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Rio Grande Republic, Las Cruces
January 10, 1919

Found Dead

Burrell Levig, known as “Uncle Levig” was found dead at his home on Main street Friday evening, his death in all probability having occurred early in the morning. Hon. Isidoro Armijo having gone to his home a number of times at day and getting no response upon seeking entrance to the barber shop informed the sheriff, and when entrance was forced Uncle Levig was found dead.  He had been in failing health for some time. His wife died about a week previous in Arkansas.  Uncle Levig came here about 35 years ago and was a barber by trade. He was 85 years of age and highly respected colored citizen.

Friday, January 17, 1919

W. H. Andrews Dead

Death came to W. H. Andrews, of Carlsbad, NM, Thursday afternoon, following a few weeks illness with pneumonia.  He was a former delegate from New Mexico Territory and was generally known as “Bull” Andrews and for many years figured in the political life of New Mexico. He served one tern as
Republican member of congress after statehood.  He was defeated for the senate by A. B. Fall.

Death of Mrs. McKey

Mrs. Frances McKey, mother of Mrs. J. F. Findlay, died Thursday morning at the home of Governor and Mrs. J. H. Evans, near Mesilla Park.  She had been ill for some time, but was apparently recovering from an attack of pneumonia and her death was quite unexpected. The body is being held pending the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Findlay, who were supposed to be in El Paso but had not been located up to last night.

Friday, January 24, 1919

Death of Mrs. Annie Archibald

Mrs. Annie Archibald died at her home in Las Cruces Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, of heart trouble, being critically ill for several weeks previous to her death. The deceased was one of our highly respected citizens.  She was about 64 years of age. She is survived by one son, Theodore, and four daughters, Mrs. Isadroe Armijo, Miss Patarina Armijo and Miss. Katie and Apolonia Archibald, all living in Las Cruces. Funeral services will be held at the Catholic church Saturday morning at 9 o’clock.

Friday, January 31, 1919

Death of Chas. Monroe Sampson

Chas. Monroe Sampson died about noon on Thursday at the Amador hotel, where he and Mrs. Sampson made their home with their son, C. B. Sampson.  The funeral services will be two o’clock at the Amador. The deceased was about 76 years old and had been a resident here about a year. Mr. Sampson was a veteran of the Civil war. (In February 7, 1919 paper) Interment at Masonic Cemetery. He was born January 30, 1842. At the outbreak of the Civil was he enlisted as a private in the First Massachusetts Volunteers and served through the was, coming out a Lieut. Colonel. He served under General Grant and was given charge of relief work after Appotomax.  He spent some years of his life in Chicago, later going to Colorado. Mr. Sampson was a prominent Odd Fellow being the recipient of a medal for faithful and long service. Mr. Sampson and wife came here about a year ago to be with their son, Charles B. Sampson, engineer of the State Highway Commission.

Friday, February 7, 1919

James L. Thompson

James Lord Thompson, a prominent citizen of the Mesilla Valley, died at his home near Anthony, Saturday, following an illness of several weeks.  The deceased was 76 years of age, is survived by a son, C. A. Thompson, of Anthony, who is manager of the So. New Mexico Farmers’ Asso, and one daughter, Mrs. E. K. Talbott of El Paso; also four brothers and one sister.  His wife died eleven years ago and his remains were laid to rest beside her grave at Berino. Mr. Thompson was born at Cannonsville, N.Y. and was a veteran of the Civil war, having enlisted as a private and came out as a lieutenant, serving the four years. He was for a time in Libby prison.  He served as a scout under General Custer in the Indian campaigns.  He was married in 1870 to Miss Lydia Donovan of End (can’t read), Kansas.  He settled at Berino, in May 1934, on what is known as the Thompson homestead. His death is mourned by a large circle of friends in the Mesilla Valley.