A week after the Monterey orchestra left Corpus
Christi to perform in San Diego, Duval County voters went to the polls and
elected a new county judge. James Luby had served as County Judge since the
organization of the county in 1878, but in November 1884 attorney J. W. Moses
won the post.
Other countywide officials elected included L. L.
Wright as Sheriff; R. B. Glover, District and County Clerk; George Bodet, Treasurer;
J. J. Dix, Surveyor; John Buckley, Assessor; and W. B. Austin, Inspector of
Hides and Animals. Elected to the Commissioners Court, along with Judge Moses,
were E. Chamberlain, J. J. Dix and C. F. Sullivan. No election was held in
Barronena thus no commissioner was elected from that precinct.
J. W. Wright won the post of Justice of the Peace
# 1. The county judge refused to allow anyone to look at lists, thus presidential
results went unreported.
at the courthouse to discuss the governor’s proposal to disband the Texas
rangers. They adopted a resolution addressed to the Texas Legislature in
support of keeping the ranger force.
In social notes, Dr. T. C. Hannelly and Elisa
Palacios exchanged wedding vows in Concepcion on Feb. 4, 1885 at the residence
of the bride’s parents. Valentine’s Day came and went without notice; the
Corpus Christi newspaper reported there was a lack of romance and money. James
Douglas and Lizzie Spann Latta had a baby boy they named Jon David.
Regrettably, the child died five weeks later, on March 26, of infantile
convulsions. Louis P. Bryant of San Diego was showing a cross at the exhibit of
the antiquities, historical and modern curiosities at the New Orleans
A cold front in February 1885 handed local ranchers
heavy losses. They lost a large number of animals, including sheep herds,
horses, and oxen. As a result, planting was going forward with hoes instead of
plows. Buzzards, both the flying kind and those that walked on two feet, were
cleaning the bones of what remained. Merchants were buying large amounts of skins,
hides and pelts, from both animals that fell to the freeze and those slaughtered
for sale. Another cold and rain returned to the area before the end of February.
Over in Benavides, the sheriff closed down the store
of Vera & Co. over an alleged debt owed by a clerk at the store. The
sheriff’s action surprised residents since the store enjoyed a good and honest
reputation. Friends of the establishment offered to put up whatever bond the
sheriff demanded. Don Pedro Eznal, a junior clerk at the store, reported the
whole matter was a mistake, everything had been taken care and the store had