McLennan County, Texas
January 1903

JANUARY 03, 1903

Mrs. Tillie Harder died at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon.  Interment at Oakwood Cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock.

JANUARY 04, 1903

Alma, wife of A.J. Cooper, died at their home, 624 South Tenth street, at 10:10 yesterday morning, aged 22 years.  Her death was very sudden, so much that her friends did not know of her illness until her death was announced. Mr. Cooper is well known in the city and they had been married but one year. Many friends will sympathize with him in his affliction. The funeral will take place from the residence today at 3 p.m. interment at Oakwood Cemetery.

Saturday afternoon at 5:15 o'clock  Miss Tillie Harder, daughter of Rev. J. A. Harder, and wife, passed away at her home, 627 South Eighth street, after an illness of thirteen weeks.  The young lady, who was 22 years of age, bore her affliction with heroic Christian spirit.  The parents and friends of the deeply mourned lady wish to announce that the funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the German Evangelical church, 625 South Eighth street, interment at Oakwood Cemetery.

JANUARY 08, 1903


The funeral of James W. Baugh, whose death occurred yesterday morning, will take place from the residence of his father-in-law, Mr. John P. Bahl, 409 South Eighth street, this afternoon at 3 o'clock,  Rev. Starr officiating. The deceased was a prominent member of the Woodmen of the World and the Fraternal Tribunes and the funeral will be under the auspices of these orders.  Mr. Baugh was the first Chief Tribune of Waco Home Tribunal No. 33, Fraternal Tribunes, and there was no more beloved member of the order of this city.

The Demise of  I. Lowenstein caused Universal Sorrow- The Funeral This Morning

The announcement of the death of I. Lowenstein which appeared in yesterday mornings paper was read with genuine regret.  Few people knew that he was indisposed and in fact his death was a sudden one.  He had lived in this city for a number of years and had been eminently successful in business. He attended strictly to his own affairs and while he was a public spirited citizen, he preferred to let others take the lead, but he always did his full part.  His name is well known throughout the business world and city. He made the store of which he was proprietor one that is well known over the state and his conservative business course is being emulated by many people. He leaves a large family and they have the loving sympathy of all.  The funeral will take place from the residence on Austin street this morning at 10 o'clock.  Rabbi H. Wohlburg officiating.  Interment at Hebrew Rest.

A Young Man Expires at the Metropole Hotel After a Short Illness.  Will Ship the Remains

 J. Earle Shoults, a young man about 23, or 24 years of age, who has been representing the National Cash Register in Waco for a short time, was found dead in his room at the Metropole Hotel, third floor, at 8:30 o'clock yesterday morning, death having come from heart and throat trouble. Mr. T.H. Glancy, proprietor of the Metropole, states Mr. Shoults has only been here about ten days, having come from Philadelphia and that he took the place of Mr. Mitchell, who formerly represented the National Register company, the latter having been sent to South Africa.
Mr. Shoults had a severe attack of his throat trouble Monday, but was in good spirits all the time, thinking that he was getting along all right and would get well.  Mr. Glancy who is a very thoughtful gentleman, cheered him up all he could and was up to see him Wednesday night about 8 o'clock.  At that time, Shoults was cheerful and said he expected to get down to his office in the Ferguson & Burke building yesterday morning.  About 3 o'clock in the morning, however, he had another attack of a severe character from his throat and heart and a physician was called.  The physician then went off to get some sleep, leaving the patient comfortable.
About 8:30 o'clock Charles Mitchell, a waiter at the Metropole went to Shoults' room and found him dead.  Justice Vinor Moore was called and held an inquest which has not been entirely concluded, but the verdict will doubtless be in accordance with what is related above.
The remains will be shipped to Philadelphia.  Mr. Glancy of the Metropole received a telegram from the wife of the deceased, advising this and they will be shipped today.

JANUARY 10, 1903

Funeral services for Mrs. Charles E. Bell (Jean Sterrett) will be held at the residence of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. S.W. Cohen at 3:30 o'clock p.m. Sunday.

JANUARY 13, 1903


 Mrs. Eliza A. Compere Died Yesterday Afternoon After a Long Illness.  A Pioneer Gone.

