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September 28, 1899 - Died on September 21,
1899, Stella, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. G.
Abercombie, aged 9 days. Remains laid to rest Mt. Zion
Cemetery. (The Reformer)
ADAMS, Rev. Robert
March 16, 1899 - Rev. Robert Adams died March
9, 1899. (The Reformer)
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES, Thursday,
A Veteran Mustered Out.
Died - Sunday night, E.L. AMBROSE, aged seventy-eight
years. His funeral attended by his family, neighbors and
members of Kingfisher Post G.A.R., took place Monday
afternoon from the Congregational church. Services were
conducted by Rev. J. INGRAM.
Mr. AMBROSE was born in New York, but removed to
Wisconsin when a young man and enlisted in the 14th
regiment Wisconsin infantry, and served throughout the
war. He removed successively to Iowa, Kansas and three
years ago to Oklahoma. He leaves a widow, two sons and
two daughters. His pall bearers were comrades of the
G.A.R. and ceremonies at the grave were according to
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, August 9, 1951.
George ALIG, 69, died suddenly about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
at his home northwest of Okarche.
Funeral service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in
Holy Trinity church at Okarche. Rosary will be at 8 p.m.
Friday at the home, located seven miles west, one north
and three-fourths west of Okarche. Interment will be made
in Holy Trinity cemetery.
Born Nov. 13, 1881, at Metamora, Ill., he came with his
parents to Oklahoma in 1893.
In 1906, he was united in marriage with Cathrine OTTIS,
who survives him. Other survivors include two sons, John
and Lawrence of Okarche; five daughters, Mrs. Paul
WITTROCK and Mrs. George STANGL of Okarche, Mrs. Cletus
WITTROCK of Kingfisher, and Miss Frances ALIG and Miss
Mary Agnes ALIG of Oklahoma City; a sister, Mrs. C. W.
MEISTREL of Tulsa, and 13 grandchildren.
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Monday,
November 15, 1943.
Chas. AMES Dies; Funeral Tuesday.
Final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the local
Methodist-Congregational church for Charles Sumner AMES,
who died Saturday evening at his home on South Main
street. Rev. H.D. TOMLIN will officiate, and interment
will be made in the El Reno cemetery.
BRACKEN funeral home will be in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. AMES was born April 2, 1876, in Macon, Mo. In 1916,
he came to Kingfisher from Coffeyville, Kans., to assume
managership of the LOGAN-AMES company store.
While young he united with the Presbyterian church, and
later became a member of the Congregational church of
Kingfisher. He was a member of the official church board
at the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Gladys
CRANE, of Kingfisher; a sister, Mrs. Ella ENGLISH, of
Topeka, Kans.; and two nephews.
ANDERSON, Leo Loudel
March 23, 1899 - Leo Loudel Anderson, youngest
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anderson, born Long
Prairie, Minnesota May 23, 1888; died March 17, 1899,
aged 10 years 9 months. Funeral services at Bird Creek
Baptist Church. Remains laid away in cemetery near by.
March 2, 1899 - Jesse Ankerman, son of John
Ankerman, died February 22, 1899, aged 9 years 1 month 15
days. (The Reformer)
ARMKE (GUEST), Mrs. Edna Lou
submitted by Lois
MRS. ARMKE'S FUNERAL HELD TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Thursday Mar. 4, 1920
The funeral of Mrs. Edna Lou Armke, victim of the Rhodes
Hotel fire, was
held Tuesday afternoon from the Congregational Church.
made in the Hennessey Cemetery. Her son, Guy Guest, of
her daughter, Mrs. Ethel Lemon, of Clinton, Okla; her
brother, Mr. John
Guest and wife and brother, Arthur Guest and wife, and
Mr. and Mrs. J.V.
Hager of Enid were among the relatives in attendance from
Mark BAKER Dies Of Heart
Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the
Hennessey Methodist church for Mark C. BAKER, who died of
a heart attack at Hennessey Friday evening while watching
football game in which his son Charles was playing center
for the Hennessey eleven. Rev. M. CARTWRIGHT, pastor,
will officiate. Members of the American Legion will take
part in the service. Interment will be made in the
BAKER, rural mail carrier out of Hennessey for the past
21 years, was a veteran of the first World war and served
10 months in France.
Survivors include his wife, son Charles; and daughter
Nelda Rae of the home; and two other daughters, Mrs. Noel
WOODS of Henderson, Ky., and Miss Ethel BAKER of
Independence, Kans.; two brothers, John and Herman BAKER,
and two sisters, Mrs. Ethel WROBBEL and Mrs. Josie
TRINDLE, all of Kingfisher.
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES, Thursday, Apil
Miss Lydia BEECH - Obituary
Miss Lydia BEECH was born September 21, 1847, in Ohio,
and died in Kingfisher, March 30, 1925.
Miss BEECH moved to Kingfisher about twenty-five years
ago to keep house for her brother, who died almost three
years ago. Miss BEECH is the last of a family of eight.
She leave to mourn her death only nieces and nephews. Her
niece, Mrs. Martha GEBHART of Pratt, Kansas, is the only
The funeral will be held at the Christian church this
afternoon at 2 o'clock.
BERNETT, Louis P.
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS,
February 26, 1915 - MORTUARY.
Louis P. BERNETT was born October 1, 1841, and died
February 25, 1915, at the age of 73 years, 4 months and
25 days at the home of his brother Ira BERNETT, 10 miles
northwest of town.
He was a member of the Free Masons for about 45 years.
Mr. BERNETT was born in Indiana and in the year 1868 he
moved with his parents to Coffey County, Kansas, and in
1870 he moved to Cowley County, Kansas, where he was
married to Elizabeth FOLEY, February 15, 1914.
Mr. BERNETT leaves a wife, two brothers and one sister to
mourn their loss. They are: Marshall J. BERNETT of Wiola,
Montana; Ira D. BERNETT of Kingfisher and Mrs. Josephine
SKINNER of Max, North Dakota.
Funeral services were held at the home at 11 o'clock this
morning by Rev. HEROD of Kiel. Interment was made in
BEZANSON, Mahlon V.
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS,
Monday, April 5, 1915.
OBITUARY OF M. V. BEZANSON.
Mahlon V. BEZANSON, aged sixty-nine years, entered into
rest Saturday afternoon, April 3rd, at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. T. D. RUSH.
Mr. BEZANSON was a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia and
resided in Virginia until manhood, then moved to North
Carolina and after a few years moved with his family to
Conneticut and resided there for sixteen years, then came
to Oklahoma and made his home in Kingfisher where he has
lived since except about nine months in 1914, which he
spent in California.
While living in Henderson, N.C., he was associated in
business with his brother-in-law, Mr. B. A. WILSON, now
of Pendleton, S.C.
He had been in poor health all winter and was taken down
with pneumonia on Saturday preceding his death, being
confined to his bed one week.
The deceased is survived by two children, Miss Emma V.
BEZANSON of North Haven, Conn., who was unable to be
present and Harry B. BEZANSON of New Haven, Conn., who
arrived in Kingfisher Sunday morning in response to a
message from friends that his father was critically ill.
Mr. BEZANSON also leaves two brothers, Joseph BEZANSON,
who resides in Oregon and Dr. Chas. BEZANSON and several
nieces and nephews.
Mr. BEZANSON was a man who was loved and respected by all
who knew him and numbered his friends by his
acquaintances. He was a sincere Christian quiet and
unassuming. He was a member of the Presbyterian church
and a member of the Brotherhood.
Funeral services were held at two thirty o'clock this
afternoon from the undertaking parlors of E. R. HORTON
officiating. Interment was made in Kingfisher cemetery.
September 7, 1899 - Infant daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Wm. Bibey was buried Mt. Zion Cemetery Tuesday of
last week. (The Reformer)
November 7, 1918 - Mr. Bingo, an elderly man
of Clear Creek neighborhood, died Saturday. Funeral
services were held at the home this morning. (Kingfisher
Weekly Free Press)
Died at home near Kingfisher December 31,
1897, Edward Blair in 65th year. Born July 17, 1833 St.
Laurence Co., N. Y.; married Martha Moore March 4, 1857.
10 Children. Soldier in Civil War. (The Reformer)
Source: KINGFISHER WEEKLY FREE PRESS,
Thursday, June 3, 1926
INDIAN WAR HERO PASSES AWAY HERE
Tommy BLIND, known by all as Tommy BLIND WOMAN, was given
a military funeral by the American Legion post at the
Kingfisher Cemetery on Decoration Day. Battery F 158th
Field Artillery, fired the rifle salute after conveying
the body to the cemetery on a caisson.
Tommy won distinction during the World War, and was
decorated by Uncle Sam and the French government for
bravery. He received both the D.S.C. and Congressional
Medal of Honor.
He was the first Indian overseas, the first in the front
line and the first in occupied territory.
His rifle is on exhibition in the National Historical
Museum at Washington D.C.
