Tarrant County TXGenWeb - Arlington Obituaries - 1905 (part 1 of 4)




Last Sunday was a day of unusual sorrow in Arlington. Funeral services were held over the remains of two most popular young people, Miss Virgil Pilant and Will Barhem, each just entering womanhood and manhood respectively.

Miss Pilant died Thursday night at ten o'clock from blood poison, brought on by a malignant postule on the face. She was born and raised here and always had a cheerful smile and a pleasant word for everyone. To know her was to love her; to associate with her was to be made better; and the memory of her pure sweet life robs death of much of its pain and bitterness.

The love which the people had for her and the sorrow felt was attested by the large crowd that attended the funeral, and burial Sunday morning and by the lavish floral offerings and tears shed.

The remains were kept till Sunday morning awaiting the arrival of a brother who had to come from Chicago. Morning services were dispensed with in all the churches in order to do honor to the loved dead. Both funeral services were held at M.E. church of which both the young people were members. Rev. J.W. Lee pastor of the Methodist church assisted by Rev. M.C. Jackson pastor of the Baptist church conducted the services at church. The Barhams live out at the W.W. Floyd place and are comparative strangers to most of our people, but have made several acquaintances during the year that deeply sympathize with them in their great loss. Mr. Barham was held in very high esteem by those who knew him well. The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia. The Journal joins in the general sorrow over the death of these young people.

(elsewhere in this issue an article that is torn--lists J.C. Pilant as her father)



The body of Luther Boaz, son of William J. Boaz, vice president of the American National Bank of Fort Worth was shipped from Houston last night, and will arrive here this morning. L.B. Comer, a brother-in-law of the deceased, and W.J. Boaz, who were present at the time of his death, will accompany the body to this city. Funeral services will probably be held this morning.--Tuesday's Record.


Early last Saturday morning a Mrs. Taylor living just west of the Carlisle Academy died after weeks of suffering from dropsy. A husband survives her. They were comparative strangers here, having lived here but a few months. Services were held in the afternoon by Rev. M.C. Jackson, and the remains interred in Arlington cemetery.

On Monday William Klepper an aged German, and one of Arlington's first settlers passed away. Mr. Klepper was a native of Germany, and at the time of his death, in his 85th year. He fought in the wars before come to America and in the Confederate army in the civil conflict of 61-64 in this country. Rev. Rohem pastor of the Lutheran church in Ft. Worth came down Tuesday and held funeral services both at the residence and the grave. Many German friends from Dallas and Ft. Worth attended. Internment was had in the Arlington cemetery at 3 o'clock Tuesday evening. The grave was beautifully decked with rarest and most beautiful flowers brought by loving hands from conservatories and hot houses of Dallas and Ft. Worth. Father Klepper was a devoted member of the Lutheran church and was highly esteemed and greatly loved by those who knew him well, especially the older German citizenship. He was the stepfather of Mrs. Geo. Lampe. His aged wife, the mother of Mrs. Lampe, survives him. He had been a citizen of Arlington 29 years, coming from Eagle Ford before the T.P. road was completed to this place.

Next came the death of Constable Bob Feamster which occurred at his residence about 5 o'clock Tuesday evening. This was one of the most pathetic deaths ever seen in our town. He was in the prime of life with a young wife and 3 small children. Less than a year ago he was the picture of full manhood and considered the strongest man in Arlington. Early last spring he had measles which settled on the lungs and developed into consumption. During the summer and fall he traveled considerably in hope of obtaining relief but to no avail. Just before Christmas he returned home from El Paso, and gradually grew worse till the end came. He never gave up to the last and only a few days before his death was on the streets. His loitering steps, bent and emaciated form touched every heart as he appeared on the streets.

At the time of his death he was constable of this precinct; and in the past had done considerable services as deputy marshall. As an officer he was brave and fearless, always doing his duty well. As a husband and father he was loyal and devoted. He was a member of the W.O.W., which society did much for him in his last days.

The remains will be interred tomorrow having been held pending the arrival of relatives.



J.H. Hudson of Cozart, Panola County, died last week. He was a nephew of Mrs. Ramsey of this place. He was one of the wealthiest and most substantial citizens of his county, and his death is much deplored by his many friends both there and here.




After many weeks of suffering Uncle Joe Collins, on last Monday morning at 1 o'clock, breathed his last, at the ripe old age of 74 years, 10 months and 28 days.

He was a native of Alabama, but came to Texas 31 years ago; came to Arlington 29 years ago.

He was an ex-confederate and a member of the Bedford Forest Camp of this place, the members of which took charge of the body and conducted the burial exercises.

Religious services were held at the home of the family one mile north of town, Tuesday at one o'clock, by Elder J.H. Fisher a primitive Baptist minister of Graham, Tx., after which the remains were carried to Arlington cemetery for interment.

A wife, daughter, and 5 sons survive him; all of whom were with him during his last illness and death.

Prominent among the sons are Rev. A.P. Collins of Ft. Worth and Dr. J.D. Collins of this place.

Mr. Collins had long been a consistent member of the primitive Baptist church, worked hard, and amassed a nice competency, was a member of no lodge, and was never prominently in the eye of the public, but was highly respected by all and always ready to respond to the calls of duty. He was one of the towns oldest and best known citizens, one of those sturdy old farmers that have made the country what it is, lived well, died happy and left a useful family of sons and daughter to emulate his example, and perpetuate his memory. The Journal mingles its personal sorrow with that of the 3 surviving brothers, and sister, widow, children, and great number of friends and relatives.


