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Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
September 12, 1937
Stepson of DAVID CROCKETT, Living Near Moran, Early Settler of That Section (with photograph)
Written by JOHN W. PRICE
Moran, Sept. 11: The romance of a Hood County farmer and a widow school teacher, culminating in their marriage in Hood County in 1866, brought JAMES ASHER WOHLFORD into a relationship with a great Texas hero—DAVID CROCKETT. For that farmer was DAVID CROCKETT’S youngest son and the school marm was Wohlford’s mother. Today, occupying a place of honor in the Wohlford home, 12 miles northwest of Moran, is the picture of his stepfather.

That son of David Crockett was born in Gibson County, Tennessee in January 1818. Like his illustrious father, he came to Texas to help fight her war for freedom. He was only 18 years of age when his father died in the Alamo. When he married Mrs. Wohlford in 1866, he was the father of five boys and four girls. Mrs. Wohlford’s family consisted of five boys.

“This was a passel of children,” commented Mr. Wohlford recently, “but we got along fine.” Of this group only four survive, three of Crockett’s children and one stepson, Mr. Wohlford. Crockett’s living children, grandchildren of the Texas hero, are Mrs. OLLIE HEINER of Granbury, Mrs. DOLLY GOODDELL of Springfield, Missouri and a son who is owner of the Granbury newspaper in Granbury.

JAMES A. WOHLFORD, an early settler in this county, lives just over the line in Stephens County in a seven room house, of which one room is the original log house he first erected and in which he lived for ten years. It is now sealed, in side and out, and no logs are in view.

Mr. Wohlford was born in Marysville, Tennessee November 23, 1856. He will be 81 next November. With his parents he came to Texas in the spring of 1860, the family first settling in Hood County. His father died when he was quite young. In 1879 he came to Stephens County, since his home.

“I have lived here 58 years and could stay that much longer,” he declares. He is strong in his religious convictions and has often declared, “I’m Methodist born and Methodist bred;” and friends might add the old familiar line, “and I’ll be a Methodist ‘til I’m dead.”

In 1878 Mr. Wohlford was married to Miss MATTIE COOSE of Hood County. Five children were born to this couple. They are Mrs. LULA EDDLEMAN of the Eureka community, Stephens County; DICK WOHLFORD of Eureka; Mrs. LOTTIE KEITH of Breckenridge, Mrs. LEAN MARRIT of Lake Arthur, New Mexico and Mrs. WILEY WILLIAMS of Moran.

Mrs. Wohford died in 1920 and in 1924 he was married to Miss DOLLY RICHEY, with whom he lived several years. He was married to his present wife, the former Mrs. NANNIE ASHCRAFT, in 1933.

He has been a farmer, a successful one, since coming to Stephens County. In 1920 at the death of his first wife, he divided the 570 acres of his place with his children and had remaining 400 acres of which he cultivates about 65 acres and grazes some 50 head of cattle on the rest.

His hobby is rock work. He has built a rock fence four feet high around an 80 acre tract, he has “rocked” a crib, a chicken house and cistern.

He also has found time for public life. For 25 years he was a justice of the peace, and he has served as a Stephens County commissioner. A notary public for 35 years, he did notarial work for the leasing of thousands of acres of Stephens County land.

Mrs. Wohlford, besides her duties in the house, interests herself in the raising of a drove of turkeys of which she plans to market 75 this fall. The home is hospitable, visitors find a cordial welcome there.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
February 6, 1938
GEORGE T. LILES of Breckenridge Dies
Breckenridge, Feb. 5: GEORGE T. LILES, constable of the Breckenridge precinct of Stephens County, died at 3:30 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church here. Mr. Liles, a resident of Stephens County 55 years, was a son of the late L. D. LILES, who died in 1920 and of Mrs. KATE LILES, who survives him. Other survivors include his wife; two brothers, S. D. LILES of Throckmorton and J. EDDISON LILES of Breckenridge; and two sisters, Mrs. H. W. SAYLES and Mrs. ROSS ELLIOTT of Breckenridge.

Abilene Morning Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
August 20, 1933
Celebrates 100th Birthday (with photograph)
The “Century of Progress” is a reality to Mrs. ELIZABETH CURRY, who with more than 200 members of her family, celebrated her 100th birthday anniversary in a picnic gathering Saturday at the Holland lake park in Weatherford. Mrs. Curry, a pioneer of Stephens County, resides part of the time here in the homes of a son, E. S. CURRY, and a daughter, Mrs. NANNIE BROWN. The picture below was made at her 98th birthday celebration, staged at the Curry Home, 802 Butternut Street. The scene was re-enacted again yesterday, the only change being the addition of two more candles to the huge birthday cake which Mrs. Curry cut.
Weatherford, Aug. 19: Mrs. ELIZABETH CURRY, Stephens County pioneer, observed a birthday today, she passed her 100th milestone.

