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Bryan County: Caddo
May 28, 1920
Mrs. COBB Dies
Mrs. George S. COBB died at Sherman Sunday evening at 8 o'clock following an operation which was made in the hope of prolonging her life.
The remains were brought to Caddo Monday noon and laid to rest in Caddo Cemetery Tuesday morning at ten o'clock. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. NAYLOR.
Mrs. COBB was the wife of George S. COBB, had lived the age of 68 years, was beloved of all who knew her. She was a member of the Methodist church and was active in its work. She was a good wife and mother.
Deceased is survived by several children: Mrs. John HOGAN; Mrs. Joe CARRAWAY and Simon S. COBB.
The funeral was attended by a large number of friends and relatives. Bro. Naylor pronounced a beautiful and comforting eulogy. Banks of flowers attested the esteem in which she was held by home folks.
Attended the Funeral
The following relatives of Mrs. COBB were here from out of town attending her funeral: E.M. SANDERS, Silo, OK, brother; Mrs. M. ELLISON, Sherman, TX, sister; Doc, Edgar, Jeff and Major HARRISON and wives, and Mrs. PHELPS and Mrs. BROWN of Brown, OK; Mr. and Mrs. DAMRON, Miss Grace BERRY and C. PAGE of Sherman; H. ASTIN of Valley View, OK; Mr. and Mrs. Will DOSS, High, TX; C. L. COBB, Longview, TX; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar ASTON, Valley View, TX.
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January 9, 1922
Fire From Gasoline Explosion takes lives of Mother and Two Daughters at Keirsey
Fire, that awful agency of destruction, brought sadness and grief to the little town of Keirsey, five miles west of here and robbed the family of C.W. CONLEY of three of its loved ones yesterday morning.
While two older sisters were at Sunday School yesterday morning and the father attending to his duties at the little railroad station, the lives of Winnifred, aged five, Hazel aged seven and Mrs. CONLEY were blotted out by a fire which destroyed their home.
The charred little body of Winnifred was found in the dying embers of the fire, which destroyed the home. Hazel, her body a human torch, escaped (continued on page 3) of flames, and in one of the rooms was Winnifred, trapped before the eyes of the frantic but helpless neighbors. When found her body was dismembered, her head in a wash pan, where it is believed she sought what little relief from the heat, the water in it afforded. Hazel, her mind as far from death, her body so near, asked and answered questions while she passed quietly away as in sleep. Her mind abnormally clear, she asked, "Is sister burned as badly as I?" and "How is mother?" She knew and recognized her playmates by their voices. She knew Dr. J. A. HAYNIE, the family Physician, when he came in to dress her burns and told him of how the fire started. Mrs. CONLEY was conscious only at times, and she too, passed away without pain, the physician who attended her, said. Mr. CONLEY, who is a merchant, postmaster and depot agent at Keirsey, was frantic with grief, and but for the friends, would have rushed into the fire to certain death with his little girl.
Friends from the entire community and surrounding towns rushed to the aid of the stricken family. All that loving hands and hearts could do was administered to those in pain and sorrow and in the sorely stricken father and sisters, Beulah, aged 14, and Rosa, aged 11, who were at Sunday school. Mr. and Mrs. CONLEY and their daughters were known as among the finest people of Bryan county. They numbered their friends by those who knew them and the loss of their loved ones was a sad blow in hundreds.
The sympathies of many hearts go out to the bereaved ones. The funeral was to have been held at Highland Cemetery this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
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January 13, 1922
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Gasoline Explosion Kills Three Persons While the elder children were at Sunday School and the father at his store last Sunday morning at Kersey, four miles west of Durant, two small children and their mother were so badly burned that they died in a short time. The mother, Mrs. C.W. CONLEY, started to light a fire in the cook stove, throwing on gasoline thinking it was coal oil. The flames quickly spread to her clothing and that of her two children. Hazel, aged 9, was conscious for a time, and told how the fire happened; then quietly passed into the beyond. Winnifred, aged 7, never got out of the house, while the mother and eldest sister did. Her dismembered and burned body was found in the debris. The mother lived only a short time. The father is postmaster and railway agent, and two sisters survive age 11 and 14. Kind neighbors quickly gathered and administered to the sufferers and to the survivors, doing all that human hands could do to relieve the pain and distress so quickly thrust upon this excellent family.
