Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Victoria Gant

Victoria Wylie Augusta Gant was the oldest daughter/child of John Lee Gant and Rachel Clementine Howard.
Victoria came to this world on 13 March 1893 in Dallas, Texas.

When she was a young lady, Victoria was an active member of Fannie Harrington Chapel and Bethany Church in Plano. Studying old newspapers, I learned that she also enjoyed socializing, attending parties and meeting other persons of the local society.

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Correspondence. Harrington Chapel Items

Bro. Humphries filled his pulpit Sunday at eleven o'colock.

The Children's Day program was to have been rendered last Sunday night was rained out but will be carried out Sunday night beginning at 8:30 p.m. Everybody cordially invited.

Miss Ina Erickson of Allen is the guest of Misses Leone Matthews and Victoria and Viola Gant this week.

The ladies Missionary Society was entertained at the home of Mrs. John Harrington. Several invited guests present were entertained with music by Misses Maud Davis and Leone Matthews, and readings by little Misses Helen Davis and Fannie Lee Harrington. Refreshments served consisted of ice cream and cake.

Sunday School every Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Everybody come. Junior League at 3 p.m. They are doing a good work with the children.

J. H. Harrington started his thrashing machine Thursday. The big rain Sunday intereferred with the thrasher men.

Mrs. J. V. Brimer has returned home from McKinney where she had a surgical operation on her neck. She is improving at this writing.

Miss Leone Matthews entertained the following to dinner Sunday: Misses Mildred Kennedy, Ethel Howard, Victoria and Viola Gant, Ina Erickson, and Willie Brown of Allen.

Mrs. Lee Howard and children were Frisco visitors Tuesday.

Clipping source: Logsdon, Ernest. The Plano Star-Courier. (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 24, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 27, 1912, newspaper, June 27, 1912; Plano, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth570549/: accessed June 4, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

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From Harrington Chapel news:
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Mrs. J. L. Angel who has been sick, is now convalescent.

Miss Tessie Dupree was the guest of the Misses Gant Sunday.

Clipping source: Logsdon, Ernest. The Plano Star-Courier. (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 23, No. 52, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 9, 1912, newspaper, May 9, 1912; Plano, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth570559/: accessed June 4, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

  • Mrs. J. L. Angel was Mrs. Opal Angel nee Blankenship, wife of James Lafayette Angel. The latter one was Victoria's third cousin once removed.

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Bethany Church news: Transcription

Evelyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Carpenter, who was operated on for appendictis, was resting nicely at last report.

Miss Lula Brown and sisters, Misses Victoria and Viola Gant, entertained the young folks Saturday night. Games were the diversions of the evening. About thirty-five guests were present and each left thanking these young ladies for such a delightful evening.

Quite a crowd attended the closing exercises of the faulkner school Friday night.

Clipping source:
Logsdon, Ernest. The Plano Star-Courier. (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 24, No. 1, Ed. 1 Saturday, May 18, 1912, newspaper, May 18, 1912; Plano, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth570314/: accessed June 4, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

  • Miss Lula Brown was Victoria's sister. 
  • Mr. G. E. Carpenter was Gibson Edgar Carpenter (born 1856 in Plano).  He was our distant relation (related to the Brown and also to the Harrington family). Gibson's wife was Elizabeth Cyrene King (born 1876). Their daughter Evelyn King Carpenter was born in 1899.

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Misses Victoria and Viola Gant have returned home to their home at Plano after a delightful visit to their cousin, Miss Nona Porter, of this city.

Clipping: Perkins, Tom W. & Wilson, Walter B. The Weekly Democrat-Gazette (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 30, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 12, 1912, newspaper, September 12, 1912; McKinney, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth292114/: accessed June 4, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

  • Nona was a daughter of Jeannie Mae Howard and Thomas Alexander Porter.
  • "This city" was McKinney.
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21 Jan. 1915

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ENTERTAINS
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Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Witt entertained quite a number of young people Thursday night, "forty-two" being the diversion of the evening. Those present were: Miss Nona Porter, of McKinney,; Miss Leone Erickson. Terah Philpot, Etta Grantham, Isabel Beverly, Geraldine Schimelpfenig, Winnie Bourn, Ethel Howard, Lula Brown, Victoria and Viola Gant, Messrs. May-jor Bush, Vennie Tucker, Hendrick, Madingly, Nence Duke, Jess Scott, Cecil Richards, Glenn Dupree, Buster Scott, Estier, Walter Yarbrough, Walter Cocrell, Miss Geraldine Schimelpfenig and Mr. Jess Scott of Allen, won high score.

