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William Henry Abrams
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Birth: Jan. 10, 1843
Peru
LaSalle County
Illinois, USA
Death: Apr. 16, 1926
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA

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Death Takes W. H. Abrams

Well-Known Early Texas
Railroad Builder Succumbs

William Henry Abrams, 83 years old, widely known early day Texas railroad builder and resident of Dallas for more than forty-two years, died Friday morning at his apartment at Stoneleigh Court. Although he had been in failing health for some time, his death came unexpectedly. His son, Harold J. Abrams, was with him when he died.

Mr. Abrams was born January 10, 1843 at Peru, Illinois. He attended Beloit and Monmouth Colleges in his youth, and during the War between the States served in the Union Army with a company which was recruited from students at Monmouth College.


Marries In Kansas

As a young man he moved to Kansas, where he formed a partnership with Senator William A. Harris of that State. he married Miss Ella Murray Harris, sister of the Senator. To this union three sons were born of whom two survive, Lucien Abrams, Lyme, Conn., and Harold J. Abrams, Dallas.

Mr. Abrams became connected with the Texas & Pacific Railroad in his early manhood, and he and Senator Harris were in charge of the company's land department for a time, with headquarters at Lawrence, Kansas. In 1873, he came to McKinney to interview Gov. Throckmorton concerning Texas lands. He remained at McKinney a few days and came on to Dallas.

The panic of that period temporarily stopped all railroad building and after hazardous business trips into yellow fever-stricken sections of Louisiana he returned to Texas, making his headquarters at Marshall. In September 1883, he returned to Dallas to make his headquarters and had remained here since.


Manages Lands

He was for many years vested with the management of lands in West Texas which formerly belonged to the Texas & Pacific Railroad and later passed into the hands of people, many of whom resided outside the State.

Veteran railroad men say that Mr. Abrams was a vital factor in extending the Texas & Pacific lines through West Texas and in supervising the management of the lands of the company. He was a member of the Episcopal Church.

Funeral arrangements will not be completed until Saturday. It is expected that the services will be held at the Church of the Incarnation with Bishop Harry T. Moore and the Rev. C. E. Snowden, rector, officiating.

Dallas Morning News
April 17, 1926
Transcribed by Carol Moore.

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MAJOR ABRAMS, RAIL
AGENT 53 YEARS, DIES

Dallas, April 10


Major William H. Abrams, 83, a pioneer in Texas and Pacific Railway development in Texas, died here today after a residence of 42 years in Dallas.

As land and tax commissioner for the Texas and Pacific, Major Abrams supervised the road's acquisition of right of way for lines into Dallas in 1873. He subsequently was general agent for the company's entire land properties.

Surviving Major Abrams are two sons, Lucien A. Abrams of Lynn, Conn., and Harold J. Abrams, Dallas, and a sister, Miss Louise C. Abrams, Chicago.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
April 17, 1926
Transcribed by Carol Moore.

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W. H. Abrams Funeral
Will Be Held Monday

Funeral services for W. H> Abrams, 83 years old, early-day railroad builder of Texas, who died Friday at his apartment at Stoneleigh Court, will be conducted at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Church of the Incarnation, Harwood Street and McKinney Avenue. Bishop Harry T. Moore and the Rev. C. E. Snowden will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Dallas Morning News
April 18, 1926
Transcribed by Carol Moore.

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W. H. Abrams, Early
Rail Builder, Buried

Funeal services for W. H. Abrams, 83 years old, who died Friday in his apartment at Stoneleigh Court, were held Monday afternoon in the Church of the Incarnation. Bishop Harry T. Moore and the Rev. C. E. Snowden, rector of the church, had charge of the services, which were followed by burial in Oakland Cemetery.

Pallbearers were W. W. Fisher, R. R. Lawther, Harry L. Maxson, William C. Maas, Frank E. Shoup, Murphy W. Townsend, Leslie Waggener, and Ray McDowell. Mr. Abrams is survived by two sons, Harold J. Abrams of Dallas, and Lucien Abrams of Lyme, Conn., and one sister, Miss Louise C. Abrams of Chicago. Mr. Abrams was a pioneer railroad builder of Texas and had been a resident of Dallas for forty-two years.

Dallas Morning News
April 20, 1926
Transcribed by Carol Moore.
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 Spouse:
  Ella Murray Harris Abrams (1845 - 1918)
 
 Children:
  Lucien Abrams (1870 - 1941)*
  Clarence Albright Abrams (1873 - 1902)*
  Harold Jeffery Abrams (1885 - 1938)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakland Cemetery
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section: 3 Lot: 8
 
Created by: Carol Moore
Record added: Aug 06, 2012
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