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April 6, 1893 - WILLIAM MARSH DECEMBER 26,1836
- APRIL 2,1893
We passed up the valley, scaled the hillsides
and charged the enemy. We dared death and marched
onto,defeat and victory standing in the balance, we
cheered our command, the battle waged until victory came
and the multitudes applauded our valor, we appreciated it
then, but what is it all to us now.
The aboved addressed to the writer were the
last coherent words of William Marsh, late of
Pottawatomie County, Kansas, who died at the family
residence in this city, corner Fifth and Broadway, Sunday
evening at 6p.m., April 2, 1893.
Deceased was born in Surry County, No.
Carolina, 57 Years ago, December 26 last. (Dec 26, 1836.)
He was the son of Thomas D. and Prudence Marsh. There
were eight in the family and he is the only one dead.
Deceased was married to Sue V. Tarter, who,
with eight children survives to bear the great grief of
bereavement. The children are: Rev. Millard F. Marsh, now
in the Methodist ministry of Kansas Jackson County, R.W.
Marsh and Carie Hiatt, Ashville, No. Carolina, Mrs Lorena
Buckner, Erwin, Tenn., E. Tarter Marsh, a lawyer recently
locating in El Reno near this city, Leonidas, Lacy and
Miss Daisy, residing at the family home. The latter were
at the bedside of the father during his illness. Tarter
arrived Sunday afternoon in time to gain recognition from
his dying father, but to late to receive a word of
farewell. Rev. M.F. Marsh arrived from Kansas Monday and
was present at the funeral. The remaining children were
too far away to be at the last rites.
At time of death Col. Marsh was a Master Mason
of Blaine Lodge No. 327, Pottawatomie County, Kansas,
also a member of McPherson Post No.12,G.A.R.
In deference to request of deceased, no
service marked the obsequies, except a short prayer at
the house, other than the ritual work of the orders. The
funeral was under direct supervision of Kingfisher No.8
A.F.A.M. which order headed the procesion to the grave,
followed by Kingfisher Post No. 2 G.A.R. and this by the
Deceased. a lawyer by profession, was a member
of the reconstructive convention of Virginia, and was
drawn as a juryman to try Jeff Davis. He moved to Kansas
in 1889 and from 1891 to 1893 was prosecuting attorney of
Pottawatomie County in that state, at the expiration of
which term, he came to this city, arriving on the 27th
day of January, 1893.
Among his effects is an honorable discharge
from the Union Army, he having served as a private with a
promoted commision from Gov. Salsbury, of Lieutenant of
Co. L, first regiment Delaware Volunteers.
He had a paid up life policy in the Michigan
The deceased was possessed of more than
ordinary literary attainments. He was a great reader and
garnered thoughts from his readings. As a speaker he was
pleasing and threw such honest candor into his words and
manner that he left always a favorable impression. As a
father, he was infinitely devoted, affectionate and
universally kind, nor was this disposition confined to
his home circle,--he was kind to everybody. He had few
enemies, he deserved none.
Among the numerous qualities that might be
mentioned as characteristic of the late William
Marsh,-not one word could be said disparagingly of him as
a friend, a good citizen, and honest man, a conscientious
advocate. If he had a fault, it was he cared not enough
for himself, he was too self-sacrificing, open hearted
and generous, ready to share his last penny with a friend
This is a brief outline of the late friend, by
one who knew him intimately, and who, save those bound
with closer ties, feels deepest of all, a sadness over
his call from life to the reward of that faith which he
espoused in 1883, and which through the friendly cheer of
the Methodist people and all other christians who knew
him he kept to the end. (The Kingfisher Times)
Gwen Derry Sell
Great Great Grandaughter
MARTIN, Mrs. Mary Lou Anna
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE PRESS,
Monday, December 27, 1943.
OBITUARY - MRS. MARY LOU ANNA MARTIN (MAUK Funeral Home).
Mary Lou Anna CONNELL was born August 8, 1896, in
She was united in marriage January 15, 1913, with Rufus
MARTIN. To this union eight children were born, two
having preceded their mother in death.
Mrs. MARTIN died December 21, 1943, at the age of 47
years, 4 months and 13 days.
She leaves to mourn one daughter, Mrs. Juanita SPARKS, of
Oklahoma City, five sons, Newton and Leo of the home,
Private David MARTIN of Camp Robinson, Ark., Harold
MARTIN of Anson, Tex., and Melvin MARTIN of Apache; four
grandchildren, Harold, Beverly Kay, Melvin and Guy Wayne;
her mother, Mrs. Mattie CONNELL of Shawnee; one sister,
Bessie KNIGHT; one brother, Virgil CONNELL; other
relatives and a host of friends.
Services were conducted this Thursday afternoon in the
chapel of the MAUK funeral home, Rev. G.O. BELL
officiating. Interment was made in the Kingfisher
CARD OF THANKS.
We wish to thank all those who helped in any way during
the sickness and death of our mother and grandmother. -
Melvin MARTIN and family.
MAXWELL, John Alvin
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, December 6, 1928 - OBITUARY.
JOHN ALVIN MAXWELL.
John Alvin MAXWELL was born September 25, 1890, at
Olcott, Reno county, Kansas. The family moved to Loyal,
Oklahoma, at the opening of the Strip, where he resided
until his death, November 28, 1928.
At the age of fourteen years he united with the Methodist
church. He was faithful to his Master, and was ready to
meet Him when the call came.
He was a loyal and loving son and brother and was known
by all as a friend indeed, and was held in the highest
esteem by everyone who was privileged to know him. His
cheerful spirit and pleasant smile were
welcome at all times.
John enlisted in the World war May 27, 1918, at
Kingfisher, Oklahoma, and served as sergeant in the
A.E.F. from September 8, 1918, to August 10, 1919. He was
discharged at Camp Pike, Arkansas, August 19, 1919. He
was a member of the American Legion Post of Kingfisher
and the Masonic Lodge of Loyal.
His father preceded him in death while he was enroute
home from France.
Surviving him are his mother, Mrs. Effie MAXWELL, and the
following brothers and sisters: Clarence, Scott and
Robert MAXWELL; Mrs. Chloe COMER, Mrs. Alice PAGE, Mrs.
Fay NIVISON, Mrs. Cora GLENN and Opal and Ruth MAXWELL.
With the excetion of his brother Scott, who is a
missionary in West Africa, all the immediate relatives
were with him when the end came.
Services were conducted from the M.E. church at Loyal,
Rev. C. O. WIGGIN officiating. Interment was made at the
McCLUNG, Mrs. Cora H.
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES, August 29, 1895
Death of Mrs. McCLUNG.
Died, on Tuesday evening, August 27th, Mrs. Cora H., wife
of W.L. McCLUNG, aged 22 years. She leaves a bereaved
husband and one child to mourn her loss. Her death
occured on the fourth anniversary of her marriage and
within a half hour of the same time of the day.
Her funeral took place this morning from the
Congregational church, and was attended by her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. HAMMONDTREE, her sister, Mrs. Ben BROCKET
and her husband, and many other friends.
November 16, 1899 - Distressing accident
occurred in Otter Township Tuesday morning causing the
death of little daughter of J. C. McClure. Mrs. McClure
and daughter were buggy riding and while going down hill,
the harness broke letting the buggy run onto the horse,
which became frightened and commenced kicking, striking
the child several times which resulted in her death. Mrs.
