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Infant Worthy

Worthy Infant Died Tuesday
The Hugo Husonian January 2, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    The three months old infant of Mr. and Mrs. V.R. Worthy died at the family home in this city this morning. The remains will be shipped to the old home at Waxahachie, Texas, for interment.

Elizabeth Nelson

Mrs. T.O. Nelson Died At Hospital
One of Hugo’s Most Prominent Women Died Of Pneumonia Sunday At St. Louis Hospital
Prominent in Maccabees Order and Known as One of Hugo’s Most Prominent Workers For Civic Good
The Hugo Husonian January 16, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Elizabeth, wife of T.O. Nelson, died in a St. Louis hospital Sunday evening at 5:10 o’clock, after an illness of about a week with pneumonia. Notice of the death was not unexpected here, as a telegram had been received here late Saturday evening announcing that she was beyond recovery.
    Her daughter, Miss Helen Cline, had left on the afternoon train Saturday, in the hope of reaching her mother before death came, the telegram being received too late for the earlier train.
    Mrs. Nelson left here some weeks ago to attend her mother who was ill [portion missing] pneumonia and Mr. Nelson [missing] her to a St. Louis hospital for treatment. The mother died the day after Mrs. Nelson was taken ill, and from that time until her death Sunday she had been in the hospital.
    Few women of Hugo were better known that Mrs. Elizabeth Nelson. She and Mr. Nelson were married some eight years ago when he was a resident of Fort Towson and she of St. Louis. In 1906 they came to Hugo, where they have since resided and where they have a host of friends. Mrs. Nelson was a prominent member of the Ladies of Maccabees, and was prominent in several of the organizations of the city. She was a woman of wide culture and made and held friends easily. When she left this city to be with her mother, she was in splendid health and none imagined that she would be cold in death ere she could return.
    Mr. Nelson is recently thrice bereaved. His mother, the wife of "Uncle" Jacks Nelson [unreadable] but a few weeks ago. Later came the death of Mrs. Nelson’s mother at Rolla, now the death of his wife.
    Funeral services will be held at Rolla, Missouri, Tuesday afternoon interment to be made in the family cemetery there.

C.C. Jackson

A Retired Merchant Answered Summons
C.C. Jackson Died Of Heart Failure At His Home In Frisco Place Tuesday Afternoon
Deceased Was One of First Merchants in Country and Was Established at Grant Before Hugo Was Laid Out
The Hugo Husonian January 16, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    At his home in Frisco Place, at 1:15 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, occurred the death of C.C. Jackson, one of the most widely known citizens of the county.
    Deceased was stricken with pneumonia November 26, from which he partially recovered, but the malady left him in a weakened condition, the attack Tuesday afternoon being failure of the heart.
    Deceased was a native of Alabama, but moved with his parents to Mississippi when he was but five years of age and resided there until 1886, when he removed to Texas, remaining there until about 1900 when he moved to Grant, entering the mercantile business and so continuing long after he came to Hugo. He was associated with the Ducan [sic]Mercantile company until about two years ago, when he retired from active business. Mr. Jackson had attained the age of 65 at the time of his demise.
    The immediate family left to mourn are the wife, and three children, all of Hugo. The children are: J.H. Jackson, cashier of the Hugo National bank, and Mesdames R.W. Hill and J.O. Barton.
    Until his retirement a couple of years ago, Mr. Jackson was one of the oldest merchants in business in this section of Oklahoma, having been in business contiually [sic] since long before Hugo was thought of. His acquaintanceship was not limited to the county in which he resided, and he was a man of kindly nature who easily made friends.

Addie Smathers

Mrs. Addie Smathers Consumption Victim
Mother of Large Family Succumbs To Consumption After A Long Illness At Her Home
Deceased Formerly Resided at Mill Creek Where Family Accompanied Remains For Final Interment
The Hugo Husonian January 16, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Mrs. Addie, wife of M.M. Smathers died at the family home, 602 Brown street, Sunday. The deceased had been a long sufferer, being afflicted with consumption.
    At the time of demise Mr. Smathers was also afflicted, having been a sufferer with rheumatism for some months and in a very feeble condition.
    The remains were shipped from this city Sunday afternoon to Mill Creek, Oklahoma, for interment, that being the former home of the family.
    Mrs. Smathers leaves a large family. Andrew B. is connected with the Frisco ticket office in this city; another son is cashier for the company at another city, and a married daughter resides at Madill. Other children are here, two going to the city schools.
    The deceased was well known to a large circle of neighbors and had been a resident of Hugo for some time. She was a patient sufferer and went to the beyond in full belief that her Master would give her rest. She was [unreadable] years of age at the time of death.
    The family accompanied the remains Sunday afternoon to Mill Creek for interment.

S.E. Horn

S.E. Horn Died Tuesday
Death of North Side Citizen Due to Illness With Dropsy
The Hugo Husonian January 16, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    S.E. Horn, for many years a plumber here in the city, died at noon Tuesday of dropsy. Death came to the sufferer while he was sitting in his chair at the family residence on the north side of the city.
    Mr. Horn has been ill for several weeks and of late has been unable to leave the home.
    Deceased leaves a wife and five little children in the immediate family.


Demented Man Died at Jail
The Hugo Husonian January 23, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    A homeless, demented man died at the county jail late Thursday afternoon. The man, of ordinary stature and well developed, had been restrained for several days. He was demented and could give no account of himself. If he had friends anywhere, he did not know it. The remains of the unfortunate were buried by the county.

Henry Harris

Boy Died of Typhoid Fever
Henry Harris Died at Family Home Here This Morning
The Hugo Husonian January 23, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Henry, the eleven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Harris, who reside in Frisco Place, died at 9 o’clock Saturday. The death was due to typhoid fever with which the lad had been suffering for several days.
    Intrment [sic] was made at Springs Chapel Sunday morning, following the funeral services at home. Services occurred at ten o’clock.

Belle Prichard

Pneumonia Death in Country
The Hugo Husonian January 23, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Mrs. Belle Prichard, who resided four miles northeast of the city, died at the family home Sunday morning at 6 o’clock. Death was due to pneumonia. Mrs. Prichard had been ill for about a week.
    Funeral was held at the home Monday at 3 o’clock, and the remains laid to rest at the Sulphur cemetery.

Frank Newton

Newton Died Wednesday
Fort Towson Man First Victim of Typhoid For Many Months
The Hugo Husonian January 23, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Frank Newton died at his home in Fort Towson late Wednesday night, a victim of typhoid fever, the first in the county in many months. The deceased was but 21 years of age and lived with his mother and brother at Fort Towson, being employed by one of the mills there.
    The body was shipped Thursday to Chaudron, Louisiana, the family cemetery being located near there.

Charles Willis Cole

Negro Died of Small Pox
The Hugo Husonian January 30, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Charles Willis Cole, negro, died at his home near the creosote plant Friday night. He was one of the first to take the malady and had been ill two weeks. His is the third death of the disease in the city and vicinity, all of the victims being negores.

A.J. Lewis

Lewis Died of Small Pox
The Hugo Husonian January 30, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    A.J. Lewis, a negro who resided in the negro quarters, died Tuesday evening of small pox. He was one of those afflicted almost at the first outbreak and his death was expected.

Bertha Garrett

Fourteen Year Old Mother Is Dead
Sensational Story of Child Who Was Wedded When Only Twelve Years of Age
Mrs. Bertha Garrett’s Young Life Snuffed Out When Still But a Little Child
The Hugo Husonian January 30, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Mrs. Bertha Garrett died at the home, ten miles northeast of the Rockhill school house, Friday, death being due to child birth.
    The death is the more sad as the one who gave her life that another might be born was but 14 years of age at the time of her death, although those who know her state that she has been married for the past eighteen months.
    Little could be ascertained concerning the family, but the age of the child-mother was given as above mentioned in the undertakers records.
    Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Spring Chapel cemetery.

F.B. Bledsoe

F.B. Bledsoe Dead of Small Pox
One of Proprietors of Hugo Nursery Lost in Struggle To Overcome Terrible Malady
Deceased Was a Hugo Pioneer Business Man Who Leaves Wife and Baby
The Hugo Husonian February 6, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    F.B. Bledsoe, one of the proprietors of the Hugo Nursery, died this morning at 6:30 o’clock at his home on North Homer street, of small pox, with which he had been afflicted for the past thirteen days.
    Deceased was one of the well known residents of Hugo and had been a citizen of this city for the past four years. He was one of the founders of the Hugo nursery, and had been in the nursery business all of his life. He formed a partnership with William Biard of this city, the Hugo Nursery being the institutions organized and conducted by those two gentlemen.
    Mr. Bledsoe was married, and a wife and little baby survive him. His [line unreadable] and one of the prominent citizens of Bryant [sic] county.
    Mr. Bledsoe was 32 years of age and was a native of Texas.
    Because of the disease which caused his death, no funeral services can be held for Mr. Bledsoe, the order for all small pox victims to be buried after 11 o’clock at night being now in force.
    Deceased leaves business and social friends who deeply sympathize with the sadly afflicted family in their bereavement.

W.G. Hood

Hood Also Listed Among Victims
Deputy Sheriff Lost In His Fight Against Small Pox After A Ten Day Struggle
One of County’s Best Known Officers Succumbed at Nine-Thirty Monday Night
The Hugo Husonian February 6, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Deputy Sheriff W.G. Hood died of small pox at his home on Brown street Monday night at 9:30 o’clock, after an illness that commenced January 25. Deceased broke out with small pox the 26 and had been in a dangerous condition from the first, although on the fifth day he made a slight rally.
    Deceased was the chief field deputy to Sheriff Robert Connell and had filled a like position when Mr. Connell was formerly sheriff. His wife has been dead for some years, the demise leaving six children without father or mother. Their grandmother Mrs. Hood, resides at Paris, and will care for her grandchildren.
    Deceased was a quite well known citizen, and was in the prime of life, being 43 years of age. He was a good officer and had always been an active, enterprising man in the discharge of his duties. As a law enforcement officer Mr. Hood had established a wide reputation, and he was fearless in discharge of duty, faithful to his superiors and one whose place will be hard to fill by the present sheriff.
    A brother of Mr. Hood resides in Paris, the old family home.

Cloyed Moore

Cloyed Moore Died Tuesday Morning
Prominent Young Business Man Added To Toll of Awful Small Pox Scourge
Believed to Have Contracted Disease On a Visit to The Cushing Oil Field
The Hugo Husonian February 6, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Cloyed Moore died at the hospital tents Tuesday morning the twentieth death from small pox in Hugo, death occurring on the ninth day after the first symptoms of the awful malady were noticed.
    Deceased was a member of the firm of Lee Moore and brother, operating a mercantile store on the corner of East Jackson and Crockett streets, and was one of the well known young merchants of the city. Mr. Moore was 34 years of age last November and was a native of Paris, Texas. He was not married and was a man of very quiet nature. Two weeks before he was taken ill, he visited his father at Oklahoma City and went from there to the Cushing oil fields, where he believed that he contracted the disease. He arrived home Sunday night and the next day remained in his room, that next day going to the hospital tents in the morning, a day before he broke out with the disease.
    As Mr. Moore had been out of the city for at least two weeks, he felt that he had had no opportunity to contract it here. The progress of his case was rapid, and only twice in the past few days was there any hope held out to those of his family and circle of friends. Monday he sank rapidly, and death was expected for twenty-four hours preceding dissolution.
    Mr. Moore was a typical Southwesterner. He had been a hard working young man and was climbing the business ladder successfully in this city. He leaves, besides an aged father and the brother’s family a very wide circle of acquaintances who will mourn his untimely death.

John Edward Shoffner

Alderman Shoffner Small Pox Victim
Prominent Second Ward Citizen Answered Summons Early Monday Morning
Was Resident of Hugo For Past Six Years and Prominent in All Civic Affairs
The Hugo Husonian February 6, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    John Edward Shoffner died at the family residence on South Spring street at 9:15 Monday morning, a victim of small pox, with which malady he had been afflicted for the past eleven days.
    Deceased was an alderman from the Second ward and one of the pioneer citizens of Hugo, having lived here for the past six years. Mr. Shoffner was a business man, being lately connected with the Charles A. Moore Mercantile company. He was the father of three living children, one having been buried last Easter, a victim of congestion. One of the children, is married, and lived at the Shoffner home, the others, Amma and Ray being small children, also residing with the parents. Mr. Shoffner was 39 years of age and a native of Texas.
    Alderman Shoffner was a man of peculiar personality, but thoroughly honest and always progressive for the people of his neighborhood. He was a hard worker and always took an extraordinary interest in civic affairs. He was always one of the foremost workers to do something for Hugo, and was the seventeenth to [unreadable] up his life to the awful small pox scourge which has afflicted us since the first of the year.
    Because of burial rules, there could be no public service, and the family was thus deprived of the condolence which could be given direct by his many friends.

Marcus S. Armstrong

Marcus S. Armstrong Twenty Second Death
Small Pox Claimed Another Prominent Business Man Of This City
Deceased Had Long Been Connected With Business Houses in This Section of The country
The Hugo Husonian February 6, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Marcus S. Armstrong, proprietor of the City drug store in the Vreeland building, died at the hospital tents at 10 o’clock Tuesday evening of small pox, death occurring on the twelfth day after it had broken out.
    Marcus Armstrong was one of the well known young business men of Hugo and Choctaw county, and had attained the age of 35 years. He was for some years a druggist in the employ of F.L. Bailey when that gentleman was conducting the Palace drug store, corner of Broadway and Jackson streets. He has a brother who is a member of the firm of McKinney and Armstrong at Fort Towson, and there are also many relatives at Talahina, where Mr. Armstrong once resided. Only a few months ago Mr. Armstrong opened the new drug store in the Vreeland building and had commenced a business that promised him splendid returns. He was a very reticent, reserved man but companionable when one came to know him, and his circle of friends in Hugo and Choctaw county was a large one. From the beginning, the Armstrong case was a very severe one and reports of his death were circulated frequently, his extremely bad condition being known to acquaintances. For the past four days and hope of recovery was gone.
    The Armstrong death was the twenty second in the county. His made the deaths of white and black victims equal, 11 each.

Cail Johnson

Johnson Died Wednesday
Third Member of Johnson Family Die of Present Scourge
The Hugo Husonian February 6, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    Cail Johnson, aged 19 years, died at 11 o’clock this morning of smallpox after an illness of three weeks. The father, N.E. Johnson, died January 29; and the twin brother of N.E. Johnson died January 28, at the Kenefick home.
    Young Johnson came here with his father several months ago, the elder man purchasing a large block of property in the Fourth ward where he contemplated erecting a gin. Shortly after arrival here the father was afflicted with typhoid fever. He never came up to the business district after that but once, driving to attend to some business in a buggy. A few days later he and his twin brother became ill, the brother going to his home in Bryan county, where he died a day before the Hugoan. Young Johnson was ill with small pox at the time of the parent’s demise.

Mrs. Dees

Another Negro Death
The Hugo Husonian February 6, 1913 – transcribed by Ron Henson

    A negro woman by the name of Dees died in negro town late Monday afternoon of small pox. The death occurred in a house where two others had died of the same disease and there is another patient confined there. This was the seventeenth death from small pox in Hugo.

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