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Few Items from Galveston News in the 1800's
Posted by: Nita (ID *****6995) Date: April 08, 2008 at 09:12:07
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Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
November 28, 1891

Indian Territory
Ardmore, I. T., Nov. 26
Dr. F. M. SKAGGS, who had an examination before Commissioner FLEMING on a charge to kill, gave a $800 bond for his appearance before the Paris court.

DUNCAN SMITH, a full blood in company with four others, got drunk last Saturday and went to the home of BURREL ELMORE, a tenant on the farm of Mrs. SAFFRON BURRIS, and after shooting around and over the house, attempted to enter when he was shot by Elmore. The killing was on the Washita River several miles from Tishomingo. Elmore was arrested yesterday ten mile from the scene of the killing by deputy marshal S. LINDSAY and brought to Moore today for a preliminary examination before Commissioner Fleming and was committed to the Paris jail without bail.

Denison Notes
Denison, Nov. 26: Conductor H. MCGUIRE, in charge of the rock ballast train on the Choctaw division of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas, was killed this morning by the accidental discharge of his gun while out hunting on the prairie neat Stringtown, Indian Territory. Mr. McGuire had made Denison his home for two years or more and is well known to the railway fraternity. His remains were brought to Denison for interment. His parents live in Pennsylvania.

Last night quite an excitement was created on lower Main Street by a number of reports from a revolver and then the loud cry of “fire.” C. M. CASE, a deaf and mute man rooming on the second floor of building No. 12, had retired to his room and lighted a lamp. In filling the lamp, the oil ran out down on the floor and when the match was applied to the wick, the entire lamp was enveloped in flames. In absence of speech, Case made a great noise and parties looking up saw a very bright light. A city officer ran up and smothered the flame.


Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
December 14, 1889
From Washington:
Pensions increase: GEORGE W. COLEMAN of Henrietta; widow MARY ANN, mother of SAMUEL F. KENNEDY of San Gabriel.
Postoffices: J. C. DAY at Blanket in Brown County; J. BALLARD at Bluffton in McLelland county; H. C. SIGLER at Borden in Colorado County, C. A. KING at Oaklauncen in Wilbarger County, S. A. BRYANT at Pioneer in Eastland County; R. A PENDER at Prairie Hill in Limestone County, ELIZABETH MOORE at Regency in Mills County; J. B. COOPER at Richland in Navarro County; M. R. BRAGGINS at Roos Springs in Kimball County, J. P. CLARK at San Elizario in El Paso County, J. H. OUTLAW at Sayersville in Bastrop County, H. L. WILBERLY at Tunis in Burleson County; E. A. BRENDEL at Valentine in Presidio County.

Laredo, Texas, Dec. 13: WILEY MOORE, who was stabbed night before last by JESUS GONZALES, died this morning at the Veteran House. B. BICKAM, one of proprietors of the saloon who claims to have witnessed the altercation, made a statement.

Paris, Texas, Dec. 13: WILL LYLE, a farm hand working for JUAN JESUS, a well to do Mexican, was shot and killed near Burneyville in the Chickasaw Nation. Lyle claimed that Jesus owed him $100, over which a difficulty arose.

Palestine, Texas, Dec. 13: the state of the state against MIEL HILTON, charged with the killing of TOM BROWN last summer, went to the jury at noon.

Sherman, Dec. 13: Mrs. WHITAKER and Mrs. JAMES WRIGHT, both of Morgan, were seriously injured yesterday by being thrown from a road cart drawn by a runaway horse.


Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
March 15, 1895

Struck by Lightning
Gordon, Palo Pinto, March 13: While C. M. WILSON was plowing in a field near here yesterday, one of his horses was killed by lightning and the other shocked. Mr. Wilson was also struck, the flash burning small holes in his side and taking a downward course, burnt his shoes and burned his feet considerably.

Perry, Oklahoma, March 17: JOHN MILLIGAN, who murdered GABE and HANNAH CLARK on Nov. 13 last, was hanged at Oklahoma City today. Milligan entered Clark’s home at night and killed them with an axe. Milligan was 21 years old.

Denison, Texas, March 13: The crushed and lifeless body of G. BRANNON’S child was found under a falled burning tree near Brownsville, Indian Territory.


Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
October 4, 1894

Calhoun County Tragedy
Victoria, Oct. 3: An old man named FORESTER, who lived in the northern part of Calhoun County, was shot and killed yesterday by JIM SIMS, who has charge of H. C. CLARK’S pasture in Calhoun County. The killing is said to have been the result of a land difficulty.
Port Lavaca, Calhoun Co., Oct. 3: The killing of L. J. FOSTER near CLARK’S station yesterday by JIM SIMS caused much excitement. Foster was an aged and well known citizen and the funeral today was attended by the largest crowd in many years. Rev. A. W. BURROUGHS of the Episcopal Church of Victoria and Rev. J. A. PHILLIPS of the Methodist Church of Port Lavaca jointly conducted the services.

Slayers of GERALD BRYANT
Paris, Texas, Oct. 3: Deputy marshal LITTLE and MCAFEE arrived here today with J. D. MAYO, S. T. WHITE, M. F. VAUDERVENER, JOHN GREGORY and P. P. DICKEY, who are charged with killing GERALD BRYANT 12 miles west of Caddo, Indian Territory on July 21 last. It appears from testimony that on the night of July 20, BRYANT killed AL MCLELLAN, deputy marshal for the territory courts. Bryant went to the house of a man named BRADBURN, six miles from where he lived. The next morning he was surrounded at the horse lot and killed. Defendants claim that they were trying to hold him until an officer came from Caddo.

Foot Mashed
Temple, Bell Co., Oct. 3: J. W. SCOTT, liveryman here, received word that he could recover a horse and buggy stolen from him about two weeks ago by going to Sherman. The outfit was stolen by a stranger who hired the rig to go to Belton but never returned. TOPPIE JOHNSON, 6 or 7 year old son of Mrs. ALICE JOHNSON, fell off a train in the Santa Fe yard and had his foot mashed off. He was stealing a ride.

Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
March 9, 1894

Gainesville Gleanings
Death by Poisoning
Gainesville, March 7: Deputy U. S. Marshal S. LINDSAY arrived here today, having in custody T. A. WESTMORELAND arrested in the Chickasaw Nation charged with the murder of one BRYANT near Ardmore over a year ago. Bryant was a witness in a cattle stealing case. Bryant drank freely of a quart of whiskey which had been poisoned with arsenic and died. The U. S. grand jury indicated Westmoreland. He confesses to have given Bryant the whiskey, but did not place arsenic in it.

Sun Spots
Gainesville, March 7: A most singular phenomenon was observed by several people residing in the southwestern portion of the county, about nine miles from Gainesville last Sunday evening. C. P. MCPHERSON, well known farmer, was the first to call attention to the matter. … about an hour before sundown, he went out doors and observed two jet black spots about the sun. One was about eight inches in diameter and the other was smaller and located in the upper right corner. He was surprised and kept a minute itinerary of his doings for the past 24 hours. R. A. ROSS and ROBERT KISTEEN/EISTEEN, who are neighbors, also witnessed this wonder and stand ready to corroborate McPherson’s statement in regard to the sports.

Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
Friday, November 13, 1885

Triple Tragedy
Castroville, Nov. 12: News reached here of a shocking killing on the Verde Creek about 25 miles north of Castroville in this county. The killing happened day before yesterday. It is reported that a quarrel between CHRISTIAN ECKERT, AUGUST RIETZER and ALBERT BRYANT. ECKERT and RIETZER followed Bryant to his father’s house and, as he was entering the house, fired upon him, shooting him in the stomach. JOHN BRYANT, father of ALBERT BRYANT, was in the house at the time of the shooting and he came out and shot both Eckert and Rietzer, killing both. At last reports, Bryant was still alive but little hope of his recovery. Justice SCHOROBINY left last night to hold the inquest. JOHN BRYANT, it is stated, surrendered to Sheriff HAMILTON of Bandera County, the killing taking place to the line of Medina and Bandera Counties. JOHN BRYANT has always borne the character of a peaceful and law-abiding man.
Another account: A young man named ALBERT BRYANT suspected two Germans, CHRISTIAN ECKERT and AUGUST RIETZER of taking a hog, and he went to their residence, taxing them with the theft. They answered his accusation by firing at him, wounding him in the hand. He turned to go, and they pursued him until he reached his father’s house where they shot again. The Bryant father rushed from the house and shot both assailants, killing them instantly. Young Bryant was taken to Bandera for surgical assistance where he succumbed to his injuries.

