The Tishomingo Capital-Democrat
Thursday, January 4, 1940
Mr. and Mrs. LOFTON spent New Year with her parents at Connerville.
Mrs. MCGILL and children visited Mrs. HUCY TRIBBLE in Milburn.
DOROTHY MARIE COOKSEY visited ALLENE and THELMA CHOATE at Bullard Chapel.
WIG WRIGHT was in Ardmore.
DAVID COOKSEY, JAMES LEDGERWOOD visited MARGARET and JULIA WRIGHT.
Mr. and Mrs. EDWARDS of New England, Texas, visited here.
Mr. and Mrs. FRANK CALDWELL visited her mother.
EDNA SELF of Tishomingo visited her mother.
VELTA WRIGHT visited OPAL LEDGERWOOD.
DOROTHY and MARIE COOKSEY visited Mrs. LUDIE HARRELL.
JOHN HART, JUNIOR SKAGGS, NOEL HOOD, and JOHN ALLEN visited OLEN LEDGERWOOD.
Mrs. MATTIE WRIGHT’S mother of Tishomingo visited here.
Next Sunday night, Mrs. BOND and Mrs. LOVETT, teachers at the school, will help J. W. LOVETT arranged a program.
Mrs. ETTA BURNETTE and son DIVAIN of Colton, California visited here.
Mr. and Mrs. BILL THOMAS and son of Amarillo, Texas visited here.
Mrs. WILLENA LOVETT has been ill.
Grandmother HART visited her daughter Mrs. CHUM MAXWELL.
MELVIN RAY GADDIS, a first grade student, had a party for his sixth birthday Wednesday when Mr. and Mrs. PRESTON LOVETT visited.
Mr. and Mrs. BERT HAMBY and children and Miss OZELLA MANNINGS visited the JOE KING family at Coleman.
Rev. FELTS of the Tishomingo Nazarene church filled Rev. KIMBROUGH’S appointment here.
RICHARD CALDWELL and family has as guests, Mr. and Mrs. EARL BROWNLEE and son CECIL and Mr. and Mrs. PAUL MONTGOMERY and daughter PATRICIA ANN.
Mr. and Mrs. ED MAXWELL and children, Grandmother HART, Mrs. LULA HART and son GLEN and Mrs. ETTA BURNETTE and son visited the SAM MCORTHICK home at Connerville.
Mr. and Mrs. HAROLD MCCORTHICK family are new residents here.
Other new residents are Mr. and Mrs. BENNIE NICHOLAS, Mr. and Mrs. PAUL MONTGOMERY and Mr. and Mrs. JOE WEAVER.
Sunday services were conducted by Rev. JOHNNY MOORE of Ravia, who, with his family, were guests of the VIRGIL ANOTUBBY family.
BILL MCCARLEY and son of Springtown, Wyoming, visited the W. H. WELLMAN family.
Mrs. EARL HAMMON, Mrs. JIM HAMMON and Grandmother HAMMON were guests of Mrs. W. W. WELLMAN.
Mrs. EULA KITCHENS and family visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. W. H. WELLMAN.
Mr. and Mrs. JOHN KITCHENS and children, Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM MCKENNEY/MCKINNEY and LLOYD PRESLEY, all of Duncan, spent Christmas night with Mr. and Mrs. WILL KITCHENS here.
WILL KITCHENS visited his mother Mrs. EMMA KITCHENS at Duncan.
ROBERT DAY and his mother spent Christmas day with Mrs. E. H. MITCHELL.
Mrs. DONIE YOUNG and family visited relatives at Geary.
Mr. and Mrs. WALDO WALKER visited relatives at Carter.
Mr. and Mrs. JACK WRIGHT and Mr. and Mrs. GLENN WRIGHT moved to this community.
J. R. WALKER and family moved to Emet.
Mrs. TESS L. HAWKINS and daughters JO ANN and PATRICIA HAWKINS visited friends at Ada.
PAUL AUTRY of the Sulphur CCC visited here.
DENTON ROFF of Sulphur visited PAUL and GERALD AUTRY.
Mrs. BERTIE STANFORD visited Mrs. ROSA FRENCH.
Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT STANFORD visited the A. ROBERS family.
HOMER DALE, TOM FUSON, and BARNEY VEAL visited HARRY TALLON.
The CAREY JOHNSTON family visited the A. ROBERTS home.
Mrs. JESSIE ERVIN of Colbert, Mr. and Mrs. NORMAN FRENCH visited the ROBERT STANFORD family.
JOY and PEARL ROBERTS, LORENE and MARIE TALLON visited ALMA and VENETA DENNIS.
The OCIE NEELY family moved to Madill.
BERTHA LOU, J. E. and MARION TALLON visited BILLY ROBERTS.
The BUCK ST. CLAIR family moved here.
LOIS and LUCILLE ST. CLAIR visited GEORGIA LUCAS.
BILLY ROBERTS visited his aunt Mrs. CAREY JOHNSTON.
The J. E. DENNIS family visited the MARVIN DENNIS family at Clayton.
1939 Passes in Bold Review
Jan. 5: Two Tishomingo buildings burn, damage $100,000. SHIRLEY AMANDA PENNER accidentally killed with a rifle shot. MAJOR WHITESIDES, Milburn pioneer, died at his home. State highway between Wapanucka and Atoka officially opened.
Jan. 12; GLEN D. THOMPSON, Healdton theater man, signed with T. B. COX for the construction of a new theater. ANDY ARMSTRONG announced he would rebuild his department store. Fittstown beat out Tishomingo in the Murray Invitation basketball tourney. Mrs. BETTY E. NASH of Bromide died after a long illness.
Jan. 19: Sheriff JIM DOWDY and officers continued raids to dry up Johnston County. RUSSELL CHAPMAN announced he would build a modern funeral home in Tishomingo. Mrs. FRANK COSTELLOW honored her mother Mrs. W. E. SMITH with a birthday dinner.
Jan. 26: J. B. HUTCHENS and L. D. RAINBOLT announce opening of community sales in Tishomingo each Thursday. District judge J. I. GOINS appointed to Court of Tax Review by Gov. LEON PHILLIPS. State fire marshal office investigators examine the $100,000 fire.
Feb. 9: Nine cases for district court cases. ASA AYRES of Teller died in an Ardmore hospital. WALTER DUNN of Wapanucka was ill.
Feb. 16: Dr. G. W. SCOTT opened his office in Tishomingo. Remodeling of the First Baptist church completed. Tishomingo Daughters Club raised money for cemetery gates. RUFUS SMITH elected president of Johnston County League of Young Democrats.
Feb. 23; DEAN C. J. HALL elected president of the junior college division of the Oklahoma Education Association. JESS B. HOBBS of Bullard Chapel completed 20 years on the school board. WALTER THOMPSON announced for city marshal. A. L. WYLIE died at the family home in Mill Creek.
March 2: ARBET BENNETT seriously injured when a can of gasoline exploded. JOE WILLIAMS of Mannsville injured in car crash. Sheriff cleaned out slot machines and marble boards in the county. MARIE LYNCH had an operation for appendicitis.
March 9: WPA library holds open house for 400 visitors. MACK WOLFE entered the city marshal race.
March 16: Federal authorities assure the governor that dam level will be lowered 20 feet. Fox Hunters Association organized. TOM GUNN, jack hammer operator on the water line project, injured when his drill hit a stick of dynamite. Mr. and Mrs. EARL MCDONALD announce the marriage of their daughter EDNA EARL to WINIFRED HILL.
March 23: Chapman Garage damaged by fire. Mrs. D. W. SMITH of Ravia suffered bruises in a car wreck.
March 30: Rev. A. H. OGLE, Methodist minister, announces revival meetings. O. J. POWELL, Murray Aggie coach, takes similar position at East Central State Teachers College.
April 6: WALTER THOMPSON elected city marshal. Father MAURICE FUERSTENBERG of Shawnee rushed to Tishomingo hospital after car crash.
April 13: Mrs. SALLIE JAMES of Connerville died at her home. Two buildings in Milburn destroyed by fire. Mrs. ANDY ARMSTRONG returned from St. Paul’s Hospital at Dallas.
April 20: Surety company cancels bond of R. A. MACKEY, county clerk. CLIVE E. MURRY re-elected president of the Murray State School of Agriculture. Dr. J. T. LOONEY elected county health superintendent.
April 27: J. D. DUNLAP, JIM BRUCE and KARL WRIGHT named to head Tishomingo schools for fifth year. Mrs. IDA BELLE BROWN died at Ardmore. 103 persons examined at free clinic.
May 4: Sheriff JIM DOWDY issues warnings against punch boards and penny machines. EARL BLACK, ex-convict of Sulphur, sentenced 3 years for perjury.
May 11: JOE C. SCOTT speaks at Milburn. Mrs. BARNETT WORLEY resigns as teacher at North Ward school. H. H. BURRIS, RICHARD SMITH and PETE ASKEW attend Indian Federation meeting at Muskogee.
May 18: The LEON WHITE store at Wapanucka looted. Mr. and Mrs. JAMES PETERS announced birth of son JAMES MICHAEL. H. J. BLOUNT named to highway job. LAINE MORAN returned from hospital in Sherman.
May 25: RICHARD SWANK named Tishomingo high school coach. GEORGE GORHAM of Wewoka died in Tishomingo hospital after car wreck. CLEO BEAVERS named president of the Murray alumni group.
June 1: F. A. DEAVER injured in car wreck. JOE AUSTIN appointed postmaster at Mill Creek. Former govern BILL MURRAY arrived to write a book. G. F. COLLIER of Wapanucka died at home of his son.
June 8: County clerk R. A. MACKEY resigned after fight to retain his office. JACK PRIM bought BURL’S Grocery. RAYMOND FIELDS of the Guthrie Legion was guest speaker at the local Legion meeting. ANDY ARMSTRONG began rebuilding his store.
June 15: WESLEY BONE of Milburn died under mysterious circumstances on highway between Wiley and Fillmore. RAY and ONITA HORN, Mill Creek children, injured when train hit auto.
June 22: MONK MOORE, baseball pitcher, underwent operation on his pitching arm. Sheriff Jim Dowdy jailed three on junk pipe charge.
June 29; Funeral services for DOUGLAS JOHNSTON, last elected governor of the Chickasaw Nation. T. E. MCDONALD of Wapanucka awarded $100 scholarship for Oklahoma Baptist University.
July 6: JOHN PARDUE buys store at Bromide. WILMOTH RISSINGER died of a heart attack and autopsy is held. W. W. BONHAM, county agent, fails to get his contract renewed by county commissioners. CHARLES DRY replaced ED JOHNSON as jailer.
July 13: Chickasaws announce convention to select a new governor. Court fight on Red River dam announced. ED WHITEHEAD named as county agent to succeed W. W. BONHAM. Mannsville prepares to welcome old settlers.
July 20: New Thompson Theater officially opens. BILL LUCAS opens filling station. JIM EVANS, Woodville constable, charged with pointing gun in local court. MOLLIE C. GILLIAM, pioneer resident of Tishomingo and county died in St. Anthony’s Hospital at Oklahoma City.
July 27: Mr. and Mrs. M. B. MCADAMS complete new home. MURL ASKEW, Wapanucka youth, died in hospital here after two weeks illness.
Aug. 3: BILL WHITE leases oil station from REID HUTCHENS. B. T. MAXWELL in Tishomingo hospital after car crash east of Madill.
Aug. 19: Rains first time in two months. FOUNTAIN BROWER leaves Tishomingo to operate newspaper at Colbert. Railroad work cars crash killing one and injuring 21 near Clarita. NORA JANE MCCALL named assistant county superintendent.
Aug. 17: W. W. WALLACE brings first bale of cotton in county to be ginned.
Aug. 24: Small girl attacked by age man who escapes. 49 men start work on farm-to-market road project.
Aug. 31: Caesarian birth of a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. DICK DAVIS of Reagan at the Tishomingo hospital.
Sept. 7: P. G. BALLARD appointed by county sheriff to replace CHARLES DRY who resigned as jailer. Whiskey raid lands STEVE BONNER in jail.
Sept. 14: J. B. RILEY opens new dry goods store. District judge J. I. GOINS has busy motions day. RUSSELL CHAPMAN begins to remodel store front.
Sept. 21: Evidence suppressed in STEVE BONNER liquor case due to faulty search warrant. J. W. CLARK, county treasurer, announces delinquent tax sale.
Sept. 28: JAMES V. ALLRED, federal judge, holds AAA cotton quotas valid. Rev. J. W. RICHARDSON, Baptist minister at Wapanucka, died at his home.
Oct. 5: Baby girl born in car en route to hospital to Mr. and Mrs. H. R. HURD of Enterprise.
