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Belton, March 26-The many friends of Miss Florence YOUNG formerly of this city have received word of her marriage to Mr. Wm. G. BARBEE of Kyle, Texas on last Sunday evening in Austin. The wedding took place in the presence of only a few close relatives and intimate friends of the contracting parties. The bride will be remembered, as one of Belton's most charming and popular young ladies. She received her education at the Belton high school and Baylor College and for the past two years has been an instructor in the Kyle high school. The groom is said to be one of the most promising young businessmen of Kyle. The couple will make their home at Kyle. Best wishes from the many friends of the bride here go with her on her happy career of married life.
Belton relatives have been notified of the death of Jake BERRINGER, which occurred in El Paso, Sunday. He will be brought to Belton for burial and Dr. Eric BERRINGER, his brother, is expected down from West today to make the funeral arrangements. Jake BERRINGER was born and raised in Belton, and though failing health caused his removal to El Paso some years ago, he was still counted one of our homeboys. Known and loved by all, his death is indeed regretted. Mrs. Ghent CARPENTER is a cousin of the deceased. The funeral will take place Wednesday morning. Mr. BERRINGER was a member of the Masonic fraternity and also of the Elks. The funeral will probably be conducted by the Masons. (Note by submitter: another obituary on Berringer can be found in Book II page 63 of Nannie's Scrapbooks)
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Belton, May 18,-The remains of Joel F. ELLIOTT, pioneer Belton business man who died yesterday morning in El Paso will reach Temple tomorrow at noon and will be brought to this city, where, at the First Christian church, tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, the services will be held. In the passing of Joel F. ELLIOTT, Belton lost one of its most honored citizens and a man in whom the public had the highest confidence-a man whom everybody honored and a man whom no one ever criticized. The active pallbearers will be employees of the firm of RAY & ELLIOTT, of which the deceased was a member. They will be C.E. ROBINSON, Doyle PERKINS, Ray COOPER, John LUSK, Don FORREST and Frank CARDEN. Honorary: Thomas YARRELL Sr., W.M. GARRISON, J.A. FERGUSON, John A. WALLACE, Dr. S.L. MAYO, George W. COLE, A.D. POTTS and S.W. MILLER.
Newcomer has Battle with Family of Snakes - Belton, May 18-R. O. DIXON, who recently moved to this city from one of the northern states, had a unusual thrill a few days ago while out picking dewberries. Thoroughly enjoying such an outing, which he had never been privileged to do in the colder climate, Mr. DIXON was suddenly startled by an unusual rattling and, on looking, saw a huge rattle snake with 19 young ones near. A battle ensued with Mr. DIXON victor, and he brought the skin of the mother snake back to this city as an evidence of his success. The little ones were also killed.
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John H. POWERS- (Note by submitter: article was hand dated-April 21, 1921; John H. Powers was Nannie's father)
The spirit of John H. POWERS was called to the Home Beyond at a little past four o'clock this morning. Mr. POWERS had been in ill health for several years and for the past several months had been comfined to his home. Death came as a release from suffering. John H. POWERS was a member of one of Texas' and Bell County's pioneer families. He was born in Belton December 8, 1858 and has spent his entire life in this city.
In 1879 he was married to Miss Kate CHALK. To them four children were born, three of whom survive-Mrs. E.W. FOREMAN of this city, Mrs. George GOTT of Temple and Tom POWERS of California. Another son, Jimmie, passed to the House above in childhood.
Mr. POWERS was a man who was quiet and unassuming in his manners, but was true to every trust imposed in him. Of him it can truly be said that those who knew him best loved him best and honored him most. With the widow, daughters and son already named there survive fourteen grandchildren, a great grandchild, sisters and brothers and many friends who mourn the loss of one whom they loved tenderly. Sisters residing in this county are Mesdames W.J. STONE and Tom HUGHES of this city. Mrs. Nannie BOND of Temple, and Mrs. Louis BROWN of Salado. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. W.G. HIGGINS. Among those out of the city here for the funeral are two granddaughters, Mrs. Roderick PAGE of Ft. Worth and Mrs. George HOGWOOD of Austin.
John Henry POWERS Esteemed Citizen of Belton Dies (note by submitter: John Henry Powers was Nannie's father)
In the passing of this good man Belton loses an honored citizen. J. H. POWERS was a good boy, a good man and "as a man liveith, so shall he die." His wife, his children, his grand children, brothers and sisters, all rise up and call him blessed. John Henry POWERS, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. POWERS, deceased was born in Belton December 8, 1858. In his early young manhood in 1879, he was married to Miss Kate CHALK, of this city; hers was one of the finest and best families in this county or state, we can safely say.
There was born to this union four children, Mrs. Eugene FOREMAN of Belton, Mrs. George GOTT of Temple, Tom POWERS of Los Angeles, California, who visited him during his last illness. There are fifteen grand children and one great grand child; three of the grand sons are in the navy. Seven sisters and two brothers, together with his estimable wife, are left to mourn the loss of this good man. Mr. POWERS having lived here all his life made many warm personal friends, who will also sadly miss his familiar form and face. All must humbly say, "Thy will be done."
About 6 a.m. this (Thursday mourning) April 21, 1921, all that is mortal of the late J.H. (John) POWERS, passed before the Judge Supreme. Mr. POWERS reached the mature age of 62 years. During these years he made many true friends, both in the business and social world, who now mourn his loss. The funeral will be held from the family residence in South Belton, Friday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. HIGGINS, pastor of the First Christian church. Interment in South Belton cemetery. The active pallbearers: Messrs. Sam S. WALKER, James A. FERGUSON, S.W. MILLER, J.E. SUTTON, Geo. W. COLE, Jr., and Bryon HAMMERSMITH. Honorary-Messrs: W.S. HUNTER, Thos. YARRELL, Sr., R.E. TULLOCH, Peter HAMMERSMITH, KIRCHNOR and BRUCE.
Well-Known Old Citizens Passes Away (note by submitter: date is hand written as November 16, 1921) Bell County loses one of her oldest and most loved citizens in the death of J.A. HAMILTON. Mr. HAMILTON has lived most of his life in this county, and for the past few months has been in very poor health. The deceased was past his "three score years and ten" and in his death, four sons lose a beloved father, three of whom, W.P., P.N. and J.W. are of Belton, while the fourth H.M. HAMILTON is a resident of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.
The services will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Interment in the North Belton cemetery. Pallbearers are as follows: Byron HAMMERSMITH, Earl LORD, Roy SANDERFORD, Stanley HUTNER, Dr. J. H. BURNETT, Columbus JACKSON, Will PROCTOR and Will BOGART. Scores of friends mourn this good citizen's passing and extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.
The funeral services of Jake BERRINGER are being held as the paper goes to press. The funeral procession was formed at the Eads Undertaking parlors at 4 o'clock and services will be held at the grave in the family burying lot in North Belton cemetery, Elder E.C. BOYNTON, former pastor of the Christian church in this city, officiating. The pallbearers are Chas. PROCTOR, A.C. BAUER, H.M. COOK, Jesse Wallace BLAIR, Jim DICE and C.E. METCALF.
