The Adrian Journal
Adrian, Bates County, Missouri
Jan. 14, 1915 - Dec. 23, 1915
Mr. Floyd E. Fortner, of Spruce township, and Miss
Elsie..Sullins, of Shawnee township were married at Butler, …December 18,1915,
The groom is a stranger to the area here, but the bride is
a resident of Deer Creek township and had lived here until a few years ago when
the family moved to Shawnee township.
She is an excellent young lady and has many friends who
will wish the newly weds continued happiness and a large share of prosperity. -- The Adrian Journal, December 23, 1915, Page 1 column 1, Marriage
Mildred, the fourteen year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.
F. Phipps, died at the family home, four miles northeast of Adrian, Tuesday
morning, December 21, 1915, at 4:15 o’clock.
Miss Phipps was born in Iowa but her parents moved to
Kansas when she was a small child, thence to their present home two years ago
last August. A year ago she was stricken with valvular heart trouble and had
been in very poor health since that time. Some days ago she suffered an attack
of la Grippe, this with other ailments was too much for her strength.
Mildred was a sweet, lovable girl and made many friends
warm friends during her short stay here. The entire community in extending
sympathy to the sorrowing parents and sisters in this loss.
Funeral services for Miss Mildred were held from the Adrian
Methodist church Wednesday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Dr. W. S.
Courtney. Burial was in the Crescent Hill cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal,
December 23, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Dr. James Hall received a letter from James W. Maxey the
early part of the week stating that his father, Thomas Maxey, died at this home
in Fowler, Colorado, Friday, December 17, 1915, of pneumonia fever. Mr. Maxey
was well known in Bates, co., having been in the blacksmith business in Burdett
for several years, from there he moved to Adrian where he was in business until
about eight years ago.
Mr. Maxey was probably between 65 and 70 years old and had
been a physical giant. -- The Adrian Journal, December 23, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Mrs. Mary Haggard, widow of the late L. C. Haggard, died at
her home in Kansas City, Wednesday, December 15, 1915.
The Haggard’s were pioneers in Bates county and for many
years lived on a farm in Shawnee township, and for some years in Adrian, but for
a number of years Mrs. Haggard had made her home with her son Dixie in Kansas
Grandma Haggard was an excellent Christian lady, loved by
everyone who knew her. She was always agreeable and was given a hearty welcome
into social circles because of her amiable disposition.
The body was buried in the cemetery at Butler
Friday. -- The Adrian Journal, December 23, 1915, Page 8 column 5, Death
Mrs. Henry Wyse died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lou
Allfree, three miles south of Adrian, Wednesday evening, December 22, 1915; aged
69 years, 3 months and 10 days.
Lulu, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard DeJarnatt, in Grand
River township, in what is now Bates county, September 12, 1846, and spent her
entire life here. May 17, 1867, she was united in marriage with Mr. Henry H.
Wyse. To this union seven children were born, four of them survive, viz; Mrs.
Chas. Shurbert, James Wyse, Mrs. Lulu Allfree and William Wyse, all of them live
in this vicinity and get their mail from Adrian. The aged husband also
survives. Miss DeJarnett was converted and joined the Christian church at
Dayton before the Civil War, she moved her membership to the Altona church in
1884. And remained a member of that organization until her death.
Mrs. Wyse possessed the genial traits of the pioneer. She
was a good neighbor and loyal friends and the people with whom she associated
all her life will feel the loss most keenly.
For a long time Mrs. Wyse had been a constant sufferer
from cancer. Every means that is known to medical science was employed to
restore her to health but it availed nothing.
Funeral services for Mrs. Wyse will be held from the Altona
Christian church, Friday afternoon, December 24th at 1:00 o’clock.
Burial will be in the France cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, December 23,1915, Page 5 column 4, Death
Uncle William Burton died at the home of his daughter at
Pleasant Hill, Monday, December 20th. We have not his age but he was
about 79 years of age.
Mr. Burton lived in Adrian for several years until a few
weeks ago, when he was taken to Pleasant Hill where he could be cared for during
his declining days. He was a good citizen in every sense of that term. -- The Adrian Journal, December 23, 1915, Page 4 column 4, Death
Five Killed By Dynamite
Stump Blasters on the Duvall Ranch were the victims.
Four Killed Instantly.
Adrian Boy Is Victim
Clarence Clark, 16 years Old Son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas.
N. Clark Among The Dead
Three men wee killed almost instantly and a fourth so badly
injured that he died several hours later, when two boxes of dynamite caps and a
box of dynamite exploded at 6:30 o’clock this morning on the Duvall ranch eight
miles south of this city.
Hollis Gibbs, Bert Blough and Clarence Clark were killed
almost instantly. Manford Couch was injured so badly that he died at 1:30
o’clock this afternoon. Samuel Gibbs was so badly injured that little hope is
entertained for his recovery. Both of his legs were blown off and he was injured
around the upper part of his body. Gibbs, his son, was also injured but was
taken to Kansas City today for an operation in the hopes of saving his life.
Just how the accident happened will probably never be
known. Edgar Stone, who was helping the men, had just left the group to get
some more caps at the house. When he left, Blough was standing beside a box of
dynamite and two boxes of caps and was capping short fuses. Clark was handling
the caps to Blough who would crimp them on the fuse.
The men had gone to the field to clean up stumps which they
had been blasting for the past few weeks and had built a fire to warm themselves
and to thaw the dynamite. When stone was about two hundred yards form the fire
the explosion took place. Stone immediately ran back to the fire and with the
assistance of W. H. Hackworth, who was working in a field near by, tried in some
way to revive the injured men. When they reached the scene, the fire had been
scattered by the force of the explosion and the clothes of the victims were
blazing. Blough’s body was badly mutilated and it is supposed that the dynamite
cap, the explosion of which had exploded the two boxes of caps and the box of
dynamite, was held by him.
Parts of his body have not been recovered and his head was
Clark and Gibbs lived only a few minutes after Stone and
Hackworth reached the scene of the accident. The latter sent for help
immediately and doctors from this city hurried to the place of the explosion.
Blough’s watch which was found with several other pieces of his personal
belongings, had stopped at exactly 6:30 o’clock., the time of the explosion.
Of the four men who were killed, only one was married
Hollis Gibbs, who was about 35 years old. Blough was divorced from his wife and
leaves a small child. Clark was about 20 years old and his parents live near
Adrian. Manford Couch, who died this afternoon was 19 years old, and was the
son of K.M. Crouch, who lives southwest of Butler. Clark had come in from
Kansas City Saturday night and had started work this morning. The other victims
have worked on the ranch for sometime.
According to John Howard, foreman of the ranch, the men had
been sent to clean up the stumps which had already been blasted. Instead of
doing this they built the fire and while warming themselves by it Blough was
capping fuses. Two boxes of dynamite which were only a few feet from the fire
did not explode but caught fire and burned. The ground was strewn with parts of
the victims clothing and a hole two feet deep was blown in the ground.
Relatives of the dead men have been notified of the
accident. The father of Hollis Gibbs had left only Saturday night for
Illinois. Funeral arrangements have not been made yet, and will not be
announced until relatives of the victims arrive.-Butler Daily Democrat
Clarence Clark, one of the victims of the terrible
explosion, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. N. Clark, who live one half mile
south of Burdett, where the young man was raised.
Mr. and Mrs. Clark were immediately notified of the death
of their son, which news came to them as a terrible shock. They came to Adrian
and secured the services of undertaker Henry T. Carr, who accompanied the
parents to the scene of the explosion after the body of young Clark which was
brought to Adrian Tuesday morning and immediately taken to the Clark home.
Funeral services for Clarence were held at Burdett and the body laid to rest in
the Burdett cemetery.
Clarence was sixteen years old last October and was an
industrious young man. The parents have the sympathy of the entire community in
this great sorrow that has come to them. Their’s is a great burden and they
need the tenderest sympathy of their many friends.
As we go to press with first run, we learn that Samuel
Gibbs, one of the unfortunate victims of the explosion died Tuesday. His is the
fifth death. Only one of the group of injured survives and his condition is
critical. -- The Adrian Journal, December 23, 1915, Page 1 column 5-7, Death
Winfield Scott was found dead in the hog lot on his farm,
known as the Berry farm northwest of Burdett, Thursday afternoon, 9th.
Death was due to heart disease. Before the body was discovered the hogs had
mutilated it badly. Mr. Scott had been in his usual health and it is thought
that he fell dead. -- The Adrian Journal, December 16, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
A new daughter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jess
Chitwood last Wednesday night. -- The Adrian Journal, December 16, 1915, Page 5 column 3, Birth
Sarah E. Lawton Reynolds was born in Williamsburg, Ind., in
1845, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. L. Allen, near Adrian,
Missouri, December 8, 1915; aged 70 years, 3 months and 2 days.
Mrs. Lawton was a good woman, she had been a member of the
Christian church for many years and had lived a consecrated Christian life, and
her family and friends will ever remember her beautiful life.
Mrs. Lawton was the mother of five children, four of whom
survive her and three of the children attended the funeral services held for
their mother. The living children are Mrs. J.L. Allen, of near Adrian; Mrs. Rose
Minnis and Howard Reynolds, of Bentonville, Arkansas; Mrs. A. J. Fenwick, of
Funeral services for Mrs. Lawton were held from the home of
Mr. J.L. Allen Friday, December 10th conducted by Rev. H. A. Pfost,
of Adrian. The body was laid to rest in the Crescent Hill cemetery.
The children have the sympathy of friends in this
bereavement. -- The Adrian Journal, December 16, 1915, Page 4 column 4, Death
Mr. Earl Hill, of Burdett neighborhood, and Miss Ruby T.
Wyer, were married at the residence of the bride’s parents on High street,
Butler, Missouri, Sunday, December 5th at six o’clock, p.m., Rev.
R.M. Talbert, pastor of the Butler Christian church officiating. After the
ceremony an excellent dinner was served.
The contracting parties are excellent young people. The
groom is the eldest son of Mrs. Mamie Hill and was born on the farm where they
now reside. Earl is a young man of excellent habits and an industrious and
prosperous farmer. He has the respect and esteem of all who know him. The bride
is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Wyer, of Butler, and was raised in that city
and is an excellent young lady.
After a honeymoon trip to Kansas City they will be at home
on the farm December 12th. -- The Adrian Journal, December 9,1915, Page 1 column 3, Marriage
Hon. George E. Church, living four miles northwest of
Butler, died Monday morning, December 6, 1915, after a several weeks illness
from heart disease. Mr. Church would have been 58 years of age on the 30th
of this month, having been born inn Covington center, New York, December 30,
1857. He was married April 4, 1881, to Miss Elizabeth Coleman. Three children
were born to this union, two of whom survive him, Miss Cora Church and Mrs.
Joseph Shyder of Joplin, Mo.
Mrs. Church died March 26, 1889 and on January 23, 1891,
Mr. Church was married to Miss Mary Waddell. Three children were born of this
union, all of whom survive. They are: Kathleen, Ruby and Walter.
Besides his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Church,
a sister, Miss Elva church, and a brother, Fred Church, survive him.
Funeral services will be held from the Butler Christian
church on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock conducted by the pastor, Rev. R. M.
Talbert, and interment will be in Oak Hill cemetery. Butler Daily
Democrat -- The Adrian Journal, December 9,1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
John Swar, who lived with his parents one half mile north
of Austin, took his life by hanging last Friday. Swar was about 26 years old
Friday morning about nine o’clock young Swar, who was in
the home, heard someone shooting in a nearby timber, he told some member of the
family that he would go and see who it was doing the shooting. He went but did
not return, after waiting for his return the family began to search for him.
Friends kept up the search all day Friday and all of Friday night, getting no
trace of the young man until Saturday morning when they found his lifeless body.
It is not known what caused the young man to take his life. -- The Adrian Journal, December 9, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Mr. Dale Owens and Miss Irene Warford, popular young people
of the Ballard neighborhood were married in Butler Monday afternoon, December 6,
The groom was raised in this vicinity and is a very worthy
man. The bride is very popular among those who know her.
-- The Adrian Journal, December 9, 1915, Page 5 column 3, Marriage
Centralia, Nov. 28-Mrs. Suzannah Morris, a pioneer of the
northwest, died on the homestead she took up in 1851, according to word received
by her grandniece, Mrs. Edward Carlson of Vader. Mrs. Morris was 98 years of
age and was the first white woman born in Bates county, Mo. She is survived by
seven children, 34 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Tacoma, Wash.,
Ledger -- The Adrian Journal, December 9,1915, Page 4 column 6, Death
Mr. John Lee and Miss Alice Moyer, of Rich Hill, were
married at the home of Elder Irvin V. Enos, Sunday evening, November 21, 1915;
Mr. Enos officiating.
The contracting parties will reside in Pleasant Gap
township where they have a host of friends who join in wishing them success. -- The Adrian Journal, December 2, 1915, Page 1 column 1, Marriage
James L. Freeman and Miss Naomi E. Blount were married
Wednesday afternoon, November 17, the ceremony being performed at the M. E.
church South parsonage, by Rev. Robin Gould. The following day they returned to
San Simon, both having land interests in the valley, and will make their home on
the groom’s homestead.
The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Blount and has
resided in the valley for about two years, being an unusually charming, cultured
young lady; and there is not a more worthy young man in the valley than the
groom, who is very popular.
The happy couple have the laugh on their friends. They
boarded the train at Vanar Wednesday, and thus passed through San Simon on their
way to Bowie to have the not tied. They stepped off the train here the next day
as Mr. and Mrs. Freeman and thus broke the news to their astonished friends.
Before starting for the ranch south of town that is to be
their home, the happy couple, with the brides brother, Arthur Blount, were
dinner guests at the C. J. Williams home. Artesian Belt
The bride was born and raised near Adrian and graduated
from the Adrian High School about 4 years ago. She is an excellent lady and her
many friends here will join in congratulations. -- The Adrian Journal, December 2,1915, Page 1 column 3,
A frightful tragedy occurred at Archie Monday morning,
which resulted in the death of George Nowlin or Geo. Eads.
George and Clarence Nowlin started from their home, west of
Lone Tree, Monday to deliver eight mules to Charles Argenbright at Adrian. Each
of the young men was riding a mule and leading three others tied together.
George Nowlin tied the lead rope around his body and as they came into Archie
the mules he was leading became frightened and pulled him off the mule he was
riding. This added to their fright and they ran at full speed dragging the body
of the young man to the John McCraw place about a miles and a half north of
Archie. They body of the young man was frightfully mangles, nearly every bone
being broken and his head was bruised and pounded to a pulp.
The young man was about 22 years old and was left an orphan
at six years of age. Mr. J. H. Nowlin a prominent farmer living near Lone Tree,
took the boy to raise and he took the name of Nowlin. Clarence , the other
young man with the mules is 18 years old and a son of Mr. Nowlin. The
unfortunate affair cast a gloom over the entire community. -- The Adrian Journal, December 2, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Mr. Geo. W. Allen died at his home near Elkhart Saturday
morning, November 27, 1915; aged 59 years.
Mr. Allen had lived in that neighborhood many years and was
a good citizen. He was never married.
Funeral services for Mr. Allen were held Sunday from the
church and the body laid to rest in the cemetery at that place. -- The Adrian Journal, December 2, 1915, Page 1 column 4, Death
Dr. Tuttle reports the birth of a boy baby to Mrs. R. A.
Greenwood Friday, November 26th. -- The Adrian Journal, December 2,1915, Page 8 column 2, Birth
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Stultz are the proud parents of a fine
baby girl. -- The Adrian Journal, November 25, 1915, Page 5 column 5, Birth
Dr. Sherman Miller, a prominent physician, of Mayesburg,
was drowned in a ditch three miles west of Clinton, Thursday afternoon, when the
automobile in which he and Harry Hibbs, also of Mayesburg, were riding.
Dr. Miller and Mr. Hibbs were returning home from Clinton
in a new Maxwell car, Mr. Hibbs doing the driving, they were running on a grade
that approaches the river, the car going about 8 miles an hour. Mr. Hibbs was
attempting to light a cigar while the doctor was attempting to steer the car,
the car struck a rut in the road and seemed to almost jump into the ditch at the
side of the grade. The car turned completely over into about 3 feet of water
and mud, both were pinned beneath the car, Mr. Hibbs in such a way that his head
was free from the water. A man and woman who happened to be passing inn a buggy
succeeded in dragging Mr. Hibbs from beneath the car, after this they raised the
car and found that Dr. Miller had drowned instantly. The body of Dr. Miller and
the injured man were taken back to Clinton . Mr. Hibbs injuries were such that
he was unable to attend the funeral of his companion which was held Saturday.
Dr. Miller enjoyed a large practice in Bates, Henry and
Cass counties. He was loved by all who knew him. He was well versed in the
medical science and honored by his fellow physicians.
Dr. Miller was born in Henry county 49 years ago, and was
raised in the vicinity where he died, he attended medical college in St. Louis
and graduated in the profession 24 years ago, since that time he has been
practicing the Profession at Mayesburg. Besides the large host of friends he
leaves a wife, daughter and four sons to mourn his departure.
Funeral services for Dr. Miller was held at the Mayesburg
Baptist church, Sunday afternoon, November 13, conducted by Rev. J. Smith of
Dayton. He had been a member of the Baptist church for many years. The burial
was at Cove Creek cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic Order of
which he was a member.
The Journal is under obligations to Mr. R. D. Reeder for
the account of this sad accident, secured by him while in Mayesburg attending
the funeral. Mr. Reeder and Dr. Miller had been ardent friends for many years.
-- The Adrian Journal, November 18,1915, Page 1 column 5, Death
The funeral services held at the Baptist church Friday afternoon for the
late William Burkett Ewing was well attended, in fact more people were there
than could find seats. Mr. Ewing had lived in this community for nearly half a
century and had always shown a neighborly spirit and a willingness to respond to
the need of his neighbor. While he was a man who attended strictly to his own
affairs yet ye was ready to be used for the comfort and accommodation of
others. Such men are appreciated while they lived and missed after death.
Rev. Wood preached an excellent funeral and the choir sang several excellent
selections. At the grave the Masonic burial service was given by Mr. Fred
Hanley in a very impressive manner. L Mr. Hanley had the service committed and
it is much more effective when spoken than it is when read. Rev. Wood acted as
Chaplain at the grave. The whole service was very impressive and a fitted
tribute to the memory of the departed. -- The Adrian Journal, November 11,1915,
Page 1 column 3, Death
Thos. L. Harper, ex-county clerk of Bates county was stricken with paralysis
at his home in Butler, this morning. He was seated at the breakfast at the time
apparently in his usual good health. He died three hours later.
Mr. Harper was about 65 years old and is well known in Bates county. -- The
Adrian Journal, November 11, 1915, Page 4 column 4, Death
A. L. Graves, of Garden City, was killed at Garden City last Friday. Mr.
Graves was getting into his buggy when the hose became frightened and he was
thrown against the concrete walk and his neck broken. Attorney Graves is well
known in Bates county. Judge Graves, of the Missouri Supreme Court is his
brother. -- The Adrian Journal, November 4, 1915, Page 1 column 1, Death
Last Sunday morning Roscoe Nighswonger, living twelve miles east of Adrian,
shot and killed himself in his home. He had been busy with the chores and
came to the house about nine o’clock apparently in good spirits he immediately
went to his room upstairs. Soon his mother and sister heard a shot, the sister
immediately went to her brother’s room and found his lifeless body lying on the
floor with a fatal bullet wound in his right temple.
Mr. Nighswonger was thirty years old and unmarried. He lived with his mother
and sister, Mrs. Grace Cunningham. There was no known reason why he should take
his life and the shooting is thought to have been purely accidental.
The body of Mr. Nighswonger was buried in Oak Hill cemetery at Butler. --
The Adrian Journal, November 4, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Artie John Gibson, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Gibson, was born near Altona,
Bates county, Mo., January 22, 1899, and departed this life October 29,1915;
aged 16 years, 8 months and 28 days.
He died at the Red Cross hospital in Kansas City, where he had been taken two
weeks ago to undergo an operation for appendicitis. All that medical skill and
loving hearts could do to alleviate his suffering was done, but to no avail.
Just before he passed away he prayed a beautiful prayer and sang, “When The Roll
Is Called Up Yonder” and “Nearer My God To Thee”.
He leaves to mourn his death a father, mother, five brothers and a large circle
of relatives and friends. -- The Adrian Journal, November 4, 1915, Page 1 column
Capt. James Van BenThusen, aged 83, died at his home in Rich Hill Wednesday
of last week. Capt. Van BenThusen was a pioneer of Bates county and was very
well known in Adrian as he made frequent visits here to visit his son, Grant,
who lives five miles west of town. -- The Adrian Journal, November 4,1915, Page
8 column 3, Death
William Burkett Ewing died at his home in this city Wednesday evening,
November 3, 1915, after a lingering illness of tuberculosis, aged 67 years, 1
months and 5 days.
Wm. Burkett Ewing was born in Logan county, Kentucky September 28, 1948, come to
Bates county, Missouri in 1868,locating in this community, where he resided
almost continuously until the time of his death. In 1872 Mr. Ewing was united
in marriage with Miss Elma Moudy, to this union four children were born, one
died in infancy, a daughter, Myrtle died a few years ago. Two sons, Ed of
Yreka, California and Floyd, of Shawnee township, with the wife and mother
survive to mourn the loss of a dear one. Mr. Ewing was converted when a young
man and had been a member of the Baptist church for nearly forty years and his
life was consistent with his faith. Bert Ewing was a good citizen, always a kind
and accommodating neighbor and friend. He enjoyed the respect and esteem of
those who knew him best. He was a kind and indulgent husband and father. Mr.
Ewing had been in failing health for several years and knew that the end was
near but was courageous to the last and p-assed away peacefully.
Mr. Ewing the Masonic Order in 1872 and had for forty three years been a
faithful member of Crescent Hill Masonic Lodge No. 368 and exemplified the
tenets of the Order in his daily life.
Funeral services for Mr. Ewing will be held from the Adrian Baptist church,
Friday, November 5,1915, at 1 o’clock p.m., Rev. R.L. Wood will conduct the
service assisted by Rev. McAtee. The Masonic burial service will be given at
the grave. The widow and sons have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends in
this bereavement. -- The Adrian Journal, November 4,1915, Page 5 column 3, Death
David P. Miller, who has been in poor health for some time committed suicide
in this city Monday afternoon by a shot with a twenty two rifle. He placed the
weapon at his right temple and the discharge went directly to the brain. Dr.
Tuttle was immediately called who later called Dr. F. S. Bates, they made every
effort to sustain life but with no results. Mr. Miller died about two hours
after. At the time of the shooting his wife and children were in the yard where
she was raking leaves and he was alone in the house. At hearing the shot she
rushed in and found him almost lifeless body lying on the floor. Mrs. Miller
informed a Journal representative that for the past six weeks that Mr. Miller
and been making threats to kill himself on account of bad health but she had not
taken his threats seriously.
Miller moved with his family here from Belton about three weeks ago and not much
was known of him of late but several years ago he lived on a small farm about
six miles west of Adrian. It was found out Monday afternoon after the tragedy
had happened that the family was in destitute circumstances with nothing in the
house to eat, with four small children in the home. The word was started and in
a very short time enough money was collected to buy sufficient food for the
widow and children and what clothing was needed. Besides this there was an
abundant supply of edibles brought in by the neighbors.
David P. Miller was born in Pennsylvania in 1869 and moved with his parents to
this state when a small child, his mother died about a year ago in this
community and is buried in Crescent Hill cemetery, his father lives in Butler
with a daughter, there are several other brothers and sisters who will mourn his
loss. The widow and children have the sympathy of the entire community and
their wants will be well provided for.
Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon and the body buried by
the side of his mother in Crescent Hill cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, October
28,1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Clark are the proud parents of a baby girl. Mrs. Clark
and baby are not getting along as well as friends would like to see. -- The
Adrian Journal, October 28,1915, Page 5 column 4, Birth
Mr. Fred Keirsey and Miss Ellen Grace Owens, were married at the home of the
bride’s mother, Mrs. Emma Owens, Sunday, October 24, 1915, at Spruce, Missouri.
These popular young people are numbered among the best in community. -- The
Adrian Journal, October 28, 1915, Page 5 column 5, Marriage
Mrs. Wm. Baie died at her home one half mile west of Adrian, Saturday
evening, October 23, 1915; aged 48 years, 6 mo. and 21 days.
Ida George was born in DeKalb county, Illinois, April 2, 1867. In 1897 she was
married to Wm. Baie, to this union three children were born, one dying in
infancy, two daughters, 12 and 9 years old are left with the husband. At the
time of her marriage to Mr. Baie she moved to Missouri where they resided until
three years ago at which time they moved to Illinois in hopes of benefiting her
health, the change not seeming to be of any great benefit they returned to Bates
county last spring. Mrs. Baie has been in failing health for six years and a
few weeks ago submitted to an operation after which she gained in health for a
short time. She was taken to her bed about two months ago and was in a very
critical condition until death. Besides the husband and two daughters there is
her father, a brother and four sisters who will mourn her departure.
Mrs. Baie was converted in her early childhood and untied with the Evangelical
church, since that time she has been a faithful servant to the Great Creator,
and a lady of true Christian character. She enjoyed a large circle of friends
in this community and was always willing to help them when called upon.
Funeral services were held at the Adrian Methodist church, Tuesday afternoon,
October 26, conducted by Dr. W.S. Courtney. The body was laid to rest in
Crescent Hill cemetery. A large crowd was present to pay that final tribute of
The out of town relatives present were: her father and brother, Wm. George, Sr.
and Jr., and Mrs. Louise Sampson, of Somlonauk, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. H. A.
Troeger, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rimsnider, Mrs. Henry Morsch, Mrs. Clarence Troeger,
Mrs. C. Rimsnider, of Hinckley, Ill; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Baie, of Waterman, Ill;
Mr. and Mrs. Matt black, of Kansas City, Mo. -- The Adrian Journal, October 28,
1915, Page 4 column 4, Death
Mrs. Iva Fenton Burris was born in the vicinity of Burdett, August 17,1889.
At the age of 21 years she was united in marriage to Charles Burris. She was
converted to her girlhood and united with the Presbyterian church, Sharon; in
which faith she did live until the Lord called her home, October 9, 1915.
She was survived by her husband, two sisters, one brother other relatives and a
host of friends. Her remains were laid to rest in the Burdett cemetery, Rev.
Showalter officiating. -- The Adrian Journal, September 21, 1915, Page 5 column
A social event of more than usual importance was the double wedding at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Addleman Wednesday evening, October 6,1915, when
their daughters Edith and Lois were married. Edith to Christian Kornhaus of
Adrian and Lois to Mr. Otha Moles of Shawnee township. Elder W. S. Hood said
the single ceremony that united the destinies of these two young couples and it
was a beautiful marriage service. The brides are sisters and are numbered among
the best young women in this community. Mr. Kornhaus is a carpenter and
contractor and is well up in his business. He is a young man of excellent
habits. Mr. Moles is a young farmer of Shawnee township and is an industrious
and honorable young gentleman.
The happy couples are well and favorably known in this community and they start
out on life’s journey with the benediction of a host of admiring friends for
their continued happiness and success.
After the wedding ceremony the usual congratulations an excellent wedding dinner
was served by Mrs. Addleman mother of the brides. This was heartily relished by
the guests. -- The Adrian Journal, October 14,1915, Page 1 column 3, Marriage
Miss Sarah Lena Johnson, daughter of Mrs. Mary E. Johnson of 321 Lockwood
Place, and Mrs. Leonard R. Finley, of Adrian, Mo., were married Wednesday
evening at the home of the bride in the presence of a small company of relatives
and friends. Dr. Joseph R. Harker, president of Illinois Woman’s college where
for four years Miss Johnson was a student, said the words which made the young
Mr. and Mrs. Finley will go to Macomb for a visit for several days with the
family of Archie Finley a brother of the groom. The will spend sometime at the
home of J. O. Johnson, of Literberry, brother of Mrs. Finley and then they will
go to Adrian to make their home……As a resident of Arcadia and then of
Jacksonville and during the student days at the Woman’s college, the bride has
built up a wide circle of acquaintance and formed many friends, all of whom will
join in good wishes for a wedded live, long and happy. She is a young woman of
talent and charm, known and respected for her industry and cheerfulness of
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Finley and was born and reared at
Adrian, Mo. After graduation from the Adrian High School he took a two year
course in the college of Agriculture at the University of Missouri. A young man
of thrift and integrity, he gives promise of signal success in his chosen
profession, farming. Jacksonville Daily Journal -- The Adrian Journal, October
14, 1915, Page 1 column 5, Marriage
The Journal reporter did not learn last week of the marriage of Mr. Lon
Mawson and Miss Mary Christensen. They put one over on their friends by going
to Kansas City and getting married. -- The Adrian Journal, October 14, 1915,
Page 5 column 3, Marriage
Hall, Dr. and
Mrs. W. P.
Tuesday was the fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of Dr. and Mrs. W. P. Hall,
which event was celebrated quietly at their home in this city. No demonstration
was made in honor of the event but their friends are congratulating them on
being permitted to celebrate a half century of wedded life with bright prospects
of many more years of happiness. -- The Adrian Journal, October 14, 1915, Page 5
column 3, Anniversary
Cox, Nancy Jane
Nancy Jane Reeder was born in Bates county, Missouri, December 28,1844. She
was one of a family of eleven children. There were seven brothers as follows: J.
P., H J. N., R. D. and Oscar Reeder, of Adrian, Mo.; Thomas and Oates Reeder, of
Phoenix Arizona, all living, and Frank Reeder who died last March. There are
two sisters, Mrs. Edna Owen, Butler, Mo., and Mrs. Rose Jenkins, of Mound
township, and a foster sister, Mrs. Polly White, of Montana.
She was married to John W. Cox May 14, 1874. To this union were born four
children, two died in infancy and two now living, Mrs. Mertie B. Moudy, Adrian,
Mo., and Mrs. Tessie L. Haggard, Butler, Mo. There is one grandchild, John
Milton Haggard, four step children, Mrs. P. F. Thompson, Chicago; Mrs. J. M.
Lothridge, Kansas City; J. M. Cox, Nowata, Oklahoma, and Wm. Cox, of Paola,
Kansas. The husband passed on before her in the year 1888.
Mrs. Cox united with the Christian church about 1860, or 55 years ago. She was
a charter member of the Adrian Christian church and was an honored member of
that congregation until death. On Friday evening October 8, 1915, at 8:30
o’clock at the home of Mrs. Haggard in Butler, surrounded by her daughters and
other loved ones she passed peacefully and safely into the other and better
life, being aged 70 years, 9 months and 10 days.
During the last few years of her life Sister Cox was an invalid and at times a
great sufferer but amid all her trials she never lost her love for her friends,
her interest in her church or her faith in her Heavenly Father. Whole she was
unable to care for herself as in former years she was ministered to by her
loving daughters who gave much love and life to give comfort and pleasure to
that one who had so well cared for them in infancy and childhood. To these good
women will come many heartaches as in their daily lives they miss the best of
earthly friends whom they had learned to love not only because of her service to
them but also through sacrifices made for her in the days of her feebleness.
Burial was made in the Crescent Hill cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, October
14, 1915, Page 5 column 4, Death
Walter Enos, of Mound township and Miss Clara Telford, of Sedalia, Mo., were
married at the home of the bride’s parents in Sedalia, Wednesday, September 29th.
The groom is a son of A. Enos and has been raised in this community. He is one
of our bet farmers and a worthy gentleman. The bride is a daughter of E. A.
Telford, who formerly was in the produce business in Adrian. She is a very
worthy young lady. They will reside with thee groom’s parents. -- The Adrian
Journal, October 7,1915, Page 1 column 4, Marriage
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Goodbar are the proud parents of a baby boy lately. -- The
Adrian Journal, October 7, 1915, Page 5 column 5, Birth
Butler Daily Democrat
John N. Parrish, 66 years old, after seriously wounding his 18 year old
daughter, Mary, and firing four shots at his wife, none of which took effect,
committed suicide by shooting himself at his home in Amsterdam, Missouri, Sunday
afternoon. No cause can be determined for the attack on his wife and daughter,
other than a sudden fit of insanity of which Parrish was sometimes subject.
Sheriff Harve Johnson was notified of the shooting Sunday afternoon and left for
Amsterdam in company with Ed Crabtree and Marshal Braden. When they arrived,
they found nearly half the population of the little town gathered around the
Parrish home. No investigation of the shooting had been made, however, after
surrounding the house to prevent the escape of Parrish, Sheriff Johnson with his
two deputies entered.
They found the body of Parrish lying on a bed in one of the rooms. He had
evidently made careful preparations for suicide. He had thrown an overcoat over
the bed and had lain down on this with the muzzle of the shotgun beneath his
chin. When found, Parrish’s hand still grasped the ramrod which he had used to
press the trigger of the gun he had used in ending his life. The whole top of
his head was blown off and blood was spattered all over the room. One piece of
his skull, about two inches in diameter, was blown clear across the room. His
skull was split from his chin to the top of his head and his death was
The daughter, Mary was shot with a revolver, the bullet passing through both
cheeks. Her injuries are not serious, according to the attending physician.
Mrs. Parrish was shot at four times by her husband, but all the shots went
wild. She and her daughter ran from the house but Parrish did not follow them.
Several neighbors who had gathered about the house after hearing the first shots
made no effort to enter, because of the fact that Parrish was known to be well
armed and could have held off a large crowd. Two revolvers, a shotgun and a
quantity of ammunition were found in the house by the officers.
Two shots were heard by the people surrounding the house, and it is presumed
that Parrish fired both barrels of the shotgun into his head.
Parrish had often threatened to kill the whole family, but these threats became
so common that no attention was paid to them by his wife and daughter. That he
had been planning the crime for sometime is the belief of Bertha Parrish,
another daughter living in Kansas city. She said that her father told her when
she visited her parents sometime ago that it would be the last time she would
see them alive. She thought nothing of this threat until she received a
telegram early Sunday morning from her father, telling her to come home at once.
She notified her brother, George, also of Kansas City, and the two arrived just
a few minutes after the shooting.
It is said that Parrish would have spells of insanity lasting for as long as two
weeks. During this time he would threaten to kill his wife and daughter, but
they paid little heed to what he said.
Parrish and his family had lived in the Amsterdam since February of this year.
They moved there from Richmond, Missouri. At Amsterdam he worked in the
electric light plant. He carried a $3000 life insurance policy in a fraternal
No investigation will be made by officers. -- The Adrian Journal, October 7,
1915, Page 1 column 5, Death
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Richardson the 25th.
Mother and baby doing well. -- The Adrian Journal, September 30, 1915, Page 8
column 3, Birth
Mr. George L. Garrison and Miss Nona E. Fortner, prominent young people of
Mound township, were married in Butler Tuesday afternoon, September 28th,
at the residence of Rev. R. M. Talbert, pastor of the Butler Christian church.
Harry Reeder and Miss Elsie McReynolds stood up with them.
The groom is the only child of Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Garrison and was born in Mound
township. He is an industrious young man of good morals. The bride is the
daughter of Mr. and rms. Wm Fortner, who reside in Mound township, and is a
worthy and popular young lady. They will reside on the Harper farm. -- The
Adrian Journal, September 30, 1915, Page 5 column 1, Marriage
Mrs. M. Baum died suddenly at her home in this city at three o’clock
Wednesday morning September 29th of heart failure. Mrs. Baum had
been subject to severe heart attacks for some time. Wednesday morning she
suffered a severe attack and her daughter, Mrs. Olive, called Dr. S. L. Bates,
but Mrs. Baum expired before treatment could be administered.
The Baum’s have lived in and near Adrian for many years, Mr. Baum died over a
year ago. The came here from Ohio. Mrs. B. is survived by three children, viz:
Mrs. J.C. Clark, of St. Joe, Mo.; Joseph Baum, of Nebraska and Miss Olive, who
lived with her mother.
Funeral services for Mrs. Baum will be held Friday morning, burial will b in
Crescent Hill cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, September 30, 1915, Page 5 column
Ira E. Timmons was born in Shawnee township, August 3, 1888, and died
September 29,1915; aged 27 years, 1 months and 27 days.
Ira was an only child, his mother died when he was a small child. The father
married Miss Georgie Tuttle, who proved to be a true mother to the boy, she
passed away three months ago. Funeral services for Mr. Timmons were held this
morning from the Adrian United Brethren church, conducted by Rev. Penn, burial
was made in the Crescent Hill cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, September
30,1915, Page 5 column 5, Death
A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Cowgill, of the Ballard
neighborhood, last week. -- The Adrian Journal, September 30, 1915, Page 4
column 2, Birth
and Mrs. Wilson
Judge and Mrs. Wilson Adams celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of their
marriage at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Saum, Monday, September 27, 1915.
Ordinarily the announcement of a wedding anniversary cause little comment, but
when it is announced that a couple has lived together in the bonds of happy
wedlock for sixty years, one’s attention is immediately attracted to the unusual
event and he begins to feel an active interest in the parties to the contract.
Only a few couple live to achieve this distinction and when they do they
immediately become the objects of admiration and we might say a form of
Having traveled together for three score years they are lingering in the evening
twilight of ripe old age, enjoying the companionship of their friends, not tired
of living, but glad to be alive and able to drink in the invigorating beauties
of life. The Journal extends congratulations to the worthy couple and wishes
them continued health and happiness. -- The Adrian Journal, September 30,1915,
Page 4 column 5, Anniversary
Charles Clarence, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Clark, was born near Burdett,
Missouri, October 10, 1899, was killed Monday, December 20,1915, at 6:30 o’clock
a.m., as a result of the explosion of a quantity of dynamite on the Duvall
ranch; aged sixteen years, two months and ten days. During revival held at
Valley Chapel Christian church by Rev. Pearce, in 1911, he confessed and was
baptized by the church pastor, Rev. Shelton, of Butler,, but did not unite with
an church organization. Clarence was a good young man and was held in high
esteem by a wide circle of friends. He was ambitious to do things in the world
and was away from home to make his own way in the world. His untimely death
came as a shock to his wide circle of friends.
