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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Judge David Fowler, George French, Howell Griswold,
Richard G. Macgill, Jervis Spencer, Dr. Guy
Hollyday, John Fowler and Patrick H. Macgill.
Among those present were Chas C. Tuvel, secretary
of the Swiss legation at Washington, representing
the Swiss government; William Nichols, of Galveston;
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cokelet, of New York,
who had been close friends of Mr. Rosenberg for
more than forty years; Dr. Chas. Macgill, of
Catonsville; Miss Rouskulp, of Hagerstown; Mrs.
Howell Griswold; Mrs. Dr. Gibson; Miss West;
Miss Bettie Mason Barnes; Mr. and Mrs. George
Gibson; Mrs. Drewry, of Virginia; Davidge Macgill,
of Virginia; Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Gary; Miss
Fowler; the Misses Carter, of Catonsville; Miss L.
R. Spencer; Mrs. George French, Col. Robert
Smith, and others."
Hundreds of editorial notices appeared in leading
newspapers throughout the country. The following
extracts are made from a few that appeared
in Texas papers: Galveston
Neis: " Trite reflections upon the
lives and ends of such men have little force beyond
the circle of their immediate friends, but, many
will draw a serious lesson from that of the deceased.
* * * He was one of several who
accumulated large fortunes in Galveston and were
not spoiled by their possessions nor estranged from
those who had been less successful by the disparity
in their circumstances. He was regarded with
tender veneration by young anl old, rich and
poor. A stranger on the Market street car line
might have frequently observed a ruddy-faced and
cheery old gentleman getting on or off at Thirteenth
street, and on the outgoing trip the motorman
would generally bring the car to a stop on the near
side, though the rule would have taken it to the
other side. This was quietly done for Mr. Rosenberg,
who always had a smile for the laborer and
the poor. Coming down town in the morning he
was constantly nodding to his friends."
Waco Day-Globe: "It was reserved for a Texian
by adoption, a citizen who was born on foreign
soil, to make the first real practical move towards
honoring the memory of the fathers of Texas
liberty. In his will the late Henry Rosenberg,
of Galveston, born in Switzerland, bequeathed
$50,000 for the erection of an appropriate and
enduring memorial in honor of the heroes of the
Texas revolution. It may also be remarked that
this foreign-born citizen placed himself at the head
of the all too small list of Texas philanthropists.
* * * In the disposition of the accumulations
of his lifetime Mr. Rosenberg dealt out his
benefactions with an impartial hand. He seems
to have lost sight of creed or race. A profound
desire to benefit the human family was the ideal he
strove to reach and so sound was his judgment, so
broad and generous his impulses, that the money
he has left will bless his fellowmen through centuries
Hempstead Nezws: "His name will go down to
after times as one of the best and noblest men of
his day. Oh! if there were more like him, this
world would be a better world."
Surviving him he left a widow, but no children.
He had been twice married
marrying first, June
11th, 1851, Miss Letitia Cooper, then of Galveston,
but a native of Virginia. This estimable lady died
June 4th, 1888, and November 13th, 1889, he
married Miss Mollie R. Macgill, daughter of Dr.
Charles Macgill. She was born at Hagerstown,
Md., February 28th, 1839. At the time of
Miss Macgill's birth Mr. Rosenberg's first wife
was visiting the family of Dr. Macgill and induced
the doctor to promise the child to her
and afterwards made several offers to adopt her,
which, however, were not accepted, as the parents
would not agree to part with her entirely even to
please so dear a friend. In September, 1856, Mr.
Rosenberg brought Miss Macgill to Texas, where
she remained eleven months as a guest of Mrs.
Rosenberg. In the fall of 1860 Mrs. Rosenberg
again sent for Miss Macgill, who arrived in Galveston
in September expecting to remain two years,
but returned to her parents in April, 1861, on
account of the war, and remained with them until
the close of the struggle. Returning to Galveston
in March, 1866, she joined the family permanently
and, Mrs. Rosenberg, becoming an invalid, Miss
Macgill, who reciprocated the deep affection she
felt for her, assumed full management of the household
and continued her tender ministrations until
Mrs. Rosenberg's last illness, and was present at
her bedside when she quietly fell " asleep in Jesus."
Mr. and Mrs. Rosenberg, with Miss Macgill,
paid annual visits to Miss Macgill's parents in
Richmond, Va. Miss Macgill's niece, Miss Minnie
Drewry, of Virginia, was with her during the
latter part of Mrs. Rosenberg's illness. The two
remained with Mr. Rosenberg, traveling during the
summer, and in the fall Miss Macgill and niece returned
with him to Galveston, where they remained
until the following July and then with him visited
Miss Macgill's mother in Richmond and from there
went to the Springs and New York City, returning
to Richmond in the fall, where Mr. Rosenberg and
Miss Macgill were united in marriage November
13th, 1889, at Grace Episcopal Church by Rev.
Hartly Carmichael of St. Paul's Church, assisted by
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