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1918 Extracts from Barry County, MO, Newspapers An interlibrary loan of microfilm from the State Historical Society of MO, was the source of the below given data.
February 21, 1918, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

Local And Personal

Miss Clara Montgomery is visiting her sister, Mrs. Will Meador at Monett.

Miss Flossie Johnson is planning to enter a Springfield hospital to study for a trained nurse.

Uel Bennet and Miss Faye King of Flat Creek postoffice drove to Cassville Saturday and were married there by Probate Judge Landis.

S. E. Wallen of Vinta, Okla., spent Wednesday of last week in Cassville with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Wallen.

Miss Eulah Hankins closed her school in the Accident district Feb. 8. Patrons of the district expressed themselves as being highly pleased with her work.

Albert Townsend who is an expert mill man of Duenweg, arrived Sunday and will assist at the mine near Butterfield.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wormington who have been at Roswell, New Mexico, for the past fifteen months for the benefit of Mrs. Wormington's health have returned to near Monett. They will be at home again on their farm south of Monett, March 1.

Sam Blythe and son, Cleve, and two daughters of Flat Creek postoffice came to Cassville Friday and took the evening train for Camp Funston to visit their son and brother, George Blythe. In a letter received from George last week he expressed himself as believing that he would lave the camp soon and they wanted to visit him before he was transferred.

Mrs. Manford Dummitt and little daughter of Webb City are visiting Mrs. Dummitt's sister, Mrs. W. A. Carney northeast of Cassville on Flat Creek.

New Salem

Miss Beulah Bennett came home Wednesday from Rocky Comfort where she has been for some time with her aunt, Mrs. Vesta Dabbs.

Jim Roller and family spent Saturday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Roller. He stated while here that he would have a public sale Friday, Feb. 22, on what is known by some as the old Dun? place or the old Parks place, as some call it. Jim completes going to Washington soon.

Mineral Spring

The Sunday school at Mineral is dead.

The house on Ben Johnson's place, formerly known as Lohmarsburg, burned to the ground early Thursday morning. Mr. Taylor and children got out and saved most of their eatables and some of their household goods.


Our school closed Wednesday. The term was a success. A fine dinner was served and a good program given. John Hankins and daughter, Mary, were our teachers.

Perry bowman and two sisters, Iva and Ina, are visiting their brother.

Several of the young folks

attended the play at Marbut Saturday night.

Rock Creek

School closed at accident, Feb. 8. About 11:30 o'clock the patrons and neighbors gathered at the school house where a bountiful dinner was spread. The afternoon was spent in recitations and singing by the pupils. Miss Hankins has taught a good school and we can recommend her to any district that wants a good school.


Velma Reidvisited with her brother, A. H. Reid, and family last week on Sugar Creek.


C. B. Stubblefield and family will leave in a short time for Black Oak, Ark., to reside.

Sam Brock of Parma, Idaho, who has been visiting his father, I. J. Brock, and family of Shell Knob and his brother, E. B. Brock of his place left for Caldwell, Idaho, Monday to report for military service.


Rev. Goodnight closed a very successful meeting at Purdy Thursday night.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Edwards, Feb. 16, a son.

Cedar Bluff

Fred McPhail who has had lung trouble for the past week is improving.

Washburn Prairie

Mrs. Clara Ruppert and children are visiting Wm. Ruppert and family Wheaton.

W. W. Hutchens and family are riding in a new Ford.

Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Sparkman and son, Mat, are well of smallpox. They were released Monday. Mr. Sparkman's eyes are very weak from the effects of smallpox.


Our school closed Friday with a program but not near so many present as would have been if it had not been for measles and smallpox.

The little babe of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Riddle is very sick.


Clarence Long has the smallpox at Monett.

James Lowery has sold his farm to Chas. Long and Mr. Long is moving to it.

The new brick buildings are completed and are now occupied by C. L. Brown, W. S. Carlin and A. Doyle.

Mrs. Lucy Henderson had a nice mare killed on the crossing opposite the depot one day last week.

Bert Williams who has been attending business college at Springfield is visiting homefolks this week.

The fire did some damage to the Dr. Kelley brick, also to the glass in the Bank and in the Gurley Bros. building.


