Cimarron County Obits
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Oct. 17, 1885 - Jan. 20, 1936
(by R. C. Tate)

In the death last week, of Henry Hood which occurred at his home in Boise City, Okla., following a few days of illness of pneumonia, Cimarron county and the Southwest lost a friend and pioneer citizen beyond compare. Mr. Hood better known as "Henry" to his wide circle of friends and associates, was born in Missouri on October 7th, 1885 and departed this life January 20, 1936, aged 50 years and 13 days.

He was truly a pioneer of Old No Man's Land now in the Oklahoma panhandle having moved to the Cold Springs Arroyo area of old Beaver county, twenty-five miles east of Kenton, 1891, with his parents and brothers and sisters. Here he grew to manhood under the usual handicaps of the frontier, but was determination to secure the education possible in those times and to make a success of life in a business way.

His first venture in business was a partnership with A. S. Palmer of Kenton, in 1906, the firm handling furniture. A short time after this he became associated with the late W. B. Plunkett in the hardware business in Kenton, the firm being known as the Plunkett and Hood. Here he remained for a number of years, prospering in business and laying the foundation for his later success in business and during that time, April 11th, 1909, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Cuba Wasson, at Ovala, Tex, to which union was born one son, Ben Hood of Boise City, who like his father possessed the pioneer spirit and entering aviation when flying was a novelty in Cimarron county has made a real success in his chosen field.

After a number of years in the hardware business Henry felt the urge of the ranching business calling him back to the scenes of his boyhood and moved to the old home ranch, twenty-five miles east of Kenton which he operated successfully until 1920, when he closed out the business and moved to Boise City where he soon became active in handling real estate, prospering in the business and in the time became vice-president of the Citizen's Home Bank of Boise City, three years ago. Since that time he continue his real estate operation and a private loan business. Civic affairs always interested Henry and received his whole hearted support. Among the organizations receiving his attention were the chamber of commerce of Boise City, of which he was president for a long time, The Lyons club, the school system of the town and the country in general and the various good roads association. At one time while engaged in ranch business he served Cimarron county as county commissioner, and his tenure proved one of real value to the county and a model for others to pattern their actions by.

A true and loving husband and model father, this real pioneer citizen and friend went farther than his own friends to do good in the world and many kind deeds to those in trouble and sickness could be told of him with many more which never became known, for he acted for the sake of doing and not for the praise. An instance of this can be mentioned as occurring only the past Christmas, at which time he gave a signed check to the head of the Brooks Dry Goods Co., in Boise City leaving the amount blank to be filled in by the official who was to see that not a single poor child in the area went without a boy. This and hundreds of other acts of kindness and help to those in need, and a disposition always cheerful and big hearted endeared this man to his family, friends and all in general and the great crowd which gathered at the Baptist church in Boise City, at 1:30 o'clock on Thursday, January 23rd, to pay their last respects to the splendid man, bore full proof of his popularity. Rev. W. H. Lansford, pastor, of the First Baptist church of Boise City, officiated with the C. C. Shaw Funeral Home in charge ant interment was made that same afternoon in the cemetery at Kenton, beside his mother an two brothers who preceded him in death many years ago.

Here again at the cemetery where the flower banked casket was opened for a great crowd assembled to view the face of their departed friend, his loss was keenly shown. Pall bearers were; Dunn Burnett, Guy W. Slack, Meredith Hughs, Neal Adee, Stowe Martin, and H. B. Walker. The sympathy of the vast area is extended to his bereaved wife, son, Ben, and to the brother, Tom Hood, of Clayton N. M. and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Carter of Grand Junction, Colo., and Mrs. Arch Brite of Jacksonville, Ore., and to the many other relatives and host of friends.

Another pioneer and friend has gone from among us. The place can never be filled and only the years can mellow the pain of his going, but all are richer and truly blest for having known him in life and the comfort of future reunion in that better world than ours.

Transcribed by Bonnie Schulz, October 8, 2005
NOTE: The following memoriam was at the bottom of Mr. Hood's obituary.


In memory of Esther J. Johnson who passed away April 7, 1934.
Summer, autumn, and winter have passed and spring is here again.
Just a year today we laid you to rest, here beneath the sod.
O pear of sorrow and heartache,
Since your spirit went to God.
You come to me often in my dreams.
Then I wake to find you gone.
But cherished memories stand in my heart.
Of you, my best loved friend.
(by Fern Behrendt)

Martha Bell Taylor/Smylie
as submitted by Bonnie Hansen/Schulz - great-granddaughter

The Boise City News, Okla.

Our community has again been called upon to part with another of its old and highly respected pioneer residents and cloud of sadness hovers over this land which for so man years has been the home of this splended citizen, wife, and mother, Mrs. Mattie B. Smylie, who passed way early last Sunday morning, May third, at her home near Seneca, N. M., where she has resided for the past several years and her son, James Smylie, following a residence of thirty years near Kenton, coming with her husband and children to Kenton, from Wisconsin, in 1898, she assisted him in the general merchandise store which they purchased and operated for a year, one mile west of Kenton in New Mexico and went into the ranch business. Her obituary elsewhere in the News gives a more detailed history of her life, and the large crowd which assembled at the Kenton Methodist church, Monday afternoon of this week, to pay their respects to this one whom they had known and loved in life, bore testimony of the high regard in which she was held. Interment was made in the Kenton Cemetery and the sympathy of the community is extended to her bereaved ones.
Among those from Clayton, N. M. attending the funeral of Mrs. Mattie Smylie, Monday afternoon of this week, were Mesdames Robert E. Potter; Jack M. Potter, John Lenhart; Ethel Wade; Miss Maggie Giles; and Gales Giles, Walter Giles, Jr., formerly of Clayton, but now connect with the New Mexico Department, was also in the party.

Martha Bell Taylor/Smylie's obituary from  Union County Leader, Clayton, N. M.
Martha's son James T. Smylie obituary from  Union County Leader, Clayton, N. M.

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