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- Source: Dodson File, Herman Brown Free Library,
written By William H. Dodson, March 6, 1979
- My father, George W. Dodson, was
born January 24, 1840, in Dade County, Georgia. He was a
confederate soldier. He trained for a short time under General
Hardee at Mobile, Alabama, was in the battle at Vicksburg, but was
ordered out of there before the surrender. However, he was
captured in the battle of Murfreesboro. He was sent to a prison in
Indiana where he spent 3 years. He told me that he almost froze
and starved to death, that indeed at least half of the prisoners
in that place did die.
- He was exchanged at Harper's Ferry and was in a Company that
was guarding the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, when Lee
surrendered. They were in North Carolina. He had been sent down a
road as a picket, and when he saw the Union soldiers surround the
rest of the Company, he knew that he would be captured and put in
prison again, and as the war was over, he laid his gun down and
started the walk back to Georgia. I think it took him over a week
to get back to Summerville, Georgia. He said that he could hardly
get in the house.
- He and his sister took care of their old parents until they
- After about 2 years he married a Miss
Huie, but she only lived about six months.
- He taught school for a time, farmed and studied law; was
admitted to the Bar and practiced law with his brother, Col. Mosley Dodson in Chattanooga
Tennessee for a while, but becoming disgusted with the conduct of
the courts under the "Carpetbagger" administration, he gave up the
law and went back to the farm.
- He married Naomi Kendrick of
Summerville, Georgia. They raised a family of eight children: Mattie, Mary, Ed, Sam, Amy, Sarah, Carrie, and
William (Bill). Only two survive, Sarah, who lives in a
rest home in Austin, and myself.
- In 1890 we moved to Texas and located near Santa Anna in
Coleman County. Later we moved near Coleman City where we all went
to school, but the floods of 1900 and droughts of 1901 were too
much for us and we left there and came to Burnet in the Fall of
1902. We rented the Wingren place,
which Gerome Felps now owns and lived
there until 1907 when we moved to the city of Burnet.
- Mattie and Mary taught school in
several places, including the Burnet school. Both of them had
attended Daniel Baker College in Brownwood, as did Ed and Sam. Ed
taught in the Burnet schools and also sutdied law in
Mr. Dayton Moses office until he was
admitted to the Bar. He was elected to the Texas Legislature and
served one term, then located at Marlin, where he served 2 terms
as County Judge and 2 terms as District Judge. He is buried in the
- Sam and Mary attended Austin
Theological Seminary. Sam graduated in 1906. They both went to
Korea as missionaries. Sam had
married Miss Knox of Steel Bridge,
South Carolina. About two years later she died while in Korea and
left a baby girl. Mary took the child and kept her until Sam
married again. After a time he came back to the States and served
several Presbyterian churches in Georgia and Alabama. Finally he
lived in Hamburg, Arkansas until he retired. He is buried near Hot
- Mary spent half a lifetime in
Korea and wrote a book with that title.
- Mattie, Mary and Sarah never
married, but are remembered for the great work they did in
teaching, not only knowledge as learned from books, but principles
of right and wrong.
- Amy married Dr. Henry Garrett, who was practicing
medicine in Burnet at that time. They moved to Bertram and then to
Marlin where they lived until she died. They had two children,
Dodson and Mary Ruth. Dr. Dodson Garrett is a dermatologist in El
Paso and has 2 children, Dr. Bertram Garrett
of Houston, and Cindy of El
- Carrie taught school in Round
Rock and Marble Falls. She married Dr. Rufus
Lacy. They had a home in Pittsburg, Pa., for several years.
They had two children, George and
Bettie. George is a Doctor and lives in Asheville, South
Carolina. He has a son and daughter.
- As to myself, I started to school in the first grade in
Coleman in 1900. My first teacher was Miss
Della Larch and I still believe she was the best. I went
there one more year, but do not even remember my teacher's name.
The next year the four of us that were left at home went to school
in Burnet. After the second year in Burnet, Amy and Sarah went to Professor Richie's
school, while Carrie and I went to
the Burnet Public School.
- Amy and Sarah soon graduated and
started teaching. Amy taught at
Fairview, Dobyville, Steven's Bend, Fairland. Sarah taught at Hairston Creek, then in
Professor Richie's school for about 3 years. She then obtained a
place in the Austin schools where she taught for a few years and
then took off long enought to go to the University of Texas until
she got her Doctor degree. She then taught English in the
University until she retired. (31 years)
- My father and mother went to Austin to live when Mattie and
Sarah went there to teach. My father and mother are buried in
Oakwood Cemetery. He died in 1917 and was 77 years old. My mother
lived to be 90.
- I graduated from Burnet High School in 1910 in a class of
eight, three of whom are still living. The class graduated under
the guidance of Prof. M.B. Brown, Miss Florence Slye and Ed
Dodson. The class was Grace Edman, Helen
Knox, Ruth Lamon, Sadie Coffee, Anna Cheatham, Fred Rogers, Tom
Cheatham, Q.C. Tayler, and myself--W.H. Dodson. Three are
still living, Tom Cheatham, Helen Knox and myself.
- After graduating I worked at several jobs and started my
life's work by accident--I went to work in Fry's Drug Store,
worked there a while, then went to Marble Falls, with Michel's
Store for a year, then to Kingsland to manage a small store
for Leslie Phillips, from there to
Bertram to renovate the Dr. Lion store.
- By this time I knew I needed more education than I already
had--a Pharmacy License. I enrolled in the University of Texas and
put in a year and a half, when World War I broke me and most of my
friends. I worked anywhere I could get a job--Temple, Bangs, and
- On Feb 18, 1917, I married Maudena
Lauderdale, and we lived on South Main Street in Burnet for
a while, but soon went to Santa Anna where we lived for a year. At
this time her father got too feeble to take care of the farm and
ranch at Naruna, so in November of 1918 we took over the place and
lived there until both he and his wife died. That was a good
neighborhood to live in.
- In 1935 we moved back to Burnet to send our children to
school. They were Margaret, Bill, and
Ross. They all graduated from Burnet High School.
- Margaret married Cecil Glass and lived in Austin, where she
died in 1962. She left 2 sons, Randy Glass
and Larry Glass. They are both married. Randy has two
sons--Jonathan, aged 4, and Joshua, aged 2. Randy works for Bell
Telephone in Austin. Larry had just
graduated in Electrical Engineering and has gone to work for
Woodard Co. in Austin. He married Barbara Hahn
- My son Bill is an engineer and
has been with the Highway Department for over twenty years. They
have a home in South Austin and have 3 boys--William David, James, and Thomas.
- Ross has never married and lives
by himself in our home in Burnet. He works for the Burnet
Consolidated School, has done so for over twenty years.
- Maudena died in 1972 after a long
fight with leukemia and is buried in the Burnet Cemetery.
- On September 10, 1977 Edith Lacy
and I were married and are living in Marble Falls.
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