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Darby, America

Former Citizen Dies -- Buried Here Wednesday

News was received here late Tuesday evening of the death of Mrs. A. I. Darby, which occurred at her home in Beeville, after a long illness. The remains were brought here Wednesday afternoon and laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery, Rev. C. E. Dearman, local Baptist pastor, conducting the services, which were held at the church and also at the grave.

Mrs. Darby was the widow of the late J. A. Darby, who was an alderman, farmer and prominent citizen of this community. The family lived here for many years. Mrs. Darby was one of the original members of the Weimar Baptist Church, a consistent, good, christian woman, beloved and respected by all who knew her.

She is survived by several children and many relatives and friends who deeply regret her death. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to them in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, May 22, 1925
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Darby, Caroline (Shipps)

Mrs. W. G. Darby Placed to Final Rest Saturday

Friends of the community learned with great sadness last week of the death of Mrs. W. G. Darby, long-time resident of Eagle Lake who passed away at the Laughlin Hospital at 5:15 a.m. Friday just three days after she suffered a stroke.

Mrs. Darby was born Caroline Shipps, the daughter of Charles and Mary Abrams Shipps in Attica, Indiana on August 22, 1882. She and Walter G. Darby were united in marriage on January 1st 1903 in Oxford, Indiana. The family farmed in Oxford two years before moving to the community in January of 1905. After a few years of farming, the Darby's opened a store in Nottawa which they operated for twenty years. Later they resided briefly in Hahn community before returning to Eagle Lake to open the Darby's Café, which they operated for eighteen years before retiring from business.

She was a member of the Eagle Lake Study Club and Garden Club and a Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star for the year of 1927, and later served a long tenure of duty in other official positions serving as treasurer at the time of her death.

She was an active member of the Woman's Society of Christian Service of Colly Memorial Methodist Church and was an active and faithful member of the church.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 25th from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev. Homer Wetmer, pastor of Colly Church, officiating. Favorite hymns were rendered at the organ by Mrs. Louis Bales.

She was placed to final rest in the Masonic Cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers were: Harrison Walker, Joe D. Lane, Robert P. Wilcox, Dan A. Thornton, Bob Ashby and Floyd Hodde. The family named the Board of Stewards of the church as honorary members.

Worthy Grand Patron, OES Here for Darby Rites

Among the many out-of-town friends attending the funeral services of Mrs. Caroline Darby were Hershel F. Harrington, Worthy Grand Patron, Grand Chapter of Texas, Order of the Eastern Star, and his lovely wife, Marie, Grand Electa of the Grand Chapter of Texas.

After the services the Harringtons' spent the remainder of the evening as guests at the home of the Simon Whites where old friendships were renewed and many pleasant memories recalled and recaptured looking at old pictures and copies of the Eagle Lake Headlight.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 30, 1967
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Darby, Clyde L.

Death of Former Citizen of Weimar

Relatives here received word last Friday morning of the death of Mr. Clyde L. Darby of Houston, a former citizen of this place. The remains were brought here Friday afternoon and laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery, funeral services being conducted by Rev. C. E. Dearman, Baptist pastor. A large number of sympathizing relatives and friends were present to witness the last sad rites. Mr. Darby in early life lived here for many years. He was a son of the late Colonel J. A. Darby, at one time alderman and wealthy citizen of this place. Decedent was 52 years old at the time of his death. In early life he was an employe (sic) of the Mercury, and to the writer he ever proved an obedient, faithful employe (sic). Naturally we have always had a warm spot in our heart for Clyde, and we deplore his death. He leaves a widow, one married daughter who resides in Mississippi and three sons, James, Eugene and Mitchell who reside in Houston. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, July 13, 1923
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Darby, Eugenia (Gentry)

Mrs. Darby, Former Glidden Resident, Buried Thursday

Funeral services were held here Thursday for Mrs. Eustace T. Darby, 94, who died in San Antonio earlier. Untermeyer Funeral home was in charge. The Rev. Charles Halff of San Antonio officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mrs. Darby’s husband was an employe of the Southern Pacific railroad years ago in Glidden until he suffered an injury to a foot. After that he operated a store in Glidden until his death of a heart attack in 1919 at the age of 52. Mrs. Darby had been living in San Antonio with her daughter, Mrs. Frank Ryndzonak, who survives. Mrs. Arthur Oakes of Glidden was Mrs. Darby’s foster mother.

A son, Thurmond Darby, died several years ago.