In the early days Tommy played half-back on the
Kingfisher College football team and distinguished
himself for speed and cleaverness.
HOMAGE TO DEAD SUNDAY
MEMORIAL SERVICE HELD AT METHODIST CHURCH
Military Funeral For Tommy BLIND WOMAN Held From
Sunday Kingfisher paid tribute to it's war dead. Memorial
services were held at the Methodist Church in the
afternoon. Rev. NUNN, post chaplain of the Kieth Lowry
Post, delivered a short address which was followed at the
cemetery by a ceremony over the grave of Wm. N. SMITH,
who was killed in action in France.
While the services were in progress at the church a
military funeral was being held for the remains of Tommy
BLINDWOMAN, an ex-service man; from the BRACKEN Funeral
Lieut. RUPE of the local artillery battery had charge of
all military preparations. A firing squad fired a salute
over the grave as the remains of Tommy were lowered and a
salute of 21 guns were fired by the field pieces
immediately following the ceremony over the SMITH grave.
The graves of all ex-service men were marked by American
BLYTHE, WILLIAM V.
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Monday,
April 24, 1939
OBITUARY - WILLIAM V. BLYTHE
William V. BLYTHE was born May 15, 1864, in the state of
Indiana and passed away April 19, 1939, in his home near
Kingfisher. He would have been 75 years old on May 15.
He was married to Miss Tena Belle LANGFORD at Mt. Vernon,
Ind., on August 26, 1891, and they made their home in
Cynthiana, Ind., for about 10 years; then they moved to
Illinois. After a few years the family moved to Coleman,
Tex., then to Ranger, Tex., where they lived until they
came to Kingfisher in 1932. They lived here on a farm
northeast of town.
Four daughters and two sons were born to the BLYTHES, two
preceding their father in death, Lyda Fern, at the age of
two years, and Virgil, when he was 15 years of age.
Those who survive are: Mrs. A.F. STEVENS, Ranger, Tex.,
Mrs. Grady MEADE, Mrs. C.A. STARK and Frank BLYTHE of
Kingfisher; eight grandchildren, Roy, Hazel, Arline and
Marguerite STEVENS, Reta Mae, Zane and Tena Belle STARK
and Louise WARD; and one great-grandchild, Mildred Faye
DEMPSEY; one sister in Washington and three in Indiana;
and one brother in California. A host of friends also
join in mourning their loss.
When a young man, Mr. BLYTHE united with the General
Baptist church and on moving to Coleman, Tex., he and his
wife united with the General Baptist church in that city.
He loved music and they had singing at home. In the
Baptist church, he was the song leader at the morning
service as well as in the schoolhouse in the afternoon.
He was blessed with good health throughout the years
until a few months before his death.
Jovial of disposition and naturally friendly, he had many
friends whom he cheered along life's pathway. He was a
kind, loving husband and father. Though sincere grief
takes possession of loved ones left behind, Providence
had spared him to a ripe old age. To one of his
daughters, watching over him one night in his sickness,
he spoke of friends and loved ones who might be left
behind, but said he had a Friend who would never leave
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the
Presbyterian church, Rev. S.H. JONES officiating.
Interment was made in the Kingfisher cemetery, with the
BRACKEN funeral home in charge.
BRACKEN, Robert Melvin
KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE
Robert Melvin BRACKEN, born in Kingfisher October 17,
1899. Age 13 years, 7 months and 15 days. Died Sunday
morning at 9 o'clock, June 22, 1913. Son of Mr. and Mrs.
John BRACKEN, lived in Kingfisher until 2 1/2 years ago
then moved to Phillipsburg, Kansas, at which place he
made his profession of his faith in Christ and united
with the church at the age of twelve.
He has always been a faithful member of the
Bible school from which he has received due recognition
for regular attendance and good behavior. Later the
family returned to Kingfisher where the deceased was
taken suddenly ill and died at his home at South 10th St.
with typhoid fever.
His departure leaves a vacant chair in the home but our
loss is his gain.
He leaves a bereaved father, mother and only sister to
mourn their loss and a number of sorrowing relatives.
Funeral was held at the residence at four o'clock Monday
by the Rev. RUNYON.
BREWIN, John Thomas
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE
PRESS, Monday, November 22, 1943.
OBITUARY - JOHN THOMAS BREWIN
John Thomas BREWIN, son of John and Emma BREWIN, was born
December 17, 1863, at Thornton, England, and died
November 10, 1943, at the age of 79 years, 10 months and
He went to Canada when 19 and attended college at
Chatham, Ontario, and Detroit, Mich. He went from there
to western Nebraska and Iowa. In 1901 he came to
He was united in marriage on February 22, 1898, with
Elizabeth WIGGINS. To this union two daughters were born,
Millie, who died in infancy, and Minnie. His wife died
November 23, 1923.
He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Minnie TOULSON; one
brother, William BREWIN, of Savannah, Ga.; one sister,
Mrs. Louise SUTTON, of Hinckley, England; other relatives
Funeral service was held at 4 p.m. November 12 at the
BRACKEN funeral chapel, with Rev. A.B. SMITHER
officiating. Interment was made in Kingfisher cemetery.
BRINDLEY, Mary E. (BURTON)
Mary Elizabeth Burton Brindley was born in
Jasper County, Mo., March 3, 1875, and it remained her
home until her 16th year, when the family came to
Oklahoma. Her father made (the run and staked a claim and
moved on it. Her mother passed away, leaving her father
with five motherless children--four girls and one boy.
Coming to Oklahoma, in a covered wagon in
November 1892, they made their home on their uncle's
place until the opening of the Cherokee Strip the
She was married to Henry Brindley Feb. 4,
1899. Two children were born to their union, John F.
Brindley, of Enid, and Mrs. Inez Ramey, of Dover.
Mrs. Brindley was baptized at the age of 20
years in Skeleton Creek by Rev. John Rogers, and remained
a consistent Christian to her death. A wonderful wife and
a grand mother, she took her grandson when he was a week
old and reared him like her own child. She lived and
toiled for her home and family.
She passed away April 8, 1943, at the age of
68 years. Funeral services were held at the Methodist
church Saturday afternoon, April 10, at 2:30 o'clock.
Rev. C. C. Wilson, the pastor, was assisted in the
services by Rev. Charles Perkins, a former Hennessey
pastor. Music was furnished by the Methodist choir.
Interment was made in the Hennessey Cemetery. (Hennessey
Thursday January 11, 1940 - John Britt, son of
Mr. and Mrs. John Britt, was born October 18, 1862, near
La Crosse, Wis., and passed to his reward following a
brief heart attack at his home four miles west of Cashion
about 7 p.m. Saturday, January 7, 1940. Funeral service
was held Wednesday afternoon at the Cashion Christian
church, Joe L. Pope, minister, delivering the sermon.
Burial was made in the Cashion cemetery.
Orphaned at an early age, Mr. Britt was thrown
upon his own resources when a mere child. In advance of
the opening of the lands of Oklahoma to settlement, he
had located in this area, being present when the run was
made. Later he went to Iowa, returning to Oklahoma in
On February 18, 1886, Mr. Britt took as his
bride, Miss Sarah Jane VanValkenburg at Ford, Kans. To
them were born the following children, who with the
widow, survive; Lemuel Britt, Austin, Minn., Miss Norma
Britt of the home, Earl Britt, Stillwater, Mitchell
Britt, Cashion, Mrs. Ethel Herrington, Wellington, Kans.,
Mrs. Hazel Marlow and Elmer Britt, Cashion, and Mrs. Fern
Struck, Kingfisher. He also leaves 8 grandsons, 11
grandaughters and many friends, who mourn the loss of
this kindly friend and gracious neighbor.
Coming back to this part of the country in
1902, Mr. Britt established a home in the vicinity of
Reeding, and only a few years ago he built a new home for
his family. He was identified with all movements for the
development of his community.
Mr. Britt was one of the citizens of the
community known as "old timers," and had
witnessed with delight the development of the country. It
has been said of him that he was one of the minority who
never complained about conditions, and whose utterances
about his fellow creatures relected the spirit of true
friendship. (Kingfisher Times)
Submitted by Tracy Profita
BRITT, Sarah Jane
Thursday August 12, 1948 - Sarah Jane Van
Valkenburg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Van Valkenburg,
was born Feb. 9, 1968, at Sterling, Ill., and died
Sunday, Aug. 8, at her home four miles west of Cashion.
Whe was 80 years and six months old.
She was united in marriage with John J. Britt
on Feb. 20, 1886, at Dodge City, Kans. They established a
home there for a few years, then moved to Mulhall for a
short time, then moved to Turin, Iowa, where they lived
until 1902, when they moved to near Reeding, where she
resided at the time of her death. Mr. Britt preceeded her
in death on Jan 6, 1940.
