Some Marriage and Death Notices
from the DeSoto Times-Promoter

Extracted by Tim Harrison

Death of W. C. Wooten.  (January 10, 1924).

Relatives of the Wooten family received a telegram Sunday informing them of the death of W. C. Wooten, which occurred in Camp Kearney, California, on January 5th, after a long illness.
W. C. Wooten was the only son of Mrs. Will Wooten.  He spent his boyhood in Hernando and was a student at the University of Mississippi, taking a position, later, in Cincinnati, from which place he went several months ago to California for the benefit of the mild climate.  He was joined there by his mother.  At the time of his death he was only 25 years of age.
His sister, Mrs. Andrew Shuford, left Memphis Sunday for California where interment will take place.  Another sister, Mrs. Wilks, lives at Camp Kearney.
The untimely death of this promising youth is a loss to relatives and to his country that must bring the keenest sorrow to relatives, and deepest regret to friends.
Mrs. Wooten did not live at Camp Kearney but had her home at 3630 Seneca Ave., Los Angeles, California.

Lawson Wood Death’s Victim.  (January 10, 1924).

News has just been received in Hernando of the sudden death of Mr. Lawson T. Wood, a former Hernando boy, who died after a short illness of pneumonia at his home in Olathe, Colorado, January 8th, at eight-thirty p.m.  He would have been forty-four years of age at his next birthday, July 31st of this year.  His remains will be interred at San Antonio, Texas.
He is a brother of our esteemed citizen, Mr. Will Wood, of Hernando, and of Mr. George Wood, of Memphis, Tennessee.  He will be remembered by many of the good Hernando people who deeply deplore his death and sympathize with his family and friends.
Mr. Geo. Wood left Wednesday night for San Antonio.

Popular DeSoto County Boy Marries.  (January 10, 1924)

Mr. E. L. McIntosh, of Bright neighborhood, was married Dec. 27th, 1923, to Miss Lallie Barry Park, of Oxford.
The marriage took place at the home of the bride, a young lady whose charm and grace has won her many friends.
The couple are making their home at Bright, where Mr. McIntosh has been living.

Attention DeSoto Camp [U.C.V.] (February 21, 1924) [Death of Thomas O’Donnell]

On account of the death of our adg. T. [J.] O’Donnell I this day appoint A. M. Lauderdale E’s’g. to fill the vacancy until our regular Camp meeting in August.  Also on account of my protracted ill health, I request First Lieut. D. M. Dockery to perform duty of the said camp until August.

[Thomas J. O’Donnell, 28 Apr 1846 - 17 Jan 1924, served in Co. K/G, 10th Tennessee Infantry, CSA]

James Thomas Shannon.  (March 6, 1924).

James Thomas Shannon, 17 year old son of Mr. Polk Shannon, of Lake Cormorant, died last Friday morning in Memphis, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital following an operation for appendicitis.
He was a student at Mississippi Heights Academy, Blue Mountain, a youth of great promise, industry and traits that endeared him to all acquaintances.
He was the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. George Nail of Oak Grove, where interment took place Sunday morning, beside the grave of his mother who died several years ago.

Local News.  (June 26, 1924)  [Death of Nancy Owens]

At the age of 80, Mrs. Nancy Owens of the Grays Creek neighborhood, died Monday at the home of her son, Mr. Martin Owens, following a short illness.  Interment took place Tuesday afternoon at Grays Creek cemetery.

Negro Man Dies Suddenly.  (July 31, 1924)  [Dennis Richardson]

Dennis Richardson, a 26-year-old negro man, died early last Friday morning in Hernando, from congestion.  He was taken ill Thursday afternoon from exposure to the excessive heat while working in the field.
Richardson, an industrious man, was a valued employee of Mr. F. C. Holmes.

