Arnold, Carcellus Sheridan
After a prolonged
illness, Marcellus Sheridan Arnold, 77, farmer and ranchman of
Happy, died at 11:30 Saturday night in an Amarillo hospital. His
farms are scattered over four counties: Gray, Randall, Carson, and
Swisher. The retired stockman had lived in Happy since
1919, when he moved here from Pampa. He was born on July 11, 1866,
in Virginia, when his father returned from fighting in the Civil
War. They moved to Kansas in 1876, later living in Oklahoma and
finally in Gray County in 1906. Becoming interested in
the petroleum business when oil was discovered on his Gray County
land, Mr. Arnold developed his holdings there into one of the big
projects of the area. His wife, the former
CORNELIA BELLE STROHMEYER, died in 1920, just four days after their
daughter, Elsie Arnold. Their only other child was a son Ralph, who
is now a rancher at Canadian. Funeral services were
held at the Boxwell Bros. Funeral Chapel in Amarillo Monday
afternoon at 2 o'clock, immediately preceding burial beside his wife
at Pampa. Rev. Elmer Crabtree, pastor of the Happy Methodist Church,
officiated assisted by Dr. R. C. Snodgrass of the First Christian
Church of Amarillo. Other survivors of the pioneer cattleman
include two grandchildren; Mrs. Jack Frost of Hereford and Pat
Arnold of Canadian, and two great grandchildren, William Sheridan
Frost, age 3, and Robert Lee Frost, age one year. Other survivors are three brothers, E. F.
Arnold of Espanola, NM; W. D. Arnold of Hudson, CO, and W. C. Arnold
of Sand Creek, OK. Mrs. Arnold was a
sister of Mrs. Earl Cowan of Happy, and when her mother died in
1899, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold took her into their home and reared her as
one of their own. Mrs. Jack Frost was also reared in the home of her
grandfather. Mr. Arnold was a member of the Christian Church
but gave liberally of his means to other denominations. When the
Methodists of Happy announced their plans for erecting a new church
building, Mr. Arnold donated the building site for the church
parsonage. The Happy Herald, 20 April 1944.
Brooks, C. H.
Funeral services for C. H. Brown, 45, were conducted at the Church
of Christ in Tulia Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock by Bro. H. L.
Stewart. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery under the
direction of Wallace Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Emmett
Elkins, C. K. Bird, and T. D. Sims of Tulia. R. H. Nall, Alex
Bicknell, and H. W. Wilkins of Happy. Mr. Brown died Monday
night in an Amarillo hospital. His death was attributed to a brain
ailment. He had been sick a very short time. He was born July 7,
1898 in Overton County, TN where he resided until 1929. He came from
there to Swisher County where he lived until his death. He had made
his home in Happy for the past year and was employed by the
Consumers Supply Co. He married MISS LORA JANE SIDWELL on Feb. 8,
1920. To this union were born seven children, four of whom are
living. Survivors are his wife, and children Loyd, Jenna Sue
and Donald Ray Brown of Happy; Winfred H. Boren of the U. S. Navy;
his parents, Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Brown of Granite, OK; two sisters,
Mrs. A. L. Hunter of Mangum, OK; and Mrs. J. B. Breeding, Granite,
OK; and five brothers, Orville, D. H. And Jessie Brown of Granite,
OK; W. O. Brown of the U. S. Army; and Charlie Brown, Nampa, Idaho.
Happy Herald, 13 April 1944.
Burgess, John W.
Last rites for John W. Burgess were held Monday at 3 p.m. at the
First Presbyterian Church in Canyon. Rev. Robert M. Jones, the
pastor, with Rev. C. C. Armstrong, Rev. Joe Finley and Chaplain
Long, assisting conducted the service.
Mr. Burgess suffered a stroke early Monday morning while at the
post office in Canyon. He was carried immediately to St.
Anthony's Hospital in Amarillo but lived only a short time.
The deceased was 57 years of age. He had lived 35 years in
Swisher County near Happy. When he retired 5 yrs. Ago as farmer
and stockman, he moved to Canyon. At the time of his death he
was employed at WTSC airport.
Surviving are his wife, four sons, Garland of Canyon, Sidney of
San Diego, CA; Winston of New Guinea; and Edmund of Washington,
D. C. and two daughters, Ann of Hobbs, NM and Estelle of
Carlsbad, NM; his mother Mrs. S. J. Burgess of Corpus Christi,
three brothers and two sisters. Interment was in
Dreamland Cemetery at Canyon under the direction of
Griggs‑Warren Funeral Home.
Happy Herald, 5 October 1944.
Schaeffer, Mrs. F.
Schaeffer, widow of the late F. SCHAEFFER, and pioneer resident
of Swisher County died at her home in Happy Saturday morning
after a long illness. She was born in
Waterford, Vermont April 5, 1862, thus living to the ripe old
age of eighty years, eight months, and twenty ‑eight days.
Funeral services were conducted form the home Monday afternoon
at 1:00 by R. H. Chambers of Austin. She did in the faith of the
Non‑Denominational Christian Church.
She is survived by four sons, George of the U. S. Army who is
now overseas, Emil of Happy, Dr. L. E. of Amarillo and Dr. A. A.
of Plainview; and two daughters, Mrs. W. E. Moore and Mrs. R E.
