The Nocona News
Nocona, Montague Co., Texas
Friday, May 4, 1934
Long article about the biography of J. B. MARCH
From the article: C. A. HOOD and INOS PHILLIP BENTON are the only living residents who were here when Mr. March came. .. M. M. KINSEY of Montague came in 1888, three businesses, dry goods with T. H. LAFORS as partner, groceries operated by R. R. ALEXANDER and a tin shop.
Mrs. HENRY WALKER
Mrs. HENRY WALKER passed away at her home in Jonesboro, Louisiana, May 1, 1934. Burial was May 2. Mrs. ANNIE WALKER, widow of the late HENRY WALKER, was among the first settlers at Belcherville. Many of the community in and around Belcherville and Nocona will remember this good couple, among the best in the community.
May 11, 1934
Another article about pioneer citizens, J. A. FOOSHEE; MARCUS WARREN; Uncle BILLY CLARK and wife;… ANDY ATKINS who built the first real grocery man, almost blind. J. O. POOL, first mayor; R. J. CATO first marshal, CLANTON Bros. first livery stable; SHERMAN WILLIAMS and Miss JENNIE MCCALL first teachers; Mr. Williams is now Dr. Williams at Denver, Colorado, a prominent throat specialist.
Mrs. RUBY LIGON and FAWN S. PAINE were married at Waurika, Okla., by Rev. JAMES WHITEWORTH of the Methodist Church there, on Monday, April 23. They were accompanied by friends and relatives, Miss LORA DELL VANDYKE, Mrs. ABE V. PAINE, and JAMES HUTSON. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. NORED of the Morris Chapel community and he is the son of Mrs. W. T. SKINNER of Nocona.
Mr. Blair Dies
Funeral services for JOHN H. BLAIR, who died May 3 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. P. JANEWAY, were conducted at the residence Friday afternoon by Rev. E. L. MOODY, assisted by Rev. T. J. DOSS of the First Baptist Church at Bowie. Pallbearers were his nephews, E. W. MCPHERSON of Nocona, R. M. MCPHERSON, L. L. SPEIR, and H. A. ROTH of Bowie, O. Z. KILCREASE of Healdton, Okla., and SIDNEY WETSEL of Bellevue. Mr. Blair was a pioneer of this section, born at Marysville, Cooke County, Texas, Dec. 7, 1870, and came to Montague County with his parents in 1877, more than 50 years, made his home in and near Bowie, where he engaged in grocery business. For the last four years, he made his home in Nocona. He married November 10, 1901 to Miss MAUDE THOMPSON, who survives him. Burial was in the Salona cemetery near Bowie where a brief service was conducted by Rev. L.A. BLAIR of the Baptist Church at Vigo Park, Texas. J. H. Cone funeral home had charge. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. MAUDE BLAIR; his mother Mrs. EMILY BLAIR of Hollis, Okla.; daughters Mrs. J. P. JANEWAY of Nocona, Mrs. K. W. DUNKELBERG of Fort Worth; three grandsons and one granddaughter; two sisters, Mrs. J. M. TICE of Hollis, Okla., and Mrs. W. H. FAIR of Dallas; brothers, L. A. BLAIR of Vigo Park, Texas, W. G. BLAIR of Nacogdoches, J. E. BLAIR of Ilfeld, N. M.
24 Years Ago
While pursuing his duty as an officer, WILLIAM C. FITTS was killed last week. His remains were returned to Belcherville and buried April 29.
The Bonita Standard changed from five column sheets to six column sheets.
Sunday morning at the residence of the bride’s parents in the Valley, A. W. COLEMAN of this city and Miss VUNAH MADDOX were united in marriage by Rev. T. N. WEAKS.
Mrs. S. A. CLARY died at the home of her son, JOHN EAST, at Childress last Thursday and was interred Saturday in the Nocona cemetery.
Spanish Fort by Mrs. J.C. SCITERN
Mr. and Mrs. VERN MEEKIN and CLYDE SEABOURN are in Nocona at the bedside of Mrs. Meekin and Mr. Seabourn’s brother, CECIL BALL, in a serious condition from a gun wound.
May 18, 1934
Former Nocona Merchant Dead
TOM CALHOUN MCBRIDE, 71, died at his home here Wednesday, heart attack. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ Thursday, conduced by E. L. DUGGAR of the church. Mr. McBride was born near Louisville, Kentucky, Dec. 25, 1862. He came to Texas in 1883, stopping at Gainesville. As he was not with his parents, he lived in various parts of Texas until Jan. 1, 1890, when he married Miss ALICE C. BELCHER of Slidell. They lived in Slidell for 14 years, moving from there to Belcherville. For years he was in dry goods and hardware business at Ringgold, during intervening years, moved to Grayson County, then back to Ringgold. He moved to Nocona in 1927. He is a former business man of Nocona and served as city commissioner. He became a member of the Church of Christ at age of 25. He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Mrs. LILLIE JOHNSON of Lubbock, Mrs. BEULA WILLIAMSON of Nocona, Mrs. BILL LOWE of Henrietta, Mrs. JOCIE WITT of Ringgold; sons LLOYD MCBRIDE of Abilene and JACK MCBRIDE of Nocona, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were JOE YEAGER, ELMER DODGIN, TOM KYSER, FRANK RUSSELL, ERNEST PERKINS and Mr. MENASCO. Interment was in Nocona cemetery arranged by J. B. March funeral.
DOUGLAS LEE SEWELL
Douglas Lee Sewell, age 2, small son of Mr. and Mrs. NEWT SEWELL, died Sunday, May 13, of pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church Monday, conducted by Rev. E. L. MOODY and A. G. PRITCHETT in charge of music. Douglas Lee was born at Shattuck, Oklahoma, May 14, 1931.
Pioneer Citizens series
Mrs. HEMMING of Whitesboro was our first milliner--she wore a wig, had one artificial eye, and owned a beautiful fox-trotting pony and a side-saddle.
Man Drowned in Red River
JOHN ‘BUG’ BELL, 31, who was drowned in Red River last Friday afternoon, was found Thursday morning by JIM SAPPINGTON about a mile from where he last seen. He was swimming at the mouth of Salt Creek on Red River with two other men when he decided to swim, they were not able to swim. .. Funeral held at Molsbee Chapel by Rev. C.W. THOMAS of the Nocona Methodist Church. He was working for Mr. WARDRIP / WALDRIP, a farmer near Red River.
Mrs. CATHERINE VINEYARD, 82, died Tuesday morning at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. LUTHER LOWRIE / LOWRY, of this city. Funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday, conducted by Rev. E. L. MOODY of the Nocona Baptist Church. Her remains were conveyed to Montague to rest beside her husband in the Montague cemetery arranged by J. B. March. She was born in Massachusetts Dec. 14, 1851 and was 82 years old. She married G. W. VINEYARD on Oct. 11, 1868 at Mears County, Missouri and moved with her husband to Montague County, Texas, in 1874 where she made her home until her death. Her husband died June 22, 1912. For the past 17 years, she made her home with her daughter Mrs. Luther Lowrie. All children except Mrs. LOURIE RHODES and Mrs. DAVE CROUCH, were at the funeral. She is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Luther Lowrie, Mrs. A. P. FLANIGAN and Mrs. A. LAIRD of Nocona, Mrs. JOHN RYAN of Frederick, Okla., Mrs. DAVE CROUCH of New Wilson, Oklahoma (Carter Co.), and Mrs. LOURIE RHODES of (?), and a son GEORGE VINEYARD of Nocona. Pallbearers were GEORGE GWALTNEY, Z. W. SHACKELFORD, BILL LEE, OLEN ROBERSON, GUY FOSTER and TOM GOODPASTURE.