Oct. 12: Andy Armstrong opens new store. JOHN COX injured in car wreck. County judge KENNETH CLARK hears 7 cases. District judge J. GOINS sentences PLEAS ROWLAND and CLAUD HULSEY to three years on cattle stealing charges.
Oct. 19: H. E. CASTLEBERRY, Seminole newspaperman, named district census head of 1949 census.
Oct. 26: New dormitory at Murray campus. NYA advisory board hears report of JIM DOWNEN, county supervisor. TOM JESTER of Mannsville wanted on grand larceny charge and caught at Wichita Falls.
Nov. 2: sheriff Jim Dowdy routs robbery ring suspected of looting small stores in southern Oklahoma past two years. ED WHITEHEAD, county agent, and CLARA BACKHAUS, home demonstration agent, went to extension meeting. Rev. L. E. SHACKELFORD of Stonewall named pastor of Methodist church here to succeed Rev. A. B. OGLE.
Nov. 9: Payne Hotel damaged by fire. School teachers brightened up as some money arrive to pay back salaries.
Nov. 16; Southern Oklahoma District Poultry Show attracts 2000 visitors. BOB ARMSTRONG, Red Cross roll call chairman, issues call for membership. Tularemia scare breaks in county as two cases of rabbit fever are reported in Milburn.
Nov. 23: ABE GAGE and wife hurt when car hits them on highway east of Tishomingo.
Nov. 29; Tishomingo national guardsmen leave for winter maneuvers near Stringtown. PHILOMENA HOEDEBERG wins 4-H gold medal. Mrs. G. W. W. SCOTT hostess to Thursday Bridge Club.
Dec. 7: CARL HARBERT received award for outstanding high school athlete. LEE and HELEN HERREN make bonds as J. O. ROBERTSON binds five over for district court trials for larceny charges.
Dec. 14: CLAUD STEWART slashed in fight with CARL GIBSON. Clark Grocery sold to TOM WALKER and J. R. FRYER. JAMES ROSS pleads guilty to forgery and gets 2 years. Big damage suit filed by HOMEY ARLES.
Dec. 21: HARRY D. WORKMAN, pioneer hardware man, dies of apoplexy. EARL HERREN makes bond.
Dec. 28: STANLEY CUNNINGHAM warns motorists to get drivers licenses. HOWELL COBB becomes first candidate for count clerk. PAUL B. PUCKETT gets naval academy appointment from senator JOSH LEE.
Thursday, January 11, 1940
County Rancher Found Dead
The body of H. M. THOMPSON, Johnston County rancher, was found Wednesday afternoon by searchers in a pasture adjoining the Moon ranch owned by Thompson after almost 24 hours of searching by neighboring ranchers, CCC boys and county officers. Death was apparently caused by a heart attack. Thompson had been to Oklahoma City and was returning Tuesday afternoon late. He left Sulphur about 7:00 p.m. in his car and was not seen again until found dead. His car was about a mile away stalled in a snow bank. Thompson had unsuccessfully tried to push his car from the drift.
Muskogee Man Told to Pay
JASPER FARMER of Muskogee was ordered to pay $10 per month as child support to the court clerk of the Johnston County by judge J. GOINS, following a complained by JUANITA FARMER, the man’s ex-wife. The two were divorced several months ago..
ADDIE BEAVERS, county school superintendent, announced she would seek re-election.
Thursday, January 18, 1940
Funeral for Cattleman
Cattlemen from the southwest buried, Friday, HARRY M. THOMPSON, pioneer southern Oklahoma rancher, in a meadow near his Johnston Count ranch house, 11 miles northeast of Mill Creek, beside his favorite pony and his dog. Hundreds of cattlemen from Oklahoma and Texas attended the funeral services conducted at the ranch house by Rev. BRADBURY, Pauls Valley Baptist minister, and the burial was in the meadow a half-mile away. There were more than 200 cars in the funeral procession from the house to the meadow where Thompson had expressed a desire to be buried. The funeral procession was led by EVERETT ROWE, top hand on the Thompson ranch, riding Thompson’s favorite saddle pony. Music was by the Ayres Quartette of Madill; they sang ‘Home on the Range’ at the beginning and closed the ceremony with ‘God Be With You ‘Til We Meet Again.’
Thompson, age 57, came to Oklahoma with his father from Grayson County, Texas when he was four years old. The family settled in Marshall County where he lived until moving to Johnston County in 1914. He is reputed to have made and lost several fortunes in the cattle business, and was, at time of his death, operating one of the finest cattle ranches in the southern Oklahoma. For years he rode Shorty, a fine gaited cow horse over his vast ranch holdings in the northern edge of the county. When the horse became too old to ride, Thompson chose another pony, but took great care of Shorty. The old horse died in 1927 and Thompson ordered him buried in the meadow. He placed a fine marker on the grave of his faithful old horse and told relatives and friends that he wanted to be buried there beside his horse when death came. The old horse, age 17, was followed in death by Thompson’s favorite dog, ‘Pup.’ Pup was also buried in the meadow. It was Thompson’s second horse that his top hand rode to lead the procession from the ranch house to the meadow.
Pallbearers at the funeral were all cattlemen who had been associated with Thompson during the years he was engaged in raising and marketing a better grade of cattle. They were: JIM VINCENT of Stonewall, JOE COBB of Mill Creek, M. O. CARDIN of Madill, MAURICE JAMISON of Ada, FRANK BOUNDS of Madill, and MARVIN DOUGLAS of Ardmore. Dunn funeral home of Sulphur was in charge.
C. H. Brown
Funeral services for C. H. BROWN were held in Tishomingo Saturday afternoon, Jan. 13. Brown was a member of a pioneer Johnston County family and was long connected with official positions in the Chickasaw Nation. He was the last speaker of the house for the Chickasaws and served the term under the late Gov. DOUGLAS JOHNSTON, last elected governor of the Chickasaws. Burial was in the Tishomingo cemetery. He was born Sept. 12, 1866 at Woodville and came to Tishomingo four years later. He married BELLE CINDERSON in December of 1889. Of this union were born eight children, five of whom are still living. They are: JIM BROWN, GUY BROWN, KATE SLOBAUGH, C. H. BROWN Jr., and ZANA GLASGOW. There are 21 living grandchildren and four living great-grandchildren. Brown was well known throughout southern Oklahoma for the prominent place he held among the Chickasaws and for the many official positions he held. The funeral was arranged by Chapman funeral home.
GEORGE ALEXANDER, constable and marshal at Milburn for the past four or five years, announced he would file as a Democratic candidate for county sheriff.
Colored Church Being Worked Over
Work on the Peaceful Rest Baptist Church, colored, of Tishomingo has about been completed, according to R. T. JAMES, manager, who had asked people interested in aiding with the work to donate shingles so the roof can be completed.
Fillmore News Reel
Fillmore School News
Class officers: president VELONIA TROTTER; vice-president LOUISE BLANTON; secretary ORELIA CALLEN; reporter HAZEL SLIGER.
One of the junior girls, GENEVA ALLISON, married.
Class officers: president LEE GOODMAN; vice-pres. MILDRED SMITH; secretary KATHLEEN RAY; reporters MARIE and JUNIOR (no surname).
Class officers: president BOBBY BLACK; vice-pres. MACK CAMPBELL; secretary AUDREY DEAN; reporters LEROY LAMER and CLAUDIE HURT.
Senior: CLARA CHANEY A-; VELONIA TROTTER B.
Junior: LOUISE SLANTON A; ORELIA CALLEN B; HAZELSLIGER B-.
Sophomore: MILDRED SMITH A; LEE GOODMAN A-; MARIE CHANEY B.
Freshman: CLAUDIE HURT A; BOBBIE BLACK A-; AUDREY DEAN B+.
Eighth: NADEEN CONVERSE A+; LOWELL GOODMAN A-; RUTH FRENCH B+.
Seventh: MELLODEN DARBISON A+; LURA DUPREE B+; BONNIE GOODMAN B.
Sixth: LADELL SAYRE A+; MARGUERITE LAMER A; DELOIS SMITH B+.
Fifth: MAYNARD FRENCH A; EDGAR JONES B+; BETTY JO BLANTON B.
Fourth: BONNIE DAVIS A; J. D. TURNER B+; JOHN WESLEY CLEMMER B.
Third: DANIEL VENANDEZ A; JOHN D. CHANEY B+; DILLARD ROBBINS B.
Second: NORMAN GOODMAN A; MARGUERITE IMATICHEY B+; BOBBIE MARIE GOODWIN B.
First: LAVENA SAYRE A-; BOBBY LEE WALTON B+; MARY JUNE CHANEY B.
Thursday, January 25, 1950
Fire, believed to have been started in the wiring Tuesday morning damaged the vocational agriculture and shop buildings of the Tishomingo high school, causing damages estimated at $3000.… Other buildings including the south ward school building, and the FFA hatchery were protected by the firemen. The fire was discovered about 3:45 by students in the south ward building Eighth grade students of Miss MARIE JENKINS’ sounded the first alarm. …
Wapanucka News by WALTER DUNN
Former Wapanucka News Dies at Colbert
BONNIE FRANKLIN HORTON, former business man at this place, died suddenly late Friday in his home in Colbert. He was born on a farm near Kenefic 37 years ago. He was in the restaurant business at this place for years, and moved to Colbert a few months ago to engage in the restaurant business there. Mr. Horton is survived by his wife, SALLY HORTON; two small children VINITA FERRELL and JIMMIE DAY; his parents, residing near Denison; three brothers MELVIN, DEWEY and CLINE all of Wapanucka; several friends and acquaintances. Services were held at the Baptist Church Sunday afternoon at this place, conducted by Rev. HODGES of Colbert and Rev. DOAK, our local minister. Interment was in the Rose Hill cemetery here arranged by Colby-Hardee funeral home of Wapanucka.
EDGAR BARNS, age 60, of Ada was buried Sunday at Pontotoc. He died Saturday at his home in Ada after a prolonged illness of almost two years. He is survived by his widow; three brothers, EMETT BARNS, WILL BARNS and ARTHUR BARNS; two sisters, Mrs. FANNY SALISBURY of Pontotoc and Mrs. ALMA MICHARDSON(Richardson?) of Ada, and three daughters, MONA LEE, EDITH and ETHEL. Services were conducted by Rev. ELMER BARNES, Baptist minister at Ada. Criswell funeral home had charge.
Dr. G. W. SCOTT announces the following births:
Mr. and Mrs. MORGAN MOORE of Tishomingo, a son, Jan. 13.
Mr. and Mrs. R. F. HUDSON of Mannsville , a son, Jan. 19.
Mr. and Mrs. ARTHUR DAWSON of Fillmore, a daughter, Jan. 13.
VIRGINIA ROWLAND, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. WARREN ROWLAND, who was seriously burned last week, is still in the Emergency Hospital at Durant. Physicians removed fingers of one hand and fear that it may be necessary to remove the whole hand.
Card of thanks from the family of C. H. BROWN. Signed by Mr. and Mrs. GUY BROWN of Tishomingo, JIM BROWN of Althout, Illinois; KATE STOVAUGH of Wewoka; ZONA GLASGOW of Kermit, Texas, and C. H. BROWN Jr. of Longview, Texas.
Thursday, February 1, 1940
Charge Filed Against Berry
Murders charges were filed here late Wednesday against EDGAR BERRY, Ardmore youth, whose car was involved in a three-car accident on State Hwy 22 west of Tishomingo last
Saturday night that resulted in the death of NOEL DAVIDSON, age 32, of Comanche, and injuries to 12 other persons. CHARLES E. DRAPER, county attorney, field the murder charge after conferring with highway patrolmen and going over statements taken from witnesses. … alleges that Berry was driving his car at high rate of speed without regard to safety of others. Berry’s car topped a slight hill and plunged into Davidson’s car some 15 or 20 minutes after Davidson’s car had crashed with a car driven by HERSHEL CURRY of Tishomingo, injuring S. R. ROBINSON, age 55, of Comanche, and SAMMY PARKS, age 20, of Tishomingo. Robinson and Parks were immediately rushed to Tishomingo where they received medical treatment at the office of Dr. G. W. SCOTT. Parks was taken to an Ada hospital. Curry escaped with minor cuts while NOEL DAVIDSON, GUY BEST, AUBREY MONDAY and ORLEN MONDAY all received minor injuries in the initial crash. Farmers living nearby hurried to the scene of the crash and were attempting to clear the highway when Berry’s car swooped down the hill into the tangle of cars and the crowd of people. Berry’s car struck Davidson and killed him as it crashed into the wrecked Davidson car.
