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Dallas Texas Siftings
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Jan 8, 1890 Dallas Morning News
Dead Body of a County Commissioner Found and Identified
Brenham, Tex., Jan 7, On last Friday morning, P. H. Barnhill, a farmer who lives three miles north of town, took up a horse harnessed and with buggy shafts attached.  At the time it was supposed that some one while attempting to cross New Years creek, which was very much swollen with recent rains, had come to grief.  No one recognized the horse.  The second chapter developed, or rather yesterday evening.  A negro fisherman found the body of an unknown colored man lying on the bank of the creek.  The fisherman came in town and notified Justice Curry.  This morning the justice accompanied by a number of both white and colored rode out to where the body was lying.  The man had been dead four or five days.  He was very much swollen.  The body was well dressed, had on a silver watch and $3.15 in money.  No papers were found on his person.  The justice ordered the body brought to town where it was viewed by hundreds without recognition and was turned over this afternoon to his countrymen who were proceeding to bury him when one of the party whose brother disappeared several days since insisted reopening the coffin.  As soon as he saw the body he said it was not his brother, but looked like George W. Brown, county commissioner.  Others around also recognized the body as that of the commissioner.  Upon inquiry it was ascertained that Brown accompanied by Bob Lee, a 12-year old negro boy, left town in a buggy new year's day to go to Gay Hill on business pertaining to his office.  It is supposed that he was caught in a storm Wednesday night and drove into the creek, where his horse finding himself beyond his depth, broke loose and swam ashore.  Brown was drowned, it is thought, while attempting to save the boy, who is still missing.  The horse has been identified as that of the commissioner.  The deceased was a very prominent colored man and was popular with both white and blacks.  This afternoon his remains were sent to his home in the east end of the county.


Abilene, Tex, Jan 7,  The new public school building which has been under course of construction for some months past, was today occupied by the schools.  Since the planning of this building the number of scholars in the schools has increased so greatly that the building will not now accommodate them all, the old frame buildings will therefore have to remain in force until another brick structure is put up.
The Rev. Mr. McFarland of Kentucky has been called as pastor of the Baptist church at this place.  He preached his first sermon last Sunday.
At this writing a cold misty norther is blowing, bringing desirable moisture.


Bonham, Tex., Jan 7,  Judge W. R. Kimmons has been appointed postmaster at this place vice Capt. J. W. Duncan.  Judge Kimmons was the candidate of the grand army of the republic post here, and since he was appointed over J. M. Taylor, who was recommended by Col. Culberson, it appears the grand army of the republic people, though a mere handful, are a winning card.  There were two other applicants of the position in the persons of Mrs. Taylor, widow of Col. R. H. Taylor, and Mr. George Stone, who was perhaps more universally recommended by our citizens than either of the three above mentioned.


Paris, Tex., Jan. 7,  At a largely attended meeting of the board of trade the following delegates were selected to attend the railroad convention at Memphis on the 20th Instant.  W. B. Berry, E. S. Connor, J. A. Martin, Frank Fitzhugh, J. W. Ownby, J. J. Walsh, W. F. Gill, H. D. McDonald, V. W. Hale, W. S. Moore, Dr. S. F. Clement, James H. Johnston, N. H. Ra?????, ?. P. Harrison, D. H. Scott and H. W. Lightfoot.  The delegates are all men of wealth and influence.


Hempstead, Tex., Jan. 7,  Taken up by the undersigned on Jan. 1 one bay or chestnut sorrel horse, about 16 hands high, branded on left shoulder, brand dim, cannot tell what it is, has a small knot on knee of right leg, shod all around, scar round the left fetlock.  Any one owning such a horse will notify me at once.  K. H. Faulkner, sheriff.


Waco, Tex., Jan 7,  Deputy Sheriff A. P. Currier of Concho county, Tex., arrived in this city Saturday and yesterday he caused the arrest and imprisonment in the county jail of a party who the Concho officer charges with theft of a carload of Texas ponies.  The books of the Houston and Texas Central railway indicate that the horses alleged to have been stolen, twenty-seven in number were loaded on at Duffau, and arrived in Waco the day before christmas.  They were sold here by the accused man and a partner of his.  Major J. W. Downs, a wealthy Brazos valley planter purchased eleven head.  Sheriff Ford continues to retain the accused in jail on the affidavit of the Concho officer, who says the horses were gathered in the Concho river valley and ran off without the usual formality of a transfer from their owners.


Colorado, Tex., Jan 7,  The wet weather of the last few days turned into a norther last night and today the thermometer has been down to freezing all day.  It is dry, however, so now harm will result to the cattle interest.  This is the first real winter we have had this season.
Someone broke into D. C. Byrnes' stable last night and stole his horse, saddle, and bridle.  There is no trace of the thief this morning, but Deputy Sheriff McMurray and a posse are out on a hunt and will probably catch up with him.


Terrell, Tex., Jan 7,  District Deputy Grand Master I. S. Wood of Forney last night installed the following officers of Terrell lodge No. 232, I.O.O.F.: John L. Terrell, N. G.: Vic Reinhardt, V. G.: L. N. Hartzell, R. S.: E. L. Wepf?, treasurer.  Afterward words of encouragement and instruction were spoken by Mr. Wood.


