Yesterday's News In Tarrant County
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Fort Worth Gazette, 4 January 1874

William Snodon was buried in the old cemetery in February 1863. Yesterday his body was taken up and sent to South Greenfield, Mo. to be re-interred. Snodon died of old age, 80 years, and probably no one now living here remembers him.

Fort Worth Democrat, 19 September 1874

Isaac T. Marshall and Miss Ella A. Orick were married last Sunday night at the Christian Church. So many were in attendance that people were standing in every door and window. The ceremony was performed by Elder Gough of the Baptist Church.

Fort Worth Democrat, 26 December 1874

W.W. Peaver and Miss Nannie J. Wesley were married Tuesday, December 22nd, at the home of W.B. Tucker. C.P. Edwards and Mrs. Sallie A. Wedington were married December 24th at the home of the bride, J.S. Morris, Esq. officiating.

C.O. Edwards and Mrs. Sallie A. Wedington were married at the home of the bride December 24, 1874, J.S. Morris, Esq. Officiating.

Fort Worth Democrat, 24 April 1875

Miss L.M. Haynes had a narrow escape from drowning last Saturday when she was fishing in the stream near Major K.M. Van Zandt's residence. She walked out on a log above the water, about 19 feet deep, and lost her balance. Master Kleba Van Zandt was near, and with presence of mind that would have done credit to one twice his age, rescued the young lady.

Fort Worth Daily Democrat, 24 October 1876

W.W. Southworth left yesterday for St. Louis where he will be in business with his father. This is a rather sudden departure and he will be greatly missed by his many friends here.

Fort Worth can boast the best regulated dairy in the state. Mr. Norwood says that for one hundred dollars, he can furnish more milk in any one day than any other milk vendor in Texas.

Fort Worth Daily Democrat, 13 March 1877

Henry Miller's Music Hall was robbed night before last. Several accordions, violins, some fine paper, and a box of Miller's electioneering cards were taken. There is no clue as to who the thief may have been.

We want the friends of Col. Roby to know that he has suddenly become very rich. We learn from reliable authority that large quantifies of genuine yellow gold have been discovered on his farm in Johnson County.

Fort Worth Daily Democrat, 11 July 1878

Mr. Fitzgerald was in his back yard on Fifth Street yesterday when his oldest son told him his three-year-old was eating uncooked corn for the ear. He took the corn away and cautioned the child not to eat anymore, telling him he was "a little hog." Without thinking, he shelled some kernels in his hand and gave them to the child. When he began to choke, he was rushed to the office of Drs. Burt and Field where an anesthetic was given and three grains extracted. However, efforts to save his life were in vain. Of course the father is heart-broken.

Fort Worth Democrat, 10 September 1878

Jake Johnson was in a fight at the Cattle Exchange late last night and had a large part of his right cheek bitten out by a man named Hardin.

Judge C.C. Cummin's wife died last night. Services will be held today at the Episcopal church.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette, 18 February 1879

The bodies of Mrs. Mollie Gray and her three little children, Alice, Johnnie and Jessie, were found Sunday afternoon at the bottom of the Trinity River, ending an eight-month search. Relatives were immediately notified and Mr. Gray recognized some of the clothing as that worn by his wife and children. A stout rope was tied around the waist of each, plainly showing the woman's determination to commit the deed. The remains were buried last night.

Fort Worth Daily Democrat, 7 January 1880

Judge C.C. Cummings and Miss Mattie Wear were married at Brownwood January 1st, Rev. Robt. Wear officiating. The bride is the daughter of Rev. W.D. Wear, formerly of this county.

A leap year ball is being planned for next Friday evening at Evans' Hall. Serving on the committee in charge are Mrs. Brewster, Mrs. Swayne, Mrs. Loyd, Mrs. Burnett, Mrs. Randall and Mrs. Huffman. There are one or two crusty old bachelors we know of who will no doubt enjoy the pleasure of being asked to dance.

Fort Worth Daily Democrat, 24 March 1881

"It is being circulated by my opponens for the position of alderman in the third ward that I am not a citizen of Fort Worth because my family is not here....I reply that my family will be in Fort Worth as soon as I deem it prudent to bring them here. They left here in November 1880 and have been absent on account of their health. All my interests are in Fort Worth and have been for about five years....if elected I will transact the duties of the office and myself faithfully....".s. H.B. Pitts

Fort Worth is again called to mourn the loss of a good citizen when Frank Adams died yesterday.

