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July 9, 1906
Kingfisher Times

Mrs. Keziah BROWER was born in New York, January 10, 1820, and died at the home of her son, H.H. Brower, in this city, July 9, 1906, at 6:30 a.m., aged 86 years and 7 months lacking one day. She had been totally blind for six years or over. Her death was quite sudden though she had been feeble for some time and resulted from a general break down of her system. The funeral services were held at Alpha church, Tuesday, July 10, conducted by Rev. Job Ingram, after which her remains were laid to rest beside those of her husband who died in 1898, shortly after coming from Iowa to Oklahoma. For 33 years she had made her home with her son.
Mrs. Brower was the mother of ten children, seven sons and three daughters. Six of the sons with the father served in the Union Army during the dark days from 1861 to 1865. Of the seven living children only one was able to present at her funeral, being scattered in different states from New York to Minnesota. Mrs. Brower had been a Christian for many years and was a member of the Congregational church at the time of her death. During the six or seven years of her blindness she had been a patient and uncomplaining sufferer and the text at her funeral was an appropriate one. "There remaineth, therefore, a rest to the people of God." Her funeral was largely attended by old friends and neighbors.
Submitted by Connie Goins Ardrey

Kingfisher Weekly Free Press

March 28, 1918

John W. RIVERS was born at Clinton, Henry County, Mo., April 18, 1857,and died at his home in Kingfisher, Okla., March, 23, 1918, being sixty-one years and twenty-five days old. He united with the Congregational church at Otter, Oklahoma., in the year 1892 and transferred his membership to Kingfisher nearly sixteen years ago, and has been a faithful member to the time of his death.
Submitted by Anton Goodwin

July 3, 1930

Emma Miller RIVERS was born Dec. 5, 1861, at Clinton, Henry county, Missouri. She passed away at her home in Kingfisher, June 27, at 4 a.m. Age 68 years, 6 months and 22 days. September 5, 1879, she was married to John Walter RIVERS in Henry county, Mo. To this union was born five children, all of whom are living.
When a young girl she professed faith in Christ and united with the Presbyterian church in Mo. In 1892 the family moved onto a farm near Omega, Oklahoma, where she united with the Congregational church. In 1897 she came to Kingfisher and placed her membership with the Congregational church of this city, of which church she was a devoted member at the time of her death. She was a true, devoted, loving wife and mother. She was always happiest when rendering some service to others, considering it a privilege to help those who might need her assistance. Her husband preceded her in death some years ago.
She leaves her aged sister, Mrs. Elizabeth WARD, of Kingfisher; three brothers: Dr. T. C. MILLER of Ash Grove, Mo., Lank MILLER of Lowry City, Mo., John MILLER of Clinton, Mo.; five children: Mrs. Hettie SMITH of Joplin, Mo., Mrs. Mary KORDIS of Hennessey, Okla., Chas. and Euel RIVERS of Kingfisher, Okla., and Mrs. Ruby WALKER of Hutchinson, Kansas, besides 22 grandchildren and many other relatives, and a great host of friends who will long miss her from their lives. Funeral services were held Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Methodist-Congregational church. H. T. Wiles conducted the service.  Burial in Kingfisher cemetery.
Submitted by Anton Goodwin




Joseph SUDDARTH, 84 years old, died at the Soldiers Home in Leavenworth, Kan., March 5, 1925. Mr SUDDARTH was born in Upshur County, VA/WV August 22, 1841. He joined the First WV Vol. Inf at the outbreak of the Civil War and served 3 years, 6 months and 11 days.

He came to Oklahoma at the opening in 1889 and homesteaded a claim in Excelsior township, one mile north of Wandel.

He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Edward GOULD, who is now in Colorado for her health, and one son, Edward Joseph, of Wichita, Kan.

The body was shipped to Kingfisher and buried in the Bird Creek Cemetery, Sunday afternoon at 2:30 by the side of his wife, who preceded him to the Great Beyond eight years ago. A short service was held at the grave, conducted by Rev. J. Bonkemeyer, pastor of the Congregational Church.

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