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Henry Ellis Burt
Sep 26, 1873 - Oct. 16, 1931

October 16, 1931
BURT - Corsicana, Texas. Oct 16.  - Henry E. Burt, 58, farmer of Emhouse, died here. The funeral was held Friday from the Methodist Church at Emhouse with burial in the Pattison Cemetery. The Rev. Mr. Bell of Chatfield conducted the services. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Fannie Terrell [
Carroll] of Corsicana, Mrs. Mattie Day of California and Mrs. Will Moore of Moran; one brother, R. C. Burt of California, and a half brother, Albert Washburn of Oklahoma. Pallbearers were Phad Beard, Book Turner, Roy O'Neil, B. Ray, Otis Farmer and R. M. Harris.

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EMHOUSE FARMER DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY AUTO Henry E. Burt, aged 58 years, farmer of Emhouse died in the Navarro Clinic Friday morning at 3 o’clock following an illness of several weeks dating from the time he was struck by an automobile north of Corsicana. The funeral was held Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Methodist church at Emhouse with interment in the Pattison cemetery. Rev. Bell of Chatfield conducted the services. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Fannie Terrell, Corsicana; Mrs. Mattie Day, California; and Mrs. Will Moore, Moran; one brother, R. C. Burt, California; and a half-brother, Albert Washburn, Oklahoma. Pallbearers were Phad Beard, Book Turner, Roy O’Neil, B. Ray, Otis Farmer and R. H. Harris. The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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John William Carpenter Jr. 
Nov 25, 1917 - Dec 20, 1936

December 21, 1936, Dallas, Texas
J. W. Carpenter, Jr. Dies of Injuries After Car Crash.
Funeral for Son of Power Company Head to Be in Corsicana Tuesday

John W. Carpenter Jr., 19, son of the president of the Texas Power & Light Company, died at Seton Infirmary, Austin, Sunday at 12:35 p.m.
from injuries received in an automobile accident on Oak Hill road four miles west of Austin Saturday night. Young Carpenter was a sophomore at the University of Texas.
Justice Howard Amason Jr., Roswell, N. M., fellow student who was riding in the car with young Carpenter, died twenty minutes before John Jr.
Funeral services will be held for young Carpenter in Corsicana, where his father's parents are buried, at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Dr. Thomas W. Currie, pastor, Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas, and president Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, will conduct the services.
Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery, Corsicana. There will be services at the grave, but no church services. The body was taken to Corsicana Sunday afternoon.
He is survived by his father and mother, who were at his bedside; a brother, Benjamin Howard Carpenter, 12, and a sister, Mrs. Dan C. Williams Jr., Dallas.
Young Carpenter was an honor graduate of Highland Park High School and an honor student at the university. He was secretary of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. In his freshman year, he was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, freshman honorary fraternity for men. He was taking a pre-law course.
Pallbearers will be Roy Sewell Jr., Houston; Ben Sewell, Houston; Gardner Duncan, Eagle Lake; Al Dealey, Dallas; Tom Carpenter, Dallas; William Wofford, Dallas; all cousins; Sam Webb Jr., Dallas; Howard Williams Jr., Waco; Woolford McFarland, Galveston, and David Currie, Dallas.
The fatal automobile accident occurred as Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Amason were returning to Austin from Kerrville where they witnessed the Kerrville-Port Arthur semifinal State high school football championship playoff. Their car, driven by John J., driven by John Jr., was in a head-on collision with a car driven by Fletcher Young, Oak Hill. Mr. Young is at the point of death at the same Austin hospital where Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Amason died. Three other occupants of Mr. Young's car, all residents of Oak Hill, fifteen miles west of Austin on the Fredericksburg road, were injured but not seriously.

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Henry Dee Byrd
abt 1886 - Jan. 1950

January 15, 1950, Dallas, Texas
Funeral services for Henry Dee Byrd, 64, were held Saturday at Lamar and Smith Chapel, 800 West Jefferson. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery at Corsicana.
Byrd, an accountant in the sales department of The Texas Company thirty-two years, died at his home, 3201 Ledbetter, Friday. He had been ill two years. He would have been 65 years old next Saturday and would have retired Jan. 31.
Byrd was born in Corsicana and joined The Texas Company in Houston in 1918 after working for a time in the Houston post office. He was transferred to the company's Denver office in 18922 and came to Dallas in 1934.
He is survived by his wife; two sisters, Miss Lizzie Byrd and Miss Minnie Byrd, and two brothers, W. W. Byrd and Charles W. Byrd, all of Corsicana.

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James Robert Byers
abt 1919 - May 1942

May 12, 1942, Dallas, Texas
Dallas marine Corporal Dies
Corp. James Robert Byers, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. I. Byers, 5440 Vickery Boulevard, died in a naval air hospital at San Diego, Calif., Sunday from a head injury sustained while serving in the Marine Corps, a victim of a hit-and-run driver, relatives here have been advised.
Mrs. Howard Murdock, 4517 Junius, a sister, said her parents were advised Sunday he had been injured and left immediately for the coast, but she was advised of his death while they were en route to California.
Byers was walking with a group of Marines near Grossmont when struck. E. A. Turner, coroner's deputy, said the driver did not stop.
He was a graduate of Corsicana High School [1937], where he spent most of his life and moved to Dallas with his family six years ago. In addition to his parents and Mrs. Murdock, he is survived by a brother, Hiram C. Byers, also of Dallas.
Mrs. Murdock said he had served in Iceland and had returned to Dallas on a furlough about two weeks ago.

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Alexander Wilson Byers, Jr.
Jan 2, 1862 - Mar 29, 1928

March 29, 1928
A. W. Byers Buried
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, March 29. - Funeral services for A. W. Byers, 67, farmer, who died at his home in the Roane community Thursday, were held Friday from the Methodist Church at Emhouse, with burial in the Emhouse Cemetery. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. T. G. McGlathney of Corsicana, Mrs. E. C. Ragsdale of Big Spring, Mrs. J. B. Pritchett of Montfort; two sons, R. A. Byers of Trinidad and Marvin Byers of Barry.

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ROANE FARMER TO BE BURIED FRIDAY EMHOUSE CEMETERY

A. W. Byers, 67, native of Tennessee, farmer, died at his home near Roane Thursday morning at three o’clock and the funeral services will be conducted at the Methodist church at Emhouse Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in the Emhouse cemetery.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. T. G. McGlathney, Corsicana; Mrs. C. E. Ragsdale, Big Springs; Mrs. J. B. Pritchett, Montforth; two sons, R. A. Byers, Trinidad; Marvin Byers, Barry, and other relatives.

The funeral will be under the direction of the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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William Edgar Butler 
Jun 24, 1887 - Mar 1, 1950

March 2, 1950
W. E. Butler
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, March 2, - W. E. Butler, 62, Purdon cotton buyer, died in Dallas Wednesday. Funeral was held at Purdon Thursday. Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. T. H. Morgan, Tyler; Mrs. Guy Farmer and Mrs. Clyde Boldin, both of Purdon, and Mrs. Thurman Johnson, Dallas; a son, Jim Morris Butler, Mont Belview, and a brother, Frank Butler, Purdon.

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Funeral Rites Held Friday For W. E. Butler

Funeral services for W. E. Butler, 62, Purdon cotton buyer, who died in Dallas Wednesday morning, were held from the Purdon church Thursday afternoon. Burial was in the Younger cemetery near Purdon, Corsicana Lodge No. 63, IOOF, had charge of the graveside rites. The services at the church were conducted by Rev. J. T. Gardner, Methodist minister of Hubbard.

