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Louisa Elizabeth "Lizzie" Carothers[1, 2]

Female 1856 - 1936  (80 years)

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  • Name Louisa Elizabeth "Lizzie" Carothers 
    Born Mar 27, 1856  Georgetown, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    Gender Female 
    Died Jul 07, 1936  Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Her estate was valued at $601,793.59 (171 S.W.2d 848; STATE v. WIESS. N
      o. 8062. Supreme Court of Texas. May 19, 1943. Rehearing Denied June 23
      , 1943.)

    Buried Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • -
      She is also listed as Elizabeth Louisa.
      Williamson County Sun, Georgetown, Texas, March 19, 1937 (Friday); fron
      t page
      Georgetown Gives Over $51,000
      (picture of the Southwestern University Administration Building.)

          Southwestern University, Georgetown, has been made the beneficiary o
      f a gift of $160,000, provided by the late Mrs. Louisa Elizabeth Wiess o
      f Houston, mother of Harry C. Wiess, president of the Humble Oil and Re
      fining Company, and sister of Mrs. C. S. Belford and the late Mrs. J. H
      . Hodges, both of Georgetown, it was announced by University authoritie
      s in Houston Monday.
          The gift was offered prior to the death of Mrs. Wiess on condition t
      hat the University pay off all indebtedness and raise an additional sum o
      f $40,000 by March 1, 1937. The University was successful in meeting th
      e conditions, and last Saturday the South Texas Commercial 'National Ba
      nk delivered to the trustees of the school the funds provided by Mrs. W
      iess, cooperating with her son, Mr. Harry C. Wiess.
          The University campaign for funds to meet the conditions imposed by t
      he Wiess gift was conducted quietly. It is understood that about $60,00
      0 of the $145,000 obtained was contributed by former students and frien
      ds of the University in Houston.
      Georgetown Gives Much
          Late in January Dr. J. W. Bergin, president of the University, cont
      acted the directors of the Chamber of Commerce and laid down the progra
      m as submitted to the University by the Wiess estate. Dr. Bergin in his s
      tatement, explained that the total debt of the University had been set a
      t $135,000, which included a substantial reduction' in the amount owed a M
      issouri life insurance company. In addition to that amount, he said $40
      ,000 would have to be met to comply with the conditions of the grant.
          He then proposed to the directors that Georgetown raise $30,000, wh
      ich was half of the local indebtedness owed by the school. The director
      s in executive session decided that th.... (??...... whole line missing .
      .???) the drive.
        A steering committee composed of O. A.' Engelbrecht, R. L. Gallaway, C
      . E. Harris and A. W. Carlson was then named to direct the drive. Membe
      rs of the soliciting committee as named were A. W. Sillure, W. P. Hoffm
      an Jr., Tom Lundblad, A. Pieper, D. P. Irvine, Eric Lundblad, M. F. Smi
      th, J. M. Sharpe, H. G. Friedrich, J. Clint Rogers, Jack Gillum, J. T. A
      tkin, B. A. Wyatt, Sam V. Stone, J. M. May, E. H. Eanes, D. W. . Wilcox
      , S. E. Wilcox, Robt. W. Cooper, W. P. Young, F. E. Buchholz, B. J. Bru
      ton, R. R. Messer, H. E. Richardson, Jno. N. Ellyson, H. Winfrey.
        Active work was commenced after the formation of the organization, a
      nd by the latter part of. February some $34,000 was turned over to Univ
      ersity authorities by the committee.
        Several days after the filing of this report with the proper authori
      ties, an emergency demand was brought to the committee from Houston, wh
      ere it was revealed that some $16,000 more was needed to consummate the p
      rogram. The committee, together with a number of citizens, then put on a l
      ast-minute drive, and within a few days had the desired amount raised, b
      ringing Georgetown's contribution to the campaign fund to over $51,000.
      School Free of Debt
        One splendid feature of the program is the fact that with the receiv
      ing of the Wiess bequest, the school is completely clear of debt, and a
      t the present time has an endowment of over $500,000.
        Members of the Board of Trustees made a formal announcement Monday a
      ddressed to Dr. John W. Bergin, president of the school. It reads as fo
        To President John W. Bergin, D.D., President Southwestern University
      , Georgetown, Texas.
        Dear Sir:
        On June 30th, 1936, Mrs. Elizabeth Wiess of Houston, Texas, set apar
      t certain stocks, worth at that time in excess of $100,000, and appoint
      ed the Honorable Frank Andrews of Houston, Texas, as her Trustee, with i
      nstructions to deliver these stocks to Southwestern University, located a
      t Georgetown, Texas, as an outright gift, provided that all indebtednes
      s of whatever description against the institution be liquidated, and an a
      dditional amount of $40,000 be secured for the endowment fund of the Un
      iversity on or before March 1st, 1937.
        Through the succeeding months the officials of the University, toget
      her with the alumni, ex-students and friends of the institution have co
      operated in a quiet but most effective fashion to meet the terms requir
      ed, and to secure the gift. It was necessary to raise $105,000 to cover i
      ndebtedness, the major portion of which had been created during a build
      ing campaign shortly before the depression; this, together with the $40
      ,000 required for the endowment, made a total of $145,000 to be raised. W
      e are happy to report to you that this entire amount was secured in cas
      h and negotiable securities by March First. No public or widespread cam
      paign was entered into; less than two hundred individuals, all of them f
      ormer students, patrons, or close friends of the University comprise th
      e list of contributors. To attempt to name those responsible for this m
      agnificent achievement would be to name the entire list of contributors a
      nd workers, every one of whom exerted himself or herself to the utmost t
      hat the goal might be achieved.
          The net result of the accomplishment is that Southwestern Universit
      y is freed from all indebtedness of any description, and, since the val
      ue of the bequest of Mrs. Wiess is now in excess of $160,000, that $200
      ,000 has been added to the endowment fund.
          Southwestern University is now the mother school of Texas Methodism
      . Established in Georgetown in 1873, through the merging of several sma
      ller Methodist Colleges, it was designed to be the central educational i
      nstitution of the denomination in Texas, and it has been a dominant fac
