The Nocona News
Nocona, Montague County, Texas
July 2, 1915
WILLIAM JAKE LONG was born at Bowie, Texas October 8, 1893 and died at Nocona, Texas January 21, 1913. …surviving are father, stepmother, two sisters, two brothers, and two little half-sisters… written by his sister Mrs. FANNIE LITTLE.
Mrs. G. D. LUNN of Sanger is the guest of her daughter Mrs. R. COMPTON.
July 9, 1915
JOHN SMITH, a citizen of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, sick and afflicted, traveled on the Katy RR as far as St. Jo, Texas, where his money gave out and he landed broke, with a wife and three children. The hospitable town of St. Jo barely made up enough money to send the Smith family to Nocona. Nocona made up enough money to send the Smith family to Wichita Falls. Thanks, St. Jo.
CHARLIE GIBSON, son of our popular and wagonyard man, B. G. GIBSON, from 10 miles southeast of town, was here.
GENE KELLER came in from Junction City, Kansas to visit his mother Mrs. FRANKIE HAGLER and friends. He is taking his annual vacation and subscribed to the News.
JOHN MADDOX of the Valley presented to Drs. HUMPHREY &
DAVIS, two fine cabbage head, weighing 7 to 8 pounds each.
July 16, 1915
Response from St. Jo about the amount given to the Smith family.
Written by M. BLEVINS, city marshal of St. Jo to the editor of the Nocona News about JOHN SMITH, supposed citizen of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, whose money gave out in St. Jo while traveling on the Katy RR. …The Smith family spent the night at the Clouts Hotel where they were given supper, lodging, and breakfast, then Mr. Smith wanted to go to Wichita Falls, so $6.05 was given to him to buy tickets for Wichita Falls with $1.30 left over. They spent the day her, given dinner and supper and considerable clothing for the Smith children. Then I (Mr. Blevins) found that the Smith family had only purchased tickets for Nocona, not Wichita Falls. Had you not bought the tickets yourself, they would have gone on to the next town and worked the same old game on those people…
C. E. SAVILL, justice of the peace of the Nocona precinct, a weak, crippled and one legged man, was the victim of a dastardly assault. While he was in Montague on official business, he was knocked down and kicked by one commonly known here as Leather Breeches. Savill is a honest upright law abiding citizen…
Uncle BERRY and Aunt ALICE PARR of Bellevue are visiting relatives and friends in and near Nocona. They are both in good health. Many years ago Uncle Berry was county treasurer for four years. They lived in Nocona until three years ago when they moved to their present home.
JudgeW.S. JAMESON visited Duncan, Oklahoma.
Rev. R. M. FRANKS, Baptist missionary, just closed a good meeting at the Grayson school house.
Miss ALMA BONDS, formerly of Nocona, and JOHN HOHN of Beeville were married at the First Baptist church at Sinton, Texas. They will live at Beeville where he is a young merchant.
Miss MABEL PRICE returned from Dallas where she has been studying music under Prof. CHARLES D. HALN, lately of Germany and New York City. She will conduct a summer class at Plano.
Mr. and Mrs. FRANK WOODS were called to the beside of her mother, Mrs. R. G. SHACKELFORD of Route 2, who was ill, but now improved.
A.C. HARALSON of Alto,Texas is the guest of Dr. and Mrs. N. W. CRAIN. He is an uncle of Mrs. Crain.
July 23, 1915
Mr. and Mrs. A. L. EARLE announce the marriage of their sister, CORA LEE EARLE to Rev. F. A. WHITELEY on Saturday, July 17, at their home two miles south of Amarillo. They will be at home at 1705 Lincoln street in Amarillo. He was the former pastor of the Nocona Baptist church.
A crowd of girls went out on a ‘hack’ Tuesday to surprise Miss EVIE LONG with a birthday supper. J. E. C. SMITH was the jitney driver. Attending were Misses GERTIE SMITH, NORA MCGREW, FLORENCE and ORA GENTRY, SARAH DUNNING, REBA ATKINS, EVA and MARGIE LONG, and Mrs. HYNDS with little MANCELL.
Mrs. HOMER GREESEN of Bowie visited her father, J. P. STONE and family.
CHARLES KNIGHT of Dallas visited his sister Mrs. ANTRAM.
August 27, 1915
On Friday morning, Aug. 20, 1915, JOE O’DONNEL breathed his last. He had suffered from tuberculosis since June 1914. ..He was a member of the Nocona Baptist church. After the funeral service, his remains were laid to rest in the Nocona cemetery.
September 3, 1915
Mrs. MARY J. WOODS, wife of J. N. WOODS, died August 26, 1915 after an illness of six years. She was a devoted wife, loyal member of the church. Written by L. F. PALMER.
Unclaimed letters for Aug. 30, 1915:
W. K. BRADFOOTE
Mrs. ELIZABETH DAVIS
Mrs. IDA HARVEY
Miss SALLIE JORDAN
Miss KATE MOORE
Senor JUAN MATINEZ
W. H. SPIVY
W. E. WHITMORE
Mrs. HARMON and daughter visited her father, G. P. PRIBBLE, then returned to Manitou, Oklahoma.
W. T., J. D., and J. C. MILLER of Willis Point visited their brother JOE MILLER during the Reunion.
RAY DEAL is improving his place on the south side, the place now occupied by J. E. C. SMITH.
Miss MARIE EUSTIS of Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin, who will teach in the primary department of Nocona school, has arrived.
J. J. WOOD was called to Hardy Wednesday of last week to see his sister-in-law, Mrs. NANCY JANE COOK, who died Friday and was buried Saturday. Mr. Wood is now sick.
NEWELL B. CRAIN, son of Dr. and Mrs. N. W. CRAIN, left for Washington, D. C. after spending some time with home folks. He has a position with the Census Bureau and was also a student at the university there.
LOUIS OLDHAM is sporting a brand new wagon on our streets. He bought HHOSS GRAY’S farming outfit and moved to the farm.
In the writing contest at Blanco, Oklahoma, Miss DAKOTA BROWN won. She is a young accomplished young woman, a native of Arkansas. Miss Brown has many friends in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma.
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. WOOD celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Tuesday, August 31. They were married at Greenville, Texas August 31, 1865. They have six children living and two dead. The six children and 16 grandchildren were present Tuesday. J. J. WOOD was born near Marietta, Georgia Oct. 27, 1840 and moved with his parents to Smith County, Texas in February 1850 and to Hunt County in 1860. He served three years and two months with Company H, Happs Regiment and Polignac’s Brigade of the Confederate Army. Mrs. LUERATIA WOOD, nee FANNING, was born in Morgan County, Illinois January 1, 1845 and moved with her parents to Hunt County, Texas in 1847.
This is the second golden wedding anniversary celebrated near Nocona in the past few months. The first was that of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Boren. The next will be that of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. OLDEN whose golden wedding anniversary will be September 7. Then comes Mr. and Mrs. J. A. CHISHOLM whose golden wedding anniversary will be in October.
September 10, 1915
W. A. MCCALL
After several months of illness, death called W. A. MCCALL Tuesday night…He was born in Springfield, Missouri April 16, 1845, and died September 7, 1915. He is survived by his wife, a son, two sisters in Nocona, besides other relatives. The funeral was conducted at the Methodist church, of which he was a member, Thursday afternoon, by the pastor, Rev. F. B. WHEELER. Interment was at Nocona cemetery.
W. A. MCCALL had lived in Nocona more than 20 years and was in the hardware business, owned and operated the Nocona roller mill. His capital made possible the Planters Cotton Oil mill which is perhaps the best equipped of any in the state. He was president and largest stockholder in the Farmers and Merchants Bank from its beginning.
H. H. GOODSPEED, stockman and farmer 4 ½ miles south of Nocona, and O. D. GREEN, the Katy RR agent, trades farms and ranches last week.
The reception given by their nieces and nephews honoring Mr. and Mrs. J. M. ODOM on their 50th anniversary will be remembered by the many relatives and friends who attended. The bride and groom of fifty years were smiling with the joy of long happy wedded life and seated with them were the oldest and best friends… Punch and cake were served by two great-nieces, Misses VERA S. COLTHORP and MAOLE SKILLMAN. Another great niece Miss VIVIAN HARALSON played music on her graphophone…
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. WEST of Hollis, Oklahoma, while guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. WEST of near Eagle Point, were very unfortunate. Three of their children were stricken with diphtheria. The five year old died last Friday night and the father started to Hollis with the body Saturday, but was called back by phone when he reached Belcherville by the death of another child. Both children were buried together at Nocona cemetery Sunday afternoon. Mr. West is a son of Mrs. J. N. WEST and used to live on Post Prairie.
September 17, 1915
The first bale of cotton for the season was brought in Monday afternoon by M. E. LEMONS of Route 5, raised on his father’s farm, J. E. LEMONS near Eagle Point about 7 miles northeast of Nocona. It was ginned by CURLIN Brothers and bought by J. H. CONE.In 1914, the first bale was brought in Aug. 25 by WILL CLARY, bought by J. H. CONE. The first bale in 1913 was brought in Aug. 9 by SIDNEY EVANS and bought by LEMONS & Sons.
The second bale for 1915 was brought in by A. BROOKMOTE of Route 2, ginned by W. D. CARMICHAEL and bought by R. R. ALEXANDER.
C. G. KELLIS
PATE Gin Co.
W. M. PATE
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. HOWARD announce the marriage of their daughter BERTHA MAE to JAMES L. LEVELL Wednesday morning, Sept. 15, at Spanish Fort. They will make their home at Spanish Fort.
Died: A. J. BROWN Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. BROWN of the Rock Springs community, died Sept. 11th with blood poison. He had suffered with blood poison for four weeks. He was 9 years, 8 months 28 days old. ..He was laid to rest at Oak Hill cemetery.
P. Y. MULLINS, father of GEORGE MULLINS, ate a hearty supper Wednesday night, retired in apparently well and sound, and was found dead the next morning. George left Thursday morning for Dallas.
BRYAN JAMESON, son of Mr. and Mrs. JEFF JAMESON of Montague, who was operated on a short time ago, died Monday. He was a young man, well known and liked.
H. C. RICH of Grayson County and Miss MATTIE HACKELMAN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. B. HACKELMAN, who reside on Route 2 southwest of Nocona, were united in marriage Sunday afternoon at Montague. They left for Sulphur, Oklahoma where they will make their home.
E. C. COLEMAN returned from Dallas and his old home in Kaufman County. He visited his brother E. H. COLEMAN and family at Mabank.
CARL ROWLAND and family went fishing.
The A. J. BOYD family visited the ADAM WOOD family.
Miss MARY SAPPINGTON of Grady, Oklahoma visited Miss WINNIE BROWN. She returned home, accompanied by Miss Winnie and STANLEY GRAYSON.
BILL BEGLEY visited his sister Mrs. ZED STEWART at Grady, Oklahoma.
Miss EVA FOSTER of near Spanish Fort visited her sister Mrs. ELON HAMILTON.
JOE NEWTON looks sad since the Denison school started. Wonder why?
FORT PAYNE returned from a visit.
WARD and MABEE GORDON are sick.
Miss MYRTLE BEGLEY of this place attended the carnival at Ringling, accompanied by NEWELL DUNFORD and Mr. and Mrs. ZED STEWART of Grady, Oklahoma.
Mrs. J. H. BEGLEY visited Mrs. C. C. GORDON.
Mrs. GERTIE JOHNSON and little daughter FRANKIE of Grady, Oklahoma are visiting Mrs. J. H. BROWN.