Among those attending the services were Mrs. Margaret Sheppard, Miss Ruby James Oakes, Mrs. Ruth Groty and Mrs. Edith Darby, San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. A. Dowdle, Mrs. P. A. Chapman, Mrs. Ford Penny, Houston; Miss Iris Darby and Sam Richardson, Bay City.

They all met at the home of Mrs. W. E. Obenhaus and Mrs. Harvey Hope before and after the funeral.

Colorado County Citizen, September 26, 1963, page 10

Darby, Eustace Thomas

Death of Mr. E. T. Darby

A heavy pall of gloom was cast over our little town last Sunday afternoon and the people of our town and our community were saddened when the news spread that Mr. Eustace T. Darby was dead.

His death was so sudden, so unexpected, as he was apparently in good health, and had partaken of a hearty dinner and was jolly and conversed with his family. He was alone in the parlor playing he Victrola when the Death Angel remorselessly folded her shroud around him and his journey was ended. We can but pause with astonishment when we realize the ways of the Divine Providence. He, who creates the beautiful flowers with the exquisite colors blended in divine harmony and yet He decrees that they soon pass away. He sends the soft breeze and beautiful sunlight as well as rain and storms, demonstrating to us his tender mercies and his omnipotent power.

Mr. Darby was born near Weimar, Texas in 1865 and has spent all his life in Colorado County. He united with the Baptist church at the age of 19 years.

He was married to Miss Jennie Gentry in November 1888, three children blessing the union, one of whom died in infancy.

Mr. Darby was an employee of the S. P. Railroad Co., for many years, but for the past five years he was in the grocery business here in Glidden.

Mr. Darby was a man of many sterling qualities a man who was everybody's friend a man who was always willing to help those in need and did many a kind act of charity that was never known to the public. And we can truly say that Glidden has lost a good man, and a most worthy citizen.

Mr. Darby was an honored member of the W. O. W., the Moose and Masons. The funeral took place Monday afternoon with interment in Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. Garrard Baptist minister of Columbus officiating at the residence and the Masons officiating at the grave.

He leaves his heart broken wife, One daughter, Mrs. E. L. Campbell, one son, Thurmond Darby, two brothers, Messrs. Clyde and Jim Darby besides a host of friends to mourn his sad death.

Those out of town who attended the funeral were Messrs. Jim and Clyde Darby of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Johnston of San Antonio, Mesdames Ambrose Darby, Ford Penny and Perry Chapman of Bay City, Mrs. W. E. Wiley and Mrs. L. F. Stafford of Houston, Mr. Morris of Houston, Mrs. Nannie Wilson and daughter Miss Gladys of San Antonio.

Colorado Citizen, September 5, 1919
Contributed by Judy Talkington


Eustis T. Darby died of heart failure at his home at Glidden this Sunday afternoon. He had been playing a phonograph and as the music stopped in an unusual manner Mrs. Darby hurried from an adjoining room to find him on the floor in a dying condition. He was fifty-five years of age, a member of several fraternal orders and a prominent citizen of the county. In partnership with his son-in-law he conducted a general merchandise store at Glidden. The member of his immediate family are Mrs. Darby, his son, Thurmon Darby, who is in New York, and his daughter, Mrs. E. L. Campbell.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 6, 1919

Darby, James A.

It is with great sadness of heart that we chronicle the death of Alderman James A. Darby, which sad event occurred after a short illness at his late residence in Weimar, August 3 at 11:20 p.m. Mr. Darby had reached his sixtieth birthday on January 1, 1892, and has been a resident of Fayette and Colorado counties since 1851; was among the most prominent citizens, and a bosom companion of J. J. Oakes of Glidden; was a member of the city council for over four years, and was a member of the board at the time of his death. The Masonic Lodge of this city assisted by Columbus, Oakland and Schulenburg lodges, performed the Masonic burial ceremonies. He was also a most worthy member of Thos. Q. Mullen lodge No. 1500, K of H. That lodge attended the funeral in a body. The remains were interred in the Masonic cemetery of this city Thursday evening, followed to the last resting place by the mayor and city council, the fraternities and a host of sympathising [sic] relatives and friends. The Citizen condoles with the almost heart-broken-hearted wife and children in this their hour of deep distress.

