Reported to be the first white child to be born in Waco Village, Kate was the daughter of Catherine (Fulkerson) and Shapely Prince Ross.
Kate led the procession which opened the Suspension Bridge on her birthday in 1870. In 1875 Kate inaugurated another project, this time the Kate Ross, the first steamboat to ply the Brazos north of Waco. Source: Our Land Our Lives by Patricia Ward Wallace.
She graduated from Waco University during Rufus C. Burleson's presidency.
Later, as Mrs. Tom Padgitt, she opened the steel bridge, which was built by McLennan County and the city of Waco, connecting Elm Street and Washington Avenue.
She also organized Waco's first social club, the Possum Club.
Kate married Tom Padgitt on January 2, 1878; they were the parents of 6 children.
The Kate Ross Homes, a federal housing project in Waco, was named for her. Source: Handbook of Waco and McLennan County Texas
22 January 1912 Dallas Morning News, p. 11
Padgitt – Waco, Tex., Jan. 21 – The funeral of Mrs. Katherine Ross Padgitt took place at 3 o'clock this afternoon from her late residence, Fourteenth and Columbus streets. Rev. F. C. McConnell, pastor of the First Baptist Church, conducted the services, after which the remains were interred at Oakwood. The funeral was very largely attended and the floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.
1846–1926 (m. 1878)
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