The Sulphur Times-Democrat
Sulphur, Murray Co., Oklahoma
Thursday, January 2, 1941
1st ’41 Baby Born
The new boy of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. RATIFF, born early this morning, just missed being a New Year Baby by five hours 50 minutes, first to be born in Sulphur in 1941. Mrs. Ratliff is the former Miss VELMA PARKER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. PARKER of 1301 West 12th. Until about a month ago, they lived at Mason City, Iowa, but returned here to live.
Widely Known Settler Dies at Ardmore
WILLIAM F. WARREN, age 76, long time resident of southern Oklahoma, died at his Ardmore home Tuesday afternoon after a brief illness. …Funeral rites were held in Ardmore Wednesday. Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1864, he came to Indian Territory when a young man and settled at Atoka in the Choctaw Nation, later moved to Berwyn in Chickasaw Nation, now Carter County. In 1888 he married Miss NANNIE WARD, a Chickasaw citizen, and under tribal laws, became a citizen of the tribe by adoption. The Warren allotment was near Berwyn, many rich Washita river bottom acres. He was mayor of Berwyn when incorporated. He bought and shipped consignments of farm products and livestock from Berwyn to the markets of Kansas City and Chicago. Some years ago he moved his family to Ardmore where his children could be given the opportunity of better schools, where he lived for the last quarter century.
Mrs. Belle Parks
Mrs. BELLE PARKS, age 81, died at her home at 216 West 14th St. early Wednesday morning. Mrs. Parks was born February 1, 1858 in Pike County, Arkansas. She came to Sulphur from Tabler about four years ago. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, JOE PARKS, and a son, BOB PARKS, of Pike County, Arkansas. Funeral service were this afternoon at the Primitive Baptist Church, Rev. A. E. WEST officiating. Pallbearers were DILLARD SHIELDS, JOHN D. CONLEY, JOE S. HOLLY, GRANT WEBB, J. F. BLIVEN, and LLOYD CHAFFIN. Interment was at Oaklawn Cemetery directed by Frier Funeral Home.
Mrs. Martha Jane Carr
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. MARTHA JANE CARR, age 94, who died Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. MARSEE at 120 West 14th St. Mrs. Carr was born in Mississippi May 4, 1846 and spent her early life in Texas. She came to Oklahoma before statehood and lived in the Sulphur vicinity for the past 39 years. She was a member of the Vinita Avenue Church of Christ. Besides Mrs. Marsee, she is survived by a son, J. A. CARR of Crusher, 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at the Vinita Ave. Church of Christ, JOHN FULMER, minister, officiating. Pallbearers were L. L. DOWLING, JAMES CARR, WILLIAM CARR, HENRY WAYNE CARTER, and CHARLES ALLEY, all grandsons. Interment was in the Drake cemetery arranged by Frier Funeral Home.
Mrs. MARY A. KECK, who lived in west Sulphur many years, died Sunday at Norman, where she had made her home for several years. She would have been 69 years old Tuesday. Mrs. Keck was born in Russell County, Kentucky on December 31, 1871. She moved to Cleveland County in 1890, later to Sulphur. She married JOHN KECK in 1902. Funeral services were held in Norman Monday. Survivors include her mother, Mrs. SARAH WILKERSON, a foster son FRANK CURTIS; two daughters, Mrs. IRA PEACHEE and Mrs. A. P. HODGES, all of Norman; three brothers, S. H. WILKERSON of Erick, DENVER WILKERSON of Wanette, and ALFRED WILKERSON of Trousdale; three sisters, Mrs. G. THORNHILL of Norman, Mrs. REED BLANCHARD and Mrs. SAM WALKER of Oklahoma City.
9 Months Old Child Fatal Burns
BETTY SUE COWELL, nine months old, a month ago was rescued from a fire barely in time for her life to be saved. Saturday, the second fire of her life occurred and Betty Sue burned to death. It was a month and three days previously that the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. MURL COWELL of the Valley View community, burned to the ground. Seeing the house on fire, Mrs. Cowell rushed and saved the baby who suffered serious burns. Cowell, with the house gone, got a tent, placed a wooden floor under it and the family moved in. Saturday, Cowell was away, Mrs. Cowell with her other two small children… burned.
