St. Clair Obituaries
St. Clair County, Missouri “QUINCE” DAVIS The death of “Quince” Davis, which occurred on Monday morning, is most deplorable. He had been ill for several weeks with pneumonia, but as he had a good constitution his friends entertained hopes of his recovery up to the moring of his demise, notwithstanding the statement of his physicians that his death was only a matter of time. Mr. Davis was born in 1861 and had spent the greater part of his life here. He farmed for many years in the High Hill neighborhood but removed to Osceola several years ago, where his wife died not long since and left him with the care of ten children, only three of which were old enough to take care of themselves. Five of the children are still small, and at home, and just what disposition will be made of them is not decided. Probably they will be taken into some christian families and given good homes or sent to the Baptist orphans’ home at St. Louis. They are bright, intelligent and handsome boys and girls and with proper training will be an honor to themselves and the state at large. Mr. Davis carried life insurance policies of $2,000, $1,000 each in the Modern Woodmen and Modern Brotherhood… *cuts off. Christian Cripe The gleaner of all put in his sickle this week and two of Osceola’s old and respected citizens were garnered among the ripened grain. Christian C. Cripe died on Sunday morning last and the remains were interred in the Osceola cemetery on Monday afternoon, the obsequies being from the Baptist church under charge of Dr. B. F. Lawler. Mr. Cripe was born at Peidmont, Ind., Nov 30, 1849, and came to Osceola in 1868, locating on the site on which he died. He was Married to Miss Martha J. Hannah March 24, 1870, and to this union two children were born, Alvin A. of Osceola and Bert C. of Kansas City, who, together with his wife, survive him. In 1895 he was converted and joined the Baptist church, and remained a faithful member up to his death. Besides his wife and children he is survived by three brothers and two sisters, but they are scattered all over the country and only one brother was present at the time of his death. “Chris” Cripe was an honest, hardworking man and a true friend, and in his death Osceola lost an upright citizen, his wife a loving husband and his children a kind and indulgent father. In his own sphere of usefulness he acted well his part and leaves to them the legacy of an honored name. Mrs. Mary Todd St. Clair County Republican Osceola, Mo., March 27, 1902 Almost A Centenarian Died at her home at Terry on March 20th, 1902, Mrs. Mary Todd, aged ninety-two years. Grandma Todd, as she was called, had been an invalid for about two years. She was born in Tennessee in 1810. In 1829 she was united in marriage with James Todd and in 1840 they moved to St. Clair county where they resided until removed by death. Mr. Todd preceeded his wife, he having died in 1875. Mrs. Todd was the mother of thirteen children, nine of whom survive her. Her eldest daughter, Mrs. Cynthia Bradley is seventy-one years of age. Two sons, J. W. and I. B. Todd, and two daughters, Mrs. W. H. Lord and Mrs. Caroline Wyatt, all reside near the old homestead. Deceased lived to see the fifth generation. Her remains were laid to rest at a place selected by her and her husband on the old homestead. A FRIEND St. Clair County Democrat 28 Jan 1915 Obituary Alfred Fraley died at an early hour last Saturday morning, he was stricken with pneumonia fever January 16, and this disease caused his death which ended a busy life. All that loving care and medical attention could do was of no avail and the Lord saw best to call him home to rest where there will be no more sorrow. He leaves 6 children to mourn their loss all grown. The remains were brought to King's Prairie for burial the services conducted by Rev. G.W. McMillen. He has left us and we can not see him on earth again, he cannot come to us but if we live close to God we can go to him. Farewell dear husband and father you are at rest God called you he knew best, Though you sleep in the grave so cold, We will meet you walking the streets of gold. Our home is lonesome without you And there is a vacant chair, You have gone to Heaven to live above, And are resting in a Savior's love. St. Clair County Democrat 28 Jan 1915 Death of "Grandpa" Stone Thomas Stone died at the residence of his son in Osceola on Tuesday afternoon last, and the funeral will be held at the residence this (Thursday) afternoon at 3 o'clock' services by the Rev. M.V. Heidlebaugh, after which charge of the remains will be assumed by the G.A.R. fraternity. Mr. Stone was 76 years of age, having been born in Mount Carmel, Ill., Dec. 29, 1838. In 1861 he was united in marriage to Miss Hester Campbell, who fell asleep in 1904. To this union two sons were born, Joseph J. and Emory O., both of Osceola. August 22, 1862, he enlisted in Co. C, 115 Illinois volunteer infantry, and served until the end of the war, being mustered out June 29, 1865. He was wounded at the battle of Chicamauga, but resumed service as soon as he was able. He passed most of his life in Illinois removing to Osceola in 1907, where he has since resided. His death was the result of dropsy. Mr. Stone was one of those men who had a kindly word and a hearty handshake for all and as a result he was beloved by all that knew him. He was a member of the Methodist church and a faithful attendant when the weather would permit his presence. St. Clair County Democrat 28 Jan 1915 Obituary The death angel again visited the home of Silas Gaston which is near Harper, Mo., and called away Henry Francis Gaston, his dear wife, Dec. 28, 1914 about 5 p.m. It being hardly three weeks since Wave Jackson his oldest son died. Sister Gaston was born in Benton Co., Jan. 19, 1870 was the daughter of Henry J. and Eliza Handlen. Age 44 years 11 months, 9 days. In August 1884 she professed faith in Christ and joined the Baptist church at Hopewell. She was a very faithful member. She will be sadly missed in her home, church and community but her example and works live after her. Nov. 27, 1890 she was married to Silas Gaston to this marriage was born three sons and two daughters, two sons have preceded her to the better world. She leaves a husband, two daughters and one son and a number of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. All that loving hands and medical skill could do was to no avail. The Lord said it is enough come up higher. Funeral services were held at the Hopewell church Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. Rev. L.D. Crawford had charge of funeral and delivered a very impressive sermon to a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Hopewill cemetery there to await the coming of the lord at the Resurrection.
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