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Obituaries 1940

Allen, R. T. (Dick) Word has been received here that R. T. (Dick) Allen, 74, a former resident of Happy, died at the home of Dr. and Mrs. F. Q. McElroy in Mena, AR Saturday, November 30. He had been in failing health for some time.  Mr. Allen who was a brother of Mrs. McElroy, had made his home with his sister and Dr. McElroy for more than 40 years. The family lived in Happy for 16 years prior to 1924.  The Happy Herald, 5 December 1940.
Ball, A. C. Funeral services for A. C. Ball, 77, were conducted by Rev. Uel D. Crosby, assisted by Dr. W. H. Clark, at the First Methodist Church at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.  Mr. Ball was born October 21, 1862 at Farmers Branch, TX in Dallas County. He attended school in Piano, Collin Co. TX. In 1887 he was married to EMMA J. POINDEXTER who preceded him in death September 12, 1901.  To this marriage seven children were born, five of whom survive. They are Mrs. W. L. Ford, Plainview; H. E. Ball, Canyon; M. C. Ball, Long Beach, CA; Mrs. Herman Houston, Monahans; and F. R. Ball, Tulsa, OK.  In July of 1933 the family moved to Tulia where Mr. Ball has resided until his death Tuesday. He was a member of the Methodist Church since his early boyhood with present membership at Krum, TX.  Other survivors are Mrs. Jennie Ball, his wife, and his five children; two brothers, R J. Ball, Justin, TX; and seven grandchildren.  Interment was made in the Canyon cemetery with the Wallace Funeral Home in charge.  The Tulia Herald, 25 January 1940.
Bauer, Anna Rebecca Jane Dietrich Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Rebecca Jane B Bauer, wife of J. J. Bauer, will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2:30 in the Happy Methodist Church with Rev. F. T. Sager, Lutheran minister of Slaton officiating.  Interment will be in the Happy Cemetery under direction of Blackburn‑Shaw of Amarillo.  Mrs. Bauer, pioneer resident of Randall County, died at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at the family home five miles north of Happy following an extended illness.  Anna Rebecca Jane Dietrich was born in Marion County, Iowa, September 29, 1866. When she was a small child her family moved to Richardson County, NE. She was a member of the Lutheran Church. She married J. J. Bauer on February 16, 1888 at Falls City, NE. Eleven children were born to this union. One child died at the age of three years.  Mr. and Mrs. Bauer moved with their family to Randall County from Nebraska in the fall of 1908.  Survivors besides the husband are five sons, C. W., F. H., E. J., I. L., and Clarence Bauer, all of Happy; two brothers, C. E. Dietrich of Tulia and J. H. Dietrich of Falls City, NE; and a sister, Mrs. Junia Smith of Chandler, OK.  The Happy Herald, 2 May 1940.
Behrends, Anna Catherine Funeral services were held in the Kress Methodist Church at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon for Mrs. Anna Catherine Behrends, 72, who died Thursday afternoon at her home two miles west of Kress after several months illness. She has resided in Swisher County since 1910.  Rev. C. A. Gaertner, pastor of the Plainview and Kress Lutheran churches officiated. Burial was made in Kress Cemetery. She was buried beside her husband who died in March of 1938. Mrs. Behrends was born in Germany on Marcy 18, 1868, and came to the United States the next year, settling with her parents in Pachantas County, Iowa. She had been a member of the Lutheran church 57 years.  Eight children survive. They are: Mrs. Grace Saathoff and Mrs. Mattie Ricklif of Gilmore City, Iowa; Mrs. Lydia Sjogren of Kress; Mrs. Anna Mosely of Hobbs, NM; Henry G. And Andrew Behrends of Hereford; Rank Behrends of Kress; and George Behrends of Dimmitt. There are 23 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The following sisters survive: Mrs. George Assing, Mrs. Fred Carson, and Mrs. B. Seifkin of Gilmore City, Iowa; Mrs. Lydia Willard of Rolf, Iowa; and Mrs. Henry Weimers of Palmer, Iowa.  The Tulia Herald, 11 April 1940.
Bicknell, J. Y.

J. Y. Bicknell, 78, father of Alec Bicknell of Happy, died at his home in Oakland, California Sunday morning.  On receiving word of his father's serious condition, Alex Bicknell left for California Saturday but did not reach Oakland until after his father had passed away. Funeral services were held in Oakland Tuesday. Mr. Bicknell had been in failing health for several months.  He is survived by his widow, two sons, two daughters, Will Bicknell of Oakland, Alex Bicknell of Happy; Mrs. Albert Walker of Springfield, MO and Miss Ruth Bicknell of Roseville, CA and nine grandchildren.  Mr. and Mrs. J. Y. Bicknell moved to Oakland twelve years ago from Hale County where they lived for eleven years. The Happy Herald, 2 May 1940.

