or Tex Miller (Mrs. John) Urquhart
believe that was Ms. Erchhart’s [Urquhart; pronounced
Spears said. “She was a noted psychic and about ninety
years old when the
demolition was slated.”
Ward said, “I remember all the cats she had—they all were
named after movie
stars! Really nice lady but very strange. As a kid, I went over a
and had my 'cards' read!”
Atnip chimed in. “A couple of us girls went to her in high
school. She was
eerie. Told me I would have two boys and a girl, and I wasn't even
Coder said, "She told me where my lost ring was and she
once told me I would move about eight hundred miles away from Denison.
right,’ huh?” This was Jan Davenport Umphrey. “One year later I was
Colorado Springs, Colorado. This was in late 1978 or '79 or early 1980.
remember the cats, but I do remember the location.”
Jean Lewis was transported back forty-plus years:
best friend, Sherry Powell, and I went for a "reading" when we were
in high school, probably 1967. I don't remember what Sherry wanted to
what she was told, but when it was my turn, I asked if I was going to
boyfriend I had at that time.
Mrs. Urquhart told me I would not, I was very unhappy with the response
told her she was wrong!
laugh now, remembering what she said next: "Well, don't move in next
to me when you do!" Guess she knew what she was talking about, because
broke up shortly after that, and we did not marry.
did tell us about going to a friend of hers and telling her that the
daughter and her boyfriend were going to elope. She said that the
go to her daughter's chest of drawers and look under her clothes to
ring. She did that and was able to stop the young couple from making a
parents and I used to go and give Noshi Tex food at her pink
house on East
Texas Street. Later she lived with me and my parents at 1209 West Gandy
couple of years," said Paul
Ontiveros. "She was around 98 years old
then. My dad made her a room in the parlor downstairs with a buzzer by
so she could buzz them if she needed something. Unfortunately, while
with us, she fell and broke her hip. At 98 she had surgery to fix it.
Incredible! I loved having her around. She would tell me stories of
around with Sam Rayburn when they were kids. She was the real deal for
much thought, Doug
Hoover decided that the time had come to tell what he knew
about this remarkable woman, Mrs. John Urquhart (pronounced ERK-hart),
known as “Tex” or “Zoo.” This is what he said:
picture is not her former property, but I do know her story. She lived
two blocks south of Vest Brothers Grocery on the east side of Crockett
directly across from the Negro nursing home. She lived in a pink house.
Brothers Grocery (Dickie and his dog) delivered her groceries until
they closed. Dickie's dog would come visit her on his own almost daily.
C. Cafe gave her a free lunch every day. I delivered it for many years.
drove her to doctors’ appointments and anywhere she needed to go by
car. At the
time I worked the night shift, which made it possible.
"Steps to Nowhere"
This is at or near the former home of "Zoo" Urquhart
E. Texas Street
Photo by Mavis Anne Bryant, ca. 2000
was raised outside Bonham, adjacent to Sam Rayburn's farm. She was
the daughter of a Cherokee Indian father, and her mother was from
last name was Miller. She claimed her father was psychic and a man of
words. He worked his farm and never drew attention to himself. The
contrast, taught a school of dramatic arts for girls in Bonham, and the
sister of Sam Rayburn was one of her pupils. Sam tagged along to her
and she taught him public speaking when he was only six years
Tex herself was highly educated
by correspondence, with seven different
diplomas in the period around 1900. In her earlier days, before
was the planetarium director at the Rosicrucian
Egyptian Museum in San Jose,
California. I observed her draw astrology charts without any reference
also observed her tell accurate time without a clock or watch or
Denison, she was on the first library board, before there was a public
library here. She also was one of the charter members of the Texas
Urquhart, Tex’s husband, was the yardmaster at Ray Yards and claimed
to have been in the first grade with Ike's oldest brother at Peabody
School. He inherited the Urquhart Castle in Scotland and donated it to
local town in Scotland for tourism. Tex only started giving “readings”
her husband died during the Great Depression and the life insurance
went bankrupt without paying on his policy. She hated being called “the
teller” but was unable to support herself otherwise.
gave credit to “God's Angels” for all the information that she was
given as a reader. Oftentimes the answers she gave were in a cryptic
that only the individual involved would understand. She also would
readings, saying that the future was controllable by the individual and
her predictions were relevant to the path that was being followed at
subject to altered directions in one’s life.
never used cards, but she did use personal items to track missing
persons. She again would credit “God's Angels” for her ability to help
missing people and also to help law enforcement find dangerous
more dangerous the criminal, the more accurate was her ability to
whereabouts. I know for a fact that she helped the FBI track very
individuals over the course of her career. I also know personally that
Woody Blanton (former Grayson County sheriff) famous for his ability to
criminals hiding in Grayson County.
aspect of her work was kept very secret for fear of retaliation. For
her, the only positive aspect of being called a fortune teller was the
camouflage it provided for the more dangerous work. This part of her
could have never been revealed while she was alive. Many of my stories
Denison came from her eyewitness accounts.