Besides his parents he is survived by four brothers and four sisters, Viz;
Stanford B. Clark, of Tarkio, Mo.; Roy G. Clark, of Adrian, Mo.; Guy M. Warren,
of Adrian Mo,; William H. Warren, of Adrian, Mo.; Mrs. T. A. Collins, of Kansas
City, Mo.; Mrs. W. D. Nelson of Hickman Mills,, Mo.; Mrs. Walter F. Boose, of
McCune, Kansas; Mrs. Elisha E. Kelley, of Westover, Texas.
Funeral services for Clarence were held from the Burdett Baptist church
Wednesday, Dec. 22, conducted by Rev. McAtee, pastor of the Adrian Baptist
church. -- The Adrian Journal, December 30, 1915, Page 1 column 6, Death
Mr. Orville Black and Miss Catherine Trowbridge drove to the residence of
Rev. R. L. Wood of this city Wednesday afternoon and were united in marriage,
Rev. Wood officiating.
The contracting parties are numbered among the best young people in East Boon
township, where they were born and raised. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
George Black and is a young man of excellent habits industrious and
progressive. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. And Mrs. M. E. Trowbridge and is
a cultured young lady, popular with all who know her. -- The Adrian Journal,
December 30,1915, Page 5 column 6, Marriage
Dr. John S. Newlon and Miss Jennie M. Owen, only daughter of Judge and Mrs.
A. B. Owen, were married at the home of the bride’s parents in Butler, Wednesday
evening, September 15th. The contracting parties are well and
favorably known in Adrian and their many friends here join in extending
congratulations and best wishes. -- The Adrian Journal, September 23, 1915, Page
1 column 2, Marriage
Miss Frances, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Enos, of Mound township, and Mr.
R. L. Wainscott, of Culver, were married in Butler Tuesday, September 21, 1915,
Judge D. R. Ray officiating.
The bride was born in Adrian and has spent her entire life in and near her
native city. She is an excellent young lady and popular among the young people.
The groom is a well to do young man of good morals and worthy the confidence of
the lady he has won.
The happy couple will reside on a farm near Culver, where they will be followed
by the good wishes of a host of admiring friends. -- The Adrian Journal,
September 23, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Marriage
Page, baby girl
A girl baby was born into the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Page Wednesday
morning, Mother and child are doing well.
-- The Adrian Journal, September 23, 1915, Page 4 column 2, Birth
Richard C. Tabor, of Crescent Hill and Mrs. Caroline Henry, of Oklahoma,
were married in Butler Monday and are at home in the grooms residence.
Mr. Tabor has been a resident of Bates county many years and for several years
past has been sexton of the Crescent Hill cemetery. The bride’s maiden name was
Jackson and she is a native of Bates county. -- The Adrian Journal, September
16, 1915, Page 1 column 2, Marriage
Abbott, Anna M.
Anna M. Abbott was born August 11, 1840, in Cuyahoga county, N. Y., and died
September 6, 1915; aged 75 years and 25 days.
She went with her parents to Wisconsin in 1843 and there spent her maidenhood
days. In 1867 she was married to Ephraim Abbott and to this union a son was
born, who died at the age of 15.
Anna M. Abbott was the fifth child in a family of seven and there remains but
one, Darius Teeter, of Spruce township. Seventeen years ago she moved from
Wisconsin to Bates county, where she resided at the time of her death.
Thus another pioneer has gone to join the ranks of the majority, one who knew
what it was to endure to toils and privations of frontier life. Mrs. Abbott was
a kind and tender hearted woman, a dutiful sister and very thoughtful of her
neighbors. In her death the community loses a beautiful character. She passed
away at the home of her brother, Darius Teeter in Spruce township where she had
been for the past 17 years. She had been suffering with dropsy the past year
and all medical aid seemed to be of no avail. Interment was made in the Cloud
cemetery near Altona. -- The Adrian Journal, September 16, 1915, Page 1
column 7, Death
Mr. Lester T. Bridges, of Ridgeway, Missouri, and Miss Mamie Blocher, of
this city, were married at the home of the bride’s parents Sunday evening,
September 5, 1915 at 7:30 o’clock, Dr. W. S. Courtney pastor of the Adrian
Methodist church officiating. Only the immediate family of the bride and a few
intimate friends were present.
The bride is a
native of this vicinity and is a very popular young lady in both church and
social circles. She graduated from the Adrian high School with the class of
1908, and is a singer of rare ability. For the past year she has held the
position of cashier and bookkeeper for the Haas Mercantile company. Mrs. Bridges
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Blocher. The groom is a stranger here
but is said to be a worthy young gentleman.
The happy couple left on the 9:20 train Sunday night and after a two weeks stay
in Colorado they will be at home in Ridgeway, Missouri. -- The Adrian Journal,
September 9,1915, Page 1 column 3, Marriage
Virgil, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daly Bradley, died at the home of the parents,
Monday night, aged 10 years 7 months and 8 days.
Virgil took sick about ten days before is death and his condition was serious
from the first. A specialist was called from Kansas City but the physicians
were unable to check the ravages of the disease.
Virgil was an only son and a bright and manly boy. He had been a neighbor to
the writer for six years and was always courteous to all he met. We shall all
miss his frequent visits to our home.
Burial was made in Crescent Hill cemetery Monday evening. On account of
the nature of the disease, diphtheria, no funeral services were held. -- The
Adrian Journal, September 9,1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Robert B. Criswell and Miss Fannie Barnett, both of Adrian, were united in
marriage on Wednesday morning, September 1, 1915 by Judge Carl J. Henry at his
office in the court house. -- The Adrian Journal, September 9,1915, Page 1
column 4, Marriage
Prof. R. G. Buckles and bride came in from Osceola last week to attend the
fair and visit relatives. The were recently married in Osceola, the bride’s
name was Wheeler, Prof. Buckles is an Adrian boy who is making good. -- The
Adrian Journal, September 9, 1915, Page 5 column 6, Marriage
William N. Poindexter, of Mound township, and Maggie Tabor, of Butler, were
married last Thursday.
Mr. Poindexter is a prominent farmer of mound township and a good citizen. The
bride is a worthy lady. -- The Adrian Journal, September 2,1915, Page 1 column
Mrs. Mary Cruse died at the home of her son Norman in Grand river township,
Monday evening, August 23, 1915, after a lingering illness; aged 74 years.
Grandma Cruse had lived in this county many years and was a lovable lady and a
good neighbor. Grandma has been in very feeble health for many months.
Funeral services for Mrs. Cruse were held Tuesday at 3 o’clock and the body was
laid to rest in the Altona cemetery.
-- The Adrian Journal, August 26, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Monday morning, when the report became generally circulated that two of
Plattsburg’s young people had made the trip to St. Joseph together, the friends
of the parties mentioned soon realized that their judgment was not far wrong in
predicting a marriage.
Mr. Homer Tuttle and Miss Ella Delora Stilwell were united in marriage at 3:30
that afternoon at the Hundley Methodist church in St. Joseph, Rev. I. T. Nash,
officiating. A relative of the groom was the only companion of the couple.
The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Stilwell, of Adrian, Mo., the
father being a retired business man. The young lady formerly attended school in
Plattsburg and for several weeks just past has been visiting her sister, Mrs. R.
E. Pulliam, and the family. She is very popular among a large circle of friends
at her home town and also with the Plattsburg young people.
Mr. Tuttle is a son of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Tuttle, also of Adrian and though he
has been here only a year, he has made a host of friends among the young folks
He is advertising man for the Pulliam Stores and very capable in that line of
work. He is also a first class salesman and well liked by the stores’
patrons.-Plattsburg Leader -- The Adrian Journal, August 26,1915, Page 1 column
John Scheurich was born in Germany, January 20, 1840 and died at
Leavenworth, Kansas, August 10, 1915. He came with his parents to the United
States when two years old and settled in Indiana, where he lived until he was 21
years old when he enlisted in the Federal army and served three years. At the
close of the war he came to Missouri. He had lived in Bates county many years.
He was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Drysdale in 1883. To this union four
children were born, three of whom survive, viz: William and Elmer, of Golden
City and Mrs. L. C. Whitney, of Nodaway, Iowa. His wife preceded him in death
three years ago.
Mr. Scheurick was a good citizen in every sense of the term. His neighbors all
speak in the highest terms of him as a man of real merit.
Funeral services for Mr. Scheurich were held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. F.
Bolling and were conducted by Elder Aaron Showalter. Burial was made in the
family lot in Crescent Hill cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, August 26,1915,
Page 1 column 6, Death
Mrs. Ellen Walker died at her home in Ballard, Thursday evening, August 5,
1915; aged about 50 years.
The Walker family came here recently from Iowa or Illinois, husband and son are
left to mourn the loss of a wife and mother.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning from the Walnut Grove church
and the body was buried in the cemetery at that place. -- The Adrian Journal,
August 12, 1915, Page 1 column 7, Death
Walter Wright and Miss Carpenter, of near Austin were quietly married last
Thursday. They returned to their home here Monday. -- The Adrian Journal, August
12, 1915, Page 5 column 4, Marriage
Thomas P. Reynolds, about 20 years old, died at his home near Everett
Wednesday, August 11, after a brief illness from locked bowels.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon from the Everett Christian church,
and were conducted by Elder w. S. Hood, of Adrian. Burial was made in Everett
cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, August 19,1915, Page 1 column 1, Death
Babe found this morning at school building. Frank Gilpen found body of
fully developed baby girl in school house toilet this morning. Prosecuting
While engaged in cleaning out the toilets at the school house this morning Frank
Gilpin and Lenard Satterlee found the body of a girl baby. The body was in such
a state of decomposition that the limbs were easily separated from the body.
This indicates that it was deposited there sometime ago.
The officers have started a strict investigation and no pains will be spared to
apprehend the guilty party or parties. -- The Adrian Journal, August 5,1915,
Page 7 column 4, Death
Mrs. Pearl Willie died at her home in Macomb, Ill., Friday, July 30, 1915;
aged 24 years, 1 months and 1 day of tuberculosis. She has been a sufferer of
this disease for some time but bore it with much patience. Besides a husband,
she leaves one son, a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cline, and three
sisters and two brothers as follows. Ira and Walter Cline and Stella McGaughey,
all of Macomb, Ill., Mrs. Alta Gutshall, of Bynum, Montana and Mrs. Della
Gutshall, of Adrian, Mo. What a sad realization to her many friends in this
event. And to her loved ones the poignancy of grief is absolutely inexpressible
for not withstanding she has been a constant sufferer for several months, yet
but few of her many friends realized that the hour of dissolution was so rapidly
approaching when our darling must yield up the scepter of all earthly prestige,
close her eyes upon the inspiring scenes of life and bid a last farewell to
friends and loved ones.
Her mother watched over her during her long illness with the tenderest care,
bestowing every attention and ministering to her every want with deft hands and
The mourning family have our sympathy, our tears and our prayers. Clouds of
sorrow and sadness encompass us whom she leaves behind but we have the glorious
assurance that our irreparable loss is her infinite gain, for she is done with
life’s stern battle, no more sorrow, nor more suffering, no tears, no clouds of
sorrow but all is joy and sunshine with her now. This is sad but we have the
inspiring assurance that she has only preceded us to the realms of eternal
glory, and ere long we shall meet her in paradise of God to sing the sons of
sweet deliverance for ever. -- The Adrian Journal, August 5, 1915, Page 5 column
Porter M. Allison died at his home in Butler Monday evening, July 26, 1915,
after a brief illness of stomach trouble. Mr. Allison served two terms as
Superintendent of Schools of Bates county, and was at the time of his death,
deputy county clerk. -- The Adrian Journal, July 29, 1915, Page 1 column 5,
Mrs. Elizabeth Murphy died at the home of her son Harry, July 14th;
aged 71 years, 10 months and 28 days.
Elizabeth Stratton was born in Virginia, August 16, 1844. Her parents came to
Missouri in 1856 and located in Cooper county. In 1866 she was united in
marriage with M. E. Murphy. The living children of this union are, T. A. and H.
E. Murphy, of Altona; C. A. Murphy, of Butte, Montana; d. G. Murphy, of Joplin;
Mrs. H. B. Bohn, of Joplin; Mrs. W. G. Mouse and Miss Lulu of Altona. The
husband died in 1897. The Murphy family moved to Bates county in 1879 and have
lived here since. In early life Mrs. Murphy was converted and united with the
Baptist church and was a member of that body at the time of her death. She was
an excellent Christian woman and was held in high esteem by all who knew her.
The children have the sympathy of their many friends in this bereavement.
Funeral services for Grandma Murphy were held from the Altona Baptist church
Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock by Rev. Ford. Burial was in Mt. Olivet cemetery.
-- The Adrian Journal, July 22, 1915, Page 8 column 5, Death
Mrs. Wilson Allen died at her home in this city Wednesday, July 7, 1915,
aged 78 years. Mrs. Allen had been in feeble health for some time and her death
was not a surprise. Mrs. Allen had lived in this city for many years and was a
good woman. She is survived by her husband and these children, John Allen, Jas.
