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Willis A Skinner
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Birth: Feb., 1857
North Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 21, 1911
El Paso County
Colorado, USA

"Mr. Skinner was a native of North Carolina. He came to Texas about thirty-five years ago. Mrs. Skinner was a native of Mount Pleasant, Texas. They were married the year after Mr. Skinner came to the State. After working in a printing office at Jefferson for some time, they came to Dallas, which was a more promising field for their craft, and went to work on the Evening Times. This was about 1879. They saved their money and invested it in city lots. These investments eventually put them in good circumstances. They retired from work about ten years ago and let their membership in the Typographical Union lapse. They had no children."
(Source: "To Bring Bodies to Dallas," Dallas Morning News, August 24, 1911, pg 14)

Although this obituary says there were no children, the 1900 and 1910 census list a Carnegie Frank Skinner as a son (b. 15 Mar 1899 Dallas, d. 18 Nov 1981 Houston)

Another obituary does recognize the surviving son.

"Well Known in Dallas
Willis A. Skinner and wife, who were frozen to death in Colorado, had been residents of Dallas for about twenty-five years. They both worked as printers on The Dallas Morning News and The Galveston News about fourteen years ago.
Mr. Skinner was once in the job printing business in Dallas and had worked for many of the local printing establishments. He was about 55 years of age and is survived by a nephew, Paul Skinner, and son 12 years of age.
The residence in Dallas was 306 South Carroll street."
(Source: "Well Known in Dallas," Dallas Morning News. August 23, 1911, pg 1 
Family links: 
  Sallie E Skinner (1863 - 1911)*
  Carnegie Frank Skinner (1899 - 1981)*
*Calculated relationship
Froze to death on Pike's Peak. They remembered the fatherless and the orphan. (double stone with spouse)
Oakland Cemetery
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section 4, Lot 95
Created by: Barbara Ware
Record added: Apr 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36032575
Willis A Skinner
Added by: Barbara Ware
Willis A Skinner
Added by: Barbara Ware
Willis A Skinner
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- Scout Finch
 Added: Feb. 21, 2012
Letter found in Willis' pocket: "Dallas, August 17 from J.H. Choyce - "I hope you are having the time of your life in Colorado. I am sending you an overcoat as per your request. I hope you don't freeze to death on Pike's Peak." R.I.P.
- Lora Peppers
 Added: Nov. 11, 2010

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