The discovery of Nannie's scrapbooks was exciting as discovering gold in California in the 1850's. The six volumes comprise one of the most important sources of historical and genealogical information now available for the Belton and Temple area of Bell County, Texas. These books contain early articles mostly from the Belton Journal and Temple Telegram, personal invitations, school programs, church programs, death notices, and many other sources of historical and genealogical value.
The scrapbooks were originally old jewelry catalogues; stationery catalogues and even an old store journal that Nannie pasted the articles to. The articles were secured very effectively to each page. The glue or paste Nannie used was not made to lose its effectiveness. They were meant to stay on the page.
Books one through four are held in a special collection at the Bell County Library in Belton, Texas. The other two books are in the private collection of Nannie's daughter and a granddaughter. Because of the age and deterioration of these scrapbooks great care is taken to preserve all information. To place these scrapbooks on an open shelf for daily use would be impossible. Each turn of a page causes flaking and tears.
In 1992, the Bell County Library granted me permission to take the books and make copies. I also retrieved the other two books from family members and copied them. A copy of all six scrapbooks is now on the shelf for daily use in the Bell County Library. Another copy of these books can be found in the Huntsville Public Library in Huntsville, Walker County, Texas.
THE SUBMITTER OF THESE SCRAPBOOKS ACKNOWLEDGES THERE IS NO FURTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE OTHER THAN THE ARTICLES SUBMITTED. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SUBMITTER REQUESTING FURTHER INFORMATION.
Book II 1920-1922
This book was originally a journal from a mercantile store. We have reason to believe the store journal was once the property of Nannie's grandfather, Tazewell POWERS. Tazewell and his brother, John Henry "Uncle Jack" POWERS owned a mercantile store on the courthouse square in Belton, Texas. The first date legible is 1882 and the last is 1884. The journal consisted of over 478 pages. However, many pages have been torn out. The last pages remain in their original state and consist of tailor measurements. Nannie's mother, Valeria Katherine POWERS, was a dressmaker and owned a shop on the Town Square. Perhaps these were the measurements of her customers. The names are recognized as well known Belton residents.
The scrapbook consists of 149 pages. The only dilemma is the fact that Nannie failed to abstract the date of most articles in all her scrapbooks. However, we have been able to determine the articles in this book are mostly 1920-1922.
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Fellow Citizens-Anno Domini Nineteen Twenty and Greetings to You!
The within named veterans of peace and war and the mutation of time, who by reason of strength, have passed their four score years,-we take off our hats in veneration.You will note two are natives-some almost natives and one who has passed the century mark of time-wonderful indeed, his dreamless sleep will hardly come as a thief, but rather like the sleep of a weary child. We give you their names, their native lands, year of birth, year of coming to Texas, ages and addresses:
G.W. ANDERSON, 1839, Tennessee; 1876, Texas, 81-Oenaville
Since commencing this list early last summer of these early pioneers, the following have gone on ahead-stopped by the way side and waiting for a little while:
S.W. BISHOP, 1832, Tenn.; 1837, Tex, 87-Brownsville cemetery.
Gentle reader, you may think-but you can never know the vicissitudes of these pioneers-but when you meet them speak cheerfully and reverently and you will do well.
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Belton. Jan19.- Frank K.AUSTIN one of Belton's leading businessmen and most esteemed and honored citizen died at his home here about noon today of pneumonia, which developed from influenza. Perhaps no person ever lived in Belton who was more highly respected and in whom the general public placed more confidence than in Frank AUSTIN born in Mississippi 73 years ago the 14th of last November , yet the greater part of his life was spent in Texas and in Belton where for more than forty years he was engaged in the grocery business.
When a mere child he moved with his parents to Texas, settling first in Travis county and later moving to this city. Too young to go to war when the civil war broke out yet he answered the call to his country and had a commission with the government to deliver cattle from this section of the state to east Texas. At the close of the War Between the States he, together with his parents and six brothers, went to Mexico and was in the country when it was invaded by Maximalian. Later he moved with his family to California, thence to Central America and thence back to California and then from that state back to this city. The trip from California was made overland via Salt Lake City, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and thence to Texas. His business career began in Belton as a clerk and soon thereafter he entered business for himself, and continued in the grocery business until his death.
Frank AUSTIN always stood for the upright and the noble things in life and held the esteem and respect of all with whom he came in contact. For many years he was a leading member of the Methodist church and was active in church matters until death claimed him. There survive the deceased, his widowed wife, eight children, one brother, and innumerable friends. The children are Norman and Harry both of this city and Roy of Dallas, and Misses Lucille, Frankie, Erline, Margie, all of this city and Mrs. R. E. NICHOLS of Georgetown. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at the family residence at 4 o'clock. Rev. P.E. RILEY, pastor of the First Methodist church of this city and Rev. C.L. WRIGHT of Temple will conduct the services. Interment will be in North Belton cemetery.
Belton, Jan 19.- Mrs. W.M. SCALES wife of W.M. Scales of this city died at her home in south Belton yesterday afternoon at five o'clock at the age of 73 years. The deceased was seized with a paralytic stroke early Saturday morning, which resulted in her death. Mrs. SCALES was a resident of Belton for many years and was highly respected by all who knew her. Fifty-one years ago she was married to Mr. SCALES and to them three children were born, who are Mrs. J.W. DAVIS of Los Angeles, Cali; J.B. SCALES of Dallas, and Mrs. Mary WILSON of this city. The funeral services were held this afternoon at the family residence at four o'clock by Rev. P.E. RILEY, pastor of the Methodist church. Interment was in North Belton cemetery.
Belton, Jan 18- C.C. MAYES, age 22, died at suddenly at his home here at 1:30 o'clock this morning. MAYES who is a fireman on the Santa Fe working out of Temple, had not been ill and his death was very unexpected. He is survived my mother and father Mr. And Mrs. T.P. MAYES of this city, and by two sisters, Mrs. Charlie ROGERS of Temple, and Mrs. Tom SHAFNER of Austin. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock at the First Christian church. The B of L R and E. will have charges of the services at the grave.
Belton, Jan 21,- Owen UTLEY a former Belton boy died today at noon at his home at Thornton, Texas, according to a message received here this afternoon. Mr. UTLEY had been seriously sick for over a week and his parents City Marshall and Mrs. D.R. UTLEY have been at his bedside for about the past seven days. It is understood that the funeral will take place at Thornton some time tomorrow. Owen UTLEY spent the greater part of his life in this city and there are a host of friends who mourn over his death.
Belton, Jan28- Will STRANGE of this city who was kicked by a horse last Saturday night died at the local institution of surgery here last evening. It is stated that after being kicked he lay our in the cold for some time before he was found and he developed pneumonia which resulted in his death. Mr. STRANGE stepped out at the back door of a local barbershop Saturday and ran on to the horse before he saw it. He was kicked in the stomach. The funeral services were held this afternoon at 1 o'clock at the grave by Rev. W.G. HIGGINS, pastor of the First Christian church of this city. Interment was in North Belton cemetery.
Belton, April 3- The remains of John H. GRAVES, who met an untimely death in the fire which destroyed the Crosby hotel in this city Thursday night, were laid to rest this afternoon in the North Belton cemetery in the presence of many friends and sorrowing relatives. The services were held from the Eads Undertaking parlors being conducted by Rev. P.E. RILEY, pastor of the First Methodist church of this city. John GRAVES had many friends in this city and his untimely death cast a gloom of sorrow over his many friends.
Belton, Feb. 14- Word was received in this city last night by relatives stating that Woodie HALE, the eight year old grand son of Mr. & Mrs. Walter HALE was run over by an automobile last evening and received injuries from which he died. The accident occurred at Ardmore, Oklahoma, the home of the child. The little fellow was known in this city where he had a number of relatives.
