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John William Higgs

John William Higgs[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1859 - 1918  (58 years)

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  • Name John William Higgs 
    Nickname Will 
    Born 7 Apr 1859  Magnolia, Columbia Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 12 Sep 1860  Iuka, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 6 Jul 1870  Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Census 11 Jun 1880  Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation 11 Jun 1880  Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    printer 
    Residence 22 Oct 1888  Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Lida talks about visiting with Will Higgs locally. 
    Census 25 Jun 1900  Van Buren, Crawford Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Occupation 25 Jun 1900  Van Buren, Crawford Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    newspaper editor 
    Occupation May 1910  Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    began to work at the McCurtain Democrat Record 
    • According to his obituary, Will Higgs had been working with the Democrat Record since its founding in May 1910.
    Census 5 May 1910  DeQueen, Sevier Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Occupation 5 May 1910  DeQueen, Sevier Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    printer in a weekly newspaper 
    Misc 29 Dec 1910 
    Occupation 12 Feb 1914  Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    agent for Strauss Brothers Tailors of Chicago. 
    • Will Higgs also acted as an agent for a company selling men's suits for several years.
    Occupation 30 Apr 1914  Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    agent for Merchant's Life insurance 
    • Will Higgs appears to have sold life insurance in addition to working for the newspaper. Advertisements appear throughout the years 1913-1918 for his as an agent for Merchant's Life life insurance.
    Misc 29 Jul 1915  Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    visited his son in Texarkana 
    • J.W. Higgs and daughter Miss Lyda Higgs are visiting at Texarkana.
    Died 2 Mar 1918  Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • John W. Higgs died at his home in this city on the 2nd inst. after a brief illness with pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted from the family residence by Rev. J.S. Baird, and the remains interred in the Denison Cemetery, Sunday evening. With the exception of about two years, Mr. Higgs has been associated with the Democrat-Record since it was established in May 1910, and for the past two years has been editor, publisher, and manager. The deceased leaves a wife and five children, Lieut. J.W. Higgs jr., Lieut. Morton T. Higgs, Misses Lyda Higgs, Bettie Higgs, Mary Higgs, and a host of friends to mourn his departure. We extend condolences to the grief-stricken family.
    Buried Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Address:
    Denison Cemetery 
    Headstone - Will and Lida Cason Higgs - 1
    Headstone - Will and Lida Cason Higgs - 1
    Headstone - Will and Lida Cason Higgs - 2
    Headstone - Will and Lida Cason Higgs - 2
    Person ID I3534  Scott Dickson's Family
    Last Modified 27 Dec 2015 

    Father Thomas Morton Higgs,   b. 11 Jul 1837, Athens, Limestone Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1875, Washington, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Mother Mary J. Sartain,   b. 27 Jun 1834, Decatur, Morgan Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1887, Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1857  Athens, Limestone Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [17, 18
    • Thomas M. Higgs and Mary J. Sartain were married at the home of William H. Oglesby in Athens, AL by Jn. Turrentine, J.P. on Christmas Day, 1857.
    Family ID F263  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eliza Johnson (Lida) Cason,   b. 24 Jun 1868, Carrollton, Pickens Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1941, Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [19
    Married 3 Mar 1889  Arkadelphia, Clark Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Children 
     1. Jere Will Higgs,   b. 5 Jun 1893, Alma, Crawford Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1952, Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     2. Morton Thomas Higgs,   b. 25 Sep 1896, Van Buren, Crawford Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1956, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     3. Lida Higgs,   b. 30 Nov 1898, Van Buren, Crawford Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1974, Rolling Fork, Sharkey Co., Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     4. Bettie Higgs,   b. 24 Nov 1903, DeQueen, Sevier Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 2000, Edmond, Oklahoma Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     5. Mary Higgs,   b. 16 Sep 1906, DeQueen, Sevier Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1988, Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F258  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Apr 1859 - Magnolia, Columbia Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 12 Sep 1860 - Iuka, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 6 Jul 1870 - Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 11 Jun 1880 - Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - printer - 11 Jun 1880 - Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lida talks about visiting with Will Higgs locally. - 22 Oct 1888 - Texarkana, Bowie Co., Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Mar 1889 - Arkadelphia, Clark Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 25 Jun 1900 - Van Buren, Crawford Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - newspaper editor - 25 Jun 1900 - Van Buren, Crawford Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - began to work at the McCurtain Democrat Record - May 1910 - Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 5 May 1910 - DeQueen, Sevier Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - printer in a weekly newspaper - 5 May 1910 - DeQueen, Sevier Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - agent for Strauss Brothers Tailors of Chicago. - 12 Feb 1914 - Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - agent for Merchant's Life insurance - 30 Apr 1914 - Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - visited his son in Texarkana - 29 Jul 1915 - Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Mar 1918 - Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Denison Cemetery - - Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma
    Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Will and Nan Higgs
    Will and Nan Higgs
    Will and Nan Higgs
    Will and Nan Higgs
    JW Higgs
    JW Higgs
    Will Higgs Family
    Will Higgs Family
    Will Higgs, Jere Will Higgs, Lida Cason Higgs