Mrs. T. W. WILLIAMS with the aid of LOLA BALL and TOM LEMON arranged a pleasant surprise for her daughter MARGUERITE on her 18th birthday. ..Attending were Misses JOSA ALEXANDER, CARMEN CRAIN, RUTH CONE, GLADYS SHORT, BONNIE CRITES, HILDA FLADOS, MILDRED BUSH, IRMA GREAVES, OPAL and LORRAINE RUSSELL, MABLE PRICE, OLA MARTIN, THELMA CLARK, GLADYS NEWMAN, GLADYS SMITH, PEARL HOWARD, LOAL HALL and the hosts.
September 16, 1915
W. R. Mullins
WILLIAM R. MULLINS, born at Ocena, West Virginia, November 1848 and died September 16, 1915, age 67. He was married in 1872 to MALINDA J. MORTON. To this union were born three sons and a daughter. He united with the Methodist church. ..the doctor said it was heart failure. GEORGE MULLINS and his two brothers have our sympathy. By L. P. PALMER.
Uncle TOM BAREFOOT was out at his Sandy Mound farm last week. He says his cotton will only make about half.
Miss AUDRY HERRING left for Austin to attend the State School for the Blind for the coming term.
Miss CONSTANCE GILHAM, accompanied by her mother Mrs. WILLIE GILLHAM, left for Chicago where she will take a special course in art.
There will be a free night school every evening from 7:30 to 9:00 at the school building, beginning Sept. 27. ROSS COMPTON.
On Monday morning, Aug. 23, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. JOHN GREER and called from them their little son WILLIE JACKSON, age 11 years 24 days old, died from swamp fever. He was a kind obedient child to his mother and stepfather. He leaves his mother, stepfather, three sisters and one brother. He was laid to rest at Fort Towson cemetery. The funeral services were held by Rev. NOWELL of Coren, Oklahoma. Written by a friend, Mrs. MARTIN PRICE of Frogville, Oklahoma.
October 1, 1915
Long article about the wedding of ENNIS V. CLARK of Montague and Miss HILDA MAY FLADOS. ..Out of town guests were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. JNO. CLARK of Montague, Mrs. FRED SMITH of Houston, sister of the groom; ED SHIPLEY of Lawton, Oklahoma, uncle of the groom; Mr. and Mrs. H. J. DHOL(?), Mrs. C. J. JOHNSON, and Miss MARY WAYLAND of
Gainesville; RUGLEY, COVEY and Miss CRENSHAW of Montague.
CHARLES VERETTA of near Montague was in town with a load of vegetables.
Elder THOMAS WILLIAMS filled the pulpit at the Church of Christ Sunday evening by special request of Elder GRIMSLEY. Elder Williams is an old worn out preacher and while he is childish and has some very strange theories, he says some good things.
October 8, 1915
W. M. LEMONS and Miss S.T. VANAKEN were married last Sunday afternoon by Elder GRIMSLEY.
C. C. TITSWORTH called at the News office and says he finished gathering his corn and turned his stock in the field.
Mrs. DORA SULLIVAN
Death came to Mrs. Dora Sullivan Wednesday after a long and trying illness. The funeral was held Thursday morning and burial was at the Nocona cemetery. She leaves several children. She had resided the greater part of the past two years in Nocona.
Mr. and Mr. ALBERT ELY of Benton’s Fort, Iowa are the guests of Messrs. Z. W. and R. G. SHACKELDFORD / SHACKLEFORD. They are cousins of the Shackelfords, on their way home from California and the big fair in San Francisco.
Rev. A. W. REED of near Fox was in town and presented the News force with some mighty fine homegrown apples.
J. E. C. SMITH of the Farmers Union Store moved to his new home, the SALOMON place on south side.
Postmaster Pays Visit to His Birthplace
Postmaster G.W. BAREFOOT returned from two weeks visit to his old home place near Fayetteville, Arkansas. Mr. BAREFOOT has been in Washington County, near Fayetteville, Arkansas and left there when he was only nine years old. ..He left Chickasha, Oklahoma for Fayetteville. He stated that he found only the most prosperous farmers in his native county…not a member of the Socialist political faith in the county. Last Sunday, Mr. Barefoot ate dinner in the house where he was born and attended Sunday school and divine services in the old Zion church which occupies the building in which he attended school. The building was erected in 1857 and is in a remarkable state of preservation.
