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Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, April 8, 1915 - IN
William GHERING, one of our oldest and most respected
citizens died last Thursday morning at his home, eleven
miles northwest of Okarche.
Deceased was born in Anhaltia town on the line between
Germany and Holland, in 1837, being seventy-seven years
and 11 months old at the time of his death. He was one of
a family of four children. His parents moved to Ohio when
he was a small child. From there he moved to Wisconsin,
where he resided near Richland Center until the Cheyenne
opening in Oklahoma. He obtained a farm in the run and
made it his home until his death. A wife, seven
daughters, a son and a brother survive him.
The deceased was ever upright and conscientious in his
dealings with others, kind and considerate to his family
and willing to do unto others as he would be done by. His
true worth was known only to those who knew him most
intimately. He suffered much with pain but was patient,
The name of the children and their vocations are as
follows: Will GHERING, Jr., resides at Hugo, Okla., where
he has a fine farm; Laura GHERING, oldest daughter,
resides in Kingfisher where she has been the respected
principal of the city schools for sixteen years; Lena
BUSSARD, resides in Canada; Maria WALKER in Greenfield,
Calif.; Dora WILLIAMS, Okarche; Louie PERRYMAN, Arkansas
City; Mrs. Nora WELLS, Okarche; Miss Leona is at home
with her mother.
The funeral was held Saturday morning, April 8, from the
Catholic church in Okarche. The services were conducted
by Father STABER. Mr. GHERING died a firm believer in the
faith in which he lived. He was a sincere and consistent
Christian in deed as well as word. "Blessed are the
dead who die in the Lord."
GIBSON, Mrs. James
August 1893 Mrs. James Gibson who lived 13
miles northwest of Hennessey, died last Sunday evening at
4 o'clock of old age. She was buried at 2 o'clock.
GIBSON, Mrs. Sarah E.
April 20, 1899 - Died at her home in this city
Tuesday April 11, Mrs. Sarah E. Gibson aged 35 years.
Funeral services at M. E. Church. She leaves affectionate
husband and 3 daughters, aged 12, 7, and babe of 4
months. Born Farmersburg, Iowa 1864. When 7 years of age,
moved with parents to eastern Kansas and was married
there August 25, 1885 to Mr. E. Gibson. With him went to
Denver, Colorado in 1889 and to Kingfisher in 1893. (The
March 23, 1899 - Nellie McKinley [sic] born
July 4, 1874; died March 16, 1899. She married Elmer
Gilbert January 1893; moved to Oklahoma last September
from Fulton County, Illinois. Had been in feeble health.
Leaves husband and 2 small children to mourn her loss.
GILL (PEDERSON), Julia Irene
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Monday, November 1,
Obituary - (MAUK Funeral Home).
JULIA IRENE GILL
Julia Irene PEDERSON was born April 27, 1881, at Wetmore,
In 1893, at the age of 12 years, she came with her
parents to Oklahoma, locating near Loyal. There she
attended school, and in the same year she professed her
faith in Christ, and united with the Methodist church.
She was united in marriage with Charles GILL of ********
on August 23, 1899. Two daughters were born to this
Mr. and Mrs. GILL have made their home continuously in
the Loyal community, respected as Christian people, good
citizens and neighbors.
After several years illness, death called Mrs. GILL on
October 27, 1943, at the age of 62 years and 6 months.
She was preceded in death by only a few months by her
husband, who died January 7, 1943.
She is survived by her two daughters, Mrs. Lillie WATSON
and Mrs. Lula REEVES, both of Loyal; two sisters, Mrs.
Pearl WANZER of Hitchcock. Four sisters and two brothers
have preceded her.
Services were conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Methodist
church in Loyal, and interment was made in the Venable
GOODPASTURE (DAVIS), Mrs.
submitted by Lois
Hennessey Clipper April 27, 1939
Mrs. Anna Goodpasture, pioneer resident of the Bison
community, passed away at 10 oclock Thursday
morning, April 20, at Enid General Hospital. Her death
followed a prolonged illness which became serious
following an operation for cancer three days preceding
At the time of her death Mrs. Goodpasture
lived on a farm seven miles west of Bison, where she and
her husband had made their home since their marriage in
1899. Despite a conviction that her weakened condition
due to several months illness render the outcome
uncertain, she faced an operation courageously and
All that loving hands and medical aid could do
was done, but her Maker called her to eternal rest.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, April 23, at
2 pm at the Barr United Brethren church. Rev. Gilliland
was in charge and was assisted by Rev. Wiens, of Enid and
Rev. E. E. Smart.
The pall was borne by Earl Bullis, Earl Baker, Walter
Butler, Emory Poindexter, Arthur Poindexter and John
Iven, all of whom were sons of old neighbors. Flower
girls were Addie Belle and Elizabeth Cox, Regina Jensen,
Dorothy Jensen, Ota Minton and Kathryn Iven.
Vocal numbers were by Claude Chester and Elmer Hill and
C. C. Conger. Mrs. Leslie Oberlander sang a special solo
at the home. Interment was made in the Hennessey
cemetery. Mrs. Goodpasture was a kind and loving wife and
mother, always trying to make life brighter and happier
for her family and friends. The family has lost a very
dear mother and a place is vacant in the home and
community that can never be filled.
Anna Bell Davis, daughter of Martha and Samuel Davis, was
born January 17, 1879, in Audrain county, Missouri and
departed this life April 20, 1939, at the age of 60
years, 3 months and 3 days. While yet a girl she moved
with her parents to Kansas where she resided until 18
years of age, when she came to Oklahoma, where she made
her home with an uncle and aunt until her marriage to
Alfonzo Benjamin Goodpasture, son of Hiram and Celia
Goodpasture on April 19, 1899.
Four children were born to this
unionthree daughters and one sonVirgie,
Minnie, Lottie and Charles.
She was converted and baptized in Turkey creek
in the year 1901, uniting with the United Brethren
church. At the time of her death she was a member of the
Barr United Brethren church.
She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, three
daughters, Mrs. Ben Baker, Mrs.Roy Maddox and Mrs. George
Townsend, all of Waukomis; one son, Charles Goodpasture,
of Waukomis; two grandchildren, Lawrence Dean Maddox and
Joyce Goodpasture; her mother, Mrs. Alice Davis of
Moline, Kansas; one brother, Jesse Davis of Moline,
Kansas; three sisters, Maggie Ballard, of state of
Washington; Minnie Leasure of Enid and a host of other
relatives and friends.
(Thanks to Marilyn Cooper for finding this for me)
April 7, 1898 - Mrs. Goodwin, mother of Mrs.
John Hubbard died Sunday at her home near Waukomis after
long illness caused by LaGrippe. (The Reformer)
GOODWIN, Mrs. Orlando
Thursday, July 5, 1934 - MRS. ORLANDO GOODWIN
Ellen Eble was born in Morgan County, Ill.,
December 8, 1855, and passed away at her home in
Kingfisher, June 30, 1934.
December 25, 1890, she was united in marriage
to Orlando Goodwin in Clinton, Ill. To this union were
born five children, Mrs. E. A. Bourquin, Anton, and Paul,
of Kingfisher, Donald of Sioux City, Iowa, and Theodore,
who died in infancy.
The family moved to Oklahoma in 1907, locating
on a farm northwest of Kingfisher. In 1925, Mr. and Mrs.
Goodwin moved to Kingfisher, where they resided until her
Mrs. Goodwin was an active member of the
Methodist church. Beside her husband and four children,
she is survived by three grandchildren.
Services were held Monday afternoon from the
Methodist church, Rev. Evanson officiating. Interment in
Kingfisher cemetery, July 2. (Kingfisher Times)
CARD OF THANKS
For all the kindnesses and expressions of sympathy
extended to us during our bereavement in the loss of our
wife and mother, we are sincerely grateful. We thank
everyone who assisted us in anyway.
Orlando Goodwin and Family.
Anton E Goodwin
Thursday, 09 January 1941 - ORLANDO GOODWIN -
Mauk Funeral Home
Orlando Goodwin was born January 29, 1857,
near Uniontown, MD, where he grew to manhood.
He was united in marriage with Ellen Eble at
Clinton, IL, on December 25, 1890. Taking his bride, he
returned to Maryland, where they resided for two years.
They then spent two years in Nebraska, three years in
Illinois, five years in Iowa and four years in Missouri.
Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs.
