PETERS, William McCelvey

PETERS, William McCelvey, 90, retired accountant, of San Marcos died Wednesday. Survived by wife Nell. Services 3 p.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church, San Marcos. Burial Florence Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Pennington, San Marcos.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on March 22, 2013

RAMIREZ, Amelia Solis

RAMIREZ, Amelia Solis, 78, attorney, of Florence, formerly of Mexico, died Thursday. Survived by husband Felix. Visitation 6 p.m. and rosary 7 p.m. Monday, the Gabriels Funeral Chapel, Georgetown. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday, Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church, Andice. Burial Florence City Cemetery, Florence.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on February 25, 2013

WILSON, William Anderson

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Submitted by: Penny Menges-Rodighiero (


Florence, Williamson Co., Texas
June 6, 1934

W. A. WILSON, Pioneer Citizen Victim of Fatal Heart Attack

The people of Florence and surrounding community were shocked Wednesday morning when it was announced that Mr. W. A. Wilson, age 77, had passed away at his home east of town 5 o’clock that morning.

Mr. Wilson, who had undergone as operation for appendicitis at a hospital in Temple a couple of weeks ago, had been brought home Sunday, and was apparently making satisfactory progress toward recovery. He had rested well Tuesday night, and was sitting on the edge of the bed early Wednesday morning, when he slumped over onto the bed unconscious, and was dead before aid could be secured.

William Anderson Wilson was born March 13, 1857, in Sevier County, Arkansas. With his grandparents he came to Texas in 1861, going to California in 1865. They returned to Texas in 1869, settling in Williamson County at that time. He was married to Miss. Mary C. Hood March 8, 1883. To this union mine children were born, the older on of whom died in infancy; the other eight and their mother survive him. The children are Mrs. I. A. Whiteley, Inglewood, California; W. L. Wilson, Florence; Claude Wilson, Lubbock; Mrs. S. H. Atkinson, Florence; Charles B. Wilson, Bocas del Toro, Rep. of Panama; Hulen O. Wilson, Inglewood, California; J. V. Wilson, Florence; and Heber O. Wilson, Florence. He was a member of the Baptist Church of this place, and a member of the Florence Masonic Lodge for many years. With the exception of about four years spent in Austin he has resided in Florence and Vicinity since 1869.

Mr. Wilson had always led a very active life. In his younger days he operated a gin in Florence as well as threshers and reapers and other farm machinery for the public. He was active in his farm work up to the time he was stricken with appendicitis about three weeks ago. He was a public spirited citizen and an accommodating neighbor and friend.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced at the time this is written Thursday afternoon, as the family is awaiting word from the children in California, who are expected to come to the funeral. Rev.. J. K. Griggs will conduct the services, and the Masonic fraternity will then take charge of the body, with burial in Florence Cemetery.

RUSSELL, Thomas L.

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Submitted by: Penny Russell (


Florence Vidette, Thursday, May 28, 1931
From orginal newspaper clipping in my possession:

T. L. Russell Dead

The people of Florence were shocked and grieved this morning when it became known that Mr. T. L. Russell was dead. He had come up to town as usual to get his mail, and while waiting for the mail to be put up he stood at the south window of the post office, speaking to his friends as they came along. Mr. Atkinson, who was busily engaged in distributing mail, thought he heard a sound, and turning to the window asked Mr. Russell if he had spoken to him, and at that moment Mr. Russell slumped to the sidewalk. Medical aid was summoned, but he died almost immediately without regaining consciousness.

Thomas L. Russell was born in Alabama, February 4th, 1850, and was 81 years, three months and 24 days of age at the time of death. He came to Florence country many years ago settling in the Maxdale community about 1880 where he lived and farmed for a number of years. He and his family moved to Florence about thirty years ago where he has since made his home. Two sons, James and Charles died a number of years ago and his wife preceded him to the grave by less than three years.

He is survived by five sons and one daughter, as follows: Tom Russell, Fort Worth; W. E. Russell, Florence; Albert and Ed Russell, San Angelo; Mrs. Annie Crass, Belton; and H. H. Russell of Bertram.

The funeral will be held tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, but the hour has not yet been decided upon. The services will be conducted by Rev. J. K. Griggs with interment in the Florence Cemetery.

The Vidette joins the many friends of Mr. Russell in sorrow over his passing, and extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

First wife Sarah Jane McBride died 1869 Bell Co., Texas; They had one son, Thomas Clifton Russell. Second wife Mary E. Stewart died 1928. The rest of children listed are from this second marraige. W. E. is William Ervin Russell; H. H. is Hugh H. Russell or Henry Hughlin Russell.

Moore, Lewellyn “Uncle Lewis”

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Submitted by: (Mary Love Berryman) – December 5, 2005


Lewellyn “Uncle Lewis” Moore

Although he had lived almost four and a half score years, there was gloom cast over the town and community yesterday morning when the sad news went out that “Uncle Lewis Moore” – as he was familiarly known— was dead.

He was among the very early settlers in this community, having settled the place about two miles north of Florence in 1854 and living there until his death. For 59 years he had lived at this place, where he reared his family. Uncle Lewis was a native of Alabama; came to Texas in 1849, and joined the Texas Rangers, with whom he served two years. He then returned to Alabama, where he married and returned to Texas as before stated, in the year 1854 and settled the place near Florence where he lived until his death. He was a great hunter and trapper and in his declining years, if he enjoyed anything better than trapping for wolves, polecats and rattlesnakes, it was to got some of his friends together while be told of the great sport he had in this country with his dogs, guns and traps in early days in the Florence country. Thus passes another of the brave pioneers who came here and blazed trail that We might follow and enjoy the fruits of the land discovered. We cannot close without mentioning the everready smile Uncle Lewis had for everybody, and it always made the “grouchy” person feel better to meet and talk to him.

Copied at the Florence Library 12 Nov 1932.


Copied from the Florence Cemetery Records

EPPIE, wife of LEWELLYN MOORE – Jan. 7, 1833 – Feb. 11, 1918

LEWELLYN MOORE – May 16, 1824 – Oct. 15, 1913

Note: Lewellyn “Uncle Lewis” Moore was the son of Lewellen Moore and Priscilla Thornton of Fayette Co, AL. He was a brother to John Mayfield Moore.

LOVE, Alice

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Submitted by: (Mary Love Berryman) – December 5, 2005


Miss Alice Love Passes Away Monday

The hearts of many friends throughout this section were made sad Monday when it was learned that Miss Alice Love, after a week of critical illness, had passed away at her home on Collette street in Florence shortly after eleven o’oclock took that morning. Tuesday before her death, Miss Alice was stricken with partial paralysis, and despite all hopes that she, might bespared yet awhile, grew steadily weaker until the end came.

Mary Alice Love, daughter of Mr. and. Mrs. H. D. Love, deceased, was born near Andice, December 12, 1861, and lived In that community until 1870 when she moved with her parents to the farm two miles north of Florence which was the faintly home for forty years. Since 1911 she had lived in Florence at the home where she died.

In her younger years, Miss Alice was a teacher in the schools of Williamson county, and a member of the Florence school faculty in the middle nineties. After her retirement from the teaching profession, she took no active part in public affairs, but retained a keen interest in local and world activities until the end. At the age of 12 years she united with the Oak Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and for 74 years remained a loyal member, and a devout christian whose influence for good will live on in the lives of those who follow her. In the home, and in the hearsts of her neighbors and friends she leaves a place that can never be refilled.

