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Jean Baptiste & Helen Heineman Carlat


Jean Baptiste Carlat was born in Dijon, France in 1828.  He came to the United States as a young man.  In Mucatine, Iowa, he married Helen Heineman who was born in Alsace Lorraine, France in 1833.  They were my grandparents.  They eventually came to Texas and Grayson County and settled on a farm north of Denison near the Red River.  They had four sons and three daughters when they arrived in Denison in the 1880s : 
Mary (Mollie)

Mary Carlat (Aunt Mollie) married W.H. Hallenbeck who owned one of the first if not the first confectionary in Denison.  Just recently the Frontier Dairy in the Denison Herald ran an article taken from the paper 100 years ago about his business.  When a small child I can remember going to  Uncle Will's Ice Cream parlor and he would give me candy and ice cream sodas.  His confectionary was was eventually sold to Tony Giarraputo, a fine gentleman who operated a well known and attractive place known by my generation as Tony's Palm Garden in the 300 block of Main St.  The Hallenbeck's oldest daughter, Eva, married Sidney Elkin, a well know dry goods merchant of Denison many years ago. I seem to recall that Uncle Will Hallenbeck had the last horse drawn funeral in 1915.  

Ida Carlat married G.V. (Van) Baker in the mid 1880s.  Their only surviving child, our cousin, is Mrs. Leila Baker Hauser, who lives in Denison.

G.V. & Ida Carlat Baker

Annie Carlat married Charlie Baer who lived on a farm adjoining the Carlat farm.  His father was known as Grandpa Baer.  He operated the old Baer's ferry.  He had a peg leg which always fascinated me when I was a little girl.  

Johnnie Carlat married Ida Hutton.  He was killed shortly after at a railraod crossing while driving a bread wagon drawn by a team of horses.  

Fred Carlat died in 1902, age 22 years.  He was engaged to Miss Annie Cutler.  

George Carlat married a widow, Mrs. Olive Burson Opelt.  After her death in 1905, he married Miss Jesse Jarvis.  They are buried at Fairview and Calvary cemeteries.  

Harry Eugene Carlat was born in 1871 in Independence, Missouri.  He married Birdie Dumas in 1896.  She was born in San Saba, Texas, in 1874.  They were my parents.  I have three sisters :
Mrs. Paul S. Leeper (Helen), Corpus Christi
Mrs. Gordon Knight (Margaret), Dallas
Mrs. W.T. Scully (Mary), Denison

Our only brother Louis Carlat died December 22, 1974 in Tyler, Texas.  All of us were born prior to 1915.  
Harry Carlat died in 1930.
Ida Carlat Baker died January 22, 1937.  Both she and her husband are buried at Calvary Cemetery, Denison.

Birdie Dumas Carlat died in 1966.
They are buried in our family lot in West Hill, Sherman.

Our grandfather, Jean Baptiste Carlat, was killed in 1902 by a Negro farm hand whom he had fired.  He was discovered in a pasture by his faithful old ex-slave, Uncle Ben Cleveland.  Our grandmother Helen Heineman Carlat died in 1895.  Both are buried in Calvary Cemetery in Denison.  I was just a small child when Grandpa Carlat died, but I can remember so well he would give me a tiny glass of wine and I loved it.  Naturally, being from France, he had a vineyard and made his own wine.  My mother used to tell me that before she and my dad were married, they would drive out to the farm.  Grandpa in his hospitality kept filling her wine glass as soon as it was empty and as she wanted to make a good impression she kept sipping and sipping.  By the time they had driven back to town, Dad had to almost carry her from the buggy to her door!  Grandpa drank wine instead of water.

After Grandpa's death, my father Harry Carlat took over the farm.  I spent the happiest years of my childhood there.  The vegetable garden my grandmother had so carefully looked after was bordered with flowers and when all the various fruit trees were in bloom, I just knew fairyland looked just like that!  Reluctantly we moved to town in 1907 to go to school.  Years later most of the old farm was taken by Lake Texoma.
- - - Glenna Carlat Derebery Anderson

(Author's note : Glenna was the second wife of Tom Anderson.  She grew up living in a house at Miller's Spring at 1401 West Walker Street, which has a historical marker.  Her brother Louis Carlat was police chief at Denison and taught swimming lessons in the pool at the YMCA / Kraft / Barrett building.)





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