Coal County, Oklahoma



A. W. Cole

Coalgate, Okla., April 17. – A. W. Cole, county commissioner from the third district, died at his home Monday. He is one of the most popular men in the county. Practically all county offices were closed Monday in observance of his death.
(Daily Oklahoman (18 Apr. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ) 

C. A. Helvey
Rites Are Held for C. A. Helvey, County Rancher Funeral services for C. A. Helvey were held at the Coalgate Church of Christ at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Bill Parlser, former Coalgate minister, now in McKinney, Texas was assisted by Doyle Harris, local minister in conducting.
Born Oct. 31, 1896, at Foster, Oklahoma. Mr. Helvey came to Coal county in 1933. He suffered a heart attack several years ago, and even following heart surgery, had continued to have recurring attacks. He died at his ranch home west of LeHigh, Thursday at the age of 67 years.
Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Mollie Bass Purnell, three daughters, Mrs. Dimple Mobbs, Mrs., Inez Manning, Pauls Valley, and Sheila Helvey, Gallup, NM; one son, C. J. Helvey, Pauls Valley, three brothers, Beattie Bass Pernell, Coy Bass, Sulphur, and Bervin Bass, Irving, Texas; three sisters, Mrs. Beulah Taylor, Odessa, Mrs. Thelma Schively, Kansas City, MO, Mrs. Ruby Beasley, Compton, California, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Paul bearers ?? ?? ?? Claud Mowdy, Elmo Childers, and Tom Brownlie. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery at Pauls Valley under direction of Cooper's Coalgate funeral home. 
["Coalgate Record Register" 16 July 1964 - Submitted by Marca Lee McInnes Murray]

Elizabeth McInnis 
Elizabeth McInnis Claimed by Death at Home Here Services for Pioneer County Woman were Held at Methodist Church Services for Elizabeth McInnis were held at the First Methodist church at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon by Daniel Forbes, Mrs. McInnis and her husband, John McInnis, came to Coalgate 66 years ago from Krebs, and he preceded her in death 42 years ago, She died quietly at sleep at her home here Thursday. Mrs. McInnis worked for many years in the Corner Drug store and Margaret Covington's ready to wear store here. She was active in the Coalgate Garden Club. Linger Longer Embroidery Club, and the order of the Eastern Star. Surviving are two sons, C. R, McInnis, R. M. McInnis, and a daughter, Mrs. Peggy Helvey, one brother, Jim Bell of Henrietta, five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Pall bearers were W. E. Larecy, W. H. Bailey, Eddie Cox, Arthur Pope, Jim Farrimond, and Elmo Childers. Among the out of town relatives attending the services were Mrs. Agnes Hinshaw and Jean Booth of Ft. Smith, Ark; Mr. and Mrs. Billy Bell and daughter, and Bobbie Jean McInnis of Oklahoma City; Louise Sugar of Londoner, MD, Mrs. George Bell of Oklahoma City; Emma Doris Wyche of Durant, Jean Patterson and Annie Mowatt of Oklahoma City; Bob Patterson, John Hall and daughter of Henrietta; Mr. and Mrs. John Jones, Mrs. Ted Henderson of Wapanucha; Mrs. Harry Miller and granddaughter, Cynthia, Mrs. Ethel Harwell of Ada; Sam Covington, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Cowan of Oklahoma City. Burial was at Coalgate cemetery with Slater funeral home directing.
["Coalgate Record Register" 18 August 1960 Submitted by Marca Lee McInnis Murray]
Note: William "Bill" Bell and Anna "Annie Patterson were the parents of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bell McInnis.

Henry McInnis
Henry McInnis Dies Suddenly 
Wednesday's Daily
The town was startled last night to hear of the death of Henry McInnis, one of the popular business and livery men of the city, whose death occurred last evening at about 6 o'clock. The shock was so great ----that it was utterly unexpected. Henry had been at his place of business at about 2 o'clock and was talking with his brother John about that time. He had intended to go to Lehigh to the funeral of Mrs. White but felt bad and remained at home. Mrs. McInnis went to Lehigh and when she returned the deceased was in a bad condition and Dr. Clark was called but was unable to stay the hand of death. An examination was made by Drs. J. B, Clark, F. E. Sadler and W. M. Hume, who found that he had died of apoplexy, Henry McInnis has long been one of Coalgate's foremost liverymen, a good substantial citizen and has ------(rest of obit missing)
"Coalgate Record Register" 16 July 1914 
(Note: Henry was the son of John McInnes, Sr. and Mary "Belle" VanBrucklin. He married Maggie Gold 23 May 1898, Coalgate, Indian Territory. After Henry's death she married a Mr. Richardson.) 
Submitted by Marca Lee McInnis Murray

