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Recent St. Joe News-Press Obituaries | Andrew Co MO news | The Savannah Reporter | News Paper Abstracts

Obituaries of People with Andrew County, Missouri Ties

  • ADKINS, James Lewis
  • ADKINS, William
  • BAGBY, William Langdon
  • BISCHOFF - several family members
  • BISHOP, Christopher and William Dewey
  • CALDWELL, John Rice
  • CLARK, George H.
  • CLARK, Jeremiah
  • DEVAULT, Lea Beth
  • DOUGHERTY, Mrs. R. A.
  • EISIMINGER - several family members
  • EVERETT, Florence May
  • HARRIS, George W.
  • HOLT, Solomon
  • McCREARY, James
  • MOSER, Alva (Eva)
  • NEASE, George
  • NOBLE, Ellen NEACE
  • NOLAN, Jennie
  • PERKINS, J. Fred
  • RICE, Lawrence Edward
  • RICKETTS, Elizabeth ELGIN
  • SARVER, Albert
  • SHELLENBERGER, Joseph, 1834-1929
  • SMITH, Dorothy Rash, 1917-2002, wife of Robert O. SMITH, lived around Rosendale much of her childhood life. (contributed by John L. Bennett)
  • SMITH, Robert O., 1915-2002, husband of Dorothy Rash SMITH. He was the son of M.O. and Edna Smith, who farmed just South of Rosendale by the 102 river bridge until they moved to Rosendale sometime in the 60's (contributed by John L. Bennett)
  • THORNTON, Anna and Benjamin F. (M?)
  • WAKEFIELD, Milly Ann
  • WANDFLUH, John (plus second obit)
  • WOODCOCK, John W.
  • The 2004 OBITUARY Challenge on MOAndrew-L email discussion group
    "Surely each of us has a couple of obituaries stuck in our file drawers, family Bibles, genealogy box, etc.? You never know what little piece of information might give a clue to someone else. How about sharing with this List? Let's go for a goal of 50 obituaries!" - Monica Eshelman, June 2004
    1. John Wandfluh, Bedford [IA] Times-Republican, April 10, 1913, front page

      Firing a shot at his own head, John Wandfluh, residing a mile southwest of Lenox, ended his own life about 10 o'clock Tuesday morning. He was about 45 years of age, had only recently moved to that locality from Missouri, and leaves a wife and several children.

      When Mrs. Wandfluh heard the shot she went to the room where her husband was. He was sitting in a chair, the gun dropped down between his legs, the top of his head blown off. Nearby was a broken bottle, which is said to have given forth an odor that told the story of the conduct of its possessor.

      Wandfluh had returned the night before from St. Joseph.


      C. M. Paschal Elected but Fails to Qualify for Office

      Upon the occasion of the suicide of John Wandfluh, a call from Lenox for the coroner brought to view the fact that Taylor county is without a coroner. Dr. C. M. Paschal was elected to the office in November, but he failed to qualify, and this is the first time public attention has been called to the fact. County Attorney Burrell says he will call the attention of the board of supervisors to the state of affairs, as it may be that an occasion would arise when one would be badly needed.

      In the case of Wandfluh an inquest was not necessary as there was no question as to how he came to his death and who was responsible for it. There were those who thought there should be an inquest and one was held by Justice of the Peace George Goodale.

      In the absence of a coroner County Attorney Burrell and Sheriff Morley both went to Lenox to attend to any duties that might happen to evolve upon them, but there was no occasion for official action by either.
      Contributor: Monica Eshelman, for an Andrew Co. man, the stepfather of my grandfather.

    2. John Wandfluh, Bedford [IA] Free Press, April 8, 1913, page 15

      Blowing the top of his head off with a shotgun, John Wandfluh, residing a mile southwest of Lenox, died by his own hand this morning about 10 o'clock. He was about 45 years of age and leaves a wife and several children.

      Wandfluh had moved to Lenox recently from Missouri. He had returned from a trip to Savannah, Mo., Monday night. No cause is assigned for his act.

      The county coroner left immediately for the scene and the sheriff went on the noon train.
      Contributed by Monica Eshelman, for an Andrew Co. man, the stepfather of my grandfather.

    3. J. L. Adkins' Funeral At Baptist Church Today

      James Lewis Adkins passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edgar Myers, on rural route 2, St. Joseph, at 3 a. m. March 16, [1932] at the age of 63 years, 3 months and 12 days. The funeral services will be at the First Baptist Church in Savannah today, March 18, at 2 p.m., with the sermon by the pastor, Rev. Kinell. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 until 2 p.m. Burial at Bennet Lane Cemetery.

      Mr. Adkins is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Selby Myers of Savannah, Mrs. Edgar Myers and Mrs. Lela Howard of St. Joseph; six sisters, Mrs. William Todd and Mrs. Fred Buis of Savannah; Mrs. Vern Robinson of St. Joseph; Mrs. John Quinn, Mrs. B. O. Fleming and Mrs. W. A. Smith of Kansas City, and one brother, Minor Adkins of Savannah.

      Contributed by, 6/30/4

    4. William Adkins
      William Adkins was born in Monroe county, Ohio, March 24, 1848, and died at his home, northwest of Savannah, June 24, 1907. He married January 5, 1863, to Mary A. Miner. He leaves his wife and nine children, all of whom, except Mrs. Ruth Fleming, of Giasco, Kansas were at the funeral. Others of his children are: James Adkins, Mrs. Laura Todd, Miner Adkins, and Mrs. Maude Buis, of Savannah; Charlie Adkins and Mrs. Belle Quinn, of St Joseph; Mrs. Gertie Smith of Kansas City; and Mrs. Juana Robison, of Helena. He also leaves three sisters and one brother. Mrs. Lizzie Trapp, of Skidmore, Mrs. Amy Duel, of Sheridan, Oregon; and Mrs. Anna Werth, and James Adkins, of Fillmore. These were also present except, Mrs. Duel. Aside from these he leaves twenty-two grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday by Rev. Geo. McGee, and interment was at Bennett Lane Cemetery.

