From the microfilmed local newspapers, October 1917
Frank Alexander, 82 years of age, one of the pioneer citizens of this section, died Friday afternoon at his home six miles north of Burnet. He was found dead at the wood pile by members of his family. There were eight brothers in the Alexander family: Steve, John, Joe, Jim, Robert, Marion, Frank and William; and three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Lewis of Georgetown, who is now dead, Mrs. C. Mosteller of Lampasas and Mrs. Eliza Mullins of Mesquite Creek. Joe and John Alexander are the surviving brothers.
The body of Mr. Alexander was buried Saturday at Burnet. He is survived by his widow and several children to mourn his loss. the Alexander family is one of the best known in this section and all of them have made excellent citizens.
[Mr. Alexander was born 4-7-1834 in Arkansas, and died 10-14-1917. He was buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Burnet. Additional info supplied by Joel Frazier of Burnet. Mr. Alexander was his G.G. Uncle]
From the Burnet Bulletin
April 29, 1924, marked the passing of John Alexander, a pioneer citizen of Burnet County, who died at the home of his son, L. E. Alexander, after an illness of several weeks.
The remains were carried to Mesquite, where interment was made in the old family burying ground, five miles south of Lampasas.
Deceased was preceded in death some two years by his devoted wife; also by an infant son many years ago, and a son, Leon, some six or seven years. He is survived by the following children:
L. E. of Burnet,
G. W. of Levelland, Texas
C. R. and Clyde of Trinidad, Colorado
Mrs. Fannie Harris of Gary, Indiana
Mrs. O. D. Baker of Gause, Texas
Miss Kate of Dallas
and Mrs. J. E. Wolf of Naruna.
All of his children present at burial except C. R. and Clyde. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Eliza Mullins and Mrs. Lizzie Mostella of Lampasas.
"Uncle Johnnie", as he was affectionately known, was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, April 3, 1833, and moved with his parents to Texas at about the age of 16 years, settling at what is now Georgetown, where he grew to manhood.
On April 1, 1858, he was united in marriage to Miss Missouri Owens at Helena, Karnes County, Texas. After less than two years of wedded happiness, she died; leaving an infant son, the present L. E. Alexander.
On October 17th, 1861, he was married to Miss Mary Lamb, at Burnet, Texas. For the first few years after their marriage they made their home on Mesquite Creek, afterward moving to Burnet, where he engaged in the mercantile business for several years; then moved out seven miles north of Burnet, settling at what was known to old timers as Underhill Spring, where he spent the remainder of his life with the exception of a few months spent visiting his children in different parts of the state.
Here with his faithful companion, rearing their large family of children to manhood, and womanhood, all of whome are worthy and respected citizens.
Owing to an early accident, he was unable to enlist as a soldier in the Confederate army, but served as Captain of a band of Rangers organized for the protection of the homes and lives of the inhabitants of Burnet and surrounding territory, when the very name of hostile Indians struck terror to the hearts of the people. He faithfully discharged that duty and could tell many interesting and thrilling stories incident to that time.
He united with the Christian church in early life, living in that faith until claimed by death.
He was of quiet and retiring disposition, making it necessary to know him intimately to appreciate his real worth. He was possessed of a fine sense of humor, which was the delight of his friends. Even when strength was failing, and worn with suffering, there were flashes of that good humor witch often brought smiles to those in attendance.
As he grew older and depended on others to help him make decisions, his usual remark was: "I want to do what is right." That seemed to have been the guiding principle of his life, causing him to live at peace with his neighbors and having the respect and confidence of all with whom he came in contact.
In the last years of his life, with bodily strength failing, with eyesight and hearing greatly impaired and often lonely, berift of his devoted companion, there was never a murmur, but a quiet resignation, a cheerful patience, a Christian fortitude beautiful to see.
Surrounded by friends and loved ones, ready with toying hands to do all in their power to make him comfortable, their hearts were wrung by the thought that he was slipping away from them, but knowing of his longing to be at rest and realizing that each hour only added to his suffering, it was easy to say when all was over that it was better for him.
From the Burnet Bulletin, 11 Sept 1941
L.E. Alexander, for a long time a resident of the Pebble Mound community in this county, departed this life at his home in Valley Springs, Texas, on the 6th of September, 1941. The body was interred at Burnet, W.E. Fry, pastor of the Church of Christ here, conducting the service. The pallbearers were John Frazier, Tom Frazier, Floyd Frazier, Jack Frazier, Frank Moreland and Muggins Moreland.
Mr. Alexander was a native Texan, born February 15th, 1859. He spent some of the early years of his life in Georgetown, but a long time ago moved to Burnet county and settled in the Pebble Mound community, where he resided close to a half century. A few years ago he moved from here, locating at Valley Springs. In 1881, he was united in marriage with Miss Lucy Virginia Harris. To this union one child was born, Marry Lee, (Mrs. Ed Frazier). On May 14th 1898, Mrs Alexander was called by death. On July 25th, 1899, Mr. Alexander was married to Miss Alice B. Redford. Two children were born from this union, Lewis Edwin Alexander and Mrs. Bernice B. Kennedy. He is survived by his wife and the three children named above.
This county never had a better and more conscientious man than was
Ed Alexander. He measured up in every respect to what it takes
to be a sure enough citizen, trusted, liked and respected by all who
knew him. He had many friends in this county who deeply regret his
passing, and who sincerely sympathize with the members of his family
in their bereavement.
ALEXANDER, Mary Elizabeth - 14 March 1941
From the Burnet Bulletin, 20 March 1941
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Alexander, a pioneer citizen of Burnet county was called by death at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Mannie Shilling, at this place last Friday, March 14th, 1941. Because of advancing age she had been in declining health for some time.
The funeral service was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Shilling, conducted by W.E. Fry of Burnet, F.F. Conley of San Saba, and L.V. Nobles of Tow, Church of Christ ministers. Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at this place, with the Bailey Rodgers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. The pallbearers were E.C. Shilling, C.A. Shilling, John Frazier, W. N. Moreland, Roy Fry and Vernie Collins.
Mrs. Alexander was born July 18th, 1848, in Virginia, making her 92 years, 7 months and 26 days of age at the time of her death. She came to Texas with her parents when a young girl, to Burnet county in 1858 and on July 18th, 1867, was united in marriage to Mr. Frank Alexander, who preceded her in death on October 26th, 1917. From this union the following children survive: Mrs. C.E. Shilling of Burnet and Mr. Ira Alexander of Lampasas. Mrs. Alexander's maiden name was Harris.
Mrs. Alexander and her husband were numbered among the pioneer residents of Burnet county. They were here in Indian days, and Mr. Alexander served as a ranger under the United States government before the Civil War. He was also a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. This couple met and conquered the hardships of pioneer life and both of them lived to witness and enjoy the civilization we now have, made by them and other fine, courageous people who brought order and peace to this part of Texas.
Mrs. Alexander was a good woman in all that the word implies. She was loved honored and reverenced by all who knew her, and she will be remembered with love by many friends.
From Burnet Bulletin Jan 23, 1902
Mr. Robert Alexander Dead
Mr. Robert Alexander, one of the landmarks of Burnet, died last Sunday morning in New Mexico. His remains reached this place yesterday, and were interred in the Old Cemetery, by the side of his wife.
The news of his death was received with deep regret by the people of Burnet. As an indication of the universal esteem in which he was held, every business house in town closed its doors while the corpse was being driven from the depot to the old home. Such homage is an eloquent testimonial of the worthiness of the man.
His four children, a number of brothers, and many other dear relatives and a host of friends were present at his funeral, which was conducted by Rev. J.M. Sherman yesterday afternoon.
Next week the Bulletin will contain a sketch of this old pioneers life from the pen of an old acquaintence and friend.
More information supplied by Joel E. Frazier of Burnet:
- Robert Alexander was born 3-6-1828, and died 1-19-1902
- He was married to Lucinda McFarland; they had four children--Thurza Jane, Isabel, Eliza Ann (Annie), and Frank B.
- The sketch mentioned above to run "next week" of the life of Robert Alexander could not be found in the microfilmend newspapers.
- Robert Alexander was the Great, Great Uncle of Joel Frazier.
From the Lampasas Leader, Oct 17, 1913
Friends were surprised Tuesday morning to learn that Steve Alexander had passed away at his home some twelve miles south of Lampasas. Although he had been sick for some time, his death was not expected. For some months he had been afflicted with an abscess, which would not yield to treatment, and this was probably the cause of his death.
He was about 69 years of age and had spent most of his life in this section of Texas, having come to Texas from Arkansas when but a child. he was a faithful and consistent member of the Christian church, and was honored and respected by his neighbors among whom he lived a blameless life.
There were originally nine children of this family, seven brothers and two sisters; but three of the brothers, Robert James and Marion, have already passed over the river. Steve was the youngest of the entire family and there are yet five left, three brothers and two sisters.
He leaves a widow, six daughters, Mrs. Cox, Mrs. Marre, Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Wooten, Mrs. White, Miss Eunice Alexander, at home; and three sons, Sam, Rube, and Frank, the latter being at the family home, the others living in the neighborhood.
Additional information from Joe Ed Frazier, of Burnet:
Steven Alexander, the 11th child of Samuel Stevenson and Thurzy (Ross) Alexander. Steven was born 22 Mar 1844 in Arkansas. This Alexander family moved to Georgetown 9 June 1848, then in the early 1850s, the Alexanders left Williamson County, moving to Mesquite Creek in northern Burnet County. Steven married Amanda C. Berry. Steven died 14 Oct 1913, and was buried in Alexander Cemetery, northern Burnet County.
Steven and Amanda's children:
1. Dena, who married Buck White
2. Della, who married Robert Bennett
3. Marion, who was unmarried
4. Lyda, who married ___ Marrs
5. Laura, who married Wiley Wooten
6. Ruben, who married Della DeSpain
7. Ruth, who married Paul Cox
8. Samuel, who married Pearl Griffin
9. Frank, who married Ollie May
10. Eunice, who married Jack Berry
Children of Samuel and Thurzy (Ross) Alexander:
4. John Ross
Contributed by Donna Gregg, 7 Jun 2000
From the Bertram Enterprise, Bertram, Texas, Thursday, June 9, 1921
DEATH OF MRS. G. W. ALLEN
The friends and relatives of Mrs. G. W. Allen, who for the past three or four months had watched and expectantly hoped for her health improvement realized last Thursday when her condition suddenly became critical that their hopes were giving place to saddened despondency and that her earthly career would soon be ended. For several weeks past, her condition had been most painful, and she was taken to Marlin for treatment, but when all that could be done there was administered, she returned to her home unimproved, and on Friday morning, June the 10th, at 3:30 o'clock, her mortal form became lifeless and her spirit was wafted the eternal sojourn to await the call of judgement.
The subject of this sketch was born at Clarksville, Ark., in 1856, came to Texas in the year 1867 and settled in Burnet County. She was married to G. W. Allen in 1876 and this good couple spent their career in Burnet and McCullah Counties. For about thirteen years they lived in McCullah County and the remainder of the time was spent in Burnet County near Bertram.
Decedent joined the Baptist church about 1880 and was a consistent member thereafter. She was the mother of thirteen children, ten girls and three boys, and she proved to be the type of parent that is justly and affectionately described by the name "mother". She was faithful, loving and devoted to her children and to her good husband, and her death has stirred and saddened their hearts as only the giving up of a mother can. The children who live to mourn the loss and memory of the one best loved are: S. A. Allen, J. E. Allen, Mrs. Rena Davidson, Mrs. Wilson Parks of Liberty Hill, Mrs. J. A. Murray, Mrs. Clarance Cox of Austin, Mrs. O. E. Warden of Dallas, Oregon, Mrs. J. C. Norris of Bastrop. Four other children preceeded her in death.
Funeral Services were conducted at the Mt. Zion Cemetery by Rev. A. S. Broaddus, pastor of the Baptist church of Bertram, and enterment was made Friday afternoon.
This office extends deepest sympathy and condolence to the bereaved friends and relatives who mourn the loss of a true friend, a loving and faithful mother.
Note: deceased was daughter of James Marcus Willis and Mary Jane Park.
Her son, William Robert Allen, b. 19 May 1879, d. 14 April 1907, married Mary Elizabeth Gotcher, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Gotcher and Fannie Anders, on 28 Sept. 1898.
Copy of this obituary was found in the Gotcher family bible.
