The First American Marriage In San Antonio, TX

by Linda Stewart,  October 8, 2021

PASCHAL, Franklin Lafitte, was born at Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, January 15, 1810, and came to Texas in 1836 to fight in the Revolution.  As lieutenant in Major Augustus Parker’s Company, formed at Rome, Georgia, Paschal entered the Texas Army, and soon became commissary of Green’s brigade.  Later he joined Captain Jack Hays’ command, and while on scouting duty near San Antonio was ambushed and seriously wounded.  Returning to Georgia for treatment, Paschal came back to Texas in 1839 and settled at San Antonio.  He was a man active in his community, service as Bexar County’s first sheriff during the Republic, a member of the City Council, City Tax Collector, and as crier of the United States District and circuit court.  Meanwhile, he had represented Bexar County, in 1843-44, at the Eighth Congress, House of Representatives.  Three months after the session ended, Franklin Paschal was married to Miss Frances Roach of South Carolina, this marriage on May 13, 1844, being the first American marriage performed in San Antonio.  Some forty years later, on February 13, 1884, Pascal, still a resident of San Antonio, died of pneumonia.  — See Chabot, With the Makers of San Antonio, 315-7; Election Register, 1843-45; Texas Veterans, 91;  House Journal of the Eighth Congress.

Reprinted From the “Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses 1832-1845”.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Austin, Texas, book housed at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, 650 FM 1011, PO Box 310, Liberty, TX 77575.

Turkey Gone, but Five Grand Is Safe: Pair Happy

by Linda Stewart, 31 August 2021

Long Beach, Calif., December 26, 1951 — While D. Cameron Paschall and his wife [June] were visiting relatives Tuesday the electric roaster cooking their turkey became overheated and set their house afire.

A neighbor called the Paschall’s and told them the bad news.  Paschall rushed into the burning home and emerged triumphant, not with the turkey but with a paper bag.  It contained $5,000 in cash Paschall had secreted in his home.  The turkey was reduced to charcoal.

The Paschall’s ate out, which cut an insignificant dent in the $5,000.  Damage to the house was confined to the kitchen[i].

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Dean Cameron Paschall, the son of William Guthrie Paschall and Lorene Litterel, was born 6 August 1922 in Los Angeles Co., CA, and died on 29 April 2004 in Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., CA.  He was cremated with his ashes scattered at sea[ii].

Dean was married first to June Elizabeth Mertz on December 27, 1946 in Glendale, Los Angeles Co., CA[iii].  The marriage record was recorded on January 2, 1947 in book 2729, page 169. June was married secondly to Robert Randle Cox.

June Mertz Weds Dean C. Paschall In California:  Word has been received here of the wedding of Miss June Elizabeth Mertz, daughter of Mrs. Paul F. Mertz, 49 Raleigh avenue, this city and Dean Cameron Paschall, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Paschall of Long Beach, Calif.  The couple were married Dec. 27 in the Wee Kirk o’ the Heather, Glendale, Calif., by Rev. Clair Gahagen of the First Presbyterian church of Glendale. 

For the ceremony the bride chose a bridge wool suit trimmed with brown braid and brown accessories.  Her corsage was a spray of green orchids.  Attending the bride was Miss. Audrey L. Hergrandson who wore a grey suit with pink accessories and a corsage of pink roses.  Robert Powell was best man.

The bride, a graduate of Mansfield Senior high school was graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic high school and Long Beach Junior college.  She is now attending the University of Southern California.

Mr. Paschall was graduated from City College and at present is associated with his father in Meyer and Welsh, Inc. in Los Angeles. The couple resides at 6914 Rugby avenue, Huntington Park, Calif[iv].

Dean was married secondly to Audrey Lucille Hergrandson Hulbert on July 29, 1961 in Los Angeles Co., CA[v].

