Newspaper Abstracts 1870s
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.