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Bruce Community

August 1, 1892, Johnson County Review

 Mrs. V. J. Doty is improving slowly from her late sickness

  • W. H. Davis is on the sick list
  • Born to J. W. Tubbs and wife a daughter, on July 24
  • Protracted meeting will begin at Unity church the third Sunday in this month. There will be no preaching on the second Sunday as Rev. Newbrough will be engaged holding meetings at another church


BRUCE, TEXAS. Bruce was fifteen miles northwest of Cleburne in western Johnson County. The site was settled in the early 1880s and named for early settler Horatio Gates Bruce. By the mid-1880s the community had two churches, a school, and a general store. Between 1885 and 1891 it had a post office. In 1892 it had four businesses and a population of fifty. During the first three decades of the twentieth century most of the families moved to nearby Godley. By 1930 Bruce was no longer an organized community. (From Texas Escapes)



January 6, 1872, Cleburne Chronicle

 Cleburne has been incorporated! The following officers have been appointed:


  • Jesse Cunningham, Mayer
  • J. C. Brumley, Marshall
  • N. H. Cook, J. R. Ponder, Jas. English and M. A. Oatie, Aldermen
  • John leigh, Recorder
  • S. B. Allan, Treasurer. They have organized and adopted their By Laws and enacted laws for the government of the town. The ordinances may be found in another column.



Cleburne Brewery 1868 – 1878

John Guepel, Owner


John Guepel

     John Guepel was born in 1829 in Wunsiedel, Germany. He came to the US in 1844 and by 1868 he had arrived in Cleburne with his family’s larger recipes and founded the Cleburne Brewery. The brewery faced Main Street on Buffalo Bayou. His larger sold for 10 cents a bottle or 6 bottles for $1.29. In 1875 he brought in Fritz Wulfert as his partner. That same year, they sold the brewery to Fritz and Elijah Guffee.

     Randall Scott, John Geupel’s great-great-grandson wrote a novel about Geupel with the following additional information:

     “The Guffee brothers knew nothing about brewing beer so they partnered with Mike Dixon, a self-proclaimed Brew Master whose only expertise was mass consumption of the brew. A couple of years later, deep in debt, Dixon killed John Guffee on Cleburne’s downtown boardwalk in an argument of the proceeds from the brewery, one buffalo nickel. Elijah saw the murder of his brother from across the town square where he immediately leveled his rifle and dropped Dixon on the spot.”

     “Dixon came from a good family and was well liked by the community of townsfolk who quickly rioted into an angry mob. They chased Elijah to 4th street, north of the square, where he barricaded himself inside the Cleburne Brewery. To coerce him outside, the Sheriff offered him sanctuary from the mob violence and their vigilante punishment (a Texas necktie party). It got nasty when the mob broke inside and Elijah quickly surrendered to the Sheriff. After a short trial and an unceremonious conviction, Elijah Guffee was hanged for the murder of Mike Dixon.”

      With both John and Elijah and their “Brew Master”, dead, the brewery closed in 1878.

Please note:  In the Texas list of executions 1819 - 1964, Elijah Guffee is not listed, although his date of death is 1878. Perhaps the vigilantes got him after all?




May 10, 1886, Cleburne Chronicle

 J.C. Morton has removed to Chambers Street, North Side, Opposite Post Office. New and fresh groceries received every few days. All my friends and customers are respectfully solicited to call and price my goods.




August 5, 1892, Johnson County Review 



Dr. T. J. Avirett, Dentist

Cleburne, Texas

Office over Mrs. Breazeale’s Millinery Store, East Henderson Street




August 3, 1982, Johnson County Review

 The remains of Allen Walker arrived from Dallas, Monday morning on the 9:17 train, and were carried to Center League burying ground for interment. He was killed on Sunday by the bar keeper of a saloon in Dallas. He leaves a wife and two small children.

 bar fight



May 30, 1874, Cleburne Chronicle


Headline: Child Attacked by Hog on Square

 Last Thursday afternoon considerable excitement was produced by the firing of guns and pistols on the public square. It was soon discovered, however, that the war-like demonstrations were directed towards a voracious, omnivorous, and carnivorous, cannibalistic hog, which had seized by the arm Mrs. Cumming’s little child, about sixteen months old, and dragged it twenty or thirty yards before it could be rescued, and no doubt would have killed the child had it not been so closely pursued by the mother till assistance came from others.

 We are glad to learn from the mother that the child is not seriously injured, more than the bite on the arm and some slight bruises on the back and head.




June 25, 1909, Joshua Record 



Aside from our Complete

Line of Drygoods, Hats,

And Notions, You will find

A Splendid Assortment of fresh

Staple and Fancy Groceries

We kindly Solicit and appreciate

your trade.


Dr. Selman’s Building - Phone: No. 12




January 1869, Cleburne Chronicle

 Miss Leigh is expected to arrive here in a few days to take charge of the musical department of The Cleburne Institute. She comes to us highly recommended as being entirely proficient in the business. We hope the patrons will give her a large class.



June, 1874, Cleburne Chronicle

 Our clever sheriff, O. P. Arnold, is putting up, at his own expense, a neat office in the court house yard so that he may be conveniently found by all who have business with him. As the County court refused to furnish him with an office in the Court house, he will now have one of his own.



