The Hermitage Gazette, 1/1/1896 S. L. Pine, who had been a citizen of Hickory county for about forty-five years died at his home three miles north-west of this place on Saturday morning the 28th day of Dec. He had by industry and economy accumulated quite a competency and was among the wealthiest residents of the west side of our county. The Hermitage Gazette, 1/15/1896 OBITUARY S. L. Pine was born in Va. April 12, 1823, and was married Emiline Parson, May 23, 1847. In 1853 he moved to Hickory county, where he has since resided. He died at his home near Wheatland, Dec. 28, 1895, leaving a wife and four children to mourn his departure. He was converted in Minnesota when a young man and joined the M. E. church. He seldom missed a service when able to attend. His health had been broken for some time and as the end drew near he expressed himself as being ready to go. May our loss be his gain. The Hermitage Gazette, 1/8/1896 Wheatland-- Wm. Griffeth, who lived some five miles south of this place and who had been a sufferer from a chronic complication for a long time died Sunday morning. The Hermitage Gazette, 1/8/1896 Lora Whelchel Died, at the family residence, in Hermitage, Mo., on Sunday night January 5, 1896, Mrs. Andrew Whelchel, of consumption. The deceased had been sick for a long while, but had born her suffering with patient fortitude, and finally her spirit was released from the frail tenement and "entered the haven of rest." The remains were laid to rest Tuesday, in the Gardner cemetery near Wheatland. The Gazette extends sympathy to the sorrowing husband and relatives. May He who careth for us all be their consolation in their sad bereavement. The Hermitage Gazette, 1/8/1896 Rev. Ferguson, of Pittsburg, conducted the service at the burial of Mrs. Andrew Whelchel, at the Gardner cemetery near Wheatland yesterday. The Hermitage Gazette, 1/1/1896 William Durnall While holiday merriment was at its highest pitch and the world was celebrating the anniversary of the birth of our Savior, many sad and bereft hearts mourned in and near the city of Weaubleau. Dec. 25th, brought sadness to the hearts of many by the death of Wm. Durnall an adored father and a true citizen. Mr. Durnall was sixty three years of age. Dec. 27th death called again and took from our midst, Samuel Smith, an aged and honorable citizen. Mr. Smith had lived to a ripe old age, having withstood the blasts of eighty-six winters. Again on the morning of Dec. 28th we learned of the death of Squire L. Pine; the immortal spirit burst the prison house and sought an abode in the world beyond. Mr. Pine was an aged gentleman, is well known to the people of Hickory county and his death is a serious loss. A multitude of relatives mourn the departure of the above named veterans, and they have the heartfelt sympathy of every friend. The Hermitage Gazette, 1/1/1896 The many friends and acquaintances of Harvey Airhart feel very sad to hear of the accident occurring when he was pulling a gun from under the bed by the barrel. He died about a five hours after the accident and was buried in the Indian Territory. We understand that he expressed himself as being ready to die in peace with his God which is the consolation of his friends. The Hermitage Gazette, 12/11/1895 The many friends of Barbara Gibson will be grieved to hear of her death which occurred Dec. 4th after a long and useful life she rests in peace. She was 88 years old at the time of her demise. The Hermitage Gazette, 11/20/1895 DEAD Frank Huffman, The Notorious Desperado, Killed By John W. Pitts Great excitement prevails throughout this and surrounding counties in consequence of the killing of the notorious outlaw Frank Huffman which occurred yesterday evening about 8:30 P.M. about two miles south of Cross Timbers. A Gazette reporter was at the scene of the killing early this morning, and the facts as far as ascertained are as follows: It appears that John W. Pitts had gained the confidence of the outlaw, and he had confessed to Pitts that he was Frank Huffman and that he was the man who robbed Reser's store at Preston, Darby's store at Louisburg, Hulse's distillery near Elixir, and to a number of other depredations. Pitts made arrangements with Huffman to meet him in the woods near Judge Hickman's farm near Cross Timbers, and accordingly they met at the appointed place between the hours of eight and nine o'clock yesterday evening. Pitts was in a buggy and the arrangement was for him to convey Huffman's camping outfit and several gallons of whisky to the vicinity of Pittsburg and "plant" them. Huffman went to get his tricks and as he was returning Pitts ordered him to throw up his hands, but instead of doing so Huffman raised his gun to fire, when Pitts discharged his gun the contents entering Huffman's body, 4 balls passing through or near his heart. After the shooting, Pitts went to Preston, reported what he had done, secured assistance, returned to the scene of the killing and they guarded the adjacent woods until daylight when it was found that Huffman had run about 40 yards from where the shooting occurred where he fell, and when found he was lying on his face, his gun under him. An inquest over the body the deceased, was held before squire Calkins, and the jury found from the evidence that the deceased was Frank Huffman and that he came to his death at the hands of John W. Pitts. On the body of the deceased was a quart bottle of whisky, and a large Remington pistol was found, also a pipe which was identified by Dr. A. C. Curl, of Cross Timbers as his property, and a letter signed by Frank Huffman, offering $150. for the scalp of Sheriff Moore. D. W. Darby, a merchant of Louisburg, Mo., is here and identifies every article worn by the deceased at the time of his death as exact facsimiles of goods stolen from his store last September. Huffman exhibited to Pitts the scars of the wounds received by him when Reser's store was robbed last fall; a barrel containing about ten gallons of whisky was found to-day about 1/2 mile from where the outlaw was killed, and these together with many other circumstances surrounding the tragic fate of the dead villain, prove conclusively that he is the man, the leader in numerous depredations committed in this and Dallas county during the past year; but in order that there be no doubt in the matter, Deputy Marshal W. T. Brown, of Springfield has been wired to come and identify the body; he is expected to arrive tomorrow. As the body of deceased was being conveyed to this city a drummer who was passing positively identified it as that of a person he had seen in the Cooper county jail where it is known Huffman was at one time confined. Sheriff Moore and his deputies, deputy U. S. Marshall Brown, of Springfield and other parties have been trying to apprehend this man for the past twelve months but have never succeeded in capturing him. As a final move, strategy was resorted to with the result above listed. The deceased was a desperate man and his death will be a relief to good citizens every where and especially to a number of persons whose lives he had threatened. The Hermitage Gazette, 11/13/1895 Effie Green Died, at the family residence near Preston, Mo., Nov. 9, 1895, Effie, wife of