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Presidio County, Texas - August 1910 - Alonzo Van "Lon" Oden


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ODEN - On Thursday, August 11,
1910, Alonzo Vann Oden peacefully
passed away.  The summons by the
death angel was not unexpected to him
or his loved ones.  For more than two
years, he had been in bad health, but
the skill of the best physicians and the
constant care of his loved ones could
not prolong his days.  He was born
March 17, 1863, in Frio County, Texas.
Both of his parents died when he was
quite young.  His father, Van Oden, and
a few others were murdered by the
Mexican horse thieves n 1864.  He aft-
erwards lived with his grandmother for
a number of years.  When he was
grown he joined the Texas Rangers
and was known by all as a fearless up-
holder of the law.  On January 17, 1897,
he married Mars. Laura Hay.  Rev.
French performed the ceremony.  To
this union were born three children.
The elder, a bright baby boy, died when
only a few months old.  He leaves a
devoted wife, two bright little girls
and two step-children, Mrs. W. R. Love,
of Belton, and Len Hay, of Mexico, and
a host of friends to mourn their loss.
I have known Alonzo Oden for a long
time and can truly say that I never
had a better friend.  A certain man
once remarked that he did not think
that Mr. Oden had an enemy in the
whole country.  What a splendid eulogy
in a few words!  Mr. Oden was kind,
affable, generous and big-hearted.  To
know him was to love him.  Oh, how
we deplore his untimely death!  He had
just reached the crest of the rugged
hill and was just starting down the
other side.  We hoped that he would
be with us for many years to come,
but alas the "grim visitor" touched him
with his icy finger, so our beloved
friend lay down and fell asleep.  Though
he has left us and passed the way of
all the earth, we shall never forget
him.  Within our heart of hearts he
shall hold a place as long as is our lot
to abide in this "vale of tears."  a sin-
cere friend, P. M. Smith
 Valentine, Texas


Submitted by Renee Smelley (obituary found in The Rest of the Diary and Scrapbook of Alonzo Van Oden by George L. (Jack) Richards (His Grandson), 1995
Renee's Note: Alonzo Van Oden, son of Aaron Van Buren Oden &  Martha Jane Walker, was born on March 17, 1863 in McMullen County, Texas and died August 11, 1910 in El Paso, Texas.  He married January 17, 1897 in El Paso County, Texas to Laura Carr, daughter of Robert Jefferson Carr & Hester Ann McCoy.  She was born April 18, 1867 in Dimmit County, Texas and died December 02, 1941 in El Paso, El Paso County, Texas.  Both are buried in the Marfa Cemetery, Presidio County, Texas.

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