Ten children were born to the Britts. Two sons
died in infancy. She is survived by four sons, Lemuel of
Austin, Minn., Mitchell of Leon, Kans., Earl and Elmer L.
of Kingfisher, four daughters, Nora Britt of the home,
Ethel Herrington of Wellington, Kans., Hazel Marlow and
Fern Struck of Kingfisher, two brothers, Logue and Ora
Van Valkenburg of Los Angeles, Calif., two sisters, Ida
Potts of Sloan, Iowa, Genie Allen of Decatur, Neb., 18
grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, other relatives
and friends. One brother, two sisters and one
granddaughter, Betty Jane Struck, preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held in the Cashion
Christian church on Wednesday, with Rev. J.R. Johnson
delivering the sermon. She was buried beside her husband
in the Cashion Cemetery. (Kingfisher Times)
Submitted by Tracy Profita
BROWER, Dr. John H.
RITES HELD SATURDAY AT KINGFISHER BAPTIST
CHURCH FOR DR. BROWER
December 2 or 3, 1933 - Rites for the late Dr.
John H. Brower, who passed away, Wednesday, last week,
were held in the First Baptist Church in Kingfisher.
Saturday forenoon, 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Tom
Davis, Watonga Baptist minister, assisted by Rev. A. F.
Whitehurst, pastor of the First Baptist church of
The following obituary was read: John Henry
Brower was the son of Henry H. and Carrie Brower. He was
born on a farm near Laurens, Pocahontas County, Iowa, May
14, 1880. His death occurred at his home in Okmulgee,
Okla, following a long severe illness, on Nov. 29, 1933,
at the age of 53 years, 6 months and 15 days.
He with his parents, came to Oklahoma when he
was thirteen years of age, and his father located near
Kingfisher where John grew to manhood. He was united in
marriage to Miss Maude Frans, in February, 1903. She was
the cousin of W. D. and N. H. Frans of Thomas community.
The sweet companionship of this marriage was broken on
March 18, 1905, when his wife was taken by death at their
Kingfisher home. This sad event left in the home one
infant son, who is Dr. Earl L. Brower of Okmulgee and
recently of Thomas, Okla. He was later married to Emma
Steiner of Kingfisher county. To this union two daughters
were born, Eva Mae and Elsie June of the home address.
"While he was reared on the farm, and for
many years following his marriage, he continued on the
farm. In 1912 he became interested in the profession of
Chirpractic. He graduated from the Bellington
Chiropractic College of Virginia, Carver College,
Oklahoma City, and Palmer School of Chirpractic,
Davenport, Iowa. He located for the practice of his
profession in Thomas, Okla., later moving to Clinton and
in 1920 moved to Okmulgee, Okla. He was regarded as a man
of honor, integrity and business ability.
"He was converted and became a member of the Baptist
church in 1903. His life was a constant display of honest
integrity, for fair dealing, and given over to the
allevation of pain, and helpfulness to all with whom he
came in contact. As a professional man, he ever displayed
those higher qualities of manhood that exemplifies things
highest in the conduct of man.
"His father, mother and one brother
preceded him to the world beyond. He leaves to mourn his
departure his wife and children already mentioned. He
also leaves one half-brother, S. H. Jeffers of Laurens,
Iowa; one brother, Alonzo Brower, Thomas, Okla.; two
sisters, Mrs. N. H. Frans and Mrs. W. D. Frans, both of
Thomas, Okla.; a step-mother, Mrs. Georgia Brower,
Kingfisher, Okla.; one grandson, Tommy Lee Brower,
Okmulgee, Okla.; many other relatives and friends who are
grieved because of his departure. A true and loving
husband, a kind and indulgent father and a splendid
citizen has gone from us."
Relatives from here who attended the sad
obsequy were as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Brower and
granddaughter, Betty Jo Fletcher; Mr. and Mrs. W. D.
Frans and son, Dick; Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Frans and son,
Huffman; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Williams and children. Dr.
Fred Pettit, resident of Cornell and a cousin of the late
Dr. Brower, came here and accompanied other relatives to
Kingfisher. Friends from here who were present included
Mrs. V. M. Thompson, Mrs. Louis Dodd and Mrs. Robert W.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Frans, residents of Fay
community also attended the funeral.
Following the rites, the remains were taken to
Kingfisher cemetery and laid to rest to await the
resurrection morning. (Kingfisher: Newspaper unknown)
Submitted by: Connie Goins Ardrey
DEATH OF GRANDMA BROWER
Mrs. Kiziah Brower died Monday morning at 6:30
o'clock at the home of her son, H. H. Brower, with whom
she had made her home for a number of years. Grandma
Brower was 86 years and 7 months old at her death. She
had been an invalid for years with paralysis, and during
the last six years her life was lived in darkness. About
ten days ago she was taken with summer complaint, which
resulted in her death.
Grandma Brower was a true Christian woman. The remains
left the home of H. H. Brower at 9 o'clock Tuesday
morning, and the funeral held at the Alpha Congregational
church at one o'clock in the afternoon. Internment in
FUNERAL OF MRS. BROWER
Mrs. Keziah Brower was born in New York,
January 10, 1820, and died at the home of her son, H. H.
Brower, in this city, July 9, 1906, at 6:30 a.m., aged 86
years and 7 months lacking one day. She had been totally
blind for six years or over. Her death was quite sudden
though she had been feeble for some time and resulted
from a general break down of her system. The funeral
services were held at Alpha church, Tuesday, July 10,
conducted by Rev. Job Ingram, after which her remains
were laid to rest beside those of her husband who died in
1898, shortly after coming from Iowa to Oklahoma. For 33
years she had made her home with her son. Mrs. Brower was
the mother of ten children, seven sons and three
daughters. Six of the sons with the father served in the
Union Army during the dark days from 1861 to 1865. Of the
seven living children only one was able to be present at
her funeral, being scattered in different states from New
York to Minnesota. Mrs. Brower had been a Christian for
many years and was a member of the Congregational church
at the time of her death. During the six or seven years
of her blindness she had been a patient and uncomplaining
sufferer and the text at her funeral was an appropriate
one. "There remaineth, therefore, a rest to the
people of God." Her funeral was largely attended by
old friends and neighbors.(Newspaper unknown)
Submitted by: Connie Goins Ardrey
DEATH OF MRS. J. K. BROWER
Mrs. Maud Brower, wife John K. Brower and
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. K. Frans, was born in
Missouri twenty-three years ago and died near Alpha March
18, 1905. She was married some two years ago and left a
little son 10 months old. Besides the husband, a father,
mother, four brothers and two sisters and a large circle
of relatives and friends mourn her loss.
She was a sweet spirited christian woman well
and widely known. She was a member of the Huntsville
Baptist church loved and esteemed by all who knew her.
The funereal took place from the Baptist
church in this city on Monday the 20th, Rev. Job Ingram,
preaching the sermon. A very large concourse of people
followed her remains to the Kingfisher cemetery. The
people to the number of from 150 to 100 persons show the
very high regard in which the deceased was held. The
music was furnished by the members of the Huntsville B.
Y. P. U. Relatives were present from Nebraska, Missouri
The bereaved husband and all the relative have
the universal sympathy of the people. (Newspaper unknown)
Submitted by: Connie Goins Ardrey
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE
PRESS, Monday, April 3, 1939.
ELMER ELLSWORTH BROWN - OBITUARY
Rev. Elmer Ellsworth BROWN, son of Thomas and Mary BROWN,
was born December 18, 1859, at Washington, Ill. At the
age of 11 years he moved to Arkansas, where his father
died. He then returned to Illinois and later lived in
On August 18, 1891, he was married to Alice May HEMPY. To
this union five children were born and all are still
living. They are: George, Mrs. Bertha OWENS and Mrs.
Hazel MALCOLM, all of Montana, Haran of Wisconsin and
Earl of Iowa; one brother, Edison BROWN; and a cousin,
Arthur INGLE, both of Hennessey.
He came to Oklahoma in 1908 and had lived near Hennessey
since. About seven years ago he moved into the home of
Mr. and Mrs. F.L. CARTER because of ill health.
He died March 20, 1939, and was buried in the Oak Grove
cemetery, J.W. DUFF officiating.
BROWN, GEORGE H.
Kingfisher Daily Free
Kingfisher, Oklahoma, Monday, Oct. 25, 1915
OBITUARY OF GEORGE H. BROWN
The news of the sudden death of George BROWN last
Thursday night came as a shock to the community, barbed
with pain and sorrow. Only a few short days ago he was
upon our streets greeting all with a happy "Good
morning." Today all that was mortal of our friend
and townsman is at peaceful rest in
the Silent City of the Dead.
The funeral, which was held
from the Baptist church Sunday afternoon, conducted by
Rev. Job INGRAM, assisted by the pastor, Rev. J. W.
BEVILLE, was the largest funeral ever held in Kingfisher,
fully one thousand people being in attendance. The church
was filled to its capacity, not even standing room being
available, with as many if not more crowding the church
lawn and streets.
