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JUDGE THOMPSON DEAD - Mar 1894

Judge  S. M. Thompson, aged 80 years, died Friday afternoon and was buried Sunday afternoon in the City Cemetery. He was born in North Alabama in the year 1813, and came to Texas when quite a young man. He was County Judge of this county for four years.



W.D. CONNOR - May 1894
W.D. Connor, one of the oldest citizens, died on Sunday.  Deceased was a veteran of the War for Texas Independence.



E.A. GAUSE - Oct 1893
The community was very much surprised to learn of the death of E.A. Gause on Monday morning.  Mr. Gause was a a native of Alabama and moved to Texas in 1860.  He was engaged in education, and for quite a number of years was President of Chappel Hill Female College in Washington County.  Thence he moved to Houston County where he was similarly engaged.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a mason.  His remains were laid to rest under the auspices of the Masonic Order.



C.E. ROMAIN - Sep 1893
C.E. Romain died about 5'oclock a.m. on Monday.  He was on the streets Saturday greeting friends and attending to business.  Mr. Romain was a Canadian by birth.  He came to Crockett soon after the war.  He was filling his second term as Justice of the Peace and was making a most excellent one.

He was a member of the Methodist Church.  He married Mrs. Bella Lewis about fifteen years ago from which union two bright, interesting children were born.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church which was packed.  His remains were interred Monday afternoon, the stores closing and a large crowd following them to the cemetery.



MRS. EUGENE COOKE - Oct 1893
We regret to hear of the death of Mrs. Eugene Cooke on Saturday.  She will be remembered here, her native county, as Eugene Hail, sister to Bud Hail and Mrs. LeMay.  Deceased resided in Granbury, TX.



VIRGINIA L. NATIONS - Aug 1893
Miss Virginia L. Nations came to Texas from Mississippi about the first of May on a visit to her sisters Mrs. John A. McConnell and Mrs. Alvis Ellis.  She became indisposed about the 18th of July and grew better for a few days.  Then a turn was taken for the worse which terminated fatally on the 27th.  Her remains were interred in city cemetery on 28th July.  A large number of friends and acquaintances of the deceased and deceased's relatives attending.




THOMAS E. WAGNER - Jul 1893
Thomas E. Wagner died on Sunday morning at the home of his father-in-law, J.C. Miller.  Deceased has been at home but a few days, having come from Mexico where he had been at work in various capacities for the last eight years.  He leaves a wife and one child.




DR. J.N. GOOLSBEE - Jul 1893
Dr. J.N. Goolsbee died Tuesday evening at his house.  Dr. Goolsbee leaves a large and interesting family who will receive the sympathies of the entire city.  He was buried Wednesday morning, the Knights of Honor, of which he was a member taking charge.



CAPTAIN J.C. ENGLISH - Jun 1893
H.G. McConnell, in a letter from Haskell, dated June 23, to his brother, John A. McConnell says:

Captain. J.C. English died here last Monday at 2 o'clock p.m. and was buried the next day at 2:30 p.m.  I had for a number of years regarded him as one of my best friends and I regret his death very much.  No man ever came to this country who was more deservedly popular with those who knew him than Captain English.

J.C. English was a native of Houston County, and a son of Captain George English.  He was born about 1840 and until 1883 his entire life had been spent in this county.  He was twice married, his first wife being Sarah, daughter of Dr. J.H. Stuart.  After her death he married Miss Emma Day of Austin.  He left Houston County in 1883 and went with his family to Austin where he engaged in business.  He sought a higher and drier climate in his move to Haskell, the present home of his family.

His life in Houston County was not an uneventful one.  Crockett English was known by nearly every citizen of the county and there were very few, if any, who didn't esteem and love the man for his noble, generous traits of character.  In reconstruction days he was prominently and fully identified with the struggles of the Democrats to throttle the carpet-bag rule in the state.  He was elected to the legislature from this county in those days, but was peremptorily fired out by the carpet-bag element which was then supreme in all branches of the government.  After the overthrow of the E.J. Davis regime, and the adoption of a new constitution he was elected District Clerk of Houston County and served in that capacity until 1883.




JOHN C. FIFER - Jul 1893
John C. Fifer died at the home of his brother, Forest, on Sunday afternoon about about 7 o'clock.  Deceased had been in bad health for a year.  He was from Tennessee and worked for years as a compositor on the Memphis Daily Appeal.  He came to Texas about eighteen months ago.  His remains, accompanied by his brother, J.B. Fifer, were taken to Memphis for interment.  Deceased was a nephew of Colonel Gallaway, at one time editor and proprietor of the Memphis Appeal.




EVA J. RODGERS - May 1893
The angel of death has carried away a jewel from our home.  Mrs. Eva J. Rodgers, daughter of W.J. and M.H. Harkins was born near Coltharp, Houston Co., TX, August 5, 1870; was married to Mr. W.T. Rodgers, June 5, 1892, and quietly passed away at her father's residence at Tadmore, April 23, 1893.  She was buried at Old Zion by the side of her infant that was buried there a few days before her death.



