Dr. Alfred Byron Cairnes


Dr. Alfred Byron Cairnes



Dr. Alfred Byron "A. B." Cairnes
Born March 21, 1867 in Ontario, Canada
Died June 6, 1936 in Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas
Buried Palacios Cemetery, Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas

Son of James Cairnes (1826-????) and Martha Carroll Cairnes (1826-1897)

The siblings of Dr. Cairnes were: Julia Ann, James, John A., Jane, Martha, Ellen, Marguerite/Margaret and Andrew.

Married Eva Sarah Henry on June 26, 1895 in Perth, Ontario, Canada. Sarah, daughter of John Henry (1842-1915) and Susanna C. Pfrimmer Henry (1852-1941) was born March 21, 1875 in Downie Township, Perth County, Ontario, Canada and died October 5, 1952 in Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas. Burial was at Palacios Cemetery, Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas.

Son: John Carroll Cairnes (May 27, 1896 Stratford, Perth County, Ontario, Canada - June 30, 1962, Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas)
Buried Palacios Cemetery, Matagorda County, Texas

1900 Census - Texas - Liberty County - Precinct #7
Alfred Cairnes, age 33, b Mar 1863, Canada, Dentist
Eva Cairnes, age 25, b Mar 1875, Canada
John C. Cairnes, age 4, b May 1896, Canada

1910 Census - Missouri - Lawrence County - Pierce Township
Alfred B. Cairnes, head, age 43, b Canada, married once, 14 years, immigrated 1894, naturalized, Hotel Proprietor
Eva Cairnes, wife, age 35, b Canada, married once, 14 years, 1 child, 1 living, immigrated 1894
Carl [Carroll] J., son, age 13, b Canada, immigrated 1894
John Henry, father-in-law, age 58, b Ireland, married once, 38 years, immigrated 1897, Contractor
Susanna Henry, mother-in-law, age 52, b Canada, married once, 38 years, 3 children-2 living, immigrated 1897
Ora C. Henry, sister-in-law, age 16, b Canada

1920 Census - Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios
Alfred B. Cairnes, head, age 52, b Ontario, Canada, immigrated 1900, naturalized 1902, Dentist-General Practice
Eva Cairnes, wife, age 44, b Canada, immigrated 1900, naturalized 1902,
John C. Cairnes, son, age 23, b Canada, immigrated 1900, naturalized 1902,
Susanna C. Henry, mother-in-law, age 67, b Canada, immigrated 1900, alien
Ora C. Henry, sister-in-law, age 25, b Canada sister-in-law, immigrated 1900, alien

1930 Census - Texas - Matagorda County, Palacios
Alfred B. Cairnes, head, age 59, married at age 25, b Canada, immigrated 1899, naturalized, Dentist-General Practice
Eva S. Cairnes, wife, age 54, married at age 20, b Canada, immigrated 1899, naturalized
Susanna Henry, mother-in-law, age 77, widowed, b Canada, immigrated 1900, naturalized
Ora C. Henry, sister-in-law, age 35, single, b Canada, immigrated 1900, naturalized, Dental Assistant

1940 Census - Texas, Matagorda County, Palacios - Commerce Street
Eva S. Cairnes, head, age 65, widowed, b Canada, Land Lady-Rental Apartments
Ora C. Henry, sister, age 46, single, b Canada

Family of Eva Henry Cairnes buried at Palacios Cemetery
John Henry born May 1842 - died January 31, 1915
Savanna Pfrimmer Henry born May 15, 1852 - died July 23, 1931
Ora Henry born December 3, 1893 - died February 26, 1968

Lt. John Cairnes Attends Air Force Training School

First Lieutenant John C. Cairnes, former teacher and coach is one of hundreds of executives of specialized businesses and industries now being trained at the new Air Forces Officer Training School, Miami Beach, Florida, to direct vital administrative and supply operations of the rapidly expanding ground forces.

In a six weeks course of military instruction and physical conditioning, Lieut. Cairnes and other specialists commissioned directly from civilian life will be prepared to take over executive duties in Air Forces maintenance that parallel the responsible positions they held in commerce and industry.

The Air Forces Officer Training School was established specifically for the purpose of enlisting the services, as commissioned officers, of civilian specialists. Its training program will provide Army fliers with expertly-directed ground support and relieve Air Forces Pilot Officers of non-flying duties that have kept them grounded.

As a civilian, Lieutenant Cairnes lived at 110 Commerce, Palacios, Texas. His wife, Mrs. Mildred Cairnes lives at 110 Commerce Street, Palacios, Texas.

Palacios Beacon, October 22, 1942

Dr. A. B. Cairnes

Dr. Alfred Byron Cairnes was born in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and passed away at his home in Palacios, Texas, June 6, 1936, after an illness of a year’s duration. He received his early education in the Stratford, Ontario, public schools and received his professional training in the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, where he received the title of Doctor of Dental Surgery.

