|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1890|
St. Clair County
|Death: ||Oct. 12, 1933|
Obituary from the Shreveport Times newspaper, Oct. 13, 1933, Friday, pp. 1 & 6:
D. H. Bancroft, War Veteran, Writer, Dies – Former City Editor of The Times Will Be Laid to Rest Here Today
Donald Huntley Bancroft, 43, well-known trades publication correspondent and former newspaper man, died at 3 p.m. Thursday at his home, 842 Gladstone Boulevard, after a long illness which resulted from disabilities suffered during army service in the World War.
Mr. Bancroft had been ill since 1930, when he left Shreveport to enter the Veterans' hospital in Alexandria, where he remained two years. His illness became serious about three months ago and for the past week he had been in a state of coma.
Born at Port Huron, Mich., on Feb. 26, 1890, Mr. Bancroft moved to Hot Springs, Ark., with his parents at an early age. He was educated there in the public schools and later attended the University of Arkansas.
Served on Italian Front
Moving to Shreveport in 1911, Mr. Bancroft became a member of The Times' editorial staff and served continuously until 1925 except for the year he was in the World War. Beginning as a reporter, he was promoted to the position of state editor and later to the city editorship. He was in the midst of many famous news events, including the Morehouse Parish murders of 1923, which attracted nation-wide attention.
Mr. Bancroft was married to Miss Martha Smith of Humboldt, Tenn., in 1915. He volunteered for service when the United States entered the World War, enlisting in the medical corps and seeing action on the Italian front. When the war was over he resumed his position on The Times.
In 1926 Mr. Bancroft went to El Dorado, Ark., to become editor of the El Dorado News. He remained there a year, returning to Shreveport in 1927 to join the staff of the Shreveport Journal. He later became correspondent for the Oil and Gas Journal, published at Tulsa, Okla., and maintained an office in the Ricou-Brewster Building. He was regarded as one of the best oil writers in this section.
Charter Member of the Post
When his health failed in 1930, Mr. Bancroft entered the Veterans' hospital at Alexandria. Two years later he returned here to resume his oil correspondence work, serving in this capacity until he suffered a relapse last summer.
Mr. Bancroft was a charter member of the Lowe-McFarlane post of the American Legion and at one time was state publicity director and editor of the Legion paper. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.
Surviving are his widow; two sons, Donald, Jr., a student at Texas A. and M. College, and William Bancroft, 12; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bancroft, Lafayette; two sisters, Miss Delia Bancroft, Lafayette, and Mrs. L. O. Broussard, Abbeville, and one brother, Robert Bancroft, Tucson, Ariz.
Funeral at St. Mark's
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. today at St. Mark's Church by the Rev. James M. Owens, rector, and the Rev. Anson P. Stokes, Jr., assistant rector. Burial will be in Forest Park Cemetery, under direction of Roll Osborn and Sons Funeral Home.
Full military rites will be accorded the deceased by his comrades of the American Legion. B. A. Hardey, post commander, asked that all Legion members assemble at the church 15 minutes before the services to take charge of the funeral.
Active pallbearers will be Joe Crumpton, C. G. Hoff, Wallace V. Gable, Rupert Peyton, Joe R. Carrter, Waldo Moore, W. T. Adams and Aaron Selber.
Honorary pallbearers will be Cannon Flournoy, Gordon Wallis, Tony McAfee, Bonneau Peters, R. L. Gay, Lon Mason, Tommy McAteer, Brantley Jackson, Otis Wynn, Walter O'Roark, Eugene Morehead, D. V. Blocker, Oscar Haley, Gregg Nicholson, O. J. Robichaux, Claude Strahan, Joe B. Elam, John D. Ewing, L. A. Mailhes, Charles A. Hazen, Douglas Attaway, Otis Harris, Dolph Frantz, Fritz Grosjean, T. R. Hughes, Dan Spurlock, Edward Jones, F. W. Gregory, J. C. Orr, Judge E. P. Mills, Allen Graves, W. F. Chisholm, Dr. J. M. Gorton, Dr. L. W. Gorton, W. T. Mayo, B. A. Hardey, Leonard Daniels, Reese Jones, W. H. Harvey, Dr. V. I. Miller, Dr. B. J. Cole, Dr. Frank Walke, F. G. McElroy, T. Gordon Smylie, J. C. Casserly, George Dowden, W. S. Ingram, J. Howell Flournoy, W. L. Stratton, C. R. Minor, E. Weldon Jones, J. H. Rowland, Leon Grosjean, S. E. Mix, C. L. Moody, R. T. Hazzard, G. D. Thomas, C. M. Dorchester, Andrew Querbes, Jr., Will M. Levy and John N. Sandlin.
Note: Although he was a charter member of Voiture Locale 137 of the 40&8 Society, he was not a member of this Locale at the time of his death.
Forest Park East Cemetery
Created by: Shawn Bohannon
Record added: Feb 17, 2012
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