The deceased was born and raised in Belton. He was 33 years of age and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake BERRINGER. He was member of the Belton bar and held the office of city attorney at the time of his leaving Belton in 1916. On account of failing health he removed to Colorado and from there to El Paso, where his death occurred. Two sister, Mrs. Walter GRAVES of Fort Worth and Mrs. Sam DENMAN of Abilene, two brothers Dr. Eric BERRINGER of West and Morey BERRINGER of Houston and several cousins one of them Mrs. Ghent CARPENTER of Belton are his immediate surviving relatives. Jake BERRINGER was a member of the Christian church and led an exemplary Christian life, leaving behind him a memory that will be cherished as a noble example by his friends and loved ones. (Note by submitter: another obituary on Berringer can be found in Book II page 59 of Nannie's Scrapbooks)
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Rattler Breaks Up Merry Berry Hunt at Killeen (Temple Telegram Special)Killeen, Tex., May 14.-A big rattle snake with 15 rattlers and measuring 4 feet and 10 inches, broke up a dewberry hunt here a few days ago. The party was composed of Mesdames J.H POWERS and M.F. GILLILAND of Belton, who were guests of Miss Alice BLACKBURN, here, and Mesdames Fannie and Gid McCORCLE of this place. Coming upon the big rattler they armed themselves with rocks and clubs and did battle until the snake was pronounced dead. They then "hit the trail home," they say, having lost their appetite for berries.
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Golden Wedding Anniversary Dinner - Mr. and Mrs. Henry KIRCHNER celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary July 2, with a dinner at the City Park. All their children were present and all their grandchildren with the exception of three. Those present to participate in this rare occasion were: Will KIRCHNER and family, of Brady, Post KIRCHNER and family of Teague, Ed. SHINE and family, Ed KIRCHNER and family, Tom VANOY and family, Herbert KIRCHNER and family, Harold SAVAGE and family, Miss Bernice. Of the relatives there were in all 40 present. The invited guests, 11 in all, were: Ed PUDDY and family, Harry McDONALD, Willie May McDONALD, Una McDONLD, Dr. and Mrs. TALLEY of New Mexico and Mrs. Tommie NAISMITH and baby. How beautiful a realization is theirs, 50 years along life's pathway together: blessed with a family of children, now grown to manhood and womanhood, surrounded by their separate families. This worthy couple were given the privilege of looking down the vista of years of a half century of married life-glorious indeed-hand in hand through trials and joys, they stand upon the highest pinnacle. Blessed thrice blessed are they and in the words of the poet we would say:
Get your old gray bonnet,
May this worthy couple celebrate their diamond anniversary, always hand in hand looking toward the glorious sunset of perfect fulfillment, is the sincere wish of their hosts of friends.
Last Saturday afternoon, about 5:0-0 o'clock, Mr. A.G. SMITH of this city and Miss Nellie CARRICK of the Baylor College faculty were quietly married at the First Presbyterian church by Rev. J.C. BYARS of that church. Both are very popular in this city and have hosts of friends. Miss CARRICK is one of Belton's sweetest young women. She was almost reared in Baylor College, as more than twenty years ago her father was electrician for the college and died while being connected with that work. The family continued living under the shadow of that noble institution. Mr. SMITH is prominent in the newspaper circle and has a large number of friends in this city. After a little trip to Austin they are at present with Mrs. SMITH'S sister, Mr. and Mrs. Jessie JONES, at the north end of Main street. The best wishes of their friends go with them throughout life's journey.
Christian Encampment Opens Today at 4 P.M.- Belton, Texas Friday, July 8, 1921- People From all Parts of the State Already Here and all Cottages and Fifty Tents Already Taken-Grounds Have Taken on Appearance of a Tent City. The beautiful old Confederate park, with its conveniences of free lights, water and wood, has been converted into a thriving little city of tents and cottages and the scene there is one of bustling activity.
Fifty tents had been pitched under the shady trees this afternoon, and each one had been spoken for. Every screened in cottage has been taken and many more tents will dot the grove along the creek banks. Residents for the Encampment are arriving rapidly and everyone is getting acquainted with his neighbor. In addition to the numerous stands where cold drinks, sandwiches, watermelon, ice cream, etc., will be sold, there is a regular restaurant on the camping grounds. Here three straight meals will be served each day. This restaurant will be run by Jesse Vanoy. Another unique feature of the Encampment is a regular cafeteria, to be run by Mrs. Ed YATES. For information of services watch The News each day, where the program for the following day will be printed in full.
Among those already settled in Encampment-Rev. Frank LANEHART and wife Lampasas arrived on the noon train.-Will H. JONES, Baptist missionary minister of Harris County is a guest at the Encampment for a day or two.-J.H. FOREMAN and Clarence MEYERS are encamped.-Miss Helen L. WOODCOCK of Grandby, Mo., is guest in the Marcus camp.-Mr. and Mrs. Will MEANS and family moved into their tent on the grounds yesterday.-S.O. LANDIS, wife and son, Donald of Lufkin, Texas, are already comfortably settled. Rev. LANDIS is pastor of First Christian church of that city.-Misses Bessie, Roberta & Lotte Bell MAYO pitched camp this afternoon, -- Misses Lucille and Martha MORGAN made camp today.
Youthful Campers Disdain "Grown-Up" Aid-Everett HOLLAND, S.L. MAYO, Will Eldridge TOMLINSON and Franklin TOMLINSON are camping alone on the grounds of the Confederate park. They explained, when interviewed, that they "did not need nobody to cook for them." They even invited the reporter to lunch. At an exclamation of surprise when the reporter discovered that they had no cots they remarked: "Cots? No-25 cents a night; rather drink that up in soda water."
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Prominent among Texas Pioneers - For the celebration of Pioneer Day at the State Christian Encampment a number of prominent men were guests upon the grounds of the Old Confederate Park. Among these men here at that time whose names are honored and esteemed for the wonderful works they undertook and accomplished and the great obstacles they overcame was Rev. R.C. HORN, of McKinney.
Rev. HORN was born in Tennessee, and when he was 14, in 1858, his father came to Texas and settled on a farm near McKinney, Texas. In 1862 he entered the Confederate army, in which he served three years. At the close of the war he attended the Mr. Pleasant High School one year and then entered the Kentucky University and Bible College at Lexington, Ky., where he was a student for three years. Rev. HORNORN entered the ministry in 1868 53 years ago. In 1870 he married in Tennessee, near his old home and taught and preached there for a year. He returned to Texas in 1871 and settled where he had been reared in 18'2 (?). He has remained there ever since until he moved into the city proper last fall, having served fifty years as minister in the rural community of McKinney. Rev. HORN has baptized the grandchildren of the man who baptized him. He has baptized three generations of the same family-grandmother, mother and child, each in her turn. Rev. HORN'S family is one of teachers. He himself taught seven years and his wife was a teacher. Their four daughters each taught. He has written a great deal for newspapers and magazines, and has written a large number of biographies. During his ministerial career he has held 25 successfully meetings. Rev. HORN celebrated his golden wedding September 7. Now in his seventy-eighth year, he can walk a mile as rapidly as a young man of 30.
In speaking of Belton and the Encampment, Rev. HORN said: "This is a beautiful location for a camp meeting and the best preparation has been made for it that I have seen anywhere. It ought to be a great success." Rev. HORN regretted that he could not remain throughout the Encampment, but his wife, who is practically an invalid, could not be left alone longer. No life has been so dedicated to unselfish service as that of Rev. HORN and at 78 he is still serving as he has served-steadily, unselfishly and successfully.
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J.F. POWERS Killed in Auto Accident-( Note by submitter:The original articles show the initials are J.F in this article but F.J. in the next article) Mrs. J. F. POWERS, daughter of J.T. TRAYLER, received this morning a telegram giving the information that her husband, J. F. POWERS had been instantly killed in a motor car accident at Camargo, Okla., at 5 p.m. July 14. In answer to the above telegram, which was from the superintendent of the M.K. & T. Railway, it was stated that the remains would leave Woodward, Okla., at 10 a.m. today (Friday). J.S. BLACKETER WILL ACCOMPANY THE REMAINS FROM Woodward to Belton. The remains will arrive at Coleman EADS' undertaking parlors tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 and the funeral procession will leave from there at 5 o'clock tomorrow to go to the Rock Hollow Cemetery south of town. Services will be held at the grave.