Monday evening at 6 o'clock Post Master J.I. Carter received a telegram announcing the death of his father Elder J.A. Carter at Curve, Tenn.

The news came as a great shock to Mr. Carter, as his father, though past 72 years of age, was hale and hearty and actively engaged in ministerial work. A wife and 10 children survive him, all of whom, except J.I. Carter of this place, and Mrs. James Rose of Austin, live in Tenn.

Mr. Carter has led an active and eventful life. For over 50 years he has been a minister of the Christian Church, much of the time being engaged in evangelical work; during which time he has baptized over 6,000 persons.

At the beginning of the rebellion he went out as Chaplain of Albert Sidney Johnston's regiment, and on that memorable Sunday morning at the battle of Shiloh saw 3 of his brothers--one a captain, one a lieutenant, and one a private--slain in battle, after which he resigned as chaplain and entered the ranks as a private. In the spring of '65 he was sent home as a recruiting officer, and was captured and sent to Jolliett prison in Ill. where he remained till the close of the war.

Few men have lived more actively devoted to duty than he. Peace be to the good mans ashes.

He was pleasantly remembered by many of our people who met him here while on a visit to his son at this place.

The surviving relatives, especially our fellow townsman have the profound sympathy of many friends in this dark hour of bereavement.

News was received in this city last Saturday of the death of Carl Collins, the 14 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Collins of Fordyce, Ark. His death occurred at Hot Springs on the 3rd inst. Carl was a bright and promising boy, the only son of the parents and only brother of the only sister. He was a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Collins of this place, and was well known and pleasantly remembered by a large circle of friends and relatives, all of whom regret to hear of his early death and deeply sympathize with the bereaved parents and sister.

Jessee H. Melton, bookkeeper for Dr. Lloyd Pollock, committed suicide at his home in Ft. Worth yesterday by shooting himself through the left breast. He was formerly employed in the tax collectors office. He leaves a wife and 3 children. No cause was assigned for the rash act.

Aunt Polly Leath one of the oldest and most venerated mothers of the Rehoboth neighborhood, died at the home of her son Ed Leath, on the 4th inst. On Christmas day she fell from the porch sustaining a fractured rib. Later she was attacked by pneumonia to which she succumbed. Mrs. Leath was 81 years old, and was the mother of 4 sons and a daughter all of whom except the daughter were with her at the close of her long and useful life. A formal obituary was sent in with a request for publication, but as the writer signed no name we cannot use it. Writers to all papers should remember that papers can't use matter sent in with no name thereto.



One of the little twins of Mr. and Mrs. M.P. Parker died Saturday night, and was buried at Johnson Station on Monday. The Journal extends its sincerest sympathy.


Floyd,. the infant son of Mr. and Mr. Pell Parker was buried here Sunday.

Amos Webb of Grand Prairie, a brother of Mrs. G.T. Carter of this place, died Tuesday night after a short attack of pneumonia. He leaves a wife and 5 children.

COLLINS--Carl, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Collins, died at Hot Springs on Feb 3rd, of pneumonia, after a short illness. He had been suffering with bright's disease for the past few months, and his death was not unexpected but doubly sad; because he was the only boy of the family, the idol of his parents and loved by all who were fortunate enough to know him. We never knew a boy or young man who was so polite and kind as Carl. He will be missed by his many friends, and especially will he be missed in the Sunday School which he attended. The heart-broken parents and the only sister and all bereaved have our sympathy in this great loss. It is no little honor to have such representatives in heaven, and the thought that we can meet them is a happy one. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon. And the remains were placed in the Fordyce cemetery.--Fordyce Advocate.




Mrs. Virginia Huffman better known as Grandma King, died at her home in Arlington Tuesday night, February 21 of heart failure.

She was one of the oldest residents of Arlington, coming here in '73 from Minnesota. Grandma King was a kind gentle woman and patient sufferer who leaves many friends to mourn her loss.

She was a member of the M.E. church. Mrs. Carrie Rogers her grand-daughter mourns in her the loss of a mother.

Her nephew Harry Mercen of Steele, North Dakota was visiting her at the time of her death. Her funeral was held at her home Thursday a.m. Rev. Lee officiating. She was laid to rest in Watson cemetery, by the side of her husband Rev. Louis King. She was born in Pike Co., Ky. Oct. 16 1824, consequently was 80 years old.


"Father" Adams, superintendent and general manager of the rescue home out south of the city, died yesterday morning at 10 o'clock after a few days confinement with pneumonia. Two sons; business men of Waco, a daughter from Waco, and Mrs. J.T. Upchurch of Oak Cliff another daughter, were all here with him.

The body was embalmed and prepared for shipment to Waco by undertaker J.P. Jones, and was shipped on an afternoon train.

Mr. Adams was a most excellent old gentleman, one whose sphere in life will not be easily filled.

His loss to the home is irreparable. Peace to the good mans ashes. His aged wife and several children, all grown however, and not residents of this place, survive him.

R.W. McKnight last week received a letter from Dr. Stell at Springfield Ark. announcing the death of his uncle B.B. Stell on the 12 inst. Mr. Stell was at one time a wealthy and prosperous business man of Ark., but was ruined financially by a dishonest partner, and by signing notes for friends. For 20 years he was a resident of this city, burying his wife and only son here a few years ago, and going to Ark. to live with relatives.



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