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Broken Arrow Ledger
Thursday, Feb. 10, 1927
Nat. L. Sanders
This community was sorrowfully shocked last Saturday morning with the announcement from Tulsa that Nathaniel (Nat) L. SANDERS had unexpectedly passed away at his desk in the office of the country assessor where he occupied the responsible position of chief deputy.
The summons came entirely without warning. While known to have a slight heart affection, it was not sufficiently severe to cause apprehension among members of his family or others with whom de daily associated.
Saturday morning he was on duty at his desk as usual and entered into conversation with his official associates in a light-hearted and jovial mood. He had taken a seat on one of the office tables surrounded by his subordinates. Leaning forward to spit in a cuspidor, he suddenly toppled to the floor and died almost instantly without having uttered a word.
Nat SANDERS was for many years a highly respected and much honored citizen of broken Arrow. His residence here dated back to the very organization of the town and continued without interruption until about four years ago when he removed to Tulsa. During all these years he was prominently identified with the official, business and civic life of the city.
His residence in Tulsa county commenced at the little inland town of Elam in May, 1901, coming there in a wagon with W. N. WILLIAMS, M. C. WILLIAMS and W. T. BROOKS with whom he associated himself in the mercantile business and all of whom survive and are still prominent in this city. With the advent of the railroad and the platting of Broken Arrow townsite the firm moved its business here from Elam.
A few years later Mr. SANDERS disposed of his interest in the firm to R. C. KNIGHT, but later returned to mercantile pursuits by organizing the company known as the SANDERS-LANCASTER Company.
At the solicitation of friends he later became a candidate for County Commissioner and was elected, and served his constituency faithfully and well during a term of two years. With the advent of the democratic administration of President Woodrow Wilson he accepted the appointment of postmaster of Broken Arrow and administered the office creditably and acceptably for a period of eight years.
Although the last four years of his life were spent in Tulsa he still retained property interests in Broken Arrow as well as a lively interest in community affairs.
Among his possessions are the two brick business structures at the northwest corner of Main street and Dallas avenue, the postoffice building, residential property and a farm southeast of the city.
Deceased was born in Greenville, Texas, March 16, 1865 but spent his youth in Huntsville, Ark, where his parents had removed when Nat had attained the age of three years. He spent three years in the University of Arkansas, later taking a special course in banking an book-keeping in a St. Louis business college. Then followed 14 years in general merchandising in his home town of Huntsville.
His first official trust was a deputy revenue collector, receiving the appointment at the hands of President Cleveland. This position he resigned after four years service to become cashier of the First National Bank of Huntsville.
He was united in marriage to Miss Lucy BERRY of Huntsville in 1884 and to this union five children were born all of whom with the widow survive and reside in Tulsa county. One brother, A. B. SANDERS of Webber Falls, Okla, and a sister, Mrs. J. T. HIGHT of Fayettesville, Ark, also survive.
Fraternally Mr. SANDERS was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite and the Shrine; a member of the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Modern Woodmen of America and Woodmen of the World. His religious affiliation was with the Presbyterian church.
Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian church in Broken Arrow at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon, following brief services at the family residence in Tulsa. The great throng present at the church was a splendid tribute to the esteem in which this pioneer citizen, friend and neighbor had been held by the community during his life time. It was one of the most largely attended funerals held in Broken Arrow for many years.
The services were in church of Rev. C. W. KERR, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, Tulsa, assisted by Rev. Armstread H. STEPHENS of Broken Arrow church of the same denomination and of which the deceased had been many years an active member.
The pallbearers were County Assessor D. A. ROWE and five deputies formerly associated with the deceased in the conduct of the assessor's office in Tulsa; W. A. ROBBINS, T. J. FLACK, Dale REYNOLDS, J. A. CARTER and S. A. HOLT.
Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery where the Broken Arrow Blue Lodge of Masons, assisted by Tulsa Masons, conducted the Masonic ritual for the dead.
All business in Broken Arrow as suspended during the hours of the funeral service. In Tulsa, county and city offices closed from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. as a tribute of respect to a citizen, an honorable public official, trustworthy business man, considerate husband and father, a genial friend and neighbor -- whose salutation from Him on high may well be: "Well done, my good and faithful servant; enter thou into the Kingdom of the Lord."
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New Grocery will Open Saturday
The new grocery under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. WOLFENBARGER will open for business in the old McKenna building, two doors north of the Crystal theatre, with a complete stock of new and up-to-date groceries next Saturday.
This new store invites the consuming public of Broken Arrow and vicinity to come in and inspect their stock and promise to sell them good goods at the lowest prices that can be reasonably given. Their phone is 24.
Self Culture Club
Nothing so difficult as a beginning, unless perhaps the end. The regular meeting of the Self Culture club was held last Friday, Feb. 4, at the home of Mrs. W. N. WILLIAMS, who kindly substituted for Mrs. R. L. HICKMAN as hostess.
Mrs. HOLLAWAY was elected to membership in the club. This was "Original Day" and the following program was creditably rendered. Original, piano number entitled "Response" by Mrs. Rose M. BUCKLES was in a class of high order and the execution excellent. Original poem by Mrs. HICKMAN entitled "Memories" expressed beautiful thoughts. Original Indian song entitled "The Indians Lament" by Mrs. D. B. CHILDERS had perhaps the best advantage over the others as no one present could interpret its meaning.
Original story by Mrs. N. B. ELLIOTT entitled "Ideals of an Old Fashioned Mother" was indeed a fascinating story which portrayed lovely sentiments but much remote were they from the ideals of the modern flapper mother.
Original scenario entitled "Secret" by Mrs. W. T. BROOKS proved delightfully entertaining, so realistic were the descriptions of the characters and thrill flashed to the audience.
Last but not least was the original medley of old time tunes arranged by Mrs. M. C. WILLIAMS, a master in her art and with the following voices in was music sweet to hear: Mesdames M. C. WILLIAMS, J. B. WILSON and Miss Nellie YOUNG.
A vocal duet by Mesdames A. C. ANDERSON and E. V. HARTMAN was a pleasing number.
Roll call was original verse and much talent, wit and ability was displayed in that line and it is needless to say anything more about the "Original Day" as all the numbers were full of pep and catchy.
At the close of the meeting the hostess, assisted by her daughter, Mrs. Bruce REYNOLDS of Tulsa, served a delicious luncheon.
Mrs. Rosa BRITTAIN returned last week from the St. Johns hospital where she has been for the past month suffering with typhoid fever. She spent last week in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dan CUTBIRTH and departed last Saturday for Claremore to make and indefinite visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee HARRIS.
Christian Church Has New Pastor
The Rev. Roy P. FIELDS has been called to the pastorate of the First Christian church. Rev. FIELDS has already moved to Broken Arrow and taken up his duties. He comes from Boynton, where he has been pastor for sometime. Rev. FIELDS is a young man and preaches with all the power and enthusiasm of youth. He has had both schooling and experience to fit him for the position of responsibility as a Christian minister. He preaches the Word of God just as it is written without fear or favor and with conviction and power addressing his message to both mind and heart. He has a message, not his own, it is God's message and he is earnestly and anxiously trying to get it to the hearts of the people. Mrs. FIELDS, his charming young wife, is his helpmeet in every respect. They have a small son, Roy Junior.
Rev. and Mrs. FIELDS hold themselves in readiness to serve the people of Broken Arrow at any time. Their activities are not limited to their own congregation but they will gladly go anywhere at any time to help others. Sickness or health, sorrow or joy, triumph or defeat, they are willing to share them all with you. they come to serve. Use them.
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