Belton, Texas, Jan22- C.W. DANLEY, another of the early settlers of Belton and bell county, died at his home in this city last night at the age of 77. Mr. DANLEY had been in declining health for the last few years and was seized with a stroke of paralysis several days ago from which he never recovered. Charles Wesley DANLEY was born in 1842, in Missouri and came to this state with his parents when only a mere child. His father, John DANLEY, was the first district judge of Bell county, and it was in this county that the deceased spent the greater part of his life. Being one of the early settlers of Bell County, he endured many harrowing experiences in the early development of this country. He enlisted in the Confederate army and went out with a company composed of Bell county men and was assigned to duty with Co. H, 6th Texas Cavalry, Ross' Brigade, Jackson's division. Forest Corps, Army of Tennessee. At the close of the war he returned to this city and made Belton his home until his death. The deceased was highly respected citizen and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. There survive him his widow and five children: Horace and Miss Myrtle DANLEY of this city; Mrs. Ella REEVES of Douglas, Arizona; Mrs. J. J. STOREY of Nolanville, and Sterling DANLEY of Miami, Texas.
The funeral services will be held at 3:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the family, residence. Rev. J.R. NUTTt will conduct the services; the pallbearers will be H.T. COCHRAN, John BLOOMER, Jake NELSON, Neal BASSEL, A.C. BAUER and Sam S. WALKER. The Confederate veterans of the county will act as honorary pallbearers.
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Last Sunday morning Dr. J.C. HARDY, several of the Baylor College students, in the pouring down rain left Baylor College for Temple. It must indeed be an unusual occasion that would raw such large congregation on such a cold, rainy day. We shall always be glad that we braved the storm to do honor to this noble man of God. More than twenty years ago this church was organized by Dr. John Hill LUTHER, who for thirteen years was president of Baylor college. It was given the name Memorial Baptist church to perpetuate the memory of his only son, John Hill LUTHER, Jr., who died in Temple a short time before the church was organized.
Brother Harvey Carroll SMITH planned and directed the building of the new church on a new location six years ago. To provide the means for such an excellent, well-equipped building was quite a task. The entire amount to pay off all indebtedness was raised and paid at the close of the year. It was a most beautiful thought to have, in connection with the dedication services, a fitting memorial sermon for Brother Carroll SMITH. It was most appropriate that his loving and devoted friend, Dr. L.R. SCARBOROUGH, should be chosen to preach on this occasion. Two years ago, when the news came to us at Belton of the sudden and tragic death of Brother H.C. SMITH, we wired that memorial services for him be held in the Baylor College chapel.
Belton was his early home. Out church here to cradle of his religious life. In it he heard the call to be a preacher. He is buried in North Belton cemetery with his illustrious and beloved father, Dr. M.V. SMITH who was the one man above all others that caused Baylor College to locate in Belton. Carroll, from his earliest childhood, was a favorite with the teachers and students in Baylor College. It was most appropriate that Dr. HARDY should take part in these services. Mrs. Carroll SMITH is now a teacher in Baylor College. She, with her brave heroic spirit, and trusting little family of five children, sat all together near the front during the services on Sunday morning. The music was touchingly inspiring, led by the pastor's wife. Dr. SCARBORUGH spoke at length of the church building, and the spiritual temple commending the work of the present pastor, Rev. W.W. WOODSON, and his efficient helpers.
This church has the honor of being one of two churches that paid in cash all of its first quota. This they did while at the same time liquidating the large debt on the church building. Dr. SCARBOROUGH told of how practical and useful was the life of Brother SMITH; of how he and all who knew him, loved him of his devotion as a husband and father; of how the mantle of his father, M.V. SMITH, had fallen on this, his only preacher boy. Though he lived but a short while in this world, he lives on in the lives of his friends and all membership of the churches in Bartlett, Navasota, Houston, Temple and Weatherford.
It has been given to but few men to be so loved. He knew how to help everybody and he gave his services without reservation; often far beyond his physical strength. He was an untiring, dauntless, efficient worker in the church, in the community, in the association, and in the state. He seemed possessed by nature with wonderful adaptability and had a ready solution for all difficult problems. His family are sad and lonely, but no richer inheritance was ever left to wife and children than the spotless consecrated genuine life of their father, Harvey Carroll SMITH.
There was a most fitting close to the services. His oldest little son, Carroll Jr., lifted the veil from the perfect picture of his father that is to hang always on the wall of the Memorial Baptist church of Temple. This picture will keep ever before them the memory of this one who did such heroic service in making their commodious, beautiful building possible. Elli M. TOWNSEND
Davis Funeral is Very Impressive-First Full Military Service Held in Bell County at Oenaville-A Five Mile Procession -Crowds gather in Temple and Oenaville Long Before the Service Which is in Full Charge of the Temple Post of the American Legion-Whole County Represented. The first full military funeral ever held in Bell county was yesterday afternoon when the body of Private John E. DAVIS was interred in the cemetery at Oenaville. Thousands gathered to do honor to the dead and estimates of the length of the procession vary from four to six miles. Long before the start of the procession from Temple people began to gather on the streets and sidewalks on the line of March. By the time the color guard led the way toward Oenaville the throngs had increased and it is said that no funeral ever held in Bell county caused so many people to do honor to the dead. The Temple Post of the American Legion was in charge of the ceremony. The ex-service men gathered in front of the K. of P. hall soon after the noon hour and there they were organized by Fred DAY and Harry DeGRUMMOND.
The streets near the assembling place were crowded with people who came to do honor to the dead. Traffic officers had to be called to handle the cars that crowded the corner of third street and Avenue A. The people lined the curb thickly on both sides of the street. Those next to the wall had difficulty in seeing the proceedings but they remained.
As the body was brought from the undertaking establishment the band played "Nearer My God to Thee" and the firing squad stood at present arms. The men in the surrounding crowd removed their hats. With the colors and the color guard in front the funeral procession was formed and marched to a point in front of the Temple post office where cars were waiting to take the ex-service men to the Oenaville cemetery.
The funeral line was one of the longest ever seen in Temple. Perhaps thousands thronged the streets on the line of march, paying tribute to one of America's sons who gave his life while in the service of this country. When the front color guard turned the corner of French and Third the rear of the procession was far down in the business section in the process of formation. When it emerged from the edge of town the line was still forming. As the leaders went over the top of the hill a mile north of town the cars were still in the business section. Estimates as to the length of the procession vary from four to six miles.
The extreme length of the line caused several small accidents. Just as the twenty-sixth car was passing over the railroad track one of the automobiles slowed up and about five cars ran into the rear end of the car ahead. One gasoline tank was broken and the car rolled out to the side and the occupants got into other cars as they passed. Arriving at the edge of Oenaville the men were formed into line again and the body was carried into the tabernacle. It was impossible for any of the funeral procession to park within a hundred yards of the tabernacle on account of the large number that had come to Oenaville from other points, parking their automobiles so that they extended for a long distance from the scene of the ceremony.
Chaplain B.A. HODGES read funeral service at the tabernacle. The honor guard stood at attention at the rear of the building which was open on all sides. At the conclusion of the simple service the procession was again formed. The men this time carrying the coffin at the head. In this manner the line walked to the cemetery. A simple service and prayer preceded the interment. Afterward the regulation three volleys were formed. The drums rolled and taps were sounded. People from all over Bell County attended the services. Belton. Killeen, Moody, Eddy, Troy, Holland, Bartlett, Belfalls and numerous other towns were represented.
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Baccalaureate Service-Class of 1920-Belton High School-First Christian Church-Sunday Morning-May Sixteenth 11 o'clock.
