The Nocona News
Nocona, Montague Co., Texas
Friday, September 21, 1934
Last Rites for J. M. GRAHAM
Funeral services were held for JEFF MORGAN GRAHAM, 73, who died at his home in Montague Tuesday, at the Starkey cemetery, Wednesday, conducted by Rev. R. L. COOK. Interment was in the Starkey cemetery arranged by J. H. Cone funeral director. Mr. Graham was born in Van Zandt County, Texas, March 4, 1861 and passed away Sept. 18, 1834. He married Miss BETTY HUTSON in April 1889. He united with the Church of Christ in 1914. He became dissatisfied and, in August, 1934, he united with the Farmers Creek Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife; four sons, BARNEY GRAHAM of Montague, GARLAND GRAHAM of Dallas, J. B. and GEORGE GRAHAM of Nocona; three daughters, Mrs. RUBY WILSON of Nocona, Mrs. GLEN CHAPPELL of Silverton and Mrs. ROMA REED of Saint Jo; one brother W. A. GRAHAM of Saint Jo, and three sisters. Pallbearers were JOE REED, ALTON GRAHAM, EARMAN CUNNINGHAM, R. L. POTRIDGE (PARTRIDGE?), GRADY GRAHAM and DOC CARMINATI.
Spanish Fort Man Killed in Train Accident
HOWARD JOHN MORRIS, 21, of Spanish Fort, died Tuesday morning at 2:30 a.m. in Henrietta, result of injuries received he fell or jumped from a Fort Worth & Denver passenger train about 1:40. The accident was discovered by the train conductor and Morris was taken to the Moore funeral home at Henrietta. An aunt, Mrs. S. O’NEILL of Halsell near Henrietta, identified the body. The youth had suffered a fracture skull, right foot and right hand cut off. Funeral services were held at Spanish Fort Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. T. W. KEYSER of Nocona. Interment was in the Spanish Fort cemetery arranged by J. H. Cone funeral director. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. C. MORRIS, one brother and four sisters, all of Spanish Fort. Pallbearers were WINFRED LEE, THOMAS SCITERN, TARLETON CEATS, HENRY JOHNSON, ALVIN JOHNSON and J. C. SCRUGGS.
St. Jo’s Oldest Citizen Buried
Saint Jo, Sept. 18: Mrs. NANCY J. PRUITT, 72, died suddenly at her homer five miles south of here Saturday night. She was the oldest resident of this community who spent her life here. She came to Saint Jo in 1862 with her parents and made her home here since that time. Funeral services were held at the family cemetery near her home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. JOHN RAYMOND of Dye Mound. Mrs. Pruitt is survived by her husband; son I. R. STEVENSON; brothers, J. M. MCGRADY of Saint Jo and G. F. MCCGRADY of Aztec, New Mexico; and one sister Mrs. PEARL CLINE of Duncan, Okla. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Pallbearers were J. M. DUNN, J. H. EMBRY, G. D. PEDIGO, ELMER DUNN, R. L. CABLE and OTIS COOK.
24 Years Ago, Sept. 23, 1910
R. D. COCRHAN returned home after being absent from Nocona for months at Vernon and other points west.
The young people of Spanish Fort enjoyed a nice party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. SCITERN.
The White-Priddy singing class met Sunday and elected TOM LOE / LOWE and Misses JENNIE MENASCO and EVA MARMADUKE to represent the class at the singing convention at Rowland.
WILLIE B. GIST resumed his studies at Texas A. & M. at College Station.
Misses EULA and MINNIE FISHER of Faxon, Okla., were guests of their uncle, B. F. REEED, one of our most prosperous farmers.
Eagle Point by HETTIE YOUNG
Mr. and Mrs. MELON LEMONS and baby of Ringgold were guests of the GEORGE LUMLEY family.
Mrs. ALTO GOLDSMITH is in a Fort Worth hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. JAKE CARVER and children of Hynds City were guests of the EDD WEST family.
Mr. and Mrs. L. M. RUCKTASHEL and son BILLY JAMES visited the JACK HANSON family at Prairie Point community.
