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Year - 1866:  Submitter - June E. Tuck

Waco Register, on the 3rd, reprinted in the Southern Intelligencer, Mar. 15, 1866

Murder in McLennan County TX - Mr. Moses Ogden, 1866

Mr. Moses Ogden -  We report one of the foulest murders in our community. One night last week, the house of Mr. Moses Ogden, near Perryville, in this county, was entered by three unknown men, and in the presence of his family, amid the shrieks and prayers of his wife, he was shot down by one of the ruffians. They then got hold of a trunk, supposed to contain his money, but fortunately for his family the wrong one, and made off. The murderers kept their hats down so as to prevent their faces being plainly seen. It is thought generally to have been the work of some roving desperadoes. Mr. Ogden has lived in this country for several years, and having been engaged in trade to and from Mexico had acquired the reputation of having money. 


Year 1882: Submitter: Don Brownlee

Waco, April 26.
Oscar Neckey was arrested today, charged with passing counterfeit coin. The premises of his father, four miles from the city, were searched for dies, but nothing justifying the suspicion that the prisoner was engaged in the making of nickels, was discovered. Neckey was sent up from Dallas for two years for theft of money, and on completing his term in the penitentiary, located in this county.
In the Federal court, J. G. Marsh and Dow Mullins, charged with the misuse of the postoffice, were tried and acquitted. Sanford Lewis, charged with tampering with the United States mail, pleaded guilty in one of four cases and the other three were dismissed. There are two cases of embezzlement pending against him


Year: 1882 Submitter:

The Waco Daily Examiner
23 Sep 1882, Sat

The Close of His Long and Useful Life of Eighty Years.

On Friday morning, September 22, at 7 o'clock, after a lingering illness, Major William Wood Downs, aged eighty years. Funeral service ** held this morning from the residence of Col. R.B. Parrott, No. 12 South Third street. Interment in Oakwood Cemetery.
William Wood Downs, the subject of the above notice, was born in Weldon, N.C., August 12th, 1862. In early childhood, his home was removed to Morgan county, Georgia, where he received his education and grew to manhood. Here, too, he met and was married to Miss Henrietta Sparks, the wife of his young manhood and his old age, who survives him.

Blessed with education and some means he decided, after a few years of marriage, to remove to Lawrence county, North Alabama. This change was made in 1837 and when located in his new home he embarked in business as a merchant and planter, shortly afterward acquiring stock in the Memphis and Charleston railroad. Possessed of fine business ability, steady habits, industry and strict integrity, he prospered beyond his expectations and in a few years had accumulated a fortune. He succeeded on all that he undertook, and his means, coupled with his inclination to aid in promoting the best interests of society, made him an unusually useful man in Georgia, Alabama and Texas--wherever he lived.

Early in 1853 the accounts of Texas that reached him turned his attention to this new state, and after careful investigation he decided to come hither, with the avowed attention of making this his home for life. This determination was soon put into execution and in 1854 he removed to Waco, bringing all his wordly goods, which had now reached large proportions, with him. Waco was then but a mere village, but he had faith in the future and purchasing lots in the town and extensive plantations on the Brazos south of the city, commenced in his liberal, intelligent and energetic way the work of building up this section. While his slaves tilled his fertile lands he devoted his means and time to the development of the social, moral, educational and business interests of his new home.

The impress of his clear, practical, well ordered mind, no less than his liberal hand, was felt on every side. Every interest received an impetus from his presence, help and example.

Early in life his religious convictions had led him into the communion of the M.F. Church South, and to the close of his long life these convictions were unchanged. His membership was consistant, earnest and helpful. Practical businessman as he was, his religion was equally as much a part of his daily life. Holding such views, it is not astonishing that we find him, in those pioneer days, a potent force in the work of laying the foundation of religions and educational advantages for the rising generation. The first churches in Waco, not alone of his own, but of other denominations, were largely due to his efforts and still more to his help. He gave with a lavish hand and unceasingly.

The handsome buildings of the Waco Female College, on South Third street, are the monument to his zeal in behalf of education. He burned the bricks and erected the building--trusting to the generous honor of the community to some day recompense him in part. The Masonic fraternity, of which he was a member, also felt his helpful force. The first Masonic lodge ever organized in Waco found a domicile in one of his buildings. Thus the years went on until the great civil war came. The fruits of his efforts and liberality were blooming around him on every side. The mercantile, the industrial, the religious, the educational interests of the now growing town and rapidly developing section had all felt the touch of his brain and heart and were expanding in his sight.

A large family of sons and daughters had gradually clustered around his hearthstone and at this period the zenith of his busy, useful life may be said to have been reached. Never a citizen had been of more value to a community than he, and prosperity sat within his doors.

The four years of the war and their results may be passed over. The large losses of slave property did not dishearten or sour him. He accepted the situation, and feeling that he was now growing old, began the task of repairing his fortunes and getting his affairs in shape. This has been mainly his work for the past few years, but with astonishing vitality of purpose it may be said he remained in the harness to the last. While his wonderful old age strength remained with him, he preferred effort and gave to his affairs the intelligent earnestness of his younger days. But his family saw that time was gradually telling on the venerable man, and sorrow, too, came into the family circle and claimed a son or a daughter. Of ten children only five survive him. These are Mrs. J.W. Maddin, wife of Dr. Madden, of Nashville, Tennessee, Mrs. R.B. Parrott, Mrs. John F. Marshall, Maj. J.W. Downs (of the Examiner Publishing company) and Mr. C.M. Downs, the four last mentioned of this city.

For some time past his demise has been anticipated as something that in the natural order of things could not be long postponed. His children and family looked to it with regret, but he himself viewed it calmly and resignedly. And why not? His long useful life of eighty years lay behind him, rich with the achievements of duty performed in every respect, crowned with the prestige of success in all his undertakings. His children who were left him had reached man's estate long ago and in their exemplary lives and positions in society honored his training and his old age. His faithful wife, he well knew, could not long stay behind him, and in the future there lay spread out before him the promises of the Christian's future- the fullness of the faith from which he never departed. The promises of the church which he joined in 1826, in whose cause he had labored, in whose pulpit he had more than once spoken, abided with him to the last and the old man faced death as tranquilly as he did the calm sunsets of the summer evenings that were now fading away. Conscious nearly to the last, surrounded by wife, children, grand children and friends, he awaited the summons with confidence. One of his last utterances, when asked by the attending physician to compose himself to sleep was; "Very well, I remember what my boy Ferdinand said when he was awaiting his call. It is with me as with him. I go to sleep, and if it is not to awake in this life it is still well." And when the summons came yesterday morning his awakening was in the higher, better life. The soul had passed the shadowy line so tranquilly and gently that those who stood beside him thought he still slept.
Of a verity the lives of such men do live after them.