Wayfarers’ Chapel Setting for Paschall-Hulbert Rite:  In a morning service at Wayfarer’s Chapel, Portuguese Bend, Dr. D. Cameron Paschall took as his bride, Audrey L. Hulbert, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Spurgeon.  The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Paschall, 2225 Pasadena Ave.

The bride wore a gown of pink silk organza and a pale pink veil.  She carried a nosegay of pink roses.  Mrs. Julius Smith was matron of honor, and Valerie Jean Hulbert was junior bridesmaid.  Dr. John P. Martin served as best man. 

The new Mrs. Paschall attended Long Beach City College, and was a member of Thespians.  Dr. Paschall was graduated from Polytechnic High School, Long Beach City College and USC, and was affiliated with Phi Delta Chi.  The newlyweds are on a honeymoon trip to New York City and will be at home at 4470 Cerritos Ave. after Aug. 14[vi].

June Elizabeth Mertz Paschall Cox, Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Ohio, 1938.  Dean Cameron Paschall, Long Beach City College, 1941.  Audrey Lucille Hergrandson Hulbert Paschall, 1961.

[i] Fairbanks Daily News – Miner, (Fairbanks, Alaska), Wednesday, December 26, 1951, Page 1.

[ii] https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/95549443/dean-cameron-paschall, accessed 31 August 2021

[iii] State of California. California Marriage Index, Los Angeles County, Marriage Record #569, Registrar #113.

[iv] News-Journal, (Mansfield, Ohio), Monday, January 6, 1947, Page 5.

[v] State of California. California Marriage Index, 1960-1985. Microfiche. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Registrar Co. #19 22830, State File #54520.

[vi] Independent, (Long Beach, CA), Friday, August 4, 1961, Page 18.

A FIGHT OVER POLITICS – HAD NO KNIFE

by Linda Stewart, 28 August 2021

A FIGHT OVER POLITICS

Fulton, KY., August 29, 1899, Sam Norman, a prominent resident of Mayfield, and Ray Paschall, editor of the Weekly Guard, a Brown paper, got into a dispute over state politics at Knight’s hotel this afternoon.  Norman took exception to Paschall’s remarks and slapped his jaws.  Paschall did not resent Norman’s attack at the time, but later slipped up on him and struck him with a knife.  Bystanders intruded and prevented further hostilities.  The Owensboro Messenger, (Owensboro, KY), Wed, Aug 30, 1899, Pg 4

HAD NO KNIFE

The Sun a few days since printed an article clipped from a Louisville paper and no doubt sent by some prejudiced correspondent, giving an account of a fight in Fulton between Editor Paschall, of the Guard, and Mr. Sam Norman, an ex-sheriff of Graves county.  The item said that Paschall retired after being slapped by Norman and later slipped up on Norman and attacked him with a knife.  The Guard of this week gives an account of the trouble and the Sun reprints a part of justice to Mr. Paschall, who seems to have been unjustly accused in what was previously printed:  “Hero is what the eye-witnesses say who saw the affair.  Jim Milner, clerk at Knight’s hotel: ‘I saw Norman slap Paschall, and saw Paschall drawback to hit him.’  Gus Covington, traveling salesman: ‘I was present at the time of trouble between Paschall and Norman began, and was one of the three men who help Paschall and prevented him from hitting Norman.”  Charles Payne, lawyer: ‘I was present and saw Paschall walk up in front of Norman a few seconds later and hit him in the face with his fist.  The second lick Paschall struck Norman fell.  Together with two other gentlemen we pulled Paschall off Norman and stopped the fight.  Paschall had no knife.’  A.B. McCall, merchant Dukedom: ‘I held Norman while Paschall was pulled off of him.  Paschall used nothing be his fist.’  Dick LaRue, conductor: ‘I separated Paschall and Norman Tuesday and was quite amused at the way the thing ended.  The big man stood no show.  Paschall had no knife — only a left fist.'”   The Paducah Sun, (Paducah, KY), Sat., Sept 2, 1899, Pg 3

Per the 1900 Fulton Co., KY US Census, Jesse Raymond Paschall, and wife Dora, had two daughters Pauline, age 4 and Katherine, age 2.  His occupation was editor[i].  Raymond “Ray” married Dora Cooksey on 3 July 1894 in Henry Co., TN[ii].   Raymond, the son of Alexander Richard Paschall and Adalaide Araminta “Ada” Taylor, was born February 10, 1869 in Kentucky, died from tuberculosis on January 29, 1915 in Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, PLOT: Evergreen #278. Typographical Union Lot. No personal marker [iii].

