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About the time the threat of danger from the Indians finally passed, frontier settlers saw the outlaws move into their communities. The Civil War seemed to breed this type of man, and many times settlers felt forced to take the law into their own hands.

Bank Robbery In Proctor, Texas!

Proctor Well

This week I have borrowed from a “Wagon Wheels” article published in the Comanche Chief in 1987. It caught my eye because my grandparents’ Proctor home was featured on the same page and because John Croft whose family is tied … Continue reading

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The Santa Clause Bank Robbery

SANTA CLAUS BANK ROBBERY

Santa Claus A Bank Robber?* It was December 23, 1927, and all across Texas people were preparing for Christmas as they struggled to find that last minute gift or, even more so, as they struggled to put the finishing touches … Continue reading

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You Won’t Steal OUR Horses Again!!

NOOSE

I hate the thought of anything to do with a mob or mob mentality, and our part of Texas has seen a lot of it throughout history.  From my corner of the couch and with my laptop literally in my … Continue reading

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Wire Cutting In Comanche County In The 1880s

Jeff Greene

F.H. Oberthier was an early resident of Comanche County. He was born in about 1868, and he married Amanda Holmsley in January of 1894 in Comanche. By 1944, Obertheir lived in Herford, Texas, and he spoke out about some rough and rowdy … Continue reading

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Comanche’s William Stephens Murdered in 1880

BAILEY NABERS

The town of Comanche, Texas was rocked by yet another murder of one of its citizens in 1880; however, the deed didn’t happen in Central Texas, but rather in Kansas. Apparently, the west wasn’t terribly safe anywhere in 1880. William … Continue reading

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Deputy U.S. Marshal M.R. Boss Greene Is Murdered

BOSS GREENE MARKER

True historians struggle on a daily basis to write the facts; they also try extremely hard not to rewrite history. However, since none of us has a time warp to transport us back into the past, there are times when … Continue reading

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M.R. “Boss” Greene Chases Outlaw Joe Horner

GREENE, BOSS

After the Civil War, M.R. “Boss” Greene went on to become a Deputy U.S. Marshall who lived in Comanche, Texas. In 1876, a wanted criminal by the name of Joe Horner rode into town and robbed the banking house of … Continue reading

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Hanging The Fraley Brothers In Hazel Dell, Texas

Today, the brothers have a tombstone that was purchased by a group of citizens many, many years after their deaths.

The following are the memories of Tom Conaway, long-time Hazel Dell resident, as related to Billy Bob Lightfoot in 1949 (who went on to become Dr. Lightfoot), and I have to tell you that I hate this story. As a researcher, … Continue reading

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Mob Violence In Brown, Comanche, Erath, Hamilton Counties

CACTUS IN TREE

Hangings On The Texas Frontier By the early 1870s, some settlers had been living on the Texas frontier for almost twenty years, and they were tired. They had seen drought and famine; they had buried their babies, fought Indians and … Continue reading

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Hazel Dell, Texas Was A Rough, Rough Place!

HAZEL DELL CEMETERY

As the T-shirt says, “Nice people rarely make history,” and unfortunately, this is usually true. Thus it is with the history of Hazel Dell, Texas; the stories that have survived and that have pricked most of our interest are about … Continue reading

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Comanche National Bank Robbed!

Old Comanche National Bank building

Of course we never think that it could happen; the people of Comanche, Texas and most especially those working in the Comanche National Bank at 11:25 a.m. on December 12, 1968, didn’t think it could happen either. And yet,  it … Continue reading

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    About the time the threat of danger from the Indians finally passed, frontier settlers saw the outlaws move into their communities. The Civil War seemed to breed this type of man, and many times settlers felt forced to take the law into their own hands.

    Bank Robbery In Proctor, Texas!

