Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Newspaper Reports of Deaths in Kerr County, 1882-1899

Mentions of Kerr County deaths in Texas newspapers.  Many of the early Kerr County papers have been scanned in and are available on-line at several sites.  The earliest date we can locate is 1902.  However, newspapers across the state of Texas, especially in San Antonio and Galveston, reported events in Kerrville. That is where all of these items come from.

In a few instances these graves are unmarked or the stones are illegible making these reports especially important.

The dates are in month/day/year order.

San Antonio Evening Light 3/27/1882
Dr. F. C. Lawrence, of Kerrville, died recently from an overdose of morphine.  He took forty drams in the space of one hour.

Galveston Daily News 8/4/1884
News from Kerr County.  Bandera Bugle: Mike Harrington, who was shot by Howard in Kerrville last week, died on Wednesday ....Two prisoners escaped from the Kerrville jail on Tuesday by making a hole through the wall.

Galveston Daily News 8/10/1884
San Antonio, August 9.--Louis Valder, a Mexican freighter, was accidentally shot night before last near Kerrville, while taking a gun from his wagon.  The wound proved fatal.  The body of the deceased was brought to this place for interment. He has a family in this city, who are well-nigh crazed by the sad incident.

San Antonio Daily Express 1/16/1887
Murdered near Kerrville.  The Dead Body Brought to San Antonio for Burial.
Justice McAllister was called upon yesterday morning to hold an inquest upon the death body of Guillermo Juarez, a resident of San Antonio, on Pecan Street.  After learning that the man was shot and killed near Kerrville, in Kerr county, on Thursday evening last, the justice refused to hold an inquest stating it was unnecessary.  The body was buried by friends and relatives yesterday afternoon.
All that can be learned of the shooting at the present is that Juarez went to Kerrville several days ago to look after some important ranch matters. He was sitting at supper table in camp on Thursday when a shot was fired into the party from the dark by an unknown assassin.  The ball, a large-sized one, struck Juarez in the breast, killing him also instantly.  The supposition here is that an inquest was held at Kerrville on Friday, though no positive information to that effect could be ascertained.  The murdered man has many friends in San Antonio, who will use all legal and lawful means to discover the perpetrator of the crime.

San Antonio Daily Light 6/23/1888.
Child of G. W. Vaughn, Kerrville, run over and killed by the train.

San Antonio Daily Light 10/17/1889
Governor Gone Home.  Governor E. A. Perry, of Florida, aged 56 years, who died at Kerrville of cerebral apoplexy, was taken east yesterday afternoon for interment at his home in Pensacola, Florida.  Deceased was a native of Massachusetts.
KGS note: Edward A. Perry is buried at Saint John's Cemetery, Pensacola, Florida.

Galveston Daily News 1/19/1890
Bettie Jane, the little 6-year-old of J. E. Lively, who lives seven miles above Kerrville, was burned to death last evening by her clothes catching fire from a brush pile that was being burned near the house.

San Antonio Daily Light 4/28/1892
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Koenigsberg, Jean, died this morning at Kerrville, after a short illness.  The remains have been brought to San Antonio and will be interred from the residence of Mr. L. M. Michael, father of Mrs. Koenigsberg, at No. 1021 Avenue C., this afternoon at 5:30 o'clock.

San Antonio Daily Light 10/1/1892
News has reached the city of the death of Mrs. Ella Dean, who has been in Kerrville the past summer for her health.  The remains will be brought to this city for burial.
KGS note: Ella G. Dean is buried at Alamo Masonic Cemetery, San Antonio.

Galveston Daily News 7/22/1893
Kerrville, Tex., July 21.--On last evening at the Japonica school house, fourteen miles above Kerrville, Alva Jolly became involved in a quarrel with his brother-in-law, by the name of Selby Joy.  Joy had called Jolly to one side, saying he wanted to settle that matter with him, referring to something he had heard that Jolly had said about the Joy family.  Jolly denied having said anything to give offense, when a younger brother of Jolly's came up and he and Selby Joy at once went to blows, and finally Joy knocked younger Jolly down.  Then Alva Jolly took the matter up and made but one lick at Joy, when he cut one of the main arteries of the neck, from which Joy died in a few moments.
Early this morning Sheriff Van repaired to the scene of trouble and found that Jolly was hiding out near there , and apparently afraid of not being protected if he gave himself up.  Sheriff Van, however, succeeded to getting him to surrender to him peacefully at a given point about 2 p.m. today and he was immediately brought to Kerrville and placed in jail.  These men were both hard working, industrious young men, about 22 years of age, and both had been married two or three years.
KGS note: Shelby Bassie Joy is buried in the Hunt Cemetery. According to the place of death comment at, he died in Roger Mills Co., Oklahoma, but this news story indicates otherwise.

San Antonio Daily Light 8/2/1893
Casper Reall's [sic. Should be Real] Death
One of Kerrville's Wealthiest Citizens Passes Away.
News reached the city this morning of the death of Casper Reall, of Kerrville, last night.  He was about 60 years of age and was one of the most noted German citizens of Texas.  He has a brother, Adolph, living at Martinez, about twelve miles of here and is also a brother-in-law of Mr. Fritz Schreiner, the popular ex-alderman of this city.
He was a staunch admirer of the Beethoven Maennerchor, of this city.  The association has contemplated to attend the funeral in a body, but were unable to come to terms regarding a special to Kerrville.  There a probability that the association will attend, nevertheless, and a decision will be reached this afternoon.
He died of paralysis of the heart, and leaves a large estate, having been one of the wealthiest and oldest citizens of Kerrville.
KGS note: Caspar Real is buried in the Real Cemetery, near Kerrville.

