Michael T. Parke, 77, of Weaubleau died May 29, 2018, at Cox South Medical
He was born Oct. 26, 1940, in Weaubleau to Fay N. Parke and Alberta
Lucille Todd Parke.
He owned and operated his own dozing business for several years and was a
Survivors include his wife, Linda Parke of the home; one daughter, Bridget
and Scott Looney of Weaubleau; one grandson, Devan Looney of Springfield;
one brother, Nelson Parke of Springfield; and one sister, Sandra Martin of
As he had requested, he was cremated and private family services will be
at a later date. Cremation was under the direction of Hathaway-Peterman
Funeral Home, Wheatland.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 3 Mar 1960 Thursday
Heart Attack Fatal to Henry Quick, 51.
Henry W. Quick, 51, died suddenly at 9:45 Saturday night at his home
8 miles northeast of Weaubleau. A native of Warsaw and a lifelong
resident of this area, Mr. Quick moved to the Butcher community last
spring from a farm near Pittsburg.
Surviving are his wife, Chloe; three sons, J. C., Bobby and Junior of
the home; seven daughters, Shirley Mae Krumholz, Hazel Butler and
Juanita Krumholz of Springfield; Betty Jean Skinner of Nelson, and
Linda, Dorothy and Mary of the home; his mother, Mrs. Dona Quick,
Wheatland; three brothers, Lindsey, Flemington; Homer, U.S. Army in
Korea; and Lester, Wheatland; six sisters, Julia Floyd, Bolivar;
Pearl Root, Mill City, Ore.; Mabel Bastion, Pittsburg; Mary Cline,
Kansas City; Opal Welch and Ruby Lightle, Weaubleau; and five
Funeral services are being held this afternoon at the Antioch
Christian Church with Rev. Cecil Pitts officiating. Burial will be
in the church cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral Home.
Homer Quick was expected to arrive from Korea and Mrs. Root to be
here from Oregon for the funeral.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 20 Aug 1953 Thursday
Hubert Lee Floyd, son of Bill and Julia Floyd, was born Nov. 14,
1927, at Pittsburg, Mo. Departed this life Thursday morning, August
13, 1953, in North Little Rock Veterans Hospital, Little Rock,
Arkansas, at the age of 25 years, 8 months, 29 days.
On March 11, 1951, he was united in marriage to Wanda Lee Brizendine.
This union was blessed with one daughter, Mercella Lee.
Hubert spent two years serving our country (one year was oversea).
About a year ago ill health overtook him. The past 8 months he was
in the veterans hospital (gradually declining) with all the care and
special attention, medical aid and loving hands could do - "but to no
avail". He was patient and kind in his long suffering. Some three
months ago he quietly accepted Christ as his personal Savior. He
left the assurance with his family he was prepared and ready,
conscious to the last and "not afraid to die". His sweet smile and
words of appreciation to his mother will ever be remembered as she
sat by his bedside the past three weeks.
Surviving besides the loving wife and daughter of Fair Play, Mo., are
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Floyd, Fair Play, Mo.; one brother,
Charles Floyd of Bolivar, Mo.; three sisters, Mrs. Norma Jean
Raymond, Pittsburg, Mo.; Mrs. Bernice Sanders, Fair Play, Mo., and
Mrs. Evelyn Dorman, Jr., Kansas City, Kansas. A brother, Alva
Clifford preceded him at an early age. A grandmother, Mrs. Dona
Quick, Pittsburg, Mo.; a grandfather, Ed Floyd, Flemington, Mo.;
uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, other relatives and a host of friends
are left to mourn his passing.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Mar 1959 Thursday
LT. ROBERT WILSON KILLED OVERSEAS
Son of Quincy Couple Was Jet Bomber Pilot
News of the death of 1st Lt. Robert G. Wilson, 25, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Glover Wilson of Quincy, was received by his parents Sunday.
Lt. Wilson, a jet bomber pilot stationed at Dent Waters Air Base in
England was killed when his plane went down over Chanroun, France.
He lost his life in attempting to bail out of the plane.
Lt. Wilson was a graduate of the University of Missouri. He had
served in the Air Force about two and a half years. His family,
consisting of his wife, Norma Ruth, and two children, a son 3 years
old and a daughter 19 months, were with him overseas. They were
living at Ipswich, England.
Following his death, Mrs. Wilson and children were flown back to the
states and arrived Tuesday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Jesse Moore, near Osceola.
Other survivors include two sisters, Mary Faye Wilson, a teacher at
Lee's Summit, and Ruth Ann Wilson, a student at Central Missouri
State College; also his grandfather, Thos. Wilson of Quincy.
Funeral arrangements are awaiting arrival of the body which will be
shipped to the Goodrich Funeral Home at Osceola.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 5 Nov 1936 Thursday
James Richard Wilson was born in Eddyville, Kentucky, September 11,
1844, and passed away on the 29th day of October, 1936 at 5:30 P.M.,
at the home of his youngest daughter Mrs. Homer H. Stewart of
While he was yet a tiny child his parents came to Missouri and the
remainder of his life was spent in the vicinity of Quincy, Mo.
He was married to Eliza Thomas January 3, 1867, and to this union
were born 11 children, nine living at present and two preceding him
in death, Eathel McCaslin and Edith Hill. Those living are: Tom
Wilson, Quincy, Mo.; Elbert Wilson, Fairfield, Mo.; Charlie Wilson,
Appleton City, Mo.; Walt Wilson, Tacoma, Washington; Stella Lord,
Archie, Mo.; Ira Wilson, Redlands, Calif.; Warner Wilson, Quincy, Mo;
Nelle Clark, Kansas City, Mo.; Mabel Stewart, Osceola, Mo. He also
leaves 25 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
In the same year as his marriage, he united with the Christian church
at Quincy, Mo., to which he remained a faithful member, he also
became a member of the Masonic Lodge at Wheatland, Missouri in the
same year. His ideals were of the highest and he always fought for
the things that were right and uplifting, likewise fighting against
those things which were wrong and destructive to human life.
"Uncle Jim" as he was commonly called, will be greatly missed. He
was a well known figure not only in his own but in surrounding
counties, and he leaves a host of friends to mourn his passing.
Uncle Jim took great pride in his belief that he was the oldest
citizen in Hickory county and had resided in Hickory county longer
than any other citizen. He was also proud of the fact that he
remained so active and able to ride his horses.
He lived a remarkable life, a long life, full of service to his
fellowman, honest, energetic and helpful. His long life is possibly
explained in the fact that he lived simply, obeying the laws of
health, not even indulging in the use of tobacco. No one enjoyed
life any more than he, but he felt that he had lived long enough and
planned for his passing as simply as if he had been planning one of
his much enjoyed birthday dinners. For the past several months Uncle
Jim had been bed-fast. He waited patiently for the call of his maker
as his remaining strength ebbed slowly away. Death came quietly and
painlessly, ending this long, useful life of which we are certain the
Master will say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
Funeral services were held at Quincy, Missouri, at 2:00 o'clock on
Saturday, October 31st. Rev. Mahanay conducted the funeral service.
The members of the Masonic Lodge at Wheatland took charge of the body
at the cemetery. The services were attended by a large number of
friends and relatives.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 10 Mar 1921 Thursday
Eliza Thomas Wilson was born Sept. 28th, 1847 and after a lingering
illness passed quietly and peacefully to her eternal reward Feb. 25th,
1921, age 73 years, 4 months and 27 days. She was married to James R.
Wilson Jan. 3, 1867 and to this union was born 11 children, all of whom
are living and all present at the funeral except one son, and one
daughter. She was born married and buried on the same farm. She united
with the Christian church at Quincy, Mo., in 1867 and lived a devoted
christian life. She was always cheerful, loving and kind and ready to
lend a helping hand wherever needed. How much her friends will miss her
for her friends were numbered by her acquaintances. Three characteristics
she possessed, was modestly unselfishness and good will to all. She
leaves to mourn their loss a good companion, six sons and five daughters,
two aged sisters and a host of other relatives and friends. May the God
and Savior of this departed one send his blessing to rest and abide with
those to whom she was nearest and dearest that they may be comforted and
realize it is not all of life to live nor all of death to die and may
these be a happy reunion in the father's house of many mansions.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 27 Mar 1924 Thursday
Once again with sorrowful heart's we chronicle the passing of the
spirit of a noble young man in the prime of early manhood. Stacy
McCaslin died at his home in Quincy, Mo. Feb. 22, 1924. He was the
eldest son of a family of nine, was born one mile south of Quincy
Oct. 12, 1904, and left this world at the age of 19 years, 4 months
and 10 days. As a moral young man we can truthfully say he was above
the average. Strictly honest, truthful and with a heart so full of
love that there was no room for ill wishes to any. He was loved by
all who knew him. For over a year he had been slowly dropping from
that dreadful disease tuberculosis and being such a weakened
condition could not keep up the fight after having the measles. All
that loving hands and medical aid could do could not stay the icey
hand of death. If love could have kept him on earth he would have
been amoung his loved ones today.
He was united in marriage to Miss Goldie Wilkerson Feb. 6, 1922. To
this union one child, a little daughter was born. He leaves to
mourn him, a loving companion, daughter, Veda Fern, Father, Mother,
five brothers, and three sisters, and a host of other relatives and
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 1 Nov 1928 Thursday
In Memory of James Elbert McCaslin
Again the death Angel has entered our land and borne away a beloved
husband, father and neighbor, James Elbert McCaslin, of Quincy, Mo.
He was born January 15, 1886 and died October 13, 1928, at the
comparatively young age of 42 years, 8 months and 28 days. He died
with that lingering sickness, consumption, and for the last
twenty-two weeks of his life was bedfast. In the year 1905 he was
married to Ada C. Allen. To this home came ten children, two of
which have preceded their father in death. Also he leaves an aged
father, two sisters, two brothers, and a great number of friends and
other relatives to mourn with his wife and children. "Bert" as he
was commonly known will be greatly missed by all in the community.
To the sick he gave his time willing and helping at their bedside; to
the needy he always rendered help; to the community support for roads
and schools. He was indeed, a loving husband, a devoted father, and
an exempliary citizen. He was laid to rest on Sunday October 14, at
the Gentry cemetery. The funeral sermon was rendered by Rev.
Birdsong of Weaubleau, Mo., and the rest of the funeral services
conducted by the Masonic Lodge of Wheatland, Mo. No more loving acts
or kind deeds can he do for us in this world. To the relatives we
would say, weep not. Take comfort in knowing his suffering is o'er.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 9 Jan 1964 Thursday
RITES FOR DR. LITLE AT GENTRY CEMETERY
Graveside services for Dr. Lester O. Litle, 64, superintendent of
schools at Quincy, Ill., were held at 2 p.m. yesterday at Gentry
Cemetery, south of Quincy in this county, and followed funeral
services held Tuesday. Dr. George Meyer, pastor of South Street
Christian Church in Springfield officiated and burial was under
direction of Hansen-Sears of Quincy, Ill.
Dr. Litle died Monday of leukemia in Blessing Hospital in his home
city. He was a native of Polk County and a brother to Dr. Roy F.
Litle, Springfield. His first wife was the former Beulah Wilson of
Quincy. His brother and Dr. Wallace Wilson of Camdenton had visited
him in the hospital, the former returning from there Sunday night.
A nice crowd attended the burial rites, including several educators
from Quincy, Ill., and Springfield, Mo.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 17 Jul 1919 Thursday
Clara Dent Holland
One by one our most precious jewels, the spirits of dear ones we
prize beyond rubies, are gathering in that "home over there." This
time we record the passing of an aged mother and grandmother, Clara
Dent Holland, wife of the late Shandy W. Holland, who passed from
earth four months ago, and mother of the late Thomas W. Holland, who,
together with his wife and daughter, passed away within a few days of
each other about three months ago.
