The Nocona News
Nocona, Montague County, Texas
May 5, 1916
Miss RUTH DAVIS returned from teaching school at Lone Oak.
One of the prettiest weddings ever solemnized was that of Miss RUBY HARRISON of Marietta, Oklahoma and JOHN S. JUSTIN of this city, at the Methodist Church in Marietta, Wednesday, April 26. The church was very artistically decorated with Southern amilax, ferns, Easter lilies and roses. The guests were seated by ushers SAM BLACK and UEL CROSBY. Mrs. GRACE DAVIS…sang. The wedding party entered to the ‘wedding march’ as a processional by Mr. J. W. SCANLON on piano and LEE BURCH on violin. The officiating clergyman, Rev. R. A. CROSBY, entered, followed by the small brother of the bride, WILIS CHOATE Jr., carrying the ring…flower girls were FRANCES MILLER and RUBY LOVE CULWELL…maid of honor, Miss HAZEL STEELE.. the bride entered on the arm of her father, R. W.CHOATE…best man CHARLIE BERRY..
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. CHOATE,.. talented musician… the groom, reared in Nocona, a young business man…
May 12, 1916
GUS PIERCE and Miss WINNIE JONES of Henrietta were married at the home of the bride. Miss Jones taught at Liberty Chapel this year and made many friends here. Mr. Pierce has resided near here most of his life.
Rev. HENDERSON filled his appointment here.
Miss BERTIE GRAMMAR came from White Priddy, having finished Prof. J. E. HALL’S school there.
J. J. HARALSON will be principal at our school for another term.
D. T. GRAMMAR will be principal of the Illinois Bend school for next term of school.
Mr. and Mrs. CLEMENTS came in from Myra Saturday to attend the wedding of Mrs. CLEMENTS’ brother, J. H. AYRES to Miss BERTIE GRAMMAR, which solemnized at the home of the bride four miles northeast of Bonita. The groom has lived here four years and has many friends. The bride was reared to womanhood near Bonita.
May 19, 1916
D. F. MCCOLLUM
We were shocked to learn of the death of our old friend, D. F. MCCOLLUM, who lived out northeast of Bonita. He died while on a visit with a daughter at Minco, Oklahoma Friday night, as brought to Saint Jo and buried Saturday in the old cemetery north of town. He had lived at Saint Jo and on Post Oak Prairie for many long years past. In the milling business and gin on the prairie until some few months ago, he sold out to W. W. PRICE and was making arrangements to build a new gin at Spanish Fort. He was 68 years 3 months old.
Capt. and Mrs. GEORGE A. KNIGHT arrived in Nocona after an absence of about three years. They have resided in New Mexico and California while away from here. Mrs. Knight was not in good health when they first arrived here, but she is now improved.
May 26, 1916
B. K, BEARDEN
ED. H. REED
J. L. REYNOLDS
O. J. REYNOLDS
Elder THOMAS WILLIAMS, who lived in Nocona for years, but recently moved to Bowie, is dead. He was 72 years of age. Upon locating in this city, He immediately volunteered to become a member of the BOB STONE Camp, United Confederate Veterans, and we gave him a hearty welcome. He was a minister of the Church of Christ and was a devout and ardent worker… J. A. CHISHOLM, W. M. CLARK, G. P. PRIBBLE, committee of the CVA.
Additional dipping vats are at S. E. HOWARD and E. J. BOULDIN at Spanish Fort; W. S. JAMESON and JIM HANDLEY of Montague.
June 2, 1916
Mrs. J. A. MENASCO
After a trying illness of some two years, suffering from tuberculosis, death claimed Mrs. J.A. MENASCO last Saturday morning. She lived with her family near Red River Station and leaves her husband and four little children to mourn her passing. She was 28 years old on February 1. She had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church since she was 13 and died happy in faith. The burial was at Nocona cemetery Sunday afternoon. Rev. W. H. PITTS of Belcherville conducted the services at the home and Rev. WEATHERS at the cemetery. Her mother, Mrs. J. R. NIX of Asher, Oklahoma, and brothers, W. J. and LOUIS NIX of near Aubrey were here for the funeral.
Card of thanks from the family of W.M. KIRBY by FRANK KIRBY, C. R. KIRBY, M. F. KIRBY, JOHN KIRBY and HANNAH KIRBY.(his obit was not on the copies I made)
June 9, 1916
Rev. J. W. WEATHERS
Rev. J. W. WEATHERS died Wednesday morning, May 31 at Lockhart. He has been ill for several months. The remains were brought to Sabinal for burial. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. LIGHT. Rev. BUCK RIDDLE of Kerrville conducted the services. He was a prominent minister in the Baptist church. He and his family lived in here several months a year or so ago and many friends here. From the Sabinal Sentinel.
