McLennan County, Texas
August 1903

Transcribed by Mary Kay Snell.

August 2, 1903


News reached here yesterday of the death of Rev. Fred L. Allen, a superanuated minister of the Methodist church at Rockdale. He was formerly one of the ablest ministers in the Methodist church and filled various important stations, as also being a presiding elder for years. Dr. Allen was an uncle of Mrs. Dan Ford of Waco, besides having a good many other relatives in this section. He was truly a man of God in the fullest sense and has no doubt gone to a rich reward. The sympathy of many friends will go out to the bereaved relatives, while all acquaintances will learn with regret of
the death of the good man.

August 7, 1903


Rosebud, Tex., Aug. 6.-- Mr. Frank Martin died here Saturday at the residence of his son, T. O. Martin. His remains were taken to Glen Rose, Somervell county for interment. Mr. Martin was the oldest settler in Somervell county, going to that county in 1857, when it was then part of Johnson county. It later became a part of Hood county, and he was a member of the first grand jury empaneled in that county. He leaves three children surviving him, Judge W. F. Martin, cashier of Rockwall National bank; T. O. Martin, cashier of First National Bank of Rosebud, and Miss Mosolete Martin.

August 9, 1903


 Lewis Jackson, the negro who was run over by the International and Great Northern train yesterday morning, died yesterday afternoon from the result of his injuries. His right leg was amputated above the knee and it was thought at one time that the negro would be able to survive but other complications arose during the day and about four o'clock Jackson expired after having suffered untold agony.
The deceased lived near the Tahuacana creek and bore a very good reputation. As was stated in the paper yesterday he had just placed his folks on the Cotton Belt train and had started back to the depot when the International train which was backing into the depot struck him and crushed his right leg.

August 13, 1903


Keith--Rosebud, Tex., Aug. 10-- Mrs. Flora Keith, wife of Mr. S. Keith died last night at the family residence in this city. The remains were shipped to Luling, her old home, for interment. Mr. Keith came here last winter and entered into the mercntile business, and had just completed a nice, new home. She leaves only her husband.

Czirr--Marlin, Tex., Aug. 11-- Mrs. Lisette Czirr, wife of Theodore Czirr died Monday morning at 2 o'clock. She had been sick for a number of years, though all of that time was not confined to her bed. Deceased was 42 years old, and had been a resident of Marlin for many years. Her husband and seven children--five girls and two boys--survive her. The remains were interred yesterday afternoon in the city cemetery.


Bruceville, Tex., Aug. 13-- Mr. B. F. Ingram, who was one of the oldest citizens of this section, died last night and will be buried at the Bruceville cemetery today. Uncle Ben, as we all called him, was an old Confederate soldier, true and tried and an honest as God ever made man. He leaves a wife and several children, and a host of friends to mourn his loss.

August 13, 1903


Dr. R. N. Barrett, professor of Greek missions and practical theology of Baylor university, one of the best-known educators of the state, died at his residence on Speight street last night, after a brief illness. The news of his death was a great shock to the entire community, for few knew of his illness. He was well known over the state, and was fast gaining a national reputation.
He was taken sick in Rosebud Monday night wile delivering his stereopticon lecture, "The Making of a Man." He came home the next morning and died at midnight last night.
He was born in Tennessee thirty-five years ago, raised in Kentucky and educated in Bethel college, where he took his master's degree in the classic course, subsequently graduating in the Southern Baptist Theological seminary with a degree of doctor of theology. He was reared in meager environment, did not receive the encouragement of his fellows equal to his ambition. The hidden desire to receive an education, fitting himself to bless the world by a useful life, found expression after many years of hard struggles. It is related of him that he cut and made the suit of clothes that he wore when he first entered college. Perhaps no man in the state surpassed him in his knowledge of missions and world-wide evangelization. His heart burned with a desire to be a foreign missionary, but his body was too frail to make it practicable, hence he had been compelled to preach and by that means influenced the lives of the young men and women through his influence in his churches and his class room. He had been pastor of several churches in Tennessee, Kentucky and Texas. Coming to Texas to serve the First Baptist church at Waxahachie, where his work was crowned not only with a united pastorate, but with a magnificent church building. At the present time he was pastor of the East Waco Baptist church in connection with his college duties.
He was the author of several books, to-wit: "The Land of the Sunrise," "The Child of the Ganges," two religious novels whose setting and plot of location are Japan and East India. It is related by those who have traveled in that country that the books are strikingly vivid in their reality of description, though Dr. Barrett himself never traveled there. Something over a year ago he published a work, "The Ethics of the Ministry," which had had a wide sale among the preachers of the Baptist church. It has been translated into Portuguese and has been used for the benefit of the mission stations in Brazil. Portions of it have recently been translated into Chinese for the workers there. At odd times recently he has been at work on another book which he hoped to give to the public in the course of another year, practically known as the "Psychology of development of the Spiritual Realm." When a seminary student he was the roommate of Professor J. S. Tanner, at whose death Dr. Barrett succeeded in his present position. He was in a high degree the spiritual life of Baylor university. Thus there has gone to God a quiet, humble, unassuming man whose life has been a benediction to every man and woman who ever came under his influence.
He was a man that was universally loved by all and wherever he went he met that cordial greeting of all demoninations. He was a tireless worker, an eloquent speaker and one of the best scholars of the country. His future was brilliant and he was already recognized as one of the coming men of the Baptist church. His heartbroken family have the loving condolence of the entire city and the friends everywhere.
The funeral services will be conducted by Dr. Copass, pastor of the First Baptist church at Waxahachie, and Dr. Wm. Lunsford, pastor of the First Baptist church of Waco, from the residence, No. 620 Speight street, this city, at 5:30.

