The fourth son of Charles M. and Kibby Tucker was Christopher Columbus Tucker, better known to all as “Lum.” Lum was born on August 9, 1873 at the Tucker home place and from an early age learned farming and stock raising from his father and older brothers. At the age of 20 he married Dorothula Alice Newman, daughter of Harmon R. Newman, who was a Pleasant Valley pioneer landholder and also served with Charley Tucker in the 19th Texas Cavalry during the Civil War.
Lum and Dorothy were members of the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church as they started their family. To this union were born: Ora Lee, who married D. Cecil Williams of Williams Funeral Directors in Garland; Charles Clemuel “Clem”, who was married to Margaret Jones; Gladys, who married H.T. “Doc” Payne of Payne’s Drug Store in Garland; Oneida, who married Thomas C. Goforth; Clyde, who married Bessie Lou Allen; and J.T., who married Gurthie Sickle; J.T. was also later married to Marjorie Lewis.
In 1910 Lum and Dorothy moved their family to Johnson County, to the town of Godley to go into the cotton gin and flour mill business with Lum’s older brother, William Sidney. When Kibby Tucker died in May of 1913, Lum and Dorothy brought their family back to the Tucker home place and later started a dairy, supplying milk, cream and butter to local Garland and Rowlett consumers.
In his later years Columbus “Lum” became ill and moved into Garland from the Tucker home place. Lum passed away on October 21, 1942 and is buried next to Dorothy in Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. Dorothy Alice (Newman) Tucker lived to the age of 87 and died in the company of her loved ones at the Williams home place on June 5, 1962.
Photo, L to R – three sisters: Nell Newman McCallum, Dorthula Newman Tucker and Emma Newman Compton.
Courtesy Martha J. Gracey for Dallas County Pioneer Association’s Proud Heritage, Volume III.