William Rees

William Rees (HM1QHX)

Location: Mexia, TX 76667 Limestone County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 44.618', W 96° 32.739'

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Builder of Old Trinity University Structure

— (June 15, 1845 - July 11, 1937) —

Born in Castletown, Marshfield Parish, England, of Welsh parents. In youth spent several years as an apprentice stonemason in Liverpool, England. Came to America in 1870, and to Tehuacana in 1872.

A year later he was given the contract for the construction of the wings of this stone building.

At that time, Trinity University (under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church) was short of funds. Because he had a love for the cause of higher education and a love for Trinity, Rees, a skilled craftsman, did much of the stonecutting—a chore usually left to laborers.

Always interested in education, he was a member of the local board of education and in his turn its president. He was a staunch supporter of Trinity University, and later of Westminster college.

Dr. Beeson, first president of Trinity, performed the ceremony when on Jan. 3, 1875, Rees married Georgia Ann Sanders. They had six children.

The life of Rees proved the truth of the proverb: "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches." He was honest and humble, and had a keen appreciation for the finer things of life.

He is buried in the Tehuacana Cemetery.
Marker Number5844
Year Placed1967
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 732501 N 3514640
Decimal Degrees31.74363333, -96.54565000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 44.618', W 96° 32.739'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 44' 37.08" N, 96° 32' 44.34" W
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Area Code(s)254
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near College Ave, Mexia TX 76667, US
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