McLennan County, Texas
April 1908

Waco Daily Times Herald
April 3, 1908


Pioneer Women of West Passes Away at Age of 75 Times Herald Special
     West, April 2- Mrs. Harriet Martin, aged 75 years, died at the home of her son, W.B. Martin in West of Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R.A. Gay of Itasca and Rev. T.H. Head of this city Wednesday at the residence and interment was made in the family lot in Bold Springs cemetery in the presence of a large gathering of friends.
     Mrs. Martin and husband P.P. Martin, who died several years ago, were among the first settlers of this community.  They raised a family of ten children, nine of whom survive her.  There were present at the funeral the four sons, J. G. of Hamilton, P. P. of Rule, and W. B. and A. L. of this city, also one daughter, Mrs. J. D. Singleton of Amarillo.
     The other four daughters, who live in Western Texas, were unable to be present.  Mrs. Martin was a devoted Christian and one of the charter members of the what was then Cumberland Presbyterian church of West.

APRIL 4, 1908


     Will E. Warner, a former first baseman for the Yellow Jackets, aged 32 years, died at his home on South Seventh Street yesterday.  The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Warner was regarded by the negroes as one of their finest players and his death is deeply regretted by them.

APRIL 5, 1908


     Captain Charles A. Jennings, aged 71 years, died at 4 o'clock yesterday, at his residence, 713 North Twelfth Street, after an illness of fifteen months.
     Captain Jennings leaves a wife and two daughters, Misses Cora Lee and Bessie Jennings, and a sister Mrs. Overstreet of Fort Worth.  He has had the graduation of illness usual in protracted cases, and at times seemed somewhat better, but it has been feared for some time that he would not recover. He had the tenderest ministrations and most faithful attention during his long sickness, and was patient and resigned through it all, these ministrations and the loyalty of his friends doing much to soothe his suffering.
     He came to Waco in about 1867 from Mississippi, and in 1876 went to Enterprise, Miss. where he was on April 10, married to Miss Lida Tolson, daughter of a prominent Mississippian. They came back to Waco and remained here until the 80's when they moved to Colorado City.  They came back to Waco about 1890 and have been here since.
     Captain Jennings was a man who claimed as a friend all those who knew him, by reason of his truly altruistic spirit, loyalty to his friends, his absolute integrity and high order of citizenship.  He was always ready to do his duty, always cheerful and courtly, and ever ready to do a kind and generous deed.  He was quiet and unassuming in manner, but a man of positive and well grounded opinions, ready to defend those views logically and consistently.  Few men had truer or more devoted friends, and this feeling was reciprocated by Captain Jennings.  During his illness of fifteen months he was visited often by friends- much oftener than is usually the case where a man is retired from the activities of life by a sickness for a long period-and this was because he had formed attachments which were stronger than those of the ordinary character.  He was a high-toned and refined citizen; an able and well prepared attorney, kind and loving husband and father, a man of loftiest patriotism.  He served his country in the great strife of the civil war, and marched under the Stars and Bars in many a combat proving himself brave and true to the principles for which he was contending.  He was a captain in this war.
     During his professional career in Waco, Captain Jennings has been associated with Hon. Walter S. Baker, Judge George Clark, John Dyer, Judge A. C. Prendergast and other eminent attorneys.
     The funeral takes place some time Monday morning from the residence, but the exact hour has not been determined last night. Rev. C. T. Caldwell will officiate and interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
     The following members of the bar are appointed pall-bearers at the funeral of our late associate, Captain Charles A. Jennings.  These gentlemen are named upon suggestion of the family.  The funeral will take place on Monday, but the hour has not yet been determined: Waller S. Baker, Allan D. Samford, W. M. Sleeper, A. C. Prendergast, Lewellyn Aubrey, J. R. Downs, Richard I. Munroe, and  J.W. Davis.
     As there will be no newspaper through which further notice can be extended, the attorneys above-named will please inform themselves today of the hour at which services will be held.  There will be a meeting of the Bar Association Tuesday Morning at 9:30 o'clock for appropriate action in memory of our deceased friend.

APRIL 6, 1908


     The funeral of Captain Charles A. Jennings, who died on Saturday afternoon, took place at 10 o'clock this morning from the residence on North Twelfth Street, Rev. O. T. Caldwell, pastor of the First Street Presbyterian church officiating.
     After the service, the casket was borne to Oakwood and there deposited and the earth covered with flowers.  A very large number of friends attended, and among them was many representatives of Pat Cleburne camp.

APRIL 9, 1908


     Dr. Peter Henry Brueyer, aged 83 years, died at the home of his son, H. A. Brueyer, corner Seventeenth and West Avenue, this morning at 8 o'clock.
     Mr. Brueyer has lived in Waco for about fourteen years, coming here from Virginia.  He was a graduate of Princeton Medical College and was a practicing physician.
     The deceased leaves four children. All but one are here and are well known.
Three sons, E.H., W.T., and H.A. and his married daughter, Mrs. Endora L. Works, are now living in Virginia.
     The funeral service will be held at the above residence tomorrow at 10 o'clock, Rev. J.J. Grier officiating, assisted by Rev. E. Hightower,
interment at Oakwood.
     The pallbearers are G. B. Adams, R. G. Ard, W. W. Dudley, John W. Davis, E. M. Ewing, and Y. E. Lee.

