Tarrant County TXGenWeb - Arlington Obituaries - 1920



Death of our husband and father--Mrs. H. Gelhausen and family




We could only make a short notice of the death of Mr. Gelhausen in our last issue. This pioneer farmer had been sick for sometime. He died at his farm-home, about a mile north of Arlington, Dec. 29th, 1919, with his family around him. He was a good citizen, and reared a family who are at following the footsteps of their father and mother of setting an example of industry and dependability.

Hugo Gelhausen was born in Corden, Germany, on the Mosel, March 6th, 1836--the year and day the Alamo fell in the state where he should finally live for nearly fifty years. He came to the United States in 1867 and served in the Indian campaigns under General Custer; then came to Texas in 1870. He returned to St. Louis for his bride, Mrs. Agnes Wechel, whom he married in 1879. He came soon after this to Arlington and settled on the farm where he lived and died. He is survived by his wife and three children, Chas. W. of Altus, Ok., Geo. L. of Arlington and Mrs. R.R. Watkins of Bowie, Texas. Interment was in Arlington cemetery, directed by Hugh M. Moore, undertaker. Rev. Robt. M. Nolan, rector of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fort Worth, conducted the funeral services at the grave. The Journal feels sure it expresses the sentiment of a large circle of friends when it assures the bereaved family of heartfelt sympathy.

The out-of-town friends and relatives who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Dee Floyd and family, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Bryan and Mrs. James Bryan, of Fort Worth; Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Boedeker and family, Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Boedeker and family, Miss Clara Bohney, Miss Rose Smith, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Hartnett of Dallas; Mr. Frank Gelhausen, of Vernon, Texas; Mr. Chress Gelhausen of Altus, Okla.; Mrs. C.H. Boedeker, of Bowie, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Watkins, of Bowie, Tx.


A large circle of friends will be grieved to learn that Prof. H.S. Woods died last Saturday, Jan. 2, 1920 at the Baptist Sanitarium in Dallas, after a short illness. Professor Woods held the chair of Biology in Grubbs' Vocational College here until just before the close of the last session. He was one of the most capable men in department in the country, and accepted the position of Biological Chemistry in the Baylor Medical College at Dallas. On Dec. 20th he went to the sanitarium for a minor operation on his throat. But complications developed and last Saturday he passed away. His remains were taken to his old home for interment at Versailles, Mo., where his sister resides. He has a brother, a well-known lawyer of Chicago. Professor Woods was 36 years of age and was considered by authorities as one of the strongest men in his profession and most promising as a teacher and in research. The editor of the Journal values as a prize the memory of a close acquaintance with Professor Woods, and regrets that his strong personality and great ability are lost to the state. We deeply sympathize with his sister and brother.


A little girl named Mary Laird, nearly three years of age, was fatally burned Sunday, Jan. 4th, 1920, on the McFaddin farm in the Watson community. Her parents formerly lived out there, but now live in Dallas. The children were playing in the yard, burning grass. Little Mary's clothing caught from the grass. They were visiting the Robbins family on the farm and the 14-year-old Robbins girl was severely burned in trying to extinguish the flames on little Mary and also on a younger sister of the Robbins girl who had attempted to put the fire out on Mary. The latter ran to a barb-wire fence and was caught where her clothing burned entirely off her. Dr. J.S. McKissick was hurriedly called and gave first aid, and rushed her to the Sanitarium in Dallas, where she died a few minutes later.




Although not unexpected by those who knew of his illness, nevertheless the entire community was shocked to learn this morning the Mr. B.A. Barnes had died at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 8th, 1920. Mr. Barnes had suffered for several years with an eye affliction and recently was attacked with pneumonia. From this latter he passed away quietly at his home on Summitt Hill. He was an extensive and successful farmer and was one of the best citizens of this county. We had closed our forms for this issue and held back only to give this simple announcement at this time. The funeral will take place from the home tomorrow, Saturday, at 2 p.m. o'clock. A sketch of Mr. Barnes will appear later. He leaves a large family with whom the entire community sincerely joins in their grief over their irreparable loss.




The death Angel has visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Shoup, and has borne away their young daughter Hayden. She had been in ill health a long time, and had suffered much, she was the constant companion of her mother, and the object of her tenderest love and devotion--and now she has gone and the mother's heart is filled with sadness, and her grief is sore, but we feel sure that thru her falling tears, she can look up into the face of her Heavenly Father, and say, "it is well," not my will but "Thine be done." The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord" Hayden is now free from all pain and sickness, happy with angels around the Great White Throne, singing the songs of the redeemed. So why lament her going away--for on some sweet day, she will be reunited to her loved ones, where there is no sorrow--no sad farewells--where all tears are wiped away.