In 1920, Dora and Katherine were living in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX[iv].  Pauline was  married to a Navy man, Joseph Hennard Cade, and they were living in Charleston, South Carolina[v].  In 1930, Pauline and Joseph were living in Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL[vi].  Pauline died in 1963 and Joseph in 1971.  Both were buried in the Northridge Woodhaven Chapel and Cemetery in Millington, Shelby Co., TN, PLOT: Garden of the Christus[vii].

In 1930, Dora was living with her daughter Katherine Abbott, her husband Vayle E. Abbott and their newborn son Charles, in Miami, Dade Co., FL[viii].  Dora was born 8 Apr 1871, died 20 July 1943, and was buried in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL[ix].

[i] Year: 1900; Census Place: Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky; Page: 2; Enumeration District: 0040; FHL microfilm: 1240521

Year: 1910; Census Place: Memphis Ward 16, Shelby, Tennessee; Roll: T624_1520; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0216; FHL microfilm: 1375533

[ii] Tennessee, U.S., Marriage Records, Henry County, 1898 May-1929 Aug: Marriage, Page 321, Licenses 126

[iii] Tennessee State Library and Archives; Nashville, Tennessee; Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1958; Roll Number: 40, Registration District No. 28005, File no. 300

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/130415563/jesse-raymond-paschall, accessed 28 August 2021

[iv] Year: 1920; Census Place: Dallas Precinct 16, Dallas, Texas; Roll: T625_1792; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 29

[v] Year: 1920; Census Place: Charleston Ward 6, Charleston, South Carolina; Roll: T625_1687; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 37

[vi] Year: 1930; Census Place: Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0105; FHL microfilm: 2340055

[vii] https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/68594846/pauline-p.-cade, accessed 28 August 2021

[viii] Year: 1930; Census Place: Miami, Dade, Florida; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 0069; FHL microfilm: 2340046

[ix] https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96375137/dora-c.-paschall, accessed 28 August 2021

Miss Paschall To Become Nurse In Philippines

By Linda Stewart, 18 August 2021

Miss Esther Paschall was in the city yesterday as the guest of her sister, Miss Eulalie Paschall, remaining only for the day and leaving last night for her home, Norlina, NC.

Miss Paschall came to the city from New Orleans, where she has been quite prominent in her profession as a trained nurse and, after a short visit to her mother in Norlina, will leave for the Philippines, where she has accepted a position as army nurse.

While her friends regret to see her leave, they all feel proud that she has chosen so distinguished a field in which to do her good work.  Pensacola News Journal, (Pensacola, Florida), Sat., May 6, 1911, Page 5

Miss Esther Paschall Marries:  The following report of the marriage of Miss Esther Paschall is taken from The Cablenews-American, published at Baguio, Philippine Islands, Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 1914.

The bride is a daughter of Mr. J. L. Paschall, who lives near Norlina, and besides her father she has several brothers and sisters and many relatives living in this section.  She has been in the Philippine Islands for several years and hold a high position in the hospital service.

The report of the marriage as cut from the Cablenews-American follows:  All Baguio was very much surprised on Thursday evening at the announcement of the wedding a week ago of Miss Esther Paschall and Augustus B. Deibel.

Both the bride and groom are very well known and have been popular for several years in the ounger Baguio social set.  Mr. Deibel is connected with the Bureau of Public Works and Miss Paschall has occupied the position of Superintendent of Baguio hospital.

