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The Flood's - Lee and Nellie Flood

Nellie Young Swartz and Mr. Lee Flood married.

Lee is a cousin to John Wesley Flood, Rodney's father.

For the past few weeks Mr. Lee Flood and Miss Nellie (Young) Swartz were making arrangements to marry, and the usual preparations were in progress at the home of the bride. Last week Lee and Nellie caused quite a sensation in the home of the young lady by the announcement that they were already husband and wife, having entered the connubial state the 10th of lst February at Topeka [Kansas] Why the marriage was kept a secret, The Recorder has not been informed, but they received the congratulations of friends and then, last Friday left for Manhattan where Mr. Flood has a good business and establed a home prepared for his bride.

2nd clipping:

Knitting Exhibits Win Blue Ribbons

Virginia Long who is but 13 years old, came home from the Kay County Fair in Blackwell with two blue ribbons for her exhibits in knitting. She competed with adults who had been knitting for years. Virginia took her first lesson about a year ago.

The blue ribbons were first awards in two different classifications. One was for a knitted skirt and blouse, made for herself; the other award was for a knitted doll coat.

Virginia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Long of 620 North Osage Street. She is a product of Mrs. Nellie Flood's knitting school.

3rd Clipping dated February 3, 1950

Anniversary Dinner Attended by 200

Approximately 200 persons Wednesday evening attended 56th anniversary dinner at the First Presbyterian church.

J. C. Frazier, vice moderator of the church, was in charge of the program. A talk was given L.S. Barnes, and Dr. Roderick J. Jackson, assistant pastor, gave a devotional service.

Long-time Presbyterian church members who were recognized at the meeting are: Mrs. E.W. White, Mrs. Lola White Johnston, Miss Myrtle McGrew, Mrs. J.H. Smyth, Mrs. R.W. Morton, Mrs. Jessie Webst, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Doepel, Mrs. Carrie McLalin, Mrs. E.J. Barrett, Mmrs. Maggie Childers, --------Mrs. Nellie

Flood-------, Mrs. M.G. Gill, Mrs. E.E. Koller, Miss Myrtle Smith, Mrs. M.K. Van Windkle, G. Harold Brett, Mrs. J.P. Barrett, Mrs. J.P. Souligny, Mrs. Ruth Romary and Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Moore.

They were presented with pictures of the original First Presbyterian church building in Ponca City.

4rd Clipping:

Pallbearers Named For Flood Services

Pallbearers have been announced for the funeral services for Mrs. Nellie Flood, longtime resident and business woman of Ponca City.

Casketbearers will be S. Bee Crawford, George Miller, Joe Miller, V.N. Souligny, W.W. Vance and Durley Wardlow, Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Gentry,

G.J. Harris, Glenn Paris and J. Robert Mee.

Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev, "Arthur C. Young, minister of the First Presbyterian Church officiating.

Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery under direction of the Grace Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Flood who for many years operated a candy store in earlyday Ponca City and later a gift and yarn shop, died Monday afteroon at Carthage, Tex., where she was visiting her son. [Lee]

5th and Last clipping:

Rites Saturday for Longtime Resident, Mrs. Nellie G. Flood.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie G. Flood, 85, of 207 North Third, will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Arthur C. Young, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating, Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery.

Mrs. Flood became ill Monday noon while she was visiting her son, Lee, in Carthage, Tex., and died later that afternoon.

Ponca Citians living here in the early 1900's recall with pleasure one of the most popular spots in town-Flood's Candy Kitchen-located where Eastwood's Clothing Store is now situated.

This establishment became popular not only because of the cand sold there, but because of the lively and personable young woman who owned and managed it-Mrs. Nellie Flood.

As her second business venture in Ponca City she opened a gift shop at 205 North Third, eventually enlarging it to include a children's shop and later a knit shop, where she sold yarns and taught knitting and rug making for many years.

Mrs. Flood did not retire from active management of her business until after she was 70 years old.

Sh vididly recalled Ponca City when it was a small community of only 1500 people. In those days there were no electric lights, running water or paved streets.

Mrs. Flood became a member of the First Presbyterian Church on Feb. 1, 1903. and took an active part in the Women's Association work. She also took much pride in her church as it grew. the first small congregation meeting in a little wooden church building. Then the big red brick church was constructed at the corner of Fourth and Cleveland. Finally she knew the satisfaction of worshipping and working in the present handsome church building at Fourteenth and Grand.

For many years Mrs. Flood was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and served as president of the Business and Professional Women's Club. It was during her presidency that the club took over the temporary management of Camp McFadden.

Surviving Mrs. Flood are her son, Lee of Carthage: a daughter, Mrs. LaNona Briggs of Fairplay, Colorado and one grandson, Michael Flood of Midland, Texas



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