Rev. WEATHERS with his family located in Nocona about a year ago. They bought the residence owned by TOM SKINNER in the north part of town and the farm southwest of Nocona. His son is on the farm. Mr. Weathers and family left here some weeks ago for Lockhart, hoping the change would benefit his health. He was most favorably known as a man and as a Baptist minister.
Miss DIXIE COTHRAN came from Texas Woman’s College at Fort Worth where she attended school. She went visit her sister Mrs. S. M. JAMESON at Montague.
There are some columns copied from the June 8, 1905 Nocona News.
August 11, 1916
ORIN CARMICHAEL is visiting home folks this week. He is employed at a garage in Van Alstyne.
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. HOOD and children arrived home from a trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
GERVAISE RUSSELL requested his paper be changed from Midland, Texas to Ozona, Texas. He said he is doing nicely and located in a real, live cow town.
Mrs. MERLIN BONDS
Word was received of the death of Mrs. MERLIN BONDS at Chillicothe, Texas, July 26. She formerly lived in Nocona but had recently moved to Chillicothe, hoping the change would benefit her health. She is survived by her husband and an eleven month old baby. She was the daughter-in-law o Mrs. J. M. BONDS , who is a sister of the RATCHFORD children. From the Aubrey Argus.
W. A. HILL of near Spanish Fort brought in a load of shelled corn that eh sold for 80 cents per bushel; he had 24 bushels in the load.
W. P.PATTERSON visited Bonita Thursday afternoon on account of the funeral of WILL HOLLAND. Mr. Holland had for several months suffered with paralysis and steadily grew worse until death came Monday night. He had lived for many years in Bonita and for a long time, a partner in a general merchandise business with J. A. BURROWS. He leaves a family besides several brothers and sisters.
Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES LASSETER moved to Jayton, Texas. He has been there for some months. Mrs. Lasseter is the former Miss DENA HICKS before their marriage here two weeks ago.
Miss NETTIE ALEXANDER and Mrs. WILL WAGNER and son WILBUR of El Reno, Oklahoma were guests of Miss EVA PAULINE and Mrs. ROBERT HYNDS of Route 5.
R. L. CUBINE and family of Hollis, Oklahoma are guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. H.CUBINE.
Rev. and Mrs. G. P. HUMPHREYS of Whitney, Texas are guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. BILDERBACK.
EARL JUSTIN left for St. Louis, New York City and others point. JOHN S. WOODS left Monday and will meet Mr. Justin in St. Louis.
Mr. and Mrs. W.F. REEVES of near Ryan, Oklahoma are guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. REEVES.
Mrs. S. B. COWAN of Roanoke was the guest of her daughter, Mrs. W. B. LEWIS, then returned home.
PETE GARDNER arrived home from cool Colorado where he had been on a vacation and prospecting tour.
Mrs. J. O. COBB and little daughters were at Bonita for the funeral of WILL HOLLAND.
R. L. WINTER and son of Route 1 left for a prospecting tour through western Oklahoma.
Miss JEFFIE YOUNG, sister of Mrs. J. R. MODRALL, visited the Modrall home last week. She has been attending the University at Austin and was on her way to Mangum, Oklahoma.
G. I. BROWN of near Shady Grove was here with a load of oats which he sold for 40 cents per bushel.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. LEE and children of Spanish Fort came through Nocona en route to Strawplains, Tennessee, old home of Mr. Lee.
R. R. DAVIS of Fox, Oklahoma came in Friday evening and is spending the week with relatives and friends. He came through Gainesville and attended the Reunion of the 11th Texas Cavalry there.
J. D. BELLAH of St. Jo and J. A. BELLAH and daughter Miss SARAH of Bowie were guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. N. BELLAH.
Mrs. E. E. CLARK of Montague is the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. OLE FLADOS.
August 25, 1916
Friday of last week, Nocona’s first two bales of cotton were brought in. JESS NULL of near Belcherville was the lucky man. He sold it to C. E. QUILLIN, T. M. HOBEN and W.A. SANDEFER. W. D. CARMICHAEL ginned it and GEORGE MCELROY weighed it. FRANK MARTIN of Route 2 had the second bale.
