The Tishomingo Capital-Democrat
Thursday, January 1, 1942
War Claims First County Youth
GEORGE S. MOORE Jr., age 22, former city resident, was killed in action in the Pacific. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE S. MOORE Sr., now of Ada, received the telegram which did not state where their son was engaged at the time of his death. They had heard from their son since October 23 when they received a letter from Shanghai, China. A private first class in the Marines, George had been in the Corps since Aug. 1, 1940. He spent most of his boyhood in Tishomingo and graduated from Tishomingo high school in 1937, attended Murray College before enlisting in the Marines. At time of his enlistment, he was employed at Jay’s Tavern in Tishomingo. He is survived by his mother, father and three brothers, JACK, GENE, and JIMMY MOORE, all of Ada; three aunts, Mrs. LYNN NELSON of Seminole, Mrs. HENRY MARSHALL of Ardmore and Mrs. ALVA MOORE of Ardmore. Memorial services are indefinite.
GEORGE WILLINGHAM and family, HENRY GRAY and family, and the JOHNNIE WALKER family spent Christmas with the CALVIN WALTERS family.
The C. W. BRYANT family of Ardmore visited the W. C. COFFEE home.
The LONNIE CALLEN family and the CALVIN SILGER family visited the TOM BROWNLEE family of Plainview.
The H. D. COFFEE family of Burrow Valley visited here.
The CALVIN MAXWELL family of Fort Worth visited the MACK FILLMORE family.
MARY ANN and LEON WALTERS visited ALVERTA and BRYAN GARY.
The E. W. GARRISON family visited the H. W. CANTHERN family of Wapanucka.
LEON REED of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, visited his parents.
The DOUGLAS HINCHLEY family visited his mother Mrs. ALICE HORATH.
FRANCE COFFEE visited GERALDINE MCEACHERN/
The W. C. COFFEE family visited his parents at Bromide.
The O. L. PARKHILL family visited the WES CLEMMER family.
SON PARKHILL visited JOHN MCEACHERN.
BRYAN GARY visited LEON WALTERS.
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. ARLEDGE of western Oklahoma visited relatives here.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. DARTER was buried here Sunday.
News from Our Colored Friends by Mrs. R. T. JAMES
The Christmas program under the direction of Mrs. CRISP and Mrs. NEWTON on the 18th at Booker T. Washington high school was enjoyed by all.
DAVIS LOVE of Fort Will came home on the 21st to spend the holidays with his parents and friends then returned on the 26th.
Elder O. W. and Mrs. WILSON and little daughter PERCILLA/PRISILLA of Weleetka spent the holidays with Mrs. Wilson’s parents Mr. and Mrs. NED LOVE.
Mr. and Mrs. JESSIE JAMES of Oklahoma City and MITCHELL JAMES of Okmulgee visited their mother Mrs. HATTIE JAMES Christmas.
Mr. and Mrs. HENRY CLARK and children of Tulsa spent Christmas with their grandmother and visited the home of Mrs. L. M. SPILLERS.
Mrs. ANNIE BROWN of Fillmore, Mrs. S. L. LONG, Mrs. C. PORTER and S. T. BUTCHER of Tishomingo visited Mrs. Spiller.
Mrs. CARRIE CHEADLE of Tishomingo was a guest of Mrs. SPILLER Sunday.
In a Christmas eve ceremony, Miss IMA GHORMLEY, daughter of Mrs. WILLIAM HOWELL GHORMLEY of Tahlequah became the bride of Lt. CLEVE HARDEN TATE of Ellington Field, Houston, Texas, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. TATE. The wedding was held at the Christ Episcopal Church of Houston…Mrs. JOHN E. HINES was matron of honor and Lt. BUREN S. FOLSOM served as best man.
Vows were exchanged Dec. 25 by Miss VERA WALL, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. ED WALL of Russett, and JESSE WILLIAMS of Tishomingo, son of Mrs. C. E. WALKER and the late MARION WILLIAMS. Rec. EMMET KIMBROUGH of Tishomingo read the vows at the Nazarene church. Miss LA VERNE WILLIAMS, niece of the bridegroom, was maid of honor and CLAYMON SMITH, nephew of the bridegroom, was best man.
Thursday, January, 8, 1942
A. D. Stephens
A. D. STEPHENS, citizen of Johnston County more than 40 years, died Dec. 29 at his home in Durant. Funeral services were held at the Nazarene church at Durant with Rev. W. T. WHITE officiating. Burial was in the family lot at Condon Grove cemetery arranged by Holmes funeral home. Mr. Stephens was born in Collin County, Texas in 1860 and spent his early life there. He married JOSEPHINE MCMENNARY in 1887 at McKinney, Texas, after which they moved to Indian Territory. They lived in Johnston County until six years ago when they moved to Durant. Survivors include his widow, with whom he celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1937; one son, J. PLES STEPHENS of Port Arthur, Texas; four daughters, Mrs. CHARLES BYNUM of Tishomingo, Mrs. HENDLEY CARTER of Durant, Mrs. PORTER CARGILL of Poteau, and Mrs. J. A. RED/REED(?) of Wortham, Texas.
Three juveniles, ages 14 to 15, of Healdton were arrested at noon for stealing from the Roan Drug Store, the College Pharmacy, the Tishomingo Drug Store, the Dudley Hardware store, the Evans Co. store, the J. B. Riley store--taking boots, pen sets, knives, candy, playing cards,…
REUBIN WRIGHT visited in Oklahoma City.
MARTHA ELKINS visited her sister here.
BUD GUNN visited TELLUS ELKINS.
The ARTHUR WRIGHT family visited his mother Mrs. VERDA JONES.
Misses MARGARET and JULIA WRIGHT visited Mrs. LOYCE ELKINS.
JEANNIE LEE HART visited her grandmother Mrs. ALBERT HART.
MARVIN BRANNON and Mrs. RICHARD HART visited Mrs. ALBERT HART.
JAMES LEDGERWOOD of Bold Springs visited here.
The CHARLIE GIBSON family visited in Troy.
Mrs. SPECK MOORE visited her mother.
MARTHA ELKINS visited her mother.
MARGARET and JULIA WRIGHT visited Mrs. TELLUS ELKINS.
