The Soper Herald September 12, 1907 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Sunday night at 9 o’clock Arthur Raburn died at the home of his father in law, Mr. Vandygriff, one mile south of town. He had been sick for sometime with typhoid fever. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his loss. The remains were laid to rest in the city cemetary [sic] Monday afternoon in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends.
The Herald extends condolence to the bereaved ones.
Died from Injuries
The Soper Herald April 30, 1908 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Ben Herndon, a former resident of Lamar county, who used to live at Chicota, died at Hugo yesterday morning at 6 o’clock from injuries received a week ago today. He was employed as a barkeman [sic] on the Arkansas and Choctaw road, and the accident occurred at Boswell, where to freight trains came together. He was thrown against a boxcar and his skull was fractured. The deceased was about 25 years old and was the son of Wallace Herndon, who moved from Chicota to Paris a few years ago and moved from here to Hugo, where he is living at present. The deceased was married about six months ago to Miss Carrie Westbrook at Chicota.
W.H. Armstrong Dead
Choctaw County’s Able Representative Dies at His Home In Boswell
The Soper Herald May 21, 1908 – transcribed by Ron Henson
W.H. Armstrong of Boswell our able Representative died at his home in Boswell yesterday day [sic] afternoon at four o’clock of consumption.
He had been in bad health for some time and left the Capitol about a month ago to return to his family and spend the remaining days on this earth with them. He was carried to south Texas with the hopes that he could get relief but it was too late and he was brought back to his home.
There is no language at our command by which we can fittingly protray [sic] the sincerity of this man’s Christian characted [sic] and in the experience of several years the editor can saftely [sic] say that he never saw one who seemed to more nearly walk in hand with God. Conscience guided his every act. He was a model of mental industry in his efforts to entertain and instruct his people. He was strictly honest in the service he rendered. In short, he was not only a model Christian but an honorable gentleman, in the highest sense that term implies. To man, man [sic], woman or child, saint or sinner, he always extended a cordial greeting that lent a ray of light to brighten their pathway in the journey of life. He commanded the respect of all sects and classes of people, as the attendance of his funeral fully verified. It was so perfectly natural for him to do right. We did not fully appreciate his true worth, until after the thread of life was served. But as they caught a glimpse of the snow white sail that bore him away to the distant shore they awakened to the realization that a good and righteous man had been taken from our midst.
The remains were laid to rest in the city cemetary [sic] this afternoon by the Masons of which he was a member.
To the bereaved ones we extend our sympathy.
William Little Dead At Perry
Former Postmaster Said to Have Published First Newspaper Printed in Oklahoma
The Soper Herald July 9, 1908 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Perry, Okla., July 6 – William Little, former postmaster at this place, died last night. Mr. Little was publisher of the Get Up, at Guthrie nineteen years ago, said to have been the first newspaper printed in Oklahoma. For many years he was a leading advocate of forestry in the new state.
Death of Mrs. Stith
The Soper Herald January 1, 1909 – transcribed by Ron Henson
While crossing the railroad tract at Boswell last Saturday, an aged lady, Mrs. Stith, was run over by an engine pulling a car and cabooce [sic]. She was ground beyond recognition. It happened between 1 and 2 o’clock. The crew was arrested but nothing further has developed yet.
The Soper Herald January 15, 1908 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Last Wednesday morning the death angel came and claimed Howard Maze, aged 17, of near Atlas. He was taken to his bed Monday evening and death claimed him Wednesday morning. This was a surprise to those who knew him and the Herald extends its tenderest sympathies to those who are bereaved by his absence.
Our loss is his gain.
Mrs. Tobe Fails
The Soper Herald January 22, 1908 – transcribed by Ron Henson
With sadness we report the death of Mrs. Tobe Fails, which occurred last Friday evening.
We sympathise [sic] with the husband and little daughter in the loss of their loved one. Their loss will be heavens gain.
Ella J. Dye
Sudden Death of Mrs. Ella J. Dye
The Soper Herald February 5, 1909 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Last night about 10 o’clock the death angel came to the home of Mr. Archie Dye and claimed his devoted wife, Ella, who leaves a mother, husband and four children to mourn her death.
The children had left home about 7 p.m. to attend the Literary Society and had left her well and upon returning home was found lying unconcious [sic] in the back yard. She was carried into the house and passed away an hour afterward.
Mr. Dye was not at home at the time, being at the timber camp south of town, but was sent after as soon as she was found but when he arrived she was dead.
Mrs. Dye was a devoted wife and mother.
This was a sudden call but it was all the will of God. We feel her absence but for the husband and children who feel the loss more than anyone else, we recommend the Savior who can give you comfort.
Our loss is Heavens gain.
She is gone from you but it is truly a short time ere you will meet her again. Put thy sorrows at the Savior’s feet and lean upon him. He can give you comfort when no earthly power can.
The Herald extends its greatest sympathies to the bereaved ones.
Froze To Death
Bud Walker Dies Near Wayne Okla.
The Soper Herald February 19, 1909 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Last Sunday Green Walker received a telegram stating the death of his son Bud, who froze to death at his brother’s Willie, at Wayne, Okla.
