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Mrs. J.B. Bell & daughter

Death of Mrs. Bell and Daughter
The Soper Democrat March 18, 1920 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Mrs. J.B. Bell died at the family home just west of Soper last Sunday noon due to pneumonia and influenza. Her little daughter, Lena, aged about four years, died from the same cause a few hours before. Burial was had in the city cemetery Monday afternoon. Besides a host of friends Mrs. Bell leaves a husband and five children, the youngest one being about five months old.
    Mrs. Bell was a good woman, quiet and unassuming, and numbered her friends by all who knew her. She was a good mother and wife, and her death is keenly felt by all. The Bell family has had a severe time the past few weeks, all of them being sick with the flu. The remaining members are reported as now being on the road to recovery.
    The entire community deeply sympathizes with Mr. Bell and children in their great loss.

Bula Dumas Hallman

The Soper Democrat March 18, 1920 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Mr. And Mrs. J.D. Dumas have been advised of the death of their oldest daughter, Mrs. Bula Hallman, which occurred at Pearsall, Texas, Monday afternoon at 3:30. Death was due to tuberculosis. Mrs. Hallman formerly lived in Soper and was Mrs. Nelson until her marriage to J.M. Hallman last December 20th. She was a good woman, liked by all who knew her and her many friends here learn of her death with sorrow. Burial took place at Pearsall Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock.

W.R. Houston

Houston Dies in Fall from Horse
The Soper Democrat March 11, 1920 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    A sudden fall from his horse which brought on appoplexy [sic] is given as the cause of the death of Col. W.R. Houston, enforcement officer, who was found dead just off the Grant road some two miles south of Hugo Monday afternoon.
    A corner’s jury called together by Sheriff Fitzgerald at the scene of the death, heard the statements of Drs. Johns and Johnson and came to this conclusion.
    Rumors were rife late Monday that the officer had been killed by some bootlegger, but there was no evidence of this to be found.
    Immediately after word came to Chief of Police Watson here that Col. Houston was dead, Sheriff Fitzgerald, County Attorney Holloway and Justice Oakes went to the place. They found Houston’s body lying in a little roadway leading up to the home of Silas Bacon, his horse was some half mile away. Fresh hoof marks in the soil showed that the horse had became frightened.
    Drs. Johns and Johnson made a thorough examination before the body was moved.
    Both the county attorney and the sheriff maintained that there was no indication of foul play in the case.
    "The evidence was all to prove that the horse had become frightened, had shied and thrown his rider. As is often the case, apoplexy was the result," declared Attorney Holloway.
    Col. Houston has many relatives living in Oklahoma and Texas. As a son of the famous General, Sam Houston, he was widely known and as an efficient enforcement officer he had made a host of friends. He had been stationed in Hugo under the jurisdiction of the Indian department for a number of years. – Hugo News.

Rowena Nadine Shelby

Death of Little Child at Unger
The Soper Democrat December 4, 1919 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Little Rowena Nadine Shelby, daughter of Byron and opal Stark Shelby, was born August 2nd, 1916, at Nebo, Ill., and departed this life November 21st, 1919, at the home of her grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. W.S. Shelby, at Unger, Oklahoma being 3 years 3 months and 19 days old. Burial was had in the Soper cemetery Friday afternoon, services conducted by Elder J.N. Conway. Death was due to diphtheria.

Earl Fairchilds

Death of Earl Fairchilds
The Soper Democrat December 4, 1919 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Earl Fairchilds, son of Mr. And Mrs. H.T. Fairchilds, of Forney, died Monday night at a Hospital in Hugo where he underwent an operation of the head, following an attack of typhoid fever.
    Funeral services were held at the Christian Church at Soper Tuesday afternoon, services being conducted by Elder King. Interment was had in the Soper cemetery.
    Earl was about 14 years old.

Minnie Otheren Butler

Death of Little Minnie Otheren Butler
The Soper Democrat October 9, 1919 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Minnie Otheren Butler, aged 4 years and 9 months, died at the home of her parents, Mr. And Mrs. T.G. Butler, north of town, last Monday morning at 7:30 o’clock. The little one had only been sick three days when the death angel came to relieve her suffering. Diphtheria was given as the cause of her death. Burial was had Monday afternoon in the City Cemetery, conducted by Rev. M.A. Pillars.
    Minnie Otheren was the baby of the family and was the pride of the home. She was equally loved by all the neighbors and acquaintances. Her death is indeed a sad blow to the family and community.
    The entire community deeply sympathizes with the family in their deep bereavement.

Mrs. Daniel Wade

Death of Mrs. Daniel Wade
The Soper Democrat September 4, 1919 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Mrs. Daniel Wade, wife of Daniel Wade died at the family home at Unger last Friday afternoon at 5 o’clock, and was buried in the Wade family cemetery Saturday afternoon.
    Mrs. Wade was about 50 years old and was a native of this country. Besides a husband she leaves five or six children, all grown, to mourn her death.

Gaylord Bonds

Gaylord Bonds Died Last Friday
The Soper Democrat July 24, 1919 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Gaylord Bonds, the young man who got his leg broke in a runaway the first of last week, died at the hospital in Hugo last Friday morning at 9 o’clock, following the amputation of his leg. Death was due to blood poisoning.
    The remains were brought to the Sugar Creek Cemetery Friday afternoon at 6 o’clock where burial was had. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Sam Crain.
    Gaylord Bonds was just past 17 years of age, and was the son of Mrs. W.H. Anderson, who lives about 5 miles north of town. He had been making a crop with Martin McKee this year and at the time of the accident was driving one of Mr. McKee’s teams. He was an excepectionally [sic] good boy, and was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church, joining at Nelson about two years ago. Besides his mother he leaves four sisters, via: Misses Zelma and Nettie Bonds, and Christine and Letha Anderson.
    The entire community deeply sympathizes with the bereaved ones in their hour of sorrow.

From the Soper Democrat July 17, 1919 –

Leg Broken in Runaway

    Monday afternoon while hauling oats to the thresher north of town, Gaylor Bond had the misfortune to get his leg broken. The team he was driving became frightened and ran away. Mr. Bond jumped off of the load of oats and landed on one foot. The ground was cloddy and his foot turned when it hit the ground, breaking it in several places. Medical aid was summoned as quickly as possible but blood poison set up and the young man was taken to Hugo yesterday where the foot was amputated.
    Mr. Bond is the step-son of Henry Anderson and is a fine young man. He has many friends who regret to learn of his misfortune.

James Morris

Will Disinter Body
The Choctaw Herald January 26, 1911 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Friday afternoon a dead stranger was found in the bed of Dumpling creek south of Antlers by Garney Polk who reported his find to the county officers at Antlers. An examination of the man was made and it is believed that the stranger was James Morris, as an envelope bearing that name was found in his coat pocket.
    Monday afternoon two men giving the name of Morris came up from Hugo, to investigate and they gave such an accurate description of the man that it is believed he was a brother of theirs. They stated Morris was a traveling photographer and usually carried several letters for identification, a pocketbook and his camera and was always well dressed. The body when found was poorly dressed and had no means of identification other than the envelope. Sometime about Christmas Morris was put off the night southbound train at Hamden, south of Antlers, and at that time had no camera and was dressed as he was when found. He bought a box of ginger snaps at Hamden the next day and left town. That was the last time he was seen alive.
    The parties from Hugo will disinter the body and move it to Hugo where it will be reburied. – Antlers American.

Nancy Landtroop

Death of Mrs. Nancy Landtroop
The Soper Democrat July 17, 1919 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Mrs. Nancy Landtroop, aged 77 years, 8 months and 27 days, died at the home of her son, E.L. Landtroop, at Frederick, Okla., Saturday, July 12th, at 1 p.m. The remains were shipped to Soper where the funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock, conducted by Elder H.L. Taylor, of Hugo. Interment followed in the City Cemetery.
    Mrs. Landtroop left Soper on Tuesday of last week to visit her son at Frederick. Saturday morning she arose feeling as well as usual. During the breakfast she was stricken with paralysis and at 1 o’clock that afternoon she quietly passed away.
    She was born at Center Star, Alabama, where she lived until about 1889 when she moved to Hopkins County, Texas. In 1903 she moved to Soper with her husband and resided here until his death, Dec. 23, 1914. Since then she has been making her home with her children, but always considered Soper her home. She is survived by five children, viz: T.N. Landtroop, Sayre, Okla., E.L. Landtroop, Fredrick, Okla., Mrs. C.J. Butler, Soper, Mrs. R.L. Winniford, Cumby, Texas, and Mrs. J.A. Trobough, Hollister, Okla. Also three brothers and a sister, W.N. Ellis, Soper, J.S. Ellis, Soper, Jno. S. Ellis, Killen, Ala., and Mrs. C.H. Cox of Hugo. All were here to attend her funeral except T.N. Landtroop, who failed to get here.
    Mrs. Landtroop was truly a good woman, loved by everyone. She was a devout member of the Christian Church for more than 40 years. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and relatives.
    Card of Thanks
We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to the good people of Soper for their many acts of kindness and sympathy in our hour of sorrow. May God’s richest blessings be your portion.
    – T.N. Landtroop, E.L. Landtroop, Mrs. J.A. Trobaugh, Mrs. C.G. Butler, Mrs. R.L. Winniford, Mrs. C.H. Cox, J.S. Ellis, W.N. Ellis, Jno. S. Ellis.

Martha Ann Ivy

The Soper Democrat July 10, 1919 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Mrs. Martha Ann Ivy died at the home of her son-in-law, R.J. Hartman, who lives on the Green Walker place 3 1/4 miles northwest of Soper. Death was due to heart failure. The body was shipped to her old home, Quinlan, Texas, where she was laid to rest beside her husband, who preceded her to the grave many years. Besides her son, H.M. Ivy, who lives near Soper, her sons, F.B. Ivy of Greeville [sic] and L.B. Ivy, of Rockwall arrived to accompany her remains to her old home.
    Mrs. Ivy was a good woman, liked by all who knew her. She had been a member of the Baptist church since childhood, and was a devoted Christian.

S.W. Wickson

The Soper Democrat July 10, 1919 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Sim W. Wickson, aged 40 years, died at his home near Bluff, last Friday night. Death was due to pneumonia. Burial was had in the Indian graveyard at Jerusalem, South of Unger. He leaves a wife and two children.

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