25 March 1871 Bastrop Advertiser
Joseph D. SAYERS is selling his residence.
DIED -- Col. F. W. ADAMS on Sun. night in Brenham, a prominent member of Brenham bar.
Deceased was from Mississippi, commanded a Confederate regiment, was a Mason, an Odd
Fellow, and member of the Baptist Church.
Hon. John HANCOCK, candidate for congress, 4th Congressional District.
Bastrop County Executive Committee (Democratic Party):
Major A. W. MOORE, Chairman
Capt. James H. GILLESPIE, Treasurer
Capt. B. D. ORGAIN, Secretary
Henry CROCHERON, Esq.
Capt. W. B. BILLINGSLEY
Dr. Robert E. HILL
Dr. Z. H. PANNELL
Anderson PETTY, Esq.
John D. FLOYD, Esq.
Wm. H. COULSON, Esq.
Capt. Wm. J. CAIN
Major Joseph D. SAYERS
Judge C. C. McGINNIS
In 05 Aug 1871 newspaper, SAYERS and McGINNIS did not appear on this list;
W. G. MILLER and John FAWCETT were added.
The trotting match in Austin last Sat. between Mr. SHERMAN's brown mare and Mr. COE's bay
horse Dan, for $1,000 a side, was easily won by the horse.
DIED -- Magrecio BALLIS, a Spaniard, was murdered by two colored men, James VENABLE
and Georgs LEWIS, in Austin on the Sat. last. A pick axe and rocks were the murder
weapons; body found near the river. (Dated 20 March 1871.)
J. JUNG, Sheriff BC, will organize the militia of BC.
The Donation Certificate No. 386 for 640 acres of land issued by the Adjutant of the State of
Texas to Thomas A. GRAVES (dec'd) for his participation in the battle of San Jacinto has
been lost. If not heard from within time prescribed by law, I shall apply for a duplicate.
Signed: Celete A. KIDD, Administratrix, GRAVES Estate.
Stolen from Sam SHEASBY of Young's Settlement on Sun. night, 12 Feb 1871, two horses [desc.
The second session of the Bastrop Male Academy will commence Mon., 30 Jan 1871. Louis C.
DIED -- Dempsey NASH, son of Capt. John D. NASH of this county. He died at his father's
residence on Thurs. night of last week.
The DCBC convenes in Bastrop, Monday next. Judge RICHARDSON, presiding; B. TRIGG,
DIED -- Esq. LAWHORN of Young's Settlement reports that on Sun. evening last, Mr. W. P.
MAY was found dead in the road, 3 mi. north east of that place. Leaves wife and babe,
two years old. Murder or suicide not known.
J. H. GILLESPIE, Executor of the will of Henry MURDOFF, dec'd, requests information on
Eliza MURDOFF, last known living in the family of a gentleman near Baton Rouge, LA
in 1833 or 1834. [Notice dated 30 Apr 1870]
By order of the DCBC at the November Term 1870, I will on the first Tuesday of April 1871 on
Main street in Bastrop in front of the lot formerly occupied by the store house of John M. FINNY & Co., sell at public outcry, to pay the debts of the estate of Robert H. GRIMES,
the following belonging to the estate: 2632 acres of land in Bexar County, patented to D.
J. HOLT; 1476 acres of land in Gonzales county, patented to heirs of E. G. COFFMAN;
150 acres of land in Williamson county, part of grant to Fred FAY, and purchased by R.
H. GRIMES from H. CROCHERON; 308 acres in Cormal [Comal?] County, part of
EZNAURIZA grant, and purchased by R. H. GRIMES from John D. McLEAD; 75 acres
in Comal county, part of EZNAURIZA grant, deeded to estate of R. H. GRIMES by
George NAIL; 1476 acres in Fort Bend county, granted to Jacob BURNEY. Said land is
situated about 14 miles above Columbia, and joins DORST's survey; 640 acres in Atascosa
county, patented to heirs of A. M. HIGHSMITH; 1476 acres in Brown county, granted
heirs of Richard HIGHSMITH; 177 acres in Hamilton county, patented to heirs of A. M.
HIGHSMITH; 320 acres in Hamilton county, patented to Joseph CAMPBELL; 1428 acres
in Hamilton county, patented to John PICKERING; 640 acres in Hamilton county, patented
to heirs of E. G. COFFMAN; 640 acres in Hamilton county, patented to the heirs of E.
G. COFFMAN [sic re: duplicate entry]; 1476 acres in Travis county, now supposed to
be Coleman county, granted to D. J. HOLT; 4000[?] acres in Travis county, now supposed
to be Brown county, patented to Antonio TRAVENIO; 177 acres in Austin county, patented
to Antonio TRAVENIO; 944 acres in Montague county, patented to R. H. GRIMES; 320
acres in Montague county, patented to R. H. GRIMES; 1 Lot in the town of Lockheart,
on the court house square; Certificate for 3, 480, 226 square [yards?], issued to Patrick
McDAVID; 640 acres in Bastrop county, patented to the heirs of John B. CLELLAN; 83
acres in Bastrop county, granted G. KAUFFMAN; 1000 acres in Bastrop county, granted
to the heirs of Patrick McDAVID; also all the horses and cattle running loose in Bastrop
county. I will sell on the first Tuesday in May 1871 near the residence of George NAIL
in Comal county, all the remaining cattle and horses belonging to said estate. I will apply
to the DCBC at its March term 1871 for an order to sell the balance of the property.
Signed: John B. RECTOR, Admin. of the estate of R. H. GRIMES. Dated: 25 Feb 1871.
Bastrop, Texas, July 27, 1871
Editors State Journal
Since Hancock, aided by his local allies, the lynchers and school-house burners, has been here agitating the different neighborhoods of the county, the condition of affairs is simply desperate. The existence of armed hands in disguise, prowling the country at night, burning school-houses, whipping school teachers, and beating colored men who patronize schools is no longer a myth, but an absolute fact, sustained by the most irrefragable testimony. The terrorism that these desperadoes and assassins exercise, is not confined to the colored man; but the German inhabitants especially those of Serbin, in this county are continually intimidated and outraged by these cowardly and infamous scoundrels.
The offence which the victims of this violence has committed is there devotion to good government, their love of law and order. Besides Mr. Hama, a teacher of a colored school who was taken out sometime ago and almost whipped to death, on account of his vocation several other have shared like treatment for sending to such schools and for voting with the Republican party. How long, I would like to know, shall such villains thus abuse the magnanimity of the Government. The seat and center of these outrageous demonstrations can be readily ascertained, and it is such a place that should be searched out. Martial law is terrible; but until certain bloated and pampered, aristocrats here, who encourage and supply these gentleman "Knights" are treated as the poor freedman and unoffending Germans have endured there will be no peace in this country, to say nothing of a free Republican vote in the coming election.
I feel too indignant to enter into details; the whole matter is simply awful for a good man to contemplete, and if the thing does not stop we want General Davidson here. Yours, & c., "Observer".
In regard to the threats of the Journal, we hurl them in its teeth with the contemptathey deserve, and will say to him that it is our firm and conscientious belief and conviction that the "masked villains" he speak of are from Davis & Co, own clan. As we have heretofore stated, the Democracy of Bastrop County - those men who are advocating Democratic principles and the election of Hon. John Hancock to Congress, are men of honor and principle - they are men of property of influence of high social position and the bona fide tax payers of the county. The money that goes.....
05 August 1871 Bastrop Advertiser
Grand Jury Room, August 1st, 1871
Hon. J. B. McFarland, Judge of the District Court holding session in the town of Bastrop for Bastrop County:
We the undersigned, chosen and acting as a Grand Jury for this term of the Court, would beg leave to say to your Honor, that under the charge and instructions given us by your Honor, to diligently inquire into and present all offences coming before us and occurring within the limits of our county, that we have had under consideration all and every report for crime and lawlessness of every grade and character, and that we find much for which we have good cause to present and have presented to the Court; but much we are glad to say has been represented to us for which no proof or evidence has come before this Grand Jury to justify the finding of bills of indictments against the parties charged.
We have examined over two hundred witnesses, and have endeavored to bring to light all and every disturbance, especially that in regard to what is called Ku Klux.
We further state that no evidence has come before this Grand Jury to justify us in believing that such a band or party of men do exist within the limits of our county; though we have evidence that several persons banded together have committed acts of lawlessness and crime, but at no time did they represent themselves as being Ku Klux. Your Grand Jury do not know what a Ku Klux is, or what it takes to make one, neither of us ever having seen one, and no description plain enough has been given us for us to say who or what they are. Bands of men or boys - but most of the evidence show to be boys - is disguise, have been seen on two or three occasions riding in the Eastern part of our county, but no disturbances have been committed by them - no one injured or harmed in any way, and what they do seems to have been done more for sport than injury to any one.
Our county presents, so far as we are able to judge, as peaceable a condition as before the war. All seem to show a willingness to abide by the laws, and at no time has there been shown a greater desire to have the laws executed. The guilty may not be willing to meet the judgement due their crime, but those are few, very few to the number who abide by the laws.
We regret very much to hear that upon us rests the responsibility, and upon our action depends whether or not martial law shall be declared in our county. To this we have to say we have acted and our acts are before the proper tribunal, and for ourselves our consciences are clear, and however others may think, we have endeavored to do our duty. If a perfect consciousness of duty done will not relieve our citizens of the burden of martial law we suppose they will have to suffer by it. They have suffered enough - more will be hard to bear.
This much, your Honor, we feel to be our duty to state to you and thanking you for the kindness and courtesy shown us by our Honor, and hoping that nothing herein contained may work injury, but do the good intended, we are Respectfully, John P. Jones, Foreman, J.
A. Lawrence, P. C. Hendricks, C. Kleinert, John D. Nash, F. F. Jones, C. G. Caldwell, Jerry Cooksey, G. W. Eblin, W. A. J. Jenkins, D. M. Jackson, Robert P. Jones, R. J. Price, J. Neggarrth, Charles Chambers.
BC Democratic Sub-Committees:
Bastrop: J. H. GILLESPIE, W. B. BILLINGSLEY, J. C. HIGGINS, R. S. GREEN,
Robt A. GILL, Phil CLAIBORNE, E. K. SMITH, Dr. H. H. STARCKIE, Richard
BERGER, W. J. S. CARTER, James E. OLIVE, H. H. HOUSE, J. W. FITZWILLIAMS
Sandy Creek and Young's Prairie: W. H. COULSON, John D. FLOYD, Robert P. JONES, O. H. P. COLE, Dan M. JACKSON, John NULL, Dr. FINCH, Marion HUGHES, Charles BROOKS, John S. SMITH, Wiley FORE, Ed RANSOM, Jacob JETIJOHN, John HERRON
Walnut Creek: Z. H. PANNELL, F. A. STONE, Jas. M. McDONALD, JohT [sic]
WATSON, N. SLATEN, James S. SORRELL, W. W. KNOWLES, Miles EPLER,
J. J. MONCURE
Gazley's Prairie: John FAWCETT, John P. JONES, William SMITH, Dr. T. P.
EARLY, Daniel JONES, R. B. SHIP, Dr. Jno. B. TAYLOR
Hallmark's Prairie: William A. JENKINS, John HALLMARK, Cummings BURLESON,
John F. BURLESON, C. J. E. GRAHAM
Hill's Prairie: A. W. MOORE, Robt J. PRICE, E. W. JENKINS, A. M. HUBBARD,
M. W. TRIGG, Dan GRADY, John B. HANCOCK
Alum Creek: Dr. Robert E. WILL, J. W. KENNEDY, B. F. JONES, Cal TURNER,
William T. HIGGINS, Pike COTTLE, L. L. RECTOR, John KOLLER
Pin Oak: N. G. ALSUP, Joel ALSUP, R. J. McKINNEY, Wade DIXON, Z. P.
EGGLESTON, James SPAULDING, August MERCHANT, Dr. G. F. MANNING
Serbin: Dr. G. F. MANNING, Soloman FEHR, John J. KLICK, Charles A.
LOTTMAN, William EISENBACH, John DUBE
Hemphill & Craft's Prairie: W. G. MILLES, M. L. HEMPHILL, John S. CRAFT,
G. A. SCHNEIDER, Andy YOAST, Claiborne HARRIS, W. H. CALDWELL, John W.
Negro-Radical Barbecue -- Sat. last. Parade headed by two hacks, one occupied by Judge C. C.
McGINNIS with District Clerk Robert F. CAMPBELL; the second driven by Sheriff Jo
JUNG with Judge SCHUTZE, District Attorney B. TRIGG, J. DUVE, and the colored
representative Jeremiah J. HAMILTON. Carroll MILLER (negro) and Eddie QUICK also
Letter to the Ed. from Ev BURLESON re: his name appearing in the Austin State Journal on 25
July as having been arrested by the State Police of BC. BURLESON says he has never
been arrested by the State Police and is guilty of no misdemeanors.
[It was brought to the attention of reconstructionist Gov. Edmond DAVIS that a number of violent acts against Blacks were being committed in Bastrop County. The Governor threatened imposing martial law in BC, and directed J. B. McFARLAND, Judge DCBC, to convene
a Grand Jury to ascertain if the Ku Klux Klan were committing these crimes. Much of the
newspaper of this date and of 12 Aug concerned this issue. Some of the articles of both
dates are summarized below.]
1) Letter to the Ed. re: Hon. John HANCOCK and violence surrounding the colored
schools. Mr. HAMS [HAMA?], teacher in the colored school, mentioned.
2) The Grand Jury, consisting of John P. JONES - Foreman, Col. John A. LAWRENCE,
D. C. [P. C.?] HENDRICKS, C. KLEINERT, Capt. John D. NASH, Frank F. JONES,
C. G. [C. C.?] CALDWELL, Jerry Cooksey (colored), Geo. W. EBLIN (born in BC),
Wm. A. J. JENKINS, Dan M. JACKSON, Robert P. JONES (leading member of the
Methodist Church), Robt. J. PRICE, J. NEGGERETH, and Charles CHAMBERS
(colored), reported to Judge McFARLAND that it found no evidence that the Ku Klux Klan
exists in the county. Esq. LAWHORN mentioned. Marion HARRISON testified before
the Grand Jury.
[Apparently the Austin State Journal denounced the Grand Jury's decision, and Gov.
DAVIS continued to threaten martial law. These prompted more editorials, defense of BC,
and return denouncements from the Bastrop Advertiser. The articles are summarized
below, from the Bastrop Advertiser's point of view.]
1) Gov. DAVIS should fear impeachment. Eddie QUICK also mentioned.
2) Reprint of a letter from Gov. Edmond DAVIS to Judge McFARLAND which describes
some of the crimes and asks the Judge to remind the Grand Jury to mind the law.
Editorials opposing this letter follow.
3) Reprint of a second letter from Gov. DAVIS to Judge McFARLAND, and more
editorializing. Nat MOORE, Sheriff JUNG mentioned.
4) Letter to the Ed. from A. D. McGINNIS re: the Grand Jury. McGINNIS opposed
Grand Jury's findings. Editor describes this letter as unbecoming. Judge HANCOCK,
Col. Thos. H. JONES (formerly a resident of Travis County, but for some time a resident
of Salado), and R. D. KINNEY mentioned.
Morgan C. HAMILTON, at the Austin Republican Convention on the 23d ult., declared he would
not pay the enormous and illegal taxes assessed on his property.
Letter to the Ed. from W. A. HIGHSMITH detailing specific state and county tax rates.
Letter to the Ed. from W. H. CLIVE, Bastrop. Nat MOORE captured CLIVE and labelled
CLIVE "a notorious murderer." CLIVE reports that he was acquitted by a Grand Jury of
all blame, and denounces MOORE.
Mrs. M. J. MILLICAN is selling 764 acres of Post Oak land lying near Oak Hill Academy,
8 miles north east of Bastrop.
A mule and horse were stolen from Wm. A. YOUNG, 4 miles south west of Bastrop, on Tues.
night, 25 July 1871 [desc. follows]. $50 reward.
J. F. BAKER is selling his homestead (125 acres, 2 residences, farm animals, tools, household
furniture) and another 164 acres adjoining with stock and tools.
Capt. Lewis C. WISE left for Virginia on Thurs. last, but will return to teach in the Fall.
Strayed or stolen -- from the farm of Fridrick GRUSSENDORF in Pin Oak Settlement, one Bay
Horse [desc. follows]. Reward.
Jessee BILLINGSLEY, Administrator of the estate of Felix W. GOFF, dec'd, will apply to
the DCBC in July Term 1871, to sell 1,107 acres, the Headright of GOFF, lying in Trinity
County, described in Patent by the State to him. Another 480 acres in same county, granted
also by patent to GOFF. (Notice dated 17 Jul 1871).
W. H. DIXON is selling his farm on Gravelly Creek, 10 miles east of Bastrop, and 7 miles west
of Airline Railroad, 200 acres of Post Oak land, dwelling, and out houses.
Strayed or stolen -- One grey horse [des. follows]. Reward. Signed: D. SAYERS.
12 August 1871 Bastrop Advertiser
Austin Reformer published an editorial referring to a BC Camp Meeting, the Revs. David
COULSON, G. W. HONEY, and "ruffians & desperadoes of Bastrop County."
COULSON gives a different story. The Editor will investigate.
Mrs. Sarah J. ORGAIN will commence her school, Colorado Institute, for its 13th session, on
Mon. the 4th of Sept. in the Masonic Hall.
Early June 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
[A single page from an early June 1873 paper, very like the 07 June 1873 issue.
This single page falls between 06 June 1874 and 24 Oct 1874 on the microfilm.]
W. M. SPITLER presented us with several 4 1/2 lb. white head cabbage.
A free school teacher named VIRDRY(?) is charged with taking money from Col. J. C.
HIGGINS. Bond set at $500. VIRDRY's family is respectable.
Prof. STODDARD gave a concert last night.
DIED -- In Hemphill's Prairie, Monday 26th ult., Mrs. Elizabeth HEMPHILL, late widow of
Cornelius HEMPHILL, aged 53 years.
DIED -- In Webberville, Travis Co., Thursday, 22 May 1773 [sic, but likely a typo for 1873],
W. A. HEMPHILL. Mr. HEMPHILL was some 50-odd years old and one of the old
citizens of Texas. Has lived in BC for a great number of years.
DIED -- On the morning of the 10th ult. in Bastrop, Mary A., infant daughter of Capt. B. D. and
Mrs. Drew ORGAIN.
Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen, 02 June 1873. Present: Wm. MILLER, Mayor;
Aldermen: Louis EILERS, J. C. BUCHANAN, W. W. MOORE, J. C. HIGGINS, R.
GILL, R. BURGER, J. DUVE. Mayor appointed a special committee of HIGGINS,
BUCHANAN, and DUVE to investigate the road question between the Corporation and
Mrs. C. V. SCHAEFER. Appraising Committee made the following report: 1) For Mr.
P. ERVIN 50 acre Lot No. 23, at $3.00 per acre; 2) For Geo. ORTS 6 acres, south half
of 12 acre Lot lying south of Mr. ORTS' place at $2.50 per acre. Mayor ordered land sold
in accordance with ordinances. Accounts allowed: Thos. C CAIN - publishing $50 coin;
A. W. GRIMES - as Marshall and for fees and stationery $44.50. Board of Aldermen
Meeting 03 June 1873. Quorum present. Absent: R BURGER, A. A. ERHARD. Hog
ordinance read. Accounts allowed: J. S. WOOD - jail fees $7.00.
14 June 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
Strayed or stolen -- on or about 12 Dec., 1 bay horse, 1 sorrel mare [desc. follows]. Signed:
P. M. WHITTINGTON, McDade.
The Harmonia Lyceum of Snake Prairie. Its committee (H. N. McKELLER, J. C. WOODS,
I. W. WILLIAMS) requests of W. A. HIGHSMITH, Esq., a copy of the essay he
delivered before this Lyceum on the 10th inst. [i.e., May]. [HIGHSMITH's essay
Maj. Joseph D. SAYERS is a Texas State Senator, and his brother, Capt. Wm. B. SAYERS is
a State Representative from Gonzales.
CAPTAIN JACK, the Modoc Indian Chief being held by the Texas government pending possible
execution, may be the son of Capt. Jack CHAMBERS of Kentucky.
John KOHLER, Sheriff BC, reminds all to pay the School Tax. Signed: W. M. SPITLER,
James C. DUVALL, Guardian of the Estate of Fannie T. WILKINS, a minor, has filed his
Final Account current, and petitions for discharge from further guardianship of WILKINS.
Signed: R. F. CAMPBELL, Clk DCBC, by Jno. M. FINNEY, Deputy.
Col. Jas. YOUNG presented us with the first cotton blooms this season.
J. R. NICHOLS presented us with an 8 lb. cabbage.
MARRIED -- Jacob KOPPELL arrived at home last Wednesday from New York with a handsome
and beautiful New York bride.
John PRINN, a colored boy, age 10 or 12, was jailed on the charge of stealing a horse.
DIED -- W. F. WATTERSON, on the night of 21 May 1873, at the early age of 24. A resolution
honoring WATTERSON approved by the Red Rock Lodge, No. 310, F. A. M., and signed
by J. W. EASTLAND, and S. D. PETTY, Geo. AWALT, was presented to
Polling places and Presiding Election Officers:
Precinct 1 - Bastrop: Henry PERKINS
Precinct 2 - HIGHSMITH's Store, Snake Prairie: N. A. McKELLER
Red Rock: N. S. SLATON
Smithville, GAZLEY's Prairie: John P. JONES
Precinct 3 - Cedar Creek School House, near OATMAN's Store: W. A. OATMAN
Precinct 4 - McDade: H. A. HIGHSMITH
Hog Eye: W. P. MILES\
Precinct 5 - Serbin: Solomon FEHR
Alum Creek, TURNER's Store: W. J. KENNEDY
Wm. MILLER is selling his residence, south of the court house, Bastrop (dwelling, outhouses,
Jno. J. MONCURE is selling the following land: 360 acres patented to the heirs of J. J.
CLELLAND; 331 1/2 acres patented to the heirs of Jesse BARKER; 13 1/2 acres with a
deep water hole on EASTLAND's/Piney Creek; 150 acres part of a survey patented to
Ralph WITTLESEY; 640 acres patented to E. G. RECTOR 16 miles south of Bastrop;
2200 acres of the Martha League eight or nine miles west of Bastrop; 60 acres eight miles
west of Bastrop.
Gamble Lodge No. 244 meets the 4th Sat. each month. J. A. HOOPER, W. M.; Jno. M.
Bastrop Chapter No. 95 meets first Sat. each month. J. D. SAYERS, M. E. H.; Jas. H.
21 June 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
Col. G. W. JONES of Bastrop, candidate for Governor.
George COLLETTSO, President of the Bastrop Coal Co., fined $5 for refusing to pay a hack hire
while in Galveston.
DIED -- [Paper torn and faded, words missing], near Bastrop, Mrs. Emily F. JONES, wife of
[words missing], eldest daughter of [words missing] MAYES, deceased. She leaves six
orphan children, 3 boys and 3 girls, and a deeply devoted husband.
Mr. and Mrs. STODDARD (H. S. and C. B.) will return from the North about the first of Sept.
next and will open a private school in Bastrop.
Maj. Jos. D. SAYERS will speak at the closing exercises of Excelsior College on 25th and 26th
Dr. A. M. [A. W.?] HILL, having returned from Louisiana, has decided to permanently locate
in HILL's Prairie and offers his services as physician and surgeon.
Former BC Sheriff I. N. BAKER is moving his family to San Antonio.
Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen, 19 June 1873. Present: Wm. MILLER, Mayor;
J. C. HIGGINS, J. C. BUCHANAN, Lewis EISLERS [EILERS?], W. W. MOORE,
R. BURGER, and J. DUVE, Sec'y.
From Precinct No. 2, SHERRILL was jailed in default of $250 bond, on a charge of theft from
Before Justice LAWHON, FERGURSON, the section boss of the Central Railroad, was bound
over in $100 to appear before the DC to answer a charge of false imprisonment.
28 June 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
Col. Lytt W. MOORE of LaGrange delivered the annual literary ovation of the Waco University
Exercises on Thurs. last.
NICHOLS brought us 3 beets, one weighing 5 lbs.
DIED -- Robert PARKS of LaGrange, young son of J. D. PARKS, of hydrophobia. Had been
bitten 5 weeks previously on the hand by a dog.
A bill was passed by the recent legislature incorporating the town of McDade and the following
town officials have been appointed: Albert HIGHSMITH, Mayor; B. C. CLARK,
Marshall; A. H. CROW, Oscar NASH, C. SLATON, and Dr. J. P. EARLY, Board of
A bill was passed by the recent legislature incorporating the town of Elgin and the following
appointed: R. V. STANDIFER, Mayor; J. A. CASE, Marshall; L. C. CUNNINGHAM,
M. HOLMON, Ben HARRIS, Jas. P. REYNOLDS, Aldermen.
MARRIED -- on Thursday morning 26th June inst. at the residence of the brother-in-law of the
bride, Capt. W. J. CAIN in this county, by Elder W. J. JONES, Mr. Samuel KENNEDY
of Washington County and Miss Amanda WILKINS of Bastrop County. [Long best wishes
from the Ed. follow.]
The first meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Excelsior College was held in Bastrop on
Thursday 26th June 1873. Board members: G. W. JONES, C. B. GARWOOD, President,
D. W. JONES, A. J. BATTS, J. P. FOWLER, Sec'y, H. H. STARKIE, C. ERHARD,
and C. TAYLOR.
DIED -- John J. SMITH, an old and respected citizen of this county, at his residence Thursday
It was first thought that a white man, stranger and newcomer to the county, brutally murdered a
negro on Judge EASTLAND's farm across the river in the early part of the week. But he
was overtaken and proved his innocence beyond doubt. Murderer now unknown.
Excelsior Examinations on Wed. last opened with a prayer from Rev. J. T. WILLIAMSON. The
following speeches were given and compositions read by the students: "Sacred Literature"
by Master Don PETTY; "Visions and Realities" by Miss Annie DUVAL; "Will It Pay" by
Miss Sue FAWCETT; "Life" by Master Alonzo GARWOOD; French compositions by
Miss Josephine WILBARGER and Miss Alice TAYLOR; "Love Is Potent But Money Is
Omnipotent" by Miss Alice TAYLOR; "Speech of Spartacus the Roman Gladiator" by
Master Charley BATTS; "Change" by Miss High JONES; and "Choice of Vocation" by
Master Miles(?) HILL. Mrs. WARREN provided the music for the event.
PRIZES: Senior Class: Josephine WILBARGER
Junior: Alice TAYLOR
Sophomore: Emma GARWOOD
Freshman: Fannie STEWART
Academic: Hiram GARWOOD
Preparatory: Robert BATTS
First Prize in Penmanship: Mary CARTER; Don PETTY
Second: Miss E. GARWOOD; R. BATTS
Prizes in Music: Laura E. [GARWOOD?]; Octavia STEWART
Valedictory Address: Josephine WILBARGER
Diploma Award Address: Maj. J. D. SAYERS
05 July 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
Josephine O. WILBARGER's Valedictory Address to Excelsior College printed in the paper.
A. J. ERHARD appointed Administrator of the Estate of L. SCHWARZ and will sell two lots in
Bastrop on the east side of Main Street belonging to the estate.
Officers of the Guttenburg Lodge I.O.O.F. No. 104 of Bastrop and of McDade Lodge No. 103
were elected last Wednesday, 2nd inst, as follows: Guttenburg Lodge: Fred SWEITZER,
N. G.; M. KALNAR, V. G.; B. G. PRUKOG, Sec'y; A. WISEMAN, Treasurer.
McDade Lodge: Albert HIGHSMITH, N. G.; Isaac BAER, Sec'y; Theo. F. HERNER[?],
Treasurer. Col. George W. JONES delivered the election address.
12 July 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
DIED -- at Bastrop, Monday July 7th 1873, Mary Alice, daughter of Thomas C. and Mary E.
CAIN, aged one year, 7 mo., 4 days. [Daughter of the Editor]
DIED -- In Hill's Prairie on Thursday July 10th 1873, William Thomas, youngest child of Mr. J.
T. and Mrs. Ella McDONALD.
The Episcopal Sunday School Picnic will be held today. Rev. Mr. PHILLIPS will address the
The citizens of Hemphill's Prairie gave a neighborhood barbecue near Capt. NASH's yesterday.
The Trustees of the Excelsior College offered positions as Co-Principal to Prof. MORRISON and
The cotton worm has appeared on James W. YOUNG's farm across the river. Mr. GREEN is
trying the "Whisenant Worm Destroyer."
R. F. CAMPBELL, Registrar of Voters of BC, published a notice on voter registration
Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen, 07 July 1873. Present: Wm. MILLER, Mayor;
Aldermen A. A. ERHARD, W. W. MOORE, R. GILL, J. DUVE, and R. BURGER.
The following accounts were allowed: A. W. GRIMES for services as Marshall - coin,
$40; J. S. WOODS, jail fees - $5.00; Wm. MILLER, Mayor, for salary - $100;
Wm. MILLER for stationery - currency $5.00. On motion of A. A. ERHARD, the Mayor
appointed R. S. GREEN, T. W. HOPPE, and Cayton ERHARD to cooperate with the
Street Committee in examining the complaints of A. KEIL and J. LINKE.
19 July 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
M. W. CUNEY elected President of the Negro convention held at Brenham last week.
Nat C. REIVES, Esq., former Editor of the LaGrange New Era, is an independent candidate for
Sheriff of Fayette County.
DIED -- A Mr. VOSBURG in Austin on Monday last. He had been eating figs and cake with a
friend. Mr. V. died at one o'clock that night at home, it is supposed from strychnine
DEATHS -- Two suicides and one accidental shooting in Fayette County during the past week.
A son of Mr. RADGEN, aged 10 years, hung himself; a Mr. TENBER shot himself beside
his wife's grave, killing himself instantly; and a Mr. BURRHAM accidentally shot himself
by blowing off the top of his head.
Article on the Whisenant Cotton Worm Destroyer. W. C. POWELL, J. C. BUCHANAN,
W. W. MOORE, A. J. BATTS, J. T. TRIGG, Rufus A. GREEN, Col. James YOUNG,
and J. Ross GREEN mentioned.
DIED -- on Monday, the 7th inst. on the river San Marcos, 3 miles below Prairie Lea: Miss
Ophelia, daughter of Mr. Owen P. HARDEMAN, and Miss STILES were drowned while
A. W. GRIMES, Bastrop City Marshall, published a notice that corporation taxes are due.
Chas. VOGT, Treasurer of the Corporation of Bastrop, published the monthly financial report.
Dr. C. ERHARD, Trustee, announces that Mrs. Mollie McDOWELL has accepted the musical
department of the Excelsior College for the next term.
Mr. A. J. BATTS has peach trees filled with peaches.
Nelson JOHNSON, the notorious desperado negro of Bastrop County, who broke jail in Bastrop
some five months ago, has been seen in the county during the past week. The officers are
Oscar ELLISON, one of the negroes who broke jail some time since, was arrested near Columbus
and brought to Bastrop by City Marshall GRIMES last week and lodged in jail. He was
sentenced to the penitentiary at the Nov. term of the DCBC for 7 years, but appealed to the
Supreme Court which reduced it to one year. He is now waiting to receive his sentence
from the Judge when he will take up quarters at Huntsville.
GARWOOD presented us on Thurs. last with an apple raised on a farm in Hill's Prairie weighing
14 oz. and measuring 13 inches in circumference.
Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen, 15 July 1873. Present: Wm. MILLER, Mayor;
Aldermen W. W. MOORE, J. C. HIGGINS, R. BURGER, Louis EILERS, J. C.
BUCHANAN, J. DUVE, A. A. ERHARD.
26 July 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
Mrs. Thomas CAIN sends thanks to Mrs. J. C. HIGGINS for the finest peaches.
Note on the success of Capt. W. J. CAIN's farm, 8 miles above Bastrop.
MARRIED -- In the Methodist Church of Bastrop Wed. morning 6 1/2 o'clock, by the Rev. W.
A. SMITH, F. D. WILKES, Esq., and Miss Mattie GRAVES, both of Bastrop.
Ed. B. BURLESON, candidate for Sheriff BC
C. B. GARWOOD, Chairman Bastrop County Executive Committee, and C. ERHARD, Sec'y,
announce the BC Democratic Convention for Sat., 23 Aug. in Bastrop.
John D. MORRISON accepts the position of Co-Principal with Miss McCAY, Excelsior College.
Letter to the Ed. from C. B. GARWOOD, President of the Board of Trustees, on
MORRISON, McCAY, and the Excelsior College. Miss Mollie McDOWELL, Prof.
HEILIGBROD, J. DUVE, James NICHOLSON, and A. A. ERHARD mentioned.
02 August 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
John M. FINNEY, candidate for Clk., DCBC
Capt. Jesse BILLINGSLEY (approximately age 70), independent candidate for the Legislature.
DIED -- The notorious Jack HELM, former Sheriff of DeWitt County, killed by the more
notorious Wes HARDIN, last Friday evening [in Albuquerque, NM?]. Both desperadoes.
Drs. David SAYERS, Robert M. MILLER, H. P. LUCKETT, and T. P. EARLY invite the
physicians of BC to meet at the office of Dr. R. MILLER on Sat. 23 Aug, 10 o'clock, to
organize a BC Medical Association.
DIED -- Mr. W. G. KOHLER, brother of our sheriff, at his residence, on Wed. last.
Col. Galen CROW, late of Bastrop and McDade, now of Austin, visited us this past week.
A partial list of attorneys in attendance at the DCBC: Col. Lytt MOORE, BROWN, PHELPS
of LaGrange; Judge SCHECKS, Gen. SHELLEY, Mr. CHANDLER of Austin;
Mr. CROWE of McDade.
The July Term 1873 of the DCBC convened on Monday last with Hon. J. P. RICHARDSON,
Judge of the 27th District, presiding. Officers of the Court: B. TRIGG, District Atty;
R. F. CAMPBELL, District clerk; Jno. M. FINNEY and Frank McKENNA, Deputies;
John A. KOHLER, Sheriff; N. A. MORRIS and Wm. M. SPITLER, Deputies. The
following are the names of the grand Jurors: Campbell TAYLOR, foreman; Mid
JENKINS, Peter JONES, Wm. CARTER, James COX, J. D. NEWTON, Giles
BROWN, Callaway BARTON, Jacob ROBINSBURG[?], David LAWHORN, Jno. W.
BOWEN, Sam. B. CHURCHILL, Jeff TINNIN[?], J. M. ROBERTSON, Reinhart
SMITH, and Joel ALSUP. The following cases have been disposed of up to noon
U. HOWAN vs. F. CASSELL, et. al.; judgment by agreement
2176--John M. MILLER and wife, vs. Joe and Sallie DECHARD; judgment for the
defendants for the land in controversy
F. W. CHANDLER vs. W. H. and J. H WILLIAMS, et. al.; case dismissed by plaintiff
2532--J. C. HIGGINS vs. R. R. GAUDY, et. al.; judgment by agreement
2526--G. M. RUSSELL et. al. vs. Ed. MANTON; dismissed by plaintiff
2195 [2495?]--Galen CROW et. al. vs. Abner C. PHILLIPS and wife; verdict for plaintiff
for land in controversy and $3099.20
John F. CROW, ex parte; John F. CROW, Esq., of McDade, a practicing attorney of the
State of Indiana admitted to practice at the bar of the district and superior courts of the
State of Texas.
2551--C. W. HILL vs. R. P. JONES; judgment by agreement.
2524--R. W. KENNON vs. T. D. GORMAN; judgment by default
2534--J. E. OLIVE vs. R. B. SHIP; judgment for plaintiff by default.
2535--J. H. HALL vs. L. J. SPEIR; judgment for plaintiff by default
2540--J. C. BUCHANAN & Co. vs. Wm. H. GRIMES; judgment for plaintiff by default
2549--Frank F. KEEPERS vs Alice KEEPERS et. al.; decree for partition
2528--W. J. YOUNG, et. al. vs. Charles SAUR; judgment by agreement
Letter to the Ed. signed by several people in Butler County, Alabama recommending a young man
named E. J. THOMPSON to the people of Bastrop county. THOMPSON emigrated from
Alabama to Texas last year, and is now living at Mr. A. W. HILL's in Bastrop County.
His parents lived in Butler County and were a respectable and worthy family. They died
when he was very young. He lost his right arm in the Confederate army, before he was
sixteen years old. He is an industrious man and perfect gentleman in every respect.
09 August 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
DEATHS -- Indians invaded Frio City on the 21st ult. and killed Mr. MASSEY, an old and
respected citizen, and Mr. WELLS near Nueces Canon.
Dr. J. A. FORBES is in no way connected with the Advertiser. For a while we let him write a
McDade column but we became disgusted with his foolish scribblings and discontinued
Thos. J. PETTITT of Perry, Balls Co., MO desires information on his father who is supposed to
be living somewhere in South Texas.
Articles on Jesse BILLINGSLEY, independent candidate for the Texas Legislature.
Prof. BARKER, late of Excelsior College, has moved to San Marcos.
District Court actions up to noon yesterday:
J. H. BOWERS and R. B. WILKES of Bastrop admitted to the bar.
James BARFIELD, assault to kill, trial by jury. Verdict: aggravated assault. Fine $100
Robert BRANHAM, assault to kill, trial by jury. Verdict: simple assault. Fine $5
R. N. CALHOUN, trial by jury. Verdict: simple assault. Fine $7.
Jo. BECK, assault to kill, trial by jury. Verdict: aggravated assault. Fine $110.
Sam WILLIAMS, theft, trial by jury. Verdict: Fine of $40 and imprisonment in county
jail for 40 days.
G. W. GENTRY, murder, trial by jury. Verdict: not guilty.
Jo. SHERALL, plead guilty to aggravated assault. Fine $100.
John JONES, theft from home, trial by jury. Verdict: guilty. Sentenced to two years
imprisonment in the penitentiary.
Owen OVERTON, theft from home, trial by jury. Verdict: not guilty.
Charles MIDDLETON, bound over in the amount of $2500 to answer a charge of murder.
Jonathan BURLESON, assault to kill, trial by jury. Verdict: aggravated assault. Fine
$1.00 [possibly reads $100].
O. H. P. COLE, murder. Case continued.
Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen. Present: Wm. MILLER, Mayor; Aldermen Louis
EILERS, R. GILL, J. C. BUCHANAN, A. A. ERHARD, R. BURGER, and J. DUVE.
A special committee of HIGGINS, BUCHANAN, and DUVE appointed to estimate the
cost of a survey and new map of the corporation tract. The following accounts were
allowed: A. W. GRIMES - $10 coin; R. GILL - $2.00 currency; Wm. MILLER - $2.00
currency; J. DUVE - $5.60 currency.
Board of School Directors for BC, meeting 04[?] Aug. In attendance: Charles WERTZNER,
President; Mr. PERKINS, Mr. LAWHORN. Meeting concerned division of school
districts. Mentioned were J. C. TEAGUE survey, Absalom WILLIAMS league,
R. WHITTLESEY survey, R. ANDERSON league, R. ANDREWS league, T. H.
PUNCHARD[?] league, Jacob LARGE league, and J. M. BOSTICK survey.
16 August 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
W. A. HIGHSMITH, Esq., candidate for JPBC, Beat No. 2.
John HEARN, candidate for JPBC, Beat No. 1.
DIED -- Walter Wallace CAMPBELL, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. R. F. CAMPBELL, on Wed.
morning last, 13th inst.
District Court actions through yesterday, when it adjourned:
2469 - J. C. HIGGINS vs. Thomas OSBORN, verdict for plaintiff for $254.42.
2415 [2445?] - John T. ALLEN vs. Dick WILKINS et al; dismissed
2494 - J. CASTENSCHOLD vs. Catholic Church; verdict for plaintiff for $1,012.35 and
order of sale granted.
2495 - Frank HANKE vs. Catholic Church; verdict for plaintiff for $186.99 and order of
F. A. STONE vs. Edward McGEHEE et al; verdict for plaintiff for $258.86 gold.
2510 - John H. JENKINS vs. James DIXON, verdict in favor of defendant.
2523 - J. T. McDONALD vs. John DEO[?] and Charles MECHALK; land suit; verdict
for plaintiff. A new trial granted.
2530 - PLUMMER et. al. vs. W. E. CALHOUN; verdict for plaintiff for $263.61.
2511 - REID et al. vs. REID; partition.
2529 - H. C. ORMAN vs. H. and T. C. Railroad Co and for damages; injuries received
on the Central Railroad; verdict for plaintiff; damages assessed at $24,000; appealed to
the Supreme Court.
2556 - GOULD Bros. vs. Mary J. MUNGER; action to recover price of fruit trees alleged
to have been furnished; judgment for defendant in justice court; DC dismissed appeal.
2548 - C. F. DUER vs. W. E. CALHOUN; verdict for plaintiff for $130.70; order of sale
2506 - J. DUVE vs. I. N. BAKER; verdict for plaintiff for $185.00.
2537 - STUART and MAIR vs. P. H. REDFIELD; verdict for plaintiff for $198.45.
2453 - A. SESSUMS, POWELL & Co. vs. T. D. GORMAN; verdict for plaintiffs for
2452 - I. H. WALKER vs. K. H. BARBEE; verdict for plaintiff for $175.00.
23 August 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
Hon. John HANCOCK donated $5,000 and 160 acres of land to be used for educational purposes
in Williamson County.
The Democracy of Beat No. 2 met at Snake Prairie on Sat. 16 Aug. A. J. PRICE elected
chairman and W. A. HIGHSMITH, Sec'y. Committee on Resolutions: John P. JONES,
John H. JENKINS, Ben T. SAUNDERS, C. H. WILLBURN, Daniel JONES, W. A.
HIGHSMITH. Mentioned in resolutions were Col. Geo. W. JONES and Maj. Joseph D.
