The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914 Page: 216
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216 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
1833;" "Fiery Trials;" "Deep Waters."]-Christian Observer,
August 6, 1913.
Captain William A. Pitts died at Austin, October 13, at the age
of eighty-three. Since 1850, when he enlisted in Henry E. Mc-
Cullough's company of Texas Rangers, he has been a prominent
figure in the military and civil history of the State. A brief sketch
of his career appears in the Dallas News, of October 14.
On February 1, 1913, John W. Curd died at his home in El Paso,
of acute nephritis.
Mr. Curd was born August 29, 1876, at Paducah, Kentucky.
In early boyhood he came to Texas, where he spent the remainder
of his life. On July 31, 1901, he married Miss Anna Wallace
at Abilene. He is survived by his wife and four children, two
sons and two daughters.
Mr. Curd's career was typical of that of the American teacher.
He was reared on a farm and his early education was secured in
the public schools. After teaching three years, he entered the
State University in 1901, and was graduated in 1904. At the
time of graduation he was awarded a Fellowship in Physics, but
instead became teacher of History, and later principal, in the
El Paso School, where he established a reputation as one of the
strongest History teachers in the State.
Recognizing the rich possibilities for local historical work in
the El Paso region, Mr. Curd at once began to investigate that
field, a work which took him to Mexico City and Chihuahua, and
into the local archives at Juarez. Some of the results of his
studies were published in historical articles in the local press. He
also was active in the promotion of a local historical society.
It was Mr. Curd's purpose to continue his studies in the Uni-
versity of California, and in 1912 he resigned his position in the
High School to enter business, with the hope of being able sooner
to carry out that plan. Meanwhile he taught history in the El
Paso Military Institute.
In the death of Mr. Curd the Southwest lost a man of sterling
qualities, a history teacher of first rank, and a student of much
promise.-H. E. B.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 17, July 1913 - April, 1914, periodical, 1914; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101061/m1/220/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.