    Proctor Well

    This week I have borrowed from a “Wagon Wheels” article published in the Comanche Chief in 1987. It caught my eye because my grandparents’ Proctor home was featured on the same page and because John Croft whose family is tied … Continue reading

    Posted in 1930s, Latest Posts, Outlaws, Texas Heritage, Texas History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

    The Santa Clause Bank Robbery

    SANTA CLAUS BANK ROBBERY

    Santa Claus A Bank Robber?* It was December 23, 1927, and all across Texas people were preparing for Christmas as they struggled to find that last minute gift or, even more so, as they struggled to put the finishing touches … Continue reading

    Posted in 1920s, Latest Posts, Outlaws, Texas Heritage, Texas History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    You Won’t Steal OUR Horses Again!!

    NOOSE

    I hate the thought of anything to do with a mob or mob mentality, and our part of Texas has seen a lot of it throughout history.  From my corner of the couch and with my laptop literally in my … Continue reading

    Posted in 1870s, Latest Posts, Outlaws, Texas Heritage, Texas History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Wire Cutting In Comanche County In The 1880s

    Jeff Greene

    F.H. Oberthier was an early resident of Comanche County. He was born in about 1868, and he married Amanda Holmsley in January of 1894 in Comanche. By 1944, Obertheir lived in Herford, Texas, and he spoke out about some rough and rowdy … Continue reading

    Posted in 1880s, Latest Posts, Outlaws, Texas Heritage, Texas History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Comanche’s William Stephens Murdered in 1880

    BAILEY NABERS

    The town of Comanche, Texas was rocked by yet another murder of one of its citizens in 1880; however, the deed didn’t happen in Central Texas, but rather in Kansas. Apparently, the west wasn’t terribly safe anywhere in 1880. William … Continue reading

    Posted in 1880s, Latest Posts, Outlaws, Texas Heritage, Texas History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Deputy U.S. Marshal M.R. Boss Greene Is Murdered

    BOSS GREENE MARKER

    True historians struggle on a daily basis to write the facts; they also try extremely hard not to rewrite history. However, since none of us has a time warp to transport us back into the past, there are times when … Continue reading

    Posted in 1870s, Latest Posts, Outlaws, Texas Heritage, Texas History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

    M.R. “Boss” Greene Chases Outlaw Joe Horner

    GREENE, BOSS

    After the Civil War, M.R. “Boss” Greene went on to become a Deputy U.S. Marshall who lived in Comanche, Texas. In 1876, a wanted criminal by the name of Joe Horner rode into town and robbed the banking house of … Continue reading

    Posted in 1870s, Latest Posts, Outlaws, Texas Heritage, Texas History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Hanging The Fraley Brothers In Hazel Dell, Texas

    Today, the brothers have a tombstone that was purchased by a group of citizens many, many years after their deaths.

    The following are the memories of Tom Conaway, long-time Hazel Dell resident, as related to Billy Bob Lightfoot in 1949 (who went on to become Dr. Lightfoot), and I have to tell you that I hate this story. As a researcher, … Continue reading

    Posted in 1870s, Latest Posts, Outlaws, Texas Heritage, Texas History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

    Mob Violence In Brown, Comanche, Erath, Hamilton Counties

    CACTUS IN TREE

    Hangings On The Texas Frontier By the early 1870s, some settlers had been living on the Texas frontier for almost twenty years, and they were tired. They had seen drought and famine; they had buried their babies, fought Indians and … Continue reading

    Posted in 1870s, Latest Posts, Outlaws, Texas Heritage, Texas History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

    Hazel Dell, Texas Was A Rough, Rough Place!

    HAZEL DELL CEMETERY

    As the T-shirt says, “Nice people rarely make history,” and unfortunately, this is usually true. Thus it is with the history of Hazel Dell, Texas; the stories that have survived and that have pricked most of our interest are about … Continue reading

    Posted in 1870s, Latest Posts, Outlaws, Texas Heritage, Texas History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

    Comanche National Bank Robbed!

    Old Comanche National Bank building

    Of course we never think that it could happen; the people of Comanche, Texas and most especially those working in the Comanche National Bank at 11:25 a.m. on December 12, 1968, didn’t think it could happen either. And yet,  it … Continue reading

    Posted in 1960s, Latest Posts, Outlaws, Texas Heritage, Texas History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment