Interviewer: Alfred Farrell Person Interviewed: Della Bess Hilyard (“Aunt Bess”) Location: Titusville, Florida Della Bess Hilyard, or “Aunt Bess” as she is better known, was born in Darlington, South Carolina in 1858, the daughter of Resier and Zilphy Hart, slaves of Gus Hiwards. Both her parents were cotton pickers and as a little girl Della often went with her parents into the fields. One day she stated that the Yankees came through South Carolina with Knapsacks on their shoulders. It wasn’t until later that she learned the reason. When asked if she received any educational training, “Aunt Bess” replied in
Faithfulness is the surest stepping-stone to success. Faithfulness in small things begets confidence in one’s ability to undertake more considerable tasks; and in business life, in professional life, in the church and in public affairs, faithfulness and thoroughness have carried thousands and are carrying thousands up from the day and place of small things to places of higher and still higher responsibility and honor. These thoughts have been suggested by a consideration of the successful career of the man whose name appears above. James E. Hart, clerk of the district court and ex-officio auditor and recorder of Bear Lake county,
Capt. Hart was a native of the State of New Jersey, where, during the French and Indian war, previous to the American Revolution, he raised a company of men and was commissioned Captain. He was with General Wolf’s army at the battle of Quebec, in Canada, in 1759, where that gallant young general fell. Capt. Hart’s company behaved with great gallantry on that occasion, and the men, who were dressed in blue uniforms, were afterward known as the “Jersey Blues.” Honest John Hart, as he was called, was a son of Capt. Hart, and one of the signers of the
Hart, Emmett Ellsworth; civil engineer; born, Little Valley, N. Y., Sept. 18, 1861; son of Austin and Dorleski Manley Hart; educated, public schools of N. Y. State, Cornell University, 1883-1887, degree C. E.; married, Little Valley, N. Y., April, 1891, Rachel Joy Sprague; issue, seven children; two years military training at Cornell University; entered the service of the C., B. Q. R. R., June, 1887; continued with them as draftsman, asst. engineer and division engineer, until November, 1895; general engineering practice, 1895-1897; employed by the U. S. government, 1897-1899 on Deep Water Ways surveys; in July, 1899, entered the employ
Hart, George P.; grain and coal dealer; born, Sandusky, O., Hay 30, 1858; son of William and Louise Hess Hart; grammar and high school education, Sandusky; married, Milan, 0., Aug. 11, 1881, Debra M. Wilcox; issue, Bertha L., Ernest G., and Bella; in business since 1881; stock dealer in cattle first, then became grain and coal dealer; came to do business in Cleveland in 1901; 32nd° Mason.
Private, Pioneer, Inf., Co. C, 56th Regt.; of Union County; son of S. B. and Hattie Hart. Entered service Aug. 8, 1918, at Monroe, N.C. Sent to Camp Wadsworth. Transferred to Camp Merritt. Sailed for France, Sept. 4, 1918. Fought at Meuse-Argonne, then with Army of Occupation from Dec., 1918, to May, 1919. Returned to USA June 25, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., July 5, 1919.
1st Class Private, Co. M, 7th Div., 64th Regt.; of Pitt County; son of J. S. and Kittie Hart. Entered service May 25, 1918, at Ayden, N.C. Sent to Camp Jackson, S. C. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C., then to Camp Merritt, N. J. Sailed to Brest, France, Aug. 20, 1918. Fought at Meuse-Argonne offensive. Sent to Base Hospital No. 51, near Toul. Returned to USA June 20, 1919. Mustered out at Camp Lee, Va., July 1, 1919.
Private; from Edgecombe County, N.C.; son of L. V. and Annie C. Hart. Entered the service at Tarboro, N.C., Sept., 1918, and sent to Trinity College, Durham, N.C. Mustered out of the service at Trinity College, Durham, N.C., Dec. 7, 1918.
Sergt., Base Hospital No. 65; from Edgecombe County, N.C.; son of L. V. and Annie C. Hart. Husband of Lillian Laurratta Hart. Entered the service at Atlanta, Ga., March 3, 1918, and sent to Ft. McPherson, Ga., and then transferred to Camp Upton. Sailed for France Aug. 30, 1918. Returned to the USA Aug. 14, 1919, and mustered out of the service at Camp Lee, Va., Aug. 18, 1919.
Charles L. Hart, 77, of 6810 South J St., a former McChord Air Force Base employee, died Friday [February 29, 1980]. Born in Colfax, Mr. Hart had resided in Tacoma since 1932. He had been a boiler plant operator at McChord and had been employed at Weyerhaeuser Co. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Steve (Michelle) Hull of Gig Harbor; two sons, Duane L. of Grey Eagle, Calif., and James A. of Bend, Ore., a brother, Ira of Santa Rosa, Calif.; five grandsons and five granddaughters. Mountain View Funeral Home is in charge. Tacoma News Tribune, March 1, 1980 Contributed by: