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Lowell McCarver, Sr. & Norman Lowell McCarver, Jr.
H E A R N E O N T
H E B R A Z O S
Century Press Of Texas, San Antonio, Texas
1958 by Norman Lowell McCarver
Lone Star Printing Company, San Antonio, Texas
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son of William Jackson Wallace and
Olivia Bell LeFevere Wallace, was born in Alexander community in Brazos
County, Texas, November 16, 1895. He attended school at Alexander
and Wheelock. During his boyhood, he lived on the family farm and
farmed with his father.
1917, he moved to Hearne, Texas and was employed by the Wells Fargo
Express Company. In 1919 he worked for the H. & T. C.
Railroad Company in the repair shops in Hearne. He returned to
Wheelock in 1920 and farmed until 1926. In 1926, he accepted
employment as manager of the market department of the Red & White
Grocery in Hearne and worked for this firm for six years. In
1932, he became manager of the market department of the Brady Brother's
IGA Store and worked for this company until 1952. On July 21,
1952, he went into the feed store business on North Magnolia Street in
Henry Wallace married Verta Christine McNair, daughter of John Roderick
McNair and Emma Katherine Melton McNair of Wheelock, Texas, April 22,
1917. The marriage was performed at Wheelock by Reverend John
Garrett who later lived in Hearne.
following children were born to Hugh Henry Wallace and Verta Christine
McNair Wallace: Zane Grey Wallace, who married Mary Helen Kummer
of Junction City, Kansas; Martha Nell Wallace, who married William
Clarence Youngblood of Jefferson, Texas; Hugh Arnold Wallace, who
married Madeline Matthews of Charleston, South Carolina; Billy John
Wallace, who married Emma Lane Barker of Gause, Texas; and Wayne Lovell
Wallace, who died at an early age.
following grandchildren were born: Zane Edward Wallace, Helen
Elaine Wallace, Olivia Ann Youngblood, Sharon Gwynn Wallace, Hugh
Arnold Wallace Jr., and Lynda Lane Wallace.
Henry Wallace and Verta Christine Wallace are members of Grace
Methodist Church of Hearne.
WALLACE, OLEN JAMES,
was born in Wheelock, Texas, May 5,
1908, the son of William Jackson Wallace and Bell Olivia LeFevere
Wallace. He attended grade school in the Wheelock rural school.
The Wallace family moved to Hearne,
November 3, 1918 and Olen James Wallace entered the Hearne public
school. During his years at Hearne High School he was one of the
most outstanding fullbacks in the history of the Hearne High
School. He won football letters four consecutive years and he was
also an outstanding member of the basketball and track teams of Hearne
On May 1, 1926 he became employed with
the Southern Pacific Railroad Company at Hearne as a call boy while he
was still in school. Later he was promoted to yard clerk and
finally as Chief IBM Clerk in the Transportation Department.
He entered military service October 29,
1942 during World War II, and served for fifteen months with the U. S.
Navy Construction Battalion and transferred to the regular U. S. Navy
where he served for fifteen months. After his discharge from the
regular U. S. Navy he transferred to the U. S. Navy Air Stand By
Reserve Station, U.S. N.A.S. Wing Staff 70, Division I at Dallas,
Texas. He received his military discharge September 30, 1945.
On July 3, 19'35 he was married to joy
Louise White, daughter of William David White and Fannie Etta Grace
White. The marriage took place at the Austin Avenue Methodist
Church in Waco, Texas. Mrs. Wallace was born in Franklin, Texas
and attended the Franklin schools but later moved to Hearne where she
was graduated from Hearne High School with the Class of 1928. Mr.
and Mrs. Olen James Wallace are members of Grace Methodist Church and
he is a member of the Brotherhood of Railway & Steamship
Clerks. Mrs. Wallace has followed a business career in Hearne and
is associated with a local insurance agency. She is also noted
for the fine flowers and plants she grows in her home flower garden.
was born April 24, 1880 at Branchville in Milam County, Texas.
His parents were John Thomas Walston Sr. and Mary Harris
His father was a native of North Carolina and his mother was a
During his early
Thomas Walston lived on a farm near Branchville and later moved to
Texas with his parents in order that he might have school advantages.
His parents later bought a plantation near "Sugar Loaf"
Mountain in Milam County and Mr. Walston was assigned some acreage for
farming interests and he supervised the farming of the remaining
acreage for his
On December 28,
1902, he was
married to Miss Carrie Eugenia Lastor of Calvert, Texas.
During their married life, Mr. and Mrs. Walston lived in Cameron
year, Calvert for 12 years, and Hearne for 37 years.
Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Walston: a daughter,
who was married to Julius Plagens, and a son, Seth Tommie Walston who
Miss Elizabeth Henderson of Calvert Texas.
Walston was engaged in farming during the year of 1903-04 and in 1904
to Calvert where he was employed as manager of the Calvert Ice &
Company. In 1912 he went into
business for himself in Calvert and operated this business until 1915
opened a merchandise business in Hearne. From
1919 through 1921 he was employed as manager of the Moreland Plantation
Brazos Bottom near Hearne and from 1921 through 1923 he was manager of
Glass Farm also in the Brazos Bottom.