Bowie Man Killed in Car Accident
J. W. WILSON, 60, of near Bowie, is in critical condition from injuries received last Friday which cost the life of his grandson, J. W. SWAGGERTY Jr., age 23. Both were residents of Newport, a short distance from Bowie. Mr. Wilson is in a hospital with a severe spinal injury. His grandson was instantly killed when the small sedan they were driving struck a bridge railing one mile south of Bowie at 5 a.m. Friday morning. It was believed the young man, who had been driving all night en route from Victoria in south Texas, to Newport to visit his mother, fell asleep at the wheel. Surviving are his mother, six brothers and three sisters.
24 Years Ago, May 20, 1910
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. HILL of Portales, N. M., are guests of the C. W. GILES family, and the A. K. JONES family. Mr. and Mrs. Hill are parents of Mrs. Giles and Mrs. Jones.
May 25, 1934
Mrs. Simpson’s Brother Buried
W. H. GILBERT, 75, died at his home in Montague, Wednesday, Jay 23, and funeral services were held at the home of his sister Mrs. J. M. SIMPSON of Nocona, Wednesday, by Rev. E. L. MOODY of the Nocona Baptist Church. Interment in the Nocona cemetery arranged by J. B. March funeral. He is survived by his sisters Mrs. Simpson. Pallbearers were J. A. WALL, HENRY BRADLEY, BILL RICHARDSON, VALACE MENASCO and DICK CARDWELL.
On Saturday, May 19, EARL NOEL and Miss ROMIE VANNOY were married at Waurika, Okla., by Rev. WHITEWORTH. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. VANNOY. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. SAM NOEL, both of Belcherville.
Pioneer Dies at Saint Jo
Saint Jo, May 16: Mrs. MARGARET MILLER FRANKS, 75, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. R. GIBSON, Tuesday night after a lingering illness. Funeral services at the Starkey church Wednesday afternoon were conducted by Rev. ROY COOK with interment at Starkey cemetery. Mrs. Franks was born March 10, 1859 in Van Zandt County, Texas. She came to Montague County with her parents in 1862 and made her home since that time. She married R. M. FRANKS in 1877. She joined the Baptist Church in 1882 at Farmers Creek. Mrs. Franks is survived by three daughters, Mrs. C. R. GIBSON, Mrs. WILL LANGFORD both of Saint Jo and Mrs. LEE WEBB of Spur. Pallbearers were J. S. DOSHIER, CLAUDE AYRES, DAVID JONES, PETE HARRISON, OLEN PRICE and HOBART HUTSON.
Class of 1934 Nocona high school: ARLIE KRIBY, STANLEY SUMMERS, ELMER KNOX, MAURZEE CLEGG, JACK HILLIARD, JOHN KIRK, HAROLD NIVENS, LUCILE BLACK, ORVILLE ANDERSON, O. J. BECK Jr., HERBERT ELMORE, JAKE WOODALL, L. B. WAGONSELLER, FAYE WEBB, LEDELLE WHITEAKER, NONA VOWELL, VERNA BROOKMOLE, ERMA LORING, MACLAEDELL LEVELL, LELA WILLIAMS, KARNESE WALL, MARY COGSWELL, GLADYS DUGGAN, DOROTHY MCELWEE, GATHA FAYE TEAGUE, MYRL GOODSPEED, with sponsor ISABELLE ALLEN.
CECIL BALL, 32, of Nocona, died in a Wichita Falls hospital Sunday morning. He was admitted to the hospital May 14 and underwent two major brain operations in an effort to save his life. Ball was shot in the right side of his head two weeks ago while visiting in the home of relatives in the Nocona oil field. He was released from the Nocona hospital after emergency treatment, but paralysis set in and he was taken to Wichita Falls. Relatives said he was despondent over separating from his wife. He went to Nocona weeks ago to visit his nephew BOB FORD….He is survived by his mother, Mrs. KATE GEORGE BALL of Missouri and a niece, Mrs. BOB FORD of Nocona. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Spanish Fort Methodist Church by Rev. HUGHES. Interment was in the Nocona cemetery arranged by J. B. March funeral director.
Mrs. Pitman Passes Away
Saint Jo, May 17; Mrs. IDA ANNIE PITMAN, 64, wife of IRA PITMAN, died suddenly at their home 10 miles north of Saint Jo, Wednesday of heart failure. Funeral services at the Coker cemetery were held Thursday, conducted by Rev. W. O. COOPER of Nocona, arranged by Scott Bros. Mrs. Pitman was born Nov. 21, 1869 in Missouri and came to Texas as a small child with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES THOMPSON. She was a member of the Church of Christ some 50 years. She is survived by her husband; daughters Mrs. ANNIS COLLINS of Oklahoma, Mrs. JIM MITCHELL and Miss MABLE PITMAN of Saint Jo; sons, NOAH, EDGAR, VARNER and LOWELL PITMAN of Saint Jo; a sister Mrs. LIDIA FIELDS of Oklahoma City. Pallbearers were WILLIAM BLAKELY, CHARLES BLAKELY, WRIGHT EMBREY, JOHN IVINS and AL HUTSON.
June 1, 1934
Mytrle Lee Gates
Mrs. MYTRLE LEE GATES (MYRTLE?), 29, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. D. VINEYARD of Nocona Monday, May 28, and funeral services were held at the family residence on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Bro. D. A. LANE. Mrs. Gates was born in Montague on Sept. 1, 1904. In 1923 she married R. C. GATES. She is survived by her husband; five daughters, FRANCES, LUCILE, ROSETTA, ZORI LEE, and KATHERINE; her parents Mr. and Mrs. G. D. VINEYARD; three sisters and three brothers. Pallbearers were PINK PILES, R. B. STOUT, DUMP GREER, BRYANT MCNEW, W. D. SCROGGINS and J. W. WESTBROOK. Interment in Montague cemetery arranged by J. H. Cone funeral.
To Have Old Settlers’s Reunion and Celebration at Nocona
FRANK J. COX Jr..
Saint Jo, May 23: Funeral services for FRANK C. COX Jr., were held at the Mountain Creek cemetery, conducted by Rev. SHELBY WEST of Bulcher, Tuesday afternoon, arranged by Scott Bros. Frank Jr. was the son of Mr. and Mrs. FRANK COX of the Post Oak community. He had been ill several days. He was almost 3 years old. He is survived by his parents, three half-brothers, LEWIS, ANDREW and ED REEVES, and one half-sister, BESSIE REEVES.
St. Jo Man Dies
Saint Jo., May 22: WILLIAM HENRY CASEY, 86 year old Montague County farmer, died here Saturday after a lingering illness at the home of his daughter, Mrs. EDGAR BAILEY. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. M. COCHRAN at Mountain Park cemetery, arranged by Scott Bros. Mr. Casey was born Dec. 3, 1847 in Kentucky and came to Cooke County, Texas in 1874 and resided there and in Saint Jo. He married Miss ISABEL HUGGINS in 1868. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his daughter Mrs. Edgar Bailey.
