Milton Louis Higgins, of Moulton, was born at his maternal grandmother’s farm off Tanner Road in Fairbanks, Texas, on an icy Dec. 10 morning in 1919. His dad remembers that the doctor’s wagon wheels crunched over the ice in the yard.
At the time of his birth he had an older sister, Edna Whilhelmina and an older brother, Wm. Fritz. His parents, Carl E. Higgins and Louise Dopslauf Higgins, moved the family to a farm between Barker and Katy, on Franz Road, when Milton was two years old, but he remembered “Mom holding Nellie, just a baby, on her lap, while Dad drove the team across the prairie. Willie, Edna and I were on the back of the wagon.”
Oliver Earl and Anita Annie Frieda were born in the first years at the home in Barker.
All of the children helped their parents in the dairy and in the fields. They attended the Addicks school, catching the bus on the corner of Fry and Franz with the Lyons and Mosby children.
Milton started his own dairy at the end of Fry Road in around 1939 when he married Helen Mount from Houston. They had two daughters, Sandra and Carla. An infant girl, Terry Linda, born between, died after only one day.
After his daughters graduated from high school, Milton bought a lovely farm in the rolling hills close to Halletsville and raised beef cattle. He married Kate Johnson Fisbeck in 1967 and she moved to the farm.
As he aged he “cut back the operation” of his farm each decade, and in 2008 he and Kate moved back to her house in Moulton, where they lived until Milton’s death on the morning of Aug. 3, 2013.
Sandra and Carla would like to express their gratitude to each member of the “team,” consisting of Kate’s relatives, Milton’s relatives, visiting nurses, especially Noelle, the staff at the Medical Clinic, especially Sherry, and many of the neighbors, that have been looking out for Milton and Kate since they moved into town, especially Hattie Olle, who has been delivering friendship and warmth and their medications and helping them keep those straight in their pill boxes.
Visitation was scheduled Aug. 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia. Services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia. Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at Addicks Bear Creek Methodist Cemetery in Addicks, Texas
Arrangements are handled by Smith Funeral Home in Moulton and the Rev. James Moehle, a cousin, will be conducting the service.
Arrangements with Smith Funeral Home, 404 West Bobkat Drive, Moulton, Texas 77975.