Col Alfred Horatio Belo


Col Alfred Horatio Belo

Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA
Death 19 Apr 1901 (aged 61)
Kenilworth, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 10307598 View Source



The Texas Journalist Passes to the Great Beyond In the Land of His Nativity

A Gallant Soldier of the Lost Cause, He Became a Leader in Lone Star Journalism After the Civil War Asheville, N.C., April 20--Col. A.H. Belo of Dallas Tex., died here yesterday morning at 4 o'clock. He arrived here Tuesday, but his health was already so seriously impaired that he did not survive long. He has been an invalid for several years and has a summer home in the Adirondacks, where he spent every summer, and by careful living had prolonged his life. Dr. Battle was with him here, and did everything he could. Col. Belo was 62 years old and his wife and two children, Alfred H., Jr., who was associated with him, and Mrs. Peabody of Cambridge, Mass., survive him. His wife was Miss Ennis of Houston, Tex. He has two brothers living, Dr. A.F. Belo of Evergreen, Ala. and R. W. Belo of Salem, N.C., and two sisters, Mrs. E.E. Shelton and Mrs. J.C. Buxton, both of Salem. It was Col. Belo's request that he be buried in his father's lot near his boyhood home.

Col. Belo was the son of the late Edward Belo of Salem. His mother was Miss Amanda Fries. He was born in Salem and educated there. He raised the first company of Forsythe riflemen in 1861 and was its captain. This company was made a part of the Fifty-fifth North Carolina regiment, of which Col. J. Connally of this city was colonel. Col. Connally was promoted to quarter master, then major, and when the lieutenant colonel of the regiment was killed at Gettysburg he was given that rank. At Gettysburg Col. Connally was wounded and held a prisoner eight months. After his release he was given command of a brigade, and then Col. Belo was made colonel of the Fifty-fifth, which rank he held until the close of the war. Col. Belo was wounded at the Wilderness and Gettysburg. After the war he went to Texas, riding the entire distance from North Carolina on horseback, arriving in June, 1865.

In August of that year he became connected with the Galveston News, of which Mr. W. Richardson was owner and not long after bought an interest in the paper. Col. Belo had no journalistic experience, but developed marked aptitude for the details of newspaper management. In 1875, after the death of Mr. Richardson, Col. Belo bought the interest of the heirs of his deceased partner, surrounded himself with able and enthusiastic lieutenants and up to his death Friday controlled the editorial and business management of the News.

In 1881 Col. Belo formed a stock company authorized by its charter to publish newspapers in various Texas cities. In 1885 the Dallas News was established.

Laid In The Grave At His Native Home in Old State of North Carolina Was The Body of A.H. Belo A Moravian Bishop and an Episcopal Clergyman Conducted the Funeral Services and a Salute Was Fired Winston-Salem, NC, April 22--The remains of Col. A.H. Belo, accompanied by Mrs. Belo, Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Belo, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Charles Peabody, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Buxton and Dr. Gerlach, left Ashville, N.C. via special car at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and arrived at Salem at 4:45 p.m. At the station there were waiting a number of veterans of Col. Belo's company, the Forsythe Rifles, and a detail of the junior organization of that name. These last accompanied the party to the house of Mr. J.C. Buxton. Upwards of fifty telegrams were received by the family, expressive of sympathy and universal appreciation of the noble character of Col. Belo, including the following from his oldest associate living:

"Los Angeles, Cal., April 20--Family of late Col. A.H. Belo, Salem, N.C.; unspeakable sympathy and regret for the irreparable loss from the eldest surviving associate of deceased in the work which marked his constructive generous for pure and useful journalism. "D.C. Jenkins"

The beautiful flowers testify to the same purpose.

Sunday morning Mr. Francis Bangs, Dr. John A. Wyeth and Mr. J.D. Lorentz, eastern representative of the News, long-time friends of the family, arrived from New York to attend the funeral. Col. R.G. Lowe, vice president and Mr. T.W. Dealy, secretary and treasurer of the corporation of A.H. Belo & Co., arrived from Galveston in time to pay their respects to the deceased. The funeral services were held at the home of Mr. J.C. Buxton at 3 p.m., attended by the family and relatives and friends of Col. Belo residing in Winston-Salem. They were conducted by Rev. Harris Mallinckrodt of St. Paul's church, Winston, and by Bishop Edward Rondthaler of the Moravian church. The honorary pall-bearers were: Dr. John Wyeth, Mr. H.W. Fries, Mr. Francis S. Bangs, Mr. J.W. Fries, Col. R. G. Lowe, Mr. T.W. Dealy and Mr. J.D. Lorentz. The active pall-bearers were: Maj. T.J. Brown, Mr. Alexander Rights, Dr. J.A. Blum, Mr. F.C. Koehlen, Mr. T.B. Douthitt, Mr. E.A. Welfare, who were comrades of Col. Belo in the Confederate service. The Confederate Veterans' association of Norfolet camp, under command of Maj. T.J. Brown, marched in a body to the cemetery. The Forsythe Rifles fired a salute at the grave. The band of the Moravian church was in attendance. The services at the grave were conducted by Bishop Rondthaler. The interment was in the family lot in Salem cemetery.

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