McLennan County, Texas
January 1916

Transcribed by Jane Combs

McLennan County Obituaries

WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
 Saturday January 1, 1916

Death of Infant
 Earl I. Huddleston, age 16 months, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Huddleston, died this morning at 8:45 at the home, 2416 Clay Street, pneumonia being the cause of death.
The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock from the family residence, Interment to be made at Oakwood.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Sunday January 2, 1916

Funeral Today  Mrs. Talley
The funeral of Mrs. Eva May Talley will take place this morning at 10:30 from the residence of her sister, Mrs. J.D. Hunt, 1102 South Fifth street.  Rev. T. N. Lowrey is to officiate, and
Interment will be made at Park Lawn.
The pall-bearers are: W.G. Mayhew, T.M. Miller, John Leftwich, T.B. Taylor, Hal Mayer,  Nathan Cinnamon and H.L. Morgan.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Sunday January 2, 1916

Burial of  Dick Sanderfer
Dick Sandefer, aged 54, living in the Bellmead addition, died yesterday morning.  The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock, interment to be made in First Street cemetery.
Pellagra was the cause of death. Decedent is survived by his wife and two children.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Monday January 3, 1916

FORMER WACOAN DIED AT EARLY HOUR TODAY IN MANITOU, COLO.
A telegram received from  C.A. Boynton today announces the death in Manitou, Colo., at 6 o'clock this morning of his father, A.S. Boynton, aged 88, who had been critically ill for the past fifteen days.
The message was received by Mrs. C.A. Boynton.  The remains will be brought to Waco for burial,  and the body accompanied by C.A. Boynton, probably will reach here about next Wednesday.

A week ago last Sunday, C.A. Boynton went to Manitou, called there by the illness of his father.

The death of  A.S. Boynton brings sincere sorrow and regret to a host of friends here, not only of the son, but also of the decedent, since A.S. Boynton was a resident of  Waco for about twenty-five years, coming here from Canada.  He left Waco about fifteen years ago. During the time he lived here, Mr. Boynton  had a big ranch near Hamilton, his extensive property interests demanding his attention during his residence in Waco.  He deposed of his holdings some years ago and retired from active life.

Mr. Boynton's first wife died in Waco.  He was married a second time, his wife by the last marriage surviving.  There are two sons, C.A. Boynton of Waco and H.A. Boynton of Portland, Ore.  These have the sympathy of many in their great bereavement.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Tuesday January 4, 1916

YOUNG WACO MAN PASSED AWAY AT EL PASO
 W.F. Machen, aged 28, died at 9:30 last night in El Paso, his death resulting from tubercular meningitis. He was taken to El Paso a few weeks ago by his brother, C. H. Machen in the hope that the climate there would bring about an improvement and a graual restoration to health.

Accompanied by C.H. Machen, the body will arrive here next Thursday morning, and it will  be taken to the home of  C.H. Machen, 1528 Herring avenue, where the funeral services will take place at 3 o'clock Thursday morning.  Interment will be made in Oakwood, and Dr. F.P. Culver will probably officiate.

Mr. Machen was connected with the lumber firm of Braselton and Pryor, here.  He was prominently identified with the Baraca-Philathia organization, and his zeal and earnestness in every undertaking,  both spiritual and material, won for him the esteem and affection of many.  Besides his brothers here, Mr. Machen's parents live at Cant Hill, Ala.  The survivors have the sympathy of many in their great bereavement.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Wednesday January 5, 1916

Death of  Miss S.E. Sullivan
Miss Sallie E. Sullivan, aged 20 years, died this morning at 12:05 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Sullivan, 712 North Fourteenth street.  The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 from the family residence.  Rev. J.M. Dawson officiating, interment to be made in Oakwood.

