One of Pawnee's most highly respected citizens has gone from the midst in the death of Joseph M. Creed, which occurred on March 27, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.O. Whitlock, at Maramec, Okla. Mr. Creed was born in North Carolina, August 11, 1841, his age at the time of his death was 75 years and seven months.He came West early in life. He was married to Mary Reece, who remains to mourn her loss, on September 4, 1862. To this union were born twelve children, three boys and nine girls. Three boys and one of the girls died in infancy. The oldest daughter died eight years ago. Seven daughters remain to comfort the widowed mother, they are: Mrs. J.B. Cox, Masham; Mrs. W.O. Whitlock and Mrs. Louis Demeville, Maramec; Mrs. Jessie Parker, Los Vegas, N.M.; Mrs. F.E. Kuhn, Utah; Mrs. M.W. Bausell and Miss Mattie Creed, Pawnee. There are living 26 grand children and 7 great grand children.
Mr. Creed was a soldier in the Union army for over two years. He had been a follower of Christ a great many years and was an earnest worker when his strength would permit.
The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Pawnee Saturday, March 24. Rev. F.D. Stevick had charge of the service. The sermon was preached by an old time friend, Rev. Mr. Cook, of Stillwater, who is 95 years of age and had known Mr. Creed all the time of his religious life. Rev. O.O. Johnson, pastor of the U.B. church added some tender remarks of appreciation. The G.A.R. and Woman's Relief Corps attended the service in a body. Burial was made in the Highland cemetery.
The relatives and friends who attended the funeral of J.M. Creed from out of the city were W.O. Whitlock and family, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Demeville and Will Davis of Maramec, Mrs. Anna Cleveland, Mrs. Audra Olmstead and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Burnette, of Stillwater; Mr. and Mrs. M.N. Wilson, Boyd Wilson and Mrs. Charles Deardorf of El Reno; Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Steward of Council Grove, Kansas; Linton Reece of Moline, Kansas; J.D. Cox and family of Masham, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Speers of Ralston; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hawkins of Guthrie; Mrs. Flora Wiggins of Kansas city; Mrs. Jessie Parker and son of East Los Vegas, N.M. Joseph Cox, a grandson from Masham, who has been in St. Louis undergoing an operation, missed train connections and did not get to Pawnee in time for the funeral.
Printed March 29, 1917 in the Pawnee Courier Dispatch, Pawnee, Oklahoma. Note the error: It lists his death date as March 27, with the funeral being held on March 24. His Civil War pension record lists his death date as March 22, 1917.
|Joseph M. Creed headstone located in Highland Cemetery, Pawnee, Oklahoma.|