Allen and Mrs. Hayes Walters, of Adrian; Lee Allen of Kansas City, and Monroe
Funeral services for Mrs. Allen were held from the home Thursday afternoon,
conducted by Rev. Courtney, her pastor. Burial was maid in Crescent Hill
cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, July 15,1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
John Mead and Bertha Jenne went to Butler Saturday afternoon and were
married. They had been keeping company for a number of years but their friends
were not aware of their plans for getting married. Both parties to this
contract are natives of this county and have lived here all their lives. -- The
Adrian Journal, July 15, 1915, Page 1 column 5, Marriage
Homer, the 12 year old son of J. F. Ferrell, died at the home of his uncle,
Ben Mills, near Ballard, Friday, July 2nd, of tonsillitis.
Homer was born in Adrian, one of twins, the brother died several years ago. His
mother died several years ago and he had not known a mothers love and tender
care, but he was a good boy, loved by all who knew him. Homer was a manly
little fellow and will be missed by his friends. It is harder for the boy
without a permanent home and a loving mother to make good than it is where he
has these aids.
The father, sister and brother have the sympathy of many friends in this
Homer’s remains were brought to Adrian Friday and buried in the Crescent Hill
cemetery Saturday. A brief service was held at the grave. -- The Adrian
Journal, July 8, 1915, Page 1 column 5, Death
Crumley, W. A.
W. A. Crumley died at his home in West Point township Saturday, July 3rd,
after a lingering illness of cancer; aged 54 years.
Mr. Crumley was born in Kentucky but came to Missouri in his boyhood and spent
most of his life in the township where he died. Few men enjoyed the esteem of
his neighbors and acquaintances in a larger measure than did Mr. Crumley. He
lived his life well and reaped his reward in the esteem of his fellowmen. He
had held several positions of trust and never betrayed the confidence reposed in
him by his neighbors. He was a member of the friends church and lived and
exemplary life for many years.
Funeral services for Mr. Crumley were held from the Mt. Vernon church
Sunday afternoon and burial was made in the cemetery at that place. -- The
Adrian Journal, July 8,1915, Page 1 column 6, Death
Rachel Smith Jackson was born September 15, 1837, at Lily Chapel, Ohio, and
was married to J. K. Deffenbaugh Sept. 20, 1856. To this union nine children
were born, four of whom are living, viz: J. E. Deffenbaugh, Council Bluff, Iowa;
W.W. Deffenbaugh, Stafford, Mo.; Mrs. Reed Eachus, Adrian, Mo; Mrs. W. A.
Schoolbelen, 2432 Wabesh, Kansas City, Mo. In 1882 the Deffenbaugh family moved
to Bates county and for a time lived in Adrian and later moved to Butler, where
the husband died several years ago. Mrs. Deffenbaugh was for many years a
member of the Methodist church and died in that faith. She was a good Christian
woman. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Reed Eachus, Tuesday June 29,
Funeral services for Mrs. Deffenbaugh were held from the Mt. Olivet
church Thursday conducted by the Rev. R. L. Wood and the body was buried in the
cemetery at that place. -- The Adrian Journal, July 8,1915, Page 1 column 7,
Barsheba Elenor Shepard was born near Jonesborough, Tennessee, December 18,
1844. She was united in marriage with John T. Smith in 1856. To this union
three children were born, one died in infancy, two are living, viz: Mrs. F. C.
McNally and C. T. Smith, of Kansas City. She united with the Methodist church
South at the age of 13 years and lived a faithful Christian life, a mother in
all the beautiful name implies, a true friend and was loved by all her friends.
The children have the sympathy in their sorrow that comes when a mother goes to
her heavenly home. The beautiful life and loving care are left as pleasant
heritage to those who survive.
Those left to mourn her going away are a son and daughter, and six
grandchildren. The grandchildren are W. W. McNally, of Kansas City; Mrs. S. M.
Fronszer, of Fremont, Ohio; Mrs. W.J. Murphy, of Oklahoma City; Mrs. Will
Flippin, Ruth and Lucile Smith, of Kansas City. All were present and did all
that loving hands could do. Mother Smith made her home with her son until the
last four years, during which time she had lived with her daughter, at which
place she passed away July 3, 1915.
Funeral services were held at the home Sunday, July 4th. Monday the
body was brought to Adrian and taken from the train to the chapel at the
cemetery, where many loyal friends had gathered to pay their respects. -- The
Adrian Journal, July 8, 1915, Page 8 column 5, Death
Zella, the 14 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Watson, who live four
miles south of Rich Hill, was killed by lightning at the home of her parents,
Miss Watson was getting breakfast about 5:30 o’clock when a bolt of lightning
struck and killed her instantly. -- The Adrian Journal, July 8, 1915, Page 5
column 4, Death
Richard M. Wilcox died at his home near Passaic Saturday, July 3, 1915,
after a lingering illness, at the age of 73 years, 5 months and 10 days.
Mr. Wilcox was born in Morgan county, Indiana, January 23, 1842 and came to
Missouri in 1857, locating near Crescent Hill and spent the remainder of his
life in this county. In July1866 he was united in marriage with Miss Mattie
Masters. To this union a son and daughter were born, Arthur and Bessie, the son
only surviving. He now lives at Kendrick Idaho. His first wife died in 1876
and he was married to Miss Eliza S. Holcomb, Nov. 29, 1877. To this union five
children were born, three sons and two daughters. The sons died in infancy, the
daughters are Mrs. Gladys Todd and Mrs. Helen Coop.
Mr. Wilcox served in the Union army during the civil War.
He was a kind husband and father, a true friends and a good citizen, and those
who knew him best respected him most.
Funeral services for Mr. Wilcox were held from the Passaic church Tuesday
afternoon, conducted by Rev. Webdell, of Butler. The members of the Adrian
Masonic Lodge and charge of the burial service at the grave. Burial was made in
Mrs. Chas. Garrison, of Adrian, is a sister of Mr. Wilcox. -- The Adrian
Journal, July 8,1915, Page 5 column 4, Death
Mrs. Eugene Ensworth received a letter Sunday morning which stated that her
brother, Ralph Blocker, died at his home in Los Angeles, California, June 18th
and was buried at that place. Ralph was married after he left here and his
family consists of a wife and two children.
Mr. Blocher left Adrian eleven years ago and his relatives did not know where he
was until they received a letter some days ago telling of his serious illness.
Three of his sisters and one brother live her, viz: Mesdames Wm. Wagner, Ira
Witmore and E. Ensworth; Jos. Blocher is the brother. -- The Adrian Journal,
July 1, 1915, Page 1 column 5, Death
Mrs. A. F. Timmons died at her home on East Fifth Street in this city
Tuesday morning, June 29, 1915, after a lingering illness of cancer of the
breast, aged 59 years, 1 months and 11 days.
Georgia E. Tuttle was born in Macon county, Missouri, May 18 1856, came with her
parents to Bates county in 1880; and soon afterwards located in Adrian where she
resided until her marriage to Mr. Timmons November 27, 1895, when they moved to
his farm and resided until last winter when they moved to Adrian. Mrs. Timmons
was converted in youth and at the time of her death was a member of the U. B.
church. She was an excellent Christian lady and will be missed by a wide circle
She is survived by her husband, two brothers, E. R. and J. L. Tuttle of Adrian,
four sisters, two residing in Macon county, one in Portland, Oregon, and one in
Funeral services for Mrs. Timmons were held yesterday at 1:30 conducted by Rev.
J. W. Penn. Interment was made at Crescent Hill. -- The Adrian Journal, July 1,
1915, Page 1 column 6, Death
Stephen Theodore Mudd was born in Nelson county, Ky., February 14, 1823, and
died in Parlinville, Kansas, June 6, 1915; aged 92 years, 3 months and 22 days.
He was married February 10, 1846 to Mary Elizabeth Middleton, who departed this
life November 10, 1905. To them were born nine children, four of whom preceded
him, the eldest dying in infancy, A. T. Mudd, who died September 23, 1893; Mrs.
Emma B. Anderson, who died December 6, 1911; Mrs. Elizabeth A. Courtney, who
died May 29, 1912. Those living are: E. C. Mudd, of Jefferson City, W. S. Mudd,
Hemet, Cal., S. A. Mudd, Drexel, Mo., Mrs. Kate M. Stark, LaJunta, Colo., and
Mrs. Alice l. McNeil, Farlinville, Kan., with whom he had his home.
He was converted and joined the Nolin Baptist Church in Larue county, Kentucky
in 1853, came to Bates county in 1873, united with the Everett Baptist church,
afterward entering the organization of the Burdett Baptist church. When he
moved to Adrian, Mo., in 1897 he united with the Baptist church and in 1901
removed to Drexel and was a member of the Drexel Baptist church at the time of
his death. His belief in his Savior never wavered and as the end of his earthly
journey drew near he often expressed the joy of service for the Master, and
although unable to walk, having received a compound fracture of the left hip
four years ago, he was always patient, kind and thoughtful thereby exemplifying
the trust he had in his Savior.
He joined the B. R. Young Lodge No. 123 A.F.& A.M., of Hodgenville, Ky., in 1852
was a member of the Crescent Hill now located at Adrian for several years and at
the time of his death was a member of the Drexel lodge.
Funeral services were conducted at the Burdett Baptist church, June 8th
by his pastor, Rev. W. Holt Smith, and then the brother members of the Drexel
and Adrian lodges after a short ceremony laid his body to rest in the Burdett
cemetery to await the resurrection day. -- The Adrian Journal, June 24,
1915, Page 8 column 5, Death
The little grandchild of John Johnson was buried Tuesday morning. Mr. and
Mrs. Johnson, the parents, as well as the relatives have the sympathy of the
community. -- The Adrian Journal, June 24, 1915, Page 5 column 2, Death
The little son of L. Simpson and wife, near Austin, died Monday morning, June
21. The child drank lye some time ago and had been sick ever since. -- The
Adrian Journal, June 24, 1915, Page 5 column 3, Death
A new baby boy arrived at the home of James Huffman and wife Thursday
morning June 17. -- The Adrian Journal, June 24, 1915, Page 5 column 3, Birth
A girl baby arrived at the home of Chas. Pitcher and wife Tuesday morning,
June 23. -- The Adrian Journal, June 24, 1915, Page 5 column 3, Birth
Mrs. John Hayes attended the funeral of Wm. Woods, near Lone Tree, who was
killed by lightning last week. Mr. Wood had gone to the well to water his team
when the lightning struck killing him and one of the horses. -- The Adrian
Journal, June 24, 1915, Page 5 column 3, Death
As announced in The Journal last week Albert McLay and Miss Ina Cecil Owen,
daughter of Ed. Gwen, of Altona, were married in Butler Wednesday. They left at
once for Topeka, Kansas for a brief visit. They will make their home with Mr.
Owen in Altona.
These young people are well known and popular in the northeastern part of this
county and The Journal joins their many friends in congratulations and best
wishes. -- The Adrian Journal, June 17,1915, Page 1 column 3, Marriage
James Robinson was born in Ripley county, Indiana, February 24, 1847, and
came to Benton county, Missouri in boyhood, locating near Cole Camp. He
enlisted in the Federal army and served during the war. In 1866 he was married
to Charlotte Johnson; to this union twelve children were born, eleven of whom
are living. Mrs. Robinson died several years ago.
The Robinsons came to Bates county in the early days and Mr. Robinson owned a
large farm in Shawnee township. He was a good citizen.
Funeral services for Mr. Robinson were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock and
the body was buried in the Oak Hill cemetery at Butler. The children have
the sympathy of friends in this great bereavement. -- The Adrian Journal, June
17, 1915, Page 1 column 5, Death
Judge Estes Smith fell from his horse dead at his farm, seventeen miles
northeast of Adrian, Wednesday morning, June 16, 1915. Judge Smith left his
home on horseback early in the morning apparently in good health, an hour or so
later the horse returned rider less. A search for judge Smith was at once
instituted with the result that his lifeless body was found near a creek on his
farm. Indications that Judge Smith was stricken with apoplexy and was dead when
he fell from his horse probably two hours before the body was found. Several
years ago Judge Smith fell at the depot in Adrian from an attack of heart
failure or some kindred trouble. Judge Smith’s sons at home had gone to town
that morning and were reached by phone.
Judge Smith was a native of Missouri and located in Mingo township in1873, where
he died. He was 59 years old. In 1906 he was elected a member of the county
court serving one term, he was again elected in 1914 and at the time of his
death was a member of the court. Judge Smith was a good citizen in every sense
of the term and a wide circle of friends will be pained to learn of his sudden
At the time of going to press the time for the funeral had not been set owing to
the absence of some of his sons who are in the west. Burial will be in Cedar
Cemetery not far from the Smith home. -- The Adrian Journal, June
17, 1915, Supplement column 3, Death
Miss Jane Lucas died at Hotel Reeder Friday morning, may 21st of
pneumonia. She was brought here from Kansas City Wednesday night to be taken to
the home of her sister near Altona, but her condition was such that she could
not stand the trip and she was taken to the hotel.
