Frank E. Wilson Dies In Jacksonville Buried In Comanche 1931

Frank Wilson, Comanche County deputy in 1874

Frank Wilson, Comanche County deputy in 1874

Mrs. Oscar Callaway wrote an obit for Frank Wilson titled Frank Wilson, Pioneer Sheriff Buried Here. I assume it appeared in the Comanche Chief.

On last Saturday [May 9, 1931] at around 9 o’clock in the evening, Frank E. Wilson passed away at the home of his daughter Mrs. A.G. Adams in Jacksonville, Texas. His illness had been long and tedious but he bore it as he had met all the vicissitudes of life uncomplainingly and with unfaltering courage.

His body was brought to Comanche for interment, and the funeral was from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Gage at 2:30 o’clock on Monday afternoon. The brief services were conducted by the Rev. W.N. Byrd and Hon. L.B. Russell of this city, the latter paying tribute to the deceased in a short sketch of his life and character as he had known it during the 65 years of their common residence in Comanche.

District Court, in session in Comanche at the time, was  adjourned during the hours of the funeral services out of respect to the deceased and his family.

The citizenship of Comanche, always remarkable for the number of interesting characters that came here and took root here in the early days, boasted of no more colorful and interesting personality than that of Frank Wilson. Born in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1849, he was but three years old when the great educator, Horace Mann, came there to be the president of Antioch College….

Mr. Wilson’s life and character was evidently deeply colored by this environment and the fact that he grew up and was educated in this atmosphere, together with his Quaker ancestry  – goes far to explain the man as we knew him. He was, as Mr. Russell so truly said, a man of high intellectual attributes, educated, broad-minded….

Mr. Wilson came to Comanche, then a frontier town, about the year 1871, coming from Ohio via Colorado, and in February 1876, he was elected sheriff of the county. On November 13, 1877, he was married to miss Elina Wright, daughter of the late J.A. Wright, known and loved throughout all this section as “Uncle Jack” or “Daddy Wright.”

This union, a singularly happy one, with a life -long love story as tender and perfect as that of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett, had issue in six children, five of whom are living today, as are all but two of the 16 grandchildren.

Preceding Mr. Wilson’s first term as sheriff, he served as deputy under Mr. John Carnes, and it was in that capacity that he brought John Wesley Hardin back to Comanche from Austin, where he had been placed for safekeeping pending his trial. Later he filled out the unexpired term of a Mr. W.L. Yates, and again in 1888 he was elected sheriff, serving one term.

Those of Mr. Wilson’s contemporaries with whom I have talked all bear out Mr. Russell’s statements as to his salient characteristics as an official. Poise, unflinching courage, integrity, and a capacity for arresting any man, however desperate, with no fuss or difficulty, were among his characteristics. There are many tales illustrative of his lack of fear, his coolness, his physical prowess – especially as to fleetness of foot, as he was a great runner – and as to the wit, aptness and the versatility of his conversation.

 His latter life, till his health broke several years ago, though there were other ventures, among them a year spent in Mexico to settle up the estate of the late John Stephens, uncle to Jack and Will Stephens, Mrs. Wilson’s nephews, who inherited the estate.

Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. A.G. Adams, of Jacksonville, Mrs. Lucille Holman, of San Antonio, Mrs. Mark Stephens, of Fort Worth, Wright Wilson, of Amarillo, and Marshall Wilson of [unreadable].

Pall bearers were: Jim Nabers, John Gage, J.P. Hoff, Leverette Little, Lon Foster, and E.E. [unreadable].


Among those who were in Comanche Monday to attend the funeral of Frank E. Wilson were Mr. and Mrs. Arch Adams and family of Jacksonville, Mrs. Lucille Holman and family of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. J. Wright Wilson of Amarillo,  J. Marshall Wilson of Laredo, Gib Callaway, Mark Calloway, Ira W. Hall, Ed G. Hall, and W.D. Armstrong of Brownwood, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ferrill, Fred Ferrill, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wells, Mrs. John Ross, and Robert Caffey of Sidney, Lon Foster, Mr. and Mrs. [something] Morris, Mrs. F.A. Whiteside, Kate Fritz, Wat and Effie Foster, Mrs. Ted Jay, Miss Audrey Whiteside, Rev. W. N. Byrd, Mrs. Blethens, and Mr. and Mrs. Leverette Little all of Sipe Springs, and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Stephens of Abilene.

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for and marketing small-town Texas.
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