SAYERS. Nominated as delegates to the county convention: R. J. PRICE, John P.
JONES, John C. HALLMARK, and C. H. WILLBURN and as proxies: B. T.
SAUNDERS, John H. JENKINS, C. J. E. GRAHAM, and W. A. HIGHSMITH.
Proposed as Executive Committee of Precinct: W. A. HIGHSMITH of Snake Prairie, John
C. HALLMARK of Hallmark's Prairie, and John P. JONES of Smithville.
The Democracy of Beat No. 2 held at Lentz Branch (Red Rock) on Sat. 16 Aug, James NIXON
appointed chairman and J. F. WARD, Sec'y. Mentioned were J. G. McLEAN, Dr. D.
M. REAGAN, Frank YOAST, and Charles WATTERSON. Nominated as delegates to
the county convention: John M. McLEAN, L. S. CHAMBLISS, N. S. SLATEN, Charles
MEREDITH and as alternates: Dr. D. M. REAGAN, C. C. WATTERSON, Guy
WULFENBERGER, and F. YOAST.
The Democracy of Beat No. 4 held at McDade on the 16th, H. A. HIGHSMITH, Chairman and
H. W. FREEMAN, Sec'y. Nominated as delegates to the county convention: T. D.
GORMAN, Samuel CHANDLER, B. LYMAN, and J. D. FLOYD. Proposed M. B.
HIGHSMITH and B. LYMAN as delegates to the State Convention and W. P. MILES
as a member of the Executive Committee from this Beat.
DIED -- A young man named RODEN was thrown from his horse and killed in Williamson
County last week.
Maude IRELAND of Seguin and Sallah PORTER of Austin were two young ladies receiving
certificates of distinction at the Augusta Female Seminary at Staunton, VA.
DIED -- A man named WARD of Colorado County shot and killed a negro named FIELD with
whom he had a difficulty.
DIED -- Henry CROCHERON, an old and highly esteemed citizen of Bastrop, at his residence
Wed. night about 12 o'clock. Mr. CROCHERON, if we remember correctly, came to
Bastrop in 1837. Previous to the war and for several years afterwards, he engaged in the
mercantile business. He was 67 years old and leaves a widow.
The first bale of new cotton was brought to town on Wed. last. It was raised on the J. C.
HIGGINS farm, 4 miles west of Bastrop, ginned at the FITZWILLIAMS gin, and
weighed 453 pounds. It was bought be Col. J. C. HIGGINS at 14 cents, and shipped to
Galveston. The cotton was raised by Al TRIGG, colored.
06 September 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
DIED -- Charles SEEMAN, age 65, was burned to death at Waco.
Mayor MILLER gives notice that after 01 Jan 1874 he will sell all corporation lands on which
persons have settled who have not a clear title to said lands.
MARRIED -- In the Oak Hill Academy Church, Bastrop County, on Sunday morning, August 24th
1873 by the Rev. David COULSON, Mr. Jerry ALLEN and Mrs. Martha W. KENNEDY,
all of BC.
In a note on Excelsior College, Mrs. Mollie McDOWELL, Miss Lizzie TAYLOR, and Prof.
Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen monthly meeting. Present: Wm. MILLER, Mayor;
Aldermen W. W. MOORE, R. GILL, R. BURGER, L. EILERS, J. DUVE, and A. A.
ERHARD. The following accounts were allowed: W. W. MOORE for services rendered - $2.00 currency; A. W. GRIMES for services rendered - $40 coin; jail account to J. S.
WOOD - $12.25 currency.
Organizational meeting of the BC Medical Association. Present: David SAYERS, H. P.
LUCKETT, J. P. EARLY, and R. W. MILLER of Bastrop; D. M. REAGAN - Red
Rock; J. T. DeBARDELEBEN - Cedar Creek; J. H. MATTHEWSON - Red Rock;
A. M. HILL - Hill's Prairie; Samuel SHASEBY - Hog Eye. SAYERS - President;
LUCKETT - First Vice President; REAGAN - Second Vice President; MILLER - Sec'y;
EARLY - Treasurer.
13 September 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
Jos. D. SAYERS of BC is a member of the Democratic State Executive Committee.
Col. G. W. JONES forbade his friends from placing his name as a candidate for Governor at the
Notes on the Democratic State Convention mention Jos. D. SAYERS of Bastrop and his brother
W. B. SAYERS of Gonzales.
The Democracy of Beat No. 4 of the Hog Eye Precinct held at Elgin on Sat., 6th inst., C. W.
BROOKS elected Chairman and W. B. TAYLOR, Sec'y. Mentioned were W. P. MILES,
P. E. GEORGE, Dr. Sam SHEASBY. Appointed delegates to the county convention:
O. H. P. McGINNIS, W. P. MILES, John S. SMITH, Dr. Sam SHEASBY, W. O.
STRAUS, E. J. JONES, Alfred CARTER, and Dr. J. J. FINCH.
The Democracy of Beat No. 4, McDade precinct, held 09 Sep., W. J. CAIN elected chairman and
John F. CROWE, Sec'y. M. S. HUGHES, H. A. HIGHSMITH, B. LYMAN, and John
F. CROWE mentioned. Appointed delegates to the county convention: W. J. CAIN,
T. D. GORMAN, J. C. WALKER, J. W. HOLMAN, M. S. HUGHES, B. LYMAN,
M. B. HIGHSMITH, John D. FLOYD.
Henry J. WAMMEL, candidate for re-election, JP, Beat No. 3.
Albert HIGHSMITH, candidate for JP, Beat No. 4.
J. F. WARD, candidate for JP, Beat No. 2.
Strayed or stolen from J. D. OLIVER, 5 miles north of Bastrop, 2 mare mules. Reward.
Col. G. W. JONES and wife returned on Wed. from a several weeks' pleasure tour of the
DIED -- A Mr. WALKER, living on Piney, Thurs. last, and was buried in the city cemetery on
Friday evening. He had been a resident of this county some two years, and worked last
year for Mr. K. H. BARBEE.
Our friend Capt. John M. CLAIBORNE and lady of Galveston are visiting here to escape the
yellow fever scare.
J. P. FOWLER, Esq., reports that a man was struck and killed by a train near Serbin.
Col. J. C. HIGGINS accompanied his two daughters on Thursday last to Columbia, TN where the
daughters will attend college. He has already a son attending Sewanee, TN.
Master Albert ERHARD, who has been assisting his father in the drug store, left us on Thurs. last
for New York to enter the College of Pharmacy there. He will remain in the college for
Mayor MILLER reports that there is a poor woman, Mrs. MEEK, helplessly sick and in reduced
circumstances, living in the Dr. RAWLS old house on Pine Street, brought to town and left
there by some one living in the county. Has a daughter about 6 years old. Mr. MILLER
is raising relief funds.
DIED -- Near Red Rock, BC, on the 21st of August, 1873, Robert Jennings WOOLDRIDGE,
youngest son of E. C. and S. J. WOOLDRIDGE, age 9 years, 11 mo., 29 days.
School trustees of BC:
District 1 - A. A. ERHARD, R. F. CAMPBELL, F. W. HOPPEE
District 2 - B. M. HUBBARD, G. A. SCHNEIDER W. G. MILLER
District 3 - R. B. SHIPP, J. P. YOUNG, Anderson PETTY
District 4 - David SPEAGLE, F. VOIGHT, C. H. KEATON
District 5 - J. D. MORGAN, Geo. HENDRICKS, A. B. SUMMERS
District 6 - Geo. WARNER, J. D. FLOYD, Elisha BILLINGSLY
District 7 - C. B. GRANBERRY, J. C. WALKER, Wiley FORE
District 8 - J. W. KENNEDY, B. F. JONES, P. C. COTTLE
District 9 - Gottfried HURSHBERGER, Sam'l KILLMAN, John SEACY
Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen, 09 September 1873. Present: Wm. MILLER,
Mayor; Aldermen L. EILERS, J. C. HIGGINS, R. BURGER, R. GILL, W. W.
MOORE, J. DUVE.
20 September 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
Long article on Hon. Joseph D. SAYERS retiring from the State Senate. Gives long account of
his Civil War and public service. Letter signed by 327 county residents asks SAYERS to
run again. SAYERS declines.
The Democracy of Beat No. 4 at McDade meeting 13 Sep, John D. FLOYD appointed Chairman,
and John F. CROWE Sec'y. Mentioned were M. B. HIGHSMITH, Dr. Sam SHEASBY,
and Capt. Wm. J. CAIN, C. W. BROOKS, Major BRYCE, W. P. MILES, J. E.
TEASDALE, John M. FINNEY, M. S HUGHES, H. A. HIGHSMITH, E. J. JONES,
John D. FLOYD, J. Hunter BELL.
G. T. RUBY, the colored chairman of the Texas Republican Executive Committee, has challenged
Judge COKE to debate Gov. E. J. DAVIS.
J. Hunter BELL, candidate for Animal and Hide Inspector of BC, to fill the unexpired term of Mr. RUTHERFORD.
Mrs. MEEKS, the poor sick woman, has been moved to the house of Mr. Geo. SCHAFER who
has been employed by the Mayor to take charge of her.
The Methodist quarterly meeting for this conference district begins this Friday evening at the
Methodist Church in Bastrop, Rev. Josiah WHIPPLE, presiding elder, and Rev. J. T.
WILLIAMSON, pastor in charge.
Monthly Meeting of the BC Medical Association held 11 Sep. Present: D. SAYERS, President;
H. P. LUCKETT and D. M. REAGAN, Vice Presidents; R. W. MILLER, Sec'y; T. P.
EARLY, Treasurer; A. M. HILL - Hill's Prairie; R. M. HILL - Alum Creek; J. T.
DeBARDELEBEN - Cedar Creek. Dr. R. M. HILL admitted to membership.
27 September 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
Bastrop County Democratic Ticket
For Legislature from BC: Robert J. PRICE
Wm. G. MILLER
For District Clerk: John M. FINNEY
For Surveyor: John J. MONCURE
For Animal & Hide Inspector: Geo. SCHAFER
JP Beat No. 1: John HEARN
JP Beat No. 2: W. A. HIGHSMITH
JP Beat No. 3: H. J. WAMMEL
JP Beat No. 4: H. A. HIGHSMITH
JP Beat No. 5: B. F. JONES
County School Directors:
Beat No. 1: C. B. GARWOOD
Beat No. 2: C. J. E. GRAHAM
Beat No. 3: Miles EPLOR
Beat No. 4: W. P. MILES
Beat No. 5: T. A. W. HILL
County Treasurer: W. A. STANDIFER
Bastrop County Democratic Executive Committee: J. H. GILLESPIE, Chairman; O. H. P.
McGINNIS, Vice President; T. C. CAIN, Secretary; J. G. McLEAN, Assistant Secretary;
Gus A. SCHNEIDER, Treasurer. Beat Members from Beat No. 1: J. H. GILLESPIE,
Geo. R. ALLEN, A. M. HUBBARD, G. A. SCHNEIDER, J. A. HOOPER, J. J.
MONCURE. Beat No. 2: R. J. PRICE, J. P. JONES, J. C. HALLMARK, J. H.
MATTHEWSON, C. H. KETON. Beat No. 3: W. A. OATMAN, H. WAMMELL, C.
SCHUFF, J. M. ROBINSON, T. D. MURCHISON. Beat No. 4: E. J. JONES, W. J.
CAIN, O. H. P. McGINNIS, M. B. HIGHSMITH, B. LYMAN. Beat No. 5: J. W.
KENNEDY, T. A. W. HILL, Wm. FOXEL, Fritz. KRICHER, and G. ALSUP. County
Finance Committee: Beat No. 1: Gus A. SCHNEIDER; Beat No. 2: R. J. PRICE; Beat
No. 3: W. A. OATMAN; Beat No. 4: E. J. JONES; Beat No. 5: J. W. KENNEDY.
Bastrop County Democratic Convention held 20 Sep 1873. Delegates from Beat No. 1: Levi
MOORE, A. M. HUBBARD, J. A. HOOPER, M. W. TRIGG, A. W. MOORE, W. G.
MILLER, G. A. SCHNEIDER, C. L. MORGAN, H. K. McDONALD, James
RONSELL?/RONSED?, O. B. OUTLAW, J. J. MONCURE, Mr. KELLEY, and J. T.
REID. Beat No. 2: J. C. HALLMARK, E. W. JENKINS, Jake HEMPHILL, Wm.
NIXON, Frank YOAST, W. B. PATTON, and W. B. SHAW. Beat No. 3: B. H.
LUCKETT, R. H. WELLS, A. D. MURCHISON, Henry WAMMELL, Wm.
WATSON, J. G. ROBINSON, and Henry ALEXANDER. Beat No. 4: O. H. P.
McGINNIS, W. P. MILES, John S. SMITH, Dr. Sam SHEASBY, W. O. STRAUS, E.
J. JONES, Alfred CARTER, J. J. FINCH, W. J. CAIN, T. D. GORMAN, J. C.
WALKER, J. W. HOLMAN, M. S. HUGHES, B. LYMAN, M. B. HIGHSMITH, and
John D. FLOYD. Beat No. 5: John M. HILL, James TAYLOR, J. W. KENNEDY, John
COLLOR, Dr. R. E. HILL, Daniel HOOKS, E. T. KILLOUGH, Wm. HIGHSMITH,
A. J. SPRUILL(?), W. H. DIXON, B. F. JONES, T. A. W. HILL, J. W. SPRUILL(?),
W. M. BREWER, W. K. SMITH, and S. KING.
A. E. HARDEMAN, administrator of the estate of T. J. HARDEMAN, dec'd.
Miss E. WENTZELL has returned to Bastrop and is prepared to do work for the coming season.
DIED -- Departed this life at sunset on Friday evening, Sept. 19th, 1873, at the residence of her husband near Burton, Washington County, TX, of conjestion, Mrs. Amanda (WILKINS)
KENNEDY, late wife of Sam KENNEDY, Esq. Husband, sister, and friends were with
her at her death. She was predeceased by her mother, a sister and brother.
04 October 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
John W. GLENN, State Geologist, published his report on coal in BC. Mentioned were Mrs.
MUNGER's place, BRYCE & LYMAN place, GOODMAN place, and near McPARR's
in Burleson County.
Biography of J. J. GROOS of Comal County, Democratic candidate for Commissioner of the
General Land Office. Came to America in 1845. Details on his surveying positions and
his Civil War service.
Biography of Owen N. [possibly O. N.?] HOLLINGSWORTH of Hays County, Democratic
candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Born Alabama 1836, immigrated to
Texas with parents in 1845, Captain in Confederate army, disabled at Battle of Corinth.
Felix H. CORBELL, independent candidate for JP, Beat No. 3.
Serious flood in Lampasas. Mentioned were Mrs. HULING, Tom HAYNIE, Judge McGINNIS.
Lewis C. PHILIPS drowned but his brother saved. Judge W. H. GARRET with one child
and Mr. JONES with two children drowned. Mrs. GARRET and Mrs. JONES and
balance of the family were saved. Left homeless were: Hart ANDERSON, J. F.
POWERS, Mrs. HIGGINS, John SPARKS, Dr. W. P. BEALL, Ernest EAGLE, Mrs.
DICKSON, Mr. LABAT, D. O. MITCHELL, Thos. BIVINS, Mrs. Mary GWIN, Joe
CASBEER, Mr. BRATON, John MILNER, Mr. CHALK. Several businesses were
named that were washed away.
DIED -- Hon. Lewis FRANKEE of Fayette Co., a German democratic member of the 13th
DIED -- Samuel N. W. BACHMAN, youngest son of Brother W. G. and Sister Caroline
BACHMAN. Born March 27th 1858 and departed this life Sept. 22nd, 1873, aged 15
years, 5 months, and 25 days, of spinal meningitis. Leaves brothers and sisters.
John G. BELL, administrator of estate of S. S. CANNON, dec'd, by order of the DC, Austin
County, will sell at public outcry on 24 July 1873 in Bellville 185 2/3 acres of land in BC,
as part of the west half of the MEDFORD league.
Mr. BRYANT lost several thousand dollars in corn and cotton in the flood of the Colorado River.
11 October 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
W. G. MILLER has been quite sick, confined to his bed, the past two weeks, but is now rapidly
DIED -- Mr. FLETCHER killed in Elgin last week by Mr. CALHOUN. The jury of inquest
ruled it a justifiable killing as FLETCHER was pursuing CALHOUN with a knife.
Capt. W. H. LEDBETTER, Democratic candidate for Senate, Fayette County.
W. F. UPTON, Democratic candidate for the Lower House, Fayette County.
DIED -- Thomas F. McKINNEY, an old citizen of Austin and a veteran of the Texas Revolution,
at his residence near Austin on the 1st inst. Came to Texas in 1828.
Letter to the Editor from W. A. HIGHSMITH re: controversy of his candidacy for JP, Beat
No. 2, BC
The following judgements were affixed by the Supreme Court at Austin on Tuesday last, 17th inst:
John S. JOHNSON v. James B. COPE - Bastrop judgment affirmed
John S. JOHNSON v. Chas. WERTZNER - Bastrop judgment affirmed
John S. JOHNSON v. R. F. CAMPBELL - Bastrop judgment affirmed
These suits regarded money claimed by the county for special police service during the
HANCOCK and DEGENER election of 1871. More details.
DIED -- Mrs. DEVALCOURT, mother of Mrs. Geo. Wilkins KENDALL, was drowned in the
Guadalupe attempting to cross on Monday last.
With feelings of deep mortification I deem it due myself and children to say to all whom it may
concern, that from and after this date I will not pay any debts contracted by my wife.
Signed: C. B. MAYNARD, 08 Oct 1873.
Capt. Jesse BILLINGSLEY and R. F. CAMPBELL are Republican candidates for the Texas
DIED -- Lee L. RECTOR, of Calvert, from yellow fever.
DIED -- Mr. C. FINK, brother-in-law of our townsman Mr. L. EILERS, in La Grange last week. He was among the oldest citizens of La Grange, having lived there upwards of 35 years.
Mr. C. W. YOUNG of Washington County said that when he was near the 14 mile post on his
way from Winchester to Bastrop, he was attacked by a negro with a six shooter. It is
thought the negro is the notorious Nelson JOHNSON, who has escaped from the Bastrop
18 October 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
R. J. PRICE resigned from the BC Democratic Executive Committee; Mr. John JENKINS
The Quarterly Report of the Treasurer, Bastrop Corporation, was published by the Treasurer Chas. VOGT.
John D. FLOYD appointed Presiding Officer of voting precinct No. 1, Beat No. 4, McDade.
Judge C. W. WILBURN appointed Presiding Officer of Snake Prairie voting precinct, Beat
DIED -- on Saturday last Mrs. STRAWS, late wife of our fellow county man, W. O. STRAWS.
E. J. ORGAIN, appointed Presiding Officer for the voter precinct in Bastrop.
The following were appointed as a Board of Medical Examiners for BC: W. B. DARDEN, David
SAYERS, John A. FORBES, J. F. DeBARDELEBEN, D. M. REAGAN, J. H.
Julius NOEGGEROTH - member of the BC Republican Executive Committee.
Services will be held in the Episcopal Church by the Rev. J. W. PHILLIPS on several successive
nights, beginning Tuesday, the 21st.
DIED -- Miss Victoria WATTS, on 22 August 1873 in BC at the home of her brother-in-law
O. P. WINSTON, Esq. WATTS was a native of Charlottesville, VA and until November
last, was a resident of Virginia. Her brother and sister were with her at her death. [Obit.
also appears in Charlottesville, VA Chronicle, 23 Sep 1873.]
Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen, Regular Monthly Meeting. Present: Wm.
MILLER, Mayor; Aldermen: R. GILL, W. W. MOORE, A. A. ERHARD, J. DUVE.
No quorom. Meeting reset for 09 October. Present at this meeting were Wm. MILLER,
Mayor; Aldermen: R. GILL, R. BURGER, L. EILERS, W. W. MOORE, A. A.
ERHARD, J. DUVE. Voted to open road where it passes Mrs. S. J. DOROUGH's field.
Mr. D. E. OUTLAW appointed overseer of this raod. Allowed $10 to A. W. GRIMES
for extra services rendered. The following accounts allowed: A. A. ERHARD $19.25
coin; A. W. GRIMES $40 coin; Wm. MILLER $50 coin; J. S. WOODS $13.50 cur.
W. W. MOORE appointed Sec'y pro tem.
25 October 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
C. J. E. GRAHAM - nominee, JP Beat No. 2
J. JUNG - Chairman, BC Republican Executive Committee.
H. S. STODDARD - Secretary, BC Republican Executive Committee.
DIED -- Judge George W. SMITH, Columbus, of yellow fever. Was one of the first men of the
A. E. FALKE, administrator of the estates of John KRIEGER, dec'd, and Henry KRIEGER,
dec'd. Emma HASKELL and husband William HASKELL and Minerva MEYER and
husband August MEYER, all of whom are non-residents, are distributors of each of said
DIED -- Mr. John B. HANCOCK, at his residence in BC on Wednesday last.
Mrs. Dr. SEAY will teach a class in working hair into bracelets, hair pins, watch fobs, etc. Ask at her residence, opposite the Claiborne House.
01 November 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
M. B. MAYNARD, independent candidate, County Treasurer, BC.
Biography of Wm. H. LEDBETTER of Fayette County, Democratic candidate for State Senator.
Native of Tennessee and resident of Texas for 35 years, and Fayette County for 30 years.
Admitted to the bar in 1857. In practice with Col. Lyt W. MOORE formerly of Bastrop.
More details including Confederate Service.
Biography of W. F. UPTON of Fayette County, Democratic candidate for State Legislature.
Native of Tennessee, now aged 41. Has resided in Texas for 30 years, and the last 20
years in Fayette and Bastrop Counties. Left Confederate service in 1864 as Lt. Col. of
MANN's cavalry regiment. More details.
My bay horse is running loose. $5 Reward. R. W. VINING, watchmaker.
08 November 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
Capt. W. H. LEDBETTER, Democratic candidate for State Senator, is running against his father
Hamilton LEDBETTER, People's Convention candidate for same. Hamilton was also
nominated as a candidate for same by the Republican Party.
Biography of W. G. MILLER, Democratic candidate for the Lower House of the Legislature.
Born in North Alabama near the Tennessee line. Served one term in the Alabama
Legislature, then emigrated to Texas. Resident of Texas for 20 years. More details.
Biography of Robert J. PRICE, Democratic candidate for the Lower House of the Legislature.
Born in Alabama, age now about 40. In 1844 he moved from Alabama to Monroe County,
Mississippi, and in 1850 emigrated to Texas. Has been a resident of BC for 23 years.
Served the Confederacy as a Texas Ranger under Col. WHARTON. More details.
Democratic Executive Committee of BC removed George SCHAFER as the Democratic nominee
for Inspector of Hides and Animals because he has stated he won't vote a straight ticket and
has proved recreant to Democratic principles. Other action of the Committee: Since
GRAHAM has become a candidate for JP Beat No. 2, Daniel C. HENDRIX takes
GRAHAM's place on the ballot for School Director, Beat No. 2.
DIED -- Mr. George GAMBLE, on Thursday last at his home on Piney, north of town. A young
man born and raised in Bastrop, he had recently married, and leaves a young wife to mourn
DIED -- W. H. GARRETT and child died in the Lampasas flood. Born in Buckingham County,
VA 25 March 1816, came to Texas in 1836, died 27 September 1873. This obituary
published by the Salado Lodge No. 296 (Masonic). Signed E. S. C. ROBERTSON,
R. B. HOLLEY, W. P. HANCOCK, A. J. ROSE, Secretary.
Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen, regular monthly meeting. Present: Wm. MILLER,
Mayor; Aldermen: A. A. ERHARD, J. C. HIGGINS, J. C. BUCHANAN, R. BURGER,
W. W. MOORE. Accounts allowed: J. S. WOODS - jail fees $12.50 cur.; A. W.
GRIMES $40 coin; MOORE & TRIGG - stationery, etc. $0.60 coin.
15 November 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
Bastrop County Republican Ticket:
J. DUVE - District Clerk M. B. MAYNARD - County Treasurer
A. BERTSCH - County Surveyor T. Alexander HASSLER - Inspector Hides & Animals
J. JUNG - JP, Beat No. 1 C. J. E. GRAHAM - JP, Beat No. 2
F. H. CORBELL - JP, Beat No. 3 W. G. LAWHORN - JP, Beat No. 4
L. BURGDORF - JP, Beat No. 5
C. WERTZNER - School Director, Beat No. 1
J. J. SMITH - School Director, Beat No. 2
Miles EPLOR - School Director, Beat No. 3
Geo. WARREN - School Director, Beat No. 4
C. G. JUNGMICHEL - School Director, Beat No. 5
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father in BC, 13 November 1873, by Rev. N. T.
STRAYHORN, Mr. H. H. HOUSE to Miss Leah M. OSBURN.
22 November 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
Bastrop County Republican Executive Committee: J. JUNG, Chairman; J. DUVE, C. A.
LOTTMAN, John MILLER, W. WALTER, R. F. CAMPBELL, Robert Henry
MILLER, Charles WERTZNER, H. R. RUSH, A. COPE.
29 November 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
DCBC convened on Tuesday last, Judge MANEY presiding; Geo. W. GLASSCOCK, District
Attorney pro tem in the absence of B. TRIGG; R. F. CAMPBELL, District Clerk; J. M.
FINNEY and Frank McKENNA, deputies; John KOHLER, Sheriff; Wm. SPITLER and
Nat MORRIS, deputies. The following were impanelled as a Grand Jury: J. A. HOOPER,
foreman; Clark JOHNSON, J. L. FREEMAN, Esq. WASHINGTON, J. W. KENNEDY,
Joseph GLOVER, Henry McDONALD, George W. SCHAFER, Fred. KURCHER,
Henry BORUM, A. H. CROW, J. S. SMITH, J. W. MEEK, W. P. MILES, S. W.
PETTYJOHN, F. M. RENNBAN?, J. C. HIGGINS.
DIED -- Mrs. Teresa HIGHSMITH, mother of Capt. M. B. HIGHSMITH, at McDade on
Sunday last and buried in Bastrop on Monday. Mrs. HIGHSMITH was one of the oldest
residents of Bastrop, and for years has been very feeble from age.
The Democratic Executive Committee has removed W. A. HIGHSMITH as candidate for JP, Beat
No. 2, and substituted C. J. E. GRAHAM.
MARRIED -- At the residence of J. E. FITZPATRICK, BC, on Tuesday night 25th ult., by Rev.
Mr. McLEMORE, Mr. John E. HANCOCK and Miss Lizzie A. DUNCAN, all of BC.
06 December 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
DCBC proceedings: Frank McKENNA, Esq. admitted as a counsellor and attorney at law.
W.J. CAIN is renting two-three hundred acres, 5 miles south of McDade station.
Three farms for sale near H & T. C. Railroad. Signed: W. A. STANDIFER and J. L.
ARMSTRONG, near Elgin.
J. W. RICKS, agent of Sorrells, Gillis, and Ricks, has made oath before J. B. COPE, JPBC, that
Hosey CANADY is indebted to said firm for the sum of forty-four and 20-100 gold dollars,
and that said CANADY is a transient person.
Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen, regular monthly meeting. Present: Wm. MILLER,
Mayor; Aldermen: J. C. HIGGINS, J. C. BUCHANAN, L. EILERS, A. A. ERHARD,
W. W. MOORE. Deferred consideration of the judgment for costs in suit of Edwin
ERVINE vs. Corporation of Bastrop. A petition from Mr. LINKE, read by Maj. J. D.
SAYERS, regarding streets referred to Street Committee. D. E. OUTLAW's petition re:
opening the old road through Mrs. S. J. DOROUGH's field was read. Accounts allowed:
Mrs. WOODS - jail fees $5.00 cur. - deferred consideration of her $7.00 balance; A. W.
GRIMES - as Marshall (salary, horse hire, removing dead carcass and misc.) $45 coin.
Approved that the three-acre lot now squatted upon by C. BRINKMAN be leased free to
him for the term of 10 years from date.
13 December 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
DIED -- Mr. Jas. FITTZ, the old sheriff and hotel keeper of La Grange, in La Grange.
DCBC Criminal Docket proceedings: O. H. P. COLE, charged with murdering a negro soldier
in 1866 - verdict: not guilty; Alexander NEWTON charged with murdering a fellow negro,
a brother-in-law, we believe - verdict: murder in the first degree and life imprisonment;
Edward SWEENEY, charged with murder - a nolle pros was entered by the District
Attorney; A. M. SHERRILL, charged with theft from a house, pled guilty - verdict: 2 1/2
years in penitentiary; State of Texas vs. Charles MIDDLETON, charged with murder, is
set for Monday, 15 inst., and that of Alex FLORES, similar charge, for Tuesday next.
Upcoming Democratic Calico Ball: Dr. R. W. MILLER appointed chairman, T. J. TRIGG
appointed Secretary. The names of the following gentlemen were annexed as participants:
Dr. R. W. MILLER, Jimmie REDDING, J. A. ALDRIDGE, T. C. CAIN, D. C.
CUNNINGHAM, D. S. GREEN, W. T. HIGGINS, O. F. NASH, Tom BLACK, Dr.
EARLY, C. W. CRISER, J. A. HOOPER, Richard BURGER, Wm. OLIVE, James
MOORE, M. B. HIGHSMITH, A. W. GRIMES, A. J. RUSSELL, J. D. RUSSELL,
James GLASS, James WILSON, H. H. TURNER, Will. THRALKEL, Dr. SHEASBY,
P. J. GILL, Chester ERHARD, J. L. DELANEY, Robert GILL, J. B. REYNOLDS, T.
J. TRIGG, W. W. MOORE, Dr. LUCKETT, Dr. MATHEWSON, J. C. MILLS, Dyer
MOORE, Jimmie REYNOLDS, James OLIVE, T. K. MOORE, K. M. TRIGG, Allie
REYNOLDS, Will. GRIMES, J. A. MILLICAN, John NOLEN, B. D. ORGAIN, D.
O. HILL, A. H. CROW, S. W. BILLINGSLEY. The following appointed honorary
managers from the different Beats: Dr. SAYERS, Dr. W. A. OATMAN, A. A.
ERHARD, Col. R. S. GREEN, James TAYLOR, Col. J. C. HIGGINS, Col. G. W.
JONES, Capt. Wm. J. CAIN, Hon. R. J. PRICE. T.J. TRIGG, James REDDING, and
J. A. ALDRIDGE appointed a committee to notify the honorary managers of their
20 December 1873 Bastrop Advertiser
Official Vote of Bastrop County:
Governor: DAVIS - 1144; COKE - 1090
Lieutenant Governor: TAYLOR - 1144; HUBBARD - 1087
Comptroller Public Accounts: THOMAS - 1134; DARDEN - 1100
Treasurer: MONROE - 1135; DORN - 1099
Commissioner General Land Office: KEUCHLER/KENCHLER? - 1144; GOOS - 1089
Superintendent Public Instruction: NORTON - 1147; HOLLINGSWORTH - 1085
Senator, 26th District: H. LEDBETTER - 1155; W. LEDBETTER - 1063
Representatives: WALKER - 1121; UPTON 1062
CAMPBELL - 1211; PRICE - 1065
BILLINGSLEY - 1173; MILLER - 972
District Clerk: DUVE - 987; FINNEY - 1220
County Treasurer: MAYNARD - 1097; STANDIFER - 1128
County Surveyor: BERTSCH - 1006; MONCURE - 1223
Animal and Hide Inspector: HASLER - 1128; SPAULDING - 1093
Justices of the Peace: JUNG - 1115; HEARN - 1084
GRAHAM - 1481; HIGHSMITH - 718
CORBELL - 1016; WAMMEL - 1161
LAWHORN - 1400; HIGHSMITH - 777
BURGDORF - 1129; JONES - 1077
County School Directors: WERTZNER - 1124; GARWOOD - 1082
SMITH - 1136; HENDRIX - 1075
EPLOR - 2193; no opposition
WARREN - 1162; MILES - 1049
JUNGMICHAEL - 1140; HILL - 1035
Bastrop Corporation Ticket: For Mayor - Wm. MILLER. For Aldermen: W. W. MOORE,
J. C. HIGGINS, J. C. BUCHANAN, Dick BURGER, L. EILERS, W. WALTER,
J. Ross GREEN, A. A. ERHARD. For Treasurer: Charles VOGT.
Rev. T. J. WILLIAMSON has been placed in charge of the Hempstead pastorate by the recent
M. E. Church South Conference held at Austin, and will be moving there.
DIED -- Mrs. Bettie JEFFRESS, scarcely 18 years old, oldest daughter of Capt. J. J. MONCURE
of our county. Less than one year ago we published the marriage of Prof. R. A.
JEFFRESS and Miss Bettie MONCURE.
MARRIED -- On Thursday morning last, 18th inst., at the residence of the bride's father, by the
Rev. T. J. WILLIAMSON, Mr. Wm. B. GRIMES and Miss M. Belle CLARKE, all of
03 January 1874
Two Bastrop Corporation Tickets. The candidates of one ticket were published in the last issue
(see above). The second ticket: For Mayor J. P. FOWLER and for Aldermen, this ticket
is running the same men as the other ticket and adds George SCHAFER, Bob GILL,
J. DUVE, and D. OUTLAW.
Stolen from W. S. GLASS, 8 miles west of Bastrop, 2 mules [description follows]. $100 Reward.
Fred SCHWEITZER - candidate for Alderman.
The next session of Excelsior College will begin Monday morning next under the Superintendence
of Miss Sallie M. McKAY.
Democratic Calico Ball held 23 December 1873. Music by Prof. HERZOG's band of Austin.
Some of the belles attending: Misses WILBARGER, DUVAL, TAYLOR, and MOORE,
Misses Mollie and Rosalie ERHARD, Miss High JONES, Miss CHAMBERS, Miss
NICHOLSON, Miss GREEN, Miss PHILLIPS, and Miss Ada WARREN of Austin, Miss
THOMPSON, Miss LYMAN, Miss HARDEMAN, Mrs. GREEN, Mrs. GILL, Mrs.
FOWLER and more. Following the ball came a double wedding at Mr. BRYANT's on
Wednesday the 24th; a party at Major Woods MOORE's on the 25th; a ball at "Turner's
Halle" on the 25th; a dance at Col. Geo. W. JONES on the 26th; an infair at the residence
of Mrs. KENNEDY's on the 29th in honor of her son's recent marriage; a dance at Mr.
Wm. YOUNG's on the 30th; a party at Mr. Bob GILL's, a "little folks" ball at Mr.
BATTS'; a German ball at the "Turner's" on New Year's Eve; a German ball at the
Casino, and a ball at the Academy on New Year's night.
List of marriage licenses issued for the week ending 01 January 1874 provided by Capt. Jno. M.
FINNEY, District Clerk:
Gillispie HEMPHILL to Miss E. BRYANT
James M. WILSON to Miss Virginia BRYANT
Ples MITCHELL to L. MIDDLETON
Thos. EGGLESTON to Nancy CLEVELAND
J. W. KENNEDY to Fannie W. NASH
O. F. NASH to M. A. PLOGER
J. H. FAVOR to Nolia BROWNING
Ed. JONES to Annie OWENS
G. A. KILIAN to Annie HOHEL
Mathia PESE to Annie WUKASCH
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's mother at McDade on Sunday, 8 1/2 o' clock a.m.
Dec. 28th 1873 by Esq. W. L. LAWHORN, Mr. O. F. NASH and Miss M. A. PLOGER
all of BC.
MARRIED -- On Sunday at 1 o'clock p.m., at the residence of Capt. Jno. D. NASH by Rev. Mr.
ALLEN, Mr. John KENNEDY and Miss Fannie E. NASH, all of BC.
Mr. WERTZNER at the Post Office will raffle off a large doll some three feet in height for 50
cents a chance.
10 January 1874
DIED -- The death of R. E. B. BAYLOR at Independence, Washington County, is announced.
H. TEICHMULLER of La Grange sends regrets that he was unable to attend the Democratic
Services will be held by Rev. J. W. PHILLIPS at the "Little Church Around the Corner" next
Sunday, 11 January.
Official Vote for Aldermen, Monday last: Mayor: Wm. MILLER - 78; J. P. FOWLER - 94.
For Aldermen: W. W. MOORE - 74; J. C. HIGGINS - 99; J. C. BUCHANAN - 124;
R. BURGER - 109; L. EILERS - 132; W. WALTER - 78; J. R. GREEN - 84; A. A.
ERHARD - 118; Geo. SCHAFER - 63; Robt. GILL - 92; J. DUVE - 57; D. OUTLAW - 67; J. DAVIS - 52; F. SCHWEITZER - 69; T. HODGES - 26; Jo. KIEHL - 7; C.
KLEINART - 1; F. SCHMIDT - 2; Jas. H. GOODMAN - 1; Nelson BURCH - 1; C. B.
MAYNARD - 1; F. LAKE - 1. For Treasurer: Chas. VOGHT - 166.
Mr. CARTER will board students attending Excelsior College.
MARRIED -- At the residence of Miss Eda RUST in Austin on the 7th inst., by the Rev. B. A.
ROGERS, Dr. R. W. MILLER of Bastrop to Miss Fannie MOSS of Austin.
Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen, 06 January. Election Results: Mayor - J. P.
FOWLER. Aldermen: J. C. HIGGINS, R. BURGER, Wm. WALTER, A. A.
ERHARD, J. C. BUCHANAN, L. EILERS, J. Ross GREEN, R. GILL. Treasurer:
Chas. VOGT. Committees appointed:
Finance Committee - BUCHANAN, HIGGINS, EILERS
Fire Committee - ERHARD, BURGER, WALTER
Street Committee - GREEN, GILL, WALTER
Appraising committee - HIGGINS, BUCHANAN, GILL
Board Secretary - J. Ross GREEN
Noted accomplishments of retiring Mayor Wm. MILLER. He was first installed as Mayor
28 Oct 1871. More details. J. Ross GREEN appointed Sec'y.
[Reports on Council Meetings throughout the year also appear in the following issues:
17 Jan, 24 Jan, 14 Feb, 07 Mar, 11 Apr, 18 Apr, 09 May, 30 May, 07 Nov, 12 Dec.]
17 January 1874
The BRYCE and LYMAN place, 6 miles north of Bastrop on the McDade Road, containing about
250 acres with suitable tenement houses, is for rent. Apply to Stephen BISHOP on
premises, or J. C. HIGGINS in Bastrop.
DIED -- Gail BORDEN in Columbus, for many years a resident of BC. Remains sent to Houston
from Bordenville, Colorado County, escorted by son H. Lee BORDEN. Probably will be
buried in Harlem, NY.
DIED -- Lt. Charles L. HUDSON of the 4th Cavalry, on Sunday 5th inst., accidental discharge
of his rifle. His remains brought to San Antonio.
Service tomorrow at the M. E. Church, Rev. ALLEN officiating.
DIED -- Mrs. George EBLIN, at her husband's residence on Alum Creek last week. She was the
sister of Robert H. GUILLIAMS.
DIED -- Mrs. Anna Mary SCHNEIDER, wife of Mr. Gus SCHNEIDER of Hemphill's Prairie,
of disease of the heart last Monday. Buried in city cemetery on Tuesday. She leaves a
husband and four children, the youngest but 2 months old.
DIED -- Oliver H. P. COLE, former resident of BC, while returning from Austin to his residence
near Mountain City, Hays County. Runaway buggy accident. Leaves a wife and several
children. Reported by W. L. FRANK of Mountain City.
J. R. NICHOLS has raised a good crop of winter cabbage.
Debating Society organized. Attending were Dr. J. P. EARLY, J. Ross GREEN, Dyer MOORE,
B. D. ORGAN, T. C. CAIN, and D. C. CUNNINGHAM. The first debate will be
"Whether Female Education is of as much Importance as that of Males." The affirmative:
J. D. RUSSELL, D. C. CUNNINGHAM, J. Ross GREEN. The negative: J. P.
FOWLER, Dyer MOORE, Prof. MORRISON.
The Masonic Installation on Saturday last was attended by the oldest Mason in Texas, Capt. Lewis LAWSHE of this place. He joined in December 1816.
24 January 1874
DIED -- Yesterday, Mr. LANCASTER, the newspaper man of Navasota and Austin. Was an
early settler of Texas.
Barnhardt ZIMPLEMAN - Sheriff. Article on the Travis Rifles of Travis County.
DIED -- Tribute of Respect printed by Gamble Lodge No. 244 on death of Chauncey JOHNSON
who died Wednesday 25 Nov 1873. Signed by Wm. B. SEAY, Thos. C. CAIN, John
HEARN, John M. FINNEY, Sec'y.
DIED -- Mrs. Sarah LITTON, wife of Frank LITTON, on Tuesday last at her husband's
residence on Cedar Creek of pneumonia.
DIED -- John CHURCHILL, eldest son of Mr. Sam B. CHURCHILL, age 18, on Monday last
of pneumonia at his father's residence.
DIED -- Mr. Geo. EBLIN at his residence near Alum Creek on Wednesday last. He died exactly
two weeks to an hour of his wife's death.
State Representative Robt. J. PRICE is on these committees: Internal Improvements; Education;
Counties and County Boundaries; Public Debt; Claims and Accounts; Roads, Bridges and
Ferries. State Representative W. G. MILLER is on the committee for Commerce and
Manufactures and the committee for Agriculture and Stock Raising.
Debate Society Meeting, Saturday evening last. President - Major Jos. D. SAYERS; Vice
President - Dr. T. P. EARLY; Secretary - T. C. CAIN; Treasurer - J. Ross GREEN.