Miss Lucas was born in Fulton county, Illinois, April 5, 1874, came with her
parents to Missouri in 1882, and located near Butler, later they located near
Altona and still later in East Boone township.
Miss Lucas was a member of the Quaker church.
The body was taken to Garden City Sunday and buried in the cemetery at that
place. She is survived by her father, three brothers and three sisters. -- The
Adrian Journal, May 27, 1915, Page 1 column 4, Death
Mr. R. L. Ramey and Miss Nancy Reed, prominent young people of Belton, came
to Adrian Monday and were married at the Hotel Reeder at high noon, Rev. R. L.
Wood officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Moudy, Jr., were witnesses. This was not a
run away wedding, the young couple came here to get married for the purpose of
surprising their friends. They are bright young people and numbered among the
best social circles of their home city. -- The Adrian Journal, May 27,1915, Page
1 column 4, Marriage
Mr. Snelling died at his home near Austin Sunday evening, May 24. -- The
Adrian Journal, May 27, 1915, Page 5 column 3, Death
Frank Price, of near Adrian, and Miss Alpha Louderback were married in
Brookfield, Mo., Wednesday, June 2, 1915,the Baptist minister at that place
officiated. They returned to Adrian Saturday noon and will reside on the Price
farm northeast of this city. -- The Adrian Journal, June 10,1915, Page 1 column
Church, Mr. and
Over fifty of their friends and neighbors surprised Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Church at
their home five miles northwest of town, last Sunday afternoon, the occasion
being their sixtieth wedding anniversary.
Mr. Jesse Church and Miss Caroline M. Wiggins were married in Wyoming county,
New York, May 30, 1855 They came to Missouri in 1867 and have resided in Bates
county since 1874. Mr. and Mrs. Church are honored and esteemed by their many
friends, who wish them many happy returns. Republican Press -- The Adrian
Journal, June 10,1915, Page 1 column 7, Anniversary
Dr. Pope reports the birth of a baby girl to Mrs. Ernest Catron last week.
-- The Adrian Journal, June 10, 1915, Page 8 column 3, Birth
Albert McLay and Miss Ina Owen, of the Altona neighborhood were married in
Butler, Wednesday, Rev. Shelton officiating. -- The Adrian Journal, June
10,1915, Page 4 column 1, Marriage
A girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Satterlee last week. -- The Adrian
Journal, May 20, 1915, Page 4 column 3, Birth
Wednesday evening, May 12, Mr. Percy L. Moore and Miss Minnie N. Holwell
were quietly married in Butler at the home of Rev. Claude S. Hanby, the
officiating minister. Only a few relatives and dear friends were present.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R . E. Holwell, of Shawnee township.
Mr. and Mrs. Holwell are among the best citizens of their community. The bride
is a lady of merit and deserving of the highest commendation. She has been a
faithful sister and daughter in the highest sense and has always made a host of
friends wherever she went. Miss Holwell was reputed to be one of the best
teachers in Bates county having taught several most successful terms of school
in this county.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Moore. He is a well known gentleman
and citizen of northern Bates county, being acquainted with many framers thru
the stock business and has a host of friends. He is one of Shawnee’s most
substantial farmers, one who makes good.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore will reside on the Moore farm in Shawnee. -- The Adrian
Journal, May 20,1915, Page 4 column 5, Marriage
The Rev. Dr. C. H. Tichnor, pastor of the Butler Presbyterian church, died
suddenly last Friday morning of apoplexy.
Dr. Tichnor had been located in Butler three years and in these years he had
endeared himself to almost every citizen in butler and many in the county
outside. He was born in England. The body was taken to Indiana for burial. --
The Adrian Journal, June 3,1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Steele, Mrs. W.
H. L. Steele was called to Butler Monday to attend the funeral of his
mother, Mrs. W. S. Steele. The Steele’s were pioneers in Bates county and
widely known. -- The Adrian Journal, June 3, 1915, Page 1 column 5, Death
Dr. Robinson reports the birth of a boy baby to Mrs. Ward Barker last week.
-- The Adrian Journal, June 3,1915, Page 8 column 5, Birth
Miss Jennie Lucas was born in Fulton Co., Ill., 1875. Came to Missouri with
her parents N. H. Lucas and Mary Lucas in 1882, has resided there almost
continually since that time except during the illness and death of her mother
and sickness of her brother, of Texas.
During the last nine years she has been a continual help to her widowed sister
and two little children with money and time. She was a given Christian from
childhood which was a great comfort during last illness. In January of 1914 she
had pneumonia and never full recovered from the severe attack. She took a
relapse and combined with heart trouble and despite all that could be done she
passed to the other side of the river of death, may 21, 1915.
Funeral services were conducted by a Baptist minister of Adrian, Mo. Laid to
rest in Garden City cemetery.
She leaves a father, three brothers and three sisters. When asked if she was
ready to go, she said, she was ready to take her long sleep. Mr. and Mrs.
Williams and Mrs. Collins attended the funeral. The death was such a shock to
the aged father and family in Texas were unable to attend. -- The Adrian
Journal, June 3,, 1915, Page 4 column 2, Death
Mrs. Sperry an aged lady, died at her home near Amsterdam Tuesday. Funeral
services were held from her home Wednesday, conducted by Rev. W. S. Courtney, of
this city. The body was shipped to Illinois for burial. -- The Adrian Journal,
May 13, 1915, Page 5 column 6, Death
Mattie A. Matthews was born in Washington county, Pa., on March 20, 1842,
and was transferred to the higher realm May 12, 1915, at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. J. O. Zorger at Adrian, Missouri. She was united in marriage to
Leonidas L. H. Cherrington, March 22, 1866, at Pittsburg, Indiana. Mrs.
Cherrington is survived by three children, viz: Emory C., of Lowry City,
Missouri; Effie M. Zorger, Adrian; Eddie H., of Plains, Montana; one grandson,
Glenn L., of Lowry City and a sister, Mrs. Maggie Matthews Mack, of Warrensburg,
Mo. One son, Frank N., died September 19, 1895, at Warrensburg, Mo., where he
had gone to attend school.
In early life Mrs. Cherrington united with the United Presbyterian church and
remained a member of that church until the time of her marriage when she
transferred to the Methodist Episcopal church, which was the church of her
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Cherrington emigrated to Baxter Springs,
Kansas, where they spent four years, they then bought a farm home in St. Clair
county, Missouri, midway between Deepwater and Appleton City, where they resided
until the husband’s death. November 20, 1906. For many years they were members
of the Deepwater M. E. Church, and Mrs. Cherrington’s name remained on the roll
there until the time of death.
All that loving hands could do did not avail and after several years of
invalidism death claimed her for his own. Her sufferings at time were great,
but her fortitude was unfailing, her patience inexhaustible, her faith abiding
and her triumph complete.
Funeral service was conducted by Rev. Courtney at the Methodist Episcopal church
of Adrian this morning, after which the remains were laid to rest beside the
husband at Appleton City. -- The Adrian Journal, May 13, 1915, Page 4 column 5,
Miss Mary Ellen Chrisman was born in Independence, Mo., January 22, 1865,
and died at her home near Burdett, Thursday, April 29,1915; aged 50 years 3
months and 7 days.
Miss Chrisman came with her parents to Bates county in 1877 and located on the
farm where she died, 1 ½ miles north of Burdett, where she spent the remainder
of her life on the old homestead. In early life she was converted and united
with the Methodist church and lived a faithful Christian life. She is survived
by two brothers and two sisters Mrs. Chrisman was an excellent woman.
Funeral services for Miss Chrisman were held from the home Friday, conducted by
Rev. Courtney, of Adrian, burial was made in the Burdett cemetery. -- The Adrian
Journal, May 6, 1915, Page 4 column 5, Death
Richard P. Harper was born in Henry county, Missouri March 1881. When quite
young his parents died and he was raised by his uncle, Henry H. Wyse. In 1901
Mr. Harper was united in marriage with Miss May McDaniel, who survives him. The
located on the Harper farm, near Adrian, where they lived until three years ago,
when they moved to Colorado Springs.
Mr. Harper was a member of the Adrian Methodist church and when here was an
active church worker. He was a member of the various Masonic bodies, an Odd
Fellows and the Rebekah Lodges. Mr. Harper was a good citizen and loyal to his
friends. The Harper home was one of the best and most hospitable in this
community and they were popular in the social life of this city and vicinity.
Richard was widely and favorably known as a courteous gentleman.
The body was brought here for burial. Funeral services were held from the
Methodist church Sunday and that large building was too small to accommodate the
large congregation of friends that assembled to pay a tribute of respect to
their former neighbor. Rev. Courtney, assisted by Rev. Chatten, conducted the
funeral services, and both these gentleman made very appropriate addresses. The
masons had charge of the burial. Dr. Floyd Bates, the Master, made the
arrangements. The Knights templar, Eastern Stars and Rebekahs acted as escorts.
The pall bearers were W. T. Hoover, Dr. Floyd Bates, George Dowell, Howard
Smith, Earl J. Haas and D. B. Reist, friends of deceased, Mr. Harper selected
them before he died.
The widow has the sympathy of a host of friends in this bereavement. -- The
Adrian Journal, May 6, 1915, Page 4 column 5, Death
Allen, E. D.
Evi Dixon Allen died at his home in this city Saturday evening, February 6,
1915, aged 60 years and 18 days.
Evi Dixon Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Allen, was born in Miller county,
Missouri, January 19, 1855, his parents moved to Moniteau county when he was
quite young, thence to Bates county in 1875. January 2, 1875 Mr. Allen was
united in marriage with Miss Sarah F. Murray, to this union five children were
born, viz: W. A. Allen, of Hoxie, Kansas; Mrs. D. A. Cummings, of Morland,
Kansas; Mrs. A. L. Finney and Miss Eula Allen of Adrian, and J. T. Allen, the
last named died in infancy. Mr. Allen united with the Baptist church at the age
of twenty two years and remained a faithful member until death. He is survived
by his widow, four children, father and mother, two sisters and four brothers.
Mr. Allen and the editor had lived in adjoining places for about twelve years
and we take this opportunity to say that he was a good neighbor, quiet, and
accommodating and courteous at all times.
Funeral services for Mr. Allen were held from the Adrian Baptist church Monday
afternoon conducted by Rev. R. L. Wood, burial in Crescent Hill cemetery.
The widow and children and relatives have the sympathy of friends in this
bereavement. -- The Adrian Journal, February 11, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Uncle Andrew Moles died at his home in this city Monday February 15, 1915;
aged 81 years 10 months and 1 day.
Andrew Moles was born in Fenter county, Tennessee, April 14, 1833, and lived in
his native state until he was eighteen years old when he moved to Kentucky,
thence to Bates county, Missouri, twenty one years ago, where he resided until
his death. Mr. Moles was united in marriage with Miss Rebecca Garner October
14, 1858. To this union seven children were born, six of whom are living, viz:
Mrs. Addis Woodson, Fairland, Oklahoma; Mrs. Janie Hay, Seventysix, Ky; Henry
and John Moles, of Shawnee township; Mrs. G.J. Ragan, of Adrian; Mrs. Sylvester
Catron of Altona. During the Civil War he served in the Union army. Mr. Moles
was converted some thirty years ago and later united with the Methodist church.
Uncle Andy as he was called by his friends, was a good man. He always
manifested a sweet spirit toward all, and was loved by all who knew him. Age
with its infirmities did not dim the buoyancy of his genial nature. Few men,
young or old, are more agreeable than was Uncle Andy and he will be sadly
missed by his many friends. The aged widow and children have the sympathy of
their friends in this bereavement.
Funeral services for Uncle Andy were held from the Adrian Methodist church
Wednesday morning, conducted by his pastor, Dr. W. S. Courtney. Burial was made
in the Altona cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, February 18, 1915, Page 4 column
Uncle Barney Cruse died at the home of his son Norman in Grand River
township, Monday morning, February 1, 1915; aged 79 years, 3 months and 1 day.
Barney Cruse was born in Union county, Illinois, November 1, 1835. Mr. Cruse
came to Bates county, Missouri, about forty three years ago and had since
resided here. He was a member of the Progressive Dunkard church and lived a
consistent Christian life. He was a good citizen and an accommodating
neighbor. Mr. Cruse leaves a widow and three children. The children are Mrs.
John Howard, of Nevada; Norman and Charles Cruse, of near Adrian.
Funeral services for Mr. Cruse were held from the home of his son Norman Tuesday
afternoon at 1 o’clock. Burial was in the Altona cemetery. -- The Adrian
Journal, February 4, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Charles Gillispie died at his home, one mile south of Archie, Saturday
evening, January 30, 1915; aged about 65 years.