Billington, Walter Scott Final respects will be paid Walter Scott Billington in services to be held at the Church of Christ at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Earl Cantrell will conduct the rites.  Death came suddenly early Wednesday morning at the farm home four miles east and two miles south of Tulia, and resulted form a heart attack. Billington was 68 years, 1 month, and 20 days of age at the time of his death.  He was born in Tarrant County May 6, 1872. He was married to Miss Ella May Honea and to this union were added seven children, all of whom survive. They include Ava Glenn of Duke, OK; E. S. Billington of Tulia, N. W. Billington of Olustee, OK; Irene Boswell of Burkburnett, Zora Campbell of Tulia; A. M. (last part mutilated).  The Tulia Herald, 27 June 1940.
Bird, S. A.
Funeral services for S. A. Bird, 92, were conducted at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the Center Plains Church with Rev. W. A. Hitchcock officiating. Burial was in the Center Plains cemetery. Bird, a retired farmer and stockman, had lived in Hale County near the Center Plains community since 1902. He died yesterday morning after two years illness. Bird was born at Old Fort, NC November 15, 1848.  His widow, three sons, Burgin of Hale Center, Arthur of Elida, NM, Carroll of Hale Center, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren survive.
Blackerby, Henry Albert Services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Kress Baptist Church for Henry Albert Blackerby, 9 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. A. A. Blackerby of that community. Rev. A. L. Shaw, Lockney Baptist minister, officiated at the rites.  The youth was born July 16, 1930 at Whitfield and died Sunday in a Plainview hospital following an illness of several weeks. Survivors include his parents, a sister, Miss Julia Mae Blackerby, and a brother, Walter Blackerby, all of Kress; his grandparents, Mrs. Maggie Bramley and J. N. Bramley and a grandmother, Mrs. H. H. Blackerby, Weatherford.  Pallbearers were Bill Durham, Roy Stambaugh, Floy Foster, Theo Strain, Alvin Foster and Jim Durkam. Flower bearers were Winnie Earle Blackerby, Elsie Durkam, Dorothy Bramley, Laureta Stambaugh, Mildred Foster, Alene Foster, Madelene Blackerby, Margie Durham, and Wayne Bramley.  The Tulia Herald, 15 February 1940.
Boehning, Raymond P. W. G. Boehning of Tulia attended the funeral services of his brother, Raymond P. Boehning, in Canyon Tuesday afternoon of last week. The relative's death came as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident. He was 43 years of age. Services were held in the Canyon Church of Christ and burial was made in the Canyon cemetery.  W. G. Boehning of Tulia attended the funeral services of his brother, Raymond P. Boehning, in Canyon Tuesday afternoon of last week. The relative's death came as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident. He was 43 years of age. Services were held in the Canyon Church of Christ and burial was made in the Canyon cemetery.  The Tulia Herald, 26 September 1940.

Bowman, Nelda Jo Ann Two cars and a truck collided on the highway 5 miles north of Happy Sunday night, resulting in the death of two persons.  The dead are Nelda Jo Ann Bowman, 13, and Tommie Coston, 31, both of Amarillo.  The Happy Herald, 7 November 1940.
Boyd, J. E. J. E. Boyd, 68, passed away at his home here Wednesday afternoon following a serious illness of two years. He had been in failing health since 1935 at which time he retired from active work as a farmer.  Funeral services will be held in the Methodist Church Friday afternoon at 2:30 with Rev. H. C. Smith of Amarillo officiating and Rev. R. R. Gilbreath, pastor, assisting. Arrangements are in charge of Blackburn Shaw Funeral Home, Amarillo, where the body will be in state until time of the funeral. Burial will be in Happy cemetery.  Mr. Boyd was born August 9, 1871 in Franklin County, MO. At the age of 8 years he came to Texas with his parents and settled at Decatur in Wise County. He was married to MISS BERTHA COOK January 11, 1894. The Boyd family moved to Happy 15 years ago.  He is survived by his wife, and 10 children, 5 sons and 5 daughters. They are: Mrs. I. C.Brown of Hobbs, NM; Henry and Thomas Boyd of McLean; Mrs. Luty Fortner of Kellerville; Lacy Boyd of Seagraves; Mrs. P. A. Crane of Memphis, Phillip Boyd of Hobbs, NM; Gaines Boyd and Mrs. S. M. Smith of Wichita Falls; Mrs. Woodrow Wesley of Happy; one brother Isaiah Boyd of Shawnee, OK, age 83; Isiah is the only surviving member of a family of 12 children. Other survivors are 16 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Other relatives present for the funeral were: W. E. Cook and J. J. Cook of Littlefield, brothers of Mrs. Boyd; Mrs. J. H. Cook, a sister‑in‑law and daughter Miss Velma Cook of Lubbock.  Three children preceded Mr. Boyd in death; Isaiah age 8 months; Faye age 10 years; and Ollie age 19 yrs.  The Happy Herald, 6 June 1940.