We the ladies of the Sunday School class, of which Mrs. Shoup is a member, hereby tender to her and the family our sincerest and warmest sympathy, trusting their hearts may be comforted and their bereavement blessed to the good of all. "We share our mutual woes, Our mutual burdens bear; And often for each other flows The sympathizing tear."

Mrs. M. Crockett, Chrm., Mrs. J.P. Wilkerson, Mrs. S.T. Smith, Mrs. A.C. Johnson, Committee.


When Benjamin Allen Barnes was laid away last Saturday there passed from among us a man who in all his activities set an example worthy of emulation by every boy in the country. He was born March 16, 1861, at Avaton, Harrison county, Texas. When three years old his father died, leaving his mother and himself as the chief supporter of 13 children. His parents were from Alabama, staunch members of the Baptist church. Benjamin Allen Barnes was converted and joined the Baptist church when very young, and lived consistently a Christian all his life. He was married to Miss Ellie Pollard, at Carthage, Panoia County, Texas, July 21, 1895. To them were born five children, one son and four daughters--all splendid young people who, with their mother, mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father.

Mr. Barnes moved with his family to Arlington in 1910, where they have since lived, conducting a large farm southeast of Arlington. He was a self-made man. He had, before moving to Arlington, successfully conducted in East Texas, saw-mill, mercantile and farming interests. Since 1900 he had been sorely afflicted with eye-trouble, losing the sight of one eye through the paralysis of the nerve. He suffered intense pain, but no one ever heard a murmur of complaint from him. He was made of the stuff that builds states. For several weeks he was unable to get about, and took to his bed Christmas day with pneumonia, from which he never rallied, passing away at 6:30 o'clock Thursday evening, Jan. 8, 1920. Rev. J.T. Renfro, pastor of the Baptist church, conducted the funeral services from the home. The floral offerings were many and beautiful, attesting the love and esteem in which he was held by the community. He was a man quiet but forceful in character and reliable always in everything. He lived such a life that those he leaves behind may rejoice in the memory of him as the richest heritage a husband and father can leave his family.




Signed Mrs. B.A. Barnes, Allan D. Barnes, Irma Barnes, Cleora Barnes and Dr. and Mrs. Chas. R. Davis.





Dallas-At least two lives were lost and several persons were injured in a fire that destroyed the Main Hotel at Main and Market streets Saturday. Guests of the hotel were awakened by the night clerk's cry of "fire" at midnight.

The dead were identifies as:

The fifty occupants of the 42 rooms of the three-story hotel rushed for the stairway and found that passageway alive with flames. Few of the guests dared brave the smoke and flames that filled the stairway and most of them made their escape by means of fire escapes and by jumping from the windows. One man jumped from a rear window and was seriously injured.




Having been called to Iowa by the death of my father. I hereby notify my patients in and around Arlington that I will be compelled to be away from my office for a week or two. I will give due announcement of the day of my return. I feet certain my patients and friends will appreciate my situation and will bear with me. DR. FRANK I. CULLEN


On the 27th of January, 1920, John B. Davidson, of Lancaster, died and was buried in the Trinity cemetery there. His brother, Mr. S.S. Davidson, of Arlington attended the funeral which took place on the 29th ult. Mr. Davidson was born in Tennessee 44 years ago; came to Texas when he was 8 years old; was a school teacher in Dallas county for 14 years; for a number of years was a hardware merchant at Seagoville, Texas, until failing health two years ago caused him to retire. He was buried from his home in Lancaster, Texas, last Thursday, and leaves five brothers and one sister and a host of relatives to mourn his loss. He was a good man and exemplary citizen. We extend sympathy to our good few townsman, Mr. S.S. Davidson, in his sorrow.




Mr. Will A. Wade, who had been a resident in Arlington for many years, passed away last Friday, Jan. 30, 1920, after a long illness. He was buried from his residence on West Main street in Arlington cemetery Sunday. Mr. Wade leaves a widow and several children to sorrow in his taken away. He had many friends in and around Arlington, and they, with all who knew him, heartily join in sympathy with his family in their bereavement.




For the first time in the history of the Home, there were no deaths in the month of January just passed; this is always the hardest month to get by the Grim Reaper.