Year 1890 Submitter: Sloan Mason

McLennan County, TX - Newspaper


 Lenoir County, NC - Kinston Free Press, January 1890-December 1890
6 Mar 1890 - Thursday

 White emigrants moving out of state to Waco, Texas are: S. T. CROSSLAND, S. S. MC CLEESE, J. H. RHODES, I. C. CHANDLER, John BAKER, T. B. COX, Elder J. S. CUMMINGS, Needham WELLS, James SAUNDERS, J. T. WILLIAMS, W. R. ROUNDTREE, Claude WADE, Geo. HARTSFIELD, Lon MORTON – 46 from Kinston - 13 from New Bern.

Year 1904

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD, Saturday October 1, 1904

Jury Adjudged Him Not Guilty


The jury in the case of the state against Pickens Burton brought in a verdict of acquittal yesterday afternoon. Burton was charged in this case of criminal assault on Miss Eva Pryer, in that he aided and abetted Forney Stafford in the commission of the crime. He is charged in another indictment with attempting criminal assault on Miss Ella Satterwhite and the trial of this case was transferred by the court on its own motion to Dallas. The companion case styled the state of Texas against Forney Stafford, charged with criminal assault on Miss Eva Prior [?] was also transferred to Dallas. The two prisoners heavily guarded were taken to Dallas last night where they will be held in jail until their trial, unless released on habeas corpus.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD, Sunday October 2, 1904

Central Christian Church, Eleventh and Washington - Rev. G. Lyle Smith, pastor, Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., Sam M. Hamilton, superintendent. At the morning service the pastor will preach on "Our Supplies". Miss Randall will sing a solo. Christian Endeavor society meets in the annex at 7 p.m. Evening service begins at 8 p.m. Mrs. W.B. Grizzard will sing a solo and the pastor will preach on "Rightly Handling the Truth". All are cordially invited to attend.

First Baptist Church - 9:30 a.m., Sunday school, Dr. J.T. Harrington, superintendent; classes for all grades; a short evangelistic service by the pastor. Preaching at 11 a.m., and 7:30 p.m. by the pastor, Dr. Bryan H. Dement. Morning theme, "Revival and Ingathering"; evening subject, "Who is on the Lord's Side?". Preaching at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily. All services held in the Baptist tabernacle between Fifth and Sixth streets. Preaching by the pastor. Everybody cordially invited to these services.

Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, corner of Fifteenth and Columbus streets. The regular Sunday school service will meet at 9:30 a.m., with L.C. Penry, superintendent. Rev. L.G. Bowers, the pastyor, will preach at 11 a.m. as usual, also at 8 p.m. The Little Sunbeams meet as usual at 3:30. B.Y.P.U. at 4:30 p.m., subject, second, "How we are in training to succeed others." -- Deut. 34:7-12. Joshua 1:1-2. Ninth, Helping one another -- (incomplete)

If October is all to be as warm as yesterday the winter clothing ordered by the merchants will be out of place.

McAlester screened lump and nut coal, post oak, cord and stove wood. Phone No. 5 Waco Fuel Co., Inc.

You get the best for the least money from Mike Adam, the tailor, 121 South Forth street.

We need books bad, 115 South Forth street.

Books and school supplies the right price at Smith's Book Exchange.

Fashionable Dressmaking done by Mrs. A.N. Surber, 705 North Ninth street.

Mrs. I.B. Hathaway for custom shirt. Your orders solicited. All work guaranteed. Over Waco Dept. store. Ind. phone 650

Dr. L.H. Gibson, dentist. High-grade work. Office over Risher's drug store, corner Fifth and Austin. Old phone 46.

Now is the time to buy White's Cottodown mattresses. The best is the cheapest. Continuous comfort. Process patented. Old hpone 493; 204 Bridge street.

Each day some of the Waco people are attending the great fair at St. Louis. This city has sent her full quota of people to the great exposition and others are still going.

When Cupid's arrows pierce your heart, let the store that saves you money give you a start - that's us. RHODES-HAVERTY FURNITURE COMPANY.

Twin Brothers Company, Wholesale Druggists' Sundries, 416 S. Fifth St., Waco, Texas

REVIVAL NOTES - There were two professions of faith at the tabernacle last night and the interest in the meeting is growing. Sixteen additions to date. Preaching tonight, but no services on Saturday. Sunday there will be no evangelistic services in the Sunday school. At 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Dr. Dement will conduct these services and also preach in the city hall yard, 4 p.m. Sunday. The meeting will continue next week at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily. Everyone is welcomed to each service.

SERVICES TONIGHT - Services will be held at Temple Rodef Sholem tonight at the usual hour of 8 p.m. The subject for Rabbi Wohlburg's lecture will be "The Tenth Commandmant, or Ambition and Covetousness".

Wedding at Elm Mott There was a very pretty wedding at Elm Mott on Wednesday evening at 7:30 o'clock, the principals being Charles K. Battaile and Miss Mattie Craven. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Abe Ruffner of West, while the soft strains of "Hearts and Flowers" added solemnity to the occasion, the music being violin and piano, by Mr. and Mrs. John Arthur Craven.
The ceremony took place at the home of the bride's parents, and many relatives and friends were present from Waco, Hillsboro, West and other [incomplete]

A Love Letter - Would not interest you if you're looking for a guaranteed Salve for Sores, Burns or Piles. Otto Dodd of Ponder, Mo., writes: :I suffered with an ugly sore for a year, but a box of Bucklen's Arnica Salve cured me". It's the best Salve on earth, 25c at the Old Corner Drug Store

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD, Saturday October 8, 1904

Rangers' Reunion - Times-Herald Correspondence.
Austin, Tex., Oct. 8

Resident members of the Terry Rangers met yesterday afternoon in the parlors of the American National bank to arrange entertainment for visiting members of that company during the coming reunion.

The present will be the fourth annual reunion of the famous old company B and will take place November 15 and 16.

The entertainment as arranged provides for business meetings during the two days with the big reception and smoker at the Driskill on the night of the 15th. On the night of the 16th, arrangement has been made for the private entertainment of the visitors.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD, Tuesday October 25, 1904

Not Selling Rapidly
Waxahachie, Tex., Oct. 24

It is estimated by local cotton men that at least three-fourths of the crop in Ellis county has been gathered. There is not such a rush after pickers now as existed a few weeks ago and a great meany farmers have finished picking. On account of the low price farmers are not selling very rapidly. The total receipts in this city is about 19,000 bales and a little more than half of this amount has been sold. The other belongs to the farmers and is on storage in the cotton yards.

The Security First Insurance company of Baltimore, Md., has been licensed by the insurance office to operate in Texas for the current year. Office fee paid, $47; agents certificates, $1, total $48.

Sheriff Loving of Hopkins county came to Austin yesterday on business with some of the state departments.

During the windstorm yesterday evening one of the large doors on the north side of the adjutant general's department in the state house that was standing wide open was slammed with terrific force, breaking one of the large plate glasses into shivers.

