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[OK] Mart Mitchell- Jefferson Cnty 1925

Mart Mitchell, beloved employee in Jefferson Co., OK, 1925

Subject: Mart Mitchell, beloved employee in Jefferson Co., OK, 1925

======================================================= Some Items from Sept. 4, 1925 Waurika News-Democrat

The Waurika News-Democrat
Waurika, Jefferson County, Oklahoma

Friday, September 4, 1925

MART MITCHELL Is Remembered in J. D. SUGG Will
MART MITCHELL, aged and respected Negro of
Waurika, and one of the most familiar figures
about town, was remembered in the will of the
late J. D. SUGGS, filed for probate at San
Angelo, Texas last week. MART was left the income
from a $5,000.00 bequest for the term of his
natural life and a mortgage on his home in
Waurika was also extended during Martш life
time.

Mart was an old time employee of the Sugg family
and had rendered them much service. He was a
little disappointed in the terms of the will as
he has expected to have the legacy left to him
absolutely and this was one of the provisions of
a will made by Mr. Sugg in 1915, but the later
will made the change as it did in many other
provisions of the first will.

Mart was the faithful employee of the Sugg
brothers for many years and herded cattle for
them all over this part of Oklahoma. Mart says
that when he first went into their employ, that
they did not have much money but that though the
pioneer years of this section, their holdings
gradually grew larger and larger until they
became two of the richest men of the Southwest.

There has been a story current around her for
many years that the Sugg brothers would leave
Mart a good legacy and he still believes that
there was something wrong when he was not
remembered in the will of CAL SUGG, who died some
years ago. The rumor was also current that the
legacy would come because Mart save the life of
one of the brothers at one time, but Mart says
this is an error.

The old Negro states that this story probably
came from the incident in which he probably saved
the life of R. L. GIBSON of Sugden when Gibson
was a small boy. This was in 1877 when Mr. Gibson
was just a lad. He hen lived at Spanish Fort,
Texas and was visiting his uncles on their
Oklahoma ranch. BOB was out riding with Mart on
the ranch, when his bronco came to a sudden stop
and threw him off catching one foot in the
stirrup. The horse was a wild one and it was
Martшs presence of mind to cut the saddle girth
and release the boy that saved his life.

ROBERT L. GIBSON of Sugden and each of his
children were left $10,000.00 and in addition,
Mr. Gibson was given the 16,000 acre HAINES ranch
in Iron County, Texas. Mr. Gibson is a nephew of
the Sugg brothers.

The will filed for probate in Iron Co. court
names his nephews and nieces as the principal
beneficiaries after special bequests and all
debts and taxes are paid. The estate was
estimated to be worth between $3,000,000 and
$4,000,000.

The will appoints JUDGE E. S BRIANT of San
Angelo, business manager of Suggшs West Texas
properties, as independent executor without bond.
Judge Briant had been appointed temporary
administrator in Oklahoma by the probate court of
Grady County.

Suggшs will was executed Feb. 2, 1915 and
codicils were appended in April, 1921 and July
1925. He left the O. H. Triangle and 7 D ranches
in Iron, Sterling, Reagan and Tom Green counties,
embracing approximately 280,000 acres and all
livestock on them to his nephews, CALVIN and A.
A. SUGG, and MISS ELLA SUGG, a niece, all of Los
Angeles, sons and daughters of CALVIN SUGG, a
deceased brother.

Other bequests are to MRS. BELL MCCOWN of Fort
Worth, a niece and her children, the Sugg Theatre
building in Chickasha and $5,000 each; to MRS.
NELLIE MCCOWN of Cotton Plant, Arkansas, a niece
and to her children, the Twin Mountain ranch of
10,000 acres, a few miles west of San Angelo and
also stock in the Occidental Oil Company at
Belton, Harlett, and Granger, Texas and $5,000
cash.

The Fairview Cemetery Association at Gainesville,
in which Sugg was buried, will received $5,000 as
a permanent maintenance fund, his nephews
STEPHEN, GIBSON, and TILLMAN Sugg of Lubbock and
WILLIAM SUGG of Wellington, Texas and each of the
children of William Sugg will get $5,000. Sugg
left to FRANCES M. DAUGHTERY of Gainesville 200
shares of the capital stock of the First National
Bank in Chickasha and 10 shares of stock in the
Gainesville Sanitarium, to MISS HATTIE GREEN of
San Angelo, all his stock in the Central National
Bank at Chickasha, 476 shares and two brick
buildings on East Beauregard Avenue in Chickasha,
one of three stories, the other o a two story
structure, to the two sons of BEN F. CAMPBELL of
Dallas, 165 shares of the capitol stock of the
Southern Life Insurance Company of Dallas, to
MISS NELLIE HARPER of Sanger, Texas, all his tock
in the First National Bank of Gainesville, 1227
shares to CASSIE BROWN of Ryan, a niece and her
daughter, KELLY MAJOR, $25,00!

0 each.

The daughters of MRS. ENLLIE MCCOWN of Cotton
Plant, Arkansas, a niece, will received for life
the Sugg Bank Building in Chickasha which revert
t the estate upon their deaths. All the
indebtedness of A. B. BLACKWELL to Sugg is
remitted. A. A. DEAVORS, long a Sugg employee,
will draw for life the interest from a $5,000
fund to be invested for him, the fund reverting
to the estate on Deavorшs death. The Kozy
Theatre building in Chickasha goes to J. D.
LINDSAY of that city for life, reverting to the
estate on his death. JOHN SCARN of Chickasha
received the cattle feed pens there, which will
also revert to the estate after his death, and
JOHN YEARY of Chickasha gets 160 acres of land
adjoining Chickasha.

All the residue of the estate, after all bequests
have been paid, obligations met, will be
converted to cash and will be divided equally
among Suggшs nephews and nieces.


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