Mr. and Mrs. E. J. LARRIMORE and sons PHILLIP, ELMER and NEAL of Olney were guests of the J. C. MCCARN family.
Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE LUMLEY and daughter MILDRED were guests of the DAVE HOLT family at Shady Grove community.
Mr. and Mrs. WILL HOUPT and sons of Bonita were guests of her parents, the J. W. AGEE family.
Mr. and Mrs. LEWIS BLACK and sons shopped in Nocona.
Mrs. J. M. MCCARN visited her aunt, Mrs. B. P. LARIMORE at Newcastle.
Mr. and Mrs. DEE CUNNINGHAM and daughter Miss MARY LEE of Nocona visited the TOM KING family.
Mr. and Mrs. JOHN POTERIDGE visited relatives at Valley View.
LEON LOVETT of Bowie visited his parents, the LUTHER LOVETT family.
Spanish Fort by Mrs. S. C. SCITERN
There were 30 guests invited to the B. O. MITCHELL home Sunday.
Miss OSSIE LEE of Valley View was a guest of Misses LELA and VIOLET HOWARD.
Mrs. BILL HOWARD of Valley View and Miss MIN HOWARD visited Mrs. J. I. CASWELL Sunday.
Last Thursday evening, a number of people gathered for their regular class practice. There were two special numbers rendered by Mrs. CARROLL MCCLENNAN’S little girl and boy, MAE DELLE and DOYLE WADE. Mrs. McClennan is at Wheeler, Texas, but is a former Spanish Fort resident.
Mr. and Mrs. A. HILL were called Thursday that his sister, Mrs. GEORGIA ROLF, had passed away. Mr. and Mrs. HILL, Mrs. CORINE WALKER and children left for Duncan, Oklahoma. Mr. Rolf (ROFF?) is a former resident of Spanish Fort, leaving here some years ago.
Miss MIN HOWARD left to shop in Fort Worth. She was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. S. D. HOWARD of Valley View.
Friday, September 28, 1934
ROBERT MATTHEWS Buried
ROBERT WALLACE MATTHEWS, 5, son of Mr. and Mrs. CLARENCE MATTHEWS of Green Briar community, died in the Bowie hospital last Wednesday, Sept. 19, result of peritonitis. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. L. E. RAMBO, pastor of the Nocona First Baptist Church. Interment in the Green Briar cemetery arranged by J. B. March. He is survived by his parents, and two sisters. Pallbearers were GLEN and ERWIN WALKER, NEWT CLARK, and WALTER HILL.
CECIL BOWERS of Nocona and Miss IDA ROSE of Valley View and Miss SYBLE BLACK and KENNETH HOOKER were married at Waurika, Okla., last Wed., Sept. 19, by the Methodist minister there. Mrs. Bowers is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. ROSE of Prairie Point and Mrs. Hooker is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE BLACK of Valley View. Mr. Hooker is the son of G. H. HOOKER of Valley View.
Miss FRANCES CLARK, daughter of Mrs. M. L. CLARK of Dallas, and ALLEN MATTINGLY of New Orleans, La., were married. She is the niece of Miss LOU HARWELL of Nocona and a former Nocona girl.
Our Pioneer Citizens
Mr. and Mrs. TOM PAINE were prominent in church and civic affairs. The older boys, S. D., QUINN, GUS and JIM had charge of the farm and cattle. After a few years, Mr. Paine gave each child a substantial endowment. S. D. PAINE married Miss EDITH HOWARD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. SAM HOWARD, pioneers of this community. Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Howard have a son, HOWARD PAINE. JIM PAINE married a young lady from Whitesboro and moved away from Nocona. GUS PAINE married Miss CUBINE of Nocona, daughter of ROBERT CUBINE. TOM and HARRY PAINE, after finishing school, returned to their farm, married daughters of Mr. and Mrs. DENNIS, also pioneer farmers and cattlemen. QUINN HOWARD, who married Miss HODGES… Mr. and Mrs. Paine have one daughter, Mrs. LUBERT LOBBAN, all live in Nocona. The oldest daughter married J. B. GRAVES, long a merchant in Nocona, now in South Texas. Miss CARRIE married N. T. WEEKS, passed away two years ago, leaving two sons and a daughter, WILTON, REUBEN, and MARY. Wilton and Reuben moved away, Mary married JAMES MCCALL and they live here. MAGGIE, another daughter, married J. G. MAYES, who lives near Nocona, substantial business people. MATTIE married JOHN DRAKE, our saddle, harness, and belt factory president. Mr. Drake is assisted by his two sons, THRUSTON and DAVIS. ANNIE married Dr. BILL DAVIS, one of our physicians, then they moved to Frederick, Okla.
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. CRITES moved to Nocona about this time, built a lovely home and operated a dry goods store. They had three daughters and four sons. They sold out and moved to Lubbock.
Mr. and Mrs. WOOD moved to Nocona, in their later years, both passed away years ago. JOHN WOOD married Miss GRACE BOWMAN. They have four daughters. FRANK WOOD is the state representative; has a wife, two daughters and a son in Nocona. Mrs. Frank Wood was Miss EULDA SHACKELFORD whose family were prominent pioneer farmers, her mother still lives in Nocona.
Dr. and Mrs. N. W. CRAIN came from Denton in the early 1890’s and they had four sons and five daughters.
24 Years Ago, Sept. 30, 1910
Invitation: Mr. and Mrs. W. T. RUSSELL invite you to be present at the marriage of their daughter, MARY ALMA, to OSSIE B. CURLIN, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1910, at their home in Nocona.
Marriage licenses: B. C. HAMILTON to MATTIE SUMMEROUR; H. W. SIGMON to NAOMI REYNOLDS; ED VICE to MAY SIGMAN; W. W. STEWART To ALMA HURLEY; W. E. GINN to MYRTLE MCMURRAY; O. M. MOLSBEE to FLOYD BUCKLEY.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. C. M. MILLER on the 19th, a fine boy.
H. M. Burns’ Brother Dies at Timpson
Mr. and Mrs. HENRY M. BURNS received word last week about the death of his brother, J. M. BURNS, of Timpson, Texas. From the Timpson Evening Times, Shelby Co., Texas:
J. M. BURNS passed away Friday afternoon at his home on Jacob St., death of a well known and highly respected citizen, culmination of a prolonged illness. The funeral service will be held this afternoon at the family residence and interment in the Woodlawn cemetery, with Rev. L. S. EVANS of the North Side Baptist Church conducting the service. ..Mr. Burns was born in Alabama and moved to Texas as a young man. He has resided in this city for years, owned and operated a large farm near town. He is survived by his wife, son J. M. BURNS Jr., and a brother HENRY BURNS of Nocona. (long list of out of town people at the funeral.)
Friday, October 5, 1934
The Majestic Theatre was wrecked by fire.
24 Years Ago, Oct. 7, 1910
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. WILLIS of Route Two were guests of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. MCNEW.
R. D. COCHRAN, known as an old timer in the grocery business and sold out last year to J. B. GRAVES on account of his bad health, had bought the grocery business of W. T. MCNABB.
On Sept. 28, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. BUCKLEY, ORVILLE MOLSBEE and Miss FLOYD BUCKLEY were married.
Marriage licenses: MONROE GALMORE to VERNIE TUCKER; M. G. GRIFFITH to EDDIE STEWART; LEO JORD to BESSIE SKINNER; F. C. HALL to BERTHA PARISH; OSSIE B. CURLIN to ALMA RUSSELL.
Our Pioneer Citizens
Rev. SMITH, father of Mrs. REESE ALEXANDER, was the first Christian minister.
Bro. COLTHARP, father of Mrs. J. C. HYNDS and E. O. COLTHARP of Nocona, was the first Baptist pastor. The Coltharps had four sons and two daughters. Miss CORNELIA, the older daughter, was one of Nocona’ primary teachers until her death. The younger daughter Miss LENA married J. C. HYNDS. ARTHUR S., E. O., RANDIN, and WILLIS E. COLTHARP were the sons, only RANKIN married Miss ELLA SIMMONS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. SIM SIMMONS, who now lived at Austin, and E. O. COLTHARP remaining.
