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Pottsboro, Texas

Denison Gazetteer
July 11, 1888
For the past three weeks there has been a "convict gang" stationed at Pottsboro, numbering some fifty prisoners and six guards.  They have been engaged repairing a "land slide" on the Mo. Pac, about three miles west of here.
On last Sunday afternoon, by appointment, Rev. J.H. Reynolds held services for the benefit of the convicts, on the vacant lot just south of the depot.  Our citizens turned out in great numbers, and after the services the crowd dispersed, each wearing an expression that it was an "hour well spent."
The M.C. Church annual camp-meeting commenced here on Friday and will continue two weeks.  Citizens of Denison, and anywhere else, are cordially invited to come and have a good old-fashioned camp.  Sunday, July 16, Mr. M.J. Farnham of Dallas, and well known in Denison as a pioneer printer, takes charge of the Pacific House, in Pottsboro, known throughout this section as the Creed Porter Hotel.  Mr. F. intends to overhaul and refit the house; besides his wife is thoroughly posted and experienced in the hotel business and she will personally superintend the cuisine, and any one traveling this way will find the Pacific House "just like home."  Transient guests will receive particular attention and find their prices very moderate.  Don't fail to stop at the Pacific when in Pottsboro.
Hereafter, Mr. M.J. Farnham, of the Pacific House will represent the Gazetteer, and news of importance, perennials, etc., handed him will appear in these columns.  Subscriptions and advertisements will receive his special attention.  As Denison furnishes us our "home paper" call on him and swell our subscription list to every citizen.
Wm. Looney, of Pottsboro, but for sometime of the Chickasaw Nation, wife and family, started last Sunday overland for Kansas to visit Mrs. Looney's mother.
Mr. Tom Reynolds, living one mile east of town, has gone to McAlestser, I.T. to try his hand at digging out the "black diamonds."
Mrs. E.J. Collins, of Dallas, mother of Mrs. J.J. Farnham, of the Pacific House, arrived on Thursday and will reside with her daughter.
Although it is "old," it will be "new" to some to know that Prof. Macready has been pap for several weeks.  Its a girl.
Mr. Santell's wife gave birth to twin babies, a boy weighing 10 and 1/2 pounds, and a girl weighing 4 pounds.  All doing well.
On last Saturday, Deputy U.S. Marshall Chancellor arrived here from the Chickasaw Nation, having in charge Bill White, who has nine indictments resting against him for hose and cattle stealing in and around Sulphur Springs.

Denison Gazetteer
July 22, 1888
Deputy Marshall Jim Milligan passed through Pottsboro on Monday night, conveying a prisoner, whose name we could not learn, to the city jail to serve a sentence of twenty-six days for disturbing the peace and raising general "hallelulah" near Martin Springs.  We learn that the prisoner was a particular friend of the Marshall's and from the contented manner in which his prisoner accompanied him few knew he was being taken to jail.
An extra crew of twelve section men has been put at work on the Missouri Pacific at this point, and it is the intention of the company to put this part of the road in first-class condition.
Another birth to chronicle this week.  Born to the wife of E.J. Thomas, a boy; weight, 8 pounds.  Pottsboro's population is increasing gradually.
Mrs. Creed Porter was called to Denison on Saturday evening last to attend at the bedside of her sick grandchild, infant daughter of Henry Johnson.  It is still under the care of physicians.
The Methodist camp meeting, which commenced here on last Saturday, is drawing goodly crowds, both at the day and night services.  Rev. Mr. Reynolds is assisted at each service by the local brethren of this community, among them being Rev. Mr. Binkley of Sherman, and Rev. John Vinson of Van Alstyne.  A great many have gone forward and confessed religion, and a deep interest is being manifested.  The meeting will continue throughout the week, and with the fine weather and moonlight nights we are having, it is expected that the attendance will be doubled during the remainder of the "camp.".
The convict gang, stationed here for the past three weeks, are putting the cuts and road bed of the Missouri Pacific in good condition between Whitesboro and Denison.  This part of the road has long needed the attention it is now receiving, and one can travel with more comfort and less anticipation of being ditched at any moment.
Mrs. Jas. Cummins, who received painful injuries from a fall some time since, is improving, though slowly.
There were forty-two dined at the Pacific House on  Monday under the new management.
J.M. MacMahan, wife and daughter, of Gainesville, were in attendance at the camp meeting this week.  Mrs. M. is the daughter of the Rev. Mr. Reynolds, with whom they are stopping.
Allen Blake, of Whitewright, candidate for tax assessor, was calling on his constituents Wednesday.
Joe Cox, of Sherman, candidate for county attorney, was also soliciting votes on Wednesday.
Chas. Brown, the clever engineer on No.52 is hauling the convict train which is here.  We shall be sorry to have Charley leave us.
Milt Overton, of the Chickasaw Nation, stopped overnight in Pottsboro Wednesday.
Mr. Jas. Crutchfield, one of our enterprising grocers, was attacked with hemorrhage of the lungs this week, but is now some better.
W.R. Orme, who has resided in Pottsboro for a long time, has opened up a hardware store at Purcell, I.T.  The stock of goods of Jas. Cummins of this place, was purchased by Mr. O. and shipped to that point Thursday.
The Rev. W.N. Shelton, presiding elder of the Sherman District, (M.E. Church) is here in attendance on the camp meeting.
Mr. Scott of Sherman, candidate for tax collector, was soliciting votes the latter part of the week.