McClure was badly bruised, not seriously. (The Reformer)
April 6, 1899 - Mrs. McGee, wife of Henry
McGee of River Township, born Scott County, Iowa March
17, 1848; died at her home near Kiel February 8, 1899 of
bronchial pneumonia. Leaves aged husband and family of
children. (The Reformer)
McGINNIS, Dr. Delbert Hugh
& Submitted by Shelley
Dr. Delbert Hugh McGinnis,
M.D., passed away January 7, 2007 at the age of 75 at Mercy
Hospital. He was born November 23, 1931 in Lacy, Oklahoma. He
received his BS degree in 1953 from Oklahoma State University, and
his doctorate degree at the OU School of Medicine in 1957. He
completed his internship at Queens Hospital in Honolulu, and his
surgical residency while a captain in the Air Force. In 1960, after
serving his country, he decided he would 'Sooner' be back home in
Oklahoma, so he started his general practice in Oklahoma City for 36
years. He was a member of the Oklahoma County Medical Society,
Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians, Oklahoma Clinical Society and
the American Academy of Family Practice. He served as Chief of Staff
at Deaconess Hospital, and was board certified in Family Practice.
His passions were hunting, fishing and spending the summers at his
cabin in Colorado. He traveled the world taking many trophies
including a 'Grand Slam' of sheep. He and his wife spent many weeks
every year fishing the lakes of Mexico, bringing home a record bass
weighing 13 lbs. He served as President of the Sportsman's Country
Club. He is survived by his dedicated and beloved wife Dorothy, one
daughter Kathy Scott and husband Rick, four sons, Dr. Michael
McGinnis and wife Jane, Dr. Donald McGinnis and wife Stacy, John
McGinnis, and Mark McGinnis and wife Bonnie. Also, two sisters, June
Sturgeon and Mickey Preston. His pride and joy were his 13
grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm, January 10,
2007 at the Church of the Servant. Interment will follow at
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, August 9, 1951.
Mrs. Mae BROWN of near Loyal has been informed by her
sister, Mrs. Bess RATH of Los Angeles, that their nephew,
Major McKINLEY, was killed in a California traffic
accident two weeks ago.
McKINLEY lived at San Francisco, but was born in
Kingfisher. He was the son of the late Charley McKINLEY,
a former Kingfisher postmaster.
March 23, 1899 - Wm. McKinley born Fulton
County, Illinois January 1, 1849; died March 16, 1899.
Married Miss Emily Shuggart September 30, 1873; 11
children born. Appointed postmaster at this place July
27, 1898. (The Reformer)
February 23, 1899 - Mrs. Mead, mother of W.H.
Mead, was buried last Sunday. (The Reformer)
MEADE, David G.
November 26, 1925 - David G. Meade, 85 years
old, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Rutledge
in Houston, Tex., November 22, 1925, from a stroke of
The remains arrived in Kingfisher on No. 24
Tuesday. Funeral services were held at the Christian
Church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. R.
T. Crowe. The services at the cemetery were in charge of
the Odd Fellows Lodge, of which deceased was a life-long
member. W. H. Meade, John Meade and Mrs. Rutledge were
here for the funeral. (Kingfisher Weekly Free Press)
MEADE, Mrs. D. G.
October 28, 1918 - Mrs. D. G. Meade died at
her home in Hennessey last night from dropsey. Her
remains will be shipped here this afternoon on No. 35.
She is the mother of County Assessor W. H. Meade and John
Meade of this city. The funeral will be held tomorrow
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the cemetery. (Kingfisher
Weekly Free Press)
MEADE (FRANS), Callie Marie
Source: KINGFISHER WEEKLY FREE PRESS, May 27, 1926.
OBITUARY - MRS. DAVID MEADE.
Callie Marie FRANS was born at Rushville, Mo., April 6,
1897; departed this life at Dallas, Texas, May 21, 1926,
age 29 years, 1 month and 15 days.
She came to Oklahoma with her parents when only a small
child at the opening of the Cheyenne and Arapaho country.
She united with the Baptist Church at Kingfisher at the
tender age of 13 years, and remained a true and loving
Christian to the end.
She was united in marriage to David J. MEADE, May 6,
1918. To this union was born one daughter, Betty Jean,
two and a half years old.
For the past four years, they have made their home in
Dallas, Texas. Her father and all her brothers and
sisters were at her bedside when she passed away.
Besides her husband and daughter she leaves behind, her
father, A. S. FRANS; four brothers, R. T. FRANS of Des
Moines, Ia.; W. A. FRANS, Perry, Ia.; C. C. FRANS, Ponca
City, Okla.; C. E. FRANS, Dakota City, Nebr.; and one
sister, Mrs. H. L. JONES, Enid, Okla.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church in
Kingfisher, Sunday, May 25, at 2:30 p.m. conducted by the
pastor Rev. S. H. CASEY, assisted by Rev. Job INGRAM.
Interment in Kingfisher cemetery.
Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. Wm.
ZALABAK, Mrs. Ralph MARLEY, R. M. HATCH and John BENTLEY,
with Mrs. CASEY, accompanist.
Those present at the funeral from out of town were: R. T.
FRANS, Des Moines, Ia.; W. A. FRANS, Perry, Ia.; C. C.
FRANS, Ponca City, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. C. E. FRANS and
two children of Dakota City, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. H. L.
JONES and family, Enid; Miss Arda FRANS, Lawton, Okla.;
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. FRANS, Thomas, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs.
Hardin FRANS, Thomas, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. Milton FRANS,
Faye, Okla.; Miss Stella MEADE, Grand Junction, Colo.;
Mr. and Mrs. CRUTHERS, Enid, Okla.; Mrs. Rose HAYS, Enid,
Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. Roy JONES, Enid, Okla.; Mrs. Sephia
JONES, Enid, Okla.;
Mr. and Mrs. F. A. LUDER, Okeene, Okla.; J. H. BROWER and
son, Okmulgee, Okla.; Mrs. Rex WILKINSON, Dallas, Texas;
Mrs. B. E. HEDGE, Dallas, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Buford
BLAKLEY, Oklahoma City; Mr. and Mrs. Earl COLLINS, El
MILLS, Geo. W.
August 17, 1899 - Geo. W. Mills died at his
home in Excelsior Township Wednesday of this week. He
served through the Rebellion in the 2nd Illinois Cavalry.
MOLES, Mrs. W. W.
From: THE HENNESSEY CLIPPER
HENNESSEY, KINGFISHER COUNTY OKLAHOMA
THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 1926
MRS. MOLES DIED MONDAY AT ENID HOSPITAL
Mrs. W.W, Moles, operated upon August 3, for
cancer, passed away at eight o'clock Monday evening in
the General hospital at Enid. Unfavorable indications
during the day resulted in a hurried call for her
children and almost the entire family were with her when
the death summons came. She was conscious almost to the
Funeral services, deferred until this
afternoon to await arrival of distant relatives, were
held at the Baptist church. Rev. T. P. Haskins, a former
pastor and old friends of the family, afficiated and
interment was made in the Hennessey cemetery. Local
business houses were closed during the funeral. A wealth
of beautiful flowers and a church edifice filled to the
doors attested the sincere regard of old friends and
The deceased had cared for her invalid husband
for many years in addition to raising her family, but she
faced the world bravely without complaint. She shouldered
much of the responsibility of their confectionery and
cold drink business during recent years, and kept the
stand open daily through fair and foul weather. Her death
will bring sincere sadness to the entire community.
Besides her husband, W.W. Moles, she is
survived by seven daughters, Mrs. James Troyer, of
Hennessey; Mrs. Blanche Seede (should read as Thede), of
Tulsa; Mrs. Robert Renshaw and Miss LaVerne Moles, of
Elgin, Mont; Mrs. Omer Magee and Mrs. Faye Wilson, of
Tucson, Ariz; and Mrs. Dudley Frakes of Kingfisher.
Submitted by Mary F. Hentschel
Source: Hennessey Clipper, 1926: Apr. 1 1928: Oct 4; No.
