From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1889: Died--Late last night (February 22, 1889), Alfred M. Lay, who lived with his mother and a younger brother and sister in Kansas City, was found dead in his room with an emptied laudanum bottle on the bureau. He was a son of Alfred M. Lay, who died at Washington 19 years ago while representing the old sixth Missouri district in Congress. He was 26 years old, unmarried and of a studious, retiring disposition. He was devoted to his mother and had absolutely no associates aside from the home circle. A few months ago, he came to Kansas City, after selling out his interest in a business at Duncan, Arizona and had lately been making arrangements to go into business at Seattle, Washington territory. His financial condition and prospects were good. He was of a melancholy temperament and melancholia is the only cause that can be given for his death. He had not been in the best of health for some time and when his mother called him yesterday at noon and received no answer, she imagined him still asleep and decided not to awaken him. Late at night, Mrs. Lay again found it impossible to arouse him and was horrified, upon looking over the transom, to find him dead. The body will be taken to Jefferson City for burial. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1891: Died--by the accidental discharge of a shotgun, James T. Howser, a young farmer who recently moved to the Judge Ham farm, on February 3, 1891. He was 28 and leaves a wife, a daughter of ex-Sheriff Hooper, and three children. He had recently joined the Ancient Order of United Woodmen and his widow will be entitled to $2000. He was found in the corncrib by Pelly Wright, who had come to get him to help load hay. J. J. Donald says that nine out of the fourteen Howsers he has known have met violent deaths, by accident, during the war, or otherwise. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County: Died--at the residence of J. S. Bailey near Fairfield, on March 30, at 3 a.m., Mrs. Temperance Zook, aged 88 years and five days. She was born in Pennsylvania and has lived in Benton over 30 years. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1891: Died--at his residence on Brush Creek, March 24, 1891, Charlie Wetzel, who had been a great sufferer with catarrh of the throat. Buried at Mt. Olivet. He was 47 and was born and raised within one mile of the place where he lived. Buried at First Harmony and the large church was crowded. Truly a worthy man has gone. He leaves five children and a devoted wife who, for three months of waiting and watching at his bedside, seemed never to tire in well doing. May his children and friends emulate his many virtues. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1891: Died--at her home in Warsaw, May 30, 1891, Mrs. Sarah E. Blakey, in her 71st year. The widow of James Blakey, who died of cholera in 1849. She leaves only one child, Mrs. J. M. English. She was a kind-hearted old lady. Her husband and his father, James Blakey, and her father, Wm. McElrath, were from Tennessee and Kentucky. They came to Benton in 1843. They were possessed of plenty of land, livestock and Negroes and were among the prosperous of the farming and stock raising and trading people in the old times before the war. Funeral preached Sunday by Rev. T. C. Chapman and there was a large attendance. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1891: Died--on November 14, 1891, Ann M. Smart, who was born May 28, 1814, in North Carolina, a daughter of Geo. Cathys, who died when she was very young. Moved to Cooper County with relatives when a child. After reaching womanhood, moved to Benton with her brother-in-law, John Bigham, one of the early settlers in the county. United in marriage with James Smart in 1840. They had eight children, five boys and three girls, of whom six are living, three men and three women. Was a faithful Presbyterian until after the war when, there being no church near, she united with the Methodists. Her last words were she was ready to go to meet her Lord, whom she had tried to serve for so long. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1891: Died--at his home near Lincoln, on the morning of December 16, 1891, Henry Rotermund, Sr. He was apparently quite well Monday morning until 10 o’clock when, in taking a walk, he fell on level ground and was injured inwardly, from which he suffered in great pain until his death. Mr. Rotermund was born in the kingdom of Hanover, Germany and was in his 73rd year. He was well liked by his neighbors, a reliable and worthy citizen, and has been a member of the Lutheran Church since childhood. In politics, he was an ardent Democrat and took great interest in the questions of the day. Leaves a wife and two grown children. A good man has left us. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1891: Died--in Warsaw, Sunday night at 12 o’clock, December 27, 1891, Isaac A. Campbell, the proprietor of the Campbell House, in his 38th year. He was born in Independence September 18, 1854. In 1877, with his mother, he took charge of the hotel which bears his name. Married to Miss Myrtle Bibb April 13, 1881 and together they have been the host and hostess of the Campbell House ever since. Notwithstanding many unfavorable circumstances, they have made it one of the most popular hotels in central Missouri. Mr. Campbell was extremely polite and obliging to his friends and patrons and tenderly loved his family. His early death brings the keenest pangs of sorrow. Funeral services were held at the Campbell House, Rev. Chapman in charge, with a large number present. Remains were buried at Clark Creek. A wife and two boys, aged 9 and 2 ½, an aged mother and one brother, Claude, are the near relatives to mourn for him. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1892: Died--at Cherryvale, Kansas, January 8, 1892, William Harrison Combs. He was a brother of B. B. Combs of Warsaw and remains were buried in the Warsaw cemetery January 12. He was born in 1833, near Lexington, Kentucky. His grandfather, Benj. Combs, was a captain in the Continental Army and was at the battle of Yorktown where Cornwallis surrendered. Was an early emigrant from Virginia to Kentucky, settled near Boonsborough, on the Kentucky river. He and his sons had many skirmishes with the Indians, in which one or two lost their lives. The father of the deceased, Wm. R. Combs, and four or five of his brothers, among them Gen. Lesslie and Sam, were soldiers and officers under General Harrison in the War of 1812. The deceased was a student at Transylvania University at Lexington, Kentucky. A moral man, never drank, played cards nor used profane or vulgar language. Came to Missouri in 1853, joined the Christian Church in 1854, was married to Judge Pyle’s daughter in 1855. They gave their children a college education at Emporia, Kansas, then a separation took place, his wife and children going to California. He shared his property liberally and lived a lonely life on a farm he bought near Cherryvale. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1892: Died--April 16, 1892, Mary Staley, colored, the oldest person in this section of the county and well-known in Benton County for more than fifty years. Died at her cabin in the north part of Warsaw and claimed to be 108 years old. There is a general belief that she was right in the knowledge of her age. She was an intelligent and smart old woman and retained her mind and activity to a marked degree, although for some time past she has been blind. Aunt Mary is first remembered by the oldest inhabitants as belonging to ex-County Judge White, long since deceased. James Donald remembers her fifty years ago. Judge White was a pioneer of the Indian days. At that time, Aunt Mary was considered as quite an old woman. Afterwards, she belonged to Philip Hall and later was bought by John Staley, an uncle of J. M. Staley of Lindsey township, who wanted her on account of her usefulness in caring for children. She was with the Staley family when emancipated by the war. Her son, known as Linas Wright, died some 12 years ago and was between fifty and sixty. His son, Bill, an insane person, died the day before his grandmother. She has always had the care of him and wanted to outlive him, which she was permitted to do. He was about 50 and had always been a county charge. Aunt Mary was a fine specimen of the kind-hearted, faithful and industrious old slave and probably was always kindly treated and respected whether owned as property of free. Her great age was a wonder to some of the colored people. One man told us that she was so old that she “could easily remember when the Osage River was a little bit of a creek, easily stepped over.” From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1892: Died--June 13, 1892, in the Walnut Grove vicinity, Mrs. Orpha See, widely known, loved and respected. She was born in Hardy county, West Virginia, February 6, 1814 and was 78 last February. In 1832, she married Edmund See and moved to Indiana in 1835. After three years, they moved to Missouri and have remained here since. Mother of six all living, also 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. About 14 years ago, she was thrown from a horse, which caused her much difficulty and may have shortened her life. She has been compelled to use crutches, since a severe fall during the winter of 1891. However, her life was one of continual health, except for a short spell of sickness in 1866. She was very active for her years and always finding something to do that would be a benefit to others. Her oldest daughter, Miss Catherine Keets, lives in Washington, the other five children in Benton County. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1893: Died--in Santa Barbara, California, her last home on earth, October 14, 1893, Milley Ann Heath, daughter of Capt. John H. and Nancy Holloway. Born in Benton County and raised to young womanhood here and, with her parents, emigrated to California in 1849 and settled in Sutter County. Married to Callaway G. Heath, Rev. J. L. Burchard officiating, at her mother’s home on November 5, 1854 and, with her husband, returned to Benton County early in 1855 and settled on her father’s old homestead, then owned by her husband, where she lived happily until 1863. As a result of the war, her home was abandoned for some time and the family resided at other localities until 1865, when the family returned to their old precious home in Benton County in 1872. They went to Cross Timbers then, and, in 1887, emigrated to California and settled in Santa Barbara. She was the mother of ten children, eight of whom survive her. As a wife, she was model in every sense of the word. As a mother, kind, patient and forebearing. Her body laid to rest by the side of her mother, husband and children. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1893: Died--in Sedalia, John S. Lingle, October 30, 1893, nearly 82 years old. Mr. Lingle was born in Dauphin County, Pa. November 10, 1811, was reared on a farm, worked in the iron foundries of the state in his youth. In his leisure hours, learned bookkeeping and became an expert. Also learned surveying and, in 1835, emigrated to Missouri. Two years later, he located in Henry County, where he married Mrs. Elizabeth Leach, daughter of Geo. Cleveland. He farmed and taught school where Lewis now stands and was a chain carrier for the government when parts of Henry and Benton counties were first surveyed. In 1848, moved to Warsaw where he was bookkeeper and salesman for James Atkinson and W. E. Tull until 1861, but, in the meantime, in 1858, he was elected treasurer of Benton County. He moved to Sedalia in 1864, his wife having died in 1862, and was salesman and bookkeeper for several firms. Eight years ago, was stricken with paralysis, which incapacitated him for future business but he was able to read the public prints without the aid of glasses until the last few weeks. In all of his business relations, Mr. Lingle was never with a firm where he was not the bookkeeper and his services were appreciated to the fullest. A member of the M. E. Church, south, for fully half a century and, during all that period, walked faithfully in the light of the Lord. The funeral train arrived in Warsaw at 11:15 and a large number of friends met it and the burial took place at once, with Rev. Stewart Stratton conducting. Remains accompanied from Sedalia by Mrs. Hastie of Sedalia, George R., Thomas J. and W. P. Lingle of Clinton. A son, B. R., lives in Warsaw. Children not present were Mrs. Early of Sedalia and J. H. Lingle of Clinton. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1894: Died--at her home near Spring Grove Church, January 4, 1894, Mrs. Salome Tucker, wife of Wm. Tucker, aged 48. She leaves a husband and six children, four of whom are grown--William Tucker of West White, Miss Louise, Mrs. Louis Green and Frank Tucker; Miss May is sixteen and Nettie, aged 12. The family has always lived in the county, the deceased being a daughter of the late Dr. Eberly. An active member of the M. E. Church and leaves a wide circle of friends. Remains at McIntire Chapel, on Brush Creek. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1894: Died--of relapsed la grippe, March 5, 1894, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Nora Light, James Harvey Vance, aged 77 years. Born January 23, 1817, in Sullivan County, Tenn., where he grew to manhood, receiving only a meager education such as was attainable in the public schools of the state at that period, although proficient for his time and chance. Having a desire to seek his fortune in the west, in the fall of 1840, he bade farewell to his father, mother, brothers, and sisters, many of whom he never saw again. He started for Missouri, arriving in Montgomery County in December and in Benton County in February, 1841, where he has since resided. He stopped with Nicholas Campbell, south of Fairfield, where he lived and worked until the fall of 1843. In October of that year he married Sarah Henderson Langford, daughter of Jordan Langford of Fristoe township, who still survives him, though an invalid for the last thirty years. In December 1843, he settled and lived upon what is now known as the Hop Robertson farm on Hogles Creek but the great floods of 1844, 45, causing a loss of two crops, resulted in his leaving this farm and settling on another on Turkey Creek in Fristoe township, on what was afterward known as the Bob Woods farm, now owned by John Goss. He lived upon and cultivated this farm until 1851, when he sold his stock and moved to Warsaw and became salesman and bookkeeper for the wholesale and retail mercantile house of Henry Borland & Co. At the time, before the day of railroads, Warsaw had an extensive river traffic and the above firm did a large business, extending all over southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. He worked for this firm two years, then the company put him in control of a branch house at Fairfield. He worked here for two years, then purchased a small farm located two miles north of Fairfield, as he had a strong desire to return to rural life. So, in 1856, he moved to his farm, on the Warsaw Springfield road, and continued to reside and labor until a paralytic stroke in 1890 wholly incapacitated him for manual labor. He had a sale, broke up housekeeping and has, since, lived with his children. He and his wife had ten children, two sons and eight daughters, three of whom, John, Elizabeth and Susan, died before reaching their majority. The remaining seven still survive him and are somewhat scattered: Wm. R. married Mary C., youngest daughter of James M. and Susan Wisdom; Mary M. married Wm. Feaster, divorced, then married F. J. Wright, now of Tom township; Sarah J. married A. H. Rhea, now of Stockton, California; Missouri C. married S. P. Alexander, now of Dade County; Margarette A. married G. W. Smith; Rebecca F. married I. R. Smith; Noria I. married C. W. Light, all of Fristoe township. Another of our pioneers is gone. Few people who lived in Benton when he came are now here. Time is marching on. Those who migrated here in the forties are silvering for the tomb and, like him, must soon cross the turbid stream of death, alone with God. He was baptized into the fellowship of the Richwoods Baptist Church in 1874. Remains buried in the family graveyard near his old home, in the presence of his children. Funeral by Elder Horn. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1894: Died--at his home five miles northwest of Warsaw, March 19, 1894, John Failer, an esteemed old citizen, aged 75. Born in Pennsylvaina and came to Benton County when a young man, over 50 years ago, and made his home on the farm where he died and where his remains were laid to rest. He leaves a wife and two children, Alonzo Failer and Mrs. Wm. Hartle. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1894: Died--of pneumonia, March 27, 1894, at her home three miles west of Warsaw, Mary Ann Jones, aged 69. Born in Jackson County, Alabama in 1825; her parents, John and Melinda Stewart, moved to Morgan County in 1837, then to Shawnee Bend, also in 1837, where she has resided since. She was married to David D. Jones of Devonshire, Wales, February 8, 1844. Nine children, six surviving, two sons and four daughters. Five of Clair County. A member of the M. E. Church since she was 12. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1894: Died--Jacob Gentry, July 9, 1894, aged 72, at his home in Mt. View. Born in 1822 in East Tennessee, Ray County; moved and settled on the Pomme de Terre, four miles south of Fairfield, 1831, when the red men were in the forest and were his neighbors. Their nearest white neighbors were in a settlement near Springfield, near what is now called Dry Glaze. The following spring, they went to Boonville for their seed corn. Mr. Gentry was also a farmer, until disabled by paralysis. He died after three long years of suffering, having quite a number of strokes. He received a chair at Fairfield, at the picnic three years ago, for being the oldest citizen of Benton County. Married to Miss Susanna Kirby in 1844. They had nine children, three of whom died. He was buried in the cemetery at Fairfield. He professed faith in Christ about three month’s before his death. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1895: Died--Perry G. Snyder, Sr. of Fairfield, on March 2, 1895, at the home of his son, O. D. Snyder. Born in Stubensville, Ohio, in 1814, emigrated to Madison, Indiana, married in 1832, at the age of 19. Lived in Indiana and Kentucky until 1827, when he moved to Missouri. His mother was a Methodist and he was sprinkled when he was an infant. Father of 10 children, six living, with O. D., John and Dr. W. J. Snyder living in Benton County. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1897: Died--at his home in northwest White, February 6, 1897, J. W. Christian, aged about 65. Formerly lived in Tom township and was a well known Baptist and always an active member. He formerly lived on the John B. Clark farm southwest of Warsaw. The Windsor Review carried the obituary which said: J. W. Christian, one of the pioneers of this section, passed from this sphere last Saturday morning about two o’clock from a complication of diseases. In the days of the rebellion, he espoused the Southern cause and fought all through the war, being a member of Gen. Sterling Price’s escort. On his deathbed, he selected his pallbearers from his former comrades in the Confederate Army: M. F. Davis, C. A. Stewart, Robert O. Nelson, J. H. Bell, Jas. Goodin and H. H. Lackland reverently carried him to his last resting place and laid him down in peace. He was buried at Harmony church. Mr. Christian was born in Fayette County, Ky. January 1, 1831 and was 66 at his death. He came to Missouri at an early age and was married to Mary Ann Black of Boone County, who died in 1863. They had five children, four now living. He was married the second time to Julia Blythe of Callaway County, in 1866. They had nine children, eight now living. His second wife preceeded him to the other shore but a year and a half ago. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1897: Died--at the home of his son, J. S. Thurston, in Warsaw February 7, 1897, Wm. S. Thurston, aged 80. He came to Benton County in 1833 and was the oldest resident in the county. He always lived in South Union until a short time ago. He was an ex-soldier and the Climax Post G.A.R. officiated at the funeral. He was a popular and respected citizen and leaves a wife and five grown children. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1897: Died--November 4, 1897, at Cross Timbers, after an illness of about three months, Elisha T. Condley, aged 83. Mr. Condley was born in Halifax County, Virginia November 21, 1814 and moved with his father, Anderson Condley, to Giles County, Tennessee in 1830, where he married in 1837 to Miss Elizabeth Beck. She passed away February 10, 1897. Mr. Condley came to Missouri to look for a future home for himself and young wife in 1838 and visited the Queen City of the Ozarks when it was but a very small village containing one small general store, a blacksmith shop and a few cabins. He returned to his home in Tennessee and made arrangements to move in the spring of 1839. He came to what was then a part of Benton County and settled on the ridge about five miles northeast of where Quincy now stands and resided there till the spring of 1867, when he removed to the place which still bears his name on Turkey Creek. He resided there until the spring of 1873, when he moved to Cross Timbers and engaged in merchandising under the firm name of Heath & Condley, this being the first mercantile venture of his life, having been previously engaged in blacksmithing and farming. He sold his stock to Heath & Spickert a few days before his death. He was a past master in the Masonic Fraternity and united with the Christian Church in 1853. He was an elder in the Cross Timbers church at the time of his death. He was one of those sturdy citizens of our country who ever stood ready to defend her honor and uphold her laws and did no small part in developing civilization in what then was an uncivilized country. Mr. Condley was the father of five children. A son, Beverly, died when but four years old and Calvin M. died of smallpox in 1865 at St. Louis, while serving as a soldier in the U. S. Army and was 21 when he died. Three daughters survive: Mrs. Ann E. Williams, wife of V. S. Williams, Mrs. Mary Ihrig, widow of John B. Ihrig, and Mrs. Martha Rhea, wife of E. T. Rhea. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1897: Died--George H. Blanton, Saturday, November 20, 1897, at the home of his son, Mark, west of Lincoln. He was 90. He was known as Uncle George. Uncle Jimmie Donald says that he came to this county in 1836, 51 years ago. He settled on and lived a long time on what is now the fine farm of Joseph McGinnis in Fristoe township, from where he moved to Texas with his son Mark five or six years ago. The family returned to Benton County last year. He was a typical pioneer, belonged to the Masonic order and liked to be considered as a gentleman and a man of good family, which is so natural to the oldtime men from the southern states. He always took pleasure in relating stories of the pioneer days and like the late Isaiah West, he was entitled to and liked to be treated with consideration. He was of a genial and friendly disposition and well-liked by a large circle of acquaintances. The pioneers are rapidly passing away. They had experiences and privations that can never be encountered again and a too often thoughtless world does not treat them in their old age as they deserve. They were strong men, independent, self-reliant and often with a high sense of dignity and honor, which is now rarely found in men in the same ranks of life. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Thomas Briggs. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1897: Died--Noah Martin, at his home near Noble, O. T., on January 16, 1897, of heart disease, leaving a wife and seven children, the latter all grown men. Mr. Martin was born in Tennessee and lived in South Fristoe for 26 years, where he raised his family. Of his sons, John, Jesse and Noah live in Benton County; James lives in Shawneetown, Oklahoma; George and Baxter live in Colorado and William lives in the State of Washington. The deceased was a very active and energetic man and but few men south of the river were better known. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1897: Died--William S. Feaster died December 30, 1897, at his home in East Lindsey, aged 79. Born in Washington County, Tennessee, on March 30, 1819, lived there until he was ten, then came with his father to Benton County. Married to Louisa Ross in 1842. They lived north of Warsaw for five years, then moved on his farm near Poplar. In poor health for four or five years but possessed his mind clearly to the last and was willing to go to his reward. A devoted husband and father and neighbor. Father of two boys and seven girls. A wife and three children survive. He first became a member of the Pilot Grove M. E. Church and, in 1857, became a Baptist. Burial was at Mt. Pleasant. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1898: Died--Mrs. A.J. Wright, February, 1898. The Rev. M. B. W. Granger of the Presbyterian Church conducted the funeral service at the residence. She was born September 20, 1831, near Harrodsburg, Ky. When three months old, she moved with her parents, Willis and Julia Burford, to Monroe County, Mo., afterwards to Warren County, where she was reared and married. She was Miss Frances Jane Burford when she married A. J. Wright on March 5, 1851, and they have lived an unbroken happily married life for 47 years. They have been constant, faithful members of the Christian Church. There are left of this happy family: one son, Willis F. Wright, and three daughters, Mrs. Sadie Burford of Harrisonville; Mrs. John Spring of Belleville, Ill., and Mrs. Nora Lay of Warsaw. The aged mother, Mrs. Burford, also survives, as does one brother, Wallace Burford in Arizona; two sisters, Mrs. W. C. Buchanan of Belleville, Ill., and Mrs. Sallie Longacre of Kingsville, Mo., and her husband. She was a quiet, unobtrusive Christian. She sleeps well -- her duties all done. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1898: Died--at Lake Creek, at the residence of her son, Jost Meyer, on February 7, 1898, Grandma Meyer, aged 99 years, five months and seven days. She had fairly good health to within a few days of her death, with her mind and faculties remaining as good as most persons of 75. She had a good education and memory and was among the first settlers at Mora. She had only one child left, now nearly 80. She was a Lutheran and attended church regularly until the past year. She was of a cheerful disposition, liked company and was popular with young and old people. John Jagels, who has known her as long as he can remember, gave us the above particulars. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1898: Died--at the home of Chas. Wickliffe in north Fristoe, August 24, 1898, Mrs. Barbara, widow of Chas. Wickliffe, in the 88th year of her age. She has been blind 12 years and unable to walk without assistance the past year. She came to Benton County with her husband from Indiana in 1835 and formerly was a member of the Methodist Church. Her children living are Zachariah, Charles and Isaac, Mrs. Jane Stone, Mrs. Isabella Ethington and Mrs. Ella Jackson. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1898: Died--in hope of a better life, September 11, 1898, in West Tom, James Neece, aged 78. He was born in east Tennessee, March 8, 1820, coming to Missouri in 1831 and to Benton in 1832 and has resided here ever since. Married to Elizabeth Cherry, January 31, 1839 and then had ten children, eight of whom are still living -- Adam J., George W., John J., Creed T., Erastus S., Sarah J. Carner, Mary S. Miller and Roberty P. Sommers. United with the Methodist Church in 1847 and has lived a consistent and earnest Christian life ever since. He leaves a widow 74 years of age to mourn for a short time. Uncle Jimmy started to the better country from the old homestead where he had lived and labored for more than 54 years. His latch string always hung outside the door and neither poor nor distressed ever pulled that string in vain. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1898: Died--Chambers Buckley, an old and highly respected citizen of Edwards, the week of September 9, 1898, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sam Lynn. He was over 70 and had been an invalid for some time. Recently, he spent some time at his son, Jake’s, in Sedalia and while there was treated by a Christian Scientist but received no permanent relief. Buried at Bethel. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1898: Died--B. B. Combs, aged 76, at his home on Grand River, with funeral services held at the family home November 11, 1898, remains buried in Warsaw cemetery, Rev. Granger officiating. Mr. Combs’ wife and 11 children survive him. He was a nephew of General Leslie Combs of Kentucky, who was a famous statesman and general. Mr. Combs was a law student when young, migrated to Bates County, and, in early life, married Esther Ludwig. At the close of the war, he made his home among the hills and valleys of Benton County and was a zealous advocate of the rights of the common people. He often gave his views on public affairs through the columns of The Enterprise. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1898: Died--Uncle John Lemon, an old county pioneer, last Saturday, December 1, 1898. He was born in Moniteau County, Mo., in 1828 and moved to Benton at an early age. He owned a large tract six miles north of town, where he lived for nearly 50 years. He leaves 11 children. He was a veteran of the Civil War. Burial at Mt. Olivet. “Uncle John” Lemon was a genial, public spirited man and was well known and liked. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1899: Died--James J. Donald, at Warsaw, August 20, 1899, in his 86th year. Born near Lexington, Va., June 1, 1814. Came to Missouri in 1839 with an ox team and to Warsaw in 1840. He was a brick man and was a contractor of the first brick courthouse and other buildings in Warsaw. In 1843, he married Miss Martha McElrath, who six months afterward was killed by being thrown from a horse. He never married again and, after 55 years, is buried beside her. He went to California in the great mining excitement in 1849, with its ox train crossing the plains; was quite successful in gold hunting. He afterwards conducted an extensive wagon making and blacksmithing shop at a time when Warsaw was an important steamboat landing and station on the Great Southern Stage Route, with six-horse stages north and south each day. During the Civil War, he was above military age. He was at Warsaw most of the time and witnessed the burning of the town by stragglers after the retreat of Fremont’s army. Since the war, for many years, he was deputy sheriff and constable and a dealer in real estate. He knew well the topography of the county and its people. He made his home with his relatives, especially with a niece, Mrs. J. M. English. He was a faithful member of the Masonic order and the oldest one in the county. He was laid to rest by his brethren according to their solemn and ancient rites. His life -- as a pioneer, a stock trader in the South, a pilgrim on the plains and gold miner -- was full of adventure. He was moral, temperate, healthful, cheerful, polite and obliging. Two or three generations of boys and girls grew up under his eyes, who always gladly greeted him. When he was born, Madison was President and he was alive during the terms of 20 more. He saw Benton County a wilderness with Indians as frequent visitors. He had unbounded confidence in the future growth of his chosen home and was almost the last of the pioneers. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1900: Died--at his home south of Windsor, March 8, 1900, W. G. Crum. Born in Ashland, Greenup County, Kentucky, May 16, 1839, he came with his parents to Benton County at the age of 18. He was converted and joined Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church at the age of 19. He was married to Miss Patience Gibson of Benton County February 14, 1861. They had seven children, six of whom were present to pay last respects to a loving father, Thomas H. Crum of Delores, New Mexico; Mrs. Sallie Fults of Sedalia; Mrs. Virginia Major of Kansas City, Kansas; Mrs. Bonne Jones of Green Ridge and Miss Willie Crum and W. Henry Crum of Lincoln; John Calvin Crum is deceased. He moved with his family to Windsor in 1876, living there until October, 1897, when he returned to Benton to his present home. He had four brothers and four sisters, Three half-brothers and one half-sister, with two brothers and two sisters going on before. Surviving him are T. J. and H. M. Crum of Lincoln; Mrs. Lizzie Proffitt of Windsor; Mrs. T. B. Gibson of Auburn, California; also Orville, Alice and Avery Crum and Mrs. Ellen Wood, all of Benton County. Loved and respected by all who knew him. Funeral at Mt. Pleasant, with burial in the family burying ground. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1900: Died--Mrs. Arminda Kinkead, at her home six miles northwest of Warsaw, March 16, 1900, of dropsy. In poor health for some time but her sudden death was unexpected. Burial Saturday evening in the family burying ground, the Rev. Sam P. Gott officiating. Arminda Cornwall was born March 25, 1839 in Warsaw. She was married to Albert Kinkead June 2, 1872, by the Rev. Tom Briggs. Three children were born to this union, Joseph being the surviving one. For thirty years, Mrs. Kinkead was a devoted and consistent Christian and was a member of the Baptist Church at Spring Grove. She leaves, besides husband and son, six step-children; Mrs. Laura Combs, Mrs. Chrissie Coe, Mrs. M. A. Minter, Samuel, Robert and Albert Kinkead, and a host of friends to mourn her death. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1900: Died--at his home in northwest White, April 16, 1900, Commodore P. Wheeler, aged 65. He fell dead at the supper table, having been in his usual health. He has lived in northwest White since the war, was held in high esteem and owned about 2000 acres of land. He leaves a family of grown children, his wife having died several years ago. Mr. Wheeler was born in Wyoming County, N. Y. September 18, 1830. When he was five years old, he went with his parents to Allen County, Indiana. In 1856, he came to Benton County. The next year, he returned to Indiana and married Miss Cytchie West and they came back and ended their days on the farm in Benton. Mrs. Wheeler died March 12, 1893. They leave a family of grown children: Mrs. Chloe Callicothe, the only daughter, and the sons are Ira of Belle Plaines, Kansas, Schyler of Boone, Iowa, Perry and Guy of Blackwell, Oklahoma, Clarence of Hereford, Texas, and Waldo and Frank of Windsor. Mr. Wheeler became a Mason in his early days at Fort Wayne and in his daily life, exemplified the grand teachings of that fraternity. He accumulated money, land and stock but better than all this he left for his children the legacy of a noble life well led. His father and other members of his family passed away suddenly, just as he did. He had been in the best of spirits and jesting with his family just before the gentle shadow of a passing cloud of death fell upon him. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1900: Died--Mrs. Salenia Wisdom, May 27, 1900, from the affects of blood poison, aged 68. “Aunt Salenia” was a noble woman, ever ready to undergo hardships and pain. No night was ever so dark, no day so gloomy but she would go on missions of mercy when duty so demanded. She was a member of Hogle’s Creek Baptist Church and kept the faith throughout life. Her children are B. H. Wisdom, Mrs. Wm. Scott, Mrs. W. T. Love and George Harris, all with her during her brief illness. Remains laid to rest in the Wisdom graveyard to await the resurrection. Died--at her home west of Warsaw, May 27, 1900, Mrs. Salina Harris, aged 72. A daughter of Wm. Cox, deceased, who was among the first pioneers, and a sister of Henry Cox and Mrs. Samuel Webb and mother of Ben Wisdom. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1900: Died--at her home two miles south of Ft. Lyon, August 12, 1900, Mrs. Caroline Miller, aged 72. She was the widow of W. H. Miller who died five years ago. The family settled in Benton in 1840 and have lived on the same farm ever since. They bought the land at $1.25 per acre. Old Uncle Joe Chastain and Dr. Hill were their first neighbors. She leaves five daughters and two sons: H. T. Miller of Vernon County, R. W. Miller of Benton, Mrs. Julia Harvey and Mrs. Bettie Junod of Vernon; Mrs. John Carlton of Leesville, Mrs. Samuel Carlton of the same place and Mrs. Mattie Walker of Ft. Lyon. She has one brother, Matt Davis of Windsor. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1904: Richard Edwards Dies Richard Edwards, an old pioneer, died March 13, 1904 and was laid to rest in Bethel Camp Ground. He was born in Posey County, Indiana in 1819 and was 85 years old. He was married and emigrated to Benton County about 1838, being one of the pioneers who blazed the way for that tide of immigrants who have carved fruitful fields and happy homes from what was then a wilderness. Left to mourn his loss are six children: Seth Edwards of Knobby, William Edwards of Lincoln, Frank Edwards of Deepwater, C. H. Edwards who resides near Turkey Creek chapel, also over 90 other descendants. He lived to see his great-great-grandchildren. His wife and four children preceded him to the mansions of rest. He had been living with his son, C. H. Edwards since last June. Was taken bedfast December 7, with an attack of grippe but had improved and was able to be out of doors some. The end came very unexpectedly, the family not having time to call in the nearest neighbors. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for a number of years. From the Benton County Enterprise, 26 Sep 1902: Died--at his home five miles northeast of Warsaw on Saturday night at 11 o’clock, Albert Kinkead, in his 76th year, leaving seven children to mourn his loss. He was born near Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky. He came to Benton County with his parents with an ox team in 1833. His father, Milton Kinkead, bought the home place of an Indian for $9 and moved into the wigwam. He afterwards entered 320 acres, mostly rich Tebo bottom land, where he lived and died. Albert married Miss Rebecca Orr in 1848 and, in 1849, went to California with J. J. Donald and returned in 1851. His father, Milton, died in 1852. He had given his son Albert 80 acres. In 1859, all the family sold out and went to California and in 1861 Albert returned and bought the original homestead of 320 acres on which he lived and died. His wife died in 1871 and he married Miss Arminda Cornwall in 1872. She was the first white child born in Warsaw. Of the first marriage, there are six children living--Samuel, Mrs. Mary Ann Minter, Mrs. Christie Coe of Henry County, Mrs. Laura V. Combs of Bolivar, Robert W. Kinkead and Albert Kinkead. By his second marriage, there is one child living--Joseph. His second wife died about three years ago and he had been in declining health since. He has been an active Baptist for 50 years and was always present for duty amid all kinds of discouragements. During the Civil War, he stayed at home without molestation except the usual loss of stock and grain from marauders. Albert Kinkead has been a visitor at Warsaw, always his trading point, for 50 years and, being an extensive farmer and stock dealer. Few, if any, men ever in the county were better known. He was of very steady habits. Post-offices were established nearer his home, which were adopted by his more active children, but Warsaw was good enough for him, as was the Baptist Church and the Democratic party. He was kind and neighborly and thought none the less of people who differed with him. He was a good friend, a first-class debt payer and loved his family and home life. Such pioneers as he was can never be known again in America. They pass away like the giant trees of the forest. He was reconciled to die, saying that he fully realized that he had lived his time. He was buried in the family burying ground Monday afternoon, during a lull in the long day’s rain storm, which swelled the waters of the Little Tebo so a number of his many friends could not attend the funeral. From the Benton County Enterprise, 10 Aug 1906: William W. Cox, aged 91, died at his home in Alexander township July 22, 1906. He had been quite feeble for several months. He was the father of 12 children, seven surviving him. All but one live in Alexander and he (W.D. Cox) was at his father’s bedside with the others when death came, coming from Central Texas accompanied by his only son, a youth of 16. Mr. Cox was born in Pennsylvania December 6, 1815, spent his childhood in Park County, Indiana, and went to Texas when he was 21. He was there during the stormy days of the revolution and was personally acquainted with Gen. Sam Houston and many other revolutionary figures. He came to Missouri in 1840 and settled in Peal Bend, on the Osage River, and was there when the great overflow came. He then moved to Warsaw and worked at the carpenter’s trade, building many houses in that town which stood more than forty years. He married Aveline Morton in 1841. In 1847, he moved to Little Pomme de Terre, where he resided until his death. He was justice of the peace 16 years; was a county judge when the narrow gauge railroad was built to Warsaw. He embraced Christianity in 1839 but never affiliated with any church. He was one of the most active builders of the L.P.U. church house, having built the pulpit himself. He was by far the oldest man in the community and was loved by all. He was married more than 65 years and buried in the L.P.U. graveyard, beside his departed children, to await the resurrection morn. From the Missouri Enterprise, Benton County, 1900: Died--at his home in West White on May 4, 1900, Judge George Gallaher, in his 78th year. He was born in Cabell County, West Virginia on November 1, 1822 and his boyhood was spent on the farm where Buyandotte and Huntington now stand. Attended school at Marshall Academy; was married to Naomi Simmons September 4, 1849. Two daughters blessed this union, Georgia surviving her father. The mother died when Georgia was 3 ½ years old. He was married to Melinda Simmons February 23, 1857, the faithful wife to mourn the separation. They had six daughters and two sons. Four daughters and one son and the widowed mother and Georgia remained to attend upon the last sad rites of a noble father and husband. He was converted 50 years ago, with an experience of God’s love and power that always shown bright as a star in his memory. He was raised a Presbyterian but has been a loyal Baptist. Mr. Gallaher came to Missouri in 1857 and has lived in the home where he died ever since, except for 7 years in Sedalia. He has been an invalid for five years and, at times, a great sufferer and those who cared for him will never forget his patience, humility and resignation to the will of God. During the war, he was a captain of the Home Guards and, since the war, was presiding county judge. Highly-esteemed as a friend and a citizen. Laid to rest in the Harmony Church yard. From the Benton County Enterprise, September 1906: The late Wm. F. Hughes of Turkey Creek died September 14, 1906 in his 79th year. He was born in Cook County, Tenn. In 1829. His father, George H. Hughes, came to Benton County in 1831 and the family was one of the first six of the county pioneers. His father was the first Justice of the peace and died in 1859. Wm. F. Hughes was a good neighbor, sober and industrious and esteemed by a large circle of friends for more than two generations. In 1850, he married Miss Fidelia Rank, who survives him. Nine children: G. T. Hughes; Mrs. J. W. Thorp of Warsaw; Mrs. Charles King and W. E. Hughes, Malaga, California; A. D. Hughes, Mica, Indian Territory; L. R. Hughes, Kalkaska, Michigan; J. H. Hughes, deceased; Mrs. R. Wickliffe, Fredonia; Mrs. J. Ramsey, Clinton. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Geo. E. Smith. From the Benton County Enterprise, 1906: O. G. Turpin, known by everyone as Greenbury, and perhaps the oldest resident of Alexander township, died January 26, 1906, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Crabtree. He was 87 and had lived in Benton County for over 60 years. He was born in Russel County, Kentucky; came to Benton County in 1839, moving through in the old-style crooked bed covered wagon with two yokes of oxen. He was married to Miss Mary I. Corder in May, 1845. They had six children. Living are Mrs. Bransteter of Neck, Mo.; J. M. Turpin and Mrs. Govy Wright of Fairfield; D. M. Turpin of Polk County; O. G. Turpin, Oregon County. The mother died July 14, 1886. He spent the last years of his life with his sister, Mrs. Crabtree. He was a man of remarkable zeal and energy. Burial was in Balliot cemetery. From the Hickory County Index, 25 Oct 2006: Velma Mae Stidham, 88, Tunas, Mo., died October 20, 2006, at the Colonial Springs Nursing Facility in Buffalo. She was born April 17, 1918, in Buffalo, Mo., to Luther Archibald and Cora Bell Tucker Starkey. She married Opie S. Stidham in 1935. She was a homemaker and a member of the Tunas Christian Church. Survivors include a son, Doug Stidham, Tunas; three daughters, Beverly Sue Bone, Murietta, California, Waverly Williams, Kansas City, Kansas, and Carolyn Bonner, Sandwich, Illinois; a sister, Jesselyn Allen, Tunas; a brother, Loren Starkey, Buffalo; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Services were October 23 in the Montgomery-Viets Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery. From the Hickory County Index, 25 Oct 2006: Sue M. Richmond, 81, Liberty, Mo., died October 19, 2006, at Ashton Court Rehab in Liberty. She was born June 6, 1925, at Fairland, Oklahoma, to Cooper and Oma Youngblood Gregory. She and her late husband, Guy Richmond, formerly lived in the Weaubleau area. She was retired from Disney World in Florida. Survivors include two sons, Jack Ulivarri, Kansas City, and Tony Ulivarri, Kissimmee, Florida; a daughter, Sylvia Belk, Independence; a brother, Sam Gregory, Butler; a sister, Kay Dryden, Parkville; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, at Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home chapel in Wheatland with Rev. Kent Parson officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation will be 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service. From