The Caddo Herald
January 25, 1929
Joel Nail is Dead
Joel Nail died Sunday night at 9 o’clock at the family home at Nail’s Crossing on Blue. Burial was had Monday afternoon in the family cemetery nearby.
J. H. Nail was a pioneer here, coming here in 1851 when but a year old. His mother made the trip horseback from Fort Towson with him in her arms. His father was Capt. Jonathan Nail, a noted Confederate soldier.
He is survived by three children, D. O. Nail of Caddo, Mrs. V. N. Locke of Oklahoma City, and a young son by a later marriage. His wife also survives him.
The life of Joel Nail was lived between two civilizations. Conditions now are vastly different to those obtaining at the time of his birth. In his lifetime he was one of the wealthiest men of the Choctaw Nation, owning untold numbers of horses and cattle, controlling miles upon miles of rich prairie land upon which the livestock grazed but allotment of the lands to individuals made a change in his fortune.
A large number of friends of the family in Caddo attended the funeral.