Surviving are his wife of Purdon; four daughters, Mrs. T. R. Morgan, Tyler; Mrs. Guy Farmer and Mrs. Clyde Boldin, both of Purdon, and Mrs. Thurman Johnson, Dallas; a son, Jim Morris Butler, Mt. Bellview; a brother, Frank Butler, Purdon, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were A. E. Bittner, Clarence Putman, Eston Morgan, Tommy Farmer, Albert Mosley and Autry French.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Hattie (Hood) Butler
Nov 6, 1897 - Mar 12, 1936

March 13, 1936
BUTLER - Corsicana, Texas. March 13. - Funeral services for Mrs. Hattie Butler, 38, who died Thursday, were held Friday at the St. Elmo Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, S. R. Butler; four daughters, one son, her mother, Mrs. Walker Hood, all of the Eureka community; five brothers and four sisters.

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MRS. HATTIE BUTLER DIED IN HOSPITAL; BURIAL ST. ELMO

Mrs. Hattie Butler, aged 38 years, of the Eureka community died at the P. and S. Hospital Thursday morning at 9:15 o’clock after a short illness. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock from the St. Elmo Baptist church with interment in the St. Elmo cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jones.

Surviving are her husband, S. R. Butler, Eureka; four daughters, Geneva, Flora Mae, Andeen and Jennie Butler, and an infant son, all of Eureka; mother Mrs. Walter Hood, Eureka; five brothers, Henry Hood, Alex Hood, W. D. Hood, and L. C. Hood, all of Eureka, and Reuben Hood, Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. D. L. Harrison, Dallas; Mrs. V. L. Chambliss, Liberty; Mrs. B. H. Horn, Mildred , and Miss Mae Hood, Eureka, and other relatives.

The funeral arrangements will be directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Laura (Moffett) Butler
abt 1851 - Dec 1934

December 22, 1934
Corsicana Woman Dies On Her 83d Birthday
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Dec. 22. - Mrs. Laura Butler, 83, died at her home at 10 o'clock Saturday morning.
Funeral services will be conducted at the home Sunday afternoon by the Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Baptist Church. Burial will be in Alto.
Mrs. Butler died on her birthday. She had lived in Corsicana two years, but had been a resident of the county fifty-two years, most of which she had lived in the Emhouse community.
Surviving are two sons, Joe Butler of Goodlett and Frank Butler of Ennis; two daughters, Mrs. J. A. Allen of Kirkland, Mrs. Albert Foster of Corsicana; a brother, Henry Moffett of Alto; a sister, Mrs. Annie Landrum of Emhouse; nineteen grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren.

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J. C. Burns
abt 1854 - Mar 1938

March 2, 1938
BURNS - Corsicana, Texas, March 2. - Funeral services for J. C. Burns, 84, who died at his home in Blooming Grove Monday, were held at the church at Dresden Tuesday. Surviving are his wife; six sons, Will and Clyde Burns, Pursley; Claude, Fred, John and Bob Burns, Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. C. M. Peabody, Corsicana, and Mrs. Myrtle Smith, Tom Ball; twenty-four grandchildren and eight great-grand-children. Burns had been a resident of Navarro County practically all his life.

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Marlin B. Burns
Apr 27, 1903 - Nov 1, 1928

VICTIM OF AFFRAY SATURDAY DIED IN HOSPITAL THURSDAY

Marlin B. Burns, aged 27 years, died in the Navarro county hospital Thursday morning at 5 o’clock, and the body was forwarded to Blooming Grove on the Cotton Belt motor Thursday morning, where funeral services and interment will be made some time Friday. A formal complaint for murder was filed against Elmer Cowart, aged 18, who has been at liberty on a charge of aggravated assault since an altercation which occurred on North Beaton street shortly after noon last Saturday, when the two men became engaged in a difficulty and Burns received two severe knife wounds in the back. The fathers of the two boys, T. J. Burns and J. E. Cowart, it was stated, were engaged in a fisticuff and the two younger men became engaged in the difficulty.

The two older men and young Cowart reside in the Shady Grove community and young Burns resided in the Ward Bridge community.

After the cutting scrape, the injured man was given first aid and then taken to the county hospital where an operation was performed. Soon after the trouble, Elmer Cowart surrendered to city officers and later was turned over to the county officers.

Thursday morning Elmer Cowart telephoned the sheriff’s office after Burns’ death and said that he would meet an officer at the Pursley concrete slab Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock and surrender, it was announced at the sheriff’s office

No information whether an examining trial will be held or whether the examining trial will be waived to await the action of the grand jury Thursday noon.

Burns is survived by his wife, parents, and other relatives.

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November 1, 1928
Marlin B. Burns Dies
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Nov. 1. - Marlin B. Burns, 27, died in a local hospital Thursday as the result of knife wounds received Saturday in Corsicana.

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Youth Surrenders After Man Cut Dies

CORSICANA, Texas, Nov. 1. - Elmer Cowart, 18, surrendered to county officers Thursday afternoon, who had warrant for his arrest on a murder complaint in connection with the death of Marlin B. Burns, 27, who died early Thursday morning after receiving several knife wounds in an altercation here Saturday. Cowart had been at liberty on a charge of aggravated assault since the difficulty. They reside several miles south of Corsicana.

The body of Mr. Burns was sent to Blooming Grove, where burial will be made Friday.

Nov 1, 1928

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YOUTH SURRENDERS  FOLLOWING DEATH OF MAN HE SLASHED

Elmer Cowart. 18. surrendered to Deputy Sheriffs J. M. Westbrook and Ira T. Stokes Thursday afternoon and was lodged in the Navarro county jail on a complaint of murder filed Thursday in Judge S. B. Jordan's court in connection with the death of Marlin B. Burns, 27, who died early Thursday morning at the Navarro County Hospital.

Burns had been in the hospital since last Saturday noon when he received several knife wounds in the back in an altercation on North Beaton street when the two men became engaged in a difficulty in which the fathers of the two men, J. E. Cowart and T. J. Burns were engaged. After first aid treatment, Burns was taken to the County hospital.

The body of Burns was forwarded to Blooming Grove Thursday, where interment was made Friday.

The two older men and young Cowart reside in the Shady Grove community while Marlin Burns resided near Ward Bridge. Soon after the difficulty last Saturday, Cowart surrendered to city officers, later being turned over to county officers and released on bond on a charge of aggravated assault. He telephoned officers early Thursday that he would meet them on the Pursley concrete slab and surrender Thursday afternoon. Friday morning nothing had been said concerning bail or examining trial for the accused youth, and it was intimated that he will remain in jail for the time being.

Burns is survived by his wife, two small children, father and other relatives. An operation was performed soon after Burns reached the hospital. It is not known whether the grand jury which has been in vacation for several days, subject to being recalled by the court, will reconvene to investigate this case.

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ELMER COWART IS RELEASED ON $2500 BOND IN SLAYING

Elmer Cowart, aged 18, was released from the Navarro county jail Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock on bond in the sum of $2,500 on a formal complaint of murder in connection with the death of Marlin B. Burns, 27, who died in the Navarro County Hospital early Thursday morning. Burns received several knife wounds in the back in an altercation here a week ago. An operation was performed.

Cowart surrendered to county officers Thursday afternoon on the murder complaint. He had been at liberty on bond on a charge of aggravated assault prior to the death of Burns.

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MURDER TRIAL IS SET FOR DISTRICT COURT ON MONDAY

The trial of Elmer Cowart for murder in connection with the death of Marlin Burns, scheduled in the district court for Monday, will not be taken up, District Judge Hawkins Scarborough announced late Friday afternoon due to the defendant being ill with pneumonia. Judge Scarborough stated that the special venire of 50 prospective jurors summoned for service in this case had been excused.

Burns died in the Navarro county hospital several days after receiving knife wounds in the back on Beaton street, Oct. 27, 1928. The trouble occurred near the Coulson Drug store about noon.

Both men resided several miles southwest of Corsicana at the time of the trouble. It is said that the fathers of the two men were engaged in a fisticuff just prior to the fatal stabbing of Burns.

