MATILDA VIRGINIA NORTHCROTT ATTAWAY
GRANNY ATTAWAY

1861-1954

"Calf Creek News" by Mrs. John Bradshaw
The Brady Standard
February 19, 1954

    CALF CREEK, Feb., 15 - A host of relatives and friends gathered at the Calf Creek Community Center Saturday afternoon to pay their last respects to one of the dearest little ladies who ever lived.
    Granny Attaway died Friday afternoon Feb. 12, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Ewing, at the age of 92 years.  She was born Matilda Virginia Northcrott on June 12, 1861, in Little Rock Arkansas.
    When a small girl she came with her parents to Texas settling near Waco.  There she met and married J. W. Attaway.  They followed the trek westward and arrived in this community in the very early 1900's.
    In 1901 the Willis Hueys, prominent pioneers and land holders, sold part of their large acreage to Mr. and Mrs. Attaway.  The land is still under the same fence and is still Attaway property.
    This was really the starting of a community since there were only four or five families here before that time.
    Mr. and Mrs. Attaway took over their share in making it the right kind of a community.
    In 1903 they organized the First Baptist Church and kept it in harmonious succession.
    Mr. Attaway was a born leader.  He was small of statue, wore a long beard and chin whiskers.  He was jolly and had love in his heart for everyone.  No man sank too low for Mr. Attaway to reach him and raise him up, for Mr. Attaway's natural foundation was based on the love for God and man.
    Even though the Attaways dated back to Civil War days and Indian times, Granny would not let Mr. Attaway tell about it in her presence.  But, as related by a grandson, John Hansard, Saturday evening, "When grandpap got off with just us grandkids how he spun some tales, with those chin whiskers bobbing up and down!"
    The Attaways owned the first car in our community.  My what a momentous occasion!  Everyone got a ride in it and Mr. Attaway let all the children honk the horn!
    Mrs. Attaway was always ready to lend a hand in health or sickness.  She and her neighbor, Mrs. E. L. Bridge, went hand in hand helping bring children into the world or helping where and when they were needed.  Mrs. Bridge drove a little trotting mare to a a single buggy and the weather was never too bad or the night too dark for them to go where duty called.
    Mrs. Attaway's presence was truly an inspiration in any gathering.  In time of war or any turmoil of life it seemed you could get closer to God by praying with Granny Attaway, for her life was lived so that you felt nothing was between her and her God.
    Her life was sheltered by the loving care of her husband and children.  In 1927 when death took her husband she continued to live in their home until her granddaughter, Opal Mae Hansard, whom she had reared since birth, married.
    Soon after this Granny broke up housekeeping and resolved to live with her children, never staying longer than one week at the time with any one.
    Her family and friends remember that at first she took her featherbed and special bed clothes, but since this involved so much moving she cast them off, and until in later years a small bag and a pocket to hold her bus fare was all she needed.
    When the children worried and fretted for her safety she informed them that God knew when he wanted to call her and if it was on a bus-okay.
    This active life continued until last May when she suffered a stroke and for the first time she had to break her resolve to stay only one week at the same place.  She was with her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Ewing.  She recovered, however, enough to visit her other children for awhile.  When her birthday celebration came June 12 she was barely able to attend.  Then July 24 she became seriously ill and was confined to her room at Mrs. J. W. Ewing's except for a few brief car rides, until her passing.
    Her husband and two sons and two daughters preceded her in death.  Survivors are Mrs. Menerva McCoy of Rochelle, Mrs. Dolly Kiser of Mertzon, Mrs. Ethel Wren of Littlefield, Mrs. Nannie Mae Bingham and Mrs. Leanna Ewing of Calf Creek, Mrs. Sally Bingham, Brady, and the granddaughter who was as her own child, Mrs. Opal Mae Bradshaw of Austin.
    There are 36 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Nan Cottrell of Brownwood who is 91 years old.
    Pallbearers were grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
    Services were conducted by the Rev. Sam Thomas, pastor of the Central Baptist Church of Brady.  Song service was led by J. E. Herrington and a duet, "Alone with Jesus" requested by Mrs. Attaway, was sung by her granddaughters, Grace Nell McCoy and Wanda Robinson.

    Calf Creek News" by Mrs. John Bradshaw
The Brady Standard
February 19, 1954

Submitted by Louann Hall