McLennan County, Texas
July 1899

These obituaries were transcribed by Bentley Hooks and Margie H. Malone.

JULY 4, 1899


 William Alfred, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. O. Y. McCarry, 703 South Seventh street, died yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock after a brief illness. Many friends join the parents in their deep grief. The funeral will be conducted by Rev. Clement this morning at 10 o'clock at the family burying grounds in First Street cemetery.

JULY 5, 1899


Boat Capsized in Big Creek and the Little Ones Were Swept Away.

   Marlin, Tex…July 4 -  Robert Brockington, a negro, his wife and two children and another negro whose name is unknown, attempted to cross the Waters down the mouth of Big creek when the boat struck the main current, the negro whose name is unknown jumped overboard which frightened the negro Brockington's wife and she too fell overboard. The boat capsized. The two men and woman got out all right, but the children drowned.
   Several horses and cattle were drowned and untold damage was done to crops in this section. At present there is only one bridge in this county that can be crossed.


   Belton, July 4.- Mr. H. W. Pinkston, one of the oldest citizens of this place, was taken sick this morning at his place of business and died in a few minutes. He was a member of the Baptist church.

JULY 6, 1899


A Well Known Young Man of Waco Passes Away at Santa Anna - Funeral Announcements.

    Zac Wilson, who works at Sanger Bros., received information by wire yesterday morning from his mother, Mrs. J. K. Wilson, stating that his brother, Nat, had died at Santa Anna during the night previous.
   The deceased was well known in Waco, having been reared in the city and was in the employ of Sanger Bros. for several years. Several months ago he was attacked by throat and other troubles and with the hope of benefiting himself he, with his mother and younger brother went to Santa Anna recently and had been there since. Instead of ob aining the wanted relief, the young man grew worse and Tuesday night he answered the summons to come up higher. He had just arrived at the age of manhood, being in his 20th year. He was moral, upright and honest and enjoyed the confidence and respect of all. His death is a heavy blow to the family and to his tender mother, who had so patiently watched at his bedside with the hope of bringing him back to health.
   Nat, as he was called by everybody, was tender at heart, kind, sympathetic and generous to a fault. His untimely death will be mourned by a wide circle of friends in the city, all of whom join in extending loving sympathy to the heart-broken mother and family.
   The funeral will be from the Cotton Belt depot this evening at 5 o'clock. Interment at Oakwood cemetery.
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JULY 8, 1899


Another Well Known Young Man Passes Away - A Noble Example of Manhood

   George W. Tyler, aged 34 years, passed away yesterday morning after a lingering illness of several weeks. His life had been despaired of for some time, but when it was known that the final end was near a cloud of sorrow came over every one of his host of friends. His devoted wife and many loving and tender friends ministered to his dying wants, and also nursed him throughout his long period of sickness.
   Deceased was born in Matthews county, Virginia, November 28, 1865, and when a child his parents removed to Texas, settling in Austin. Here he was raised under his parental roof of a loving father and mother.
   About ten years ago he came to Waco and soon after accepted a position with Goldstein & Migel, which he had filled with entire satisfaction until his late illness. He had the entire confidence of his employers and had the love and esteem of his associates. As a token of esteem the mercantile firm of Golstein & Migel will close their store from 9 to 10 a. m. to allow the employees to attend the funeral.
   In 1887 Mr. Tyler woed and won Miss Mamia Racon, and they have lived happily ever since. One little girl has come to bless their home, now broken by his sand and untimely death. The loving wife is heart broken and can hardly be comforted. His death has added many sorrows to his aged parents, and to them and his devoted wife the Times-Herald joins the entire city in extending the most tender and loving sympathy.
   Mr. Tyler was a member in good standing of Cowan lodge, No. 77, Knights of Pythias, and was also a devoted Christian being a faithful worker in the Christian church. He was possessed of the purest gentlemanly traits and an ardent admirer of the truth and always held cut strictly for what was right. No man had more loyal and true friends, and no man was more conscientious in the performance of duty.
   The funeral will take place from the residence, 1905 Webster street, and will be conducted at the residence of Rev. Phillip F. King of Hillsboro. At the grave the remains will be taken charge of by the Knights of Pythias and laid to rest by them. Interment will be at Oakwood cemetery.
   The pall-bearers are Louey Migel, W. F. Hawkins, John D. Mayfield, H. L. Combs, W. S. Brooks and J. D. Sinclair.
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   Matt Cowan, brother of A. B. Cowan, died at the residence of the latter on South Fourth street, yesterday evening at 8 o'clock. Deceased came from Tennessee several months ago on ago on a visit to his brother and was taken ill soon afterwards, and from this illness he never recovered. Everything that human hands and medical skill could devise was administered, but to no effect.
   Mr. Cowan was a man of strong integrity and business character. He had lived in a manner that had won him many friends.
   The remains will be shipped this afternoon to Lebanon, Tennessee, for interment.


