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The Nocona News
Nocona, Montague Co., Texas

November 5, 1954

School Notes from Ringgold
Mrs. LEONA HENSLEY, cook in the lunch room, was ill.
The music room was turned over the election judge JULIAN RUSHING to hold general elections Tuesday. Assisting were Mrs. MARY RUSHING, Mrs. ROY FITTS, Mrs. HUGHES SMITH and Mrs. N. L. SEWELL.
The rhythm band directed by Mrs. ROSA REYNOLDS and Mrs. LES MAXEY will entertain the next PTA meeting.
The staff for the Gold-burg annual, The Gusher, has been selected: JUDY CLARK, NELL SUE FRANKLYN, JOSEPHINE DUNN, FRANCY JONES and LILLIE MAE HENSLEY, directed by Mrs. IMOGENE CRENSHAW.

Man Murdered in Sunset Restaurant
A small restaurant in Sunset, southernmost community of Montague County, was turned into pandemonium last Saturday when a customer, CLYDE BRYSON, 37, was murdered while reading a newspaper in one of the booth. Bryson, a resident of Altus, Oklahoma, was shot and killed by JOHN Q. COX of Chico, reported by sheriff TOM LINDSEY after the investigation. Cox was quoted, “You can tell ‘em if they want me, I’ll be at home.” he went home then later went to Decatur and surrendered to the Wise County police. Bryson was shot five times. Cox made a $10,000 bond and was released from the Montague County jail.

Funeral services were held last Monday at the First Methodist Church for JOE WINSTEAD HOWARD, 53, who died at Major clinic Oct. 30 of a heart ailment. Dr. BOB EVANS officiated at the services and burial was in the Nocona cemetery arranged by Scott Bros. Mr. Howard was born Aug. 1, 1901 at Spanish Fort, son of JOHN and MELVINA SIMPSON HOWARD. On Aug. 23, 1937, he married EULA CROSS, who survives with children, Mrs. B. O. MITCHELL Jr. of Nocona, stepsons, JAMES CROSS of Bowie and KENNETH CROSS of Duncan, Okla.; a stepdaughter; three sisters, Mrs. J. P. JACKSON of Saint Jo, Mrs. BONNIE V. LAFORCE of Nocona and Miss ROSIE HOWARD of Nocona. Mr. Howard moved to Nocona in 1953 after spending his life ranching. Pallbearers: CLIFFORD PRICE, PLUM HILL, EUELL WALL, OBE TETTLETON, ANDY TIPTON, L. D. GODWIN, W. C. BROWN and LEONARD GLASS.

JIM TIDWELL, a resident of Montague County the past five years and father of Mrs. JUNE HOFFIMAN, co-proprietor of Hoffman’s restaurant, died Tuesday morning in a Houston hospital. He had been ailing the past year. Mr. Tidwell was a paint contractor at Fort Worth before coming to Nocona where he did some painting when his health permitted. He was born at Bethel, Texas Aug. 26, 1888 and on March 15, 1909, he married SUSAN KATHRYN STEPHENSON, who died in March 1951. Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. MAURINE FREELAND of Houston; Mrs. JIMMIE SUE ARNOLD of Fort Worth, Mrs. RUTH WEBSTER and Mrs. Hoffman of Nocona; a brother TRACY TIDWELL of Oklahoma City; a sister Mrs. MYRTLE GRAY of Fort Worth; five grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Two sons preceded him in death. Services were held Wednesday at Fort Worth Midway Baptist Church of which he was a member. Rev. O. C. ROBINSON officiated and burial was in the Greenwood cemetery in Fort Worth.

Mrs. Lula Taylor
Funeral services were held in Wilson, Okla., for Mrs. LULU TAYLOR, 60, wife of E. J. TAYLOR, former Nocona resident, who died at her home in Wilson Oct. 29. Burial was in Wilson. Attending the funeral services from here were her daughter, Mrs. JOHNNY USELTON and husband; Mr. and Mrs. BOBBY SWEARENGIN, a brother W. H. TAYLOR and Mrs. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM MURPHY, Mr. and Mrs. RAYMOND MOLSBEE, DELORIS HUDSON and Mr. and Mrs. GRADY LINN.

Auto Mishaps
BRANCH CHAPMAN, auto dealer, was thrown from a car which he was driving to Major hospital when the car was involved in a collision at Oak and Cooke Streets Monday afternoon. The driver of the other car, Mrs. GINNELL MILES, was not injured. In a second collision, Wednesday, a car driven by J. M. SUSON of Geromino, Okla., collided...

50th Wedding Anniversary
Last Tuesday, Mr. and Mrs. M. A. ‘BUD’ ANDERSON quietly observed their golden wedding anniversary at their farm home on Route 2. The received gifts and cards from friends and friends called on them. Mr. and Mrs. ANDERSON (she was the former WILLIE SEAGILL / STEAGILL) were married November 1904 at Montague by county judge COOK. They lived the first year with his father, J. W. ANDERSON, then rented their own farm. They have lived at their present farm home for nine years. Mrs. Anderson was reared on a farm three miles south of Belcherville and her husband was reared on the HIGHTOWER home place north of Nocona. They retired from active farming some years ago. They have two children, Mrs. MATTIE SISK of Emory and D. A. ANDERSON of Basile, La., five grandchildren, four girls and one boy.

Mr. and Mrs. JOE C. WISE announce the marriage of their daughter, BETTYE ANNE, to NORMAN WAYNE YORK, son of Mr. and Mrs. HARRY H. YORK of Nocona, in Gainesville, Nov. 10 with Rev. CRAIG of the First Methodist Church performing the double ring ceremony. She is a graduate of Nocona high school and is bookkeeper for Matheson Chevrolet Co. He is a senior at Prairie Valley high school and will complete his studies in January.

November 19, 1954

60th Anniversary
Veterans Day Nov. 11 also marked the 60th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. CLARK which was observed in a public gathering at the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. SEVIER CLARK. Three of their four children, other relatives, neighbors and friends attended the open house. The children attending were SEVIER CLARK, Mrs. W. A. HODGES and Mrs. LUCY LODGES of New London. Mr. and Mrs. Clark were married Nov. 11, 1894. The Clarks came to Texas from Georgia, then moved to New Mexico until 1911 when they returned to Texas and settled in the Rock Springs community. They have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Attending were JOHN HILDRETH, BIRTHA WARREN, MARY WHITECOTTON, ESTHER AUST, STELLA MURROW, Mr. and Mrs. JOHN DAVIS, Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE BERRY, Mr. and Mrs. HOWARD KENNEDY, Mrs. BELLE CABLE, Mrs. CARRIE MOORE, Mr. and Mrs. ERNEST MILLS, Mrs. MACK FULLER and Mrs. CHARLES BURNETT.


December 3, 1954

Bud Rich
An illness of short duration caused the death last Friday of WALTER SCOTT ‘BUD’ RICH, 72 year old former cowboy for the Crenshaw Ranch, and more recently a stockman and carpenter. Mr. Rich, whose home was at Nocona, died at Baylor hospital in Dallas. Born Aug. 22, 1882 in Grayson Co., Texas, Mr. Rich was the son of T. W. and RACHAEL SCOTT RICH. He came to Nocona-Belcherville community in 1889 and had lived there since that time. On Christmas day, 1906, he married MINNIE MABLE WELKER, who survives. Surviving with the widow are three sons, HOLLIS RICH of Dallas, LEON and T. W. RICH of Nocona; six daughters, SUE ANN RICH of Nocona, Mrs. BONNIE HABLEY of San Francisco, RUBY and LORETTA RICH, Mrs. WANDA LOU MARTIN and Mrs. ANGES /AGNES WOODWARD of Dallas; a brother BERTIE RICH of Nocona,13 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held last Sunday afternoon in the First Baptist Church with Revs. EDD DAVIS, EDWARD L. MURRAY and GEORGE PARK officiating. Burial was in Nocona cemetery directed by Scott Bros. Pallbearers were J. D. SANDERS, A. M. HAWKINS, OBIE VOWELL, E. A. HAWKINS, J. C. GENTRY, IRWIN WALKER, CHARLES SPIVEY and W. H. FARQUHAR.