Mrs. PEARL CATES
Mrs. PEARL CATES, daughter of Mrs. HENRY HEATON of Route 1, died at Post Oak and was buried at Nocona cemetery early Thursday morning. She had just been on a visit with relatives. Besides her mother and brothers and other relatives, she leaves a small son to mourn her loss.
Mrs. J. C. PRICE
Death called Mrs. J. C. PRICE, of near Gageby, Hemphill County, Texas, last Friday morning. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. PETE MAY and a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. CRIS HOLT of near Liberty Chapel. Her husband is a son of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. PRICE of north of Bonita. They had lived in the Panhandle of Texas for several years. About a month ago she had an operation for appendicitis and was thought to be recovering, but was suddenly taken sick and steadily grew worse. She leaves her husband and two little children, besides her parents, grandparents and great-grandmother.
Mr. and Mrs. G. M. UTT were in Dallas.
HERB PRIDDY is building a new residence on the PERRY place out south of town. He sold a part of the place to L. H. DOWD, who will move there in the near future. Mr. DOWD will probably remain with J. B. MARCH.
ELBERT PERRYMAN of Forestburg is a candidate for county sheriff.
320 acres for sale in Estancia Valley of New Mexico close to the Forest Reserve, all fences, house and other out buildings, 20 acres in cultivation, near the mountains where it rains during the growing season. Will sell cheap or trade for a small improved place, say for $1800. GEORGE A. KNIGHT of Nocona, Texas.
A series of meetings being conducted by evangelist IRA J. LAPP at Molsbee Chapel closed with 15 confessions. Mr. Lapp left for his home near Raton, New Mexico.
September 1, 1916
Sandy Mound Sunday school met on time last Sunday. Rev. J. E. PATRICK preached.
The death, on Monday, August 21 at Post, Texas, of Mrs. PEARL MYRTLE HEATON CATES occurred while on a visit to her sister Mrs. T. W. MORGAN of Gifferary farm south of Post. While Mrs. Cates had been in poor health for some time, she died from appendicitis. The body was shipped to Nocona for burial.
PEARL MYRTLE HEATON was born at Red River Station, Montague County, May 4, 1882. She was a member of the Methodist Church, converted in 1903. Shemarried FRANK CATES May 30, 1905 and moved to Portland, Oregon there they lived six months, then returned to Texas. One son, HAROLD HENRY HEATON CATE, was born of this union. Her little son HAROLD and her sister Mrs. MORGAN were the only relatives present at the time of her death. Her mother and brother raced across the country as fast as possible. Mrs. Cates is survived by her mother, Mrs. MARY JANE HEATON, one sister Mrs. T. W. MORGAN of Post, two brothers, GEORGE B. and DAVID B. HEATON, and one son, HAROLD HENRY HEATON CATES.
HENRY CARDWELL has been ill.
Mrs. J. A. WILLIAMSON and JOHNIE attended the Baptist assembly at Bowie.
Miss JOSIE LANDENBLATT of Nocona visited Miss LENA DEMOSS.
LEE BOYD, DAVE HEATON, and BEN HERRINGTON were dinner guests of ED HENTON.
W. A. GOLDEN and family visited in Oklahoma.
Miss DELLA LAIRD of Rock Springs was the guest of EVIE LONG.
Mrs. HEATON ND Mrs. G. B. HEATON and LOIS, HARROLD CATES, spent Sunday with Mrs. D. B. REED.
Mrs. GYPSEY EVANS was in Nocona.
DAVE HEATON and Misses CARRIE and NEELEY GREEN went to attend the fair at Ryan, Oklahoma.
GEORGE HEATON and LEE BOYD went to Ryan.
Mr. and Mrs. M. F. LONG, Mrs. CHOWNINGS, Misses DELLA LAIRD, CARRIE and NEELEY GREEN, and little CLAUDE LONG and ELZIE LAIRD were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. ELDRIDGE and Mr. and Mrs. LUTHER DEMOSS Sunday.
Mrs. CHOWNING was the guests of Mrs. M. F. LONG.
Mrs. HEATON and Mrs. G. B. HEATON visited Mrs. SIDNEY EVANS.
Mrs. S. G. RUSSELL came to visit relatives and friends at Nocona. She had been on a visit to her old home in Kentucky and stopped here on her way to Ozona where they are located.