      tor in the educational life of the entire Southwest for two generations
      . From its halls have come many of the outstanding citizens, in every w
      alk of life, and in every section of the Southwest. Ideally situated in a s
      mall community of commanding moral and intellectual type, the wholesome i
      nfluence of the school upon the lives of its thousands of students thro
      ugh these sixty-four (???) has been supplement (???) by the high moral (
      ???) ... (??) ... town. In this community and in this atmosphere Mrs. L
      ouisa Elizabeth Wiess spent her childhood and young womanhood, and from G
      eorgetown she went to Beaumont as the bride of Captain William Wiess, w
      ho was to become one of the foremost citizens and capitalists of the So
      uth. Captain and Mrs. Wiess not only occupied a position of social and f
      inancial prestige in their city and State, they also were outstanding i
      n their devotion to every cause that promoted the welfare of their fell
      ow-men, and especially were they devoted to their Church, the Methodist
      , and all its interests. For many years Captain Wiess was a Trustee and s
      trong supporter of Southwestern University. Following his death Mrs. Wi
      ess maintained the active interest both had felt for the institution. B
      ecause of this interest and affection on the part of his mother, and ha
      ving in mind his honored father's long connection with Southwestern Uni
      versity, and that his mother might have in her declining years the joy o
      f making so significant a gift to the institution, upon which she and h
      er sainted husband had lavished so much of time and money in years gone b
      y, Mr. Harry C. Wiess, the President of the Humble Oil and Refining Co.
      , last June proposed to his mother that she make the bequest described a
      bove. Mrs. Wiess joyfully acquiesced in the suggestion and executed the n
      ecessary instrument on June 26th. This was possibly the last business t
      ransaction of Mrs. Wiess' life, as within a few days thereafter, she wa
      s called to her Heavenly Home.
        It is proper to say that Mr. Wiess and his mother were led to make t
      he gift, not only for the reasons cited above, but because of the heart
      y approval of their attorney and close personal friend, the late Col. F
      rank Andrews, whose counsel they sought in this matter. It reflects hon
      or and credit upon Southwestern University for us to remember that Col. A
      ndrews was himself an alumnus of that institution, and one whose noble c
      areer and exalted character in public and private life were an inspirat
      ion, not only to his Alma Mater, but to all who knew him.
        Not only because of the magnificence of the gift itself, but because o
      f the holy sentiments and influences actuating its donors, it gives us g
      reat satisfaction to report that Southwestern has met the terms prescri
      bed. The South Texas Commercial National Bank, made trustee of the bequ
      ests following the death of Col. Andrews, has formally awarded the gift
      , and the transaction is completed. The University is under lasting obl
      igation to the bank for its
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      meticulous labors in this connection.
        It was the belief of Mr. Wiess and his mother, in requiring that all i
      ndebtedness be paid, and a substantial sum be added to the endowment of t
      he University that this would guarantee an ever-increasing usefulness t
      o the University. That they were justified in this assumption seems ass
      ured. The school is now free from debt and has, with the Wiess bequest, n
      ow more than a half-million dollars in productive endowment. The income f
      rom this endowment is supplemented annually by grants from each of the f
      ive conferences of Texas Methodism. There is every reason to believe th
      at Southwestern will receive other substantial gifts in the not distant f
        There is a distinct trend in the educational world toward the small c
      ollege, with a select student body and with opportunity for close perso
      nal contact between teacher and student. With its tradition and backgro
      und, and with its location and splendid physical equipment, there is no i
      nstitution in the Southwest better fitted to discharge the functions of a s
      mall college, conducted under liberal religious auspices, than is South
        To Mrs. Louisa Elizabeth Wiess and to her husband, Captain William W
      iess, both of blessed memory, and to their son, Mr. Harry C. Wiess, Sou
      thwestern University and all the friends of higher education owe an inc
      alculable debt of gratitude which can only be discharged through the pr
      oper assumption of the University of the obligations, and privileges no
      w brought to it through their faith in the institution.
      Claude C. Cody, Jr.,
      Chairman of Board of Trustees.
      J. M. West,
      Chairman of Finance Committee.
      S. W. Scott.
      W. E. Orgain.
      A. Frank Smith.
      Williamson County Sun
      Issued Weekly
      By The Sun Publishing Company
      Georgetown, Texas
      Entered at the Postoffice at Georgetown, Texas, as second-class mail ma
      tter under provisions of the Act of March 3, 1879.
      "In men whom men denounce as ill I find so much of goodness still. In m
      en whom men pronounce divine I find so much of sin and blot, I hesitate t
      o draw the line between the two -- when God has not."
      1930 census, Houston, Harris, Texas, series T626, roll 2348, p 113, lin
      es 59-50
      Wiess, Elizabeth, Head, 415,00, rent, no, F, W, 74, widowed, married 24 o
      ld, TX, SC, SC
      Barnett, Katherine A, companion, F, W, 50, single, NY, ?, ?
      The Port Arthur News, p. 2, July 8, 1936.
      Was Former Resident of Beaumont
      Special to The News.
      BEAUMONT, July 8. -- Funeral services for Mrs. William Wiess, 80, forme
      r Beaumont resident, who died last night at her home in Houston, will b
      e held today at 5 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.A. Priddie, 6
      75 Fifth street, here.  Dr. J.W. Mills of Beaumont, assisted by two Met
      hodist bishops -- Revs. Sam Hay and Frank Smith, both of Houston -- wil
      l officiate, and burial will be in Magnolia cemetery under the directio
      n of Pipkin and Brulin.
      Mrs. Wiess was a native of Georgetown, Texas where she and Captain Wies
      s of Beaumont were married in 1880.  The couple resided in Beaumont thr
      oughout their wedded life.  Mrs. Wiess moved to Houston 10 years ago.
      Surviving Mrs. Wiess are the daughter, Mrs. Priddie, and three sons, Ha
      rry C. Wiess of Houston, vice president of the Humble Oil & Refining co
      mpany and E.C. Wiess and Perry Wiess of Mineral Wells.

