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Orphans and Widows Fund


WIDOWS & ORPHANS FUND		

	The material below was kept by Olive Ann Frances Trammell and at her death
her daughter Stella Jo Ballard had saved it. Shortly before Stella Jo's
death she gave this material with other old letters, deeds, papers of many
descriptions, and old photographs to her nephew Bill McCool who has loaned
it to me to use in our Trammell family history. Very little of the material
below will be of use in a family history, but there are others who may be
searching for the dates this material contains. I hope it will be of
benefit to others who had ancestors that lived in Henderson Co, Tx in this
time period.
Submitted by Pauline Mitchell Pierce 

	The cards begin with No. 22 and a few are missing.  On the 7 Oct 1907 they
had a membership of 560, and the membership varied up and down, but by 16
July 1918 which is the date of the last  card in the stack the membership
was only 180. This organization evidently ceased to exist after this date,
or Levi and Ollie Trammell dropped out. These notices from 1907 until Oct
1914 were mailed out on a one cent McKinley postal card. In Jan 1915 the
Jefferson one cent post card was used and the last one mailed had a one
cent Washington one cent stamp added to it, cost two cents. 	Each of these
cards are a little different, so I have typed each one just as they are.
       

	
	No.    763   

	W. & O. Fund,
	OF HENDERSON COUNTY TEXAS
	This is to Certify That

	     L. T. Trammell   

	has this day been admitted to membership of the Widows' and Orphans' Fund of
	Henderson county, Texas, and belongs to Company A.   He    has agreed
	to fully comply with the tenets of the order and to meet each assessment with 
	in fifteen days from date of notice or stand suspended. That   he   has named

	     Mrs. O. F. Trammell    

	as beneficiary, and it is expressly understood that said beneficiary is only
	entitled to one dollar from each Member of this company in good standing at
	the death of this policy holder and the said        L. T. Trammell
      
	                   must be         him     self in good standing or else
this certificate
	shall become null and void.     No assessment shall be made except when a
	death occurs and shall not exceed $1.05.
							       JR Blader      President.
							      HL Parsons   Secretary.
	Athens, Texas          2 / 8     19  07

	Mrs. O. F. Trammells' is the same except her number is 764 and the names
are reversed.


	Office of
	W. & O. FUND				No. 22

							Athens, Texas, August 2, 1907.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. W. G. Holloway, who died
at his home six miles South of Athens on July 31, 1907.
								H. L. Parsons, Secretary
Office at Athens National Bank.

No. 23.							Athens, Texas, October 7, 1907.

	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. W. M. Hughes of
Stockard, who died at her home on the night of October 3, from the effects
of blood poisoning.
			Pleasse notice change of secretary. I cannot call on you.
							Chas. A. Richardson, Secretary.
							Office at Richardson Bros'. Stone.
Present membership 560.

	Office of						No. 24
W. & O. FUND

							Athens, Texas, November 8, 1907

	This notifies you of the death of our member Mr. S. J. Scott who was
killed November 7. He resided in the Post Oak community.
							Chas. A. Richardson, Secretary.
Present Membership 578.				Office at Richardson Bros.' Store.




W. & O. FUND.						No. 26

						Athens, Texas, December 10, 1907.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. Laura Tidmore, who died
at her home at Murchison, R.F.D. No. 2, of pneumonia.
							Chas. A. Richardson Sec.
	Present membership 550.

	Office of
       W. & O. FUND

No. 27 						Athens, Texas, June 1, 1908.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. Sarah Canady, who died
at her home at Payne Springs on Friday night, May 29.
							Chas. A. Richardson, Sec.
Presnet membership 608.

Office of W. & O. Fund.
	No. 28.
						Athens, Texas, June 15th, 1908
	This notifies you of the death of our Member, Mrs. J. C. Johnson, who died
at her home near Martins Mill June 2.
							Chas. A. Richardson, Secretary.

OFFICE OF W. & O. F.
	No. 29.
						Athens, Texas, July 6th, 1908
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. C. S. Gist  who died
June 24. Mr. Gist was a charter member and he lived two miles west of Athens.
							Chas. A. Richardson, Secretary.