Goodwin, one son, Theodore, dying in infancy.
The family came to Oklahoma in 1907, locating
on a farm near Kingfisher, where they spent the rest of
their lives. For a number of years Mr. Goodwin was a
member of the Methodist church.
Mrs. Goodwin preceded here husband in death on
June 30, 1934. After his wife's death, Mr. Goodwin
continued to make his home on the farm.
After an illness of four days, he passed away
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. A. Bourquin,
northwest of Kingfisher, on January 4, 1941, at the age
of 83 years, 11 months, and 23 days.
He is survived by: one daughter, Mrs. E. A.
Bourquin, of Kingfisher; three sons, Anton of Enid, Paul
of Kingfisher, and Donald of Sioux City, Iowa, who was
unable to attend the service because of sickness in his
own family: six grandchildren: other relatives and many
Last Rites Held For O. Goodwin
Funeral services for Orlando Goodwin were held
at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Methodist-Congregational church
in Kingfisher, with the pastor, Rev. Virgel Russell,
officiating. He was assisted by Rev. G. O. Bell, pastor
of the Christian church. Interment was made in the
Kingfisher cemetery, with arrangement in charge of the
Mauk funeral home.
Mr. Goodwin, who was nearly 84 years old, died
Saturday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. A.
Bourquin, northwest of Kingfisher.
In 1907, the Goodwin family came from Missouri
to Oklahoma, locating on a farm near Kingfisher, where
Mr. and Mrs. Goodwin spent the remainder of their lives.
Mrs. Goodwin passed away in 1934.
Survivors include: Mrs, Bourquin; sons, Paul
of Kingfisher, Anton of Enid and Donald of Sioux City,
Iowa. One son, Theodore, died in infancy. (Kingfisher
Anton E Goodwin
June 9, 1898 - Debbir Gould died June 3, 1898,
age 21 years, 2 months, 10 days. Born March 23, 1877;
Married A. E. Gould on December 23, 1894; mother of 3
children, one dead. Buried Bird Creek Cemetery. (The
September 21, 1916 - Final Summons Came Monday
Afternoon--His Death Proves Shock to His May Old Friends
Edward Gould, aged 64 years, a well known
resident of Hennessey, passed away Monday afternoon,
September 18th, at 3:00 o'clock. His death was caused by
heart failure. Despite the fact that he had been in ill
health for several months past, the result of heart
weakness, the announcement shocked and pained many
friends, some of whom had known him for a quarter
Funeral services were held form the Baptist
church at 2 p. m., Wednesday, Rev. T. P. Haskins,
officiating. The bier was covered with floral offerings
and many of his old friends and neighbors attended the
services at the church and followed the remains to their
resting place in the Hennessey cemetery.
Rev. Haskins delivered a beautiful tribute to
the deceased, taking as his text the eighteenth verse of
the first chapter of the 1st Corinthians. The text and
song service was selected by the deceased before his
Mr. Gould is survived by a loving and faithful
wife and four children: Mrs. Joseph King, of Cleveland,
Okla., Mrs. C. M. Armstrong of Hennessey; Mr. Ralph Gould
of Dodge City, Kans., and Mr. Clyde Gould, of Cushing,
Okla. All of the children were here for the funeral.
Obituary: Edward Gould was born in London,
England, May 23, 1852, and at his death, September 18,
1916, was 64 years, 3 months and 25 days of age. He came
to America in the year 1871, locating at Grant, Iowa. It
was here that he met Miss Alice M. Donoho, and they were
happily united in marriage in the year 1878. For eleven
years after their marriage they made their home in Iowa,
after which they came to Oklahoma. Shortly after their
arrival they came to Hennessey, where they made their
home until his death. For a number of years, in the early
days, he was one of Hennessey's active and leading
He was converted in England while a young man,
and united with the Free Methodist Church. After coming
to America he united with the Baptist church, of Grant,
Iowa, and was actively engaged in Christian work while
there. When he left Iowa and came to Oklahoma, he drifted
away from active service and became enticed by the world.
Four years ago, during the Johnson revival here, he was
happily reclaimed and united with the Baptist church of
Hennessey. Three years ago he was elected clerk of the
church, and two years ago, deacon. These offices he held
at his death. It was his privilege to offer the first
public prayer in the new church building.
The deceased had a wide acquaintance in
Hennessey and throughout the county, gained while he was
engaged in the harness business in the earlier years and
later while engaged in the shoe repairing line. His
cheery greeting and genial disposition made lasting
friends of those he met, and he was in later years known
to all as "Uncle Ed." His was a kind and a
generous nature, and his genial greeting and cheerful
ruddy face will be missed by his many friends in the
coming years--they have truly lost a friend. (Hennessey
GOULD, Mrs. Edward
October 5, 1916 - Mrs. Edward Gould Passed
Away This Evening
Mrs. Edward Gould passed away at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. C. M. Armstrong, at 7:25 o'clock this
(Thursday) evening. Despite the fact that her life had
been despaired of for the past few weeks, the news of her
death has brought sorrow into many homes.
Mrs. Gould suffered intensely during her two
year illness, but it was borne patiently and without
complaint until the end. The death of her husband, Edward
Gould, on September 18th, added mental anguish to bodily
pain, but her sublime faith in the will of the Master was
evidenced by the manner in which the double affliction
Her daughter, Mrs. King, who was summoned here
from Cleveland by the death of Mr. Gould, had been with
her mother constantly until the end. Mr. King, of
Cleveland adn Mr. Clyde Gould, of Cushing, a son are
expected to arrive tonight. Mr. Ralph Gould, of Dodge
City, Kans., eldest son, will be unable to be present for
the funeral, which will be held on Saturday morning, at
10 o'clock, from the Baptist church. O. A. Donaho, a
brother of the deceased is expected to arrive from Grant,
Iowa, in time for the funeral.(Hennessey Clipper)
October 12, 1916 - The Funeral of Mrs. Edward
Gould Held Saturday
The funeral of Mrs. Edward Gould was held from
the Baptist church Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock,
Rev. T. P. Haskins officiating. The services were largely
attended and the floral offerings were numerous and
beautiful--mute messages of love and esteem from her many
friends. Interment was made in the Hennessey cemetery.
The funeral services, originally set for
Friday were postponed until Saturday to await the arrival
of her brother, Mr. Donaho, of Grant, Iowa.
Obituary: Mrs. Alice M. Gould was born at
Milford, Montgomery County, Iowa, in 1860. When a small
child she was converted and united with the Baptist
church. She was married to Edward Gould on January 27th,
1878. Four of five children born to this union survive
her: Mrs. J. S. King, of Cleveland, Okla.; Mrs. C. M.
Armstrong, of Hennessey; Mr. Ralph Gould, of Dodge City,
Kans., and Mr. Clyde Gould, of Cushing, Okla. Charles,
the first born, died in infancy. She moved to Hennessey
with her husband in 1889, residing here continuously
until her death. She was a charter member of the First
Baptist church and was also an active worker.
In her home she was a true mother, devoting
her life to her family. As a friend, there were none more
faithful, and she was ever an earnest christian. During
the last two years of her life her suffering was intense,
but she was patient through it all. Her husband preceded
her in death only seventeen days. She will be greatly
missed by all who knew her. (Hennessey Clipper)
GRAY, Henry G.
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, August 9, 1951.
Henry G. GRAY, 71, died late Tuesday afternoon at
Kingfisher Community hospital, where he had been a
patient since Saturday.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the
local First Baptist church, colored. Interment in the
Excelsior cemetery south of Langston will be under
RUSSWORM Funeral home direction.
GRAY is survived by two sons, two daughters, and other
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, August 2, 1951.
Rites Are Friday For G. A. HALL, Okarche.
Gustavus A. HALL, 92-year-old retired Okarche bank
employee, died Wednesday at his home after a short
illness. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m.
Friday in the WILSON funeral home of El Reno, with Rev.
Otto BERGNER officiating. Burial will be made in the El
Mr. HALL was born May 6, 1859, in Mascoutah, Ill., and
came to Okarche in 1900 from Salisbury, Mo. He was
postmaster in Okarche for eight years.
He was a member of the Masonic lodge at Salisbury, and
held a 50-year pin for continuous membership from the
grand lodge of Missouri.
Survivors include his wife, Ida, of the home;
a son, Chauncey J. HALL, El Reno; two grandsons, Gene
HALL of Oklahoma City and Chauncey G. HALL of El Reno;
and one great-grandson.
