McLennan County, Texas
January 1917

JANUARY 5, 1917

Mr. F.E. Bowen, age 74, Confederate veteran and for years a citizen of Mart, died at the home of his daughter at Taylor, Texas, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 1917. Mr. Bowen was born near Rome, Ga., in 1843. He served in the Confederate war from 1861 to 1865. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Moved to Texas in 1894, and was a successful farmer as well as a good citizen.His quiet unassuming nature won him the esteem and friendship of all who knew him. He leaves one son and one daughter to mourn his loss, C.T. Bowen of Mart, and Mrs. T.P. Alexander of Taylor. The body of the deceased was brought from Taylor to Mart on the afternoon train of Jan. 4, and interment made in Mart cemetery beside his wife, immediately after the arrival of the train. During his last illness service was rendered deceased by his brethren of the Odd Fellows lodge of which he was a member. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of al their friends.

JANURAY 5, 1917

Leaves have their time to fall,
and flowers to wither
at the north wind's breath,
and stars to sit-but all
thou hast all seasons for thine own, O Death!

 On last Saturday night, Dec. 16, 1916, the bright little life was ended and the soul of Mildred Hammer, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Hammer winged its flight back to the God from whence it came, leaving behind in sorrow and desolation a devoted mother and father, also many broken hearted relatives and friends.
Only four short years was she given to us to love and be loved by her.
How sad that the golden cord should have been broken so soon; just when here seemed so many years of happiness in store for her and those who loved her best.
As she lay seemingly with a smile on her face, God and her parents knew how hard it was to give her up. But we must remember that:
The grave is but an open door that closes fast when our beloved ones pass through,
One day an angel will unloose the bars, and bid us enter to.
And we will find her glad and glorified, Waiting our coming on the other side.
The impressive words spoken by Bro. Mayfield fell as a soothing cadence and gave to all who heard them the assurance that through all which was mortal of little Mildred was concealed by the flower decked casket; yet in heaven her immortal spirit is basking in the sunlight of the Saviour's presence.
To the fond parents there should come the comforting thought that God in his wisdom, though often inscrutable saw best to take her home, where no pain will mar her pleasure and where her tears are washed away by the loving hands of our Heavenly father.
We may not know why death should come,
To take the dear one from our home,
and though our eyes through tears are dim,
The Lord knows why, we'll trust in him.
Just now we can not understand,
The leading of our Father's hand,
We know to all he has the key,
and understands each mystery.
The Lord knows why, we'll trust in him,
Oh! friends, He knows, the Lord knows why,
These things are ordered from the sky,
And though dark clouds may hide the sun,
The Lord knows why, His will be done.
---Mrs. C.R. Bennett

JANUARY 12, 1917

Mrs. Minnie Glenz of Otto is reported to have died of old age at the home of her daughter in Otto, Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 9 at 5 o'clock. Mrs. Glenz was 73 years of age and interment was made in Otto cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock.

Chester Shanks, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Shanks of Mart, who had been seriously ill for several days, died this morning at 7:30 o'clock. The funeral service was conducted at 4 o'clock this afternoon at the residence on N. Smyth street, by Rev. C.E. Lindsey. Interment in Mart cemetery followed immediately. The parents and family have the sincere sympathy of all their acquaintances in their bereavement.

Will Ray, a well known farmer, who lived in Mart, died of pneumonia this morning at 9 o'clock. The funeral service will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Mayfield of Mart at 2:30 o'clock Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Baptist church, Kirk, Texas.
Mr. Ray was born in Lincoln parish, Louisiana, and is 42 years old. He leaves three brothers, Chas. Ray of the Victoria community; B. P. Ray, Minden, La.; D.J. Ray, Calfort, La., and two sisters, Mrs. Sue Holland, Mart, and Mrs. Flora Davis, Chandrant, La. Baylor P. Ray of Minden, La., arrived in Mart this morning to attend the funeral of his brother, Will Ray, at Kirk, Jan. 11. Deceased was sick about ten days, having gone to a room over the Bowers building when he first felt ill, and was never able to leave the room.

JANUARY 19, 1917

Mrs. Maggie Virginia Bass of Mart, age 30 years, died Friday night, Jan. 12 at 8 o'clock. Her death followed an operation for appendicitis which she under-went at her home on Friday morning. Her body was shipped to Marlin on the noon train for interment, which took place at 3 o'clock this (Saturday) afternoon.
Deceased leaves a husband, two little girls, two sisters, two brothers and a father and mother to mourn her loss. Her parents, brothers, and one sister were present when she died.
A short service was held at the home before leaving Mart for Marlin, conducted by Rev. C.E. Lindsey.
Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Wilboutn and the undertaker, T.H.Lumpkin, accompanied the family to Marlin for the interment.
Their friends are deeply sympathetic for them in their bereavement.

JANUARY 26, 1917

The following item from Marlin appearing in today's Waco News is understood to be a mistake in the initials of the party slain, and is supposed to be R. J. Williams, one of the number of Mart men recently given parole from the Leavenworth penitentiary who were serving sentences for I. & G.N. box car burglaries.
Marlin, Jan. 18--Mrs. J. J. Kahrman, 28 years old, is being held in the county jail tonight in connection with the killing this afternoon of J.B. Williams of Mart. Williams was shot while walking almost in front of the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Kahrman which is located on one of the principal Marlin streets.
According to Deputy Sheriff Arthur Miles, Kahrman stated to Sheriff C.H. Plott soon after the killing that he "had tried to get his wife to let him do the shooting."
Mrs. Karhman refused to make a statement regarding the shooting when she was taken into custody.
Bystanders say four shots were fired, three of which took effect. One of the bullets struck Williams in the heart, another on the left side of the face and the third in the neck. He died instantly.
It was impossible to find what Williams was in Marlin for today.
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