From 1924 until the
time of his
death, Mr. Walston was in the retail grocery business in Hearne with
Seth Tommie Walston, as co-owner. This
father and son combination also operated farm and ranch interests in
Mr. Walston was a
resident of Hearne
for 37 years, and during this time he served the public in the office
Alderman for several terms and was chairman of the Street & Bridge
He was one of Hearne's
business men at the time of his passing and was the type of citizen
befriended many. He was a staunch
Democrat and kept himself well informed on political and economic
He was a rabid sports fan and he enjoyed football and baseball,
traveled many a mile following the home teams.
John Thomas Walston
died April 5,
JOHN CALVIN was born at Jewett, Texas, October 30, 1884.
He came to Hearne in 1904 at the age of 20 years and his first
working in the E. Fisher General Merchandise Store.
In 1907, he was
employed by the
Travis Oil Mill in Hearne, this company later changing its name to the
Texas Cotton Oil Company. Later, he
became manager of this oil mill and served 37 years before his
He was married to Miss
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Augustus M. Larkin, June 30, 1927.
Mr. Waltmon was
active in the
civic and business life of Hearne for a period of 40 years; serving as
of the Hearne School Board for 9 years, a member of the Hearne Rotary
President of the Hearne Chamber of Commerce.
Calvin Waltmon died November 18, 1944.
DR. WILLIAM KNIGHT,
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Waltmon, was born in Hearne, Texas, March 11,
attended the Hearne public schools and was graduated from Hearne High
with the Class of 1912. He enrolled
at Baylor Dental College and received his D.D.S. Degree in 1915 and
practice of dentistry in Hearne.
At the outbreak of
World War I in
1917, he was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Dental Corps and
overseas until his discharge in July 1919.
He then returned to Hearne to resume his practice of dentistry.
He was married to Miss
September 6, 1921 and their son James Robert Waltmon was born November
Dr. Waltmon has been
very active in
the business and civic life of Hearne, serving as President of the
Chamber of Commerce in 1922-23. He
is a member of Grace Methodist Church and served as Sunday School
Superintendent of the Sunday School from 1926 through 1936 and also
Chairman of the Board of Stewards from 1931 to 1944.
In 1922 he was elected
to the Board
of Directors of the Hearne Building & Loan Association and has
President of that organization since 1944.
He received Fellowship in The American College of Dentists in
Dr. Waltmon is a
charter member of
the Hearne Rotary Club which was organized in 1925 and served that
as secretary from 1925 to 1927 when he was chosen as President of the
Club. He is now serving as
Treasurer for the Rotary Club. He
has always been interested in the progress of Hearne and is extremely
the part the Hearne Building & Loan Association has played in the
the city. Both he and Mrs. Waltmon
are excellent musicians and like to entertain their friends with their
Dr. Waltmon plays the violin and Mrs. Waltmon performs at the
organ and is well known as a vocalist.
William Knight Waltmon
has long been
a leader in Hearne and many are those that have to come to him for
personal matters as well as public matters.
Dr. Waltmon was
the Brazos Valley District Dental Society in 1935 and Vice-President of
Texas Dental Association in 1949.
was born June 6, 1845 in North Carolina and was the son of John Watt
serving in the Confederate Army at the close of the Civil War he moved
and settled in the Bastrop area and was employed in the leather
he moved to Port Sullivan on the Brazos River west of Hearne. Here he met and married Miss Augusta Ferguson,
Selma, Alabama and a sister of Wesley Platt Ferguson a prominent Hearne
businessman and banker. His wife,
Augusta Ferguson was born June 12, 1854.
In 1874 Mr. Watt moved
to Hearne and
established his own mercantile business on the corner of Third and
Streets. He operated this business
until 1890, selling out to R. A. Allen & Son who continued to
business at the same location. The
building that housed the W. T. Watt Store burned and was rebuilt on the
location in 1891.
Mr. Watt's mercantile
one of the largest in Robertson County, and in addition to this
owned and operated large cotton plantations in both Milam and Robertson
Three children were
born to Mr. and
Mrs. Watt; Mary Frances Watt who married Congressman 0. H. Cross of
Hale Watt who married Judge James W. McClendon of Austin, and a son
Plattenburg Watt who remained unmarried. Charles
Plattenburg Watt was born in 1878 and died in 1939, Mary Watt Cross
1953, she was born in 1875. William
Tillett Watt died in 1921 and Augusta Ferguson Watt died in 1886.
WEEKS, ALLEN RHODES, son of James Francis Weeks and Tabitha
Weeks, was born September 24, 1888 at Durant, Mississippi. He
attended the public schools of West, Mississippi and later attended
special school for a year in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In July 1912 he moved to Hearne, Texas
where he accepted employment in the office of the H. & T. C.
