Mills County, Texas

Obituaries and Death Notices


Goldthwaite, Tex., Jan. 24 - S. J. Bachelor, whose home is near here, was so severely injured by a runaway team Wednesday that he died three days later. (Source: The Daily Bulletin, Brownwood, Tex., Jan. 24, 1918)

Goldthwaite, Tex., Jan. 19 – S. J. Bachelor, a well known farmer of the Caradan community, was so severaly injured by a runaway team Wednesday that he died early Saturday morning from the effects. (Temple Daily Telegram, Temple, Tex., Jan. 21, 1918)

Goldthwaite , Tex. , April 6. Henry J. Crockett, Treasurer of Mills County, died suddenly today in Dr. Logans office from heart failure. He will be buried tomorrow by the Masonic fraternity.  [Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas) Thursday, April 7, 1904]

Goldthwaite, Texas , Oct. 25. – Charles Gardner, age 22, died at Santa Fe Hospital at Temple Wednesday night and was buried here yesterday afternoon. He was the son of W. J. Gardner of Kopperl , Texas . On March 6 of this year he was married at Killeen to Miss Bird Pace, who survives him. [Transcribed and submitted by Marla Zwakman - Dallas Morning News  26 Oct. 1918)

REAVES, Infant of S. H.
Infant Reaves, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Reaves, died yesterday near Ebony. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Ebony.  [Brownwood Bulletin (Brownwood, Texas) Monday, November 4, 1918]

Mrs. Renfro Dead
Mrs. M. I. Renfro, wife of Mr. T. A. Renfro, died at the home of Bedford Renfro in the Warren crossing neighborhood Monday night after a long illness.  She had only returned to Mills county about a week before her death she and her husband having moved to Brown county some months ago, in order to be near a specialist.
     Mrs. Renfro lived in Big Valley community a long time and is kindly remembered by many friends in that community and elsewhere.  Her remains were interred in the cemetery at San Saba Tuesday, a large number of friends and acquaintances attending the solemn service - [Goldthwaite Eagle]
    Mrs. Renfro was formerly Mrs. Sion R. Bostick of this city and one of the most loved "mothers in Isreal."  She was the widow of one of the Texas heroes who fought at San Jacinto and helped to capture old Santa Anna, the boasted Napoleon of the West.  May peace dwell with her ashes and rest with her soul. Dec 6, 1917 - unnamed newspaper - submitted by Justina Irwin

Goldthwaite, Texas, April 16 - George W. Simpson died at his home near Goldthwaite and was buried Thursday afternoon at South Bennett cemetery.  His death resulted from an injury received the day before when his horse ran away and threw him out of the buggy.
    He was 66 years of age and had been a resident of Mills county nearly forty years.  His widow, nine sons and one daughter survive him. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Tex., April 16, 1915)

Fatal Affray -- A Shooting Bee in Mills County Over a Trivial Affair.
Goldthwaite, Tex. A difficulty occurred yesterday afternoon at Smith school house, twelve miles from town, in which Thomas B. Weathers was fatally injured, Will Curtis was shot through the fleshy part of the thigh and John Patton through the leg just above the knee. A populist meeting was being held at the school house, when a previous quarrel between the parties mentioned over a trivial matter was renewed. Curtis, while a party to the quarrel, was unarmed. After being wounded, he jumped behind a tree, which received a bullet intended for him. It was at first thought that Patton's leg was broken, but it seems that the ball paralyzed the nerves, causing him to fall, and that the knee was dislocated in falling. Two shots were fired at his head while he was down and his face is powder burned. Weathers received but one shot. The ball entered three inches below the right nipple, passed through the liver and left lung and lodged under the skin on the left side. After receiving this wound he mounted his horse and rode home. Allen Weather's was lodged in jail last night by Sheriff Gersem, who with Drs. Logan and Barton and The News correspondent, reached the scene of the trouble just at sundown. The parties are all well known young men and of good standing. All are married except Curtis. [The Galveston Daily News, (Houston, TX) Monday, May 17, 1897; pg. 3; Issue 54; col B]

Goldthwaite, Tex. June 15 - Tom Weathers, the man most wounded in the shooting affray that occurred at the Smith school house in Big Valley, this county, four weeks ago last Saturday evening, died from the effects of his wounds yesterday evening about 7 o'clock.
      Mr. Weathers was a young man and was married last winter, and leaves a young wife to mourn his loss, besides a father and mother and several brothers and sisters.
      The citizens all deplore the sad termination of this unfortunate shooting affray.  He will be buried by the Masonic fraternity at 5 o'clock this evening.  (Fort Worth Morning Register, Fort Worth, Tex., June 16, 1897)

Goldthwaite, Texas, April 16 - Mrs. Amanda Willis, wife of Peter T. Willis, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Bob Slack, in Comanche, and was buried Thursday afternoon at the Priddy cemetery, Mills county.
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Tex., April 16, 1915)



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