Cowart later was released on bond after spending several days in jail.

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ELMER COWART ON TRIAL IN DISTRICT COURT HERE MONDAY

CHARGED WITH DEATH OF MARLIN BURNS IN CORSICANA LAST FALL

The trial of Elmer Cowart, farmer, on an indictment for murder in connection with the death of Marlin Burns, farmer, last fall, got under way Monday in the Thirteenth Judicial District court and at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon only three jurors had been selected. From the line of questioning of the prospective jurors, a suspended sentence will be asked.

Burns died in the Navarro county hospital last fall several days after receiving severe knife wounds in the back, alleged to have been received in an altercation with Cowart in the business district of Corsicana. Both resided in the Oak Grove community and the two families were neighbors. It is said that the fathers of Elmer Cowart and Marlin Burns were engaged in a difficulty and that the younger men became involved.

The state announced ready for trial Monday morning. The defense attorneys announced not ready but their motion was over-ruled by Hawkins Scarborough, district judge, who ordered the trial to proceed. The defense sought a continuance due to the absence of certain eye-witnesses to the altercation.

J. C. Caffey of Angus was the only juror selected at the Monday morning session of court but J. H. Bryant and J. C. Allen, both of Corsicana, were selected shortly after noon Monday.

The state is being represented by J. S. Callicutt, Fred Upchurch, special prosecutors, and by H. B. Daviss, county attorney. The defense is represented by John R. Curington, local attorney, and L. W. Sheppard, Groesbeck attorney.

The courtroom was crowded at the morning session and large numbers were on hand at the afternoon session.

Witnesses were excused Monday morning until 3 o’clock Monday afternoon during the selection of the jury, but Monday afternoon indications were that the introduction of testimony would not get under way until late if before Tuesday morning.

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STATE RESTED IN TRIAL OF COWART IN DISTRICT COURT

CHARGES OUTGROWTH OF FATAL STABBING ON CORSICANA STREET

The state attorneys in the trial of Elmer Cowart for the fatal cutting of Marlin Burns here Oct. 27, 1928, during an altercation following a scuffle between the fathers of the two youths, announced that the state rested its case at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon and the defense attorneys immediately began the introduction of testimony. Eight state witnesses had testified.

Burns died in the Navarro County Hospital several days after receiving the severe knife wounds and Cowart was indicted by the grand jury for murder. He was arrested and remained in jail some time after he was indicted by the grand jury.

Harmon Chandler of Eureka, former deputy sheriff of Navarro county, an eye-witness, was the first witness called by the state. Other witnesses were Jim Richie, Jim Christie, Mr. Haynie, Mrs. McNeill, Dr. H. H. Panton, Mr. Burns, the father of Marlin Burns, and Mrs. Marlin Burns.

The first defense witness to testify Tuesday afternoon was J. A. Colburn of Eureka, another eye-witness.

When arranged Tuesday morning after the indictment had been read, the defendant entered a plea of not guilty to the charge.

From the line of questioning of the prospective jurors Monday, it is expected that a plea for suspended sentence will be asked in the event that the jury finds the defendant guilty.

Both families resided in the vicinity of Oak Grove community and were neighbors.

The jury in the case was completed late Monday afternoon and is composted of the following men:
J. C. Caffey, Angus; J. H. Bryant, Corsicana; J. C. Allen, Corsicana; R. C. Wyatt, Kerens; Edgar Metcalf, Corsicana; Sol Gottlieb, Corsicana; H. C. Griffin, Corsicana; Jack Berry, Dawson; J. L. McCulloch, Dawson; J. W. Beeman, Drane; J. W. Glass, Black Hills.

When the defendant was arraigned Tuesday morning, he entered a plea of not guilty to the indictment for murder.

The state is being represented by H. B. Daviss, county attorney, and the firm of Callicutt & Upchurch, special prosecutors; L. W. Sheppard of Groesbeck and John R. Curington, Corsicana, are defense attorneys.

The courtroom has been crowded with interested spectators since the opening of the trial Monday morning, with a liberal sprinkling of spectators in the balconies.

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ARGUMENTS OPENED IN ELMER COWART TRIAL WEDNESDAY

JURY EXPECTED GET MURDER CASE IN DISTRICT COURT LATE TODAY

The arguments of the attorneys in the case of the State of Texas vs. Elmer Cowart for the alleged slaying of Marlin Burns was in progress in the
Thirteenth District Judicial court Wednesday afternoon and the case will be in the hands of the jury late Wednesday afternoon.

Testimony was concluded at the morning session and the charge of District Judge Hawkins Scarborough was presented to the jury, H. B. Davis, county attorney, opened the arguments Wednesday afternoon.

Large crowds were attending the trial Wednesday afternoon as has been the case since the case started Monday morning.

Neither state nor the defense used all of the witnesses which were summoned in the case.

Cowart is being tried on a murder charge indictment in connection with the death of Marlin Burns who died in the Navarro county hospital several days after receiving severe knife wounds in an altercation in the business district of Corsicana when the two men became involved in a difficulty in which their fathers, Tom Burns, and J. E. Cowart, were involved. The cutting scrape occurred Oct. 27, 1928. Both families resided in the Shady Grove community.

Witnesses Used.
The witnesses used in the trial Tuesday after 2:30 o’clock by the defense included J. E. Colburn, W. D. Colburn, Mrs. C. Anderson, Coy Patterson, Raymond Graham, C. Lee Jones, Elmer Cowart, the defendant; Dr. A. B. Worsham, Mrs. Sudie Anderson, Ruthie Herrell, State witnesses Tuesday afternoon included Dr. Worsham, Albert Lane, Hubbard Bryan, A. C. Kent, S. J. Fuller, V. O. Fuller, Jack Humphries and Clyde Wilkes, county jailer.

The first witness called Wednesday morning was Roy Foster by the state, Jim Richie, who testified Tuesday, was recalled. The belt alleged to have been worn by Marlin Burns at the time of the trouble was introduced as evidence by State Attorney Fred Upchurch and was identified as being the same worn by Marlin Burns by Tom Burns, father of the slain man. The state announced that their case was completed at 10:15 o’clock Wednesday morning.

After the introduction of the testimony of Everett Barcroft the defense rested.

The state was represented by Callicutt and Upchurch, special prosecutors, and H. B. Daviss, county attorney. The defense was represented by John R. Curington of Corsicana and L. W. Sheppard of Groesbeck.

When arraigned Tuesday after the completion of the jury, the defendant, Elmer Cowart, entered a plea of not guilty.

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SEVERAL WITNESSES IN MURDER CASE ARE INJURED IN WRECK

Six witnesses en route to Corsicana Wednesday morning to attend the trial of Elmer Cowart for murder in connection with the death of Marlin Burns were injured when the car in which they were riding turned over about ten miles southwest of Corsicana.

Those injured were Mrs. Ann Bailey, Irene, broken collarbone; Jim Jones, broken collarbone; Ruthie Herrell, Mrs. Jim Jones, Johnnie McNeil and Boy McNeil, severe bruises and lacerations. The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Jones was uninjured.

All of the occupants of the car except Mrs. Bailey reside in the Shady Grove community.

The Dodge car in which the witnesses were riding was badly wrecked. The car got out of control and when the brakes were applied, turned over. The occupants were picked up by other witnesses en route here and brought to the Navarro clinic where they were given medical treatment. None of those injured are thought to be seriously hurt.

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JURY GIVES COWART 5-YEAR SUSPENDED SENTENCE THURSDAY

MAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF ANOTHER HERE OCTOBER LAST YEAR

The jury in the trial of Elmer Cowart reached a verdict about 9:30 o’clock Wednesday night finding the defendant guilty of murder and giving him a five-year suspended sentence. District Judge Hawkins Scarborough pronounced sentence on Cowart and he was released.

