Van Alstyne Leader
Thursday, December 26, 1935
F.R. SLAUGHTER, PIONEER MERCHANT AND BUSINESS MAN PASSES AWAY AT
HIS HOMEMONDAY NIGHT
WOULD HAVE CELEBRATED 61st WEDDING DATE ON JANUARY 21
Member of Methodist Church for 56 Years
F.R. Slaughter, on of Van Alstyne's most beloved and respected citizens
passed to his reward Monday evening at 5 p.m. after an illness of a few
Mr. Slaughter celebrated his eighty-fifth birthday August 7.
He was born in Holly Springs, Missisiippi and at 19 years of age came to
Texas, settling near Weston. After a few years he moved to Mantua.
On January 21, just five years to the day, after he came to Texas, he married
Miss Nancy Elizabeth McKinney, who survives him. She is a great granddaughter
of the famous Collin McKinney. At Mantua they established a home,
but with the coming of the railroad, they joined others in moving from
Mantua and bought land for a new home in the new town of Van Alstyne.
Three homes have been erected by Mr. and Mrs. Alsughter on that
spot of land bought so long ago. Nine children were born to them,
five of whom survive.
In his active years, Mr. Slaughter engaged in business, first in
groceries later in hardware with his brother, Henry, a partnership dissolved
by his the death of Henry after 42 years. He retired from active
business in 1925.
MEMBER MASONIC LODGE
He had been a member of the Methodist Church for over 56 years and
was a steward for 35 years. He was active in church attendance until
frail health prohibited his attending. He had been a member of the Masonic
Lodge for a great number of years and was also a member of the first fire
company in Van Alstyne. He was one of the very few left who moved
to Van Alstyne when it was established.
Mr. and Mrs. Slaughter would have been married sixty-one years on
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the First
Methodist Church with the Rev. G.E. Camster, officiating. A large
floral offering and many friends who came to pay last homage to this man,
whoed the high respect held for him by many friends here. Many out-of-town
friends were present.
The Rev. Camster read scripture from the Holy Bible from the 89th
chapter of Psalms and the 90th chapter of the same book. In the 90th
chapter the 12th verse: "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply
our hearts unto wisdom." In the 16th verse: "Let Thy work appear
unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children." Truly, F.R.
Slaughter applied wisdom unto his days and made use of them in such a way
as not to be ashamed. He was respected and loved by all, because the true
qualities of God were within him. The work of God has appeared in
this servant who has taught it to his children.
Burial was in the Van Alstyne Cemetery with Fox-Fanning Funeral
Home in charge of arrangements.
Active pallbearers were his grandsons, Carl Sewell, Horace Slaughter
and Woodrow Sewell, of Odessa, Texas; Bert Weisner, of Big Lake, Texas;
Milton slaughter, of San Angelo, Texas; Lewis Slaughter, of Forth Worth;
Ed Sewell Jr., of Arlington, Martin and Robert Slaughter, of Dallas.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Slaughter; two daughters,
Mrs. Ed Sewell, of Odessa and Mrs. Russell Langford, of Kilgore and three
sons, W.R. Slaughter, of san Angelo; J.A. Slaughter, of Austin and H.L.
Slaughter, of San Antonio. Thirtenn grandchildren and one great grandchild
Van Asltyne Leader
December 28, 1935
Buried Here Saturday
services for Frank Slaughter, 60, who died at his home in Dallas at 8
a.m. Friday were held at the Howe Methodist church, Saturday at 3 p.m.
The pastor, the Rev. Woodrow Adcock, officiated, Interment was
held in Van Alstyne cemetery, directed by C.B.Johnson of Howe.
Pallbearers were: P.H.George, J.E.Malone, E.R.Broadhead, H.D.Taylor, W.W.Collins and W.P.Thompson.
former business man of Howe and Sherman, he was born May 26 1877, son
of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Slaughter of Grayson county. He was in
the hardware business at Howe a number of years, alter going to
Sherman, where he was connected with the Blackburn hardware company for
about four years. He moved to Dallas about two years ago.
are his wife, the former Miss Annie Hanning, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
J.A.Hanning of Howe; one son, Grady Slaughter, and three sisters,
Mrs. Minnie Hall of Denton, Mrs. Ethel Biles of Howe and Mrs. Annie
Slaughter of Howe.
Dallas Morning News
19 January 1947
Mrs. Slaughter Succumbs at 88
Mrs. F.R. Slaughter, 88, member of a pioneer Texas family and grandmother
of Tony Slaughter, Fort Worth sports writer, died Saturday at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. R.L. Langford, in Midland.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Van Alstyne, Grayson
County, with burial there. She was born in Van Alstyne and lived
there until twelve years ago when she moved to Midland. She was a
granddaughter of Collin McKinney, one of the early settlers of Texas.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by three sons, J.A.
Slaughter of Big Spring, W.R. Slaughter of San Angelo, and H.L. Slaughter
of Houston and several grandchildren including Carl Sewel and Ed Sewel
of Dallas, R.L. Slaughter of Arlington and Tony Slaughter of Fort Worth.