Will L. Harrison Dies Suddenly.  (July 31, 1924)

Mr. W. L. Harrison, of Cockrum, died at his home about 11 o’clock Wednesday night; a victim, so it was reported, of acute indigestion.  He was apparently in good health, but complained of being very warm and laid down were a breeze could strike him through an open window.  A short time later Mrs. Harrison discovered him breathing his last.
Mr. Harrison was a well-known and very popular citizen of DeSoto county, having been jailor 22 years ago and serving as sheriff from 1916 to 1920.  He was the son of Mr. J. D. Harrison, of Miller.  He was a fine type of citizen and his death is a loss to the county.  He leaves a wife and several children.
Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon at Cockrum and members of the Masonic fraternity will take part.

Marriage License Issued.  (July 31, 1924)

License to marry has been issued as follows since Wednesday of last week:
White—R. W. Bramlett and Miss Eula Wilkinson.
Colored—Lucius Anderson and Elizabeth Smith; Joe Reddick Johnson and Willie Mae Lowden; Dona Clayton and Rosa Lee Dubbs.

Coldwater Man Found Dead.  (September 25, 1924).

George Pace, of Coldwater, was found dead Wednesday morning in a field near town.
Pace had gone fishing in Coldwater river the day before and it is thought that he became ill and sought shelter in the house.
He was between fifty and sixty years old.

Marriage License Issued.  (September 25, 1924)

License to marry has been issued as follows since Wednesday of last week:
White—J. David Ingerson and Miss Pearl Mayfield.  William Holder McCullough and Miss Gertrude Mozelle Mathis.  Merritt H. Crenshaw and Miss Elizabeth Young Kincannon.
Colored—Henry Betts and Sylvia Oliver.  William Cottrell Ships and Mattie Jones.  Simon Garrison and Della Johnson.  Robert Driver and Roberta Kelly.

Lynchburg Happenings.  (September 25, 1924)

Miss Pearl Mayfield and Mr. J. D. Ingerson were married at Brother McKibben’s Sunday, Sept. 18th.  Miss Mayfield is the daughter of the late C. C. Mayfield and is a well-known young lady of this neighborhood.  Mr. Ingerson is a veteran of the late war and formerly resided in Vermont.  Their many friends wish them smooth sailing on the sea of life.

Poplar Corner Pickups.  (September 25, 1924)

I told you in last week’s paper that Poplar Corner had lost three of her young ladies who had run away and got married.  Now she has lost four.  Mrs. C. C. Mayfield lost one of her girls the same way.  A young man living with Mr. Seckt named Jay is the man who stole her.  I am looking for one more soon to go the same way.

[Upcoming Marriage]  (September 25, 1924)

Invitations are out for the approaching marriage of Dr. David LaBauve Farley and Miss Jean Stevenson Clarke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Alexander Clark, of Westover, Va.  This even will take place at four o’clock Monday, Oct. 6th, at Westover church and the couple will be at home in Philadelphia, November first.  Dr. Farley is a son of the late L. J. Farley, and is practicing medicine in Philadelphia, where he is also an assistant instructor in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania.

Gannaway-Ott.  (October 2, 1924)

The wedding of Miss Christine Gannaway, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Gannaway, of Nesbitt, Miss., to Mr. Ollie Lienfield Ott, of Goodman, Miss., took place on Saturday, Sept. 27th, at the home of the bride’s parents, the Rev. I. N. Yokley officiating.
The ceremony was performed on the lawn, under an archway of autumn leaves and greenery, with baskets of golden rod and ferns massed in the back yard.  Miss Kathleen Yokely presided at the piano.
The bride, who was given in marriage by her brother, Mr. J. J. Gannaway, was gowned in brown brocaded crepe faille, trimmed in beaver, with brown velvet hat, and carried an arm bouquet of Aaron Ward roses.
The matron of honor, Mrs. George Richey, of Tunica, Miss., wore black couton crepe, trimmed in grey fur and carried pink roses.  Mr. Marion Estes, of Cruger, Miss., served as Mr. Ott’s best man.
After a wedding trip to Chicago, Detroit and points in Canada, Mr. and Mrs. Ott will be at home to their friends in Goodman, Miss.