      Contributed by, 6/30/4

      These two men were half-brothers. Their mother was Jennie Eisiminger. Colonel's father was John Wandfluh, but his father died when he was small, so he took the surname (Bishop) of all of his half-brothers and -sisters and never used another surname. Dewey's father was Alexander Bishop (originally Bischoff). Both brothers were born in Andrew Co.

      Contributed by Monica Eshelman

    5. Colonel Christopher [Wandfluh] Bishop, St. Joseph News-Press, undated, January 1982

      "C.C. 'Bus' Bishop [born Colonel Christopher Wandfluh], 71, Woodland, Calif., a former resident of St. Joseph, died Wednesday morning at a Woodland hospital.

      "Mr. Bishop was a former semi-pro baseball player in St. Joseph and was a former member of the Wyatt Park Assembly of God Church. He had moved to California from St. Joseph about 30 years ago.

      "Surviving are his wife, Melinda Bishop, of the home; a stepson, Adrian Benning, Sacramento, Calif.; two sisters, Ruby Turner, St. Joseph, and Florence Sargent, Vista, Calif.; several grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews."

    6. William Dewey Bishop, St. Joseph News-Press, 21 Jun 1968

      "Dewey W. Bishop, 70, died unexpectedly last night. He was stricken in his car while returning from a meeting of the Pony Express Saddle and Bridle Club. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance and was pronounced dead on arrival.

      "Mr. Bishop, 3509 Penn street, was born in Savannah but had resided in St. Joseph the greater part of his life. Since retirement from the Continental Oil Co., five years ago, he had been associated with Bird Realty Co. as a real estate salesman. He also served as an appraiser for the Missouri state highway department.

      "For many years he had been an active Republican and had been the party nominee for several offices including that of sheriff. In former years, Mr. Bishop had been prominent in the oil business being associated with the Marlin Oil Co., the Shell Oil Co., the Mobile [sic] Oil Co., and Continental.

      "He was a member of the Huffman Memorial Methodist Church, the past master of St. Joseph Lodge, AF and AM, the past master of the Scottish Rite bodies, a member of the K.C.C.H. Scottish Rite bodies, and was recently elected almoner of that organization. Mr. Bishop also belonged to the Moila Temple Shrine, the Vice Presidents' Club of Moila, a member of the mounted patrol of the Shrine and a member of the Radiant Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. He was the vice-president of the Pony Express Saddle and Bridle Club and a member of the East Side Rotary Club.

      "A graduate of Savannah High School, Mr. Bishop had recently attended the 50th reunion of the class of 1918.

      "Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Hartig Bishop; one daughter, Mrs. Robert E. Hughes, St. Joseph; three brothers, Lewis O. Bishop, Independence; C.C. Bishop, Woodland, Cal., and John Bishop, St. Joseph; two sisters, Mrs. Stanley Sargent, Vista, Cal., and Mrs. Ruby Turner, St. Joseph; two grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

      "Services will be Saturday at 3 at the Meierhoffer-Fleeman chapel, the Rev. Wilber C. Denney officiating. Interment will be at Memorial Park cemetery. Masonic services will be conducted at the Meierhoffer-Fleeman chapel under the auspices of St. Joseph Lodge."

    7. Jeremiah CLARK
      Savannah Reporter
      June 8, 1877

      On Monday morning June 4 at 3:00 o'clock, Jeremiah Clark aged almost 71 years.

      The funeral took place on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock and was attended by a large number of his old friends. Mr. Clark was a pioneer of Andrew County, and these lines will cause a pang of genuine sorrow to thrill the heart of many a fellow settler who assisted in subduing the wilderness in the earliest days of the county. One by one the old landmarks pass away and before long they will live only in the memory of a grateful people surrounded by the comforts of civilization secured to them through the efforts of the sturdy pioneer. The following points of the life of the deceased are from the Democrat:

      Deceased was born in 1806, in Rockingham County, New Hampshire and resided there until he arrived at manhood. He graduated as Civil Engineer at Dartmouth College in 1824. In 1831 he removed to Illinois where he pursued his vocation, surveying, until 1835, when he removed to the Platte Purchase, where he married Miss Elizabeth Duncan, who survives him and with whom he lived happily until his race on this earth was run. Of this union there were born nine sons and three daughters of whom there are still living six sons and two daughters who are honored and esteemed by all who know them.

      Contributed 7/2/4 by Paul, Orlando, FL

    8. George H. CLARK
      The Daily Oklahoman
      November 20, 1949

      Services for George H. CLARK, 87, of 719 S. Lee will be 2 p.m. Monday in Garisson funeral chapel with burial in Fairlawn cemetery. Clark, pioneer city resident, died Friday night.

      He came here in 1892 and farmed until about 1929 when he went into the restaurant business. He operated cafes at 18 S. Robinson and 10 S. Robinson for about 10 years before retiring.

      Survivors include his wife, Jennie; a son Harry, a daughter Mrs. Grace Higgins of Denver., CO; three sisters, Mrs. Belle Miller, Union Star, MO; Mrs. Lucretia Roberts, De Kalb, MO; and Mrs. Lottie Downing, Savannah, MO; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

      Contributed 7/2/4 by Paul, Orlando, FL

    9. James McCREARY

      Savannah Reporter, Andrew County, MO Feb 7, 1879
      It is rumored that James McCreary who lived about 2 miles SW of Fillmore up to last December at which time he left for Iowa, had committed suicide by cutting his throat. It is said that he could not live happily with his family, and this impelled him to the horrible deed.

      Savannah Reporter, Feb 21, 1879
      McCreary of whom you spoke a couple weeks ago, cut his throat in bed, on board of the cars, in Wyoming Territory as he was on his return from the State of Oregon, his little boy sleeping by his side.

      Note: James McCreary and his family were in the 1870 census for Andrew Co.