Style show Given By School Girls-Splendid exhibit is staged in the Auditorium at the High School
Belton, May 15- One of the most enjoyable events that has ever been held at the high school was the style show given yesterday morning in the auditorium by the students of the domestic arts department. It was so good, and reflected so much credit on the department and its director, Miss Lois STAMPER, that it is too bad that every patron of the Belton schools was not present to witness it, school authorities state. The musical accompaniments were played by Mary Margaret GOEPPINGER, and the descriptions of the styles were given by Vera STAMPER. The following costumes were exhibited:
Grecian - Halley MILLER
Belton Students Receive Diplomas- Graduation exercise of the High School is largely attended-1920
Belton, May 20- The final graduating exercises of the 1920 class of the Belton High School were held in Alma REEVES chapel at Baylor College tonight. An immense crowd consisting of friends and patrons of the city schools was present for the exercises which ranked with the best that has ever been held. Thirty-six were awarded diplomas. The class this year was the second largest in the history of the school the class of two years ago out numbering them by six. Diplomas and awards were made to the following:
Jarrell M. AGEE, Hannah Arline BLAIR, Tom C. BLAIR, John Henry BURNETT, Ruth CHRISTINAUS, Harry Walton COCHRAN, Felda COWAN, Eda DOOLEY, Anne Carolyne EMBREE, Hugh Howell FOREMAN, De Otis W FORRESTER, Frances FRAZIER, Mary Margaret GOEPPINGER, Byrdeen HANNON, Elizabeth Stuart HILLYER, Virginia Elizabeth JAMES, Hester JONES, Byron J. LITTLE, Vernie Anne LITTLE, Shirley Blanche MAYES, Hubert L. MAYE, Eva Fern MILLER, Lecia MILLERY, Minnie Louise MUELHOUSE, Jack MURPHY, Wallace DORTCH, MCELHANNONON, Leta MCQUEEN, Nora OSWALT, Ora Lee PORTER, Herman RICHARDSON, Myra May STAPP, Ada Catherine SUTTON, Willie Charles TIERCE, Nelson W. WESTBROOK, Faye WILBANKS, Yancy P. YARBROUGH, Jr.
The honors awarded were as follows:
First, Harry Wallace COCHRAN; second Virginia Elizabeth JAMES; third Felda COWAN; fourth, tie, between Shirely Blanche MAYES and Yancy P. YARBROUGH,Jr.
County Interscholastic Cups:
Class A Senior Girls track cup won by Belton High School
High School Cups:
Y.P. YARBROUGH cup in senior spelling won by Vara STAMPER
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Commencement Exercises-Class of 1920-Belton High School-Alma REEVES Chapel-Thursday Evening-May Twentieth-Eight-thirty
1. Invocation Rev. J.C. BYARS
Senior Plays-Class 1920-Belton High School-Alma Reeves Chapel- Wednesday Evening-May Nineteenth-Eight-thirty
II. "THE TWIG OF THORN" An Irish Fairy Play in two acts
Second act; first day of winter in the same year During this Act the curtain is lowered for an instant to indicate the lapse of one-half hour.
Manual Training Exhibit in Belton-The High School Boys invite visitors-Head of Department complimented.
Belton, May 18-The Manual Training department of the Belton high school will have an exhibit of the year's work in the corridors of the high school tomorrow, to which all patrons of the school are cordially invited. The exhibit this year is the most meritorious that has ever been displayed, which will assure to all those interested a great treat. Mr. T.L. SMITH is head of the department and has been complimented highly for his work. Among the articles in woodwork to be displayed are the following:
Writing Table-Edward HOGWOOD
Belton, May 18,-The honor graduates of the Belton High School this year are Walton COCHRAN, Virginia JAMES, Felda COWAN, Shirley MAYES, and Yancy YARBROUGH: First honors go to Walton COCCHRAN, second to Virginia JAMES and third to Felda COWAN, Shirley MAYES and Yancy YARBROUGH tied for fourth place. There will possibly be thirty five graduates of the high school this year, Superintendent HUBBARD states. The baccalaureate sermon was delivered to the graduates at the First Christian church here on Sunday morning in the presence of a large audience. Dr. C.R. WRIGHT presiding elder of the Georgetown district of the Methodist church delivered the address which was a most masterful one. The Baylor College choral club added enchantment to the program by rendering some of their delightful numbers.
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Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Methodist parsonage was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Olen B. SCOTT and Miss Henri KARNES, Rev. P.E. RILEY officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Henry KARNES, and is one of Belton's most popular young ladies. She was a teacher in the city schools last year, and is a young lady of finest character. Mr. SCOTT is a prominent citizen of Floydada. They left at noon for Dallas and will visit in the city and in Mineral Wells, after which they will be at home at Floydada.
Belton, July 11-col. J.Z. MILLER Sr., a prominent citizen of Bell County for many years, died at his home in this city this morning at 10 O'clock, following an illness of several weeks. The deceased would have been 86 years old on August 23. He was born at Columbia, Ky., on Aug 23, 1834, and came from that state to Bastrop county in the early days and came to Bell county when still a young man. As long as he was a resident here he was prominent in the affairs of the country. On moving to Belton he became connected with the bank of MILLER Bros., bankers and in 1884 he organized the Belton National Bank and remained as its president until his death.
When the War Between the States broke out Colonel MILLER at once enlisted in the service with the Confederate states , attaining the rank of colonel. Following the war he returned to Belton, where he continued his residence. Col. J.Z. MILLER was one of the most prominent citizens Bell County ever had. He was active in all matters that was for the good of the county and for many years led an active fight for prohibition. He was equally active in church matters and was for many years one of the leaders of the Christian church of this city. During the years from 1895 to 1900 Colonel MILLER was president of the Texas National Bankers association and held other prominent offices in banking circles.
He was the uncle of J.Z. MILLER, Jr., of Kansas City, who is governor of the Federal Reserve bank at that place. In addition to this nephew he is survived by a sister, Mrs. J.J. BURRISS of Lyonsburg, Ky., a son, Will MILLER of this city, and several grand children. Mr. MILLER of Kansas City is expected to reach here tomorrow in time for the funeral. The other relatives with the exception of the sister were present when death came. The funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the family residence. Rev. E.C. BOYNTON of Marshall will have charge of the services at the residence. The body will be buried with Masonic honors in north Belton cemetery by the side of his wife and daughter.
The following are the pallbearers: honorary-W.W. JAMES, Geo. W. TYLER, A.D. POTTS, Peter HAMMERSMITH, Thos. YARRELL Sr., J.C. HARDY, E.G. TOWNSEND, W.P. DENMAN, F.F. DOWNS, C.M. CAMPBELL, W.E. HALL, S.M.RAY Sr., B.A. LUDLOW, BROWNWOOD; W.S. HUNTER, Wm. GARRISON, John A. DICE, C.B. WADE, E.EMBREE, W.W. UPSHAW, J.F. ELLIOTT, Mike D. LIGHT, J.K. MAYES. Acitve: T.L. MEANS, R.B. JAMES, S.M. RAY Jr., A.H. POTTS, H.T. COCHRAN, Geo. W. COLE.(Note from submitter-another obituary on Col. J.Z. MILLER can be found in Book II page 26 of Nannie's Scrapbook)
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The remains of George Hunt MAYES were laid to rest at Atoka, Oklahoma, where his death occurred in a railway wreck in which seven other people lost their lives and thirty were injured. Every effort was made by his mother, Mrs. Hugh HOOD, and other relatives to have the body brought to this city but its condition from wounds and burns prevented its being accepted for transportation.
Deceased spent the greater part of his life in this city and had a host of friends here and over the county. He was a student in the city schools and was loved by classmates and other students. He was boy of bright kind disposition and won the love of all who knew him. Many friends join with the members of the family in sorrow for his early and tragic death.
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Belton July 22 1921- Mrs. Ellen PUDDY was honor guest in a party given at the Yettie Tobler Polk park last night by her sons and daughters of this city to celebrate the 77th anniversary of her birth. The event was a most pleasant one with twenty nine present. Mrs. PUDDY was born in England. Her first home on this continent was in Canada. The family came to this city thirty-five or forty years ago. (Note by submitter: obituary of Ellen PUDDY in Book II page 29 of Nannie's Scrapbooks)
Miss Viola GOTCHER living on Shine Street, very pleasantly entertained with a shower her friend Miss Mary Sue BLAIR, who will be an Easter bride. The first thing on the program was a mock ceremony and in this way the bride was seated in a large arm chair under a large wedding bell, which was accidentally (?) rung showering rice all over the bride to be. A contest was then played shooting at a heart with a bow and arrow, the winner was the next to be married, which was Miss Joe Francis STEWART, who hit the heart plumb in the center. These ten girl friends did a very wise thing in clubbing together and presenting the bride to be a handsome Marseilles spread. Refreshments of brick cream with pink heart centers and delicious cake were served upon arrival of the groom Charles MEYER and friend, Raymond GARNER, who came in to escort the ladies home.