Bertram Enterprise, dated 1958
Frank Ashmore Died Saturday, Feb. 22. Frank B. Ashmore, 50, of Manor, died Saturday in an Austin Hospital. Ashmore was a farmer, living in Manor all his life. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Miller Mortuary in Elgin with Rev. Charles Wright officiating. Survivors include his wife; one son, Frank B. Ashmore, Jr. of Manor; his mother, Mrs. Minnie Ashmore of Galveston; two sisters, Mrs. J.A. Stringer of Austin and Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson of Galveston; and two brothers, Harvey and William Ashmore, both of Galveston. Burial was in Manor Cemetery.
From the Burnet Bulletin, 11 Nov 1909
The saddest and most deeply and generally regretted accident that ever occurred in Burnet happened last Wednesday afternoon, when Robert Atkinson was hit behind the ear with a baseball from the effects of which he died within a few hours.
He received the blow during recess in the afternoon, but apparently suffered little from it at the time. He continued playing the game and recited his lessons as usual. When he arrived home, he went to his room, and by six o'clock had become unconscious. Physicians could give him no relief and the end came about 9:30 o'clock. It is presumed that his skull was crushed, a blood vessel broken, or perhaps both.
The funeral service was held at the Baptist Church on Thursday afternoon. It was one of the largest attended services ever held in Burnet. The pastor of the decedent, Rev. C.A. Taylor, officiated and as he paid the deserved and beautiful tributes to he dead, there was not a dry eye in the vast audience. Both schools closed for the day, and one of the most affecting scenes was when his school mates looked their last upon their companion and friend.
From the church, the Woodmen took charge of the body and escorted it to the cemetery, followed by a long line of school children and teachers, and hundreds of others. The impressive Woodmen services concluded, the classmates of the deceased placed loving tributes of flowers upon the grave. Without a doubt it was the most impressive funeral the writer ever witnessed. Every business house in town closed from 3:30 to 5:30 o'clock, and many people were here from a distance to show their respect for the dead.
Robert Atkinson was a young man of the highest moral character, a Christian with the courage of his convictions, and possessed an intellect an energy that would have made him a leader among men. He was liked and respected by both old and young, and his memory will be cherished for many years to come. He was a member of the graduating class of the Burnet High School for 1909-1910, and would probably have won the class honors. Prof. Brown says of him that in fifteen years he has been closely associated with boys and young men, that Robert Atkinson has come nearer measuring a full man than any other boy he has ever been connected with. This is the highest tribute that could be paid any boy.
The bereaved and heart-broken relatives have the loving sympathy of every man, woman and child in this community.
From the Burnet Bulletin, 15 Feb 1906
Baylor Atkison Dead
Mr. Baylor Atkison, who has been sick at the old Low place for some time, died Sunday night, and was buried Monday near his old home on the river.
Mr. Atkison had been suffering with a chronic disease for many months, and his death was no surprise to his friends who were familiar with his condition.
A wife and three children survive the deceased, and they are heart-broken over their loss. The sympathy of the people of Burnet go out to them.
BURNET BULLETIN, APRIL, 1990
Dale Atkinson, 60 of Burnet died Saturday, April 7, 1990.
Born July 28,1929, in Burnet, he was the son of Arnold Atkison and the former Hazel Goble. He was a lifelong resident of Burnet County.
Funeral services were held April 9 at the Clements-Wilcox Chapel in Burnet with Rev. Charles Wilson officiating assisted by Deacon Tim Graham. Interment flowed at Lakeland hills memorial Park under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Atkison of Burnet; five daughters, Sandra Ann Wright of Liberty Hill, Vicki Wood and Tammy Atkison, both of Burnet, Kathy Dean of California and Angela Kroch of Mason; four sons, Glen Atkison of Brenham, John Richnow and Mark Steve Richnow, both of California, and Richard Riggs of Tow; three sisters, Gaynell Haile of Buchanan Dam; Lila Lewis and Nadine Little, both of Burnet; eight brothers, Jerry Atkison, Ray Atkison, Gaines Atkison, Max Atkison, Larry Atkison, James Atkison and Don Atkison, all of Burnet and Denton Aktison [Atkison] of Lometa; and 18 grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Burton Warwick, Butch Warwick, Quinten McDaniel, Jerry Newton, Floyd Abbott, and William Heffington.
From the Burnet Bulletin, 3 Feb 1910
(Mrs. F. P. Baker) ...She died at the home of her sister, Mrs. C. E. Preston, Burnet, Texas, Jan. 19, 1910, aged nearly 84 years. She was the eldest daughter of John P. and Annie Gillespie; was born in Fayette County, GA, March 15, 1826; joined the Methodist Episcopal Church when 16 years of age, before the separation of that Church. She with her family, moved to Alabama. She was left a widow in 1863 and came to Texas in 1867, living for some years at Bryan and raising her large family of children. She was the elder sister of the late Col. C.C. Gillespie, first editor of the Texas Christian Advocate. She moved to Burnet in 1892 to the home of her sister, Mrs. C. E. Preston, and her daughter, Mrs. M.A. Smith, and immediately identified herself with active church work; was president of the W.F. Missionary Society for some time; assisted in the organization of the W. H. Mission Society, and was an officer in it to the time of her death.
She died partly from a stroke of paralysis and of old age. Her sons, grandsons, nephew and son-in-law were her pallbearers. She was buried in white, typical of her pure life. Rev. J.P. Rodgers, assisted by Rev. C. A. Taylor, conducted funeral services. She was held in such high esteem in her home town that business houses closed during burial services. She was a woman of great patience, physical and mental endurance, had passed through much hardship and suffering; of deeply religious convictions and consecrated life; and had a fine missionary spirit, and was a woman of unusual intelligence. She held the deepest love of all her children and set them a noble example of life devoted to the best things.
Mrs. Nora Baker Passes Away in Orange, Texas.
Mrs. Nora (Alexander) Baker was born Jan. 24, 1878 in Burnet, Texas at the home of her parents, John and Mary (Lamb) Alexander, and died in Orange, Texas June 15, 1964 where she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Alton Turner, and Mr. Turner. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Orange. She was buried in Burnet Cemetery June 18, 1964. The graveside service was conducted by Mr. Ed Fry, minister of the Church of Christ at Lake Victor.
The parents of Mrs. Baker were early settlers of Burnet having his store on the north east corner of the square. His dwelling was nearby. It was at this place that Nora was born, the fourth of eight children. As a young lady she worked in Mrs. Preston's store in Burnet. In 1910 she was married to Mr. O.D. Baker at the family home north of Burnet. For many years the Bakers made their home in Gause, Texas, where Mr. Baker was publisher of a newspaper and was State Representative from that district. In the last twelve years, Nora had not failed to attend the annual reunion of the Alexander family in Burnet County until illness kept her away this year, 1964.
