Joe Halford Died This Morning
The Soper Democrat May 23, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Joe Halford, aged 48 years, died at the family home at Jasper this morning at 5 o’clock, following a long illness. Cause of his death was given as pellagra.
Funeral services will be held at the grave tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock, followed by interment in the Soper cemetery.
Joe Ward Halford was born near Chicota, Texas, Jan. 22, 1881. He came to this section about 25 years ago where he lived until his death, except a few months spent in the west last fall. He was married to Miss Clara Keen on July 3, 1910, and to this union eight children were born, one dying in infancy. Those surviving are: Jim Estella, Joseph, Nora Mae, Minnie Mae, Raymond and Lloyd. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. W.H. McQueen, of Soper, and Mrs. Lee Keen, of near Durant.
Mr. Halford was a good man, well liked by all, and his death is deplored by all who knew him.
Mrs. A.H. Ferguson
Mrs. A.H. Ferguson Died This Morning
The Soper Democrat June 6, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
About 10:30 o’clock this morning death claimed one of Soper’s pioneer women, Mrs. A.H. Ferguson. She had been ill for several months and her death was not unexpected.
A short funeral service will be held at the home tomorrow (Friday) morning at 7:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J.E. Mack, Methodist Minister, after which the remains will be taken to the old family home at Elm Grove, near Whitewright, Texas, for interment.
Mrs. Ferguson was born in Collin County, Texas, and was 69 years, 5 months and 6 days old. She was married to A.H. Ferguson in 1874, and to this union 8 children were born, all living, as follows: W.E. Ferguson, Hugo; A.A. Ferguson, Soper; Mrs. Anna Freeney, Oklahoma City; Jeff Ferguson, Snyder, Okla.; S.S. Ferguson, Soper; Mrs. Georgia Littrell, Dallas; L.E. Ferguson, Dallas. She is survived by one brother, J.D. Thompson, of Dallas.
She came to Soper with her family in 1908, where she spent the remainder of her life. She joined the Methodist church when a girl of 13 years of age, and ever lived working for the Master.
In the passing of this good woman the community loses one of its best women, and the sympathy of all goes out to the bereaved ones.
Man Dies From Wound Received Friday Night
The Soper Democrat June 6, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Sam Fitzhugh, 38 years old, of Boswell, died at the St. Joseph’s infirmary late Saturday afternoon as the result of a wound received when he was hit by a stray bullet during an altercation between two negroes on the J.R. Goss farm in the southeast part of Bryan county, near Oberlin, late Friday night, according to reports from Paris Sunday.
Charles Mills a negro, was instantly killed and a second negro, Elbert Hobby, is in the jail at Durant in connection with the shooting.
Mr. Fitzhugh was foreman at the Goss farm where the negroes were employed and was not a party to the quarrel.
During the argument a bullet struck him in the abdomen. He was unconscious until his death. The bullet entered his left hip and was stopped by the right hip bone.
Sheriff Weddington after being notified by the Bryan county sheriff that the negro accused of doing the shooting was headed in this direction, went to the road house at Forney where he ascertained that the man had been there, but had left. He started back to Hugo, hunting for a wagon load of negroes which he thought Hobby would be riding with. A short distance from the road house he ran upon the wagon and Hobby. While talking the officers from Bryan county drove up and took custody of the negro.
The report of the affair from the Daily Democrat of Durant follows:
"Sam Fitzhugh, aged 40 years, a white man is probably fatally wounded and Charley Mills negro, is dead and Elbert Hobby, a negro is in the county jail here following a shooting affray at Oberlin in the southeast part of Bryan county late Friday night.
"Hobby was caught by Sheriff Ruel Taylor and Deputy Sheriff Early Zion four miles west of Hugo this afternoon after the officers had trailed him all morning from the scene of the shooting.
"The shooting is said to have resulted from the negro drinking choctaw beer. The affair occurred on the Goss farm on which Fitzhugh was a foreman. No previous enmity is said to have existed between any of the men. Both negroes were employees on the Goss farm.
"Fitzhugh and the negro were shot with Fitzhugh’s gun, a .38 caliber revolver, which Hobby seized when a quarrel started. He shot Mills through the head from left to right, and shot Fitzhugh through the abdomen. Mills died instantly and Fitzhugh is expected to die at any moment in a Paris hospital where he was rushed.
"Hobby escaped from the scene of the shooting on a mule riding bareback. He rode the mule to the east of Soper where he abandoned it and started walking. He was given a ride by another negro in a wagon and was riding when the officers overtook him.
"He jumped from the wagon and attempted to escape in a patch of woods but the officers finally ran him down.
