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collection of early death notices and obituaries from the Irving Index. Irving, Texas is
located in Dallas County. These
are extracted from early 1900 newspapers.
Newspaper of Irving, Texas 1912
The following are obituaries and death
notices extracted from the Irving Index. This newspaper was one of
the first newspapers in Irving, Texas. Irving, Texas is located in
the Northwest area of Dallas County. These are presented in
alphabetical order although there are many other names in each
article. Spelling and punctuation has been left as found in the
To my friends of Irving; to both Church and good Samaritan
citizens of Irving - ??????m your words of kindness, and generous in deeds
of good, in the most eternal hour of trouble and sorrow, that finds a man's
entire being beyond seeming endurance: To you, from the depths of my
heart and whole nature, do I wish to tender my most grateful thanks for your
attentive and kind acts toward my wife at the hour of her untimely death,
and before my arrival at home; and again, for the expressions of sympathy
and courtesies shown me since my return to Irving. This touch of the
world's warmness will I ever remember and cherish. My vocabulary of
words is inaduquate to express my feelings and my gratitude, but I thank
I love Irving and Irving's good people, and I expect to
return to Irving to make my home.
With a grateful heart,
R. M. McGEE
Irving, Texas, May 1912
Last week Index stated that the funeral services of Mrs. McGEE
was conducted in the undertaker's chapel in Dallas. This was an
error. The body was removed to Sacred Heart Cathedral, where the usual
Catholic formalities and service was held by Father McCARTHY.
5 Oct 1912
The remains of Mrs. Kate Rider McGEE, wife of R. M. McGEE,
wife of R. M. McGEE, which have lain in the vault of the undertaker's
chapel in Dallas since her tragic death in Irving early last spring, were
finally put to rest last Saturday. The body was buried in Oakland
cemetery. Father McCARTY conducted the funeral services at the
grave, which receptable was by him "blessed". A few Irving
Mr. R. M. McGEE will visit with Irving friends
7 Dec 1912
KILLING IN GRAND PRAIRIE
Arthur TURNER Shoots W. B. McKINNEY-Says Wife Insulted.
Grand Prairie - A charge of No. 4 shot brought almost
instant death to W. B. McKINNEY, a contractor of Grand Prairie, as he
was sitting in the interurban station at that place about 11 o'clock
A moment later, Arthur TURNER, young furniture
painter employed in a factory here, handed over a single-barreled shotgun
and surrendered himself to City Marshal W. J. ROBERTSON.
At the county jail, Arthur TURNER slender and little
more than a boy giving his age as 20 years, said: "I had to shoot McKINNEY
to protect my home. He insulted my wife. We were married seven
months ago today and I shot him within five or ten minutes after he insulted
her. I got a shotgun and it was the first time I had seen him after I
learned of it. He went to my home and insulted my wife.
McKINNEY had lived in Grand Prairie about six years
and had been engaged in a general contracting business. He is survived
by a wife, two grown sons and three other children.
TURNER came to Grand Prairie about a year ago and
entered the employ of the Chase Furniture & Coffin Company as a
furniture painter. He was at work when a telephone message caused him
to leave suddenly, a few minutes before the shooting. He was regarded
as quiet and steady and of a peaceable disposition.
The grand jury refused to indict Mr. TURNER.
14 Sep 1912
Little Edna NEWTON Dies
Little Edna, the eight-year-old daughter of Mrs. Ernest NEWTON,
reported injured by the T. & P. motor car at Eagle Ford on Friday of
last week, died in a sanitarium that evening. The shock was too much
for the young constitution.
7 Dec 1912
DALLAS NEGRO KILLER ARRESTED IN FORT WORTH
Dallas: Owing to the work of Officers LENZEN
and ROBERTS, who were assigned to the case, the Fort Worth police
were able to arrest Joe Parsons, a negro who is charged with the killing of
Henry SCOTT, at 1406 Preston street, Dallas, Saturday night.
The officers found taht the man had taken a car to Fort
Worth and notified the authorities where he might be found in that
city. The two policemen brought the negro back Monday morning and
placed him in the city jail.
According to Joe PARSON'S statement, he acted in
"I was playing cards with the man and he lost some
money. He wouldn't pay it and instead, reached for all the money in
sight. I went to stop him and he reached his hand in his hip
pocket. I thought he had a gun, so I pulled out my knife and cut him
in the neck."
Henry SCOTT'S neck was severed to the bone and his
head was nearly cut from his shoulders. He died instantly.
21 Dec 1912
Port Arthur, Texas - G. SAND, master of the Standard
Oil barge No. 87, and the nine members of his crew were drowned Thursday
night in the Gulf when a heavy storm tore the barge from its tow and it
23 Jun 1912
Death of Grandma SMALLEY
Grandma SMALLEY, wife of Philip SMALLEY, died
at their home in Irving, early Tuesday morning, June 18. Death was the
result of an attack of apoplexy, paralyzing the body and reaching the
brain. She lingered in this helpless condition for a week or more
before passing away.
