Baylor County Banner1919

The Baylor County Banner





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January 2, 1919 

Levelview - Mr. D. A. Chapman and his family of Plainview spent Christmas with her mother, Mrs. Cox.


January 8, 1919

Lost: Somewhere between Porter well and Seymour a 10ft. hose, steel lined, with yellow cloth.  Had been used for loading fuel oil.  Reasonable reward to finder.  R. E. Bryan  14-15pd

Theodore Roosevelt dies


January 16, 1919 

Richland - Mr. Riley Henson and Ross Session went to Red Springs Sunday afternoon.

Little Charley Henson is on the sick list at this writing.



January 23, 1919

A memorial service was held for all men who died in the war from Baylor County.  Frank Watts was listed.


January 23, 1919
found in section with heading "from the subscribers"

Note: The editor saved the subscriber information for many months as he was telling details of the war and trying to save paper for the war effort so some of the subscriber news is old.  Also note that the editor was not sending papers to those who were more than three months behind on their payments as another way to cut costs and save paper.  During the late 1918 and early 1919 most of the news was about the war, the drought, and the quarantine as many people were dying from the Spanish Influenza.

Oct. 23   Mr. J. R. Hammett renewed from Post. He said money matters were close in the drouth district and he couldn't keep on taking the paper indefinitely unless things go to breaking better.  He may not be able to take the paper always.  Mr. Hammett has a boy in France.  They had just received a letter from him and he had been under shell fire for 31 days and had gone over the top and had not received a single scratch.  Mr. Hammett was very thankful for that and that his boy was not a slacker.  Mr. Hammett wishes the Banner and Old Baylor all kinds of good luck.


February 6, 1919

Levelview - Mrs. T. A. Cox and daughter, Mrs. Floyd Thompson visited Mrs. J. B. Langly of  Red Springs last Friday. Mrs. Joe Cox and mother, Mrs. Roberts of Douglas Arizona visited at Mr. T. A. Cox’s Sunday. 

Wedding of Mr. H. Olin Studer and Miss Bertha Alice White. 


February  13, 1919 

Mrs. W. T. Moody

Mrs. Cora Alice Moody, nee Dudley was born in Illinois on March 1, 1868. She came to Denton county, Texas, in 1872, moving to Thorp Springs, Hood county in 1875, where she was educated at Add-Ran College. During her school live she united with the Christian church in 1882, living a devoted member of the same until the time of her death.  She came to Baylor county in 1885, and was married to Mr. W. T. Moody in 1884.  To this union six children were born, five of whom survive the mother, viz:  Mrs. Florence Miller, Mrs. Ollie White, and Arthur Moody of Seymour, James Moody of Texline, and Tilman Moody of the Expeditionary Forces in France. Mrs. Moody was a woman of noble character. To the suffering she was always a friend, giving council and comfort.  To her family she was a devoted wife and mother.  To the community she was a cheerful and willing servant.  In her religious life she was unostentatious, humble and devout.  Mrs. Moody died Februray 13, leaving sacred memories and the fruits of a life spent in service as a legacy to her friends and loved ones. Sorrowing friends and bereaved relatives followed her remains to the Christian church, where the funeral service was conducted by Rev. Callin W. Yates, assisted by Rev. O. P. Clark, after which the body was laid to rest in the Seymour cemetery to await the final resurrection, when those of the earth will arise, to know as they are known.

Obituary for Mrs. C. B. Daniel (Beth Word) and also for her sister, Mrs. H. C. Harrison (Ovie Word). Both died from the Spanish Influenza.


February 20, 1919 

Obituary for Mrs. W. T. Moody (also see March 6, 1919 and a correction in February 27, 1919.  

Obituary for Margaret Louise Smith, four month old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. R. Smith 

Obituary for Brother I. N. Adams (much information in this obituary) 

Constable J. S. Kirby dies of burns.  

Dr. H. B. White weds Theresa Lindly


February 27, 1919 

Levelview - The singing given by Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Cox was enjoyed by a large crowd.

 Mrs. Ura Mae Busby is spending time with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cox.


March 6, 1919 

Oscar Poteet’s summary of his trip overseas during the war.  