   The funeral of  Nat Q. Wilson, who died at Santa Anna Tuesday night, took place yesterday morning at 9 o'clock from the residence of Zac Wilson, brother of the deceased. The service was a most beautiful and impressive one and at the last look was take at the young man who was just budding into manhood, many eyes grew dim, and as the truthful words were uttered by Rev. J. R. Nelson as to the character of the young man, the sobs were many.
   Numerous costly floral tributes were placed on the casket thus showing with what high regard the young man had been held by every one.
   The remains were followed by a long concourse of friends to Oakwood cemetery, where they now soundly sleep.
   Joe A. Wilson of Smithville, cousin of the deceased, and Mrs. Chas. Braken, of Abilene were in attendance at the funeral.
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JULY 9, 1899

 Matthew Cowan Who Died Friday Nigh Will be Buried at His Old Home in Tennessee.

   The body of Mr. Matthew Cowan, who died at the home of his brother, A. B. Cowan. Friday night, was shipped over the Cotton Belt at 7 o'clock last night to Lebanon, Tennessee, by the sorrowing widow and little 3-year-old daughter, Isabel, the stricken mother, Mrs. A. L. Cowan, and Dr. and Mrs. J. B. Cowan.
   The funeral will take place from the depot at Lebanon; the Rev. Mr. Elam, pastor of the Christian church, will conduct the service.
   The deceased was a devoted son, a tender and loving husband and father and a kind and affectionate brother. He enjoyed the respect and high esteem of all who ever came in contact with him, for he was a young man of fine character and an exemplary business man. He leaves a large circle of friends and acquaintances who join in the family in mourning his untimely death. Mr. Matt Cowan was 38 years old. He came to Waco some two months past, thinking to improve in health by a change of climate. He steadily grew worse. His wife and his mother together with his brother, Dr. Cowan, came at the first intimation of his failure to improve, and been constantly at his bedside. Mr. and Mrs. Al Cowan have been surrounded by their friends who have rendered them every assistance possible in the care of the sick man. The very best medical skill has been brought to bear on the case, but all to no avail. As the body laid in state at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Al Cowan yesterday many friends called to offer sympathy and many and beautiful were the floral offerings which covered the rich black cloth casket as it rested in the dark ned library. The blow is a particularly heavy one on the venerable mother, who has lost three or four of her family in the last nine years, including her husband.
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JULY 13, 1899


   Riesel, Tex., July 12, -  Mrs. Farmer, wife of  W. C. Farmer, died at their home near the Brazos last evening at 5 p. m. of slow fever. She will be buried today at Battle, Texas. She was a devoted wife and mother, and leaves numerous relatives and friends to mourn her loss.
JULY 19, 1899


   Downsville, Tex., July 18. - The eighteen months-old son of   Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Moore died yesterday and was buried today at Robinson.
   The people of Downsville all extend their deepest sympathy for Mr. and Mrs. Moore. May the parents keep their faith and meet their little one in heaven!

Waco Times-Herald  Saturday July 22, 1899

    Mrs. Susan E. Iverson (nee Miss Susan Omenson), the beloved wife of Kristien M. Iverson, died at Waco, Texas,  July 20, 1899, at 1:55 p.m., of typhoid malaria, after an illness of three weeks and four days,  at the age of 27 years, 11 months, and 13 days. Deceased was born and raised in Bosque County, and was a member of the Norse Lutheran Church, in which she was christened, confirmed and married, and where the sad funeral rites were conducted. She was loved by all who knew her and many friends here will regret to hear of her untimely death. She was married just three months and eight days when her Heavenly Father called her to His home above.  She leaves loving parents, Mr. and Mrs. Omenson, two brothers, Loveris S. and Oscar H. Omenson, and two sisters, Miss Pettra Omenson and Mrs. Sessel Johnson of Clifton, and a fond husband to mourn her loss.
  The funeral services were conducted in Waco by Rev. Reety and at Norse by Rev. Rystad.

Waco Times-Herald  Tuesday July 25, 1899

  Yesterday afternoon about 2 o'clock two colored children,  Dick Talley, aged 7, and Ed Talley, aged 5, children of Amelia Talley, who lives on Second Street near Barron's Branch, were drowned. The body of the younger child was recovered, but the other is still in the bottom of the Brazos.
  The children were playing on the edge of the Brazos about 100 yards above Barron's Branch, with a rudely constructed box, which they called a steamboat, when Dick, the older one, lost his footing and slid into the river. The younger caught at him as he fell and went in also. Both sank, but soon arose, and were floating down the stream, only a short distance from the shore, and the younger of the two was pulled to the shore but too late.
  Several children, both white and black, were playing on the banks of the river and as soon as the two boys fell in they gave the alarm. One little hero, Wesley King, a colored boy, only 7 years old, at the risk of his own life, waded into the stream up to his shoulders and caught the younger of the boys and pulled him to the shore where his little playmates assisted in pulling him out on the bank. By this time a number of men had arrived and instead of putting the child on a barrel or trying to get the water out of him quickly, put him quietly on a stretcher and carried him to his home, fully 200 yards away, but on reaching the house it was too late for in a short time life was extinct.
  Men at once set about trying to find the other boy, who probably went 50 feet before sinking.  Divers did their best to reach him and clamps, hooks and every thing was used, but to no avail.  The hunt was kept up until a late hour of the night, but the body is still in the river.

