Obituary: Robert Newton Pinkerton

 

Obituary taken from the Thomae-Garza Funeral Home website which is no longer available.

 

Robert Newton Pinkerton 

(December 1, 1917 – January 16, 2010)

 

S. Padre Island, Texas: Robert N. Pinkerton, a radio broadcasting pioneer in South Texas and co-founder and President of a chain of Spanish language radio stations along the Mexican border and in San Antonio and Austin, Texas, died of natural causes on Saturday afternoon at his home in South Padre Island.

His death was announced by his son, Robert N. Pinkerton, Jr., of South Padre Island.

Throughout the ‘50s and ‘60’s, Mr. Pinkerton headed the “Radio Gallito” chain of stations producing numerous innovations that highlighted media access for Hispanics along the border and in central Texas. The stations were highly successful commercial ventures and key advertising venues for national advertisers in New York and Chicago as well as in Mexico City, who wanted to reach Hispanic listeners in this area. Mr. Pinkerton’s radio stations provided for community connection and celebration on both the Mexican side of the border through weekly dance fests covered remotely at Radiolandia in Matamoros and on the American side of the border at Brownsville’s Jacob Brown Auditorium. His stations also produced annual remote broadcasts covering the Charro Days parades in Brownsville and other Valley civic activities of importance. Mr. Pinkerton, a polio survivor, broadcast very successful annual drives for the March of Dimes for at least a decade. He was extremely appreciative of the interventions of the March of Dimes for both adults and children during the polio epidemic in the Rio Grande Valley in the ‘50’s. He established his wife, Juana Maria as a radio personality with the highly popular weekly broadcast of “Gira Comercial de Juana Maria” and produced an equally popular Spanish language teen program “Miss Bebop” in San Antonio in the early 50’s.

He was born Robert Newton Pinkerton in Tacoma, Washington, the son of Roy David Pinkerton, a newspaper publisher and editor and Flora Hartman, the daughter of Charles Hartman, a Montana Supreme Court Judge and Ambassador to Ecuador. As a young man, Mr. Pinkerton got his start in radio through his involvement in remote radio broadcasts of the famous Swing era bands. He also traveled extensively throughout Latin America.

He married his wife in Laredo, Texas in 1942. They settled in Brownsville, Texas. With Jose Maria Gonzalez, his father-in-law, and E.B. Pool, a close friend, he established the first of the radio stations, XEO, in Matamoros, Tamps, Mexico in 1946. XEOR in Reynosa and XEMT in Matamoros were added in 1950. KUBO was added in San Antonio in 1955 and KTXN in Austin in 1956. Mr. Pinkerton retired from radio broadcasting in 1970.

Always an avid boatman, Mr. Pinkerton took up yachting during the ‘60’s in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Caribbean on the 72 ft Crescent and later on the 85 ft Te Ava Roa. He and his wife built a home on Ambergris Caye at Punto San Juan in Belize, living there for a number of years before returning to San Antonio, Texas. In 2003, they moved to South Padre Island, Texas.

Mr. Pinkerton is survived by a stepsister, Polly Martin of Ventura, California; his daughter, Sandra Pinkerton of Plano Texas and his son, Robert N. (Maria) Pinkerton, Jr. of South Padre Island, Texas; two grandchildren, Robert (Veronica) Pinkerton III and Bryan (Jennifer) Pinkerton; and seven, soon to be eight, great-grandchildren.

Private Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial can be made in memory of Robert N. Pinkerton to S.P.I. Birding Center, 6801 Padre Blvd. S. Padre Island, TX 78597 or Sea Turtle Inc. P.O. Box 3987, S. Padre Island, TX 79597.

Words of comfort can be sent to the Pinkerton Family at http://www.thomaegarza.com

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Home, 395 S. Sam Houston, San Benito, Texas 78586 (956) 399-1331

 

 

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J. R. Lowe

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Lillie Pinkerton Watson Obituary

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Lillie Pinkerton Watson, Dies in West

Moved with Family to Poweshiek County In Year 1867.

On the morning of Sept 26, 1941, at her home in Burbank, Calif., the earthly life of a rarely useful woman came to a close. Lillie Martha Pinkerton was born near Waupun, Wis., on the 12th of January, 1864, the fourth daughter of Rev. David Pinkerton and his wife, Mary Hitchcock Pinkerton.
Forced by ill health to forego ministerial work, Mr. Pinkerton moved his family to Iowa in 1867 and bought land nine miles from Grinnell – a congenial soil for these transplanted new Englanders. A very few may remember the eight children who, with their parents, helped convert the raw prairie into a fertile farm.

