Yesterday's News In Tarrant County
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News bites from the Graham Leader, 1882-1887

Compiled by Barbara Knox



Dec. 30, 1882

Fort Worth. Clarence Veitch was in Mrs. Lizzie Swim's fruit and vegetable stand when he lit a cigar and put the match to a sky rocket, causing all the other fire works to explode and setting fire to the building. A. Bartheo, Mrs. Swim's brother, was badly burned on his hands and face in an effort to rescue his sister. She died in the fire and officers are searching for Veitch.


Jan. 8, 1883

Fort Worth. 99 bales of cotton at Union Depot caught fire yesterday afternoon. Fourteen bales were saved but the loss amounted to $6500.


Feb. 22, 1884

There was a "general stir up" at the First Baptist Church in Fort Worth when George S. Eaton of Galveston brought charges against the pastor, Rev. J. D. Murphy. The minister's daughter is involved in the case and the trial will probably end early next month.


Apr 30, 1885

Fort Worth. April 26. A fire was discovered last night at the Missouri Pacific railway hospital. Dr. C. Vopler, surgeon in charge, was notified and a general alarm given. No water was available, so 39 patients were evacuated to the Union Depot which was set up as a temporary hospital. Nearly all furniture, bedding, etc. was saved and the sick and injured were sent to Sedelia by special train. M. H. Walker, foreman of E. M. Daggett Company had his left foot badly crushed. Eugene Magee, M. T. Kerr and Stephen Mulkey were prostrated by heat and F. J. Boudery was badly blistered. Building loss is estimated to be $30,000.


May 14, 1885

Fort Worth. County Attoney Bowlin is waging war against the gamblers in an effort to rid the Fort from a stumbling block which has been in the way of the city's prosperity. His zeal and legal ability are high commended. Occupants of all closed houses have pled guilty.

Corsicana. Walter Burgiss, practicing riding a bicycle, was thrown and his head caught so as to cut his throat from ear to ear. The wound is serious but not fatal.


May 18, 1885.

Fort Worth. Gen. N. H. Darnell, a prominent political figure in Texas for many years, died near here. He was a member of Congress, member of the Constitutional Conventions of 1845 and 1875; a general in the late war, and fathered the homestead law.


June 4, 1885

Fort Worth. Plans for Wesleyan Methodist College have been completed. Ground was donated and a temporary college building will be erected immediately under the jurisdiction of the Methodist Church North.


June 11, 1885

Fort Worth. Miss Annie Elmore and her brother drowned night before last in Big Bear Creek, 7 miles west of here. The Elmores moved here a year ago from Vincennes, Ind. The brother and sister, with Henry Windham, her fiancee, had started for town, she to get her trousseau and he the marriage license. A leavy rain began when they were about 10 miles from the city. The creek was very high and Windham, who was on horseback, advised them not to try to cross it, but Elmore drove his buggay in the creek. He was thrown out and not seen since. Windham tried to get Miss Elmore to shore to no avail.


June 18, 1885

Fort Worth. Capt. M. B. Loyd, president of the First National Bank, was attacked by footpads and badly beaten.

The case of J. T. Stevens, charged with the murder of Dr. Wallace at Mansfield, has gone to trial.


Feb. 12, 1887

Fort Worth. Jim Courtright was killed in front of the While Elephant Saloon by Luke Short, a gambler. Short is in jail as is Charles Bull, said to have been in on a scheme with Courtright to murder short. It seems that Courtright was usinig his detective agency to squeeze money from Short and other gamblers. Short refused to pay so othey met to discuss the situation and Short thought things had been settled when Courtright pulled his gun. According to witnesses, Short shot in self defense.





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