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Ada, Pontotoc County

Ada, Pontotoc

August 29, 1897

Obituary of Ophelia LOWDEN 1897
Biography of Sister Ophelia Lowden, wife of Brother W.D. LOWDEN and daughter of Brother and Sister H. H. SOUTHALL.
Sister Ophelia LOWDEN was born in Hardiman County, Tennessee, May 23, 1873. In 1882 her parents moved to Kaufman County, Texas, where they still reside.
At the age of thirteen, Sister LOWDEN gave her heart to Jesus, which was in the year of 1886. The first Lord’s day in August, 1887, she joined Salim Missionary Baptist Church of Christ, Kaufman County, Texas. On the first day of November, of the same year, she was married to Brother LOWDEN. The last day of December, 1887, Brother and Sister LOWDEN arrived at Crinerville, I.T., ten miles southwest of Ardmore, where they lived six years. In July or August, 1890, Sister LOWDEN united with Oakgrove Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a faithful worker in the vineyard of the Lord.
On December 16, 1893, Brother and Sister LOWDEN started from their old home near Ardmore. On December 20, they arrived twelve miles north of Ada, I.T., on the South Canadian river. The 27th day of October, 1894, Sister LOWDEN went into the organization of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Christ, and remained with us until August 29, 1897, when the Lord in his wisdom saw fit to call her home to her reward. And in this dispensation of God’s providence, we humbly bow to him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
Sister LOWDEN funeral was preached by her pastor, R. SHIRLEY, January 16, 1898; text, Job 14:14. Many good things were explained in the discourse, and the church was revived and strengthened with the hope of living again where thieves cannot break through nor steal. Whereas, We, the church have lost a much loved and consecrated member and efficient Sabbath school teacher. It was her motto to always he engaged in the service of her Master, whom she loved and served, whether at home or abroad, and, Whereas, We, New Bethel Church, humbly bow in submission to his will and pray God blessing upon all the bereaved. Resolved, That a copy of this preamble and resolution be spread upon our church record and sent to the Baptist Signal for publication. The committee to arrange the above resolutions were: Elder R. SHIRLEY, I.D. CONN, James GARR, D.W. BROWN, John CONN, ? (unreadable) A. J. DEATON. ? by order of the church ? conference. R. SHIRLEY, Moderator. D. W. BROWN, Clerk
Submitted by Sheryl Haggard maze@odsy.net


Ada Weekly News

August 23, 1907

GOOD MAN GONE TO REWARD
W.D. LOWDEN
Dies Very Suddenly of Heart Failure- The Entire County Mourns the Loss of a Noble Man.
William D. LOWDEN sat in his North Ada home Sunday morning cheerful and chatting with his family, apparently normal save for a pain in his chest, of which he has complained at times this summer. A recurrence of this pain caused Mrs. LOWDEN sufficient anxiety that she phoned over for the family physician who gave him a dose of mild medicine, remarking jocularly that if that did not kill him soon he would give him another.
Those words so lightly spoken in mere pleasantry...It was with a shudder that they were recalled a few minutes later, for in less than twenty minutes Mr. LOWDEN was dead.
Turning sick, he went to the rear yard to vomit. Directly afterward, there was a sound of a fall. His little child went out to the back porch, and it's scream gave the alarm to the rest of the household. They found Mr. Lowden prostrate on the porch. His heart had stopped and he breathed but two or three more times. The fatal seizure is pronounced paralysis of the heart. No one, not even himself, had suspected he was affected with any serious malady.
The tragic death occurred at 11:03 a.m. Quickly the sad news spread throughout the city. It was a great shock to the entire community. The whole country mourns W.D. LOWDEN's untimely death. This is evidenced by the numerous friends from the surounding coutry in to pay their last respects to the dead, by the general closing up of business houses for the funeral this afternoon at three, by the vast cortege that followed the body to its last resting place in Rosedale cemetery. Interment was with Masonic honors, services conducted by Judge Henry Furman.
Than W. D. LOWDEN, it may safely be said, there lived no better, no more popular man in Pontotoc county. Forty-eight years of age, he had lived in this country since early manhood, and wherever he lived he was loved.
Latterly he has been engaged in mercantile business in Ada. In the democratic primary last June he was nominated district clerk.
W.D. LOWDEN was a citizen of the finer sort a sagacious, fair-dealing business man, a Christian who lived up to his creed every day. Just last Saturday while he was mingling with friends a she had done for years, arranging his business so as to go away on a week's vacation, he encountered an old friend and pleaded with him to mend his ways and take Christ into his life. Ther are few of God's people who look after men's souls on Saturday, but W.D. LOWDEN did.
Submitted by Sheryl Haggard maze@odsy.net