Cowart was indicted and tried for murder in connection with the death of Marlin Burns in a local hospital several days after receiving knife wounds in the back during an altercation which occurred in the business district of Corsicana, Oct. 27, 1928. The fathers of the two youths, J. E. Cowart and Tom Burns, had engaged in a fisticuff and the two younger men became involved in the trouble.

Both families were neighbors in the Shady Grove community at the time of the trouble.

The trial was witnessed by large crowds, including many women and girls, from its beginning Monday morning in the Thirteenth Judicial district court. The jury was secured during the first day and testimony was introduced Tuesday and most of Wednesday morning. The charge of the court was given at noon Wednesday and on Wednesday afternoon was consumed by arguments of the attorneys. The case was given to the jury Wednesday afternoon at 5:18.

A special venire of petit jurors was summoned for the case.

Neither the state nor the defense used the entire witness list summoned.

The state was represented by H. B. Daviss, county attorney, and J. S. Callicutt and Fred Upchurch, special prosecutors. The defense attorneys were John R. Curington, Corsicana, and L. W. Sheppard Groesbeck.

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Mrs. L. C. Burns
Died Oct. 1929

October 14, 1929
Mrs. L. C. Burns Buried
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas. Oct 14. - Funeral services for Mrs. L. C. Burns, 79, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Allie Young, four miles north of Corsicana, were held Sunday. Burial was made in the Cool Springs Cemetery, Van Zandt County.
Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Allie Young of Corsicana, Mrs. Sarah Burns of Terrell, Mrs. Mollie Burns of Kaufman, Mrs. Willie Wilburn of Tundra and Mrs. Mary Burns of Corsicana; two sons, W. F. Burns and Alvin Burns of Corsicana.


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Samanthy Burns

March 2, 1935
BURNS - Corsicana, Texas, March 1. - Funeral services for Mrs. Samanthy Burns, 89, who died Thursday at the home of her son, Oscar Burns, were held at the home Friday morning.
Burial was made at Franklin, Robertson County, Friday afternoon.
Surviving are two sons, Oscar Burns of Corsicana and J. B. Burns of Longview.

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Grace Maud Burr
abt 1886 - Jul. 1936

July 22, 1936
Miss Grave Maud Burr, 50, a resident of Dallas forty-nine years, died Tuesday at 3007 Lee. She was a native of Corsicana.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Ed C. Smith & Bro. Chapel, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.
A sister, Mrs. Mabel Jones, Lansing, Mich., survives.


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Richard E. Byrd
Sep 19, 1886 - Jun 19, 1948

June 20, 1948
Richard E. Byrd, 62, died at Richland. Surviving are his wife of Richland; a son, Richard E. Byrd Jr., United States Army, Florida; two daughters, Martha Byrd and Mary Byrd, both of Richland; two brothers, Osmer Byrd, San Angelo, and Fred Byrd, United States Army, and two sisters, Mrs. Will Couch, Canton, and Mrs. W. D. Lawler, San Angelo.

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Richard E. Byrd Dies At Richland

Richard E. Byrd, aged 62 years, died at his home in Richland early Saturday morning.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending arrival of relatives

Surviving are his wife of Richland; a son, R. E. Byrd, Jr., U. S. Army, stationed in Florida; two daughters, Misses Martha and Mary Byrd, both of Richland, two brothers, Osmer Byrd, San Angelo, and Fred Byrd, U. S. Army; two sisters, Mrs. Will Couch, Canton, and Mrs. W. D. Lawler, San Angelo, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home will direct.

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RICHARD E. BYRD RITES ARE HELD SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for Richard E. Byrd, aged 62 years, who died at his home in Richland Saturday morning were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the First Baptist church in Richland. Burial was in the Richland cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. L. B. Fuller.

Surviving are his wife of Richland; a son, R. E. Byrd, Jr., U. S. army, stationed in Florida; ; two daughters, Misses Martha and Mary Byrd, both of Richland, two brothers, Osmer Byrd, San Angelo, and Fred Byrd, U. S. Army; two sisters, Mrs. Will Couch, Canton, and Mrs. W. D. Lawler, San Angelo, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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Mrs. Buna Carr
Died Apr. 1936

CARR - Corsicana, Texas, April 27. - April 28, 1936Mrs. Buna Carr, 34, former resident of Corsicana, died in El Paso Friday and funeral services were held Sunday in Paris. She is survived by her husband, Buna Carr, and a son, Joe Sweeney, both of Corsicana; her mother, Mrs. E. F. Hampton; two sisters, Mrs. Jewell Dale and Mrs. Thelma Dollias, all of Paris; three brothers, Ed and Evans Hampton of Antiers, Okla., and Bill Hampton of Corsicana. She was a native of Hunt County.

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Amiel A. Bristow
Sep 16, 1917 - Aug 31, 1930

September 1, 1930
Corsicana Boy Dies
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Sept 1. - Amiel Bristow, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Bristow, died at the family residence Sunday. Funeral services were held from the home Monday, with the Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church, conducting the service. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. He is survived by his parents, and a brother and sister.

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Funeral for Youth Monday Afternoon

Amiel Bristow, aged 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Bristow, 1217 West Twelfth avenue, died at the family residence Sunday afternoon about 6 o’clock. Funeral services will be held from the home Monday afternoon at 4:30 with Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, conducting the service. Interment will be in
Oakwood cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, and a brother and sister.

Corley-McMahon Funeral Home will direct the funeral.

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W. L. Bringhurst
Died Feb. 1913

February 19, 1913
BRINGHURST FUNERAL AT BRYAN
Body of Orphsns' HOme Superintendent Taken There The body of Dr. W. L. Bringhurst, superintendent of the State Orphans' Home, who died yesterday afternoon, left here this morning at 9:25 o'clock for Bryan for interment. The body was accompanied by Mrs. Bringhurst, Miss Nettie Bringhurst, wife and daughter of the deceased, and William R. Houston and Harris Houston of Teague, W. B. Parker of Kerens, Will Conner of Corsicana, Jack Sanders of Frost and Judge John H. Rice of Corsicana, members of the State Home board, also accompanied the body. A large number of the children of the home followed the remains to the depot and many of them shed tears as the body was being placed on the train. Dr. Bringhurst was 68 years old and was born in Alexandria, La., but had lived in Texas for many years.

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Mamie (Revis) Brillhart
1875 - Jan 27, 1939

January 27, 1939
BRILLHART - Corsicana, Texas, Jan. 27. - Mrs. Mamie Brillhart, 55, long-time resident of Corsicana, died at a local hospital Friday. Funeral services will be held at the St. John's Episcopal Church Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Born in Revis, Ala., the community named in honor of her father, she lived in Corsicana thirty years. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Willis Norwood, Abilene.

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MRS. M. BRILLHART DIED EARLY TODAY; RITES ON SATURDAY

WAS WELL KNOWN CHURCH, CIVIC AND SOCIAL CIRCLES OF CITY

Mrs. Mamie Brillhart, aged 55 years, long-time resident of Corsicana, died at the P. and S. Hospital Friday morning at 5 o’clock after an extended illness. She was well known in church, social and civic circles of this community.

Funeral services will be held from St. John’s Episcopal church Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will be made in
Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. R. Haden, Jr., rector of the church.

Mrs. Brillhart was born in Revis, Alabama, the community, named in honor of her father. She had resided in Corsicana for 30 years.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Willis Norwood, Abilene; a brother-in-law, John T. Boyle, Houston; two nieces, Mrs. T. G. Hodges, Houston and Mrs. L. W. Craig, Los Angeles, Calif., and two nephews, Stewart Boyle, Houston and H. H. Boyle, Tulsa, Okla.

