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NAME CITY OF DEATH DATE PUBLISHED SOURCE
ACHFELT, Gerhard Happy, Texas 2 October 1931 The Happy Herald, Happy, Texas
Gerhard Achfelt, 32, succumbed to a snake bite while alone in his field Tuesday morning. Mr. Achfelt had left his home early in the morning to do some work in the field, and his wife, returning to her home late in the evening, found that the noon-day meal she had prepared for him was untouched. She summoned neighbors, who began a search. About 7 p.m. the body was found between the place where he had been working and the house. Indications were that he had made an effort to reach the house, after being bitten on the leg by a poisonous snake. The ground where the body was found showed that he had evidently died a very painful death. His leg had been bound by binder twine above the wound, but this did not prevent the spreading of the poison, as doctors say the would was in a main artery, causing the rapid spread ofthe poison. Achfelt, who had been in this country only about three years, coming ~om Germany, was married, and his wife and one baby girl survive him. He was a son-in-law of Ludwig Irlbeck, who lives southeast of Happy. His home was located four miles south of Happy. Funeral services were held at 9 o’clock Thursday morning, and interment made in the Nazareth Catholic Cemetety.
ADAMS, Calvin Amarillo, Texas 19 December 1930 The Happy Herald, Happy, Texas
Calvin Adams was rushed to the Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo after an auto accident 2 miles west of Canyon Saturday afternoon about 3:45, where he died about 8 o’clock Saturday night………
ADAMS, Daniel Livingtone Wayside, Texas 12 February 1953 The Tulia Herald, Tulia, Texas
Daniel Livingstone Adams, 82 years old, resident of Wayside the past 45 years, died unexpectedly at the family home late Sunday morning. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Wayside Community Church. Rev Merle Weathers, Baptist pastor, officiated. Burial was in Wayside Cemetery. Mr. Adams was born near Cleburne September 15, 1870. He and his brother-in-law, J. W. McCrearey of Canyon, and their families together came to this area from Hiawatha, Kansas in 1909. Mr. Adams was a member of the Wayside Baptist Church and had been active in church and civic programs until failing health compelled him to retire some years ago. He had been engaged in farming at Wayside. Survivors in include the wife, MRS. AMANDA ADAMS; three sons, Floyd B., Robert and Rolland all of Wayside; two brothers, Alvin Adams of Hillsboro, OR, and James H Adams of Inola, OK; 14 grandchildren and three great grandsons.
ADAMS, R N Tulia, Texas 10 June 1948 The Tulia Herald, Tulia, Texas
R N Adams, wheat farmer and rancher, who had lived in Swisher County since 1898 died today. He was 87 years old. Mr. Adams was born in North Carolina and lived a short time in Jones County before moving here. He is survived by three sons, Avory Adams, Kress; Gales Adams, Plainview; Richard Adams, Sunray; one daughter, Mrs. Elmer McClung, Tulia. Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian Church by Rev. John R Sharp, Canyon, assisted by Rev. J. L. Aldridge. Pallbearers will be Pat Hill, Jim Ford, Dick O’Daniel O. Milner, RH. Gayler, A A. Vaughn, RE. Wheeler and A. D. Parker.
ADCOCK, Mary Joe Canyon, Texas 25 May 1939 The Happy Herald, Happy, Texas
Mary Joe Adcock, infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. H. C. Adcock of the Ralph community, died Tuesday at the Neblett Hospital in Canyon. Rev. R R. Gilbreath, pastor of the Happy Methodist Church, conducted the services at the Thompson Funeral Chapel in Canyon at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon in the presence of the family and friends, after which interment was in Dreamland Cemetery at Canyon. One little sister, Nancy Lois, and the parents, are the immediate survivors.
ADKISSON, David D Tulia, Texas 28 Jan 1954 The Tulia Herald
David D. Adkisson, 71 years old, Swisher County farmer for the past 35 yrs., died in Swisher County Hospital Friday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Tulia First Baptist Church with Rev. W. Neil Record, pastor, officiating. Mr.Adkisson was born May 30, 1882 and came to Swisher County in 1919. His farm was northwest of Tulia. He was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. J. O. Adkisson. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetety under the direction of Wallace Funeral Home. Nephews were pallbearers. Survivors include his wife, one daughter by a previous marriage, Mrs. Tabitha Settle of Grand Junction, CO; two grandsons, one sister, Mrs. Biffie Browder of Mineral Wells; one brother, G B. Adkisson of Abernathy; and several nieces and nephews.
AIKMAN, Lee H. Hereford, Texas 30 Nov 1939 The Happy Herald
Funeral services for Lee H. Aikman, 70, a Hereford resident for 16 years, were held from the Methodist Church in that city at 2:30 Monday afternoon with Rev. Marvin B. Norwood in charge. Burial was in West Park Cemetery. Mr. Aikman died early Sunday morning after an illness oftwo weeks. He is survived by a son R L. Aikman of Olton; a ‘ daughter, Miss Ela Aikman, teacher in Hereford schools; a brother, La Aikman, Los Gates, Ck. Mr. Aikman was born at Pinhook , TN January 11, 1869. He came to Texas in 1885 and to Hereford in 1923. He married MATILDA PETERS in 1896. Friends from Happy attending the funeral were H. E. Toles, Sam LaRoe, Homer T. LaRoe, Mr. & Mrs. Babe Walberg and Mr. & Mrs. Roger Shook.
AKERS, Margaret Louise Amarillo, Texas 4 October 1934 The Happy Herald
The entire citizenship of Happy was grieved on last Saturday night and Sunday when the news went out that little Margaret Louise Akers, the three year old daughter of Rev and Mrs. H. C. Akers had passed away Saturday night at 9 o’clock in an Amarillo hospital. Funeral services were held ~om the Presbyterian Church Monday morning at 11 o’clock with Rev. R k Partlow of Sherman, a friend of the family and former pastor of the local church in charge. The little body was laid to rest in the local cemetery under the direction of Griggs-Thompson of Canyon.
AKINS, Elveta Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 12 February 1932 The Happy Herald
The funeral of Mrs. Elveta Akins, 17, was held Monday aftemoon at Wayside. Services were conducted by Rev. T. C. Sumrall, assisted by Rev. John O. Scott and interment was made in the Wayside Cemetery. Mrs. Akins was the daughter ofMr. & Mrs. C. U. Jackson ofVigo Park and leaves a brother, grandmother, two aunts, and her husband, SAM AKINS, and one uncle. She passed away on last Sunday, February 7 at Oklahoma City, and the body was shipped here. The deceased was a member of the Canyon Baptist Church.
