The Nocona News
Nocona, Montague County, Texas
January 7, 1916
Mrs. SARAH J. MILLER
Mrs. SARAH J. MILLER died Monday morning was buried at the JESSE cemetery northeast of town Tuesday afternoon. Her death was brought on by a complication causes by the la grippe. She was born in Copiah County, Mississippi in 1835 and came to Texas in 1843, locating in Smith County, near Tyler. She married GEORGE MILLER, who died in 1865, in 1847(?dates). Seven children were born, six of the children survive. Five were in Nocona when their mother died, CHARLES, with home she made her home, JOHN R., Mrs. P. J. BENTON, and Mrs. R. L. BARRY of Nocona; Mrs. J. D. WALDRUM of Terral, Oklahoma. A son resides in Los Angeles, California. She was a member of the Baptist church and had lived in this county since 1876. The funeral services were held by Rev. W. B. WHEELER.
LEE SANDERS, after prospecting around Waurika, Oklahoma, returned here and purchased the J. E. BAREFOOT residence property on the south side from Judge SPENCER.
Mrs. N. B. FATHERREE
After an illness of only five days, death claimed Mrs. N. B. FATHERREE. She died Thursday afternoon. Both her daughters, Mrs. T. E. JACOBS of Chickasha, Oklahoma and Miss OBBIE FATHERREE of Wichita Falls, were with her. She was taken ill with la grippe last Sunday and on Monday, was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. WILSON. She became so much worse that her daughters were called to her bedside, where they remained. She was born March 14, 1866 and died January 6, 1916, being 49 years of age. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The funeral was held at the Wilton/Wilson house on Friday afternoon and interment was at Nocona cemetery.
A Mr. WILLIAMS of Whitesboro is the new barber with SANDEFER at the City Barber Shop.
Miss ONA LINK of Strawn visited friends and relatives.
Mrs. J. H. HENDERSON and children spent the holidays with relatives at Van Alstyne.
Rev. J. R. CAVNESS and family will be located in Arkansas where he has accepted a call to a church.
DICK CATO and family of Frederick, Oklahoma, old time citizens of Nocona, were the guests of Mrs. R. B. CLARK. Mr. Cato drove his automobile from Oklahoma.
W. M. WHEDBEE was thrown from a load of hay and got his arm broken.
GEORGE H. LANGFORD , an old and highly esteemed citizen of this county, died at his home near Bonita Wednesday, December 29. He had a host of friends and relatives who regret very much of his death.
Mr. and Mrs. OSCAR COOPER moved to Lewisville. Mr. Cooper has been with the City Barber Shop for some time.
Mrs. H. A. THOMAS, formerly of this city now of Sted(?spelling), died Thursday morning, Dec. 30. She had been ill for several months. The funeral was conducted by Elder A. W. YOU(?spelling) of Gainesville and interment was at Mountain Park cemetery near St. Jo.
January 21, 1916
MITCHELL W. MCCARLEY
Mitchell W. McCarley, 69 years old, died at home of his sister Mrs. S. M. BITER, Sunday evening. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. HENDERSON Monday morning and interment was at Nocona cemetery. Mr. McCarley was born near Holly Springs, Marshall County, Mississippi March 16, 1846. He came to Texas in 1856, settling near Tyler, Texas, then moved to Bowie, Montague County, then to Healdton, Oklahoma, his home at the time of his death. He came to Nocona in December to visit relatives and while here, he was taken with la grippe and pneumonia, ill for two weeks. He was a member of the Baptist church for 40 years. He is survived by nine children, one brother, S.A. MCCARLEY of Nocona, and two sisters, Mrs. S. M. BITER of Nocona and Mrs. M. P. WHITE of McCauley, Fisher County, Texas. Three children, his brother and both sisters were with him at the time of his death.
A.W. RITCHIE as jury foreman
From Bowie: ERN MARTIN, R. L. SANDEFER, H. M. ALLGOOD, L. T. HILL.
J. C. PARR of Mallard; E. L. ANDERSON of Stoneburg; J. P. ENTREKIN of Sunset; J. M. JONES of Montague; TAYLOR C. DAVIS of Saint Jo; J. M. STEWART of Nocona; R. L. LISTON of Ringgold.