Richard Carey was appointed branch pilot at the port of Sabine Pass by Governor Lanham yesterday.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD, Thursday October 27, 1904
 McClelland, lodging 50c
Eat oysters at the Elite Cafe.`



Facts Worth Knowing
We buy for cash in car load lots. Deliver promptly. Phone 491 either phone, for prices and save money.
GADDY GRAIN COMPANY 13th and Jackson Sts.

Northern Securities Appeal Philadelphia, Oct. 28. -- In the United States circuit court today the appeal of the Northern Securities company from the order of Judge Bradford granting the petition of the Harriman interests for a temporary restraining order came up for argument. This is one of the two suits brought by Mr. Harriman, the other being to compel the return of the actual stocks deposited in exchange for Northern Securities stock, instead of the pro rata distribution proposed.

Joe Kemendo who has been with the St. Charles barber shop for a number of years, has purchased a half interest in the Club Barber shop, next door to Miller-Cross company, and takes a chair in that shop. He invites his friends and customers to visit him in his new place.

The fourth quarterly conference of Fifth Street Methodist church was held last night, preparatory for a meeting of the Northwest Texas conference on November 16. The reports were encouraging and it is hoped to have everything wound up and ready for the conference when it convenes.

Mr. Burdsall, the leading photographer, is now showing some of the very latest things in photography. These new styles must be seen to be appreciated. All are cordially invited to visit our parlors, where a lady attendant will show you through. Studio open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 511 1/2 Austin avenue.

Emmet S. Deane is building a pretty cottage at the corner of Baylor and South Ninth streets. Nearly opposite this point on Tenth street, north of Speight, Mr. C.G. Barbour is erecting a modern cottage. The building in Waco continues and it is thought with the beginning of 1905 there will be a considerable revival in this line.

The quarterly conferences of the Methodist churches in Waco are now being held for the fourth quarter, which means that the Northwest Texas conference will follow soon. The conference meets in Mineral Wells on November 16, and pastors here

Year 1914


Police Chief Barron - Talked To Police And Places Before Them Splendid Suggestions - Chaplain Myre Comments

Yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock members of the police force gathered in the court room at the city hall and listened to interesting talks from Chief Hollis Barron and Chaplain Oscar Myre.

Marshal Barron made a very practical and straight-to-the-point talk, suggesting to the police officers that they would probably be taking a wise course if they refrained from political discussions and matters of that nature, and continued the good and efficient officers he had always found them in the past. He hoped that each and every officer would be crystalized into a perfect whole until the entire city government is working as a unit. He said that he hoped and believed that his men would at all times be obliging and courteous to the general public and treat all prisoners with as much consideration and leniency as would be permitted.

Chief Barron further suggested that if there were any men on the force who felt as though they could not or would not treat the public politely and every city official with respect he thought they should resign at once, as he knew he would do if he could not treat his superiors and fellow officers in the proper manner.

Chief Barron referred to the suggestion of Mayor Riggins that where a man is found under the influence of liquor, but is orderly, that he be prevailed upon to go home and in the event that he does no arrest be made.

Mr. Barron's talk was well received and seemed to strike a sympathetic chord with his hearers. He was followed by Chaplain Oscar Myre, who said that the welfare of men and the teachings of Christ are one and the same, and he believed the police force is making a record in acting in every way that is for the best interest of and in the welfare of mankind.

There will be another meeting of this kind on the 17th inst. Chief Barron says it has been the rule to have one monthly, but this last one was delayed incident to the rush of business - hence the early holding of another one.


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ACTED THIS MORNING - Did Not Name Committee to Act With Citizens' Appointees. Hamilton Talks.

Replying to the request of Chairman Hamilton of the citizen's committee from the Chamber of Commerce to act with the citizens' committee in attempting to adjust the differences existing between the mayor and commissioners, President Powers, after consulting with the directory of the Chamber of Commerce this morning, advised Chairman Hamilton that that body was purely a business organization, and not political, nor even semi-political, in any sense, hence could not see its way clear to appoint an advisory committee to act with this citizens' committee.

After receiving the above this morning Chairman Hamilton stated that he had called a meeting of his committee of ten to meet him this afternoon at 5 o'clock, at which time the matter will receive discussion. He said that all that was left to do was to report back to the recessed mass meeting tomorrow night, in the event it is decided by interested parties to carry the matter further.



C. Herbert Green of Waco, chairman of the railroad committee of the United Commercial Travelers, whose telegram to the Texas railroad commission was printed in the Times-Herald yesterday regarding the proposed union depot for Hillsboro, which is now under discussion, left last night for Austin at the request by wire of the assistant attorney general. He will represent the traveling men and the traveling public in their demands for a union depot, which effort has become necessary because of the opposition of a committee of Hillsboro citizens who advocate three separate depots for the railroads centering in that city.

The telegram from Mr. Green to Hon. Allison Mayfield, which appeared in these columns yesterday morning, was read with great interest by local traveling men. They are greatly interested in the result of the Hillsboro union depot case, taking the position that a needless inconvenience will be continued if the railroads are permitted to maintain three separate depots in that city.



Mr. J.G.Barrett Kept Crowd Interested at the Cameron Building Last Night

No little interest was aroused Monday night at the Cameron building during the demonstration given by Mr. J.G. Barrett, an illuminating engineer of national reputation, whose services were secured by the Texas Power and Light company in order to promote more intelligent lighting methods in Waco.

Mr. Barrett kept his audience with him from the start and quite a few gathered around for more personal discussion after the demonstration had been completed. The comparative ease with which light rays were directed by means of innocent looking reflectors seemed nothing short of marvelous to some.

In order to bring out clearly the comparison between different types of reflectors, a double, light proof booth was used. In beginning, an ordinary sixteen candle power lamp was placed in one of the booths and a small two candle power lamp placed in the other. Attention was called to the amount of light thrown below by means of printed display cards. A reflector was then placed on the small lamp and although the current consumed was only one-sixth that of the other lamp, the effective illumination on the card below was greater. Various other types of reflectors were then exhibited and compared, it being shown that a reflector could be obtained for almost any purpose desired. For instance, one reflector was shown which had been designed for an outlet close to a wall. This shade allowed little light to be reflected toward the wall side, the greater part of the light being directed toward the middle of the room, thus securing an even distribution. Another type was shown for use on street lamps where it is desired to direct most of the light up and down the street and little toward the houses.

The object of the company in putting on this demonstration is to promote the more intelligent use of light and generally improve the standard of illumination even though in some cases the attendant revenue is reduced.

The exhibition last night was given before a representative body of business men who are interested in Waco's welfare, but will be repeated tonight and on Thursday and Friday nights for the benefit of the general public. Home lighting as well as store lighting is considered and the ladies will find the demonstration both interesting and instructive.


Roof Garden Opened
The opening of the Edgefield park roof garden last night was a grand success, a large crowd enjoyed the efforts of the Jas. Milling Combination to please them. More seats will be secured for the show to be presented by this same organization on next Monday night.

On Wednesday, May 13th, the Edgefield entertainers will put on a clean bill of vaudeville and allare requested to remember the date. Admission is free to all.

The Edgefield Park and Improvement club meets tonight in regular weekly session, the meeting having been postponed from last night on account of the opening of the roof garden.


Wanted Here For Horse Theft

Deputy Sheriff J.M. Morgan last night went to the House farm, below Houston, to bring back with him J.S. Moore, a white man, indicted in the Fifty-fourth district court [Waco] for horse theft. He was first located at Belton by Constable Leslie Stegall. Moore is said to have been indicted in Bell county for a similar offense.



The musical program to be rendered by the Euterpean club in Carroll chapel, Baylor university, next Monday, May 11th, is being looked forward to as one of the principal musical events of the year. This popular and long established club does not often give a public entertainment, and when it does every music lover of the city naturally has a strong desire to be in attendance and listen to the best music to be secured short of the strictly professional class.

There will be no charge for admission and the commodious chapel is expected to be crowded to its utmost to hold the crowd. Miss Beulah Imogene Duncan will sing at the recital and scores of her friends and admirers who have not heard her vioice in song for over a year will make it a point to be present and hear her.



To determine whether sales . . . shall be abolished in Justice Precinct No. 2, a local option election will be held next Saturday in the towns of Mart, Battle, Riesel and Hallsburg . . . . Mart is dry, but while there a . . . saloons in Battle it is under . . . that this place is not in local c . . . territory. Saloons are conduct . . . Riesel and Hallsburg. The presiding officers for the . . . tion are: Mart, E.S. Gause; Riesel, A.N. Harrison; Battle, H.J. J . . . ; Hallsburg, J.W. Thagard.

Some time ago the county commissioners were petitioned to order . . . election and they selected May 9th as the date. [The dashes indicate text cutoff in the copying from microfilm]


Villa's Troops Entrain For Monterey - Associated Press

Torreon, Mexico, May 6 - A detachment of Villa's troops stationed here entrained today for Monterey, which will be the base . . . operations in the rebel campaign


Visitors Captivated With the Cordial Greeting Extended Them in This City

Yesterday afternoon and last night the florists who came here from all parts of Texas and other states, to attend the first annual meeting of the Texas State Florists' association, which was organized in Waco last Monday afternoon, returned to their homes. Each and every one enjoyed their visit here to the fullest extent, and it is not amiss to state that the man who contributed more to their pleasure than any other one Wacoan was Tom J. Wolfe. He was the host royal, and the visitors became very eloquent when alluding to the hospitality they had received at his hands.

The progress and development noted here on every hand made a very decided impression on the florists, and they did not hesitate to express their wonder and amazement as a result of the handsome buildings noted in Waco, the well kept streets, beautiful parks, etc.

The lunch given the visitors by Wolfe, the florist, at the State House yesterday afternoon, was one of the most elaborate spreads ever witnessed here. Tom Wolfe saw that none of the guests departed until the inner man had been thoroughly satisfied. Brief addresses were made by Postmaster W.H. Hoffmann, Mayor J.W. Riggins, Crate Dalton and others.

After the feast, the visitors had a view of Waco from the top of the Amicable building, and they were given full opportunity to see this city's rare scenic beauty. Waco, they said, resembled a huge natural park.

Following the trip to the Amicable skyscraper, the florists were escorted to the Dr. Pepper plant, where they were served with delicious beverages.

While the directors were in session yesterday afternoon, they elected President R.C. Kerr of Houston , at the head of the Texas State Florists association, to represent the organization at the annual convention in Houston next August of the Society of American Florists and Ornamental Horticulturists.

M. B. Davis was official stenographer for the florists while here, and local newspaper men are under many obligations for courtesies extended by him.



While in his office yesterday afternoon about 3 o'clock Sheriff S.S. Fleming was seized with a sudden attack of illness, which, the attending physician thinks, may have resulted from appendicitis. He was at once conveyed to his home on Herring avenue, where immediate attention was given him. He was reported to be resting easy this morning.

It is sincerely hoped by Mr. Fleming's host of friends throughout the county that he will soon be able to leave his room. He is a man of splendid physique, one who rigidly observes the regulations that generally result in securing health and stregth, and it is believed he will quickly rally from the attack.


Notice of Dissolution

Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore existing between M. Goodman and I. Ellis, doing business under the firm name of Goodman and Ellis Liquor Co., at 216 South Side Square and 217 Franklin street has this day been dissolved, I. El;lis retiring from said firm and M. Goodman remaining at said palce of business. All debts of every character will be collected by M. Goodman, doing business under the name of Max Goodman Liquor Co. We desire to thank our friends for their past patronage and trust they will continue to give their business to the new firm.

I. Ellis
Max Goodman
Friday, May 8, 1914

Luxury Added to Necessity and Genuine Economy - Extra Specials for Saturday

When the distinguished, unexpected guest arrives, when the best of good things are at a premium; when style is on show, and the individual cultivated taste is on trial; there's extra comfort and satisfaction in the Service of the GROCERY SO DIFFERENT.

The assurance of quality and sanitary methods; the ease you feel in knowing that everything will be just right; is where our Difference comes in.

We always make extra arrangements for our Saturday's trade; and for this Saturday we are offering the following Delicatessen and Pastry specials:

Devil's Food Cake, regular 75c Saturday Special 60c
Large Angel Cake, regular 90c Saturday Special 75c
Small Angel Cake, regular 35c Saturday Special 30c
Rockefeller Cake, regular 60c Saturday Special 50c
Sunshine Cake, regular 85c Saturday Special 80c
Fruit Cake, regular $1.30 Saturday Special $1.10
Country Fryers and Broilers at 50c each or $5.00 per dozen.
Choice fat corn fed hens, 50c
Dressed Fat corn fed hens, 60c

These specials are sold subject to your approval and entire satisfaction and must come up to the high standard for which this business stands.

Order early; first call, first served.
and Delicatessen
418 Austin Ave.

Friday, May 8, 1914

Oaklawn Terrace Opens With a Two-day Gold Hunt - Free Cars Saturday and Sunday

Those who have read Jack London's powerful story, "Burning Daylight", and other stirring tales of the conquests of "Gold Hunters" will have an opportunity Saturday and Sunday to not only view for themselves a scene as exciting as any ever written of the rush to the gold fields; but also to become one of the leading characters in the plot. No one need arm themselves against claim jumpers, however, for every one will be given a "square deal", an equal opportunity to "strike it rich", by digging up one of the twenty pots of gold at Oaklawn Terrace, the beautiful new, close-in interurban addition, to be opened by the Callahan Development company Saturday and Sunday.

