June 30, 1911
A Pioneer Dead
At his home in Caddo Saturday night at 9:40 Capt. W. H. Ainsworth quietly breathed his last. The funeral occurred Sunday afternoon at five o’clock, internment in Caddo cemetery.
Mr. Ainsworth had been ill the past few weeks and had gone to Mineral Wells in the hope of improving, but came back about two weeks prior to his death, which was rather sudden, though his immediate friends and family did not have much hope that his life would be extended a great while.
Deceased was 76 years and 4 months of age, having been born in Chickasaw county, Mississippi in 1835. He came first to this country in 1862, then went to Texas, and came to Caddo again with the railroad which was completed through here in 1872. He did some of the work on the railroad and assisted in building the bridges across Blue and Red rivers. He went in business in Caddo in 1874 and continued until 1903, when his store building burned. He was actively interested in several enterprises, owning considerable property.
Mr. Ainsworth is survived by his wife and several brothers, nieces, and nephews. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Hodges, and was attended by a large crowd, many of whom had known the deceased for thirty years.
Captain Ainsworth was a good man, an honest man. In the early days before banks were established it was the custom for merchants to keep money of citizens in their safe, no receipts being given; and to his store came many deposits, yet none ever complained of not getting back all that they put in.