Alfred Green. The deceased had been in poor health for a long while, but had borne her sufferings with patient fortitude. The bereaved husband and relatives have the sympathy of their many friends in their sad affliction. The remains were laid to rest Sunday afternoon in the Bower Chapel cemetery. The Hermitage Gazette, 11/13/1895 T. J. Mitchner of Cross Timbers informs us that Rev. Charles Bell, who lived some distance North-east of that place, was burned in his house Sunday night. The unfortunate man lived all alone, and when his neighbors arrived at the scene of the conflagration, all that remained to tell the sad story, was the smoking ruins in which were found the bones of the hermit preacher. The Hermitage Gazette, 11/06/1895 Martha Whelchel Died-- at the family residence in this city, Thursday morning Oct. 31, 1895, Martha, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Whelchel. After many weary days of pain, the pure spirit of the sweet babe was released from the frail tenement of clay and winged its happy flight to the bright land of eternal rest. The remains were buried in the Gardner cemetery near Wheatland. The grief stricken parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. The Hermitage Gazette, 10/30/1895 Raymond Paxton W. U. Morton and wife left Monday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Morton's brother, Ray Paxton who died Monday morning. The remains were interred at Macedonia cemetery. The Hermitage Gazette, 11/06/1895 In Memorium Raymond A. Paxton, was born on November 21, 1880. Died, October 28, 1895. "Ray" as he was familiarly called, was a kind and obedient child. His death was directly caused by a severe attack of typhoid fever; he was confined to his bed but a few days and his demise was very unexpected, and is a severe reminder to us of the brittle hold we have on the thread of life. Ray is greatly missed by parents, brothers, sisters and friends. He was a pleasant and agreeable boy and well liked by everyone. His remains were laid to rest in Macedonia cemetery. He leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn his sudden departure. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereft parents, brothers, sisters and many relatives, in their sad bereavement. May his death be a reminder to us all of the certainty of death, and help to lead us all in the path that brings Eternal life. The Hermitage Gazette, 10/30/1895 W. T. Purcell, a prominent druggist and liveryman of South Greenfield was foully murdered near that place Oct. 23rd. The identity of the murderer is unknown, but it is hoped by the aid of blood hounds he may be found. The Hermitage Gazette, 10/30/1895 G. W. McKenzie informs us that M. C. McAfee, who was sent from this county last spring to the Insane Asylum at Nevada, died at that place Oct. 26, and was buried Sunday at Humansville, under the auspices of the G.A.R., of which order deceased was a member. The Hermitage Gazette, 3/11/1896 Margaret Nickleson Died, March 6, 1896, Margaret, the wife of Thomas J. Nickleson, aged fifty years. Mrs. Nickleson left her home at Edwards, Benton county, about the 1st of March to visit with relatives near Urbana, and while there, was taken sick. She was laid to rest at Bethel cemetery, March 8th, 1896. She united with the church in her youth and lived a consistent christian until death. She leaves a husband, five children and a host of friends to lament her departure. The Hermitage Gazette, 3/4/1896 Darby Baby Died on Feb. 27, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Darby. The many friends and relatives extend their heart-felt sympathies to the young parents and would suggest that to meet their babe should be the aim of their lives for they weep not as those who have no hope. The Hermitage Gazette, 3/4/1896 Juvenal Child Reprinted from the Bolivar Herald: The two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Juvenal of this city, died last Saturday night from the effects of poisoning by headache tablets. Mr. Juvenal, who is employed by the Standard Oil Company, had just returned from a trip, and unpacking his grip, the tablets were left within the child's reach. It is not known how many the child ate, but soon she was noticed to be drowsy, and fell into a dull sleep, from which she could not be roused. Medical aid was summoned, but could not counteract the effects of the poison. The child lingered about ten hours, expiring at seven o'clock. The kind of tablets is not known. The distressed parents have much sympathy in their affliction. The Hermitage Gazette, 2/26/1896 Calvin Hitson Died, at his home a few miles South of Hermitage, February 24 1896, Calvin Hitson, aged 77 years. Mr. Hitson was an old citizen of this county and was highly respected by all who knew him. He left many friends and relatives to mourn his departure. May the God who careth for us all, comfort the relatives of the deceased in their sad bereavement. The Hermitage Gazette, 2/5/1896 Mrs. Chaney, the wife of Wm. Chaney an old and prominent farmer living a short distance east of here, died at her home at 10 o'clock last Saturday night. She had many relatives and friends and her death is a serious loss to the community in which she lived. The Hermitage Gazette, 2/5/1896 E. M. Crithfield Last Saturday was a sad day for Collins, occasioned by the death of E. M. Crithfield; business was suspended and the whole town was in mourning. Mr. Chrithfield was a respected and prominent merchant and in his death Collins lost a good citizen. The Hermitage Gazette, 1/29/1896 Ex-Judge John A. Pare, an old and highly respected citizen of this county died at his home in Green township Jan. 15. He left a number of relatives and many friends to mourn his departure. The Hermitage Gazette, 1/15/1896 Josephine Nelms Mrs. Nelms, wife of our esteemed fellow townsman Dr. Nelms, died Monday morning after a lingering illness of that dread disease, consumption and was buried in the Shilo cemetery. OBITUARY The Index, 9/28/1944 W.W. Duncan Found Dead At His Home William W. Duncan, aged farmer, who resided a few miles northeast of White Cloud store, was found dead at his home Thursday morning of last week by a neighbor, John Southard. The 80 year-old man had taken his own life by drinking a portion of carbolic acid. The tumbler from which the poison had been taken and the bottle which had contained it, were still on the man's lap and his body was still upright in a chair when found by Mr. Southard, and was in the same position when viewed later by Dr. Carl D. Bailey, Coroner J. M. Edwards, Prosecuting Attorney Ralph B. Nevins and Gilbert Hathaway, undertaker. Death was said to have been instantaneous due to a weakened heart condition. Ill health was given as the motive for the suicide. Mrs. Duncan and small grandson were at home at the time of the tragedy, but had left the house sometime before to gather tomatoes. Surviving beside the widow, are seven children, namely: Mrs. Irene Anthony, Mrs. Alene Brown, Mrs. Pearl Floyd and Ward Duncan of Kansas City; Mrs. Opal Gibson, Grand Pass, Mo.; Mrs. Eva Sterling, Greely, Colo., and Wyatt Duncan of Cross Timbers. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Cross Timbers Methodist church and burial was in the cemetery there under direction of the Hathaway Funeral Home. OBITUARY The Index, 12/31/1942 Heart Attack Fatal To Well Known Attorney The sudden death of Wm. A. Dollarhide at his home here shortly after 12 o'clock noon Tuesday, although not entirely unexpected, came as a shock to relatives and friends, especially to those who had talked to him just a short time before, while he was down town. His daughter, Billie, was alone with him at the time of his passing. Mr. Dollarhide, 68, had been a prominent attorney and Republican leader in this section for the past 40 years. He was stricken just a year ago with a heart ailment and since that time had not been able to actively engage in his profession. He was recognized as one of the most able lawyers in this part of the state before his health began to fail. Born and reared in Hickory county in Stark township, he spent a greater part of his life in this and adjoining counties, having lived for a short time in both Nevada and Kansas City. He had practiced law since 1898. He was Representative in the State Legislature from Benton county in 1911 and 1912 and had served six terms as prosecuting attorney of this county. He was married in 1896 at Hermitage to Miss EuDona Wilson, who preceded him in death in 1933. He was a member of the local Methodist church. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dewey P. Thatch of Clinton and Miss Billie Dollarhide of the home; two granddaughters, Mrs. John Hendricks, Wilmington, California and Miss Marjorie Thatch Jefferson City; and two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Giffen, Sedalia and Mrs. Homer Owsley, Preston. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at 2 p.m. today with Rev. C. S. Roe, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial was in the Hermitage cemetery under the direction of the J. R. Luckey Funeral Home. OBITUARY The Index, 8/22/1940 Funeral Services Held Tuesday For Galen Reser Funeral services were held at the Rountree cemetery Tuesday afternoon for Galen Reser, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Reser, of Tyler township, who passed away Sunday at the hospital in Columbia, where he was taken for treatment a few days before and where he was placed in an iron lung. Rev. A. T. Mahanay officiated at the graveside service and burial was under direction of the J. R. Luckey Funeral Home. OBITUARY The Index, 2/27/1941 Weaubleau Youth Killed In Train Crash Services Yesterday For Edward Hunt, CCC Employee, Killed Saturday When Train Hit Auto Funeral services were held yesterday at 2 p.m. at the Weaubleau school auditorium for Edward Hunt, 18 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Hunt, of near Weaubleau, who was killed Saturday about 5 p.m. when the light sedan in which he was riding with five other CCC youths was struck and demolished by a Frisco freight train at a grade crossing in Valley Park. Rev. A. T. Mahanay conducted the service. Burial was under direction of the J. R. Luckey Funeral Home. Young Hunt, owner and driver of the car, and five other youths were on leave of absence from the CCC camp at Babler State Park in St. Louis county, when the accident occurred. Hunt and three others were killed while two sustained severe injuries(the other five boys were not known here). The accident occurred at the Marshall avenue crossing, near the center of Valley Park, which, it is said, has been the scene of several fatal accidents. The car containing the six youths was carried 700 feet by the train and was crushed between a coal car on a siding and the locomotive. The two boys who were injured were thrown clear when the machine hit the coal car. The bodies of the four were taken to an undertaking establishment in Kirkwood, where an inquest was held. T. B. Hunt made the trip to St. Louis Sunday and claimed his son's body. He returned Monday night with J. R. Luckey and Harry Lee Hickman of the Luckey Funeral Home, who went after the body. OBITUARY The Index, 2/27/1941 Last Rites Friday For Mrs. Mollie B. Ingram Last rites will be held tomorrow (Friday) for Mrs. Mollie B. Ingram, 73, mother of Circuit Clerk and Recorder J. S. Ingram, who passed away suddenly about 11 o'clock Tuesday night at her home in Cross Timbers. Services will be conducted at the Methodist church at 2 p.m. with Rev. Luther Johnson, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial will be in the Walker cemetery north of Cross Timbers under direction of the J. R. Luckey Funeral Home. Mrs. Ingram was a native resident of the Cross Timbers section. She was the widow of the late William H. Ingram. She had been a member of the Methodist church for years. Surviving besides the above mentioned son are a daughter, Sadie Ingram and two sons, Ralph and Ray, of Cross Timbers. OBITUARY The Index, 2/27/1941 Edward Leon Dietz Funeral services will be today at Bernard Chapel for Edward Leon Dietz, 5 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Dietz of Quincy, who passed away Tuesday in the Humansville hospital. Rev. Leon Clavenger of Excelsior Spring will officiate. Burial will be in the cemetery there under direction of the Luckey Funeral Home. Surviving besides the parents are a brother and sister, Donald, 7, and Gayle, 2. OBITUARY The Index, 2/27/1941 Mary E. Scott Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Hopewell, Benton county, for Mary E. Scott, 62, who died Tuesday at her home at Bentonville. Rev. Gaston will officiate. Burial will be in the cemetery near by under direction of the Luckey Funeral Home. Mrs. Scott is survived by her husband, Ura Scott and three children Boyce, Quincy; Ardith and Morris of the home. OBITUARY The Index, 7/10/1941 Mary Caroline (Pitts) Reser Mary Caroline, daughter of A. J. and Malissa Pitts, was born near Pittsburn, Hickory County, Mo., April 3, 1864, passed quietly into rest June 15, 1941, age 77 years, 2 months and 12 days. Her entire life was spent in Hickory county. She was married to Marida Sigel Reser April 22, 1883. To this union were born 5 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters. They are Ira, Albert and Lloyd of Elkton, Mo.; Mrs. Alta Fugate of Pomona, Calif., and Lela, who died in infancy. She also leaves four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, one grandson, Galen Reser, having preceded her in death. One brother Albert Pitts Hermitage, Mo. and three sisters, Louisa Spillman of Livingston, Montana; Sarah Fisher of Wheatland, Mo., and Ida Lindsey of St. Louis, Mo., and many other relatives and friends. She joined the Christian church at Antioch in early womanhood and was a member of this church at time of passing, never having moved her membership. A kind and loving mother has passed on and will be greatly missed by her children and many friends. Funeral services were held at Antioch Christian church at 2 p.m., June 18. Rev. A. T. Mahanay officiating. Internment was in the nearby cemetery beside her companion. J. R. Luckey Funeral Home in charge. OBITUARY The Index, 3/2/1922 Again the grim reaper has called from our midst little Naoma Ruth Erickson, daughter of Frank and Mary Erickson, who was born June 28, 1919 and was called to the spirit realm Feb. 16, 1922, age 2 years, 7 months and 19 days. She