(Transcribed from the Wednesday, March 19, 1941 edition of the Adair County News.)

Mrs. W.B. Rowe Dies In West


Native of Adair County Brought To Columbia For Funeral and Burial.



Mrs. Cora Hurt Rowe, 78 years old, died Wednesday, March 12, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Porter Strange, in Frederick, Okla., of a pulmonary hemorrhage. She had apparently been in very good health for a person her age and the suddenness of her death came as a shock to the family and friends.

Mrs. Rowe was born and reared in Adair County and belonged to one of the most distinguished families of this section. She was a daughter of the late Young E. and Mary Morrison Montgomery Hurt, who lived in the Gadberry community. Both were members of pioneer families. She married Mr. William B. Rowe, prominent farmer of this county, January 20, 1884. He died in February, 1923, and shortly thereafter Mrs. Rowe moved to Oklahoma to live with her daughter. She visited here annually and was highly esteemed by a wide circle of friends and relatives who are grieved over her death. She was a devout member of the Christian Church.

Mrs. Rowe is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Strange, two step-daughters, Mrs. W.H. Flowers, and Mrs. Josephine Rowe, both of Columbia, and a stepson, Mr. Ben Ed Rowe, of Frederick, Okla.; three brothers, Judge Rollin Hurt, Col. L.B. Hurt, and one sister, Mrs. J.L. Johnson, all of Adair County.

The remains were brought here from Oklahoma and taken to the M.L. Grissom Funeral Home Friday to await funeral services the following day.

The funeral was held at the Christian Church at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. R.E. Reeves and Rev. T.L. Hulse. Interment was in the City Cemetery.

The active pallbearers were: Messrs. Ray Flowers, Fred Hill, James Dehoney, Eros Barger, Ray Montgomery and J.L. Walker. Honorary pallbearers were: Messrs. Horace Jeffries, W.R. Myers, C.R. Hutchison, Rev. H.J. Conover and W.I. Ingram.

Mrs. Porter Strange and Mr. Ben Ed Rowe accompanied their mother's remains to Columbia.


(Transcribed from the Wednesday, March 19, 1941 edition of the Adair County News.)

In Memory of Mrs. Cora Rowe

I have just received a sad letter, also clippings from Adair County News of Mrs. Rowe's last trip to our old "Kentucky Home."

Cora, is it possible that you went so quickly, that I did not get to say "goodbye?" One by one we are gathering home. I feel so lonely as I am the only one left of our large class of girls that stayed together at cousin Ben Grissom's and went to school to Miss Sallie Stewart back in the seventies. We were all so gay and happy then, the whole house rang with our laughter,  but about ten years ago on one of my visits to Kentucky, I passed by the same old house. It was the saddest place I ever looked at. The family all gone and my school mates all scattered to different states. This poem came to mind:

:Gloom is up thy lonely hearth, Oh silent house once filled with mirth"--.

After coming to Oklahoma, I heard that Cora was at her daughter's, in Fredrick, Okla., but thought she was only visiting there, but about ten years ago she was invited to a Tea at the Governor's Mansion in Oklahoma City. She called me from her hotel and I invited her to dinner. She came with other Kentucky friends, stayed 'till that evening. We tried to talk over our old school days we had both so changed, we were both white-haired widows. Both had drank the cup of sorrow but Cora's voice was just the same. Have always thought she helped me to live a fuller life more than anyone I ever met in my young days.

I extend sincere sympathy to all her friends and relatives.

                                In sympathy,

                                Mrs. Etta Caldwell