McLennan County, Texas
January 1923

The Waco News-Tribune
January 2, 1923


Funeral services of Mrs. Helen Marx, who died Saturday night, will be held this Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the chapel of the Compton funeral home, Rabbi Wolfe Macht officiating, burial to be at Hebrew Rest.
Active pallbearers: R. L. Hollon, George Wiebusch Sr., L. Efron, J. L. Davidson, H. Auerbach, Gus Rosenthal.  Honorary: D. A. Kelly, Levi Baer, Alex Sanger, Joe Block, L. Migel, Abe Alexander, J. Simmons, I. Marx, L. H. Goldstein.


Allie May, 5 months old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hendrix, died Monday morning at 7 o'clock at the home of her parents, 619 Elm Street.
The Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock with Rev. O. O. Odom, pastor of Elm Street Methodist church, officiating.  Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.


Funeral Services of E. T. Abel, who died Sunday Morning at 4 o'clock, were held Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the residence on Gurley Street in Southeast Waco. Burial was at Park Lawn cemetery.  Mr. Abel, who was a farmer, is survived by his wife and 12 children.


Elmo Boyd Estes, 5 years old, who has been ill for a year with tuberculosious of the hip at a local sanitarium, died Monday morning at 7:30 o'clock. He was the son of George C. Estes.  The body was prepared for burial by the L. C. Puckett Undertaking company and sent to Alvarado, where burial will take place.



Funeral Services to be held today at Columbus church Richard Boyd Spencer, prominent lumberman, died Thursday morning, Jan. 4, at 10:45 o'clock.  He had been confined to his bed since last Sunday evening, though his health had been poor for some time.  He was 64 years old.

Funeral Services Held Today
Funeral services will be held this Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Columbus Street Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. R.G. Bowers, pastor, assisted by Dr. E.L Compere of Joplin, Mo., and Dr. F.S. Groner, former pastor of Columbus Street Baptist Church, and now corresponding secretary of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, headquarters in Dallas. Active pallbearers: J.R. St. Clair, Clarence Kelly, R.B. Dupree, W.H. McCullough, Frank Wells, Tom M. Hamilton, E.R. Nash Sr., Tom Padgett.  Honorary pallbearers will be the 31 deacons of the Columbus Street Baptist Church and trustees of the Central Texas Baptist Sanitarium.

Those Who Survive
Mr. Spencer is Survived by his wife and eight children, Harry Lee Spencer, Mrs. Clyde  Webb, Mrs. A.G. Yates, Richard T. Spencer, Miss Alleyne Spencer, Miss Ethel Spencer, John S. Spencer, Elizabeth Spencer, all of Waco.
For many years Mr. Spencer had been a member of the Baptist Church and was a deacon in the Columbus Street Baptist church.  He was a Knights Templar and Shriner.

Came to Texas in 1871
R. B. Spencer was born in Prince Edward County, VA., May 28, 1858, coming to Texas in 1871, settling in Dallas County. He removed to Marlin in 1874, and in 1884 went to Hico with William Cameron & Co. In 1885 he moved to Dublin, where he supervised the upbuilding of the great business which bore the name R. B. Spencer & Co., Lumber.  The company has more than 30 lumber yards in Texas and Oklahoma.  Mr. Spencer has also been connected with banking interests in Waco and elsewhere and was regarded as one of the state's most successful business men and capitalists. He not only had a turn for business, but was unusually active and attentive to matters coming under his direction.
It was in 1885 that he married Miss Kate Lattimore of Dublin, and they lived there until June, 1909, when they came to Waco.


Thursday at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, from the Compton Funeral Home services for Mrs. Julia Putnam were held, conducted by Rev. J. M. Dawson, pastor of the First Baptist Church.  Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery.