John McInnes
John McInnes Dead. The city was saddened to hear of the death of John McInnes, which occurred Tuesday evening at his home in this city.
Deceased was well an favorably known in this city where he has resided for many years and was held in the highest esteem by all our citizens, He leaves a wife and three children, a father, two brothers and a sister to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held at the family residence and burial was in the Coalgate cemetery. "Coalgate Record Register," 22 August 1918 (John was the son of John McInnes, Sr. and Mary "Belle" VanBrucklin. He married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bell, Feb. 1902, Coalgate, Indian erritory. Their children were Robert John "Bob" McInnis, Claude Ray "C. R." McInnis, Sr., and Annabell "Peggy" McInnis Helvey.) 
Submitted by Marca Lee McInnis Murray

John McInnis, Sr. 
Mr. McInnis was born May 16, ---------, and departed this life July 24, 1941 at his home in Coalgate at the age of 91 years 2 months and 8 days. He came to the United States about 1865 with his mother, started work in the mines at an early age, He came to Coal County some 50 years ago and has lived here most of the time since. He worked in the mines near here for several years, He married Bell VanBrocklin Aug. 20, 1874 at Youngstown, Ohio and to this union 5 children were born. His 4 sons preceded him in death. Mrs. McInnis also preceded him in death some 25 years ago. About 15 years ago while living in Oklahoma City he became interested in his spiritual life and attended services at the Church of Christ there and during that time he made a profession of faith in Christ and united with the Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. He is survived by his daughter: Mrs. Anna Russell of Coalgate; 2 brothers, P. R. McInnes of Oklahoma City and Tom McInnes of Massillon, Ohio; 10 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren; and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church Friday morning, July 25 by Rev, C. E. Hendricks. Slaters Funeral Home was in charge of the burial. 
"Coalgate Record Register" 31 July 1941 (John McInnes, Sr. b. 16 May 1851, Lanarkshire, Cambusnethan, Scotland; d. 24 July 1941, Coalgate, Coal Co., Oklahoma m. 20 August 1874 Stark Co., Ohio, Mary "Belle" VanBrucklin, b. 15 June 1856, Lawrence Twp., Stark Co., Ohio, d. 14 March 1914. John and Belle are buried in Coalgate Cemetery, Coal Co., Oklahoma.) Submitted by Marca Lee McInnis Murray

Mrs. John M'Innes, Sr.
Mrs. John M'Innes, Sr. Passes Away After a long illness of paralysis, Mrs. John McInnes passed away at the family home in this city Saturday morning. Mrs. McInnes with her husband and children came to Coalgate in the early days and has resided here since that time. Though all was done for her that medical skill and devoted and faithful hands could do yet to no avail, Mrs. McInnes leaves her husband, one daughter, Mrs. John Russell, Jr., and four sons, Henry, James, John, and Frank to mourn her loss. Deceased was a member of the order of Eastern Star of Lehigh and the Rebeccahs, and her remains were laid to rest Monday afternoon with the impressive last sad rites of these orders in Coalgate cemetery, followed to their last resting place by one of the largest funeral processions ever witnesses in Coalgate. Rev. Parkin, of Lehigh, conducting the funeral. 
["Coalgate Record Register", 9 March 1914 Submitted by Marca Lee McInnis Murray]

Peggy McInnis 
Gallup, N. M. Rites Honor Peggy Helvey, sister of the late Bob and C. R. McInnis, died Saturday in Gallup, N.M. where she had been living in recent years and funeral services were to be held there Wednesday. Survivors include a daughter Shiela, a niece, Gay Barnett, and her sister in-law, Billie McInnis, still live in Coalgate. Burial was to be in Gallup. 
["Coalgate Record Register" 26 April 1984 Submitted by Marca Lee McInnes Murray]
Annabell "Peggy" McInnis was the daughter of John McInnes, Jr. and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bell

Mary Beth McLauchlan
Little Mary Beth, 8 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter McLauchlan died Thursday night at Henryetta. Burial was in Coalgate cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3:30. (The Wapanucka Press, Friday, August 27, 1920, page 5)