March 20, 1874, Cleburne Chronicle

Letter to the Editor of the Cleburne Chronicle:

 I pen this to give your readers some idea of recent depredations in our mists. On Wednesday night last a party of men stole three horses from near this place – a large grey horse from Mr. L. B. Blair, another from Mr. Brooks Neal, and one from a gentleman near Grandview, and made an attempt to steal a couple of mules from Mr. Hodges on the League, but the mules were wild and it is thought that they could not catch them. They took the bridles, however.

 The horse thieves must have got lost, for next morning they were at Mr. McWhortens about 1 mile from Mr. Blairs, inquiring the way to Waxahachie.

Some ten or twelve persons have gone in search of the thieves, and at last accounts were only about an hour behind them. It is to be hoped that they will overtake them. It is time this horse stealing profession was wiped out of Texas.

            Mr. Elnade

            Alvarado, Texas

 Editor, Cleburne Chronicle, March 23, 1874: One of the thieves, named Roberts, was brought in Thursday and turned over to Sheriff Arnold, who at once employed Mr. Day, Blacksmith, to invest him with (as the boys say) an eighteen carrot chain, and then lodged him in jail. After the second Monday in April we think he will find no difficulty in getting a free pass from the Court to visit Huntsville for a time.


Lane Prairie

May 2, 1874, Cleburne Chronicle

(Exert from Letter to the Editor)

 Mr. Editor:

            We were more injured by the late cold than we at first supposed. Many of our farmers have had to plant their corn over. It is understood that the earliest planted corn was badly killed while the young corn was less injured. The blade rust in wheat has lately made its appearance, occasioned perhaps by the cold, damp weather. There is danger that wheat may yet be cut short by it.



April 5, 1889, Cleburne Chronicle

 City Elections, Cleburne, Texas



M. D. McCrary

J. H. Keith

 City Attorney

 W. D. McKoy

W. B. Featherston

 Assets and Collections

J. M. Eller

L. S. Cabaniss

P. A. Sublett

J. C. Habermacher


 J. M. Clower

W. Murdock


 Lee Shaw

W. H. Graves

J. W. Kennedy


T. T. Pitts

J. W. Lambard

W. D. Milam

P. J. Norwood

W. J. Capps

J. L. Wagley




September, 1900

Johnson County Review 

  • The Alvarado Bulletin reported Mr. W. F. Martin brought in some insects he believes are Mexican Bole Weevil. He said they were doing a great deal of damage in the fields to the north of town.


  • The Grandview Graphic reported that Dr. A. K. Newton this week with construction of a telephone line between Grandview and Auburn.


  • The Alvarado Bulletin reported a “difficulty” there on Sunday afternoon between Mr. Jim Wilshire and Mr. Lee Rutledge. Mr. Rutledge received a ugly gash to the neck, but stated it was not serious.



Sand Flat

April 1874, Cleburne Chronicle

 Mr. John Jacobs of this community is recovering from an accident in which his horse stumbled and threw him off catching his foot in the trace. The horse became frightened and took off running at full speed dragging Mr. Jacobs about 350 yars through the trees, stumps and field. Mr. Montgomery, seeing the incident, came to his aid and got his foot out of the trace saving his life.




August 1, 1892, Johnson County Review

 Everything is calm and serene. Crops are good. We notice cotton opening. Prof. Hartsfield’s school is progressing finely and the protracted meeting at Sand Flat church will begin Sunday night, August 2.

Cotton field



August 3, 1892, Johnson County Review

 Prof. Griffith, who has taught the Joshua school for two successful terms, left yesterday for the west. On his return he will take charge of theBurleson school for the next term

  • C. M. Chauney has just completed a grain and seed house in this place to handle grain and cotton seed this season. This is a great acquisition to the town as well as a great help to the farmers
  • Quite a number of our citizens are attending court at Cleburne this week, they being witnesses in the Bonner poisoning case
  • The family of our enterprising merchant, G. W. Brown, left this A.M. for a two week visit in McLennan county


Eagan Community

August 1, 1892, Johnson County Review

  • Thos. Wilshire's little boy was sick last week with bronchitis
  • Rev. J. M. Booth performed the ceremony for four marriage couples in Egan last month – all inside of two weeks
  • Mrs. Calhoun has been spending a few weeks in Geneva, McLennan county, visiting relatives
  • John Prebble, our expert carpenter, is building a fine residence near Alvarado


Buel Community

August 2, 1892, Johnson County Review

 On account of J. W. Squyers and family leaving for the west, Dr. M. T. Griffin will move his office to the residence of Jesse King.



August 1, 1892, Johnson County Review


  • One of our neighbor boys, it seems, has found something very attractive in the Buel community as he goes up that way very often
  • T. E. Lawson went to Waxahachie last Monday and returned Tuesday
  • J. C. Freeman attended the quarterly conference at Bono last Saturday
  • The Sunday schools at Watts Chapel and Sand Flat have almost breathed their last for want of attendance, nevertheless, a singing at either of the above named places is always well attended


Meyers Community

August 2, 1892,  From the Johnson County Review Newspaper


  • Cotton in the timber is needing rain
  • Some of our people have been attending the tabernacle meeting at Alvarado
  • E. T. Cahill has an addition to his family; it is a girl
  • R. C. Teague was in Waxahachie last week
  • Mrs. Bush, of Arkansas, has recently stopped in our midst
  • Hudson Teague has purchased a farm in West Valley community
  • Thrashing is nearly over with
  • Mrs. Bounds, of Alvarado, will teach Myers public school next term