John "Joe" Holleman
Mar 7, 1848 - Mar 19, 1925
On March 19, 1925, at 4:45 o’clock a. m. the death angel visited a
faithful daughter’s home, Miss Minnie Holleman, and took from them a
dear father and grandfather J. J. Holleman, who was 77 years and 11
days old. Grandpa, as every one knew him, was a faithful husband and
father, but two years ago last January Grandma was taken away and
all has seemed dark and lonely for him, as I’ve heard him say he
wished he could join her in that happy home, for he was ready to go
and get out of his suffering with Bright’s disease, which has been
his long siege for many years and he bore so well without a murmur.
Grandpa was a true worker of God and a member of the Primitive
Baptist church on South Sixteenth street where it was his heart’s
desire to gather with the members to honor God.
The funeral was largely attended at the church at 320 South
Sixteenth, the services being preached by Bro. Blackmon and Bro.
Thorton of Mexia, who have been friends of Grandpa since there were
boys and who many a time came to him for consolation.
Grandpa was only sic about twenty-four hours in bed. All was done by
loving hands and two good doctors that could be done, but all was in
vain for God had called and he was willing and ready to go.
He leaves three sons and five daughters to mourn his loss, but weep
not, dear ones, for we all love Grandpa, but know he is out of those
dark hours and pain; all is peace and bright over yonder. Those dear
old songs he loved so much bring back his echo when I hear them
sing, “Amazing Grace”, “I’m Going Home” and others he loved so much.
He was a daily reader of the dear old book and had a glad word for
Watch and wait for us Grandpa
For we know it can’t be long
Until we again be united
In the land of joy and song.
Tho’ you’re gone but not forgotten—
Tho’ we hear your voice no more,
But we expect to meet up yonder
On that bright and happy shore.
A dear one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A chair is vacant in that home.
Which never can be filled.
ONE WHO LOVED HIM.
Feb 17, 1921 - Oct 2, 1925
CHILD DIES AFTER BEING KICKED BY HORSE NEAR PURDON
Special to the Sun.
Purdon, Texas, Oct. 3.—On Friday afternoon, Mary Louise, the four
year old daughter of J. H. Farrald, while playing in the yard at
their home, one miles west of Purdon, ran up behind a horse and was
kicked in the chest. She was injured to such an extent that she died
at 11 o’clock Friday night. The remains were laid to rest in the
Anna Beasant “Annie” (Mintern) Moir
Apr 26, 1874 - Feb 12, 1952
Mrs. Annie Moir Rites Thursday
Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Moir, 78, native of England, who
died while visiting in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday were held Thursday at
10:30 o’clock from the Corley Chapel.
The rites were conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, Church of Christ
Minister. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.
Surviving are two sons, J. A. Moir, Wichita Falls, and George Moir,
Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. M. O. May, Mt. Pleasant; five
grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several brothers and
sisters in England.
Pallbearers were T. P. Penny, Zack Barton, Robert Jackson, Ed
Steele, W. W. Wiswell, John Higginbotham, Homer Logan and A. W.
Augusta L. (UNKNOWN) Koehn
Jan 8, 1828 - Jan 30, 1922
Died Here Sunday.
Mrs. Augusta L. Kohen, aged 83 years died here Sunday and the
remains were interred in Oakwood yesterday afternoon, Rev. H. J.
Ellis officiating. The deceased was a native of Germany but had
lived here for more than thirty years. One son, Emil Kohen survives.
Emil Edward Koehn
Oct 23, 1874 - Mar 18, 1945
Rites Held Tuesday for Emil E. Koehn
Funeral services for Emil E. Koehn, aged 70, who died Sunday, were
held Tuesday at 4 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Henry Knight. He was a
native of Corsicana.
Surviving are his wife, a son, two daughters and two grandchildren.
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR EMIL E.
KOEHN TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for Emil E. Koehn, aged 70 years, who died at his
home, 812 North Main street, Sunday morning, will be held from the
Corley Funeral Chapel Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Burial will be
The rites are to be conducted by Rev. Henry Knight.
Koehn was well-known here and had resided in Corsicana all of his
life. He was born October 23, 1874.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Ernest Koehn, Houston;
two daughters, Mrs. R. H. Ross and Mrs. J. E. Baldwin, both of
Corsicana, and two grandchildren.
Lois Louise Flener
Jun 23, 1915 - Dec 31, 1921
Lois Louise Flener, six years of age, daughter of Mrs. Lon Flener,
residing at 418 West Twelfth street died Saturday night after a
short illness. Funeral was held at
Oakwood cemetery at 3:30 o’clock
yesterday afternoon conducted by Mrs. Smith director of the Church
Nov 22, 1851 - Feb 15, 1922
ODD FELLOWS WERE IN CHARGE.
F. E. Franklin is Laid to Rest in Oakwood Cemetery.
The remains of the late F. E. Franklin were laid to rest in
Oakwood cemetery this morning after funeral services at the house at 10
o’clock, conducted by Rev. D. K. Porter.
The Odd Fellows met at their hall at 9:30 and in a body marched to
the home and had charge of the services at the grave. There was a
large attendance at the last sad rites and many beautiful floral
offerings were in evidence.
Thomas W. “Tom/Tommie” McLendon
Sep. 12, 1915 - Dec. 16, 1922
INJURIES RECEIVED WHEN HIT BY AUTO PROVE FATAL TO LAD
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR TOM M’LENDON HELD AT 2:30 THIS AFTERNOON
Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the
First Methodist church for Tom McLendon, seven year old son of Dr.
and Mrs. T. P. McLendon, who met accidental death Saturday evening
at six o’clock when struck by an automobile. The services were
conducted by Rev. Alonzo Monk, Jr., pastor of the First Baptist
church of this city and he Rev. Geo. W. Truett, pastor of the First
Baptist church of Dallas.
The funeral was largely attended and there were many beautiful
floral offerings. Burial was in
The following were the pall bearers:
Active—Dr. J. N. Sisk, N. Simpson, Dr. O. P. Bowmer, Dr. Harry Exell,
J. S. Eubank, and C. S. Stroud.
All members of the Rotary Club and all physicians of the city acted
as honorary pallbearers.
The accident which cost the life of little Tom McLendon occurred on
West Seventh avenue in the nine hundred block at 6 o’clock Saturday
evening. The lad was with his father and mother, the father making a
professional call at the residence of L. H. Flynn. Two cars are said
to have been parked in front of the Flynn house and it is from
behind those cars the lad is said to have stepped in front of a car
which struck him. This car was going east on Seventh avenue at a
slow rate of speed and was driven by Mrs. Oscar Redden. The accident
is said to have been unavoidable. That the car was going slow is
evidenced by the quickness with which it was stopped as the boy was
picked up by his father under the rear axle. It is said that one of
the front wheels passed over the body of the lad. Several people
witnessed the accident.
The lad was taken to the office of Dr. Sisk where an X-ray was made
and it was found he had suffered a fractured skull and internal
injuries. He was then taken to the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital.
Dr. C. M. Rosser, specialist of Dallas was summoned, and assisted by
local physicians all in the power of human hands was done to save
the life of the injured lad. A transfusion of blood was given, the
blood being taken from the father. All efforts were futile and the
little fellow died at 11 o’clock Saturday night.
The accident is deplorable and has cast a pall of gloom over the
entire city. Little Tom was very popular and enjoyed a large
friendship among the older people as well as among the children of
his own age. He was of a bright sunny disposition and was loved by
all who knew him. He was an only child and his heartbroken father
and mother have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire citizenship of
CHRISTMAS TREE FOR PUPILS OF THE FIRST GRADE
Dr. and Mrs. T. P. McLendon gve a dainty Christmas tree in honor of
the pupils of the first grade at the Sam Houston school Friday
afternoon just before school dismissed for the holidays.
The pupils in the first grade room were the little school mates of
Tommie McLendon the little son of Dr. and Mrs. McLendon, who died
last Saturday night following injuries received when struck by a
Dr. and Mrs. McLendon furnished the neat little tree, had it
appropriately decorated and furnished various nice gifts for each
child. Forty children attended the school in that grade, with Miss
Sue McCreary their teacher.
Each little girl was given a gold ring, and each little boy received
a pair of gold cuff links. There were other packages of assorted
candles; fruits, nuts and numerous delicacies and toys for each
child, as well.
The tree was afterwards presented to the little Tommie’s Sunday
James A. Whitehurst, Rev.
Apr 9, 1861 - Sep 18, 1922
REV. J. A. WHITEHURST PASSED AWAY MONDAY AT HOME IN BELTON
WAS FORMER PASTOR OF THE FIRST METHODIST CHURCH HERE—FUNERAL WED.
Rev. J. A. Whitehurst, aged 61 years, died at his home in Belton
early last night after a serious illness of several weeks duration.
Rev. Mr. Whitehurst was a former pastor of the First Methodist
church of this city and his body will be buried in
Corsicana, tomorrow morning.
Immediately upon the arrival of the body, accompanied by members of
the family and friends from Belton, on the 9:20 a.m. Cotton Belt
tomorrow, services will be held at the First Methodist Church. Rev.
D. K. Porter, pastor of the First Methodist church, will conduct the
services assisted by Rev. C. A. Bickley, presiding elder of this
district, and Rev. A. E. Carraway, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue
Rev. Mr. Whitehurst is survived by his wife and six children, Mrs.
Fred Muellhause of Corsicana, Miss Pauline Whitehurst of Belton,
Miss Flora Whitehurst of Mineral Wells, John Whitehurst of Fort
Worth, Mrs. B. B. Byus of San Antonio, and Mrs. Benton Gean of
Beaumont, all of whom were with him at the time of his death.
He will be buried by the side of his son, Paul Whitehurst, who died
while the family lived here.
Rev. Whitehurst was pastor of the First Methodist church here for
three years, from 1905 to 1908. After leaving Corsicana, he filled
pastorates at Brownwood, Waxahachie, Waco, Mineral Wells, and
Belton. He was serving his second year as pastor of the Methodist
church at Belton at the time of his death.
Pallbearers for the funeral services here tomorrow have been names
as follows: W. W. Gage, W. A. Tarver, S. W. Burdine, G. F. Haslam,
Edgar Metcalf and J. W. McGill.
The world lost a man among men when J. A. Whitehurst passed away
Monday evening. Early in life he chose as profession the teaching of
the Gospel. And not only by his logical, forceful, and earnest
sermons did he render service for his Master but also by the example
of his own life, which was as genteel, as refined, and as pure as
that of any mortal man.
As a pastor, those who knew him best say that he had few equals. Not
by eloquence and oratory did he appeal but rather by a
conscientious, unselfish, loving service rendered to all.
He was a man who refused to make any distinction between social
classes. He was as much a friend to the humblest bearer of burden as
to the greatest capitalist. While in Corsicana, he endeared himself
not only to the members of his own congregation but to the whole
city and its membership. On every hand this morning as the news of
his untimely death spread throughout the town, were heard
expressions of the deepest grief. The fourteen years which have
passed since he served this community have not blotted from the
memory of Corsicana people the work of this remarkable man. Few
pastors have been so beloved outside of their own congregations. As
Rev. Mr. Whitehurst made his daily rounds throughout the city,
visiting homes, stores, and offices of Jew and Gentile, bringing his
message of faith and cheer to all alike—to devout men and women and
to those faltering in their belief—stopping here to grasp the rough
hand of men in overalls and there to send his Irish smile through
the hearts of captains of industry, he made for himself a
cosmopolitan group of thousands of friends and admirers who saw in
him the personification of those true and noble qualities which the
Master has urged all men to strive to attain.
Mike, Dailey, veteran transfer man in Corsicana, as he sat on the
sidewalk beside his wagon this morning and heard the news of the
death of his friend, J. A. Whitehurst said: “Ah, and that was a fine
gentleman, a real friend to me and everyone.”
The old saying, “The world was better for having lived,” was never
more truthfully uttered than when it is said of Rev. J. A.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Sep 19, 1922
- Submitted by
- h/o Martha Cordelia (Suitor) Whitehurst buried in Ft. Worth, Tx; s/o
Delaney Whitehurst & Gracie Ann (Beatty) Whitehurst
Jul 19, 1876 - Apr 18, 1922
Died Near Town.
Hollie Madden, aged 47 years, who lived at the old Beaton home just
south of town, died at 10:30 last night of pneumonia, and the
remains were interred in Oakwood at 3 o’clock this afternoon, with
Capt. Smith of the Salvation army officiating. The deceased had been
for some time in the employ of the Allen Transfer Co., and is
survived by his wife and two children, and his father , J. H. Madden
of Teague and a brother in Oklahoma.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, April 19, 1922
- 1st wife Ida (Hawkins) Madden married Dec. 15, 1897 2nd wife Luna
Bell (Followell) Madden; s/o Jacob H. “Jake” Madden & Missouri
Ella M. (Armstrong) Lee
Feb 16, 1867 - Nov 11, 1922
REMAINS INTERRED HERE TODAY.
Former Well Known Corsicana Woman Died in Waco.
Mrs. Ella Lee, wife of Charles E. lee, for many years well known
residents here, but residing in Beaumont for the past two years,
died in a Waco Sanitarium Saturday night, and the remains were
brought here this morning and taken to the home of Byron Cheney, and
the funeral took place from the First Baptist church this afternoon
at 3 o’clock. Rev. E. P. Kennedy officiated and the following were
Active—John Calhoun, Byron Cheney, J. S. Millerman, J. B. Robinson,
C. A. Middleton, and H. R. McCandless.
Honorary—B. K. Duncan, N. L. Benson, J. H. Millerman, C. A.
Delafosse, Frank Taylor, J. A. Millerman, William Conner, Geo. F.
Miller, Dr. J. A. Jones, Dr. O. L. Smith, C. B. Haley and Jerry
The deceased is survived by her husband, C. E. Lee, who was for
years county surveyor of this county and by three sons, Ernest Lee,
Nate Lee and Roy Lee, and a sister, Mrs. C. C. Jones of Temple.
During her long residence in Corsicana the deceased endeared herself
to our people by her beautiful Christian character and womanly life
and there was an immense throng at the Union Station this morning to
meet the remains and to mingle their tears with those of her loved
ones, and this afternoon, despite the inclement weather a large
concourse of sorrowing friends followed the remains to
there was a great variety of beautiful floral offerings.