The active pall bearers are: S.J. Evans, Cecil McGuffin, Sterling McMurrien, Boyd Alexander, M.M. Mount and P.S. Durham. Honorary: W.H. McCullough, W.H. Hoffmann, H.M. Richey, E.B. Reed, J.L. Valentine, Dr. N.A. Olive, Dr. W.S. Witte, D.S. Dodson and Pat M. Neff.

Miss Sullivan, who was an only child, had been in ill health for several months.  Recently her  condition showed marked improvement until an attack of grip became apparent, about two weeks ago, from the effects of which she never recovered.

The parents have the sincere sympathy of many in their great bereavement.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Wednesday January 5, 1916

 Mrs. S. E. Westbrook Dead
Mrs. Susie E. Westbrook, aged 62, died this morning at 2 o'clock, at her home, three miles from town, on the Marlin road.  The remains will be shipped to Cameron tomorrow morning by undertaker F. M. Compton and interment will be made tomorrow afternoon at North Elm, near Cameron.  Pneumonia was the cause of death.  

Mrs. Westbrook, who was a widow, is survived by the following childen:  W.E. and L.O. Westbrook and Mrs. Joe Padgett, Waco, E.E. and E.R. Westbrook, Mrs. J. A. Price and Mrs. Lee McCollum, Cameron and Mrs. Claude Carter of Temple.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Thursday January 6, 1916

DEATH AT OTTO
 Mrs. Hickerson, Mother of Mrs. James Moor, Passed Away
Times-Herald Correspondence.
Cotton Palace Heights, Jan. 6.
Mr. and Mrs. James Moor, who reside on Washington street, were called a few days ago to the bedside of Mrs. Moor's mother, Mrs. Hickerson, who resides at Otto.  Mr. Moor returned yesterday bringing the sad news that Mrs. Hickerson's illness proved fatal.  Mrs. Moor was confined to her bed with grip when the news of her mother's illness came. Despite this fact she arose and  responded to the call, hence was not able to return with her husband. The sympathy of hundreds of friends are extended to Mrs. Moor in the sad hour.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Saturday January 8, 1916

 3Chris Johnson Dies
Chris Johnson, aged about 40, died at a local sanitarium from pneumonia at an early  hour this morning. Johnson has been living with a small daughter at apartments at 1129 North Ninth street.  The body is being held at the Puckett Undertaking company pending the arrival of a brother from Thornton.  The brother is expected to arrive late this afternoon to plan the funeral arrangements.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Saturday January 8, 1916

Negro Dies in Jail
 Wm. Munson, a negro preacher, died in the county jail this morning about 11:30.  He was put in the  county bastile some time ago on a charge of lunacy.  An inquest was conducted by Justice J. J. Padgett.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Saturday January 8, 1916

TWO SERVICES HELD IN SPENCER FUNERAL
Local funeral services of  J.M. Spencer, aged 77, one of the pioneers of Central Texas and father of Dr. Alex Spencer of this city, were held at the residence of Mrs. J.H. Boyett, 529 North Eleventh street, this morning at 10:30. A brief service was conducted by Dr. F.S. Groner, pastor of the Columbus Street Baptist church.  The remains were shipped to Temple shortly after this service, where another service will be conducted by Rev. H.M. Dawson, pastor of the First Baptist church of this city and former Temple pastor.  The body was shipped by F.M. Compton, undertaker.  Mr. Spencer died yesterday afternoon at 2:45 at his apartments at 529 North Eleventh street.

The deceased survives his wife by about four years, and Dr. Spencer is the nearest relative living.  The elder Mr. Spencer moved to Texas from his birthplace in Fayetteville, Ark., in 1838, when he  was only nine yeears old.  He has been a member of the Baptisst church since he was eighteen years old.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Monday January 10, 1916

 Mrs. Z.D. Porter Dies
Mrs. Z. D. Porter, aged 51, died at her home at 1600 Herring avenue this morning at 10:20 o'clock. The funeral services will be held at the residence at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.  Rev. R.F. Brown officiating.  Interment will follow at Oakwood cemetery.

