Joseph Allison who recently
removed to this place from
Stroud, Texas, died at his home west of Checotah Friday after a brief
with pneumonia. Mr. Allison was 68 years of age. Funeral services
Sunday afternoon in charge of the local Medicine Lodge of which order
he was a
member. (The Checotah Times, Friday, March 4, 1910, front page)
Death of John Barnwell – John
Barnwell died Sunday at his
home near Hitchita after a short illness with pneumonia. He was about
of age and a native of this country, being a Creek Indian and a
character in many respects. He leaves a wife but no children. Funeral
were held at the family home Monday afternoon. (The Checotah Times,
January 21, 1910, front page)
Lona Bell, the three year
old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. I. Williams, quietly passed away last
Saturday night. She was laid to rest in the Carr Creek cemetery, Monday
evening at 1 o'clock, the funeral was conducted by Elder J. R.
Scarbrough. The entire community is in sympathy with the Williams
family. (The Checotah Times, January 22, 1915, page 8)
Mr. I. N. Birchfiel
of Mr. Birchfiel – Mr. I. N. Birchfiel one of the leading farmers of
Burton township died at his home near Ralford on last Sunday after an
illness of several months. The funeral was held at the home on
Wednesday and was conducted by Rev. Burns, followed by the burial
ceremonies of the local Masonic order of which Mr. Birchfiel was a
member, about fifteen members of the order attending.
was attended by a large number of people as the deceased was well known
over that part of the county, he having been a resident of that
community for a large number of years where he has occupied positions
of responsibility and trust among his neighbors, and was held in the
highest esteem by all who knew him.
The remains were buried in the Mellette cemetery.
The Democrat joins in extending sympathy to the family in this hour of their bereavement. (Eufaula Democrat, June 26, 1914)
J.J. Bradley died Saturday, No. 9, at the age of 38.
He was buried at the city cemetery Sunday.
(Eufaula Indian Journal,
16 Nov 1900, transcribed by Mary Kirby)
Mary E. Campbell
Campbell Services Friday – Mrs. Mary E. Campbell, 92, former resident
of Hanna, died Monday, Nov. 3, at the home of a son O. F. Campbell in
Eufaula. She was a native of Texas.
Services will be at 2 p.m.
Friday in the Church of Christ with Rev. Leonard McCallie of Vinita
officiating. Burial will be in Eufaula cemetery under direction of
Kelley funeral home.
Bearers selected are Tom Barton, John Collins, Ray Jones, Joe Spillers, Roy Massenale and Dave Stanford.
Campbell is survived by two sons, O. F. of Eufaula and Clyde of
Modesto, Calif., one daughter, Mrs. Lola Johnson of Caldwell, Idaho and
one sister, Mrs. Ada Spinks of California. (Eufaula Indian Journal,
November 6, 1958)
funeral of Mable Castell, who died Saturday evening, Jan. 15th, was
conducted from the Catholic church, Sunday afternoon, Rev. Father Lynam
officiating. She being a member of the choir, they sang “Pray for the
Dead” and “Nearer My God to Thee,” her favorite songs. Notwithstanding
the inclemency of the weather a large number of friends assembled at
the church to pay their last respects.
She leaves, besides her parents, a grandmother and three brothers to mourn her loss.
The pallbearers were, Messrs. C. H. Tully, E. I. O’Reilly, Mike Stepcheck and Lenhart.
The remains were buried in the Catholic Cemetery. (Eufaula Democrat, January 21, 1916)
Levi Childers, a well known farmer, died at his home near Texanna Monday night about 12 o’clock from an attack of pneumonia.
The funeral services were held at the home Wednesday and the remains laid to rest in the Texanna cemetery.
leaves a wife and several small children at home, a daughter, Mrs.
Chas. Blackwell and a son Noah Childers. (Eufaula Democrat, January 21,
W. A. Collier
EUFALA, Feb. 9. – Funeral services were being arranged today for Col.
W. A. Collier, county attorney of McIntosh county who died suddenly
last night at Checotah. Burial will take place here. Collier was a
former member of the state supreme court having been named by Gov.
Robert L. Williams.
World (10 Feb. 1922) transcribed by FoFG MZ
Rites for Mrs. Cowan
services for Mrs. Cora Cowan, 64, who died of bronchitis Friday,
January 26 at her home in Wewoka were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the
Lenna Baptist Church in charge of McConnell’s Funeral Home of Wewoka.
The Rev. W. L. Story, pastor of Fame Baptist Church conducted the
Burial was in Lenna Cemetery.
Mrs. Cowan was the mother
of seven children, three daughters, Madames Slyvia Foster, Rozella
Bolton, Cora O’Neal and four sons, Sam, John, Steve, and Earnest all of
whom attended the funeral.
Mrs. Cowan was a resident of Fame until about four months ago.
May God’s blessing be upon her family and friends.(Eufaula Indian Journal, February 1, 1934)
Julius Alva Cowan
Julius Alva Cowan Rites Here Wednesday – Julius Alva Cowan, 63, died in a Muskogee hospital Sunday.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Assembly of God Church here with Rev. Don Anderson officiating.
Cowan was a retired farmer and a retired McIntosh County Jailer.
are his wife, Ruth of the home; two sons, Leroy of Pine Top, Arizona
and James of The United States Air Force; five daughters, Mrs. Oleta
Jackson of Marble, Arkansas, Mrs. Velma Peters, Miss Delka Cowan and
Mrs. Wilma Polk all of Kansas City, Missouri and Mrs. Wylena Burns of
Also, two brothers, Homer Cowan of Eufaula, and
Herman of Wichita, Kansas, four sisters, Mrs. Mae Duke of Eufaula, Mrs.
July Armstrong of Arvin, California, Mrs. Jessie Norman of Stockton,
California and Mrs. Madie Tilley of Colorado City,. Texas, 21
grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Bearers were Charlie Duke, Dale Duke, Bertice Duke, Bobby Cowan, J. C. Flood, and Walter Flood.
Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery here under the direction of Kelley Funeral Home. (Eufaula Indian Journal, March 18, 1965)
Melissa Cowan Rites Thursday
rites for Mrs. Melissa Cowan, 69, were set for 2:30 o’clock this
afternoon (Thursday) at Burns’ Chapel with the Rev. J. W. Burns
Burial was in the Mellette cemetery.
Born Sept. 20,
1878 in Illinois, Mrs. Cowan had been a resident of McIntosh county for
many years, and had made her home in Eufaula recently. She died here
Sunday after a brief illness.
She is survived by three sons, Alva
and Homer Cowan, Henryetta; four daughters, Mrs. Mae Duke and Mrs.
Jessie Norman, Eufaula; Mrs. Julia Armstrong, California and Mrs. Maude
Tilley, Texas; 35 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were under the direction of Kelly Funeral Home. (Eufaula Indian Journal, December 2, 1948)
Cowan Rites Set for Friday – Last rites for Ward Cowan, who died in
Coolidge, Ariz., Tuesday will be held at Burns Chapel, Mellette, Friday.
Mr. Cowan, a former resident of McIntosh County died suddenly of a heart attack.
Kelley funeral home will be in charge of local arrangements. (Eufaula Indian Journal, November 18, 1948)
Mr. Brack Crabtree, who
has been for several days ill at the home of his sister Mrs. J. Burdett in
Eufaula , died Friday and was buried in Eufaula Cemetery Saturday. Father John
of Muskogee conducted funeral services at the residence and a very great number
of people from Eufaula and surrounding country attended the rites and followed
the remains to the cemetery. Deceased was a native of this country and was
brought up in and near Eufaula. His friends here were many and the sympathy of
the whole town and people goes out to his bereaved relatives. Mr. Crabtree was
a good citizen and neighbor, a warm friend to his friends who were many. Peace
to his ashes; may be all die as blameless. (Eufaula
Indian Journal, 26 Oct 1900; pg 2 col 1
J. C. Crabtree
A few minutes after 11
o'clock on Wednesday of this week,
June 30th, marked the hour in which another of the old time citizens of
passed from this world into the great unknown. At that hour J. C.
passed away at his home in the eastern part of the city after an
illness of but
a few short hours. He had been more or less in ill health for the past
days, but nothing serious was thought of his condition until Tuesday,
was compelled to take to his bed and on Wednesday morning about 2
became seriously ill gradually growing worse until the end came at a
minutes after 11 o'clock. Every effort of physicians and friends was
forward to save his life but all to no avail, as his earthly career
have reached its end and he compelled to go.
