1317. Ethel Loree Hunter
was born on 4 Dec 1906 in Merkel, Taylor County, Texas.
(1068) She died on 18 Nov 1957 in Hugo, Choctaw County, Oklahoma.
(1643) She was buried in Sunset Memorial,
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.
Lived in San Antonio, Texas, 1943 to 1956. Moved to Blanco, Texas, in 1956.
From the San Antonio Express, November 19, 1957, Page 1:
S.A., BLANCO WOMEN SLAIN
HUGO, Okla., Nov. 18 (UP) -- Two Texas women were shot to death at a farm home
near here today in an apparent dispute over the custody of a 4-year old boy.
The victims were identified by Choctaw county authorities as Mrs. Joann Kappleman
Warren, 24 San Antonio, and Mrs. Ethel Hunter Kappleman, 50, Blanco, Tex., believed
to be Mrs. Warren's mother.
Sherriff Ed Thornton said Mrs. Rachel Warren, about 51, admitted to shooting
the two women with a pistol. She said she fired five shots after they broke
into her home 12 miles southwest of Hugo.
Thornton said Mrs. Joann Warren had a butcher knife clasped in her hand and Mrs.
Kappleman had a small paring knife in her purse, which was open.
The women carried identical newspaper clippings which said Charles F. Warren
had been awarded custody of his 4-year old son, Charles F. Warren Jr., in Dallas
The clippings said the action was fought by Mrs. Joann Warren and her parents.
Mrs. Rachel Warren told Sheriff Thornton the two women cut the door screen in
efforts to force their way into the house. She told him they were "coming
after the kid".
From the San Antonio Newspaper, Wednesday, November 20, 1957:
Mrs. Ethel Kappelman, 50, of Blanco, Texas, died at Hugo, Okla., Nov. 18. Member
Church of Christ.
Survivors: husband, Otto Herman Kappelman, Blanco, Texas, sons, Charles W., Blanco,
Texas, James H. Kappelman, US Coast Guard; daughters, Mrs. Betty Jane Irey, San
Antonio, Miss Elva Irene Kappelman, and Miss Carol Dean Kappelman, both Blanco,
Texas; brothers, Emmett Hunter, Midland, Texas, Willie Hunter, Portland, Ore.;
sisters Mrs. Blanche Bell, Merkel, Texas, and Mrs. Beth Baldwin, Ft. Worth, Texas;
Funeral services Friday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m. Akers Chapel, Rev. Don Lemmons officiating.
Arrangements by Roy Akers, CA6-7201.
From the San Antonio Express, Thursday, November 21, 1957, Page 8A:
FUNERAL SET FRIDAY FOR SLAIN WOMEN
Funeral services will be held here for a San Antonio woman and her mother who
met death together in an attempt to gain custody of the younger woman's son.
They were shot Monday on a farm near Hugo, Okla.
The victims were Mrs. Ethel Kappelman, 50, of Blanco, and Mrs. Jo Ann Kappelman
Warren, 4611 S. Hackberry St.
Services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at Akers Funeral Home.
Mrs. Rachel Warren, the San Antonio woman's former mother-in-law, told Oklahoma
police she shot the two last Monday when they attempted to enter her farm home.
Mrs. Warren's son, Charles, had been given temporary custody of the boy the women
wanted, following his divorce from Mrs. Jo Ann Warren.
From the Blanco County News, Friday November 22, 1957:
BLANCO WOMAN & DAUGHTER ARE SHOT TO DEATH IN OKLAHOMA ON MONDAY NIGHT
Mrs. Ethel Kappelman, 50, of Blanco and her daughter, Mrs. Joann Kappelman Warren,
24, of San Antonio, were shot to death near Hugo, Oklahoma, Monday where they
were attempting to gain custody of the younger woman's small son.
Mrs. Rachel Warren told authorities in Hugo that she shot and killed her four-year-old
grandson's mother and maternal grandmother Monday night to prevent them from
taking the boy away. She said the two women tried to cut their way through the
back screen door of her farm home.
The child Charles Jr. was ill at the farmhouse and relatives have stated that
Mrs. Warren and Mrs. Kappelman wanted to take him to a hospital. Mrs. Warren's
son was divorced from Joanne Warren and had received custody of the child. Relatives
described the separation, divorce & custody fight of the Warren's as a long
drawn out affair.
Mr. & Mrs. Kappelman and their daughter left Blanco Monday to go to Dallas
and Oklahoma to try to regain custody of the child. They had made their home
here for about 18 months.
Funeral services were held for the two women at Toy Akers Funeral Home in San
Antonio, Friday. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park.
Survivors of Mrs. Kappelman are her husband; two sons, Charles Wayne, a student
at Texas A&M college, and James a member of the Coast Guard stationed at
Norfolk, Va.; three daughters, Mrs. Dan Irey of San Antonio, Arlene, 16, and
Carol, 10, of Blanco.
She was married to Otto Herman Kappelman (son of Herman
Victor Kappelman and Annie Zercher) on 30 May 1927 in Uvalde,
Uvalde County, Texas. Otto Herman Kappelman was born
on 29 Nov 1899 in Bracken, Comal County, Texas. He died on 15 Jan 1970 in San
Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.(1644)
He was buried in Pleasanton Cemetery, Pleasanton, Texas. Ethel Loree Hunter
and Otto Herman Kappelman had the following children:
Bettie Jane Kappelman.
Jo Ann Kappelman.
Charles Wayne Kappelman.
James Herman Kappelman (Private).
Elva Arlene Kappelman.
Carol Dean Kappelman Irey.