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Irion County, Texas

Obituaries and Death Notices


C. B. Bacon, who edited the Ozona Enterprise before its absorption by the Kicker, died at Dallas last Sunday.  Mr. Bacon had done newspaper work in Texas for many years - [Sherwood Tex. Record]
      When we left Sherwood last September Bro. Bacon was editing the Enterprise at Ozona and the news o f his death comes to us as a painful shock. During our career as a newspaper man we have met up with many members of the fraternity but few of them interested us to the extent that Mr. Bacon did.  He was a newspaper man of more than ordinary ability and in his death the press of Texas sustains the loss of a most worthy and brilliant member. (Deming Graphic, Deming, NM, March 1, 1907 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Sherwood, Tex., May 7 - About eighteen miles south of here on yesterday, Charley Beauchamp was shot and killed by C. S. Woodward and son Jeff Woodward.  Both parties were prominent sheepmen.  Woodward and son surrendered and are now in jail. (Fort Worth Gazette, Fort Worth, Tex., May 8, 1894 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Deming Rancher 7th Traffic Death
Seventy-seven year old Deming rancher Henry S. Birchfield became Luna County's seventh traffic fatality of the year early Sunday morning when his truck was rammed in the rear and overturned 17 miles west of Deming on U.S. 70-80. Birchfield died of a crushed chest, according to the police, after 21 year old Mervle Holmon of Lawton, Okla. smacked into the back of his pickup and turned it over on the highway about 6:55 a.m.  Neither Holmon nor six passengers in his vehicle were injured. The rancher was the only occupant in the truck. Both men were traveling west when the mishap occured. Investigating the crash were State Patrolman Guy Dunivan and Luna County Deputy Sheriff Joe Tarazon.
     Holmon was fined $100 by Justice of the Peace Charles F. McGraw for following too closely. District Attorney Norman Hodges said Monday in Silver City that no further charges would be filed against the Oklahoma man.
Funeral arrangements were being handled by the Mahoney Funeral Home.  Birchfield was born Oct. 3, 1881 in Sherwood, Tex. He resided near Separ for 70 years.He is survived by two sisters, Nora Hinds, Newcastle, Calif. and Agnes B. Ruckman, Roseville, Calif. Services were held Wednesday afternoon at Mahoney's Chapel with the Rev. Hollis Shook officiating. Interment was in Mountain View Cemetery, Deming. [Deming Headlight, Sept. 11, 1958 - AJ, Sub by FoFG]

Veteran Harwell Dead
Sherwood, Tex., Jan. 3 - Christopher Harwell, one of the oldest and best known citizens of this county, died Wednesday morning.  Old age was the cause.  He was born in North Carolina March 7, 1817, served in the Indian war during 1836 and 1837 and came to Texas and located in Fayette county in 1846. (The Jennings Daily Record, Jennings, La., January 9, 1902)

Sherwood News: Little Abbie Bell McGuire, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. McGuire, who long resided in this county, died very suddenly with heart disease last Saturday night in California. She leaves several brothers and sisters besides parents to mourn her loss.  Among the brothers and sisters are Will and Frank McGuire and Mrs. Will William of our town. (The San Angelo Press, San Angelo, Tex Sept 10, 1902)

Mertzon, Tex., July 30 – Jesse Seis, a cowboy employed on the J. D. Sugg ranch for the past nine years, was shot through the head and instantly killed by unknown men while he slept.  Capt. Carrol Bates, of the ranger force, is assisting sheriff Frank Emerick in making investigations, and arrests are expected at any moment.  (El Paso Herald, El Paso, Tex., July 30, 1918)

San Angelo. Texas. Dec 15 - Thomas Stonehouse, 95 years old, Treasurer of Irion County from the date of its organization, in until he resigned two years ago, died Wednesday at his home in Rankin, Upton County, it was learned here today. Stonehouse was a veteran of the Mexican War and the war between the States. A wife and several children survive. Dallas Morning News December 17, 1920 - Submitted by Janice Rice

Henry Vote, a leading blooded livestock breeder, was shot and killed from ambush Monday. The assassin has not been apprehended.  (Marietta, Daily Leader, Marietta Ohio, July 10, 1900 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Mertzon, Tex., Jan. 19. - Tuesday morning Mrs. Addie Christopher White died at her home in Brownwood of pneumonia following an attack of "flu." In 1886 she and her husband, Rev. White, came to Irion from Tennessee and lived here until 1893, when they went to Brownwood. In the meantime she took her place in the community as the wife of the teacher and preacher who married and buried the inhabitants of the scattered community which was then a part of the immense county of Tom Green. Three years after coming here Irion County was organized and a little later her last child was born and she also buried a son in the Sherwood Cemetery. She leaves her husband, Rev. White, an old man, two step-children, Mrs. Fayette Tankersley of Mertzon, and Walter White of Brownwood; two children, Mrs. Lou Osborne and Jim White of Brownwood, all of whom were with her when she died.  [San Antonio Express, January 20, 1923  - AJ, Sub by FoFG]

San Angelo, Tex., May 4 - At Sherwood, Irion county yesterday about noon, Mrs. Lonnie Taylor slipped behind the jailer as he was carrying the prisoners' dinner to them in their cells, and shot and instantly killed one of them, named John T. Wilson, who was imprisoned last June, charged with maliciously slandering Mrs. Taylor.  Sympathy is strongly in favor of Mrs. Taylor, and she will not likely experience any difficulty in getting clear if tried.  No arrest has yet been made. (Austin Weekly Statesman, Austin, Tex., May 12, 1892 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


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