The Caddo Herald
October 7, 1930
W. G. Ward, Pioneer, died Friday Night
W. G. Ward, aged 83, died last Friday night at the home of his daughter, Miss Daisy Ward, near Rock Springs schoolhouse, after an illness of two weeks.
The funeral was held at Rock Springs church Sunday afternoon at one o’clock, conducted by Rev. Morris, pastor of the Atoka Baptist church, after which the Caddo Masonic Lodge, assisted by other lodges, took charge of the body and buried it with Masonic honors in the Caddo Cemetery.
This was one of the largest funerals in this part of the state in a long time.
Mr. Ward was a real pioneer citizen. He came to this part of the state when but a lad. He was born near Kemp, lived in Texas a few years, then came to his present home place. At one time he represented his county in the council at the Choctaw nation as senator. He was from his youth known for his integrity and strength of character, and for his kindly nature which found happiness in alleviating the needs of those about him n need.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Boggy Depot years before the organization at Caddo and when in 1873, the Caddo lodge was instituted he was a charter member and Junior warden. He has kept this membership ever since with the Caddo lodge.
His good wife preceded him in death years ago, but he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Cora Allen, Mrs. W. M. Dunn, and Miss Daisy Ward; and four sons Timothy L., Charles, Henry, and Joe.
Following are the out of town relatives who attended the funeral:
Joe L. Ward and wife of Limestone Gap; Joseph L. Ward and wife of Olney; Mrs. Brasilla Dunn of Oklahoma City; Mrs. Lillian Wheat of Medica; Mrs. Lola Boddy and husband, Mrs. Lovie Bolinger and Mrs. Virginia Cook of Oklahoma City; Mrs. Ruth Spears and daughter, Ross Faudree and wife of Wilson; Glenn Ward, Ward Dunn of Wapanucka; Mrs. Jean Moore of Durant; W. M. Dunn of Wapanucka; Roy Henderson of Maysville; Will Ward of Kiowa; Tom Bell of Kiowa; Hattie B. Land of Wilburton; Mrs. Henry Kelly of Wilburton; Lamar and Fain Henderson of Maysville, Willie Ward and wife of Wilson; Mrs. Lizzie Colbert of Oklahoma City, Frank Ward and wife of Wilson; Dwight Bell of Wilson; Ward and Dock Phillips of Atoka and Mrs. Sallie Ward of Wilson.
I think I posted this last year:
William G. Ward
From Leaders and Leading Men of the Indian Territory
Born November, 1847, in Panola county, I.T. north of Old Warren, Texas, is the son of Joseph Ward, a citizen of Newberry, and Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of Giles Thompson of Boggy Depot, I.T. Moving to Springtown, Parker county, Texas, in his youth, he remained there eleven years, where he received education at the public school. In 1865 he moved to Thompson’s Cow Pen (as it then was called) in Blue County, where he lived until 1868, moving the same year to Limestone Gap where he married Eliza, daughter of Caleb McDaniell Beck, a Cherokee. During the war, while in Parker country, Mr. Ward joined the County Militia, at eighteen years of age, scouting all along the border until the close of the war. In 1870 and the two following years, he was employed tending his father’s stock, after which he moved to his present property, five miles from Caddo, where he has six hundred and forty acres in pasture and two hundred in cultivation. In 1889 he was elected representative for Blue County, and is now a candidate for re-election. In 1886 he joined the Wheel and the second year become Territorial treasurer, and president of the subordinate Wheel of Blue County in 1890. Has eight children- four boys and four girls; the oldest being named Timothy, now twenty-one years of age.