|Birth: ||Sep. 16, 1868|
|Death: ||Nov. 5, 1947|
New Mexico, USA
FOR D.S. WESTFALL
Daniel Sylvester Westfall, 79, a resident of the Roy Community since 1926,died Wednesday morning, Nov. 5, at 5 a.m. at his home in the north part of town. The cause of death was a kidney and heart ailment.
Mr. Westfall was born near Plattsburg, Mo., the eldest of William and Eliza Westfall. His father, a conductor on the Rock Island railway, operating between St. Louis and Springfield, Mo., was slain by the Jesse James gang during one of their holdups and robberies. Attack on the passenger train was made just as it left Winston, Mo. As the James boys entered the rear end of the train and commanded all to raise their hands, Grandpa Westfall had just started to drop tickets into his pocket, the move being interpreid by the James gang as a move to reach for a gun, they fired and he was instantly killed. Looting the train, the robbers collected many pieces of jewelry from the passengers and crew, but they failed to take a 17-jewel Elgin watch, which had been possession of the late Mr. Westfall since 1881. Three weeks ago the time piece was presented to the oldest son W.L.(Bill) Westfall, who regards it highly as a family heirloom.
Mr. Westfall and his mother, along with a brother Louis and a sister Willie Westfall moved to Nebraska where Daniel in latter years met and married Miss Rozillia Burger.
At opening of the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma, Mr. Westfall and a brother made the run and staked homesteads near the present town of Carmen, where the Westfalls resided for 30 years.
To the Westfalls were born seven children, six sons and one daughter, four of whom are still living. Besides the widow at Roy the survivors are Margaret Fox, Eugene, Ore., William L., Hawthorne, Calif., George D., of Farley, N.M. and Raymond L. of Alamogordo.
During their stay in Oklahoma the Westfalls saw the country grow from a desolate grass area to one of the richest farming sections in the state. They also saw the building of three railroads into their town.
In 1920 Mr. Westfall bought a section of land near Farley and in 1926 he acquired the Dr. Ames farm two miles east of Roy where he made his home until 1942 when he was stricken the aliment that caused his death. It was in that year that he returned to Roy and bought a home where he has been practically bedfast for many months.
Funeral services will be held at the Roy Christian church this afternoon at 2:30 with the Rev. Couey C. Harris, local Baptist Minister, in Charge.
William Harrison Westfall (1843 - 1881)
Eliza Jane Sweany Westfall (1850 - 1925)
Rozella Burger Westfall (1872 - 1951)
Laura M Westfall Fox (1892 - 1972)*
William Lawrence Westfall (1896 - 1954)*
George Westfall (1898 - 1973)*
Clarence R Westfall (1900 - 1927)*
Sherman Westfall (1902 - 1905)*
Raymond Louis Westfall (1905 - 1970)*
Daniel S Westfall (1868 - 1947)
Louis L Westfall (1870 - 1942)*
Laura Susan Westfall (1872 - 1875)*
Willie Ann Westfall Bartle (1878 - 1957)*
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Scott Stewart
Record added: Dec 09, 2009
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