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West Hill Cemetery
Sherman, Texas

Mary I. Forbes
1864 - 1949

Thomas Forbes
1817 - 1906

Thomas Forbes, Jr.
1852 - 1926

The Denison Daily Herald
Monday, August 13, 1906
pg. 3

Sherman, Tex., Aug. 13 - Capt. Thomas Forbes, Sr., one of Sherman's oldes and wealthiest citizens, died Sunday morning 7 o'clock at the summer residence of his son, Tom Forbes, Jr., at Texas City, near Galveston, aged 89 years.  Old age and general debility were the cause of his death.  The remains were shipped today from Texas City and will arrive at Sherman tomorrow morning at 10:20 o'clock.  From the union station they will be taken to West Hill cemetery, where they will be interred after the Episcopal burial service is read by Rev. J.M. Binkley.
Capt. Forbes was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., in 1817 of English parentage.  He grew to manhood in New Jersey and entered upon his career as sea captain, which he followed continuously till he left the seafaring profession, and came to Sherman in 1872.  He plied between New York, Liverpool, New Orleans, Galveston and other ports.  During the time that he followed this profession he accumulated considerable property and when he came to Sherman in 1872 he built the cotton compress, substantially as it stands today, though of course much modern machinery has been added.  His wife preceeded him to the world beyond nearly forty years ago.
Though a quiet and unassuming man Capt. Forbes was connected with the leading business enterprises.  He acquired property rapidly and became one of the wealthiest men in the city.  For twenty years he has been retired from active business life and has been spending his declining years at the home of his son on North Crockett street.  He had been at Texas City about three months.
He was a large stockholder in the Merchants and Planters' National Bank of Sherman, the Binkley Hotel, the Sherman opera house, the Birge-Forbes Cotton Company and other business enterprises.  Besides these business connections he owned much other property.  He was a devout member of the Episcopal church, bur was not connected with any secret organization.  His personal character was one of nobility and grandeur.  In his declining years he was known as one of Sherman's finest and most highly esteemed old men.
He leaves but one child, Tom Forbes, Jr. of Sherman, who was with his father at the time of his death.

Capt. Tom Forbes Called by Death Sunday Afternoon
Captain Thomas Forbes, 74, active cotton man and capitalist, died suddenly at his home, 420 North Crockett street, at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon. He had been in ill health, but was at his office Saturday.
The son of a sea captain and ship owner, Captain Forbes was born in New Orleans.  He spent several years there in the forwarding department of the Morgan Steamship Company following his graduation at Virginia Military Institute.
About 1870 he came to Texas with recommendations from Colonel Morgan and others and found work at Houston, later following the Houston and Texas Central Railway as it was building north, stopping at McKinney.  He was manager for a dry goods establishment in McKinney, and later formed business connections with a forwarding company at the terminal when the road reached McKinney.  From that point he forwarded freight by wagons to North Texas and Indian Territory merchants, and as the road was built into Sherman in the early 70's, he settled here and formed a partnership with Captain Birge, now deceased.
Captain Forbes was successful in business, and continued his associations with the Birge-Forbes cotton firm until called to his final rest.
For more than fifty years he was a citizen of Sherman, and had a very wide acquaintanceship among business men.  He was every a congenial spirit in his social contact with men.  He loved his home, Sherman, and his residence, which was built by Chief Justice Tom Brown and later occupied by Governor Wilson N. Jones, a retired Choctaw capitalist.
Although a busy man, Captain Forbes gave much time to the development of the Sherman Fire Department in the days when fire fighting was done by a volunteer company.  The boys loved their chief and often went into dangerous places when called.  Captain Forbes was with them when a fire swept Sherman from Jones street up Travis street to Houston and around to North Walnut street in 1875.  Through his efforts, the company won may prizes in competitions with other companies in the state, and the Sherman men gained a statewide reputation for efficiency.
He was chief of the department when the first fire engine, a Silsby engine, was purchased, and he helped to build up the fire fighting apparatus in those days when water was obtained from surface wells and cisterns.  He would never allow his name to be mentioned for public office and, though equipped by education and beloved by his fellow-citizens, sought rather the quietude of a diligent business career and good neighborliness.
Although too young to enter the ranks of the Confederate Army in the Civil War, he saw some of the conflict, and knew much about it from his father's lips.  He was in possession of many momentoes given his father for saving lives at sea during the war and when storms swept his vessel along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.
Funeral services will be held from the residence, 420 North Crockett street, Thursday morning.  Dr. T.A. Wharton, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, and Rev. J.B. Dobbins, rector of St. Stephens' Episcopal church, will officiate.  Funeral arrangements are in charge of Stewart M. Scott, funeral director.  Interment will be in West Hill cemetery.
Surviving Capt. Forbes are his widow and four children, Ed R. Forbes and T.G. Forbes of San Diego, Calif., Mrs. Bessie Forbes House of Houston, and Frank Forbes of Graham. Frank Forbes is in Sherman and Mr. and Mrs. House were expected to arrive Monday.  Ed R. and T.G. Forbes are expected to arrive Wednesday night from California.

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