Jan 9, 1890 Dallas Morning News
Waco, Tex., Jan 8, Gen. J. H. Robertson died at a late hour last night at the residence of his son, Gen. Felix II Robertson and tonight the remains escorted by the Waco association of ex-confederates, the Waco medical association, the Texas veteran's association, the masons and the Mexican war veterans, the mayor and city council were taken to the Houston and Texas central east-bound train and sent for burial to Independence, Washington county, Tex.  An escort selected from all the associations accompanying.
Gen. Robertson at his death was 76 years of age.  He came to Texas from the state of his birth, Kentucky, bringing a company of riflemen and joining Gen. Sam Houston, aided in gaining Texas independence.  He settled in Washington county when the war with Mexico ended and frequently represented his people to both branches of the legislature.  He represented his county in the accession  convention and was moderate in his counsels but voted for the ordinance and in 1861, raising a company, he joined the Fifth Texas Infantry.  He was promoted from captain along all the successive grades until Gen. Hood's promotion left the command of that famous brigade vacant and it was given to Gen. Robertson immediately.  He began and closed his brilliant military career with Hood's brigade, sharing with it, it's glories and disasters, and when the war ended he returned to Texas and settled at Goliad where he resumed the practice of medicine, his original profession, which, however, was often during his eventful life put aside for other duties.
Gen. Robertson died of cancer in the face.


Fort Worth, Tex., Jan 8,  The second daughter of Capt. Sam Evans, an interesting girl of 17, died after a brief illness.


Jefferson, Tex., Jan 8,  Hon. Dick Glass, one of Marion county's best and most substantial men is dying this evening.  He is quite old.


Denison, Tex., Jan 8,  Judge Scott, whose sickness THE NEWS has noted, died last night at his home in the northwest part of the city.  Judge Scott has lived in Denison since 1874, and was judge in this circuit a number of years ago.  The deceased leaves a large family nearly all of whom were with him at the time of his death.


Mrs. Anna Burnett
Marshall, Tex., Jan 8,  Mrs. Anna, late consort of W. J. Burnett, died at the family residence in East Marshall at 1 0'clock this morning of pneumonia, after about two weeks' sickness.  Buried at Hall's church, eight miles south of this city.


A Lecture to Be Given To-Night for Its Benefit.
Mrs. Wells will to-night lecture in the auditorium of the city hall for the benefit of the confederate home at Austin.  The occasion will be varied with good music, Mr. Will A. Watkin rendering a cornet solo and Mrs. Pease singing with the Quartette.


Typewriting Contest.
The Dallas shorthand society have had made an elegant gold medal to be given to the winner in a series of contests in type-writing, the first of which will be held at the society's rooms, 507 Main street, tonight.  All the stenographers and type-writers in the city are invited to be present.


Real Estate Transfers
Dallas land and loan company to Alfred Bessamer?, lots 22 And 23, block 4 E. Oak Cliff, $250.
J. W. Tucker and wife to L. J. Bartlett, part of lot 4, Oak Cliff, $3500.
J. W. Taylor and wife to L. G. Bartlett, 100 acres six miles south of Dallas, $4000.
Sheriff of Dallas county to E. L. Gage, part of block 311, $250.
Sheriff of Dallas county to A. G. Jones, lot in East Dallas, $450.
F. L. Irvine to B. M. and L. B. Hughes, lot 4, block 18, Fairview addition, $200.


Fourteenth Judicial District.
M. D. Vinnedge et al. vs. H. D. Nash: defendant's exceptions to the suit sustained, plaintiff declining to amend petition the cause is dimissed: plaintiff excepts and gives notice of appeal.
A. P. Langston vs. Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe railway, plaintiff has leave to amend.
A. J. Bahm vs. C. E. Fee et al.; continued by consent.
Forty-Fourth Judicial District.
Exparte G. B. Landrum to remove disabilities; application granted.
The damage suit of W. M. Kinnard against the Dallas and Waco railroad is on trial.
County Court
The cases of Peter Noval vs. the city of Dallas, and B. Hill vs. A. Davis & Co, were dismissed for want of prosecution, and the case of J. H. Doran vs. the city of Dallas was continued.
C. Wright and son vs. R. E. Harris continued.
Dallas cotton and woolen mills vs. W. M. C. Hill; dismissed by plaintiff at its cost.
Josie R. Motley vs. William Bartley et al,; continued by defendant.
Michael Mahomey vs. Texas and Pacific railroad; continued by plaintiff; defendant has leave to amend.
H. B. Bradley vs. William Pickett; continued generally.


Mrs. S. S. Brelsford yesterday instituted divorce proceedings against J. T. Brelsford, reciting that they were married Feb. 4, 1873, and lived together until Feb. 26, 1889.  The plaintiff charges the defendant with being a confirmed drunkard and sot and says that he became violent in November, 1887, and struck and slapped her; that in January, 1889, he called her bad names, and that such ebullitions of temper were ordinary with him.  She further says that he left her without provisions or support, and that she was forced to earn such in the scarcest quantity which the defendant would share.  She adds that they were renting at the date of separation, she being sick and the rent due.  She asks for the custody of her three boys - Ward aged 16, Frank age 14, and Beaumont 4.


Mangum, Greer county, Tex., Jan 7,  The weather continues warm for this time of the year.  No snow in this section so far this winter.  Wheat is doing well.  An early rain would be an advantage.  Farmers are preparing their land for spring crops.  Range stock is healthy and in good shape.  Quite a number of work horses have died recently with blind staggers.


SINCLAIR - Frederick Lafetra Sinclair, aged 28 years.  Funeral takes place at 10:00 a. m. today (January 9) from church of Incarnation, corner McKinney avenue and Harwood street.
MONTGOMERY - Francis C., infant son of Thos. F. and Fannie Montgomery, Jan, 6, 1890, Sedalla and Marshall (Mo.) papers please copy.


Real Estate and Land Agents
BUY CHEAPLANDS IN THE PANHANDLE of Texas as an investment.  From $1 per acre up.  W. S. Decker, Canadian City, Hemphill county, Tex.




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