Josh Messenger was born January 25, 1860
in Putnam County, Tennessee.
After he was grown, he moved to Sherman, Texas, where he served
as a deputy sheriff for six years. An unusual thing about this sheriff
was that he rode a bicycle to bring in his prisoners. His Hawthrone bicycle
had a stand specially made for the prisoners to stand on. He would handcuff
them and have them put their hands on his shoulders. In 1894 while he was
deputy, two men were to be hanged. One of them was named Carlyle and the
other was Lutrell. They had killed a blacksmith in Sherman. One of them
owned some solid gold cuff-links. Because Josh had been kind to him while
he was on death row, he gave him the cuff-links.
In the year of 1930, Lacy Bell, a dentist,
pulled all Josh's teeth and made him a set of dentures in exchange for
the gold cuff-links.
Viola Endora Hughes was born February 2,
1877. She and Josh Messenger were married in Sherman in January 1898. In
April of 1900 they moved to what was called the Old Greer County, by way
of covered wagon. With them they brought their first-born, William Hughes
Messenger. The other nine children were born on the old home place which
was four miles north, 2 miles east and one-half mile north of Gould, Oklahoma.
The nine children born here were Earla, Mary Elizabeth, Rex Lee, Lawrence,
Vestel, Alford Ex, Sam, Virginia, Carl Henry.
They are Vestel, who lives in Dimmit, Texas, Earla Wade lives in
Dunsmere, California, Virginia lives in Amarillo, Texas, and Sam in Hollis.
Viola Endora Messenger passed away Mary
11, 1940 and Josh, August 8, 1942.