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The Protection Post, June 20, 1918.

OBITUARY: MRS. CHAUNCEY GAYLORD

County's Oldest Citizen

Mrs. Chauncey Gaylord, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. I. K. Rodgers, in the south part of Protection, being past eighty five years of age. For the past seven years, Mrs. Gaylord has been a sufferer from paralysis and had during all of these long years been confined to her home and most of the time to her bed. To her death came a release from physical pain and suffering.

Esther Street was born in M____ham, county, Ohio, on January 5, 1833. She lived at this place until at the age of thirteen years, with her parents and other members of the family moved to Magnolia, Marshall county, Illinois. In 1851 she was married to Mr. Chauncey Gaylord and they lived near Magnolia for several years, then coming to Smithtown, Mo., and later to Wellington, Kansas. Here they resided until the opening of Comanche county for settlement, when they took up a claim near old Comanche City. When the "strip" was later opened they with their family moved to Major county, Oklahoma, living there until about eight years ago when they came back to Comanche county taking up their residence in Protection.

To Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord were born six children, one son, Orange, dying while young, and the other five, Mrs. Laura Rogers of Protection, N. M. Gaylord and Oscar Gaylord of Enid, Oklahoma, Omar Gaylord of Protection and Mrs. Lucy Mayes of Springfield, Kansas, together with their aged father, survive to mourn the loss of the devoted mother and loving wife. At the age of fifteen Mrs. Gaylord became a Christian and united with the Methodist church, and she lived a practical, consistent Christian life, always active in Sunday School and church work, at the time being Sunday School superintendent.

During her years of suffering Mrs. Gaylord has been patient and uncomplaining and during most of the time her devoted companion was by her side, comforting her and waiting upon her.

The funeral was held in the Methodist church Monday afternoon where a very large concourse of friends assembled to pay their last respects to the good lady who had passed from among them. The service was conducted by her pastor, Rev. Ragsdale, and interment was made in the Protection cemetery.


Also see:

James W. Dappert: Reminiscences of Early Days in Comanche-co.
The Western Star, January 15, 1926.


Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above obituary to this web site! She noted: "The county of birth in this obituary is questionable, Ohio apparently didn't have a county beginning with M and ending in ham in 1833, nor does Ohio have one today."

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