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F.F. DOWNS, president of the First National bank and one of the pioneer business men of Temple, is in receipt of a letter from his lifetime friend, R.B. GODLEY of Dallas, in which he recalls some happy memories of the early days of Temple, just forty years ago. Mr.GODLEY is a wholesale and commission lumber merchant. At the time with which his letter deals he was a resident of Marlin, as was Mr. DOWNS. On the following January, after Mr. GODLEY opened the first lumberyard here, he persuaded Mr. DOWNS to open the first bank in Temple. This was a private bank organized by F.F. and P.L. DOWNS and was located where the Carter & Baugh store is now. The letter which is dated March 31, follows:
Dallas, Tex. March 31, 1921.
Dear Fla: "Looking backward" perhaps is not the proper thing to consider these days, but to the contrary-looking forward-but just of this moment this afternoon forty (40) years ago I arrived in the then so called Temple, from Marlin in a livery team with a "shoofer" holding the whip over the team.
Finding old man La Selle camped there waiting for a carload or so of lumber for the purpose of building a store house down in a corn field on the south side of the 200 acre town site, the railroad company refusing to sell a lot to anyone for any purpose, being invited by Mr. La S. to spend the night with him in his clean and very neat little tent, he doing his own cooking. I agreed, as I was tired from the long drive over the roads as existed at that time: I "lit", sending the driver out half a mile or so to a farmhouse to get lodging for himself and team. I spent the night very comfortably just west of the railroad track, or at the foot of the street your bank now fronts, quite near the little railway freight station, which was the only house of any kind on the town site of Temple.
The next morning, April 1, I took a look over the "promised land" and made up my mind that the place had a good future, so then and there stepped off the ground (on railway right of way) and began the opening of the first lumber yard, and the only person of course, a preferred first person, permitted to use any part of the "sacred domain"; so this yard dedicated the town and I was never happier than my trips afterwards in the little city, both in a personal and financial way when I would make periodical trips to see how John DAY and old Simon were getting along, and after the following June 29th, when lots were sold, and the little bunch began to straggle in. I began to love them, not only for their patronage, but in a personal way; and except for the severe nervous breakdown a few years afterwards, I would to this time have a lumber sign hung up, as I never had a more satisfactory personal experience with any people than the "first settlers" of Temple.
Now, all this say that I still love the "Old folks" of Temple and so long as I will be able to know anything, those folks kindness, etc., will ever be green as an oasis of my life.
"Kiss" the old timers for me, and tell them I will think kindly of them. Trust you are quite well and still prosperous and happy.
With kindest personal regards,
Yours, R.B. GODLEY
Belton, March 26-Miss Viola GOTCHER was hostess Wednesday evening in a pretty pre-nuptial shower to honor Miss Mary Sue BLAIR, who on Sunday will be united in marriage to Charles MEYER of this city. When other girl friends who were to share in the pleasures of the evening had assembled at the GOTCHER home, the honoree was led by the hostess into the parlor and invited to occupy a large rocking chair in the center of the room. As the piano gave forth the notes of wedding bells to the touch of Miss Joe Frances STEWARD, the chimes were sung by the large wedding bell under which the bride-elect was seated and as it was sung it sent down a heavy shower of rice. A number of old-fashioned games were entered into heartily by the merry crowd. In the marriage fortune contest Miss STEWART proved that she would be the next to be led to the marriage altar in being the only one who could place a dart in a great big heart with a bow and arrow.
Della Frances GOTCHER was chosen gift bearer and presented the honoree with the beautiful bedspread, which was the gift of the friends who were present. Brick cream with a pink heart pierced by a golden arrow at its center was served with delicious cakes, the arrow making pretty favors for each guest. The beautiful flowers, which had decorated the rooms during the evening, were presented the honoree as she left for her home accompanied by the groom-elect. The young ladies taking part in the evening's pleasures with the honoree and hostess were Misses Lela and Jesse UTLEY, Averal CARTER, Bernice KIRCHNER, Annie and Elli GOTCHER and Joe Frances STEWART. (Note by submitter: more about this marriage can be found from Book II page 28 of Nannie's Scrapbooks)
Belton , April 2, 1921-Mr. and Mrs. Charles MEYER are now at home to their friends at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed MEYER, on Avenue D. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. MEYER was solemnized at the Methodist church parsonage in Austin last Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Mr. MEYER claiming as his bride, Miss Mary Sue BLAIR. Rev. DUKE officiated. The young couple left this city Sunday morning, autoing to Austin and to the home of his cousin, Mrs. George HOGWOOD. They were accompanied on their happy mission to the parsonage by Mr. and Mrs. HOGWOOD.
The bride has made Belton her home for the past two years and is loved by all who know her for her sweet womanliness. The groom was born and reared in the city and numbers as his friends all those who know him. He is a machinist in the GUFFY garage. (Note by submitter: more about this marriage can be found from Book II page 28) of Nannie's Scrapbooks)
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E. R. FOREMAN of Houston spent New Years in this city, the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. FOREMAN. Missies Mozelle, Imogene and Madge FOREMAN of this city and Miss Leta May PAGE of Fort Worth spent the weekend in Temple at the home of their aunt, Mrs. Charles ALEXANDER.
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Earl COX has returned from New Orleans where he went to receive healing from Brother Isaah. Earl states that the healer placed fingers in his (Cox) ears and that almost immediately the roaring which has been in his head since his ears were effected by meningitis left and has not returned. Louis COX, father of Earl, states that the boy's speech is clearer and that he seems to hear a little.
Belton, July 22-C.E. METCALF, son-in-law of Col. Peter HAMMERSMITH of Temple, is one Belton citizens who is well acquainted with Gov. James M. COX, democratic nominee for president. It was about twenty three years ago that Mr. METCALF met Governor COX in Cincinnati, but when the Ohio governor was nominated as the standard bearer of the democratic party at San Francisco the local man was reticent in relating his associations with Mr. COX back in Cincinnati. He finally acquiesced to the request of a reporter of the Telegram and consented to the publishing of the fact.
According to Mr. METCALF, Governor COX was born on a farm at Camden Ohio, which is located between Dayton and Hamilton. When a boy he worked on a farm attended the country schools and later taught in a country school. He came to Cincinnati when still a young man and secured a job as reporter on the Cincinnati Inquirer. It was when he came to Cincinnati that they met accidentally at a boarding house and began rooming together. Their acquaintance grew into a close personal friendship during the four years they roomed together and weekend trips were often made by Mr. COX and his friend to the METCALF home up at Dayton. The Ohio governor became an excellent reporter for the Cincinnati Inquirer and was regarded as one, of the best. He worked hard, according to Mr. METCALF, always putting forth his best efforts. He was unassuming a regular good fellow and was always anxious to do a good turn toward his comrades and associates.
After Mr. METCALF left Cincinnati Governor COX purchased the Dayton News and later the Springfield News. For a number of years a brother of Mr. METCALF was in the advertising department of Governor COX'S Dayton paper. The Ohio governor is a self-made man, coming up from the very bottom. Mr. METCALF declares, "and I would like to see him elected presinde." The friendship of these two men still exists, though they have not been closely associated with each, other for more than twenty years. They still correspond and recently METCALF received a picture of the governor and his home. Upon the nomination of Mr. COX, Mr. METCALF wrote him his joy and at the same time notified him that he did not want a job-he preferred to stay in Belton, Texas. Mr. METCALF says he wants to see him elected president because he is worthy and a real man.