JIM CARR was called Monday to the bedside of his aged mother, who passed away at her daughter’s home in Sulphur. The people of Big Canyon community extend their sympathy to the bereaved.
DONALGENE KASERMAN of Wyoming spent the holidays here with relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. NEAL spent the holidays with her parents at Palmer and with the SID NEAL family at Daughterty.
Mrs. PAUL RAGLAND has flu.
ERMA LOU KASERMAN and LENA MAE RHODES will return to Murray college after the holidays.
Judge CARR of Grand Lake, Colorado is visiting relatives here.
HENRY WYATT of Fort Sam Houston and MARION WYATT of Fort Sill spent the holidays where with their parents, BEN WYATT and family.
Mrs. C. M. PURDUE visited relatives in Texas.
ELAINE CURRY of Ardmore, formerly of here, visited friends at Scullin.
Mr. and Mrs. EARL LENVILLE visited his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS BROWN at Sulphur.
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. WAGGONER had a family reunion during the holidays, having all 10 of their children at home.
Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT GRACY and two sons spent the holiday with his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Z. A. GARRETT.
LEMUEL RAY ELLIOTT of Fort Sill visited his parents Mr. and Mrs. H. M. ELLIOTT.
JAMES MCCREW of Sulphur visited J. L. and WILDON MCCRW.
Mr. and Mrs. FRED LANE of El Reno visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. M. A. MITCHELL.
Mr. and Mrs. THURMAN SMITH of Roff, Mr. and Mrs. WILLIS SMITH left to visit Mr. and Mrs. FLOYD SMITH.
Mrs. LAHOMA SOUTH, an instructor at Mannsville school, visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. LON GATLIN, and has the flu..
JOHNNIE GATLIN is spending the week with her brother-in-law and sister Mr. and Mrs. HOMER SOUTH. She will teach for her sister Mrs. LAHOMA SOUTH until she is able to resume her duties.
Mrs. THEADORE ALLEN and son ROBBY returned from visiting Mr. Allen at Anadarko.
CORBITT SMITH had the flu.
Mrs. JNO. EWING returned from Sulphur.
Mr. Gatlin and Mrs. BYERS had business in Sulphur.
Mrs. RUBY ETCHERSON has the flu.
There will be services at the Methodist church by our pastor, Rev. PERRY of Roff.
CLARENCE REYNOLDS was in Sulphur on business.
DERWARD BYERS is visiting his parents Mr. and Mrs. JOE BYERS this week.
Rites for Mrs. Wallen
Funeral services were held for Mrs. WALLEN, age 84, mother of police chief OWEN WALLEN, were held Saturday morning. She died Thursday morning. She is survived by a daughter,Mrs. LILY HULSEY of Hobart, son Owen Wallen, a sister, Mrs. EVA SAVAGE. Rev. F. A. MCCAGE of the Freewill church, officiated. Interment was at Oaklawn cemetery directed by Dunn Funeral Home.
Rites at Berwyn for Mr. Garner
Funeral services were held at Berwyn Friday for ADOLPH GARNER, who died last Thursday from a gunshot wound, said to have been self-inflicted. Garner, who lived in the Baum community in Carter County near Berwyn, was a bachelor and lived with three bachelor brothers, JOHN, JIM and ED GARNER. He was said to be in ill health for some time. Funeral services were held at the Berwyn Baptist Church. Interment was a Berwyn directed by Dunn Funeral Home.
R. C. JAMES
ROMULUS C. JAMES, age 72, of 1111 West Tishomingo, 30 years resident of Sulphur and area, died at his home early Sunday morning. He had been ill about two weeks. James, brother of BLACK JAMES of Big Canyon, and stepfather of OTIS CORLEY of Sulphur, was well known, being one of the older of Sulphur residents. Survivors include his widow, two sons, CLAUDE JAMES of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; ED JAMES of Pomona, California; three brothers, TOM and BILL JAMES, both of Dyer, BLACK JAMES; four sisters, Mrs. EKNNIE GORDON of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. RACHAEL COOK of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Mrs. WILL BUSHMIRE of Van Buren, Arkansas, and Mrs. BELLE BRADLEY of Alma, Arkansas. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Dunn Funeral Home chapel. Interment was in Oaklawn cemetery.
