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Obituaries 1930

Adams, Calvin

Calvin Adams was rushed to the Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo after an auto accident 2 miles west of Canyon Saturday afternoon about 3:45, where he died about 8 o'clock Saturday night.  The Happy Herald, 19 December 1930.

Bell, Barclay T. Funeral services for Barclay T. Bell, 80, who died Tuesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. S. Ireland, at Hereford were held there this afternoon. Although Mr. Bell had been in ill health for a number of years, the direct cause of his death was attributed to an attack of appendicitis and other complications.  Mr. Bell who was a pioneer resident of the Panhandle, was well known in Canyon. He was the father of Mrs. Harvey Cash of this place. For a large part of the time in the past few years he and Mrs. Bell have made their home in Canyon with Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Cash and family.  Mr. Bell and family moved to the Panhandle in 1895 and settled in Castro County. He was a son of James H. Bell, former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, and grandson of Josiah H. Bell, member of the Stephen F. Austin colony in early Texas history.  Besides his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Ireland and Mrs. Cash, he is survived by six sons. They are: Allen Bell, Hereford; Grayson Bell, Lubbock; Jim Bell, Barclay Bell Jr. and Calvin Bell, all reside in California, and Albert Bell lives in Missouri. He is also survived by a number of grandchildren.  The Happy Herald, 1 August 1930.
Bonnington, Virgie Maynard Mrs. Leroy Bonnington of Seminole, OK, formerly Miss Virgie Maynard, who at one time made her home in Happy, died last Saturday morning at 1 o'clock of blood poisoning. Funeral services were held in Seminole at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon and interment was made in the Seminole cemetery.  Mrs. Bonnington will be remembered by many friends here. She was a member of the graduating class of 1925 and lived in Happy three years.  She is survived by her husband and baby, her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Maynard of Seminole, OK; two brothers, Harley Maynard, Happy; Dyer Maynard, Dimmitt; a sister, Mrs. Welsh of Dimmitt. All were present for the funeral.  The Happy Herald, 25 April 1930.
Staggs, E. E. Staggs was born in Mississippi, July 18, 1842, and died at the home of his son C. B. Staggs at 11 o'clock Wednesday night, May 14, 1930. At the age of 24 Mr. Staggs joined the Baptist Church and for 64 years was a faithful servant of God. A number of years of his young manhood were spent in Arkansas. In 1867 Mr. Staggs settled in Gatesville, Texas, where he was married to MISS LUCY HAWKINS. To this happy union were born 10 children, nine of whom survive their father. Three of his sons live in the vicinity of Happy. Five sons sat by the bedside of their father at his death. He had been a resident of Texas for 64 years. With his passing, one more old Civil War veteran added his name to the fast‑growing list, as he served four years under Gen. Robt. E. Lee. Twenty years ago, Mrs. Staggs died. Since her death he has traveled life's rocky way alone. The past six years of his life he made his home with his son, C. B. Staggs, who lives 10 miles west of Happy. He leaves 38 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church at Happy by Rev. T. D. Sumrall.  The Happy Herald, 23 May 1930.
Witt, C. E. A very tragic accident occurred about 7 miles east of Happy Monday evening near 9:45 o'clock, when C. E. Witt, 77 met instant death. Mr. Witt, who was driving a Ford sedan, had a head‑on collision with a Curry truck. Mr. Witt, whose home is in Norton, was up here to attend to the harvesting of his wheat crop east of Happy. He was returning to town from his farm when the fatal accident occurred. The body, badly mangled, was brought to the Williams Undertaking. An ambulance from Norton arrived Tuesday to take the body back there for burial. Mr. Witt is known here to a large number of people who were sadly shocked to learn of his death. He is survived by his widow, several sons and daughters, also a number of grandchildren.  The Happy Herald, 20 June 1930.

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