Historian Tad Moses, 76, Dies In Burnet Hospital
by David Crowder
BURNET – Dayton (Tad) Moses, Jr. known to many Burnet County residents in
recent years for his work with the Burnet Historical Society in
bringing to light much of the County’s history, died last Saturday at
Shepperd Memorial Hospital. He was 76.
Moses, born in Burnet May
22, 1898, was the son of Dayton Moses, Sr., one time Burnet County
District Attorney who became a noted Fort Worth lawyer, and Daisy
Moses, nee Fisher.
Moses attended school in Burnet before going
to Texas A&M College in 1916. While in high school, he was captain
of the football team. Since his return, he sometimes referred jokingly
to the fact that he was the oldest living Burnet football captain.
attended A&M for two years but before he could finish, World War I
was on and he joined Reserve Officers Training, then known as Student
Army Training. He was commissioned in September 1918, two months before
the Armistice was signed.
Following his discharge, Moses worked
in Fort Worth as a Livestock Sanitary Commission inspector. He remained
with the Commission for four years, two years as an Inspector and two
as chief clerk, before joining the staff of the Texas and Southwest
Cattle Raisers Association (CRA) in 1922. He worked "as a kind of
office manager" until the 1924 CRA convention when he was made
Assistant Secretary under E.B. Spiller. Soon after, Spiller asked Moses
if he knew anything about running a magazine. When Moses replied "no,"
Spiller reportedly told him to do so "mighty quick" and put him in
charge of the Texas Cattlemen’s Magazine. Moses became editor of the
magazine with a circulation of 4,000.
In 1928, Moses married
Mary Jo Buchham of Fort Worth, whom he had hired as a stenographer for
the Livestock Sanitary Commission in 1920. When he left the Commission
she succeeded him as chief clerk.
As editor, Moses recounted in
a 1970 autobiographical account, he did everything "but sweep out the
office and keep the books," including research, writing, editing,
lay-out. In addition, he often represented the CRA at conventions.
Eventually, the magazine grew so large, that it demanded his full time
After 21 years with the CRA he decided, in 1943, to leave and go on to something else.
years Moses spent as editor gave him an appreciation of accuracy which
was to serve him well when he later turned his attention to Burnet
County history. His association with the CRA added to his admiration of
cattlemen of whom he later wrote: "They sat tall in the saddle and they
cast shadows that were long and wide. They were the kind of men with
whom you like to shake hands."
After leaving the CRA, Moses gave
more than 50 talks to civic clubs, historical groups, Texas A&M
classes and women’s clubs on the "Development of the Texas Cattle
He accepted a position with Texas A&M as the
Assistant Director of Information and in 1945 became editor for the
Texas Agricultural Experiment Station. He became Agriculture Editor
when the Station combined with the Agricul [MISSING TEXT].