Ponca City Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1914, page 4, column 3
W R McDonald Dead
Wm R McDonald, one of Ponca City’s respected citizens and a familiar figure of our city during the past twenty years died very suddenly at his home on north Fourth street Tuesday night of heart failure.
While he had not been in the best of health for the last few years, he was feeling better than usual Tuesday and was able to make two trips up town during the day.While sitting in his home Tuesday night with the family, he fell forward out of his chair, where he had been reading and was dead before assistance could reach him.
Wm R McDonald was born in Ohio seventy-three years ago and when a very young man entered the army and served his country valiantly for four years during the civil war.After the war he settled in Kansas City where he lived until the opening of the Cherokee strip.He entered the race and located on the quarter section known as Hartman addition to Ponca City, which he lost by contest.Since that time he has made Ponca City his home and as far as his health would permit has carried on his profession of the law, caring mostly for homestead and pension matters.He was probably one of the best known men of the city, always a booster and partial to his friends, among whom could be counted all who knew him.
Funeral services will be conducted from the home tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock by Rev Deggendorf, of the Presbyterian church and interment made in IOOF cemetery.
There is another large newspaper from Ponca City, which may also have an obit, but I ran out of time on the microfilm reader.Do you want me to check the other paper next time I go, or will this one do?