      Contributed 7/2/4 by Marian McCreary,

    10. Lydia (Harvey) Eisiminger, Savannah Reporter, undated clipping, Nov 1913

      "Mrs. Eisiminger Buried Today
      "The funeral of Mrs. Lydia Eisiminger will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Christ[ian] church and the remains will [be] placed in the Savannah ceme[tery] She had been proprietor of [the] Richelieu hotel for the pas[t ??] years and was sick only a few [days,] having done her usual work [missing] Friday, dying Wednesday at [missing] o'clock aged seventy-two year[missing] -en months and seventeen da[ys. She] was the widow of Henry Eis[iminger] and had been the mother of [sixteen] children, six of whom are l[iving]."

    11. [second article, undated]
      "Mrs. Eisiminger Buried Friday

      "The remains of Mrs. Lydia Harvy Eisiminger were placed in the Savannah cemetery Friday after a funeral sermon at the Christian church by Rev. A.R. Hunt. Mrs. Eisiminger had been a member of the Methodist church for over forty years. She was born near Louisville, Ky., on April 2, 1841, and died at her home in the Richelieu hotel November 19. She came with her parents from Kentucky when she was two years old and located near Amazonia. She was united in marriage to Henry Eisiminger December 24, 1859, and to them were born sixteen children, six of whom survive their mother. She also leaves four sisters, sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Six of her grand[sons] acted as pallbearers. She was [ ]y industrious woman and worked [until wi]thin a few days of her death[ ]did all possible to bring her [children] up in respect and honor."
      Contributed by Monica Eshelman

    12. William Landon BAGBY
      The St. Louis Christian Advocate, Nov. 20, 1878, p. 6

      William Landon Bagby was born in Buchanan County, Missouri, December 2, 1854, and died in Andrew County, Missouri, October 28, 1878.

      He is said to have died of tubercular meningitis. He was half unconscious for more than a week before death. This rendered religious interviews more or less unsatisfactory. He was the son of William and Caroline Bagby, who brought him up in the ways of piety. A young man of excellent moral character, unchallenged integrity, of known religious inclinations, we trust that, through grace, he rests from the labors of life, and has entered into the inheritance above.

      He graduated in medicine, in St. Louis, last spring, and began the practice in May or June last, in Bolckow, Missouri. His health soon gave way, and his race was quickly run. May we all be diligent, for the Master's business requires haste. The family are greatly bereaved. May God give them comfort.
      Contributed by Monica Eshelman

    13. WAKEFIELD, Milly Ann

      The St. Louis Christian Advocate, Feb. 18, 1858, p. 4

      Died in this city on the 29th ult., of typhoid pneumonia, Sister Milly Ann Wakefield, wife of Dr. M. F. Wakefield, aged 36 years.

      For twenty years Sister Wakefield had been a faithful, zealous member of the Methodist Church (of the Church South since its organization.) As a Christian, she lived "by the faith of the Son of God," and in the constant enjoyment of religion. She was a Christian, and a devoted friend of the Church of Christ-doing all in her power to promote its interests, and the glory of God in the salvation of souls. The influence of her piety was felt especially in her family, her husband, children and servants sharing in her prayers and godly counsels. Her house was the home of Methodist preachers, where they always found a cordial greeting. A. Caples, Ashby, Devlin, the writer and other members of the Missouri Conference, can testify to the delight she took in ministering to the comfort of itinerant preachers. Our sainted Patten often toward the close of life rested his weary frame beneath her hospital [sic] roof.

      Living in the enjoyment of the love of God, it is no marvel that her death chamber was a scene of Christian triumph, and that as she descended deep in death's cold flood, she softly whispered back to weeping friends, "I soon shall be where sickness and sorrow, pain and death are felt and feared no more."

      In her death the M.E. Church South has lost one of its brightest lights and most devoted friends; her husband, a devoted wife; her children, an affectionate mother; her parents, a dutiful child; her neighbors, a kind and sympathizing friend. Yet we all feel that our loss is her eternal gain.

      Her funeral was preached by the writer in the Methodist Church, previous to her burial. She had done more for the erection of our Church than any one individual in the city, and her funeral was the first service ever held in it.

      May the Lord help us to follow her, as she followed Christ, and, when time with us shall be no more, meet her again where parting is unknown.

      Savannah, Mo., Feb. 1, 1858, R. R. Baxter
      Contributed by Monica Eshelman

    14. This is an obit of my grandfather George Washington Harris who lived in Fillmore, MO most of his life. I am not sure which paper this came from probably Savannah. Donna Palkowsky


      George Washington Harris son of Samuel and Celia George Harris, was born at Tameroy, Ill, June 16, 1860, and passed away at his home in Fillmore, Mo, on May 25, 1936 after an illness of four months.

      He was married to Zelma Ida Stafford of Fillmore, Mo, Oct. 23 1878, at Blanchard, IA. To this union was born eleven children, five of whom preceeded him in death, Wm. E. who passed away June 4, 1934, W. A., who passed away May 7, 1911, Alice died in infancy, Jessie died Dec. 20, 1896, Mrs. Nannie Braden passed away Feb. 2, 1935. Those who mourn his loss are his wife, George Washington, Jr., of St. Joseph, MO, Mrs. W. McMurphy of Foster, MO, Mrs. M. C. Holmes of Kansas City, MO., Mrs Ezra Barker, of Fillmore, MO., Mrs E. M. Marr of Independence, MO, Clarence of Fillmore, MO also fifty two grandchildren 13 great grandchildren two brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends.

      Mr. Harris bore his long illness with patience. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Holiness church, Bro. John Harrington conducting the services. Pallbearers were his grandsons, Carol Barker, Kenneth McMurphy, Harris Holmes, Marvin Holmes, Ivan Harris and Glen Harris. Burial in Fillmore cemetery.

      No one knows how much we'll miss you, "No one knows the bitter pain; Since we dost you dear father, Life will never be the same.