The deceased was one of the
oldest citizens in this part of
the state, he having been a resident of Eufaula for forty years, coming
with his parents when only a lad of 8 years of age. During all of these
he has been one of the leaders in any and all matters that was for the
betterment of the community giving of his time and means for the public
The funeral services will be
held this afternoon at 3
o'clock from the home in the eastern part of the city and will be in
Rev. Masey a former pastor of the church to which the deceased belonged
Methodist church, South.
The deceased leaves a wife,
one son, Shelton, about 19 years
of age, a daughter Lurline, about 16 years of age, a sister, Mrs. A. O.
of Chickasha, and a large number of friends in McIntosh County and
Oklahoma who will sincerely mourn his loss.
The remains will be buried in
the Eufaula cemetery and the
following friends of the deceased will act as pall bearers for the
Walter Grayson, J. C. Smock, G. J. Fuller, Ralph Edwards, K. B. Turner
The Democrat joins in
expressing sincere sympathy to the
family and friends of the deceased in this hour of their bereavement.
Democrat, July 2, 1915)
Veva Mae Duke
C. C. Duke, 67 Rites Here Wednesday – Funeral services for Mrs. C. C.
(Veva Mae) Duke, 67, were held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Church of
God here with Reverend Don Anderson, pastor officiating. Mrs. Duke died
in a Muskogee hospital Monday.
Born September 21, 1899, Mrs. Duke had lived most of her life in Eufaula.
include her husband, C. C. Dukes of the home; five sons, Charles of
Eufaula, Vernon of Delano, California, Dale of Eufaula, and Bertice and
Dean both of Oklahoma City; two daughters, Mrs. Pauline Wilson of
Muskogee, and Mrs. Mildred Palmer of Littlefield, Texas, 21
grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Homer Cowan of
Eufaula and Herman (Dutch) Cowan of Wichita, Kansas and three sisters,
Mrs. Julia Armstrong of Arvin, California, Mrs. Jesse Norman of
Stockton, California and Mrs. Maude Tilley of Colorado City, Texas.
Bearers were Walter Flood, J. C. Flood, Buel Brown, Floyd Johnson, Ted Chapman and Gene Paul Hallum.
Burial was in the Mellette Cemetery under the direction of Kelley Funeral Home. (Eufaula Indian Journal, April 27, 1967)
Mrs. John Eslick
Mrs. John Eslick died in the
hospital at McAlester last
Friday, from lung trouble, and was brought back here Saturday for
bereaved family have our sympathy. (Hanna-Star, May 3, 1911, page 5)
Little Virginia Farris, the 4
year old daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. George Farris of Muskogee died early Tuesday morning from the
effects of a
scald received Saturday of last week at the Gentry hotel where, with
mother, she was visiting Mr. and Mrs. Hawkins her grandparents.
morning an employee was engaged in scrubbing the floor at the hotel and
just brought in a tub of boiling water.
The little girl came tripping into the room and
playing and singing and
backing up to the tub, fell into the boiling water and before she could
rescued she was scalded in such a manner that physicians said her
impossible. The best treatment was given her and Tuesday morning her
life took its flight. The remains were taken to Muskogee Wednesday noon
burial. A number of Checotah friends of the heart broken parents
remains to their last resting place. (The Checotah Times, Friday, June
Henry C. Fisher
Henry Fisher Dead - A telegram announcing the sad death of Mrs. Henry
C. Fisher at her home in West Palm Beach, Fla., last Thursday was
received by relatives in this city Friday. Mrs. Fisher was a resident
of Checotah for nearly 20 years and was one of the city's best known
and respected citizens. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher moved to West Palm beach
about 5 years ago. Besides the husband, deceased leaves three grown
daughters to mourn the loss of a loving and devoted wife and mother.