September 8, 1916
Mrs. W. E. WHITAKER
After a long illness, Mrs. W. E. WHITAKER died last Sunday morning. ROSIE OWENS, daughter of Rev. OWENS who was pastor of the Baptist Church at Spanish Fort a few years ago, was born September 21, 1880 at Springdale, Claiborne County, Tennessee. She professed faith in Christ at age 12 and joined the Baptist church. ..She married W. E.WHITAKER May 2, 1900 and leaves her husband and two children, and three stepchildren to mourn her loss. The funeral was held Monday and interment in the Nocona cemetery.
Letter written to T. R. STUMP of the News by CHARLES WOOD residing at Tehachapl, California where he is working as foreman on a ranch for $100 per month…
Letter from J. A. ROPER at Mangum, Oklahoma about his trip to New Mexico.
JOHN GRIFFIS Shot and Killed
Oklahoma City, Sept. 4: JOHN GRIFFIS, wealthy stockman, was shot and killed today at his ranch near Ringling, Oklahoma. BURL GRIFFIS, his son, was arrested and taken to the county jail where, according to authorities, that he admitted killing his father, but declared it was in self-defense. JOHN GRIFFIS was formerly a Texas Ranger and lived in Cooke County. His holdings are the most extensive in southern Oklahoma and wealth of about $100,000. He was 65 years old. From the Dallas News.
JOHN GRIFFIS lived for many years near St. Jo and his family still reside there. He was well known and served as deputy sheriff and peace officer and while he was pretty well-to-do, he was not nearly as wealthy as above estimated. The body was taken to St. Jo for burial.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. HAMILTON and little grandson of Lewisville were Nocona visitors this week. He was the editor of the Lewisville Enterprise, but has become the postmaster there. They are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. JORDAN and family.
Rev. J. H. HENDERSON of the First Christian Church was compelled to go to Verdan, Oklahoma, so he could not preach here this week.
Miss MARY FLYNT left for Henderson, Tennessee to enter school.
September 15, 1916
LINDSY A. GRAY
After an illness of several weeks, death called L. A. GRAY Tuesday morning. He was at the Harris Sanitarium at Fort Worth for some two to three weeks. He was suffering from cancer. He was born at Elberton, Georgia January 23, 1868 and died September 12, 1916 at Fort Worth, Texas. The body was brought to Nocona Tuesday and laid to rest at the Nocona cemetery. A brother, W. T. GRAY, of LaRue, Henderson County, Texas, accompanied the remains and has charge of the estate.
Miss CONNIE GILHAM left for Chicago to enter a school of art.
T. F. RICHARDSON and Miss ALMA PRECISE were married last Wednesday evening at the home of the bride’s mother. Rev. R. E. BELL of Bowie officiated.
G. E. WILSON of Lone Prairie and Miss MOLLIE CABLE of Rock Springs were united in marriage at the home of Rev. FITTS in Belcher Sunday afternoon. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. WILSON and the bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. HENRY CABLE and a niece of representative R. L. CABLE. They will be at home at Belcherville where he will enter the grocery business.
October 6, 1916
Miss FANNIE CROWNOVER
On Sunday noon, Oct. 1, Miss FANNIE CROWNOVER died. She was 16 years, 11 months 20 days old. For 64 days, Dr. BOSWELL of Spanish Fort assisted by Dr. CRAIN of Nocona made a stubborn fight for her life, but lost. Funeral services were held at Eagle Point cemetery by Rev. P. B. WALLACE.
Mrs. L. Z. CONE arrived from Hollis Oklahoma where she had been the guest of her aunt, Mrs. M. M. KERN.
Judge C. L. SAVILL and Miss JESSIE BRUMBAUGH of Van Alstyne were married last Sunday evening by Rev. F. B. WHEELER.
October 20, 1916
A great shock was given to all who knew BARNEY GIBSON when it became known that he had taken his own life Sunday morning at his house in Nocona. He was been talking with family members when he stepped into another room and shot himself. Neighbors rushed in and justice of peace SAVILL was called who was assisted in an inquest with Dr. CRAIN, but the one verdict. Mr. Gibson had been in bad health for some time and seemed to suffer from mental lapses. He was an old timer in Montague County, having lived in this county about 37 years. He was born near Chattanooga in east Tennessee. He came to Fannin County, Texas when he was 16 years old and there married Miss MARGUERITTE WRISTEN. To them were born six children, all living today. One son, CHARLEY GIBSON, lives near St. Jo. The others are Mrs. J. B. ETTER of Davidson, Oklahoma; Mrs. JOE ASHFORD, Mrs. J. O. HUTCHINSON, Mrs. PRUE IRWIN and Mrs. GUY WILLIAMS. A brother, HIRAM GIBSON, lived in Oregon for many years and a sister in Tennessee are living.
