Monday, June 19, 2017

Assorted News Items About Kerr County, January through June, 1883

Galveston Daily News, January 5, 1883
 [news from Austin] Representative Scott, of Kerr, arrived today.


San Antonio Evening Light, January 20, 1883
Hotel Arrivals: At the Central Hotel, W. E. Franklin, Kerr County.
 At the Hord Hotel: Mrs. A. L. Barnett, Kerrville.

San Antonio Evening Light, January 25, 1883
Hotel Arrivals: At the Vance Hotel, J. W. Paxton, Kerrville.
At the Menger hotel: W. A. and Mrs. Cooper, Kerrville.

San Antonio Evening Light, February 6, 1883
Mr. Constant de Wael has arrived here from Junction City.  He reports that between Kerrville and Boerne the stage in which he was riding fell from an embankment a distance of some fifteen feet but that the passengers, three in number, were not injured.

San Antonio Daily Express, February 22, 1883
Wanted by the Commissioners of Kerr County, Texas.
Plans and estimates of cost to be submitted to the...courthouse in Kerrville, on the first day of May 1883, for a jail and addition to courthouse not to exceed a cost of twelve thousand dollars.

San Antonio Evening Light, February 27, 1883
Mr. B. C. Richardson is quartered at the Hord hotel.

Galveston Daily News, March 2, 1883
From Bandera Bugle:  We have heard that Mr. Oakly, of Kerrville, has lost 14,400 head of sheep, and Mr. Scott has lost severely too.  All over the northern part of the county the sheep are very badly scattered, and it impossible to get them all together.

San Antonio Evening Light, March 12, 1883
Representative Scott and Miss Scott passed through the city en route to Kerrville.

San Antonio Evening Light, March 24, 1883
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Page, of Kerrville, ... are guests at the Vance hotel.

San Antonio Evening Light, March 29, 1883
Mr. R. H. Burney of Kerrville, is visiting the city.

Galveston Daily News, April 7, 1883
The Junction City Texas tells how a sensible and kind-hearted merchant took an improvident farmer out of the slough of despond:
Mr. Chas. Schreiner, who lives in Kerrville, had a customer who was rather reckless of his ways and means. He had run a large account in the store, and had given a mortgage in a sufficient amount to cover his entire estate, and there was no indication of the man holding up, and there were no indications of his paying the debt.  Mr. Schreiner said to the man: "See here, let me manage for a while, and see if I can't bring you out of debt."  The man said agreed. Mr. Schreiner went out to the farm and said to the man: "Now plant this field in wheat, this one in oats, this one in corn, and this one in cotton."  And when the man sent his wagon to the store for supplies, Mr. Schreiner took the bill and cut it down about one-half, and said to the man: "Now try and see if you can't get along with that.  This was kept up for two years, when the man paid every cent he owed, and had some to spare.

San Antonio Light, April 12, 1883
Mr. W. N. Cooper, of Kerrville is a guest at the Hord hotel. Mr. W. N. Cooper is an Englishman who is editor and proprietor of the Kerr county Chronicle, which is shortly to be started in Kerrville.

San Antonio Light, April 16, 1883
Mr. S. J. Thomas, a merchant of Centre Point, in the city.
At the Central Hotel: S. J. Thomas, Centre Point, and J. Vining, Kerrville
At the Hord Hotel: F. M. Moore, Kerrville

Galveston Daily News, April 17, 1883
Bandera Bugle of Friday: Captain Charles Schreiner, of Kerr County, ... says that himself and Mr. John Lytle will drive this year about 25,000 head of cattle.

San Antonio Light, April 19, 1883
At the Center Hotel: J. R. Storms, Centre Point; R. F. Gregory, Kerrville

San Antonio Light, April 26, 1883
A. Cooper, editor of the Kerrville Chronicle, is in the city.

San Antonio Light, April 27, 1883
Frank A. Douglas, lawyer of Kerrville, is at the Central [Hotel].

San Antonio Light, May 14, 1883
The Hon. W. Kerr and lady, of Kerrville, are at the Hord hotel.  Mr. Kerr is a prominent sheep raiser, and is Secretary of the State Woolgrowers' association.

San Antonio Light, May 30, 1883
Mr. and Mrs. Oakley, from Kerrville, are at Mrs. Sappington's.

San Antonio Light, May 31, 1883
At the Hord hotel, ... R. H. Bourney, Jr., Kerrville.