Mary Emma (DuBose) Clark
Apr 15, 1871 - Nov 19, 1922
Died in Oklahoma.
Mrs. George Clark of Cushing, Okla., died Sunday night at 10:30. The
funeral will take place from the residence of her niece, Mrs. Sam
Ross, 1881 West Fifth avenue, Corsicana, Tuesday afternoon at 4:30
Mrs. Clark is survived by five children and five sisters. The
children are: Mrs. S. M. Wilkins, Mrs. A. l. Hopper, Miss Macy
Clark, Johnnie Clark, and Harry Clark, all residents of Cushing,
Oklahoma. The sisters are Mrs. W. B. Thomas, Corsicana, Mrs. Myrtle
Stewart of Dallas, Mrs. Joe Cooper of Beaumont and Mrs. Ernest Lee
The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. E. P. Kennedy, pastor
of the First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Clark was formerly a resident of Corsicana and her many friends
join with the family in sympathy in their bereavement.
The following will act as pallbearers.
Active—Sydney Marks, Henry Walker, Frank Taylor, Will Cheney, Clyde
Stroud and George Miller.
Honorary—Mrs. Calhoun, Hood Cheney, Byron Cheney, Charlie Delafosse,
J. J. Newton, Sam Butler, C. A. Middleton, C. C. Roberts and Sam
Name Accidentally Omitted.
In giving the names of the relatives of the late Mrs. Geo. Clark,
who was interred here yesterday, the name of her only brother, Dell
DuBose of Corsicana, was accidentally omitted.
Charles Allen “Son Boy” French
Nov 8, 1914 - May 10, 1922
Funeral Will Be Held Tomorrow.
The remains of little Charles Allen French, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.
A. French, who was drowned yesterday, will be interred tomorrow
afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, the funeral taking place from the family
home on West Third avenue.
This terrible accident has cast a gloom over the community, and all
express the greatest sympathy for the bereaved parents and other
relatives. Charles Allen, or “Sonny Boy,” as he was often called,
was a bright and lovable little fellow, and will be missed and
mourned by all who knew him.
The Sun was misinformed yesterday as to who took the little fellow
from his watery grave. It was J. R. Williams, Jr., of Black Hills,
and as soon as he brought the child’s body to the surface Mr. W. A.
Babb took him into his arms and tried in every way to restore him to
life, and then came to town with his mother and her child in her
arms to the doctor’s office over the Johnson’s drug store.
Mr. French was out of town when his child lost his life but reached
home late last night. The little fellow’s two sisters, who are
attending Ward-Belmont College, will arrive home in time for the
The following are the pall bearers:
Active—Jno. T. Fortson, Joe B. Fortson, C. C. Sands and C. C.
Albritton. Honorary—C. J. Hall, J. A. Anderson, W. H. Anderson, Sam
Rowe, W. L. Bain, M. W. Westbrook, Luther Westbrook, J. C. Walker,
Dr. K. W. Rowe, J. C. Blair, all of Kerens; O. L. Albritton, Liston
Tatum, Ralph Tatum, A. R. Lewis, Dr. Holloway, W. M. Peck, J. S.
Callicutt, W. B. Thomas, T. J. Braselton, C. L. Jester, Geo. E.
Jester, Wm. Elliott, P. C. Townsend, E. Y. Cunningham, W. L. Vernon,
San Marcos; Lee Noble, Mart; J. S. Murchison, H. A. Halbert,
Coleman; L. J. Halbert, Plainview, and Geo. Baum.
Little Boy’s Funeral Today.
The remains of little Charles Allen French, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.
C. French, who lost his life two days ago by drowning, were laid to
rest in Oakwood this
afternoon, the funeral taking place from the family home at 4
o’clock. Rev. D. K. Porter officiated, and there was a profusion of
beautiful flowers and large attendance of friends of the family, as
well as of the dear little fellow who had such a tragic and sad
ending of his life.
Mary Elizabeth (Culpepper) Steely
Jun 24, 1850 - Mar 5, 1922
Died Near Here Yesterday.
Mrs. M. E. Steely, widow of J. P. Steely, aged 71 years, died at her
home east of town, yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock after a long
illness, and the remains were interred in
Oakwood this afternoon
with Rev. D. K. Porter officiating. The deceased is survived by six
grown children, Mrs. Frank Wilson, Corsicana; Mrs. E. W. Fentfrol,
Booneville, Ark., W. G. Steely, address unknown; C. M. and H. A.
Steely, Fort Worth, and J. W. Steely, Tulsa, Okla.
1874 - Sep. 3, 1922
DIED HERE SATURDAY NIGHT.
Remains Interred By Masons Yesterday Afternoon.
Frank Luce, of Forest Hill, La., aged 48 years, died in the P. and
S. here Saturday night, and the remains were interred in the Masonic
lot in Oakwood yesterday afternoon, the Corsicana Masonic lodge
being in charge of the funeral. The deceased, who was in bad health,
was en route to Mineral Wells, accompanied by his wife, who is 19
years of age, and by their infant child. When Corsicana was reached
Thursday night he became so ill that he had to go to the P. and S.
hospital where he passed away Saturday night.
Ada (Wilson) Horn
Oct. 16, 1879 - Aug. 6, 1922
Died Here Last Night.
Mrs. Ada Horn, wife of A. L. Horn aged 43 years, died at the family
home on East First avenue at 10 o’clock last night after a long
illness, and the remains were interred in the Modell cemetery this
afternoon at 4 o’clock. The deceased is survived by her husband and
Nora (Reed) Wofford
Jul 17, 1872 - Feb 9, 1922
Remains Still With Undertaker.
The remains of Mrs. Wofford, the woman who died at the P. And S.
hospital Wednesday night, are still with the undertaker. It has been
learned that she has two small children living with a family in the
north of town, but nothing has been learned definitely concerning
her or her antecedents.
Roval Marshall Wilson
Jan 9, 1846 - Feb 2, 1922
Died At Petty Chapel.
R. M. Wilson, 81 years, died near Petty Chapel last night, and the
remains were interred in Oakwood this afternoon by the side of his
wife who died nine months ago. The deceased is survived by two
foster children, one of them Mrs. Chas. Poteet, lives in Corsicana.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. P. Kennedy.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, February 2, 1922
- Submitted by
- h/o Elizabeth Jane “Lizzie” (Nevill) Wilson married Apr. 1, 1879; s/o William Craven Wilson & Frances Caroline (Gilliam) Wilson
Nancy A. (Green) Fields
Jan 17, 1844 - Jun 16, 1922
Venerable Lady Dead.
Mrs. N. A. Fields, aged 78 years, and a resident here for twenty-two
years, died at her home, 719 West Ninth avenue at 8:15 last night,
and the remains were interred in Oakwood this afternoon at 5
o’clock, after funeral services at the house conducted by Rev. L. C.
Howell. The pall bearers were Harvey Grantham, Tom Duren, Earl Smalling, J. A. Call, E. B. Burkhalter and Kirk Steele. Surviving
the deceased are six children, Mrs. B. R. Chiles, Miss Hester
Fields, Bruce Fields and Richard Fields of Corsicana, Bennett Fields
of Eastland, and Joe Fields of Houston.
The funeral was largely attended and there were many beautiful
Sallie Mae (Roberts) Darwood
Sep 21, 1879 - Mar 17, 1922
REMAINS INTERRED TODAY.
Funeral Was From Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church.
The remains of the late Mrs. Sallie Mae Darwood, who died at the
family home, 1101 Summitt avenue, were interred this morning, the
funeral taking place from the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, with
services conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. E. Carraway. The last sad
rites were well attended and there were many beautiful flowers. The
deceased was the wife of John Darwood, and she is survived by her
husband, three children, two girls and one son. She was the daughter
of Postmaster S. A. Roberts of Blooming Grove and is survived by a
number of other relatives.
William Davidson Carter
Mar 29, 1873 - Nov 23, 1922
FORMER CORSICANA RESIDENT WAS FOUND DEAD HERE THURSDAY
BULLET WOUND IN HIS RIGHT TEMPLE; SMALL CALIBRE PISTOL NEAR BODY
Yesterday afternoon near 5 o’clock as two colored boys were on Post
Oak Creek in that part of Judge Stout’s pasture just east of Oakwood
cemetery they came across the dead body of a white man about two
hundred feet east of the cemetery tank, and near the bed of the
creek to the south. The boys went to the nearest telephone and told
the sheriff’s office of their find. Sheriff Hayes at once sent
Justice Sullivan and Deputy Sheriff Chandler to the scene. The news
soon spread among the residents of that section and many people
gathered about the dead body in a short while.
The man speared to be near fifty years of age, was of medium size,
clean shaved and neatly dressed. On the ground near the body was a
small pistol and a bottle labeled carbolic acid. In the right temple
was a pistol shot wound and the mouth had a dark splotch to one
corner of the lips.
In his coat pocket was a bank book of the First State Bank and Trust
Co., of Waco, showing deposits to the amount of near $2,500, made in
the fall, and in his trouser pockets were $10.40. the bank book had
on it the name of W. D. Carter. In his pockets also were two letters
addressed to a local attorney regarding business he had been
attending to for the deceased.
As the new spread it soon developed that the deceased was the son of
Dr. Carter, who was many years ago, a practicing physician and
druggist here, and who with his wife are buried in Oakwood cemetery
here. All who knew the deceased, speak of him in the highest terms.
He was unmarried, and it is said the only living relative is a
brother in Houston, who is expected here this afternoon. Till the
arrival of the brother no funeral arrangements have been made, but
it is presumed that the remains will be interred in Oakwood some
time tomorrow beside those of his parents.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Nov 24, 1922
- Submitted by
- s/o Thomas N. Carter, Dr. & Missouri Eliza/William (Davidson)
Carter (Missouri is buried in the Davidson cemetery)
REMAINS INTERRED IN OAKWOOD.
Funeral Well Attended and Numerous Floral Offerings.
The remains of the late W. D. Carter, whose death occurred here late
Thursday afternoon, were interred in
Oakwood this morning at 10
o’clock by those of his parents, both of whom died here many years
ago. The services were conducted by Rev. E. P. Kennedy of the First
Baptist church, and Monte Davidson, John Hughes, Wesley Edens,
Palmer Blanding, Arthur Sutherland and Joe Simkins, acted as
pallbearers. There was a good attendance and many beautiful floral
offerings. Relatives here to attend the funeral were his only living
brother, Sol Carter, of LaPort, his nephew, R. S. Carter and wife of
Dallas, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. T. E. Carter and Daughter, Miss
Melba Carter, of Quinlan.
J. B. Holland
Jul 31, 1861 - Aug 10, 1922
Died Here Last Night.
J. B. Holland, aged 61 years, and who had lived here for more than
thirty years, and who had been afflicted for many years, died at the
home of his sister, Mrs. Florence Buck at 7 o’clock yesterday
afternoon, and the remains were interred in
Oakwood at 5 o’clock
this afternoon. There were funeral services at the house by Rev. W.
P. Ingram after which the Masons took charge and concluded the
services at the grave. The deceased was never married, but is
survived by these brothers and sisters: Mrs. Florence Buck and Miss Symantha Holland, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Bertie Parker of Kerens,
and Mrs. W. A. Watkins, of Tennessee; J. G. Holland, Tennessee; H.
P. Holland, Colorado; Frank Holland, Black Hills and R. E. Holland
Roy Holland Buck
Jun 24, 1905 - Feb 16, 1974
Funeral services will be at 10 a. m. Monday at the Sparkman
Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas for Roy H. Buck, 68, of Corsicana,
who died Saturday morning in Dallas. The funeral home is located at
10501 Garland Rd.
Rev. S. Q. Proctor will officiate.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at
Oakwood cemetery in
Corsicana. He is survived by two brothers, R. Leon Buck of Midland
and Raymond C. Buck of Fort Worth; four sisters, Mrs. Elora Alderman
of Austin, Mrs. Ruby Garrett of New Braunfels, and Mrs. Clara Hodge
and Mrs. Ruth Tirago both of Dallas; and a number of nieces and
He was the son of the late Mrs. Florence Buck of Corsicana.
Robert C. McCulloh
Aug 23, 1846 - May 13, 1922
VENERABLE RAILROADER DEAD.
Was for Many Years a Resident of Corsicana.
R. C. McCullugh, 76 years of age, died here yesterday at the home of
his brother, C. A. McCullough, 206 East First avenue, and the
remains were interred in Oakwood this afternoon from the Sutherland
undertaking parlors at 3:30. Rev. H. G. Ellis officiated and there
was a good attendance and many beautiful flowers. For more than
thirty years the deceased was a passenger conductor on the Houston &
Texas Central railroad, and for the past twenty-five years he has
run on the M. K. & T. out of San Antonio where he made his home. The
deceased is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Walter
Myers of Ennis and Mrs. Ralph Collins of San Antonio. Both of these
and their husbands, and a brother-in-law, C. H. Hoffman of Dallas,
were here to attend the funeral.
Brinkley Powell Brown, Sr.
Feb 11, 1885 - Nov 4, 1922
Remains Interred Here.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram of yesterday contained the following:
B. P. Brown, 37, manager of the Underwood Typewriter Company, died
at his home 2258 Hemphill street, at 4 a. m. Saturday. He is
survived by his wife, sons, Elmer, B.P., Jr., Edward, Francis and
Douglas Brown of Fort Worth; his mother, Mrs. D. C. Brown of Dallas,
and the following brothers and sisters: D. L. Brown, Tom Brown and
Mrs. P. B. Boyle of Dallas, Raleigh Brown and Mrs. Poebler of
Lubbock. The body will be forwarded by the Spelman Undertaking
Company to Corsicana Sunday for burial.
The remains reached here yesterday morning from Fort Worth and were
taken to the home of W. M. Wilson, and the funeral took place from
there yesterday afternoon at 2:30 with Rev. D. K. Porter and J.
Walter Simpson officiating. A large number of friends attended the
last sad rites and there was a profusion of magnificent floral
offerings, many of them coming from Fort Worth and Dallas. J. C.