ALEXANDER, E. E. Lubbock, Texas I January 19~3 The Tulia Herald
E. E. Alexander, 67 years old, of Route 1, Tulia died in a Lubbock hospital Tuesday afternoon following a two week illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday in the First Methodist Church, Tulia, with Rev. J. O. Quattlebaum pastor presiding. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Mr.Alexander was born August 18, 1885 at Poteau, OK. He came to Swisher County in 1948 and was a retired farmer. Survivors include his widow, two sons, O. F. Tulia; and Paul of Cache, OK; two daughters, Mrs. Flora Tompkins, Madras, OR; and Mrs. Norma Lois Johnson, Eunice, NM; two sisters, Mrs. M. E. Hall, Elk City, OK; and brothers J. W. of Galveston, O. R., Eunice and D. D. and B. J. both of Frederick, OK and three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
ALLEN, Joe A Denver, Colorado 30 October 1931 The Happy Herald
Joe K Allen, resident of Happy, died in Denver, CO Wednesday of accidental asphyxiation, according to a telegram received here by the family late Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist Church this evening at 3:30, with Rev. H. C. Smith conducting the services. The deceased is survived by his widow of Happy and six children, three sons and three daughters. They are: Hugh Alien, Santa Fe employee ofHappy, Roy C. Alien, Frisco employee, Monette, MO; Garrett Alien, ranch employee, Hachita, NM; Mrs. Floyd Swearingen, Callie Alien, and Elvira Alien, all of Happy. He is also survived by his mother Mrs. W. H. Alien, three brothers and a sister. They are: G. T. Alien and A. T. Alien of Gainsville and Dillard Alien of Cincinnati, OH. (Sister not named)
ALLEN, Libbie Rose Amarillo, Texas Unknown Unknown
Funeral services honoring the memory of Mrs. Libbie Rose Alien, a former resident of Happy, were conducted at the Methodist Church Thursday afternoon at 3:00. Mrs. Allen, who moved from Happy to Amarillo five years ago, died September 30 at 9:15 p.m. at an Amarillo hospital where she was taken when she became seriously ill about ten days ago. The family home was at 622 West 9th Ave. She was a member of the Methodist church. Mrs. Allen is survived by three sons, Hugh E. Allen of Amarillo; Roy C. Allen of Monette, MO; Garrett W. Allen of Hachita, NM; three daughters, Mrs. Floyd……(need rest of obit)
AMISH, Adam Iowa City, Iowa 14 October 1927 The Happy Herald
Early Monday morning shortly after the midnight hour, death claimed Adam Amish, 62, victim of malaria and heart failure. Mr. Amish, at the time of his death, was visiting in the home of J. N. Duff, an old friend. His home was in Iowa City, Iowa, which he and his wife left only a short time ago. He was in perfect health when he left and only began to feel sick while en route here. When he became so ill last week, his two sons were sent for and they were here at the time of the death of their father. The body was shipped Tuesday, back to his old home, Iowa City, for burial. Mrs Amish and her sons accompanied the body. S. S. Williams Undertaking was in charge. The Happy Herald, 14 October 1927.
ANSLEY, Henry Tulia, Texas 18 Aug 1932 The Happy Herald
Henry Ansley, 36 Amarillo newspaperman and author of “I Like the Depression” died Saturday of injuries suffered in an auto accident near Tulia shortly after midnight. Ansley spent his youth with his parents in various towns of the Panhandle plains. He attended Wayland College at Plainview. He engaged in the cattle business later and at the time of his death was planning another book.  Eleven years ago he entered the newspaper profession, associating himself with Gene Howe and Wilbur C. Hawk, owners of the Amarillo Globe and News. Recently he served as managing editor of the El Paso Herald for several years. He returned to the Amarillo papers when the Herald was sold a year and a half ago.  An ambulance carried Ansley to Amarillo from Tulia. He is survived by his wife, MRS. MARIE ANSLEY; his parents Mr.and Mrs. B. T. Ansley; five brothers, Paul, Ben Forrest, Horace and Thad; and one sister Mary, all of Amarillo.  Funeral services were held at the Amarillo Central Presbyterian Church at 2:30 Monday afternoon with Bishop E. Cecil Seaman of the Episcopal Church in charge assisted by Dr. Thomsen of the Central Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Llano Cemetery.  The Happy Herald, 18 August 1932.
ARMSTRONG, H W Happy, Texas 2 February 1933 The Happy Herald, Happy, Texas
H. W. Armstrong, pioneer Swisher County farmer, passed away at his home in Happy Tuesday morning at 3:00 o’clock.  Coming to this country in 1891, Mr. Armstrong held the distinction of being one of the earliest settlers of Swisher County. With the closest railroad nearly 60 miles away, he settled with his family near where Tulia now is before the county was organized.  Born in Alabama in 1853, he moved to Tennessee during the Civil War. Later he came to Texas with the westward movement in 1875, settling at Dallas which was then a small town.    The urge to go still farther west brought him, with his family, to Jack County in the early 80’s and to Swisher County in 1891.  Following the late George Cayler and Andy Bivins, both prominent pioneers, he bought the farm near Tulia where he lived until 1926 when he moved to Happy. Here he lived until his death. While living at Dallas, he was married to MISS TEXIE VORHIES who has shared his fortunes for 56 years, eleven children being born to this union.  Besides his widow, Mrs. H. W Armstrong, Happy, he is survived by eight children: Mrs. Lula Ward, and Mrs. Viola Loftin of Tulia; Mrs. John Lemmons and Mrs. Eva Curb of Happy; Jim, Duncan, AZ; Harrison, Moriarty, NM; W. E., Happy; and Fred, Tulia.  Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian Church, Tulia, Wednesday at 2:30 P.M. with interment in Rose Hill Cemetery. Rev. E. B. Fincher of Amarillo officiated.  Pallbearers were Joe Cantrell, G. G. Hutchinson, Jim Cleveland, Murray Evans, John Burgess and Fletcher Rogers. ‑ from The Tulia Herald.  The Happy Herald, 2 February 1933.