Railroad Company. Prior to having moved to Hearne he held similar
employment with this railroad in Bryan and Calvert, Texas.
In 1917 he enlisted in the U. S. Navy
and served for two years during World War I. He was married to Mary
Ellen (Blanche) Snell, daughter of William Alexander Snell and Frances
Moore Langan Snell, April 20, 1918. The marriage was performed at
Portsmouth, Virginia. Mary Ellen (Blanche) Snell Weeks was born
at Hearne, Texas. She attended the Hearne public schools and
later attended St. Mary's Hall, an Episcopal girls preparatory college
in San Antonio, Texas, for two years. While Allen Rhodes Weeks
was stationed at Panama in the Canal Zone during World War I, his wife,
Mary Ellen (Blanche) Snell Weeks, was employed in the Canal Zone
Auditor's Office for two years. Her grandfather, Colonel John L.
Langan, was one of the early newspaper editors in Hearne in the late
Two children were born to Allen Rhodes
Weeks and Mary Ellen (Blanche) Snell Weeks: Mary Ellen Weeks and Alice
Mary Ellen Weeks married Don George
Ikard and the following children were born to them: George Ikard, Allan
Ikard, Kay Ikard, and Brian Weeks Ikard.
Alice Allen Weeks married Robert Lee
Bruce and the following children were born to them: Mary Alice Bruce,
Margaret Bruce, and Robert Lee Bruce Jr.
Allen Rhodes Weeks was a member of the
First Baptist Church where he has served as a member of the Board of
Deacons and Church Treasurer. He was a member of the Golden Rule
Masonic Lodge of Hearne; a member of the Royal Arch Masons; a member of
the Knights Templar; a member of the Karem Shrine Temple of Waco; and a
Director of the Hearne Building & Loan Association. Allen
Rhodes Weeks died July 23, 1958.
Mary Ellen (Blanche) Weeks is a
communicant of St. Philips Episcopal Church; a member of the Women's
Auxiliary of St. Philips Church; a member of the Hearne Garden Club;
and has been a member of the Hearne Shakespeare Club since 1913.
WELBORN, THOMAS WEBBER, son of Harry
Caldwell Welborn and Candice Windham Welborn, was born April 13, 1915,
near Laurel, Mississippi. He attended the
Shady Grove Vocational Agriculture School at Shady Grove, Mississippi
and was graduated from this school in 1934.
December 1935, he moved to Hearne, Texas and was employed by the
Sinclair Refining Company. Later, he went to work for the
Southern Pacific Railroad Company in Hearne.
Thomas Webber Welborn
married Lenna Maw Thomas, daughter of Charlie Edgar Thomas and Mary Ida
Young Thomas of Mount Pleaasant, Texas, August 27, 1939. The
marriage was performed at Winfield, Texas. Lenna Mae Thomas
Welborn attended school at Winfield, Texas. She was graduated
from Mount Pleasant High School and attended East Texs State Teacher's
College where she received her B. S. and M. S. Degrees. She
taught school in the Ripley School in Titus County for three years; two
years in the Daphney School in Franklin, County, two years in the
Winfield School in Titus County'; Forrestgrove School one year; Bogata,
Red River County, Eureka, Franklin, Post, and Hearne. She has
taught in Hearne since 1936. She is a member of the Texas State
Teachers' Association; a member of the Robertson County Teachers'
Association, a member of the International Reading Association, ; and a
member of the Hearne Garden Club.
Thomas Webb Welborn
is a member of the First Baptist Church. He is a member of the
Brotherhood of Railroad Clerks.
son of William W. Welch and Eliza Rhea Welch, was born September 7,
He was married to Mary Louise Montgomery in 1892 and six
born to Mr. and Mrs. Welch, three of whom died in infancy and one at
the age of
seven years. The two remaining
children are Lillian Welch Collier and Lucille Welch Martin. Mrs. Welch was born February 9, 1862 and died
1948, at the age of 86 years.
In his early manhood,
Mr. Welch was
a clerk for Easterwood Mercantile Company and later went into business
himself when he opened a wholesale flour and feed business.
This firm was located on the corner of Magnolia and Fifth
He organized the
School and was active in the church throughout his life.
Mrs. Welch was organist in the church in her early life and also
active in other church work.
Mr. Welch died
JOHN T. was born at Hearne, Texas, October 5, 1877, the son of William
W. Welch and
Eliza Rhea Welch.
attended schools in Hearne taught by Miss Penuel and Mrs. Fannie Reese
later attending the public high school. The
first school that he attended was located in the block back of Grace
Church and in the same block of his home on First Street.
Mr. Welch demonstrated
ability in early boyhood by operating a laundry agency and selling
His early employment in young manhood was with the oil mill and
& T. C. Railroad Company. In
1898 he went to work for the I. & G. N. Railroad Company, this
being taken over by the Missouri Pacific Railroad.