Waco Times-Herald  Thursday July 27, 1899

    John D. Railey, aged 67, died at the resident of his son, J. E. H. Railey, at Hillsboro yesterday afternoon at 4:30, after an illness of several days. Mr. Railey left Waco about two weeks ago to visit his son in Hillsboro and was taken seriously ill with apoplexy only a few days ago. At the time when he was first taken it was thought that his case was hopeless, but as days passed by he grew better and his family and friends thought that he was on the road to
recovery, when, early yesterday morning, he was taken worse and he sank steadily and at 4:30 p.m. his spirit departed. His son, J.R. of this city, who had been constantly at the bedside for several days, had come back, thinking his father was so much improved that he was almost out of serious danger, but the sad message of his death came and he left on the first train for Hillsboro. Mrs. Lizzie Duval of this city, daughter of the deceased, and the entire family,
except J.R., were with him when the end came.
  Deceased was a Virginian by birth but came to Texas about forty years ago, settling in McLennan County. When the war between the states broke out he, like a true patriot, shouldered his musket and fought for the beloved south. Coming back to his adopted state, he went bravely to work to regain his lost fortunes. Since the war, Mr. Railey has lived in Waco and Hillsboro continuously and is universally respected and admired. His noble character and Christian life won him many warm friends, who have been his constant admirers.
  Mr. Railey was vigous and active and at the time of his death was engaged in the real estate business with his son, J.R. He leaves three daughters, Mrs. Wilson of Belton, Mrs. Moore of Temple, and Mrs. Duval of Waco, and two sons, J.E.H. of  Hillsboro and J.R. of Waco, to mourn his untimely death, and to them the Times-Herald with numerous other friends extend the sincerest condolence.
  The funeral will be from the noon train today, Rev. J.R. Nelson officiating. Interment at Oakwood cemetery.

Waco Times-Herald  Thursday July 27, 1899

 Blumer C. Seegar, aged 33 years, died at his home on Franklin street between Thirteenth and Fourteenth streets yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock.
  The funeral will be from the residence this morning at 9:30 o'clock. Interment at Oakwood cemetery. Deceased was a well known traveling man and is highly respected. Several months ago that dreaded disease, dropsy, took hold of him and has finally caused his death. He leaves a devoted wife and three small children to mourn his untimely death and to the widiwed wife especially, the entire city joins in tendering loving sympathy.
   The friends of J.B. and L. Seegar will regret to learn of the death of their brother, B. Seegar, who for eight months lingered at death's door. The funeral will be from residence 1301 Franklin street, at 9:30 a.m. today.

Waco Times-Herald  Thursday July 27, 1899

    Mrs. Susan (Grandma) Speegle died at the home of her son, Philip Speegle, of Speegleville yesterday afternoon after 5 o'clock, at the extreme age of 87 years. Grandma Speegle came to Speegleville something over forty years ago with her husband and has since lived at that place.
She has witnessed many changes in this county and has seen many hundreds of the old timers pass away into the other world.
  Her husband, after whom the little town of Speegleville was named, is one of the most illustrious characters of McLennan county. He was known far and near  and was universally loved and respected by every one. He has passed into the spirit world long before and is now in the fond embrace of the one left behind and angels in heaven are watching the happy reunion with mingled tears.
  The funeral will be at 5 o'clock this evening and will be largely attended.

Waco Times-Herald  Monday July 31, 1899

  The remains of  James Dancer, the veteran Texan, who died on College Heights Saturday night, were shipped to Llano yesterday and will be interred today beside his wife, who long years ago had passed over the river.
  Mr. Dancer was a son of Rev. Jonas Dancer, who was the first white man killed by the Indians in Llano county. The killing occurred in May, 1859. In 1868 Mrs. Friend, a daughter of Rev. Dancer was scalped by the Indians and left for dead, but was found by friends , her wounds dressed, and she recovered and now lives in Kansas City.
  Mr. Dancer, whose death occurred in this city settled in Llano county when a mere boy and has experiences enough almost to fill a volume himself.
  These old Texans are passing away quite swiftly and soon nothing but a marble slab will mark their last resting place, but their heroic deeds, their undaunted courage, and their manifest patriotism will live for ages.
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