Dr. MINNIE LEE O’DOR FLETCHER, age 72, optometrist, who lived in Sulphur for many years, died early Sunday morning at the home of her son, T. M. O’DOR of Ratliff Corner near Alma. Mrs. Fletcher lived at her residence many years until her health became bad and she left Sulphur to live with her son. Funeral services were held at the chapel of Dunn Funeral Home Tuesday and interment at Oaklawn cemetery. Survivors include three sons, T. M. O’DOR of Alma; RAY O’DOR of Seagraves, Texas; and A. D. O’DOR of Sayre, and two daughters, Mrs. C. P. MCELVINA of Seminole and Mrs. (unreadable in the print copy).
Thursday, January 9, 1941
4 Months Old Baby of Healdton People Dies Here
Funeral services were held at Roff Tuesday afternoon for ORIENE KAYE KELLEY, four months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. W. KELLEY of Healdton, who died in a local hospital late Monday of pneumonia. She had been ill since Sunday. She was born Aug. 30, 1940 at Ringling. The parents are former residents of Roff. Mrs. Kelley is the former Miss WILMA JEAN PRICE of Roff. Surviving also are the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. PRICE and Mr. and Mrs. E. F. KELLEY, all of Roff. Funeral services were at the Roff Methodist Church, Rev. PERRY, pastor, officiating. Interment was in East Hill cemetery at Roff, conducted by Dunn Funeral Home of Sulphur.
45 Year Resident Passes Away
THOMAS B. SWEETON, age 73, of Route 1, who had lived in Murray County for 45 years, died at his residence seven miles northwest of Sulphur Saturday morning. Sweeton was born July 4, 1867 at Jackson, Mississippi. Survivors include three nephews, GEORGE and JOHN SWEETON, both of Sulphur, ECART SWEETON of La Mesa, New Mexico; two nieces, Mrs. SYBLE MCCLURE and Mrs. BELLE HOBGOOD both of La Mesa, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. MARY ANN SWEETON of Route 1, Sulphur. Funeral services were held at the Frier Funeral chapel Sunday afternoon, Rev. F. L. GILES of the St. Paul Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was at the Davis cemetery.
Services for Mrs. Murphy
Funeral services for Mrs. MINNIE MURL MURPHY, age 44, who died last Thursday afternoon, were held Saturday afternoon at the Dunn Funeral Home chapel. Mrs. Murphy died at her home, 1421 East 1st St., after an illness of four months. She was born Oct. 9, 1886 in Wayne County, Illinois. She was a member of the First Christian Church. She is survived by her husband, P. J. MURPHY; four sons, PAT, JOE, ARTHUR and BILLY; and two daughters, Mrs. KATHRYN INGRAM and Mrs. RUTH RAY, all of Sulphur. Rev. A. A. HARMAN of the First Christian Church, officiate, assisted by Rev. ROBERT S. SCALES of the First Baptist Church. Pallbearers were HARRY KELLY, COLEY SINGLETARY, TOMMIE BARNES, BILL COOPER, ROY JOHNSON and JOHN HASSEN. Interment was in the Oaklawn cemetery.
Services for JOHNNIE LEE PERRY
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for JOHNNIE LEE PERRY, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. PERRY, who died in a local hospital following an operation. (unreadable print copy_).. Interment was in Palmer cemetery arranged by Dunn Funeral Home.
Dies Here Tuesday
NORMA JEAN MILLER, 14 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. MILLER of 1020 West 11th, died Tuesday in a local hospital. Miss Miller, a student at Sulphur high school, was born July 15, 926 at Loveland, Colorado. She is survived by her parents, sisters, ARLEEN and JOYCE, and a brother VERNON, all of Sulphur. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Calvary Baptist Church, Rev. DWIGHT O. NORTHRIP, pastor, officiating. Interment was at Oaklawn cemetery arranged by Frier Funeral Home.
News Briefs by Miss MARY LEE GILLESPIE
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. MOLDER visited with relatives at McLoud and Meeker Sunday. They were guests of her mother, Mrs. MARY L. KERR in McLoud, and she accompanied them to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. MOLDER at Meeker, as it was W. T. T. MOLDER’S birthday.
CLAUDE M. RENNIE is recovering from an appendectomy at the Veterans Hospital.
