Saturday, December 8, 2018

2018 Frank Yturria Condolences

What follows is a list of people expressing their condolences on our Facebook page following the announcement of Mr. Ytruria's passing.
Rancher/ conservationist Frank Yturria - 6/29/1923- 11/26/2018 R.i.P.

Lita Palmer Besteiro What’s that mean, QEPD?
Norma B Valenzuela Lita Palmer Besteiro Que En Paz Descanse.
Fernando Hernandez Rest in peace frank Yturria
Sylvia Coronado My condolences to the family, R.I.P. Mr. Yturria.
Les Elkins Rest in peace, sir.
Ricardo Ayala RIP Mr Yturria.
Leticia Hernandez RIP Mr.Iturria
Louis Stephens A great man, RIP Mr. Yturria.
Iris Hinojosa May he RIP!!🙏🏻🙆‍♀
Vicki Melton Rip Frank. You are fondly remembered.
Sylvia Paredes R.I.P Mr. Frank Yturria ! 🙏🏻
Jim Tipton What a fine gentleman. He will be greatly missed.
Lily Pena Thank you for your vision.
Mandy Saldivar Gamez RIP Mr. Yturria..🙏
Cindy Childress Ortiz Rest In Peace Mr. Yturria. 🙏🙏🙏
Alicia Gutierrez My most sincere condolences....may he Rest In Peace and for our God All Mighty give peace and strength to his family to overcome this great loss....
Abraham Sandoval i was able to meet him and his wife once. very kind people. didnt know he had passed.
Fernando San Miguel God Bless Mr Yturria may you rest in peace. Thank you for all you have done for the
Mary Garcia Rest in Peace
Pablo Marquez Rest in Peace
Roberto Ruiz We are very sorry to hear about Mr. Frank Yturria. I had the please to have known him and worked with him on several architectural projects, including his Chapel/ Mausoleum at his ranch and the restoration of the Cameron County Courthouse ( the Dancy Building) Our condolences to his family and Kathleen . Mr. Yturria is one of the last persons of his generation he was like no other, always a man of his word, represented Texas and the Valley like a true Texan. He will sadly be missed, may he Rest In Peace. God Bless!!Ronny Sexton Awesome man great life RIP prayers for family during this lose
Cindy Abrego Morales Condolences to the family and friends.. Prayers 🙏🏼
Lisa Garcia Rest In Peace, Mr. Yturria.
Ninfa Benavidez R.I.P. Prayers.
Pat Little My sincere condolences to his children, grandchildren and extended family. Prayers for Peace for all that loved him. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Diana Linares Rest in peace
Armando Pineda Our deepest condolences to the Yturria family.
Sylvia Gonzalez Our sincere condolences to the Yturria family
Elizabeth Dierlam Condolences to family
Kathy Hughston Wynn Awww sad to hear this. Prayers to all his family.
Rosemary Sloss Parra My sincerest condolences to the family. Gave so much to the community. Rest In heavenly peace🙏🏻
Charles Anderson What a loss - a great man and an awesome friend !!
Brad Elder Rip Sir
Teresa Y. Ochoa Dahlheimer Condolences to the family. A loss to the community as well
Andrea A. Ortiz My sincere condolences to the Yturria family. 🙏🏻
Glen Urban I am deeply saddened by the loss of a remarkable
and deeply respected gentleman.
I purchased Cattle for him for 20 yrs. I would email photos. If he
wanted them, he would call and tell me to send them. I have never done business
with a more honorable man in my life! Condolences to his family, friends, employees especially Ms
Kathleen. RIP
We all love you !
Maria Perales May he rest in peace.
Monica Davila RIP MR. YTURRIA 🙏🏻
Bobby Lerma Farewell Frank
Bibi Villarreal My sincere condolences
Carlos Salazar Rest in peace.
Melva V. Lara RIP Mr Yturria.
Sergio Paredes Condolences to the Yturria family from Sergio Paredes, son of Lorenzo Paredes.
Phyllis MacAllister Blakemore I’m so so sorry for this loss. 
Vicente Garcia My Condolences to the family
Joe Goette I first met Frank and his dad on a round up in Laguna Vista. Frank was well respected it’s a sad loss for Texas
Graciela Espinoza Condolences to the family
Fausto Cuevas My deepest condolences to the Yturria Family.
Mark Higginbotham Condolences going out to the family and friends. He was a very respected man. May he RIP
Fayo Corey Hernandez R.I.P MrYturria we are going too miss you so much BOSS😭watch over us 😇 🙏🏼😭
Janie Vidal My sincere condolences to theYturria family may he RIP
Bud Rowland Frank Uturria was a great friend, a hunting partner,a gentleman many good memories so much history he shared with me over the years never to be forgotten. My sincere condolences to Mary and family.