Hughes, John Sullivan, Harris Ransom, A. W. McQuiston, W. E.
Slaughter and T. J. York were pallbearers, and Mrs. H. H. Flemming,
Mrs. C. A. Montgomery, Edgar Metcalf and Jack Haslam sang.
William C. Bingham
Apr 3, 1842 - Mar 1, 1922
Died at I. O. O. F. Home.
William C. Bingham, who would have been 80 years old in April next,
and who was a member of Richland Springs lodge, No. 741, died at the
I. O. O. F. old folks home last night, and the remains were interred
on the Odd Fellows lot in Oakwood this afternoon./ the deceased had
been an inmate of the home since April 14, 1914.
Joseph W. “Joe” Reid
Apr 10, 1882 - Mar 8, 1922
A Good Citizen Dead.
J. W. Reed, aged, 40 years, died at his home, 706 East Tenth Avenue,
at 3 o’clock this morning after a short illness with influenza and
pneumonia, and the funeral took place at 4:30 this afternoon with
interment in Oakwood, and Rev. W. L. Phillips of Navarro,
officiating. The deceased is survived by his wife, and five
children, his parents, T. T. Reid and wife, and several brothers and
sisters. The family lived for many years in the Emhouse community,
and the deceased only moved to Corsicana a few months ago. He was an
industrious and good citizen, and was highly esteemed by all who
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Mar 8, 1922
- Submitted by
- h/o Margaret Elizabeth “Maggie” (Byers) Reid married Jun. 16,
1903; s/o Thomas Thornton Reid & Clementine (Cox) Reid
Margaret Elizabeth “Maggie” (Byers) Reid
Jul 20, 1883 - Oct 11, 1973
Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral
Chapel for Mrs. Margaret E. Reid, 90, who died Thursday in a Waco
hospital. The Rev. David hale will officiate, and burial will be at
Mrs. Reid was a native of Chatfield, and lived in Corsicana until
she moved to Waco 20 years ago.
She is survived by one son, Louis Reid of Mesquite; three daughters,
Mrs. E. L. Kinkead of Waco, Mrs. W. B. Bond of Red Oak, and Mrs. S.
J. Fife of San Antonio; one brother, R. I. Byers, of Dallas; one
sister, Mrs. Nell Anderson of Fort Worth; four grandchildren; and
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Oct 12, 1973
- Submitted by
- w/o Joseph W. “Joe” Reid married Jun. 16, 1903; d/o William Burton
Byers & Rebecca Penelope (Rogers) Byers buried in Chatfield
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home
Chapel for Mrs. Margaret E. Reid, 90, who died Thursday in a Waco
hospital. The Rev. David Hale officiated, and burial was at Oakwood Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, three daughters, a brother, a sister, four
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Richard Hodge, Marvin White, Neil Holloway, Earl
McGraw, Joe Nelson and Joe Sabo.
Cecil Allen Andrus
Oct 29, 1921 - Oct 10, 1922
Lost Infant Son.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ike Andrus, aged one year, died at
the family home in the Phillips Chapel community last night, and
interment took place here in Oakwood cemetery this afternoon at 4
Katie (UNKNOWN) Birmingham
1848 - Jan 18, 1922
Venerable Lady Dead.
Mrs. Kate Birmingham, aged 74 years and seven months, died at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Turner, on South Fourteenth street last
night, and the remains were interred in Oakwood this afternoon.
The funeral took place from the family home this afternoon, Rev.
Mrs. Smith, pastor of the Apostolic church officiating.
INFANT SON Mabin
B&D Jan 18, 1922
Remains Interred This Morning.
The newly born infant of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mabin, died at 625
North Tenth street last night and the remains were interred in
Oakwood this morning.
Mary E. (Spikes) Dodds
Aug 27, 1867 - Feb 17, 1922
Died This Afternoon.
Mrs. W. B. Dodds died this afternoon at her home on West Sixth
avenue. The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon from the home
at 3 o’clock with burial in
The following will be pallbearers:
Active—D. H. Barnett, N. F. Garrett, S. A. Elliott, Paul E. Allen,
A. B. Horn, and J. W. Edens.
Honorary pallbearers will be L. E. McCormick, J. D. Ambrose, H.
Iversen, J. M. Dyer, E. F. Hartzell, H. R. Smalley, Walter Findley,
Jester Pittman, Roland Puryear, R. N. Whitten, Joe Jones, Vollie
Jaynes, John Cunningham, and John Echols.
Funeral Was Largely Attended.
The remains of the late Mrs. Mary E. Dodds, aged 55, wife of W. B.
Dodds, who died yesterday afternoon at the family home on West Sixth
avenue, were laid in rest in Oakwood this afternoon at 3:30, after
funeral services at the house conducted by Rev. F. N. Calvin. The
deceased is survived by her husband and three children, Miss Sybil Dodds, Jack Dodds and Will Dodds, and many other relatives. The
funeral was largely attended and there were many beautiful floral
offerings. The pallbearers were:
Active—B. H. Barnett, N. F. Garrett, F. A. Elliott, P. E. Allen, A.
D. Horn and J. W. Edens.
Honorary—L. E. McCormick, J. D. Ambrese, H. Iversen, J. M. Dyer, B.
F. Hartzell, H. R. Smalley, Walter Fendley, Jester Pittman, Rowland
Puryear, R. M. Witten, Joe Jones, Vollie Jaynes, John Cunningham and
Abraham Smith Clark
Apr 2, 1856 - Feb 16, 1922
A. S. Clark, aged 66 years died at his home on West Second avenue at
6 o’clock yesterday afternoon after a short illness with pneumonia.
He is survived by his widow and two children, Mrs. Carl Waites, and
Mrs. C. B. McKinney, both of Corsicana and one brother, Dr. Leon
Clark of Ennis.
The funeral took place at 5 o’clock this afternoon from the family
home with burial in Oakwood cemetery.
The deceased was a member of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church
and enjoyed a large friendship in Corsicana who will genuinely mourn
Remains Interred Saturday.
The remains of A. S. Clark for many years a good citizen here, who
died Friday night, were interred Saturday evening at 5 o’clock in
Oakwood. The last sad rites were conducted by Rev. M.W. Clark and
Rev. A. E. Carraway, and members of the Woodmen acted as pall
bearers. There was a good attendance and many pretty flowers were in
George Franklin Leonard
Mar 20, 1841 - Sep 24, 1922
PIONEER CITIZEN OF CORSICANA DIED SUNDAY MORNING
FUNERAL G. F. LEONARD HELD YESTERDAY AFTERNOON BURIAL OAKWOOD
G. F. Leonard, aged 80 years, died at the home of his son George
Leonard, 1301 West Fourth avenue, at five o’clock Sunday morning,
and the funeral took place Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock from the
residence with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The Rev. E. P. Kennedy,
pastor of the First Baptist Church conducted the services and a
quartet composed of Mesdames Billie Binford, F. J. Lindsey, Messrs.
J. W. Cheney and C. A. Middleton sang both at the home and at the
grave. The Rev. Mr. Kennedy, after reading from the scriptures paid
a tribute to the memory of the deceased and spoke words of comfort
to the wife and children.
The active pallbearers were Prince McClellan, Chas. Allen, B. J.
Derden, N. C. Goodman, John Redden and J. i. Tucker. There were many
beautiful floral offerings and a large crowd of friends of the
deceased followed the body to its last resting place in Oakwood.
G. F. Leonard has been a resident of Corsicana and Navarro county
for fifty-one years. He had had a rather eventful career filled with
adventure during the days of young manhood. At the age of eighteen
he joined the United States Navy and after serving his enlistment
was honorably discharged in New Orleans. At the time of his
discharge a yellow fever epidemic was raging in the Crescent City
and he with another young man with whom he had served in the Navy
broke the quarantine and came to Texas. For a number of years he was
in West Texas in the San Angelo vicinity working for the government.
Later he came to Navarro county and near the place where Cheneyboro
is now located he met his wife, Miss Sarah Alice Baker. During his
long residence in this county Mr. Leonard has made many friends.
Although advanced in age he was very active up to the time of his
fatal illness. During his illness he was always cheerful and at no
time did he become down. He was only sick a short while and his
large circle of friends were somberly grieved to learn of his death.
In his passing another of the old timers who helped make Corsicana
and Navarro county the prosperous community it now is and who played
a prominent part in the early history of the state has passed on to
He is survived by a widow and the following children: George
Leonard, Ed Leonard, Mrs. Lucien Freeman of Proctor, Minn., and Mrs.
Florence Evans of San Francisco, Calif.
Earl David Nolen
Feb 12, 1901 - Jan 15, 1922
KILLED IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Popular Corsicana Boy Lost Life Yesterday Afternoon
Corsicana’s most recent heart-rendering automobile accident occurred
yesterday afternoon about 4:30 o’clock, resulting in the
instantaneous death of one of the popular young men of the city,
Earl Nolen, 21 years of age, son of J. L. Nolen, 914 West Eighteenth
Young Nolen with a party of boys and girls had been enjoying a drive
in Nolen’s Ford car, when three miles out on the Navarro pike a king
bolt broke disabling the Ford car. Young Nolen, Charley Fulton and
Leslie White came to town for a new bolt and were returning to the
location where the Ford broke down in N. R. Garrett & Bros’s Dodge
service truck. When about one mile out on the pike near the Texas
pumping station, the car running at thirty or thirty-five miles per
hour struck a rough place in the road, causing the rear of the truck
to swerve when one of the rear wheels crushed as it went off the
pike whereupon young Nolen, who was driving, lost control of the
steering wheel, and the car summersaulted.
Pinned Under Truck.
Charley Fulton jumped, or was thrown clear of the wreck without
injury, Leslie White and Earl Nolen went down under the car and were
pinned under the top of the truck. Young White who was lying on top
of the body of Nolen extricated himself and climbed out from under
With the assistance of others who congregated at the scene the car
was quickly lifted by his comrades from the prostrate form of young
Nolen whose head was pinned beneath the heavy truck, which crushed
his forehead and face in shapeless manner, instantly killing him.
Leslie White received slight injuries, his left arm being bruised
and cut below the elbow. Young Nolen breathed but once after the car
was lifted from his bleeding form.
Quick response was made by E. L. Keith in Bank Sutherland’s
ambulance to phone call in which the dead boy’s body was brought to
the undertaking parlors on West Fifth street where it was prepared
Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. today from the residence
under the auspices of the Christian church by Rev. Frank N. Calvin,
pastor, interment will follow at the Oakwood cemetery.
Earl Nolen during his eight years residence in Corsicana was
regarded as an upright, dutiful and devoted son and brother. His
father, mother, three sisters and five brothers have the sympathy of
a large number of friends who knew Earl as a courteous and model
young man whose service to them as driver for the firm by which he
was employed had attracted special attention by his obliging manner.
Mr. J. L. Nolen, who has been employed by the Magnolia Oil Company
during his eight years in this city, formerly lived in Ellis county,
where numerous friends and acquaintances join in sorrow over their
great loss in the death of their loved one.
In memory of Earl David Nolen, who was killed in an automobile
accident on the 15th day of January. He would have been 21 years old
on the 12th day of February. He met his death about 4:30 o’clock on
Sunday afternoon. It is hard to say good-bye to those we love so
well. We wonder sometimes why it has to be. But
God’s will be done, not ours. Weep not, dear mother and father,
brothers and sisters. He has gone but will not be forgotten. He will
be greatly missed in this neighborhood by his friends. He was loved
by all who knew him. That smiling face and that cheerful presence
will be greatly missed in his home and so many of his friends will
be sorry to learn of his passing away so unexpectedly. Early was
such a good boy and a popular young man of our neighborhood. Earl
has been in Corsicana about eight years. He was dutiful, upright and
a devoted son to his parents. To them I can only say, look up higher
for him, he is not in the new made grave. His torn and pain racked
body is there, but his spirit is at rest with the Lord in eternal
The services were held at his home by Rev. F. N. Calvin, pastor of
the First Christian Church. He was laid to rest in the Oakwood cemetery and among beautiful floral offerings.
All is dark within your home,
Lonely are your hearts today;
For the dearest one we loved
Has been taken away.
His troubles are all ended here,
His sufferings all are over;
But in that bright and happy home,
We meet to part no more.
Your hearts are almost broken,
For you realize your loss;
God gives us grace sufficient
To help us bear the cross.
We think of you in silence,
No eyes can see you weep;
But many a silent tear is shed
When others are asleep.
The vacant place, the empty chair,
We see them day by day,
And oh it fills our hearts with care,
Since our loved one went away.
Written by a Friend.
B&D Jan 18, 1922
Infant Died Here.
The new born infant of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Puckett died at the family
home on West Tenth Avenue yesterday, and the remains were interred
in Oakwood today.
Christopher Caid “Kit” Carson
Nov 16, 1847 - Nov 2, 1922
WELL KNOWN CITIZEN DEAD.
C. C. Carson Had Lived in Corsicana For Many Years.
C. C. Carson, aged 84 years, and for many years a resident here, and
founder of a brick yard here many years ago, died today at 2 p.m. at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ernest Williams, after an illness of
many weeks, of the infirmities incident to old age.
The deceased was also the father of City Commissioner H. W. Carson.
He was in his younger days a man of rugged character, and was
esteemed for his integrity and high sense of honor and duty.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed, but interment will
take place tomorrow afternoon.
FUNERAL OF C. C. CARSON.
Remains Laid to Rest in Oakwood Cemetery This Afternoon.
The funeral for the remains of the late C. C. Carson, took place at
3:30 this afternoon from the home of his son-in-law and daughter,
Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Williams, 414 South Eighteenth street, and was
largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings.
Rev. Ilion T. Jones officiated and the following were pall bearers.
Active—Ben Childs, E. B. Church, W. A. Mowlam, J. R. Wilson, W. C.
Oldham, John C. Hughes.
Honorary—J. L. Halbert, Ben Blackmon, Nath Garrett, John Harper,
Chas. Lewis, Wm. Tatum, Wm. Wilson, J. L. Whiteselle, B. Marks, Wm.
Clarkson, Sr., John Cunningham, Perry McCammon, E. W. Johnson, E.
Rapheal, W. J. W. Foster, Dr. Shell, Dr. Suttle, Dr. Miller, E. A.
Johnson, Judge Kirven, Judge McKee, Judge J. M. Blanding, T. P.
Little, P. M. Lea, Aaron Ferguson, J. N. Walling, C. C. Walton,
Frank P. Wood, G. W. Brillhart, C. L. Knox, A. J. Hook, Ch. B.
Sutherland, Jack Blackmon, G. B. Walker, C. Byrd, Brick Layers
Union, Dr. W. W. Carter, Powell, Texas; J. O. Burk, Powell, Texas;
W. J. Seelig, H. B. Wilson, W. F. Horger, Oscar Burns, L. W. Ashmore,
H. S. Melear, J. H. Wooley, T. T. Burleson, El Dorado, Texas; J. J.
Hale, Streetman, Texas.
The deceased is survived by his wife, ten children and seventeen
grand-children. The following are the children: Horace, John and
Claude Carson and Mrs. E. T. Williams of Corsicana; Caid Carson of
Fort Worth; Clarence Carson, Mrs. Addie McCoy and Mrs. Vivian
Steenwyck, of Dallas; Grover Carson of Oklahoma City and Mrs.
Winfield Clem of Carrollton.
Eva Catherine (Bergneir/Bergmer) Frey
Dec 8, 1844 - Mar 28, 1922
The many friends of Mrs. C. Frey who lives on the Pinkston pike just
west of the city, will be grieved to learn that she died this
morning at 11:30 o’clock. The deceased was born in Germany but has
been a resident of the United States for almost half a century, she
together with her husband being naturalized Americans for many
She was 77 years of age and leaves four grown sons and two grown
daughters with a number of grandchildren to mourn her death.
Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, the time of the funeral to be
announced later. The deceased was a resident of Limestone county for
many years prior to moving to Corsicana and has been a valuable
citizen to this county for a long time and has many friends who
extend much sympathy to the family in her being called to the great
The funeral of Mrs. C. Frey who died yesterday west of the city will
be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment at Oakwood Cemetery.
1902 - Jun 24, 1922
COUNTRY CLUB SWIM RESULTS IN DEATH FOR GARRETT WALKER
WAS IN WATER ONLY SEVEN MINUTES WHEN HE SANK AND DID NOT RISE
PULMOTER IS USED
ARRIVED WITHIN TEN MINUETS AND WORKED FOR NEARLY AN HOUR TO NO AVAIL
Garrett Walker, aged 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Walker, drowned
while in swimming at the Country Club Lake at an early hour this
morning. Efforts to revive him by means of a pulmotor proved futile.
Relatives of the boy said today that death possibly resulted from
heart failure in addition to drowning, although he had never
complained of heart trouble before. He was in the water only about
seven minutes, and the pulmotor arrived within ten minutes after he
had been brought to land. The pulmotor was operated for forty-five
minutes but to no avail
The drowning was the tragic ending of a sunrise breakfast and
swimming party this morning. The party consisted of Henry Walker, an
uncle of Garrett Walker, and his family; Rev. J. W. Simpson, pastor
of the United Presbyterian Church; Mrs. P. W. Mildrey and daughter,
Miss Hazel Mildrey of San Antonio; Arthur Ransom of Oastonia, North
Carolina; and Mathews Craig. While those were the only members of
this party there were a large number of people at the Club for early
morning swims, including a party chaperoned by Frank Williams and
another by Mrs. W. C. Dunn.
The Walker party left for the Country shortly before 6 o’clock this
morning. Upon arriving some of the party began preparing breakfast,
while Garrett Walker, Miss Mildrey, Mathew Craig, and the little
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walker, went in swimming. Garrett
Walker swam out about 35 or 40 feet, about 16 feet beyond the place
where the water was over his head. He suddenly sank and came up but
once, at that time just the top of his head appearing. He was not in
the water more than seven minutes, according to members of the
party. Matthews, Craig; William Elliott, son of Arthur Elliott, who
was with the Williams party; and Henry Walker immediately went to
the rescue and brought the body to land. J. A. McMahon of the
Sutherland Undertaking Parlor was notified and arrived at the Club
with the pulmotor within ten minutes. He worked for approximately
forty-five minutes in an attempt to set up respiration. The body was
later brought to town and taken to the Sutherland Undertaking
The deceased said to be a very good swimmer and that fact; together
with the attendant circumstances as stated above, lead friends and
relatives to the belief that death resulted from some other cause in
addition to drowning, possibly heart failure.
Garrett was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Walker. He held a
responsible position with the W. Burgess Insurance Company,
Graduating from the Corsicana High School in the spring of 1919.
Garrett was recognized as one of the most prominent and popular
students of the school. He was a member of the Bryan Debating and
Declamation Club of the High School during 1918 and 1919, he being
secretary of the Club in 1919. He was a member of the High School
Club, the Spanish Club, the Athletic Association, and numerous other
high school organizations. Last year he was a prominent student at
Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas.
The many friends of Garrett Walker in Corsicana spoke today of his
remarkable character, it being said by those who knew him best that
there was no cleaner, more upright young man in Corsicana than was
Fred Sims, grandfather of the deceased, arrived here this morning
from Dawson. Jack Walker and Frank Walker of Dallas, uncles are
Funeral services will be held Sunday morning at 10:30 o’clock from
the United Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth avenue and
Fifteenth street, of which church Garrett was a member. Members of
his Sunday School class, Robert Davidson, Hugh Miller Stewart,
Douglas Decherd, S. D. Dickson, Walter Johnson, Walter Castles,
Cowan Robinson, and Leslie Douglas, will act as active pallbearers,
S. W. Mitchell is teacher of this Sunday School Class.
The honorary pallbearers will be: John Sullivan, Jr., S. W.
Mitchell, Dr. S. H. Burnett, J. Y Stewart, Hugh Stewart, W. M.
Wilson, R. S. Galloway, J. J. Sullivan, W. M. Dixon, J. L. Davidson,
Heyman Jarett, Robert Neblett, Lloyd Thomas, J. W. Betts, Tom
Westbrook, A. A. Eason, Walter Burgess, Charles Holloway, Ed M.
Polk, Jr., Cal E. Kerr, J. H. Kerr, Wayne Fauber, Robert Cooksey,
Harold Melear, George Roper, Jr., W. S. Goode, Hastings Harrison, W.
E. Slaughter, Estill Cunningham, Ralph Tatum, John Murray McGee, Max
FUNERAL SERVICES GARRETT WALKER HELD YESTERDAY
Church services were suspended at the United Presbyterian Church
yesterday morning for the funeral of Garrett Walker, a member fo
that church, who died while in swimming at the Country Club lake
early Saturday morning.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., the church being filled
with the many friends of the deceased. Rev. J. W. Simpson, pastor of
the United Presbyterian Church, conducted the services, being
assisted by Rev. W. L. Patterson of Eureka. The church choir
rendered the musical numbers.
Members of the Sunday School class of S. W. Mitchell, to which
Garrett Walker belonged, acted as pallbearers.
Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery here a profusion of beautiful
floral offerings attested to the high esteem in which Garrett Walker
was held by all who knew him.
Edward Lee “Ed” Walker
Mar 17, 1874 - May 27, 1924
E. L. WALKER DIED TUESDAY MORNING AT HIS HOME HERE
E. L. Walker, 50 years old, died at his home on West Fifth avenue at
11:30 o’clock Tuesday morning following several weeks’ illness.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Mr. Walker is survived by his wife and one son, Fred; three brothers
and four sisters. He has been a resident of Corsicana for the last
25 years, was a member of the United Presbyterian church. For the
last 15 years he has been connected with the firm of Tatum &
Cunningham. Mr. Walker was a son of the late A. B. Walker, a former
well known business man of Corsicana.
- The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, May 27, 1924
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- h/o Gussie Eva (Sims) Walker-Chauncey married Nov. 29, 1900 s/o
Andrew B. M. Walker and Susan “Susie” (Morgan ) Walker
Funeral Services For E. L. Walker at 5 p.m.
Funeral Services for E. l. Walker will be held this afternoon at 5
o’clock from his residence, 2108 West Fifth avenue with interment in
Rev. J. Walter Simpson, pastor of the United Presbyterian church,
will conduct the services.
The following are the active pallbearers: Ralph Tatum, Eldridge
Bonner, Herman McCandless, Liston Tatum, M. Queen and Clifford
Mary Jane “Mollie” (McQuiston) Leslie
Apr 7, 1857 - Nov 15, 1939
FORMER CORSICANAN DIED ANSON, TEXAS; BURIED IN OAKWOOD
Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie Leslie, former resident of
Corsicana, who died at Anson, Texas, Wednesday, were held from the
chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home Thursday morning at
11 o’clock. The Rev. W. R. Hall conducted the rites and interment
was made in the Oakwood cemetery.
Surviving are four daughters, Ms. C. M. Kitchell, of Anson; Mrs.
Mary Greeson; Mrs. Eula L. Douglas, of Norman Okla.; and Mrs. Hattie
Wells, Little Rock, Ark. One son, Ralph Leslie, Houston.
Pallbearers were John H. Sullivan, Harvey Robinson, Charles
McQuiston, Dr. S. H. Burnett, Moulton Dickson and Hugh Stewart.
Alice (Steely) Elkins
1888 - Sep 11, 1922
Died At Petty Chapel.
Mrs. Alice Steely Elkins, widow of the late E. W. Elkins, died at
her home in the Petty Chapel community at 7 o’clock yesterday
afternoon after being in ill health for many months. The deceased,
who was thirty-four years of age, is survived by six children and
numerous relatives. For many years the deceased and her husband were
leaders of the Salvation Army here, and went from here to Wichita
Falls and engaged in similar work there. Since the death of her
husband, the deceased had lived near Petty Chapel.
The funeral took place this afternoon at 4 o’clock from the home
with interment in Oakwood, and Gen. Woods of the Salvation Army,
William O. Richardson
Apr 16, 1884 - Dec 14, 1922
Funeral This Afternoon.
The funeral services of W. O. Richardson, age 41 years, who died in Beaumont Wednesday, were held at the chapel of the Smith Funeral Home at 3 o’clock this afternoon. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery
The deceased was a brother of A. L. Richardson of this city, and had
many friends here. He is survived by one other brother and a sister,
who accompanied the body here from Beaumont.
Joseph Lee “Joe” Young
Jul. 27, 1864 - Dec. 13, 1922
JOE YOUNG PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING AFTER SHORT ILLNESS
Joe Young, 58 years old, 45 years a resident of Corsicana, died at
the home of his sister, Mrs. E. J. Jeffers, 821 West Tenth avenue at
6:45 o’clock Wednesday morning following an illness of one week.
Death was due to apoplexy and complications of pneumonia.
Mr. Young was well known throughout Navarro county. Born near
Camden, Ala., in 1864, he came to Corsicana with his parents when 13
years of age. His father and mother died here.
Mr. Young grew to manhood and engaged in the livery business. For
many years he maintained livery and transfer stables at the corner
of West Seventh avenue and Eleventh street. His pioneer settlement
here listed him among the circle of “old timers” among whom he was
especially loved and held in high esteem. His geniality with his
friends and fairness in business dealings was of the rugged, good
natured sort by which he was enabled to number his friends by his
vast acquaintances. In the scores of traveling salesmen and
prospectors that came and went from all quarters.
With the advent of the automobile Mr. Young disposed of his livery
equipment and converted his big barn into a garage and service car
station. Automobiles took the place of fast driving horses, and a
gasoline filling station replaced the feed stores of corn, oats and
hay. He was associated in business with his only brother. Gus Young.
Good management and shrewd business judgment for many years assured
Young Bros. of business success.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon at
the residence of Mrs. Jeffers, with Rev. Milton Hotchkiss, of
Granger, assisted by Rev. A. E. Carraway, pastor of the Eleventh
Avenue Methodist church, and Rev. J. Walter Simpson, pastor of the
United Presbyterian church, conducting the service. Burial will be
in Oakwood Cemetery.
Besides his brother, Mr. Young is survived by his sister, Mrs.
Jeffers, and by two half sisters, Mrs. A. S. Presley, of Corsicana,
and Mrs. E. C. Hall of Tensaw, Alabama. He is also survived by the
following nieces, daughters of Mrs. Jeffers: Mrs. Ben Boltz,
Cleveland, Okla., Mrs. C. N. Wright and Mrs. Chas. Snyder, both of
Dallas. Never marrying Mr. Young made his home with his sister ,
always contributing in a material way to the support of her and her
children since the death of Mr. Jeffers several years ago.
FUNERAL SERVICES WERE CONDUCTED THIS AFTERNOON
Funeral services for Joe Young, 58 years old, who died at the home
of his sister, Mrs. E. C. Jeffers, 821 West Tenth avenue, early
Wednesday morning, were held from the residence at 2:30 o’clock
Thursday afternoon, with Rev. Milton Hotchkiss of Granger, assisted
by Rev. A. E. Carraway, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodis
church and Rev. J. Walter Simpson, pastor of the United Presbyterian
Church, conducting the service. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Will Cheney, J. S. Murchison, Homer Pollard,
Harry Dickson, T. J. Worthington and Mart Allen.
Honorary pallbearers were the following.:
Drs. I. N. Suttle, T. A. Miller and Dubart Miller, T. R. Sandsby, Ed
M. Polk, Guy Gibson, Max Almond, Will S. Knight, Sylvan McDaniel, J.
A. McDaniel of Dallas; J. A. Bonner, Eureka; Felix Irwin, Will
Jeffers, W. C. Scarbor, Hugh Stewart, J. Y. Stewart, James Garitty,
Frank Montfort, J. E. Davan, Charles Jester, F. N. Drane, Lee
Jester, and employes of the Young Bros. garage and barn, which
include Charles Harvard, J. H. Bigbee, Alma Norton, Mr. Baker and
Mr. Young had been a resident of Corsicana 45 years.
The Funeral was largely attended and there were many beautiful
M. Eliza (Rakestraw) Jester
Oct 1, 1849 - Oct 2, 1922
LAST TRIBUTE IS PAID MEMORY OF PROMINENT WOMAN
MRS. C. W. JESTER LAID TO REST IN OAKWOOD CEMETERY THIS MORNING
Funeral services for Mrs. C. W. Jester, 73 years old, who died at
her home on South Fifteenth street Monday, were held at the First
Methodist Church, at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning with Rev. D. K.