"Officers from two counties in Oklahoma and two Texas counties had been warned and were on the look out for the negro." – Hugo Daily News.
Joe H. Chapman
Joe H. Chapman Died Last Thursday
The Soper Democrat June 13, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Joe H. Chapman died at the family home three miles north of Soper last Thursday afternoon about 5 o’clock, following an extended illness of heart trouble, with complications. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J.E. Mack, Pastor. Burial was in the Soper Cemetery.
Mr. Chapman was about 70 years of age and was born in Texas. He moved to this section about ten years ago, and was esteemed by all who knew him. Besides his wife he is survived by children as follows: Eli Chapman, Mrs. Dessie Davenport, Miss Suletta, Gwel, Mozelle, Ben, Nolan and Baby Joe. He is also survived by a stepson, Will Mince, of Sulphur Bluff, Texas. He was a member of the Methodist Church.
Friends of the family deeply sympathize with them in their great sorrow.
Hugo Man Killed When Car Misses Bridge
The Soper Democrat June 20, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Ed Ferns, 48, Frisco switchman, was instantly killed and Tom Lain and Hal Welch, of Hugo, were seriously injured Saturday night when the car they were driving left the road and plunged off into a creek north of Sulphur.
The men were enroute [sic] to Oklahoma City when the tragedy occurred.
Ferns, who was driving the car, was instantly killed when the car struck the bottom of the creek, which was about 14 feet deep, when his head struck the top of the car. He was thrown with such force that his neck was broken. He was cut about the face and legs by glass. A severe bruise was made on his chest, when the steering wheel crushed his body.
Lain and Welch, when the car struck the creek, were thrown through the windshield. The were knocked unconsious [sic].
Lain received a cut on his head, and also a severe blow, which rendered him unconsious [sic]. He was also severely bruised about the head. Welch was literally scalped. A cut from the windshield ripped the great part of his scalp off. He was also rendered unconscious.
The dead and injured were taken to Sulphur were [sic] the injured were treated and the body of Ferns was prepared for burial. Fern [sic] was buried at Hugo Tuesday afternoon.
According to reports Lain and Welch are rapidly recovering, and will soon be able to return home.
Dan Billings Died At Sulphur Last Week
The Soper Democrat June 27, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Dan Billings, aged 69 years, died while camped at Sulphur, Okla., Saturday evening, June 15th, about 9 o’clock, following an extended illness of dropsy and heart disease.
The remains ere brought to Antlers where they were laid to rest Monday afternoon, funeral services being conducted by Rev. Alexander, pastor of the First Methodist church of Hugo.
Mr. Billings was born near Nashville, Ark., and came to Texas in 1890, coming to this section in 1900. He has continuously lived near Nelson and Kent ever since.
Besides his wife he leaves ten children as follows: Lee and Clifton Billings, Nelson; Geo. And Chas. Billings, Kent; Mrs. Fannie Reed and Mrs. Lydia Hollingsworth, Antlers; Wm. Billings, Vinita; Elmer Billings, Seminole; Ben Billings, Nashville, Ark.
Mr. Billings was known as one of the best men in the community. He had been a member of the Methodist church for more than 30 years, and was a member of the Nelson School board when he died. He always took an active part in the community life, both civic and politic, and was fearless in his stand for right regardless of opinion.
The family and community has lost a good man.
Stephenson Baby Dies From Poisoning
The Soper Democrat July 4, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
The 19 months old baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Stephenson died last Saturday afternoon in the R.C. Bills Drug Store, where it had been brought for treatment.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. M.A. Pillars, followed by burial in the Soper cemetery.
The parents live in the R.E. Lowrance old place north of town, and the baby was staying with its grandmother, who lives with her son, J.T. Stephenson, who lives on the W.T. Doles old place nearby. While playing around the sewing machine the baby got hold of some tablets said to have been 1-60th grain strychnine, and swallowed them before being noticed. The child became violently ill in a short time and it was brought to town to Dr. Bills for treatment. It died shortly after arriving here.
It is said that none of the family knew the poison was in the machine drawer and are at a loss to know how it came there. It is a deplorable accident, and the parents have the sympathy of all in their deep sorrow.
Mrs. R.C. Gardner
Mrs. R.C. Gardner Dies
The Soper Democrat July 11, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Last Tuesday afternoon the sweet and lovely life of Mrs. R.C. Gardner was closed, the life of good deeds was finished and our people heard of the passing with tears.
