August 26, 2014

Eli Noland

As is often the case with early Texas settlers, little is known of Eli Noland's history. He was born in Ohio, December, 1803, and arrived in Texas sometime in 1835. He enlisted in the Texas army as a member of William S. Fisher's Company of Velasco Blues and fought at the Battle of San Jacinto, where he was slightly wounded. Noland was married to Elizabeth Shewmaker at the time of his death on December 17, 1841, and was buried in Houston's City Cemetery.

Note
This is a cenotaph. Founders Memorial Park, originally founded in 1836 as Houston's first city cemetery, was rapidly filled due to a yellow fever epidemic and closed to further burials around 1840. The cemetery became neglected over a period of time, often vandalized and was heavily damaged by the 1900 hurricane. In 1936, despite a massive clean up effort, a century of neglect had taken its toll. The vast majority of grave markers were either destroyed or missing and poor record keeping prevented locating individual graves. Several cenotaphs were placed in random areas throughout the park in honor of the more high-profile citizens buried there, but a great number of graves go unmarked to this day.

GPS Coordinates
29° 45.428, -095° 22.734


Founders Memorial Park
Houston

August 19, 2014

George Campbell Childress

George Campbell Childress, lawyer, statesman, and author of the Texas Declaration of Independence, son of John Campbell and Elizabeth (Robertson) Childress, was born on January 8, 1804, at Nashville, Tennessee. In 1826 he graduated from Davidson Academy (later the University of Nashville). He was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1828 and married Margaret Vance on June 12 of that year. Their son was born in March 1835, and Margaret Childress died a few months later. Childress practiced law and for a brief period (September 1834-November 1835) edited the Nashville Banner and Nashville Advertiser. In December 1834 he made his first trip to Texas, where his uncle, Sterling C. Robertson, was organizing Robertson's colony.

After spending some time raising money and volunteers in Tennessee for the Texas army, Childress left permanently for Texas. He arrived at the Red River on December 13, 1835, and reached Robertson's colony on January 9, 1836. The following February he and his uncle were elected to represent Milam Municipality at the Convention of 1836. Childress called the convention to order and subsequently introduced a resolution authorizing a committee of five members to draft a declaration of independence. Upon adoption of the resolution, he was named chairman of the committee and is almost universally acknowledged as the primary author of the document.

On March 19 President David G. Burnet sent Robert Hamilton and Childress, whose family was on friendly terms with President Andrew Jackson, to Washington as diplomatic agents for the Republic of Texas. They were instructed to negotiate for recognition of the republic. In late May 1836 their mission was terminated when they were replaced by James Collinsworth and Peter W. Grayson.

On December 12, 1836, Childress married Rebecca Stuart Read Jennings; they had two daughters. Childress returned to Texas three times - in 1837, 1839, and 1841 - to open law offices, first in Houston, then Galveston. Each time he was unsuccessful in establishing a practice that would support his family. On October 6, 1841, while living in Galveston, he slashed his abdomen with a Bowie knife and died soon thereafter. On August 21, 1876, Childress County was formed and named in his honor.

GPS Coordinates
29° 17.616, -094° 48.701


Trinity Episcopal Cemetery
Galveston

August 12, 2014

Richard Joseph "Turk" Farrell

Richard Joseph "Turk" Farrell was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball from 1956 to 1969. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Colt .45s and Astros, all of the National League. Before the 1953 season, Farrell was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent. The 19-year-old was assigned to the class A Schenectady Blue Jays, where over a two-year span (1953-54), he would build an 18-18 record and a 3.30 ERA. He spent 1955 in the IL with the Syracuse Chiefs, going 12-12 with a 3.94 ERA, and in 1956 he played for the Miami Marlins, going 12-6 with a 2.50 ERA.

Farrell would get a late-season look in 1956 by the Phillies and would lose his only decision, but set the groundwork for a 14-year run in the major leagues. Farrell was one of the young Phillies pitchers of the late 1950s, along with Jack Meyer and Jim Owens, dubbed the "Dalton Gang" for their fun-loving late-hour escapades. Phillies fans liked what they saw of the 6 ft 4 in hard-throwing rookie right-hander in 1957 when he was 10-2 plus 10 saves and a 2.38 ERA in 52 appearances out of the bullpen. On September 3, 1957, Farrell was the winning pitcher for the Phils in the last of fifteen home games the Dodgers played at the Jersey City Roosevelt Stadium, 3-2 in twelve innings. After four more seasons of relief work with the Phils, Farrell was traded to the Dodgers early in 1961.

Farrell was selected in the 1961 MLB expansion draft by the Houston Colt .45s. In 1962, Farrell finished with the seventh best ERA at 3.02, but with a poor 10-20 record. A starter in Houston, Farrell was used almost exclusively in relief with Philadelphia and Los Angeles. His career totals include 590 games pitched, a won-loss record of 106-111, 83 saves, and an ERA of 3.45. He was selected to the National League All-Star team 4 times (1958, 1962, 1964 and 1965) in his career.

Farrell last pitched in the major leagues on September 19, 1969 for the Phillies against the Expos in a game the Phillies lost 10-6. He would never pitch in the majors again, and would leave the US shortly thereafter for good. Farrell moved to England, where he lived and worked on an offshore oil rig just off Great Britain in the North Sea. He was killed on June 10, 1977, in an auto accident in Great Yarmouth, England, at age 43.

GPS Coordinates
29° 44.493, -095° 36.623

Section 409
Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery
Houston

August 5, 2014

Richard Arlen "Bud" Marshall

Bud Marshall, born September 12, 1941 in Carthage, Texas, was an American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, and Washington Redskins, as well as for the Houston Oilers in the American Football League. He played college football at Baylor University and Stephen F. Austin State University and was drafted in the tenth round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi. He was part of the team when the Packers won the 1965 NFL championship, then later in the year traded to the Washington Redskins. He was traded again that year by the Redskins to the Atlanta Falcons. In 1967, Marshall was traded yet again, this time to the AFL Houston Oilers, with whom he finished his football career. His career stats state that he played a total of 48 games over five years. He died on July 16, 2009, in Pasadena, Texas, five years to the day after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.

GPS Location
29° 43.744, -095° 18.178

Section E
Forest Park Lawndale
Houston