10, page 1, Roll #356-39,
Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma June
NOTE: Oklahoma death certficate states date of death as
Aug. 2, 1926.
MOORE, Clyde Eugene
Source: KINGFISHER WEEKLY FREE
PRESS, Thursday, August 15, 1929 - OBITUARY.
CLYDE EUGENE MOORE.
Clyde Eugene, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey MOORE, was
born February 28, 1927, in Oklahoma City, and passed away
at Clinton, Oklahoma hospital, August 10, 1929, at the
age of 2 years, 5 months, and 11 days. He was sick only
two days with summer complaint. Everything was done to
save him but the Lord said come, and little Eugene
entered into the Land where there is no suffering. He was
reared in the home of an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs.
Clyde LEITNER in Oklahoma City, until a few months ago
when he went to live with his parents at Ceiling, Okla.
He was of a sweet disposition, to know him was to love
him. He leaves to mourn his early going, his parents, one
brother Harold, and a host of other relatives and
Funeral services were conducted at the BRACKEN Funeral
Parlors Sunday afternoon, August 11, at 3:00 p.m.,
conducted by the Rev. Horace F. PATTON, pastor of the
Methodist Congregational Church. Music was furnished by a
duet from the Christian Church. Interment was made in the
MORTON, Alpha O.
THE KIEL PRESS, KEIL, KINGFISHER COUNTY,
OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, APRIL 14,
Alpha O. MORTON was born at Carthage, Mo., Jan. 30, 1868,
and died at the home of A. A. HAMIL, two miles northeast
of this place, April 9, 1904, at 5 o'clock p.m.
The immediate cause of her death was heart failure. She
was attaked by measles a week before her death, but had
passed all danger of *atalities resulting from this
epidemic and seemed to be improving rapidly. However, she
had shown signs of a weakness of the heart and had
suffered several severe attacks of this nature, and it
was to one of these she finally succumbed.
The deceased passed her early girlhood in her native
state, coming with her parents to Cowley county, Kansas,
in 1878, where they lived for three years. In 1881 the
family returned to their former home in Missouri, where
they remained until the early settlement of Oklahoma in
1889, when they moved to the territory and located twelve
miles east of Hennessey, where they have since resided.
She was married to Haden LAWHEAD in 1892. To this union
one child, Hadiline, now eight years of age, was born.
She professed Christianity nine years ago and has since
been a consistent Christian and an active worker in the
The father of the deceased was apprised of her serious
illness and he came at once to see her, but when he
arrived she had passed to the world beyond.
The deceased was a teacher in the public schools of this
county, having taught a six months term in district No.
55, which closed about five weeks ago. She then began
teaching in district No. 62, where she remained until she
was taken ill. She has many friends in this vicinity who
deeply mourn her untimely death.
The remains were taken Sunday to Sheridan for interment.
The bereaved relatives and friends have the sympathy of
all in their sad hour.
March 2, 1899 - Augustus Morweitz born Quincy,
Illinois February 3, 1861; died February 24, 1899, aged
38 years 21 days; married Miss Annie Richardson,
Wyandotte, Kansas, who, with his 5 brothers and his
mother, survives him. He came to Oklahoma in 1889.
Remains taken to former home in Missouri for interment.
MYERS-WALTON, Edna Lenore
Edna Lenore MYERS-WALTON
Edna Lenore MYERS was born in Eldon, Iowa, and passed
away in St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
March 9th, after an illness of six weeks.
She spend the earlier part of her life in Eldon,
afterwards with her parents moving to Oklahoma.
She was married to J.E. WALTON March 27th, 1911, and has
since lived in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.
In her early life she became a member of the Methodist
church and was an earnest Christian worker.
She especially loved the choir work and was always at her
post of duty whenever her health would permit.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, J.E. WALTON;
four sisters, Mrs. G.W. MILLER of El Reno, Okla., Mrs.
K.D. GLOVER of Mempis, Tenn., Mrs. C.A. RIGGS of
Balingham, Wash., Mrs. C.W. WILSON of Clear Lake,
Washington; and one brother, Mr. G.O. MYERS of Cushing,
NESBITT, Mrs. Mary C.
May 5, 1898 - Mrs. Mary C. Nesbitt, wife of
Col. C. J. Nesbitt, postmaster at Kingfisher, died
suddenly at her home last Tuesday. Remains taken to St.
Joseph, Missouri for interment. (The Reformer)
OERKE, William Henry
Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Monday,
November 15, 1943.
OBITUARY - WILLIAM HENRY OERKE
William Henry OERKE, son of Frederick and Mary OERKE, was
born September 16, 1869, near Johnstown, Pa., and died
November 10 at St. Mary's hospital, Enid, at the age of
74 years, 1 month and 24 days.
His parents were early pioneers, settling in Sumner
county, Kansas, on a farm northeast of Caldwell. When the
Cherokee Strip opened on his twenty-fourth birthday
anniversary, he made the run. He farmed his claim in the
summer and attended Southwestern college in Winfield,
Kans., during the winter terms.
On December 22, 1897, while still in school, he was
united in marriage with Miss Laura LONG of Kingfisher.
Following his school preparation he was a member of the
Oklahoma Methodist conference, serving four pastorates.
Because of his wife's ill health, he gave up this
ministerial work and after two years of residence at
Caldwell, Kans., he moved to Wichita, Kans., where he was
affitiated with the Young Men's Christian association
until he moved back to Caldwell in 1926. Prior to his
death he had been in ill health for five years.
On November 20, 27 years ago his wife passed away and was
laid to rest in the Kingfisher cemetery.
He leaves two brothers, John OERKE of Caldwell and
Charley OERKE of Beggs; one sister, Mrs. Rachel BROWN, of
Bristow; one son, Lloyd, of Caldwell; six grandchildren;
other relatives and a host of friends.
Interment was made Saturday afternoon in Kingfisher
cemetery, following a short service conducted by Rev.
OGDEN, Charles E.
Source: KINGFISHER WEEKLY FREE
PRESS, Thursday, August 22, 1929 - Mortuary.
CHARLES E. OGDEN
Charles E. OGDEN was born March 6, 1845 in DeWitt County,
Illinois, and quietly departed this life to his reward,
at his home in Kingfisher at 8 p.m., August 14th, 1929;
age 84 years, 6 months and 8 days.
He was a Civil War veteran, enlisting in Co. F, Ills.
Inf., at the age of 18 years. He served three years. He
was a charter member of the G.A.R. Post of Kingfisher.
July 29, 1867, he was married to Miss Mary A. REEL at
Warrensville, Ill. To this union were born six children,
all of whom are living except William D. OGDEN, who died
at the age of seven years. In 1872 Mr. OGDEN moved from
Illinois to Indiana, where he lived until 1889, when with
his family he came to Kingfisher, Okla., and took a claim
in Kingfisher county.
Mr. OGDEN made a profession of faith in Christ and united
with the Baptist Church in 1874, and through the years
his greatest joy has been his church relations. He was an
ordained deacon. At the time of his death he was a member
of the First Baptist church of this city.
During the past few years he has been in very
poor health and most of the time was unable to attend
Church, yet he has always held his interest in and kept
up with the work of his church. Being a member of the
Home Department of the Sunday School he has faithfully
studied his Sunday School lessons and in this he found a
source of comfort.
He leaves to mourn for him, his wife, Mrs. C. E. OGDEN,
his children, Henry C. OGDEN, Mrs. Ida M. KETCH and
George A. OGDEN of Kingfisher; John A. OGDEN of
Herrington, Kans., and Mrs. Phillip E. POSEY of Boston,
Mass., besides his grandchildren and a host of friends
The family has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire
community. The funeral services were held Friday
afternoon at 2:30 at the Methodist Church, H. T. WILES,
pastor of the Baptist Church in charge. Interment in
CARD OF THANKS
We deeply appreciate your beautiful
expressions of sympathy which were of the greatest
comfort to us in our sorrow.