leaves father, mother, 3 sisters and 2 brothers and a large number of other relatives to mourn the loss. When 2 days old she was stricken with yellow jaundice and fever which left her an invalid and she had been a nervous sufferer ever since. During the last 18 days of her life she seemed to suffer immensely. All that loving hearts and kind hands could do seemed futile and Jesus took the bud that had formed in time to bloom for him in eternity for he said of such is the Kingdom of Heaven. Weep not loved ones, Naoma has only gone on before and may she be as a beacon of light set in the dome of time to guide your feet to the blessed home to which she is gone. A. B. Wilson OBITUARY The Index, 3/2/1922 Orville J. Paxton Killed at His Home Last Thursday Night. On last Thursday night at about 8:30 o'clock Orville J. Paxton, a young man about 25 years old was instantly killed at the home of his brother-in-law, Joe Paxton, three miles north of Wheatland. The Paxton boys had been on a business trip to the county seat on that day, returning, leaving Hermitage about 4:30 o'clock and going by way of Wheatland arriving home shortly after dark and after careing for their team went in doors for the night. They had only been at home a short time until the shooting occurred. Orville was in the sitting room and it is said that just a few minutes before the shot was fired he was playing or giving his attention to nursing and talking to the two small children of his sister, Mrs. Joe Paxton, and seeing a late paper he began to look it over holding it in a position which would rather hide his face from a window on the east side across the room. He was seated almost across the room some ten feet from the window, and directly facing it. A shotgun heavily loaded with number 2 buck shot was used by the assassin and discharged within a few inches of the window passing thru the wire screen pane, a thin white cloth curtain and the newspaper, the entire load striking his victim in the forehead over the right eye and face with none lower than his chin, except four balls, two of which imbedded in the casing of a door almost directly behind him and two passing through an open door into an adjoining room, one into the wall, the other striking the bowl of a cream separator indenting it to the size of a half dollar. The young man Joe Paxton gave the news at once to neighbors and to authorities here, and Sheriff James H. Phillips with County Coroner Dr. L. A. Glasco left immediately for the scene of the crime where a jury was summoned and an inquest held with the usual verdict in such cases. Sheriff Phillips secured the aid of Deputy Sheriff Ed Wells and a Detective of Sedalia, Mo., who brought a pair of bloodhounds to be used in the search and there are different stories regarding the matter. Mr. Phillips was also ably assisted by Ex-Sheriff John Allen, of Warsaw, Benton County, and on last Saturday about the noon hour, after securing proper papers arrested Enos S. Quigg at the home of a son-in-law, Carl Allen, as he was there at the time, brought him to Hermitage before Squire James S. Blackwell, of Center township. Mr. Quigg gave bond in sum of $3000. for his appearance at a preliminary trial which for set Wednesday, March 22, 1922. As it is a matter for our courts to determine, that a man is not guilty until the fact is proven beyond reasonable doubt, and at this time no one can tell what the evidence may be, it is our duty only to give the matter as a news item for our readers in the most true way we are able to learn and not comment on the affair. F. Marion Wilson, Prosecuting Attorney with the help of an assistant from the office of the Attorney General of Missouri will represent the state and Attorney W. A. Dollarhide of Osceola and likely Herman Pufahl, of Bolivar, so we learn, will appear for the defendant. OBITUARY The Index, 3/2/1922 William H. Halbert We learned first of the week of the death of one of Hickory county's splendid old men, William H. Halbert, at his home near Pittsburg which occurred last Saturday about 4 p.m. Uncle "Bill" had been a resident of the county for some 40 years and we learn his age was about 77 years. His children were all present except a younger daughter. Funeral service and burial took place at Antioch church and cemetery Monday evening. A good citizen has left us, and The Index joins many friends of the family in extending sympathy. OBITUARY The Index, 11/24/1955 Services For Mrs. Smith Held At Flemington Funeral services for Mrs. Kizzie Belle Smith, 75, a resident of the Flemington community for many years, who died November 16, were held Friday at the Methodist church in Flemington, where she was a member. Rev. John Cox, former pastor, officiated. Burial was in Flemington cemetery under direction of Beckwith Funeral Home. Mrs. Smith was the mother of Fay Smith of Wheatland. She is survived by two other sons and four daughters, all of whom are named in an obituary in this issue. OBIT-- Kizzie Belle Holmes, daughter of J. W. S. and Malissa Holmes was born January 5, 1880 near Everton, Mo., in Lawrence County and departed this life November 16, 1955 at the age of 75 years, 10 months and 11 days. She was married to Joseph E. Smith November 25, 1897. To this union was born four daughters, Malissa, dying in infancy, Mrs. Essie McBride of Flemington, Mo.; Mrs. Dessie Raydon of Halltown, Mo.; Miss Blanche Smith of Springfield, Mo. and three sons, Elza of Belton, Mo. Fay of Wheatland, Mo. and Willie of Flemington, Mo. She professed faith in Christ early in life and united with the Christian church, later moving her membership to the M. E. church. At the time of her death she was a member at the M. E. church in Flemington. Her husband preceded her in death July 1, 1950. She leaves the above mentioned children, 14 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, four sisters, Mrs. M. C. Wilson, Richmond, Mo.; Mrs. N. F. Davis, Everton, Mo.; Mrs. Hester M. Burton and Mrs. Tressie Hood both of Miller, Mo.; one brother, James L. Holmes, Chicago, Illinois and a host of other relatives and friends. She was a loving mother and a good neighbor, always willing to lend a helping hand when her health permitted. Funeral services were held in the M. E. church of Flemington Friday, November 18th with the Rev. John Cox officiating. Interment in the Flemington cemetery under direction of Beckwith of Humansville. OBITUARY The Index, 11/24/1955 Almeda Dieta Dies At Age of 84 Almeda Dieta, 84, a life long resident of the Quincy community passed away in the Humansville hospital Friday morning, Nov. 11, following a stroke of paralysis. Immediate survivors include two brothers, Albert of Quincy and Abe of Humansville and one sister of Humbolt, Kansas. Funeral services were held in the Harper Church Sunday afternoon, Nov. 13 with Rev. J. L. Wright officiating. Burial was in the Harper cemetery under the direction of the Goodrich Funeral Home of Osceola. OBITUARY The Index, 11/24/1955 Aaron Diener Passes Away In Redlands Aaron Diener, 623 East Citrus avenue, Redlands, Calif., a resident there for 28 years, died last week after an illness. A native of Missouri, he was 75 years old. Mr. Diener was employed by the city at Hillside cemetery for a number of years. He had been in failing health for about a year. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, from the F. Arthur Cortner chapel with interment in Hillside cemetery. Deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ida B. Diener; two daughters, Mrs. Thelma Gardner, San Bernardino; and Mrs. Johnnie Blackwell, Redlands; a son, Ralph W. Diener, Highland; a brother, Moses Diener, Versailles, Mo.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. OBITUARY The Index, 11/24/1955 Garland Bandel Dies At Home Near Preston Funeral Services Will Be Friday At Preston Church Garland G. Bandel, 60, passed away at his home south of Preston at 5:40 Tuesday afternoon, following an illness since last May 2nd. Mr. Bandel was born in Hickory county near Preston and had spent all of his life here, with the exception of nine years while in Coronado and Redlands, Calif. He was engaged in farming and worked at the carpenter trade, following that trade at the time he became ill. He held membership in the Preston Methodist Church and in the Hermitage Masonic Lodge. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Zela Bandel, two daughters, Mrs. Henry Fortin (Gertrude), Loma Linda, Calif. and Mrs. Wayne Hicklin (Zennie May), Kansas City; his father, Frederick Bandel, one brother, H. H. Bandel, Preston and two sisters, Mrs. Harry Pitts, Marshall and Mrs. Joe Huff, Shackleford. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Preston Methodist church. Interment will be in Bowers Chapel cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral Home. Masonic rites will be performed at the grave by the local lodge. OBITUARY The Index, 8/28/1958 Tom Bigler Services Held At Pittsburg Thomas Bigler, 85, formerly of Pittsburg died Monday morning in a rest home at Marshall. His death was attributed to the infirmities of age. A native of Pittsburg, he spent most of his life in that community. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Pittsburg Baptist church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Surviving are six sons, Everett of Marshall, Willis of Bolivar, Ray of Pittsburg, Ralph of Santa Paula, Calif. and Ben and Harding of Kansas City. His wife preceded him in 1953. OBITUARY The Index, 5/2/1957 Nannie Creed In fond and loving memory of our dear wife and mother, Nannie Creed, who departed this life April 4, 1957, at the age of 54 years, 8 months and 9 days. Nannie was born July 26, 1902 in Pittsburg, Mo. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Reser. She was united in marriage to Jasper Creed, Nov. 3, 1923, and to this union one daughter was born Dixie Aleene Floyd. She united with the Christian Church of Antioch at an early age. She was a faithful worker in the Lord's work. She will long be remembered for her faithful work and the smile she wore for every one. Left to mourn her passing are her husband, Jasper and her daughter, Aleene, of Belton, Mo.; three sisters, Anice Stout of Santa Paula, Calif.; Atha Crabtree, of Pittsburg, Mo., and Opal Beeghly of Santa Paula, Calif.; two grand daughters, Nancy Lou and Glenda Sue, one niece, and a host of other relatives and friends. Her father, mother and sister, Ethel preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 7, 1957, at 2:00 p.m., in the Antioch Christian Church, with the Rev. Cecil Pitts officiating. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery, under direction of the Pitts Funeral Home, of Bolivar. Pallbearers were George R. Williams, Bert Chaney, Ben Mallonee, Gene Clymore, Claude Hood and J. C. Bigler. OBITUARY The Index, 5/2/1957 Eva Mae Salley Eva Mae Salley, 70, was born Sept. 9, 1886 near Cross Timbers, Mo. the daughter of James and Lucy Hart Cooper and died at the Kidwell Rest Home in Versailles April 16. Mrs. Salley had been a patient at the rest home for the past 5 months. She was united in marriage to Penn Salley on March 31, 1904 at Cross Timbers and they made their home on a farm in that community until 1948 when due to failing health they moved to Warsaw where her late husband passed away Nov. 24, 1956. They had 7 children: Jack died in 1910 and Emil preceded her in death from injuries received in a car accident in 1953. Children surviving are: Mrs. Faye Staten and Charley Salley both of Warsaw, Martha Gideon and Lloyd Salley of Redlands, Calif. and Bernice Cook of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Bettie Walker of Warsaw. Mrs. Salley joined a church early in life and had transferred her membership to the Assembly of God Church of Warsaw when moving here. She was a good mother and neighbor and will sadly be missed by her friends. The Rev. Paul Adams officiated Thursday, April 18 at funeral services held at the Reser Chapel in Warsaw. Mrs. Leonard Lane sang at the funeral accompanied by Mrs. John F. Reser. Pallbearers were Clyde Dyer, Rudy Keightley, John Nance, Dan Heizman, Watter Grissam and Cebert Breshears. Burial was in south New Home Cemetery. OBITUARY The Index, 5/2/1957 John Calvin Green John Calvin Green, son of Jasper and Nancy Green, was born July 7, 1862 near Macks Creek, Mo. and departed this life April 15, 1957 in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Loren Green. At the time of his death he was 94 years, 9 months, 22 days old. On Dec. 18, 1884 he was united in marriage to Rebecca Russell. To this union was born eight children, four of whom are living, namely, Alfred Green, Urbana, Mo., Floyd Green, Rock Hill, Mo., Elsie Eads, Camarillo, Calif., Eva Green, Urbana, Mo. Those preceding him in death were his wife, Rebecca, four sons, W. J. Green, Macks Creek, Mo.; Herman Green, Marshall, Mo.; Bennie and Elmer in childhood. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Foster, Golden City, Mo. He accepted Christ as his savior at the age of 40 years and joined the Olive Point church. He remained a member until death. In later years he married Betty Lightner. To this union one child was born, Clara Green, Kansas City, Kan. Those left to mourn his loss are five children, four step children, 29 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren and a great great grandchild. Funeral services were held April 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the Olive Point church. Willard Green, clergyman, with a large crowd of relatives and friends present. His body was taken to Parrack cemetery and laid beside his wife, Rebecca. OBITUARY The Index, 10/17/1957 Services Yesterday For Mrs. Mollie Edde, 86 Mrs. Mary C. (Mollie) Edde, 86, died Saturday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Truman Simmons, west of Preston. She had been an invalid since suffering a stroke three years ago. Born west of Preston, her maiden name was Lewis. Her husband was the late Joseph Edde. She spent 28 years in Santa Paula, Calif., returning to Preston in 1955. Mr. Edde died in California in 1929. Surviving besides Mrs. Simmons, are a son Byron Edde of Santa Paula; a step-daughter Mrs. Ora Parks, Preston; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Diener and Mrs. Lucy Holt-Brown, Redlands, Calif., and two grandchildren, Byron, Jr. and Sharon Edde of Santa Paula. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday at the Preston Methodist church with Rev. Wilbur Wilson officiating. Burial was in Fisher cemetery under direction of Vaughan Funeral Home. OBITUARY The Index, 6/1/1944 Ben Martie Found Dead At Home In Weaubleau Ben Martie, retired farmer of Weaubleau township, was found dead Tuesday afternoon in the yard of his home at Weaubleau. Mr. Martie had lived in Weaubleau since last February at which time he sold his farm near there. Funeral arrangements are incomplete but will be under direction of the Hathaway Funeral Home. OBITUARY The Index, 6/1/1944 Lawrence Acker Dies At Age of 88 Lawrence Acker, long-time resident of the west side of the county, passed away Sunday at his farm home a few miles southwest of Wheatland, following a short illness. Mr. Acker was a native of Germany. He observed his 88th birthday on November 26, 1943. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home with Rev. Oscar Erickson officiating. Interment was in Crutsinger cemetery under direction of the Hathaway Funeral Home. Pallbearers were: W.L. Moore and W. A Samples and four grandsons, Lawrence, Clarence and Willford Acker and Lawrence Mabry. Mr. Acker is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Carried Mabry of the home and four grandsons. OBITUARY The Index, 6/1/1944 John Marshall Murphy Services Held Sunday For J. M. Murphy Funeral services were held at the Wheatland Christian church at 3 p.m. Sunday for John Marshall Murphy, who passed away at his home in Wheatland last Thursday following a lingering illness. The service was conducted by Rev. A. T. Mahanay and burial was in Macedonia cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral Home. Masonic rites were performed at the grave. Mr. Murphy, a life-long resident of the Wheatland section, died at the age of 77. he had been in failing health about four years. He spent most of his life on the farm, but for the past 17 years had lived in Wheatland. He served as clerk of the school board there for many years. He was active in the work of the Masonic Lodge. Surviving are one son, Webster of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Viola Hague and one brother, W. P. Murphy, Wheatland. OBITUARY The Index, 12/18/1958 In Memory of Minnie Josephine Yoast Death is the path By which we trod If we are ever To live with God. Minnie Josephine, daughter of Isaac and Christina Casey, was born near Rondo, Mo. Oct. 25, 1883. On Sept. 14, 1906, she was born of God and baptized into the Rondo Baptist church of which she was still a member. On Feb. 2, 1908 she was united in marriage to James Yoast and they celebrated their golden wedding Feb. 2, 1958. To this union five sons and one daughter were born, Alfred of Willamina, Oregon, Clifford of Ukiah, Calif., Jesse and Hugh of Wheatland, Mo., Raymond of Bolivar and Mrs. Nola Donnelly of Kansas City, Mo. Joe, as she was known to her friends, had been in poor health for quite awhile but she bore her suffering with patience and on Dec. 6, 1958 at 4 a.m. the clock of life stopped, for it is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop at late or early hour. Her spirit took its flight from her home in Elkton, Mo., where she had lived for the past 37 years having reached the age of 75 years, one month and 11 days. It can be truly said of Joe that she was an ever loving companion, a wonderful mother, an humble Christian, a good neighbor, a friend to the poor and needy and a marvelous grandmother. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, Jim of the home; the above named children; 15 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Ellen Ayers of Flemington, Mo.; Two nieces and two nephews, and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at the Elkton Baptist church Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. by Bro. J. L. Wright, burial in the Flemington cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral Home of Wheatland. The following songs were sung by Leona and Johnny Lee Nelson and Pauline Holloway with Sandra Blackwell as pianist, "Beyond the Sunset", "Farther Along", "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere". The following served as casket bearers: Evert Blackwell, Lloyd Reser, Coy Nutt, Willie Street, Harold Ecton, and Woodroe Nelson. OBITUARY The Index, 12/18/1958 Services At Fairview For Arthur Briggs Funeral services for Arthur Briggs, 77, former resident of Jordan community, were held at the Fairview Baptist church yesterday afternoon, with Rev. J. L. Wright officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral Home. Mr. Briggs passed away Sunday in the Anderson rest home at Nevada where he has been a patient two and a half years. He was a native of Fristoe, and had spent most of his life in Benton and Hickory Counties. Surviving are a nephew, Arthur Lake of Roscoe and a niece, Mary Mitchell of Warsaw. OBITUARY The Index, 12/18/1958 Mrs. Nora Beck, 77 Earl Sands, Weaubleau, and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Sands, ElDorado Springs attended funeral services at Louisburg Monday afternoon for Mrs. Nora Beck, 77. Mrs. Beck, a sister of the late Mrs. Inez Sands died Saturday morning at the home of a daughter, Myrtle Brown, in Kansas City. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sands visited recently with Mrs. Beck and family in Kansas City, also with Mr. and Mrs. Willie Henderson. OBITUARY The Index, 12/18/1958 Death Claims Former Weaubleau Resident Mrs. Lottie Owens, 93, a former resident of Weaubleau, died last night in the Piper rest home at Humansville, where she had made her home the past two years. Mrs. Owens was born in Illinois. She was the widow of the late Isaac Owens. Survivors include four nephews and a niece. Funeral arrangements have not been made, but will be under direction of Hathaway Funeral Home. OBITUARY The Index, 12/18/1958 Lawrence Pack Dies In Wichita Falls James Lawrence Pack, 62, who spent his early life in Hermitage died suddenly December 9 in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he had resided about 38 years. Lawrence worked as a printer when a young man, being employed by The Index at one time. He enlisted in World War I, and was in France when the armistice was signed. He was a night cook in a cafe, a trade he had followed since locating in Wichita Falls. Surviving are his wife, Esther, a daughter, Frances Erion of Vicenza, Italy; a granddaughter, Millie Jo Erion; a brother, Chas. A. Pack of Weaubleau, and a sister, Mrs. Mabel Staten of Wheatland. Funeral services were held December 9, and burial in Wichita Falls. OBITUARY The Index, 12/18/1958 Chris Kleck Stricken With Heart Attack Served as Postmaster 20 Years; Funeral Saturday Chris Kleck, 74, retired Wheatland postmaster, died at his home in Wheatland at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Kleck had been watching television just before he was stricken with the fatal attack. He had had a heart ailment for several years. Christian Eugene Kleck was born in Fredericksburg, Texas. He moved to Wheatland forty-eight years ago, and except for a short period of time in California, spent the remainder of his life there. He operated a dry good store there at one time. Prior to his retirement four years ago, he served as postmaster for 20 years. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Tina, a daughter, Emogene Hunt and grandson, Eugene Hunt, Wheatland; two brothers, Herman Kleck, Houston, Texas and Emil Kleck, New Orleans, La., and a sister, Manuella Kleck, Fredericksburg, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wheatland Methodist church with Rev. J. L. Wright officiating. Burial will be in Gardner cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral Home. OBITUARY The Index, 10/31/1957 Lunetta Pitts - Steward Lunetta, daughter of John Barb and Martha Carolyn Pitts, was born May 15th, 1873, in Hickory County, Missouri. And she departed this life, Wednesday, 7:00 P.M. October 23, 1957 at her home, having reached the age of 84 years, 5 mos., 8 days. Early in life she was converted and united with the Baptist Church at Elkton and later coming into the Christian Church at Flemington, Mo. In the year 1889, on January 17th, she was united in marriage to Andrew J. Steward (he preceded her in death, May 7, 1934). This union was blessed with two children: Alta and Marie. All of her life has been spent in and around this community (Hickory and Polk Co.) Some four months ago, she was hospitalized in the Dimmitt Memorial Hospital in Humansville, Mo. of a fractured hip. Later she was brought to her home in Flemington, Mo., where she was tenderly cared for by her daughters. To know her was to love her, patient and kind in her illness, ever ready and willing to help when needed; she loved her home family and friends and spread rays of sunshine to others through the giving of flowers she grew which were many. Her memory will linger in the hearts of those who loved her. Surviving are: two daughters: Mrs. Alta Nevins, Hermitage, Mo. and Mrs. Marie Pitts, Flemington, Mo.; one sister, Mrs. Rose Steward, Coolidge, Arizona; three grandchildren, nephews, nieces and other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 1957 at Beckwith Funeral Home in Humansville, Mo. Ministers were Rev. J. R. Earsom, pastor of Hickory County Pastoral Unity, Disciples of Christ, and Rev. Curl, pastor of Flemington Baptist church. Burial was in the cemetery at Humansville, Mo. OBITUARY Lola May (Sherman) Rorer The Index, 10/31/1957 Funeral services for Mrs. Hallie Rorer were conducted Thursday afternoon at the Christian church of which she was a member, by the pastor, Rev. J. R. Earsom. A mixed choir sang "In The Garden", and "It Is Well With My Soul", and Mrs. N. C. Holloway sang "Beyond The Sunset" with Mrs. Nannie Jinkens, accompanist. Pallbearers were Perry Reno, Leslie Wilson, Harry Kragel, Jess Stutesman, Harry Bennett, and Floyd Robertson. Lola was held in high esteem by her family and associates. Burial was in Butcher cemetery near the family plot under the direction of the Hathaway Funeral Home and Spillway Mausoleum Company of Jamesport. The Hermitage Gazette, 12/23/1896 OBITUARY Died at the home of her parents, Dec. 17th 1896, little Verla Jamison, Aged 9 years. She was a sufferer for some three or four weeks. Little Verla was a pleasant, loving child, and will be sadly missed by parents, teachers and school-mates, but while we know that she is a loss to us, we also know that she is a gain to the angel band in heaven, continually singing praises around the great white throne. The Hermitage Gazette, 12/16/1896 Mrs. Titus Holloway Lewis England, of Climax Springs, called at this place, a few days since, and informed the writer of the death of Mrs. Titus Holloway, of Lincoln, Mo. The Hermitage Gazette, 12/9/1896 John W. Morgan Dr. W. C. Gentry attended the funeral of Mr. A. L. Morgan's son at the Robinson Cemetery, which was conducted by the M. W. A. The Hermitage Gazette, 12/9/1896 D. P. Eskew, of Green township, informs us that Miss Lou Hicks daughter of Robt. Hicks, who resides about two miles south west of Urbana, was found dead in the woods near her home last Monday. The Hermitage Gazette, 12/9/1896 It is reported that James Scott, formerly a resident of this county, committed suicide at Warsaw last Sunday. The Hermitage Gazette, 11/11/1896 John Young, an old gentleman, who lived on Mack's Creek died Friday Nov. 6th. The Hermitage Gazette, 9/16/1896 L. Nip McDonald Weaubleau: Our town was shocked Tuesday night, by the death of our esteemed friend and citizen, L.N. McDonald. His remains were interred in the cemetery near the "old brick" by the Woodmen. The Hermitage Gazette, 9/16/1896 Charles Allen of near Cross Roads, Benton county, died Monday morning. He had been sick since June with Typhoid Fever. The Hermitage Gazette, 9/16/1896 Mrs. Powell, one of Benton county's oldest residents, died last week from burns received by her clothing catching fire from her pipe. She was unable to help herself and could get no assistance until she was so severely burned that she died in a short time. She was said to have been 104 years old. The Hermitage Gazette, 9/9/1896 Henry Almont Moore, the founder of the Wheatland Star, which was moved to this city in December, 1882, and later consolidated with the Polk County Leader, departed this life at his home in this city Tuesday, August 25th. Mr. Moore devoted many years of his life to the newspaper business, and was a brilliant writer. Failing health forced him to abandon his profession, and for several years he lived quietly at his home. There are few of the old citizens of Polk and surrounding counties who did not enjoy his acquaintance. His friends were legion, and enemies he had none. It is with deep regret that we are forced to chronicle his death. He leaves a devoted wife and four children to mourn his loss. Elsewhere in these columns will be found a sketch of his life--reprinted from Humansville Star-Leader. The Hermitage Gazette, 9/9/1896 OBITUARY Thompson:--Della N. Bickford was born Sept. 16, 1859, in Jackson county, Iowa. In 1883 she moved to Valley county, Neb., with her aged mother Mrs. M. H. Bickford; was united in marriage to T. D. Thompson, December 23, 1888, at Rockport, Mo., and moved with her husband to Hickory county, in 1895, where she resided until her death Aug. 21, 1896. She leaves a husband, an aged mother, two brothers and one sister to mourn her loss. Mrs. Thompson professed faith in Christ last winter; since that time lived a devoted christian life, until the Master called her from this world of care and sorrow to a home beyond this vale of tears where there will be no more parting. The Hermitage Gazette, 9/9/1896 Mrs. Smith, wife of Ben Smith, of Edwards, died Sept. 7, at the home of her mother, Mrs. Maxwell near Fristoe. The Hermitage Gazette, 9/9/1896 Jacob Mosser This community was greatly shocked Saturday morning when the announcement was made that Jacob Mosser, the miller, was found dead on the stairway leading from the second to the upper story of the mill. He had eaten his breakfast as usual at W. D. Harryman's, for whom he was working, and had repaired to the mill to attend his duties there, and a neighbor calling by to see him, caused search for him to be instituted which resulted as above stated. The Coroner was promptly informed of the facts, and at 4 o'clock in the afternoon he summoned and empanneled a jury and proceeded to inquire into the cause of his death, and after hearing the testimony of witnesses the