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From The Hammon Advocate, Thursday, 21 April 1955

William RileyHILL Services Saturday

Services forWilliam Riley HILL were conducted in the Assembly of God Church at 2 p.m.Saturday with Reverend W. P. MCCASKEY, pastor officiating.

Burial was in the Kiowa Cemetery.

William RileyHILL was born on December 28, 1861 (in State of Georgia) and died at his home inHammon, Wednesday, April 13, 1955.

He moved toTexas when 18 years of age; later was married to Ada TURNER September 7, 1892.To this union were born seven children; four preceded him in death.

Survivors arehis wife, Mrs. W. R. HILL, one son H. M. HILL (Jim), Manitou Springs, Colorado;two daughters, Ruth SUTTON, Kansas City, Missouri; Viola NATH, Pasadena,California; also 14 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, other relativesand a host of friends to mourn his passing at the age of 93 years, 3 months and16 days. He had been in poor health for several months, but very few timesfailed to attend church services of his faith at the Assembly of God Church inHammon of which he had been faithful for many years.

The tendercare of his wife was a great solace and comfort in these last years. He is lovedand will be missed by all who knew him.


From The Hammon Advocate, Thursday, 3 October 1963

Services HeldFor Mrs. Ada HILL

Services forMrs. Ada HILL of Hammon were held at the Hammon Assembly of God Church withReverend P. W. STEWART and Reverend Albert TRENT officiating and burial was inthe Kiowa Cemetery southwest of Hammon under the direction of Martin FuneralHome.


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Mrs. HILL wasborn January 21, 1874 in Benson, ( De Soto Parish) Louisiana and died September20, 1963.

She wasmarried September 7, 1892 in Greer County to W. R. HILL and he preceded her indeath, May 13, 1955. (Should be April 13.)

Survivorsinclude three children; Jim HILL of Hammon, Mrs. Ruth FROST of Ft. Dodge, Iowaand Mrs. Viola EDMONDSON, Pasadena, California; and one brother Newt TURNER ofHammon; 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.


From The Elk City Daily News, 24 November 1975

Last Rites SetFor Jim HILL

Services forJim HILL, who died in Community Hospital Saturday, November 22, 1975 were heldMonday, November at 2 p.m. in Elk City Assembly of God Church with ReverendCurtin NEWTON officiating.

Mr. HILL was born July 2, 1897 in Pauls Valley, I. T.

An Elk Cityresident and retired painter, HILL is survived by his wife Lily of the home; twodaughters, Mrs. Geneva BANGLE of Victoria, California and Mrs. G. E. ALLEN ofAmarillo, Texas; three sons, H. M. HILL of Bell, California; Don HILL of HOOKER,Oklahoma and Jimmy HILL of Palo Alto, California; one sister Mrs. Viola EDMONDof Keys, California.

Burial was held in the Kiowa Cemetery nearHammon.

For other members of this HILL family see Lula URQUHART,Jaunita POTTS, and Ruth A. FOREST. No relationship is known to exist betweenthis HILL family and that of the E. R. HILL family not the John HILL family whoare also buried in this cemetery.



    No records were found on the HOWARDS except 1910 censusrecords which is hereby given:

In the household of C. H. MILLS whose wife had died andleft several children

HOWARD Lizzie servant 37 b. Ill.
Estella 18 Ill.

In the Joe W. GARRISON household;

HOWARD Earnest nephew

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    Adolphus Pheloneous HUNGATE was born the 10th of May 1842 inWashington County, Indiana. At age 20, he volunteered for military service andserved three years with the 85th Regiment, Second Indiana VolunteerInfantry, U. S. Army. He was promoted and served as First Lieutenant. Due to aninjury sustained in battle, he suffered pain for the remainder of his life.