G. L. Park has the smallpox.

Earl Gray and sister, Miss Pearl, left Thursday for a visit with relatives at Monett and Seneca.

Frank Webb and family of Pea Ridge, Ark., moved into the Walter Stephens property north of town Tuesday.

New Site

The children of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Banks have chickenpox.

Patrick Hanegan of St. Louis visited his brother, John Hanegan last week.


Mrs. Hattie Maloney who has been sick is better at present.

Leonard and John Prier made atrip to Gunter one day last week to take their grandmother to that place.

Grandma Thompson who has been having trouble with her back is better at this writing.

Miss Vergie Reed went to Cassville Saturday to have her eyes treated.

Cross Hollows

Mrs. Phillip Riddle and son, Floyd, of Mineral Springs visited at Seigle Riddle's Thursday.

Seigle Riddle and daughters, Misses Rachel and Mary visited at Wesley Riddle's of Jenkins Monday.

Sam Johnson has bought the Alf Madison farm in the Cedar Mound district.


Mrs. G. G. Cottrell visited her son, Silas, last week.

Several from this locality attended the last day of school at Gunter Friday and reported a good time.

Shell Knob

The people in this community sympathize with Ed Taylor in the loss of the house where he lived on the Johnson place.

Rock Springs

P. E. Roller, a highly respected citizen, died of apoplexy last week and was buried at the cemetery named after himself. He was 77 years old. All his children attended the funeral but General who lives in Utah. Funeral services were conducted by Elder Smith.

Pioneer Citizen Dies

P. E. Roller, a pioneer citizen of Barry County, passed away at his home between Washburn and Seligman, February 13, 1918, of apoplexy, at the age of 77 years. He was known all over the county by "Pad" Roller.

He was a native of Tennessee and came to Barry County when a small boy with his parents who located on the farm where Mr. Roller grew to manhood and on which he continued to live until his death. He was a successful farmer and one of the county's best citizens. Barry county had no more highly respected citizen that P. E. Roller. It was such men as he who have been the pillars of society and laid the foundation for the future progress of our county. He had for many years been a member of the Rock Springs Baptist Church.

He leaves seven children, two sons and five daughters. The children are: General Roller of Lund, Utah; George of Wichita, Kan.; Mrs. Rebecca Evans, Mrs. Amanda Brown and Mrs. Julia Woodruff of near Washburn, Mrs. Sarah Sanders of Boynton, Okla., and Mrs. Flora Burrows of Marionville. His wife died in 1910.

The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the home and interment made in the Roller Cemetery.

Aged Mother Passes Away

Mrs. Isabel Stephens died Wednesday evening February 13, 1918, at the homeof her daughter, Mrs. George Joslin, in this city, at the age of 77 years.

Mrs. Stephens had made her home with her daughter in Cassville for the past three years. For much of that time she was in very delicate health and was given constant care by Mrs. Joslin. Everything which loving hands could do for her comfort was done.

Rev. L. H. White conducted a short funeral service at the Joslin home Thursday afternoon. Her body was sent to Iowa Falls, Iowa for interment. It was accompanied by Mr. Joslin.

Mrs. Depew Dead

Mrs. Sarah E. Depew, wife of E. H. Depew, northwest of Cassville, died February 13 of pneumonia, aged 72 years.

She was born in Tennessee and was married to E. H. Depew in 1876. To this union five children were born, two of whom, Alice and Andrew, died before the mother did. The three living children are William of near Cassville, Mrs. Mary Turner of Granby and Mrs. Eva Mulkey of Sapulpa, Okla.

The funeral was held Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. T. Brattin at Macedonia Church and interment made in the cemetery near by.

Mrs. Depew had been a member of the Baptist Church for more than 25 years and was known as a good Christian wife and mother.

Makes Another Raid

Mayor W. J. Fleming heading a bunch of Monett officers made a raid Friday night on a gambling room on Fifth street and places sixteen persons under arrest. Eleven of the number entered pleas of guilty and paid fines next morning.

Mayor Fleming should have the cooperation of all good citizens in his efforts to rid his city of disreputable places.

Licenses to Wed

Zelous Farwell, Eagle Rock & Georgia Simpson, Eagle Rock

Uel Bennet, 22, Flat Creek & Faye King, 21, Cape Fair

Harry Cullers, 31, McDowell & Anna Roark, 20, McDowell

Lewis A. Barnes, 18, Seligman & Charlotte Lake, 24, Seligman

Joe Puitt, Jasper & Kate Ingle, Jasper
February 28, 1918, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

Local And Personal

Clarence Hankins of Fort Smith, Ark., visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Hankins, Sunday.

Mrs. Hattie Fox of Cartage spent the week-en with her mother, Mrs. J. W. LeCompte, who is ill.

Fisk Marbut, son of Prof. Curtis Marbut, is now in France in the engineering corps of the army.

A little son of Mr. and Mrs. John England of near Mineral Springs was kicked on the head by a horse at an early hour Wednesday morning. Drs. Chandler and Salyer were called immediately. His injuries were thought to be very serious.

Seth Gaskins gave bond Monday in the amount of $300 when arrested upon a charge of driving an automobile on the public highway while in an intoxicated condition. The case was set for March 11. He also gave bond of $200 upon a charge of destroying property, resulting from running into and wrecked Connie Jeffries' buggy on the Butterfield road Sunday night. The case is set for March 6.

James Sapp closed a six months term of school in the Doss school district Friday. The patrons showed their appreciation of the good work done during the term by setting a fine dinner of teacher and pupils. A splendid program was given during the afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Powers of Monett visited Mrs. Powers' parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Galloway, the latter part of last week.

Miss Mamie Cantrell of the Shoal Creek locality died Friday of last week following a lingering illness. She was about 16 years old.

Mrs. Walter Wicks of Pierce city visited her sister, Mrs. C. H. Hadley last week.

The little 17 months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barr of Exeter died Thursday night. The funeral was held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Will Reed northwest of Cassville, February 20, a daughter.

L. G. Williamson of Shell Knob was in the city Monday. Mr. Williamson recently returned from Kansas where he had been for the past year.

Charged with being an Accomplice in Murder

Mrs. Sarah Wilks, widow of the late George Wilks of near Verona who was murdered in his home, Nov. 21, was placed under arrest last week upon a charge of being an accomplice in the murder of Mr. Wilks.

She gave bond in the sum of $7,000.


Mrs. J. W. Williams and son, Kenneth, spent Saturday in Exeter.

P. R. Moffatt and daughter, Miss Lois, transacted business in Cassville Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Cargile left Friday evening for their home in Kansas city after several days visit with relativess here.

Rev. D. H. Truhitte filled his regular appointment here Sunday and baptized Lenear Henbest Sunday afternoon at Blockade.

Mrs. H. M. Pennington and little daughter, Dorothy, are visiting Mrs. Pennington's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Frost.

There was a large attendance at the Jim Roller sale Friday just east of town, the proceeds being near $1,000.

Lone Elm

Mrs. Lina Stockton who has lagrippe is improving.


Mrs. Josie Lowery visited her mother, Mrs. Daniel McPhail Saturday.

New Site

J. L. Means and family of Lawrence County attended church Sunday.

School at Walnut Grove will close Saturday March 2. The children are preparing a program which they will render Friday on account of the drawing given at Monett Saturday by the commercial club.

Francis Warner who is in training at Camp Doniphan, came home last week on a furlough. He attended church at New Site Sunday and will leave Monday night for camp. His brother, George, will go to Cassville Monday to entrain with the quota to leave them for Camp Funston.

Washburn Prairie

Miss Mayme Cantrell, age 16 years, was buried at this place Sunday morning. She had been sick at the home of her father, Abe Cantrell, of near Wheaton for 21 weeks. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Goodnight of Purdy. A large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends were in attendance. She was laid to rest by the side of her mother who preceded her to the great beyond about two years ago. She leaves a father, three brothers and two sisters to mourn her death. The family has the sympathy of their many friends.

Saturday, February 23rd, closed another successful school at this place, taught by Merton Meador. The forenoon was taken up with regular class work. At the noon hour a bountiful dinner was spread by the patrons of the school. A short program was rendered in the afternoon by the school children, after which came talks by the most of the patrons. all expressed themselves as being well pleased with the school.