The A.O.U.W., Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges attended in
a body. The lodge procession as if marched to the church
was a block and a half long. The floral offerings
surpassed in profusion and beauty anything ever seen in
Kingfisher. About 60 autos and buggies formed the
procession to the cemetery, where the A.O.U.W. and Odd
Fellows used the ritualistic ceremonies.
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George Henry BROWN, son of William and Mary BROWN, was
born in Andrew County, MO., January 25, 1870, and died at
his home in Kingfisher, Okla., Thursday, October 21,
1915, at 7:25 p.m., aged forty-five years, eight months
and twenty-seven days.
His boyhood and young manhood was spent near Stansbury,
MO., until twenty-five years ago, when he came to
Oklahoma. He was here at the opening of the Cheyenne and
Arapahoe country, where he saw the rushing crowds and
witnessed the wonderful rapid growth of this city, county
and state. He homesteaded and first lived on a farm
eleven miles southeast of Kingfisher, in Lynn township,
where he resided till about fifteen years ago, when he
moved to Kingfisher and has since made this his home.
Mr. BROWN was appointed special policeman of Kingfisher
by Mayor J. C. ROBB, September 16, 1901, and on June 1,
1903, was appointed night policeman by Mayor J. M.
SPEICE. He served in that capacity until April, 1907,
when he was elected city marshall, which position he held
till the time of his death. At the first meeting of the
city council following his election as city marshall he
was appointed chief of the fire department. This last
position was one hard to fill. He was sometimes
criticized, sometimes condemned, sometimes applauded, but
he always kept on in an even way doing the best he could
and what he thought was right and best.
He was united in marriage to Miss Roberta BANKS, July 27,
1896, nearly twenty years ago. To this union were born
five children, one daughter dying in infancy. Those who
survive him are his aged mother, the widow and three
daughters, Marie, Loucile and Olive, and one son, Carl.
Mr. BROWN made a profession of saving faith in Jesus
Christ and united with the Baptist church as a candidate
for baptism, May 9, 1913, after a long hard struggle to
yield to the claims of the Lord. From that day till the
day of his death he lived a useful and consistent member
of the church. He was always in his place at the services
of the church unless otherwise hindered. In whatever
services of the church unless in some the same interested
member and a quiet unassuming disciple of the Lord. As a
man he was kind, courteous, cautious, brave and
conscientious. As a son he was affectionate, loving and
kind. As a husband he was thoughtful, loving, kind and
After fire had destroyed his home about six weeks ago his
plans and work were for the rebuilding and making a
beautiful, pleasant, happy home. He did not see the full
completion of these hopes and labors, but worked to this
end almost up to the last hour of his life. As a father
he was gentle, forbearing, loving and kind. He was ever
thoughtful to friends and relatives. As a citizen he was
loyal and patriotic. He had the interest and welfare of
his home city on his heart and labored for its interest
and welfare. As a brother in the fraternal orders of
which he was a member his brotherly feeling and interest
were always felt.
There is no language at our
command by which we can fittingly betray the sincerity of
his christian character. Conscience guided his every act
- he was strictly honest in the service he rendered to
his fellow-men, to his community, to his church, to his
God and to his family. To man, woman or child, saint or
sinner, he always extended a cordial greeting that lent a
ray of light to brighten their pathway in the journey of
life. He commanded the respect of all sects and classes
of people, as the attendance at his funeral fully
verified. It seems so perfectly natural for him to do
right. The community did not fully appreciate his true
worth until after the thread of life was severed.
submitted by Barbara
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, August 9, 1951.
L. A. BROWN, 88, was found dead about 7:30 o'clock
Tuesday evening in his apartment in the GILMOUR building.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the
chapel of the SMITH Funeral home, with Rev. R. A.
ANDERSON officiating. Interment will be made in the IOOF
cemetery at Marshall.
Mr. BROWN was born Oct. 10, 1867, in Kansas. He had
resided in Kingfisher for many years.
Survivors include four daughters, one son, a sister, and
May 4, 1899 - Rev. Brown of this city died
very suddenly Sunday morning. Remains taken to El Reno
for interment. (The Reformer)
March 2, 1899 - Died Sunday night last,
George, 3-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George W.
Browning. (The Reformer)
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Monday,
November 8, 1943.
Geo. BROWNING Dies; Funeral Wednesday.
George A. BROWNING, pioneer resident of Kingfisher, died
at 6:30 o'clock Sunday evening at his home, 324 North
Eighth street. He was 77 years old.
Mr. BROWNING had been feeling poorly for a week, but had
not been confined to bed much of that time, and his death
came unexpectedly of cerebral hemorrhage.
Funeral service will be held at 3 o'clock Wednesday
afternoon at the Christian church, with Rev. G.O. BELL
officiating. Interment will be made in Kingfisher
cemetery, BRACKEN funeral home in charge.
Mr. BROWNING took a claim near Okeene when that area was
opened to settlement. Later he moved to Kingfisher, and
for many years was employed by Ed HOCKADAY and Company.
Since 1915 he had operated his own tin shop.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Elizabeth; a son,
Lieutenant Commander C.L. BROWNING of Great Lakes naval
training station near Chicago; and other relatives.
BRYANT, D. W.
August 1893 D. W. Bryant, aged 42, whose home
was 10 miles southeast of Hennessey, died of typhoid
fever last Monday at 11 a. m. after an illness of two
weeks. The deceased leaves a wife and two children. His
remains were buried in the cemetery near Union
schoolhouse. He came from Sumner county, Kansas and
carried $2,000 life insurance in the A. O. U. W. of
Kansas. (Hennessey Clipper)
BUNCH, Mary L.
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, December 6, 1928 - OBITUARY.
MARY L. BUNCH.
Mary L. BUNCH was born April 28, 1862, in east Tennessee,
McNew county, and departed this life November 24, 1928,
at her home near Loyal, Oklahoma, at the age of 66 years,
6 months, 24 days. October 27, 1878, she was married to
Thomas J. TURNER. Twelve children came to bless their
home, all living except two sons and husband, who
preceded her in death. Thomas H. TURNER passed away
September 23, 1892, Ben TURNER June 5, 1918, and Thomas
J. TURNER December 11, 1927.
In the year 1893, they came to Oklahoma, where
they bought their homestead. There she resided up to the
time of her death. She united with the Baptist church at
an early age and lived a true Christian, was an active
worker in Christian work, always doing and uplifting and
trying to make someone happy, always cheerful and bearing
her burdens with a smile. She was loving and sweet to all
around her. How this mother will be missed! She was a
good neighbor and loved by all who knew her.
She leaves to mourn her loss ten children, twenty
grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. They are:
Robert, Boyd, Fred, John TURNER of Loyal, Will TURNER of
Dover, Mrs. Grace DAVIS, Mrs. Hulda STIGER and Dolly
SCHAFFER of Loyal, Mrs. Lillie ANDERSON of Tulsa, Mrs.
Mary WEBSTER of Dover; two brothers, John BUNCH of Rolla,
Missouri, and Jessie BUNCH of Newburg, Missouri, with a
host of other relatives and friends.
"She carried me under her heart;-
Loved me before I was born;-
Took God's hand in hers and walked through the valley of
that I might live;-
Bathed me when I was helpless;-
Clothed me when I was naked;-
Gave me warm milk from her own body
when I was hungry;-
Rocked me to sleep when I was weary;-
Pillowed me on pillows softer then down,
and sung to me in the voice of an angel;-
Held my hand when I learned to walk;-
Nursed me when I was sick;-
Suffered with my sorrows;-
Laughed with my joy;-
Glowed with my triumph;-and while I knelt at her side,
she taught my lips to pray.
Through all the days of my youth she gave strength for my
courage for my despair, and hope to fill my hopeless
Was loyal when others failed;-
Was true when tried by fire;-
Was my friend when other friends were gone;-
Prayed for me through all the days,
when flooded with sunshine or saddened by shadows;-
Loved me when I was unlovely, and led me into man's
estate to walk
triumphant on the King's Highway and play a manly part.
Though we lay down our lives for her we can never pay the
debt we owe
to a Christian Mother.
CARD OF THANKS.
We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their
kindness during the sickness and death of our beloved
mother, and also for the beautiful floral offerings and
W. J. TURNER, R. P. TURNER, Grace DAVIS, Hulda STIGER,
John TURNER, Lillie ANDERSON, Boyd TURNER, Fred TURNER,
Dollie SCHAFER, Mary WEBSTER, and Families.
July 7, 1898 - Floyd Burnett, youngest son of
Isham Burnett, died of fever Saturday week, and was
buried Sunday. (The Reformer)
Source: THE DAILY MIDGET,
Kingfisher, Oklahoma, Saturday, February 10, 1912 -
Isaac BURSON was born in Park county, Ind., Oct. 21,
1848. He moved from there to Cass county, Mo., in 1869.
He was married to Miss Margaret EPLER in 1877. To this
union were born eight girls and three
Mr. BURSON later made his home in Nebraska until coming
to Oklahoma in 1892, where he has made his home,
excepting four years in Loveland, Colo. At the time of
his death he lived on his farm northwest of Kingfisher.
