Newspaper Abstracts, Oklahoma
- Stillwater Gazette, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 5 Jun 1931, p 1
Chas. McPhail Suicide at Farm Home Friday
Sat Down Under Tree and Shot Self Through Heart with Pistol; Burial Set for Friday
Charles McPhail, 66, farmer living three miles south of Ingalls, committed suicide near his home early Friday morning, May 29, 1931, by shooting himself through the heart with a .45 caliber U.S. government automatic pistol.
The suicide's body, propped against a tree about 200 yards from his farm house, was found by Mrs. McPhail, who heard the shot.
Poor health and despondency are thought to be responsible for his suicide, believes Sheriff M. J. Bradley, who with County Attorney Ernest Jenkins, investigated the case early Friday.
The theory that financial matters may have caused the death was discounted by Sheriff Bradley who said McPhail was a prosperous farmer with considerable acreage in cultivation.
The decedent is said to have returned home from Ingalls late Thursday in a dejected condition and to have got his gun. Mrs. McPhail removed the cartridges but some time during the night or early morning they were discovered by the decedent. He was seen to leave the home between 5 and 6 o'clock Friday morning and sat down under the tree where he shot himself.
Charles McPhail was born near Walshville, Ill., October 18, 1865. He was married to Geneva Stallings July 31, 1906. He came to Oklahoma in 1905 and settled on the farm where he lived until his death.
The decedent is survived by his widow, two brothers, Tead McPhail, Walshville, Ill., and Hall McPhail, Litchfield, Ill.; two half-sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Barlow, Walshville, Ill.; and Mrs. Mattie Hudspeth, Walshville, Ill.; a half-brother, Lon McPhail, Litchfield, Ill.
Funeral services were conducted at the Strode Funeral home Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
[Transcribed from Newspapers.com image by Chris Sackett]
- Stillwater Gazette, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 10 Mar 1933, p 6
Deaths and Funerals
Jasper N. Sackett
Jasper N. Sackett, 93, Civil war veteran and pioneer Oklahoman, died Tuesday morning, March 7, 1933, at his home, 923 Lewis street, Stillwater, Ok.
The decedent was born in Stanton, Ill., April 18, 1840. He was united in marriage to Emily Jane Corlew at Walshville, Ill., April 6, 1865, and to this union ten chiildren were born, four dying in infancy. A daughter, Mrs. Blanche Henson, died in Stillwater in 1928. Five surviving children are Elmer W. Sackett, Pawnee; Mrs. Geneva McPhail, Ripley; Jasper P. Sackett, Geary; Mrs Lulu Clary, Stillwater; Miss [sic] Hattie Smith, Arnett. There are sixteen grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Susan Smiith, 90 years old, resides at Litchfield, Ill.
Jasper N. Sackett enlisted in the first call for volunteers in the Civil war, becoming a member of Company D, 7th Illinois infantry, where he served the full term of three months.
The day after his return to his home, he and his three brothers enlisted in Company L, Illinois cavalry, where he served for two years. One brother was killed in service. The decedent brought his family to Kansas in 1877, settling at Baxter Spriings. In 1889 he made the run for land in Oklahoma and homesteaded a claim four miles north of Ripley, which he owned at death. He often told the story of the run, describing how he was riding along on his mule when the animal became scared at a flight of wild turkeys and threw him to the ground. Here he staked his claim.
Mr. Sackett was a member of the Stillwater G.A.R. post from the date of its organization.
Funeral services were held at Strode Funeral home Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. V.G. Nalley officiating with burial in Fairlawn. There were American Legion services at the grave by Carter C. Hanner Post No. 129.
[Transcribed from Newspapers.com image by Chris Sackett]
- The Daily Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, 7 Jul 1952, p 6
Mrs. Geneva Shaw
Stillwater—(Bureau)—Mrs. Geneva Shaw, 77, Ripley, died at her home Sunday. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Strode funeral home, Stillwater, with burial at Fairlawn cemetery.
Mrs. Shaw was a member of the Baptist church and the Women's Relief Corps of Stillwater.
She is survived by her husband, Gilbert E. Shaw; a son, Walter Stollings, Oklahoma City: a daughter, Mrs. J. S. Thrasher, Booker, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Patty Smith, Arnett, and Mrs. Lou Clary, Moscow, Idaho, and a brother, Elmer Sackett, Pawnee.