San Antonio Light, June 2, 1883
At the Hord hotel, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Cooper, of Kerrville.
At the Central hotel, Dr. A. Northcote, Kerrville.

San Antonio Light, June 8, 1883
Mr. Oakley left Mrs. Sappington's this morning for Kerrville, but intends to return.
At the Central Hotel: T. R. Kennerson, Kerrville.

San Antonio Light, June 9, 1883
At the Central Hotel: J. C. W. Ingram, Kerr County.

San Antonio Light, June 13, 1883
At the Hord Hotel: J. P. Johns and two children, Centre Point.
At the Central Hotel: M. Wenzel, R. F. Gregory, Kerrville.

San Antonio Light, June 16, 1883
At the Central Hotel: F. A. Douglass, attorney of Kerrville.

San Antonio Light, June 22, 1883
Mr. and Mrs. H. Cooper, from Kerrville, are at the Hord.






Friday, January 6, 2017

Assorted News Items About Kerr County, July through December, 1882

Galveston Daily News, August 8, 1882
Captain Caldwell, of the state troops arrived this morning from Kerr county, where he reports everything quiet and a good cotton crop, the planters having already picked half a bale to the acre.

San Antonio Light, August 10, 1882
Messrs. Casper Real and James Sellers have been elected to represent the republicans of Kerr county in the congressional convention.

Galveston Daily News, September 12, 1882
A convention for the purposes of choosing a representative for the 84th district was held here on the 7th instant.  Mr. Whitfield Scott, of Kerr County, was nominated by acclamation.

Galveston Daily News, October 25, 1882
Methodist Conference and Appointments. Kerrville circuit, H. T. Hill.

San Antonio Evening Light, October 28, 1882
Hon. John Hancock at Kerrville. Oct. 26.
On last evening Judge Hancock was introduced to an audience of about 50 persons by our fellow townsman, Hon. Jas. A. Tivey [sic. s.b. Tivy].

San Antonio Daily Express, November 19, 1882
To the Hon. T. M. Paschal, Judge of the 28?th Judicial District of Texas.
Resolved, that the death of John D. Nelson, deputy sheriff of Kerr county, Texas, the state of Texas has been deprived of a good citizen, in the prime of his manhood and usefulness, the county of Kerr has lost an honest and efficient public servant, and the people have lost a true and valued friend.

Ela, a little six-year-old daughter of a sheep farmer, died yesterday from membranous croup.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their loss.






Monday, January 2, 2017

Assorted News Items About Kerr County, January through June, 1882

Galveston Daily News, January 1, 1882
Texas Chronology for 1881. February 1. San Antonio and El Paso stage robbed in Kerr county.

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San Antonio Evening Light, January 11, 1882
W. Scott, Kerr county, was a delegate to the Texas wool growers association annual meeting.
Casper Real appointed to the finance committee.

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San Antonio Evening Light, January 13, 1882
Mrs. Dr. Chas. de Ganahl, Kerr County, registered at the Menger Hotel.

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San Antonio Evening Light, February 7, 1882
Kerr County Wool Growers' Association
The above association met on January 28, 1882, in the town of Kerrville.  Their delegate, W. Scott, to the state convention was reimbursed to the amount paid out for this county by him to the National fund at the late state convention.  They then reorganized by electing Judge J. M. Starkey president and re-electing Wm. Scott, secretary, Capt. Chas. Schreiner treasurer; Casper Real, vice-president, and A. F. Oakley inspector of sheep for the year 1882.

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San Antonio Daily Express, February 16, 1882
Del Rio Notes. Not long since a young man, Mr. Godley, who has relatives in Kerr county, died from sickness at Mr. Bernard's camp, where he lies buried.

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Galveston Daily News, February 22, 1882
Letter From Kerr County.
Kerr county embraces about 1000 square miles.  The souther portion of the county is devoted principally to farming.  ... The northern portion is devoted to cattle, horse, sheep and hogs.  The census of 1881 shows a population of 2700 or thereabout.
Cedar is used pretty much entirely for fencing.  Fences are abundant in the numerous cedar-brakes along the river; rock fences are also seen. ...
Kerrville, the county seat, is a thriving little village, very prettily situated on the banks of the Gaudalupe river.  It has about 300 inhabitants; also it has a good school-house, courthouse and jail  Rock is much used for buildings.
Chas. Schreiner is the only merchant of the place and does a tremendous business furnishing goods for fifty miles around; runs the mill, sawmill and gin, and has ginned cup upwards of 200 bales of cotton this season, which he buys in trade and ships directly to New York. He has now in course of construction a large rock store 80x40 feet.
The rangers arrived this afternoon with a gang of cattle-thieves from Kimble county, to be placed in this jail for safe keeping.

