The McIntosh Co. Democrat, Thurs., 30 Aug 1962, pg 1, col. 3, vol. 54, No. 41
Esther G. Moncrief, City Pioneer, Dies Esther Griffing Moncrief, 65 years old, a resident of Checotah since 1900, died in a Muskogee hospital Sunday morning after an illness of several months. Funeral services were held at the Bradley Agent Funeral Chapel in Muskogee at 10 a. m. Tuesday with Rev. William A. Allen pastor of the First Methodist church, Checotah- officiating. Burial was in Gioenlawn cemetery here. Mrs. Moncrief's father, the late L. G. Griffing, owned and operated the first electric system and ice plant in Checotah, and was a top business figure in the city. Mrs. Moncrief was a member of Polly's Musical Maids, all women's band, which gain'd statewide fame here prior to 1920 under the direction of Paul Parrott Mrs. Moncrief and her husband, Edwin- operated an insurance agency here for many years. They were later engaged in the variety store business until Mr. Moncrief's retirement several years ago. She was born November 13, 1896, in Conway, Arki, and was a member of the Methodist church. Survivors Include: her husband, Edwin of the home ;a sister, Mrs. D. L .Young, Muskogee; a brother, Ted Griffing. Sulphur; four nephews. Jim G Lucas, Washington, D. C, J Bab Lucas, Tulsa, Barry Griffing. Riverside, Calif., and Terry Griffing, Rochester, Mjrtfti two nieces, Shannon Osburn, Laramie, Wyo., and Mary Hudson- Washington, ' D. C. Active pallbearers were Donal Stldham, Gene Harrison. Britton Tabor, R J. Koch, Buster Farrimond and Harold Latham.