Thursday, February 8, 1940
Durant Man Is Suicide
RANDOLPH WILLIAMS, age 38, of Durant, committed suicide at the home of CLEO BEAVERS, Tishomingo grocery man, early Monday morning by placing a gas stove conducting hose under the covers of his bed, according to a verdict returned by a coroner’s jury assembled by CHARLES E. DRAPER, county attorney, JIM DOWDY, sheriff. J. O. ROBERTSON, justice of peace, presided at the hearing. The body was found by Beavers about 7:00 when he went to awaken the man for breakfast. He summoned Dr. G. W. Scott. Williams, a paperhanger and painter, came to Tishomingo Wednesday evening to do some work remodeling a house for Beavers. He was sleeping in one of the rooms until he completed the job. Members of the jury: HENRY MARTIN, JOHN DEATONS, DOUG TROTTER, CLIFF TATE, OTTO SNEED and FLOYD FOREHAND.
SARAH ELIZABETH CROW
Mrs. SARAH ELIZABETH CROW, widow of MEREDITH T. CROW, pioneer justice of the peace, was buried Sunday afternoon, Feb. 4, in the Tishomingo cemetery, following services in the chapel of the Chapman funeral home. The services were conducted by Rev. HARROLD DIGGS of the First Baptist Church of Tishomingo. She is survived by one son, JIM CROW of Oklahoma City, one daughter, Mrs. CLAUDE RENNIE of Sulphur; four grandson, RAWDON COX and CECIL COX, both of Tishomingo; CECIL RENNIE of Sulphur and BUD BOX of western Oklahoma, three granddaughters living in California; seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She as born Aug. 26, 1948 and died Feb. 2, 1940. Pallbearers: HAROLD KING, BILLY KING, T. BONE KING, CORBIN O’BRYAN, CARL O’BRYAN, and JACK BOYD.
T. M. ALLEN died January 26 at his home near Egypt, where he lived the past 26 years. He was born Oct. 11, 1873 in Tennessee and moved to Texas while he was a child. There he was united in marriage with Miss GEORGIA PERKINS and moved to the Egypt community before statehood. He is survived by four children, 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Oak Grove cemetery with his wife and three children. The funeral was directed by the Holmes funeral home of Durant.
Wapanucka News by WALTER DUNN
One day last week while JOE WHITELY and others were cutting wood in Boggy Bottom, he had the misfortune to be pinned under a falling tree. Dr. Haberly rendered first aid then he was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital where he had both shoulders and his right knee badly dislocated.
Card of thanks from the family of BONNIE FRANKLIN HORTON. Signed by Mrs. SALLIE HORTON, VINITA FERREL and JIMMY; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. HORTON, Mr,. and Mrs. M. A. HORTON and children; Mr. and Mrs. D. L. HORTON, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. HORTON.
Mrs. S. J. BASS of Los Angles, California, is visiting her mother, Mrs. F. E. LARKHAM.
Miss ESTELLE HANCOCK of Galveston, Texas, visited her mother Mrs. J. F. HANCOCK.
Thursday, February 15, 1940
Mill Creek Youth Gets Ten Years
CARL MCCARTNEY, age 22, of Mill Creek was sentenced to ten years in the state penitentiary at McAlester following a plea of guilty to first degree manslaughter charge by district judge J. I. GOINS. McCartney was arrested Friday by OTIS CHEATWOOD, special investigator by the governor’s office, following the death of GUY SMITH of Ravia, in University Hospital at Oklahoma City. Smith and McCartney were alleged to have a fight in a Mill Creek store December 23, during which Smith knocked McCartney down. McCartney left the store and returned with a single shot 22 caliber rife and declared he was going to kill Smith and fired at him. The shot was wild and spectators took the gun from McCartney who again left the store. Minutes later, Smith left and McCartney, standing outside, is alleged to have struck Smith in the head with a piece of heavy concrete, causing a severe injury near Smith’s ear. Deputies rushed to Mill Creek, found Smith and returned him to Tishomingo for medical treatment, then taken home to Ravia. Early last Thursday, Smith was worse and taken to University Hospital at Oklahoma City where he died that evening.
Funeral services for JACK NEWMAN, age 31, of Tishomingo were held Monday afternoon, Feb. 12, in the Chapman funeral chapel here. Burial was in the family plot at the Tishomingo cemetery, officiated by Rev. HARROLD DIGGS of the First Baptist Church, assisted by JOHN J. STOBAUGH. He is survived by his wife; his father J. R. NEWMAN of Tishomingo, brother BOB NEWMAN of Tishomingo; sisters, Mrs. P. L. BABBINGTON of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Mrs. MILDRED WELLS of Oklahoma City. He was ill for weeks and died Saturday, Feb. 10, in a Cushing hospital.
Milburn Woman in Street Accident
Mrs. GLADYS LOVELADY of Milburn was badly bruised and cut Monday afternoon near the intersection of Kemp Ave. and Main St., Tishomingo, when she either walked or was bruised by a gravel truck driven by EUGENE HOUSER of Milburn. She was taken to Dr. J. T. Looney for treatment.
Bill French Hurt in Wreck
BILL FRENCH, Tishomingo attorney, received injuries Sunday when he, his wife, daughter and Mrs. S. R. ROBERTSON were badly jarred when a truck crashed into the rear of the French car about four miles west of Durant as the family was returning from Denison. The truck, driven by GEORGE THOMAS of Lehigh, struck the French car.
Fillmore Woman Buried
Funeral services for Mrs. IDA WILLIAMS of Fillmore, who died Feb. 11, were held at the Hollow Spring community with Rev. NELSON WOLF officiating. Mrs. Williams would have been 54 years old Feb. 18. She was a resident of Fillmore all her life. She is survived by her husband, JOHN WILLIAMS; five sons, CHAPMAN of Coleman, BENJAMIN, FRANK, THEO, and GENE, of Fillmore; two daughters, ELLA and THELMA, both of Fillmore. Colby-Hardee funeral home had charge.
Thursday, February 29, 1940
Funeral services for WILLIAM JOSEPH BRAY, pioneer Mill Creek resident, were held three Monday, Feb. 19, with Rev. JACK CHAFFIN of Sulphur officiating. Bray lived near Mill Creek for the past 45 years. Pallbearers: LIGE DEATON, CHARLES SANDERS, RICHARD PITTMAN, PIERCE QUINTON, DAVE BULLMAN, and TOM CLEMENT. Bray was born in Jackson, Mississippi, Feb. 1, 1872 and died at Mill Creek, Feb. 18, 1940.
Card of thanks from the family of W. J. Bray. Signed by Mrs. W. J. Bray; J. S. BRAY, EDMOND BRAY, EVERETT BRAY, ELMER BRAY, THELMA BRAY, and Mr. and Mrs. O. D. BULMAN.
Card of thanks from the family of Jack Newman. Signed by Mrs. Jack Newman, Mr. and Mrs. P. L. BABINGTON and family; MILDRED WELLS, Mr. and Mrs. BOB NEWMAN.
Thursday, March 7, 1940
Mrs. W. I. Love
Funeral services were held Monday at Davis for Mrs. W. I. LOWE, wife of Rev. W. I. Lowe, former pastor of the First Baptist church here, with Rev. RUPERT MANLLY of Oklahoma City officiating. Mrs. Lowe died Sunday in the Von Keller hospital at Ardmore following an operation. She is survived by her husband, two children, ADRIAN and BARBARA ANN. The funeral was directed by Hutchins funeral home of Davis. Burial was at Grand Saline, Texas.
Wapanucka Store Bought
EDDIE SMITH, Tishomingo grocery man, announced the purchase of the LEON WHITE grocery store at Wapanucka, making three grocery stores in the county operated by Smith.
Two Divorces Granted
FLORENCE BROWNLEE vs. ROBERT BROWNLEE; she was granted custody of two children.
JEANETTE PITTMAN vs. HENDRIX PITTMAN.
Horse Murder Solved by Dowdy
The mystery of the dead mare was solved Thursday morning by JIM DOWDY, sheriff, after an examination of the crime scene. JOHN COBBLER, Coatsworth, got up Tuesday morning and found a fine saddle mare stabbed to death in the lot. A main artery just below the throat had been stabbed and she bled to death. The mysterious death of another farm animal several months ago prompted Cobbler to summon the sheriff. Investigation failed to uncover the instrument used in the stabbing and officers were in a bit of a quandary until Dowdy notice something peculiar about the horn of a two year old heifer in the lot. She was roped and an examination revealed blood and hair on the horn. Apparently during the night she had accidentally hooked the mare with her horn in the vital spot. It is understood that no charges will be preferred against the young lady.
Mrs. ADA ROBINSON, relative of several Tishomingo people, died of cancer Tuesday afternoon at her home near Tishomingo. She was 59 years old and had been ill health for years. Surviving are three sons and five daughters. Funeral charges were held at the Coleman cemetery Tuesday with Rev. DON E. HAZELTON officiating. The Hartford Quartet from Hartford, Arkansas, provided music. Pallbearers: ARTHUR SMITH, GLEMAN WEAVER, WILLARD SMITH, WALTER SMITH, NORMAN BURRIS and CARL SMITH. Colby-Hardee funeral home had charge.
Pioneer Wapanucka Woman
Mrs. GEORGIA ALEXANDER, pioneer Wapanucka citizen, died Thursday, Feb. 29, at the home of her son, F. C. ALEXANDER, north of Milburn, with whom she had been living for the past four years. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery Thursday in Wapanucka with Rev. J. R. CARTRIGHT officiating. She was 83 years old and survived by one son F. C. ALEXANDER, and one granddaughter MARGARET ALEXANDER. The funeral was directed by Colby-Hardee funeral home of Wapanucka.
Mrs. Henry May
Funeral services for Mrs. HENRY MAY, age 31, of Tishomingo, were held Monday afternoon, March 4, in the Chapman funeral home chapel, with Rev. HARROLD DIGGS of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the Tishomingo cemetery. Mrs. May died Sunday afternoon from a heart attack. She is survived by her husband, Henry May, her father, F. E. DODD of Milburn, two brothers, CARL DODD of Milburn and ARNOLD DODD of Atoka; and five children, WANDA, VERA, STONEWALL, BOY, and HELEN.
Thursday, March 14, 1940
Former Resident Crash Victim
Word was received this week by Mrs. JOHN CHISHOLM about the death of W. T. WARE, age 35, former Johnston County resident and kinsman of the Chisholm family, caused from an automobile accident when the car in which he was riding ran head-on into another car driven by a negro woman at Shaw, Mississippi about 25 miles north of Greenville. … Ware was riding with his employer, C. P. COLE. C. P. Cole, head of the Cole Flying Service received cuts and bruise. Mr. Cole was driving the truck. ETHEL HOWARD, the negro woman who was driving the automobile, escaped injury. Ware leaves his widow and seven children; his father T. C. WARE, and brother BARTLETT WARE, all of Leland, Mississippi.
W. W. Hedges
WILLIAM WEBB HEDGES, age 79, organizer of religious and public education in Tishomingo and Johnston County, and founder of the Tishomingo Abstract Co., died at his Oklahoma City home late Friday, following a lingering illness of years. Mr. Hedges, who was born Aug. 11, 1860, near Lexington, Kentucky, came to Tishomingo in 1900 and organized and taught the city’s first Sunday School. He laid the foundation for a Bible school associated with the Christian church. Hedges, a graduate of Transylvania College at Lexington, Ky., organized and was an instructor in the first public school in Tishomingo. He left Tishomingo about 34 years ago for Oklahoma City where he was first associated with an abstract company, with the Tradesmen National Bank of Oklahoma City. Rites were held in the Fairlawn cemetery at Oklahoma City Monday arranged by the Hahn funeral home. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Woodmen of the World.
CLAUDE COLLIER 21 and VIOLA FARMER 18 both of Atoka.
J. S. BRITTON 66 of Milburn and Mrs. LUCY COLLINS 65 of Wapanucka.
ELZIE MCGEEHEE/MCGEHEE 24 and WILMA GILREATH 18, both of Ravia.
JAMES ALLEN IRVING 21 and JUANITA BRAY both of Wilson.
HOMER ALBERSON 21 and FRANKIE B. FILLMORE 21 both of Fillmore.
LEON CHOATE 22 and BONNIE MAE COPE 19 both of Tishomingo.
C. C. COX 83 of Tishomingo and Mrs. NETTIE KING 66 of Durant.
ROBERT KINSEY 21 of Bromide and WANDA SMITH 18 of Wapanucka.
RICHARD WHITE 18 of Tishomingo and LOLA MAE WALLACE 16 of Ravia.
Thursday, March 21, 1940
Death claimed Mrs. ZENOBIA JACKSON, age 56, in Norman last week. Pneumonia following a lingering illness was blamed for her death. Services were held on the old Jackson ranch near Bromide where she had lived many years. Mrs. Jackson was a former resident of Johnston Co0unty and had large land holdings in this county, mostly located near of around Bromide. Funeral services were held on the ranch with Rev. W. O. FELTS officiating, arranged by the Chapman funeral home of Tishomingo.
Thursday, March 28, 1940
Funeral rites for Mrs. BLANCHE JONES, age 58, of Ravia were held Thursday at the Ravia Church of Christ. Mrs. Jones, a pioneer resident of Ravia, died at the home of her brother, FRED CONFFEY, Tuesday afternoon. Rev. JOHN J. STOBAUGH of the Church of Christ at Tishomingo officiated the services directed by Chapman funeral home. The survivors are sisters, Mrs. SAM TOONE of Ardmore, Mrs. A. C. BAKER of Chickasha, Mrs. O. P. DANIEL of Overton, Texas, daughter BERNICE SMITH of Ardmore; brothers, FRED COFFEY, PETE COFFEY and PAT COFFEY all of Ravia. Burial was in the Ravia cemetery.
Thursday, April 4, 1940
Tribute Paid to Mrs. Robertson
Funeral services for Mrs. J. T. ROBERTSON, age 61, who died at her home in Pontotoc Friday morning after a long illness, were held at the Pontotoc Baptist church Saturday afternoon with Rev. W. T. LOWE of Davis officiating. Immediate survivors include four sons, LEONARD and MARION ROBERTSON of Pontotoc, MARVIN ROBERTSON of Atoka, and MELVIN ROBERTSON of Ada, and two daughters. Burial was in the Pontotoc cemetery directed by Chapman funeral home.
Aged Man’s Photo Trip Ends Fatally
A short, picture-making trip ended in death for WILLIAM W. BLANKS at Devil’ Den Sunday. He died of a heart attack there. Funeral and burial services were held at Denison, Texas, Tuesday. A stepson, ARTHUR LONG, was the only Johnston County survivor. Mr. Blanks had been a resident of Ada the past five months.
Thursday, April 11, 1940
City Man Who Fired Last Train on Track That Is No More Is Retired
The last Rock Island train to run through Tishomingo was almost the last run on a railroad to be made by JAMES L. HERRIN, pioneer Tishomingo citizen and railroad man. He retired last February 14 on his 65th birthday. Mr. Herrin came to Tishomingo long ago, so long ago, that he arrived here, that the town consisted of only two stores, one a drug store owned by Dr. PENDER and GEORGE ADAMS, while the other was a general merchandise store operated by a Mr. FISHER. Mr. Herrin recalled that the old Chickasaw court was held there, and the old jail and hanging post were located a short distance southeast where the Captial-Democrat office now stands. He began work on the old Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf RR at McAlester in October 1902, and joined the Rock Island RR as a fireman at Haileyville on July 19, 1908. In 1920 he was promoted to engineer. Fro ten years, Mr. Herrin was fireman on the local between Ardmore and Haileyville, finally when Rock Island decided to abandon the line, Mr. Herrin was on the last job for the Rock Island RR at Ardmore. He took the last engine from Ardmore to Shawnee over the Santa Fe RR tracks. Mr. Herrin’s official retirement came on Feb. 14 at Sayre where he was located when he reached the age of 65. A big banquet was given tin his honor Friday night…at Shawnee… Now he has ended his long years of service with the railroad, Mr. Herrin plans to retire on a farm near Tishomingo. He owns 40 acres on Hwy 22 adjoining Major WHITE’S place at the edge of town. .. In addition to his activities in Tishomingo in pioneer days, Mr. Herrin also played an important part in getting the town of Ravia started. He helped built the first post office building, the first schoolhouse and the first store I Ravia.
Tribute for Infant
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for little DOROTHA MAE HUDDLESTON, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. BERT HUDDLESTON. The child died Monday in a Durant hospital. Rev. JIM CARGILL of Stonewall completed the services, assisted by Rev. HAROLD SKILLERN and Rev. TRIPLETT of Fillmore.
Hip Fracture Fatal to Moore
Funeral services for G. L. MOORE, age 79, were held at Ravia Tuesday. Mr. Moore died Monday in an Oklahoma City hospital. A critical condition arising from a hip fracture, sustained a little more than a week ago, was believed to have led to his death. Survivors include one daughter and two sons. Burial at Ravia directed by Chapman funeral home.
Card of thanks for a dear one (unnamed). Signed by Mr. and Mrs. FRANK BUMPAS, Mr. and Mrs. FLOYD BRITT, Mr. and Mrs. LEON ANDERSON, and Mr. and Mrs. WELDON ANDERSON.
JOHN ROGERS and Mrs. VIRGIE MCGUIRE both of Stonewall.
EMERY EVANS and Miss VONDA ROGERS both of Stonewall.
P. P. PETTY and Miss OPAL EMEREY both of Durant.
BEN BUCKALOO and Miss IRENE DALE both of Milburn.
EARL MCGLOCKLIN and Miss BESSIE COMPTON both of Milburn.
CHARLES RICHARDSON and Miss LORETHA LEE both of Wapanucka.
Thursday, April 18, 1940
Mrs. F. McMillan
Final tribute to Mrs. FINIS MCBRIDE, age 35, resident of Bromide practically all of her life, were held at the Presbyterian church there Friday with Rev. PUCKETT officiating. Mrs. McMillan, daughter of Mrs. MATTIE WALDEN and the late C. S. WALDEN, pioneer Johnston County pioneers, died in a Talihina hospital April 11. She had been in ill health for some years. Survivors include her husband, two daughters MARIE and BILLIE MCMILLAN; her mother Mrs. MATTIE WALDEN; four sisters, Mrs. MATTIE CHESTER, Mrs. LULA EPPERSON, Miss BESSIE WALDEN all of Bromide, and Mrs. MINNIE REED of Wapanucka; two brothers, J. L. WALDEN of Bromide and CHARLES M. WALDEN of Post, Texas. Burial in the Rose Hill cemetery at Wapanucka arranged by Colby-Hardee funeral home.
Thursday, April 25, 1940
Final Rites for DICK SNEED
DICK SNEED, age 71, died in a Pauls Valley hospital Saturday. He was a former resident of Tishomingo, having come to Indian Territory in 1891. He was born in Groves County, Kentucky, June 28, 1869. In 1896 he married DORIS CALLEN and to their union were born seven children. Funeral services were held at the Bold Springs cemetery Monday, with Rev. HAROLD SKILLERN of the Fillmore Nazarene church and Rev. NELL of the Pauls Valley First Baptist church officiating. Survivors include his children, Mrs. COY PUCKETT of Maysville, Mrs. WINIFORD TROTTER of Tishomingo, Mrs. JESSIE NEAL of Maysville and EVERETT SNEED of Pauls Valley.
Miss FLORA STRICKLAND visited her sister Miss CELESTINE STRICKLAND in Durant. She was accompanied by her mother who lives in Healdton.
T. M. Nicholas
Funeral services for THOMAS M. NICHOLAS, age 87, pioneer Johnston County resident, were held at the Condon Grove cemetery Wednesday, with Rev. EMMETT KIMBROUGH of Tishomingo officiating. He died of a heart attack at Bullet Prairie at the home of his son PHIL NICHOLAS, with whom he lived. Born in Arkansas in 1853, Mr. Nicholas came to Oklahoma in 1887. In 1877 he married MARY RUSHING, who preceded him in death by ten years. Four of their seven children survive: Mrs. ELLA ROACH of Tishomingo, Mrs. ADA DUNGAN of Ringling, WALTER NICOLAS of Highley, Ark., and PHIL NICHOLAS of Tishomingo. He is also survived by 32 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and a half brother PETE NICHOLAS of Black Jack.
Thursday, May 2, 1940
ALBERT JONES by WALTER DUNN
After being in ill health of the past several months, ALBERT JONES died Thursday, April 25, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. T.H. HENDERSON at Wapanucka. Mr. Jones was born in England, Oct. 13, 1865. While a youth, he came to this country. He is survived by his widow, MARGARET JONES, one son JOHN L. JONES of Henryetta and one daughter INEZ JONES HENDERSON. Funeral services were held Saturday in the Baptist church with Rev. G. W. SHED in charge. Escorts: WAYNE SARTOR, LLOYD STURGEON, WILLIAM COX, J. F. HODGES, M. A. HORTON and WILLIAM SULLIVAN. Interment in the Coalgate cemetery directed by Colby-Hardee funeral home of Wapanucka.
Prairie View school board members appointed LLOYD CARGILL of Milburn as principal for next term. Cargill succeeds EARL MCDONALD who resigned to became principal at Plainview.
Milburn Couple Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. D. W. SON of Milburn had as guests a large number of children and grandchildren when they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday. Fifty were present. Guests included Mrs. RETA SON JACKS, a daughter, and her three daughters, RELLA ANN, DOROTHY JANE and LA JOY, and Miss RUBY CRAVEN, all of Ardmore. JOHN SON, a son, and Mrs. Son of Oklahoma City; Mrs. E. P. POWELL, a daughter, and Mr. Powell of Ardmore; Mrs. F. M. MILBURN, a daughter, Mr. Milburn and their children, NELL JUNE and WAYNE, all of Bristow; Mrs. PERRY BRITTEN, a daughter, Mr. Britten and their sons, DADN and JIM, all of Enid; JIMMY SON, a son, and his wife of Tulsa. PAUL POWELL, a grandson, and Mrs. Powell of Norman; N M. SON, a son, his wife and children DEAN, NEYSA MURIEL, SUE ELLEN and JAMES HOWELL all of Ardmore; J. D. SON of Norman, a grandson; Mrs. ELOIS RAMSEY HARRIS, a granddaughter and her daughter, KATHLEEN both of McKinney, Texas; JUDSON MILBURN, a grandson, and his wife of Tahlequah; DONALD MILBURN, a grandson, and his wife of Tulsa; Mrs. GLENN TRIPLETT, a granddaughter and her husband of Ardmore. The couple moved to Milburn in 1908 and became active in community affairs. Mrs. Son is the former Miss RELLA RANDOLPH ROARK, a native of Miller County, Missouri, where their marriage vows were read.
Thursday, May 9, 1940
Death Takes Mrs. Folsom
Mrs. DAVE POLSOM, pioneer Johnston County resident, died at her home in the Washita Farm community Monday following a Sunday night stroke of paralysis. Final tribute was paid in graveside services at the Tishomingo city cemetery Tuesday with JOHN W. PIGG, minister of the Madill Church of Christ, officiating. The residence in which she died was on the same land on which she and her husband made their home when they married more than 50 years ago. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in March of this year. The two, when married, settled in what was then known as the ‘cottonwood community, 2 ½ miles south of Tishomingo. Both she and her husband were well known in the county. Music at the final rites were given by the Washita Farm glee club directed by Mrs. HOMER COURTRIGHT. Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Mrs. NORA FOLSOM MILLER, Mrs. W. F. WHITE and Mrs. TOM FUSON, all of Tishomingo, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial in Tishomingo cemetery directed by Chapman funeral home.
Final Tribute Paid Teafatiller
Funeral services for DOW TEAFATILLER, age 27, who died Saturday of acid poisoning, were held at the Chapman funeral home Monday with Rev. W. I. LOWE and Rev. HARROLD DIGGS, Baptist ministers, officiating. Teafatiller died in Muskogee… Immediate survivors are his wife GENEVA; daughter DALE; sisters Mrs. LINDSEY WILLIAMS of Tishomingo, Mrs. ERNEST SLAUGHTER of Reagan, and Miss ALMA TEAFATILLER of Oklahoma City. Burial in the Tishomingo cemetery directed by Chapman funeral home.
Congressman LYLE BORNE will be commencement speaker in closing exercises at Milburn high school Friday evening. Fourteen graduates will receive their diplomas: OSCAR MOON, ROY LEE BUCKHANON, HAROLD BREEDEN, WYETH TATE, Miss THELMA ARMSTRONG, Miss BILLIE BEARD, Miss JEAN LILES, Miss AUGUSTA PHFEFIER, miss LAVERNE PARK, Miss WILLIE FAYE RHEA, Miss TINA THARP, Miss OPAL SHARP, and Miss WINIFRED WARDEN.
Wife of Pioneer Missionary Dies
Mrs. LILLIAH P. REED of Wapanucka, whose husband was a missionary to the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians before statehood, died at the home of her son, J. LADEN REED in Norman, Friday. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Wapanucka Presbyterian church. Mrs. Reed had lived in Wapanucka 25 years. She was 84 years old and came to Oklahoma with her husband, J. J. REED, in pioneer days. Mr. Reed died in 1898/1896. Surviving are four sons, THEODORE REED of Blossom, Texas; J. LADEN REED of Norman, DAVID REED and EUGENE REED who live in Arizona.
Mrs. ARMINDA E. RICHARDSON
Funeral services were held at the Wapanucka Baptist church Sunday afternoon for Mrs. ARMINDA E. RICHARDSON, age 96, who died at her home at Wapanucka Saturday. Services were conducted by Rev. J. R. CARTWRIGHT, Baptist minister, and Rev. G. W. SHED of the Wapanucka Baptist church. One daughter, Mrs. EUNITTA BELL COOPER of Oklahoma City, and one son, J. A. RICHARDSON of Wapanucka, survive. Colby-Hardee funeral home was in charge.
Marriage licenses: EDWARD CARL HORNBERGER of route 2 Tishomingo and GERALDINE PAYNE of Tishomingo; ROY NELSON MARTIN and LORENE ST. CLAIR both of Tishomingo.
Thursday, May 30, 1940
Last Tribute to Joe B. Potts
Funeral services for JOE BEN POTTS, age 65, pioneer Johnston County citizen, were held at the First Baptist church here Monday with Rev. HARROLD DIGGS officiating. Mr. Potts died at his home at Cedar Ridge near Tishomingo Saturday night from a cerebral hemorrhage or paralytic stroke given as cause of death. Burial was in the Tishomingo cemetery.
Thursday, June 6, 1940
Moses Prophet, Aged Negro, Dies
MOSES PHOPHET, age 83, negro, known as Uncle Moses, to both white and negro friends, died at his home here Friday night. Funeral services were held Sunday with burial in the Shady Grove cemetery.
Thursday, June 13, 1940
Child Killed in Auto Wreck
DALE WAYNE WOOD, 15 month old son of Mr. and Mrs. PETE WOOD of Washita Farm, died Sunday evening in an auto accident near Bennington. Mr. Wood said that the car in which they were riding ran into a mud drift, causing the car to overturn, crushing the child’s chest. Funeral services were held at the Nazarene church Monday afternoon with burial in the Tishomingo cemetery arranged by Chapman funeral home.
Freak Mishaps Hurt Two Youths
Because a horse couldn’t stand on concrete, BILLY LEMONS is in an Ardmore hospital. Billy was riding the horse Wednesday when it slipped and fell. The 15 year old boy was riding with a friend, GILBERT LIPE, at the time of the accident… The boy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. JOHN D. LEMONS of Tishomingo. Lipe is the son of Mr. and Mrs. ROSS LIPE.
A scuffle over a 22 calibre rifle ended in the injury of a 15 year old TOMMY COX Monday at Rainbow Falls. Tommy, son of Mrs. BETTY COX of Tishomingo, was injured when the rifle accidentally discharged while he and a camping mate, GENE MOORE, were wrestling for it, companions said. The bullet pierced his liver, passed through his lung, and lodged in his backbone. He was returned home Wednesday.
Marriage licenses: J. M. BOWER Jr. of Madill and Mrs. NEVA MAE BOWER of Ardmore; E. C. ARNOLD of Bromide and Miss MAURINE NELSON of Clarita; CLIFFORD LEMONS of Madill and Miss PERNIE BEAM of Mannsville.
Mrs. JOHNNY DEATON and daughter DOROTHY are visiting Mrs. Deaton’s son, KENNETH and wife at Gladewater, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. H. E. WHITE of Wichita, Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. CYRUS WHITE and daughters MARY ANN and PATSY of Hobbs, N. M., were guests of the WILBUR WHITE home.
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. NORWOOD and daughter MAXINE of Marlow visited the PAUL ROSS family.
Thursday, June 27, 1940
Funeral services for Mrs. O. T. WHATLEY were held at the Chapman funeral home chapel Sunday afternoon with JOHN L. STOBAUGH, minister of the Church of Christ, officiating. Mrs. Whatley died of acute indigestion at her home near the Big Sandy bridge between Tishomingo and Milburn Saturday. She was 31 year old. Survivors include her husband, ten year old son HERCEL; her parents Mr. and Mrs. NOAH LOFTON; brothers JOHN and EDWARD LOFTON, sisters JOSIE WEST, LOLA GRAVES and OLLIE LOFTON. Burial was in the Condon Grove cemetery.
LEM D. PETTY
LEM D. PETTY, age 51, was paid final tribute in funeral services in Mannsville Tuesday afternoon. Petty, who was a candidate for commissioner of district 3 in the last county election, died of pneumonia in an Ardmore hospital Monday afternoon. A merchant in this county for years, he moved from Mannsville to Connerville the first of the year. JOHN W. PIGG of the Madill Church of Christ, officiated with burial in the Mannsville cemetery. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. LILLY PETTY; sons THERON PETTY of Mannsville and SCOTT PETTY of Connerville; daughters, Mrs. A. A. JOHNSON of Madill, Mrs. EDGAR JOHNSON of Mannsville and Mrs. RUSSELL SMITH of Tulsa. Escorts: CLINE HITCHCOCK, F. W. WILLIAMS, J. W. OWENS all of Mannsville, JOHN REYNOLDS of Oklahoma City, J. B. WRIGHT of Mannsville and GEORGE DUKE of Madill.
The Willing Workers’ Home Demonstration Club met June 13 at the home of Mrs. EARL BRASHIER, assisted by Mrs. R. G. NELSON. Mrs. BEN BROWNING and Mrs. J. E. PETERMAN of the Ravia club were guests. Other members: Mesdames W. B. NOLAND, CURTIS NELSON, FRANK HUDSON, R. C. NELSON and ALLEN B. NELSON.
Thursday, July 11, 1940
Tribute for Pioneer
H. J. SMITH, pioneer Wapanucka merchant, died Sunday morning. A heart attack which he suffered a short time after he had exerted himself in an effort to get a stray group of cattle under control was blamed. He was at his farm about a mile northwest of Wapanucka at the time. His son, JACK SMITH, who withdrew from the county attorney’s race here two month ago to accept an appointment at a Madill law firm, and a friend, C. J. SMITH, were nearby. Mr. Smith had been running the cattle, came back to his car and drover back to the spot where the cattle first came out of the pasture. He stopped the car in the shade of a tree. When C. J. SMITH called him, he did not answer. When C. J. Smith went up to the car, his friend was dead. He had taken his glasses off and was holding them firmly in his hand. His head rested on the back of the seat. Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church in Wapanucka Monday morning with Rev. D. W. DOAK officiating. Immediate survivors include his wife, son JACK SMITH of Madill; two daughters Mrs. MOLENE MACKEY and Mrs. EVELYN CARNELL of Oklahoma City. Escorts: R. R. ADDY, H. T. RICE, REEVES BIGGER, JOHN WALLER, ROBERT HOWELL and MILES FAUKLENBERRY. He was a pioneer merchant and business man in Johnston County and was still active at time of death. Born July 1, 1871, Mr. Smith was 69 years old and had been married about 30 years.
Killed in Cedar Ridge Car Wreck
Two men are dead. The speeding auto in which they and three others were riding grazed a car being pushed out on Hwy 99 Tuesday, skidded and turned over four times. The dead: LOUIS DOLGINOW of Kansas City killed instantly; RICHARD LEVY, driver of the car, died in a Durant hospital. Suffering from shock and bruises: Mrs. DORIS SCHULTZ of Kansas City and her ten year old son; Mrs. LOUIS DOLGINOW of Kansas city. The accident occurred at the Cedar Ridge voting box on Hwy 99 at the Devil’s Den road two miles north of Tishomingo. A car being driven by HOMER BEAUFORD, being pushed by another car driven by CHARLES TOLBERT, had just been pushed out on the highway on the left hand of the road, going south. … Both bodies were sent to Kansas City for interment.
Wapanucka News by WALTER DUNN
BILLIE JACK BROWN, 11 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. JOHN BROWN of Olney, died July 4in the family home. She is survived by her parents, one sister and a brother. Burial was in the Moore cemetery. Keith & Son funeral home of Wapanucka was in charge.
Murphy Has Four Sets of Twins
There are three sets of twins who weren’t probably so happy over the results of the election Tuesday. They are the children of N. B. P. ‘PAT’ MURPHY, defeated candidate for county attorney. Murphy is the father of 13 children. There were originally four sets of twins, but one twin died about five years ago. All from 24 year old LEON and CLARA to 7 year old ALVIN were born at Fillmore. The older twins are the only set not at home. Both of them live in Texas. The remainder are EVERETT and EVELENA, age 13; and MARIAN and MOLLY 10 and ALVIN 7.
HENRY CECIL PATRICK and Miss GLADYS LUCILLE BATTLES both of Coalgate.
RAYMOND CAIL(?) and Miss ELORA BANKS both of Mannsville.
J. R. SAVORY and MATTIE BEATRICE GLOVER both of Tishomingo.
DOUGLAS SHICA and Mrs. GRACE WOLFE both of Fillmore.
D. B. RILEY of Freeport, Texas, and Miss MILDRED TRAMMELL of Ardmore.
DAVID SKILLERN of Milburn and Miss LORENE HOBBS of Tishomingo.
FRANCES MOORE and Miss ANNIE WALKER both of Tishomingo.
JOHNNIE LAMER of Fillmore and GERALDINE BLACK of Milburn.
KEITH ARMSTRONG of Shay and Miss MURIEL LANCASTER of Kingston.
TOMMY PARKER and JESS WILLIAMS visited in Kingston
Miss MARIE WELLS of Oklahoma City arrived to visit Mrs. M. H. COOPER.
WARREN FRANKLIN of Oklahoma City visited MILTON COOPER.
STANLEY CLARK of Muskogee arrived from Madison, Wisconsin to visit relatives.
Mrs. HOMER CHANCE and Miss JEWEL SIMMONS visited Mrs. BETHA GIBNEY in Pauls Valley.
Miss J. WATSON of Fort Worth visited her sister Mrs. BOB ARMSTRONG.
Mrs. BOB ARMSTRONG visited in Mill Creek.
Thursday, July 25, 1940
Marriage licenses: DOSS BROWN and Miss IMA GENE DAVIS both of Mill Creek; WAYNE HILL BLACK and Miss BETTYE ANN MAXEY both of Madill; LEM ELIX and Miss LEONA TUBBY both of Madill.
W. L. CADY of Brawley and Miss LAURA GLADYS WHITE of Folsom.
Wapanucka News by WALTER DUNN
Mrs. ELLEN ENGLER, wife of Rev. J. F. ENGLER, died at the family home here, Thursday, July 18, after several months illness. She had lived here a long time. At time of death, she was 77 years old, born Sept. 18, 1863. Survivors include her husband, Rev. J. F. Engler; four daughters, Mrs. A. C. STAMPFILL of Cooperville, Kansas; Mrs. ROSA KABLE of Ratan, N. M.; Mrs. J. J. STAMPHILL of Seminole; and Mrs. J. E. JOLIFF of Wapanucka; three sons, JOHN ENGLER, W. J. ENGLER of Lumfield, N. M., JOE ENGLER of Durant and some grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church Saturday morning with burial in Rose Hill cemetery arranged by Keith & Son funeral home.
Thursday, August 1, 1940
CALVIN SHELTON, 87, died on July 24 of a heart attack, at the home of his son, R. SHELTON north of Tishomingo. Final rites were held from the Chapman funeral home chapel of Tishomingo, July 25, with Rev. W. FELTS officiating. Burial was in the Condon Grove cemetery.
Terry Faces Charges in Knife Scrap
An argument ‘over who was going to haul the oats’ resulted in knife wounds Tuesday to DANIEL VAN HUSS and charges against FRANK TERRY in the justice court of J. ROBERTSON. Terry was released under bond, charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Jailor P. G. BALLARD, who investigated, said the altercation grew over who was going to haul oats which the two owned. Ballard said Terry owned a third, Van Huss a third and the landlord a third.
JOE BYNUM Jr. and his daughter Mrs. JAMES M. PARKER, returned home toShafter, California, from a vacation trip here. Mrs. Parker is the former Miss LOLA BYNUM and she visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. PARKER Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. DENNIS JONES and son of Littlefield, Texas, visited ANDY ARMSTRONG family. They, Mrs. BO REEVES and Mrs. WILLIAM HALTOM visited in Oklahoma City.
S. N. SPARKS was born March 23, 1850 in Lebanon, Tennessee where he spent his early childhood. A member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, he became an elder in the church. A brother, W. I. SPARKS, of Dallas, preceded him in death by only four days. One brother, R. D. SPARKS of Apache survives of the group which once included four children. Mr. Sparks was a citizen of Johnston County more than 40 years. He lived in Wapanucka before moving to Milburn in 1908. An early Texas ranger, he served in the organization in 1873-74, chiefly in Callahan and Brown Counties. Some time was spent in travel after he left the rangers. Survivors include Mrs. DELLA STUBBLEFIELD of O’Donnell(?), Texas; NATHAN M. SPARKS of Grand Junction, Colorado; Mrs. ADA HAMERSLEY of Eldorado, Colorado, and Miss BIRDIE SPARKS of Milburn. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery at Ardmore directed by Chapman funeral home.
Card of thanks to the good people around Coleman for the kind words and deeds shown to my sister, Mrs. W. D. KENDRICK, during her sad grief of the death of her husband. Signed by Mrs. BESSIE HENDLEY of Clarita.
MARY JACK BRADLEY and MAGUERITE ANDERSON of Oklahoma City visited the BOSS LIPE family.
Mrs. J. C. BENNETT Jr. and daughter MARY JANE and Mrs. BENNIE HART Jr. visited in Durant.
Mr. and Mrs. JACK LYNN and Mr. and Mrs. JACK DENLEY of Madill visited the W. C. LYNN family.
Miss JERRY ANN QUALLS of Madill visited the W. C. LYNN family.
Ravia Pays Tribute to John Romine
Final tribute for JOHN ROMINE, age 96, was paid at the First Baptist Church at Ravia Friday. Mr. Romine was bed-ridden for several years and was in ill health the past few weeks. He died Thursday. His wife, LYDIA, survives. Burial was in the Ravia cemetery arranged by Chapman funeral home.
Preliminary hearing for ALFRED BARNES on charges of assault with intent to kill was set for Aug. 5. The complaint was made in connection with a disturbance at a political rally at Mill Creek more than a month ago.
Mrs. H. H. CUMMINGS and family of Blackwell visited the J. C. BENNETT family.
Funeral services were held here Wednesday for JESS CALLEN, former Johnston County citizen who died at a Mangum hospital Tuesday morning. Survivors include his wife; four sons, CASTO and ROSCOE CALLEN of Los Angeles, California; ARZO and MAURY CALLEN of Mangum; his parents Mr. and Mrs. CRAT CALLEN; four brothers, ERNEST, TOM, and OLLIE CALLEN of Fillmore and COY CALLEN of Mangum; four sisters MINNIE CALLEN, Mrs. BUD RUTH and Mrs. BOLEY GRISHAM of Tishomingo, and Mrs. E. J. CARGILL of Fillmore. Six nephews acted as pallbearers at the burial in Tishomingo cemetery.
Thursday, August 8, 1940
Old Timers Honor Mr. and Mrs. W. G. DRAPER
One of the most unusual and interesting affair of the summer was a meeting of pupils of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Draper, dating back as far as 1893. The first school taught by the Drapers in Indian Territory was at Linn in 1893. The opening day of the reunion was Thursday, August 1. The Drapers met with their former students at this historic place.
Thursday, August 15, 1940
CLAUD M. KENT
Funeral services for Claud M. Kent, age 46, local builder and World War veteran, were held at a Durant funeral chapel with military rites. Rev. EMET KIMBROUGH officiated. Special singing was arranged by Miss ESTELLE WHITE and the American Legion of Durant. Mr. Kent died in a Hines, Illinois, hospital last Thursday evening after several weeks of illness. He also received treatment at a Sulphur hospital. Mr. Kent was born in Cooke County, Texas, Dec. 13, 1893 and came with his parents to this territory in 1906. He attended a Durant business college and worked in a grocery store there for 14 years. During this time he married Miss JEWEL WHITE of Milburn. In 1918, he volunteered for military service and was a member of the 16th Co., Coast Artillery, Ft. Stevens, Oregon. After the war, he became interested in building and became a skilled carpenter. He lived in Tishomingo the past five years. Survivors include his wife; one son GEORGE MILTON KENT; four daughters Mrs. ALLEAN GREGORY, Misses MILDRED, VELMA and JEAN, all of Tishomingo; his mother Mrs. R. L. KENT; four brothers, C. A. KENT of Fort Washita, C. C. KENT of Durant, C. D. KENT and C. E. KENT, both of Milburn. Burial was in the Highland cemetery at Durant.
Charged in Breach of Peace
WALTER MORGAN, negro, was charged with breach of peace Monday after his wife refused to file a wife beating complaint.
Thursday, April 22, 1940
Wapanucka Once Home of Pre-Historic Elephant? By WALTER DUNN.
Elephants once roamed the prairies around Wapanucka. And if the words of two specialists from O.U. may be taken as a guide, there were some elephants. They drew their conclusions from what BEN F. PAYNE had believed were pieces of petrified wood. It started when RAYMOND HARRISON and MCKINLEY CARTWRIGHT discovered unusual animal bones. They found the bones in a 12-foot ditch while grading a road about two miles west of Wapanucka last week. They brought them to town and turned them over to BEN F, PANYE who notified Dr. STOVALL at O.U. .. men from the university arrived, viewed the collection and pronounced the larger bones being from the front leg of a elephant… 15 to 16 feet high. … The bones were sent to O.U.
FAIRELL COFFEE, age 15, died in an Ardmore hospital Sunday night of a ruptured appendix. He had been ill about a week and was taken to the hospital a short time before his death. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Bromide Monday afternoon with Rev. LANSTON of Seminole officiating. The youth is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. COFFEE of Bromide. Burial was in the Wells Valley cemetery near Bromide.
A head-on crash between a pickup and a cattle truck near Troy late Monday night killed H. E. GRAVES and brought to four the total of highway fatalities in the county since Jan. 1. BELLE WRIGHT, sister of Graves, sustained facial lacerations. The third passenger of the pick-up, BUCK BEAVERS, was uninjured. Highway patrolmen, who investigated the accident, indicated that Graves was on the wrong side of the road at time of the wreck. Graves and his sister were returning Beavers to his home near Troy. The three had been to Sulphur where Mrs. Wright’s husband is receiving treatment in the Veterans hospital.
Early Day Banker Claimed by Death
BILL SLAUGHTER, one of Johnston County’s early bankers, died of a heart attack at his home at Durant Friday. Before going to Durant in 1919, Mr. Slaughter had spent practically all of his life in this county. At one time he was connected with a bank at Pontotoc, later became associated with a bank in Tishomingo. Funeral and burial were in Durant where he is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. He was 60 at time of his death.
Five Join Marine Corps
Five Tishomingo youths entered the U. S. Marine Corps the last two months. They are stationed at San Diego, California: FRANK SMITH, ELIJAH EARHART, GEROGE MOORE, JACK BROWN an CARL HARBERT.
Preliminary hearing for JACK CARLTON Jr. on charges of driving while drunk will be Sept. 3. Carlton was arrested with PRYOR FAULK, who is county attorney of Marshall County. Faulk was freed of being drunk charges about a month ago…
Golden Wedding Celebration
Mrs. MARY BLACK and Mr. and Mrs. BEN STOREY left Wednesday to attend the golden wedding celebration of their parents Mr. and Mrs. P. W. BLAKELEY of Enid. The celebration will be held Friday at the home P. W. BLAKELEY home at Enid.
Marriage license: CARL K. BOYD of Nida and Miss GENEVA DEATON of Milburn; JOE MACKEY and Mrs. DAISY BROWN both of Tishomingo.
Thursday, September 3, 1940
Wallace Brings in First Cotton
W. W. WALLACE, Washita Farms, brought in the county’s first bale of 1940 cotton here last week.
J. R. Copeland
Funeral rites for JOHN ROBERT COPELAND, former Mannsville resident who died at his home in Sulphur Tuesday, are to be held at the Mannsville cemetery Thursday, today, conducted by Rev. AGENER, Methodist minister. An Ardmore funeral home has charge. Escorts for the body: J. W. MIDDLETON, GEORGE ALDRIDGE, P. F. WILLIAMS, W. A. MCLAUGHLIN, C. O. HITCHCOCK, and C. P. EASTMAN of Mannsville. Survivors include several nieces and nephews; three brothers, W. T. COPELAND of Mannsville; J. F. COPELAND of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee; and B. F. COPELAND of Plainview, Texas. He was making his home with a niece, Mrs. LIZZIE DAVIS, of Sulphur. Copeland was born in Wayne County, Tenn., on April 9, 1868 and came to Oklahoma in 1914 from Hill County, Texas. His father, J. B. COPELAND, died in 1914 and since that time, he made his home with Mrs. Davis in Sulphur. Copeland, never married, was a member of the Presbyterian Church since a young man.
Thursday, September 12, 1940
W. S. Parish
W. S. PARISH, age 86, Johnston County pioneer, died at his home between Coleman and Fillmore Thursday morning. His death followed an illness of about a week. Mr. Parish was a resident of this county about 30 years and was well known in the Coleman community. Funeral services will be at Coleman Friday afternoon. Among survivors are Mrs. TOM DRAIN, wife of a prominent cattleman of this area, and HERBERT PARISH. Burial is expected to be in the Coleman cemetery arranged by Chapman funeral home.
Mrs. Bertha Gibney
Funeral services for Mrs. BERTHA GIBNEY, age 46, were held at the First Baptist Church Saturday with Rev. HARROLD DIGGS conducting, assisted by Rev. W. I. LOWE. Mrs. Gibney was chief operator of the telephone company here about 20 years, until she left Tishomingo three years ago. Her death followed an illness of more than two years. She died in Seminole in the home of Mrs. LYNN NELSON Friday. Survivors include her mother, Mrs. NETTIE MOORE of Seminole; two brothers, ALVIE MOORE of Ardmore and GEORGE MOORE of Tishomingo; three sisters, Mrs. CLYDE RHEA of Mexia, Texas, Mrs. HENRY MARSHALL of Ada and Mrs. LYNN NELSON of Seminole. Burial in the Tishomingo cemetery directed by Chapman funeral home.
Pioneer Indian of Troy
MARTIN BROWN, pioneer Indian of Troy, was paid final tribute in services at the Chapman funeral home chapel here Saturday with Rev. L. E. SHACKELFORD officiating. Sixty-three years old at time of death, Brown lived in Johnston County practically all of his life. He died at Lawton Sept. 4. Chickasaw Indian services were held at the family home south of Troy Sunday afternoon. Survivors include three daughters and two sons. Burial was in the Troy cemetery.
RUFUS GORDON went in business here again Saturday with the opening of Rufus’ Café at the old Johnston County bookstore location.
Marriage licenses: WILLIAM HOLLIS TIMMONS and Miss FLORENCE ELLIS both of Connerville; LEON RILEY BURK and Miss RANCIE MAE BREWER both of Sulphur; HESTER B. SHEPARD and Miss DAISY BONE both of Milburn; W. H. KITE and Miss LUCILLE WEST both of Bromide.
HINDMAN B. BURRIS, once one of the most powerful leaders in the Chickasaw Nation, died at his home here Friday morning, age 78. Burris was one of the pioneer settlers of Johnston County when there was no county. Mr. Burris’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. COLBERT BURRIS, came with the Chickasaws on the ‘Trail of Tears’ from Mississippi… Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the First Methodist Church here with Rev. FRED A. TUCKER of Antlers, formerly a local pastor, officiating. Assisting in the tribute was Rev. C. H. WARD of the Presbyterian -Christian Church here and Rev. L. E. SHACKELFORD of the Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, VIOLA J. BURRIS; three sons, H. H. BURRIS jr., BINKS BURRIS, and PERRY BURRIS, all of Tishomingo; two daughters Mrs. ANNIE BE. WORTHINGTON of Arcadia, California, and Mrs. HENRY NEWMAN of Tishomingo; two brothers, MARVIN J. BURRIS of Oklahoma City and GEORGE W. BURRIS of Ada; four sisters, Mrs. ALEX RENNIE of Durant, Mrs. RALPH FARNHAM of Duncan, Mrs. JOHN MCCOY of Norman and Mrs. WALTER WOODY of Stonewall. Mr. Burris was born at Stonewall in 1862. At one time he was treasurer of the old Chickasaw Nation and prominent in tribal legislative affairs, serving as a member of the legislature. Escorts: JOE MASSEY and GREEN THOMPSON of Tishomingo, JOE MAYTUBBY of Clarita, EDGIL DAVIS of Kingston, FRANK BOURLAND of Ada, and WALTER COLBERT of Ardmore. Burial with Masonic honors in the Tishomingo cemetery arranged by Chapman funeral home.
Funeral services for JOHNNY BENJAMIN KELTON, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. KELTON, were held Saturday afternoon at the Church of Christ here with Rev. JOHN STOBAUGH officiating. The youth died Friday in an Oklahoma City hospital of oseomyelits, a bone infection, complicated by pneumonia. Burial in the Tishomingo cemetery arranged by Chapman funeral home.