[There's always ONE - this person had the indecency to express his qualms about honoring a man who's great-grandfather was a founding member of Brownsville, Texas..  His name was removed....]

“Social Justice Warrior” Hold up now, let’s not forget how he had his land in the first place

Brownsville Station I dont care if he smuggled cotton like Charles Stillman - you live in most historic city thanks to men like them
Brownsville Station if you want to look for injustices look in Kenedy or King ranch history for Mexicans killed by Rangers hired by ranchers but seriously, if you judge history like that you're a fool
“Social Justice Warrior”  Brownsville you realize his dad’s best compadre was Mr King right?
...[just a f.y.i. -- Charles Stillman's best friends were James Jewett and Fort Brown Quartermaster, William Chapman.  Charles named his first son James Jewett Stillman]
“Social Justice Warrior”  Brownsville and you’re a huge tool to believe the King’s “bought” their land. They took it over by force!!!!
“Social Justice Warrior”  Brownsville oh excuse me but where were the super Yturria family values then? 🧐
“Social Justice Warrior”  Brownsville and no we live in a historic city because of the braves souls who FOUGHT the soldiers FIGHTING for confederacy to reign over this great land between the pacific and Atlantic. Brew that and drink some pende!
“Social Justice Warrior”  Brownsville and P.S. ever since the late 2000s only racist republican Trump supporters still idolize confederate families. And you claim you’re the “Brownsville Station”? You mean you’re against immigrants by supporting historical slave-owning families that made it harder for Brownsville locals to get rich and achieve not just autonomy but financial freedom? Yeah that’s what you meant if you’re still sporting the Yturria brand like they didn’t participate in genocide.
Dorothy Hablinski “Social Justice Warrior” this is a very sad comment. You dint know my father and these hateful comments are just wrong
Brownsville Station “Social Justice Warrior” No where did I say that Kings acquired land by the most honest methods - I asked you to look into it. I do not support genocide or other sh*t that came out of your mouth. You are brainwashed and angry young man and cannot enjoy history unless you shit on it. If you wonder why there is huge gap between millennial thinking and mature adults then you will have to wait until you are old enough so start doing research and report the TRUTH and not shite you have spewed on this post. adios

Sara Munoz RIP Mr. Yturria
Charles Graff Frank was a good man, who handled his affairs and land well. The moment I heard he had passed, I knew the ghouls would show up with their historic greivences, real and fake. Let every man and woman be judged by their own character not what we think some ancestor may or may not have done. "As you give, so will you receive".
Phyllis Clipper Condolences to the Family.
Andrew Anderson Tim Anderson this the one you used to deliver too? Wonder who’s gonna get that big land grant now
Esther Jaimes May he RIP.
LeeAnn Greer He lived an amazing life and he will be missed.
Phyllis Bates RIP Mr. Yturria Condolences to the Family.
Sharon Snodgrass Solis I worked at Mary & Frank Yturria Elementary for 17 years. I was proud to serve at a school named after such a prominent family. The Yturrias were a generous family who cared about the people of their community. My deepest condolences to the Yturrias and their extended families.
Andy Carrizales Our condolences to all his family.
Luana Young Breeden Donnie and I send our condolences.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Samuel W Brooks home Moved and Improved

Compiled by Jose Cazares and Javier R Garcia

On July 22, 1951- A 73-year old house, built of Louisiana cypress, that once housed refugees from a Mexican War, was moved.
Thanks to Reynaldo Alaniz for sharing this newsclippingss

It was moved to make way for a school to be erected by the Immaculate Conception Church. Complete with etched glass transoms and a cistern inside, the house was built on the corner of 13th and Jefferson streets in 1878, builder and owner was S. W. Brooks, construction engineer who also built the old Opera house in Brownsville and the Fort Brown hospital, now Texas Southmost College’s administration building. 

Five generations lived in the rugged old house, from Mr Brooks the house passed to Charles Falgout, his step son, and was known as the old Falgout House.

