From time to time I like to re-visit a person or family that I’ve previously researched and see if there is a bit more information available. One of my favorite names from the history of this area is “Early Zion”. Mr. Zion was born in 1871 in Whitewright, Texas and eventually settled in Matoy. I’m not sure of his parents’ intentions, but something about his name just makes me smile. So…a few more items about Early:
May 24, 1912
One of Early Zion’s little boys stepped on a hoe last week and almost severed the toes from his foot.
July 5, 1912
Among those to go across Boggy for berries last week were Mr. Lorne, J. D. Nickles, Early Zion, Mr. Paulk, W. H. Yeats and their families. They got a good supply.
August 9, 1912
Susie Matoy Zion
Died at her home near Matoy, July 27, 1912, Mrs. Susie Zion, wife of Early Zion; all was done that medical aid and loving friends could do, but to no avail. The Savior calls and we must go. That awful disease, consumption, wore her life away. While she had been in bad health for some time, it was not thought the end was so near until last week when she took to her bed, never to be up again. She was about 30 years of age, the mother of four children, two boys and two girls, the youngest of which was only 2 years old. It is sad indeed that the silver chord should be loosed and the golden bowl broken, but the all wise Father knoweth best. She leaves a father, husband, sister and brother besides the children and a number of other relatives to mourn for her.
October 4, 1912
Early Zion happened to an accident the other day. While hauling water, the wagon broke, letting the tank fall to the ground, it being full of water, causing it to break.
December 13, 1912
Albert Matoy and Early Zion have returned from Kansas City where they have been to market cattle.
March 28, 1913
Deputy Sheriff’s Early Zion and Ruel Taylor were here Monday, taking John Boydstun back with them on a charge of introducing.
January 2, 1914
Deputy Sheriff Zion was in Caddo last Saturday.
January 28, 1916
Early Zion was here Monday from Matoy attending to business. While he has announced for sheriff, he says that before he puts much time into the race he must plant his crops. His friends are always glad to see him.