Henry Elbert left yesterday for El Paso - they have gained a good citizen.

Fort Worth Democrat-Advance 18 May 1881

Mr. Jesse Jones and Mrs. Sue R. Samuels were married this morning at 4 o'clock, Rev. J.A. Murphy officiating, and left on the Santa Fe for an extended bridal tour. Mr. Jones is one of our best citizens and we congratulate him on having won the heart of so estimable lady.

Fort Worth Daily Democrat, 31 May 1881

Mrs. Belle Burchill, our newly appointed postmistress, has returned to the city and will take charge of postal affairs in a few days. Mr. Chilton, of Ellis and Chilton, left yesterday for Denton. We regret to lose this fine firm of dry goods dealers. Dr. R.M. Banner and family left yesterday to make their home in Jacksboro.

Fort Worth Daily Democrat, 8 November 1881

It is not often that Justice McClung gets left out of anything, but yesterday was an exception. While he was in the country on official business, Mr. James McBride and Mrs. Mary Brady came to his office as candidates for holy wedlock. Fortunately, Justice L.W. Jones of the 4th Pct. was present to tie the knot.

Little Willie Beall Conner, son of H.M. And Sallie A. Conner, died Monday, November 7th, aged 19 months.

Business was brisk in the Mayor's court yesterday as follows:
A.F. Thompson, disorderly, $12.00
Chas. Jackson, disorderly, $7.00
Sam Seales, disorderly, $7.00
Joe Collins, affray, $7.00
Dallas Pollard, disorderly, $8.25
Zack Johnson, disorderly $8.25
A. Stoln, drunk, $8.00
J. Bain, drunk, $8.25
R. Hamilton, disorderly, $8.25
McSweeney, disorderly $8.25
W.R. Brady, disorderly $13.03

Fort Worth Daily Democrat, 29 November 1881

The will of James A. Walker was admitted to probate; J.H. And A.J. Walker executors.

Col. S.A. Hightower died Sunday night after a long illness. The local lodges were in charge of his services although he was a member of Damon Lodge in Breckinridge.

Fort Worth Democrat Advance, 29 March 1882

Some time ago 34 head of cattle were stolen from John Mooring, who lives near Veal Station in Parker County. By a careful search, he has recovered thirty-three of them - seventeen had been counter-branded.

Gen. W.T. Sherman passed by Cleburne and Fort Worth. Some Georgians among us remember the time when they would have been more than glad if he had passed them by.

Fort Worth Daily Democrat-Advance, 26 April 1882

Billie, little son of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Boaz, died yesterday evening. The services will take place from the family residence today. James Edgar Lipscomb, 32, died of consumption in Tampa, Florida, April 8, 1882. He was born in Hale County, Ala. July 23, 1850 and moved to Tampa in 1871. He is a nephew of Mrs. W.P. Wilson of this city.

Fort Worth Democrat-Advance, 28 June 1882

The ladies of the W.C.T.U. Will give a lawn party at the home of Mrs. J.J. Byrne tomorrow evening, for the benefit of the library and reading room. Refreshments of all kinds will be available and a band will furnish music. We hope there is a good turnout since the cause is a worthy one.

F.F. Switt, the engineer who was wounded on the Missouri Pacific road near Taylor last Sunday, were brought home last Monday night. His right arm and left leg are badly fractured and he suffered a severe concussion.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette, 15 February 1883

Information wanted concerning a man giving his name as Thomas - has light eyes and hair and light moustache., address James Branch, City.

The Masons turned out in full force yesterday to attend the funeral of their deceased brother, Jeremiah Asbury, at the Southern Methodist Church.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette, 21 February 1883

Notice: "Having retired from the Drug business, I am prepared to devote my time to the practice of my profession. My office will be on Fifth Street in the rear of the City Drug Store. The latter is now in the hands of Dr. T.C. Buffington, a gentleman of age and experience in the practice of medicine and also in the drug business." /s/ W.B. Brooks, M.D.