    15. Ellen (Neace) Noble, Savannah Reporter, 28 Jul 1905

      "Her Age Nearly a Hundred Years

      "Mrs. Nellie Noble, the Oldest Resident of the County, Dead

      "Died, at her home in Hackberry neighborhood, Sunday, July 33 [sic], Mrs. Nellie Noble. She was born in Virginia Dec. 25, 1805. At her death she was 99 years, 6 months and 28 days old. At the age of 8 years her parents moved to Breathitt county, Kentucky. In 1841 she moved with her husband to Andrew county, Missouri. Of this union were born ten children, four of whom, with thirty-nine grandchildren and thirty-six great-grandchildren, remain to mourn their loss.

      "She joined with the Methodist Episcopal church in Kentucky, and remained in the same until death. The funeral sermon was preached by Dr. W.F. Clayton, of Savannah, at the old homestead, after which the remains were laid away in the old Union burying ground, to await the resurrection morn."
      Contributed by Monica Eshelman

    16. WOODCOCK, John W.
      Newspaper Gleanings from Andrew County and Surrounding Areas, p.29

      "July 6, 1887, Died Monday June 25, at his residence 7 miles east of Savannah, John W. Woodcock, age 43, Old citizen. Came from Ohio to Missouri at age 4. Leaves a wife and 9 children."
      Contributed by

    17. THORNTON, Benjamin Franklin
      Holt Co MO Death Notices from Area Newspapers 1909-1910
      27 Oct 1910
      "Thornton, Benjamin M. died, aged 77. He was born in Ky., 18 Sept 1833. As a young man, he came to Holt Co., MO. Here he married Miss Mary Boling, 31 Dec 1857. Six boys and four girls were born and eight have passed away. Surviving are--Alfred J. and Emmitt J., with their mother. Ben was a member of the Methodist church while at Maitland."

      Gone Home, Cemetery Book of Holt Co MO
      Mound City News - Nov 4 1910
      "Benjamin F. Thornton, of near Maitland, MO., died last week Oct 23, 1910, aged 77 years."

      [My note: Mary Boling in the above obit was the daughter of Jesse Boling & 2nd wife Dorinda Anderson]

    18. THORNTON, Anna
      Newspaper Gleanings from Andrew County and Surrounding Areas p.174
      Sept 4, 1885
      Fillmore, Aug 31. Miss Anna Thornton of Fillmore died last Wednesday. Buried at Gravel Wall Cemetery on Thursday.
      Contributed by
    19. OBITUARY: Friday, Feb 3, 1933.

      The funeral of Albert Sarver was held Tuesday afternoon at the Christian Church in Rea in charge of Rev. W. C. Whitehouse of King City & burial was in the Savannah cemetery with the rites of the A. F. & A. M. One of the largest crowds at any funeral for some time assembled to hear the last words concerning their respected friend. Mr. Sarver had lived in the community practicaly all his life. He is a brother to James Sarver, who lives east of Savannah. Before Mr. Sarver (George W) was married, Mr. Sarver & he batched in the home where Mr. Leese brought his bride and where Mr. Sarver (Albert) has continued to live for the past thirty-three years, living there since the death of Mr. Leese in 1920.

      Mr. Sarver was 54 years old & was in good circumstances, financially, had no bad habits & was a bachelor. He was well thought of by everybody in the community. His body was found Sunday evening at 6:30 on the north side of the road just west of the railroad track at Rea. He was last seen in Rea at 3:30 Sunday afternoon, & at 6:30 as Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Scheffler were going east they saw the body with his face downward. His soul had passed. The body was left for Coroner Holliday of Fillmore to view. Dr. Holliday could not be located so the county health officer, Dr. Wilson, came & investigation showed that Mr. Sarver had written a letter requesting his money be used to pay his funeral expenses & the remainder was provided for in his request. He had $70 in his pocket and he possessed Liberty bonds and a few hundred dollars in the Rosendale bank. No one has indicated from where he secured the strychnine but the evidence seems to be that was the cause of his death. Undertaker J. Fred Terhune was called & he brought the body to his mortuary in Savannah. The following is the biography read at the services:

      Albert Fleming Sarver, son of George William & Cynthia Caldwell Sarver, was born 5 Jun 1879, in the state of Virginia. At a very early age Albert came with his mother, father & brother James to live on a farm near Savannah MO., in which State he has lived his remaining life. When he was only 6 his mother died, leaving 3 motherless children, besides Albert, the oldest of the family. Between the ages of 6 and 13 he made his home part of the time with his father & a part of the time with his step-grandmother Sarver. Then he went to work on the farm of Mrs Sarah Phillips near Savannah. Mrs Phillips guidance to him was like that of a mother. Afterward he worked at various places & finally drifted into REA to work on the railroad. There he became acquainted with the Leeses, James & Sam, with whom he began to make his home permanently when he was twenty-one years old. For the past thirty-three years Albert has lived in the Leese home as one of its members, & as an interested participator. He gave honest, loyal service, & was the most ardent of workers in any task which he undertook. He was a sympathetic & loveable friend and gave his services freely, willingly & happily in helping rear a family of six.

      Albert was a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows & Rebekah lodges. Albert Fleming Sarver departed this life January 29, 1933, aged 53 yrs 7 mos & 23 days. He is survived by his father, George Sarver of Stanberry; one brother, James A., of Savannah; two sisters, Mrs Mollie Haily of Union Star & Mrs Jennie Flummer of Diagonal IO; two half-brothers, Emery of Stanberry & Harold of Liberty, & one half-sister, Mrs Gladys Miller of Conception Junction; nine nieces & nephews, & Mrs Dollie Leese & family, besides his many friends.
      Contributed by

    20. Major George NEASE Obituary

      Newspaper ?
      Date ?

      Major George Nease, 84, one time consultant to Secretary of the Interior, Harold L. Ickes and well-known northwest timber operator, died Friday. His funeral will be Tuesday at the Little Chapel of the Chimes. Mr. Nease was born on April 20 1874 in Fillmore, MO. His Portland address was 6329 NE Union Ave. In 1892 he went to Honduras where he served as a representative of a business syndicate that later became the United Fruit Company.

