Wilson Good Roads Gazette
Wilson, Carter County, Oklahoma
Friday, February 25, 1921
Healdton Child Killed by Truck
HERMAN STRONG, six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. RUBE STRONG of Healdton was instantly killed Friday morning at 9:00 when a heavy trailer ran over him, crushing his head. It is understood that the driver of the wagon, which pulled the trailer, was unaware the child was there. A number of small boys had climbed on the wagon when it was passing the school house. The driver warned them off and they had all climbed down but one little fellow, Herman Strong. When he started off, he fell behind the wagon in the path of the heavy trailer. ..RUBE STRONG, father of the boy, is an oil man with the Magnolia Petroleum Co.
Local Man Honored
ROY D. TAHURN of this city was honored this week by the conferring of a Distinguished Service Medal by the War Department. Tahurn, formerly a sergeant in Co. D of the 112 Infantry, was cited in the official order as follows ‘Sergeant Roy D. Tahurn, Co. D 112 Infantry, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chatel Cherry, France, October 7, 1918. Tahurn exposed himself to heavy machine gun fire and went back 200 yards toward the enemy to aid a wounded comrade. Nearest relatives, Mrs. CLARA ELLIS, mother, New Wilson, Okla.’ Tahurn is at present time a driller in the field here but is well and favorably known to the people of this city and surrounded country. His mother resides here Tahurn joined Co. D at Camp Hancock, one of a number of replacements who came from Camp Travis, Texas. All of the men sent to the unit at that time were from Oklahoma.
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. BENNETT of Ardmore moved here.
Mr. and Mrs. FRED AUSTIN went to Ardmore.
Mr. and Mrs. BUD LETTS were in Ardmore.
Mrs. BILL BRYANT went to Sulphur for her health.
Mr. and Mrs. GUY MARTIN of Mount Vernon, Ohio moved here. He is an employee of Wolverine Oil Co.
Mrs. IRB WYATT of Breckenridge, Texas is visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. C. H. WOLFE.
Mr. and Mrs. M. L. POWELL moved to Okmulgee.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. NORDMAN are the proud parents of a girl born Valentine Day. (They are WILLIAM HENRY NORDMAN and ANNIE CHANCE NORDMAN with their daughter SYBLE born February 14)
Mrs. W. A. AIKSIN is visiting her daughter Mrs. E. N. HORTON.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. CHARLIE MYERS February 14 a son.
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. POSEY went to Duncan.
Mrs. V. R. WILSON went to Ardmore.
Miss THEDUS BOLLARD went to attend the Catholic convent at Ardmore.
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. STORY accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. H. G STORY went to visit relatives at Ardmore and Marietta.
W. A. MOORE’S mother of Berwyn is sick.
There is neither a Sunday school or church at Hewitt. Why not organize a Sunday school? There are at least 100 or more boys and girl who do not even have a Sunday school to attend.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. A. B. DAVIS who were married at Ardmore last week. Mrs. Davis, formerly Miss PEARL KIMBRELL, taught here last year.
Mr. and Mrs. GUEST gave ‘pound supper’ in honor of the newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. MCFARLAND (the bride was VIOLA CHANCE, daughter of JOHN BEAUREGARD CHANCE and MARY TENNESSEE PRUITT / PREWITT CHANCE). Music and games amused the guests until the clock pointed to the hour when they had to go and say ‘we had a good time.’
W. R. WEAVER and Mr. SMITH visited the school last week. We are glad to have the patrons visit the school. If your child is not progressing, don’t blame the teacher until you know the conditions. The school is making fine progress. Last year there were only three teachers, now we have six crowded rooms. We have up to date playground apparatus, but need quite a number of things on the inside of the building. The principal W. A. MOORE and Mrs. Moore attend the state Normal at Edmond each summer..
Miss LOIS SUMMERS was in Wilson.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Hewitt teachers entertained Mrs. VIOLA CHANCE MCFARLAND with a miscellaneous shower at the home of Mrs. D. F. DEBERRY. The guests were received by Mrs. Deberry and daughter Miss EVELYN and ushered into a room artistically decorated with festoons of valentines and cupids. Here they wrote toasts and good wishes in the bride’s book, presided over by Mrs. R. L. STORY. After being served punch by Misses ORLINE TIPPS and RUTH BRASHEAR, who were daintily dressed in red dresses, the guests were invited into the pink and white bride’s rooms. Little Misses RUTH BROWN and FLORA MAE, dressed to represent cupids and carrying dainty little baskets filled with small hearts, which they scattered in front of the bride as she was led to a lovely pink and white throne.
Next came little misses FLOY HAYES, JEWEL BROWN,
JEWEL BROWN, MILDRED and MAMIE BATTLES, preceded by LEON LEMONS, dressed in pink, sang a valentine song tot eh bride. At the close of the song, the postman presented here with a big red heart, which she tossed up to see who would be the next bride, Miss EVELYN DEBERRY was the lucky girl, but after she had blown out the candles, she found that she had seven years yet to wait. She gave an appropriate toast’ To the Girls Left Behind.” Miss ALMA ROGERS made a toast to the bride. The two little cupids then presented the bride with a large basket of beautiful and useful presents.