  Mrs. Eliza Compere,   after a lingering illness, of several months duration died yesterday at Hubbard. She was the widow of Elder Thos. H. Compere, one the pioneer Baptist preachers of Central Texas.  Eld. Compere came to Texas during the war and settled in Navarro  county.  Soon after the war he moved to Hill County and located   on the prairie about  four miles from where Hubbard now stands. He opened up a farm which he and his boys cultivated, and he preached in private houses, under harbors, and wherever else he could get a group of people together to listen to him. His heroic wife nobly did her part and bore with true Christian fortitude the hardships of their pioneer life.  She looked after the home affairs and trained her children while her husband was away preaching. To this heroic couple were born eleven children, seven of whom still survive. Mrs. Compere lived to see these seven become active Christian workers and this fact gave her great consolation in the tedious hours of her last long illness. The children who survive her are: J. E. Compere, Roby, Rev. W.T. Compere, Hubbard, M.H. and C.C. Compere, Abilene, Rev. E. L. Compere, Dublin, Mrs. Ed Murphy, Hubbard, and Mrs. J.H. Couch,  Boyce.  She leaves more than thirty grandchildren.  For years Mrs. Compere lived in Waco and three of her sons M.H., C. C. and E. L, lived here for many years and won the love and respect of all who knew them .  Mrs. Compere's death will  be  regretted many in Waco, and  the bereaved Family have the condolence of many warm friends here.

JANUARY 14, 1903


The Well Known Auctioneer Died Suddenly Yesterday Morning.  Funeral this

Captain Tom L. Smith, affectionately known as Uncle Tom Smith died suddenly at his residence on College Heights yesterday morning.  He had been confined to his room for some time with la grippe, but there was no thought that he was seriously ill.  Yesterday morning he grew suddenly worse and in a short time he passed to his reward. Captain Smith was in his sixty-fourth year and was a native of Tennessee.  He has lived in Texas for a number of years and most of that time has been spent in Waco.  He was well known in this city and no one ever met him but was his friend.  For the past few years he has been an auctioneer and his familiar voice and towering form; his well known cry and his pleasant smile were such as to attract attention everywhere.  He was possessed with a ready wit that made him attractive and there was always a ray of sunshine about him that caused all who were near him to enjoy themselves. He was a brave Confederate soldier and was a member of Pat Cleburne camp, U. C. V. of this city.  The funeral will take place from the residence on College Heights this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and all Confederate Veterans in the city are expected to attend the funeral.  The family have the sincere sympathy of their friends in their bereavement.

JANUARY 16, 1903


At 11 o'clock this morning as the southbound Katy came in a negro boy named  Eugene Susanbury about 13 years of age, attempted to cross the track in front of the train and in some way fell under the engine.  His body was cut to pieces and he lived only a few hours.


Temple, Texas--A dispatch was received yesterday afternoon stating that Howard Wilcox who had been injured in a wreck near San Luis Potosi, Mex., last Sunday had succumbed to his injuries.  The deceased was born in Temple and resided here with his parents for a number of years, leaving for Mexico about five years ago, tempted by the chance for advancement in the railway service for which he had a passion.  His rise was rapid and for some time he had been a full fledged locomotive engineer. The news of his violent and sudden death was received here with universal regret.  It is not yet known what immediate disposal will be made of the remains, but if possible they will be brought here for interment.

JANUARY 17, 1903


 Mrs. M.C. Mitchell Fatally Burned Yesterday, Dying soon After

Mrs. Ella Mitchell, wife of M.C. Mitchell, met a terrible death yesterday. After suffering the most intense agony for nearly eight hours the result of being burned, death eased her pain and her soul passed into eternity.
The agony that one has to bear under such circumstances is certainly beyond all comprehension and it would have been relief to the poor woman if death had come sooner.
Yesterday morning she was at work around the stove in the family residence on Seventh and Trice, when by some means her clothing caught fire.  She had on a dress of material that was inflammable and it was not but a moment until she was in a mass of flames.  A passerby heard her terrible cries and ran to her assistance.  He saw her writhing in pain and seizing a quilt he attempted to smother the flames.  In this he was only partially successful and saw that it was impossible to save her from death.  Seeing a tub of water near he seized this in desperation and threw it over the woman.  This extinguished the fire, but it only increased the awful pain.  The water ran down her clothing and the steam from the fire blistered her in many portions of the body that the fire had not reached.  Help was secured at once.
Doctors were summoned and everything possible was done to alleviate her pain.  Of course there was no help and it was seen at once that the injuries were serious.  The hope of the physicians was to alleviate the pain and they worked faithfully to this.  After this had been partially done, there was some hopes of her recovery.  In the afternoon the unfortunate victim seemed some better but it was not long until the terrible agony begin to increase and with it other complications arose and this continued until finally death relieved the suffering.
As stated it is not known just how the clothes of the deceased became ignited but as soon as they did it seemed that the fiery demon relished seeing her writhe in pain.
Mrs. Mitchell was 57 years of age and has lived in Waco for a number of years.  She is well known in this city and was a faithful worker in the Methodist Church.  Her death is a sad blow to her family and the entire city will join in extending condolence to the family.  She was a sister of Mrs. J.C. Hill, Mrs.W.T. Hunt, Messrs. Chas and W.M. Woodall.
She leaves a husband, two sons, Chas. Mitchell of this city, Robert Mitchell and a daughter Miss Maud, to mourn her untimely death.  The funeral will be from the residence of J.C. Hill, No. 805 North Fifteenth street, this afternoon at 3 o'clock.

