The Geary Booster, Geary, Blaine Co, Oklahoma, Thursday, October 18 (printed date marked through and 21 handwritten), 1915, page 8, col 4
Niram Curtis Dead
Niram Curtis, an old and highly respected member of this city, a member of the Masonic and Modern Woodman lodges, and an old soldier, died at about one o’clock Wednesday afternoon, October 20.Mr Curtis has been in very poor health for the last two years, the end has been expected to come at almost any time for several months.His daughter from Kansas arrived the day before his death to be at his bedside.Funeral this afternoon charge of the Masonic lodge of this city.A more extended notice will be published next week.
also on page 8:Card of thanks . . . signed Mrs Niram Curtis, Mrs D L Stewart, Mrs H B Brady.
then: The Geary Booster, Geary, Blaine Co, Oklahoma, October 28, 1930; neglected to note page number.
Obituary of Niram Curtis
Niram Curtis was born May 1, 1844, in Mays county [sic], Ohio.He was left an orphan at 8 years of age and lived with his uncle until 1861, when, in answer to his country’s call for volunteers to maintain the Union of the several states of the United States, he enlisted in the 4th West Virginia regiment.He served four years as a loyal soldier and saw that the flag that he had honored planted on the well-earned pedestal of victory.
He moved to Kansas in 1867 and was married in 1871 to Miss Mary Bunn.To this union there were born eight children, six of whom have preceeded him across the river into Bulah Land, while he leaves a widowed wife and two daughters to mourn his departure into the land of eternal sunshine and bliss.The living daughters are Mrs Lela B Brady of Nampa, Idaho, and Mrs Rosa Stewart of Morrill, Kansas, who arrived here the morning of October 20th and was by her father’s bedside when he answered the summons home.
Brother Curtis professed faith in Christ in 1871 and joined the United Brethren.His wife and daughters are members of the Baptist church of Geary and we felt we had some claim on Brother Curtis himself.
He was an affectionate husband and father and always provided well for his own household.He loved his home and was not often away from home for many days at a time.He was a Master Mason and also belonged to the Eastern Star chapter, being one of the charter members of that order when it was organized in Geary in 1900.He was an enthusiastic Mason and lived up to its tenents and practiced its most worthy maxims in his dealings with his fellow man.He was a worthy and loyal citizen and was highly esteemed by his fellow townsmen and holds a most worthy place in the hearts of the good people of Geary, and his noble life is worthy of emulation in many respects.
Brother Curtis closed his eyes to all that is mortal and passed from the trials of this life and vicisitudes of this life into the greater life beyond the distant blue sky on Wednesday, October 20, 1915.Funeral services were held in the Baptist church at Geary, the pastor, Rev Henry E Summers, and Rev M W Sampson, pastor of the M E Church, officiating, after which the Masons took charge of his remains and enterred them with due Masonic honors in the Geary cemetery.
Thus ends another life on earth to begin its blissful life in heaven where we all hope to meet in the sweet bye and bye.God bless and keep the sorrowing widow and two daughters who are left to mourn his departure.
REV HENRY E SUMMERS Pastor Baptist Church
spelling variations are left as written in obituary
Keith, since you included your address I’m sending the photocopy of the obit.I usually copy them by hand unless they’re long, and this one certainly was.If you’re still interested in the will, I can check on that next trip to the courthouse.