ARMSTRONG, Marjorie Ruth Happy, Texas 19 Jul 1929 The Happy Herald
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Armstrong died Tuesday afternoon in Happy. The baby was born Sunday, July 14 and after two days of life, quietly passed away. Rev. Huff, Baptist minister, and pastor of the Tulia Baptist Church held the services in the home at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday after which the body was brought to Happy where interment was made. The many friends of the family express their sympathy in the time of sorrow. Williams Undertaking Company was in charge.
AVERY, W H near Austin, Texas 29 April 1932 The Happy Herald
W. H. Avery, 45, brother of Mrs. W. A. Rea and agricultural instructor at Luling school was killed instantly and a 17 year old student was critically injured when Mr. Avery’s car turned over on the Austin‑Houston highway 25 miles east of Austin last week.  Mr. Avery was a prominent teacher who served as superintendent of the Kress schools a few years ago.  A brother M. R. Avery is County Judge for Castro County at present and is also making the race for representative for 120th district.  It will be recalled that another brother, J. O. Avery, was agriculture teacher and superintendent of schools here several years ago.
BALLARD, Infant Happy, Texas 22 November 1929 The Happy Herald
Death again saddened the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Ballard Sunday night when the life of their infant baby ebbed away. The baby was only a week old when heart failure claimed its life. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. Smith, pastor of the Ballard family, in charge of the service. Interment was made in the Happy Cemetery near the grave of the little daughter Mr. and Mrs. Ballard lost not many months ago. The Happy Herald, 22 November 1929.
BALLARD, Mary Magdalene Kansas City, Missouri 15 November 1934 The Happy Herald
Funeral services were held Wednesday from the First Baptist Church for Mrs. J. J. Ballard of Kansas City, MO by Rev. Harry Swartz at 2:00 p.m. Mrs. Ballard died November 11 at Kansas City. Her body was brought to Happy on the 9:20 train Wed. morning and carried immediately to the Baptist Church where it rested until the funeral hour. The deceased is survived by her husband, J. J. BALLARD of Kansas City; two sisters, Mrs. E. C. Burks of Happy and Mrs. J. C. Conway of Portland, OR; three brothers, W. D. Dixon, Dumas, TX; C. B. Dixon, Chetopa, Kansas; and Henry Dixon of Belen, NM. Mrs. Ballard was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. W. M. Dixon, pioneer residents of this section. The Dixon family came to Texas from the Indian Territory in 1900 and settled near Nazareth where they lived for many years. Mrs. Ballard and her husband moved from this community in 1919, going to Amarillo where they lived for a short time before moving to Kansas City. The deceased had been in bad health for nearly a year. Interment was in Happy cemetery under direction of Griggs‑Thompson Funeral Home.
BARNARD, Billy Max Happy, Texas 11 May 1928 The Happy Herald
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Barnard died Wednesday night of pneumonia. The baby had never been well during the short stay here and was not able to overcome the steady ravages of the dread disease. Everything that would help was done, but the little life could not be saved. Hope was expressed for his recovery two or three weeks ago, but the last few days brought a change for the worse. The little body was laid away in the local cemetery Thursday afternoon. Rev. H. C. Smith of the Methodist Church conducted the service. Friends and acquaintances of the family feel a great sympathy for the bereaved ones.
BATES, William Henry Tulia, Texas 1926 Unknown
W. H. (Daddy) Bates, prominent citizen of Tulia, passed away suddenly Sunday afternoon, from suffocation caused from a bad condition of the throat resulting from an attack of flu. He had been around town the day before and was not thought to be in a serious condition a few minutes before he died. Funeral services were conducted from the school auditorium Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock by Alva Johnson of the Church of Christ, of which Mr. Bates was an active and influential member. Charles W. Watkins also assisted in the services, which were held in the auditorium in order that the many friends of the family might be seated. Daddy Bates has lived here in Tulia for the past 8 years and there is perhaps not a person in this community who has made more friends than he. His friendliness and hearty good humor made for him a welcome to young and old alike who are shocked by the news that he had been so suddenly taken from their midst. Mr. Bates was born in Tennessee in 1857 and came to Texas when but a lad, and lived many years near McKinney, and at McLain before coming to Tulia. He had a ranch in Castro County some 20 miles southwest of town on which there are several hundred cattle. This having been his business since coming to the Panhandle. He leaves his wife and a daughter, Mrs. Lena Sample, and her 5 year old daughter, grandchildren by a deceased son, children of Mrs. H. H. Hall of Amarillo; a brother Dr. T. G. Bates of Lubbock; a sister, Mrs. Mattie Shrader of Roswell, N. M., and a sister, Mrs. G. B. Payne of Pembroke, Ky., and a host of friends in Collin, Gray and Swisher counties. He was laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery immediately following the funeral service, which was attended by probably the largest concourse of sorrowing friends ever witnessed in Tulia. Active pallbearers: J. Ross Noland, C. E. Duke, J. D. Cleveland, W. W. Stephenson, W. G. Conner; F. M. Faulkner, D. Cullum and J. M. Simpson. Honorary pallbearers: Mont Noel, McClean; John Sparks, McClean; John Carpenter, McClean; Charlie Carpenter, McLean; Dr. C. E. Donnell, Canyon; Sid Denson, Whitedeer; Uncle Billie Mayes, Royce City, Texas. (Attached Funeral Notice: William Henry Bates, born May 12, 1857, Died Sunday, January 24, 1926. Aged 68 years, 8 months and 12 days. Funeral services will be conducted at the School Auditorium on Tuesday afternoon, January 26th, 1926, at two o’clock, and will be conducted by Alvin Johnson and Charles W. Watkins. Interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.) Tulia, Texas, 1926.
BELL, Barclay T Hereford, Texas 1 August 1930 The Happy Herald
Funeral services for Barclay T. Bell, 80, who died Tuesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. S. Ireland, at Hereford were held there this afternoon. Although Mr. Bell had been in ill health for a number of years, the direct cause of his death was attributed to an attack of appendicitis and other complications. Mr. Bell who was a pioneer resident of the Panhandle, was well known in Canyon. He was the father of Mrs. Harvey Cash of this place. For a large part of the time in the past few years he and Mrs. Bell have made their home in Canyon with Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Cash and family. Mr. Bell and family moved to the Panhandle in 1895 and settled in Castro County. He was a son of James H. Bell, former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, and grandson of Josiah H. Bell, member of the Stephen F. Austin colony in early Texas history. Besides his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Ireland and Mrs. Cash, he is survived by six sons. They are: Allen Bell, Hereford; Grayson Bell, Lubbock; Jim Bell, Barclay Bell Jr. and Calvin Bell, all reside in California, and Albert Bell lives in Missouri. He is also survived by a number of grandchildren.