Denison Gazetteer
July 29, 1888
Although now two weeks progress, the Methodist camp meeting is still drawing large crowds..We have a fine church building here, and after the "camp" is over we expect to see the congregations very large each Sunday in our house of worship.
A gang of eight men from Sherman left here on last Monday morning to erect the county bridge over Mineral, about five miles from this place.  The bridge is to be built of iron, and will be a fine structure.
Four members of the Denison Wheel Club visited Pottsboro last Sunday.  They reported a pleasant trip, although they were compelled to walk some of the distance.
Jes and Lou Gunter, who have been living on the Wilson place at Preston Bend, were arrested and put under $350 each for assaulting an old woman by the name of Brown, last Saturday.  The difficulty arose from the two brothers getting water from a well after being forbid from using the same.  They were arrested in the Territory and their trial is set for Saturday.
Masters C.C. Maltman, T.C. Poleman and A.C. Turner, of Sherman, were stopping at the Pacific House last Sunday, and were in attendance at the camp meeting.
W.A. Hatcher of Sherman, shipped two car loads of cattle from this point Monday.
Tom Perkins returned from St. Louis Wednesday evening, whither he had gone with seven car loads of cattle he reports having been sold for 4-3/4 cents.
Candidates have been numerous the past two weeks.  Among the late arrivals are Hodge Crenshaw, candidate for county treasurer; A.L. Clayton, candidate for county superintendent of schools; J.T. Dunningham, candidate for county judge and J.P. Leslie, candidate for tax collector.  Our primary, which comes off Saturday, is looked forward to with great interest.
The Pacific House has been crowded this week with transient people.  

