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Obituaries

(From the notes of Rev. Alan Smith Cameron, Methodist Minister, Wagoner, OK)

 

 

From Oklahoma Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol. 24, Number 2, 1979.  Transcribed to Electronic form by Jo White.

 

 

(Rev. Cameron) was born 25 Apr 1875, Toomsuba, Mississippi, and was living in Wagoner, Oklahoma at the time of these funerals. (Some may have been in towns other than Wagoner.)  Submitted by his granddaughter, Mrs. Marilyn Black, Oklahoma City, OK.

 

 

JOE CLEVELAND BRYANT:  Son of Mr. & Mrs. Austin Lee Bryant.  Was born Grason Co. Texas, Oct. 8, 1900.  He received his education in Van Alstyne, Texas. He joined the Baptist church in 1916.  He moved to Oklahoma in 1919.  In 1938, he went to South America in the service of Shell Oil Co.  He worked there two years.  At the present he was employed by the U.S. Engineers.  He was the Father of two sons, Joe, Jr. and Darby Lee.  He was married to Grace Thompson in 1942.  His body will be laid to rest in Van Alstyne, Texas.

 

EDITH BARNETT:  Daughter of Mary Ann and Alexander Barnett.  Was born in Knox Co., Illinois, July 20, 1867, and passed away March 6, 1940.  When small she moved with her family to Iowa and later to Johnson Co. Kansas.  When of age, she became County Superintendent of Schools.  In 1900 she was married to George Foster, who preceded her in death, Sept. 14, 1934.  Mrs. Foster, with her husband, engaged in the banking business in Ripley, Okla., and in newspaper work in both Broken Arrow and Wagoner, where they came some 30 years ago.  Here Mr. and Mrs. Foster conducted the Wagoner County records for many years.  Mrs. Foster served as Wagoner Postmaster for 10 years.  She was active in both church and club work, being a life-long member of the Methodist Church.  She belonged to the Wagoner Chapter BD of P.E.O. and was a member of the Arts and Crafts Club.  She leaves to mourn her loss 5 half brothers and sisters, Arthur Barnett of Council Bluff, Iowa, Clarence Barnett of Seattle, Washington, Mrs. Ladema Ballantyne of Princess Anne, Md., Mrs. Dora Hamblin of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Margaret Haven of Glenwood, Iowa.  A step-daughter, Mrs. R.V. Olson, and a granddaughter, Joan Olson, of Erie, Ks.  Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the first Methodist Church in Wagoner.  At Mrs. Foster’s request the choir of the church will furnish music for the funeral service which will be conducted by the Rev. A.S. Cameron.  Pall bearers, named by Mrs. Foster before her death, will be Walter J. Sleeper, Terry Young, Donald Thomas, Frank Snedaker, Fletcher Young and Clarence Williams.

 

 

MRS. HATTIE LNDSEY BATES:  The daughter of Riley W. Lindsey and Maria Lindsey was born near Bryan’s Chapel Indian Territory.  She received her education at the Cherokee Female Seminary.  For some years, she taught in the public schools of the Cherokee Nation.  She was united in marriage to Dr. Samuel Ralston Bates in 1901.  To this union, two sons were born, one dying in infancy and the other in early childhood.  In 1910, Dr. and Mrs. Bates moved to Wagoner, where he established his home and a wide medical practice, and he and Sister Bates resided here until their deaths.  Dr. Bates preceded his wife in death Jan 11th, 1946.  Sister Bates is survived by two brothers and three sisters.  She was a public spirited woman.  She was an active, and loyal member of the Methodist Church, the W.S.C.C., the Daughters of the Confederacy and the 20th Century Club.  Her body will be laid to rest beside her husband in Elmwood Cemetery, Wagoner.