Mrs. C. E. OGDEN, H. C. OGDEN, Mrs. Ida KETCH, G. A.
OGDEN, J. A. OGDEN, Mrs. Phillip E. POSEY.
VETERAN OF THE 60'S PASSES AWAY
C. E. OGDEN passed away last evening at his home, 201
South Main street, at the age of 84 years. The deceased
had been in failing health for sometime.
Mr. OGDEN was a Civil War veteran and a charter member of
the G.A.R. Post of Kingfisher. He leaves to mourn their
loss, his wife, three sons, Henry C. OGDEN and Geo. OGDEN
of Herrington, Kan., and two daughters, Mrs. C. S. KETCH
of Kingfisher and Mrs. POSEY of Boston, Mass.
The funeral services will be conducted tomorrow (Friday)
afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist
Congregational Church by Rev. WILES, pastor of the
Baptist Church, of which the deceased was a member.
Funeral Held Today For Elmer OGLE,
Funeral service was held this Thursday morning at the
Loyal Methodist church for Elmer Harris OGLE, 88, who
died Tuesday, July 31, at his home in Loyal. Rev. C. S.
McELVANY officiated. Interment was made in Loyal cemetery
under SMITH Funeral home direction.
He was born Oct. 18, 1862, the son of George and Mary
OGLE, at Kent, Ohio.
On Oct. 21, 1888, he was united in marriage with Nancy
Lynn STEVENS. To this union eight children were born.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Frank, Emery, and
Roy OGLE; and three daughters, Mrs. Inez CHALKER, Mrs.
Lula WATSON and Mrs. Viola GROENWOLD, all of Loyal; 24
grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs.
Florence FILLEY and Mrs. Anna GRINDLE of Guthrie, and
others. Two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth MAXWELL and Ethel
OGLE, preceded him in death.
October 27, 1893 - Henry Olivant died this
morning at 5:30 o'clock, aged 60 years, 7 months, 8 days.
Mr. Olivant was born in Northampton, England,
and came to America in 1866. In 1871 he went to McPherson
county, Kansas and from there to Hennessey in April,
1892. Mr Olivant had a very serious illness only recently
and recovered sufficiently to be up and about for several
days. He was taken down again aboaut five days ago, his
death occuring this morning. He leaves three children,
George Olivant of Mulhall, and son Harry and daughter
Mrs. Eliza Frantz, to mourn the loss of a loving parent.
The funeral will occur on Saturday, October 28, 1893, at
2 p.m., from the Baptist church. (Hennessey Clipper)
OSBERN, Alice L.
November 24, 1898 - Alice L. Osbern, born
Henry County, Indiana, September 5, 1859; married Frank
P. Whistler June 21, 1877 in Cadiz, Indiana. In 1886 with
husband and 2 children moved to Leota, Kansas and to
Kingfisher in 1889. Died November 20 of dread disease
consumption. Husband and 2 children, Willard and Charles,
survive. (The Reformer)
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, August 9, 1951.
OTT's Brother Dies.
Albert OTT plans to leave Friday morning for St. Charles,
Mo., to attend the funeral of his brother, Marvin OTT,
who died suddenly Wednesday night of a heart attack.
Source: KINGFISHER WEEKLY FREE
PRESS, May 27, 1926.
DR. OVERSTREET PASSES AWAY.
Dr. J.A. OVERSTREET died at his home in Kingfisher, at 10
o'clock this morning. The doctor had been ailing for some
time, but his death came as a sudden shock to the family
and the community. He is the last of the physicians who
came to Kingfisher in '89. Funeral services will be held
at the home next Sunday.
Source: KINGFISHER WEEKLY FREE PRESS, Thursday, June 3,
PASSING OF AN '89ER.
FUNERAL OF DR. J. A. OVERSTREET DECORATION DAY.
Prominent in Medical Circles Since '89 - Came to Oklahoma
Prior to Opening.
Joseph Addison OVERSTREET was born in Georgetown, Texas,
May 8, 1859, died at Kingfisher, Oklahoma, May 27, 1926,
age 67 years, 19 days.
Doctor OVERSTREET attended Medical College in Kansas
City, Chicago, and Bellevue, Hospital, New York from
which institutions he received his medical degrees.
After graduating from Bellevue Hospital in 1883, he
practiced medicine in Emporia, Coldwater and Goddard,
Kansas, until 1888, when he moved to Beaver county, then
a part of No Man's Land. At the opening of Oklahoma on
April 22, 1889, he came to Kingfisher, and established an
office and here he continued to minister to the wants of
the sick until his death. He was the last of the '89er
physicians in Kingfisher to give up his practice.
He married Miss Ella POYGENBERG in Columbus, Ohio,
October 1 [or 4], 1892, who survives him.
He was the son of Rev. and Mrs. R.M. OVERSTREET, a
Of his immediate relatives there survive him one brother,
Jesse C. OVERSTREET, Anadarko, Okla.; three sisters, May
OVERSTREET, Beaver, Okla.; Mrs. Bruce L. KEENAN,
Talequah, Okla.; Mrs. Frank MacLENNON, Topeka, Kansas;
Mrs. Dr. John M. PARRINGTON, Emporia, Kansas.
Funeral services were held at the family home Sunday, May
30, at 4:30 p.m., conducted bv Rev. R.T. NUNN, pastor of
the Presbyterian Church, before a large concourse of
sorrowing friends and neighbors from all parts of the
county, and amid an immense bower of flowers.
Music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Tom MYERS and Mr. and
Mrs. Jona RUTH.
Pall bearers were: B.J. CONLEY, Geo. E. MOORE, C.W.
SMITH, F.L. BOYNTON, E.U. SLOAN, W.A. MITCHELL.
Honorary pall bearers: J.M. SPEICE, B.C. BRIGHAM, Geo. L.
BOWMAN, J.S. PATRICK, Geo. NEWER, Dr. C.W. FISK, Dr. F.
SCOTT, E.D. BROWNLEE, Earl WALTON, J.E. LARRABEE.
The remains were laid to rest in Kingfisher cemetery by
the side of the Doctor's brother and Mrs. OVERSTREET's
Those present from out-of-town were: Mrs. Frank P.
MacLENNON, Topeka, Kan.; May OVERSTREET, Beaver, Okla.;
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse C. OVERSTREET, Anadarko, Okla.; Mr.
and Mrs. Bruce L. KEENAN, Tahlequah, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs.
J.E. LARRABEE, Hitchcock, Okla.
Doctor OVERSTREET was a man of strong personality and
inspired the confidence of all with whom he came in
contact in either a business or professional way. There
is hardly an old-timer in Kingfisher to whose family he
has not ministered. About a year ago he was presented a
25-year service button by the Rock Island Surgical
Association for his 25 years continuous service as
physician for the company. He helped organize this
association more than 25 years ago, and never missed a
meeting of the Association since its organization.
OVERSTREET, Rev. Robert M.
SKETCH OF LIFE OF R. M. OVERSTREET
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, Tuesday, March 2,
A SKETCH OF LIFE OF R. M. OVERSTREET.
Taken from the Emporia Gazette, we publish an interesting
and partial account of the remarkable life of Rev. Robert
M. OVERSTREET, who in life was well known to many of our
readers, having made frequent and extensive visits here
to his son, Dr. J. A. OVERSTREET.
R. M. OVERSTREET DEAD.
The Rev. Robert M. OVERSTREET died this morning in a
hospital in El Reno, Oklahoma, following a three weeks
illness from bladder trouble. Mr OVERSTREET went to the
hospital in the early stages of his sickness from his
home in Anadarko, Okla., where he lived with his son,
Jesse OVERSTREET and his daughter, Miss Mary OVERSTREET.