Thursday, October 3, 1940
Funeral services for Mrs. FRANK BONE, age 60, were held at the Condon Grove near Milburn Sunday afternoon with Rev. LILLE LIONS of Ravia officiating. Mrs. Bone died at her home near Milburn Sunday. Survivors include her husband, two sons, and two daughters. Burial in the Condon Grove cemetery directed by Watts funeral home.
RALPH ERVIN LAMB of Troy and Miss OPAL MARIE JARMAN of Reagan.
TOM D. PARNELL and Miss EDITH MARY STANFOLD both of Wapanucka.
LESTER FORD and PEGGY FORD both of Ardmore.
OTIS W. LYNN and VELMA COLE both of Tishomingo.
CECIL GERALD CHANCE and JEWEL MONEYHAM both of Tishomingo.
ANDREW LOWERY and Mrs. LILLIAN HUNT both of Wapanucka.
CLARENCE HENRY LEE and Miss EDITH MAY CRENSHAW both of Troy.
JERRY J. STARR and Miss SYBIL ZINN both of Okemah.
PAUL MORTON HART of Madill and Miss DOROTHY LUCILLE BROWN both of Mannsville.
CLAYTON CALLEN and Miss CHESTINA SMITH of Fillmore.
ERNEST HOOSER of Tuskahoma and Miss HELEN WOOLARD of Tishomingo.
DEWEY DENTON and Mrs. OLEAN WOOLARD both of Dallas.
JESSE MARTIN of Tishomingo and Mrs. THELMA HAWKINS of Fillmore.
JOHN KENNETH TURNER and Miss ARMENITA CHANEY both of Fillmore.
LOWELL E. ORUM and Miss NOVA L. GROUNDS both of Ravia.
The Free Will Baptist Church of Egypt was represented at quarterly conference held at Buckholt. Attending from here were Mr. and Mrs. FRANKS, Mr. and Mrs. LLOYD WILLEBY and children, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. CARTER, BEN HILL, DEE SPEAKS, JESS ROWLAND, Mrs. PAGE and Miss ELNA FORD.
Mr. and Mrs. CLARENCE SPEAKS and Mr. and Mrs. ED MCGLOCKLIN were in Durant.
MARTION CARTER and TROY SPARKS of Mannsville visited W. L. CARTER.
Miss ADA CARTER visited MARIE ICENBURG/ISENBERG at Eli Chapel.
MOLLIE ALEXANDER visited ESTHER RICHARDSON at Milburn.
LEONARD PRICE of Kenefic visited relatives here.
The regular meeting of the Free Will Baptist church is the second Sunday of each month with Rev. EARL VOMSTEAD conducting.
Prayer meeting is each Sunday night. CECIL KINSEY led prayer last Sunday night.
Mr. and Mrs. DODD of Kenefic visited the FLOYD WILLEBY/WILLOUGHBY family.
Mrs. COMPTON visited the BOB SPEAKS family at Coleman.
Miss SYBIL GOLDEN visited REBA CARTER.
Thursday, October 10, 1940
Mrs. J. E. NORMAN of Mill Creek died Friday in a Durant hospital. Funeral services were held from the Mill Creek Baptist church Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Norman was born in Wise County, Texas, on April 14, 1884 and moved to Indian Territory at an early age, living at Mill Creek about 25 years. She was active in church work and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband, and five sons, CHESTER, PAY/FAY and BERNIE of Los Angeles, California; DEAVER on a battleship in the Pacific, and J. E. Jr. of Colorado.
Thursday, October 17, 1940
PLEASANT A. MORGAN of Mill Creek and Mrs. JUANITA BRADEN of Sulphur.
JAMES P. DAVIS and Miss BEATRICE MARTIN both of Milburn.
CLAYTON CALLEN and Miss CHESTINE SMITH both of Fillmore.
TOM D. PARNELL and Miss EDITH MARY STANDFIELD both of Wapanucka.
FINIS BENGE and Miss DOROTHY DEAN both of Coleman.
JAMES HUBERT SMITH and Mrs. CORRINE WILSON both of Madill.
MARION LYONS of Edgar, Texas, and Miss EVELYN AKINS of Ravia.
BARRETT NEWMAN of Route 1 Ravia and Miss RUDINE BAUGH of Ardmore.
OTIS LAMPKIN and Miss INA MAE CUNNINGTUBBY both of Davis.
JOHNSON WISDOM and Miss LOVNIE SAMPSON both of Connerville.
RUSSELL CARTER and Miss ESSIE EDWARDS both of Mannsville.
ELMER MOORE of Tishomingo and Miss PAULINE MOORE of Milburn.
EMORY LANE, Connerville 4-H Club youth, placed first in meat judging at the State Fair in Oklahoma City recently. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. CHESTER LANE of Connerville and attends high school at Pontotoc.
JOE WAYNE ROGERS, Connerville 4-H Club boy, placed fourth in Jersey judging at the Oklahoma State fair recently. This was his first year in cattle judging and never attended a judging school. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. PAUL ROGERS and attends high school at Pontotoc.
RAYMOND KALE and CLARK HARBERT of Fort Sill visited their parents here.
Mr. and Mrs. LLOYD BROWN of Kingston visited in Tishomingo.
Thursday, October 24, 1940
Funeral services for Mrs. ALTA MAY LOVE, wife of W. H. LOVE, were held at Konawa Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Love, who was in ill health for several weeks, died at a Konawa hospital Friday night of a heart ailment. Survivors include her husband, sons MELVIN LOVE of Durant and CLIFTON LOVE of Tishomingo; and daughter Mrs. H. W. MCANALLY of Austin, Texas. Mrs. Love’s son, Clifton, is employed at Eddie’s Grocery here and she was a resident here for years. Burial was at Konawa.
Grandson of Mrs. J. E. Newman Dies
JOHN KENNETH HALE, grandson of Mrs. J. E. NEWMAN, died of an attack of acute appendicitis in a hospital at Carnegie Saturday. The child was the 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. MALCOM HALE of Carnegie.
Mrs. OPAL DOVER and little son DALE of Roakmart, Georgia, were guests of her father, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. WALKER.
SARAH SAMPLE, sister of ED SAMPLE, manager of the Evans Company here, died at Tulsa last week of an extended illness.
KLEIN POOL, PEANUT MCMILLAN and JEWEL HEDGES bought the Tishomingo bowling alley this week and will operate it.
W. R. Hudson
Final tribute for W. R. HUDSON, age 62, was paid this morning, Thursday, in services at Enterprise. Mr. Hudson died Tuesday as a result of a fall at Durant. He was well known in Fillmore and surrounding area. Survivors include four children, BUCK, PANSY, RODGER and BILL. Burial at Enterprise arranged by Chapman funeral home.
Thursday, October 31, 1940
Rites for Infant
Funeral services for MARTHA LEE PEXTON, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. ED PEXTON/PAXTON, were held at the Chapman funeral home chapel here Tuesday with Rev. L. E. SHACKELFORD officiating. Burial was at Condon Grove.
Mrs. MAGGIE WHITNEY BLANKENSHIP, age 83, died Tuesday morning in the home of her daughter, Mrs. OAT SMITH. Funeral services were at Chapman funeral home chapel Wednesday with Rev. L. E. SHACKELFORD officiating. Death came after a long illness, partial paralysis led to her death. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. SMITH and Mrs. CUNNINGHAM BLANKENSHIP HAYS of Oklahoma City; a sister Mrs. H. F. WEST of Natchez, Mississippi, and several grandchildren. She was buried beside her husband in the Troy cemetery.
TOMMY FRAZIER of Tishomingo and Miss LILLIAN LEVI/LEVY of Pontotoc.
THOMAS BRAWDY/BRAWLY of Ravia and Miss ARABELLA BROWN of Coalgate.
DEWITT WOOD and Miss NEVALENE BAKER both of Tishomingo.
WALTER A. BROWN and Miss MARY EVELYN WILLIAMS both of Ravia Route 1.
T. W. LONG and Mrs. ANNIE LEBROW both of Ada.
Mrs. G. W. BALDRIDGE of Oklahoma City visited Mrs. JACK WALKER.
Mr. and Mrs. GENE MERRITT visited relatives here; they were en route to San Antonio. Mrs. Merritt is the former Miss COHEE WOLFE.
Miss GRACE JONES of Boswell visited friends here.
Mr. and Mrs. REID HUTCHENS flew to Milan, Missouri to visit her parents Mr. and Mrs. TATE.
Mrs. MARY JANE DEAN and children visited the JOHN TIPTON family.
HOMER and J. D. POTTS, and Miss JUANITA POTTS of Bullet Prairie visited Misses RUTH WEST and GLENDA WALLER.
There was a party at the FRED RAINES home at Eli.
DENNIS DEAN visited BILL MCDONALD at Durant.
Miss CORENE NELSON visited Mrs. MAXINE MADDEN
Mr. and Mrs. HAROLD COLLINS visited Mr. and Mrs. ELIC WHITE.
Mr. and Mrs. ORBAN NELSON visited the HOMER NELSON family.
Mrs. MARY JANE DEAN and children visited Mrs. ALICE DEAN at Eli.
The ROBERT KREBS family and FERMON NELSON visited the DENNIS WALLACE home at Prairie View.
Misses RUBY WEST, CORENE NELSON, and GLENDA WALLER visited Mrs. GERTIE DEAN.
Mrs. NORA ODELL of Fillmore visited Mrs. MAXINE MADDNE.
Mrs. NORENE DEAN and children visited the TANDY TROUTMAN home at Rock Creek.
Mrs. JUANITA FARMER and PEGGY FARMER visited Mrs. ELSIE FARMER at Milburn.
Mrs. LIZZIE WOLFE visited Mrs. OPAL NELSON.
Mrs. PAULINE LEADER and baby of Texas visited the RICH BONDS home.
MAC RIDDLE and Mrs. LON RIDDLE, HAZEL and DAISY RIDDLE of Coleman visited the SHELBY NELSON family.
Miss LOUISE CARTER of Caney and DON BONDS of Folsom were married Friday.
Mrs. OPAL NELSON and baby visited Mrs. LIZZIE WOLFE.
DENNIS WALLACE of Prairie View visited relatives here.
Mrs. ALICE DEAN and children of Eli visited Mrs. NORENE DEAN.
Thursday, November 14, 1940
OLIN C. MARTIN and Miss ALMA STANFORD both of Wolfe City, Texas.
LULIE ANDEREW Jr. and Miss MARY ALICE HARRISON both of Whitewright, Texas.
CLAYTON R. FOSTER and Miss LOTTA FAY MAXWELL both of Cumberland.
BUFORD PAREGIEN and Miss THEDA CLIFFORD both of Wapanucka.
BUCK BUCHANON and Miss ZELDA LEE DAWSON both of Wapanucka.
RICHARD LOWE and Miss ALICE KEMP both of Tishomingo.
TOM TRAVIS SIMON of Waxahachie, Texas, and Miss EDNA EARL MERCER of Hillsboro, Texas.
Russett Farm Women’s Club met at the home of Mrs. WARREN JONES. Officers elected: president Mrs. CARRIE EASTERWOOD to succeed Mrs. GRACE SUTTON; vice-pres. Mrs. ROBERT OAKES to succeed Mrs. Easterwood; secretary Mrs. L. L. CLIFTON to succeed Mrs. DELLA ENGLAND; reporter Mrs. ALTA COONS to succeed Mrs. Clifton. Members attending: Mesdames JOHNNIE BEAMS, BEATRICE DUKE, ROBERT HOOD, JOE HOOD, HOPKINS, L. C. LEMONS, W. C. MOUSER, P. O. STILL, J. L. SMITH and Miss BACKHAUS.
Thursday, November 21, 1940
Funeral services for CHESTER LOWE were held at the Wapanucka Baptist church Friday with Rev. G. W. SHED and Rev. K. E. JOLIFF officiating. Mr. Lowe died at his home two miles north of Wapanucka on Nov. 14 following an illness of several weeks. Survivors include his wife, DRUZY, and four daughters, Mrs. CECIL STARKS of Stratford, Miss CLOVIE MAE LOWE of Washita Farms, Miss BONNIE LOWE of Ada, and Miss KATHERINE LOWE of Wapanucka; and sister Mrs. H. W. WILLIAMS of Wapanucka. Burial was in an Ada cemetery.
Mrs. SALLIE FILLMORE
Final tribute was paid Mrs. SALLIE FILLMORE in services at the First Baptist Church here Wednesday with Rev. W. I. LOWE of Davis officiating. Mrs. Fillmore died Tuesday after a week’s illness. Survivors include son MACK of Wapanucka, a brother JOE HENRY of Daugherty, a sister JUDY VILMER of Ada, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Burial was at Fillmore.
