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OKbits FilesCUSTER CO.: Custer City

Sept 7, 1913

CLINTON, Arthur Beverley Colebrook
Grim visage Death has again visited this community, this time taking away A.B. Clinton, whose long illness has been heretofore chronicled in the Courier's columns. The end can to this worthy man in the early morning hours and his passing was peaceful. Lifes fitful fevero'er, his work well done, all that mortal of this friend and neighbor, returned to the earth to whence it came and the soul to God who gave it.
Funeral service were conducted at the M.E, Church South by the Rev. E.H. DRISKILL at 9:30 Monday morning. The portion of the scripture upon which the funeral services were based was 1st Cor. 15, 20 through 38. Old time hymens such as "Shall We Gather At The River" and "The Home Over There", favorites of the deceased were will rendered by the choir.
Burial Grigsby Cemetery, 12 miles north west of town. The Odd Fellows had charge of the ceremonies at his grave.
The following eulogy of the life and charaacter of Mr. Clinton was written by a friend.
Arthur Beverly Clinton was born at Lottsville, PA. April 11, 1837. Died at Custer City, Okla., September 7, 1913. Age 76 year and 4 months and 26 days.
At the age of two years his father died leaving a widow and large family of children of which the deceased was the youngest. At the early age of seven years he was earning his living by working on a farm and early learned those lessons on industry and economy which were characteristic of his after life. He spent his early life working in the Quaker settlement and from these plain, earnest people he imbibed many of the principals of honesty and integrity which shone so resplendent in his dealings with his fellow men.
On the 4th day of July, 1856 he was married to Harriet Amanda BROOKINS by Eddy HYATT Esq. a Justice of Peace in and for St.Marys, Elk county PA. To this union were born nine sons and three daughters, Two sons and two daughters died in infancy and one son Orval: died at the age of 26 in Dewey county, Okla.
In 1862 the deceased enlisted in Co. E. 145th Pennsylvania Infantry and served until the close of the Civil War.
On November 12, 1856, he moved with his family to Will county Ill., where he resided until 1871, when he moved to Jasper county Indiana. In 1897 he moved to Oklahoma and settled on a farm northwest of Independence. In 1901 he moved to Independence to assist the firm of Lindley & Pyeatt in the hardware business, and in the next year, when Custer City was founded, he removed to this place where he resided until the time of his death.
In the year 1857 the deceased and his wife confessed Christ and were baptized and united with the M.E. Church at Mt.Zion Elk county PA. At the time of death he was a member of the M.E. Church, South, of Custer City.
He was and earnest, zealous church worker and a true follower of Jesus Christ, ever ready and willing to give reason for hope within him. He was especially intersted in the Sunday School work having at different times officaiated as Superintendent and teacher, and many were the souls that he pointed to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world. He was a believer in fraternal organizations and was a member of the G.A.R. and a member of the Encampment and Subordinate Lodge I.O.O.F.
The deceased leaves to mourn his loss and aged widow, six sons and one daughter: Reece T. CLINTON, Brooks, Ind.; E.A. CLINTON, Putnam, Okla.; S.S. CLINTON, James CLINTON, Frank Jasper CLINTON, Custer City, Okla.; G.W. CLINTON, Thomas, Okla.; Mrs Rose PASDACH, Putnman, Okla. He is also survived by 42 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
All of the children and many of the grand children and great grandchildren were present at the time of his death.
Brother Clinton was a loving and devoted husband, a kind and affectionate father and an exemplary citizen and a good neighbor. His friends were legion, and can only be numbered by the cicle of his acquaintance. His memory will long be cherished in this community where the declining days of his life were spent and where his every thought was for the advancement of all that was good.
Submitted by Beverley A. Teague

The Custer Courier
July 13, 1919

Aged Woman Dies

Elizabeth Jane Whitson, daugher of Mr. And Mrs. Joseph A. Magill was born in Clark County, ILL., Jan 20 1838.
She was married on October 29th, 1868 to Richard L. Whitson. To this union five children were born, four sons and one daughter.
Mrs Whitson departed this life at her home in Custer City on Friday July 11th at the age of 81 years, 5 months and 21 days.
She has made her home in Custer City for a number of years, and enjoyed the love and respect of everyone. Notwithstanding her age, Mrs. Whitson was a very intelligent and well informed woman, spending the greater part of her life reading and studying. She was well posted on current events, and the took a great interest in progressive development.
Hers has been an active and useful life, talking much interest in religious work, and being a constant member of the Methodist church until eighteen years ago, when she united with the Seventh Day Avent Church and remained faithful to her Saviour until death.
Her Children are all surviving, her husband preceding her in death several years ago. She has one surviving brother, Joseph Magill.
Following are her five children: Mrs. Mary Morse, Custer City; Luther E. Whitson, Custer City; Robert C. Whitson, Holsbrook, Ariz.; Harry O. Whitson, Fay, Okla.; Richard O. Whitson, San Pedro, Calif.

Submitted by Conroe Texas FHC

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