Houghton Obituaries

Houghton Obituaries; click for larger image

The  obituaries of 3 the children of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Houghton have been obtained. The Houghton family lived in Rutledge, which was near the area of Palmer Lane and FM 620. Pond Springs was located near the area of Hwy183 and FM 620. It seems most people used the names “Rutledge” and “Pond Springs” interchangeably. The obituaries give insight into the life and character of these young people.  The writers of the articles were flowery and eloquent, revealing how quickly lives and families were affected by disease and death.

The first obituary does not tell the cause of death for young Louis Houghton (May 29 1873- June 20 1894), but shows the kind of person he was, and his generous nature:

“Two years ago when the writer was superintending the dressing of a Christmas tree at Pond Springs this boy brought to me a number of articles which he had bought for the tree and said:  ‘I didn’t have much Christmas money this year, but I had a little, and these few things that I have brought I want you to take care of them.  Don’t label them, but there will be some poor little children here to-night whose names will not be called, I want you to give these articles to them.’ ”

Edna Houghton’s obituary(ca. 1881-October 6 1897) showed how at death’s bed she was still thinking of the fate of another.

The obituary on Jesse Tolivar “Tallie” (ca. 1883-February 1 1898) led one to believe that he was not the one that was expected to die.

The loss of these young people was a tragedy to the Houghton family and I believe to the Pond Springs community.

– Buster

Published in: on December 29, 2010 at 6:58 am  Leave a Comment  

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