Neosho News (Neosho, Missouri) 29 Apr 1973 Sunday MURDER CHARGES FILED AS SIX PERSONS DIE IN FIRE Kansas City, Kan. -- Six counts of first-degree murder were filed Saturday against an 18-year-old newspaper delivery man arrested shortly after six elderly women were asphyxiated in an apartment fire. Another youth, 16, was referred to juvenile authorities in connection with the fire. Joseph Crossland, fire chief, said the fire was "definitely arson." The building housed 20 persons, all elderly. The murder charges were filed against Jimmy Massey of Kansas City, Kan., police said. He also was charged by the Wyandotte County attorney's office with one count of aggravated arson and one count of attempted arson. Mrs. Myrtle Larkin, a widow as were the victims, fled the blaze from a ground floor apartment in the two-story brick building. "I woke up with a burning sensation in my nose and I was coughing." said the nurse who has worked at Providence Hospital less than a block away for 22 years. "I heard screams outside and groped my way to the window." she said. "I unlatched it and crawled out." Not so fortunate were the six who perished: Alice Koontz, 72; Dale Kalene, 85; Hazel Vernon, 85; Rose Gainey, 85; Etta Ira, 83, and Pauline Kalousek, 77. Msgr. J. K. Spurlock of St. Peter's Cathedral a few blocks away said three of the victims were parishoners -- Mrs. Vernon, Mrs. Gainey and Mrs. Koontz. He said 500 of his parishoners were over 65 years old and 200 of them were widows. "They moved here in the 1920s and 1930s" when it was a fashionable suburb, Monsignor Spurlock said. "They did not want to move from the area when they were widowed." Now the area of older homes is not far from the city's business district. C. F. Kukuk, owner and manager of the building, identified the victims. All had been long-time tenants. He also had no idea why someone would start a fire in the building, which was damaged extensively inside. Five persons including a fireman, were injured. One, Mrs. Margaret Barett, 72, was hospitalized with the effects of smoke inhalation and a burn on her arm. The 55-year-old Mrs. Larkin, who had lived at the apartment house 11 years, did not know what she was going to do. "I don't know where to start, I have to find some place to live." The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, Missouri) 18 May 1973 JUDGE FINDS BOY GUILTY ON FATAL BLAZE CHARGES A 16-year-old Kansas City, Kansas youth was found guilty yesterday of eight counts of delinquency in connection with an April 28 apartment fire there in which six elderly women died. The eight counts would have been equal to six counts of first-degree murder, one count of arson and one count of attempted arson if they were filed against an adult, Judge Dean J. Smith of the Wyandotte County Juvenile Court said. Those charges have been filed in Wyandotte County magistrate court against Jimmy Louis Massey, 18, of 118 S. 13th, Kansas City, Kansas, who allegedly was a companion of the 16-year-old boy. Six elderly women died in the blaze which began shortly before 3 a.m. April 28 in the basement of a 2-story, U-shaped apartment complex at 428 and 430 N. 18th. The women, who died of smoke inhalation and burns, were Mrs. Rose Gainey, 85; Mrs. Pauline Kalousek, 78; Mrs. Etta Ira, 84; Mrs. Hazel Vernon, 85; Mrs. Dale Calene, 85, and Mrs. Alice Koontz, 72. Detectives arrested Massey and the juvenile at Massey's home 45 minutes after police and firemen arrived at the apartment building at 3:30 a.m. Reporters were barred from the juvenile court abjudication hearing at the request of the youth's parents, Smith said. There was no jury in the 2 1/2 hour hearing before the juvenile judge which functions under Kansas juvenile law to determine guilt or innocence. Smith said after the hearing that the evidence against the youth was "solid" - and that he would schedule a disposition hearing at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Under the Kansas juvenile code the maximum sentence for the youth would be to care and custody of state institutions until he is 21. Smith said testimony came from a psychiatrist, Capt. Norbie Jones of the fire department arson squad, city detectives and the driver of a newspaper delivery truck. Smith said the youth had undergone a psychiatric evaluation and the report showed the youth was mentally competent to stand trial. Smith said he had not certified the youth to the Wyandotte County District Court for trial as an adult because Kansas Supreme Court rulings required him to give special consideration to the fact that the youth had been before the juvenile court only once before. He said that offense involved truancy from school. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 16 Apr 1914 Thursday Died, Mrs. J. H. Chaney, early Thursday morning after an illness of nearly eleven weeks. She suffered great deal all through her sickness and said from the time she first took down ill that she would never get well and told them where she wanted to be buried and the color of dress she wanted to be buried in. She knew everything all the time and was conscious to the very last. She was a kind loving wife and mother and a good accomodating neighbor and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was taken to the Tillery cemetery Friday evening where her earthly remains were laid to rest to await the resurrection. She leaves a husband, two daughters and host of other relatives to mourn her departure. We join in greatest sympathy with the heartbroken ones. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 18 Jul 1940 Thursday Henry Emmett Poe, son of John and Elizabeth Poe, was born in Hickory county Mo., August 30, 1853. After more than four years of illness, he passed away July 10, 1940, having reached the age of 86 years, 10 months and 11 days. He was married to Sarah Lou Tillery November 26, 1880. To this union five children was born, Mrs. Rosalie Minner, Springfield, Mo.; James Otis Poe, Edna May Harris, Jess Fay Poe all of Flemington and Amos Roy Poe (died July 4, 1902) nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. With strong hearts and willing hands, sharing each with the other, their joys and sorrowsthey traveled on, in united companionship, celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary and eight years more at this one place. Wednesday evening at five o'clock Henry came to the end of the way. He had told his family that he had a hope he wouldn't take anything for. He was a believer of the Primitive Baptist church and attended services when his health permitted. His life was an open book, the old fashioned virtues of honesty, and courtesy, was a part of his everyday living, always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. His neighbors respected and loved him. Besides the patient, faithful wife and the above mentioned children, he leaves three brothers, Frank and George (twins), Flemington, John address unknown, and a host of other relatives and friends. Mr. Poe's twin sister, Sarah and sister Liza have preceded him in death. The funeral was held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the home with Elder Tinsley Ford officiating. Burial was in Tillery cemetery. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 18 Jul 1940 Thursday Emma Breshears Wright, daughter of Henry T. and Salina Breshears, was born near Avery, Mo., November 19, 1868, and died May 19, 1940, at the age of 71 years, and 6 months. She was married to George W. Wright, June 12, 1884, and to this union was born 10 children, nine of whom survive, Lawrence, of Bentonville, Mo.; Charley, of Sweet Springs, Mo.; Mrs. Louie Walger, of Worden, Mont.; Vernon, Tom, Jim, Jesse and Sid of Wheatland, and Mrs. Beatrice Walker, of Deer Lodge, Mont. She also leaves twenty-nine grandchildren, three brothers and one sister, also a great number of relatives and friends. Her husband, one son, two grandchildren, one brother and one sister preceded her in death. She was converted at the Concord Methodist church at an early age and later joined the Church of the Brethren at Avery, of which she remained a loyal member until her death. Her life was one of unselfish devotion to her family and friends. We can truly say that she was a great and wonderful mother. Funeral services were conducted by James Mohler of Leeton, Mo., at Spring Branch Church of the Brethren, J. R. Luckey, undertaker in charge. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 18 Jul 1940 Thursday Ida Parrack Russell Funeral services were held at Parrack Grove, Camden county, Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Jack Russell, 45, who died suddenly Sunday morning, of a heart attack at her home in Preston. Burial was in the cemetery there under the direction of the J. R. Luckey Funeral Home. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 18 Jul 1940 Thursday Ida, daughter of H. L. and Sedora Parrack, was born near Macks Creek, Mo., February 25, 1895, and passed away at her home in Preston, Mo., July 13, 1940, age 45 years, 4 months and 18 days. Ida professed a hope in Christ November 5th 1914 at Olive Point Baptist church of which she was a member at death. She was married to Garrett M. Russell, April 18, 1918. To this union was born two children, Malcom and Geraldine, both of the home. She leaves to mourn her going, her husband and children, five brothers and a host of other relatives and friends. It can truly be said of Ida that she was a loving, kind and gentle mother and faithful wife. Her passing was so sudden that it was hard to realize she had answered the summons and gone home, until we looked upon her cold form and knew it was true. Tho believing in the promises of God, we believe at the portals of heaven she met a host of loved ones and friends waiting to welcome her into their midst. And knowing this, we bow in humble submission to the will of a loving and merciful God, who is too good to be unkind, and too wise to make an error. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 30 Mar 1922 Thursday Uncle George Dunivant died Tuesday and was buried Thursday at the Tiller cemetery. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 18 Feb 1904 Thursday Former Citizen Dead. Mrs. Elenor J. McCracken died at her home near Humansville on Tuesday, February 2, 1904, after an illness of forty three days. Deceased was a daughter of Robert A. Stephenson and was born Sept. 26, 1854. She was a resident of Hickory county until her marriage to Mr. McCracken in 1870. Ten children were born to the union, six of whom survive her. She was a faithful member of the Christian church for nearly sixty years, and died in the blessed assurance of a Savior's love. She was greatly loved in her neighborhood and many friends are left to mourn her loss. Mrs. McCracken bore her suffering patiently and did not complain. Burial occurred at Tillery cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 3, funeral services having been conducted by Elder Allen Bridges. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 18 Feb 1904 Thursday Miss Sophia Wilson who has been bad sick for some time died Friday February 12. She was buried in the Cross Timbers cemetery the 13th. Miss Sophia was a young girl about 21 years of age and her death is mourned by all who knew her. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 18 Feb 1904 Thursday John C. Bigler died Feb. 8, at the home of his son, Henry, of near Rondo, of cancer, and was buried at the Antioch cemetery Feb. 9th. He was 74 years of age. He was a kind husband and father, a just and law-abiding citizen and a consistent member of the Christian church. He leaves a widow, six sons and one daughter. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 15 Aug 1907 Thursday Mrs. Bennett Starkey after an illness of several weeks died Monday Aug. 6th The body was laid to rest in the Tillery cemetery. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 28 Oct 1926 Thursday This community was made sad last week when the news came stating the death of Mr. Lear which occurred last Tuesday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Grey, in Stockton, Ill., where he had made his home since July and had been seriously ill since. His brother and wife of a nephew accompanied his body here arriving Friday evening and was taken to his home east of here a short distance and held until Saturday afternoon then brought to the Christian church where his funeral was preached by Bro. Hoffman before a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends after which his earthly remains were transferred to the Tillery cemetery and laid in its last resting place to await the resurrection morn. He had lived in this community a number of years and had many friends that were made sad to know of his passing away. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Mar 1908 Thursday Mrs. Sarah Dunivant wife of Geo. W. Dunivant died of pneumonia fever Saturday, March 14, and was buried at the Tillery cemetery on the following day. She was a good Christian woman and the neighborhood realizes the loss of a good neighbor and a kind mother. She leaves a loving companion, a little girl, three stepchildren, brothers and sisters and a host of friends to mourn her untimely loss. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Mar 1908 Thursday Mrs. Ettie Silvers died Thursday morning and was buried at Macedonia cemetery Friday. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Britton. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Mar 1908 Thursday Mrs. Charley Hix died at Edwards recently of small pox and her remains were taken to Green cemetery for burial. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Mar 1908 Thursday Mrs. John Byrd died at her home near Bethel camp ground the 17th inst., of pneumonia fever. She was 60 years of age and her remains were buried in Bethel cemetery. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Mar 1908 Thursday Aunt Patsey Green died at her home at Childers on the 19th day of March of pneumonia fever and was laid to rest in Bethel cemetery the following day. She was 84 years old and was the widow of the late Rev. A. M. Green who departed this life about the year 1899. Holton Recorder, Holton, Kansas Thursday, 29 Sep 1921 James Howard Payne, son of Barnard and Elizabeth Payne, was born in Buchanan county, Mo., near Wallace, July 12, 1863, and died at Holton, Kansas, September 26, 1921, age 58 years, 2 months and 13 days. On January 29, 1883, he was married to Harriett E. Bryan, of Wallace, Mo., who preceded him to the better world October 9, 1920. To this union were born six children. He leaves to mourn his departure five children, Cleve C. Payne, Edith Richard, William Payne, Mary Edna and Donald. Six grandchildren, two brothers, Thos. L. of DeKalb, Mo., and William Louis of Kansas City, Mo. One son, James, and brothers Joe and William W., and one sister Anna Blackwood, all have preceded him to the better world. Holton Recorder, Holton, Kansas Thursday, 28 Oct 1920 Harriet Elizabeth Bryan, daughter of William and Mary A. Bryan, was born near Wallace, Mo., on March 1, 1863, and departed this life Oct. 9, 1920, at the age of 57 years, 7 months and 8 days. She was converted at the age of 21 and united with the Christian church at Old Union, near Wallace, Mo. She was married on Jan. 29, 1885, to James H. Payne, at Wallace, Mo. To this union were born six children. She leaves to mourn her departure, her husband, five children, Cleve C., Mrs. Edith Richard, William, Mary Edna, and Donald; five grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Mamie Stubbins, Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Nannie Treadway, Shawnee, Okla.; two brothers, James and Thomas Bryan, of Oklahoma City; one son James and brother Will had preceded her to the better world. The family moved to Kansas, near Holton, in the fall of 1910, and have since resided here. She was a loving mother, devoted to her children, in whose lives her gracious influence will forever leave its mark. She was beloved by all who knew her. She had many friends who will mourn her departure and remember her for the noble, upright Christian life that she has lead, and the fine example that she has set for them. Although she is gone, she has made the world better for her having lived in it. The funeral service was held at the Christian church on Monday, Oct. 11, 1920, conducted by Rev. Albert V. Hart. The music was furnished by the Dynamo quartet. The selections that were used were "Remember Me, Almighty One," "Riches of Love in Christ Jesus," and "Hear the Loving Saviour Saying, Lean Thou Weary One On Me." The many beautiful flower tributes that were given, expressed the love for her. The pallbearers were Alva Blackwood, Fred Blackwood, Joe Payne, Theron Blackwood, Fred Adams, Ora Moore. Interment was made in the Holton cemetery. MEREDITH, Elvin Norris St. Clair County Courier, 2 February 2007 Elvin Norris Meredith was born Nov. 29, 1927 in Rockville and passed away Jan. 25, 2007, at Cox Medical Center, Springfield. The youngest son of Ernie and Mary Dains Meredith, Elvin committed his life to the Lord at Birdsong Baptist Church near Collins. Elvin attended Collins Public School. After graduating he joined the United States Navy where he served for two years. Soon after his discharge from the United States Navy, Elvin married his childhood sweetheart, Lois Rains in June of 1950. From this union six children were born. In 1956 they purchased a farm near Gerster, where they spent the rest of their married life raising their family and working the farm. In 1965 Elvin wen to work for the United States Postal Service where he served as Postmster in the Weaubleau office for 26 years, retiring in 1991. Elvin was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; daughter, Judy; his parents, Ernie and Mary; brother, Norvel and his nephew, Don. He is survived by his long time friend and companion, Charlotte Hutton; five children, Jim and Debbie Cauthon of New Jersey, Craig and Nancy Bryant, Osceola and their children, Grier, Kelsey, Tyler, Meredith and great granddaughter, Parker; Eddie and Lynda Meredith, Osceola and their daughter, Whitney; Danny and Georgie Carney, Osceola and their children Cody, Patrick, Dillon, Anna, Logan and Zachary; Michael and Amy Meredith, Bolivar, their children, Mickayla, Lydia and Brant; one sister, Iowana McBurney and her husband, Ed, Kansas City; nephews, nieces; a large extended family and many, many friends. Services for Elvin were Sunday, Jan. 28, in the Sheldon Goodrich Chapel with Reverend Scott Hill officiating. Musical selections were "Amazing Grace", "Wind Beneath My Wings" with donna Carney, soloist and Gail Ingle, accompanist. Casketbearers were Grier Bryant, Cody Carney, Patrick Carney, Logan Carney, Kelsey Bryant, Tyler Bryant, Dillon Carney, Zachary Carney and Brant Meredith. Military honors were given by the United States Navy National Guard Oscar Team. Final disposition was cremation with interment in the Butcher Cemetery under the direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola. MEREDITH, Elvin Norris Kansas City Star, 28 January 2007 Mr. Elvin N. Meredith, 79, Weaubleau, MO, passed away Jan. 25, 2007 at Cox Medical Center South, Springfield, MO. Funeral services with military honors 4 p.m. Sunday, January 28 at SheldonGoodrich Chapel, Osceola, MO. Cremation following service. MEREDITH, Henry Died – Henry Meredith, a farmer, living five miles north of Osceola, died July 20, 1902, from typhoid fever. He was married to Mrs. Mary Hall, daughter of Robert and Jane Boswell, of this county, Oct. 1892. His wife died April 17, 1900. He leaves a little son, 9 years old, a daughter 6 years old, a kind and loving mother, four brothers, two sisters, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn his loss. He was a kind father and a loving husband. He professed religion at an early age and was united with the Coon creek Baptist church and was baptized by the writer. He lived for twenty-four days with typhoid fever but bore his sufferings with patience that only christians can bear, never murmuring or complaining. His remains were laid to rest in the Holsapple cemetery five miles south-west of Collins, the funeral sermon was preached by the writer, to a large crowd, the text was taken from Job, 14 chap. and 10 verse, - But man dieth and Wasteth away, Yea man giveth up the ghost and where is He? – After which he was laid beside his wife to rest and wait until the dead are called to Judgment, remind us all that we too must die. He was born in Hickory county, Mo., July 25th 1863. Age 38 years, 11 months and 20 days. W.F. Shackelford. MEREDITH, James Emery Thursday, February 19, 1937 marked the passing of oen of our old time and loyal citizens of St. Clair County in the person of “Uncle Jim” Meredith as he was familiarly known. He will be remembered by the people of Collins, as he spent several years of his life near there, also of the Bear Creek neighborhood as he lived there several years. When he was a young man his father died leaving him the responsibility of helping his mother rear the children, which he did well. After his marriage, he assisted in the rearing of two families of orphan children. He was born in Pettis county near Sedalia, Missouri, May 19, 1857. He moved with his parents to Hickory county when just a boy. About the time he came to manhood he lived north of Humansville and spent the most of the remainder of his life in St. Clair county and Henry county. He passed away at the home of his nephew, Evan Lawler in Vista, Missouri at the age of 79 years 8 months, and 29 days. He was married to Sallie Glenn in November 1915. She preceded him in death in October 1923. He leaves to mourn his going: one brother, Dee Meredith, Erie, Kansas, one sister, Mrs. Mattie Lawler, Cole, Missouri, one half-brother, W.J. Brookshire, Rollins, Kansas. A number of nephews and nieces and a host of friends. He was converted at the Conn schoolhouse in St. Clair county nearly 50 years ago under the preaching of Bro. Sam Hardy. He spent the most of the time for the last few years with his nephews, Arlie Meredith of Osceola, and Evan Lawler of Vista. He was always cheerful and had a kind word for everyone. Funeral services were conducted at Vista Baptist church by The Rev. D.D. Tally on Saturday, February 20, 1937. Interment was in the Osceola cemetery with O.S. Hull of Osceola Funeral Home in charge. The pall bearers were: Evan Lawler, Arlie Meredith, Dale Lawler, Lee Meredith, Fred Meredith, Roy Boswell and Ted Sink. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved. Card of Thanks - We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to all who have assisted in any way during the sickness and passing of our brother and uncle. Your thoughtfulness and sympathy means so much to us. Mrs. Mattie Lawler. Lee Meredith. Arlie Meredith. Evan Lawler. MEREDITH, Lucy E. Boswell Died – At her home near Collins, Mrs. Lucy E. Meredith. Born July 4, 1874, died June 13, 1901, aged 26 years, 11 months and 9 days. She was the daughter of Robert and Jane Boswell. She was married to Wm. M. Meredith Dec. 16, 1894, professed religion and united with the Collins Baptist Church in 1888. She was a consecrated Christian woman, loved by all who knew her. Though suffering untold misery not a murmer escaped her lips; though confined to her bed the most of the time since the first day of January, 1901, with that dread disease, consumption, she patiently awaited the call of the Master. Her funeral was preached to a large congregation of sorrowing relatives and loving friends on Friday the 14th and on Saturday the 16th she was laid to rest in the Culbertson cemetery northwest of Collins, there to rest until the sound of the Trumpet is heard calling the dead to judgment. Our sympathies go out to the bereaved husband, little daughter, aged parents and brothers who are left to mourn her death. But their loss is her eternal gain. How she will be missed in the church and by all who knew her. The writer baptized her, united her in marriage and preached her funeral. W.F.S. MEREDITH, Mary Osceola Herald, 6 February 1868, page 1, column 3 Mrs. Mary Meredith died at residence of Capt. B.F. Cook, January 8th, 1868 in the 75th year of her age. She was born in Amherst Co., Virginia September 1794. In 1803 she came with her father's family to Franklin Co., Virginia and in 1858 immigrated to St. Clair Co., Missouri. MEREDITH, Oral Nancy Boswell Oral Meredith was born December 23, 1901 in St. Clair County near Collins. She was the oldest of six children born to Thomas M. and Effie Tucker Boswell. When Oral was only 12 years old her mother died leaving to Oral the responsibility of being mother to and caring for five younger brothers and sisters, Lloyd, Ray, Opal, Gertrude and John Lee who was only two years old when this tragedy came into their lives. Oral accepted it with courage and confidence. For a while she was helped by Aunt Nellie Tucker who stayed with the family while Oral finished school at Oak Ridge also called Tillery School. She then assumed the responsibility of an adult while she was still a child herself. At an early age, Oral bcame a dedicated Christian and member of Coon Creek Baptist Church. She remained a faithful member throughout the years. On June 22, 1927, Oral was married to Fred Meredith. They had three children, Harold Thomas, Opal Marilyn, often called Junie, and Freddy Paul. In addition to their own three children they raised Elvin Meredith from infancy when his mother became ill and could not take care of him. Elvin always referred to Oral as “Mom”. Oral and Fred were devoted parents who shared their faith in God and studied their Bible regularly. Oral developed a good memory of the Scriptures. She can almost be heard quoting, “Oh, death where is thy sting? Oh, grave, where is they victory?” with the answer, “The victory is life eternal”. After Fred’s death in 1979 Oral and Freddy Paul struggled together. While she was still young, tragedy struck her life a second time when she lost her sight and was plunged into a world of total darkness. Undaunted, she again accepted her fate with courage while demonstrating remarkable patience. She never lost her faith which sustained her. By 1988 she was too frail to continue living and working on the farm and she went to Northwood Hills in Humansville where she lived till death claimed her on Tuesday, February 27. Her indomitable faith, courage and perseverance under trying circumstances have been an inspiration to all who knew her. Oral is survived by two sons; Harold Thomas Meredith of Marshall, Mo. and Freddy Paul Meredith of Collins, Mo., one daughter, Mrs. Marilyn Ruggles of Columbia, Mo., a nephew she considered a son, Elvin Meredith of Gerster, Mo., one brother, John Boswell of Weaubleau, Mo., two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Winders of Warrensburg, Mo., and Mrs. Opal Bowman of Weaubleau, Mo., three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces, other relatives and many friends. Services were held on Thursday, February 29 at 2 p.m. at the Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel by the Rev. Marshall Henderson. Music was played by Donna Carney and Gail Ingle. Casketbearers were John Mike Winders, Craig Bryant, Roy Gene Miller, Herman Capps, Bill Ruggles and Elvin Meredith. Interment was held at the Freeman-Holsapple Cemetery. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 10 May 1917 Thursday Benton Rees, a noble Christian hearted gentleman, and Ex-Confederate soldier, a generous, indulgent father, a kind husband and good neighbor, died at his home, Weaubleau, Mo., April 28th, 1917. At his bedside were his bereaved wife and five daughters who truly mourn their loss as do twenty-two grand-children and many other relatives and friends. Mr. Rees was born near Georgetown, Pettis County, Missouri, June 9th, 1839, where he resided for fifty years, and soon would have been 78 years old. He was married to Ellen Agee Feb. 6th, 1866, and they celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary last year. Six daughters and one son were born of this union, and grew into womanhood and manhood; all were married and survive him except Mrs. Vaughn who died December, 1916. Those living who gave loving ministration during his last illness were Mrs. John L. Henton formerly of Sedalia but who the past year visited relatives in Montana and Texas, Mrs. W. W. Sharpless of Stonewall, Okla., Mrs. J. S. Painter of Quenemo, Kansas, Mrs. L. A. White of Bowie, Texas and Mrs. Don Harryman of Wheatland, Missouri. The only son, Thomas Benton, of Tindall, Montana, was not able to be at his father's bedside. Mr. Rees became converted and joined the Baptist Church at Dresden, Mo., fifty years ago. He was deacon and enjoyed his church relationship very much. His place at Sunday School was seldom vacant except in severe illness. The funeral services were held from the Weaubleau Baptist Church, of which he was a member, by Rev. Tucker, his pastor for several years. The church was full of kindly faces, old and young, that attested the love in which he was held. He was laid to rest by the side of his daughter, Mrs. Vaughn, at the Tillery Cemetery, south of Elkton, his former home, where many old friends met the sorrowing family. Those from a distance were: Mr. James Agee, brother of Mrs. Rees and Gus Agee of Kansas City, and William Agee of Limonte, Mo., nephews of Mrs. Rees. The flowers that covered his casket and the alter were beautiful. One piece was unique, being in the shape of a "Confederate Cross of Honor", made with white carnations edged with ferns, the letters "C.V." in red rose-buds in the center with laural wreath around them. Mr. Rees was a soldier of the South, stood for what he deemed right and gave four years of service to the cause. With his passing goes one of the few left of the old school of the South. He belonged to Co. B., 10th Mo. Infantry, was wounded, and a prisoner for twenty months. He was mustered out of Co. D., 2nd Mo. Cavalry, taking the oath of allegience and becoming a loyal citizen always interested in everything progressive and good. The grand-children were deeply affected by the loss they sustained of one who ruled through love. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 10 May 1917 Thursday Christopher Conway Tharp The son of Dr. B. R. Tharp of Urbana died at Springfield and the corpse was brought through here yesterday for burial in the Liberty cemetery. The boy had been making his home in Springfield with his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Tharp. Dr. R. C. Tharp of Osceola and Rev. Amos Tharp came through town going to Liberty yesterday to attend the funeral. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 28 Sep 1939 Thursday Philander Henson, a well known resident of our community passed quietly to the Great Beyond at the Humansville hospital Wednesday. Funeral services were held at Flemington Baptist church Friday afternoon by Rev. Bybee and burial in the Tillery cemetery under direction of J. R. Luckey. Sam Henson and wife of Oklahoma, Mrs. Graves of Kansas City, Clay Graves, wife and daughter of Nevada and several other relatives came for the funeral. It can truly be said of Phi that he was a good man. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 28 Sep 1939 Thursday Norma Lee Hunt The little babe of Omer Hunt and wife passed away Sunday at the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Kleck. All that doctors and nurses and the tender care of loved ones could do, was in vain and little Norma Lee had to go. The funeral was preached by Rev. Bybee at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon and she was laid to rest in the Robison cemetery. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 7 May 1931 Thursday Minervy Ann Sapp McCracken Once again with deepest sadness we chronicle the passing of the spirit of another most loving mother, friends and neighbor. She is gone from the temporal affairs of this life, into that undiscovered country that lies beyond the shadows. Minervy Ann Sapp, was born in Boone county, Mo., March 27th 1849, and departed this life March 24th 1931, at the home of a daughter Mrs. Eva Hunt, near Elkton, Mo., at the ripe old age of 81 years, 11 months and 27 days. She was united in marriage to Jerome B. McCracken on January 14th 1866, he having preceded her to the Great Beyond in 1908. To this union were born 9 children, 3 passing on in infancy. She leaves to mourn her departure, 6 children, all of whom were with her during her short illness, except one daughter, Lou, of Illinois. They are: Fred, of Winfred, S. Dakota; Leonard, of K.C., Missouri; Dema, of Inwood, Iowa, Lou, of Beecher City, Illinois; Corda of Weaubleau; and Eva, of the home address. Twenty-six grand children 21 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, 1 brother and a host of other relatives and friends. She was converted in her early life and united with the Elkton Baptist church of which she remained a faithful member always attending services as long as she was able. She was ill about 2 months and confined to her bed two weeks of which she bore with great patience and was so kind to every one, never wanted to be of any trouble to any one. She never complained of this life and always had a kind word and loving smile for every one she came in contact with, always ready to do her duty for her friends in time of need, and live for the Master without tiring. To know her was to love her. Weep not sorrowing ones, she is not dead but sleepeth. Funeral services were held at the Elkton Baptist church March 25th before a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends conducted by Rev. Birdsong. Undertaker J. R. Luckey in charge, after which her earthly remains were borne to the Tillery cemetery and laid to rest to await the resurrection morn. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 8 Apr 1915 Thursday Sherm Vaughn passed away Saturday evening at eight o'clock after a long painful illness which he bore patiently. His body was interred in the Tillery cemetery Sunday afternoon after funeral services by Eld. G. W. Britton at the home. The family have our sincere sympathy in their loss. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 8 Apr 1915 Thursday Frank Babbitt, an old soldier of 61 to 65, died of heart trouble at Edwards, March 30, 1915. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 8 Apr 1915 Thursday Uncle Herman Schoaf, who died at the home of his step-daughter, Mrs. Fannie Dorman, was laid to rest in the cemetery here (Clark) Wednesday evening. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 8 Apr 1915 Thursday Infant son Ellison The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Ellison was laid to rest in the Liberty cemetery Monday. The bereft have our sympathy. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 13 Apr 1922 Thursday Infant son Holt The infant son of Geo. Holt and wife, died Saturday, and was buried Sunday at the Tillery cemetery. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 15 Mar 1906 Thursday John Prough's baby died Saturday night and was buried Monday in the Tillery cemetery southwest of town. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 21 Nov 1907 Thursday Mrs. Ollie Lear who has been suffering of consumption some three years, died Nov. 13, and the body was interred the following day in the Tillery cemetery. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 21 Nov 1907 Thursday W.M. Box Died, at his home near this place on Tuesday, November 12, at 10 a.m. Grandpa Box. His remains were laid to resit in Mt. Zion cemetery. The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of the entire community. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 21 Nov 1907 Thursday We were sorry to learn of the death of our old friend and school mate, John Combs. He died after a long illness of the fever. He leaves a wife and three children, a mother, three brothers, two sisters and a host of friends to mourn his loss. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 9 Jul 1908 Thursday J. B. McCracken passed away at his home one mile west of town July 4th, 1908. He had been sick for 15 months, during which time he bore his suffering patiently. He was a good christian, a good citizen, and the community will misss him. His remains were laid to rest in the Tillery cemetery. Bro. Southard preached his funeral at the Baptist church here to a large congregation. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 9 Jul 1908 Thursday Lucy A. Campbell The subject of this sketch was born near Nashville, Tenn., October 30, 1826, and passed from this life to a better world June 20, 1908. Mrs. Campbell (nee Gauldin) moved with her parents to the state of Kentucky when a small girl where she was reared to womanhood and where she married John Babb in 1844. To this union were born two children, Burrell Babb of Elkton and Mrs. H. B. Paxton of Wheatland, Mo. Her first husband dying in 1848, she was again married to Wm. F. Campbell, who was summoned by the grim reaper, Death, eight years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell were parents of four children, Adolphus, who died twelve years ago, G. R., of Preston, who has so kindly cared for his mother since his father's death, and Susanna Rubey and Eliza Dixon of Carnegie, Okla. Eliza and G. R. being at her bed side when death came. Mrs. Campbell often talked to the writer during her last sickness, telling of her prospects for heaven and when she was converted to Christ. She said that shortly after her second marriage when at home with her two little children she was made happy in Christ. But since that time she often wandered making many crooked steps, though at the time she felt she was alright and ready to go, except that she wanted to see her two girls that were so far away, and hated to leave her son Gus, who had always made his home with her, alone. Mrs. Campbell has lived in this settlement on the same farm for 45 years, having moved from Kentucky to Polk county in 1853 and then to this community in 1862. The Rev. Thos. Ferguson preached her funeral at the home, beneath the beautiful shade trees in the front yard to a large number of people, who had gathered in respect to her memory and who followed her to the last resting place in the Bowers