He is survived by a wife and five children. The cause of
death was pneumonia. The remains were shipped to
Loveland, Colo., this morning for interment.
BUTCHER, Rebeccah A.
April 1913 - Mrs. Butcher, who has been sick
for sometime, is very low not expected to live very long
at this writing.
We learn, as we go to press that Mrs. Rebeccah
A. Butcher died at her home northeast of Cashion. She wa
a pioneer to this country. Obituary will be published
next week. Funeral services will be held this Friday
afternoon at 2 o'clock at Christian church.(source not
Charlotte (Short) Cross
Rebecca A. Dwyer was born in Indiana, July 27,
1846; died at Cashion, Oklahoma, April 16, 1913; age 66
years, 8 months, 14 days. She was married to James M.
Butcher in Andrew County, MO. May 29, 1867. To this union
was born eight children, five daughters and three sons,
seven of whom survive her, and all except two, Mrs. Ella
Welch of Idahoma, and William O. of Sacramento,
California...when she passed away. The family tie was
broken the 9th day of February, 1908, when her companion
was called from this earth to the better world followed
by their daughter, Mrs. Mae Williams, March 12, 1910.
Mrs. Butcher united with the church at the age of 14 and
lived a devoted Christian up till Death called her from
this earth to meet her loved ones...
CARD OF THANKS
We desire to thank our many friends and neighbors who so
kindly gave us their assistance and sympathy in the
sickness and death of our beloved mother.
Mrs. John Henry Short
Mrs. J. W. May
Miss Julia Butcher
Jim and Grover Butcher
CAMPBELL, Mary Maude
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Monday,
April 19, 1943
OBITUARY - MARY MAUDE CAMPBELL
Mary Maude COPENBARGER, the daughter of David and
Elizabeth COPENBARGER, was born in Scotland County,
Missouri, October 30, 1867.
At the age of 14 years, she moved with her parents to
Belle Plaine, Kans. In 1887, she was united in marriage
with David Millard DULL. To this union two children,
Leonard Reed and Max Robert, were born.
She made the run to Oklahoma in 1889, and filed on a
claim near Kingfisher. In 1897, she was united in
marriage with A.B. CAMPBELL. To this union four children
were born, William David, Mary Elizabeth, Kathleen and
The family moved to Geary in 1904 and lived there for 20
years. She was a member of the Methodist church and the
Order of the Eastern Star.
She departed this life on April 13, 1943, at her home in
Tulsa. Her husband preceded her in death in April, 1935.
She is survived by all her children; 3 sisters, Mrs. Alta
Mae JOHNSON, Santa Monica, Calif., Mrs. Earl BIXLER,
Follett, Tex., and Mrs. R.B.WALKER of El Reno; one
brother, H.C. COPENBARGER of Geary; nine grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the
Methodist-Congregational church in Kingfisher. Rev. V.W.
RUSSELL, pastor, officiated, and interment was made in
the Kingfisher cemetery.
CANNOY, James J.
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, Thursday, March 18,
1915 - OBITUARY.
James J. CANNOY was born in Grayson County, Virginia,
April 22, 1848; and died in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, March
16, 1915; aged 66 years, 10 months, and 24 days.
When Mr. CANNOY was 11 years of age his parents moved to
Kentucky, living at several different places in the
state, until he was a man grown. His father was a Union
soldier in the Civil War, and James
early caught the militant spirit, longing to be with his
sire in his defense of the flag. He was several times
rejected because of his youth, but finally accepted
toward the close and served for about 11 months.
On July 16, 1871, he was married to Miss Solena H.
PATRICK, of Magoffin county Kentucky, where they lived
for about four years, when in 1875 they moved to Morgan
county, Kentucky and in 1885 moved to Montgomery. In 1890
they moved to Bath county, and shortly afterwards back to
Magoffin county, where Mrs. CANNOY had been reared. In
1891 they moved to Bates county, Mo., and from there in
1901 to Kingfisher, county, Oklahoma, where they have
since lived, moving to this city about seven years ago.
To this man and his wife nine children were born, six
sons and three daughters. One son died in infancy, all
the others grew to maturity and are all known to the
people of Kingfisher. Of these, Mrs. Charles PRYCE of
Cashion, Oklahoma, Mrs. Geo. PRYCE of Broken Arrow,
Okla., Bruce CANNOY of Oklahoma City, and Fred and Will
of this city were with their father when he died, and
attended the funeral.
Mr. CANNOY has been a farmer and stock dealer all of his
active life. He was converted and united with the church
when a young man, but like so many others in moving
around so much, neglected his duties and
drifted away from God; But his faithful and heroic wife,
the mother of his children, who was converted at the age
of 14, has ever stood firm and true. And to this praying
woman's fidelity is due much of whatever success has come
to the family.
Brother CANNOY was reclaimed and united with the M.E.
church of this city during the great union meeting of
May, 1914. All of his fathers family and kin died long
ago, and he has been practically alone in the world for
many years, excepting his own family. He has been in poor
health for many years, but about two years ago a
complication of difficulties assailed his life and
brought him to the end. He has suffered much, especially
the last four months. It has been my privilege to visit
and talk with this man but twice since I have lived in
Kingfisher, cheifly because being a stranger, for a long
time, I did not know of his condition. But in those
interviews, although not expecting the end so soon, I
spoke to him of his relation to and hope in God. He
expressed himself as trusting in the mercy and grace of
the Divine Son of God who came to seek and save that
which was lost.
He has gone to meet the God who is too wise to make a
mistake and too loving and kind to be untrue. We shall
tarry awhile, ourselves, and then we also shall go the
way of all the earth. May the God of grace help us to
"Set our house in order" that at His coming we
may be ready.
T. E. CARTER.
March 16, 1899 - Died: Sallie Carpenter born
November 2, 1819 at Mt. Crawford, Virginia. Her husband
died in '65; 8 children born, 4 of whom are yet living.
Remains laid to rest in Kingfisher Cemetery. (The
CASHION, Roy V.
July 28, 1898 - Kingfisher County mourns the
death of Roy V. Cashion, one of her brave Rough Riders.
He was shot in the battle of Santiago. (The Reformer)
CAVETT, Charles W.
Source: KINGFISHER WEEKLY FREE
PRESS, Thursday, August 15, 1929 - OBITUARY.
CHARLES W. CAVETT.
Charles W. CAVETT was born in the State of Illinois,
December 20, 1856, and died in Enid, Okla., August 9,
He married Annie Ruth EDSON in Missouri in 1883, to which
union were born eight children.
He leaves to mourn their loss: one brother, James CAVETT,
of Watonga, Okla.; two sisters, Mary and Louisa, of
Carlton, Okla.; six children, Mrs. Bertha TAYLOR, Mrs.
Ethel HARDESTY, Mrs. Alice McINTIRE of Stillwater, Mrs.
Marjorie KUGAL of Lamont, Dr. E. R. CAVETT of Loyal, and
John R. CAVETT of Bethany, Okla.; thirteen grand children
and a host of other relatives and friends.
He came from Missouri to Oklahoma in 1892 and took a
homestead in the C. and A. opening of that year. Later he
moved to Oklahoma City, and four years ago to Stillwater
where he spent the remainder of his life.
Interment was made in the New Home Cemetery at
Card Of Thanks.
We appreciate the help, sympathy and kindness of our many
friends in the death of our father and grandfather, and
extend our heartfelt thanks.
E. R. CAVETT and family.
April 27, 1899 - Died at home of his parents
April 22, 1899, Iri, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Clark. Besides parents, leaves brother Arthur. (The
THE KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Kingfisher,
Oklahoma, Monday, November 1, 1943.
Wm. CLARK Dies; Funeral Tuesday.
Funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday
afternoon at the BRACKEN funeral home for William CLARK,
who died Saturday at the Clinic hospital, where he had
been receiving treatment since October 19. Interment will
be made in the GRIMES cemetery.
THE KINGFISHER TIMES, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, Thursday,
November 4, 1943.
OBITUARY - WILLIAM CLARK
William CLARK was born December 25, 1877, in Pike county,
Indiana, and died October 30, 1943, at Kingfisher. He had
reached the age of 65 years, 10 months and 5 days.
Mr. CLARK was united in marriage with Bertha Marie
REDECKER of Kingfisher in Independence, Kans. To this
union, two children were born, Mrs. Florence Edna GORMAN
of San Diego, Calif., and Lily Wilma, who died in
He is survived by his daughter; one brother, Ora of
Merced, Calif.; and five sisters, Mrs. J.H. SPENCER of
Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Anthony COOPER of Toronto, Kans.,
Mrs. G.C. PROCTOR of Springfield, Mo., Mrs. Robert MARTIN
of Madison, Kans. and Mrs. Francis WILLIAMSON of Kansas
Funeral service was held November 2, 1943, at the BRACKEN
funeral home, conducted by Rev. H.D. TOMLIN, pastor of
the local Methodist-Congregational church. Interment was
made in the GRIMES cemetery.
