Waco Daily Examiner, Nov 1881
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McLennan County, Texas
November, 1881

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November 12, 1881


The Examiner can state positively that Mr. Gates will not leave Waco to accept a railroad position.

Brother Stanage expects to wind up his temporal business in this city to-day and take the evening train for his home in the ungodly city of Dallas, to fill his regular appointment to-morrow.

Mrs. D. Bryant, wife of the leading agricultural implement man of Dallas, cousin of Major A. Hinchman, of this city, is here visiting this week. Her husband was expected on last night's train. They will probably remain a week or ten days. Mr. Bryant comes to Waco for the purpose of visiting relatives and also to procure the agency of the rotary plow for the county of Dallas.

November 15, 1881


Pinckney S. Ford, esq., of Cameron, is in the city.

J.R. Robinson, of Robinsonville, is stopping at the McClennand [McClelland?].

T.H. Graves, of Anderson, Grimes county, is visiting the city.

B.A. Calhoun, one of W.C. Cleveland's colporteurs, came in last night.

Mrs. Rogers, wife of the rector of St. Paul, is still quite sick of typhoid fever.

Col. George Goldthwaite, of the Houston and Texas Central, is a guest of the McClelland.

Prof. J.H. Gillespie is soon to join Prof. J.H. Hill as a teacher in the Waco business college.

Hon. L.N. Bruce, of Mastersville, our capable representative in the legislature, was in town yesterday. [Note: Mastersville was the previous name of Bruceville.]

Captain D.K. Gurley leaves for Waxahachie this morning, as one of the lay conference of the M.E. church south.

T.C. Alexander, esq., of the Meridian bar, is in town, and will spend a day or two with his friends here.

Mr. W.A. Ransom, a dry goods man of Corsicana, spent Sunday in the city. Ransom is one of the jolliest fellows going.

Captain G.W. Richardson is in the city after a tolerably successful trip down the Austin branch of the International.

Mr. J. Ormond, of the Corsicana flouring mills, is in the city, and, we learn, is taking orders right along for that famous Corsicana flour.

Rev. Mr. Brueck, of this city, left yesterday for the conference of the M.E. church (German) which meets at Schulenburg the 20th inst.

Charley Williams left for Denison yesterday, to resume business. His run on the Missouri Pacific is from Fort Worth to Denison, and for a change from Denison up into the Nation.

H.L. Turney, esq., has located in Gatesville for the practice of law. Our Gatesvillian friends will find him a thorough gentleman and man of business, and they are not slow to recognize merit.

Reverends C.H. Ellis, from the Lampasas district, S.H. Frank, of the Bosqueville circuit, and W.L. Harris, of the Iredell circuit, were in the city en route for the Methodist conference at Waxahachie Wednesday.

Mayor E.A. Sturgis leaves on this morning's train for Cisco and Breckenridge, Shackelford county, to be absent several days. His Honor intends to look into some of the coal mines and formations of that section.

Mr. John L. Bonner, "K. Lamity," of the Houston Post, made a flying visit to Waco yesterday, leaving for southern Texas on the night train. "Kay" now takes the road for the Post and will make things "boom" wherever he goes.

Major J.W. Brown, general superintendent of the Texas and St. Louis, came over the road on a tour of inspection yesterday. What with six magnificent new engines and 200 hands at work on the track, the Narrow Gauge will soon be in first-class condition between Waco and Corsicana.

Mr. D. Bryant, a prominent dealer in agricultural implements, of Dallas, is in the city, a guest of Major Hinchman, a relation of his of like reputation in this city. the Examiner was pleased to receive a call from the gentleman last evening, and he expressed his surprise at Waco's growth and his admiration for the city generally. Mr. Bryant will remain in the city several days.

Messrs. Geo. L. Franklin and Millard F. Grenshaw were yesterday given certificates of good character by the commissioners, which will entitle them to obtain licenses to practice law in the district court. The gentlemen are excellent members of Waco's business and social circles, and it affords the Examiner much pleasure to announce their names as likely soon to be added to the list of our strong and influential bar, and tenders them its best wishes for success.

