Wallisville, TX Courthouse Fire, Nov 1875

Arson.

The Court-house of Chambers county and all the Records Burned.

A note to the News from Wallisville, dated December 3, states that the Courthouse of Chambers county and all of the records and papers were consumed by fire on the morning of the 23, at about 1 o’clock. Everything was destroyed-all the papers in the Walker and Black case lost. The house was well kerosene. No clue to the perpetrator.

Burning of Court-Houses.

Eds. News-A note from the sheriff of Chamber county, just received, informs me of the burning of the courthouse of that county about 1 o’clock a.m. of Wednesday last. All the file papers of the District Court, records and record books were destroyed. From the evidences-the use of kerosene, etc.-this is the work of some fiendish incendiary. Did it ever occur to the public mind that these continued court-house burnings were the deliberate acts of an organized band of “land thieves,” rather than parties who stand charged with grave offenses against the penal code?
Geo. W. Davis

Galveston Daily News, Galveston, TX 7 Dec 1875