Denison Gazetteer
August 15, 1888
One of the most enjoyable entertainments it has ever been your correspondent's good fortune to attend was the fish fry which took place at Bound's ferry on Red River, seven miles northwest of Pottsboro.  On Tuesday afternoon Pottsboro's sporting citizens left with sein and camp outfit, and on Wednesday morning they were joined by a throng of our best citizens, and farming community.  At 3 o'clock the fry was spread accompanied by a bountiful supply of cakes, pies, and other delicacies.  Everyone asserting that it was a repast long to be remembered.  Among those whom we noticed on the grounds were Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Chiles, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. A. Potts, Mrs. H.A. Thomas, Mrs. R.A. Daugherty, the Misses Emma and Cora Hyle, Ida Spencer, Kate and Ida Elmore of Pilot Point, Lillie White, Lula Odell, Jennis Van Antwerpt, Maud Cummins, Sallie Thomas, Clara and Lillie Chiles, Ida Potts, Josie Reynolds and Ollie Neff; Messrs. George, Jessie and Whit Ryle, C. Thomas, Dr. F.H. DeLaney, Ed Graham, Chas Harwood, Gen. Hull, Jeff Connard, W.C. Porter, Steve Fugate, Gen. Casler and many others.  All returned home happy, with not the slightest accident to mar the festivities of the occasion.
L.M. Guinn, superintendent of the Chickasaw Orphan Home, was stopping in town the fore part of the week.
The camp meeting, after a three weeks run, pulled up stakes on Thursday night of last week.
U.N. Molder commenced the erection of a neat little cottage on the south side on Tuesday.  "There's no place like home."
Deputy Sheriff Overton Hodges, of Sherman, was serving depositions on Messrs. McLean and Conner Tuesday.  It is an old case where said Conner broke McLean's arm, for which cause he had to have it amputated.  He was accompanied by Mr. Don A. Bliss of the district clerk's office.  The trial comes up at the next term of the district court.  Officer Henry Hackney of Denison was in town Tuesday as a witness for the Steele lawsuit.
T. Standifer and Chas. Crenshaw of Denison and Sherman respectively were in attendance at the justice's court Tuesday.  
Our citizens were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Thos. Williams on Tuesday night last, after a brief illness of three days.  He was a...on Tuesday night, last, after a brief illness of three days.  He was a prosperous farmer living a few miles northeast of town, and an honored member of the Masonic fraternity, which society took c charge of and conducted the funeral.  He had a mother living at Waco and a brother who is an engineer on the H&TC R.R.  They were both wired the sad news, but did not arrive in time to attend the funeral.
Wm. Steele was tried in the justice's court Tuesday for the theft of a cow belonging to N. Myers, but on account of important witnesses being absent the trial was continued until the regular court day - fourth Saturday in August.  
A street vendor of notions illuminated the street Wednesday night with his gasoline light.

Denison Gazetteer
August 22, 1888
The new County iron bridge over Mineral, three miles from here, has just been completed, and the men in charge departed on Wednesday morning for Milam county to construct a similar bridge over Brush creek near Rockdale.
A number of cases of fever is reported in and around town, and the supposition is that a great deal of sickness may be looked forward to.  The weather is extremely warm and dry, and rain is very badly needed.
About thirty-five men have been continuously at work repairing the Missouri Pacific road bed and bridges for the past six weeks, and this part of the road will be about the best on the Missouri Pacific system.
City Marshall Ed Foster, also his father, have been confined to their rooms with bilious attacks, this week.
Mrs. R.A. Daugherty and daughter, Mrs. Geo. Massey, spent Wednesday visiting friends in Denison.
Among those whom we noticed getting stocks of goods for the fall trade this week, were James Crutchfield, D.R. Harris and Mr. Graves, our genial and enterprising hardware and lumber merchant.  We have everything now at this market that a person may find in the city, except the cool, invigorating beverage and many is the one that depletes the day he voted for local options, and we think that this matter will be brought before our people again for a vote at no distant day.
Mr. Wm. Davis, living about 4 miles southwest of here, was bitten on his body by a small spider Wednesday, and what seemed to be of trivial consequence has since cause him intense suffering, the poison having penetrated his system so that physicians were called, who despaired for some hours of his life, but after ceaseless attention have at this writing gotten him out of immediate danger.
The infant child of Mr. John Graham died on Wednesday, after having suffered intense agony with spasms for about thirty six hours.  The sympathy of the community is extended to the heart-broken parents.
Messrs. G.E. Reeves, D.R. Harris, Zach Smith and Robert Potts, left on the 11:30 Missouri Pacific train Friday night for Galveston to recuperate several days.
Another rousing camp meeting is in progress at Georgetown.  Sixteen conversions are reported for Wednesday night, and twenty-six for Thursday night, with a prospect of doubling the amount the preceding evenings.  The weather has been exceedingly favorable the past week, for teaching the wayward sinner of the "warmer" climate.