Big fight at Red Rock on Tuesday last. John KOHLER, Sheriff, and deputies N. A. MORRIS
and Louis DABNEY rushed to the scene. A stranger in the community from Corsicana
named JOHNSON took possession of a house, was shot by the posse, and taken to Bastrop
for medical treatment by Dr. W. B. DARDEN. JOHNSON has a wife and a five month
Yesterday two strange white men, Tom HARRIS and Frank FRANKS, claiming to have families
in Goliad County, came to Bastrop. Had with them a negro named Henry. They sold a
horse to Mr. Jas. GLASS. The two got drunk then at the river drew pistols on Bill
WILLIAMS, Aleck WHITE - colored, and Jas. GLASS. They shot a negro, name
unknown. A negro posse pursued the three, captured them, and brought them to Bastrop.
The negro Henry is badly wounded.
DIED -- J. Hunter BELL was killed at McDade late yesterday evening by young John
MARRIED -- In Houston on Tuesday morning, 20th inst., by Rev. Mr. ZEELY, the Hon. W. B.
SAYERS of Gonzales and Miss Adele LOCKHART.
31 January 1874
C. O. THINEBER, administrator of estate of Peter M. FOGRELL, dec'd.
DIED -- Mrs. SCAGGS was horribly burned to death near Webberville last week when her clothes
caught fire. Leaves a husband and a five week old infant.
The jury summoned by B. LYMAN, Mayor of McDade, finds that J. Hunter BELL came to his
death by pistol shots at the hand of Jno. LAWRENCE, 23 Jan 1874. LAWRENCE was
arrested and turned over to Town Marshall NASH, but in the night LAWRENCE escaped.
Jury members: Y. L. HEMPHILL, M. S. HUGHES, R. L. SMITH, T. W. SMITH,
S. B. WILLIAMS, M. B. HIGHSMITH, A. B. THOMPSON, J. D. SMOOT, J. C.
PICKEL, H. A. HIGHSMITH, S. G. AMSLER, and W. M. BRYCE.
7 February 1874
Annual Report of CCBC from 31 Mar 1873 - 01 Dec 1873. [This is a detailed financial report,
itemizing every debit and credit. Listed here are names only. More detail in original.]
ABASTIAN, Isaac and M.; AICHEL, Henry; ALEXANDER, F. C.; ALEXANDER,
Martin; ALEXANDER, Sam; ALLAN, Wm.; ALSUP, Joel; ANDERSON, M. E.;
ARMSTRONG, J. L.; ARNOLD, Geo.; BACHMAN, W. G.; BAKER, J. F.; BAKER,
Frank; BAKER, W. C.; BANKSTON, Abner; BARKER, L. W.; BARNETT, James;
BARTON, Calaway; BEAR, Isaac; BELL, J. H.; BENNET, E. T.; BERNSTEIN - See
MARKS & BERNSTEIN; BERTSCH, A.; BILLINGSLEY, W. B.; BISHOP, John;
BLACK, J. F.; BOTTS, A. J.; BOWEN, J. W.; BRANNAM, Robt.; BRITTON, T. J.;
BRITTON, Joseph; BROOKS, J. R.; BROWN, Giles; BROWN, J. G.; BROWN, Wm.;
BURCH, Nelson; BURLESON, Henry; BURLESON, E. B.; BURNES, Peter; BURNS,
Peter; CAIN, T. C.; CALHOUN - See CASE & CALHOUN; CAMPBELL, D. C.,
CAMPBELL, Duncan; CAMPBELL, R. F.; CAMPBELL, Geo. W.; CARRUTHERS,
H. M.; CARTER, E. R.; CARTER, Wm.; CASE & CALHOUN;
CASHTLESCHALTZ, J.; CASTENCHALDT, J.; CHAMBERS, J.; CHURCHILL,
S. B.; CLAIBORNE, Phil; CLARK, B. C.; COHEN, Adolph; COLLINS, Sam.; COOK,
Ed.; COOKSEY, Jerry; COPE, J. B.; COPE, Jas. B.; COULSON, W. H.; COX, Jas.;
CRAFT, B. J.; CRAWFORD, E. A.; CROW & JONES; CROW, A. H.; CROW,
J. F.; CROW, A. H. & Co.; CROWE, Mrs. E. P.; CRUMPLER, Redick; DABNEY,
Louis; DARDEN, W. B.; DAVIS, John; DAVIS, M. V.; DELANEY, J. L.; DOLAN,
L.; DUNKIN, John; DUVE, J.; EARL, Sam'l; EASTLAND, J. W. and Wm. M.;
EGLESTON, John; EGLESTON, Jno. M.; EILERS, Louis; ELZENOR, Bruno;
ELZENOR, Mrs.; ELZNER, B.; EPPLOR, H. T.; ERHARD, Caton; FARMER,
E. W.; FARMER, Jack; FEHR, Solomon; FETTERLY, J.; FICKLE, Cha's; FLEMING,
Geo.; FOWLER, Sam; FOWLER, J. P.; FRANKLIN, Jas.; GESSUCH, N. B.; GILL,
P. J.; GLASS, J. F.; GOODMAN, J. H.; GRASMEYER, W. H.; GREEN, D. S.;
GREENHAW, T. J.; GRIMES, A. W.; HALL, Isaac; HALMARK, J. C.;
HARDEMAN, Smith; HARDEMAN, Jno.; HARGROVE, Fuller; HARMON,
J.; HARRELL, Phillip; HARRIS, Geo.; HARRIS - See MOORE &
HARRIS, HAYWOOD, Ben; HAYWOOD, Ed; HEMPHILL, A. B.; HERMES, Fred;
HIGGINS, Stephen; HIGHSMITH, W. A.; HILL, T. J.; HILL, J. H.; HODGE, Thos.;
HOFFMAN, M.; HOGAN, J. M.; HOUSTON, Ben.; HOWARD, Sam; HUGHES, Wm.;
HUMPHRIES, Wm.; JACKSON, Isaac; JACKSON, D. M.; JACKSON, Reuben;
JACOBS & MOZART; JENKINS, Ed.; JENKINS, Mead; JONES - See CROW &
JONES; JONES, David; JONES, W. W.; JONES, J. P.; JONES, Watt; JONES, Peter;
JONES, Dan; JONES, B. F.; JONES & SAYERS; JUNGMICHAEL, C. G.;
JUNGMICHEL, C. G.; KAPPLER, H.; KEAN, Jeff M.; KEECHNICH, A.;
KELLIMEIR, Peter; KELLY, Ed; KEMP, James; KENNEDY, J. B.; KERNER, Theo.;
KESSELUS, W.; KETCHINGS, B. F.; KILLOUGH, E. T.; KINCAID, D. C.;
KIRSCH, Jo.; KLEINERT, C.; KOHLER, John A.; KOHLER, Wm.; LATIMER,
W. H.; LAWGE, Dr.; LAWHORN, D. W.; LAWHORN, W. C.; LITMAN, A.;
LITTON, S.; LOTTMAN, C. A.; MACKENNA, Frank; MANNING, G. F.;
MANNING, G. T.; MARKS & BERNSTEIN; MARTIN, Wm.; MASON, W. R.;
MATHEWS, David; MATHEWS, Primus; MATHEWS, D. M.; MATHEWS, Elijah;
MATHEWSON, J. H.; MAYNARD, C. B.; MAYNARD, M. B.; McDAVID, Allen;
McDONALD, Henry; McDONALD, T. P.; McLESTER, H.; McPHERSON, O. G.;
McWILLIAMS, A.; McWILLIAMS, Wesley; MECHALK, Chas.; MEEK, Mrs.;
MEEK, Geo.; MILES, W. P.; MILLER, Arch; MILLER, Sam; MILLER, Wm.;
MILLICAN, Ed.; MILLS, J. C.; MITCHELL, Horace; MIZER, Sanz; MOON, Dozy;
MOON, Dave; MOORE & HARRIS; MOORE, Wake; MOORE & TRIGG; MOORE,
J. H.; MOORE, W. W.; MORGAN, C. L.; MORRIS, N. A.; MOZART - See JACOBS
& MOZART; MULLER, Henry; MURDOFF, Henry; NEWTON, J. D.; NICHOLSON,
Jas.; NOYES, C. W.; OATMAN, W. A.; OLIVER, Peter; ORGAIN, E. J.; OSGOOD - See SLATON & OSGOOD; OVERTON, Owen; OVERTON, Thos.; OWEN, Ezekiel;
OWEN, Jas.; OWENS, E. W.; PARRIS, George; PAYTON, D. R.; PERKINS, F. H.;
PERRY, J. M.; PETTY, Anderson; PFANNKUCHE(?), H.; PHILLIPS, Louis;
PICKLE, J. C.; PICKLE - See ROBERTS & PICKLE; PIEPP, Adam; PIEPS, Adam;
PIPKEN, J. P.; POHL, Anton; POPE, Forcy; POUT, Rob't; POWELL, W. C.;
PRENTZELL, C.; PRICE, Steven; PRICE, R. J.; PURCELL, John; PURYEAR, Jack;
RABENSBURG, Jacob; RANDAL, Bill; RANSOM, Ed; REAGAN, D. M.; REID, John
Tyler; REID, Lee; REID, Thos. Estate of; REYNOLDS, A. B.; RHODES, Jas.;
RIGGINS, Jeff; ROBBINS, W. H.; ROBERTS & PICKLE; ROBINSON, John;
ROBINSON, J. M.; ROGERS, J. W.; ROSENBERG, G. F.; RUTHERFORD, C. C.;
SAUNDERS, A. L.; SAUNDERS, B. T.; SAUNDERS, Ben.; SAYERS, J. D.; SAYERS-
See JONES & SAYERS; SCARBOROUGH, L. H.; SCARBOROUGH, Thos.;
SCARBOROUGH, F. H.; SCHAFER, G. W.; SCHAFER, Andrew; SCHAFER,
Geo. W.; SCHILLING, Adolph; SCHLEPENGRALL, F. W.; SCHNEIDER, Frank;
SCHULKE, A. W.; SCHWEITZER, Fred.; SCHWEITZER & BRO., SCOTT, A. J.;
SCOTT, Henderson; SCOTT, J. M.; SCOTT, W. P.; SCOTT, John; SCRUGG, M. N.;
SHELTON, Allen; SHELTON, Jas.; SHELTON, M.; SIMMONS, E. B.; SKADE, John;
SLATON & OSGOOD; SLEVINSKI, Jo.; SMITH, W. C.; SMITH, Wiley M.; SMITH,
W. R.; SMITH, E. K.; SMITH, Bob; SMITH, T. W.; SMITHSON, Wm.; SOWELL,
Pat.; SPANN, R. C.; SPEIGLE, J. D.; SPEIR, A. B.; SPIEGLE, J. D.; STALLINGS,
B. D.; STANDIFER, J. E.; STEVENS, D. W.; TAYLOR, E. C.; THOMAS, Oscar;
THOMAS, Fayett; TINNIN, Jeff; TITTLE, Franz; TOWNSEND, H. P.; TRIGG, B.;
TRIGG, Buck; TRIGG - See MOORE & TRIGG; TROTTER, H. C.; TRUSS, J. W.;
TURNER, H. H. & Co.; TYLER, M. B.; URBAN, Jacob; VAUGHN, Geo. M.;
VINCENT, R. J.; VOIGH; VOSS, J. W.; WAMEL, H. J.; WASHINGTON, S. G.;
WASHINGTON, Dan; WASHINGTON, Frank; WATKINS, Dennis; WATT, J. C.;
WEAVER, Ed.; WELLS, J. E.; WHITE, David; WHITE, T. W.; WILKENSON,
Geo. W.; WILKERSON, G. D.; WILKINS, Rich'd; WILKINS, W. B.; WILLIAMS,
Albert; WILSON, Jeff; WINSTON, Perry; WISEMAN, A.; WOLF, Michael; WOOD,
J. S.; WOOD, J. C.; WOODS, W. D.; YOUNG, G. K.; ZIMPLEMAN, Geo. B.;
Murderous altercation in Waco on the evening of the 4th inst. between two
gamblers, George E.
SIMS and Gus CLAYTON, in FULTON's barroom. CLAYTON fatally shot, SIMS will
survive. A woman was the cause of the tragedy.
A biography of Gail BORDEN reprinted from the New Orleans Picayune. BORDEN married
a daughter of Eli MERCER of Amite County, Mississippi and moved to Texas in 1830.
DIED -- At his residence in this county on 23rd ult. James C. WOOD, an old citizen of Texas and
a resident of BC for over 25 years.
DIED -- On Monday 21st ult. Wm. SIMMONS, aged 84 years, an old Texas and long-time
resident of this county.
Rev. J. W. PHILLIPS has resumed his second Sunday appointments and will preach next Sunday,
14 February 1874
Funny article on the history of Bastrop in which Phil. CLAIBORNE and Col. Jones RIVERS
figure prominently. By J. M. MORPHIS.
Dedication of the Odd Fellow Hall at McDade Thursday evening last. Ceremonies performed by
District Deputy Grand Master R. D. SANDERS assisted by Past Grand Master M. B.
HIGHSMITH. The new Hall is built over the blacksmith shop of M. S. HUGHES.
Officers for the next term: F. R. JONES - N. G.; H. A. HIGHSMITH - V. G.; M. S.
HUGHES - Treasurer; J. BAER - Sec'y.
21 February 1874
JOHNSON who was shot at Red Rock while resisting arrest is now out of danger and has been
moved to the county jail. The case of State vs. JOHNSON was continued by Esq.
Charles WERTZNER President, Board of School Directors, published a scholastic census of BC's
nine school districts.
Bastrop Debating Society officers elected on 6th inst. Meeting on 13th: "Was the Anglo Saxon
race justifiable in dispossessing the Indians of this Continent?" Affirmative: GREEN and
MOORE. Negative: Dr. EARLY, ORGAIN, RUSSELL, MACKENNA. Negative
prevailed. Meeting on the 20th: "That a Monarchal is a better form of government than
a Republic." To argue the affirmative: T. P. EARLY, W. C. SMITH, H. McLESTER,
Dyer MOORE. To argue the negative: G. D. RUSSELL, J. Ross GREEN, Frank
MACKENNA, Capt. B. D. ORGAIN.
DIED -- At the residence of her husband in BC on the evening of 13th December last, of
congestion of the brain, Mrs. Bettie Alice JEFFRESS, wife of Robt. A. JEFFRESS, late
of Virginia, and daughter of Hon. John J. MONCURE. Born 30 Oct 1856 and married
to JEFFRESS 01 Jan 1873.
DIED -- J. Hunter BELL, born 27 Aug 1847 in Jackson County, Arkansas, died 23 Jan 1874 in
McDade, age 27. Son of Duran[?] H. and Mary Ann BELL. His father emigrated to
Texas and settled in BC in 185? [last digit obliterated], and died the same year at his
residence, leaving a wife, one daughter, and five sons. J. Hunter was the eldest.
28 February 1874
Long letter to the Editor from Phil CLAIBORNE.
Thanks of the community are due to Dr. DARDEN and Capt. FINNEY for their endeavors to
improve the appearance of the Court House grounds.
The charges against JOHNSON who was shot near Walnut Creek have been dismissed, but
Comanche County has a warrant for his arrest on a charge of murder.
The following were fined $10 for gambling: G. W. LOCKHARD, A. McDONALD, Jimy
WATSON, Jim JOHNSON, Cassius BURNS, Willis HICKERSON, and Sandy GREEN.
G. W. LOCKHARD was also bound over for the sum of $250 for exhibiting monte.
Two colored men, Tom WILLIAMS and Johnson POWELL, fought in the street on Monday with
brickbats and knives. No charges filed.
07 March 1874
Speech given by W. B. SAYERS on the Constitutional Commission was published in this issue.
A party and dance was held at Dr. ERHARD's residence Wednesday evening last.
Henry PERKINS appointed Trustee of the first School District replacing R. F. CAMPBELL who
Adolph ERHARD resigns as School Trustee of School District No. 1.
MARRIED -- At the residence of Capt. M. B. HIGHSMITH, McDade, Wednesday evening 4th
inst., by Rev. Fred L. ALLEN, Mr. W. H. KENNEDY and Miss Fannie HIGHSMITH,
all of McDade.
MARRIED -- At the residence of Mrs. S. C. NOLEN in BC on Sunday evening March 1st by the
Rev. Fred L. ALLEN, Mr. John T. NOLEN and Miss Lizzie McMAHON, all of BC.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's mother, McDade, on Sunday morning last, March
1st, by the Rev. W. A. SMITH, Mr. W. H. JONES and Miss Mollie E. RUTHERFORD,
both of BC.
MARRIED -- At the residence of Mr. Geo. H. PORTER, McDade, Thursday 05 March 1874 by
Rev. D. COULSON, Mr. J. T. SHERMAN of Burleson County to Miss S. E.
DOUTHIE? of McDade.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, Judge Benj. LYMAN, McDade, by the Rev.
J. W. PHILLIPS, Mr. A. W. GRIMES and Miss Lottie LYMAN, all of BC.
Expenditure Report of the Public Schools in BC listed teachers, the number of pupils of each, and their salaries. Teachers named were J. D. MORRISON, Sallie McCAY, M. B. (H. B.?)
BUSH, H. S. STODDARD, L. HEILIGBRODT, G. R. ALLEN, Robert JEFFRIES,
T. K. HEREFORD, James L. SPOONER, J. R. JOYNER, Edward SWEENEY, W. M.
GIBSON, K. J. McLEMORE, G. A. BALL, Joseph B. HAZELL, Anton POHL, R. H.
WELLS, W. L. ARMSTRONG, C. E. HEMPHILL.
14 March 1874
Stolen from the lot of Kinney MURCHISON, Cedar Creek, about 01 Feb, two horses [desc.
follows]. $25 Reward.
W. A. HIGHSMITH appointed a Notary Public for BC.
Ten warrants have been issued by Comanche County for the arrest of the man JOHNSON, alias
JEFFREYS, confined to our jail.
Debate Society met on Friday night last. "Which is the greatest incentive to action, the hope of reward or the fear of punishment." Affirmative: Dyer MOORE, Frank McKENNA,
Cicero SMITH. Negative: T. P. EARLY, B. D. ORGAIN, J. R. GREEN. Affirmative
prevailed. Tonight's topic: "Is Man's conscience a correct moral guide." Affirmative:
McLESTER, CUNNINGHAM, SMITH. Negative: GREEN, EARLY, McKENNA.
[The 21 March paper reported that the affirmative prevailed in this debate.]
Meeting of the BC Medical Association on the 12th inst. Mentioned: R. W. MILLER,
21 March 1874
Capt. Wm. B. SAYERS, son of Dr. David SAYERS, is a Legislator in the 14th Texas
Bastrop Medical Association Meeting held Thursday last. Drs. D. M. REAGAN and H. P.
LUCKETT were elected delegates to the State Medical Association meeting to be held at
Dallas on 07 April.
The notorious negro Nelson BURTON alias Nelse TAYLOR alias Nelse JOHNSON has been
captured and jailed at Cameron, Milam County, TX.
Another notice on jailed man JOHNSON alias JEFFREYS.
DIED -- Mr. James FITZPATRICK at his residence, 6 miles north of Bastrop, Tuesday morning
last, 17 inst., of pneumonia, age about 50. A native of Tennessee, had been a resident of
BC for over 20 years. He leaves a wife, 3 sons, and 4 daughters. Buried Wednesday
morning last at the Piney Church cemetery.
List of physicians whose diplomas have been registered in the District Clerk's office: Gilbert D. WILKENSON, James A. FORBES, Craven LASSITER, J. J. FINCH, M. D. REAGAN,
Thos. P. EARLY, H. P. LUCKETT, Robt. W. MILLER.
A man named TAYLOR boarded a steamer at Indianola on the 11th inst. and shot and killed two
men, SUTTON and SLAUGHTER. All three are of DeWitt County. Our citizens have
not forgotten the killing of TAYLOR by SUTTON and squad in front of CROW &
JONES store in Bastrop in 1869. SUTTON claimed to be a cousin of TAYLOR's. They
captured a man named SHARP at the time TAYLOR was killed, who was hung or shot
by the SUTTON squad near Lockhart, TX.
Mr. WATTERSON of Walnut Creek area gives a report of the "Farmer's Co-operative Club" in
On Monday last, Henry FAWSETT, a colored blacksmith in the employ of Mr. A. ERHARD,
broke his leg while shoeing a horse. He is under the treatment of Drs. SAYERS and
John HEARN, administrator debonis non of the estate of Samuel PORTER, dec'd, has filed his
28 March 1874
In the notice of the death of FITZPATRICK published last week, we should have given his initials as N. E., not James.
J. R. NICHOLS presented us with a 10 lb. beet last week.
A poem by Mrs. Sallie E. BALLARD MAYNARD was published in this issue.
"Sally Price," the race mare of Col. Marsh W. TRIGG's, left this week for the Austin race
The widow McCARTHY, occupying the SCHWARTZ house, was robbed of everything on
Tuesday night last. This is a severe loss to McCARTHY and her children.
The DCBC convened on Tuesday morning last. J. P. RICHARDSON, presiding; B. TRIGG,
District Attorney; Jno. M. FINNEY, District Clerk; Frank McKENNA, Deputy; John
KOHLER, Sheriff; Wm. M. SPITLER and N. A. MORRIS, Deputies. Grand Jurors:
M. W. TRIGG, Martin WALKER, A. O. BECK, J. A. CASE, R. T. HILL, D. O.
HILL, Geo. F. KINCAID, Julius NOEGRATH, Thos. HODGE, David JONES, Pierce
MARTIN, Washington RICE.
MARRIED -- In Bastrop at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. Louis EILERS, on Thursday
morning at 10 o'clock, 24 March 1874, by the Rev. Frank L. ALLEN, Mr. A. H. CROW
of McDade and Miss Julia H. EILERS of Bastrop.
J. L. CALDWELL is the Deputy of The Grange for BC.
04 April 1874
Report from Bryan, TX. A posse of negroes went to the store of Mr. E. A. LEAK, robbed and
shot him, and raped his wife. Mr. LEAK expected to die. Several negroes jailed but a
mob of white men on 31 March broke open the jail and hung two, named BROWN and
HIGGINS, about one quarter mile from town. Four more may have been hung later.
For Sale - my house and lot, store house, blacksmith shop, saddle shop, and 19 acres of farm land in Red Rock. Also a farm of 150 acres joining Miles EPPLER's on Walnut Creek with
house, tank, and fence. Also 150 acres unimproved land near same. F. A. STONE, Red
Rock, Williamson County, TX or apply to W. A. STANDIFER, Bastrop.
John INGRAHAM, administrator de bonis non, with the will of John C. CUNNINGHAM, and
executor of the will of Mrs. Susan CUNNINGHAM, will sell at public sale on 03 May
1874 at the late residence of John C. and Susan CUNNINGHAM, dec'd, about 3,200 acres
of Colorado River land in town of Bastrop and in front of the ground upon which the store
house of John M. FINNEY & Co. formerly stood.
Wm. W. KNOWLES announces that the friction gear on the Ku Klux Cotton Press is an
infringement on his patent.
Jury in the case of FLORES, charged with killing another Mexican in Hemphill's Prairie last year, has returned a verdict of murder in the first degree. Maj. SAYERS, FLORES' attorney,
was able to secure a new trial.
DIED -- Mr. BLALOCK was killed near Red Rock on Sat. night by Mr. ROBERSON, acting
deputy under Officer SMITHSON. ROBERSON had arrested BLALOCK under papers
from Comanche County when BLALOCK tried to grab ROBERSON's gun. ROBERSON
shot him below the heart.
Meeting of Texas Veterans Association, 18 Mar 1874 in Austin. Mentioned were Capt. W. J.
RUSSELL, Col. Frank W. JOHNSON, Moses Austin BRYAN, Major C. B. ERATH,
Gen. J. B. ROBERTSON.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride, near McDade, Sunday evening, 29 Mar 1874, by Rev.
Mr. HUCKLEBY, Mr. Jas. TOWNSEND and the widow Mrs. Pauline STAGNER, all
of BC. Jas. had been a widower for 19 years.
11 April 1874
Stage robbery between San Antonio and Austin. Three men stopped the stage and robbed
passengers Messrs. McLEMORE, O'NEAL, WATERS, BRACKERIDGE, FRAZIER,
McDONALD, WELLS, MONROE, and Mrs. LLOYD. The stage returned to Joseph
VANCE's for fresh horses and proceeded to Austin. $7,000 reward for robbers' capture.
Part of reward offered by Sam T. SCOTT, owner of the stage line. [See related stories
in 18 April and 25 April below.]
J. JUNG, Presiding Justice BC, published an election notice.
W. A. HIGHSMITH, Jno. P. JONES, and O. H. P. McGINNIS have been appointed Notaries
Public for BC.
DIED -- A young colored boy, Pass SMITH, accidently shot himself on Sunday last, the effects
of which he died Monday night.
The notorious Nelse JOHNSON, negro desperado, was brought to Bastrop Saturday night last and
DIED -- another Pensioner Gone. Mr. Duncan CAMPBELL, who died on Wednesday evening
last, 08 Apr 1874, was a soldier in the War of 1812, was 81 years at death, and had been
a citizen of Texas for 24 years. In 1850 he moved to Texas and located in BC. Was
probably the oldest man in BC. Father of 14 children, most of whom are living. He leaves
an aged wife, sixty-odd years old, numerous children, and grandchildren.
Drs. SAYERS, H. P. LUCKETT, T. P. EARLY, and D. M. REAGAN were appointed a board
of Medical Examiners by the CC.
A "storm" dance was held at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. GILL.
At the Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen, regular monthly meeting, the Street
Committee recommends the following: 1) re: the difficulty between Messrs. LINKE and
KIEL, that the street should not be run through Mr. KIEL's lot, nor should a ditch be dug
through his land; 2) that Mr. Stephen WOEHL be permitted to dam the ravine in front of
his house or to dig a ditch in the middle of the street; 3) Corporation of Bastrop is not the
proper tribunal to settle the problem of flooding of several homes caused by Mr.
SCHAFER's diverting water.
18 April 1874
Mr. John W. BOWEN found some mail bags on Bee Creek in Caldwell County. These had been
stolen off the stage in the recent robbery. [See also 11 April 1874 above and 25 April
Giddings, the principal town of the newly created Lee county, will have a newspaper, the Giddings
Tribune, run by Mr. D. C. CUNNINGHAM who has been in our employ for the past 8
S. B. BUCKLEY, State Geologist, and Chas. E. HALL, Assistant State Geologist, published
reports on the Bastrop coal beds. Mentioned were Edwin GOODMAN, BRYCE &
LYMAN, W. J. CAIN - brother of T. C. CAIN, Mrs. McMAHAN, and Col. HIGGINS.
FLOYD is on the Committee on Political Features of the Texas State Grange.
Col. Chas. MORGAN has been appointed assignee of the bankrupt estate of John S. JOHNSON.
The goods have been moved in the brick store formerly occupied by CROW & JONES.
[A legal notice on same appears in the 25 April issue.]
The funeral sermon of Mrs. Bettie MONCURE JEFFRESS, daughter of Capt. J. J. MONCURE,
and wife of Prof. Robt. A. JEFFRESS, will be preached at the school house in Hill's
Prairie on next Sunday week, 26 April, at 11 o'clock a.m.
Sheriff KOHLER and Deputy MORRIS started with the two JOHNSONs, alias JEFFREYS, to
Comanche County on Monday last.
25 April 1874
The robbers of the San Antonio Stage have been identified as three men from MO: 1) James H.
REED alias Bill JONES age 28 from Vernon Co., MO where his mother, brother, and two
sisters live. He came to Texas in 1872, settled in Bosque Co. then moved to Dallas Co.
where his wife lives. He seduced a girl there named Rosa McCOMUS whom he promised
to marry. 2) Cal. H. CARTER from Bates Co., MO, age 28. 3) NELSON alias Jack
ROGERS. 4) J. M. DICKINS from Vernon Co., MO. Has a wife in San Antonio. They
traded horses with WOOLFORK in San Marcos prior to the robbery. [See also 11 April
and 18 April above.]
A brief obituary on Duncan CAMPBELL, which appeared in the Mexia Ledger, was reprinted
DIED -- Mr. MILTBACK, a commercial traveller en route from Goliad to Beeville accompanied
by a negro driver, was ambushed by three bandits. MILTBACK shot two bandits but was
himself killed by the third.
MARRIED -- In Bastrop at the residence of the bride's father, Col. R. S. GREEN, by the Rev.
Fred L. ALLEN, Wednesday evening, 22 April 1874, Mr. Albert B. REYNOLDS and
Miss Francis M. GREEN, all of Bastrop.
Master Joseph SMITH returned for a visit from college where he is studying for the ministry.
Miss Josie WILBARGER has painted a beautiful porcelain picture. She has been taking lessons
from Miss Lizzie TAYLOR of Excelsior College.
The school children of Excelsior College had a dance at the residence of Mr. W. C. POWELL
on the 21st.
J. C. CABANISS, the railroad depot agent, and S. W. NOBLE, the express agent, have moved
from the McDade station to the Giddings station.
DIED -- On 07 April 1874 at his residence in McDade, Dr. P. A. MIDDLETON, aged 46 years.
Was a native of Alabama and came to Texas about 1856. Practiced medicine here for
nearly 20 years. A Baptist and Mason.
02 May 1874
C. H. WATSON & Co., Solicitors of Patents, Washington, D. C., reports in their list of patents
granted to the citizens of Texas for the week ending 24 March 1874, the name of W. W.
KNOWLES, Bastrop, Re-issue Cotton Press.
Article on the Formation of Lee County. Mentioned: Richard ROSS Survey, John TOM League,
Elias MARSHAL Survey, David S. GREEN Survey, A. J. THOMPSON Survey.
C. PEERY, Milton G. YORK, H. P. GAINES, Solomon FEHR, and O. G. JONES are
the commissioners to organize the county.
The safe at the Avenue Hotel, Austin, was robbed sometime before yesterday morning, reports Dr.
MOORE, proprietor. The night watchman, BARKMAN, is suspected. Jep. GIBBS,
Sheriff of Grimes Co., lost $5,000. Judge MAXEY of Huntsville lost $700. Sunday night
two thieves attempted to enter Mr. SCHNEIDER's store. The same night the residence
of Mr. DEATS was robbed, all in Austin.
ACCIDENT and DEATH -- Mrs. Virginia IRVINE, daughter of S. B. CHURCHILL, living
about 6 miles north of Bastrop, on Tuesday last, visited her uncle Mr. John EGGLESTON. On he return home, IRVINE took with her the EGGLESTON's little girl, Zelpha Wesley [surname possibly WESLEY?]. When several miles from town, the horse shied, throwing both riders. Zelpha was killed, and was buried Wednesday evening. IRVINE may not
recover and is insensible.
List of BC Grange Organizations [abbreviated lists also appeared 11 April and 18 April]:
Mosquit Grange, Hills Prairie. Officers: B. M. HUBBARD, Master; Ed. JENKINS,
Overseer; David HAYS, Lecturer; Thomas McDONALD, Steward; John DAVIS, Ass't
Steward; H. K. McDONALD, Chaplain; Jas. MOORE, Sec'y; M. A. CALAWAY, Gate
Keeper; M. W. TRIGG, Treasurer; Mrs. E. T. CALLAWAY, Ceres; Mrs. E.
McGEHEE, Pomona; Mrs. Ann CALLAWAY, Flora; Miss E. R. DAVIS, Lady Ass't
Steward. Members: J. T. PIERCE, J. T. McGEHEE, J. SMITH, J. H. JENKINS, S.
H. McDONALD, I. N. CARTER, W. O. DAVIS, A. C. CALLAWAY, E. J.
THOMPSON, Mrs. S. B. MOORE, Mrs. Ann TRIGG, Mrs. E. P. McDONALD, Miss
M. A. DAVIS.
Elgin Grange, organized by Deputy J. L. CALDWELL 10 April 1874. Officers: W. P.
MILES, Master; C. W. BROOKS, Overseer; E. BILLINGSLY, Lecturer; T. H.
CHAMBERS, Steward; H. F. BILLINGSLY, Ass't Steward; E. J. JONES, Chaplain; W.
O. STRAUS, Treasurer; J. V. CHILDRESS, Sec'y; J. G. CHILES, Gate Keeper; Mrs.
O. H. P. McGINNIS, Ceres; Miss Amanda STRAUS, Pomona; Mrs. C. W. BROOKS,
Flora; Mrs. M. G. COLE, Lady Ass't Steward. Members: J. B. ROGERS, Thos.
MILES, W. H. COULSON, J. A. GRAHAM, J. H. LITTON, M. G. COLE, W. P.
McDAVID, J. L. ARMSTRONG, O. H. P. McGINNIS, Mrs. J. V. CHILDRESS, Mrs.
W. P. MILES, Mrs. Ben MEEK, Mrs. J. D. NEWTON, Mrs. J. A. GRAHAM, Mrs.
W. H. COULSON.
Greenwood A. Ball Grange, organized near Page Station by Deputy J. L. CALDWELL
on 04 April 1874. Officers: W. C. BEVILL, Master; Wiley FORE, Overseer; A. G. G.
PERKINS, Lecturer; Alex McPHAUL, Steward; J. H. WILLIAMS, Ass't Steward; G.
W. RICKS, Chaplain; J. G. WALKER, Treasurer; J. S. DUNBAR, Sec'y; T. J. GLASS,
Gate Keeper; S. A. C. DUNBAR, Ceres; Nancy BEVILL, Pomona; M. A. BEVILL,
Flora; Paralia WALKER, Lady Ass't Steward.
Liberty Grange, organized near McDade by Deputy J. L. CALDWELL on 06 April 1874.
Officers: J. D. FLOYD, Master; W. F. McWILLIAMS, Overseer; W. H. SPRINGER,
Lecturer; T. B. GOODWIN, Steward; S. B. CHANDLER, Ass't Steward; Rev. L.
SCARBOROUGH, Chaplain; Silas HOYD, Treasurer; J. C. LAWHORN, Sec'y; J. J.
BAKER, Gate Keeper; Mrs. A. M. BROWN, Ceres; Mrs. E. SCRUGGS, Pomona; Mrs.
M. F. CHANDLER, Flora; Mrs. N. E. GOODEN, Lady Steward. Members: W. N.
SCRUGGS, J. S. BROWN, G. C. BAKER, D. E. LAWHORN, Henry SPRINGER,
Anton THIFFEN, J. R. McDAVID, W. F. CRUSE, A. SCOTT, C. REAP, and Ladies
J. C. SCARBOROUGH, E. L. FLOYD, M. E. BAKER, N. LAWHORN, L.
LAWHORN, J. E. LAWHORN.
Friendship Grange, organized at McDade by Deputy J. L. CALDWELL 06 April 1874.
Officers: A. W. PARR, Master; Wm. M. BRYCE, Overseer; J. W. HOLEMAN, Sec'y;
H. W. FREEMAN, Steward; R. W. DAVIS, Ass't Steward; R. P. JONES, Chaplain; J.
STEVENS, Treasurer; T. R. JONES, Sec'y; N. B. SCOTT, Gate Keeper; Mrs. M. L.
JONES, Ceres; Mrs. C. A. DAVIS, Pomona; Mrs. R. L. PARR, Flora; Mrs. C.
MEYERS, Lady Ass't Steward. Members: A. SHEPARD, A. L. HARKINS, Jas.
MOYERS, W. G. BAUCHMAN, Wm. McWILLIAMS, H. C. HOUSE, T. F. CROSBY,
M. S. HUGHES, Jesse FRENCH, W. B. CRADDACK, Mrs. M. H. HOLEMAN, J.
SHEPARD, J. C. HARKINS, ____ BAUCHMAN, Sallie F. JONES, F. H. FREEMAN.
Bastrop Grange, organized by Deputy J. L. CALDWELL 07 April 1874. Officers: J. L.
BLACKWELL, Master; D. E. OUTLAW, Overseer; S. D. ANDERSON, Lecturer; John
PERRY, Steward; Wm. FITZPATRIC, Ass't Steward; E. K. SMITH, Jr., Treasurer; J.
P. PIPKIN, Chaplain; George ALLEN, Sec'y; J. W. BLACKWELL, Gate Keeper; Mrs.
E. SMITH, Ceres; Mrs. S. T. OUTLAW, Pomona; Miss Texanna SOWELLS, Flora;
Mrs. Susan SMITH, Ass't Steward.
Pleasant Grove Grange, organized 10 April 1874 by Deputy J. L. CALDWELL. Officers:
A. H. CARTER, Master; J. S. SMITH, Overseer; G. R. DAVIS, Lecturer; Wm.
OWENS, Steward; L. B. CARTER, Ass't Steward; W. H. NABORS, Chaplain; R. E.
GEORGE, Treasurer; Ben. HARRIS, Sec'y; W. L. McQUEEN, Gate Keeper; S. J.
GEORGE, Ceres; E. DAVIS, Pomona; C. E. GEORGE, Flora; Nannie HARRIS, Lady
Ass't Steward. Members: N. J. CARTER, F. M. BURNAM, A. BRYMER, C. B.
BROWNING, F. M. RENNEAU, W. H. CONDRON, F. CONDRON, O. (C.?)
CARTER, J. M. HARRIS, A. J. OLIVER, N. C. CARPENTER, Mary CARTER, Mary
O. BRYMER, Sallie BURNAM, L. F. NABORS, E. RENNEAU, A. E. BROWNING.
Oak Hill Grange, organized near McDade by Deputy J. L. CALDWELL on 06 April 1874. Officers: . A. CLOPTON, Master; E. RANSOM, Overseer; W. J. CAIN, Lecturer; H. HOUSE, Steward; W. A. CLOPTON, Ass't Steward; H. STACY, Chaplain; J. RANSOM, Treasurer; A. O. BECK, Sec'y; S. SMITH, Gate Keeper; Mrs. BARBEE, Ceres; Mrs. L. HOUSE, Pomona; Mrs. HARVEY, Flora; Mrs. TOWNSEND, Lady Ass't Steward. Members: S. R. McDAVID, D. R. LAMATER, W. MOORE, W. WATSON,
J. L. FLEMMING, John HERON, Dr. J. H. WILKINS, T. HOFF, J. W. RANSOM,
J. TOWNSEND, K. H. BARBEE, Mrs. E. RANSOM, Mrs. E. WILKINS, Mrs. H.
BECK, Mrs. R. CLOPTON, Mrs. M. SMITH, Mrs. E. CAIN.
09 May 1874
Poem by George A. DARDEN, age 10, son of Dr. W. B. DARDEN, published this issue.
Mrs. Artena RUTHERFORD has refurbished and leased "Nash House," boarding house, McDade.
Dr. O. G. McPHERSON of Elgin: "I hereby announce to my friends and patrons that I will not
practice my profession for the ensuing year - 1874."
Several humorous ads published by the John S. JOHNSON family, related to their financial
predicament. Family members mentioned: Ben JOHNSON - "the old man;" John S.
JOHNSON; Mrs. JOHNSON; Charley JOHNSON [young boy?]; Oley JOHNSON [young
boy?]; Miss Emma JOHNSON [young girl?].
Rev. J. W. PHILLIPS will hold Episcopal services at the "little church 'round the corner"
Rev. Mr. ALLEN informs us that a protracted meeting will begin at the Methodist Church
tomorrow night and will continue for a number of days.
An imposter named John WIENER victimized a livery stable keeper at La Grange Tuesday last.
Esq. WAMEL published an agricultural report for precinct No. 3.
Killing and Hanging in McDade -- On Saturday afternoon, five railroad workers were eating lunch
when a negro approached asking to play cards. The negro was sent away, but not before
he threw his dirty sock in their cooking pot. The negro returned with a gun and shot John
TROY, killing him instantly. The negro was apprehended by H. A. HIGHSMITH and
W. A. PLUMMER and taken to the Marshall and ironed. While the Marshall was
escorting the man to the Bastrop jail, a number of unknown persons took the negro and
Wm. H. KENNEDY, telegraph operator at McDade, published an estimate of the cost to run a
telegraph line between McDade and Bastrop.
Thos. NULL, charged under indictment with cattle stealing, was arrested by Deputy Zeno
HEMPHILL near McDade Tuesday night. NULL tried to shoot HEMPHILL;
HEMPHILL shot back, striking NULL in the hip. Deputy Sheriff MORRIS went to
McDade yesterday to pick up the prisoner.
16 May 1874
Steph. H. DARDEN, Comptroller in Austin, sent a notice to John KOHLER, Sheriff BC,
regarding taxes and when each kind is due. Notice published.
Poem by Frank MAC published. [Possibly a pen name for Frank McKENNA?]
DIED -- John FRANKS, Sr. of Mountain City, Hays County, died there on the morning of the
5th inst. Mr. FRANKS was a citizen of BC in the early days and moved to Hays County
about 14 years ago. Father of Wm. L. FRANKS, also of Mountain City.
Jas. MOORE, Sec'y of the Mosquit Grange, announces the appointment of M. S. WALLACE
as deputy for Bastrop and Fayette Counties.
Deputy Sheriff Louis DABNEY with a posse attempted to arrest Dick WILLIAMS, a negro
indicted in the DC for hog theft. WILLIAMS was found on the H. K. McDONALD
place. Gunfire was exchanged, but WILLIAMS was eventually apprehended on Thursday
morning after having received perhaps mortal gunshot wounds.
C. ERHARD sends a letter to the Editor about a concert at the Casino, praising the music of Prof. H. MOELER of La Grange (pianist) and Prof. Emil LINDENBERG, lately of Dresden,
Another poem by G. A. DARDEN, aged 10, published.
23 May 1874
The residence of Bob CAMPBELL, near the Arsenal in Austin, was robbed on Monday night.
He lost a fine gold watch.
E. P. PHILLIPS of Austin was robbed of $98 and all his clothing at his boarding house on Sunday
Mr. James COPE, Austin plasterer, was robbed of $2.50 by three masked and armed men on
Two little children of Mr. A. H. and Mrs. E. J. GREGORY, living near Fayetteville, were bitten
by a cat, supposed to be rabid, on Tuesday, 5th inst.