HARRY COLLINS, age 33, suffered a badly injured back in a fall from a pecan tree near Mill Creek Tuesday and was taken to an Ardmore hospital for treatment.
Mr. and Mrs. BOB REED of Washita Farms transacted business in Tishomingo.
Mr. and Mrs. EARL STOVALL moved to Lawton.
Mrs. GRAHAM CARR and son of Durant are visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES WOOLARD.
Thursday, November 28, 1940
Funeral services for Mrs. T. W. WORLEY, age 72, were held this afternoon at Bromide. Mrs. Worley died of pneumonia at her home in Bromide, Nov. 16. She is survived by her husband; eight children, BUFORD WORLEY of Bromide, BESSIE COLLIER of Roswell, N. M., CLIFFORD WORLEY of Chillicothe, Texas, Mrs. SALLY HALL of Santa Anna, Texas, Mrs. ROSIE BROWN of Plainview, Mrs. OLLIE MCINTOSH of Milburn, Mrs. BELLE WILSON of Cumbie, Texas, and Mrs. CORA VAUGHN of Altus, 36 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Burial at Connerville arranged by Chapman funeral home.
H. W. LAWLEY was stricken with paralysis at Pauls Valley Tuesday while en route to Pampa, Texas, to visit his daughter. He was returned by ambulance home Tuesday.
Mrs. BERNIE LOWERY is recovering in a Sherman, Texas, hospital after an appendectomy. Her mother, Mrs. J. NEWMAN, expects her to return Saturday.
ROBERT THOMPSON of Bromide was taken to the University hospital at Oklahoma City for treatment for an infection of the face.
Thursday, December 5, 1940
H. D. Allen
HARVEY D. ALLEN, age 60, died near his home at Troy Monday afternoon of a heart attack. He was fighting a grass fire at the time of the attack; death was instant. Funeral services were held at the Troy school auditorium with Rev. JOE KIRK officiating. Mr. Allen was born in Cooke County, Texas and lived in Johnston County since 1910. He is survived by his wife; son, HERMAN ALLEN of Wapanucka; daughter Mrs. MAE HUDGENS of Lindsay; three sisters Mrs. DOLLIE HICKS of California, Mrs. VONNIE HOARD of Anadarko, and Mrs. ETTA SELF of Greenville, Texas; three brothers, OSCAR, FREELING and OMAR(?) ALLEN. Burial at Troy arranged by Chapman funeral home.
Fire destroyed the Presbyterian church at Wapanucka. It was built before statehood.
Mrs. J. C. GILBERT, age 55, died at her home north of Tishomingo Tuesday, following a stroke Tuesday morning. Surviving are her husband, three children, Mrs. CLAUDE BISHOP of Picher, PAUL GILBERT of Oklahoma City and HARRISON GILBERT of Tishomingo; four grandchildren, three sisters and one brother. Burial was at the Tishomingo cemetery with Mrs. LILLIE LYONS officiating.
Thursday, December 12, 1940
Wapanucka Man Killed
JOHN W. POOR, age 66, of Wapanucka, died Monday morning after being hit by a car at the Bromide-Wapanucka ‘Y.’ It was the fifth traffic fatality in the county his year. The car, driven by Mrs. WALKER ROBERTSON, was traveling toward Wapanucka. Poor was hit as he started back across the highway after going after his mail. An ambulance was called and Poor was rushed to an Ada hospital, he died en route. Poor, a long time resident of Johnston County, was engaged in farming and raising stock in the Wapanucka community. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at Wapanucka Tuesday with Rev. SHED of the Baptist church officiating. Poor was born in Alabama, Feb. 15, 1874. His family moved from there to Texas then he came to Johnston County in 1896. He married Miss IDA MOSLEY/MOSELY and to their union four children were born, all living. The survivors include Mrs. Poor; children, IRENE and LEONA of Wapanucka; Mrs. LUCILLE REEDER of Ardmore and Mrs. J. W. PIXLEY of California. Pallbearers: BEN PAYNE, MARTIN SMITH, Mr. PORTERFIELD, JOHN WILER, M. A. ROBERTSON, and A. W. BAILEY. Burial in Rose Hill cemetery arranged by Keith & Son funeral home.
Lawley Paid Last Tribute
Funeral services for H. S. LAWLEY, age 63, were held at the cemetery at Emet Saturday afternoon with Rev. W. O. FELTS and EMMETT KIMBROUGH officiating. Mr. Lawley died at his home east of Tishomingo last Thursday of a cerebral hemorrhage. His condition had been grave for several days after the stroke. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. ARTIE LAWLEY, son CLAUDE and brother C. H. LAWLEY of Sentinel.
Mrs. P. W. Martin
Mrs. P. W. MARTIN, age 71, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. ROY POLLY, Thursday night, of a heart attack. Funeral services were held at the Chapman funeral home chapel here with Rev. C. WARD officiating. Survivors include her children, Mrs. ROY POLLY of Tishomingo, J. J. GORDON and C. N. GORDON of Ardmore; Mrs. STELLA BEAL of Mt. Carmel, Illinois; Mrs. BOB NEWMAN of Tishomingo, FRANK MILLER, GRANVILLE L. GORDON of Ardmore, Major ST. JOHN, MILLARD ST. JOHN and FELTON ST. JOHN all of Sherman. Pallbearers were her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers: ED RUTHERFORD, JOHN ROBERTSON, CHARLES GILLIAM, ANDY ARMSTRONG and C. A. MCCALL.
WANDA MARIE FRANKS, age 7, died Nov. 24 at Parnell, Texas. The child, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. HENRY FRANKS, was paid final tribute in services at the Church of God in Ravia Nov. 25. Survivors include her parents, brothers and sisters, MITCHELL, JUANITA, CHLOENITA, HARVIE D., PEGGY LOU, and FOUNDA MARICE. Founds is a twin. Burial was at Ravia.
Blind Brothers Manage Farm
CLAUDE and PLES SMITH have been blind all their respective 56 and 50 years, but that doesn’t keep them from being top-notch farmers in Pottawatomie County. With another brother, LARRY SMITH, who has normal vision, they operate the farm where they have lived most of their lives. The two, who are blind, known every foot of the 70 acres. They do routine chores such as cutting firewood, caring for the poultry, expertly as any farmer with all his faculties.
LEO DECORDOVA, Fast Man with Gun, Pioneer, Dies
LEO DECORDOVA, one of the fastest men on the draw in the southwest who abandoned a business in midlife to become a peace officer, was buried Monday in Tishomingo. Here his father, one of a long line of pioneers, is buried and her Leo developed his uncanny speed with a gun when he was a young man and nimrod. There survive Leo, who died Saturday in Ponca City, four brothers, two sons and a grandson to carry on the name of DeCordova.
Leo’s grandfather, JACOB DECORDOVA, was a son a man who pioneered at Jamaica and became known as the ‘Jamaica Coffee King.’ Jacob was a leader in the Texas Revolution, as a government survivor made the first map of the state of Texas, wrote the first almanac published in the Republic of Texas, organized the Odd Fellows Lodge in the Republic. In 1936, the state of Texas joined in observing the anniversary of his birth in connection with the centennial celebration. Known as the ‘press agent of an empire,’ he published newspapers in Jamaica and Galveston.
As his father lived in Texas before it was a state, so did his son, WILLIAM FRANCIS, pioneer in Oklahoma before it was a state. He was an Oklahoma and Texas cotton buyer and merchant, living in Tishomingo. His home here was the center of political and social activity for much of the territory. His picture hangs in many Odd Fellows halls in the state. He was a 32nd degree Mason and helped found the city of Waco in Texas.
The son of WILLIAM FRANCIS DECORDOVA, Leo was born in Collinsville, Texas, but spent his youth in Tishomingo. He moved to Oklahoma City as a young man, operating a grocery store for years. He was 33 years old when he sold his grocery store and joined the Oklahoma City police force in 1923. At night he studied law. He was admitted to the bar, but preferred to use his knowledge of law in his chosen profession, and never practiced.
It was there that DeCordova gained his reputation for speed on the draw, a reputation that stood him in good stead when he resigned as night chief of police in 1927 to organize a detective agency, and later in Hobbs, New Mexico, he was police chief during the oil boom. Returning from New Mexico, DeCordova was bodyguard fro LEW WENTZ, Ponca City oil man, for six years before he became special officer for Continental Oil Co. Bloodhound packs at Oklahoma penal institutions and elsewhere are proof that DeCordova excelled at his hobby of raising dogs. On his 20 acre farm near Ponca City, he bred dogs that won ribbons in shows throughout the nation.
He died Saturday in a Ponca City hospital and services were Sunday afternoon in that city. The survivors include his wife; sons, W. F. and KENNETH, both of Oklahoma City; grandson KENNY, son of W. F.; four brothers, STERLING of Tishomingo; ARTHUR of Carnegie; F. R. of Collinsville, Texas, and GUS of Petersburg, Texas; and one sister Mrs. J. W. SKINNER of Denison, Texas.
Thursday, December 19, 1940
15 Families of Washita Farms Move by ALFRED HOEDEBECK
Washita Farms as tenant farms will be changed after Jan. 1. Fifteen families will be gone from homes they occupied in 1940 after the first. All but four of these families already have found new places to live. Home left by the families will be occupied by farm laborers. The largest single family group will be the Hoedebeck families. The entire group: FRANK MAGEE to Myra, Texas; BILL KREBS to Wapanucka; JIM LATHAM to Teller; I. C. HALL to Norman; BOB REED to Tishomingo; FRED HOEDEBECK, JOE HOEDEBECK and ALFRED SPURGEON to Denison, Texas; GEORGE SNAZESI to Madill; LEO HOEDEBECK to Shawnee to manage St. Gregory’s College farm dept. ROY HOEDEBECK, CLETUS HOEDEBECK, HENRY LUEB and ERNEST BRACKEN have not found places.
Golden Wedding Anniversary
Mr. and Mrs. J. ALEX BLACK of Wapanucka marked their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday in their home…. Those present included their children, Mrs. MARGARETTA B. NETZEL of Oklahoma College for Women at Chickasha; Mrs. JOHN ALDEN and daughter SARAH NELLE of Cleveland, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. HARVEY M. BLACK and sons BOB and BILL of Hugo. Another daughter, Mrs. LEON K. WHITNEY of Denver, Colorado, was unable to be present. She and her children, JANIS and BRUCE, were heard from a phonographic records made by the family. Others unable to attend were JOHN ALDEN of Cleveland and a grandson JIM BLACK in the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.
Pioneer Couple Mark Golden Wedding Anniversary
In 1893, CHARLES HOLMES loaded his wife, SARAH, and two children less than two years of age in a covered wagon drawn by oxen and headed north to Indian Territory from Bowie County, Texas. After seven days of hard driving, the young pioneers landed 20 miles north of what is now Tishomingo in the Chickasaw Nation. He was one of the first white men to come to what is now Pontotoc. Here ten more children were born, making twelve, all living now. When the government started land allotments to the Indians, Holmes served in locating allotments. He was in the mercantile business at Pontotoc about 20 years but is now retired and deals exclusively in cattle. He and Mrs. Holmes celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Dec. 15 with a reunion held at their home, all but four of the children were present. This also marked their 47th year as residents of this area.
Children and their families who attended the reunion; Mr. and Mrs. J. L. MARTIN and daughter MARGINE and son J. L. and his wife of Tulsa; Mr. and Mrs. W. B. HOLMES of Pontotoc; Mr. and Mrs. V. O. HOLMES of Tulsa; Mr. and Mrs. W. A. HARRIS and children LEE ROY, JAMES, WELDON, NOVETA, NINA RUTH and ODA, Harris; LORAINE DICKERSON and son GEORGE THURMAN DICKERSON of Pontotoc; Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE W. CARR and children JEANENE and DONAVON of Muskogee; Mr. and. Mrs. TOM CALLEN of Milburn; Mr. and Mrs. JAKE CALLEN and son BOBBY CARL of Milburn, and granddaughter Miss WANEZ NEEL of Sulphur.
Brothers and sisters and their families present: Mr. and Mrs. BRYANT HOLMES, their son JOSEPH and grandson BRYANT A. HOLMES of Texarkana, Texas; PETE HOLMES of Texarkana; Mrs. AMANDA HOBBS of Malta, Texas and son JEWELL; Mrs. J. E. WEBB and son JOE E. WEBB, his wife and his family including EDGAR, MORRIS, and STEWART WEBB all of Slaton, Texas, ISAAC HOLMES of Hale Center, Texas.