No. 30.						Athesn, Texas, July 28th, 1908.

	OFFICE OF W. & O. F.

	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. Joe Bell, who died at
his home at Catfish, July 25.
	This makes our order cost a little more than usual this year but there is
no telling who will be the next one to collect the money.
							Chas. A. Richardson, Sec'y.
Present Membership 576.




						Athens, Texas, Dec. 30, 1908.
				No. 31. -- Office of W. & O. F.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, G. T. Martin, who died Dec.
25, of La Grippe.
	You will see by the present membership that our order is growing and let
every member who is now in the county, try and help push it to the limit by
the middle of next year.
						Chas. A. Richardson, Secretary.
					Present Membership 601.

						Athens, Texas, Jan. 15, 1909.
No. 32.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, J. N. Wood of La Rue, who
died Jan. 7, of La Grippe.
No. 33.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Jo Martin of Malakoff, who
died Jan. 9, of pneumonia. Take notice of the two assessments at once.
					Chas. A. Richardson, Secretary.

						Athens, Texas, Feb. 19, 1909.
	OFFICE OF W. & O. F.
No. 35.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. J. J. Birt, who died
Feb. 1st. of La Grippe.

No. 36.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. Gus Garrison, who died
Feb. 6, of paralysis.
	Notice double assessment. Cannot give present membership for a few days,
but our order is holding up good. Will give membership in next week's issue
of Review.
					Chas. A. Richardson, Sec'y.
					
						Athens, Texas, Apr. 13, 1909.

	OFFICE OF W. & O. F.
No. 38.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. W. J. Fife who died Apr. 8.

No. 39.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. W. F. Jordan who died
Apr. 12.
	Notice double assessment.		Present membership 593.
							Chas. A. Richardson, Sec'y.




	Office of W. O. W. Fund
	_______
No. 37.						ATHENS, TEXAS, 5-6-'09
	This will notify you of the death of our member, W. L. Darden, who died
April 11 of pneumonia. There was a mistake in the numbers of last
assessment, as W. J. Fife should have been No. 37 instead of No. 38. I
cannot give the present membership now, as I have some to see in town who
have not paid yet. Will tell what Mrs. Darden and Jordan get in next issue
of Review.
						Chas. a. Richardson, Secretary.

	W. & O. FUND
No. 40							Athens, Tex., June 22, '09
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. Jennie Register, who
died at LaRue June 18, of catarrh of the stomach.
						Chas. A. Richardson, Sec'y.
Present membership 561.

No. 41	W. & O. FUND
						ATHENS, TEXAS, July 14, '09
	This will notify you of the death of our member, Miss Bennie Story, who
died June 29.
	All members who can, meet me at the court house Friday, July 23, at 2:30
p.m., as we want to talk about having a regular examination for new members
and appoint a doctor to examine same.
							Chas. A. Richardson, Sec'y
Present membership 551.

	Office of
         W. & O. F.
        Death No. 43.
							Athens, Texas, April 21, 1910.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. W. S. Knight, who was
Mrs. Carrie Gafford.  Mrs. Knight joined February 22, 1905, and has been in
good standing since. She died at Warren, Okla., April 5th, of pneumonia.
Let's all pull together and try to get our Order to the limit by the first
of the year.				Chas. A. Richardson,
	Present Membership 568.					Secretary.

	Office of
Widows and Orphans Fund
   Assessments No 44-45.			Athens, Texas, May 9, 1910

Assessment No. 44.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. E. H. Willis, who died
at Vinson, Okla., May 1st.  Mr. Willis joined Sept. 30, 1902.
Assessment No. 45.
	This notifies you of the deat of our member, Mrs. Ella Miller, who died at
her home here May 3.  Mrs. Miller joined Feb. 7, 1903.
Notice double assessment.				Chas. A. Richardson. Sec.

	Office of
	WIDOWS' AND ORPHANS' FUND
No 47.							      Athens, Texas	
								October 7, 1910
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. M. G. McCoy, who died
Sept. 4.
	Every member who can get some one to join and let's run our order to the
limit this fall.
Present membership 553					Chas. A. Richardson, Sec.