      * From Honduras he moved to Spokane in 1903 and worked in the lumber business for 2 years. In 1905 he was incorporator and member of the Northwest Title Guarantee and Trust Co. and the Title Guarantee and Trust Co.

      Three years later he organized the Nease Timber and Cruising Company and spent 30 years as a timber cruiser in Northwest counties.

      * From 1937 until 1940 he was consultant to Ickes and worked for the Federal Government's acquisition of the Olympic National Park.

      He was a Member of the First Christian Church and a past member of the Elks, Shriners and Scottish Rite Masons.

      Survivors include his widow Jennie Duncan who he married in 1896, a son Duncan E., and three sisters, Lucile Henderson, Ernestine Gulick of Denver and Cora Petrie, of St. Joseph, Mo.
      Contributed by Paul, Orlando FL (July 10, 2004)

    21. NOLAN, Jennie (Eisiminger) BISHOP Obituary

      St. Joseph News-Press, 13 Mar 1930

      "Mrs. Jennie Nolan Dies

      "Former Savannah Resident Had Lived Here Twelve Years

      "Mrs. Jennie D. Nolan, fifty-three years old, wife of Alva J. Nolan, 3311 South Sixteenth street, died last night at a local hospital. She was born at Savannah, Mo., and had been a resident of St. Joseph twelve years. Besides her husband she is survived by four sons, John, C.C., Dewey and Lewis Bishop; two daughters, Mrs. Ruby Turner, all of St. Joseph; and Miss Florence Bishop, Detroit, Mich.; a sister, Mrs. C.H. Goodman, Britton, Okla., and three brothers, George and Nathan Eisiminger, Savannah; and Colonel Eisiminger, Des Moines. The body is at Fleeman's mortuary."

      Jennie (Eisiminger) Bishop Nolan, St. Joseph News-Press, undated, Mar 1930

      "Mrs. Jennie Nolan, 53 Years Old, Dies in Hospital Here

      "Mrs. Jennie D. Nolan, fifty-three years old, wife of Alva J. Nolan, 3311 South Sixteenth street, died at 8:15 o'clock Thursday night at a local hospital. Born at Savannah, Mo., she had lived in St. Joseph twelve years. Besides her husband, she is survived by six children, John, C.C., Dewey and Lewis Bishop and Mrs. Ruby Turner, St. Joseph, and Miss Florence Bishop, Detroit, Mich.; three brothers, Colonel Eisiminger, Des Moines, and George and Nathan Eisiminger, Savannah, and a sister, Mrs. C.H. Goodman, Britton, Okla. The body is at Fleeman's mortuary pending funeral arrangements."
      Contributed by Monica, 7/15/4

    22. DOUGHERTY, Mrs. R. A. Obituary

      The St. Louis Christian Advocate, April 1, 1858, p. 4

      Died, on the 4th of March, 1858, in Andrew county, Mo., Mrs. R. A. Dougherty, consort of Joseph L. Dougherty, in the 42d year of her age.

      Sister Dougherty was religiously trained by a pious father, and when young embraced religion and united with the Methodist Church.

      Her sufferings from disease were long and severe. The disease was cancer, which had afflicted her for years; but the last year of her life she suffered exceedingly, yet she bore up under all with a patience and resignation that characterize the Christian only. The writer visited her in her last illness, and conversed with her on the subject of religion and she seemed perfectly resigned. She told of her religious training when young and the happy effect it had had upon her through life, and that now, when she had to die, she felt to rejoice that she had a praying father to instruct her when young.

      She leaves a kind husband and four children to mourn her loss. I would say to the family, your best friend has gone to heaven. Are you prepared to meet her? If not, seek that religion that sustained her in a dying hour, and when life with you is past you will meet that dear wife, that kind mother, in a better world than this, where death shall never enter, where the tear of grief never falls, and parting is never known.

      F. M. Miller
      Contributed by Monica, 7/15/4

    23. Solomon HOLT Obituary

      From the Savannah reporter and Andrew County Democrat
      December 1926

      Solomon Holt passed to the great beyond at the home of his grandson, Allen Miller, in Savannah Sunday morning, December 5, at 6:30 o'clock. He would have been 88 years old on January 7, 1927. He was a man of high ideals, lofty in sentiment, honest in his dealings and loved by his fellowman. He was kind to all and has passed through life doing the best he could, going to a just reward and enjoying now the eternity of the soul.

      Funeral services were held by Rev. O. H. Loomis Tuesday afternoon and burial was in the Daily cemetery east of Savannah.

      Solomon Holt was born in Ohio, January 7, 1839. He came to Missouri at the close of the Civil War and has lived in this county practically all of the time. He was a soldier of the Civil War and belonged to Company G of the 85th Ohio Infantry. (this information is incorrect, he was in Co. G of the 85th Illinois Infantry.)

      In 1866 Mr. Holt married Cora Daily. There were seven children in the family. Only three of the children are living: Charles Holt of Merritt, MO; Robert Holt of Lewistown, Mont., and Abel Holt of Portland, Ore. Mr. Holt was a member of the Masonic Lodge for many years up until the last years of his life. He lived an honest life and had many qualities to his credit.
      Contributed by Darrell Holton, 7/17/4

    24. RICKETTS
      The St. Louis Christian Advocate, May 31, 1860, p. 4

      Elizabeth Elgin Ricketts - Mother Ricketts, the subject of this notice, was born and raised in Culpepper county, Va. Of the eighty years, wanting two days, of her earthly pilgrimage, between thirty and forty of them were spent in the service of the Lord. Eighteen years of the latter part of her life were spent in Andrew county, Mo., where she died in great peace, May 12, 1860. She was not of those who merely hope that they are Christians: she knew and rejoiced in God as a sin-pardoning God. Hers was an undoubted assurance. She was often unspeakably happy. Christian-like, she labored for the good of others and not, as we believe, without success. Having lived right, she died in triumph, praying and praising God until the last. Being asked in her last illness if she was willing to die, she answered, "O yes! O yes!" Her reward is on high. May God bless the afflicted relatives.
      S. W. Cope
      Savannah, Mo., May 16th, 1860
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    25. BRADFORD
      The St. Louis Christian Advocate, Nov. 14, 1866, p. 7