Pallbearers will be Dr. E. H. Newton, J. N. Garitty, Roy C. Love, Allyn Lang, O. M. Boynton, M. Y. Cunningham, Jake Hudson and Joe E. Butler.

Friends will be honorary pallbearers.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Jan 27, 1939
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o George Washington Brillhart buried in Mission Burial Park South San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas d/o John Henry Revis & Molly L. (Stewart) Revis ( she must have been married to a Young first marriage record for G. W. Brillhart and her is Mamie Young married Mar. 14, 1903)

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. BRILLHART ARE HELD SATURDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Mamie Brillhart, aged 55 years, who died at the P. and S. Hospital early Friday morning after an extended illness, were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from St. John’s Episcopal church. Interment was made in
Oakwood Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. R. Haden, Jr., rector of the church.

Mrs. Brillhart had resided in Corsicana 30 years, and had been prominent in church, civic and social circles for a number of years. She was a native of Alabama.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Willis Norwood, Abilene; a brother-in-law, John T. Boyle, Houston; two nieces, Mrs. T. G. Hodges, of Houston, and Mrs. L. W. Craig, Los Angeles, Calif., and two nephews, Steward Boyle, Houston, and J. H. Boyle, Tulsa, Okla.

Pallbearers were Dr. E. H. Newton, J. N. Garitty, Roy C. Love, Allyn Lang, O. M. Boynton, E. Y. Cunningham, Jake Hudson, and Joe E. Butler.

Friends of the family were honorary pallbearers.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Abbner Archellas Bristow
Jan 17, 1897 - Mar 30, 1932

March 31, 1931, Dallas, Texas
BRISTOW - Abbner A. Bristow, age 35 years, of the White Rock Lake community, died Wednesday at a local hospital. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Verna Bristow, and two sons, Jack and Elmo Bristow of Dallas; his father, James R. Bristow; three brothers and three sisters, all of Corsicana.
Funeral services 4 p.m. Thursday at Corsicana, with funeral cortege leaving Ed C. Smith & Bor. Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Burial at Corsicana.

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Ludie Belle (Crews) Brewer
Mar 4, 1878 - Jun 12, 1950

June 14, 1950
Mrs. W. H. Brewer
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, June 14. - Funeral services for Mrs. W. H. Brewer, 72, formerly of Corsicana, who died Monday in Hugo, Okla., were held at Oakwood Cemetery here Wednesday.
Surviving are a brother, J. E. Crews, Dallas, and three sisters, Mrs. Hugh Lowry, Dallas; Mrs. B. F. Mansfield and Mrs. S. P. Strahan, both of Hugo.

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Elisha Walter Bridges
Dec 10, 1883 - Dec 12, 1940

December 13, 1940
Methodist Minister Succumbs at Graham
CORSICANA, Texas, Dec. 13 - The Rev. E. W. Bridges, Methodist minister, died at his home in Graham Thursday night. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery here Saturday at 3 p.m.
Mr. Bridges formerly was pastor of churches in Hillsboro and Ennis.
Surviving are his wife, formerly Miss Beulah Howard, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mike Howard of Corsicana; five sisters and a brother.

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METHODIST MINISTER DIED AT GRAHAM; IS BURIED HERE TODAY

Funeral services for Rev. E.W. Bridges, 58, pastor of the First Methodist church in Graham, who died Thursday night, were held at Graham Saturday morning. A brief service was held at Oakwood cemetery here Saturday afternoon where interment was made.

A heart attack was ascribed as the cause of death.

The Rev. Mr. Bridges was serving his fourth year as pastor of the Graham church. He formerly was pastor of churches in Ennis and Hillsboro.

Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Beulah Howard, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mike Howard of Corsicana; five sisters and a brother.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

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Frank Bridges
Died Apr. 1936

April 5, 1939
BRIDGES - Corsicana, Texas, April 5. - Frank Bridges, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Bridges, died at a local hospital Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at the family home with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Surviving are his parents, nine brothers, Sam, Clayton, Charles and Lloyd Bridges, all of Corsicana; Jesse Bridges, Oakland, Calif; S. T. Bridges Jr., Dallas; Owell Bridges, Pampa; Richard Bridges, Luling, and Allen Bridges, Fort Worth, and four sisters, Miss Dorothy Frances Bridges, Corsicana; Mrs. Lona Hines, Corsicana, Mrs. Mellie May, Hillsboro, and Mrs. Ora Bilbrey, Fort Worth.

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Florence Bright, Miss
Jan 31, 1858 - Nov 9, 1938

November 10, 1938
Miss Florence Bright, Teacher, Passes Away
Special to The News
Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Friday at 10:30 a.m. for Miss Florence Bright, 80, teacher in the Corsicana public schools for fifty years, who died at her home in Beaumont about 9 o'clock Wednesday night. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
She completed fifty years as a teacher in Corsicana several years ago and since 1927 has made her home in Beaumont.
Survivors include a brother, W. T. Bright of Beaumont.
Miss Bright was a member of the first teaching staff in the Corsicana schools, having been elected to that position in 1882. The first public school building in Corsicana was erected in 1881 on the site of the present high school. It was the next year the City Council elected J. T.
Hand, Brenham, as the first superintendent. Miss Bright was one of the six teachers to serve under Mr. Hand.

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FUNERAL SERVICES LONG-TIME TEACHER FRIDAY MORNING

Funeral services for Miss Florence Bright, aged 80 years, who died in Beaumont Wednesday night, were held from the First Presbyterian church Friday morning at 10:30 o’clock with interment in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the church.

Miss Bright was a teacher in Corsicana public schools for about a half century prior to her retirement in 1927. She became a teacher here in 1882. Several years ago Miss Bright moved to Beaumont.

Surviving are a brother, W. T. Bright; a niece, Mrs. George Workman; a nephew and other relatives, all of Beaumont.

Pallbearers were Cal E. Kerr, C. L. Knox, J. A. Roxburgh, John C. Hughes, J. E. Butler and F. C. Paul.

Honorary pallbearers were officers of the First Presbyterian church and friends of the family.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Martha Jane (Storey) Bright
Died Jan. 1899

January 13, 1899
Martha J. Bright
Mrs. Martha J. Bright, wife of J. M. Bright, died yesterday in this city, aged 70 years. Funeral services were conducted at 3:30 this afternoon in the Cumberland Presbyterian church, interment taking place in Oakwood Cemetery. J. M. Bright, husband of the deceased, is seriously ill.

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Mrs. J. F. Brooks
Died Dec. 1949

December 7, 1949, Stamford, Texas
Mrs. J. F. Brooks Dies
Special to The News
STAMFORD, Texas, Dec. 7. - Mrs. J. F. Brooks, 58, died at the family home Tuesday night. Funeral will be held Thursday. Mrs. Brooks was born in Corsicana and came here when she was eight years old. Besides her husband, seven children survive.

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Mrs. H. G. Brown
Died Dec. 31, 1946

December 31, 1946
Heart Attack fatal To Corsicana Woman
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Dec. 31 - Mrs. H. G. Brown, in charge of crippled children's work in Navarro County for a number of years, died of a heart attack in a local hospital Sunday after a several days' illness with influenza. Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist Church Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Mrs. Brown was reared in Dallas. Surviving is her husband, H. G. Brown, local merchant.

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Nettie Lee Margaret (Barfield) Brown
Jul 28, 1892 - Jan 18, 1940

January 19, 1940
BROWN - Corsicana, Texas. Jan. 19. - Funeral rites were held here Friday for Mrs. L. M. Brown, 48, who died at the family home near Emhouse. Burial was in the Rice Cemetery. Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Miss Estelle Brown, Emhouse, and two sisters, Mrs. C. M. Crum and Mrs. B. B. Crum, both of Fort Worth.