Office of W. & O. F.
	No. 48					Athens, Texas, November 10, 1910.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, F. P. Richardson, who died
at his home in this city, November 8, 1910, of pneumonia. Uncle Frank was a
charter member, and a great believer in our little order. We are gaining a
few in membership. Let's all pull together and try and get it to the limit
by the first of the year. Present membership 564.
							Chas. A. Richardson, Sec.

Office of W. & O. F. 
	No  49
				Athens, Texas, Dec. 29, 1910
	This notifies you of the death of Mrs. Mary Walker of Murchison, who died
Dec. 26th, of brain trouble. You can see by membership that our order is
still growing. If I have been checking you up, you will have to make some
other arrangements, as I will not be able to check any one up next year.
Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year, I am,
							Chas. A. Richardson, Sec.
Membership 561.

Office of W. & O. F.
	No. 50
						Athens, Texas, January 30, 1911.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, A. M. Edwards, who left town
late Saturday evening for home with a heavy load. In some way he fell out
of his wagon and was run over. Just after assessment No. 49, when he paid
up, he was talking to me about how much he thought of our little order.
Little did he think he would be the next man to collect. Let every member
who possibly can, get some one else to join this year and we will soon get
it to the limit, and then organize Company B, and by having Company A to
the limit of 750 members and organizing anohter Company, anyone can carry a
lot of insurance at actual cost. This is the cheapest and best insurance
any one can carry.
						Chas. A. Richardson, Secretary.




	Office of
W. & O. F.
							Athens, Texas, February 1, 1911.
		This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. S. W. Wright of
Brownsboro, No. 51		 who died Jan 29th of inflamation of the stomach.

		This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. J. F. Jackson of
Malakoff, No. 52  	who died Jan 29th of dropsy.
	Notice the double assessment. These two policies will have to be held till
money is collected.					Chas. A. Richardson, Secretary,
Membership 560.

Office of W. & O. F.
	No. 53. 					Athens, Texas, February 15, 1911.
			This notifies you of the death of our member, B. F. Walls of Athens,
R.F.D. No. 5. Mrs. Edwards got No. 49, assessment on hand, $560.00; Mr.
Wright will get No. 50 on Feb. 20; Mr. Jackson will get No. 51 on March 2;
Mrs. Walls will get No. 52 on March 2, and some one whose name I have
written to-night might get No. 53. It may be you or myself.
							Chas. A. Richardson, Sec.

No 55.	Office of W. & O. F.
							Athens, Texas, 8 - 16 - 11
	This notifies you of the death of our member Mr. W. T. Collins who died
Aug. 13. Mr. Collins and wife joined our order Oct. 22, 1903 and have been
very prompt members since.
	Let every member who can get some one to join this fall and we will soon
get the order to the limit, Then we can organize Co. B of the same order.
	Present membership 555.				Chas. A. Richardson, Sec.

No. 56.	Office of W. & O. FUND.
								Athens, Texas. 9 - 12 - 11.
This notifies you of the death of our member Mr. B. P. Colvin, who died at
his home in Athens today of dropsy.
						C. A. Richardson, Sec.
Present membership, 552.

	OFFICE OF W. & O. F.

No. 57							Athens, Texas, Oct. 25, 1911
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. Meredith, who died at
his home yesterday. Mr. Meredith held policy No. 115. He paid the first
assessment in the order, hving joined May 15, 1901, has been a member for
10 years and has been out $58.80 in assessments -- what can beat this for
cheap insurance. Lets all try to get a new member each between now and Jan.
1st so we can organize Company B of our order.
							Chas. A. Richardson, Sec.
Present membership 556.

	Office of W. & O. FUND

No. 58							Athens, Texas, Nov. 11, 1911
		This notifies you of the death of our member Mr. W. A. McLeod of
Murchison, who died of pneumonia Nov. 16. (Something is wrong with this
one, he died Nov. 16, yet the card is dated Nov. 11. These cards were
printed at a print shop, so I am not reading it wrong, pmp.) He joined the
order March 9, 1906, has paid out $43.05 and gets $557.00.
								Chas. A. Richardson, Sec.
Present Membership 557

	OFFICE OF W. & O. F.
							Athens, Texas, 4-22-12
No. 62		This notifies you of the death of our member Mr. J. T. Wilbanks,
who died at his home north of Malakoff, April 15.

