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The Clifton Record
Friday, March 10, 2006
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The One White Man
The Comanches Trusted
Taking the trusted Texan at his
word that the bargaining session
was not a trap, the cautious
Comanches met with U.S. negotia-
tors on Mar. 5,1846.
Seized by Santa Anna’s soldiers
during their raid on San Antonio in
September 1842, Robert Simpson
Neighbors spent the next year and
a half in a Mexican dungeon. But
he recovered from the ordeal in
time to accept an appointment in
March 1845 as agent to the
Tonkawas and Lipan Apaches.
The 29 year old Virginian was the
perfect choice for the challenging
chore. Along with Sam Houston, he
was one of the handful of Texans
that believed Indians had any rights
at all. While the vast majority of his
countrymen viewed the original in-
habitants as vermin, Neighbors al-
ways treated them as human
The new agent’s first assignment
was to track down the remaining
Tonkawas and to persuade the sur-
vivors of the once formidable tribe
to adopt an agrarian life style.
Caught in the migratory middle
between the Comanches in the
west and white settlers from the
east, they faced inevitable extinc-
Finding and befriending the
Tonkawas was surprisingly easy
but overcoming their aversion to
agriculture proved extremely diffi-
cult. The nomadic warriors had
only contempt for stay-at-home
During his extended stay with
the tribe, a roving band of 40
Comanches dropped in uninvited.
The terrified Tonkawas waited on
the haughty visitors hand and foot
preparing their meals, watering
their horses and offering them the
most attractive maidens.
Although the Tonkawas’ well-
founded fear of their ferocious
guests was infectious, Neighbors
boldly introduced himself. The
Comanche chief proclaimed his
burning hatred of all whites but in
the next breath professed his un-
dying affection for the agent and his
fine fur coat.
Taking the none-too-subtle hint,
Neighbors pleased the chief by pre-
senting him with the coat as a to-
ken of respect. One brave after
another expressed admiration for
different articles of the agent’s
clothing until at last he was left with
nothing but his shirt.
Impressed by Neighbors’ gener-
osity, the ComEmches immediately
made him a member of the tribe.
The comic encounter marked the
beginning of a long and historic re-
Coinciding with the admission of
the Lone Star Republic to the
Union in February 1846, two com-
missioners came to Texas to ham-
mer out a new treaty with the
Indians on behalf of the United
States government. But the
Comanches, whose participation in
the peace process was absolutely
essential, refused to meet with the
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Neighbors saved the day by per-
sonally guaranteeing the safety of
his skeptical friends. Putting their
faith in the straight-talking agent,
the Comanches attended a four-day
get-acquainted session at the peak
six miles from present-day
Granbury which still bears their
Ten tribes — the Ionies,
Keechies, Wacos, Lipans,
Tawacanos, Anadarkos, Wichitas,
Tonkawas, and Caddos, as well as
the Comanches — were on hand
two months later for the final round
of negotiations. The standard
treaty, full of flowery phrases about
the peaceful coexistence of red and
white, was signed on May 15,1846,
near the banks of the Brazos south
of modem Waco.
Neighbors took a delegation of
Texas chiefs on the mandatory
guided tour of Washington, D.C. de-
signed to impress the supposedly
simple savages with the power and
majesty of the federal father. When
the bored tourists asked to cut the
trip short and head for home, the
agent was happy to honor their po-
According to the terms of the
treaty, the tribes that signed on the
dotted line were entitled to an an-
nual giveaway of $10,000 in assorted
goods. On the day the first payment
came due, 3,000 Indians descended
upon the designated trading post.
There was one small problem.
Congress, in its usual haste to ad-
journ, had neglected to appropriate
the necessary funds. The owner of
the inundated post, who undoubt-
edly was scared out of his wits, tried
his best to explain the bureaucratic
bungle to the disappointed chiefs.
They informed the trader that
since his skin was the same color
as the men who made the promise,
he would be held responsible for
keeping it. The Indians gave him
three days to come up with the
The hostage, whidh was the only
way to describe the miserable
merchant’s status, contacted Agent
Neighbors, who in turn got off an
emergency telegram to the Wash-
ington office of Senator Houston.
