Tarrant County TXGenWeb - Arlington Obituaries - 1907 (part 3 of 3)


THURSDAY---JUNE 27, 1907


Sunday night about 11 o'clock Miss Mabel Bryant died at her father's home, Wm. Bryant, in Cedar Hill. Her death was attended with unusual sadness. She had been in poor health for some months and the morning before she died had returned from Mineral Wells. While at the depot in Dallas she fainted and never regained consciousness. Miss Mabel was a fine young woman and had many friends.

Mr. Robert Wilson, a young man 23 years old who was said to have been engaged to deceased, was very much overcome with grief and after his sweetheart had passed away about 4 o'clock Monday morning he went home, entered the house and got his coat. Mrs. Wilson followed him to the porch and her son told her to go into the house and phone someone to go on his route that day and carry the mail for him. She did so and upon hearing a pistol report ran to the porch finding her son weltering in his own blood. The bullet entered the right temple producing instant death. Mr. Wilson was a steady, sober, quiet business man and his tragic death was a severe shock to relatives and friends.

The double funeral was held at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon at the respective homes of the dead, and interment was observed in the Treece Cemetery.

Both Miss Mabel and Mr. Wilson have many friends in Midlothian who extend deepest sympathy to the bereaved parents--Midlothian Argus

Joe Thompson, 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Thompson, died at their home 6 miles east of town, yesterday evening after an illness of only 2 days.




The community sympathizes with Mr. and Mrs. Thompson in the sad loss of their little boy Joe. Remember what Job said. The Lord hath given and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

Arthur Hodges an employee of the Waters-Pierce Oil Co., was shot and instantly killed Saturday night at Ft. Worth as he was returning from a dance. Mrs. Norman who was with him was also shot through the arm. No arrest has been made. Hodges was a driver for the Waters-Pierce people and made this town every week. He was a big fine fellow in the flower of manhood, and was well liked here by those who knew him.


THURSDAY---JULY 25, 1907

The many friends of Uncle John Swafford will be grieved to know of his death which occurred at his home at Hollis Ok. on Sunday, July the 14th. Uncle John was born in Ala. in 1822, and lacked only a month or so of being 85 years old. For many years he lived here and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. A wife and several children survive him. One son, Sam Swafford, lives here. The Journal joins in the general sorrow over the death of this aged and excellent citizen.



Senator Pettus of Alabama, died at Hot Springs Arkansas, last Saturday in his 86th year. He was one of the south's most illustrious servants.



During the last few weeks the family of John Griffin has been seriously afflicted with Typhoid. Miss Cordia Griffin who was working in the telephone office at Dallas, came home with typhoid, after two of the smaller girls, Maggie and Bennie, were stricken, with the same disease. Tuesday afternoon Maggie succumbed to the dread disease and breathed her last, the remains were interred in Arlington cemetery yesterday afternoon. Both the other girls are improving. The family have the sympathy of many friends in their affliction and bereavement.




Our peaceful and peace-loving little city was much shocked and disgusted Monday morning to learn that a most foul and brutal murder had been committed in our midst Sunday night; all were glad however that all parties to the foul deed were strangers in our city, having been here but a few weeks and having brought their troubles with them when they came here. The victim of the tragedy was a man by the name of B.C. DeShayzos, claiming to be an osteopathic doctor but generally considered as a tramp by those who had met him here. Family trouble was the cause of the killing.

The acknowledged slayer of DeShayzos was Dan Herring, who with his wife and 3 little children came here 2 weeks ago from Corsicana. DeShayzos came on from the same place and had been staying with the Herrings at a small house in the east end of town. Sunday night between 10 and 11 o'clock Herring got up and took an ax and split DeShayzos' head open, apparently as he lay asleep on a pallet, though Herring claims that DeShayzos assaulted him as he was passing through the room and is corroborated by his wife in the statement. Herring and his wife were both carried to Ft. Worth and placed in the county jail on a charge of murder.