Mr. and Mrs. RICHARD SHELTON visited the CHARLIE GIBSON home.
JOHN NIBLETT of Tishomingo visited FLOYD GOLDEN.
ARTHUR CARTER visited W. L. CARTER.
Uncle BUD SHELTON died Saturday, Jan. 3, and was buried at Oak Grove cemetery Sunday.
JEAN and SYBIL GOLDEN of Ada and W. L. CARTER and HENRY SPEAKS attended the New Year dance at Mannsville.
EARL HAMILTON has measles.
Mr. and Mrs. CLEM YANDEL visited his parents at Kenefic.
Mrs. BETTY CULBERSON, Mr. and Mrs. DEE SPEAKS, Mr. and Mrs. CLARENCE SPEAKS attended the funeral of Uncle Bud Shelton at Durant.
The LEE HOBBINS family moved to Fillmore.
The SAM RICHARDSON family moved to Folsom.
Mr. and Mrs. MARVIN REED visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. ERNEST CALLEN at Fillmore.
HERMAN CHANEY and family visited the LEONARD CHANEY family.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. LONNIE CALLEN Dec. 31 was a son, named EDWARD DALE CALLEN.
Mrs. MONA GARY visited school.
RICHARD HART of Milburn visited his daughter Mrs. JUANITA CALLEN.
Mrs. ALMEDA SILGER, Mrs. MAE SILGER, and Grandmother SILGER visited Mrs. JUANITA CALLEN.
The HAMBLE HURT family visited his parents the ROY HURT family.
AMAZIAH GREENWOOD returned to his post in Colorado.
Mrs. FRED DUNCAN of Russett visited relatives here.
Mr. and Mrs. JIMMIE GRAHAM of Denison, Texas visited here.
CLAUDE SHARPE was accidentally hit by a pickup while walking down the ice covered street. He was not seriously injured.
Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT WHITE visited relatives at Baird, Texas.
DEE SMITH had business in Sulphur.
WOODROW MURPHY was transferred to an army post at San Diego, California.
The JOE ATCHLEY family of Hobart visited here.
Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES BRAWLEY of Reagan moved to the N. C. CLAYTON place west of the cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. ALTON DEAVER visited her mother Mrs. L. SMITH.
Mr. and Mrs. F. M. BRAWLEY bought the A. C. WOLFE place and moved into it.
Mrs. STILL GILREATH and daughter DELOIS visited her mother Mrs. DUKE of Oakland.
Mr. and Mrs. J. K. PETERMAN and J. K. Jr. visited her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. RAY PHILLIPS in Ardmore.
Mr. and Mrs. STEVE HOGG returned to their home at Shamrock, Texas.
News of Our Colored Friends
The basketball games between Booker T. Washington and Mayetta were won by the Mayetta boys and girls teams.
LUCY CHEADLE injured her right arm in basketball practice.
T. M. CRISP, coach of the Ardmore high school (Douglas high school) and RAY WILLIAMS of Ardmore came over Friday and Mrs. Crisp accompanied them back to Ardmore.
RUBIN BROWN, CLAUDIE LOVE and ZETRICE ROBERTS left for Chickasha after visiting parents and friends here.
Mr. and Mrs. ED HAINES visited his mother and friends in Texas.
ARTHUR LOVE of Denison, Texas, visited his mother Mrs. TEXANNA WILSON.
Popular Teacher Dies at Bartlesville
Miss BILLIE FRANCES CLARK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. CLARK of Mill Creek, who was injured July 28 in an automobile accident near Bartlesville, where she taught school, died Jan. 1 in a hospital at Bartlesville. Funeral services were held at the Mill Creek Baptist church with Rev. MORRIS of Ada officiating. Burial was in the Mill Creek cemetery. Born at Mill Creek, Miss Clark received her degree at East Central Teachers College at Ada after which she completed a year at Columbia University at New York. She taught in schools in Johnston County then accepted the position at the larger school at Bartlesville where her sister, Miss VERLA V. CLARK also teaches. Besides her mother and her sister, she is survived also by two other sisters, Mrs. JIM DOWDY of Tishomingo and Mrs. W. L. WHITNEY of Mill Creek, and one brother RAYMOND CLARK of Ownesville/Owensville, Missouri. She was a member of the Baptist Church.
Mrs. JENNIE MCKAY, widow of the late Rev. J. W. MCKAY, one of the pioneer Baptist preachers of Johnston County, died at the home of her brother, A. G. BOHANNON of Fillmore, last Sunday from a sudden stroke. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church at Fillmore Monday by Rev. FORD of Coalgate. Burial was in the Coleman cemetery. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. MYRTLE SMITH of Fillmore; two sisters Mrs. LUCY MARTIN and Mrs. JULY MCKAY both of Denton, Texas; and another brother L. M. BOHANNON of Childress, Texas.
W. L. MARTIN
W. L. MARTIN, age 92, known to the old timers of the county as Uncle Tom, died Jan. 1 at the home of one of his sons in Pampa, Texas. Until he moved to Pampa a few years ago, he had spent all of his life in Johnston County and was well known here. Besides his widow, he is survived by four daughters, Mrs. PAUL ROGERS of Connerville, Mrs. JEFF GARRETT of Stillwater, Mrs. TOM BICK of Shamrock, Texas, and Mrs. JIM NORWOOD of Pampa, Texas; four sons, SOL MARTIN, J. B. MARTIN, C. D. MARTIN and WILL MARTIN, all of Pampa, Texas.
GLENN L. ‘CHEEZIE’ SCARBROUGH of Tishomingo enlisted in the Army and was with the Army Air Corps Basic Flying..
JACK MARTIN, son of Mr. and Mrs. JOHN MARTIN of Tishomingo left to take examinations preparatory to entering the U. S. Air Corps navigation and bombardier cadet school in Houston, Texas. He was recently discharged from the 45th Division at Camp Barkeley, Texas after completing one year of voluntary training service.
Nuptials for Miss BILLIE JUNE BEAUFORD of Connerville and RAY HARBERT, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. R. HARBERT, were read by Rev. W. A. OSCAR in the GEORGE MOORE home at Ada, Dec. 31. She is a senior at Tishomingo high school and he attended high school here, too.