 

 

DR. SAMUEL RALSTON BATES:  Was born in the state of Tennessee, Jan  4, 1871.  His Father, Rev. U.S. (or G.) Bates, was an itinerant Methodist Minister, and a member of t he Memphis Annual Conference.   He received his education in the famous Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tenn.  He took his medical training in Vanderbilt University.  He finished his education and intern work in 1897 and came West to practice.  He started  his career in Muldrow, Oklahoma in 1897 and continued there  until 1910 when he moved  Wagoner.  He has served this community since that time.   Dr. Bates was married to Miss  Hattie Lindsey in 1901.  One son was born to them, but died in early childhood.   He had one brother, Dr. W.H. Bates, who died in 1944.  He had three sisters, Mrs. C.H. Greer, Mrs. Mamie B. Drake, and Mrs. E.A. Miller, all of whom survive.  His body will be laid to rest beside his son Jack, in Wagoner cemetery.

 

 

MRS. MARTHA ANN GARRISON:  Died at the home of her daughter Mrs. J.A. Ensminger, Tulsa, May 8, 1953.  Martha Ann Covey was born in Texas April 7, 1863.  She became a Christian at an early age and joined the Baptist Church at 18 years of age.  She was married to William Anthony Garrison March 3, 1883 at Eldorado Springs, Mo.  They came to Oklahoma in 1898.  Six children were born to this union, four survive.  Mrs. J .A. Ensminger of Tulsa, Mrs. Walker Jones of Wagoner, William A. Garrison of Checotah and John L. Garrison of Waco, Texas.  Also one sister, Mrs. Fannie Yarnold of Gage, Okla.  Eight grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.  She was a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Tulsa.

 

 

OTTO ORLANDO McVAY:  Died November 4, 1945 at the age of 65 years, 8 months and 17 days.  He was the son of H.A. and Nannie J. McVay.  At the age of 19 years  he enlisted in the United States Army and took  part in the Spanish American Campaign.  He was married to Oda Collins August 10, 1910.  He has lived in Wagoner the past 17 years.  He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.  Surviving relatives are the wife of the home; three brothers, Walter of Coffeyville, Kansas; Roy of California; Elmer of Cushing, Okla.;  Three sisters:  Flora McVay of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Ern McClaury of Eugene, Oregon: Mrs. Herbert Yandell of Seattle, Washington.  A host of other relative and friends.

 

 

HAYDEN EBLE SPECK:  Was born Clinton Co. Ky. 1877, July 5th.  About 1889, he moved with his parents to Red River Co. Texas.  While there he was united in marriage to Miss Mary  Yonce.  Before leaving Texas five children were born.  He and his wife came to Oklahoma in 1914 and settled at Coweta and there two children were born.  He moved to Wagoner four years ago.  These survive him, his wife and all the seven children.  Mrs. Jewell Branstretter of Henrietta, Mo., Floyd, Joe, Clamon, Mrs. Macie Holding (Harding?), Mrs. Esther Sexton, all of Wagoner, and Mrs. Ruth Liston of Coweta.  As well as 21 grand children.  He had two brothers and three sisters, Mate and Latha, both of Enoch, Texas, Mrs. J.H. Woolfe and Mrs. G. (?) O. Ballard of Rochester, Texas, and Mrs. W.T. Parchman of Justiceburg, Texas.  Mrs. Ballard and Mrs.  Parchman are in attendance.  He confessed his faith in Christ when about 27 years of age and joined the Methodist Church.  His life’s work was farming.

 

 

DR. BELLE COBB:  Famed and widely-known practicing physician in Wagoner in Indian Territory days, died at her home here early Monday morning.  She was 88 years old.  She came to Indian Territory with her parents from  Cleveland, Tenn., in 1870.  She attended school at the Cherokee Female Seminary at Tahlequah and later taught there.  Later she attended the Glendale, Ohio, Medical School and was graduated from the Philadelphia Pa. Women’s Medical College.  After serving her internship in New York City, Dr. Cobb returned to Wagoner and practiced as a physician from 1895 to 1925.  Funeral services for Dr. Cobb will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the home southeast of Wagoner.  Services will be conducted by the Rev. D. Art Ray, pastor of the Wagoner Presbyterian Church of which Dr. Cobb was a member.  The Rev. A.S. Cameron, pastor emeritus of  the Wagoner Methodist Church, assisting.  Burial will be in the Cobb Cemetery under the direction of the Hersman Funeral Home.  Pallbearers will be Lee and Walter Harvey, Walter Sleeper and Elva White, Wagoner; Buster Sullivan, Tulsa; Charley Whitehorn, Stillwater, and Beecher Sullivan, Tahlequah.  Dr. Cobb is survived by two brothers, S.S. Cobb, Wagoner, and Alex Cobb, Stillwater.  28 Nieces and nephews also survive.  Aug. 13, 1947.