Mrs. D. A. Chapman and family of Plainview visited her mother and her brother, Mr. Lewis Cox, Sunday.  

Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Cox visited their daughter, Mrs. Vera Mae Busby, Thursday at Holiday.  Bill remaining there for a few days.

Mr. Bill Cox went to Holiday to stay with his sister, Mrs. Roy Cox.

Strayed:  From my residence in Seymour, One black pig weight about 100 pounds, bob-tailed.   W. D. Henson


March 20, 1919

Ruth Guthrie and P. S. Connell were married

For Sale:  3 fine Poland China Sows    26-7        Buster Bryan

Willie May Bryan attended a birthday party along with many other girls in an article titled A Happy Occasion


March 27, 1919 

The burial of Reed Morris in France 

Doyle Frazier, 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Frazier, died.  

Mr. Wiley Yeager who was reported killed in the service in France returned home last Sunday.  His picture came out in  the Star Telegram as one who had given his life for his county.  His many friends are glad indeed to know that he is still alive. 

Levelview - The parties given by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Thompson Monday night and by  Mr. and Mrs. John Brooks Friday night were enjoyed by a large crowd and all had a nice time.  

Charlie Emsoff dies


April 3, 1919

Tragic death of Mr. Ben Ford Turner 

Mr. R. E. Bryan is down at the oil fields with his teams.   In fact, a number of our people have been there lately.  Messes L. H. and C. M. Casselberry of Plainview have been among the number.  There is good money in the work, but the kind of weather we have been getting lately is not favorable for work. 

Richland - Mr. Riley Henson has been dragging the roads this week.

Mr. C. C. McDonald is dead (father of Mrs. J. Roach).


April 10, 1919

Mr. Andy Bowie returned last week from France where he had been for a long time.  We are glad to have him back in the old USA again.

The party given by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cox Saturday night was enjoyed by a large crowd.  All had a nice time.

DeRay Bryan was elected secretary of the B. Y. P. U.

Obituary for Vira Ethel Tarver wife of C.O. Thornton in CA on Jan. 27, 1919.

Another one to come in last week was Andy Bowie.  He was with the 131 Artillery and received his discharge from Camp Travis.


April 17, 1919

The wedding of Mr. John James and Miss Vera Studer (also see April 24)

Buster Williamson dies in NM

The death of little Frankie Jones

Mrs. Cassie Lee is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cox. 

DeRay Bryan participated in the BYPU program.

Mr. I. E. Craddock and Miss Marie Knoerr were married in OK.

A letter from Russell Morris to his parents from France.  He describes visiting Reed’s grave in France


April 24 1919

 Obituary of Robbie Lou Colwell, the third member of his family to die in the past six months

Mr. K. A. Yost and Miss Louise Hons were married in Bomarton

Picture of Mrs. R. R. Kellum


May 1, 1919


Will Shelly Dies

Last week in making mention of the return of Mr. Tom Cox of Levelview, we had his initials L. E. when it should have       been T. E.

Death of Judge J. T. McLamore (in Westview news section)

Mr. w. C. Campbell and Miss Connie {could be Corine} Martin wed.

Mr. J. C. Arden dies (husband of Willie Clough)


May 8, 1919

Millard Ray Latta participated in the BYFU program


May 15, 1919

Mr. A. J. Blanks sells his dray business to Mr. Press Henderson.  Mr. Blanks has been a long time in the dray business.  His health had gotten so that the work was to much for him.

Obituary of William T. Shelly



May 22, 1919

Some airplanes went over on Tuesday and another one yesterday.  They did not stop or give any account of themselves. Perhaps after awhile airplanes will be so common that no mention will be necessary about them.  Infact, even now some of the oil men at Kanger have purchased planes to be used in going to and from Fort Worth.

Tom Richardson dies (Bomarton)

Home From France

The Banner would have to be a big paper if we told all the soldier's news this week.  In fact, so much might be said that we are puzzled whether to undertake to tell anything at all or to devote the entire issue to what the boys have to say.

            During the past week the following Baylor county boys have arrived home from across the pond: Clarence Copeland, Porter Brown, Arthur Crownover, Jack Henderson, Hugh Shipley, Hershell High, and J.O. Noah. The latter has been at his home in Erath County for some two weeks, but is on a visit here to the family of Mr. R. E. Bryan. He was in the radio service, which had to with the operation of wireless telegraphy. He had finished his training and was ready to go to the front lines when the armistice was signed.

