Hickory County Obituaries
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Thomas W. Largent
From the Hickory County Index, 21 Aug 1913:
Thomas W. Largent was born in North Carolina April 25, 1837, and died
August 5, 1913, being 76 years, 3 months, and 10 days of age. He
moved to Missouri in 1852 and was married to Miss Susan Crutsinger in
the year 1858. To this union were born seven children, four of whom
are still living, one having died in infancy. The surviving children
are Mrs. Nancy Wilkins of Rocky Ford, Colorado; Mrs. Lorena Stewart at
Quana, Texas; Thomas Largent and Mrs. Effie Hickman who lived on farms
that joined their father's farm.
Mrs. Alex Wilkins, the daughter from Rocky Ford, Colorado, came
in on the 3 o'clock train and was present at the cemetery for the
funeral. Oral Largent and Fred Tillery and wife of Kansas City were
also present for the funeral.
He professed Christ in Marionville in 1871, but never united with
any church until 1901, when he united with the Christian Church at
Wheatland, and lived a true Christian life until death. The Death
Angel has called away a loving and devoted husband and father and an
Eld. JD Babb of Buffalo preached the funeral sermon at the M. E.
Church in Wheatland August 7th at 2 o'clock, after which the funeral
procession wended its way to the Crutsinger cemetery where the remains
were tenderly laid to rest to await the great Judgement Day.
James Monroe Gardner
From the Hickory County Index, 24 Mar 1910 "Wheatland News"
Mr. Monroe Gardner, who has been sick for a long while, died Sunday
morning at his home out south of town and the funeral was preached at
the house Monday by Eld. Tatum, and there was a large crowd present.
He was buried in the Gardner cemetery Monday.
James S. Gardner, son of George and Sarah Gardner, was born March
1, 1872 at Storm Lake, Iowa. After a lingering illness, he departed
this life July 27, 1960 at his home near Weaubleau, Missouri.
In 1900 he was united in marriage to Addie Moore. They made
their home near Marshall, Oklahoma, and to them were born four
children; Elsie, Mrs. Ina Biby, Enid, Okla.; Leona Gardner Oklahoma
City, Okla., and Everett of Montana.
Later in life he moved to Missouri to make his home. On Nov. 17,
1936 he was married to Trilla Green of Weaubleau. With her three
children, they made their home on a farm near Weaubleau. These three
were Paul Green, Weaubleau, Thelma Bowen, San Diego, Calif., and Glen
Preceding him in death were Elsie Gardner and Glen Green.
Survivors, in addition to those mentioned, are two grandchildren
Russell and Harold Biby of Enid, Okla., a son-in-law, Virgil Biby,
five step grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
While yet a young man, Mr. Gardner made the run in the Cherokee
Strip and homesteaded near Garber, Oklahoma. He also served a two-
year period with the Texas Rangers, riding along the Rio Grande Valley.
In late years he had spent his time on the farm and in his black
smith shop. He was a long time member of the IOOF Lodge.
He was a devoted husband and father, a good neighbor and
citizen. He will be greatly missed by his family, and a host of
relatives, neighbors and friends.
CROSSING THE BAR
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea;
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boudless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of
Farewell, when I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of
Time and place,
The flood may bare me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. July 29 at Weaubleau Christian
Church with Rev. John R Harvey officiating. Burial was in Crutsinger
Cemetery under direction of Hathaway Funeral Home.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to express our thanks to friends and neighbors for their
kindness during our bereavement. We are deeply grateful for the
flowers and food and for every thing done in our behalf at the home,
church and cemetery.
