The Comanche Chief and Pioneer Exponent, Comanche, Texas, 27 June 1913

Stork Visits

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

Born to Mr. and Mrs.—

W.I. JONES, a boy, on June 19, near Sidney

John WELCH, a girl, on June 18, near Beattie.

Charley FENWICK, a girl, on June 18th, near Beattie.

J.T. RITCHIE, a girl, on June 18th, near Energy.

A.S. WERNER, a boy, on June 23, near Comanche.

Abb CLAYTON, a girl, on June 24th, near Comanche.

J.W. HARKINS, a girl, on June 13th, near Comanche.

J.F. DAVIS, a girl, on June 15, near Comanche.

J.T. GUTHRIE, a boy, on June 5th, near Hasse.

Marriage Licenses Issued

The following marriage licenses have been issued since our last report:

A.R. McGUIRE to Miss Maud HUTTON.

L.B. BAGLEY to Miss Wyatt WOOD.

G.S. STEWARD to Miss Flora RASCO.


Mrs. Skidmore Dead

Died at the home of her daughter last Tuesday, June 24th, Mrs. M.G. SKIDMORE, aged 76 years. She was buried the following day in Mercer’s Gap cemetery in the presence of a host of friends and relatives. She leaves two sons, J.W. and T.M. SKIDMORE, and two daughters, Mrs. J.A. GREER and Mrs. Neely PATTERSON, to mourn her loss.


Mr. L.B. BAGLEY, of Sidney, and Miss Myrtle WOOD, of Blanket, were happily married last Sunday morning in the presence of a few friends at Salt Creek church, Rev. WATKINS, of Brownwood, officiating. They will make their home near Sidney.

The young couple has the best wishes of a large circle of friends.

Mrs. Mary Tannehill Dead

Mrs. Mary A. TANNEHILL died Tuesday at her home in this city, her remains being interred in Oakwood cemetery Wednesday at 2 o’clock.

Mrs. TANNEHILL was an old citizen of this section, and had witnessed the transition from the frontier infested by Indians and outlaws to one of the best counties in the imperial state of Texas, inhabited by a sturdy citizenship of thrift and enterprise.

Deceased had many friends among the older settlers, as well as the younger generation, who mourn for her demise.

Deceased was born May 18, 1830 in Alabama and came to Texas in 1851, living at Athens until 1884, when she came to Comanche county.

She was married in 1848 to P.T. TANNEHILL, who preceded her to the Great Beyond, dying May 10, 1874. She was the mother of eleven children, only six of whom lived to attain their majority. Of this number only three remain, i.e. Will, Jack and Joe, of this city, one of them, Sam, having been drowned her in 1885, just about the time he was grown.

DeLeon Items

Bob HAYNES is our new postmaster now, his commission coming in the first of the week.

At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pick CHAMBERS, last Sunday afternoon, June 15th, Mr. W.H. THOMPSON and Miss Viola WILSON were quietly married, Rev. R.E. SMITH, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating. Mr. THOMPSON is one of DeLeon’s most promising young business men and is a brother5 of our jewelryman, J.E. THOMPSON. The young lady he has chosen for his life companion is a friend of all with whom she becomes acquainted and is especially charming with her many traits of character. These young people left Monday for Proctor, and other points to spend several days before returning to make this place their home.

Wilson Doings

Mrs. Pope GUTHRIE has returned from Dallas, where she underwent an operation for appendicitis and is improving fast.

Jess FAULKENBERG is improving slowly from the mumps. The good people in and around here went in and worked out his crop one day last week.

Mrs. HILL and family visited her daughter near Hasse the later part of last week.

Indian Mountain Happenings

W.M. BURKETT and son returned hom Saturday from Comanche, where they have been looking for a place to live another year.

Miss Ira BURKE took supper with her cousins, Misses Vainia and Bertha McCLENDON.

Sidney News

Miss WILSON, of Comanche, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Dan DUTTON, this week.

Harvey ROSS and children, of Gap, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. ROSS, Sunday.

Mrs. HALL, of Comanche, visited her sister, Mrs. YOUNGBLOOD, Monday night.

Mrs. Joe REDWINE has been very low, after having had a stroke of paralysis last Thursday, but is doing nicely at this writing.

Mr. and Mrs. W.J. JONES are the happy parents of a fine boy.

Copperas Prairie and Gap News

Mrs. Will WORTH is on an extended visit with her mother near Blanket.

Mr. and Mrs. S.M. HILLEY, of Gap, visited their son, Doc, at Sidney Sunday.

Mrs. J.R. RUSHING, of Mercers Gap, spent Saturday night and Sunday here with her daughter, Mrs. E.L. WALLACE.

Mrs. James DRENNAN, of Bibb, died Friday night of last week and her remains were laid to rest in Martin Branch cemetery Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. THOMPSON, of Gap, spent Saturday with their daughter, Mrs. H.B. JONES.