Bro. and Mrs. J. M. GRIMSLEY were pioneer workers in the Church of Christ and parents of Mrs. G. W. WRENN, WILL, HOLT, and ALEX GRIMSLEY. Will married Miss Smith of Belcherville and with his wife and two daughters moved away from Nocona ten years ago. Holt with his family moved to Memphis, but his son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. DEE WALLACE recently returned to Nocona, in business with his brother CLAUD WALLACE.
Bro. BOYD and his wife were at the Methodist Church.
October 12, 1934
Mrs. JACK PERRY
Funeral services were held for Mrs. JACK PERRY of Oscar, Okla., who died at the Ryan hospital Tuesday, on Wednesday at Oscar, Okla., conducted by Rev. BEARDEN of the Baptist Church at Woodrow, Okla., assisted by Rev. ROWE of Duncan. Mr. Perry is superintendent of the O. V. Beck’s Oscar, Okla. Lease and has been an employee of Mr. Beck’s for six years. Mrs. Perry is survived by her husband, a son two years old, and three brothers, JERRY, LOYCE and JIM MORGAN. Jim Morgan is one of the drillers on the Benton deep test well east of Nocona.
October 24, 1934
CHARLEY RUSSELL, 52, died at his home a few miles east of here Tuesday, Oct. 23, after an illness of several months. Funeral services were held at the Green Briar church Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. N. G. STONE. Interment in the Green Briar cemetery arranged by J. B. March. CHARLES L. RUSSELL was born Oct. 26, 1882 in the Sandy Mound community where he spent most of his life. He joined the Methodist Church in early life. He married Miss NETTIE WESTIN /WEETIN(?) on March 15, 1903. He is survived by his wife, sons PETE and LEWIS, daughter Mrs. BEATRICE LUMLEY, and four grandchildren, all of near Nocona. Pallbearers were LEWIS RUCKTASHEL, CASH REED, ARTHUR REYNOLDS, HENRY REYNOLDS, JODIE KECK and ROSS KECK.
Oklahoma’s Finest Baby Girl with photo
Little MARY ALICE GIBBONS, 21 months old, is Oklahoma’s most perfect baby girl, with a score of 98.5 in a contest held in connection with the state fair at Oklahoma City. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. ROY L. GIBBONS. Her parents are native Texans, both born and reared in Nocona. Her grandparents are Mrs. MARY MARTIN and Mr. and Mrs. J. M. STEPHENS, all of Nocona, Texas.
Illness Fatal to TOM L. WALKER
TOM L. WALKER, 39, former legislator and war veteran, died at the U. S. hospital in Muskogee, Okla., last Friday, Oct. 19, after several months’ illness. Funeral services were held here Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. JESSE RUSSELL of Claude. Mr. Walker was born and reared here, a graduate of Nocona high school, and the University of Texas. He was admitted to the bar. He served four years in the Texas House as representative from the 47th district and practiced law in Montague for 12 years. He joined the First Baptist Church. He was a World War veteran and was service officer of the American Legion here. He is survived by his wife, six year old daughter ALICE, his parents Mr. and Mrs. L. C. WALKER; sisters Mrs. EARL HOWARD of Wichita Falls, Misses SADIE and BILL (BELL?) WALKER of Nocona; brothers, JIM, BEN, JOE, GLYN, HUGH, MASON WALKER and one half-brother DOLEN REYNOLDS of Hynds City. Interment was in Nocona cemetery, in charge of the American Legion.
A card from R. E. ‘BOB’ GRINER, former Montague County resident, now at Douglas, Arizona, about the County Pioneer Citizens series sent to him by his sister Mrs. WILL RICE.
Head-On Auto Crash Injures Eleven Persons, Two Seriously, Near Bowie
In a head on collision between two automobiles: EARL RICHARDSON, daughter JEWEL RICHARDSON age 16; Mrs. Earl Richardson, Mrs. M. G. RICHARDSON, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Richardson’s daughters CATHERINE 18 and ODELL 14 and Miss MABEL MAGEE; A. E. ETIER, J. G. ETIER, R. A. CANSLER, RAYMOND CANSLER.