Mr. Gillispie was a bachelor and he and his sister had lived on the farm where
he died for many years. He was an industrious and prosperous farmer and a good
Funeral services for Mr. Gillispie were held Monday and the body was laid to
rest in the Crescent Hill cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, February
4,1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Burton died at the home of the
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Cantrell, Shawnee township, Wednesday, February
3, 1915. Funeral services will be held today. The young parents have the
sympathy of their many friends in this bereavement. -- The Adrian Journal,
February 4, 1915, Page 4 column 2, Death
Clovis Icy, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Murphy died at their
home n Grand River township February 27, 1915; aged 2 months and 27 days.
The young parents have the sympathy of their many friends in this great loss. --
The Adrian Journal, March 11, 1915, Page 1 column 2, Death
Anna M. Wright died at the home of her brother, James A. Wright, near
Cottonwood, Idaho, February 2, 1915; aged 51 years, 1 month and 8 days.
Annie M. Wright was born near Washington, Illinois, Jan. 17, 1864, and resided
there until 1868, when she came to Bates county with her parents and located on
the old home place three miles southwest of Adrian. In the year 1906 she went
to Idaho, where she resided until her death, which came suddenly from cerebral
hemorrhage. She leaves one sister and three brothers, viz: Mrs. M.L. Burnett,
P.K. Wright and H. L. Wright of Adrian, Missouri, and James A. Wright, of
Cottonwood, Idaho. -- The Adrian Journal, March 11, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Mr. J. Bruckner and Mrs. Laura Ehler were quietly married at the county seat
Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Bruckner will return to his home at White City Kansas,
today, Monday. Mrs. Bruckner will not leave Archie for awhile, as both have
children in school here and they want them to finish the term. -- The Adrian
Journal, March 11, 1915, Page 5 column 4, Marriage
Miss Geneva Black and a Mr. Cordell of Austin, were married at Butler
Saturday afternoon, March 6, 1915. -- The Adrian Journal, March 11, 1915, Page 5
column 4, Marriage
Mrs. Annie Laura McReynolds died at her home in this city Thursday night,
March 11, 1915; aged 67 years, 9 months and 17 days.
Miss Annie Laura, was the daughter of Benj. And Martha Hampton, and was born in
Butler county, Kentucky, May 24, 1848. Her father died in her infancy, but her
mother lived until a few years ago. Miss Hampton moved to Missouri in 1867, and
located near Chilhowie Johnson county. Miss Hampton was united in marriage to
Mr. B. K. McReynolds, May 7, 1868. To this union three sons and four daughters
were born. The sons are, Benjamin, of this city, at whose home the mother died.
William of the Fairview neighborhood, and Bruce, who resides on the old home
farm. The eldest daughter, Mattie, died in young womanhood and was a charming
lady; Enola married Mr. Frank Wyatt and they reside at Salina, Kansas; Binnie
married Mr. Boyd Ecton, the reside in Cass county, near Harrisonville. The
McReynolds family moved from Johnson to Bates county in 1880 and located on the
McReynolds farm, four miles west of Adrian. The husband died several years ago.
Two years ago Mrs. McReynolds moved to Adrian with her son, Benj.
Mrs. McReynolds united with the Presbyterian church in early life and lived a
devoted Christian life. She was one of the most amiable ladies it was ever our
pleasure to meet. A devoted wife, loving mother and a true and loyal friends.
As a neighbor none stood higher. She was ever ready to do a deed of kindness or
speak a word of comfort. Those who knew her best admired her most and her death
was a great loss to the community. The children will miss mother and in their
sorrow they have the deep sympathy of their friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. McReynolds were held Saturday afternoon from the
Adrian Methodist church, conducted by Rev. Dr. Courtney. Burial was made in
Crescent Hill cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, March 18, 1915, Page 1 column 3,
Watson Gilham and Media Martin were married at Madison, Kansas, Wednesday of
last week. They came to Adrian to visit the groom’s mother and other relatives
for a few days.
Watson is an Adrian boy, for several years he has been express messenger on the
Mo. Pa. Railroad and is making good, he is a first class gentleman. The bride
is a stranger here but is said to be an excellent young lady.
They will reside at Madison, Kansas. -- The Adrian Journal, March 18,1915, Page
4 column 5, Marriage
Uncle Allen Blount dropped dead at his home, three miles northwest of
Adrian, Monday morning, March 14, 1915; aged 80 years. He had been about the
place as usual that morning and seemed in his usual health, be sat down in a
chair and without a moments warning fell to the floor and died with a struggle.
Mr. Blount was born in Tenn. And came with his parents to county in 1850 and
resided here until his death, nearly all these years he lived on the farm where
he died. -- The Adrian Journal, March 18, 1915, Page 4 column 5, Death
William Franklin Reeder died at his home, this city, Saturday, February 20,
1915; aged 66 years, 8 months and 4 days.
Mr. Reeder was born in Mingo township, Bates county, Missouri, June 16, 1848,
and spent his entire life in the county of his nativity. He was a pioneer with
the genial pioneer spirit that always wins friends. In 1879 he was united in
marriage with Miss Tilpha Briggs, who departed this life in June, 1910. Mr. and
Mrs. Reeder were converted soon after their marriage and united with the Altona
Christian church, moving their membership to the Adrian Christian church when
they moved to this city, this membership he retained until death called him to
the higher life. On September 16, 1911, he was married to Mrs. Anna Mathers,
who survives him. Mr. Reeder was the fourth in order of birth of a family of
ten children, and was the first to break the family circle by death, all having
grown to mature years, the youngest one forty nine years old.
Frank Reeder was a god, clean, Christian gentleman, one who lived a life above
reproach. A good neighbor and an upright citizen. Such men are always loved
Funeral services for Mr. Reeder were held from his late home Monday afternoon,
February 22, conducted by Rev. Dr. Courtney who spoke eloquently of the life of
the departed one. The remains were laid to rest in the Crescent Hill cemetery.
The relatives have the sympathy of friends in this bereavement. -- The Adrian
Journal, February 25, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
A girl baby was born to Mrs. Arthur Walter Monday morning February 22nd.
Mother and babe doing well but papa Arthur is up in the air. -- The Adrian
Journal, February 25,1915, Page 4 column 2, Birth
Christian Schmidt, of Mound township, and Miss Juanita Moore were united in
marriage at the home of the bride in Butler Wednesday, February 24th.
These young people are numbered among the best in the county. The bride is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Moore of Butler, and is a handsome and
accomplished young lady. The groom is known by everyone in this part of the
county as a clean young gentleman and a prosperous farmer. -- The Adrian
Journal, February 25, 1915, Page 4 column 3, Marriage
Frank Covert and Miss Lelia Simpson, worthy young people of Deer Creek
township went to Butler Wednesday afternoon and were united in marriage. The
groom is a hustling and prosperous young farmer and an honorable gentleman. The
bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Simpson and is a worthy young lady.
-- The Adrian Journal, February 25, 1915, Page 4 column 3, Marriage
Robert Skinner and Miss Maggie Davis, prominent young people of the Altona
neighborhood, were married in Butler Wednesday. -- The Adrian Journal, February
25, 1915, Page 4 column 3, Marriage
James Coleman Harrison died at his home in this city Monday, March 1, 1915;
aged 70 years 7 months and 1 day.
Mr. Harrison was born in Morgan county, Missouri, July 30, 1844, and resided
there until 1868, when he came with his parents to Bates county, locating on a
farm near Altona, where he resided until 1893, when he moved to Adrian where he
resided until his death. After moving to this city he was engaged in business
for some years but two years ago sold his grocery and hardware store and
retired. Mr. Harrison was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Crawford
November 6, 1870. Of this union five children were born, one son, James
Archibald, died at the age of three years; one daughter, Cora Lee, died at the
age of eight years. The widow, three daughters and an adopted daughter
survive. The living children are Mrs. Ida Tabler, of Adrian; Mrs. Pearl Steven,
of Decatur, Illinois; Mrs. Ethel Jones, of Topeka, Kansas, and Miss Jessie
Mr. Harrison was converted September, 1888, and united with the Altona M. E.
church South and held his membership there until death called him to his
reward. He was a good man, a kind neighbor and an excellent citizen, he
measured up to every requirement of good citizenship and had the respect and
esteem of all who knew him.
Funeral services for Mr. Harrison were held at Adrian from the Methodist church
Tuesday morning, conducted by Rev. W. S. Courtney, assisted by Rev. R.L. Wood.
The service at Altona was held from the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon,
conducted by Rev. Reed, of Passaic. These services were largely attended.
Burial in the Altona cemetery.
-- The Adrian Journal, March 4, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Mr. William P. Ritter and Miss Ruby Blackmon were married at the home of the
bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Blackmon, East Boone township, Monday, March 1,
1915, at 1 p.m., Elder Pfost, of Adrian officiating.
After the ceremony a big wedding dinner was served and heartily relished by the
The contracting parties are excellent young people and are held in high esteem.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Ritter of East Boone township, and is
a prosperous farmer. The bride is a handsome young lady and will do her part
toward achieving success in life.
They will reside on a farm in the Blackmon neighborhood. -- The Adrian Journal,
March 4, 1915, Page 1 column 4, Marriage
Mr. C. F. Blackmon and Miss Grace Ricketts were married at the home of the
bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Ricketts, in Grand River township, Sunday
March 1, 1915, at 12 o’clock noon, Rev. Reed, of Passaic, officiating. Only the
immediate friends of the contracting parties were present.
These young people are numbered among the best in the county. The groom is an
industrious and prosperous farmer of East Boone township a man of good habits
and honorable in his dealings. The bride is an amiable and popular young lady,
and is well known in Adrian.
The happy young couple will reside on a farm two miles west of Adrian. -- The
Adrian Journal, March 4, 1915, Page 5 column 4, Marriage
An estimable family and a wide circle of friends were bereaved early Monday
morning by the death of John Stephenson at his home here at the age of 77 years,
from Bright’s disease and an affliction of the heart. His surviving children
were all at his bedside except his eldest son, J. O. Stephenson, of Adrian, Mo.,
who had started for Elk River Saturday but did not arrive until Tuesday.
The funeral services were held yesterday, J. E. Lansburg officiating, and a
large concourse of friends testified to the esteem in which Mr. Stephenson was
held. His remains were taken to his old home at Amoret, Mo., yesterday
accompanied by the family, except one son Jerome, and his daughter, Mrs. Thomas
Smisser. They will probably remain in the east.
John Stephenson was born at Knoxville, Indiana, August 18, 1837, and moved with
his parents to Falls City, Nebr. He served during the Civil War in Co. C.,
Fifth Mo. Cav. and at the close of the war became one of the freighters and
plainsmen to the trans-Missouri country. In 1880 he was appointed U. S.
surveyor and held that position two years.
Mr. Stephenson was married April 5, 1877, to Harriett J. Boylan, at Waconda,
Kans; of this union 7 children were born, of whom five survive, as well as the
mother. Mr. Stephenson moved to Idaho four years ago. He united with the
Methodist church at the age of 20 and to the day of his death was a devout
Since they have lived here the family has made many warm friends and the
deceased, although confined to his home much of the time by his illness, he was
well liked by all who knew him. Elk River sympathizes with the bereaved family
and regrets their departure. Elk River Sentinel -- The Adrian Journal, March 4,
1915, Page 5 column 6, Death
Austin, Omar D.
Omar D. Austin, for nearly forty-eight years editor of the Bates County
Record, died at his home in Butler, Tuesday afternoon, March 2, 1915; aged 73
years 5 months and 25 days.
Mr. Austin was born in Ohio. His ancestors were from France and came to this
country during the colonial days. After attending school in Ohio and Illinois he
entered the office of the Mansfield Ohio, Herald at the age of seventeen years
and learned the printers’ trade, later he held a clerkship in the treasury
department at Washington. He was in Ford’s Theater the night President Lincoln
was assassinated. He located permanently in Butler in October 1867.
Funeral services for Mr. Austin were held from the home Wednesday afternoon
conducted by the Masons. Rev. Dr. C.H. Ticknor, pastor of the Butler
Presbyterian church, preached the sermon and it was an able address. The text
“The Greatest of these is Love”, was selected by request of the family. It was
Mr. Austin’s favorite scripture, his Christian creed. And those who knew Mr.
Austin will testify that he lived up to his creed. Amiability was the crowning
virtue of his life. He was a high class gentleman who would not stoop to the
level of the vulgar and petty things of life. As an editor he lived his creed.
During the nearly half century of activity in Butler how many words of
encouragement has he published for the living? How many hearts have received
comfort from his able pen? How many beautiful tributes has he written of the
dead? Love for God and his fellowman governed his life. While others were in
the mad rush gathering in the dollars, Austin was disseminating sunshine to
others. Such was his life, such is the mission of the country news paper,
giving out the energy of the body, the activity of the mind and the sympathetic
of the heart. Omar D. Austin performed that mission well and has gone to his
reward. -- The Adrian Journal, March 4,1915, Page 4 column 5, Death
Mr. William Elmer Denver and Miss Ona Timmons drove to Butler Tuesday and
were united in marriage by Judge Carl Henry.