Mr. Baker preceded her in death several years. Survivors include the daughter, Mary Frances Turner; one grandson, Pat Turner; four great-grandchildren, and several step-children. Two sisters, Miss Kate Alexander and Mrs. Olive Wolfe; a brother, Mr. Charles Alexander of Trinidad, Colo. and many nieces and nephews also survive.
Out of town friends and relatives who attended the funeral were
Mr. and Mrs. Alton Turner and son, Mr. Pat Turner of
Orange, Mrs. Irma Alsobrook, Brenham; Miss Kate
Alexander, Miss Mabel Smith, Mrs. John Gray and son,
Brice, all of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Rector Wolf, Mr. and
Mrs. John Oakley, Mr. Raymond Griffen, Mrs. H.L. Shroyer, Mrs. Dolly
Perry, and Mrs. R. D. Glimp, all of Lampasas; Mr. and
Mrs. Ed Fry of Lake Victor, Mr. Frank Gray of Lake
Buchanan, Mr. Frank Alexander of Marble Falls, and Mr. and
Mrs. James Boyd of Bertram.
BARTON, Nellie -- 29 Sept 1964
From: The Burnet Bulletin, 1 Oct 1964
Mrs. Nellie Barton, 89, lifetime resident of Bertram, died about 9:00 o'clock Tuesday morning, 29 Sept in a Lampasas hospital.
Mrs. Barton, nee Miss Nellie Ater, was united in marriage to Mr. Westfall Barton. After their marriage they lived in and near Bertram, where they reared and educated their children. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and lived a Christian life.
Funeral services were held at 3:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, September 30th at the First Baptist church in Bertram, with Rev. Bryan Halliburton officiating. Interment was in the Shady Grove Cemetery under the direction of Clements Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were F.M. Stiles, Clark Sunday, Herman Barton, Reg F. Hyer, Don Barber and Sam Frost.
- two sons, Dudley Barton of Pasadena and Melvin Barton
- four daughters, Mrs. Fred Hyer of Big Spring, Mrs Loubel Brewster of Bertram, Mrs Jack Barber of Big Lake and Mrs John Kozlowski of City Point, Wisconsin;
- one brother, Theodore Ater of Houston;
- one sister, Mrs. Pearl Frost of Bertram;
- five grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren
From the Burnet Bulletin, 15 Feb 1906
Mrs. Nannie Bell Dead
The Bulletin regrets to chronicle the death of Mrs. Nannie Bell, a former citizen of this county, which occurred recently at her home in Jones county. She was the mother of Mrs. J.T. Beard of Fairland. At the time of her death, Mrs. Bell was 78 years of age, and had been a consistent Christian for more than 50 years. She was a true, good woman, and her death is widely deplored. The Bulletin condoles with the breaved relatives.
From the Burnet Bulletin, Thursday, Aug. 30, 1906
ANOTHER OLD SETTLER GONE.
Died on the morning of June 6, 1906, at his residence in Burnet county, Texas, James Orville Boyce, one of the oldest settlers of the county.
And God said let there be light, and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good. ...And there was evening, and there was morning--one day. Thus a world was born. And thus the same voice that called a world out of chaotic darkness into the beautiful and life--giving light of the sun, called our loved one. Just at the dawning of a new day, when the sable curtain of night was silently lifting, came the message--a voice from the spirit of the Father of worlds, and the spirit of our own noble friend burst the bonds of earthly darkness and obscurity that hides from mortal gaze the full splendor of that other world, and the light of God's eternal one day!
Oh no, not dead but vanished Away from human sight. The veil was only lifted, And lo! he sees the light That shines beyond life's curtain In fairer world than this, Where naught but love can enter, And joy and peace, and bliss. Oh, then, ye loving wife, devoted children, sorrowing friends and neighbors, be comforted. Consider how brief the evening of life; how bright and beautiful will be the morning of that one day--glorious and eternal; a perpetual reunion!
No doubt there is an aching void in your hearts that can not now be filled. Nature asserts its power for a brief time, but hope is eternal, and faith is born of hope, and faith brings comfort to the grief-stricken heart. Be comforted! Look up; 'tis a beautiful thought, that the brightest things are above and the happiest life before us.
The deceased, James Orville Boyce, was born in Hannibal, Mo., in the year 1837. His father, Uncle Jimmie Boyce, came to Texas in 1839, and with his family settled in Travis county, on Gilleland's creek, near where the town of Manor now is, and was among the first to "turn the maiden sod" and plant the "golden corn" in that now rich and prosperous section. In 1853 he removed to Round Rock, in Williamson county, and shortly afterwards to Burnet county, and there on the North Gabriel established a farm and ranch, and there it was that the subject of this brief sketch grew from boyhood to vigorous manhood. On the outer border of civilization and subjected to frequent raids by predatory bands of the painted neighbors, the dreaded Commanches. On the occasion of these periodical raids, it was expected of every man and every boy who was able to shoulder a gun and ride a horse to join in the pursuit, which sometimes resulted in the recovery of stolen stock, but not infrequently in the loss of some valuable life. On these occasions Uncle Jimmie and his four boys could always be depended upon to take their full share of the danger.
James Orville was the eldest of the four brothers, all of whom were of that class of sturdy frontiersmen who never gave back an inch because of adverse circumstances, and whose pluck and energy and stubborn bravery contributed so much to making Texas greater and glorious as she is.
When the tocsin of war was sounded, and the youths of our land were striving for a place in the front ranks of the Southern army, Orville Boyce enlisted in Allen's Regiment of Texas infantry, and served in Walker's Division (known as Walker's Greyhounds) through the war, a brave and faithful soldier. As a citizen and as a soldier his associates and his comrades were ever his friends. There was no malice nor unkindness in his heart, and he generated none in the hearts of others. He was devoted to home-life and dearly loved his family, and he was not a stranger to misfortunes; by an accident he lost one of his limbs, and by another he lost a portion of one hand, but he never lost the love nor the confidence of a friend. His spiritless body now peacefully rests in the bosom of Mother Earth in a beautiful spot not far from the parental home, where he grew into manhood, and whence he went forth to battle with the world; but his good deeds are not buried with him.