BELT, J T Berry, Texas 15 March 1934 The Happy Herald
Mrs. W. L. Frost returned from Berry, Texas, near Corsicana, Tuesday, after spending several weeks at the bedside of her father, J. T. Belt, who passed away Saturday at 6 a.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. M. Farmer, who he had been visiting since last fall. Mr. Belt was well known in Happy, having made his home with his daughter here for the past 8 years. He had been in failing health for several months. Funeral services were held Sunday with interment in Dresden Cemetery beside the grave of his companion who preceded Mr. Belt in death many years. The deceased is survived by two sons and six daughters.
BICE, Joe L Vigo Park 25 September 1931 The Happy Herald
Joe L. Bice, 57, farmer and prominent citizen of near Vigo Park, was instantly killed last Friday afternoon, September 18, while loading feed in his field. According to members of the family, it was Bice’s habit to carry a shotgun with him to kill rabbits, when working in the field, and according to reports, the following version of the accident was given:  It is thought that, just before beginning to load some feed, he started to take the gun through a fence, and in pulling it through, holding the barrel, the trigger was caught in the wire, causing the discharge, the entire force striking him in the right chest and ranging upward.  After an investigation, a coroner’s verdict of accidental death was rendered.  Funeral services were held at 10 o’clock last Saturday, under the direction of Rev. Plant, of the Methodist Church at Vigo Park, and interment made at Wayside.  Surviving are the widow and four children, one son and three daughters, a brother Johnny Bice, and a nephew Henry Bice, all of this section.
BLAKE, Robert F Tulia, Texas 3 June 1927 The Happy Herald
Robert F. Blake, formerly of Amarillo was found guilty and given the death sentence in Tulia Wednesday morning for the murder of J. Fred Conner of Tulia. The killing occurred on the night of July 18, 1925, but it was not until 18 months later that Blake was arrested and placed in the Swisher county jail, without bond. He was found at Ft. Smith, AR and arrested by J. Frank Norfleet, famous cowman‑detective. He was convicted by the Swisher County Jury on the first day of their session, and the trial was set for May 25th, 1927. The Happy Herald, 3 June 1927.
BONNINGTON, Virgie Maynard Happy, Texas 25 April 1930 The Happy Herald
Mrs. Leroy Bonnington of Seminole, OK, formerly Miss Virgie Maynard, who at one time made her home in Happy, died last Saturday morning at 1 o’clock of blood poisoning. Funeral services were held in Seminole at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon and interment was made in the Seminole cemetery. Mrs. Bonnington will be remembered by many friends here. She was a member of the graduating class of 1925 and lived in Happy three years. She is survived by her husband and baby, her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Maynard of Seminole, OK; two brothers, Harley Maynard, Happy; Dyer Maynard, Dimmitt; a sister, Mrs. Welsh of Dimmitt. All were present for the funeral.
BOYD, Ollie Unknown 8 November 1934 The Happy Herald
Funeral services for Ollie Boyd were held from the Happy Methodist Church Monday at 3:30 with Rev. H. C. Smith of Tahoka officiating, assisted by Rev. J. L. Willis, Rev. H. C. Akers and Rev. H. W. Carter. Young Boyd, a graduate of the local high school in 1933, was a popular leader among the young people of Happy. He enrolled in the high school in 1930, coming from the Arney community. During his last year in high school he served as president of his senior class. His death came as a shock to the entire community where he was loved and esteemed by all. Few people knew of the accident near El Paso which cost him his life, until his death was announced Sunday afternoon. Besides taking an active part in newspaper work, Ollie was an athlete of unusual ability, having lettered on the Jacks team three years. He worked in the Herald office and in the City Tailor Shop the last year he was in school here. The deceased is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Boyd, and five brothers and sisters: Mrs. 1. C. Brown of Rankin, TX; H. O. Boyd of Electra; Mrs. Maranda Smith of Albuquerque, NM; G. L. Boyd of Electra; Mrs. P. A. Crane of Northville; L. B. Boyd of McLean and Phil and Pauline Boyd who live with their parents 27 miles west of Happy. All these relatives with their families were present at the funeral. Members of the 1933 graduating class of Happy High School acted as pallbearers. Griggs‑Thompson were in charge of funeral arrangements.
BROOKS, Dogie Unknown 2 Jan 1925 The Happy Herald
Mr. Dogie Brooks, while hauling feed, was trying to climb up on his wagon when the mules became frightened and jerked him under the wheels, crushing him to an extent that it was impossible for the doctor to do but little for him. He only lived a short while. He leaves a wife and two children who have the sympathy of the entire community. The remains were laid to rest at Wayside cemetery. Mr. Brooks was well liked by all who knew him and will be missed by his many friends
BRUMMETT, Flora Lee Happy, Texas 9 January 1925 The Happy Herald
“There is a Reaper whose name is Death, and with His sickle keen; He reaps the bearded grain at a breath, and the flowers that grow between.” Tuesday, January 6th, 1925 shortly after the noon hour, the grim Reaper silently entered the home of Mr. & Mrs. S. H. Brummett and plucked one of these sweet blossoms, just a tiny bud, which the Master let them love and cherish for five short weeks, and transplanted it in the garden of our God. Little Flora Lee was never very strong, and for two days she bravely battled with that dreaded disease, pneumonia, but the frail little body failed to respond to medical skill and the care of loving hands. It is ever hard to part with loved ones, even though it be for a brief time perhaps, yet it is beautiful and comforting when we can bow to the will of Him who doeth all things well, and can say with the Apostle Paul, these light afflictions, which are for the moment marketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory. Impressive funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. D. H. Bryanoff, after which the little body was tenderly laid to rest in the Happy Cemetery. ‑ Flora H. Baggarly
BURNETT, O B Dumas, Texas 30 January 1925 The Happy Herald
O. B. Burnett, for several years a resident of Dumas, one of the Panhandles pioneers and the foremost cotton authority in this section of the state, passed away at his home at Dumas early Tuesday morning following an illness of several weeks. He had been for some time in an Amarillo sanitarium, but had been taken home and no hope for his recovery held for some weeks. Mr. Burnett probably knew more about cotton culture in West Texas and the Panhandle than any living man in this section of the state. While a resident of Hall county he was the leading cotton raiser of the county, and since moving to Dumas had introduced cotton to the farmers of that part of the Panhandle. He, more than anyone else, was responsible for the thousands of acres of the fleecy staple which were planted in virgin territory in the north Panhandle the past season. His “Burnett’s Improved Cotton Seed,” developed in this county, was famous the country over.
