Coleman County, Texas Obituaries for January 1916

(Note:  There is not an available copy of the January 7, 1916 issue
of the Coleman Democrat-Voice, Coleman, Texas newspaper.)


January 7, 1916

Death of Mrs. George Pauley

Announcement of the death of Mrs. George Pauley of Valera, which occurred Friday morning, January 7th, was a shock to the many Coleman friends of the bereaved family.  Death was due to la grippe-pneumonia.  Decedent is survived by a husband and several children, including a babe of only a few weeks old.

(The Democrat - Voice, January 14, 1916.)

In Memory of Mrs. George Pauley

On January 7th, 1916, the sweet spirit of Mrs. George Pauley left this life for her heavenly home.  She was a woman of perfect health until pneumonia claimed her as its victim.  Although only a woman of middle age, Mrs. Pauley was of such cheerful, kindly disposition that she was loved by all who knew her.

Mrs. Pauley, who was Miss Agnes Hartsfield, came to Coleman County from Arkansas, at an early age.  Since that time she had spent her life as a child, a young lady and a married woman in and around Valera.  Mr. and Mrs. Pauley professed religion eight years ago, and joined the Missionary Baptist church at Valera the same time.  Since that time she has been a sincere, devoted Christian and a faithful, active member of the Ladies Aid.

She leaves a husband, and four children, Lucile, Andrew, Chester and a baby girl, one month old, besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn her death.  She was a devoted wife and a perfect help-mate for her husband and an excellent mother to her children.  It has always been a source of pleasure to the Valera people to see the happiness of the Pauley family and in the breaking up of their home, they have the deepest and most heartfelt sympathy of the town and community.

She was kind and lovely,
Gentle as, the summer breeze;
Pleasant as the air of evening,
When it floats among the trees.

Death leaves our hearts all desolate,
He plucked our sweetest flower;
Transplanted, blessed, she now
Adorns immortal bower.

The bird-like voice whose joyous tones,
Made glad this scene of sin and strife;
Sings now in everlasting songs,
Amid the trees of life.

Peaceful be her silent slumber,
Peaceful in thy grave so low;
She no more shall join our number,
Sbe no more our songs shall know.

Yet again we hope to meet her,
When the day of life is fled;
There in heaven with joy to greet her,
When the farewell tear is shed.

She is gone and we are waiting,
For the bright, phrophetic day;
When the shadows, weary shadows,
From this world shall roll away.

We miss thee from our home, dear,
We miss thee from they place;
A shadow o’er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face.

We miss thy kind and loving hand,
Thy fond and earnest care;
Our home is dark without thee —
We miss thee every where.

           A FRIEND.

        Valera, Texas.

(The Democrat - Voice, January 21, 1916.)


January 9, 1916

Mrs. Sally Walker

Mrs. Sally Walker, widow.  Died near Burkett, January 9; contributory cause of death, influenza with pneumonia. 

(Record of Deaths - Reported to the County Clerk, The Democrat - Voice, January 14, 1916.)


January 10, 1916

Death of E. R. Frenzel, about 65

E. R. Frenzel, prominent citizen of the county, living at Echo, where he conducted an oil mill and gin, died suddenly Monday about 6:00 p. m. of a stroke of apoplexy.  Mr. Frenzel had been about his day's work as usual and the death summons came unexpectedly.  Funeral services were held Wednesday and interment made in the Coleman cemetery.  Deceased was about sixty-five years of age and is survived by his wife and two sons.

(The Democrat - Voice, January 14, 1916.)

In Memory of E. R. Frenzel

At his home at Echo, Coleman County, Texas, January 10th, 1916 at 6:00 o’clock, p. m., Mr. Frenzel died very suddenly of a stroke of apoplexy in his sixty-seventh year.  Interment was made Wednesday afternoon, January 12th, 1916, in the Coleman cemetery.  Funeral services were conducted at the home of the family, by Rev. Rhodes of Miles, Texas, and Rev. Little of Coleman.

Mr. Frenzel was born July 26th, 1848 in Saxony, Germany.  Came to Texas with his parents in 1853 and settled on Cottonwood Prairie, near Warrenton, in Fayette County.  In 1856 his father put up a steam cotton gin, flour and lumber mill, where he, with his father and three brothers, were engaged in business for many years.  He married Miss Wilhelmina Werchan of Round Top, Texas.  To this union were born three children.  Later he moved to Lee County, near Ledbetter, where lie put in a machine and general repair shop and was also in the employ of the H. & T. C. Ry Company for twenty-six years in the water supply department.  In 1907 he put in a gin and small mercantile business near his home.  In 1910 he with his family moved to Coleman County and settled at Echo, where he erected his gin.  In 1914, in addition to the gin, he put in a cold press oil mill.  From early childhood he was a consistent member of the Lutheran church.  As a citizen his sphere will be hard to fill.  He was respected by all who knew him, and was widely known among his associates for his sterling integrity and strength of character.

Deceased is survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter, E. W., Miss Natalie and A. R. Frenzel; two brothers and five sisters, with many friends to mourn his death.

