McLennan County, Texas
December 1914

Transcribed by Peggy Corder and Amanda Sipes

Tuesday, December 1, 1914
Waco Daily Times Herald

 Funeral of Mrs. Birmingham
     Mrs. Minnie Birmingham was buried this afternoon at Greenwood cemetery. The funeral service was held from the residence at White City, on the Robinsonville road.
     Mrs. Birmingham was 38 years of age, the wife of J. T. Birmingham. She died yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Robert and Erwin.  

Wednesday, December 2, 1914
Waco Daily Times Herald
 Col. R. E. Burham died early this morning
Aged Waco resident called to his reward by death angel
Located in Waco Forty-Two years ago -Father-in-law of Mayor J. W. Riggins
     Lingering in a comatose condition for the past few days, Col. R. E. Burnham , aged 81 years, died  this morning at 3:30 in his apartments at the Riggins hotel, surrounded by all of his children. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 10:30 in the parlors of the Riggins hotel. Rev C. T. Caldwell officiating. Interment will be made at Oakwood and the Masons will be in charge of the grave.
     The active pallbearers are J. F. Brinkerhoff, T. B. Barton, Clint Padgitt, Pat M. Neff, S. P. Ross, and John C. Davis, Honorary: A. R. McCollum, T. F. Mann, R. H. Gray, Dr. P. R. Hengsi, C. H. Higginson, Alfred Abeel, W. E. Colgin, John Sleeper, and George A. O'Brien.
     For several years Colonel Burnham had been in ill health and his advanced age precluded all possibility of a recovery, when pneumonia developed. He was given every attention that the love and devotion of faithful children could suggest but it was known last week that it was impossible for him to survive.
     Richard Ellis Burnham was born in Murray County Tennessee close to Columbia on September 22 1833. At an early age in life, he went to Nashville after being left an orphan. His advancement in commercial circles was rapid and substantial and in Nashville he was married to Miss Eliza Crosby, who died when their five children were quite young.
     Colonel Burharm came to Waco in 1872 and though he has resided in Georgia and Florida for the past twelve yeasts, he claimed Waco as his home. For a number of years he engaged in the wholesale business in this city, the firm being known as Magale and Burham and their operations covered a very extensive territory, in the early days in Texas. About sixteen years ago Colonel Burnham retired from active business life. At one time Colonel Burnham was the owner of extensive property interests here, but he had disposed of most of he holding at the time of his death. He retained though, the ownership of valuable land in Georgia and Florida.
     Probably no resident of this city was better known or more highly esteemed then Colonel Burnham, he was man among men, in all his endeavors and activities. Loyal to his friends and generous at all times, his philanthropies could they be enumerated would fill a volume. Colonel Burnham would never speak of his good deeds, and those which became known were related by the ones who had been the recipients of his kindness. A keen observer and gifted with business acumen rarely found his advice and counsel were often sought by his business associates and friends. He was prudent and careful at all times, and his decision was reached as a result of calm and mature deliberation. He never courted publicity, and he never spoke of his achievements.
     No one here had greater faith in Waco's future greatness than Colonel Burnham. He realized her vast possibilities and this city's development and progress were with him a matter of pride. As stated above Waco was home to him and he had often expressed the wish to spend is last days in a city that claimed so much of his of his attention and where his closest and most intimate friends lived.
     Surviving Colonel Burnham are the following children: Mrs. J. W. Riggins, Mrs. M. A. Sullivan, Mrs. Kittie Campbell, and R. O. Burnham Waco, Mrs. M. E. Peach, Atlanta GA.
     All of these have the loving sympathy of a host of friends in their bereavement.