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Galveston Daily News, March 7, 1882
San Antonio. Messrs. Lyttle & Schreiner outfitted some thirty-three cow-boys in this city today, and started them up to Kerr county where there are some 40,000 head of cattle being gathered to drive to Kansas.

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Galveston Daily News, March 19, 1882
Mr. George Briggs, of Willis, reports that he bought a ranch of several thousand acres in Kerr county, Texas, where he will devote himself to farming and stock raising.

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San Antonio Evening Light March 23, 1882
Arrivals at the Vance Hotel. Mrs. Crockett, Geo. and Mrs. Briggs, Kerr county.

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Galveston Daily News, March 24, 1882
Medina. J. M. Danly, tried for carrying deadly weapon. ... The horse which he pledged for his appearance proved to have been stolen from a Mr. Spears of Bandera county and in his flight from Fredericksburg he confiscated another horse from a citizen of Kerr county.

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San Antonio Evening Light, April 17, 1882
Count de Keroman goes to Castroville tomorrow to be in attendance at court, his case having been transferred from Kerr county to Medina.  Developments have been made in regard to the affair of which the count is charged that prove conclusively that he was entirely innocent of the charge.  These facts being in the knowledge of the prosecuting attorney should cause the County to be promptly acquitted.

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San Antonio Evening Light, April 24, 1882
The end of Count de Keroman's prosecution.
Case dismissed.

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Galveston Daily News, May 6, 1882 
Live Stock.  Messrs. Lyttle & Schreiner report that the numbers of four herds that are on the trail amount to 16,500; and there are other two herds the numbers of which no returns have yet been made...

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San Antonio Evening Light, May 11, 1882
Tatum & Ingram, at Kerrville dissolved partnership by mutual consent.  J.C.W. Ingram retiring from the firm and E. C. Tatum continuing said business.

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San Antonio Evening Light, May 19, 1882
E. C. Tatum, now a merchant of Kerrville is in the city selling some wool and buying goods.

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Burnet Bulletin, May 25, 1882
Elder S. E. Kennedy and family will start to Kerr county to-morrow to look at the country, visit relatives and hold a meeting.

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San Antonio Evening Light, June 14, 1882
Marriage of Miss M. V. Phillips
Yesterday, Miss Mattie Van Cleve Phillips, of St. Louis, arrived at the Vance hotel accompanied by Mrs. C. M. Donaldson, to meet Mr. W. G. Kerley, of Kerr county, who arrived a few hours previously.
This morning Miss Phillips was married to Mr. Kerley by the Reverent W. H. Dobson in the Baptist church.  Mr. Kerley and his bride remain here for a short time, and then will go to his ranch in Kerr county to take up his residence.





Friday, December 30, 2016

Assorted News Items About Kerr County, July through December 1881

San Antonio Daily Express, July 3, 1881
Ponsonby L. Lee has returned from England with his family, after an absence of three months.  He will take possession of a rancho in Kerr county, purchased during his last visit.  He says that many English capitalists propose visiting Texas during the present summer.

Galveston Daily News, July 15, 1881
Letter from Kerr County.  Center Point, Texas, July 12, 1881.--A long drouth has cut short the crown corp two-thirds or more.  A good deal of old corn on hand, and the oats, rye and spring wheat yield extra good. ... The Southern Methodist district meeting and camp meeting just closed here with good results.  The district conference was a most harmonious season.  Presiding Elder A. L. Potter is the chair, in good health and cheerful spirits.
The Missionary Baptists are to hold a camp meeting at the same place, including the fifth Sabbath this month.
General good health prevails in this valley, but the thermometer gets high enough at midday to remind us that it is mid-summer, especially when the cooling breezes do not leap down upon us from these mountain heights.

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San Antonio Daily Express, August 4, 1881

Charles Schreiner of Kerrville mentioned as an investor of a silver mine being worked by Henry Swethelm in Edwards county.