Personal and Local Notes.  (October 2, 1924)

The two-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Shepherd, of Memphis, died last night.  The burial took place this morning at 11 o’clock at Eudora.  Mrs. Shepherd, who was Miss Pattie Droke, is well-known in Hernando, where her many friends regret to learn of her bereavement.

Marriage License Issued.  (October 16, 1924)

License to marry has been issued as follows since Wednesday of last week:
White—S. A. Gay and Mrs. Casey Y. Campbell.  Alvin Clark and Miss Rosa Drew Perkins.
Colored—John Daly and Martha Gary.  Clarence Edward Mitchell and Sarah Jane Pointers.  Elbert Bobertson [Robertson] and Minnie May Hightower.

A. G. Perry Passes Away.  (October 16, 1924).

Mr. A. G. Perry, one of the oldest men in the county, died last Sunday night at his home near Olive Branch, where he had lived since reaching manhood.  He had been feeble for sometime and his death was not unexpected.
Mr. Perry came to this county when a youth from near Nashville, Tennessee.  He had reached the age of 90 years and 10 days.  He was a Confederate veteran, serving under Col. J. B. Morgan, of Hernando, in the Army of Tennessee.
Mr. Perry was a man of fine character and always had many warm friends.  He leaves a wife, two daughters.  The funeral took place Tuesday morning in Blocker cemetery at Olive Branch, conducted by Rev. J. W. Lee, of Batesville, and the local Masons.

[Absalom G. Perry enlisted in 1862 in Co. I, 29th Mississippi Regiment.  He was captured November 24, 1863 at Point Lookout, Chattanooga, TN].

Former Town Resident Dead.  (October 16, 1924).

Friends were notified the first of the week of the death of Lem Banks Temple which occurred at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, at about 10 o’clock Saturday morning.  The deceased was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Temple, old former residents of Hernando, and a brother of Miss Sue and Mr. Ed Temple.  The two last-named lived with him.
Mr. Temple leaves a wife, son and daughter.  He was 68 years old.

Well-Known Minister Dies.  (October 16, 1924)

Dr. I. P. Trotter, Baptist minister known throughout north Mississippi, died at Blue Mountain the latter part of last week.  He was the father of Prof. Ide P. Trotter, former teacher in the Hernando school and of Mrs. Boone, former resident here.

Car Kills Boy.  (November 27, 1924).

William Durward Vaiden, the 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Vaiden, of Lewisburg neighborhood, was instantly killed last Thursday morning, November 20th, when a car in which he was riding overturned.  At the time of the accident two other boys were in the car; Ernest McElroy and Maston Broadway, the latter driving.  The three boys had gone early in the morning for water for school which they were attending.  While attempting to round a corner the driver lost control of the car and the vehicle turned completely over, crushing the neck of the Vaiden youth and slightly bruising the other two boys.
The victim of the accident was an only child and a promising boy, and his untimely death is greatly deplored.
Funeral services were hold Friday morning at 11 o’clock, at Baker’s Chapel, conducted by Rev. Bowlin and H. H. Wallace.  The burial took place in the Chapel graveyard.

H. N. Dagenhart Dies Suddenly.  (November 27, 1924).

Mr. H. N. Dagenhart, of Wilsons Mill community, died last Friday at his home where he had been found a few hours before death in an unconscious state.  His condition indicated that he had suffered an appoplectic [sic] stroke while alone.
Mr. Dagenhart lived alone on his farm which he had purchased several years ago and was about sixty-five years old.  Before moving to DeSoto county he had resided in Memphis.
Relatives of Mr. Dagenhart were notified of his death and his remains were carried to Memphis for burial in Elmwood cemetery.
He leaves three children, Walter N. and Irving N. Dagenhart and Mrs. C. C. Cox, all of Chicago.

Marriage License Issued.  (November 27, 1924)

License to marry have been issued as follows since Wednesday afternoon of last week:
White—D. L. Clervis and Mrs. Julia McDaniel Wiley.  J. H. Bates and Miss Josephine Smith.
Colored—Ernest Bryant and Hester Wiggins.  Anthony Armstead and Virginia Hardy.  W. L. Cook and Eliza Hinton.  Clarence Taylor and Mamie Key.  Allen Sanders and Inez Wright.  Wesley Buchanan and Bertha Harper.  Sonman Sales and Cleo Paris.