Wednesday, December 2, 1914
Waco Daily Times Herald

 Last Call comes for Martin E. M'Grath
     Martin E. McGrath died this morning at 6:40, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. D. Holcomb, 1801 South Tenth street. Funeral services were conducted at the residence at 3 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. W. W. Melton officiating, after which the body was shipped by Undertaker F. M. Compton to Vinton, Ohio, where interment will take place. Had decedent lived until December 28, he would have attained his eighty - eight year.
     For the past seven years Mr. McGrath had been making his home with his daughter here. He was born in Ohio, in 1826, and was, for many years, engaged in the contracting business in that state. He had been confined to his bed for the past eighteen months. Mr. McGrath was known to many here and in Ohio he had a legion of friends and acquaintances. He was a sincere, consistent Christian, a strict observer of the golden rule, in al relations of life.
     Besides the daughter here, Mr. McGrath is survived by two sons, Dr. J. C. McGrath of Nelsonville, O. and T. F. McGrath of Columbus O.
     The bereaved children have, the sympathy of many. Mrs. Holcomb is the wife of Prof. I. D. Holcomb, principal of the central grammar school.

Saturday, December 5, 1914
Waco Daily Times Herald

 Pioneer Resident died early this morning
     At her home on North Bosque, Mrs. El Ditto, aged 70 years , died this morning at 2 o'clock, after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, these being held in abeyance until her sons can be heard from.
     The death of Mrs. Ditto today removes from this life one of McLennan county's pioneer residents. She had lived in the community where she died since 1856, fifty-eight years, and she had a host of friends and acquaintances throughout the county. Mrs. Ditto was a most earnest and sincere Christian and she departed this life well prepared to meet her God.
     Besides her husband , Elie Ditto, she is survived by three sons, Theodore, Frank , and Ed Ditto, who live in Hall county, a sister Mrs. Henrietta Sparks, and a niece Mrs. J. W. Downs, both of Waco, a brother, W. T. McCann at San Paulo, Brazil and a sister Mrs. B. L. Kennedy at China Springs. All of these have the sincere sympathy of many in their bereavement.

Monday, December 7, 1914
Waco Daily Times Herald

(Mart Herald Dec. 5)
     From parties coming to town this morning for a coffin, it was learned that John Pavlosky, living near Elk, was accidentally killed at their home about noon Friday, December 4.
     According to the statement made the Herald reporter, deceased with his older brother, was preparing to clean a gun (rifle), which they must have thought unloaded. The younger brother started to go for the rod, when by accident his brother let the fun fall to the floor. A discharge followed, the bullet entering the boys, back with fatal results.

Monday  December 7, 1914
Waco Daily Times Herald

 Sidney T. Smith Dies after long illness
   Sidney T. Smith, aged 51 years died this morning at 8:45 o'clock at his residence, 417 South Ninth street. He has been a resident of Waco for the past twenty-five years.
     For two years he has been in bad health.
     He is survived by his wife and three sons, Roger, James and Enrique, all living in Waco. He also leaves a brother, J. E. Smith of Waco and three sisters.
     The funeral will be held from the John Fall Undertaking company's chapel tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock.
     Pall bearers: Active Henry Hays, Mack Cardwell, Ed Teagle, George Yard, F. H. Woytek, Mike Tonnahill, Honorary G. H. Luedde, J. C. Fields Jr, W. W. Seley, S. Archenhold, O. L. Stribing, H. Meyer.

Monday  December 7, 1914
Waco Daily Times Herald

 Find Dead Man on T C Right of Way
Burns from Hot Cinders may have caused Death of J. L. Evans in East Waco
     About 9 o'clock yesterday morning the lifeless body of J. L. Evans aged 37 years, who lives at Leon Junction, was found on a pile of hot cinders, along the Texas Central right of way, about two blocks from the yard limits in East Waco. The discovery was made by Jack Small, who has been employed as a laborer on the county roads, and G. M. Gerst, the latter coming here Saturday from El Campo. They reported the finding of the body to the officers and the corpse was viewed by Justice J. J. Padgett. This morning the body of Evans was sent to Leon Junction by Undertaker L C Puckett, and interment will take place in that city this afternoon.
     Leo Evans was seen alive for the last time last Saturday afternoon, and he is said to have usually carried some money with him. He also owned a fine watch, but this was gone, together with a part of the chain, when his body was found.
     An investigation is being conducted by the officers. Evans body was burned about the arm and chest, and these burns resulted from contact with the hot cinders. It is said they sufficient to have caused death. The man was lying on his stomach in such a way as to inhale the steam that exuded from the cinders. Judge Padgett's verdict is that Evans came to his death from an unknown cause.
     Leo Evans was married at Leon Junction less than a year ago. He had been picking cotton in the neighborhood of Waco this fall, and was preparing to return home when his death occurred. A bill of lading for his furniture, which had been shipped to Leon Junction, was found among his effects. Besides his widow, Evans is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. J. L. Evans Sr., five brothers and one sister at Leon Junction. One of his brothers, Len Evans, came here last night to make the funeral arrangements. He accompanied the body back home today.