The marriage was a quiet affair and was held on September 24, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. Ogilvy, head master of the Baguio Boys’ School.  Although the engagement had been suspected, the approaching wedding was kept absolutely secret, only the contracting parties, the clergyman, and Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Wagner being in the secret.

Last Thursday night a reception was held at the residence of the Wagner’s, at which the announcement was made, and among those present to wish happiness and prosperity to the young couple were Mayer and Mrs. A. D. Williams, Dr. and Mrs. Vincent, Captain and Mrs. Davidson, Mr. and Mrs. Bacmeister, Mr. and Mrs. Stone, Miss Friedline, Miss Holmes, Mrs. Saleeby, Miss, Ziegler, Mrs. Thomas, Mr. R. G. Myers, Mr. J. M. Myers, Mr. Edgerton, Mr. Sandkuhl, Mr. Sherfesee, and Mr. Walker.

The Wagner residence was beautifully decorated for the occasion with a profusion of ferns, palms, and potted plants, and the spacious grounds were lighted by numerous bon fires.

The entire Baguio colony are delighted to know that the Deibels will continue to make Baguio their residence.  Both parties are widely known in the Philippines, and their well wishers throughout the Islands number the thousands.  The Norlina Headlight, (Norlina, NC), Friday, November 27, 1914, Page 1

Esther Marvin Paschall Deibel, the daughter of John Lucas Paschall and Rose Virginia Langford, was born January 22, 1882 in Norlina, NC, died of breast cancer on November 16, 1925 in Brunswick Co., VA, and was buried in the Zion Union Methodist Church Cemetery in Norlina, Warren Co., NC.   She married Augustus Bismark Deibel on September 24, 1914 in Baguio, Philippine Islands. Per the 1920 census, they had two children: Frank Lee and Virginia Caroline.

Personal Information Sources: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/102076240/esther-deibel, accessed 18 Aug 2021

Certificate of Death, Commonwealth of Virginia, Certificate #24391

The Norlina Highlight, (Norlina, NC), Friday, November 27, 1914, Page 1

“Kicking” Horse Plays Havoc

By Linda Stewart, 7 July 2021

Fulton, Ky., June 20, 1906 – As Miss Emma Hopkins and Fred Paschall, prominent young people, were returning from a visit in the country their horse suddenly commenced kicking.  The buggy was badly damaged.  Mr. Paschall was kicked on the leg and Miss Hopkins was kicked on the hip as she leaped from the buggy.  The young lady is suffering considerable pain, but no bones were broken[i].

Fred Paschall and Emma Hopkins were first cousins, once removed.

Gemma “Emma” Holmes Hopkins was the daughter of Martha “Mattie” Paschall and John Barnard Hopkins, and the granddaughter of Dr. Gideon William Paschall and Frances Adaline Bullock, was born 28 January 1887 in Fulton Co., KY, died 20 May 1948 in Grandville Co., NC, and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Oxford, Grandville Co., NC[ii].  She married Leonard Bullock Fleming on 11 August 1918 in Shelby Co., TN[iii].

Alfred “Fred” Newton Paschall was the son of Perry Poyner Paschall and Ruth C. Wood, and the grandson of Jesse Morgan Paschall and Mary Freeman, was born on 30 July 1874, died on 17 January 1963 in Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, and was buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Fulton, KY[iv].  He married Mary Hettie Fields on 25 July 1906[v].

Wife of Leonard Bullock Fleming. Daughter of John Bernard & Martha Paschall Hopkins. Granddaughter of Holmes Hamilton & Margaret Barnard Hopkins & Gideon William & Frances Adeline Bullock Paschall. Descended from Micajah Bullock.

[i] News-Democrat, (Paducah, KY), Wed, 20 June 1906, Page 3

[ii] North Carolina Certificate of Death, #10528

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29918044/gamma-holmes-fleming, accessed 7 July 2021

[iii] “Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939K-YMC5-C?cc=1619127&wc=Q63S-BTY%3A1589264674%2C1589373969 : 22 December 2016), Shelby > Marriage licenses, 1918 > image 2285 of 8288; citing Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties.

