and Brief Biography (when available.)
1. Briggs, Richard J., First Minister
2. Brown, James Wiley, James Wiley Brown was born May 72, 1909, in Laurel, Mississippi, to the late James Wiley and Emma White Brown; both of whom were college graduates and teachers in the public schools of Mississippi for more than half a century. He was the only son in a family of four children. He had three sisters, two of whom preceded him in death. He received his early education in the public school of Jackson, Mississippi, and in the high school of the then jackson College. He continued his academic training in higher education at Clark College, Atlanta, Georgia, where he received his A.B. degree; hie B. D. degrees from Gammon Theological Seminary and Chicago Theological Seminary; and his M.A. degree from the University of Chicago in the field of Ethics and Society. He did further study in experimental psychology, sociology, social sciences, and religious education at Fisk University, Union College Laboratory in Schenectady, New York and Oxford in England, respectively.
He distinguished himself both in the teaching and ministerial fields. He began his career as teacher-counselor at Fisk University; followed by home missionary pastorates at Selma, Alabama and Corpus Christi, Texas; (maybe St. Phillips Junior College in San Antonio), a college minister and professor of religion and philosophy at Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, Texas (1941-?) and Jackson State University in Mississippi; and the Lincoln Memorial Congregational Church in Chicago, Illinois.
On many occasion he was staff counselor and resource person for the Y.M.C.A. and Y.W.C.A. and the United Church of Christ. Among his other activities were advisor on the board of Morton College Service Bureau, the N.A.A.C.P., Capital City Lions Club, the Community Workshop Market and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He was an active member of the Congregational Church of Austin. In 1941, he married Nancy Corbett who remained his devoted and faithful widow.
He departed thin life on Monday, November 7, at 12:20 a.m. Besides his wife, Nancy, he leaves to mourn his passing; his sister, Mrs. Geneva Brown White; three nephews, Robert W. and Dr. Brown O. McGhee of Memphis, Tennessee and John R. Blalock, Washington, D. C.; two nieces; Mrs. Johnnie P. Hamilton of Springfield, Virginia and Mrs. Annie C. Mathews of Memphis, Tennessee; other relatives and a host of friends.
“So live that when thy summons to join
The innumerable caravan which moves to that mysterious realm where each shall take hie chamber in the silent halls of death;
Thou go not like a quarry slave at night
Scourged to hit dungeon
But sustained and soothed by an unflattering trust,
Approach thy grave like one who wraps the drapery of hie couch about him
And lies down to pleasant dreams.”
3. Doom, Judge David Williams, Church Founder. (June 15, 1848-May 24, 1909). Son of Randolph C. Doom and Altazera Williams. Husband of Esther Prisey Houston. He was born in Jasper County, Texas. Served in the Confederate Army. David was an attorney and judge. He acted as special district judge and special judge of the appellate courts on seeral occasions. He handled a large amount of land litigation. From Funeral Announcement in Dallas Morning News, May 28, 1909: “The body of the late Judge David W. Doom was laid in its final resting place in Oakwood Cemetery last evening under the auspices of the Knights Templar. Dr. R. J. Briggs, pastor of the First Congregational Church, and also a prominent Templar, conducted the services, speaking in highest terms of the goodness, charitableness and benevolence of the late Judge Doom. The choir of the First Congregational Church rendered the only two hymns, singing at the home “Go Bury Thy Sorrow,” and at the grave, “We’ll Meet Each Other There.” The funeral was one of the largest that has been held in Austin in many years. Out of respect to the memory of Judge Doom the Twenty-Sixth and the Fifty-Third District Courts adjourned this evening. The Austin Bar Association met today, adopted resolutions and attended the funeral in a body. They appointed as honorary pallbearers Judge F. A. Williams of the Supreme Court, Judge W. F. Ramsey of the Court of Criminal Appeals, Judge W. E. Key of the Court of Civil Appeals, Judge T. S. Maxey of the United States District Court, Judge C. A. Wilcox of the Twenty-Sixth District Court, Judge George Calhoun of the Fifty-Third District Court, William M. Walton, S. R. Fisher, R. L. Penn and A. W. Terrell. The active pallbearers were from among the Templars. All of those chosen were past commanders. They were Tom Murrah, C. J. Johnson, John K. Donnan, S. S. Shackelford, E. C. Bartholomew and E. T. Moore.”
