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 William P. Tossell Passes Away.
     We regret to announce the death of William P. Tossell who was stricken with apoplexy at his home on Gold Avenue Tuesday and succumbed to his illness Wednesday morning at 12:30.
     Mrs. Tossell and two sons Charles and C.R. Tossell were with him when the end came, the last named having just arrived from Douglas, Ariz. on Monday, the day before his father was taken ill. Another son W.F. Tossell in San Diego, Cal., has been notified.
     Mr. Tossell was one of the first settlers in Deming, having come here from Michigan in 1883, and since that time has given of his best to the moral and commercial upbuilding of the community. He was a member of the Methodist church and was also prominent in Masonic circles.
     Mr. Tossell was 67 years old and had already suffered two strokes of similar nature, but on each occasion he recovered and was able to return to his place of business. His death is a distinct loss to the community, and none regret his passing away more than the old-timers who have lived with and known him for the past thirty years. 
     The funeral services were conducted at the home of the deceased by Rev. H.M. Bruce yesterday morning and interment was made in the local cemetery. [
June 13, 1913 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]
    
[Infant] Wickenden
The funeral services for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Wickenden were held at the Mahoney Undertaking Parlors Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. D. Matheson. Burial in the local cemetery. The child was born on last Friday.
[September 12, 1913 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]

Mrs. E.D. Osborn
The death of Mrs. E.D. Osborn, sr., who has been failing in health for some time, occurred last night at 8 o'clock. The funeral will be conducted from the home by Rev. Foulks, and the interment made in the local cemetery this afternoon about 4 o'clock. [
September 12, 1913 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]


FRANK KELLY DIES SUDDENLY
     Frank Kelly, ticket agent and telegraph operator at the Santa Fe depot in Deming, was seized with a hemorrhage while on duty at the depot last Friday evening about 8:30 and before medical attention could reach him he had expired. Deceased came to Deming about two years ago on account of his health, but his trouble was too far advanced when he came here. He leaves a wife and two little children, to whom the sympathy of the entire community goes out in their bereavement. Mr. Kelly was very highly regarded by the management of the road, and was popular with his fellow workers. His body was shipped to his home near Shreveport, Louisiana, for interment. [
May 8, 1914 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]
 

Robert Wesley Yeargin, the sixteen months old son of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Yeargin, died early yesterday morning at their home on Silver avenue of cholera infantum. Funeral services were held today by Rev. E.C. Morgan and interment was made in the local cemetery. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved parents in their loss. [June 5, 1914 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]
 

A.P. Wooley Dies Suddenly
     We regret to announce the death of A.P. Wooley, which occurred at the J.M. Turney ranch north of town on Saturday evening. Death was due to heart failure. Mr. Wooley had been in Deming on Saturday afternoon and was apparently in his usual good health.
     Deceased was one of the most prominent architects in the southwest and was popular with all who knew him, and his death will come as a great shock to his many friends in Deming. Before coming here two years ago to join the Turney Construction Company, Mr. Wooley had made his home in El Paso, since the outbreak of the trouble in Mexico. Previous to that time he has been for several years in Torreon, and before that time he had lived in San Antonio, Texas, where he has a lucrative business. A son of the deceased lives in San Antonio. Interment was made in the local cemetery on Monday afternoon, Rev. E.C. Morgan preaching the funeral sermon, and Walter C. Rawson having charge of the funeral arrangements.
[August 28, 1914 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams] 
 

Walter Jackson Meets Tragic Death
     Walter Jackson, the nine-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Jackson, was killed at the home of his parents south of Cambray on Saturday morning. It appears that the lad, with two companions, was hunting, when he stumbled and fell as he was hurrying to overtake the other boys, and the 22 caliber rifle that he was carrying exploded, the bullet striking him in the eye and entering the brain. Death resulted in fifteen minutes. The interment was held in Deming on Monday from the Mahoney undertaking parlors.
     Charles E. Jackson, the father of the lad, is a conductor on the Southern Pacific and was proving up on a claim at Cambray. The entire community has been greatly shocked at the tragic occurrence and is showing its sympathy with the bereaved parents in every way in its power.
[September 18, 1914 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]
 

Olive E. McCarthy Dies
     The death of Miss Olive Elizabeth McCarthy occurred at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George McCarthy, tow miles southeast of town, at an early hour on Tuesday morning. She had been suffering for the past three weeks and had been unconscious for some time before her death. Miss McCarthy was the third child in the family and would have been fourteen years old next month. Her death cast a gloom over the large circle of friends and acquaintances, with all of whom she was a great favorite. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Father Carnet, of the Catholic church, and the interment was made in the Deming cemetery on Wednesday. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of J.A. Mahoney.
[September 18, 1914 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]
 

Edwin Haste Dies
     The death of Edwin Haste occurred at the home of his nephew, William Haste, at the Bank Hotel on Monday evening. Death  was due to old age, Mr. Haste being eight-seven years old. The deceased gentleman was born in North Carolina and had lived in Kentucky, Louisiana and New Mexico. For fifty-seven years he was an active member of the United Brethren church, but with advancing years he was forced to give up the work he loved so well. Rev. S.R. McClure preached the funeral sermon, and the funeral arrangements were carried out by Walter C. Rawson. Interment was made in the local cemetery on Tuesday.
[October 16, 1914 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]
 

Mrs. Hollinshead Buried
     Mrs. M.W. Hollinshead, who died on Tuesday at her home near Hondale, was buried from the Mahoney Undertaking Parlors yesterday afternoon. The interment was made in the local cemetery.
[November 6, 1914 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]
 

Carrie Clark
Camp Cody, 1917- Mrs. W.S. Clark Dies.      Mrs. Carrie Van Dusen Clark, the wife of W.S. Clark, died at her home here on Tuesday evening, the cause of her death being tuberculosis. Mrs. Clark was aged 49 at the time of her death. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.E. Foulks at the J.A. Mahoney undertaking parlors on Wednesday evening in the presence of a few invited friends and the remains were shipped that evening to New York for interment in Woodlawn cemetery. Mr. Clark accompanying the body of his wife to her last resting place. Besides her husband, Mrs. Clark is survived by four children, Carlton, Edith, Carrie and Van Dusen, who have the sympathy of all of the friends here in their bereavement. [
January 4, 1918 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]
 

Captain Sheehan Passes Away
     Capt. Edward M. Sheehan, medical corps, aged 38 years, a member of the 133d infantry, passed away at the new base hospital Saturday night of pneumonia, following a brief illness. His mother, a resident of Independence, Ia., and his brother, who were en route here at the time of his death, failed to reach his bedside before the end came.
     Captain Sheehan was commissioned a captain in July, 1917, coming here with the regiment. He was a graduate of Southwestern College, Winfield, Kas.
     Funeral services of the dead officer were held Monday afternoon, the officers of the regiment attending in a body, while a company formed the guard of honor from the undertaking establishment to the depot. The body was sent to Iowa for interment.
[January 18, 1918 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]


Chester Hodges Dies
     The death of Chester Hodges, the son of M.A. Hodges, occurred at this home here on Thursday morning and interment was made in Mountain View cemetery the same day. The deceased had been an invalid for most of his life, and he finally succumbed to heart failure. Rev. J.B. Bell conducted the funeral services and the arrangements were in the hands of Walter C. Rawson. [
March 22, 1918 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]


DEATH OF MRS. HERD
     Mrs. Lucy Herd, wife of the owner of the Cody Lunch, died here on Wednesday of pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted from the Rawson undertaking parlors by Rev. J.B. Bell on Thursday. [
March 22, 1918 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]
 

Verna Marie Manhart
     On Friday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m., death claimed Verna Marie Manhart, the beautiful 6 year old daughter of Mrs. Emelia Manhart of Hondale. Her winning ways endeared her to all who knew her. She was unusually bright and active for her age and her death, after only a few weeks' illness from Bright's disease, came as a great shock. School remained closed on Friday, as none of the children who had known and loved Verna, could think of anything but the loss off their school and playmate. Services were held at the Roman Catholic church, Father Carnet officiating. Six little schoolmates accompanied by their teacher, Mr. Robert Burns, acted as pallbearers. interment was at Mountainview cemetery. There were many beautiful floral offerings from friends in Deming and Hondale, and the deepest sympathy was expressed for the sorrowing mother. [
March 22, 1918 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]

 
J.T. Stevens Killed
     J.T. Stevens, one of Deming's oldest and most respected residents, was run down and injured so badly by an automobile on Saturday night that he died on his injuries a few hours later. The accident occurred at the corner of Pine street and Gold avenue at 7:30, when a car drive by Amos E. Norman and belonging to Kit Carson struck Mr. Stevens, breaking his leg and his arm and causing internal injuries. He was rushed to the Ladies' Hospital, where everything that medical skill could accomplish was done for him, but his injuries were such that there was no hope of saving his life, and he passed away at 11:30 Norman was arrested and held until Monday, when a coroner's jury held an inquest on the death of Mr. Stevens and brought in a verdict that the accident was unavoidable and Norman was freed.
     Funeral services were held at the Stevens home on Iron avenue on Monday afternoon by Rev. Thomas McClements of St. Luke's Episocal church, and interment was made in Mountain View cemetery. J.A. Mahoney, Inc., had charge of the funeral arrangements.
     Mr. Stevens is survived by his widow and a son, William, who is employed by the El Paso & Southwestern railroad, and by a daughter. Mr. Stevens had been a telegraph operator for the Southern Pacific for many years and was highly regarded by all the officials of the road as well as by his many friends in Deming, and his sudden death came as a great shock to all who knew him. [
March 29, 1918 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]
 

Miss Dottie Nelson Dies
     Miss Dottie Nelson, one of the young ladies employed at the Harvey House, died at the Ladies' Hospital last Friday evening of peritoritis, after an illness of three weeks. Her mother, Mrs. Maud Nelson, was with her when the end came and accompanied the body back to Charter Oak, Iowa, where the interment was made. Miss Nelson came here from Alden Iowa, and was one of the most popular girls on the Harvey House Starr, and the other girls feel her death very deeply, as she had established herself as a prime favorite with them.
[April 26, 1918 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]
 

Charles McGinty
FOUND DEAD IN ROOM -- Charles McGinty was found dead in his room on Tuesday morning, and investigation showed that he had died from tuberculosis. Papers found on him showed that he had been discharged from the army at Camp Dodge last fall as a tuberculosis sufferer. The body was turned over to J.A. Mahoney, Inc., to be prepared for burial, and telegram was sent to his father, P.W. McGinty, at Grano, N.D., asking what disposition he wished to have made of the remains. The body was sent to Grano yesterday for interment. [
May 17, 1918 Deming Headlight, Deming New Mexico - Sub. by S. Williams]
 



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