After church, Mr. Barefoot said he had to visit his old swimming hole where he also gathered abundance of paw-paws and hazelnuts and chinkapins from the trees and bushes lining the banks of the watercourse where the old swimming hole is located. He also visited his old girl sweetheart. She is now a stately matron with her husband, living in the old Barefoot homestead. From the Chickasha Exchange.
Long Branch News
L. J. RYAN, our friend and neighbor, departed this life Oct. 2, 1915 in a sanitarium at Fort Worth after an illness of two weeks and an operation for gallstones. Mr. Ryan was born June 13, 1875.
He has lived in our community nearly four years and will be missed. He leaves his wife and one son, RONDIA, and a host of relatives and friends. He was laid to rest at his old home cemetery at Collinsville, Texas.
Rev. REED and WEATHERS visited the MONROE REED family.
MARVIN PRIDDY and wife, CLAY PEMBERTON and wife, LAWRENCE PEMBERTON and wife visited the L. PEMBERTON family Sunday.
Quite a crowd of young people visited the watermelon patch of A. K. STEWART.
LAWRENCE THORNTON and family visited the A. K. STEWART family.
Resolutions of respect from the Long Branch Sunday school for the death of L. J. RYAN. Signed by J. M. REED, supt. and Mrs. A.K. STEWART, teacher.
Little HARRIET CLARK returned home to Grand Prairie after visiting her aunts Misses HARWELL.
October 15, 1915
J. E. BARLOW
JAEMS F. BARLOW, who lived at Nocona for many years, died at Pomona, California where he had moved some two years ago. He had been in the hardware business in Nocona.
From the California paper:
JAMES F. BARLOW, who conducted a little grocery at the corner of Holt and Huntington Blvd., passed away Tuesday. He was born in Benbrook, Ontario, Canada on April 1, 1847 and was 68 years old. He is survived by his widow and two children, Mr. MARK BARBOUR of this city and A. H. BARLOW of Long Beach. When a young man, Mr. Barlow moved to Texas where he lived most of his life. He came to Pomona about three years ago and conducted a grocery store. He was a member of the South Methodist church. Rev. J. F. FRENCH of the South Methodist church will officiate.
Resolutions of respect from the M. E. Church South at Nocona by L. F. PALMER, S. M. DAVIS, and H. P. WILTON
DAN/DON HATHCOCK and Miss O. WARREN were married in Montague Sunday evening. Her home is in Davis, Oklahoma, however she visited her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. JOHN RILEY in Montague for some time. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. O.WARREN. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. HATHCOCK. They will live in Bowie where he is connected with a Nickel Store.
Mrs. MABEL ROSS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. L.BUSH, left for Dallas where she will be a stenographer for a firm there.
A pleasant occasion was the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. CHISHOLM which was at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. CHISHOLM on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Upon their arrival of the guests, they were received by the children of the couple and asked to sign the guest book. Mrs. EARL JUSTIN sang “Silver Threads Among the Gold.” The wedding march was played by Miss MATTIE DAY as the couple entered, attended by R. A. and J. F. CHISHOLM and Mesdames DAY and FATHERREE, sons and daughters of the couple, who were present, and little OKEMA and EVA GERTRUDE, granddaughters, as little flower girls beneath the hearts entwined as one as the pastor Rev. F. B. WHEELER gave a brief history of their meeting in 1864, then their marriage in 1915. ..Out of town guests were Dr. and Mrs. W. L. DAY and daughters Misses MATTIE and ROSA LEE, Mr. and Mrs. ALBERT WILLETT, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. CHISHOLM and children of Bonita, Mrs. FEATHERREE of Mill Creek, Oklahoma and Mrs. A. J. BOYD of San Angelo.