to Doug, among Tex Urquhart's friends were Charles Sherlock Fillmore
(1854–1948) and Mary Caroline "Myrtle" Page Fillmore (1845–1931). The
couple met in Denison in the mid-1870s, when he was a clerk for the
Railroad. They married on March 29, 1881, in Clinton MO. They moved to
City and in 1889 founded Unity, a church within the "New Thought"
movement. In 1891 their "Unity" magazine was first published. Charles
and Mary were among the first ordained Unity ministers in 1906. He
as an American mystic. To learn more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Fillmore_(Unity_Church)
Watson wrote: "Zoo was my grandmother Sampsell's
cousin and the
life of the party. The 'stairs to nowhere' indeed led to her
home. I was there many times."
now chimed in:
remember when Nosie (pronounced NO-see, and that's the name I
remember her going by) lived with the Ontiveros family in her late 90s,
but I knew
her years prior to then. She was an amazing woman who taught me that
age is no
barrier in friendship. I visited her often during my teens and twenties
1960s - 1970s). I could listen to her stories for hours.
told me she was the first female state officer for the
husband worked for the railroad, and she had many tales of
riding the rails.
would say she had God-given psychic abilities and had
studied the science of astrology her entire life. But she would
you off her property (usually with her broom) if you called her a
chased away city employees with a shotgun because they were
ruining her yard during a street widening project. She was in her
later sued the city for property damage and won.
remember going to visit her in the hospital when she was over
100, and she refused to let me help her (still resilient and
whatever strength she still had). She once told me the bad thing about
to 100 was watching everyone you loved die.
distinct memories of her include:
lining up eggs on
their ends all over the Ontiveros home on the Equinox.
telling me who I
would marry (and me trying for three years to prove her wrong).
told me I would find
my true love later than most people, but I would be happy. I met Bill
--Many other warnings and
life points she wanted to share.
There is a Rosicrucian
Egyptian Museum & Planetarium in San Jose,
California. It has a
Castle in Scotland: Google for many
references or see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urquhart_Castle
* * * * *
Facts About the Urquharts
Urquhart was born in Missouri about
1872 or 1875. He died in Grayson County on Sept. 21, 1942.
Census has him living at 418 West Hull
Street, with wife Ida, age 38, born in Texas, and daughter Evelyn, age
single, also born in Texas. John’s occupation is switchman, steam
is a “tailoress” in a tailor shop.
The 1930 Census has him age 55,
living at 815
Chandler Avenue with his wife Zoo M., age 37. John’s occupation is
railroad. His parents were both born in Scotland. He first married at
not a veteran. Zoo was born about 1893 in Texas. Her father was born in
her mother was born in France. Zoo is a saleslady in a factory. She
married at age 18.
1955 phone book lists Mrs. John Urquhart at 307 East Texas Street,
4875. She's not listed in the 1959 phone book. But the 1979 City
her "retired" and at the same address, with no phone number. She
wasn't listed in the 1987 City Directory. The Social Security Death
Zoo Urquhart was born on 5 October 1883 and died on 20 February 1988,
her 104 when she died.
20 Feb 1988 at age 104
Denison TX Herald,
service for Noshie M. "Zoo" Urquhart, 104, who died Saturday in a
Denison nursing home will be 10 a.m. Monday in the Fairview Cemetery
Rev. Emil Slovacek officiating. Arrangements are by Johnson-Moore
Urquhart was born Oct. 5, 1883, in Fannin County, daughter of Sim and
Miller. She received her education in Ector schools and attended
school in Wichita, Kansas. She married John Urquhart in 1922 in
had been employed as a salesperson, a bank employee, and was an
was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Surviving are several
Denison TX Herald,
September 21, 1942]
Urquhart of Ector, Fannin County, Texas, 70-year-old
retired switchman for the Katy Railroad and former resident of Denison,
8:40 a.m. today at St. Vincent's Hospital, Sherman, Texas, following an
of several days. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St.
Patrick's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Father Thomas S. Zachry
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Short-Murray
Urquhart was born in St. Louis, MO., Aug 17, 1872, the son
of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Urquhart. The family came to Denison when he
and he was educated in the Denison public schools. He first was
with the Katy Railroad
in the transportation department and later was promoted to switchman, a
position which he held until his retirement in December 1939. Following
retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Urquhart moved to Ector. Mr. Urquhart formerly
professional baseball player, playing with a Katy team and Texas and
League teams. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
are his widow, the former Miss Zoo M. Cotten, whom he
married June 21, 1921; one daughter, Mrs. C. W. Ellsworth, Denison;
brothers, Charles Urquhart of Denison, and Willie and Richard Urquhart,
Dallas; and one sister, Mrs. J. C. Pressler, Dallas.
of the rosary will be held at 8 o'clock tonight at