November 2, 1934
Mrs. FANNIE MITCHELL
Mrs. FANNIE MITCHELL, 80, died at her home here Tuesday, Oct. 30, after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church Wednesday, conducted by Rev. L. E. RAMBO of the Baptist Church. Interment in the Nocona cemetery arranged by J. H. Cone. Mrs. Mitchell was born Oct. 31, 1854 at Summerville, Alabama. She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. HUGH M. NELSLER. The family moved to Georgia where she was reared. She joined the Baptist Church in early life, a member more than 50 years. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. PORTWOOD of Nocona, and Miss NORA MITCHELL of Oklahoma City, and one granddaughter Miss ELIZABETH LEETH of Nocona.
FRANK KIRBY was honored on his 70th birthday by friends and relatives at his home in the Lone Prairie community last Friday. Present were J. O. BONDS of Nocona, age 82, J. M. HEWITT age 79, J. W. BURCH age 70 and J. B. RITCHIE age 68.
Nocona Girl Fatally Hurt
Miss MILDRED HEATON, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE HEATON, who reside 10 miles north of Nocona, was fatally crushed Saturday night in an automobile crash north of Nocona. She died at the local hospital. The car in which she was riding with five companions, Misses WAUDINE and IRENE LAMKIN, ESTIL RUCKTASHEL, and PHIL and J. P. MEEKINS, overturned at a sharp corner. The wreck was found an hour later by an uncle, DAVE HEATON, who rushed the six young people to town. Miss Heaton was a senior at Prairie Point school. Funeral services were held at the Prairie Point church on Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. L. E. RAMBO of the Nocona Baptist Church. Interment was in Molsbee Chapel cemetery.
Saint Jo, Oct. 27: ANDREW BARKLEY, 73, prominent farmer of the Forestburg community, died at his home 20 miles south of here Friday afternoon after a lingering illness. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. JOHN COX of Montague at the Forestburg Methodist Church Sunday afternoon. Interment in the Perryman cemetery arranged by Scott Bros. Mr. Barkley was born in 1861 in South Carolina, coming to Texas at an early age, settled near his present homesite with his brother, JOHN BARKLEY. Mr. Barkley was a member of the Baptist Church over 40 years. He is survived by his sister Mrs. MATTIE GOODRUM of Elk City, Oklahoma and his brother JOHN F. BARKLEY of Forestburg. Pallbearers were W. H. PERRYMAN, J. F. PERRYMAN, H. M. GRIFFIN, H. M. ALLGOOD, JAMES GILILAND and MACK KNOX.
Montague by Mrs. S. F. JONES
Sheriff and Mrs. H. T CHANDLER had business in Fort Worth.
Mr. and Mrs. GORDON WILSON were in Bowie.
Mrs. CARL GRONOW visited Mrs. LLOYD DOUGHTY Friday.
Mrs. DUTCH PHILLIPS and little daughter of Saint Jo visited her parents, Dr. and Mrs. E. E. JOHNSON.
BUDDY HUGHES of Ryan, Okla., visited here.
Mrs. ROY of Lone Star community visited Mrs. W. J. CAMPBELL.
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. COX and two daughters visited in Denton; her mother Mrs. YOUNGBLOOD returned with them.
Mr. and Mrs. CRL GRONOW, Mrs. A. GRONOW, and daughter GLORIA JUNE shopped in Bowie.
A large crowd gathered at the cemetery Monday afternoon to pay last respect to JESSE TOM POLLARD, 68, who died Sunday about noon suddenly. The services were conducted by Rev. J. E. COX and interment was in the Montague cemetery. He is survived by six sons and their families.
BILLIE and BOBBIE JONES are with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T. B. RICHARDSON at Valley View this week.
DAVE LUNN of Oklahoma City had business here.
Mrs. CAROL LOYD visited Mrs. JOSIE PATRICK and family.
Mrs. JOSIE PATRICK had as guests her two sisters of Oklahoma and a brother HARVEY SMITH and family of Holliday, and her father SILAS SMITH. The family were together for the first time in many years.
Mrs. FRED MCGREGORY and mother visited in Bowie.
Mrs. A. GRONOW visited Mrs. MINNIE JARRETT at Lone Star community.
