No Musical Talent In Comanche, Texas?

JOHN WESLEY HARDIN

I’m not sure if the following article from the Comanche Chief was written with the levity that I read into it or not, but I did laugh when I read it. I was also reminded that perspective is everything, isn’t it? For some reason this article always reminds me that life goes on, even in the middle of chaos…

Life during the 1870s in Comanche, Texas could not have been easy. According to the memories of Dr. Robert Thomas Hill (father of geology in Texas), the town was a very “non-civilized” place to live, down to the food supply, which was short.

It was during this decade that John Wesley Hardin killed Charlie Webb in Comanche. It was also the decade of mob rule to a certain extent, with citizens hanging Jo Hardin and his cousins as well as the Bailey brothers.

Henry R. Martin’s banking house was robbed during this time period, and two of Jack and Lucy Nabers’ sons were brutally murdered by an ex-slave named Mose. Mose was, of course, murdered by the citizens who caught him.

Also murdered was beloved Comanche citizen and U.S. Deputy Marshall, Boss Greene.

It was also in the 1870s that the last man was killed by an Indian in Comanche County, and to someone like me, it seems that there would be nothing in the newspaper except these events; however, the following shows how much I know about it.

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“For the size of the town we will wager Comanche has less musical talent that any town in the United States, but we are glad to note that it is improving in that respect.

“Several new pianos have recently been purchased and parents are beginning to take more interest in learning [not my mistake!] their children the art of performing on that excellent instrument.

“Miss Hart, a most beautiful performer and a thorough teacher, has recently settled in our midst and is giving lessons to quite a large crowd.” –Comanche Chief, October 23, 1879.

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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