Mrs. Trilla Gardner
Mr and Mrs Virgil Biby and sons
Mr and Mrs Paul Green and girls
Mr and Mrs Fred Bowen and family
Mrs. Matilda Glass died at her home near Fristoe August 7, 1913, after
a year of suffering with dropsy. She was the wife of JA Glass. She
was born at Ward Stock, Wisconsin, May 3, 1860. Miss Matilda Jones
and JA Glass were married twenty-eight years ago last March at Orian,
Wisconsin. To this union were born six children, three boys and three
girls. Only two boys are living, George and Frank, who are both at
Bass Wood, Wisconsin. The other four children died in Wisconsin in
infancy. She has two sisters at Indianapolis, Indiana and one brother
at Gothren, Wisconsin. She had one grand-child who died in March
1913. It rests at Bettie Camp Grounds. JA Glass and family have been
residents of South Union in Benton county eight years.
She belonged to the United Brethern faith, and stood her
suffering and was cheerful to the last although racked with pain at
times so severe that she longed to end her misery in death.
Her body was laid in its last resting place in the Guier cemetery
Mr. Glass thanks the people in this part for their kindness to
them through the sickness and at the death of his wife.
Geo. H. Roney
The Index 2 Mar 1899
Ida Miller, daughter of W. R. and Sarah F. Miller was born 4 Sept 1883
and died Saturday morning Feb. 18, 1899, age 15 years 5months and
14days. She became a member of the Christian Church in October 1897
and lived faithful until death. She was loved by all who knew her.
She was sick but a short while and most of the time was unconscious. A
short time before her death she called her father and mother to her bed
and tried to tell them something but it could not be understood. She
leaves a father, mother, brothers and sisters and a host of relatives
and friends to mourn her departure, but our loss is her eternal gain.
A precious one from us is gone
The voice we loved is still
A vacant place is in our home
Which no-one can ever fill
Sarah L. Miller
The Index 6 Apr 1899
Sister Sarah L. Miller, aged 68 years and 10 months died at the home of
her son’s, in Hickory county Missouri, March 10, 1899. Her husband
proceeded her to the other shore. She was the mother of 8 children, 6
living 2 dead.
She united with the Primative Baptist church when about 18 years old.
Four years ago she united with the Church of Christ at Antioch, and
since her conversion she has been a faithful member and died in a faith
that showed her worthy of Christ’s appropriation whom she had served.
Before her death she called her son, with whom she was living, and told
him that she was going to die and expressed her faith in a kind and
Funeral services were conducted by H. T. Alexander. The body was laid
away in the Antioch cemetery to return to the mother Earth.
Miss Stella Mullins, the sixteen year old daughter of George and
Maudie Mullins, died at her home Sunday, August 10. She was born
February 15, 1897, and died at the age of 16 years, 5 months, and 26
The little darling was helpless all of her life. She had never
spoken a word or stood on her feet a minute in her life. We all know
that she was only a little angel. She leaves a father and mother, 8
sisters and 4 brothers and a host of other relatives and friends to
mourn her loss.
A short service was conducted by Eld. G W Herson, and her remains
were laid to rest in the Dunkard cemetery in Benton county, Missouri.
We should not mourn her loss for she only has gone to a better
world where there will be parting no more.
Richard Wiseman From The Index 5/23/1907
Richard Wiseman was born in Ohio and immigrated to Missouri in his
younger days, and settled three miles from Climax and has since lived
on the same farm. After an illness of about two weeks he departed this
life Thursday, May 16, 1907. Age, 85 years, 3 months. He felt that
the message was only a summons to come up higher and be with the father
whom he loved. He had for a number of years been a faithful member of
the M. P. church, but advanced age kept him from active service in the
church. Calling his family around him he told them he was not afraid
to die and the future was bright before him, and told them to live for
a future life and to forgive and forget the wrongs that were done them
by others. He leaves an aged wife and 11 children, 9 of whom were
present at his death. The funeral sermon was preached by the pastor,
Rev. Martin, at the home, after which the loved father and grandfather
was laid to rest in the Climax cemetery to await the last trumpet call.