24 Years Ago, June 2, 1910
Mr. and Mrs. R. M. MCNEW and son returned from Gracemont, Okla., where they were called by the death of B. D. KEMP, father of Mrs. McNew.
June 8, 1934
Former Citizen and Pioneer Dies
The funeral rites of GEORGE W. HILL, 78, were held at Plainview, Texas, Monday, and burial was at Plainview cemetery. Mr. Hill died after an illness of nine months. His death Sunday was caused from heart trouble with complications, confined to his bed after a stroke nearly a years ago, seldom gaining consciousness during that time. The Hill family resided in Coleman County, Texas, many years ago, then moved to Montague County in the early days of Nocona, then went to New Mexico. Mr. Hill conducted a mercantile business at Portales, N. M., several years. He had farmed previous to this time. Located in Denton County where he conducted a business at Aubrey, then a few years later, located at Plainview after becoming disabled. He owned city property both in Portales and Plainview. Mr. and Mrs. Hill came from Tennessee to Texas some 40 years ago. Both were members of the Church of Christ for over 30 years. Survivors include his widow, a son OSCAR HILL of Plainview, and daughter Mrs. C. W. GILES of Nocona.
Saint Jo, June 7: Funeral services were held at Mountain Creek cemetery for Mrs. POLLIE SLATON, 84, Montague County pioneer, Tuesday afternoon by Rev. N. B. HARALSON of Bonita, arranged by Scott Bros. Mrs. Slaton died suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. WILL DOWD, at Illinois Bend, early Monday night. She is survived by her daughter Mrs. Will Dowd and several grandchildren. Mrs. Slaton was born June 17, 1849 in Georgia and came to Texas as a young lady. She married JAMES MADISON SLATON over 50 years ago. She had been a member of the Baptist Church over 50 years. Pallbearers were grandsons, MAXIE DOWD, RAY DOWD, W. O. SLATON, B. M. SLATON, J. G. SLATON, and G. C. SLATON.
From the ‘Our Pioneer Citizens’ series:
JIM WEISS and family, uncle and brother-in-law to our town people, Mrs. GEORGE WEISS and family, were Nocona’s first residents. It was in Mr. Weiss’ yard that Nocona’s much spoken flow of water well was located. His daughter, Miss MARGARET, was our first rural carrier when those long white government wagons were provided to carry mail. Mr. Weiss and family moved to Idaho years ago.
Mr. and Mrs. HIRAM CLAY and sons CHARLES and JONAH, have lived at the edge of town limits since Nocona was founded. Charles Clay married Miss GRACE HOWARD, oldest daughter of W. W. HOWARD, who lived south of Nocona, pioneers in truck and berry produce. Jonah Clay, a World War veteran, died a few months ago. The Clays are in their 80’s but are loyal to Nocona.
Mr. and Mrs. LEONARD FLOOD operated the first truck garden, ‘Hot House’ produce. After his wife’s death, Mr. Flood moved his family to Oklahoma. Mrs. Flood and two children rest in our cemetery.
MITTIE MAE WHITE
Miss MITTIE MAE WHITE of Terral, Okla., died May 30 at the Waurika hospital. She was the daughter of Mrs. EUNICE HARRIS WHITE, formerly of Belcherville. Mittie Mae leaves her mother, two sisters, and a brother. She was born Dec. 13, 1905 at Ardmore, Okla. Funeral services were held at the Belcherville cemetery May 31.
June 15, 1934
ISAAC A. GIST
ISAAC A. GIST, 84, Montague County pioneer, died at his home here last Wednesday evening, result of a two months illness. Mr. Gist was well known here, living in and near Nocona over 45 years. Mr. Gist was a large land holder, part of his holdings in the oil field. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Church of Christ, conducted by L. DUGGER of the church. Interment in Nocona cemetery arranged by J.B. March funeral director. He is survived by three sons, HOMER GIST of Tulsa, Okla., BAILEY and LUTHER GIST of Nocona, and daughter Mrs. WINNIE (surname torn off) of Nocona.
Our Pioneer Citizens series
C. C. BURCH and MACK BUSH moved to Nocona from Montague. Mr. Bush with Mr. Poole operated a grocery business on front street. Later C. C. Bush (both Burch and Bush were used) sold his interest in the grocery business and with R. R. ALEXANDER operated a dry goods. … Mr. Bush married Miss OLLIE MCCALL, cousin to CADMUS MCCALL of Nocona. In early 1890’s Mr. Bush sold T. H. FIELD his business and moved his family to Pogue, Okla. Mr. Bush managed a bank until his health forced him to retire.
Rev. E. L. MOODY of the First Baptist Church since Oct. 1928 resigned to accept a church at Henrietta.
Mrs. MARTHA EVELINE BECK, 84, Nocona resident for 45 years, passed away at her residence in the Molsbee Chapel community Monday after an illness of about 20 years. Funeral services were held at the Molsbee Chapel cemetery Tuesday morning, conducted by Rev. J. A. WALL, arranged by J. B. March funeral director. MARTHA EVELINE HOLLAND was born in Tennessee May 11, 1850 and was married to WILLIFORD ANDERSON BECK on Oct. 25, 1868. She moved with her family to Arkansas to Nocona in 1889. To this union six children were born, four of whom survive, one child died in infancy and Mrs. ETTA GOSSETT died a year ago. The children are Mrs. D. C. MOLSBEE of Nocona, ASA BECK of Oklahoma City, CHARLES BECK of Marlow, Okla., and EDD BECK in California. Mrs. Beck joined the Baptist Church early in life and was a charter member of the Nocona Baptist Church. Pallbearers were S. C. BECK, CLARENCE GOLDSMITH, HERB ROBERTS, VESTER MOLSBEE, CHARLIE MOLSBEE, and OTTO MENASCO. Out of town people at the funeral were Mrs. MYRTLE SHARES, Mr. and Mrs. S. C. BECK and Mr. WRIGHT of Wilson, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. ALFRED HARRISON of Muenster, Mrs. RAYMOND ALLEN of Byers, Mrs. HOWARD CLARK of Denver, Mrs. BARNEY HODGES of Overton.
June 22, 1934
24 Years Ago from June 24, 1910
Monday afternoon of this week, W. B. GIST died at his home here after an illness of several months. Mr. Gist was born Nov. 19, 1851. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ Tuesday afternoon.
Marriage licenses: LOWLAND M. HURST to MABEL M. ALLEN; HERBERT SPAIN to ULA G. WHEELIS; LEE OWLSBY to Mrs. ANNIE CROW.
E. R. DANE, son of S. W. DANE who lives six miles east of Nocona, died at his home near Tage this week.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. JEFF GIBSON, who live south of town, last Sunday, a fine girl.
GEORGE A. KNIGHT and wife visited friends at Forrestburg.
GILL UTT installed electric fans at his popular soda fountain in Our Drug Store.
The following guests were entertained in the home of Mr. and Mrs. SCOTT DENNIS: Misses ALMA and GLADYS RUSSELL from Nocona, MAGGIE and ANNIE PAINE, CELIA HYNDS, Mrs. JOHN DRAKE and Messrs, OSSIE CURLIN and PERCY WARE from Nocona, JIM OWENS of Krum, HARRY SALMON, OLEN ROBERSON, HARRY and TOM PAINE.
