Looking for information about individuals named in this obituary for Louvella Coyle Hasell, granddaughter of Martha Divers Sturdivant Mills and Edward C. Mills. Martha Divers Mills is my ggg-grandmotther.
The Garland News, Dallas County, TX, June 4, 1915, page 1
DOUBLE DROWNING - TRAGIC DEATH OF MRS. VELIA HALSELL AND DAUGHTER TOMMIE
Last Saturday morning Mrs. Velia Halsell and her two young daughters, Tommie and Helen Fay, together with Mrs. J.B. Knight and her niece, went out to Rowlett creek to fish. Just after lunch, Tommie went to see about her line, which was set in the deep hole just below the bridge beyond Mills cemetery, and while pulling in a fish that was on the line she fell into the water. Her cries brought the rest of the party, and Mrs. Halsell sprang at once into the stream to save her daughter, But (sic) the depth of the water, their wet clothing, and the current kept them from getting ashore. Mrs. Knight was unable to reach them, with a pole, and after her efforts had failed, she ran for aid. // Some men in an automobile came down at her call, but as no signs could be seen on the surface and the men could not dive they carried Mrs. Knight to the nearest telephone, where she sent word to town. // Dr. Knight and Mr. Coyle were the first to leave town, and immediately after them practically every auto on the square and in the shops was filled with men hurrying to the rescue. Smith's ambulance and pulmoter were wired for and came from Dallas to Garland in 19 minutes. Several of the men dived for some time before locating and bringing to the surface the two bodies. They were found right together by Bob Lannom, and Tommie still held her pole and fish. // They were hurried back toward town until the ambulance with the pulmoter met them at Mr. Boyd's house. There the pulmoter was used on Tommie while Drs. Ggle (sic) Gagle, (sic) Brown, and Ramsey worked with Mrs. Halsell, but they had been under the water so long that efforts were of no avail. // The funeral services were held at the Christian church Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W.O. Dallas and Rev. Otis Hawkins. Pallbearers for Mrs. Halsell were A. R. Davis, E.G. Cole, E.P. Squibb, G.L. Davis, Chas. Carmack and Z.S. Armstrong. // The girls of Mrs. A. R. Davis' Sunday School class and the boys of C.M. Brown's class accompanied the casket of their classmate, Tommie, and carried the floral offerings. M.D. Williams and C.M. Brown directed the service. The church was filled to overflowing and an immense crowd stood on the outside. Interment was at the Mills cemetery, and the crowd gathered there was perhaps the largest ever assembled at a burial in Garland. Such was the sympathy of the people with the stricken parents, sisters, and little daughter. // The following were some of those from other towns who attended the funeral: Mrs. Mary Lacey, of Ft. Worth; A.S. Jackson, Tilden Jackson, Miss Annie Jackson. Mrs. Nan Coyle and daughters Inez and Agnes, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Kennemer, Mr. Stahr, Mrs. Burk, Mrs. Austin, Hatton W. Summers, John H. Cullom, Henry Gardner and family, Dick Gardner and family, Mr. and Mrs. Schoolfield, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Collins, Mrs. John Ward, Mrs. John Kirk, Mr. and Mrs. Thyler, Mr. Arnold, Mr. and Mrs. F.D. Royse, Mrs. John Williams, Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Halsell, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Hudson, Mrs. Oma Harper, Mrs. Myra Read and daughters, all of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Mills, of Sulphur Springs, Mr. and Mrs. F.C. Jacobs of Comanche; Lee Heine of Waxahachie; Frank Taylor of Amarillo; Mrs. A. Gardenhire, Miss Eula Gardenhire, of Rockwall; A.W. Lander and daughters of New Hope; Mr. and Mrs. Bowser, Mrs. Prigmore, of Richardson; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Monday, of Wylie; Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Rhoton, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Skiles, Mr. and Mrs. Luck, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Robertson, Miss Mary Robertson, Mrs. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Foster, Mr. and Mrs. John Riglea of Carrollton; Mr. and Mrs. V.B. Halsell, Mrs. Everett Halsell, Mrs. Ray Chambers and daughters of Big Sandy. --- IN MEMORIAL - On Saturday, May 29 Sister Velia Halsell and her daughter, Tommie, were drowned in Rowlett creek (sic) east of Garland. They were fishing when the daughter fell in. The mother followed quickly and gave her life in a desperate effort to rescue her child. ........... (2 or 3 paragraphs missing - this section told about more than 2,000 people attending the funeral and burial) and father, Tom Halsell, who preceded them to the grave some seven years. The floral offerings were most beautiful and profuse, covering the lot. // Sister Halsell's age was 36 years, 6 months and 16 days and that of her daughter 13 years, 8 months and 16 days at the time of their tragic and untimely death. // Sister Hasell was born in Dallas county about three miles from Garland. She was married to Mr. tom Halsell some fifteen years ago. To this union were born two children, Helen Fay, age 9 years, being the only member of the immediate family left. Sister Halsell also leaves Bro. and Sister H.B. Coyle, her father and Mrs. Earl Harris of Dallas, her sisters, and other relatives. // When just a girl Sister Vella received Christ as her personal Savior, and for all these years has been an ardent, consecrated member of the Christian church. She was a great lover of music, and had a good voice which she used to the honor and glory of God. She will be greatly missed in our church worship and in the community. She was secretary of the Ladies Bible class. It was her joy to see both her children obey and gospel just last summer at my hands. // Sister Tommie had noted the splendid virtues of her mother and was following her example. She was active in the Sunday School and church, and organist of the Junior Endeavor. She was accomplished in music and her future was promising. // In the departure of these two, the church and the whole community have sustained a great loss, but our loss is Haven's gain. (s/ W.O. Dallas, Garland, Texas.
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