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, March 10, 1927
LUCRETIA SIMMONS CLAY - DEATH
Lucretia SIMMONS CLAY was born near the village of
Philadelphia, Mississippi, December 25, 1842; died, March
6, at the age of 85 years, 2 months and 13 days.
At the age of fifteen years she was taken from her native
state and brought by her master to LaGrange, Tennessee,
where she lived for several years. Later she went to
Memphis, where she married Napoleon
CLAY on August 28, 1863.
To this union were born six boys and four
girls, only four of whom, two boys and two girls, survive
their mother, namely: Eugene and Vanderbilt CLAY of
Kingfisher; Ardalia CLAY-GIVENS and Mamie CLAY-HALL of
Kansas City, Missouri. Deceased also leaves one sister,
Mrs. W.T. LIVINGSTON, of Memphis, three grandchildren and
four great grandchildren. Mrs. Savannah CLAY, also of
this city, is a
daughter-in-law of the deceased.
Lucretia CLAY came to Kingfisher in 1898. Up until the
time of her death she had been a Christian for 66 years,
having joined the Methodist church at her home in the
south when but nineteen years of age.
December 1, 1898 - Announcement yesterday of
death of John Clever, city undertaker. (The Reformer)
April 28, 1898 - Infant child of Mr. and Mrs.
J. Cockrill was buried at Downs last week.(The Reformer)
COLES, Mrs. Bert
November 9, 1899 - Mrs. Bert Coles died
suddenly last Friday of heart disease. She was daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Kimerer of Dover. Leaves husband
and 2 small children. (The Reformer)
October 31, 1918 - The little three months old
baby of Mr. and Mrs. Will Collins died yesterday with
pneumonia. The funeral was held this morning at the
cemetery at 10:30, conducted by Rev. Cobb. (Kingfisher
Weekly Free Press)
CONOVER, Charley Gideon
Charley Gideon CONOVER was born June 21, 1883,
in Oconee, Shelby County, Illinois, and moved with his
parents to Oklahoma in 1900.
He was married to Miss Lilly Belle CLIFT on March 2,
1907, and settled in the Cashion vicinity. He lived 27
years on the home place, where he departed this life at
the age of 61 years, 2 months and 28 days.
To this union four children were born, two sons and two
In October, 1924, he confessed Christ and was baptized in
the Christian church. He lived a good life, and was a
kind and loving husband, father, and neighbor.
He leaves to mourn their loss his wife, Mrs. Lilly
CONOVER of Kingfisher; his children, Lee Allen CONOVER of
Kingfisher, Private Kenneth Ray CONOVER, serving with the
medical corps of the armed forces somewhere in France,
Mrs. Reeda FARRELL of Tonkawa, and Mrs. Jennie SMITH of
Ponca City; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George CONOVER
of Oil City; two sisters, Mrs. Anna WILSON of Osage City
and Mrs. Adabelle HOLLAND of Cushing; one brother, Oral
CONOVER, of Marion City, Calif.; 14 grandchildren and
other relatives and friends. One brother preceded him in
Funeral service was conducted Sunday afternoon at the
Cashion Christian church, with Rev. Murray NEWMAN
officiating. Burial was made in the Cashion cemetery.
COOPER, Sarah Jane
Source: THE DAILY MIDGET,
Kingfisher, Oklahoma, Tuesday, February 27, 1912 -
Sarah Jane COOPER was born in the year of our Lord, 1863,
in Ohio. She united with the Methodist church in her
girlhood days, and lived according to this faith until
her death. She was married in the year of 1858 to Mr. J.
S. SNODGRASS. To this union were born twelve children,
three dying in infancy and two, Lucretia Groves and John
H. SNODGRASS, died after becoming grown to womanhood and
Seven which are still living and were present
at the funeral are: Hiram C. SNODGRASS of Vandalia, Mo.;
Mrs. Jennie TURNBULL of Vandalia, Mo.; Mrs. Sarah DAVEY
of Summerfield, Kans.; George L. SNODGRASS of Drummond,
Okla.; Mrs. Rosetti TUNISON of Kingfisher, Okla.; Mrs.
Minnie E. PIERCE of Kingfisher, Okla.; and Mrs. Rachel L.
RICE of Omega, Okla. Also one brother, Mr. Bill COOPER of
Frederick, Okla., and one sister, Mrs. Sue ROGERS of
Vandalia were present.
In the year of 1858 they moved to Brown
County, Kans., and then in the year 1891 they moved to
Oklahoma where they have lived on the homestead place,
seven and one-half miles northeast of Kingfisher, until
the time of her death, which occurred Feb. 12, 1912,
caused by bronchitis and heart trouble.
She has been an invalid for the past thirteen
years, but had been bed-fast for about two months. She
leaves an aged husband 78 years old, seven children,
twenty-seven grandchildren, two sisters, two brothers and
a host of friends to mourn her loss.
CORY, MAXINE (JUNG)
Compiled, Transcribed & Submitted by Shelley
Published in The Oklahoman, Oct. 16, 2006
Maxine (Jung) Cory, 86, passed away on Saturday, October 14, 2006, in Oklahoma City. She was born and raised on a farm seven miles west and one mile north of Okarche by Allen Jung and Leora 'Dolly' Tamm Jung. She graduated from Okarche High School in 1936 at 16 as valedictorian and participated in basketball and all available activities. She received her B.S. in 1940 and later her Masters of Teaching, both from Central State College (now UCO) in Edmond, Oklahoma. She taught commercial courses at Omega in 1943-44. She taught junior high math at Crooked Oak (beginning in 1952) and then for 12 years at Millwood in Oklahoma City and subsequently for 11 years at Western Oaks Junior High in Putnam City until she retired in 1981. Maxine married Eugene Cory of Edmond while in college in December 1939. They were married 61½ years before Eugene died in 2001. To this union were born three children, David, Cheryl, and Curtis. After marriage, Maxine and Eugene lived in Tulsa and Chicago for less than a year before moving to Edmond after Eugene returned from service in WWII. In 1972 they moved to Oklahoma City. She became a member of Crestwood Baptist Church, where she enjoyed the fellowship and taught an adult class. She was preceded in death by her husband and by her brother, Kenneth Jung. She is survived by two sons, David of Oklahoma City and Curtis of Edmond; daughter Cheryl of Watauga, Texas; six grandchildren, Angela Vaughn, Brent, Clay, Derek, Erin, and Carly Cory; and four great grandchildren, Hallie Higbie, Aidan Vaughn, and Lara and Miles Cory. Maxine was a true educator of not only school children but also all those who came in contact with her, including friends and family. Her dedication to children's education was evidenced by her decision to turn down an opportunity to work at NASA in Houston. She taught the values of hard work, endurance, and good humor by example. She made a great mark on the world and is loved and will be missed greatly. Services will be held Wednesday, October 18, at Crestwood Baptist Church in Oklahoma City at 2:00 p.m. followed by a graveside service at Gracelawn Cemetery in Edmond. Formal visitation will be Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond.
DICKSON, Mrs. Kole A.
August 25, 1898 - Mrs. Kole A. Dickson died
August 18 in her 72nd year, at home of her daughter, Mrs.
R. P. Brown. Remains taken to El Reno for interment.
Formerly resided in Fort Worth, Texas; came to Kingfisher
last April. Leaves 1 son and 4 daughters. (The Reformer)
DONAHO, Electa E.
June 1893 - Died, at her home in Hennessey, O.
T., June 3, 1893, Mrs. Electa E. Donaho, aged 65 years.
The deceased was the mother of Mrs. Ed. Gould and Mrs.
John Tighe of this place. Only a week or so before her
death she had completed and moved into a neat and
commodious new residence on Cheyenne avenue. She was
taken ill Thursday night at 2 o'clock and died at 6
o'clock the following Saturday morning.
Mrs. Donaho was a member of the First Baptist
Church of Hennessey. For more than fifty years she had
been a faithful and consistent Christian, and died with a
Christian's hope. The funeral service was conducted by
Elder A. H. Dent at the Baptist church at 4 o'clock
Monday afternoon. A large circle of friends followed the
remains to the depot. The silent form was taken to
Milford, Iowa, to be laid at rest by the side of her
Her son, O. S. Donaho and wife, of Milford,
Iowa, attended the funeral and in company with Mr. Gould
and Mr. Tighe, returned with the remains to Iowa. In this
time of deepest sorrow there are many friends that
sympathize with the afflicted ones. (Hennessey Clipper)
DIXON (CAMPBELL), Susanna
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS,
Monday, March 15, 1915 - OBITUARY.
Miss Susanna CAMPBELL was born near Anulusia, in Coregton
County, Alabama, May 19th, 1833. Died in Kingfisher,
Okla., March 13, 1915; age 81 years, 9 months and 24
She was married to Ephraim DIXON in 1865. Of this union
three sons were born; John B. of Lareda, Texas; William
G., Baker, both of Kingfisher, Okla. This family is well
known in Kingfisher.
