|Armstrong, H. W.
Armstrong, pioneer Swisher County farmer, passed away at his
home in Happy Tuesday morning at 3:00 o'clock. Coming
to this country in 1891, Mr. Armstrong held the distinction
of being one of the earliest settlers of Swisher County.
With the closest railroad nearly 60 miles away, he settled
with his family near where Tulia now is before the county
was organized. Born in Alabama in 1853, he moved to
Tennessee during the Civil War. Later he came to Texas with
the westward movement in 1875, settling at Dallas which was
then a small town. The urge to go
still farther west brought him, with his family, to Jack
County in the early 80's and to Swisher County in 1891. Following the late George Cayler and
Andy Bivins, both prominent pioneers, he bought the farm
near Tulia where he lived until 1926 when he moved to Happy.
Here he lived until his death. While living at
Dallas, he was married to MISS TEXIE VORHIES who has shared his
fortunes for 56 years, eleven children being born to this union. Besides his widow, Mrs. H. W Armstrong,
Happy, he is survived by eight children: Mrs. Lula Ward, and
Mrs. Viola Loftin of Tulia; Mrs. John Lemmons and Mrs. Eva Curb
of Happy; Jim, Duncan, AZ; Harrison, Moriarty, NM; W. E., Happy;
and Fred, Tulia. Funeral services
were held from the Presbyterian Church, Tulia, Wednesday at 2:30
P.M. with interment in Rose Hill Cemetery. Rev. E. B. Fincher of
Amarillo officiated. Pallbearers were
Joe Cantrell, G. G. Hutchinson, Jim Cleveland, Murray Evans,
John Burgess and Fletcher Rogers. ‑ from The Tulia Herald.
The Happy Herald, 2 February 1933.
|Burton, Sam Davis
Coach Sam Davis Burton, athletic director of the West Texas
State Teacher's College, died in Canyon at 9:50 Wednesday night,
a few minutes after he collapsed in the Buffalo Confectionary
while talking with Harry Woods, a clerk in the store.
Twelve years as head coach of the Canyon College ‑the mentor of
the famous Buffalo basketball and football teams ‑ preceded
Burton's death. He was 45. Surviving are his wife, a son
Sam Davis, Jr., and a daughter, Martha Nell. A sister Mrs. Olive
Burton, also survives. Heart trouble was reported as the
cause of death. Funeral arrangements were pending last
night while the body remained in charge of Grigg‑Thompson
Funeral Home. The Happy Herald, 8 June 1933.
|Shepherd, I. H.
Word has been
received in Happy of the death of I. H. Shepherd, 56, brother of
Rev. J. W. Shepherd of Tuscola, former pastor of the local
Methodist church. Mr. Shepherd died January 2 at his home near
Hico, following a short illness with flu‑pneumonia. He had been
engaged in farming for many years. The deceased is
survived by a number of children and also several brothers and
sisters. Rev. J. W. Shepherd and his brother, Rev. B. N.
Shepherd, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Clarendon, were
among the relatives who were present for the funeral.
The Happy Herald, 12 January 1933.
|Sprowls, W. E.
W. E. Sprowls, 36,
Lubbock county farmer, and brother of Ed Sprowls of Happy, died
at the Lubbock Sanitarium, Monday, August 7, at 8:40 p.m. where
he had undergone an operation ten days previous. The end came
unexpectedly as he was believed to be recoveriing rapidly and on
the road to health. Funeral services
were held at the First Methodist Church in Haskell, Thursday
morning at 9:30, conducted by Rev. A. W. Gordon, pastor, with
interment in the family plot in Willow cemetery at that place. Surviving
relatives are his mother, Mrs. R H. Sprowls of Lubbock county;
two sisters, Mrs. T. A. Martin of Bronco and Miss Alma Sprowls
of Haskell; and two brothers, D. M. Sprowls of Phoenix, Ariz.
and Ed Sprowls of Happy. W.
E. Sprowls was a Christian gentleman in the truest sense, having
been converted and joined the Methodist Church when 12 years of
age. He was considered by members of his little community church
as one of their most loyal members. He was devoted to his
mother, for whom he had provided a home during the past nine
years. The Happy Herald, 10 August 1933.
Bill Stilwell, 45,
of Tulia, and a former resident of Happy, who was injured in a
highway accident between Happy and Canyon last week, died in a
hospital at Canyon early Thursday morning. Funeral services will
be held in Tulia at the First Baptist Church tomorrow (Friday)
afternoon at 3 o'clock.
The deceased is survived by his wife. The Happy Herald,
12 October 1933.
|Wesley, Mrs. Elvin
||Funeral services for Mrs. Elvin Wesley of the Fairview
Community were held at the First Baptist Church of Canyon
Wednesday afternoon with Rev. John O. Scott, pastor of the
Calvary Baptist Church of Happy, in charge. Interment was
in Dreamland Cemetery. Mrs. Wesley died at the family home
January 24th at 6:00 p.m. after a short illness. She was a
member of the Calvary Baptist Church and had been a resident of
the Fairview community since her marriage to Elvin Wesley in
August of 1931. The deceased was born in Parker County,
Texas, 23 June 1915. Besides her husband and infant son,
she is survived by her father, J. A. Car, and one brother and
three sisters of Canyon. The Happy Herald, 26
|White, F. H.
||F. H. White, 56, died from a stroke of paralysis at his home
in Dallas on February 20. The deceased wa a son of J.F.
White of this city and made his home here with his family over
twenty years ago on the place now occupied by Ernest White.
Funeral services were held in Dallas. The following
relatives from this place were at the funeral and at his bedside
when the end came and remained for the funeral: father, J.
F. White; brothers, Altie White, Ernest White and W. C. White;
sister, Mr. Emil Schaeffer. The Happy Herald, 2
|Winberg, Curtis Eugene
Winberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Winberg of Ralph Switch, born
March 28, 1933, died April 26 at the home of his uncle and aunt,
Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Cates, Amarillo, Texas. Funeral services
were held from the Griggs-Thompson funeral home at 4 p.m. April
27 with interment in Llano cemetery, Amarillo. Rev. E. Gaston
Foote was in charge of the services. Besides the parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Winberg, the deceased is survived by a sister Patricia
Anna, and a brother Maxwell 2; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. C. G.
Hail of Canyon and grandmother, Mrs. J. C. Winberg of Colorado
and a number of uncles and aunts. The Happy Herald,
4 May 1933.
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