      Bradford, John Bradford, M.D., was born in Sciota county, Ohio, 1830, and raised principally in Andrew county, Mo., but for the last nine years has been a citizen of Kansas. He died in Council Grove, Kansas, on the 17th of September, 1866. He was a firm believer in religion and strong friend of the Church, but, like too many others, he had neglected the work of personal salvation until a short time before his death, when he gave himself unreservedly to God. During his last sickness, which lasted some four weeks, he gave the clearest evidence of his preparation for death. His sufferings were very great, but were borne with that heroic patience and cheerful submission that grace alone can give. He said, "Not for worlds would I come to this hour without the full assurance of the divine favor." Mourning friends, weeping relatives, bereaved widow and helpless orphan proclaim our loss, but to him it is unspeakable gain.
      H. H. Hedgpeth
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    26. ETHEL DAVISON RITES, January of 1949 Ethel Marie Jenkins, daughter of Zona Erazmus and Mary B. Jenkins was born in Holt county in the year of 1900. She was united in marriage to Roscoe H. Davison in 1919. To this union two children were born, one son, Roscoe Doyle, who died at birth, a daughter, Ida Belle McKeel, of Fillmore. She leaves her mother, Mary B Jenkins, three sisters, five brothers, two grandchildren and many friends and relatives. The services were conducted at the Burns Memorial Baptist church and interment was at the Fillmore Cemetery.
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    27. This is my Aunt. Obituary--Mrs Raymond Braden Nannie Harris Braden was born aat Fillmore July 11, 1903, being the daughter of George W. and Zelma Harris of Fillmore. She passed away at her home at Excelsior Springs, MO, Feb. 2, 1934, at 2 a.m. She was married to Raymond dBraden August 22, 1921, and to this union were born four daughters: June, 11 years old, Lovetta 10 Marcell, 9 and Marjorie Jean 4; also two sons: Raymond Jr., 7 and Elmo 5, all of whom with their father survive. She also is survived by her father and mother, George W. and Zelma Harris of Fillmore; also four sisters, Mrs. William McMurphy, Mrs. M. C. Holmes, Kansas City, MO, Mrs Ezra Barker, Fillmore, and Mrs. E. A. Marr, Independence, also three brothers, William E. Harris, St. Joseph, George W. Harris Jr., St Joseph, and Clarence Neil Harris, Fillmore. She was thirty years, six months and twenty-two days old at the time of her death. Funeral services were at the home of her sister, Mrs Ezra Barker, in Fillmore, on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. C. R. Howard pastor of the Fillmore Christian Church, officiating. Mrs. D. C. Spicer and Carl and Lewis Spicer provided the singing and Mrs. Alta Chandler played the paino. The pall bearers were Lloyd Hall, Orval Tipton, Glen Durham, Chas. Ellison, Cloral Hatcher and Reed Robertson. Burial was in the Fillmore cemetery. "And still her silent ministry, Within my heart hath place. As when on earth she walked with me, And met me face to face. Her life is forever mine, What she to me has been, Hath left henceforth its seal and sign, Engraven deep within."
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    28. Gazette, September 2, 1980. William H. Ramsey, 64, died Monday afternoon aat a local hospital. His last address was 2406 Big Pine Drive. Born in Fillmore, MO, he lived in Leavenworth, Kan., until 1967, when he moved to St. Joseph. Mr. Ramsey was a retired Civil Service Employee. He was employed there for 25 years, retiring in 1974. He was an ARmy veteran World WAr II, and a member of the McDonald-Duggar-Duncan American Legion Post No 11. Survivors include his wife, Nanetta RAmsey of the home: four sons, Daniel Willis, Las Vegas, Nev., David RAmsey and Dennis Ramsey, both of the home, three daughters, Christie Elliott, Blue Springs, MO., and Candie Hamm and Cheri Hoover, both of St. Joseph: four sisters, Marguarite Matlock, St. Joseph, Leone Limburg, Bell Garden, Calif, WAnda Farzier, Maryville, MO and Gladys Lance, Fillmore; and five grandchildren. Services are pending at the Heator Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden chapel.
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    29. Davison Services Held Services were held July 1 at 2:00 p.m. for Phillip Reed Davison, 45 at the Christian Church in Fillmore with Rev. A. Vane Miller of St. Joseph officiating. Burial was in the Fillmore Cemetery. Mr. Davison was the son of Frank and Ida Davison and was born in Fillmore July 22, 1907 and died at his home in St. Joseph Sunday evening, June 28, 1953. He attended school at Stone Church near Fillmore. He was united in Marriage to Ethel Mae Harris, Dec 19, 1929 at St. Joseph. He is survived by two sons, William Franklin, Great Lakes, Naval station and Phillip Carod, 800 North 17th St. St. Joseph; his mother, Mrs. Ida Davison, Fillmore; three brothers, Roscoe and Floyd of Fillmore and Jess of Clarinda, IA; five sisters, Mrs. Alice Howard, Bolcow, Mrs. Rada Marriott, Diagonal, Iowa, Mrs. Irma Lee Thompson, Mrs Lalah Duckworth and Mrs Lillian Leader of St. Joseph and a host of other relatives and friends.
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    30. Dayton T. Braden Dayton T. Braden, son of David and Stellie Braden, was born Dec. 5, 1878, in Decatur, ILL., and died March 23 at the age of 81. Mr. Braden was a retired Nodaway county farmer, moving to Savannah seven years ago. He is survived by two sons, Lloyd Braden, Rea, MO and Howard Braden, Colton, Calif., two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Hepler, Savannah and Mrs. Ollie Campbell, Port Isabela, Texas; two brothers, Elmo Braden, Mt Vernon, Wash., and Ray Braden, Denver, CO; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services were conducted at the Brett and Hawkins chapel March 26 by Rev. Loomis and burial at Fillmore. The year was 1960
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    31. David Braden--Biography David Braden, son of Samuel and Mary Braden, was born in Dewitt county, ILL, September 22, 1853 and died at his home at Fillmore, august 18, 1934. On February 11, 1875 he was united in marriage to Stellie Waller. To this union were born seven children, Lillie, who died in infancy, Dayton of Graham, MO, Zeldon who preceded his father in death twenty-four years ago, Mrs. Carrie Hall of Fillmore, Mrs. Ollie Campbell of Denver, Colo., Elmo, address not known, and Ray of Excelsior Springs. Besides his aged companion and five children he leaves eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, one sister and six brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing. He was a kind husband and father, and was loved by all who knew him. Funeral services were conducted from the home Monday at 2:30 p.m. by Revs. A. Vane Miller. The body was laid to rest in the Fillmore cemetery.
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    OBITUARY INFORMATION, contributed in 2003 by Monica Eshelman