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Belton, August 11- At a meeting of the Belton post American Legion held in the county court room last night officers for the ensuing year were elected and delegates to the state convention to be held at Houston Aug, 23, 24 and 25 were chosen. The election of officers was as follows:
Chas. W. PYLE, post commander
Belton, Dec. 23-Mr. and Mrs. J.H. POWERS are among those in this city to whom Christmas will bring a family reunion. Those who will assemble for the dinner of Christmas Day are Mr. and Mrs. George GOTT and family of Temple, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. FOREMAN and family of this city, Mr. and Mrs. Roderick PAGE, Ft. Worth; Mr. and Mrs. George HOGWOOD and son of Austin. Only four members will be lacking to make the reunion of the family complete, Mr. and Mrs. Tom POWERS of Los Angeles, Cal., and Harold and Howell FOREMAN, who are members of the navy. Guests with the family will be Messrs. Bill and Fred PAGE and Miss Lela May PAGE of Ft. Worth and Mrs. David WOOD of Temple. The Ft. Worth guests will auto to Temple tomorrow where they will be guests during a part of the holidays of Mrs. PAGE'S parents, Mr. and Mrs. George GOTT.
Belton, Dec 23-Dr. J. H. BURNETT and son John BURNETT, were called to Kopperl yesterday afternoon to attend the funeral of Dr. BURNETT'S niece, Mrs. Floyd SELRIDGE. The death of Mrs. SELRIDGE occurred at El Paso resulting from pneumonia. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim BURNETTT and during her girlhood visited in this city. She was a woman of gentle refinement and was loved by all those who knew her. The remains were taken to her former home, Kopperl, whence the funeral was held this afternoon.
Belton, July 29-Misses Bernice WIRCHNER and Louise SHINE delightfully entertained in honor of Miss Onida WOODS of Houston during the early week with a picnic at Jones mill. The evening was a most pleasant one, everyone enjoying to the fullest extent this delightful outing. Among those who were present were Mrs. Gene FOREMAN, Mrs. W.J. STONE, Mr. and Mrs. Harold SAVAGE, Mrs. Edwin MUEHLHAUSE, Misses Mozell FOREMAN, Velma SHINE, Thelma GRIFFIN, Gladys COCKRUM, Ouida STONE, Una JACKS, Louise SHIE, Alma TAGGART, Luella CLARKSON and Messrs. Ben HAMNER, Willie NAISMITH, Claud JACKS, Charles CLARKSON, Edwin STONE and Rufus KIMBRO.
Cards received from Howell FOREMAN and Lewis COX, Jr., who are enroute to San Francisco to enter training for the navy, stated that they were having a fine time amid Arizona snows.
Mr. W.J. STONE and Wm. STONE, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. DOW who went to San Antonio last week and were to have returned home this week, Tuesday, met with the not unusual misfortunes of the auto tourists. Their return trip was uneventful until they got stuck in the mud between Granger and Bartlett. While waiting in their car for help to arrive Mr. DOW composed the following:
Texas is the land of cotton,
Belton, July 12-The remains of Col. J.Z. MILLER Sr., who died at his home in this city yesterday, were laid to rest this afternoon at 5 o'clock in the North Belton cemetery in the presence of hundreds of friends and sorrowing loved ones. The crowd who gathered to pay their tribute of respect to this departed philanthropic man was one of the largest ever gathered around a grave in Belton and was in a way an intimation of the high esteem and love in which he was held. People from all parts of and even out of Texas came to pay honor to this man. The floral offerings were immense, the grave being literally strewn with flowers, which were sent by friends of the family.
Rev. E.C. BOYNTON of Huntsville, had charge of the services at the residence and delivered an eloquent eulogy on the life of the deceased. Following the services at the residence the body was turned over to the masons who buried it with Masonic honors. From 5 o'clock on throughout the remainder of the day all the business houses of the town, were closed as a mark or respect for the deceased.
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The marriage of Miss Helen COOK of this city to Mr. Harold KILGORE to be solemnized last night at Los Angeles, California, was announced in a letter received by H.M. COOK, brother of the bride. The marriage was to take place at the Los Angeles Bible Institute, a branch of the Moody Institute where both of these young people are students.
Their romance was begun in Los Angeles where Miss Helen has spent sometime in company with her mother, Mrs. Thos. A. COOK and Mr. and Mrs. J.E. HAYNES. The bride is one of Belton's young ladies of whom all her people are proud. Of attractive personality, cultured and refined the most earnest efforts of her life have been devoted to the work of her church and to service of all those who were about her, whether relative, friend or one who needed her help. She is loved by all those who know her. Mr. KILGORE though now a stranger here, will receive a hearty welcome in this city during the visit which he and his bride expect to pay here in the near future.
Sunday morning at 9 o'clock at the home of the bride's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.K. MAYES, Miss Velma McARTHUR, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. ARTHUR formerly of Belton, but now of Houston, was united in holy matrimony to Mr. Thos. F. BAKER of Houston. The double ring ceremony was beautifully performed by Rev. W.G. HIGGINS of this city. The bride was lovely in a neatly tailored suit of Copenhagen blue with all accessories in brown. She wore a corsage bouquet of brides' roses, vincas and ferns. This event was the culmination of the war-time correspondence while the groom was serving our country in France and Germany. Since his return he has been in the offices of the I. & G. N. at Palestine, but has now been transferred to Houston. He is a young man of sterling character. The bride spent much of her girlhood in this city and won the love of all those who knew her. Mr. and Mrs. BAKER will spend sometime in this city.
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Miss Ouida STONE a Sunday school teacher in the Christian church in the kindest way took her class of 12 to the city park Friday afternoon for an Easter Egg hunt. They had the best time ever from 4 p.m. till nearly dark, hunting eggs and having lunch of fruit, candy and other good thing that tickle the palate of a child. Miss STONE is starting just right to be a successful Sunday school teacher.
Mr. Chas. W. MEYER and Miss Mary Sue BLAIR of this city, procured a license and early Sunday morning motored to Austin to be married at the residence of Mr. George HOGWOOD in that city, and were quietly untied in marriage Easter Sunday, March 27, 1921. Mr. MEYER is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eli MEYER and is an excellent young man, and holds a position in the GUFFY Garage in this city. Miss BLAIR is known and loved by a large circle of admiring friends in this place, who will join in wishing this young couple lots of happiness in their new wedded life. They will return to Belton Tuesday night. (Note by submitter: more about this marriage can be found in Book II page 10 of Nannie's Scrapbooks)
A few times in the past several days Mrs. Tom JOHNSON on Central Avenue has been hearing her chickens making an unusual noise. Yesterday she was in time to see a diamond rattle snake going under the house. With the assistance of a neighbor she succeeded in killing it. Mr. JOHNSON brought the snake into the news office for exhibition. It was about three and a half feet in length and of large size.
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One more of Bell County's oldest pioneers departed this life when Mr. L.A. BARTON, for more than a half century a resident of the county passed away at the old home in Salado yesterday morning at 1:25 o'clock She was born in South Carolina in 1835 and in 1850 at Greenville plighted her troth to Dr. Wellman BARTON, when both were in the flush and spring time of youth. The family came to Texas in 1854 as members of a colony of 100 from the old south state, travelling by ox team, often making not more than 15 or 20 miles in a day's journey, three months being required to complete the pilgrimage. Sam Houston was governor of Texas at the time and for him, the BARTONS named their son just two months of age. The family settled in Burnet county, moving to Bell county at the close of the civil war, choosing location there of Salado college and the educational advantages offered the growing family of children. During the absence of Dr. BARTON, a surgeon in the Confederate army, the mother was at home with the family spinning, weaving, managing the slaves on the plantation and battling with wild Indians.