Friday, November 9, 1934
Mrs. McNabb 91st Birthday
Mrs. JIM MCNABB was pleasantly surprised Oct. 30 on her 91st birthday with a lovely birthday cake with 91 candles, baked in the Nocona Bakery by Mr. and Mrs. PAUL COCHRAN and present it to her. Mrs. McNabb is truly a pioneer, born in Knox County, Tennessee, in 1843. After leaving Tennessee, they moved to Missouri, from there to Jack County, Texas. The family, besides Mrs. McNabb, consisted of four sons and one daughter. Mrs. McNabb was the second child and her help in the home was her mother’s right arm. When Mr. and Mrs. CHAPMAN, her parents, located in Jack County, it was sparsely settled, dangerous with drought, scarcity of food, Indian raids,. Rabbits, wild turkeys, prairie chickens, buffalo or deer furnished pioneer meat. … Mr. Chapman went to kill a buck at a spring, passing some cowboys who insisted he take one of their guns… While he was investigating deer tracks, he failed to see a company of Indians eating a calf they had killed, one of those the cowboys were hunting. When Mr. Chapman returned to kill the deer, the Indians surprised him and shot his body with arrows, scalped. The mother and children were so bereaved, they left Jack County and moved to Marysville in Cooke County where they were protected by government troops led by Capt. ROLAND / ROWLAND.
Mrs. McNabb said Capt. Roland and his men prevented more than once a massacre of Cooke County settlers. … Mrs. McNabb tells of another encounter with Indians. One of her brothers borrowed a mule from a neighbor to make a trip to San Antonio to visit friends… a scalped body was found in Parker County.
At age of 17, Miss Chapman married JIM MCNABB. They located near Marysville but in an Indian attack, they lost their home and savings. They came to Montague County, a few miles north of Saint Jo. They lived in a covered wagon for a few months until lumber could be brought from Sherman. When the house was nearly completed, needing only half of the roof, a deep snow began falling, so the family finished the roof with bed and wagon sheets and moved in, a king’s palace was tame compared to this marvelous house with a plank floor. They lived together 64 years with never a death until the passing of Mr. McNabb in 1926.
Mrs. McNabb still owns her old farm, where some of her children live. She is making her home with her youngest daughters, Mrs. TOM GOODPASTURE. Mr. and Mrs. McNabb had seven children, JASPER who died after his father; A. L. MCNABB of Wayne, Okla., Mrs. CARPENTER of Dallas now visiting her mother; EDWARD LEE MCNABB of Duncan, Okla., Mrs. W. M. PATTERSON of Hugo, Okla.; Mrs. ROSA ANDERSON of Sadler, and Mrs. TOM GOODPASTURE of Nocona.
Mr. McNabb is remembered by many of the old timers… Mr. McNabb bought a Ford, learned to drive it, notwithstanding his years and none-too-good eyesight. Mr. McNabb often uncovered the hood to cool the motor, saying a covered horse got too hot when working, so did the motor of the Ford.
Mrs. McNabb and Mr. and Mrs. Goodpasture are members of the Methodist Church.
Our Pioneer Citizens
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KATE PRICE met and married JOHN RILEY and opened her door to her youngest sister ANNIE. When a bride of five months, she had her little sister and DAN PRICE’S four motherless children. Mr. and Mrs. Riley never had any children of their own, but reared Miss ANNIE PRICE, who later married a brother of Uncle MARKUS WARREN. Mr. and Mrs. Warren had five children, one who married Mr. HATCHCOCK. Mrs. Hatchcock now lives with aunt KATE in her declining years. Mrs. Hatchcock is head clerk at Ellis Williford Dry Goods and has one daughter, Mrs. LEE CRENSHAW who lives on the Crenshaw Ranch near Belcherville.
Mr. and Mrs. RILEY took the four children of Dan Price, but when Mr. Price re-established his home, Mrs. Riley refused to give up the baby, whom she had taken at age of three months. The baby is now Mrs. A. D. LUNN. Mr. and Mrs. Lunn came to Nocona 20 years ago and have two sons, HARRIS of Oklahoma City and WELDON who is with the firm of McMahon Drug Co. Both Harris and Weldon are married.
