Friday, June 30, 2017

Kerr County in the News, October through December, 1883

Galveston Daily News, October 1, 1883
The two-year-old son of James Seller, postmaster at Center Point, Kerr county, was drowned in a well.

The Graham Leader, October 6, 1883
Dolf's Rambling Reminiscences
I left San Antonio at 7 a.m. for Kerrville, some 76 miles, in a four-horse stage.  I had for companions the silent man, the broken English-speaking German, a gentleman and lady from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., with a three-year-old boy, and a newly imported Englishman up with the driver. Observing the crowded condition, my first inquiry directed to the New York man was, "how far are you going?" "o Kerrville!".  I thought "Oh Lord" and mentioned my reflections, and when I said "So am I" there was evident a general lack of appreciation for each other's company.  We lost the German 18 miles out, the silent man went to Boerne 30 miles while the balance remained till 12:30 that night when we arrived at Kerrville.  The roads were heavy from recent rains and we having much baggage our progress was slow and monotonous, except when the latter was relieved by a bright snatch of song, a sally of wit or funny story from the intelligent New Yorker or his accomplished wife.  I did not intend to burden this lady with the labor of relieving all the tedium of the trip, for the many stage stands on this route, with the temptation of Anheiser's beer at 25 cents per quart bottle, was too tempting to be resisted and we averaged a bottle to every hour of tedium.  In this maker [sic] I found the Englishman a capital hand.  The little boy was excellent and reflected much credit on his parents, and if I was not afraid my wife would hear of it I'd say I nursed him several miles.  The lady stood the 75 miles ride wonderfully, and had the courage to take a buggy at 12:50 the same night and finish her journey of six miles, but I'll wager my Jersey that she thought she was some one else the next day. I confess, my week's constant riding broke me all up, and I yearned for some of the quietude of the home circle. ...
Here I found another Young [county] countryman, W. F. James, one of the pioneers--coming to Young Co. with J. R. Jowell, Alex McLaren and others.  He is now county judge of this county, has a good stock of cattle and a section or so of land.  He was a good man in Young county and has not changed.  This town is largely under the control of German, Mr. Chas. Schreiner, who has recently built an enormous storehouse, has as fine a private residence as it to be found in West Texas, and in fact owns everything--cattle, sheep mills, freight trains, land in vast bodies, and his hand is felt everywhere.  The town of Kerrville seemed to be a little turbulent while I was there.  I heard one man tell another that he would give him 'till 2 o'clock to leave, if he was not gone then he would be perforated, that is, his hid would not look well tanned. I thought the party addressed was a renter, probably, but subsequently ascertained that he was the stepfather of the frateman.  I afterwards saw him oiling up a decisive looking shot-gun and supposed that he had concluded to remain. ...
The sheriff told me that there was considerable horse stealing going on and from other signs I thought I saw blood in the moon, hence I say it was somewhat turbulent.
The country throughout the county is splendid for stock....I found the best watered portion of the state.

San Antonio Light, October 11, 1883
W. B. Mullins, Kerr county, at the St. Leonard hotel.

The Graham Leader, October 13, 1883
Dolf's Rambling Reminiscences
From Fredericksburg to Kerrville is 25 miles, over a beautiful stretch of wood-land intersected by refreshing streams, such as Oak Creek, the Pertenalls [sic], Bear Creek, and Wolf Creek--all ever flowing water-courses. ... Arriving at Kerrville at noon I spend the time fishing during the day, and coon, fox and wild-cat hunting at night.  Having to remain here a week, I have had ample time for amusement and I have put all my energy into the occupation. On one occasion, being accompanied by an ex-Young county citizen, W. F. James, now county judge here, I averaged from ten to fifteen nice fish each day--being also accompanied by other guests of the hotel we have kept the table well supplied.  I find a class of people here much above the average in intelligence and culture.  This place, like Fredericksburg, is a great resort for invalids and many men of wealth finding benefit have located permanently in this beautiful river--the Guadalupe.  There are here an unusually large settlement of Englishmen, who seem well to do--pushing, progressive and prosperous.  I have found a stay here very agreeable and quit the hospitable place with regret.

Galveston Daily News, October 20, 1883
Colonel Collindar Fayssoux, of New Orleans, is in the city en route to a visit to his son-in-law in Kerr county. He is receiving the attentions due to the men who figured conspicuously in the cause of Texas.  He is the gallant young midshipman who fought with Commodore Moore, of the Texas navy, off the coast of Yucatan, with the Mexican navy in 1843 and who was afterward so conspicuous in the Lopez expedition ....Colonel Fayssoux is still strong and vigorous, and enjoys the decline of his years in the peace of a loved family.

San Antonio Light, October 20, 1883
This morning a surveying party number 14 were sent out by the Engineer of the Sunset railroad, to survey a line between Bandera and Kerrville, with a view to building a railroad.

San Antonio Light, October 23, 1883
J. Patterson, a prominent stockman of Kerrville, is at the Central.

San Antonio Light, November 14, 1883
The committee appointed for the purpose of soliciting subscriptions to the capital stock of the Gulf, San Antonio, Colorado City and Kansas City railroad, will call on our business men in a day or two in the interest of that enterprise.... [Description of the proposed route given here.]

San Antonio Light, November 22, 1883
The Southwestern Christian association met this morning ....
Among the delegates who were present were G. L. Serber, Kerrville.

