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James C. Sisk and Fannie McDonald Sisk Family

C. L. J. Sisk Family                  Robert J. Sisk Family


James C. "Jim" Sisk, son of Charles L. J. Sisk and Mary E. Trice, was born February 29, 1884 in a small settlement known as Estill Fork, in Paint Rock Valley, Alabama. He was eleven years old in 1895 when his family made their big move in a covered wagon. Jim found Texas to be an exciting place. He played with his brothers and sisters, did his share of the chores, and attended school in Bay City.


As an ambitious young man, James C. Sisk became involved in helping his father in his grocery store and eventually became a partner with his father C. L. J. Sisk and his brother Robert J. Sisk. In 1916 they purchased the Doubek and Hawkins Hardware Store in Bay City and the store became Sisk Grocery and Hardware Company. For a number of years the store was operated by J. C. Sisk and Robert J. Sisk, and was eventually bought by James C. Sisk. This store which was later known as Sisk Hardware Inc. was still owned and operated in 1984 by his daughter, Mary James Sisk Breeden and his grandchildren.


On June 3, 1908, James C. Sisk married a young school teacher, Fannie McDonald. "Miss Fannie," as she was always called, had moved to Bay City in 1903 with her parents, the Reverend and Mrs. Eli McDonald, from Terryville, Texas. "Reverend Brother McDonald" had been called to serve as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Bay City.

James C. Sisk and "Miss Fannie" were hard working people who were determined to have a good life. They prospered in their grocery ad hardware business. With pride and pleasure they offered a sincere welcome to people who came by the store just to "visit." Mr. Jim enjoyed relating stories of his native Alabama, and of early Bay City. "Miss Fannie" who worked as the bookkeeper for many years always met customers and friends with her sweet smile.


James C. Sisk, a faithful member of the First Baptist Church, served on the City Council from 1916 through 1921, was president of the Cedarvale Cemetery Association, and treasurer for the Matagorda County Drainage District No. 1.


"Mr. Jim" died on July 16, 1967, at the age of eighty-three. He had always joked with friends saying that he stayed young because he was born on leap year and so had a birthday every four years.


"Miss Fannie" died on January 7, 1975, at the age of ninety, and at that time was the oldest Charter Member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Bay City.


James C. and Fannie Sisk were buried in Cedarvale Cemetery.


"Miss Fannie" and Jim Sisk had one daughter, Mary James, born on November 25, 1919, in Bay City. She attended school in Bay City and was graduated in 1937. She attended Gulf Park College in Gulfport, Mississippi, and The University of Texas in Austin. On December 9, 1945, Mary James was married to her childhood sweetheart, Dr. Shelton Breeden, a young dentist who had just graduated from Washington University School of Dentistry, and who at that time, was serving in the Dental Corps of the United States Navy. To this union three children were born.


Mary James Breeden


Historic Matagorda County, Volume 2, pages 489-490

Fannie McDonald Sisk

October 29, 1884 January 7, 1975


Fannie McDonald Sisk, 90, of Bay City, died January 7 at the Matagorda General Hospital. She was born in Terryville. Survivors include; daughter, Mrs. Shelton Breeden of Bay City; son, Grover McDonald of Palacios; 3 grandchildren, Jim, Bob, and Mary Claire Breeden. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and a Charter Member of Chapter 380 Order of the Eastern Star.


Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church, January 9th at 3:00 PM, with the Rev. W. D. Baker officiating. Interment will be at the Cedarvale Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Morris Richardson, H. C. Mayo, D. F. Wiginton, Gaston Morton, J. B. Towers and Frank Hurley. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home.


In lieu of flowers the family requests that those who choose to do so make a memorial donation to the Fellowship Hall Fund of the First Baptist Church.


The Daily Tribune, January 8, 1975                                             Courtesy of Susie Adkins

Mary James Breeden

Funeral services for Mary James Breeden were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2003 at the First Baptist Church of Bay City, with Dr. Michael Zimmerman officiating. Mrs. Breeden passed away Thursday, February 20, 2003.

She was was born November 25, 1919 in Bay City to the late James C. and Fannie McDonald Sisk.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church, a lifetime member of Friends of the Library, a charter member of the Junior Service League, a member of the Book Review Club, and a Board Member of the Bay City Cemetery Association.

She graduated from Bay City High School, then attended Gulf Park College in Gulfport, MS and also attended the University of Texas in Austin, where she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority.

Mary James Breeden was married to the late Dr. Shelton E. Breeden , DDS, who passed away March 15, 1975.

Mrs. Breeden is survived by: three children, Jim Breeden of Dallas, Texas, Bob Breeden and wife Susan of Geneva of Switzerland, and Mary Claire Pollard and husband Kent of Bay City; four granddaughters, Allyson and Mary Leigh Pollard and Sarah and Elizabeth Breeden.

Pallbearers were Dr. Bob Kelly, Dr. Ken Culbreth, E.M. Huitt, Val McDonald, Frank Hurley, and Dr. Tillman Daniel. Honorary pallbearers include Rick Johnson, Jim Allen, Dr. Bart Griffith, Bill Thompson, Bill Penny, Bobby L. Breeden, and Judge Neil Caldwell.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home of Bay City, Texas. A00014B2003FB23

The Bay City Tribune, Sunday, February 23, 2003

Site of Sisk Hardware 1916 - 1953


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