cemetery, services being conducted by N. H. Franklin at the cemetery. The chair that she occupied is vacant. She will be remembered by all who knew her, but especially by her son Gus. The writer would say to him, weep not, she has paid the debt that you and I will soon have to pay; and to Eliza, who laid everything aside and came 500 miles to be at your mother's bedside, weep not, for it should be a source of satisfaction to you as long as you live to know that it gave your mother so much joy to see you, for the writer will never forget how she rejoiced when telling him that you had come and how well she would like to see Susanna Rubey; and I will say to you Susanna, who made such a start to get here, (driving 30 miles and just missing the train) to see your mother, weep not, for mother has gone to a better land than this; and will say to all her children, look heavenward and meet her in the better land. C. H. FRANKLIN The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 11 Feb 1926 Thursday This community was made sad Sunday when the sad news came that Charles Piper had suddenly passed away at the home of his sister, Mrs. Maud Creed, of Flemington. His body was brought over to the home of his sister, Mrs. G. W. Inks, where funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Dillon amid a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends after which his remains were placed in the Fisher cemetery. We join with the many friends in extending our deepest sympathy to the bereaved in this their hour of sorrow. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 11 Feb 1926 Thursday Mary Elizabeth Peden was born in Simpson County Ky. Jan. 27, 1850. She was married to W. C. Boren Jan. 26, 1871, to this union was born 10 children of which 3 sons and 6 daughters are living, one having preceded her to the heavenly home. She was converted in Aug. 1876 and joined the united Baptist church. In Aug. 1881 Mrs. Boren came with her husband to Hickory County, Mo. and united with the Elkton Baptist church of which she has been an ever true and faithful member until her death which occurred Jan. 19, 1926, Age 75 years 11 months and 23 days. She was a most devoted mother, a kind true and gentle companion and her Christian spirit was manifest in her every action, and on her deathbed the day before she passed away, called the children that was at her bedside and bid them farewell one at the time, also her husband, and send through the present, a message to those absent, this was the only time the writer ever knew her to say "Good By" without shedding tears, but her eyes were bright and shinning when she said with a smile she could see her home beyond and asked by her son if it was beautiful she answered very beautiful. The children that was present at her bedside and had for some time administered to her wants, was Mrs. Eklof at whose home she made her home since last spring, Miss Jane Boren of Winslow, Arizona, who with Mrs. A. C. Miller of said address came home in reply to a message sent there about their mothers illness. Mrs. Miller could not remain long and was not present at her death, Mrs. J. D. Chaney spent a good part of the time with her mother, also Andy Boren would call and stay over night or longer at a time. When the final message was sent that mother was no more her youngest boy Chas. of Manhatten, Kans., hastened to her burial. The children who was unable to come was J. Boren, Checotah, Okla., Mrs. Susie Gillett, Oakland, Cal., Mrs. Laura Miller and Mrs. Emily Wright both of Winslow, Arizona. Mrs. Boren during her life certainly knew how to show her faith in her redeemer, by applying same in her daily association with her children in such a way that each of them accepted their mothers God and now converted, living examples of a true Christian home. Her earthly remain was on the 22nd of Jan. conveyed to the Sunny Slope School house where funeral services was conducted by Elder J. R. Varner in the presence of her old neighbors and friends which the body was taken to the Tillery cemetery and tenderly laid to rest by the side of her firstborn daughter, awaiting the resurrection morn. May he who has been her comforter now comfort the lonely companion and bereaved children until they meet her where no parting is known. By One who loves her and family. The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kansas 28 May 1936 Thursday Tire Changing Fatal to Pair Kansan and Nephew Are Struck: Driver Arrested Manhattan -- William Payne, 13, of Concordia, Kas., died here early today of injuries received in an accident last night in which his uncle, Donald B. Payne, 34, also of Concordia, was killed. The accident occurred at Flush rural community, 10 miles northeast of here, when the boy and his uncle were struck by another automobile as they were changing a tire. Sheriff Jack Plummer, of Westmoreland, said the other automobile was driven by Ed Quigley, Blaine, Kas. Quigley was held pending an investigation. Payne's wife and a sister, Mrs. Otte Herde, were seated in the Payne automobile at the time of the accident. The boy was son of Mr. and Mrs. William Payne, Jr., of Concordia. Donald Payne also is survived by a two-year-old son, a brother, Cleveland Payne, Topeka, and another sister, Mrs. M. J. Richards, Manhattan. The Belleville Telescope, Belleville, Kansas 4 Jun 1936 Thursday Two Killed by Car William Payne, 13, and his uncle, Donald B. Payne, 34, both of Concordia, were killed May 28 when they were struck by another automobile as they were changing a tire. The accident occurred at Flush, 10 miles northeast of Manhattan. Ed Quigley, Blaine, driver of the other automobile, was held pending investigation. Donald Payne, with his brother, Will, operated a lunch house at Concordia for several years. The Valley Falls Vindicator, Valley Falls, Kansas 27 Mar 1925 Friday Anna Catherine Spreng Strouse The entire community was shocked to learn of the sudden death of Grandma Strouse, of Ozawkie, last Sunday morning. She was in her usual health Saturday evening but about three or four o'clock Sunday morning Mr. Strouse was awakened. She said she felt badly and after she arose was compelled to lie down again and soon passed away. Heart failure was the cause. Mr. Strouse has lost a good companion, the children a kind and loving mother, the grandchildren and great grandchildren a loving grandmother, the church a faithful worker and the community a good neighbor for Grandma, as she was always called by everybody, was always known, as a friend and had a kind word and a helping hand for everybody--both old and young. The family has the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. The Valley Falls Vindicator, Valley Falls, Kansas 3 Apr 1925 Friday A. Strouse's public sale of household goods Saturday was attended by a good crowd. Mr. Strouse will go to make his home with his son, Gale Strouse, at Lincoln, Nebr. We all hate to see Mr. Strouse leave for he always had a good word for everybody. Dearborn Democrat, 3 Jun 1904 William Bryan, better known as Uncle Bunk, died at the home of his son in law, George Treadway, at Shawnee, Okla., Friday evening, from a cancer on his face. The remains were brought here and buried Tuesday at the Turner graveyard. Mr. Bryan was born in Boyle county, Kentucky, Feb. 24, 1833, and moved to Missouri in 1855, settling in Buchanan county. He was married to Miss Mollie Feland, May 25, 1862. To this union six children were born, five of whom survive him. They are, Mrs. Hattie Payne, G. T., J. S., Mrs. Nannie Treadway and Mrs. Mayme Stubbins. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 29 Jan 1942 Thursday Dr. Gist Dies After Blast Wrecks New Office The tragic death of Dr. Lem Gist is told in the following excerpts from an article which appeared in the Dec. 15 issue of the Coldwater Daily Reporter, Coldwater, Mich. Although it has been over a month since the tragedy, this information was supplied by the family due to so many inquiries from interested friends. "Dr. Lemuel I. Gist, 46, prominent Coldwater physician and surgeon, was fatally injured and his daughter, Barbara, 11, injured in a lesser degree at 2:15 p.m. Sunday when a boiler explosion wrecked his new West Pearl street office building. "Dr. Gist died at 10:25 p.m. Sunday at the Health Center after several physicians had labored eight hours in a vain attempt to save his life. His daughter, who suffered second degree burns on one side of her body, was still at the hospital today but her condition was not serious. Both Dr. Gist's legs were fractured by the blast, one badly shattered, and second degree burns covered most parts of his face and body. He also suffered internal injuries from a heavy blow across the chest and abdomen. "The fatal blast occurred shortly after Dr. Gist and Barbara entered the office building, which was under construction and nearing completion. Both had gone into the garage at the rear of the building while he inspected a fire in a temporary coal heating unit there. "Barbara said her father opened a petcock on the low-pressure cast iron hot water boiler to satisfy himself that there was enough water in the boiler. They then started to leave the room but an odd popping noise caused Dr. Gist to return to the heater for a second look. Barbara remained near the door. "Suddenly there was a terrific blast which shattered the large garage door and hurled Barbara outdoors. The concussion was violent enough to shake many homes nearby and when neighbors hurried to the scene, they found Dr. Gist lying beneath debris in one corner of the garage. "Ambulances were summoned to take