Monday  December 7, 1914
Waco Daily Times Herald
 Death Sudden for Harris Novich
Prominent Austin Street Merchant Died Unexpectedly yesterday afternoon
Death came very suddenly yesterday afternoon, presumably from heat failure for Harris Novich, aged 54, who passed away at 2:30 at his home, 702 North Fifteenth street. Mr. Novich moved into the house where he died one day last week.
     The funeral will take place from the family residence this afternoon at 3:30. Rev. S. Levy officiating. Interment will be made at Hebrew Rest. The active pallbearers are: A. Adelman,  L. Fred, J. S. Cohen,  J. Davidson,  J. Goldberg and Sam Marks.
Honorary : Dr. A. Suhler, Thomas Davidson, Julius Kuttner, A. Freedman, L. Grasberg, and Ezra Naman.
     Though he had been ailing for the past few days, Mr. Novich was able to be at his place of business on Austin street last Saturday afternoon. He took sick after dinner yesterday and before a physician could be had he was dead.
     The death of Mr. Novich came as a very painful shock to a host of friends and acquaintances here, where he had lived for the past quarter of a century. He was born in Russia. For the past ten years he had been proprietor of a crockery and china glassware house at 509 Austin street and prior to that time he had a grocery store in South Waco.
     Harris Novich was a very devout and consistent member of Congregation Agudath Jacob, and no member of that orthodox congregation was more faithful in the performance of his religious duties. He contributed liberally to its support, and was active in all its affairs, at all times.
     If there was any man in Waco who refused to intrude upon his neighbor's concern, it was Harrris Novich. A man of quiet unpretentious demeanor, he busied himself with his own interest, according to every other man the same right. Among his own people and those of other religious beliefs Mr. Novich was noted for his charitable deeds. He was a kindly man in every sense of the word, not one who rendered a philanthropic service for the world's praise, but of the type who ever cherished in his heart a great love for his fellow man.
     Beside his widow, Mr. Novich is survived by four daughter and two sons, Mrs. L. Lazarus, Misses May Ray and Jennie Novich, and J. D. Novich, Waco and George Novich
Portland , Ore. He also has four brothers, Abe Novich, Waco, Ben Novich Dallas, Mose Novich, New York, and Sam Novich Asheville, N. C.  To all of these the most  sincere condolence.

Tuesday December 8, 1914
Waco Daily Times Herald

 Buried at Patrick
     The funeral of Buster Brown, aged 6 years, son of Mr. And Mrs. W. A. Brown, who died yesterday, near China Springs, took place this afternoon at Patrick.

Tuesday December 8, 1914
Waco Daily Times Herald

 Funeral at Ennis
     The remains of Drew D. Johns, aged 21, who died last evening at 7:50 were shipped to Ennis for interment today by John Fall Undertaking company. Mr. Johns who had been ill for about a month, died at the home of his brother, H. H. Johns, 1702 North Fourth street. He was in the employ of the B. Kemendo company as city salesman. He was very popular here a young man of sterling straits, who had endeared himself to all with whom he came in contact. Besides the brother above named he has another brother here, Roy Johns. His father H. M. Johns lives at Tecumsheh, Okla. And he also has a sister, Miss Bessie Johns, at Springtown. Theses have the sympathy of many in their great bereavement.