The body will be brought to Emporia tonight on train No.
12, and interment will be made in Maplewood beside the
body of Mrs. OVERSTREET. Furthur funeral arrangements
have not been decided upon. Announcements probably will
be made at church services tomorrow morning.
Robert M. OVERSTREET was born in Oldham County, Ky.,
twenty miles from Louisville, December 22, 1826. His
parents moved to Indiana when he was 7 years old. His
father was Samuel OVERSTREET and his mother was Elizabeth
HAWKINS. They had a large family - seven sons and seven
daughters lived to be grown, and all married and reared
families except two daughters, who died in young woman
hood. The ancestry of the family traces back through
Virginia to England.
Mr. OVERSTREET was brought up on a farm in the heavy
timbered country of Indiana in the early days which meant
much hard work and many privations. A common school
education for a boy obtained in such time as could be
spared from the farm in the winter, at most three months
in the year, was by many people considered sufficient.
The three R's covered the course of study. Not many books
were in reach, but they were well read - the Bible,
Plutarch's Lives, The History of the Martyrs, Bunyan's
Pilgrim's Progress, and Arabian Nights composed the
library of the OVERSTREET family.
But Robert OVERSTREET, the farmer boy, after this meagre
preparation, managed to go to college, forty miles from
home. He had to shift for himself, and his struggles to
get the necessary money to pay his
expenses would make an interesting story. He went back
and forth from his home to the college, on foot or on
horesback as occasion offered, and worked every minute of
his vacation to earn his college money. He was graduated
from Indiana University, at Bloomington in 1838. Then he
went to Princeton and was graduated from the seminary of
that institution in 1851. He began his life-work as a
home missionary of the Presbyterian church in Indiana,
soon after his graduation from Princeton.
In 1852 Mr. OVERSTREET was married to Miss Martha M.
BAUGH, of Bloomington, Ind. Mrs. OVERSTREET died in 1905,
after more than fifty years of beautiful companionship
with her husband. The long journey was often a hard one,
amid the privations and the vicissitudes, much of the
time, of the frontier. But the burdens were always
shared, as were the rejoicings and prosperous times that
came to them. They moved to Georgetown, Texas, in 1854,
where they lived for twelve years before and during the
Civil War. Mr. OVERSTREET in a series of articles in the
Gazette a few years ago, entitled, "The Old Texas
and the New," told most interestingly of the
experiences of these twelve years. The journey from
Indiana to Texas was made overland, and the physical
hardships endured by Mr. and Mrs. OVERSTREET and their
young baby, seem almost beyond the comprehension of a
After the war, the OVERSTREETS moved to Baxter
Springs, Kan. The family - there were six children now -
traveled in an ox wagon, and Mr. OVERSTREET drove a herd
of cattle. Following this, there was three years'
temporary abode in Illinois and Indiana, then in 1869 the
family came to Emporia. The family has maintained a
residence here much of the time since, and for two years
Mr. OVERSTREET was pastor of the First Presbyterian
church. Mr. OVERSTREET's work consisted largely in
occupying new fields and building up church organizations
for his denomination.
Many of these new churches he supplied till
they could afford to hire a pastor. Always his pay was
small, and oftentimes he received nothing from the people
to whom he ministered. They were not ungrateful - they
were poor, and the battle with dry weather and hot winds
and chinchbugs and crop failures left them nothing to
spare. Some of the Presbyterian communities which Mr.
OVERSTREET was largely instrumental in forming were Osage
City, Burlington, Florence, Marion, Peabody, Newton,
Burrton, Lyons, Larned, Dodge City, Eureka, Council
Grove. This was an interesting work and one of great
promises, as subsequent history proves. He not only
followed the railroads - many time he was in advance of
But the lure of the frontier again beckoned Mr.
OVERSTREET, and in 1887 he moved his family to No Man's
Land, where he spent eight years much of the time before
law was established in that wild country. In his
experience of rough frontier life, he always stood for
the best things and truest morals and religion, for
temperance, for education, for good citizenship, and with
all his powers promoted them. He took an active part in
the affairs of his state and community, always. He
represented Lyon County, the district including Emporia,
in the legislature in 1871. From that time on to its
enactment he was a staunch advocate of the Kansas
prohibitory law, and lived to rejoice in its enforcement.
He was one of the foremost promoters of the College of
Emporia and always one of its loyal supporters. He served
as a member of the Board Of Education of the city
schools, and as a member of the Board of Regents of the
State Normal, and always was a warm friend of both
Many of the later years of Mr. OVERSTREET's life were
spent on his farm two miles west of Emporia on South
Avenue. This is one of the best small farms in Lyon
County, made from the prairie under Mr. OVERSTREET's
personal supervision. Here he accepted old age
gracefully, maintaining a lively interest in all
important questions of the day. He kept himself informed
by constant and careful reading of the newspapers and
magazines and the best books. He was a strong and
vigorous writer. Much of his writing was published in
different papers and magazines, and for a long time he
was a regular contributer to Sturm's Oklahoma Magazine,
"The Story of No Man's Land," and "The Old
Texas and the New," appeared as serials in this
publication. He went with his son, Jesse, to Oklahoma in
Of the actual hard, soul-wearing work of establishing and
maintaining the College of Emporia through its crucial
period of existence no one did more - perhaps no one
person quite so much - as Mr. OVERSTREET. He gave not
only his strength and money, but he made other men see it
their duty to give.
Of the six sons and daughters of Mr. and Mrs. OVERSTREET,
Dr. J. A. OVERSTREET lives in Kingfisher, Okla.; Mrs. B.
L. KEENAN, in Talequah, Okla.; Miss Mary OVERSTREET and
Jesse OVERSTREET in Anadarko; Mrs. L. R. WRIGHT, in
Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. John PARRINGTON, in Emporia. At a
family reunion on Christmas, 1908, the children with
their wives and husbands, all assembled at the OVERSTREET
homestead, and the occasion was joyous one.
Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, February 27, 1915.
REV. OVERSTREET PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING.
Dr. A. J. OVERSTREET was called to El Reno on No. 23 on
account of the death of his father, Rev. R. M.
OVERSTREET, who had been in the hospital at El Reno for
some time. Dr. OVERSTREET will accompany his father's
remains to Emporia, Kans., for interment. Rev. OVERSTREET
had made several extensive visits in Kingfisher and his
many friends here sincerely regret his death.
The funeral service was held from the residence of Dr.
PARRINGTON of Emporia, Kans., conducted by Rev. W. C.
TEMPLETON, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. An
incident of interest to the family is that the presiding
minister's father and Rev. OVERSTREET were students
together at the theological seminary at Princeton. Music
was furnished by a quartette from the College of Emporia.
All members of
the family were present at the obsequies except one son,
Jesse, who was detained at his home on account of the
illness of his wife.
PARSONS, Edward L.
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, August 9, 1951.
Edward L. PARSONS died Monday in the veterans' hospital
at Wadsworth, Kans., after an extended illness.
Funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the
Kingfisher Christian church. Rev. James BEHLER and Rev.
G. O. BELL will officiate. Burial will be made in
PARSONS came to Oklahoma with his parents, the late Mr.
and Mrs. James PARSONS, in 1900, and located east of
Kingfisher in 1923.
He is survived by his wife, Mabel; two sons, Don and
Laddie, of Kingfisher, and a daughter, Clara June BEARD
of Tokyo, Japan.
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES, Thursday, August 16, 1951-
EDWARD LEE PARSONS.
Edward Lee PARSONS was born Dec. 15, 1895, in Lenoir,
N.C. In 1900, he with his parents moved to Oklahoma and
took a homestead in the Washita river basin near Reydon,
in Roger Mills county. There he grew to manhood.