On March 20, 1898, he
was married to
Miss Josie Smith, daughter of Mrs. Amelia Smith, who had moved to
Mexia, Texas with the other members of her family in 1895. (On April 3,
Mrs. Welch and her sister, Miss Pearl Smith, organized the Misses Smith
ladies ready-to-wear and millinery store in Hearne, Mrs. Welch being
this business until February 1926 when she retired on account of her
This firm is still in operation in 1958 and is the oldest
operated retail store in Hearne).
Mr. Welch retired from
his duties as
Agent for the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company in 1938 on account of
after 40 years of faithful and efficient service to this company.
Letters of commendation were received by Mr. Welch from
officials of the
Missouri Pacific Railroad Company upon his retirement.
During his more active
Welch took a great interest in Boy Scout work and served as chairman of
Finance Committee of this organization. He
was the recipient of official recognition of his untiring efforts in
with Boy Scouts of this area.
Mr. and Mrs.
Welch are both
members of long standing of Grace Methodist Church.
Throughout their many years as citizens of Hearne, they have
actively interested in the civic, religious, and social life of Hearne.
that they have passed the golden milestone, this interest remains as
when it was first incited in their younger days of citizenship. They are one of Hearne's most beloved couples,
and are affectionately referred to as "Uncle John" and "Aunt Josie" by
their host of friends.
KARL FREDERICK CHRISTIAN
was born in Baden, Germany, January 27, 1864.
He spent his early boyhood in Germany where he attended school
years in the elementary grades. He
also worked as an apprentice shoemaker during his early boyhood and
The skill and
craftsmanship of the
European worker is a sacred trust. His
art has been handed down from father to son, and to grandson; since the
ages. These craftsmen were
originally bonded together in craftsmen's guilds and were honor bound
maintain the standards and reputation of their craft.
From such background and experience Karl Frederick Chistian
Wenck came to
Ameica in 1886, landing at Galveston, Texas.
He then went to New Baden, Texas in Robertson County and worked
Franklin, Texas as a shoemaker. During
these times all shoes were hand made and shoemaking was a very
During the year of 1895
married to Miss Margareth Reusch of New Baden and during this same year
Mrs. Wenck moved to Hearne to make their home.
Mr. Wenck continued his profession of shoemaking and Mrs. Wenck
employed for many years as a housekeeper in the H. K. Davis home.
Mrs. Wenck was born in Louisville, Kentucky, November 15, 1876,
daughter of German immigrants who came to America in the early 1800's.
Mr. Wenck was a
shoemaker in Hearne
until 1915 when the cost of shop built shoes and boots became
prohibitive due to
the fact that ready-made shoes and boots could now be bought.
However, he continued to be a shoe repairman for many years in
He accumulated a number of friends in Hearne due to his pleasing
personality and his quick wit. Mr.
and Mrs. Wenck were members of the Lutheran Church and Mr. Wenck held
in the Sons of Herman Lodge in Bryan.
The following children
were born to
Mr. and Mrs. Wenck: Joe Wenck, Carrie Wenck Hill, Karl Wenck Jr.,
johnie Wenck, and Paley A. Wenck. Four
other children of Mr. and Mrs. Wenck died in infancy.
This fine old
were typical of the early German immigrants that settled in Hearne
early years. Mr. Wenck passed away
February 23, 1935 and Mrs. Wenck died November 10, 1944.
TITUS CARR, born at West Point,
Mississippi, October 1, 1842 of a
well-to-do and highly respected family, repre. sentatives of the fine
Southern aristocracy of the halcyon days before the Civil War, had the
in youth of careful trainino, and thorough education, graduating with
of Captain from Military Institute, at Frankfort, Kentucky, when 17
age, and soon after came to Texas with his step-father, Lewis Whitfield
who located with his family on the rich alluvial lands of the Brazos
Bottom near Hearne.
entered the Confederate Army in the spring of 1862 as a soldier in
enlisting for three years, or so long as the war might last, and was
with his command first on Galveston Island, then at Virginia Point, and
Camp Speight, Texas, where the Fifteenth Texas Infantry was organized,
W. Speight as its Colonel, M. D. Herring as Captain, and T. C.
Lieutenant of Company B. He was later promoted to Captain and saw
action in the
battles of Fordash, Bayou Bordeau, Mansfield, Pleasant Hill,
Bayou and other skirmishes and smaller engagements.
Captain Westbrook was slightly wounded at the Battle of
When mustered out of
the service at
Houston, Texas, after final surrender of the Confederate forces he was
Adjutant of his regiment. A friend,
speaking of his bearing as a soldier, said: "In camp he was modest and
unobtrusive, kind and jovial; in the thickest and hottest of the raging
cooler than most men on dress parade, prompt to act and utterly
He enjoyed the respect and confidence of his men and superior
Knowing him as I did, I can truthfully say that he was as true
as tempered Damascus steel; as a soldier -and patriot, as brave and
any man who wore the gray."
to his home in the Brazos Bottom he continued to engage in farming.