Scott, Mrs. Fred Last rites for Mrs. Fred Scott, sister of J. T. Scott, Tulia, were conducted at the Baptist Church at Canyon by Rev. Johnson Monday. Mrs. Scott, for 20 years a resident of Canyon, died Saturday night. She is survived by one brother, J. T. of Tulia, two sisters, Mrs. Albert Bivens and Mrs. Bill Lane and five sons, including Dick Scott of Memphis.  The Tulia Herald, 12 December 1940.
Seaman, Henry Henry Seaman, a city employee of Tulia, was killed at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning when a set of tree trimmers with which he was working at the municipal building came in contact with a 2,300 volt line. Seaman, about 55, had received a direct electric shock as he stood on damp ground. Funeral services will be held in the First Baptist Church of Silverton Friday afternoon. Survivors include the wife, two daughters, Mrs. Tom Walker of Amarillo; and Miss Genevieve Seaman of Tulia; one brother, C. C. Seaman of Roff, Okla., and one half brother Marion Seaman of Las Vegas, N. M.; one sister, Mrs. H. P. Richards of Cash, Okla.; and a brother‑in‑law, Hiram Sweeney.  The Happy Herald, 8 August 1940.
Simmons, Mrs. E. F.
Funeral services for Mrs. E. F. Simmons, 67, pioneer resident of Swisher County, who died Nov. 27 were conducted at the First Baptist Church Friday by Rev. Clint Malone of Plainview, assisted by Dr. W. H. Clark, Rev. Walter G. Horn and Rev. Lester Davis. Interment was in Rose Hill cemetery. Mrs. Simmons, 29 years a resident of this county, died in a local hospital after a short illness. She lived in northwest Tulia. Surviving are her husband, three daughters, Mrs. H. S. Sarchet, Mrs. Cecil Simpson, of Tulia; two sons, W. T. of Huntsville and O. P. of Amarillo; five sisters, Mrs. W. T. May of Vigo Park, Mrs. A. T. Rogers and Mrs. Hattie McNabb of Fort Worth, Mrs. A. H. Lindsey of Los Angeles and Mrs. H. A. Lawrence of Halstead, Kansas; two brothers, Charlie Ingram of Electra and Eldea Ingram of Arizona.  The Tulia Herald, 5 December 1940.
Smith, E. J. E. J. Smith, 85, resident of the Panhandle for the past 30 years died at his home in Happy early Monday morning after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held at 2:30 Tuesday at the Happy Church of Christ with Luther Roberts, minister of the Central Church of Christ in Amarillo officiating. Interment was in Happy cemetery under direction of Griggs‑Thompson funeral home of Canyon. >Mr. Smith was born Feb. 21, at Des Moines, Iowa, and came to Texas as a young man. He and Mrs. Smith were married at Valley View, Texas, 55 years ago. They came to the Panhandle in 1910 and had lived in and near Happy most of that time with the exception of a few years spent in Amarillo. He was a member of the Church of Christ and had a hand in building of the local church a number of years ago. Survivors include his widow and the following sons and daughters: H. Earl Smith of Sarcy, Ark.; Sim C. Smith of Hachita, NM; Mrs. W. H. Fonken of Happy; Gerald V. Smith of Dallas; Mrs. L. E. Smith and Mrs. Tom Akers of Amarillo.  The Happy Herald, 19 December 1940.
Smith, Hugh
Hugh Smith, a former resident of Swisher County, passed away Monday afternoon, Nov. 11 at Donna, TX. Mr. Smith was born in Winston County, Mississippi, August 29, 1872. He was 68 years, 2 months and 13 days old. He was converted at Mountain Air, NM in 1923, and united with the Baptist Church there. While in this county he was a member of the Kaffir Baptist Church. At the time of his death he was a member of the Alamo Baptist Church. To grieve his departure he leaves his wife, Mrs. Hugh Smith, of Donna, and four children; O. B. Smith of Beeville; Mrs. C. T. Childs of San Angelo; Mrs. Homer Bates of Happy, and E. B. Smith of Albany, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.   The Happy Herald, 21 November 1940.
