|Ballard, James W.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Canyon for
James W. Ballard, 83 year old pioneer resident of Swisher and
Randall County for many years who died Tuesday night at 11:45 at
his home in Canyon. Mr. Ballard, a pioneer stockman and
farmer, came to Swisher County in 1890 in an ox wagon. The old
Ballard home place about 7 miles southeast of Happy was
headquarters for the mail and stage line that ran from Amarillo
to Big Spring. After living in this county for 11 years, Mr.
Ballard and family moved to Canyon in 1901, where they made
their home for the past 37 years. Mr. Ballard was a charter
member of the Canyon Baptist Church. Survivors include his
wife, MRS. J. W. BALLARD; a son, J. R Ballard of Happy; a
daughter Mrs. W. J. Flesher of Amarillo; a brother, T. B.
Ballard of Woodward, OK; and two sisters, Mrs. Eliza Lane of
Hydro, OK; and Mrs. Celiste Webster of Memphis. Funeral
services were held at the family home in Canyon. Rev. O. B.
Herring, pastor of the Happy Methodist Church, officiated,
assisted by Rev. Sam Thomas, pastor of the Canyon Methodist
Church, and Rev. J. R Hicks, pastor of the Canyon Baptist
Church. Burial was in
Dreamland Cemetery, Canyon, under the direction of
Griggs‑Thompson Funeral directors. The Happy Herald,
30 June 1938.
|Bridges, Verlin Jo
Friends here received word last week of the death of Verlin Jo
Bridges, only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. O. R ‑Bridges of Durant,
OK, who formerly lived here. Since September she had been a
teacher in the Tuskahoma, OK school and was returning there
Sunday afternoon when her car hit a concrete bridge killing her
almost instantly. Funeral services were held first at
Durant Tuesday morning, then in the Baptist Church at Ardmore
and burial was in Rose Hill cemetery at Ardmore. The
Bridges family will be well remembered here, as Mr. Bridges was
superintendent of schools here for several years, while Mrs.
Bridges taught in the grades. Mr. Bridges has been connected
with the Southwestern Teachers' College at Durant since leaving
Ardmore 8 years ago.
The Happy Herald, 24 February 1938.
|Burgess, Jessie Claire
Jessie Claire Burgess, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
A Burgess of Colorado City, TX was killed last Sunday afternoon
when the auto in which she was riding overturned near her home.
Besides her parents, Jessie Claire, age 7, is survived by two
sisters, Marjorie and Charleen and one brother Gail, all of
Colorado City. She is also survived by her grandmothers Mrs. S.
J. Burgess of Happy and Mrs. Jennie Ross of Llano, TX.
Relatives from here who attended the funeral last Monday
afternoon were Mrs. J. R. Raymond, John Burgess and Mr. and Mrs.
Jewel Burgess. The Happy Herald, 24 February 1938,
|Smith, Mrs. Ella Agnes
for Mrs. Ella Agnes Smith, 40, who died in an Amarillo hospital
Wednesday night, Feb. 9th from injuries received in an auto
wreck one week previous were held Friday afternoon at 2:00 from
Boxwell Bros. Funeral Home with interment in Memorial Gardens
Cemetery, Amarillo, Rev. H. C. Smith, Methodist pastor
officiating. Mrs. Smith was the
widow of VICTOR A. SMITH. Mrs. Smith formerly was employed in
the business office of the News‑Globe, but more recently was an
employee of the Amarillo Public School system.
Mrs. Smith is survived by two sons, Victor A. Smith, 15; Leon
Smith, 14; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Ratjen of Lockney;
two sisters, Mrs. Ellwood Conoley of Amarillo; and Mrs. E. C.
Singleton, Amarillo, and five brothers, W. C. Ratjen, Coleman;
H. F. Ratjen, Happy; R A. Ratjen, Plainview, A P. Ratjen, Tulia;
and Herman Ratjen, Lockney. The Happy Herald, 17
|Smith, Gerald V.
Gerald V. Smith,
three month old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald V. Smith of Dallas
was instantly killed in a car wreck in Dallas Sunday night. Mrs. Smith is in a Dallas hospital in
critical condition. Mrs. E. J. Smith
of Happy is grandmother of the child, and a daughter, Mrs. W. H.
Fonken left for Dallas Monday morning to attend the funeral,
accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Smith and Oleta Akers of
Amarillo. The Happy Herald, 24 February 1938.
|Springer, Mrs. B. D.
Mrs. B. D.
Springer, 52, was taken in death after an illness of several
months at her home west of Happy, Sunday night at 8:35. Mrs.
Springer had been a resident of Swisher and Randall counties
for the past 16 years, moving with her family from Chickasaw
County, Miss. Mrs. Springer
was born July 14, 1886 in Chickasaw County, Miss. She was
united in marriage Feb. 1903 to B. D. SPRINGER, and to this
union seven children were born, one dying in infancy. The deceased
had been a member of the Baptist Church since the age of 21
and was a member of the First Baptist Church at Happy at the
time of her death. Funeral
services were held at the First Baptist Church of Happy at
3:00 p.m. Monday, conducted by Rev. G. M. Stewart, retired
Baptist minister of Canyon, assisted by Rev. Elroy J. Weikel,
local Presbyterian minister. Interment was in Dreamland
Cemetery at Canyon under direction of Griggs‑Thompson
The deceased is survived by her husband, B. D. Springer, and
mother, Mrs. N. B. Thompson, Drew, Miss.; and six children, Mrs.
C. P. Robertson, Happy; Mrs. S. S. Howell, Canyon; Boyce,
Espanola, NM; Theodore, Plainview, Preston and Katherine, Happy.
She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. John L. Pate, Drew;
Mrs. Nora Nabors, Memphis, Tenn.; and Mrs. A. V. Guest, Memphis,
Tenn.; one brother Finch Thompson, Mantee, Miss. and one
grandchild, Teddy Katherine Powell. The Happy Herald,
18 August 1938.
|Webster, Mrs. John
||Word was received on Wednesday of last week by Mrs. Charles
Spear that his stepmother, Mrs. John Webster, passed away at a
hospital in Chicago. Mrs. Webster had recently undergone
an operation but was though to be improving. Mrs. Spear
was making preparations to visit her in the near future.
Funeral services were held at Terre Haute, Indiana, Friday.
It was impossible for Mrs. Spear to make the trip to Indiana in
time for the funeral after receiving word of her mother's death.
She did not undertake the long trip. Mrs. Webster is
survived by two sons and one daughter; two stepsons and one
stepdaughter. The Happy Herald, 28 July 1938.
|Wood, Alice Ray
Alice Ray Wood,
infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry R Wood, was born July 22
and died July 25 at an Amarillo hospital. Funeral services were
held at Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon with Rev. Sam A. Thomas,
Methodist minister officiating. The deceased was the only child
of Mr. and Mrs. Woods, new residents of Happy. Mr. Wood is the
owner of the City Market and Grocery. Mrs. Woods is still in the
Amarillo hospital but is reported to be improving. The newly made friends of Mr. and Mrs. Wood
in Happy extend to them deepest sympathy in their great sorrow.
The Happy Herald, 28 July 1938.
|Word, C. T.
Judge C. T. Word, 80, prominent
pioneer cattleman and landholder of the Panhandle Plains died at his home in
Amarillo at 10:30 Monday night. In 1890 Mr. Word and his wife came
to the Plains and settled in Swisher County, a short distance west of Tulia
where he secured a few sections of grass and began his career as a cattleman.
After the crash in the price of cattle he moved from the county, but not before
serving as judge of the county in 1891‑1893. At one time he owned over 100,000
acres of ranch land in 6 counties and owned 13,000 head of the finest Hereford
cattle in the country. His reputation as a judge of good cattle spread all over
the Southwest. Funeral services were held from
the Central Presbyterian Church, Amarillo, with the pastor, Dr. E. Thomsen in
charge of services. Survivors include his widow, four sons and two
daughters; Will Word of Clarendon, Miss Lola Ward of Amarillo, Harry Word of
Amarillo, Millard Word of the Bugbee ranch near Clarendon, Walter Word and Mrs.
G. C. Westcoat of Amarillo. The Happy Herald, 20 January 1938.
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