His soul has gone to Heaven,
The voice we loved is stilled;
The place made vacant in our home
Can never more be filled.
(The Democrat - Voice, January 21, 1916.)


January 11, 1916

Death of Mrs. Frank McGonagill

Coleman and Santa Anna friends of Mr. and Mrs. Frank McGonagill will regret to learn of the latter's death, as indicated in the following dispatch:  San Angelo, January 11 - While under the influence of ether preparatory to a slight operation to remove her tonsils, Mrs. Julia May Duggan McGonagill, a popular society woman here, died today.  She was married less than a month ago to Grank McGonagill of San Angelo.

(The Democrat - Voice, January 14, 1916.)


January 12, 1916

Death of Mrs. F. Beck. 57

Mrs. Malinda Elizabeth Beck, wife of Mr. F. Beck of Coleman, died at the family home in this city, Wednesday afternoon, January 12th, after an illness of several months.  Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon by her pastor, Rev. J. J. Kellam, of the First Baptist Church.

This noble Christian woman was living in her fifty-seventh year.  She was born in Boone County, Missouri, January 1st, 1860, and was the oldest of a family of ten children, six of whom, together with the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Pauley, survive.  The surviving brothers and sisters are:  Tom Pauley, George Pauley, Edgar Pauley, Wirt Pauley (Brown County), Mrs. Isabell Cook (Abilene), Richard Pauley.

Deceased lived in Coleman County, thirty-seven years.  She was married December 16th, 1880 to Mr. F. Beck.  To this union were born, eight children were born, seven of whom survive, viz. Mrs. J. A. Horne, Oscar A. Beck, Miss Maggie Beck, Louis, George and Curtis Beck.

To the surviving husband, children and aged parents, The Democrat – Voice joins with other friends of the family in extending sympathy.

(The Democrat - Voice, January 14, 1916.)

Death at Novice

Dick Russel, prominent citizen and druggust at Novice, died Wednesday.  Death was due to a hemorhage.  Deceased had recently returned from a Temple sanitarium where he had undergone treatment.  He is survived by his wife (formerly Miss Maude Laird of Santa Anna) and one child.

(The Democrat - Voice, January 14, 1916.)


January 21, 1916

John Henry Quinn

John Henry, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James Quinn, was born January 9th and died January 21st, at the family home, five miles east of Coleman.  Funeral servics, conducted by Rev. E. J. Buholts of Clyde, Texas, were held in the afternoon at the Adventist Church.

Just two years ago to the day, a seven-year-old daughter of the Quinn family died.

(The Democrat - Voice, February 4, 1916.)


January 26, 1916

Conoway and Begley Infants

The infants of J. T. Conoway and M. V. Begley were buried on Tuesday (January 25) and Wednesday (January 26), respectively.  Sympathy is extended the bereaved parents.

(The Democrat - Voice, January 28, 1916.)

Death of Mrs. Miles Wofford

Mrs. Miles Wofford died Wednesday afternoon at her home in Santa Anna.  Deceased was a sister of Professor J. E. Hickman, Superintendent of the Coleman Public Schools.  She is survived by her husband, two sons and a daughter.  Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church.  Funeral services were conducted at the Presbyterian church in Santa Anna Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.

Out of respect to Mr. Hickman the local schools suspended the afternoon session Thursday.  A number of friends from Coleman attended the funeral.

(The Democrat - Voice, January 28, 1916.)

Travis Pevyhouse, Ex-Confederate, Died Wednesday

Travis Pevyhouse, Ex-confederate soldier and citizen of Coleman County for thirty-seven years, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon of heart failure at the home of Jim Wood, a few miles west of Coleman.  the remains will be conveyed to the home of C. E. Starnes in Coleman Thursday and buried during Friday.

Deceased was born March 1st, 1836, in Harris County, Texas within two miles of the hallowed San Jacinto battleground.  He was of age 79 years, 10 months, 26 days.  Surviving the deceased are two children, Gib Pevyhouse by his first wife, who is employed on a ranch west of San Angelo; Mrs. Pebble Ratliff, wife of C. E. Ratliff, by his second wife, who lives at Lubbock.  The son and daughter are expected to reach Coleman in time to attend the funeral.

"Uncle Trav" Pevyhouse was a noble citizen and loyal soldier, and his passing will be regretted by the numerous friends who have been drawn aoubt him during his extended residence in Coleman County.  During the last years of his life he has made his home with relatives in Coleman County, going from place to place where he was at all times welcomed by warm hearts and glad hands.

At the time of his death, decedent had in his possession two priceless war relics - cap and ball pistol and sword - which he carried through the civil war.  Old timers have enjoyed hearing Mr. Pevyhouse recite an incident of the war when, alone, he captured seven blue-coats, including one officer.  The incident occurred in a Louisiana cane brake and the seven prisoners, jumiliated at their stupidity, were marched in step and delivered to the captor's superior.

(The Democrat - Voice, January 28, 1916.)


January 29, 1916



(The Democrat - Voice, February x, 1916.)

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