Waco Daily Times Herald
December 10, 1914

Carbolic acid, taken last evening about 6:30, while he was in an alley between Austin and Franklin streets, extending from Fifth to Sixth, proved fatal for J. M. Cooper, who died this morning at 3:50, at Providence sanitarium. An empty two-ounce vial, labeled carbolic acid, was found in one of his coat pockets, and his lips were badly burned by the poisonous draught.
The funeral will take place from the residence, 1310 Jackson street at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning, burial in Oakwood cemetery.
A telephone message was received at the city hall, stating that Cooper had taken carbolic acid, and the patrol wagon went to the scene immediately, with Police Sargent Sol Frazier in charge. The man was rushed to a downtown sanitarium, where a brief inspection was made of the man, while in the wagon. The police were ordered to take him to the undertaking establishment, which they did. When they arrived at the place, it was found that the man was still alive. He was then taken to Providence Sanitarium, and when that establishment was reached the house doctor had a stomach pump and all other necessary appliances in waiting, and Cooper was given prompt attention. It was not believed that the man would recover, but every effort was made to save his life. At midnight last night it was seen that his death was only a question of a brief period, and he died at the hour given above.
Just why Cooper should have killed himself seems a mystery. While at home yesterday afternoon, about 4:30, he said something to his wife about killing himself, but she paid little attention to him, not taking his remark seriously. A note, addressed to his wife was found in his coat pocket, but his last message gave no reason for Cooper ending his life.
For the past six months Cooper has been employed at the gas plant of the Texas Power and Light company. He had lived here for the past twenty-four years, and was well known in this community. Besides his widow, he is survived by one brother, L.J. Cooper, employed in the engineering department of the Texas Power and Light company's plant here, and two sisters, Mrs. J.E. Merritt of Waco, and Mrs. George S. White of Austin. The latter arrived here today.

December 10, 1914

The funeral of Mrs. Alice Mitchell, aged 46, who died yesterday afternoon at a local sanitarium, took place today at 2:30 p.m. from the residence, 901 South Seventh Street. Rev. John R. Morris officiated, and interment was made at Park Lawn cemetery.
Mrs. Mitchell, who had lived here for the past six years, had been ill about a week. She was very highly esteemed here, having many friends in this community. Besides her husband, G.W. Mitchell, she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. C. A. Ramsay, Miss Bertie Mitchell, Waco and Miss LuLu Mitchell, San Antonio.

December 11, 1914

Mrs. Susan A. Mosley, aged 68 years, died this morning at 7 o'clock at her home, 316 Turner street, East Waco. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 4 o'clock from the family residence, interment to be made in Greenwood cemetery. Mrs. Mosley had been in ill health for some past four years, though she had only been confined to her bed for the past few weeks.
For the past forty-three years Mrs. Mosley had been a resident of McLennan County, having lived in Waco about eleven years. She was well known in this county, and she was a devout and sincere Christian. Besides her husband, J.M. Mosley, she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Susie Peters, Waco; Mrs. J.J. Rozell, Gholson, and Mrs. Mollie Kellum, Clifton. She also has two brothers in Louisiana. These have the sympathy of many in their bereavement.

December 12, 1914

Mrs. M. A. Hall, aged 73 years, died at 1 o'clock this afternoon at her residence, 1018 South Fourth street.
Mrs. Hall was one of the best known residents of the city, having come here thirty-five years ago. She came to Waco as the bride of B. F. Richie. After his death, she was married to M. A. Hall. She is survived by her son, Judge H.M. Richie.
Mrs. Hall has been in ill health for the past year, but she was not seriously ill until the past week. A week ago she was attacked with paralysis, which resulted in her death today.