    Person ID I1498  mykindred
    Last Modified Jun 11, 2010 

    Father Samuel Dinsmore "S.D." Carothers,   b. Jul 28, 1828, South Carolina, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 31, 1877, Williamson county, Texas, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Harriet Newell Perry,   b. Mar 08, 1827, South Carolina, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 25, 1902, Williamson county, Texas, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married Mar 07, 1850  Williamson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F18373  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William A. Wiess, CSA
    ,   b. Oct 23, 1842, Wiess Bluff, Jasper county, Texas, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 12, 1914, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married Mar 11, 1880  Williamson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • From the Williamson county marriage records, Round Rock Library, GEN 9
      76.4289 WIL, p. 79:
      Wiess, William; Carothers, Lizzie E.; 11 MAR 1880; BK 3; lic. 163.
     1. Willie E. Wiess,   b. Jun 05, 1881,   d. Jul 10, 1881  (Age 0 years)
    +2. Harry Carothers Wiess,   b. Jul 30, 1887, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 26, 1948, Houston, Harris county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    Family ID F565  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Wiess, Louisa (Carothers)
    Wiess, Louisa (Carothers)
    Death Certificate

  • Sources 
    1. [S970] Priddie, Nena Wiess .

    2. [S973] Hodges, Earl , email to Tom Cloud of FEB 16, 2004

    3. [S561] Death Certificate .

    4. [S788] Marriage record , Williamson county marriage records, Round Rock Library, GEN 976.4289 WIL, p. 79: