McLennan County, Texas
February 1920

Transcribed by Jane Combs

WACO DAILY TIMES-HEARALD
February 2, 1920

 DEATH MRS. LANKFORD AT LEVI SUNDAY NIGHT
     A resident of McLennan county for over forty years, Mrs. Armenta Lankford, aged 79, was called to her reward Sunday night at Levi about 6:30. A native of Mississippi, Mrs. Lankford came to Texas 42 years ago and since the death of her husband ten years ago has been living with her son, J. A. Lankford, at 927 North Fifteenth street.
     About six weeks ago Mrs. Lankford left Waco to visit her daughter at Levi, and where there contracted a severe cold which developed into influenza and resulted in her death.
     Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 1 0'clock at the Methodist church at Rosenthal, Rev. M. K. Little officiating.  Interment was made at the Rosenthal cemetery.
     Mrs. Lankford is survived by seven sons:  J. M. Lankford, Spring Valley;  Jasper A. Lankford, Levi;   G. W. Lankford, Levi;  J. A. Lankford, Waco;  J. L. Lankford, Sentinel, Okla;  Dr. A. E. Lankford, Stephenville, Texas;  Arthur Lankford, Hillsboro, Texas;  two daughters, Mrs. C. M. Jones, Levi;  Mrs. J. P Bates, Levi, and two sisters in Oklahoma.
     She is also survived by 42 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 2, 1920

 NONAGENARIAN DIED SUNDAY AT HEWITT
     Mrs. W. A. Long, aged 90, died Sunday morning at 6 o'clock, at the home of her son, Carp Long, half a mile beyond Hewitt.  The body was shipped by Undertaker F. M. Compton Sunday to Bluffdale, where interment will be made.
     Mrs. Long had been a resident of Hewitt community for many years, and she was beloved by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
     Besides the son above mentioned, Mrs. Long has four other sons, De Long, Hewitt;  Jack and Jud Long, Erath county and Bill Long, who lives in Georgia.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 2, 1920

 BURIAL DENNIS LYNCH TAKES PLACE AT TEMPLE
     The body of Dennis Lynch, aged 76, who died Sunday morning at Sagerton, Texas, arrived here Monday morning, and it was transferred by Undertaker L. C. Puckett to the Katy depot, being shipped to Temple, where the funeral will take place Tuesday afternoon.
     Mr. Lynch was born in Ireland, but came to America at the age of 21 years.  He lived in Bell county, at Temple and Heidenheimer, for about 25 years.
     Besides his widow Mr. Lynch is survived by five sons and two daughters, Jack Lynch, Killeen;  Ed Lynch, Fort Worth; Pat Lynch, Camp Lee, VA;  Smither Lynch, San Francisco;  Emmett Lynch, Sagertown;  Mrs. M. J. Donellan, Temple and Mrs. A. N. Benoit, DeLeon.  He has three brothers and two sisters in Ireland, and one brother in New York.

TIMES-HERALD SPECIAL WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
Tuesday, February 3, 1920

 WACO WOMAN'S BROTHER CRUSHED DEAD IN SHAFT BODY OF DR. RALSTON SUSPENDED 45 MINUTES FROM ELEVATOR
     Mrs. W. M. Brumby of 720 North Fifteenth street has received word of the tragic death of her brother, Dr. J. C. Ralston of Houston, aged 49, who was killed in an elevator shaft in the Kress building, in that city, Monday evening.
     Dr. Ralston was a very prominent physician and surgeon, and was well known in Texas, especially Galveston, where he practiced for twenty years.  Two years ago he moved to Houston where he remained until the time of his death.
     The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at Austin, interment taking place in the family lot.  Mrs. Ralston was well known in Waco and was here on a visit only ten days ago.
DETAILS OF DEATH

     Houston, Feb. 3-Dr. Joseph G. Ralston, Jr. prominent Houston Physician, was crushed and almost instantly killed when he was caught in a six inch space between an elevator and the fourth floor of the Kress building on Main street.
     Lifeless, his body hung suspended in the elevator shaft for 45 minutes before firemen, policemen and building workers succeeded in removing it-broken, mangled and hardly recognizable.
     It was the second tragedy of this kind in Houston, within three days.
BROTHER NEARLY FAINTS
     As the doctor's body was being lowered by ropes to the third floor, his brother, Dr. Wallace W. Ralston, who, dazed and almost speechless, had watched the efforts of the rescuers, put his hand to his brow in a faint, but recovered.  He was too affected to speak.
     And Judge Leon Lusk, justice of the peace and coroner, thought as he worked, of the telephone message he had just received saying that his mother was seriously, perhaps critically, ill.     
     Two women, witnesses of the tragedy and occupants of the car, are unknown.
ELEVATOR MAN TALKS
     D. H. Harris, gray-haired and aged night elevator man at the Kress building, was operating the car, and, according to his statement, had stopped at the third floor to take on the two women passengers.  He said he saw the doctor coming down the hall, but thought that he would be going down, not up.
     As the car was about 13 inches above the third floor, and in motion, the door was still open, and it is stated that the doctor stepped in.  Then the door in closing, struck him.  He slipped, fell, and his outstretched arms and hands grasped the car floor as it carried him upward to death.  The door closed back on him, and, crowded between the fourth floor and the floor of the elevator, life was crushed out of him before the car was stopped.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 6, 1920

 LOCAL MAN HEARS OF FATHER'S DEATH WHILE ILL HIMSELF
     While he was, himself,  ill at his home, 1406 North Thirteenth street, John B. Poteet of the local Y. M.C.A. received word that his father, I. J. Poteet, aged 85, had died at his home near Belton.
     Mr. Poteet's father was born June 4, 1834, in Overton county, Tennessee, and came to Texas in 1872, settling near Belton in 1875, where he has been since that time.  The elderly Poteet is also survived by a daughter here, Mrs. S. Y. Lee.  Funeral arrangements have not been made.
     J. B. Poteet is much improved in condition and hopes to be out within a few days.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 6, 1920

 MRS. RUBY DAUGHTRY DIED FRIDAY MORNING
     Mrs. Ruby Daughtry, wife of  M. B. Daughtry, 804 south Fifth, died Friday morning at 7:20 o'clock.  The deceased is survived by her husband, two small children;  her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Smith of Cedar Creek; one brother; Willie, and one sister, Damar, all of  Cedar Creek.
     The remains will be shipped by Undertaker  F. M. Compton to  Bastrop, where interment will take place Saturday.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 6, 1920

 SISTER OF WACOAN DIES IN DETROIT, MICH.   
     Mrs. Richard Swancoat, a sister of William T. Robinson of Waco, died Tuesday at her home in Detroit, Mich.  Mrs. Swancoat formerly lived at Austin and was a life-long member of the Episcopal church.
     She is survived by four children, Paul and Walter Swancoat and Mrs. Coleman Young of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Lawrence Buell of Detroit, Mich.; three brothers, Alonzo, Eugene and John H. Robinson of Austin and one sister, Mrs. James D. Sheeks of New York City.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 6, 1920

 MRS. THROWER DIES; HER FUNERAL TODAY
     Mrs. Jessie May Thrower, aged 30 years, wife of J. D. Thrower, 723 South Seventh, died this morning at 2:30 o'clock in the family residence.  Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock from the residence, Rev. Layton Maddox officiating, with interment at Greenwood cemetery.
     Besides her husband, Mrs. Thrower is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. O. Roberts of Mart; nine brothers, C. H. and F. Roberts of Mart; T. R., B. D., S. P., and B. Roberts of Dallas;  Sam of Waco; G. H. of Mount Calm, and one sister, Miss Beulah Howard of Mart.
     Mrs. Thrower had been ill for a week preceeding her death.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 6, 1920

 W. J. WELLS, AGED 64 YEARS, IS DEAD
     W. J. Wells, aged 64 years, passed away at 12:30 o'clock yesterday in the residence at 700 Earle street.
     Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home, Rev. Layton Maddox of the Tabernacle Baptist church officiating, and the remains will be interred at Greenwood.
     The deceased is survived by his wife, three sons, D. M. and S. C. of Waco and J. J. of Merkel;  and three daughters, Mrs. W. H. Lance of Waco, Mrs. H. E. Long of Merkel.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 8, 1920