The deceased is survived by five children:  Miss Grace Wren of Talladega, Ala., Warren Wren of Waco and Henry Vester and Pearson Porter of Waco.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Wednesday January 12, 1916

CHIEF SURGEON FOR COTTON BELT DIED AT TEXARKANA TODAY
 John T. Bonner received a telegram early today, telling of the death this morning of his brother-in-law,  Dr. C.A. Smith of Texarkana.  Mrs. Smith is Mr. Bonner's sister.  Mrs.Bonner was present when Dr.  Smith died, and Mr. Bonner left for Texarkana this moning soon after the news arrived.

For at least thirty years Dr. Smith has been chief surgeon for the Cotton Belt, having charge of the big hospital maintained by the company at Texarkana.  He was a native of New York state, but located in Texas when a very young man.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Thursday January 13, 1916

FROZE TO DEATH ON KATY RIGHT OF WAY 2 MILES EAST OF WACO
Last night's bitter cold wave probably resulted in the death of at least one young man in this neighborhood.  Charles Lebernz, aged about 21, whose lifeless body was found on the Katy right of way, one mile the other side of the Waco Sash and Door factory plant, at an early hour this morning.  The discovery was made by Price Wilhorte, a Katy trainman.

As soon as notified, Justice J.J. Padgett went to the scene and viewed the remains, after which the body  was taken to the undertaking establishment of L.C. Puckett.

Identifucation was first had as a result of letters found in the boy's pockets by Judge Padgett, and formal  identification was made when the body was viewed at the undertaking establishment by H.H. Jones, a brother-in-law of the dead man.

Lebernz, who lived at 1418 Speight street is survived by his mother, Mrs. Carrie Levbernz, two brothers, Albert and Adolph, and one sister, here.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Friday January 14, 1916

ACCIDENT HERE IN 1911 RESULTS DEATH  B.B. WADE
The funeral of Braxton B. Wade, aged 28, who died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.S. Wade, Elgin, last Tuesday, following a lingering illness, took place Wednesday morning, interment being made at Elgin.

In 1911, while attending Texas Christian university here, Mr. Wade was injured in a street car accident at Herring avenue and fifth street, when the brake on the car refused to work, the car running off the track and  into the curb.  Mr. Wade neve recovered from injuries sustained at that time.  In 1913, while delivering addresses in Iowa and Kansas, in behalf of nation-wide prohibition, Mr. Wade contracted a cold, which later developed into lung trouble, by reason of his constitution having been weakened by the accident two years earlier.  After his course at T.C.U. was completed Mr. Wade began the study of law at the State university, being a graduate  of the law department of that institution.

Besides his parents, Mr. Wade is survived by five frothers and three sisters as follows: Homer D. Wade of  Stamford and Freeport, formerly city editor of the Waco Times-Herald; M.S. Wade, manager of the Texas Telephone company, Mart; Henry B.wade, Brownwood; W.L. and Elisha Wade, Elgin; Mrs. Jessie Owens, Miss Libbie Wade, Elgin, and Mrs. R. A. Crausbay, Spur.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Saturday January 15, 1916

Buried This Morning
To await the arrival of his sister from Yoakum, the funeral of Charles Lebernz, the youung man who was frozen to death last Wednesday night, about two and a half miles west of the city, was delayed until this morning at 10 o'clock.  Services were conducted at the family residence, 1418 Speight street, and interment was made at Greenwood.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Sunday January 16, 1916

DEATH OF MRS. W.A. M'KAY
Former Waco Girl Passes Away at Prattville Alabama
(Prattville, Ala., Progress)
A gloom of sorrow was cast over our town by the death of   Mrs.W. A. McKay last Saturday at her home on Fletcher avenue.  Mrs. McKay had been in ill health about two years.