In 1917, he entered the United States army and served in
World war I. He served with the 36th division, Co. M. He
returned home after his discharge from the service in
On July 13, 1922, he was united in marriage with Mable A.
WELLS. They lived first in Parks, Tex., then moved to
Kingfisher county. They had resided on a farm just east
of town for the past 27 years. To this
union three children were born: Donald Edward, Clara June
and Laddie Lee.
Mr. PARSONS was a member of the First Christian church of
Kingfisher. During his active years he served on the
church board as a deacon. He also served as
superintendent of the Big Four Sunday school for 10
He was an active member of the Masonic lodge in
Kingfisher, and of the American Legion and the Veterans
of Foreign Wars.
Mr. PARSONS had been in failing health for the past few
years. He died Aug. 6, at the veterans hospital in
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Donald and Laddie
of Kingfisher, and one daughter, Mrs. Clara June BEARD of
Tokyo, Japan; his mother Mrs. Alice PARSONS of Reydon;
three sisters, Mrs. Clara
PRIDE of Reydon, Mrs. Fanny BAKER of Durham, and Mrs.
Lula LILIENTHAL of Los Angeles, Calif; five brothers,
Gather Bryan PARSONS of Roswell, N.M., Claude Jethro
PARSONS of Los Angeles, Calif., Willis Howard PARSONS of
Bushland, Tex., Lonzo Davis PARSONS of Whittier, Calif.,
and William Jennings PARSONS of Reydon; five
great-grandchildren, Lannie Eugene BEARD, Diana Leigh
BEARD, Larry Douglas BEARD, Pamela Kay BEARD and Karry
Mac PARSONS, and other relatives.
Funeral was held Friday afternoon at the Kingfisher
Christian church. Rev. James BEHLER and Rev. G. O. BELL
Interment was made in Kingfisher cemetery under SMITH
Funeral home direction.
Card Of Thanks.
We desire to express to our kind neighbors and thoughtful
friends our heartfelt thanks for their many expressions
of sympathy. The beautiful floral offerings were
especially appreciated. Mrs. Ed PARSONS, Donald, Clara
June and Laddie Lee.
PECK, Bettie L.
November 7, 1918 - Bettie L. Peck, widow of
Geo. C. Peck, died at her home in Stillwater, Okla.,
Saturday evening October 30th and was buried besid her
husband in the cemetery there. She died of the Influenza
and complications of age. She leaves three sons, Oliver
T. and Clarence P. Peck, in business in Stillwater, and
Harold L. Peck in service overseas. The Pecks lived in
Kingfisher and on their farm near here for nearly twenty
years. (Kingfisher Weekly Free Press)
Source: KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Monday, April
Funeral Held Today For George PEDIGO, 81
George PEDIGO, 81, of Kingfisher, died April 23 in
Community hospital at Kingfisher. Funeral service will be
at 2 p.m., Monday (today) in the First United Methodist
church with Rev. W.D. GILBERT officiating.
PEDIGO was born May 23, 1895 at Kingfisher. He married
Dorothy NELSON of Enid, April 19, 1920. He was a retired
farmer and had lived in Kingfisher Community all of his
life. He served as a county commissioner from 1957-1967.
PEDIGO was a member of the First United Methodist church
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, of the home; one
daughter, Mrs. Lee (Edna) JOACHIM of Ronan, Mont.; four
sons, Milton (Bud) PEDIGO of Kingfisher, George PEDIGO of
Amarillo, Texas, Robert PEDIGO of Lakin, Kans., and Max
PEDIGO of Woodward; 12 grandchildren and six
Source: KINGFISHER TIMES, Thursday,
December 20, 1906.
Ed PURDUE Victim of a Cave-in Near Huntsville.
Ed PURDUE was killed by the caving in of an old dugout on
the FLICKINGER farm, eight miles west and two south of
town Tuesday evening. His father had purchased the farm
recently and the young man had gone to the old cave to
tear out some old boards. While at work there the
structure caved in and he was buried beneath the rubbish.
Death was evidently due to smothering.
When the boy failed to return home the family became
alarmed about him and a search resulted in finding him
crushed under the walls of the dugout. A dog that was
with him refused to leave him, and did all it could to
attract attention by barking.
Ed was one of the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Frank M.
PURDUE, prominent residents of Huntsville vicinity. At
the time of his death he lacked only about two weeks of
being 19 years of age. He was a strong, vigorous young
man, and one that would attract attention by his manly
and robust appearance. He was a member of the Modern
Woodmen of America, and highly respected and esteemed by
all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at the Huntsville Baptist
church at 11 o'clock Friday morning, by Rev. Martin D.
COATS. The interment will be at Kingfisher cemetery at 2
in the afternoon. A delegation of the local lodge of
Woodmen from this city will be in attendance.
The young man's family and friends have the sympathy of
the whole community in their sudden and irreparable
February 16, 1899 - Mrs. Peterson, wife of
Peter Peterson, died Saturday. Buried at Centre; leaves 6
children. (The Reformer)
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, August 9, 1951.
Christina POLSLEY, 13, daughter of Cecil POLSLEY of
Dover, died Saturday in an Enid hospital.
Rosary was recited Wednesday evening at an Enid funeral
home chapel, and funeral mass was held this Thursday
morning in the St. Francis Xavier church, Enid. Interment
was made in the Calvary cemetery there.
Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Richard GREEN of
Taylor, N.C.; her father; a grandfather, Frank DETERMAN
of Enid, and an uncle Zenon F. DETERMAN of Enid, with
whom she was making her home.
PORTER, Lincoln E.
April 14, 1898 - Lincoln E. Porter, son-in-law
of J. H. Hibbard of Grant Township, was accidentally
killed near Mulvane, Kansas last Friday. (The Reformer)
PROUTY, Charles T.
Feb 24, 1949 - A GOOD MAN
Died at his home in this city at 4
o'clock Saturday morning. Charles T. Prouty, aged 68
years and six months. The funeral services were held at
the Congregational church Sunday afternoon after which
the remains were taken in charge by the Masonic
Fraternity and deposited in its last resting place
according to the ritual of that order.
Members of the Kingfisher G. A. R. Post
accompanied the body as a Guard of Honor. The members of
the Board of Education, of which he was a member,
attended in a body as did also the members of the Grain
Dealers association. Services at the church commenced at
3:45 by the choir singing "Rock of Ages." Rev.
D. S. Bailey, pastor, read some selections from the Bible
and offered a short prayer. Rev. J. H. Parker, a former
pastor and personal friend of the deceased, preached a
short sermon, taking as his text, Acts 11:24, "For
he was a good man." The services closed with the
hymn, "Asleep in Jesus." The family with their
connections, neighbors and friends, filled the church to
overflowing to pay their last tribute to a worthy friend.
Beautiful floral gifts covered the casket and placed on
nearby stands. The Masonic brethern then took charge,
conducting the service according to their ceremonial.
Seldom has so much personal feeling been manifested on a
like occasion or so much sympathy been extended to the
mourning family. Three times since October first has this
family been called upon to lay away a loved member, and
thrice has this church, it's choir and pastor been called
upon to perform their solemn rites.