June 29, 1934
Thousands Expected here Next Monday
Farmer at Ryan, Okla.
Ryan, Okla., June 26: The body of T. P. HAUSER, 60, Lubbock farmer, was found Tuesday morning hanging from a tree near the home of his brother, JOHN HAUSER of Ryan. John Hauser, who found the body, said his brother had been despondent over ill health and financial difficulties. The past three weeks, Hauser had been visiting his mother Mrs. JOHN HAUSER, and brother JOHN HAUSER. He is also survived by a wife and son in Lubbock, Texas. Funeral services were Wednesday afternoon from Grantham funeral home and burial at Ryan cemetery.
Our Pioneer Citizens series
Bro. SMITH, a Christian minister, was our first minister, together with his wife, one daughter Mrs. R. R. ALEXANDER, and three stepchildren, Mrs. SID ALEXANDER, Mrs. R. MILLIONS (third not printed), were among our first residents. Bro. Smith owned and operated a saddle and harness business about where FLADOS’ Shoe Shop is now. SID ALEXANDER had charge of that business as long as Bro. Smith lived. R. R. ALEXANDER worked fro M. F. KING, later selling groceries and married Miss FLORENCE SMITH, daughter of Bro. Smith. Mr. and Mrs. R. Alexander reared five children. … KENT ALEXANDER operated the Alexander Grocery Store. Mrs. KENT ALEXANDER is the oldest daughter of Mrs. CORA ANTRUM, our postmistress for years. Mr. Antrum moved here from Belcherville with three children, MATTIE, CORA and JIM.
Former Nocona Girls Drowns in Oklahoma City
NORA LEE VAUGHAN, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E MIZE of Oklahoma City, formerly of Nocona, and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. POKE SMITH of Nocona, and FLORENCE FARLEY, 9, of Oklahoma City, were drowned Sunday afternoon at Rotary Park swimming pool while life guards stood on the lookout platform and 40 others youngsters failed to see them. ERNEST CARTER, 15, and QUINTON HUCKABE / HUCKABY, 14, were swimming in the pool and found the bodies. The position when found with arms gripping each other, indicated that one probably grasped the other and both were pulled under. Nora Lee is a former Nocona girl.
Mother of Dink Brown Passes Away
Mrs. SARAH BROWN, 93, mother of DINK BROWN of near Nocona, passed away at her home in Wilson, Oklahoma, on June 16 after a brief illness. Funeral services were held at the Bomar Point cemetery on Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H. P. ROBERSON of Ardmore, Okla., a life long friend of the family. She was laid to rest by the side of her husband who died 33 years ago. Mrs. Brown was born near Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Oct. 18, 1841. On Jan. 12, 1859, age of 18, she married CHARLES LOU BROWN of McKinney, Texas. Nine children were born to the family, one daughter died in infancy, oldest son CHARLES WARREN BROWN died Nov. 19, 1933 at Hardin, Montana, age of 72. Mrs. Brown has been a member of the Methodist Church for 75 years, joined at McKinney, Texas, age of 17. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. MATTIE JONES and Mrs. BELL ADAMS of Wilson, Okla., Mrs. E. E. MORRISON of Marietta, Okla., and Mrs. C. A. MORRIS of Electra, Texas; three sons, ALBERT and MARTIN BROWN of Wilson, Okla., and DINK BROWN of Nocona, 24 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren. There were five generations, with the oldest in the fifth generation 18 years old.
Mr. and Mrs. JOHN BROWN and little daughter, Miss CARRA BROWN, and ROY HOLDER of Wilson, Okla., visited the J. H. BARNES family last week.
July 6, 1934
W. H. WILSON
WILLIAM H. WILSON, 75, pioneer citizen of Nocona, died at his home here Sunday, July 1, after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Church of Christ, conducted by L. E. DUGGER, minister, assisted by Rev. C. E. COGSWELL of the Central Christian Church. He was laid to rest with Masonic honors… Active pallbearers were CARL GRAY, FOYE WOOD, GEORGE SHACKELFORD, C. D. BENNETT, WILLARD SHACKELFORD, and TOM GOODPASTURE. Interment in Nocona cemetery arranged by J. H. Cone funeral director. WILLIAM H. WILSON was born in Castville, Missouri, Nov. 24, 1858 and moved to Texas age of 22. In 1872 he married Miss LULA GRAYSON and to this union twelve children were born, two died in infancy. The children who are living: Mrs. GRACE BRADFORD of Westwood, Calif., Mrs. JENNIE ADAMS of Dallas; Mrs. MAY COLLINS of Kilgore; FRED WILSON of Nocona, Mrs. NELLIE EWALT of Boulder, Colorado; Mrs. RUTH TAYLOR of Kilgore, GLENN WILSON of Montague, Mrs. DON EDGE of Kilgore, JAMES WILSON of Kilgore and ROBERT WILSON of Keyport, Washington. His first wife died in 1914 and in 1921, he married Mrs. RUBY REED, whose two children by her former marriage, JOE REED, and Mrs. CECIL REED CUNNINGHAM, grew up under his love and care; to this union was born one son BILLY WILSON, who with his mother now survives. In 1923 Mr. Wilson became a Christian, a member of the local Church of Christ. For nearly 50 years he was a member of the Masonic lodge.
Mrs. Bouldin Passes Away
Mrs. E. J. BOULDIN died at her home near Spanish Fort Thursday afternoon, July 5, after an illness of several years. Mrs. Bouldin’s husband, E. J. BOULDIN, died March 18. More details in next week’s issue.
Justice of peace D. M. PAINTER performed the ceremony that united in marriage, JOHN M. WHITE to Miss MARY E. GREEN, and J. H. BRICKEY to Miss CALLIE GREEN. The brides are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. GREEN of near Dye Mound.
Nocona’s First Monday Trades Day
Winning prizes: JACK CROWNOVER, A. E. COFFMAN, RALPH MOLSBEE, JOE SHELTON, FRED VAUGHAN.
Former Montague County Woman Dies in Dallas
Mrs. MARTHA EUDORIA HICKS, 78, formerly of this county, died suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. S. HICKS of Dallas, last Friday, result of heart attack. Funeral services were held at the March funeral parlor Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. W. THOMAS of the Methodist Church of Nocona. Mrs. Hicks had been making her home with her daughter, Mrs. LON COBB, of Medicine Mound, but at the time of her death, she was visiting her daughter Mrs. E. S. Hicks at Dallas. Until recent years, Mrs. Hicks had lived near Bonita in Montague County, where she had lived since childhood. She is survived by two sons, IRA HICKS of Medicine Mound and ARTHUR HICKS of Dallas, and four daughters, Mrs. BILL DOSSEY, Mrs. E. S. HICK, of Dallas, Mrs. LON COBB of Medicine Mound, and Mrs. ALMA WALKER of Bonita. Interment was in Nocona cemetery.
