September 24, 2019

Alfred H. Wyly

   Alfred Henderson Wyly, soldier, presumably joined the Texas army at Groce's Retreat on the Brazos River, where he organized and was elected to command of a small company from the "Redlands" about April 6, 1836. The company was assigned to Col. Sidney Sherman's Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers, and served at the battle of San Jacinto. Wyly was discharged on July 24, 1836. He was married to a widow named Josephine Louise (Burk) Williams, and they had five children. His family lived in Rusk County from 1848 until at least 1855. He died on May 11, 1867, at Hempstead, where he is buried. Source

30° 05.056, -096° 04.074

Hempstead Cemetery

September 17, 2019

Fred "Laddie" Link

   Born March 11, 1886, in Columbus, Ohio, Edward Theodore "Laddie" Link was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for only one season. He debuted on April 15, 1910, for the Cleveland Naps, playing in 22 games before he was traded to the St. Louis Browns, but only played three games before he was released. His last Major League appearance was on August 25, 1910. He quit baseball and worked 19 years as a clerk in the general offices of the Texas Company in Houston. Link died in Houston on May 22, 1939, of cancer at the age of 53.

29° 57.589, -095° 15.988

Section 12
Rosewood Park Cemetery

September 10, 2019

Hersal Thomas

   Hersal Thomas, child prodigy pianist, was born in Houston in 1910. Hersal was one of thirteen children of George and Fannie Thomas. George, Sr., was a deacon at Shiloh Baptist Church, where his children often sang in the choir and played the piano and organ. The Thomas family was exceptionally talented musically. Hersal's older brother George Washington Thomas Jr. was a publisher and composer whose tunes included New Orleans Hop Scop Blues and Muscle Shoals Blues. In addition to composing, George was an accomplished pianist who taught Hersal to play. Although George was twenty-five years older than his youngest brother, Hersal's skills were so exceptional that he quickly surpassed his brother in musical accomplishment. The most famous member of the Thomas family, however, was Hersal's older sister, the sensational blues singer Beulah "Sippie" Wallace.

   Hersal's life was intertwined with Sippie's. When he was a small child, he performed with her on Houston street corners for tips. In 1915 Hersal and Sippie moved to New Orleans to live with their brother George. They performed in New Orleans clubs and worked theaters throughout the South. In 1923 the two moved to Chicago to work with their brother George and their niece, blues singer Hociel Thomas. Although Hersal was still a teenager, his musical talents quickly became much in demand around the city. His performances of The Fives, the groundbreaking boogie-woogie song that Hersal and his brother George had published in 1922, inspired such Chicago pianists as Jimmy Yancey, Meade "Lux" Lewis, and Albert Ammons. In addition to playing in local venues, he toured with Louis Armstrong, Joe "King" Oliver, and Sippie. Hersal also backed his niece, Hociel, on most of her recordings. In 1925, at the age of fifteen, he recorded Hersal Blues and the piano classic Suitcase Blues. At the age of sixteen, while performing at Penny's Pleasure Inn in Detroit, he contracted ptomaine poisoning and died on July 2, 1926. His body was shipped back to Houston and buried alongside his father and mother in an unmarked grave. Source


Evergreen Negro Cemetery

September 3, 2019

Charles Dellschau

   C. A. A. Dellschau (1830–1923) inventor, scientist, and artist, was born on June 4, 1830, in Germany. Dellschau arrived in the United States in the 1850s and lived in Sonora and Columbia, California, among other German scientists. He joined the Sonora Aero Club, a secret society of sixty-two members committed to designing and assembling aircraft, and served as their primary draftsman. In 1886 Dellschau moved to Houston, Texas. Although no clear evidence points to how Dellschau spent his years in between his time in California and Houston, there is some speculation that he may have served as a Civil War spy. Regardless, once in Houston, Dellschau worked for the Stelzig Saddlery Shop as a salesman until 1900, when he retired. Upon retirement Dellschau spent his time drawing imaginary airships, focusing on his interests in new inventions and aviation. Some of these drawings were his original inventions, while others were drawn from designs of his former colleagues. Dellschau collected extensive scrapbooks of his drawings. On April 20, 1923, he died, without recognition of his artistic contributions. Not until the 1960s were his scrapbooks discovered by art students in a Houston antique shop. The University of St. Thomas exhibited selections from Dellschau's work in a 1969 art show. The works rose in public prominence in 1977, when they were featured in a Rice University exhibition, and in 1979, when four of his scrapbooks were purchased by the San Antonio Museum Association. His name is misspelled on his stone. Source

29° 45.945, -095° 23.327

Section A
Washington Cemetery