Grew Up in Chester.
Here Lillie grew from a romping three-year-old child into a bright, rosy-cheeked school girl. The district was fortunate in the character of some of the young women who taught the early school and were instrumental in molding into fine men and women, the children in their care. The first teacher was Mary Pinkerton, the oldest of the Pinkerton clan. Others were Fannie and Addie Ricker, who became respectively Mrs. David Morrison and Mrs. Andrew McIntosh.
Mary Pinkerton went to Africa as a missionary of the American Board in 1874. She served there seven years and founded the Umzumbe Home for Native Girls. When her health failed, she returned to the homeland, but her vital interest in the work of the Kingdom never failed and she was much in demand as a speaker, and her counsel often sought. Eventually, she married Rev. C. H. McCreery and mothered his six sons. She died in 1929.

Brothers Drowned.
Among neighbors near the Pinkerton farm were the Fishers, Healds, Shermans, Rutherfords and others. The bonds of friendship then forged were never broken. To Chester Center about this time, came Rev. G.H. White was the beloved pastor of the little country church.
Deep tragedy came to the Pinkerton family in 1876 when two sons just entering manhood were drowned in the Iowa River. They were buried in the Chester Cemetery and years later their mother’s body was laid beside them. Two years after this sad event, Mr. Pinkerton bought a house on Elm Street. Many years later this became the home of Professor Conard.
Emma Pinkerton Studied in the Academy, but did not graduate. She acquired a fine reputation as a teacher in Minnesota and other places. While thus engaged, she met and married Daniel Booker. Her home for may years was at Sylvan on Fox Island in Puget Sound.

G. H. S. Graduate.
This beautiful spot was settled by a number of congenial families from Grinnell – the Herricks, Bixbys, Millers and others. In later years, the Booker family moved to southern California; here Mrs. Booker died in 1932, shortly followed by her husband.
Lillie Pinkerton graduated from Grinnell High School and entered Grinnell college in ’82, her brother Will’s senior year. Incidentally Will was in the third story of East College when it was razed by the cyclone. He went down with the building and dug himself out from several feet of bricks, unharmed.
Lillie’s college course was interrupted by some terms of teaching, but she graduated in the class of 1887. Vivacious and friendly, sensible and a good student, she was popular and active in school.

Married in 1888
After a year of teaching in a colored school in her home town of Chetopa, Kansas, she was married in her mother’s house to her classmate, Irving S. Watson, on October 4, 1888. Mrs. Watson’s first home was in Ottumwa, where her husband was Y. M. C. A. secretary.
Soon after, they moved to Oakland, Calif., and after a few years to southern California. For many years Mr. Watson was police judge of the city of Burbank, and won fame as the originator of a system by which a prisoner is allowed to work by day to support his family and confined to jail at night. He died in 1938.

Belonged to P. E. O.
Since then Mrs. Watson has lived quietly, forced by failing health to drop outside activities. Her deep and vital interest in spiritual values never lessened nor her interest in people. One of her lasting contacts was with former Negro and Indian pupils.
She spent two years as matron of the older girls in the Santee Training School, – now discontinued – with marked success and followed “her girls” with motherly love as they went out into the world, rejoicing when they made good and mourning when they failed or died. She had been a member of the P. E. O. for 52 years and next to her family and church, this lay nearest to her heart.
Her pastor, Rev. Alden Read, conducted the last comforting service, and she was laid to rest in the cemetery at Long Beach beside her husband and her sister, Mary. One adopted daughter, Mrs. Margaret Watson Byram of San Fernando, Calif., survives her.
Of nine children born to David and Mary Pinkerton, only the two youngest sons remain: Rev. W. B. Pinkerton, who at the age of 80 is Chaplain of the Santa Barbara General hospital, and Winthrop H. Pinkerton of Pasadena. This was a typical sturdy American family, used to hard work; not amassing great wealth, but rich in character and enduring qualities.
Of Lillie Pinkerton Watson, it can truly be said “Blessed are they who die in the lord, and their works do follow them.” She had left a host of friends who sill feel the world a lonelier place because she has left it. – A. G. P.

 

This lovely obituary was written by Agnes Ellen Gurney Pinkerton my second great grandmother and wife to Rev. William Brown Pinkerton brother to Lillie Martha Pinkerton Watson. This is what an obituary should be for everyone.

 

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J. R. Lowe