Denison Gazetteer
August 23, 1888
One of the largest cattle transactions ever consummated in Pottsboro was that of Messrs. Chiles, Hallet & Hobson, who, on last Saturday, purchased of a Mr. Bounds 2200 head of fat cattle, paying therefore $22.50 per head.  The stock is said to be in fine condition, and will be shipped this week to the Eastern markets.
Mr. Charley Jones, of Whitesboro, stopped off at Pottsboro a couple of days this week on his return from the Dallas convention, he having been a delegate from this town.
Paul Gwynne, of the Chickasaw Orphans' Home, was in town Sunday, accompanied by one of his assistants.  He reports the people of his section as free from the prevailing fevers.
Mrs. Wm. Chiles' lawsuit against the Missouri Pacific Railway, which was carried to the county court by the company from our justice court, resulted in a complete victory to Mr. Chiles, he having received a judgment of $132 - $33 in causes of what he had formerly obtained here.
The old Pottsboro Hotel, better known as the "Uncle Tommy Jones House," has changed hands, Mr. Wm. Looney being the purchaser.  The sale was made on Tuesday, and Mr. Looney's family will move into it immediately, the price paid was $900.
The old Holder homestead, which was located some forty years ago, was sold to Mr. Woods, of Denison, this week, for the sum of $1,700.  The property was in the possession of Mr. M.E. Holder, and we understand that he will remove his family onto leased land in the territory near Ardmore.  Mrs. Holder stated to your correspondent that it was like parting with one of her dear friends to see the old place pass into strangers' hands.
The Pacific House has changed hands and M.F. Farnham steps down and out.  Good evening.

Denison Gazetteer
September 2, 1888
A most enjoyable affair was the part given by Mrs. Thomas, at Martin Springs, on Tuesday night of last week.  A large number of Pottsboro's young people were in attendance, and speak in the highest terms of the elegant and hospitable manner in which they were entertained, both in the variety of amusements and elaborate lunch.  One notable feature of the evening, as related to us by one of Pottsboro's fairest daughters, was that it is the first time she remembers that each gentleman accompanied a lady.
If the weather permits, it is said, there will be another party given soon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Crutchfield, on the south side.
A grandchild of Mrs. Daugherty's has been very low with fever, but is convalescing.
Mr. Frank Etter has consented to become a candidate for the office of Constable of this Precinct....
Mr. Parish has been confined to his room for some days with fever, though he is not thought to be dangerously ill.
Mrs. Ben Fields is no able to be up after a month's siege of fever.  We understand Mr. Fields will remove from Pottsboro soon.  Our best wishes go with him.
Mr. Joe Crutchfield has removed into the Cummins' building this week, and now has the finest grocery store in the town.
On Monday afternoon there appeared before Justice of the Peace Odell a colored man, his wife and daughter, aged 14, who swore out a warrant against a young African, aged 16. for seduction.  The papers were put into the constable's hands, and after getting a strong bodyguard, proceeded to Preston Bend, where they found the soon-to-be young father, at his home, who accompanied the officer without any trouble, the only regret he expressed being that "Bos I'se gwyne ter see my best gal ter night."  At the appointed hour the justice court room was filled with eager spectators, all bent upon hearing some sensational testimony, but all were disappointed, as only two witnesses were examined.  Both testified that Mary's reputation as a chaste and virtuous girl was very poor in the neighborhood, and that it was hard to say whether Silas had taken Mary to the picnic, or whether some other person was responsible for her condition.  The court felt very much inclined to bind the defendant over, but Silas "quietus" to all by going to Sherman, procuring a license and marrying the young lady.
Sheriff Robt. May was looking after the crooks in this neighborhood on Tuesday.

