On December 24, 1863 in the midst of the Civil War. Nathan and Caroline Allis Gilbert welcomed their last child, Caroline A. Gilbert. She had come to be known as "Carrie". At two and a half her father, Nathan Gilbert, died in Houston on a business trip. In the 1870 Census Carrie was 6 years old and residing in Beaumont, where she was the only one in the family to be born.
Carrie was educated at home in her younger years, and later attended Waco Female College. With an aptitude for the Arts, Carrie studied art at several institutions. On Dec 1, 1895 The Galveston Daily News carried an article about Carrie. "Miss Carrie Gilbert of Beaumont was one of the successful competitors in the art department of the Texas Coast fair, held at Dickinson. The first prize for pastel, copy, ideal composition, was awarded her. Miss Gilbert bids fair to be an artist of no mean degree."
21 Jan 1899 Carrie' s mother passed away.
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The Daily Enterprise (Beaumont, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 245, Ed. 1 Monday, January 23, 1899 Page: 4 of 4
The funeral services of Mrs. Caroline Allis Gilbert were held yesterday at the late residence of the deceased at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. P Pledger of the M. E. church, the interment taking place at Magnolia cemetery.
With the division of the estate Carrie was given lots and acreage. Vol. 26, page 498 Deed Records for Jefferson County.
Carrie Gilbert married Martin L. Hinchee on June 12, 1900. Vol. 3 page 374, Marriage Records for Jefferson County.
Later in the year, November 1900, Carrie G. Hinchee purchased three lots from C.T. Heisig (Vol.34, page 369 Deed Records of Jefferson county.) The same month, the note was released. She conveyed some lots in the old town of Beaumont to the Beaumont Lumber Company.
On May 3, 1913, at the age of 49 years, 4 months and 8 days Carrie passed away at her home on Park St from Bright's Disease of the Kidneys. (Death Certificate, Jefferson County)
Obituary Houston Post May 4, 1913
BEAUMONT, Texas, May 4. Mrs. Carrie A. Gilbert Hinchee, age 50 years, one of the best known women in Southeast Texas, died in her home, 814 Park Street, this morning. She was born and raised in Beaumont and was a member of one of the most prominent families of the city. She was a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy. She leaves her husband, M.L. Hinchee, and two brothers John N. Gilbert, of Beaumont and Wilbur Gilbert of Los Angeles, and one sister, Mrs. F.T. Smith of this city.
Funeral services will be held at the family residence at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon by Rev. Walter J. Johnson, pastor of the First Methodist Church. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.
Henry Conrad Mauer was born to George Louis and Sophia Mathilde Steves Mauer on 6 June 1873. They lived in Rutersville, Fayette County, Texas at that time. He was a first generation American, both parents were born in Germany. The family arrived at Galveston on 29 Nov of 1850.
Henry helped his father in the family construction business, then influenced by the family, attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
In June of 1900 he was a roomer in the home of the Burke family in Bastrop, TX
he settled in Beaumont, Texas. The wealth and growth of the area, were fueled by the lumber, and shipping industries, not to mention the oil boom of 1901, we believe it is possible that the Caroline Gilbert Hinchee House was the first (test) house which launched his career.
In 1903, Henry married Kate Adams in Jasper, Texas. The couple had one son, Henry Conrad, Jr. who was born in 1907.
H.C. Mauer home and office was located on 940 Spruce Ave in Beaumont where he drew plans for many residences in Beaumont.
At the time of WW I Draft Registration, the family was living in El Paso due to his son's heath problems. On October 19th 1915, he resigned his post as Alderman from the first ward, due to an indefinite length of time he would have to stay in El Paso.
On July 7, 1939, at the age of 66, Henry C. Mauer died in his home on 2340 Magnolia Ave. Beaumont Texas and was buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery. His architectural designs live on in Beaumont, and we want to restore another to add to the list.
M L. Hinchee was born in 1859, in Illinois to Samuel and Nancy Matilda Mathew Hinchee. About the Turn of the Century, Martin Luther arrived in Beaumont and worked in sales at Beaumont Lumber Co. In June of 1900, ML. married Carrie Gilbert in the home of John N. Gilbert.
June 23-28 of 1904 M.L. attended the Methodist Episcopal District Conference in Kountze, as lay delegate.
18 Sept 1904, Galveston Daily News "Mr & Mrs. M. Hinchee, Mrs F. Smith, Mrs. E. Smith, Mrs. M.L. Fuller, and Miss Ruth Fuller are having a delightful trip through the North and East".
16 Jan 1905 Park Bank & Trust held it's Annual Stockholders Meeting. M.L. Hinchee, along with W.B. Carroll, Joe R. Carroll and others were chosen as directors.
On Feburary 28, 1905, Martin Luther's mother passed away. Her obituary was printed in the Galveston Daily News 1 Mar 1905 Wed. pg 4
"Beaumont, Texas., Feb. 28--Mrs. N. M. Hinchee, aged 68 years, died last evening at 10:40 o'clock at the residence of her son. M. L. Hinchee, 814 Park street, after a lengthy illness. The deceased was a woman of splendid traits of character and of such sweet disposition that to know her was to admire her and be her friend. Her husband died in March 1901, at Jacksonville, Ill. She is survived by two sons, M.L. Hinchee, secretary of the Gilbert Oil Company of this city, and Charles Hinchee of Selina, Kan. The deceased is also survived by daughter, Mrs. Wheeler, of Mohectie , Tex., and a sister, Mrs. J. S. Embleton, of Topeka, Kan. The deceased was a devout member of the Methodist Church of this city. The funeral took place from the residence of M. L. Hinchee this afternoon at 4 o'clock, with interment in Magnolia Cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. V. A. Godbey.
16 June 1909, ML Hinchee, a member of the Board of Directors, of the Commercial National Bank of Beaumont. Decided to increase the stock.
18 Dec 1909 He was President of the Beaumont Musical Society. and in that same year Caroline gave M.L a pipe organ.
After the death of Caroline in 1913, M.L. married Susan Metcalf Peale on September 16, 1913.
In 1916 M.L. sold the House to D.M. Caffall for 20,000.00. He and Susan moved to Covington, Louisiana. Eventually,
after moving to California , he died there on 12 June 1932 in Los Angeles.
Martin Luther Hinchee
David M. Caffall was born on January 18, 1877 in Scott County, Iowa to Charles and Christine McKinley Caffall. He was the youngest of nine children. The oldest was his step brother, who's mother died on the boat coming to the US, supposedly.
In 1895, David was 18 and living in Linn, Iowa and by 1900 he was living in Beaumont, Texas with the Watson family at 255 Cedar St. He was working as an implement salesman. On July 24 1901 he married Estella May Bickford, daughter of H. E. and Mary Jensen Bickford. On January 7, 1903 their only child Thelma was born. David was working at Swift-Caffall Co., and they were living at 450 College.
By 1904 David was Manager of Swift-Caffall Carriage Co. and living at 1146 Neches.
The family continued to live at 404 College from 1909 to 1916 when he bought the Caroline Gilbert Hinchee House. During those years, David was in 1910 also selling Buick Automobiles at Pearl St. and by then it was called The Caffall Carriage Company, in 1912 he was a director of Texas Bank and Trust.
June 1, 1909 Caffall Carriage Co., Incorporated with a capitol stock of 20,000. H. J. Halliday, president; C.A. Lord, vice president; J. O. Ogden, secy;
D. M. Caffall, Treasurer and Manager. He served on the Board of School Trustees in 1914.
Their Daughter Thelma married in 1924 and moved to Kansas City, Missouri.
He died in his home on Park St. in 1942, his wife Stella died in 1950.