We did not more than get by it this year, as we lost Bro. William Henry Harrison last Saturday morning, Feb. 7th, who died in the Knight Templar hospital of heart disease (organic) after an illness of only a few days. Bro. Harrison was born in England and was an artist, some of his painting are in Fort Worth now. He came to the hospital several months ago from Julian Field Lodge, where he was the Tiler for several years.


Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meek of Decatur are here at attend the funeral of their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Clarence Meek.




About 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12th, 1920, Mr. Stuart Harrison of Arlington was strickened with apoplexy, at the corner of Main at 6th St., Ft. Worth. He was immediately conveyed to the office of Dr. L.E. Stevens but was found to be beyond all hope. His family was immediately notified at Arl., and his body was taken to the Ft. Worth Undertaking Parlors. Stuart Harrison was one of the first known men, both in business and in politics, in Ft. Worth and this section of Tx. This writer first met him in 1884 or 1885, when he was city clerk in Ft. Worth. He was for many years in the real estate and insurance business in Ft. Worth and in Dallas and for a good many years of late he was in the live stock business, and was secretary of the Tx. Shorthorn Breeders Asso.




Mr. Jo W. Burney, one of Arlington's oldest residents, dies at his home here last Saturday after a long illness.

His death removed from us one of our best known and best beloved citizens and brought sadness to a host of friends all over the state who knew and appreciated his many rare qualities of mind and character.

Mr. Burney was born on Aug. 8, 1867 and was 52 years 6 months and 20 days old at the time of his death.

After leaving the public schools, where the groundwork of his education was laid, he entered the Law Department of the State University. Upon his graduation in law, he opened offices in Ft. Worth and for 25 years and until his death practiced law there, maintaining his home in Arlington at which place and Johnson City he had lived all of his life. His health began to fail about 8 months ago and though he rallied several times, he never fully recovered, and the end came last Saturday. His funeral was held from his late residence on Sunday afternoon and the presence of a large concourse of friends attested the esteem in which he was held. The service, which was a beautiful one, was conducted by Rev. S. M. Bennett, pastor of the Presbyterian church, who pronounced a magnificent tribute to the personal worth of the decedent.

The poet's injunction:
So live that when thy summons comes
To join the innumerable caravan
That moves into the quiet realms of shade,
Each to take his chamber
in the silent halls of death;
Thou go; not like the quarry slave--
Scourged to his dungeon,
But sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust
Approach thy grave
Like one who wraps the draperies
Of his couch about him
And lies down to pleasant dreams"

was not least on Jo W. Burney. Like Abon Ben Adhem he loved his fellow man, and was at his best when helping him. His knowledge of law and of human nature coupled with an inborn generosity of spirit and charitableness of disposition gave him a rare legacy of love and regard as a result of its bestowal upon all with whom he came in contact. The profundity of the law and the practical traits of honesty, integrity, probity, sobriety and good works brought to him ties of devotion which lasted and held as if made of steel. And in his death not only his acquaintances but all of mankind has lost a friend. Our entire community pauses as its sorrow is felt at the passing of this great spirit.

A friend, who probably knew him best from personal contact, and loved him best because of that contact, has handed us the appended lines from Robert Louis Stevenson, which comprise an epitome of the ideals held by Mr. Burney in life and we give it as expressing the estimate which all who knew him held of him:

A Task.

To be honest, to be kind; to earn a little and to spend a little less, to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence; to renounce when that shall be necessary and not to be embittered, to keep a few friends, but these without capitulation, above all, on the same grim condition, to keep friends with himself, here is a task for all that man has of fortitude and delicacy.




Mr. S. Nelson, well known in Arlington and Dallas, passed away in this city on yesterday morning at 2:50 o'clock, after an illness covering several years, but which had only confined him to his room since last Friday.

A native of Denmark. Mr. Nelson came to this country when a young man, and finally made his home in Dallas, where he followed his profession as architect and contractor successfully, until his retirement a few years ago.

About four years ago, he moved to Arlington, where he has since made his home with Mr. and Mrs. A.A. McCrarey.

He was known, personally, to practically everybody in Arlington by the affectionate term of "Grandpa" and his snow white hair and beard were familiar to all of our people. His was a rare spirit. Highly educated, and of extensive travel, it was a pleasure at any time to talk with him and feel the influence of his long years of life, and the profound knowledge, the result of extensive travel and years of study. He was also an able linguist, and could speak with fluency several languages.

