One Texas Ranching Family
Last post was a letter written by Frank McCord Alexander to his nephew, my maternal grandfather, Robert Frank Alexander. We have more information on this Dilley ranching family, but I won’t post it all until I contact “The Cattleman” magazine after the Labor Day holiday to ask permission to re-print its article from July 1958.
Meanwhile, I doubt The Cattleman would mind my re-printing its 1960 obituary for Frank and Lytha.
There is no death. The stars go down
To rise upon some other shore.
And bright in Heaven’s jeweled crown
They shine forevermore.
-J. L. McCreery
Elitha and Frank Alexander
In the July, 1958, issue of The Cattleman, Mary Whatley Clarke had a story about Elitha (called Lytha by her family) and Frank Alexander of Dilley, Texas, pioneer ranch couple who had been married since Christmas Day 1890. During all of those long years this couple had been real partners, and loving ones at that. They shared in everything, joys and sorrows, good times and bad times. One son, Ben Alexander, blessed their union. He and his wife live in Cotulla, Texas. Ben is chairman of the board of the Stockmans National Bank at Cotulla and a breeder of Santa Gertrudis Cattle.
The beautiful story of the Frank Alexanders ended in April of this year after seventy years of marriage. Lytha suffered two major operations this spring and died April 16. During her final illness Frank was in the Dilley hospital. When he heard that she had passed away his frail health could not sustain his grief and loneliness. He died April 19, one day after his wife’s funeral. He was 91 years old, having been born May 25, 1869, in La Grange, Texas, of pioneer parents. His father was with the ill-fated Mier Expedition in 1842. Lytha was 90. She was born April 23, 1870, in Llano county. They sleep side by side in Cotulla, Texas.
“If you should go before me, dear,
Down the ways of death, well worn and wide,
For I would want to overtake you quickly
And seek the journey’s ending by your side.”
Poem by Adelaide Love.
Here is a family portrait of Lytha and Frank with their son, Ben, in the middle.