[transcriber's note: parents of James Orville Boyce were James Boyce and Harriet Smith. James Orville was born 8 Dec 1838 in Wisconsin; married Margaret Lucy Nichols 12 May 1869 in Austin Texas; died 6 June 1906 in Burnet Texas; buried at Strickling Cemetery, Burnet County Texas]
(originally posted by Gerald Watkins)
THE BURNET BULLETIN - Thursday June 16, 1927
(Note-this obit is completely untrue and no one knows who wrote it. I under stand it was later corrected in the Bulletin but Rube Boyce was a central Texas outlaw.)
Ex-Ranger and Noted Frontiersman R.H. Boyce Has Answered the Last Roll Call (From a West Texas Paper)
With the passing of Mr. Rheuben Hornsby Boyce, who died early Monday morning, May 23 at the home of relatives here, another one of those sturdy pioneers and bordermen is lost to human sight. If the life of this hero of the wilderness were penned in all its details, there would be given to the world a masterpiece of adventure.
Born in Williamson county on January 8, 1853, oldest in a family of ten brothers and one sister, Mr. Boyce grew into his rugged manhood while civilization in Texas was in its infancy. Amid such surroundings he attained his high order of physical perfectness that made him the veritable man of iron that his companions knew him to be. In this invironment he also developed that uncanny, unerring accurateness that later made him one of the most powerful and successful officers in that company of heroes, the Texas Rangers.
As a Ranger he brought to justice some of the worst outlaws that frequented the Texas border and won the enviable reputation of getting his man on every occassion.
He was also active in Indian fights, helping to free the country of these marauders. One of the engagements in which he participated was the battle of Horse Head Crossing on the Pecos River in 1878, in which the entire Indian band was annihilated. He was dominent among the heroic men who were on the trail of the crafty and relentless Geronomo.
On one occasion he quelled a riot in El Paso, jailed many of the offenders and cleared the town of their kin. He served as an officer in New Mexico and Arizona and was made a captain of Texas Rangers. Many of his exploits and deeds of valor are recorded in the Ranger History.
Speaking on this line, it was said that "he served as a real man on a force of real men; when to attempt to capture an outlaw was to court death and face life of a representative of the law was hazardous in the extreme. The denizons of the border were a hardy tribe and the outlaws that haunted the outposts of the ever-advancing civilization were a desperate lot who placed little value on life. Into such must the upholder of the law go, to do his duty or meet his death. And were the debt we owe to this valiant groupe reckoned, it would be enormous.
In 1890 he left his native state and journeyed into the Northwest Territory, where is now Washington, Oregon and Idaho. In a gold rush he traveled into and above Nome, in the frozen North where he remained for about three years. One of the long, cold winters he spent far above the Artic Circle and mined 60 feet under ground. Even at this depth the ground was frozen. For the entire winter he existed on dried beef and whale oil.
Leaving Alaska, Mr. Boyce came to British Columbia, where he engaged in the fishing business on the Columbia River.
He then returned to Texas and located at Rock Springs and then to Coahoma, where he opened a restaurant a few months ago.
Mr. Boyce was married to Miss Adiline Pearl in 1876. To this happy union was born one son whom is thought to be dead.
This man of iron, although known as a "bad man getter," was also a man "who, when he made a friend, kept him always, and never forgot him." He was a bosom friend of Captain Bill McDonald, and a companion to Captain Rogers, Sid McCauley, Captain Miles, Captain Johnson and others whose names have a familiar ring to the students of the early history of the Lone Star State across the pages of which these men rode on their grim missions and left their name and fame engraved in unfading crimson.
This hero of the border was quietly laid to rest at the Coahoma Cemetery, Monday at 6 o'clock. Rev. Cochran. assosted by Rev. Brown conducted the services.
From the Burnet Bulletin, 11 Sep 1878.
reprinted from Burnet Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 11, Number 1
Died, at his father's home in Lee County, Texas, on the 24th of August, 1878, in the 23d year of his age, J. T. Bozarth, formerly of Llano county.
Mr. B. came to our county during the .....1876, and held the ......sheriff. Mr. B. was an efficient officer, breasting the winter's storms and summer's heat in the discharge of his official duties, ever faithful, ever zealous in the cause of his country's good. He has left a name among his mourning friends and relatives which will forever remain a monument in the hearts of the people he served so faithfully, an example of kindness, patience and endurance. Cut down in the beginning of a promising manhood by the ravages of consumption, he has gone. By his death, his family has lost an affectionate son and brother, his associates, a true and faithful friend, his country a patriot in the discharge of trying duties from which he never shrank.
John, it is indeed hard, oh so hard to believe, thou art gone from us, to that "undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns."...
From the Burnet Bulletin, Dec 15, 1910:
JIM BRADSHAW KILLED.
Word was received last night that J. H. Bradshaw had been killed in the Cow Creek Community. Sheriff Kincheloe left at once for the scene of the killing, but at this writing (noon Wednesday) has not returned. We understand, however, that Charley Heine has surrendered to the Sheriff and they are enroute to Burnet.
Bradshaw was about fifty years old; Heine is considerably younger. Except that the deed was committed with a gun, no particulars as to the cause or manner of the killing has been ascertained by the Bulletin.
From the Burnet Bulletin, 29 March 1979
Hailey Graves Brookins, age 99, of Marble Falls, died Wednesday, March 21 in the nursing home.
Mrs. Brookins was born January 2, 1880, in Greenwood, Arkansas, the daughter of Thomas Wilkes and the former Belle Baker. She was a former resident of Houston before moving to Marble Falls. Mrs. Brookins was a member of the Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Henry Brookins, on March 8, 1971.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, March 24, at the Clements Wilcox Chapel in Marble Falls with Rev. Max Copeland and Rev. Milford Zirkel officiating. Burial followed at the Lakeland Hills Memorial Park under the direction of Clements Wilcox Funeral Home.
Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Jenny Henderson of Marble Falls, Mrs. Louis Frank of Houston, Mrs. Eunice Verner of Wichita Kansas, and Mrs. Mary Bell Gaylor of Lake Mead, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Wes Sorensen, Jim Henderson, R. L. Burton, Sam Burnham, Abe Stice, Roy Rameriz, Tommy Shifflet and Dr. Keith Clark.
From the Burnet Bulletin, 1 Dec 1904
Mrs. Andy Brown Dead.
Mrs. Brown, who had been in bad health for a long time, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. A. Johnston, last Wednesday, November 23rd, and was buried Thursday.