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In Memory of the Late F.J. POWERS(Note by submitter: This original article shows the initials as F.J. but in the above article is reads J.F.)
F.J. POWERS, who lost his life July 14, in a motor car accident in Oklahoma was born November 1, 1879 in New York. He was reared in Pennsylvania and spent the greater part of his life there. He had been in Belton only a few months when his death occurred. In 1912, in May, Okla., he married Laura TRAYLER, daughter of the late J.T. TRAYLER of Belton. Four children were born to this union, a daughter and three sons, but only two, with his wife, are left to mourn his early demise. Left an orphan at an early age, he helped to care for his mother and sister, taking his share of the responsibility, cheering and lovingly, considering it not a task but a privilege to support the mother left in his care. Later the same attitude was shown in the love and care he gave to his family.
"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." Truly this may be said of him, for his friends are numberless and many there are besides his loved ones who will sorely miss him. He was generous to a fault, and those especially in distress or need were sure to find a friend in him, for he never turned one away empty-handed. God in His infinite wisdom saw fit to take him at this time and in the dark hour that comes to us all, when the way seems dark and the burden too heavy, we can only look to Him who cares for us all and say, "Thy will, not mine." Besides his wife and children, two brothers and a sister in New York survive him. May God comfort and bless them in their great sorrow and keep them in His care till they too are called to join him in that world where partings are no more.
Mrs. Joe BURNETT has returned from Fort Worth where she was called by the death of her sister, Mrs. H.C. FRONABARGER, who will be remembered by her many friends in this city as Miss Ollie POTTER.
Following is a clipping from the Fort Worth Telegram: Mrs. Ollie May FRONABARGER, 33 died Thursday night at a local sanitarium. She is survived by her husband, H.C. FRONABARGER; one daughter, Fay Marie; her parents Mr. and Mrs. D.D. POTTER of Belton; four sisters, Mrs. Joe BURNET of Belton, Mrs. Tom BOOK of Killeen, and Misses Daisy and Lela POTTER of Fort Worth three brothers, Tom of Clinton, Okla; Mark, of Weatherford and Joe of Chicago. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, from the residence, 1116 Carson avenue, Rev. J.W. UNDERWOOD of the Magnolia Avenue Christian church, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
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Belton, Nov. 12, -Katherine Elizabeth SMITH, the 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.V. SMITH of this city, died this morning at 7 o'clock. She passed away amid the great sorrow of loved ones who had hoped that her sweet presence might remain on this earth to spread bright sunshine. The little girl was a favorite among all. She had a been in ill health for about a year and the end was not unexpected this morning. The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the family residence on North Beall Street, with interment in North Belton cemetery. The father, whose headquarters are in east Texas and two brothers I.V. Jr., who is a student at A. & M and Jack of Texas University are here, having been called by her illness and death. Rev. D. Howard DOW of Temple will conduct the services.
T.B. RUGELEY to Be Buried Here At 4:00 P.M. Sunday (hand dated-September 1921) - Relatives here are in receipt of the information that the body of Thomas B. RUGELEY, whose death occurred Monday night in Los Angeles, California will arrive Sunday morning in this city for burial. Mr. RUGELEY was a well known citizen of Belton, having come here in 1879 from Matagorda County. He was a druggist for a number of years until he sold his business to Henry HEAD of the Belton Drug Company. Mr. RUGELEY had been in bad health for several years. After visiting his daughter in Fort Worth, he went to Los Angeles and for some time, had been the guest of another daughter, Mrs. Birdie Ringeley BARTON.
Mr. RUGELEY came to Belton in 1879 and bought out Dr. MCGUIRE drug store and owned and conducted this store for a number of years, an eventually sold to J.H. HEAD which is known as the Belton Drug Company. Mr. RUGELEY always interested in things worth while in Belton and all during his residence in the city was for his up building and in his religious faith belonged to the Episcopal church a devote and quiet power for good as is always the ease in lives of retirement and refinement, his worg was never heralded, thou good he did, the life he lived spoke eloquently for itself. No citizen was loved more than he and his going away casts over Belton's older citizens who knew him best a deep feeling of loss in another of her honored citizens calling away.
Mr. RUGELEY leaves to mourn his death; 2 sons, Mr. D.F. RUGELEY of Belton, and T.H. RUGELEY of Kansas City, and two daughters, Mrs. W.B. AMMERMAN of Fort Worth, and R.W. BARTON of Los Angeles and three grandchildren and a brother, A.A. RUGELEY of Wharton, Texas. The funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the residence of Mrs. P.L. ELLIS. Rev. J.A.WHITEHURST will conduct the funeral services. Interment will be in the North Belton Cemetery. Active pallbearers: Mr. Fred GUFFY, Mr. Finney COWAN, Gene UPSHAW, Mr. P.L. ELLIS, Jr., John BLOOMER, Tom HUGHES. Honorary pallbearers: Dr. Taylor HUDSON, W.S. RIGGS, W.S. HUNTER, Thomas PARRELL, Sr., Charlie AUSTIN, Capt. TRAYLOR, George WITTER, and E.M. HATCHER.
Negro Dies at 110 years of Age - The following obituary appeared in the Brenham Banner one of the oldest and leading newspapers in Texas. The subject was the mother of Charley GRAVES, the colored man that works at J.H. JAMES and Sons grocery store.
The News promised to public it some time ago but had failed to do so from several almost unavoidable causes. Aunt Ibbie GRAVES, who was buried at Independence last Tuesday was one of the oldest colored citizens of Washington County and deserves more than mere passing mention. She was said to be one hundred and ten years old. She was born in South Carolina in 1811 and came to the Republic of Texas with her master, Dr. G. W. GRAVES, when Indians and Mexicans roved the hills of Independence with as much liberty as the present day civilian goes about his daily duties.
Aunt Ibbie witnessed the steady advance of civilization. She was here when the state fell in 1833. She saw the railroads replace the long trains of ox wagon freighters. She witnessed the institution of telephones and telegraph lines. She has ridden in the automobile in place of oxcarts and saw thousands of discoveries and devices and inventions recorded within the past one hundred years. For the greater part of her life she was a consistent an conscientious member of the Baptist Church. She was the mother of fifteen children, six of whom are living namely, Timoxena BYRD and Peter GRAVES of Independence, Allen GRAVES of Brenham, Narcisus EWING, of Welborn, Charlie GRAVES, of Belton, Austin GRAVES, of Oakdale La.
She was a woman of remarkable constitution. Although so old, she maintained her strength and vitality up to about three months ago, when she fell and broke her hip from which she never fully recovered. Her husband Peter GRAVES, was a notable blacksmith in the early days of Texas. The outlines of the foundation of his ship can still be traced at Independence. Uncle Peter and Aunt Ibbie having come here during the days of the Texas Republic with their distinguished masters, Dr. G.W. and Henry L. GRAVES, so prominent in the educational and religious history of Texas, accord them a place in our history not enjoyed by many. Both black and white loved and respected Aunt Ibbie.
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Death of Miss Thelma GRIFFIN- (hand dated September 18, 1921) - The death of Miss Thelma GRIFFIN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur GRIFFIN who had been ill for some time, occurred at her home in this city last evening at 10 o'clock. The deceased was 19 years old and was born and reared in this city. She was a girl sweet character and a devout member of the Methodist Church. She had endeared herself to a host of friends in this ad neighboring cities. She was buried this afternoon at 4:00 o'clock with services at the Methodist Church, Rev. J.A. WHITEHURST presiding. Active pallbearers were: Ed. KIRCHNER, W.F. HAMNER, Walter JOHNSON, A. D. CHEATHAM, E.D. LORD, and Claude VANDYKE
The sweet spirit of Miss Thelma GRIFFIN has been called to the Home above. - For less than one-third of life's threescore years had her bright spirit been lent to earth but her service to others was that of a life of many more years, and will bear rich fruit as time passes on. Miss Thelma was born in this city in 1902. While she was still in her childhood her parents went to Fort Worth to make their home and while in that city the father was called to rest. For the six years since he passed from earth, Miss Thelma had been the companion of her mother and shared in the cares of her two younger sisters. Of attractive personality and strong character she won the love and esteem of those with whom she was associated. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the First Methodist church by Rev. J.A. WHITEHURST. Interment in the North Belton Cemetery. The floral offerings were beautiful and a fitting tribute to the life in memory of which they were given.
Mrs. M.J. TRAYLOR Laid to Rest after Life of Usefulness - Matilda Jane MINOR, wife of the late J. L. TRAYLOR of Belton, died at 12:40 Saturday morning Oct. 1, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F.J. POWERS on South Wall St., after a severe illness of three days. Deceased was born in Burleson County, July the 2, 1852. At the age of fourteen she came to Bell County with her father and has live here practically all the time since then. She was married to J. T. TRAYLOR Sept. 9, 1869. Seven children were born to this union six of whom survive her. The husband and one daughter preceded her to the great Beyond about a year ago. She has been a member of the Christian Church for over fifty years. No greater eulogy could be given her than this, that she has stood for Christ and his teaching for over a half-century.
Besides numerous relatives and friends, those left to mourn her death are the following son and daughter, A.J. TRAYLOR, Mrs. F.J. POWERS, Mrs. Walter SALLES of Belton. Mrs. Chas. HANNON, Ceillicothe, Texas, Mrs. Dora PRATER, Miles, Texas and Mrs. Amma BURK of Green Castle, Ind. She leaves fourteen grand children and one great grandson. Out of town relatives attending the funeral were: P. R. TRAYLOR, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. BOLDING, Mrs. Emma GINN, Bartlett, Mrs. Geo. T.A. BANNION, Bardwell, Texas.
Belton, Nov. 21-Bruce COULL, a resident of Belton for the past 35 years, died in this city today at 1 p.m., following an illness of about two months. He was nearly eighty years old. The deceased was born in Scotland and, so far as is known, had no living relatives in this country. For many years he engaged in the second-hand furniture business here, and was a familiar figure. He devoted much time to the auctioneer business as long as health would permit. The funeral will be held in the morning at 10 o'clock, with interment in the North Belton cemetery. The pallbearers will be the following: Active-A.T. VANNESS, Ross COLE, Walter JOHNSON, E.L. MEYER, C.A.TYLER, George W. COLE. Honorary-Eli HOLCOME, J. K. MAYES, S. TIMS and R.L. DURHAM.
Belton, Jan. 9.-John HOOD, for the past twenty-five years employed by the city of Belton, died at this home here this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, following an illness of a week's duration, Paralysis and heart trouble were said to have caused his death. For 22 years Mr. HOOD was connected with the Belton fire department. About 20 years of that time he was driver of one of the? and when a motor truck was purchased by the city he drove it until he voluntarily retired, and was then employed as caretaker of the Yettie Polk park which position he held until death claimed him. The deceased was born 52 years ago in Williamson County and moved to this city with his family many years ago. He was highly respected by his many friends here and his death has cast a shadow of sorrow over many. There survive the deceased an aged father and mother, his widow, four brothers-Sam of Florence, Fletcher and Horace of Burkburnett and Hugh of Belton; three sisters, Mrs. Jane CARGILE of Roaring Springs, Mrs. Laura GRIFFIN of this city and Mrs. Bettie WORD of Temple. The funeral will take place Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock with interment in the North Belton cemetery.
Walter THORNTON Prominent Belton Citizen, Is Dead - Belton, Nov.23-In the death of Walter W. THORNTON, which occurred at 5 o'clock this morning. Belton has lost one of her most energetic and prosperous businessmen. Coming to this city as manager of the Belton Oil mill he continued in this work for eight year. He then entered the gin business, later purchased the ice and electric plant, and at the time of his death was owner and manager of a large gin, milling and grain plant and elevator. Mr. THORNTON was born in Cass County Feb. 8, 1874, and came with his family to this city in 1889. In 1913 he united with the Fist Baptist church. He was a devoted husband and father and a true friend.
He is survived by his widow, a son, Walter W. Jr., two daughters Mrs. W. LINDERMAN and Lucile THORNTON; a nephew, Aubrey THORNTON, all of this city; mother, Mrs. S.E. THORNTON; brother, Whit THORNTON, and sister, Mrs. Alma JONES, of Houston; and two other brothers, Ward THORNTON of Bartlett and Will THORNTON of Dallas. The funeral services will be held tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 3 o'clock at the family home on North Penelope Street, conducted by Revs. B.W. VINING and J.A. WHITEHURST. The honorary pallbearers are W.W. JAMES, Robert JAMES, P.M. KELLER, H.T. COCHRAN, W.E. TOMLINSON and Will WITTER. The active pallbearers are P.H. DOUGHERTY, R.L. HENDERSON, C.W. PYLE, Will LAW, Chas. DuBOSE and Chas. PROCTOR
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David CROCKETT of Cameron and Miss Bertha Mae DURHAM of Belton were married at the annex of the First Christian church at 5 p.m. Sunday, Rev. W.M. Williams officiating. Miss La Vera PYLE sang "I Love You Truly" and Mrs. John BLOOMER played the wedding march. Claude VAN DYKE, Jr., was ring bearer, and little Misses Mercy LITTLE and Anna Lucile DURHAM were flower girls.
The bride, whose home has been in Belton for many years is one of our splendid and popular young women, she has given much time and thought to the work of her church and Sunday school. The groom is a young man of sterling qualities and is engaged as express messenger from Temple to San Angelo, on the Santa Fe. He, too, is a devoted church worker, and the future seems most promising for this deserving young couple. It is understood they will make their home in San Angelo. (Note by submitter: more about this wedding found in Book II page 90 of Nannie's Scrapbooks)
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Belton K.K.K. makes Bow in $25 Donation-Money is sent to woman in County seat, with letter of explanation - Belton, Dec. 24-That there is a Ku Klux Klan organized in Belton was definitely established this afternoon when a letter signed by the "Knolan Kreek Klan, Number 73, Belton, Texas", and bearing the official seal of the organization was found by Sheriff Albert BONDS on his desk with instructions to take $25.00 which was enclosed, and present it to Miss Minnie CASEY, who as long as she was able cared for her aged blind mother here. A letter, also addressed to Miss CASEY, commended her for "her faithful and untiring devotion" to her aged mother whom she cared for many years. Mr. BONDS stated that he did not know who left the letter on his desk nor by whom it was written, but he delivered the money and invited a Telegram representative to go along with him to the home where Miss CASEY and her mother live. Miss CASEY accepted the gift apparently with much feeling and declared that she was glad that there is a Ku Klux Klan organization in Belton. Her blind mother, also deeply impressed, remarked that "they must be very wonderful people." The letters found by Mr. BONDS follow:
Mr. Alber W. BONDS,
The letter to Miss CASEY read: "In recognition of your faithful and untiring devotion to your aged blind mother whom you have so tenderly cared for these many years, we as a token of our esteem and appreciation, present to you $25.00 which we hope you will accept in the same spirit in which it is given.