Colonel Prouty was born July 12, 1840, in
Monroeville, Ohio. In 1858 he went to Carlinville,
Illinois, where in September 1861 he enlisted in Company
A, 32nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry, which was assigned
to the Army of the Tennessee and was in the battles of
Forts Henry andDonaldson, Shiloh and second battle of
Corinth. On account of a wound, he was in a hospital a
long time but returned to his command from which he
resigned later on account of disability. He was brevetted
Lieut. Colonel for his bravery. He was appointed deputy
collector of Internal Revenue and in 1868 was elected a
member of the Illinois legislature. In 1874, President
Grant appointed him postmaster at Carlinville and
reappointed him in 1878 and again he was appointed for a
third term by President Arthur. In 1885 he moved to
Dighton, Kansas, and engaged in real estate business. In
the Spring of 1890 he came to Kingfisher with his family
and this has been his home. He was elected to the Third
legislature of Oklahoma in 1894 where he served on
In 1897 he was appointed Territorial Grain
Inspector which position he held, up to this time. In
1898 he became secretary of the Grain Dealers Association
of the two territories and continued in this service
until his death. He was married at Carlinville, to Miss
Julia F. VanArsdale, who with his two children, Mrs
Alberta Wilkinson and C. F. Prouty, survive him. Perhaps
his greatest service to this family was rendered as a
member of the Kingfisher City Board of Education almost
consecctively for twelve years. His service was given
devotedly but unobstentatively. Prompt and regular in his
attendance for five years president of the board, the
excellant schools of this city and their comfortable
quarterings are largely due to his care and foresight. He
was a public spirited man in every sense, a consistant
member of the Congressional church, and above all, was
dearly beloved by his family for whom no sacrifice on his
part was too great. (Kingfisher Times)
PROUTY, C. Frank
October 8, 1962 - C. FRANK PROUTY IS BURIED
C. Frank Prouty, 80, of 1416 N. W. 34th
street, Oklahoma City, was interred in Kingfisher
cemetary at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22. Frank Prouty came to
Kingfisher in 1889 and was assistant postmaster until he
accepted a position in the field force of a federal
commission, surveying the Indian territory. Following
this, he accepted a position as secretary of the Oklahoma
Grain dealers, which he held until 1938. He succeeded his
father in this work. Mr. Prouty married a Kingfisher
girl, Winnifred Parker, in November, 1898. He will be
remembered by many long-time residents of this community.
(The Kingfisher Free Press)
PROUTY, Winnifred Parker
MRS. PROUTY DIES; WAS DAUGHTER OF
Mrs. Winnifred Parker Prouty of
Oklahoma City, formerly of Kingfisher, died Friday in a
nursing home at Oklahoma City. Private funeral was held
at 10 a.m. this Monday in an Oklahoma City funeral
chapel. Interment was made in the Kingfisher cemetary.
Mrs. Prouty was a daughter of Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Parker,
pioneer local residents. Rev. Parker came here from
Chicago in 1889, under the auspices of the Home
Missionary society, to establish Congregationalism in the
then two-month-old territory. He also for a time served
as county superintendent of schools ans as territorial
superintendent, and was the founder of Kingfisher
The "Echoes of Eighty-nine" book,
published here in 1939, container a paper written by Mrs.
Prouty in appreciation of her father. A parody, also
written by Mrs. Prouty, appeared in the front of the
book. Its words were these: Should you ask me whence
these stories Whence these legends and traditions, With
the conquest of the prairie With the records of endeavor.
With the curling smoke of dugouts And the rush and roar
of wind storms, With their frequent repetitions And their
fierce reverberations- With the drouth and with the dust
storms, With the joy and with the heartbreak I should
answer-I should tell you- From the lives of men and
women- Noble men and noble women- Who have builded
Oklahoma. Who have helped to make its history And who
live today in others, Who are finishing their labors;
Tell of early Oklahoma, Of its settlement and struggle,
And the part our church has taken- In its progress and
successes. But the pages of our history Would be dry and
doleful reading Were it not for memory's story, With its
romance and its legend. Mrs. Prouty's survivors include a
daughter, Mrs. C. O. Burnside of Oklahoma City; a son,
Parker Prouty, of Lubbock, Tex; sisters, Mrs. Emory
(Gertrude) Morgan of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Roy (Gail) Eaton
of Dallas, Tex., Mrs. Guy (Harriet) Camden and Mrs.
Marlow (Grace) Bort of Long Beach, Calif.
PURCELL, Mrs. I. O.
November 7, 1918 - Mrs. I. O. Purcell died
Monday at her home in Okeene of Spanish influenza. She
was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Collier of Kiel.
Mr. Purcell was formerly employed in the Free Press
office here. He is very low with the same disease. Frank
L. Purcell of Oklahoma City was through here today on his
way to Okeene. (Kingfisher Weekly Free Press)
PURSELL, John M.
Source: KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Kingfisher,
Oklahoma, Monday, April 3,
OBITUARY (Courtesy MAUK Funeral Home)
JOHN M. PURSELL
John M. PURSELL was born October 1, 1872, in Elk county,
On December 25, 1892, he was united in marriage to Olive
COPELAND. To this union six children were born, one child
passing away in infancy.
Mr. PURSELL and his family came to Oklahoma in 1901,
locating in Kingfisher county, where he continued to
He was taken to St. Anthony's hospital, Oklahoma City,
where he passed away on March 25, 1939, at the age of 66
years, 5 months and 24 days.
He leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, Olive PURSELL;
three daughters, Mrs. Ora MYERS and Mrs. Elsa WILCOX of
Kingfisher and Mrs. Lee TINDER of Amarillo, Tex.; two
sons, Sam and Russell PURSELL of Kingfisher; 12
grandchildren; a host of other relatives; and friends.
Services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the
Presbyterian church, Rev. S.H. JONES officiating.
Interment was made in the Kingfisher cemetery.
PURVES, James H.
October 27, 1893 - James H. Purves was born
January 15, 1870, in St. John, New Brunswick, and died in
Hennessey, O. T. Oct. 22, 1893.
He united with the Christian church at Antony,
Kansas, in January, 1887, since which he has been a
consistent and faithful member and active worker, and
said at his death: "I must go to God who is calling
He was married to Miss Adda Fyffe, at Anthony,
at Anthony, December 31, 1891, and moved to Hennessey
about three months ago. On the 3rd of September he was
taken ill of typhoid fever and suffered patiently for
seven weeks until death came. His constant prayer was
that he might live for his family's sake if it were God's
For over five years he was in the employ of
Winter & Herzberg at Anthony, and one who served with
him during that time informs us that he was honorable in
all his dealings and possessed the fullest confidence of
his employers and fellow clerks.
He leaves a heart-broken wife and a little son
10 months old to mourn the loss of a kind husband and
The funeral occurred from the M. E. church
Sunday, at 3 p. m. the services being conducted by Elder
R. W. Turner of the Christian church, after which the
body was laid to rest in the cemetery northwest of town.
RAMEY (ALLISON), Jesse Pearl
Jesse Pearl ALLISON was born at
Cameron, MO., August 21, 1875, and died at her home in
Kingfisher, Oklahoma, March 15, 1925, at the age of 49
years, 6 months, and 22 days.
When a year old she moved with her parents to Marshall
County, KS., and in 1891 came to Kingfisher County.
She was united in marriage to Charles W. RAMEY on August
2, 1893. To this union was born 4 children, Bertha
GLAZIER, of Columbus, KS.; Rex RAMEY, of Kingfisher;
Zella May and Mossie Fay, who preceded her in death. Her
husband, C.W. RAMEY, died February 28, 1919.
In the spring of 1920 she was united in marriage to Emmet
C. MARLEY. Besides her husband and 2 children, she leaves
3 half brothers, George and Frank ALLISON of Vici,
Oklahoma; and L.L. PACKARD of Frankfort, KS, and a host
of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the home in Kingfisher,
Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 in charge of Rev. Job INGRAM,
an old time friend of the family, assisted by Rev. TODD,
pastor of the Baptist Church. Interment in Greenwood
cemetery, 10 miles West of Kingfisher.
RANDALL, Mrs. Bert
Mrs. Bert RANDALL Dies At Blackwell.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon in Blackwell
for Mrs. Byra Alta RANDALL, who died last Tuesday at the
home of a son there following a long period of poor
health. Interment was made in the Odd
Fellows cemetery at Blackwell.