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Galveston Daily News, August 11, 1881 
Bexar County Court. Accounts.  For feeding Hampton Johnson of Kerr county, $17.05.

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Galveston Daily News, November 23, 1881
Letter from Kerrville. Kerrville, Kerr County, November 19, 1881.--Supposing the News would like to hear an occasional word from this "neck o' the woods," and knowing that its readers are to found in every nook and and corner of the State, I give a few ...
The De Stael Society at this place was organized about a year ago by some of our ladies, and has struggle along until now it is a success.  I think it speaks well for a rough frontier town to see such an evidence of culture.  The ladies have had several public meetings, all of which have been successful, but their crowning effort was last Tuesday night, when they had an entertainment in the court-house.  Court adjourned and the house was crowded. There were rendered essays and recitations, and afterwards a grand supper.  A committee was appointed on prizes, and Misses Dietert and Gill received first prizes, which Mrs. Barnet and Mrs. Scott were awarded second prizes.  By invitation of the society Mr. Hal L. Gosling, the eloquent lawyer of the frontier, and well known editor of the Castroville Quill, delivered an interesting address and presented the prizes in a running speech, during the delivery of which the audience was kept in a roar of laughter.  A good, round sum was realized on the supper.
The District Court is still in session, though it is about closing its labors after a weary two weeks work.  One man has been sent to the penitentiary for horse-stealing.  Six indictments have been found against the Dowdy brothers, charged with the killing of Potter a year ago.  It is said that eminent counsel will be employed to prosecute.  It will be a big case.  The case of the Count de Keroman has been taken to Medina county by change of venue, the agreement having been entered into by Mr. Gosling for the defense, and Messrs. Wallace, Martin, Burney and Sullivan for the prosecution.  The main case tried so far is that of Mrs. Spray, charged with the murder of her husband last August.  It is believed that Mrs. Spray will be acquitted.

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San Antonio Daily Express, December 30, 1881
For Sale.  A modern built cottage, with 4 rooms, store room, kitchen, stable and store, good cistern. ... Located on the Guadalupe river, 1/2 mile from Centre Point, Kerr county.  Apply to J. W. Glass.







Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Assorted News Items About Kerr County, January to June,1881

Galveston Daily News, January 11, 1881
Mr. C. Real of Kerr County was elected vice president of the State Wool Growers' Association.
A. Real of Kerr county was appointed to a finance committee of the organization.

KGS note: C. Real is Casper Real. A. Real might be Albert Real, son of Casper.

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San Antonio Daily Express, January 12, 1881
Sheriff Reinhard of Kendall, and Sheriff Hamer, of Kerr, are at Hord's.
T. J. Hamer, Kerr Co., are at Hord's hotel.

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San Antonio Daily Express, January 18, 1881
Post Offices in Kerr County: Centre Point, Japonica, Kerrville, Mountain Home.
Kerr.--Is west of Kendall, and is similar to it.  Being a good farming and stock country.  It is also a great health resort for invalids. It has a population of 1,379.  Kerrville is the county site.

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Galveston Daily News, January 19, 1881
A Kerr county letter says: Sheep and cattle in this county have stood the cold weather very well.  Only a few losses have been reported by the sheep men. Messrs. Real, Schreiner, Rees, and Hennewald are the only ones who have reported losses.

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San Antonio Daily Express, January 22, 1881.
J. S. Wilson, Kerrville, at the Central [hotel].

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San Antonio Daily Express, January 27, 1881.
Mr. Charles Schreiner, of Kerrville, is in the city.  He reports that ice existed in Kerr county for four weeks, consecutively.  The Rossberg family, afflicted with trichinas, are up and about, and hogs flourish in Kerr, and dams[?] imported after the affliction of the Rossbergs are still begging purchasers.

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San Antonio Daily Express, February 27, 1881
Advertisement:  Back's Hotel, (Formerly Scott's Hotel) Health and Summer Resort!
J.F.H. Back, Proprietor.
Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas.  ... Best Accommodation for Commercial Men.
Invalids Seeking health or parties desiring to spend a few months in a beautiful Mountain region will Please Write for Terms.

Kerrville, Kerr County, is a great health resort, and all who go there will find first class accommodations at Back's hotel.  See advertisement.

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San Antonio Daily Express, March 4, 1881
E. G. Wills, S. Parsons, Kerrville, at the France house.