  • Notes 
    • Will Higgs operated and worked at newspapers throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma. Working as a printer in Texarkana in 1875, he moved to DeQueen, AR to publish the DeQueen Democrat Record. He served newspapers in Alma, AR and Van Buren, AR before moving to Idabel, OK in 1911 to work at the Idabel Democrat Record. He died of pneumonia after an illness of about two weeks. According to initial reports of his death, his remains were to be shipped to Boyce, TX. The rationale for this report is unknown. Perhaps he had as yet undiscovered family in that area. He was not from that area and he had no siblings or known family there or any connection at all to the area. But, since this was reported, it ought to be followed up to find out of there is a connection.

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      J.W. Higgs worked for the Idabel Democrat Record, successor to the McCurtain Record in Idabel, Oklahoma for a number of years. From time to time, Will was listed as Editor or Publisher. But, generally, that was held for Tom G. Taylor, who owned the paper. Tom G. Taylor purchased the McCurtain Beacon Times in 1914, consolidating it with the Democrat Record. Then in June 1914, he ran for state representative and was elected in November 1914.

      17 Sep 1914 - J.W. Higgs, Jr, who has been visiting his parents for a week, left Tuesday for Leesville, La., where he will complete his work with the civil engineering corp of the KCS preparatory to returning tothe University at Fayetteville, Ark. to complete his course.

      1 Oct 1914 - Negro Loving Socialist - Anarchist & Infidel (headline in Idabel Democrat Record)

      8 Oct 1914 - Socialism vs. Religion - Shows its enmity to all things good by its own arguments (editorial by J.W. Higgs)

      26 Nov 1914 - Armour Higgs was a guest of his brother, Pat, Sunday.

      24 Dec 1914 - J.W. Higgs, Jr. arrived in the city from Louisiana where he holds an important position in the civil engineering department of the Kansas City Southern railway, to spend Christmas with his parents.

      24 Dec 1914 - Morton T. Higgs, who is attending the University of Arkansas, came on Sunday to spend the holidays with his parents.

      7 Jan 1915, Vol. 7, #44 is the first issue of the Democrat-Record that lists J.W. Higgs as publisher and Tom G. Taylor as owner & editor.Also included in this issue are notes that Morton Higgs left Sunday,having spent the holidays with his parents, for Fayetteville, Ark,where he goes to resume his studies.

      21 Jan 1915 - School Notes - The Literary Society Program includes avocal trio - Mabel Dewitt, Noreen Ellers, and Lida Higgs

      28 Jan 1915 - Honor Roll of pupils of Idabel Public Schools, not late or tardy for the month of ending 22 Jan 1915, in Mrs. Higgs class at Central School (also listed for 19 Feb 1915), and Lida Higgs in the High School.

      11 Mar 1915 - School Notes - Literary Society Debate - Resolved that women should have suffrage in Oklahoma - on the negative side, Lida Higgs.

      1 Apr 1915 - After a weekend visit with her sister, Mrs. J.W. Higgs,Mrs. G.P. Frazer left Monday for Little Rock.

      8 Apr 1915 - J.W. Higgs, Jr spent Sunday in the city visiting his parents.

      3 Jun 1915 - Morton T. Higgs arrived at the city this morning from Fayetteville, Ark, where he has been attending the University, for a visit to his parents, Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Higgs, before going to his summer work.

      10 Jun 1915 - Mrs. J.W. Higgs left yesterday for Royse, Texas, in answer to a message that her father was dying. She was accompanied to Hugo by her son, Morton.

      24 Jun 1915 - Mrs. J.W. Higgs returned Monday from Royse City, Texas,where she was summoned two weeks ago to the beside of her dying father, Elder J.H. Cason, who passed away a short time after she reached his side. A better man or a stauncher Christian than Rev.J.H. Cason would be hard to find.

