Fred Paine Kills William Woods In Sipe Springs

We’ve talked about the fact that the decade of the 1880s saw many lawless days in Central Texas. This time the murder was in the community of Sipe Springs, Texas about the first of August in 1881, and it was over a woman.

This Sipe Springs Methodist Church was built about the time of this horrible incident.

This Sipe Springs Methodist Church was built about the time of this horrible incident.

William Woods was a suitor of Fred Paine’s daughter, and had been for a while, when her father told him he was not to see his daughter again. However, a few days later the couple went for a ride in Woods’ buggy without Paine’ knowledge.

As will happen, the older man heard of the ride and loaded with his shotgun, he went to the Woods’ home in search of William whose father was at home, but William was not there.

Paine then traveled into the town of Sipe Springs where through a window he spied Woods inside a bakery. Paine rode up to the window, supposedly spewing curses at Woods, and shot through the window.

William Woods was shot in the forehead, leaving him a gruesome corpse within a matter of seconds. Paine left the scene, and when Deputy Sherill arrived in the town some hours later, the murderer was long gone.

Woods’ family immediately posted a $150 reward for the capture of Fred Paine. I’m not sure that he was ever captured. If you know, feel free to contact me. I would also like to find photos of these men.

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 texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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