Mrs. JACK NOWLIN is recovering from an illness at her home, 1146 West 1st St.
Mr. and Mrs. RAYJOND MORTON and children RAY EDWARD and CAROL ANN of Hennepin visited her parents Mr. and Mrs. R. D. ROSS.
H. A. GARDNER is improving slowly at his home 1224 West Vinita Ave.
KATHRYN GOVETT is ill at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. GOVETT of 1147 West 1st St.
Mrs. FRANK ORR was called to Chattanooga, Tennessee by the illness of her mother Mrs. ALICE HAVEN who is in critical condition.
RICHARD MCCLURE returned to work at the Farmers National Bank after recovering from flu at his home, 1324 West 1st St.
Miss MARGARET HAY, daughter of Mrs. LYDIA HAY, is ill with infected tonsils.
Mrs. J. L. POMEROY and Miss EVAN BOND, teachers at Cameron grade school, returned to work after several days illness with flu.
On Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. E. N. DRAPER and children ARTLETA and E. N. Jr. and JOE NUTTY of Oklahoma City visited in Sulphur. Mr. Draper entered the Veterans Hospital for treatment and the others visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. GOVETT.
Mrs. MARY RUTH GOODALL
Mrs. Mary Ruth Goodall, age 70, died early Sunday at her home eight miles northwest of Sulphur. She had lived in Murray County for the last 40 years. Mrs. Goodall was born in Tennessee January 30, 1870. Her husband JOHN GOODALL died in 1930. (print copy unreadable for rest of article).
Sister of Mrs. Stevens Dies
Mrs. CORA C. PURDUE, age 71, of Paradise, California, former Sulphur resident, died suddenly at Paradise last Thursday morning. She was the sister of Mrs. S. M. STEVENS of 915 West Wyandotte, who was unable to attend her sister’s funeral.
Veteran Dies at Hospital
JOHN A. FARMER, age 49, veteran of World War, died Tuesday at the Veteran Hospital, where he had been a patient for about a month. Farmer was born in Texas May 23, 1891. Surviving him is a brother G. H. FARMER of Sawyer. Funeral services were held in the Frier Funeral Home chapel Wed. morning, Rev. D. G. NORTHRIP of the Calvary Baptist Church officiated. Interment was in Oaklawn cemetery.
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. BILLY BEAN of Madill at the Sulphur clinic Friday night.
January 30, 1941
Dies at Ardmore
RUTHERFORD BRETT Sr, age 73, former criminal court of appeals judge and supreme court justice, died at Ardmore Wednesday after a long illness. Born in Tennessee, Brett received his law degree from Cumberland University in 1890. He was admitted to the bar in 1902 in Tennesee and moved to Oklahoma, becoming prosecuting attorney for Washita County from 1907 to 1910…since 1919, he practiced law in Ardmore.
Hickory Resident for 43 Years Dies
Mrs. MINNIE ALICE WATSON, age 70, of Hickory, wife of SOLEN WATSON, died at the family home early Friday. Mrs. Watson was born November 26, 1871 in Missouri. She had lived at Hickory since 1898. Survivors include her husband; five sons, SHERMAN WATSON of Hickory, CHARLES WATSON of Alma, LESLEY WATSON of Wilson, LOYD WATSON of Allen and RAY WATSON of New London, Texas. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Hickory Methodist Church. JACK CHAFFIN, Church of Christ minister, officiated. Active pallbearers were SOLON STIDHAM, HENRY MOORE, FRED OZIBRN, PAUL HEWITT and CECIL MOORE. Honorary pallbearers were LEE KEY, W. S. DUNCAN, LON GATLIN, R. B. BRADLEY, TOM WHITSETT, WALTER CLAYTON, E. J. HAYS, WILLIS SMITH and W. A. CLAYTON. Interment was at Hickory arranged by Dunn Funeral Home.
Four Marriage Licenses
ORIS MILLEN ROBERTS, 34, of Dallas and Mrs. KATHRYN ELIZABETH ROBERTS, 34 of Los Angele.
JOHN H. SMITH 21 of Sulphur to LOWANA COLLINS 18 of Ardmore.
EMMET P. CHAMBERS 21 of Sulphur to ANGIELENE JEAN GOFORTH 17 of Davis.