Dr. Gist and his daughter to the Health Center and firemen were called to extinguish a small blaze started in the garage by the explosion. "The violence of the blast is illustrated by the fact that the large garage door was smashed into kindling pieces strewn as far as 50 feet from the building. A wall partition near the boiler was shattered and a gaping hole torn through the southwest corner of the one-story, brick structure. "Fire Chief Lewis K. Zirn and others who inspected the building were at a loss to determine the exact cause of the explosion. The possibility of coal gass being responsible was discounted and it was believed that somehow excessive pressure had been built up in the boiler. "Damage to the building, which will probably run into several thousands of dollars, was at least partially covered by an insurance policy which, fortunately, provides for payment for damage by explosion as well as by fire. "Coroner Irving L. Stansell, who was summoned following Dr. Gist's death, today said that no inquest would be held. "Dr. Gist was born Aug. 11, 1895, in Wheatland, Mo., son of Charles V. and Susie Gist, and spent his early days in that community. He was graduated from Wheatland high school, later attended college at St. Louis, Mo., and then completed his medical work at Cincinnati Medical College, Cincinnati, Ohio. "He served his internship at Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He came to Coldwater 11 years ago from Ft. Wayne, and established what proved to be a large and successful practice. His home here was at 300 East Chicago street. "Dr. Gist, aside from his practice, served both the city and county in official capacities. He was city physician for several terms and in November of 1940 was elected to the office of Branch county coroner. "He was also very active in civic and social affairs. He was a charter member and first president of the Coldwater Kiwanis club, which was founded in 1935 and served as state lieutenant governor of Kiwanis. "Dr. Gist was also a member of the Coldwater Elks lodge. He was, of course, an active member of the Branch County Medical Society. "Surviving is his widow, Nina Black, whom he married in 1920; the one daughter, Barbara; a brother, C. O. Gist of Coldwater; and his parents, who reside in Wheatland, where they have owned and operated a hotel for more than 30 years. One brother, Sidney Neal Gist, died in 1916. "Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the chapel at Shattuck Funeral Home. The Rev. James Clyde DeVinney, pastor of First Methodist church, will conduct the rites and members of the Kiwanis club will take part in the services. Burial will be at Oak Grove cemetery. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 22 Sep 1927 Thursday We were indeed sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Oather Skinner which occurred at their home northeast of town Monday night about ten o'clcok. She suffered with a stroke of paralysis. The funeral services were conducted at the Holiness church by Bro. Ballard, after which her earthly remains were laid to rest in the Gardner cemetery. The bereaved ones have this community's deepest sympathy. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 31 May 1956 Thursday Graveside services were conducted Tuesday morning at McCaslin-Gentry cemetery for Claude McCaslin, 63, who passed away in Colorado. His three sons were here for last rites conducted by Bro. J. L. Wright under the direction of the Hathaway Funeral Home. He was a former resident here. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 24 Mar 1938 Thursday Nora Bradley Our little town was made sad when the news reached us that Mrs. Lon Bradley had passed away of a heart attack shortly after they retired Saturday night. She and her husband had been to town that afternoon and she had made mention to her friends how glad she was to be able to be out after being sick most all winter. Mrs. Bradley was a good Christian woman and of course, will be missed by her family and also in her church and Sunday school and community. Her funeral was held in the Christian church Monday afternoon by Bro. Mahanay, her minister, assisted by Rev. Ryder of Kansas City. A double quartet from Kansas City, in the school where her son, Burke teaches furnished some excellent numbers. Wheatland choir sang and Mrs. J. L. Evans sang a solo. Her body was laid to rest in the Gardner cemetery. The bereaved family have my deepest sympathy. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 24 Mar 1938 Thursday We were very sorry to hear of the death of Aunt Ann Breeze at her home in Humansville. She will be remembered by some of the older people, as the wife of Uncle Melvin Yeager. She was formerly of this community, and her maiden name was Pare. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 10 Nov 1938 Thursday Mrs. Will Miller passed away Friday night at the home of her son, Bob Breshears and wife. She was 83 years of age and had been an invalid for the past two years. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Wheatland Baptist church where she was a member. Burial was in the Gardner cemetery. We extend sympathy. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 30 July 1964 Thursday Mrs. Anna Jewell Pippins, 45, died Tuesday afternoon in a Clinton hospital, where she had been a patient 24 days. She was born near Avery and had spent all of her life in that community. Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Mary DeFreece, Lee's Summit; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Brown, Weaubleau; a sister, Mrs. Gladys Boring, Kansas City, Kan., and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Breshears Valley Baptist Church with Rev. J. L. Wright officiating. Burial will be in Avery Baptist Cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral Home. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 30 July 1964 Thursday Denice Michel Belk A daughter, Denice Michel, was born Thursday in Kansas City to Mr. and Mrs. Orvin Belk. The baby lived only 26 hours. Graveside services were held Saturday morning at Macedonia with Rev. J. L. Wright officiating and Hathaway Funeral Home in charge. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 30 July 1964 Thursday Mrs. Tipton Rites At Wheatland Mrs. Lillie Alice Tipton, 77, Nemo resident, died Monday in Cedar County Hospital in El Dorado Springs where she had been a patient 12 days and had suffered the amputation of her left leg. Mrs. Tipton spent 65 years in her native community of Avery. She had also lived nearly 12 years in and near Kansas City. She sold her home at Avery last fall and moved to Nemo to live near her son, Raymond. Her husband, John F. Tipton, preceded her last November. She is survived by another son, Ralph, of Leeton; five sisters, Mrs. Hattie Holler and Mrs. Nancy Henderson, Wheatland; Mrs. Eva Crabtree, Warsaw; Mrs. Iva Bird, Fairfield, and Mrs. Hazel Williams, Fristoe; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Funeral services at Wheatland Baptist Church were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Rev. J. L. Wright gave the sermon. Burial was in Gardner Cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral Home. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 12 Oct 1916 Thursday Mary C. Roney Huffman On Monday afternoon, the 9th, the Silent Messenger entered our village the second time within the past few days and bore away the gentle spirit of Mrs. D. B. Huffman from its frail earthly tenement to that home beyond the shadows. Mrs. Huffman had been in declining health for a number of years and said she was only waiting for her summons to leave this world. Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday afternoon by Eld. J. T. Ferguson, after which the remains were taken to the Gardner cemetery for interment. We join other friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved family. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 12 Oct 1916 Thursday Neil Gist The Death Angel after hovering near for several days finally took from our midst the youthful and cherished spirit of Neil Gist. The end came on Friday evening, the 6th, after 60 days illness and the remains were tenderly laid to rest at the Gardner Cemetery Saturday afternoon after appropriate funeral services at the M. E. Church conducted by Bro. G. W. Britton in the presence of a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends. While the hopes of loving hearts who gave tenderest care are blighted as far as this life is concerned, yet the Healer, who has balm for every wound, gives comfort in a brighter hope of meeting again in a fairer and lovelier clime beyond Earth's knowing. The writer together with others will remember long and tenderly Neil's friendliness and accomodating disposition. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire town and community. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 3 Feb 1955 Thursday Mrs. Eliza (Murphy) Bartshe, widow of the late Emery Bartshe, passed away at her home north of town Tuesday night. She has been in poor health for several years but has been up most of the time. She has been a noble mother and possessed a wonderful philosophy of life. She will be greatly missed in the home. She was a member of the Macedonia Baptist church. Mr. Bartshe passed away in 1925. Mrs. Bartshe is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Fred (Jessie) Schnitker. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 3 Feb 1955 Thursday Orvel Rife, son of James Marshall and Margaret Ellen Rife, was born in Schuyler County, Missouri, on May 7, 1893. He passed away at 11 a.m. on January 29, 1955, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. His age at the time of death was 61 years, 8 months, and 22 days. When he was 18 months old, Orvel moved with his parents to a home near Macks Creek. While a mere lad he came from there to Hickory County, later establishing his home near Wheatland, Missouri. The remainder of his life has been spent in and around Wheatland with the exception of one year in Dallas County. On January 24, 1915, he was married to Maude Mae Breshears. To this union were born eight children: Mrs. Faye Simmons, Redlands, California; Chester, Osceola, Missouri; Earl, Desert Hot Springs, California; Mrs. Loretta Scott, Lowry City, Missouri; William, Kansas City, Kan.; Mrs. Cleo Foltz, Marshall, Mo.; Leo, Clinton, Missouri; and Kenneth, Kansas City, Kansas. There are 28 grandchildren. This is the first death in the immediate family of this couple who celebrated their 40th anniversary on Monday January 24th. Others who mourn his passing are 5 sisters: Mrs. Ruth Frechette, Springfield, Missouri; Mrs. Ola Kennedy, Preston, Missouri; Mrs. Lillie Henderson Winfield, Kansas; Mrs. Zelma Edwards, Camdenton, Missouri; Mrs. Cora Garrett, Springfield, Missouri; and one brother, Woodrow Rife, Lincoln, Missouri. Many other relatives and friends will miss him sadly. Orvel was saved some years ago and was very faithful in attendance at Sunday school and church services. He said while in the hospital that he was ready to go. He has been in failing health for some time and has been under the doctors' care in Kansas City since January 4th. He was bedfast for only a week. Mr. Rife was a kind father and a loving companion. He worked hard to provide for a large family; yet was never too busy to help his friends and neighbors in time of sickness or need. Through his cheerful manner, his respect for honest labor, and his help to those around him, he has left a good example not only to his family but to his many friends as well. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Wheatland Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. with Bro. David Englund officiating and assisted by Bro. Freddy Bill Glazebrook. Interment was in Gardner cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral Home. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 29 July 1954 Thursday Albert Preston Long was born May 22, 1871 in Miller County, Mo. and departed this life at Springfield, Mo., July 20, 1954, at the age of 83 years, one month and 28 days. He was united in marriage to Rosa Morrow and to this union eleven children were born. His wife and four children preceded him in death. Those living are Mrs. Sylvester Pearson, Hermitage, Mo.; Edward Long, Kansas City, Kans.; Mrs. Jack Farmer and Alva Long, Phoenix, Ariz.; Rosco Long, Fall Brook, Calif.; Cecil Long, Roff, Okla.; Sidney Long, Allen, Okla.; 20 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He spent about 20 years on the farm west of Hermitage. He had also lived in Oklahoma. Mr. Long was married on September 9, 1935 to Betty Allen and moved to Springfield where he spent the past 15 years. He was united in the Church of Christ at that time. Surviving this union are his wife and seven stepsons. Funeral services were held from the Thieme and Son Chapel in Springfield at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 22 with Rev. Willam F. Walker officiating. Burial was in Gardner cemetery near Wheatland. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 21 July 1955 Thursday CLEO MENDENHALL DIES AFTER SHORT ILLNESS Cleo Mendenhall, 33, of Kirksville, former resident of Wheatland and Urbana, died in a Kirksville hospital this morning. He took suddenly ill Monday. The following morning he was taken to the hospital and placed in an oxygen tent after it was determined that one of his lungs had collapsed. The cause of his death was not known this morning. Cleo and his wife, Marie, owned and operated the Colonial Motel at Kirksville. They formerly lived at Wheatland where he was employed by the Hathaway Funeral Home and later were at Urbana where he established a cleaning shop. Surviving besides his wife are two children, Billy, 9 and Cathy, 2; and his mother, Mrs. Nell Mendenhall of Kirksville. Gilbert Hathaway brother of Mrs. Mendenhall, has been with the family since Tuesday night. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 5 Dec 1946 Thursday Correction on last week's item. It is Mr and Mrs William C. Mendenhall who have the new baby instead of Cleo Hemphill. Mrs. Mendenhall and little William Day are now at home. Unknown paper Charles C. Hathaway Services Held Thursday Charles C., son of Millard F. and Alice (Waddle) Hathaway was born in Schuyler County, Missouri, July 22, 1886 and passed away at his home in Lancaster, August 22, 1961 at the age of 75 years and 1 month. He spent the early part of his life on a farm near Downing and attended school at Hickory Grove District. His education was completed at Downing High School. He taught school at Hickory Grove and Charity for a number of years. He united with the Downing Christian Church in the early part of his life. In the year of 1911 he was united in marriage to Edna Simmons. To this union one son and two daughters were born. This family was raised on a farm near Lancaster and later in Lancaster where he owned and operated a hardware store. Charles was very proud to be a member of the board of education when his children graduated. He was a member of the Lancaster Masonic Lodge. In later years he was united in marriage to Belva Dodson of Glenwood and spent the remainder of his life in Lancaster looking after his farm, also buying wool in the community that he loved so much. He attended church and Sunday school at the Glenwood Methodist church with his wife and took an active part in their work. Charles is survived by his wife, one son, Gilbert of Wheatland, Mo., two daughters, Lois Lee Rice of Chicago, Ill., and Marie Mendenhall of Kansas City, Mo., one stepson, John Robert Dodson of Lancaster, one step daughter, Betty Jo Houston, St. Louis, Mo., nine grandchildren. Also two brothers, Wilbur F. Hathaway of Seattle, Wash., Ebben H. Hathaway of Lancaster, one sister, Leah Charter of Guthrie Center, Ia. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, one brother and one sister. Macon Chronicle-Herald (Macon, Missouri) 19 Jul 1947 Saturday William Henry Mangus, 80, died in Kirksville Thursday afternoon. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at Mt. Carmel Church, and burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. The Rev. T. E. Spurling of Shelbyville will officiate. Mr. Mangus was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Mangus and was born in Adair County May 25, 1867. He and Sebina Bell Day were married Mar. 18, 1893, and they had six children. Mrs. Mangus died about 11 months ago. Mr. Mangus spent most of his life as a farmer in Macon County, and for about seven years prior to Mrs. Mangus' death they lived in South Gifford. After his wife's death, Mr. Mangus made his home with some of his children and their families in Kirksville. La Plata Home Press (La Plata, Missouri) 25 Apr 1918 Thursday Sarah Ellen Krepps was born in Sugar Grove, Fairfield County, Ohio, Feb. 25, 1840; died April 18, 1918. She was married to Jacob Mangus in February, 1857, and to this union were born four children, two dying in infancy. The two living are William Mangus of near Gifford and Mrs. Arie Baughn of Wichita Falls, Tex. Mrs. Mangus was a member of the Christian Church. Funeral services were held at Mt. Carmel church Sunday at 1:30, conducted by Rev. H. A. Browning, pastor of the Christian church at La Plata. Lonnie Arnold Smith, 82 Lonnie Arnold Smith, 82, Flemington, Mo., passed away December 11, 2017, at Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, Mo. Funeral services were held Thursday, December 14, at Hathaway-Peterman Chapel with Rev. Jack Sawyers officiating. Burial was in Antioch Cemetery, Pittsburg, Mo., under the direction of Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home, Wheatland, Mo. Memorial contributions may be made to Antioch Cemetery, Pittsburg. Lonnie A. Smith Death • Nov. 4, 1935 - Dec. 11, 2017 Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home Chapel, Wheatland, with visitation one hour prior. Mr. Smith, 82, Flemington, died Monday at Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar. Born in Flemington, he was the son of James William and Enzie Mae Copeland Smith. He was a farmer and longtime area resident of the Elkton and Flemington communities. Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Rick Smith; and a sister, Willa Mae Wolfe. Survivors include his wife, Pansy Smith of the home; three sons and their wives, Ronnie and Teresa Smith, James and CeeCee Smith and Jerry and Debbie Smith, all of Flemington; one brother and his wife, Ralph and Dixie Smith of Humansville; a sister, Veta Fern and David Fender of Ft. Myers, Fla.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The Rev. Jack Sawyers officiate with interment in Antioch Cemetery, Pittsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Antioch Cemetery, Pittsburg. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Apr 1945 Thursday Charles E. Quick, 72, a resident of Nemo community, passed away at Weaubleau Saturday evening in the Easton hospital, where he was taken following a heart attack suffered while in Weaubleau that afternoon. Mr. Quick had resided in the Urbana, Pittsburg and Nemo section for a number of years. Funeral services, at which a large crowd of relatives and friends were present, were held at the Antioch Christian church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. J. S. Bybee conducted the service. Burial was in Antioch cemetery with Hathaway Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Quick is survived by his wife and ten children. Names of the children are given in Pittsburg items this week. Nemo items: Our community was saddened by the sudden death of Mr. Quick Saturday night. Mr. Quick had six teeth pulled in Weaubleau Saturday which caused a heart attack and he was unable to be brot home before he passed away. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife and nine children, three of whom are in the armed services. Pittsburg Items: Relatives and friends were made sad to learn of the death Saturday of Charles E. Quick, 72, who resided near Nemo. Mr. Quick and family formerly spent several years in this community. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Dona Quick, four sons, Henry, Lindsey, Homer and Lester, and six daughters, Mrs. Wm. T. Floyd, Mrs. Lester Root, Mrs. Nicholas Bastion and Mary, Opal and Ruby Quick. The sons, Lindsey, Homer and Lester, are in service overseas. Also 17 grandchildren 2 sisters and 5 brothers survive. Mr. Quick was one of the splendid citizens of our county and had many friends. Funeral and burial services will be held at Antioch Christian church Tuesday afternoon. Rev. J. S. Bybee will officiate. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Apr 1945 Thursday Ira Miles Woirhaye, oldest child of James and Nancy Elizabeth Woirhaye, was born January 18, 1877 near Clinton, Mo., and passed away at his home near Fristoe, on March 23, 1945, at the age of 68 years, 2 months and 5 days. On February 15, 1905 he was united in marriage to Maud Catherine Holley. To this union five children were born. They are: Mrs. Oliver Stephens, Cleveland, Mo.; Mahlon Woirhaye, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. George Chancellor, Fristoe, Mo.; Noel Woirhaye, Los Angeles, Calif.; and Mrs. Don Bell, Edwards, Mo. Besides his wife and children he is survived by six grandchildren. They are: Carol Lee, Ronald Eugene, Donna Louise and Mahlon Junior Woirhaye, Allen Neal and Mary Elizabeth Chancellor. Also he is survived by three brothers, E. C. Woirhaye, Warsaw; Noah Woirhaye, Fristoe; Richard Woirhaye, Urich; and one sister, Mrs. Frank Williams, Fristoe; several nieces and nephews, one aunt and one uncle. He was a teacher in the schools of Benton county for ten years, having attended school at Warrensburg a number of terms. He quit teaching to devote his time to the occupation of farming. He professed faith in Christ in 1908 during a revival conducted by Rev. Emory and joined the Concord Methodist church during the same revival and has been an active member ever since. He lived an earnest and sincere Christian life. He was always so sincere in trying to do his duty to God and his fellowmen. He served as a teacher in Sunday school for several years. He was a loving and thoughtful husband and father, very devoted to his family and home. He was always thinking of others. He loved people, and was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need, and was a friend to everyone. His friendly disposition won him many friends. He was very much interested in the good things in life. He was always interested in the upbuilding of the school, the church and the community. His going leaves a vacant place in the home and community. Funeral services were held at the Concord Methodist church on Wednesday, March 28, at 2 P.M. conducted by Rev. H. U. Campbell, pastor of Sedalia Fifth Street Methodist church. Burial was in Fristoe cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral Home of Wheatland. A quartet composed of Mrs. Emma Fahnestock, Miss Lila Davis, Floyd Davis and Ellis Brooks, accompanied by Mrs. Cora Walthall at the piano, sang the following songs, "Rock of Ages", "Will the Circle Be Unbroken", and "Going Down the Valley". The flower girls were: Mrs. Goldena Ingham, Mrs. Cretha Dennis, Mrs. Jewel Ames, Mrs. Retha Walker, Mrs. Zella Antwiler and Miss Grace Woirhaye. The pallbearers were: Raymond Wisdom, Pertle Williams, Vencil Ihrig, Norval Woirhaye, Bradford and Homer Ames. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Apr 1945 Thursday Clinton Mabary regret to learn of his death in action in Germany on Easter Sunday. Clinton was a CTHS graduate of the class of 1943. We remember him as a fun loving, intelligent, industrious boy, who participated in all his class activities. His patriotism prompted him to enlist in the army before his turn to be inducted. He has made the supreme sacrifice for us. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 12:13) The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Apr 1945 Thursday Our hearts were made sad last Thursday night when it became known that a good friend and neighbor, Don Harryman, had passed away. Mr. Harryman was as much a fixture of this town as any part of a building or any other structure, and it seems that much has been lost with his passing. When a question of doubt came to our minds the answer was "ask Don" or if you wanted information a little out of the ordinary you could always depend on Don to help out. Many times he has given me news, subjects of wit or humor, or one with a lesson of philosophy which added greatly to my column and I am going to miss those contributions as well as that pleasant smile and advise he has given me on different subjects and occasions. There never was a night too dark or a day too rainy and bad but if a neighbor needed help Don was there. If anyone wanted any hauling done Don was there with his truck and many times I have heard him say when one would thank him, "Oh, that's nothing, I didn't do much". I think I can truthfully say that our community has not only lost a good friend and neighbor but also a good counselor. Services were held at the family home Sunday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Orville Haines of Newburg and Rev. LeRoy Jones, pastor of the Baptist church. A large number of relatives and friends were present to pay their last respects. Funeral was in charge of E. H. Primm of Humansville. The Harryman children here for the services were, Eugene and family of Weaubleau; Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Hackley and Nancy of Merriam, Kansas; W. D. Harryman, MaMic, of San Pedro, Calif, and his wife and son, Jeffery, of Kansas City; Mrs. George Walden of Falls Church, Va.; Mrs. Rees Harryman of Denver, Colo.; Kathryn Stella SK2c, of Seattle, Wash.; Don R. Harryman, MaM2c, of Boca Chica, Fla.; and Barbara Harryman of Kansas City. Two of the children, Rees, MaM1c, who is in the Admiralty Islands, and Vivian, a lieutenant (jg) in the Navy, San Diego, Calif., were unable to be here. Mr. Harryman's sister, Mrs. E. O. Morton, and her husband of Kansas City and many other relatives and friends were present. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Apr 1945 Thursday Once again, God in His infinite wisdom has seen fit to call from our midst a respected an honored man. Harry B. Chaney, son of the late Urias H. and Eliza Jane Chaney, was born in Hickory County, near Weaubleau, August 18, 1888, and departed this life Friday morning April 20, 1945, at the age of 56 years, 8 months and 2 days. On Nov. 18, 1908, he was united in marriage to Imo Fitzpatrick. To this union was born one child. Harry had spent his entire life in the same community. The community he loved. The community has lost an honorable, upright citizen, a kind neighbor and friend. He had a profound respect for the truth, a deep reverence for character, a love and interest for all the younger generation, and a willingness to work. He will be missed most by his wife, who has walked life's short road by his side sharing all the disappointments as well as the happiness with him. She cared for him so willingly and patiently during his many weeks of severe suffering. He was converted and joined the Durnell Chapel Baptist church while still a boy in his teens. Though he is lost to the sight of those who loved him dearly, his memory will be an unfading one of tenderness and love. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Imo, a daughter, Mrs. Norman Brace, his mother, Mrs. Eliza J. Chaney, two brothers of Wheatland, Elmer and Wes Chaney, one sister of Lowry City, Mary Defenbaugh, also a granddaughter, Norma Jane Brace, the son-in-law Norman Brace, and a host of other relatives, friends and neighbors. I can not say and I will not say, That he is dead--he is just awya. Think of him still as the same, I say; He is not dead, he is just away. The Index, Hermitage, Missouri 26 Apr 1945 Thursday Friday afternoon the news was sent around that Harry Chaney, a well known and respected citizen of Weaubleau, had passed away. Harry grew up around Wheatland and Weaubleau and was well known and friends were numbered by a large acquaintance. He was a good worker, a good neighbor, always willing to do what he could to help a neighbor and anything to help build up the community or church. His bright smile will be missed especially with the young folks at their basketball games as Harry liked to see a ball game and was nearly always there if able to go. Truly our community has lost a good neighbor. He will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 3:30 conducted by the Revs. Orville Haines and LeRoy Jones. Hathaway Funeral Home of Wheatland was in charge.
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