Regarding J.O. Alexander (condensed)
From the Obituary in the Childress Index of Friday, June 29, 1906 (courtesy of Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon Texas): "J.O. Alexander died at the residence of his son, W.M. Alexander, June 16, 1906. Deceased was in his 78th year, and had been a resident of this county since 1887. He was the first postmaster of Arlie, first justice of the peace of precinct three and the first merchant. He was born and reared in Tennessee. Later he moved to Missouri, then in 1861 he came to Cooke County, Texas. He afterward lived in Denton and Wise Counties. He was the honest poor man's friend and a man of unusual business acumen. The deceased was father of J.M., at Childress, also has two daughters living."
Regarding J.M. Alexander (condensed)
At his death on September 11, 1930, , the Childress Index ran a banner front page headline: "J.M. Alexander Dies At Ardmore Today". There were four sub-heads: "Pioneer of County Dies Suddenly At Home of His Son", "Funeral
Services To Be Held At Methodist Church", "Here Over 40 Years", and "Deceased Held County Offices For 35 Years". The text of the article was as follows:
"J.M. Alexander, resident of Childress County for more than 40 years, died suddenly at the home of his son at Ardmore, Oklahoma, early today following an illness of several weeks. The body is being brought overland today by the McMinn Funeral Home and will be buried in Childress cemetery, following funeral services at the First Methodist church Friday. Dr. J. T. Griswold will officiate, assisted by John S. Mullen. Mr. Alexander, who was 75 years old, was taken seriously ill on election day, July 26. For a time his life was dispaired of, but he finally became better, and eventually was up and about. It was thought he was on his way to recovery. Last Saturday he went to Ardmore with his son for a few days' visit. He took suddenly ill last night and died early today. The deceased was born in Ozark, Missouri, 75 years ago. In 1880 he was united in marriage to Miss Nancy Evelyn Garrison, who died several years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander came to this county in 1886, living for two years in Arlie, then coming to Childress where they continued to live until they were called away. Mr. Alexander did clerical work during his entire residence here, serving as assistant Cashier of the First State Bank, and later in the offices of the county. After acting as clerk of some of the offices, he later was elected to the office of tax collector, county clerk and district clerk. He was re-elected to the latter office for the fifth term on the day he was stricken ill. The following survive the deceased: Locke Alexander, Ardmore, only living son; three daughters, Mrs. B.B. Jameson, Chicago, Mrs. Maude McDowell, Casper, Wyoming, and Miss Eula, Childress; a granddaughter, Miss Melvina Nave; two brothers, W.M. Alexander of Childress, and M.W. Alexander of Keystone, Oklahoma."
An obituary the next day, September 12, 1930, also in the Childress Index, was headlined "Funeral Services For 75-Year-Old Childress County Pioneer Held Today". The text of the article was as follows:
"J.M. Alexander, 75-year-old pioneer resident and office holder of this county, will be buried in the cemetery here this afternoon following services at the First Methodist church at five o'clock. The pastor, J.T. Griswold, will be assisted by John Mullen in conducting the rites. After he had apparently recovered from an illness of several weeks, Mr.Alexander died suddenly yesterday morning at the home of his son, Locke Alexander, in Ardmore. He had gone there Saturday for a visit. The body was brought back to his home here last night by the McMinn mortuary. County and district officials, with whom Mr. Alexander has been associated the past 35 years as clerk and holder of city offices, will serve with pioneer friends as pall bearers. C.C. Broughton, Harold Cordell, C.A. Williams, Mote Givens, James C. Mahan of Wellington, and Harry Keck will act as active pall bearers. Honorary pall bearers will be John Scott, Judge A.J. Fires, W.H. McConnell, Judge W.B. Howard, E.B. Billingsley, E.E. Diggs, J.T. Preston, Robert Hawkins, Henry Bellah, D. Warren, A.M. Welch, W.G. Gross, B. Pixler, Henry Hankins, M.C. Boyd, Frank Givens, L.E. Haskett, G.W. Johnson, D.O. McRae, R.H. Norris, Frank Blair of Wellington, Charlie Rigby, and John Welchel. Mr. Alexander came to this county in 1886. He lived two years at Arlie, then moved to this city and built a home on the block where he resided until his death. His wife preeded (sic) him in death several years ago, and two sons, Will and Ola, also died some time ago. Surviving him are a son, Locke, of Ardmore; and three daughters, Mrs. Maude McDowell of Casper, Wyo., Mrs. D.B. Jameson of Chicago, and Miss Eula, with whom he made his home. A granddaughter, Miss Melvina Nave, also lives here, as does a brother, W.M. Alexander. Mr. Alexander was elected to serve his fifth term as district clerk on the day he became ill. He has served as county clerk, tax collector and commissioner in this county."
Regarding Nancy Eva Garrison Alexander (condensed)
From the Obituary in the Childress Index of Tuesday, February 19, 1918 (courtesy of Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon Texas):
"Nancy E. Alexander, wife of our townsman, J.M. Alexander, died suddenly Sunday morning, February 17, 1918, at eleven o'clock. Mrs. Alexander was in the kitchen when she was stricken with heart failure and died before medical aid could be rendered. Nancy E. Garrison was born December 28, 1858. She was married to Mr. Alexander on December 27, 1880, at Bolivar, Texas, and from there they moved to Childress, in December, twenty-nine years ago. To them six children were born, two of the boys Ola and Will, preceeded their mother to the Great Beyond. Beside the husband, four children, Mrs. Maude Ellison of Sasco, Arizona; Mrs. Mabel Jamison of Chicago; Locke f. of Oklahoma City; and Miss Eula of this city survive her. The married children will be here for the funeral except Mrs. Jamison. Mrs. Ellison being expected tonight. Her step-mother, Mrs. Ellen Garrison of Sanger, Texas, and a sister, Mrs. Ada Forester of Denton, are here. Three brothers were unable to attend. The funeral service will be held Wednesday morning at the First Methodist church by the pastor, Rev. Shearer. Interment will be made in the Childress cemetery. Mrs. Alexander was a good woman and had many friends among the older citizens of Childress. Her death not only casts a gloom to the loved ones but to many friends in this city."
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