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Dr. Walter F. Box



Dr. Walter F. Box
August 24, 1865 - June 30, 1928

Dr. Walter Box, the son of Roland Henry Box and Martha A. Barrett Box, was born August 24, 1865 in Texas and died June 30, 1928 at Santa Rosa Infirmary in San Antonio, Texas. According to his death certificate, he was living at the Hamilton Hotel. He was buried at Mission Burial Park in San Antonio.

He married Ada Chatman Box, the daughter of John Cheesman, who was born May 10, 1861 in Pennsylvania and died November 14, 1913 in  San Antonio, Texas. She was buried at Cedarvale Cemetery, in Bay City, Section 2, Block 59. The death certificate recorded her address as 122 W. Houston, Ward 4, San Antonio, with the former or usual address as Houston, Texas.



Dr. W. F. Box, of Coulterville, and Miss Ada Chapman, of Scranton, Pa., suddenly appeared in Bay City last Monday, as bride and groom, having been married in Houston on the 30th ultimo.

Dr. Box is a well known and popular physician of the lower Caney country, and the bride is also well known here, as the owner of a fine plantation on Buckner’s prairie, believed to be the most fertile prairie in Texas.

The Tribune joins their many friends in extending congratulations and good wishes to the Doctor and his bride.                                    

Matagorda County Tribune, December 10, 1898

1880 Census - Johnson County, TX
R. H. Box M W 38 Farmer
b TX
M. A. 36, wife, b AL
W. A.? 14 son TX
Ada V. 13 dau b TX
A. F. 9 son b TX
Jettie T. 2 dau b TX

Dr. W. F. Box lived on lower Caney and is mentioned as being in Bay City. –Bay City Breeze, September 19, 1898

Dr. W. F. Box is having furniture, etc. hauled to his palatial residence here. Matagorda County Tribune, December 27, 1898

Dr. W. F. Box is spending the holidays at home. The Matagorda County Tribune, December 31, 1898

Dr. Box has returned from Houston and is busy rounding up cattle. Matagorda County Tribune, January 15, 1899

Our hospitable friend, Dr. W. F. Box, is sure a rustler. You would think so if you could see the amount of work he has done around his premises. The Matagorda County Tribune, January 21, 1899

Dr. W. F. Box has been on the sick list. The Matagorda County Tribune, February 11, 1899

Dr. Box has gone to Houston.
Victor LeTulle, the champion farmer, has nearly one hundred acres of corn planted on Mrs. Dr. Box's farm.
The Matagorda County Tribune
, March 11, 1899

We regret very much to have Dr. Box leave us. He is going to make Houston his home in the near future. His equal as a neighbor is hard to find. The Matagorda County Tribune, March 18, 1899

Dr. Box has returned from Houston and is busy rounding up cattle. The Matagorda County Tribune, April 15, 1899

We had a severe wind and hail storm last week, and one of Dr. Box's tenant houses, occupied by Thos. Hamilton, was blown off the blocks and considerably damaged. Neighbor Jones says he saw two bed quilts coming towards his home, but soon found that they were around Hamilton. Tom's wife followed later.
The Matagorda County Tribune, April 29, 1899

Dr. Box is having his share of bad luck. One of his tenant houses, occupied by George Haily, burned down on Saturday night. The Matagorda County Tribune, April 29, 1899

Caspar Bell, of the Box-Bell Live Stock Commission Co., of Houston, is in this vicinity gathering up fat cattle to ship. Matagorda County Tribune, May 20, 1899

Dr. Box and wife, of Houston, are spending a few days in Coulterville looking after their plantation. Matagorda County Tribune, September 4, 1899

Frank Vaughan and bride are moving to Dr. Box’s plantation. Matagorda County Tribune, December 30, 1899

1900 Census - Houston, Harris County, Texas
W. F. Box, age 45, b TX
Ada Box, age 40, b PA
no children

Dr. A. F. Box returned from Van Vleck Sunday where he had been shipping cattle.
Dr. Walter Box is here the guest of his brother. They are gathering fat cattle to day to ship to Houston. Matagorda County Tribune, June 26, 1903

Dr. A. F. Box is fighting weeds and crab grass this week, and he is making good time. Matagorda County Tribune, July 24, 1903

1910 Census - Houston, Harris County, Texas, Ward 3
W. F. Box, age 45, TX, Physician
Ada Box, age 40, PA
____, Fox, age 40, NY, Barber
____, Partain, age 35, LA, Dry Goods Clerk
P. G. Allen, age, 29, ME, Hotel Clerk
J__ Strickland, age 27, GA, Coffee Salesman
D. A. Michael, age 24, TX, Theater Clerk
C. L. __orales, age 29, MO, Dressmaker

1903-04 Houston Directory - p 97 - Box, W. F. retired physician, rooms 818 Main 2. also 1905

Dr. W. F. Box has shipped between 500 and 600 chickens down here, which looks like [he's] going strong in the poultry business. Matagorda County Tribune, October 11, 1912

1914 San Antonio Directory - p 217  Box W. F. physician, r Savoy Hotel

     J. B. Hall is from Louisiana and rents from Dr. W. F. Box. Mr. Hall has 30 acres of very good corn; he planted 75 acres of cotton, but the recent heavy rains destroyed it. He is preparing to plant over.
     John Denning owns a 50 acre farm at Cedar Lane and rents 100 acres from Dr. W. F. Box on Buckner Prairie but the recent heavy rains almost destroyed his entire crop; but John is from Missouri and says they will have to show him that he can't yet make a crop with such good season in the ground; he says he will continue to plant as long as his seed lasts.
     Dr. W. F. Box has the material on the ground at Cedar Lane to build a large hay barn capacity 50 cars and when finished will fill a long felt want. Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, June 12, 1914

Dr. W. F. Box's farm will produce 200 bales of cotton and 5,000 barrels of corn this season. Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, August 21, 1914

On the W. F. Box’s farm 300 acres is planted to cotton and corn. Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, April 23, 1915

1920 Census - San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, Ward 5, Gunter Hotel
Walter F. Box, age 54, b Texas, Theater Interior? Builder

1922 Dallas Directory, a W. F. Box was living at the Waldorf Hotel



Dr. Albert Farris Box
December 6, 1869 - April 24, 1922

Dr. A. F.  Box was the younger brother of Dr. Walter F. Box. Apparently Dr. A. F. Box never lived and worked as a physician in Matagorda County permanently, but he did work with his brother on the Matagorda County plantation in the early 1900s.


Dr. A. F. Box, 62 years, a native Texan and retired physician, died at his home, 1722 East Commerce Street, yesterday morning at 9:45 o’clock. Dr. Box is survived by his wife, Mrs. Laura A. Box; two sons, Laurence A. and Roland B.; and daughter, Mrs. B. O. Anderson, all of San Antonio. San Antonio Express, April 25, 1922


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