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Elaine Stone


Obituaries 1937

Brooks, Examander Funeral services for E. Brooks, 84, pioneer Swisher County resident were held at Tulia Friday, with Rev. A. C. Huff pastor of the Baptist church in charge. Interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery under direction of Ramsey and Sons Funeral Home.  Mr. Brooks was born Sept. 30, 1853 in Hot Springs County, AR, but came to Texas in his youth, where for 18 months he served as a member of the Texas Ranger force.  He was married to SARAH A. PALMER, March 20, 1876 in Clay County, TX. In 1897 they moved to Swisher County and to Tulia in 1908 where the family has resided since.  For many Mr. Brooks was a cattleman of considerable prominence and success. Later he engaged in the real estate business in Tulia and continued in this line as long as his health would permit it.  Survivors include the widow, five daughters: Mrs. Leona Wright, Coleman; Mrs. W. D. Sullins, Tulia;  Mrs W. A Carver, Vigo Park; Mrs. Maynard Webb, Canyon; Mrs. W. R Crow, Happy; three sons, Earl Brooks, Rifle, Colorado; Ex Brooks, Portales, NM; and M. L. Brooks also of Portales, NM.  The Happy Herald, 3 June 1937.
Brooks, Sarah A. Palmer
Mrs. Examander Brooks, 74, died at her home in Tulia last Sunday following a lingering illness. She had not been in the best of health since the death of her husband several months ago.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. C. Huff, at the First Baptist Church in Tulia, Monday afternoon at 2:30. 
Interment was made in the local cemetery beside the grave of her husband by Ramsey and Sons Undertaking Home. Mrs. Brooks was the mother of Mrs. W. R Crow of Happy. The Happy Herald, 4 November 1937.
Bruening, William William Bruening, 51, well known farmer living seven miles west of Happy, died from a heart attack here Wednesday afternoon at 3:45 at the Farmer's Produce Co.  Mr. Bruening, who had been helping Pete Szydloski in the harvest did not work Wednesday and complained of having a hurting in his chest and shoulders. He had been ill for several days.  The body was taken to Ramsey Funeral Home in Tulia, and will be sent to Nebraska for burial.  The only near relative of the deceased living in this section is a brother, Louie Bruening of Nazareth and a nephew, Adolph Schultz of Kaffir.  William Bruening had made Happy his home for five years. He resided at Kaffir for two years before moving west of town. He did not have a family. He came to Happy from Nebraska.  The Happy Herald, July 1937.
Schaeffer, Miss Sadie Funeral services for Miss Sadie Schaeffer were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday June 23 at Wayside cemetery with Mr. Stephen Shorten, Clovis, N. M. and Miss Eva Thompson of Amarillo in charge. Miss Sadie Bessie Schaeffer was born May 28, 1899 near Piper, Ill. She moved to Randall County with her parents 27 years ago, and to Happy in 1927. She had been in failing health for some time. Those surviving her are: her mother, Mrs. Lizzie Schaeffer, four brothers, George and Emil Schaeffer of Happy; Louis and Al Schaeffer of Amarillo; two sisters, Mesdames W. E. Moore and Robert Bryan of Happy, seven nieces and eight nephews, and one great nephew. Emil Schaeffer, a cousin from Newton, Kansas, was here for the rites. Griggs‑Thompson of Canyon was in charge of the arrangements.  The Happy Herald, 24 June 1937.
Spear, Henry D. Henry D. Spear, 54, of Hazel Bluff, Indiana, a brother of Charles Spear of this city, died at the Vermillion county hospital at Clinton, Ind. Thursday morning, Nov. 11 at 10:20 a few minutes after he was brought there suffering from abdominal injuries. The deceased is survived by his wife, Ethel, one daughter, Mrs. Martha Lautenslager of Chicago; his father, William H. Spear, Kress; three brothers, Cecil of Tulia; Charles of Happy and Herman of Lake View; also two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Spear of Kress and Mrs. Clara Wright of Vigo Park. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spear, William H. Spear, Miss Gertrude Spear and Mrs. Clara Wright left Happy Friday afternoon for Indiana to attend the funeral. The deceased had been a resident of Indiana all his life.  The Happy Herald, 18 November 1937.
Warwick, Mrs. Mattie J. Mrs. Mattie J. Warwick, mother of Clyde W. Warwick, editor and publisher of the Canyon News, died Sunday morning at her home in Montezuma, Iowa.  Mr. Warwick left Sunday afternoon to attend the funeral services, which were held Tuesday afternoon.  Mrs. Warwick was 86 and had spent virtually all her life in Iowa.  She had frequently visited her son in Canyon since he settled here twenty-six year ago.  The Happy Herald, 11 February 1937.
Watson, Mrs. C. F. Funeral services for Mrs. C. F. Watson, 50, of Wayside, who died in Amarillo on August 30 were held at the Wayside Church Tuesday afternoon with Rev. J. W. Partin, pastor of the Happy Baptist Church in charge.  The deceased had been a member of the Baptist Church since childhood.  She is survived by her husband, C. F. Watson and three children, Guy Watson of Wayside, Mrs. T. A. Brooks of Frier, Texas, and Mrs. George Thompson of Amarillo.  Interment was in Wayside Cemetery under the direction of Griggs-Thompson Funeral Directors of Canyon.  The Happy Herald, 2 September 1937.
Wesley, Ronald Gene Ronald Gene Wesley, nineteen month old son of Mr. and Mr. Alvin Wesley, was drowned Saturday three miles east of Happy.  Funeral services were held at 3:30 Sunday afternoon at the Wayside Church with Rev. Charles Odom of Plainview in charge.  Interment was in the Wayside Cemetery under the direction of Griggs-Thompson Funeral Directors of Canyon.  Besides the parents, the baby is survived by five brothers, Charles, Wayne, Delbert, Kenton and Darren Wesley, and two sisters, Lola Wesley and Mrs. Orene Rogers.  The child is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Gatten of this city.  The Happy Herald, 9 September 1937.

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