Our Pioneer Citizens
Among the young business men of our town: J. J. BERRY and family moved to Fleetwood, Indian Territory, now Oklahoma; Mr. KENDALL with his sons LEWIS, WILL and ERNEST KENDALL with Lewis associated with J. J. Berry in the dry goods business, later Mr. Kendall moved to Oklahoma. Mr. Berry continued to operated the dry goods store, associating with FRANK POTTS of Gainesville, they branched out to a flour mill operated by ERNEST KENDALL. Mr. Berry died and his family of six scattered, with ROY BERRY and family still here; the only daughter Mrs. JAMES ADDISON and children are at Kansas City; the young son FRANK BERRY and family have always lived at Nocona. W. C. KENDALL was one of our grocery men for years, dying in the service. ERNEST KENDALL married Miss BERTIE TOBY, an aunt of townsman CAD MCCALL. Ernest Kendall moved his family to Dallas.
July 13, 1934
Mrs. W. J. BINGHAM
Mrs. W. J. BINGHAM, 45, died at the Bowie hospital Saturday, July 6, following an operation. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Prairie Point church, conducted by Rev. C. E. COGSWELL of Nocona. Interment was in Molsbee Chapel cemetery with Rebekah lodges from Nocona and Electra in charge. Burial arranged by J. B. March. Mr. and Mrs. Bingham and family moved here from Electra two years ago. The entire Continental Oil Co. employees, where Mr. Bingham works, attended the funeral. Mrs. Bingham is survived by her husband; daughters, Mrs. IRA CATO and LOIS BINGHAM; sister Mrs. S. W. BLAIR of Lubbock, brothers, TOM CATES of Caddo, Texas, JOE CATES of Meeker, Okla., and Rev. J. E. CATES of Mountain View, Okla. Pallbearers were CARL HAMILTON, SONNY BROOKS, D. T. TEAGUE, and TIL HOSKINS.
Last Rites for Mrs. Bouldin
Funeral rites were held for Mrs. ELIZA CLEMENTINE BOULDIN, 73, at the family residence Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. T. W. KYSER, assisted by Rev. LEE AUEFILL. Mrs. Bouldin died Thursday afternoon at her home near Spanish Fort, after an illness of several months. Mrs. Bouldin was born in DeKalb County, Alabama, May 26, 1861, and departed this life on July 5, 1934, age 73. She came to Texas in 1876 with her father ALEXANDER PAINTER an family. On April 11, 1878, she was married to ELIJAH BOULDIN, who died March 18, 1934. To this union 12 children were born, 3 sons and 9 daughters; six children, 2 boys and 4 girls, preceded their mother in death. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. GEORGE AYERS, Mrs. BUNK REED, Mrs. BEN CUNNINGHAM, Mrs. MARVIN CROW, and Miss LULA BOULDIN, and son ELIJAH BOULDING. Forty years ago she and her husband were baptized at the hands of pastor NELSON WEST and united with the Spanish Fort Baptist Church. Pallbearers were JIM CROW, JASPER LOVETT, MERDOCK RODGERS, BOB HICKMAN, EUAL BROOKS and TOM USELTON. Burial was in the Spanish Fort cemetery arranged by J. B. March.
Our Pioneer Citizens
C. E. QUILLIN came to the county as a boy of six years, camping with his father’s family near where JOHN KING’S country home now stands. The Quillin family made their home in the county for some time. He was a county official. C. E. QUILLIN has some of the certificates issued by his father. Mr. Quillin was prominent in business affairs of Nocona and was one of the bank directors for years. Mr. and Mrs. Quillin have only one child.
Mrs. MATTIE SALMON is a Montague county pioneer, coming to Spanish Fort with her husband, Dr. Salmon, from Gainesville in 1879. Dr. Salmon died, leaving his wife and young daughter, MARIE who is now Mrs. T. M. HOBEN, and a small stepdaughter, LOTTIE, now Mrs. DOWNARD of Gainesville. Later Mrs. Salmon married a young brother of Dr. Salmon, WILLIAM SALMON and had six children, four sons and two daughters. In 19907 William Salmon died, leaving Mrs. Salmon with business interests.
July 20, 1934
AMBROSE LOVETT, 81, passed away Saturday, July 14, after a lingering illness of about a year. …born in Hill County Jan. 19, 1853. In 1878 he married Miss ELIZA DARTER of Travis County, who preceded him in death 14 years ago. To this union 12 children were born, 8 boys and four girls; of whom seven boys survive, LUTHER, GEORGE, JASPER and GLENN of Nocona Route 4; BRIT, ROLAND, and HUBERT in Oklahoma. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ Sunday afternoon, conducted by Bro. DUGGER of Nocona. Interment was in Spanish Fort cemetery arranged by J. H. Cone. He also has a niece, Mrs. C. H. HOWARD, and several grandchildren.
M. V. PAINE of Altus, Okla.
M. V. PAINE of Altus, Okla., formerly of Nocona, and brother of Mrs. J. O. BONDS and brother-in-law of J. H. CONE, died suddenly at his home last Saturday, July 14, of heart failure. Mr. Cone attended the funeral. He also visited his son L. Z. CONE at Wellington.
Mrs. EMMA M. PAYNE, 71, wife of the former S. T. PAYNE, veteran lumberman of Saint Jo, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. LARKIN HOWARD, 19 miles northwest of Saint Jo, Tuesday evening. Funeral services were held at the Saint Jo Baptist Church Wednesday, conducted by Rev. J. M. COCHRAN, assisted by Rev. PAUL THOMPSON. Interment in Mountain Park cemetery arranged by Scott Bros. Mrs. Payne is survived by a daughter, Mrs. HOMER CASKEY of Athens, Ohio, three brothers, GEORGE PUCKETT of Nocona, J. M. PUCKETT of Sonora, and R. L. PUCKETT of Big Spring, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. LARKIN HOWARD of Shady Grove and Mrs. L. F. HUDSON of Goldwaithe, Texas. Pallbearers were C. D. MEADOR, S. C. ROACH, W. W. WALKER, LUKE GRANT, LUTHER SLAUGHTER, and K. R. DORT.
Our Pioneer Citizens
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. MCCALL came to Nocona, Oct. 9, 1889, on Dec. 1, 1889, opened a hardware store on Front street, and built a two room house on the site of the present house, later a building of two stories, now owned by the DAVIS girls. In the winter of 1892-93, he built the building now occupied by J. H. CONE Hardware and moved his hardware store to this location in 1893. He was one of the original holders and organizers of the First National Bank… In 1897, with A. A. CROXTON, N. M. FLYNT, J. J. BERRY and others, built a flour mill, traded for dry goods, later traded for land in Denton County. During 1901, he opened a branch hardware store at Hobart, Okla., then disposed of the hardware business, then in 1905, with J. A. FOOSHEE, G. P. PRIBBLE, J. R.MODRELL, J. R. LEONARD, and others, organized the Farmers Merchants Bank. Mr. and Mrs. McCall had only one child.
July 27, 1934
Mrs. WILL WILLIAMS, 36, died at her home at Valley View last Sunday, July 22, after an illness of a few weeks. Funeral services were held at the Shady Grove Methodist Church Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. N. STONE, pastor, assisted by Rev. LEE AUFILLE of Valley View. Interment in the Shady Grove cemetery arranged by J. H. Cone. ESTA MCCRACKEN WILLIAMS was born Jan. 25, 1898, three miles south of Nocona. At age of 16, she joined the Shady Grove Methodist Church. On Dec. 22, 1918, she married WILL WILLIAMS. To this one, one child was born, JOYCE WILLIAMS, now 14. Will and Ester reared a little nephew, WOODROW WILLIAMS, from early childhood to age of 16 years. She is survived by her husband, daughter, her mother Mrs. MCCRACKEN, sisters Mrs. CARRIE HOLT and Mrs. EFFIE DAVENPORT; and brothers, DOCK and FRED MCCRACKEN and other relatives. Flower girls were MILDRED USELTON, CHRISTINE HOLT, GLADYS MCCRACKEN, MARY MORROW and LORA WILLIAMS. Pallbearers were RAY MORROW, WILLIAM MORROW, DAVE MORROW, GRADY HOLT, R. T. USELTON, and LEE O. USELTON.
