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Myrtle Almeda HORNSBY

Female 1902 - 2007  (105 years)


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  • Name Myrtle Almeda HORNSBY 
    Birth 7 Jul 1902  Hornsby Bend, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Census 6 May 1910  Travis County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Justice Precinct 1
    Census 10 Jan 1920  San Marcos, Hays, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • with her aunt and uncle, Helen and Charles Crawford
    Census 4 Feb 1920  Travis County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Justice Precinct 1
    Census 5 Apr 1930  Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • 1017 Willow St. with her father
    Religion Presbyterian 
    Education B.S., Southwest Texas Teachers College, 1942 
    Occupation Teacher 
    Death 26 Jul 2007  Austin, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Burial 29 Jul 2007  Hornsby Cemetery, Hornsby Bend, Travis, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I1824  Dyal and Speckels
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2007 

    Father James Malcolm HORNSBY,   b. 17 Dec 1864, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 11 Apr 1955, Travis County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Annie Belle MORRIS,   b. 23 Feb 1874, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 10 Feb 1910 (Age 35 years) 
    Marriage Abt 1896  [6
    Family ID F600  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Joseph Patrick CALLAN   d. 3 Jun 1962, Travis County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage 1952  [1
    Family ID F1756  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2007 

  • Notes 
    • Myrtle attended the Hornsby School (later Hornsby-Dunlap), a one-room frame school, established as school district #33 by Travis County in 1906. The family later moved into Austin so her brother, Dick, could attend Austin High and play football.

      Myrtle joined family members in the Reuben Hornsby Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas one year after the charter of the chapter in 1920. She attended San Marcos Teachers College in San Marcos and received a BS in 1942 with a permanent teachers certificate. She taught one year at Carlson. Later, in Austin, Myrtle and several of her Hornsby cousins, Alta, Lea, Noma, and Exa, had the opportunity to study with Mrs. Max Bixler to learn to educate the deaf. This was the start of Myrtle's 30-year teaching career at the Texas School for the Hearing Impaired. Later, she was principal of the Lower School at the renamed Texas School for the Deaf, retiring in 1967. She is an honorary life member of the Texas School for the Deaf Alumni Association.

      Myrtle first attended First Southern Presbyterian Church and was a charter member of Wilshire (now Genesis) Presbyterian Church. In 1952, she married Joseph Patrick Callan, a widower. They lived on Archway, across the street from the north end of the University of Texas campus. They camped and fished on the Pedernales. Later they moved to 49 Street on East Avenue (now I-35) and then to Ave F in Hyde Park, where Myrtle lived at the time of her death. After the death of Joe P. Callan Sr., in 1962, Myrtle traveled with church friends and family. She knew the Hornsby family so well that she could tell how each member was related in every generation. For more than 100 years, her charm and wit made a lasting impression on all who met her. Her 23rd Annual Christmas Tree Trimming Party hosted by Sean Cleary and Rob Griffith was featured Christmas Eve, 2005, "On the Porch," on KXAN television. [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S84] Friday, 27 Jul 2007.

    2. [S13] United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, Travis County, Texas, ED 58, p. 17.

    3. [S14] United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, Hays County, Texas, ED 68, p. 13.

    4. [S14] United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, Travis County, Texas, ED 87, p. 6.

    5. [S15] United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, Travis County, Texas, ED 37, p. 7.

    6. [S12] United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, Travis County, Texas, ED 108, p. 1A, lines 4-5.