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MRS. NETTIE BROWN DIED ON THURSDAY; BURIAL RICE FRIDAY

Funeral rites for Mrs. Nettie Brown, aged 48 years, wife of L. M. Brown of Emhouse, who died Thursday afternoon, were held from the Corley chapel Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment was made in the
Rice Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, Baptist minister.

Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Miss Estelle Brown, Emhouse, and two sisters, Mrs. C. M. Crum and Mrs. B. B. Crum, both of Fort Worth.

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Dorothy A. (Michaels) Bryan
Dec 29, 1848 - May 29, 1936

BRYAN - Corsicana, Texas, May 30. - May 30, 1936Mrs. D. A. Bryan, 88, resident of Navarro County forty years, died at Arlington Friday. Funeral services were held Saturday at
Provident Cemetery. Surviving are one son, J. R. Bryan; one daughter, Mrs. Hattie Rouse, both of Corsicana, and five grandchildren.

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RESIDENT NAVARRO COUNTY MANY YEARS DIED IN ARLINGTON

Mrs. D. A. Bryan, aged 88 years, resident of Navarro county 40 years, died in Arlington Friday afternoon at 5:17 o’clock. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Provident cemetery where interment was made.

Surviving are a son, J. R. Bryan, and a daughter, Mrs. Hattie Rouse, both of Corsicana, and five grandchildren.

The funeral arrangements were handled by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

The rites were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church, assisted by Rev. G. H. Vaughn, Baptist minister.

Pallbearers were Roy Albritton, Payton Kent, A. G. Kent, G. G. Barnhart, John Szenasy, Joe Pillans and Houston Kent.

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John Willis Burgess and Abel Norris Witherspoon
Died Feb. 1905

February 10, 1905
DEATHS AT CORSICANA
Capt. J. W. Burgess and Dr. A. N. Witherspoon Dead
Special to the News
Corsicana, Tex., Feb. 10 - Two old and prominent citizens of Corsicana died today in the personages of Capt. J. W. Burgess and Dr. A. N. Witherspoon. Major Burgess was for a number of years superintendent of the I. O. O. F. Widows' and Orphans' Home, a position which he recently resigned.
Dr. Witherspoon has long been a resident of Navarro County and for several years made Corsicana his home, where he continued his practice up to the time of his fatal illness. He was 84 years of age.

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Dr. Abel Norris Witherspoon
Dec 6, 1828 - Feb 10, 1905

Dr. Witherspoon and Mr. Burgess Pass Away.

Dr. A.N. Witherspoon

Shortly afternoon today Dr. A.N. Witherspoon passed away at his home on West Fifth avenue at the advanced age of seventy-six years, his death being caused by a severe cold and la grippe.

Dr. Witherspoon had resided in this county for half a century and was well-known throughout the country, having practiced medicine ever since his residence here. He was a surgeon in the Confederate Army in the War of the Rebellion.

At this hour no arrangements have been made for the funeral services.

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  • Daily Courier Light (Corsicana TX) - Friday Evening, Feb 10, 1905
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX

 

Well Known Citizens Laid To Rest in Oakwood Today

Dr. A.N. Witherspoon's funeral took place at 1:30 this afternoon at his residence on West Fifth Avenue and a large concourse of friends were present at the last sad rites.

The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. M.C. Johnson and the remains were interred in Oakwood cemetery.

Deceased was a pioneer in Navarro county and was a man who held his friends by those qualities which go to make the true man. In peace or war, he was at his country's service and played well his part. A loyal citizen, a loving father, a devoted husband and a most estimable man, he passes to his reward, leaving behind the record of a useful life and character which will long remain in the hearts of those who knew him.

He was survived by a widow and the following sons and daughters.

Mrs. Carrie Pannil, Mr. Claude Witherspoon, Mrs. T.W. Lovett, Mr. Hamilton Witherspoon, Miss Aggie Witherspoon and Mrs. R.A Beaton.

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  • Daily Courier Light (Corsicana TX) - Saturday, Feb 11, 1905
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX

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J. Willis Burgess
Aug 27, 1843 - Feb 10, 1905

Dr. Witherspoon and Mr. Burgess Pass Away

At 11:30 this morning Mr. J.W. Burgess, Superintendent of the Odd Fellows widows' and orphans' home, succumbed to an attach of pneumonia after a brief illness.
Mr. Burgess was very ill last week, then improved and became worse Wednesday night, partially recovering yesterday. A nurse was placed at his side yesterday, but his condition became dangerous last night.

Mr. Burgess was well known here and has held offices of public trust, having ably filled the office of city marshal among others. Seven years ago he was appointed superintendent of the I.O.O.F. Home and he has filled that position in a most admirable manner, the institution being a model under his administration.

His death was unexpected and was a severe blow to his many friends. At this hour no arrangements for the funeral have been made.

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  • Daily Courier Light (Corsicana TX) - Friday Evening, Feb 10, 1905
    Submitted by Karen Rost

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Well Known Citizens Laid To Rest in Oakwood Today

CAPT. J.W. BURGESS

The Odd Fellows', Woodmen of the World and a large number of friends assembled at the home of Mr. Walter Burgess this afternoon to pay their last respects to the memory of Capt. J.W. Burgess, whose unexpected death occured yesterday morning at the Odd Fellows' home of which he was superintendent.

The funeral service was a beautiful one, led by Rev. G.L. Bitzer and participated in by the Odd Fellows and Woodmen in their impressive ritualistic work. The body was interred in Oakwood.

Although the deceased had always led a useful life, his greatest usefulness began several years ago when he became manager, instructor and all, but father, of the little wards of the Odd Fellows' Grand Lodge. No man could do a nobler work than be in training the minds and moulding the characters of these children.

Under his wise and patient management the Home became a home indeed and stands today a model for much institutions.

The deceased is survived by a widow and one son, Walter, who is one of the city's prominent young business men.

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  • Daily Courier-Light (Corsicana TX) - Saturday, Feb 11, 1905
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Audley Lee Brittain
Feb 13, 1890 - Dec 12, 1952

December 16, 1952
Audley Brittain Rites Conducted at Frost
Funeral services for Audley L. Brittain, 62, who died in the Veterans Hospital in Waco, were held from the Frost Methodist Church.
Native of Jacksonville, he resided at Frost twenty-five years. He was making his home in Dallas at the time he became ill.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Robert Greer, Dallas, and Mrs. Charles Greer, Irene, and five grandchildren.

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Frost Rites For Audley Brittain
FROST, Dec. 15.—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p. m. from the First Methodist church for Audley L. Brittain. 62 who died Friday at the Veterans Hospital, Waco.

The services were conducted by the Rev. Milton Slayden, pastor of the First Methodist, assisted by the Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

A native of Jacksonville, Brittain was making his home in Dallas at the time of his death. Previously he had resided in Frost 25 years. He was a veteran of World War I.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Robert Greer, Dallas; Mrs. Charles Greer, Irene: a sister and five grandchildren.

Members of the Frost Legion Post were pallbearers. They were, P. L. Woolley, W. E. Bowman, Grover Smith, Jewel Smith. Joe Parum, and Otis Dickson.

McCormick Funeral Home directed.

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Lillie May (Bennett) Brown
Mar 18, 1872 - Jun 23, 1942

June 24, 1942, Dallas, Texas
BROWN - Mrs. Lillie May Brown, age 70, residence, 3205 Forest, passed away at a local hospital Tuesday. Survived by a daughter, Mrs. Addie Coleman, Streetman, Texas, and three sons, Harry, George and Johnie H. Brown. Funeral services 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Richland Methodist Church. Interment Richland Cemetery. Arrangements with McCamy-Campbell Funeral Home.

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MOTHER CORSICANA BANK CASHIER BE BURIED RICHLAND

Mrs. Harry Brown, former resident of Richland, died in Dallas with a heart attack Tuesday afternoon.