"The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, "Knolan Kreek Klan Number 73, Belton, Texas."
In speaking of the Ku Klux Klan, Mr. BONDS stated that he appreciated the manner in which the organization conducted its parade in Temple last night and their declarations to uphold the authority of the law and co-operate with the county officials in the enforcement of laws of the country. Following the parade in Temple last night and the receiving of the letter with the seal by Mr. BONDS today and the gift to Miss CASEY, it has been definitely established that there are at least two Ku Klux Klan organizations in Bell County.
The Pure Food Show will open to the public this evening at 7 o'clock in the Messer building under the auspices of the ladies of the Christian church, under the general supervision of Mrs. George ZACHRY, of Greenville, Texas. Exhibiting wholesale and retail good eats.
The room is beautifully decorated as well as all the booths. On the left as you enter is the booth of the Best Furniture Company, of Temple. The next in line is that of COCHRAN, BLAIR and POTTS; third is MONTEITH and HENDERSON Hardware Co.; next TENITER Floral Company, of Temple; Holland and Matthews; R.E. TULLOCH, decorated with Christmas trimmings, and with a display of Christmas goods, Ray and Elliott; F.K. AUSTIN. The next and most interesting is the Ladies Old Country Show, presided over by Mrs. Gene FOREMAN. All the articles here are donations. In the rear is the Novelty Booth for children presided over by Miss Mary Lou ZACHRY. Next on the right is the Music Room and baby space donated by J.H. JAMES & Sons; Sunset Flour Mill of Temple. In charge of Mrs. J.D. TOLBERT of Greenville; Bell Ice Cream Co., of Temple, in charge of Mrs. BONNER of Temple; F.J. MARCHAK Co., Christmas novelty booth in charge of Mrs. F.J. MARCHAK; Federal Bakery of Temple in charge of Mrs. ZACHARIAS; New York Candy Kitchen in charge of Mr. MELOT; the victrola room by B. R. STOCKING; Bruce and MEYERS, featuring Swan's Down Flour.
Free lunch at every booth, admission at the door 10 cents. Baby show
every afternoon at 3 o'clock commencing tomorrow (Tuesday)
The News will give a daily report of this Pure Food Show. - Pure Food Show Continues to Hold Interest-Fine Attendance Last Night Delightful Program Tonight.
With all ever increasing interest and attendance the Pure Food show draws to a close. Despite the cold of last evening a large crowd was in attendance and with such a wonderful program as is offered this evening, the last promises to excel all others. The Pure Food show is the first of its kind in Belton, but this beginning shows what an excellent medium of acquaintance it is between the merchant manufacturer and the customer. The merchant who was fortunate enough to secure space for his booth this year will want more space next year, and we hope next year to have space for everyone. Tonight an unusually fine program is offered and no doubt the largest crowd yet in attendance will be present.
Violin Solo-Miss Renah GUFFY
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Shower Given for Miss Bertha Mae DURHAM - Thursday afternoon at 4:30 the six primary teachers and the superintendent of that department, Mrs. Will MEANS, gave a miscellaneous shower in the primary room in the Christian Church Annex for Miss Bertha Mae DURHAM, who is to marry David CROCKETT of Cameron, Sunday. Miss DURHAM is secretary of the primary department and substitute teacher, and upon her arrival yesterday to what she thought was a regular teachers meeting, she was delightfully surprised to be greeted by the teachers and about 30 church ladies. The primary department was made attractive by hanging baskets of green ferns and vases of bright zinias and vincas. Upon the arrival of Miss DURHAM a well-appreciated program of songs and readings was rendered by the young people. At the conclusion of the program a beautiful brown wicker basket lined with cerise crepe paper overflowing with lovely gifts was brought in and presented to Miss DURHAM by Claude VAN DYKE, Jr., and little Miss Mercy LITTLE, members of the Cradle Roll Class. At this point Mr. CROCKETT entered and was cordially greeted.
A social hour was enjoyed while iced punch and sandwiches were served. Miss's Madge FOREMAN, Beth MEANS, Dorothy HUGENS and Zollie HOLLAND presided over the punch bowl. Miss DURHAM and Mr. CROCKETT are to be married Sunday at the Christian parsonage. They will probably make their home in San Angelo. (Note by submitter: more about this wedding found in book II page 88 of Nannie's Scrapbooks)
Death of D. S. SAFLEY(dated by hand-Sept 1921) - Deep sorrow swept over the city at noon Monday as friends learned that D.S. SAFLEY had been called away from their earthly comradeship. Mr. SAFLEY came to this county in 1884 and to this city in 1898, entering actively into its business life engaging in the grocery business in partnership with his brother, W.W. SAFLEY. In 1900 he was united in marriage with Miss Eula SANDERFORD and since that time they have made Belton their home, taking part in its business, social and religious up building. After retiring from the grocery business, Mr. SAFLEY was elected justice of the peace of this precinct for four successive terms. During the past several years he has been Deputy County Clerk, serving efficiently as clerk of the commissioner's and county courts. He was a member of the Baptist church and was faithful to his pledge of service, being a deacon and also a teacher in Sunday school. He was prominent member of the Maccabees, the Woodmen and the Knights of Pythias.
The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the First Baptist church at 4:00 P.M. conducted by Rev. J.R. NUTT of Lufkin. Offices at the courthouse and other business houses were closed during the hour of the funeral. The cortege which accompanied the remains to its last resting-place in North Belton cemetery was one of the largest ever seen in this city. The beautiful floral offerings attested the love and esteem in which he was held. There mourn his loss the widow; daughter, Miss Eula LEE; son, D.S. Jr.; two brothers, W.W. SAFLEY of this city and C.J. SAFLEY of Temple; other relatives and a host of friends residing over the entire county.
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Death of Mrs. Sadie Hill TAYLOR Occurred This Morning- (hand dated September 14, 1921) - A large host of friends and relatives in this city have been saddened by the death of Mrs. R.H. TAYLOR, which occurred at her home on South Main this morning at 6 o'clock. Death came as a result of an extended illness. Mrs. Sadie Hill TAYLOR was the daughter of Jett HILL of Caddis Mill. She was born and reared in this city, having attended school here and won the deep love and loyal friendship of all with whom she came in contact. Mrs. TAYLOR was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church and was an ardent worker in all-church affairs.
The deceased is survived by her husband, R.H. TAYLOR and his mother whom made her home with them, three little boys, Howell, Ghent, Robert, and Nelson, her father, Jett HILL her grandmother, Mrs. E.R. TATUM, and her aunt, Mrs. Jake NELSON. Services will be held from the family residence, Thursday, September 15, at 4, o'clock Rev. J.C. BYARS presiding. Interment will be made in North Belton Cemetery. The pallbearers will be W.A. GILMER, Bismark HIATT, T.L. MEANS, Tom HUGHES, Jim DICE, and Litcher COWEN.
Belton, May 23-Charles M. HANNON, prominent Bell County citizen, died at this home in South Belton last night following an illness which lasted fifteen months. Deceased was born January 19, 1872 in this county and grew to manhood here. On June 1, 1898 he was married to Miss Minnie TAYLOR also of this county and to this union two children were born both of whom together with the loving wife survive. In addition to these there are several brothers and other relatives among whom are George and Walter HANNON prominent citizens of Bell County. He was a member of several lodges and a devoted Christian, and always took an active part, community development. His life was spent in this county with the exception of several years spent in west Texas. In his death this county lost one of its most valued citizens, the wife a devoted husband and the children a loving father. The funeral services will be held in the morning at 10 o'clock with interment in the Minor cemetery, the family burial grounds, three miles and a half south of Belton. The services will be conducted by Reverend THURMAN of Chillicothe, Texas.
