WILSON, William Anderson

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Submitted by: Penny Menges-Rodighiero (pennyr@oregontrail.net)


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.