the Hickory County Index, 25 Oct 2006: Dorothy Ellen Berry, 79, Tunas, Mo., died October 19, 2006. She was born October 24, 1926, in Dakota City, Iowa, to Chester and Wilsie Gifford. She married Byrl Berry in 1954, and they lived in Buffalo before settling on their farm in the Lead Mine community on the Niangua River. She was a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University and received a master’s degree from Drury University. She taught school for thirty years and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Buffalo. Survivors include her husband Byrl; four sisters, Ida Cook, Plato, Mo., Ada Payne, Laquey, Mo., Esther O’Dell, Springfield, and Alice Bradish, Zephyrhills, Florida; and a brother, John Gifford, Bryant, Arkansas. Services were October 22 in the Canton-Otterness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Bro. Charles Cross and Bro. Loren Dryer officiating. Interment was in Memorial Gardens of Memory, Buffalo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. From the Hickory County Index, 22 Nov 2006: Ollie L. Campbell, 83, Bolivar, Mo., died November 12, 2006, at his home. He was born March 19, 1923, in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma, to Sam and Hervie McCurley Campbell. He was a carpenter for many years and was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife Chong; four daughters, Melanie Campbell, Hernando, Mississippi, Leena Flynn, Jacksonville, North Carolina, Janet Green, Elkton, Mo., and Debbie Slocum, Fairbanks, Alaska; a brother, J.W. Huffman, Cincinnati, Ohio; and nine grandchildren. Services were November 17 at the Butler Funeral Home Chapel in Bolivar. Burial was in Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Bolivar. From the Hickory County Index, 22 Nov 2006: Jonathan Ray Fields, 17, Collins, Mo., died November 12, 2006. He was born July 5, 1989, to Don and Sherry Fields and was a student at Weaubleau High School. Survivors include his parents, Don Fields, Collins, and Sherry Fields, Lowry City; a sister, Melissa McCoy, Collins; his grandparents, John and Donna Goodwin, Collins, Don and Bonnie Fields, Versailles, and Dorothy Wynes, Lowry City. Services were November 15 in Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home Chapel, Osceola, with Rev. Jon Caudle officiating. Interment was in Osceola Cemetery. From the Hickory County Index, 22 Nov 2006: Beatrice L. Dorman, 87, Ashland, Mo., formerly of Grandview, died November 15, 2006, at Citizens Memorial Healthcare, Bolivar. She was born February 17, 1919, in Collins, Mo., to Joseph and Rosella Goens Martin. She was a member of the Belvidere Heights Baptist Church, Belton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everette H. Dorman, and a son, Derrell Lee Dorman. Survivors include two daughters, Ila Hinshaw, Victoria, Minnesota, and Carolyn Allen, Hartsburg, Mo.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Services were November 18 at Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home Chapel in Wheatland, with Rev. Kent Parson officiating. Burial was in Hermitage Cemetery. From the Hickory County Index, 22 Nov 2006: Sandra Jean Keightley Stever, 42, Springfield, Mo., died November 11, 2006. She was a 1982 graduate of Cole Camp High School, St. John’s Medical Technology School and SMSU. She was the Point of Care Coordinator at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield for over 21 years. She married Greg Stever in 1989 in Springfield and was a member of the Baptist Temple Church in Springfield. Survivors include her husband Greg; two sons, Tanner and Trenton Stever; stepchildren, Erica Stever Woolman and Cliff Woolman; her parents, George and Wilma Keightley, Cole Camp; a sister, Barbara Keightley, Cole Camp; her grandfather, Floy Keightley, Cross Timbers; and a grandchild. Services were November 17 at the Baptist Temple with burial in Greenlawn North Cemetery, both in Springfield. From the Hickory County Index, 22 Nov 2006: Lee Wesley McAlister, 90, Burlington, Kansas, formerly of Polk County, died November 8, 2006, in Life Care Center in Burlington. He was born February 19, 1916, at Collinsville, Oklahoma, to Jasper Ernest and Laura Emma Dietmarint McAlister. He graduated from Cherryvale High School in Kansas. He married Helen Virginia Clemens in 1940 in Cherryvale. He had retired as head of the relay department for KG and E in Wichita, Kansas. Following his retirement they moved to the Lake Pomme de Terre area where they were active members of the Galmey Community Church. In 2001 they moved to Burlington to be near family members. He was a member of the New Strawn Community Church. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Louise McAlister. Survivors include his wife Virginia; a daughter, Paula German, Burlington, Kansas; two granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren. Services were November 13 at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington, Kansas, with inurnment in Stringtown Cemetery northeast of Burlington. From the Hickory County Index, 22 Nov 2006: Leland T. Sledd, 83, Kansas City, Kansas, died November 14, 2006. He was born January 26, 1923, near Hastain, Mo. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He married Erma Cooper in 1943, and to this union sixteen children were born. They lived most of their lives in Kansas City, Kansas. He was employed by TWA for 24 years until retiring to Edwards, Mo., in 1984. He was preceded in death by his wife Erma in 2003 and two sons, James Leland Sledd and David Sledd. Survivors include nine daughters, Erma Gardner, Topeka, Kansas, Darlene Hiatt and Rosie Maxwell, both of Kansas City, Kansas, Lela Regan, Clinton, Angela Manis, Kearney, Tammy Reed, Farley, Sheila Lee, Overland Park, Kansas, Lisa Sandstrom, and Stacy Polly, both of Warsaw; five sons, Michael Sledd, Dearborn, Donnie Sledd, Edwards, Johnny Sledd, Kansas City, Daryl Sledd, Bonner Springs, Kansas, and Danny Sledd, Lee’s Summit; 41 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren. Services were November 17 at the Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw. Burial was in Bethel Campground Cemetery near Edwards. From the Hickory County Index, 22 Nov 2006: Homer A. Yount, 85, Lincoln, Mo., died November 14, 2006,at the Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Mo. He was born September 26, 1921, in Hastain, Mo., to Aaron and Josephine Allen Yount. He grew up in Benton County, Mo., and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was an auto mechanic by trade and an auctioneer. He had an auction barn in Cross Timbers at one time. He had also served as a minister of the gospel. Survivors include his wife, Carol; two daughters, Carol Cooper, Cole Camp, and Kay Maples, Versailles; three step-children, Susan Pritchett, Arkansas, Jim Eslinger, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Linda Bittle, Duvall, Washington; three brothers, Delbert Yount and Harold Yount, both of Lincoln, and Clifford Yount, Sedalia. Services were November 17 at the Davis-Miller Funeral Home in Lincoln. Interment was in Mt.Pleasant Cemetery near Lincoln. From the Hickory County Index, 22 Nov 2006: Talma Jean Perry Bartee, 68, Hermitage, Mo., died November 16, 2006, at the home of her son in Richland, Mo. She was born May 5, 1938, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Fred and Lillian Delahay Strokes. She had lived in the Hermitage and Tunas areas for 20 years. Survivors include her children, David Bartee, Richland, Anna Bartee Adams, Fristoe, Wade Bartee, Macks Creek, and Laura Bartee Alexander, Hermitage; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services were November 19 at the Hodges Funeral Home in Macks Creek with burial in the Macks Creek Cemetery. Obituary: The Eldon Advertiser Raymond Lee “Bill” Spratt, 53, of