Mrs. Gardner was stricken with appolexy [sic] last Friday and was rushed to a hospital at Durant, where she grew weaker and weaker until the end. Mrs. Gardner’s life was filled with good deeds. She was loved by all who knew her, and all our people deeply sympathize with the lonely man who awaits the reuniting in a home not made by hands and for the heartbroken children and relatives in this, their darkest hour.
Interment was made Wednesday at Old Church where a large crowd had essembled [sic] to pay their last respects. – Bennington Journal.
Mrs. W.E. Schooler
Mrs. W.E. Schooler Dies At Paris Sanitarium
The Soper Democrat July 18, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Mrs. W.E. Schooler, sister of the editor of the Democrat, died at the Sanitarium at Paris Tuesday morning at 3 o’clock, following a few days’ illness with blood poisoning.
Funeral services were held at the family home in Hugo Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, followed by interment in Mt. Olivet cemetery.
Mrs. Schooler was born at Greenville, Texas, on February 18, 1882. She was married to W.E. Schooler, publisher of the Hugo Daily News, on September 14th, 1902, at Whitesboro, Texas. For a short time they lived at Blossom, Texas, then moved to Hugo where they have since resided. One child was born to the union, Roy Schooler, publisher of the McCurtain Democrat, at Idabel.
Mrs. Schooler was in the best of health until last Friday when an abscessed tooth began to give her trouble. She had a tooth extracted to relieve her of the pain on Saturday morning. The poison from the tooth immediately spread to her system and she was taken to the sanitarium where all was done for her that medical science knew but to no avail, death relieved her suffering as above stated.
She is survived by six sisters and three brothers.
Mr. and Mrs. Pierce’s Baby Died Monday
The Soper Democrat July 25, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Rudolph, aged 22 months, son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglass Pierce, died Monday morning at 4 o’clock, following an illness of summer complaint and pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church Monday afternoon at 3:30, conducted by Elder Ed Bice, followed by burial in the Soper cemetery.
The parents have the sympathy of all in the loss of their loved one.
Joseph H. Street
J.H. Street Died At Home Near Antlers Saturday
The Soper Democrat August 1, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Joseph Huntsman Street, who lived about a mile northeast of town, died Saturday morning, July 27, following several months of ill health.
Mr. Street was born July 18, 1862, in Tennessee, joined the Presbyterian Church at Hope, Arkansas, in 1914. He moved here last year from Choctaw County.
Surviving are his wife, three sons, Joseph Lee of Hugo, Eugene and William Bryan of Antlers; two daughters, Mrs. W.D. Ezell of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and Mrs. John D. Clark of Dallas.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon by Rev. J.O. Whitworth, pastor of the Methodist Church followed by interment in the Odd Fellow cemetery. – Antlers American.
Death Of A.J. Holman
The Soper Democrat August 8, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
O.P. Cooper was called to Depew, Okla., last week to attend the funeral of his step-father, A.J. Holman, who died at a hospital in Kansas, after an extended illness of Bright’s Disease. Death occured [sic] Wednesday and burial was had Friday afternoon. He was about 60 years of age.
Mr. Holman lived in Soper in the early days and will be remembered by many, having conducted the Commercial Hotel a year or two. He left here about 15 years ago and has lived at Depew since then.
Dorothy Roberta Riggs
Dorothy Roberta Riggs Dies Late Wednesday
The Soper Democrat August 15, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Dorothy Roberta Riggs, 2 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.T. Riggs, died at the family home two miles southwest of Vernon late Wednesday afternoon. The child had been ill for the past five months and she succumbed following a relapse yesterday. She is survived by her mother and father.
Funeral services were held this morning at the Lockett cemetery, with Rev. Frank McNair, pastor of the Lockett Baptist Church officiating. Interment was made at the Lockett cemetery. Frost and Dobbs, local undertakers, had charge of the body previous to the burial. – Vernon Record.
Ella J. Miller
Mrs. J.H. Miller Buried Sunday
The Soper Democrat August 29, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Funeral services for Mrs. Ella J. Miller were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harry Hendricks, in Antlers, Sunday afternoon, after which the remains were laid to rest in the family plot in the Antlers cemetery.
Mrs. Miller was the wife of Dr. J.H. Miller who was prominent in business and political circles for more than a quarter of a century and who died in February, 1923, at Antlers.
She is survived by two daughters and three sons. The daughters are Mesdames Harry Hendricks, Antlers, and Dutch McIntosh, McAlester. The sons are Edgar Miller, McAlester, William and Frank Miller, Antlers. All were present at the funeral.
The funeral, which was attended by a large concourse of friends and relatives, was conducted by Rev. E. Brantley, pastor of the First Presbyterian church at Antlers.
Mrs. Miller was member of the Choctaw tribe. Dr. Miller, her husband, was born in Carroll county, Tennessee, in 1853, but came to the Indian territory in 1875. Soon after coming he met and fell in love with Miss Roebuck but under the Choctaw law a non resident had to be a resident of the Indian county two years before marriage would be permitted. So he and Miss Roebuck crossed Red river at what is now Arthur City and were married at the home of Captain Arthur. Mrs. Miller was the daughter of Col. William Roebuck who was a direct descendent of Pushmataha, the great war chief and governor of the Choctaws.
Mr. and Mrs. Miller resided in Antlers after the marriage but later moved to Paris where they resided while their children attended school. Later they returned to Antlers where they resided the remainder of their lifetime. – Hugo Daily News.
Jim Womack Dies Suddenly At Durant
The Soper Democrat August 29, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Philippi were called to Durant Monday afternoon in response to a message stating that her uncle, Jim Womack, had died, suddenly.
According to information Mr. Womack had had a tooth pulled and had come home about 1:30 and had gone out to the porch. In a few minutes he fell over without a struggle.
Mr. Womack was known to many Soper people, he having spent some time here in the home of his niece. His friends here are shocked to hear of his sudden death.
Mrs. J.T. Reed Died Thursday
The Soper Democrat October 31, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Mrs. Maude Reed, wife of J.T. Reed, former county superintendent of this county, died suddenly of a heart disease, at her home in Durant at about 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon.
Mrs. Reed had been troubled with her heart for some time before her death, it was learned.
No one was with Mrs. Reed at the time of her death. The only other occupant of the house at the time was Huston Frederick, father who entered Mrs. Reed’s room and found her dead.
Mrs. [sic] Reed, who is at this time state vocational rehabilitation supervisor was not in Durant at the time of his wife’s death. He was finally located in Ardmore.
Mrs. Reed’s body was brought to Hugo Saturday afternoon where funeral services were held at the Methodist church at 3 o’clock. Interment was made at Mount Olivet cemetery.
Mrs. Reed was about 45 years of age. Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, Fred, 14, and Troy, who is 8. Her father, Huston Frederick. One sister, Mrs. Wille Page, of Sapulpa, and three brothers, Willie Frederick, of Fort Worth, Texas; Oscar Frederick, of Breckenridge, Texas and Manual Frederick of El Paso, Texas. – Hugo Daily News.
Sarah Rebecca Lance
Death Claims Mrs. S.R. Lance, Sunday
The Soper Democrat October 31, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Last Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock death claimed one of the early settlers of this section – Mrs. S.R. Lance, who died at her home at Hugo, after suffering for some time with an abcess [sic] on the lung.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist protestant church at Hugo, Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, services being conducted by Rev. J.W. Browers, pastor, assisted by Elder M. M. McKee, an old time friend of the deceased. Burial was had in the Sugar Creek cemetery, northwest of Soper, by the side of her husband, Sam Lance, who died in 1905.
Sarah Rebecca Lance was born near Athens, Ark., on February 19, 1861. She was married to Robt. Nelson in 1877, he dying in 1881. To this union two children were born, S.F. Nelson, Superintendent of Live Stock Inspection for the State, living at Norman, Okla., and Mrs. Fannie Balch, who died in 1924. She was married to Sam Lance in 1888, and to this union six children were born, one dying in infancy. These [sic] surviving are: Dozier Lance, Hobart, Okla.; Miss Florence Lance, Hugo; Relous Lance, Tucson, Ariz., and Madison Lance, Hugo. All were at her bedside when the last summons came except Dozier Lance, who was unable to come. She is also survived by a half sister, Mrs. Nobia Baber, of Athens, Ark., and a step sister, Mrs. Jim Davis, of Nashville, Ark.
Mrs. Lance moved to the Indian Territory with her family in 1896, locating near Purcell. Two years later the family moved to Nelson, where they lived for more than 20 years. They then moved to Soper, living here two years, then moving to Hugo, where they resided about four years. She joined the Methodist Church when a small girl and always tried to live up to her religion. The night was never too cold or too dark for her to get out and do a service for her unfortunate neighbors. She was loved by all who knew her and she will be sadly missed by her friends and acquaintances. The most beautiful tribute was paid to her by all: "She was a good woman."
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patterson Killed In Car Wreck
The Soper Democrat November 28, 1929 – transcribed by Ron Henson
Word was received here by Soper relatives this week of the death of little Miss Wilma, 4 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Patterson, former citizen of Soper, now living at Knott, Texas. According to reports she was killed in an automobile wreck, but details were no learned except that she was killed last Saturday.
The many friends of the family are grieved to learn of the tragedy.