No 63. 	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. W. H. Partin, who
died at his home north of Athens, April 18.
	Notice double assessment. We want to have a call meeting sometime soon and
all meet again.							Chas. a. Richardson, Sec'y.
Present membership, 533.

						Athens, Texas, Oct. 2, 1912.
		No. 65 --- Office of W. & O. F.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Roscoe Nowlin, who died at
his home here yesterday from the effects of a burn caused by a lamp
exploding. There is no telling who will be the next or in what way we will
go. In Roscoe we lose a good member and one of our best citizens.
Present Membership 545				Chas. A. Richardson, Sec.

Office of W. & O. Fund				Athens, Texas, Nov. 5, 1912.
	No. 66.
		This notifies you of the death of our member Mrs. A. S. Robbins, who died
at her home here Nov. 2. She joined the Order Sept. 16, 1905, on Assessment
No. 14 and has missed paying an assessment. Let's try to get the Order to
the limit of 750 this fall. Every member who lives in this county see some
one who does not belong and try and get them to join. We have the best
little insurance tht any one can carry. In fact it is insurance at actual
cost. Let's all work together and try to put it to the limit by the first
of the year.
							Chas. A. Richardson, Sec.

No. 67.					Athens, Texas, Dec. 14, 1912
	OFFICE OF W. & O. F.
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. R. W. Burnes, who died
at his home in the Western part of the county Dec. 11, of blood poison.
	Present membership 547.				Chas. A. Richardson, Sec.

							Athens, texas, June 30, 1913
No. 69
Office of W. & O. F.
			This notifies you of the death of our member Mr. J. O. Denton who died
at his home at Murchison, Texas, of cancer.
	Let every member who lives in this county talk ot some one and get them to
join our order and lets all pull together and try and get it to the limit
by this fall so that we can oranize Co. B.
							Chas. A> Richardson, Secretary.

							ATHENS, TEXAS, Feb. 23, 1914
No. 72 ~~ This notifies you of the death of our member. Mr. B. B. Floyd,
who died at his home, R.F.D. No. 1, Feb. 17, of heart trouble. 

No. 73 ~~ This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. G. H. Harvill
of Malakoff, who died Feb. 19, of Pellagra.
Notice double assessment.				Chas. A. Richardson, Sec'ty.
Present Membership 543.

	OFFICE OF W. & O. F. 
								Athens, Texas, July 21, 1914.
	No. 76. -- This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. D. R.
Murchison, who died at his home here July 17.
Membership 533						Chas. A. Richardson, Sec.

							Athens, Texas, April 8, 1914.
No. 74 ~~~ This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. J. W. Otts,
who lived at LaRue. He died March 8, at Haskell, Texas, whee he was
visiting his brother.
	On last double assessment our membership dropped some. Let's all who live
in this county try and get a new member.
Present membership 528.					Chas. A. Richardson, Sec ty.

Number 77.						Athens, Texas, August 24, 1914
		This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. G. J. Mitcham, who died
at Weatherford, Texas, August 13, 1914. Mr. Mitcham had been a member a
long time, having joined when he lived at Malakoff.
Present membership 513.				Chas. A. Richardson, Secretary.

	Office of W. & O. F.
							Athens, Texas, Sept. 16, 1914.
No. 78 --This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. Mary Jordan who
died Sept. 12. She held policy No. 131 in order and joined Aug. 9, 1901.
Let all members be on the lookout for new members. We want to put our order
to the limit this fall and organize Co. B. and by this time next year have
both companies to the limit of 750 each. This will be good insurance for
any one.
							Chas. A. Richardson, Sec'ty.

	Office of W. & O. F.
								Athens, Texas, Oct. 19, 1914.
	No. 79. -- This notifies you of the death of our member, A. J. Richardson,
who died at Bradford, Sept. 18, of rheumatism.

