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Shortt, E. Frank


Death came suddenly last Saturday morning to another of Weimar's oldest citizens E. Frank Shortt.

In robust health for his age until a few days ago, Mr. Shortt had eaten breakfast and walked into another room, where he suffered a heart attack a few minutes later.

Funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church Sunday afternoon, with Rev. W. E. Brown officiating, assisted by Rev. J. M. Mc Donald. Interment was in the City Cemetery.

Director Since 1910

Mr. Shortt was a member of the First Baptist Church and an active director of the First State Bank of Weimar, a position he had held since 1910. Almost daily until the day of his death he had visited at the bank, driving his car to town, and kept alert to the goings-on of his town and the world.

Born in Woodstock, New York, Feb. 11, 1858, he moved to Lexington, Texas in 1879, then to Waco, and in September of 1880 to Weimar, where he was to spend the remaining 69 years of his life. In 1885 he married Miss Susie Reynolds of Ammannsville, who died in 1925, and he and his widowed sister, Mrs. Cora Thatcher, have made their home together since then.

Mrs. Cora Thatcher is the only immediate survivor.

First operated Dray

Drayman Shortt was a familiar figure on Weimar streets in the 1880's as he conducted a hack-and-horse transfer business until 1893. In that year he and Henry Brasher, Sr., bought John Fisher's lumber yard. The following year Mr. Brasher sold his interest to John Walker, father of J. F. Walker, who took over his gather's share in 1910. Walker & Shortt continued as a partnership until 1932, when Mr. Shortt retired.

Weimar Mercury, March 28, 1949
Submitted by Jane Winfree Beattie, Great Niece of E. Frank Shortt

Shortt, Elizabeth L. (Reynolds)


Mrs. Elizabeth Shortt, 93 Years Of Age, Is Buried At Weimar Monday Afternoon.

In the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Reynolds Shortt, which occurred the home of her son, Mr. G. J.  Shortt at 10:30 on last Sunday morning. Eagle Lake's oldest citizen has passed on to her reward. She was 93 years of age, and had been ill since the day after Christmas.

Up to the time of her fatal illness despite her years, Mrs. Shortt was comparatively active of body and her mind was bright and clear.

She was born in Ulster County, New York, near the town of Woodstock in 1832, and with her husband and family, moved to Texas from Middle Tennessee--where they had previously moved from New York State--locating at Weimar in 1889. The family resided at Weimar for two years, moving from there to Columbus where they lived for about a year, and from the latter place they moved to Eagle Lake on January 20th, 1884. Her husband preceded her in death, having passed away here on February 4, 1891.

Funeral services were held here at the home of her son Monday afternoon at o'clock, being conducted jointly by Bro. J. H.  Clark, the Methodist pastor, and Bro. M. F.  Gathright, the local Baptist pastor. The remains were shipped to Weimar where interment was made in the Weimar Cemetery Monday, she being buried beside the grave of her husband. Rev. Mr. Gathright conducted the services at the grave.

Mrs. Shortt had been a member of the Baptist church for more than half a century. She was a gentle sweet woman--a devoted wife and mother, a helpful neighbor, a friend who was always true. She lived a long and useful life that was beautiful, leaving a memory pure and sweet and an influence for good that never can be lost. Many will miss her here, but how glorious the thought she has been freed from the infirmatives of age and is with her Savior now in the beautiful home where sickness entereth not and pain is unknown.

Surviving are four children, G. J.  Shortt and Mrs. Cora Thatcher of Eagle Lake, E. F.  Shortt of Weimar and Mrs. R. F.  Bell of Fayetteville, Arkansas, to whom the Headlight extends its sincerest sympathy in the passing of their life's sweetest and truest friend--mother.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 4, 1925
Submitted by Jane Winfree Beattie, great, great grand daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Shortt.

Shortt, Gipson Jewett

Colorado County Old Resident Dies

Weimar, January 21.--Funeral services for Gibson Jewett Shortt, 87, native of Ulster County, New York, and a pioneer resident of Colorado County, whose death occurred here Friday at the home of his brother, E. F. Shortt, were held at the home here Saturday afternoon, Rev. C. L. Boone officiating.