APRIL 11, 1908


     After a lingering and painful illness, covering a period of over two years, Dr. S. B. Hamlett, aged 63, who has lived here for over thirty years, died at his late residence, 2403 Ethel avenue, Provident Heights, last night at 8:15.  The funeral will take place this afternoon at 4 o'clock, interment at First Street Cemetery. Rev. A.J. Barton, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will conduct the services.
     The deceased is survived by his wife and two children, Rev. Will Hamlett of Temple, and Miss Bonniebelle Hamilton of this city.
     Many of the old-time residents of Waco are familiar with the life and deeds of this good man, whose suffering ceased last night. He was formerly a manufacturing chemist, enjoying the confidence and esteem of all who knew him.
     At the age of 15 years he enlisted in the Confederate Army, in the year 1861, and was the youngest soldier who volunteered his service in the defense of the South that year who served throughout the war.  Though young in years, he fought gallantly and nobly for the cause which was to him sacred and holy, enduring cheerfully hardships and misfortunes as a result of those generous, patriotic sacrifices.
     In this city he was generally beloved and respected. Of modest and retiring disposition, he performed good works without number, never boasting of what he had accomplished.  To his family and friends he was devoted giving willingly of his services for their welfare and betterment.
     To the stricken and bereaved relatives, sympathy and condolence are tendered.

APRIL 11, 1908


     W. B. Chrismas, aged 52 years, died quite suddenly this morning at 5:15 at his rooms.  He has just within the past few weeks removed from Troy here, having acquired the Horseshoe Saloon, of which he was proprietor.
     The remains are now at the undertaking establishment of J. C. Lees.  It is probable they will be carried to Moran tonight.

APRIL 13, 1908


     Mrs. Annie Lane Davis, aged 58 years, died yesterday morning at 10:15 at her residence, 1415 South Tenth street.  The funeral took place this morning at 10 o'clock, the remains being  laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery.  Rev. C. R. Wright, pastor of the Austin Avenue Methodist Church, conducted the services and delivered a most consoling speech at the residence to the bereaved ones. Beautiful floral tributes were sent in great abundance by friends, who were present in large numbers.
     The pall bearers were: Will Kincheloe, Dr. A. Goddard, William Sleeper, Tom L. McCullough, James Bagby, and J. H. Mackey.
     The deceased is the widow of the late Judge Walter B. Davis, who was the justice of the Peace in Waco for many years. She had endeared herself to a large circle of friends and acquaintances by her many acts of kindness.  Of a generous, warm-hearted disposition, she was tireless in her efforts to render to her friends such services as they required of her, placing her time and labors entirely at her disposal.
     After the death of her husband, Mrs. Davis was connected with the teaching staff of the South Third street school.  While there she became a universal favorite with all the pupils, though she always insisted that the children follow the discipline prescribed for them, her manner of doing so was so kindly. so gentle, and tender that the pupils had for her the greatest love and respect.
     This most estimable lady is survived by four children, Walter Davis, Lane Davis, Mrs. B. E. Clement, and Miss Mary Davis, all of this city, and two sisters, Mrs. A. F. Wood of Corsicana and Mrs. Lela Whitworth of Fort Worth, both of them who came here to attend the funeral.  Miss Mary Davis, who is attending  the San Marcos Normal School, was summoned to her mother's bedside a few weeks ago by a message informing her of the latter's illness.
The young lady above referred to is a graduate of the Waco high school. A son, Lane Davis, is one of the local letter carriers.
     Friends and neighbors tender sympathy and condolence to those who have been deprived of the companionship and love of a devoted mother.

APRIL 13, 1908


     At 6 o'clock yesterday morning Mrs. Dora Holbrook aged 38 years, died at her home, 315 South Eleventh street.  The funeral occurred this morning at 10 o'clock, interment at Oakwood.

APRIL 15, 1908


     Mrs. George Yard, nee Miss Lena Smith, aged 34 years, died at 6:10 this morning at the family residence, 1111 South Tenth street, after an illness of nearly two months' duration.  Tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock the funeral will take place, the remains being first taken to the German Methodist Church, corner Seventh and Washington streets, where the service will be conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. Dietz. From the church, the funeral cortege will proceed to Oakwood where interment will occur.  The pallbearers are: Dan Morris, Jr., Ney Ross, Ed Bauerie, Herman Stoltz, J.B. Farley and Cliff Fields.
     A husband, two children, boys age 4 1-2 years and 4 1-3 months respectively, her mother, one sister, and three brothers survive the deceased.
     Last summer Mrs. Yard went to Asheville, N.C. believing that the climate in that section of the country would improve her physical condition. The relief was only temporary, though, and this morning the final summons came.
     While her sufferings have been most painful and intense, she was extremely patient, bearing silently and uncomplainingly the agonies which she endured.
All that the love and devotion of a faithful husband could suggest for her comfort was given to her, and in every way were efforts made to prolong her life.
     Mrs. Yard was a most lovable character. To her husband and children she gave the love which can only emanate from the loyal wife and mother; to her neighbors and friends she was the personification of goodness and gentleness, rendering to them every service of which she was capable.
     The sympathy  and condolence of many friends is extended to the bereaved husband and surviving relatives.

APRIL 21, 1908


     This afternoon a boy, aged 10, son of Burrill Williams, was drowned in Waco creek, near the South Second street bridge.  The said particulars have not been learned when the Times-Herald went to press.  The water at that point is over ten feet deep.  Boys were wading in the shallows and the little fellow who lost his life went in to deep.  The body was recovered and unavailing efforts at resuscitation were made under the direction of a physician.
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