The advantages you will have over the gold hunters you have read about are numerous and attractive. In the first place, you will be furnished free transportation. A special train of two large interurban cars have been arranged for, to leave the city at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning, and every half hour thereafter. [Further info not copied]

Friday, May 8, 1914

W.E. Buie of Mertens was here yesterday.

T.M.Davidson of Gatesville spent the day here.

J.E. Boots of Dallas registered here yesterday.

J.F. Kimball was among the Templeites here yesterday.

A.A. Oestriecher of Beeville was here for awhile yesterday.

Earl Hagler, revenue officer of San Antonio, is in Waco on business.

Mrs. W.L. Powell was among the visitors here yesterday from Gatesville.

E.V. Prewitt of Austin, a revenue officer, has been in Waco two or three days on business.

H.C. Blackwell and wife of Eddy spent yesterday in Waco. The latter was on a shopping expedition.

Mrs. A.C. Goodwin of Waco is spending the week with relatives and friends here. - Rosebud News

Mr. Clifford Percy has returned from Brownsville, Texas, National Guards being called home by the governor.

Mrs. W.E. Spell has returned from San Antonio, where she spent several days, and was most delightfully entertained.

G.W. Prewett, a large brick manufacturer of Elgin, and old resident of that place, spent yesterday in Waco on business.

Hon. Abe Gross has returned from Fort Worth, where he attended the meeting of state bankers in the interest of the Panama-Pacific exposition fund for Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Powers of Waco, who have been the guests of relatives and friends here for several days past, returned home Friday morning. - Rosebud News

R.L. Cartwright returned yesterday from a two weeks' trip to the Beaumont country. He reports a surplus of rain in that section, but says things are very good otherwise.

Miss DeVotie Morris of 725 Washington street has gone for a visit to home folks in Alabama. Just before leaving she received news of her father's election to the senate in that state.

Sheriff S.S. Fleming had so far recovered from his attack of illness, which became apparent last Tuesday, that he was able to be down town for a while today, a fact learned with sincere pleasure by his many friends.

Friday, May 8, 1914

Y.M.C.A. Ball game

There was an interesting baseball game yesterday afternoon between the Taylor and Meyer teams of the Y.M.C.A., resulting in a victory for the latter by a score of 16-10.

The score, while a big one, is not a true index to the game, and especially to some of the individual plays, for the contest was quite interesting and at times some good quality of ball was displayed. The Meyers made 16 runs, 14 hits and 4 errors, being at bat 45 times, while the Taylors were at bat 40 times, making 10 runs, 10 hits and 4 errors.

Batteries -- Taylors, Taylor and Wood; Meyers, James and Pickett.

Armentrout was the hero of the game, making one home run, getting a three-bagger and one single.

Friday, May 8, 1914


For Justice of the Peace The Times-Herald is authorized to announce WALTER G. WEAVER as a candidate for Justice of Peace, Precinct 1, Place 1, subject to the action of the Democratic Primaries.

The Times-Herald is authorized to announce J.J. (DAD) PADGETT as a candidate for re-election for Justice of Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2, subject to the action of the Democratic Primaries.

For Public Weigher The Times-Herald is authorized to announce SIM NIX as a candidate for re-election to the office of Public Weigher, Precincts 1 and 4, subject to the action of the Democratic Primaries.

For County Treasurer The Times-Herald is authorized to announce CHAS. S. EICHELBERGER as a candidate for the office of County Treasurer, subject to the action of the Democratic Primaries.

For Constable The Times-Herald is authorized to announce LESLIE STEGALL as a candidate for re-election as Constable, Precinct 1, subject to the action of the Democratic Primaries.

The Times-Herald is authorized to announce COKE BUCHANAN as a candidate for Constable, Precinct 1, subject to the action of the Democratic Primaries.
For County Tax Assessor The Times-Herald is authorized to announce JOHN REED as a candidate for re-election to the office of County Tax Assessor, subject to the action of the Democratic Primaries.

SUNDAY MAY 10, 1914


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TUESDAY MAY 12, 1914

Fifteen Hundred Messengers Gathering in the Tennessee Capital

Foreign Missionaries Will Attend the Meeting of Churchmen—Negro Theological Seminary Proposed
Associated Press- Nashville, Tenn., May 12 -

The advance guard of the 1500 messengers to the Southern Baptist convention, which convenes for a five-day session tomorrow afternoon, are reaching Nashville today. Among those here now is Dr. Lansing Burrows of Americus, Georgia, formerly a Nashville pastor, who is considered by many as the convention's possible choice for president. A number of foreign missionaries will be among the visitors at the convention. Particular interest attaches to what those who have been stationed in Mexico will report on conditions there.

Nashville is extremely interested over agitation that has been going on, looking to bringing the home mission board and the foreign mission board to Nashville, where the Sunday school board has just completed a building costing $160,000, one of the handsomest in the city. Leaders in the convention who are here now do not believe, however, that the two boards will be moved from their respective locations at Atlanta and Richmond.

Other matters of interest that the convention will hear of will be the report of the committee to consider establishing a theological seminary for the negro Baptist. Dr. E.Y. Mullins of Louisville is chairman of the mittee will report [this is as printed] on ways and means of improving the financial conditions of the pastors of the church.

TUESDAY MAY 12, 1914


Constable A.W. Russell will find himself in the embarrassing position of having prisoners on his hands with no place to lodge them if the city council of West and the county commissioners maintain their announced positions relative to the cost of repairing the jail at West.

County Judge George N. Denton said that he knew of no provision of law that would allow the county to pay any part of the expense, while the city council of West refuses to . . . [missing from copy] at the Hill and McLennan county line.

Judge Denton has received a large box containing the recently lithographed county road bonds. Each one of these bonds requires his signature, therefore Judge Denton has a strenuous job ahead of him.

The county commissioners began sitting as a board of equalization this afternoon.


Now Is Our Chance Say The Baptists

Put Aside Racial Pride
Missionaries Should Go to Mexican People as Brothers With Helping Hand and Prayer

Associated Press, Nashville, Tenn., May 14-- Changes in the constitution and bylaws of the convention, a concise expression of the Baptist position on union wih other denominations and drastic recommendations covering the relations of boards and their administrative and co-operative adjustment werecontained in the report presented today before the Southern Baptist conference by the efficiency committee. Discussion of the report was set for Friday afternoon. The report of the Judson centennial celebration committee was read before the convention today by Rev. R.N. Porter of Dallas. It stated that $602,874.91 of the proposed million and a quarter fund haad been paid in or pledged since the campaign was launched at the convention in Oklahoma City two years ago. The proposed amount is to be used as a permanent equipment fund for foreign missions.

At the conclusion of the presentation of the reports, short addresses were delivered by several of the foreign missionaries, among whom were George H. Lacy, Torreon, Mexico; A.S. Patterson of Africa and A.B. Deter of Brazil.

