Published every Friday by Asa A. Harder,
Editor, owner and publisher
Owl, Indian Territory
February 23, 1906
John Cross Dead
John Cross, one of the oldest citizens of Owl passed away at his home in Owl Monday night at 9:50 o’clock February 19, 1906. His death was caused by that awful lingering and painful disease, consumption.
Mr. Cross was born in Bradley County, Tennessee, October 16, 1862; he leaves a wife and one child and many friends to mourn his loss.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. L. Edwards at the M. E. Church, after which The Fraternal Union of America took him in charge and buried him.
In the midst of life the death angel comes and cuts the strong down thus leaving another home sad and dreary. For what is a home without “Father”?
Many tears rose to the eyes of his many friends when the sad news reached them that Mr. Cross was dead, and as they gathered in to take in last farewell look a their loved friend they realized what a favorite he was and how sadly his presence would be missed.
Although he was sick for several months, his loving wife had watched each night with tender care praying that God would restore him to health again, but all in vain at 9:50 o’clock Monday night. The death Angel called and he obeyed the summons; after a touch from his icy fingers his spirit bade farewell to his earthly home and returned to Him who gave it.
Oklahoma Place Names-Owl, formerly Byrd. In Coal County, 9 miles northwest of Coalgate. Post office name changed to Owl, July 10, 1894. On June 11, 1907, the post office was moved a few miles northeast and the name changed to Centrahoma. Took its name from nearby Owl Creek, a branch of Leader Creek, a tributary of the Clear Boggy River.