The deceased a former longtime resident of Eagle Lake, had for the past several years resided at Weimar with his brother, retired business man E. F. Shortt.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. D. G. Russell of Houston, Mrs. E. S. Winfree of Yoakum, Mrs. W. A. Lay of Decatur, Ark.; a brother E. F. Shortt of Weimar; a sister, Mrs. Cora Thatcher of Weimar and several grandchildren. [Interment Lakeside Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, 27 January 1939
Submitted by Jane Winfree Beattie, Great Grand daughter of Gibson Jewett Shortt.

Shortt, Howard F.

Howard Shortt Died at Houston Sanitarium Tuesday Afternoon.

Mr. Howard Shortt died at the Sanitarium in Houston Tuesday afternoon at five o'clock and was buried here in Lakeside Cemetery Wednesday afternoon at four, after an illness of sixteen day of muscular rheumatism.

Though the people here realized that Howard was very ill, the news of his death came as a great shock. On Tuesday of last week he was taken Marlin in the hope that the hot baths there would relieve him of his suffering, but after arriving there, Mrs. Shortt who accompanied him was advised to take him to Houston where he would receive better attention owing to the crowded condition of the sanitarium at Marlin at the time.

Howard was 38 years, 5 months and 17 days of age. He was born 2 miles north of Weimar and moved to Eagle Lake with his parents Mr. and Mrs. G. J. Shortt from the Weimar section to Eagle Lake when he was nine years old having since that time spent his life in Eagle Lake. He was a splendid young man, quiet and attentive in business, and for the past six years was interested with Cap't. G. H. Skelton in the meat business under the name of Skelton and Shortt.  He was married in 1907 to Miss Nellie Salling of this city and is survived by his wife and eleven year old son Walter, his parents and one sister, Mrs. E. S. Winfree of Yoakum, and numerous other relatives, all of whom have the deepest sympathy of this community in their hour of deepest sorrow.

Howard was conscious to the last.  He realized that death was near and talked over business matters with his family before his soul took it's flight into the Great Beyond. Howard accepted Jesus and said he was ready to go. When asked during his last hours if he had any messages he wanted to send to anyone he replied, "Tell all my friends to take Jesus as their Savior".

The funeral was held from the family residence in this city at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, with burial in the Lakeside Cemetery. Rev. E. B. McLaughlin conducted the services.

Howard Shortt, having spent practically all of his live in Eagle Lake was well and favorably known to all the people in this community. He was a quiet and unassuming young man and attended strictly to his own affairs. He was a kind and loving son, husband and father.

Everything that loving hands could do to alleviate his suffering was done. To the stricken ones, and to the others who are closely bound by the ties of kinship and love our people unite their hearts in sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Saturday, October 16, 1920
Submitted by Jane Winfree Beattie, Great Niece of Howard Shortt.

Shortt, Jeremiah

Weimar Local Matters

We regret to chronicle the death of Mr. Shortt, a resident of Eagle Lake. He was the father of Alderman Frank Shortt of our city. The sad event occurred at Eagle Lake last Thursday of pneumonia, and the remains were transferred to this place Friday and interred in the Masonic cemetery, Rev. Q. T Simpson officiating. A large circle of friends attended the last sad rites. We extend our deepest sympathy to Mr. Frank Short and other bereaved relatives.

Eagle Lake Items

Mr. J. Shortt, an old citizen of the community, died on Mr. Causey's place in the bend last week, and was taken to Weimar for burial in the family graveyard.

Colorado Citizen, February 12, 1891

Shortt, Marzee Eugenia (Price)


Mrs. G. J. Shortt, aged 69 years, 7 months, and 16 days, died at 2:30 o'clock last Saturday afternoon at the home of her daughter; Mrs. E. S. Winfree, in Yoakum, just two months to the day after having fallen on the ice-covered streets here during the pre=Christmas blizzard, in which she received injuries which rendered her paralyzed and helpless since. Some time following the accident she was taken to Yoakum, accompanied by Mr. Shortt, where two daughters live and where they could take care of her.