Aunt Clara, as many of us called her, was born May 22, 1839, and died
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. A. Stewart, July 8, 1919, her
age being 80 years, 1 month and 17 days. She was united in matrimony
to Shandy W. Holland August 28, 1856. To this union five children
were born, three sons and two daughters. Besides her husband and
eldest son, who recently passed from earth, her two other sons, John
F. and Landrine, also preceded her to the better world some years
ago. Her two daughters, Mrs. E. H. Lacy and Mrs. C. A. Stewart,
remain to mourn her death.
She professed faith in Christ and united with the Missionary Baptist
church at an early age and was baptised by Elder Peter Brown. She
remained faithful until death. During her illness she often spake of
her faith in Christ, and often quoted Job's writings during his
afflictions in this world. During life she suffered many bodily
afflictions, and when the great sorrow caused by the loss of her
husband, her son, and his wife and daughter, came upon her, she was
in very feeble health. She never grew much stronger, but was able to
direct her affairs until all was done to her satisfaction, then she
waited the summons, which to her was a call to be at rest. Her last
words, falteringly spoken, were, "I'll soon be at rest. Blessed rest
that remaineth for the people of God. I'll soon be over there." She
bore her suffering, which was so intense during the last weeks of her
life, with great patience, while both daughters were constantly at
her bedside and with willing hands ministered faithfully in caring
She planned for her funeral, selecting some of her favorite songs,
and asking that Eld. J.M. West deliver the sermon. The funeral
services were conducted by Bro. West at Macedonia, he using the very
appropriate text, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from
henceforth; Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their
labors; and their works do follow them." After the sermon the
remains were laid to rest by the side of her husband in Macedonia
Grief following a passing on like this is buoyant with hope. We
cherish the memory of such a life and such an ending. As has been
said, "There is a voice from the tomb sweeter than song. There is a
recollection of the dead to which we turn even from the charms of the
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 19 Jun 1958 Thursday
Mrs. L. O. Litle Dies In Quincy, Illinois
Mrs. Beulah Litle, 57, whose husband, Dr. L. O. Litle, is
superintendent of schools in Quincy, Ill., died there June 4 of a
liver ailment believed caused by food poisoning.
Dr. Litle and his wife attended a conference of the Illinois
Association of School Administrators near Champaign, Ill., April 21.
Dr. Litle said the group was served canned ham at breakfast and about
25 persons became ill. Dr. Litle and his wife were treated by a
physician and returned to Quincy by motor car. Mrs. Litle's
condition became worse in about a week and she was admitted to
Blessing hospital where she died.
Mrs. Litle was a sixth grade teacher at Chanute, Kansas about 30
years ago. In 1928-29 she taught high school English at Strafford,
Mo., and taught the same subject in 1930-31 at Bolivar.
Mrs. Litle was born in Quincy, Mo., a daughter of Thomas Wilson and
the late Nellie Wilson. She received a bachelor of arts degree in
1927 from Southwest Missouri State college, Springfield, and a
master's degree from the University of Missouri in 1935.
She was a member of the First Christian church and the Atlantis Book
club in Quincy, Ill.
Services were held June 5 at the above named church, and burial was
in Gentry cemetery south of Quincy, Mo. on June 6. Graveside
services were conducted by Rev. Oscar Erickson of Camdenton. Several
friends from a distance were present.
Surviving besides her husband and father, are two brothers, Dr.
Wallace Wilson of Camdenton and Glover Wilson of Quincy.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 17 July 1919 Thursday
Clara Elizabeth Holland was born Feb. 24th, 1895, near Wheatland,
Mo., and departed this life April 4th, 1919, being 24 years, 1 month
and 8 days old. At the age of 15 years she confessed Christ and was
burried with her Savior in baptism, and united with the Christian
Church at Weaubleau.
She was a very successful teacher and at the time she became ill she
was teaching near Weaubleau. Her true Christian character shone
forth in her daily life and she was loved and respected by all who
After a brief illness of Influenza followed by pneumonia, she passed
into the Great Beyond.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 17 Jul 1919 Thursday
Martha E. Gentry was born Dec. 14th, 1862, in Bosque County, Texas,
and after a brief illness of Influenza pneumonia passed quietly and
peacefully to her eternal reward, April 6th, 1919. In 1867 she moved
with her parents, James M. and E. A. Gentry, to Hickory county near
Quincy, Mo., there she spent her early life.
At the age of 16 years she confessed Christ and united with the
Christian Church at Wheatland, Mo., remaining a devoted and faithful
member till the time of her death at her home in Weaubleau, Mo.
Oct. 7th, 1880, she was married to T.W. Holland. To this union four
children were born: Charles L. Holland of Marlow, Okla.; John W.
Holland, who proceded her to that better world in infancy, Gentry
Holland Brown of Wheatland, Mo.; and Clara Elizabeth Holland, who
proceded her only two days. While her sickness was of short
duration, she bore her suffering so patiently, only saying she was so
tired. She wanted to rest. She leaves to mourn her departure one
son, one daughter, an aged mother, three brothers and one sister,
also other relatives and friends. She was tenderly laid away in the
old home cemetery near Quincy, Mo., Funeral services conducted by J.
O. Coffman of Humansville, Mo.
May God and Savior of the departed one be the God and Savior of her
loved ones and may there be a happy reunion in the fathers house of
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 27 Mar 1919 Thursday
The subject of this sketch, Shandy Walker Holland, was born in Todd
county, Kentucky, on April 21, 1832. In the year 1837, when five
years of age, he came to Missouri with his parents, who settled on
what is now called Wheatland Prairie, about four miles southwest of
the town of Wheatland, which has since been built. He passed away on
March 11, 1919, at his home in Wheatland, after two weeks' illness,
due mainly to the infirmities of age, he being at the time of his
death 86 years, 10 months and 21 days old.
On August 28, 1856, he was married to Miss Clara Dent, who survives
him. To this union five children were born, the youngest two, John
F. and Landrine, having preceded him to the better world. The three
living are Thomas W. of Weaubleau, Mrs. E. H. Lacy, north of town,
and Mrs. C. A. Stewart, near Quincy.
During the Civil War he served something over eight months in the M.
S. M., receiving an honorable discharge.
When seventeen years old, during a revival conducted by Rev. Smith, a
methodist minister, he was converted to Christ. In later years, he
united with the Baptist church, being a loyal, faithful member the
remainder of his days. He and his companion endeavored to bring up
their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and the
three living children showed their devotion to their father by their
untiring attention during his last sickness. For a number of years
prior to his death, Uncle Shandy, as he was familiarly known, lived
in Wheatland and was highly esteemed by her citizens, even many of
the children being his friends. The day following his death his
remains was taken to Macedonia church, near where he had reared his
family, and a funeral discourse was delivered by Eld. J. M. West in
the presence of a large congregation. At the grave in the churchyard
the Masonic Order, of which institution he had long been a member,
performed their funeral rites, led by W. E. Davis of Hermitage Lodge,
when all that was earthly of our aged brother was consigned to the
tomb to await the resurrection. To that glad day the bereaved widow
and children and all Christian friends look forward with hope of a
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 17 Apr 1919 Thursday
Thomas W. Holland, oldest son of S.W. and Clara Holland, was born in
Hickory County, Missouri, March 11, 1859, and died at his home in
Weaubleau April 10, 1919. He was married to Martha E. Gentry, Oct.
7, 1880, and four children were born of this union, two boys and two
girls. One boy, John W., died in infancy, and the youngest daughter,
Elizabeth, preceded her father only 7 days. This seems so sad as his
wife died two days after their daughter.
Thus another home is broken up by the dreadful disease, influenze and
Mr. Holland was converted and joined the Missionary Baptist church in
1878 at Macedonia. He told his sister the day before his death that
he was prepared to go. He leaves to mourn for him his mother, one
son, Chas. L., one daughter, Mrs. Gentry Brown, two sisters, Mrs. E.
H. Lacy and Mrs. Chas. Stewart, and two grandchildren besides a host
of friends, who mourn, not as those that have no hope, but expect to
meet him on that happy golden shore.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Birdsong at the Quincy
cemetery Friday, April 11, where the remains were tenderly laid to
rest beside his wife and daughter, who had been placed there only a
few short days before. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the
bereaved. Mrs. C. B. Jensen.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 27 Feb 1930 Thursday
Dr. W. C. Gentry was born in Barton County, Texas, January 17, 1852,
and passed away at his home in Weaubleau February 12, 1930, at 3:40
p.m. at the age of 78 years and 26 days. He was married to Sarah C.
Harris on May 5, 1880. To them were born four children Artie M.
Gentry, Avis S. Gentry, Jimmie Gentry Frost and Zena Gentry Johnston.
He united with the Christian church at the age of 25 years while
attending Medical School in St. Louis. He was a practicing physician
in Hickory county for fifty years.
It was a recent request of Dr. Gentry's that little be said at the
time of his funeral regarding his life, feeling that he had lived in
the county so long that--using his own words "everybody knows me and
if I have done any good, they know it." Dr. Gentry touched many a
life to make it brighter and happier, as a long list of those he
helped might testify.
A short and simple funeral service, in keeping with Dr. Gentry's
request, was conducted at the home Friday afternoon, February 14th,
and burial was made in the Gentry Cemetery in Quincy. The service at
the grave was in charge of the Masonic Order.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 14 Mar 1957 Thursday
Sarah C. Gentry, 96, former resident of Weaubleau, expired Monday
night in Todd hospital at Osceola where she had been a patient since
A resident of Hickory county for 65 years, Mrs. Gentry lived in the
same home in Weaubleau for 63 years. She was the widow of the late
Dr. William C. Gentry who practiced medicine in Hickory and adjoining
counties for more than 60 years. She was the last surviving charter
member of Weaubleau Christian church.
Immediate survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Lee Johnston of Osceola and
a son, A. S. Gentry of Coffeyville, Kansas.
Funeral services are being held at 2 o'clock this afternoon in the
Weaubleau Christian church, Burial will be in Gentry cemetery near
Quincy under direction of Goodrich Funeral Home of Osceola.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 13 Dec 1906 Thursday
In Memory of James M. Gentry
Uncle Jim Gentry, as we all called him, was born in the state of
Kentucky, May 17, 1829. He came with his parents to Missouri in his
infancy, and settled first in Lincoln county. He afterwards moved to
Miller county and resided there until 1847, when he removed to
Hickory county. He resided in Hickory county four years and then
moved to Cedar county for one year, and then to Texas, where he lived
until the close of the civil war, when he, with his family removed to
hickory county again in 1866 and settled near Quincy, where he
resided until 5 or 6 years ago when he moved to Weaubleau, where he
resided at the time of his death. He was married to Elizabeth A.
Thomas, September 1, 1850, who survives him. They lived happily
together 56 years to the time of his death. To this union were born
nine children, 7 sons and 2 daughters, of whom 7 still survive him, 5
sons and 2 daughters. His two daughters, Mrs. Holland and Estes and
two of his sons, John T. Dr. W.C. Gentry, and a number of his
grandchildren, were present during his sickness and death. He obeyed
the Gospel of Christ and became a member of His church in Texas,
February 1859 under the preaching of Elder Thomas, and since that
time has lived a consistant christian life. He had his
imperfections, shortcomings, and weakness like all other poor
mortals, but it can be said of him that "he went about doing good."
I heard a man say, and one who had known him for a long time, that he
was good to the poor and sick. The writer heard another say, "We
haven't many men like him to lose." The writer had been intimately
acquainted with him for four years, and he has always been going on
missions of mercy for the poor and sick and afflicted. And it did
not make any difference what church they were members of, he helped
them just the same. He believed that pure and undefiled religion
must be lived in your every day life. He was very thoughtful to have
everything for all provided for and arranged so that it would be no
trouble for them after his departure. Many of his words and actions
indicated that he would not be with us long and that he was ready to
go any time. In his death Weaubleau has lost one of her best and
law-abiding citizens. The church has lost an Elder, and one of its
most faithful members. He was never absent unless sick or his family
sick. He loved the church and did everything for it that he could.
Although he was old and not able to work as he once was, yet he did
some of his best work in his last days. He went to Quincy with Bro.
Smith our Evangelist, worked with all his might for the salvation of
souls and building up of the church at that place. He was sick 18
days, taking something like lagrippe at first, but in a few days it
developed into other troubles more serious. His suffering was
intense but he bore it patiently and said he wished he could go even
sooner than he did. All that loving hearts and willing hands could
do for him was done but of no avail, only to relieve some of his
suffering while he was here. He fell gently to sleep in Jesus on
Wednesday evening Dec. 5, at 11 o'clock in the presence of the above
named children, being 77 years, 6 months, and 18 days old. The other
children being far away were not present. The aged wife has lost a
faithful, loving companion, the children a kind affectionate father.
The writer conducted a brief service Dec. 6, at the cemetery near his
old home, where he had selected a beautiful spot for his body to
rest. There in the presence of kindred and sorrowing friends, we
laid him to await the resurrection of the just. He fought a good
fight, finished his course, and kept the faith. S. E. HENDRICKSON.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 10 Dec 1936 Thursday
THE PASSING OF JNO. T. GENTRY
Uncle John, as his friends fondly called him, departed from this life
December 4, 1936, just 30 years later than his father, James Gentry.
John T. Gentry was born September 11, 1853. He was the son of James
M. and Elizabeth Gentry. He grew to manhood in Hickory county,
He married Alice S. Grimes Aug 9, 1877. To this union was born 6
children all of whom survive father, except Freddie Lee, who died in
infancy. His children were with him several days helping to comfort
and care for him until the last. They are: Jessie T. Gentry, Gussie
G. Leach, Myrtle E. Campbell, and Anna D. Fentress, of Loveland,
Colorado; and W. W. Gentry, Chickasha, Oklahoma, who with his
faithful loving companion mourn their loss. He was a good man,
standing for the right as he saw it, always a good neighbor, a friend
to the poor and friendless.
He was a man of good judgment. His Woodland Stock Farm where he
lived all his married life (59 years), is a memorial showing that he
did everything well.
He knew from the beginning of his sickness he was going to meet his
Savior, and left the assurance that he was ready and willing to go.
The large crowd of sorrowing friends, the beautiful flowers gave a
silent tribute of respect and love.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 6 Oct 1949 Thursday
Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Gentry, 88, who died September 29 at
her home in Loveland, Colo., were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock
at the Congregational Christian church in Weaubleau with Rev. J. D.
Gilliam, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating. Interment was in
Gentry cemetery east of Weaubleau under the direction of E.H. Primm.
Mrs. Gentry was the Widow of the late John T. Gentry and they were
long-time residents of the Weaubleau vicinity. She had spent the
past ten years with her children in Loveland, Colo.
Surviving are two sons, W.W. Gentry, Chickasha, Okla.; and J.J.
Gentry, Loveland, Colo.; and three daughters, Mrs. Gussie Leach Mrs.
Jim Fentress and Mrs. W. H. Campbell, all of Loveland.
Mrs. Campbell was the only one of the children who was not able to
come to Weaubleau for the funeral. Mrs. Leach, Mr. and Mrs. W.W.
Gentry, Mr. and Mrs. Fentress and Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Gentry were all
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri, 23 Oct 1958 Thursday
RITES FOR JOHN M. FROST AT WEAUBLEAU TODAY
Funeral services for John M. Frost, 73, who died Sunday morning in
Wickenburg, Ariz., will be held at 2 o'clock today in the Weaubleau
Christian church with Rev. A. T. Mahanay officiating. Burial will be
in Gentry cemetery near Quincy under direction of Goodrich Funeral
Home of Osceola.
Mr. Frost was a former resident of Weaubleau and a Hickory County
school teacher for 17 years. He moved away several years ago.
Surviving are his wife, a son John Gentry Frost, Palo Alto, Calif.,
four daughter, Rosemary Kidd and Rosalee Berry, K. C. Ruth Holmes,
Worchester, Mass. and Portia Shoemaker, Denver, Colo., and six
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 19 Dec 1929 Thursday
JIMMIE GENTRY FROST
"No single virtue we could most commend,
Whether the wife, the mother, of the friend;
For shew as all in that supreme degree
That as no one prevailed so all was she,
The several parts lay hidden in the piece,
The occasion but exerted that or this."--Dryden.
These lines fit perfectly the life of Jimmie Gentry Frost and express
what all who knew her felt while she was still with us. Wherever she
touched life it was made happier and better.
Mrs. Frost passed away December 5th 1929, at her home near Weaubleau
in the prime of her life, but in forty-two years she lived more,
counting the quality of her life, than many who live much longer.
She gave her life to Christ in early life and became a member of the
Christian Church at the age of fourteen. As in her home and
community, she was a valuable influence in the church. She showed
rare ability as a teacher of young people in the Sunday School, and
was a wise counsellor and leader in all matters pertaining to the
work of the church. The impression of her life will be left on the
boys and girls she endeavored to lead in the path of right.
Jimmie Gentry was married to J. M. Frost on August 24, 1910. To them
three children were born--John Gentry, Rosemary and Rosalie. She is
survived by her husband and three children; her father and mother,
Dr. and Mrs. W. C. Gentry; one brother, Avis; and one sister, Mrs.
Lee Johnston. As a daughter, wife and mother the memory and
influence of her life will remain as a benediction. Fortunately, she
was with her children until they are old enough to carry the
impression of their mother through life.
While there is the deepest sorrow in losing Mrs. Frost from our midst
yet there is a profound satisfaction in having such a life lived
amoung us. May we be consoled by the words of the Master, who said
"Let not your hearts be troubled. Ye believe in God, believe also in
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 7 Aug 1930 Thursday
Ollie Ida McCaslin the subject of this sketch and wife of Claud
McCaslin, was born August 23, 1898, died July 26, 1930, age 37 years.
She was the daughter of John T., and Laura E. Cogle, was born and
raised and lived all of her life in Hickory county, near Quincy,
except the last 23 months which were spent in Colorado, where she
went with her husband and family trying to regain her health, but God
called her to a better home, and she was ready to go, having accepted
Christ as her Savior about 7 weeks before her death and a few hours
before she passed away she asked her husband to call her minister,
and when he came she told him that she must go in a short time and
that she wanted to tell him that she was ready to go. She leaves to
mourn her departure her husband, and 5 children, W. C., Mildred,
Leslie, Paul and Maxine, her father of Osceola, Mo., four sisters,
namely: Mrs. Effie Reser, Preston, Mo., Mrs. Emma McCaslin, Osceola,
Mo., Mrs. Roy D. Miller, St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. C. O. Gardner of
San Bernardino, Calif., two brothers, Charles L. Cogle, Kansas City,
Mo., Seth Cogle, of Deepwater, Mo. She also leaves a large number of
other relatives and friends that were made sad at her death. Her
body was shipped from Colorado to Hickory County for burial, arriving
at Weaubleau, July 30 and taken to the Will McCaslin home where it
remained until the following day, July 31 at 2 p.m. funeral services
were held by Rev. Hoffman with a large crowd of kind sorrowing
friends present to pay the last tribute of love and respect to her
whom they had esteemed as a very dear friend and neighbor. The body
was taken to the family burial place and laid to rest with many
beautiful flowers covering the newly made grave. Her husband and
children all came from their home in Colorado to be present at the
funeral and the large number of beautiful floral offerings that
covered the casket on its journey from Colorado to its last resting
place, bespoke for Ollie that she had not lacked for kind
sympathizing friends in that land where she had gone in search of
health, but had found instead the Pearl of Great Price, and a welcome
into the Courts of Glory where no sickness and sorrow ever comes,
where she can sing God's praises around the throne with a voice that
never grows weak or weary.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 6 Feb 1930 Thursday
It is with sadness that we note the death of Charley McCaslin,
beloved son of Wm. L. and Eliza McCaslin, residing three miles west
of town. Charley had been a sufferer from lung disease for about a
year and had suffered greatly until last Saturday morning at 7
o'clock death relieved him. The bereaved family and relatives have
the sympathy of their many friends in the loss of their dear son.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 May 1955 Thursday
FRANK McCASLIN DIES AFTER SHORT ILLNESS
Funeral services for Frank McCaslin, 67, a resident of Quincy
community, who died Tuesday evening in a Springfield hospital, are
being held this afternoon at the Wheatland Methodist church. Rev. O.
D. Vanhorn of Warsaw is the officiating minister. Burial will be in
the McCaslin-Gentry cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral
Mr. McCaslin suffered a stroke of paralysis Sunday night at his home
six miles northwest of Quincy and was removed to the hospital.
He was a native of the county, being born near Quincy. He had also
lived in Polk county and in the state of Colorado. He was engaged in
farming and raising live stock.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Ella McCaslin, three sons, Edsel of
Quincy; Gene of Branson and Boyce of St. Louis; a daughter, Mary
Allen McCaslin of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Mrs. Ollie Garrett,
Weaubleau and a brother Claude McCaslin of Denver.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 15 Sep 1955 Thursday
James Edward Boring, son of Jesse and Mary Elizabeth Feaster Boring,
was born February 17, 1870, near the south end of Benton County now
known as the Bentonville community, and fell asleep in Jesus Saturday
morning September 3, 1955 at 4:30 a.m. at his home at Warsaw,
Missouri, at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 17 days.
On December 22, 1892, he was united in marriage to Lillie Frances
Suiter of Iconium, Missouri. The 22nd of December 1954 they
celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.
To this union were born four children: Mrs. J. W. Davidson of
Houston, Texas; Oscar Boring of Wisdom, Missouri; Donald Boring of
Warsaw, Missouri and Omer who passed away in infancy.
At an old fashioned revival meeting at Mt. Hope Schoolhouse, in
January, 1908, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal
Savior. Though he never was affiliated with any church, he remained
a faithful Christian.
As a young man he was the post master at Bentonville and operated a
company store there.
After his marriage he was engaged in farming in the Mt. Hope
community and resided there until May, 1947, when they moved to
He spent his entire life in Benton County with exception of one year
spent in Oregon.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife and three children, and the
following grandchildren: Mrs. Lillie Alice Sadler, James Edward
Davidson, Mrs. Gene Fergerson, Denzel Boring, Mrs. Joe Byrum, Mrs.
Dale Moree and Jo Ann Boring, and two great grandchildren: Michael
Sadler and Connie Sue Ferguson, also two sisters: Mrs. Ella
McCaslin, Quincy, Missouri; Mrs. Myrtie Love, Osceola, Missouri. One
sister: Mrs. Dova Crabtree, and two brothers: Willie and Walter
preceded him in death.
Papa Boring as he was commonly known, was a devoted husband and
father and was always held in highest esteem by his neighbors in the
different communities in which he lived.
Funeral services were held September 5 at 2 p.m. at Warsaw Baptist
church with Rev. Orval Woolery and Rev. Alvin Long as clergymen.
Burial was in Riverside cemetery under direction of John Reser
Funeral Home of Warsaw. Pallbearers were Irvin, Wilbur, Leonard,
Taylor, Larry and Denzil Boring.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 9 Apr 1959 Thursday
QUINCY RESIDENT SUFFERS FATAL BURNS
Mary Ella McCaslin, 75, widow of the late Frank McCaslin of Quincy,
died Friday evening in the hospital at Humansville where she was
admitted Wednesday for treatment of second degree burns and shock.
Mrs. McCaslin, who lived alone in a trailer at Quincy, sustained the
burns about 4 a.m. Wednesday of last week when a head wrap she was
wearing caught fire from a gas burner on her range. She extinguished
the fire on her clothing by rolling on the ground outside the
trailer. Neighbors did not learn of her plight until later in the
A native of Benton County, she had spent most of her life in the
vicinity of Quincy. She had also resided in Polk County.
Surviving are three sons, Boyce McCaslin of St. Louis, Gene McCaslin
of Branson and Edsel McCaslin of Quincy, a daughter, Mary Ellen
McCaslin of Kansas City; a sister, Mrs. Lawrence Love, Kansas City
and two granddaughters.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Wheatland Methodist church,
where she was a member, with Rev. J. L. Hanson, pastor, officiating.
Burial was in the Gentry-McCaslin cemetery under direction of
Hathaway Funeral Home.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Mar 1959 Thursday
Ola McCaslin was born Feb. 10, 1883 near Quincy, Mo., the daughter of
William M. and Lucinda McCaslin. Her entire life was spent in or
near Hickory County.
At the time of her death, March 16, 1959, she was 76 years, one month
and six days of age.
In 1931 Ola was united in marriage to Edward Garrett of Archie, Mo.
Mr. Garrett preceded her in death November 10, 1945.
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Ollie Estes, and three
brothers, J. E. "Bert", Frank and Claude McCaslin.
Ola is survived by one stepson Sherman Garrett of Brunswick, Mo., and
numerous nieces and nephews living in Missouri, Colorado, California
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 19 Mar 1959 Thursday
Funeral services for Ola Garrett, 76, native of Quincy, who died at 4
p.m. Monday in the Big Springs home at Humansville were held at 2
p.m. yesterday at Weaubleau Christian Church. Rev. J. L. Wright
officiated. Burial was in the Gentry-McCaslin Cemetery under
direction of Hathaway Funeral Home.
Mrs. Garrett, the widow of Edward Garrett was Ola McCaslin, a native
resident of the Quincy community where she spent most of her life.
She had made her home in Weaubleau for the past few years, entering
the rest home about a month ago.
Surviving are a stepson, Sherman Garrett, Brunswick, Mo., 11 nephews
and four nieces.
The Index, Hermitage Missouri 12 Jul 1928 Thursday
Mrs. W. M. McCaslon died at her home near Quincy June 7th only a few
minutes after the death of the little grandson. She was 69 years 8
months and 18 days old. Mrs. McCaslin is survived by her husband two
daughters and three sons. Mrs. McCaslin united with the Christian
church at Quincy a number of years ago. Funeral services of both
were conducted in the home of Mr. W. M. McCaslin June 8th by Bro.
Hoffman Brother and sister J. E. Comer and Sister W. L. Wheeler.
Interment in Gentry and McCaslin cemetery. (Lucinda McCaslin)
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 9 Apr 1953 Thursday
E.A. Wheeler Services Today At Fairview
Everett A. Wheeler, 80, a lifelong resident of this county and the
Quincy community, passed away at his farm home Tuesday, following a
Mr. Wheeler is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cecil Wheeler, four sons,
Delbert of Mt. Vernon; Merton of Jefferson City; Irvin of Illmo and
Lewis of the home address, and a sister, Cora Swicegood of Weaubleau.
Funeral services will be this afternoon at the Fairview (Butcher)
church, northwest of Wheatland, with Rev. A. T. Mahanay of Republic
officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery under
direction of Hathaway Funeral Home.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 13 Jun 1957 Thursday
Funeral services for Cora L. Swicegood, 82, who died Sunday at her
home in Weaubleau, were held yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock at
Weaubleau Congregational Christian church. Rev. C. H. Evers was the
officiating clergy man. Burial was in Crutsinger cemetery under
direction of Hathaway Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Irvin Wheeler, Lewis Wheeler, Ralph Wheeler, Merton
Wheeler, Delbert Wheeler and Paul Vanderford.
Mrs. Swicegood was the widow of the late T. T. Swicegood, westside
farmer who served a term as collector of this county. She was a
daughter of the late J. T. and Ruth Wheeler of Quincy. She had made
her home in Weaubleau the past 19 years.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Winnie Williams of Friend,
Nebr., and Mrs. Ruth Harryman of Weaubleau and five grandchildren.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 1 Apr 1937 Thursday
James Thomas Wheeler was born in Lincoln County, Missouri, May 18,
1848, the youngest of eight children of Joel and Nancy Wheeler and
departed this life February 21, 1937, at the age of 88 years, 9
months and 3 days. All his brothers and sisters have preceded him in
With his parents he moved to Hickory county in 1856. His parents
settled on the land of which the Fairview church and cemetery is a
He was married to Ruth Thornton December 27, 1868. To this union
three children were born, Gustavus, who preceded his father in death
four years ago, Everett of the home address and Cora Swicegood of
He is survived by his aged companion with whom he lived more than
sixty-eight years, his son and daughter, eight grandchildren, three
great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and the many friends
that he always made with those he came in contact with.
He had been of the pioneer spirit as he had seen this same community
change from the pioneer period through the many changes that four
score years bring. He always took an active interest in the
happenings of today. His life was one of industry, perseverence and
patience. He had been active until about a week before his death.
He faced death realizing it was near with the same calmness that he
had lived. He had lived at the family home a short distance
northwest of Quincy until the failing health of his companion caused
them to reside with their daughter and later with their son Everett.
His life was that of deepest sincerity to the Christian principles to
which he was devoted to the end. His adherence to these principles
caused him to be loved and respected by family, friends and
JOEL THOMAS WHEELER
Joel Thomas Wheeler, son of Ellen and Edmond Wheeler, was born Oct.
25, 1866 in Hickory County. He passed away Feb. 2, 1964 at the age of
97 years, 3 months, 8 days.
He spent most of his life on a farm near Quincy, Mo. Twelve years ago
this February he went to Big Springs Nursing Home in Humansville, Mo.
and remained there until his death. He was united in marriage to
Sarah Harden March 8, 1892. She preceded him in death Dec. 24, 1900.
This union was blessed with one son, Gilbert, who now lives at 3750
Platt Avenue, Lynwood, Calif.
Uncle Tom was a farmer and stockman. He was a good man and his
neighbors and friends knew him for one they could depend on for help
in time of need.
Survivors are one son, Gilbert, Wheeler and wife, Inez, two
grandsons, Albert Wheeler and wife and Howard Wheeler and wife, and
two great grandchildren, all in California; one brother, Elbert
Wheeler and wife of Clinton, Mo,; also nieces, nephews, other
relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Feb. 5, 1964 at Fairview (Butcher) Church
with burial in the church cemetery under direction of Hathaway
Funeral Home of Wheatland. Rev. Jim Wright officiated at services.
John W. Oesch sang two songs with his wife accompanying him at the
piano. Pallbearers were Carley Wheeler, Lewis Wheeler, Delbert
Cauthon, Claude Carpenter, Jimmy Brent, Johnny McGee.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 29 Jun 1911 Thursday
Joseph Schlabach died Saturday, June 17, at the home of his daughter,
Mrs. M. R. Snyder, south of town. The funeral was held Monday at the
Mennonite church, conducted by Bro. Miller from Cass Co., assisted by
R. S. Howeth, and burial in the Mennonite cemetery north of Olive
Hill. Joseph Schlabach was born at Selesta, France, Dec. 7, 1827.
At the age of 21 he entered the French army and served seven and a
half years. In 1858 he came to America and settled at Collinsville,
Ohio. He was married in 1869 to Barbara Oswold, and in 1870 they
moved to Wheatland, Mo., and remained for 32 years, when they moved
to Johnson County. Four children were born to them: Mrs. J. S.
Raber, Mrs. M. R. Snyder, Mrs. A. A. Flickinger, who are living and
John Schlabach, deceased. Mr. Schlabach became a Christian at the
age of 50, and was a faithful consistent member of the Mennonite
church. "Grandpa" Schlabach, as he was called by his many friends,
endeared himself to all by his genial spirit and manifest concern for
his friends. He delighted in their visits; he inquired about those
in whom he was interested and concerning the events of the day. The
day before his death he inquired about recent events in France, his
beloved native land, precious memories of which he cherished though
he learned long ago to love America better. His life in the new
country was not always a rose strewn path for in early an day they
had a long hard struggle earning a livelihood for themselves and
little ones, but by dint of hard work and slow saving and an abiding
trust in God they won out. It pleased Grandpa to see people
industrious and frugal and it caused him pain to see them do wrong,
for with him industry, integrity and honor counted for everything.
His was an implicit faith in God. His trust was as the confidence
of a little child, so it was fitting that when the end came he should
just go quietly to sleep, for he knew he was going home.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 28 Feb 1924 Thursday
OBITUARY OF EDMOND WHEELER
On Feb. 16th just as the darker shadows of night were drawing away to
let in the rays of the coming day the spirit of Uncle Edmond Wheeler
passed peacefully away to meet the glad day where cometh no night.
Edmond Wheeler was born in Kentucky May 16th, 1835, came with his
parents to the state of Missouri in early childhood, and to Hickory
Co. Mo., in early manhood was married to Ellen Estes, Jan. 12th, 1860
to them were born 8 children 7 boys and one girl, the daughter
preceded her father to the great beyond June 19th, 1918, the boys all
remain to mourn the passing of the father, and all but the youngest
son, Marion attended his bedside during his sickness and were present
at the funeral. The children are W. L. Wheeler residing 3 1/2 miles
South of Quincy; Clayton Wheeler of Weaubleau, Thomas Jr. of Quincy,
John E. Wheeler not permanently settled, Claud Wheeler of Gerster,
Mary Ida Butcher deceased, Elbert Wheeler residing near the Fairview
church and Marion Wheeler not permanently settled.
Edmond Wheeler was a veteran of the Civil War serving in Company B
and A 7 Regiment of the Missouri Militia. At the time of his death
he was 88 years and a month old, and for the last five years of his
life he and his aged and almost helpless companion had been cared for
in the home of his oldest son, W. L. Wheeler. He united with the
Methodist church in middle life and remained a member until death and
before he passed away he expressed his readiness to meet God. His
one regret was that of leaving behind his aged companion that had
been at his side for 46 years, but as peacefully and quiet as he had
always tryed to live he passed away leaving his aged and almost
helpless companion, seven sons, two brothers, 9 grand-children and 7
great-grandchildren, and a large number of other relatives and a host
of friends to mourn. On the 17, the body was taken to the Fairview
church and funeral services were conducted by W. T. Swope assisted by
Rev. Tobe M. Tucker after which the body was borne to the grave by
five of his Grandsons and one Grandson-in-law as pall bearers, and he
was laid to rest to await the Resurrection. With a large number of
relatives and friends present in spite of the bad road and rainy
weather. His quiet and peaceful life will long be remembered and
cherished by all who knew him and it will bear fruit for many years
to come. Blessed are those that goeth forth bearing the precious
seed, for they shall come doubtless bringing their sheaves with them.
W. T. Swope.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 6 Jan 1927 Thursday
Jacob Rudolph Acker, son of Lawrence and Mary A. Acker, was born
August 14th 1885, in Hickory County, Missouri, and passed from this
life December 27th 1926, of Measles and Pneumonia. He was married
August 26th 1906, to Ada Mae Durnell. To this union was born 4
children, Lawrence, Clarence, Ruby and Wilford Acker. Ruby, who
preceded her father to the Great Beyond, September 19th 1918. Jake
was a good natured, kind hearted, and loving companion and father,
and was a lover of his home and his children always striving to
comfort them and make them happy. He was always ready to lend a
helping hand to relatives and friends in time of need, always ready
to help in the uplifting of anything that was for the betterment of
right things. He bore his intense suffering with great patience. He
will be sadly missed by wife and children, father, mother and sister
and relatives. All was done that was known what to do to spare his
life but God knew best and called him to a better world, where there
is no pain or sorrow. It is hard to understand God's ways, but to
the Christian heart it is enough to know that the father "doeth all
things well", and that all things work together for good to them that
love the Lord. Written by his sister, Carry M. Mabry.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 8 Jun 1944 Thursday
Ben Martie, a resident of Weaubleau, Mo., passed away at his home,
Tuesday, May 30, 1944 at the age of 82 years.
He is survived by one sister Mrs. Lula Grace of Columbia, Mo. His
wife preceded him in death by 45 years. Four brothers and one sister
also preceded him in death.
He had lived in Hickory county for several years and was a very
successful farmer. He retired from the farm last February and moved
to the town of Weaubleau. He will be sadly missed by his neighbors
and friends, all of whom spoke well of him.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 2, 1944 at 2 p.m. in the
Weaubleau Congregational church with Rev. A. T. Mahanay officiating.
Burial was in Robinson cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral
Home of Wheatland.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 8 Jun 1944 Thursday
John Marshall Murphy, son of John and Sarah A. Murphy was born near
Wheatland, Mo., Nov. 22, 1866 and departed this life May 25, 1944 at
the age of 77 years, 6 months and 3 days.
He was educated at Skinner public school, which was later known as
Prairie Union school and at Weaubleau Christian College, graduating
from the latter as valedictorian, class of 1893.
He was united in marriage with Ann F. Kelly June 10, 1912 and to this
union was born 4 children two of whom passed away as small girls.
His wife also preceded him in death by 20 years. Surviving him are a
son of the home, Webster Murphy, a daughter, Mrs. Viola Hague, a
brother, W. P. Murphy and a host of relatives and friends.
His main interest and effort in life was the establishment and
maintenance of good schools. He was clerk of Prairie Union school
board for a number of years until it was incorporated into Wheatland
Consolidated School District in 1913. He became clerk of Wheatland
school board at that time, a position he held until November 1940
when failing health forced him to resign. He believed a good
education was all a parent could give his children that never could
get away from them. To this end he dedicated his life. He lived to
see Wheatland school become one of the better schools in the county.
He was an active Mason having served as secretary of the local lodge
for a number of years.
He had a great interest in Sunday schools and churches and attended
regularly although he was never a church member.
He spent most of his life engaged in farming. He left the farm in
1927 and moved to Wheatland where he lived until his death.
He lived a calm, serene and optimistic life. He always used good
language. He bore his afflictions as well as he could the last two
years of his life. He accomplished much as there was no evil in his
heart. His life made the world better for his having lived in it.
His life was truly worth while.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 8 Jun 1944 Thursday
Lawrence Acker was born in Baden, Germany, in 1855 and passed away at
the home of his daughter, Mrs. Carrie Mabry, May 28, 1944.
Mr. Acker, who was the youngest in a family of nine children, became
an orphan in infancy. He came to America when only ten years of age
and became a naturalized citizen. He lived for 61 years on the same
farm where he died.
He was married March 24, 1881 to Mary Ann Snyder, who died June 14,
1931. His only son also preceded him in death on December 27, 1926.
His only granddaughter, Ruby Pearl Acker died September 19, 1918. He
is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Carrie Mabry; four grandsons,
Lawrence Clarence and Wilford Acker and Lawrence Edgar Mabry, and a
great granddaughter Marilou Acker.
Mr. Acker made a success of his life in spite of it many hardships.
He loved and appreciated his home very much--often saying, "There is
nothing better than a good home". He was a Lutheran in religious
faith. When suffering with intense pain he said, "I am going home".
The following comment made by Dr. Jim Jeffries, Sept. 16, 1932, most
aptly describe his life: "I have been with a man the last few days
who has the wisdom for finance, the wisdom for business, for life,
for health and strength and the right way of living. I have watched
this man, he not being aware of it, listened to his talk and have
learned from him. He is steadfast not driven about by every wind of
doctrine. He meets all his obligations with a smile. His life
shines forth as one of the brightest stars above".
Funeral services were held in the home of Mrs. Mabry on May 30, 1944
at 2:30 P.M. with the Rev. Oscar Erickson officiating. Miss Clara
Owens and Mrs. Iloene Katschman sang, "Going Down the Valley", "O'er
Death's Sea" and "Where We Never Grow Old" with Mrs. Frank Marsh as
accompanist. The following members of the Friendly Neighbors club,
Mesdames Chas. Siems, Chas. Selvidge, Frank Zehr, John Niblack, Alva
Breshears and Delbert Zehr, Mrs. Dot Halbert and Miss Nellie Moore,
assisted in helping with the many beautiful flowers. Mrs. Mabry is
also a member of this club. Pallbearers were Wilbur Samples and
Willie Moore and the four grandsons. Burial was in Crutsinger
cemetery with the following attendants at the grave: Oscar, Jesse
and J. C. Stutesman, Tom Selvidge, Wilbur Samples and Less Shumaker.
Hathaway Funeral Home was in charge.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 25 Jun 1931 Thursday
In Memory of Mother Mrs. Mary A. Acker
Again our hearts have been made sad when the Lord said come up higher
and claimed for his victim our loving companion and mother, Mary Ann
Snyder Acker was born April 18, 1860, departed this life June 14,
1931. Her health began to fail heraboot a year ago. Although being
very inerjetic and industrious, and a woman of business qualities,
she tried to keep up her share of the work and attended to her
business affairs as long as her faith lasted, and was only bedfast
two weeks and always remarked I am thankful I don't cause anyone the
trouble of setting up and losing sleep with me never wanting to cause
any one any trouble and always praying that she would never be
She bore sickness very patiently keeping up good courage until the
last two days she said my strength is gone, I will not be here long,
I heard my Father call me.
I have as a memory a picture in my mind of her sweet and pleasant
personality being jolly and enjoying the blessings of life. We gave
her our every care and close attention and never let a want of hers
be unfilled but it was Gods will and we had to let it be ours, she
cannot come back to us but we can go to her. We know mother is gone
but as time goes on we will realize it more for we can not go to her
with our joys and sorrows, she was never happier than when putting
forth her every efforts to make us happy and comfortable.
The house once cherished so dear is not the same without her, her
good council and advice will ever be a memory to us. We can remember
her every want was given her the best medical care and many things
that would bring back her health but to no avail. She enjoyed her
many friends visiting her and being so kind and friendly with her,
surely her reward will be great for her life was so lived her
daughter and grand sons would be glad to copy from.
Mary Ann Synder Acker was married to Lawrence Acker March 24, 1881,
having lived together a little more than 50 years.
To this union two children were born Jacob R. Acker who preceded her
to the better world December 27, 1926, and Carry May Acker Mabry who
resides at her home on Wheatland prairie being permitted to be with
mother from child hood until she was called away. A grand daughter
Ruby Pearl Acker passed on before September 19, 1918. Funeral
services were conducted by Reverend Ernest Jones at her home where a
very impressive sermon was made his chosen subject being a good name
is far better than rubies or pearls or gold, which we all know this
woman possessed. A large concourse of friends in attendance of the
funeral with their many beautiful floral offerings showed she was
held in the highest esteem.
Besides her own immediate family she leaves two brothers and a host
of friends to mourn her departure. Burial was in the Crutsinger
cemetery beside her son.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 2 Sep 1915 Thursday
Wm. Mashburn from Elkton called at The Index during his stay at Grant
Gardner's and while he was enjoying Fair week. "Uncle Will," as he
is familiarly called is far past man's allotted three score and ten,
being almost eighty-six years of age. He has lived in this county
continously since the autumn of 1841, or seventy-four years, and so
far as we know is the oldest resident of this county in point of
continuous residence. Indeed he lived here about four years before
Hickory County was formed, the place where his parents settled and
where he resided almost continously until a short time ago when he
moved to Elkton, being a part of Polk county until 1845. He has seen
Hickory county change from a pathless wilderness to a rich and
prosperous county. Mr. Mashburn gets around much better than most
men his age, and his mind keen and active. He can tell much of the
early history of this county, and it is a pleasure to hear him
narrate the happenings of long ago.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 9 Dec 1926 Thursday
One by one the old fellows and veterans of the Civil War pass on.
Uncle William Mashburn died at the home of Jasper Pitts and family in
the little town of Elkton, his home so long and near to the farm home
he owned which his father settled in 1841 when he came to what is now
Hickory county from the state of Kentucky. Uncle "Will" an uncle of
the man, George W. Mashburn, now residing at Elkton, who is thought
by many to be a brother is only a nephew. Wilson's history of the
County says Uncle William was the youngest child of a family of seven
children born Sept. 22nd the year 1829, so you see he lived to pass
his 97th birthday last September. He was married in an early day to
Jane Pitts, who also lived to a ripe old age and passed away a few
years ago. We remember many incidents that we could write of in his
long life since we have been able to know him but more will be said
of him and the family by Hon. Wm. McCracken or someone better known
of him than we, because they had great respect for each other.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 2 Sep 1915 Thursday
A. J. Pitts was born July 4th, 1830, near Nashville, Tennessee.
While quite young he was taken to Kentucky by his parents. They
lived there a short time, and from Kentucky they moved to Mississippi
and resided there till 1844. Then they moved to Hickory county,
Missouri, and "Uncle Jack" resided here the remaining seventy-one
years of his life.
When near the age of twenty-one years he was married to Mallisa Pitts
on February 27, 1852. Bro. Pitts raised ten children, all of whom
survive him, his death being the first in his immediate family.
He lived long enough to see all of his children settled in homes of
their own. Besides his ten children he had thirty-eight
grand-children, of whom thirty-two are living; also twenty-nine great
grand-children all of whom are living.
A. J. Pitts enlisted as a private in the Union Army at Hermitage,
Missouri, in the Osage Battalion of the Missouri Home Guards about
July 1st, 1861, and was relieved about December 20, 1861 near
Jefferson City. He then enlisted in Company H, 47th regiment of
Enrolled Missouri Militia at Linn Creek, July 29, 1862. He was
commissioned First Lieutenant August 29, 1862, and served as such
until December 12, 1864, when he was honorably discharged.
He died at the ripe old age of 85 years, 1 month and 19 days. His
funeral was conducted by Elder F. E. Butterfield at the Antioch
church where he has been a member for the last 55 years. The funeral
was attended by a host of friends and kinsmen.