Miss Mamie Douglass was a native of Woodville, Miss.  When quite young her parents moved to Mexia, Texas and later to Corsicana. She was united in marriage to Mr. W.A. McKay in February, 1896 in Waco, Texas. In 1905 they moved to Prattville, where they have since resided.  Since their residence here the deceased won many loyal friends and no family stands higher in the esteem of the people.  She was a faithfull member of the Methodist church and she will be missed in the church circles.

She is survived by a husband, W.A. McKay, and one daughter, Miss Jennellie McKay, her father, A.H. Douglass, and a sister, Miss Mattie Douglass, all of this city.  She leaves surviving her also four brothers, Robert B. Douglass of Abington, La., Andrew M. Douglass of Eicentre, Col., Randolph B. Douglass of Waco, Texas, and Thomas W. Douglass of Monroe, La.

The remains were interred in Oak Hill cemetery last Monday morning, the services being conducted by Rev. O.S. Welch.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Friday January 17, 1916

BELL COUNTY PIONEER DIED THIS AFTERNOON
 J.M. Spencer, aged 77, died at 2:45 this afternoon at the residence of his son, Dr. Alex. Spencer, 529 North Eleventh street, after a prolonged illness.  Mr. Spencer was one of the pioneers of Bell county and the body will  be shipped to Belton for burial tomorrow.  Further detailed arrangements for the funeral will be made later in the afternoon.
Dr. Alex. Spencer is the sole survivor.  The  elder Spencer had been living with son in Waco for the past two years.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Friday January 17, 1916

FAITHFUL EMPLOYEE OF CITY DIED SUDDENLY  AT EARLY HOUR TODAY
 J. W. Hill, aged 62, died very suddenly this morning at 2 o'clock, at the home of his brother, J.E. Hill, 706 South Ninth street, where he lived.  The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, from the J.E. Hill home, Rev. O.E. Bryan to officiate, and interment will be made at Oakwood.

Shortly before 2 o'clock this morning J.E. Hill and his wife were aroused by a noise, as though someone were struggling to get his breath, the sounds coming from the room occupied by J.W. Hill. The latter's brother rushed to his aid, but he died before a physician could be summoned.

Justice J.J. Padgett, who examined the body, expressed the belief that heart failure was the cause of death.  Mr. Hill was in Judge Pagett's office yesterday afternoon, and seemed in his usual good health and  spirits.  Judge Padgett also saw Mr. Hill on South Sixth street, while going home last evening.

For a period of about twenty-five years, off and on, Mr. Hill was in the employ of the city, having charge of the grader.  He was a faithful, conscientious man, one universally respected by a host of friends and acquaintances.  Besides the brother here, he has another brother, Waller Hill, who lives in Mitchell Co., Tx.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Tuesday January 18, 1916

BURIAL TODAY OF  MRS. C.A. CHANDLER
The funeral of Mrs. Charity Ann Chandler, aged 69, who died last night at 9:20 at her home, 400 South Thirteenth street, took place this afternoon at 8 o'clock, services being conducted at the family residence. Rev. L.E. Bryan, pastor of the Clay street Baptist church, officiated, with interment at Oakwood.

Mrs. Chandler first moved to Waco in 1890.  She resided here for a few years, then moved to another city, returning in 1909.  She has been a resident of Waco for the past six years.  She was a most faithful and devout Christian, beloved and very highly esteemed by a host of friends and acquaintances.

One daughter and two sons, Mrs. R.O. Norris, W.G. Huggins and A.T. Chandler, all of this city, survive. They have the sympathy of many in their great bereavement.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Thursday January 20, 1916

Death  Mrs. T. R. Pool
Mrs. T. R. Pool, aged 34, died this morning at 4:30, at the familyresidence, 118 Spring street, East Waco. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3:30, interment to be made at Greenwood.  She is survived by her husband, T.R. Pool, and two children.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Thursday January 20, 1916

BURIAL TOMORROW  MRS. IDA STARNS
The funeral of Mrs. Ida Starnes, aged 70, who died yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock at her home, 1128 North Ninth street, will take place tomorrow morning at 10:30 from the residence of her niece, Mrs. Sam P. Grier.  Interment will be made at Oakwood.  The funeral was delayed to await the arrival of a nephew of Mrs. Starnes, Robert Doak, of Granada, Miss.

The pall bearers selected are: Arthur Heath, Alva Hatch, H.A. Bruyere, Harry Moore, T.R. Stanford and W.J. Barnes.

Altogether, Mrs. Starned had lived here for the past twenty-five years.  Until recently she made her home with Mrs. Wright.  The decedent had a host of friends and acquaintances here.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
 January 22, 1916

AGED VERTERAN PASSES AWAY AT NOON TODAY

 Allen W. Davis, aged 80 years, died at his home at 106 Preston street today at noon.  He is survived by his wife and a son, H.G. Davis of Mt. Antioch.  Mr. Davis is a veteran of  Lee's Army, having been wounded seven times during the course of the war, and carried a part of a shell in his shoulder.  He has been living in Waco for some seventeen year, coming here from Houston, where he had been in business.

The body has been carried to the mortuary chapel of  F.M. Compton, where the services will be held tomorrow.  The details of the funeral will be arranged some time this afternoon.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Monday January 24, 1916

Little Son Dies
 George Ernest Kimball, the little 4-months old son of Mr. and  Mrs. O.E. Kimball, 413 Taylor street, died at 4 a.m. today and the remains will be buried in Oakwood tomorrow.  Rev. W.P. Meroney, pastor of the Turner Street Baptist church, will officiate at the funeral service at the home at 10 a.m. tomorrow.



WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Tuesday January 25, 1916

 Mrs. Hattie Lattimore Dies
Mrs. Hattie Lattimore, aged 64, died at noon at a local sanitarium.  She has been living in Waco for some twenty years, and had many friends here.  All details of the funeral had not been made this afternoon, but the service will be held tomorrow afternoon in the F.M. Compton mortuary chapel, with interment in Park Lawn cemetery.  The deceased is survived by her husband, S.T. Lattimore.



WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Tuesday January 25, 1916

Burial of Infant
 Mary Howle, aged 22 months, died yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.T. Howle, at China Springs.  The funeral took place at China Springs today at 3 p.m.



WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
January 26, 1916

FORMER PIONEER WACO WOMAN PASSED AWAY TODAY AT SHREVEPORT
Information was received here today of the death at Shreveport, La., early this morning, of  Mrs. S. Marx, one of the pioneer residents of Waco, Aged about 73.  The funeral will take place at Shreveport.

Mr. and Mrs. Marx came to Waco when this city was but a village, and the greater portion of Mr. Marx's life as a merchant was spent here.  He and his good wife, left here several years ago and had been making their home, in recent years, with their daughter, Mrs. Mollie Lowenthal, the latter having been reared in the city.  

News of the death of Mrs. Marx has been received here with the most sincere regret.  During her long residence in Waco she was one of the most beloved and highly esteemed women in this community.  Her life was calm, peaceful and serene, and she never wearied in her efforts to make happy and enjoyable the life of others.  Her daily life was a striking exemplification of the golden rule and her unostentatious demeanor, her universal kindness and her desire to bring cheer and gladness into the lives of others endeared her to all with whom she came in contact.