Mrs. BARTON was an untiring, active Christian worker, her membership in the Baptist church dating from long years back. Her passing was as peaceful as her life had been serene and placid, the unveiling to her eyes of the great mystery being welcomed with joy and resignation. At her bedside in the last moment were devoted children, Dr. R.W. BARTON of Temple, Miss Addie BARTON, Dr. Wellborn BARTON and Mrs. Ruth BARTON Shanklin of Salado; other children, Mesdames J.H. EUBANK and Mildred B. LAW of California and J.H. BINDLEY of San Antonio being unable to arrive in time. Those mentioned constitute the surviving children, three others, Sam, Emma and Eva with the husband and father, having proceeded her to the great beyond. Funeral services will occur at Salado Tuesday, November 16, at the family residence, conducted by her old pastor, Rev. D.M. WEST of Columbia assisted by Rev. M.T. ANDREWS of Temple and Rev. LITTLE of Belton; interment at Salado cemetery.
Ten grandchildren of the illustrious woman will fill the office of pallbearers, namely Dr. HAMBLEN, Robert, Jr., Leon, Grady, Jamie, Rogers, Will, Blake, Sam and John Allen BARTON. Honorary pallbearers are: G.N. VICKERY, Dr. J.E. GUTHRIE, Seymour ROSE, Maclin ROBERTSON, John LOVE, George W. TYLER, W.A. BAKER, Huling P. ROBERTSON, Henry J. ORGAIN, George CASKEY-Temple Telegram.
Mrs. Ellen PUDDY "In the midst of life we are in death."
Sunday afternoon, in her usual health, Mrs. Ellen (Grandma) PUDDY, accompanied by her oldest son, Bob left on the westbound Santa Fe train to visit her daughter at Evant, and her son on his way returning home to El Paso. Thursday at noon her body was returned here cold in death. Not by any accident did she give up her life, but He who controls the destines of all, called her home shortly before 10 o'clock Wednesday night, in a way she had often expressed a wish to be taken, so that she "would not be a burden to anyone."
Reaching Lampasas Mrs. PUDDY went to the home of a friend who lived a short distance in the country, to await the coming of some one to take her to the home of her daughter. While waiting she was taken ill and passed away in about thirty minutes. Relatives here were notified by telephone and Mr. and Mrs. Ray SAVAGE and Walter PUDDY left on the early morning train for Lampasas, returning with the remains as stated above.
She was a native of England, having been born at St. Wedmore, in 1843. She was untied in marriage to Mr. A. PUDDY at the age of fifteen years. A few years later they went to Toronto, Canada, from there they moved to Iowa in about 1872. From there they came to Texas in 1875, settling in Hamilton County. From Hamilton County they came to Belton about 32 years ago, Mr. PUDDY engaging in the meat market business here, up to the time of his death a few years ago. She is survived by six sons and four daughters. They are: Mrs. Emma BLACKBURN, Evant; Bob of El Paso; Tom, Fort Worth; Ed, Belton; Mrs. Dave WILLIAMS and Albert, of Marlin; Jack, of Houston; Walter, Belton; Mrs. Walter WISEMAN, Fort Worth; Mrs. Ray SAVAGE, Belton as well as a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren, all of whom almost worshipped her.
It can truly be said that one of God's noble women has gone to receive her reward. Gentle and unassuming by nature, she came and went as a ministering angel among those less fortunate, and to those in sickness and sorrow. The night was never too dark or the day too hot or too cold, but she would to the bedside of the sick and minister to their needs, and many are they who have felt her soothing touch upon a fevered brow, heard her kindly words and benefited by her presence. These as well as a very large number of others will miss and mourn as for a friend as having passed over the river to the other side, where sickness and sorrow can not abide.
It has been the writer's privilege to have known her since she first came to Belton, and in her going we have lost one who was very dear to us and shall greatly miss. Yes, we shall miss her. Yet how much greater is the loss to her sons and daughters only those who knew her best cant tell. To these bereaved sons and daughters we extend sincere sympathy, and would say to them that while her body has returned to Him who gave it, that her spirit will live on down the countless ages as an inspiration and guiding star to brighten the path of those who follow. She has signed the armistice and is at peace. Her spark of life has gone out but there remains the dearest, sweetest memories that can come to mankind, that of good "mother". D.F.B.
Belton, April2-This afternoon at 4 o'clock at the pretty home of Mr. and Mrs. Will WITTER east of this city there was solemnized the marriage of their daughter, Miss Minnie Pearl, to Charles Weaver PYLE, Editor of the Belton Journal. Rev. B.W. VINING uttered the words of the beautiful ring ceremony in the presence of relations and a few intimate friends of the bride and groom. The bride wore a beautiful suit of blue cloth with accessories in brown. Brides roses and delicate ferns, artistically arranged about the room lent their sweetness and beauty to the happy scene. Following the ceremony and the hearty congratulations of friends there was merriment in the test of fortune in the cutting of the beautiful bride's cake. Delicious brick cream and cake were served.
The bride is a native of this city and the groom grew to manhood here. The romance which culminated in their marriage began almost immediately after her return from study in Crescent College at Eureka Springs and his return from oversea service. The bride is a young lady of sweet, womanly character loved and admired by all who know her.
Mr. PYLE came to this city ten years ago and was associated with his father in editing the Belton Journal Reporter, now the Belton Journal. He has resided in this city since that time with the exception of his world war services during which time he was in active oversea service for twelve months. The honor in which he is held by his comrades of the war is shown by the prominent places he has held in the Belton Post American Legion No. 55 since its organization and of which he is now post commander. The confidence and esteem in which he is held by the business men of the city is shown by the prominent place which he holds in the Belton Rotary club, the Chamber of Commerce and his re-election to the office of alderman of ward No. 1. Mr. and Mrs. PYLE left immediately after the ceremony for a brief wedding trip. They will be at home after April 3 to their friends at the PYLE home on North Main Street.
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Closing Exercises-By Pupils of the South Side and North Side Fifth and Sixth Grades-High School Auditorium-Friday Evening, May 5, 1916-Direction of Miss Ruth HATCHER
Program 1. "The Fairy Godmother's Lesson South Side Pupils
2. Illustrated Song-"We're With You, Mr. Wilson" - Mary M. GOEPPINGER, Elizabeth HILLYER, Minnie MUEHLHOUSE, Ranah BLAIR, Carolyn EMBREE, Frances FRAZIER, Shirley MAYES, Carrie YATES, Fay WILBANKS, Mary S. MALLORY.
3. "The Contest of the Flowers" Sixth Grade
King of Sunflowers Harrol FOREMAN
Scene I - The Indignation Meeting
4. Song- "I Want a Little Love From You" Welsey DICE, Mary NEELEY
5. "Little Bo Peep" Fifth Grade
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Family Reunion-December 7, 1920 Tuesday evening Mrs. Hannah G. DENISON celebrated her 82nd birthday anniversary with her annual family reunion at her home 230 Morrison St. Mrs. DENISON has five living children, Mrs. W.H ROSS of Fort Worth, Mrs. J. E ELLIOTT of Belton, F. L. DENISON of Temple, Mrs. C.W TAYLOR and Charles G. DENISON of this city. These with their families were present. A six-course dinner was served Chrysanthemums, ferns and roses came from friends and relatives, conspicuous among them being an immense bouquet from the kindergarten class of the Travis Park Methodist Church, of which Mrs. DENISON is called the grandmother. Mrs. DENISON was the recipient of many beautiful birthday presents, of which she expressed her appropriate verses. -San Antonio Daily Express.
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Basket Ball State Championship Teams Organize for Contest - The Boys Basketball State championship contest arranged for Bell County during the holidays chose the following basket ball committee for Bell County: County Supt. - P.L. STONE, Belton High School - A.L. CURTIS, Temple High School - J.H. HEAD. The towns entering the contest in Bell County are Belton, Temple, Holland, Bartlett, Pendleton, Heidenheimer, Seaton, Dyess Grove, Oenaville and Prairie Dell. The Belton team will play the Pendleton team next Friday at Temple.
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Mrs. J.E. ELLIOTT has received word from her sister, Mrs. W.H. ROSS of Fort Worth, that she had been notified that the body of her son, Shapley P. ROSS, would reach New York about December 18, and would be sent from there to Waco, Texas, about December 25. Mrs. ELLIOTT will be notified in time to attend her nephew's funeral, and be with the bereaved sister and family in their great loss. This will be a sad Christmas for these loved ones, and we would that it were in the power of mortal to make their burden lighter.
