The Isaac Pelt

The Isaac Pelt Family

      Isaac Pelt met Mary Elizabeth Redding at a Fourth of July church picnic in Corpus Christi, Texas while he was stationed there for basic training with the U.S. Army. She was the daughter of David William Redding and Missouri Elizabeth Buttram. Isaac and Mary were married on December 31, 1919 in Corpus Christi after he returned from Europe, having served along the Hindenberg Line during World War I. After their marriage, Isaac and Mary returned to Sour Lake; they settled in the Pelt home west of Sour Lake on what had become known as Pelt's Prairie.

      There they farmed and raised cattle and hogs until about 1950, when they sold the Pelt homestead and moved to a new home on Cora Lee Street in Sour Lake. They had three daughters: Gladys Marie, Betty Lois, and Annie Laura.

      Isaac Pelt, who recently celebrated his 95th birthday with his family and friends, lives in Sour Lake still, a widower since 1976. He continues to take pride in his heritage and is a charter member of he local J.L. Loftin V.F.W. Post. he has an extensive mounted horn collection from which he derives a great amount of pleasure. In 1983, he was named Sour Lake's Old Timer of the Year, and in 1987, he was chosen Parade Marshall of the Beaumont area Veteran's Day Parade. He delights in recalling the days when there were "no paved roads in all of Hardin County."

      The above information appeared in the Hardin County History published in the early 1990's. Isaac died April 10, 1996 at the age of 102.

Source(s): Sharon Richard