JANUARY 23, 1903

 Miss Exer Garrett died at her home in Erath last night.  She was 18 years of age and is well known in this city.  The family seems to be stricken with typhoid fever and her younger brother is very low at the present time.  The deceased is well known in this city and has a number of relatives here.  The friends extend the sincerest condolence.

JANUARY 27, 1903

Mart, Texas -Jan. 26- In a desperate duel here at 7 o'clock tonight  G.W. Boyd was killed by J.W. Huddleston. The two men had a difficulty prior to their meeting tonight.  Boyd called at Huddleston's home at the hour named and the two men met in mortal combat at the front gate.  Boyd used a knife and Huddleston a pistol.  The latter was severely stabbed several times, but it is not  believed he will die.  Boyd was shot twice, the second shot reaching a vital spot and killing him almost instantly.  Justice Davis of Mart viewed the body and will hold an inquest tomorrow.  Great excitement prevailed here for a while but soon calmed down.

Remains shipped to Ennis for Interment-Pneumonia
Cap McCoy, the well known Sixth street saloon man is dead, after a brief illness, the trouble having been pneumonia. He was taken sick rather suddenly and the malady progressed rapidly soon depleting his vitality and impairing his lungs hopelessly.  The remains were shipped yesterday to Ennis, Ellis county, his old home, where interment will take place today.  Cap was known to many people in the city and was a kind and generous man, true to his friends and generally liked.  His death came as a surprise to man, who did not know he was ill.

JANUARY 29, 1903

Remains of the Late  A Ockander will reach the city this morning.  The Funeral Arrangements

A Telephone message was received yesterday from Frank D Brelsford who has been in Texarkana for several days attending the sick bed of his father-in-law, A. Ockander, whose death was chronicled in yesterday's paper, stating that the remains will arrive this morning via the Cotton Belt railroad.  They will be taken to the residence of Mr. Brelsford on North Fourth street at once and the funeral will take place from that residence this afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. Frank Page officiating.
The news of the death of Mr. Ockander was received in this city with genuine regret.  He had lived in this city for a number of years and had the highest respect of all who knew him.  He was 63 years of age and was born in England.  He had been living in Texas for fifty years most of this time having been spent in Waco.  The deceased leaves a devoted wife and six children to mourn his untimely death.  The following are pall bearers that have been selected: C.C. McCulloch, A.R. McCollum, J.W. Taylor, W.D. Lacy, A.A.Garland, John Hopkins, and Dr. W. O. Wilkes.  Honorary:  Sam Herbert, George Willig, A.M. Prescott, Dr. George D. Streeter and Dr. J.C. J. King.

JANUARY 30, 1903


Dr. W. W. Wilkes died at his home, 334 North Eleventh street, yesterday evening at 3:30 after a lingering illness, aged 56 years.The doctor has lived and practiced medicine in the city for nineteen years and was one of the best read physicians in the city. It can be truly said there is a  good man gone, for he was a kind hearted and sympathetic man and to know him was to love him. The city will lose a valuable citizen. He was a member of several fraternal orders and one of which will perform the last rites at the grave.  Funeral from the First Baptist church at 3 p.m. today, Revs. Bowers and Carroll officiating.  Interment at Oakwood cemetery.  Maccabees of Artesian tent No. 6, will officiate at the grave.
The pallbearers are as follows:  Drs. J.C.J. King, A.M. Curtis, J.J. Dean, G.B. Foscue, O.I. Halbert, H.C. Black.
Honorary:  Sam J. Smith, J.C. Fields, J.A. Richards, W.H. Davis, Lee D. Wilson.
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