To celebrate the occasion, more than 200 members of her family gathered for a two day outdoor party in the park on the shores of Holland lake here. They came from as far west as Friona and eastward from Texarkana, and from points in Oklahoma.

Mrs. Curry, as the guest of honor, made little of her 100 years, happily greeting relatives and friends, beaming over her scores of floral gifts and smiling audibly when the 12th birthday cake was presented to her. Highlight of the day came at noon, when she blew out 100 tapers on the giant cake of them all, and cut the first slices for the group. A bounteous dinner was served.

Mrs. Curry’s home is divided between Elmer, Oklahoma, Breckenridge, Abilene, and Weatherford, having made her home among her children since the death of her husband 12 years ago.

Mrs. Curry has 112 living descendants, and practically all of them were here today. Seven of her eleven children are living and all were present—J. C. CURRY of Weatherford, E. S. CURRY of Abilene, Mrs. MARY POAGUE of Merkel, Mrs. MATTIE PATTON of Elmer, Oklahoma, Mrs. NANNIE BROWN of Abilene, ISAAC CURRY residing near Elmer, Oklahoma, and OMEGA CURRY of Breckenridge. Other direct descendants are 42 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and four great, great, grandchildren.

The guests here today included the KEYS quadruplets from Hollis, Oklahoma, great great nieces of Mrs. Curry. The four girls, ROBERTA, LEOTA, MARY and MARY, are accomplished musicians and added to the day’s entertainment.

Mrs. Curry was born in Maury County, Tennessee August 19, 1833. She was married in Tennessee and in 1884 moved to Texas with her family, settling in Stephens County. Her husband died at age of 93.

Mrs. Curry spends her winters in Oklahoma with Mrs. Patton and the summers in Texas with her other children. During each year, she gets around to visit them all, and with other relatives as well. She is interesting company and takes pride in telling friends, “I’m perter now than some of my daughters.” She doesn’t see as well as she used to, and she has lost her teeth, but in spite of that, she manages to eat almost everything. She sleeps well at night and feels well all the time.

E, S, CURRY of 602 Butternut Street, a son, and Mrs. NANNIE BROWN, a daughter, went to Weatherford early Saturday to remain through today at the 100th birthday anniversary of their mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Curry. They were accompanied by their families, Mrs. E. S. CURRY and children, Misses CREOLA, KATIE CURRY and Mrs. EDWARD CONLEY and Mrs. ALMA COZART of Abilene, and Mrs. WILLIE AMY THOMPSON, daughter of Mrs. Brown.

Abilene Morning News
Abilene, Texas
Wednesday Morning, April 22, 1931
Service for Mrs. WILLIS to Be Today
Member of Pioneer Stephens County Family Dies in Breckenridge
Funeral service for Mrs. EMMA WILLIS of Artesia, New Mexico, member of a pioneer Stephens County ranch family, will be held at 10:00 this morning in Breckenridge from the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. THOMPSON. Mrs. Thompson is a sister of Mrs. Willis.

Mrs. WILLIS, a sister of R. L. MCFALL of Abilene, died Tuesday morning in Breckenridge. She was on a visit to her former home when she became ill two weeks ago. Her condition became critical early Saturday, and relatives, including her brother here, went to her bedside.

One brother, L. R. MCFALL, and another sister, Mrs. L. D. LILES of Breckenridge, and one son, ROBERT WILLIS, of Artesia, N. M., also survive. Mrs. Willis moved with her people to Stephens County more than 45 years ago and was married there to Mr. Willis, who was a pioneer ranchman of the section and also a participant in the famous Oklahoma run. The family later moved to Maryneal area of Nolan County, living there for 20 years. It was there that Mr. Willis died more than 12 years ago. For awhile, Mrs. Willis lived in Breckenridge then moved with her son to Artesia.

Among the Abilene relatives going to Breckenridge for the service are R. B. MCFALL, a nephew; Miss ADDIE NEIL MCFALL, a niece; Mrs. R. E. MCFALL, Mrs. R. L. MCFALL, and Mrs. R. B. MCFALL. They were joined here yesterday by Mrs. KATE STOKER and her daughter, Mrs. W. M. KIRKPATRICK of Post.

Abilene Morning Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
Sunday Morning, December 29, 1935
Anniversary Is Celebrated
Celebration of the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. BOLES, pioneer residents near Harpersville community between Cisco and Breckenridge, was held recently with relatives present. The couple were married on December 23, 1885. Mr. Boles is 74 years of age and Mrs. Bole 72.

