Hortense LeGory Sweet
was the first daughter of Augustus LeGory
and Eliza Hortense Wortham.
Because of her vivacious personality she was called "Happy" by her
family and friends.
She was born February 25, 1885. She married
Ira Wilbur Sweet 1906. He was
born June 5, 1869 in Wisconsin.
Ira Wilbur Sweet first attempted to operate a drug store in what was
then the Pickwick Hotel lobby, located on the public square in
Crockett but he was not successful so the couple moved west to
Mertzon. He died in a San Angelo hospital on August 3, 1916.
After the death of her husband, Hortense returned to Crockett with
his body, for his burial in the Glenwood Cemetery and to resume her
life at her family home on North Fourth Street. She never
Hortense supervised the family home for her father and siblings.
She cared for numerous people during the 1918 flu epidemic that
struck Houston County with a severe blow. She was an active
worker with United Charities, development of the Glenwood Cemetery
and volunteered for Red Cross duties. Other civic enterprises
were the March of Dimes, United Funds, was involved in the Good
Roads Campaign in the 1930;s and served on the Centennial Committee
for the State and County in 1936 and 1937. She was a Charter
member of O.E.S. Chapter No. 509, David Crockett Chapter of
Daughters of the Republic of Texas and an initial member of the
Houston County Historical Survey Committee.
An ardent Democrat, Hortense L. Sweet was active in political
campaigning and was proud to have received official presidential
inauguration invitations from John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
With the death of her father, A. LeGory, in 1930 and the sale of the
family home, Hortense moved into the house of a maternal aunt,
Loucina Wortham Long on East Houston
Avenue. Along with caring for "Aunt Cina",
Hortense enjoyed baking homemade bread and rolls for family, friends
and newcomers. She also shared her household (after the death
of Aunt Cina in 1938), with young women from the outlying areas of
the county who came into Crockett seeking work and needing a place
Hortense Sweet was honored on her 75th birthday anniversary with a
county-wide birthday party. She died of cancer June 24, 1963,
and rests beside her husband in the north sector of Glenwood
Source: Eliza H. Bishop
Hortense Sweet's home - East Houston Avenue -