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Newspaper copy courtesy Waverly Lewis

A story from The Bandera New Era
December 24, 1931
Newspaper copy courtesy Waverly Lewis

Last Thursday night a stranger appeared at the local station of the Central Power & Light Co., and seemed to be pretty badly bruised up. He could not give an intelligent account of just what had happened to him, and Sheriff Hicks was called to investigate. The man claimed he had been thrown from an automobile. Later it was learned that the man had jumped from a moving automobile, and no blame was attached to anyone.

A Bandera man who escaped from the penitentiary last August was captured by local officers last Thursday night, after quite a chase and has been returned to the penitentiary. His capture was effected down on the San Antonio Road. The man was convicted and given a suspended sentence some time ago. Later he was convicted on another charge. After serving awhile in prison he was granted a parole which was afterwards revoked, and he was sent back to the pen. Last August he escaped, and returned to this county a few weeks ago.

KK Stokes was down from Medina yesterday and brought us a lot of excellent sorghum of his own making. Mr. Stokes is an artist when it comes to making delicious molasses, and we are mighty well pleased to receive his product. He spent a half hour with us and revealed to us some of his plans for improving his ranch near Medina to make it a sure enough playground for summer visitors. As soon as his plans are perfected we will tell our readers about them.

John F. Davenport died at his ranch between Center Point and Bandera last Wednesday afternoon after being in ill health for several years.
John Franklin Davenport, a son of Wm. And Mary Ware Davenport was born at Selma in Bexar County, Sept. 10, 1851. He came to Bandera County in 1878 and has lived in that county the remainder of his life. On Jan. 8, 1880, he was married t Maggie Hudspeth and to this union six children were born, four sons and two daughters....
During his long illness Mr. Davenport was constantly attended by his beloved wife and children and his devoted brother, Ed. Davenport, who gave him all the loving care that could be bestowed on a sick man....

Hundreds of Bandera County people will regret to learn of the death of John C. Ware, of Utopia whose death occurred at his home last Sunday after an illness of several months. Mr. Ware was 92 years old, and settled in Sabinal Canyon eighty-two years ago. He was a Civil War veteran, Indian fighter, and had served with the Texas Rangers. His father, Captain William Ware, fought with Ben Milam at San Antonio.