Personal and Local Notes.  (December 18, 1924)

Mrs. Ima Lyon Hereford, of New Market, Ala., died a few days ago in Elkton, Ky., where she had gone to spend Thanksgiving.  Her death was caused by an attack of pneumonia.  As Miss Lyon she taught in the school in Hernando, thirteen or fourteen years ago when Prof. W. S. Burks was principal, and many of her former friends her regret to learn of her death.

Dr. W. T. Wilkins Dead.  (December 18, 1924)

Early Monday morning relatives in Hernando and in the county received the sad intelligence that Dr. W. T. Wilkins, well-known and popular physician of Olive Branch, had died Sunday night.  The end came after an illness of a few days from pneumonia.
Dr. Wilkins was born in Marshall county in 1859.  After he completed his studies in a medical college he was married in 1880 to Miss Ella Dickey.  He afterwards became a resident of Olive Branch, where, until his death he had a successful and lucrative practice, becoming well and favorably known to everybody in that section.
It is not too much to say that no man in DeSoto county had more friends or stood higher as a man, citizen, husband, or father than Dr. Wilkins.  His many fine qualities endeared him to all who knew him, and his death is a loss to his community and his country.  He was followed to his grave by a large number of people, the burial taking place in Olive Branch cemetery and being in charge of local and visiting Masons.
Mrs. Wilkins and his six children survive Dr. Wilkins.  They are: Dr. Leroy Wilkins, of Clarksdale, Miss.  Mrs. Annie Lou Shinault, of Byhalia, Miss.  Mrs. Dickey Woods, of Olive Branch, Miss.  Mrs. Linnie May Wren, of Sherrod, Miss.  Miss Elizabeth Wilkins, of Olive Branch, and W. T. Wilkins, Jr., student at the state university.

Death Comes to Henry Harris.  (December 18, 1924)

Mr. Henry Harris, of the Oak Grove neighborhood, died Tuesday afternoon about five o’clock.  Death followed an illness of several months, the result of an appoplectic [sic] stroke suffered early in the year.
Mr. Harris lacked only a few days of being seventy-five years old.  His live had been spent on the farms of himself and his father in the Oak Grove neighborhood, where he had reared a large family of children.  He was twice married and is survived by nine children and his wife.
Mr. Harris was an excellent citizen, and all his neighbors, some of them life-long friends, speak of him only with praise.  People in distress and needing help and attention always found in him a ready friend.  He was a good man and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
The funeral, largely attended, took place in Oak Grove cemetery Wednesday afternoon.

Marriage License Issued.  (December 18, 1924)

License to marry has been issued as follows since Wednesday afternoon of last week:
White—A. D. Ferguson and Miss Francoise Forrester.  Willie Cockrell and Miss Mattie Tisdale.  T. Y. Lewis and Miss Edna Rich.  Ernest Sheridan Doolie and Miss Elllie Floe Sanders.  Ressie Shackelford and Miss Velma White.  Madison Sisk and Miss Evie Nation.  Jesse A. Brasher and Miss Lillian McGee.
Colored—Jeff Hicks and Florence Wilkins.  Isaiah Critley and Mary Dawson.  Will Jackson and Mary Madison.  Butler Campbell and Maggie Lee.  Johnnie Woodson and Mrs. Luella Callicott.  John Lucas and Daisy Thompson.

Lake Cormorant News.  (December 18, 1924)

We have lost one of our girls.  Miss Blanche Cupples and Mr. Bill Meek, of Olive Branch, were married in Marion, Ark., Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving and this was kept a secret until; December 13th.  Mr. and Mrs. Meek spent Sunday with the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Cupples.  We wish the young couple a life of much happiness.  Mr. Meek was a member of the Olive Branch faculty, but will discontinue his work there.

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