 

 

MOLLIE MOLINDA EDWARDS:  Was born May 4, 1870 and died January 8, 1951 at the age of 80 years, 8 months and 4 days.  She is survived by 2 nieces; Mrs. Cloddie Humbert; Mrs. Katy Rixman, of Louisville, Ky.; 5 nephews, and a number of other relatives and friends.

 

 

FLORA LINDSEY WATTS:  Daughter of Riley W. and Maria Bryan Lindsey, was born at Chouteau, Ind. Terr., Feb. 9, 1879.  Mrs. Watts was a member of a pioneer Cherokee family that arrived in the Cherokee Nation in 1832 from Georgia.  She was educated at the Cherokee Female Seminary, Scarrett College and Chicago University.  She was a member of the Methodist Church and active in religious and civic work.  She is survived by Judge Charles G. Watts of Wagoner her husband, and two sons, Gorden Watts, of Tulsa and Clyde J. Watts of Oklahoma City; a brother Gordon B. Lindsey of Chouteau, Okla. and Virginia Lindsey, Miami and five grandchildren.

 

 

SUE EDNA CLECKLER:  Born Dec. 18, 1890.  Died Nov. 14, 1952 in Garden Grove, Calif.  Survivors: daughter Virginia Starr, two sisters, Mrs. John Geurin of Wagoner and Mrs. Mable Posey of Anaheim, Calif.  Husband Walter F. passed away in 1944.

 

 

 

DANIEL A. FOLEY:  Born Oct. 25, 1857 at Greensburgh, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.  Died Dec. 28, 1947, age 96 years, 2 months and 3 days.  He came to Huntington, Ark. early in life, where he lived many years.  Moved to Oklahoma in the early twenties and has lived in Wagoner the past 11 years.  He was married to Rose Reid in 1895.  He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Pearl Baker of Fort Smith, Ark., one son, Dan Foley of Los Angeles, Calif., one stepson, John  Reid of Hartford, Ark., 4 grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.  His body will be laid to rest in the Hartford Memorial Park, Hartford, Arkansas.  He united with the Presbyterian Church at Huntington Ark., early in life.

 

 

TROY J. TROTT:  Was born March 24th, 1921, in Cherokee County, afterwards moving to Wagoner.  He received his education in the Wagoner City Schools.  He was a member of that famous 45th Division, and went away with so many of our boys.  He was killed in action in one of those series of engagements which resulted in the conquest of Sicily.  His Mother, Mrs. Charles Davis, still lives among us and is well known here.  Troy had five sisters and two brothers all of whom are living, and all here on this occasion, except one brother and one sister.  The government of this United Stats and we, of Wagoner, are doing all we can to honor the name  of this boy, and all the rest, that died, that we might be free.

 

 

LEROY CORGAN:  The son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Corgan, was born  here in Wagoner in 1893.   He  had three brothers, Marsh, Charles and Bill.  Two sisters, Birdie and Rubie.  His Mother, one brother and two sisters survive him.  He married Anna Gray in 1916.  No children were born to them.   Roy joined the Presbyterian Church when a lad.  He had a deep reverence for Sacred things.  In  his last hours, he expressed a confidence in Christ, his Savior.

