T. C. Heaton, one of the pioneer settlers of Avilla township, this county, died on June 12, 1917, at his home in Alva, Okla. He had attained to the advanced age of 83. Not long before his death, a sore on one of his toes developed into a gangrenous condition, which spread to the entire body, causing his death. For about 12 years he had suffered from an occasional stroke of apoplexy, which made him practically an invalid. Mr. Heaton was for many years well known to almost every early day settler in this county. He was a good citizen, and all through his long and busy life was honored by all who knew him.
Present at the funeral were the faithful wife of many years, and seven of the nine children. A son in Colorado and a daughter in Illinois could not be present. Mrs. Geo. Overocker and Mrs. Wm. Oller of this county are daughters of the deceased.
Deceased was a native of Ohio, having been born in Brown co., that state on October 12, 1833. They moved to Indiana, and from there to Johnson co., Illinois, where they lived for many years. On May 26, 1858, he was united in marriage with Miss Mariah McNaught. In 1884 Mr. and Mrs. Heaton came to Kansas, becoming pioneer settlers in Comanche co. At the opening of the Strip in Oklahoma in 1893 the family became residents of Alva, and there they continued to live. Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist church in Alva and burial was made in the Capron, Okla. cemetery. The Masonic order, of which Mr. Heaton had long been a member, had charge of the burial services.
Mariah (McNaught) Heaton, wife of T.C. Heaton.
Eva B. (Heaton) Overocker, daughter of T.C. Heaton.
Elida (Heaton) Oller, daughter of T.C. Heaton.
Pioneer Death List -- The Western Star, August 3, 1923.
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