San Antonio Daily Light 11/28/1893
Kerrville's Mayor is Dead.
Yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, Dr. G. R. Parsons, mayor of the village of Kerrville and proprietor of the Kerrville paper, died quietly surrounded by his family, consisting of a wife and three children.  The funeral will take place this afternoon.
KGS note: Dr. George R. Parsons is buried at Glen Rest Cemetery, Kerrville.

San Antonio Daily Light 8/10/1894
Dies at Kerrville.  District Attorney W. R. Camp received a telegram this morning announcing the sad death of his little son, which took place in Kerrville last night.  The remains will arrive here tonight and the funeral will take place tomorrow.
KGS note:  Matthew Bass Camp is buried at Dignowity Cemetery, San Antonio.

San Antonio Daily Light 8/22/1894
Died.  Wm. Kuhfuss, a prominent merchant of Kerrville, died at 10 p.m. at that place last  night.  Mr. Kuhfuss was well known in San Antonio, having many friends and relatives living in the city.
KGS note: Carl Wilhelm "William" Kuhfuss is buried at Boerne Cemetery, Kendall County.

Galveston Daily News 4/28/1895
The funeral of Mrs. Frank S. Thompson, who died in Kerrville Thursday, occurred from Trinity Episcopal church yesterday morning. The remains were met at the depot ... The interment was in the Street family lot in the city cemetery.
KGS note:  Louise Street Thompson is buried in New City Cemetery, Galveston.

San Antonio Daily Light 5/27/1895
Millionaire Morris' Death.
Mr. John A. Morris, who died yesterday in Kerrville from apoplexy, was the founder of the famous Morris Driving park, New York, and was the largest stockholder in the Louisiana State Lottery company.  Capt. Chas. Schreiner, who was well acquainted with him, estimates his estate to be valued at $20,000,000.
Mrs. Morris, who was advised by telegraph of his serious condition last week, arrived this morning and left for Kerrville on a special train.  The remains will probably be taken to New York for iterment in Greenwood.
Mr. Morris had a large string of racing stock for entry in our Jockey club races to commence next week, and also had some entries in the stock show auxiliary to this spring meeting.
KGS note: John Albert Morris is buried at Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana.

San Antonio Daily Light 9/22/1895
ex-Congressman Charles Stewart died in San Antonio, remains shipped to Houston.
"A short time ago a grandson of the deceased died at Kerrville, and the sad event went far towards breaking down his own health."
KGS note: Charles Stewart is buried at Glenwood Cemetery, Houston.

San Antonio Daily Light 9/25/1896
Died in Kerrville.
Mrs. Mary Winkel, nee Enderly, died yesterday morning in Kerrville, and the remains were interred in the family lot in Kerrville cemetery yesterday evening.  Deceased was in her 61st year at the time of her demise.  She formerly lived in this city at 221 Madison street with her sister, Mrs. B. Pelter.
KGS note: Marie Annie Winkle is buried at Glen Rest Cemetery, Kerrville.

San Antonio Daily Light 11/18/1896
Died in Kerrville.
The wife of E. P.  Jackson, well-known traveling salesman for a candy manufacturing establishment of the north, died yesterday in Kerrville from consumption.  The remains will be brought to San Antonio and held over to await instructions from Mr. Jackson, who has been informed by telegraph of his loss.

Galveston Daily News 11/20/1896
Mr. C. F. Dwyer of this city [Houston] to-day received a telegram from Kerrville announcing the death of his son-in-law, W. L. H. Wright, at that place.  Mr. Wright lived here several years and was very generally known to Houstonians.  He married here about four years ago and was out at Kerrville for his health at the time of his death.  The body will be buried there and Mrs. Wright will return to Houston.

San Antonio Daily Light 2/8/1898
Died Saturday night in Kerrville the five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bird Lee.
KGS note: There is a Mae Lee, b. May 18, 1893, d. Jan. 25, 1898, buried in Nichols Cemetery, but the death date is off by 12 days compared to the news report.

San Antonio Daily Light 9/14/1898
The remains of R. W. Winn, who died at Kerrville, arrived in the city this morning, accompanied by deceased's wife and will be shipped to Nashville, Tenn., over the international railroad by Undertakers Sloan & Shelley tonight.
KGS note: Reuben W. Winn is buried at Hartsville Cemetery, Trousdale County, Tennessee.

Weimar Mercury 2/25/1899
Died in Kerrville.
Mrs. T. D. Fisher died at her home in Kerrville last Friday, of consumption.  While the demise of this estimable lady has been expected hourly for several weeks the news of her death cast a gloom over this, her former home.  Mrs. Fisher had been afflicted with this distressing and incurable malady for three years, during which time she received every attention that money and loving hearts could secure, but all to no avail.  Her removal from El Campo was to the end that she might derive hope for benefits in the Kerrville country.  Mrs. Fisher was a lady of many noble qualities, and her pure character and lovable disposition won the hearts of all who knew her. The Eagle is joined by a host of friends in extending sympathy to Mr. Fisher and other surviving relatives.  El Campo Eagle.

Bryan Morning Eagle 11/3/1899
Found Dead at Home
Kerrville, Tex., Nov. 2.--Ed Stokes, living about 20 miles above Kerrville, was found dead at his home with a bullet through his head.  Deceased was cleaning his gun and from the position of the body it was assumed that the weapon was accidentally discharged.
KGS note: James Edwin Stokes is buried at Nichols Cemetery, Ingram.

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