James Hornibrook

James Townsend Hornibrook , born January 17, 1874 in Little Rock, AR1 , was a professional baseball player with the 1894 Little Rock Rose Buds.


Hornibrook grew up in Little Rock, AR. He was the grandfather of Jim Hornibrook.

Hornibrook was at one point offered a position in the Virginia State League2 .

Hornibrook died on October 22nd, 1937 in Little Rock and was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock, AR3 .


"Jim Hornibrook, the Little Rock boy who made such a record in the box with the local team last year, has received a very good offer to go with the Virginia State League this season -with Richmond, I believe. It is my opinion that is he accepts it he will step into a bigger league before the end of the season for he has the right stuff in the aim to develop into a star pitcher. He has not decided to go to the old dominion, however."4

"James T. Hornibrook, 1018 West Third street, Little Rock, son of James H. and Margaret R. Hornibrook, was born in this city in 1874 and has made this city his home all his life. He attended school at the Convent, Little Rock, Peabody public school, E. C. Gould private school, Christian Brothers College, St. Louis, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., and St. John's College, Little Rock. He is a general contractor and at present is in the sheet metal and roofing business. In 1897 Mr. Hornibrook and Miss Alice E. Fischer were united in marriage in this city. They have two children -a boy and a girl. Mr. Hornibrook has been a Knight of Columbus seven years and a member of Royal Arcanum for four years. He is now one of the trustees of Little Rock Council No. 812."5

"James T. Hornibrook, a lifelong and active member of the Cathedral parish and a well-known business man and civic leader of Little Rock for the past 40 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. J. Harrison, 5231 Sherwood Road, [Friday] evening. He apparently suffered from a heart attack during the night and passed away in his sleep. Mr. Hornibrook had spent the previous [day] at his business and appeared [to be] in the best of health. A little over a year ago, he suffered from a serious illness but had apparently fully recovered, and his sudden death was a severe shock to members of his family and friends. Mr. Hornibrook was born in Little Rock, January 17, 1874, the son of James Hudson and Margaret Ross (McCulley Hornibrook. He had lived in the city practically all his life except during the time he was a student at Virginia Military College and Christian Brothers College in St. Louis. After graduating from the [?] school, he entered business in Little Rock and for the past 40 years he had owned and operated the J.T. Hornibrook Roofing Co. Seven years ago, Mr. Hornibrook [took] control of the Stuart Roofing Co. and after that time continued to operate both companies. [He] was a member of the Little Rock Council, Knights of Columbus and a past Grand knight of Council. He was also member of the Fourth Degree [?], Knights of Columbus, a former member of the Little Rock [?] Club, and a member of the [?] of directors of the Little Rock Boys Club. He was personally one of the best known members of the Cathedral parish and represented the parish on many occasions in public and civic affairs. For a number of years he [was] treasurer of the Little Rock [?] Club, in which he took a [great] deal of interest, and was a member of the board of [directors] of that Club. He became affiliated with the [?] Cathedral choir some years [ago] and was a member of that organization at his death. Throughout the years when Little Rock [?] was active in the life of the city and state, there was no man who took a more active[role] in the promotion of its athletics programs than did the [?]. For many years he served [as a] member of the board of directors of the Little Rock College [?] Committee, and was a [?] supporter of its varied [?]. Mr. Hornibrook was married November 24, 1897, to Miss Alice [Fischer], who died March 3, 1923. He is survived by a son, James E. Hornibrook, a member of the [?] of Wardens at the Cathedral and by a daughter, Mrs. [M. J.] Harrison, an active worker [?] Cathedral parish and a president of the Cathedral society. He is also survived by a granddaughter, Mildred Harrison, a student at St. Mary's infirmary, and two sisters, Mrs.[Nicholas] Peay of Little Rock and E. F. Emerson of Memphis. [?] funeral with a held at St. Matthew's Cathedral Saturday morning at 10 o'clock with the Rt. [?] Msgr. James P Moran, [?] as celebrant, the Rev. Ed [?] E. Maloy, as deacon, and the Claiborne Laferty as [?]. The eulogy was preached by Msgr. Maron in which he [gave] tribute to the unselfish character of Mr. Hornibrook's life and strong faith which he exemplified on every occasion. He also mentioned the fact that Mr. Hornibrook was a weekly communicant [?] that that in the frequent reception of the Sacraments he found [?] strength which sustained him [?] every difficulty throughout his [life]. Interment was in Calvary cemetery where committal prayers were read by Msgr. Moran, assisted by Very Rev Msgr. Joseph A. Gallagher, vice rector of St. John's Seminary; the St. Patrick's church; Father Maloy and Father Lafferty. The many floral offerings and spiritual bouquets testified to the high esteem and affection in which the deceased was held by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances."6


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