BUZBEE, Haywood Happy, Texas 8 February 1934 The Happy Herald
H. Buzbee, 45, a resident of this community since 1930 died at his home a few miles southeast of Happy Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock from an attack of acute indigestion. The fatal attack only lasted a few minutes, the deceased passing away before a doctor could reach him. Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist Church of Happy Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with the pastor, Rev. M. M. Robinett in charge. Interment will be in Happy cemetery with Masonic honors. Griggs‑Thompson Funeral directors are in charge of funeral arrangements. Haywood Buzbee was born in Alabama, Feb. 7, 1889 and died at his home near Happy, Feb. 7, 1934, the day he was 45 years old. The deceased came to Happy from Pampa where he was connected with the Humble Oil Co. as a driller for 12 years before coming to Happy 4 years ago. He is survived by his wife and three children, Edna, Dorwood, and Marjorie. He is also survived by his father, Sam Buzbee of Abilene and three brothers and four sisters; Loftin and John Buzbee of Pampa, Mack Buzbee of Merkel; Mrs. Mattie Montgomery and Mrs. Hattie Berry of Pasadena, CA; Mrs. Daisy Woodruf of Rising Star; and Mrs. Jennie Johnson of Ovalo.
SAMPLE, M L, Mrs Burlington, Texas 23 July 1923 The Gidding News, Giddings, Texas
The remains of Mrs. M. L. Sample were brought to Giddings Tuesday morning over the Aransas Pass Railway from Burlington where she has been living for some time. A large party of friends and relatives met the train and went immediately to the Baptist Church where the services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. W. Burr. The funeral cortege then proceeded to the City cemetery where interment was made in the family burying ground. Mrs. Sample was a native Texan, she having been born at Union Hill, Washington County, Nov. 14, 1854. On Sept. 21, 1871, she was married to Mr. M. L. SAMPLE to whom she had been a devoted companion for more than half a century. Shortly before her marriage she united with the Baptist church and was baptized by Rev. Budd in Nails Creek at the Sample crossing. She has been a loving mother, and an affectionate companion, and a friend to all. She lived a quiet, unassuming, but an earnest Christian life. Modest and reserved, but self‑sacrificing and always helpful to the last degree, she was loved by all. For some time she had been in failing health and had suffered much at times, but she has borne all her afflictions without a word of complaint. On Monday morning she ate her breakfast with an unusual relish, but soon complained of feeling nervous. A doctor was called, but in spite of all human efforts, the end came about 11:30 am. She was therefore 68 years, 8 months, and 9 days of age. She is survived by her husband, M. L. Sample, ten children, and fifteen great‑grandchildren. Besides, two children died in infancy. The living children are: Messrs W. H. and R. B. Sample of Dime Box, Roy Sample of Burlington, Dell Sample of Rosebud, Manor Sample of Waco, Homer Sample of Ft. Worth, Earl Sample of Houston, John Sample of Austin, and Mrs. Nora Gibson of Houston, and Mrs. Si Youngkin of Yoakum, all of whom were present at the funeral but Mrs. Youngkin. The News joins the host of relatives and friends in their sorrow over the loss of this splendid character, and extends to all sincere sympathy. Out‑ot‑town people attending the funeral were: Mrs. W. T. Phears, Mrs. Travis Reat, Mr. and Mrs. Max Hannes, Mr. and Mrs. Reed Henson, Mr. and Mrs. Ples Phears, Frank McClellan, and Cari Bridges all from Dime Box. Mr. and Mrs. Grover Reat from Lexington, and Mr. Henson and Mrs. Prescott from Burlington.
SANDERS, W O Happy, Texas 19 July 1929 The Happy Herald
W. O. Sanders, 17, was killed Friday afternoon by the discs of a one way plow under which he fell from the tractor he was driving for Lee Pearson. He had been working on the Pearson farm about 30 days, having come here from Walnut Grove, Ala, his home. The family insisted the boy be buried here. The people of Happy and the county contributed to the burial expenses and Mr. Pearson made beautiful floral offerings. The services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday in the William Furniture and Undertaking Company, and John Scott of Tulia conducted the services. The remains were laid to rest in the local cemetery. The boy is survived by his mother, Mrs. Parmer of Walnut Grove, Ala., a brother and sister in Walnut Grove, and a sister in Detroit, Mich. If there are other members of the family, the people here did not know of them. The father is dead. The community is to be commended for the liberal and sympathetic spirit with which they rendered assistance. No doubt, the family will be grateful, and glad the boy was in the midst of friends.
SHEPHERD, I H Hico, Texas 12 January 1933 The Happy Herald, Happy, Texas
Word has been received in Happy of the death of I. H. Shepherd, 56, brother of Rev. J. W. Shepherd of Tuscola, former pastor of the local Methodist church. Mr. Shepherd died January 2 at his home near Hico, following a short illness with flu‑pneumonia. He had been engaged in farming for many years. The deceased is survived by a number of children and also several brothers and sisters. Rev. J. W. Shepherd and his brother, Rev. B. N. Shepherd, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Clarendon, were among the relatives who were present for the funeral.
SIMS, Lawrence Seminole, Texas 22 May 1931 The Happy Herald
Lawrence Sims died Monday afternoon at 7:15 at his home in Seminole, Texas.  This was the word received in Happy Monday night by relatives. A. L. Sims and M. J. Sims of Happy were at his bedside when he died.  His death had been expected by physicians for two days, and the immediate family had been notified. The remainder of the family that live in Happy, Mr. And Mrs. R. Sims, Mrs. A. L. Sims and Bill Sims, and Mrs. M. J. Sims left Tuesday morning for Seminole where the funeral was conducted. The deceased was at one time a resident of Happy.  He is well known by most of the older settlers of Happy and trade territory.