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March 10, 1922
A Pioneer Dies - GROSS
At her home in Caddo last Thursday noon, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth GROSS died after a long illness. The remains were buried in Caddo Cemetery Friday afternoon at 2:30. Funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Rev. TAYLOR , pastor of the Methodist church, of which she had been a lifelong member. Mrs. GROSS has suffered nearly three years with cancer. she bore the intense pain with fortitude, calmly and confidently awaiting her call to come home. All that medical science and loving hands could do was done for her comfort and relief. She was 71 years of age. Six years ago her husband died. She is survived by four children: J.G. and T.J. GROSS and Mrs. Ida SHELBY of Caddo, and Mrs. Bob BELL of Madill.
Mrs. GROSS was one of the early settlers of Caddo. She raised her family here: was a consistent member of the Methodist church, faithful to its teachings and practices. She was a good neighbor, a good mother. During her long suffering she never complained. She humbly bowed to the will of the Master, trusting him all the way through. In such a life as hers we have the Christian spirit exemplified to the perfection of faith and works. The world has been benefited by her life, and the glory world enriched by her death. "Blessed are they who die in the Lord."
Canned Food Week
Last week was canned food week throughout the nation. It was inaugurated for the purpose of stimulating sales of canned foods, so that more people would realize the value and profit obtained by the use of canned foods, bringing the seasons home to us at any time. Green vegetables in winter, ect. In response to extensive advertising the various grocery firms reported a great deal more goods sold than during any other similar period. As is usual , Caddo grocers were not behind in this, and they distributed their share of canned goods during the time.
Mayme HICKENBOTTOM Dies
Mayme, the 14 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ivy HICKENBOTTOM died after an illness of six days. Death was due to a type of meningitis, caused by a rising in her head and collected on the brain.
Mayme suffered intensely for several hours before death came to relieve her and the soul took its flight.
She was a dutiful daughter and loved by her schoolmates.
The funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. C.W. MOWDY and then the remains were laid to rest in Caddo cemetery. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of the entire community.
Program March 12th.
Subject: The Victor Who Lost.
Leader: Buford KENNEDY
The King Amaziah: Willie Lee DROKE
Amaziah and the Prophet: Rufus COUNCIL
The Hired Army: Susie BOYDSTUN
The Victory Over Amaziah: Arthur FRANKLIN
Amaziah Becomes an Idoliter: Mory EMERSON
Warned of the Prophet: Mary RICE
Refused to Heed Warning: Ella COUNCIL
Amizah and the King of Isarel: Clovis WRIGHT
Amazah's Demand: Myrtle McCREARY
Amizah's Punishment: Russell RYLANT
Amizah's Sad End: Howell BOYDSTUN
An Exile from His Own Home: David KENNEDY
Slain by His Own People: Pearl S. (no last name listed)
December 22, 1922
Hold Up Men Rob Caddo Bank Friday
Three men, one with smut on his face, held up the Caddo National Bank last Friday morning, secured the cash and bonds, and made their get-away in a Buick car, going east. One stayed outside, another at the back, making it five in all.
The sheriff was immediately notified and quickly there were numerous armed posses in pursuit. Friday evening a car was discovered in the forks of Boggy and one man brought in. The car was identified as the one seen in Caddo and along the road. The man is in jail.
The first intimation the bank officials had of any robbery was the order to "hold up your hands." Three men had come in at the front, and issued the order. The hands all went up, though the order had to be repeated several times before the robbers could make the officials believe they meant business.
Two men kept the seven employers and five customers covered, while the third took all the money in sight, and compelled Cashier MAYTUBBY to open the safe, where other money and Liberty Bonds were kept. After securing the money the robbers shut all twelve people in the vault, and make their way out the back way, where the car was waiting engine running.