Miss PAULINE FORESTER, daughter of LEWIS FORESTER of Nocona, and WILSON MARK of Bowie were married Sunday, July 15, at Waurika, Okla. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. MARK of Marlin, Texas. They will make their home in Bowie, Texas.
August 3, 1934
ED KINDSFATHER, who lives about 8 miles north of town, brought the first bale of cotton of the season to Nocona, Aug. 2. BYRON BONDS of Red River Station also brought a bale in Nov. 2.
Miss DOROTHY TEAGUE of Nocona and JOHN DAVE CUNNINGHAM of Saint Jo were married last Saturday in Fort Worth, by Rev. BLANSETT. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. TEAGUE of Nocona and a graduate of Nocona high school. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. JOHN CUNNINGHAM of Saint Jo and a graduate of Saint Jo high school and Texas A. & M. College. They left for Hughes Springs, Texas, where he will teach vocational agriculture this term.
On Monday night, July 23, SID DILLARD and Miss FAYE YORK were married at the Valley View Baptist parsonage by Rev. LEE AUFILLE of the church. She is a graduate of Valley View high school.
VIRGIL LEE NICHOLS
VIRGIL LEE NICHOLS, 47, died at his home in Pampa, Texas on July 17, after an illness of several months. Mr. Nichols is survived by his wife, two sisters, Mrs. C. WIEHEIM and Mrs. ELECTA NICHOLS of San Drinas, California, and two brothers, L. B. NICHOLS of Los Angeles, Calif., and J.H. NICHOLS of Borger, Texas. Funeral services were conducted at the Church of Christ in Pampa by Rev. C. E. MCKENZIE. The body was brought to Nocona for burial.
Dr. S. T. HUMPHREYS, pioneer physician and surgeon, fell dead Tuesday morning in his operating room while he was finishing a tonsils operation on JACK HART. He was carried to a bed in the adjoining room, but was dead. Dr. D. W. GUNN was called and finished the operation. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. W. THOMAS, pastor, arranged by J. H. Cone funeral director. G. W. PRITCHETT sang a solo. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery in Fort Worth. … Dr. Humphreys located in Nocona 40 years ago, just after finishing medical school….classed among the leading physicians and surgeons in North Texas. … he first began life by teaching school. He was 59 years old. Surviving are his wife and daughter Miss GAYLE HUMPHREYS.
JENETT HUMPRHEYS Buried
Little Jenett Humphreys, age 1 year 1 month 3 days, passed away at the hospital in Vernon July 31, and was buried in the Long Branch cemetery the following day. The body was accompanied by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. MARVIN HUMPHREYS, grandparents Mrs. J. L. HUMPHREYS and Mr. and Mrs. W. O. COMPTON, a brother and three sisters of the child’s mother, all from Vernon. Other relatives, Mrs. GIBSON and children, and friends from Nocona attended the service. Marvin Humphreys was a cousin of the late Dr. Humphreys.
Former Montague County Citizen
Mrs. PAUL THOMAS, formerly of the Fox community, now of Sunset, died at her home on July 12, 1934. Mrs. Thomas was a sister of Mrs. EULA UTZMAN of Nocona. Mrs. Thomas was born in Jack County January 3, 1912, moved to Montague County with her parents, age 12, married PAUL THOMAS Jan. 9, 1930, and to them one child, PAULINE FAY, age 2, was born. Funeral services were conducted Friday at Brush by Rev. BERT B. HALL of the First Methodist Church of Bowie. LORENA, as all knew her, lived some years, previous to her marriage, at Turkey Creek community and at the time of her death, was living at Pleasant Ridge, six miles southeast of Bowie. She was a member of the Church of Christ, joined when she was 22 years old. Surviving relatives are Mr. and Mrs. E. J. FANCHER, Mrs. ELA BAILEY, LESTER and ORLIN FANCHER of Sunset, EARL FANCHER of Seymour, Mrs. EULA UTZMAN of Nocona, Mrs. VERA BUCK of Fort Worth, and Mrs. VIDA MONROE of Clinton, Okla.
Our Citizen Pioneers
Names: RINES, SMITH. .. When Rock Island RR planned to cross the country at Ringgold, Mr. Rines and Mr. Smith turned part of their holdings to FIM MODRELL and their sons, HARDEN SMITH and ED RINES. The older men moved to Durant, Okla., taking two of their rent houses with them. Later Ed Rines Jr. and Harden Smith also moved to Durant, Okla. ED BOWERS, SAM KING, N. M. FLYNT, C. E. QUILLEN, and T. M. HOBEN took the Rines-Smith holdings. The capital stock was increased. Later JAMES ADDISON, D. S. PAINE and J. G. CLARK brought out Mr. Bowers and Mr. Bowers moved to Dallas. … G. M. UTT is a son of Major and Mrs. UTT, pioneer cattleman. Mr. Utt owned and operated a ranch near Nocona… they had three children, two girls, the late Mrs. LETT BEAR of Henrietta, and Mrs. CHARLES DONALD of Bowie, and son G. M. UTT who married Miss EVA MATLOCK. Mrs. Utt’s mother, Mrs. MATLOCK was left a widow a few days before the birth of her youngest child, CAMPBELL MATLOCK. Mrs. Matlock worked efficiently until she reared her family, daughters Mrs. AVIS of Wichita Falls, and Mrs. UTT of Nocona, sons IRVIN who died a few years ago, CAMPBELL of Dallas and the oldest who left Nocona many years ago.
In our bank changes, ED RINES bought the Smith home and married Miss LILLIE MCGILLICUDDY of Whitesboro. After the birth and death of their second child, they moved to Durant, Okla. He will be remembered, an artist in languages and music, a pianist of outstanding ability, he with ED WOODSON organized a 12 piece string bank in Nocona.
August 10, 1934
Last Rites for Mrs. Molsbee
Mrs. MARY ALICE MOLSBEE, 57, died at her home in Molsbee Chapel community, July 29, after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held in the Molsbee Chapel church, conducted by Bro. J. A. MILLER, assisted by Rev. J. P. HUMPHREYS. Interment in the Molsbee Chapel cemetery arranged by J. H. Cone. Mrs. Molsbee is survived by her husband, APP MOLSBEE, father P. E. BROOKS of New Mexico, sisters, Mrs. CRABB of near Amarillo and Mrs. BETTY LORA BEST of New Mexico; brother ERA BROOKS of New Mexico, and two nieces, who Mr. and Mrs. Molsbee reared, ANNIE and LORA DELL VANDYKE. Pallbearers were Mr. YARBRO, Mr. TEAGUE, M. W. SHELTON, TOM EVANS, JOHN HARPER and ELMER BOWMAN. Flower girls were Mrs. VESTER MOLSBEE, Miss HARRISON, Mrs. RAYMOND MOLSBEE, Mrs. DAVE PAINE, Mrs. FAWN PAINE, Mrs. O. T. MOLSBEE, Miss MAE JOHNSON and Misses RUBY and LAVONIA MOLSBEE.