E.P. Lingenfelter informed this paper yesterday that Frank McAnally died Friday from meningitis. He was a sober, industrious, hard working mechanic and leaves a family in destitute circumstances. It is only necessary to direct the attention of the generous warm-hearted people of Fort Worth to cases of suffering to elicit a substantial response.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette, 25 January 1884

G.W. May disappeared mysteriously from his home two miles west of Itasca about two weeks ago. He went to find his horses which were tunning on the prairie and has not been heard from since. Any information will be appreciated by his widowed mother, Mrs. M.H. May

John A. Walker and Miss Lidonia J. Hack last night at the residence of the bride's father on Tucker's Hill. Rev. A.A. Johnson officiated, after which guests enjoyed a very fine banquet.

Yesterday morning at the home of Mrs. Smith on Lamar Street, her daughter Miss Katie D. Smith and Mr. Ed. S. Lockett. The bride is one of the most popular and accomplished young ladies of the city and the groon is a highly respected young gentlemen with the firm of Bateman and Bros.

Deputy Sheriff Rowan Tucker caught a thief on Rusk Street last night who had in his possession about five pounds of tobacco, a pair of low quartered three-button shoes, slightly worn, a gray undershirt and two pair of new socks. The tobacco was restored to its owner and the other articles can be had by their owners if they will go by the jail and prove their property. The thief, who gave the name of Charles Mason, is locked up in the county jail.

Prof. Frank Johnson has accepted a position with the Cleburne school and resigned as principal of school No. 1, He is a good teacher and gentleman and Fort Worth's loss is Cleburne's gain.

Notice was received yesterday from Mayor J.P. Smith, now in Washington, that he had an attack of pneumonia, but is now recovering.

John E. Lawson, who was recently assaulted in his saloon at the corner of Main and Fourth Streets, is getting along well, but keeps indoors by instructions of his physician.

Joel A. Fowler, who was murdered by a mob at Socorro, will be buried tomorrow evening. Fowler had killed a man named Cole, was arrested, tried and found guilty and was waiting the result of an appeal to the supreme court when lynched. Fowler was a desperate man, having killed seven men prior to this time.

In memoriam of Mrs. Ruth Smith: She was born in Pendleton District, S.C. Sept. 24, 1791; was married to Mr. Wm. Brown in 1807, at age of sixteen years. They moved to Tennessee in 1810 and was left a widow with six children in 1824. She moved to Missouri in 1830 and to Texas and Fort Worth in 1849. Two of her children still live here, Mrs. Samuel Loving and Mrs. Lytle Creswell. She left 7 grandchildren, 33 gr-grandchildren and nine gr-grgrandchildren.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette, 25 February 1886

Dell Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.N. Smith, was married to Mr. F.E. Herrington on Wednesday, February 24th, at the home of the bride's parents. After Rev. Crisp pronounced the couple man and wife, and the usual congratulations, relatives and friends enjoyed an elegant supper.

Fort Worth Gazette, 7 March 1893

A quite wedding occurred last night at the home of W.L. Malone on Peach Street when Mr. Rowland E. Lewis and Miss Rebecca Vera Flantt of Mississippi were married by Rev. W.F. Lloyd. The couple will live at the Pickwick Hotel. The groom is one of the rising young business men of Fort Worth.

Hardie Arthur and Miss [Tisha] Trimble were married March 1, 1893, at the home of the bride near Bedford, Ref. B.F. Hall of Fort Worth officiating.

Fort Worth Register, 16 August 1899

There will be a complimentary ball at Grunewald Park Monday night, August 21st, in honor of Miss Sadie Vaughan. Admission 50 cents with ladies free.

Everybody is cordially invited to attend a Concert and Ball on August 17th at Hermann Park - refreshments of all kinds and the latest music by Conner's orchestra. Coupons will be given to those attending and at 11 o'clock $3.50 in cash will be given away. No disreputable characters will be allowed on the grounds.

There was a standing room only audience at the entertainment given at the Marine school house last night by Miss Mattie Carder's class in music and elocution. The entire evening was a big success, but the favorite was the one-act comedy, "A Happy Pair," enacted by Mr. R.H. McDill and Miss Carter.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 September 1905

Dr. A.R. King, formerly of Waxahachie, is now associated with Dr. J.N. McKnight in the practice of Medicine.

Rev. E.R. Edwards, pastor of the Methodist Church at Collinsville will assist Rev. W.T. Gray in a revival meeting this week at the Peach Street Church.