He married Nancy Lucretia STARK of Vigo County, Indiana.To this union were born the following children:

Della b. Howard Co. MO (md Carl FUCH)

Brittemart b. Sullivan Co., IN (md JosephMCATHUR)

Francis b. Greene Co., IN (died young)

Beatrice b. Know Co., IN (died young)

Jesse Simpson b. Know Co., IN (unmarried)

Mary Elizabeth b. Lampassas Co., TX (md AlbertFUCH)

Laone b. Lampassas Co., TX. (md _____ JONES)

Adolphus Emily c. Lampassas Co., TX (md Ocie MOORE)

Addie Lou b. Lampassas Co., TX (md William RILEY)

When Jesse was three months old the HUNGATEs left Indiana for Texas. In1896 they came to Oklahoma Territory to visit an old friend and boyhood chum ofMr. HUNGATE’s, Bill LOCKHART. Mr. LOCKHART persuaded the HUNGATE family tofile for homestead on adjacent land to his and be their neighbor.

The HUNGATE family were well educated and Mr. HUNGATE held literaries inhis home for the young people of the Kiowa Community.


From The Elk City Record, Wednesday, April 1, 1908

Jesse HUNGATEKilled, A Young TeacherCame To A Sad End Through Old Feud

One of ourbest known and most respected young farmers, J. S. HUNGATE was shot on Sundaymorning by Ran WOOD. It appears that there had been some feeling between the twofamilies for several


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Months and on Saturday nightproceeding the shooting, HUNGATE and a younger brother of WOOD had a fist fightat the Kiowa School house, HUNGATE getting decidedly the best of the encounter.The next morning he went to the school house in search of articles he lost outof his pockets during the scrap and on his way, it is reported that WOODfollowed and overtook him, both being on horseback. When in front of the farmresidence of Mr. FORD, about ten miles north of town, both began shooting, WOODdismounting. Several shots were fired by both parties but only one took effect,that one entering HUNGATE’s body just above the hip pocket on the right side,the ball being extracted later from the front of the body. He was brought to theGerman Hospital and placed in care of Dr. LEVI, but he died Monday afternoon atabout 4:15.

He was anactive Farmers’ Union member and prominently identified with the DemocraticParty, holding a position on the county committee for several years, and wasteaching school southeast of this town. WOODS went to Cheyenne and surrenderedto the officers.


From The Hammon Advocate 5 December 1928

A. P. HUNGATEBuried Thursday Of Last Week

Many hears aresad in the Hammon country over the death of one of the town’s old and honoredcitizens, and his passing leaves a vacant place in the home where he was so longhonored and loved. We have know Mr. HUNGATE for the past five years, and duringour residence here we know of no acquaintance hereabout that we more dearlyappreciated. Mr. HUNGATE had reached that point in human existence that he wasjust waiting for the calling and we hope his transition will prove as happy andpeaceful as he hoped it to be.

Mr. HUNGATEwas a Spiritualist and a member of the People’s Party. He was a member of theFarmer’s Alliance, a lecturer and business agent both for his local and countyorganizations.


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Lucretia STARK was born 13 August 1845 neat Terre Haute, Indiana. Shedied 12 January 1927 in Hammon, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma. She marriedAdolphus Pheloneous HUNGATE in Vigo County, Indiana 12 May 1867.


From The Hammon Advocate, Thursday 13 January 1927

Everyone in Hammon were shocked with grief when the news flashed overtown that the death angel hadentered the home of A P. HUNGATE, one of the early pioneers of this section, andtook to her eternal rest the beloved wife and mother. Mrs. HUNGATE had sufferedfor about a year with acute heart affection but had borne the affliction with asweet patient resignation that was beautiful, and when the end came she quietlypassed over the river of life to await the coming of loved ones.

The funeraloccurred at the Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. today, and the edifice was taxedto its utmost to accommodate the vast throng who came to pay a last tribute tothe memory of this splendid Christian character, and listen to the beautifuleulogy pronounced by the officiating minister. Following this service, theflower-laden casket was conveyed to the cemetery at Kiowa, where the remainswere gently laid to rest.

Surviving Mrs.HUNGATE, who had passed the fourscore milestone of life, are a husband andseveral daughters, all of whom were present at the last sad rites. The Advocateextends this sorrowing family sincere condolences.

The surviving daughters were: Della, Brittie, Betty,Emily and Lula.