Mother DIXON united with the Christian church when a
young girl, and I am told was a great lover of the bible
which she read much until her eyes failed to do her
service. Then while the sons were away at their
work ladies of the church would go in and read to her
from the most precious book mucH to her comfort and
satisfaction. She had been a great sufferer, mentally as
well as physically for quite a while. For months she was
almost entirely helpless, having to be cared for almost
as a babe. The devotion of her son William, with whom she
lived was as tender and careful as that of a mother to a
helpless babe, and is surely very touching and
commendable. Some of these things will long remain in my
mind and heart.
The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the
Methodist church, the pastor using as the basis of his
remarks "Touched with a feeling of our
infirmities." Heb. 4:15. Many sympathising friends
attending, and the floral offerings were beautiful.
T. E. CARTER.
DUGGAN, Thomas C.
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS,
Monday, March 8, 1915.
OBITUARY OF THOMAS C. DUGGAN.
Thomas C. DUGGAN was born in Indiana, August 11, 1846,
and died at the home of his son, A. W. DUGGAN, in
Kingfisher, Okla., Saturday, March 6, 1915, at 8:10 a.m.,
age 68 years, 6 months and 25 days.
In boyhood Mr. DUGGAN went to Iowa, where he grew to
manhood. When the Civil War began he enlisted as a boy of
18, in Co. A, 7th Iowa U. S. Vol. Inft., soon went to the
front and was with his regiment in fierce battles from
Chatanooga to Atlanta, and then on that great historic
March to the sea and the seige of Savannah.
After the war Comrade DUGGAN was united in marriage to
Miss Mary Jane TUCKER of Wapello, Iowa. To this union was
born four children - James H. of Shawnee, Okla.; Maggie,
who died May 18, 1884; Albert A. of Lamont, Okla., and
Ocey O. Hunsel of Rose Hill, Iowa. After the death of his
first wife, Comrade DUGGAN was married the second time to
Miss Amanda H. BEVANS of Wapello, Iowa. To this union was
born five children - Mrs. Ida DUNHAM of Watts, Calif.;
Amos W., Ernest E., Oral
K. and Harry L., all of Kingfisher. The mother of these
children died in this city in March, 1906. Comrade
DUGGAN's mother died October 28, 1862, and his father,
May 18, 1883.
Deceased moved from Iowa to Kansas and from there to
Oklahoma six months after the opening and settled on a
claim four miles north and one-half west of Kingfisher.
He moved to Kingfisher in 1906, where he continued to
reside until his death.
Comrade DUGGAN became a member of Kingfisher Post No. 2,
G.A.R. in 1903, and was a member at the time of his
death. One of his last requests was that he wanted to
buried by his comrades of the G.A.R.,
if there was only one left and he had to use a
Two years ago the first day of March, Comrade
DUGGAN was stricken with paralysis, from which he never
Last May in front of the tent he professed
faith in Christ and sent in his name on a card, naming
the Baptist church as his choice. He was never able to be
Last Friday evening after supper he was stricken the
second time and at 8:10 Saturday morning quietly passed
away and answered the roll call of the great Commander to
come up higher for his promotion.
Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church
Sunday afternoon at 2:30 by Rev. Job INGRAM. The G.A.R.
with 25 members present, performed their beautiful
ritualistic service around the casket. Twenty-five
members of the Circle also performed their flag service.
The church was crowded with sympathising friends and
relatives. Thirty-seven relatives occupied the front
seats. Comrades of the G.A.R. occupied the front tier of
seats. This makes the sixth funeral Rev. INGRAM has
conducted for the family.
The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in
DUPY, Amanda Ellen
Amanda Ellen MAGGERT was born
November 6, 1880, in Missouri, and passed away April 3,
1939, at her home northwest of Kingfisher, at the age of
59 years, 4 months and 28 days.
She was married to John O. DUPY on December 25, 1898. To
this union four children were born: two daughters, Mrs.
Violet MOORE of Hennessey and Mrs. Melba CURTIS of
Kingfisher; and two sons, Clifford and Omer, of the home.
Her husband preceded her in death on December 8, 1924.
She also is survived by two sisters, a brother and four
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Christian
church in Dover, with Rev. J.T. JONES, pastor of the
Kingfisher Baptist church, conducting the service. The
BRACKEN funeral home was in charge of interment in the
New Home cemetery, west of Dover.
DuVALL-GIBSON, Mrs. Sarah E.
THE KINGFISHER TIMES, THURSDAY, APRIL 13,
Death of Mrs. GIBSON.
Died, at her home in this city, Tuesday morning, April
11th, Mrs. Sarah E. GIBSON, aged 35 years. Funeral
services on Wednesday, 10 a.m. at the M.E. Church were
conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. W. SHERWOOD. She leaves
to mourn her loss, an affectionate husband and three
daughters, aged respectively 12 and 7 years and a babe of
During most of her illness she was attended by her
sister, Mrs. J. N. OWEN of Eureka, Kansas, who was
summoned home by telegraph to the bedside of her daughter
as Mrs. GIBSON was expiring. Mrs. OWEN took the first
train at 4:45 a.m. quitting the home death had just
visited to go to her own sick daughter.
Miss Sarah E. DuVALL was born in Farmersburg, Indiana in
1864. When seven years of age she removed to eastern
Kansas with her parents. She was married there, August
25, 1886, to Mr. E. GIBSON and with him went to Denver,
Colorado, in 1889 and came to Kingfisher in 1893. Her
husband has been connected with the Free Press in charge
of its mechanical department much of this period. Mrs
GIBSON and their eldest daughter united with the
Methodist church two years ago and has lived a consistent
Christian life in her home and in every relation that her
environments brought to her. As wife, mother and neighbor
she fulfilled to their utmost every requirement of love,
benevolence and religion.
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES, Kingfisher, Oklahoma,
Thursday, August 23, 1906.
AN AGED CITIZEN DEAD.
Thomas EATON Dies at the Venerable Age of 88 Years.
Thomas EATON , aged 88 years, died August 15, 1906, at
the home of his son, Thomas J. EATON, near Wandel.
The deceased had been sick a long time. He was very
patient all through his long suffering until the last.
Mr. EATON was born in Kentucky and moved with his parents
to Coles county, Illinois, when a boy and resided there
until 1871, when he moved to Sumner county, Kansas. He
lived there until the fall of 1890, when he came to
Oklahoma and lived here until his death.
He was married to Miss Martina CHESSER in Illinois.
Twelve children were born to them - six boys and six
girls, eight of whom are still living, five boys and
three girls. Two were present at his funeral, three
coming too late to attend. He was converted to Christ
while a young man and lived a constant Christian until
The deceased was buried in the Bird Creek cemetery, by
his companion, who had preceded him some six years.
Dearest father, thou hast left us
And our loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hast bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal;
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled,
When in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tear is shed.
ETHEL, Mrs. Mary
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, Tuesday, April 20,
1915 - OBITUARY.
Mrs. Mary ETHEL of Indiahoma, Okla., was born in Ohio,
May 14, 1834, and departed this life April 17, 1915, age
80 years, 11 months and 3 days. She is survived by four
sons, Perley, Arlan, Ellis and Charley,
and three daughters. Mrs. O. J. EATON of Salina, Kans.,
Mrs. Elmer NOAH of Hobart, and Mrs. Wm. BROWN of Lone
She was a member of the Baptist church at Deep Red, and
had led a consistent Christian life since girlhood.
She was a kind and loving mother and will be missed by
all who knew her.
Her remains were shipped to Kingfisher Monday. Funeral
services were held at Bird Creek Baptist church Tuesday
morning at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. Job INGRAM.
Interment in Kingfisher cemetery.
Source: THE PRESS-DEMOCRAT,
Hennessey, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, Friday, February
Edward FISHER, eldest of three children of James and Jane
FISHER was born in Wigton, Cumberland, England, August 9,
He was christianed in infancy in the Episcopal Church and
confirmed at the age of 16, and has remained steadfast in
his chosen faith.
He was married to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of John and
Elizabeth CLARK, on July 23, 1869, in Liverpool, England,
where they resided a year and where their child was born
In 1870 they came to America and settled in Marysville,
Kansas, where they resided 14 years, going thence to
Pratt, Kansas, residing there 5 years, when he came to
Hennessey among the first settlers in 1889.
Here he erected one among the first buildings in the
town, where he conducted his barber shop and also served
as first city marshal of the town, later moving to his
homestead, 4 1/2 miles west and 2 1/2 miles south of
town, where he has since resided.