Fort Worth Record, 15 July 1908

Charles Miller was arrested last week for disturbing the peace at his home on Belknap Street. On the way to the police station, he told detectives his picture was in the rogue's gallery. This started an investigation which resulted in a Michigan sheriff taking him back to that state. After her husband's arrest, Miller's wife attempted to get work to support herself and her 2-year-old son until relatives could send for her, but city detectives decided to use part of the reward money to buy her a ticket back home to Michigan.

The Fort Worth Record, 8 September 1910

Marriage licenses: H.J. Kight and Miss Ethel Pearl Hendren; Douglass Brockman and Leona Shelton; Richard H. Nelson and Mary Christopher; George Gaughan, San Antonio and Miss Alice Holland, of this city. Divorces granted to J.A. Hogwell vs. Mary Hogwell; Ella Justice vs. D.L. Justice, with custody of child awarded to the plaintiff.

Fort Worth Record, 13 July 1914

Jewels valued at $600 were stolen Sunday night from the home of D. Brown on Broadway. The home of J.R. Sikes on Hemphill was also entered during the evening and a gold watch taken. The thieves were frightened away when the family returned from church.

Henry Fiedel, 40, bartender at the Avenue Hotel, Seventeenth and Jones, was found dead in his bed late Sunday, of an apparent heart attack. He was not married and had been a city fireman at one time.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 4 October 1914

Horace M. Collins, Jr. has been accused of being a party to the recent assault on J.H. Green. Collins waived preliminary hearings before Justice Maben Saturday on a charge of burglary against him and his son. Harry Beason is also accused of taking part in the same robbery. It is alleged they broke into the store of W.W. Miller on Hemphill Street. Bond for Collins Sr. was fixed at $750; he failed to make it and was returned to jail. Collins Jr. and Beason have not been arraigned.

Fort Worth Record, 7 June 1917

A joint meeting of the Polytechnic Y.M.B.L. and the Women's Civic League will be held at the city hall Thursday night to organize a cemetery association for the purpose of beautifying the Polytechnic Cemetery.

Fort Worth Record, 29 January 1917

The nurses home in the City-County hospital was again robbed Sunday night. The only thing reported missing was a revolver belonging to one of the nurses. This is the third time within a year that a prowler has visited the home. On the former occasions clothing and jewelry were taken.

In a Fort Worth church Sunday the minister admonished his congregation to "Love thy neighbor as thyself." A young lady in the congregation, aged 18 months, just as emphatically and as loudly responded "I won't!"

Fort Worth Record, 30 June 1917

More robberies have been reported here. The home of Mrs. Reynolds on New York Avenue was entered and a ladies' suit, fur muff and .38 caliber revolver taken. All the closets and dressers were ransacked and contents scattered on the floors. The home of Mrs. H.W. Byars on Lipscomb Street was entered with a pass key. A diamond and ruby lavaliere and a cameo ring were taken. The residence of A.D. Holly on East Second, was broken into Monday night. A watch, diamond stud, check for $14 and $3 in cash were taken. A suit of clothes was stolen from the home of J.L. Keefe on Lipscob Street Thursday. Baker Brothers, Houston Street florists, notified police Monday night that their delivery truck was stolen from Fifth and Taylor about 9 o'clock.

Fort Worth Record, 20 May 1918

A patriotic service was held Sunday night at the First Congregational Church when Rev. W.B. Jones delivered an address on the members of his congregation now in uniform. A service flag with twelve stars was dedicated. Men represented on the flag: Major John B. Hawley in France; Lt. Bothwell Hans in France; Lt. George Hill, Camp Bowie; Lt. Paul Ray, Camp Diez; Lt. Luke Ray, Boston; Caden Roy McNellis, Ontario RFC; Sgt. Merrill Joy, Eagle Pass; Fred Bush, Philadelphia; Arthur Paddock, Naval Air Station, Long Island; Russell Paddock, Camp Travis and Frank Bardon, Kelly Field.

Fort Worth Record, 24 December 1922

A handsome "cow" pony and a silver mounted saddle and bridle were presented to Sheriff Carl Smith Saturday as a Christmas present from his deputies. It was a complete surprise to the sheriff who said it was just what he needed to use on his ranch. The horse was standing on the lawn of the criminal courts building Saturday when Smith returned from lunch.





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