Mrs. Jim King, nee Miss Flora Dickey, formerly prominent in Waco, was killed Wednesday in Chicago by an auto truck, so a telegram to her niece here, Mrs. F. S. Marrs, stated.
She will be buried Friday in Chicago.
She was the daughter of a pioneer family, whose home was on what is now Colonial Hill, formerly known as Dickey Hill, the new residence of Dr. Charles Watson being on the site of the old Dickey home at Eighteenth and Bosque Boulevard.
Miss Dickey married Jim King, son of the late Dr. J. C. King, also prominent pioneer.
Mrs. King is survived by one son, Barbour of Chicago and one brother, R. B. Dickey, now residing in New York, but city secretary of Waco for many years.

January 07, 1923


Funeral services of W.W. Carey, who died Thursday from injuries received in a fall from a truck, near Perry, took place Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from his home, 614 St. Charles Street. After the services the body was taken to Marlin in the Puckett motor hearse, and burial was made at the cemetery there.
Mr. Carey had lived in Waco about 30 years and was well known here.


James Philp Sr., 73, died Saturday morning at 6:45 in a local hospital, following an illness of some duration.  The body was sent Saturday night to Chrisman, Mr. Philp's old home, by Undertaker F. M. Compton, the funeral  to take place there Sunday.
Mr. Philp, born in Plymouth, England, had been a resident of Texas 62 years, all that time in Burleson County. He is survived by three sons and daughters, two of the daughters, Mrs. G. M. Johnson and Mrs. Dick Clark, living in Waco.


Mrs. M. M. Morphis, mother of Mrs. D. L. Nicholson, died suddenly at 6 o'clock Saturday morning at her home in Fort Worth.  Mrs. Nicholson left at once for Fort Worth.
Rev. M. M. Morphis, husband of Mrs. Morphis, is a retired Methodist Minister, and they had been married 53 years.  These children survive:  Rev. William Morphis, San Francisco; John Morphis, Fort Worth; Mrs. D. L. Nicholson, Waco; Claude Morphis, Fort Worth; Mrs. D. L. Nicholson, Waco; Claude Morphis, Fort Worth.
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Miss Wilhelmina Hoefer, 71, died Saturday morning at 6 o'clock at the home of her niece, Mrs. W. C. Hander, near the Fish Pond west of Waco. Funeral Services will be held this Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the German Methodist church, Seventeenth and Washington Streets, Rev. E. E. Schmidt of Riesel officiating, assisted by Rev. W. M. Rader, pastor of St. John's Methodist Church.  Burial will be in Oakwood.  Pallbearers: J. B. Kraft, L. H. Stolte, R. F. Hague, C. F. Hoerster, Charles Eisman and J. F. Stampp. Miss Hoefer was born in Germany, coming to the United Sates, in 1872 locating in Iowa.  She came to Texas in 1889, and has been a resident of this county 33 years.

The Waco News-Tribune
January 8, 1923


J. M. Harry, 61, died Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at his home, 2511 Morrow avenue, after about a year's illness. Funeral services will be held from the residence Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock, Rev. M. W. Clark, pastor of the Clay Avenue Methodist Church, will officiate.  The body will then be carried to Eddy in Compton's motor hearse for burial.
He is survived by his wife, three sons, Howard, Shelby and Ulmer, of Waco; four daughters, Mrs. J. I. Howell, Mrs. J. D. Buhl, Mrs. Ray Kerpix and Miss Jennie Harry of Waco; two sisters, Miss Mary Lee Harry of Georgia, and Miss Nannie B. Harry of Memphis.


Funeral services of F. M. Shick who died Saturday night were held Sunday afternoon from Compton's Funeral Home.  Mr. Shick was a resident of Lamesa but was visiting his daughter, Mrs. D .D. Dismukes here when he died. He was a veteran of the Civil War and moved to Waco in the early "seventies" but later moved away.


Funeral services for Miss Wilhelmina Hoefer who died Saturday morning in Waco were held Sunday afternoon from the German Methodist church, Rev. E. E. Schmidt officiating with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.


