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collection of early death notices and obituaries from the Irving Index. Irving, Texas is
located in Dallas County. These
are extracted from early 1900 newspapers.
Newspaper of Irving, Texas 1913
The following are obituaries and death
notices extracted from the Irving Index. This newspaper was one of
the first newspapers in Irving, Texas. Irving, Texas is located in
the Northwest area of Dallas County. These are presented in
alphabetical order although there are many other names in each
article. Spelling and punctuation has been left as found in the
On Jan 27, 1913, at his home near Sowers, Mr. E. H. ADAMS
passed away - answering the death call that all mankind must yield to in
Mr. ADAMS was born and reared in Middle Tennessee,
and was 52 years of age. He came to Texas 12 years ago, but only very
recently to the Irving area; hence he was comparatively a stranger in this
vicinity. But notwithstanding this, the people showed their faith in
the great brotherhood of man by being present at the last public service to
the memory of the deceased. A nice concourse of friends and relatives
assembled at the Sowers cemetery on the funeral occasion, Jan 28, 12 pm,
when many tears flowed in respect to the stranger, who left two boys
fatherless and motherless - the mother and wife having also answered the
last earthly call some years ago.
So it is with man in his migratory movements ever
since. Cain became a wanderer. And so it will ever be with
mankind while time lasts.
The funeral services were conducted by Dr. L. COMBO,
who called attention to Christ's dealing with Lazarus and his two sisters at
Respectfully, Dr. L. COMBO
Oak Grove, Jan. 28, 1913.
14 Apr 1913
REV. W. F. BARCUS IS DEAD
Christian Minister, was Preacher in Irving Area Over 20
At his home in West Dallas, on the evening of April 10th,
1913, Rev. W. F. BARCUS was summoned from his earthly labors to a
higher reward. He was sick but a short time, and the immediate cause
of his death was said to have been the pellegra affliction.
His body was laid to rest Friday in the cemetery in West
Dallas, beside that of his wife - who preceded him just four years in this
death journey. Elder WHITE of Dallas conducted the funeral
services, which were attended by a large assembly of friends.
Elder W. F. BARCUS would have been 61 years old in
June, had he lived. He was a native of the State of Indiana, but had
been an adopted Texas since 1878 and in Dallas County since 1888.
His citizenship in Dallas County was a most exemplary and
He conducted a news and book business near the courthouse
in Dallas for so many years that he became a most familiar figure to most
citizens of the county as well as the city. His place was a mecca for
those with longing hearts to be joined in wedlock and he married many
couples there. His record shows that in his ministerial career he had
married 854 couples in Dallas County - having sit up in bed and performed
such ceremony on Saturday, April 5. He entered politics long enough to
serve this district as county commissioner from 1894 to 1896.
"Brother BARCUS," as he was so well known,
had preached in the Irving vicinity for 21 years, with perhaps the exception
of about 2 years. He preached in the old Lively school house then in
the Irving Christian church, and his friends here are by the score who sigh
sadly at his calling away.
Surviving him are three children - Mrs. Otis BROWN
of Irving, Mr. Ed BARCUS of Waco, and Mr. Scott BARCUS of
About two years ago he was a second time married - this
time to Miss Marle TOMPKINS of Irving, and this wife survives
him. They have resided in West Dallas - his old home where he
conducted a business.
Index editor had known Brother BARCUS personally for
about 29 years, and is one of the friends feeling a loss by his death, and
tendering sympathy to the family.
Dallas county has lost a good citizen.
Tree Falls, Killing Child
Jacksonville, Texas. The 10-year-old daughter of Mrs.
Kate BIRD, who lives at Petrolla, but who was visiting near Maydell,
was killed by a tree falling on her. A sister tried to cut a tree down
that was in the yard but failed, so the little girl with some other children
were bringing in wood when the wind blew down on her causing almost instant
1 Feb 1913
Had Shot Conductor and Arrest Resisted
Joe BROWN, a negro boarded at College Station, Tex.,
a train. He was armed with a pistol. Parties on the train when
it reached Bryan, notified an officer. The negro covered the officer
with his pistol and escaped up the railroad. Posse followed upon a
freight train. Negro shot into the caboose, wounding Conductor WIGGINS.
Sheriff of Brazos county with a small posse from Hearne intercepted the
negro. He resisted arrest and was shot to death.
19 Apr 1913
Death of Mrs. J. R. CANNON
Mrs. J. R. CANNON died at their home 1 1/2 miles
northwest of Irving early Wednesday morning. And the cause of her
death was assigned as pellegra. The funeral and burial was at Sowers
cemetery late Wednesday evening, the services being conducted by Rev. Smith,
Primitive Baptist preacher of Grapevine. Mr. and Mrs. CANNON
and family had been residents of this vicinity since January - coming here
Mrs. CANNON was 35 years old in October last.
Surviving her is the husband and four small children - the oldest being but
14 years of age.
Though not a member of the church, Mrs. CANNON is
said to have experienced the Christian faith and to have lived a christian
life. New friends and neighbors of these new residents tender much
sympathy to the grief stricken husband and the motherless children.
24 May 1913
R. M. CLARK is dead. He was a good and
true man in life and until his health failed him, which affected his mind,
he was one of the bright legal lights of the Dallas bar. His death is
regretted by all of his friends, yet it were better that he be at rest than
tormented with a mental strain. He made Dallas County a splendid
prosecuting attorney. Of course he made mistakes and the public,
perhaps passed judgment on him for some of his official acts, but where is
the man that has not his enemies as well as his friends? If any, they
are few and far between. Now that he is dead, let's remember him
kindly. "Peace to his ashes."
8 Feb 1913
WOMAN KILLS MAN.
With Pistol In Hand Takes Car For Jail.
With the pistol with which shooting was done still grasped
in her hand, a negress, Matilda MYERS, alighted from a Dallas street
car and surrendered to Patrolman KILLINGSWORTH, saying she had shot
and killed a man. Investigation developed this to be a fact, and James
COOPER, the negro whom the woman had shot, died in half an hour after
reaching the emergency hospital.
The shooting occurred at the home of the woman. COOPER
was shot twice in the head. Either wound would have caused
death. Both bullets entered the top of the head, ranged downward and
penetrated the brain.
COOPER had only been released from jail about an
hour before the killing. The woman claims that he went to her house
and tried to force an entrance and that when she shot he was coming in at
the door with a brick in his hand, and that previous to trying to enter the
house he had thrown a brick at her.
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