Mrs. W. A. MOORE then requested the guests to write their favorite recipe in a book which she had provided for the occasion. Everyone spent a delightful afternoon and longed for the next seven years to roll by when they could ‘shower’ the next bride.
Friday, April 15, 1921
Hewitt Store Robbed
Hewitt, April 9: Thieve broke into the store of J. B. CHANCE here last Saturday night and stole several dollars worth of automobile tires. Entrance to the building was gained by breaking a small window in the west side of the building. No arrests have been made. So far no clues have been found as to the identity of the burglars. It is reported that Mr. CHANCE is offering a reward for the apprehension of the guilty persons.
Dies at Work
Carter Camp April 13: Suddenly stricken with heart failure while at work, JOHN S. WORTHEN died Tuesday afternoon about 4:30. Mr. BUSTIN, who was working with him at the time, saw him struggling and reached him just before he died. Mr. Worthen was employed as a carpenter on the A. H. WARD lease. After an inquest, the remains were taken to Ardmore for burial. Deceased was a member of the Masonic lodge, Odd Fellows, and Woodmen of the World. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. MINNIE MORGESON of Greenville, Texas and Mrs. ALLEN of Thackerville, and a son who resides in Ardmore.
LINDSAY LAMAR, chief engineer for the Wolverine gasoline plant in section 22-4-2, who was badly burned in an explosion in the meter room at the plant recently, is reported to be out of danger and will recover. Mr. Lamar had entered the meter room on an inspection trip and was leaving when the explosion occurred.
October 21, 1921
Jury Acquits GEORGE POLLOCK
Uncle GEORGE POLLOCK, former night watchman of Rexroat, was found not guilty and acquitted on a charge of having slain WILLIAM WILLIAMS at that place on July 6. A jury in the district court at Ardmore returned a verdict shortly after 10:00 Monday night. Pollock’s character was made an issue in the trial. It was brought out that he was 50 years of age, that he had always been a law-abiding and peaceful citizen, that he was the father of ten children. He had been a farmer until he was appointed night watchman and marshal.
The defendant took the stand Monday afternoon and told of having lived in this section nearly all his life, during which time he had never had any trouble. When he was appointed an officer between 40 and 50 citizens of Rexroat signed that petition which was presented to BUCK GARRETT, who gave him a commission.
He said he first knew Williams after he took office and that about ten days later, Williams was ‘shooting up’ the town. Williams was not arrested because he was armed and Pollock was not.
Later Uncle George and two other men followed Williams to Oil City and arrested him for disturbing the peace at Rexroat. There Williams threatened Pollock and told him ‘the time’s coming when you’ll regret this; I’ll make you climb a tree and jump out.’
Learning that Williams was drinking and looking for his brother-in-law with a gun, Pollock sought him out and several times told him to throw up his hands. Williams pulled his gun from his trousers pocket and was holding it in front of him and turning around when Pollock fired. It is Pollock’s belief that the first shot penetrated the back and the second shot penetrated the arm.
As Williams was about to fall, Pollock caught him in his arms and extinguished a blaze in his clothes which was caused by the powder.
J. P. WALL, superintendent of work under whom Williams worked, testified that Williams came to him at 9:00 on the day of the shooting and wanted $50, telling him that he wanted to killed his two brothers-in-law, and later remarked that ‘if Pollock gets in way….
Old Residents Passes Away
Mrs. R. R. DAVIS, age 73 years 2 months 20 days, died Tuesday morning at 1:00 at her home on South Sixth Street. Death was caused by paralysis of the stomach from which she had been suffering for some time. Funeral services were held from the residence Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., serviced conducted by Rev. COLE. Interment was made at Rose Hill cemetery at Ardmore.
Mrs. Davis was a very kindly old woman, beloved by all. She was a wonderful musician, even in her last years and many a party of Wilson folks has been entertained by Grandma Davis at her piano before she became bedfast. She came to Wilson in 1916 from Brownsville, Tennessee in 1916 and had lived here continuously since that time.
The deceased leaves seven sons and two daughters, R. I. DAVIS of Durant, J. R. DAVIS of Macone, Texas, C. S. and W. D. DAVIS of Fox, R. L. DAVIS of Shreveport, Texas, A. D. and E. W. DAVIS of Wilson, Miss BETTY DAVIS of Fox and Miss FLORINE DAVIS of Wilson.
When Grandma Davis began to get worse, she insisted her old doctor be sent for. This was Dr. W. T. WARE of Ashville, North Carolina, a former Wilson physician. The wire was sent Thursday and Dr. Ware wired back that he would to the end of the world if he could serve her in any way. He arrived here Saturday and was in almost constant attendance at the bedside until the end.
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