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Freeman W. Purdy
© Roger Mills Sentinel
03 Feb 1910
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

Freeman W. Purdy, who resided on the H. W. Cooper farm, nine miles east of Cheyenne, was found dead in bed last Saturday and the fact was at once reported to the Sheriff and ex-official, coroner Casady left Saturday night from the Cooper farm and on their arrival discovered that the deceased came to his death of heart failure.

Mr. Purdy was a man of advanced years and was living by himself, being a widower.


An old gentleman name Purdy commonly known as "Dad", who lived on the Cooper farm about 17 miles northwest of Elk City, was found dead in his room week before last.

The old man had been living alone for some time and from the condition of the body when found, had been dead for several days.

The discovery was made by young Kilby who notified the proper authorities at once. An inquest was held over the body with a verdict of death from heart failure.

It is reported that the officials requested the neighbors to dig a grave and bury the body without a coffin or further ceremonies, but Roscoe Staten and Walter Libby, with the help of their good neighbors, would not stand for such an inhuman burial, and had a good home-made coffin prepared in which the body was given as good a burial as the condition would permit.

Burial in Sandstone cemetery, Beckham county.

Mr. Purdy was a Union Soldier, but we do not know what regiment he belonged.

© The Elk City Record
Published February 9, 1910.

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