Porter, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. C. R. Wright, of Fort
Worth, officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Large Floral Tributes.
Many were the beautiful floral tributes paid. Flowers of variegated
hue were brought by many friends of the deceased and bereaved family
and arrayed luxuriantly about the church altar.
The funeral cortege leaving the residence arrived at the church at
the hour appointed accompanied by the pallbearers and followed by
members of the family, relatives and a long procession of friends.
As the funeral hour approached a vast circle of friends and
neighbors congregated at the church and were in sorrowful waiting
for the paying of the final respects.
The casket, laden with an extensive array of roses, was tenderly
lifted from the hearse and silently borne to the altar.
A quartet composed of Lloyd Kerr, C. A. Middleton, Mrs. Percy
Townsend and Mrs. Henry Robbins, sang “Jesus Lover of My Soul,” at
the opening of the services.
Rev. Wright arose from the pulpit and read from the Scriptures,
followed by a prayer offered by Rev. Porter. Rev. Wright then spoke
briefly on the long religious life of Mrs. Jester, and directed the
attention of the living to follow in the footsteps of the deceased.
Mrs. Jester became a member of the Methodist church in 1882. She was
president of the Woman’s Home Mission Society for 12 years, during
all of which time she never failed to attend a single meeting.
Faithful to every duty, a lover of the beautiful, she was ever
active in all the work of the church and in her life grew steadily
in the faith which sustained her in death. She was looked on as the
leader by all the women of the church.
Following Rev. Wright’s sermon Lloyd Kerr sang “Close to Thee.”
Another prayer was said, another song was sung, and the cortege left
the church for the cemetery followed closely by members of the
family in tears and with faces drawn in sorrow, and the many friends
who had come to the church, and with the rendering of the final
ceremonies, the body of Mrs. Jester was committed to the grave.
The flowers were gathered from the altar, carried to a truck that
waited, and transported to the cemetery where with tender hands they
were beautifully placed upon the grave.
The following were the pallbearers:
Active—Perry McCammon, George Whytte, J. E. Butler, Suttle Roberts,
Ballard George, F. A. Eliot, Walter Beaton, John D. Cunningham.
Honorary—Dr. T. S. Slater, A. G. Elliott, C. H. Mills, W. M. Peck,
R. A. Caldwell, S. L. Wood, W. M. Tatum, T. P. Kerr, F. N. Drane,
Capt. James Garitty, J. S. Murchison, J. M. Blanding, Boyce Martin,
Ralph Coata, Guy M. Gibson, N. C. Goodman, A. A. Wortham, Philip
Samuels, G. J. Heflin, E. W. Johnson, E. Raphael, Byron Cheney, Dr.
L. C. Polk, Sydney Marks, P. C. Townsend.
The following from out of town attended the funeral:
Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Jester and John Jester of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. L.
A. Starley, Tyler; Mr. Cash Marshall, Kossee; J. M. and Gus Weaver,
Wortham; J. K. Parr, Hillsboro; Mrs. G. C. Gross, Waxahachie; Albert
Rakestraw, Grape Creek; Wensel Fulton, A. & M. College; Dr. and Mrs.
C. R. Wright, Fort Worth.
All the banks in the city were closed this morning from 10 to 11
o’clock out of respect to the memory of Mrs. C. W. Jester, who died
Monday night. The First State Bank remained closed until noon.
Rosa Lea (Bethune) Rose-Green
Jul 4, 1869 - Jan 10, 1958
Mrs. Green, 88, Severely Burned
Mrs. Rosa Lee Green, 88, was critically burned in her room at 702
West Second Avenue Friday about 9:30 a. m. when a housecoat became
ignited. Some third degree burns were suffered and she was burned
over most of the body.
Mrs. Ed Fortner, owner of the house said it was believed the victim
attempted to turn up a gas heater and a sleeve was ignited.
A Corley ambulance answered the call and took Mrs. Green to Memorial
Sunday Services For Mrs. Green
Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Lee Green, 99, who died of burns late
Friday, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial
was in Oakwood Cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. M. Howard Knox, pastor of the
Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.
Mrs. Green resided at 702 West Second avenue. It is believed a
housecoat became ignited as she attempted to turn up the gas on a
small heater in her home.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Sudie Rose, Houston; a niece, Mrs.
Clara Jenkins, Corsicana, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were J. C. Jenkins, Pat Barton, W. N. Norris, C. N.
Jenkins, Eugene Stewart, E. A. McAdams, Johnny Read and Hugh Allen.
- The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 13, 1958
- Submitted by
- 1st husband John Henry Rose 2nd husband John B. Green;
d/o William J. Bethune, Capt. & Alletta
Zackariah T. Jones
Dec. 24, 1851 - Oct. 12, 1922
Good Citizen Passed Away.
Z. T. Jones, for many years a resident here, died at his house in the Thorp addition at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon after a long illness, and the funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 3:30, with services at the grave, conducted by Rev. E. P. Kennedy.
The deceased was sixty-nine years old, and is survived by the following children: J. O. Jones, Corsicana; W. E. Jones, Abilene; D. B. Jones, El Centro, California; Mrs. Anna Sumner, Rotan, Texas; Mrs. Jeanette Calloway, Los Angeles, California, and Mrs. Maggie Chambless, Healdton, Oklahoma.
Funeral Postponed Till Monday.
The funeral of the late Z. T. Jones which was to have taken place tomorrow afternoon, has been postponed till Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock, from the First Baptist Church. The following will act as pallbearers:
W. H. Hastings, J. M. Pugh, P. A. Minter, J. S. Millerman, Hood Cheney and J. C. West.
Funeral Was Well Attended.
The funeral of the late Z. T. Jones took place from the First Baptist church, at 3 o’clock this afternoon, Rev. E. P. Kennedy officiating. A large procession followed the remains to their last resting place and there were many beautiful flowers. The six children of the deceased, three daughters and three sons, were all here at the last sad rites. The deceased had been a member of the Baptist church for forty years and a deacon in the church for twenty-five years.
Susanna Louisa “Lou” (Johnson) McKinney-Allen
Mar 24, 1837 - Oct 13, 1922
Funeral services for Mrs. Lou Allen will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church. Rev. A. E. Carraway, pastor of the church will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery
The following are the pall bearers: active, John Hughes, Walter Hammett, Will Hart, Jim Hart, Arthur Hewitt and Meg Rainey; honorary, the Board of Stewards of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.
A Loving Tribute.
On October 13, 1922, the soul of one of Corsicana’s most saintly,
and also one of her oldest inhabitants slipped into the great beyond
to live with God and the angels.
When her name is given those who knew her, will not doubt for one
moment the truth of the above statement. When “Grandma Allen” left
us her life of trust and devotion to her home, her friends, her
Bible and her God were such that none who had known her in this life
doubted whither she had gone.
She was born in Indiana, March 24, 1837, and died in Corsicana,
Texas, Oct. 13, 1922, and was laid to rest in our beautiful city of
the dead to await the Resurrection morn.
She came with her father’s family to Texas and settled in Navarro
county near where Corsicana now is some 78 years ago, thus
practically her whole life was spent in our city.
She was married when about 18 years old to Mr. M. McKinney, who fell
in one of the battles of our Civil war and was buried on the battle
field. She lived a widow until Oct. 1877, when she was again married
to J. N. Allen, and was again left a widow by the death of Mr. Allen
Two sons by her first husband survive her, namely Joe McKinney of
Junction City, Kansas, and Frank McKinney of Guffey, Texas.
Also three grandchildren, one of whom, Claude McKinney is a resident
of Corsicana. By her first marriage she became connected with many
of Corsicana’s most influential families, such as the Jesters,
Bentons, and Halberts.
At the time of her death she was a member of the Eleventh Ave,
Methodist Church from which church her funeral was conducted by her
pastor. She joined the First Methodist church when quite a young
girl and was among its earliest members.
She loved her church with an undying devotion and was her pastor’s
truest friend. While she in her last years was unable to attend the
house of God as was her want in other days she never forgot to lift
up her heart to God in prayer for her church and its pastor.
The city of Corsicana may not miss her much because she was for
years a shut in, but her value in her saintly living and silent,
earnest prayers for her home city can never be estimated. May God’s
richest blessings rest upon her children who still abide with us,
and may they and all who knew and loved her here, so live as to meet
her in the skies.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Monday, November 6, 1922
- Submitted by
1st husband William Monroe McKinney married Oct. 28, 1955 (died
in Civil War buried in battle field) 2ND husband Joseph Negus
Allen married Oct. 11, 1877
Robert Chester Maddox, Sr.
Mar 25, 1883 - Jun 22, 1922
WILL BE BURIED FRIDAY.
Funeral of Chester Maddox to Occur Tomorrow at 5 P. M.
The funeral of the late Chester Maddox will be held at 5 o’clock tomorrow (Friday) afternoon from the home of his aunt. Mrs. E. O. Vaughan on West Second Avenue. All Masons are requested to meet at the Temple at 4:15 o’clock. They will have charge of the funeral.
Houston Post Tells of Death of C. Maddox
Concerning the death of the late Chester Maddox the Houston Post of today had the following.
Robert C. Maddox, of Texas City, Texas, died in Beaumont, Texas, early Thursday morning at the Hotel Dieu hospital shortly after having been operated on for an infection with which he had been suffering for several months.
Mr. Maddox was born in Cade, Texas, March 25, 1883. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bell Craft Maddox, two children, R. C. Maddox, Jr., 11, and Flora Bell Maddox, 5, of Texas City, his mother, Mrs. Joe D. Hughes, a sister-in-law, of Houston; and four brothers, Will M. Maddox, Dallas, Texas; Tom Maddox, in Mexico; H. V. Maddox and E. L. Maddox of Tulsa, Okla., and other relatives.
Mr. Maddox has been in the employ of the Humble Oil and Refining company of Texas City, Texas, since November 10, 1919, as superintendent of that company’s tank farm pump-station and docks where all Humble Oil boats are loaded, and had been temporarily transferred to Orange, Texas, to supervise the work at the Humble Oil company’s now loading docks at Orange.
His remains will be shipped to Corsicana, Texas, at which place burial will take place at 5:00 o’clock Friday afternoon under the auspices of the Corsicana Masonic Lodge No. 174 of the A. F. and A. M.
Mr. Maddox was a member of the Texas City Masonic lodge No. 1118 A. F. and A. M. of Texas City, and had just recently been elected as Master of that lodge. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite bodies of the A. F. A. M. and El Mina Shrine Temple of Galveston, Texas.
Remains Interred this Afternoon.
The remains of the late Chester Maddox reached here this morning and were taken to the home of Mrs. O. E. Vaughn, an aunt, and the funeral took place from the Vaughn home at 5 o’clock this afternoon. Revs. E. P. Kennedy and A. E. Carraway held impressive services at the house, after which the Masons took charge and concluded the services at the grave. There was a large attendance and there were many beautiful floral offerings.
Mary Samuel (Worsham) Bridger
Jan 24, 1890 - Dec 26, 1922
Funeral This Afternoon.
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Bridger, age 32 years, who died at 5:30 yesterday afternoon were held at 3 o’clock this afternoon at Oakwood cemetery and were conducted by Rev. A. E. Carraway, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.
The deceased is survived by her husband E. L. Bridger and two children.
On Tuesday, December 26th at about 4:30 p.m. the life of Mrs. Mary
Bridgers, the wife of Ernest Bridgers of 1503 West Tenth avenue,
passed quietly into the great beyond.
Mrs. Bridgers was born and reared in Navarro county, being born in
or near Powell some 34 years ago, and had lived in the county all
her life. She was a great and patient sufferer for the past four
years with that dread disease tuberculosis, this having developed
after a severe attack of influenza in October 1918.
Mrs. Bridgers was a faithful wife and loving mother. She knew quite
well the end was near and most calmly approached it, saying to her
friends that she was ready . To her pastor she more than once said
she was waiting in perfect faith the coming of the change to the
other world. Her only regret was the separation from husband and
She was a member of Eleventh Avenue Methodist church since 1912, and
was faithful in attendance so long as able to do so.
On Wednesday afternoon we laid her body, wasted as it was by
disease, to rest in beautiful Oakwood cemetery to await the
resurrection morn. May God’s blessings ever rest upon the bereaved
husband and precious little girl and keep them safe to the time of
meeting in the Sweet Bye and Bye.
A. B. CARRAWAY.
Pauline Seraphine (Streety) Love
Sep 8, 1840 - Nov 2, 1922
Pioneer Corsicana Resident Died Today.
Mrs. Pauline Love, aged 82 years, widow of J. W. Love, deceased for many years, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Frank P. Woods, at 11 o’clock this morning, as the result of old age. The deceased had been a resident of Corsicana for many years, and was loved by a large circle of friends. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon from the Wood home on West First avenue at 3:30, and interment will follow in the Modrell cemetery. Rev. Ilion T. Jones will officiate, and the pall bearers will be members of the family: Dr. Sanner, Tom Singer, Frank Wood, Cullen Dunn, Elmer Keith and Elmer Love.
- The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Nov 2, 1922
- Submitted by
- w/o John Wilson Love married Oct. 22, 1865; d/o William L. Streety & Mary (Hartley) Streety per death certificate
- obit says buried in Modrell – Death certificate says buried in Oakwood
Venerable Lady Interred.
The funeral services for the late Mrs. Pauline Love took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Wood this afternoon and interment followed in the Modrell cemetery by those of her late husband who was interred there many years ago. There were many pretty floral offerings and many friends of the deceased and her relatives attended the last tribute of respect to her memory.
Jul 15, 1890 - Sep 8, 1973
Memorial services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday in Dallas for Miss Hazel Cobb, who died Friday night in Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
She was a former resident of Corsicana. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Oakwood cemetery in Corsicana with Father James Sigler officiating and assisted by Acolyte Allen Burnett, a great-great-nephew of Miss Cobb.
She was the daughter of the late Judge and Mrs. L. B. Cobb of Corsicana.
