|Death: ||Jan. 21, 1914|
Lawyer, Confed. Colonel, Newspaper Editor, County Judge, Postmaster
Following info is from HANDBOOK OF WACO AND MCLENNAN COUNTY HISTORY
Attended Eureka College and the State Univ. of Indiana. In 1855 he entered law school at Cumberland Univ. in Lebanon, TN, graduating in 1857. In December of that year he was admitted to the Bar at Yazoo City.
At the beginning of the Civil War, Gerald organized a company which was mustered in as Co. F, 18th MS Infantry. He rose to the rank of colonel and was wounded 4 times during the war.
In 1869 he moved to Waco where he entered the newspaper business. He became the editor of the Waco Examiner in 1873 and purchased the Waco Advance in 1874. He sold the paper in Jan. 1875. He was elected county Judge in 1876 and held that office for 8 years. During the Twenty-second Legislature, he was a member of the State Senate.
In 1885 he was appointed postmaster at Waco by President Grover Cleveland but resigned before the expiration of his term.
He was again elected county judge in 1900 and retired in 1904.
On Nov. 19, 1897, Gerald was involved in a shoot-out with James W. Harris and William A. Harris, which resulted in the deaths of the two brothers. The shooting climaxed a disagreement between Gerald and J.W. Harris, editor of the Times-Herald, who refused to publish and return one of Gerald's communications concerning the Brann (William Cowper Bran) controversy.
Gerald married Omega Melton of Madison, MS, on Nov. 17, 1857; they were the parents of 6 children.
At his request, his body was cremated and his ashes scattered over the Gulf of Mexico at Galveston.
Omega Nelson Gerald (1836 - 1918)*
Alpha Gerald Brooks (1865 - 1913)*
Walter U Gerald (1869 - 1870)*
Erin Gerald (1878 - 1901)*
Plot: Block 1, Lot 41
Maintained by: Rita Balentine Hogan
Originally Created by: DonZas
Record added: Nov 20, 2004
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