Dr. B. F. RHODES, brother to Mrs. Boles, and Mrs. Rhodes attended the dinner and musical program held at their ranch home, except for four years during which the family lived in Abilene in order that the children might attend school from 1920-1924. The children, all of whom were present for the reunion, were JOHNNIE, CLAUD, PAUL and TOBY, Mrs. THELMA CASTLEBERRY and Mrs. ETHEL JOHNSON of Castleberry.

Mrs. Boles, Dr. Rhodes and a sister, Mrs. T. L. BAKER, are members of a pioneer Stephens County family, settling there in 1879.

Confederate Veteran Dies
Ballinger, Dec. 28: Funeral ties for A. D. TALLEY, 89, who settled in Runnels County, in the early eighties, were held from King-Holt Funeral Home here Saturday afternoon. Rev. W. H. DOSS, retired Methodist minister, and Rev. HOMER VANDERPOOL, local pastor, officiated for the service. Burial was made in Evergreen Cemetery beside the grave of Mrs. Talley who died 25 years ago. Mr. Talley died Thursday in San Antonio at the home of his only son, W. A. TALLEY. The body arrived on the Santa Fe train early Saturday morning.

Mr. TALLEY was for many years manger of the HARRIS land, one of the largest tracts in this section during the early days. He lived for several years in the Crews community where he served as justice of the peace. Before moving to San Antonio with his son ten years ago, Mr. Talley lived here in the W. A. TALLEY house. A Confederate Veteran, he was known throughout West Texas as “Captain” Talley. Besides his son, he was survived by two grandsons, MARVIN and BUSTER TALLEY, both of San Antonio.

Hale Funeral Held at Anson
Anson, Dec. 28: Funeral service for Mrs. H. C. HALE, pioneer settler of Jones County, was held here Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Baptist church wit Rev. L. A. DOYLE, pastor, officiating. Mrs. Hale had been a member of the Baptist church since early childhood. Mother of two Abilenians, Mrs. HARRY TOM KING and Mrs. J. J. BOLEY, Mrs. Hale died Friday at 7 p.m. in the home here of a daughter, Mrs. W. J. MCCREIGHT. She had been ill nearly two weeks. Wife of the late H. C. HALE, early day rancher, she came to Anson with her husband on January 1, 1889. Earlier she had resided at Chapel Hill, Washington County, where she was married to Mr. Hale on January 22, 1873. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 20, 1856, daughter of W. R. and ORPHELIA DAVIS. She received her education at Baylor University, when the school was located at Independence. Other survivors are a son, JOHN HALE of Anson and the following daughters, Mrs. C. H. STEELE of Ft. Worth, Mrs. KNOX PITTARD and Mrs. ED MARTIN, Anson. Fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive. All Mrs. Hale’s children, with the exception of Mrs. Steele, were at the bedside when death occurred. Mrs. Steele was here for the funeral. Pallbearers were D. L.ORR, JOE LOVE, JOE STEELE, E. T. PITTARD, SID CASTLES and JOE BOYD.




Abilene Morning News
Abilene, Texas
Saturday Morning, May 23, 1931
Pioneer Stephens County Resident Buried at Breckenridge
Breckenridge, May 22: Mrs. G. W. RITCHEY, 73, a resident of Stephens County for 49 years, died Thursday morning at her ranch home 10 miles west of Breckenridge. She awoke about 4 o’clock and complained of feeling ill; before her son could get back from town with a doctor, she was dead. Wednesday, she was apparently in good health, children said, although she suffered from time to time with heart trouble.

Born in Missouri in 1857, Mrs. Ritchey came to Texas when she was six years old. After marrying W. G. WEAVER in Hopkins County in 1879, they moved to Crystal Falls in 1882. Weaver died in 1884; ten years later she married G. W. RITCHEY and has lived here since that time.

R. A. RITCHEY, her youngest son, and his family have made their home with here since the death of Mr. Ritchey in 1918. She raised a family of twelve children, six of her own and six step-children. All survive except one daughter.

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church Friday afternoon with Rev. A. J. MORGAN officiating.


Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
October 13, 1954
Mrs. VIDA MCCLAIN
Breckenridge, Oct. 13: Mrs. VIDA WALKER MCCLAIN, 55, Breckenridge teacher and member of a pioneer Stephens County family, died Wednesday in a Breckenridge hospital after an 18 months illness. She was a niece of Mrs. KATIE KEATHLEY and the late Mrs. C. M. CALDWELL of Abilene and of the late BRECK S. WALKER of Breckenridge. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Surviving her are a daughter, MARTHA, of Dallas; one sister, Mrs. J. O. DAVIS of San Antonio; three brothers, FRANK WALKER of Strawn, LEE BERRY WALKER of Cleburne, and RAYMOND WALKER of Houston. Mrs. McClain was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. HAL WALKER of Breckenridge. She was born here in July 1899. The Walker family helped organize Stephens County. Mrs. McClain was a member of the First Christian Church. She was graduated from Breckenridge High School and from Texas Christian University. She taught here until illness forced her retirement a little more than a year ago.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
May 6, 1939
Abilenians to Breck Fuenral
Funeral for Mrs. ELLA M. WALKER, half-sister of Mrs. C. M. CALDWELL and ROY KEATHLEY of Abilene, who died Thursday morning at Ranger, was set for 3 p.m. today at the Breckenridge Christian Church. Several Abilenians, including Mr. and Mrs. KEATHLEY, Mr. and Mrs. CALDWELL, Mrs. GEORGE S. ANDERSON and Mrs. J. P. STINSON, are planning to attend the funeral. Survivors are five children: FRANK and RAYMOND WALKER of Monahans, LEE BERRY WALKER of Cleburne, Mrs. VERA DAVIS of Ranger and Mrs. VIDA MCCLAIN of Breckenridge. Mrs. Walker had lived in Breckenridge and Ranger since childhood. She had been in failing health for 10 years.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
March 30, 1966
Lee B. Walker, Ex-Breckenridge Resident, Dies
Breckenridge: LEE BERRY WALKER, member of a pioneer Stephens County family, died Tuesday in Cleburne. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Dillon Funeral Chapel at Cleburne. Mr. Walker, in his late 60’s, lived here as a child and during the oil boom days. He was a nephew of the late B. S. WALKER of Breckenridge and C.M. CALDWELL of Abilene. Surviving are his wife and two daughters.

L. G. DAVIS
Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the St. Paul Methodist Church for LOUIS G. DAVIS, 64, of 1809 River Oaks Rd., prominent Abilene area rancher who was dead on arrival at Hendrick Memorial Hospital Tuesday following a heart attack at his home. Dr. FRANK D. CHARLTON, pastor, will officiate, assisted by Dr. C. A. LONG. Burial will be in the family plot at Cedar Hill Cemetery under direction of Elliot’s Funeral Home. Born May 21, 1901, near Breckenridge, he was the son of G. R. and HADDIE COLLINS DAVIS, pioneer Stephens County ranchers. He came to Abilene with his family from Breckenridge in 1923. He was a graduate of Breckenridge High School and attended Texas A.& M. College and Hardin-Simmons University. Associated with his late father in extensive ranching interests, mostly in Shackelford County, he and his son operated the ranches since his father’s death. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Survivors are his wife, the former OUIDA BEAVERS, one son LOUIE BOB of 2065 Buffalo Gap Rd.; his stepmother, Mrs. G. R. DAVIS of 718 Victoria; a sister, Mrs. T. EDGAR JOHNSON of Vernon; a niece, MARY FRANCES PAULP of Midland and a number of cousins.

The Abilene Morning Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
Sunday Morning, December 29, 1935
Area Pioneer Death Victim
Funeral rites for V. B. HODGES, pioneer Stephens County rancher and former Abilenian, will be held from the Methodist Church in Wayland, Eastland County at 10 a.m. Monday, with burial following in a cemetery near Wayland. Although in failing health for more than a year, Mr. Hodges died unexpectedly at his ranch home near Wayland early Saturday morning. His death resulted from a stroke of paralysis with which he was stricken that morning. Born in Texas, Dec. 7, 1864, Mr. Hodges settled in Stephens County many years ago, engaging in stock farming. He moved to Abilene in 1919 and lived here until the death of his wife in 1928. He then moved to his ranch near Wayland. Surviving are 11 children, four living in Abilene: MELVIN, V. and CHESTER HODGES, and Mrs. BUSTER HATCHETT of Abilene; Mrs. EDGAR BROWN and D. R. HODGES of Breckenridge; Mrs. WILLIS SYKES of Parks, C. E. HODGES of St. Louis, Missouri, and LEON HODGES, student in Baylor Medical College in Dallas. Sixteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive.




Abilene Morning News
Abilene, Texas
Thursday Morning, June 2, 1932
Abilenians Attend Marriage Service at Breckenridge
Mrs. E. B. SURFACE and her daughter, Miss VIRGINIA, attended the marriage of Miss GERTRUDE EWING, member of a pioneer Stephens County family, and MICKEY STRIPLIN, Longview business man, at Breckenridge, yesterday afternoon.

