James Isaac Ketchum (June 16, 1874- October 09, 1917)
Hettie Cook (March 06, 1879 - June 16, 1952)
James, or Jimmy as he was called, was born on June 16, 1874 in Missouri. He was the son of James Alexander Ketchum and Mary Jane Brown. Jimmy married Hettie Cook on October 22, 1896 in Erath County, Texas. The wedding ceremony also included the marriage of Hettie's twin sister, Arabelle, to Calvin C. Shults. Hettie (and Arabelle or Belle) was born on March 6, 1879, in Dublin, Erath Co., Texas. Hettie was the daughter of William Artice Cook and Nancy Elizabeth Evans.
Jimmy was a farmer. He died of nephritis (inflammation of the kidney, usually Brights Disease) at St. Joseph's Infirmary in Fort Worth, Texas on October 09, 1917. Jimmy is buried in the Rock Creek Cemetery, Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma. Hettie died on June 16, 1952 in Duncan, Stephens Co., Oklahoma and was buried beside Jimmy on June 17, 1952.
After Jimmy’s death, Hettie and her children continued to live on their farm, which was near her father-in-law’s farm. A story was told that Indians used to stop by their house and would just sit on their horses watching the house. Hettie would send one of her sons to bring her father-in-law back to scare the Indians away. The Indians never did any harm, it was thought they were in search of food.
Jimmy and Hettie’s children:
James Artice Ketchum
Troy Blooming Ketchum
William Clarence Ketchum
Rena Jewell Ketchum
Brooksie Belle Ketchum; b. November 21, 1913; d. November 14, 2001; m. George Oval Booth
1919 Lawton ISD Record
1922 Lawton, OK ISD Record
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The Duncan Banner Newspaper, Obituary, Friday, October 12, 1917