The remains were shipped to Eagle Lake on the 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon train and taken to the Baptist church where funeral services wee held, following which interment was made in the Lakeside cemetery, Rev. E. B. McLaughlin of Garwood conducting the services at the church and at the grave.

Before her marriage to Mr. Shortt she was Marzee Eugenia Price and was born and reared in Bedford County, Tennessee, and was married in that county to Mr. Shortt in 1875. They moved to Eagle Lake in 1884 and have made their home here since that time.

Following her fatal fall here on December 20th., she was a suffered for two long months, but her suffering was marked, by the patience and fortitude of the true Christian, who never doubts but confidently believes that all things work together for good to those who love and trust the Lord. Seeing that fate was unrelenting, she became perfectly resigned and her resignation was beautiful. Mrs. Shortt was a member of the Baptist church and died as she lived, in the triumphs of a Christian's faith. She is survived by her husband and three daughters, Mrs. E. S. Winfree and Mrs. Effie Russell of Yoakum and Mrs. Lillian Lay of Hutchinson, Kansas, all of whom were here for the funeral. Mr. and Mrs. Shortt's two eldest children died in infancy, and their son, Howard, who was so well and favorable known to our people died here in 1920.

To the heart-broken husband in sadness and loneliness and to the sorrowing daughters, the Headlight extends its deepest sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 28, 1925
Submitted by Jane Winfree Beattie, Great grand daughter of Mrs. Shortt

Shortt, Susie A. (Reynolds)

Death of a Noble, Christian Woman

Just as the Mercury went to press last Thursday, news was received of the death of Mrs. Sue Shortt, beloved wife of Mr. Frank Shortt of this city, which occurred same morning at 2:45 o'clock in San Antonio at the Physicians and Surgeons' Hospital, after a long illness. The remains were tenderly prepared for burial and brought hoe that afternoon, interment taking place in the Masonic Cemetery Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock, after impressive ceremonies were held at the First Baptist Church by her late pastor, Rev. C. E. Dearman.The church edifice was crowded with the many sorrowing ones who had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to the dear departed one.

The pall bearers were: J. F. Walker, A. H. Piagens, Ben B. Holt, Ed Rabel, Wm. B. Brown, and G. W. Shaver.

Mrs. Shortt was born at La Grange, Fayette County, Tx, May 18, 1855. In 1885 she was united marriage to Mr. E. F. Shortt of this city, and the greater part of her life was spent here. She is survived by her devoted husband, one sister, Mrs. Belle Duke of Del Rio, and three brothers; J. J. Reynolds of Corpus Christi; A.A. Reynolds of Cleburne, and Rufus Reynolds of this city.

In earlier life when blessed with good health Mrs. Shortt was an active worker in every movement calculated to benefit the community and people among whom she dwelt. She was an especially active church worker, and her benefactions towards church enterprise and work were many and insufficient, in which noble work she always had the cooperation and sanction of her good husband. Ill health of an aggravated type beset her the latter year of her life, and although a great and constant sufferer she bore up under it all with remarkable fortitude and a display of Christian resignation worthy of emulation by all. During her long period of ill health her devoted husband was ever at her bedside, comforting and caring for her with unswerving devotion and fidelity. Every care, every attention, everything possible was done for her by physicians, husband, relatives and friends, but it all proved of no avail, and the poor, tired spirit of this noble Christian woman was called to its eternal home.

Mrs. Shortt ever proved a devoted loving wife and friend, one whose friends were glad to cluster around and receive the benefits of the Christian examples and teachings of which her life was so true a type. Many hearts throughout our community are bowed down with sorrow over the departure of this good woman from among us, for she has been a useful worker in years gone by and an example many should emulate.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her heart=broken husband, sister and brothers in their irretrievable loss. God comfort them as He alone can!

Weimar Mercury, October 16, 1925
Submitted by Jane Winfree Beattie, Great Niece of Sue Shortt
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