            Mr. Noah's work was in the interception of messages which the Germans were sending.  They were sent in cipher, but some of them could be worked out.  Mr. Noah says we can put him down as for the Y.M.C.A.  He said the organization undertook more than it could handle, especially the canteen service, but that on the whole, it did a fine work. Mr. Noah was all through France, at the last being on the Toul Sector and had a good opportunity of seeing the country.

 {Note: This was followed by information about Porter Brown, Jack Henderson, C. Copeland, and Hershell High. A. Crownover was not yet interviewed.}


May 29, 1919

B.Y.P.U. Program for June 1st

DeRay Bryan’s part in the service was the Illustration and to present “The Method of Boaz, the Helpful Helper.”

Obituary for Tom Richardson


June 2, 1919

Mr. Simon Bush who has been attending Simmons College is spending a few days with his friend, Mr. Riley Henson.


June 19, 1919

Death of Mr. P. D. Laws

Child dies – Jessie Halford daughter of G. W. and Annie Halford – granddaughter of Rev. J. D. Knight

Frazier Parks m. Mattie Todd


June 26, 1919

Rev. O. P. Clark came in Saturday from Stephenville where he and wife had been to see her people.  Mrs. Clark is now visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Smith of Megargel.

A daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hall

Wedding of J. D. Cowan and Edith Skipworth


July 3, 1919

Mr. Carl Lee Loses Life at Clovis.  Body is Burned Beyond Recognition.  Funeral Held Sunday at the Henson Cemetery.-
       Last thursday night, about 11:30 o'clock, Mr. Carl Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Lee of Plainview community, this county, was instantly killed by lightning at his home at Clovis, N.M.  He had been to town for groceries and was within about four miles of home when the tragedy occurred.  He had driven his car into a barn near the roadside to take refuge from the shower.  The people at the house were aroused by the bleating of the pet lambs and discovered that the barn was on fire, having caught from the lightning  They did not find out that the young man and the car were in the barn and his body was not found until next morning.  The barn had burned down upon him and he was burned until he was not recognizable except for articles that were known to be on his person.
       The body was brought here for interment, arriving Sunday afternoon.  It was accompanied by Jess Lee and wif and Mrs. Trigg Lawson.  Mr. Burrell Lee had arrived from overseas, and was given a furlough to attend the funeral.  He has gone back to receive his discharge.  It has certainly been a sad homecoming for him.
       Mr. Lee states that a member of the family will prepare a statement concerning the life and the death of Mr. Carl, and this will be given in a later issue.  However, the family wishes at this time to extend the most sincere thanks to the large number who were so kind and sympathetic in this hour of overpowering grief.  This kindness is appreciated to the fullest possible extent and will be remembered as long as life shall last.                 {transcribed by Jeanette Simkins}


W. S. Shaw died

Clarence Bowman dies

10 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Bates dies


July 10,1919


Notice to the Public  The practice of medicine is the only thing that did not advance during the hard years and the only thing that could be obtained on credit.  Now that you have made such a large wheat crop, we must have our accounts settled at once or we shall be forced to a cash basis. Our prices advance on July 1, 1919.

