Liberty County History

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Kevin Ladd is director of the Wallisville Heritage Park at Wallisville, Chambers County, TX and lives in Hardin, TX. He is chairman of the Liberty County Historical Commission and writes for "Texas Illustrated," a monthly publication of the Liberty Gazette newspaper, which is devoted to local history and folklore.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

News items from Hardin and Walter


Friday. June 21, 1889

Death of Mrs. Green. Mrs. Josie Green. wife of W. B. Green, after a long illness, died at the home of S. Green, on Thursday last. The deceased was a native of Liberty County, a daughter of Mr. Asa Abshier. She was 28 years old and had been afflicted for a year or more, had been under the treatment of skillful physicians in Houston and this place, but God so willed that he alone could relieve of her sufferings and only by death.
She was a most estimable woman, kind and affectionate to all. She leaves a husband, three children, and many relatives and friends to mourn for her. [Note: Josie (Abshier) Green was the wife of William Backburn "Billy" Green and appears to have been buried in the old Green Family Cemetery in the old Lakeland community.]

Friday, April 15, 1892

Mr. Frank Abshier shipped from Devers last Tuesday 573 large, fine beeves to parties in the Indian Territory, who will pasture them during the summer.
Sudden Death – James Hardy, a respectable negro man, living about 10 miles north of Liberty, died very suddenly Tuesday night. He was in town in the evening and starting home he became sick and stopped to stay all night with Allen Barrett, who lives at the Perryman place, and getting worse he soon died of heart disease it is supposed.

Friday, July 5, 1907

J. P. Vickers opened the post office at "Walter" Monday, the first inst. As soon as Mr. Vickers can erect a house he will move his family to that place.

Friday, May 15, 1908

At the home of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Vickers at Walter, Sunday afternoon, Capt. Frank Abshier and Miss Idora Kinney were united in the bonds of holy wedlock. Judge I. B. Simmons officiated. Capt. and Mrs. Abshier left immediately for Houston and thence to San Antonio where they will spend their honeymoon.
Like in nearly all marriages, this happy event, too, is connected with a little romance. Last fall Miss Kinney, who is from Aransas Pass, came to Liberty county as a public school teacher and was employed by the people of the Walter neighborhood and in her Capt. Abshier recognized a sweet disposition, a most loveable character, and the one who could preside over his home. with a determination, he wooed the young woman and the event Sunday was the result. To Capt. Abshier, the VINDICATOR extends its heartiest congratulations and hopes that their journey through life will be one of perpetual blessings. [Note: Capt. Frank Abshier was a widower, having lost his wife Sophia Susan (Garrard) Abshier some time previous. He lies buried today in the Abshier family plot at the Liberty City Cemetery, with one wife resting on either side of him. Capt. Frank and Idora had only one son, the late John Vickers Abshier, who lived in Beaumont most of his life and was married to Mamie Cain of Liberty.]

Friday, June 12, 1908

Jeff Green returned home Monday morning from Brazoria county where he has been to deliver a bunch of 370 beeves sold from the Abshier ranch.

Friday, July 10, 1908

Takes Unto Himself a Bride. - At the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Abshier, seven miles north of Liberty, last Friday evening, Mr. Jeff Green and Miss Hallie Mae Conley, were united in the bonds of holy matrimony. Rev. Mr. Wilson of Wallisville officiated. Mr. Green is one of Liberty county's best young men. His habits are correct and he richly deserves the prize he has won. The bride's home is at Floresville, Wilson county. She is a cultured young woman, admired for her beauty and amiable disposition. May fortune be good to them.

Friday, December 3, 1908

Ed Cessna came into town Tuesday from Walter, seeking medical attention for a painful abscessed tooth which had been troubling him for the past three weeks.

Friday, December 18, 1908

Sid Williamson, who had the misfortune to lose his stock of general merchandise by fire, at Hardin last week, was in town Saturday buying goods and arranging to reopen and resume business.

Friday, January 1, 1909

Franklin Abshier, who has been at Tyler taking a course in telegraphy, is spending the week with the home folks.

Friday, June 16, 1911 – Walter Locals

We would like for the readers of the Vindicator to know that Walter and vicinity is still on the map.
Crops in this section are suffering very much for want of rain. Stock water is also getting scarce. Our burg is still improving. Mr. Eaton has the derrick up to put down an artesian well. Frank Hanchie [Hanchey] has about completed his new residence on Liberty street. The cattlemen are as busy as bees working their cattle. Our community is no longer isolated from the outside world. We have telephones in our homes and Sunday morning a party, in Liberty rang a party here and got a receipt [recipe] for a certain kind of cake. That's convenience isn't it? Bro. Payne preaches here twice a month -- Bro. Dobbs once a month. We also have model Sunday schools. And last but not least, is our Epworth League. In our League we lead; others must follow. There is nothing better to build up Christian character and sociability in a community than the Epworth League. Mrs. W.T. Finley entertained the business session of the League last Friday night. We had a splendid meeting and everyone seemed to enjoy the occasion. M. D. Conley and R. T. Cocke. were elected delegates to the district league at Beaumont. Services --Walter school house Saturday at 8 p.m., at Hardin chapel Sunday at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. E. Payne, Pastor.


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