A telephone inside the vault enabled those in it to phone for help; but by this time the robbers were swiftly going east. parties whom they passed on the road say the was going seventy miles an hour and hesitating about nothing.
Those in the bank were: F.P. SEMPLE, J.D. MAYTUBBY, R.H. CARRAWAY, Rex WHITT, L.M. WOOD, Mrs. L.M. WOOD, Francis SCHWARTX, all connected with the bank and J.L. SARGEN, J.H. COSSART, Antone HAXERNICK, Othe HALE, and W.W. FORT, customers.
Mr. FORT, who lives at Ardmore, was in the telephone booth at the time and they had to wait till he came out before they could complete the hold up.
The three men who were in the bank are described as follows: One about 22 or 23 years of age; weight about 135 pounds; blue eyes; about 5 feet 9 inches; sandy hair, smooth face, slouch gray hat.
One was about 30 years old; weight about 160 pounds; wore overalls, cap; round face, rather red, and prominent nose.
One was about 35 years old; smut on face; wore blue glasses; large black hat, black shoes; sandy hair; rather sharp face; wore gloves.
All three looked to have two day growth of beard on their faces; all looked as though they might have worked on farms.
The men were closely studied by several of those held up., who readily would recognize them if seen.
The bank carried sufficient insurance to pay losses. The money loss was about $8,000; while about $25,000 of Liberty Bonds belonging to customers were taken. $18,000 of these were registered bonds, so no loss can occur there to anyone.
While all the money except a few pennies were taken, in less than an hour the bank was doing business as usual, with plenty of cask on hand, receiving it from Durant.
The robbers were fairly polite and gentle in their dealings with all concerned; they knew what they wanted, and got it, and seemed pleased that they got so much.
Jim SARGENT had just cashed a check and with his purse on the counter was ordered to hold up his hands - and he did; but the robbers did not take his $20.00, saying it belonged to some farmer who needed it worse than he did. So Jim got his money back. No attempt was made to rob the persons of any money. No notes or warrants or other papers were taken - just money and bonds.
Caddo was in a fever of excitement all that day and the next about the robbery - it being the first ever experienced here.
No one was injured - but time was required for some to regain their wonted equinamity.
Bandits Get Big Haul
Denver, Colo., Dec. 18...Seven bandits, in a daring raid on the FEDERAL-RESERVE-BANK auto in front of the United States mint here today, obtained $200,000 in currency and escaped after a gun battle with the guards of the bank automobile.
In the exchange of shots between the guards and the bandits, one guard and the driver of the bank car were seriously wounded. During the battle, employees of the mint shot at the bandits from every window and door. The bandits returned the fire and riddled the front of the mint, breaking every window facing the street.
The mint is near the center of the city and crowds of pedestrians watched the bandits escape with the money, all of which was in five dollar bills. The money was being transported to the Federal Reserve Bank here, and bank men had carried it to the front of the mint building and were preparing to load it into their car when the bandits in a high-powered motor car drove up and at the point of their guns, forced the bank employees to load the money into the bandit car. It was only when they started to drive away that the bank and mint employees opened fire on them. This was one of the most daring robberies ever staged in the West.
HOMER - MILLER
St. Clair Homer, teacher at high school, athletic coach and radio expert, hied(?) himself away last Friday from town. The next heard from home was Sunday morning. The telephone informed his family and friends that he was a married man.
The young woman of his choice is Miss Valree MILLER; the wedding occurred Sunday morning in Cooper, Texas, at the home of the bride's sister.
They arrived home Sunday evening, and at present are staying with the groom's mother, Mrs. Ed F. BROWN, just south of town.
Mr. Homer is a Caddo boy, born and raised here, is the son of the late Soloman J. HOMER, who was prominent in Choctaw affairs up to the time of his death. His mother, Mrs. Ed F. BROWN, is prominent in club, church and business circles. He is teacher and coach at high school, and is altogether a splendid type of young manhood, having graduated at Caddo High and finished at Rolla, MO. and Southeastern.