She was a composer and piano teacher in Dallas. She was a member of the Musical Teachers Society.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews including Mrs. Hazel Kerr Cansler of Nashville, Tenn. And Mrs. Ed M. Polk of Corsicana.
Graveside rites and burial were at 4 p.m. Sunday at Oakwood cemetery for Miss Hazel Cobb, Dallas music teacher and composer who died Friday in Dallas.
The Rev. James Sigler, St. John’s Episcopal church minister, officiated, assisted by Acolyte Allen Burnett, a great-great-nephew of Miss Cobb.
A former resident of Corsicana, she was the daughter of the late Judge and Mrs. L. B. Cobb of Corsicana.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews including Mrs. Hazel Kerr Cansler of Nashville, Tenn., and Mrs. Ed M. Polk of Corsicana.
By Mrs. Veno Turner
The Corsicana Music Teachers Association met in regular monthly session on Monday, Oct. 1st at Kinsloe House, with Mrs. R. L. Thigpin, Pres. In charge.
The late Miss Hazel Cobb of Dallas, former resident teacher in our city, was recognized as having given her life for the enrichment of music study in the early grades as well as in the advanced area. Scarcely a student of music is found who does not remember her, for her most interesting piano compositions-cheerful in nature; sometimes, even, quite exacting in performance.
May 31, 1886 - Apr 27, 1972
Miss Berta Cobb, 85, retired Dallas school teacher and aunt of Mrs. Ed M. Polk of Corsicana, died Thursday in Dallas where she had made her home for many years.
She was the daughter of the late Judge and Mrs. L. B. Cobb of Corsicana and had taught school at Corsicana High School for many years.
Graveside rites and burial were to be at 3 p.m. Friday at Oakwood cemetery with the Rev. Dennis Smart officiating. Corley is in charge of arrangements.
Miss Cobb is survived by one sister, Miss Hazel Cobb, Dallas, music teacher; three nieces, Mrs. Polk of Corsicana; Mrs. C. P. Hudson of Dallas and Mrs. William Pyott of Houston; and three nephews, Delmore Cobb and Lod Allison, both of Dallas, and Robert Cobb of Houston.
Graveside rites and burial were at 3 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery for Miss Berta Cobb, 85, retired Dallas school teacher and former longtime Corsicana resident and teacher here. She died Thursday. The Rev. Dennis Smart officiated.
Daughter of the late Judge and Mrs. L. B. Cobb of Corsicana, she is survived by one sister, Miss Hazel Cobb of Dallas, and six nephews and nieces, including Mrs. Ed M. Polk of Corsicana.
Jessy Handy Jr.
Feb 9, 1954 - Jul 15, 2016
Handy Jr., 62, of Navarro Mills, passed away Friday, July
15, 2016 at his home. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19 at Hubbard United Pentecostal Church with
Rev. Eugene Arnold and Pastor Alvin SoRelle officiating.
Interment will follow in
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, July
18 at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.
Jessy was born February 9, 1954 in Hillsboro to Jessy Burnas
Handy and Dorothy Jean (Boatwright) Handy. He was born in
Hillsboro and lived there and the surrounding areas all of
his life. Jessy worked for Branscome Tire Company from age
of fourteen and then worked 32 years at B&G tire as a tire
He was preceded in death by his father, Jessy Burnas Handy;
his paternal grandparents, Florencio Handy and Alberta Handy
and his maternal grandparents, Wylie Boatwright and Faye
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Jean (Boatwright)
Handy of Hillsboro; his wife, Rita Kay (Ghent) Handy of
Navarro Mills; son, Jessy Gilbert Handy and wife, Ann of
White Hall, Arkansas; daughter, Lisa Ann Hallford of
Franklin; step-children, Verita Weaver and husband, Marty of
Navarro Mills, Brenda Pruett and husband, David of Joshua,
Calvin Settlemyre of Navarro Mills and Melvin Settlemyre of
Whitney; six siblings, James “JB” Handy and wife Lupe of
Hillsboro, Glenda Balderas and husband Lucio of Hillsboro,
Henry Handy of Corsicana, Jerry Handy and wife Judy of
Hillsboro, David Handy and wife Donna of Hillsboro and Joyce
(Handy) Dyer of Hillsboro; 14 grandchildren, two
great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and other
extended family members and friends.
Pallbearers will be Chris Balderas, Marcus Balderas, Bubba
L. Handy, David J. Handy, Rosanna M. Handy, Jessy G. Handy.
Walter Alexander Stevenson
Nov 23, 1926 - Jan 29, 2016
A. Stevenson was born in Emhouse, Texas in 1926. He departed
this life on January 29, 2016.
Walter Stevenson grew up in Corsicana, Texas, and was part
of its rich history. He joined the Merchant Marines and
contributed to the great effort that resulted in the victory
of World War II. After his service in the Merchant Marines,
he joined the Army, and again served his country in the
Korean conflict. He transferred out of the Army and
completed his military service in the Air Force.
He married Patsy in 1952 and started a family. As many did,
he worked at the Cotton Mill and was part of the unique
fabric that comprised the well-known "Cotton Mill Block".
He served Corsicana as a fire fighter for many years,
assigned to the old No. 2 station on 13th Avenue. During his
years with the fire department, he was instrumental in the
formation of the Corsicana Firefighters Association Local
1550, of which he was a charter member. Walter moved his
family to Purdon, Texas in 1967. His children attended
Dawson Independent School, and he served as a truck driver
for Tom's Foods for over a decade.
He touched many lives and strove to be a humble servant of
the Lord. His family admired and respected him for his sense
of fairness, his steel resolve, and his common sense
approach to life. He had a wonderful sense of humor and God
blessed him with a fluid, graceful gift of the written word.
His family's love for him, and his love for them, is
The family would like to give special thanks to Brookdale
for their kind and caring generosity above and beyond their
call of duty. They greatly eased the family's burden during
a most difficult time.
He is preceded in death by father and mother, Watt and Dora
Stevenson of Corsicana, Tx; his sister, Jessie Mae Brown of
Corsicana, and grandsons, Jared Cook and Joel Brown.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Stevenson; children,
Darrell Stevenson and wife Marty, Eldora Stevenson, Walter
Stevenson III, Lenora Brown and husband Joey, Donna Fathman
and husband James, Laurie Sanders and husband Steve;
grandchildren Brad Nelms, Jason Brown, Bonnie Woodall,
Jordan Stevenson, Jessica Stevenson, Logan Hart, Dustin
Sanders, and Kayla Sanders. Great-grandchildren Paul
Parrish, Brayden Nelms, Mycah Beasley, Samuel Woodall,
William Woodall, Anna Woodall, and Jesse Baird. He is also
survived by a niece, Sylvia Hopper, and nephews Gary, Carl,
and Terry Arnold.
Graveside service was held Saturday, January 30, 2016 at
Patsy Marie (Woodward) Bunch
Sep 26, 1931 - Dec 7, 2015
Patsy Marie Woodward Bunch, 84, of Corsicana passed away on
December 7, 2015 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. She was
born on September 26, 1931 to parents, Fred and Marie
She has been a resident of Corsicana for 33 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry David Bunch;
twin daughters, Betty and Barbara Bunch; sons, Henry Doyle
Bunch and Michael Dennis Bunch; mother, Marie Woodward Lowe;
father, Fred Woodward; sisters, Anne Mae Lowe, Judy Lowe,
Darlene Giacona; brother, Robert Woodward.
She is survived by five grandchildren, Shane Bunch, Katie
Bunch, Nicole Bunch, Andrew Bunch and Danille Bunch; seven
great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Dolly Bunch; three
step-grandchildren; nine step great-grandchildren; two step
great-great-grandchildren; loving and caring friend of 60
years, Linda Hoffart; several nieces, nephews, cousins and
their families along with a host of many great friends.
Everyone will dearly miss her.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January
30, 2016 at Calvary Worship Center with Chaplain Denise
Plair officiating. Interment of her cremated remains will
follow at Oakwood Cemetery followed by a reception at 1820
W. Collin for a time of food and memories to tell and share.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, January 30, 2016
- Submitted by
- w/o Henry David Bunch; d/o Fredric Ralph "Fred"
Woodward & Dorothy Marie (Brown) Woodward
Marjorie Nell (Heifner) Mash
Dec 18, 1930 - Jan 22, 2016
Nell Heifner Mash of Corsicana passed away at the Twilight
Home on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at the age of 85. She was born
Dec. 18, 1930 to Lee Heifner and Naomi Norris Heifner.
graduated from Corsicana High School in 1948. Marjorie
married Jimmie Mash and followed him with Mobil Pipeline
across the State of Texas living in Pampa, Canadian, Fort
Worth, Snyder, Seminole, Denver City, Electra, Corsicana and
Deleon and eventually they settled in Corsicana. She was a
homemaker most of her life but did work for several years at
Corsicana High School in the cafeteria from 1975 - 1981. She
was involved with her family, going to sporting events, band
boosters and the Girl Scouts in Snyder.
Marjorie is preceded in death by her parents Lee and Naomi
Heifner, sister DeLene Heifner, husband Jimmie Mash, son
Toby Mash, son-in-law Doyle Lewis and granddaughter Natalie
She is survived by her two daughters Jane Lewis of Mabank
and Sonia Mash Vaughn of Corsicana; brother Jack Heifner of
New York, NY and daughter-in-law Reba Mash of Ennis. She is
also survived by her grandchildren; Amberlie Thomas, Toby
Mash II, Doug Lewis, Ginger Bartmess, Crystal Vaughn and
Michael Vaughn, as well as great-grandchildren; Grant Price,
Peyton Middleton, Nathan Bartmess, Elijah Bartmess, Derrick
Beard, LesLee Beard, Landon Vaughn and
step-great-grandchildren, Jagger Thomas and Zane Thomas.
Visitation with Marjorie's family will be Thursday evening
from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home in
Corsicana. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 29,
2016 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral
Home with Steve Orbison of North Beaton Church of Christ
officiating. Burial will follow at
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Janet Ann (Cacek) Jordan
Nov 9, 1959 - Jan 24, 2016
Ann Jordan, 56, passed away at home Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016
after a short illness. Janet was born on Nov. 9, 1959 in
Beatrice, Nebraska to Virgil D. and Saralee E. Cacek. She
moved to Maryville, Missouri as a child, and met the love of
her life James D. "Doug" Jordan there. They were married in
Maryville on Sept. 9, 1978.
Janet dedicated her life to her family foremost, and a long
career with Action Pawn of Corsicana where she served as the
manager for nearly 30 years. She will be remembered for her
selflessness and generosity, her great capacity for love and
understanding, and her strength in keeping everyone held
Janet is survived by her husband of 37 years, Doug Jordan,
and her children Jody L. Bentz, James E. and Sadie Jordan,
and Jeffery D. Jordan as well as her two grandchildren whom
she doted upon: Ryan and Annalee Bentz all of Corsicana. She
is also missed by her mother, Saralee Cacek of Maryville,
MO; siblings, John Cacek of Lewisville, Joyce and Mark
McKean of Georgetown, James "Jim" Cacek of Maryville and Jay
and Janet Cacek of Maryville; nephews Jason Cacek and Jacob
Cacek and niece Jennifer Cacek all of Maryville.
Janet is preceded in death by her father, Virgil Cacek and
her father and mother-in-law, Ralph C. and Marilyn Sue
Archer of Maryville, MO.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer
Society of Navarro County Unit, 1000 W Second Ave.,
Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Donna Gail (Farmer) Robinson-McPherson
Oct 23, 1959 - Feb 6, 2016
Donna G. Farmer McPherson, 56, passed away Feb. 6, 2016 in
Groesbeck. Graveside services will be held on Friday,
February 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at
Cemetery in Mildred, with Reverend Jack Ballard,
officiating. Family visitation will be held on Thursday
evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
She was born Oct. 23, 1959 in Corsicana, the only child of
Abb and Ila Farmer. She worked many years in retail and as a
caregiver for Cen-Tex A.R.C. in Mexia, before being forced
to retire due to health complications.
Donna married Jeffrey McPherson on Feb. 8, 1986 in
Corsicana. Together they enjoyed spending time with family
and friends, and spoiling their one and only grandchild,
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Donna is survived by her husband, Jeff, of Mexia; children,
Jonathan McPherson and wife, Lyndie, of Groesbeck, and Scott
Robinson and wife, Debbie, of Mexia; grandson, Nehemiah, and
many, many cousins.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation
to the staff of Providence Hospice and Groesbeck LTC for
their care and support and the many others in the community
for their prayers and support during Donna’s illness.
- Submitted by
- w/o Jeffrey Dean McPherson; d/o William Alvin Farmer &
Ilabel (Young) Farmer
Donna G. Farmer McPherson, 56, passed away Feb. 6, 2016.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday Feb. 11, 2016 at
Porter Funeral Home in Mexia. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m.
Friday, Feb.12, 2016 at
Providence Cemetery in Mildred.
Oct 23, 1941 - Feb 6, 2016
Harold Paul, 74 of Athens, died Saturday, February 6, 2016
at his residence.
Harold married Lillie Coker in 1959 and in their 12 years of
marriage they had 4 children. He later married Susie Steeley,
his current wife of
40 years and they had four children together.
Through out his life Harold held multiple positions in the
oil field, was a truck driver and part owner of Vacuum Truck
Service. To friends and family he was known as "Hack Saw" or
"Pop." Harold love to dance and listened to country music.
He was an avid baseball and football fan. He loved cooking
for his family and made the best ribs and brisket. He loved
playing golf and made a Hole In One at the age of 70 while
playing at the Cross Roads Golf Course. His son Joel was
with him and Harold joked that Joel was more excited about
the Hole In One than he was.