His possessions increased from year to year until he took rank
as one of
the wealthiest planters in Texas. He
was an ideal practical farmer, one of the most successful in the state,
large Brazos Bottom plantations near Hearne, on which he continued to
until his death, showed at all times the perfection of good management.
He spared no expense in securing and enjoying the good things of
He and his beloved wife, Jeannie Carr Randle, daughter of Allen
whom he was married December 4, 1878, dispensed a generous and
hospitality at their palatial home to their many friends and the chance
"stranger" within their gates. It
was his custom, assisted by his wife, to see that everyone on his
black or white, received suitable Christmas presents.
He lived in the half patriarchal, half princely style of his
and was a noble survivor of the high-souled, warm hearted and chivalric
gentleman of a bygone day. While
exact in his business methods, his hand dispensed liberally to others
of what it
was chiefly through his influence and exertions that the Hearne &
Valley Railroad was constructed and put into operation.
He was elected President of the company upon its organization
in that capacity up to the time of his death.
He was a life-long
Democrat and an
ardent advocate of clean, wholesome measures and always interested
helping elect good men to public office. He
was a delegate to numerous State and County conventions and was
solicited to run
for political offices, but having no desire for political honors he
He much preferred the quiet and peaceful home life to which he
In July 1893, he
suffered a severe
illness from which he never fully recovered and sought restoration to
by travel in old Mexico and other places. He
died September 17, 1893 and was buried in
Norwood Cemetery in Hearne.
son of Robert Dixon Weston and Phillippa Cuny Weston, was born
September 9, 1879
at Sunnyside, Texas.
early boyhood was spent in Waller County, Texas where he received his
school and high school education. He
later attended Texas A&M College.
his early manhood, he went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad
Hempstead, Texas. With his family
he moved to Hearne in 1919 where he served as Yardmaster for the
Pacific. During his career with the
railroad, his duties also took him to Mexia, Texas during the oil boom
1923-24. He also worked in El Paso,
Dallas, Ennis and Sherman.
was a member of the Robertson County A. & M. Club; a member of the
Masonic Lodge; and a member of the Houston Chapter Rose Croix of
was married to Miss Margery Taylor and Mr. and Mrs. Weston had three
Robert Dixon Weston, Mary Lee Weston Powell, and Margery Weston
Mrs. Weston was born in Louisiana, January 18, 1881 and died
son of John Harvey White and Jane Stewart White, was born in Calvert,
October 4, 1899. His father was
born April 12, 1864 and his mother was born February 11, 1870.
His mother and father were both born in Milamo, Texas.
attended school at Gause, Cameron, and Caldwell.
During World War I, he enlisted in the U. S. Army and served
eighteen months and was on duty in the U. S. for one year, serving with
Field Artillery 5th Division.
completing his military service he began a ranching career, his ranch
being located six miles east of Hearne.
was married to Miss Emma Kate Rhodes, daughter of Robert Johnson Rhodes
Wakefield Rhodes of Midway, Texas, July 19, 1925.
Mrs. White was born July 22, 1906. Her
father was born June 13, 1876 and her mother's birth date was July 4,
Mrs. white attended public school in Midway, Texas and also
Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville, Texas.
1936 Mr. and Mrs. White entered the business of raising purebred
at their ranch and their stock is nationally and internationally known
shipments of their purebreds have been made to all parts of the United
and South America.
White has membership in the American Brahman Breeder's Association; The
& Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Director of the American
Breeder's Association from 1952 to 1955; President of the American
Breeder's Association from 1955 to 1958 and will be a Director for
life; and a
Director of Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association since
He is also Field Inspector for the Bryan Production Credit
position he has held since 1934; Director of Robertson County Rural
Cooperative Inc. since 1947 and President of the Robertson County REA
Mr. and Mrs. White are active members of the Hearne Church of Christ
White is a member of the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge of Hearne; Ben Hur
Austin Consistory No. 4 of Austin, Texas; and the American Legion.
He is Past Master of the Golden Rule Lodge of Hearne and Past
of the Miles Scriviner American Legion Post No. 454 of Hearne.
son of Jonathan Gideon Wilkerson and Sarah Wadsworth Wilkerson, was
Hearne at the family home on Market Street, September 28, 1870. He is said to have been the first white child
to be born in
He attended Miss
school in Hearne and later attended Sewanee Preparatory School and was
from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee where he was a
Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
Living in Hearne until
manhood, he was associated with his brother, Warren A. Wilkerson, in
and hardware business. Later, he moved to
Bryan where he served as cashier of the
City National Bank from 1902 to 1918, and later he became an officer in
Alamo Bank of San Antonio, Texas. In
1919 he became President of the State Bank in Austin and served in that
until 1927 when he moved to Houston to assume the presidency of the
& Trust Company which later merged with the National Bank of
He was examiner of the
Agricultural Credit Corporation in 1932 and at one time was a member of
executive council of the American Banker's Association.
He was married to Miss
Weeden of Hearne and the following children were born to Mr. and Mrs.
