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 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.
Carlat married G.V. (Van) Baker in the mid 1880s. Their only
surviving child, our cousin, is Mrs. Leila Baker Hauser, who lives in
G.V. & Ida Carlat Baker
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.
Carlat married Ida Hutton. He was killed shortly after at a
railraod crossing while driving a bread wagon drawn by a team of
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.)