Van Alstyne Leader
16 March 1939
Dr. T.S.Cartwright, 77,
Dies Here This Morning
Had Served As President of State Dental Board of Examiners from
1910 to 1918.
Was President of Cotton Oil Company Here for 25 years and had
been a director since its origin in 1901
Dr. Thomas Speed Cartwright, 77, died at his home here at approximately
8 a.m. Thursday, following a heart attack about 4 a.m. Wednesday.
He had been ill since August, 1937, when he suffered a stroke and was removed
to a Dallas sanitarium where he stayed until late this winter. He
was removed from the sanitarium to his home here and his condition was
thought to be greatly improved at the time.
Funeral services are to be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the residence
here with the Rev. Leo Johnston, pastor of the Oak Cliff Christian church,
Dallas, and the Rev. Lloyd Mottley, pastor of the Van Alstyne First Christian
church, officiating. Interment will be in the Van Alstyne cemetery
with Fox-Fanning in charge of arrangements.
Burial services will be under the auspices of the Mantua Lodge of
Van Alstyne with J. M. McLemore acting as Worshipful Master.
Dr. Cartwright was born January 19, 1862, in Adair county, Kentucky.
He came to Texas and settled in Van Alstyne in 1888 where he opened a dental
office soon after his arrival here.
He was married three times. His first wife was Mrs. Lee Pattie,
daughter of Dr. and Mrs. S.W.Moore of Van Alstyne. She died in 1893.
His second wife was Miss Mattie Smith of Honey Grove. She died in
1903. He married Mrs. Mary Clark Moon of Hutchins, Texas, in 1904.
She survives him.
Dr. Cartwright leaves four children, three daughters by his second
wife: Mrs. Byron Standifer of Midland, Texas, Mrs. J.J.Shaw of Wills Point,
Texas; and Mrs. Jack McCullough of McKinney, Texas; and one son by his
first wife: Moore Cartwright of Van Alstyne. A brother, Dr. A. Y.
Cartwright of York, South Carolina also survives.
He was a member of the Mantua lodge of Van Alstyne for about 19
Dr. Cartwright graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1885.
He retired from active work in his dental office here in 1918 after
serving the Van Alstyne public for 30 years. He devoted himself to
large agricultural interests here since then. He was a Democrat all
He was President of the State Dental Board of Examiners of Texas
from 1910 to 1918, under the administrations of Gov. O. B. Colquitt and
Gov. James E. Ferguson. He was known as "Dad" to those on the board,
due to his long tenure of that office.
He was president of the Van Alstyne Cotton Oil Company for 25 years
until his death. He was also a director and promoter of that concern
since its beginning back in 1901.
He served for a number of years as a member of the board of trustees
of the Van Alstyne Public Schools. He served the city of Van Alstyne
as Mayor for two terms just after the turn of the century.
He has often humorously mentioned that he was ushered late the world
by the sounding of hundreds of guns -- just like a prince. It so
happened that he was born on the day of the Battle of Mills Springs in
Kentucky and his home was only a few miles from where the battle was taking
Large Number Attend Funeral Here Friday For Dr.T.S.Cartwright
Funeral services were held here at 2 p.m. Friday at the residence
for Dr. T.S. Cartwright, 77, who died at 8 a.m. Thursday at his home here.
The Rev. Leo Johnston, pastor of the Oak Cliff Christian church, Dallas,
officiated, assisted by the Rev. Lloyd Mottley, pastor of the Van Alstyne
First Christian church, and the Rev. Frank Johnston, pastor of the Van
Alstyne First Baptist church. Burial was held in the Van Alstyne
cemetery under the auspices of the Mantua Masonic lodge of Van Alstyne
with J.M.McLemore acting as Worshipful Master.
Among those attending from out-of-town were:
McKinney: - Mr. and Mrs. N.A. Burton, Mrs. R.G. McCane Jr., Mrs.
N.J. Burkett, Bradley Hoover, Mrs. Jim Dowell, Mr. and Mrs. Ad G. Wilson,
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar H. Bush, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Houston, Mrs. W.L. Glazner,
Mrs. John Reece, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Pollard, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Hope, Mrs.
J.C. Irving, Jr, Jake Gibson, J.E. Gibson, Prof. W.S. Smith, Mr. and Mrs.
Jack McCullough, and Judge and Mrs. H L. Davis.
Sherman: - Perry J. Waldrop, Will Leslie, Judge and Mrs. Rice Maxey,
Sewell McKinney, Mrs. Henderson Melton and O.D. McReynolds.
Wills Point: - Mrs. H.A. Baker, Mrs. David Wingo, Mr. and Mrs. O.L.
Pate, Rev. Karl Parker and Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Shaw.
Dallas: - Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Smith, Rev. and Mrs. Leon Johnston,
James Lewry, Anna Lee Bush and Mrs. Leslie Moore.
Others included Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Crumley and Mrs. S. Fairchild
of Roff Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Boutwell and daughter, Naomi, of Terrell;
Tom Cartwright of Amarillo; Mr. and Mrs. Byron Standifer of Mildand; and
Dr. J.F. Spindle and Leon Spindle of Whitewright.
Active pallbearers were Creed Taylor, Roscoe Garver, Dr. C.H. Beseda,
W.C. Judd, H. D. Hynds, Zac Emerson, Roy Allen, and Carl Umphress.
Honorary pallbearers, John Umphress, Dr. S.D. Moore, J.M. Neathery,
Dr. Wm. Veazey, Walter Barron, Spencer Taylor, J.H. Blassingame, J.B. Moore,
J.D. Judd, L A. Cartwright, W.W. Blassingame, L.P. Walker, J.R. Majors,
L.L. Brown, C.E. Brown, Jim Lewallen, J.H. Jones, E.G. Gregory, L.E. Kinard,
J.A. Stinnett, R.B. Fulton, Lee Veasey.