Misses LELA and LOU HARWELL came to Nocona in the early 1890’s, with their parents and two sisters, Misses HATTIE and FANNIE. Miss Hattie was a dressmaker for years, she operated their dressmaking and millinery shop in Gainesville where they moved to educated the younger sisters, Miss FANNIE now Mrs. Clark and Miss LOU of Nocona. After the younger sisters became teachers, Misses Hattie and Lela with the parents moved to Belcherville then to Nocona. No finer dressmaker ever drafted a pattern or finished a dress than Miss Hattie. It was she who mothered the entire family. She died not long after coming to Nocona and is with her mother and father in the Nocona cemetery. Miss FANNIE married Prof. CLARK, who was at one time superintendent of the Nocona schools. Mrs. Clark lived here years after his death, later moved to Dallas with her family of four daughters and one son. Miss Lela makes her home with Mrs. Clark. Miss Lou was one of the most popular girls in her graduating class.
Two columns on the Valley View School news.
November 16, 1934
TROY STONE, former resident of Nocona, died suddenly of a heart attack in Ryan, Okla., last Wednesday morning. Mr. Stone was stricken at his place of business and died before he could be taken to a hospital. Funeral services were held at the Ryan Methodist Church Thursday, conducted by Rev. C. M. HUNDLEY of the First Baptist Church of Ryan. Interment was in Nocona cemetery. Mr. Stone was the junior member of the firm GRANTHAM & STONE, cleaners and pressers at Ryan. He was a single man and a veteran of the World War. He went to Ryan from Nocona 21 year ago. He was in overseas service in the war and his transportation ship was torpedoed by a German submarine and he was in the water 48 hours before he was rescued. He was also shell-shocked and gassed. He is survived by a brother G. B. STONE of Nocona; two sisters Mrs. W. B. PRICE of Bowie and Mrs. HOMER GREESON of Houston, all present at the funeral.
December 7, 1934
A photo of RAY BEAL when he was 21 years of age, taken in 1904, and shows him delivering mail on his first trip to Nocona Route 4. He retired Dec. 1 after 30 years of service.
In the article about his retirement, he began on Route4 which ran from Nocona south to the Fox school community, earlier farming on Salt Creek. In Aug. 1, 1908, he transferred to Route 5 where he stayed. In 1917 he purchased his first car for delivering the mail, a Model T Ford, driving only Fords on his route. In connection with the oil boom, Mr. Beal, JOE BENTON and JOHNWOOD bought the first oil and gas lease in the Nocona fields.
Married 55 Years
Mr. and Mrs. B. F. REED, who live about two miles northeast of town, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary Tuesday, Dec. 4. They were married at the home of Rev. JAKC MILLER, the frontier Baptist minister of Montague County, living in what was known as Riddly Valley. Rev. Miller is the great-grandfather of LOUIS T. HOLLAND, young Nocona lawyer. On that day Mr. and Mrs. Reed went from Riddley Valley to Post Oak, where they celebrated their wedding with an all-night dance. They have practically lived in this vicinity… Mr. Reed says, “I have paid 54 taxes in this county.” They have lived on the farm where they are now for 28 years. They have one son CASH REED of Nocona, and five daughters, Mrs. EVA FIELDS of Plainview, Mrs. OLLIE STEEN of Carnegie, Okla., Mrs. EMMA WALKER of Twitty, Mrs. MEDIA(?) WALKER of Strawn, and Mrs. DELLA WILLIAMSON of Nocona.