(McIntosh County Democrat, March 14, 1918)
Saturday evening at Checotah an old quarrel culminated in
the death of R.J. Gentry. The story
comes to the Journal as follows and, as is often the case in such matters, it
may be to some extent incorrect:
Gentry was drinking, had a Winchester and was after Sam Baker, deputy marshal of
Checotah, with a view of shooting him.
Baker was warned by friends and avoided Gentry.
Baker was passing the George Hotel and Gentry stepped from a room near
the post office and knelt down to shoot.
Baker leveled his Winchester first and fired; the ball striking Gentry in
the abdomen and passing around and shattering the spinal column.
Baker’s Winchester choked in his attempt to throw another cartridge into
the barrel whereupon the marshal drew his pistol and shot Gentry in the right or
left breast, the ball passing out through the arm.
Gentry died in a few minutes.
Baker went to Muskogee and gave himself up.
He was given a preliminary hearing before Commissioner Sanson Monday and
the testimony went to show he acted in self defense.
R. J. Gentry was a business man of Checotah and a
successful one. He was probably
worth $30,000 or $40,000. When sober
he was a good and useful citizen.
When under the influence of liquor he was dangerous and had killed several man,
but the courts had vindicated him in each case.
He leaves a wife, an excellent and estimable lady, and several children.
They have warm friends in this city and many of them attended the funeral
at Checotah Tuesday. The affair is
deeply deplored here as well as in Checotah.
(Eufaula Indian Journal,
16 Nov 1900, transcribed by Mary Kirby)
The mangled remains of
Geo. Gray colored barber and proprietor of the City Barber Shop were brought in
at 4 o’clock this morning from Canadian and were buried at one o’clock this
afternoon by the Colored Odd Fellows of which body he was a member.
Word reached this city when the Flyer came in yesterday
that a negro man had been killed at Reems’ switch, this side of Eufaula.
Jeff Lane went up on No. 6 and was put off at the switch where the
section gang had gathered the remains in a heap.
The head had been entirely severed, the body crushed to a mass, and the
legs cut in two pieces. Lane had no
difficulty in identifying what was left as the remains of Gray.
It is reported that Gray boarded the Flyer at Eufaula to come home, and
having neither money nor ticket, the train was stopped and he was put off.
As the train started, he endeavorded to climb on again and fell between
the wheels. However, much of this is
conjecture as no one witnessed the accident.
(Eufaula Indian Journal, 9 Nov
1900 pg 8, transcribed by Mary Kirby)
Mrs. J. F. Highers
Death of Mrs. J. F. Highers –
Mrs. J. F. Highers died early
Sunday morning at her home 2 1-2 miles southwest of Brush Hill after an
of about three weeks with paralysis. She leaves a husband and seven
mourn her loss. Mrs. Highers was a most excellent lady and was greatly
respected by all who knew her. She was 38 years of age and has resided
section for a number of years. Burial services occurred at Brush Hill
Mr. Highers requests the
Times to thank for him the
neighbors and friends who so kindly extended assistance during the
at the death of his wife. (The Checotah Times, Friday, May 27, 1910,
Mrs. Julia Jetton died at her
home one mile south of
Checotah about 10 o’clock Thursday morning of last week after a weeks
with measles and pneumonia. She was 33 years of age and leaves a
four little children, 3 girls and one boy. She was married to J. H.
Ft. Smith, Ark., 12 years ago and they have been residents of this
about 6 years.
The remains were laid to rest
in the Checotah cemetery
Friday afternoon. (The Checotah Times, Friday, March 4, 1910, front
services were held in the Moore Cemetery Saturday, March 17 for Mr.
Oliver Johnson. He is survived by his wife and seven children all of
Stidham. (Eufaula Indian Journal, March 22, 1934)
wife of Little Deer died at her home near town Saturday, morning at
10'clock. Interment taken place Sunday evening at 4 o'clock. B F Scott
conducted the funeral services. The Star extends condolences to the
bereaved family in this, their sad hour of affliction. (Hanna Star,
April 19, 1911)
The infant babe of
R. D. Lyons and wife died Thursday night from measles. The little
remains were laid to rest Friday afternoon. The bereaved parents have
the sympathy of the entire town in the loss of their precious jewel.