Sam was quick to respond and on
his own authority told the trader to
go ahead and give the irate Indians
whatever they wanted.
As much as most Texans hated
to admit, there were times when
“Indian lovers” like Robert
Simpson Neighbors sure came in
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that the Texas Motor Speedway
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want to sing the
them.” Ain’t that
a hoot? Some of
them folks what
was tryin’ out
was some kinda
what done it anywhere close to
right. I shore hope they can find
somebody good to sing. I know
there’s folks out there what can do
it. “Belinda” Epley Prince is one of
’em. Ain’t heard of her bein’ in on
them try-outs, though. She’d be a
I’m writin’ this mess on the fust
day of March, and the temps broke
a record what been set in 1899. Ya
believe that? Now, they say, the
temps gonna be down again.
Mebbe some more rain in the
forecast. Shore hope so. We did git
a good ’un last weekend, though.
This neck of the woods was shore
Burn Ban still on, though. If’n
folks what got all these brush piles
layin’ out, and they decide to light
’em all up at once, this will be one
smoke-covered territory. I never
seen so many brush piles. Hope
they all be patient, though. Safety
Say, speakin; of safety — folks
out on the road really need to re-
alize the importance of turnin’ on
yore headlights. You may think ya
don’t need ’em ’cause you ain’t
havin’ no trouble seein’ where you
goin,’ but the lights will let who-
ever you meetin’ see you comin.’
And, if you'll think about it, ya re-
ally want them folks ya meetin’ to
see ya. Fer instance, ya meetin’ a
car cornin’ down a hill and the
color sorta blends in with the
highway. It makes it really hard to
see ’em. Ya might try and pass
somebody and meet that sucker
’fore ya know it. I’ll bet most of
y’all have had this happen, and
know exactly what I’m talkin’
about. Ya don’t want to become a
statistic, so be extry careful.
And, leave that dad-burn cruise
control off when ya on damp
roads. It can really get ya in
trouble in a hurry. Tires lose a
grip, cruise kicks in, and ya might
be in fer the ride of yore life. Y’all
ever had this happen? I have.
“Texas Field Archery Ass n:
held a tournament down to
Temple last weekend, and a 14-
year-old named Matthew
Tergerson from here in The Gap
done won “state” fer his age group
and first in aggregate score. Way
to go, Matthew. I understand he
started in archery while in 4-H
Methodist ladies gonna feed the
next Gap Chamber meetin’ down
to the Community Center at 6 p.m.
on Thursday, the 9th of March.
Y’all all gather up some friends
and come on down. It’ll be a good
meal at a bargain price of only six
bucks, includin’ drink and dessert.
Ya cain’t beat that.
Hey, another eatin’ deal gonna
take place over to the “Bosque
Bottoms” on March 17,18, and 19,
over to Meridian. There’s some
flyers out there tellin’ ’bout all the
entertainment, but Charron
Denker informed me of an addi-
tional fiddle player what ain’t on
the flyer. Her name is Dorothy
Douthit, and she’s a renowned
champion fiddler. Even played
with some of them symphonies in
San Angelo and Big Spring. She’s
cornin’ to the Chuckwagon
Cookoff. She’s even bringin’ her
own chuckwagon, a 1916 Peter
Schuttler wagon. These wagons
are judged, too, not just the
cookin.’ This deal is shore ’nough
interesting, and the grub is fan-
tastic. Most of the action takes
place on Sattidy the 18th.
By the way, beer trucks rollin’
to The Gap. Been many a year.
President Bush done showed up
with a surprise visit over to the
Far East. Visited some of our
troops and gave them our nation’s
thanks fer the job they doin.’ It
ain’t easy. We losin’ a bunch of fine
young folks, and lots of folks ques-
tion... why? I know this... all our
troops, and leaders of all nations,
especially ours, need our prayers.
See ya next week,
Marc at The Gap
The Don Knotts
Numerous memories of our
family’s favorite comic character,
“Barney Fife,” have come to mind
this past week. The Larry King
Show repeated several times, “Don
Knotts Remembered.” I particu-
larly appreciated Larry King’s com-
ment at the end of his show, “Thank
you for living..