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Tom WARREN Dies at Dallas, Following Illness - Belton, June 22-W.T. (Tom) WARREN, well-known peace officer throughout central Texas died at his home in Dallas this morning at 8:40 o'clock following an illness which lasted several months. Until a few years ago Mr. WARREN resided in this city with his family, when he moved to Dallas. During practically his entire residence in Belton he was a peace officer and was regarded as one of the fairest and most fearless that ever held office in this county.
While a resident of Belton Mr. WARREN served as a deputy sheriff under Sam PARKS. He was for many years city marshal and also was at one time constable. He leaves many fiends and admirers who mourn in his death. Mr. WARREN had reached the age of 69 years. He was an active member of the Baptist church and was a member of the W.O.W. lodge. There survive him a widow and six children. The children are Mrs. Cora McKEE, Mrs. Frank MITCHELL, Mrs. Frank HAMNER, Andrew WARREN, Aubrey WARREN and Ira WARREN.
The remains will reach this city Friday afternoon at 4:45 o'clock over the Katy. The funeral arrangements have not yet been made and it is not known whether the deceased will be laid to rest tomorrow afternoon or Saturday morning. Mrs. Frank HAMNER, his daughter of this city, had been at his bedside for several days.
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Belton, Oct. 25-The funeral of James Alfred MAYO will be held tomorrow, Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the First Christian church of this city conducted by Rev. C.E. MOORE, Pastor of the First Christian church at Brownwood, assisted by Revs. J.W. HOLSAPPLE of Temple and Ross A. MARCUS of this city. The death of Mr. MAYO occurred at Temple last night after an illness of eighteen months although he had only been confined to bed two weeks.
J.A. MAYO was born in Alabama May 22, 1850. At the age of twelve years he came to Texas with his parents. October 6, 1873 he was united in marriage with Miss Julia J. CAMP at Jeddo. Mr and Mrs. MAYO spent the greater part of their lives in Caldwell County where Mr. MAYO engaged in farming. He was ever wide awake, progressive and successful in his work. In 1911 Mr. and Mrs. MAYO came to make Belton their home and Mrs. MAYO died in this city Dec 30, 1918. Mr. MAYO united with the Christian church in young manhood. He lived a consecrated Christian life winning the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens.
He is survived by five sons and one daughter and twenty-three grandchildren. The sons and daughter are Dr. S.L.MAYO, Belton; J.F. MAYO, Houston; Drs. O.K. MAYO and J.E. MAYO of Ft. Worth; Dr. O.N. MAYO of Brownwood and Mrs. SMITH ROBBINS of Bishop. Active pallbearers are Matt DURHAM, J. H. HEAD, W.A. MEANS, D.B. PORTER, Ed MEYERS, A.L. GILLIAM. Honorary pallbearers are Geo. W. COLE, Howard GARRISON, J.K. MAYES, E.N. DUKE, Dr. Taylor HUDON, E.EMBREE, J.T. REED, J.E. HARLING, Chas. PARKER and C.P. LITTLE.
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In Memory of Charlie HANNON - Belton, June 14.-"God thought it best and called him home." We do not know why, it is past our understanding that one we loved so dearly and tended so carefully in his illness should pass beyond the pale of human aid. But perhaps some day in that home where partings are no more we'll know and understand. Suffering for more than a year the most intense pain Charlie, as he was familiarly known, was ever courageous, cheerful, and patient. And when his summons came to enter the silent halls of death, he went, sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust in God that all was well, and his only regret was in leaving his loved ones here to grieve for him and to fight life's battles without his loving care and guidance.
He loved life, and to us who knew him best t is almost unbelievable that the gay spirit and happy voice are still forevermore. But death was kind to him in that it relieved him from such terrible pain. In passing through the valley of the shadow of death he entered triumphantly into the heavenly home already prepared for him and in which loved one's were waiting to welcome him. The family circle is broken now, but his wife, and children have the blessed hope that they may all be reunited in the better world when the Lord shall come to claim his own. And to his family and loved ones I would say, weep not for him for he has only gone to sleep to wake in a brighter land where,
"God shall wipe away all tears,
Deputy County Clerk D. S. SAFLEY is Dead (hand dated September 19, 1921) - D.S. SAFLEY is dead. Death came peacefully at 12:15 today following an illness of several weeks. However his condition was not regarded as serious until Saturday. He grew gradually worse though everything known to medical skill was done to restore him to health. D.S. SAFLEY was one of Bell County's most efficient popular officers. For the past three years he was clerk of the County Court and for four successive times he was elected to office of Justice of the Peace of precinct one. He resigned that position in the fall of 1918 and became deputy County Clerk under County Clerk E.I. HALL. For many years he was engaged in the grocery business here but was forced to retire from that profession on account of continued ill health. In 1915 he went to Rochester, Minn., when he was under the treatment of MAYO Brothers. Returning to this city, he rapidly regained his strength and his many friends thought he had completely recovered. About six weeks ago his condition gradually weakened which resulted in his death.
In the death of D.S. SAFLEY, Belton lost one of its best and most influential citizens; the First Baptist Church lost one of its most devoted members, his wife and children a loving and affectionate husband and father. The county lost one of the most capable and efficient officers. He was a man known throughout the county for his honesty and fair dealings and was a man in whom was placed the highest confidence. The deceased was born at McMinnville, Tenn., June 17, 1874. In 1882 he came to Belton with his mother and other relatives and settled near Pendleton. In 1896 he moved to Belton and entered the grocery business. Since a resident of this city he was active in the church work and interested all things that stood for the advancement of the town. For the past several years he was a deacon of the First Baptist Church. In 1900, he was married to Miss Eula SANDERFORD and to this union two children were born. These with the wife and two brothers survive in addition to other relatives. The children are D.S. SAFLEY, JR., Miss Eula Lee SAFLEY. The brothers are W.W. SAFLEY of this city and C.J. SAFLEY of Temple. The funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the First Baptist Church of this city conducted by Rev. J.R. RUTT (sic NUTT) of Lufkin and Rev. B.W. VINING. Interment will be held in the North Belton cemetery.
Belton Boy's Pluck Brings Advancement - Robert H. PERRY, son of R. J. S. PERRY, of this city, graduated from the Belton High School at 16 years of age with the class of 1916. Following his graduation he was employed during the summer by the First State Bank in this city. Ambitions to attend college, he was enabled to spend the year '16-17 in Baylor University, where he studied conscientiously for the ministry. In the summer of 1917 he held his first meeting at Taylor's Valley, where he made 22 conversions to the church. The people of that community were so well pleased with him that he was asked to be their regular minister, and the year 1917-18 he preached at Taylor's Valley and Cedar Creek, dividing his time between the two parishes. He was ordained at the Baptist church in this city.
In 1918 Mr. PERRY joined the Marines and spent the next 14 months in active service for his country. While in the service he won his badge as 100-efficiency rifleman. Following his release he preached at Cedar Creek and Holland, holding a meeting in the latter place. The year 1919-20 found Mr. PERRY attending Baylor University and going each Sunday to preach at Holland. He received his A.B. degree from that University in, to June, 1920 but continued as assistant teacher until he resigned both that position and as minister in Holland in January. For the remainder of the term he taught English in theTerrell High School and in May of this year he went to Chicago University for further study, where he is at present. And now, at 21 years of age, Robert PERRY lacks but a little in securing his Doctor's degree, an honor which comes to most later in live. His is the story of a victorious struggle, of ambition confronted by numerous obstacles. A recent letter and telegram received by his parents follow:
Lafayette, Ind., Aug 6, 1921
Dear Dad and Folks at Home:
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Walter THORNTON Belton's Honored Citizen Dead - The death angel came into our midst at five minutes to 5 o'clock this morning and bore away the spirit of Walter THORNTON one of Belton's most honored and best loved citizens. After a lingering illness of about six weeks duration which only became grave a few day s ago, he quietly passed on surrounded by his entire family; his wife one son Walter and two daughters and son-in-law. Mr. THORNTON was born in Cass County, Texas, February 8th 1874, coming to Belton August 14th, 1918. Early in life he married Miss Sarah OVERSTREET. To this union were born three children, one son Walter, and two daughters, Zella and Lucille. Mr. THORNTON first came to Belton as manager of the Oil Mill but later entered the Gin business and Electric business eventually becoming connected with the Belton Gin Co. of which he was operating at the time of his death.
