Joseph C “Chat” Sumner
Mexico Ledger, Thurs., 10 Apr. 1913, Pg. 3, col. 4
"Chat" Sumner, of Vernon, Texas, formerly of this county (Audrain), died at his home, Monday morning about 7 o'clock from apoplexy. The death was very sudden and a great shock to Mr. Sumner's many friends.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, but it is probable that the body will be buried in Vernon. Misses Elizabeth and Delle Sumner, daughters of Mr. Sumner, who have been here attending Hardin College, left for their home Monday afternoon.
Mr. Sumner, who was about 60 years of age, was born and reared in this county. He was the son of Judge and Mrs B(D) W. Sumner. He married Miss Mary Cauthorn, a sister of R. H. Cauthorn, of this city. Mr. Sumner left Audrain county and moved to Texas about 23 years ago.Since he moved there he has been very successful in business and was quite prosperous at the time fo his death.
He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his death. The children are: Mrs. John Woods of Altus, Oklahoma; Joe, Alice, Elizabeth, Delle, Dan and Mary sumner all of Vernon, Texas. He was a brother of Mrs. William Stuart of this city.
Mr. Sumner was a splendid man, and had many friends in this city and county. His loss will be deeply felt not only in the community in which he lived but in this county.
The Ledger joins many friends in extending deepest sympathy to the bereaved.
Mexico Weekly Intelligencer, Thurs. 10 Apr. 1913, Pg. 4, col. 5
Joseph C. ("Chat") Sumner, 67 years old, died early Monday morning at his home in Vernon, Texas, of apoplexy. Mr. Sumner's death ocurred at 7:30 o'clock, shortly after he had eaten his breakfast.
Mr. Sumner's two daughters, Misses Elizabeth and Adele, who are students in Hardin College, departed Monday for their home at Vernon, Texas. Mr. Sumner's sister is Mrs. Wm. Stuart, of this city.
Mr. Sumner was the son of the late Judge Duke W. Sumner, formerly a member of the Audrain County Court. "Chat" Sumner was born in Monroe County, Oct. 22, 1846, and was educated at Westminster College, Fulton. In 1883 Mr. Sumner, came to Mexico, where he was an extensive dealer in livestock.
Mr. Sumner and Miss Anna Cauthorn, of this county, were married May 31, 1877. Mrs. Sumner is a sister of R. H. Cauthorn, of this city. Besides his wife, Mr. Sumner leaves seven children, as follows: Mrs. John S. Wood and Joe Sumner, Altus, Okla.; Alice, Elizabeth, Adele, Dan and Mary Sumner, all of Vernon. He also leaves a brother, James R. Sumner , of Altus.