John Wadsworth Wilkerson, Dr. Edward Albert Wilkerson, and Aubrey Clare
Wadsworth Wilkerson died at Houston, Texas, May 30, 1941 and is buried
Norwood Cemetery in Hearne.
was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1847 and in his early boyhood at
age of 14 years enlisted in the Army of the Confederacy and served as a
the Civil War was over, he came to Matagorda, Texas in the company of
Wadsworth boys, Ned and William, to make his home.
Here he met Miss Sarah Hollon Wadsworth, sister of Ned and
Wadsworth, and was married to her on December 20, 1869.
marriage, the couple moved to Hearne to make their home.
In Hearne he formed a partnership with Greenwood Brown and
the firm of Brown & Wilkerson General Merchandise.
This firm was located in old Hearne on the east corner of the
intersection of Market and Barton Streets.
The entire business section of Hearne was located in the south
town at that time. Johnathan Gideon Wilkerson and Sarah Wadsworth
Wilkerson had two children; Albert Wadsworth Wilkerson, the first white
be born in Hearne after the incorporation of the city in 1871, and
Wilkerson, Hearne's first city manager.
helped Dr. Horace Bishop to organize the Methodist Church in Hearne in
1870. He was known to his many friends as
and was one of Hearne's progressive pioneer citizens.
He died December 31, 1873.
SARAH WADSWORTH was born in Matagorda, Texas July 11, 1846, the daughter of
Judge and Mrs.
was married to Jonathan Gideon Wilkerson, December 24, 1869 and this
to Hearne in that same year to make their home, Hearne at that time
being just a
small village, the terminus of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad.
husband died in 1873 leaving her with two small sons to rear, these
Albert W. Wilkerson who was born September 28, 1870 and Warren A.
was born May 15, 1873. She was very active
in the work of the Episcopal Church,
especially with the children of the church.
She also served as postmaster for Hearne in the early days.
was born in Hearne, Texas, May 15, 1873, the son of Jonathan Gideon
and Sarah Wadsworth Wilkerson.
received his primary and early education in the small private school of
Laura G. Penuel, and only three months in the struggling and
public school system.
a lad he was employed in the Joe Montgomery Gin and Grist Mill on off
days at a wage of $.25 per day and a peck of meal.
the age of 14 he enrolled in the preparatory department of the
University of the
South at Sewanee, Tennessee, working up to the senior department of the
university at the age of 18 years. He
was forced to forego further education by the needs of an ill and
family. From 1891 to 1895 he worked
as a bookkeeper for the firm of R. A. Allen & Son, this firm later
operated under the name of Allen Hardware Company.
In 1895 he formed and became manager of the Brazos Valley Lumber
located on the corner of Market & Fourth Streets.
In 1899 this firm was consolidated with the Junction City Lumber
Mr. Wilkerson retired from this organization and with his
Wadsworth Wilkerson, purchased the Adams Hardware & Implement
changing the name of this firm to Wilkerson Brothers.
In September 1898, Mr.
married to Miss Clemmie Drake in Mexico City, and the following
born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilkerson: William Wadsworth Wilkerson and Sarah
In 1904 Wilkerson
Brothers took over
the Junction City Lumber Company and operated jointly the hardware and
interests under the name of Wilkerson Brothers.
In 1923 they sold their lumber interest to Farrar Lumber Company.
During the active years
Wilkerson's life, he found time for much civic and public welfare work
Hearne. He served as a member of
the Hearne School Board for several years and as a member of the Hearne
Council intermittently from 1901 through 1920.
Under a special road
law enacted for
Robertson County in 1912 and with two large bond issues in 1912 and
Wilkerson was the managing member of the road board in planning and
construction. The locations of the
present road system were laid out during the period of his service to
He was Worshipful
Master of the
Hearne Masonic Lodge for a number of years and was awarded the 50-year
the Grand Lodge of Texas. He had a life
membership in the local Masonic Lodge.
A 20-year pin attested
Wilkerson's long membership in the Hearne Rotary Club of which he was
one of the
organizers and the club's first president.
He also helped to organize the Hearne Chamber of Commerce in
As Robertson County
Chairman for the
American Red Cross, Mr. Wilkerson carried the organization through much
first World War, through two Brazos River floods, and was a hold-over
of this organization for several years.
Active management of
the City of
Hearne and its municipal utilities was one of his greatest
contributions to his
native town. From 1924 to 1939 he
served as City Secretary, and from 1939 to April 9, 1943 he served as
Manager. Through his management of
the city's affairs Hearne met the many problems of a growing town
change over from an obsolete steam power plant to a modern plant with
equipment, and the developing of an adequate public water supply.
In the last two years of his services to the city, the Municipal
planned and constructed.
On April 9, 1943, Mr.
retired from the office of City Manager, and to put into his own words,
"Sat on his porch near the side of the road and watched the world go
Warren Aubrey Wilkerson
February 20, 1955, and his wife who was born April 18, 1875 died
son of George M. Williams and Anna Laura Kendall Williams, was born in
Texas, December 25, 1891.
early boyhood was spent in Hearne and his first employment in boyhood
was in a
bakery shop owned and operated by D. G. Boyd.