The bride is the sister of Mrs. Hubert SHARP, who lived here several years ago. She has visited Caddo on several occasions and it was thus the young folks met, loved and wed.
The many friends of these young people are congradulating them on their wedding, wishing them all the happiness that life may contain.
January 5, 1923
M. HICKENBOTTOM Dies
At his home in Caddo last Thursday afternoon Mr. M. Hickenbottom died. The remains were buried in Caddo Cemetery Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. HANSELMAN, of the Nazarene Church.
Mr. Hickenbottom was a good citizen. He, with his family, had moved here some ten years, and by their honorable conduct had made many friends while here. he is survived by his wife and several sons who are grown.
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Reports from the hospital at Sherman promise that Ben RISNER will be able to be home in a few days.
It will be remembered that Risner was shot from ambush by unknown parties about a month ago, and at that time it was not thought he would recover; but such are the wonders of modern medical skill, and the determination of the patient, that he did recover, and promises to live long. His many friends are glad that he is recovering.
Hatsell POWELL left yesterday morning for Sherman, where he will visit his brother, Scott Powell, who is very ill.
About a month ago Mr. Powell was operated on for gall stones and other complications set up.
Miss BRAUDRICK Entertains
Friday night at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.L. BRAUDRICK, Miss Hollen Braudrick entertained a number of her friends, honoring her guest, Miss Vivian SULLIVAN of Atoka.
Entertaining games were enjoyed until the wee small hours, when the hostess, assisted by her mother, served the most delicious plate lunch, consisting of chicken salad, fruit salad, hot chocolate and cakes. Those thanking Miss Braudrick were Misses Helen SHELBY, Mary Lee STYRON, Dorothy SMITH, Lucille DOWNING, Eugene SARGENT, Horace SARGENT, Ray PACE, Alton DOWNING, Thomas Ray COFFEY, Chas. DALE and the honor guest, Miss Sullivan.
The firm of BREWER & BRAUDRICK have dissolved partnership, Mr. Brewer continuing the business at the old stand.
Mr. Braudrick has not yet announced what he expects to do; only that he will be around several days fixing up the affairs of the old firm.
Mr. Brewer has been in the grocery business in Caddo may years.
February 14, 1930
Geo. S. COBB, Pioneer, Dies Tuesday Morning.
Geo. S. COBB died at the Durant Hospital at 1 o'clock Tuesday morning, having been taken there in serious condition Saturday night, where an emergency operation was performed in a hope of prolonging life.
The funeral occurred in Caddo Wednesday at the home of J.C. HOGAN, conducted by Rev. Geo. E. TYSON, pastor of the Methodist church.
Mr. COBB was a pioneer of this country, coming from North Texas some thirty-three years ago.
He was 84 years of age at the time of his death.
He had engaged in farming, and acquired a large holding from time to time, which required his time and attention. He was a member of the Methodist church, with which he united in early manhood.
Mr. COBB is survived by one daughter, Mrs. J.C. HOGAN, and a large number of grandchildren.
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June 2, 1944
Lost at war, Richard M. CAMPBELL, Calera.
June 9, 1944
Caddo Herald, Friday
Small son of John Milton, Jr. LEE, died last Thursday in Durant. Funeral
in Caney , burial in Caddo Cemetery.
George Edward DAVENPORT, 57, Caddo, died Thursday morning, January, 19, 1995 at Atoka Memorial Hospital.
The son of Harem and Lula Davenport, he was born November 20, 1937 in Versalles, MO. He was of the Pentecostal Faith. He married Mary Lasater, Sept. 4, 1958 in Ceres, CA. To that union was born one son.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harem Davenport, in 1965; a sister, Katherine; and a brother, Amel.
Survivors include his wife, Mary [LASTER]; a son, Duane; his mother, Lula, CA; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at Cunningham's Caddo Funeral Home, Monday morning, January 23, with Rev. Doyle Pair officiating. Burial Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Frank SPEED, Keith HOCKETT, Jim BUTLER, Brian MATZEY, Curtis EVANS and Paul WATTS.
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