October 22, 1915
Miss KATHERINE HARDY and JOSEPH ALLEN were married Wednesday, October 20. (nice item, but the print too light to read)
ALLEN HILL BEAL was born in Springfield, Missouri December 100, 1834 and departed this life at Nocona, Texas October 16, 1915, age 80 years, 10 months, 6 days. He was happily married to Miss LINNIE A. ARNOLD February 17, 1858. Their unionlasting over 57 years. To this union was given nine children, five had died, four are living, two boys and two girls. He served as a Confederate soldier with Marmaduke of Missouri for four years. He was made a Mason in 1858 and was buried with Masonic honors at the Nocona cemetery. Bro. ALLEN U. BEAL united with the Methodist church in 1865. He made two trips to California overland, returned by way of Panama. He was a positive prohibitionist, opposed to the liquor trade. He died of cancer of the face, suffering for months. He leaves his afflicted wife and children… written by L. F. PALMER.
In memory of Mrs. DORA SULLIVAN
Mrs. Dora Sullivan was born October 15, 1862 in Kentucky and lived on earth nearly 53 years. When 17, she married HENRY SULLIVAN in Karo, Kentucky, one year later they moved to Texas and resided near Fort Worth until 17 years ago when they became Nocona citizens. One year after they moved here, Mr. Sullivan died, leaving Mrs. Sullivan and three sons, ROBERT, ROY and EARL SULLIVAN, and two daughters, now Mrs. G. LASSETER and Mrs. IRA BENTON, all at their mother’s bedside when death called her home. …She lingered for months with stomach trouble…She was a Christian more than 25 years…She passed away at the home of her youngest daughter, Mrs. IRA BENTON on October 6, 1915.
Mrs. J. M. THOMAS, who has lived here many years, died at her home Tuesday, October 12. She had typhoid fever.
HOWARD PRICE returned from visiting his brother at Carter, Oklahoma.
W. A. PRICE, our gin man, has turned out 117 bales of cotton.
J. A HOLLARS’ barn was struck by lightning and burned. He lost his grain, corn and oats.
LILLIE GASTON has been ill.
CLARK A. HOOD of Nocona has been trying to sell some Maxwell cars. J. C. HOWARD bought one.
Mrs. H. E. CARTER and son of Alamagordo, New Mexico are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. ODUM.
Miss FLORENCE COTHRAN was in Fort Worth to visit her sister Miss DIXIE, who is attended Texas Woman’s College.
Mrs. GEORGIA SNAPP, wife of DEWARD SNAPP, who lived near Liberty Chapel, died last Friday night. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. MOORE of near Spanish Fort, and leaves her husband and some small children.
A Mr. CANTRELL and family of Stoneburg, while moving to Wilson, Oklahoma, camped last Friday night at ROWLAND and one of the children took very sick and died late Friday night. JOHN MADDOX brought the family to Nocona and Uncle WASH MCNABB took them to their Stoneburg home where the child was buried.
ROB JERNIGAN of Oklahoma came here to pay off a judgment and sell some property. He used to live near Spanish Fort and is well known there.
November 26, 1915
BENJAMIN REEVES was born April 7, 1828 in Henry County, Georgia and died near Belcherville, Texas November 14, 1915. He came to Texas in 1849, served in the Confederate Army, and had been a member of the Baptist Church since he was 18 years old. His wife died in 1904 and three children died. There are six living children, three sons and three daughters. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Nov. 15, afternoon by Rev. J. W. WEATHERS at the Belcherville cemetery.
December 24, 1915
SAM HOLLAND of Clovis, New Mexico, died Wednesday evening and will be buried at Bonita Friday afternoon. He lived in and near Bonita for many years, where he was reared to manhood. He was a brother of WILL HOLLAND and E. E. HOLLAND of that place, and Mrs. MATTIE RACHEL of Nocona. Mr. Holland died of heart failure.