Nuptials were solemnized Dec. 23 at Durant for Miss VIVIAN BALLARD of Nida and JAMES HALBROOKS of Durant by the Nazarene minister in the Nazarene parsonage. He is the son of Mrs. PEARL HALBROOKS and a graduate of Tishomingo high school. The bride graduated from Tishomingo high school and is now attending Murray College.
Miss REBECCA DURHAM and TOMMY PALMER were wed.
Thursday, January 15, 1942
Second Local Boy Killed in Philippines Battle
Mrs. WINIFRED PACE received word that her son, Pvt. DAVID E. JONES, was killed in defending Corregidor Island in Manila Bay where Gen. McArthur is making a stand. Jones was serving with Battery L of the Coast Guard unit and was in charge of communications. He enlisted in the Army Feb. 3, 1941 at Amarillo, Texas. Mrs. Pace received her last letter from her son Nov. 3, at which he said, ‘Mom, rumors are that we will be fighting the Japs before Christmas anyway..’
JOHNNIE L. RIDDLE, former managing editor of this paper, today enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Grayson County Basic Flying School at Sherman, Texas. Because of having past experience in Army public relations work with the 45th Division at Camp Barkeley, Texas, Riddle was at once assigned to the headquarters squadron of the 85th Air Corps group and ordered to report for public relations duty. He is the son of Mrs. ETHEL RIDDLE of Madill.
For the second time in ten days, fire practically destroyed the entire stock of the Moore Grocery and Market at daylight this morning. A week ago the Tishomingo Grocery and Market, also owned by D. D. H. MOORE and son JIMMY MOORE, was destroyed by another fire.
The GARLAND PITTMAN family visited the G. W. PITTMAN family.
Mr. and Mrs. DOCK QUINTON and NAN PITTMAN and Mr. and Mrs. GUS TALKINGTON visited the FREELAND ALLEN family.
WINNIE QUINTON and EDNA ALLEN visited JIMMIE PITTMAN.
ALTON CARAWAY visited Mr. and Mrs. O. M. CARAWAY and JOHN A. CARAWAY Saturday.
WESLEY RAY NANNEY visited LLOYD ALLEN.
Mrs. ELBA HOLLOWAY visited Mrs. TOM HOLLOWAY.
Miss EMMA PITTMAN visited her sister at Ardmore.
LORECE BROWN visited the AUSTIN ASHMAN family.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. GREENWOOD and JULIUS GREENWOOD visited the A. T. CARAWAY home.
The DUTCH PAYNE family of west Texas visited the W. C. PAYNE home.
BETTIE JO and LOU ETTA ALLEN visited MILLIE CARAWAY.
A. T. CARAWAY and sons CLIFTON, ALTON and A. T. CARAWAY visited the J. H. GREENWOOD home.
The WOODROW KITE family of Tishomingo, the SAM MCCARTHICK family of Connerville, E. P. KITE of Milburn, the L. L. AUTREY family of Fort Worth and the ROSCE LEDGERWOOD family and Mrs. GRIFFIN of this community visited the HAROLD MCCARTHICK family.
Mr. and Mrs. JOHNNY NICHOLAS and daughters visited the BUDDY RUSHING family.
Mr. and Mrs. PRESTON LOVETT visited her father J. W. GOODMAN and children at Fillmore.
Miss LEOTA BLACK visited Mrs. H. H. CHOAT/CHOATE.
The PHIL NICHOLAS family had as guests Mr. and Mrs. BERT HAMBY and daughter ESTELLINE and Mr. and Mrs. BEN NICHOLAS and daughter MARY.
The JACK KERR family and the BUD SWEAT family of Lula visited the I J. UPTON family and enjoyed a picnic at Devil’s Den.
G. W. VANDEVIER, GLENN HART, and LESTER HAMBY visited JAMES MANNING.
EUGENE and MELVIN RAY GADDIS visited CARL CONVERSE Jr. at Milburn.
Miss HEVADENE GADDIS visited her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. DEE POTTS.
We are glad to have JIMMY THOMPSON, a first grade pupil, back in school after absence with measles.
Mr. and Mrs. DOYLE LOVETT and son MEREDITH of Tishomingo visited the LUTHER GOODMAN home.
Mrs. IDA LOVETT has been ill at the home of her daughter, Mrs. BIRDIE RAINBOLT.
JEANIE LEE HART visited her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. ALBERT HART.
Mrs. HAZEL PATTY and daughters of Ardmore visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. J. B. PENNINGTON.
Mrs. DESSIE WEST and Mrs. PEARL NELSON visited Mrs. OLA NELSON.
The CECIL KISER family visited the DENNIS DEAN home.
Mrs. GUSSIE BOND and Miss JENNIE LOU BOND visited Mrs. JULIA TIPTON.
Miss JESSIE FAYE COURTNEY visited Misses CORA LEE PATTEN and PAULINE PATTEN.
Mrs. GERTIE DEAN visited the JOHN WEST home.
Miss CONNIE NELSON visited Mrs. EDYTH NELSON.
The PETE DANIELS family visited the ANDERSON TIPTON home at Coleman.
The CECIL KISER family visited the HAZEL DEAN family at Rock Creek.
Miss CHARLENE HARTWICK visited Mrs. THELMA NELSON.
CHANT LEE KING of this community, who was attending Murray College, enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Sheppard Field at Wichita Falls, Texas.
The CHARLIE WEST family and the HOMER NELSON family visited the JIM COMBS family.
Mrs. GERTIE DEAN visited Mrs. MARY JANE DEAN.
The SAM RICHARDSON family of Egypt moved here.
The HAZEL DEAN family of Rock Creek visited the CECIL KISER home.
JUNIOR WEST visited CECIL and CLIFFORD CROWELL at Hopewell.
Funeral services for LEE STONE, who died Jan. 11, were held at the Plainview school house Monday afternoon with Elder P. J. WHEAT of Stonewall officiating. Burial was in the Wells Valley cemetery arranged by Chapman funeral home. Mr. Stone was ton at Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jan. 23, 1889. He married Miss DOROTHY CHESTER Nov. 24, 1912, and to this union four children were born, CHESTER, RUTH, ISAAC and OPHALUE. He was a Christian. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Stone; children, CHESTER STONE of Davis, Mrs. OTIA DAVENPORT of Milburn, ISAAC STONE of Fort Slocum, Yonkers, New York; and Mrs. BUCK HOUSE of Goodman, Missouri; two sisters Mrs. EULA CLARK of Frederick and BEULAH MAYES of Seminole, Texas.