Funeral rites are planned at Richland Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock where interment will be made.

Surviving are several children and other relatives. One son, J. H. Brown is assistant cashier of the First National Bank here.

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Mrs. Samuel L. Brown (nee Gammill)
Died Aug 1957

August 25, 1957, Dallas, Texas <photo>
Funeral services for Mrs. Samuel L. Brown Sr., 62, of 3002 Fairview, active in Dallas civic and school affairs, will be held at 10:30 a.m.
Monday in the Owenwood Methodist Church, 5350 Beeman.
Mrs. Brown died Friday at her home.
A native of Dawson, Navarro County, Mrs. Brown was a Dallas resident for 40 years. She was active in Red Cross, Community Chest and polio fund campaigns, and was a past president of the Parent-Teacher Associations at O. M. Roberts and J. L. Long schools.
Mrs. Brown was a past matron and charter member of the Electra Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, and a Past Noble Grand of the Metropolis Rebekah Lodge.
She also was a past president of the Woman's Society of Christian Service at the Owenwood Methodist Church, of which she was a charter member. She was a member of the board of the Rainbow Girls Assembly No.
33 of Dallas, and belonged to the Social Order of Beauceant and the Dallas Story League.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Samuel L. Brown Jr. of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Lillian Edwards of Garland; two brothers James L. Gammill and John D. Gammill, both of Lubbock; a sister, Mrs. Carter Lee Ragland, and her mother, Mrs. Lily Gammill, both of Lubbock and a granddaughter.
The Rev. J. P. Fleming, assisted by the Rev. Hargrove Grounds, will conduct funeral services. Burial will be in Grove Hill Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be F. F. Presley, B. G. Neill, H. J. Askew, A. S. King, John L. Ross and H. E. Shawver.

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George Amos Bush
Jul 8, 1868 - Aug 26, 1927

August 27, 1927
BUSH - Corsicana, Texas. Aug. 27. - G. A. Bush, 59, retired farmer, died at his residence Friday afternoon and funeral services were held at the family residence Saturday afternoon. Burial was made in the Hopewell Cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church. Mr. Bush was born in Graves County, Kentucky.
Surviving are his wife, four daughters Mrs. A. Dowd, Corsicana; Mrs. E. B. Lockett, Corsicana; Mrs. B. L. __ler. Corsicana; Mrs. J. D. Harwell, Corsicana; two sons, G. S. Bush, Corsicana; J. W. Bush, Mabank; one stepson, E. L. Finley, Corsicana; two brothers, Jim Bush and John Bush, both of Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. W. C. Humphries, Corsicana.

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Johnson D. Bush
Died Dec. 1898

December 6, 1898
A Sudden Death
Corsicana, Tex., Dec. 6. - At 9 o'clock this morning, after being in apparent good health, Prof.
Johnson D. Bush, an old and highly respected citizen of this city, dropped dead in the presence of his family at the family residence on West Eighth street. Prof. Bush is well-known in educational circles, and was a man held in high esteem by all who knew him. His death resulted from heart failure.

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Charles L. Call
June 21, 1856 - Apr 16, 1941

April 18, 1941
CALL - Corsicana, Texas, April 18 - Funeral rites for C. L. Call, 84, who died in Waco Wednesday night while visiting relatives, were held Thursday afternoon at Dresden. Surviving are his wife of Dresden; a son, Dr. S. F. Call, Waco; a brother, J. A. Call, Corsicana, and other relatives.

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 C. L. CALL DIED IN WACO WEDNESDAY; BURIAL AT DRESDEN C. L. Call, aged 84 years, pioneer resident of the Dresden community, died in Waco early Wednesday night. Funeral services were held at Dresden Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock, with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. F. T. Fisher. Mr. Call had gone to Waco Sunday for a visit. Surviving are his wife of Dresden; a son, Dr. S. F. Call, Waco; a brother, J. A. Call, Corsicana, four grandchildren, and other relatives. Mr. Call was born in Mocksville, N. C., and had been in Texas 57 years. He had resided at Dresden 46 years. McCormick Funeral Service directed the arrangements.

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Funeral Services Held Thursday For C. L. Call

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock for Charlie L. Call, aged 84 years, who died Wednesday night at 9 o'clock at the home of his son, Dr. S. F. Call, at Waco. Services were held from the Dresden Methodist church with Rev. Fisher, pastor of the church conducting the rites.

Mr. Call was born in North Carolina, coming to Texas at an early age. He was a resident of the Dresden community for many years, and was loved and respected throughout the community.

He is survived by his wife, one son, Dr. S. F. Call of Waco, and other relatives.

THe McCormick Funeral Service was in charge, with interment in the Dresden Cemetery.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, April 18, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

James Paul Bryson
Mar 23, 1853 - Apr 1, 1930

April 3, 1930
J. P. Bryson Dies.
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas. April 3. - J. P. Bryson, 77, native of Missouri, but pioneer resident of Navarro County, died suddenly at his home just west of Corsicana, near the Cotton Belt Y, Tuesday. Surviving are his wife, three sons, O. S. Bryson and T. T. Bryson, both of Corsicana, and J. H. Bryson, Tampico, Mexico; one daughter, Mrs. John Howell, Corsicana, and a number of other relatives.

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J. P. BRYSON DIED SUDDENLY AT HOME TUESDAY EVENING

PIONEER RESIDENT OF NAVARRO COUNTY BURIED IN HAMILTON CEMETERY

J. P. Bryson, aged 77 years, native of Missouri, but pioneer resident of Navarro county, died suddenly at his home just west of Corsicana, near the Cotton Belt Y. Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock and the funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with interment in the Hamilton cemetery. The funeral was conducted by J. L. Hines, minister of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Bryson had been sick for several weeks but his condition had not been thought to be serious. He was engaged in truck farming and had been in the cotton yard business many years.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, O. S. Bryson and T. T. Bryson, both of Corsicana; and J. H. Bryson, Tampico, Mexico; one daughter, Mrs. John Howell, Corsicana; and a number of other relatives.

Mr. Bryson was well-known in this section where he had resided for many years.

Pallbearers were C. A. Middleton, Earl Ellington, R. R. Owen, C. A. Gordon, E. E. Babers and Bert Crews.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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JUDGE R. R. OWEN PAYS TRIBUTE TO LATE J. P. BRYSON

FUNERAL SERVICES WELL KNOWN NAVARRO COUNTY CITIZEN WEDNESDAY

Funeral services for J. P. Bryson, aged 77, who died at his home near here Tuesday, were held Wednesday afternoon with burial in the Hamilton cemetery and a large group of sorrowing friends and relatives gathered to pay their final respects. The services were conducted by the Rev. J. L. Hines, pastor of the Church of Christ of Corsicana.

At the grave, Judge R. R. Owen, life-long friend of Mr. Bryson, paid the following tribute:

“ I came to pay a tribute at this time to the worth and character of our deceased brother. During the last few years of his life I come to know him intimately and well, and to entertain for him a very high and affectionate regard. It was his custom during these years to come to my office as often as once or twice each week, at which times he and I alone would discuss the vital matters of life and I always found him remarkably well read and informed on all the current topics and he was able to hold his own in any sort of intelligent discussion thereof.

“In the discussion of religious matters, I found that he was intensely religious and had a very strong and well grounded faith in the Holy Scriptures and that he took our Bible as the Word of God and as the expression of God’s will. He was not orthodox in the sense that he was a partisan for any religious denomination, but he believed in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His Son, and as his Saviour, and I feel that his soul is now with the Redeemed. For his lack of orthodoxy we do not condemn him, because we remember it was the then orthodox church that crucified the Son of God on the cross.