 

 

WILLIAM MEEK ALLISON:  Was born July 29, 1875 in Johnsville, Bradley Co., Ark.  He finished high school at Warren.  He engaged in business in Tahlequah and Ft. Gibson.  He was married to Miss Myrtle Bain in Nov. 25, 1903.  No children were born to them.  Allison moved to Wagoner, in March, 1945 and up to the present, was employed by Hinds Co.  He is survived by two brothers, Dr. T.P. Allison of Sand Springs and Dr. J.S. Allison of Tahlequah, both are present.  His body will be laid to rest in Wagoner Ceme.

 

 

MISS LOULA THOMSON:  A one time resident of Wagoner – died Sat. March 1st in Tulsa, Okla.  Miss Thomason (sic) was born in Brenham,, Texas, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James R. Thomson.  She spent most of her life in Texas, and attended college in Galveston.  Later, she made  her home with a sister, Mrs. Maud Morgan, in Caldwell, Texas.  In 1916, she came to Wagoner and  made her home with another sister, Mrs. Thomas C. Harrill.  She was a member of the Christian Church, and while living  here was very active in Sunday School work.  For the past several  years, Miss Thomson has been in ill health, and  has lived in a convalescent home in Tulsa.  She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Thomas C. Harrill, Mrs. N.V. Leonard of Wagoner, and Mrs. Maud Morgan of Caldwell, Texas.

 

 

JAMES ARTHUR HARRIS:  Was born near Henry, in Marshall County, Ill. July 26th, 1870.  He came to Indian Territory when he was thirteen years of age, and joined his Uncle in the Merchantile (sic) business in Atoka.  Returning to Omaha for his education, he and his brother, Wm. H. Harris came back to Indian Territory in 1889 and settled in Wagoner, where they established a mercantile business.  Later he was engaged in railroad business and real estate.  He was married to Mrs. Allene Reed in 1937, and has since been affiliated with the Owl Drug Co. of Wagoner.   After the constitutional convention, of which he was a member, he went with a delegation to Washington to present to Theodore Roosevelt the advantages of having one state formed of Old Oklahoma and Indian Territory, under the name of Oklahoma.  He served as Republican State committeeman sixteen years.  As National Republican Committeeman for eight years, and has ever been active in state and national politics.  His life was truly a colorful one, and constructive at all times, a gentleman and a patriot.  Among the pioneers of Oklahoma, he moved like a Roman gladiator.  He had many friends both locally, throughout the state and in the nation.  These, with his relatives, will sorely miss his genial companionship and leadership.

 

 

DR. GEORGE DAN CARL:  Dr. George, as we knew him here in Wagoner, was the eldest of five children.  He was born in 1874 near Siloam Springs, Ark.  Those of his family that survive him are two daughters, Mrs. Francile Karl Kelc of Golden Beach Florida and Mrs. Louise Karl Farish of Tulsa.  One sister, Mrs. (Pen?) Powell of Strong, Okla. one brother Mr. Henderson Karl of Siloam Springs.  Dr. Carl took his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery at Northwestern University and established his practice in Wagoner about 47 years ago, where he became a successful practioneer (sic) and honored citizen.

 

 

HOWARD MORTON:  I have lost one of my closest friends, a real pal.  He was a good sportsman, never took the shallow end of the seine.  He was an honorable and useful citizen.   Two terms County Treasurer.  One term County Assessor.  Many years on City Council and School Board.  Loyal churchman.  Board of Stewards.  Board of Trustees.  Nine years Sunday School Superintendent.  Gifted in public prayer.

 

 

ALAN SMITH CAMERON:  Came to Indian Territory from Vanderbilt University.  He served Alluwe and Talala in 1905.  In 1906 he was sent to Choteau and Inola.  He served as Methodist minister in Claremore, Idabel, Oklahoma City, Altus, Lawton, Clinton, Wynnewood, Tipton, Tulsa, Columbia Ave. and Wagoner.  He went to Wagoner in 1936 and retired there.  He died June 4, 1957 and is buried there at Elmwood Cemetery.  He married Rue Pauline McSpadden at Claremore, Dec. 29, 1905.  She died June 24, 1972 and is buried beside her husband.

 

 

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