Mrs. SMALLEY was about 75 years of age, and had
resided in the Irving vicinity for a quarter of a century or longer, and was
esteemed as a good christian woman-and loved by many friends. She is
survived by her husband, 2 sons and 5 daughters - all of the children being
grown and married and all reside near Irving. And there is a host of
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The body was laid to rest in Sowers cemetery, Wednesday
evening, in the presence of very many of the relatives and friends. In
the absence of any minister in the community, of the Holiness creed, of
which deceased was a member, the chapter in the Bible that applies to their
service was read by an attending friend, accompanied by singing, which
composed the funeral ceremony.
Friends join in the condolence with the bereaved. family.
21 Dec 1912
Negro Given Death Penalty
Dallas, Texas - "We the jury find the defendant guilty
of murder in the first degree and assess his punishment at
death." With the reading of the verdict by the clerk the trial of
Floyd STANTON, negro, who shot and killed his divorced wife, Naomi STANTON,
on Dec. 3, was brought to a close on Dec. 17, in Judge Barry MILLER'S
court within two weeks after the commission of the crime. The verdict,
returned was exactly ten minutes deliberation by the jury.
4 May 1912
Veteran of Two Wars, Pioneer Texan, Dies
Jonathan STORY, Pioneer of Kit, Passes to Final Home
Mr. Jonathan R. STORY died Tuesday, April 30, 1912,
in Dallas at the home of his son, Mr. Carroll M. STORY. His
remains were brought to Irving and the burial was in the old family grounds
in Sowers cemetery. Funeral services were at the grave, conducted by
Dr. L. COMBO, and many friends paid last homage to the pioneer.
Uncle Jonathan STORY was a veteran of two wars and a
pioneer of Dallas county. Uncle Ike STORY, a brother furnishes
Index this biography of the deceased:
Jonathan R. STORY, who died April 30, 1912, was born
in Illinois in 1825. In 1846 he enlisted as a soldier in the Mexican
war and served to the end, under General SCOTT. Returning home
he was later married to Sophrona HUNSAKER, and pursued farming.
Afterwards, in 1855, he moved by wagon with his family to Texas - and
settled where Kit now stands, in December of that year. Here he farmed
again until the civil war in 1861, when he joined the army and served 4
years fighting for the Lost Cause, in DARNELL'S command which went
from Dallas. At the end of this war he returned to his wife and
children, and lived on the farm here until his death. He leaves, to
mourn his death - two sons, Carroll and Francis STORY; one daughter
Mrs. Mary CLARK, wife of Lum CLARK, and several grand and
great-grand children; two brothers, Uncle Ike and Alexander STORY;
and a host of friends and relatives.
3 Aug 1912
T. A. TEDFORD, a brave and efficient officer of the
Dallas police force, answered his last call Friday last when he went to
arrest Leonard POTTS, a negro, who was trying to shoot another negro.
"POTTS shot the officer three times, the first shot taking
effect in the thigh, the second shattering the bones in his right hand and
arm, and the third passing through his body. Officer TEDFORD
shot twice at the fleeing negro as he broke to run, but having to use his
left hand his marksmanship was not good. Officer WRIGHT, TEDFORD'S
partner, also shot at the negro as he ran, but the negro soon gained the
bushes and was lost to view. The negro at this writing, is still at
large, but a reward sufficient to bring him in has been offered, and it will
be quite difficult for him to get away entirely. $1000 is the reward,
and that is a sum not to be passed up nor a chance taken for.
Officer TEDFORD is dead and buried, but the negro is
still at large. With the dilligent search being made for the negro it
is thought that more than likely he will be run down. The sheriff's
department is doing everything possible to capture him.
Later: On Tuesday, POTTS was located in Red River
county, where he shot and killed Sherriff STEVENS of that county when
he went to the home of POTT'S mother-in-law in Clarksville to arrest
him. As Sheriff STEVENS fell he returned the fire, which erred
and killed the mother-in-law - while POTTS again escaped.
Wednesday's report had him captured, but Thursday's report says he is still
at large. But a posse of a thousand determined men are in pursuit and
will surely get him - when likely a stunt will be pulled off.
While we do not advocate lynching yet we believe such a
course would save both Dallas and Red River counties large suns of money -
especially so, if lawyers like the defenders of Burrel OATES can be
found to take the case in hand. ARNOFF was not an officer, but
he was a citizen of Dallas. Had he been an officer his death would
have been accounted for lo! these many days ago, and that by the hemp route.
25 May 1912
Pink WALTERS, a robust young negro who was working
on the Allen SEALE farm, on Bear Creek, dropped dead while at work in
the field Tuesday. It was attributed to heart failure.
10 Feb 1912
Mrs. Cora VOIRIN Dead
Mrs. Cora VOIRIN, wife of Mr. Gus VOIRIN,
died at their home in Telluride, Colorado on January 26, leaving the husband
with several small children.
Mrs. VOIRIN was a daughter of Mr. C. O. CLARK
of Irving, and formerly resided here. But owing to poor health, they
had been for several years in Colorado, seeking relief.
The many friends of the family in Irving and vicinity bear
full sympathy for the grief stricken ones.
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