December 13, 1914

The funeral today of Mrs. M. A. Hall, who died yesterday afternoon at 1 o'clock, will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock, from the family residence, 1018 South Fourth street, Rev. A.C. Chappell, formerly pastor of the Fifth Street Methodist church here, now located at Hillsboro, officiating. Interment will be made at Oakwood, in the Richey family plot.
The pall bearers are: E. M. Ainsworth, V. V. Damon, L. C. Rucker, A. L. Elliott, Dr. K. H. Aynesworth, and D. Holvey.
Mrs. M. A. Hall had lived in Waco since about 1877, and was universally beloved. She has been in failing health for some time, and more recently has been seriously ill at the residence, 1918 South Fourth street, so that her death was not unexpected. It came as a shock though, to many devoted friends as well as the relatives.
Mrs. Hall was born October 3, 1841, at Indianapolis, Indiana, and her maiden name was Miss Mary McGaughey. She was reared in Greenville, Tenn., and came to Waco about 1877 as the wife of B.F. Richey, who was one of the honored, active and enterprising citizens of Waco of that day. In fact, Mr. Richey was one of the principals in the company which organized, built and operated the first street railway system in Waco; he was also county treasurer of McLennan County, and will be recalled by all the old residents here. Several years after the death of Mr. Richey, she married Col. John W. Hall, who was one of the Confederate veterans and also a veteran of the Mexican war; this marriage was in 1889; Col. Hall dying several years ago. Mrs. Hall had been a member of Fifth street Methodist church ever since coming to Waco, and no member was more useful, faithful, or active.
The children who survive are: Harvey Mac Richey, Waco; Mrs. Dave Lowrey, Muskogee, Oklahoma; Mrs. Bessie Brown, Waco; Prof. R.J. Richey, Burnet.
It can be said truthfully that few women in Waco were more generally beloved than Mrs. Hall, and many hearts will be deeply saddened by news of her death. though in reflecting upon her long and useful life, it will be found that she did not fall upon sleep until she had time to perform well her duties, minister nobly to those with whom she came in contact, and fill to the full that measure of service to others which made her life such a benediction. Quiet and unassuming, always, she yet possessed a potent personality, and one which will continue to be felt in the years to come. Her life was full of beautiful thoughts, of kind deeds, and charitable acts, and the evening shadows of existence found her calm, serene, and waiting with perfect resignation for the appearance of the messenger whose appearance should summon her to "come up higher".
Mrs. Hall was an honorary member of the famous Cornersville club of Cornersville, Tenn. That organization included some of the following former well known Wacoans; Dr. W.H. Wilkes, Rev. J.H. Richey, B.F. Richey, T.C. Richey, Rev. J.K. Street and J.H. Mitchell.

December 13, 1914

Will Buckner, a negro, was shot and instantly killed about 8 o'clock las night, in the rear of 204 South side of the square, by another negro, Harry Hurst. The latter was arrested by Constable Leslie Stegall, soon after the shooting.
A 38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver was used: the bullet entered Buckner's upper lip, passing out through the back of the head.
The two men had an argument while in J.T. Hancock's saloon, at the above number on the square, which resulted in a wager they had made as to the amount of a laundry bill. When they began quarreling, Buckner, according to Mr. Hancock, drew a knife on Hurst. The proprietor, after trying to settle the dispute, ordered both men out of his place, and soon after they passed through the back door, a shot was heard. It was the one fired by Hurst, and Buckner died almost instantly. The latter was not killed in the saloon, but in a vacant piece of ground which separates the bar from a barbecue stand.
In the calaboose last night, Hurst said that Buckner, after telling him in the saloon that he would kill him, Hurst, before morning, drew his knife again when both men left the saloon. He says he fired as Buckner rushed at him with the open knife.
The dead negro was a painter and paperhanger, while Hurst is employed at a local plumbing shop. Sam Reed says he caught Hurst, as the latter was starting off, after shooting Buckner, and that he took Hurst's pistol away from him and held him until Constable Stegall took charge of him.
An inquest was held by Judge J.J. Padgett, justice of the peace.