96th Birthday
Mrs. W. F. WATERS celebrated her 96th birthday at her home in Ringgold Sunday. Present for lunch wee Miss INDIA WATERS, who makes her home with her mother; Mr. and Mrs. CLIFF PARKER and children, DOROTHY HALL, ALVIN HALL and BOB HALL of Wichita Falls, Mrs. R. K. PARKER of Garland, CLYDE PARKER of Wylie, Mr. and Mrs. B. M. WATERS of Oklahoma City, Mr. and Mrs. BILL WATERS of Gladewater, EARL PETTIJOHN of Kaufman, Mrs. C. N. CAMPBELL of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. TIPTON and BOB of Ringgold.

December 17, 1954

Infirmities of old age caused the death at her Ringgold home Tuesday of Mrs. NANCY PARLEE WATERS, who celebrated her 96th birthday. Mrs. Waters was a native of Alabama and was born at Mumford November 28, 1858. She and her husband came to Ringgold in 1906. He died more than 10 years ago. Mrs. Waters is survived by daughters, Miss INDIA WATERS of Ringgold, Mrs. J. M. PURLER/PURLEE/PARKER of McAlester, Okla., Mrs. T. R. PARKER of Garland, Mrs. N. I. JONES of Austin, Mrs. W. M. HAGLER of Bowie and Mrs. W. O. TIPTON of Ringgold; sons, D. M. WATERS of Kamay and B. M. WATERS of Oklahoma City, sister Mrs. TILDA MILLER of Mumford, Alabama, and a brother L. A. ADAMS of Crandell, Texas. She was a member of the Ringgold Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Ringgold with Dr. J. H. LAMB of First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls officiating. Burial was in the Ringgold cemetery arranged by Daugherty funeral home. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

December 24, 1954

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for FRED ALLEN BELLAH, former Montague County resident, who died of a heart attack at Amarillo last Friday. Mr. Bellah left this county about 30 years ago. He was a farmer and rancher. Born Aug. 28, 1887 in Fannin County, Mr. Bellah is survived by a son ALLEN BELLAH of Amarillo, a brother JOHN BELLAH of Nocona and two grandchildren. The services were at the Scott Bros. chapel with Rev. EDWARD MURRAY officiating with burial in Union cemetery. Pallbearers were MALLOY BUCK, A. E. RODGERS, D.W. BELLAH, HENRY BELLAH, BUSTER COFFMAN and HASKELL WELL.S

60th Anniversary
Christmas will be the gala day in the Bonita home of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. MILLER, but two days later will be their 60th wedding anniversary. It was December 27, 1894 when Mr. Miller and JESSIE CAMERON exchanged vows before Rev. HARMONDSON at the country home of the bride near Jacksboro. A year later Mr. Miller brought his bride to Montague County where they have lived the last 59 years. The Millers were farmers until their retirement years ago. The couple lived with Mr. Miller’s mother in Jack County during their first year of marriage. One year later they moved to the Post Oak community in Montague County. …Mr. Miller will be 81 / 84 in January and Mrs. Miller will be 77 the following month, both remain active in the Bonita community and the Methodist Church. Mr. Miller has held virtually every office there is to hold in the Methodist Church. He served as steward for a few months short of fifty years when the church disbanded and the Millers started attending the church in Saint Jo. … The Millers are the parents of five living children, two are deceased. Their children are: Mrs. MAY MORRIS, administrator of the Gainesville sanitarium, Mrs. THOMAS WEAVER of Dallas, G. W., LEE and ALTON MILLER of Bonita. They have seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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