AN OLD TIMER DIES
On Friday, August 24th, when H. T. Lewis was called hence by death after an illness of many months, the community was bereft of one of its oldest and most highly respected citizens.
Mr. Lewis was a native of Alabama. He was born in Green County February 1st. 1842. At the age of four years he removed to Little Rock, Ark. with his parents where he lived until the fall of 1865, when he came to Texas and located in Burnet County. The first work he did after he became a resident of Texas was to work in a tannery for Mr. Peppers in the Cedar Mills community. Many of the older citizens of the county remember Mr. Peppers and his tannery. Mr. Lewis has lived in the Spicewood and Smithwick communities since that time, where he reared a family and tilled the soil.
Deceased made a profession of religion years ago and became a member of the Christian Church, and was a regular church goer until his health failed. He is survived by four children, two sons and two daughters, as follows: Mrs. S. J. Jackson and F. P. Lewis, Smithwick, Mrs. J. F. Ripley, La Pryor, and M. H. Lewis, Spicewood.
Mr. Lewis was a Civil War Veteran, and the activities, hardships and trials of that great struggle for a principle that he thought was right when he was fighting were just as vivid to him in his reclining years as they were when they were being enacted on the battlefield more than 60 years ago. He was a member of Capt. Banks' Co.
The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Jas Fry, christian minister of Burnet. Interment took place in the family cemetery near where Mr. Lewis lived.
This editor had known Mr. Lewis intimately for many years and we shall miss his friendly visits to our office in future years. He always had a kind word for us and said he could not "keep house without the Messenger." Now that life's battles with him are over, may he sleep in peace. In Texas he pioneered and endured all the hardships that the early settlers had to suffer. His life was a hard one because of privations and the undeveloped condition of the country. Across the divide may he be haled as one of the faithful and hear that welcome plandit, enter thou into thy home, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heaven.