(Hanna Star, April 12, 1911)
John E. McNatt
John E. McNatt, 68, Eufaula farmer, died suddenly at his home here last Saturday following a heart attack.
A native of Missouri, Mr. McNatt had farmed in the Eufaula area for many years.
are his wife; four sons, Arthur, Sand Springs, Connie, Houston, Texas
Roy, Stockton, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Dunnegan, Pittsburg,
Calif.; and Mrs. Leota Milligan, Huron, Calif., two brothers and one
Services were held Tuesday in the Free Will Baptist Church
with a Henryetta minister officiating. Burial was in the Eufaula
cemetery with Kelley funeral home in charge.
Bearers were Dave
Blevins, Doc Gawf, Clyde Parker, Harrison White, Frank Brandon, and
Bert Walters. (Eufaula Indian Journal, April 30, 1953)
Death of Baby – Eugene
Napoleon, the 10 months old baby of
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Huddleston, died at McAlester about 6 o’clock
evening where it was taken to a hospital for treatment. The little
been in the best of robust health until Thursday of last week when it
attacked with spasms followed by other complications. It was the
opinion of the
family doctor that an operation was necessary and the parents
to McAlester Saturday afternoon but when they reached that place the
so low that the operation was not performed and died at 6 o’clock.
The child was an unusually
bright, intelligent little
fellow, the joy and pride of its parent who with a host of friends are
cast down over the death. Funeral services are at the home of J. W.
conducted by Rev. O. E. DeWitt, after which the remains were laid to
Checotah cemetery. (The Checotah Times, Friday, May 13, 1910, front
Mrs. T. H. Owens
From Fever – Mrs. T. H. Owens, the wife of a farmer living about two
miles southwest of the city, died on last Tuesday night after an
illness of about two weeks with typhoid fever.
The funeral of the
deceased was held at the home on Wednesday and the remains were laid to
rest in the Eufaula cemetery. She leaves a husband and eight children.
(Eufaula Democrat, February 27, 1914)
James Rountree (Jim) died
shortly afternoon Wednesday at the
home of his mother in the east part of town after a long illness. He
years of age and has been a resident of Checotah for a number of years.
and son reside in the east. Funeral services were held at the family
home at 3
o’clock yesterday afternoon conducted by Rev. DeWitt. Interment
Checotah cemetery. (The Checotah Times, Friday, March 8, 1910, front
Elinor Lavergne Schulze
The death angel hovered around the home of
T. L. Schulze and wife Monday morning in this city and claimed for its
prize their 2 year old daughter, Elinor Lavergne. The little one had
only been sick a few days with congestion.
The family left Monday night with the remains for Ripley, Okla., where
interment will take place, Tuesday. Mr. Schulze's parents of El Reno
will meet them at Sparks and accompany them to Ripley.
The Star extends condolence to the bereaved family in the loss of their
precious jewel. (Hanna Star, May 3, 1911)
of an Indian Girl – Bettie Segro, an Indian girl about 28 years of age
who made her home with Tom Boone near Bald Hill, west of Eufaula, died
at the Boone home on last Sunday night. The funeral was held on Tuesday
and the remains were buried at the Huttonville cemetery. (Eufaula
Democrat, August 21, 1914)
The funeral service of Mrs. F.E. Shanks, who died last
Friday, was held at the M.E. Church Sunday afternoon, a host of friends being in
attendance. Presiding Elder Braff in
well chosen words, paid a last tribute to the dead. The service was continued at
the grave and appropriate songs rendered by the choir.
The floral tributes were quite beautiful.
Journal, 9 Nov 1900 pg 5, transcribed by Mary Kirby)
Wesley L. Shepherd
Death of Wesley L. Shepherd –
Wesley L. Shepherd died Sunday
in Checotah after an illness of about 10 days with pneumonia. Mr.
62 years of age and for many years has been a resident of this section.
a Kentuckyian by birth, coming to Oklahoma from that state. He had many
all of whom are sad to know of his death.