JOHN ROMINE vs BELL ROMINE, divorce granted.
E. L. SMITH vs NORA SMITH, divorce granted.
JOHN H. MARTIN vs DAISY MARTIN, divorce granted.
MCGLASSEN vs MCGLASSEN, divorce granted.
Petit jury members: J. S. DANE, E. HUNTER, D L. AICKEY, A. DENHAM, D I, WILSON, R. G. ADKINS, W. J. WISDOM, J. R. BOWEN, G. H. DENHAM, J. K, WILLETT, J. E. STRONG, E. H. BEELER, W. T. GUNTER, R. L. ROBERTS, J. D. JAMESON, WILL WILLAIMSON, G. F. OLIVER, G. LYONS, JAKE CLARK, C. C. HAYNES, T. O. RYAN, T.J. BURDETT, H. C.LOYD, P. F. SPEAR.
Appointed as bailiffs for the July term:
At Montague: E.W. MINOR, J. C. BRYANT, W. W. TUMBLESON, W. G. SIMPSON, H. J. WALKER, N. F. SPARKS
D. M. CASTON of St. Jo, J.W. LANDERS of Forestburg, H. H. EDWARDS of Bowie, WALTER MOORE of Dye, C. T. HOLMES of Bonita, W. J. PRIDDY of Nocona, LUKE RYAN of Sunset. From the Montague Enterprise.
Oil Town Fire
Monday afternoon a fire practically destroyed the town of Wirt, Oklahoma, some 30 miles northeast of Nocona. Loss was about $150,000. Clouds of smoke were plainly visible from Nocona. While the fire was burning, an altercation between JONAS FOOSHEE and Mr. ROBERTS resulted in Fooshee being fatally shot. He was taken to the Ardmore sanitarium but died Monday evening. Roberts was jailed. Fooshee’s funeral was held Wednesday afternoon by Rev. DAVID COOPER, of the Broadway Baptist Church at Ardmore and interment was at Rose Hill cemetery at Ardmore. From the Daily Ardmoreite: JONAS FOOSHEE, for a number of years a resident of this city, but has recently been conducting a place at Wirt in the oil fields. Like all men, he had his faults, but at heart he was a good man. He leaves a wife, who with other relatives from Drumwright, attended the funeral…
W. J. PRIDDY, deputy sheriff, says he is not a candidate for sheriff, but he is a candidate for county commissioner of precinct No. 3.
Mrs. M. A. BRADLEY and Miss MAGGIE WATSON spent a few days with Mrs. M. F. WATSON of near Bonita. Misses MAGGIE and LAURA WATSON visited Mr. and Mrs. R. L. SULLIVAN of Bonita.
January 28, 1916
ELBERT W. PERRYMAN is a candidate for county sheriff… he was born and reared in Montague County, 44 years old…
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. TAN COOPER on the south side on Saturday, January 22, a party for MAURINE’S eleventh birthday was given.
Sunday afternoon, LEONARD FIELDS and Miss EVA REED were united in marriage by Rev. J. H. GRIMSLEY. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. FRANK FIELDS of Route 3 and she is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. REED.
Mrs. LON MCCLENDON
News was received here Wednesday morning of the death of Mr. LON MCCLENDON at Dryden, Oklahoma. Her sisters, Mrs. W. R. TALLEY, Mrs. J. H. GRIMSLEY, and Mrs. W. P. JONES, left on the evening train to that place. Mrs. McClendon was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. SCOTT, who used to live in the country, but are now near Ryan, Oklahoma. Mrs. LESTER MCDONALD of Grady, Oklahoma is another sister. Mrs. McClendon died Wednesday morning and was buried Thursday.
February 4, 1916
EDWARD CONYER of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Miss ADA NIVENS were quietly married at Montague Thursday of last week. Mr. Conyer was reared to manhood in east Montague County and has been in the army nearly 15 years. He is a drill master and stationed by Fort Leavenworth. She is a sister of Mrs. J. O. COBB and had made her home in Nocona for the past few months.
Deputy sheriff HERNY WALKER of Montague was here.
J. L FOX, who lives seven miles south of town, was here on business.
J. E. HALL is a candidate for county attorney. He is 28 years old and has lived in the county for 23 years, reared near Ringgold.
Mr. and Mrs. ‘WIDD’ RICH returned from Corpus Christi.
Prof. MARTIN of Lone Star was in town.
R. R. BOOTH, our efficient principal, has placed a new piano in Mrs. BOOTH’S parlor.
CECIL GAGE, son of BILL GAGE, of Red River Station, is very ill. Dr. GREEN COLLINS and Dr. WALTON of Nocona are the attending physicians.
Misses HARMON and HALL took two rolls of show pictures Sunday.
Lone Prairie Items
Mrs. FRED HILL is sick.
Rev. WEATHERS and family attended the preaching at Long Branch.
On Tuesday morning of last week, the death angel visited the home of CHARLES LONG and claimed the life of his mother, Mrs. M. C.LONG, who was making her home with him at the time of her death. Mrs. LONG had been in bad health the past month and was taken with la gripped Sunday night that developed into pneumonia. She was 67 years old and had lived with her son for a number of years. She is survived by four children, a brother and a sister. All her children were with her at the time of her death.
The body of CHARLIE RAY was found last Monday afternoon in a body of water in the pasture near his home on the JIM TUCKER farm about six miles southwest of Forestburg. An inquest was held and the coroner’s jury verdict was that he died by accidental drowning. Mr. Ray was about 40 years of age and leaves a wife and several children. It is said he went out to the pasture Monday morning to see about some stock. His absence caused his family to search for him. One of his little boys found him. It is presumed that he became entangled in a wire fence while trying to get through and injured himself in such a manner that he could not get ashore. From the St. Jo Tribune.
February 18, 1916
J. H. MCDONALD and Company of Spanish Fort has acquired the R.A. CUNNINGHAM business of that place. While J. H. MCDONALD and his nephew GUY MCDONALD have only been in this country from Kentucky for a few months, they have made friends of all who have met them. They will carry a general line of merchandise, shoes, groceries, hardware, notions and merchant tailoring there.
Rev. J. SAM BARENS of Wichita Falls, Methodist presiding elder for the Wichita District, was a Nocona visitor.
We understand that Mr. and Mrs. GERVAISE RUSSELL will move to Midland, Texas where he will have a position in a boot factory there.
Mrs. HAWLEY of Pilot Point visited her mother Mrs. V. A. CROXTON. HAROLD accompanied her home.
JAMES W. WYATT died at his home in Centrahoma, Oklahoma. Mr. Wyatt was a resident of Saint Jo for many years before moving to his home where he has resided about ten years. He was 60 years last October 29 and is survived by his wife and several children. From the Saint Jo Tribune.
OBERT LAWLER, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. LAWLER, died at their home here Wednesday, Feb. 16. He had been sick with pneumonia for some time. He was about 17 years old. The remains will be interred at Mountain Creek cemetery Thursday. Elder J. A. HOWARD of Bonita will conduct the funeral services at the cemetery.
Miss EULA WILLIAMSON of Montague came to visit friends at Nocona.
We are in receipt of a card from HERBERT FORTUNE, who enlisted in the Navy about two years ago. He is now serving on a dreadnaught.
A son of W. M. BROOKS of near Dixie school house fell on s tick of wood Tuesday and sustained a bad cut on the head. He was brought to Nocona for medical treatment.
The MATT PEARSON case, which went on trial Friday of last week, was decided with a verdict of guilty and five years in the pen. There is a motion for a new trial.
The S. H. FLEMING case from Bonita last week returned a verdict of guilty and five years in the pen. There is a motion for a new trial.
We regret the death of Mrs. A. W. CUNNINGHAM at Montague, wife of the county sheriff. She had ill, seriously so, for some months. She died Thursday evening of last week and was buried Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. JIM BROWN left Nocona last week and located near Orr, Oklahoma. He will try farming this year. He has been with J. A. APPLE’S transfer for the past 1 ½ years.