She is survived by two brothers and three sistere: W. C. Love of Florence, E. S. Love of Corpus Christi, Misses Ada and Hattie Love of Florence, and Mrs. Tom J. Cooper of Georgetown. Other survivors, are five nephews, two nieces and numerous other relative

Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church in Florence at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon by her pastor, Rev. Alister Sinclair, assisted by Reve, Homer Cox and J. B. Dwiggins of the local Methodist and Baptist churches. Interment was in Florence Cemetery, with StokesYoung Funeral Directors in charge of the burial ceremonies.

The sympathy of the community is with the bereaved family in their sad loss.

LOVE, Hattie Bell

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Submitted by: (Mary Love Berryman) – December 5, 2005


Miss Hattie Love Dies on Thursday

Miss Hattie Bell Love, 85, member of a pioneer Williamson County family and teacher of English and penmanship in the Texas schools for many years, died at a local hospital at noon on Thursday, October 22. She had been a patient in the hospital for nearly four Years.

Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church in Florence Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by her former pastor, the Rev. Jan A. MeMurry of Fredericksburg, and the Rev. Samuel Mohundro, pastor of the Florence Methodist Church.

The music was furnished by the church choir and organist, and Wallace . Evans of Georgetown who sang, “God’s Tomorrow.”

Pallbearers were Alton Mullen, Fay Gardner, Fred Foster, George Reavis, Tom Atkinson and E. D. Frymire.

Burial was in the Florence Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home.

Miss Love, daughter of the pioneer citizens, the late Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Love, was born at Florence on April 21, 1874. She became a Christian early in life and was a devout member of the First Presbyterian Church in Georgetown at the time of her death.

She received her education in the public schools and took her degree at Sam Houston State College at Huntsville. She also took graduate work at Greeley, Colorado, Chicago and other institutions.

She returned to Florence and in Cherokee, Austin, and Georgetown where she taught about ten years. She went to the Dallas schools from Georgetown, from which she retired In September, 1941 after twenty-five years of service there.

She returned to Florence an in 1949, came to Georgetown with her sister, the late Miss Ada Love, in 1949.

Miss Love devoted her life to her profession as teacher and was always interested in the lives of her pupils. She was generous in her charitable and Christian service and interested in the affairs of her community and state.

Survivors include her sister, Mrs. T. J. Cooper of Georgetown, the last surviving of a fami!y of ten childen; sister-in-law, Mrs. W. C. Love of Florence; five nephews, Dick Cooper, Halley Coopez and Wilbur C. Love of Austin, Tommy Cooper of Houston and Jack Love of Corpus Christi; five great nieces and four great nephews, and other relatives and friends.



FLORENCF~Miss Hattie Bell Love, retired schoolteacher who formerly taught at Florence, Georgeown, Austin, and Dallas, died Thursday in a Georgetown hospital following an extended illness.

She was bom and reared in Florence, moving to Georgetown in 1949. She was a member of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Eppie Cooper, of Georgetown, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. W. C. Love of Florence.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Florence Methodist Church with Rev. Jan McMurry and Rev. Samuel Mohundro officiating. Burial will be in the Florence Cemetery under the direction of Young Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be E. D. Frymire, Alton Mullen, Fred Foster. H. E. Boales, George Reaviss and Tom Atkinson.

LOVE, Ada C.

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Submitted by: (Mary Love Berryman) – December 5, 2005


Final Rites Friday For Miss Ada C. Love

Miss Ada C. Love, 88, a member of a pioneer Williamson County family and lifetime resident of this county, died in a local hospital Thursday morning, December 5, at 11:30 o’clock following an illness of eighteen months.

Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church in Florence Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by the Rev. Jan A. McMurry, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Georgetown, and the Rev. Lloyd Sansom, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Floence.

The music was furnished by the church choir and organist.

Pallbearers were Alton Mullen. E. D. Frymire, Bob Daniell, Wallace Suttles, Fred Foster and Clyde Brown.

Burial was in the Florence Cemetery under the direction of the Young Funeral Home.

Miss Love, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Love, was born in the Andice community on February it, 1869, and had made her home in Florence for many years prior to coming to Georgetown to reside on December 20, 1949. She had made her home with her sister. Miss Hattie Love.