                                    J. F. Bunkley  MD

                                    J. D. Ratliff  MD

                                    O. E. Johnson MD

                                    S. W. Pistole  MD

                                    J. A. Richardson  MD

                                    C. F. Johnson   MD 


Willie McKenzie and Stella Tipton were wed

 Mr. J. A. Safford / Gafford /Stafford dies


Carroll Russell Lee
   was born August 18, 1895 at Agness, Wise County, Texas, moved to Seymour, Texas with his parents, with whom he lived until 2 years ago, when he went to live with his brother, Jesse, at Clovis, N. M.
       The sudden and totally unexpected death of Carl, at the acme of his usefullness, astounded his numerous friends and cast a cloud as a shadowed pall over the entire community of Seyymour and Clovis.  He was just entering in to the prime of life, the very picture of health, age 23 years, 10 months and 8 days.
       On the night of June 26, he left his brother's where he had gone to get some provisions to take to the camps, where he and others were at work.  On his way to camp he was overtaken by a rain and electric storm, there being a barn near the roadside, he drove his car into the barn.  While there a bolt of lightening struck the barn and killed him and set fire to the barn, which burned down on him.  He was burned beyond recognition.  The watch he had on him stopped at 11:30 o'clock, Thursday night June 26.  No one knew who he was until two o'clock the next afternoon, when his brother, Jesse, heard of it.  He identified him by the watch, wrench, knife and other articles he carried in his pockets.
       His remains arrived in Seymour, Sunday evening, accompanied by his brother and wife and two sisters and children.
       Wonderful to think that his brother, Burrell, who had returned from overseas to Camp Bowie, Saturday evening at 3:00 o'clock, took a bath, got leave to visit his uncle, J. C. Lee at Ponder, who told him of Carroll being killed and that his remains would arrive in Seymour Sunday evening, so he went back to Camp Bowie, got a pass to visit home and to attend the funeral, which took place at the Henson cemetery, by the side of his twin sisters, Sunday evening at 6 o'clock.
       Brother Smith conducted the funeral services.  The entire family, with T. A. Lee, an uncle of Carl's from Sweetwater, Texas and quite a host of friends were present.  A father, mother, three brothers and four sisters survive him to mourn their loss.
       To the bereaved we extend our sympathy and for consolation we refer you to Him who is able to comfort.
       Carl is but an emblem of what we are to be, and what we may soon become so let us seriously meditate the solemn admonition that it offers and ponder it well and see that our heart fosters no evil.  The question naturally arises, should it not humble human pride?  Should it not, awaken the soul to a just sense of responsibility to its God or duty unto it's self?
       In view of this, the common lot of us all, should it not enlist the tenderest of human sympathy.
                                                           Written by an Uncle.                    {transcribed by Jeanette Simkins}


July 13, 1919

B.Y.P. U. Program - Millard Ray Latta was leading the service and also played a piano solo.


 July 17, 1919

Daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Everett


July 24, 1919

Joe White wedding {very faded – bride may have been named Chowder}

Baby boy born to Mrs. O. C. Jefferds – father died in the winter flu epidemic


July 31, 1919

Mrs. W. J. Beeler died


August 7, 1919

Miss Mildred {Millard} Latta and Miss DeRay Bryan left this morning for Fort Worth to spend about two weeks with the former’s father and other relatives.

Phillips – Stoker wedding 


August 21, 1919

FOR SALE   Span of seven year old mules, no better in county, and 31/4 wide tire, nearly new wagon     R. E. Bryan

Mr. D. A. Chapman and family of Plainview visited Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cox Thursday night.


August 28, 1919

Misses Millard Ray Latta and DeRay Bryan returned Sunday night from Fort Worth where they had been to visit the former’s people.


September 18, 1919

Mr. F. W. Thompson who lives west of town says his cotton will make about a third of a bale to acre which is about all he could have picked anyway.


September 25, 1919

DeRay Bryan was the leader of the B.Y.P.U. program.



October 9, 1919

Mrs. Hairston dies. The obituary for Lodema Criswell Hairston appears in this issue.  A resolution of Sympathy for Myrtie Bryan  “at the loss of her dear mother” was also found in this issue. 


October 16, 1919

A card of thanks from Mrs. R. E. Bryan



November 26, 1919

 Mrs. R. E. Bryan subscribed for her uncle Mr. T. L. Criswell of Marlin.  Mr. Criswell was here not long ago to attend the funeral of his sister Mrs. P. A. Hairston.


December 4, 1919

 Mrs. R. E. Bryan left Sunday afternoon for Dallas in company with her daughter, Miss Marie. They are going to have an x-ray picture taken and try and determine the trouble with her speech.  It is hoped that this trouble may be located and remedied.


December 25, 1919

Miss Susie Hammett of Post has been here to visit relatives and old friends. She left Tuesday for Electra to see relatives.

We are glad to report that Mr. John Mayo and family will again be residents of Baylor County.  They are moving here from Lubbock county and will likely live in Seymour.  They are glad to get back home as we are to . . . {end of article was cut off}



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