Dr. G. R. Parsons arrived last evening from his home in Kerr county, and reports the norther to have been very severe at Kerrville.  The whole prairies are on fire, and from Kerrville to Boerne the light is almost like that of day.  It is not know how the fire originated, though it was first observed between Fredericksburg and Kerrville.

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San Antonio Daily Express, March 13, 1881
P. Lewin Lee, Kerrville, registered at the Central hotel.

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San Antonio Daily Express, April 6, 1881
An appeal to ignorance.
Mr. Leo Tarleton, just down from attending court in Kerr county, says the venue in the case of the state against Hamp Johnson, charged with the murder of Spears, has been changed to Kendall county.  The reason for doing this was because a jury could not be found in Kerr whose members had not heard of the case and formed some hasty opinion about it.  In Kendall county reside a great many people, who never leave the farm of the stock ranch unless on business, and these people will be looked to as jurors.  People who read and are capable of forming intelligent opnions are not wanted.
The change of venue in this case was based on rulings in the Rothschild trial.
See more at San Antonio Daily Express, April 8, 1881

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San Antonio Daily Express, June 2, 1881
F. J. Hamer, Kerr Co. at Hord's [hotel].

Sheriff Hamer, of Kerr county, was in the city yesterday, and brought with him and confined in our county jail Hamp Johnson, charged with murder.  The sheriff reports that the jury of inquest in the case of the recent killing of Potter, after twelve days' labor, found a verdict that the killing had been done by four parties, who will be arrested for murder.

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Burnet Bulletin, June 7, 1881
Mr. J. H. Rogers of Kerr county, is in Burnet, on a month's visit.  He intends buying a place and moving back to his old county, which will be pleasant news to his friends.

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San Antonio Daily Express, June 28, 1881
Mr. F. J. Hamer, sheriff of Kerr county, called yesterday.  He says the small grain in Kerr is all saved, and was a good yield. Corn will stand it a week longer.  He brings some witnesses in a wool case.

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San Antonio Daily Express, June 30, 1881
County Attorney Cocke informs the reporter that James P. Harris, charged with swindling Mr. A. Michel, of this city, in a wool sale, and was brought here and placed under one thousand dollars' bond, has skipped out.  Harris sold his ranch in Kerr county, said to be worth $60000, to a gentleman by the name of Scott for $3500.  He plunked down $1000 of this for security, paid a legal firm of this city $500, and then left.  His thousand dollars has been forfeited, of course.  It is supposed he has gone back to Philadelphia, from whence he came.
















Sunday, December 25, 2016

Assorted News Items About Kerr County, July to December, 1880

Galveston Daily News, July 1, 1880
Kerr.  Frontiersman: A report has been circulated around the county that Fayette Nichols, a Kerr county boy who went to New Mexico last fall, had been killed by the Indians, but a letter has been received from there saying the report was false....It is reported that a Kerr county boy, Barney Wickson, who went to New Mexico last fall, has struck it rich.

KGS note: Fayette Nichols returned from New Mexico and lived in Kerr County until his death 7 March 1930.

Galveston Daily News, August 4, 1880
Suicide of a Native of France.
Kerrville, July 27.--Emil Joss, a son of la belle France, was found dead in his bed this morning, at his home, about two miles from Kerrville--a pistol ball had pierced his brain...killed by his own hand.  Deceased had lived in Kerr county about four years, drifting here from Mexico, where, it is said, he had served under the eagles of the ill-fated Maximilian--had married, become a widower, and were a son survives him.  He lived among us an isolated life, wholly alone.  For some time past he had endured great physical suffering to which is attributed his tragic death.
We were favored last night with the heartiest rainfall known in this region since 187[8?]. The river Guadalupe rose twelve feet before daylight at this point.

Galveston Daily News, August 12, 1880
Kerr.  The democracy of Kerr "resoluted" favorably to Gov. Roberts, Adjt. Gen. Jones and Hon. C. Upson....Last Thursday a severe thunderstorm came up, and during the storm the lightning sent a shaft into our schoolhouse.  The house was full of children, and you can imagine their consternation.  The shock was a very severe one to them, as the whole front of the house was rent.  Fortunately no one was hurt.

Galveston Daily News September 21, 1880
The trial of the count Kerman, at Kerrville, which took place last week, resulted in a mistrial, the jury failing to agree.