Advertisement by G.W GILES, optometrist with an endorsement by M. N. ‘BUCK’ BEASLEY, one of our prominent and successful farmers north of Nocona, in regard to the glasses fitted for his daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. THURMAN SHACKELFORD arrived from Waxahachie where both have been attending college, where he is preparing for the ministry. On account of illness and having an operation, he was compelled to give it up for the present term. He is on the way to recovery. He preaches at Barrel Springs February 20.
FRANK COOPER and family from Seymour, Texas are the guests of Nocona relatives.
The case of S. H. FLEMING from Bonita, charged with arson, was up before judge SPENCER on a motion for a new trial.
Mrs. H. C. MOODY was a pleasant called at the News office and instructed us to send her paper to Floyd, New Mexico. She intends to visit her daughter, Mrs. J. A. YORK there for the coming summer. She will first visit E. T. MOODY and family at Thackerville, Oklahoma.
CLARK A. HOOD and JOHN DRAKE came in Saturday with a bunch of noiseless, stenning(?) Wonder Maxwell cars.
Rev. TITLE of the Methodist church, HERBERT S. CALLAWAY, and Mr. and Mrs. MCMILLAN of Bowie were here to attend the revival services in progress at the Nocona Methodist church.
March 31, 1916
Mrs. J. C. WINTERS
A clipping from a newspaper from Shawnee, Oklahoma was just received. “Fell dead from heart trouble--- Mrs. J. C. WINTERS, MOTHER of B. A. WINTERS at Shawnee, died of heart trouble Sunday afternoon as she sat in her chair at the family home 6 miles east of Shawnee. Mr. Winters had just purchased the J. N. TURNER farm on Rock Creek and the family had moved there from Hastings, Oklahoma. The deceased lady, who was about 49 years of age, leaves her husband, a daughter, Mrs. J. K. COLE of Hastings, and her son B. A. Winters.
On the Nocona school trustees election, positions held by S. M. ALLEN, R.R. SHORT and J. G. CLARK, will be elected. Holdovers are C. W. CRITES, W. D. CARMICHAEL, JNO. R. MILLER and T. H. FIELDS.
Miss BIRDIE FORD of Spanish Fort entertained some friends.
Green Brier News
SMITH WALKER from the West is here on account of Grandma Walker’s illness.
On last Saturday night, the body of Mrs. FRANK MAYFIELD, who used to live here, but whose late home is in Missouri, was shipped here for burial and was interred at the cemetery Sunday morning. Bro. Simmons presided. Mrs. Mayfield had lingered for years with her illness. Several attended the funeral.
Mr. and Mrs. JUDSON REED visited here.
Mr. and Mrs. JIM BREEZE visited the JULIUS ELDRED family.
Mr. COOPER of Missouri visited relatives here.
BLUTH(?) and TOM WALKER from west Texas were here on account of their grandmother’s illness.
J. A. WEATHERS and mother, Mrs. M. E. MARSHALL of Floyd, Texas were here to visit his brother and her son, Rev. J. W. WEATHERS who is very ill.
April 28, 1916
J. J. BROWN and Miss VERNA SEAY were married here at the home of Rev. M. T. ALLEN early Sunday morning. The young couple started for the city in his automobile, but it had car troubles, they called on W. B. WRAY, who found them anxiously waiting. Then they proceeded to the parsonage where they were married. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. W. SEAY and was reared here. He is one of the popular and successful stockmen. From the Ryan Leader.
Mr. and Mrs. E. J. TUCKER and sons OTIS and MARION came through Nocona en route from Spanish Fort to their home at Forestburg. They had been on the River visiting relatives.