This young man who made the supreme sacrifice for his country on the battlefields of France, is being returned to loved ones stilled in death on the anniversary of Our Savior's birth. May the star of hope and promise be made manifest to the grief stricken ones, is our hope. Shapley ROSS is a grandson of Captain Shapley P. ROSS, one of the veteran pioneers who fought the Indians, and who is one of the old residents of Waco, having been one of those who laid out the town of Waco. The body of Shapley ROSS will be laid to rest in the family burying ground in Waco. (Note by submitter: further information about Mrs. Elliott's family can be found in Book II page 41 of Nannie's Scrapbooks)
Christmas day guests of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. POWERS will be Mr. and Mrs. Roderick PAGE, Misses BELLE, Ted and Leta May PAGE of Ft. Worth; Mr. and Mrs. George HOGWOOD and son of Austin; Mr. and Mrs. George GOTT and family and Mrs. David WOOD of Temple. These will be joined in a family reunion by Mr. and Mrs. E.W. FOREMAN and family of this city.
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PAPPAS-MELOT Wedding is Celebrated-Popular Greek couple are married with impressive service-On a Honeymoon-After Honeymoon to New Orleans they will be "At home" to their many friends in Temple.
At the appointed hour Sunday evening occurred the marriage of Mr. James PAPPAS and Miss Martha MELOT. With Rev. Damianos HERMONGENES, of Houston, officiating and an orchestra from Temple playing the Bridal Chorus of Lhengrin, the priest, with his deacon entered, taking his place at the altar. The groom came next, with his best man, Mr. Nick MAROSES of San Antonio, followed by twelve groomsmen in couples taking their places to the right of the altar. Next the little flower girls, little Mary CAFACALS and Martha MELOT, entered with little baskets of rose petals, tied with large bows of pink tulle. Next came the four bridesmaids, dressed in pink tulle, the two maids-of-honor, Misses Ora Belle VAN ZANDT and Essie Lee ROBERTS gowned in blue and pink satin with arm bouquets of bride's roses. The matron of honor, Mrs. GINUSKI, of Houston, preceded the bride, and wore a lovely gown of pink georgette.
Then came the bride, a lovely brunette, wearing a heavy white satin gown, with white tulle veil train, falling from a coronet of orange blossoms, a long chain of pearls around her neck, she entered leaning on the arm of her father, Mr. Peter MELOT. The tiny Misses bearing the train were Lucille and Irene CAFCALAS, also in ping frocks.
A semi-circle was formed of the bridal party, the groomsmen to the right of the altar and the ladies on the left side. The ceremony was begun by the priest lighting three tall candles, one handed to the groom, one to the bride, and keeping one himself. The regular Greek marriage ceremony was used. A white wreath is placed on the head of the bride and groom, after being blessed three times by the priest, in token of the Trinity; then comes the ring service and last the Holy Communion is administered to the bride, the groom and the best man, the priest chanting all the time assisted by Miss Mary GANMETAS of Tyler, soloist. A circle is then formed by the bridal party, marching around the altar three times, while the happy couple are being showered with rice and rose petals. The priest then blesses the couple and kisses the bride and groom and all the bridal party join hands and follow in line; then the guests the parents of the bride leading. A silver shower is thrown over the heads of the bride and groom into a coffer, which has been placed on the altar to receive this offering for the priest. The ceremony and the canting and blessing all over, the orchestra began to play popular airs. A flashlight picture was taken of the bridal party. The guests were all presented with souvenirs, dainty little boxes with initials of bride and groom on them, filled with candy. Beautiful white frosted cakes were then served the guests, while the bridal party indulged in dancing for a while. Supper was announced and all were invited into the dining room where tables were arranged all around in a circle. Plates for one hundred and fifty were provided and a sumptuous repast, better understood than described, was served in a charming way. The bridal cake, a beautiful pyramid embossed in white and green, was cut by the bride first, and then was served the invited guests by an attending grooms-man.
The wedding of Miss MELOT, who is loved and admired by all her friends, and they are many, was beautiful and impressive, while the groom is one of Temple's popular business men, held in high esteem. After the ceremony the happy couple left for a honey-moon trip to New Orleans. The bride's going away gown was of brown duvetyn. Everything was in harmony, gloves, hats and shoes. The blessing of all Belton friends go with this popular couple through their life's journey.
The death of I.J. JENNINGS, aged 51, son of Wm. JENNINGS of Pendleton, occurred yesterday at 2 o'clock p.m. at Troy, following an illness of several weeks' duration. Deceased was well known over Bell County, having been a candidate twice for Tax Collector of Bell County and was successful enough in the race to be in the second primary with his leading opponent. He was in business for a great many years in Belton where he leaves a host of friends.
He came to Texas in the year 1891 and lived in the Pendleton neighborhood for a few years after which he moved to the Three Forks community and in the year 1895 was married to Miss Belle FORRESTER daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.P FORRESTER, who preceded him in death about the year 1910. In the year 1912 he was married a second time to Miss Janie CURTIS of Troy, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.H. CURTIS. He is survived by his wife and little son, I.J., Jr., his father, Wm. JENNINGS, and four sisters, Mrs. Myrtie GREEN of Mississippi, Mrs. Nettie DUNCAN, Mrs. Lillie BURNS and Mrs. Mammie BIRCHUM, all living in Texas, and three brothers; Richard, Worth W. and James, all of Bell County. He was a member of the Christian Church and was a faithful attendant upon its services and a lover of children and young people, having for a number of years taught a large class of young boys in the Sunday school of the First Christian church at Belton, where he lived so long, all of whom remember and revere his name. I.J., as he was familiarly known, was a loyal good friend, and of a happy, cheerful disposition, always scattering sunshine wherever he went.
Deceased was a native of Tennessee, coming from an old pioneer family of Warren County and there are a host of friends and neighbors here in Bell County who were neighbors in Tennessee. The funeral services will be conducted from the A.H. CURTIS home in Troy tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. J.W. HOLSAPPLE, pastor of the First Christian Church of Temple. Interment will be in the Roberts cemetery just north of Troy. Active pallbearers are O. LUSK, R.M. Scott of Belton, Clyde NORWOOD of Pendleton, Walter ROBINSON, Bascom CARTER, Ebb EDWARDS, Troy; Honorary: Haskell SMITH of Austin, H.S. THOMPSON, H.H. Ray, E.A. CURLEE, Pendleton; Harry FOWLER, Y.W. THOMPSON, A.H. EDWARDS, L.M. HATCHER, Troy.
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Col. UPSHAW is still working for His Beloved Southland -(dated by hand January 12, 1921)
In passing through the corridors of the Court House one day this week the editor observed a pleasant looking young gentleman, we would say about 70 years young, whose pleasant looking face was a strong invitation to the editor to stop in which he proceeded to do. He was in the Treasurer's office and we soon gleaned the information he was the custodian of the County's funds. We further learned that he has been in this position fourteen years, so well does he perform the duties of the office, Col. UPSHAW has been here a long time. Our recollection is he said he came to this County in the 70's. He came to Texas from Louisiana, but by nativity is a Mississippian. His father removed to Louisiana before the "War Between the States." Col. UPSHAW, volunteered from Louisiana in the Confederate Service and was under General Lee the greatest military chieftain the world ever saw and the purest man that ever lived on this earth since the days of the Gallilean. When a man tells you he was in Lee's Army you need not inquire further as to whether he saw fighting or not. Col. UPSHAW has a mute, but forceful evidence of his sacrifice for the "Lost Cause," having left one of his legs on the battlefield of the Wilderness, one among the bloodiest of the battles of the great fratricidal strife.
At the "Get Together Banquet" one of the speakers paid a high tribute to the UPSHAW family in the County. A son, Eugene UPSHAW, is the efficient City Secretary and also secretary of the Chamber of Commerce. Col. UPSHAW has also served as District Clerk in the County. It is probable the people, because of his genial disposition and efficiency in office, will retain him there until he grows out another leg in the place of the one he gave his Country. The News editor enjoyed his visit to Col. UPSHAW'S office very much and hopes to spend many pleasant moments in his company in the future.