December 14, 1934
Jim Adkins 80th Birthday
JIM ADKINS of Montague was honored Saturday, Dec. 8, with a surprise dinner given by friends and relatives. Mr. Adkins is a pioneer of Montague County. He was born Dec. 8, 1854 in Tennessee and when 3 years old, moved to Kentucky. In 1859 the family moved to Missouri. He came to Texas in 1876, staying a short time then went to Indian Territory. At age of 21, he went to Arkansas, there he met his wife, Miss BAYTMON. Three children blessed their home, MAUD, DONIA, and B. L. with only B. L. living. In later years he came again to Texas and married again, Miss ARTHUR. To them were born five children, MYRTLE, EVA, IVA, ARLISS and JOHN. In 1922 his second wife and Iva died. Attending the dinner: JIM ADKINS, EVA BROWN, Mr. and Mrs. LOUIS THORNBERRY with daughter DORIS JUNE; Mr. and Mrs. BILL ABSHIRE and family, the BEN ADKINS family, the OLE ADKINS family, the CHARLES MCCALIPH family, SAM SNOW, Mrs. P. E. BOSWELL, ERNEST BOSWELL, Mr. and Mrs. JACK TAGE and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. ROY SHOCKLEY, Miss RUTH BOSWELL and CLAUD ADKINS.
Mrs. Talley Dies
Mrs. MARGARET ANN TALLEY, 72, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. F. NICHOLSON of near Hynds City, early Thursday morning of pneumonia. The body will be taken to Iowa Park for burial today. Mrs. Talley had made her home with her daughter here for the past four years and had a host of friends. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. B. F. NICHOLSON of Nocona and Mrs. Dr. DEAKIN of Iowa Park, and one son, BASCOM BLANTON TALLEY of Centralia, Washington.
From the Wichita Falls Record News:
Montague, Dec. 9. Mr. and Mrs. W. T. SHOCKLEY of Montague announce the marriage of their daughter, RUBY, of Gilmer to VERNON DEPRIEST of Gilmer, on Saturday, Nov. 24. Mrs. DePriest is the deputy county clerk of Upshur County, which she has held for some years. She is a graduate of Montague highs school in 1922. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. DePriest of Gilmer. He is engaged in oil drilling business.
The Nocona Fire Boys organized a basketball team: CALF EVANS, VIRGIL WALL, BUCK KECK, RED CLEGG, DUGGEN JACKSON, JACK GOODSPEED, RED GOODSPEED, WILTON REYNOLDS, H. WILLIAMS and JACK HANCOCK.
December (number torn off), 1934
Mrs. J. W. STEWART 82nd Birthday
Mrs. J. W. STEWART of the Valley View community celebrated her 82nd birthday on Sunday, Dec. 16 at her home north of Nocona with a birthday dinner. She has been confined to her bed the past three months. All of her children were present except Mrs. IRA PAYNE of Dougherty, Okla., and T. P. STEWART of Wichita Falls. She has lived in the Valley View community about 50 years, moving to Texas from Arkansas with her husband after they were married. Attending were Mr. and Mrs. ZED STEWART, Mr. and Mrs. JOHN BALL and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. BERT ROBINSON and son; Mr. and Mrs. D. A. LOUDERBACK, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. GRIFFITH and family, Miss PAULINE DUNFORD of Grady, Okla., W. J. STEWART and SON CLIFFORD of Dawn, Texas, MURLENE STEWART, LELA TIPTON and Mrs. Stewart, the honoree.
Mrs. Bryant’s Brother Dies
J. A. SMITH of Goree, Texas, brother of Mrs. CLARA BRYANT of Nocona, died suddenly at his home Nov. 20. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at Goree of which he was a member. He is survived by his son, C. A. SMITH of Goree; three daughters, Mrs. HOWARD BARNETT of Goree, Mrs. JOE WALKER of Albuquerque, N. M., Mrs. EDNA EARL SMITH of Goree, two brothers and five sisters.
Our Pioneer Citizens
(part cut off) The Griner family
Their oldest daughter Miss MARY succeeded in securing an education and taught in the county school. She later married BEN BRATCHER and had seven children, all moved from Nocona except two sons, ROLAND who is sales clerk at J. A. FOOSHEE, and COE who is an employee of JOE MARTIN. After the death of Mr. Bratcher, ‘Miss Mary’ moved her family to Nocona and she held stock in the Beaver Creek oil well, which she sold. Miss POKIE, another daughter, married and moved away. Miss BESSIE GRINER, another daughter, married BILL RICE and took charge of his motherless family. JIM RICE, the oldest son, has been in the café business here for years. The second family, Miss Bessie’s children, are all busy in Nocona.
ROBERT GRINER, the son, married a Nocona lady and moved away years ago.
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