HALSEY, Andrew McMillan
Source: KINGFISHER WEEKLY FREE
PRESS, Thursday, June 22, 1916 - OBITUARY
Andrew McMillin [McMillan] HALSEY was born in Wheeling,
West Virginia [Piney Creek, Allegheny County, North
Carolina], July 26, 1843, and died at the home of his
son, John HALSEY at Linton [Sinton], Texas, Monday, June
13, 1916, at 12:03 a.m.; aged seventy-two years and
eleven months. He was sick only a few days prior to his
At the age of eighteen years Mr. HALSEY enlisted in the
Confederate Army where he served nearly five years,
during which time he saw much hard service and engaged in
many bloody battles. Shortly after the
close of the war he drove in a wagon from North Carolina
to Kansas, settling in Kansas City.
He was married to Miss Francis SUSAN [Susan Frances
WYATT] of Wyatt, North Carolina [born Jackson County,
Missouri], March 4, 1864. To this union was born nine
children, four boys and five girls, all of whom survive
him: Mrs. Fannie BELL of Eagle City, Okla.; J. B.
[Burgess Josiah] HALSEY of Kansas City; Mrs. Addie SMITH
of La Kemp, Okla.; John HALSEY of Linton [Sinton], Texas;
Mrs. Anna JONES of Lahoma, Okla.; Mrs. Nina YOUNT of
Bridgeport, Okla.; Joseph H. HALSEY of Moorewood, Okla.;
Mrs. Rose PEDIGO of Bridgeport, Okla.; and Andrew F.
HALSEY of Ashland, Kans.
Mr. HALSEY was married the second time to Miss Laura J.
WEAVER, fifteen years ago. This wife died in Kingfisher
seven years ago last Decoration day, May 30, 1909. Since
that time Mr. HALSEY has made his home with his children.
In March, 1879 Mr. HALSEY moved with his family from
Kansas City to Clearwater, Kans. where they resided until
their removal to Oklahoma in the spring of 1891 at the
opening of the C. and A. country. He
filed on and homesteaded a claim thirteen miles northwest
of this city on Cooper creek on which place he made his
home until he retired some seven years ago.
Mr. HALSEY had been a faithful consistant member of the
Baptist church for over thirty-five years. He was a
member of the Cooper Creek Baptist church, transfering
his membership to the First Baptist Church of this city
on his removal here and was still a member here at the
time of his death. Mr. HALSEY was indeed a splendid
citizen and zealous christian worker.
Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church
this afternoon at 2 o'clock by Revs. HUFF and INGRAM. The
remains were laid to rest in Kingfisher cemetery by the
side of his second wife. The remains of his first wife
will be removed from their former resting place in Cooper
Creek cemetery and be buried by his side.
The nine children were all present at the funeral which
is the first time they have been together since the death
of their mother seventeen years ago last December.
HALSEY, Lura (Weaver)
THE KINGFISHER TIMES, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11,
Mrs. HALSEY Dead. Clipping from Fay, Oklahoma.
Mrs. Harry BELL and Mrs. Dr. SMITH received the sad
intelligence that their step mother, Mrs. A. M. HALSEY
passed quietly away Saturday morning, Jan. 1909.
She leaves Mr. HALSEY and his youngest son Andrew, aged
13, at home alone, a father and mother and many friends,
to mourn their loss. She was a true Christian and kind to
all who knew her. We all grieve to
lose one so dear.
On December, 30, she wrote the following message - one
for each of the children - a keep sake.
Kingfisher, Okla., Dec. 30, '08
This is Wednesday and I am going to write a few lines
that have been on my mind for several days.
I am not sure that I will be here next Wednesday and
rather hope I shall not, for I am sure there is more
happiness in store for me in the land of joy and gladness
than I find here.
I have had my share of joys and sorrows, during my stay
of 36 years here.
I hope my life has not been vain. Though I cannot see
where I have ever accomplished much good, as I have
journeyed along. But sometime I hope to hear said,
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant, thou
hast been faithful over a few things I will make thee
ruler over many."
And how glad I will be just to know that I have been one
of those servants.
The good songs by the choir and the prayers and
exhortations by the pastor, have been so full of
encouragement and spiritual help such as I need.
I ask the good Lord every day to let me pass away quietly
and that I may soon dwell in my new home where I am
expecting so much real happiness.
The hand that penned the above is now stilled in death,
the body is rest while the soul promises of Christ, has
gone to the reward of the faithful.
HALSTEAD, Cora Bell
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Monday,
April 24, 1939
OBITUARY - CORA BELL HALSTEAD
Cora Bell SCOTT was born at Red Oak, Iowa, October 3,
1872, and passed away April 19, 1939, at the home of her
brother, John SCOTT, in Kingfisher, at the age of 66
years, 6 months and 16 days.
She was educated and grew to womanhood at the place of
her birth. In 1893, when the Cherokee Strip was opened,
she made the run on September 16 and secured a claim of
80 acres near Ames. There she lived in a pioneer home
built partly as a dugout and partly as a log cabin. She
improved this claim and proved up on it in her own name.
She was married to A.F. JONES in Alva in 1895. To this
union seven children were born, two of whom died in
infancy. After the death of Mr. JONES, she was married to
Harry HALSTEAD on June 9, 1928. Mr. HALSTEAD passed away
two years later and since that time Mrs. HALSTEAD made
her home with her oldest brother, John SCOTT, of
As a girl of 15 she united with the Methodist church and
maintained her membership therein until her death, always
a loyal Christian and a devoted follower of The Christ.
She was one of the founders of the Methodist church in
Ames, soon after the community was settled.
She was a true pioneer, always ready with a kindly word
and a good deed to help whomsoever might be in need. In
the pioneer spirit she was teacher of the first school
organized in Cooper township.
She is survived by five children: Mrs. Freeda KLINGENBERG
of Enid, Mrs. Lola BURROUGHS of Skidmore, Mo., Parker
JONES of Central City, Colo., Mrs. Eula LOWE of Wagoner,
Okla., and Darley JONES of Leadville, Colo.; 16
grandchildren; three brothers, John SCOTT of Kingfisher,
Sam SCOTT of Calumet and A.M. SCOTT of Joplin, Mo.; a
sister, Mrs. Mort YOUNG of Watonga; and by other more
Her interests in life were her home and children. Kind
and thoughtful of others always, like the pioneer woman
must, she endured patiently the hardships which fell to
her lot, and will be remembered by those most near to her
and by many neighbors and friends of the years for her
simple homely virtues.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday at the MAUK
funeral home, Rev. H.A. MORTON officiating. Interment was
made in Kingfisher cemetery.
Among the out-of-town relatives and friends here for the
funeral of Mrs. Cora Belle HALSTEAD on Friday were: Mr.
and Mrs. Sam SCOTT, Mr. and Mrs. George OSBORN, Mr. and
Mrs. Bryan MOBERLY, all of Calumet; Mr. and Mrs. Bill
SCOTT, Mr. and Mrs. Dave SCOTT, Mrs. Emma SCOTT and
Milton SCOTT, all of Canton; Mrs. Mort YOUNG of Watonga
and Arthur McARTHUR of Shawnee.
HAMILTON, Aquilla Brazier
Hennessey Clipper, March 14, 1907
(submitted by Lois Burdick)
A. B. ( Aquilla Brazier ) Hamilton, an old citizen of
Hennessey died at his home here this morning, (March 14,
1907). He was born in Kentucky , Aug. 6, 1830 and was
thrice married, (First to Mary Jane "Nancy"
Thompson), (second to Susan R Welch) and third to Mrs.
Augusta "Agnes" Ayers of Golden City, MO., who
survives him. Of the first union three sons still live
and all were with him during his last illness.
No children were born of the last union, but Mrs.
Hamilton's son by a former husband was present during the
illness of his step father, which lasted about five
The deceased entered the Union Army from Illinois and
served his country faithfully. (He was in Co. A. 31 IL
Father Hamilton was converted when thirty years old and
united with the Presbyterian Church. In 1890 when he
moved into Kansas, he joined the M.E. Church and was a
faithful member until death. He was very deaf (he lost
his right arm and most of his hearing in the Civil War.)
and it was difficult for him to hear so much so that he
said he had not been able to hear an entire sermon for 20
years, yet he was a constant and regular attendant at
church and got great good thereby.