Mrs. Eva BROWN, 68 years old died at home, 707 east Euclid Avenue at 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. She was a native of Prussia and had lived in San Antonio for the last ten years. She is survived by five sons, Morris, Aaron, Silo, Abe and Louis; three daughters, Mrs. H. SHULMAN, Mrs. M. DALKOWITZ and Miss Emma BROWN, all of San Antonio; and four grandchildren. The funeral will be held at the residence at 10 o'clock Friday morning. Interment will be made in the Orthodox Jewish cemetery.
Heroes of South Honor Robt. E. LEE-Belton Veterans guests at unveiling of chieftains bust at Baylor
Belton, Jan 20-Nineteen confederate veterans were honor guests at Baylor college yesterday for the unveiling services of the bust of Robert E. LEE and the congenial spirit of the college family in making these heroes feel at home caused them to forget their debilities and mingled joyfully with the college girls in a grand gathering. They were not bashful either for they enjoyed talking to the pretty girls just as the young hero of the recent world war who has not yet passed into a matrimonial career but who has a longing heart for some talented girl who is still in Baylor.
Each confederate veteran enjoyed the program, which was said to have been one of the most fascinating to the confederate veterans ever rendered in Belton. The readings by Misses Cleo DAWSON, Dorothy DOBSON, Helen WHITENER, Miss WALTERS; the singing by Mrs. PEIRCE, Miss PAMPLIN and the Choral club; and the address of Dr. J. C. HARDY on the life of General LEE were all greatly appreciated by the old soldiers as well as by the many Daughters of the Confederacy who were present and college students. Little Miss Christine McGARITY, a grand daughter of one who served four years under General Lee, drew aside the veil, unveiling the bust of the honored general.
Following the unveiling ceremonies the veterans were escorted to the college dining room where they were served with a delicious dinner by these college authorities. The girls so captivated these men that they unanimously elected a Baylor girl, Miss Cleo DAWSON, as sponsor of the Bell County camp and Mrs. Annie Coleman PIERCE her chaperone.
The veterans present were J.W. BOGGESS, W.T. FOSTER and J.A. BROWN, Salado; L.W. ALBERTSON, J.H. ALLEN, J.J. CARLOCK, J.E. ELLIOTT, Dr. D.F. FLEWELLEN, P.HAMMERSMITH, R.H. LITTLE, S.A. PIERCE, J.T. PRYOR, W.H. REED, W.S. RIGGS, T.W. TAYLOR, W.W. UPSHAW, J.J. WIILSON of this city; D.N. HEMBREE, Moody, and Mr. STEPHENS of Temple. One federal soldier was present and enjoyed the occasion in the same way which was characteristic of the confederates.
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A beautiful wedding of unusual interest took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T.L. MEANS on Thursday evening at 8:30 o'clock, when their daughter, Leland, was given in marriage to Mr. Benjamin Thomas BROWN. The entire reception suite was graced with potted plants and cut flowers of delicate hues.
As the guests assembled they registered in the bride's book which was in charge of little Miss Beth MEANS. At the appointed hour, strains of sweet music by Mrs. David FRANCIS, with violin accompaniment by Miss Lucille GARRISON, heralded the approach of Miss Noema BURKES and Mr. Berth old McELROY, who sang "All For You" and "A Dream", respectively. As the notes of Mendelssohn's Wedding March were heard, eager eyes were turned to the stairway. First was Miss Margie BURKES, in shell pink with white flowers, and entered with H.M. COOK; then came the groom with his best man, Victor MEANS. In the heart of a flower little Billie MEANS safely guarded the beautiful wedding ring, and was followed by Miss Morine CLABAUGH as maid of honor, who wore cream Georgette and carried lavender flowers. Then came the flower girls, Mary Jane MORE and Martha Louise HUBBARD, who from a dainty little apron arrangement, scattered rose petals. On the arm of her father, in a lovely creation of white satin charmeuse with pearl ornaments, becoming cap and veil, the bride entered, carrying an arm bouquet of bride's roses and lilies. Her pastor, Rev. J.C. BYARS, spoke the solemn and impressive words, which bound these loving hearts as one, and Rev. W.G. HIGGINS offered the prayer and blessing.
After the happy couple was showered with hearty congratulations, delicious punch and dainty sandwiches were served. The usual interest centered around the cutting of the beautifully decorated bride's cake and the finding of the emblems caused much merriment. Miss Margie BURKES was fortunate in capturing the bride's bouquet. The many handsome, useful and dainty gifts received represent the love and esteem of their many friends.
The bride has grown to lovely womanhood in Belton and is adored by all who know her. With her amiable disposition and sweet voice she has wide circle of friends. Her departure from our midst will be keenly felt in religious work as well as in social circles, where she has served so willingly and graciously. The Groom is a young man of sterling worth, a prominent citizen of Tahoka, who is identified with the business interests of that place, holding a responsible position in a bank. This happy event is the culmination of a friendship which was formed during the time the bride taught voice in West Texas.
The bride's going away gown was a rich brown velour with chic hat and accessories to harmonize. Mr. and Mrs. BROWN left on the midnight train for a short stay in North Texas, before going to their home in Tahoka.
Mrs. W.K. SAUNDERS, Belton, Texas (article dated by hand, February 14, 1921) Note: the name in title of this article is different from the name in article
Mrs. P.H. MALLORY Sen. was the victim on Sunday morning of a very painful accident. About 7:30 she was dressing for breakfast when her feet were caught in her clothing throwing her very hard on her left hip, which struck the corner of the hearth. Mrs. MALLORY called for help and they found her unable to move at all. To ascertain if the hip bone was broken and just how, if at all, she was moved to Temple and is not what the Sanitarium over there, where she was resting very nicely last night. An ex-ray will be made today which will determine the extent of her injuries. Mrs. MALLORY is 78 years old (or young she says) and her many friends are grieved to learn of her misfortune
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Mrs. Nannie Vandiver Saunders
Born in Anderson, S.C.; D.A. R. ancestor on her father's side from Amsterdam, Holland. Queen Wilhelmina has the same DA.R. ancestor, a member of the Huguenot Society of S.C., from her mother's ancestral line. A Daughter of the Confederacy from her father who served four years from South Carolina in Lee's Army of Northern Virginia; was a State Officer, that of Historian of Texas Division, of the U. D. C. in 1915 and 1916; declined a State Office at last convention in Austin. An advocate of Flowers for the Living. Last but not least, serving as Society Editor for the Belton Evening News.
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Ledger entries-As stated before, Scrapbook II was originally a store ledger which dated 1882-1884. Nannie pasted the newspaper articles over the ledger entries. However, on page 49 she had only pasted a cartoon at the top of the page. The original ledger entries at the bottom of the page are legible. The columns in the ledger are not identified. Therefore one can only assume the first column is the account number of individual, column two is name the account is in, column three debts and column four is credits.
379 John CARPENTER $ .10
Death invaded the home of Dave G. WOOD of this city at 2 o'clock Wednesday morning and bore to the world beyond the spirit of Mrs. Kate WOOD, one of Bell County's best known woman. She was for many years a resident of Belton and in that city took an active part in church work and community development. The deceased was 59 years of age at the time of her death. For the past several months she had not been in the best of health but her condition was not regarded as serious up until a few hours before her death when she suffered a stroke of paralysis. Mrs. WOOD was a devout Christian for many years and up until falling health seized her, was an active member of the Presbyterian Church at Belton. There survive her three sons and one daughter: Dave G. WOOD of this city, W.A. of Ardmore, Okla., and C.C., also of Oklahoma, Mrs. Oliver HALE of Ardmore is the daughter. In addition to these, there are other relatives and many friends who mourn her death. The funeral services were conducted Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock at the grave in North Belton cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. J.C. BYARS, pastor of the Christian church of that city.