Denison Gazetteer
September 9, 1888
The trial of the young African in our justice's court resulted in the defendant agreeing to marry the young lady who had trusted him in her promise of marriage, and it is stated after the knot was securely tied by a justice at Sherman, Silas and Mary mounted their horses, and after taking a good look at his new-made companion, told her to go her way and he should his, never wishing to come in contact with her again, t thus ending their matrimonial bliss in entire separation.
Mr. J.F. Boyde, who has held the position as agent of the Mo. Pac. RR, at Pottsboro for the past six months, left the latter part of the week for Birmingham, Ala., having received the appointment as chief Dispatcher of the Alabama Southern railway at that point.  The best wishes of his host of friends accompany Mr. Boyle to his new field of labors, and may successfully attend him wherever he may roam.
Mr. Chas. Caslaer, who has been employed at mason work on several large buildings at Fort Worth, is visiting his parents for a short time.
Dr. Parish is out after a spell of fever, and is now kept busy looking after others less fortunate who are still confined to their beds.
Arthur Davis, of Denison, who has acted as night operator here for some time, has resigned his position in order that he may attend school in Denison this winter.
The section gang at Pottsboro were called out on Tuesday morning at 2:30 to go to a point five miles east of Whitesboro where there had been a freight wreck.  Nothing of serious consequence had happened further than a freight car had left the track, and running along on the ties for some distance had struck a bridge which broke down, causing four other cars to follow to the bottom of the creek.  The debris was cleared away in a short time and the delay of trains was of no serious consequences.
City Marshall Ed. Foster and Miss Lula Chiles were quietly married at Sherman on Sunday last, and are stopped with Ed's father at present in Pottsboro.  The couple are well known in this community, and one and all join in wishing the new family a long, prosperous and happy life.  May the young Chiles ever be fostered with loving care is the wish of the Gazetteer pencil shover.
Jas. Wright, who was the favored "trusty" of the convict gang stationed here several weeks ago, was discharged on the 5th of last month, his term of imprisonment having elapsed, and on the 21st went to work as brakeman on the Mo. Pac.  He had made several successful trips, but on Tuesday he had the misfortune of having his left hand caught caught by a pin in coupling a car while at Gainesville, completely dismembering the little finger and otherwise bruising his hand considerable.  He was transferred to the hospital in Fort Worth where he will be laid up for some time.
The following bill for goods supplied has been handed us, and for spelling lays John Billings out of reach:
Pottsboro, Tx. Dec. 1, '86
Mr. J------------W-----------
            Is deter to P-----------H------------
For borde to date :
     Breakfast......25 cts.
     Diner............25 cts.
     Super...........25 cts.
     Logging.......25 cts.
M.J. Farnham went to Dallas Tuesday and will probably be gone till after the big fair.

Denison Gazetteer
November 11, 1888
The election has passed, and with the final results comes a "blue norther."...Creed Porter, the present incumbent and constable-elect, and Mr. Eiter, both had their friends at the polls in full force, and but for the fine engineering they did at the election we are afraid both candidates would have "been left."  Mr. Porter had no sooner been notified of his election than papers were put in his hands and he was off for the Nation after some old offenders.  Mr. Odell succeeds himself as Justice of the Peace.
Mr. A.H. Harris, one of our most worthy and esteemible druggists and merchants, has been lying dangerously ill at his home here the past three weeks, and at lat accounts he is still very low.
The mill and gin at Pottsboro is kept quite busy, although this cold spell will put a "damper" to it.
Quite a number of our citizens contemplate attending the San Antonio fair.

Denison Gazetteer
February 24, 1889
On last Sunday afternoon there occurred another of those bloody affrays for which the land of the Redman is becoming so justly celebrated.  There has been for some time a stand where native wine could be procured, just this side of Bound's ferry, and it has been the habit of the residents of the other side to congregate there for pleasure and refreshments.  At the time above mentioned Holmes Parker, a half-breed, and John Baker, a white man, having imbibed rather freely crossed to the Nation side and stopped at the residence of Mrs. Lee, where a dispute arose between them which culminated in Baker striking Parker on the head with a large stone, said to weigh six pounds, fracturing the skull and driving some of the fragments of bone into the brain causing considerable loss of brain substance.  Drs. Carey and Parrish, were summoned and rephined the skull, and at last accounts he was resting well but little hopes are entertained of his recovery.  Parker married a white woman, the adopted daughter of Alex Shirley, living near Denison.  Baker is still in the community and declares his intention of remaining.
The dreaded White Caps, have made their appearance in our town.  Sam Young, colored, received a notice last night, embellished with skull and crossbones, to leave the town within forty-eight hours, or be dealt with according to White Cap law.  He was arrested this morning charged with stealing a pair of gloves.  He gave bond for his appearance at next regular term of court.  He is strongly suspected of several other larger thefts.
Our merchants are buying a quantity of cotton and putting in large stocks of spring goods.
Farmers are pushing their business and are about through sowing oats.  Wheat looks well, and everything bids fair for a prosperous year.
Miss Jennie Vanantwerp is visiting her sisters, Mrs. Orane, of Purcell, I.T.
Mr. Geo. Noble spent last Sunday in the Bend, but not visiting his brother.  A certain young lady seemed to be the attention.

