Second Presbyterian Church
Postmarked: Houston, Tex. Aug 31 1908 6:30 PM
Cambridge City, Ind. Rec’d Sep 2 1908 5 PM
To: Miss Bessie Brooks
I received your card it is a fine picture of you. Bess, my dear brother Walter died last Sunday morning at six. He was buried last Monday. Let me hear from you.
[Front] I had this card ready to send you, when I got your letter this morning. I would so glad to hear from you, and appreciate your sweet sympathy I will write to you some time soon.
According to the 1908 calendar, August 31 was a Monday, “last Sunday” would be August 23. A review of newspaper obituaries for the week of August 24 for the Houston Post reveal Walter’s identity:
Walter S. Guild, aged 29 years, son of George Guild, residing at 1829 Austin street, died at 6 o'clock Sunday morning following a period of illness that extended over several months. The deceased was born at Cambridge City, Ind. on December 17, 1879, but has resided in Houston for the past ten years.
The funeral services will be held at the home at 10 o'clock this morning and internment will be made at Hollywood Cemetery.
These facts are borne out by the census of 1880 for Cambridge City, Indiana: Dwelling, Family 210, Guild, George (38, born ca. 1842), head, machinist, born in Scotland of Scottish parents; Martha A. (27, 1853), wife, housekeeper, born in Ohio, father Ohio, mother Tenn.; Robert (3, 1877), son, Indiana; Walter, (5 months, b. December 1879); Lucinda Elliott, (53, b. 1827), mother-in-law, widowed, born in Tennessee of parents from Tennessee.
By 1910 the family was in Houston, living at 1803 Bell Street: Guild, George, born October 1846 (53), married 27 years (1873), born in Scotland of Scottish parents, immigrated in 1868 (31 years US, naturalized), a mechanical Engineer, reads, writes, speaks English, rents home; Martha J., wife born August 1852 (49), married 27 years (1873), mother of 6 children, 5 still living, born in Ohio, father Ohio, mother Tennessee, reads, writes, speaks English; Walter F., son born December 1870 [!] (20!), single, born in Indiana, a machinist; Frank H., son born Sep 1883 (16) single, born in Ohio, office clerk; Ethel May, daughter, born Apl 1886 (14), single, born in Tennessee, school girl; Allan G., son born Sep 1890 (9) single, born in Tennessee, school boy; Ella and Frank Lawrence, ages 36 and 37, black servants born in Texas - Ella was the mother of 4 children, none living.
The 1907 Houston City Directory lists several Guild famliy members living at 1819 Austin:
1819 Austin was on the Northeast corner of Calhoun (now St. Joseph Parkway) and Austin (both then unpaved streets); an area now a part of St. Joseph Medical Center.
The census of 1910 places the Guild family renting at 2501 Louisiana, Guild, George 63, married 40 years, born in Scotland of Scottish parents, immigrated 1868, naturalized, a mechanical engineer; Martha Jane, 55, married 40 years, mother of 5 children, 4 still living, born in Ohio, father Ohio, mother Tennessee; Ethel May, daughter, 23, single, born Tennessee; George Allen, son, 19, single, born Tennessee, student [no servants].