Thursday, January 22, 1942
Lynn Residence Destroyed by Fire
Yesterday morning, fire destroyed most of the home of W. C. ‘SKEET’ LYNN, damage at $1000. Mrs. Lynn and her two children, DONALD RAY and LAVERNE, both of whom were sick in bed, narrowly escaped.
Thursday, January 29, 1952
Johnston Co. Man Dies in Alaska
Pvt. MELVIN J. ARNETT, age 28, formerly of Connerville, who has been in Alaska with the mechanized branch of the U. S. Army Infantry on detached service since last July, died in an army hospital at Fort Greeley, Jan. 19, according to word from the war department today by relatives here. Arnett had visited here last July, just previous to being sent to Alaska. On his way to Fort Greeley, he suffered appendicitis and was rushed to the hospital at Fort Greeley for an operation, with later plans to send him to a hospital in Washington, but complications set in. Arnett had been in the U. S. Army about six years, transferred to the mechanized branch last year. He joined the army at Fort Warren, Wyoming and was sent to Minnesota. He lived on a farm near Connerville from the time he was born until he joined the army. Both of his parents are dead. Burial was in the Army cemetery at Fort Greeley.
Mr. and Mrs. MARVIN REED attended the funeral of the latter’s grandmother, Mrs. HAMMONS, of Ada last Sunday.
News from Our Colored Friends by Mrs. R. T. James
The Booker T. Washington basketball girls and boys teams planed Marietta teams on the 29th and both games were worn by Marietta.
Mrs. CARRIE D. JONES, formerly of Tishomingo, is now in the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. STEVE BUTCHER.
Mrs. OPHELIA HIGGINS of Oklahoma City returned home.
A find baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. NOLEN SANDERS Jan. 12.
W. T. SHEWMAKER, age 72, was found dead in his bed Jan. 24. Mr. Shrewmaker was born in Allen County, Kansas, Nov. 7, 1869. In 1920 he moved to Ravia which has been his home since that time. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. J. R. TERRY of Ravia; one brother, D. Z. SHEWMAKER of Memphis (which state??), and nieces and nephews.
Thursday, February 12, 1942
Mrs. O. T. PEACOCK and family of Simpson visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. J. S. RUNYON.
The HARVEY HILLIS family were in Ardmore.
SAM JONES and Mr. Carter were in Tishomingo.
E. V. JAMES visited his sister at Afton, Texas.
Mrs. W. C. HARBOLT and little daughter DONNA GALE of Oklahoma City returned home. Mrs. Harbolt was called here to be with Mrs. FRED COTHRAN who has been ill for months. Mrs. Cothran is better now.
Mr. and Mrs. LESTER JONES, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. CLEMENT, Mr. and Mrs. L. D. PARKHILL were guests of the H. B. PARKHILL family Sunday.
CHARLES DALHEM visited his parents in Wilson.
WYATT NEWTON was in Ardmore.
Mr. and Mrs. BUD ADAMS of Ardmore visited here.
Mrs. PARK EDELEN of Madill was here.
Mr. and Mr. JESS NORTON visited in Ardmore.
Mrs. D. L. CLEMENT attended the council at Tishomingo.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. MARSH visited in Ardmore.
The J. K. PETERMAN family visited here.
Mr. and Mrs. ED INGLE and RUTH and Mr. and Mrs. A. INGLE of Duncan visited here.
The F. I. WILLARD family, the H. MONROE family and ALBERT SMITH visited the airport at Springer.
The LEONARD INGLE family visited her parents near Ardmore.
Everyone enjoyed the musical at the BILL HITCHCOCK home.
Mrs. GILLEPSIE JOPLIN and daughter EDDIE LOU and her sister Miss MOLLIE DOLLAR of Ardmore visited the ABE SHARP family in Nocona, Texas.
Miss JUANITA WOODS of Ardmore visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. W. O. WOODS.
Mrs. TROY SPARKS visited the T. D. WEEMS home.
Mrs. NORVIL INGLE was ill.
News from Our Colored Friends by Mrs. R. T. James
Rev. and Mrs. JACKSON, who came here a few weeks, purchased a home and moved into it.
Mrs. LUTRAURE HAMPTON of Crockett, Texas, is visiting the home of her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. EDGIE LOVE.
Mrs. BEATRICE JACKSON of Lehigh visited friends here.
Mrs. MARSHALL CARTER was called to the bedside of her sister in Dallas, Texas.
Thursday, February 19, 1942
JACK EMERSON, age 51, of near Mill Creek was found dead Wednesday about a half mile from his home near Gray’s ranch on Pennington Creek, from where he had been missing since Tuesday. Funeral arrangements have not been made. It was thought that he had been visiting a neighbor named MCCARTNEY and was on his way home when he was overcome by drowsiness from the cold and whiskey. .. JACK EMERSON had lived in Johnston County all his life, was a World War I veteran and a member of the James D. Davis Post American Legion. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. MAE PEARL EMERSON and two daughters, EDITH and a younger girl.
Thursday, February 26, 1942
Washita Girl Dies of Burns
Severe burns caused the death Tuesday of SYBLE LOIS HENDRIX, nine year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. JACK HENDRIX of Washita Farms. Clothing of the child caught fire while she was standing near a fire at the home about 8:30 a.m. She died in an Ardmore hospital at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. FRED STUMPP of the First Baptist Church of Tishomingo on Wednesday at the Chapman funeral home chapel with burial in the city cemetery. Surviving are her parents, a brother JACKIE DEAN and sister CAROLYN ROSE (KAREN ROSE in later item).