[iv] https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65986727/alfred-newton-paschall, accessed 7 July 2021

The Paducah Sun (Paducah, KY), Fri, 18 Jan 1963, Page 6

WWI Draft Registration State: Kentucky; Registration County: Fulton County

[v] The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), Tue, 17 July 1906, Page 4

Texas State Legislators – To Whom It May Concern

By Linda Stewart, 2 June 2021

Every morning I peruse numerous news sites reading the titles of articles to see if there is something that I should be informed about.  Imagine my reaction when I read several articles about the Texas Democratic Legislators who walked out of session because they did not want to vote on Senate Bill 7.  Shocked, Appalled, Anger … are a few of the adjectives to describe my reaction.  Well, anger has set in and it is not leaving!

Seriously people???  What are you?  Three year olds, who are throwing a temper tantrum on the playground.  You are an adult Texan, and Texans don’t act like this.  Adults sit down and discuss issues.  If an issue cannot be resolved, you take a break, pray about the issue and ask the Lord to direct your path.  If you don’t believe in the Lord, then hire a third party mediator.  You don’t text your fellow Democrats “Members, take your key and leave the chamber discreetly. Do not go to the gallery. Leave the building.” and hide “Democrats chose a hideout that was unmistakable in meaning: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, a Black house of worship more than 2 miles away.”  “‘Leave the building’: Texas walkout escalates voting battles”  https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/leave-building-texas-walkout-escalates-voting-battles-78007960

Texas governor Abbot has threatened to defund state legislature after Democrats block voting bill as well he should.  If you worked at McDonald and you talked your friends into walking off the job before their shift was over, do you think the Manager of McDonald would pay you a day’s pay?   No!  You did not work therefore you do not get paid.

So what is Senate Bill 7?  It is a bill that includes provisions to limit early voting hours, curtail local voting options and further tighten voting by mail, and includes a new ID requirement for mail-in ballots.  If you would like to read the bill, here’s a link https://legiscan.com/TX/text/SB7/id/2350158

If you would like to know who the Democratic Texas Legislative Leaders are, here is a link to their website.  https://www.texasdemocrats.org/our-party/leaders/electeds/

After writing this my anger has subsided, but my disappointment has not.  It does not matter what party you affiliate yourself with.   The fact is each of you swore an oath to faithfully execute the duties of the office of the State of Texas.  You broke that oath when you walked out of the Capitol and hid in a church building.  Shame on you all!

IN THE NAME AND BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, I, , do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of the State of Texas, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, so help me God.

Janet Paschal-Gospel Vocalist and Writer

by Linda Stewart, 23 April 2021

“Janet grew up in a musical family. Her dad and his brothers played bluegrass instruments and sang in churches in neighboring states. Janet’s sister, Kay, played piano and the sisters formed their own gospel-singing group.”  Read Janet’s complete bio on her website at https://www.janetpaschal.com/

Not only is Janet beautiful, talented, and loves the Lord, she is also a double Paschal.  William Paschal (1704-1774) of North Carolina is not only her 7th great grandfather, he is also her 8th great grandfather.   William and Reliance’s first son Samuel had a great grandson also named William.  William and Reliance’s fifth son Elisha had a granddaughter named Nancy.  Nancy and William, 2nd cousins once removed, married on 14 January 1840 in Caswell County, North Carolina.  It was common practice for cousins to marry in the 1800’s. William and Nancy would raise nine children.

In May 2019, Janet was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

Janet was born in North Carolina.  She and her husband John Lanier, currently reside in North Carolina where her Paschal ancestors have lived since 1743.

Picture Courtesy of http://janetpaschal.com/bio.html

It’s San Jacinto Day

by Linda Stewart, 21 April 2021

Remembering Texan Samuel Paschall (Eli, James, John, William), who were among the 900 men who fought for Texas independence from Mexico on April 21, 1836.  The battle of San Jacinto was the concluding military event of the Texas Revolution.

