May 15, 1937
Editor's Note: This is one of a series o/ articles, in. which leaves of albums belonging to pioneer El Paso families will be turned with reproductions of daguerreotypes.
THE late Mrs. William Michie Coldwell was married in the first Anglo-Saxon wedding ceremony in El Paso. She and the late Mr. Coldwell were wed on Nov. 8, 1884, by the beloved Parson Tays at the old St. Clement's Church.
Mrs. Coldwell, the former Stella Brinck of Jefferson, came to El Paso to spend her vacation from a girls' school with her sister, the late Mrs. J. P. Hague. She remained to become a bride.
Mr. Coldwell came from a family of true pioneers in El Paso. He came here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Colbert Coldwell on a buckboard stage in 1873. Colbert Coldwell ran away from home with his negro body servant at the age of 15 to fight for Texas Independence. He fought in the Battle of Brazito
and near Anthony, with Gen. Doniphan in 1847. After the war he returned to Tennessee and married Miss Julia Michie, who had lost seven brothers in the war and wished to come to Texas to live.
The young couple lived in Austin until 1873 when Mr. Coldwell was appointed Customs Collector at this port. William, who was then seventeen years old, considered himself a man and rode with the soldier escort over the long, treacherous journey. The family arrived on Christmas Day and camped where the Plaza Theater is. Later they moved to a house located where Longwell's garage Is.
WILLIAM COLDWELL taught himself to read eight languages and took an active part in civic and social affairs of the city. He was an alderman and Coldwell School is named for him.
Mr. and Mrs. Coldwell reared seven children to maturity in El Paso. They are: Judge Ballard Coldwell, Coldbert Coldwell. Mrs. W. R. Collins, the former Julia Coldwell, Mrs. J. A. Rule, the former Rena Coldwell, all of El Paso; Hugh Coldwell of Wichita; Kans., Lieut. Harold Coldwell, United States Naval Base, P. I. Grandchildren of the pioneer couple include: Miss Catherine Coldwell of El Paso, who attends Vassar College; Colbert Coldwell IV, junior at El Paso High school; Eleanor Coldwell, freshman in high school; William (Billy) Collins, junior at Austin High School; Hamilton Collins, freshman at Austin High; William Walker Coldwell of San Antonio; William Michie Coldwell II and Clarie Coldwell, children of Lieut. and Mrs, Coldwell.
LIEUT. AND MRS. COLDWELL are en route to their new station at Norfolk from the Philippines. They will make a trip around the world before coming to the United States.