|Birth: ||Feb. 8, 1883|
|Death: ||Nov. 19, 1919|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
1900 Census Justice Precinct 2 & 6 palo Pinto County Texas
Kidwell Lee B. Boarder W M Feb 1882 S Tx Tx Tx Salesman
listed in the household of Dr. Frank and Dora Bowles
November 30, 2010
History club hears story behind Elmwood Cemetery's mausoleum
Mineral Wells Index
MINERAL WELLS — The Mineral Wells Junior History Club met Nov. 11 at the home of Samanthia Hale for their monthly meeting.
Program leader Nikki Murphy introduced her husband, Marshall Downs. Downs is cemetery supervisor for the City of Mineral Wells. He told the story of the mausoleum located in Elmwood Cemetery east of downtown Mineral Wells. The story detailed the life of Lee Burton Kidwell, who was born in 1882 and died in 1919. Kidwell's grandfather was Levi Kidwell, who signed the petition to form Parker County.
Lee Kidwell's father migrated to the Mineral Wells area and he remained in the area until he joined the Army during the Spanish-American War. He went to the Philipines to fight. After the war he found the Phillipines held promise of business. He moved there and had coconut farms, lumber yards and trading stores, which was difficult in that the indigious people did not trust the Americans.
Kidwell was a great peacemaker and was a friend of the chief, who helped make the business deal possible. Kidwell accumlated wealth. He came back to Texas and met his future wife, Eunice Virginia. They were married and moved back to the Phillipines to raise their family and manage their businesses but Kidwell became ill and wentto New York for medical treatment. He died in 1919. The family returned him to Mineral Wells, where a mausoleum was erected for him.
When the family moved to Florida in later years, they removed Lee's casket and transplanted him there. They did the same when they moved to California. However bad financial times prompted them to move his remains back to Mineral Wells until his final resting place came in the form of cremation and his ashes were spread in California.
Eunice Virginia Kennamer Kidwell Schroeder (1899 - 1957)*
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered in California
Created by: May Ashby Royer
Record added: Jan 30, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17756541