[Transcribed from Newspapers.com image by Ted Smith]
- Unsourced newspaper image, Find A Grave, [Jul 1952]
Mrs. Geneva Shaw of Ripley, a Payne county resident since 1891, died at her home Sunday. She was 77 years old.
Funeral services will be held at the Strode chapel on Tuesday at 2:30 p. m. with the Rev. A. L. McRill of Ripley officiating. Burial will be at Fairlawn cemetery.
Mrs. Shaw was born at Litchfield, Ill., Sept. 20, 1874, to Jasper and Emily Sackett.
She was married to William Stollings in Payne county in 1891. Stollings died in 1935 and she was married to Gilbert E. Shaw at Perry in 1938.
Mrs. Shaw was a member of the Baptist church and the Womens Relief Corps of Stillwater.
She is survived by her husband, one son, Walter Stollings of Oklahoma City and one daughter, Mrs. J. S. Thrasher of Booker, Texas. One brother, Elmer Sackett of Pawnee, and two sisters, Mrs. Hatty Smith of Arnett and Mrs. Lou Clary of Moscow, Idaho, also survive along with six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
[Transcribed by Ted Smith]
- The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, 2 Feb 2003
"Viola Maxine Hertzler
HERTZLER Viola Maxine, (87), of Oklahoma City, died January 30, 2003 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Born February 23, 1915 in Aline, Oklahoma to Josiah and Nola Sackett. Married Jay Hertzler January 1, 1937 in Aline where they farmed and raised a family. Served the Aline community many years as leader in 4-H and Methodist church activities. She completed her college education by joining her children at Northwestern State College, and received a degree in English and Home Economics in 1961, followed by years of teaching in area high schools. In 1972 retired with her husband to Estes Park, Colorado, where for the next 25 years they hiked numerous trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, traveled throughout the world, and enjoyed hosting friends and family in their home. Was a founding member of the United Methodist Church of Estes Park and spent years as a volunteer in the hospital guild and other community organizations. Enjoyed life-long interests in gardening, bird-watching, ceramics, pottery, and books. Preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Survived by sister Evelyn Shorter of Alamogordo, NM; four children: Donald Hertzler of Weatherford, OK, Barbara Powell of Jackson, MS, Phyllis Robertson of Oklahoma City, Linda Hertzler-Crum of Weatherford, OK; seven grandchildren: Diane Anderson of Ponca City, OK, Donna Sylvester of Drumwright, OK, Becky Powell of Santa Barbara, CA, Chris Powell of Cleveland, MS, Greg Powell of Jackson, MS, Jennifer Bukralia of Spearfish, SD, Michael McKinney of Stillwater; OK; four great grandchildren; and three nephews. She was American mother to Salman Siddiqi of Glencoe, MD. Donations may be made to United Methodist Missions or American Heart Association. A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 A.M., Feb. 22 at New Hope United Methodist Church, 11600 N. Council Rd. OKC."
[Transcribed from The Oklahoman online edition by Chris Sackett]
- The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, 28 Dec 2014
"Evelyn Joy Sackett Shorter
July 24, 1917–December 23, 2014
Evelyn Joy Sackett Shorter, 97, passed from this life into heaven on Dec. 23, 2014. She was born to Josiah Andrew Sackett and Naoma Dell Cramer on July 24, 1917 in Aline, OK. She attended school in Aline, OK, and graduated from Business College where she met her soul mate the late Jay Melvin Shorter. Jay and Evelyn lived in Enid, OK, where they had 2 sons, Joe Lee Shorter & Mark Preston Shorter. The family relocated to OKC where Evelyn worked as a bookkeeper for the OKC Stockyards. After the loss of her husband Jay, Evelyn retired and moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico, where she met and married Edward Presicola "Pepsi". She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Viola Hertzler, and her husband Jay. Evelyn joined them in heaven and was greeted at the gates of Heaven with her grandson Todd Jay Shorter doing backflips upon her arrival. She will be greatly missed by her children Joe Lee Shorter and his wife Janice M.; Mark Preston Shorter and wife Janice I.; grandchildren, Kelley Shorter Wiedmer and husband J., Bryan C. Shorter, Amber Dawn Shorter; great-grandchildren, Dustin Moore, Jessica and Dennis Turgeon, Caleb J. Wiedmer, Victoria, Katie, Chloe, Alex and Angie Shorter; nieces and nephews, Donald, Barbara, Phyllis, and Linda. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Feed the Children. Services are pending."
[Researched by Linda Hare]