Perhaps no layman in this vicinity was more thoroughly proficient in the study of the Holy Bible. As he so often expressed it, his life, his every word, and thought was that his God and Saviour should be glorified through him. He was co-author of several booklets in which was demonstrated the correlation of the Holy Scriptures, and the infinitude of God. It was no small privilege which those who knew him enjoyed in having contact with such a man.

Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church this afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S.M. Bennett. The simple, beautiful service was very appropriate to his life, and the evidence of the esteem in which Mr. Nelson was held, was shown in the gathering of those who had loved and revered him in life. The interment was had at the Arlington Cemetery, his remains being laid beside of his wife who had preceded him to the Great Beyond some years ago.

He is survived by two sons--C.F. Nelson of Arlington, and Louis Nelson of Dallas--to whom the sympathy of the entire community is extended.




Ft. Worth, Tx., March 8, 1920--Gone but not forgotten: Jo Burney's body lies beneath the sod, but his many friends will long remember the quiet unobtrusive, true friend, who has gone on beyond.

Born at historic Nacogdoches, August 1, 1867, graduated from the Law Department of the State University twenty-seven years ago, Mr. Burney was a native Texan of the best stock, coming to Fort Worth twenty-five years ago, and devoting his energies to law here since, until his death at his residence at Arlington on February 28, 1920. He was a loyal public spirited citizen of our County and City. Living at Arlington for many years, he was an active factor in the material, social, and moral development of that thriving town.

Be it resolved by the Bar Association of Fort Worth: That we deplore the untimely parting from our friend and fellow, but rejoice in the hope that the way he had gone leads to a better and broader life. We extend our sincere sympathy to his surviving wife and other relatives.

Be it further resolved: That copies of this resolution be furnished the daily papers of Fort Worth and the Arlington Journal, and that a copy be sent to Mrs. Burney. Be it also resolved that a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the 17th Judicial District Court.

A true and correct copy I hereby certify.
Chas. T. Rowland


FRIDAY--MARCH 12, 1920


John Lee Brooks, well-known Dallas lawyer, died yesterday afternoon at his home, 901 Haines Avenue. Mr. Brooks, who was 50 years old, was born at Elgin, Texas. He was educated at Southwestern University at Georgetown, Texas; the Drew Seminary at Madison, N0.J., and Columbia University.

He came to Dallas in 1911 and took up the practice of law here and continued in the practice until his death, though for the last year he had given the greater part of his attention to the oil business, in which he was extensively interested. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity.

Surviving Mr. Brooks are his wife, Mrs. Eunice McLean Brooks; two sons, John Lee and John McLean Brooks; a daughter, Eunice E. Brooks, two sisters, Mrs. J.E. Jones, Tullerton, Cal., and Mrs. J.E. Jordan, Mertson, and three brothers, Judge R.E. Brooks, Houston; J.R. Brooks, Mertson, and Charles W. Brooks, Fort Worth.

Funeral service will be held at the residence at 4 o'clock this afternoon, the Rev. George M. Gibson of the Oak Cliff Methodist Episcopal Church, South, officiating, and the body will be sent to Georgetown by George W. Loudermild, undertaker, tomorrow morning, and the burial will be there.--Dallas News, March 12th.

Mr. Brooks was well-known in Arlington, where he visited frequently and had many friends, at different times he has delighted our citizens with several very fine addresses. His death will cause genuine sorrow here and the sympathy of the entire community will go out to his family.




The friends of Dean M.L. Williams of Grubbs College will join with the Journal in extending sympathy to him on the death of his father, Mr. L.C. Williams, which occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B.F. Jackson at Miami, Texas, on March 9.

Mr. Williams was a native Texan having been born at Beaumont in 1842, and being 77 years of age at the time of his death. Prior to moving to Miami, he had lived in Bell and Coleman counties, and was highly regarded in these communities as a man and as a citizen. He was a local preacher in the Methodist church, and was active in religious and educational work.

His funeral was held at Georgetown on March 12th, his remains being interred by the side of those of his wife who died in 1879.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. B.F. Jackson of Miami, a son, Dean M.L. Williams of Grubbs College, Arlington, and two brothers, Sam and Marion Williams of Pullman City, to all of whom our sincere sympathy is extended.


signed Mr. C.F. Nelson and wife, Mr. Louis Nelson and wife, and grandchildren.


It is planned by students of the school of business administration of the University of Texas to dedicate a memorial at an early date to the memory of John Edward Trelevan, who up till his death January 4, 1919, was professor of business administration in the University. The following committee was appointed to look into the matter of selecting a suitable memorial: Joe Moss and Hubert Jones of Austin and Frank Bass of Caddo Mills.




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