Dr. Cairnes was married to Miss Eva S. Henry in Stratford, Ontario, June 26, 1895. To this happy union there was born one son, John Carroll. A great deal of Dr. Carines’ success in life was due to his faithful companion who made his home a place of joy and a haven of rest from the cares of public life, and who set an example that was a guide in Christian living. He loved his home and family as few men do.

Dr. Cairnes began practice of dentistry in South Bend, Indiana. After two years practice, when he had just established himself in his profession, he was forced to abandon his practice and transfer his activities to Raywood, Texas. This change was made because of the illness of his father-in-law. Dr. Cairnes came to Texas to take care of Mr. Henry’s interests. He practiced dentistry in this location for ten years. From Raywood his business interests took him to Pierce City, Missouri. After six years spent in Missouri, Dr. Cairnes moved his family to Palacios in 1914. This move was made because of a bronchial infection of his son. Dr. Cairnes has made Palacios his home and place of service for almost twenty-two years.

This good man stood high in his profession as in the hearts of his friends and neighbors. He was highly respected by members of his profession because of his skill and his devotion to his duty. He was a member of the Texas State Dentist Society. He was loved and valued by a large number of patients who came not only from this but adjoining communities. Dr. Cairnes gave freely of his time and skill to those who were unable to pay him. For years he conducted a free clinic for school children from various communities over the county. His faithfulness to his profession and to his patients, who were also his friends, was doubtless causes contributing to his early death.

Dr. Cairnes served well in his community. He was a Master Mason and was several times Worshipful Master of his lodge. He was a member of the order of the Eastern Star and served three consecutive terms as Worthy Patron.

Dr. Cairnes became a member of the First Baptist Church soon after he moved to Palacios. He was a trustee of the Church from the time of its incorporation until his death. He was superintendent of the Sunday School for three years. He loved his Church and supported its work.

His friends, who were many, will always remember and treasure their associations with him. He was a genial host whose gentle courtesy, keen thought and kindly humor endeared him to all who were fortunate enough to know him. Dr. Cairnes had an unfailing sympathy for his fellow beings and was quick and generous with his help when needed. His memory lingers to bless all who knew him.

There survive: his wife, Mrs. Eva S. Cairnes, his son, John Carroll Cairnes, of Selma, California, two grandchildren, Carroll Byron and Patricia Ann Cairnes; a sister-in-law, Miss Ora Henry, who has been a loved member of his home for years; four sisters, Mrs. Jennie Pugh, Mrs. Ella Dunn, Mrs. Martha Stewart, and Mrs. Maggie Donnelly, all of whom live in the Dominion of Canada.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday at 2:30 p. m., conducted by his pastor, Rev. George D. McClelland assisted by Rev. George F. Gillespie, of the Presbyterian Church. Interment was made in the Palacios cemetery under the direction of the Palacios Funeral Home.

Palacios Beacon, June 11, 1936

Photo courtesy of Mary Sexton

Eva Sarah Cairnes

Mrs. Eva Sarah Cairnes was the second of three children born to John and Susanna Henry in Stratford, Ontario, Dominion of Canada, on March 21, 1875.

Mrs. Cairnes was educated in the Stratford public schools and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, specializing in art.

In 1895 she was united in marriage with Alfred Byron Cairnes, who was studying dentistry at Buffalo University. In 1898 they moved to Buffalo, N. Y., where Dr. Cairnes practiced dentistry until the severe illness of John Henry, Mrs. Cairnes' father, who was farming rice, called the young family to Raywood, Texas. Here Dr. Cairnes practiced dentistry and assisted in the management of Mr. Henry's holdings. In 1908 the family moved to Pierce City, Mo., and then returned to Texas. This time they arrived in Palacios in October, 1914, where Dr. Cairnes practiced dentistry until his death in 1936.

Mrs. Cairnes was prominent in church and civic work, and was extremely interested in the welfare of Palacios and its people. She served as Sunday School superintendent of the First Baptist Church from early in the 1920's until illness a few years ago caused her retirement. After illness forced her to retire from the superintendency of the Sunday School, she was extension superintendent. Here her duties were to visit and distribute church literature to the shut-ins. She faithfully performed these duties until she was no longer able to do so. In all she gave almost a quarter of a century of her life to her beloved church as superintendent.

She was an Eastern Star, a past matron and acted as secretary for 17 years. Her last office before illness caused her to give up the work was chaplain.

Mrs. Cairnes, or Eva as she was affectionately called by her friends, was secretary for the local branch of the Red Cross during World War I, and served many years after the close of the war. During the flu epidemic of 1917-1918 she worked many weary hours nursing and caring for the ill as well as giving of food and money to the needy and afflicted.

She acted as secretary of the Library board for many years and was a valued member of the Wednesday Club for 35 years.

Mrs. Cairnes, who had been ill and steadily failing since 1948, had been in intense pain for the last month and a half. Sunday, October 5 at 9:15 p. m., a great lady went to her reward.

Survivors are a son, John C. Cairnes; a sister, Ora A. Henry; a grandson, Carroll B. Cairnes; a granddaughter, Mrs. John T. Halsey, and a great grandson, John Terrance Halsey.--Contributed by a friend.