Mrs. RANDALL made her home here for many years before
going to Blackwell about 17 years ago. She was 60 years,
5 months and 2 days old at the time of her death.
Survivors include her husband, Bert RANDALL, of
Kingfisher; three sons, Joe of Kingfisher and Charles and
Bill of Blackwell; three daughters, Mrs. Mae GOODBRAKE of
Kingfisher and Mrs. Ruth BUTLER and Mrs. Alta ELLIS of
Blackwell; 19 grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Local persons attending the services were Bert RANDALL,
Joe RANDALL, Mrs. GOODBRAKE and Mr. and Mrs. J.L.
RASP, Charley Alfred
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES, Thursday, March
Charley Alfred RASP
Charley Alfred RASP was born in Marshall county, Kansas,
March 16, 1887, and died at El Reno, Oklahoma, March 9,
He came with his parents to Oklahoma in 1893.
He was married to Gladys WOOD in 1910. To them were born
four children, one of whom died in infancy.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife; three children,
Alfred age 14, Helen age 11, and Thelma age 6; four
brothers; besides other relatives and a host of friends.
The funeral was held at the M.E. church at 2:30 o'clock
RHOADES, Mrs. Lucinda
Mrs. Lucinda RHOADES, widow of Abram RHOADES, died at
Calumet, Oklahoma, August 27, 1906.
Mrs. RHOADES being a former resident of Hennessey, her
remains were brought here for interment, arriving on the
5:43 train Tuesday evening, and being taken directly to
the City Cemetery, where interment was made. Rev. C. M.
CLINE, of the Baptist church, officiated.
March 23, 1899 - Mert Rickey shot and killed
by Annie Bower, alias Greenfield. (The Reformer)
September 28, 1899 - Died Sunday, 14-month old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. Ridgley. (The Reformer)
RIVERS, Emma Miller
July 3, 1930 - Emma Miller Rivers was born
Dec. 5, 1861, at Clinton, Henry county, Missouri. She
passed away at her home in Kingfisher, June 27, at 4 a.m.
Age 68 years, 6 months and 22 days.
September 5, 1879, she was married to John Walter Rivers
in Henry county, Mo. To this union was born five
children, all of whom are living.
When a young girl she professed faith in
Christ and united with the Presbyterian church in Mo. In
1892 the family moved onto a farm near Omega, Oklahoma,
where she united with the Congregational church. In 1897
she came to Kingfisher and placed her membership with the
Congregational church of this city, of which church she
was a devoted member at the time of her death.
She was a true, devoted, loving wife and
mother. She was always happiest when rendering some
service to others, considering it a privilege to help
those who might need her assistance.
Her husband preceded her in death some years
ago. She leaves her aged sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Ward, of
Kingfisher; three brothers: Dr. T. C. Miller of Ash
Grove, Mo., Lank Miller of Lowry City, Mo., John Miller
of Clinton, Mo.; five children: Mrs. Hettie Smith of
Joplin, Mo., Mrs. Mary Kordis of Hennessey, Okla., Chas.
and Euel Rivers of Kingfisher, Okla., and Mrs. Ruby
Walker of Hutchinson, Kansas, besides 22 grandchildren
and many other relatives, and a great host of friends who
will long miss her from their lives.
Funeral services were held Sunday at 4 p.m. in
the Methodist-Congregational church. H. T. Wiles
conducted the service. Burial in Kingfisher cemetery.
Anton E Goodwin
RIVERS, John W.
March 28, 1918 - John W. Rivers was born at
Clinton, Henry County, Mo., April 18, 1857, and died at
his home in Kingfisher, Okla., March, 23, 1918, being
sixty-one years and twenty-five days old. He united with
the Congregational church at Otter, Oklahoma., in the
year 1892 and transferred his membership to Kingfisher
nearly sixteen years ago, and has been a faithful member
to the time of his death. (Kingfisher Free Press)
Anton E Goodwin
ROBERTS, Billy Linder
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES,
Thursday, December 27, 1928 - OBITUARY.
BILLY LINDER ROBERTS.
Billy Linder ROBERTS, born October 27, 1917, at
Sacramento, California; died at El Reno Sanitarium after
a very short illness, December 20, 1928; age 11 years, 1
month and 23 days.
He was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. ROBERTS. He
leaves to mourn his loss his mother, father and younger
brother, George Herbert, all of Fresno, California; one
uncle, Albert G. LINDER, of Kingfisher, Okla., and aunt,
Mrs. Ray SHEPHERD of Cincinnati, Ohio; his grandmother,
Mrs. Lena E. LINDER of Kingfisher, Okla., and uncle and
aunt, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. ROBERTS of Fresno, California.
For the past eighteen months he has made his home with
his uncle, Albert, and Grandmother LINDER, near Omega,
Okla. He was a bright little lad, and all who knew him
loved him. Interment in the Kingfisher cemetery, December
February 17, 1898 - Died February 6, 1898 at
the home of his son Mr. John Robinson, Mr. Edmond
Robinson. Born Warwick County, Indiana 1831; died 1898
aged 67 years. 7 children born; wife and 2 boys survive.
Member Baptist Church 52 years. Served in Civil War,
member of Grand Army. (The Reformer)
ROYSE, Mary Belle (STINER)
Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES, Thursday,
December 9, 1937.
MARY BELLE ROYSE - Obituary.
Mary Belle STINER was born December 30, 1875, in Vienna,
Austria, and passed away December 4, 1937, at Morris,
Okla., at the age of 61 years, 11 months and 4 days.
When she was less than one year old her parents moved to
America, in 1876, settling at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Later
they moved to Newton, Kansas, and then to a farm in Kiowa
county, Kansas, where she grew to womanhood.
In 1893 she came with her parents to Oklahoma. In 1894
she was united in marriage to James E. ROYSE of
Kingfisher. They homesteaded eight miles west of
Kingfisher and lived in that community for many years.
From Kingfisher they moved to Atoka and later
As a young woman she was converted and joined the
Congregational church. Later she transferred her
membership to the Methodist church and was a devoted
member at the time of her death. Always an active worker
in church affairs, she was regular in attendance while
her health permitted. She would be found at the prayer
meeting services; she taught in the Sunday school, and
did her part in the work of the
Ladies Aid Society.
She carried her Christianity into her home and
out among all with whom she came in contact. Her friends
and neighbors knew her as a Christian gentlewoman. Always
ready to help in time of sickness or trouble, she will be
remembered for her many kindly deeds and loving spirit.
She is survived by her husband and three children born to
them, E.E. ROYSE of Woodburn, Ore., James F. ROYSE of
Pasadena, Calif., and Mrs. Bessie BIXLER of Schenectady,
N.Y.; one brother, Frank I. STINER of Kingfisher; four
sisters, Mrs. G.W. CHRISTIAN, Mrs. Anna WHITCHURCH and
Mrs. Rudolph CHLOUBER, all of Kingfisher, and Dr. Emma
BROWER of Okmulgee.
RUDD, Dee C.
April 6, 1899 - Dee C. Rudd bonr near
Carrollton, Arkansas December 19, 1872; died at home of
his parents near Wandel Saturday March 11, 1899, after
week's illness of pneumonia. Funeral at Wandel Church
with burial Bird Creek Cemetery. Leaves father, mother, 4
brothers, a sister to mourn his loss. (The Reformer)
RUHL, Mrs. Dr.
June 1, 1899 - Died at Omega May 25, Mrs. Dr.
Ruhl of congestive remittant fever in her 59th year.
Leaves 9 children and her husband. Burial Bird Creek
Cemetery. (The Reformer)
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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