W.C. Tyrrell Dies In Iowa Summer Home At Age Of 71 Years

Local Capitalist And Civic Leader’s FuneralTo Be Held Monday And Body Placed In Tyrrell Mausoleum Here

William Casper Tyrrell, member of a prominent Beaumont family, and director of the Tyrrell Trust, died at his summer home in Belmond, Ia., at 11:45 p.m. Thursday after an illness of about 10 days.

Mr. Tyrrell, as was his custom each summer, went to Belmond about six weeks ago. Ten days ago he suffered a slight stroke, and was believed to be recovering satisfactorily from this when he was stricken with pneumonia from which he died.

A native of Iowa, Mr. Tyrrell always maintained a special affection for his native state. He returned each summer to spend several months. He had maintained his home here, however, for the most part since 1901 when he came to this city with his parents.

His father, the last Capt. W.C. Tyrrell, who died here in 1924 was one of the most prominent leaders in early development of this area. He was identified with the oil development here, and was active in much of the business development of this area.

Besides oil the late Capt. Tyrrell was interested in real estate, having founded the Tyrrell-Combest Realty company, in rice farming and in the Tyrrell rice mill. His son, W.C. Tyrrell, was engaged with his father in these enterprises.


The late Capt. Tyrrell gave to Beaumont the library which bears the Tyrrell name. W.C. Tyrrell, following in his father’s footsteps to improve the cultural standards of the city, present the city with the first mobile book wagon which as grown into the county circulating library. In this movement he was interested in taking books to suburban areas where people resided who had little access to the town library. This library has circulated thousands of volumes of books in the rural areas of the county.

After his father had made the present of the library to the city the son. W.C. Tyrrell, made a gift of substantial numbers of books which thousands of Beaumonters have doubtlessly read and enjoyed.

W.C. Tyrrell was born in Rowa, Iowa, on February 29, 1872, and was educated in the public schools of Belmond, graduating from the high school there. He later took his law degree from the University of Iowa. When his father, Capt. W.C. Tyrrell, came to Texas in the early oil boom days he came with him and was associated with elder Tyrrell in his business enterprises and never engaged in the practice of law.

Mr. Tyrrell was a member of the Congregational church, was director of the American National bank, belonged to the Beaumont Rotary club, the Country club, the Beaumont club, the War Dads and the American Red Cross. He was also connected in an official capacity with the YMCA.


Surviving Mr. Tyrrell are his wife, Mrs. Ella Christie Tyrrell, whom he married in Belmond, Iowa, in 1900, four sons, Harry Tyrrell of Beaumont, W. Preston Tyrrell of Belmond, William C. Tyrrell, Jr., of Belmond, and Lieut. David C. Tyrrell of Norfolk, Va., and one daughter, Mrs. W.W. Kyle, Jr., of this city.

All of his children were in Iowa at Mr. Tyrrell’s bedside when he died.

Surviving also are one sister, Mrs. J.W. Garth of this city, and one brother, Harry C. Tyrrell, of Tulsa, Okla.

He also has several surviving grandchildren including Pvt. Harry P. Tyrrell, Jr., of Camp Roberts, Miss Elizabeth Tyrrell of this city, Jeanne, Lynne and Frances Tyrrell of Belmond, Iowa and David C. Tyrrell, Jr., and Sybil Tyrrell of Roanoke, Va.

Funeral services will be held in Beaumont some time Monday. Following the rites the body will be interred in the Tyrrell mausoleum in Magnolia cemetery. Pipkin and Brulin have charge of arrangements.

Source: Beaumont Journal, July 23, 1943.

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