W. O. Harris, aged 62 years, died Sunday afternoon at a local sanitarium after an illness of only three days, following an operation, Funeral arrangements have not been completed pending word from relatives living at distant points, but will likely be Tuesday, with burial at Oakwood.
Deceased is survived by his widow, one son, Charles Harris, of Waco, six daughters, Mrs. T. Davis, Los Angeles, Cal; Mrs. Florence Craig, New York City; Mrs. F. M. Bockus, Waco, and Misses Cora, Johnny, and Billy of this city; two brothers, C. O. Harris, San Angelo, and Vol Harris, Spokane, Wash.; three sisters, Fred Loepe, Dallas: Mrs. Cora Kendall, Kingsville: and Mrs. Warren Linn, Sumner, Iowa. Mrs. Harris was engineer for the American Cotton Oil Mill,and came to Waco from Granger 11 years ago, and at the time of his death made his residence at 1604 South Sixteenth street.

The Waco News-Tribune
January 10, 1923


Tuesday Morning at 10:30 o'clock at the residence, funeral services of J. M. Harry were held, conducted by Rev. M.W. Clark, pastor of Clay Avenue Methodist Church.  Mr. Harry died Sunday afternoon.  The Body was taken to Eddy in Compton's motor hearse and burial was made there.

Funeral services of W. O. Harris who died Sunday afternoon, were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the residence, 1604 South Sixteenth Street, conducted by Rev. E. W. McMillan, pastor of the Church of Christ, on North Tenth Street.
Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery.

Funeral services of Tony Ropollo, who died Monday afternoon east of the city, were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Church of the Assumption.  Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery.  He died at the residence of his son, John Ropollo, and also has two daughters, Mrs. Mary Damano of Rockford, Ill., and Mrs. Besie Digirolamo,
Baton Rouge, La.


Mrs. Mariah Bugg, 77, wife of J. P. Bugg, died Tuesday afternoon at 3:55 o'clock at her home, 1004 Baylor Street. Funeral Services will be held at 2 o'clock this Wednesday afternoon from the residence, Rev. W. W. Melton, pastor Seventh and James Baptist Church officiating, burial to be made in Oakwood Cemetery.
Surviving the deceased are: Two sons, W. J. and A. J. of Waco; five daughters, Mrs. A. J. Taylor, Mrs. J. W. Walker, Waco; Mrs. J. B. Crenshaw, Lorena; Mrs. H. T. Case, Erath; Mrs. S. C. Smith, Levi.

The Waco News-Tribune
January 11, 1923


Mrs. Helen Jacobson, 45, died Wednesday morning at 11:15 at her home, 510 South Thirteenth Street, following a rather lengthy illness.
Mrs. Jacobson had lived in Waco 35 years.  She is survived by her husband, Mark Jacobson, two sons and one daughter, Frank and Morris Jacobson and Miss Adelaide Jacobson, all of Waco.  She also has a brother and a sister, Victor Pryse of Trale, Okla., and Mrs. A.J. Humphrey of Wichita, Kan.
Funeral Services are to be held Thursday at 3:30 with Rabbi Wolfe Macht in charge and the following as pallbearers: Dr. L. H. Roddy, Rube Welle, Mr. Laughlin, Abe Leby, Asher Sanger and A. C. Patton.


Donna Joy, infant daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Arthur J. Crow, 2122 Homan Avenue, died Wednesday morning.
The Funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rev. J. M. Dawson officiating, interment being at Park Lawn Cemetery.


The body of Mrs. Beulah Rogers was sent Wednesday to Athens, Ala., by Undertaker F. M. Compton.
Mrs. Rogers died here Tuesday night. Mrs. Rogers lived in Athens, but was visiting in Marlin when she was taken sick.  She is survived by her husband, three daughters, one brother, and two sisters.  One daughter is Mrs. Stark Callier of Marlin.

