WM. MONROE SECREST
Born in Johnson County in 1858, William Monroe Secrest
came to Hamilton County at the age of three weeks with his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Harrison Secrest. His father was a famous pioneer stockman of
this section, who died at the age of 44 with scarlet fever, after a long
had ride to Waco for medicine.
Mr. Secrest attended the schools of his time in Hamilton
County, was a cowboy during his young manhood, and then became a hardware
clerk in Hamilton. For a few years he was tax collector of Hamilton
County, returned to the hardware business, and remained there until his
death about two years ago.
He married Rosa Hurt, also deceased, who was a daughter
of Robert S. and Levina Hurt. She was born in Virginia. Children born to
this union are as follows:
Clay of Junction; Nell, Pat, and Maud of Hamilton; Glenn
of Hamilton; L. S. Of Gatesville, Clara of Big Spring, and Mrs. J. D.
McLean of Fort Worth.
Uncle Bill, as he was affectionately known by
practically everybody in Hamilton county was noted for his modesty and
kindness. He was on duty for 50 years with probably with probably not more
than 10 days absence. He was a man who took an active interest in all that
went on about him, and was an authority on pioneer history.
HAMILTON COUNTY NEWS, Vol. VIII, No. 7
THE CARLTON CITIZEN, Vol. 30, No. 23
Friday, June 24, 1938
W. F. Billingslea, Publisher, Hamilton