She was a fiaithful lifetime member of the Florence Methodist Church and the W.S.C.S. of the church, having been presented a lifetime pin by the latter organization.

Miss Love’s parents came to Williamson County over a century ago – her father coming from, Mississinpi and her mother from North Carolina.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. T. J. Cooper and Miss Hattie Love, of Georgetown; one brother, W. C. Love, of Florence.

Also, two nieces, Mrs. J. E. Caskey of Florence and Mrs. George Muller of Conroe; five nephews, Dick Cooper, Halley Cooper and Wilburn Love of Austin, Tommy Cooper of Houston and Jack Love of Corpus Christi; five great nieces; five great nephews, and other relatives and a host of friends


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Submitted by Mary Love Berryman ( – 5 December 2004


John M. Jackson
(Hanwritten – March 1932)

Friends of the family were shocked and grieved when it was learned Sunday morning that John M. Jackson had died very suddenly about 8:30 that morning at his home a few miles west of town. It seems that he arose at the usual time that morning, and was attending to the usual morning chores. He and Mrs. Jackson were at the cowlot and were completing the morning milking when he fell. Mrs. Jackson, thinking he had fainted attempted to revive him, and called to their son and daughter for assistance. He was removed to the house and a doctor called, but he was dead before the arrival of the physician.

John M. Jackson was born in Lampasas November 23, 1871, making his age 54 years, 4 months, and 4 days at the time of his death. With his parents he moved to Florence when about five years old, and has made his home in this oommunity since that time. He was married to Miss Rills Skaggs in 1902, and was the father of three, children who, with their heartbroken mother, survive him. The children are, Mrs. Lois Fagg of Austin, and Lawrence and Thura Jackson at home. He is also survived by two brothers and three sisters as follows: J. P. Jackson, Gladewater, Mrs Mollia Skagge, Thorp Springs; Mrs. Epple Adams, Austin; and O. T. Jackson and Mrs. O. S. Moser of San Angelo. He wan ta faithful member of the Florence Church of Christ, having united with that Church when a young man. He had a host of’ relatives and friends all over this section of the country who were made sad by his untimely end.

The funeral was held at the Florence Church of Christ Monday afternoon, his boyhood friend, W. H. Skaggs of San Marcos, conducting the services, with burial in the Florence Cemetery.

One of the largest crowds ever seen at a funeral in Floremce was in attendance, denoting the high esteem in which he was held in the community.

The Vidette joins the many, many friends of the family in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Copied at the Florence Library 12 Nov 2004.


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Submitted by Mary Love Berryman ( – 5 December 2004


A. J. Howell Dies Tuesday Evening

After an Illness extending over a period of several years, A. J. Howell died at his home a few miles north of town at six o’clock Tuesday evening.

Andrew Johnson Howell was born in the Florence community January 23, 1873 and was 72 years, 2 months and 4 days old at the time of his death. He bad been a resident of the Florence community all of his life. He was married to Mies Bernice Morris in 1901 and to this union five children were born, two dying in infancy, He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Orville Love, Georgetown; two sons, Frank and Arnold of Florence, and a number of grandchildren. He is also survived by five sisters and three brothers. He was a long time member of Florence Baptist Church and was a member of Camp 278, W. O. W.

Mr. Howell was engaged in business in Florence when a young man, later moving to the country where he engaged in farming and stockraising and was considered one of the oommunity’s most progressive farmere. He bad a wide circle of friends all over this section of the county who will regret to hear of his death. He will, be sadly missed by his family and friends throughout the community.

The funeral is being held this afternoon at the Baptist Church, with Rev. Floyd Simmons, local pastor conducting the services, with burial in the Florence Cemetery.

(Handwritten – March 1945)

Copied at the Florence Library 12 Nov 2004

Death Date taken from tombstone, Florence Cemetery, Florence, Williamson County, TX – MLB