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MARSH, William

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 Kingfisher Bar.

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 Mutual.

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 or neighbor.

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)

Contributed by:
Gwen Derry Sell
Great Great Grandaughter

MARTIN, Mrs. Mary Lou Anna (CONNELL)

Source: THE KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Monday, December 27, 1943.


Mary Lou Anna CONNELL was born August 8, 1896, in Springfield, Mo.

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 cemetery.



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 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 Venable cemetery.

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.

MCCLURE, daughter

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

Compiled, Transcribed & Submitted by Shelley Lynch

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 Resurrection Cemetery.


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)

MEAD, Mrs.

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 apoplexy.

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



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 Reno.

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. (The Reformer)

MOLES, Mrs. W. W.


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 last.

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 neighbors.

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 1997.
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, 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 friends.

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 Kingfisher Cemetery.

MORTON, Alpha O.


In Memoriam.

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 M.E. church.

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.

MORWEITZ, Augustus

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. (The Reformer)



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, Oklahoma.

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.


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. H.D. TOMLIN.

OGDEN, Charles E.

Source: KINGFISHER WEEKLY FREE PRESS, Thursday, August 22, 1929 - Mortuary.


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 and acquaintances.

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 Kingfisher Cemetery.



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.



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.

OGLE, Elmer

Funeral Held Today For Elmer OGLE, Loyal.

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)

OTT, Marvin

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.




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, 1926.



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 Presbyterian minister.

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.


The remains were laid to rest in Kingfisher cemetery by the side of the Doctor's brother and Mrs. OVERSTREET's mother.

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.


Source: KINGFISHER DAILY FREE PRESS, Tuesday, March 2, 1915.


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.



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 later generation.

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 them.

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 institutions.

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 1910.

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.


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 Kingfisher cemetery.

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- OBITUARY.


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 1919.

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 years.

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 Wadsworth, Kans.

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 officiated.

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)

PEDIGO, George

Source: KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Monday, April 25, 1977

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 at Kingfisher.

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 great-grandchildren.


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 bereavement.


February 16, 1899 - Mrs. Peterson, wife of Peter Peterson, died Saturday. Buried at Centre; leaves 6 children. (The Reformer)

POLSLEY, Christina

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 important committees.

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)

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Ron Grassi

PROUTY, C. Frank


  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)

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Ron Grassi

PROUTY, Winnifred Parker


  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 college.

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.

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Ron Grassi


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)


Source: KINGFISHER FREE PRESS, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, Monday, April 3,

OBITUARY (Courtesy MAUK Funeral Home)


John M. PURSELL was born October 1, 1872, in Elk county, Kansas.

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 reside.

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 me."

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 will.

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 loving father.

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. (Hennessey Clipper)

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. RANDALL.

RASP, Charley Alfred

Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES, Thursday, March 12, 1925.


Charley Alfred RASP

Charley Alfred RASP was born in Marshall county, Kansas, March 16, 1887, and died at El Reno, Oklahoma, March 9, 1925.

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 yesterday afternoon.

RHOADES, Mrs. Lucinda

At Rest.

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. (Kingfisher Times)

Submitted by:
Anton E Goodwin


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)

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Anton E Goodwin

ROBERTS, Billy Linder

Source: THE KINGFISHER TIMES, Thursday, December 27, 1928 - OBITUARY.


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 24, 1928.


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 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 to Morris.

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 researchers.


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