|James served in the Confederate Army. Initially he was a member of the Alamo Rifles, Bexar County, Texas State Rifles. On September 18, 1861 "Captain James R. Marmion's company of artillery....(was)....mustered into the service of the Confederate States....." It proceeded directly to Fort Brown in South Texas.
In December of 1862 while stationed in Fort Brown, James was court-martialed and found guilty of 1) cheating one of his lieutenants out of a gold watch by changing his own "composition" watch for a gold one belongiong to the lieutenant. 2) later boasting about it and 3)later acknowledged that the exchange had taken place but saying he was unaware that his own watch was not gold. The sentence prescribed was dismissal from service. The Commanding General reviewing the findings in the various court martial cases "approved of the findings and Sentences of the General Court Martial, and orders the sentences be carried into effect, with the exception of the findings and Sentences in the case of Capt James R Marmion, 3rd Regiment Texas Infantry. C.S. Army which is hereby disapproved, and the accused will be released from arrest and return to duty.
Capt. Marmions's men were incensed with this decision and petitioned that they not have to serve in the corps with him. James "being a Seaman by profession" was then assigned to the Marine Services.
He commanded the steamer "Clifton" at Sabine Pass, Texas and later he commanded the "Carr" at Matagorda, Texas. There was a lot of enemy activity in and around the area noted first in December 1863 by Capt. Marmion in memoranda to his superiors (apparently in Houston). By Special Order No. 31 dated April 22, 1864 he was commanded to ascertain the movements of the enemy. He was to "spare no expense" in procuring and forwarding informational reposts semi weekly to headquarters and all movements of importance were to be reported immediately.
On May 6, 1864 Capt. Marmion reported that the enemy had brought in many large and small ships including fifteen launches. They built houses and other buildings and installed guns on Matagorda Island and deployed thousands of men from this position to other parts of Texas. He noted that everything indicated they intended holding that location.
Capt. Marmion became a Prisoner of War in Indianola, a major 19th century Texas port. He was released July 7, 1865.
At one time James operated the Commercial Saloon in San Antonio with William Prescott.
James was living at 630 Soledad Street near Navarro Street (near current site of Compass Bank) at the time of his death.
San Antonio, Texas; He died at his residence after a short illness.
In rememberance to him and his legacy, his great granddaughter Eloise Rooke contributed a brick inscribed "Marmion" in the sidewalk across from 110 Houston Street.
|Excerpts from the book of the
Family of James Roger Marmion
by Sharon Cunningham and Colonel (Ret) William T Rives
|James Roger Marmion|
|Several of Luis and Eula Lee's grandchildren tell of a consistent story about how the couple met....Eula Lee Arrington came from Epes. Alabama to visit an aunt in Wharton Texas. It appears this was an aunt on the Phillips side, her mother's family, however, her Uncle Samuel Arrington had raised his family in Wharton Texas and was buried there. Her sister Henda also lived in Texas. Shortly after arriving, she and Luis Santiago Marmion met. He was the train dispatcher in Cuero then and some say he helped her off the train and engaged a carriage for her, their eyes met and they fell in love. They married soon to the chargrin of her Father, who disinherited her because of this event. She was from an old Eastern Seaboard/Alabama Anglo Protestant Colonial America family Apparently they couldn't accept one or more aspects of her marrying a Roman Catholic Texan of Spanish/Irish/Mexican/Croat decent.
Luis and Eula Lee had six children, passing on a most intresting ethnic and religious mix.
They moved from San Antonio to Victoria in 1889 where their address was 405 E. Jaun Linn.
His daughter Eulalia said he died of Typhoid, another non relative source said it was pneumonia.
The following article appeared in the Victoria Advocate Wednesday Evening June 15,1898.
LS Marmion Dead
Last evening, at his home in this city, after an illness of two weeks with intermittent fever, Mr LS MArmion, train dispatcher for the Southern Pacific Railway company, passed peacefully away, in the 35th year of his age, having been boorn in San Antonio July 17, 1863.
Mr Marmion was very sick for several days and on yesterday morning at 10 oclock took a sudden change for the better, and his friends looked for a speedy recovery. The improvement was of short duration, and after a few short hours he began to grow worse, breathing his last at 9:30.
Mr Marmion had been a faithful telegraph operator and employee of the Southern Pacific for 17 years, becoming chief train dispatcher for this division in 1895. He was a clever and exemplary man, liked by all the employes and officers of the company, who, from brakeman to superintendent, testiied their appreciation of him by calling frquently, and aiding in every way possible during his sickness.
Mr Marmion was married in Wharton, about sixteen years ago, to Miss Eula Arrignton, who with six children, four girls and two boys, survive him, and mourn the loss of a most kind husband and father.