He kept the Faith; he fought the Fight of Righteousness; and finished
his course here below to quit this world with all its trials and
temptations, and passed into Eternity into the presence of his God
and our God.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 8 Oct 1931 Thursday
Grandma, Malissa A. Pitts who was near the age of 94, died at the
home of a daughter, Mrs. Sig Reser near Elkton, last Sunday night,
and the funeral and burial service was held at Antioch church, west
of Pittsburg by Elder A. T. Mahanay Tuesday afternoon. She was the
widow of Andrew J. Pitts, long since deceased, who were the parents
of a family of ten children of which Nancy E. Coon the eldest is now
78, Louisa J. Spillman Portland, Oregon, Sarah A. Fisher, Wheatland,
William L. Pitts, Hermitage, C. C. Pitts, Urbana, Mary C. Reser,
Elkton, Lucy C. Tinsley, deceased, Ulysses G., deceased, Albert
Pitts, Aztec, New Mexico, Ida Lindsey, Kansas City.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 30 Mar 1961 Thursday
SERVICES FOR MRS. McCOY WEDNESDAY AT ANTIOCH
Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Frances McCoy, 89, who died Saturday
night at Mercy Infirmary in Springfield, where she had been a patient
since Friday, were held at 2 p.m. yesterday in the Antioch Christian
Church. Rev. W. M. Hines, Bolivar, Methodist minister, officiated.
Burial was in the church cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral
Mrs. McCoy, who was born in the vicinity of Hermitage, was a daughter
of the late William and Ellen Forster. Her husband, Walter McCoy,
preceded her in 1916. She had been a resident of the Pittsburg
community most of her life. She had been cared for during her long
illness in the homes of her sons, Joe and Frank.
Surviving are three sons, Frank McCoy of Hermitage; Clyde McCoy of
Bolivar; and Joe McCoy of Pittsburg; a daughter, Mrs. Grace Edde of
Paradise, Calif.; seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Eldridge Ray Keel, 85, of Judsonia, died Friday, May 11, 2018. He was born
January 22, 1933 in Ponder, Missouri to the late Hardy and Verna (Kenner)
Keel. He was a member of the Midway Baptist Church in Judsonia, he retired
from ABF trucking company and was a United States Army Veteran. Eldridge
was a craftsman, a Christian man who loved the Lord and ministered to
others by writing devotionals and sharing them on Facebook. He loved and
enjoyed being with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Bennie (Sherrell) Keel; children,
Deanna Beaudin (Gerald) of Mt. View, Mike Keel of Ft. Lauderdale, FL,
Rebecca Bonner (Louis) of North Little Rock, Debbie Bennett (Garold) of
Judsonia, Janet Pearrow (Willie) of Bald Knob, Teddy Allen (Peggy) of
Judsonia and Sheila Butler of Judsonia; siblings, Dennie Keel of Hardy,
Gleeda Blackwell of St. Louis, MO, and Jim Keel of Doniphan, MO, 18
grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Barbara Evans;
siblings, Harlan Keel, Jo Hancock and Jean Hager; a grandson, Hud Myers
and a daughter-in-law, Becky Allen.
Visitation will be Monday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Services will be 1:00 p.m.,
Tuesday, May 15 at the Powell Funeral Home Chapel in Bald Knob with Bro.
Barry Crain officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Powell Funeral Home Bald Knob-Judsonia.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 23 Jan 1964 Thursday
MRS. GEORGE WHITBY
Mrs. George Whitby passed away January 18, 1964 at the Cass County
Memorial Hospital in Harrisonville, Missouri. She was Leah Sliffe,
the elder daughter of Charles Myers Sliffe and Mary Dodd Sliffe, born
in Abilene, Kansas, August 8, 1883.
Her early girlhood was spent in Kansas, Indiana, and Iowa. She was
graduated from high school in Jamesport, Missouri in 1900. Her
parents later moved to Marshall, Missouri and she attended Missouri
Valley College in Marshall. She was a teacher for several years in
Iowa and in Cass County in Missouri. It was while teaching in the
Austin Community that she met George Whitby to whom she was married
September 14, 1908. They were the parents of two daughters, Mary
Helene (Mrs. Mason Wortham) of Freeman, Missouri, and Edith, of
Hermitage, Missouri, who survive.
She is also survived by her sister, Helene Sliffe of Lafayette,
Louisiana; one granddaughter, Leah Wortham, and her son-in-law, Mason
Wortham of Freeman, Missouri.
Since the death of her husband in 1948, she has made her home with
her younger daughter, Edith wherever she has been teaching.
Funeral services were held in the Harrisonville Christian Church, of
which she was many years a member, at 10:00 A.M., January 21, 1964,
conducted by the Rev. W. R. Tucker. She was buried in the Orient
Cemetery beside her husband.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 17 Feb 1898 Thursday
Stephen D. Tidwell was born in Warren county, Tenn., Nov. 30, 1840,
and moved with his parents to Carroll county, Ark. in the year 1851,
where he lived with them, working on the farm during the summer and
attending school during the fall and winter until 1860. In 1858 he
made a profession of religion and united with the M. E. Church,
South, to which his parents belonged. He had strong impressions at
that time to preach the word; but he was very timid, therefore he let
no one know of his feelings on this matter, but kept waiting and
looking for a Divine revelation, until the civil war seized the minds
of all and shook the nation from center to circumference. In 1866,
after the great struggle of war was over, those impressions to preach
came back to him, stronger than at first, and he thought he should
commence very soon, but he engaged in teaching public and private
schools which, to some extent, seemed to satisfy his feelings in the
matter; so the time for beginning the work was put off further in the
future. In 1867 he came to Hickory county and to him, as much as any
other person within the knowledge of the writer, Hickory county
stands indebted for the rapid building of the public schools and the
advancement in the cause of education during the latter part of the
'60's. On the 15th day of Nov. 1869 he was married to Margaret L.
Creed, to which union was born three daughters and one son. During
the spring of 1871 he was led, under peculiar circumstances, to
investigate the communion question, and as a result of such
investigation he was led to unite with the Baptist Church at Mount
View, Polk county, and proved one of the most brilliant lights of
that Church, serving in the capacity of Church Clerk for a term of 23
years. He was also one of the most enthusiastic leaders in the
Sabbath Schools. His occupation has been farming during the spring
and summer, and teaching school during the fall and winter, until
1893; since that time he has been engaged in preaching the Master's
word, in which he has made a great success; his sermons being
scarcely excelled by those of the most profound logicians of the day.
On Tuesday, the 25th day of January, while he and his son, Arthur,
were riding out, looking for stock, near Louisburg, Dallas county, he
was seized by a paralytic stroke. Feeling that his time to depart
this life was just then, he wept for joy, saying he would soon be in
Paradise, and that he should be the happiest man in all Dallas
county. When he found that the end was not yet and that he must
tarry longer, expressed himself as feeling sad. During his entire
sickness which lasted until the 10th day of Feb. he often referred to
his work for the Master, quoting Scripture and admonishing those
around him to wisdom's ways and expressing desires to be beyond the
temptations of this sinful world, saying: "Then I shall be with my
elder Brother (Jesus) in Paradise. When he realized that the hour
was at hand to pass over the cold waters of death, he called to Bro.
Stincipher, who was with him, saying: "I have about thirty minutes,
call my family in." And when his family was gathered at his bed-side
he addressed his son, saying: "Arthur, set your mark high." Then he
admonished all by saying: "How did you receive Christ? You received
him by faith and humble prayer. Men ought to pray always and faint
not. These are good texts Bro. Stincipher. You enlarge upon them; I
cannot." With these words the light of his life went out, and his
soul took its flight to the Paradise of God.
Bro. Tidwell leaves surviving him, his wife, one son, and three
daughters, together with a host of relatives and friends to deeply
mourn his departure; but we can console ourselves in the thought that
our loss is his eternal gain. B. F. C.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 7 Jul 1927 Thursday
Margaret Tidwell was born in Hickory county March 15, 1850, and died
at her home near Polk, Mo., May 10, 1927, being 77 years, 1 month and
25 days old. She was the youngest daughter of Gideon and Euselia
Creed, who was one of the old pioneers of Hickory county. She was
the youngest of six sisters of which only two survive her, Mrs. Mary
J. Pope of Preston, Mo., and Frances Pope of Polk, Mo. She was
united in marriage to Stephen D. Tidwell, now deceased, on Nov. 15,
1869. To this union four children were born, Beatrice, Arthur, Rosa
and Bertha. Bertha passed away nine years ago. She professed faith
in Christ and united with the Mt. View church in August 1871. She
was devoted to her church and regular in her attendance of all it's
services and always ready to testify for the Master and loved to work
for his cause. She was a constant reader of the word of God. During
her last brief illness she suffered greatly. She said at one time,
"I am like David, if I had the wings of a dove I would fly away and
be at rest." She often called upon the Lord to come. The nurse was
asking her to be quiet and she said, "be quiet and the Lord so near."
A few hours before she passed away she prayed a long prayer praying
for the church, the uncared for children and other dear ones. She
often called for the dew drops of Heaven to fall upon her. Her life
ebbed away gently and quietly as it took it's flight to her Heavenly
A few months ago she composed a poem which she entitled, "The Song of
Eyes hath not seen and ears hath not heard,
The glories that are unknown;
Our eyes will see, our ears will hear,
The welcome voice, you are welcome here.
I'm going home, I'm going home,
To that sweet home so bright and fair;
Where I shall never have a care,
For all is fair and lovely there.
And when we cross the deep blue sea,
Then we will rejoice, both you and me;
To see the pure, white blood washed throng,
Come go with us, come go along.
Our folks are there, our friends are there,
In that bright home beyond compare.
We will work and pray and never fear,
It won't be long, we'll soon be there;
When we get there with all that throng,
With the ransomed the gladness sing,
And when our journey is made complete,
We lay our trophies at the Savior's feet.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Mar 1925 Thursday
Sarah Roundtree Reed
Sunday March 15, being grandmother Reed's 88th birthday, about 100
friends, relatives and neighbors gathered at the home of Mrs. Shelby
Skidmore and set the most bountiful dinner that could be wished for.
Those present were:
Emmett Johnston and family, George Moore and wife, Wess Moore and
family, Mr. and Mrs. Coy Nutt, Willie Walters and family, Tom Cordell
wife and daughter, Ethel, Oliver Blackwell and family, Willie Niblack
and family, Loren Jensen and family, Bob Stokes and wife, Mr. Jake
Stokes, Homer Cothern and family, Lafe McCracken and family, Roy Reed
and family, H. C. Blackwell and family, George Handcock, Vern Green
wife and son, Paul, Johnnie Reed and family, Jake Reed, Lloyd Reser
and family, Mrs. Losure and daughter, Viva, Billie Niblack and wife,
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Stevenson, Misses Elizabeth Reed, Johnie Reser,
Gladys Dorman, Edna Higgens, Thelma Blackwell, Maudie Marsh, Clara
Simmons, Minnie Womack, Dovie Gully, Anice Barger, Rosalee Blackwell,
Mr. Paul Hunt, Omer Hunt, Marshall Graves, Lester Hunt, Stevenson,
Lloyd Blackwell, Charley Blackwell, Arden Blackwell, Lee Reed, Oval
Simmons, Willis Reed, Erven Blackwell, Russell Handcock, Anna,
Margaret and Lucy Handcock, Mabel Stokes, Clyde Stokes, J. F. Reed
and Daniel Moore.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri, 7 Jul 1927 Thursday
DIed Sunday May 29, 1927, Sarah Reed, whos Maiden name was Roundtree.
Aged 90 years, 2 months and 14 days. The deceased was born in
Williamson county Tennessee, March 14, 1873. Moved to Hickory county
with her parents at the age of three. She was married to John W.