DIED -- Charles LAUDET was knifed by Jno. PATTEN during a gambling dispute in the lower
portion of Caldwell County.
Mr. E. FRANKE and Mr. Will. F. FARIS shot at each other during an altercation in Lockhart
last Saturday, seriously wounding the former.
Thos. NULL, shot near McDade, is progressing favorably.
DIED -- on Thursday evening, Wm. MILLET, a little son of Mr. MILLET of the Claiborne
House, drowned in the Colorado River.
The negro Dick WILLIAMS is recovering from his wounds and has been moved to the county jail.
C. L. MORGAN, assignee of John S. JOHNSON - bankrupt, will sell to the highest bidder
JOHNSON's life insurance policy valued at $3,000(?).
J. D. MORRISON will teach at the Hill's Prairie School.
At a meeting of delegates from the Bethel, Greenwood A. Ball, Liberty, Friendship, and Oak Hill
Granges on 16 May 1874 at Oak Hill, J. D. FLOYD was appointed President pro tem; W.
A. CLOPTON appointed Vice President; Wm. BRYCE appointed Sec'y. Others
mentioned: BLACKWELL, BEVIL, M. A. HUGHES, Wm. SCRUGGS.
30 May 1874
[No Title Page; much of issue obliterated]
Accident -- [mostly obliterated]. J. A. HOOPER's oldest [son?] little boy of two years, broke his arm in a fall.
DIED -- Mr. J. B. WIGGINS, a young man formerly employed with Messrs. CROW & JONES,
having long been in failing health. Went to Mexico last fall to improve his health, and
returned a few months ago. Died at his sister's residence in Burleson County about two
R. W. MILLER, physician [mostly obliterated - it appears that he has moved away from Bastrop?]
Joseph A. SMITH will hold services in the Lutheran Church.
06 June 1874
[Partial paper; most pages missing]
The Masonic Grand Lodge is now in session in Houston. Our Lodge is represented by Maj.
SAYERS and Dr. EARLY.
McKEOWN will probably be elected Sheriff, FRY as clerk, and TEAGUE as Treasurer of the
newly-created Lee County.
Wm. JEFFREYS, jailed in Comanche County for murder and until recently housed in the Bastrop
jail, made his escape by an old trick. His wife, sister, and another female relative came
to visit JEFFREYS who changed clothes with one of the women, and left the jail
24 October 1874
For sale - a house and lot in town. Signed: John HEARN.
John C. BUCHANAN, candidate for re-election for County Treasurer.
Col. G. W. JONES delivered the opening address at the Gonzales Fair.
To Physicians and School Teachers - a good location for sale at Smithville, several acres, tolerable good improvements, good water well. Apply to J. C. WATTS, Alum Creek.
J. W. MILLER has filed his petition in DCBC against Catharine R. MILLER. Couple were
married in Bastrop on or about 24 Oct 1870. On 02 Mar 1874 between 9 and 10 o'clock
p.m., defendant willfully and without cause abandoned the bed and home of petitioner and
left in the company of one Frank WARREN and has continued to abandon petitioner up
to the present time. Petitioner prays for divorce process. Defendant summoned to appear
at the next session of DCBC on the fourth Monday of November 1874 to answer the
W. C. POWELL and J. R. NICHOLS presented us with fine messes of turnips and greens.
The illness of Dr. E. STARKE has confined him to his room for the past week.
MARRIED -- on Thursday, October 22 at the residence of the bride's father by the Rev. Fred
ALLEN, Wm. T. HIGGINS and Mellie (?) DUVAL, all of Bastrop. On returning from
the wedding Thursday night, Mr. Jones TRIGG had one of the hind wheels of his buggy
smashed up by being run into by a hack. No one injured.
Mr. A. SCOTT has provided us with a few sample stalks of the Louisiana Ribbon Cane, raised
on his farm near McDade. Capt. BILLINGSLY cleared $350 last year raising this cane.
DIED -- In Bastrop on Wednesday 21st inst., Mr. John VOGT, aged 72 years. Was the father
of our City Treasurer, Mr. Chas. VOGT, and one of our most honest and respected
German citizens. Had been a resident of Texas since 1855.
DIED -- On Wednesday night, 21st inst., Otto, infant son of T. H. and Mary HASSLER, aged
DIED -- On Saturday night, 17th inst., Otto, son of Mr. F. W. HOPPE, aged 14 years.
Omega Grange, organized at Colorado Chappell 17 Oct 1874. Officers: M. B. BRAGG, Master;
T. J. HILL, Overseer; J. W. GENTRY, Lecturer; C. J. WOOD, Steward; T. J.
WILSON, Ass't Steward; J. N. SANDIFER, Chaplain; Jas. A. HILL, Sec'y; J. L.
WILSON, Treasurer; J. W. BLAIR, Gate Keeper; Mrs. J. A. HILL, Ceres; Mrs. M. L.
GRESHAM, Pomona; Miss Bettie WOOD, Flora; Mrs. M. E. STRATTON, Lady Ass't
W. A. CLOPTON has in his possession two horses taken from horse thieves [desc. follows].
Chas. WERTZNER published a school tax notice.
31 October 1874
A sermon will be preached by Catharine SCHURTZ at the Christian Church tomorrow (Sunday)
at 3 o'clock.
Robert F. CAMPBELL has been appointed U. S. Marshall at Austin.
W. J. CAIN, the Editor's family, and others in the town have been seriously afflicted with the
The Lentz Branch Grange, organized 24 October 1874. L. S. CHAMBLISS, Master; G. W.
CORBELL, Overseer; A. J. PERCIVAL, Lecturer; R. E. LEE, Steward; F. H.
TALLEY, Assistant Steward; P. SHEPHARD, Chaplain; A. CLEVELAND, Sec'y; J. J.
SMITH, Treasurer; V. B. SMITH, Gate Keeper; Mrs. C. M. JOURNIGAN, Ceres; Mrs.
N. J. TALLEY, Pomona; Miss Alice TITTLE, Flora; Mrs. CHAMBLISS, Lady Assistant
Steward. Signed: James MOORE.
LOST -- 640 acres head right certificate No. 18 issued to Charles A. CORBELL by the Board of
Land Commissioners of Sabine County in 183__ [last digit left blank]. If not found, will
apply for a duplicate. Signed: Phil CLAIBORNE, agent for owners.
LOST -- Head right certificate of JOHNSON and Louis JONES for 1,280 acres of land each,
issued by the Board of Land Commissioners of Bastrop County. If not found, will apply
for a duplicate. Signed: Phil CLAIBORNE, agent for owners.
J. JUNG, Presiding Justice BC, published an election notice.
07 November 1874
$50 Reward! Stop the Thieves! On Monday night 21 Nov 1874, two men named Thos. TUCKER
and Mack CARSON stole a pony and a mule with bridles and saddles from W. J. CAIN,
5 miles from McDade. TUCKER is an Irishman, 5'9" high, red complexion, light sandy
hair, pale blue eyes, about 30 years old, heavy sandy moustache. Mack CARSON is 5'6"
or 7", fair complected, thin black hair, blue eyes, about 33 years old, a rather downcast
look, and a moustache. [The 28 Nov 1874 newspaper reports that TUCKER and CARSON
had been employed by W. J. CAIN. The Reward was also increased to $100 in this issue.
14 November 1874
DIED -- W. J. CAIN, who first published the Advertiser in March 1853. T. C. CAIN purchased
the paper from his brother in 1871.
Several obituaries published for William J. CAIN who died at Bastrop on the 7th inst. Born
Huntsville, Alabama 13 March 1831, immigrated to Texas in January 1853. Leaves wife
of 16 years and 5 children. McDade Lodge No. 163 I.O.O.F., of which CAIN was a
member, published a Tribute of Respect, signed by James A. FORBES, P. G.; M. S.
HUGHES, Acting N. G.; and Harry FREEMAN, Sec'y.
J. B. COPE, administrator of estate of E. W. DABNEY, dec'd. Notice dated 11 Nov 1874.
Dr. J. C. WILKINS has purchased the old Duncan CAMPBELL homestead and will shortly move
his family to town.
W. J. NIXON presented us with a 5 lb. yam.
21 November 1874
DIED -- Miss Victoria, age 14, daughter of Mrs. Martha and the late Robt. HOGUE, dec'd, in
Precinct 3, Lee County. She was raped and murdered last week. The negro Dan
PURYEAR was arrested Saturday for the crime. He was found guilty and was hung. It
is believed PURYEAR poisoned his former mistress who died some time ago.
Little Jimmie GLOVER has been seriously ill for several weeks past, but it is thought he is better.
Rev. J. W. PHILLIPS will hold services in the Episcopal Church tomorrow (Sunday) morning and
Wm. MILLER is selling a No. 1 second hand hack with harness.
George DECHARD, our former townsman, visited us from New York.
DCBC - November term convenes at Bastrop Monday next. J. P. RICHARDSON, Judge; B.
TRIGG, District Attorney; J. M. FINNEY, District Clerk; J. DUVE and C. S.
MELLETT, deputies; John KOHLER, Sheriff; Wm. M. SPITLER, N. A. MORRIS, and
Wm. BAKER, deputies.
28 November 1874
On 20 March 1873 in BC, Adol CULVER alias JONES murdered Jordan SMITH. CULVER
still at large. The Governor, Richard COKE, offers a reward of $250 for CULVER's
capture. CULVER (colored) is about 35 years old, dark copper colour, 6 ft. tall, claims
to be a Preacher in the Christian Church.
Catholic Church of Bastrop, Rev. Dr. L. NICOLAS, pastor. Services every 3 weeks.
Mrs. David COULSON and Miss Olivia O. COULSON, wife and daughter of Rev. David
COULSON, make excellent butter. Both have won awards at the Brenham, San Antonio,
and Lockhart fairs.
Mr. P. C. CORBELL, farming on Walnut Creek about 15 miles west of Bastrop, with the
assistance of only two little boys, aged 14 and 10, cultivated enormous crops [details
follow] and cleared $1,050.
DCBC Proceedings. Grand Jurors: W. A. OATMAN, foreman; M. GLOECKNER, Booker
HANCOCK, J. F. BLACK, Alf(?) MOORE, A. L. SAUNDERS, Gilbert CHANEY(?),
John HALLMARK, Benj. JOHNSON, C. F. STEINER, C. CALLAHAN, J. G.
CHILES, D. CAPPS, W. B. BILLINGSLY, Jake MINK(?), Reuben CARR, N. C.
WILSON, Peter BLETSCH. Civil Cases decided:
E. J. VANCE vs. Phil CLAIBORNE, verdict for plaintiff $325.18(?). The attorney for
the plaintiff filed his motion for a new trial.
FOWLER & CASTLEBURY vs. J. G. LEE - dismissed by agreement.
CROW & JONES vs. W. H. COULSON, judgment for plaintiff for $187.36.
J. P. ERWIN et. al. vs. Lucugus(?) ERWIN et. al., judgment by agreement
E. GOODMAN vs. E. BURLESON, jury gave GOODMAN the land in controversy, and
in favor of E. B. BURLESON, rendered a verdict for improvements of $850.
05 December 1874
Charley ROSS, the little stolen boy, is reported to have been found, but the report lacks
DCBC criminal docket. Verdict of not guilty returned for:
State of Texas vs. Arthur WILLIAMS
State of Texas vs. Alf ARCHALO
State of Texas vs. L. D. BELCHER
State of Texas vs. Jas. CEHAN
State of Texas vs. Andrew YAWS
State of Texas vs. M. N. WOFFORD
State of Texas vs. D. CLAIBORNE
State of Texas vs. Nelson JOHNSON
State of Texas vs. Nelson JOHNSON [two cases]
State of Texas vs. T. TURNER
Convictions were had in the following:
State of Texas vs. Haywood POTTS, two years in penitentiary
State of Texas vs. T. M. MOON, aggravated assault, $100 fine.
State of Texas vs. Houston RECTOR - two years in penitentiary
State of Texas vs. Gibb BELL, two years in penitentiary
State of Texas vs. Ben CHAMBERS, theft from a house, 5 years in penitentiary.
From Austin - CROW & JONES had employed as porter a Swede named Charley NIBURG.
NIBURG was suspected of stealing and when confronted, he confessed everything and was
very penitent. NIBURG then shot himself. Chances of survival unknown. He leaves a
wife. [In the next article on same, surname spelled NEYBURG. Estimate of stolen goods
J. M. FINNEY, Sec'y of the (Masonic) Gamble Lodge No. 244, A. F. and A. M., announces an
important upcoming meeting.
Stolen from my lot in Webberville, Travis County, on Tuesday night, 01 December, two bay
horses [desc. follows]. $25 Reward. Signed: D. G. SCOGGIN.
DIED -- Mr. E. D. BARNERT at his home in Bryan, TX on Tuesday last. He was for a long
time a resident of Bastrop.
J. P. REYNOLDS and W. A. STANDIFER supposedly went snake hunting during the last
Masonic Tribute of Respect published by the committee consisting of J. A. HOOPER, W. C.
POWELL, Geo. D. RUSSELL, J. M. FINNEY, Sec'y, for W. J. CAIN who died 07
12 December 1874
Letter to the Editor from C. ERHARD regarding the Patrons of Husbandry or "Grangers" picnic
on Friday at Piney. Mentioned: N. S. SLATON of Salado; Col. John M. CROCKETT
of Dallas (nephew of renowned David CROCKET); N. L. NORTON.
Doctors MANNING and MOLETT got into an altercation with knives in Giddings last Tuesday
evening, inflicting several wounds to each.
DIED -- Mr. SPEARS, an old citizen of Bastrop County.
Charles WERTZNER, President of the Board of School Directors, published a school tax notice.
Delinquent Tax List for 1874 [amount of tax due also listed in paper]: Geo. ALLEN, Luke
ALDRIDGE, Oswald BOWEN, Jackson BURCH, Antonio BRIZZELARO, Julius
BYEAS(?), J. L. BLACKWELL, Thos. CLINTON, Jerry COOKSEY, B. C. CLARK,
Geo. CATHEY, Newton CATHEY, Burrill COOK, Jno. COOPER, Mrs. Mary DOYLE,
W. B. DARDEN, J. L. DELANEY, Jno. EAGLESTONE, Jno. FRIDAY, Wm. FEHR,
Sam. FOWLER Sr., Sam FOWLER, Frank GORDON, Fred GORDON, Jim GREEN,
Sam HEMPHILL, James HENDERSON, Lee HOPKINS, Wm. HEMMERLEAICH(?),
Sam HUBBARD, Alf HEMPHILL, Jim JOHNSON, John S. JOHNSON, Henry JONES,
A. JOHNSON, W. KAUFMAN, F. LEAKE Jr., Nelson Lee LEE, Valentine
LAWRENCE, August LANDBECK, Louis LANDBECK, Wm. LANDBECK, Geo.
LANDBECK, Robt. MAJARS(?), Jno. McKNIGHT, Sam MORGAN, H. McLESTER,
Alf MOORE, J. W. McCAY, F. McKENNA, J. C. MILLS, Alex MAYNOR, G. F.
MILLER, Dyer MOORE, Wm. MILLER, Jim MOORE, Bob McNEILL, Wm.
MORRISON, R. W. MILLER, Jim NELSON, Mrs. M. PETTY, Jno. ROSENBURG,
A. [?]. RUSSELL, W. REYNOLDS, REID BROS., H. ROBERTSON, B. D.
STALLINGS, F. W. SCHWARTZ, W. B. SEAY, Jno. J. SAPP, A. SLEINSVINSKI[?],
Oscar THOMAS, Charles TOWNSEND, Geo. TRIGG, Gill TISON, R. W. VINING,
H. WHEELER, J. S. WOODS, A. WAGONER.
19 December 1874
Mack CARSON, one of the horse thieves, has been arrested in Harris County and is in a Houston
jail. They are close on the trail of Thos. TUCKER. [See related article 07 Nov issue.]
Bastrop County Grange Council met pursuant to adjournment at the Christian Church in Bastrop
03 Dec 1874. W. A. CLOPTON appointed Steward; Jeff WILSON - Ass't Steward;
James MOORE - Sec'y; W. P. MILES - Overseer. Mentioned: D. COULSON, E.
BILLINGSLEY, Maj. BLACKWELL, Mr. HUTCHINGS, G. A. BALL, W. A.
HIGHSMITH, Wm. G. MILLER, Dr. OATMAN.
At the Sheriffs and Clerks Convention in Austin on Monday last, Sheriff ZIMPLEMAN of Travis
County elected Sec'y.
G. A. BALL published a notice of a teachers' meeting.
Dr. R. W. MILLER, former townsman, now resides in Austin and is gaining a heavy practice
MARRIED -- At the "Nash House," McDade, BC on Tuesday evening, 08 Dec 1874, by the Rev.
J. W. PHILLIPS, Mr. Chas. KIRK and Mrs. Mattie JOHNSON, both of BC.
Grand Odd Fellows Ball to take place at McDade on 24th inst. Managers of the event: Jas.
FORBES, P. G.; J. M. FINNEY, P. G.; M. S. HUGHES, V. G.; R. F. JONES, N. G.;
H. W. FREEMAN, P. S.; J. W. WHITE, Wm. JEWELL, M. HOWARD, John G.
STEPHENS, W. G. SCALES. Floor managers: Jones TRIGG, Wm. JEWEL, Wm.
KENNEDY, S. W. BILLINGSLY.
Tribute of Respect for the death of W. J. CAIN published by the Oak Hill Grange No. 339,
Patrons of Husbandry. Signed by G. R. ALLEN, A. O. BECK, J. M. RANSOM.
J. P. FOWLER, Mayor, published an election notice for town officers.
LaGrange Record states that two of the burners of Mr. HOUSE's store fled to BC.
02 January 1875
Charles WERTZNER, postmaster, published a mail box notice.
Frank MacKENNA, Esq., who has lived in BC for four years, is moving to the frontier.
Deputy Clerk DUVE provided list of marriage licenses issued by the District Clerk's office of BC
from 19 Dec 1874 - 31 Dec 1874:
P. C. HOWELL and M. F. MIDDLETON
J. C. SMITH and L. C. DRURY
E. D. WALKER and Maletia CHANDLER
J. D. RHOKES and Lizzie MORGAN
N. E. SINCLAIR and N. J. KIRBEY
Jack FORTES and Mary HILL
J. T. BLACK and M. W. WINSTON
Perkins CHANEY and Louisa GIBSON
G. W. SPENCER and Harriet FULCHER
A. C. FERRIS and Nony LEWIS
Geo. MITCHELL and Anna BROOKS
T.H. RUNNELLS and L. M. BRAZLE
Jno. G. KRAUTER and KUNKLE
Orange VICKS and Bat. DAVIS
James MARTIN and Minnie HOLCOMB
Jack WARENLEY and Madora REED
Thos. MILLER and Jane JONES
Perry WINSTON and Lizzie PREYREAR
Oscoald BARON and Ida ZIMMERMAN
Candidates for Municipal Officers:
For Mayor: H. McLESTER and Wm. MILLER
For Aldermen: J. C. BUCHANAN, Louis EILERS, C. L. MORGAN, Richard BURGER,
J. H. WILKINS, A. A. ERHARD, J. C. HIGGINS, Fred SCHWEITZER, Robt.
GILL, W. W. MOORE, Ed. BASTIAN, Alex HASSLER, M. GLOCKNER, A.
ELZNER, Geo. SCHAFER, J. Ross GREEN, N. A. MORRIS, C. B. MAYNARD
For Treasurer: Chas. VOGHT
For Assessor and Collector: A. W. GRIMES and Pete WALTON.
Note on Odd Fellows Grand Ball, 24 Dec 1874. Mentioned: M. B. HIGHSMITH, and Dr.
09 January 1875
Capt. W. W. KNOWLES will accommodate school children as boarders.
DIED -- Mr. John D. FLOYD, an old resident of BC on Tuesday last, while walking from the
Court House in Bastrop in the company of Mr. BARBEE. FLOYD became dizzy,
collapsed in front of Mr. GOODMAN's store, and expired in a few moments, from an
attack of apoplexy. On Wednesday his body was carried to his late home for burial.
MARRIED -- Miss Carrie A. PEASE, daughter of ex-Governor E. M. PEASE, in Austin on the
4th inst., to Mr. Geo. T. GRAHAM.
Note on Mr. CUNNINGHAM's paper, Giddings Tribune.
Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen, 05 Jan 1875. Present: J. P. FOWLER, Mayor;
Aldermen: R. GILL, A. A. ERHARD, Louis EILERS, R. BURGER, J. C.
BUCHANAN. Returns of election: For Mayor: H. McLESTER - 77; Wm. MILLER -
117. For Aldermen: J. C. BUCHANAN - 124; L. EILERS - 92; C. L. MORGAN - 135;
R. BURGER - 88; J. H. WILKINS - 35; A. A. ERHARD - 75; J. C. HIGGINS - 72;
F. SCHWEITZER - 99; R. GILL - 90; W. W. MOORE - 25; Ed BASTIAN - 66; A.
HASSLER - 75; M. GLOEKNER - 72; A. ELZNER - 23; Geo. SCHAFER - 63; J. R.
GREEN - 65; N. A. MORRIS - 84; C. B. MAYNARD - 63; P. O. ELZNER - 22; R.
ELZNER - 1; D. OUTLAW - 1; O. B. ELZNER - 1; C. CLINERT - 5. For Treasurer:
Chas VOGT - 194; Sam HIGGINS - 4. For Assessor and Collector: A. W. GRIMES -
131; Pete WILSON - 23; Chas. HAYNIE - 40. Hon. Wm. MILLER, Mayor elect,
administered the oath of office to new aldermen for 1875: Louis EILERS, Robert GILL,
N. A. MORRIS, R. BURGER, F. SCHWEITZER, J. C. BUCHANAN, C. L.
MORGAN. J. C. BUCHANAN elected Sec'y of the Board.
Finance Committee: EILERS, GILL, BUCHANAN
Street Committee: MORRIS, SCHWEITZER, MORGAN
Appraising Committee: MORRIS, GILL, SCHWEITZER
Fire Committee: EILERS, BURGER, BUCHANAN
A. W. GRIMES elected Marshall for 1875. A. A. ERHARD and A. HASSLER tied in
election, each receiving 75 votes. Run off election will be held 14 Jan 1875.
[Reports on Council Meetings throughout the year appear in the following issues:
13 Feb, 10 Apr, 24 Apr, 15 May, 12 Jun, 26 Jun, 10 Jul, 17 Jul, 04 Sep, 02 Oct, 06 Nov,
01 Jan 1876]
M. B. MAYNARD [listed as C. B. "Dose" MAYNARD elsewhere] and Alexander HASSLER
are the runoff candidates for city Aldermen as ERHARD declines to run.
We received of Capt. W. W. KNOWLES a fine mess of turnips.
Rev. Fred L. ALLEN received his restationing at the Methodist Episcopal Church, Bastrop.
Masonic Installation for next year's officers, Gamble Lodge No. 244. Installed by Deputy Grand
Master Joseph D. SAYERS. Mentioned: Jim NICHOLSON and wife, Mrs. Mollie
McDOWEL, W. A. SMITH. Officers installed: J. C. BUCHANAN - W. M.; Robt. E.
HILL - S. W.; Geo. D. RUSSELL - J. W.; W. A. SMITH - Chaplain; Jno. M. FINNEY
- Sec'y; Wm. B. SEAY - Treasurer; T. P. EARLY - S. D.; Jno. L. WILSON - J. D.; N.
A. MORRIS - Steward; A. W. GRIMES - Steward; J. N. GLOVER - Tyler. Maj.
SAYERS installed Companion T. P. EARLY as Most Excellent High Priest of Bastrop
Chapter No. 95 and the other officers: James GOODMAN - E. K.; A. J. BATTS - E. S.;
C. B. MAYNARD - C. H.; Geo. D. RUSSELL - P. S.; N. A. MORRIS - R. A. C.;
Thos. C. CAIN - G. M. T. V.; A. A. ERHARD - G. M. S. V.; Wm. C. POWELL - G.
M. F. V.; Jno. M. FINNEY - Scribe; Richard BURGER - Treasurer; M. A. PROKOP
Note on HADRA & MILLER, surgeons, Austin. Robt. W. MILLER was until recently a
resident of Bastrop and moved to Austin. B. HADRA is a graduate of Berlin, has served
several years as surgeon of the Prussian Army, and has been a resident of Austin for the
past three years.
DIED -- Sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Mary WATSON, eldest daughter of Col. Wiley
HILL, at Hill's Prairie last night, Friday, 8th inst.
16 January 1875
R. M. GROOMES of "Big Show" notoriety and employee of the Advertiser during the years
1872-3, is now Associate Editor of the Corpus Christi Advertiser.
Election results of Thursday last: M. B. MAYNARD - 48; Jas. GOODMAN - 18; T. A.
HASSLER - 74. HASSLER elected Alderman.
LOST -- The Headright Certificate of Lawrence SCARBOROUGH No. 422 issued by the Board
of Land Commissioners of San Augustine County, for 1/3 of a league of land. If not found,
SCARBOROUGH will apply for a duplicate.
23 January 1875
Annual Financial Report of Bastrop County for the Year Commencing January 1st and Ending
December 31st, 1874. [This is a detailed report, itemizing every debit and credit. Listed
here are names only. More detail in original. Includes names listed this date and in the
next issue of 30 January 1875.]
ADAMS, J. W.; ALEXANDER, Charles; ALEXANDER, M.; ALEXANDER, F. C.;
ALLEN, Wm.; ALLEN, J. G.; ANDERSON, M. E.; ARMSTRONG & BRADSHAW;
ARMSTRONG, J. L.; AWATT, Wm.; BAILER, Ritter; BAKER, G. W.; BAKER, W.
C.; BALSER, Charles; BANKSTON, A.; BANNER, E. E. & Co.; BARBEE, K. H.;
BARKER, Flanders; BARNETT, Chas I.; BARON, Louis; BARTON, Caloway;
BASSEST - See FETTERLEY & BASSEST; BASSIST. See FETTERY & BASSIST;
BASTIAN, Ed; BATHEY, T. W.; BATTS, A. J.; BAUHOFF, F.; BEAL, A. M.;
BECK, A. A.; BEGUN. See STEVENS & BEGUN; BELL, J. H.; BELL, Ira; BELL,
W. H.; BENER. See SCHRAMM BRO. & BENER; BENNETT, N.; BERTSCH, A.;
BIEP(?), Adam; BILLINGSLY, E.; BILLINGSLY & SON; BIRD, Jesse; BISHOP,
John; BISHOP, F.; BLACK, J. T.; BLETSCH, Peter; BLUM, E.; BOLTON, J. G.
BOSSESS, Phillip; BOWEN, J. W.; BOYLE, Anthony; BOZAITH, S. T. & Co.;
BRADLEY, John; BRADSHAW. See ARMSTRONG & BRADSHAW; BRAGG, M.
B.; BRAHM, H.; BRANCH, Willis; BRAZALORA, Antone; BRAZLETON & CO.;
BRAZZLETON, J. G.; BRAZZLETON, A.; BREEDING, William; BRELLING, L.;
BRINLEY, Stephen; BRITTON & WARD; BROOKS, J. R.; BROOKS, C. W.;
BRYANT, J. L.; BRYCE, Paul; BUCHANAN, J. C. & Co.; BUCHANAN, J. C.;
BURCH, J.; BURCH, N.; BURGDORF, L.; BURLERSON, E. B.; BURLESON, J.
R.;BURLESON, A. E.; BURLESON, John R.; BURLESON, Ben; BURLESON, Wm.;
BURLESON. See TAYLOR & BURLESON; BURNS, Jerry; BURRIER, W. C.; CAIN,
Thomas C.; CALDWELL, C. G.; CALLAGHAN, C.; CALLAHAN, C.; CALLOWAY,
G. W.; CAMPBELL, R. F.; CAMPBELL, D. C.; CANTWELL, W. C.; CAPPS,
D.;CARR, Reuben; CARTER, Wilson; CARTRIGHT, C. W.; CARTWRIGHT, Wm.;
CARTWRIGHT, W. H.; CARUTHERS, H. M.; CASE, J. A.; CASEY, Wiley(?);
CHAMBERS, Charles; CHAMBERS, Sam; CHANEY, Gilbert; CHILES, J. G.;
CLAIBORNE, P.; CLARK, J. B.; CLARK, B. C.; CLINTON, Thos.; CLOPTON, W.
A.; COLEMAN, Ed; COLLINS, W. C.; COOPER, John; COPE, James B.; COPE, J.
B.; CORBELL, F. H.; COTTER, Thos.; COULSON, W. H.; COULSON, O. G. COX,
Joseph; COX, W. A.; COX, Jim; CRAFT, Jas. H.; CRAFT, Nelson; CRAMPHILL, E.
A.; CROMPLER, R.; CROW, A. H. & Co.; CROW, A. H.; CROWE, J. F.; CROWN,
Morris; CRUMPLER, R.; CULVERSON, Granville; DABNEY, L.; DABNEY, T. W.;
DABNEY, J. L.; DARDEN, W. B.; DARDEN, John; DAVID, J.; DAVIS, Jas. B.;
DAVIS, J. B.; DAVIS, J. L.; DAVIS, M. V.; DAVIS, M. T.; DAVIS, M. L.; DAVIS,
Chas.; DECHERD, Richard; DENNIS, Green; DIXON, A. J. A.; DIXON, Jim; DOD,
J. S.; DOLAN, L.; DOOLAN, Lawrence; DUNCAN, Dan; DUNCAN, A. J.; DUVAL,
B. C.; DUVAL, Geo. DUVE, J.; DYER, J. S.; EARLY & REDDING; EARLY, T. P.
EARLY & REDING; EARLY - See SAYERS & EARLY; EASTLAND, J. W. & W.
M.; EDMONDSON, Jas.; EGGLESTON, J. M.; EGGLESTON, John; EGGLESTON,
John M.; EGGLESTONE, J. M.; EHLO(?), F.; EILERS, Louis; EILERS, L.;
ELZNER, P. O.; ELZNER, Mrs. P.; ELZNER, A. F. B.; ELZNER, B.; ELZNER. See
RABENSBURG & ELZNER; ELZNOR - See ROVENSBURG & ELZNOR; ERHARD,
C.; ERWIN, W. N.; ERWIN, J. P.; FADDON, Eli M.; FANNING, H. W.; FARMER,
E. W.; FAUCETT, Henry; FAVERS, W. R.; FAWCETT, Henry; FAXEL, William;
FEHR, S.; FEHR, William; FETTERLEY & BASSEST; FETTERLY, J.; FETTERY
& BASSIST; FICKEL, C.; FICKEL, Chas.; FIELDER, W. A.; FIELDS, J. A.;
FINNEGAN, S. F.; FINNEY, J. M.; FINNIGAN, Patrick; FINNIGAN, S. F.;
FLEMMING, Geo.; FLETCHER, J. A.; FORD, D. M.; FORD, W.; FORD, JAMES
& CO.; FOWLER, Sam; FOWLER, J. P.; FOXEL, Wm.; FREDMAN, L.;
FREEMAN, J. L.; FREEMAN, D. H.; FRIEDMAN, L.; GAGE, Wm.; GARRETT,
J. J.; GARRETT, Spill; GARWOOD. See HIGGINS & GARWOOD; GAZLEY, W.
H.; GEIS, Charles; GEISS, C.; GIBSON, W. M.; GILL, Peter J. GLASCO, W. F.;
GLASCO, J. H.; GLASCOCK, J. H.; GLASCONE, W. T.; GLOCKNER, M.;
GLOECKNER, M.; GLOVER, Joseph; GOLDSTEIN, B. B.; GOODMAN, Walter;
GOODMAN, J. H.; GOODMAN, W.; GORDEN, Frank; GOUCHER, Eugene;
GOUCHER, E.; GRADINGTON, Friday; GRAF, Charles; GRAHAM, C. J. E.;
GRATENDON, Friday; GRAY, J. L.; GREEN, R. S. & SON; GREEN, J. R.; GREEN,
R. S.; GRIMES, A. C.; GRIMES, W. H.; GRIMES, A. W.; GROSS, Thos. J.;
GROSSE, A.; GRUMBLES, W. M.; HAINPIED, C.; HALL, Albert; HALLMARK,
John C.; HAMFF, F.; HANCOCK, R.; HANCOCK, Booker; HARGROVE, S.;
HARGROVE, W. J.; HARRINGTON, G.; HARRIS, S. W.; HARRIS & MOORE;
HART, R. A.; HARWELL, P.; HASLER, T. A.; HASSLER, A. T.; HAYNIE - See
MOORE & HAYNIE; HAYWOOD, Edward; HAYWOOD, Ben; HEARN, J.;
HEARNE, John; HELLMAN, L.; HEMPHILL, C. W.; HEMPHILL, W.; HEMPHILL,
Wm.; HENDRIX, Robt.; HERMS, F.; HERNS, Fred; HERRON, J. H.; HIGGINS, J.
C.; HIGGINS & GARWOOD; HIGHSMITH, Wm.; HIGHSMITH, Hige;
HIGHSMITH, M. B.; HIGHSMITH, W. A.; HILL, A. M.; HILL, James; HILL, J.
W.; HILL, Robert T.; HILL, Thomas J.; HILL, T. A.; HILL, D. C.; HIRSH, A.;
HOBBS, A. J.; HOBERTZ, C. H.; HODGE, Moses; HODGE, Thos.; HOFFMAN,
Jacob; HOFFMAN, Jake; HOFFMAN, M.; HOLLIGAN, James; HOLMES, Thos.;
HOMES, Anthony; HOOPER, J. A.; HOPPE, F. W.; HOPSON, Lee; HOUSTON,
Blair; HOWARD, Sam; HOWSER, Bly; HUBBARD, Sam; HUITSON, J. M.;
HUNTER, Jas.; INGRAM, W. A.; IZEVE & CO.; JACKSON, S.; JACKSON, Thomas;
JACKSON, J. M.; JACKSON, Andrew; JENKINS, W.; JENKINS, Mead; JENKINS,
Wm.; JENKINS, W. E.; JENNINGS, Barton; JOHNSON, J. B. R.; JOHNSON, C.;
JOHNSON, A.; JOHNSON, M.; JOHNSON, Ben; JOHNSON, Souis; JONES, R. P.;
JONES, W. A.; JONES, J. P.; JONES, Watt; JONES, Isaac; JONES & SAYERS;
JONES, Peter; JONES, H. W.; JONES, Daniel; JONES, B. F.; JONES, Dave; JONES,
Davy; JONES, W. H.; JOPLING, J. J.; JUNG, J.; JUNG, Joseph; JUNGMICHEL, C.
G.; KAPPLER, A.; KARCHER, F.; KATCHINGS, A. J.; KEEPERS, L.; KEIL,
Joseph; KELLOUGH, E. T.; KENNEDY, J. W.; KENNEDY, J. B.; KENNEDY, Ellis
KENNEDY, H. C.; KESSEL, F.; KESSELL, F.; KINCIAD, Geo G.; KIRK, Chas.;
KIRSCH, Joseph; KIRSH, Joseph; KIRSH, J.; KLACHLER, J.; KLEINERT, C.;
KNOX, Edmond; KOHLER, J. A.; KOHLER, John; KOPPEL, Sam; KOPPEL, Henry;
KOPPEL BRO.; KRAUSE, Wendel; LAAKE[?], F.; LAMBERT, J. H.; LANCASTER,
W. H.; LANDBECK, Wm.; LANE, O.; LANGEN, Dr.; LARKE(?), F.; LASKE[?],
Frank; LAWHON, W. C.; LAWHON, H. M.; LAWHORN, W. C.; LEAKE[?], Frank;
LEE, Ben; LENTZ, H. C.; LEWIS, W. J.; LEWIS, A. S.; LEWIS, L. G.; LITTMAN,
A.; LITTON, J. H.; LOAKE, Frane; LOPEZ, L.; LOPTIN, B. F.; LUCKETT, H. P.;
LUXTON, J. M.; MacKENNA, Frank; MACKEY, Ned; MATHER, M. D.;
MATHEWS, P.; MATHEWSON, J. H.; MAYNARD, M. B.; MAYNARD, C. B.;
MAYNARD, Alex; MAZER & CO.; McBRIDE, G.; McCLUSKY, J. B.; McDONALD,
H. K.; McDONALD, J. M.; McDONALD, H.; McDONALD, Henry; McDONALD, T.
B.; McGINNIS, C. C.; McKEON, J. W.; McMAHAN, W. P.; McMATH, W. T.;
McPHAUL, E.; MEATH, Frank; MEEK, Ben; MEEK, J. T.; MEEK, J. W.; MEEK,
George; MEERS, J.; MELASKY, J.; MELLETT, C. S.; MERTSHING, August;
MEUTH, A.; MILES, W. P.; MILEY, A. B. Jr.; MILLER, Geo. F.; MILLER, Wm.;
MILLER, R. W.; MILLER, Andy; MILLER, John; MILLER, W. J.; MILLETTE, C.
S.; MILLS, J. C.; MITCHEL, Horace; MOBLEY, J. S.; MOORE, T. M.; MOORE,
Dyer; MOORE, Jerry; MOORE & TRIGG; MOORE & HAYNIE; MOORE, A. W.;
MOORE, E. C.; MOORE - See HARRIS & MOORE; MOORE, Dave; MOORE,
James; MORGAN, C. L.; MORGAN, T. P.; MORRIS, N. A.; MORTON, T. M.;
MOTON, Pierce; MOTTON, P.; MOULTON, David; MULLER, Henry; MULLER,
Geo. F.; MULLER, Wm.; MURCHISON, A. D.; MURCHISON - See ROWE &
MURCHISON; MURCHISON, Kenneth; NASH, O. F.; NATHAN, Moses;
NEGGERATH, Julius; NICHOLSON, James; NINK, Jacob; OATMAN, W. A.;
ORGAIN, E. J.; ORGAIN, B. D.; OSGOOD. See SLATON & OSGOOD; OVERTON,
O.; OWEN, W.; OWEN, E.; PATE, E.; PAYTON, W. W.; PERKINS, J. W.;
PERRILL, R.; PERRY, John M.; PETTIJOHN, S. W.; PETTY, Joel; PETTY, A.;
PFEIFFER, Geo.; PHILLIP, Louis; PICKLE, Jas. C.; PINCARD, P. S.; PINSON, Geo.
W.; PIPKIN, J. P.; PLOKOP, B. G.; PORTER, D. M.; PORTER. See WATSON &
PORTER; POTTS, T. L.; POWELL, W. C.; POWELL, George W.; PRENZIL, Anton;
PRESSLORS, Anton; PRICE, Stephen; PRIEST, R. F.; PROKOP, B. J.; PROKOP,
B. G.; PROTHER, H. O.; PRUIT, R. T.; PURCELL, John; RABENSBURG &
ELZNER; RAUSH, M. C.; RAVENSBERG, J. & CO.; RAWLS, S. M.; READER, N.
L.; READER, T. J.; REAGAN, D. M.; RECTOR, L. L.; REDDING - See EARLY &
REDDING; REDING. See EARLY & REDING; REID, John Tyler; REID, Lee; REID,
J. T.; REID, John T.; REID, Van Zandt; RENCAN, F. M.; REYNOLDS, S.;
REYNOLDS, A. B.; REYNOLDS, J. P. & Co.; RHODES, L. E.; RHODES, W. H.;
RHOE, Jas. V.; RICE, Wash; RICKS. See SOWELL & RICKS; RIGGINS, Jeff;
ROACH, O.; ROBINSON, Stephen; ROBINSON, Jas. M.; ROGERS, E. W.; RORVE,
Jas. V.; ROSANKE, Fritz; ROVENSBURG & ELZNOR; ROWE, J. V.; ROWE,
Edward; ROWE & MURCHISON; RUBENSTEIN, M.; RUMBO, J.; RUSSELL, Geo.
D.; RUSSELL, A. J.; RUTHERFORD, C. C.; SAMS, J. G.; SAMUELS, L.;
SANDERS, Ben; SANDERS, R.; SANDERS, A. L.; SAUNDERS, B. F.; SAYERS - See
JONES & SAYERS; SAYERS, J. D.; SAYERS, D.; SAYERS & EARLY; SCAGGS,
W. T.; SCANNON, Geo.; SCHAEFER, Charles; SCHAEFER, George W.; SCHAFER,
C. W.; SCHLEPEGRELL, F. W.; SCHNEIDER, G. A.; SCHNEIDER, Frank;
SCHRAM BRO.; SCHRAMM BRO. & BENER; SCHUELKE, A. W.; SCHULKE, E.;
SCHULKE, A. W.; SCHWEITZER, F.; SCOTT, D.; SCOTT, H.; SCOTT, W. P.;
SCOTT, Jos.; SCRUGGS, W. N.; SEAMORE, George; SEAY, Wm.; SHARBART, W.;
SHARBERT, M.; SHEARINE, G. W.; SHEASBY, Sam; SHELTON, M.; SHEPARD,
J. W.; SHEPPARD, J. W.; SHERBERT, M.; SHMIDT, F.; SHUBERT, A. W.;
SILVENSKY, Joseph; SIMMONS, E. B.; SIMMONS, Ben; SIMMONS, B. T.;
SIMMONS, Clay; SLATON & OSGOOD; SLATON, Geo. P.; SLEWINSKEY, J.;
SLEWINSKY, J.; SLEWINSKY, Joseph; SMITH, T. W.; SMITH, T. H.; SMITH, J.
S.; SMITH, E. K.; SMITH, Margaret; SMITH, W. C.; SMITH, Reinhardt; SMITH, N.
