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Leon Hammons

Rev. Leon Hammons
The Hugo Daily News March 16, 1972 p. 2 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Rev. Leon Hammons, well known county Baptist church minister living northwest of Ft. Towson, died at his home early this morning of an apparent heart attack.
    Services will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the Fort Towson Baptist Church with Rev. Herman Highfill officiating. Burial will be in the Fort Towson Cemetery. Coffey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
    Born Lonnie Washington Hammons, he was best known by the name of Leon. He was a native of Missouri, born July 30, 1898, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hammons.
    He came to Indian Territory in 1900, living in Atoka and Choctaw Counties the past 25 years. During his residence in Hugo he was instrumental in organizing a congregation of the then Choctaw Baptist Mission, forerunner of today’s Emmanuel Baptist Church here. It was during his period as pastor that the Choctaw church was built.
    At the time of his death due to an apparent heart ailment which had incapacitated him at varying times for several years, he was pastor of the Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church at Valliant.
    He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ada Hammons, and their nine children as follows: Lonnie Hammons and Miss Mary Hammons, both of the home address; Rodney Hammons, of Ft. Towson; Bennie Hammons, of Valliant; Mrs. Charles Creacy and Mrs. Stan Payne, both of Hugo; Glenn Hammons, Sulphur Springs, Tex.; Jerry Hammons, Shreveport, La.; and Jack Hammons, Phoenix, Ariz. Sixteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren also survive with six brothers and sisters. They are Chester Hammons, Lester Hammons and Arthur Hammons, all of Shawnee; Rollo Hammons of Los Angeles, Mrs. Harrison Roller of Prague and the former Miss Belva Hammons, who recently returned to Shawnee from California.

Owen Arnold Burke

Death Of A Child
The Choctaw Herald September 2, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Owen Arnold Burke died at five o’clock Thursday morning at the home of his uncle, W.A. Fairchild, of congestion of the brain. Owen was four years and 7 months old, and had been suffering for several days. His parents were dead and Mr. Fairchild, who is a letter carrier in the local post office, was raising the child. The body was prepared by the Hugo Furniture company for shipment, and was carried to Soper this morning, where the funeral and burial will take place.

Infant Johnson

The Choctaw Herald September 2, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Johnson, who live north of the city, died Friday morning.

C.N. Frazier

Dr. Frazier Dead
The Choctaw Herald September 9, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Dr. C.N. Frazier died at the family home on Bissell street Friday about 2:20. He had been ill for several days with a complication of diseases.
    Dr. Frazier was one of the best known physicians in the city, and had been practicing here for a long time. During the smallpox epidemic he was one of the victims of the malady, and for weeks it was thought he would not recover. Since that time his health has not been the best.
    His host of friends throughout the city were shocked yesterday when The News published the report that he was in a serious condition, but there were hopes that he would get better.
    No funeral arrangements have yet been made.

Henry Wysong

Death In The County
The Choctaw Herald September 16, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Henry Wysong, aged about sixty years, died at his home in Boggy bottom, 10 miles southwest of Hugo, Monday night of old age and general debility. He has no relatives in this part of the country so far as known, and had but little money when he died. He will probably be buried by the county. From letters found in the house, it is supposed he was from some part of Indiana, and the people there will be notified of his death. He will be buried at Cold Spring.

Frank Fisher

Frank Fisher Dead
The Choctaw Herald September 23, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Frank Fisher, a well known young man of near the city, died rather suddenly Wednesday afternoon. He was apparently in the best of health, when he began bleeding at the nose at 7 o’clock Tuesday morning. A physician was called and upon examination it was found that a blood vessel in his head had burst – causing appoplexy [sic]. His nose bled continuously until two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, when the blood quit flowing, and he became unconscious. He died Wednesday afternoon.

Infant Ellis

Ellis Child Died
The Choctaw Herald September 23, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lon Ellis, who was reported to have been suffering with appendicitis and was carried to Paris last week for an operation, died there Saturday. She was only five years old, and after reaching Paris the physicians were undecided as to the nature of her disease, and were treating for a few days before operating, because she was so weak she could not have an operation performed when [remainder of obit unreadable]

H. Clay Walker

Death Near Soper
The Choctaw Herald September 23, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    H. Clay Walker, a well known farmer of near Soper, died Sunday afternoon at his home. He has been a resident of the county for many years and was well known in Hugo, where he often came trading. The burial took place at 2:30 today, Monday.

Mr. Gentry

Death at Messer
The Choctaw Herald September 30, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Man named Gentry died at his home near Messer Saturday, of a complication of diseases, after a long illness. He was about 60 years old and had only resided in this country about a month. A son and his family comprise all of Mr. Gentry’s Relatives so far as can be learned. The burial takes place at Woodlawn cemetery, at Messer, this (Sunday) afternoon.

O.O. Walker

O.O. Walker Dead
The Choctaw Herald October 7, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    O.O. Walker, a prominent farmer and a member of the Frogville district school board, died Sunday at his home near Frogville of congestions. He was ill about one week.
    The interment occurred at Grant yesterday.