Reed, January 27, 1867. To them were given 9 children, 4 of whom
have gone before. She united with the Baptist church at Elkton, Mo.,
at the age of 23 years and lived a faithful member until death. With
other relatives and friends she leaves "Those who sorrow most" are
one daughter, Mrs. Ellen Skidmore, with whom she made her home. Four
sons, J., C.P. and J. W. of this place, W. T. Reed of Goodson, Mo.,
besides 11 grandchildren and ten greatgrandchildren. She was a
constant sufferer for almost 14 years prior to her demise, being
confined to her bed all of the time, yet throughout her affliction,
with the constant knowledge of the final consequences, she exhibited
at all times that patient resignation that declared more emphatic
than human speech, "Thy Will Be Done". Funeral services were held at
the home Monday P. M. Rev. Walter Watkins, officiating, after which a
silent procession followed her to the Roundtree Cemetery, where in
sadness left her to await the Resurrection Morn.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 17 Aug 1933 Thursday
Mrs. Ezdo Downs Dead
Mrs. Ezdo Downs died at the Springfield Baptist Hospital about 1:30
o'clock Wednesday afternoon. She was taken to the hospital Monday
night and an operation performed at 10:00 o'clock Tuesday morning.
She was a sister of Isaac W. Clark, and Mrs. Fannie Dorman of
Hermitage. Amos, her husband, died one year ago today (Thursday,
August 17th 1932.) They were the parents of eight children all of
whom survive, Mrs. Jake Reed, Flemington Rt. 2; John, Mitchalene,
Leota, William, Maurene, Robert, and Norma Jean of the home. The
family resided on a farm about 4 miles south of Weaubleau. Ms. Downs
was a member of the old Galmey Methodist church. Funeral services
will be held at the Brick church at Hermitage Friday at 2 o'clock and
burial in the Liberty cemetery, J. R. Luckey, Wheatland Mortician
will have charge of funeral arrangements.
David B. McQuown Jr.
Death • Sept. 10, 1953 - May 10, 2018
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Monday, May 14, Weaubleau First Baptist Church,
under the direction of Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home, Wheatland.
Mr. McQuown, 64, of Weaubleau died Thursday at Big Springs Care Center,
He was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, the son of David B. McQuown Sr. and
Genevieve Borgmann McQuown.
He had worked for Missouri Department of Social Services for several years.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy "Dee" McQuown of the home; four sons,
Jeremy McQuown of Lenexa, Kansas, Joshua McQuown of Overland Park, Kansas,
Justin King of Bolivar and Joshua King of Springfield; two daughters,
Jessica Melvin and Rachel Drake, both of Weaubleau; three brothers, Larry
McQuown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jeffrey Sutton of Anderson and Dale
Sutton of Wheatland; three sisters, Canilla LaBoy of Springfield, Dorelene
Quick of Colorado and Sandra Falk of Springfield; and 12 grandchildren.
The Rev. Kenyon Papen will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in
Robinson Cemetery, Collins.
Elwyn Gayle Dull
Elwyn Gayle Dull was born on July 5, 1939, on a farm in St. Clair County
near Weaubleau Creek. He departed this life at his home in Quincy
surrounded by his family, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Gayle was the middle
child and only son of Truman William and Achsa Ulayla (Myers) Dull.
Gayle attended Cross Lane one-room school in Quincy, grades 1-6, and
Freedom one-room school in Wisdom, grades 7-8, and graduated from
Weaubleau High School with the “Class of 1957”. During Gayle’s high
school years at Weaubleau, his first cousin, Wendell Burchett, came to
live with Gayle and his family. Wendell always has been like a brother to
January 30, 1960, Gayle was united in marriage to Wilma LaVonne Zumalt at
First Baptist Church of Osceola. To this union, six children were born:
Crystal, Konnie, Kendra, Gayla, Jason and Clint. Gayle and Wilma lived in
Kansas City, MO for 1 ½ years after they were married. Gayle worked for
H. D. Lee Company, Hallmark Cards, Owens Corning Fiberglass and Lakeside
Hospital. They then moved to the family farm in Quincy where they spent a
lifetime farming. They milked cows, bottle fed calves, raised beef
cattle, did custom hay baling and combining.
Gayle was an avid hunter and excellent marksman who loved the outdoors.
He enjoyed going to Colorado elk hunting and Iowa pheasant hunting. He
also very much enjoyed deer and turkey hunting and floating down the river
snagging spoonbill. Gayle had been in South America to Belize and Peru on
fishing trips with his good neighbor friends. Gayle and Wilma enjoyed
vacationing with friends and frequently had friends over for an evening of
popcorn, playing cards and homemade cake and ice cream. They attended
Wheatland Church of the Nazarene.
In the 1970s when CB radios were the craze, Gayle was the “Motorcycle
Man”. Gayle really loved riding motorcycles and doing motorcycle hill
climbing. He liked doing his motorcycle stunts and always was up for a
Gayle especially enjoyed his good friends and his good friends always
enjoyed him just as much. Gayle had a heart of gold and will always be
remembered by his good sense of humor and contagious smile. He would do
everything he could to help anybody and was always there to lend a hand to
help his neighbors as well.
In late April, Gayle made the first of two trips to the Mayo Clinic in
Rochester, Minnesota, where on May 17, 2017, he was diagnosed by their
pancreatic surgeon, with stage III pancreatic cancer. He fought this very
difficult disease with much courage and with the support of all his family
and friends’ visits, phone calls, cards and prayers.
Gayle was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma; his parents Truman and
Ulayla (Myers) Dull; and brother-in-law, Lionel Lear.
He is survived by four daughters: Crystal & Carl Meinhardt, Lee’s Summit;
Konnie Vaughn, Liberty; Kendra & John Goucher, Holden; Gayla Murphy, Lee’s
Summit; two sons: Jason Dull, Quincy and Clint & Tara Dull, Quincy; 14
grandchildren: Brent Zismer, Chrisa & Sean Harper, Kayla Murphy, Brittani
& Chris Coats, Jessica & Ryan Averitt, Kendall & Erika Edwards, Courtney,
Amberly & Keri Dull, Sydney, Alex & Austin Spitz and Easton Dull; five
great grandchildren: Dean Zismer, Emily Harper, Maverick Coats, Emma Kate
Edwards and Peyton Leonard; two sisters: Arlene Lear, Humansville and
Brenda & Larry Denton, Garland, KS.
Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Pastor David Stewart
“How Great Thou Art”
Amelia Stewart, soloist
John Stephens, Jr.
King’s Prairie Cemetery
Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 15 Oct 1925 Thursday
MRS. WILLIAM ROBINSON DEAD.
Mrs. Ellen Clark-Robinson, daughter of Isaac R., and Betty Elizabeth
Clark, departed this life Saturday morning about 6:00 a.m., after an
illness of several months. Deceased was born in Illinois Jan. 13th
1853, age at death 71 years, 8 months and 8 days. She was united in
marriage with Wm. S. Robinson Jan. 1878 and to this union were born
twelve children, five of whom had gone on before. Those living are
Mrs. Frances Jones, Mrs. Eliza Brackins, Mrs. Ruth Wall, Edgar,
Henry, Sam and Saphronia. The lady had professed Christ at an early
age and was a member of Victory Baptist church. Funeral services
were held at the Clark cemetery Sunday afternoon conducted by Elder
J. T. Ferguson amid a throng of sorrowing relatives and friends. A
good mother has gone to her final reward. Not only a kind mother to
her children and aged husband but to one and all and a better
neighbor we believe does not live in this world. An obituary notice
will appear later.
A telegram to the sons in Kansas City of the serious condition of
their mother, Samuel and little daughter and Henry left the city at
seven o'clock and arrived here at 3 a.m., or about 3 hours before she
passed away. All children were present at the funeral. They
returned home Monday.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 11 Mar 1926 Thursday
WILLIAM ROBINSON DEAD
William Robinson, a pioneer citizen of this county, with residence
northeast of Hermitage for almost his entire life time died at the
home of a daughter, Mrs. Preston Wall, last Saturday evening. Mr.
Robinson had been in failing health for the past year and a few
months ago, and also since the death of his wife suffered a slight
stroke of paralysis, from which he gradually grew weaker until his
death. The sons, Edgar, Henry and Samuel, came from their homes at
Kansas City, the daughters, Mrs. J. E. Brackins, Mrs. Press Wall,
Mrs. Sterling Jones and Miss Safrona, all reside here. Their mother
died October 10th last. Mr. Robinson homesteaded land here near
Hermitage in an early day, was a splendid quiet citizen and was in
his 71st year. His remains were laid to rest late Sunday evening at
the Clark cemetery after a brief service by Rev. B. E. Dillon. We
have no dates and are sure something later will be written of the
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 18 Nov 1926 Thursday
MRS. W.S. JONES DEAD
Mrs. Frances Jones-Robinson after a sickness of a month's duration,
died at the family home southeast of Weaubleau last Friday night and
was brought to the family burial grounds at Clark cemetery northeast
of Hermitage, Saturday afternoon and laid to rest there. The lady
was the wife of W. Sterling Jones, and a daughter of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Wm. Robinson, who resided until death on the old homestead near
Hermitage. She was the mother of six children and five with the
husband surviving. The eldest son, Sam, a sister, Mrs. Press Wall,
and a brother, Samuel Robinson, of Kansas City came Friday, the
brother Edgar Robinson, resides here and Mrs. Ed Brackins south of
town, the younger sister, Frona, who was at the Jones home were
present, and another brother, Henry, in Kansas City, are all the
Robinson children. Mrs. Jones was aged about 52 years.
Wilmington News-Journal, Wilmington, Ohio 20 Aug 1958 Wednesday
Mrs. Elizabeth F. Durnbaugh--Services for Mrs. Elizabeth F.
Durnbaugh, Xenia Route 3, who died Saturday, were held Tuesday
afternoon at Morris Sons funeral home, Dayton, with interment in
Beaver cemetery. Mrs. Durnbaugh was the mother of Mrs. H. G.
Williamson of Leesburg and formerly of Wilmington and New Vienna.
She is survived by her husband, Wilbur Durnbaugh; three daughters,
Mrs. Williamson, Mrs. Alice Shoup of Bellbrook and Mrs. Ida Sollers
of Knollwood; four sons, John P. and William M. of Xenia, George D.
of Knollwood and David L. Durnbaugh of Edgar Springs, Mo.; three
sisters, three brothers, 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Zane Williamson of Warren Knolls is a grandson.
The Xenia Daily Gazette, Xenia, Ohio 7 April 1965 Wednesday
Party Honors 87th Birthday
Wilbur Durnbaugh of New Germany-Trebein Rd., Beavercreek, who
celebrated his 87th birthday Saturday, was guest of honor at a
covered dish dinner Sunday at his home.
A large decorated birthday cake centered the dinner table and Mr.
Durnbaugh was presented cards and gifts.
Family and friends present included Mr. and Mrs. McKinley Durnbaugh,
Mr. and Mrs. Elber Shoup, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Shoup, Mr. and Mrs.
Junior Rhorback and daughter Bonnie, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Williamson,
Mr. and Mrs. Zane Williamson and daughters Kim and Kathy, Mr. and
Mrs. Harold Sollers and family Mike and Peggy Ann, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn
Durnbaugh, Mr. and Mrs. John Durnbaugh Sr. and daughter Jan, Jerry
Flax, Mr. and Mrs. John Durnbaugh Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Hower Cosler and
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bailey.
Xenia Daily Gazette, Xenia, Ohio 17 Jan 1966 Monday
Wilbur L. Durnbaugh
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Morris Sons Funeral
Home, 1809 E. Third St., Dayton, for Wilbur L. Durnbaugh, 87, of New
Germany-Trebein Rd., Xenia Route 3, who died Saturday at the Fairborn
Nursing Home. Burial will be in Beaver Cemetery.