The remains were taken to his
former home at Brush Hill
Monday where funeral services were held and where the remains were laid
rest. (The Checotah Times, Friday, January 21, 1910, front page)
Mrs. W. T. Stamps
Mrs. W. T. Stamps died in this city Saturday
morning after a lingering illness of several weeks with fever.
Deceased was a middle aged woman and leaves a husband and four children
to mourn her untimely demise.
She was laid to rest in a cemetery in Dustin Sunday.
The Star extends condolence to the bereaved family. (Hanna Star, May 3,
Alice C. Stidham
of Mrs. Stidham – Without regaining consciousness Mrs. Alice C. Stidham
died Saturday night following an operation Friday at the M. O. & G.
hospital. Mrs. Stidham was the wife of Theodore E. Stidham, well known
Muskogee real estate and oil man, and had lived here for many years.
The funeral will be held Tuesday at Checotah, Mrs. Stidham’s old home.
Besides her husband she is survived by two sisters and her mother, Mrs.
W. H. Bertholf, of Checotah – Times-Democrat – Several Eufaula friends
and relatives attended the funeral. (Eufaula Democrat, June 26, 1914)
Judge Louis Sulzbacher
Notice was received in Muskogee Tuesday
of the death of Judge Louis Sulzbacher, formerly United States Judge
for the Western District of Indian Territory, with headquarters in
Muskogee. He died in the Post-Graduate hospital in New York city Sunday
evening following an operation which was performed Saturday. He had
been ill for two months prior to his death.
Judge Sulzbacher enjoyed the distinction
of being the first Hebrew to sit on a bench of a United States Court.
He was federal judge in Indian Territory from 1905 until Oklahoma was
admitted into the Union. He came to Indian Territory from Porto Rico
where he was a member of the supreme court. (The Checotah Times,
friday, January 22, 1915, front page)
of Doris Upton – The remains of Doris Upton were laid to rest in the
Eufaula cemetery on last Sunday afternoon, the funeral being held at
the Methodist Church and was in charge of Rev. W. B. Simmons of
A very large crowd attended the funeral and the floral
offerings made by the many friends of the deceased were especially
attractive and beautiful, indicating the high esteem in which Miss
Upton was held by all who had learned to know her. Among the offerings
were one from the pupils of the City High school of which she was a
member, one from the 20th Century Club, one from the Ladies Card Club
besides a large number of individual offerings.
The pall bearers
were Messrs. Cox, Sidney Pickens, Robert Wright, Jay Pipkins, Orville
Kilgore and Walter Homan. (Eufaula Democrat, January 23, 1914)
Mrs. N. Van Buren
Van Buren Dead – Mrs. N. Van Buren of Eufaula, 66, years old, died
Sunday at a local hospital. Two sons and a daughter Mrs. Frank
Eckelkamp all of Eufaula, were with their mother at the time of her
death and will accompany the body to the old home of the deceased where
the funeral services will be held. The deceased was the wife of the
late N. Van Buren, a descendant of President Van Buren. Times –
Mrs. Eckelkamp and brother, Will Van Buren left Monday
night for Houston, Ark., to attend the funeral. (Eufaula Democrat,
December 17, 1915)
Death of Mrs. Peter Vann –
Information reached Checotah this
week of the death of Mrs. Susan Vann at Salem, Californian, which
January 21. Mrs. Vann was operated on for cancer in September and
recover from the effects of the operation. She was confined to her bed
weeks before the end came.
Mr. and Mrs. Vann were
residents of Checotah for a number of
years, removing to California a few months ago in hopes that the change
climate might improve her health. Mrs. Vann was born in Kentucky, was a
of the Christian Church and the Knights & Ladies of Security
Lodge. She had
many friends in Checotah, all of whom are grieved to hear of her death.
Checotah Times, Friday, February 4, 1910, front page)
Caddo Wadsworth died Friday
afternoon of last week at his
home 8 miles south of town, after an illness of 3 weeks.
He was 70 years of age and
had lived here a number of years,
was a siminole Indian. He leaves several children to mourn his loss.
The funeral services were held at the family burying ground
Sunday afternoon by Rev. Fairfield. (The Checotah Times, Friday,
1910, front page)