jury brought in a verdict that he died from heart failure. "Jake," as he was familiarly known will be greatly missed from the fact that he had been the principal miller at the Wheatland Mills a great portion of the time since the Mills were built, and had in that capacity, endeared himself to the patrons by his punctuality, honesty, and fair dealing. Of how many can it be said, as of him, that he died at his post? The remains were taken to King's Prairie cemetery in St. Clair county and interred Sunday. The Hermitage Gazette, 9/9/1896 We are sorry to announce the death of Robert Fisher; he had been sick a long time, and has many friends to mourn his departure. The Hermitage Gazette, 9/2/1896 Died, at his residence in Preston, Mo., Aug. 31st 1896, Henry Brakebill, of typhoid fever. Mr. Brakebill was one of the proprietors of the Preston Mills, and was one of our best citizens. His death is a great loss to the community in which he lived, and is greatly lamented by all who knew him. The bereaved family have the sincere sympathy of their many friends in their great affliction. The remains were interred yesterday in the Preston cemetery. The Hermitage Gazette, 8/19/1896 William Burton Died, at his residence, 3 miles South-west of Hermitage Saturday night Aug. 15 1896, W. M. Burton, aged 72 years. Mr. Burton was an old and highly respected citizen of this county, and his death is deeply lamented by a large circle of friends and relatives. During his last sickness he suffered intensely but bore it with great patience. He left a wife, five sons two daughters and many friends to mourn his departure. The funeral was preached Sunday by Elder Fleming at the residence of the deceased, and the remains were buried Sunday evening at the Gardner cemetery. The Gazette extends condolence. May he who doeth all things well comfort the sorrowing relatives in their great affliction. The Hermitage Gazette, 8/19/1896 John Hughes died at his father's in Benton county Saturday Aug. 15, after suffering for about 30 days with fever. The Hermitage Gazette, 8/19/1896 Sarah Sharp Weaubleau-- Mrs. Sharp living east of Collins, was buried here Sunday evening. Mrs. Sharp was sick only a short time. (Mrs. Sarah Sharp) The Hermitage Gazette, 8/5/1896 OBITUARY Elonzo Meador was born September 14, 1874, was converted during a revival meeting held at Prospect church, the latter part of December 1894, joined the Baptist church March 29, 1896, but became dissatisfied in regard to Baptism, had never been received into full connection, but lived a true, devoted christian until death. He was married to Tennie Low, his now bereaved wife January 19, 1896. This happy union was short, only 4 months and 7 days; he was killed by lightning May 20, 1896. He leaves a loving wife, one sister, six brothers and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his departure; but we mourn not for Lon. as those who have no hope, for we know he has gone to rest. Though he can never come to us, we can go to him where parting will be no more. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. David Hitson, July 25, 1896 to a large congregation, who manifested by their presence much respect for the departed. The Hermitage Gazette, 8/5/1896 Pearl Bartshe Little Pearl, the infant daughter of J. R. and Nancy Bartshe, died July 7, 1896, of cholera infantum, aged one year and three months. Its remains were laid to rest in the Hopewell cemetery July 8th. The Hermitage Gazette, 7/29/1896 Turner Child The infant child of B. F. Turner was buried yesterday in the Mt. Zion cemetery, where its mother was laid to rest last March. The Hermitage Gazette, 7/29/1896 Y. M. Pitts OBITUARY Died, at his home 1 1/2 miles west of Pittsburg, Mo., Thursday, July 2, 1896, at about 3 o'clock p.m. Y. M. Pitts at the good old age of 84 years and 2 months. Friday July 3rd, his remains were taken to the Antioch church where an able funeral discourse was preached by the Rev. Mr. Combs to a large congregation of sorrowing relatives and sympathising friends, after which all that was earthly of the good old gentleman was laid to rest in the Antioch cemetery. Uncle Mims, as he was familiarly called by his friends and neighbors was born in Tennessee, May 5, 1812; in the year 1842 he moved to Hickory county, Missouri, where he located and lived until his death; he was united in the holy bonds of wedlock in the year 1834, to Miss Elisabeth Pitts who survived him. He leaves a widow one son, six daughters and two brothers, besides several grand children and other near relatives, and many sincere friends to mourn his departure, but our loss is his eternal gain. He joined the Christian church at this place, he helped organize the first Christian church in this community and was one of its first members holding meeting at his home, and under sheds until the present church was built. We are always sorry to loose a good christian from our community especially one who has been with us so long, and by his perfect walk and godly counsel has helped to lead many souls to Christ, but it was God's holy will, and we as Christians must be ready to say, Thy will be done, when the summons comes to our loved ones to come up higher. He was willing and toward the last even anxious to obey the summons. The Hermitage Gazette, 7/22/1896 Died, at the home of his parents, July 14, Samuel Silvers, aged about ten years. "Sammy" as he was familiarly known, was a kind, lovable child highly respected by all who knew him. His parents have the deep sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. The Hermitage Gazette, 7/22/1896 The writer visited the bedside of John S. Brown near here last Sunday. He is in a critical condition and not expected to live long. LATER:--John S. Brown died July 20, 1896, aged 86 years. Cross TImbers news: John S. Brown, one of the oldest citizens of this county, died Monday morning at the residence of his son, C. J. Brown. The Hermitage Gazette, 7/22/1896 Mrs. Calvin Harvey Smith Weaubleau notes: There were two burials in town Friday. One Mrs. Calvin who has been sick for a long time with consumption. The other Mr. and Mrs. Smith's little child of Collins. The Hermitage Gazette, 7/15/1896 Minerva (Hitson) Eads OBITUARY Minerva Hitson was born in Monroe county, Tennessee, May 26, 1855, and moved with her parents, C. Y. and M. E. Hitson to Hickory county, Mo., in 1870, was married to Asa Eads, March 11, 1875, died July 5, 1896, and was laid to rest beside her father in Bethel cemetery, July 7, 1896. She left a loving husband, three sons and five daughters, an aged mother, three sisters, five brothers and a host of relations to mourn her departure. During her last sickness she said she was willing to go and meet her father and babe in Heaven. Her illness lasted about six weeks. She knew she would die and said she was not afraid, her only regret being to leave her children motherless. She has gone to a better world than this, to that mansion on high where God and the angels are, clothed in white raiment, a starry crown upon her head, there to sing eternal praises to our great Redeemer. She can never come to us, but God be praised, we may all go to her if we obey his word.
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