During his illness he called his wife and three son and
step-son to his bedside and asked them to place their
hands upon him and he than began to sing "Pass me
not, O Gentle Savior" and asked them to promise to
meet him in Heaven.
His funeral will take place Friday from the M.E. Church.
The deceased was a member of the G.A.R. and the Odd
(He is buried in the Hennessey Cemetery)
(Information between ( ) are from my records and don't
appear in the obit) - LB
April 7, 1898 - Infant child of Mr. and Mrs.
E. Harris died. (The Reformer)
HARRISON, Mrs. Earl
Mrs. Earl HARRISON, Kingfisher
county farm woman, was drowned in a shallow pond about 4
p.m. Saturday on the W.D. GERBER farm, about five miles
north of Kingfisher.
C.C. "Joe" FISHER, Kingfisher county sheriff,
and Perry DAVIS, undersheriff, who were called to the
farm, report that it was evident the woman took her own
life by drowning. Mrs. HARRISON had been in ill health
for some time and was staying with her sister, Mrs. W.D.
GERBER, who found Mrs. HARRISON'S body lying face down in
about 18 inches of water in the shallow farm pond.
Sheriff FISHER said his investigation indicated that Mrs.
HARRISON had removed her shoes and her spectacles and
laid them by the said [sic?] of the pond before walking
out in the water to lie face down in the pool.
Upon finding the body of her sister in the water, Mrs.
GERBER succeeded in pulling Mrs. HARRISON out of the pond
far enough to get her face above water. She then ran to
her farm home and called for assistance over the
telephone. Among the neighbors who came to her assistance
was James PERDUE, who worked for some time attempting to
revive Mrs. HARRISON by artificial respiration.
Physicians from Dover and Kingfisher were called, and
examination indicated that Mrs. HARRISON was dead.
Local survivors of Mrs. HARRISON are her husband, who was
in the eastern part of the state on business; two sons,
Walter and Hobert; two brothers, Rudolph and John KREMKE;
and three sisters, Mrs. Edward HARRISON, Mrs. W.D.
GERBER, and Mrs. Paul BRISCOE.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the
Methodist -Congregational church in Kingfisher, with Rev.
V.W. RUSSELL officiating. Arrangements are in charge of
the BRACKEN funeral home.
HILDRETH (JACKSON), Lydia M.
Source: KINGFISHER WEEKLY FREE PRESS, May 27, 1926.
Lydia M. JACKSON was born at Hebron, Indiana, January 13,
1846, and died at her home in Kingfisher, Okla., May 24,
1926, age 80 years, 4 months and 11 days.
She was married to Harvey ALLEN March 9, 1862. They moved
to Great Bend, Kansas in 1885. Later they came to
Oklahoma and settled on a claim 7 miles southwest of
Okarche, where they resided until Mr. ALLEN's death.
She was married to William HILDRETH of Okarche, March 10,
1904. Mr. HILDRETH died in Kingfisher, January 24, 1926.
Mrs. HILDRETH was converted when young and joined the
Methodist Episcopal Church. She lived a consistent
christian many years and has now gone to her great
The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church
Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, being in charge of
the Rev. J. M. STRONG of Guthrie, who was Mrs. HILDRETH's
pastor years ago back in the frontier days. The body was
interred at the Okarche cemetery.
July 28, 1898 - Infant child of Geo. Hill died
Monday night. (The Reformer)
HIRSCHNER, Mrs. John
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, Wednesday,
April 14, 1915.
The death of Mrs. John HIRSCHNER occured Tuesday evening
at 5:15 at her home at 216 South Tenth street, after
having been confined to her bed with paralysis since
April 15, 1914.
Mrs. HIRSCHNER was a little past 58 years of age, having
been born in March, 1858 at Davenport, Iowa. At the age
of 8 years she moved with her parents to Missouri where
she lived until after her marriage on June 16, 1884 to
Mr. HIRSCHNER. They resided in Missouri eleven years
after their marriage, then returnted to Mr. HIRSCHNER's
former home in Pennsylvania. Only one child was born to
them which died at birth on April 8, 1898.
Mr. and Mrs. HIRSCHNER came to Oklahoma in February, 1894
and settled on a farm north of Okeene, which place was
their home until moving to Kingfisher five years ago.
Mrs. HIRSCHNER was always fond of her home and during her
long illness she was a patient sufferer. She is survived
by her husband and an adopted son eight years old.
The funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9
o'clock from St. Peter and Paul's church, with interment
in Kingfisher cemetery.
May 4, 1899 - Moses Hobson born Salem, Iowa
December 24, 1856; died at his home in Kingfisher April
29, 1899 aged 44 years 4 months 5 days. Married Miss Emma
Rafling April 29, 1884 in Indianapolis, Indiana; came to
Kingfisher 7 years ago. (The Reformer)
HOECKER, Merle Earl
The funeral of Merle Earl, the baby son of Mr. and Mrs.
F. J. HOECKER, was held from the Presbyterian church at
3:30 Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. R. HORTON.
The little fellow was the second of the tripletts to pass
away, his death being caused by pneumonia fever on April
2nd. Merle Earl was 18 months and 14 days old. The
surviving babe, whose life has also been despaired of, is
reported much better today and hopes are felt for its
The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire
community in their bereavement. Interment was made in
HOLMAN, Mrs. Belle
THE KINGFISHER TIMES, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28,
Death of Mrs. Belle HOLMAN.
Mrs. Belle, wife of Simon HOLMAN, died at their home in
Kingfisher, Thursday morning, at seven o'clock, after a
week's illness with typhoid fever. Mrs. HOLMAN was a
daughter of G. W. CRABTREE and was a native of Kentucky,
but came to Oklahoma about the time of the Cheyenne
country opening. She leaves a husband, and one son, now
in the Phillipines, to mourn her loss.
Source: KINGFISHER WEEKLY FREE
PRESS, Thursday, August 29, 1929.
ANOTHER '89ER PASSES ON.
James HOLMES was born December 18, 1852, and died at his
home in Dover, August 22, 1929.
Mr. HOLMES came to Oklahoma in 1889 and has lived in
Kingfisher county since that time. He suffered a stroke
of paralysis two years ago and another stroke about seven
weeks ago, which left him helpless.
Funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church
Sunday at 3:00 o'clock by Rev. WIEDENSAUL and I.O.O.F.
services were held at the cemetery. His wife and four
children survive him.
Those attending the funeral from a distance were, his
brother, William HOLMES of White City, Kansas; Elsworth
HOLMES of Sioux Rapids, Ia.; his children, Loren, of
Dayton, Ohio; Clark of Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Will ZALABAK
of Kingfisher, and Bruce, who lives at home. All were
present at the funeral.
submitted by Lois
WILLIAM HOLMES BURIED AT MAYSVILLE OLD HOME
Hennessey Clipper - Thursday March 4, 1920
Following memorial services at the W. L. Hamer home on
South Main Street Monday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock the
remains of William Holmes, who met his death in the
Rhodes Hotel fire Monday morning, were shipped to
Maysville, Mo for internment.
His son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. Hamer
accompanied the body to Maysville.
The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War
and a honored member of the local Grand Army Post, and
one of Hennessey's best known citizens. His death will
grieve his many old-time friends deeply.
HOMIER, William Charles
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Monday,
December 20, 1943.
OBITUARY - WILLIAM CHARLES HOMIER.
William Charles HOMIER, son of Henry and Mary KNOST
HOMIER, was born June 1, 1875, in Jackson county, Ohio,
and passed from this life December 14, 1943, at the age
of 68 years, 5 months and 13 days.
He came to Kingfisher county in 1892. He was united in
marriage December 24, 1901, with Gertie REEVES. Two
children, Earl and Elsie, were born to this union. The
former preceded his father in death in 1930.
The deceased joined the Evangelical church of Kingfisher
in 1928. In 1935 he retired from active farm work to live
in Kingfisher, where he made his home until his death.
In addition to his wife and daughter he is survived by
two brothers, Elmer and Ed, and three sisters, Mrs. Frank
STUCKI, Mrs. Louis UNVERZAGT and Mrs. John KRAMER; all of
Kingfisher county, other
relatives and many friends.
Funeral service was held Friday afternoon at
the Kingfisher Evangelical and Reformed church, Rev. E.F.
NOLTE officiating. Interment was made in the Kingfisher
August 17, 1899 - Infant son of Mr. and Mrs.