Mrs Falgout died in 1948, having lived most of her life in the house, she was there when a Mexican revolution before World War 1, drove refugees to Brownsville. The Falgouts offered their home as sanctuary for the homeless. She was there when bullets from a Fort Brown race riot whistled through the old house.

The house was moved to the corner of 13th and Jackson streets, where it’s new owner, Jose Garcia, remodeled it for his son, a doctor, to live in.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

1948 Safety Sally as She Lived and Died in Brownsville, Texas

Compiled by Javier R. Garcia

The late 1930s demanded a solution to help protect children from speeding or inattentive motorists traveling through school zones.  In Orange County, California a philanthropic organization made up of young men of the “20-30 Club” came up with a plan to reduce deaths of children walking to school.  
A warning sign was needed that would grab the attention of passing motorists.  The signs were made of plywood brightly painted in the shape of a girl dressed in a school uniform and her name was “Safety Sally.

Sally was posted at school crossings and the practice was deemed so successful that I spread throughout parts of the United States and reached the Rio Grande Valley by 1940 when a local chapters of the 2-30 Club with support of the Texas State Highway Patrol sponsored a dance at the Country Club in Brownsville and other venues in the RGV to raise funds to purchase approximately 200 Safety Sally signs for use by our schools. 

It would seem Sally diligently stood at her post for several years without much incident until 1946 after the Brownsville Herald began reporting an increase of fatal accidents in which Safety Sally was the hapless victim.  Twenty signs had been ran over since the beginning of the school year which had begun the previous month.  Whether the damage was a result of careless drivers or vandals remains a mystery but more Safety Sally’s would be damaged and the 20-30 Club, Brownsville Herald, local police departments and members of the community banded together to help reduce the incidents.

So frequent were the incidents that something else had to be done.  Newspaper items seemed to have little effectiveness.  A public display of deceased or heavily damaged Safety Sally signs paraded downtown might have a greater impact on the public if a 10-car funeral procession decorated with “appeals for better traffic safety control” made its way through our downtown streets. 

Despite this counter measure to prevent further incidents, signs continued to be damaged and more fund raising was required to keep up with the need to replace the warning markers.   It is unknown if or how many children in the RGV were killed or injured during this period but that is beside the case.  Safety Sally was probably phased out or deemed ineffective with the creation of the volunteer crossing guard which would also be replaced by traffic light signals.

Our next post will take a look at the 1948 funeral procession with an attempt to recall the downtown-scape as it was on E Levee St and E Elizabeth Streets. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Casimiro Tamayo Building- 947 E. 15th Street, Brownsville, Cameron County TX

We thank Fernando Balli for sharing this document written by architect Stephen Fox with us:

5-7 October 2018
The historical context for evaluating the Casimiro Tamayo Building involves the theme of Industry, Business and Commerce and the sub-theme of retail: the development of corner stores in the residential neighborhoods of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Brownsville. A second context for evaluating the significance of the Casimiro Tamayo Building involves the theme of Architecture and the sub-theme of commercial architecture as applied to Brownsville during the nineteenth century.   
The Casimiro Tamayo Building is a one-story, five-bay-long by two-bay-wide brick corner store building at 947 E. 15th Street in the Second Precinct of the Fourth Ward (el Cuatro Dos) of Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas. The property originally consisted of Lots 1 and 2, Block 118 of the Original Townsite of Brownsville at the southwest corner of E. 15th Street and E. Monroe Street. The Tamayo Building occupies the north half of Lot 1.  A brick wall built along the sidewalk along E. Monroe Street encloses the street front of Lot 1, containing the building’s rear patio. The Sanborn fire insurance map of 1906, the first edition in which this block was mapped, shows this wall as outlining the Monroe Street frontage of Lots 1 and 2. It now outlines only Lot 1, then turns to follow the west side property line between Lots 1 and 2 as a concrete block wall.  A one-story brick house on Lot 2 and a one-story, side-gabled wood cottage with inset veranda at 927 (also numbered 931) E. 15th Street on the south half of Lot 1 shown in the Sanborn maps of 1906, 1914, 1919, 1926, 1930, and 1930/1949 no longer exist. The Tamayo Building is constructed of locally made mesquite-fired brick and exhibits the gold-to-rose color blend typical of this brick. The brick is laid in running bond. The five openings on the E. 15th Street (east) elevation are spanned by flat structural arches of gauged brick. Each opening contains a barred horizontal transom, beneath which are three pairs of double-leaf doors (the central entrance and the openings to the north) and two pairs of casement windows (the openings to the south of the central entrance). Solid wood shutters of chevron patterned construction with wrought iron hardware frame each opening. A single opening containing a barred transom and double-leaf shuttered doors faces E. Monroe Street.  A three-layer corbelled belt course at the level of the roof spans the E. 15th and E. Monroe elevations of the building. A tall parapet rising above the belt course conceals the shallowly pitched roof from the street faces of the building. Notations in the Sanborn maps indicate the exterior wall is fifteen feet high and that the roof is a brick roof. These material and design attributes identify the Tamayo Building an example of the Border Brick Style, a transnational architectural vernacular that took form in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, across the Río Grande from Brownsville, in the 1820s and ‘30s and dominated building practices along the Tamaulipas-Texas border until the early twentieth century.
The Tamayo Building was part of a residential compound associated with Casimiro Tamayo (1837-1910), who acquired this property in a series of seven transactions between 1877 and 1879 from his sister-in-law, María del Carmen Levrier (1831-1907), widow of a French immigrant, Louis Renaud (1818-1872), and six of their children. Renaud bought the two lots separately in 1868 and 1870.[1] Tamayo and his first wife, Josefa Levrier (1847-1901), were from El Frontón de Santa Isabel (Point/Port Isabel).[2] Mrs. Tamayo and Mrs. Renaud were the daughters of a French immigrant baker, Andrés Levrier, and a Mexican mother, María Micaela Longoria.[3] Casimiro Tamayo’s death certificate indicates he was born at Rancho La Cañada, Tamaulipas, the son of Filomeno Tamayo, born in Guerrero, Tamaulipas, and María Paula Cisneros, born in Matamoros. His occupation was listed as merchant and stockraiser.[4] By 1891 Tamayo owned 1,100 acres in Share No. 25 of the Potrero del Espíritu Santo land grant.[5] He held elected office as Cameron County’s Inspector of Hides and Animals during the 1890s and his “frame building” at 15th and Monroe served as the polling station for Brownsville’s Fourth Ward in the early 1900s.[6] After the death of his first wife, Tamayo married a second time to Luciana Galván in 1903; their son Roberto was born in 1909.[7] Tamayo’s son Valentín Tamayo (1868-1905) served two terms as City Marshall of Brownsville (1894-98) and was Deputy County Clerk of Cameron County (1902-05).[8] His youngest son by his first marriage, Casimiro Tamayo, Jr. (1880-1914), was a Deputy Constable of Cameron County.[9] Casimiro Tamayo, Jr., was shot and killed by a Brownsville policeman on 30 October 1914 after Tamayo shot and wounded the Brownsville builder Domingo V. Farías in an unprovoked attack, then fired at the policeman.[10]  Casimiro Tamayo’s eldest son, Vicente Tamayo (1867-1919), lived in Brownsville, as did his daughters, Paula Tamayo (d. 1905; Mrs. Benito Esparza), Refugio Tamayo (1875-1930; Mrs. Justino Garza), Guadalupe Tamayo (Mrs. Francisco Esparza), and Rosa Tamayo (1878-1941; Mrs. Juan Bouis).[11]
The first edition of the Sanborn maps to map this site in 1906 designated the brick corner building at 947 E. 15th Street as a dwelling. The wood cottage at 927 (931) E. 15th Street, built along the alley line, was also designated as a dwelling, as was a no-longer-extant one-story brick house on Lot 2, which was marked “Mexican tenement” (“tenement” indicated a house built to be rented). A one-story wood porch, no longer extant, spanned the rear of the corner building. The next edition of the Sanborn map, 1914, labels the building at 947 E. 15th Street a “grocery.” It shows a wood canopy structure projecting above the E. 15th and E. Monroe street fronts that no longer exists. The 1919 and 1926 editions maintain these conditions. By 1930, the corner building was labeled “vacant” and in the 1930/1949 edition it was labeled “ruins” and “vacant.” Brownsville city directory listings are sketchy for this northeastern corner of the Original Townsite. In the 1913-14, 1927, and 1929-30 editions, many listings on E. 15th Street and E. Monroe Street do not have street numbers.  The 1942 directory lists Juan Barbosa as living at 933 E. 15th Street and the butcher Angel Barbosa as doing business at 945 E. 15th Street; Juan Angel Barbosa (1889-1965) was one person—and a butcher by trade. The 1948 city directory lists an occupant identified only as Anzaldúa as living at 927 E. 15th. The 1968 Brownsville city directory lists Emilia Méndez and Nicéforo P. Anzaldúa (1892-1969) and a student, Miss Rosa M. Anzaldúa, as living at 927 E. 15th.
The Casimiro Tamayo Building is an example of the brick-built corner store building type, which proliferated in Brownsville in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It relates to the theme of Industry, Business, and Commerce, and the sub-theme of retail trade in nineteenth-century Brownsville. The Tamayo Building is associated with ways of doing business that in Brownsville were rooted in nineteenth-century commercial practices before the advent of indoor plumbing, electricity, and refrigeration altered the ways food and household products were bought and sold in Brownsville. The decline of this cultural economy is addressed in an essay published in 1930 by Jovita González in the Southwest Review, “America Invades the Border Towns.”[12] González describes the disruptive impact of American chain stores on the Mexican-American neighborhood merchants of the borderland as part of the broader wave of modernization that accelerated dramatically after completion in 1904 of the St. Louis, Brownsville & Mexico Railway linked Brownsville to the rest of Texas. The Tamayo Building’s architectural restraint and conservatism reflect resistance to the modernization of retail business trade after railroad access made a much wider array of nationally advertised and distributed products available locally than had been the case before 1904 and advances in technology made it possible to preserve perishable foodstuffs through refrigeration.

The Casimiro Tamayo Building is also significant with respect to the theme of Architecture and the sub-theme of commercial architecture in Brownsville in the late nineteenth century. The Tamayo Building is an example of the Matamoros merchant’s house type and the Border Brick Style, a transnational architectural vernacular that took form in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, in the 1820s and 1830s and by the end of the nineteenth century had migrated as far upriver as Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, two hundred miles northwest of Brownsville and Matamoros. The Border Brick Style initially represented a merger of Mexican vernacular building typology—one-room-deep houses lining the street fronts of a property to enclose an open-air internal patio—with construction practices—brick as the principal material of construction and use of French doors instead of sash windows—transmitted to the lower Río Grande from Creole New Orleans. New Orleans was Matamoros’s chief trading partner in the nineteenth century and it supplied not only foreign merchants but also building professionals to the Matamoros market.[13] After the Civil War, the Matamoros Border Brick Style began to be characterized by elaborate decoration constructed with molded brick. In post Civil War Brownsville, the architect-builders S. W. Brooks (1829-1903), the Norwegian immigrant Martin Hanson (1825-1902) and his son, Martin Hanson, Jr. (1857-1916), and James McCoy (1863-1925) produced distinctive examples of the Border Brick Style, perpetuating not only the ornamental details associated with this vernacular but also the use of such Mexican building typologies as the Matamoros merchant’s house.[14]
The (now defaced) Fernández-Schodts Building at 1049 E. Washington Street (c. 1867), the M. Alonso complex at 510-514 W. St. Charles Street, the J. H. Fernández y Hermano Building at 1200-1220 E. Adams Street (1884, 1894), the Celedonio Garza Building at 1247 E. Madison Street (1886), the Miguel Fernández Building at 1101-21 E. Adams Street (1890, 1894), La Madrileña, the Adrián Ortiz Building at 1002 E. Madison Street (1892, James McCoy and Modesto Adame, builders), El Alamo, the Lucio Bouis store at 900 E. Adams Street (1893), La Nueva Libertad, the Andrés Cueto complex at 1301-1311 E. Madison Street (1893), the H. M. Field & Company (Field-Pacheco) complex at 1049 E. Monroe Street (1894), El Globo Nuevo, the Adolfo Garza complex at 1502 E. Madison Street (1897), and the Fernández & Laiseca Building at 1142-1154 E. Madison Street (1915) are the major surviving examples of Border Brick Style corner store complexes in Brownsville. The Tamayo Building is small in scale and modest in architectural detail when compared to the foremost examples of this type and style. Although the companion house at 927 (931) E. 15th Street and the freestanding back brick building shown in Sanborn maps no longer survive, they comprised a live-work compound that remains intact at the Adolfo Garza, Field-Pacheco, Andrés Cueto, and M. Alonso buildings. One- and two-story brick merchant’s houses are extant in Port Isabel, Hidalgo,Río Grande City, Roma, San Ygnacio, San Diego, and Laredo, Texas, and, on a larger scale, in Matamoros, El Soliseño, Camargo, Mier, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
The Casimiro Tamayo Building is significant as the location of a building that served interchangeably as retail and residential accommodations and contributed to patterns of neighborhood-based food retailing characteristic of towns along the Texas-Tamaulipas border in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It exemplifies the space planning, urbanistic, and architectural features characteristic of the brick-built Matamoros merchant’s house type in Brownsville and other towns of the Texas-Tamaulipas borderlands.
Bay, Betty, Historic Brownsville: Original Townsite Guide, Brownsville: Brownsville Historical Association, 1980,.
Chatfield, Lt. W. H. Jr., The Twin Cities of the Border, Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico, and the Country of the Lower Río Grande, New Orleans: E. P. Brandao, 1893.
González, Jovita, “America Invades The Border Towns,” Southwest Review, 15 (Summer 1930).
Studies in Brownsville and Matamoros History, ed. Milo Kearney, Anthony Knopp, and Antonio Zavaleta, Brownsville: University of Texas at Brownsville-Texas Southmost College, 1995.
Brownsville Herald
City Directories
1913-14, 1927, 1929-30, 1938-39, 1940, 1942, 1948, 1951, 1953, 1955-56, 1968
H. M. Skelton, Abstracts of Title.
Sanborn Maps of Brownsville, Texas: 1877, 1885, 1894, 1906, 1914, 1919, 1926, 1930, 1930/1949
Genealogical websites