He and his family have resided in Victoria since 1889, and it has been but a few weeks since they moved into a beautiful new house erected on the same lot with their old but less commodious home.
As a citizen Mr MArmion was very popular, and there was not in all Victoria a man better liked by his aquaintances. In this case it can be truly said: "The good die Young." The deep loss to his family is only different in kind from that felt by the community and his business associates.
Funeral takes place this evening at 5:30, from St MAry's Catholic church.
|Luis Santiago Marmion|
|When Luis Died in 1898, Eula was left with six children ages nine days to 13 years. Her father came from Alabama and bought her some additional property from which to let rooms. There was one on either side of her home- one of these was a duplex- and there was possibly one more. She also did catering and baked cakes for additional income..
When William T. "Will" Rives her son-in-law died at age 35. Eula helped by takeing her younger grandson, William T "Bill" Rives, to live with her while her daughter Katherine Marmion Rives kept John "Jack" Marmion RIves, the older of the two boys with her.Eula was very active in the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was a charter member of the Victoria Chapter, serving as President 1934-36.
|Eula Lee Arrington Marmion|
|A niece, Dorothy Curran Tyng, enjoyed reminiscing about her Aunt Katy. She recalled....Aunt Katy loved to dance, cooked, played the piano, was very social. She loved to go into San Antonio to go dancing at the Menger Hotel. In fact she loved to go period! Dorothy enjoyed her uncle Will Rives too. She said he was well educated and loved to fish. She especially loved him when he got her out of the "punishment corner" one time.
The family lived in Torreon, Mexico a number of years where her husband Will was in the cotton compress business. Judging from the photographs of them and their frinds, it was a most happy time.
Caught in the city during the Pancho Villa revolution, the family saw the town change hands twice. Just before the revolution ended in 1915, the Rives family returned to the United States in a convoy of 100 wagons which took two weeks to reach the border and was frequently harrassed by rebel troops.
The trip was exciting and terrifying. Katherine recalled that she frequently had to rush to gag her sons Jack and Billy, approximate ages 7 and 4, who from the rear of their wagon would shout "Viva Zapata" to onlookers, not always Zapatistas! One newspaper report indicated that they did see considerable carnage, such as dead bodies, hanged civilians, and executions of Chinese. She said that her family left with only the clothes they wore. The first thing she did after crossing the border was to buy clothes. She had worn the same dress for twenty-one days.
Will died in 1920 in El Paso. Bill went to live with Katherine's mother Eula in Victoria and JAck stayed with his mother. Katherine operated a Mexican food restaurant and a business offering guided tours of El Paso and Juarez. Dorothy said Aunt Katy packed a gun when she went across to Jaurez. She also worked for the El Paso Chamber of Commerce. A local newspaper article with a very elegant picture of her included this:
"Where is that extra chair?" "And thoses cigars?" "Yes, and how are we going to manage the whole affair?" The members of the Chamber of Commerce. Adclub, Salesmanship club, Traffic club and the Y.M.B.L. never use the forgoing phrases. They haven't used them for two years. Instead they say: "Ask Mrs. Rives." And they say that infrquently, because Mrs KAte M. Rives anticipates their wants. She has been doing that for two years. Mrs Rives does it. She's the chaperon of cigars, the custodian of extra chairs, the guardian angel of official documents, the glad-hand greeter of the wives of delegates who come to El Paso for any and all conventions, and when she is not doing any of those things, she dispenses great gobs of information from her throne in the foyer of the Chamber of Commerce building.
She married George Deck in 1926 when she was 40. He died in 1937. Katherine went back to work. This time in the hotel business. She was the Executive Housekeeper in several hotels during the 40's and 50's. She worked in Galveston, Amarillo, Big Spring, and Harlingen. She loved moving around, meeting new people and challenges. She opened one of the rooms one time and found a dead man.
Katherine was the first woman elected to life membership in the Hotel Greeters of America Association. She was president of the woman's division, organized and reorganized chapters and served as international director....she loved attending the conventions. She had a fabulous time in pre-Communist Cuba dancing to the Latin beat: went to Philadelphia: took 13 year old granddaughter Sandra along and really did New York: and no telling where else.
Granddaughter Sharon spent time with Katherine a lot during the 40's. Katherine and her sister Eulalia were grat friends and sometimes came together to visit Jack's family. They were big into Canasta, a popular card game at that time. They taught Sharon and Sandra to play and we played alot! Katherine really enjoyed smoking. She smoked those long Pall Mall's in the red package. KAtherine would take Sharon to downtown Houston and they would sit in the lobby of the elegant old Rice or Lamar Hotel. KAtherine would be all dressed up with hat, polished nails, looking so refined, smoke Pall Malls and watch people go by. In 1945 they went downtown to see the parade and to celebrate victory in Japan. What a celebration that was!
|Katherine Phillips Marmion Rives|