Brenham, Nov. 12: R. O. ROFFMAN/HOFFMAN, jailed on a charge of embezzlement, committed suicide by hanging himself. He came from New Orleans and was a bookkeeper for E. SCHAAPE & Co., cotton buyers. Several German businessmen raised the money to replace the embezzled $500, so the former good standing of the man and the sake of his family was the motive. The deceased leaves a wife and five children in Germany.

Sherman, Nov. 12: In District Court: MILES JORDAN pleaded guilty to four charges of burglary and robbery, sentenced to 24 years; DICK SMITH, connected with Jordan, was sentenced to 20 years. Case of the state vs GEORGE CAVE, charged with highway robbery on South Travis Street last spring, was in court. PARSON DAVE SMITH, charged with murder intent on his mother-in-law at Denison, was in jail. JOHN H. EVANS, charged with intent to kill at Denison, was jailed.

Mount Pleasant, Nov. 12: The jury in the DUFF trial acquitted him. The case of the state vs CHARLES YOUNG, negro alleged to have robbed JOHN MCALEY last night, was in court.

Bonham, Nov. 12: Burglars broken into storehouse of JO SCHMIDT & Brothers in the Amsier building and blew the safe open with gunpowder, but got nothing from the safe.

Pittsburg, Nov. 12: A difficulty last night in the French restaurant between a Mr. MCCALLUP and HARRY LEWIS. McCallup cursed Lewis while Lewis was writing a letter.

Dallas, Nov. 12: Sheriff OWENS of Palo Pinto County arrived to get TOM BRADFORD, who disposed of a horse belonging to Mr. MILLER in Johnston County. It was found that Bradford’s name was really HOWARD. Sheriff Owens stated that he was one of two prisoners who broke jail in his county last May and he was charged with assault to murder and attempted to rob and his named is TOM BENNETT. The man of many names was a boarder in the Cleburne jail, so he went to Cleburne.

Dallas, Nov. 12: Last spring term of federal court, BILL LEWIS got a life sentence for robbing the mail a short distance west of Weatherford. Judge J. H. WEST, his counsel, made application for a writ of error… another ruling could affect several parties in the penitentiary and may be favorable affected.

Corsicana, Nov. 12: W. T. MATHEWS, indicted by grand jury for forgery, gave the officers a slip and not found. A week ago, becoming wearied of roving and wishing to return home, he went to JOHN LAKE, sheriff of Caddo County, Louisiana, where Mathews had been lodging, and stated he wished to surrender.

Lampasas, Nov. 12: BILL RATLIFFE, alias HENRY STONE, was tired in district court for highway robbery and sentenced to eight years, already under sentence for 17 years for horsestealing in Comanche County. In this county, the victim was Mr. SILLER, drummer for G. SEELIGSON & Co. of Galveston.

Corsicana, Nov. 12: JOHN MATHEWS, deputy U. S. marshal, arrested at Dawson, an escaped convict, SAM ROBINSON, sent to the penitentiary at Sherman for 12 years for the murder of a negro. After staying in the penitentiary 1 ½ years, he had been living at Dawson for eight years, having married and reared a family, esteemed as honorable in the community.

Dallas, Nov. 12: BEN TANNER, a dairyman, found on the track of the railroad near JACK COLE’S house, about dusk last evening, a cross-tie securely tied to wreck a train.

Dallas, Nov. 12: JIM BALDWIN of Montague, arrested for having counterfeit money in his possession, was discharged by the U. S. commissioner MCCORMICK, on the strength that he was only 16 years old and had a honest countenance.

Dallas, Nov. 12: Warrants have been issued from the federal court for the arrest of the sheriff of Clay County and several of his deputies on the charge of levying on 200 horses in the Indian Territory. This will bring the question of the ownership of Greer County to a head.

Laredo, Nov. 12: A few days ago BEN TISDALE stole a watch in Rio Grande City and pawned it in Laredo. Through the efforts of city marshal BAYARD of this city, he was arrested in San Antonio and brought here to plead guilty to theft.

Greenville: HENRY SHAMBERMER was tried on a write of habeas corpus, charged with the murder of MARY SMITH in the southern part of the county; he was refused bail.

Paris, Nov. 12: ALLEN SAUNDERS was sentenced to life in the penitentiary. The court is now trying RANDOLPH HOME for killing MARSHALL BROOK about three months ago.

Lampasas: CORA MCMAHAN pleaded guilty to keeping a house of ill-famed and fined $100.

Sherman: A disastrous fire occurred at the begnio of TILLIE SMITH in East Sherman. The house was the property of B. K. BILLIS/HILLIS.

Cleburne: The city hall, used as a school building, was destroyed by fire.

Gainesville: Deputy U. S. marshal LUM JOHNSON arrived with JIM LYNCH of Cooke County, now in jail, charged with distilling liquor. Yesterday, revenue inspector PATRICK instructed Johnson to go to the suspected place. Lynch and his wife were absent, so Johnson entered a small storm-house and found the distilling apparatus. Then he waited, Lynch, his wife and another woman appeared; Johnson arrested Lynch. Lynch does not have the appearance of the typical moonshiner and will probably pay only a fine.

Hillsboro: Escaped from jail: TOM P. VARNELL, charged with murder of JAMES LAND and assault on Miss EMMA LAND; JERRY DEGRAFATENREED sentenced for five years for assault with intent to murder; HERBERT WATSON, sentenced for 20 years for horse-stealing.

Nashville: RYLEY / RILEY PYLE was arrested after 16 months of evading arrest for killing U. S. commissioner MCDONALD in Pickett County. After a battle with the posse, Ryley Pyle was shot in the leg; his brother WILLIAM PYLE and THOMAS KIDWELL ere also hurt.

Sherman, Nov. 12: J. C. COOLEY was thrown from a horse about two miles from town and badly injured.

Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
March 20, 1893

Keene, Texas, March 19: Last night at a negro gathering, two negroes, WILLIAM GREEN and DOCK /DECK VANDEVILL, quarreled and Green was shot and killed.

Magnolia, Mississippi: Mrs. MELISSA ADAIR died, age 57.
Bolivar, Tennessee: JACK HARRIS, an aged citizen, died.
Vicksburg, Mississippi: R. M. BAXTER / BERBER, the lumber merchant, is dead.
St. Clair, Michigan: General SIMON B. BROWN died, age 81.
Nashville, Tennessee: ANDERSON ARNOLD killed JAMES BRYANT near Bradyville.
Jackson, Miss.: T. F. DECEIL/DECOIL was killed by two brothers, JIM and BOB RUTHERFORD near this city.
Pittsburg, Kentucky: JOHN B BAXTER was killed by his nephew, an old family trouble the cause.
Ripley, Tenn.: CHARLES PERRY was arrested and charged with stealing machinery from J. T. WILLIAMS & Co.
Pulaski, Tenn: M. T. COPELAND lost his barn by fire and a fine stallion.
Galona, Illinois: Captain DANIEL S. HARRIS, the oldest surviving settler of Illinois and a soldier of the Black Hawk war, died, age 83.
Louisville, GA: W. S. NOTICE lost his dwelling and contents by fire, living 7 miles west of here.
Ashville, N. C.: The sentence of WILL and TOM WHITSON, sentenced to hang for murder, was commuted by the governor CARR to 30 years in prison.
Purvis, Miss: J. P. GRIFFIN, indicted in U. S. court for trespass on public lands, and had been dodging the officers, was arrested by deputy marshal ROBINSON and PORTER.
Atlanta, GA: The dead body of LEVI MCMICHAEL, late tax receiver of the county, was found hanging. He had been watched by his family, but had wandered away.
Dawson, GA: Dr. T. H. THURMOND has a brother in Pike County who was a victim of the recent cyclone; his dwelling was completely destroyed along with the barn and contents. A brother of N. H. BARNES in Meriwether County had all his property swept away by the cyclone.

Gatesville, Texas: The five year old daughter of W. M. ROBERTS fell from the second story of the Simpson building and fractured her skull.

Ardmore, Indian Territory: GEROGE HOLDER was arrested after a lively race yesterday, had a hearing before U. S. commissioner, held for a bond of $1000 The arreste grew out of a love and jealousy affair with horsewhipping trimmings.

District Court at Oakville
Oakville, Texas: M. A. PEARCE et al vs T. C. FORST et al for disposition of the Oakville house, in favor of defendants. G. W. WEST vs J. E. BARTLETT, for plaintiff.

Duel at Woodville, Texas
ALBERT DURHAM and ANDERSON BARCLAY fought with pistols at Woodville yesterday and the former was shot through the heart and the latter through the wrist. Both are well connected here.



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