McLennan County, Texas
July 1903

Transcribed by Pattie Wells

July 21, 1903

   Hillsboro, Texas, July 20. - Robert T. Frazier died at 3:30 o'clock this morning at his home three miles east of town, after an illness of some days.
   The funeral will be held tomorrow morning and the remains will be intered in the old cemetery at 11 o'clock.  The services will be conducted by Rev. W.B. McGarity.
   Mr. Frazier was among the oldest and best esteemed citizens of Hill County.   He was born 63 years ago in Benton County, Arkansas.  His father emigrated to Texas with his family in 1843, settling in Cherokee county, where he lived until 1852, when he came to Hill county and pre-empted 830 acres, a portion of which he bequeathed to his son, Robert and he was living on it at the time of his death.  At the age of 24 he entered the Confederate Army, joining Company D, Buford's 19 Texas Cavalry and served principally in Arkansas.  He participated in the battles of Yellow Bayou and Marmaduke's raid, and fought Banks down the river.  In 1865 his company was ordered to Texas and disbanded at Marlin and he returned home and engaged in farming and raising stock.  From 1868 to 1872, that was a great industry here and he made a great deal of money at it.  After 1872 he devoted his attention to farming more that to stock raising and he acquired a large valuable farm which is now in a fine state of cultivation.
   In 1878 Mr. Frazier married Miss Zanappe Hedgepeth and they had nine children of whom Phillip is dead, and Samuel, Nellie, Lottie, Annie, Taonipaon, Sallie, Eva and Robert survive him.  He was a brother to Phillip and Richard Frazier.
   Being one of the best known and best esteemed men in the county, Mr. Frazier's death is a distinct loss not only to his family, but to the entire community.

July 21, 1903


   Bruceville, Tex.  July 20. -  Mr. Mont Whaley who was hurt by his horse falling on him about ten days ago near Eddy was buried today at this place.  He had many friends in this section who regret his very sad fate.

July 27, 1903


   Hillsboro, Tex., July 26. - At 1 o'clock this afternoon Tom P. Varnell was killed at Abbott by Oscar Ferguson.  Varnell killed Jonas Land in 188* and served twelve years in the penitentiary.  Released in January, 1903 and killed a Mexican in the Indian Territory six months later.  Ferguson is a veteran of the Spanish-American war.  

July 27, 1903


(Morgan News)
   Dr. Bateman died at 10 o'clock Thursday morning at the home of  Bruce Bateman, near Kimball, and was buried the same evening in the Kimball cemetery in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends.
   The news of his death was received with sadness by his neighbors and friends here, although his death was not altogether unexpected, for he has been in ill health for some months, and it was only recently he had so far improved that he was able to be taken to Kimball for a short visit to relatives with the hope that the change would do him good.  For a while the change did seem to benefit him.   Last Monday morning he was taken out for his usual drive and was intending to return to his home here in the evening, but soon after his return from the drive he very suddenly and unexpectedly grew worse and continued sinking until death came.   The cause of his death was due to kidney trouble.
   Dr. Bateman was one of the oldest landmarks of the state and county.  He came to this part of the state before the county was organized, and has been a continued resident of the county since it's organization.  During this time he had principally been engaged in the mercantile business at Meridian, Kimball and Morgan.  For the past two or three years he has lived in retirement at Morgan.  He was 78 years old at the time of his death.  A more complete account of his life will be given in our next issue.
   The News joins his many friends and neighbors in expressing sympathy to the bereaved family.

July 28, 1903


   Tom Varnell, who was killed at Abbott, Hill county, formerly resided in this city and is known by all of the old residents of the county.
   It was stated by a Hill county man who was in the city yesterday that Varnell was alleged to have been talking about Mrs. Furgeson, whose husband did the killing, and this was what brought on the trouble.  The feud, it seems, had been brewing for some time and the Hill county man thought that Mr. Ferguson, who did the killing, would be able to show that he was justifiable in doing so.
   When Varnell resided in this county it is said of him that he was a good citizen, and while he had some trouble here, he was a law-abiding man and held the esteem of all.
   The news of his untimely death was received with regret by his old friends in this city.

July 30, 1903

   Marlin, Tex., July 29. -  Mrs. A. O. Curry of this city received a telegram Tuesday bringing the sad information that her brother, George Powers, was dead at the home of his parents at Rock Springs in Edwards county.
   The telegram did not state the cause of his death, saying that letters would follow.
   No information was given as to where or when the funeral would take place, but it is probable that it will be at Rock Springs.  That place is located a long distance from a railway and it's nearest telegraph office is at Kerrville.
   Deceased is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Powers and was about 27 years of age and unmarried.  He is well remembered by many friends in this county, it having been only a few years since the family moved to Rock Springs from this county.

SEPTEMBER 04, 1903


    Thomas Segner, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Segner of 1117 Austin avenue, died yesterday evening after an illness of two weeks with typhoid fever.
   The funeral will take place at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon from the First Presbyterian church on Austin street, Rev. C.T. Caldwell officiating.  Interment at Oakwood cemetery after the services at the church.
   Tom Segner was 20 years old last April, a fine moral, clean and intelligent young man, calculated to do much good in the world.  He was an active member of the Presbyterian church, had much to do with the Sunday school and other features of the work.  His death was a sad blow to not only the family but a large circle of friends.  He will be greatly missed in many quarters.  His taking off is a dispensation hard to understand, but those who worked with him will accept it as for the best, buoyed up by the same trust and confidence which animated him.
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