4. Doom, Esther Pusey Houston, Birth: Mar. 12, 1845, Hardin County, Texas, USA-Death: Jan. 28, 1940, Austin, Travis County, Texas. Daughter of John Houston. Wife of Judge David Williams Doom. They were married in 1871.
5. Doom, David Houston, Birth-September 12, 1875, died September 2 1954 in Houston, TX. Son of David William and Esther Pusey Houston Doom. He was born in Austin and was an Attorney there, starting 1896. Married to Nellie Gertrude Home (1876-1948). Was Clerk of the church in 1904-08. Served as President of Austin Bar Association in 1932.
6. Nellie Gertrude Horne Doom, (1876-1948), wife of David Houston Doom. Dr. William T. Horne (b. 1817) was the son of A. Ogden Horne, Sr. (d. 1876) and his wife Elizabeth. His siblings included A. Odgen, Jr., and Mary. Dr. Horne practiced medicine in Columbus, Lone Jack, and Rocksprings, Missouri, before moving to Texas in 1848. During the Civil War, he served with the 19th Texas Regiment in the Confederate Army. After living in various towns throughout Travis and Williamson counties, he finally settled in Austin in 1864. Here Dr. Horne and his wife, A. A., daughter of E. S. Vinson, lived with his father for a few years. The Hornes had two daughters Mattie and Nellie G. Nellie married Austin judge David Houston Doom. She actively supported women’s rights and was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter in Austin.
7. Pickrell, Annie Doom, Daughter of Judge David H. & Esther Prisey Houston Doom and wife of John H. Pickrell. Born Oct. 17, 1871, Jasper County, Texas-Died Dec. 14, 1950, Austin, TX.) Her parents moved to Austin when she was six. She attended Austin Public Schools and the University of Texas. Annie was the author of “Pioneer Women in Texas,” published by the E. L. Steck Company of Austin, 1929. She was the State Historian of the Daughters of the America Revolution. She was a pillar of the “Congregational University Community Church.” This church name appeared in her 1950 obituary. Rev. A. Bertram Miller officiated at her funeral.
8. Cassel, Jean R., Music and Rare Books Librarian, (A.B., l935, Doane College, Crete, Nebraska)
9. Cassel, Mary Alvira Richards, (born May 15, 1884-died April 16, 1976). Mary was born in Wabash, Nebraska to Edwin F. & Alvira Colbert Richards. She was married to Albert T. Cassel. Albert was Treasurer and Business Manager at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. Mother of Jean R. Cassel.
10. Cobb, Harry Lewis, Church Clerk, (born July 7, 1873-died January 13, 1944). Cobb was born in Conway, Franklin County, Massachusetts to Elisha Thomas and Wealtha C. Abell Cobb. He married Jessamine Amelia Sikes (1881-1975) on July 3, 1906 in Conway MA. Their children included three sons, Franklin A. (1912-35), Harrison Sikes and Carroll. He graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1894. His picture from their yearbook is shown below. He worked for General Electric in Schenectady, NY for a period. Harry Lewis Cobb was the resident engineer in charge of the Austin Dam reconstruction project from August 1911-July 1917. They lived at 1202 West 22nd Street. He does not appear in the Austin city directories after 1920. In 1918, he was the chief clerk at the Austin National Bank. His employer was Major Ira H. Evans, an active member of the church. Harry also had worked as an electrician and electrical engineer. He died in Atlanta, Georgia.
11. Pittinger, Benjamin Floyd, (1883-1969) UT Dean of College of Education and Professor Educational Administration.Born Shelby, Michigan, A.B. Michigan State Normal School, MA University of Texas and Ph.D, 1916 from U. of Chicago. Married Katherine Bickler in 1916. They had a daughter who later joined the UT faculty.
12. Bickler, Katherine Magdaleine “Katy”, (1883-1963) wife of UT Professor of Educational Administration, daughter of Jakob and Martha Lungkwitz Bickler;
13. Smith, Beulah Morgan, born in Indiana 1892 and died in Austin 1983.. Attended UT and in 1920, earned a Ph.D in Home Economics from U. Chicago. She was professor at Margaret Morrison College (Carnegie Mellon College for Women,) 1922-24. She lived at 2814 Rio Grande St. She was daughter of Morgan and Amy Smith.
14. Smith, Morgan Taylor, (1857-1932), born in Indiana. He was a brick manufacturer and contractor in Austin. Lived at 2814 Rio Grande St. in 1900, he and wife Amy lived in Bastrop with sons Herschel (10), Victor (9) and daughter Beulah (8). Morgan is President of Brick Company.
15. Smith, Amy Gaston, (Mrs. Morgan I. Smith), (1863-1955). Born in Riley, Ohio to Thomas A. Gaston and Arminella Hinckley. Lived at 2814 Rio Grande St. Daughter Beulah was informant on death certificate. Beulah says mother was widowed and suffering from senility.
16. Richter, Gertrude E., (Mrs. Otto Stolley), (1878-1964). Born in Burnet County, Texas to Herman and Marie Geisicke Richter.
17. Stolley, Otto, (1870-1934), Rancher, investment banker. Served as Direction of American National Bank in Austin. Son of Leo and Julia Schroeder Stolley. Otto died from gunshot wound to heart in Round Rock. Accident occurred while removing gun from automobile.
18. Krohn, E. J., His legacy in the 1960s provided funds for the Educational Wing.
19. Swallow, Richard, UT Architect Professor and designer of the Educational Wing.
20. Watson, Arthur Osborn(1864-1935), a prominent architect and member of the church, designed the building in 1906 that was at Ninth and Colorado. It contained the stained glass windows that are now in the church on 23rd Street.
21. Kuehne, Hugo Franz, an architect member who designed the church on 23rd Street.
22. Towery, Eleanor Ruth Morgan, Eleanor Morgan Towery was born on April 16, 1928 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She passed away on March 23, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband Rev. Dr. John C. Towery of 63 years; sister Betty Gentry, son Joseph Chesley Towery and wife, Maggie, daughter Sally Johnson and husband Thomas, daughter Mary Masters and husband Danny; 5 grandchildren, Pamela Johnson, Tanya Reynolds and husband John, Ricky Masters and wife Monica, Krystal Towery, K.C. Towery and wife Kendra; 6 great grandchildren, Andrew Johnson, Agnes Masters, Haley Reynolds, Clara Masters, Theodore Reynolds, Benjamin Towery, and the late Blake Johnson.
Before starting her family, she was known as the “Babe Ruth” of the Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company softball league. After marriage she was a Sunday school superintendent, taught kindergarten, volunteered at Austin Parks & Recreation during the summer programs, and was a secretary at Harris Elementary for 20 years. She was best known for how many lives she touched. Opening her home to any and everyone all of whom she took in and showed unconditional love.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 10:00 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden Capital Parks. –
March 12, 1935 Austin Statesman
Judge David Williams Doom
Jun. 15, 1848
May 24, 1909
Son of Randolph C. Doom and Altazera Williams. Husband of Esther Prisey Houston. David was an attorney and judge.
Funeral of Judge Doom
The body of the late Judge David W. Doom was laid in its final resting place in Oakwood Cemetery last evening under the auspices of the Knights Templar. Dr. R. J. Briggs, pastor of the First Congregational Church, and also a prominent Templar, conducted the services, speaking in highest terms of the goodness, charitableness and benevolence of the late Judge Doom. The choir of the First Congregational Church rendered the only two hymns, singing at the home “Go Bury Thy Sorrow,” and at the grave, “We’ll Meet Each Other There.” The funeral was one of the largest that has been held in Austin in many years. Out of respect to the memory of Judge Doom the Twenty-Sixth and the Fifty-Third District Courts adjourned this evening. The Austin Bar Association met today, adopted resolutions and attended the funeral in a body. They appointed as honorary pallbearers Judge F. A. Williams of the Supreme Court, Judge W. F. Ramsey of the Court of Criminal Appeals, Judge W. E. Key of the Court of Civil Appeals, Judge T. S. Maxey of the United States District Court, Judge C. A. Wilcox of the Twenty-Sixth District Court, Judge George Calhoun of the Fifty-Third District Court, William M. Walton, S. R. Fisher, R. L. Penn and A. W. Terrell.
The active pallbearers were from among the Templars. All of those chosen were past commanders. They were Tom Murrah, C. J. Johnson, John K. Donnan, S. S. Shackelford, E. C. Bartholomew and E. T. Moore.
– Dallas Morning News, May 28, 1909
Esther Pusey Houston Doom (1845 – 1940)
Plot: Sec. 2, Lot 841