[1] H. M. Skelton Abstracts of Title, Brownsville, Block 118. On the Renaud (sometimes spelled Renand)-Levrier family, see, and
[2] See the entry for the household of Filomeno and Pabla Tamayo in the U.S. Census of 1860 for Cameron County TX.
[3] See the entry for the household of Andrés and Micaela (mispelled Migrila) Levrier, Point Isabel TX, in the U.S. Census of 1860.
[4] Texas Deaths: Casimin (sic) Tamayo, 6 August 1910. Dr. Alfredo Pumarejo Lafaurie of Matamoros signed the medical portion of Tamayo’s death certificate. Betty Bay expands on Tamayo’s ancestry in Historic Brownsville: Original Townsite Guide, Brownsville: Brownsville Historical Association, 1980, p. 148.
[5] As rendered in the Cameron County TX county tax rolls of 1887, 1889, 1891, and 1893. Casimiro Tamayo’s eldest son, Vicente Tamayo, sold 595 acres out of share No. 25, Espíritu Santo grant, to Louis Champion in 1907; “Realty Transfers,” Brownsville Herald, 18 October 1907, p. 4.
[6] “Directory,” Brownsville Herald, 5 January 1893, p. 4; “Election Returns,” Brownsville Herald, 17 November 1900, p. 3; “Notice of City Election,” Brownsville Herald, 26 March 1906, p. 2.
[7] See the entry for the household of Casimiro Tamayo, Brownsville TX, U.S. Census of 1910.
[8] “Valentín Tamayo Dead,” Brownsville Herald, 17 April 1905, p. 1.
[9] “Policeman Fined,” Brownsville Herald, 11 February 1914, p. 3.
[10] “Shoots Citizen, Gun Toter Himself Was Killed,” Brownsville Herald, 31 October 1914, pp. 1, 3.
[11] “Death of Vicente Tamayo,” Brownsville Herald, 10 May 1919, p. 4; “Necrologías,” El Heraldo de Brownsville, 29 September 1941, p. 1.
[12] Jovita González, “America Invades The Border Towns,” Southwest Review, 15 (Summer 1930), p. 471.
[13] Stephen Fox, “Architecture in Brownsville: The Nineteenth Century,” in Studies in Brownsville and Matamoros History, ed. Milo Kearney, Anthony Knopp, and Antonio Zavaleta, Brownsville: University of Texas at Brownsville-Texas Southmost College, 1995, 201-205.
[14] “Death of S. W. Brooks,” Brownsville Herald, 16 February 1903, p. 3; “Drowned in the River,” Brownsville Herald, 22 November 1902, p. 3; “James McCoy, Pioneer and Friend of Poor, Dies Here,” Brownsville Herald, 17 November 1925, pp. 1-2.