      1 Jul 1915 - J.W. Higgs name is no longer on the masthead of the paper. Miss Betty Clay Cason of Dustin, Oklahoma, arrived in the city this morning and is a guest o Mrs. Lida Higgs.

      1 Jul 1915 - J.W. Higgs, Jr, came over Thursday from Texarkana but returned Friday. His mother, brother, and two little sisters accompanied him to Texarkana to visit with him for a while.

      29 Jul 1915 - J.W. Higgs and daughter, Miss Lida Higgs, are visiting at Texarkana.

      19 Aug 1915 - Miss Lida Higgs arrived home today from a three weeks visit to points in Arkansas.

      2 Sep 1915 - Miss Bettie Higgs has returned from a visit to DeQueen

      7 Sep 1915 - Open letter to J.W. Higgs for political views printed on 2 Sep.

      16 Dec 1915 - Morton Higgs will arrive Saturday. Will complete studies at the University of Arkansas in June. J.W. Higgs, who is the senior transit man on the southern end of the KCS, with headquarters at Texarkana, arrived at home today to spend the holidays with his parents.

      13 Jan 1916 - See Higgs samples before you order a suit.

      By mid-1918, the paper lists J.W. Higgs as editor and publisher, Tom Taylor is gone from the masthead.

      14 Feb 1918 - Col. J.W. Higgs of the Democrat-Record force has been severely ill for several days, but we are glad to report is improving at this writing.

      7 Mar 1918 - John W. Higgs died on the 2nd. Children surviving are Lt. J.W. Higgs, Lt. Morton T. Higgs, Lyda Higgs, Bettie Higgs, Mary Higgs.

      On 14 Mar 1918, Tom Taylor is listed as Editor and Publisher again.

  • Sources 
    1. [S128] History of Crawford County, Arkansas.

    2. [S129] Obituary of John William Higgs Idabel Democrat Rec.

    3. [S130] Higgs, John William, Death notice, McCurtain Gazet.

    4. [S131] Funeral of John William Higgs McCurtain Gazette Id.

    5. [S132] Idabel Democrat Record Idabel, Oklahoma, Oklahoma.

    6. [S551] 1860 US Federal Census, Tishomingo Co., MS, Iuka; page 380; dwelling 2541, family 2541; Thomas Higgs.

    7. [S717] 1870 US Federal Census, Hempstead Co, AR, Ozan Township; page 91; dwelling 672, family 672; T. M. Higgs.

    8. [S711] 1880 US Federal Census, Hempstead Co., AR, Ozan Township; ED 112; page 47; dwelling 274, family 297; Higgs, William.

    9. [S879] Lida Cason Higgs Letters, Letter to Ida Bledsoe, 22 Oct 1888, Texarkana, Texas.

    10. [S591] 1900 US Federal Census, Crawford Co, AR, Van Buren; ED 63; sheet 7A; dwelling 363, family 366; JW Higgs.

    11. [S981] McCurtain Democrat Record, Local and Personal; 7 March 1918; Held on Microfilm at the Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    12. [S573] 1910 US Federal Census, Sevier Co, AR, Bear Creek Twp, DeQueen; ED 171; sheet 17B; dwelling 291, family 301; John W. Higgs.

    13. [S981] McCurtain Democrat Record, Local and Personal; 12 February 1914; Held on Microfilm at the Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    14. [S980] McCurtain Democrat Record, Local and Personal; 30 April 1914; on Microfilm at the Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    15. [S981] McCurtain Democrat Record, Local and Personal; 29 July 1915; Held on Microfilm at the Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    16. [S641] Find A Grave, 25 November 2014; John William Higgs; John William Higgs; 23701824; Sandie Manning Lambert.

    17. [S159] Thomas M. Higgs Mary J. Sartain Marriage Return 25.

    18. [S701] New Orleans, Louisiana, Marriage Records Index, 1831-1964, 11 August 2012; Thomas M. Higgs to Mary Sartain, 25 Dec 1857.

    19. [S1104] U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, 27 March 2017; Morton T Higgs, Certificate 209338, 1 Aug 1922.

    20. [S606] Arkansas County Marriages Index - 1837-1957, 11 August 2012; Lida Cason to J. W. Higgs.


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