What a disappointment it was
when “The And Griffith Show” was
discontinued. But it was never the
same without “Barney" their last
I recall one family experience in
particular. When my second son
Peter was in about the third grade
I received a letter from my
preacher brother saying he had
been called as pastor to John Knox
Presbyterian Church in Spokane,
Wash. I read the letter to my family
at dinner that day.
Peter exclaimed, “Don Knotts
“No, Peter. I said, ‘John Knox
Presbyterian Church’.” The family
had a good laugh!
I went on to explain that John
Knox was one of the early leaders
in the Presbyterian denomination
and the church in Spokane was
named for him.
Whenever I retell this true story
it always brings a laugh.
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I would like to express my grati-
tude to all those who volunteered
to help us with our annual Preser-
vation Luncheon. These include
Mattie Derryberry, who also volun-
teers at the Collection every week,
Sue Kerley, whose 100+ year old
barn was honored at our luncheon
on Saturday. Our volunteers for the
Preservation Luncheon include
Danielle Rigsby and Ariana
Galinda, students of Meridian High
School who graciously served lunch
to our guests.
Our volunteers helped to make
this year’s luncheon the best ever!
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LOCATION: Hwy. 377 E., Comanche, TX behind Riata Trading Co.
Selling For: 1 large estate, farmers, area lenders
TRACTORS 8, INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT: NH L785 Skid Steer
w/backhoe & bucket; JD 7210 4x4 w/loader (nice); JD 2040 78 mod.,
showing 343 hrs; JD 950 827 hrs. (real nice); JD 4020 72 mod., new
paint/rubber, OH (nice); Ford 1710 1984 4x4 w/loader (good); Ford 8N
1952 new tire, OH; Ford 4000, new tires; Ford 4600; Boyln 20 hp w/12
pieces equipment; IHC 1086 C/A (good); IHC 1086 C/A w/G.B. 660
loader; MF 50 gas; CASE 600 gas; CASE 630 Diesel trp range (good);
CASE 730 Diesel w/loader; JD 544B Articulating loader (nice); ASU RC
30 Track Loader 629 hrs.; Scat-Trak Track Hoe, 743 Bobcat; JD L100
mower; Condor T68 60 ft. Boom Man Lift (nice); Ford 5000 non-
operative; Ford 9700 non-operative; IHC 1086 non-operative. HAY
EQUIPMENT: Rhino 15 ft. Shredder; JD 224 WS Baler (real nice); MH
2001 658 415 Baler (like new); JD 530 Round Baler (clean); CASE IH
8455 Baler; CASE IH 8530 Baler twine; Krone 2835 Disk Cutter; NH 461
Wind Rower; JD EO 480 Swather; MF 3 pt. 5 Bar Hay Rake; Refco 10
Wheel Rake w/caddy; Popup loader; 4-bale Gooseneck trailer. TILLAGE
EQUIPMENT; AC 2300 Tandem Sunflower 16 ft. fold; (2) 8300 grain drill;
JD B mod. drill; DMI 3 pt. chisel; IH 12 ft. chisel; CASE 12 ft. offset disk;
Hay King Renautor w/coalters; MF 5 Bottom Moldboard; JD 15 ft. 3 pt
tandem; (2) Ford 4-row cultivators; Mahawk 13-shank chisel; Fergerson
4 row cultivator; Lilliston rolling cultivator; 20 ft. Harrow Gator. PEANUT
FERTILIZER EQUIPMENT: Lilliston 6500 combine; Long super
combine; (3) VADA 8x12 Gooseneck drying trailers; (3) Blanton peanut
trailers; KMC 2-row digger/converter; KMC 4-row digger; Adams S-S
fertilizer spreader (nice); (1) anhydrous applicator; (3) anhydrous 5th
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directions. NON-CLASSIFIED: GMC 1981 10 yard push bed; Ford
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Auctioneers note: Included in this sale from the estate: hand tools, tool
boxes, skill saws, misc. shop equipment.
This is a partial listing only. Consignments welcome.
No tires and wheels. No small items.
TERMS: Full payment sale day. Everything sold “as is, where is”. No
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