P.; SMITH, Thos. J.; SMITHE, D. J.; SMITHSON, William; SORRELL, Jas;
SORRILL(?), S. W. R.; SOWELL, C. P.; SOWELL & RICKS; SPANN, R. C.;
SPEEGLE, W. M.; SPEIR, A. B.; SPEIRS, A. B.; SPIER, A. B.; SPITLER, Wm. M.;
SPREGLE(?), W. M.; SPRING, D. V.; STALLINGS, B. D.; STALLINGS, Thomas;
STALLINGS, Thos. J.; STANDEFER, W. A.; STANDERFER, W. A.; STANDERFER,
R. V.; STANDIFER, W. A.; STANLEY, H.; STARKE, H.; STEINBERG, A. & CO.;
STEINBERG, A.; STEINER, Chas. F.; STEPHENS, D. W.; STEVENS & BEGUN;
STEVENS, D. W.; STRAIN, Frank; STROTHER, Wm.; SUMMERS, C. L.;
TALBERT, Ned; TAYLOR, Ed; TAYLOR, Campbell; TAYLOR & BURLESON;
TAYLOR, J.; TAYLOR, James; TAYLOR, J. B.; TAYLOR, _____; THOMAS, Pat;
THOMPSON, Calvin; THOMPSON(?), F. W. K.; THORN, F. W. R.; THRASHER,
Thos. J.; TONY, Ed; TOWNSEND, H. P.; TRIGG, M. W.; TRIGG, C.; TRIGG. See
MOORE & TRIGG; TRUIT, C.; TRUITT, Charles; TURNER, H. H. & Co.; TYLER,
M. B.; VAUGHN, G. M.; VOSS, J. W.; WAGENER, T. M.; WALKER, Martin;
WALKER, Elias; WALTER, Wm.; WALTON, P. C.; WALTON, Carrol; WAMEL,
Henry J.; WARD, M. S.; WARD. See BRITTON & WARD. WASHINGTON, S. G.;
WASHINGTON, Squire; WATSON & PORTER; WATTS, J. C.; WEAVER, Ed;
WELBURN, J. W.; WELDON, J. F.; WELLBORNE, C. H.; WERTZNER, C.;
WHITE, J. W.; WHITE, John W.; WILBURN, J. W.; WILKES, A. C.; WILKINS,
W. B.; WILKINSON, G. D.; WILLENBERG, Otto; WILLERSBERG(?), Paul;
WILLIAMS, R. S. M.; WILLIAMS, W. W.; WILLIAMS, Alexander; WILLIAMS,
Ben; WILLIAMS, S. B.; WILLIAMS, Ed; WILLIAMS, J. P.; WILSON, A.[?] C.;
WILSON, Sam; WILSON, Geo.; WILSON, N. G.; WISEMAN, A.; WOCHL, Stephen;
WOFFORD, M. N.; WOLF, Peter; WOOD, J. S.; WREN, R. C. [B. C.?]; WRIGHT,
Dock; WRIGHT, Sam'l; WYATT, Sam; YARBROUGH, J. G.; YARBROUGH, W. M.;
YAWES, Andrew; YAWES, Wm.; YOUNG, John P.; YOUNG, J. W.; ZIMPLEMAN,
Miss J. O. WILBARGER has been teaching in Belton for some time. Articles are reprinted here
from the Belton papers regarding a concert given by WILBARGER.
The former residence of M. P. BLUE is for sale, on the south bank of Cedar Creek about 2 miles
rom OATMAN's store and 14 miles from Bastrop. Owner resides in Alabama and is
anxious to sell. 1,000 acres, timbered, 76 in cultivation, with farm house and out
buildings. Apply to W. H. SMITH, care of JONES, SAYERS, & RUSSEL, Bastrop, or
N. G. SHELLY, Austin.
Wm. L. FLUKER will pay $25 Reward for the delivery to Richard PHYVIAN, at the residence
of R. RHODES, 3 miles from OLIVE's store, Williamson County, of a sorrel horse [desc.
DIED -- August SCHMIDT, an energetic and industrious young man. Burial in the Cemetery,
was accompanied by the German Brass Band.
30 January 1875
MARRIED -- In the office of Chief Justice JUNG at Bastrop on Friday morning, 25 Jan 1875, by
Esquire J. JUNG, Mr. Joseph DORRIS and Miss S. A. RIGGLE, all of BC.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, Capt. W. B. BILLINGSLY, near McDade,
by the Rev. Mr. JONES, on Wednesday evening, 20 Jan 1875, Mr. J. E. GORDON of
Elgin and Miss Lee BILLINGSLY of McDade.
06 February 1875
Capt. Jno. D. MORRISON of Round Rock, Sec'y of the Texas College Association, sent a Letter
to the Editor on the prospect of building an Agricultural and Mechanical College on or near
the frontier of Texas.
J. JUNG, Presiding Justice of BC, published an election notice for County Surveyor due to the
resignation of John J. MONCURE from that office.
Bob & Pete GILL killed an ox weighing 890 lbs. last Tuesday.
Article on meeting of the Board of School Directors for BC. President WERTZNER and Mr.
The Grangers have appointed Charles KIRK as their merchant at McDade. KIRK's store will be
known as "The Grange Store."
John J. MONCURE resigns as BC Surveyor because of feeble health and unforeseen
circumstances. MONCURE has, in the past, served as Sheriff, Representative in the Texas
Legislature, and County Surveyor.
MARRIED -- In BC on 24 Dec 1874 by the Rev. J. W. PHILLIPS of Austin, Miss Maida
WINSTON, eldest daughter of Mr. O. P. WINSTON, formerly of Louisa Co., VA, to Mr.
J. Thomas BLACK of BC.
DIED -- On 08 Jan 1875, Mrs. Mary E. WATSON, daughter of an old and well-known citizen,
Mr. Wiley HILL. WATSON was born in BC 10 Mar 1848. She was educated in Georgia,
graduating with honors at the Georgia Female College of Madison in 1855. She married
a Georgian, Dr. WATSON, on 24 June 1856. They joined the Methodist Church. Her
husband died 23 Mar 1869. Survived by her parents, a sister, and her three children.
[Years appear here as printed in the paper, although at least one must be an error, very
likely the birth year.]
DIED -- Tribute of Respect published by Greenwood A. Ball Grange, No. 337, for John W.
TRUSS who died 26 Jan 1875 at his residence. Leaves wife and four little children.
Signed by the committee: G. A. BALL, Wiley FORE, Jas. M. FORE.
13 February 1875
The artist, Mr. J. E. BARRETT, currently at the residence of Mr. M. B. MAYNARD, has
executed a crayon portrait of the late W. J. CAIN.
Bastrop Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen, 01 Feb 1875. Election results for final Alderman
position: T. A. HASSLER - 74; M. B. MAYNARD - 48; J. H. GOODMAN - 18;
Sharkey Tom GREEN - 1. HASSLER elected Alderman for 1875.
20 February 1875
C. ERHARD sent a letter to the Editor regarding coal deposits in BC.
Wm. MILLER, Mayor, sent a letter (published here) to J. M. MITCHELL, General Supt. and
Chief Engineer of the Western Narrow Gage Railroad, regarding BC coal, industry,
population, etc. J. C. DUVAL used coal in ginning; James NICHOLSON used same in
his hotel; Caton ERHARD used same at his private residence.
H. H. HOUSE brought to town a load of very fine sweet potatoes.
Poem published by Frank MAC. [Possibly pen name of Frank McKENNA?]
27 February 1875
A poem on McDade mentions CROW, Lon McKEAN, "Buck" ["Buck" is possibly W. B.
BILLINGSLY?], SMITH, FLOYD, Dr. WILLIAMS, BEALL, Capt. UPSHAW, Capt.
NASH, SLATON, HIGHSMITH, and YOUNG.
Dramatic & Musical Entertainment at Casino Hall, 02 Mar 1875. Programme: "The Loan of a
Lover" - Capt. Amsersfort played by J. B. REYNOLDS; Peter Spyk by Chester
ERHARD; Swyel by P. J. GILL; Delve by C. R. HAYNIE; Gertrude by Miss Julia
WHEATLEY; Ernstine Rosendaal by Miss Mollie ERHARD. Songs: "Bonny Eloise" -
Misses ERHARD and Miss WHEATLEY. "A Love With Steam" - Charade in German - Pauline Rosenhain played by Miss Celestine PROCOP; Guste (her chambermaid) by Miss
Antonio GLOECKNER; Knipperdolling (a painter) by J. JUNG; Man of All Work by
Frank LANGE, Jr. [An article reporting on the evening appears 06 Mar 1875.]
06 March 1875
My wife, Sophia SCHOEFF, having, without cause, left my bed and board, I give notice that I
will not be responsible for any of her contracts. Signed: Charles SCHOEFF.
Picture contest between artists Mrs. E. K. HARWELL and Mr. J. E. BARRETT took place in
Bastrop on Wednesday evening. Judging committee: C. ERHARD, James NICHOLSON,
J. W. O'NEAL. HARWELL won although BARRETT's was judged most life-like.
Mentions a painting executed of little Bobbie GILL. Mrs. HARWELL is painting a
picture of Capt. FINNEY's daughter.
DIED -- In Hill's Prairie of typhoid fever on the morning of the 28th ult., Mrs. Mary Anna
MOORE, wife of Major Woods MOORE, age 27 years. Leaves husband and child.
13 March 1875
Rev. Mr. PHILLIPS will not hold service next Sunday but will preach on Easter Sunday, 28
Right Rev. Alex GREGG will make his annual visitation at Bastrop on the first Sunday in April
20 March 1875
Dr. George COLLETSO and Col. W. C. McCARTHY mentioned in an article on the Bastrop
Coal Company fraud.
Mrs. A. K. HARWELL, artist, has painted pictures of Mr. ERHARD and Miss FINNEY.
27 March 1875
Lottie C. EFNOR of Hempstead, TX, Chairman of the Ladies' State Executive Committee of the
Texas Veteran Historical Association, published an article about this Association's work.
Dr. C. ERHARD also published a notice regarding same. Mrs. Mollie McDOWELL has
been appointed Chairman of the Committee for BC.
A widowed mother, Mrs. S. A. REES of Lakeview, McPherson Co., Kansas, desires information
on her son, William H. REES, aged 21, who left home in Kansas about 20 Nov 1871 for
Texas with cattle drovers. Was last heard from in Houston working for Mr. J. M.
T. C. CAIN, Editor of the Bastrop Advertiser, offers for sale the printing office which issues the Giddings Tribune.
Prof. R. A. JEFFRIES was admitted to the bar at San Saba at the last term of the DC for that
Albert "Bud" ERHARD is here for a short visit with his parents and will return to the Medical
College of New York to compete his collegiate course.
MARRIED -- Sam. W. BILLINGSLY to Miss Mollie TURNER of Bastrop, last week.
DCBC Officers: Hon. J. P. RICHARDSON - Judge of the 27th Judicial District; B. TRIGG -
District Attorney; J. M. FINNEY - Clerk; J. DUVE and J. M. GORDON - Deputies; J.
A. KOHLER - Sheriff BC; Wm. M. SPITLER and N. A. MORRIS - Deputies. Grand
Jury members: C. W. CALDWELL - Foreman, B. M. HUBBARD, F. W. HOPPE, Nat
SORRELLS, A. D. MURCHISON, Wm. OWENS, J. C. WALKER, [Dave MUTON?
name obliterated], Joel ALSUP, A. B. HEMPHILL, R. T. WILKINS, J. A. JENKINS,
James FRANKLIN, T. W. SMITH, R. C. SMITH, [John PROUSS? name obliterated],
Joseph MORGAN. C. FICKEL - Bailiff for Grand Jury. Proceedings on Tuesday:
RUSSELL et. al. v. FARGUAHR (land case), change of venue from Fayette County -
Messrs. CHANDLER and CARLETON represented the plaintiff; Messrs. TIMMONS
from LaGrange and Major J. D. SAYERS represented the defendant. Verdict: for
defendant. The plaintiff will appeal to Supreme Court. In J. W. MILLER v. Catherine
MILLER, J. W. MILLER was granted a divorce. Proceedings on Thursday: State v.
Fulton EDMONDSON, theft of hogs. Verdict: guilty. One year imprisonment in
03 April 1875
Thos. A. GILL, our former townsman and now a resident of Los Angeles, CA, sent us a bunch
of very fine Black Hamburg grapes. They were brought to us by George PERKINS who
has just returned from CA to his home in this county.
DCBC Proceedings: St. vs. Dick FERRIS, theft of gelding in 2 cases, verdict - not guilty and
State vs. S. & P. SAUNDERS, theft of mare, verdict - not guilty and acquitted.
State vs. Sam. MORGAN, theft from a house, verdict - guilty, two years in penitentiary.
State vs. Berto McKENZIE, theft from a house, plead guilty, two years in penitentiary.
State vs. Albert REEVES, theft from a house, verdict - guilty, two years in penitentiary.
State vs. Calvin THOMPSON, verdict - guilty, two years in penitentiary. Defendant's
attorney will appeal.
Robert C. STAFFORD, Esq., who has license to practice law issued by Circuit Court of
Yell Co., Arkansas, was admitted to the bar and license granted him to practice law in
John J. DARDEN admitted to practice law in the District and inferior Courts of this State
and license issued accordingly.
Article on work on Bastrop streets mentions Sherman REYNOLDS - cleaned out ditches. Maj.
GARWOOD, Mr. MAYNARD, and Mrs. THOMPSON have large puddles in front of
Mr. J. Ewing TAYLOR will speak at the Court House tonight (Fri.) on manufacturing and the
Bastrop Lone Star Factory [cotton factory] of which Col. JONES is the proprietor.
10 April 1875
Mr. McCAY, who was seriously ill with Typhoid Pneumonia, is recovering.
DIED -- yesterday morning, William Benjamin EGGLESTON, little son of Mr. John
EGGLESTON and wife, aged about 4 years, of Typhoid Pneumonia.
Report of a meeting to put into operation the Bastrop Cotton Factory. Mr. Sherman REYNOLDS
appointed chairman of the meeting, and T. C. CAIN, Secretary. Mr. J. Ewing TAYLOR
spoke on feasibility. Col. Geo. W. JONES, Capt. HIGHSMITH, Dyer MOORE
mentioned. George WARREN and J. Ewing TAYLOR elected delegates to represent BC
at the proposed Immigration Excursion.
17 April 1875
Capt. Jno. A. WALLACE, our former townsman, has been elected Mayor of Luling.
Article on Bastrop Cotton Mill mentions Col. JONES and Mr. TAYLOR.
Cyrus W. SALADEE and Abby C. SALADEE, appointed by the DC of Galveston County in
March 1875 administrators of the estate of Gen. Thomas Jefferson CHAMBERS, dec'd.
Will sell 5,799 acres of land in BC out of the Jose Manual BANG's four league grant.
The Advertiser office has, during the past 4 weeks, printed 10 briefs for the Supreme Court for
Messrs. JONES, SAYERS, and RUSSELL; 2 for B. D. ORGAIN, 2 for J. P. FOWLER,
and one for Messrs. Dyer MOORE and B. D. ORGAIN.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, Major A. W. MOORE in Hill's Prairie on
Monday, 05 Apr 1875, by the Rev. R. A. BURLESON, Mr. Lee BURLESON of Waco
and Miss B. MOORE of BC.
The Live Oak Grange, with T. J. DARWIN as Master and R. F. STAFFORD as Sec'y, has just
been organized in NIXON's neighborhood with 27 members. The BC council will meet
in Bastrop on 17 April 1875 at 10 a.m. Signed: James MOORE.
Gamble Lodge No. 244 meets the 4th Saturday night each month. J. C. BUCHANAN - W. M.;
Jno. M. FINNEY - Sec'y.
Bastrop Chapter No. 95 meets the first Saturday night each month. T. P. EARLY - M. E. H.;
Jno. M. FINNEY - Sec'y.
24 April 1875
Mrs. Mattie BURLESON, wife of Ed. BURLESON, presented us with a nice mess of Irish
potatoes. She is the first to raise potatoes in BC for 1875.
Notice regarding the approaching May festival to be held at the old barbecue grounds on Piney
next Saturday. Prof. W. C. COOK will deliver the usual address.
Members of the Executive Committee, BC Council of the National Grange: W. G. MILLER, D.
OUTLAW, W. A. CLOPTON, W. H. COULSON, Jas. MOORE, S. L. SAUNDERS,
G. W. POWELL, J. W. KENNEDY, W. A. OATMAN, Elisha BILLINGSLY, Robt.
LEE, Silas FLOYD, G. W. GENTRY, G. A. BALL. Meeting is announced for 14 and
15 May 1875 at the Mount Bethel Grange.
01 May 1875
(much of issue obliterated)
In "Sketches of the Life of a Texas Veteran" by C. ERHARD: "My parents arrived from Germany
at New York in July 1837, resided in New Jersey until October 1839, then emigrated to
Texas when I was 17 years old. Sailed from New York to Galveston, possibly on the Eliza,
the same day the Church Street Opera House burnt down. My parents and uncle's family
started on the steamer for Houston. In less than 2 weeks after arrival in Houston, my
uncle, Peter ERHARD, died from yellow fever. In Jan 1840 with a frenchman, I started
on foot to Bastrop. [BC residents mentioned: Parson MILLER, BLAIR, EBLIN, Jas.
NICHOLSON, FRAZIER, MAYBERRY, Ben. KLOPTON, Mr. WOLFENBARGER,
Dr. Eli T. MERRIMAN, Ed. BURLESON.] About 2 months after my arrival, my parents
came to Bastrop and settled, but I lost them the same year from disease. Only myself and
only brother, 10 years younger than I, were left. I joined the Santa Fe expedition, leaving
my brother with our guardian, Jas. NICHOLSON. My cousin from Houston, two years
younger than I, Antonio M. ERHARD, also joined the expedition." [This is a long
reminiscence, rich in detail, but sadly much is obliterated. It is continued in the next issue.]
A. A. ERHARD, Administrator of the estate of J. L. ARMSTRONG, dec'd [listed elsewhere as
Wm. L. ARMSTRONG.]
There are now living in BC fourteen of the old veteran soldiers, all of whom were entitled and
received pensions: Wm. B. CLOPTON, Wiley HILL, James MORGAN, C. ERHARD,
George RICKS, Martin WALKER, James STANDIFER, William STANDIFER, Jacob
STANDIFER, John HERRON, Jonathan BURLESON, ______ BISSELL, Campbell
TAYLOR. James MORGAN and C. ERHARD were Santa Fe prisoners; the others were
all participants in the Battle of San Jacinto.
Note on J. R. NICHOLS' beautiful garden.
Mrs. JUNG prepared supper for the Guttenberg Lodge of the Odd Fellows ball held the 26th at
The Excelsior Concert and play was given by the pupils of the College last Friday night. Young
Master H. GARWOOD delivered a speech. In one play, Master Genie[?] ERHARD, son
of Dr. ERHARD, was Tom Thumb and little Miss Hattie GREEN, daughter of Rufus
GREEN, played his bride, aged respectively 4 and 3 years. The "wedding attendants" were
Master Siddy GREEN and Miss Gertrude PINNER. Mrs. CAUDLE gave a lecture.
08 May 1875
"Sketches of the Life of A Texas Veteran" by C. ERHARD - continued from 01 May issue. "I
was a prisoner [in Mexico?] then on my return trip, was shipwrecked off the coast of
Louisiana. Returned to Texas in January 1843. Wm. HANCOCK, who was hauling
supplies for the Bastrop merchant KLEBERG, took me to BC, after a two-year absence.
Saw Sam BANKS, a slave belonging to Dr. Eli T. MERRIMAN. BANKS later saved
Pres. Sam HOUSTON from drowning when his buggy upset in the Colorado River near
Bastrop. Peter CARR was the mail contracter, and Jas. NICHOLSON was postmaster, a
position he held some years after annexation. Then the happy reunion with my brother, the
welcome of my guardian [i.e., Jas. NICHOLSON], his wife and sister-in-law, Mrs.
CROCHERON. J. C. HIGGINS operated a steam, saw, and grist mill on Copperas
Creek. Mr. GRANGER ran a distillery and grist mill 10 miles below Bastrop in the
BURLESON settlement. Jas. NICHOLSON gave a grand ball on Christmas 1843. I
joined in September 1845 a ranger company stationed at Austin, the frontier town, under
Capt. CADY, a former Lieutenant under Jack HAYS, the celebrated Texas Ranger."
[Much more detail. Continued in next issue.]
Notice of the Methodist Episcopal Sabbath School picnic mentioned Col. GREEN, CRISER,
MORGAN. Prof. H. C. COOKE's address to the picnic was published, at the request of
T. P. EARLY.
H. J. WAMEL, administrator of the estate of T. C. BLALOCK, dec'd.
W. B. BRYANT notifies all persons that he will prosecute to the full extent of the law, all persons cutting timber of the BORDEN tract of land. This is no joke.
Note on the Bastrop Cotton Factory mentions Mr. TAYLOR.
15 May 1875
"Sketches of the Life of A Texas Veteran" by C. ERHARD - continued from the last issue. "I
left Bastrop in 1847 and settled in San Marcos until the end of the war. Mr. DESHA
established the first newspaper "The Reveille," which was purchased by Wm. J. CAIN, and
the name of the paper was changed to the Bastrop Advertiser, and in the year 1870 was sold
to his brother, Thos. C. CAIN who still owns it. In July 1862 a fire broke out in Louis
EILER's store in which his clerk, a German youth, was burned and which caused the
destruction of 2 1/2 blocks. After the war I returned to Bastrop, my old home, where my
parents rest on the hillside graveyard, and to my brother, a now prosperous blacksmith.
On 26 June 1851 I married at Lockhart Miss Harriet Eliza SMITH who was born at
Brazoria, TX on 26 Jan 1833, a grand daughter of Allen REYNOLDS, one of the first
settlers of Texas, a New Yorker by birth and a lawyer by profession. It appears that my
wife's family and relations settled near Independence in the HIDALGO tract of land. My
wife lost at a very early age, not only her grandparents and parents, but also all male
relatives. At the time of my marriage, I owned a small village store in San Marcos and was
the first elected County Clerk of Hays County, a position I held for 10 years. I have
written a history of the early settlement of Hays County which was published in the San
Marcos Free Press."
DIED -- Margeret ALIN. A memorial was published by the Mt. Bethel Grange No. 342 of which
ALIN was a member. Signed by: Elizabeth SMITH, Mary DAVIS, Jane DORROUGH.
22 May 1875
Poem on Ex-President Jefferson DAVIS by Mrs. Sallie F. BALLARD MAYNARD reprinted from
the Austin Democratic Statesman.
Bastrop County Democratic Executive Committee: J. H. GILLISPIE - Chairman; O. H. P.
McGINNIS - Vice President; T. C. CAIN - Secretary; J. G. McLEAN - Ass't Sec'y; Gus
A. SCHNEIDER - Treasurer. Beat Members: Beat No. 1: J. H. GILLISPIE, Geo. R.
ALLEN, A. M. HUBBARD, G. A. SCHNEIDER, J. A. HOOPER, J. J. MONCURE.
Beat No. 2: R. J. PRICE, J. P. JONES, J. C. HALMARK, J. H. MATTHEWSON, C.
H. KETON. Beat No. 3: W. A. OATMAN, H. WAMMELL, C. SCHUFF, J. M.
ROBINSON, T. D. MURCHISON. Beat No. 4: E. J. JONES, W. J. CAIN, O. H. P.
McGINNIS, M. B. HIGHSMITH, B. LYMAN. Beat No. 5: J. W. KENNEDY, T. A.
W. HILL, Wm. FOXEL, Fritz. KRICHER, G. ALSUP. County Finance Committee:
Beat No. 1: Gus. A. SCHNEIDER. Beat No. 2: R. J. PRICE. Beat No. 3: W. A.
OATMAN. Beat No. 4: E. J. JONES. Beat No. 5: J. W. KENNEDY.
The public examinations of the pupils of Mrs. ORGAIN's school will be held on 25 May.
Mr. B. M. HUBBARD of Hill's Prairie gave us the first mess of roasting ears.
Dr. OATMAN will apply to be Postmaster at Cedar Creek.
Note on work on the streets and graveyard mentions Col. Charley MORGAN's service.
T. C. CAIN and J. A. HOOPER, while at the State Fair, met Jefferson DAVIS.
Methodist District Conference is in session at Bastrop. Rev. M. PHILPOT of Austin and Rev.
Mr. BIGGS were mentioned. Col. L. W. MOORE of LaGrange and Col. N. THOMAS
of Winchester are also attending.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, in Austin County, on Tuesday 04 May 1875,
Mr. John KOHLER of BC and Miss Augusta SCHMIDT of Austin County.
MARRIED -- In Bastrop on Tuesday morning, May 18th 1875, at the residence of the bride's
father, by Chief Justice JUNG, Mr. Henry MULLER, Editor of the Brenham Volksbote,
and Miss Minnie HOPPE of Bastrop.
29 May 1875
W. A. OATMAN is solicited by 101 BC citizens to become a candidate for the Constitutional
DIED -- At Elgin, Mr. J. LEWIS at the hands of Mr. Theo MILES. The parties had been at outs
for some time. MILES surrendered at once to authorities and was placed under a $2000
Col. MORGAN is continuing his good work on Farm Street; soon the road to the cemetery will
be the best in town.
Mr. J. G. McLEAN conducted the closing exercises of the Alum Creek School on the 12th inst.
Report on a meeting of 11 Granges at Mt. Bethel mentions MOORE, MILLER, GIBSON, James
MOORE - Corresponding Sec'y of the BC Grange.
Attending the Austin District Conference (Methodist Church) held at Bastrop on 20 May 1875 were
A. L. P. GREEN - Presiding Elder; Rev. H. V. PHILPOTT and M. C. FIELDS -
Secretaries. From the Austin Circuit: M. C. FIELDS, J. P. LATHAM, J. T.
HAMILTON. McDade Circuit: R. W. KENNEN, W. M. RIVERS. LaGrange Station:
C. L. FARRINGTON, C. W. THOMAS, L. W. MOORE. Bastrop Station: F. L.
ALLEN, W. C. SMITH, W. B. SEAY, R. J. PRICE. Navidad Circuit: Daniel
MORGAN. Cedar Creek Circuit: R. W. KAVANAUGH. Oso Circuit: W. H. H.
BIGGS, D. S. KENNON. Also mentioned: L. W. MOORE, D. S. KENNON, J. T.
HAMILTON, C. W. THOMAS.
05 June 1875
J. H. GILLESPIE, Chairman of the Bastrop County Democratic Executive Committee, published
a notice regarding delegates for the upcoming Democratic Conventions.
Notice asking W. A. OATMAN of Cedar Creek to become a candidate for the Constitutional
Convention signed by about 100 BC citizens. OATMAN's response, accepting, is also
Mr. Thos. J. BLACK of Crafts Prairie sent us cotton blooms from his farm Monday last.
DIED -- Old Uncle Mike Young, an old citizen of BC, of abscess of the liver, at Williamsport last week.
Isaiah HALL f.m.c., farming on the FITZWILLIAM's farm on the west side of the river, brought
in the first cotton ball plucked on Saturday of last week, 29th ult.
Ed. BASTIAN brought us a sample bunch of English morello cherries.
12 June 1875
"The Life and Adventures of Antonio M. ERHARD" (cousin of Dr. Caton ERHARD): "I came
with my parents to the United States in 1837. My father and uncle bought a farm in New
Jersey near Plainfield. I was sent to school. We emigrated to Texas arriving in Galveston
in the latter part of October 1839. My father died of the yellow fever and black vomit a
few days later in Houston. My mother remained in Houston with the young children. I,
the oldest, went with my uncle's family to Bastrop in March 1840. My aunt, soon after
settlement on a 12-acre tract in Bastrop County, died and my uncle died two months after
her death. They left two orphan boys - Cayton and Adolph ERHARD. James
NICHOLSON looked after the three of us. In the summer of 1841, Cayton and I joined
the Santa Fe expedition to New Mexico. We were taken prisoners not far from San Miguel
and marched to Mexico City. George Wilkins KENDALL has written two volumes on our
capture. Pink CALDWELL, son of Capt. CALDWELL, myself, and cousin were the
youngest prisoners. We were roped together and any who could not keep up were shot.
John McALLISTER was the first victim. We reached El Paso and were treated better.
Then onto Chihuahua." [Much more detail. Continued in 26 June issue.]
Mrs. Julia A. BOGGESS from Waco is a member of the Texas Historical Building Association
Calvin THOMPSON f.m.c., whose case was appealed to the Supreme Court and a new trial
obtained, gave bond on Monday last and is now out on bail.
An examination of the pupils of D. W. SPRING's school at Elgin will take place on the 11th inst.
Dan JACKSON offers a $10 reward for the arrest and jailing of a negro named Henry THOMAS
alias Henry JACKSON. Henry is a black negro, 5'10" high, has a large scar burn on right
shoulder, scars across each arm, left big toe is very large, age 25-30 years old.
Capt. Harvey McLESTER has moved from Bastrop to Lockhart, Caldwell County.
26 June 1875
"The Life and Adventures of Antonio M. ERHARD" (continued from the 12 June issue): "Then
onto Mexico City. Then released. In Vera Cruz, Dr. WHEATAKER, our physician, died
of the black vomit. Then I sailed to Galveston. After reaching home, I found my step-
mother had married again, and was tolerably well situated. In the fall of 1842 I joined an
expedition headed for the Rio Grande. I returned to Galveston where I followed different
employments until annexation. Spent some time in Corpus Christi with the military there
as the border between Mexico and the United States was in dispute." [Much more detail.
Continued in the 03 July issue.]
Hon. John ALEXANDER of Burleson County, R. H. FLANNIKIN of Lee County, and Capt. Jas.
S. LAUDERDALE of Washington County have been nominated as candidates to the
Constitutional Convention, as have Major Ed. BURLESON of San Marcos, Major
HAYNES of Caldwell, and Col. COOKE of Gonzales.
Strayed or stolen from my residence, the Jordan SMITH place, 5 miles south of Elgin, one bay
mule. Liberal reward. Signed: O. G. McPHERSON.
Mr. R. M. CASTLEMAN and Mr. WILLENBERG visited recently, both former townsmen.
Over 300 Bastrop and Fayette County citizens have signed a petition asking Col. George W.
JONES to be a candidate for the Constitutional Convention.
Examinations of the pupils of Excelsior College:
Gave speeches: Master Joe GLOECKNER, Master Alex KLEINERT.
Prizes: Master High GARWOOD - best declamation in his class, gold pen
Afton SEAY - best standing in his class, a copy of Aesop's Fables
Miss Mary KNOWLES - best standing in class, handsomely bound book
Miss Mary HUTCHINS - best standing in class, book of Poetical Selections
Charley SEAY - best declamation in class, copy of the Arabian Knights
Miss Ella BATTS - best standing in class, gold pencil
Miss Lucy CARTER - best standing in class, Great Truths by Great Authors
Miss Ada DEBARDELEBEN - highest standing in class, stereoscope
Miss Lucy CARTER - best composition, copy of Aldine with Chromo
Miss Laura WILBARGER - best in Music, portfolio
Miss Octavia STEWART - best in Music, portfolio
Miss Sallie POWELL - 2nd best in Music, portfolio
Miss Lucy CARTER - 2nd best in Music, portfolio
Master High GARWOOD - 2nd best in Music, portfolio
Master Don PETTY - best declamation, set of gold buttons
Prof. COOKE gave a speech.
03 July 1875
"The Life and Adventures of Antonio M. ERHARD" (continued from 26 June issue): [This
installment continues description of his military service on the border between the U. S. and
Mexico. Much detail. Continued in the 10 July issue.]
Democratic Ticket for the Constitutional Convention - 26th District: Caton ERHARD was
nominated from BC after Geo. W. JONES, Jos. D. SAYERS, and J. J. MONCURE
declined. Lytt W. MOORE of Fayette County; Joel W. ROBINSON from Fayette County
(ROBINSON, one of the captors of Santa Anna at San Jacinto, was born in Georgia, moved
to Florida at an early age, then to Texas in 1831).
Col. W. S. CHUNN of Fayette County, independent candidate for the Constitutional Convention.
DIED -- Henry WILLIAMS, the notorious negro horse thief, was shot in Lockhart last Friday,
the effects of which he died on Sunday.
DIED -- Miles A. LEATHERWOOD, at San Marcos, Monday morning last, of strychnine
poisoning, suicide. Notes he left, including one to his daughter Lizzie and her husband Mr.
SHIPP, were published in the paper.
A petition signed by approximately 60 BC citizens asks C. WERTZNER to become an
independent candidate for the Constitutional Convention from BC, Fayette, and Lee
Counties. [In the 10 July issue, WERTZNER publishes a letter in which he declines the
Suit No. 2033 -- Robert ROBSON vs. Wilson THURMOND, Henry FLORENCE dec'd, and
Thomas JACKSON. Alleged: ROBSON took possession of 1,000 acres, part of the R.
H. GRIMES headright league of land on 01 Jan 1861. Alleged also that THURMOND,
FLORENCE, and JACKSON trespassed and committed various crimes on the land.
ROBSON is asking for $5,000 damages. [This is a public notice summoning the heirs of
Henry FLORENCE, deceased, to answer the charges.]
MARRIED -- At the residence of Dr. Wm. B. DARDEN in Bastrop on Monday evening, 28 June
1875, by the Rev. Mr. WHITFORD, W. Cicero SMITH, Esq., of Bastrop and Mrs. Annie
M. KAVANAUGH of Clarksville, Red River County.
KILLING -- On Monday evening last at Serbin, Dr. G. F. MANNING shot Dr. MILLETTE,
killing him instantly. They had had difficulties previously [see 12 Dec 1874 issue].
MILLETTE arrived at MANNING's home to settle matters and a mutual friend, Mr.
FOXEL, tried to persuade MILLETTE from his purpose. Dr. MANNING was not
Sunday School Convention Officers: W. G. MILLER - President; J. H. WILKENS - VP Precinct
No. 1; W. A. HIGHSMITH - VP Precinct No. 2; John MORGAN - VP Precinct No. 3;
Wm. RIVERS - VP Precinct No. 4; L. L. RECTOR - VP Precinct No. 5; J. Ross
GREEN - Secretary.
10 July 1875
"The Life and Adventures of Antonio M. ERHARD" (continued from 03 July issue): "While we
occupied Matamoras, I settled down in Brownsville and started a grocery business. In 1848
I married and moved to Matamoras. After the close of the war I moved back to
Brownsville. Then in 1854 I moved again to Matamoras and have resided here ever since.
I own a dry goods and commission business. Then came the Mexican revolution in 1861
which was centered in Matamoras. My house and everything I owned was burned. My
wife died the following year. In 1864 I went to New York where I married again." [Much
more detail. This concludes his reminiscence.]
Major Wm. M. BRYCE of McDade, independent candidate to the Constitutional Convention.
Greenwood A. BALL owes BC for one poll tax for 1872, 1873, 1874, and 1875, none of which
he has paid despite being asked at least one dozen times. Since he professes to own no
property, the Sheriff has been unable to force its collection.
Messrs. John M. FINNEY, D. E. OUTLAW, and F. HOPPE were re-elected School Trustees
for School Precinct No. 1 on Saturday last.
Henry McDONALD f.m.c., farming on the west side of the river, brought us the first opened
cotton balls of the season.
DIED -- Mrs. Mary MILEY, wife of Rev. A. B. MILEY, in Bastrop on the 27th ult., age 53
years. She was a native of South Carolina and emigrated with her husband to Texas in
1867. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.
17 July 1875
Maj. Hiram S. MORGAN, our former townsman, visited us.
Rev. Mr. HILLYER, Baptist, will begin a meeting in Bastrop tomorrow (Sunday.)
An article is reprinted here from the Austin Statesman on MANNING killing MALLETTE.
24 July 1875
A poem by Frank MAC [possibly a pen name for Frank McKENNA?] is published.
Rev. W. H. D. CARRINGTON will preach in the Christian Church tomorrow (Sunday).
DIED -- Bingham TRIGG, little son of District Attorney Col B. TRIGG [notice copied from the
Members of the Turner Brass Band: T. A. HASSLER, J. DUVE, A. DANNER, G. JUNG, A.
JUNG, A. S. LEWIS, M. STARCKE, R. STARCKE, Ben. LANGE, F. LANGE, J.
KIRSCH, G. DEGEN.
31 July 1875
F. R. JONES is selling his farm 5 miles west of McDade -- 226 acres, 75 in cultivation, well
timbered and watered, dwelling house and out house, and a mill.
Rev. Mr. THOMAS will hold services in the Christian Church on the 4th Sunday of August.
Miss Anna THOMPSON gave us some fine grapes and peaches, and W. C. POWELL also gave
us some fine peaches.
DIED -- Gus. A. SCHNEIDER in Selma [Selme?], Texas, suicide. He shot himself in the head
with a pistol. A most respected citizen of Bastrop, he had been suffering from a partial
derangement of the mind for some time and his brother was carrying him to San Antonio
for treatment with Dr. HURFF. They were preparing to leave Selma [Selme?], the
brother's home, when the death occurred.
DIED -- John BURLESON was shot and killed at the Cochino Ranch on the Nueces by John
SAXSON a few days ago. His brother Ev of this county has left to investigate.
On Monday last, lightning struck a tree next to the house of Mr. M. B. MAYNARD. The shock
was so great that Mrs. MAYNARD was knocked senseless and Miss Ophelia COULSON
and Miss Emma BALLARD, visitors, were severely shocked. It was first thought that
Mrs. MAYNARD was dead, but she was revived and is convalescing.
DCBC Proceedings for the July term - Judge J. P. RICHARDSON, Presiding. Mr. WARD of
Austin is District Attorney, due to the illness of TRIGG. Jno. M. FINNEY - District
Clerk; J. DUVE - Deputy; John A. KOHLER - Sheriff; N. A. MORRIS and Wm. M.
SPITLER - Deputies. Grand Jurors: H. KOPPEL, Rasberry TRIGG, G. A.
SCHNEIDER, J. L. WILSON, Frank SHEPPERD, William GALLAWAY, John B.
WILLIAMS, McLure REID, Joseph BECK, F. M. LITTON, Mack MADISON, F. H.
CORBELL, Ed. RANSOM, J. A. LAURRENCE, G. J. KINCAID, G. P. SLATON,
Adam PELP, Wm. SPAULDING, Nathan WILLIAMS, Roberson FULLMORE. J. M.
GORDON - bailiff. Cases disposed of:
H. McLESTER, administrator, v. T. M. ADKINS, et. al. - dismissed at defendant's cost
H. K. McDONALD v. J. T. DONAWAY et. al. - dismissed at plaintiff's cost
J. HALTER v. Jeff MOORE - verdict for plaintiff, $670
T. W. YANCEY et. al. v. John A. KOHLER - verdict for plaintiff, $117.17
J. HALTER v. Albert TRIGG - verdict for defendant
Joseph HALTER v. Joe TRIGG - verdict for plaintiff, $153
J. HALTER v. Frank TRIGG - judgment by default, $265.64
A. J. GLOVER v. Nancy GLOVER - divorce granted
HIDENHEIMER BROS. v. George F. MILLER - default judgment, $117.50
P. J. YOUNG v. Francis E. SMITH - judgment by agreement, $213.32
B. B. ORGAIN v. J. L. ARMSTRONG and D. T. STANDIFER - judgment for plaintiff,
$185.15 and foreclosure of vendors lien
J. DUVE v. J. D. NASH - verdict for plaintiff, $250 less $35, and 10% interest
DEATH -- Esq. LAWHON held an inquest upon the body of Mr. FULTON last week who was
drowned in the river near NASH's Ferry. Mr. FULTON was a brother of Mayor
FULTON of Galveston.
07 August 1875
DIED -- Mr. Stephen WRIGHT, senior editor and proprietor of the Guadalupe Times in Seguin
on the 27th ult. WRIGHT was 58 years old and had been a resident of Seguin since 1874.
Isaiah HALL, a freedman, has the honor of selling the first bale of new cotton in Bastrop this
year. It was bought by Capt. Jas. H. GILLESPIE at 11 cents specie [per pound?] and
shipped to a Galveston house.
Robert H. WARD, Esq. of Austin is Acting District Attorney during the present term of the
Jas. NICHOLSON Jr. was accidentally shot in the leg at Kingsburry, 12 miles from Luling on
Monday last. He was also hit on the head with an axe helve, cutting a severe gash. Two
other gamblers were fighting and some of their shots went awry. Jimmie's mother and
father left for that place Tuesday last.
Owen OVERTON fmc - convicted of theft of mule - 5 years in the penitentiary
David SMITH - convicted of murder in the second degree - 5 years in penitentiary. He
murdered a man named MAY in the northern part of the County in 1861.
A committee of G. P. SLATON, Ed RANSOM, G. J. KINCAID, and Mack MADISON
inspected the jail and found it in bad order - poor ventilation and unclean.
14 August 1875
Mr. Nat SORRELL published a notice on the raising of small grain on Walnut Creek.
Members of the Bastrop City Band: Prof. R. PRAUSE, J. J. SUMMERS, Wm. SCHNEIDER,
Joe KEIL, P. O. ELZNER, E. SCHUELKE, A. J. KITTELL[?], Joe WACHL[?], M.
GLOECKNER, B. ELZNER, A. ELZNER.
DIED -- in Austin, Miss Mollie WOODS, age about 20, who resided on Bois d'Arc Street near
Waller Creek. Her clothes caught fire as she was transporting some coals which she
thought were cold, and she burned to death. Dr. LITTEN and Dr. TOBIN were
summoned but it was too late.
21 August 1875
DIED -- A lunatic named E. A. KEADING committed suicide at the lunatic asylum at Austin
Monday night by hanging himself with a pair of sheets.
Jimmie NICHOLSON, Jr. is rapidly improving in Luling from his gunshot wound to his leg,
which will not have to be amputated after all.