(Note: his name is R. W. Barrett in headline and R. N. Barrett in body of obituary.)

August 18, 1903


 Mr. John Moore of East Waco states that the federal soldier, A. W. Glaze, concerning whose place of interment inquiry has been made, is buried near Ross.
The government sent headstones for some federal soldiers and it was at first thought that the last resting place of Mr. Glaze was not known. Mr. Moore was at the funeral and says the body rests in the White Rock cemetery near Ross.

August 22, 1903


William Rex, the 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bailey, living on the Corsicana road a short distance from Waco died at 11:25 lat night.
The funeral will take place at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning from the residence, interment at Oakwood cemetery. Rev. S. A. Barnes, pastor of East Waco Methodist church, will officiate. The parents have the sincere sympathy of many friends in their sore affliction.

August 24, 1903


Jake Wiggins, the colored hackman who has been conducting a business in Waco for more than a quarter of a century, and who was known far and wide, fell dead at his farm four miles east of Waco on the Corsicana road yesterday afternoon late. Death was due to heart trouble of some kind.
In many respects he was a remarkable member of his race. He has been in Waco for about thirty years, and was worth forty or fifty thousand dollars earned through hard work and close attention to business, and as one white man put it today, "by politeness to everybody and by honesty."
He was known to traveling men from all parts of the country, and at the depots the cry of "Here's Jake!" always meant a full hack for this hustling negro, though he owned a nice farm in the country where he died suddenly. He was fond of visiting the farm and getting away from business occasionally. He had some out to his farm and thought of taking back a sack of corn. After gathering it he sat down the sack and fell forward on his face. His nieces saw him fall, ran to him and turned him over, but after gasping once or twice he was dead.
Jake was always ready to give attention to business and strictly reliable. He has not been very well for some time, but it was not thought that his condition was serious or apt to result as it did. He was 57 years of age. He leaves a wife and two children. Many white people and colored ones as well will regret to hear that Jake is no more.
The remains were taken to the residence, No. 507 North Third street, but the time of interment has not at this hour been determined.

August 26, 1903


The funeral of Jacob W. Wiggins took place this morning at 10  o'clock from the residence on North Third street and a large concourse attended. There were many white persons among the number thus attesting the esteem in which the dead man was held by both races.
Among the floral wreaths was one which had the following written on the accompanying card:
Waco, Tex., Aug. 26, 1903.
These flowers are the offering of the press of Waco to the memory of Jacob W. Wiggins, our departed friend.
A. R. McCollum, Tribune; J. D. Shaw, Searchlight; H. D. Wade, Times-Herald; M. B. Davis, Dallas-Galveston News; F. Lueders, Post.
The grave was almost covered with flowers at the close of the services, which were quite impressive.

August 28, 1903


 Clyde Shriner, shipping clerk of the Swift Packing company in San Antonio, died in that city yesterday.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Shriner, reside in Waco, on North Fourth street, and have the sympathy of friends in the loss of their son, who had just reached the age of maturity, 21 years. He was known in Waco and had friends here.
The interment will take place in San Antonio today.

August 28, 1903


William Symes, the 19-year-old son of Col. A. Symes, died at the family residence corner Twelfth and Columbus streets, at 9:30 o'clock last night.
The funeral will take place at 5 o'clock this afternoon; from the residence. Rev. Dr. S. A. King officiating, interment at Oakwood cemetery.
The death of William Symes will be a sad blow to family and friends. he was just verging into young manhood and was popular with all who knew him, but death has called him hence. He evinced traits of character which gave promise of a useful manhood and citizenship, while his geniality and companionship made him a valued friend.
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