J. T. House died Wednesday. (The Reformer)
HOWE (PITTS), Milay J.
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, Monday, January 18,
1915 - OBITUARY.
Mrs. C. B. HOWE of near this city, after an illness of
several weeks departed from this life January 12, 1915,
at the home of her son, J. R. HOWE.
Milay J. PITTS was born in Kentucky, June 16, 1836. At
the age of 17 she was converted and joined the M.E.
church and lived a consistent religious life all her
She was married to C. B. HOWE in 1852 at Pittsburg, Mo.
To this union four children were born, W. W. HOWE of this
city; Mrs. Ann RIDENOUR of Jay, Okla.; J. R. HOWE and
Mrs. J. A. WALLACE of near this city all of whom are
She with her husband came to this country at the opening
of Oklahoma and have lived on their farm 6 miles south
and 2 miles east of Kingfisher, until about one year ago
when they broke up house keeping and went to live with
their son, J. R. HOWE.
She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, 4 children,
24 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren besides a
concourse of friends.
Funeral services were held at the residence of J. R.
HOWE. Rev. ROBBINS, United Brethren minister, presiding.
Interment in Kingfisher cemetery.
HUDDLESTON, Charles Floyd
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, Saturday, March 13,
1915 - OBITUARY.
Charles Floyd HUDDLESTON was born in Bedford, Iowa, June
11, 1880, and died at Kingfisher, Okla., March 3, 1915,
at the age of 34 years, 8 months and 20 days. He leaves a
wife and mother, 4 sisters and 2 brothers to mourn his
The funeral occured March 5, 1915 at the First Christian
church at Kiel, and was conducted by C. C. McCARROLL. The
remains were laid to rest in the Venable cemetery. The
following lines dedicated by the minister:
Peaceful be thy slumber;
Peaceful in the grave so low;
Thou no more will join our number,
Thou no more our sorrows know.
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
And in Heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tears are shed.
THE KIEL PRESS, Kiel, Kingfisher County,
Oklahoma, Thursday, March 31, 1904.
Agnes HUDDLESTON was born at Lincolnshire, England,
November 10, 1846, and died at her home, six miles south
of Hitchcock, on March 27, 1904.
Her death was a surprise to her friends here, she having
been ill only a week before her death. She was at first
attacked by la grippe, which later developed into a
severe case of that dread disease, pneumonia, proving
The remains were interred in the Venable cemetery,
northwest of town, Monday afternoon at three o'clock.
The deceased came with her parents to America in the year
1852, when she was but six years of age. The family moved
to Oklahoma in 1892, and she lived with them at the
family home, four miles northwest of town, until 1897,
when she was married to Moses COON and went with him to
their home near Hitchcock, where they have since resided.
The deceased became a member of the Christian church at
the age of twelve years and has since been a
conscientious member and worker in that organization.
Having lived in this vicinity for several years, she has
many friends here who sincerely regret her untimely
death. The heartfelt sympathy of all is extended to the
bereaved relatives and friends of the deceased in this
their sad hour.
HUDSON (ALEXANDER), Katie
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, December 6, 1928 - OBITUARY.
KATIE ANN HUDSON.
Katie Ann, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. ALEXANDER, was
born September 9, 1889, in Platte county, Missouri, and
departed this life at 6:30 a.m., November 26, 1925, at
the University hospital, Oklahoma City; age 39 years, 2
months and 17 days.
She grew to womanhood in the Altona neighborhood and at
the age of 17 years was united in marriage to Clyde G.
HUDSON, October 7, 1906. To this union were born ten
children, three daughters: Cleo, Joy Geneva, and the
7-months-old baby, Virginia Lois; and seven sons: Roy,
Carl, Earl, Al, Clyde G., Jr., and Max, all of whom
She accepted Christ at an early age and her consistent
life was an inspiration to her family and friends, and at
the time of her death she was a member of the Longview
church, near Vinita.
She was a devoted wife and a loving and dutiful mother
and during her last illness, she expressed her readiness
to go as far as her heart relations were concerned, but
for her family's sake she wanted much to
She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband
and children, father and mother, 18 nieces and nephews, 7
sisters, 1 brother: Mrs. L. S. MAJOR, Mrs. Ira NUNEMAKER,
Mrs. W. Oran HUBBARD, all of Altona community; Mrs. Geo.
W. FRAZIER of Tonkawa, Mrs. W. H. FRAZIER of Perry,
Misses Phebe and Effa ALEXANDER of Oklahoma City and
George C. ALEXANDER of Hutchinson, Kansas.
Her many friends share with her relatives in their loss.
Interment was in the Altona cemetery.
CARD OF THANKS.
We wish to thank our many friends for their kind sympathy
and helpfulness manifested by the giving of flowers and
in other ways, during our bereavement in the death of our
C. G. HUDSON and family.
W. L. ALEXANDER and family.
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE
PRESS, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, Monday, April 3, 1939.
WILLIAM HUGHES - OBITUARY
William HUGHES, son of Jacob and Beulah E. HUGHES, was
born December 17, 1865, in Middlebury, Ind., and departed
this life on March 29, 1939, at the age of 73 years, 3
months and 12 days. Mr. HUGHES was one of a family of six
children, three of whom preceded him in death.
He was married to Milinda A. GIBONY on February 17, 1897.
To this union eight children were born, two of whom
preceded the father in death.
While still a young man, Mr. HUGHES moved with his
parents to Waverly, Kans. In 1891 he came to Kingfisher
with friends and homesteaded a farm in the
Cheyenne-Arapaho country near Okeene in 1892. In 1901 he
moved to Kingfisher county, making his home here until
He was a charter member of the Okeene Baptist church, and
was a member of the Kingfisher A.O.U.W. lodge.
He is survived by his wife, the comrade of 42 years of
married life; six children, Frank, Herbert, Beulah,
William, Marianne and Beatrice; one brother, Martin; a
sister, Mary; three nephews, Lindley HUGHES of Pueblo,
Colo., Harold and Russell HUGHES of Wichita, Kans.; and a
niece, Mrs. Grace BUMPAS of Denver, Colo.
Services were held at 10 a.m. friday at the BRACKEN
funeral home, with Rev. H.A. MORTON conducting the
service. Burial was made in the Kingfisher cemetery.
HUNT, Mrs. Katie
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, Monday, January 25,
BURIAL OF MRS. KATIE HUNT.
The remains of Mrs. Katie HUNT arrived on No. 23 from
Wichita today and were buried from BRACKEN'S Undertaking
parlor at 2 o'clock this afternoon, a short service being
held at the grave conducted by Rev. T. E. CARTER.
Mrs. HUNT with her family came to Oklahoma in the early
days and homesteaded a farm at what is known as
Huntsville, Mr. HUNT being the first postmaster at that
place. The family moved from the farm to Dover where they
resided a number of years.
Mrs. HUNT passed away Saturday at the home of her
daughter in Wichita.
Accompanying the remains were the deceased brother, Mr.
YORK of Medford, Mr. and Mrs. DAVIDSON and daughter of
Wichita, A. H. HUNT, a son of Salem, Oregon.
KINGFISHER DAILY TIMES, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20,
Wilbur JOHNSON Funeral.
The funeral services over the remains of Wilbur JOHNSON
who died yesterday from the effects of an auto accident,
full mention of which was made in these columns at the
time, will be held at the residence of his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. C. F. JOHNSON, northwest of the city at 1:30
tomorrow afternoon, conducted by the Rev. S. L. MAXSON of
this city, after which the remains will be laid to rest
in the Kingfisher cemetery.
Wilbur JOHNSON was 26 years old and married, being
survived by a wife and three children. He was one of our
most enterprising young farmers and will be greatly
missed in the community in which he resided. A host of
friends will join with the bereaved ones in mourning his
JOINER, Rufus Leemon
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, December 27, 1928 - OBITUARY.
RUFUS LEEMON JOINER.
Rufus Leemon JOINER was born October 27, 1901, near
Cashion, Oklahoma, living on the farm until 1913, when
his family moved to Kingfisher. He was educated in the
schools of this city and grew to young manhood here. In
1920 he went to Iowa, and was married to Myrtle HOUSE,
May 30, 1923, at Centerville, Iowa. He worked for the
LONGERBONE Bros. Construction company for a number of
He moved to Des Moines, Iowa, five weeks ago and
established a home there. He died December 10, 1928,
after an illness of four and a half days, at the age of
27 years, 1 month and 13 days.