She had been a resident of Burnet county, for a quarter of a century, having moved here from DeWitt county. Mrs. Brown was a consecrated Christian woman, held in high esteem by all who know her. She leaves a number of children and other relatives to mourn her death, to whom the bulletin extends condolences.
Source - Vertical Files, Herman Brown Free Library
Dr. W.H. Bruce, Texas Pioneer Educator, Dies.
By Associated Press.
Dallas, Dec. 31.--Dr. W.H. Bruce, 87, prominent Texas pioneer educator, former president of John Tarleton College at Stephenville and the North Texas State Teachers College at Denton, died Thursday at Opelika, Ala., where he was visiting his daughter and son.
Active as professor of education and holding the title of president emeritus, Doctor Bruce had been in Opelika for six months, a custom begun in 1923, when he resigned as president of the Denton college and took his wife to Opelika for treatment of a stroke of paralysis from which she never recovered. Her death occurred in 1937.
Doctor Bruce is survived by his daughter, Miss Maud Bruce, Opelika; three sons, Dr. Byron S. Bruce, Opelika, and Ralph P Bruce and Homer L. Bruce, both of Houston; a brother, R.W. Bruce of Ballinger, and two sisters, both of whom reside at Blanco.
Funeral services and burial will be held at Opelika Sunday afternoon.
Internationally known as a mathematician, Doctor Bruce was author of several books used for years in schools of the Southwest. He was a member of honorary fraternities and listed in "Who's Who in America," Who's Who Among North American Authors," Who's Who in American Education," "Texan Who's Who," "Texas Writers of Today," "Leaders of Education in America" and in "American Men of Science".
W. J. Carroll, following a long illness, died at his home in Burnet last Saturday night, March 31, 1928. His body was interred Sunday in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rev. George W. Smith, Cumberland Presbyterian minister of the Mt. Blanc community officiating, assisted by Revs. Bryan and Kursell, pastors of the Burnet Baptist and Methodist churches. Many friends were present at the funeral. Bro. Smith had been a friend of Mr. Carroll for about 20 years and paid a high tribute to the character of the deceased, as a man, neighbor and Christian.
W. J. Carroll was born in Tennessee on June 23, 1853, making him at the time of his death 74 years, 9 months and 8 days of age. He came to Texas and resided for a time in Wood County. About 20 years ago, with his wife and two adopted sons, he moved to Burnet County, settling in the Mt. Blanc community, where he made numerous and lasting friends. A few years later he sold his farm and entered the mercantile business in Burnet, which he conducted successfully until his health failed him three or four years ago. By his square and honest dealing he won the confidence of the community and the word of "Uncle Billie" Carroll, as he was known to most of our citizens, was as good as any man's bond.
He is survived by his devoted wife, who during the weary months of his illness, administered to his comfort in every way possible. Mr. and Mrs. Carroll never had any children of their own, but they reared two adopted boys who think as much of them as they would had they been their own parents.
Mrs. Carroll has the sympathy and love of the entire community in this, her sad hour of grief.
From the Burnet Bulletin, 26 Feb 1880
On the 15, inst. death visited our community, and removed from our midst, Jack Chadwick, age about twenty years, son of Mrs. Chadwick. There was a large attendance of relatives and friends at the burial, on the 16th. The burial service was conducted by Prof. A.L. Carleton, of the Bluffton School.
From Burnet Bulletin.
Nora Ada Chamberlain, 89, of Pearsall, died Tuesday, July 11, 1978, in the Burnet hospital.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Chamberlain were held Thursday, 13 July, at the Clements Wilcox Chapel in Burnet with Rev. T.A. Fowler and Rev. L.C. (Buddy) Johnston officiating. Interment followed at the Burnet Cemetery under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home.
Survivors of Mrs. Chamberlain include
Morris M. Chamberlain
John Lane Chamberlain, both of Leander
Woodrow C. Chamberlain of Briggs
Mrs. Louise Proffitt of Marble Falls
Mrs. Bernice Arnold of Pearsall
Mrs. Erna Jo Hullum of San Antonio
-one brother, Luther Alderson of Lampasas
-one sister, Mrs. Lorena Barnes of Marble Falls
-19 great grandchildren
-1 great great grandchild
Grandsons and Great grandsons were named as Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers.
Mrs. Chamberlain was born 5 March 1889, in Burnet County, the daughter of William Alderson and the former Sarah Griffith. She was a lifelong resident of Burnet county. Mrs. Chamberlain was a member of the First Methodist Church of Burnet. She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Chamberlain, on 15 May 1967.
From Burnet Bulletin, May 1909
Last week, in the death of J. S. Churchill, this community lost one of the best citizens it has ever contained. The writer has known Mr. Churchill only a few years, but in this time we came to regard him very highly as a true, unobtrusive Christian gentleman. Although blind and unable to work, his was one of the most cheerful dispositions we have ever known, and his example of fortitude is worthy of emulation. It was a pleasure to meet with him. His cheery "good-morning" was a benediction that would remain with a thoughtful man for hours. Only a brave man could have borne his affliction with such a cheerful face, and scattered sunshine along the way. During the Civil War he was a Captain in the Union Army and this promotion was no doubt won by the same devotion to duty that characterized his later life. His wife and children should, and will, cherish his memory as a precious heritage. Without exaggeration, the Bulletin believes it can say that Burnet County has never possessed a more worthy citizen, the church a more consistent Christian, a family a more devoted and upright husband and father. Peace to his ashes.
The subject of this brief sketch was born in South Carolina May 26th, 1834, and was therefore at his death past the 73rd mile post in life's journey, having passed away July 12, 1907.
More than fifty years ago, he with his parents came to Texas and settled in Burnet, and with the exception of a few years, has lived all these years at this place. He taught school at several places in this and Williamson county soon after he came here. Bob Poole of our town was one of his pupils. afterwards he engaged in the stock business and in the early seventies drove several heards of cattle up the trail to Kansas. His business prospered and he at one time was quite well to do.
In 1861 he married Miss Harriet Pogue who died in 1892. To them were born several children three of whom are yet living: Miss Mattie Coon of San Antonio, Mrs. Dave Berry, of Lampasas and George Coon of Wyoming.
Mr. Coon some fourteen years ago married again-his second wife being Mrs. Nannie Johnson, who survives him.
For many years he suffered with an acute stomach trouble which rendered him incapable of doing any kind of business, for this reason he spent an out door life and traded and raised cattle on a small scalle.
