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Kay Co.: Blackwell

February 23, 1919

Thomas J. SMITH was born in McMinn County, Tennessee on June 29, 1848. His parents were Elijah Swain Smith and Mary Jenkins Winton. At the age of 4 he moved with his parents to Good Hope, McDonough County, Illinois. In 1871 he moved to a farm near Beatrice, Gage County, Nebraska. He met Clara Bell and married in 1974. They had four children while still in Nebraska. In 1894, they moved to Blackwell, Kay County, Oklahoma were their fifth and last child was born. Thomas remained in Blackwell until his death. He is buried in the Odd Fellow (IOOF) Cemetery in Blackwell.
Submitted by Tombstone Tracker

July 13, 1931

Madison Times Madison, (Monroe Co) Missouri

The following is a letter written by my GG-Grandfather, Monroe DAVIS who was then a resident of Blackwell, Kay Co. OK and was reflecting back on his times in Madison, MO.
"Recalls Early Days Around Madison"
Blackwell, Okla., July 13, 1931
I notice in your number of July 9th, a write up of early days of the city of Madison, which was read by me with much interest.
Being an Old Settler myself, I was born and raised about three miles northwest of Madison in the year 1843. Am now 88 years old, my name is Monroe DAVIS. My fathers name was Madison DAVIS, was generally known as Mat DAVIS, who settled where I was born in 1833. James R. ABERNATHY was an uncle of mine by marriage. I can recognize the name of all the Old Settlers mentioned, however, I only find one name that I can recognize that is living among all of my acquaintances, that one is John Dunaway. Probably he would remember me. Among the old industries you failed to mention the old grist mill, that was owned by John DAWSON, that was run by the power of an incline wheel and was driven by horses walking on the wheel and the weight of the horses would revolve and which would also run the millstone. The parties that brought the grist to mill had to furnish the horses. The miller that run the mill was named WYSINGER. Just to show the younger boys how milling was done at that mill, I will explain just how it was done.
The mill was equiped with a set of mill stones that was used to grind either corn or wheat. If it were corn the meal was scooped into a sack and if it were wheat it was scooped into another sack and carried upstairs and put through a bolt that was run by hand. It took two men to do it. One man would turn the reel while the other fed the stock into the reel. The flour would fall into a chest below. The miller, Mr. WYSINGER, would take a turkey wing in his hand, open up the chest and divide the fine flour from the middlings by drawing a line between the fine flour and the middlings and shorts also. He then would put the shorts on the bottom of the sack then tie a string around the sack, then do likwise with the flour and middlings. All three then would be in the same sack. The bran was then put into a separate sack.
Submitted by Marla Andrus

April 5, 1934

Mr. Monroe DAVIS, 91 years of age and a pioneer of this community died in the home of his foster daughter in Blackwell last Wednesday and was buried in the Ames Cemetery Friday evening by the side of his wife who preceeded him in death some twenty years ago. He filed on the eighty now occupied by John WEIDNER. He invented a thrashing machine for which he was offered a small fortune.
Monroe was born November 8, 1843 at Madison, MO to James "Madison" & Elizabeth (Evans) DAVIS. Monroe DAVIS died March 27, 1934. "Foster Daughter" Alva M. (Bickfield-Davis)BRADFORD "Monroe's Wife" Sarah "Sally" (McHenry) DAVIS d 1912 "Monroe's Children" William Monroe DAVIS, Samuel Thomas DAVIS, Thersia Ellen (Davis) GOODALE and five other DAVIS children who had died before 1900.
Submitted by Marla Andrus

August 3 -5, 1935

Blackwell Tribune

William Emory CURFMAN was borned near Burning Springs, West Virginia, June 8,1862 and died near Braman August 2nd, 1935 at the age of 73 years, 11 months and 24 days.
He came to Portland, Kans., in early life and there he married Eva Elam in 1893. The wife died in 1901 and Curfman moved to a farm near Blackwell with his mother-in-law, Mary A. Elam and family. October 21, 1911 he married to Zella Leota Milford. To this Union four children were born, Paul William Curfman, Frances, Mona and Bertha Lee. Curfman was a member of the Asbury Methodist Church and a member of the Fraternal order of the Royal Neighbors of America.
Although in failing health for several monts he displayed a great patience, but several days before his death he stated he was "ready to go."
Survivors include the widow, two sons, Lee and Paul; two daughters, Mona and Bertha Lee, and one step-daughter, Mrs. Lola Dobbs, Blackwell. His daughter Frances died a year ago.
Donnie D. Curfman

Blackwell Journal Tribune

Dec 17, 1968

Thomas Levi JOHNSON, retired employee of the Cities Service Oil Co, died Dec 16, 1968 in Blackwell General Hospital. He had resided in Ponca City prior to moving to Blackwell in 1965.
Mr. JOHNSON was born Sep 9, 1901 in Bethany, Mo. to Thomas Lewis and Ersula (SIMS) JOHNSON, and was married to Alice N. LONG in Kay County Jun 19 1926.
Survivors include his widow of the home, two daughters, Mrs. Neva Jean MYERS, Mo, and Mrs. Margaret PAYNE, Okla. and one son, Bob JOHNSON of Kans, plus four grandchildren, and a brother, Nicholas JOHNSON, West Fork, Ark.  He was preceded in death by three daughters and two sisters.
Funeral services will be in the Barr Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Gale PACK of the Immanuel Baptist Church officiating, and with burial in the Blackwell IOOF cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ervin SMOOT, Henry PAVLICK, Charles HINDES, Fred GREER and Roy PETERSON, all of Ponca City and all men who had worked with Mr. JOHNSON.
Submitted by Bonnie L Johnson

June 26, 1965 - Journal Tribune

Brief News & Personals

Mike WEBB, Mike JACKSON and Larry ALEXANDER took their Initiatory degree with other new DeMolays from the state at the Grand Master's Class, held Saturday in the Scottish Rite Tempole at Guthrie. Other DeMolays attending were: Neal DEWITT, Monte DOAN, Mike RICHMOND, Don WOOD, Eldon PONTIUS, Alan LOCKE, Roger GOSE, Mike WELCH and Mike JERNIGAN. Also attending were Bill ORVIS, Sr., Advisor; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd DOAN, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth DEWITT, Mrs. Donald DEWITT, Mrs. Lloyd BREWER and Joe POTTEGER of Kaw City. The group attended a tea for the DeMolay mothers in the Masonic Children's Home, after a tour of the Temple.

Bill LYDLE has been appointed assistant manager of sales at KTNS-TV in San Antonio, Texas. He is the grandson of and was raised by Mrs. C.F. SHIVERS. He graduated from Blackwell schools, and attended Oklahoma University.

Lt. and Mrs. Jay MURPHY have returned from a weeks stay in San Francisco, whe she had gone by plane to meet Lt. MURPHY, on his return from a tour of duty in Korea. They visited over the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford FREEMAN, who had been caring for the Murphy children, and have gone to Duncan to visit his parents, before moving to Lawton, where they will make their home while he is stationed at Ft. Sill

Mr. and Mrs. Carl PEACE of Coffeyville, Kansas were weekend guests of her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Charles TIMMONS.

Mr. and Mrs. J.F. RYAN spent Sunday in Tonkawa visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Johnson and her mother, Mrs. C.E. HAMBREE in the home of her sister, Mrs. and Mrs. Laverne CRUMRINE.

Thomas W. LYNN
Thomas William LYNN, son of John W. and Nellie M. LYNN was born May 29, 1886, at Huntsville, Missouri and departed this life January 8, 1965 at the age of 73 years, 7 months and 10 days. Death was due to a heart attack at 6:40 p.m., Friday, at the Riverside Hospital, where he had been hospitalized for a week, having undergone surgery Friday morning.
He was united in marriage to Ella Leota NEEDELS on April 18, 1909 at Guthrie, Oklahoma, and spent the early years of their marriage at Stillwater, having come to Blackwell in 1918. To this union were born six daughters: Nellie, Stella, Dorothea, Opal, Eulah, and Sylvia. Mrs. LYNN and Dorothea preceded him in death, also his parents, one brother and a great-granddaughter. Mr. LYNN was retired from the Blackwell Zinc Company in 1951.
He is survived by 5 daughters, 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two sisters: Mrs. Aurora TERRILL, Christopher, Illinois and Mrs. Laura BRAGG, Fanwood, New Jersey. Surviving also are two brothers: George LYNN, Junction City, Kansas and Walter LYNN, Moberly, Missouri.
Funeral services were held January 13, 1965 in the Evangelieal United Brethen Church, with Rev. Cecil THOMAS officiating minister. Music was furnished by Eugene M. BRALY, accompanied by Mrs. Bill WHITE.
Pallbearers were Cecil DIES, Gene HOLEERNB, Harrison ROWE, Frank EAKINS, Tom HARGRAVES and C.E. LOCKHART.

HORINEK Rites Wednesday At Newkirk Church
Lewis C. HORINKEK, 68, Newkirk area farmer, died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday in Ponca City Hospital after a short illness. Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Stahl funeral home in Newkirk.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday in the St. Francis Catholic Church in Newkirk, with the Rev. William PERRES officiating. Burial will be in Newkirk Cemetery.
Born at Kildare on November 19, 1909 HORINEK was a lifelong resident of the county. He married Miss Christina VAP on June 8, 1930. The couple made their home on a farm east of Kildare until 1923, when they moved to a farm west of Newkirk.
Mrs. HORINEK preceded him in death in November 1957. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Newkirk.
Survivors include 4 sons: Robert, Don, Martin and Franklin, a daughter, Joan, and 15 grandchildren. Also 6 brothers: J.D. of Kildare; A.T. of Newkirk; Willam and Vencle of Hingman, Montanaj; Enock of Edmondton, Canada; and Tobe of Transcone, Canada.

Rites Set For Brother of City Resident
Word has been received by Mrs. H.M. MCCULLEY of the death of her brother, Emmitt WELSH of Kansas City, at Brooks General Hopsital in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Funeral services are tentatively set for Thursday at 2 p.m. at Freemann Funeral Home in Kansas City, Missouri.

January 10, 1965 - Journal Tribune

LYNN Rite At City Church
Services for Thomas William LYNN, 78, who died at Riverside Osteopathic hospital Friday night, will be at the United Brethern Church Tuesday, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Cecil THOMAS, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, officiating.
Burial will be in the IOOF Cemtery, under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home.
Mr. Lynn was born in Missouri May 29, 1886 and came to Blackwell from Stillwater in 1918. He was a retired employee of the Blackwell Zinc Co. smelter, and lived at 508 South Sixth.
Surviving are 5 daughters, 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; 2 sisters and 2 brothers.
Pallbearers for the service will be Harrison ROWE, Gene HOLCOMB, Tom HARGRAVES, Frank EAKINS, Joe LOCKHART, and Cecil DICE. contact:
Note: Obit is in newspaper, January 26, 1965

Submitted by Rita Buford

July 10, 1963 - Journal Tribune

Brief News & Personals

Gunner's Mate First Class, Wesley J. BARNETT, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.G. BARNETT, 705 West Santa Fe, has reported for duty at the Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

Airman Second Class, Robert W. MITCHELL, son of Mrs. Eva L. MITCHELL of Nardin, has graduated from a technical training course for the U.S. Air Force water supply at Sheppard AFB. Mitchell studied water treatment and missile site plumbing systems and is being assigned to Strategic Air Command's Vandenberg AFB, California.

Technical Sergeant William R. AVEY, son of Mrs. Mary E. AVEY, of Tonkawa is now on duty the the U.S. Pacific Air Force in Viet Nam.

Donald Lee PENKS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert W. PENKS, enlisted in the navy at Oklahoma City Friday. He was a graduate of high school here last spring.

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin JOHNS, Colorado Springs, are the parents of a baby boy, born December 26, weighing 9 pounds and 10 1/2 ounces. He was given the name of Troy Olen. Mrs. and Mrs. Victor JOHNS are paternal grandparents. Mrs. JOHNS has returned from Colorado Springs, when she visited with the Marvin JOHNS and with other sons, Tommy and David JOHNS and families. Victor JOHNS will enter Presbyterian hospital at Oklahoma City on Monday for ear surgery, scheduled for Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. HASSELBRING of Braman have returned from Randolph AFB, Texas; where they visited their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lorine SNELL and grandson, Lorine Chet. Other visitors were Rev. and Mrs. Walter RICHEY and daughters, Musette and Mieshelle of Brownville, Texas. Mrs. RICHEY is the former Noral Dell DUNCAN of Braman.

Funeral services for C.T. CLODFELTER, retired teacher, were held Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Perry, Oklahoma, with burial at Douglas, Oklahoma. CLODFELTER was the cousin of Mrs. Joe PENICK, and former resident of Douglas. He wa a teacher and coach at Perry for a number of years. He died at his home in Los Angeles, California.

Submitted by Rita Buford

July 25, 1963 - Journal Tribune - Blackwell,

Oklahoma - Kay County

LYNN Rites Friday
Mrs. Tom (Ella L.) LYNN, 73, longtime Blackwell resident, died at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, in the Riverside Osteopathic Hospital where she had been a patient since July 1.
The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Evangelical United Bretheren Church with the Rev. Nevin PETERSON, pastor, officiating.
Mrs. LYNN was born July 6, 1890, at Alta Vista, Kansas and came to Blackwell from Stillwater in 1918.
She was a member of the Evangelical United Brethern Church.
Survivors include her husband, Tom; five daughters, 9 grandchildren and 3 great- grandchildren.
Also 4 sisters: Mrs. Stella CONNOLLY of Qunicy, California; Mrs. Renna GRAVES of Ft. Scott, Kansas; Mrs. Edith SCHEURERMANN and Mrs. Hazel DAUGHETY, both of Stillwater; and 4 brothers: Oliver, W.E. and Clarence NEEDELS all of Stillwater, Oklahoma and Charles NEEDELS of Emporia, Kansas.
Submitted by Rita Buford

July 26, 1963 - Journal Tribune - Blackwell,

Oklahoma - Kay County
Pallbearers For LYNN Service
Pallbears for Mrs. Tom (Ella) Lynn will be Glen ROWE, Harrison ROWE, Thad CLEMENTS, Tom HARGRAVES, Gene HOLCOMB, and Frank EAKINS.
The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Evangelical United Brethern Church with Rev. Nevin Peterson, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in IOOF cemetery under the direction of Roberts and Sons Funeral Home.
Mrs. LYNN died Tuesday in Riverside Osteopathic Hospital.

Tulsa Man Dies, Road Toll 367
A Tulsa man was killed today when his car failed to make a curve on a county road near Fairfax. His death and two Wednesday raised the 1963 Oklahoma death toll to 367, compared with 372 a year ago.
The dead: Wallace C. MCVAY, 38, Tulsa Clarence CLAY, 57, Muskogee
Mrs. Lillian MCCALL, 63, Nerman MCVAY died at the scene after his car failed to make a curve and overturned on a blacktopped county road northwest of Faifax.
CLAY was killed while directing traffic around a highway construction site on U.S. 62, when struck by a car driven by Robert L. HEAL, 47, of Westerville. The highway patrol said HEAL's car then struck an auto driven by Dalton WRIGHT, 36, of Dallas. Both drivers and Wright's 10 year old daughter, escaped serious injury.
Mrs. MCCALL was fatally injured in a two-car collision in Oklahoma City. Drive of the other car, Bill CARTWRIGHT, 21, of Moore, Oklahoma, was hospitalized.

Submitted by Rita Buford


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