Mrs. Lillian Carter Obituary
MRS. LILLIAN CARTER-PIONEER RANCH WOMAN DIES-(Big Spring Herald,
July 15, 1956)
Mrs. Lillian Carter, 81, who came to Glasscock County from Kentucky 60 years
ago to teach school, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday (July 14, 1956) in a hospital
here. With the exception of a few years’ residence in Big Spring, she lived
continuously on the same ranch in the same house she and her husband erected in
Glasscock County shortly after their marriage in 1897. Her husband, Joseph
George Carter, died Aug. 18, 1935. He came to this area to work as a cowboy.
Born at Bardstown, Ky., July 11, 1875, Miss Lilly Marks came to Glasscock County
in 1896 to visit an uncle and aunt, the late Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Settles. She
stayed to teach at the old Panther Draw School about a mile south of the Settles
ranch house. She and Mr. Carter were married June 16, 1897.He managed to save
enough from his cowboy wages to buy land of his own and he and his bride
constructed their home south of the Ranch Road 33 in Glasscock County.
They lived on Gregg Street in Big Spring for a few years while their children
attended school. While living here, she played a prominent role in church and
civic affairs and was one of those who financed and established the first free
public library in the old city hall building on the corner of the courthouse
square. She became a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Big Spring in
1906 and maintained that membership throughout the years. Early in the century,
she became widely known throughout this area for poems, essays and a weekly news
column she wrote, “Along the Garden City Road.” She also wrote feature
stories for several newspapers in the East, picturing the early days of West
Texas as she and her neighbors lived then. Mrs. Carter pictured the country as
one without fences and without mesquite, with plenty of grass and antelope
grazed with the cattle. She is credited with implanting in this section many of
the cultural traditions of the Old South. And for several years, she served as
teacher for her neighbors children as well as her own.
At the time of her death, Mrs. Carter had been seriously ill for 45 days and in
failing health for several years. She is survived by two sons, Temp Carter of
Asher, Okla. and Joe Carter of Glasscock County; four daughters, Mrs. Ben
Schafer and Mrs. Bismarck Schafer, both of Glasscock County, Mrs. Nathan Allen
and Mrs. Frank Covert, both of Big Spring. One child is deceased. Also surviving
are two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Borders, Bardstown, Ky., and Mrs. Nell Montfort,
Louisville, Ky.; an uncle, Tom Greer, Bardstown; and two sisters-in-law, Mrs.
Vila Mercer of El Monte, Calif., and Mrs. Laura Kemp, Austin; 22 grandchildren
and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday in the First Presbyterian
Church with the pastor, Dr. R. Gage Lloyd, officiating. Interment under the
direction of River Funeral Home will be in the family plot in the city cemetery,
beside the grave of Mr. Carter. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. They include
Nathan Allen, Jr. Gene Schafer, William Covert, Charles Schafer, Leonard
Schafer, William Schafer and Marion Carter. All friends will be honorary
Submitted by Gene
Schafer on April 21, 2002.
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