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Ardella Glimp

1833 - 1920

Source:  Burnet Bulletin, 18 March 1920

GLIMP, Mrs. Ardella - 10 March 1920

Burnet Bulletin, 18 March 1920

In the death of Mrs. Ardella Glimp at the home of her son, Andy, near Lometa, March 10, another of the pioneer mothers of Texas is gone. Very soon thee grand old people who made this the greatest state of the union, habitable for later generations will be no more.

Mrs. Glimp's grandfather Woods and family were members of the Austin colony and those who are familiar with the history of Texas know of the trials, hardships and disappointments these wonderful people were forced to endure. They never knew on going to bed at night but that before morning they might either be killed or carried away prisoners by Mexicans or Indians. Mrs. Glimp had a remarkable memory and could tell of many interesting happenings of those early days when most of Texas was a wilderness. Her father belonged to Gen. Houston's army and fought in the battle of San Jacinto. She remembered well when Gen. Wall invaded Texas in 1842 and captured San Antonio. Her grandfather, who was 80 years old, her father and one uncle went with a company of about 60 men under Captain Nicholas Dawson to help others in the relief of San Antonio. They were met on the Salado, six miles from San Antonio, and history says that all of this brave little band were either killed or captured, but Mrs. Glimp knew that her uncle and one other man escaped. Her grandfather was killed and her father taken prisoner and carried to Mexico, where he died in prison at Monterey. Members of the Glimp family still have letters in their possession written by their grandfather to his wife while in prison. The uncle, Mr. Wood, later married her mother and Mrs. M. J. Frazier of this community, is a daughter of this union.

She told of how the women and children hastily gathered up a few things and loaded them into wooden-wheeled carts drawn b oxen and made their way to LaGrange, when the men went to meet Gen. Wall. The women had to walk & carry the small children, as there was only room in the carts for some who were sick.

The bones of the men who were killed on the Salado were gathered up and 12 years after being killed were buried at LaGrange.

She told of how her parents would take their children on horseback and visit their neighbors at distances of 20 and 30 miles.

Mrs. Glimp was born in Fayette County, January 3, 1833, making her something more than 87 years old. She was an invalid the last few years of her life, caused from a broken hip. She had lived in Burnet County about 50 years. Such hospitality as was practiced by this good woman and her husband is an unknown quantity today. Old friends and neighbors said of her that no night was ever too dark, wet or cold for her to mount a horse and go to the help of the sick and suffering. She was famed for her good nursing, and was always ready to help those who needed her.

She was the mother of 14 children, 11 of whom are living, all upright, honorable citizens, of whom any parent should be proud. There is no better way to judge the parents than by the children they raise.

They are Mesdames A. C. Hahn, Newton Baker & J. W. Everett, Wiley, Martin & Tom Glimp of Burnet Co. Mrs. Caroline Spellman & Mrs. Bertha Hahn of Gonzales County. Mrs. Susan Holland of San Angelo, and Dave and Andy Glimp of Lometa.

She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in Bethel Cemetery, March 11. Rev. Al Field conducting the funeral service.

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