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Elaine Stone


Obituaries 1933

Armstrong, H. W.
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.
Stilwell, Bill 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 January 1933.
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 March 1933.
Winberg, Curtis Eugene 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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