McLennan County, Texas
April 1912

APRIL 1, 1912


Struck by a Katy switch-engine, near the interlocking plant in East Waco, Thomas E. Ford, aged about 40 years, was killed shortly before 9 o'clock last night. The police station was notified immediately after the accident happened, and the ambulance conveyed the man to city hall. He died just as the wagon stopped in front of the main entrance to the city hall.  It was not until the boy had been taken to the John Fall Undertaking company that his name was learned. At first it was thought that he had a sister living in Dallas, but this was found later to be incorrect. This morning it was stated that the dead man had a sister in San Antonio, who resides at 123 Crosley street.  Her name was not learned, but a message has been sent to the chief of police in that city, asking him to locate Ford's sister at the address above given.  
Ford's right leg was crushed and he was injured internally. He came here recently from Dallas, and yesterday he spent part of his time in the Rotan Candy factory, installing some machinery. The man was a machinist by trade.
Pending advice as tot he disposition of the body, the remains will be held here.


Mrs. Mary C. Broiles, aged 73, died yesterday morning at her home near Hillside, and the remains were interred in the cemetery at Robinson yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rev. Colby D. Hall officiating.
Deceased had lived in the community where her death occurred for many years, and she was beloved and respected by many. Besides her husband, J. M. Broiles, she is survived by six grown children.

APRIL 3, 1912


Mr. E. J. Kountz, a prominent German farmer, living between Cego and Dot, was ran down by through freight train No. 102 and instantly killed about 3 o'clock this evening.
Mr. Kountz had been to Lott, and was returning home and when he reached the railroad crossing, 1 1/2 miles north of Lott, he seemed not to see or hear the train as his buggy had the side curtains up and a strong wind blowing from the north, and he started across the track.  The engineer did not see him until it was too late to stop the train; the train struck the buggy throwing Mr. Kountz to one side and the horse on the other side of the track.
Mr. Kountz was dead when the train crew reached him. The horse lived a short time. The train crew brought the body to town and Justice of the Peace McCreary held an inquest, and turned his body over to Gunell & Moffitt, undertakers.
His family, living near Cego, was notified and will come after the remains tonight.

APRIL 6, 1912


Following a lengthy illness, John H. Majors, aged 36, died last night at 9:45, at the home of his mother, 1025 South Fourth street. The funeral will take place from the residence at 4 this afternoon, interment at Oakwood, services to be conducted by the Christian Scientists.
Deceased was well known here, having been reared in this city. So long as he was able, he was untiring in his efforts to aid and assist others. His sufferings were borne by him uncomplainingly, though his agony at times was intense.
Besides his mother, he is survived by two brothers and two sisters and to these the most sincere condolence is extended.


Mrs. C. F. Bewley, aged 75 years, a resident of this county since about 1871, died at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, after an illness of about a year, the chief trouble being Bright's disease.
Death occurred at the residence of her son, Walter Bewley, living about a mile southwest of the city limits. Walter Bewley is the only child.
The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock at Crawford, which is near the old Bewley home. Mrs. Bewley lived there with her husband until about fifteen years ago, since which time she had been living with her son near Waco. She was a member of the Baptist Church, a consistent and earnest Christian, a woman with a heart full of kindliness, sympathy and love, and was endeared to all with whom she came in contact.  She live to a ripe old age, and her good deeds will follow her, also keeping green the memory of a woman who has played well her part in life. Mrs. Bewley was the daughter of Mary Prophet, and William Wood.  She is known to many of the older residents here, especially those who know the early residents of the county.

APRIL 9, 1912


In the rear of a restaurant at 306 South Eighth streets, where he had been rooming, the dead body of T. C. Bannister, a white man, aged about 35 years, was found early today.  Deceased came here several weeks ago for medical treatment, his illness resulting from a cancerous affection.
The body was prepared for burial and will be sent this afternoon to J. C. Bannister, the father of the dead man, who lives at Itasca.  It is understood that he was an unmarried man.


Mrs. Nettie M. Scroggins, aged 76 years, mother of Mrs. J. S. Chambers of Waco, died last night at Tyler.  She leaves four other children, but they do not reside here.
Mrs. Scroggins will be buried in Tyler. She has staid in Waco more or less and is known to many here. News of her death will sadden all who knew her as she was a gentle, kindly and generally excellent woman.

APRIL 10, 1912

Passed away at early Hour this morning-Funeral Tomorrow

Tom P. Maddin, aged 57 years, died at an early hour this morning, and the funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock from the residence of E. M. Ainsworth, 824 North Nineteenth street.  Mr. Maddin had been in poor health for some time, and his death was not unexpected.  He was practically reared in Waco, and was known to all the older residents of this place.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Jno. H. Appell, followed by interment at Oakwood cemetery. Following are the pall bearers:  Bart Moore, Dr. W. B. Morrison, T. J. Primm, Lee Dugger, H. W. Hubby, Robert Ross.

APRIL 13, 1912

An illness of four weeks duration terminated fatally last night for Earl Wilson, aged 22, who passed away at 9:40. The funeral will take place from the residence of his parents, 526 Speight street, Sunday afternoon, the hour to be named later.
Some time ago, Mr. Wilson was operated on for appendicitis, and it was found at that time that his liver was also affected.  The best medical attention and the love and care of devoted relatives, together with competent nurses, proved unavailing.  Deceased had been city sidewalk inspector quite awhile, and he gave the fullest measure of satisfaction.  He was eminently fitted for the work that engaged his attention, and at no time was he found wanting.  Mr. Wilson was a young man of many sterling traits, and he had large circle of friends here.  Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers and two sisters.

APRIL 16, 1912


W. M. Munnerlyn aged 37 years, died at 10:30 o'clock last night at the residence of his father, George F. Munnerlyn, 1725 Sanger Avenue, after a lingering illness.
He leaves besides his parents the following brothers and one sister: Henry, George, Pickett, Marshall and Mrs. A.A. Peoples. The sorrowing wife and two little boys, one age 8 and the other 2 years of age, will have the tender sympathy of all friends.  W. M. Munnerlyn was practically reared in Waco, and his friends here and all over this section will be saddened by news of his death, though they realized some little time ago that this was inevitable. He worked for  many years at the store of the Goldstein-Migel company, and later for Sanger Bros. He proved himself efficient, reliable, industrious and true to every trust reposed in him, and met the duties, obligations, and opportunities of life like a real man.  Though his life was shortened by the dread disease tuberculosis, he wrought well, and went to sleep with the consciousness of doing his best.
The funeral will take place at 4 o'clock this afternoon from the residence, interment at Oakwood cemetery, Rev. H.D. Knickerbocker officiating.  Following are the pall bearers: J.C. Daniels, Charles E. Moore, Ike Strauss, J.W. Bacon, M.S. Brooks, Thomas Jackson.

APRIL 17, 1912


News has been received by Mrs. Hays Watson of this city of the death of a cousin who was a pioneer of Falls County.
The Falls County citizen who died was Capt. Joshua Guffey, who was 72 years old and who was a Confederate veteran, an Indian fighter of other days, and a man who was widely known during his more youthful days. He had accumulated a competency and was a man who enjoyed life all the way along.
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