Hutchins, Dallas County, Texas

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Real Estate Transfers.

     W. R. Baker and F. A. Rice to C. C. Keithly and T. H. Campbell, twelve acres in Hutchins, $360.

- November 7, 1890, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 3.
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A Mule Drives a Pole Into a
Man's Chest.

     While at his ranch near Hutchins last week, Maj. J. I. Reeks met with a very serious accident. He had occasion to prod a mule with a long pole, one end of which, was sharp. Maj. Reeks held the sharp end in his hands, and as he punched the mule with the other end, the animal kicked and drove the pole over three inches into the major's flesh, just to the left of his chest and below his shoulder. His wind pipe was almost severed. He drew the pole from his body with his own hands, and although growing faint every moment from the loss of blood, he rode four miles to Hutchins, where the services of a physician were procured. After dressing the wound, he took the train for home and is now resting easy at his home on Gaston avenue in this city.
     It was one of the most peculiar accidents on record, and the iron nerve displayed by the major is seldom met with.

- July 6, 1891, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 4.
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He Says He Has Murdered a
Woman, but Gives no

Southern Afternoon Press.
UTCHINS, Tex., June 3. -- Capt. D. C. Burgess, superintendent of the Dallas county farm, brought in from the country last evening, a strange character, whom he found sick and delirious at a farmer's house, three miles south of this place. In his delirium, he keeps talking of a woman he says he killed somewhere, but no particulars can be ascertained. He is a young man about 21 years of age, smooth face, sandy hair, blue eyes, fair complexion, about 5 feet 10 inches high, weight, about 135 pounds. Says he is known by the names of Charlie Harrison, W. C. Moses and W. C. King. He says the latter is his correct name. The farmer he stopped with says he had a lot of tools when he arrived at his house.

- June 4, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 4.
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City Notes.

     Ed Martin has leased the John Gillespie farm at Hutchins, and will take possession at once. Mr. Gillespie will move his family to Dallas and make this city his residence.

- November 29, 1892, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 4.
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     Congressman Abbott sent in his recommendations on the following applicants for postoffices: C. H. Bussey, for Hutchins; Geo. O. Alvis, for Ennis, and Henry Galbraith, for Terrell.

- March 16, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 3.
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     Dee Burgess says Hutchins and vicinity will send 1,000 people to the Trinity river navigation celebration.

- May 4, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 3, col. 4.
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The Harvey Was at Hutchins This

     Editor Joe Green of the Lancaster Herald is in the city. Said he to a TIMES-HERALD reporter:
     "The Harvey was at Vining's mill, opposite Hutchins, this morning. The county bridge at Wilmer was cut last night. One end was cut and the bridge was then swung around to the bank. The run was made to Vining's Mill without difficulty. The river is away up and the trouble that now confronts the navigators is the iron county and railroad bridges. I am afraid the river is too high to permit the Harvey to pass under the bridges. The Harvey will get to Dallas. You can bet your bottom dollar on this proposition, and the people of my town are delighted."

- May 9, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 5.
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R. W. King to J. M. Hagler, a lot in Hutchins, $400.
Z. T. Kilpatrick and wife to R. W. King, lot in Hutchins, $350.

- August 9, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 1, col. 2.
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     Rev. Charles A. Burton, the boy preacher of the Christian church, is holding a protracted meeting at Hutchins, and drawing large crowds. He is only 17 years of age, having only attended school about two months in his life, but one would judge from his language, that he was a graduate of the highest schools. Considerable interest is being manifested.

- August 23, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 3.
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The Result Was Announced Yesterday

     The commissioners court canvassed the returns of the local option election recently held on the Rose Hill precinct and announced the result yesterday. Rose Hill is dry -- very dry -- by a vote of 50 for, to 18 against local option.
     An election was ordered in the Hutchins precinct, to be held on November 4, and the drys declare that the saloon must go in that bailiwick.

- October 10, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 2, col. 2.
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The People of Hutchins Still in a Bad

     The local option election recently held at Hutchins is said to have given rise to two factions in that locality, the wet element representing one faction and the dry, the other. One faction accuses the other of maliciously endeavoring to procure an indictment for horse stealing against one of the men on their side. The wet ticket people are disposed to make a test in the courts of the right of a portion of a community to dictate what sort of beverages the whole community shall regale themselves with.

- December 21, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 4.
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He Contests the Prohibition Election at

     On the 25th of November, an election was held at Hutchins, at which fifty-four votes were cast for prohibition, and forty-two against. The vote was canvassed at a meeting of the county commissioners, Dec. 6, 1893, and the usual order of publication made. Now comes Wm. Moroney, a saloon keeper, with a complaint in Judge Gray's court, and asks that said election be nullified for the following reasons:
     1. Because the order of election in its description of the territory to be covered by prohibition is vague, uncertain and indefinite.
     2. Because the election was ordered more than thirty days after the filing of the petition.
     3. Because the tally sheet fails to show the names of person who offered to vote and were refused.
     4. Because many legal voters were denied the right to vote.
     In answer to defendant's prayer, Judge Gray granted an order citing the county commissioner to appear before him, Jan. 21, 1894, show cause why an injunction should not issue, restraining them from publishing the order declaring the result of the election or taking any further action in the premises until the court has disposed of the case.

- December 22, 1893, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 5, col. 3.
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Added February 18, 2004:

     W. K. Rawlins, by Sheriff, to W. B. Thompson, September 4, 1894, 16 acres in the town of Hutchins, $50.

- September 6, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 4, col. 2-3.
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Added March 3, 2004:

John Miller's House Goes Up in Smoke,
No Insurance.

     John Miller's house, on the Hutchins road, two miles from the city, was destroyed by fire last night.
     He saved some of his furniture. His loss is $700, including $40 in greenbacks. No insurance. The fire started from the kitchen stove.

- October 25, 1894, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 8, col. 5.
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Added March 20, 2004:

     L. B. Cody and wife to W. E. Payne, August 17, 1894, 1 acre, division 21, of Hutchins, $250.

- January 15, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 3-4.
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Added March 24, 2004:



The Books Are Found in an East Dallas
Boarding House Where They Were
Left by Mrs. Todd, Who is
in Waxahachie.

     Last Thursday night, the public school building at Hutchins was looted, and all the books belonging to the school and to pupils that do not take their books home to study, nights, were carried away, evidently by some one who had had to buy school books, and who thought, that if he could sell them for even half price, he would make six months wages out of the speculation.
     Mr. J. S. White, of Hutchins, came up to Dallas and gave the police a description of the stolen books, supposing, of course, that whoever stole them would bring them to this educational center.
     This morning, Detective Alexander found the books in a box in an East Dallas boarding house, where they had been left by Mrs. Ellie Todd, to whom they had been shipped by Will Todd from Hutchins. Mr. Alexander ascertained that Mrs. Todd had gone to Waxahachie on a telegram from her husband, who was under arrest and in jail.

- January 21, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 5.
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Added April 3, 2004:

     C. E. Collins, formerly agent ofthe Houston & Texas Central at Hutchins, has been appointed assistant ticket agent of this road at the Union depot.

- February 21, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 4.
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Added April 22, 2004:

     C. H. Busey and wife to H. W. Horn, March 19, 1895, part of block 47 of Hutchins, $500.

- April 10, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 3-4.
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Added May 29, 2004:

     Alf Floyd, living two miles west of Hutchins, Tuesday, drew something over $500 out of a Dallas bank and returned home. During the night, a burglar entered his room and stole it. Mr. Floyd has no clew to the robber.

- May 23, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 2.
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Added June 4, 2004:


They Capture the Commissioners Court
in Great Shape.

     Flem Bledsoe, Dr. Carnes and John Gaston, of Hutchins, went before the Commissioners Court, yesterday afternoon, to call the attention of the court to the Hutchins road as the shortest, levelest and broadest thoroughfare from the city to the south line of the county, and, in fine, the only road the Commissioners could consider, if they followed the strict letter of the law.
     Hutchins wisely selected for this business, three men, any of whom can, at any time, convince anybody that black is white, or that any other absurd proposition is perfectly reasonable, and the result, was that it was only by the exercise of the utmost presence of mind, that the Commissioners could refrain from committing themselves then and there to the Hutchins road.

- June 15, 1895, Dallas Daily Times Herald, p. 6, col. 3.
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Added June 15, 2004:

     Hutchins, Dallas Co., Tex., Jan. 1. - The grass in the cemetery caught fire to-day, but did only slight damage before it was extinguished. A few pickets around a grave here and there were burned.

- January 2, 1896, The Dallas Morning News, p. 7, col. 3.
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