Rucker News

Miss Ida JOHNSON, sister of Mrs. B.GILDER, is here on a visit. She has been teaching school down on the coast.

Mrs. Martha GRISHAM has been very sick, but is improving at present.

Mrs. Ida PITMAN and son, Marvin, visited near Gorman last week.

Milliam BRYANT and wife are the happy parents of a fine girl; also E. McADOO and wife are rejoicing over a big boy.

There was a Mexican baby buried at Liberty last week. The Mexicans were at work for J.H. HAYNES at the time of its death.

Harmony and Mercer’s Gap News

Clarence GORE and Miss Eva RUSHING, both popular young people of Mercer’s Gap, were happily married at the home of the bride’s parents Sunday afternoon, June 15th. And infare dinner was given on Monday by the groom’s parents. Clarence is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. R.R. GORE and Miss Eva is the fourth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. RUSHING. May their pathway be bright and happy, and their lives long and prosperous is the wish of their many friends. Mr. and Mrs. GORE will make their home at Mercer’s Gap.

Mrs. F.E. NORRID, who spent the past month at the home of her son, E.D. NORRID, of Harmony, left on last Wednesday night, via the Frisco for Childress county to spend the remainder of the summer with her eldest son, J.S. NORRID.

John NORRID of Comanche, spent Sunday of last week and Saturday night before, at the home of his brother, E.D. NORRID, visiting his mother, brother and family.

Grandma SKIDMORE, who had been ill at the home of her son in East Texas for several months, was brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert GREER, of Mercer’s Gap last week where she passed away Monday afternoon, She was laid to rest in Mercer’s Gap cemetery Tuesday afternoon in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. Kind friends covered the mound with beautiful flowers as a last token of love for a well spent life that has gone on before. She leaves to mourn her loss, two daughters and two sons, Mrs. Albert GREER, of Mercer’s Gap; Mrs. J.M. PATTERSON, of Comanche; J.W. SKIDMORE, who lives in West Texas; and another son in East Texas; also a number of grandchildren. All were present at the funeral except the last named son, who missed his train at Fort Worth and could not arrive in time. Tev. TEAGUE, of Zephyr, preached the funeral sermon.

Blanket News

Dock McGUIRE and Miss Maude HILTON were united in marriage Wednesday night.

Word comes from Temple to the effect that Aunt Tiny SWITZER, who went there last week to undergo an operation for cancer, stood the operation well and is doing nicely. This is good news to her many friends here and they wish her a speedy and complete recovery.

Local Gossip

Mr. and Mrs. Coke FRANKLIN and children have moved to Brownwood to make their home.

Mrs. Thos. COOK and little daughter, of Cleburne, are here to visit Mrs. COOK’s sister, Mrs. H.L. ARDIS.

Mrs. Harry DOULGLES is here from New Mexico to visit her brother-in-law, J.A. BATTS and family.

J.L. WHITE and family, of Sipe Springs, visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. WHITE, here this week.

Miss Tennie MITCHELL, of this city, has been elected to a position in the Blanket school for the ensuing term.

S.P. SMITH left Thursday morning for Gonzales to be at the bedside of his aged mother, who is reported to be very sick.

Miss Maude ROBERSON returned Friday from Marlin, where she had been trying the efficacy of the waters of that noted resort on a refractory case of rheumatism.

Mrs. Bee CARDWELL and Misses Dora PALMER, Cullie WEST, Tennie MITCHELL, Minnie McPHERSON, Gladys PHILLIPS and Louise BRIGHTMAN were among the number that attended the Rebekah convention at Brownwood this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Lary KITTLE and family, Mr. and Mrs. George MONTGOMERY, Mrs. Wm. MONTGOMERY, Miss Evelyn THODBERG and Victor THODBERG left Thursday morning via auto for San Angelo, where they will meet friends and go on to the Devils River for a several weeks’ fishing and outing trip.

Stores to Close

We, the undersigned merchants of Comanche, hereby agree to close our stores and places of business from eleven o’clock in the morning the balance of the entire day of July 4th, 1913:

The Comanche Mercantile Co.

J.W. Scurry

Brin’s One Price Store

W.W. Kilpatrick & Son

Martin Company

M. Coleman

Philips & Company

Wetzel Brothers

Robertson Sisters & Company

The Burks Simmons Company

Cunningham & Burton

T.M. Pulliam

C.F. Williams

M.D. Jones

Neely-Harris-Cunningham Co.


W.H. Rowland’s

5 and 10 Cents Store

W.C. Odom

West & Drummond

M.G. Catter Mercantile Co.

H.J. R. Gille, the Tailor

G.S. Walker & Son

Tate Brothers

Bowden Brothers

United States Express Co.

R.M. Dudley

E. Loftin

Acton & Harvey

The Comanche Creamery

D.M. Herring

W.R. Ellis


©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.