Wapanucka Now by WALTER DUNN
J. O. SURRELL, one of the best known men in southern Oklahoma, died Friday. He had been in failing health the past few years and recently returned from a hospital at Denison, Texas. Mr. Surrell was born 58 years in Indian Territory at Stonewall. After finishing his education, he located here and entered the drug business, continuing for years later engaged in the banking business until 15 years ago. Since that time, he conducted an insurance business and extensive farming. Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, several brothers and sisters, and grandchildren. Services were held Sunday afternoon in the Methodist church with Rev. GORDON PATTERSON officiating. Burial was in the Wapanucka Rose Hill cemetery arranged by Chapman funeral home.
Thursday, March 5, 1942
Dr. H. B. KNISELEY
Dr. H. B. KNISELEY, age 65, pioneer state physician, who practiced in Tishomingo and Johnston County from 1906 to 1927, died last Sunday at his home in Norman. He was born in Kansas and came to Oklahoma with his parents in 1888. He was graduated from the Washington University School of Medicine of St. Louis, Mo., in 1906. He was in the drug business for a short time at Checotah before coming to Tishomingo… He retired from practice at Norman last year. Dr. Kniseley was a volunteer in the Spanish-American War, a member of the American Legion, the Oddfellows, Kiwanis, and a 32nd degree Mason. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. ARDEN BUCK of Norman, Mrs. G. S. CASH and Mrs. W. M. MARRIOTT, both of San Francisco, California; three sons, HARRY B. Jr. of Sapulpa, BOB of Pawhuska and JOHN KNISELEY of Wilburton.
Former Local Man in Crew of Jacob Jones
FORREST LOVEDAY, age 23, former resident of Tishomingo, and son of Mrs. DAVE LOVEDAY of Ravia, was one of the crew of the destroyer Jacob Jones that was torpedoed by an Axis submarine off the coast of Cape May, N. J., last Saturday. He was not listed among the survivors.
Mr. and Mrs. VIRGIL BRYANT and children of Lawton were here last week to attend the funeral of Mr. Bryant’s mother, Mrs. A. D. BRYANT.
JOHN MIXON of Texas and Mrs. WALTER MOORE of Texas returned home after attending the funeral of their mother, Mrs. BEN SMITH.
ZORA LEE, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. JOHNNIE HURT, died Tuesday in an Ardmore hospital where she received treatment for burns sustained when she caught her clothing afire as she played near a stove. Funeral services were held in the Ravia cemetery arranged by Watts funeral home.
Mr. and Mrs. JACK WILLIAMS of Roff visited the W. RIDGE home.
Mrs. JOHN HARRIS and Mrs. ORVILLE WILLIAMS were in Ardmore.
DEE SMITH attended the defense program at the Legion Hut.
Mrs. SUTH RIFFE returned to her home here after spending the winter with her daughter Mrs. WESLEY OGLESBY at Ringgold.
Mr. and Mrs. LEO SMITH spent the weekend at their farm near Fayetteville, Ark.
The Ravia Home Demonstration Club met at the home of Mrs. CLARK CAPERTON.
Mrs. ERNEST FIELDS is visiting her daughter-in-law, Mrs. C. B. FIELDS at Ardmore.
HERSHELL POGUE of Lawton visited his parents Mr. and Mrs. BILL POGUE.
Little BARBARA NELL and MAMIE DEAN MOWDY recovered from measles.
Mrs. SARAH BRYANT
Mrs. Sarah Bryant, age 72, wife of A. D. BRYANT, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. BILL POGUE Wednesday night. Mrs. Bryant was a pioneer citizen of Ravia, living there many years. She is survived by her husband, A. D. Bryant, who is also ill; two daughters Mrs. VERA POGUE of Ravia, and Mrs. EVA ROBERTS of Roswell, New Mexico, two sons, JOHN BRYANT of Ravia and VIRGIL BRYANT of Lawton. Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ Thursday with STANLEY MOORE officiating. Interment in the Ravia cemetery arranged by Watts funeral home.
Thursday, March 19, 1942
MCGEHEE Reported Missing in Action
Mr. and Mrs. JOHN KELAN MCGEHEE of Ravia, parents of LESLEY VERNON ‘BRUCE’ MCGEHEE, age 20, received word last Saturday that their son was reported missing, following action in performance of his duty. Only two months ago, Bruce was reported to be on the U. S. S. Houston, one of the ships that is now supposed to have been sunk in the battle of Java. The government reported the ship lost and notified the next of kin of the crew members. It is expected that Bruce was one of 1000 menon the ship. He was rated electrician’s mate, third class. Bruce had been in the Navy two years. He graduated from Ravia high school in May 1939 and joined the Navy a month later. He has two brothers, LAWRENCE and ERNEST, both of whom have been in the same branch of the services for years. Lawrence has about 18 years of service with the Navy while Ernest has about 15 years.
Terry Family Gives 4 Sons to Uncle Sam
It would seem that Mr. and Mrs. W. E. TERRY of Tishomingo have set the record in this county for family sacrifice in sending Uncle Sam fight man power. They have four sons in military service at this time, all enlisted. Oldest in point of service is Sgt. ORVILLE PACE, age 24, with 6 years in the Army now an instructorat Fort Sill; JAMES PACE, age 22, with four years service now in the Air Corps at Gray Field, Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash.; N. B. TERRY, age 24,Mr. Terry’s son by a former marriage, has two years, supply sergeant in the Medical Corps at Camp Barkeley, Texas; ROBET E. PACE, age 19, soon to be a flying sergeant, entered Air Corps training school in June.
Thursday, March 26, 1942
Mrs. ELIZABETH C. FIECHER WELLS was born in 1859. In 1878 she married BARNEY WELLS and to this union were born six children. Two children and her husband preceded her in death. Mrs. Wells died suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. IDA HESTER of Ravia, March 16. She is survived by four children, Mrs. Hester, Mrs. ROSS KYLE of Lubbock, Texas; ALONZO WELLS of Durant and ED WELLS of Abilene, Texas. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church, March 18, arranged by Watts funeral home.
Funeral services for Mrs. FRED COFFEY, who died in an Oklahoma City hospital following a long illness, were conducted Sunday afternoon by JNO. J. STOBAUGH of the Church of Christ. Burial was arranged by Watts funeral home. Mrs. Coffey lived in Ravia most of her life. She is survived by her husband, and six children, HASKELL, DANIEL, EDITH, JACK, JERRY and LUCY ANN; her mother Mrs. LUCY NORELL of Ada; three sisters, Mrs. ADA MULKEY, Mrs. CORA VICTRIE/VICKREY, Mrs. FRANK NORTON, and two brothers, JESS and TED NORELL.
