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James Mastin Skaggs' Family Stories
A Pleasant Affair
Friday of last week, March 3rd, was the 32nd anniversary of the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. James Skaggs of Trail Creek. Their children and a few of their close friends took advantage of the occasion to surprise them by a visit, bringing with them baskets, well filled with both the substantials and luxuries of this life. Mr. and Mrs. Skaggs were taken completely by surprise, but were none the less gratified by the visit. Their pleasure was largely entranced by the presence of all their children, four daughters and seven grandchildren. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Shaw and family, Mr. and Mrs. James Polly and family, Mr. and Mrs. James Valentine and family, and Mr. and Mrs. John Williams and family; (The above ladies are all children of Mr. and Mrs. Skaggs.), Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Williams and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. M. Tower, Mrs. W.B. Hall, Mrs. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Cain and Mr. Joe Polly.
The occasion was a very pleasant one and highly enjoyed by all present and will long be remembered by those participating as one of the bright spots in this, sometimes weary "old" world.
Mr. James Skaggs and Miss Beck were married in Gasconade country, MO., thirty -two years ago, and have resided in Missouri, Texas, and Chickasaw, coming to the Cheyenne country six years they have since resided. They are among the best known and highly respected residents of the community in which they live, and their many friends join in wishing them many happy returns on their wedding anniversary.
Obituary of James Mastin Skaggs
(taken from unknown newspaper clipping - 1917, either Thomas or Taloga paper)
Brother J.M. Skaggs was born March 15, 1846, in Gasconade County, Mo., and died at Mill Creek, Okla., May 1, 1917, being 71 years, 1 month and sixteen days old. He was married to Miss Jane Beck, March 3, 1867. To this union were born seven girls. Two died in infancy and one other has preceded him to the heavenly city. In young manhood he was converted and joined the Baptist church in Missouri. Later in life he became a member of Trail Creek Mt. Olive Baptist church near here.
The daughters now living are Mrs. Amanda Polly of Mill Creek, Okla.; Mrs. Arla Valentine of Putnam, Okla.; Mrs. Martha Shaw of Putnam, Okla.; Mrs. Cora Williams of Anna Rose, Texas. These have the heartfelt sympathy of all who know them. Services were conducted at his home Friday, May 4, by Rev. Rashing of Thomas and the remains laid to rest in the family cemetery to await the resurrection morning.
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