Colorado County Obituaries
Middlebrook, Earl Sloan
EARL S. MIDDLEBROOK DIED IN GALVESTON
Earl S. Middlebrook, aged 45 years. formerly a resident of Columbus, but lately of Saron Texas, died at St. Mary’s infirmary in Galveston Wednesday morning at five o’clock, following an illness of stomach troubles which extended over several months. He had been in Galveston the past month seeking health.
He was a member of Joe Werner lodge, 553, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Trinity, Texas, a member of the Scottish Rite bodies of Galveston and a member of the El Mina temple, Mystic Shrine.
The remains were prepared for burial and shipped to his old home in Columbus where burial was made yesterday in the family lot [Odd Fellows Rest] under the auspices of the Masonic order of that place. He is survived by a wife, mother and other relatives who were with him at the time of his death.
Eagle Lake Headlight, April 18, 1914, page 5
Middlebrook, Earl Williamson
Funeral services were held for Earl Williamson Middlebrook Saturday, November 15 under the arrangement of Swearingen Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Hammons officiating, from the Swearingen Chapel.
Burial was at IOOF Cemetery in Columbus.
Mr. Midlebrook(sic) was born March 30, 1908 in Nona, Texas. He married Frances Midlebrook(sic) January 17, 1942 in Liberal, Kansas. He had lived in Columbus for 29 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and he was affiliated with the Caledonia Masonic Lodge Number 68. M. Middlebrook worked 34 years with Gulf Oil Company, before he retired in 1968.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Middlebrook; son, Earl T. Middlebrook of Edmond, Ok.; daughter, Linda Perotto of Fair Haven, NJ; one cousin, Dr. French Simpson of San Francisco, California; four grandchildren, Jonathon and Mathew Perotto and Amanda and Austin Middlebrook.
Colorado County Citizen, December 4, 1986
Middlebrook, Hattie (Cunningham)
Columbus Pioneer Passes.
Columbus, Tex., Jan. 7.--Mrs. Hattie Middlebrok, a pioneer citizen, 70 years old,died at her residence here at 9 o’clock Saturday night. Burial took place Sunday afternoon at the Odd Fellows’ Rest, the Baptist minister, Rev. . B. Marshall; the Methodist minister, Rev. A. S. J. Haygood, and the Daughters of the Confederacy officiating. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ray Middlebrok of this place and Mrs. Ibbie Lee of Houston, and two sons, Robert Middlebrok of San Antonio and Percy Middlebrok of Eagle Lake.
Weimar Mercury, January 12, 1917, page 5
Middlebrook, Ibzan William
DEATH OF MAYOR I. W. MIDDLEBROOK
With much regret the CITIZEN announces the death of Mayor I. W. Middlebrook at his residence in this city at a quarter past three o’clock this (Wednesday) morning, after a long illness. Though not unexpected, his death was a shock to his many friends in his city who had so long hoped for his ultimate recovery.
Ibzan William Middlebrook was born in Chickasaw county, Mississippi, on the 28th day of November, 1837, and was educated in the private schools of that state. When seventeen years of age he came to Texas, with the family, they settling in 1854 in Fayette county, engaging in agriculture. He moved to Lavaca county in 1959, and resided there till the opening of the war between the states.
In 1861 Mr. Middlebrook volunteered in the Confederate States’ army, and served as orderly sergeant of Co. “D,” from Lavaca county. The company was commanded by Capt. J. W. Whitfield, was afterwards a battalion, then a legion, commanded respectively by Col. Whitfield, and attached to Ross’ brigade. Sergeant Middlebrook was with the command in the battles of Elkhorn, Corloth, Juka, Hatchle Bridge, Miss., and in numerous skirmishes. He was promoted to Lieutenant of Co. “K,” before the close of the war. He was twice captured, once at Carter’s creek, Tenn., and once at Rodney, Miss. He was exchanged at Petersburg, Va., the first time; the second time he was imprisoned for sixteen months at Fort Delaware, and not released till the close of the war.
After the close of the war he settled in Colorado county, and engaged in the manufacture of lumber, in which business he was quite successful, building up a comfortable home in Columbus, with all the surroundings necessary for the demands of a refined and intelligent family. On the 3d of January, 1869, he was married in the First Baptist church in this city to Mrs. Hattie Howard, who, with five children--three boys and two girls--survive him.
He was elected a representative for Colorado and Lavaca to the Fifteenth legislature and also elected to represent Colorado county in the Twenty-first legislature. He was the[sic] made chairman of the committee on Claims and Accounts, and served on the committees of Internal Improvements, Penitentiaries, Roads and Bridges, Mining and Minerals and Public Buildings and Grounds. In the Fifteen legislature he introduced the bill providing for a mechanic’s lien for work done, which was passed that session. With all his natural ability and strong personal influence he opposed the railroad commission bill and the purchase of a state farm upon which to work the convicts. He was not strictly a speaking member of the house, but relied upon quiet work in the committee rooms and in private conversation with his colleagues, with whom his genial manner and honest earnestness acquired great influence.
In April, 1898, he was elected mayor of Columbus, and, while his health permitted, devoted his best energies to the interests of the city of his residence.
Mr. Middlebrook was a man of firm and high character--a genuine good man in every respect. Liberal in sentiment and in praise, he entertained the emotions that gave him full fellowship in the common brotherhood of man. Without ostentation he regarded every one who tried to do right as as[sic] good as himself, and himself superior to no one who does nothing radically wrong. Regarding all men liable to error, he was free always to correct them himself, and liberal to those who regretted and righted their errors. He was a genial friend and companion, a good citizen, a devoted and indulgent husband and father, and a man who will be sadly missed, not only in his home town and county, but in many parts of the state. The bereaved family have universal sympathy in their affliction.
The funeral will take place at 10 o’clock this (Thursday) morning, under the auspices of the Masonic lodge, from the family residence, at Odd Fellows’ Rest.
“Old soldiers, now before your raptured gaze
Through shining courts and aisles of endless light,
The Prince of Peace, whose never changing rays
Far from the Glory Land can reach our night,
Has come to greet you, leads you tenderly
Where pain and anguish had a long surcease
To light that never shone on land or sea,
Discredito in pace--go in peace.”
Colorado Citizen, July 6, 1899, page 3
Middlebrook, Percy C.
P. C. Middlebrook Of Eagle Lake Is Buried Here
Funeral services for Percy C. Middlebrook of Eagle Lake, 83, were held at Columbus Funeral home Jan. 22, the Rev. A. J. Pate of the First Baptist church officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.
Mr. Middlebrook, who had spent his entire life in Columbus and Eagle Lake, had retired several years ago after managing the Alamo Lumber co. of Eagle Lake for 40 years. He died at Twin Pines Nursing Home in Victoria, Jan. 20. His birthdate was Sept. 16, 1879
His wife died in May, 1947, and a son, P. G. Middlebrook, died 3 months ago and was buried in Odd Fellows Rest. He is survived by 3 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Colorado County Citizen, January 31, 1963, page 8
Middlebrook, Sussie Bee
Little Sussie Bee, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Middlebrook, died at Antioch, Lavaca county, on the 26th day of August, 1880, aged nineteen months. She was a most interesting child, and had so intertwined her affections among the heartstrings of her fond parents that her loss causes the keenest agony. But their loss is her gain, and she is now beatified in a world of bliss,
“Death lies on her like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.”
[Hallettsville Herald and Planter please copy.]
Colorado Citizen, September 9, 1880