The missing Villeneuve.
The following paragraph appeared in day before yesterday's telegram to the Galveston News, from this city: "A young attorney of this city, named Celestine Villeneuve, who had been leading a fast life, came up missing yesterday, leaving many mourning friends who are interested in his welfare.  He had mortgaged his office furniture to four different parties."
This reported had heard rumors of a similar nature, but they seemed to have no source, and in endeavoring to trace them up could find no responsible authority, but learned that Mr. Villeneuve had gone to Kerr county to accept the position of county attorney....The father of Mr. Villeneuve resides in Victoria county, is one of the wealthy men of the west, and is said to allow his son, Celestine, $1500 per annum for his pin money. [San Antonio Express]

Galveston Daily News, September 22, 1880
Sheep and Wool.
Kerrville Frontiersman:  Mr. M. Honnewald, of Michigan, landed in our county a few days ago with some 305 high grade Merino bucks and ewes.  We are glad to learn Mr. H. has bought a large tract of land at Buffalo on the head of the Guadalupe, and his sheep already located there....Capt. Scott, secretary of the Kerr county Wool Growers association...

Galveston Daily News, September 24, 1880
Kerr. Frontiersman: Tuesday night quite a stir was caused in the courthouse by a very large centipede, which was seen crawling up the door facing, against which a man was leaning.  The numerous footed reptile was quickly killed....Kerrville has been deluged with lawyers from abroad....San Antonio Express:  The case of the state of Texas vs. Bodun (count) de Keroman furnished bond to appear at the next term of the district court of Kerr county.  After the adjournment of the court it was ascertained that the jury stood seven for acquittal and five for conviction.  The case excited much interest, and it is believed that when it comes up again a change of venue to Bandera county will be obtained.

Galveston Daily News, October 29, 1880
Mr. Birney has sold his interest in the Kerrville Frontiersman to Mr. P. J. Stephenson who promises to devote his whole attention to the newspaper business and will try and give them an interesting local and miscellaneous newspaper.

San Antonio Daily Express, November 17, 1880
The Bulllet.  Assassination of a Mexican at Kerrville.
Kerrville, November 16th, 1880.
A dastardly and cold blooded assassination occurred here on Sunday, the 14th inst., at p.m., the victim being an unoffensive Mexican named Abundo Gonzales, 35? [unclear] years of age. No cause whatever can be assigned for the murder.  He left the house to get some firewood and immediately returned, shot through the body. He lingered until 6 a.m. Monday and in his lucid moments would give no clue to the perpetrator of the deed. The course of the bullet indicates that the assassin was on horseback.  The coroner's inquest held could throw no light on the affair or had any clue to cause the arrest of any one.

Galveston Daily News, December 10, 1880
Bandera Bugle.  December 4: The sad intelligence was received here yesterday of the death of one of Kerr county's prominent citizens. Mr. August Rossberg.  About the first of last month he discovered symptoms of illness in his entire family and a short time elapsed when he consulted a physician, who, after diagnosing the case, reported it caused from trichinia.  He lingered only a short time, through suffering and pain, and finally died on Tuesday last.  Mr. Rossberg purchased some pork  infested with the parasite known as trichimia and it was from eating some of this without cooking that caused the disease.  Mr. Rossberg leaves his wife and four children struggling with this awful malady and it is thought they will all die.

KGS note: August Rossberg operated Kerrville's first blacksmith shop in a rock building on Water Street where the Bluebonnet Hotel later stood.

San Antonio Daily Express, December 30, 1880
A Budget About Kerr.
Rapid Development of the Country--The Remains of U. H. Birney En Route to Washington.
Dr. G. R. Parsons, of Kerrville, reports the remaining members of the Rosberg family, afflicted with trichina, to be recovering.  Only two of the family, the father and a daughter, died. Their cases have been reported.
Dr. Parsons says the country west is developing with wonderful rapidity.  When he located at Kerrville in 1876, there was not a mile of fence between here and Boerne, while now about one-half of this country is under fence, and land purchased then at two and a half dollars per acre is now held at ten dollars.  The Doctor mentions the Dr. Elliott place as an instance.  Kerr county is rapidly improving and property cannot be rented in Kerr county at any price.  There is a constant demand for houses.  A house with two small rooms will rent easily at five dollars a month, and where accommodations are greater, at correspondingly advance figures.
Game is abundant in the lines of quail and turkey, though deer and duck are scarce.
Dr. Parsons' visit to our city is for the purpose of sending the remains of U. H. Birney, who died on the 11th of November, to Washington, where the remains will be interred in the burying ground of his family, of which Gen. William Birney is the head.  The remains had been interred at Kerrville for twenty-one days.