E.P. Ansley

E.P. Ansley A Suicide
The Choctaw Herald October 14, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    This morning Leo Ansley of Fort Worth, Texas, who is visiting here, received a telegram that his father, E.P. Ansley, had been found dead at Wilder, Kansas, yesterday morning at 11:30.
    Mr. Ansley was well known here, having lived in this city for over ten years, and only recently moved away. Mrs. Ansley has been with her son Leo in Ft. Worth, while Mr. Ansley was traveling for an agricultural implement house. Mr. Ansley was formerly a member of the state board of agriculture in this state in the Farmers Institute division, and was a noted authority on agricultural training. He was bout forty years of age and esteemed by all who knew him. He leaves besides his immediate family a large number of relatives and friends to mourn his death.
    (Later) A message was received from the sheriff at Olathe, Kansas stating that Mr. Ansley was a suicide, but gave no particulars.

J.W. Bailey

Death At Messer
The Choctaw Herald October 14, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    J.W. Bailey, a very prominent farmer of the Messer community, died last night at the family home of malarial fever. Mr. Bailey was very well known all over the county, having been a valued citizen here for many years.
    He was 51 years of age, and leaves a family of several children, besides his wife. Interment was made today at Spring Chapel.

Sarah T. Burge

Death At Forrest Home
The Choctaw Herald October 14, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Sarah Thomas Burge died at the family home three miles west of the city late Friday afternoon of a complication of diseases. Mrs. Burge was 58 years old and had lived in Oklahoma for three years coming here from Boxelder, Texas. She leaves besides the husband, seven children to mourn her loss. Interment occurred Saturday afternoon at Spring Chapel.

John Chambliss

Prominent Farmer Dead
The Choctaw Herald October 14, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    John Chambliss, aged 55, a prominent farmer who lived across Boggy about seven miles south of Soper, died Saturday morning. He was buried at the city cemetery Sunday afternoon at three o’clock, Rev. W.B. Ailstock conducting the service.
    He leaves a wife and five children and many friends to mourn his death. – Soper Democrat.

Mandy Laney

Death South Of City
The Choctaw Herald October 14, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Mrs. Mandy Laney died Tuesday afternoon at the family home, three and a half miles southeast of Hugo. Mrs. Laney had attained the ripe age of 76. The cause of death was a compliction [sic] of diseases.
    She was buried Wednesday afternoon at Spring Chapel.

J.R. McWhorter

J.R. McWhorter Dead
The Choctaw Herald October 14, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    J.R. McWhorter died at the home of his daughter Mrs. E.C. Byrns, on the north edge of the city, yesterday afternoon at 12:05. His death had been hourly expected for several days past. For many months Mr. McWhorter had been an invalid and was recently attacked with a complication of diseases from which he never rallied. Practically the entire relative connections were with Mr. McWhorter when the end came. At the bedside were E.D. Coston of Scurry, Texas, a brother-in-law; Tommy McWhorter, a son; Mrs. Will Casey and family of Skitook, Okla., Mrs. Louie Love and family of Enloe, Texas; Mrs. Hawk Asubrun and family of Howland, Texas, all daughters of the deceased; Will Wright and family of Paris, and Mr. Hawking of Scurry, Texas, life-long friends of the deceased.
    Mr. McWhorter was born in Hardison county, Tenn., March 10, 1848, and lived to the ripe age of 68 years. He was always highly esteemed by those who knew him best, and he numbered his friends by the score.
    The funeral services were held at nine o’clock this morning from the Byrns home. Rev. Wells conducted the services. Interment occurred at Mt. Olivet cemetery.

Mary Wilbor

Mrs. Mary Wilbor Dead
The Choctaw Herald November 4, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Mrs. Mary Wilbor, mother of R. [unreadable] Wilbor, president of the First National Bank here, died in Paris last night. Mrs. Wilbor was past sixty years of age, and had not been in good health for many months. She underwent a severe operation about one year ago from which she never fully recovered.
    Mr. Wilbor went to Paris last night and Mrs. Wilbor and children went down this afternoon. Rush Record, cashier of the bank, accompanied them.

Troy Reed

Troy Reed Dead
The Choctaw Herald November 4, 1915 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Troy Merrell Reed, son of Dr. and Mrs. W.D. Reed, died at the home of his parents on East Brown street Sunday morning at eleven o’clock, after an illness of about ten days. The little boy, who was slightly past six years of age, came home on Wednesday afternoon from school normally playful and in good spirits, but was ill with malarial congestion the next morning. Every possible resource was called upon, but the progress of the disease could not be arrested.
    Troy was a manly little fellow, cheerful and sweet spirited, deservedly popular with both his childish playmates and with the older people.
    The funeral was held Monday afternoon from First Methodist church, attended by the officers and teachers of the Methodist Sunday School, the members of his own Sunday School class, and the members of his mothers’ class, together with his classmates in the First Ward school, and a large number of friends of the family. The sympathy of their many friends is with the parents in this loss of their only child.

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