W.D. Sumner Family Whittville, Texas 1894


I found words to the following effect in a October 11, 1894, issue of the Brownwood Bulletin about the  William Dyer Sumner family of Whittville, Texas in Comanche County. With the current speed limit 75 miles per hour, it is hard to imagine that once not so long ago there was a time when between the town of Comanche and Blanket, there was a need for a station….not a gas station, BTW.  :)


The community of Whittville was once an important station on the overland stage route from Brownwood to Comanche, but with the coming of the Rio Grande railroad, its importance as a country post office and stage stand departed.

The beautiful home of the Sumner family near Whittville recently hung out a generous “latch string” to this reporter.

The visit with this intelligent household circle is most pleasantly remembered. The generous host of the Sumner circle, W.D. Sumner, is one of the esteemed and honored citizens of Comanche County. Two years ago he was the Democratic candidate for representative. (You will find Mr. Sumner in our fence wars on the link above.)

The sons and daughters of the family are beloved and promising students of Howard Payne college. Mrs. Sumner is a pleasant and generous lady, and the Sumner farm is distinguished for its beauty and fertility. It is located about 2 miles from Logan’s Gap.


It is said that W.D. Sumner named Whittville in honor of his neighbor and Civil War veteran, Colonel E.J. Whitt.  Whitt died July 25, 1896, and is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche.


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2 Responses to W.D. Sumner Family Whittville, Texas 1894

  1. Robert Sumner Deely says:


    I found the 1925 obit of W. D. Sumner and in my research came across your post and the gravestone of the same. Do you have more information on W. D. Sumner that I could add to my research? Thank you for your time.

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