“It was but a few moments ago that there came to me an indication of desire on the part of his loved ones that on this occasion marks the end of his earthly career I should offer a word of tribute to his memory. What I have said has been hastily arranged and does not express all that I would like to say in his behalf and to his honor and memory, but I must not leave unimproved this opportunity to say that I regard him as one of God’s noblemen, as a man who has lived a worthy, noble and helpful life; as a man of honor, worth, integrity and character, and as one who though not amassing great wealth, yet has lived and honorable, useful and helpful life, and has developed a beautiful character, the influence of which will continue as long as this world shall stand. I pay this weak tribute to his memory and state that I loved him and I honor him and regard him as one of earth’s noblemen, and I know that from our intimate association he is pleased to have me offer this, my weak tribute at this time.”

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Marsha Leigh Bryan
Died Oct. 1946

October 20, 1946
Infant's Burial Set
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Oct. 20. - Marsha Leigh Bryan, 2-week-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Bryan, died in a local hospital Friday. The body was sent to Rogers, Ark., for burial Sunday.

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Mary A. (Mason) Hooser-Bryant
Mar 13, 1848 - Mar 8, 1937

March 10, 1937
BRYANT - Corsicana. Texas. March 9. - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary A. Bryant, 89, who died at a local hospital Monday, were held Tuesday afternoon with interment in the White Church Cemetery. Surviving are two sons, J. W. Bryant, Salt Lake City, and Lee Bryant, Corsicana, and two daughters, Mrs. J. H. Wheeler, Bazette, and Mrs. H. A. Barnes, Blooming Grove.

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Mary A. (Mason) Hooser-Bryant
Mar 13, 1848 - Mar 8, 1937

AGED CORSICANAN DIED EARLY MONDAY; BURIAL ON TUESDAY

Mrs. Mary A. Bryant, aged 89, years, died at the P. and S. hospital at 4 o’clock Monday morning following a short illness. Funeral services will be held from the Corley Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in White Church Cemetery. Rev. M. B. Howell, pastor of the Methodist Protestant church, will conduct the services.

Surviving are two sons, J. W. Bryant, Salt Lake City; Lee Bryant, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. J. H. Wheeler, Bazette; Mrs. H. A. Barnes, Blooming Grove, and other relatives.

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James Raymond Brumfield

January 2, 1964
BRUMFIELD
James Raymond Brumfield, 4351 Highland Drive, Lancaster. Survived by wife, Mrs. Ruby Brumfield, Lancaster; daughters, Mrs. Alva Deranger, Lancaster, Mrs. Marty Eastwood, Dallas, Mrs. Hazel Groce, Dallas, Mrs. Geraldine Stanford, Dallas; four grandchildren; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther L. Brumfield, Purcell, Okla.; sisters, Mrs. Lillie Tredwell, Purcell, Mrs. Wanda Faye Thomas, Purcell, Mrs. Louise Mathews, Purcell, Mrs. Lillian Coker, Lexington, Okla.; brothers, Robert Brumfield, Calif., Russell Brumfield, Purcell, Okla., Luther Ray Brumfield, Pampa, Texas. Services 1 p.m. Thursday. Cave-Smith Chapel, Rev. Lyndoll Adams officiating. Graveside service 3 p.m. Eureka Cemetery, Navarro County. Pallbearers; Buck Paskell, Bill Smith, B. J. Shelton, A. L. Chenault, A. C. Dickerson, J. H. Walker.

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J. Z. Brown
Died Aug. 1930

August 27, 1930
J. Z. Brown Buried
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas. Aug. 27. - J. Z. Brown, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Brown, who reside on the Fortson Brothers farm near Rice, died at the family residence Tuesday and the funeral was held Wednesday, with burial in the Rice Cemetery.

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J. C. Brown
Died Mar. 23, 1923

March 23, 1929
Man Dies at Corsicana
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, March 23. - J. C. Brown, 70, native and citizen of Canada, but resident of Corsicana for a number of years, died at a local hospital Friday. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. No known relatives survive.

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Robert Johns Buckalew
Jan 6, 1859 - Jul 13, 1940

July 14, 1940, Dallas, Texas
R. J. Buckalew, 81, Retired Planter, Passes in Dallas
R. J. Buckalew, 81, of 2708 Pennsylvania, who in 1886 brought the first seeds of the famous Kolb watermelon to Texas from Chambers County, Alabama, where a friend had spent many years on a neighboring plantation perfecting the melon, died Saturday.
The Buckalew plantation was one of those old-time relatively independent establishments that not only produced crops but ginned its own cotton, processed practically all of its food and made most of its clothes. Upon moving to Navarro County with his family Mr. Buckalew raised mostly cotton and corn and specialized in fine melons.
He retired twenty years ago and moved to Dallas.
Surviving him are three sons, R. J. Buckalew Jr. and R. E. Buckalew, both of Dallas, and A. H. Buckalew of Los Angeles, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. H. R. Ponder of Emhouse, Navarro County; two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Jack of Dallas and Mrs. Eva Hart of Stevens, Ark.; three brothers, S. J.
Buckalew of Dallas, M. R. Buckalew of Roanoke, Ala., and B. F. Buckalew of Montgomery, Ala.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove, Navarro County.

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DALLAS MAN BURIED IN BLOOMING GROVE CEMETERY SUNDAY

BLOOMING GROVE, July 15.—Funeral services for R. J. Buckalew, aged 81 years who died at his home in Dallas Saturday, were held from the First Baptist church here Sunday.

Buckalew, in 1886 brought the first seeds of the famous Kolp watermelon to Texas from Chambers county, Alabama. He specialized in fine melons after moving to this community before he retired 20 years ago and moved to Dallas.

Surviving are three sons, R. J. Buckalew, Jr., and R. E. Buckalew, both of Dallas and A. B. Buckalew, Los Angeles, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. H. R. Ponder, Emhouse; two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Jack, Dallas, and Mrs. Eva Hart, Stevens, Ark.; three brothers, S. J. Buckalew, Dallas; M. R. Buckalew, Roanoke, Ala., and B. F. Buckalew, Montgomery, Ala.

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Emmett Emory Britton, Sr.
Jul 5, 1878 - Jul 7, 1920

July 8, 1920
Britton - Corsicana, Texas, July 8. - E. E. Britton, 42 years old, died here yesterday morning and burial took place this afternoon in the Hamilton Cemetery. The Odd Fellows had charge of the services. He was formerly a machinist in the employ of Johnston & Alkin and is survived by his wife and five children.

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Died Here This Morning.

E. E. Britton, aged 42 years, died at his home, 505 East Second Avenue at 7 o’clock this morning, and the remains will be interred in the Hamilton cemetery tomorrow afternoon by the Odd Fellows. The deceased, who was a machinist and was formerly in the employ of Johnson & Aikin, is survived by his wife and five children.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, July 7, 1920
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Belle Pearl (Strother) Britton married Oct,. 4, 1896 2nd wife Laura Letha (Aston) Britton married Feb. 5, 1903 s/o Reginald Emmett Britton & Sarah Ellen (Sheets) Britton

Q. L. Bridges
Died Jun. 1953

June 21, 1953
Q. L. Bridges Services Held at Corsicana
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, June 21. - Q. L. Bridges, 60, retired REA safety instructor, formerly of McKinney and Corsicana, died in Waco Friday night.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the Missionary Baptist Church here with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife; two sons, Q. L. Bridges Jr. of Waxahachie and Homer Ray Bridges of Waco; a daughter, Mrs. Helen May Peters of Waco, and six grandchildren.

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Eli Augusta Briggs
Aug 23, 1866 - Nov 20, 1948

November 23, 1948
Eli Briggs, 81, Buried
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Nov. 23. - Funeral services for Eli Briggs, 81, of Teague, who died Saturday, were held in Teague Sunday. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery here Sunday afternoon. Surviving is his wife of Teague, the former Miss Willie Scarborough of Corsicana.

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