Harold is survived by his wife, Susie Steeley Paul of
Athens; five sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Kelly
Paul, Richard and Becky Paul, Josh and Stephanie Paul all of
Athens, Joel and Kenna Paul and Alon and Jessica Paul of
Corsicana; Three daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Jeff
McManus, Michelle and Tommy Salazar and Leslie Paul and Seth
Dunnaway all of Athens; three brothers and sisters-in-law,
Raymond and Pam Paul of Tyler, Arlin and Irma Paul of Rusk
and Terry and Donna Paul of Corsicana; two brothers, Marvin
Paul and Adron Paul both of Corsicana; two sisters and
brothers-in-law, Josephine and James Cox of Corsicana,
Virgie and Dwyane Paul of Palestine; three sisters, Ethyleen
Coker of Corsicana, Mary Jewel Sutterfield of Axtel and
Nellie Frances Massey of Arizona; 18 grandchildren; 23 great
grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death my his parents, Earnest and Mattie
Louise Thornsberry Paul; two grandsons, Steven Sherman and
John Baker; brother and sister-in-law, Ernest and Oma Lee
Paul; brother-in-law, Bobby Coker and sister, Dorothy Faye
The Paul family will receive visitation on Tuesday Feb. 9,
2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home.
Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10,
2016 at the Kerens First Baptist Church with Rev. Lynette
Burial will follow in the
Pallbearers are; Richard Dwyane Paul, Nathan Lee Paul, Alon
Dwyane Paul, Jay Martin, Dusty Perry and Terry Stout.
- Submitted by
- h/o Lillie (Coker) Paul and Susie (Steeley) Paul -s/o
Earnest Paul and Mattie Louise (Thornsberry) Paul
Lawrence Paul "Larry" Graham
Nov 8, 1945 - Feb 1, 2016
Lawrence Paul (Larry or "Screaming Eagle") passed away on
Feb. 1, 2016 at his home in Wortham. Funeral services were
held on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Mexia First
Assembly of God, with Reverend Bryan Hallmark officiating.
Interment followed at Wortham Cemetery. Visitation with the
family was held Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., at the
Larry was born on Nov. 8, 1945 in Corsicana, to Paul Graham
and Jay Weaver. He was a 1963 Graduate. He started driving a
truck at the age of 16, he went to Navarro College for a
year and then decided that truck driving would be his life.
He was drafted into the Vietnam War and while there, he
survived two explosions & received a purple heart. After
serving in the army, he returned to the love of his life,
driving a truck. Always being an owner/operator of his
trucks, he drove for 50 years pulling all forms of freight,
from frozen food to oilfield equipment. He started hauling
rock in 1961 & retired only when illness wouldn't allow him
to drive anymore.
He was a man who loved his ranch & fishing. He was always
dedicated to getting things done no matter how dark it got
and always said, "that's why we have lights".
He was always worried about others and their problems and
tried to help solve them. He'd tell you how to get things
done. If something needed to be lifted by hand he said "Come
here Hercules" because "theoretically" "Baby" it's not going
to take that long. When you were tired, worn out, and
exhausted and you let him know, he'd finish with "you can
rest when you're dead".
Larry was preceded in death by his son, Michael Graham;
parents, Paul Graham & Jay Weaver; son-in-law, Joe Daniell
and brother-in-law, Donnie Chasteen.
He was a great Poppa to his grandchildren & loving husband
to his wife. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Marie
Graham; daughters,Liz Bradley and husband, Bryan, Juanita
Chasteen and husband, Donald, Norma Graham, Sandra Gonzalez
& husband, Eliceo; sons, Ignacio Graham and wife, Carolina
and Eddie Graham and wife, Gisela, all of Wortham;
daughter-in-law, Denise Graham of Axtell; mother, Gloria
Graham of Hubbard; sisters, Linda Chasteen and Kenneth
Hawkins of Hubbard and Allison Tindall and husband, Roger of
Bedford; brother, Lacey Jordan of Dawson; grandchildren,
Lindsey, Ben and Jenah Bradley, Kristina Graham and fiance,
Cody Neal, Rickey, Michael, Mindy, Christopher and Nathan
Chasteen, Jullian Graham, Anthony, Joseph Estrada and Sophia
Ruiz, Eden Graham, Ashley Gonzalez, and numerous nieces and
Ignacio Graham, Eddie Graham, Bryan Bradley, Donald Chasteen,
Eliceo Gonzalez and Cody Neal served as pallbearers.
Some Say that he is "The toughest and hardest working man I
Porter Funeral Home
Frank Houston Warfield, Jr.
Aug 25, 1931 - Feb 14, 2016
Houston Warfield, Jr., 84, of Round Rock, died Feb. 14, 2016
following a lengthy illness. Frank was born Aug. 25 1931 in
Corsicana to Frank H. and Kathryn (Sitton) Warfield, Sr.
Frank attended Corsicana High School where he excelled in
many sports including football and baseball, and Navarro
Junior College, where he was part of the Barracks Bunch and
North Texas State.
He served in the U.S. Army during the
Korean War, attaining
rank of Corporal; followed by a long career in credit
management and banking, which began at the State National
Bank in Corsicana. Frank Relocated to Austin in 1967
where he served as Credit Manager of the Austin
American-Statesman newspaper for 30 years, until his
retirement in 1996.
Frank loved hunting, fishing, camping, target shooting and
watching sporting events.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara Warfield;
daughter Stephanie Salles and her husband Chris of Houston,
and son Bryan Warfield of Plano, and numerous cousins.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 in
the Corley Funeral Home Chapel, Corsicana with a Graveside
Service Thursday, Feb.18, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Dr. Danny Reeves
Nov 25, 1899 - May 9, 1923
HUGHES-MCKIE WELL STILL BURNING—FOURTEEN KNOWN DEAD
THOUSANDS VISITED LOCATION OF GURNING WELL—CROWDS THRONGED THROUGH
MORGUE VIEWING BODIES
Like an active volcano in eruption, belching forth terrific flames
of burning fire constantly fed by the constant flow of oil and gas,
the Hughes-McKie well in holocaust which has cost at least 14 men
their lives, continues to gush forth its awful blaze at 3 o’clock
For twenty-four solid hours flames ranging from 30 feet to 150 feet
have leaped high in the air in its spectacular capers. Red streaks
of flame ascend as from a mighty nozzle, and disappear in the form
of huge black clouds of smoke, which drift with the wind in a
The wind switched from the southward during the night and the mighty
smokestack releases its flow in the direction of Powell, leaving
darkened elements in its wake.
Thousands hurried frantically to the fields during last night to
witness the spectacular fire-works.
The well being situated on the east bank of the creek is surrounded
by tall timber. A rough one-way traffic road forming a winding snake
trail for two miles is the only means of vehicle access to the
scene. The roads were choked with vehicle traffic within a short
time after the fire started. This kept up all night.
The well has been fenced off and traffic barred on the narrow road
to give the men full right of way in getting boilers to the
Every company owning equipment in the Powell fields has tendered the
use of all available boilers and other equipment to extinguish the
Men are working like Trojans to get the equipment in place. It will
be necessary to use fire foam and steam from a dozen boilers.
The burned bodies of at least six men remain in the fire zone
according to DeWitt Watkins, who is working at the well today. He
stated to a reporter of the Sun this morning that five bodies could
be seen near the well, and there was another one missing. He also
stated he believed that one or two spectators perished.
Jim Ball foreman in charge of the work believes the final death toll
will reach 18.
Mr. Hughes accompanied by J. S. Banks, his attorney, are at the well
this afternoon checking up on the number of dead and missing.
Hundreds of spectators thronged in and out and lingered about the
Sutherland Undertaking establishment all day Thursday eager to catch
a glimpse of the charred bodies of a number of the working crew
which perished in the big blaze Wednesday afternoon when the Hughes-McKie
No. 1 well ignited.
Five of the bodies, charred and disfigured by the flames almost
beyond recognition, were brought to the morgue early last night.
They have been identified as follows:
W.A. PHILLIPS, Kerens.
W. A. HICKS, Wortham.
JACK COOPER, Corsicana.
FRED CRAIG, Roane.
L. P. SHEEK, Dallas.
The bodies of Travis Owen and Emmett Bird, both of Kerens, were
brought from the Physicians and Surgeons hospital later in the
night, Owen died at 7 o’clock and Bird died at 11:05 o’clock. These
two men were dragged from the fire zone and hurried to Corsicana.
Each lived only a few hours.
C. B. Keever, J. E. Keever, J. R. Ferris and Jesse Blair from the
Keever Undertaking company at Ennis arrived early last night to
assist in preparing the bodies for burial.
The bodies of S. P. Allen, field foreman; E. C. Cooper, driller;
James Phillips, L. C. Coop, M. O. Turner, have not been recovered.
Max Meisner and Charlie Walker are believed to have perished. The
charred remains of four can be seen near the well. They cannot be
recovered on account of the intensity of the heat.
Funerals This Afternoon.
Funerals for four of the victims of yesterday’s terrible oil field
holocaust took place this afternoon. The bodies of W. A. (Ban)
Phillips and Travis Owen were taken to Rural Shade were both were
raised; Emmett Byrd was interred in Eureka, his former home, and
Fred Craig was laid to rest at Chatfield, which was his childhood
The ladies of Corsicana and the Chamber of Commerce covered each of
the caskets with magnificent flowers.
The remains of L. C. Sheek were sent to Dallas this afternoon and
the body of W. A. Hicks will be sent to Wortham tomorrow.
The roustabout crew of 20 men working in the vicinity of the well
escaped. Several teamsters and tank men were passing in and about
the premises and rushed to the aid of the burning men, but the blaze
had swept the bottom before they could be reached.
A negro teamster succeeded in loosening his team from the material
wagon and escaped with them. The wagon and its contents were
The scene about the well presented a sad and tragic spectacle when
the monstrous explosion came. Both the day and the night crew
consisting of twelve men had just started work a short while before.
Several bystanders near the well escaped with their lives by
running. It is believed that more dead bodies are in the burned area
in addition to the known dead.
Men ran in every direction in a frenzy and fell when overcome.
Jimmy Meeks, oil field scout for the Humble Oil & Refining Company;
E. W. Quinlin, scout for the Simms Oil Company; Ellis Hammel,
drilling contractor; and DeWitt Watkins, members of the roustabout
crew, did heroic work in attempting to save the men from their awful
Heroic Rescue Work.
Bravely defying all danger at the risk of their own lives rushed
headlong to the burning prostrate forms of the groaning men in death
agonies in answer to their piteous cries for help and succeeded in
bringing them out. The men breathed their last as they were being
carried out of the gas, smoke and fire.
Jim Ball escaped with B. B. Simmonds, N. M. Dunman and Dick Pyle. As
they made their exit from the timber, Ball turned back to assist
Owen. He succeeded in getting him into the open but too late to save
his life. Charlie Lewis of Corsicana ran to the assistance of Bird.
Piteous cries for water went up from the two dying men as the
ambulance brought them to the hospital.
Meeks, Quinlan, Hammel and Watkins returned towards the well for the
other perishing men, but were unable to reach them. Their bodies had
been practically reduced to ashes in the blaze which had gained
headway. Waste oil in the bottom covering almost an acre upon which
large trees saturated with oil had become enveloped in the frenzied
Quinlan is a world war hero. A native of New York State, he served
in the French Army during the early days of the war. Later he served
with the Canadian forces.
Quinlan is the possessor of several war medals. He was awarded the
Medalto Militaire; the Croix Guerre, and while in the British he
service he was the first American to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
He received several hard jolts in the war, in the rescue work
Wednesday the fumes and smoke temporarily almost overcame him.
Phone Girls Busy.
Shortly after three o’clock a man called the Johnson Drug Store from
the Commercial Hotel and communicated the first news that reached
Corsicana of the terrible disaster. The caller at the same time told
Miss Valsey Hubbard, the operator, that he wanted every doctor
available to go to the scene of the McKie well. The call was
immediately referred to the chief operator. She rang the Corsicana
Surgical and Medical clinic and asked that the doctors be sent. The
hospital and every drug store in town were called to assist in every
possible way. The undertaking parlors soon dispatched ambulances
toward the fire. Emergency telephone calls from Powell, Kerens and
Corsicana came pouring into the central office running as high as
2,400 calls per hour.
Frantic calls from various individuals were made in effort to locate
the families of the dead and injured men.
Public memorial services will be held at the gospel tent at 7:45
o’clock Friday evening under the auspices of the Chamber of
Commerce. Rev. Alonzo Monk, Jr., will withhold his regular revival
services until after the memorial ceremonies.
The Chamber of Commerce today sent floral offerings to the families
of the deceased. A suitable medal will be provided for the family of
each man by the commercial organization in commemoration of their
brave efforts towards the development of the oil resources of the
Among the members of the roustabout crew escaping are L. W. Wilkitz,
E. W. Arnett, Whyne Short, J. W. Crosby, Jas. A. McDaniels, J. A.
Story, Jim Ball, Ned Dumas, and Johnnie Kennon. The names of the
other men have not been learned.
These men had been gathered up from various leases in the Mexia
district and brought to assist in taking care of the well. The
working record and the names of the men were in Mr. Allen’s pocket,
and none of the surviving members are able to give the names of all
Superintendent Walker of the city schools of Henrietta, and wife,
father and mother of Mrs. S. P. Allen, and father of Charlie Walker,
arrived in Corsicana early today.
Station Agent Wyatt and daughters of Plano, friends of the Walker
family are also here.
Mr. Allen’s mother, and Miss Walker of Denton are also here. Miss
Walker is a teacher in the Denton College of Industrial Arts. She is
a sister of Mrs. Allen.
MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR MEN WHO LOST LIVES IN OIL FIRE
Memorial services in honor of the oil field workers who lost their
lived in the big blaze at the Hughes-McKie well Wednesday will be
held at the gospel tent, Eleventh street and Seventh avenue at 7:45
o’clock Friday evening.
The ceremonies will be conducted under the auspices of the Chamber
of Commerce. Mayor J. S. Eubank and members of the city
administration, presidents of the Rotary, Lions, Civic, Advertising
clubs, the Retail Merchants’ Association will occupy a place on the
Every minister in town will take part in the program.
The ministers will conduct a prayer service. Hugh L. Hiett will
Hon. Luther A. Johnson will make the address of condolence. Other
speakers will take part.
FUNERAL SUNDAY FOR REMAINING OIL FIRE VICTIMS
MEN WHO LOST LIVES IN BIG OIL FIELD FIRE WILL BE BURIED HERE
Funeral services for S. P. Allen, Charles Walker, Jim Phillips, C.