Miss Jo WILBARGER is a music teacher in Belton. Miss Annie THOMSON leaves us Monday
next for Georgetown where she teaches at a literary school. Miss Hi. JONES teaches
school at McDade.
DIED -- Mr. Van REID, at Mountain City Tuesday last, age about 30, from consumption. He
was raised in BC and has for a number of years resided on Piney Creek.
The Miss Mollie WOODS who burned to death in Austin is not the Miss Mollie WOODS
formerly of BC. The latter is living at or near Round Rock.
Official combined vote of Bastrop and Fayette Counties for delegates to represent these counties at the Constitutional Convention: J. W. ROBINSON - 1775; L. W. MOORE - 1719; C.
ERHARD - 1711; Robt. ZAPP - 1535; W. S. CHUNN - 1312; W. M. BRYCE - 1572.
[The vote total for ROBINSON is possibly a typographical error, as MOORE and
ERHARD represented the counties at the convention.]
28 August 1875
L. W. MOORE of Fayette County and C. ERHARD from Bastrop County elected delegates to
the Constitutional Convention. [Most of the issues for the rest of the year report on the
activity taking place during the Constitutional Convention, although little is abstracted of
these proceedings in this volume.]
DIED -- Mrs. McDANIEL, wife of Moses L. McDANIEL of Alum Creek, Thursday night last.
She was buried yesterday in the Alum Creek graveyard.
Miss Mary WILBARGER will teach a music class in Georgetown.
MARRIED -- In the Methodist Church at Bastrop on Thursday, 26 Aug 1875, at 8 o'clock a.m.
by the Rev. Fred L. ALLEN, Professor George A. BARKER of Sabinal Canon, Uvalde
County, and Miss Florence McCAY of Bastrop. Some of the bride's relatives live in
Four Generations [actually five] -- Mrs. JONES, aged 94, is the mother of Judge P. H. JONES,
age 75. Judge JONES has two daughters living - Mrs. A. M. HUBBARD and Mrs.
LANE, aged respectively 45 and 50. Mrs. HUBBARD is the mother of Mrs. A. W.
MOORE (now deceased) while Mrs. LANE is the mother of Mrs. BALTON. Mrs.
MOORE has a three year old son and Mrs. BALTON has a six year old daughter.
04 September 1875
Miss Laura EILERS is on a tour of New York City.
Miss Sallie E. BALLARD MAYNARD will have a story published in the Texas New Yorker.
Master Lon GARWOOD, son of Maj. C. B. GARWOOD, is at school in Tennessee.
11 September 1875
W. G. MILLER sent a Letter to the Editor regarding farming costs in BC.
L. W. MOORE of Fayette County is serving on the County and County Lines Committee, and
C. ERHARD of BC is serving on the Immigration Committee of the Constitutional
A duel with swords was fought at Brashear City between Mr. Geo. F. BONDIES of Galveston and
Capt. L. E. EDWARDS of Austin. EDWARDS was slightly wounded in the neck.
A bloody duel with pistols was fought at Waco on 28 August between Chas. CARRICK and J.
M. TURNER, both of Waco. TURNER was killed, and CARRICK escaped.
F. M. HOPKINS, a transient person, owes SCHRAMM BROS. & BENNER $95.81 for goods
sold and delivered. Statement made by Edgar SCHRAMM, one of the firm partners.
Our friends, Mr. Allie CROW and lady of Austin, and Miss Laura EILERS of Bastrop returned
from New York yesterday.
Mrs. HARWELL has painted a picture of the late Mrs. A. W. MOORE.
DIED -- Horrible murder at McDade Thursday last. At 7 1/2 o'clock, Mr. Chas KIRK was
murdered by Henry CARUTHERS of Lee County in front of KIRK's wife and family.
No reason is known for the killing except KIRK owed CARUTHERS some money which
KIRK could not pay. It is reported that the two were on friendly terms earlier in the day.
KIRK leaves a wife, and one child, and four step-children, he having married Mrs. Matt.
JOHNSON about a year ago, the widow of Capt. Chauncey JOHNSON, dec'd. KIRK
was buried in the Bastrop cemetery about midnight last night.
18 September 1875
Governor Richard COKE offers a $200 reward for the arrest of H. M. CARUTHERS, the
murderer of Mr. Chas. KIRK of McDade, and Mr. John KIRK offers an additional $200.
The citizens of McDade are raising money for a reward for CARUTHER's arrest and also
for the arrest of the as yet unknown murderer of Mr. CRADDOCK. [Advertisements were
also published announcing the Governor's and John KIRK's reward offers.]
MURDERS -- On Monday night last, Mr. CRADDOCK, when within one-half mile of his
residence on his return trip from McDade, was shot with a double-barrelled shot gun. He died in his wagon, but the horses continued the trip to his house. Mrs. CRADDOCK found
him dead in the wagon. Also published was a statement made by Chas. KIRK moments
before his death in which he identified Henry CARUTHERS as his murderer. James
FLOYD, Mayor of McDade, and R. L. UPSHAW, W. B. FLOYD, and H. B.
GARDENER witnessed the statement. Henry McDOUGLE, in a sworn statement, said
that he was at the house of J. D. NASH when he heard the shot. John G. STEVENS, in
a sworn statement, also heard the shot and found the gun. STEVENS said he talked to
CARUTHERS earlier in the day when CARUTHERS said KIRK owed him money. Thad
McLEMORE, in a sworn statement, identified the shot gun as belonging to CARUTHERS.
John McDAVID, in a sworn statement, says he was driving by KIRK's and saw
CARUTHERS shoot KIRK. Verdict of the jury (A. W. BEALL, Wm. JEWELL, T. W.
SMITH, G. P. SLATON, W. R. JACKSON, H. A. HIGHSMITH, all of McDade):
Chas. KIRK died at the hands of Henry CARUTHERS (premeditated murder) about 7
o'clock p.m. on 09 September 1875. Description of Henry CARUTHERS: about 24 years
old, 5' 8" high, weighs 140-150 lbs., rather dark complexion, dark hair and eyebrows, dark
hazel eyes. Has a quick flashing eye, rather peculiar. Talks tolerably fast and earnest, with
slight impediment in his speech.
Unknown Date Bastrop Advertiser
THE TWO MCDADE MURDERS
MURDER OF MR. CRADDOCK
FOUND DEAD IN HIS WAGON
Further particulars of the murder of Mr. Charles Kirk.
Assembling of the Citizens in Mass Meeting.
We are again called upon to chronicle another horrible murder which occurred near McDade, in the northern portion of this county, of Monday night last. The particular of this murder, as we bear them, are that Mr. Caruthers, had been to McDade with a load of country produce which he had disposed of and was returning home in an ox wagon, when he was killed, it is supposed, within a half mile of his residence. He was shot with a double barreled shot gun, the entire discharge of buck shot lodging in his body. From the appearance of the body, when found, he must have fell instantly dead in his wagon. The oxen carried the wagon home and stopped in front of the gate. Mrs. C. observing the wagon, had prepared the evening's supper, and becoming impatient at the delay of her husband in coming in, went out to the wagon to see what was detaining him, without, however, suspicioning anything wrong. When she looked in the wagon she was astonished and horried to see her husband's body stretched out cold in death. Every effort, we understood, has been and will be made by the citizens of this neighborhood, to for ? party or parties. We ? the meeting on ? my ? against whom there ? were brought before the ? prove their whereabouts on the evening of the murder.
Something must be done to stop these murders. We are not an advocate of ? but we believe there are one ? which would go far to ? case if not justify such preceding and should the parties to these murders be caught, they should receive the ? and we do not know whether it would make much difference whether they receive it or not from the hand of the people or by due course of law.
The Governor has offered reward of $200 for the arrest of Henry Caruthers and murderer of Chas. Kirk. It is to be ? Guy Coke will recover his ? in this matter and ? reward ? of at least one thousand dollars for the murderers of Chas. Kirk and Mr. Craddock. We are notified that nothing ? this are not will effect any good. We trust Gov. ? will give thousand but further consideration which he ?urinity of the crimes required. Those men should will must be brought to punishment. If not go may expect repetition of much murders more frequent in the future.
The following is the statement of the ? Chas. Kirk, regarding his murder at the hands of Henry Caruthers, made a few moments before his death.
McDade, Sept 9, 1875.
Affidavit taken before me, James Floyd, Mayor of McDade, Texas, this the 9th day of September, 1875.
I, Chas. Kirk make the following statement. I came in and brought some ?, and Henry Caruthers was on the ? fore the door, and I spoke to him and said "Is that you Henry? When he shot me. I had been very friendly with him. He was in my store and we ate peaches together, he had a gun with him during the day about the store. We had been very friendly all the time. The only reason that I can ?sign for his shooting me was that I lent him some money and was unable to pay him. All this occurred in front of my dwelling about half after seven o'clock, pm, on the 9th day of September, 1875. I am quite certain that it was Henry Caruthers who shot me. Signed Chas. Kirk, Sworn to before me, James Floyd, Mayor of McDade.
The above statement was made before and we certify it to be correct. R. L. Upshaw, W. B. Floyd, A. B. Gardener. Witnesses
Immediately after the death of Mr. Kirk, Mayor Floyd summoned and duly impowered a jury of inquest, and examination of witnesses the following testimony was elicited.
Henry MCDougle, sworn says he was acquainted with Chas. Kirk but was not with Henry Caruthers. He (witness) was at the house of J. D. Nash, on the porch, heard the report of the gun shot thought it was not up in town. He know nothing of the killing or any difficulty between the parties, Chas. Kirk and Henry Caruthers. Signed Henry McDougle
John G. Stevens, swore says the shot gun exhibited was the same gun he picked up near Chas. Kirk's gallery steps. He heard the firing of the gun and heard hollowing, ran down to Kirk's house and into the room, and found Kirk was shot. Kirk was on the bed. Came out of the house, when he saw the gun on the ground. He picked up the gun and found the right hand barrel shot off and still warm, the left barrel still loaded. He is well acquainted with both parties Kirk and Caruthers saw Caruthers in McDade during the day and walked and talked with him. Heard ? owed him money and wanted not pay him, and was not treating him right. He (Caruthers) said he would have to gun Kirk. He recognizes the gun but cannot say to whom it belongs. Signed John G. Stephens.
Thad McLemore, sworn - Says he was acquainted with both parties. Saw Caruthers at Middleton Springs, day before yesterday; saw him with a double barreled shot gun. Thinks the gun before the jury is the same Caruthers had day before yesterday. Heard Caruthers say he was coming to McDade, and saw him at McDade during the day the shooting took place. He knows of no difficulty having existed between Kirk and Caruthers. Caruthers spoke of no ill feeling, only asked witness if Kirk was receiving any new goods, he answering he was not, when Caruthers replied, "He didn't think he (Kirk) would receive any new goods. Signed Thad McLemore.
John McDavid, sworn - Said he was driving his water wagon near Chas. Kirk's house, when he saw Caruthers shoot Chas. Kirk and from the light shining out of the house he thinks he was riding a small sorrel horse, and at the report of the gun the horse whirled around with him, stumbled and came near falling. When the horse recovered, Caruthers ran off. Witness ran over into Kirk's house and found Kirk was shot. He asked him who shot him, and he replied, Henry Caruthers. Witness was about twenty yards from where the shooting took place. Has not seen Caruthers since the killing and knows of no difficulty. Signed John McDavid
The testimony of Doctors Williams and Martin and Mr. A. M. DeMars, was also taken but as neither saw the shooting nothing further was elicited.
Below we give the verdict of the jury of ?.
Verdict - We, the jury, summond by the Hon. Mayor of McDade, upon the 9th day of September 1875, to examine the body of Chas. Kirk, and from the evidence shone we render a verdict that Chas. Kirk came to his death by a gun shot would from a shot gun in the hands of Henry Caruthers, and we find it premeditated murder, having o cause before us of the murder. The killing was on the 9th of September 1875, about 7 o'clock, pm in the town of McDade, Bastrop County, Texas, signed, A. W. Beall, G. P. Slaton, William Jewell, W. R. Jackson, T. W. Smith, H. A. Highsmith.
At a mass meeting of the citizens of McDade and vicinity for the purpose of taking into consideration for ? condition of ? perpetration of an horrible murders in our midst. Capt. Jessie Billingsley was called to the ? and Capt. W. B. Highsmith reqested to ? Secreinty.
A committee was appointed, consisting of the following names: James Floyd, Esq., Capt. M. B. Highsmith, Dr. S. B. Williams, Dr. Kay Marrs, Judge B. Lyman.
The Committee retired and reported the following resolution, which were adopted and signed by all present.
Resolved, 1st, That we, the citizens of McDade and surrounding country, new with extreme horror the cruelty of the crimes perpetrated within the ? of our town and neighborhood and condemn the same as prejudiced to moral and religious influences and by the protection of our worthy citizens and neighbors.
2d. That for the future ? good and safety of our people, we widendeavor, to the best of our ability, to assist the officers of the State or county to bring to justice all offenders against the laws of our land.
3d. That should it be necessary, we not only deem it right to tender our personal and to detect such crimes to question, but that we shall appoint a proper person to receove such financial aid as our citizens, according to their means feel disposed to contribute.
4th. That we tender to these bereaved families the most sincere expressions of regret and sympathy.
5th. That a copy of the preceedings and resolutions be published in the Bastrop Advertiser, Galveston News and State Gazette.
Attest, Jessie Billingsley, Chairman, M. B. Highsmith Secretary, Jessie Billingsley, Wm. A. Clopton, J. R. McDavid, W. G. Bauchman, G. F. Hunt, G. P. Staton, Robt. Jones, Tobias Cook, R. L. Upshaw, C. K. Rutherford, W. M. Bryce, J. B. Armstrong, W. H. Hasley, W. G. S?ales, H. A. Highsmith, I. Stephens, W. R. Hobbs, J. F. Stacy, F. H. McLemore, D. B. Lawhorn, D. F. French, R. E. Jennings, C. C. Rutherford, J. H. Brown, L. J. Burk, C. J. Null, J. A. Batey, John Null, R. J. Stephens, W. H. Whent, M. S. Hughes, Abner Scott, T. B. McDavid
A.B. Bauchman, A. Shepard, W. B. Floyd, J. S. Mayes, Jessee French, J. W. Hudman, W. Kay Martin, A. J. Allen, D. Purcell, P. Pailling, J. H. Herron, C. S. Mellotte, W. A. Jones, John D. Nash, J. W. Ransom, J. W. Allen, H. Martin, J. E. Turner, Wm. Jewel, J. P. Seay, L. S. Smith, W. M. Batey, J. W. Allen Jr, T. D. Lane, A. J. Bashear, B. F. Williams
02 October 1875
Mr. Joseph WALKER of Austin lost a brother and his four children in the recent Indianola storm.
One nephew of 14 survived and will be adopted by Joseph WALKER.
J. R. NICHOLS presented us with a very large beet and two fine white head cabbages.
Dr. T. P. EARLY has moved from Bastrop to his former home, Brenham, where he will pursue
his profession as physician.
Nelson TAYLOR, alias Nelson JOHNSON, the notorious mulatto horse thief, has been sentenced
to 15 years in the penitentiary by the Milam County DC.
A resolution was published by the Wardens and Vestry of Calvary Church that mourns the death
of Chas. KIRK, a member of the Church's board. Signed: J. C. HIGGINS - Sr. Warden;
E. GOODMAN - Jr. Warden; D. SAYERS - Vestryman; Jas. NICHOLSON - Vestryman;
C. B. GARWOOD - Vestryman; W. T. HIGGINS - Vestryman.
09 October 1875
DIED -- In Weatherford, Col. Chas. A. JAMES, former Commandant of the Texas Military
Institute, from hemorrhage. [Much detail on community and Civil War service.]
J. W. BELL, Editor of the Giddings Tribune, provided us with a letter from Henry M.
CAROTHERS, in which CAROTHERS explains why he was justified in killing Chas.
KIRK. He explains the circumstances and negotiation of the debt KIRK owed him. (It
also mentions that CAROTHER's father's farm is in Washington County, where Henry was
raised.) [Much detail.]
Wm. A. YOUNG of Hill's Prairie lost a large black horse mule about the last of August. Reward.
Dr. SAYERS has been quite sick for the past week but is improving.
Maj. A. W. MOORE of Hill's Prairie sold his Durham Bull "Bob Walker" to Mr. Cid PERSONS
of BC for $500.
DIED -- Mrs. COOKE, mother of Prof. H. C. COOKE of the Excelsior College, at her residence
in Alabama last week.
MURDERED -- Mr. Jas. V. RHOE at his lot in Cedar Creek, about dusk Thursday. The
murderer is unknown. Mentions RHOE's aged mother. Mr. NOEGRATH was on the
jury of inquest, which failed to uncover any clues as to the identity of the murderer.
DIED -- Edward D. SAXON on the 11th inst. He became entangled in the shaft at Mr.
BARBEE's Steam Mill. Relatives unknown. SAXON has been living with W. H.
COULSON, Sr. at Mcdade. SAXON said his parents settled in Fayette County 2 or 3
years ago, both dying in the same year they came to Texas. Said his father was a Baptist
minister. There were many children, all scattered about after the parents' deaths. One is
a sister of SAXON living with Mr. BASTIAN of Bastrop.
16 October 1875
Hamey WHITE murdered James ROWE in BC on 07 October 1875. Governor Richard COKE
offers a $200 reward for WHITE's arrest. WHITE is 5' 10" or 11" high, 20 or 21 years
old, dark hair, dark complexion, large round face, no whiskers or moustache, very large
blue or gray eyes, stands erect and is very stout.
John INGRAM, administrator, and Phil CLAIBORNE, attorney, are selling 15(?) lots of the
CUNNINGHAM league, 40 acres each.
J. W. KENNEDY, administrator of the estates of George W. EBLIN, dec'd, and Jane EBLIN,
23 October 1875
Thomas BURCH has filed his petition against Mollie BURCH stating they were married in Pike
County, IL on 12 April 1866 but that Mollie left petitioner's bed and board on 08 October
1872 and petitioner asks for divorce.
DIED -- October 2nd near Webberville, Mary Tueda(?), only daughter of J. M. and M. E.
KILLED -- Mr. Wiley WEST, an old citizen of Harris County, yesterday morning by a negro near
Spring Station on the Great Northern Railroad.
30 October 1875
Mrs. COULSON, wife of Rev. David COULSON, took the first butter premium at the Waco
Fair. She has taken premiums at the Houston, San Antonio, Caldwell, and McLennan
DIED -- Adolph HOPPE, at his residence in Bastrop on Sunday night last. He was buried in the
City Cemetery on Monday evening last by the Odd Fellows and Turn Varien Societies
which he was a member. He leaves a wife and 8 children.
Rev. David COULSON and family have returned to BC to live after spending the first of the year
investigating other places.
N. THOMAS of Winchester, Fayette County, reports on the family of Edward D. SAXON who
died recently. The Rev. Sanford SAXON, Baptist minister, came to this vicinity three
years ago and settled on Maj. J. C. STRIBLING's farm in CUNNINGHAM's Prairie in
Fayette County. This man and wife died the same year, leaving 8 children. The oldest,
a girl of 17 or 18, married Sam SMITH who keeps "Jonis' Ferry" three miles from here.
Robert, the eldest boy, is at the ferry. Paratina is with Major STRIBLING. Samuel is
with Mr. Wesley HUNT in Williamson County. Margetta is with Mrs. COOK at
Rutersville in this county. The little girl Emer is in your place [i.e., with Mr. BASTIAN
of Bastrop]. The youngest is deceased. This family came from Florence, a small place in
At the Waco Fair - an opera cloak sewn by Mrs. James MOORE of Bastrop, daughter of Prof.
A. B. BURLESON, would have taken a premium, but it was entered too late.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, Major A. W. MOORE in Hill's Prairie, on
Thursday 27 October 1875, 4 o'clock p.m. by the Rev. Fred L. ALLEN, Mr. Peter J.
GILL and Miss Abbie MOORE, all of Bastrop. The couple proceeded to the house of the
brother of the groom, Mr. Robt. A. GILL of Bastrop, for an infair.
DIED -- On the 18th inst. on WILBARGER's Creek, Mattie Kemper, infant child of Dr. G. K.
and S. J. YOUNG, aged 10 mos., 12 days.
06 November 1875
C. ERHARD, member of the Committee on Immigration at the Constitutional Convention,
publishes a lengthy dissenting opinion on the Committee's report.
The gin belonging to the Messrs. TINNON, which recently burned, has been rebuilt.
Maj. COOPWOOD, the camel man near Elgin, sold five camels to the International Circus for
13 November 1875
Jessie BILLINGSLEY, administrator of the estate of F. W. GOFF, dec'd, will sell two tracts of
land in Trinity County - 1,660 acres.
W. H. SMITH is the Superintendent of the Lone Star Mills [Bastrop Cotton Mills].
George HODGE was accidentally shot by another freedman on Saturday last, the ball striking him
in the upper lip and lodging on the right side of the nose.
KILLING -- On Saturday night last, a German named John RINGE[?] was killed by Jo.
WEAVER at the home of the latter about 10 miles from Bastrop.
20 November 1875
Robt. F. CAMPBELL, formerly of Bastrop, has been appointed Internal Revenue Collector for
DIED -- Mr. S. REMINGER committed suicide at San Antonio on the 13th, caused by pecuniary
I. S. BUVENS, a former resident of Bastrop and at one time City Marshall, shot and killed W.
H. HARRIS at Houston on Wednesday last. Mr. BUVENS charged that HARRIS had
been too intimate with BUVENS' wife.
Joseph D. SAYERS, Chairman of the Democratic State Executive Committee, published a lengthy
notice on the upcoming election.
Capital State Fair at Austin Awards:
Maj. J. D. SAYERS, Bastrop - First premium, best short horn bull;
A. W. MOORE, Bastrop - second for the same.
[SAYERS, MOORE, SAYERS & WALTON, and R. J. PRICE received many more
awards, all in livestock categories, too numerous to list in this volume.]
Charles HAYNIE - won pigeon shooting
Miss Ophelia COULSON - best plain hand needlework, best specimen plain machine work,
best specimen leather work, best tomato catsup, special Singer Sewing Machine prize
Miss Laura EILERS - best specimen hand braiding
Mrs. CROW - best specimen sweet pickles
DIED -- Mrs. ROYSTON, wife of Dr. ROYSTON and daughter of Mr. Lud. RECTOR, near
Gazley's Prairie on Tuesday last. Mr. RECTOR, while returning from the burial, was
severely injured by a fall from his horse.
MARRIED -- Mr. J. W. BELL, editor of the Giddings Tribune, at Lexington last Sunday.
[Bride's name not given.]
The case of Jo. WEAVER killing Mr. RINGER[?] [see 13 Nov 1875] was tried before Esq.
JUNG on Monday and Tuesday last. Messrs. JONES and RUSSELL for the defense;
Dyer MOORE for the State. WEAVER was remanded to jail without bail. The case will
be brought up on habeas corpus next week.
Geo. M. DECHARD visited us with his family from New York and will tour Texas in the
interest of the house of Clarke & Bros., hatters, New York.
Wm. JEWELL of McDade - blue ribbon at the Austin State Fair for the finest Brahms Chickens.
DIED -- Miss MILLER, daughter of Hon. W. G. MILLER, at her father's residence in
Hemphill's Prairie, Saturday last, after an illness of only two days. MILLER had gone
to the Austin State Fair and returned to find his daughter had died about two hours earlier.
ACCIDENT -- Frank JONES, JPBC at Alum Creek, on Wednesday last was hauling an iron safe
from Giddings to his home when his wagon broke and the safe fell on him, breaking the
right leg above the knee and badly bruising the other.
Dr. R. W. MILLER is moving to LaGrange.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, Mr. W. O. STRAUS, in BC on Thursday,
11 November 1875, by Esq. W. C. LAWHON, Mr. T. J. WILSON and Miss Amanda C.
STRAUS, all of BC.
27 November 1875
I. S. BUVENS, who killed W. H. HARRIS at Houston, was admitted to bail of $5,000 but has
not given it, and is still in jail. It is reported that the friends and family of the deceased
have threatened to kill BUVENS if he leaves the jail.
Ed. BURLESON brought us some fine sweet potatoes.
Robt. B. SHIPP brought us a 5 1/2 lb. sweet potato.
Dick STONE of Round Rock is visiting us.
Mrs. Jno. M. CLAIBORNE, visiting her husband's relations here, returns soon to Galveston.
Mr. SANDIFER took the premium for the finest mule at the Austin State Fair.
DIED -- the little son of Thomas H. SMITH, Thursday night.
DIED -- Johnson JONES, a colored individual of considerable fighting notoriety, on Thursday
night last. He had had a skirmish on Sunday last in which one of his ears was bitten off.
J. C. HALMARK of HALMARK's Prairie is not dead as previously reported. He did receive
an assassin's ball in the right arm but has recovered.
DCBC convened last Tuesday, Hon. J. P. RICHARDSON, Judge 27th Judicial District, presiding. J. M. FINNEY - Clerk of the District Court; J. DUVE - Deputy Clerk; John A. KOHLER - Sheriff, BC; Wm. M. SPITLER and N. A. MORRIS - Deputies; B. TRIGG - District
Attorney. Grand Jury members: E. O. WILSON, Frazier TRIGG, C. KLEINERT, J.
L. FREEMAN, Willis CHANDLER, W. M. GLASS, Major SUMMERS, Gilford
EPPLER, Henry C. ARCH, H. H. HOUSE, Claiborne OSBORNE, W. R. MILLS, T.
J. WILSON, Laud SMITH, Geo. SPAULDING, Chas. HIRSCHFIELD. A. W.
GRIMES - bailiff for the Grand Jury. Cases tried:
E. J. VANCE vs. Phil. CLAIBORNE - judgment for plaintiff, $195.62
J. D. NASH vs. Bat LANE - dismissed at plaintiff's cost
Richard YOUNG vs. Martha YOUNG - divorce granted
M. B. HIGHSMITH vs. BC - dismissed at plaintiff's cost
Harvey RIDDELLS v. BC - dismissed at plaintiff's cost. Appealed to Supreme Court.
J. C. GORHAM vs. O. F. NASH - judgment by agreement against defendant, $247.92
Eight cases against KOPPEL BROS. were dismissed
E. GOODMAN vs. E. B. BURLESON - judgment by agreement
MOORE vs. COCHRANE - dismissed
SMALL vs. GAZLEY - dismissed
WOLFENBERGER vs. WOLFENBERGER - dismissed
A. W. HILL vs. The Nashville Life Insurance Co. - removed to U. S. Circuit Court for
the Western District of Texas
G. CROW et. al. vs. A E. PHILLIPS et. al. - judgment for plaintiff for premises and
produce in controversy
Attorneys in attendance: Fred CHANDLER, N .G. SHELLEY, and D. SCHEEKS of
Austin; Wm. H. GAZLEY of Alum Creek; H. McLESTER of Lockhart.
04 December 1875
J. H. GILLESPIE - candidate, County Clerk, BC
J. M. FINNEY - candidate for re-election, County Clerk, BC
George D. RUSSELL - candidate, County Attorney, BC
Dyer MOORE - candidate, County Judge, BC
N. A. MORRIS - candidate, Sheriff, BC
A. W. GRIMES - candidate, Assessor of Taxes, BC
Wm. C. BAKER - candidate, County Collector, BC
Wm. MILLER - candidate for re-election, Mayor, Bastrop
Jo. WEAVER was released on bail of $5,000, Messrs. GOODMAN and KLEINERT, securities.
State vs. Rolley RECTOR, theft of mare, verdict - not guilty
State vs. Robt. PEOPLES, theft of mule, verdict - not guilty
State vs. Owen OVERTON, theft of mule, verdict - not guilty
State vs. Sam SMITH, assault to kill, verdict - not guilty
State vs. E. A. BORER, theft of cow, verdict - not guilty
State vs. Jim WILLIAMS, burglary, verdict - not guilty
State vs. Henry THOMAS, theft from a house, verdict - guilty, 7 years in penitentiary
State vs. Zack BERRYMAN, verdict - guilty, 2 years in penitentiary. Appealed to
State vs. Bill McGINNIS, theft of roan mare, verdict - guilty, 10 years in penitentiary
State vs. Sol BERRYMAN, theft from house, verdict - guilty, 2 years in penitentiary
State vs. Edwin EARLES and Sam COLLINS, theft from house, verdict - not guilty
MARRIED -- Miss Adelaide KLEARE of San Antonio to Mr. W. C. BAKER of Bastrop in San
Antonio. Reception on Tuesday at the NICHOLSON House, Bastrop. [Reprinted from
San Antonio paper.]
11 December 1875
Ben F. WILLIAMS - candidate, Sheriff, BC
J. C. BUCHANAN - candidate, County Treasurer, BC
C. Randolph RUTHERFORD - candidate, County Assessor, BC
James B. DAVIS - candidate, Constable, Beat No. 1, BC
T. W. DABNEY - candidate, Constable, Beat No. 1, BC
Fred SCHWEITZER - candidate, Alderman, Bastrop
R. B. WILKES - candidate, Assessor and Collector of Taxes, Corporation of Bastrop
Chas. VOGHT - candidate, City Treasurer, Corporation of Bastrop
Sam AMSLER - candidate, City Marshall, Bastrop
Geo. B. ZIMPLEMAN of Travis County - candidate for State Treasurer. Born in Germany,
settled in Travis County when quite a boy. In 1861 he enlisted with Terry's Texas Rangers
and served until the close of the Civil War. [More detail.]
18 December 1875
John J. MONCURE, Chairman Democratic Executive Committee BC, published a notice calling
for Democratic meetings in all precincts.
Democratic Executive Committee for BC:
J.J. MONCURE - Chair; J. W. KENNEDY - VP; T. C. CAIN - Secretary
Beat No. 1 - R. S. GREEN
Beat No. 2 - Jas. TAYLOR
Beat No. 3 - M. S. HUGHES
Beat No. 4 - C. W. BROOKS
Beat No. 5 - W. G. MILLER
Beat No. 6 - W. A. OATMAN
Beat No. 7 - J. H. JENKINS
Beat No. 8 - R. J. PRICE
Elected to the Senatorial and Judicial District Convention:
Beat No. 1 - Phillip CLAIBORNE, John PERRY, R. S. GREEN
Beat No. 2 - J. W. KENNEY, Geo. HEMPHILL, Richard McKINNEY
Beat No. 3 - M. S. HUGHES, Ed RANSOM, G. P. SLATON
Beat No. 4 - W. P. MILES, C. W. BROOKS, T. J. HILL, Sr.
Beat No. 5 - A. M. HUBBARD, James MOORE, J. J. MONCURE
Beat No. 6 - J. M. ROBINSON, J. S. SPOONER, W. A. OATMAN
Beat No. 7 - W. P. PATTON, C. C. WATTERSON, E. W. JENKINS
Beat No. 8 - Jno. P. JONES, W. A. HIGHSMITH, J. C. HALMARK
J. DUVE - candidate, District Clerk, BC
Wm. JENKINS, Jr. - candidate, Sheriff, BC
Dan M. JACKSON - candidate, Assessor of Taxes, BC
C. Randolph RUTHERFORD resigns his candidacy for Assessor of Taxes, BC, in favor of James
D. YOUNG, and instead RUTHERFORD is a candidate for Tax Collector, BC
John HEARN - candidate, JPBC, Precinct No. 1
D. M. OUTLAW - candidate, Alderman, Bastrop
C. KLEINERT - candidate, Alderman, Bastrop
Otto ELZNER - candidate, City Treasurer, Bastrop
Chas. WERTZNER, administrator of estate of A. WILLENBERG, dec'd.
Committee on the Christmas Dance, Casino Hall, 27 December: C. L. MORGAN, Jas. REDING,
J. B. REYNOLDS, T. J. TRIGG.
MARRIED -- In BC Monday, 13 Dec 1875, by the Rev. Fred L. ALLEN, Mr. A. D. GLANDER
and Lizzie STAGNER.
MARRIED -- In BC, Wednesday, 15 Dec 1875, by the Rev. Fred L. ALLEN, Mr. Marcos
HEMPHILL and Miss Carrie D. MILLER, all of BC.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father on Wednesday evening, 01 Dec 1875, by the
Rev. Fred L. ALLEN, Mr. H. Clay JOHNSON and Miss Millie J. RYOLS, all of BC.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father in Bastrop on Monday evening, 4 Dec 1875,
by the Rev. Mr. BAKER, Mr. James P. JEFFREY and Miss Francis N. MILEY.
01 January 1876
Delegates to the Democratic State Convention:
Beat No. 1 - Joseph D. SAYERS, R. S. GREEN, Geo. D. RUSSELL, T. C. CAIN, H.
P. LUCKETT, Mathew DUNCAN, C. B. GARWOOD
Beat No. 2 - James TAYLOR, J. W. KENNEDY, D. O. [HILL?], Frank WIESE, Geo.
HEMPHILL, N. G. ALSUP, Louis KEEPERS
Beat No. 3 - B. LYMAN, C. R. RUTHERFORD, Marion HUGHES, O. H. REID, Ed
RANSOM, K. H. BARBEE, R. L. UPSHAW
Beat No. 4 - W. P. MILES, C. W. BROOKS, O. H. P. McGINNIS, Elias JONES, J.
B. ROGERS, John S. SMITH, Clabe HARRIS
Beat No. 5 - W. G. MILLER, A. W. MOORE, H. K. McDONALD, J. J. MONCURE,
R. W. HUBBARD, E. BURLESON, B. H. LUCKETT
Beat No. 6 - J. M. ROBINSON, J. S. SPOONER, H. J. WAMMELL, Kenneth
MURCHERSON, C. E. CALDWELL, H. P. TOWNSEND, B. P. SIMMONS
Beat No. 7 - W. B. PATTON, Nat. SORRELS, C. C. WATTERSON, William RICKS,
E. W. JENKINS, J. O. NEAL, D. C. HENDRIX
Beat No. 8 - J. P. JONES, Dr. Wm. TAYLOR, M. BURLESON, John FAWCETT, John
C. HALMARK, R. J. PRICE, W. J. NIXON
Aaron BURLESON - candidate, Sheriff, BC
B. H. LUCKETT - candidate, Sheriff, BC
Henry W. BROWN - candidate, Assessor of Taxes, BC
Alley B. REYNOLDS - candidate, Tax Collector, BC
Martin V. DAVIS - candidate, Alderman, Bastrop
J. DUVE - candidate, Alderman, Bastrop
M. SCHULKE - candidate, Assessor & Collector of Taxes, BC
Col. L. W. MOORE - candidate, District Judge, 15th Judicial District
Tribute of Respect published by the Red Rock Lodge No. 310 F. A. M. for James V. RHOE who
was murdered at this home in BC on 07 Oct 1875. Signed: L. SHACKELFORD, E. O.
RANDLE, W. M. SPEAGLE.
DIED -- 14 Nov 1875 at the residence of her husband Dr. J. M. ROYSTON, Mrs. Nettie
ROYSTON, daughter of Mr. L. L. RECTOR. A wife, mother, sister, and friend. She
was buried in the family burial ground.
City Marshall GRIMES will not seek re-election to this post despite the wishes of many in
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father in BC on Wednesday, 22 Dec 1875 by the
Rev. Mr. DARWINN, Mr. William B. WILKINS and Miss Ida FAWCETT, all of BC.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's mother in Bastrop on Wednesday, 29 Dec 1875 by
the Rev. Fred L. ALLEN, Mr. W. P. HAYMOND of Belton and Miss Josephine O.
WILBARGER. They will reside in Belton.
Prof. H. C. COOK resigns his position at the Excelsior College. [His resignation letter is
published.] Mr. BARKER will succeed him.
Two tickets for municipal officers. First Ticket: For Mayor - Jas. H. GOODMAN. For Aldermen
- J. C. BUCHANAN, J. C. HIGGINS, Robt. A. GILL, A. A. ERHARD, Louis EILERS,
J. R. GREEN, M. V. DAVIS, A. J. BATTS. For Treasurer - Chas. VOGT, Otto
ELZNER. For Assessor & Collector - R. B. WILKES, Emile SCHULKE, S. G.
AMSLER, John EGGLESTON. Second Ticket: For Mayor - Wm. MILLER. For
Aldermen - A. A. ERHARD, Richard BURGER, Robt. GILL, J. DUVE, J. C.
BUCHANAN, Fred SCHWEITZER, D. E. OUTLAW, C. KLEINERT, Louis EILERS,
Campbell TAYLOR, Jas. NICHOLSON, Sr. For Treasurer - Chas. VOGT, Otto
ELZNER. For Assessor & Collector - R. B. WILKS, Emile SCHULKE, John
22 January 1876
[This issue is microfilmed out of order. This issue
appears in a set of miscellaneous issues immediately preceding
that of 14 June 1873)
Capt. W. H. LEDBETTER of Fayette County - candidate, Senator, 26th District
Dr. J. M. HAYS - of Jeddo, BC, candidate for the State Legislature
Hon. Caton ERHARD - candidate for Representative from BC for State Legislature
Capt. Jessie BILLINGSLEY - independent candidate for Representative from BC for State
F. W. R. THORN - candidate for Representative from BC for State Legislature
Rev. A. HOLZER announces a Grand Catholic Fair to benefit the Catholic Church of Bastrop to
be held 28 Feb 1876.
A. SCHILLING - candidate, Constable, Beat No. 1
James B. DAVIS - candidate, Constable, Beat No. 1
T. W. DABNEY - candidate, Constable, Beat No. 1
Capt. Jno. B. LUBBOCK, Jno. M. CLAIBORNE, and Sam FRIEDBERGER were in the city
during the past week, each looking as jovial and hearty as of old.
John J. DARDEN - candidate, District Clerk, BC
Mr. B. F. CROWTHER of Austin has become a professor at Excelsior College in Bastrop.
DIED -- in Bastrop on Monday evening, 17 Jan 1876, Frank McKENNA, aged 30 years 2 days.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland in Jan 1846, came to Texas in 1871, became a citizen of Bastrop
in 1872 where he worked as bookkeeper for Messrs. CROW & JONES, then obtained
his license to practice law. He was for a time the Deputy District Clerk under Capt. Jno.
Subscriptions are being taken for an interesting novel written by Mrs. Sallie E. BALLARD
MAYNARD to be published sometime during the year.
Jimmie REYNOLDS and his fair bride have been visiting Bastrop for the past few days.
George R. ALLEN - candidate, District Clerk, BC. He is the son of our old countyman, Jerry
ALLEN, and has lived his life in BC.
Mr. SMITH, the proprietor of the City Mill [Bastrop Cotton Mill, also called the Lone Star Mill],
who had his foot seriously cut with an axe, is improving.
DIED -- Mr. Henry JAMES, father of Maj. JAMES of the Texas Military Institute, on
Wednesday night last. He had fallen from a horse a few weeks since which resulted in his
Aaron BURLESON published a letter on his candidacy.
J. M. HAYS published a letter on his candidacy for Representative in the 15th Legislature.
18 January 1879
Some Bastrop area officials:
District Judge - L. W. MOORE
District Clerk - C. B. MAYNARD
Sheriff - W. A. JENKINS; Deputy - W. R. REDDING
County Judge - Dyer MOORE
County Attorney - B. D. ORGAIN
County Clerk - John M. FINNEY; Deputy - Geo. F. HANNAY
County Treasurer - John HEARN
County Assessor - J. D. YOUNG (later issues list W. C. LAWHON)
County Collector - N. A. MORRIS
County Surveyor - R. A. MONCURE
Precinct No. 1 - J. Wilkes KENNEDY
Precinct No. 2 - Jas. FITZWILLIAMS
Precinct No. 3 - F. J. MULLEN
Precinct No. 4 - W. P. MILES
Justices of the Peace:
Precinct No. 1 - Jerry ALLEN
Precinct No. 2 - C. H. WELBORN
Precinct No. 3 - Henry WAMMELL
Precinct No. 4 - W. E. JONES
Precinct No. 5 - E. RAMSEY
Precinct No. 6 - W. H. COULSON, Sr.
Precinct No. 7 - M. S. WARD
Precinct No. 8 - E. W. FARMER
Precinct No. 1 - J. Tyler REID
Precinct No. 2 - Geo. W. GALLOWAY
Precinct No. 3 - P. A. HENSON
Precinct No. 4 - W. C. HEMPHILL
Precinct No. 5 - M. W. McKINNEY
Precinct No. 6 - P. F. WILLIAMS
Precinct No. 7 - Founders BARKER
Precinct No. 8 - A. G. WALKER
DIED -- At Austin in the past ten days, Mr. George HANCOCK and Dr. ALEXANDER.
MARRIED -- Dr. G. F. MANNING and Miss Sarah ALEXANDER on Monday last evening, at
the residence of the bride's father, in Belton.
"Jack," the favorite dog of Mr. PARKS the photographist, was killed by an unknown person
Monday night. Mr. PARKS will spend $100 in prosecuting the person if discovered.
MARRIED -- On Wednesday, 08 January, by Elder E. J. JONES at the residence of E.
BILLINGSLEY, Esq., Mr. Albert H. COLE and Miss Mary B. FITE all of BC.
Prince OLIVE, the man who carried off the little negro boy, which caused the death, by murder,
of John BLACK, for which crime the two negroes were recently hung in this county, was
killed and his body reached Elgin the same day the negroes were hung. Among the OLIVE
party arrested in Nebraska was Mr. John GATLIN, a citizen of the northern part of our
county. GATLIN is an industrious and honorable citizen, and the citizens of Elgin have
signed a petition attesting to his good character, and asking for clemency.