Snowberger, A. C. Funeral services for A C. Snowberger, well known local resident, were held at the grave in Happy cemetery Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. The death occurred Wednesday night from a heart attack. A. C. Snowberger was born near Bellevue, Tenn. in Sept. 1866. His mother and father died when he was an infant He was reared by an uncle and aunt and came to Texas as a young man. In 1885 he settled near Moody in McLennan county and from that time and until up until about a year ago, he made his home with different members of the J. P. Sims family, coming to Happy with them in 1920. For the past year Mr. Snowberger had lived alone. The only surviving relative is a daughter, Mrs. Vivian Perrin of San Antonio who was unable to attend the funeral. Funeral arrangements were held by Rev. R. R. Gilbreath, Happy Methodist pastor with arrangements in charge of Wallace Funeral Home of Tulia.  The Happy Herald, 20 June 1940.
Spencer, F. M. T. M Nichols, manager of the Wilson and Sons Lumber Co. here attended the funeral of a brother‑in‑law, F. M. Spencer, in Dallas Monday. The relative was a Spanish‑American war veteran and an attorney. Mr. Nichols left Tulia Sunday, returning the following day.  The Tulia Herald, 3 October 1940.
Studenroth, Martin Martin Studenroth, 77, retired member of the Chicago Fire Dept. and a resident of Happy for the past quarter of a century, died from a heart attack Monday morning at 11:15 o'clock.  Mr. Studenroth suffered the fatal attack while in town and died at the Happy Hotel. He had complained of a heart ailment for a number of years.  Funeral services were conducted at 3:00 Tuesday afternoon from Griggs‑Thompson funeral chapel in Canyon, with Rev. Earl C. Mechring, pastor of the Lutheran church of Providence, officiating.   Burial was in Dreamland cemetery in Canyon.  Mr. Studenroth was a native of Germany. Leaving that country at the age of 16 years he came to Chicago on July 3, 1879. He worked for packing companies and followed the carpenter's trade. He married MISS META RUPPERT, July 28, 1888, and on July 30th of the same year joined the Chicago Fire Department, serving for 23 years. He was pensioned by the fire dept, serving them for many years, and then moved to Texas. Mrs. Studenroth died in July 1917. He later married MRS. MAGGIE DUBOIS of East St. Louis, Ill. She died on April 7, 1934.  Since the death of his second wife he has made his home with his stepdaughter Miss Mary DuBois of Happy. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Justus Studenroth. They were the parents of seven boys.  He is survived by a brother,George Studenroth of Chicago, and three stepdaughters, Miss Mary DuBois of Happy, Mrs. Anna Koch of Happy and Mrs. Lillie Kehoe of Springfield, Ill.  The Happy Herald, 25 July 1940.
Waite, J. M. J. M. Waite, aged Happy resident, passed away at his home here Thursday afternoon at 4:30.  Mr. Waite, 88, had been in failing health for several years.  He is survived by his widow.  Their only child died a number of years ago.  Funeral services will be held at the Tulia cemetery Friday afternoon at 4:00 with Rev. R. R. Gilbreath, Methodist pastor, officiating.  The deceased was a member of the Happy Methodist Church and had been a resident of Happy since 1921.  Funeral arrangements will be under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home of Tulia.  The Happy Herald, 2 May 1940
Funeral services for J. M. Waite were held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulia Friday afternoon, May 3, at 5:00 p.m.  Mr. Waite, born 18 February 1852 at Rock Point, West Virginia, died at his home in Happy 2 May 1940 at the age of 88 years, three months, sixteen days.  In 1896 he was married to Lizzie Lou Sheppard at Wichita Falls, Texas.  In 1890 he moved to Union Hill Community, in 1901 to Claude, in 1902 to Panhandle, and in 1908 he moved to Tulia, and to Happy in 1921, where he made his home until the day of his death, May 2 at 4:30 p.m.  During this time he was interested in farming and dairying.  Mr. Waite is survived by his widow and several  nieces and nephews, most of whom lived in California, Montana and West Virginia.  Relatives present for the funeral were Mrs. T. F. Anderson of Paducah and R. M. Franklin of Plainview.  The deceased was converted in Tulia in 1909 and united with the Methodist church and was a member of the Happy Methodist Church at the time of his death.  Funeral services were in charge of Rev. R. R. Gilbreath, assisted by Rev. Uel D. Crosby, Tulia Methodist pastor.  The body was laid to rest in Rose Hill beside a son who passed away in 1917.  Funeral arrangements were in charge of Wallace Funeral Home of Tulia.  The Tulia Herald, 9 May 1940.
