HOGAN, COLUMBUS HENDERSON
HOGAN, COLUMBUS HENDERSON (1870–1954). Columbus Henderson Hogan, African-American educator, son of William and Malinda Hogan, was born in Washington County, Texas, on May 1, 1870. Hogan grew up in Chappell Hill and lived there most of his life. In 1893 he married Mattie Rogers, and the couple had one child, Vanella Hogan. Mattie died shortly thereafter, and on November 7, 1901, Hogan married Florence Venetta Holcombe. C.H. and Florence Hogan had seven children: Lorene; William; Vina; Sammie; Booker; Columbus, Jr.; and Florence.
In 1899 Texas Senator Heber Stone awarded Hogan a scholarship to Prairie View Normal Institute (now Prairie View A&M University). By the early 1900s he had graduated from Prairie View and began to teach school in Brenham. Eventually, he secured a teaching position at the African-American high school in Chappell Hill. Additionally, in 1914 Hogan helped establish the Washington County Undertaking Company (which later became known as Hogan Funeral Home) in Brenham. He also donated land for Willow Grove Cemetery in Washington County. He eventually became sole proprietor of the business, and his son, Booker Hogan, took over the funeral home in 1935.
Hogan taught well into his sixties and influenced several generations of black students in Washington County. He also helped to train black teachers and contributed his time to teaching at a summer normal school for black educators in Caldwell. After his retirement in 1944, the African-American high school in Chappell Hill was renamed C. H. Hogan High School in his honor.
Columbus Henderson Hogan died in Brenham on April 26, 1954, just short of his eighty-fourth birthday. He died of renal failure after a lengthy illness. He was buried in the HIC (Home Improvement Cemetery) in Brenham. A Texas Historical Marker was erected for Hogan Funeral Home in 2007.
Brenham Banner-Press, April 27, 1954. Burleson County Ledger (Caldwell, Texas), April 11, 1919. “Columbus Henderson Hogan,” Find A Grave Memorial (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53538622), accessed March 14, 2013. Dallas Morning News, August 17, 1899. Historical Marker Files, Texas Historical Commission, Austin (Hogan Funeral Home).
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