Montague County Pioneer Died at Hollis, Okla.
THOMAS JEFFERSON BAREFOOT, 87, Montague County resident for 40 years, died at his home in Hollis, Okla., on July 30, after a month’s illness. Mr. Barefoot was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Oct. 2, 1846. He was a veteran of the Civil War, with the Confederate Army. Mr. Barefoot came to Montague County early in life and settled about ten miles northeast of Nocona in the Sandy Mound community, where he reared his family. Later he moved his family to Nocona where he lived for years, then moved to Hollis, Okla. He is survived by his wife; six sons, L. O. BAREFOOT, M. W. BAREFOOT, D. K. BAREFOOT, T. C. BAREFOOT, and CECIL BAREFOOT, one daughter Mrs. ROSS WEST of Walsh, Colorado; and two brothers, LEWIS and LAFAYETTE BAREFOOT of Oklahoma City. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist Church with Rev. E. C. HICKS officiating.
V. L. NICHOLS
From the Spearman Reporter at Spearman, Texas:
V. L. NICHOLS, well known nurseryman through the Texas Panhandle, died at his home at Pampa, Texas, July 17, 1934. His death came after a 12 weeks illness caused by a bone felon on each thumb and malaria fever which resulted in kidney trouble. Mr. Nichols was born in Putnam County, Tennessee, Feb. 17, 1886, and died at the age of 47 years. The early part of his life was spent in Tennessee but during the past 15 years, he lived in the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma. He had a nursery at Miami, Borger and other towns. Funeral services were conducted at the Church of Christ in Pampa Wednesday, July 18, by C. E. MCKINZIE, minister, and the body was shipped to Nocona, Texas, for interment. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Mrs. V. L. Nichols, at Nocona, three brothers, H. H. NICHOLS of Borger, L. B. NICHOLS and HOWARD NICHOLS both of Los Angeles, California; sisters Mrs. CASPER WILHELM and Miss ELECTRA NICHOLS of San Damis, California. Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Nichols moved to Nocona to make her home with her parents Mr. and Mrs. J. R. LEONARD.
Mrs. Bound Dies at Ryan, Okla.
MARTHA ANN BOUNDS, wife of JOE BOUNDS, died at the family home in Ryan, Oklahoma, August 4, 1934. She was born at Red River Station, Nov. 20, 1871, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. GRAYSON, prominent early settlers of this country. She joined the Church of Christ, age 20. Funeral services were held by L. E. DUGGER, minister of the Church of Christ at Nocona. She is survived by her husband, Joe Bounds of Ryan, Okla., son OTTO BOUNDS of Ryan, Okla., one sister Mrs. SARAH GRAYSON of Nocona, Texas, and some nieces and nephews.
From the Dallas News: Miss KATHRYN HUNEKE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. FRANK HUENKE of 4425 Glenwood, and JOHNNY F. CLINGINGSMITH of Dallas, son of Mrs. BELLE CLINGINGSMITH of Nocona, were married Saturday at the Highland park Methodist Church by Rev. O. P. KIKER of St. Paul’s Memorial Church.
August 17, 1934
Last Rites for Mrs. Porter
Mrs. LAURA ELLEN PORTER died at the home of her son, MACK PORTER, in Nocona, Aug. 10, after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ, Aug. 12, with interment in Nocona cemetery arranged by J. H. Cone’s. Mrs. Porter is survived by Mrs. MAUDE SEWELL of Cyril, Okla., Mrs. CLYDE HARDT of Anadarko, Okla., J. J. PORTER of Fort Worth, J. M. PORTER and Mrs. DOT ALLISON of Nocona, Mrs. H. C. SHARP of Conroe, 33 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Attending from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. CALLAHAN and Mrs. FINN of Stoneburg, Mr. and Mrs. K. H. DUCK , Mrs. WILLIS ALEXANDER, Mrs. MYRTLE APPLING, BAS MCCKAY, JERRY MCKAY, and FRANK MCKAY of Park Springs, Mrs. H. C. SHARP and Mrs. SAM FITZGERALD of Conroe, W. R. LEWIS, Mr. and Mrs. LAWRENCE HARBISON and Mr. and Mrs. J. L. PORTER of Fort Worth, Mr. and Mrs. WARNER SEWELL and baby, CHARLES, of Cyril, Okla., and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. BELL of Cement, Okla.
Little MATTIE MARGARET FOX
Little MATTIE MARGARET FOX of the Dixie community died at her home Thursday, Aug. 9, 1934, after an illness of several weeks of catarrh fever. Funeral services were conducted in Ringgold Friday by Rev. PARTRIDGE with interment in the Ringgold cemetery. Mattie was 8 year old and is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. EVERETT FOX and three other children in the family.
Mrs. Allen, Montague County Pioneer, Dies
Mrs. ELIZABETH J. ALLEN, 87, whose early life was associated with pioneer history in west and northwest Texas, died Saturday in a Fort Worth hospital. Mrs. Allen came to Texas in 1851 and settled near Lipan. She moved to the vicinity of Spanish Fort in Montague County in 1872. Her husband, a prominent physician, died in 1899. Three years later she moved to Nocona and resided with her daughter, Mrs. H. J. JUSTIN. She lived here until 1928 and moved to Fort Worth. Her residence was at 3304 Eighth Avenue with her daughter. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. A. R. HAMILTON of route one and Mrs. H. C. DAVENPORT of Ringling, Okla., three sons, G. M. ALLEN of Nocona, JOE and BUCK ALLEN in Oklahoma and 15 grandchildren. The body was brought here for funeral services at the Methodist Church Sunday afternoon with interment in Nocona cemetery. Pallbearers were four grandsons, SAM, JOHN, EARL and VANE JUSTIN of Fort Worth, and I. E. CUMMINGS of Olathe, Kansas and H. S. LEMON of Nocona.
Mr. and Mrs. ALVIE HILL announced their wedding last Sunday which took place June 16, 1934 at Waurika, Okla. She was Miss FRANCES NELSON. They will live in Nocona.
Mrs. R. R. ALEXANDER, Mrs. J. K. ALEXANDER, and Mrs. F. B. SHROPSHIRE attended the funeral of an infant of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. RUFNEY of Wichita Falls.
24 Years Ago, Aug. 13, 1934
Wednesday at the courthouse, C. W. GILES of Nocona and Miss LULA HILL of Portales, N. M., were married in the office of the country clerk, by judge A. W. RITCHIE.
MATT E. HOWARD
Funeral services were held at Spanish Fort, near here, Aug. 13, for MATT E. HOWARD, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. HOWARD, pioneers of Montague County. Rites were held at the Methodist Church by Rev. P. S. WARREN of Ringgold, interment at Liberty Chapel cemetery. He graduated from Nocona high school. He is survived by his parents; four brothers, ALBERT of Ryan, Okla., R. V., WILLIAM, and CHARLES of Spanish Fort; five sisters, Mrs. LEROY GIST and Mrs. J. L. LEVELL of Nocona, Miss LESKA HOWARD of Seymour, Miss VIOLA and Miss LELA HOWARD of Spanish Fort.
