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Susan Iona "Susie" Chisum Bass
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Birth: Jun. 12, 1857
Kaufman County
Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 27, 1950
Otis
Eddy County
New Mexico, USA

MOTHER BASS, 93, N.M. PIONEER DIES IN HOSPITAL

Mrs. W.E. Bss, one of New Mexico's best-known and loved pioneer women of the Old West, died in a Carlsbad hospital yesterday at the age of 93. Mrs. Bass, better known as "Mother Bass," was born in Coffman County, Texas in 1857 and was married in San Patricio County, Texas in 1872.
Mr. and Mrs. Bass came to the Pecos Valley as a young couple, and lived most of their lives here. They first settled on Hackberry Draw, now known as Happy Valley. Then they moved to the plains on the T-X Ranch, which they later sold to the Benson family.
BORDER WAR-FARE INCIDENT
Returning to the "Valley," they made Blck River their home for a time. They then returned to Eddy (now Carlsbad) where Mr. Bass owned and operated a livery stable. They lived in Artesia for a time, operated a cattle ranch in Dog Canyon for three years; sold out and moved to near Cloverdale, Hidalgo County, New Mexico, on the Mexican border; in 1917, where with their sons they were actively and profitably engaged in the sheep business until Mr. Bass died in 1925.

Mother Bass lived in a ranch house one-half mile from the border of old Mexico, all during the Mexican rebellion, and could relate many interesting incidents of border warfare and late Indian raids in that country when every man wore one or two guns for protection.
LIFE OF GENEROSITY
If Mother Bass ever had to defend herself from the rougher element of the Old West, no one ever heard of it. She lived a life of unselfishness and generosity, and was loved by the bad as well as the good. The worst "hombre" would have defended her, for the night was never too dark or cold for her to leave her bed and prepare a meal for a hungry traveler, or go see some sick woman or child among her neighbors.

She reared a family of 14 children, five of whom survive. They are Mrs. W.R. Shattuck of Otis, with whom she had made her home for the past number of years; Mrs. Johnny Stewart, Las Cruces; Mrs. Lee Henderson, Lovington; Hollnd Bass, Morenci, Arizona and Fred Bass, Perris, California. She is survived by 18 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
CHURCH MEMBER 78 YEARS
Mother Bass had been a member of the Baptist Church for 78 years. The New Mexico saga of Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and Gen. Lew Wallace were old stories to Mother Bass, and more incidents of the early days of which she loved to reminisce.

She could recall when Eddy (Carlsbad) was only a "wide spot in the road," a typical western cow town. Her family was reared here.

Mrs. Bass entered the hospital here about a week ago, and until this illness she had never been in a hospital in her life, a record which few of her age can claim.

Funeral rites were conducted this morning at 10 o'clock in Hillcrest Baptist Church, with the Rev. E.J. Hollis, pastor of the Otis Baptist Church, officiating. Her body will be laid to rest beside that of her husbad in the little country cemetery at Cloverdale, near the Mexican border.
Carlsbad Current-Argus, Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico, dated March 28, 1950.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Isham Russell Chisum (1818 - 1884)
  Charlotte Martin Chisum (1825 - ____)
 
 Spouse:
  William Edwin Bass (1854 - 1925)
 
 Children:
  Richard Ishum Bass (1873 - 1930)*
  Clara Edna Bass Scott (1876 - 1901)*
  Daniel Edwin Bass (1878 - 1942)*
  William Holland Bass (1880 - 1973)*
  Susan Iona Bass Shattuck (1882 - 1971)*
  Margaret V. Bass Stewart (1885 - 1983)*
  Ludie Mary Bass Rather (1888 - 1934)*
  Eva May Bass Pendleton Henderson (1890 - 1986)*
  Frederic Bass (1894 - 1974)*
  Clyde L. Bass (1895 - 1947)*
  Edgar Bass (1898 - ____)*
  Vivian Leonard Bass (1901 - 1931)*
 
 Siblings:
  Felix Roberts Chisum (1841 - ____)*
  John T. Chisum (1843 - ____)*
  James Isham Chisum (1846 - ____)*
  Samuel Martin Chisum (1849 - 1921)*
  Rebecca Ann Chisum Williams (1850 - 1942)*
  William E. Chisum (1855 - ____)*
  Susan Iona Chisum Bass (1857 - 1950)
  Jefferson Davis Chisum (1860 - 1901)*
  Amelia May Chisolm Benton (1864 - 1947)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Susan Iona Bass 1857-1950
"In Loving Memory"
"Mother"
 
Burial:
Cloverdale Cemetery
Hidalgo County
New Mexico, USA
 
Created by: Betty
Record added: Aug 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55858974
Susan Iona Susie <i>Chisum</i> Bass
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Susan Iona Susie <i>Chisum</i> Bass
Added by: Jerry Scott
 
 
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