Clipping: Wankan, Fred E. The Plano Star-Courier. (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 26, No. 35, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 21, 1915, newspaper, January 21, 1915; Plano, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601768/: accessed June 5, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society

  • Mrs. Arthur Witt was Clevie May Brown, Victoria's sister. 
  • Cecil Richards was Lenzie Cecil Richards (born 1890), the future husband of Ethel Howard (Victoria's cousin) - the two got married on 2 March 1916.  
  • Glenn Dupree was Glenn Brent Dupree (born 1890) - a cousin of Victoria's brother's wife.
  • "Forty-two" is a domino game, played like a card game. It requires constant domino dots counting and bidding at the right moment. The game was invented in 1887 by two Texas teenage boys William Thomas and Walter Earl. The youngsters taught their families to play the game, and soon it became a popular pastime activity all over Texas.  You can check on the game rules here.

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(...) Mrs. Emma Hart and daughter of Murphy are visiting G. M. Hart and wife. Misses Winnie Bourn and Victoria Gant visited friends south of Plano Sunday.

Clipping source: The Plano Star-Courier (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 49, Ed. 1 Friday, May 12, 1916, newspaper, May 12, 1916; Plano, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601571/: accessed June 5, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

  • Mrs. Emma Hart (Mary Emma Hart born in 1874) mentioned in the Bethany Itmes was also a relation - she was a sister of Andrew Morgan Gant.











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And the game of forty-two again. This time at the house of Gibson Egdar Carpenter.
Our Victoria must have been very good at that game.

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MEETING OF APRIL 28
At the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Carpenter Friday evening, April 28, 1916, The Idlewise club and a large number of invited guests were most pleasantly entertained by Mesdames H. T. Farrell, J. S. Aldridge, Emma Bishop and G. E. Carpenter, members of the club.

There were fourteen tables of enthusiastic forty-two, a game that never looses its charm.
Miss Victoria Gant, a club member, won high score, having gained twelve games out of fourteen.


Clipping source: The Plano Star-Courier (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 50, Ed. 1 Friday, May 19, 1916, newspaper, May 19, 1916; Plano, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601603/: accessed June 5, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

  • Wish I knew what that Idlewise club was. It seems it was not a local thing only as I have found that name in some old newspapers issued in other states as well.
  • Mrs. J. S. Aldridge was Annie Bell Haggard, wife James Shelton Aldridge (b. 1866). James was related to our aunt Lula's (Victoria's sister's) father.

The game evening report was not exactly correct - see below.

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PLEASE MAKE THIS CORRECTION
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I want to call your attention to a slight error made in last week's account of the forty two party at Mrs G. E. Carpenter's. Instead of Miss Victoria Gant winning twelve games out of fourteen, she won every game played, which was something never done before the history of the club.
A GUEST

Clipping source: The Plano Star-Courier (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 51, Ed. 1 Friday, May 26, 1916, newspaper, May 26, 1916; Plano, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601588/: accessed June 5, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

Bravo Victoria! Proud of our aunt Vickie!

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In 1918 Victoria was in a serious car acciden the result of which was her broken back. Victoria recovered and devoted herself to taking care of the family members. She looked after the sick ones, and the children of the family, helped those ones who needed her guardianship.

Aunt Victoria

The people who knew her say she was like a living saint - unselfish and caring, devoting her time helping others.

In 1972, Victoria lived at 3626 Oak Grove Ave in Dallas. The house no longer exists. Victoria passed in DOA Parkland Memorial Hospital on 5 October 1972 at 3:15 AM (due to arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease). She was 79 years old.

Victoria's body was buried at Plano Mutual Cemetery.



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Photo of the grave marker: mystic75074



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