W. H. LEDBETTER - Republican Senator, 16th Legislature, Fayette County
L. L. STOREY - Democrat Senator, 16th Legislature, Caldwell County
W. K. HOMAN - Republican Senator, 16th Legislature, Burleson County
A. W. TERRELL - Democrat Senator, 16th Legislature, Travis County
W. S. DELANEY - Greenb'r Representative, 16th Legislature, Guadalupe County
S. M. HOLMES - Greenb'r Representative, 16th Legislature, Guadalupe County
J. W. JOHNSON - [Republican?] Representative, 16th Legislature, Colorado County
B. F. JONES - Greenb'r Representative, 16th Legislature, BC
J. W. T. LOE - Greenb'r Representative, 16th Legislature, Travis County
Seth MILES - Democrat Representative, 16th Legislature, McLennan County
Former Bastrop countyman, Maj. Wm. M. BRYCE, elected County Judge of Lampassas County.
A grand concert will be given at Casino Hall Saturday night, 18th inst., by Prof. Gustave
PRUSSE/PRAUSE's band. He is the renowned violin soloist.
DIED -- Walter KEEBLE, on Thursday the 9th of January between 8 and 9 in the morning, of
consumption. He was buried on the 10th according to the rites of the Protestant Episcopal
Church by the Rev. W. G. W. SMITH in the graveyard on the hill just below Mr. Frank
JONES farm. KEEBLE leaves a wife and 5 children.
25 January 1879
Gamble Lodge No. 244 meets 4th Saturday night each month. W. C. POWELL - W. M.; Jas.
NICHOLSON, Sr. - Sec'y.
Bastrop Chapter No. 95 meets 1st Saturday night each month. N. A. MORRIS - M. E. H. P.;
Jas. NICHOLSON - Sec'y.
Fred SCHWEITZER's saloon was robbed on Wednesday night, the thief getting about $20.
DIED -- Mr. B. G. PROKOP, at his residence at Bastrop on Sunday morning, at 3 o'clock, and
was buried Sunday evening. He had been a resident of Bastrop for over 25 years, during
which time he worked as a silversmith.
DIED -- Charley McGEHEE, son of Mr. John Tom MCGEHEE, at the A&M College in Bryan
on Thursday night of last week. He was interred in the family burying ground at Hill's
Prairie on Saturday evening. He was 18.
John GATLIN was only summoned as a witness and released, regarding the late barbarous tragedy
in Nebraska. He was not of the guilty party nor was he present when the deed was
Tribute of Respect published by the J. Nixon Lodge No. 421 for John P. JONES who died at his
residence at Smithville, BC on 03 January 1879. Leaves a wife and children. Signed: B.
T. SAUNDERS, J. M. RENICK, T. J. MULLIN.
DIED -- At his residence, Smithville, B 03 January 1879, John Pride JONES. His parents, Tigual
JONES and Miss Amelia Mitchel HIGH were married 25 January 1825 in Wake County,
NC and John, the second child, was born 27 Feb 1828. His father died 30 March 1850.
The remaining family - Mrs. JONES and sons Vinckler and John, moved to Texas, and
settled in BC in 1856. In 1859-60 John merchandised at Webberville, TX with Mr. RICKS
to whom he sold out on the eve of the war. On 16 July 1861 he married Miss Angelina
CLANTON by whom he had one child - John Pride. Mrs. JONES died Feb 1867. On
10 Dec 1868, he married Miss M. T. REDDING of Bastrop by whom he leaves four
children - J. E., M. E., Tigual, and Vinckler. In 1866 he was elected Sheriff of BC. He
became a county merchant at Smithville and a farmer again a year before his death. [More
01 February 1879
DIED -- A child of Mr. WOODRUFF's was killed by the tornado that struck Lockhart.
DIED -- Exum HALLAMON of Seguin, assassinated about midnight on the 27th. Murderer
Fair warning -- My wife, Sarah MEEK, having on Sunday 26 Jan 1879, left my bed and board,
I will not be responsible for any debts contracted by her. Signed: J. W. MEEK.
DIED -- Mr. Sherman REYNOLDS, at his residence at Bastrop, Wednesday night, 29 Jan 1879,
between 8 and 9 o'clock. He was 63 years of age, and had been a resident of Bastrop for
near 30 years, having come here in 1839 or 1840. Buried in the City Cemetery.
Uncle Jimmie NICHOLSON has returned from his European tour, looking hale and hearty.
A good farm 8 miles north of Bastrop and 6 miles south of McDade, 200 acres in cultivation with
good water and houses, is for rent. Apply to Dr. James H. WILKINS.
Marriage licenses issued by County Clerk J. M. FINNEY for the month of January:
Lem HANLY and Julia JONES
Hastings YOUNG and Mollie HOOKS
A. H. COLE and Mary B. FITE
W. K. BENSON and Alice McLANE
Frank COULTER and Polly Ann WHEELER
H. B. HUNTER and Lucy A. NILE
P. J. MORGAN and Mary GILMORE
Andrew HOGGMAN and Cecelia FRERICK
W. M. BREWEE[?] and Elizabeth GRAY
William HIGGINS and Ellen JOHNSON
William DIBELL and Ellen McVEIGH
Oliver RHODES and Emily GILBERT
Adam JACKSON and Laura JONES
Si WILBARGER and Jennie VERNON
D. W. SHEPARD and Tobitha Ann SHACKELFORD
A. W. KIRBY and P. LUSK
Amas CLARK and Ellen HILL
Edmund WANECK and Margratha GOERTZ
Henry BARNITT and Laura VAUGHN
Isaac BRYANT and Charity BROWN
William PHILLIPS and Ellen WILLIAMS
Caesar HOPE and Minerva HUDSON
Ben HERON and Mace MILLER, colored, were supposed to have been married on Thursday
night, but the bride-groom didn't appear.
Cornelius HEMPHILL and Jim RAZOR got into a difficulty with each other. [A detailed
explanation of the cause, a disagreement over seats at a concert, follows.]
DIED -- At his residence, 2 1/2 miles from Elgin at 6 o'clock on the evening of the 24th, James
E. STANDIFER, aged 33 years. He was a son of the late W. B. STANDIFER (a Texas
veteran). Leaves a wife and children.
Inaugural address of Lt. Gov. Jos. D. SAYERS is printed in this issue.
08 February 1879
Tornado at Lockhart demolishes the eastern portion of the town. Mentioned: Dr. BLUNT, Mr.
ROSS, Mr. HEPENSTALL, Mr. BROWNE, Mr. CHERRY, Mr. CHEW, Mr.
SWEARINGEN, Mr. HAFFIN, Mr. COWAN, Mr. LEVYSON, Mr. GALBREATH,
Mr. Tobe SWEARINGEN, STEWART the colored shoemaker, Mr. DAUGHERTY, Mr.
J. G. WILEY, and Mrs. BLUNT.
BORN - A little girl to Mr. STERMUNBERG.
Ben THOMPSON of Austin has purchased the DARDEN property opposite the Court House and
will erect a dwelling house there.
Mr. DYKES of Williamson County has purchased the Craft Building from Col. JONES for a
family residence. His family and children moved into it last week.
Bastrop City Council Meeting, Board of Aldermen. Jos Glover - Mayor. Aldermen: EILERS,
GILL, WILLENBERG, ERWIN, WERTZNER, TAYLOR, WISEMAN, ERHARD.
Treasurer - ELZNER. Sec'y - F. A. ORGAIN. City Marshall - Frank PETTY. Other
meetings during the year are reported in the following issues: 08 Mar, 19 Apr, 10 May,
07 Jun, 16 Aug, 06 Sep, 11 Oct, and 22 Nov.
DIED -- At the A&M College near Bryan, TX, 17 Jan 1879, Charles, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs.
J. T. McGEHEE of Hill's Prairie, BC, aged 18 years, of pneumonia.
DIED -- Sherman REYNOLDS, born Fishkill on the Hudson River, West Chester County, NY
09 Jan 1816. Came to Texas Jan 1840. Lived on Galveston Island for one year, then in
Austin, then to LaGrange and was engaged there in the mercantile business with A. L.
VALE and Geo. W. SINKLS. In June 1844 he came to Bastrop. In Jan 1847 he married
Miss Martha A. CHRISTIAN, who came to Texas at an early day from Virginia, and was
living near the Colorado River at the time of the Mexican War. He built the steamboat
"Water Moccasin" in 1848 or 1849 (Capt. W. W. KNOWLES of Ohio was the boat
captain), but it sank near Columbus in 1856. REYNOLDS since that time was in the
mercantile business in Bastrop until his death on 29 Jan 1879, it is supposed from a fit of
apoplexy. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. WOOTEN of the Methodist
Church. He leaves a wife, 4 sons, and 4 daughters.
15 February 1879
DIED -- Henry VASTERLING, a citizen of Texas since 1846, at Schulenburg recently, aged 83
DIED -- Charlie SORELLE, Esq., brother-in-law to Dr. Wm. M. SCALLORN of Lee County.
(Copied from the Giddings Lone Star.)
More on the murder of Exum HOLLAMON of Seguin who came to his death on the night of 27
Jan. by 4 mortal blows on the head with a blunt instrument. John T. BAKER was arrested
for the crime. He is a relative of Gus and Lafayette BAKER, prominent merchants of
Seguin. Both BAKER and HOLLAMON had been seeing Miss Lizzie SHORT and it is
their rivalry, it is supposed, which caused the murder. Two other suspects of the crime are
Brily[?] DUGGAN and Charlie BENNETT, but they have not been arrested as of yet.
Dr. Caton ERHARD has returned from Austin where he was serving as a juror in Federal Court.
P. J. GILL, the butcher, slaughtered a beef on Thursday evening weighing 1,485 lbs. It had been
purchased from Col. Marsh TRIGG of Hill's Prairie.
Currently in the Bastrop jail:
S. S. HOWARD - charged with murder
J. H. WILLIAMS - charged with murder
Lewis CLARK - charged with theft of mare
Albert OWENS - charged with robbery
John WINN - convicted of assault with intent to kill and murder, case appealed
Henry McCLARREN - charged with theft of horse
Henry JORDAN - charged with theft
Jacob BRADLEY - charged with assault with intent to kill and murder
John NORTON - charged with assault with intent to kill and murder
Jim BARFIELD - convicted of resisting an officer and fined $500
Watt BONNER, hoodo[?] negro - charged with robbery
Bob MILBURN - charge, threatening life
Henry BLALOCK - convicted and fined for gambling
Marriage licenses issued by Count Clerk FINNEY for 01 Feb - 14 Feb 1879:
J. G. SAMS and R. A. GORDON
Willie ROBINSON and Ella ROBINSON
C. H. SWINFORD and Mary F. OWEN
E. J. JUITCHE[?] and Emma KNITTLE
Alonzo T. McKEAN and Laura A. EILERS
John C. WILSON and A. D. TUCKER
J. H. ROBINSON and Bettie DUVAL
Otto E. GRIESENBECK and Mary KLEINERT
W. L. MORRIS and Mary A. TRIGG
Henry WALKER and Mandelia JENKINS
Larkins WILLIAMS and Charlotte McMAHON
MARRIED -- On 11 Feb 1879 at the bride's residence by Rev. W. WOOTON, Mr. Willie L.
MORRIS and Miss Mary A. TRIGG, all of BC.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, Mr. C. KLEINERT, at Bastrop on Sunday
evening, 09 Feb 1879, Mr. Otto GRIESENBECK and Miss Mary KLEINERT, all of
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, Dr. J. C. DUVAL, at Bastrop at 8 o'clock,
Wednesday morning, 12 Feb 1879, by Rev. Fred L. ALLEN, Dr. J. H. ROBINSON of
Dresdon, Navarro County, TX and Miss Bettie DUVAL of Bastrop. They will reside in
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, Mr. Louis EILERS, at Bastrop, 10 1/2
o'clock a. m., 12 Feb 1879, by Rev. Fred L. ALLEN, Mr. Alonzo ("Lonnie") T.
McKEAN of Austin and Miss Laura A. EILERS of Bastrop. A telegram from Laura's
former teachers at Austin, Natalia VON SCHENCK, Alice MOHL, and Tony VON
SCHENCK, was read.
22 February 1879
Dr. A. N. DENTON of Hays County, Dr. H. P. LUCKETT of BC, and Dr. James E.
MORRIS[?] of Austin have been appointed a Board of Medical Examiners for the 15th
MARRIED -- At Bastrop on the 20th inst. by Rev. Weems WOOTEN, Miss Orline WALTON
to Joseph D. SAYERS, Esq.
MARRIED -- In Travis County, 06 Feb 1879, by the Rev. Mr. WALLACE, Mr. Robt. D.
GLASS of BC and Miss Alice CARLY of Travis County.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, Mr. frank HOPPE, in Bastrop Tuesday night,
18 Feb 1879, by Hon. Dyer MOORE, Mr. William THIESEN and Mrs. Lena KIRSCH,
all of BC.
Mr. Marion ROE has produced excellent sugar from his crop of ribbon cane.
DIED -- Mammie TAMA, an old colored family servant of Mrs. THOMSON, aged 97 years, last
DIED -- At the residence of Mrs. H. V. THOMSON of pneumonia, 09 Feb 1879, Mammie
TAMA (colored), aged about 97 years.
R. S. GREEN will pay a reward of $100 for information on the person who cut his ferry rope on
Sunday night, 15 Feb.
Col. GREEN has purchased the Campbell TAYLOR farm north of town and presented it to his
sons Ruff and Dave.
01 March 1879
Hon. R. J. PRICE's brilliant racehorse, "Little Reb," adds to his laurels by winning at Charleston in a mile and 3/4 race.
MARRIED -- Adjutant General Jno. G. JONES to Mrs. A. H. ANDERSON at Austin, 25th inst.
Dr. S. S. JUDD of Janesville, WI visited us last week. He was the half-brother of our former
fellow townsman, M. O. DIMOND, dec'd.
DIED -- Joseph D. WILSON, at his residence at Craft's Prairie, on Tuesday 18 Feb 1879, of
pneumonia, aged 43. Had been a citizen of BC since 1851.
Rev. Weems WOOTEN of the Methodist Church has been quite sick during the past week, but
Chas. VOIGHT while returning from the Casino on Tuesday night, fell over a steep embankment,
braking his arm and shoulder blade in the fall. Amputation will not be necessary, although
he may carry a stiff arm the remainder of his life.
There was an attempt to assassinate Jack McDONALD at a party at Mr. J. MUNGER's on Sandy
Creek, Friday night last. Jack was dancing with a young lady when he was fired at through
the window, missing both. Guilty party unknown.
MARRIED -- In BC on Sunday 15 Feb 1879 by Jerry ALLEN, Esq., Mr. M. GLOECKNER and
Miss Bertha MITCHILL, of this county.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's uncle, Mr. Enoch SMITH, on the evening of 20 Feb
1879 by Rev. Daniel MORGAN, Mr. J. R. HOSKINS and Miss Martha F. SMITH, all
of BC. Mr. HOSKINS' mother gave the couple a nice supper.
Marriage licenses issued by County Clerk FINNEY since 17 Feb:
J. P. YOUNG and P. H. KELLUM
Wm. THAISON and Mrs. KIRSH
M. GLOECKNER and Bertha MICHEL
Jos. D. SAYERS and Orline WALTON
J. R. HASKINS and Martha F. SMITH
L. JACKSON and Minnie BREEDLOVE
Waller WINSTON and Mary JACKSON
Paul J. McLARY and Melissa JONES
Joseph MAINE and Rebecca TRUSS
R. J. STEPHENS and Eliza BATREY
G. W. KENNEDY and J. F. WELLBORN
Ned ROBINSON and Mollie JONES
Obituary for Sherman REYNOLDS reprinted from the Mariposa, CA Gazette written by his
youngest siblings (or sibling) who had moved to California in April 1849 in the Gold Rush.
Sherman had emigrated from NY to TX in 1838.
08 March 1879
MARRIED -- Eloped at Brenham, Mr. Thomas A. HALL and Miss Ella DANCY of LaGrange,
causing a considerable sensation there.
Information wanted of one James GIBSON who went to Texas about 25 years ago. Send to Joseph
ROBINSON, WIARTON[?], or John BAINS, of Olimphant, Ontario, Canada West.
Hon. G. W. JONES, M. C., leaves for Washington City Monday to attend the called session of
DIED -- James M. FORE, at the residence of James WALKER at Middleton Springs, BC, on the
5th inst., age 24. He was born and raised in this county.
DIED -- Mrs. Eliza WARE at her residence in Bastrop about 4 o'clock yesterday morning of
consumption. Mrs. WARE will probably be better known as Mrs. Cid NASH. She leaves
4 children - two by her first marriage, and two by her last.
DIED -- Mrs. J. A. FLETCHER was killed on Thursday night by the fall of a tree. The tree had
caught fire during the day and while the son, aged 14, was trying to chop it down, it fell
upon his mother, breaking her back and shoulders, and killing her instantly.
Bastrop Literary Society organized. Dyer MOORE - President and Critic; J. P. FOWLER - VP;
D. M. SCOTT - Sec'y; M. H. HILL - Treasurer. F. A. ORGAIN, R. C. STAFFORD,
and W. E. MAYNARD also members. The question for the next meeting: "Should women
be allowed the right of suffrage?" To argue the affirmative: D. M. SCOTT, R. C.
STAFFORD. Negative: Miles H. HILL, W. E. MAYNARD.
Mr. Richard BURGER, wife, and two children aged about one and four years, were poisoned,
supposed to be from arsenic, either in the tea or something used for supper. How the
poisoning took place is a mystery. [More detail.]
DIED -- In Williamson County, TX 19 Feb 1879, of hemorrhage of the brain, Bettie Ophelia,
daughter of John A. and Sallie C. WALLACE, aged 15 mos., 11 days.
Susan F. YATES petitions the DC for divorce from Lewis R. YATES, residence unknown. They
were married in July 1869 in Georgia and they lived together until Lewis abandoned the
family in August 1875. Susan asks for divorce and custody of their two children, Eugenia
15 March 1879
DIED -- Mrs. OLSTON, aged about 60 years, in Austin on Tuesday, suicide by hanging herself
from a bed post.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, in Bastrop 26 Feb 1879, by W. H.
COULSON, Esq., Mr. R. J. STEPHENS and Miss Eliza BEATLY, all of BC.
Martha A. REYNOLDS and A. B. REYNOLDS have been granted letters of administration on
the estate of Sherman REYNOLDS, dec'd.
Messrs. A. SCHUTZE and Gussey PLOGER have been appointed Deputies of the Bastrop Post
Office by Postmaster WERTZNER.
Debating Society's next question: "Are Public Free Schools politic?" To argue affirmative: M.
H. HILL, H. C. NASH. To argue negative: R. C. STAFFORD, Charles A. BATTS.
Notaries Public appointed for BC:
S. W. BIGGS - Elgin; W. A. HIGHSMITH - Snake's Prairie; Robt. P. JONES - near
Elgin; Jno. W. KENNEDY - McDade; Murray BURLESON - Smithville; Jno. C.
YERGER - Alum Creek; W. B. PATTON - Red Rock; J. B. ADAIR - Cedar Creek; F.
A. ORGAIN - Bastrop.
Fred SCHMIDT, the deputy Postmaster last year, has moved from Bastrop to LaGrange to take
charge of his father's business.
MARRIED -- At the residence of Col. Mark YOUNG, by Rev. W. WOOTEN, 12 Mar 1879, Mr.
Matt E. ANDERSON and Miss Josephine YOUNG, all of BC.
Tribute of Respect published by the Ridgway Bible Class for James FORE who died 05 Mar 1879.
Leaves a wife. Signed: A. W. TRACY - Sup't; L. B. CONDRA, I. S. MOBLEY, I. G.
22 March 1879
MARRIED -- Mr. Charles E. SAUNDERS, junior proprietor of the News Echo, at Lockhart on
the 13th inst. to Miss Mellie F. CHILES of Lockhart.
Dan M. JACKSON offers a $50 reward for the arrest of a man named CAMPBELL, who
borrowed his pony, some money from a poor widow lady, Mrs. MARTIN, and left for
parts unknown. CAMPBELL is of small stature, rather dried up, inclined to stoop, with
dark eyes and side whiskers, about 130 or 140 lbs., and represents himself as a school
Harvey TRIMBLE, charged with theft of an animal belonging to Ed[?] BURLESON, was arrested
near Waco and is now in the Bastrop jail.
The sister of J. H. MILLICAN, who she said came to Texas and stopped near Bastrop about one
year ago, is in Bastrop looking for him. She is crippled and is from Memphis, TN. Any
E. J. ORGAIN presided as President at the recent 12th Anniversary of the BC Auxiliary Bible
Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Miss Cornelia HEMPHILL of Bastrop gave a supper for the Marlin Fire Company No. 1.
29 March 1879
Madame WALKER from Hayti delivered two addresses at the Bastrop Court House on Monday
and Tuesday night, the first on the history and future of the negro race the second on Hayti
and its customs. A large audience, principally colored, greeted her both nights and the
addresses were well received.
John WINN, jailed in the Bastrop jail, along with three others, nailed the door to their cell shut.
Sheriff JENKINS ordered them to open the door but they would not, so JENKINS
ordered their rations cut off. After 5 days, they gave up and opened the door.
05 April 1879
J. C. YERGER, administrator of the estate of Mrs. Ruth JONES.
R. C. STAFFORD, Esq., has been quite sick during the week but is recovering.
Col. CLAIBORNE and his daughter, Mrs. KIRK, have been very sick during the week but are
T. W. SMITH, formerly of Bastrop and a merchant of McDade, has been elected Mayor of Round
Cliff HUBBARD was fired upon one night last week, but thinks the would-be assassin mistook
him man as HUBBARD can think of no enemies.
The ladies of the Methodist Church, headed up by Miss Sallie POWELL, Miss Octavia
STEWART, and Miss Mary REYNOLDS, will give an ice cream festival in Bastrop on
Wednesday, 23 April.
A. D. McGINNIS, formerly of Bastrop and more recently of Belton, has located at San Saba.
Our German neighbor, Mr. PRENSCELL, accompanied by his wife, left for San Antonio where
Dr. HURFF will operate on Mr. PRENSCELL's cataract which has left him blind in one
eye. Mr. P's family consists of a wife, three children, and an aged mother.
Members of the Star Band: J. F. NASH, N. S. HAND, and the two KERR brothers.
Mr. W. C. SMITH was driving his loaded wagon down Main Street where a box fell off,
frightening the horses, and causing a runaway. No damage except to a few boxes of
The Debate Society. On the question "Had the South the constitutional right to secede?" On the affirmative were Ed MAYNARD and Caton ERHARD and on the negative were D. M.
SCOTT and M. H. HILL. The negative prevailed.
Frank SCHNEIDER, while fishing with Geo. PFEIFER, fell from a bluff some 20-25 feet, and
broke his thigh. He is under the treatment of Dr. STARKE and though amputation may
not be necessary, he will likely be a cripple for life.
Marriage licenses issued by County Clerk FINNEY from 12 Mar - 31 Apr:
J. W. RUGLE and Ada R. HARGROVE
H. W. JONES and Sarah Jane FISHER/RISNER[?]
Theodore A. SMITH and Ruth WEAVE
Turner FOWLER and Ruler[?] ANDERSON
August GRAHMAN and Catherine MEUTH[?]
Isaac LEE and Emeline QUALLS[?]
Frank PERKINS and Lucy MATHEWS
John HUBNER and Mary HARHAM[?]
J. F. HONCUIN[?] and S. A. OLIVER
Lewis RECTOR and Effie PRIESTLY
Thos. MILLER and Catherine PEOPLES
Frank CLARK and Abbie SMITH
Mr. HARRIS of the Lone Star Mills was crippled yesterday by falling from the engine and striking his knee cap against the throttle.
12 April 1879
J. F. "Punch" NASH has the measles.
G. W. KENNEDY, administrator of the estate of Wm. KENNEDY, dec'd.
19 April 1879
Dr. W. E. SAUNDERS, the newly appointed superintendent of the lunatic asylum in Austin is
Stolen from A. L. SAUNDERS of Snake Prairie on 01 April, one brown mare. $10 Reward.
DIED -- Mrs. Sarah E. MORRIS, wife of Mr. J. P. MORRIS, at the family residence 6 miles
north of Bastrop, of pneumonia, on Tuesday last. She was buried in the City Cemetery
DCBC convened Monday, 14 April 1879. Hon. L. W. MOORE - presiding judge; C. B.
MAYNARD - Clerk; Geo. R. HANNAY - Deputy; Wm. E. JENKINS - Sheriff; Robert
REDDING - Deputy; Capt. B. C. ORGAIN - County Attorney. Special bailiffs: J. W.
RANSOM, w. M. McKINNEY, John PURCELL, P. A. HAUSER, G. W.
GALLOWAY, Flanders BERKER, John Tyler REID. Grand Jurors: James TAYLOR - Foreman, J. I. McGINNIS, W. C. BEVEL, R. B. SHIP, Alexander ROE, Albert ORTZ,
A. M. HUBBARD, Jas. M. ROYSTON, W. O. STRAWS, Phil TINNIN, J. Ross
GREEN, Thomas BRYCE.
Civil cases decided:
Heirs of A. J. L. SOWELL vs. John GOESCHEL - dismissed at plaintiff's cost
Robt. ROBSON vs. Nelson THURMOND et. al. - continued
R. and M. SMITH vs. W. R. MASON et. al. - dismissed at plaintiff's cost
John D. ANDERSON vs. Grant LEWIS and Bishop JACKSON - continued
Mt. Bethel School and Church vs. W. N. ERWIN - continued
P. G. BROWNING vs. NICHOLS, SHIPP, & KENNEDY - continued
George GREEN vs. Rosetta GREEN - continued
L. L. RECTOR vs. W. C. POWELL et. al. - continued
L. HELMAN of Elgin - applied for letters of citizenship which were granted
Criminal cases decided:
Henry JORDAN, colored - guilty in two cases: theft of a gelding (10 years); theft of $20
Henry WATTERSON, colored - guilty in two cases: theft of a gelding (10 years); theft of
$20 (2 years)
Steve RUSSELL, colored - charged with assault with attempt to kill and murder, pled
guilty to aggravated assault, fined $100.
Cases of J. W. WILLIAMS and S. S. HOWARD, charged with murder, the first of
STRICKLAND near Walnut Creek, and the latter of FARMER near Paige - set for
Marriage licenses issued by County Clerk FINNEY since 01 April:
Thos. V. WATSON and Catharine PEOPLES
Frank CLARK and Abbie SMITH
Dave BLACK and Sina ELLIOTT
J. S. WILSON and Nancy C. ABERCROMBIE
James FRANKLIN and Malinda ALDRIDGE
Daniel THOMAS and Ellen Jane STRONG
On Tuesday morning on Mr. YOUNG's plantation across the river from Bastrop, Steve
MACKEY, negro, struck Albert HARRIS, negro, on the head with a hoe, fracturing the
skull. He may recover. MACKEY was arrested.
Legislative speech of Hon. George W. JONES on the Army Bill is published.
26 April 1879
Dr. D. R. WALLACE is leaving as Superintendent of the State Lunatic Asylum, with Mrs.
WALLACE. Had held that post since 1874. Dr. GIVEN, Assistant Superintendent, and
Capt. WILSON, are also resigning. [Long article on the asylum.]
DIED -- Hon. French GARWOOD of Melford Center, Union Co., OH, brother of BC resident
Maj. C. B. GARWOOD, from Bright's disease of the kidneys on 06 March. Had
represented Union County in the OH Legislature for two sessions, 1876-7, and was for
many years in the mercantile business. Leaves a wife, two sons, and two daughters. (Two
obituaries, reprinted from the Marysville (OH) Tribune.)
DIED -- At his residence, 5 miles south of Austin, on the 19th inst., S. G. SNEED, Sr., age 78.
Born in Green County, KY in 1801, moved to Clay County, MO in 1818, thence to
Washington County, Arkansas in 1831 where he resided until 1848 when he moved to
Dr. ERHARD, Co. Wiley HILL, and Mr. Campbell TAYLOR returned on Thursday from the
DIED -- On Sunday night, 13th inst., a little infant child of Mr. J. JUNG and wife, and was
buried on the Monday following.
DIED -- On Tuesday night, young Charlie A. BATTS, while on duty as guard at the jail. Was
struck and instantly killed by lightning. There were three others in the room at the time,
Charlie CARTWRIGHT, Mr. PURCELL, and a little negro boy, who were shocked but
not badly harmed. BATTS was 17 years old, eldest son of Mr. A. J. BATTS. Burial in
the City Cemetery was on Tuesday. [Two notices on this death.]
DIED -- Marshall, infant son of Rufus and Sue A. GREEN, 21 Apr 1879.
Tournament and Dance to be held at Mrs. BURLESON's on the 1st of May proximo.
Letter published by Johnnie C. JOHNSON, from jail in which he regrets his wild behavior and
asks BC's pardon. Mentions his widowed mother and orphan sisters [does not mention
N. A. MORRIS vs. J. DUVE, trespass to try title, judgment for plaintiff and new trial
Ed. BASTIAN vs. John WINNEBERGER - foreclosure of vendor's lien, judgment for
BC vs. J. A. KOHLER and others, continued, the court announcing legal disqualifications
to sit in the case.
State of Texas vs. W. J. S. CARTER - two cases, judgment ni si set aside in both
N. A. MORRIS vs. J. M. FINNEY, trespass to try title, verdict for plaintiff
A. A. ERHARD vs. W. T. SCOTT - foreclosure of vendor's lien, judgment for plaintiff
Parthinia LEONARD vs. Robert LEONARD - divorced
James ABRAHAM vs. Jane ABRAHAM - divorced
Mahaley PRUETT vs. Dock PRUETT - divorced
Louis WESTON vs. Isabella WESTON - divorced
Mariah WILLIAMS vs. Wesley WILLIAMS - divorced
Criminal Cases decided:
Park WHITTINGTON, theft of a hog - not guilty
Henry JORDAN, theft of a gelding - guilty, 15 years
Albert OWENS, theft of a cow - continued
Joseph ROGERS, theft of a cow - continued
Mese SAMSON, theft of a hog - not guilty
J. S. JOPLIN, theft of a mare - continued
John C. JOHNSON, burglary - guilty, 5 years. Motion for new trial overruled and notice
of appeal given.
Jo. RHODES, perjury - continued
J. GOULD, theft of a mare - not guilty
John WATSON, theft of over $20 - nol pros
John GLASSCOCK, assault with intent to kill and murder - bond forfeited
Charles ALEXANDER, assault with intent to kill and murder - not guilty
John NORTON and Jake BEARDLEY, assault with intent to kill and murder of Deputy
Sheriff PETTY, severance asked for and granted. NORTON found guilty - 6 years
in penitentiary; BEARDLEY found guilty - 5 years in penitentiary.
John WINN - convicted last term of assault wit intent to kill and murder, appealed and
upheld lower court decision, sentenced to 2 years.
Cases of J. W. WILLIAMS and S. S. HOWARD reset for 30 April.
Rev. W. A. SMITH and wife are in Bastrop to visit their son, Cicero SMITH.
03 May 1879
Hon. Seth SHEPARD of Brenham was in the DC this week as attorney for Sam HOWARD,
charged with murder.
E. W. SPIERS, charged with the murder of BRANDT, surrendered to the Sheriff yesterday, was
tried under habeas corpus by Judge MOORE, and admitted to bail in a bond of $3,000.
Master Sammie LUCKETT had a birthday party on Thursday evening.
Knights of Honor: Deputy Grand Dictator, John F. CROWE of Giddings organized a Lodge in
Bastrop on Monday night last. Officers elected: N. A. MORRIS - D; J. H. GOODMAN - - VD; W. H. GRIMES - AVD; C. R. HAYNIE - R; H. P. LUCKETT - FR; E.
BASTIAN - T; W. WOOTEN - C; R. BURGER - G; A. J. BATTS - G; W. R. REDING
- S; Dyer MOORE - PD; H. P. LUCKETT - ME.
Marriage licenses issued by County Clerk FINNEY since 19 April:
Horace JOHNSON and Malva SIMS
Grandison DAVIS and Harriet DEAN
J. J. EDGE and Martha E. CARTER
Jeff REGANS and Carrie HOLLMAN
Ed. GRADY and Ellen HARRIS
Alex BROWN and Harriet MILLER
Nat. HOUSTON and Malinda BROWN
W. H. CONDRON and Milissa C. BOBO
William H. SMITH and S. LAWRENCE
Frank RIGGINS and Annie BENJAMIN
Jerry ROGERS and Florence SMITH
Chas. WERTZNER, the postmaster, publishes an article bemoaning the amount of money spent
on goods purchased by mail, as opposed to patronizing local businesses.
DCBC Proceedings - Civil cases decided:
Campbell TAYLOR vs. J. P. NASH and others, mandate from appellate court returned, and
case transferred to magistrate court, Beat No. 1.
CLAIBORNE House vs. S. J. SPIER and others - Dyer MOORE appointed guardian ad
litum, judgment for plaintiff against SPIER.
Caton ERHARD vs. J. A. J. COX and P. L. RIDGE, debt - judgment and foreclosure.
Criminal cases decided:
State of Texas vs. Thomas NULL, theft of a speckled calf - continued
State of Texas vs. S. S. HOWARD, murder of Alexander FARMER. Messrs. SHEPARD
and RECTOR of Brenham for the defense; County Attorney B. D. ORGAIN and
Maj. J. D. SAYERS for the State. Jurors for this case: H. H. ALEXANDER, L.
J. NICHOLS, N. S. SLATON, R. S. PRIEST, A. S. CARTER, A. BYRES, Jno.
W. HILL, James OWEN, A. S. CHRISTIAN, A. B. SUMMERS, V. B. SMITH,
W. B. KEYES. Case continued because all but CHRISTIAN voted for murder in
the first degree.
State of Texas vs. J. W. WILLIAMS, murder of STRICKLAND on Walnut Creek. R.
C. STAFFORD for the defense; County Attorney B. D. ORGAIN for the State.
Jurors for this case: S. A. COTTLE, J. J. HALMARK, W. A. PARKS, Alexander
NOLEN, W. B. SPALDING, Jno. T. McGHEE, Jo. HARGROVE, Bob
WARREN, Robt. KERR, P. G. SOWELS, Phil HOWELL, E. LEWIS. Verdict –
murder in the first degree.
State of Texas vs. Steve MACKEY, colored, assault with intent to kill and murder Albert
HARRISON, colored. Verdict - guilty, 6 years in penitentiary. If HARRISON
should die, MACKEY will be indicted and tried at the next term for murder in the
Johnnie KNOWLES of Alum Creek has the measles.
10 May 1879
The death rate at the Lunatic Asylum since Dr. WALLACE left and Dr. SAUNDERS took over
is fearful. Six patients - READ, BOONE, EVANS, WALLACE, NELSON, and KEYS - have died.
Sheriff JENKINS has been quite sick with the measles but is improving.
Marriage Licenses issued by County Clerk FINNEY the past week:
Geo. W. BARKER and Arizona LEWIS
Jim ABRAMS and Laura EASELY
Messrs. B. V. STANDIFER, J. I. McGINNIS, Ben HARRIS, Esq. W. E. JONES of Elgin, and
Capt. George HARRIS of Webberville were in attendance this week at the County Court.
County Court Proceedings:
F. SODER vs. G. W. GAGE, e. W. FARMER, and A. G. WALKER, injunction -
judgment by default
L. HELMAN vs. W. B. BRYANT, foreclosure of mortgage - judgment by default
J. R. HUBBARD vs. H. and T. C. Railroad Co. - continued generally
R. V. STANDIVER vs. Wade C. HEMPHILL - judgment for plaintiff for $1.00 and cost
Geo. MILTON vs. Ben HARRIS - continued generally
Jno. R. LAKE vs. William SHAW, action for damages - judgment for defendant
H. H. SHORT Ex Parte, application for pension - dismissed
Martha BURLESON, Ex Parte, application for pension - dismissed
Letter from Mrs. J. A. F. OWEN regarding Albert OWEN's trial is published. Mentions Ezekiel
OWEN's children. [Relationships not specified.]
A memorial published for the death of Chas. A. BATTS from A. G. in Cassopolis, MI. [A. G.
is very likely Alonzo GARWOOD, who was in MI at the time.]
Long letter to the Editor from a resident of Paige regarding the HOWARD trial.
17 May 1879
Lentz's branch near Live Oak was named for William LENTZ, killed at one of it water holes by
the Indians a long time ago.
Dr. J. B. ADAIR of Cedar Creek returned home Wednesday evening from an extensive tour of
the old states. He was a delegate to the State Medical Association held at Sherman and a
state delegate to the American Medical Association held at Atlanta, GA.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bridegroom's father, near McDade, 04 March 1879, by Wm.
H. COULSON, Esq., Mr. G. W. BARKER and Miss Arizona LEWIS, both of BC.
Stock show at Bastrop last Saturday: Maj. A. W. MOORE showed thoroughbred horses and
cattle, as did Hon. R. J. PRICE. E. B. BURLESON showed hereford cattle. A. A.
ERHARD -a Durham cow. Mr. M. W. TRIGG - a Durham bull. Mr. Richard
PENTURF - a fine stallion. A. B. REYNOLDS - a thoroughbred Alderney bull. J. D.
OLIVER - a thoroughbred Alderney bull. Wm. SHAW - a Durham bull. D. S. GREEN - an imported Durham bull. Mrs. A. O. BECK - a young stallion. Mr. A. O. BECK - a
mule colt. A. B. SUMMERS - a fine stallion. John O. NASH - a filley.
24 May 1879
Mr. Sam DORRIS of Austin is the brother-in-law of the McGINNIS brothers of Elgin.
Miles H. HILL is out again after suffering from a severe attack of the measles.
Col. Phil CLAIBORNE and R. C. STAFFORD will speak at a barbecue at McDade next
Wednesday, 28th inst.
Richard BURGER, one of our most worthy German citizens, while attending the Terry Texas
Rangers meeting in San Antonio, fell in the street, caused from over heat. He is recovering
and is returning home.
At the German Kinder-Fest on Sunday last, 8th inst., Miss Bettie WERTZNER was crowned
Queen. The Casino Band was directed by Mr. Albert ELZNER. The queen selected as
maids of honor the Misses Julia HOPPE, Julia MILLER, Helena RABENBURG, and
Emily WISEMAN. Crowned queen for the evening was Miss Bettie, daughter of Dr.
STARCKE (only young men could vote at 5 cents each). Mr. Rufus J. GRIESSENBECK
was elected King by the young ladies. Committee on arrangements: Theo. A. HASLER,
M. GLOECKNER, Jos. JUNG, Fred KEIL, and Steph. WAEHL.
31 May 1879
An article on Dr. COLLETSO and the fraud of the Bastrop Coal Mine.
John ADRIANCE, Jr., administrator of the estate of Alfred P. NOURSE.
Lon GARWOOD of Cassopolis, MI is the son of Major GARWOOD.
Messrs. Bob and Bennett HUBBARD and Mr. Sid JENKINS in Hill's Prairie on Saturday night
were fired upon when returning from a sociable in the neighborhood. The unknown
assassins fired some 12 shots; Mr. JENKINS returned fire. It is not thought that there are
A description of BC, written by W. A. HIGHSMITH, and reprinted from Home and Farm, is
Glass ball shooting is all the rage in Bastrop. Mr. Orlando CALDWELL of Austin, Dr.
LUCKETT, and Mr. Chas. L. HAYNIE introduced it.
At the 19th annual closing session of Mrs. ORGAIN's school, certificates of proficiency in
mathematics were awarded Misses Mollie HUBBARD, Lillie SAYERS, Emma JOHNSON,
and Mattie HARRISON.
07 June 1879
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At the closing exercises of Mrs. E. J. ORGAIN's school (Colorado Institute):
Master Robbie GILL gave a George Washington speech. Other excellent readers: Misses
Rachel JONES, Mattie HARRISON, Lillie SAYERS, America DUVAL, Mollie
HUBBARD, Katie GLOVER, Emma JOHNSON. Master Tommie CAIN gave a welcome
speech. Compositions: Misses E. JOHNSON, L. SAYERS, M. HUBBARD, A. DUVAL,
L. KRAUSE, and M. HARRISON. Mr. Wm. MILEY gave a "Tribute to Texas."
At the closing examinations of the Excelsior College, the music class of Mrs. Mollie McDOWELL
delighted the audience. Mrs. Helen V. CARMER announced this to be the end of her
teaching in Bastrop (she had been managing the Excelsior College).
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, 04 June 1879, by the Rev. J. M. RENICK,
Mr. W. J. HAMILTON of Mountain City and Miss Emma W. WORSHAM of Snake
Prairie, at 7 o'clock a.m. They will make their home in Mountain City.
21 June 1879
Phil CLAIBORNE published a letter to the Editor on suggestions for county improvements.
Some of those ill in Cedar Creek: Mrs. GLASS, Sr., Mrs. Walter NORMENT, Major Jack
Dr. Wm. B. SEAY has been quite ill the past week but is improving.
The little babe of Mr. and Mrs. H. PETWAY is seriously ill and not expected to live through the
MARRIED -- Near McDade, 22 May 1879, by W. H. COULSON, Esq., Dr. J. THOMAS and
Elizabeth BARKER, all of BC.
MARRIED -- Miss Mattie CARLOSS and Mr. J. W. MATIER at Flatonio, on the 17th.
Information is wanted on the death of Mrs. DODGE who is thought to have died in this or
Washington or White County about the year 1860. Her husband is supposed to have been
killed in the war. Any information will be liberally rewarded by John SPANGLER, Box
42, Stockton Furniture Factory, CA.
Rev. W. WOOTEN, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his esteemed wife were
pleasantly "pounded" by the members of his flock and others on Monday night last. The
WOOTENs also published a card of thanks for the goods received.
Officers elected for the ensuing year for the Bastrop Chapter No. 95 R. A. M.:
Chester A. ERHARD - MEHP; W. C. POWELL - EK; A. A. ERHARD - ES; J. H.
GOODMAN - CH; T. C. CAIN - PS; A. J. BATTS - Grand M, 3rd V; R. A.