Mrs. Bert Wormington and two small children went to New Site Sunday to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Higgins.


The 17 months old babe of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barr died Friday morning of pneumonia. The funeral service was held at the Baptist Church by Rev. C. M. Smith after which the remains were conveyed to Maple Grove cemetery for interment. The bereaved friends have the sympathy of the community.


Gabe Tucker is planning to move to Oklahoma soon. He will hold a public sale March 14th.

Clarence Goodwin and wife visited the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Epperly, Shell Knob Sunday.


There are some hogs in our neighborhood missing. We don't know where they go.

Several of the boys in our neighborhood left Monday for Camp Funston.

Several from here attended the last day of school at Mt. Zion.

Some from here went to the musical entertainment at Mr. Bradford's Saturday night.

Roaring Spring

Miss Grace Puett attended the last day of school at Mt. Zion Saturday.

Several have tapped maple trees around here.

The smallpox is visiting this neighborhood. C. F. Sills' are quarantined.

Oak Ridge

W. S. Hankins and wife attended a family gathering at J. L. Hankins' of House district in honor of Loyd Vineyard and wife who will leave this week for their home at Roswell, New Mexico. Those present were Furlon Freeze and family, Mrs. Jane Freeze, Rev. J. T. Brattin and son, Leonard Hankins and wife, S. T. Hankins, Arthur Vinyard and wife, Loyd Vineyard and wife, Mrs. Tennie Gunter and daughter, Mrs. Cora Hadley of Fresno, Calif., Bert Catron and family of Fairview, Warren Hankins and family, W. E. Hankins and wife, Miss Eula Hankins, Clarence Hankins of Ft. Smith, Ark., W. S. Hankins and wife.

Miss Annie Birkes visited her sister, Mrs. Mamie Hankins, Sunday night and attended meeting at Oak Ridge.

Miss Tensie Cooper is on the sick list.

Clay Payne has traded for an automobile.

To the Bennett family we extend our sympathy.

A. J. Baker and wife visited their son, Amos, of Mt. Sinai locality.

The boys from this part who went to Camp Funston Monday were Roy Bush, Levi Mills and Ernest Payne.

Pleasant Ridge

James Black closed an eight months school, last Thursday.

Dave Calton received a telegram Sunday evening that his sister, Mrs. Oxford, at Viola was sick.

Rock Springs

The annual election of officers for the P. E. Roller cemetery was held last Saturday and W. L. Woodruff was elected president, R. L. Henry, W. D. Gowen and H. P. Mitchell were elected secretary and treasure to serve till the first of next January. The annual dues are due now. Please get it to H. P. Mitchell, Seligman at once $_.00.

New Salem

Mrs. Bonnie Arnhart, nee Roller, visited homefolks here from Thursday night until Sunday.

Henry Skelton and family, Aunt Rachel Summey and Miss Cora Skelton were all visiting Sunday at Sevier Roller's.

Mrs. Stella Bentlinger, who is on her way to California to reside is spending a few days with her sister, Mrs. Floyd Roller, Mesdames Blanche Turner of Butterfield, Susie Sapp of Powell and Claud Roller and family of this place also visited Sunday with their sister, Mrs. Floyd Roller and family.

Calvin Fountain's of Washburn visited Sunday with his brother, Sam, and wife.

Seligman R. F. D. No. 3

Uncle Ap Goins has been confined to his room for the past few weeks. Hope he will soon be out again.

Homer West left Monday for Oklahoma where he will visit for a few weeks.

Sime Perse had the misfortune to lose some of his hogs last week. Seems like they disappear in some mysterious way.

Several young folks from this part attended the last day of school at Mt. Zion Saturday. A nice time was had and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves, especially at noon.

Chas. Skelton and wife left for Idaho the first of the week where they will make their future home.

The school at the head of the river is closed on account of the smallpox.

Amos Gooden left last Monday for training camp at Camp Funston.

Bernice Sill has the smallpox but is better at present.

Cedar Bluff

Miss Anna Roark and Harvey Calors were married Sunday. We wish them success through life.


Silas Cottrell visited his father, G. G. Cottrell, of near Shell Knob, last week.