Hickory County Index
2/13/1908 Mrs. Clarissa Wiseman
Grandma Wiseman Dead
Once more it becomes our painful duty to record the death of an
old and highly honored citizen at her home in southeast Benton County
near Climax Springs on the 2nd day of February, 1908. Mrs. Clarissa
Wiseman, the widow of the late Richard Wiseman, now deceased. She was
born in Ohio on the 1st day of November, 1825. She was 82 years, 3
months and 1 day old. Her remains were laid to rest in the Climax
Springs cemetery February 3rd, after a few brief remarks by Rev. Arnold
Tucker, her faith and practice having been with the M. P. church. She
was united in marriage to Richard Wiseman in Ohio about 1842. To this
union were born 11 children, 10 of whom survive her to wit: Perry,
Charles, Riley and John, of Climax Springs, Ellen Creach and Sarah Lam,
of Oklahoma, Mahala Mitchell, of Preston, Mary Ray, of Cross Timbers,
Lettie Thomas, of Childers, Rosa Thomas, of Almon, and Anna Moore, the
mother of Zeke Cox, who departed this life the 20th day of August,
1868. She died on the old homestead where they located in 1857. Her
maiden name was Miss Clarissa Childers. She will be missed by
children, relatives and friends as she was an old pioneer and was loved
and respected by all.
Geo. H. Roney
Hickory County Index 2/13/1908
John A. Browder
John A. Browder, the subject of this sketch, was born near
Knoxville, Tenn., October 25th, 1827, and was united in marriage to
Rose Ann Igou October 14, 1859. To this union and marriage were born
three sons, Henry, who died several years ago, and John W. and Oliver
M. both of whom are still living. He moved to Hickory County,
Missouri, in 1860 and served during the Civil War in the federal army.
He was united in a second marriage to Nancy Ann Airhart July 23rd,
1864. To this union were born 8 children, 6 of whom preceeded him to
the spirit world. Those living are: Mrs. Chas. Edde of Preston, Mo.,
and Mrs. Albert Mabary of Missoula, Montana. Bro. Browder professed
faith in Christ as his savior when young, united with the church in
1868 and at the time of his death was an esteemed member of the
Freewill Baptist Church. While sitting in his room, his wife reading
to him, he was stricken with paralysis of the brain January 12, which
was so intense that he never regained consciousness and died January
17, 1908. After brief services being held in the home (owing to the
sickness of his wife the funeral was deferred) his earthly remains were
laid to rest in the Bower Chapel Cemetery January 19, to await the
A. B. Wilson
Hickory County Index 3/26/1908
Mrs. Charley Hix
Mrs. Charley Hix died at Edwards recently of small pox and her
remains were taken to Green Cemetery for burial.
Hickory County Index 3/26/1908
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.
Hickory County Index 3/26/1908
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. N. Green who departed this life about the year 1899.
Hickory County Index 12/2/1909
Uncle Josiah Bonner died at his home at Macks Creek Wednesday,
Nov. 24th. He was past 70 years old. He had been married 4 times and
his last wife survives him.
Hickory County Index 6/13/1912
Last Wednesday evening quite a shock came which cast a heavy gloom
over this part of the country, when Jim Mock, brother of Henry Mock,
was struck by lightning and killed. Henry Mock and wife and Jim Mock
were standing looking out of the window when the first flash of
lightning came with only a little thunder and struck a tree which had a
clothes wire tied to it, the wire running near the window. Henry Mock
and wife were both knocked down and Mr. Mock knew nothing till about
midnight. Mrs. Mock knew everything, but was shocked very badly. The
paper in the room caught fire and also their clothing. Jim Mock’s
clothing was burned almost off. Mrs. Mock quickly put out the fire and
ran through the storm to her neighbors for help. Mr. Jim Mock was laid
to rest in the Palmer Cemetery Friday morning in the presence of only a
few relatives and friends. Grieve not dear ones, but prepare to meet
our friend, for we know not what moment we shall be called. We extend
our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.
Hickory County Index 10/17/1912
Millard Pennell Dead
Killed at his Mill in Quincy about Noon Tuesday Caught on a Line Shaft
On Tuesday, the 15th, the news flashed over the wires that Millard
Pennell had been killed at his mill in Quincy. As nearly as we can
learn the particulars, he and Curg Sharp were running the mill, and Mr.