December 23, 1908

Grundy CALLAHAN Shot Arthur SEABOLT

Grundy CALLAHAN, who lives near Roff, shot and killed his son-in-law, Arthur SEABOLT, yesterday evening.
SEABOLT was advancing to CALLAHAN with a pitchfork, when the latter shot the former with a pistol. SEABOLT died in about forty minutes.
So far as the particulars leading up to the tragedy can be learned by a reporter of the News, they are in substance as follows:
Grundy CALLAHAN'S  daughter has an allotment on which her father has been making his home.
Last year she married Arthur SEABOLT, and it is reported he mistreated her. This is said to have been the basic of the enmity between  CALLAHAN and SEABOLT.
Recently, SEABOLT got his wife to have her father to move off of her allotment, so as they could go on it, and CALLAHAN moved yesterday, except one load, which he had returned for.
CALLAHAN found SEABOLT on the premises and the old trouble between them renewed, with the result that SEABOLT grabbed a pitchfork and started toward CALLAHAN,  when the latter pulled his pistol and shot SEABOLT through the breast, resulting in death.
CALLAHAN went to Roff and surrendered to an officer and was brought to Ada last night, where he was guarded by friends until today.
CALLAHAN has not yet been arraigned.
Prosecuting Attorney WIMBISH and Sheriff SMITH went to Roff yesterday evening and will return at 4 o'clock this evening. Their trip was for the purpose of investigating the killing, so some action will be taken upon their return. For the present, CALLAHAN is under guard.

Another version of the killing, is to the effect, that CALLAHAN shot SEABOLT as he came out of the crib with an arm full of corn, and as SEABOLT fell, CALLAHAN shot him three more times, each ball striking him.
It is said that SEABOLT begged CALLAHAN not to shot him again.

The News reporter has been told the Grundy CALLAHAN, who shot Arthur SEABOLT near Roff, had previously killed two men, so his son-in-law made his third victim. It is also said, that SEABOLT'S wife is only a step-daughter of CALLAHAN, as the first husband of the girl's mother was an Indian, so it was thought that the connection was, Mrs SEABOLT holds the allotment of which CALLAHAN had been living. The following account of the killing of SEABOLT, is from the Roff Eagle. There were two eye witnesses to the tragedy, and it seems from their statements that SEABOLT was not expecting trouble. It seems that CALLAHAN had been living at the house where the tragedy was enacted, but had lately moved out and SEABOLT had moved in. SEABOLT had driven his team of mules up to the barn and was taking them from the wagon when CALLAHAN drove up and spoke to him, telling him that he had come to get some onions that he had left on the place, and adding that he hoped he wouldn't be in the way. SEABOLT answered that he would help him as soon as he fed his mules. He than put his mules in the lot and picked up some ears of corn in his arms, when CALLAHAN drew a pistol and shot him, the first shot striking his left arm in which he held the corn. He asked CALLAHAN not to shoot any more, but he continued to shoot three more shots. One passing through the body of SEABOLT and two through his head. It seems that trouble had been brewing between the parties for some time, and they had a row or two before this.

Accidentally Shot His Child
Sallisaw, Ok., December 16.- Arriving at home last night from an official trip to Fort Smith, Ark., Undersheriff, Jesse GOODMAN, entering his bed room, unbuckled his belt and threw belt hoster(sic) and revolver under the bed, the revolver automatically discharging as it hit the floor. The bullet struck GOODMAN'S little girl in the wrist, severely fracturing the bones of her forearm.

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Ada Weekly Democrat

December 24, 1908

Vanoss Local News

JONES & BOHANNON, Real Estate Agents, Vanoss, Okla.

Walter BLACK has moved back to Vanoss.