DeShayzos' wife and daughters were located at Athens and communicated with by phone but refused to have anything to do with the body, whereupon it was given decent burial from the undertaking establishment of Rogers-McKnight Co., at the county's expense.

This is the first homicide that has occurred in Arlington in over 6 years--a record of which our people are justly proud. They also rejoice to know that while this foul deed will be credited to our town, that all parties to it were newcomers, unknown to practically everybody, and not at all identified with our people or our city.



A disastrous wreck occurred 2 miles east of here Monday just after noon, in which engineer John Stephenson of Longview was buried beneath his engine and killed immediately. George Archer, the fire- man, was probably fatally injured, while conductor H.C. Rain and brakemen Ben Barling and H.C. Dobbs, escaped with slight bruises. In the wreck were only the engine, tender and caboose, and these were backing east to pick up some cars standing on a track over between here and Grand Prairie, when the wreck occurred. Stephenson's body was under the engine several hours, during which time hundreds of people went out to the scene of the wreck. The track was badly torn up for several hundred feet, and it was after 5 o'clock before the way was open for trains to pass.

Mrs. J.F. Hogan attended the funeral of Mrs. Mary Stewart in Ft. Worth Tuesday. Miss Stewart was at one time a resident of Arl.



Monday morning Mrs. V.F. Glisson was called to Stephenville to attend the funeral of her cousin, J.A. Frey, returning Wednesday.



Strawn, Tx, Sept. 23.--C.H. Dintleman, who has lived at Strawn about 14 years was found hanging to a tree on Eagle Creek. With his family he had been in Palo Pinto. He left town late Tuesday, and was found dead yesterday. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and W.O.W., and will be buried by them.

Ft. Worth broke the record Sunday by recording 3 suicides in one day. The names of the victims were: B.F. Stewart, age 35, morphine; Mrs. Bessie Brown, age 15, pistol wound; Mrs. Retta Sanders, 33 years old, drowning.




Saturday evening about 4 o'clock John Carter, aged 57 years, was caught in the saws of the gin at the North Texas gin, and so horribly mangled that he died within a few minutes.

Mr. Carter was a brother of Rev. G.T. Carter, who has been manager of the gin for many years. He leaves a wife, 3 married daughters, 2 married sons and a single son, and many other relatives to mourn his loss. As for friends he had many and it is said that he never had an enemy in his life. He had been a member of the Baptist church for over 40 years, and lived a life that exemplified the beauties of his profession. In order that the children some of whom lived at distant points might all be present at the burial, the remains were held over until Monday. Funeral services were held by Rev. A.S. Hall, pastor of the Baptist church at this place, and Rev. W.D. Hammack of Crandall, a former pastor and special friend of the dead man; after which the remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of friends, and gently laid to rest in beautiful Arlington cemetery.

George Kee, one of the oldest and best known men of the county, died at his home out in the Tate Springs community yesterday. Mr. Kee came here about 50 years ago, and succeeded in building up quite a little fortune, all of which goes to his 3 married daughters.



Clarence Threadgill, a 15 year old boy, shot and killed Virgil Hardin, an unmarried man 45 years old, 8 miles south of Cleburne yesterday.




As a result of a tragedy which occurred shortly before 3 o'clock Monday afternoon in the city park, on the Arlington Heights road, William Booth, lies dead in the undertaking establishment of G.L. Gause and W.C. Weatherington is under arrest charged with the crime.

Eyewitnesses to the tragedy state that Booth was in a buggy driving through the park in company with Mr. Weatherington's wife and child when the husband and father rode rapidly into the park on horseback. Meeting the occupants of the buggy in the southwestern portion of the park, Weatherington drew up his horse, and after exchanging one or two words with Booth drew a 38-caliber Colt's pistol and fired one shot, the man in the buggy falling face downward, dying almost instantly. Only the one shot was fired, the ball entering the man's left arm, passing through his shoulder and lodging in the base of the cerebellum. After the shooting Weatherington, it is stated, dismounted and walked to where his victim lay, and seeing that he was dead, mounted and rode away, followed by his wife in the buggy from which her companion had just been shot.