The report of the efficiency committee was read by Dr. John E. White of Atlanta. [some further omitted and some missing]



Public school teachers for the 1914- 1915 term will be selected at an early date. Some of the appointments have already been made, but the list is far from complete. The new grammar school on West avenue between Fourtenth and Fifteenth, will be completed in time for the opening of school in September.

A number of Wacoans are in Mexia today, for the wedding of Harry Archenhold of Waco and Miss Ruby Nussbaum. It will be one of the biggest society events that has ever been noted in Central Texas, the contracting parties being members of the wealthiest and most influential families of Waco and Mexia.

Time generally works changes. Instead of the J.J. Walk sign over the livery stable at Bruceville, which always seemed a mis-nomer for a livery mman to have, as some might think it proper to walk instead of ride, a new patronym now appears, Mr. E.L. Daggett, being the new proprietor.

As will be noted in another part of today's Times-Herald, a change in the date for the leaving here of the Lone Star State special, to be used by Waco ad men and those from other parts of the state. The special will leave on the morning of June 17, instead of a day later, as originally planned. The train will be one of the finest ever operated in Texas.

It is expected that the transportation committee of the Y.M.B.L. will be ready to make a report at a meeting of the league directors next Tuesday night, in the matter of having the Houston and Texas Central motor car, leaving here at 7 in the morning, run to Bremond, instead of stopping at Marlin, the plan that has been adopted since the Central began running a motor car out of Waco. Both Marlin and Waco are greatly interested in this matter.

The pen used by the county officials in signing the first of the series of good road bonds will be presented to the Young Men's Business league. The officials affixed their signatures to the first bonds yesterday afternoon and decided the pen should go to the junior commercial organization in recognition of their efforts in carrying to a successful issue the good roads election.
Program of Services
Friday Night at 8 O'clock
Organ Prelude Professor Parnum
Anthem and Responses Temple Choir
Sermon Rabbi I. Warsaw
Alto Solo Miss Thurman
Saturday morning services at 10:30 Religious school classes meet on Sunday
morning at 10 o'clock

FRIDAY MAY 15, 1914

Road Contract Approved

Cameron, Tex. May 13 -- At a meeting of the commissioners court held this morning the contract between Engineer J.C. Fields of Denison and the committee representing road district No. 2 was approved. Mr. Fields is the engineer employed by the committee to make a survey of the roads of this district. The work of making this survey will begin this week, and as soon as completed and estimates furnished the committee contracts will be let for actual work. The members of the committee say the work will be pushed as rapidly as possible to completion.

The bond issue for $150,000 was carried in this district, which comprises justice precinct No. 1, last summer. At a meeting of the committee appointed by the commissioners court to have charge of the work it was bargained to sell the bonds at less than par. District Judge J.C. Scott was petitioned and granted an injunction preventing the sale of the bonds. It was carried to the higher courts and the judgment of the lower court sustained. Last month the committee sold $75,000 worth of the bonds at par, and the balance of the issue will be sold later.

FRIDAY MAY 15, 1914


In Sacred Heart auditorium, on Washington street, between Eighth and Ninth, an entertainment will be given by the boys and little girls of Sacred Heart academy, this evening, beginning at 8 o'clock. The program arranged is most interesting.

The people of Waco, when an entertainment is announced at the convent school, know that a treat is asured. Those who will participate tonight have been preparing for this event for some time, under the very efficient tutelage of the Sisters of St. Maty, and the progress that has been made at the rehearsals is most gratifying.

FRIDAY MAY 15, 1914

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Provident Heights Sunday school picnic is postponed indefinitely on account of the recent rains.

Within the next few weeks the dog days will be here, and the extermination of worthless canines will soon begin. Each year this step is taken, as a measure of safety.

Burke A. Boman and wife of 901 Dallas street are the proud parents of a baby boy born last night. Mr. Boman is the manager of the sewing machine department of Sanger Bros.

Politically speaking, this year promises to be very interesting, and candidates are becoming more numerous each year.

Announcement: Summer Music Study. Beginning June 1, Mr. F. Arthur Johnson will offer a special eight weeks course in Piano and Harmony. For those interested a course in rapid sight-reading will be given. New phone 232 Studio 508 1/2 Franklin St. -- (Adv.)

The Palm Barber Shop, 123 South Eighth, newly remodelled and rendered most attractive with expert workmen and high class service, solicits your patronage. Children's work a specialty. Artesian baths; Sundays 8 to 12 a.m. (Adv.)

This city will be well represented at the golf tournament in San Antonio next week, beginning Wednesday. At that time George V. Rotan, state champion, will be called on to defend his title. Most of those who go from here leave tomorrow night.

FRIDAY MAY 15, 1914


John T. Bonner of Tyler is in the city today.

Mrs. H.Q. Nash of Belton was here yesterday.

R.L. Tubbs of Osage spent yesterday in Waco.

T.K. McCartney of Temple was on the streets yesterday.

Mrs. F.E. Thornton of Sulphur Springs was here yesterday.

Dr. W.B. Newland was among the Gatesville visitors yeterday.

H. Schwartz of Houston was here yesterday in connection with business.

Ben Henson of Gatesville was here this morning in connection with business matters.

Sam Philpott of Winona, Texas, has been spending a few days with Waco friends.

Miss Ida Parrott has returned from a few days' visit to relatives in Holland, Bell county.

Mrs. A. Hicks of Tyler is in the city, en route home from attending the diocesan council at Brenham.

Mrs. Charlie Smith and her two daughters, Misses Georgia and Nellie, of 1522 North Twelfth, are visiting friends in Fort Worth.

Gibson Hunter, a member of Company K, Texas National Guard, is soon to leave for Chicago, where he will take up the work of first assistant in the athletic department of the Y.M.C.A.

Mrs. F.A. Smith, who resides at the home of her son-in-law, J.R. Spencer, Sr., in Edgefield, had a fall yesterday, dislocating her hip. While the injury is very serious, she is resting as well as could be expected of one of her age. She is 78 years old.

FRIDAY MAY 15, 1914

Prof. Genheimer Spoke to the Working Boys

Prof. E.T. Genheimer, principal of the High school, was the chief speaker at the regular weekly meeting of the Working Boys' club last night and the boys applauded his address on how to become leaders through first becoming good followers. He took occasion to show them how they must have an education before they can become the most successful leaders and then pointed out how that by putting in their evenings at the night school they could acquire a large part of the education that is denied them by having to work during the day.

Other features on last night's program included special piano and violin selections by Misses Freddie Gross and Geraldine Gegenworth of Baylor, a strong story by Miss Nell Whitman, and drill in some special songs by Mr. Kyger.

After the club adjourned the boys wetre treated to fruit punch, the refreshments having ben contributed by the City Federation of Women's clubs.