SISK, Rev E L Plainview, Texas 25 October 1934 The Happy Herald
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Willis were in Plainview to attend the funeral of Rev. E. L. Sisk Monday afternoon. He was a pastor on the Plainview circuit who passed away in a Plainview Sanitarium on last Saturday. Rev. Sisk had served 36 years in the Northwest Texas Conference of the Methodist Church. Lloyd Barnett, son of pastor at Abernathy, who has been serving the circuit during Rev. Sisk’s illness, will continue in this position
SPEAR, Malinda Jane Titus Unknown 7 July 1932 The Happy Herald
Malinda Jane Titus was born at Clinton, Indiana, Sept 18,1856 and departed this life July 1, 1932, being at the time of her death 75 years, 9 mos and 13 days old. She was married to W H SPEAR Sept. 15, 1881. To this union were born six children, four boys and two girls, all of whom are still living, and all except Henry were at her bedside when she passed away. he family came to Texas in 1909 and settled near Tulia. The funeral was held in the Methodist Church in Tulia at 3:00 Sunday afternoon, July 3, 1932 by her pastor, Rev. Plant of Vigo Park, assisted by the local pastor, Rev. Leveridge and Rev. Shepherd of Happy, where a large concourse of friends and neighbors gathered to pay their last respects. The burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Tulia.
SNYDER, Miss Willie Lubbock, Texas 1 March 1934 The Happy Herald
Miss Willie Snyder, 21, Crosbyton, a senior at Tech college died last Saturday morning of pneumonia, following an illness of short duration. Funeral services and burial were at Crosbyton Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock and were attended by a large assemblage of friends and relatives. She was a niece of Mrs. C. J. Tirey, who spent a large part of last week at her bedside at Lubbock. Mrs. Tirey and family and Mrs. W. W. Spiller attended the funeral services Sunday.
SPROWLS, W E Lubbock, Texas 10 August 1933 The Happy Herald
W. E. Sprowls, 36, Lubbock county farmer, and brother of Ed Sprowls of Happy, died at the Lubbock Sanitarium, Monday, August 7, at 8:40 p.m. where he had undergone an operation ten days previous. The end came unexpectedly as he was believed to be recoveriing rapidly and on the road to health. Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church in Haskell, Thursday morning at 9:30, conducted by Rev. A. W. Gordon, pastor, with interment in the family plot in Willow cemetery at that place. Surviving relatives are his mother, Mrs. R H. Sprowls of Lubbock county; two sisters, Mrs. T. A. Martin of Bronco and Miss Alma Sprowls of Haskell; and two brothers, D. M. Sprowls of Phoenix, Ariz. and Ed Sprowls of Happy. W. E. Sprowls was a Christian gentleman in the truest sense, having been converted and joined the Methodist Church when 12 years of age. He was considered by members of his little community church as one of their most loyal members. He was devoted to his mother, for whom he had provided a home during the past nine years.
STAGGS, E Happy, Texas 23 May 1930 The Happy Herald
E. Staggs was born in Mississippi, July 18, 1842, and died at the home of his son C. B. Staggs at 11 o’clock Wednesday night, May 14, 1930. At the age of 24 Mr. Staggs joined the Baptist Church and for 64 years was a faithful servant of God. A number of years of his young manhood were spent in Arkansas. In 1867 Mr. Staggs settled in Gatesville, Texas, where he was married to MISS LUCY HAWKINS. To this happy union were born 10 children, nine of whom survive their father. Three of his sons live in the vicinity of Happy. Five sons sat by the bedside of their father at his death. He had been a resident of Texas for 64 years. With his passing, one more old Civil War veteran added his name to the fast‑growing list, as he served four years under Gen. Robt. E. Lee. Twenty years ago, Mrs. Staggs died. Since her death he has traveled life’s rocky way alone. The past six years of his life he made his home with his son, C. B. Staggs, who lives 10 miles west of Happy. He leaves 38 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church at Happy by Rev. T. D. Sumrall.
STEED, Lynn Byron Fort Worth, Texas 20 September 1934 The Happy Herald
Funeral services for Lynn Byron Steed were held Sunday afternoon Sept. 9th at the Baptist church conducted by Rev. J. R Hicks. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Z. J. Steed of Adrian, and formerly lived in the Jowell community. The following are the survivors: Mr. and Mrs. Z. J. Steed; 2 brothers, S. W. and Z. J. Steed Jr.; four sisters, Catherine and Margaret Steed, Mrs. J. H. Stephenson Jr. of Hamlin and Mrs. M. B. Walberg of Plainview. The deceased was injured in an accident at Adrian and died in a hospital at Fort Worth where he was taken for treatment. Lynn Steed was well known in Happy where he attended school and was a member of the graduating class of 1932.
STEELE, F M Norton, Texas 3 November 1932 The Happy Herald
F. M. Steele, 72, father of John Steele of Happy, died at his home in Norton, Runnells county, Oct. 5th.  Mr. Steele had been in failing health since January of 1930, at which time he had a very severe case of pneumonia from which he never fully recovered. However, three weeks preceding his death he was thought to be improving as he felt better than usual. Heart failure was the immediate cause of his death.  Funeral services were held at the Norton Methodist Church, of which the deceased was a member, Oct. 6th at 3 p.m.  Rev. J. D. Smoot of Comanche, a former pastor, preached Mr. Steele’s funeral, and was assisted by Rev. Swearengen of the Norton Methodist Church and Rev. Steele of the Baptist Church.  Surviving are the widow, Mrs. F. M. Steele of Norton and three sons and two daughters: Harry Steele of Norton; L. O. Steele of Hamlin; John Steele of Happy; Mrs. L. L. Allen of Norton; Mrs. A. M. Hilliard of Winters.
STILWELL, BILL Canyon, Texas 12 October 1933 The Happy Herald
Bill Stilwell, 45, of Tulia, and a former resident of Happy, who was injured in a highway accident between Happy and Canyon last week, died in a hospital at Canyon early Thursday morning. Funeral services will be held in Tulia at the First Baptist Church tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 3 o’clock. The deceased is survived by his wife.
STEWART, D M (Dr) Unknown 8 December 1932 The Happy Herald
Tribute to Dr. D. M. Stewart, 64, prominent early Canyon resident and civic leader who died there Friday night, was paid in funeral services held at the First Methodist Church in that city Sunday afternoon.  Services were conducted by Rev. C. W. Foote, pastor of the Canyon church in which Doctor Stewart took an active lead: Rev. L. N. Lipscomb of Amarillo, Methodist Presiding Elder, assisted in the service.  Burial was in the Dreamland Cemetery under the direction of Griggs‑Thompson funeral home. Methodist stewards, Canyon Rotarians and local physicians were honorary pallbearers.  During his 32 years residence in Canyon, the doctor was a leader in Randall County professional circles, active in church affairs, and was closely identified with civic, fraternal and benevolent movements.  The Happy Herald, 8 December 1932.