Leemon was an honest and upright young man and was loved
by his many friends. He leaves to mourn his loss, his
wife, Mrs. Myrtle JOINER, and stepson Billie of Des
Moines, Iowa; his mother, Mrs. Maggie JOINER, of
Kingfisher; four sisters, Mrs. L. A. De LONG of Cashion,
Oklahoma, Mrs. C. E. WALLEY, Mrs. C. W. McINTOSH and Mrs.
Edward MATHEWS, all of Kingfisher, Oklahoma.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Chas. F.
SCHWAB, pastor of the Christian church, Saturday
afternoon, December 15, at the home of his sister, Mrs.
Edward MATHEWS. He was laid to rest by his father in the
Mount Zion cemetery near Reeding, Oklahoma.
CARD OF THANKS.
We wish to thank our many friends for their kindness
during our sad hour; also for the beautiful flowers. And
to the pastor and choir for the comforting words and
Mrs. Leemon JOINER and son, Mrs. Maggie JOINER, Mrs. C.
E. WALLEY, Mrs. L. A. De LONG, Mrs. C. W. McINTOSH, Mrs.
KELLEY (ANDERSON), Nancy
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, Friday, April 23,
MRS. W. R. KELLEY DEAD.
Mrs. W. R. KELLEY, who has been suffering for the past
year with heart trouble, passed away this morning at 3:15
at her home on North Sixth street. Her death was not
unexpected and at her bedside when the end came were her
husband, and children, Mr. and Mrs. Amos EWING of
Guthrie, Chas. KELLEY of Watonga, Mr. and Mrs. Walter
KELLEY of Kansas City, Dr. and Mrs. E. U. SLOAN, Mrs. H.
G. HILL of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Miss Carrie. The death
of Mrs. KELLEY means the passing of one
more of the pioneer settlers of Kingfisher county. The
funeral services will be held at the Christian church at
2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, conducted by her pastor,
Rev. SAUNDERS, assisted by Rev.
Job INGRAM and Rev. CARTER.
Saturday, April 24, 1915 - OBITUARY.
Nancy Elizabeth ANDERSON was the second daughter of J. W.
and Emily ANDERSON of Macgoupin County, Ill., having six
brothers and five sisters, five of whom survive her. She
was born in Macgoupin County, March 8th, 1847.
In 1858 the family moved to Johnson County, Mo., and from
thence during the Civil War, to Linn County, Kan., in
1863. At this place she was joined to W. R. KELLEY in the
bonds of wedlock, July the 15, 1866. They made their home
in Wilson County, Kans., from 1869 to 1892. At this time
government claims were to be had in Oklahoma, and they
moved to one in Kingfisher County, where they resided
until Mr. KELLEY was elected sheriff in 1898, when they
moved to Kingfisher.
To this union were born Chas. M. KELLEY of Watonga, Mrs.
Amos EWING of Guthrie, Walter KELLEY of Kansas City, Mo.;
Mrs. E. U. SLOAN of Kingfisher, Mrs. H. J. HILL of Twin
Falls, Idaho, and Miss Carrie KELLEY, well known to us
This is the first bereavement that has come to the lot of
this family in forty-nine years, save that of an infant
daughter, Lucy Maude KELLEY, who died forty-two years
Mrs. KELLEY became a member of the New Light Christian
church, in Wils on County, Kans., about 1874. On coming
to Oklahoma, she united with the Christian church of this
city from which her membership has never been moved.
Twenty-five years have passed since Mrs. KELLEY could say
that she was in fine health. Last Decoration Day she went
to Guthrie and on coming home complained of not feeling
well. From that time to the day of her death she has
never left the town. Since April 1st, all the children
and Mr. KELLEY have been continually at her bedside. Mrs.
HILL has never trusted herself away from the sick chamber
one night since taking up the vigil. All were present
when she passed away peacefully after a long siege of
KENNEDY, Edna Laura
July 20, 1899 - Edna Laura Kennedy, infant
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wellington Kennedy, died at home
of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Johnson of cholera infastum July
17, 1899, aged 9 months 20 days. (The Reformer)
KISNER, Infant daughter
January 27, 1898 - Infant daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Bob Kisner was buried January 6.(The Reformer)
January 2, 1939 - LAST RITES HELD FOR FRITZ
Funeral services were held at the chapel of
the Mauk Funeral home on Sunday afternoon for Fritz
Kordis, 88 years of age, who passed away December 29.
Rev. A. F. Whitehurst officiated. Kordis, a pioneer
resident of the southeast part of this county, is
survived by four sons and three daughters. Interment was
made in Kingfisher cemetery beside his wife, who preceded
him in death over two years ago.(The Kingfisher Free
Anton E Goodwin
Source: THE OKARCHE TIMES, Kingfisher County,
Oklahoma, Friday, January 10, 1913
OBITUARY - JOHN KRITTENBRINK
John KRITTENBRINK died at the home of his son Edd, at
Okarche, Okla., on Christmas morning, at 9 o'clock, aged
70 years and 5 months, after an illness of several months
with a stroke of paralysis. The funeral services were
conducted in the Catholic church at Okarche, Saturday
morning, Dec. 28, by Rev. Father STEBER, and the remains
were taken to
Pond Creek on the morning train, and then to the Catholic
church where Rev. HALL preached a beautiful sermon, and
the body was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery south
of Pond Creek.
John KRITTENBRINK was born at Provience Wesfalen,
Germany, July 25, 1842. He came to this country in 1860,
and located at West Point, Iowa, but moving from there to
Jefferson, Okla., in 1900, and resided on his farm about
7 years. He was married to Mary WIETER, of West Point,
Iowa, Oct. 10, 1876. To this union 9 children were born,
5 boys and 4 girls, 8 of whom survive him, as follows:
Theodore, of Jefferson, George, of Pond Creek, Edd, Frank
and Willie and Mrs. Anna SCHULTE of Okarche, Mrs. Sadie
BURGESS of Oklahoma City, and Mrs. Minnie KUBIK of Pond
Creek. Deceased served in the civil war, but never drew
Thursday, Sept 3, 1936 - LOUISE LAGING was
born in Beber, Germany, May 31, 1852, and departed this
life August 26, 1936, at the age of 84 years, 2 months
and 26 days.
She was united in marriage to Fritz Kordis in
1874 and to this union seven children were born.
In 1881 they came to America, making their
home in Chicago some four years, thence to western
Kansas, staying there about three years. At the opening
of Old Oklahoma, they came to the land office at
Kingfisher and filed on a claim, 15 1/2 miles southeast
of Kingfisher, where they have made their home until her
Her pioneering spirit gave her courage to face
and conquer many hard battles and her faith in the
Eternal Father as taught in the Lutheran belief, in home,
school and church, never waned in seasons of adversity.
She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, Fritz
Kordis, Sophia Kordis of the home address, F. L. Kordis
of Okarche, H. L. Kordis of Lacey, W. A. Kordis of
Kingfisher, Mrs. G. G. Goddard of Cashion, Mrs. Ella
Glessner of Ponca City, L. L. Kordis of Stillwater; one
Brother, Henry Laging of Fletcher, Okla.; twenty
grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and a host of
other relatives and friends.
Services were held Friday afternoon, August
28th, at 4:00 o'clock from the chapel of the Mauk Funeral
Home, Rev. Whitehurst officiating. Interment in the
Kingfisher cemetery.(Kingfisher Weekly Free Press)
Anton E Goodwin
LaHUE, Mrs. Rhoda B.
MRS. RHODA B. LaHUE
Rhoda B. SAMPSON was born to Norris C. and Sarah A.
SAMPSON on August 5, 1855, at Hebron, Ind. She passed
away at Norman, Okla., March 19, 1939, at the age of 83
years, 7 months and 5 days.
She was married to Lorenzo S. MEAD July 3, 1876. He
preceded her in death in 1884 at Coldwater, Kansas. To
this union two children were born, Hal G. MEAD of Norman,
and Maude Irene GLASS who also preceded her in death.
In 1889 she married Charles J. LaHUE of Great Bend,
Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. LaHUE came to Oklahoma shortly after
the opening of the Cheyenne-Arapaho country and bought a
relinquishment west of Kingfisher. Mr. LaHUE passed away
Mrs. LaHUE made Kingfisher her home until about five
years ago when she moved to Norman to be with her son.