The Waco News-Tribune
January 17, 1923

P. T. Coleman, 62, wounded in a gun battle at Osceola, Hill County, Thursday afternoon of last week, died early Thursday morning in a local sanitarium.
Coleman was a contractor of Hill County and was building a bridge between two sections of land belonging to George McKown also of Osceola when a disagreement between the two men over the building of the bridge, Dr. McKown was instantly killed by gunshot and Coleman was wounded through the stomach.
He was brought to Waco for an operation immediately and it seemed that he would recover for a time, but the operation resulted in complications and he died Tuesday.
Funeral at Itasca.
The body of Coleman, who was 62 years old, was taken in charge by Undertaker L. C. Puckett and sent to Itasca at 10:30 Tuesday morning. Funeral services will be held there at 2 o'clock, this Wednesday afternoon, burial to be in the cemetery at that place.
Coleman is survived by his wife, four sons and five daughters: H. C. Coleman, Hillsboro; R. C., R. F., and J. L. Coleman Osceola; Mrs. Andy Hodge, Mrs. H. M. McCulough, Itasca; Mrs. W. J. Barnett, Waco; Mrs. C. T. Reeves, Fort Worth; Miss Emma Coleman, New Mexico.

Martin Hoven died Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock at 116 Turner street. The Compton Undertaking company will send the body to Clifton this Wednesday morning and interment will take place there.  He is survived by his wife, three brothers and one sister, Charles and Olie Hoven of Cranfill's Gap; Adolph Hoven of Tokio, and Mrs W.W. Dodson.

The Waco News Tribune

January 18, 1923


Mrs. W. A. Welch, 62, died Wednesday morning at 4:30 at her home on the Marlin road, five miles from the city. She had been sick some time.
The body will be taken in the Compton motor hearse to Flint cemetery, 20 miles beyond McGregor, and burial will be there.
She is survived by her husband, one daughter and four sons, Mrs. Katherine Leveney, Hewitt; T.N. Welch, Temple; W.A. Welch Jr., Red Grove, Calif.; Floy and Verdi Welch, who live at home.


W. M. Sewell, 1522 North Seventh street, received a telegram Wednesday notifying him of the death of his brother, J. F. Sewell, of Artesia, Cal., who died suddenly Wednesday after a lingering illness caused from an automobile accident during the Christmas holidays.
Mr. Sewell leaves a family in Artesia besides his brother in Waco.

January 20, 1923


A. C. Williams, 40, died Friday morning at 1 o'clock at his home, 927 Hood street.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the family residence, Rev. H. F. Snow officiating. Burial was in Park Lawn Cemetery.
Mr. Williamson is survived by his wife, three daughters and four sons. He also has two brothers and two sisters.


L. Bushnell of Bunkie, LA., father of D.F. Bushnell of Waco, died at midnight Thursday night, at the age of 75 years. He died at the home of one of his daughters, Mrs. W.C. Grayson of Bunkie.
Mr. Bushnell lived in Waco about 15 years, but removed to Bunkie in 1914.
Besides relatives mentioned, Mr. Bushnell is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Charles R. Elliott, Grayson, La., and Mrs. Fred C. Williamson of Eunice, La.; three sons, L.R. Bushnell, Columbia, La., and one brother M. Bushnell of Waco.

January 22, 1923


Charles A. Gardner, 75, died Sunday morning at 2 o'clock at 703 North Eleventh street.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Monday morning from the residence conducted by Dr. C.T. Caldwell. Burial will be at Park Lawn.
Pallbearers will be: M. L. Phillips, R. M. Yowell, E. Swenson, J. McCune, Gardner Work, Herbert Davis. Mr. Gardner was a Union soldier and was born in Ohio. He came to Austin before the present capitol building was constructed and was connected with the Austin and Northwestern railroad when that line hauled granite from Burnet county for the huge building. He lived in Mississippi some time before coming to Texas and while there was vice president and general manager of the Red River and Texas railroad for several years. He lived in El Paso several years, also. He had been in Waco since 1908.
Mr. Gardner is survived by his wife and one son, A. H. Gardner of Tombstone, Arizona; two daughters, Mrs. M. P. Clinton and Miss Sue Gardner of Waco.


