Sunday, March 8, 2015

Irene C. (Seastrunk) Kelly

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Irene C. Seastrunk was the second daughter of Samuel and Susan (Thurman) Seastrunk.

Dallas and Texas 50 Years Ago
Mr. M.L. Kelly and Miss Irene Seastrunk were married at St. Patrick's Church at 7 o'clock yesterday evening. Father Quinon officiating.
[Source: Dallas Morning News; Dallas, TX; Tues. 3 Nov 1936]

Trinity Bridge of 1874 Was Not Free, Pioneer Dallas Resident Says
The iron bridge erected over the Trinity River at the foot of Commerce Street in 1874 was not a free bridge as indicated in The News' cartoon strip on Dallas History Wednesday, according to the memory of Mrs. M.L. Kelly, 2521 Shelby, who came to Dallas with her parents in 1876.

Mrs. Kelly, who is the former Miss Irene Seastrunk, recalls that she had to pay a toll to walk over the bridge. She also remembers a row of that period between M. Letot, a farmer living north of Dallas, and the city government occurring on the bridge.

"Mr. Letot brought a load of corn to town to sell it but was offered only 10 [cents] a bushel," said Mrs. Kelly. "This greatly angered the corn raiser who said he would throw his crop to the fish before he would sell at such a low figure. He drove onto the bridge and dumped his corn into the Trinity River. The city government then arrested him and made him pay a fine of $50 for obstructing traffic on the bridge, impeding navigation in the river and on one or two other charges.
[Source: Dallas Morning News; Dallas, TX; Fri. 30 Jan 1942]

6 June 1900; Sherman, Grayson Co., TX:

502 South Walnut Street
Kelly, Martin L head W M b. Feb 1864 36 M-14 b. LA fb. NY mb. Ire
----- Irene wife W F b. Feb. 1864 36 M-14 5-5 b. TX fb. SC mb. GA
-----Alline M. dau W F b. July 1887 12 S b. TX fb. LA mb. TX
-----Mona S dau W F b. Aug 1889 10 S b. TX fb. LA mb. TX
-----Martin L. son W M b. Sept 1891 8 S b. TX fb. LA mb. TX
-----Edward T. son W M b. June 1894 5 S b. TX fb. LA mb. TX
-----Irene L. dau W F b. Nov 1897 2 S b. TX fb. LA mb. TX

18 April 1910 Sherman, Grayson Co., TX:

502 So. Walnut Street
Kelly, Martin L. head M W 46 m-1 23 b. LA fb. NY mb. Ire
-----Irene wife F W 46 M-1 23 5-5 b. TX fb. SC mb. GA
-----Martin L. Jr. son M W 18 S b. TX fb. LA mb. TX
-----Edward son M W 15 S b. TX fb. LA mb. TX
-----Irene dau F W 12 S b. TX fb. LA mb. TX
Gribble, Frank C head M W 31 M-1 3 b. TX fb. LA mb. GA
----- Aline wife F W 22 M-1 3 0-0 b. TX fb. LA mb. TX

Deaths Affect Sherman Post Office
Frank C. Gribble, money order clerk, died at his home on North Crockett street this morning at 9 o'clock after a short illness. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Aline Gribble, and one child. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Gribble and was a native of Sherman. He will be buried in West Hill Cemetery Tuesday afternoon, following services at the residence at 4:30 o'clock, conducted by Dr. T. A. Wharton, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of this city.
[Source: Dallas Morning News: Dallas, TX; Tues. 1 Oct 1912]

Kelly, Martin L. Head M W 55 M b. LA fb. NY mb. Ire
-----Irene wife  F W 55 M b. TX fb. SC mb. GA
Gribble, Aline dau F W 32 Wd b. TX fb. LA mb. TX
----- Priscilla gr-dau F W 9 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

Obituary for M.L. and Irene (Seastrunk) Kelly's son:

Funeral services will be held at Clarendon this afternoon for Mart L. Kelly, 40, Clarendon cotton buyer and former resident of Amarillo who died at a Pampa hospital Thursday night as the result of injuries last Tuesday in an automobile accident. Mr. Kelly suffered a neck fracture when his car, in which his wife and son were riding with him, overturned on the highway between Pampa and Clarendon. At the time of his death, Mr. Kelly was connected with the Childress Compress Company. He lived in Pampa for two years. He was connected with the Farmers' National Corporation there. Mr. Kelly, before moving to Pampa, had resided in Amarillo for nearly eight years. He was associated with his brother, E. T. Kelly, 806 Sunset Terrace, in the oil business. Surviving him, beside the widow, three children, and the brother in Amarillo, are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Kelly, Sr., of Dallas; and three children, and the brother-in-law, of Clarendon, Mrs. D. Rutledge, of Elk City, Okla., and Mrs. E. H. Sager, of Childress. Mr. E. T. Kelly left for Clarendon early Friday Morning.
[Source: Amarillo Globe, Amarillo, TX Sun. 26 Nov 1937]

Obituary of Irene C. (Seastrunk) Kelly's husband, Martin Lee Kelly, Sr.:

Funeral to Be Tuesday For Dallas Cotton Man
Funeral services for Martin L. Kelly, 70, for many years active in the spot cotton business in Texas, who died Monday at his home, 918 Melba, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ed C. Smith & Bro. Funeral Home. Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery.

A resident of Texas since 1876, Kelly had lived most of that period in Dallas. He moved here from New Orleans, his birthplace, when he was 12 years old. In 1886 he moved to Sherman. For eight years he was a member of the School Board of that town. Later he moved to Memphis, Hall County, returning to Dallas in 1921 on his retirement from active business.

In 1886 Kelly was married to the former Miss Irene Seastrunk of Dallas.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Edward T. Kelly, Amarillo; three daughters, Mrs. D.C. Rutledge of Elk City, OK; Mrs. Fred Chamberlain of Clarendon and Mrs. Emory Sayer of Childress, and sister, Mrs. Ella Romans of Dallas.

He was a member of the City Temple Presbyterian Church.
[Source: Dallas Morning News; Dallas, TX; Tues. 21 Aug 1934]

Obituary of Irene (Seastrunk) Kelly's son-in-law:

Emory H. Sager Cattleman, Dies
Childress, Texas --
Pioneer Panhandle rancher and cattleman Emory H. Sager, 80, died Friday.
Mr. Sager was a member of the Texas Cattle Commission. He was owner of the T V Ranch and was range boss at the old Shoe and Nail and Shoe Bar ranches.
Services are scheduled for Saturday.
Mr. Sager married the former Irene Kelly of Dallas in 1912. In 1920 the couple moved to Chidress from Dallas.
Survivors include the widow; a son, Bill Sager of Chidress; a daughter, Mrs. Lewis Foxhall of Memphis, Texas, the former Miss Lois Sager who was once a reporter for the Dallas News, and five grandchildren.
[Source: Dallas Morning News; Dallas, TX; Sat 11 July 1964]

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