Samuel Ludwick Randlett Jr.
b. 16 February 1865, d. 21 March 1945
- Samuel Ludwick Randlett Jr. was born on 16 February 1865 in Louisiana.
- He married Addie H. White.
- Samuel Ludwick Randlett Jr. became a widower at the 22 November 1896 death of his wife Addie H. White.
- He married Marion Virginia Randall, daughter of James W. Randall and Virginia A. McConnell, circa 1900.
- Samuel Ludwick Randlett Jr. and Marion Virginia Randall appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Lancaster, Dallas County, Texas. Other members of the household included Elnora Virginia Randlett and Virginia A. McConnell. Also in the household were children Louise W. (age 18), Samuel L. Jr. (16), William L. (14), Marion R. (9), James E. (7), Alice G. (1).
- He was employed as manager of a hardware store, according to the 1910 census.
- He officially witnessed the death of Virginia A. McConnell on 1 September 1917 in Lancaster, Dallas County, New Hampshire.
- Samuel Ludwick Randlett Jr. and Marion Virginia Randall appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Lancaster, Dallas County, Texas. Other members of the household included Elnora Virginia Randlett. Also in the household were children William L. (age 24), Marion (19), James E. (16), Alice G. (10) and Eddie A. (7).
- He was a retail hardware merchant, according to the 1920 census.
- Samuel Ludwick Randlett Jr. and Marion Virginia Randall appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Lancaster, Dallas County, Texas, at South Centre Street. Other members of the household included David Whittaker Hardy Jr. and Elnora Virginia Randlett. Also in the household was daughter Alice G. Randlett (age 30).
- He was president and manager of a retail hardware business, according to the 1940 census.
- Samuel Ludwick Randlett Jr. died on 21 March 1945 at age 80 in Lancaster, Dallas County, Texas, . Informant was Will L. Randlett, Lancaster.
- His wife Marion Virginia Randall became a widow at his death.
- He was interred at Edgewood Cemetery, Lancaster, Dallas County, Texas.
- The following appeared on 22 March 1945 in The Dallas Morning News: Lancaster's 80-year-old civic leader, Samuel Ludwick Randlett, died Wednesday night.
Randlett, who once described himself as "an humble worker in all plans to upbuild our community" came to Lancaster in 1889 and went into the hardware business. He retired from the Lancaster Hardware Company three years ago. Major credit for establishing and maintaining the Lancaster school system has been given to Randlett, who served as a member of the school board for several decades and also as the board's president. He served as chairman of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and participated in all of the community's civic endeavors.
The Lancaster leader had tasted adventure, but he sought the calmer life of this rural community. He was born in Franklin, St. Mary's Parish, La., and as a young man he shipped on a Morgan Line steamship out of Galveston, spending four years as a marine engineer. He then was an overseer of a sugar plantation for five years in Louisiana before coming to Lancaster to set up his hardware business.
Randlett was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church, Dallas, and of the Lancaster lodges of Odd Fellows and Masons. Funeral services have been set tentatively for 5 p.m. Friday at the Lancaster Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, the former Marion V. Randall of Port Lavaca; eight children, Miss Grace Randlett and Mrs. Elnora Hardy, both of Lancaster; Samuel L. Randlett Jr., W. L. Randlett and J. E. Randlett, all of Dallas; Mrs. Louise Fowler, Boulder, Colo; Mr. R. Randlett, Milwaukee, Wis., and E. A. Randlett, Baltimore, Md; eleven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
- The following appeared on 10 July 1952 in The Dallas Morning News: Funeral services for Mrs. Marion Randall Randlett, who died Wednesday at her home in Lancaster, will be held at the First Methodist Church at Lancaster at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. A. T. Mays, pastor, will officiate.
Mrs. Randlett, born in 1870 in Port Lavaca, Calhoun County, moved to Dallas at the age of 3. She moved to lancaster after she married the late Sam R. Randlett, a hardware merchant.
She had studied art at the Art Students' League in New York. Later she taught art for a number of years in Dallas and Fort Worth. She was an early member of the Dallas Art Association and a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Southern Memorial Association, Pieriou Club of Dallas and the Lancaster Shakespeare Club.
Survivors are five sons, Sam R. Randlett Jr., Will L. Randlett and James E. Randlett, all of Dallas, Marion R. Randlett of Milwaukee, Wis., and Ed Randlett of Chicago, Ill; three daughters, Mrs. Louse r. Fowler, Boulder, Colo., and Mrs. Elnora Harda and Miss Grace Randlett, both of Lancaster; eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Lamond Henry, Lawrence Henry, Joe Clark, T. A. Fouts, Erie Rawlins Jr. and W. R. Harris Jr.
Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery.
- Last Edited: 26 Jan 2014