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Harbert, Bartley

On the 16th inst., "Uncle Bartley" Harbert, an old-time negro resident, died in this city, aged about 65 years. He came here with the Harberts about forty years ago, and had a good many friends among whites and blacks. [Interred at Columbus City Cemetery.]

Colorado Citizen, October 24, 1895
Contributed by Deborah Smith

Harbert, Carrie (Stafford)

Mrs. J. A. Harbert

Mrs. J. A. Harbert passed out of this life at the family residence at about midnight last Sunday, following a brief illness of pneumonia.

Funeral services were held at the home of her mother, Mrs. Grace Byars, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rev. Thos. J. Wyndham officiating and interment made in Odd Fellows Rest.

Pallbearers were Messrs. J. E. Hester, O. A. Zumwalt, H. B. Tanner, W. H. Miekow, Leo Hahn and H. Braden.

Miss Carrie Stafford was born in this community Dec. 8th, 1875. She married Mr. J. Alvey Harbert in January, 1894, and has lived in this city practically all of her life. She was a lady of sweet, sympathetic disposition and loved by all who knew her.

Mr. Harbert was seriouly ill with pneumonia at the time of her death and had not learned of the sad event at the time of this report.

Mrs. Harbert is survivied by the husband, her mother, Mrs. Grace Byars, a brother, Mr. Joe Stafford, a daughter, Mrs. R. R. Wells, of Brownsville, three grandchildren, and other relatives, to whom our sympathy is extended

Colorado County Citizen, January 8th, 1931

Harbert, Donna

Nonogenarian Dies in Eagle Lake Home

Mrs. Donna Harbert, 95, died at her home in Eagle Lake Wednesday morning and funeral services were to be held at McCreary Funeral Home at 5:30 p.m. today, with Rev. C. O. Estes pastor of the Eagle Lake Baptist Church officiating. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, April 1, 1943
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Harbert, Ethel

DIED, in Eagle Lake, on August the 1st, ETHEL, only daughter of James C. and Donna F. Harbert, age four years and eight months. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery.]

Colorado Citizen, August 17, 1882, page 3

Harbert, Georgia (McCane)

Mrs. Sam A. Harbert Sr

Funeral Services for Mrs. Sam A. Harbert Sr. were held at the First Methodist Church July 3.

Burial was in Odd Fellow Rests Cemetery. The Rev. Wallace Schultz officiated, and services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Mrs. Harbert, 86, died July 1 at Columbus Hospital following a brief Illness. She had been a resident of the Autumn Hills Convalescent Home the past three and one half years.

Mrs. Harbert was born south of Columbus on her grandfather's farm on Aug. 12. 1891, the daughter of George and Betty Archer McCane. She spent her early life on the old Archer place which had been bought in 1866 by her grandfather, William Archer, who had come here from Tennessee in a covered wagon.

She graduated from Columbus High School in 1909 and taught a country school two years on the Burtchell place. She was married to Sam A. Harbert in the old Simpson home here Aug. 16, 1912.

Mr. Harbert came here from Temple to operate his father’s farm which was located near the McCane home, and later went Into the garage and automobile business which he operated until his death in 1953.

Mrs. Harbert was a lifetime member of the First Methodist Church and was a member of the Columbus Garden Club, the Eastern Star, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and other community organizations. She was one of four living daughters of the Shropshire-Upton Chapter, U. D.C.

She is survived by a son, Sam A. Harbert, Jr. of San Antonio; a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Todd of Durango. Colo.; two grandsons, Sam Harbert Todd and Charles Mason Todd, both of Durango; two great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mrs. Lavo Hester, Mrs. William McCary and Mrs. John Goeppinger and one brother, Lonnie McCane, Pallbearers were her two grandsons, Sam and Charles Todd; a nephew, Dave McCane, and great nephews, John Clinton Hoyt and Henry, Joe, Doug, Bruce. Jeff and, Bobby Potter.

Colorado County Citizen, July 13, 1978, page 2

Harbert, Glenn A.

Former Columbus Man Dies in San Antonio Friday

Funeral services for Glenn A. Harbert, 61, who died at his home here Friday night, will be held Sunday afternoon. Harbert was a native of Columbus, Texas. He lived here the last 15 years, where he was a cotton seed buyer. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Susie R. Harbert of San Antonio; a daughter, Mrs. C. K. Horton of Orlando Fla.; brother, J. A. Harbert of Columbus, and three sisters, Mrs. P. K. Baker of Dallas, Mrs. H. G. Kelly of Boston, and Mrs. L. V. Hahn of Houston. Pallbearers will be Frank Gittinger, Joe Wheeler, Fred J. Vollmer, J. J. Howe, Hugh B. Rice and John Fitzgerald.--San Antonio Express

Colorado Citizen, June 8, 1926

Harbert, James Alston

Old And Prominent Citizen Died Here Yesterday

Mr. J. A. Harbert, one of the old residents and one of the best citizens of Eagle Lake, died at his home in this city yesterday afternoon at 3:15 o'clock, after an illness of a week or ten days.

