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Teresa Larchey Bellinghausen
© The Ponca City OK News
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

1894 - November 10, 1952

Funeral services for Mrs. Teresa Bellinghausen, 56, who died Monday evening, November 10, 1952, at her home, northwest of the city, will be held Thursday morning in the St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Father William Reid, priest of the church, will officiate at the 10 o'clock service. Burial will be in the family plot at the Catholic Cemetery under the direction of the E. M. Trout and Sons Funeral Home.

Rosary will be held tonight for Mrs. Bellinghausen in the Chapel of the Trout Funeral Home at 730.

Mrs. Bellinghausen had been ill since mid-September and suffered her fourth stroke Friday night. She had been a resident of Ponca City 54 years and was the owner of the Bellinghausen Nursery which a son, F. W. Bellinghausen, operates.

William P. Bellinghausen
© The Ponca City OK News
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

March 11, 1892 - December 1950

William P. Bellinghausen, 511 S. 7th St., accidentally shot himself to death Wednesday afternoon in the yard of his nursery, on Airport Road, investigating officers said. He was 58.

County Attorney Lowell Doggett and Undersheriff Jesse P. Willis said Bellinghausen had gone into the yard with a .410 gauge shotgun to shoot some rabbits which had been damaging fruit trees.

He apparently stumbled over a brush pile, accidentally discharged the gun and fatally wounded himself in the heart, the officers said.

Morton Headrick, and employee, told officers he heard the shot but thought nothing of it for about 30 minutes, when he became curious about Bellinghausen's long absence.

Bellinghausen was born at Lawrence, Kansas, March 11, 1892, and came to Ponca City in 1899. He was educated at Ellenwood, Kansas, and was graduated from Ponca City high school, after which he attended NOJC for two years.

He was married to Theresa Larchey in Ponca City February 13, 1917.

Bellinghausen had been in the nursery business since 1933, and operated the Bill Bellinghausen Nursery. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Home Builders Club, Agrarian Club, the American Nurserymen's Association and the state nurserymen's Association. He was active in Boy Scout work for 15 years and was once an assistant scoutmaster.

He was a member of the Catholic Church and was fourth degree Knight of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, F. W. Bellinghausen of Ponca City and Joe Bellinghausen, now in the Air Corps stationed at Long Island, New York; a daughter, Mrs. M. S. Trrawczyk of Tulsa; three brothers, Fred Bellinghausen of Los Angeles, L. L. Bellinghausen and Oscar Bellinghausen of Ponca City; two sisters, Mrs. Wayne Moler of Ponca City and Mrs. Catherine McCormack of McAlester; his father, P. J. Bellinghausen of Ponca City, and three grandchildren.

Rosary will be said by Msgr.r William H. Reid at 8 PM Thursday in the Miles Memorial Chapel.

Requiem mass will be said by Monsignor Reid Saturday at 10 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery.

The body will be taken to the family home Friday afternoon.

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