|GLIMP, Mrs. Ardella - 10 March
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
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
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
She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in Bethel
Cemetery, March 11. Rev. Al Field conducting the funeral