Mr. Harbert was born in Madison County, Tennessee, in 1839. He came to Texas at the close of the war in 1865, locating on a farm about five miles from Eagle Lake. In 1881 he moved from the country into Eagle Lake and engaged in the general mercantile business with Mr. J. R. Newsom who died many years ago, and who was a brother of Mr. E. P. Newsom who died here several years ago.

In 1872 Mr. Harbert sold out his business to Dr. Bruce of this city and then entered business in partnership with Mr. J. C. Harbert, deceased, father of Mr. Algernon Harbert of this city. They remained in business together but a short time, Mr. J. C. Harbert selling his interest in the business to Benson & Jackson. Mr. Harbert remained in business with them for five years, the firm name being J. A. Harbert & Co. Benson and Jackson sold their interest to Capt. Wm. Dunovant in 1878, after which time Mr. Harbert and Capt. Dunovant were partners in business until 1891, when Mr. Harbert purchased Capt. Dunovant's interest and conducted the business alone for four years. He sold out in 1895 to Dunovant & Eldridge, since which time he lived a private life and spent his reclining years in peace and comfort.

Mr. Harbert was a quiet, unassuming man. He was a staunch member of the Methodist church and a liberal supporter of that church. Mr. Harbert was an intelligent, well read man, a man of honesty an integrity, and one of whom, all during his long life spent in our community, we have never heard ill spoken of. He was a great reader and was well posted on all subjects of the day, though for some years past, since retiring from business, he has taken no active interest in the business life of the town, preferring to spend his time at home and at ease. While up to his fatal illness Mr. Harbert retained remarkably good health, he but seldom came to town, spending practically all of his time at home.

Mr. Harbert gave much to charity, though he did this service to humanity in a quiet way, and but those who were close to him ever knew of his gifts. So much so was he inclined this way that some who were in position to know of his charitable deed have spoken of him as "a father to the fatherless."

The funeral will be held this (Friday) afternoon at 5 o'clock from the family residence. Interment will be made in the Masonic cemetery. Other members of the family are buried in the family burying ground at the Harbert home, but it was Mr. Harbert's wish to be buried in the Masonic cemetery and at his death that other members of the family now buried in the family burying ground be removed to the Masonic cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 27, 1921
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Harbert, John Alvey

Mr. J. Alvey Harbert

The end came to a five days' illness when Mr. J. Alvey Harbert passed out of this life at his home here at 9:40 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Harbert was attacked with pneumonia on Thursday of last week, and became in critical condition Friday. His wife was taken down with the same ailment at about the same time and died Sunday night. Mr. Harbert was unconscious and never learned that his wife had preceded him to the grave.

Funeral services were held at the family residence yesterday afternoon at 2:30 with the Masonic Loidge in charge, and interment made in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Harbert was born in this city on Sept. 4th, 1869, and was prominent in farming in this section. Of late years he became interested in "M" stores at this place, Smithville and Sealy. He was a director in the Columbus State Bank.

Deceased was popular among the men of this county and district and numbered many friends here.

He is survived by three half sisters, Mrs. T. J. Baker of Dallas, Mrs. Kelly of Baltimore and Mrs. Leo Hahn of Houston, and one daughter, Mrs. R.R,. Wells of Brownsville, also three grandchildren.

Our sincere sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, January 8th, 1931

Harbert, Mary Olivia (Putney)

DEPARTED this life in Eagle Lake at the residence of her husband, Mr. Jas. A. Harbert, a few moments after 4 p.m. the 2d day of January, Mrs. M.O. HARBERT, nee Putney, of heart disease. She was a native of Tennessee, was early orphaned, and her brothers moved the family to this section when she was very young. In January, 1868, she was married to Mr. Harbert, and some five years ago connected herself with the Methodist Episcopal church. Her health has been precarious for some years, and every effort has been made by her devoted husband to tempt the gentle spirit to prolong its earthly stay. On this day she felt unusually invigorated and upon her earnest insistence her sister, Mrs. Mattie Jenkins, who was her constant companion, reluctantly went driving, leaving her with a couple of friends from a distance. In less than one hour the great tragedy had been enacted. She conversed pleasantly with her friends some twenty minutes in which her husbands name, loving mentioned, was
—”as the tossing buoy
That shows where the anchor is hidden.”

Perceiving her failing breath she remarked to her friends, with her usual obhviousness[sic] of self and careful consideration of others, that if one of her paroxysms ensued she feared she would alarm them. The dread malady in a few moments was beyond control, and without a murmuring word or gesture of impatience she drained, with Christ-like resignation, the cup of suffering to its bitter dregs. Her memory is to us the shattered vase to which the offer of roses clings with imperishable fragrance, or the ray of light diffusing warmth and brightness into each individual world that swings in its orbit suddenly extinguished, leaving a cold and dreary void. But the most glowing imagery falls stale and effete beside the lovely Christian character we would fain portray. For us the funeral gloom, the pall of grief, the willow, the cypress, the aching loneliness, the requiem from sorrow’s sad psalter; for her the triumphal arch, the victor’s crown, the tree of life, the fulfillment of the blessed promises of the beatitudes, the “well and faithfully done” from the Giver of life and death, The Citizen extends the fervent clasp of friendship to the bereaved husband, mourning sisters and other desolated relatives.

