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J. Longhofer Gunshot Victim

Funeral Services are scheduled to be conducted from Mason’s Chapel Saturday afternoon at 2 o’colck for Jonas Longhofer who died from gunshot wounds inflicted around 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in the home of Mrs. George Boyles, northwest of Shattuck. Longhofer was shot in the left chest by a 22 calibre rifle, admittedly fired by Mrs. Boyles. She is reported to have locked the room and walked toward the road where motor patrolman Lloyd Coffman was summoned by her with the declaration, "I have killed a man."

Later Mrs. Boyles made her way to Shattuck to inform officers. Following their appearance at the Boyles home, she was taken by Sheriff Bob Boyd to Arnett where she was arraigned and released on bond.

The deceased was a farmer and had lived here many years. His age was given as 40 years, 6 months and 11 days.

Northwest Oklahoman and Ellis County News
07 Jul 1944


Jonas Longhofer, son of John and Mary Longhofer, was born Dec. 24. 1903, at Shattuck, Okla, and died as a result of a gunshot wound at the home of George Boyles, on Wednesday, July 5, 1944, aged 40 years, 5 months and 10 days.

He was married to Tillie Kelln in the year 1926 and to this union were born seven childten, one of which died in infancy. He leaves to mourn, his dear wife and mother of the following children: Opal Jean, 17; Virgel Lee, 14; Leola May, 13; Darelne Ann, 5; Barbara June, 4; and Jerry Duane, 17 months; also his mother, Mrs. John Longhofer; five brothers, Andrew of Canadian, Texas; Sam of Oak Dale, Calif.; Ed of Pampa, Texas; John of Darrouzett, Texas; Dave, who is in the Army; two sisters, Rachel Dick of Brighton, Colo., and Esther of San Antonio, Texas.

He was baptized in his infancy in the Lutheran Church and confirmed

Services were conducted from Mason's Chapel here Saturday afternoon, July 8, 2 o'clock, Rev. John Heer, officiating.

Card of Thanks

We sincerely thank our neighbors and friends for their expresions of sympathy in our great loss; especially do we thank the singers. The florals were deeply appreciated. - Mrs. Jonas Longhofer and children and Mother Mrs. John Longhofer.

Northwest Oklahoman and Ellis County News
14 Jul 1944


First person to be notified by Mrs. George Boyles on July 5th that she had killed a man was Wes Starbuck, instead of Lloyd Coffman as was stated in last issue of NWO. The editor’s apologies are offered for this error, caused by the rush in printing last issue in two days.

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