He attended the Hearne Public Schools and graduated from Hearne
School. After graduating from high
school, he went to work for the Houston & Texas Central Railroad as
a call boy
and locomotive fireman. His
employment with the railroad continued until 1910.
In December 1910 he went to work for the Allen Hardware Company
as a clerk and bookkeeper and continued in this position until August
which time he was employed by the Industrial Cotton Oil Company of
he worked until December 1918 at which date he was again employed by
Hardware Company and has continued his employment with that firm as
1915, Elsey Leman Williams was married to Miss Grace Wilson, daughter
of Mr. and
Mrs. J. H. Wilson of Hearne. In
1922, twin sons, Wendall and Kendall Williams were born to Mr. and Mrs.
Williams. Both graduated from
Hearne High School.
Both Mr. and Mrs.
members of the First Baptist Church, both being very active in church
Williams having taught in the Sunday School and Mrs. Williams being
as a member of the church choir. Mr.
Williams has been a very active citizen of Hearne having served several
a member of the Board of Education of the Hearne Independent School
Secretary; has served on the Board of Tax Equalization of the School
and the City of Hearne; served as a Director for the Hearne Chamber of
and is a member of the Golden Rule Lodge of Hearne.
He is a former member of the Hearne Rotary Club.
Elsey Leman Williams
has long been
connected with the business and civic affairs of Hearne and is one of
highly respected citizens of this area.
ROSS, son of Samuel Preston Williams and Alma Evelyn Pool
Williams, was born December 18, 1905 at Epley, Mississippi.
He attended school at Hopewell, Mississippi; Oakdale, Louisiana;
Georgetown, Louisiana; and Millican, Texas.
In 1918, he moved to
Millican, Texas with his parents. His father was an employee of
After finishing his
schooling, Samuel Ross Williams went to work with the H. & T. C.
Railroad Company as a section laborer in January 1923 at Millican,
Texas. On July 23, 1923, he transferred to the Communications
Department of this railroad and continued his employment in this
department in 1958. He moved to Hearne, Texas August 8, 1953 as
Assistant General Foreman. When Hearne was selected as the
logical location for the headquarters of a Communication Supervisor,
Samuel Ross Williams assumed this position for his company.
Samuel Ross Williams
married Jessie Sylvia Meredith, daughter of Samuel William Meredith and
Jessie John Meredith of Dickinson, Texas, June 28, 1949. The
marriage was performed at Dickinson, Texas. Jessie Sylvia
Meredith Williams was born at Chapel Hill, Texas. She attended
public school at Galveston, Bryan, and Millican, Texas. Later,
she attended Sam Houston State College and the University of
Texas. She taught in the rural schools of Grimes County, Texas
from 1926 to 1928; in the rural schools of Brazos County, Texas in 1928
through 1930; the League City, Texas school from 1931 to 1940; the
Dickinson, Texas public school from 1940 to 1953; the Mumford, Texas
school from January through May 1955; and has taught in the Hearne
public schools since September 1955.
Samuel Ross Williams
and Jessie Sylvia Meredith Williams are members of Grace Methodist
Church of Hearne. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge and Roy
Arch Masonic Bodies. Jesse Sylvia Meredith Williams is a member
of the Hearne Parent-Teacher's Association; a member of the Order of
the Eastern Star; a member of the Texas State Teachers' Association;
and a member of the Hearne Shakespeare Club.
son of T. Lynn Wilson and Jessie Kent Wilson, was born March 3, 1926 in
attended public school in Madisonville and was graduated from high
that city with the Class of 1943.
completing his high school education he enlisted in the U. S. Army and
the European area during World War II. After
being discharged from military service, he enrolled at the University
and was graduated in 1949 with a degree in Pharmacy.
At the University of Texas he was a member of Rho Chi Honorary
moved to Hearne in 1949 and operated the Prescription Pharmacy at the
Hospital located on Third Street and owned by Drs. Boyd and Guynes. In 1953 in partnership with Joe D. Wilson he
Prescription Pharmacy and later the same year this partnership
Maris-Carson Drug Company. In 1955
when the Hearne General Hospital was constructed, the Prescription
moved to this new location also.
was married in Houston to Miss Mary Batson, daughter of Luther J.
Mary Bledsoe Batson of Madisonville, Texas, September 16, 1944. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have three children: Joe
Wilson, and Jane Wilson.
has been active in the business and civic life of Hearne and is a
member of the
Hearne Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Hearne City Council where
serves as Mayor Protem; and a member of the Miles Scriviner Post of the
Legion. He was very active in
organizing and constructing the Hearne Public Library.
son of Jessie S. Wilson and Edna Dotson Wilson, was born in Hearne,
attended the Hearne public schools and was graduated from Hearne High
1936. Upon graduation from high
school he was employed by Duffey Drug Company until 1938 when he
connection with R. M. Duffey in the electric appliance business.