MARTHA WALL - May 1893
A mother in Israel has fallen.  Died at the home of her son, John C. Wall, in Houston Co., TX the 11th day of April, 1893.  Sister Martha Wall, aged 78 years.  She was the wife of Elder S.F. Wall, who died a little over a year ago.  She was the daughter of Jonathan Walton and was born in Clark Co., AL.  She joined the church in Neshota Co., MS in 1840.  Her husband was one of the pioneer missionary Baptist preachers of East Texas.  She leaves several children and quite a large number of grandchildren to mourn her loss.




SAM HOUSTON RICE - Apr 1893
Sam Houston Rice died in Houston County on the fourth of March, 1893.  He was the son of Clinton A. and Jane Rice and was born in the same county in July 1847.

He married Mrs. Josephine Hatton, a sister of Wyatt N. Lane, in Rusk, Cherokee County, on the 29th day of December 1871.

Shortly after his marriage he spent four years on the coast country of this state and then an equal length of time in Williamson County.

He united with the Cedar Point Presbyterian Church on the first of October 1892.  The writer knew Mr. Rice intimately and can frankly say of him he was a "diamond in the rough."




J.J. MILLER
Reverend J.J. Miller, an eminent Lutheran divine died on the 6th of April, 1893, aged 74 years.  Dr. Miller was born in New Yrok State in 1819 year New York City.  He was for several years a pastor of Lutheran churches in Ohio and Mississippi and six years ago came to Texas on account of failing health.  The old gentleman occupied a warm place in the hearts of our people and his place will be hard to fill.




COLONEL STEWART ALEXANDER MILLER - Mar 1893
On Sunday night last, Colonel Stewart A. Miller, the oldest citizen of the county, and one of its most substantial and widely known, died at his home in this city (Crockett).  Deceased was born in Campbell County, VA, in 1805, and came to Texas in 1839.  He engaged in business here until 1851.  He then went on a visit to his old home and while there was married to Miss Rebecca F. Whitten of Bedford County, Virginia, his present wife.

On returning to Texas he studied law under a lawyer by the name of Carr and soon admitted to practice.

Deceased was in the Mexican War as well as the numerous Indian wars in which citizens of Texas at that early period were almost constantly engaged.  He also joined what is known in Texas History as the Santa Fe Expedition and bore a conspicuous part in that fruitless movement.

Previous to the late war he represented the districts of which Houston County was a member in both the Representative and Senate Halls at Austin, where he took an active part in the legislation of the state.  He twice fille dthe position of County Judge of Houston County.

He was a man of stern and rugged honesty of thought and deed and the exalted standard by which in his own individual case he measured the relations of man to man commanded the admiration and applause of those near him.  Few men there be who have counted off as many milestones as he who can point to the fact that he has "Hewn" to the line of duty with inexorable exactness and fidelity.

Since 1839 he has been a citizen of this county.  A generation, as the term goes, has come and gone since he cast his lot in the county.  There are none now living of whom we know that were here when Stewart Alexander Miller came to Texas fifty-five years ago.

His remains, which were taken charge of by the Masonic Fraternity, of which he had been a consistent and devoted member, were interred at the family residence on Tuesday last.  The number of people present was an eloquent testimonial of the high esteem in which he was held.




W.A. DAVIS - Feb 1893
JUDGE W.A. DAVIS died at the home of his father in Crockett on Friday morning last.  His remains were interred at the City Cemetery.  The stores all closed as a mark of respect for the deceased.  Judge Davis was a public official for ten years.  His administration of the affairs of the County was a highly credible one.  He leaves two bright sweet little girls who will be cared for by Colonel Davis, and family.




MRS. BERKLEY ELLIS - Sep 1892
Our little city was pained to learn on Monday morning that Mrs. Berkley Ellis had suddenly died on Sunday night.  The news was a shock for no one suspected her of being ill.

Mrs. Ellis was about forty years of age and the mother of several children.  The funeral services at the Methodist Church on Tuesday were largely attended by friends of the family.




JOHN WHITE - Sep 1892
In the death of John White, Houston County loses one of its oldest and most respected citizens.  He was seventy odd years of age and had been a citizen of the county for forty years or more.




SALLIE ARRINGTON - Sep 1892
The entire community was shocked on Tuesday when it was learned that Miss Sallie Arrington was not expected to live.  Her life ended fatally on Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock.  It can hardly be realized that one who only a few days ago seemed to be in the flower of good health and lovely womanhood should so soon pass away.

Miss Sallie Arrington was a young lady of who any family or community should be proud.  She chose teaching as her life calling, and but a short while since had been re-elected for the fifth time as teacher of the advanced classes in the city graded school.  She leaves a host of friends to mourn.




W.F. BREITLING - Jul 1892
Mr. W.F. Breitling, who has been dangerously ill for several days, died on Wednesday night and his remains, we presume, will be interred on Friday.  The family to which deceased belonged came from Alabama to Texas in 1870 and located on the Trinity River where the firm of A. & W. F. Breitling engaged in a shipping business, afterwards moving to Crockett.  Deceased was highly esteemed by all who knew him as a most excellent citizen, a devoted father and brother and a business man of splendid qualifications.