on April 25, 1847, in Henderson, North Carolina, Mack
Fletcher stayed at home until he enlisted in the Confederate Army in
parents were John W. Fletcher (1821–1843) and Matilda Fletcher
Mack served as a private in the 1st Battalion, North
Junior Reserves, Company A, for a year or so. By 1870 he
was living in
Giles County, Tennessee, where (in 1867 or 1873) he married Hester
1880, Mack, Hester, a son, and two daughters were farming
in Grayson County, Texas.
K. Brannon (1851–1941) was a brother of Mack's wife
Hester. He opened Brannon and Company, mattress manufacturers, at 607
Street in Denison, in 1890. Operations were moved to the 800 block of
Street in 1893. Mack joined the company in 1891, living above the
Brannon and his family resided at 813 West Owings.
In 1891, William Brannon was forty years old. On Christmas
Day, 1894, his wife, Emily Caroline White Brannon, died in Denison,
behind numerous children. She was buried in Oakwood
Cemetery. In 1900, the
Census found William in a rural part of Grayson County near Sherman,
By 1910, he had moved to Maguire, Oklahoma. There, in 1920, he married
Norwegian woman, Pauline Leutchcke (1857–1921), who died the next year.
William was engaged in truck farming. He passed away at Tipton,
June 25, 1941.
As William Brannon seems to have
left Denison to farm after
wife Emily's death in 1894, Mack Fletcher took control of the business.
1894, Mack built a new building at 931 West Owings Street and South
1896, the Denison City Directory reported that Mack
Fletcher had a firm called M. Fletcher & Co. It owned Pioneer Custom Corn and Feed
Mill Co., "dealers in hay,
corn, chops, corn meal, and Graham flour." Pioneer also was called
Excelsior Mattress Works. In addition to mattresses, the company
and wove carpets. It was located at 512–520 West Chestnut Street.
Advertisement for Mack Fletcher &
Company, Pioneer Custom Corn and Feed Mill Co., and Pioneer Excelsior
all in Denison, Texas.
Source: Denison City Directory, 1896.
1900 Census listed Mack Fletcher and his son John A. as
"mattress makers." Mack and his family were living at 913 West
Owings, while John A. Fletcher and family lived next door at 917 West
931 West Owings Street.
Source: "Red River Mattress Works, Mack Fletcher, Manager." Robinson,
Frank M., comp. Industrial
[N.p.]: Means-Moore Co., [ca. 1909]. Page 94.
year later, in 1901, the City Directory reported that Mack
& Son (the son being John Alexander Fletcher) were
proprietors of Red River Mattress Works, "manufacturers of mattresses,
pillows, and bedding," at 931 West Owings Street. Matthias "Mack"
Fletcher lived at 913 West Owings, while John lived next door at 915
Owings. John's son, Albert Ralph Fletcher, listed as "mattress maker,"
was living with Mack.
family now began to migrate to Oklahoma. Mack
homesteaded in Tillman County in 1904. Oklahoma Statehood occurred on
16, 1907. The 1910 Census found Mack and Hester, as well as her brother
Brannon and his seven dependents, living in Maguire, Tillman County,
Both men were farmers. Hester died and was buried in Memphis, Hall
Texas, in 1918, the year of the great influenza epidemic. She had
By 1920, Mack was living in
Painter, Comanche County,
Oklahoma, with his daughter Minnie and her husband, Henry Walston,
farmer. Mack listed no occupation. Having become senile, he passed away
September 5, 1926, and was buried in Cache Cemetery in Cache, Comanche