Thursday, March 2, 1942
JAMES O. FRY
Funeral services for JAMES OSCAR FRY, age 80, who died Wednesday at his residence east of Tishomingo, after a ten day illness, were held Thursday at the Church of Christ with JOHN J. STOBAUGH officiating. Burial was in the Tishomingo cemetery. He was born in Ladonia, Texas and came to Johnston County in 1905, living for a time in Wapanucka before moving to Tishomingo. Besides the widow, Mrs. SALLY FRY, he is survived by two brothers, W. H. FRY of Ladonia, Texas and J. M. FRY of Minco.
Mad Dog Bites Seven Year Old Milburn Boy
A seven year old son of GEORGE HOPE of Milburn was bitten by a mad dog and taken to the Tishomingo hospital for treatment.
Thursday, April 9, 1942
Wapanucka News by Walter Dunn
PATRICIA DIANNE, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. DELMA ADDY of Henryetta, was struck by a car in that city last Saturday afternoon and died in a local hospital a short time later. She with other children were playing in front of the Addy home and ran into the path of a car driven by MASON FRITZ, Henryetta high school football and basketball star. The police said the accident was unavoidable. The little girl was a granddaughter of Mrs. J. L. ADDY and a niece of R. R. ADDY of Wapanucka.
Members of the Ravia Literary Society met in the reading room at the library. Mrs. CLARK CAPERTON, program leader for the meeting, gave a review of the ‘Kings Row’ and a biography of the life of author HENRY BELLAMAN. Members: Mrs. ERNEST FIELDS, Mrs. LILLIE JOHNSON, Mrs. DEE SMITH, Mrs. Clark Caperton and guest Mrs. LETHA HILL.
Sgt. EVERETT HARRIS of Camp Barkeley visited his parents.
Mrs. BILL DEWBRY visited her sister at Mannsville.
JACK DARRELL, JOHN HENRY DARRELL, and J. E. FIELDS returned from a business trip at Paris, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. NUNLEY visited the DEE SMITH home.
Mrs. J. K. PETERMAN stopped for a short visit while en route to her home in Tishomingo after spending two weeks with her daughter Mrs. RAY PHILLIPS near Ardmore. Mrs. Peterman was recovering from a serious illness.
Mr. and Mrs. CLAUD MURPHY of Catoosa visited his parents Mr. and Mrs. BILL MURPHY.
MIKE MOWDY accepted the superintendent position of Washita Farm school to succeed WOODROW COBB who is joining the armed forces.
Mr. and Mrs. LEO SMITH moved to make their home on their farm near Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Miss ELSIE CHESSIE visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. J. F. PATE here.
Mr. and Mrs. ERNEST FIELDS were in Ardmore.
Mr. and Mrs. ORB SHARPE were in Tishomingo.
Mrs. GENEVA WILLIAMS and children of Sulphur visited the W. C. PAYNE home.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. GREENWOOD and JULIUS GREENWOOD attended the singing at Sealey Chapel.
ALLEN GORE and A. C. CAVNER visited the ALLEN girls.
The A. T. CARAWAY family attending the singing at the Sealey Chapel.
The WELDON JARMAN family visited the HENRY JARMAN family.
Thursday, April 16, 1942
Charged Against JACK WRIGHT
CHARLES E. DRAPER, county attorney, filed a murder charge against JACK WRIGHT in connection with the fatal shooting Monday night of CHARLES ERWIN. Charles Erwin, age 50, saw mill owner of Tishomingo, was fatally wounded late Monday night in a gun fight near his saw mill and JACK WRIGHT, age 24, former service station employee, is being held. … Jack Wright is alleged to have said that he went to see Erwin to try to talk about a personal matter between the two, settle things, shake hands and forget it. He claims that Erwin reached for his gun and all he could do was to shoot to protect himself. Wright is said to have had two guns in his possession when city marshal WALTER THOMPSON reached him. He surrendered the guns to Thompson, one belonging to Wright and one belonging to Erwin.. Erwin is survived by his father, JOE ERWIN, of Ivanhoe, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. JIM NICHOLS and Mrs. ADA LEE TRIBBLE of El Reno; five sons, PETE, JOE, LESTER, BUCK and HOWARD, all living in California; four sisters, Mrs. W. A. BONHAM and Mrs. J. D. CASTEEL of Bonham, Texas; Mrs. L. W. WRIGHT of Sherman, Texas; Mrs. JOAN DERMODY of Los Angeles, California.
JACK JAGERS MONORE, son of Mr. and Mrs. ALLEN M. MONROE of Route 2, Tishomingo, was appointed a second lieutenant in the U. S. Marines.
Coleman Boy Dies at Durant
J. R. COLEMAN (surname Coleman or Germany?) , nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs. EARL GERMANY of Coleman, died Friday, April 10, at a Durant hospital after a brief illness. He was a fifth grade pupil at the Coleman school and was well liked for his quiet, courteous behavior. Funeral services were held at the Coleman Baptist Church with Rev. CARTWRIGHT officiating. Chapman funeral home had charge. Besides his mother and father, he is survived by a sister FERRELL LEE GERMANY.
Thursday, April 23, 1942
Wright Bound Over
JACK WRIGHT, 24, was bound over on the murder charge in shooting CHARLES ERWIN, age 50, on April 13. … This is the first murder charge trial to take place in Johnston County in almost ten years.
Wapanucka News by Walter Dunn
BILLIE FRED, age 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. RUSSELL BROWN, broke his arm while swinging on a grapevine in the woods. This is the second time he broke the same arm.
A family reunion and the 74th birthday of J. E. MCLEROY was celebrated in his home here Sunday. He came to this county from Rains County, Texas in 1909. Six of his nine children attended. They are: Mrs. A. D. RODDY of Muskogee, the REEVES MCLEROY family of Fillmore, the JOHN REED family of Tishomingo, the EUCLID MCLEROY family, Mrs. CHARLES GIBSON of Pleasant Hill, the R. K. MCLEROY family of Wapanucka.