STUART, R B (Bob) Tulia, Texas 13 March 1898 The Tulia Herald, Tulia, Texas
Last Sunday morning the 13th inst about 8 or between 8 and 9 o’clock the quiet town of Tulia was thrown into excitement and deep regret over the news that Sheriff Britain had killed Bob Stuart at the White Hotel. To say the least, this was a very sad affair, and deeply regretted by friends of both parties, as both participants of the homicide were well known. Mr. Stuart is a stockman and resided near Tulia, and Mr. Britain is the Sheriff of Swisher county. The circumstances leading up to the killing as best the News could find out from friends of both parties are as follows: Saturday Mr. Stuart came to town on business and after drinking heavily was very boistrous, and when friends and the sheriff interceded and requested him to not act in that manner he became enraged and cursed, abused and assaulted the sheriff as well as some of his friends. Finally some of his friends got him to bed at the White Hotel, where he stayed Saturday night. Sunday morning Mr. Britain came down as usual to attend to his prisoner at the jail and walked in the office of the White Hotel and asked some parties if Bob got off home all right the night before. After being informed by them that Bob was still in his room upstairs, Britain then asked how Bob was feeling after his drunk. Being informed that he was sick during the night, Britain went upstairs and said, “Hello, Bob, how do you feel this morning?” and Bob immediately threw the cover back and raised up and began to abuse and started toward Britain, when Britain said, “Bob, you stop.” Bob replied, “I would like to, you D…… “, and reached his right hand for his right pocket, and Britain immediately fired, killing Stuart instantly. Stuart had slept with all his clothes on except his boots and socks. After the shooting, it was found that Stuart was hit three times. Britain immediately after the killing went home where he was arrested later in the evening by constable J. A. Scott. Monday morning Atty. Snuffer waived a preliminary hearing, and his bond was fixed by Esq. Clayton at $5,000, which he readily gave. Justice Clayton held the inquest Sunday, and no one but the witnesses and attorney were present, the evidence developed is not given. Mr. Stuart was buried Monday at 2 p.m. Rev. Wright conducted the funeral services, and a large circle of friends followed to its last resting place all that is mortal of Robert Stuart. We extend sympathy to the many friends and relatives of both parties in this very sad affair.
STUDENROTH, Mrs Martin Happy, Texas 12 April 1934 The Happy Herald
Funeral services were conducted at the Lutheran Church of East St. Louis, Ill, this week for Mrs. Martin Studenroth who peacefully passed away at her home here Saturday morning following a prolonged illness. Miss Maggie Prader was born Oct. 28, 1861 in Potosi, Missouri. She was the only girl in a family of four children. One brother, Mr. Tony Prader, survives her. When just a young woman, she was married to MR. CHARLES DUBOIS, a brilliant young college student from East St. Louis, Ill. Three girls and two boys were born to bless this union. While in the prime of life, Mr. DuBois suddenly passed away following a stroke of apoplexy. In 1917 she married MARTIN STUDENROTH and came to the Plains to make her home. Besides her husband, she is survived by three daughters; Miss Mary Dubois and Mrs. H. G. Koch of Happy, Texas; and Mrs. Lillian C. Kehoe of East St. Louis, Ill. Mr. Studenroth, Miss Dubois and Mrs. Koch accompanied the body to Illinois.
SURGUY, Ellen Midella Unknown 12 February 1932 The Happy Herald
Funeral services for Mrs. Ellen Midella Surguy, 66, were held from the Methodist Church in Happy Monday afternoon. Services were conducted by Rev. J. R Plant, of Vigo Park, and interment was made in the Happy Cemetery under the direction of Griggs‑Thompson Funeral Home.  The deceased was born Feb. 16, 1856, and died Feb. 7, 1932. Her permanent home was in Vigo Park, but she has resided in Happy for the past six months prior to her death.  Surviving are sons and daughters, Mrs. F. A. Carter, Grundy, Okla.; Robert Surguy, Happy; Earl Surguy, Caldwell, Kansas; John Surguy, Houston; Mrs. Lillie Castleberry, Happy; Charles Surguy, Vigo Park; Mrs. Irene Evazey, Happy; and two brothers, J. W. Bost of Clarksville, Ark. and Ernest Bost of San Francisco, Calif.
SUTTON, Charles (Mrs) Happy, Texas 6 January 1928 The Happy Herald
The town was sadly shocked Monday about noon to hear of the sudden death of Mrs. Charles Sutton, who is well known here. Mrs. Sutton, who was 43 years old, 4 mos. and 20 days old at the time of her death, has been living on the Plains since she was three years old, with the exception of one year spent in Glen Rose, Texas. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Wesley, are pioneers of this section of the country. She was a member of the Baptist Church at Fairview, having been a Christian since she was 12 years old. Twenty years ago she was married to CHARLIE SUTTON and eight children were born to this union, all of which are living. Their ages range from 19 to 4 years and only one, the second child, called Bud, is married. The funeral services were held at the Wayside church and was preached by Rev. Malone of Plainview at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. Malone was Mrs. Sutton’s pastor. She is survived by the husband, eight children, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Wesley, four brothers, P. E. Wesley, H. B. Wesley, J. W. Wesley and G. E. Wesley, and one sister Mrs. Ella Hext, all of whom are living at Happy and Wayside, and interment was made in the Wayside cemetery.
WAKEFIELD, J M Pleasant View, Texas 10 February 1928 The Happy Herald/Cleburne
J. M. Wakefield, 70, died at his home in the Pleasant View community four miles west of Joshua yesterday morning at 9:30 o’clock following an immediate illness of several days. Mr. Wakefield was a native of South Carolina but came to Texas when he was young and settled in Ellis County. He was married to Miss Lula Willis of Ellis County and in 1901 removed to Johnson County where he has been engaged in farming since that time, except for a short stay in West Texas. Besides the widow, one brother, P. A. Wakefield, Stephenville, Texas; three daughters survive. They are Mrs. Annie Walker, Happy; Mrs. Winnie Asberry, Germyn, Texas; and Mrs. Ruth Johnson of Groom, Texas. The funeral service is to be held at the family home this afternoon at 2:00 o’clock. Rev. Charles Pitts will conduct the services. The interment will be in the City Cemetery, Cleburne, under the auspices of the Odd Fellow Lodge from which order the active pallbearers will be. R. H. Deering and Son, undertakers, have charge of the funeral arrangements.