DOYLE G. CHRISS 22 of Stonewall to VIRGINA GOODALL 20 of Ada.
57 Year Resident Passes
FRED G. THOMAS, age 89, who came to Murray County 57 years ago when it was a sparsely settled part of Indian Territory, died Wednesday at his home on Route 3, five miles south of Sulphur. Thomas moved to Dougherty from Texas in 1884 and was widely known by county people. He was born Feb. 11, 1851 at Shreveport, Louisiana. When 24 years old he moved to Texas and married 64 years ago at Denton, Texas to Miss MARY ELLEN WILSON on Aug. 18, 1877. Mrs. Thomas survives him. Other survivors include two daughters, Mrs. J. JOBE of Sulphur and Mrs. MARY ANN CHANEY of Springer; a son, WILLIAM F. THOMAS of Lookeba; 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held this afternoon, JACK CHAFFIN, Church of Christ minister, officiated. Pallbearers were six of his grandsons. Interment was in the Davis cemetery arranged by Frier Funeral Home.
Services for Mrs. S. P. Hendricks
Funeral services were held Tuesday for Mrs. SARAH AMANDA HENDRICKS, age 72, who died in a local hospital Monday. Mrs. Hendricks, wife of S. P. HENDRICKS, former county superintendent, was widely known in Murray County and highly respected. She had lived in Murray County since 1906. Mrs. Hendricks was born in Texas August 4, 1864 and moved to Hugo in 1902, coming to Sulphur in 1909.When nine years old, Mrs. Hendricks joined the Antioch church at Biardsville(?), Texas. Survivors include her husband; four sons, KRUGER and ELBERT HENDRICKS both of Sulphur; JOHN HENDRICKS of Dougherty; HARRY HENDRICKS of Wichita Falls, Texas; a daughter, Miss TINA HENDRICKS of Sulphur; a granddaughter, SARA BETH BENN of Sulphur; three sisters, Miss LOVENIA BIARD, Mrs. MARY SHAW and Mrs. VIRGEL NELSON; two brothers, WILL and DONIE BIARD. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Frier Funeral Home chapel, Rev. A. A. HARMAN of the First Christian Church officiated. Pallbearers were HARRY JENNINGS, MARSHALL MONTGOMERY, ROSWELL REID, BUSTER ROBB, JACK NOWLIN, and J. W. BOSTICK. Interment was in Oaklawn cemetery.
Hennepin Indian Dead
AMOS SAMS, about 65, Indian who had lived at Hennepin for many years, was found dead near McAlester Friday, Jan. 24. The body was lying in a pasture near a highway. It was estimated he had been dead for six days. He had been visiting a daughter at Wilburton and it was believed that he was en route home when death struck. Funeral services were held at Hennepin Sunday, January 26.
Mrs. Georgina Ward
Mrs. GEORGINA WARD, age 89, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. E. T.WHITE, here Monday. Mrs. Ward, who had lived in Sulphur since 1904, was well known and an accomplished musician, had been a teacher of piano for many years. Mrs. Ward was born in Providence, Rhode Island Sept. 30, 1851. She married CHARLES H. WARD at Anna, Illinois in 1880, coming to Oklahoma in 1904. After living in Ardmore for a few months, the Wards moved to Sulphur. Mr. Ward died many years ago and Mrs. Ward remained here, living with her daughter Mrs. White, her only living child. Her son FRED died years ago. Survivors include Mrs. White, a brother W. D. ROWAND of Oklahoma City, and three grandchildren, EUGENE WHITE of Oklahoma City, CHARLES FRED WHITE at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, and GEORGE WHITE of Sulphur. Funeral services were Tuesday morning at the Frier Funeral Home chapel. Officiating were Rev. GEORGE H. QUARTERMAN of St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church of Ardmore and Rev. H. H. ALLEN of the First Methodist Church of Sulphur. Interment was in Fairview cemetery at Oklahoma City.
Former Sulphur Girl Dies at Los Angeles
Mrs. BOB ANDERSON, the former Miss SULA BETH GIBSON of Sulphur, died at Los Angeles, California, of pneumonia last week. Her mother Mrs. Gibson died in Sulphur and Gibson and other family members now live in Oklahoma City. Mrs. Anderson was graduated from Sulphur high school in 1930.