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 Mabel <I>Oxsheer</I> Quinn

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Mabel Oxsheer Quinn

  • Birth 23 Mar 1875 Bell County, Texas, USA
  • Death 9 Jun 1951 Big Spring, Howard County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Big Spring, Howard County, Texas, USA
  • Plot 07-165-006
  • Memorial ID 64092317

Daughter of Fauntain G. Oxsheer, Sr. and Mary Beal.

Wife of John Thomas Quinn.

The following article was published in the Big Spring Daily Herald on Sunday, June 3, 1951:

Mrs. J. T. Quinn, Pioneer
Teacher, Ranchwoman, Dies

Mrs. Mabel Oxsheer Quinn, 76, pioneer teacher and ranchwoman, died in a hospital here early Saturday.
She had been hospitalized for the past two weeks and in a grave condition since mid-week. Mrs. Quinn had never fully recovered from effects of a broken hip sustained in a fall last October, the second time this misfortune had befallen her.
Services will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at the Nalley Chapel, where the remains are in state. The Rev. Co. O. Hitt, chaplain at the Veterans Administration hospital, will officiate. Burial will be in the city cemetery beside the graves of her husband and daughter.
Surviving are one son, Capt. John Quinn, USN, who came here from Washington, D.C. to be at her bedside. She also leaves her daughter-in-law, Mrs. John Quinn; her grandson, John Thomas Quinn, III; a brother, John D. Oxsheer, who resides in California; two nephews William A. Oxsheer and W. T. Oxsheer, both of Fort Worth; two nieces, Mrs. Luke Hodges, Wichita Falls, and Mrs. Edwyna Throw, Honolulu, Hawaii. Homer Beal Snyder rancher, is a cousin. A daughter, Florene, died in 1906 and Mr. Quinn died in 1918.
Mrs. Quinn was born Mabel Oxsheer, the eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Oxsheer, Sr., at Calvert on March 23, 1875. Her father, who introduced blooded Hereford lines into the frontier cattle industry, worked his spread from Snyder to Lubbock in the early 1880's and headquartered in Colorado City before moving to Fort Worth.
As a young girl, she was one of the first graduates from Baylor (Female) College after it opened at Belton. In four years she had completed the equivalent of six years academic work and earned degrees in music, literature and elocution. Her record was considered near perfect and in 1939 the school erected a plaque commemorating it.
While she had offers to remain on the staff there, she wanted to be near relatives in West Texas and taught music one year at the fledgling Simmons (Hardin-Simmons) university in Abilene.
At Marienfeld, since changed to Stanton, she was offered a contract to teach music. It was there that she met and married John Thomas Quinn, who, with a brother, had been running cattle in the open range country west to the Pecos. They established a home in Midland until coming of the barbed wire fence partitioned the great range. It was in 1903 that they began homesteading a ranch in western Howard county.
She helped with ranch operations as well as taking care of the home. Because there were no roads as such and schools were remote, she taught her son until he was in the fifth grade. In 1918, after Mr. Quinn's death, she established her home at 601 Main where she lived continuously since.
When her hearing began to fail in 1925, she retired from church services and directed her attention to personal philanthropy, in which she had a passion for anonymity.
Although few people knew, many families owed food and clothing to her generosity. Several young people were staked to schooling by her, and others found her a source of aid in time of financial distress. Although the beneficiaries seldom if ever knew the source, an average of 50 turkeys were ordered delivered to needy homes at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Mrs. Quinn always swore merchants, through whom she affected her charities, to utmost secrecy. She did considerable amount of hand work to be distributed where she felt there was need. Yet she would not talk about it.
Mr. Quinn carried on the ranch operations until 1921 when she sold out the stock. Since that time she had leased out the 18-section spread.
Pallbearers will be M. C. Lawrence, T. S. Currie, Sr., Roy Carter, Buck Richardson, Pancho Nail, Marion Edwards, Cornell Smith, Roscoe Dunigan, L. S. Patterson and Nat Shiek. All of the other many close friends in West Texas will be considered as honorary pallbearers.

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  • Created by: Dennis Alan Deel
  • Added: 11 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64092317
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mabel Oxsheer Quinn (23 Mar 1875–9 Jun 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64092317, citing Mount Olive Cemetery, Big Spring, Howard County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Dennis Alan Deel (contributor 46590424) .