WALTERS, D P Phoenix, Arizona 2 October 1931 The Happy Herald/Tulia Herald
Reports by long distance telephone calls are to the effect that D. P. Walters, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Walters of Tulia, was killed in an airplane accident in Phoenix, Arizona last Monday.  While it is not definitely established as to the boy’s identity, later reports confirm the belief that his is the one that was killed.  Press Walters and Dick Tucker left Monday afternoon for Phoenix to investigate and if it is D. P., they will ship the body back to Tulia for burial.
WESLEY, Elvin (Mrs) Fairview, Texas 26 January 1933 The Happy Herald
Funeral services for Mrs. Elvin Wesley of the Fairview Community were held at the First Baptist Church of Canyon Wednesday afternoon with Rev. John O. Scott, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Happy, in charge.  Interment was in Dreamland Cemetery.  Mrs. Wesley died at the family home January 24th at 6:00 p.m. after a short illness.  She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and had been a resident of the Fairview community since her marriage to Elvin Wesley in August of 1931.  The deceased was born in Parker County, Texas, 23 June 1915.  Besides her husband and infant son, she is survived by her father, J. A. Car, and one brother and three sisters of Canyon.
WESLEY, H E Happy, Texas 20 November 1931 The Happy Herald
H. E. Wesley, 74, pioneer of the Plains, died Friday at eight p.m. after an illness of four days at his home one mile east of Happy.  Mr. Wesley was born in Troy, Alabama in 1875 and at an early age upon hearing the many stories of the wonderful Lone Star State came to Texas in 1875 and settled at Weatherford.  The lure of the West drew him farther west and he moved to Amarillo in 1887.  Here he made a model western home in the side of a hill at Cliffside six miles northwest of the present city of Amarillo.  The old dugout, which is a living monument to the pioneers of this county, is yet a site of wonderful ruins.  He was the first man to carry mail out of Amarillo.  The route extended from Amarillo to Estacado on the South Plains.  The route required a whole week to cover and no trading posts were between Amarillo and Estacado.  Water was bought in barrels at five cents the barrel in those days, was one of the many things that Mr. Wesley liked to talk about in reciting about the frontier days.  When the town was moved to the new site (Happy), Uncle Henry, as Mr. H. E. Wesley was called, did his part.  In 1891 he settled on a ranch eighteen miles northeast of Happy where he lived until two or three years ago when he moved to Happy where he could have the conveniences of town life.  He lived on his Happy ranch for forty years.  Funeral services were held at the Wayside Church at two o’clock Saturday, Rev. Scott officiating.  Interment was made in Wayside Cemetery
WHITE, F H Dallas, Texas 2 March 1933 The Happy Herald
F. H. White, 56, died from a stroke of paralysis at his home in Dallas on February 20.  The deceased wa a son of J.F. White of this city and made his home here with his family over twenty years ago on the place now occupied by Ernest White.  Funeral services were held in Dallas.  The following relatives from this place were at the funeral and at his bedside when the end came and remained for the funeral:  father, J. F. White; brothers, Altie White, Ernest White and W. C. White; sister, Mr. Emil Schaeffer.
WINBERG, Curtis Eugene Amarillo, Texas 4 May 1933 The Happy Herald
Curtis Eugene Winberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Winberg of Ralph Switch, born March 28, 1933, died April 26 at the home of his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Cates, Amarillo, Texas. Funeral services were held from the Griggs-Thompson funeral home at 4 p.m. April 27 with interment in Llano cemetery, Amarillo. Rev. E. Gaston Foote was in charge of the services. Besides the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Winberg, the deceased is survived by a sister Patricia Anna, and a brother Maxwell 2; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Hail of Canyon and grandmother, Mrs. J. C. Winberg of Colorado and a number of uncles and aunts.
WITT, C E Happy, Texas 20 Jun 1930 The Happy Herald
A very tragic accident occurred about 7 miles east of Happy Monday evening near 9:45 o’clock, when C. E. Witt, 77 met instant death. Mr. Witt, who was driving a Ford sedan, had a head‑on collision with a Curry truck. Mr. Witt, whose home is in Norton, was up here to attend to the harvesting of his wheat crop east of Happy. He was returning to town from his farm when the fatal accident occurred. The body, badly mangled, was brought to the Williams Undertaking. An ambulance from Norton arrived Tuesday to take the body back there for burial. Mr. Witt is known here to a large number of people who were sadly shocked to learn of his death. He is survived by his widow, several sons and daughters, also a number of grandchildren.

6 Responses to 1890 – 1934

  1. charlotte smith says:

    I am looking for the obituary for James Smith Cartwright born Dec 20. 1848 died Aug 16 1925. From the stories I have heard from my Grandfather James hung himself in the barn on the rance that he owned. He is buried in Swisher county?
    Thank you
    Charlotte Cartwright Smith

  2. HAZEL THOMAS says:

    we are trying to link up my Great Grandmother, Mattie A. (Branch) Waite with who her mother was. We don’t think there was a father much in the picture. We think that Mattie’s mother was a Ann Elizabeth Branch who married a Jesse R Evans. Ann was born Oct 3, in 1853 but where, we are not sure. We believe Texas State. She died on April 18, 1900 and is buried in RoseHill cemetary in Tulia Tx.
    Mattie, we have very little on: Born in Tx in 1872 and died Lorena, McLennon Cnty, TX on Feb 17, 1896. Her husband was Joseph Dixon Waite. We can find no birth or death certificates for either Mattie or Ann. Our Grandmother, Effie Waite, did not want to talk about or knew very little about her parents. Can you help?

    • admin says:

      I was unable to find any information but I had to get off of Ancestry due to maintenance. I will try to look again soon. Unfortunately it’s very difficult to research family history during that time in Texas if you don’t have much to go on. Things were just getting started and they weren’t really keeping records consistently.

  3. Kathy Hicks says:

    I am in hopes to find any family information in regards to my fathers family. My Father was Holman Hoyle born in Happy Dec. 26 1928 , Grandfather was William Grady Hicks, who was married to Jewell McCarley. Any information would be appreciated.
    Thank you
    Kathy Hicks Ladner

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