.B. LEE, who has been in a low state of health some time died Saturday at Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she had gone with her husband seeking the benefits of that climate.

Her remains were shipped to Comanche and should have arrived Monday, but owing to bad train connections did not arrive until Tuesday.

Rev. GREER, of Brownwood, conducted the services at the First Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon, at 2:30 o’clock, after which the remains were conveyed to Oakwood cemetery, where they were followed by a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives.

J.B. Tunnell

J.B. TUNNELL, an old citizen of this section, died Monday afternoon at his home in this city, after a lingering illness surrounded by family and friends.

Deceased was at one time engaged in the mercantile business in this city, but met financial reverses, later losing his eye sight, and had not been actively identified with the business interests of the city for several years.

Funeral services were held at the First Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at five o’clock, after which the remains were laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery, under the auspices of the K. of P. Lodge, of which he was an old and honored member. Jno. P. HOFF, S.P. SMITH, Dr. I.T. CLEMMONS, S.J. HICKS, J.W. SCURRY and A.S. HARRIS acting as pall bearers.

John Blue TUNNELL was born in Alabama, March 3, 1848, and came to Smith county, Texas, with his parents in 1851, living there until 1869, when he came to Comanche county, living here since that time. He was married in the early ‘70s to Miss Francis ALBIN, who only lived six or seven years, and was married the second time in ’81 to Miss Jennie BRODIE. Two children were born to the first union, Ira and Leah, now Mrs. B.E. DRAKE, of Denton. Four children were born to the second union, Edith, now Mrs. J.B. SMITH, of Malvern, Arkansas; Merlyn, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Miss Jennie Blue TUNNELL, of this city, Brodie, the youngest child dying several years ago at the age of twelve years.

Besides his wife and the children enumerated, decedent leaves two brothers, J.E. TUNNELL, of Whitney, and Dock TUNNELL, of Gustine, this county.

He engaged in farming and stock raising when he first came to Comanche county, later freighting from Fort Worth, before the advent of the railway, afterwards engaging in merchandising in this city.

He served his county in the capacity of Tax Assessor at one time, and was always known as a faithful public servant, a kind and loving father, a good neighbor and citizen.

May he rest in peace!


The following deaths have been reported to the county clerk since our last issue:

E.M. EANES’ two infants, Comanche.

Mrs. W.J. STEWART, Comanche.

Georgia Virginia PAYNE, Sidney.

Elmer HOOD, near Bibb, age 2

Sidney Teachers Elected

The trustees of Sidney independent district met in May and elected the following teachers for the coming term of 1913-1914:

Prof C.A. WILKINS, of Pottsville, Texas, superintendent; Prof. Otto GARRISON, of Sidney, Principle; Miss WILKINS, of Pottsville, Texas, intermediate, and Miss Ethel KELLETT, of Sidney, primary teacher.

©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.