She joined the Methodist church at a very early age and
was always a devoted worker and a most earnest and
faithful Christian until the time of her death, having
held her church membership for over seventy years.
She leaves to mourn her passing, one son, Hal G. MEAD of
Norman, seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren,
one niece, Mrs. Ted ALEXANDER of Kingfisher and other
relatives and friends.
Not only her immediate family but the many who served
wtih her through the years in the church - the one great
passion of her life - will remember her spirit, a pioneer
first in Kansas in 1877, then in the early days of this
state, but a pioneer beyond any political state - in the
realm of the spirit - seeking and serving God, and
willing to endure hardship in His name.
Funeral service was held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at
the Methodist-Congregational church, Rev. H.A. MORTON,
officiating. BRACKEN funeral home was in charge of
interment in Kingfisher cemetery.
LAWRENCE, Miss Fannie
October 27, 1893 - Miss Fannie Lawrence died
at the home of her parents, 8 1/2 miles southwest of
Hennessey, Sunday morning and was buried in the cemetery
southwest of town the day following. She died of typhoid
fever, and was 23 years old. (Hennessey Clipper)
LAWRENZ, Albert Otto Wilhelm
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Monday,
January 17, 1944.
A.O.W. LAWRENZ Of Okarche Dies.
Last rites were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the St. John
Lutheran church in Okarche for Albert Otto Wilhelm
LAWRENZ, who died Wednesday, January 12, at his home in
Okarche at the age of 80 years, 7 months and 28 days.
Mr. LAWRENZ had been in ill health for several years,
although he was up and able to perform his duties until
January 7, when he suffered a paralytic stroke.
Albert Otto Wilhelm LAWRENZ was born May 14, 1863, at
Kutzer, Province Regenswald, Prussia, in Germany, where
he spent his childhood and youth. At the age of 25 he
came to America in March, 1888, and settled at Echo,
Minn., and there in 1891 he was married to Miss Anna
They came to Oklahoma in 1900 and settled on a farm west
of Okarche, and to this union 11 children were born. Mrs.
LAWRENZ died in 1914 and two sons, one of whom died in
infancy, and Richard, who died three years ago, also
preceded their father in death.
In February, 1920, Mr. LAWRENZ was married to Mrs.
Wilhelmine SHAW, and one son born to this union died in
Mr. LAWRENZ resided on the farm until several years ago
when he retired and moved to Okarche.
Surviving with the widow, are Emil LAWRENZ of
Hemmingford, Nebr.; Mrs. Lydia KELM of Stewart, Minn.;
Miss Olga LAWRENZ of Minneapolis, Minn.; Fred LAWRENZ of
Dallas, Tex.; Alfred LAWRENZ of Arizona; Miss Hattie
LAWRENZ of Los Angeles, Calif.; William LAWRENZ, of
Okarche; Ewald LAWRENZ of Oklahoma City; Mrs. Gertrude
KAPONIS of Louisville, Ky.; and two step-daughters, Mrs.
Gwendolyn THOMPSON of Columbia, S.C., and Mrs. Ione
BRENNEN of Council Grove, Kans.
Rev. Paul HOYER officiated at the church service and in
the Lutheran cemetery where burial was made.
Source: THE KINGFISHER WEEKLY FREE
PRESS, Thursday, December 27, 1928.
OBITUARY OF JOHN (JACK) LEDDY
John (Jack) LEDDY was born at Owen Sound, Canada, October
15, 1848, and died on December 22, 1928 at Hennessey,
Okla., aged 80 years, two months and seven days.
At the age of twelve years, he went with his parents to
Illinois. A year later, in his thirteenth year, he
enlisted with the 94th Illinois Infantry, at Bloomington,
in that state. He served in the army three years and nine
He was married in his thirty-third year to Elizabeth
BLANKENSHIP at Anadarko, Okla. He was employed for a
number of years by the U.S. government in the Indian
service and for a considerable time
afterwards as a peace officer.
He became a member of the I.O.O.F. while a young man and
remained an esteemed member of that organization
throughout the balance of his life.
He came to Kingfisher county in 1889, where he filed on a
homestead southeast of Hennessey.
He leaves to mourn his death, his wife and son, Howard,
of Britton, Okla., one brother, residing at Conway
Springs, Kansas, a sister, Mrs. Rose FOX, of Owen Sound,
Canada, and two grandchildren, Jack and Harold LEDDY, of
Houston, Texas. One son, Guy Claude, preceded him in
LEHENBAUER, Mrs. Catharine
Source: THE DAILY MIDGET, January 15, 1913 -
Miss Catharine FUCHS was born in Wertenburg, Germany,
Nov. 15th, 1836. She landed in America May 2nd, 1863, at
the age of 27. She was married in September of the same
year to John G. LEHENBAUER, of Hannibal, Marion county,
Mo., where they resided for several years.
From there they removed to LaGrange, Mo., where they
lived until 1891 when they came to Kingfisher, Okla.
where she has since resided with her sons, her husband
having departed this life in 1899. Mr. and Mrs.
LEHENBAUER were members of the German Northern Methodist
church, and were staunch christians and faithful workers
in the church.
Her German bible was her constant companion and friend
both in adversity and prosperity. She was a most loving
and devoted wife and mother, and was loved and esteemed
by all who intimately knew her.
She died Jan. 12th, 1913, aged 77 years, 1 month and 26
days, after a week's illness of pneumonia.
She leaves to mourn her loss, two brothers - Andrew FUCH
of Hannibal, Mo. and Frederick, who still resides in
Germany; twelve grandchildren, eight sons and one
daughter; one little son having died in infancy.
George and Wesley of Enid, Okla., August of Ames, Okla.,
Henry, Frank, John, Edward and Mrs. Mollie HUFF, all of
Kingfisher, were all with her during her illness.
Funeral services were held at the Mr. Pisgah church,
Tuesday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. C.L. KNIGHT. Text,
"If a Man Dies, Shall He Live Again." - Job
14-14. Interment in the Mr. Pisgah cemetery.
Poor suffering mother's gone to rest,
Her trials all are o'er;
No pains assail her pulsless breast,
She's safe upon the other shore,
Long, dreary days and nights of pain
It was her lot to bear;
She never murmured or complained
But sought relief in prayer.
Her loving voice you'l hear no more,
Yet may it linger in your ears,
And may you meet on that bright shore
Where fall no parting tears,
Your home now wears a shroud of gloom
And lonely may you be,
As in that quiet little room
Her vacant chair you see.
The placid look she always wore,
Betokened peace within,
For many years the cross she bore,
That she the crown might win;
She never more can come to you.
This thought must give you pain,
But live as she has taught you to,
That you may meet again.
LEHENBAUER, J. H.
May 4, 1899 - Died at his home in Park
Township, this county, April 26, 1899, J. H. Lehenbauer
of pneumonia, aged 62 years 8 months. Leaves wife, 1
daughter, 8 sons. (The Reformer)
August 4, 1898 - Ross Lewis is expected to die
at his farm sout of Sheridan. His wife at Perkins has
been sent for. (he died August 7. ed.) (The Reformer)
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Kingfisher,
March 20, 1939.
OBITUARY - VACLAV LIBECAYT
Vaclav LIBECAYT was born May 7, 1857, in Czecho-Slovakia,
and passed away March 14, 1939, in the Clinic hospital in
Kingfisher at the age of 81 years, 10 months and 7 days.
At the age of 22 he was married to Marie SVOBODA. Soon
after their marriage they left their homeland for this
country of freedom and promise. They first settled on the
prairies in Cheyenne county, Nebraska.
After passing through many a hardship in that state, he
with his wife and family, loaded up the scanty belongings
and moved to Oklahoma, first settling near Hennessey in
1889. A few years later they moved to a farm southeast of
Kingfisher, where he lived until 1920.
Retiring from the farm, Mr. and Mrs. LIBECAYT moved to
Fort Cobb, where she passed away in April, 1933. Mr.
LIBECAYT remained in Fort Cobb until 1934, and since that
time had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Val SIGL.
As a young man he was confirmed in the Roman Catholic
church. While this church affiliation was broken in later
years, he always believed in a God who loved all men and
in his own life exemplified honesty, goodness and
Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. LIBECAYT, five of
whom preceded the parents in death. Five children, who
survive him are: Mrs. Nick CHLOUBER of Carnegie, W.F.