Note: His name is spelled Pascall, Paschal, and Paschall on the documents.

PASCHALL, SAMUEL–Born in Tuscumbia, Franklin, Tennessee December 8, 1815 and moved at an early age with his parents to Sommerville, Tennessee. In 1835 he emigrated to Little Rock, Arkansas. On January 28, 1836 he arrived at Velasco [Texas] on the schooner Pennsylvania, having been recruited for the regular army of Texas by Captain Amasa Turner in New Orleans. He was issued Bounty Certificate No. 548 for 960 acres of land December 27, 1837 for having served in the army from February 13, 1836 to June 30, 1837. He was in Captain Turner’s Company at San Jacinto and on May 26, 1838 was issued Donation Certificate No. 227 for 640 acres of land for having participated in the battle. He received a Headright Certificate, dated January 18, 1838, from the Harris County Board of Land Commissioners for one-third of a league of land. This was lost and duplicate No. 402/501 was issued October 19, 1840. In the duplicate it is not stated when Mr. Paschall came to Texas. He sold the certificate July 19, 1847 to Jacob De Cordova. Mr. Paschall could not, at that time, write, but affixed his mark to the deed of transfer. (Milam County First Class Headright File No. 657 in the General Land Office.)

Mr. Paschall settled at Houston and engaged in his vocation of cabinet maker and carpenter. He was married to Bridget O’Reilly at Houston, September 21, 1839. At a convention held on the San Jacinto Battlefield April 21, 1860 General Sam Houston was endorsed for President of the United States as “the peoples candidate”. Isaac L. Hill, a San Jacinto veteran, was elected president of the convention and among the vice presidents chosen were the following who had served under General Houston at San Jacinto: Samuel Paschall, Ellis Benson, Andrew Montgomery, William S. Taylor, William Dunbar and David H. Love.

Mr. Paschall died June 6, 1874 while a member of the Texas Veterans Association. He is buried in Saint Vincent’s Cemetery, Houston, in a marked grave. Mrs. Paschall’s date of death is unknown. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Paschall were William, Samuel and Sarah Ann. Edward Early, a grandson of Mr. Paschall resided in Herndon, Virginia.

Article source: The Kemp Sketch, accessed 21 April 2021

https://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/Library/Veteran_Bios/Bio_page/?id=648&army=Texian

   

Other sources: accessed 21 April 2021

https://scholarship.rice.edu/jsp/xml/1911/27298/1/aa00110.tei.html

http://earlytexashistory.com/Tx1836/rosterl.html

http://paschal-paschall.com/Data/xcpas/aqwg24.htm#3772

https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/san-jacinto-battle-of

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15300103/samuel-paschall

What’ll They Think of Next? Hummingbirds and Horses Are Stuffed by Versatile Taxidermist

Article published in The Austin American-Statesman (Austin, TX), Tue. 28 May 1950, Page 22.  Original Author Unknown.

Reprinted by Linda Stewart, 15 April 2021

If you ever return from Lake Austin with a black bass, chances are you’ll head for one of the two taxidermist’s studios on Fredericksburg Road, where you can have the trophy mounted as proof of your story about the one that didn’t get away.

But W. D. [William Daulton] Paschall and L. M. Rathbone say that stuffing fish is quite a chore and both men prefer to handle large game.  Their business comes from local hunters, who bring in several hundred buck heads to be mounted each season.

Customers ask the taxidermists to mount everything from javelina’s to humming birds.  Rathbone, who is located at 2708 Fredericksburg Road, once stuffed 500 horned toads for a novelty salesman.  He says that he still shudders at the thought of the little reptiles.

One of Paschall’s most unusual jobs was the mounting of a five-and-a-half foot rattlesnake about two years ago.  He put the coiled snake in a box and rigged up a mechanism which vibrated the rattlers when the box lid was raised.  J. W. Johnson of 510 East Fifth was the practical joker who had the snake mounted.