Colorado County Citizen, August 11, 1892
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Darby, James Andrew


James Andrew Darby, Sr. died Sunday April 8, 1979 at his residence in Houston. Born in Colorado County, Oct. 20, 1893, the descendant of early settlers. Survived by wife, Charlotte Williams Darby, son and daughter-in-law, Holly and James A. Darby, Jr., daughters and sons-in-law, Anne and Dr. K. R. Kennett and Charlotte and J. Stanley Taylor; five grandchildren, Joanne Gwynne Kennett, James Ralston Kennett, Richard Joseph Kennett, McKeever Andrew Darby and Weston Willis Darby. Long active in the First Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder Emeritus; downtown Kiwanis Club which made him an honorary member; River Oaks Country Club; Masonic Lodge; Scottish Rite Bodies; Arabia Temple Shrine; Graduate of Texas A & M University. Mr. Darby was former owner of Dixie Ice Company of San Antonio; the Darby Ice Company of Houston and the J. A. Darby Electric Company., He also had ranching interests in Ft Bend County. Mr. Darby will lie in state at his residence from Monday at 9:00 a.m. until Tuesday 8:30 a.m.. Funeral services 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main with Dr. John Wm. Lancaster and Dr. Charles L. King officiating. Burial Glenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers: Robert E. Lee, R. L. Chesser Jr., Robert J. Hogan, Frank Hayward, Neil Masterson III, Bob Moffatt. Honorary Pallbearers: Paul E. Wise, Paul Strong, Ben A. Calhoun, Dr. E. A. Wilkerson, Ralph E. Willis of Milwaukee, Charles S. Taylor, Elders Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church; members of Downtown Kiwanis Club. Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 2530 Sage Rd. at Westheimer, 621-6500.

Houston Chronicle, April 10, 1979
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Darby, James P.

James P. Darby of Beeville former resident of this city, died early Saturday morning in a Houston hospital. Funeral took place at Beeville Sunday afternoon. His younger days were spent in Weimar, where he took up the study of law under the late J. C. Kindred. Afterward he moved to Beeville where he married and later became claim agent of the Southern Pacific Railroad. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, one son and one sister. He was a son of the late Alderman James Darby of Weimar, and is a cousin of Mrs. O. H. Holloway of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Holloway and Mr. Marshall Holloway attended the funeral Sunday afternoon in Beeville.

Colorado County Citizen, July 20, 1939
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Darby, Lila

Weimar Local Matters

With sorrow we chronicle the death of the little baby girl of Mr. Eustice Darby, which sad event occurred at Glidden Sundy evening. The little angel was sick only a few days, and it being the will of Divine Providene, we must be resigned. The remains were brought to Weimar Monday and interred in the Masonic cemetery of this city. The Citizen extends its sympathy to the bereaved parnts and other reltives.

Colorado Citizen, March 31, 1892

The baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. Eustace Darby of Glidden died Sunday night and was brought here Monday for burial. Little Lila was only eleven months old, but she was such a sweet little darling that she won all hearts. She had been sick but a short time. The little body was laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery Monday afternoon, a large number of sympathizing relatives and friends from Glidden and this city being in attendance. Our sympathy is extended to the bereaved parents who sorrow for the loss of their little baby.

Weimar Mercury, April 2, 1892
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Darby, Mitchell C.

Mitchell C., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Darby of this city, died Tuesday morning of congestion, after a brief illness, aged 6 months. The little baby had a severe attack of whooping cough several days prior to his death and suffered greatly , and it was with evident relief the little sufferer gave up the battle with life and pain, and went to join the angel band above. The remains were carried to Weimar Tuesday and laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery. God pity and comfort the bereaved parents in their sad loss, is the sincere wish of the writer.

Glidden Letter, Weimar Mercury, July 24, 1897

Darby, Thurmond

Funeral services were held at San Antonio Monday for Thurmond Darby, 48, a native of Glidden.

Survivors are his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Sybil Sue Hearcy (?); his mother, Mrs. E. T. Darby and a sister Mrs. Frank Ryndzonak, all of San Antonio

Colorado County Citizen, February 28, 1946
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Darby, Zue (Mitchell)

Mrs. Zue M. Darby To Be Buried Here Friday Afternoon

Funeral services for Mrs. Zue Mitchell Darby of Houston, age about 70, former resident of Weimar, will be held from the First Baptist Church here tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Rev. Yates, pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Houston officiating.

Mrs. Darby died suddenly Wednesday at her home.

An aunt of J. F. Walker of Weimar, she and her son, Jim Darby moved to Houston from here about 20 years ago. Her husband was the late Clyde Darby who died a number of years ago. A native of Weimar, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Mitchell. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Surviving her are three sons, Jim Darby of Houston, with whom she made her home, and Gene and Mitchell Darby of Pharr, Texas; one daughter and one brother, Eugene Mitchell of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, October 29, 1948
Contributed by Judy Talkington
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