Thursday, December 15, 2016

Assorted News Items About Kerr County, January to June, 1878

Galveston Daily News, January 23, 1878.
Horse Thieves. Pursuit and Capture of a Gang in Gonzales county.
Rube Semnalt, James Semnalt and William Walton, stole three horses on Peach creek the night of the 9th, and were followed by W. A. Cobb, J. A. Lark, G. W. Hodges, James Baker and L. W. Wolfirk, who overtook them at their uncle's, Adam Semnalt, in Kerr county, above Kerrville.

Galveston Daily News, January 31, 1878.
Kerr County.  Capt. Jos. A. Tivy, of Kerrville, writes to the Statesman, denying the statements made by its informant that there has been inaugurated a reign of terror in Kerr county.

Galveston Daily News, February 1, 1878.
The Frontiersman contradicts a report made to the Austin Statesman, and printed under the caption, "Terrorism in Kerr County--Violations of the Law, and the Mob Headed by the Sheriff," and says:
We make no attempt at denial that some local unpleasantness was developed here recently by reason of charges brought against Sheriff Hamer and others, legal proceedings entered upon, and that the trial or trials were somewhat protracted, causing almost everybody to take one side of the question of the other.  But we submit that no community in the land can look on unmoved when so important a local officer as the county sheriff stands charged with having done unlawful acts.  One case against him was before an examining court, the evidence on both sides carefully made a matter of record, and the justice presiding deemed it his duty to dismiss the case, and did so.  Other charges against the accused are to come up in other courts, which will in the regular course of business be acted will in the regular course of business be acted upon.  Friends and antagonists of the accused--good and true men on either side, each--good and true men on either, each equally honest in their convictions, no doubt--all await as order-loving citizens, the resulting legal decisions, all equally willing and ready to abide by them.
KGS Note: F. J. Hamer was sheriff February 15, 1876 to November 7, 1882.

Galveston Daily News, March 29, 1878
The Kerrville (Kerr county) Frontiersman ... touches on one of the needs of its section:
Many of the citizens of our own county live twenty and third miles from a postoffice, and they write their letters and wait until someone goes after the doctor, or goes to court or mill, when they send to the office; so it is all over western Texas. The attention of our representative is called to this matter.  We must have more mail lines, more postoffices, and have the mail go and come ofter.  Rapid and frequent mails would tend to root out and destroy the lawless element that curses the west.  It will make those who are here better satisfied to stay. ...

Galveston Daily News, April 1, 1878
Letter from San Antonio.... a resident of Kerr county, passed through town last week on his way to Huntsville, convicted of stealing a cow.  He came here with the camels in 1855 and located in Kerr county.  He is a simple old man, and is not believed to be guilty, intentionally, of any crime. If he had only killed a man now, he would not be disgraced in this way. Perhaps he was convicted because he was a Turk, and Russian influence was brought to bear on the jury.
Galveston Daily News, April 5, 1878
Kerr County.  Frontiersman. Over 180 sections of public land have been located in this county within the past 12 months....About 16,000 head of cattle have been driven through this county in the last 10 days.  They hail from Medina and Frio counties, and are on the road to Kansas....Dr. Ganahl, of Galveston, is on a visit to his rancho in this county, where he expects to spend the summer.

Galveston Daily News, April 9, 1878
Kerr County. Messrs. Faltin & Schreiner will start a herd of cattle from here about the 15th to Kansas, under the charge of Mr. Jones Glenn [?]....The people of Kerr county are thoroughly alive to the interests of hog raising.  There are already some very fine Poland China and bald-faced Berkshires already in the county.

Galveston Daily News, April 25, 1878
New Orleans Times, 22d:  The Kerr county, Texas, Frontiersman comes to us in mourning with an obituary notice of Mr. J. W. Brown, one if its proprietors, who died in New Orleans on the 4th of this month, of hemorrhage of the lungs.  At least this is the statement of a letter addressed from this city to the Frontiersman, by Mr. J. Beaty, who says he is a stranger to Brown, and writes as a dying request.  The Frontiersman, however, states that Mrs. Brown received a letter from her husband, dated the same (April 4th) at 11 o'clock A.M., saying he would soon be home.  This letter, written on the morning Beaty reports him dead, is remarkable, especially as the Frontiersman says he had a considerable amount of money about his person, and valuable papers.  He was only twenty-four years of age.  The matter ought to be investigated.

Georgetown Williamson County Sun, June 6, 1878.
Mr. Casper, of Kerr county, sheared fifteen hundred sheep this season and received therefore nine thousand pounds of wool.  An average of six pounds per head.

KGS note:  "Mr. Casper" is probably Casper Real.

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