The ceremony was read at the Breckenridge Presbyterian Church at 4 o’clock, with Rev. W. H. MARKLEY, pastor, officiating. Miss Surface, roommate of the bride at Trinity University, Waxahachie, in 1926, was the couple’s only attendant.

Miss EWING is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. EWING, prominent early settlers at Breckenridge. Mr. STRIPLIN is a son of Mr. and Mrs. D. B. STRIPLIN of Hamilton. They attended the marriage service.

Preceding the ceremony, Miss FRANCES HENDERSON of Breckenridge sang “I Love You Truly” with Mrs. PAUL MORRISON, sister of the bride, at the piano.

Miss Ewing attended the summer session of McMurray College here last summer. She has been teaching near Breckenridge for the past five years. The couple left the ceremony to make their home at Longview where Mr. Striplin is in the electrical business.



Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
October 10, 1961

BIRDIE MEADERS Rites
Breckenridge: Miss BIRDIE MEADERS, 78, native of Stephens County, died Sunday in the Sunnydale Rest Home, where she had been a patient three years. She was born July 15, 1883 in Stephens County and spent most of her life there, with the exception of four years in Weatherford and four years in Lubbock. Miss Meaders / MEADORS was the daughter of BERYY MEADERS, who was the first sheriff of Stephens County. Her grandfather was Capt. BROWN, a Confederate officer, who built a home in 1867, which still stands three miles south of Breckenridge. He brought the stone for the home from Fort Worth by ox-cart. Services will be held Tuesday in Satterwhite Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. DAN HITT, pastor of St. Paul Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Breckenridge Cemetery. The only survivor is a cousin, BILL BARNES of Ranger.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
October 10, 1961
Santa Anna Rites for Mrs. MCGAHEY
Santa Anna: Services were scheduled in the Hosch Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. A. L. MCGAHEY Sr., 59, who died Sunday in Santa Anna Hospital following a heart attack a week ago. Burial will be at Santa Anna Cemetery under direction of Hosch Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. H. H. BARNETT, pastor of the First Methodist Church where Mrs. McGahey was a member. Mrs. McGahey was born STELLA MAE POLK June 17, 1903 in Milam County but moved to Santa Anna at age of two. She married A. L. MCGAHEY Sr. July 3, 1920. He was a local carpenter.

Survivors include two sons, A. L. MCGAHEY Jr. of Victoria and BILL T. MCGAHEY of Corpus Christi; a daughter Mrs. DORIS MARIE GREEN of Corpus Christi; four brothers ESTES POLK of Fort Worth, LEON POLK of Jacksonville, Fla., E. W. POLK Jr. of California and DAMON W. POLK of Odessa; four sisters Mrs. LEAN HURLBUT of Dallas, Mrs. RUTH SULLIVAN of Brownwood, Mrs. MERLE CHILDS of Monahana, and Mrs. ELSIE LEE MOORE of unknown address, and six grandchildren.

Mrs. HUTCHESON, Pioneer Scurry Resident
Snyder: Mrs. RHODA HUTCHESON, 94, pioneer resident of Scurry County, died Monday at her home in Big Spring. Born RHODA BOATWRIGHT July 21, 1867 in Johnson County, Mrs. Hutcheson came to Scurry County in 1877. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Snyder for 50 years, but had lived in Big Spring the past three years. Funeral will be Tuesday in the Bell Funeral Home Chapel in Snyder with WALTER MITCHELL, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial in Snyder Cemetery under direction of Bell Funeral Home. Mrs. Hutcheson is survived by two daughters, Mrs. WILLARD HANDLIN of Big Spring and Mrs. PONDER ROBERSON of Oklahoma City; two sons, E. W. HUTCHESON of Midland and J. C. HUTCHSON of Amarillo; one brother, B. W. BOATWRIGHT of California; 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
June 15, 1934

IKE A. GIST
Nocona, June 14: IKE A. GIST, 84, Montague County pioneer, died at his home here yesterday. He had been a farmer and large land owner, some of his holdings include a large part of the Nocona oil field. He taught school at Denison before coming to Nocona. He was survived by three sons, LUTHER, NALLEY and HOMER, and a daughter Mrs. WINNIE CURLIN. Burial will be made in the Nocona Cemetery.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
February 13, 1940

T. H. KELL
Merkel, Feb. 12: T. H. KELL, 77, dropped dead in downtown Merkel Monday. The aged man had just received supplies from a federal surplus commodities truck and was standing the crowd around the truck when stricken. Funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at the First Baptist Church. Rev. COOPER WATERS, pastor, will officiate, assisted by Rev. R. T. SMITH, pastor of the Nazarene Church, and Rev. R. R. PHILLIPS, pastor of the Corinth Baptist Church in Abilene. Burial will be in a Merkel Cemetery. Survivors include three children, Mrs. R. J. JOHNSON of Ingleside, Mrs. DEWITT CAMPBELL and Mrs. ECTOR SMITH, both of Merkel.