 BOY DIES WITHIN TWO DAYS AFTER HIS MOTHER PASSED AWAY
     Within little more than 24 hours after his mother had been buried in Holy Cross cemeterey, little Billie Burke, aged 4 years, died in a local sanitarium.
     The mother of the boy, Mrs. Grace Burke, died at 10:30 p.m. on February 3, and he passed away at 10:40 p.m. just two days later.  C. J. Burke is the father of the boy, and the family resides at 1617 South Seventh.  Funeral arrangements have not been made yet.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 9, 1920

 WACO CARPENTER IS FOUND DEAD AT FORT WORTH
Times-Herald Special
     Fort Worth, Tex., Feb. 9-James V. Reed of Waco, guest in a local hotel, was found dead in his room with his throat cut, Sunday afternoon.  The remains will be shipped to Waco for burial, in keeping with a letter found near the body, containing request that he be interred beside his mother at Waco.
     James V. Reed, aged 35 years, was born and reared in Waco, spending practically his whole life in this city, and was well known among workingmen of Waco.  He was a carpenter, and had been in Fort Worth only a short time, having left for the Panther City only last week.
     Deceased was a member of the Yoemen and Praetorian lodges here and is survived by two young sons, Ernest, aged 15, of Temple, and Harvey, aged 10 of 401 -1/2 Elm street, Waco.  One sister survives, Mrs. Ernest Maguire of Teague.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 9, 1920

 MRS. FANNIE HOLT, AGED 80, IS DEAD
     Mrs. Fannie Holt, aged 80 years, died at 1 o'clock Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fannie Chambers near Park Lawn.  Besides Mrs. Chambers, the deceased is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Bettie West of Fort Worth, and four grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the residence, Reverend Wright of the Third Baptist church officiating, with interment at Park Lawn.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 9, 1920

 J. W. PATTERSON, 52
     J. W. Patterson, aged 52, died at 8 o'clock Monday morning in a local sanitarium.
Funeral services of the deceased, who lived at 310-1/2 South Eighth, will be held at 5 o'clock Monday afternoon from the chapel of Undertaker F. M. Compton.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 9, 1920

 RIDLEY MOOREHEAD
     Funeral services of Ridley Moorehead, aged 19, who died Sunday morning at 624 Preston street were held Monday morning at 10:30 from the residence, interment being made at Greenwood cemetery.  He is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Moorehead, two brothers, Clyde and Langston and one sister Mrs. J. M. Yowell, all of this city.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 9, 1920

 JOHN T. HUDSON
     John T. Hudson, aged 62, who died Sunday morning at 10 o'clock in a local sanitarium, ws buried Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Greenwood cemetery, Rev.J. M. Dawson pastor of the First Baptist church officiating.  Mr. Hudsonn had been ill for some time.
     He is survived by one brother, A. D. Hudson of Temple; one sister, Mrs. W. P Fry of north Texas, and a nephew, J. C. Hudson of Waco, and a niece, Mrs. J. R. Richards of Waco.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 9, 1920

 BURIAL IN WEST
     The funeral of Mrs. Ferezia Slovak, whose death occurred Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence, 2111 James street, was held Monday morning at 11 o'clock from the Catholic church at West, and interment made in the cemetery at that place. Rev. Pelnar, officiating.
     Mrs. Slovak is survived by two sons, Frank and J. K. Slovak, Waco, and a daughter, Mrs. E. A. Fickey of Leroy.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 9, 1920

 DIES AT VERNON
     Samuel McElwee, aged 37, died at the home of his mother Mrs. Eugenia Pool.
Born in Liberty, Miss., he removed with his parents to McLennan county while he was yet a young boy.
     Besides his mother he leaves several brothers and two sisters to mourn his loss.
Sam McElwee was a nephew of Mrs. R. M. Ligon of this city.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 9, 1920

 MRS. EMMA EOFF IS DEAD-FUNERAL ON MONDAY FROM HOME
     Mrs. Emma Eoff, Wife of J. H. Eoff, passed away at the family residence, Twenty-eighth and Jefferson, at 5:15 o'clock Sunday afternoon.
     All of the immediate family were present when the end came.  She was a woman of beautiful character and lovable disposition and her death is a distinct loss to the community.  She is survived by her husband, J. H. Eoff of Waco, one daughter, Mrs. Veneta Eoff Walker of Bremond, Texas, two brothers, Guy and Will Brinegar of Waco, and three sisters, Mrs. J. I . Doyle of Waco, Mrs. N. C. Glaze of Speegleville, and Mrs. S. Poole of Clifton, Texas.
     Funeral services will be conducted at the family residence Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  Rev. R. E. Goodrich officiating, with interment at Park Lawn.
     Active pall bearers are F. S. Ewing,  N. C. Ewing,  A. B. Ewing,  J. F. Ewing, Bob Clarke and N. S. Alexander.
     Honorary:  J. H. Hall,  Dr. L. W. Jones, Will Kester,  J. W. Tabor,  E. B. Baker, Robt. Wortham, R. F Bassett,  J. K. Rose,  H. B. Waite,  Dr. A. L. Ledbetter,  Tom Ledbetter,  J. S. Dumas,  Lee Hollaway, Clay Ledbetter,  Arthur Love,  A. C. Walker,  D. R. Dollins and Ed Haenel.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 10, 1920

 G. L. YANKIE DIED TUESDAY AT ERATH
     G. L. Yankie, aged 32, prominent young resident of the northwestern part of the county, died Tuesday morning at 2 o'clock, at his home in Erath.  Death followed an attack of influenza, complicated with pneumonia.
     The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, from the Baptist church at China Spring, with interment in the China Spring cemetery, to which place the body will be taken in the motor hearse of Undertaker F. M. Compton.
     Mr. Yankie was among the very highly esteemed young men of the Erath community, beloved and respected by a wide circle of friends and acquaintenances.
     He is survived by his wife, three sons, a brother, Bill Yankie, who lives at Holly Bluff, Miss., and a sister, Mrs. Wgitehed (?), who lives in New Mexico.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 10, 1920

 DEATH W. A. DUNAGAN FOLLOWS FLU RELAPSE WITH COMPLICATIONS
     Walter A. Dunagan, age 40, died at his home, 1227 North Eighteenth street, Tuesday morning at 6 o'clock from a relapsed attack of influenza, complicated with lung and heart trouble.
     Mr. Dunagan came to Waco from Hamilton county about two years ago.  He was service manager for the Central Motor company, which position he filled with an unusual credit to himself.  In his death the Central Motor Co. sustain the loss of a  most valuable and trustworthy department head.
     Mr. Dunagan leaves a wife, three children, several sisters, a brother and father, all of whom have the tenderest sympathies of many friends.
     The remains will be shipped by Undertaker F. M. Compton to Hico, the former home of the family.  Funeral services will be conducted by the Woodmen of the World.

WACO DAILY TIMES-HERALD
February 10, 1920

 BURIAL TUESDAY J. V. REED
     The funeral of James V. Reed, who was found dead in his room at Fort Worth, last Sunday, took place Tuesday afternoon at 3, services being conducted in the mortuary chapel of Undertaker L. C. Puckett.  Interment was made at Oakwood cemetery.

MART HERALD
FEBRUARY 13, 1920

 D. F. SUMMERS DIES
The family of D. F. Summers of Mart has received news of his death which occurred on Tuesday night at Wortham at the home of his brother where he had been visiting. His death was caused from a low state of health and he is survived by his wife and three children.
He was buried at Corsicana this (Wednesday) afternoon, and the bereaved ones have the sympathy of their friends, many of whom live in Mart, where deceased has been employed in the real estate business for a number of years.

MART HERALD
FEBRUARY 20, 1920

 CHILD IS ACCIDENTLY SHOT-INSTANTLY KILLED-BY PLAYMATE
A loaded gun in the hands of the little son of Chas. Howard, accidentally discharged while playing with his little neighbor, age 9 years, daughter of John Nabors, living four miles southeast of Mart, was the cause of the little girl's instant death Saturday morning. The gun was thought to be not loaded, but the victim's brains were shot out. All the particulars are not learned, but the above facts are confirmed, much to the regret of friends and all concerned. This makes the third child lost in the Nabors home in the past three years.
The funeral will be at two o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Mart cemetery conducted by Rev. J.W. Mayfield.

MART HERALD
FEBRUARY 27, 1920

 DIED
The body of R.B. Boyd of Houston was brought to Mart Monday afternoon for interment in Mart cemetery Saturday. Mrs. W. B. Francis of Waco, daughter of the deceased, with other relatives from Houston and elsewhere, were present at the funeral conducted by Rev. J. Mayfield. Deceased was a former citizen of Mart.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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