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illustrated --thetruth-'and beauty of its sublime
tenets; and his family lost a tender,
devoted and noble husband, father and protector.
Second, That while our hearts are filled
with grief at the loss of our brother, yet we
recognize in this affliction the hand of our
Supreme Grand Master, who doeth all things
well, and we bow with humble submission to
his will, trusting and believing that our loss
is our brother's gain.
Third, That we offer our sincere sympathy
to the family of our deceased brother in this
their great bereavement, and assure them
that their sorrow is our sorrow, that we
mourn and mingle our tears with theirs.
Fourth, That these resolutions be spread
upon the minutes of the lodge, and that a
copy of them be sent to the family of our deceased
brother, and to the Wichita Herald
for publication. W. E. BROTHERS,
C. E. REID,
W. A. MCCUTCHEN,
Died, at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Septernber
28, 1887, Thomas J. Williams, aged
thirty-seven years. The deceased was born
in Dallas county, Texas, January 26, 1850;
was one of the earliest settlers in Wichita
county, and at the time of his death one of
her best known and most highly respected
citizens. He was elected a member of the
first Commissioners' Court when the county
was organized, was re-elected and served two
years, declining running again in 1884, but
was elected a member of the present court in
1886, and served until last July, when he resigned
on account of his health.
To those who knew him it is unnecessary
to speak any words of praise in behalf of his
memory, for his genial, kindly nature, his
fidelity and unswerving honesty in every
position of life, both public and private,
secured for him the love and esteem of all
who knew him, and the entire community
united, during his lastillness, in their efforts
to allay his sufferings, and to testify their
appreciation of and respect for him. Mr.
Williams died at Eureka Springs, Arkansas,
where he had gone with the hope that his
health might be restored, but Providence has
decreed otherwise. His remains were brought
to Wichita Falls, and interred on October 2,
in the presence of his family and friends, and
the number in attendance at his funeral was
only another evidence of the high esteem in
which he was held by the entire community.
He became a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church about two years ago, and the
members of his family, his relatives and
friends, sorrow not as those who have no
hope; they are consoled by the promises
made by the ascended Savior to those who
trust in Him. W.
ENJAMIN S. WATHEN.-As a civil
engineer of rare skill and much experience,
this gentleman has rendered valued
services throughout the South, and is well
and favorably known here. There is probably
not another man in the State who has a better
knowledge of the topography of Texas than he.
Mr. Wathen was born in Marion county,
Kentucky, and in that county received an academical
education. In 1862 he joined the
Eighth Kentucky Cavalry, and served during
the war, much of the time under that matchless
leader, General J. H. Morgan. He took part
in that historic campaign that is the romance
of the war-Morgan's Raid. He enlisted as
a private and served with Morgan, except
while he was imprisoned. He was with the
general in the Indianapolis and Ohio raid
and was captured at Salineville, Ohio. Was
imprisoned for a time and was in Virginia
when the war closed.
At the close of the war he turned his attention
to civil engineering, and until 1869
was on the Louisville
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/487/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.