	No. 80. -- This notifies you of the death of our member. Mrs. R. W.
Derden, who died at her home here Oct. 7, of kidney trouble.
	Notice double assessment. Our order is holding up good for deaths to come
so fast. Let's all work for the order and try and put it to limit by first
of year. To members who live in county -- Youg neighbor may not be able to
meet the premium on his insurance that he carries in some other company and
intends to drop it. See him and get him to join our order.
Present membership 517.					Chas. A. Richardson, Sec'ty.

No. 81								Athens, Texas, January 18, 1915
		This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. O. Olson,  who died at
Brownsboro, January 9th. Let us all try and build up our order back to
where we once had it. We can do it with just a little work from every member.
Present membership 495.					Chas. A. Richardson, Secretary

No. 82								Athens, Texas, April 7, 1915.
	Office of W. & O. F. 
	This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. J. H. Derden, who died
at his home here, April 3.
Present Membership, 497.					Chas. A. Richardson, Secretary

	Office of						Athens, Texas, June 3, 1915
      W. & O. FUND
No. 86. -- This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. Davidson, who
died May 1.
No. 87. -- This notifies you of the death of our member, W. P. Calhoun, who
died May 6th.
No. 88. -- This notifies you of the death of our member, W. P. Wilson, who
died May 19.
	Notice the three assessments. Settlement will be made on No. 86 on June
18. No. 87, July 3; and No. 88 July 20.
Membership 445.						Chas. A. Richardson, Secretary.

Office of W. & O. F.						Athens, Tex., Jan. 12, 1916.
	No. 93 -- This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. F. M. Wood of
Kemp, Tex., Route No. 3.
	No. 94 -- This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. Polly
Steward, of Athens, Route 6.
	No. 95 -- This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. M. E.
Schrader of Big Springs, Texas.
	Notice the three assessments. You can pay all three assessments at once or
pay No. 93 by Feb. 1st, No. 94 by Feb. 15, and No. 95 by March 1st.
	Our death rate has been heavy for the past year, and several have died who
had let their insurance drop. Wishing you a happy and prosperious year for
1916. I am,
Present Membership 390.					Chas. A. Richardson, Secretary.

								Athens, Texas, June 1, 1917.
No. 104--This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. H. R. Lewis of
Eustace, Texas.
No. 105--This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. C. H. Hart.
No. 106--This notifies you of the death of our member, Mr. W. W. Royall.
No. 107--This notifies you of the death of our member, Dr. Percy Larkin.
	Notice FOUR assessments. Time will be up on these as follows: No. 104,
June 15; 105, June 30; 106 and 107, July 15, or all can be paid atonce,
which will save extra postage, and settlement can be made on policies
sooner. To members who live in the county at other towns besides Athens,
get some new members and get your doctor, who is an examiner for some other
insurance company, to examine them and we will accept their examinations.
	This makes our death rate high for this year, but no telling who will make
next collection. Some one is sure to. 
							Chas. A. Richardson.

Office of W. and O. F.
							Athens, Texas, December 19, 1917
No. 109.  This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. T. J. Lawrence
of Chandler.
No. 110.  This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. I. W. Starnes,
of Malakoff.
No. 111.  This notifies you of the death of our member, S. T. Crosley, of
LaRue.
No. 112.  This notifies you of the death of our member, Geo. W. Meredith,
of Athens.
	NOTICE--Four assessments. Let's all try and be as prompt in remitting as
we can, so as to be able to pay all four claims off as soon as possible.
	Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous Year for 1918. I am,
Present membership 290.					Chas. A. Richardson, Sec.

	OFFICE  W. & O. F.
							Athens, Texas, July 16, 1918

No. 117 --This notifies you of the death of our member, Mrs. E. B. Dean,
LaRue, Texas.
No. 118 -- This notifies you of the death of our member, S. G. Stringer, of
Murchison, Texas.
No. 119 -- This notifies you of the death of our member, W. T. Davis, of
Athens, Texas.

							Chas. A. Richardson,
									Secretary
Present Membership 180.

Transcribed by - Pauline Mitchell Pierce 


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