We noticed Attorney J.F.McKEEL of Ada in our town Sunday.

John MILLON returned from west Texas last week and reports good crops in the section he was in.

C.L. JONES was hauling wood Monday. He says there is going to be cold weather and he wants to be prepared for it.

Leonard HYDEN, of Stratford was here some days last week buying cattle and getting what he bought here to feed.

Gov. HASKELL has appointed W.H.L. CAMPBELL a member of his military staff with the rank of Colonel.


A Killing Occurs In Vicinity Of Roff
Thursday afternoon a difficulty took place near Roff, as a result of which Arthur SEABOLT was shot by F.G. CALLAHAN, his father-in-law, and died about an hour later. From the best information obtainable it appears that CALLAHAN drove up the barn where SEABOLT was unharnessing his team and stated that he had come to get some onions he had left when he had moved from the place. SEABOLT told him to go ahead and he would help him as soon as he fed his mules. Just as SEABOLT was reaching into the crib for some corn CALLAHAN shot him four times. CALLAHAN then went to Roff and surrendered to the officers who brought him to Ada. The preliminary trial was held Monday at Roff before Justice CROWDER who bound CALLAHAN over the grand jury without bail.


Ada News

December 26, 1908.

Sheriff Tom SMITH took Grundy CALLAHAN to Lehigh today, where applications will be made for his release before District Judge WEST on habeas corpus proceedings. STONE and MAXEY represent CALLAHAN him, telling him that he had come to get some onions that he had left on the place, and adding that he hoped he wouldn't be in the way. SEABOLT answered that he would help him as soon as he fed his mules. He than put his mules in the lot and picked up some ears of corn in his arms, when CALLAHAN drew a pistol and shot him, the first shot striking his left arm in which he held the corn. He asked CALLAHAN not to shoot any more, but he continued to shoot three more shots.

Submitted by Tom Cloud


January 21, 1909

Ends His Life By Suicide: CALLAHAN
Grundy Callahan Who Killed Arthur Seabolt, Takes Whiskey and Strychnine and Dies at His Home.

Grundy CALLAHAN committed suicide last night at his home near Roff, by drinking whiskey and strychnine, as some of the contents were found left in the bottle from which he drank.
Grundy CALLAHAN shot and killed his son-in-law, Arthur SEABOLT, at the home of the latter, December 17th, last.
Seabolt married a daughter of the wife of CALLAHAN by her first husband, who was an Indian. This daughter had an allotment, near Roff, on which CALLAHAN lived, while SEABOLT and his wife resided elsewhere.
On December 16th, CALLAHAN moved off the premises and on the 17th, SEABOLT moved in. CALLAHAN returned to the SEABOLT home on the 17th of December, and according to an eye witness, shot SEABOLT as he was getting out of the crib door with his arms full of corn. After shooting him down, he emptied other shots into the prostrate body.
Upon examining trail, CALLAHAN was committed to jail without bail, but later, his attorneys, STONE & MAXEY, secured before Judge WEST, bond in the sum of $25,000 which was made with scheduled property security of $35,000.
It is reported that CALLAHAN remarked before retiring for the night, that he had found a bottle of whiskey in the barn out of which he took two drinks.
Some of CALLAHAN'S friends rather hint at the possibility of a poisoned preparation having been fixed up for him, while others scout the idea.
Since being released on bond, CALLAHAN has been residing near Roff, and last night he ended it all by taking sufficient strychnine to kill himself.
There is a chance here for the imagination to draw many conclusions and many moral lessons, but as it is the province of this paper to give only the unprejudiced news, that phase of the tragedy is passed up.

Note From from Tom Cloud
Arthur SEABOLT, husband of Deanie DAY/CALLAHAN. Deanie was the daughter of Americalee F. "Fanny" TAYLOR. Fanny married an Indian named DAY. DAY died and Fanny remarried Felix Grundy CALLAHAN/CALLAHAM. CALLAHAN adopted Deanie ?? Deanie even listed Grundy as her father on her 1938 social security application. Deanie and Arthur married in March of 1908. Nine months later, in December, Grundy shot and killed him. Two months later, in February of 1909, Grundy drank some whiskey laced with strychnine and died -- before he could stand trial for murder. It was ruled suicide, but some think Deanie may have found the rat poison and fed it to the real rat in the family!
Arthur's wife, Deanie (DAY) (CALLAHAN) SEABOLT died in Ft. Smith Arkansas (1892 TX - 1981 AR).
Arthur was descended from Wilson Celley SEABOLT.