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    Joseph O. GARRISON was born 18 October 1911, son of Joseph W. GARRISONand Mary AUSTIN. He died 28 February 1916.

    The GARRISONs were from Illinois. Mrs. GARRISON was a sister to JoshAUSTIN. Their father was a brother to Elvia (Mrs. E. W.) BULLARD.

A news item in The Hammon Advocate 21 January 1942; Mr. and Mrs. JoeGARRISON have sold their farm to Jesse ALLEN and are moving to Brinkman,Oklahoma.



From The Elk City Morning Times, Friday February 16, 1934

Hammon Girl DiesIn City Hospital

Berta MaeHARDY, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. HARDY of near Hammon diedyesterday afternoon in a city hospital from the effects of blood poisoning.

The childreceived a broken arm in an accident several weeks ago and developed a severeinfection of the member before the fracture had healed. Brought to the localhospital surgeons amputated the arm in an effort to control the infection thatresulted in her death.

(The correct name of parents: Elwood Joseph HARDY andBertha Ann SHOCKLEY.)

The HARDY family bought the Jones EAKINS homestead thatlater sold to Frank LACEY. According to obituary of E. J. HARDY, the family hadfourteen children. The family moved to Portales, New Mexico in late 1930’s.The oldest son, Richard J. HARDY was born in 1916. He joined the U. S. Army in1939 or 1940 and was stationed in the Philippines when the Japanese bombed PearlHarbor. It was learned after VJ Day that Richard had died 2 July 1942 afterhaving made Bataan Death March from dysentery while held prisoner. His body wasnot recovered.


From The Hammon Advocate, Thursday, 9 June 1966

Kiowa News

E. J. HARDY, aformer resident of this vicinity, passed away Friday at Portales, New Mexico. Heis survived by his wife Bertha of Portales, twelve children, some in California,Colorado and New Mexico. He was preceded in death by a daughter Berda May andson




Richard, who died in World War II. The funeral was held in Baptist Churchin Portales. The burial in Kiowa Cemetery. The family and a number of relativescame. Reverend Pete ELLIOTT, Hammon, conducted services in the cemetery. Anumber of old neighbors were present. Mr. HARDY was 88 years old.



    John A. HICKS filed for homestead 15 May 1901 at the Lawton Land Office.Patent 125361 was issued 14 April 1910. He filed in Section 2, Twp 12N, Range 22WIM.

Mr. HICKS was born 29 June 1828 and died 18 October 1902.

It is believed that he was the husband of Mary HICKS, age88 living in home of son William T. HICKS in 1910 census. Also in the householdwas Barney HICKS, brother.

Homestead records indicate other HICKS homestead applications in Section31, Twp13N, Range 21

Mary F. HICKS filed 17 August 1905

William T. HICKS filed 15 May 1901

Barney HICKS filed 5 October 1900



    No relatives could be contacted for the two JEFFRESS graves. Homesteadapplication records indicate that four HEFFRESS filed in Section 30, Twp 13N, 21WIM

Sterling P. JEFFRESS 27 November 1900



William H. JEFFRESS 22 November 1900



From The Elk City Daily News, Monday March 10, 1980

Mr. JENKINS’Rites Conducted

Funeralservices for Emmitt Dean JENKINS of Hammon were conducted from the First BaptistChurch in Hammon at 10:30 a.m. today. Reverend Bart MONTGOMERY was theofficiating minister. Burial was in the Kiowa Cemetery under the direction ofthe Martin Funeral Home.


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Mr. JENKINSwas born in Texas on January 8, 1907, and died early Saturday morning at the ageof 73. He had lived many years in Oklahoma City and Phoenix, Arizona. He wasself-employed in building construction and had retired in the 1965. He had livedthe past five years with his sister in Hammon.

Survivorsinclude his sister, Mrs. Ira (Mary) STALCUP, of Hammon; a half-brother, EarnestELIFRITZ of Sayre, and several nieces and nephews.



    Robert “Bob” Preston KEPLEY was born 2 March 1859 in Polk County,Missouri, son of James Henry KEPLEY and Elizabeth CHANEY.