Palacios Beacon, October 9, 1952

Final Rites Held For John Carroll Cairnes Monday A. M., July 2

Funeral services for John Carroll Cairnes, who died Saturday morning, June 30, after a lingering illness, were held at the First Baptist Church, Monday, July 2 at 10 a. m. with the Rev. Rayford Harris officiating. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.

A native of Stratford, Ontario, Canada, he was born May 27, 1896 the son of the late Dr. A. B. and Eva S. Cairnes. He came to the United States when 1 1/2 years of age and to Palacios in 1914. He attended the Palacios High School, San Marcos Academy and Baylor University. In 1917 he went into the Air Service of the Signal Corps and after his discharge in 1919 returned to Baylor where he received his bachelor's degree. He then went to California where he received his bachelor's degree. He then went to California where he received his master's degree at Southern California.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred; son, Carroll and daughter, Patricia Halsey of Palacios, and a step daughter, Arlene Hawkins of Panhandle and six grandchildren.

Palacios Beacon, July, 1962


John & Savanna Henry Family



John (1842-1915) & Savana (1852-1931) Henry

 My name is Savanna Pfrimmer Henry. I became known as  Susanna. I was born in May 15, 1852 in Sebringville, Ontario, Canada. My father, Jacob Pfrimmer, and my mother immigrated from  Alsace Lorraine, Germany back in 1830. John, my husband,  was born in May of 1842 in London Derry  County Ireland. His Mother’s name was Sarah Bradin, she was born in Ireland. John immigrated to Canada as an adult. We were married in Sebringville, Ontario, Canada in 1872. (The place of my birth) We had three children. Our son John Jacob died at the age of 15 in 1888. Husband John was a contractor and builder. As if that wasn’t enough, he was also a farmer. I was known to all as “Mother Henry”. We moved our family to the United States in 1898. By 1900, we were in Liberty County Texas. John continued his occupations. We spent 14 years building and farming there. Our oldest daughter, Eva, married a doctor. In 1914 we moved to Palacios with our daughter and son-in-law, Dr and Mrs. A. B. Cairnes. John, my husband, died the following year. I lived with my daughter and her family for the rest of my life. I stayed active in my church work,  helping others and various charitable efforts. I died on July 23, 1931 at the age of 79. -- Palacios Cemetery Tour

Mrs. John Henry
Susanna Pfrimmer Henry

Susanna Pfrimmer was born in Sebringville, Ontario, Canada, May 15, 1852.

Died at Palacios, Texas, Saturday July 18th, 6:00 P. M. at the age of 79 years, 2 months and 3 days.

Married to John Henry at the age of 20 years, at Sebringville, Ontario, Canada, to which union three children were born: Eva, John Jacob and Ora. John Jacob died at the age of about 15 years, on March 12, 1888. Surviving her are Eva, now Mrs. A. B. Cairnes, Ora, a single daughter, Dr. A. B Cairnes, her son-in-law, John Carroll Cairnes, grandson, residing in Palacios, Texas, one brother in Winnipeg, Canada, one half brother and several half sisters residing in Ontario, Canada.

Mother Henry, as she was known to her friends and loved ones, was the type of mother and citizen who stood for every thing good in the community in which she lived. Her early life was spent as a pioneer, her parents coming from Alsace Lorraine, Germany, back in 1830 or earlier, coming from a State where men and women had learned earlier in life that the world had need for their lives as builders, to a country where they might develop the best that was there. She, with her husband and family moved to Texas, Liberty County, in the early part of 1900. Mr. Henry being a contractor and builder, as well as the farmer, found much to keep him and his family in direct contact with civic building upon coming to Texas. In 1914 they moved to Palacios with Dr. and Mrs. A. B. Cairnes, with whom Mother Henry resided for 33 years or more. Mr. Henry died at Palacios in 1915.

Mother Henry joined the Baptist Church when her daughter Eva was about 11 years of age. She was a staunch supporter and worker in the church at all times after uniting, a true and consistent Christian. After she united, all members of the family united with the church. Her leadership being her life--wherever she went and in whatever she worked, that spirit of lending a hand to help carry over the burdens of others caused her loved ones and friends to want to be near her.

Untiring in her effort for the comfort of her own and others truly it can be said: "She lookest well to the way of her household, and eatest not the bread of idleness. Her children arises up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."

And thus passes from among us one of love, of kindness and charity, and in passing, leaves the light for each of us to carry on.

Palacios Beacon, July 23, 1931

Ora Henry

Funeral services for Miss Ora Henry were held at the Palacios Funeral Home at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, February 28, with Rev. Rayford Harris officiating. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.

A resident of Palacios since 1914, she was born in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, on December 31, 1893, the daughter of John and Susanna Henry. She passed away Monday afternoon February 26, in Wagner General Hospital.

[born December 31, 1893 - died February 26, 1968]

Palacios Beacon, 1968