To this union 8 children were born, two preceeding him,
Emily, the eldest, who was born May 7, 1870, and lived
only 9 days, and Walter W., born May 7, 1885, died April
Those left to mourn him are his wife and brother and six
Arthur J. FISHER, Hennessey;
James A. FISHER, Enid;
Mrs. E. C. LAWRENCE, Claremore;
Mrs. J. A. HARROVER, Cherokee;
Leonard E. FISHER, Hennessey;
Ida H. FISHER, Portland, Ore.
He died in this city at the home of his eldest son, A. J.
FISHER, at 4:20 A.M., February 5, 1912, aged 65 years, 5
months and 28 days.
The funeral was held at the home of his son, A. J.
FISHER, of Hennessey, Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock,
conducted by Rev. N. Paul BARTON.
Burial in the Hennessey cemetery.
FISHER (CASH), Jane
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, December 27, 1928 - OBITUARY.
MRS. TONY FISHER.
Jane CASH was born in Otoe county, Nebraska, February 7,
1865; passed away December 21, 1928, at Clinton,
Oklahoma, at the age of 65 years, 10 months, 14 days.
At an early age she was united in marriage to James
TRIGG. To this union were born two children, Mrs. Dave
YOUNG, Long Beach, Calif., and Mr. Arthur TRIGG,
In 1893, at Humphrey, Nebraska, she was united in
marriage to Anthony FISHER, who preceded her in death on
January 3, 1928. To this union were born four boys and
one girl: Joseph E. of Oklahoma City; Edward A. of
Kingfisher; Lewis U. of Kingfisher; Mrs. Guy MARSHALL,
Watonga. One son Zoah, died in infancy.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren, two sisters,
Mrs. Rose LECK of Long Beach, California, and Mrs. Kate
LECK of Hollywood, California, besides other relatives
and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:00
o'clock at the First Christian church, conductd by the
pastor, Rev. Charles SCHWAB. Interment in Kingfisher
CARD OF THANKS.
We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their many
acts of kindness and the beautiful flowers during our
bereavement in the loss of our mother.
Joseph E. FISHER and family, Edward FISHER and family,
Lewis U. FISHER and family, Guy MARSHALL and family.
FISK, Charles Wilbur
Charles Wilbur FISK was born
May 3, 1857, at Indianola, Iowa, and passed away at
Kingfisher on March 9, 1939, at the age of 81 years, 10
months and 6 days.
As a boy Dr. FISK was greatly influenced by the visits of
Brenton Hamline BADLEY in his mother's home. Rev. BADLEY
was a missionary to India under the Methodist church, and
Dr. FISK loved to talk of the stories which the
missionary on furlough brought to him. He followed with
much interest the career of Brenton BADLEY, Jr., who
after being educated in America, returned to India where
he was born, became a missionary, head of a school
founded by his own father, and then bishop to the church.
As a young man, Mr. FISK took his baccalaureate work at
Simpson college in his home town, graduating in 1879. He
then attended Rush Medical college in Chicago, receiving
his M.D. degree in 1886.
He was married to Miss Amelia KERN of Indianola on
September 18, 1883, by Brenton BADLEY, who was then in
the United States on furlough.
Dr. FISK came to Oklahoma at the opening of the old
Oklahoma Territory in 1889, securing a farm in the first
run. He practiced medicine from his farm home east of
town for 10 years, riding horseback in the days when
there were no roads and no fences. When making night
calls he set his course by the stars and traveled across
country in a straight line until he saw the light which
he knew would be set out to guide him.
In 1899, Dr. and Mrs. FISK moved to Kingfisher, where the
doctor built the home on South Main street, where he had
lived since, and established his practice here.
As a young man Dr. FISK united with the Methodist church.
In the new territory of Oklahoma a Congregational Sunday
school was organized largely with his help in the Downs
community. He became a member of the Congregational
church and was one of its most faithful supporters from
that time. He was a member of the Masonic order, both in
the Blue lodge and chapter, being a past master of the
local lodge. He also belonged to the Eastern Star, the
Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and the Rebekahs. During his college days he was
a member of Delta Tau Delta, social fraternity, and
enjoyed meeting with the young men of that fraternity on
the Norman campus.
Mrs. FISK passed away May 17, 1908. To this union two
sons and two daughters were born. One son, John Burton
FISK, died in 1909, a few months after the death of his
Surviving are: Brenton K. FISK of Boston, Miss Inez FISK
of Kingfisher, Mrs. Gertrude FISK STEARNS of Denver; and
four grandchildren, Charles Brenton FISK, Amelia
Josephine FISK, Brenton Fisk STEARNS, and Margaret Ann
Rev. H.A. MORTON conducted last rites at the Methodist
Congregational church at 10 a.m. Saturday, and interment
was made in Kingfisher cemetery. BRACKEN funeral home in
FORMAN (FLOHR), Mrs. Ruby
Source: THE KINGFISHER WEEKLY FREE
PRESS, Thursday, December 27, 1928.
MRS. R. S. FORMAN.
The funeral of Mrs. R. S. FORMAN was held from the
Christian church at Cashion, on Monday, December 24, at
2:00 p.m., by Rev. ANTIS of Guthrie, and the body was
laid to rest in Cashion cemetery by the side of her
father and mother and her two children who died in
Ruby Fay FLOHR was born in Stanton county, Kansas, June
22, 1888, and died at Kingfisher, Oklahoma, December 22,
1928, 9:20 p.m., age 40 years and six months, at the
local hospital. Death was caused by influenza and
She came to Oklahoma with her parents at the opening of
1889, where they settled on a homestead 5 miles northwest
of Cashion. She was married on November 5, 1917, to
Rudolph S. FORMAN. Her entire life was spent on the
family homestead. About a year and a half ago she came to
Kingfisher and started the FORMAN Electric Hatchery,
which she was operating at the time of her death.
She was an active member of both the Royal Neighbors and
the Rebekah lodges of Cashion, but owing to the flu
epidemic neither lodge was able to conduct the funeral
service, though as many members as possible attended in a
She is survived by her husband, one son,
Stanley E., 7 years old, and Edgar RANDALL, who has made
his home with the family for nearly two years.
FREELAND, Martin Luther
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, Friday,
March 19, 1915 - OBITUARY.
The funeral services of M. L. FREELAND were held from the
Presbyterian Church this morning in the presence of a
large congregation. The service was conducted by his
pastor, Rev. E. R. HORTON. His remains were laid to rest
in Kingfisher Cemetery.
Martin Luther FREELAND was born on a farm near
Topeka, Kansas on February 1, 1860, third child of John
S. and Mary FREELAND. He grew up and received his
education there in the district school and the
city public schools.
When about 18 years of age he professed faith in Christ
under the Ministry of Rev. J. C. MILLER and united with
the Bethel Presbyterian Church.
May 21, 1886 he was united in holy wedlock with Mary L.
RICE of Topeka, Kansas. To this union seven children were
born. Paul Lindsay who at present is in Equador, S. A., a
boy who died in infancy and was
laid to rest in Osage County, Kansas, Faith whose body
lies in Kansas City, Mo., Grace Gertrude whose body lies
in El Rito, N. Mex., John Rice, Anna Ruth, Edward
He followed farming until about the fall of 1899 when
they sold their farm and turned their faces toward the
work of Preaching the gospel among the heathen. They went
to Kansas City and spent some time there in Bible School.
Later they went to N. Mex. and then to California, both
places gaining some knowledge of the Spanish language and
labored among the Spanish people there. In the fall of
1900 he was accepted for Equador by the G.M.U. of Kansas
City, Mo. They went to Equador in November of the same
year and were on the field in active service until June
1911. Having been sick with pneumonia and pleurisy for
nearly a year he decided to return to the U.S. where his
health has partially reestablished.
He was always a most loving, kind and affectionate
husband and father, never tiring of ministrations for the
spiritual and physical welfare of all around whether of
his family or of the poor degraded Indians.
He always loved his Savior and desired to serve Him. He
felt and recognized that he had no inherent goodness in
himself to merit salvation.
His only ground for salvation was the atoning work of
Jesus Christ, and he always trusted in Him with a simple
He suffered intensely in his late illness and during his
illness in Equador which was of such long duration. His
sufferings while hard to endure were always borne in a
The work for the Jivaro Indians of which he was
instrumental in laying the foundation has been continued
in the labors of his brother laborer Mr. Chas. OLSON.
Deceased was a brother to Mr. Benj. FREELAND, Mrs. D.
MEACHAM and Mrs. William WAKEMAN of Kingfisher.
FUKSA, James J.
James J. FUKSA Dies; Burial At
James J. FUKSA, 51-year-old Bison farmer, died Sunday
night in an Enid hospital following a short illness.
Rosary was recited Tuesday evening in St. Joseph's
Catholic church at Bison, with mass on Wednesday morning
in the church. Interment was made in the Catholic church
Survivors are his wife, Emma and one son, Jimmy of the
home; and a brother, Joe FUKSA of Bison.
Many obituaries and death notices from The
Reformer were transcribed in Oklahoma Genealogical
Society Quarterly Vol. 30 No. 1, 1985. Other sources
include original newspapers and submissions by
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