Hon W. A. Fly Dead

Hon. W. A. Fly, a pioneer of this county and one of her most highly honored citizens, passed away at his home in Purdy Tuesday evening February 26 at the age of 91 years, 11 months and 19 days.

Mr. Fly was a native of Tennessee but came to this county with his parents in 1839 and had lived here since that time, making him one of its oldest citizens. He was elected a judge of the county court in 1878 and re-elected to the same position in 1880. In 1884 he was elected to represent this county in the legislature and re-elected in 1886. For years he had been one of the county's most useful and influential citizens. He was the father of Monroe Fly of Purdy, Henry Fly of Monett and Mrs. A. M. Gurley and Miss Mabel fly of Purdy.

Funeral services are to be held today, Thursday and interment made at Purdy.

W. G. Clark Dead

Wm. G. Clark died Sunday February 24 at the home of J. H. Mitchell in this city following an illness of long duration of paralysis, at the age of 56 years, one month and 21 days.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. T. Brattin, at the Mitchell home. The body was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Clark was a brother of Mrs. J. H. Mitchell and had been in Cassville much of the time for the past several years. For sometime he had made his home with his sister. He had been badly afflicted for the past few years but had ever home his suffering with Christian fortitude.


Nancy Jane Lewis was born in Geoga County, Ohio, April 27, 1835. On the 23rd of December 1851, she was united in marriage to John Barker at Milford, Ohio. To the union were born five girls and six boys, three of the daughters preceded her to the other world. In 1851, she with her husband moved to Hillsdale County, Michigan, which was then a mighty forest. At this place they lived and reared their family until April 1878 they moved to Kansas, settling on a farm then miles southeast of Cherryvale. They lived there until the spring of 1855, when they moved to Barry County, Missouri. In 1911 they sold their farm in Missouri and moved back to Kansas, settling three miles east of Cherryvale and later moved to town at which place on the 19th of February she had the misfortune of losing her companion, since which time she has been living among her children. In the 13th of October, she took a trip to the western part of the state stopping at Pratt, Kansas, with her son, John, at which places she stayed six weeks she went from there to Hugoton, Kansas to visit her son, Samuel, when she was visiting at the time of her departure.

She fell asleep on the great journey of life, February 9th, 1918, at 12 o'clock a.m. at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 13 days. In 1882 she became obedient to the faith once for all delivered in the Saints, and was buried in baptism with her Savior and identified herself with the Christian church of which she was a member at the time of her death.

In November 1915 she had the misfortune to lose her oldest daughter, Martha Gillmore, who lived in Barry county, Missouri, which was the first death that had occurred in the family for 35 years.

Those of the immediate family who mourn her departure are: Mrs. I. J. Clark of Cherryvale, Mrs. C. M. Dixon, Mound Valley, A. M. Barker of Cherryvale, S. H. Barker of Hugoton, Kans., John S. Barker of Pratt, Kansas, Wm. D. Barker of Cherryvale, George E. Barker of Chanute, Kansas, and Byron Barker of Cassville, Mo., besides 38 grandchildren and 25 great grand children, and one brother who resides at Coloma, Mich., whose age hindered his coming at this time.

Funeral services were held in Mrs. Barker's memory and honor from the Christian Church. Rev. Joneson conducting the services. A brief service was also held from the home in Western Kansas. Burial took place in Fairview cemetery where she will rest beside her husband through the years until the time they shall see together in glory their loved rendered face to face. On account of Mrs. Barker's age, circumstances could not very well be otherwise, and yet at parting there comes a pang to the hearts of the children. And to these the entire community give their sincere sympathy. The near neighbors of Mrs. Barker expressed a feeble way their love to her in beautiful floral offering.

Mrs. Barker's supreme love was for her home, her neighbors, and her friends, and he long life was full of service for others. And although she has gone on before, she still lives in the hearts of her people urging them, calling them, entreating them, to be worthy with her at the judgment day to hear the words spoken, In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Card of Thanks

We take this method of expressing our sincere thanks to our neighbors and friends who gave so freely their assistance and sympathy in our great bereavement caused by the sudden taking away in death of beloved husband and son.

Mrs. Ed Bennett, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beason and Families.
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