Mrs. MARY C. SADLER
Merkel, Feb. 12: Mrs. MARY CATHERINE SADLER, 83, died Monday afternoon in Merkel. Her death occurred at an apartment in the home of Mrs. C. F. TURNER, where she was staying while under medical care. On Jan. 20 she received a fractured hip and was sent to Merkel hospital, later being removed to the apartment. She lived with a daughter Mrs. D. W. ASHBY in the Compere community.

Survivors include six children by a first marriage, FRANK CUTLER of Merkel, Mrs. A. M. BROOKS of Athens, Mrs. WILL BRADSHAW of Honey Grove, Mrs. ASHBY, Mrs. MAGGIE MORTON of Houston and Mrs. JIM LIVINGSTON of Cleburne.

JOSHUA COOPER HARRIS
Albany, Feb. 12: JOSHUA COOPER HARRIS, 84, retired stockman and farmer, and pioneer Stephens County resident, died here at the home of his cousin, Mrs. J. R. CRAIGHEAD, this morning. He suffered a paralytic stroke a week ago. Funeral will be held Tuesday at the Craighead home. Rev. J. A. OWEN, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, will officiate,w tih Rev. D.D. DENISON, Methodist pastor, assisting. Burial will be in the Clear Fork Cemetery.

Mr. Harris was born Aug. 7, 1856 in Cartersville, GA. He came to Texas with his parents, four brothers and five sisters in 1870 and settled in Johnson County near Cleburne. He lived until 1889 when he went to Stephens County and bought a ranch on the Clear Fork near what was known as Fort Davis. He lived there until three years ago, when, because of failing health, he moved to Albany to live with Mr. and Mrs. Craighead. He was a 32nd degree Mason. Survivors include a brother, J. H. HARRIS of Breckenridge; two sisters Mrs. M. J. ODOM of Albany and Mrs. F. M. HARRELL of Grandview.

O. O. VERNON
Rule, Feb. 12: Funeral for O. O. VERNON, 78, was held at the First Baptist Church here Monday afternoon. Rev. J. W. PARTIN, pastor, and Rev. C. A. POWELL, Abilene pastor, and Rev. RAY LEE, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Rule, officiated. Burial was in Rule Cemetery beside his wife who preceded him in death several years ago. Gauntt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Vernon was on his way to church Saturday evening when he dropped dead of an heart attack. He was a pioneer of this section, having come to Haskell County about 30 years ago. Surviving are two sons and two daughters: JOHN VERNON of Rule, TOM VERNON of Montrose, Colorado, Mrs. B. M. MCMINN of Fort Worth and MINNIE VERNON of Rule.

Mrs. L. C. DIXON
Anson, Feb. 12: Mrs. L. C. DIXON, 54, member of a prominent Jones County family, died this evening at her farm home nine miles northwest of Anson. Funeral will be held at the Fairview Baptist Church Tuesday. Rev. L. A. DOYLE of Anson and Rev. CHARLES TORRANCE, both Baptist ministers, will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery under direction of Lawrence Funeral Home of Anson. Pallbearers will be six nephews, IRA, PALMER and RAYMOND TREADWELL, JOHN, WEBSTER and BOBBY BEACHAMP.

Mrs. Dixon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. TREADWELL of Anson, was born Aug. 28, 1885 in Hill County. She came to Jones County with her parents when she was 16 years old. She was married to L. C. DIXON Sept. 8, 1904. Survivors are the husband, her parents, four children, Mrs. ELMER JOINER of Hamlin, Mrs. FADELLA STEWART of Brownfield, T. E. DIXON of Hobbs, N. M., and W. W. GOODWIN of Anson, seven grandchildren; four brothers, I. M. and T. J. TREADWELL of Stamford, J. L. TREADWELL of Hamlin, and A. J. TREADWELL of Eastland; and three sisters Mrs. P. H. BEACHAMP of Stamford, Mrs. CLARENCE ROSAMOND of Childress and Mrs. WILLIE NEVILLE of Anson.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
June 14, 1955

Stephens County Pioneer Is Dead
Breckenridge, June 13: JAMES C. “GUN” LOUDDER, 73, died in his residence here Monday after a long illness. Funeral services will be held Wednesday in Gunsight Methodist Church. Burial will be in Gunsight Cemetery under direction of MELTON Funeral Home.