Always interested in the best things of his community he took an active part in his church, being a member of the First Baptist church. A member of the Cities Orders of Knights of Pythias, Elks and W.O.W. His home life was ideal and in his going his family loses the strong support of a good and just man-No greater tribute could be paid him. He leaves to mourn, a wife, one son, two daughters, a mother, three brothers and one sister besides other relatives and hosts of loving friends. The mother Mrs. S.C. THORNTON of Houston, Brothers Whit THORNTON of Houston, Ward THORNTON of Bartlett, Will THORNTON of Dallas and sister, Mrs. Alma JONES of Houston will arrive in time to attend the funeral services which will be held from the residence tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock, interment in North Belton Cemetery. The Reverends B.W. VINING and J.A. WHITEHURST will conduct the services. Pallbearers are: Active; Pat DAUGHERTY, R.L. HENDERSON, Weaver PYLE, Will LAW, Chas. DeBOSE and Chas. PROCTOR. Honorary: W.W. JAMES, Robert JAMES, P.M. KELLER, Jesse BLAIR, W.E. TOMLINSON and Will WITTERS.
Old friends of the family gathered about the grave of Mrs. H. G. DENISON yesterday as the body of this saintly woman was lowered into its final resting place. They were friends of the days when Temple was young and when Belton was still the metropolis of the county, old friends who had known the splendid companion of the little woman now gone to join Him-these with friends of the sons and daughters of the family who have occupied important positions and relationships in the two big Bell County towns. The numerous connections of the family by blood ties in the third generation of the trasplating of the brave husband and young wife from far eastern states to the promising and fertile fields of Texas, in the long ago-the grandsons and granddaughters were also there, along with the grayed heads and bowed forms of those other ones who had in close companionship walked the paths of the pioneer. Few there were of these earlier friendship connections, but many of the later associations with the splendid families living the useful lives of present citizenship. The services were conducted by Rev. C.R. Wright, now of Fort Worth at the Methodist Church in Belton and interment was at North Belton Cemetery.
Mr. Wright who was Mrs. DENISON'S pastor in the long ago, when he was new in the ministry, has remained the close personal friend of the family through the years and in whatever assignment he has labored as pastor or church official, the friendships of pastor and family has been kept green with the added ties of long association and continuation of a perfect trust. From mother to children the beautiful and influential friendship has gone forward and the story of the saintly woman's life as he told it over her silent body was that of a character which lives on and on, with the grave but the passing over to joining of other members of the family gone on before. The story of a mother's devotion to children, of her quiet, earnest Christian life and work, of her services to others in active business life as in the gentler ministrations of the Samaritan were revealed, although known to those who had had the good fortune to have been in personal touch with this great woman. Her greatness was brought out by her old and continuing pastor, not in dates nor great outstanding deed, but in the good she had done. A life whose strength as the psalmist recorded, might be carried beyond three-score years and ten, has been brought to its transfer to other realms. "As many are on the other shore as are left behind, the pastor told.
That this reunion with the husband of her bosom and with the precious children who awaited her coming was looked forward to with assurance and with willingness to make the change was beautifully set forth in a written page framed a short time before death came. It was left as a statement of her feelings and her faith in the religion she had embraced, and lived throughout her long life. It was a record of a dream, probably a waking dream foreshadowing the experiences so soon to be hers. The message she left in writing to her family was one of coming joys of meeting with other loved ones and faith that those yet to follow would all be reunited in heavenly home. Mrs. DENISON'S life as known to those outside the family was one of brilliance. Softened always and directed by the kindliness of a religious heart, she was for a number of years the editor of the old Belton Reporter, following her husbands death. With skill she directed the business affairs, assisted by her older children, and the Reporter was a paper still held in fond remembrance by those few of the older citizenship who link the past with the present. In her home life she was particularly the embodiment of refined womanhood and true motherhood. Her every thought was for her family, in self-sacrifice and doing for them. The gentle word and the loving service rendered them were the hooks which bound them to her in a devotion too seldom realized in home circles. Living, their thought was to please mother; dead, their continued thought and guidance will be to live worthy of mother.
The old is passing rapidly away-it is almost gone as represented in the living persons of the earlier days of Bell County. The cemeteries house their bodies returned to the dust, but hovering over and near, guiding the thoughts and actions of the inheritors of their splendid characters, the splendid old mothers and fathers live on and on. They added to the virtues which are raising humanity to higher levers-their lives were lived in fruition of the lives which follow them. Mother DENISON is passed on in body, but she remains the good angel influence on down through the generations of her children and in the lives of those others who happily came under her spell of Christian beauty.
Many Attend Funeral of Luella CHEATHAM - Belton, July 8,-The remains of Luella CHEATHAM, who died early yesterday morning, were laid to rest this afternoon in the North Belton Cemetery. A large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives gathered at the residence of Central Aveune and at the First Presbyterian Church for the last services for the little one on this earth. A beautiful tribute to the child was paid by Rev. J.C. BYARS, pastor of the Presbyterian Church. There were many beautiful floral offerings from friends of the little girl and the family.
Belton, July 23.-On Sunday morning, July 16, Miss Juanita BEALL of this city and Robert ROTAN, of Woodville, were married at the home of Rev. James F. Aaron, who performed the ceremony. The only witnesses to the quiet marriage were the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.L. BEALL. Mrs. ROTAN is the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. BEALL. After finishing a business course at Tyler Commercial College, she was employed as bookkeeper for the Tyler County State Bank and later became assistant cashier for the Woodville State Bank. The groom is employed as clerk by the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. After the ceremony, the happy couple left on the noon train for their home in Woodville where the Mr. ROTAN had a house already furnished.
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First Presbyterian Church - "But the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into ever lasting life." There is quite a lot of excitement and feeling, throughout the land today, about the great oil wells that are being brought in, in the different parts of the country. All classes of men are rushing to them. The rich are investing their money, the poor are investing their labor. Everyone is investing something. Some are growing rich and some are growing poor. The spirit of grab quick, grab fast, grab before the other fellow grabs, grab all you can, and get away with the grab, while grabbing is good, seems to have griped the whole country. But after a what's the grabbing for? The fields need to be developed. The world needs the oil. The "Giver" of all that's good placed in the bosom of the earth the oil vats for the benefit of man, and for his own glory But we are to remember another thing, the oil fields will sooner or later be exhausted. The great flowing wells will sooner or later have to be pumped. Those that have never flowed will soon dry up. Those that have grown rich, will boast of their wealth. The losers grieve because of their bad luck. An after all these will "go the way of all the earth." But every man can have in himself "a flowing well" that never fails. A "well" that needs no pump. A "well" that's as eternal and lasting as God. This investment is safe. The money sharks can't rob you of this investment. Let every one that has money to invest, plant it where it will make more. Let every laborer invest his time where it will count for the most but let us all remember, and not fail to invest all that we have in "The living waters." There shall be in him a well of living water, springing up into everlasting life." We cordially invite you to worship with us tomorrow, Sunday, morning subject: The Abinding Presence of Jesus. J. Caesar BYARS, Minister
J.A. WHITEHURST- Methodist Church - Sunday school 9:40 a.m. O. LUSK
supt. Walter MILLER secy. Classes for all from babies to grandparents.