Our Pioneer Citizens
C. C. COOPER operated the first gin, south of the railroad. Mr. and Mrs. Cooper with four sons and four daughters came to Nocona in the late 1880’s. He was the father of Miss LOU COOPER and FRED COOPER, who still live in the old homestead although the old house was rebuilt. Miss BIRDIE married TOM MOODY, brother of Mrs. J.A. FOOSHEE. They moved to Portales, N. M. years ago, following Mrs. Moody’s brother, BERT PRIDDY and his family. Mr. Moody died not so long ago and was buried at Portales, N. M. TOM COOPER, a son, died not so long ago. MITT, a successful business man, lives in Fort Worth.
The next gin men, the CURLIN brothers, had a gin located in the north part of town, near Blue Mound, JOHN and GREEN CURLIN, a busy place. GREEN CURLIN lost his wife in Tennessee but filled a father and mother’s place in the rearing of his only son, OSSIE. OSSIE CURLIN married Miss ALMA RUSSELL, oldest daughter of Judge and Mrs. RUSSELL, they moved to Oklahoma after the death of Green Curlin. Mr. and Mrs. JOHN CURLIN had three children, a daughter Mrs. CLORIS CAVENESS, one of our teachers, WILL who married the only daughter of the late I. A. GIST, granddaughter of UNCLE PETE and AUNT KATE COE. Will died years ago. ERNEST, the youngest son, is an active business man, a county officer for two terms, married Miss VERA MARTIN, daughter of Mrs. J. A. MARTIN, one of Montague County’s pioneers. The Martin family was reared mainly by the widowed mother, who still lives here.
The CARMICHAEL gin was owned and operated by J. L. CARMICHAEL, grandfather of O. D. CARMICHAEL, townsman. Later Mr. Carmichael with his son W. D. became active in Nocona. CLARENCE CARMICHAEL, the older son, married Miss IRMA GRAVES, whose mother was a daughter of Uncle TOM PAINE’S family. CLARENCE died a few months ago. Miss GRACE CARMICHAEL married LON ROBERSON and live in Bowie. ORIN CARMICHAEL, the youngest, married on of Mrs. Martin’s daughters. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. CARMICHAEL, moved to Ringgold. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. CARMICHAEL were a successful family in business. While they had a large family of children, several never left their home state of Georgia. Dr. Carmichael and family made their home in Nocona for years. Miss ANNIE CARMICHAEL married FORD FRY, and still own their home here. ADOLPHUS CARMICHAEL, a lawyer, is in Chickasha, Okla.
August 31, 1934
Mrs. Bonds Buried
Mrs. J. O. BONDS, 70, died at her home here last Thursday, after an illness of about two months. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church on Friday afternoon by Rev. P. S. WARREN. Mrs. ELLEN VIRGINIA PAINE BONDS was born Nov. 15, 1863 in Tennessee, daughter of Rev. M. PAINE, an old pioneer of this county. At age of four, she came to Texas with her parents. On Nov. 14, 1880, she married J. O. BONDS and in 1889 they moved to Montague County where they made their home. Mrs. Bonds joined the Methodist Church age of 14 and remained a faithful member. She is survived by her husband, and five children, STANLEY BOUNDS of Ryan, Okla., Mrs. E. W. SALMON of Fleetwood, Okla., BYRON BONDS of Nocona, JOE BONDS of Olney and WADE BONDS of Arcadia, Louisiana, and grandchildren. Interment in the Nocona cemetery arranged by J. H. Cone. Pallbearers were VALACE MENASCO, BILL LEONARD, FRANK FOSTER, ZOLLIE MARTIN, D. G. GARDNER, JOHN KIRBY and L. C. STOUDER.
B. J. JENNINGS
BARNEY J. JENNINGS, 79, a Montague County pioneer, died at the home of his son, JIM JENNINGS, of Alamo, last Thursday, Aug. 23, after an illness of several years. Funeral services were held at Molsbee Chapel church on Friday afternoon, Aug. 24, by Rev. T. W. KYSER, interment in Molsbee Chapel cemetery arranged by J. H. Cone. Mr. Jennings lived most of his life in Montague County. He became a member of the Baptist Church years ago. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. GEORGE GRAY, and eight sons, ISOM, ROY, JIM, PARIS, WILL, NEIL, ANDY and MIL, 24 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were O. O. PARR, SELMON CLEMENT, H. E. SHELLER, JESSE VANN, Mr. BROTHERTON, and H. G. SHELLER.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. BROOKS of Happy, Texas, who visited his sister Mrs. RAN BEASLEY, of near Bonita and his uncles, D. M. and C. E. PAINTER of Nocona. Mr. Brooks had not seen his uncle D. M. PAINTER over 22 years.
Mrs. T. B. BATTLES, 72, died suddenly at her home here Tuesday night, heart attack. Funeral services were held Thursday, conducted by Rev. C. W. THOMAS of the Methodist Church, interment at Nocona cemetery arranged by J. H. Cone. Mrs. Battles had been in ill health for some time. She was a resident of Nocona for 25 or 30 years, coming here from Oklahoma. She is survived by her husband; four daughters, Mrs. HENRY REYNOLDS, Mrs. ARTHUR REYNOLDS, Mrs. INA CHRISMAN and Miss MARY WADE BATTLES, all of Nocona; and son OSCAR BATTLES of east Texas. Pallbearers were L. W. RUSSELL, R. L. CUBINE, JESSE THOMPSON, FRANK FOSTER, S. H. BATTLES, and W. C. STUDER. Flower girls were WILLIE, MAYME, MILDRED and EDNA BATTLES and GEORGIA MCKINNEY.
Our Pioneer Citizens
A.A. CROXTON and family came from Rockwell, Texas. He was in every business, cattle, ranching, real estate. At the death of his father, he took and reared his younger brothers. …Mr. and Mrs. Croxton had a family of three sons and two daughters: Miss RHUE CROXTON married Dr. ARTHUR J. BOYD now of Paris, Texas; Miss ORBY CROXTON married D. V. HANLEY now at Denton; REECE CROXTON married Miss MILDRED LOUIS and died about a year before his father; PHILLIP CROXTON married Miss BONNIE CRITES now in Dallas; HAROLD CROXTON, the youngest, married Miss LORENE FLETCHER who works in D. G. GARDNER’S Telephone office. Harold is shipping clerk for Nocona Boot Co.
Others: M. M. KERN, N. M. FLYNT, O. L. HAMILTON of Montague, GEORGE SLAUGHTER, WILL HARDY, PEDIA ROBERSON of Bowie, Dr. H. F. WILSON of Spanish Fort, ED WOODSON, GEORGE W. BAREFOOT, the FATHEREE family, Mr. VESTUS…
24 Years Ago, Sept. 2, 1910
Mrs. F. A. ALLEN and son PAD were called to Chickasha to the bedside of her son W. A. ALLEN.
Faculty for the school term 1910-1911: J. D. BRAMLETT, supt.; Miss JULIA LUKER, prin.; Miss MARY E. MCDAVID; O. B. PATTY, Miss ETHEL BAKER; Miss LOUISE MANNING; Miss IMA VAN SANT; Miss CLORIS CURLIN, Mrs. JENNIE MCCALL, Miss HATTIE MANNING.
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