    Elizabeth “Betty” E. WILLIAMS was born 21 November 1853 in PolkCounty, Missouri, the daughter of Thomas WILLIAMS and Mary Jane STEWART. Hefather died when she was only a few months old and her mother married NathanielHaggard LACEY in 1855. Mr. LACEY was a widower with three children. BettyWILLIAMS married Robert Preston KEPLEY in Polk County, Missouri in 1882. To thisunion were born two children.

Myrtle Mae married Andrew Jackson “Jim” CAFFEY

Henry S. “Tone” married Mrs. Ora MCCLAIN

The KEPLEY family lived in Missouri, Texas and Indian Territory beforemoving to Roger Mills County where they filed for homestead in January 1899 inSection 29, Twp 14 North, Range 21 WIM. This is where they were living in 1908when Betty died.


From The Hammon Advocate, Thursday October 26, 1961

R. P. KEPLEY’SServices Held Saturday

Services forRobert Preston KEPLEY, 102-year old retired farmer-rancher of Elk City were heldat 2:30 p.m. Saturday from the Revival Center Church with Reverend Albert TRENT,pastor officiating.

Born March 2,1859 in Polk County, Missouri, Mr. KEPLEY died at his home, Wednesday, October18, 1961. He had been in ill health for the past 2 ½ years, but seriously illsince July of this year.


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He was marriedto Elizabeth Williams in Polk County, Missouri in 1882. She preceded him indeath January 20, 1908. Mr. KEPLEY was a charter member of the Odd Fellow Lodgein Cheyenne, Oklahoma.

Mr. KEPLEYmoved from Missouri to Texas in 1889, then in 1894 moved to Allen Oklahoma wherehe lived until moving to Roger Mills County where he homesteaded near StrongCity. He lived there until moving to Elk City in 1960.

Survivorsinclude a daughter, Mrs. Myrtle CAFFEY of Strong City; a son Henry S. KEPLEY,Elk City; a sister-in-law Mrs. Alice GARRETT, Elk City; a brother A. P. KEPLEY,Clovis, California; five grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Burial was inthe Kiowa Cemetery, south of Hammon, under the direction of Martin Funeral Homeof Elk City.


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    Mary Jane LACEY was born Mary “Polly” Jane STEWART in Dorans Cove,Jackson County, Alabama on 8 April 1832, daughter of Evan A. STEWART and NancyB. JENKINS. She moved with her family at the age of 4 to Polk County, Missouribeing one of eleven children born to this family.

She was united in marriage on 8 February 1848 to ThomasWILLIAMS. To this union were born three children:

Sarah Frances who married Wade Gore ROBERTS

George Silas “Si” md. Hoddy HELLY of Polk Co., MO.

Elizabeth E. “Betty” married Robert P. KEPLY

Thomas WILLIAMS died 25 January 1854, The following year she marriedNathaniel Haggard LACEY, a widower with three children, Rachel, Sam and George.To this union were born five children:

John Evan LACEY

Belle who married _____STEWART

Alice who md (1)Esau BLUE (2)Wess YOST

Emmett who md Molly PHILLIPS

Jack Boston who md Edna PHILLIPS, sister to Molly

Mary Jane LACEY came to Roger Mills County, OklahomaTerritory with her son John Evan LACEY who filed in Section 8, Township 14North, Range 22 West of the Indian Meridian on 22 May 1899. She was living withhim here on his homestead when she died 12 May 1904.

Jack Boston LACEY was born 25 January 1871, son of Nathaniel HaggardLACEY and Mary Jane STEWART. He married Edna A. PHILLIPS in Old Greer CountyTexas in 1892. To this union were born seven children, five living to adulthood:

Cecil married Violet SIMMONS

Jeff married Ruby KOONTZ

Forrest married Fannie SAILINGS

Bonnie married Jim BILLINGS

Daisy married _____ Robinson

Jack B., Jr. and Finis died as infant

No obituary was found for Jack B. LACEY, however he died in 1953 and isinterred on row with Mary Jane LACEY in the Kiowa Cemetery.