T. R. Poole, 68, died Sunday morning at 12:10 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. O. Adams, 708 Earle street.
The body will be sent to Salado this Monday morning, by the Compton Undertaking company, burial to take place there.
Mr. Poole is survived by three sons, George Poole, Avoca; Jake Poole, Lampassas; Dilmuth Poole, Avoca: five daughters, Mrs. A. O. Adams, Waco; Mrs. Fritz Wahleb, Rogers; Miss Lillian Poole, Waco; Mrs. George LaFrance, Medford, Mass.; Mrs. Bert Gapp, Cristobal, Texas.


Thomas Howard, 82, died at 11 o'clock Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jack Adams, 721 North Fourth street.
The body will be sent to Georgetown at noon today by F.M. Compton, burial to be in the Odd Fellows' cemetery there.
Mr. Howard is survived by one daughter and four sons, the sons being Handy and George of San Angelo; Charles of El Campo and Tom of San Francisco. He had been in Waco since May, having come here from Georgetown.

January 23, 1923


J. F. Williams, 82, died Monday at 12:30 noon at the home of his son, J. F. Williams, 713 South Sixth street.
Funeral arrangements have not been made, pending advices from a son in Fort Worth.
Besides his wife and the son named he is survived by another son, S. M. Williams of Fort Worth, and a daughter, Mrs. George McTee of Arkansas.


The body of T.R. Poole was sent to Salado Monday Morning by Undertaker F. M. Compton and interment took place there.
Services were first held at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. A. O. Adams of 708 Earle street. Mr. Poole died Sunday early.


The body of Thomas Howard was sent to Georgetown Monday by Undertaker F. M. Compton, and interment took place there in the afternoon.
Mr. Howard died Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jack Adams, 721 North Fourth street.


At 10:30 o'clock Monday morning funeral services of Chas. A. Gardner were held from the residence, 703 North Eleventh street, conducted by Dr. C. T. Caldwell. Interment was at Park Lawn Cemetery.
Mr. Gardner died Sunday morning at 2 o'clock at the age of 75 years.


Mrs. Ruth Deneke, 85, died Monday morning at 7:30 at her home, 624 South Tenth street.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the residence, Rev. W. C. Burton officiating. Interment was at Oakwood cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, William Deneke, two married daughters in Chicago, and five small children. Her mother, Mrs. John Williams lives here, and she has two brothers in Shreveport, LA.


The funeral of Mrs. Ethel Jacobs Denecamp, aged 21 years, took place Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock from the chapel of the Puckett Undertaking company, services being conducted by Rev. M.W. Clark, interment in Oakwood cemetery.
The pallbearers were William Van Zandt, Jack Johnson, D. Blount, D. Gammon, R. P. Bozeman, and J. Jackson.
Mrs. Denecamp is survived by her husband, H.W. Denecamp, San Antonio, her mother, Mrs. Louis Jacobs, four sisters, Mrs. D. Y. Craddock, Miss Helen and Miss Ida Jacobs, Waco; Mrs. Harry Henry, Ranger; two brothers, Arthur Jacobs, Waco; and Laurence Jacobs, Ranger.


The Funeral services of W. Ed Holt, aged 45, were held Monday at 6 o'clock at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Margarett Webb, 1505 North Sixth Street, Rev. W.T. Turner officiating. The body will be shipped Tuesday morning to Whitney by Undertaker Puckett where interment will occur.
Surviving Holt are his mother, Mrs. S. C. Holt, Waco; three brothers, Hardy H. Holt and A. T. Holt, Waco; T.L. Holt, Dallas; and three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Webb and Mrs. L. J. Wood, Waco and Mrs. H. A. Davis, St. Louis.
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