Denison Gazetteer
March 24, 1889
Mrs. Dick, who had been visiting her son, R.W. Dick, went to Collinsville Saturday.
Miss Clara Chiles gave a euchre party on last Monday evening, which scored another success for her as hostess.
Mrs. Dr. Carey spent Sunday with her parents, returning home Monday.
Dr. Chas. Williams, one of our most estimable physicians, is preparing to move to the Nation.  We are sorry to lose him, but our loss is their gain.
Dr. Parrish went to the Bend Monday, on professional business.
Eld. D.D. Hoyle of Denison, will preach here Sunday 24th.  He is an excellent gentleman, and a good preacher and we are glad to have him with us twice a month.
Our young men have organized a lyceum, and with practice, will soon be able to meet Col. Ingersoll, Bob or Ben Butler on the rostrum in debate.
Jas. Crutchfield came in from Denison Saturday, to visit his family.
Jas. Crawford is here from Purcell, I.T.  He reports that town still booming.
S.S. Smith has returned from Arkansas, and is holding down a position with John Graham.
Mr. George Vandatwerp has just completed a neat little residence, which he will occupy in future.
Messrs. Reeves & Perkins are receiving large invoices of dry goods from the east.
The Spring fights have opened up.  On last Thursday evening John Perdue, a very estimable young farmer, living about three miles north of here, became involved in a quarrel with one of his renters, named Cheatwood, over the use of a team Perdue was furnishing him, with which to make a crop, when Cheatwood attacked him with a knife, cutting him severely in the side, neck and shoulder.  Perdue finally obtained a wrench, when Cheatwood's business "lay rolling," and is still rolling, as our Constable, W.C. Porter, has been searching for him in vain.  Perdue, although, very weak from loss of blood, made his way to the house, and Dr. Carey, assisted by Dr. Geo. Noble, dressed his wounds.  His chances for recovery are good.

Denison Gazetteer
April 21, 1889

Editor Gazetteer:
Our ex prof. MacCready, was in town Wednesday.
L.A. Hearne of Whitesboro, Deputy Grand Master of their Masonic district, spent last week here lecturing the fraternity.
Miss Lillie McGillicuddy, of Whitesboro, visited Miss Clara Chiles Sunday, and so did some one else.
Several of our citizens started for Oklahoma Monday, to witness the grand rush on the 22nd, and to pick up any stray fortunes they may find.
Mrs. Dr. Gardner, of Denison, a former resident of this place, visited friends here Tuesday.
Geo. Greene and Charlie Howe went to the I.T. Wednesday on a hunt, but we think their destination is Oklahoma.
Our merchants are kept so busy attending customers they hardly have time for marble playing.
Fishing is the order of the day.  Scarcely a day passes that none of our citizens go in search of the finny tribe.
Mr. Curry, proprietor of the Potts Hotel, is on the sick list.
Mrs. Lloyd, our popular milliner, has just received a new stock of goods.  Our citizens should patronize her, if practicable.
Elder D.D. Boyle, of Denison, will preach here Sunday the 21st at 3:30 p.m.
Vandatwerp Bros.' grocery store was burglarized Tuesday n night.  It is supposed to have been done by some knights of the road, who were loitering around that evening.  A quantity of goods were taken.
Robt. Potts, our liveryman, has moved to Lacona, Montague County, where he will continue the livery business.  Bob was one of our earliest settlers, and one whom the community will greatly miss.  J.C. Leatherwood, his successor, is fully equipped with a stock of buggies and teams and is anxious to service the public.

Source : "Pottsboro Pickins'.  Reprinted from the Denison Gazetteer, 1888 - 89

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