December 18, 1941

Prof. C.F. U. Schuler, aged 53 years, died this morning at 4:10, at his home 1812 South Third street. He had been critically ill for the past few days, and attending physicians expressed the belief, Wednesday night, that he could not survive.
The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence, Rev. J.R. Morris, pastor of the Fifth Street Methodist Church, assisted by Rev. H. Dietz, officiating. Interment will be made at Oakwood.
Active pall bearers are: W.G. Pfaeffle, Charles Miller, Irving Stoite, Fred Stampp, Walter Dietz, and Fred Pfaeffle. All of these are nephews of the deceased. Honorary: V.V. Damon, John Hild, S.M. Kirkpatrick, S.J. Smith, Dr. J.T. Harrington and W.R. Lacy.
About a month ago Prof. Schuler became paralyzed, and he never recovered from the attack. He was able to be out though, and was down town about a week ago today.
Born in Chicago, Prof. Schuler had spent the major portion of his life in Waco, having lived here, altogether, for about forty years. During that lengthy period, he endeared himself to many as a man among men, one in which his friends had the implicit confidence. For about sixteen years, Prof. Schuler was organist at the Fifth street Methodist church, and members of that denomination know how faithfully he attended to his duties, being in his place Sunday after Sunday, and when religious services were conducted on week days regardless of weather conditions . Prof. Schuler also had charge of the music department of Douglas' Select School for fifteen years.
As a musician, Prof. Schuler took rank with the best in the southwest. He had studied under some of the greatest masters of modern times, and his musical education was perfect and complete in every respect. Thoroughness in all things was one of his hobbies, and he imparted this trait to all his pupils.
Earnest and sincere in all things, a man who recognized his obligations and followed conscientiously the path marked out for him, Prof. Schuler represented the highest type of citizenship. A man of prodigious energy, active and vigorous to the very last, he gave much of his time and efforts for the betterment of others. His influence among those with whom he associated daily was very pronounced, and his wise counsel, his salutary advice, were often sought by his host of friends. Prof. Schuler was a man of quiet and unostentatious demeanor, and no reference was ever made by him to the multitude of good works which he performed. His good deeds were innumerable, among the worthy and deserving of this community, but in many instances, only the recipient of his benevolence knew of Prof. Schuler's innate kindness and big-heartedness.
Surviving Prof. Schuler are his widow and eight children, four sons and four daughters: Fred, Charles, Emil, Clarence Schuler, Misses Cornelia, Florence, Ethel, and Aline. His father, F. Schuler, aged 87, also lives here. Besides these, he has six sisters in Waco, Mesdames C.J. Heerlein, L.H. Stolte, J.W. Pfaeffle, O.J. Miller, M. Wiebusch, and H. Dietz. He also has another sister, Mrs. L.C. Pfaffengerger, Los Angeles. All of these have the sincere sympathy of many in their great bereavement.

After a lengthy illness, Otto Schneider aged 37, died at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the home of his father, Ed Schneider, Twenty-sixth and Clay streets. Funeral services were conducted this morning at 9 o'clock, in the chapel of the John Fall Undertaking Co., Rev. Freyer, pastor of the German Baptist Church here, officiating. Beautiful solos were rendered by Mrs. J.G. Rossean. The remains were sent to Gatesville by the above named undertaking company, where interment will take place this afternoon.
Four operations had been performed in an effort to save Mr. Schneider's life, but each of these proved fruitless, Decedent had spent the greater portion of his life in Waco, and his manly bearing, his kindly disposition and his consideration of the rights of others made for him many friends. He was untiring in his efforts for the benefit of others.
Besides his widow and two sons, he is survived by his parents, one sister here, Miss Hulda Schneider, and another sister, Miss Freda Schneider of Los Angeles. These have sincere sympathy of many.

R. L. Copeland, aged 47, died this morning at his home, 1420 Barron Street. The funeral took place this afternoon at 3 o'clock, interment being made in Oakwood. Mr. Copeland had been ill quite awhile, though his condition became serious only last Wednesday. He had been a resident of Waco about fourteen years. He is survived by his widow and two children, and these have the condolence of many.
Following were the pall bearers:
Honorary: G.H. Luedde, Walter Phelan, Andrew Anderson, John K. Rose, W.W. Seley, Luke Moore, J.W. Riggins, R.I. Monroe, George Yard, R.M. Cooper.
Active: W.W. Bell, Ed Pickett, T.C. Harper, J.C. Wallace Jr., J.J. Qualls, Albert Miller.