Colorado Citizen, January 8, 1891, page 3


The report last Friday evening that Mrs. Jas. A. Harbert had died suddenly with heart disease, caused a deep and abiding gloom to spread rapidly over our little town. Mrs. Harbert was a most estimable lady, a devout Christian, and was greatly beloved by all who knew her, ever ready with a liberal hand, and a willing heart to administer to the wants of suffering humanity, or to promote the happiness of others. She was a general favorite, with both old and young, and will be greatly missed in this community. Our sympathies are extended the bereaved family, and may they so live as to meet her on the upper and better shore where sad partings are unknown.

Colorado Citizen, January 8, 1891, page 3

The friends of this place of Mrs. J. A. Harbert will regret to hear of her death, which occurred at her home in Eagle Lake on the 2nd inst. She died suddenly of heart disease. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1891

Harbert, Mildred (Davis)

Final Services Held Saturday For Mrs. A. F. Harbert

Friends throughout the community were shocked and saddened to learn last Friday of the death of Mrs. F. A. Harbert, near life-long resident of the community. Mrs. Harbert, affectionately known to friends here as “Millie” passed away at Laughlin Hospital at 11:20 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20th after suffering a heart attack shortly after midnight last Tuesday night.

Funeral services wee held from the Christ Episcopal Church at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 21st with the Rev. Parke Smith, former Rector of Christ Church, but now of Bay City officiating.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: H. A. Dromgoole, Fulton Dromgoole, Gardner Duncan, H. H Fitzgerald, Harold Thomas, and Robert Wells, Jr. Mill-Bauer Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

Mildred Davis Harbert was born January 5th, 1896 in Eagle Lake to the late Weldon Edward and Mary Montgomery Davis. She was married to A. F. Harbert in Richmond on October 4, 1924.

Survivors include her husband, Algeron; her sisters, Mrs. Kate Burger of Albuquerque, N.M., Mrs. Ethyl Stubenvoll of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Weldon Shacklett of Houston; a nephew, P. H. Cauthon, Jr., of Trinity; a niece, Mrs. Kathryn Richardson of Albuquerque, N.M., and a number of great nieces and nephews.

With the exception of two years spent in employment in Houston, she was a life-long resident of Eagle Lake and was loved by all who came to know her. She was a faithful member of Christ Church and was organist of the church for more than thirty years. During the twenties she was Rotaryann and pianist for the local club. She was also active in various drives, civic work, in the Garden Club and Study Club as long as health permitted.

She shall be missed greatly in her home, her church and throughout the community.

Friends who came from Houston for the services were Mrs. M. E. Guynn, Virginia Guynn, Mary Jacqueline Oliphant, Mrs. J. J. Whatley, Mrs. W. A. Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Brown, Mrs. Mae Miller, Mrs. O. M. Anderson, Mrs. Whitt Johnson, Mrs. Robert Jordan, Mrs. Hubert Stokes, Mrs. Jerry Hash, Misses Jean and Katharine Keller and Mrs. Frances Elkins Hutchings.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 26, 1959
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Harbert, Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" (Smith) Arrington

News of the death of Mrs. Stephen Harbert, at Columbus [Odd Fellows Rest], Wednesday night, was received here with sincere regret. The funeral took place at Columbus Thursday afternoon. This excellent lady possessed a large circle of friends in our city, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Weimar Mercury, March 26 1909, page 4

Columbus, Texas, March 25. – Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Harbert, 69 years old, wife of Stephen Harbert, died at the family residence last night and was buried at Odd Fellows rest at 3:30 this afternoon. Mrs. Harbert was born in Alabama and moved to Texas in 1866. Besides her husband she is survived by a daughter by a former marriage, Mrs. Alice Gordon of Houston.

Schulenburg Sticker, 1 April 1909
Contributed by Matt Cross

Halletsville Herald – . . .Hon. Friench Simpson received a telephone message late Wednesday evening calling him to Columbus which stated that his mother-in-law, Mrs. Harbert had died during the day. Mr. Simpson left on that night’s Davy. The Herald extends its heartfelt sympathy to those bereaved in this their hour of grief.

Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Apr 1909
Contributed by Matt Cross


Harbert, Stephen

News of the death Monday night of "Uncle Stephen" Harbert, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Friench Simpson, at Columbus, was received here, early Tuesday morning, and occasioned much sadness, for while his death was not unexpected nevertheless it was regretted by a large circle of friends throughout this section. Had he lived about one month longer he would have been 101 years old, having celebrated his 100th birthday last January. The remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' [Columbus City] cemetery at Columbus Tuesday afternoon, in the presence of a large crowd of relatives and sympathizing friends. Mr. Harbert owned extensive interests in this section, and up to a short time before his death personally superintended same. He was a hale and vigorous man up to a few years ago, when through accident he was crippled in a runaway. His mind was clear and unusually bright for one of his age. Thus passes away one of the oldest landmarks and most interesting personalities of this county.

Weimar Mercury, December 17, 1909, page 1
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