Booth, the dead man, was about 30 years old, and was by occupation an engineer, having been employed in that capacity at the gas works. He was married 5 years ago, but for some time has not been living with his wife.

Weatherington is probably 35 years of age, and is engaged in the coal and wood business, having a place of business on 17th St. at the corner of Elm.

When questioned about the tragedy, Weatherington declined to make any statement, declaring that in the natural course of events to follow the facts would be brought out, and his position made perfectly clear.

County Attorney Roy likewise declined to discuss the matter, stating that he preferred not to make public any of the information received from Weatherington at this time. He was granted bond in the sum of $2,000.--Ft. Worth Star (Tuesday)

Mrs. Eliza Rudd, wife of Will G. Rudd, died at her home at Burleson at 1 o'clock a.m. last Friday. The remains were brought here for burial and were interred in the Arlington cemetery at 4 o'clock p.m. Mrs. Rudd was a daughter of M.R. Collins of this city and leaves besides her father, a husband, grown son and daughter, 5 brothers and 4 sisters, and a great many friends and relatives to mourn her loss. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A.S. Hall, pastor of the Baptist church at this place. Mrs. Rudd had been sick for 10 weeks and suffered a great deal, but bore it all patiently and met death peacefully.




Memorial services to the memory of Albert S. Nettles, a cadet of Carlisle Military Academy who died in Dallas Oct 31, were held in the dormitory of the academy last Sunday evening at 3 o'clock.

Cadet Nettles had been here 2 years, was one of the leading athletics of the school and a favorite with the public generally.

His home was at Marlin, but his death occurred at the home of his uncle in Dallas. This is the second death that has occurred among the cadets in 5 years.




Mrs. Jesse Brewer after years of patient suffering passed quietly to her reward Wednesday night, Nov. 27, at 10 o'clock, at White Sanitarium in Dallas.

Mrs. Brewer had been at the Sanitarium but a few days, and her death came as a surprise to her friends. The remains were brought home Thursday, and on Friday were interred at Watson cemetery.

She was a kind and loving wife and mother, and will be greatly missed by the husband and 4 children.

A long procession of friends followed the remains to the grave, where services were held by Rev. W.T. Thurman.

Mesdames John Ford and Mallie Brewer of Memphis, Tx., were here to attend the funeral of their sister, Mrs. Jess Brewer.

Miss Alma Calloway of Alabama who came here a few months ago to visit her aunt, Mrs. F.A. Hood, and who later moved to Dallas with her aunt, died in that city yesterday and was brought here today for burial. Services were held at the Baptist church by Rev. A.S. Hall, and the remains interred in Arlington cemetery.


Mr. and Mrs. Jase Brewer of Hall county came here to attend the funeral of their sister, Mrs. Jesse Brewer.

A Mr. Shoemaker was buried yesterday (Sunday) at the Watson cemetery.




Mrs. H. Tarpley, the wife of Prof. H. Tarpley, superintendent of the public schools of Arlington, died Saturday morning after an illness of many months. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon under the auspices of the Eastern Star, of which order Mrs. Tarpley was a member. The funeral sermon was preached by the pastor, Rev. Ed. R. Wallace. Following the service, a large number of friends and relatives accompanied the remains to Handley, where interment was made. For the past year, Mrs. Tarpley had been confined to her bed. Throughout her illness which her physician and friends considered unconquerable, Mrs. Tarpley never lost hope of becoming well again, and her patience and cheerfulness was at once beautiful and pathetic. She is survived by her husband and 2 children.


Mrs. Rufus Putman, aged 22 years, died at the home of her parents in Ft. Worth Sunday. The remains were brought to Arlington on a special interurban car Monday morning. Funeral services conducted by Rev. A.S. Hall, were held at the Baptist church, followed by internment in the Arlington cemetery. Mrs. Putman is survived by a husband and one small child. For several weeks Mrs. Putman had been at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bilson in Ft. Worth. While not unexpected, owing to the nature of her malady, the news of her death came as a deep shock to her many friends in the city.



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