In his better business days, he was a public spirited citizen and was one of the few who employed Prof. Russell to teach the school at this place, which started the school upon its high road to success and prominence. My, my, how rapidly are these old pioneer citizens passing off the stage of action, how true, and how sad 'tis true. I like to sit down upon the stump of reflection, so to speak, and turn the tablets of my memory back to my boyhood days, and recall the scenes and lives of all those sturdy old pioneers who blazed out for us this splendid civilization we enjoy today, and while thus musing, a feeling of sadness mixed with reverence steals over me when I think of the many noble deeds done by those old pioneers, and I sigh at the thought that none seem to take their places. From my early booyhood days to the days of his death, I have many many times been in the home of my dead friend, and there is the place to judge of the heart that is in a man and by this test he would fill the measure.
He was a kind husband, a dutiful father and generous neighbor and friend. Many years ago he joined the Methodist Church and during all the succeeding years he lived the life of a quiet consistent Christian gentleman. You would always see him seated at each service in the church, a seat to the right of the pulpit. He will be missed from his accustomed place.
Xerxes assembled his army, the finest ever marshalled, over a million men and from an eminence, viewed that incomparable body of soldiers. At that moment when all thought be would be at the very summit of esctacy, he burst into tears, and when asked why, replied; "In an hundred years, not a man in this vast army will be alive." That was thousands of years ago, and yet, the same can truly be said of mankind today. Flitting, flitting, do our lives swing behind us, and ere we know it, we come to the mystic River Styx and take passage into that undiscovered country from whose "bourne no traveler ever returns."
There must be something in the Christian's religion, to see the calmness with which such a one's soul goes out to meet its God. It's a grand, sublime sight.
In the old cemetery in the family lot under the auspices of the Masonic order he was tenderly laid to rest.
Under the supervision of kind hearted Mrs. Dr. Cheatham, the grave was beautifully draped and literally covered with flowers. While out there I read the inscription upon his father's tomb, which showed that he was born in 1798, and thus, father and son stalked across three centuries. And so humanity moves along. mankind loves applause and the plaudits of their fellow creatures. We love power and influence, but when life has been stripped of her ornaments, what then? 'Tis then I ween, the life of the quiet consistent christian, will stand out in bold relief.
Such a life this man lived and truly with the poet can it be of him said:
"Somewhere the load is lifted, close by an open gate; Somewhere the clouds are rifted, somewhere the Angels wait. Somewhere, Somewhere, Beautiful Isle of Somewhere! Land of the true, where we live anew, Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."
Burnet Bulletin, Thursday, 22 June 1939
BELOVED BURNET WOMAN CALLED BY DEATH
Mrs. O.O. Corker, pioneer and beloved woman of Burnet, was called by death at this place last Wednesday, June 14th, 1939. The funeral service was held at the W. Northington Funeral Home Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Buren Sparks, pastor of the First Baptist Church. Burial was at the Odd Fellows Cemetery. The pallbearers were Dale Corker, Ralph Smith, Randolph Gillum, Howard Gillum, Arnold B. Hughes, Howard Lindell, Ed Craddock, and Henry Zimmerman. The flower girls were Mary Alice Rucker, Francis Sparks, Margaret Dodson and Perry Schooley. Mrs. O.B. Zimmerman was in charge of the music, with Mrs. Oscar Lowe at the piano.
Mrs. Corker is survived by her husband, [Orville Orlander]; three daughters, Mrs. O.A. Riggs [Olivia Mae] of Burnet; Mrs. W. H. Smith [Liza Mary] of Burnet; Mrs. John L. Gibbs [Lilly Dell] of Ft. Worth; two sons, Ross Corker of Houston; Bob Corker of Nevada
Mrs. Corker was born in McCulloch County, Texas, on March 8th, 1860, making her at the time of her death 79 years, 3 months and 6 days of age. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. John Hubbard, and her mother was a daughter of Logan Vandeveer, one of the outstanding men of the early history of this section of Texas. He came to Burnet county in 1849, and was a member of the committee appointed to create Burnet county in 1852. Logan Vanderveer was a man of great personal bravery and was often called upon to settle disputes with the Indians. He was a Mexican War veteran and was badly wounded at the Battle of San Jacinto. The history of the town of Burnet is entwined with the name of Logan Vandeveer and his name will always live in the annals of this section of Texas.
Mrs. Corker was born long before the Indian depredations ceased in Burnet and adjoining counties, when the lives of the citizens were in constant danger from the marauding red man. No family of people had more to do in bringing safety and civilization to this part of Texas than her forbears, and she was a worthy descendent of them, honored and respected by all who knew her.
Every one loved Mrs. Corker. She possessed one of those rare, sweet characters that endeared her to all with whom she came in contact. The writer never knew her intimately, but when we would meet, the pleasure of such would be remembered. The children and grandchildren of this good woman revere her memory as one of their most cherished possessions, and such will remain with them so long as life lasts. They have the profound sympathy of every person in this community in their bereavement.
Those from a distance to attend the funeral were:
Mr. and Mrs. Ross D. Corker of Houston
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Gibbs and daughters of Ft. Worth
Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Nicholson of San Antonio
Mrs. R.M. Dawson of San Antonio
Mrs. Hilda Vernor of San Antonio
Mr. Percy Starr of San Antonio
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Howard and sons of San Antonio
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gillum of Georgetown
Randolph, Howard, and Jack Gillum, Jr. of Georgetown
George C. Hester of Georgetown
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lindell of Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Hughes of Austin
Miss Nancy Riggs of Austin
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Corker of Marble Falls
Mrs. Lou Merchison of Hayden, Arizona
Mrs. Ella Matern of Fairland
Mrs. R. Bouchard of Austin
Mrs. Alice Fredrich of Austin
Henry, Earnest and Harry Bouchard of Austin
Miss Ada Fowler of Marble Falls
Mrs. A.L. Nanney of Marble Falls
Rev. James Bunton of Marble Falls
Mrs. Boyd Corker of Austin
Mrs. Wilkes Lacy of Austin
end of transcribed obituary.
See the Burnet County History, Vol II, pages 57, 163, and 318 for more information about the Corker, Hubbard, and Vandeveer families
From the Burnet Bulletin, 25 Sep 1878
Reprinted from Burnet Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. 11, Number 1
DIED ...At her home in Burnet county, on Friday, the 20th of September, 1878, Louisa A., wife of M.H. Corker.