Lightning struck a tree near the poultry house of H. E. BROUILLARD Saturday.
Thursday, April 30, 1942
Wapanucka by Walter Dunn
The 14 week old son of Mr. and Mrs. JOHN F. MAINS died Friday morning. Services were held Saturday afternoon in the Methodist church with Rev. J. R. CARTWRIGHT officiating. Burial was in the Wapanucka Rose Hill cemetery.
Thursday, May 7, 1942
Former Tishomingo Resident Dies
Mrs. ELEANOR PATTON, age 67, widow of L. E. PATTON, first attorney for the corporation commission, died of a heart ailment on Sunday, May 3, at her home in Oklahoma City. The Pattons moved to Oklahoma in 1902. They lived in Ada until 1906 when they came to Tishomingo where Mr. Patton owned and operated a newspaper. After the state constitutional convention late that year, the Pattons moved to Guthrie. After statehood, Mr. Patton became the first attorney of the corporation commission and moved to Oklahoma City. He died in 1928.
Former County Resident Dies in Texas.
J. H. MCDANIEL, age 67, pioneer of Johnston County, died Thursday, April 23, at his residence in Lubbock, Texas, after two weeks illness. Mr. McDaniel had been in ill health for sometime and moved to Lubbock last December 3. Surviving are his wife and seven daughters, Mrs. M. C. RASAR of Morton, Texas, Mrs. M. R. GRIGGS of Coleman, KATHERINE, EDNA, ROSA BELLE, ELLA JOY and LORETHA; stepson WALTER ROBBINS of Briggs, and a sister Mrs. FANNIE WALTERS of Geronimo.
Mrs. T. H. CUTTS, who suffered a stroke last Thursday, is critically ill at her home here. At her bedside are her two daughters, Mrs. OSCAR MALONE of Fayetteville, Ark., and Mrs. CLAUD HARDIN of Newcastle, Texas. A brother, OSCAR LOVETTE, returned home to Anadarko.
Wapanucka News by Walter Dunn
The two day old infant son of Mr. and Mrs. EARL HOBBS died Saturday and was buried Sunday in Rose Hill cemetery.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. MICKEY PRICE,girl, Saturday, may 2.
Thursday, May 14, 1942
Mrs. T. H. Cutts
Mrs. T. H. CUTTS, age 65, died at her home here Tuesday following two weeks illness. Funeral services were held in the Chapman funeral home chapel Wednesday with Rev. O. H. WARD officiating. Burial was in the city cemetery. Surviving are her two daughters, Mrs. OSCAR MALONE of Fayetteville, Ark., and Mrs. CLAUDE HARDIN of Newcastle, Texas.
Thursday, May 21, 1942
Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter
JACK WRIGHT, age 24, Tishomingo filling station attendant, who was held in the county jail without bond since April 13, pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter Tuesday and was sentenced to 40 years in the state penitentiary.
WESLEY DAVIS of Mannsville was bound over, charged with stealing a calf from RUSS RUNNELLS of Mannsville.
Pioneer Tishomingo Woman Passes Away
Funeral services for Mrs. ANDY ARMSTRONG, pioneer Tishomingo resident, were held on Sunday, May 17, at the First Methodist Church with Rev. FRED A TUCKER of Antlers, Rev. L.E. SHACKELFORD and Rev. C. H. WARD of Tishomingo officiating. Mrs. Armstrong, member of a prominent pioneer family of southern Oklahoma and wife of ANDY ARMSTRONG, Tishomingo merchant since 1905, died at the family residence Thursday, May 14, after several months illness. Mrs. Armstrong, before her marriage, was ALLIE GILSTRAP, and came to Tishomingo in 1903 from Union, Arkansas. She married that same year to Andy Armstrong, who was associated at that time with W. M. LUCAS in the clothing business in Tishomingo. Mrs. Armstrong was active in civic and church affairs and a was a member of the Methodist Church since childhood. Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. W. L. HALTOM of Martinsburg, West Virginia, and Mrs. E. C. REEVES of Tishomingo; one son, ROBERT ARMSTRONG, of Tishomingo; three brothers, J. W. GILSTRAP of Mansfield, Texas, R. H. GILSTRAP of Bexar, Arkansas and W. K. GILSTRAP of Stillwater; and one sister Mrs. J. T. NOLES of Tonkawa, and four granddaughters. Pallbearers; J. B. HUTCHENS, L. H. MICKLE, C. H. MCCALL, R. H. MCCALL, L. G. WILEY all of Tishomingo and D. W. BALDRIDGE of Oklahoma City. (long list of out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral)
State Aviator Killed in action
Lt. WILLIAM RAYMOND BARKER, age 23, Army flier, was killed in action in Australia, April 23, according to news from Mangum, Barker’s home. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES BARKER of Mangum and was graduated from the Air Corps advanced flying school at Stockton, California last May. Barker is a cousin of D. P. WHEELER, local gasoline dealer.
Thursday, May 28, 1942
Wapanucka News by Walter Dunn
Former Citizen Dies in California
News was received here of the death of ROY ALLEN in California. He will be remembered as one of the twin sons of Mrs. E. ALLEN, a citizen of this place many years ago.
Mrs. HEBER STRAIN and daughter NANCY left to join Mr. Strain at McAllen, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. BEN F. PAYNE spent the weekend in Tulsa as guests of their daughter, son-in-law and grandson, Mr. and Mrs. L. O. EDWARDS and JOHN.
Misses EDITH and NOVA WALLER, teachers in the Tishomingo and Graham schools, are spending the summer with their parents Mr. and Mrs. JOHN WALLER.
Mrs. HOLLIS FAULKENBERRY and daughter JOMEDA are visiting relatives here.
Mrs. E. H. HORN left here last week for McAllen, Texas, where she will make her home. Mrs. Horn is the former Miss LECIVIE BRESHEARS and was for some years a member of the Wapanucka school faculty as primary teacher.
Missing in Action
Private ALVIN DAVIS, son of Mrs. WANDA DAVIS, of the 12 Mile Prairie community, is reported as missing in action since the surrender of Corregidor on May 7.