San Antonio Light, December 19, 1883
At the St. Leonard Hotel, G. H. Hughes, Kerrville

Galveston Daily News, December 24, 1883
Kerrville is having quite a building boom.







 










Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Assorted News Items About Kerr County, July through September, 1883

San Antonio Light, July 2, 1883
W. P. Coleman, rancher of Kerr county, is at the Central.

San Antonio Light, July 4, 1883
Wagon freighters refuse $10 per thousand for hauling lumber to Kerrville.

San Antonio Light, July 14, 1883
An Englishman Receives Information that he is Joint Heir to $98,000.
Mr. W. A. Cooper, a well known and highly respected Englishman, of Kerrville, called upon the Light office this morning where he informed the Light staff of his having become the posessor of $98,000. A short while ago Mrs. Cooper left this town for New York to attend the pending case in regard to the will of her late trustee, Dr. Pierre Courtland Van Wyck, Superintendent of the Assay office, New York, and an old person friend of President Arthur.  Mrs. Cooper was the adopted daughter of the deceased gentleman, who was her trustee to the amount of $36,000, besides which she claimed interest in the property on account of a will which ws duly signed and drawn up in 1881, but which as yet is not forthcoming.  The attorneys on the opposite side compromised the case, and handed over one-fourth of the property to Mrs. Cooper, which, together with her former amount, equals $98,000. Mr. and Mrs. Cooper will improve their property in Kerrville, which town they have already done their utmost for, but are not certain as to their place of residence.  Mr. Cooper thinks San Francisco will be their next move.  The Light congratulates the couple on their good fortune.
[Story also reported in the Laredo (TX) Times, July 19, 1883)

San Antonio Light, July 19, 1883
J. Vining, sheepman of Kerrville is sojourning at the Central.

San Antonio Light, July 19, 1883
Kerrville Kernels
Send me your paper.  I guess you know me, as I am the fellow that sold the barrel of flour for a barrel of lime.
Kerr county is booming since the rain, and crop prospects are very good, though some of the corn was cut short by the drouth.  Cotton is looking fine.
Kerrville is looking up.  Mr. Charles Schreiner has moved into the new store building, which would be a credit to any town in Texas.
Coleman & Son's have their store full of goods, and are doing a splendid business.
There is some talk of a fine hotel being built in this town in the near future.
[Story also appears in the Galveston Daily News, July 27, 1883.]

San Antonio Light, July 25, 1883
J. C. W. Ingram, ranchero of Kerr county, is staying at the Central.

San Antonio Light, August 3, 1883
J. M. Starkey, ranchero of Kerr county, is at the Central.

San Antonio Light, August 8, 1883
County Judge Mason has received a courteous letter from the County Judge of Kerr county stating that Bexar county's claim of $160, for the keeping of Kerr county prisoners in the jail here, will be considered at the next meeting.
[Galveston Daily News, October 2, 1883] Kerr county has settled its indebitness in full with Bexar county]

San Antonio Daily Express, August 8, 1883
Advertisement [unclear]
Centre Point Hotel, Centre Point, Kerr County, Texas
Wm. E. Breff?? Lessee and Manager. (Formerly of Maryland.)

San Antonio Light, August 14, 1883
Arrivals at the St. Leonard: Lee Kisinger, Kerrville; J. Eckolin, Kerrville.

San Antonio Light, August 15, 1883
A. T. Oakley, C. M. Coleman, Kerrville ... are at the St. Leonard.

Galveston Daily News, August 17, 1883
Bandera Bugle. On Monday Deputy Sheriff Denison, of Kerrville, turned over to Jailer McCarthy a man named Turner, charged with killing a man named Tillery at Green Lake, at the head of the Llano.

San Antonio Light, August 27, 1883
J. L. Vining, son of an extensive wool grower of Kerr county, is staying at the Central.
J. C. W. Ingram and Frank Coleman, prominent citizens of Kerrville, are at the Central.

San Antonio Light, August 28, 1883
W. R. Roper, a prosperous English of Kerr county, engaged in the sheep business, is at the Central.

San Antonio Light, August 29, 1883
N. C. Reid, Kerrville; J. F. Hardcastle, Kerrville, are registered at the St. Leonard Hotel.

San Antonio Light, August 31, 1883
Texas Still Ahead.
Three of a kind beats two pair, and thus it may be said that Kerr county holds the best hand in the cattle game, for it has three queens and one kings, and claims high from the fact that Mr. James Matthews, of Verde creek, near Centre Point, has a cow which brought forth four well developed calves, one male and three females, all being hearty and doing well.  They are now about two weeks old.

A. T. Okely [sic. s.b. Oakley], N. C. Rew, Kerrville are registered at the St. Leonard Hotel.

San Antonio Light, September 6, 1883
William L. James and D. E. Farr, of Kerrville, are guests at the Central.

Galveston Daily News, September 19, 1883
On Thursday next the match race--one fourth mile dash, for $1000 a side--will take place at the Fair ground.  A. G. Secrest of Kerr county, enters his gray mare Alborie.

San Antonio Light, September 20, 1883
From the list of grand and petit jurors summoned to serve at the October term of the federal court: R. P. Jarmon, Kerrville; H. L. Nelson, Kerr county

San Antonio Light, September 21, 1883
The Rev. A. Taylor goes to Kerrville tomorrow to take charge of the church there.

G. H. Coleman, Kerrville ... guest at the St. Leonard hotel.

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.