This employment continued until 1940 when he enlisted in the U.
Force where served as Captain for five years, his overseas duty being
Pacific area during World War II.
November 5, 1942 he was married to Miss Sue Willis, daughter of Hubert
and Sebie Grant Willis of Franklin, Texas.
His marriage took place in Midland, Texas while he was serving
in the U.
S. Air Force.
being discharged from military service, he entered the University of
he was graduated in 1948 with a B. S. Degree in Pharmacy.
After graduating, he accepted a position as pharmacist with the
Drug Store of Port Lavaca, Texas. In
1949 he was a salesman for the Abbott Laboratories selling drug and
1953 he formed a partnership with Leon Wilson in the Prescription
located in the Hearne Hospital on Third Street.
Later in 1953 this partnership purchased the Maris-Carson Drug
Hearne. After the Hearne General
Hospital was constructed in 1955, the Prescription Pharmacy was moved
to the new
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilson: Sara Sue, Peggy Jo, and
Mr. Wilson is a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Hearne Lions
American Legion, and the Hearne Chamber of Commerce.
WOOD, CHARLES GLOVER was born in Grimes County, Texas in 1859 but later moved to
Hearne and engaged
in farming in the Brazos Bottom. By
industry and great business ability he became one of the wealthiest and
successful men of Robertson County. He
served as a Director for the First National Bank of Hearne, and was
with many other enterprises in Hearne and elsewhere.
He owned several plantations in the Brazos Bottom near
Mr. Wood was a man
contained no tainted dollars. To
gain it, he oppressed no one, he deprived no one, however humble or
helpless, of his just dues. His
wealth came purely as the product of a great and constructive brain and
and careful atention to his affairs; and to hold it, he never closed
against the worthy person or the worthy cause in need of his assistance.
He was a man of the very highest integrity, exceedingly generous
helping those less fortunate than himself, a Christian gentleman, a
friend, and as a citizen took an active part in local affairs and was
found fighting in the foremost ranks in every endeavor of the people
He was married to Miss
and the following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wood: Myrtle Wood
Hazel Wood Miller, Ivy Wood, Vivian Wood, Fred L. Wood, and Charles
Mr. Wood, who was
known to his friends as "Big Charley," died in 1914 and is buried in
Norwood Cemetery in Hearne.
FRED L. was born at Anderson in Grimes County, Texas, April 11, 1884,
the son of Charles
Glover Wood and Aurie Adkins Wood.
was reared on a cotton plantation and while he was still a young boy he
the Brazos Bottom near Hearne with his parents, attending school at
Hearne, and Llano. In his later
boyhood, he attended Texas Military Institute at San Antonio, Texas and
Mr. Wood was a
planter, his career in this business having its beginning in the Hearne
Bottom in 1896. He also had a
business connection in Hearne in the firm of Wood & Hervey, and
farm interests in partnership in the firm of Wood & Adkisson.
October 15, 1908, he was married to Miss Mary Dell Baldridge of Ennis,
Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wood: Locke Aurilia Wood
Mary Dell Wood. Mr. and Mrs. Wood
have a grandson; John Frederick Moss.
Mr. Wood was a member
of the Masonic
Lodge, Elks Lodge, and was active in the Brazos-Robertson Soil
He served for 15 years
on the School
Board of the Hearne Independent School District and worked hard and
to secure the present football stadium of Hearne High School which was
Wood Field in his honor. He also served as
Tax Assessor-Collector for Robertson
The career of Fred Wood
of the many men of this area who have been in the cotton planting and
One of the most
important events that Mr. Wood witnessed during his lifetime in Hearne
completion of the Hearne & Brazos Valley Railroad that ran from
Stone City in the Brazos Bottom. This
railroad was most important to the plantations as road conditions in
days made the moving of cotton crops from the fields to a shipping
difficult. He saw the Brazos River
during flood stage when the entire Brazos Bottom farming area was
flooded causing great damage and financial loss to the planters and
However, he lived to see great flood control dams constructed
river that have prevented this costly loss to the cotton farmers of the
Fred L. Wood died June
was born April 11, 1901 six miles north of Bryan, Texas at Campbell's
Brazos County. His father was Jim
Woodyard, a native of Italy and his mother was Lucille Covernaro
attended school at the Alexander Rural School in Brazos County.
In 1929 he moved to the Hearne Brazos Bottom where he acquired a
cotton farm and engaged extensively in cotton raising and the cattle
He continued his farming and ranching business in the Brazos
1944 when he moved to Hearne and established the Hearne Electric &
Company on the corner of Fourth and Cedar Streets.
November 22, 1924 he was married at the Campbell's Ranch home to Miss
daughter of Lee Cash and Vance Cuttitta Cash prominent Brazos Bottom
Mr. and Mrs. Woodyard are communicants of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
He was a member of the Hearne Chamber of Commerce and was very
the business and civic activities of Hearne.
Bonnie Woodyard died May 20, 1958.
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