    "BISCHOFF (Savannah Reporter, 22 May 1896)

    "At his residence, two and a half miles southeast of Savannah, at 6:10 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 1896, of consumption, Edward Bischoff, aged 17 years, 1 month and 24 days. His remains were buried on the 16th in the Amazonia cemetery. Deceased was a young man of much promise and well thought of."

    BISCHOFF (The [Andrew County] Democrat, Volume VVII, No. 13, p. 1, October 21, 1892)
    "Bischoff - At the residence of his parents 2 1/12 miles southeast of Savannah, Mo., Tuesday, October 18, 1892, Emile Bischoff, aged 25 years, 1 month and 10 days."

    BISCHOFF (The [Andrew County] Democrat, Volume XVII, No. 14, p. 1, October 28, 1892)
    "Bischoff - At the residence of her father, Peter Bischoff, two and one-half miles east of Savannah, Mo., Monday, October 24, 1892, Miss Fridoline Bischoff, aged 23 years, 5 months and 6 days."

    BISCHOFF (The [Andrew County] Democrat, Volume XVII, No. 37, p. 1, April 7, 1893)
    "Bischoff-At the residence of her parents, about 3 miles southeast of Savannah, Mo., of consumption at 12:15 a.m., Monday, April 3, 1893, Miss Anna M. Bischoff, aged 16 years, 9 months and 16 days. Her remains were interred in the Lutheran cemetery at Amazonia."

    MOSER Savannah Reporter, 1904
    "Died of cancer
    "Alva L [Eva Lenna] Moser, daughter of Hon. Peter Moser, of Amazonia, died at a hospital in St. Joseph, last Sunday morning of cancer. She leaves besides her father, a brother Ammon Moser. Funeral services were conducted from the home in Amazonia Tues. afternoon."
    HARVY, Mary NOBLE Savannah Reporter, 25 Feb 1907
    "Obituary- Grandma Harvy
    "Mary Noble was born at Lost Creek, Breathitt county, Kentucky, March 15, 1818, and died at her home, two and a half miles northeast of Amazonia, Feb. 23, 1907, aged 88 years, 11 months and 8 days. She was married to Andrew Harvy June 15, 1834. Of this union eight children were born, two of whom and also her husband preceded her to the other shore. She has left behind to mourn her death six children, thirty-four grandchildren, seventy-four great- grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. The family moved to Missouri in 1844, and have resided in Andrew county ever since. The last few years of her life have been spent in much weakness of body, but she retained her mental faculties clear and unimpaired to the very last, and was completely resigned to the will of God in regard to all her interests, both for time and eternity.

    "Her funeral was conducted by the pastor of the Amazonia M.E. church, of which she had been a member for a good many years. A great company of friends and relations were present to pay the last duties of respect to her remains, and she was buried by the side of her husband in Greenwich cemetery. A long life was spent and a peaceful end. Blessed are the dead which died in the Lord; they rest from their labors and their works do follow them."

    DEVAULT (Savannah Reporter, 1928)
    "Their Daughter Dies
    "Little Lea Beth Devault, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Devault, was born January 27, 1928, and passed away March 1 at 1:15 o'clock, aged 1 month and 3 days.

    "The body had never been in good health and was taken to a St. Joseph hospital when two weeks old. Every effort was put forth to save her, but to no avail.

    "'How brief the stay, as beautiful as fleeting;
    The time that baby came with us to dwell;
    Just long enough to give a happy greeting;
    Just long enough to bid us all farewell!'

    "Services were conducted at the Long Branch Church on Thursday afternoon, March 1, by Rev. Paul Mitchell of Savannah."

    EVERETT Savannah Reporter, 1928
    "Mrs. David Everett Buried Here Tuesday
    "Funeral services for Florence May Everett were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 at the M.E. Church, South, with Rev. O.B. Lawliss of St. Joseph, a friend of the family, in charge. Burial was in the Savannah cemetery with the Eastern Star rites at the grave.

    "Florence May, the only daughter of Andrew and Ida M. Eisiminger, was born November 23, 1896, and passed away October 8, 1928, at the Mercy Hospital in St. Joseph, at the age of 32 years, 10 months and 15 days. Her girlhood days were spent with her parents and brothers near Savannah. At an early age she united with the Methodist Church located at the time west of Savannah, later changing her membership to the church at Hemple, where the family had moved. She was united in marriage to David Everett of St. Joseph on October 22, 1924. They were making their home on a farm near Cameron when she passed away. She had been ill only a short time.

    "Mrs. Everett was a fine neighbor, a good friend, a loving, dutiful daughter and wife, always ready to lend a helping hand wherever if was needed. She was loved by all who knew her. Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn her going her parents, Andrew M. and Ida M. Eisiminger, and three brothers, Clarence, Carl and Everett, all of Savannah.."