This was a sudden death. The remains were brought to Soper arriving Tuesday evening on the 9:25 passenger and were entered at the Crowder Cemetary [sic] Wednesday evening.
Willie accompanied the body to Soper and he says that they were driving home Saturday evening when the norther struck them. It commenced hailing which got them wet and the was blowing which [unreadable] severely cold. They became so numb that Bud fell out of the vehicle when about a quarter of a mile of home and Willie states that he did not know when Bud fell out and just does remember going in the house and that his boots, pants and overcoat, which were wet were froze stiff.
Sunday morning he got two other men to help him find Bud and when they found him he was dead.
The Herald extends its sympathies to the bereaved ones.
The Soper Herald February 26, 1909 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Again we hear with sadness the sad news of the death of one who lived among us.
The friends of Mr. B.F. Dummas will regret very much to hear of his death, which was very sudden.
He left us two weeks ago for his son’s in western Oklahoma.
Last Sunday evening Mrs. McCoy received a telegram telling her the sad news. She went as soon as possible but could not get there in time for the funeral.
Mr. Dummas was a highly esteemed citizen and had many friends who regret very much his departure. He treated all with courtesy and respect and anyone could not help but like him. He was a true veteran of the Civil War and as true a citizen.
Death, when thou claimed one like these, where is thy sting?
The Herald and his many friends extends their heart felt sympathies towards the bereaved ones and recommend them to the Savior who can comfort one an all who trust Him.
Death of S.S. Markham
The Soper Herald April 23, 1909 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Last Tuesday morning there was some anziety [sic] among the citizens of Soper as our registered pharmist [sic] S.S. Markham was missing. Search parties were organized and about 8:10 he was found south east of the new Markham building dead.
Mr. S.S. Markham has many friends in and near Soper that feel his absence very much and regret that he has been called from us but it is the will of God.
An inquest was held at 10:35 and was found he died of heart failure.
The funeral services were conducted by the Masonic bretheren [sic] at the city cemetery Wednesday evening at 4 o’clock, a large number of citizens being present.
The Herald and their many friends extend their heartfelt sympathies toward the bereaved ones and recommend to them our Lord and Savior for comfort who can give comfort when this world cannot.
Death of A.W. Holden
Accidently Killed In Battle With Moonshiners
The Soper Herald May 14, 1909 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Last Thursday night Internal Revenue Officer W.S. Ervin together with J.W. Land, deputy U.S. Marshall Early of Ardmore R.M. Connel, sheriff of Choctaw county and Wm. Ellis, sheriff of Pushmataha county, drove north east of here about 20 miles to U.S. Marshall A.W. Holden’s residence from where they proceeded in a northerly direction to sections in the mountains where moonshining [sic] was said to be a growing profession. Coming near the house of A. Lee and J. W. myers, alleged moonshiners they divided in groups and surrounded the house about 5 o’clock yesterday morning. After a fusilade [sic] of shot in which A.W. Holden was killed outright, the moonshiners surrendered and were brought to this city.
A 60 gallon distill and part of a keg of whiskey was found on the premises and was brought to this city with the prisoners.
At 11 o’clock this morning the prisoners were taken before U.S. Commissioner Burton P. Richard where complaints were filed charging them with operating an illicit distilery [sic] in the eastern district of Oklahoma and selling whiskey on or about April 18. Myers plead guilty, Lee not guilty. Bonds for their appearance on May 19 were fixed at $5,000 each. On default of bond they were committed to jail. The officers engaged in the encounter are of the oppinion [sic] that during the fuselage of shots that Mr. Holden was struck by a ball from the gun of one of the officers accidentally and did not file murder charge against the moonshiners.
The death of A.W. Holden in a raid on moonshiners yesterday morning is a very sad occurance [sic], and ll good people in this section where he is known will extend a sincere sympathy to the family and relatives of the deceased, as he was always regarded as an upright citizen and a daring and efficient officer as his service was always sought in all cases of important arrest to be made. He came to this city 7 years ago and served a term as Hugo’s first city marshall, after his term expired he was commissioned as U.S. Marshall which commission he retained until his death.
He leaves a wife and six children, his mother Mrs. E.L. Holden, two brothers Ates and Delt and three sisters Mrs. Bessel, Mrs. W.A. Burimo [?] all of this city and Mrs. C.M. Green of Wayne, Okla. Funeral services took place this afternoon from the residence of his mother, Mrs. E.L. Holden, in the south west part of the city. Interment at Spring Chapel Cemetery – Saturday’s Hugo Daily.
Death of Little Vera
The Soper Herald July 16, 1909 – transcribed by Ron Henson
As the morning was ebbing its way toward noontide yesterday morning the death angel came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Z.G. Weaver and bore the soul of little Vera, their daughter and one of Soper’s best babies, to the heavenly home above.
This is quite a shock to the dear parents and brothers as she had not been ill long.
She was only a year old on the day of her death and the only daughter. She was a blooming rose bud in the home she just left and we are glad to know that she is still a rose bud in the heavenly home sitting near our Lord and Savior rejoicing with the angels. She has only passed from death unto life, only from a sin sorrowed world to the eternal world beyond and is waiting for her loved ones. She has only gone before.
This, as we know all others do, leaves an empty chair in the home here but fills one in heaven. It leaves the loved sad and broken hearted and we recomand [sic] to them our Lord and Savior who can give the true comfort which this world cannot give.
The Herald and their many friends extend their heart felt sympathies toward the bereaved parents and brothers.
The remains were carried this morning to Farmersville, Tex. for burial.
Lottie May McLeary
Death of Little Lottie May McLeary
The Soper Herald August 29, 1909 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Last Tuesday evening at 5 o’clock, after an illness of only four hours, the death angel came and took away the precious soul of little Lottie May, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clay McLeary.
She was appearantly [sic] in good health, as she ate a hearty meal but was taken suddenly ill about 1 o’clock. The doctor was sent for but before he could arrive she succumbed to the attack. The cause of her death is not known.
This leave [sic] a vacant chair, a gloom over the home and sad parents, and the Herald and their many friends extend their heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved ones and recommend to them our Lord and Savior, who can give the comfort that this world cannot and who can drive all gloom away.
She is not dead but has passed from death unto life eternal and has just gone on before to meet you on the other shore.
George Alfred Larecy
The Soper Herald September 3, 1909 – transcribed by Ron Henson
The next to be claimed by the death angel was little George Alfred, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Larecy.
He was sick several days but a week ago yesterday evening the death angel came and claimed him and his precious soul was borne to the heavenly home where there are no pains or sorrows. Everything that could be done was done for the little one but to no avail.
He was born in Soper wand was a little over 14 months old. His remains were entered in the city cemetery Friday evening following, G.B. Gardner conducting the service, many friends being present.
Julias Smead Eastridge
The Soper Herald September 3, 1909 – transcribed by Ron Henson
The next to fall before the glowing sicke [sic] of death was little Julia Smead, the 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Eastridge, who died after an illness of a few hours Tuesday afternoon. He was taken suddenly with a congestive chill. Medical aid was summons [sic] and all physical power was exerted to sustain life but to no avail. It was a shock to the family but it was God’s will.
He was born in Union County, Ark. The remains were entered in the city cemetery Wednesday afternoon.
The Soper Herald September 3, 1909 – transcribed by Ron Henson
The next to fall in life’s battle was John Bratten, who was traveling through the country and had stopped on W.D. Malondy’s farm to work.
Yesterday morning he and his three children, a boy and two girls, with some others were in the field picking cotton, when at about 9:30 he dropped dead. The children began screaming which brought assistance but when they arrived, life was extinct.
He was 62 years old, was born in Mississippi, left there in 1865 for Arkansas and came to Oklahoma about 15 years ago. He lived at Sawyer and it was for there that he was headed. He leaves the three children and a brother, who lives at Alesworth, Okla. and was present at the funeral, to mourn his death.
An inquest was held yesterday morning by W.A. Furr and pronounced that he died of heart failure. The remains were entered this afternoon in the city cemetery.
Death of Mr. Hayes
The Soper Herald September 24, 1909 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Mr. Hayes, father of L.P. Hayes, who lives near Forney, died Sunday at 11 a.m., at Temple, Texas. He was 73 years old, and came to Oklahoma about four years ago. He leaves two sons and a daughter to mourn his death, and to these the Herald extends heartfelt sympathies.
Death of Miss Myrtle Dobbs
The Soper Herald December 3, 1909 – transcribed by Ron Henson
It was quite a shock to Soper and community that came over the wires Thursday evening, stating the death of one of Soper’s most respected and cultured young ladies, Miss Myrtle Dobbs.
Miss Dobbs was opperated [sic] on in Hugo last week and it was the hope of her many friends here that she would recover but alas, God was better that should be taken from us and sent his angels to receive her soul.
She was born in Yell County, Ark. Aug 1, 1882, was a faithful member of the Baptist church at Soper, a true and faithful daughter, sister and christian. By her death the mother looses a true daughter, to her [unreadable] sister a sister, the church a member and Soper a young lady whose place cannot be filled. She leaves a mother, sisters and three brothers, also many friends to mourn her death but; death, where is thy sting and grave, where is thy victory? Heaven has gained all, and now she is with our Lord rejoicing with the angels of heaven.
We recommend to the bereaved ones our Lord and Savior who can give the comfort that will never cease.
She has only gone on before to greet you as you cross the river of death, where there shall be a meeting that will never part.
This is another example to the unsaved as death is sure and life is uncertain and it is said to prepare to meet thy God. This young lady was a true and faithful christian and is waiting to her loved ones and friends at some future day.
The funeral took place at the city cemetary [sic] this evening at 3:30, conducted by Rev. Cornealous of Hugo. Her many friends were there to pay their tribute to the deceased, and beautiful flowers decorated the grave.
She has gone but not forgotten for Soper and her many friends will always remember her pleasant smiles and cheery words.