Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Below are some selected items from page 1 of the 12 October 1933 issue of the newspaper, The Shelby Reporter, published in Center, Texas. (Surnames are capitalization for emphasis. Some punctuation may be changed for clarity.)

     “One of Center’s Oldest Women Is Taken in Death

     Mrs. Sarah A. JANUARY, age 70, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Burke MORRISON, here, Tuesday afternoon, after a seige (sic) of illness that had confined her to her room and bed for several months.

     Mrs. January was a life-long resident of the county, and was one of its best citizens. She was a Christian woman and a strong supporter of the faith, a staunch believer that the right way was always the best way to do anything. She never sacrificed her conviction for opinion. Likewise, being among those who knew Center and Shelby County before it became attached to modern ways, Mrs. January lived in civic and community development, seeing the city attain its present status of modern development, and always devoted her best effort to that end.

     In the demise of this good woman, Center has lost one of its most loved citizens, one whose place will not be easily filled, and one whose daily contact will be sadly missed by those who knew her.

     Surviving are six sons,





Luther of Dallas; and

Walter January of Electra;

two daughters, Mesdames Burk MORRISON and Sam WILLIAMS, both of Center.

     Funeral services were conducted in the home, Wednesday morning at 10:00, with Rev. J. T. MOORE delivering the sermon.

     Burial was made in the Sand Hill Cemetery.”

     (Editor’s note: Page 143 of OUR DEAD, SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS, 1836-1964 by J. B. Sanders provides additional information as follows: Mrs. Sarah Ame (sic) January, wife of Robert S. January, was born 14 April 1862 and died 10 October 1933. Her parents were W. A. SANFORD, born in Mississippi, and Sarah E. WEBB, also born in Mississippi. Sarah’s husband, Robert S. (6 July 1862 – 5 March 1904), is also buried in the Sand Hill Cemetery.)

     “The Center Canning Plant is in shape to can 20 beeves on halves, with the farmer furnishing the beef and the canning plant furnishing the balance.

     If you have a good beef and are not able to furnish cans and lard, see J. P. McIVER AT the Canning Plant or C. P. SCURLOCK at the County Agent’s Office....”


     “Rev. Jeff DAVIS, pastor of the First Baptist Church here, reports the following marriages to have taken place at the parsonage Saturday:

     Mr. BENNEFIELD, of San Augustine, and Miss ALMS, of near Center. They will live at San Augustine.

     Mr. Fred SCATES and Miss Jauanna (sic) INNES, both of near Center. They will live here.

     Mr. Ray EMMORY (sic), of Jacksonville, and Miss Cressie THOMPSON, of Stroud, Oklahoma. They will live in Lufkin.”


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