By: Sarah Childers
This article is the second in the series.
On the same day that a cold front finally moved into the area after temps being in the 90’s for some time, I was able to sit and talk with the Constable of Comanche County, Mark McDonald, and ask him a few questions.
Needless to say that the cooler temperatures along with meeting with a very comical and warm hearted individual, made my day. Between conversations about baby squirrels and answering questions about myself ( I was the one that was supposed to be asking the questions,) I found myself laughing harder in those moments than I had in a very long time.
He presented himself as an individual that truly loved where he was from. Not many people know it, but Mr. McDonald’s family goes back for six generations in several different family trees in the Comanche County area.
Below is what transpired from our conversation about the County minus the squirrels…..
How did you find yourself in the position you are now in?
I was born in Comanche County, Texas. I went to Gustine school until the 8th grade, were I then attended and finished at Comanche. I graduated from Comanche High School in 1980. During high school and then after graduation, I worked ranch labor in and around Comanche County until 1983 when I became a police officer.
I always jokingly say I was shanghaied into becoming a police officer.
My father, Roy McDonald, was the Chief of Police for the City of Comanche in the early 1960. He hired Charles Anders who later became Chief of Police for the City of Comanche. Chief Charles Anders approached me one day in need of someone to go to work for him as an officer, and I did.
What is your favorite natural scenery around Comanche County?
I love to drive the country roads. Comanche County has a little bit of all of the state from the hill country in the southern part of the county to the plains to the north. The wild flowers are extra pretty on the country roads at different times of the year, and you can always see wildlife about.
What are your favorite historical parts of the Comanche County?
I like the historical parts of the cemeteries. There is a lot of untold stories lying about within them if you just take the time to look around.
Newburg Cemetery is full of Texas Rangers. Albin Cemetery has Texas Rangers also and has two sets of graves where the love was so strong in these people that they were buried head to head. Also the Newburg and Albin Cemeteries have stacked rock fences around them that were built by hand. It is amazing as to how much work went into building them. Last but not least, I love to go to the Penny Grave near Sipes Springs.
Folks really need to take the time to explore them.
This was the conclusion to the interview that shed some light as to how the Constable feels about the county he serves, and we parted ways once we were done.
However, since he did mention graveyards, we now have a suggestion of what you can do with this information….
We would have you know that the Comanche County Museum has an unofficial count of over 100 graveyards in the county, and will actually give you a map with all of its locations when you stop by to visit for your next daytrip. Exploring these will make for an outstanding seasonal tradition, ( not to mention free) to start in your family.
We will see you when you get here!