Paschall stuffs very few snakes in his studio at 2025 Fredericksburg Road, but he does tan their hides to be used in making purses and billfolds.  He has mounted a Siamese calf for calvest, two-headed freaks, and albino squirrels.  During past deer season, Irwin Fisher of 609 West Sixth brought in a rare black buck to be mounted.  Paschall has just finished stuffing an alligator for Mayor Taylor Glass one of his regular customers.  The mayor has a nice collection of specimens including a bobcat.

Mounting pets and domestic animals is also a part of the taxidermist’s business, but Rathbone and Paschall agree that it is hard to please customers who want a favorite cat or dog to look just as it did in life.  On the other hand a taxidermist usually knows more about game animals then the average hunter does and therefore has little trouble in creating a lifelike coyote or duck.

Rathbone has been working on a bull head for Water Gunn, Jr., owner of the Austin Stockyard, and Paschall remembers helping Kelton S. Tilley of Forth Worth to mount the head of a $25,000 prize bull,  Prince Domino III.  The taxidermist has to be especially skillful in handling such animals.

Both Paschall and Rathbone think that mounting birds is one of their most tedious jobs.  Each of them has tried his hand at stuffing the minute hummingbird.  Paschall said that he had a helper hold the bright little bird with tweezers while he did the work.

Canaries also are hard to handle, since most customers bring the birds in after they are old and have poor plumage.  The taxidermists prefer to work with big birds like crows, ducks and parrots.  Rathbone has mounted a large collection of ducks for Sidney Wooldridge of 202 1-2 East 31st Street.

Biggest animal that Paschall has ever done was a horse mounted for a Galveston photographer who wanted to take pictures of tourists on the bucking bronco.  After Paschall finished the pony he goat in the saddle himself and let the cameraman take a few photos.  Rathbone also has done work on horses for photographers.

Because it is against the law to buy or sell Texas game, taxidermists sometimes have a hard time obtaining animals for special customers.  Rathbone says that he gets many extra buck heads because of his free deer skinning service.

A taxidermist needs to be a naturalist, artist and sculptor, according to Rathbone and Paschall.  Both men are enthusiastic sportsmen and know much about the habits and appearance of wild game and fish.  But even with his great knowledge of animals life.  Paschall had to do some extra research in mounting a dogfish for L. M. Pate of 120 East Ninth.  The dogfish is a queer looking shark with scale armor and a head like a bulldog’s.

Taking the odor out of a skunk is just a routine job for Rathbone, who says that the animal’s scent is easily removed with the proper chemicals.  In fact, he likes skunks so well that he kept one around the studio as a pet unit it was stolen.  He has mounted many Texas ringtail civet cats, which should not be identified with the smelly skunk or polecat.

One of Rathbone’s regular customers is Contractor S. O. Yarbrough of 1309 Meriden Lane, who is now planning a hunting trip to Alaska.  He hopes to bag a Kodiak bear, largest of carnivorous animals.  Yarbrough likes for his trophies to be mounted whole, and the collection in his game room includes many natives Texas Animals.

Perhaps the proudest of Paschall’s patrons is Miss Ethel Acklin of Manor, who has a stuffed bobcat which she killed west of the little town.  The school teacher told Paschall that she used three loads of buckshot in her gun to get the animal.  The taxidermist has mounted deer horns and heads for City Attorney Trueman O’Quinn and stuffed a javelina for State Treasurer Jesse James.  Another of Paschall’s prominent customers is Justice Meade Griffin of the Supreme Court.

Immediately after the animal is brought in, the taxidermists skin it and salt down the hide.  Then they build a clay model of the animal and make a plaster of paris cast over the hardened clay.  A heavy paper form is constructed inside the plaster of paris cast, and that form is used in mounting the animal.