M. Cooper, E. C. Cooper and L. C. Cook, fire victims of the burning
Hughes-McKie oil well, will be held at the First Methodist Church at
2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon, according to announcement made today
by W. S. Banks, attorney for the J. K. Hughes Development Company.
Rev. Alonzo Monk, Jr., pastor of the church assisted by Rev. C. G.
Vineer, pastor of the Church of Christ, will conduct the services.
The remains of the six bodies will be interred in one casket in a
specially provided lot in Oakwood cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Hon. Luther A. Johnson, Mayor J. S.
Eubank, R. J. Jackson, Sam J. Jackson, John C. Calhoun, R. J.
Graves, J. L. Halbert and W. H. Hastings.
The smouldering remains of the six men were recovered from the fire
area of the ill-fated Hughes-McKie well several days after it caught
fire May 9. They have been held at the Sutherland Undertaking
Parlors pending the possible recovery of another body believed to
have been undiscovered in the debris.
Seven of the perish crew were recovered from the fire shortly after
the blaze started. Each were positively identified, and have been
Mr. Banks stated today that the six remaining bodies had been
sufficiently identified as to justify giving out the name of each.
He stated the official casualty list of the J. K. Hughes Development
company places the number of known dead and accounted for at 13. The
list is as follows:
S. P. Allen, L. C. Cook, M. O. Turner, Charles Walker, Travis Owens,
W. M. (Ban) Phillips, Jim Phillips, L. P. Sheek, W. A. Hicks, C. M.
(Jack) Cooper, E. C. Cooper, Emmett G. Byrd, and Fred E. Craig.
One report carried the name of Max Meisner as among the dead and
missing. Mr. Banks stated today that communication had been
established with Mr. Meisner, and the Hughes company is certain he
escaped injury. The company had the fire area thoroughly scorched by
men clad in asbestos clothing, and no other body was found. Mr.
Banks stated the company feels certain that the bodies of all men
who perished in the fire has been found.
The J. K. Hughes Development Company has planned to erect a suitable
monument over the grave of the six men to be buried in Oakwood
cemetery in remembrance of the total number of its employees losing
their lives in the big fire.
A change of plans for extinguishing the fire at the burning well
late yesterday appears to have been extended the time before the
blaze is stopped. W. H. McClintock has assembled a rig of his own
making and patent, which he is confident will put out the fire when
brought into play, but so far the apparatus has not been applied.
Work was suspended at the well at 5 o’clock Friday, and nothing was
done during the night. A different apparatus containing a T-joint
and valve gear model has been completed, and efforts are being
directed towards apply it before the McClintock machine is used.
Rain last night rendered the creek bottoms and the roads leading to
the field in a very muddy condition. Transportation out from town
was slow early today, which operated to cause some delay in getting
work under way Saturday morning.
Although the roads were very slippery, teams and heavy trucks were
on the road with tons of materials for the various new locations for
A meeting of the stockholders of the Cor-Tex Deep Well Company was
held at the well just south of town at 3 o’clock this afternoon.
Plans for resuming operations at the test were thoroughly gone over.
Several interested individuals attended the meeting and reports are
that much enthusiasm is evidenced over the proposed new operations
The test south of Blooming Grove to be put down by Dr. Stubbs and
Dunbar spudded in at 4 o’clock. Several went out from Corsicana to
see the bit take its first plunge into the surface. A local
photographer was present to take a view of the rig and the crowds
assembled to see the new test stared.
HUGHES-M’KIE GUSHER IS MASS OF FLAMES THIS AFTERNOON
AMBULANCE AND DOCTORS RUSHED TO SCENE; INJURED PLACED IN LOCAL
A spark from a hammer or a rock as the control valve was being
changed this afternoon at the Hughes-McKie gusher ignited the oil
and gas from the monster producer and caused ten or twelve lives to
be snuffed out with the twinkling of an eye.
Twelve are known dead in the big blaze at the Hughes-McKie well, and
the number may reach 25 when the final check of the dead are made.
The bodies of five men had been recovered at 5:00 o’clock this
afternoon. Two other charred bodies had been located near the well,
but could not be reached so intense is the heat from the blaze.
Five other men belonging to the same crew are positively unaccounted
vor. A roustabout crew of 20 men which came from Mexia this morning
has not been accounted for. The crew was working in the near
vicinity of the well when it caught fire.
At present the death list is as follows:
L. C. Cook, M. O. Turner, S. P. Allen, ___________Hicks, Jack
Cooper, Fred Craig, L. P. Sheek, Dan Phillips, Jim Phillips, E. C.
Cooper. Two other men the names of which have not yet been learned
are said by the survivors of the crew to be still in the fire.
Those recovered are so badly charred that identification is
Mr. Simmonds, who was on the derrick floor with the crew, escaped by
running. His clothing not being oil soaked did not ignite. A fifteen
year old boy escaped with him.
Emmet Bird of Corsicana, and Travis Owen of Kerens, are the injured
men brought to the hospital here. Bird stated to a Sun reporter that
there were between eight and ten on the derrick floor at the time of
the fire and that he thought he and Owen were the only two who
escaped. Others say that at least twelve were killed. At the present
there is no way of getting a complete list of the dead as the
officials of the Hughes Company will have to make a check of the men
working. This is being done now. One man stated that the remains of
the dead men were where they fell when the blast occurred and as the
well was still burning it would be impossible for some time to
The fire started about three o’clock while hundreds were in the
vicinity of the well and it is almost a miracle that more were not
killed. A number of automobiles near the well are said to have been
destroyed by the fire.
Word of the tragedy was phoned to Corsicana with urgent calls that
all available doctors, medical supplies and ambulances be rushed to
the scene. The dead and injured were brought to Corsicana. The
injured were placed in the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital.
According to an eye witness the crew was on the derrick floor
changing the control head when suddenly there was a flash of fire
followed by two other flashes, the fire shooting over 100 feet in
the air. In a second everything within several hundred feet of the
well was on fire. All the trees and shrubbery around the well were
saturated with oil and the ground was quickly burned clear. A great
pool of oil near the well also burned quickly. The well continued to
burn and is now flowing wide open with the flames darting high into
Officials of the Hughes Development Company are already on the
ground and steps to extinguish the flames are now under way.
Great thick clouds of ink black smoke, belched forth as the high
gravity oil was consumed by the flames. For miles around the
location the heavy smoke clouds enveloped the countryside leaving
the appearance that a menacing storm-cloud had suddenly descended
which was so thick that the rays of the sun could hardly penetrate
The cloud of smoke approached Corsicana from the southeast and as it
slowly advanced upon the city excited phone calls started to reach
the Sun office inquiring the cause. Thousands of Corsicana people
climbed high points in the city watching the great cloud as it
spread fan-like over the heavens while hundreds of others left for
the scene of the conflagration.
The advance of this great big monster of smoke seemed to those who
watched at a distance if they were charmed by some unknown power.
RECOVER FOUR ADDITIONAL BODIES
RESCUER CLOTHED IN SUIT OF ASBESTOS DEFIES FLAMES BURNING WELL TO
Four additional bodies had been recovered from the big fire at the
Hughes-McKie well at 3:30 o’clock Saturday. The bodies were brought
from the fire zone by K. T. Kinley of Tulsa.
Mr. Kinley experienced oil field fire fighter, arrived in Corsicana,
Friday. Clad in a suit of asbestos cloth lined with heavy duck, Mr.
Kinley went within 20 feet of the burning crater, picked up the
smoldering remains of one body and brought it out. It was wrapped in
canvas cloth and brought to the Southerland Undertaking Parlors
about 10 o’clock last night, in the roadster car of the Texas
Railroad Commission by C. O. Rison, petroleum mechanical engineer.
All that remains of this body is a portion of the trunk and head.
The legs and arms are gone. There is no means of identification
other than a possible chance by the teeth in the half burned away
skull. A dentist is making an examination of the teeth with the
slight hope of being able to identify the man.
Shortly after noon Saturday Mr. Kinley donned his fireproof clothing
and waded in to the fury and succeeded in bringing out three more of
the smoldering forms.
One of them is believed to be that of S. P. Allen, field
superintendent. The watch taken from the crispy remains of the
charred form which had been lying roasting in the inferno for 72
hours, is almost identified as Allen’s. The timepiece had stopped at
2:55 o’clock, the hour of the big explosion. The other three bodies
have not been identified.
This brings the total of dead bodies so far recovered up to eleven.
E. F. Edward of Mexia, employe of the Hughes Company and J. C.
Richardson of Corsicana, assisted in recovering and bringing the
body to town that was found Friday night.
Mr. Kinley is now attempting to bring out other bodies which he had
located in getting out the three recovered today.
N. B. Turner, W. J. Idom and J. Knox Huff, all of Noris, Miss., are
in Corsicana making an effort to find the body of M. O. Turner which
was recovered the day of the blaze. N. B. Turner is the father of
the missing man.
According to information from Powell today Max Meisner, who has been
reported on the list of dead is alive. It is reported from Powell
that his father talked with the reported missing son over the
telephone Saturday. Max Meisner is said to be working on a water
well near Dallas. This would leave the total of known dead at 13.
Various and sundry rumors have been afloat that women and children
by-standers perished in the fire, and that bodies of men had been
found in a partly burned condition in and about the area of the
Mr. Rison of the Railroad Commission stated to newspaper men today
that those reports are without foundation and untrue. He and
officials of the J. K. Hughes Development company stated that the
lives of no persons had been lost, except those previously reported,
which were all employees of the company.
W. H. McClintock, experienced fire-fighter, who extinguished the
Burton gusher which caught fire in the Smackover field, visited the
well this morning in an advisory capacity with Hughes company
officials. He expressed the opinion that the blaze could be
extinguished with comparatively little trouble. He stressed the
matter of preliminary preparation by destroying all stray fire in
the area of the well to be able to keep it out once the big torch is
Mr. Hughes stated this morning that he thought connections would be
completed so that the water can be turned on tonight. He said the
flow of water would be continuous for at least twelve hours. This
will cool the ground about the heated crater and extinguish lurking
sparks and smoldering blazes.
The twelve steam boilers are arranged like heavy artillery
preparatory to putting over a big barrage into No Man’s Land. Three
big high-pressure pumps are growing running water from the creek
into the several pipes.
With the ground clear of all waste fire and submerged with water to
keep it cool, steam from three four-inch pipes will be trained on
the crater simultaneously from three sides. The action of the steam
is calculated to eliminate the oxygen.
Sheriff Walter Hayes took the situation in charge for police
purposes today. The snakey trail road leading into the jungle has
been closed to all cars and sightseers. Mr. Hayes has an officer
station at several different places along the road to keep back the
The wind whipped to the north today, forcing the big volume of black
smoke towards the south.
New derricks are under construction where several offsets will be
drilled to the McKie Well. Teams are on the road bearing lumber and
machinery to the various drilling sites.
Work of drilling out the cement plug in the Mitchell-Jones-Atlantic
well started today. Drilling goes ahead at the Walsh test at a depth
of 1,000 feet. Work also continues at the Trapshooter and the
Petroleum Producers’ Association well. A number of additional new
locations are said to have been made within the last 24 hours, but
no definite information can be learned concerning them as yet.
ANOTHER BODY RECOVERED NEAR BURNING OIL WELL
POSSIBILITY OF TWO OTHER BODIES BEING NEAR FIRE
EXPECT TO TURN STEAM ON FIRE LATE TONIGHT OR EARLY TUESDAY
Another body has been rescued from the burning area of the Hughes-McKie
oil well, 10 miles southeast of here, bringing the total number of
the dead accounted for in the big blaze which started last
Wednesday, up to 12. It is said at least one, and possibly two more
bodies are yet to be brought out.
At 11 o’clock Monday morning K. T. Kinley, for the fifth time defied
the heated flames of the gigantic blow torch and walked within a few
feet of it and picked up what is left of one of the dead men. Only
the skull, the shoulder blades, parts of the ribs and arm bones
remains. The body was picked up almost at the edge of the derrick
floor between the engine and the water pump. The only means of
identification of the body is by personal trinkets, and overall
buttons. Dick, Claunch, member of the night drilling crew, declared
he believed the body to be that of M. O. Turner.
Kinley in going near the flames dons a full suit of asbestos cloth
consisting of heavy lined overalls, coat, gloves, hood with mica
windows for seeing, and perforated air inlets and boots.
The body recovered this morning was brought to the Sutherland
Undertaking Parlors, where it is held pending possible
Several crews of men grimy with smoke, heat and perspiration
continue to work like Trojans in digging out drain ditches and
laying steam pipes into the near vicinity of the blaze. Twelve big
high pressure boilers are under steam, and men are testing out the
fittings and machinery. Three high pressure pumps are going at full
blast pumping water from Chambers creek only a few yards away.
Fire hose loaned by the Corsicana Fire Department, was brought into
use Sunday and the ground about the flaming well was flooded. Steam
constantly arises from the water as it comes in contact with the
It was stated at the well today that it would not be possible to get
the steam turned on before Tuesday morning, although some hope was
expressed that might be done tonight.
In digging trenches into the burning zone men are protected by a
dozen others bearing shields of corrugated iron, dampened by the
water flow of the fire hose from the rear. Men Handling the hose are
also protected with an iron shield held by trusty fellow-workmen.
Thousands of automobiles from various sections of the state flocked
to the scene of the conflagration during Sunday. A danger zone was
established and deputies of the sheriff’s department succeeded in
keeping back the curious crowds. No one except employes of the
Hughes company interested oil men and accredited newspaper men were
allowed to approach nearer than 500 yards of the well.
The spirit of the oil industry is typified by the hurrying workmen
erecting new derricks almost within the shadow of the burning flame.
A new derrick of C. L. Witherspoon, an off-set to the McKie was
completed Sunday. The Sun Oil company’s derrick, west of the creek
is also complete. One has been completed by the U. S. Tex Company,
and another is going up. The Gulf Production Company’s new derrick
is under construction today, and the Humphreys interests are
erecting three new ones. One is on the Fair tract, one on the McKie
and one on the Kent. The McMann Oil Company is also putting up two
new derricks. Heavy traffic on the roads has continued every day
since the McKie well came in. Lumber, machinery, boilers and every
kind of equipment known to the oil field development has been
transported to the various locations by the several big companies
getting ready to drill.