Watts, J. W. Last respects were paid to J. W. Watts, 52 year old retired grocery man and wheat farmer, in services held in the chapel of Wallace Funeral Home at three o'clock Friday afternoon. Mr. Watts died Thursday evening in the Swisher County Hospital after an extended illness.  He was born in Coas County, Oregon.  In February of 1900, he moved to the Texas Panhandle.  Survivors include his wife of Tulia; mother, Mrs. G. W. Watts of Tulia; son, William Donald Watts of Amarillo; two sisters, Mrs. L. J. Kirk of Amarillo and Mrs. H. F. Mays of Fort Worth; one niece, Mrs. J R. Mayfield of Fort Worth; two grandchildren, Billy Don and Billy Ruth Watts of Amarillo; one grandniece, Nora Lee Mayfield of Fort Worth.  Dr. W. H. Clark, pastor of the First Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. Uel D. Crosby, pastor of the First Methodist Church, read the funeral oration.  Burial was made in Rose Hill Cemetery with the Wallace Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  The Tulia Herald, 3 October 1940.
Widegren, Julia Anna Hand Julia Anna Hand Widegren, known as Lou by her brother (Louis Briggs Hand) was born August 6, 1862 in New York City, NY and died January 16, 1940. She was an only daughter, but in addition to herself there were three brothers, Ray, George, and Louis. Her early childhood was spent in the East and in Iowa where her widowed mother was a music teacher and pipe organist for the Methodist church in Des Moines. She was graduated from a Chicago Conservatory of Music. Like her mother, she was a talented artist and also became a painter of fore china. Accompanied by her brother, Louis, she visited her other brother, Ray, in Central America, who was serving as an American Consul, and also representing the Chinese at their request. While in Central America, Julia Anna Hand met Will H. Widegren, who was in charge of the Commissary during the construction of the Panama Canal. This romance culminated in their marriage. The singing of tropical birds and the blooming or orchards on their front porch added to a colorful life in this country. Mr. and Mrs. Widegren lived in Boga de Toto from 1892 to 1907 when he became ill of a dread disease of the tropics. After his death she returned to the United States. She was employed as a food demonstrator for various mercantile concerns in California. Following the death of her mother, Mrs. Widegren moved to Tulia in 1927 and has since resided with her brother. To everyone who knew her well she was a lovable character. She was very kind and gentle hearted. In the last few years, due to feebleness of age, she has remained at home content with a book to read and her rich and colorful memories of the past.  Tulia Herald.  The Happy Herald, 18 and 25 January 1940.
Williams, W. C. W. C. Williams, 83 years of age, Littlefield, a former resident near Kress, died Sunday evening at the home of a daughter, Mrs. C. O. Brooks of Portales, NM, whom he was visiting. During his active life Williams engaged in farming and livestock raising. He moved from Kress to Littlefield several years ago.  The Tulia Herald, 18 January 1940.

Wrenn, Mrs. J. H. Funeral services were held in the Happy Baptist Church Saturday afternoon at 8 o'clock for Mrs. Dora Cox Wrenn, wife of J. H. Wrenn, former Swisher County Commissioner. Rev. Ed L. Hawthorne, pastor, assisted by Rev. R R. Gilbreath, pastor of the First Methodist Church, was in charge of the rites. Mrs. Wrenn, said to have been in failing health for sometime, died unexpectedly at 7 o'clock Friday morning from a stroke of paralysis. The stroke came soon after she had prepared breakfast. She was born Oct. 9, 1872 in Stockton, Mo. Her mother died when she was a very young child and her father, a Baptist minister, died a short time later. For the next few years she lived with an uncle in Fannin Co., Tx. She was married to H. H. WRENN, Jan. 1, 1895 at Savoy, TX. They moved from Donley County to Happy in December 1917. To this union were born two sons, Virgil, who preceded his mother in death in 1925, Hall of Happy, and two daughters, Mrs. Henry Jordan of Pampa and Miss Nadeen Wrenn of Happy. Other survivors are the husband and five grandchildren.  The Tulia Herald, 27 June 1940.

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