Mr. Loudder was born in Coryell County, June 18, 1881. He moved to Stephens Count in 1887 in the Gunsight community. A retired farmer, he lived at Gunsight until a year ago when he moved to Breckenridge. He was a member of the Methodist church. Surviving are his wife; two sons, ROY of Gunsight, and N. B. of Breckenridge; three daughters, Mrs. VERNON THRIFLY of Gunsight, Mrs. EDNA JONES of Grand Prairie, and Miss JOLENE LOUDDER of Breckenridge; four brothers, S. B. of Canyon, EARNEST of Dimmitt, HOMER of Phoenix, Arizona, and TROY of Breckenridge; a sister Mrs. LIZZIE RUPER of Norton; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
Thursday, June 19, 1977

LOWELL STOKER
Breckenridge: LOWELL STOKER, 64, of Breckenridge, died Wednesday at the Villa Haven Nursing Home. Services will be Thursday in the Melton Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Rev. HARRY GRANTZ, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Breckenridge Cemetery. Born Aug. 3, 1912 in Rush Springs, Oklahoma, he moved to Stephens County in 1913 and had lived here most of his life. He was a heavy equipment operator. Mr. Stoker was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include two brothers, GUY STOKER of Snyder, and FRANK STOKER of Liberty Hill; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be H. W WHITLEY, BOB WHITLEY, FLOYD BULLOCK and J. B. STOKER.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
Saturday, July 25, 1953

Native Stephens Countian Dies
Breckenridge, July 24: Mrs. ROBERTA STUARD, 50, a native of Stephens County, died Friday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. EARL SATTERWHITE, near Frankell. Mrs. Stuard, who had been in ill health, suffered a heart attack. Funeral will be held Saturday at the Necessity Baptist Church with Rev. CLAUDE HARRIS and Rev. HORACE CROWDER officiating. Burial will be in the Veale Cemetery with Satterwhite Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Survivors include her parents; one daughter EDWINA STUARD of Holiday; three sisters, Mrs. P. D. WILLIAMS of San Angelo, Mrs. JAMES BRYANT of Breckenridge, and Mrs. G. F. JOHNSON of Winters; and one brother, L. A. SATTERWHITE of Breckenridge.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
January 24, 1952
Pioneer Stephens County Driller’s Funeral Today
Breckenridge: Funeral for JESS MILLER, 71, who drilled some of the first oil wells in Stephens county, will be held here Thursday. Miller died at his home in Riverside, California last Friday. He retired and moved from Breckenridge to California in 1938. The services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Methodist Church here with Rev. W. E. SHIPP, pastor, officiating. Kiker Funeral Home will direct burial in Breckenridge Cemetery.

Born in Ohio in 1880, Miller moved to Indiana in 1905 where he worked in the oil fields. In 1910, he moved to Kansas and then to Breckenridge in 1918. With his brother, GEORGE MILLER, he formed the Miller Bros. Drilling Co. here and drilled a large per cent of the oil wells in Stephens County.

Survivors are his wife and a daughter, Mrs. C. F. RAYBURN, of Riverside; five sons, J. O., CHARLES and PAT, all of Artesia, N. M., J. W. MILLER of Bakersfield, Calif., and CLARENCE MILLER of New London, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. AGNES CORDELL and Mrs. W. BOWER of Springfield, Ohio; and four brothers, VERN of Lueders; N. E. of Fort Worth, RALPH of Abilene, and JOHN MILLER of Los Angeles.

Pallbearers will be CAN FIELDS, P. W. LOWHAN, DALE HITCHCOCK, FRED SCHLAICH, R. L. MCAARON and C. G. KING.

The Road Runner by HAMILTON WRIGHT
Buffalo Gap Area on “Water Wagon”; FRED BROOKRESON Hale, Hardy at 84
Buffalo Gap: This once well watered scenic valley, that contained a population of 1000, is now mostly on the water wagon, literally.

Wells have failed so miserably, especially during the present drought, that the water truck has been impressed into service. The Road Runner was informed a tankwagon of 14 barrels sells for $. There are many customers in the area. The water is brought in from Abilene, some from Tuscola.

FRED BROOKRESON, pioneer, who lives in the northeast part of the Gap, says re-working of his wells has provided plenty of water. The well is about 35 feet deep.

The J. T. ONEY place well has been absolutely dry for over a year. Until two or three years ago, it was one of the most dependable wells in the valley. Up the Elm Creek, below Abilene State Park, several wells have failed. BERNICE BROOKRESON ha dug two additional wells. Some wells were reported contaminated and chlorinators will be used.