LIBECAYT of Cashion, August LIBECAYT of Okarche, Mrs.
Josie CHLOUBER and Mrs. Val SIGL of Kingfisher; 14
grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, other relatives
and friends also survive him.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the
Methodist-Congregational church. BRACKEN funeral home was
in charge of interment in the Kingfisher cemetery.
LILLY, Mrs. Margaret
August 11, 1898 - Funeral service of Mrs.
Margaret Lilly will be held today at M. E. Church. She
was born Benton County, Missouri November 3, 1830;
married B. F. Lilly July 27, 1855. Mother of 11 children;
husband and 4 children preceded her in death. (The
Source: THE OKARCHE TIMES, Friday, January 17,
Last Sunday, Mr. John LODES died at his home southeast of
town, after a short sickness, at the age of 74 years.
Wednesday a solemn obsequies service was held at the
Catholic church of which he was a member. The funeral
parade consisted of 62 vehicles. He leaves a sorrowing
wife, 7 sons and 2 daughters, as follows: Mike, Henry and
Joseph and Mrs. John BAUSTERT, who live here, John of
Elgin and Peter of Vinita, Okla., were present; George
and Conrad, of Howell, Neb., and Mrs. John OTTIS, of
Wadsworth, Texas, could not come. He was beloved by all
who knew him.
Source: THE OKARCHE TIMES, Friday, January 24, 1913
JOHN LODES - OBITUARY
John LODES was born at Elbersberg in Oberfranken,
Bavaria, in 1839, on the 12th day of May. He was a
soldier in the Bavarian army, and was in the battles of
Wuerzburg and Aschaffenburg in 1886, and served from the
beginning to the end of the war with Prussia. He was
married to Miss Katherine THEIM on the 28th day of
They came to
this country five years later, in April, 1873, and
homesteaded in Nebraska the same year. The settlers in
that part of the country were not very plentiful in those
years and the privations were many, but for 22 years Mr.
LODES and his family made the farm their home, and when
the railroad was built and the town of Howells
established, in 1886, their place, which had previously
been 22 miles from market, was but a half mile east of
Like many others in the spring of 1895, they concluded to
go further south and locate in Oklahoma, and moved on a
farm near Okarche, where they have since resided.
The children one after another, married and left the old
home, with the exception of Henry, who now owns the home
place. The deceased will be remembered as of a happy,
genial and jovial disposition with a pleasant word of
greeting for all, so it is not at all surprising that he
was a man of many friends and that the news of his death
brought with it sincere sorrow to the hearts of many of
the old timers who sympathize with the bereaved family.
He is survived by his wife and nine children, all of whom
are married - George and Conrad of Howells, Neb.,
Michael, Henry, Joseph and Mrs. John BAUSTERT of Okarche,
Peter of Vinita and John of Elgin, Okla., and Mrs. Anna
OTTIS, of Wadsworth, Texas; one brother, John L. of
Scotia, Neb., and two sisters residing in Germany, also
mourn his passing.
The funeral was held on Thursday, Jan. 14, with services
by Rev. STEBER in the Cathholic church at Okarche. On the
same day and at the same hour Rev. BRASS officiated at
requiem mass at Howells, Neb., for the repose of the soul
of the deceased, which was attended by relatives and
friends of that place, the services being held at SS.
Peter and Paul's church where Mr. LODES was an attendant
during the last years of his residence there.
Thus ends the life story of another of the pioneers.
Peace to his ashes.
February 17, 1989 - Died at his home on
February 15, John Long of Union Township. (The Reformer)
March 2, 1899 - William Lowry born July 5,
1831 Jefferson County, Ohio; died February 26, 1899,
caused by apoplexy of lungs. Moved to Wisconsin in early
life and married Miss Laura Hoyt September 8, 1860, who
survives, with 2 children, J. H. Lowry and Mrs. C. P.
Blakely. (The Reformer)
H.L. LUCAS Funeral
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, March 3, 1915.
FUNERAL SERVICES OF H. L. LUCAS.
The funeral services of H. L. LUCAS were held from the
Presbyterian church this afternoon at 2:30, conducted by
Rev. Job INGRAM, assisted by the church pastor, Rev. E.
R. HORTON. Special music was rendered by the church
choir. At the close of the ministers talk the regular
service of the G.A.R. Post No. 2 was held over their
deceased comrade. At the cemetery the beautiful burial
service of the Odd Fellows was conducted by this order.
The attendance was very large members of the Post,
Circle, Odd Fellows, and Rebekah's attending in a body.
Howard Leslie LUCAS was born in Greenwood, near
Harrisburg, Pa., on August 31, 1849. For several weeks he
had been suffering, at times, with his heart and his
death occurred very suddenly while waiting in the
C.R.I.&P. depot, on Monday evening, March 1, 1915, he
having gone there to meet his son who was passing through
on the Fire Fly. Age 65 years, 6 months and 1 day.
When a boy, Mr. LUCAS moved with his parents from
Pennsylvania to Summerset, Wabash county, Indiana, where
he grew to young manhood, attending school and working on
a farm. He was the last surviving member of his father's
family. At an early age Mr. LUCAS showed a strong spirit
of patriotism for his country and at the age of 14 years
he wanted to join the army during the Civil War, and was
rejected several times on account of his age. When the
138th Regiment of Indiana Vol. Inft. was being recruited
at Indianapolis he again offered himself but was
rejected. His patriotism was not daunted at
thus being rejected and he said he had some money and
would buy his way in.
Governor MORTON, while inspecting the
regiment, was told of the lad who wanted to buy his way
in and asked to see him. Following his interview the
Governor told the officers to accept him, as he was so
patriotic. So in this way Mr. LUCAS was enlisted and
mustered in Co. F. 128th Indiana U. S. Vol. Inft. He
served his country faithfully till the close of the war
when he returned to his Indiana home.
On March 5, 1878, he was united in marriage to
Miss Rebecca Van FLEET, and engaged in farming. Some ten
years after his marriage Mr. LUCAS, with his wife and two
young sons moved to the northwestern part of Nebraska,
where they resided until the opening of Old Oklahoma in
1889, when they came with the great rush of people who
made the country, towns and cities of this fair state.
Mr. LUCAS filed on a quarter section two and one-half
miles north of Kingfisher, which place is now owned by
Wm. BENSON and is one of the best farms near Kingfisher.
Following his wife's death on December 16, 1909, he moved
into Kingfisher and had since resided in this city.
Mr. LUCAS was one of the oldest Odd Fellows in Oklahoma,
having been a member over forty years. After coming to
this state he placed his membership with the Kingfisher
lodge. He was a charter member of the G.A.R. Post No. 2
of Kingfisher, which with Guthrie, is distinguished as
the two oldest Posts in the state. During all these years
he has shown the same patriotism which won him a place in
the army - always true and loyal to his comrade brothers,
and taking a great interest in the Ladies Circle of the
G.A.R. For over twelve years he was Post Quartermaster
and faithfully he performed his duties. During these
twelve years Mr. LUCAS kept a record of all comrades
deaths in Post No. 2, and with his name will be written
As a member of the Presbyterian church Mr.
LUCAS was a faithful attendant. He was also a regular
attendant at the Bible class. He was present at both
morning and evening services on the day before his
death. He was held in highest esteem by his pastor,
friends and the entire community.
Mr. LUCAS is survived by his three sons, E. T. LUCAS of
Kingfisher, Leslie H. of Kansas City, Mo., and Cecil C.,
who resides in Wichita.
LUEBKING, Richard Eugene
Compiled, Transcribed & Submitted by Shelley
Richard Eugene Luebking, 78, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006, at his home in Mangum. He was born Jan.18, 1928, in Kingfisher to Henry and Pearl Luebking. He married Rose Mansfield in Kingfisher in 1955. He retired from the U. S. Air Force. He enjoyed fishing and working on old cars.
He is survived by his wife Rose; two daughters, Donna Ducharme and her husband David and Beverly Thacker and her husband Jim, all of Altus; two sons, Mike Luebking and his wife Patricia and Kevin Luebking, all of Altus; a sister, Marie Endres of Akarche; brother, Russell Luebking of Oklahoma City; eight grandchildren, Jeff Hubert, Melissa King, Michael, Mark and Tara Luebking, Brandon, Kirk and Kala Luebking, Justin and Kristopher Ducharme; and five great grandchildren .
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.
Private services will be held by the family at a later date.
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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