KGS note: Ulric Hoffman Birney was born 7 September 1850 in France while father was working there.  U. H. Birney is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Georgetown, Washington DC. His father, Gen. William Birney, was a prominent member of the District of Columbia Bar, a professor, Union Army general in the Civil War, author, and ardent abolitionist.





Friday, December 23, 2016

Assorted News Items About Kerr County, January to June, 1880

Galveston Daily News, March 18, 1880
Castroville Quill: Our readers will remember that some time ago there were several publications and much talk relative to the alleged thefts at Center Point, Kerr county, of a certain amount of money from the safe of Faltin, Schreiner & Below, and that the crime was charged to Le Compte de Keroman, a native and subject of France, living temporarily in that neighborhood.  Last Monday, at Kerrville, the county was indicted by the grand jury of Kerr county, and placed under $1200 bail.  Quite a number of attorneys have been employed on both sides, and great interest attached to the case.  It promises to be one of great moment in Kerr County.

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Galveston Daily News, April 16, 1880
Messrs. Schreiner & Lytle, of Kerr county, will...send two large droves of cattle up the trail this season.

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Galveston Daily News, April 22, 1880
Live Stock Notes.
Kerrville Frontiersman:  Faltin, Schreiner & Lytle received 602 head of cattle at Comfort, 642 head at H. M. Burney's, 660 at Kerrville, and another 1500 at Bandera.  They expect to get enough on the Pedernales to make the number 4000. The cattle mostly are in fair order.
Wool.
Kerrville Frontiersman: the sheepmen are happy in the prospect of good prices....Kerr county wool is generally of fine quality, free from burrs, etc., and should bring a good price.

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Galveston Daily News, May 11, 1880
A letter in the Evening Herald, dated Center Point, Kerr county, May 8, gives an account of the shooting and killing of T. A. Corbell, by Prof. W. Atterbury.  The trouble grew out of a dispute about a bill of sale of some cattle.  Atterbury made his escape and is still at large.  They were prominent citizens and the affair has caused much excitement.

Galveston Daily News, May 12, 1880
There is a description of Atterbury, teacher at Center Point.

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Galveston Daily News, May 27, 1880
Kerrville.  Capt. Scott returned from San Antonio last Sunday, having sold his wool for 26 1/2 c, the highest price paid at that time.

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Galveston Daily News, June 10, 1880
Kerrville Frontiersman. June 4:  It is well known that there are numerous caves around the head of the river, and Messrs. Tremblett and Harbecker, sheep herders for Scott & Oakley, partially explored one recently. It opened on top of a hill on the divide, about thirty miles from here.  The bushes being cleared from the mouth, they fastened a rope to a stout pole laid across the top and let themselves down. The descent is perfectly perpendicular, and it is twenty-four feet to the bottom.  Once there they found themselves in a large cavern some twenty-five feet in height, and filled with beautiful stalactites of all shape, many ten feet length, and clear, ice cold water dripping from the roof.  The skeleton of a bear was found in good preservation. It was not without great difficulty that the explorers got out again, the sides of the pit offering no foot-hold and the being compelled to shin up the rope--in fact, Harbecker failed entirely to climb, and had to be hauled up by his more fortunate companion.

Weather and Crops.
Kerrville (Kerr county). Frontiersman, June 4: At last Kerr county has had a regular down-pouring, heavy rain, and the best for three years. Several inches fell on the night of the 27th, and next day the Guadalupe was booming and carrying down drift wood for the first time in several years.  It rose about seven feet here, while at Center Point and Comfort it was up still higher. The mail from Boerne was unable to cross on Friday, and Kerrville did without until Sunday, no one repined. ...

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Galveston Daily News, June 24, 1880
Kerrville. Frontiersman. Another glorious rain fell Saturday night and Sunday.  A good corn crop is a sure thing now, while there is very good prospect for a splendid cotton crop....The cotton worm has made its appearance in our county.  Mr. F. H. Coleman ... discovered them.
Castroville. Quill. ... In our judgement, Mr. Bonnell's corn, at Camp Verde in Kerr county is the finest we have ever seen in Texas.