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THE EVOLUTION OF BELL COUNTY TEMPLE OF JUSTICE - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 1921.
The above is a picture of the present stately and commodious "Temple of Justice" of Bell County. The first courthouse ever built in Belton was built in 1851 by Thomas HAYENS, contractor. It was built of oak boards nailed on to cedar studding and place on cedar sills. Plans and specifications were made by E. Lawrence STICKNEY, and attorney and Joseph DENNIS. The price was $90.00. This building was sold an removed in1855. Joseph DENNIS was one of the commissioners to organize the county.
Second Courthouse: The next courthouse was built in 1858-59 by A.M.KELLER and Simeon BRAMLETTE. Mr. Keller withdrew from the contract and the building was completed by Mr. BRAMLETTE at a cost of $16,000, an was first occupied in December, 1859. Plans and specifications were drawn by William BACK of Belton. It was 50x60 feet, built out of stone and was two stories high. It was purchased in 1884 by X.B. SAUDNERS and Don a. CHAMBERLAIN for $125,000 and was removed by them.
The Present Courthouse: The present courthouse was built by Ben D. LEE of Belton, contractor, in 1884-85 for $64,965.00 and extras of $1,653.50. The architects were J.N. PRESTON a Son of Austin. The sub-contractors under LEE were: On woodwork-DOW Bros., of Belton; of plastering, McWORTHY of Belton; painting, Orin DOCKUM of Belton; galvanized iron work, J.T. BUSH & Co., of Fort Worth.
Repaired and Remodeled: In 1913 it was repaired and remodeled by L.R. Wright & Co., of Dallas under plans drawn by Goerge BURNETT, architect, of Waco, Texas, at a cost of $28,000. It is a fine building and is well taken care of and will answer the purposed of the count for many years to come.
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Remains of Chester COX found Last Night After a Rise in River; Will Hold Funeral this Afternoon - Belton, April 24-the body of Chester COX, who was drowned a week ago last night at Dripping Springs after rescuing little Edith GOEPPINGER from the Leon, was found tonight at 9 o'clock at the Tennessee Vealley bridge, some three miles below the scene of the tragedy. The body was first seen by Q.A. ELLIS. It is said, who, together with Dave RILEY, Will ROBERTS and Wells SOUTHERLAND< had taken up watch on the bridge just a few minutes before 9 o'clock. ELLIS was manning a powerful seachlight and saw the remains being carried down stream by a four foot rise in the river, which followed the heavy downpour this afternoon. The body was brought to the banks about 300 yards above where the Cowhouse flows into Leon. It was brought immediately to the Eads, undertaking parlors here. Where it will be held until tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock, when the funeral will take place. Funeral arrangements will be completed tomorrow morning.
The finding of the body ended a long and loyal vigil for the remains of the popular Belton high school student and star athlete, who was beloved for his sterling traits and noble character. Scores of workers had worked practically unceasingly all through the week combing the banks of the stream and diving into the deep holes-going without food and sleep as the search continued. When the body was discovered word was immediately sent out to all workers and they were called in. Chester COX, who would have been 18 years old on May14, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry COX of Belton. He was member of the Methodist Sunday school and took an active interest in class work. He was popular with all of his classmates at the high school and Belton Football fans admired his clean tactics and ability on the gridiron. His untimely passing brought untold grief to his parents, but scores of friends have called to express tender words of sympathy and offer whatever comfort possible.
In Memoriam - In loving memory of Chester COX, drowned in Leon river Sunday, April 16, this simple tribute is dedicated. It is published, not to glorify his name in death-that, indeed, would offend the immortal spirit of this departed youth-but to offer a word of condolence to the bereaved parents and other relatives and assuage their grief in the loss of this splendid young gentleman.
Chester COX went to his death in keeping with his true character. Rescuing a little girl from a whirlpool placing her safely on the banks of the stream only to fall back into the torrent himself-his soul to be swashed into eternity-he was carried under with a smile on his face. And his was the smile of victory, for he had accomplished that which he held dearer than his own life; he had saved the life of another; had battled against death that had come so dangerously near one he loved and had won, only to fall himself through an unexplained smite of Fate.
But Chester would no have the memory of his beautiful yet tragic sacrifice linger in the mind of the little girl he rescued. Had Fate been kind to him the incident of the actual rescue would have become a pleasant memory-just a "little thing" that transpired on a pleasure outing to cause him not to forget his pleasant youthful; associates as the shadow of life length ended for him. But if he had known when he plunged into the whirlpool that his life must be taken to save that of the other he would not have hesitated on the blanks of the swirling stream. He was a young man who had ideals and to be of help to others, no matter what the cost or sacrifice, was his ambition. He never asked others to shoulder the heavy end of the burden in the performance of a mutual task. If one had to bear a heavier load then others he was ever willing to take it upon his own shoulders; never shirking his duties at home or at play-always respectful of and devoted to his elders; always a gentleman on the streets or athletic field.
Chester COX, son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry COX of Belton, would have been 18 years old had he lived until next Sunday. In his death the community has lost heavily; for the world is in need of more men of the stuff of which he was made-real men who are not afraid to die when duty calls; true, courageous men who are undaunted in the face of danger; unselfish men who cheerfully will make a sacrifice to save others; who will smilingly give their lives as Chester did, if necessary, so that others might live. His passing has left a vacancy in the hearts of friends and loved ones but surely the angels in Heaven are rejoicing to receive into their eternal kingdom a soul so vallant and true. A FRIEND
Temple, Tex, May 5, 1922. - Card of Thanks - Belton, April 29,-Knowing that it will be impossible for us to see and tell each one individually how much we appreciate their acts of love and friendship done in behalf of our beloved Chester, and the noble and heroic efforts put forth in recovering his body, we take this means of expressing our appreciation. We appreciate, beyond words, every effort put forth and every act performed in our behalf in the saddest hour of our lives.
We can never forget how unreservedly you have given of your time and your services both in a financial and other ways even risking your own lives and health that the body of our Chester might be brought home. Good people we are unable to frame the words that would in the least convey to you how much we thank you and how we pray God's choicest blessings upon you. We pray God's infinite mercy that "Misfortune may not come nigh thee or thy house." However, should that be your lot, if we are alive, we will come to thee as thou hast come to us. We would not overlook the wonderful floral offerings. They were so pretty. We thank you for them and your thoughtfulness. With hearts full of love and appreciation, we beg to remain, sincerely your friends, Perry COX, Mrs. Perry COX, Vera COX, Eldon COX
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Honor to Whom Honor is Due
Out of the many graduates of the Belton high school whose fine work commends them special attention is due three young people.
Miss Renah GUFFY who has made the high school work in three years and has eighteen credits to her honor. A side from this fine high school record Belton knows Miss GUFFY to be a fine vocalist, violinist and pianist and is an exceptionally fine reader.
Miss Kathleen McGINNIS has made eighteen credits in her four years work and has made such a high average that she has never been required to take a term examination.
Leland LAW is another youthful student who has made a fine record and Belton feels that she can point with pride to these and other products of her schools as she always does to the able hand, Prof. L.H. HUBBARD, that has guided them.
Book II page 106
Baccalaureate Service this morning May 14. Class of 1922 Belton High
List of Graduates Class of Nineteen Twenty-Two Belton High School
Honor Graduates Jim JARRELL