    RICE Savannah Reporter, 1929
    "Funeral services for Lawrence Edward Rice were held Friday afternoon, May 3, at the First M.E. Church in charge of pastor, Rev. H. J. Moats. Burial was in the Savannah cemetery.

    "Mr. Rice was born January 3, 1902, the son of Charles L. and Aldie R. Rice, and was reared on a farm nine miles southwest of Maryville. He passed away Thursday, May 2, 1929, at the home of P. M. Graves, three miles southwest of Savannah, at the age of 27 years, 3 months and 29 days. He was married to Emma D. Graves, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Graves, September 4, 1924. To this union were born two children, Lawrence Jr., and Anna Katherine, aged 2. He united with the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church in 1918.
    "He leaves to mourn his departure to the great beyond, his beloved wife, two children, father and mother, brothers and sisters as follows: Mrs. Clarence Fannon of Conception Junction, Miss Mary Rice of Kansas City, Johnie, Cecil and Florine Rice at home, besides a host of other relatives and friends. He had been in ill health since Sep., 1928. He was a kind loving husband and father."

    PERKINS Savannah Reporter, 1934
    "J.F. Perkins- Biography
    "J. Fred Perkins was the son of George Willard and Ellen Elvina Perkins, and he was born in Kewanee, Ill., August 11, 1858, and died September 4, at 3:30 a.m.

    "He was married Jan. 11, 1881 to Carrie Wilson. Their children were Alice, Harry Fred, Charles Wilson and Bert.

    "Surviving him are two children: Mrs. Alice Harkey of Tucson, Arizona, and Bert of San Diego, Cal., also two brothers, George of Farragut, Iowa, and Dr. Charles Perkins of Miami, Ariz.

    "Mr. Perkins died at a St. Joseph hospital Tuesday September 4, at the age of 76 years.

    "He had lived in Savannah, Mo., for more than 20 years, and for the past 17 years had been in the employ of the Dr. Nichols Sanatorium where he was an efficient and conscientious workman.

    "Mr. Perkins had been a Free Mason for 50 years, holding his membership at Farragut, Iowa.

    "He will be greatly missed at his place of labor and by his friends who new him and loved him.

    "The funeral was in St. Joseph and burial was in Savannah cemetery September 7."

    EISIMINGER Savannah Reporter, 1894
    "James A. Eisiminger was born in Pennsylvania, August 19, 1826 and died at 2:30 PM February 19, 1894. He came to Missouri in 1854. [sic] He joined the ME church in 1846. In 1848, he married Elizabeth Baker and to this union were born 9 children, 4 boys and 5 girls, of which 3 boys and 3 girls survive him. In 1883, he married Jane Milholland, who survives him."

    EISIMINGER Savannah Reporter, 8 Feb 1879
    "Died Saturday, Feb. 8 at resident of her brother [sic, actually her grandfather], John Eisiminger, Miss Martha E., daughter of Jacob Eisiminger. Age 16. Buried Sat. at old Baptist Church burying ground, 3 miles west of Savannah."

    EISIMINGER Savannah Reporter, 27 Dec 1881
    "John Eisiminger, an old citizen of this county, died at his home 2 miles southwest of Savannah, on Thursday afternoon, aged 83 years."

    (This obituary was from an Andrew Co, MO paper 18 Jan 1918)
    John Rice CALDWELL: A Pioneer
    John Rice Caldwell was the great grandson of William Caldwell who was born in Scotland and the grandson of John Caldwell, who was born in Ireland and who later settled in Ross County, Ohio, and who in 1807 was untied in marriage to Mary McClure of York Co, Pennsylvania. Captain William Caldwell, the father of John Rice Caldwell, was born in Ross county, Ohio, in 1808, and his father John Caldwell served in the war of 1812 against Great Britain. Captain William Caldwell was united in marriage July 26, 1831, to Mary Pearson, who was born near Cape May, N.J., February 24, 1806. John Rice Caldwell, the subject of this sketch, was born on the same farm on which his father was in Ross county, Ohio, June 13, 1832. In 1833 Captain William Caldwell, with his family and aged mother, moved to Noble county, Indiana, where they remained until 1849..

    The Caldwell’s were pioneers of Ohio and Indiana, and lived among the Indians, who were especially friendly and whose language they learned to speak.

    In 1843 Captain William Caldwell married Elizabeth Christie, who was born in Ross county, Ohio, in 1822. William Caldwell moved his family from Noble county, Indiana, to Andrew County, Missouri, in 1849. They made the trip by wagon and during the entire trip did not cross a bridge or a railroad track. They crossed the rivers by ferry and forded the streams. Arriving in Andrew county in August, 1849 they settled in Rochester.

    Captain Caldwell bought a mill property and built the first bridge across the Platte river at Rochester. J. R. working in the mill with is father in his early manhood, and later engaged in the mercantile business. In April, 1865, he moved to Savannah where he served as deputy circuit clerk under his father. In 1868, he was elected judge of the probate court and re-elected in 1872. After retiring from the probate office he engaged in the practice of law and mercantile pursuits until 1877, when he moved to Kansas to engage in the banking business. He retired form business and returned to Savannah in 1905, where he resided until his death.

    In 1871 Judge Caldwell was married to Miss Elizabeth Farley. To this union three children were born, Dr. Clyde F. , Charles and Mrs. Grace E. Hall. He is survived by his wife, six children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild and three brothers.

    He united with the Presbyterian church in 1869, was elected deacon in 1870 and ruling elder in 1880. When a very young man he joined the I.O.O.F. in Rochester and was thought to be the oldest continuous member of the Savannah lodge.

    Judge Caldwell was very devoted to the church and under no circumstances would he permit any thing to interfere with his church attendance and duties, and at the day of his death he was the senior member of the session.

    He came from that sturdy Scotch Irish stock which always stood for the right and his influence for good will long be felt in this community. His going is not alone felt by his family, but by many old friends, who have sat with him in the church or the councils of the godly."

    [contributed by Pam DeWitt, November, 2006]