Mr. Durnbaugh was a retired farmer and member of Evangelical United
Brethren Church of Xenia. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs.
Alice Shoup of McBee Rd., Sugarcreek Twp., Mrs. Catherine Williamson
of West Salem and Mrs. Ida Sollers of Knollwood; four sons, George D.
of Knollwood, John P. of Xenia, David L. of Rolla, Mo., and William
McKinley Durnbaugh of Zimmerman; 16 grandchildren and 21
Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 9 p.m. today.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society.
Xenia Daily Gazette, Xenia, Ohio 15 Jun 1970 Monday
George D. Durnbaugh
Beavercreek--George Dewey Durnbaugh, 71, of 301 Turnbull Rd.,
Knollwood, Beavercreek Twp., former township clerk for 15 years, died
Sunday at 2:46 p.m. at the Heathergreene Nursing Home in Xenia.
In failing health since 1943, Mr. Durnbaugh retired in 1963 as
township clerk. He also formerly was employed by the Commercial and
Savings Bank in Xenia and the City Loan in Xenia, and at one time was
a member of the Beavercreek Board of Education.
Born at Trebein, June 30, 1899, the son of Wilbor and Elizabeth
Bailey Durnbaugh, he had resided in Greene County all his life,
having lived in the Knollwood area 13 years and in Xenia nine years.
He was a member of the Beaver United Church of Christ.
Survivors include his widow, Ernstine Wornstaff Durnbaugh, whom he
married July 24, 1925; three sons, Marcus of Auburn, Wash., Charles
of Willingboro, N. J., and Ronald Durnbaugh of Huber Hts.; three
sisters, Mrs. Ida Sollers and Mrs. Catherine Williamson of Knollwood
and Mrs. Alice Shoup of Bellbrook; three brothers, McKinley and John
of Xenia and David Durnbaugh of Edgar Springs, Mo., and 14
Services will be conducted by the Rev. Joseph M. Betsch at Neeld
Funeral Home, 106 W. Market St., Xenia, Wednesday at 1 p.m. with
burial in Beaver Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Beaver United Church of Christ.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 21 Aug 1924 Thursday
Patrick Chancellor was born May 20, 1837 in Virginia, died at his
home in Weaubleau, Mo., August 12, 1924, aged 87 years, 2 months and
22 days. Mr. Chancellor had been in poor health for some time but
was not confined to his room but a few days and was to the polls and
voted just a week prior to his death and it was a shock to his many
friends when the message came at 5:30 Tuesday evening telling of his
death. He fell asleep as quietly and peacefully as he had lived
trusting the Savior to guide him across the dark waters of death as
he had always guided him in life. Uncle Pat., as he was lovingly
called was a Union soldier in the Civil War and served his country
faithfully and received an honorable discharge. He was converted in
early life and joined the Christian Church and was an ordained
minister of the Gospel and preached for many years. He was a quiet
unassuming Christian, always found at his post. A faithful Sunday
school worker and always attended the Annual Conference of his church
taking an active part as long as his strength permitted. Mr.
Chancellor was twice married, his first wife being Mary Lindsey to
whom he was married in 1859. Two children were born, Frank and
Armintha, this daughter and mother preceded him to the better world
many years ago. He was married to Amanda Hawkins September 2, 1886
to this union five daughters were born, Eva who died at the age of
three years, Irene died at the age of ten. Those living are Mrs.
Edna Green living in St. Clair Co., Mrs. Mabel Coffey and Mrs. Cora
Davidson both of Oklahoma. These together with their mother, two
sisters, one brother and one son, several grand-children and great
grand children are left to mourn their loss. Interment was made in
the Weaubleau cemetery Wednesday after the funeral was preached in
the Church at 2 p.m. He sleeps in a flower covered grave, a tribute
of his many friends to await the resurrection.
Friend of the family.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 25 Aug 1932 Thursday
Obituary of Mrs. J. M. Bigler
Mary Evalina Johnson Bigler was born in Dallas county, Missouri,
November 7, 1875, and died August 21, 1932, age 56 years, 9 months,
and 14 days. She was married to J. M. Bigler, June 9, 1892.
To this union wer born nine children. They are Lily B. Miller,
Kansas City, Kan., Pearl C. Richards, Sentinel, Mo., Bonnie L.
Richards, Ventura, Calif., Herman Bigler, Ventura, Calif., Vernon
Bigler, Kansas City, Kan., Alice Bigler, Sentinel, Mo., Ernest
Bigler, Sentinel, Mo., and twin sons who passed on in infancy.
After professing faith in Christ, she was united to the Methodist
church in 1895. She had lived most of her life in the Pittsburg
community, and to know her, "Fena" Bigler, was to love her. To her
husband she has left an inspiration to carry out and hold steadfastly
to those things which are pure, true, and good, to her children she
has left a heritage of noble motherhood, unselfish love, high
courage, and an understanding of many perplexing problems of life, to
her other relatives and many friends she has left an example of
Christian living and true friendship.
Besides her immediate family she has left a mother, Mrs. Sophronia
Johnson, of Pittsburg, four sisters, Mrs. Belle Cook, Mrs. Emma
Pitts, Mrs. Dolly Brown and Miss Fanny Johnson, two brothers, John
and Herman Johnson. Her father, one brother, and two sisters have
preceded her to the Great Beyond. Also there are many other
relatives, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, and a host of friends
who are left to feel her absence.
The spirit departed from her body on Sunday afternoon, and that body
of dust was placed in the ground on Monday afternoon, August 22,
1932. A large congregation gathered at Antioch on the last mentioned
date to worship Christ and pay their last respect to the deceased.
Rev. Gardner, pastor of the Methodist church at Pittsburg preached
the funeral sermon, having the very applicable text, "She hath done
what she could." Those words of comfort will be long prized by the
bereaved. The body was committed to rest in God's "half acre" at
Antioch to await the sounding of the last trumpet when the dead shall
Beloved (and though some of you did not get to view your mother's
face at the last), may you realize the Creator will permit you to
partake of the spirit of that one who was so dear to you. She has
passed on, but the influence of her sweet and noble life will go on
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 18 Jan 1951 Thursday
James Monroe Bigler
Largely attended funeral services, conducted by Rev. A. T. Mahaney at
Antioch Christian church Friday afternoon, were held for James M.
(Monroe) Bigler, 81, who died Wednesday morning at the home of a
daughter, Mrs. Pearl Richards, Sentinel. Mr. Bigler had been in poor
health for many months. Born in Illinois, he spent most of his life
in Hickory and Polk counties. He and his family were for many years
residents of the Pittsburg neighborhood. He was a member of the
Antioch Christian church and served as a deacon for a number of
years. Surviving besides the daughter above mentioned are three
other daughters, Mrs. Jesse L. Miller, Kansas City, Kans.; Mrs. Artie
L. Richards, Ventura, Calif.; Mrs. Elmer Hicks, Humansville, Mo.;
three sons, Herman Bigler, Ventura, Calif.; Vernon and Earnest
Bigler, both of Bolivar; three brothers, John of Oklahoma; and Tom
and Chet of Pittsburg, Mo.; 14 grandchildren and nine great
grandchildren. Burial was beside his wife, Mary E. (Phena) in
Antioch cemetery with Erwin & Blue Funeral Home in charge.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 27 Mar 1913 Thursday
William Crates was born in Vanwert in Vanwert county, Ohio, May 20,
1834. He was married to Amanda Theresa Wheeler December 23rd, 1860,
and to this union were born one son and six daughters. His little
son "who died in early youth," his beloved wife and four daughters
have preceded him in death and passed into the Spirit World to await
Mr. Crates lived for a time in Huntington, Indiana, and from there he
came to Missouri in the year 1886 where he has since lived the
greater part of that time, in Hickory county.
He was well known as an honorable, peacefull and quiet citizen.
Those who knew him have naught to say against him.
During the period of the Civil War he was enrolled as a private
soldier in company H 15th Regiment of Ohio Volunteers, Infantry, on
the 7th day of September, 1861, for a period of three years. He was
wounded at the battle of Stone River in Tennessee, December 31, 1862.
He was appointed Corporal Sergant January 1, 1863. He was
discharged April 4, 1863, for wounds received in action.
He was a member of the Christian church and kept the integrity of his
faith until the end came, Monday morning, March 17, 1913, at the age
of 78 years, 9 months and 27 days.
This life was not lived in vain; he was a christian man, a good
energetic citizen, a good mechanic and a true and a brave soldier in
the defense of his country. The measure of his years is now full,
and we believe that he has contributed to the best of his ability to
make a better country and a better world to live in, for those who
remain to follow after him.
A short service was conducted in the home by the writer, after which
the Masonic fraternity took charge of his remains and tenderly laid
them to rest in the Gardner cemetery in all the rites and honors of
He leaves two daughters, the only members of his immediate family to
survive him, Mrs. Ethel Johnston and Mrs. Tina Kleck, and five
grand-children to mourn his departure. They have the sympathy of the
entire community in their sorrow.
The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 25 Dec 1930 Thursday
Emily E. Rogers Crutsinger
Death has laid its claim upon another one of our old time-honored
citizens in the passing of Mrs. J. G. Crutsinger, whose maiden name
was Emily E. Rogers. She was born in this county, June 26th 1844.
She was united in marriage to John G. Crutsinger June 22nd 1859, to
this union was born nine children, four sons and five daughters, one
son died in infancy and one in early manhood. At her birth the sound
of the locomotive and the rumble of car wheels was not heard in this
section of the country, no railroad, no telegraph or telephone. And
automobiles and airplanes or these modern inventions ever entered the
minds of youth in those days, their thoughts were only considered as
the wildest dreams of childish fancy. Hickory county was not
organized, no highways or bridges for this section of the country at
that time was the eastern border of eastern civilization. Out on
this Virgin Soil these two young hearts had plighted their faith each
to the other. Nothing to encourage but self reliance and an
inspiring hope in lifes fondest dreams to build for themselves a
home. In this they were successful, accumulating such fortune as to
enable themselves to live in comfort during their declining years,
and also to share a goodly portion to each surviving member of the
family. Aunt Emily was a home maker in every sense of the term. She
ranked high in the art of the cullinary department of her home. It
is little wonder that the nieces and nephews children and
grandchildren looked forward to a visit with Aunt Emily and Uncle
John and come away speaking in loud acclamation that they had the
best time of their lives for Aunt Emily's cookies, pies and
doughnuts, were of the very best. While they were building for
themselves they helped for others in moulding and constructing
community life, spiritually, intellectually and socially. Mrs.
Crutsinger gave her heart to God in her early life and united with
the M.E. Church. She lived with that vision of the Christians life
and hope. On December 17th 1930, she passed away in the triumph of
the christians faith and hope to join her companion who preceded her
in death six years ago. Her funeral service was conducted by G. W.
Britton in the Methodist church at Weaubleau, Mo., in the presence of
a large congregation of friends and relatives, after which her
remains were laid to rest beside her husband in the Crutsinger
cemetery. Thus a long and useful life has passed and her memory is
sacred to those who loved her and the world is better by her having
lived in it. She leaves two sons and three daughters and several
grandchildren to mourn her departure, W. P. Crutsinger of Weaubleau;
Frank Crutsinger, of Wewoka, Oklahoma; Mrs. Ollie Hutton, of
Weaubleau; Nancy A. Morton of Weaubleau and Mrs. Grace Williams whose
home is in California. All the children were present at the funeral
service but Mrs. Williams. A large crowd of friends and relatives
extend sympathy to these sorrowing ones. --G.W. Britton