We have a specialist in this line, to make for us a limited number of cakes every week, and assure you that their quality is unexcelled.
In addition to the above we have a complete line of the National Biscuit Company's goods, fresh shipments received semi-weekly.
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Year 1929 Submitter: Sloan MasonVirginia Crilley

NOTES: Daughter of Frederick Miller and Elmira Susan Farley Grimes
Wife of Daniel Jones married July 14, 1859
Daniel died Feb 17, 1890

The Moody Courier 1929
A Birthday occasion

The occasions that call friends together are among the brightest spots that make life better worth living.

One of these occasions lingers in the memory of a large group of relatives and friends who attended the service given at the First Baptist Church, Aug 31 to
pay homage for the natal day of Mrs. Mary Jones, known to her many friends as "Aunt Mary".

It was her eightieth birthday anniversary and she has been a consecrated member of this church for sixty five years, joining at Old Perry in her early life and
later the church was moved to Moody.

A beautiful tribute was paid "Aunt Mary" by the pastor, Rev. J.A. McIver and remembrances and flowers were given by her friends.

It was a most impressive occasion and at the close the many friends of this much beloved Christian mother pressed forward and wished for her lengthened years of happiness and usefulness.

The above occasion followed an elegant dinner given on Saturday at noon by Mr. and Mrs. Mike Jones at their home, honoring Mrs. Mary Jones.

Only the closest friends of "Aunt Mary" were invited and a most delightful day was spent.

Her pastor, Rev. J.A. McIver in behalf of her friends present presented beautiful flowers, a symbol of the pure love and esteem in which she is held.

In the afternoon little Misses Louise Binns, Florine Fox, Verna Lee and Frances Canuteson entertained the guest with readings and songs.

Mrs. Jones serve cream and cake.

The guest present were Mesdames Henry Neely, Mary L. Bryant, M.A. Melton, Martha Gipe, Martha Combs and "Aunt Mary" Jones.

Children included:
Daniel Calvin
Mary Elizabeth m. George Young
Martha Idella m. Dr. Beverly Young
Melinda Lutetia m. Dr. Dowdel M. Jordan
John Wiley Samuel Martin (died 1890)
Iradell Thomas


The article appeared in The Moody Courier in the issue following 31 Aug 1929.

Virginia Day Stevens remembered:

Nannie Day, her little sister, took me to see her shortly before Aunt Mary died.
I turned 3 on 23 Oct 1930, so maybe I was three. I remember it though.

Year 1942 Submitter: Sandra Beaver sgmbeaver@charter.net  -- September 10, 2007

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX November 22, 1942

Two Trainmen Die as Engine Blows Up

Waco, Texas, Nov. 21.-Engineer J. Thomas Grizzard of Smithville and Fireman K. C. Phelps of San Antonio were killed instantly Saturday afternoon when a Missouri-Kansas-Texas freight engine boiler exploded nine and a half miles south of Waco. Brakeman Joe Walker Jr. of Smithville, who was riding on the engine tender, was hurt seriously. He was brought to a local hospital.

The engine, which was almost demolished, was hauling a string of loaded oil tankers, three of which caught fire-two that were derailed and another on the track. A switch engine pulled the remaining sixteen cars away from the bridge. Cause of the explosion was not determined, but M-K-T investigators said there was no evidence of sabotage.

Year 1964 Submitter: Virginia Crilley

Moody Courier 1965
1964 Nov 15

81st Birthday

D.F. "Mont" Jones of this city reached his 81st birthday last Sunday November 15, and celebrated it at his home with only his wife, daughter and husband present. Jones said he enjoyed a good dinner and recieved some gifts. He dodge the "boys" downtown Monday morning for fear he might have to treat 'em java.

Mr. Joes gets around fairly good to be so young and spry.

Additional Comments:
Son of Dan and Melisa Burger Jones.
Grandson of Mary Grimes and Dan Jones.
Wife: Nellie Eunice White married 12/15/1904

Year 2014 Submitter: Lindsay Hale Boyd

Waco Tribune Herald

Monday, November 10, 2014 7:01 pm


Early Waco settlers had ties to the American Revolution, War of 1812

The county’s record of patriotism is easily traceable in the most solemn of places — local cemeteries that are the resting grounds for thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen. Countless headstones in cemeteries throughout McLennan County bear military service symbols.The graves belong to men and women who valiantly served in the country’s fiercest wars, from dozens of Civil War soldiers — Confederate and even a few Union — to Afghanistan and Iraq War soldiers. And it turns out some of the earliest settlers in the county even had connections to the American Revolution and the War of 1812, wars waged long before Texas was a state and when American Indians still maintained control of the land.

At least two residents buried at First Street Cemetery are direct descendants of Revolutionary War veterans, according to research done by local dentist and history buff Brad Willis. “Texas being organized later for statehood, there’s not very many veterans of the American Revolution in Texas that I’m aware of,” Willis said. “It’s kind of an honor to realize that that person is one generation from the American Revolution, so it’s kind of living history, that marker, which to me is very exciting.”

Daniel Moore, who died in 1873 and is buried at First Street, is the son of Georgia native and Revolutionary War veteran John Moore. Daniel Moore is considered a “real son” of the American Revolution, a term historically applied to the children of the men who fought for the country’s independence. Daniel Moore moved to Texas in 1853, becoming the first treasurer of Coryell County and later moving to what is now Robinson to start the town’s first blacksmith shop. His descendants still live in the area, including his great-great-great-granddaughter, Carol Selander, who only became aware of the link to the American Revolution just more than five years ago. “It was really thrilling (to discover), because I hated history growing up,” said Selander, 64. “It was just dates and names, and I could not see the importance of it at that time. I couldn’t relate it to anything . . . and until I could actually put people and identify that I had family, that’s what made me feel good. They were actually here, and they had a role in it.”

Jane Boyd Hays, a “real daughter” of the war, was buried at First Street in 1883. The Virginia native’s father, John Boyd Jr., fought in the Revolutionary War, and she later moved to Waco and married Judge Daniel Smith Hays, according to Willis’ research.

Representatives from the Texas Daughters of the American Revolution could not pinpoint other veterans buried in Waco. But at least seven War of 1812 veterans are buried in the county.

Willis has done research on the Rev. William C. Buck, who was a first lieutenant in Virginia’s 2nd Regiment during the war and later become a classic language scholar and Baptist minister while living in Central Texas. Buck is buried at First Street, along with his daughter, Emma, and her husband, Dr. Richard Harrison, one of Waco’s first physicians.

East Waco’s Greenwood Cemetery contains the graves of two other War of 1812 veterans, John McBride and G.W. Clayton, according to cemetery records database Find a Grave. The site states that another, Edward Kellum Sr., is buried in Kellum Family Cemetery near East Waco, while the Rev. Silas Witt is buried at the Old Perry Cemetery in Moody.