Sharp went to his dinner at the noon hour, leaving Mr. Pennell in
charge. When he returned to the mill Mr. Pennell was not in sight and
he began a search for him. Hearing an unusual noise in the upper story
he started there, and upon arriving there a horrible sight met his
eyes. On one of the heavy line shafts hung the body of Mr. Pennell and
blood was scattered around the room and on the ceiling. He hurriedly
shut down the engine and summoned help and they proceeded to take the
body down from the shaft. Mr. Pennell had evidently gone there to
examine the workings of that particular shaft and in leaning over it
the set screw had caught his clothing and he was whirled around the
shaft, killing him almost instantly. His neck and back were broken,
his skull crushed and he was otherwise horribly mangled. The body was
taken through our little city yesterday and will be laid to rest today
[Thursday] at High Point in Camden county, his boyhood home. Mr.
Pennell was a hard working man, an exemplary citizen, and his untimely
death has cast a gloom over the community in which he lived. The Index
extends its sympathy to the bereaved in this sad hour.
Hickory County Index 10/24/1912
M. J. Pennell
No greater shock has ever come upon this community than when at
the noon hour last Tuesday the news flashed that M. J. Pennell, owner
and operator of the Quincy Flouring Mills, had been killed while at
work in the mill.
The mill had been running pretty steadily all of the forenoon, and
about 12 o’clock Auselius Sharp, the engineer, saw that the machinery
was working in perfect order and then went to his house for dinner,
about 200 yards distance, leaving Mr. Pennell alone at the mill. He
was gone only a few minutes and returned again to the work. Not seeing
Mr. Pennell anywhere, he began to look about. When he had climbed the
flight of stairs leading to the last story, he at once saw Mr. Pennell
suspended on the end of a rapidly revolving steel shaft, his clothing
wound about him, and apparently he was dead. Mr. Sharp at once rushed
to his engine room, shut off the steam, brought the machinery to a
stand-still and gave the alarm at once. Dr. J. W. Murray of Quincy was
soon at the scene and pronounced the man already dead, and the body was
taken down. The county coroner was at once notified of the matter, but
no inquest was held, as it was a plain case of accidental death. Dr.
Murray made a further examination and found that death had resulted
from a fracture of the skull and concussion of the brain. The right
arm had been broken above the elbow, pieces of flesh were also torn
from the hand, a gash two inches long and just above the temple showed
the brain protruding. It is not and perhaps never will be determined
why Mr. Pennell climbed to such an unstable position as he did, and so
near to the roof of the mill. Engineer Sharp had been an employee at
the mill for a number of years, and said he had never known a man to go
up to the place. It is now the decided opinion of some who examined
the scene that he had gone there through curiousity, and was trying to
trace the grain through its downward course and the shoots to the
rollers, and reaching over to look leaned heavily against the shaft,
and then a large set screw which revolved with the shaft, had caught up
his clothing and wound him to the shaft in its rapid revolution.
Millard J. Pennell was born and reared in Camden County, Missouri,
and at the time of his dead was a little past 35 years of age. Through
his intellect and management of business affairs he was a successful
man financially. About a year ago he purchased the Quincy Roller Mills
from W. R. Allison, moved his family here and began its operation. He
also ran a burr mill operated by a gasoline engine with which he ground
corn meal and chopped feed. He had two residences in town, a 40-acre
tract of land one mile southeast of town and 320 acres in Camden
County. He was a conservative citizen and loved by everyone. He often
went to extremes to accommodate his customers. In all his busy life he
was never so busy that he could not stop and talk pleasantly to
whomsoever he met. He was a friend to every school child who met him
daily upon the streets, and the same smile that was daily upon his face
was still apparent in death. He leaves a wife and four small children,
a mother, brothers and sisters to mourn his loss. On Wednesday morning
his body, followed by relatives and friends, was taken over land a
distance of 35 miles into Camden County, and there among the green
foliage of the Ozark mountains, his last mortal remains were laid in
its last resting place, there to await the coming of the great
B. M. Henderson