The skins are softened in water to make them pliable for mounting and treated with borax and arsenic to repel insects.  Deer antlers are secured to the paper form after the skin is stretched over it.  Paschall now is working on two deer heads with locked horns found by C. M. Lanier.  During the death struggle, one buck’s antler pierced the head of his opponent, and Paschall is mounting the horns just as they were when Lanier found them.

The taxidermists have standard molds for animas that they mount frequently.  For instance they keep deer head casts in a wide variety of sizes and neck turns.  Besides mounting antlers, buck heads and whole deer,  Paschall and Rathbone use the feet and hides for making articles like gun holders, tie racks, ash trays, gloves and jackets.

Among the many supplies that the taxidermist must keep in stock are various animal eyes.  Most eyes can be bought from manufacturers, but the taxidermist always has a few colorless ones on hand to paint for unusual animals.

The technique of stuffing fish is quite different from that of mounting large game animals, according to Rathbone.  He stretches the skin over a hand-carved model of light balsa wood and then fastens the fish to a polished mount.  Since the fish skins lose their color during the mounting process, their scales are painted in oils by Rathbone’s artist, Sidney Wooldridge.

Both Paschall and Rathbone have been in the taxidermy business for many years.  Paschall says that he has been interested in the work since boyhood.  He first worked with Kelton Tilley in Fort Worth and set up his Austin business in 1945.  Rathbone has worked in Austin for about 14 years and has been located on Fredericksburg Road four years.  Local hunters keep Rathbone and Paschall so busy stuffing fish, mounting game heads and doing special work that both busy men now have boys to help them.

Charles Wynne Paschal

By Linda Stewart, 1 April 2021

On Monday, March 4, 1940, Mr. C. W. Paschal passed away at the home of his son, Mr. J. J. Paschal, in Rockford.

Mr. Paschal was born September 6, 1849 in Sylacauga, Talladega Co., AL.  His parents moved to Coosa County when he was about three years old and settled in what is now known as the Richfield community.

In 1876, he married Miss Caroline Holiman, and to this union was born seven children, four of whom are living; J. J. Paschal, Rockford; G. G. Paschal, Aniston; Mrs. W. E. Moore, Sylacauga; Mrs. L. C. Gillespie, Ashford.

He united with the Primitive Baptist Church at the age of twenty-one, being ordained to the ministry in the denomination about ten years afterwards, spending the remainder of his life in faithful service.  For the past several years he has been an invalid, however he was a patient sufferer, exhibiting his spirit of cheerfulness to the end.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, 10 a.m., at Liberty Hill Church with Elder S. L. Hornsby, of Tallassee, officiating, the Revs. C. D. Dobbs, A. P. Thomas and H. M. Williams, of Tallassee, assisting.  Interment was in church cemetery, with Mathis-Jones Funeral directors in charge.

The Rockford Chronicle (Rockford, Alabama), Thursday, 7 March 1940, Page 1

Charles Wynne Paschal (James Monroe, Samuel, Samuel, William), married Martha Caroline Hollimon on 23 October 1876 on Coosa Co., AL.  Martha, the daughter of Gilbert S. Hollimon and Elizabeth Roy, was born 25 May 1857, died 30 November 1923, and was also buried in the Liberty Hill Church Cemetery in Coosa Co., AL.  Martha’s maiden name was spelled Holiman, Hollowman, Holoman, as well as Holeman.  The 1900 census states Martha was the mother of 7 children with 5 living: Mary Lou [Dobbs], Martha Carrie Cowline [Moore], Josephine Elizabeth “Josie” [Gillespie], George Gilbert, and John Joseph.

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Does anyone have any bible records for Charles Wynne Paschal and Martha Caroline Holiman?  I am trying to find records for the two missing children. Charles and Martha married in 1876 and the 1880 census shows no children.  The 1900 census shows a ten year gap between George and John.  The two missing children may have been born and died between 1876 and 1880 or between 1886 and 1896.  They lived in Coosa County, Alabama.  Findagrave is not showing any baby graves during that time period.  If you have any information, please e-mail me.