Bryan, both of Happy. Besides these she leaves 17 grandchildren.
Burial was in the Wayside cemetery under direction of
Griggs‑Thompson funeral home of Canyon. She was laid beside of
the loved ones who preceded her in death. The Happy
Herald, 6 January 1944.
Sluder, Mrs. Ida
Sluder, 86, and a resident of the Wayside community for many
years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. E.
Counterman in Happy, Saturday at 7:00 o'clock pm. She was
the widow of WILLIAM J. SLUDER. Survivors in
addition to Mrs. Counterman are two daughters, Mrs. W. R
Franklin, Wayside; Mrs. William Payne, Dumas; two sons,
Marvin C. and James Sluder of Happy; 22 grandchildren and
five great grandchildren; three brothers, J. M. McGehee of
Logan, NM; John T. and M. L. McGehee of Wayside; four
sisters, Mrs. Emma Rogers, Mrs. Mary Jenkins, and Miss
Sallie McGehee of Canyon; and Mrs. W. T. Lane, Wayside. Funeral
services were conducted at the Wayside Community Church
Sunday afternoon by Rev. Marvin Menefee, assisted by Rev.
Ebner Crabtree, with burial in Wayside cemetery. Mrs. Sluder
had been a member of the Methodist Church for 72 years.
The Happy Herald, 27 April 1944.
Smith, Mrs. W. D.
Mrs. W. D.
Smith, mother of Mrs. W. R. Ash, passed away at her home in
Osceola, Texas last week after an illness of fourteen weeks
following a stroke of paralysis. She was 79 and had she
lived one week longer would have been married 62 years.
Besides the husband,
who is 84, she leaves ten children, six boys and four girls, all
scattered from coast from coast. Another daughter passed away a
few years ago. She leaves a number of grandchildren, five of the
boys serving today in overseas duty. She had been a faithful
member of the Baptist church for 47 years. Funeral services
were conducted from the home where they had lived for the past
45 years. Her family physician was Dr. Foster of Itasca, a
brother of Mrs. Ed Sprowls of Happy. The Happy Herald,
20 July 1944.
Wade, Gertrude Estella
Last rites for Mrs. Gertrude Estella Wade were held Monday,
October 23 at 2:30 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Canyon with
Rev. C. C. Armstrong conducting the services assisted by Rev.
Abner Crabtree. Mrs. Wade, 83, passed away at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. C. M. Dowlen, in Canyon Saturday at 4:50 p.m.
after an illness of nine months' duration. She was born 21
February 1862 in Griggsville, Illinois. She married John
K. Wade 21 October 1880 in Griggsville. Predeceased by her
husband on 1 January 1905. She moved to Clay
County, Texas in 1900, later moving to Wellington,. She
came to Canyon about twenty-five years ago. Survivors:
Daughters, Mrs. C. M. Dowlan of Canyon, Mrs. S. L. Robinson of
Happy, Mrs. Edna Musgrave of Bronough, Missouri, Mrs. George
Parsons of Patterson, California and Mrs. Arthur Neilson of
Sacramento, California; thirteen grandchildren and 13
great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Griggs-Warren Funeral
Home in Canyon; interment in Dreamland Cemetery. The
Happy Herald, 26 October 1944.
Wilbanks, V. E.
V. E. Wilbanks,
83, passed away Wednesday night, September 13 at his home in
Amherst, after a lingering illness. He is the father
of Mrs. Hall Wrenn and Mrs. Collier with whom he made his home a
part of the time. They were with him when the end came.
The Happy Herald, 21 September 1944.
Woodall, Mrs. N. T.
Monday morning at
2:30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. E. Talbert, Mrs. N. T.
Woodall quietly fell asleep after more than three years of
failing health, the last year of which was fraught with much
suffering. Mrs. Woodall's home was in Waco and in earlier years
she visited many times in the home here of Mrs. Talbert. Her
charming personality punctuated with a rare degree of dignity
won for her many friends who mourn her passing. Mrs. Woodall was
the mother of two children. Mrs. L. E. Talbert of Happy and a
son who passed away just as he was entering young manhood. She
leaves two grandsons, Leslie Talbert who is in service and Wayne
of the home. She was a loyal member of the Methodist Church of
Waco to which place her body was taken for burial by
Griggs‑Thompson funeral home, Monday afternoon. The Talbert
family accompanied the body overland. The Happy Herald,
10 February 1944.
Young, Luther Allen
Luther Allen Young, who formerly
was employed on farms near Tulia and around Happy, was killed Sunday morning in
a collision involving a bus loaded with field personnel and an automobile at the
intersection of highways 60 and 66 east of Amarillo. Young was the 20 year old son of
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Young of Hereford. He formerly worked for Newt Gray,
southwest of Happy. The Happy Herald, 21 September 1944.
Mr. Charles Zoeller received word
here last week of the death of his brother, Herman Zoeller, in Falls City,
Nebraska on July 25. He was 81 years old. Old timers here will remember him since he has
visited his brother many times since he has been on the Plains. The
Happy Herald, 10 August 1944.
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