Mrs. R. B. STUMP
Last Saturday morning, April 22, 1916, death called Mrs. R. B. STUMP, who was making her home with her daughter, Mrs. D. A. PRICE, some 6 miles north of Bonita. The funeral and interment were Saturday afternoon at the Mayfield cemetery on the banks of the Red River. The services were held by Rev. VAUGHN of Illinois Bend, who was assisted by Rev. G. W. COX of Montague…LINNIE BRASHEARS was born March 13, 1832 at or near Milam, Missouri, was 84 years old. She married R. B. STUMP at Ottumwa, Iowa in 1848. He died at Davis, Oklahoma on October 28. 1912, and was 87 years old. A daughter and a son were born to them while they were in Iowa—Mrs. JACKSON who died many years ago and F. B. STUMP, father of the writer, who died at Spanish Fort in 1910. She is survived by the following children, JOHN STUMP of Mountain View, Oklahoma, R. D. STUMP of Davis, Oklahoma; Mrs. S. L. MOORE of near Canadian, Texas; Mrs. CURTIS and Mrs. FIELDS of Davis, Oklahoma, and Mrs. D. A. PRICE of near Bonita.
The family moved to Missouri from Iowa, resided there a short time, then moved to Texas in 1854 and to Montague County in 1857, when there were three other families in this county, Though quite a settlement sprang up about the same time. They first settled on Clear Creek and moved to the old Head of the Elm Creek (now St. Jo) during the dark days of civil strife. They moved to Kansas abut 1865 and back to Montague in 1876. They settled on Post Oak Tavern Prairie and lived there thirty years, then to Davis, Oklahoma where they lived for some ten years.
R. B. STUMP, her husband, was born and raised in the North and was an ardent Union man, and was probably the only man who voted for Lincoln and against secession in Montague County, though this western county was practically settled by northern people. He served in the Texas Rangers from 1858 to the fall of 1861. He was a member of the first grand jury ever empaneled in the county and was constable of the Forestburg precinct when the Civil War began.And, by his well known Union sympathies, encurred the enmity of the Confederates, barely escaped with his life from that famous inquisition that sat and condemned to death men at Gainesville—until the Union commanders made it known they would avenge these.
R. B. STUMP was conscripted and served in the Confederate militia in Montague County until the later part of 1863 or the first of 1864, when orders were received to report for duty in the East. To leave their families to the mercy of the savage Indians was too much, especially to fight against the Union that so many men loved, that Lieut. ARMSTRONG with 10 men fled across the old Indian Territory and joined the Northern forces and another band of 14 men went west and north under the leadership of the CAMPBELL brothers. Among these 14 were R. B. STUMP and two of his brothers, and J. F. WILLETT who now lives out on north of Bonita and who is, in all probability, the only survivor. These men reached the Union forces in Kansas after great suffering and a long march through west Texas and the Panhandle and eastward across Kansas. Several of the band enlisted in the Union army. R. B. STUMP joined a wagon train in the winter of 1864 that went west from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Halleck, Nevada, crossing Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and on into Nevada. Back to Kansas about the time the war ended, and several of the old band started back to Texas in search of their families and friends.
Five families of members of the above band were left in the old Head of the Elm and suffered all the taunts and persecutions that only can be given when black storms of passions arise that dethrone reason. In 1864 they could no longer endure these and started, these women and children, without money, food or friends, in ox wagons eastward, hoping to make their way to Arkansas and then through the lines to Missouri and to friends. The story of their suffering may be equaled in Poland, Belgium and Serbia of today, maybe. At Fort Smith, Arkansas they were given permission to go through the lines via Fort Gibson. But about this time the Confederacy collapsed and the members of the band, who had went north, were coming back to Texas. When they reached Fort Gibson, the Arkansas River was flooding the country. R. B. STUMP here heard that some Texas refugees were on the south side of the river and from the description he obtained, felt certain his family was one of them. He secured an old log canoe and with a negro to assist him across the river and found his family. They came back to Texas and tried to recovery some of their property they had left behind, cattle and hogs, but unable to do this, they started for Kansas and lived there until 1876 when they came back to old Montague County.
Thus was spent a long life on the frontier, and much suffering, risking much from savage foes, that this country might be today the most progressive and civilized in the world. By their bravery, they gave us peace and security and homes. By their venturing into the wild west, they gave us a civic spirit that unconsciously impels to greater and better things. By tier enduring taunts and persecutions, we inherit that disposition to respect others. These old pioneers gave us the great west and it is up these generations to make the most of their opportunities.