B. C. GIBSON was born October 4, 1853 and died Sunday morning, October 15, 1916. For several years he had lived in Nocona and was proprietor of the Katy wagonyard and grocery store. The funeral service and burial were held at Starkey cemetery some miles southeast of Nocona. Rev. BULLARD of Montague held the services.
Unclaimed letter list
G. W. KING
Mrs. CARRIE MORRIS
C. B. ROBERSON
W. E. SALMON of Route 4 left this, by wagons, via Comanche, Texas to his new home at Mason, Mason County, Texas. We regret to lose him.
O.M. ALLISON, proprietor of the Variety Store, is in Dallas with Butler Bros. Wholesale House during the State Fair.
Mrs. R. B. CLARK left for Houston to visit her son WADE who is a student at the Rice Institute and is ill with typhoid.
From the Belcherville items:
Mrs. ELVIRA BRADSHAW, who suffered from cancer, departed this life last Thursday. The funeral was impressive.
October 20, 1916
Mrs. FANNIE JOHNSON of Collinsville died last Sunday morning and was buried at Nocona cemetery. She was a sister of Mrs. D. R. HERRING and had lived in Nocona some years ago. She was born in Tishomingo County, Mississippi Jan. 6, 1856(?date)
Mr. and Mrs. M. E. WARREN returned to California. They were here on business. They will visit a niece, Mrs. LAYTON near Austin, and another niece Mrs. OLICK at Sabinal, Texas.
Mrs. EMMA DAVIS and children and her aunt Mrs. EWING of Durant, Oklahoma, are the guests of S. M. DAVIS and family.
October 27, 1916
Mrs. BARNEY GIBSON
On Wednesday morning, Oct. 25, death claimed Mrs. BARNEY GIBSON. She had been seriously ill for several days, and her illness was partly caused by her husband’s death. MARGURETTE WRISTON was born in Tarrant County, Texas and married BARNEY GIBSON in 1875. To this union six children were born, all living. They are CHARLES GIBSON of near St. Jo, Mrs. J. B. ETTER of Davidson, Oklahoma, Mrs. JOE ASHFORD, Mrs. J. O. HUTCHINSON, Mrs. PRUE IRWIN and Mrs. GUY WILLIAMS. Mrs. Gibson was a faithful member of the Baptist church. The funeral service and burial were at the Starkey Cemetery southeast of Nocona Tuesday afternoon, Rev. BULLARD of Montague officiated.
“Uncle Bob” DAVIS Died Here Sunday (taken from the Daily Ardmoreite, Nov. 6, 1916 at Ardmore, Carter Co., Oklahoma)
ROBERT B. DAVIS, who was brought from this home at Fox a week ago to the Hardy hospital suffering from severe heart trouble, passed away yesterday morning. The funeral was held at the Broadway Methodist church and interment at the Rose Hill cemetery.
Uncle BOB DAVIS was one of the most loveable characters in this county. He was born in 1843 and when he was 17, he joined the Bluff City Grays and fought for 4 ½ years in the Confederate cavalry under General BEDFORD FORREST. He was reared in the time of the war in city of Memphis and was with the boys from that city that joined the army. Following the war he settled at Brownsville, Tennessee and resided there until 1891 when he moved to Texas. In 1910 he moved to Fox in this county. He was a member of the Methodist church, an Odd Fellow, and a member of the Carter County Democratic central committee. He was an active Democrat and expressed the hope he might live until Tuesday when he would get to vote for Woodrow Wilson. The duties of the election weighed on him and he was in a delirious manner urging his sons to take the ballot box out to the Fox voting precinct. The Oddfellows had charge of the funeral and pallbearers were selected from personal friends and neighbors while honorary pallbearers were chosen from membership in the Carter Democratic Central Committee.
The deceased is survived by his widow and ten children, eight boys and two girls, all surviving. Their mother was not able to attend the funeral. (not all names are given due to a misprint in the obit). They are (?name) of Durant, (?name) of Nocona, DOUGLAS of Fox, CHARLES of Graham, TURNER of Lawton, W. D. of Fox, EMPSON of Lawton, R. L. of Fox, Mrs. BETTIE MOORE of Lindsay and Miss FLORINE who is with home folks.A suit of Confederate grey shrouded the form of the old veteran and the casket was the same color.