HONORED WYLIE CITIZEN
Weekly Democrat Gazette, March 28, 1918
R. HOUSEWRIGHT WAS ONE OF THE PIONEER BUSINESS MEN THERE–VISITS McKINNEY
R. Housewright, familiarly known to his hosts of friends and acquaintances as “Uncle Bob” was here on business Friday. Uncle Bob has been a resident of Wylie for many years and is a pioneer and successful business man of that place. He was a member of the old firm of Housewright Co., one of the first business firms of that place. Some of the members of this pioneer firm were A. H. Burns, ex-Commissioner F. M. Brooks, J. M. Brown, W. T. Brown, all now deceased, and others not now recalled. Uncle Bob and Uncle Andy Burns are now perhaps the only surviving members of this firm, which ran a prosperous general merchandise business there in the early history of the town.
Uncle Bob has a son, John W. Housewright, who is in the armed service of the United States, being a member of the U. S. Marine Corps. He is stationed at Guantanamo, Cuba, where he has been nearly a year. John volunteered last year and is liking the service fine, so he writes Collin county friends and relatives. He may soon enter a training school and try for an officer’s commission. Those who know him feel sure that he would be rewarded with the honor sought. John is a bright fellow and will come out of the service with colors flying. All honor to John W. Housewright and the hundreds of other Collin county boys who are serving Old Glory.
Belton Journal, May 20, 1920
Mrs. Susanna Housewright (nee) Felkner, was born near Knoxville, Tennessee July 7, 1833, died near Holland, Texas, May 2, 1920.
She was married to Gipson Martin Housewright in 1853 and a few months after their marriage they came to Texas. Landing at Galveston after a stormy voyage, and with barely enough money to pay for moving their household effects from the wharf. They lived only a short while in Galveston, then moved to Houston and from there to Chapel Hill, where their oldest child was born. Next they moved to Bastrop county where they lived until after the Civil War, and where four other children were born.
By trade Mr. Housewright was a blacksmith. The farmers of North Texas were in need of some one to make plows and wagons for them, so he left Bastrop County and went to Collin County where he made and sold the first plows that would take the heavy black soil of that section. From Collin County they moved to Missouri and remained about five years. In 1873 they came to Bell County and in 1886 Mr. Housewright died and Mrs. Housewright was left a widow. Since that time she has lived near Belton and Holland. She had many friends and relatives, among them are a son, R. Housewright, and a daughter, Mrs. J. C. Howse of Belton and another daughter, Mrs. A. J. Patterson, Holland, Texas....
In sorrow we have given up a mother and grandmother and she now sleeps in the old Post Oak Cemetery.... Rev. Batte, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Bartlett, conducting the simple Christian farewell....
12/6/69...please note. Her birth-date was 7 July 1830, not 1833. They were married in 1852, not 1853, and it should read Martin Gipson, not Gipson Martin Housewright. Martin Gipson Housewright was a nephew of Jeconias Housewright, early settler of Wylie, Texas. [sic]