Besides the bereaved husband and daughter, Mrs. Marx has two brothres here, Ben and Abe Alexander. She also has another brother at Cisco, Jake Alexander.  A sister, Mrs. Rachael Lachman, lives at Dallas.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Wednesday January 26, 1916

Death of Mrs. G. Handke
 Mrs. G. Handke, aged 72, died this morning at 5:30 at her home, 2024 Flint street.  The funeral will take place from the residence at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, interment to made at Oakwood, Rev. I. Hefner officiating. Decedent had been a resident of Waco for the past twenty-two years.  She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Paul Langa and Joe Broad of Waco, and Mrs. August Klose of Haskell.  She also has a son Paul Handke, who lives in Germany.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Wednesday January 26, 1916

DEATH AT GATESVILLE LAST NIGHT OF FORMER PIONEER OF COUNTY
 Ed L. White of Houston, formerly of Waco, passed through here this morning on his way to Gatesville, where he had been called by the death of his father, Solomon White, who was also a citizen of McLennan county for a little more than a quarter of a century.

Solomon White, who died last night in Gatesville, was 92 years old and came to McLennan county from California in 1876.  He had a fine farm about six miles north from McGregor, and one son, Dan White, still lives on the old place.  There are seven children still living, there having been twelve childen originally.  Mrs. Solomon White died in 1891.

Solomon White was one of the excellent citizens of Texas, and he has friends all over this  section.  He was a Mexican war veteran.  It will be with much regret that news of the death of Mr. White is learned.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Thursday January 27, 1916

Waco Woman's Brother Dead
 Mrs. Edith E.T. Lessing has been apprised of the death of her brother, D.H. Triplette of Houston. Mr. Triplette was among the very highly esteemed and influential residents of the Bayou City, having a host of friends in South Texas.  The sympathy of many is tendered Mrs. Lessing.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Thursday January 27, 1916

DAUGHTER OF BRENHAM PIONEER DIES HERE AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS
Grip, with complications, resulted in the death at 8:05 this morning of  Mrs. Annie P. Smith, aged 31 wife if W.S. Smith.  She passed away at the family residence, 918 North Fourteenth street, after an illness of two weeks.

The body will be shipped to Brenham tomorrow morning by Undertaker L.C. Puckett.  Interment  will take place in that city, probably next Saturday, the time, having been held in abeyance, to await the arrival of a sister, who lives in Chicago.

Born and reared in Brenham, Mrs. Smith came to Waco about thirteen months ago from Corsicana. She belonged to one of the oldest and most highly respected families in Washington county, pioneers in that part of the state.  Mrs. Smith was a faithful and devout communicant of the Catholic church.

Besides her husband and three children, the youngest only two weeks old.  Mrs. Smith is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Healy of Brenham.  She also has four sisters and two brothers, Mrs. J.H. Bates of Corsicana; Mrs. Norma Wilkerson, Greenville; Mrs. George Fehrniz, Chicago; Mrs. S. H. Guyler, Wallis; C.F. Healy, Temple and E.J. Healy, Brenham.  The mother, Mrs. Bates, and C.F. Healy were present when dissolution took place.  Mesdames James B. Baker and A.P. McGregor of Waco are aunts of the desedent, while Mrs. Jean Breustedt, also of this city is a cousin.


WACO DAILY TIMES HERALD
Monday January 31, 1916

WELL KNOWN MISSIONARY PRIEST DEID YESTERDAY MORNING IN FT. WORTH
 Rev. P.F. Brannan, who died in Fort Worth yesterday morning, was well known in Waco.  He gave two mission in the Church of the Assumption here, and as a priest he was regarded, in the south and southwest, as one of the most noted missionary priests of the Catholic church, among the regular clergy.

Father Brannan, who was a Confederate soldier, was a lawyer, prior to becoming a priest.  He did not begin his studies for the priesthood until after the death of his wife.  The greater number of his missionary sermons have been delivered in Texas, and his argumentative style has been enjoyed by thousands.  At one time he was mayor of Weatherford.

The intimacy that existed between the late Gov. S.W.T. Lanham and Father Brannan was very pronounced, when Gov. Lanham was on a ranch in Palo Pinto county.  He started to the depot on horseback, to catch a train, to attend the funeral of Gov. Lanham, and in passing through a gate, he was caught by a strand of barb wire, which inflicted a deep gash in his neck, from which he suffered for quite awhile.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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