Mrs. Elizabeth Graves, aged 69, died yesterday afternoon at 4:30 at her home, 1312 North Sixth street. The remains were shipped to Mart this morning by Undertaker L.C. Puckett, and interment will take place there this afternoon. Mrs. Graves had lived here about two years. She is survived by her husband, W.M. Graves, and three sons, John, and Lee Graves of Mart, and J.C. Graves of Kosse.

Dorothy May Milburn, aged 5 months, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Milburn, died last night at 6 o'clock, at the family residence, 707 South Eleventh street. The funeral took place this afternoon at 3 o'clock, interment being made at Oakwood. The parents have the sympathy of many in their bereavement.

Mrs. Esther Hathaway, aged 29, died last night at 10:30 at the home of her brother-in-law W. H. Cates, 1414 South Thirteenth street. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3:30, interment to be made at Greenwood, Rev. W.W. Melton, officiating. One child and a sister here, Mrs. Cates survive. Mrs. Hathaway had been ill quite awhile. She was well known and very highly esteemed here.

December 19, 1914

M. L. Dismukes died at his home, 919 South Seventeenth street this morning at 8:10 o'clock. He was 70 years of age, and had been ill for several months with Bright's disease.
Mr. Dismukes was born in Davidson county, Tennessee, Sept. 30, 1844. After being educated in Nashville, he came to Waco more than forty years ago, and has lived here since.
He was married three times. His first wife, Miss Eue Donaldson of Tennessee left him three children now living, Marcus B., James H., and D. D. Dismukes. His second wife was Miss Ada Gummell of Waco, by whom he has two children, Laura Dismukes and Mrs. S.A. Lackey. The third marriage was to Mrs. Cora Coley of Centerville, Tex., who survives him with her three sons, C.S., A.B., and F.L. Coley.
Mr. Dismukes was a Jeffersonian democrat of the old school. Thomas Lynch, his mother's father, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. His father's family also fought in the Revolution, coming to America with Lafayette.
Mr. Dismukes was a civil war veteran, having served under General Morgan and Forrest. He was a member of Pat Cleburne Camp, U.C.V., members of which will be selected as the pall bearers.
The funeral will be tomorrow at 10 o'clock, from S. A. Lackey's residence, 529 North Tenth street. Dr. E. E. Ingram will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood.

DECENBER 25, 1914


The death of Mrs. W.M. Graves, age 70, which occurred at Waco Thursday, Dec. 17, marks the passing of a good woman.
Deceased was the mother of our fellow townsman L.R. Graves, and visited him here during the time of his recent illness.  
The body was brought to Mart on the noon I.& G.N. train today and funeral services conducted by Rev. J.W. Mayfield at the Baptist church at 1:30 p.m.  Interment in Mart cemetery immediately following.
Mrs. Graves is survived by her husband and three sons.

DECENBER 25, 1914


News reached Mart Wednesday, Dec. 16, of the death of Tom H. Turner of Otto age 32, who died at 6 a.m. that day at the Allison sanitarium, Arlington.  Deceased was a victim of the dread pellagra, and the end was not unexpected.
The body was brought to Mart Wednesday night and carried to the Undertaking parlor of Hammer Furniture Co., where a short funeral service was conducted by Rev. J.W. Mayfield of Mart, at one o'clock p.m. Thursday, and interment was made in Mart cemetery immediately following.
Deceased and his family had many friends here where his relatives lived and he was well known, having resided at Ben Hur and Otto, and visited his people here frequently.
He leaves a wife and four children, and the following sisters:  Mrs. Lela Thomas and Mrs. Orilla Bass of Otto, and Mrs. Ida Guedry, Dallas.
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