Ada Weekly News

October 7, 1909

Pontotoc County Teachers Association Hold A Profitable Session:
About 50 teachers met in the South Side school building, Saturday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m., this being the first meeting of teachers since the summer normal. In the absence of the president Supt. PIERCE called the meeting to order. Miss Bertha (RUBE) of Eastern Normal gave a very instructive talk on How to Conduct Domestic Science in Country Schools. If all teachers present will follow her suggestions, the children of the public schools will receive due consideration along the line of health. Mr. BOWLES having arrived took charge of the meeting. Mr. MATTHEWS, professor of mathematics, gave a very helpful discourse on Ethics of Teaching Profession. Told the teaching world How Best to Conduct the Pupils Reading Course. It is to be trusted that all schools, both graded and rural will take up reading course work. Mr. F.L. NORTON, explained the State Course of Study to the entire satisfaction of all. He advised all teachers to purchase and become familiar with the state Course of Study. Mr. MELTON of Center followed with a paper on Teaching Agriculture in the Country Schools, showing he had given the subject much thought and study. 
Names of Teachers and Where Teaching:
Miss N. REESE, Ada
Miss Svalyn RAY, Ada
Miss Mayme WHITE, Center
Miss Birthel FLOWERS, Colbert
Miss Margaret McKAY, Ada
Miss Lee SMITH, Roff
George H. PRIEST, Latta School
Miss Catherine EDMISTON, Ada
Miss N.V. ERUSTMEYER, Roff
Miss Myrtle VADEN, Roff
Miss L.B. HOPSON, Roff
Mrs. Kate RUSHING, Colbert
W.T. MELTON, Center
Pearl DUNSCOMB, Roff
E.E. MATTHEWS, E.C.S Normal
Tennie GALYEAN, Francis
Mrs. A.G. BOWLES, Denny
Edith FELTER, Francis
Pearl SCALES, Francis
Mrs. C.O. BARTON, Francis
Mrs. Lena ADKINS, Francis
Clarke BENSON, Tupelo
Wm. A. HALL, Owl Creek
Bismark TURNER, Stonewall
O.A. WHITE, Cresco
B.L. FRENCH, Roff
J.W. STEWARD, Belleville
W.L. BARKER, Vanoss
F.B. STAINAKER
A.L. FENTEM, E.C.S. Normal
F.L. NORTON, Roff
D.L. MELENDY, Francis
T.F. PIERCE, Ada
J.O. McMINN, Homer
A.G. BOWLES, Francis


October 14, 1909

Life Sentence For Andy SCRIBNER
The trial of Andy SCRIBNER for the murder of his brother's wife, Mrs. Frank SCRIBNER, near here last Spring, came to a close in the district court at Ada last Monday. The trial consumed almost a week, and when it finally went to the jury they were out only about two hours, returning a verdict of guilty and fixing the penalty at life imprisonment.

The Ada Evening News, of last Tuesday, has the following in regard to the case.

When the verdict was read and as officers W.M. GONE and Joe FOSTER started from the court room with him he remarked, "That looks like honesty," and swore by all that was good and bad that he would not go to jail until he got good and ready.
As they were passing out at the door he insisted on going back and tell the jury what he thought of them. He further said: "If I had known that the jury was going to stick me I would have fixed WIMBISH this evening when I had a chance." In what way he would have fixed him he did not say, and the readers are left to draw their own influence.
When the officers reached the jail he again burst forth in a rage and in his fury overturned the stove. The language he used in heaping epithets upon the jury and the state's attorney would not be permissible in print.

Henry OATES - Acquitted Monday
Last Monday on Justice DENTON'S court Henry OATES was arraigned on the charges of shooting Somie McCARTER, an Indian, here on October 2nd. OATES claimed self defense as the cause of his shooting McCARTER, and as the evidence tended to corroborate his plea, he was acquitted. McCARTER is getting along nicely and will soon be out again.