Gravois Mills died Monday, July 18, 1988 at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia. He was born Jan. 20, 1935 in Miller County to Noah and Hazel Gouge Spratt. His mother survives at Eldon. On March 25, 1983 he was married to Susie Clark, who survives at the home. Mr. Spratt was operations manager for the Dixon Ticonderoga Company in Versailles. Other survivors are two sons, Brian Spratt of Warrensburg and Rick Spratt of Phoenix, Ariz.; a daughter, Malinda Spratt of Rocky Mount; two stepdaughters, Suzy Dunavant of Peculiar and Cheryl Fleener of Gravois Mills; two brothers, Jerry Spratt of Eldon and Dennis Spratt of Lawson; four sisters, Helen Barnhart, Bonnie Deaton, Patty Spratt and Edna Mae Sullins, all of Eldon; and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, July 21, at Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home in Versailles with the Rev. Jim Blue officiating. Burial was in Greenmore Memorial Park in Barnett. Obituary: The Eldon Advertiser Mrs. Mildred Cora Graham, 77, Tipton, a former area resident, died Thursday, April 8, 1982 at Boone County Hospital Center in Columbia. She was born Oct. 15, 1904, at Mt. Pleasant to Albert and Lula May Bacon Wetzel. She was married April 6, 1929, at Eldon to Carl B. Graham, who died Oct. 17, 1979. Mrs. Graham, a retired teacher, attended grade school at Mt. Pleasant, Eldon High School and Central Missouri Teachers College in Warrensburg. She taught for 51 years, 19 of them with the Missouri Department of Corrections. She retired from the state position in 1975. She was an active member of the Tipton Christian Church and its Christian Women’s Fellowship. She also was a member of Tipton Chapter 33, Order of the Eastern Star; Miller Rebekah Lodge 321 at Eldon; Morgan County Area Retired Teachers; the American Association of Retired Persons; Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma; Niangua Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; the Tipton’s Women’s Club (GFWC), of which she was a past president; Donley Extension Homemakers Club; and Grow and Glow Garden Club of Tipton. Survivors include one sister, Mary W. Jones, Eldon; two nephews, Jerry Jones and Al W. Jones, both of Eldon; and a niece, Elaine Revens, Kansas City. A brother, Ray Wetzel, preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Phillips Funeral Home in Eldon with the Rev. George Igo officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Obituary: The Eldon Advertiser Bryan V. Hale, 78, of 303 N. Chestnut St., Eldon, died Tuesday, May 16, 1978, at Lake of the Ozarks General Hospital, Osage Beach. He was born Dec. 23, 1899, at Brazito to Martin E. and Ida L. (Musick) Hale. Sept. 30, 1922, he was married to Jewell Plummer who died Sept. 2, 1955. Mr. Hale, a retired farmer, lived on a farm near Hickory Hill most of his life. He moved to Eldon Nov. 19, 1976. He was a member of the Ninth Street Christian Church. Survivors include a brother, Clark Hale, Osage Beach, and three sisters, Miss Deane Hale, Miss Ellen Hale and Mrs. ?? Conroy, all of Eldon. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis ?? officiating. Burial will be in Spring Garden Cemetery. Obituary: The Eldon Advertiser Ralph R. Bond, 78, of Eldon died Wednesday at Memorial Community Hospital (Jefferson City). Mr. Bond was born Nov. 12, 1899, at Etterville, son of James L. and Rosella Brown Bond. On Dec. 25, 1920, he was married at Etterville to Mabel Russell, who survives at the home. He was a member of the Etterville Church of Christ and had lived in the Etterville Community most of his life before moving to Eldon 11 years ago. Also surviving is one brother, Alvie Bond of Versailles. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Phillips Funeral Home chapel, Eldon, with Bro. Farris Wall officiating. Burial will be in the Eldon Cemetery. Obituary: The Eldon Advertiser Victor Fredrick Jarrett, 76, Nor-West Apartments, Eldon, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1978, at Osage Manor Nursing Home in Eldon. Mr. Jarrett was a lifetime resident of Miller County. He was born Dec. 2, 1901, at Iberia to Fredrick David and Hattie Mae (Derixon) Jarrett. He was married April 15, 1931, at Tuscumbia to Sylvia Flaugher who survives. Mr. Jarrett was a member of the Ninth Street Christian Church. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four daughters, Mrs. Virginia Staggs, St. Peters, Mrs. Linda Lee Austin, Webb City, Mrs. Lila Gay Schulte, Eldon, and Mrs. Dinah Kay Regalado, Jefferson City; three sons, Archie M. Jarrett and Harley Marvin Jarrett, Eldon, and Morris Glen Jarrett, Neosho; two sisters, Mrs. Maude Jolly, Granite City, Ill., and Mrs. Edna Overholtz, Marine, Ill.; and 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Ninth Street Christian Church with the Rev. Calvin St. Clair officiating. Burial was in the Eldon Cemetery under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home. Obituary: The Eldon Advertiser Gerald Haynes, 59, Etterville, died Wednesday at Boone County Hospital, Columbia. HE was born Sept. 11, 1917, in Etterville, the son of Graydon and Vida Berry Haynes. On April 4, 1941, he was married in Tuscumbia to Ila Dawson, who survives. Mr. Haynes operated a farm near Etterville and was a carpenter for many years in the Jefferson City and Columbia area. For the past year he was employed by the state division of design and construction. He was a member of the Etterville Christian Church. Other survivors include: Four sons, Robert Gene Haynes, Etterville, James D. Haynes, Kaiser, and John M. Haynes and David Haynes, both of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Rebecca McDonald, Jefferson City; one brother, Ted Haynes, Eldon, and four grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Etterville Christian Church with Mr. Chester Zarger officiating. Burial will be in the Enloe Cemetery near Russellville. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Phillips Funeral Home, Eldon. Obituary: The Eldon Advertiser William O. (Bill) Rush, 73, Eldon, died Sunday, April 11, 1982, at Charles E. Still Hospital in Jefferson City after a lingering illness. Mr. Rush had operated Bill’s Taxi in Eldon from 1960 until earlier this year. He was born Oct. 30, 1908, in Miller County to Ephraim and Lucy Stepp Rush. On Aug. 24, 1957, he was married at Warrensburg to Mrs. Jane Crane, who survives. Also surviving are a step-daughter, Kathy Foley, Eldon; two sons, James W. Rush, Redding, Calif., and Gerald D. Rush, Eureka, Calif.; seven sisters, Mrs. Hazel Redmon, Hot Springs, Ark., Mrs. Lucille Crowe, Kansas City, Mrs. Nora Farris, Eldon, Mrs. Nellie Sanders, Taneyville, Mrs. Georgia Jones, Grafton, Ill., Mrs. Dea Johnson, Raytown, and Mrs. Gladys Miller, Independence; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Griswold-Kays Funeral Home with the Rev. James Resa officiating. Burial was in the Greenmore Memorial Gardens at Barnett. Obituary: The Eldon Advertiser Mrs. Charity L. Mobley, 73, Barnett, a retired teacher, died Sunday evening, April 11, 1982, at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Versailles, following a lengthy illness. She was born June 15, 1908 in Etterville, a daughter of the late Albert and Anna (Goodrick) Harbison. She was married April 16, 1932 to Vencil O. Mobley, who preceded her in death on Aug 11, 1972. Mrs. Mobley taught in the Eldon R-I Schools prior to her retirement in 1971. She is survived by one son, Gene Mobley, of Elgin, Ill.; one daughter, Mrs. Carol Stewart, Vienna, Ill., one brother, Harry Harbison, Versailles; one sister, Mrs. David Ekstam, Olean; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Kidwell-Garber Funeral Home, Versailles, with the Rev. Kenneth Carpenter officiating. Interment was in Greenmore Memorial Gardens, Barnett.
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