MONCURE - Grand M, 2nd V; A. WISEMAN - Grand M, 1st V; Jas. NICHOLSON -
Sec'y; R. A. BURGER - Treasurer; D. S. GREEN - Guard; N. A. MORRIS - PHP.
Officers elected for the ensuing 6 months, Bastrop Knights of Honor:
W. WOOTEN - Dictator; T. C. CAIN - Vice Dictator; H. P. LUCKETT - Assistant
Dictator; C. B. GARWOOD - Chaplain; C. R. HAYNIE - Reporter; W. H. GRIMES -
Financial Reporter; R. A. BURGER - Guide; A. J. BATTS - Guardian; Ed BASTIAN -
Treasurer; W. R. REDING - Sentinel; H. P. LUCKETT - Medical Examiner; N. A.
MORRIS - Past Dictator.
28 June 1879
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DIED -- Rev. W. G. W. BROWN, an old and much respected citizen of Austin, died at Dallas
last week from a paralytic stroke.
Maj. David JONES of Austin spent several days in Bastrop, accompanied by his daughters, Misses
Nannie and Lula.
Officers elected for the ensuing Masonic year, Gamble Lodge No. 244 AF and AM:
Dyer MOORE - WM; Robt GILL - SW; J. W. KENNEDY - Jr. W; T. A. HASLER -
Treasurer; Jas. NICHOLSON, Sr. - Sec'y; W. C. SMITH - SD; Richard BURGER - JD;
Joseph JUNG - tyler; R. A. MONCURE - Steward; A. WISEMAN - Steward.
DIED -- The little infant child, William Emery, of Mr. and Mrs. Hinch PETTWAY, Thursday
evening, and was buried in the City Cemetery yesterday morning. Funeral services were
held at the Methodist Church, Rev. W. WOOTEN officiating.
Maj. GARWOOD left on Thursday for an extended trip through Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin,
Illinois, Michigan, and returning through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi,
Alabama, and Louisiana.
Dr. Jas. H. GRANT, dentist in Austin, is the son of Dr. R. E. GRANT, also a dentist in Austin.
Mr. Calvin TURNER of Alum Creek stepped on a rattlesnake in his corn field. Wall TURNER
called to his brother to step aside, but too late. Cal was not bitten, although he felt it strike his boot several times.
19 July 1879
Capt. T. C. CAIN and his son, Tommie, age 10, visited Austin.
Col. GREEN captured a sail boat at the ferry that had been stolen by William HAWTHORNE
who was arrested near Snake Prairie. He was tried for insanity and while the charge was
sustained, they did not think him insane enough to commit him to the lunatic asylum and
Dr. J. I. DYCHES will give a lecture "The Nature of the Bible" tonight.
We welcome Rev. Mr. SMITH and his accomplished daughter. He is presiding elder of this
Methodist Conference district, and proposes locating his family in Bastrop.
Mr. Cal TURNER of Alum Creek has the honor of bringing in the first bale of cotton to Bastrop
this year. A. WISEMAN bought the bale weighing 650 lbs. at 11 cents.
DIED -- Ida Pearl, infant daughter of John T. and Emily McGEHEE, born 14 Jan 1879, died 05
Jun 1879, aged nearly 5 months.
On Saturday night last, a thief stole a saddle and bridle from Mr. Frank ORGAIN, and the next
night, several horses were stolen in the county.
26 July 1879
Joe HARDIN shot his brother-in-law, J. H. BURCH, at Brenham last Saturday, one of the wounds
serious, though perhaps not mortal. HARDIN made his escape. Family troubles were the
cause of the difficulty.
C. B. GARWOOD's letter from Niagra Fall reports on his travels. His brother resides in
Cassapolis, MI. He will next visit his old home in the Buckeye State then will write again
Bastrop has the honor of carrying the first bale of cotton into Austin. It was raised by Sam
GATES, colored, weighing 550 lbs., at 13 cents.
Mr. John BEAVERS, father of Mrs. Adolph ERHARD, returned to Bastrop on Wednesday last.
He looks little changed except his eyesight is possibly a little dimmer.
Sam, a trusty negro, in the employ of Maj. GARWOOD, is thought to be insane, so much so that
he had to be jailed on Sunday last. We hope he will recover.
Rev. Fred L. ALLEN has not been thrown from his horse and killed. There was no foundation
for the report whatever.
DIED -- Last Sunday, a son of Mr. HATHERLY at the Borden Mill place, aged 14, was drowned
while bathing in the Colorado River near that point. The body was recovered and buried
Monday evening. A younger brother was unharmed.
Mr. Frank WALTER while working on the building being erected by Mr. WALTER was hit on
the back of the neck by a falling brick. He was knocked senseless but recovered in an hour
A brief article on Phil CLAIBORNE, age 70, is reprinted from the Record.
02 August 1879
Wm. H. RIVERS, guardian of the person and estate of Joseph E. RIVERS and Ida Bell RIVERS,
minors, requests of the Court to sell real estate belonging to his wards.
John T. BAKER, under indictment for the murder of young HOLLOMAN, was shot in the head
and killed while at a camp meeting about 3 miles east of Seguin.
Chas. SCHMIDT, leader of our brass band last year, is holding forth at Columbus.
Officer PURCELL has found Frank ORGAIN's saddle which was stolen two weeks ago. Two
negroes have been jailed for the theft.
Col. PEELER's house in Austin was recently burned.
$125 Reward for the return of two mules stolen from me on 18 March. Signed: Rasberry TRIGG.
09 August 1879
Interview with Hon. Geo. W. JONES by Once-A-Week [Austin paper] published here.
Someone has stolen a saddle from Johnnie KNOWLES of Alum Creek.
Two horses of Mr. W. E. TURNER of Alum Creek are missing.
A. E. FALKE, administrator de bonis non of the estate of Henry DANK, dec'd.
Sheriff JENKINS arrested R. C. STAFFORD on Thursday morning, on a charge of forgery. He
gave bond and was released.
DIED -- Charlotte POPE, an industrious, hard-working colored woman of Bastrop, on Monday
F. A. ORGAIN has lost a gold collar button with the initials FAO.
Dr. J. I. DYCHES and family have moved back to Williamson County.
Maj. GARWOOD returned home yesterday evening.
Mr. J. Ross GREEN is quite sick.
C. F. PETTY, City Marshall, published a notice requiring everyone to cut the weeds around their
premises by 20 August.
Marriage licenses issued by County Clerk FINNEY since 01 May 1879:
J. THOMAS and Elizabeth BARKER
Geo. W. BAKER and Arizona LEWIS
Henry FOLLEN and Martha SMITH
Caesa KENNEDY and Sarah BILLINGSLEY
R. C. STAFFORD and Laura WILBARGER
Lewis WILLIAMS and Mrs. Susan ROBERTS
Frank DAIVY and Melissa WILLIAMS
Henry CROCKETT and Jane FAUT
James W. CORK and M. L. MOORE
J. M. BROUGHTON and Arrinda LAWHORN
Henry BURLERSON and Jane TRIGG
Berry CRAFT and Charity MURROY
Jos. M. SPITLER and Mary J. SAUNDERS
Henry GOODIN and Ellen BURLERSON
John PAYNE and Ann RODGERS
Philmore TIPPS and Lucy KELLEY
G. M. GENTRY and H. R. HARRISON
W. FICKEL and Johanna GRUZENDORF
Frank HOLLAND and Dina POLK
Jack TIPPS and Mary WILLIAMS
J. S. LANDTHROP and Media CLARK
W. C. WILSON and Fannie E. CAFFERY
G. W. LEAGON and S. E. NORTON
Frederick STECKEL and Elenoria KAN
16 August 1879
DIED -- On 24 July, a German lady, Mrs. FISHER, committed suicide by poisoning herself. Mr.
FISHER was hoping to follow her example but he is being watched. It is said that family
troubles brought about by their daughter is the reason.
Ben. F. HOLMAN shot and killed a Mexican near Weimar Saturday last.
G. W. JONES published a notice regarding a vacancy for cadet midshipman in the U. S. Naval
Academy at Annapolis for the 5th Congressional District, Texas.
Col. GREEN's ferry rope broke on Wednesday but the boat did not drift off.
Capt. Pass R. TURNER and wife of San Marcos visited Bastrop this week.
A difficulty occurred over a game of billiards on Wednesday between Joseph GILL and Charles
FICKLE during which FICKLE struck GILL on the head with his fist. GILL then
stabbed FICKLE with a pocket knife - not serious. The case was tried before Esq.
ALLEN Friday and GILL was bound over in a bond of $200.
Two negro boys, Jim NELSON and a boy named Israel, ages 14 and 17, were playing with a small
pistol when it accidentally fired, hitting Israel. Fair prospects of recovery.
Miss Annie THOMSON of Bastrop, a niece of Capt. F. W. COZAD, is visiting relatives in
Newton, IA. Charley and Ida COZAD entertained about 75 friends, in honor of their
cousin Annie's visit.
The rear end of the brick general merchandise store house of Charles WERTZNER fell in on
Monday about noon, killing Mr. John BLACK and badly wounding Gussey PLOEGER.
It had been recently built by the Messrs. JUNG and was quite handsome. Mr. BLACK
was an industrious farmer who lived on Piney about 4-5 miles from town. He leaves a wife
and 5 children. Gussey PLOEGER was clerking in the store. Mr. WERTZNER's loss
is estimated at $1,500 - $2,000. Several of Mr. WERTZNER's children had just left the
store before the collapse. Mr. TISON will rebuild the store without the arches.
Gen. Henry E. McCULLOUGH, Superintendent of the Deaf and Dumb Asylum, will retire on
Joseph PRICE, who lives near Belton, had part of his house and roof blown down by a gale
recently. Mrs. PRICE was blown some distance but escaped without injury.
23 August 1879
AKE [possibly a first name?], the negro, was hung in Austin on 22 Aug, still refusing to confess guilt in the case for which he hung.
Mr. P. J. GILL left on Monday for Lampassas. He will return next week with his family.
Mr. John C. BUCHANAN left last week on a several-week trip to Virginia.
Mr. Rufus A. GREEN and family returned from the Springs on Wednesday evening.
Miss Annie WILLIAMS of Lexington, Lee County, is the guest of Rev. W. WOOTEN and lady.
Messrs. Dyer MOORE and N. T. MORRIS left on Monday for Dallas as representatives to the
Grand Lodge Knights of Honor.
A colored boy, Robt. WILLIAMS, knocked an old negro in the head with an axe on Sunday
morning. WILLIAMS fled the county.
Master Hiram GARWOOD, attending the University of Sewanee, TN, has passed first in all his
Rev. Mr. WOOTEN's fine buggy horse, Jeff, died on Wednesday morning.
Adolph ERHARD was severely hurt in his gin on Wednesday when he attempted to throw the band
off the wheel, but he was caught and thrown over the wheel. He received a cut in the hand
and a split nose, but nothing serious.
Chauncey GLOVER, who has been in our [i.e., Advertiser's] office the last five years, has left
us to try his hand in the Giddings Lone Star office.
At the closing exercises of the National School of Elocution and Oratory, Miss Marie E. PERRY
who read "The Death of the Old Squire," Mr. Robert F. FINCK/FINCH? who read "A
Chinese Story," and Mr. Jefferson D. RAY, who gave Artemus Ward's London lecture,
were especially deserving of commendation.
30 August 1879
Mr. BURLESON tried to buy burial clothes on Sunday last for the young man [i.e.,
CORTHORAN] killed at his place Saturday evening, but was prevented because of the new
Sunday law. He requests us to ask an opinion from Attorney General BOONE if buying
burial clothes on Sunday would violate the law.
Hon. G. W. JONES delivered an address at McDade on the 28th inst. [More detail.]
Mr. P. J. GILL and family have returned from a visit to Lampassas Springs.
Lt. Gov. J. D. SAYERS attended the Board Meeting of the A&M College at Bryan on Thursday.
Col. JONES was to have attended a greenback meeting in Galveston but was cut off by the
Miss Annie THOMSON has returned home from a visit to her relatives in Iowa and will assist her
mother in teaching school at the Academy, which begins Monday.
We welcome the return of Horace D. HIGGINS from the University of Virginia where he
graduated with the highest honors.
Gussy PLOGER, who was so badly hurt in the falling store house, is almost entirely recovered.
Friends in Bastrop and Hill's Prairie are raising funds to purchase a new buggy horse for Rev. Mr. WOOTEN, to replace "Jeff" who recently died.
A negro man working on the farm of Robt. PRICE, Jr., was badly injured Wednesday evening.
Two bales of cotton fell on him when he was coming into town with a load. Fair prospects
of getting well.
DIED -- Mrs. Parmelia JOHNSON, wife of townsman John S. JOHNSON, on Monday evening
last. She was between 45 and 50 years of age, and had lived in Bastrop about 30 years.
Leaves a husband and 4 children. Burial was in the City Cemetery on Tuesday evening.
DIED -- A young man, Mr. CORTHORAN, on Ed BURLESON's place, Saturday evening.
CORTHORAN and BURLESON's little son were driving cattle when CORTHORAN fell
from his horse at full speed, breaking his neck. He was buried in the City Cemetery on
Mrs. Mollie McDOWALL, who had been visiting her sister, Mrs. T. W. HOUSE, Jr. at Houston
for several months, returned home last week.
D. S. OGLE, Editor of the Burnet Bulletin, left for a trip, but has not been heard from. Foul play suspected.
06 September 1879
Messrs. S. L. FRENCH and J. W. SHROPSHIRE of Lockhart have been in Bastrop transcribing
the deed records of Caldwell County which was formerly a part of BC.
A well digger, Adolph FREDERICH, was badly hurt by the discharge blast in a well in Elgin on
the 29th. Injuries are not considered fatal.
A Greenback Club was organized at Bastrop on Wednesday night. Caton ERHARD - President;
J. W. FLETCHER - VP; Robt. KERR (colored) - Secretary; C. B. MAYNARD -
Treasurer. White members: G. W. JONES, C. ERHARD, J. A. FLETCHER, Henry
PERKINS, Jerry ALLEN, D. M. SCOTT, C. B. MAYNARD. Colored members: Robt.
KERR, Booker HANCOCK, Doc. WRIGHT, Steve PRICE, Rev. CARMICHAEL, Sam
FOWLER, Phil TIPPS, and 3 or 4 others whose names not remembered.
DIED -- In Bastrop, 25 Aug 1879, Mrs. P. E. JOHNSON, age 48 years. [Memorial obituary
13 September 1879
The trial of John HUNT for the killing of Capt. KILLOUGH begins at Columbus on the 16th.
County Treasurer OGLE of Burnet County has absconded with several thousand dollars of county
G. S. ANDERSON, residence unknown, is summoned to the DCBC to answer the petition of Julia
ANDERSON. They were married 23 Jan 1874 and lived together as husband and wife until
12 Mar 1876 when defendant left plaintiff. Plaintiff, a resident of BC for more than 5
years, petitions for divorce. File #3010.
Chauncey GLOVER has returned from a visit of three weeks in Giddings.
W. WOOTON thanks the people of Bastrop and Hill's Prairie for his new buggy horse.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's mother near McDade on 30 Aug 1879, by Wm. H.
COULSON, Sr., Mr. George WALLACE to Miss Susan A. CLARK. No cards.
20 September 1879
Capt. F. D. WILKES has sold his residence in San Saba to his brother, R. B. WILKES, and will
soon move to Llano.
DIED -- Mr. James BROWN on Friday last in Alum Creek after a lingering sickness of several
months. Jim was a brave soldier in the late war. Was a member of the Order of Good
The Commissioner's Court appointed Robt. P. JONES JP of the Elgin beat, as W. E. JONES has
Mr. Henry DECHAUMES of Houston, a former citizen of Bastrop, has been spending the week
among his old friends here.
E. B. BURLESON has taken the contract of working the county convicts next year, on his farm
across the river.
DIED -- Mrs. CASTLEMAN, wife of former Bastrop townsman, R. M. CASTLEMAN, Esq.,
in the early part of the present month.
A difficulty occurred on Mr. VOSS's farm Saturday evening between two Mexicans, one of them
shooting the other. The would-be murderer escaped and the wounded man will likely
Robt. MORRIS, charged under indictment with the murder of John Sugar CAIN [John SUGAR
CAIN?], colored, in 1879, was arrested in Milam County and has been brought to the
Mr. E. J. THOMPSON was terribly mashed up on Thursday by his team running him against the
rafters of a shed. Mr. THOMPSON, a one-armed industrious farmer, was severely injured
but not seriously hurt.
A memorial published by the Mt. Bethel Grange No. 342 for the death of member John BLACK.
Leaves wife and children. Signed: S. D. ANDERSON, J. A. FLETCHER, Jno. A.
Tribute of Respect published by the Independent Order Good Templars for member James
BROWN, dec'd, who fought four years in the war. Signed: C. C. HARGROVE, A. M.
HILL, R. A. BROOKS.
11 October 1879
R. F. CAMPBELL is a candidate for Mayor of Austin, and Ben THOMPSON for City Marshall
DIED -- Bird OWENS, aged 80 years, in Hays County last week. He had been a resident of that
county for 28 years.
Benjamin F. DECHERD, formerly of Bastrop, suffered heavy losses in the recent Belton fire.
The case of the State vs. J. E. KIRBY, charged with killing John STEEL at Hempstead, is set for
next Thursday, 14th inst.
Federal Court convened at Austin last Monday. Messrs. T. A. HASLER and James TAYLOR
went from this county as jurors.
J. J. RODGERS of Belton requests any information on his brother, L. Frank RODGERS, who
disappeared mysteriously from Hearne, TX about four weeks ago.
Our former townsman, Mr. W. W. MOORE, now a resident of Galveston, is in the city.
BORN -- The happiest man hereabouts just now is our friend, L. R. FINK. A bouncing eight lb.
boy is what's the matter.
Bill WILLIAMS, Jr., caught in the Colorado River a 39 lb. alligator Ghar, 4 ft. 11 inches long.
A. WISEMAN's store was robbed. Three "boarders" from McDade registered in the county hotel
Thursday night were charged.
Mr. J. Ross GREEN is having erected a handsome dwelling house on the corner of Spring and
Church Streets. It is being built by Mr. SMITH of Austin.
"The American Sketch Book" is published monthly in Austin by Mrs. Bella French SWISHER as
Editor, and Miss Kate EFFNER as Assistant Editor.
18 October 1879
The case of J. E. KIRBY for the killing of STEELE has been continued, and KIRBY, under writ
of habeas corpus, was admitted to bail of $10,000.
Mrs. M. L. CLARK returned from a trip to Belton Tuesday.
Mrs. Wm. J. CAIN of Belton is visiting her relatives and friends in Bastrop for a couple of weeks.
MARRIED -- By the Rev. W. WOOTEN of Bastrop, 13 Oct 1879, Mr. F. M. COBB and Miss
Lizzie CARR of Gonzales. No cards.
DIED -- Mr. Horace ALSUP, assassinated near his home on the Yegas, Lee County, about 8 or
10 miles from McDade on Friday of last week. The killing was done from an ambush
about noon. No clue to his murderers.
About half past 8 o'clock Thursday night, a would-be assassin fired at Jack McDONALD through
the back window of Matt ANDERSON's billiard saloon. Identities unknown.
DCBC convened Monday, 18 Oct 1879. Hon. L. W. MOORE - presiding judge; B. D. ORGAIN
- County Attorney; C. B. MAYNARD - Clerk; Geo. R. ALLEN - Deputy Clerk; W. E.
JENKINS - Sheriff; W. R. REDDING - Deputy Sheriff; W. J. BELL - special bailiff.
Grand Jurors: W. A. OATMAN - foreman, Chas. VOIGHT, Jas. E. OLIVE, D. M.
JACKSON, Kenney MURCHERSON, Murray BURLESON, Nat SORRELL, C. B.
GARWOOD, Dr. J. B. TAYLOR, G. P. SLATON, O. H. P. McGINNIS, Ben CARTER
Civil cases disposed of:
robert ROBSON vs. Wilson THURMOND et. al. - continued
W. J. MUNGER vs. Jeff MOORE - judgment for plaintiff for $550 less amount of
L. L. RECTOR vs. W. C. POWELL et. a. - verdict of jury for defendants.
Mary BOLSTON[?] vs. H. H. TURNER & Co. - judgment for plaintiff for $1,500.
H. D. HIGGINS, application for license to practice law. G. W. JONES, J. P. FOWLER,
and Dyer MOORE examined the applicant.
George GREEN vs. Rosetta GREEN, suit for divorce - dismissed at plaintiff's cost.
Leon BLUM et. al. vs. W. R. FULTON et. al. - judgment for partition and confirmation
of reports of commissioners.
Caton ERHARD vs. Richard FARIS[?] - judgment for plaintiff by default with foreclosure
of vendor's lien.
BC vs. John A. KOHLER et. a. - judgment by agreement for $161.25 for plaintiff.
Ann E. MOORE vs. Tim. MOORE - dismissed at defendant's cost
C. KLEINERT vs. William WILKEY - judgment by default.
James B. SMITH and others vs. John S. SMITH - judgment for partition and
Elizabeth BURNETT vs. O. H. P. McGINNIS and others - continued.
John HALL vs. Joseph HALL - decree of divorce granted.
Julia ANDERSON vs. G. S. ANDERSON - continued to perfect service.
John D. ANDREWS vs. Grant SIMS and Bishop JACKSON - dismissed as to JACKSON. Trial is progressing.
Taylor MORRIS lost $40 currency in Bastrop, 14th inst., and offers a $10 reward for its return.
25 October 1879
Maj. A. W. MOORE will sell bulls and horses at the Capital State Fair at Austin on Friday next.
Letter to the Editor from Moses Austin BRYAN of Brenham reports on the deaths of the following
soldiers of the Battle of San Jacinto -- Col. E. STERLING, C. ROBERTSON [may be one
person named Col. E. Sterling C. ROBERTSON] of Salado, Bell County, and Col. John
M. WADE of Austin. [More details.]
Mrs. Jno. B. REYNOLDS, a recent visitor in Bastrop, has returned to Austin.
Mr. Bob MORRIS on Wednesday was robbed on the La Grange road.
The trial of Sam HOWARD for the murder of Aleck FARMER, verdict - murder in the 1st degree
with death penalty. Hon. Seth SHEPARD of Washington for the defense and Col G. W.
JONES, Maj. J. D. SAYERS, and County Attorney B. D. ORGAIN for the prosecution.
Our former countyman, Rev. D. COULSON, will be at the Austin Fair with a lot of fine Alderney
and mares for sale.
DIED -- On 16 Oct at the residence of his nephew, Mr. BLANTON of Craft's Prairie, Powell
TAYLOR, better known in BC as "General TAYLOR." He was a native of VA but
moved at an early age to TN until 1855 when he emigrated to TX. In 1870, being
advanced in years, he returned to TN so he could be buried among his kindred. But two
years ago he moved back to TX, bringing some relatives with him. The General was
married twice, but survived both wives. Member of the Methodist Church. Was at least
80 years old.
DCBC Proceedings - Criminal Docket:
State vs. Bob MORRIS - continued
State vs. J. S. JOPLIN - verdict, not guilty in three cases; nol pros in 6 cases; indictment
quashed in one case.
State vs. Thos. NULL, theft of a calf - verdict, guilty, 8 years in penitentiary.
State vs. Ham WHITE - nol pros in 7 cases.
State vs. Alf MOORE, assault with intent to kill and murder - verdict, not guilty.
State vs. G. R. YOUNG, aiding escape of prisoners - not guilty.
State vs. John WATSON, theft of a mare - verdict, not guilty.
State vs. Samuel HOWARD, murder of Aleck FARMER - verdict, murder in 1st degree,
with punishment at death [much detail].
State vs. Thomas NICHOLS, burglary - verdict, guilty, 3 years in penitentiary.
State vs. Geo. WASHINGTON, theft of heifer - verdict, guilty, 5 years in penitentiary.
State vs. Taylor ARMSTRONG, burglary - verdict, guilty, 2 years in penitentiary.
State vs. Ike ATES[?], assault with intent to murder - acquitted.
State vs. Henry CAROTHERS for murder of Chas. KIRK. Court overruled application
for change of venue. Jurors selected.
OCCURING WEEK ENDING SATURDAY, OCT. 31, 1879, Twenty-nine years ago.
The October term of District Court of Bastrop county for 1879 convened in Bastrop on Monday morning, Oct 26, 1879, with the following officers:
L. W. Moore, district judge; B. D. Orgain, county attorney; C. B. Maynard, district clerk; Geo. R. Allen, deputy; W. E. Jenkins, sheriff; W. R. Reding, deputy. The following grand jury was sworn in: W. A. Oatman, foreman: Chas. Voight, Jas. E. Olive, D. M. Jackson, Kinney Murchison, Murray Burleson, Nat Sorrell, C. B. Garwood, Dr. J. B. Taylor, G. P. Slaton, O. H. P. McGinnis, Ben Carter, W. J. Bell was special bailiff for the grand jury.
Ex-parte H. D. Higgins was granted licinse to practice law, being examined by G. W. Jones, J. P. Fowler and Dyer Moore.
The trial of Samuel Howard, charged with the murder of Aleck Farmer, went to trial on Thursday morning, Oct. 29, 1879, the following Jury selected: W. L. Olive, Jasper Glover, Andy Yaws, H. G. Reynolds, J. Wilson, W. Goodman, H. Petway, H. Brown, G. Hemphill, G. W. Powell, W. C. Smith, Lewis Pierce, Hon. G W. Jones, Hon. J. D. Sayers and County Attorney B. D. Orgain were for prosecution, and Hon. Seth Shepard, of Brenham, for the defense. The case was given to the jury at 1 o'clock Thursday morning, and at 7 o'clock Thursday morning, a verdict of murder in the first degree was returned, and the death penalty assessed.\
The case of Henry Carothers, charged with the murder of Chas Kirk, was called on Thursday morning, Oct. 29, 1879, and from a venire of 60 men the following jury was selected: F. Vaugh, C. W. Turner, W. C. Moore, O. H. Reid, A. J. Driver, John Tom McGhee, E. W. Rodgers, R. W. Hubbard, Ed Kelly, Clebe Trigg, T. J. Smith, and W. W. Knowles. At time the Advertiser went press the jury had not returned a verdict. Carothers was defended by Col. G. W. Jones, Bastrop; Hon. Seth Shepherd, of Brenham and Hon., Wm D. Ledbetter, of LaGrange. For the prosecution, Hon. Joseph D Sayers, Hon. J. P. Fowler and County Attorney B. D. Orgain.
On Oct. 26th, 1879, there was a balance in the general fund of the city of $3.30 as reported by City Secretary F. A. Orgain.
A notice was published in the Advertiser of Oct. 31, 1879, by L. Frank Rodgers, that his brother, J. J. Rodgers, had mysteriously disappeared from Hearne, Texas, and asked for any information in regard to whereabouts of his brother.
A.T. Morris had a notice in the old paper offering a reward of ten dollars for forty dollars in currency he had lost during that week.
City Tax Collector C. F. Petty was after delinquent tax payers in regard to their city taxes.
THE CAMPAIGN FUND.
The Advertiser made the last remittance to Chairman Johnson, on Thursday of this week, the total amount of $74.00 being contributed by the Democrats of Bastrop, as follows:
Previously reported, $66.00
A. C. Erhard $1.00
Rev. J. F Webb, $1.00
Mrs. S. J. Orgain, $1.00
J. N. Jenkins, $1.00
Morris Rector, $1.00
J. A. Holt, $1.00
Mrs. T. J. Trigg, $1.00
J. R. Pfeiffer, $1.00
HAMF BROS. AT PAIGE
Are selling their stock at a Fifteen per cent discount for ten days.
Corn, chops, bran and hay at L. W. Olive & Son.
01 November 1879
Mrs. KEEBLE has resigned the charge of the Alum Creek School.
DIED -- Mrs. RHODES, wife of Wm. RHODES, on Sunday, of consumption, at Alum Creek.
Burial was in the Alum Creek Cemetery on Monday.
The present residence of J. Ross GREEN is being purchased for a Methodist parsonage.
We are glad to correct the reported death of Dr. Robt. HILL of Alum Creek.
In the matter of the State vs. J. S. JOPLIN, in 11 cases, a verdict of not guilty was returned in all submitted to the jury.
State vs. Henry CARUTHERS, murder of Chas. KIRK at McDade in 1875 - verdict,
murder in the 1st degree, confinement in the penitentiary for life. Hon. G. W.
JONES of Bastrop, Seth SHEPARD of Brenham, and Wm. L. LEDBETTER of
La Grange for the defense. Lt. Gov. Joseph D. SAYERS, J. P. FOWLER, and
County Attorney B. D. ORGAIN for the prosecution. Motion for new trial
overruled. Will likely be appealed. [More detail.]
State vs. Everett SPEAR, murder of BRANT near Elgin - verdict, not guilty. Hons. G.
W. JONES and J. D. SAYERS for the defense. County Attorney B. D. ORGAIN,
State vs. Ben BRANTON and Lem STANDIFER, theft of a cow - not guilty.
State vs. Mack ALEXANDER, 3 cases - continued.
State vs. Sam RYAN, 2 cases - continued.
State vs. Harvey TRIMBLE, theft of a gelding - nol pros.
State vs. Harvey TRIMBLE, theft of a gelding - not guilty.
State vs. J. S. BOGAN, theft of a cow - guilty, 2 years in penitentiary.
State vs. August SWARTZ, theft of a cow - guilty, 5 years in penitentiary. BOGAN and
SWARTZ were indicted for the same offense. BOGAN claimed to be only a hired
hand of SWARTZ and said he was entirely innocent.
State vs. Bill FREEMAN, theft of a mare - pled guilty, 5 years in penitentiary.
State vs. John SHELTON, theft of a saddle - pled guilty, 10 years in penitentiary.
State vs. John SHELTON, theft of a gelding - pled guilty, 5 years in penitentiary.
State vs. Bill FREEMAN, theft of a gelding - guilty, 10 years in penitentiary. FREEMAN
defended himself in this case, prompting some ridicule in the paper - since his
sentence was twice as long as the one handed him for his theft of a mare.
State vs. John SHELTON, theft of a mare - not guilty.
State vs. George ROBINSON, theft of a mare - guilty, 5 years in penitentiary.
State vs. Henry SCHUTZ, A. B. HICKEY, A. NOGLE, and J. D. DOCKER, indicted
of theft for breaking into A. WISEMAN's store house at McDade. Dismissed as
to HICKEY and NOGLE who turned State's evidence. Verdict - guilty, 2 years
in penitentiary for SCHUTZ and DOCKER.
State vs. Monroe CLARK, theft of a mule - guilty, 5 years in penitentiary.
State vs. J. S. JOPLING, theft of a horse - not guilty.
State vs. Jo. ROGERS, theft of a cow - not guilty [more detail].
State vs. Matthew TULLY, assault with intent to kill - not guilty.
State vs. F. M. HARRISON and Burton JENNINGS, in two cases - nol pros.
A "musical" of the Reubenstein Society was held at Mrs. CROCHERON's Friday night of last week.
EVENTS IN BASTROP
Occurring Week Ending Saturday, Nov 7, 1879, Twenty-Nine Years Ago
In the district court on Saturday morning, Oct. 31, 1879, the jury in the case of Henry Caruthers, charged with the murder of Chas. Kirk, returned a verdict of murder in the first degree and assessed his punishment at confinement for life in the penitentiary. The list of jurors in this case was published in last week's issue of the Advertiser. During the term of the district court there were fourteen felony convictions and two for murder, that of Sam Howard and Henry Caruthers.
A lengthy report of the grand jury was published in the old issue, and a vote of thanks was tendered Major C. B. Garwoods, by the entire grand jury, for the efficient, prompt and impartial manner in which he discharged his duty as foremen.
An account of the death of Mr. Thos. W. Dabney; which occurred at his residence in Snake Prairie, Oct. 31, 1879, appeared in the issue of Nov 7, 1879.
A tribute of respect to Judge M. D. Ector, the presiding Judge of the Court of Appeals, from the Bastrop bar, was published in the old Advertiser, signed by Joseph D. Sayers, Phil Claiborne, B. D. Orgain, J. P. Fowler and Horace D. Higgins.
On Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1879, at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. And Mrs. A. A. Erhard, Mr. T. J. Trigg and Miss Mollie Erhard were united in marriage, Rev. Fred R. Allen, officiating.
The following items of interest appeared in the Advertiser of Nov 7, 1879:
"Our particular friend, Major W. C. Powell, will accept our thanks for a quarter of the nicest pork we have seen this season."
"We are glad to be able to correct the reported death of Dr. Robert Hill, of Alum Creek, which was current on our streets Tuesday.".
"Mr. W. G. Powell had a fine specimen of ribbon cane on exhibition I Bastrop this week."
"Dr. S. S. Shackelford will locate in Bastrop for the practice of dentistry, and will reach Bastrop in a few days."
LOST. Between the baseball park and the river bridge, a pair of gold-rimmed spectacles in a leather case. If found, please leave at this office and receive reward.
D. Miller, of McDade, was in the city this week.
08 November 1879
S. D. CAROTHERS of Washington County sent a Letter to the Editor regarding BOYD and
CAMPBELL's 153 foot well that struck gas.
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, Mr. A. A. ERHARD, in Bastrop,
Wednesday, 05 Nov 1879, by the Rev. Fred L. ALLEN, Mr. Jones TRIGG and Miss
Mollie ERHARD, all of Bastrop.
Mr. Wm. SHAW and two others while returning from the State Fair on Saturday evening last,
were robbed of about $18 near Webberville by three highwaymen. They did not find the
$150 that Mr. SHAW hid in his sleeve. The three robbers were supposed to be John
GLASSCOCK, Cooley CAIN, and Bill POLE. No arrests yet.
DIED -- At this residence near Snake's Prairie, on the night of 31 October, after a long and painful illness, Thos. W. DABNEY, aged 39 years. Born in Noxuba County, Mississippi,
emigrated to TX and settled in Bastrop in Dec 1860. He was for a time a student in the
Bastrop Military Institute then under the management of Col. R. T. P. ALLEN. He
enlisted in Capt. PETTY's Company, ALLEN's Regiment, and served through the war.
Was appointed Constable of the Snake Prairie beat in 1870 and served for four years. He
leaves a wife and 2 children.
15 November 1879
Capt. Geo. M. DECHARD returned home from NY on Wednesday night.
Mr. James MOORE, our former countyman, now with Moore, Stratton & Co. of Galveston, was
visiting in Bastrop.
Hon. R. J. PRICE has sold his entire stock of cattle, thoroughbreds, and grader to Maj. A. W.
MOORE, and has purchased the farms of Mr. James MOORE and Bob HILL, and will
hereafter give his attention to farming.
Mr. W. H. BLACK, brother of Mr. J. T. BLACK, has moved into the Alum Creek area.
Uncle Billy RHODES of Alum Creek is recovering from pneumonia.
James B. SMITH, architect recently moved to Bastrop, is building the new J. Ross GREEN
A. P. GILBERT offers a $5 reward for his poney which strayed from his lot in Paige.
22 November 1879
The Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court's conviction of Jno. W. WILLIAMS who
murdered Frank STRICKLAND in BC on 27 Sep 1878. WILLIAMS will hang. [Three
articles on this trial and sentence provide many details. One was reprinted from the
Galveston News. Another was a Letter to the Editor from Phil CLAIBORNE stating that
two-thirds of BC would sign a petition for executive clemency for unconditional pardon or
commutation of the sentence.]
DIED -- Capt. John COSNER of Austin at Austin last week.
Lydia ANDERSON of Tyler, TX is seeking any information on her husband who mysteriously
disappeared 30 Jun 1876.
Louis C. MICHAEL of Galveston, appointed assignee of the estate real and personal, of George
P. SLATON, by SLATON, on 15 Nov 1879.
Our former townsman, Robert F. CAMPBELL, is visiting friends in Bastrop.
The Methodist Episcopal Church South at Winchester has been renamed "Mary Chapel" in memory
of Mary H. THOMAS, late consort of Col. N. THOMAS. Mary, a consistent member
of this church, died the 11th of March last.
MARRIED -- On 19 Nov 1879 at the residence of the bride's father, by Rev. W. WOOTEN, Mr.
S. E. RAVEN[?] and Miss Mattie WOOD of Travis County, TX.
The negro Isaac MORTON, tried in our county court on Monday and adjudged a lunatic, was
refused admittance to the Asylum at Austin on a technicality and because the Asylum is
overcrowded. He is a perfect madman and after being returned to Bastrop, he came near
killing Deputy Sheriff REDING and Constable REID. He is finally in the Bastrop jail.
[Partial paper, very damaged. Front page missing.
Date may be 19 Feb 1881]
Killing near McDade -- On Saturday last, 12 Feb 1881, between 2 and 3 o'clock p.m., a young
man, T. J. DAVIS, was killed by Dave CARTWRIGHT and John NASH. Took place
about 4 miles south of McDade on the McDade and Bastrop road. DAVIS was about 20
years of age, son of Mr. B. F. DAVIS who has, under contract the bulding of [four?]
bridges in BC. [Next section in tatters -- possibly DAVIS was in possession of a pistol and
a gun that he alledgedly swindled someone out of?] NASH obtained from Esq. W. H.
COULSON a writ of sequestration to get possession of the gun and pistol. This writ was
placed in the hands of Dave CARTWRIGHT, who had been summoned by Constable
BISHOP to execute it, he summoning John NASH, son of Mr. Oscar NASH, to assist him. They vertook DAVIS on the road, who refused to surrender, and fired on the posse.
NASH and CARTWRIGHT fired back killing DAVIS. The deceased's father took his
son's body to Corsicana for interment. Inquest held at the residence of James
TOWNSEND of BC before W. COULSON, Sr. and the following empanneled as jury: W.
M. [W. J.?} SCARBOROUGH, W. N. SCRUGGS, James TOWNSEND, E. K. SMITH,
W. PARKS, and J. W. [J. M.?] KEEL. Witnesses testifying: Wm. PARIS, [L. F.?]
FIELDS, Aleck WHITE, J. H. TANNER, W. R. KELTON, Thomas BISHOP - constable
of the Precinct who said in part "The writ of sequestration was sued out by Horace NASH.
Horace is the uncle of John NASH, the defendant. I don't know what right Horace NASH
claimed to the gun. He said it was on account of some money he had loaned the deceased
on the gun." [The statements of each witness are published.] CARTWRIGHT and NASH,
who came in and surrendered during the invetigation, under a $1,000 bond each, were
released from custody. [More.]
MARRIED -- At the residence of the bride's father, on Cedar Creek, by the Rev. W. WOOTTEN
of Bastrop, Mr. Augustine C. RANDIE [RANDLE?] of TN and Miss Letitia HOLT of
Cedar Creek, 7 p.m., 08 Feb 1881.
26 February 1881
Hill's Prairie News -- Mrs. McGEHEE and daughter left this morning on a visit to her father,
Rev. Mr. SPENCER. Jimmie JENKINS is erecting a nice mansion near where he lost his
house to fire. Several of us had dinner at Rasberry KELLOUGH's -- and despite the
criticism we received, we see no harm in eating dinner with a respectable negro.
Misses Bettie & Willie TRIGG, two young ladies of Hill's Prairie, are spending the week in
Marriage licenses issued by County Clerk Wm. H. GRIMES since Feb [21st? paper damaged]:
G. N. CARTER to F[?] [surname ends "lage."]
J. Oglesby STOVALL to Emma OGLESBY
A. C. RANDLE [RANDIE?] to [obliterated]
Gustave EMMETT to [?] KARDURN [first name ends in "ie."]
B. C. DUVALL to [M.] HIGGINS
A. L. SAUNDERS to [Mary?] Jane NIXON
A. R. BLACKMAN to [? First name ends "arret"] C. ROBINSON
Clifton O'NEAL to [? First name ends "rtha"] SWISHER
Killing - C. R. “Sid/Cid” JENKINS and Norman GIRTMAN got into a difficulty on Sat. 19 Feb 1881 at a fish fry at the river at a place known as Red Bluff near Craft’s Prairie, with JENKINS hitting GIRTMAN over the head with a six shooter, resulting in GIRTMAN’s death on Tuesday. Esq. T. C. JOHNS held an inquest with jury: W. J. HARGROVE, E. J. CLEMENT [CLEMENTS?], James DAVIS, J. A. WILSON, M. SHARBUT, T. A. KENT. JENKINS gave bond of $1500.
Mrs. H. V. THOMSON is President of the Bastrop Cemetery Association.
Mrs. Sherman REYNOLDS had a large fire erupt in her chimney which alarmed the town but it turned out to be nothing serious.
MARRIED - On Wed. evening last, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. B. C. DUVALL and Miss Blanche HIGGINS, Rev. Edwin WICKENS, rector of Calvary Church, officiating. The Advertiser thanks Mrs. C. C. HIGGINS for some of the wedding cake.
Miss SMITHWICK is visiting Mr. J. C. BUCHANAN’s family.
Miss Emma FORBES, daughter of Dr. FORBES, deceased, is visiting the W. H. GRIMES family in Bastrop.
Theodore BRANDT of La Grange, formerly a deputy in the Bastrop Post Office, is visiting Bastrop.
A fired in McDade last night destroyed the saloon of Tom BISHOP, the store of COHEN Bros., the house of H. K. BARBEE, and the saloon of O. F. NASH. Fire started, it is supposed by an incendiary, at 2 o’clock a.m. in the back of BISHOP’s saloon.
Dr. HARDY is erecting a two-story residence in Paige.
Dr. HAGERMAN of Paige fell and dislocated his shoulder.
C. W. COCKRID (?), appointed administrator of the estate of J. C. WATTS, deceased.
C. S. DUNN, physician at Alum Creek, offices at the former residence of the late Dr. MATHEWSON.
Dr. HAYES of Jeddo, late a candidate for senatorial honors, was in town yesterday.