A compilation of obituaries printed in Waco’s earliest newspapers lists McBride and Clayton as well as Col. William Nally and L. Cagle as War of 1812 veterans buried in McLennan County. But the book, “Early Waco Obituaries From 1874-1908,” does not including any biographical data about the men or even the dates of their deaths, simply stating that they are buried in Greenwood Cemetery. Information about the veterans of the two wars is scarce. Willis notes that only Moore and Buck’s war service has been documented and verified through records by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society Daughters of 1812. But for the other men, their headstones serve as the only formal record of their involvement in the war.

An online compilation of U.S. Revolutionary War Military Records states that most of the War Department’s army records were destroyed in a fire on Nov. 8, 1800. Even the entries on Find A Grave, which are typically created by relatives or lay historians like Willis, are short on details about the veterans. Clayton’s biography on the site only states that he was a veteran of the War of 1812 and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in East Waco on May 3, 1889, for example. “You see a lot of things like, ‘Oh, so-and-so is the child of George Washington, or the child of Christopher Columbus,’ ” Willis said. “It’s nice, but if it’s not documented or you can’t prove it, it’s just a nice tale.” Willis said in some cases, records that families may have contain a veteran’s records, but those documents may get lost in storage spaces or even destroyed in home fires.

Selander was raised by her grandparents in California after her parents died when she was a child, and she was vaguely aware that her mother’s side of the family had origins in Texas. She began doing genealogy research once she and her husband moved to the Waco area in 1990, tracking marriage, birth and death certificates in various Texas counties before realizing her great-great-great-grandfather was a local businessman. Selander doesn’t know much about John Moore other than his Georgia roots. She only learned that he fought in the Revolutionary War when a woman reached out to her seeking information on their shared relative, his son Daniel Moore, to prove her lineage for membership in the DAR. Selander said she also is now a DAR member, and she is truly thankful for John Moore’s service and the other veterans who have defended the country in every military battle since. “I could have lived here forever, and if I hadn’t been doing the research, I would have never had a clue,” Selander said.

Willis said he hopes DAR or the National Society Daughters of 1812 eventually will install plaques at the graves of those veterans and their descendants in McLennan County to honor their service. “I think we should recognize the service and remember . . . and not forget that they made a sacrifice to our country that we’re still enjoying, and that we don’t forget the past, we don’t forget the history that’s around us,” Willis said

Waco Tribune Herald

Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 12:01 am


“Colonel” Robert Blanks Parrott, who commanded the Waco business scene for the last 30 years of the 19th century, was like several of his generation — a Southern titan of commerce who made a fortune in Texas in the era when cotton was king.

Born in Amherst County, Va., on Oct. 16, 1848, he was the eldest of the six children of William J. and Jane C. Parrott. His mother, Jane Catherine Blanks (1828-79), was a niece of James Smithson, the British scientist who was the founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution.

After receiving early training at the Davis Primary School and the Lanza Academy in Virginia, Parrott, at age 14, entered the University of Virginia on the eve of the Civil War — at the time the youngest student in the institution’s history. But the teen tired of his academic studies and enlisted as a private on Sept. 14, 1864, in Fauquiar County, Va., with Capt. W.E. Frankland. Within five weeks, after turning 16, he was appointed second sergeant of Company F of the 43rd Battalion — a Virginia Cavalry regiment known as Mosby’s Rangers. These partisan guerrillas under the command of Lt. Col. John Singleton Mosby were known for daring raids across the Union lines.

Parrott was captured in a skirmish at Rectortown, Va., on Dec. 21, 1864, and confined to the “Old Capitol Prison” of Washington, D.C., on Christmas Eve. Six weeks later, he was transferred to Fort Warren, a fortress in the middle of Boston Harbor in Massachusetts, where he remained with about 2,000 fellow prisoners of war for the duration of the hostilities. Released on June 16, 1865, he returned to his native soil, where he worked for a commission house in Richmond and Charlottesville.

In October 1872, he struck out for Waco as an agent for the Nashville Life Insurance Co. He married the young widow Alice Henrietta Downs Farmer (1848-1896) on June 12, 1873, and fathered six children.

In 1874, R.B. Parrott became an agent for the Mobile Life Insurance Co., and in 1875, he went to work for the Alabama Gold Life Insurance Co. In time, he became president of the Provident Savings Life Insurance Co. of New York and general manager of its Texas, Arkansas and “Pacific Slope” territories. Principal founder of the Texas Real Estate Association, Parrott was a director of the Provident National Bank of Waco and responsible for construction of the Provident Building at Fourth and Franklin streets, a Waco landmark of many decades before it was removed in the era of urban renewal. The five-story structure, erected in 1890, was the tallest office building in the city until the ALICO upped the ante in 1911.

The business titan also served as a trustee of the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn. — an Episcopalian institution in that day — and he was active in advancing public education through the Waco School Committee.

After serving as chairman of the Texas World’s Columbian Exhibition Committee in 1893, he was tapped as an original member of the board of directors of the Texas Cotton Palace Exposition, which opened in Waco in November 1894 to much acclaim.

Parrott was crowned the first “King Cotton” in the pageant gala — a title he carried for almost a decade.

In the political realm, Parrott, a Democrat, served on Waco City Council and, in 1892, was an aide on the staff of Gov. Richard B. Hubbard with the honorary rank of “Colonel.”

A Mason, an Elk and a Knight of Pythias, Parrott also was well-known throughout Texas as an ardent prohibitionist, and he served as secretary and general manager of a statewide campaign against liquor sales.

He died at Hot Springs, Ark., on Dec. 12, 1903, and his body was brought home to Waco for interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

Additional resources: “Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas,” by John Henry Brown (1896); The Handbook of Texas On-line; The Texas Collection at Baylor University; “The Texas Cotton Palace,” Lavonia Jenkins Barnes, (Heritage Society of Waco, 1964).


Parrott’s children

Col. Robert Blanks Parrott and his wife had six children:

Charles Blanks Parrott (1874-1906) was a native of Waco who met a bad end. He shot himself after he shot and killed his wife, May Lucille Hampton Parrott, when the couple lived in San Antonio. His body was brought home to Waco and buried in the family plot at Oakwood Cemetery.

Rosa Scott Parrott (1876-78) died as a toddler.

Alice Downs Parrott Zizinia (1878-1949) married Iowa native George Thomas Zizinia around 1900. She came back to Waco after her husband’s death in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1944.

Robert Blanks Parrott Jr. (1880-1962) married Edith Isabelle Heinze on Aug. 29, 1910, in Harrison County, W.Va. Although he spent most of his business career in Indianapolis, he had a soft spot for Waco. In 1958, he and his wife established the Waco Perpetual Growth Foundation (later known as The Waco Foundation) with an initial gift of stock. After Edith died in 1974, the foundation received an additional bequest from the estate. They are buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco.

William Downs Parrott (1882-1950) moved to Los Angeles.

Lillian Parrott Whalen (1884-1944) also spent most of her life in California.