McLennan County, Texas
THE MART HERALD
JULY 3, 1914
News reached Mart this morning of a shooting affray on the county road between Prairie Hill and Frosa, in which Grady Smiley, age 23, was instantly killed by pistol shot wounds at the hand of John B. Kirkpatrick, for years a well known and highly respected citizen of the Prairie Hill community.
Four shots are said to have taken effect; two in the head, and two in the body, either of which would have proven fatal.
Smiley was riding the grader for the county road gang when his assailant rode up and opened fire, killing him instantly.
The driver was the only eye witness to the shooting and states that not a word was spoken by either party. Full particulars were not given over the phone, but Mart friends of the parties understand that family trouble caused the shooting.
Deceased was brother of Mrs. Albert Barnett of Mart, formerly living near Groesbeck, where the body is to be taken for interment Wednesday.
Undertakers T.H. Lumpkin and Chas. Russell were called from Mart to take charge of the body, other parties accompanying them to the scene of the trouble.
Mr. Kirkpatrick has many friends here, who with all concerned, express deep regret at the unfortunate episode.
Mrs. M. J. Hutto, an aged lady of Hallsburg died at Waco today, while boarding the eleven o'clock south bound I & G.N. train. She went up on the morning train and was in the act of returning home, but fainted while getting on board the train.
She was carried to a seat, but failing to revive, she was carried out. A few minutes delay of the train was occasioned by the circumstance. It is understood that the town of Hutto is named for her husband.
Baby Gus, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Geisler, died on June 27th at the age of ten months and was gently laid to rest by loving hands in the Mart cemetery on Sunday evening, June 29th, at 4 o'clock.
Rev. W. H. Howard, pastor of the Methodist church, performed in a beautiful, touching and impressive manner, the funeral service. Quite a number of the friends of the bereaved were present who, as a token of their love and sympathy, placed many beautiful flowers and roses upon the little mound of earth.
There is now a vacant place in the home and a pain in the hearts of the bereaved family. But there is another redeemed one in the home above with Jesus, who has said: Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the Kingdom of God.
With the assurance let the bereaved ones find courage to endure and let them take comfort by the hope of the resurrection in looking forward to that happy reunion which shall take place at last around the throne of God.
Let them feel assured that they have the friendship and heartfelt sympathy of al those who know them.
THE MART HERALD
JULY 17, 1914
Helen Marie, the 18 months old daughter of Henry Kuehne, Mart route 6, died at 5 p.m. Monday, July 13.
Margrette Epsy, the little daughter of Mr.and Mrs. G. L. Gramlin, died Thursday evening at 5 o'clock. Funeral took place at the residence this morning at 10 o'clock and was conducted by Rev. W.W. Sadler. Interment in Mart cemetery.
THE MART HERALD
JULY 31, 1914
W. C. Extence, age 28, a boiler maker in the employment in the employment of the I. & G.N. shops at Taylor, died in the company's hospital at Palestine Sunday morning of typhoid fever.
The body was brought to Mart, arriving on this morning's train and carried to the residence of E.Y. Blount. Rev. W.H. Howard conducted the funeral, deceased being a member of the Mart Methodist church during the two years of his stay here.
He returned from a trip to England, his native land, last year, to Taylor, but having many warm friends in Mart, it was his request that his body be brought here for burial.
The only relative he had in this country, an uncle living in San Antonio, could not attend the funeral, which was held at the cemetery at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
Deceased had been in the hospital only a week after developing typhoid fever. His wife and child came to Mart for a visit to friends during his illness, which was not supposed to be serious, but the worst happened, and they were called to his bedside Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. E.Y. Blount, Jr. and other friends accompanied the widowed mother with her beloved dead back to Mart.
The sympathy of many friends and former neighbors goes out to the young widow and her orphan child.