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.

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Rites in Texas for Mrs. Tyrrell

A lengthy illness culminated in the death Thursday morning of last week of Mrs. Ellen Christie Tyrrell, mother of W.P. Tyrrell, at St. Elizabeth’s hospital, Beaumont, Texas. She was 89 years of age.

Funeral services were held on Friday morning at Broussard Mortuary Chapel, Beaumont, with Rev. John Wesley Hardt, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating. Entombment was in the Tyrrell Mausoleum in Magnolia cemetery at Beaumont.

A native of Belmond, Ellen Christie was born Nov. 15, 1873, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Christie. She was graduated from Belmond High School in 1891 and for three years attended Cornell college at Mount Vernon.

She was married on June 12, 1900 to W.C. Tyrrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. “Cap” Tyrrell, Sr. The elder W.C. Tyrrell was a prominent early-day citizen of this county who in 1900 moved to Texas, where engaged extensively in the oil business and rice growing and acquired numerous other business interests.

Mrs. Tyrrell and her husband had the present W.P. Tyrrell home south of town built in 1913. They moved in 1940 to Beaumont, where Mr. Tyrrell was associated with various family business interests.

They divided their time between Beaumont and Belmond, spending their summers here until Mr. Tyrrell’s death in 1943.

“Cap” Tyrrell engaged in many philanthropies in his adopted home of Beaumont. These included the gift to the city of Tyrrell Library and also of the land on which the city’s Tyrrell Park is located.

Mrs. Tyrrell is survived by her five children. They are, in addition to the son living here: Mrs. Wesley W. Kyle, Jr., Harry F. and W.C. Tyrrell, Jr. of Beaumont, and David C. Tyrrell of Shreveport, LA. She also leaves 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Tyrrell had continued membership in the Congregational church here. She was a charter member of the Wesley Class of Beaumont’s First Methodist Church and of the Women’s Society of Christian Service. She was a life member of the Beaumont Women’s Club, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star.

W.P. Tyrrell had gone to Beaumont a week ago last Wednesday unaware that his mother on that day had undergone major surgery. He remained there during her final illness and was in attendance at the funeral service held last Friday.

Source: Wright County Monitor, June 30, 1963.