From the Tupelo (Lee county, Miss.) Journal we see that Col. John A. Blair, a leading lawyer of Tupelo, was elected last Tuesday to the legislature. The Journal rejoices over Col. Blair's election, saying "his force of character and eminent ability will enable him to take rank, at once, among the foremost members." The Journal [The rest of the article got cut off...sorry!]

Funeral Notice.

Died, at 10 o'clock yesterday morning, of congestion, Mrs. Lula Shealy, aged twenty-one years. funeral services at 11 o'clock this morning, Rev. Dr. Carroll officiating, from the family residence in South Waco. Interment in Oakwood cemetery.
It is just about a year since Mr. Shealy who is a brother of Mrs. John B. Willis and his young wife came to Waco from Dadeville, Ala. Their residence here has sufficed to make them many friends and acquaintances, who will sincerely deplore Mrs. Shealy's demise. Possessed of many amiable traits and true womanly virtues, her loss will make a sad void in the family circle.

November 16, 1881


John Fogarty, of Groesbeck, is in the city.

Frank Mitchell's chirography may be seen at the McClelland.

Captain Ed Terrell came up the road last night and remained in the city.

Mr. H.C. Ford, of Whitney, passed through yesterday on his way to Galveston.

Major Ike Stafford, one of Texas' best-known commercial tourists, is registered at the McClelland.

Mr. John W. West and daughter took their departure Monday for a three months' visit to relatives in South Carolina.

Prof. J.H. Gillespie, a gentleman well known as an educator, arrived last evening to accept a position in the Waco business college.

Mrs. Wm. Jones and Mrs. J.W. Watkins, of Falls county, are in the city, guests of Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Ripley, corner of Columbus and Fourteenth streets.

Mr. J.K. Murphy leaves this morning for a tour of the towns along the extension as far up as Morgan. J.K. represents the Telephone, and we wish him well, and know that he is a worker.

Jake McCall took the road again yesterday morning, for Kellum & Rotan, purposing four or five days absence. He intends to sell goods at several towns on the G., C. and S.F. before he gets back.

Mr. Peter McClelland, jr., has returned from a visit of six weeks to the grand exposition. Though highly pleased with Atlanta, Peter says he likes Waco better and returns to stay, resuming his place in his father's hardware store on Austin avenue.

November 19, 1881


J.W. Eddy, a railroad man of Dallas is in the city.

J.F. Jenkins, of Dallas, is registered at the McClelland.

J.W. Crawford, one of Bell county's citizens, is a guest of the McClelland.

Mrs. J.H. Torbett has returned from her visit to Georgia. She attended the Atlanta exposition and reaches home in greatly improved health.

Numerous friends in this city will be gratified to learn that Miss Lula Davis, of Bryan, is visiting Waco, a guest of Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Compton.

Champ McCulloch, Will Jones, Ezra McCall and several others returned yesterday morning, via the Narrow Gauge, from a few days' hunt on the Trinity. They brought back with them a deer or two and smaller game.

Mr. White, of Glasgow, Mo., whose arrival in our city was noted in the Examiner a week or ten days ago, is back from a visit to Bosque county, and is again the guest of Mayor Sturgis and family. He was favorably impressed with the peculiar advantages offered by Bosque, and we shall not be surprised if he decides to make investments there. It is a good thing to get such substantial men interested in a section, and we only wish Waco or McLennan county could acquire Mr. White.

November 20, 1881

Real Estate.
City Transfers, Week Ending November 19.

(Reported for the Examiner by Orlando Wheat, Real Estate Agent and Conveyancer.)

  • G.E. Calvert to Mrs. M.S. Heartherly, lots 4 and 5, farm lot 21; $450.00.
  • M.M. Levan to R.E. Burnham one-half interest in 5 acres of land - John Morrow survey - consideration, to perfect title.
  • City of Waco to Mrs. M. Renick, lot 32, block 3, Oakwood cemetery; $25.00.
  • Thos. Moore, administrator, to Mrs. M. Renick, lot 1, block 8, Barron's addition to Waco; $355.00.


Mr. Will Edmonds has just returned from a trip up the Central.

A daughter was born last week to Mrs. Ella Rives Taylor, the Marlin cantatrice.

The Rev. Mr. Harrison, of this city, fills the pulpit of the Corsicana First Baptist church this evening.

Father Hennessy, the talented Catholic priest of Houston, is in the city. He will spend the entire week here, conducting the jubilee services at the Church of the Assumption.

Jake McCall returned yesterday evening from a short run up the road for Kellum & Rotan. He reports business fair and merchants making first-rate headway in collections. Whitney enjoyed a cold rain Friday night.

Dr. Kelley, D.D., quite an eminent divine of Nashville, Tennessee, is in attendance upon the Methodist conference now in session at Waxahachie, and will visit Waco on adjournment of that body, Monday or Tuesday evening.

Mr. John F. Sedwick and his family have resumed their residence in the city, after an absence of a year or two at their elegant rural home adjacent. A gentleman of extraordinary success in business, Mr. Sedwick is, with his family, a valuable acquisition to our city, and, though owning some fifteen or twenty farms in the county, shouldn't wonder if he turned up soon in some big commercial or speculative venture.

November 26, 1881


D. Chaffery, of Franklin, La., is in the city.

H.O. Huck, jr., of Austin, is a guest of the McClelland.

H.A. Robertson and O.L. Williamson, of Salado, are at the McClelland.

Miss Bonnie Johns, of Austin, is visiting her relatives in this city, Judge and Mrs. George Clark.

Major H.L. Marvin came in early this morning and left at once for the work between this city and Hillsboro.

Father Badelon went to Houston yesterday morning, to exchange priestly duties with Father Hennessy, who will close the jubilee services in this city.

Captain J.P. Moore, Missouri Pacific paymaster, accompanied by Mr. Burke, came in from Taylor and Belton last evening, and leaves for Fort Worth this morning. He reports everything snug down the line.

Fort Worth Advance: Mr. D.B. Kenedy, for a long time connected with the newspaper interests of this city, speaks of soon leaving with his family to locate at Waco. We regret to lose the gentleman and his estimable lady from among us. They both have many friends in the city who will regret their departure.

Alderman McLaren was, last evening, presented with a superb copy of Byron as a slight testimonial of appreciation in respect both to personal merit and official fidelity, by his honor the mayor, Mr. E.a. Sturgis. Alderman McLaren's term is soon to expire, and in view of his efficiency in that capacity the offering will be recognized, in all respects, most appropriate.

November 27, 1881

Real Estate.
Transfers For Week Ending November 26th.

Reported for the Examiner by Orlando Wheat, Real Estate Agent and Conveyancer and Notary Public:

  • Travis F. Jones to J.W. Mann, lot 12, block 2, farm lot 18; $1,300.
  • J.M. Cooper, to O.I. Halbert, 97½x195 feet, South Fourth street extended; $150.
  • J.W. Mann to L. Porter, 667-10x126 feet on Eleventh street; $501.
  • J.W. Mann to L. Porter, 60x125 feet, corner Mary and Eleventh streets; $501.
  • Mrs. N. Crawford and daughter to O.I. Halbert and wife, 150x164 on South Fifth street; $450.
  • F.R. Bird to T.B. Barton, 50x165 feet on Jackson near Sixth street; $300.
  • J.F. McKissick et al. to M.J. Eyerly, 4 lots in block 11, 100x110 feet on Bridge street East Waco; $800.
  • Thos. Harrison to Chas. Peterson, 50x165 on South Sixth street; $125.
  • Geo. Barnard and wife to Hessderfer, 150x165 on Ninth street, near Jackson; $625.
  • A. Rothman to A.D. Bell, 50x165 feet on North Third street; $225.


Rev. C.H. Ellis, of Lampasas, is in town.

Judge Alexander returned last evening from a business visit to Marlin.

Rev. Alpha Young, of this city, is announced to preach at Morgan to-day.

Mr. D.C. Kennard returned last evening from a tour of ten western counties in the interest of Messrs. Sparks, Mallory & Allen.

Mr. J.R. Bennett goes to Brenham and other southern Texas points this week in the interest of the Texas Benevolent Association.

The Rev. W.A. Hyde returned yesterday from a very satisfactory three-weeks meeting in Gatesville, and will occupy his pulpit as usual to-day.

Miss Clara Lee Puckette returned home on last night's train, after a two month's visit to her brother at Sewanee, Tenn., and friends in New Orleans.

Rev. Frank N. Atkin, of Austin, accompanies Bishop Gregg on his annual visitation. Mr. Atkin gave the Examiner a call yesterday and the interview will be remembered by the writer as one of far more than ordinary interest and pleasure. Mr. Atkin is a cultivated, scholarly gentleman, with refined, amiable manners, and his life work will no doubt be useful.

Right Rev. Alexander Gregg, bishop of the diocese of Texas, is a guest of Judge and Mrs. Geo. Clark. His stay will probably not extend beyond to-morrow evening. The bishop is always sure of a warm welcome in Waco. He is highly esteemed, and his semi-annual visits are ever looked forward to with interest, not alone by commucants of his own faith, but many who are not Episcopalians.

In the accession of Millard F. Crenshaw and George L. Franklin to its members the Waco bar can congratulate itself on having two of the most responsible and respectable young men in the city. Acquaintance with them is synonymous with friendship, and the Examiner looks forward to a bright future for them. The young gentlemen, partners at present, passed a highly creditable examination.

November 29, 1881


Philip D. Meyer, of a leading New Orleans tobacco house, is in the city.

Dan. Wise came down from Morgan Saturday night and spent Sunday and yesterday with his Waco friends.

Dallas Herald: Mr. H.S. Morgan one of the old firm of Morgan & Bro., Waco now representing Field, Thayer & Co., of Boston, is in the city.

Our young friend, Will B. Morgan, now one of the livest as well as handsome commercial travelers on the road, came in Sunday morning and is making a brief stay.

S.G. McLendon, county surveyor of Limestone county, and Wm. Vaughn, of Hill county, who are in the city, favored the Examiner with a call yesterday.

Mr. D.F. Brooks, of Valley Mills, practical member of the milling firm of Trice, Wallace & Burks, is in the city on business, and will leave for home to-day.

Bishop Gregg and Rev. Mr. Atkin leave this morning, going first to Reagan, where services will be held to-night. The bishop will not visit Waco again until next spring.

November 30, 1881


Vic Lobit goes to Marlin this evening.

R.E. Parnell, deputy sheriff of Falls county, was in the city yesterday.

Tom C. Hill, of Comanche, is in the city, a guest of the McClelland.

R.H. Canby and S. Fields, of Gatesville, are stopping at the McClelland.

J.F. White, of Bremond, a leading business man of the town, is in the city.

George W. Tyler, Esq., of Belton, of the legal firm of Tyler & Houston, is in the city on legal business.

J.D. Lynch, the contractor, was out yesterday for the first time in ten days, and many friends were glad to see him.

J.C. Lopez, traveling freight and passenger agent of the Galveston, Houston and Harrisburg railway has been in the city several days.

John Gordon is now with the Waco house of J.t. Sullivan & Co., having arrived from the Corsicana house Monday. John is very popular, and it is gratifying to announce the arrival of such people.

General Reynolds, formerly in command of Texas as an army officer, left yesterday after a visit of two weeks to our city, for which he expresses great attachment. General Reynolds owns some forty acres of land in the suburbs.

W.E. Jones, of Prince Anne, Maryland, and wife and sister, arrived in the city yesterday. Accompanying them was Miss Bessie, daughter of Col. E.A. Jones. The young lady returns home after an absence of two years and a half at Patapsco institute, near Baltimore, graduating with honor a few months ago.

J.G. Rowe, our confrere of the Telephone, is enjoying a vacation of several weeks, after four years almost unbroken service. Mr. D.B. Kennedy will attend to his duties in the interim. We should like to say something handsome of both gentlemen, but, where both are excellent, 'twere individions to particularize.

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