Collins Items:

Mr. and Mrs. KENNEDY were in OK City last week.

Mr. H.B. MARTIN was out from Stonewall Sunday afternoon.

Ida KINNEY returned to school Monday after a few days visit in Sulphur.

Misses  Sadie and Dollie GARDNER visited with Clara YANCEY at her home in Coalgate from Thursday to Monday.

Mrs. HARRISON took Orene HARRIS, Nora  FOLSOM, Minnie McSWAIN and the HARRISON girls on a picnic to Franks Sunday.

Lena COFERvisited home folks in Tuttle last week.


Ada Weekly

September 27, 1923

R.E. HAYNES, of Ada, died this afternoon, death due to appendicitis.
Survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Carlton WEAVER and a son en route from Franklin, TN.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. SAWYER, 1023 North Hickory, on Friday afternoon a 11 pound boy.

W.U. WALKER, 76, pioneer of Ada and Confederate Veteran, died at his home, 228 East 3rd onThursday evening.
Burial at New Bethel cemetery.

Roy STANDRIDGE, the three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan STANDRIDGE, died at his home near Bebee Thursday afternoon at 5 o'clock. Burial at Bebee.Mrs. Etta BOND, 21, wife of E.L. BOND died at her home, 401 East 15th, at 10 o'clock this morning. Burial at Rosedale.
She is survived by her father, T.J. HULSTON of Wetumka.

Francs, two year old daughter of Mrs. Myrle RUSHING, died this morning at her home, 900 west 18th. Burial at Rosedale.


October 4, 1923

Former Pontotoc Co. Man Burned To Death
Clint PALMER states the the J.J. JONES mentioned some days ago as having been burn to death at the home of W.H. MILES, Miles house was destroyed.


October 9, 1924

Mrs. H.H. COPELAND, died at Ardmore Friday. Internment Saturday at Ada. She is survived by her husband; J.C and Lee TEMPLETON.


September 20, 1925

R.A. MILLER, who has been sick for quite a while died Thursday, and was buried in East Hill Cemetery Friday afternoon. Rev. MOORIS of Ada conducted the funeral services at the church and the Odd Fellows had charge at the grave.
Decease leaves a wife and ten children, all of whom were present except for two.


January 7, 1926

Eldvin, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer STILWELL died.


Ada Bulletin

July 1930

Charles Marvin BURNETT, was born at Hart, Okla. August 11, 1887 (to Rufus M. and Harriette Isabell FULSOM BURNETT), died at Ada July 10, 1930.
Mr. BURNETT was married to Maggie BUNCH (on Dec. 27, 1908) and from this uniontwo boys were born, Walter Oceloa(b.1910), now a senior at Ada and Glenn(b.1912), a sophomore. He married a second time to Jennie DAVIS and from this union was born a daughter, Ida Isabell, now two years old.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.E. BOWERS and interrment made at Rosedale Cemetery.
Reseached by: Sharon Burnett Crawford


July 13. ????About 1938

Mrs. W. H. LANE Dies in Houston

Wife of Ada Physician And Surgeon to Be Buried here Thursday
Mrs. Wilson H. LANE passed away at 7:30 this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. M. MONROE, at Houston, Texas. Funeral services will be held in Ada Thursday, the place and hour not having yet been decided.
Mrs. LANE went down to visit her daughter several weeks ago and became ill soon afterwards. She had been suffering from high blood pressure for some time. Dr. LANE has made trips to Houston and she seemed to be improving when he returned home just a few days ago. He and the son, Wilson H., Jr., left immediately after getting the death message Tuesday morning to bring the body back for burial.
Mrs. LANE was 56 years old. Since the family moved to Ada many years ago, she had become well known for her kind disposition and neighborly activities.
Surviving are the husband, Dr. Wilson H. LANE, whose office is at 116 1/2 East Main, the son Wilson H. Jr., and one daughter, M. MONROE. Her father, C. W. BUCKNUM of Roff also survives.

Submitters Note: Year of this article in the Ada newspaper is not known. But, C. W. Bucknum died in 1940, and was buried in Chandler OK. Estimated date is about 1936.
Submitted by: Mike Taylor  mike_in_katy@wl.net
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