|Erath County, Texas|
Wylie - Bryan Family Clippings
|Thomas Sumter Wylie was born in Mississippi. I don't know when he left Mississippi for Texas, but his address at the time of his enlistment in the army in 1862 was Stephenville, Texas . According to his son, Milton Wylie, he left Erath County for Coke County in 1899. More information can be learned about time in an interview with Milton Wylie, son of Tom, completed by the WPA in 1938. It can be found at the Coke County GenWeb site by clicking here.|
|Thank you to Cindy Shipman of Erath County, Texas for transcribing and sending many of these articles. Tom Wylie is mentioned frequently in the Stephenville papers. I will continue to add to this page.|
16 June 1883
Our bachelor friend T.S. Wylie, accolade of Wylieville, was looking around Stephenville last Thursday. Mr. Wylie has 150 acres of cotton and will make an effort to obtain convicts to work it during cotton-picking time. He is full of business push and vim, and we would like to see him become a citizen of Stephenville. He tells us the post office at his place will be opened again. After he returns from Mississippi, we hope some of our charming young widows will capture him and force him to become a citizen of this blessed town.
28 July 1883
T.S. Wylie has just returned from Mississippi. He states when he left that
state, cotton was very small. On his farm, before he left his home on this
trip, full-grown bolls were to be found. Mr. Wylie tells us that he is not
joking about that post office business, that he means to have a weekly line
out to his neighborhood. He looks like a man that means business and we now
regard the line as a fixed fact.
The post office at Wylie’s store has been re-established to take effect on
July 1st. Here’s an opportunity for someone to get in his work as mail
7 Mar 1885
July 27, 1889
T. S. Wyley and Miss Dolly Bryan were married at the Barton creek church at 4 o’clock last Sunday. Miss Dolly is the daughter of Terrell Bryan who formerly lived near Stephenville, and she appeared at the altar with great advantage in her handsome wedding dress and was as lovely as a queen. Tom is an old bachelor, rather shy and diffident when surrounded by those of the opposite sex, and his friends feared that he might “flicker” at the eleventh hour, and for this reason H. B. Whitworth, James Beech, Hez Snapp, and the editor of the Empire ate dinner at Tom’s bachelor home, and kept his courage from failing. Charley Wheeler and Miss Dollie Collier, and Riggs Roberts, and Miss Mattie Cain also attended the wedding. After the ceremony the bride and groom were conducted to Tom’s residence on Gordon road. Tom cooked his last bachelor dinner on last Sunday, and he is to be congratulated on securing such a worthy, accomplished lady to preside over the destinies of his household in the future and prepare his dinners, and brighten his home by her presence, love, and affection. The Empire congratulates the bride and groom, and hopes their lives will be one of unalloyed happiness. Rev. J. C. Freeman officiated
Note: Dollie Bryan and Thomas Wylie were married on July 21, 1889.
November 9, 1889
Tom Wiley Badly Cut
Last Friday Tom Wylie, an old citizen of the county, who lives 13 miles north of town, was cut by Stephen Turner, and has been lingering between life and death ever since. Drs. Crow and May, of Stephenville, have made several visits to the wounded man. Dr. Crow says that 99 men out of 100, cut as Mr. Wylie is, would die. There is one wound below the right nipple and over the lung, which reaches to the hollow, and is four or five inches long. Below the left shoulder there is a similar wound cut also to the hollow, and one on the shoulder which reaches to the bone.
It seems that John and Steve Turner who had been using Mr. Wylie’s wagon, drove through Mr. Wylie’s pasture gate to their house about 35 or 20 yards distant, leaving the gate open. Mr. Wylie came down, found the gate open and became angry. He told the boys he was tired of shutting that gate and he had some stock in the pasture and didn’t want them to get out. The boys told him they would close the gate as soon as they got their horses out. Several angry expressions passed between the parties, and the Empire Reporter has been informed that Mr. Wylie drew a pistol and punched one of the boys over the eye with it. Steve Turner then used his knife on Wylie, after which he cut his horse from the wagon and made his escape, but both the boys came in the next day and surrendered, their bonds being fixed at $1000 each, which they gave without any trouble. The father, A. Turner is well known here and bears a reputation of a good man, and no complaints that the Empire has ever heard of have been made against the characters of Steve and John Turner.
Tom Wylie has made a statement that both the Turner boys cut him, one inflicting a wound in the breast while the other cut him in the back, but he does not know which one cut him in the arm. He also states that he was held by the wrist while he was being cut.
16 November 1889
Tom Wylie said to be improving, slowly.
October 30, 1890
Notice - Any person, without my permission, going inside of either of my pastures, hunting or gathering pecans will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
10 4 T. S. Wylie
Wanted to Rent - 125 acres all in cultivation with good tenant houses and good water, in Bartons creek valley, fifteen miles north west of Stephenville. Will contract as to kind of crops for 1890. come and see it or call on
11 - 4 T. S. Wylie Stephenville
July 28, 1898
After a very pleasant week's visit at the hospitable ranch of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wylie, Mrs. A. C. L. Hindsman and two daughters, returned home Monday, much improved in health.
King & Vincent are offering the Tom Wylie stock farm on Barton's Creek at a bargain.
August 25, 1898
Capt. Tom Wylie, the father of Wylieville, came down after the big rain Wednesday. He is still rejoicing over the good work Commissioner Hamilton has done on the Gordon road.
October 6, 1898
A Stock Farm at a Bargain - We have for sale, cheap and on reasonable terms, in a body of in tracts of 60 to 160 acres, the Tom Wylie 1624 acre stock farm on Barton's Creek, 16 miles northwest from Stephenville and 10 miles from Thurber. It is divided and fenced into six farms and pastures - rich valley and upland, fine grass, and plenty of timber and water. It can be divided into ten farms. We will sell in a body or to 6 to 10 farmers on the most reasonable terms, but must sell all at the same time. The village of Wylieville, with school, store, and post office, is on it, and it will become a railway town when the Stephenville and Thurber railroad is built. There is simply no better landed property in central Texas. Titles perfect, and no incumbrance. The only reason for selling is that the owner is too feeble to manage it. If you want a bargain, here is your chance. Call on or address King & Vincent, Stephenville, Texas.
January 12, 1899
Mrs. Tom Wylie is lying very ill at her home at Xray and her case is reported critical.
August 3, 1899
Col. Tom Wylie was in from his ranch at Wylieville this week and paid the Appeal a visit.
June 15, 1899
Bud Wylie, of X-Ray and nephew of Col. Tom Wylie, was in the city on business on Monday and paid for the Appeal with the remark: "It is the best local paper in Erath and I want the news." Mr. Wylie is one of those big-hearted, goodnatured, hardworking, sturdy farmers and stockmen in whom the whole of Texas delight, and shows his good judgement by taking the Appeal instead of paying $1 or $1.50 for some other paper containing less local news. Try the Appeal at 50 cents per year.
July 20, 1899
Tom Wyly, of X Ray, was in town Tuesday. (note the spelling of Wylie)
March 30, 1899
Col. Tom Wylie, of X-Ray, was in the city yesterday and handed the Appeal some coin. The Col. is one of Erath's best and most substantial citizens and believes in progress and the upbuilding of Erath County. He says the Appeal is the warm number and gives all the local news and he would not do without it.
August 24, 1899
That good Texan, Tom Wylie tells the Appeal that he expects soon to go to Coke County and engage in the cattle business.
Texas State Flower, the Bluebonnet, from Juelie's State Flower Garden of Gifs
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