Soldier Profile - Street, John Kennedy

 
 
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Full Name: Street, John Kennedy
Home State: Texas
Allegiance: Confederate
Unit/Service Branch: 9th Infantry
 
Obituary: J.K. Street aged 77 years last April, a veteran newspaper man of Texas, was found dead at the residence of Col. W.A. Poage , 1407 Lyle street, yesterday morning at 9 o’clock. Mr. Street was an intimate friend of the Poage family and often stopped at the home while in Waco. Wednesday night he arrived in the city from Dallas, where he had resided for several years and retired soon after supper. Before doing so he complained of a pain which indicated indigestion. He was given a simple treatment and felt better.

Although he was usually an early riser the family thought little of his remaining in bed through the breakfast hour until it was decided to awaken him at 9 o’clock. Mrs. Poage found him dead when she went to his room.

Justice Harvey M. Richey, who viewed the body, expressed the opinion that death was due to heart trouble. The body was still warm when it was found that he was dead.

Mr. Street was born at Cornersville Tenn., and graduated from McKinney’s institute near Clarksville, Tenn. He moved to Texas before the war locating in Paris, where he was principle of the Paris seminary.

He joined Maxey’s army from Paris and fought through the Civil war, entering the southern army as sergeant and being rapidly promoted to the rank of major.

After the war he located in Waco and for four years taught a private school. He then moved to Cherokee county and moved back to Waco after three years’ absence. In Waco he published Street’s Weekly for a number of years. He was later connected with the Central Texas and was afterward editor of Texas Resources. In the eighties he was proprietor of the Daily Examiner. At the time of his death he was editor of the Masonic Light, published at Dallas. He founded the magazine now known as Holland’s Magazine at Dallas, selling to the present owners.

Many well know newspaper men of Texas received their early training under Mr. Street. About 25 years ago he injured himself accidentally with a pitch fork while pitching hay. He walked with the assistance of a cain for a number of years.

He was at one time a Methodist preacher and later was a preacher in the Universalist church. He was a leader for years in Masonic circles.

Mr. Street was well know not only as a newspaper man but as a public speaker, and was always a leader in movements of uplift. He ran for congressman – at – large in 1912 and in the recent election entered the race for congressman from the Fifth district but withdrew on account of bad health.

The only relatives he has living in Waco are Mrs. J.W. Harris and Mrs. Mary A. Trice, half sisters, and Alex and Harvey Harris nephews. Four grandchildren are Misses Julia and Sybil Wallace, teachers in the public schools at Ennis; Miss Olive Villpie in school at Brownwood, and Mrs. Homer Griffin who lives near Dallas.

Letters Written by Street, John Kennedy
Letter August 8th, 1862 - Battle of Perryville
Letter April 12th, 1862 - Corinth

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