OLD TIMER DIES
On Friday, August 24th, (1928) when H. T. Lewis was called hence by
death after an illness of many months, the community was bereft of one
of its oldest and most highly respected citizens.
Mr. Lewis was a native of Alabama. He was born in Green County February
1st. 1842. At the age of four years he removed to Little Rock, Ark.
with his parents where he lived until the fall of 1865, when he came to
Texas and located in Burnet County. The first work he did after he
became a resident of Texas was to work in a tannery for Mr. Peppers in the Cedar Mills
community. Many of the older citizens of the county remember Mr.
Peppers and his tannery. Mr. Lewis has lived in the Spicewood and
Smithwick communities since that time, where he reared a family and
tilled the soil. Deceased made a profession of religion years ago and
became a member of the Christian Church, and was a regular church goer
until his health failed.
He is survived by four children, two sons and two daughters, as
follows: Mrs. S. J. Jackson
and F. P. Lewis, Smithwick, Mrs. J. F. Ripley, La Pryor, and M. H. Lewis, Spicewood.
Mr. Lewis was a Civil War Veteran,
and the activities, hardships and trials of that great struggle for a
principle that he thought was right when he was fighting were just as
vivid to him in his reclining years as they were when they were being
enacted on the battlefield more than 60 years ago. He was a member of
Capt. Banks' Co.
The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Jas Fry, Christian minister
of Burnet. Interment took place in the family cemetery near where Mr.
This editor had known Mr. Lewis intimately for many years and we shall
miss his friendly visits to our office in future years. He always had a
kind word for us and said he could not "keep house without the
Messenger." Now that life's battles with him are over, may he sleep in
peace. In Texas he pioneered and endured all the hardships that the
early settlers had to suffer. His life was a hard one because of
privations and the undeveloped condition of the country. Across the
divide may he be haled as one of the faithful and hear that welcome
plandit, enter thou into thy home, a house not made with hands, eternal
in the heaven.