We spent an hour chatting with our old friend, FRED BROOKRESON, who at 81 is one of the oldest citizens of the county. His father, the late FRED Sr., lived in to his 90’s. Fred Jr. says he can read without the use of spectacles. If the Road Runner should be asked—instead of Uncle Fred—why Uncle Fred is so pert and has outlived so many other persons, we’d say right off the hat—“Because his wife is one of the best cooks in these U.S.A.”

Uncle Fred came in the late 1870’s with his parents. As a lad older than us, he wore scuffed boots, feigned he was going to use his big frogsticker on us. When we saw him sweep that knife blade majestically across those boots and looked “menacingly” at us, we hit for the tall mesquites—may be carrying some of them with us. Fred and I laugh about this every time we talk.

Mrs. J. T. TONEY, who came to Buffalo Gap in 1909, has been ill for several months. She remains in bed most of the time. In recent years the annual reunion of the Toney family has been held at the Presbyterian Ground here. She is about 83 years old. Living with her is her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. TOLLIE PARKS.

Another old timer native, ALLEN GAY, has been in Marshall Hospial for treatment for some time. He was born here in about 1885, attended the Buffalo Gap College, later became a Texas & Pacific Railway switchman at Dallas. He and his cousin, BOB WOOLDRIDGE, lived in the old Wooldridge Homestead here until recently. It was built in about 1880.

TOM CROSS, who lived in the Buffalo Gap in the 1890’s, is reported seriously ill at Mission, Texas. Cross was the son of the late TOM CROSS, early day rancher east of Buffalo Gap. His wife is the former MARY GRIFFIN, also an old timer of Buffalo Gap. HORACE CROSS, a borhter, is a ranchman southwest of Big Spring. The ill man has been a resident of the Rio Grande Valley for several years.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
Sunday, January 11, 1970

ROBERT STOKER
Breckenridge: ROBERT GREEN STOKER, 83, a native of Stephens County, died Friday in Graham hospital where he had been a patient since Tuesday. Funeral will be 3 p.m. Sunday in Melton Chapel of Memories with burial in Stoker Cemetery.

He was born March 30, 1882 in Stephens County. He married RUTHA MAE DEAVER June 15, 1915 in Stephens County. She died in 1944. He was a retired farmer and rancher and was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. FRANCES EATON of Breckenridge, Mrs. ALICE SHORT of Gruver, and Mrs. DORA PANTHER of Shallowater; two sons, CALVIN C. STOKER of Graham and BILLY FRANK STOKER of Breckenridge; one brother, J. K. STOKER of Bridgeport; 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
October 28, 1952

C.A. STEWART, Rancher, Dies
Breckenridge, Oct. 27: CHARLES ALLEN STEWART, 76, pioneer Stephens County rancher, died at his home near Ivan Monday morning after a long illness. Mr. Stewart had lived in the county 60 years and had lived on the old home place 52 years. Mr. Stewart was born June 20, 1876 in Ellis County. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

Funeral will be Tuesday at St. Paul Methodist Church in Breckenridge. Rev. P. W. WALKER of Denton will officiate, assisted by Rev. JAMES HOLDRIDGE of Breckenridge. Burial will be at South Prairie near Ivan. Satterwhite Funeral Home will direct arrangements.

Survivors are five daughters, Mrs. ALBERT GOODWIN, Mrs. HUBERT PENDLETON, and Mrs. RHEA ROBERTSON, all of Breckenridge; Mrs. ABBIE RUTH COLLINS of Hominy, Oklahoma, and ALINE STEWART of Midland; a son JOHN of Breckenridge; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a brother, W. A. STEWART of Rising Star; three sisters, Mrs. LETITIA ROLLINS of Hollis, Okla., Mrs. IDA FULTON of Breckenridge and Mrs. ETHEL HEFNER of Breckenridge.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
January 25, 1955

Mrs. E. M. GERDES, 88, Dies at Breck
Breckenridge, Jan. 25: An aged pioneer Stephens Count woman, died at Young N’ Heart Rest Home here Monday. She was Mrs. E. M. “AUNT BETTY” GERDES, 88. Funeral arrangements, incomplete, will be announced by Satterwhite Funeral home. She was born in 1866 in Arkansas. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. EARL SATTERWHITE of Ranger and Mrs. J. M. FARMBRO of Breckenridge; four brothers, H. E., j. e. and J. M. all of Ranger, and H. A. SATTERWHITE of Breckenridge.

Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
January 25, 1955

Alvord Rites for Mrs. LIVELY
Breckenridge, Jan. 25: Funeral for Mrs. MARY MARGARET LIVELY, 81, will be held Wednesday at the Baptist Church in Alvord. Satterwhite Funeral Home of Breckenridge will direct arrangements. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Montague County. Mrs. Lively died Monday at the home of her, E. V. LIVELY, here.


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