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Lois M Branch
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Birth: Oct. 16, 1884
Kansas, USA
Death: Sep. 7, 1903
Oklahoma, USA

Daughter of W.L. and Edna F. Branch
Lois M. Branch, daughter of William Lincoln "Will" Branch and Edna Fedelia Jones, died age 18 in 1903 - four years before Oklahoma statehood, when this was still Oklahoma Territory. Lois Branch died of typhoid fever, the same "bilious fever" which claimed Abe Lincoln's oldest son Willie many years before in 1862.

The family legend is that Lois went swimming in either a cattle tank or a farm pond, and died the next day. She is buried at old Gibbon (a ghost town), near Wakita and only a few miles from the Kansas line. The cemetery is abandoned and fenced off in middle of pasture and wheat field. There is no actual road in to the burial site.

Typhoid fever is contracted when people eat food or drink water that has been infected with Salmonella typhi. It is recognized by the sudden onset of sustained fever, severe headache, nausea and severe loss of appetite. It is sometimes accompanied by hoarse cough and constipation or diarrhoea. Until 1948, little other than supportive measures could be offered the typhoid patient. Polluted water is the most common source of typhoid. The community of Gibbon was in the center of Section 32 - Township 29 - Range 7, named for Wm McGibbon, a Union soldier in the Civil War. McGibbon died 25 Dec 1921 age 74.

In1893 Will Branch made the "landrun" into the "Cherokee Strip" with his half-brother Alpha C. Branch. They homesteaded at Gibbon, near Wakita, Oklahoma Territory. Will BRANCH homesteaded the SW4 8-28N-7 WIM (160 acres) which was recorded on 24 March 1905 and recorded in Book 4 of Patents at page 44.
 
 
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 Parents:
  William Lincoln Branch (1860 - 1932)
  Edna Fedelia Jones Branch (1859 - 1910)
 
 Siblings:
  Lois M Branch (1884 - 1903)
  Charles W Branch (1886 - 1960)*
  Wayne Dee Branch (1903 - 1980)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Gibbon Cemetery
Grant County
Oklahoma, USA
 
Maintained by: carolyn leonard
Originally Created by: Vickie Humphrey
Record added: Nov 12, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5952031
Lois M Branch
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Lois M Branch
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Lois Branch died age 18 of typhoid fever, the same "bilious fever" which claimed Abe Lincoln's oldest son Willie. Her father Will Branch and uncle Alpha Branch homesteaded near here, still a Territory. 1903 - four years before Oklahoma statehood. The fa...(Read more)
- carolyn leonard
 Added: Mar. 28, 2014
Lois Branch died of typhoid fever, the same "bilious fever" which claimed Abe Lincoln's oldest son Willie. The community of Gibbon was in the center of Section 32 - Township 29 - Range 7. Named for Wm McGibbon, a Union soldier in the Civil War. McGibbon ...(Read more)
- carolyn leonard
 Added: Jul. 1, 2011
 
 
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