Thursday, June 4, 1942
Former Resident Dies in Texas
OSCAR E. DAVIS, age 41, son of Mrs. HUNTER DAVIS of Tishomingo, was found near death in an Aransas Pass, Texas, hotel, Saturday morning, May 30, from gun shot wounds. Death followed shortly after he was found by hotel tenants. Davis, a former resident of Tishomingo and Milburn, was employed as night watchman at nearby Port Aransas and had just returned home a short time before the report was heard. Aransas Pass authorities are investigating the shooting, Mrs. Davis, his mother, was notified late Saturday afternoon of the incident. Funeral arrangements were made by the Aransas Pass funeral home and services were held Wednesday afternoon at the East Hill cemetery at Roff, Okla. He is survived by his wife, three children, MARVIN DEAN, ALICE and GLEN, all of Chickasha; his mother; seven brothers, CLARENCE, JACK and WOODROW, all of Tishomingo, J. C. of Camp Barkeley, Texas; JOE of Sheppard Field, Texas; OTIS of Baltimore, Maryland, and LESTER of Dallas, Texas; three sisters, Mrs. W. L. HAMILTON of Tishomingo, BESSIE BROWN of Oklahoma City and NORENE DAVIS of Fort Worth, Texas.
Pioneer Indian Woman Passes
Mrs. LUCY RUSSELL, age 42, pioneer Indian woman of Johnston County, died early Saturday morning from injuries received from a fall near her Bullet Prairie home when she started to a storm cellar with her husband. Mrs. Russell was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. JACKSON COLBERT, pioneer Indians. Funeral services were held Sunday at Bullet Prairie with Rev. JOHNNIE MOORE officiating. Burial was in the Colbert family cemetery at Bullet Prairie arranged by Chapman funeral home. Survivors include her husband, JESS RUSSELL, and one sister Mrs. AMANDA ANNOATUBBY.
Wapanucka News by Walter Dunn
Mrs. ALICE SMITH HERDON, long time resident of Wapanucka, died Friday after a long illness in the home of her daughter Mrs. WYATT TANNER. She was 83 years old, born September 1859 in Hope, Arkansas. She moved here many years ago. She leaves her daughter Mrs. WYATT TANNER; two sons, MARTIN C. SMITH of Wapanucka and JAMES K. SMITH of Sulphur, ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Burial was Saturday in the old family cemetery at Eldorado, Okla. Services were held in the First Methodist Church there conducted by Rev. CARTER of Childress, Texas.
Uncle Dave White Moves
Uncle DAVE WHITE, who has lived in Bee since 1898, moved to Tishomingo Tuesday to make his home. He moved to the house near the Converse filling station. Uncle Dave, known by nearly every citizen in the county, has been active in political circles until the last few years. In 1916 and 1917 he served as jailor under sheriff JOHN BEN DEAVER, then in 1918 under sheriff JOHN CUNNINGHAM. He also served for years as court bailiff under district judge LINBAUGH and judge PORTER NEWMAN.
Thursday, June 11, 1942
Pioneer Citizen Dies at Home of Son
NOAH WHITE RATLIFF, who would have been 90 years old on June 22, died at the home of his son, C. E. RATLIFF, in Tishomingo, Friday, June 5. Mr. Ratliff came to what is now Mannsville in 1897, and with the exception of 2 years in Carter County, has been in this county since. He was, for years, a successful farmer in the Mannsville community. For the last 51 years he was a member of the Baptist Church and served as church deacon for 30 years. He is survived by five children, C. E. RATLIFF, W. L. RATLIFF of Tishomingo, C. H. RATLIFF of Oklahoma City, Mrs. JOHN KEENON/KEENAN of Loco, and Mrs. J. A. DANNER of Tulsa; 36 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 6, with burial in the city cemetery arranged by Chapman funeral home.
Wapanucka Lad Dies Suddenly
RAY COX, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. COX of Wagoner, died suddenly Saturday morning, June 6, in Wapanucka. He was employed by the Peoples Ice Co. and had just returned from his regular delivery route. After talking for a minute with Mr. FAULKENBERRY, company manger, he entered the plant and busily engaged in pulling ice. In a short time, Mr. Faulkenberry went to speak to him about business and entered the room and discovered Ray lying on the floor. He called Dr. S. S. HABERLY who responded at once and pronounced him death from heart trouble. Ray was born Jan. 23, 1919 in Wapanucka and graduated from high school with high honors in 1937. He united with the Baptist church when he was 13 years old and was a member since that time. Besides his wife, the former LEOLA FAULKENBERRY, and his small daughter, NANCY JOYCE, he leaves his parents Mr. and Mrs. G. W. COX., formerly of Wapanucka now of Wagoner, two brothers, BILLIE TED and BOBBY OWENS; three sisters, LORENE and LEE JOYCE all of Wagoner, and Mrs. ALINE ALEXANDER of San Antonio, Texas; his grandparents Mrs. EPHIE DUNNING of Wapanucka and Mr. and Mrs. JAMES COX of Bromide. Funeral services were held at the high school auditorium in Wapanucka Sunday, June 7 with Rev. FRED STUMPP of Tishomingo, Rev. MERRELL and Rev. CARTWRIGHT of Wapanucka officiating. Pallbearers, all former school mates: E. D. FAULD, TED STRAIN, LESLEY BROWN, LEE OTIS OWEN, LEON BROWN an ROBERT DUNN. Interment was in the Rose Hill cemetery arranged by Keith & Son funeral home of Atoka.
Thursday, June 25, 1942
Little GORDON ALVIN PHELPS, age 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. RAYMOND PHELPS of Tishomingo, was drowned in the swollen Pennington Creek Monday afternoon. Volunteer rescue workers with boats, drag nets and special diving equipment and hooks, searched for the body but the rain is making the search difficult because of high water. Gordon and two little companions, MELVIN LAMB and LLOYD HESS, each about 8, went to the creek at the Tishomingo city limits, with the intention of swimming. They had been there many times and normally the water is about 4 feet in depth. … Two negro fishermen, JOE WILSON and CHINA ROSS, were some 175 feet below where the boys were and watched them while the boys entered the water… Joe Wilson said he shouted to the boys to stay out of the water… Besides Gordon, there are two other children, DENNIS age 12 and GERALDINE age 10.