Anna M. Russell 
Anna M. Russell claimed by Death Rites for Mrs. Anna Russell, longtime Coal County resident, who died in McAlister, March 9, were held at the first Baptist church in Coalgate by the Rev. Vernal West, Saturday morning. Born October 10, 1883, in Ohio, she moved with her parents to Lehigh when a child, and later moved to Coalgate where she lived until 1945. Anna McInnis was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John McInnis, was married to John R. Russell, former city employee and city manager. A member of the First Baptist church, she died at the age of 77 at a rest home in McAlester. Her son, with whom she went to live in McAlester in 1945, preceded her in death three years ago. She died of a heart attack Thursday, although she had been ill with cancer since November 1960. Surviving are five nephews and three nieces. Pall bearers were Calvin Brownlie, Ira Ingram, Olan Anderson, John B. Clark, Bobby George Lee, and James Ashmore. Burial was in Coalgate Cemetery. 
["Coalgate Record Register: 16 March 1961 Submitted by Marca Lee McInnes Murray]

John R. Russell 
John R. Russell Is Buried Sunday Long Time Resident of Coalgate passed away last Friday morning at the Sherman, Texas hospital, after an illness lasting several months. Mr. Russell was born at Sharon, Pennsylvania, July 13, 1877. He had been a resident of Coalgate for the past 42 years, coming to this country as a railroad man. He later worked in the mines here, helped in putting down the paving in Coalgate, was employed by the city for a time and served as Coalgate City Manager. Survivors include his wife, one son, Roy Russell, U. S. Army, Perrin Field, Sherman, Texas, one brother, James Russell, McAlester, Oklahoma, and two sisters, Mrs. Dave Anderson, Parsons, Kan. and Mrs. W. S. Mellor, Muskogee, Okla. Funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist Church in Coalgate, on Sunday, Dec. 20, by Rev. J. M. Gaskin. Interment in the Coalgate cemetery with the Slater's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 
"Coalgate Record Register" 24 Dec. 1942
(note: John was married to Anna "Annie" McInnes, b. 10 Oct. 1833, OH, d. 9 March 1961, Hillside Manor Nursing home, McAlester, OK. They were both buried in the Coalgate Cemetery, Coalgate, OK. Their son was Roy Lee Russell b. 23 August 1904, Krebs, OK Terr. d. 5 July 1957, McAlester, Oklahoma. Roy was buried in the Masonic Cemetery, McAllister, Oklahoma. Roy's wife was Irene ___?) 
Submitted by Marca Lee McInnes Murray

Roy Russell 
Service Is Held for Roy Russell Funeral services for Roy Russell former moving picture operator in Coalgate, were held at first Baptist church in McAlester at 10 'clock Monday morning. Dee Porter Eay of Atoka conducted the services. Born at Krebs Russell moved to Coalgate when he was about 10 years old and lived here for approximately 30 years. A World War II veteran, he was an active Legionnaire, member of the Masonic lodge worker and Sunday school teacher in First Baptist church, and active in civic fairs. He worked at Hudson's store for more than ten years; and has been employed in a supervisory capacity at McAlester Ordnance Depot for the past ten years. He died Friday after a very brief illness.
Surviving are his wife, Irene Russell of McAlester; and his mother, Mrs. Annie Russell. Bob and C. R. McInnis are cousins. Arvard Hudson, Bobby George Lee, Mrs. Annie Yother, and Mrs. Maggie McInnis were among Coalgate friends who attended the services,
Burial was at Masonic cemetery at McAlester. 
["Coalgate Record Register" 11 July 1957 Submitted by Marca Lee McInnes Murray]

Scott Self

Tupelo Pioneer Dies - Tupelo, Okla., April 22 - Scott Self, an old and respected citizen, long a resident of Indian territory and Coal county, was found by his wife Sunday morning dead in bed. His passing is believed to have been due to heart trouble. (Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK., Tuesday, April 23, 1912, page 3)

Thomas Smith

Old Settler at Coalgate Dies - Coalgate, Okla., Nov. 16 - Thomas Smith, aged 47, one of the early settlers in this county, died today of appendicitis. Smith was a heavy property owner in this section of the state, and was one of the leading men of the city. He leaves a wife and five children. (Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK., Thursdsay, November 17, 1910, page 3)


Judge J. M. Wilson

COALGATE, April 25. –Judge J. M. Wilson, aged 71, died here. He was a veteran newspaperman of Oklahoma and northern Texas, having conducted newspapers at Gainesville, Ardmore and Marietta.
(Tulsa World (26 Apr. 1913) transcribed by FoFG MZ)

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