"Leaves have their time to fall,
And flowers to wither at the north wind's breath;
And stars to set,
But Thou has all seasons for thine own,
To the Memory of Mrs. Mary E. Cox
On Saturday night at 10:30 o'clock, Feb. 29, 1908, the Death Angel passed this way and took from our midst a true and noble woman, Mrs. Mary E. Cox, after a long illness of bodily pain and suffering. During her sickness she often spoke of dying. She said, "I know I must go and if it be the Lord's will to take me, I am ready and willing to go. I only regret to leave my children." And, indeed, it was a painful thought that her children must be left in this world without either father or mother, her husband having crossed the chilly waters of death several years ago.
Mrs. Mary E. cox was born in Burnet County May 14, 1860, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Greer, Sr. On December 18, 1881 she was married to Mr. Andy Cox of Lampasas county. There was born into their union four children. They resided in Lampasas county during her lifetime, when left a widow she came to make her home with her parents.
she leaves behind her to mourn her untimely death four children: Mrs. Dellie Eddie, and Wilson Cox of Beaumont, Texas, and Miss Alice and Tom Cox of Mahomet; five brothers and sisters, Mrs. Mattie McAndrew of Beaumont, Mrs. Alice Gipson of Hyton, J. C. Greer of Burnet, Mrs. I. J. Clark and James Greer of Mahomet, with a host of other relatives and many warm friends.
Drs. Atkinson of Florence and Simmons of Liberty Hill did all in their power to arrest the disease but the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. At the Sycamore Cemeteryshe was laid quietly to rest Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.
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Burnet Bulletin, 6 March 1975
Mrs. Maggie Alice Crooks, 79, who resided near Bertram, died Saturday, March 1, 1975, at her home. Mrs. Crooks was born Nov. 13, 1895, in Burnet County. Her parents were Will and Mary Jane Glaspy. She was a lifelong resident of Burnet County, and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Crooks was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Henry Crooks, who died July 10, 1944, and by two daughters, Mrs. Irene Ray, and Ada Katherine Crooks.
Services for Mrs. Crooks were held Monday, March 3, at the Clements Chapel with Dr. Robert M. Shelton officiating. Interment followed at the Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Clements Funeral Home.
Survivors include two sons, Jack Crooks of Burnet, and James Crooks of Houston; five daughters, Margarete Williams of Houston, Mary Key of Florence, Nita Stetson of Walnut Creek, Calif., Ruth Johnson of Austin, and Dorothy Hallmark of Kingsland; four brothers, John Glaspy of Bertram; Wes Glaspy of Burnet; and Henry and Robert Glaspy, both of Austin; two sisters, Mrs. John Reeves of San Antonio, and Mrs. Maymie Griffin of Austin; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Milton Ruble, Bob Brewer, Stanley Ringstaff, Beauford Rowney, Charlie Bowmer, and Sam Taylor.
Source: Doris Johnston, 16 Nov 1998
"Agnes (Warren) Daugherty died January 17, 1907, age 88 years. Farewell, dear mother, sweet thy rest, Weary with years and worn with pain, Farewell, till in some happy place We shall behold thy face again. 'Tis ours to miss thee, all our years, And tender memories of thee keep Thine in the Lord to rest, for so, He giveth his beloved sleep." --from funeral card
Both Agnes and her husband Robert Hiram Daugherty are buried in the old part of Burnet's Odd Fellows Cemetery, according to Miss Maude Daughtery, daughter of William Jasper "Uncle Bill" Daughterty, in a letter dated 1965. Their graves are unmarked, except for a stone wall around them. An infant was buried with them, but she did not know its name or age. She said the family buried the Bible with Agnes when she died. Maude was present when her grandma died at the home of her daughter Harriet Samford, where she had been staying for some weeks before her death. Uncle Bill and Aunt Kate sent Maude out to help Harriet just a few days before Grandma died, east of the Pebble Mound community; Maude was 18 years old. It is the house where Annie May Samford Cowan was born.
--from the microfilmed Burnet Bulletin, available at the Herman Brown Free Library
20 Oct 1898. Death of a Christian Gentleman.
With much sorrow this paper records the passing away, on last Sunday, after many weeks of suffering, of Rev. C. Debo, in the 53rd or 54th year of his age, from inflammation of the stomach and bowels. Seven or eight years ago, he received something like a sunstroke, and has never been well since. He met his death patiently and calmly, having lived a humble, consistent Christian life that left no room for fear of the future.
Mr. Debo was a preacher of the gospel as taught by the Methodist brethren; an eccentric man who did not court popularity, but a just, good man, husband, father and citizen.
When a mere boy, he enlisted as a Confederate soldier in the 26th Virginia Infantry, and was in nearly all of the terrible battles of the incomparable army from the First Manassas to the engagement a short while before the surrender--we think at Richmond--in which his foot was partially crushed by a shell. He had one or two brothers killed from his regiment. If written out, his experience of four years would read like a table and be a rich inheritance to his descendants. As he hobbled out of battle with his gun for a crutch, he met General Lee, who dropped some words of inquiry and sympathy, and that was the last he ever saw of the great commander. He has at times furnished this paper several interesting sketches of his army life, and often would tell the writer, he was afraid to give all his experience lest it might not be believed.
Rest, brave veteran! Your last roll-call will be in Heaven. God will care for thy widow and orphans.
Burnet Bulletin, 22 Nov 1900 (reprinted from the Lampasas Leader)
The people of Lampasas were shocked last Saturday evening to learn that Mrs. J. D. Dorbandt has died. She had been seriously ill for several days, but all hoped that she would recover.
Her maiden name was Miss Cora Allen Bodenhamer, and she was well known as Allie, which was the name by which she was most frequently called. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Bodenhamer, and was born Dec. 3, 1874. In August 1893 she was married to Dr. J. D. Dorbandt, and they lived happily together until the day of her death.
Three children were born to them, two little boys and an infant girl, now only a few days old. Mr. Bodenhamer, in speaking of her said he had never seen a more obedient child, that she never gave him trouble, and was always ready to respond to any call he made upon her. She professed religion when about sixteen years of age and joined the Baptist church, and was a faithful and acceptable member at the time of her death.
She leaves a disconsolate husband, the children above mentioned, besides her father and mother, one sister and two brothers, and numerous relatives, and friends without number to mourn her loss, but they know that she has gone to the home of the pure and good and they do not sorrow without hope of meeting her again.