The contracting parties are numbered among the very best young people in this
community. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jon Denver of Mound township,
and is an industrious and prosperous young farmer. The bride is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Warner B. Timmons of Shawnee township, and is an amiable young
The happy young couple will reside with the grooms parents, three miles
southeast of Adrian. -- The Adrian Journal, March 25, 1915, Page 1 column 3,
James E., son of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Hamilton died at the family home,
near Centerville, Kansas, March 17, 1915; aged 19 years.
The young man was born on a farm near Adrian but moved with his parents to the
Kansas home about fifteen years ago. Those who knew him say that he was a young
man of excellent habits and none stood higher in the community where he resided
most of his life. The young man had been in failing health for several months
but was thought to be convalescing.
The parents have the sympathy of their Adrian friends in this great sorrow. --
The Adrian Journal, March 25, 1915, Page 1 column 5, Death
Allen Blount died at his home, near Adrian, Monday, March 15: aged 79 years
11 months and 16 days.
Allen Blount was born in Smith county, Tennessee, March 29, 1835, in his boyhood
he moved with his parents to Illinois thence to Cass county, Missouri, in 1850
and from there to Bates county in 1858, locating on the farm where he died.
In October 1855 Mr. Blount was united in marriage with Miss Eliza J. Atkinson.
To this union nine children were born, five of them preceded their father in
death. James died at the age of 32 years. Four children survive viz: E. M.
Blount, of San Simon, Arizona; J. W. Blount, of Coffeyville, Ks.; Walter and
Mabel, with whom the father resided on the old home farm. The mother died
thirty two years ago. In early manhood Mr. Blount united with the Baptist
church and was a Christian gentleman, a good neighbor and loyal friends. For
fifty seven years Mr. Blount resided in Deer Creek township. When he located
here this country was in a primitive state of development, and he was a factor
in making it a pleasant place to live. He endured all of the hardships and
privations of pioneer life and came through them with the genial spirit of the
pioneer. His neighbors have for him only kind words and pleasant memories.
Funeral serviced for Mr. Blount were held from the family home Tuesday
afternoon, March 16th, conducted by Elder A. Showalter who had been
his neighbor for forty four years. Elder Irvin V. Enos assisted in the service,
after the services at the home the body was laid to rest in the Crescent Hill
With the passing of Mr. Blount, only a few of the older settlers are left. --
The Adrian Journal, March 25, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
James Wayne Foster was born July 3, 1869, died March 18, 1915. Jim Foster
was a good boy, perhaps but few knew how noble a man, earnest, honorable,
conscientious and true. He was possessed of a big loyal, loving heart, tender
as a woman’s, there was no room in it for a vile thought. Like Henry Clay “had
it been turned wrong side out there would not have been found one dark spot”.
From childhood he was a person of strong religious convictions. He was anxious
to do good, to live a righteous life, to leave the world as he expressed it,
better for having lived. He was possessed of an intellect above the average, so
much so that his friends prophesied an unusually bright future for him, but
instead misfortune seemed early in his manhood to have claimed him for her own.
The lines of his life ever fell in harder places that falls to the common lot of
He began is career as teacher when a mere boy and taught altogether seventeen
years. As a teacher he was a faithful worker and was successful in spite of the
handicap of ill health. Indeed it seemed that first one then another of natural
causes conspired to wreck his health and undermine his constitution that was
naturally as splendid as his physique. The state of his health obliged him to
give us his beloved profession of teaching and content himself as he said with a
plodding existence. He sad “the state of his health reminded him of a child who
never became able to walk, who constantly arose only to topple over again.” So
it was with his hopes, his fair and noble ambitions and his sublime aspirations.
Just how great a disappointment this was to one of his disposition cam be but
faintly imagined. How little did he realize that the last years of his life were
those of a hero. Hit untiring devotion to his remaining loved ones was
something so perfect, so beautiful as to have reached the sublime. Who can say
that there is not a limit to human endurance? Jim was far from being a
weakling. He struggled bravely on under the most trying circumstances, before
which the bravest hearts would surely quail. He said often of late that his
burden was becoming greater that he could bear for God hath said, “Come unto me
ye that are heave ladened and I will give you rest” What are we that we should
judge another? Every heart knoweth its own sorrow. Why some things are as they
are, why true and courageous hearts should bleed is beyond the wisdom and vision
of mortal, but some day, some way when we stand in the presence of the infinite,
who doeth all things well will understand.
There remains of the family a father, a sister and a brother to mourn the loss
of the most loving, devoted, best of sons and brother. -- The Adrian Journal,
March 25, 1915, Page 8 column 5, Death
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Vogler Monday night. Dr. Robinson
attending physician. -- The Adrian Journal, March 25, 1915, Page 5 column 3,
Vernie Clarence, little two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Vogler, who
was stricken with mumps ten days ago, but complications setting, so poisoned his
system that medical treatment could not control or destroy the disease and last
Sunday at 4:30 p.m. his little spirit was called away. So sad to the community
but sadder still to the mother who was almost prostrated with the care of her
baby yet in her sadness must see him taken away. Burial in Crescent Hill
cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, March 25, 1915, Page 5 column 3, Death
Mr. Emil Heck of Lawrence, Kansas, and Miss Minnie Muiller were married
Wednesday afternoon, march 25,1915 at the home of the bride’s mother in Grand
River township, Rev. Wehrmeister, of Virginia, officiating. A large number of
the relatives and friends were present to witness the ceremony and to partake of
the excellent wedding dinner which was served immediately following the
ceremony. It was a very popular and enjoyable social event.
The bride is one of the most popular young ladies in this community where she
had lived all of her life, and is admired by all who know her. The groom is a
stranger here but is said to be an excellent young gentleman. They will reside
on a farm near Lawrence, Kansas. -- The Adrian Journal, March 25, 1915, Page 4
column 5, Marriage
Dr. Bates reports the birth of a boy baby to Mr. and Mr. Arthur Garvey last
week. -- The Adrian Journal, April 1, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Birth
Mrs. Alexander Barclay dropped dead at her home, five miles southeast of
Adrian, Thursday evening, March 25, 1915. She had been in her usual health and
was doing her evening work when death came without a moments warning. The
husband left the house to do some chores at the barn, he was gone but a few
minutes, when he returned he found Mrs. Barclay lying on the floor dead.
Louisa Frances Janes was born in Pulaski county, Kentucky November 12, 1846, and
died March 25, 1915; aged 68 years, 4 months and 13 days. She was united in
marriage with Alexander Barclay December 8 1869 in Kentucky. To this union two
daughters were born, viz: Mrs. W. G. Dillon who lives near the Barclay home in
Mound township, the other daughter, Mrs. Susie E. Jenkins died about eighteen
years ago. Mrs. Barclay was converted in early life and united withy the
Methodist Episcopal church of which she was an acceptable and faithful member at
the time of her death.
In November 1878 Mr. and Mrs. Barclay moved from their native state to Bates
county, Mo., locating in the Mt. Olivet neighborhood where she resided until
death. during these thirty seven years Mrs. Barclay had been an important part
of the life of the community in which she lived. She was a faithful worker in
the church. As a neighbor Mrs. Barclay was ever ready to do a favor or help in
the time of need and to comfort the sorrowing ones. She was a good woman and
will be sadly missed by all who new her.
Funeral services for Mrs. Barclay were held from the Mt. Olivet church Saturday
morning, March 27th, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Courtney. The
large congregation present was an evidence of the high esteem in which Mrs.
Barclay was held by her neighbors. Burial was in Mt. Olivet cemetery. --
The Adrian Journal, April 1, 1915, Page 1 column 3, Death
Mrs. Mary Bowman, eighty five year old, died at the home of her nephew, W.
I. Hardman, in East Boone township Wednesday, March 31st. Funeral
will be held at Burdett this, Thursday afternoon. -- The Adrian Journal, April
1, 1915, Page 5 column 3, Death
Arthur Sterling and Miss Ollie Vansandt, prominent young people of the
Archie neighborhood, were married in Butler Saturday. -- The Adrian Journal,
April 15, 1915, Page 4 column 4, Marriage
The three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Atchison fell in a post hole at
their home near Archie Wednesday evening, April 14th and was
drowned. A physician was called and vigorous measures taken to resuscitate the
child but these failed. -- The Adrian Journal, April 15, 1915, Page 4 column 4,
William Lloyd Claunch died on Tuesday, April 13, 1915, at the home of
Charles Thomas in Lone Oak township, from pneumonia, after an illness of only
four days. He is survived by his father, James Claunch, a twin brother, Floyd
Claunch, and a sister, Mrs. Eva Howard, of Park Hill, Oklahoma.
Mr. Claunch was born in Allen county, Kansas, April 1, 1897, and at the time of
his death was aged 18 years and 12 days. Burial will be at the Mt. Olivet,
services will be conducted by Rev. Spencer.-Butler Daily Democrat. -- The Adrian
Journal, April 15, 1915, Page 4 column 3, Death
Mrs. Betty Feeley, widow of the late Morris Feeley, died at the Bud Hardman
home near Burdett, Wednesday, April 7th. Burial today in Crescent
Hill cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, April 8, 1915, Page 4 column 2, Death
Miss Clasie Meyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Meyer died at the home of
her parents in Butler Wednesday morning, April 7th. -- The Adrian
Journal, April 8, 1915, Page 4 column 3, Death
Thomas Jones died at his home in this city Friday night, April 16, 1915;
after a lingering illness of tuberculosis; aged 34 years 6 months and 28 days.
Thomas Jones was born in Kentucky, September 18, 1880. His parents moved to
Bates county, Missouri in 1881, locating at Crescent Hill and since that time
Mr. Jones spent most of his life in this vicinity. He united with the Christian
church several years ago; he was also a member of the Archie Knights of Phythias
Lodge and of the Kansas City, Kansas Odd Fellows Lodge. The lodges stood by him
loyally during his illness, never for a moment did they waver in their
allegiance to their afflicted brother. On February 10,1907 he was united in
marriage with Miss Cassie Strange, who survives him and who gave him the
tenderest care during his long illness. Besides the widow he is survived by one
brother and three sisters.
Thomas Jones was a good citizen and a pleasant gentleman and was respected by
all who knew him.
Funeral services for Mr. Jones were held from the Crescent Hill church Sunday
afternoon, April 18, 1915, at 2 o’clock, conducted by Elder W. S. Hood, pastor
of the Christian church, the Knights of Pythias had charge of the services.
Burial was made in Crescent Hill cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, April 22,
1915, Page 1 column 4, Death
Jayne, W. F.
W. F. Jayne was born in Lee county, Va., March 8, 1847, died at his home in
Archie, April 16, 1915. He was married to Sarah Snodgrass, Feb. 20, 1867, came
to Missouri in the year 1868 and to Archie in 1883. To this union were born
five children, three girls and two boys, all these have gone to rest except one
daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Anderson, of Chicago who reached here after the death of
her father. The funeral was held at the Baptist church conducted by Rev. Keele
to a large and sympathetic crowd, after with the body was laid to rest in
Crescent Hill cemetery. -- The Adrian Journal, April 22, 1915, Page 8 column 4,
Daniel Watson was born in Vermillion county, Indiana, on March 31, 1830, and
died April 16, 1915; aged 85 years and 16 days. He was united in marriage with
Lydia Evans August 23, 1855, in Madison county, Ohio. To this union three
children were born, one son and two daughters, two of whom with the wife and
mother are left to mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father. He
was converted to God in young manhood and sought to honor Him by doing good to
his fellowman through a long and useful life. When the time came for him to bid
farewell to earth and loved ones he went without a murmur saying “All is well”.
He came with his family to Bates county, Missouri, in November 1865, and had
made his home in Grand River township for almost fifty years. We shall miss him
so much, but our loss is his eternal gain.
Funeral services for Mr. Watson were held from the Altona Methodist church
Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Keele. A very large congregation was
present to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of a good man. -- The
Adrian Journal, April 22, 1915, Page 5 column 3, Death
W. H. Ketron died at his home three miles east of Adrian, Wednesday night,
January 27th at 10 o’clock; aged 73 years, 10 months and 23 days.
Mr. Ketron was born in Tenn. And moved from thence to Iowa, and came to Missouri
about twenty years ago, locating on the farm where he died. Mr. Ketron had been
a member of the Methodist church for many years and was a Christian gentlemen, a
good neighbor and a loyal friend. Mr. Ketron was a veteran of the Civil War.
Mr. Ketron is survived by his wife and three children. The children are, Mrs.
Chas Timmons of Adrian, James Ketron, of Mound township, and Mrs. Wesley
Steward, of Nampa, Id.
Funeral services for Mr. Ketron will be held from the Mt. Olivet church
Friday, January 29th. -- The Adrian Journal, January 28, 1915, Page 5
column 3, Death
Eula Ellen, the 2 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Elliott, died
at the parental home near Dixie school house, Sunday, January 10,1915. Funeral
services were held at the Sharon church, Monday, January 11th,
conducted by Rev. W.S. Courtney, of this city. -- The Adrian Journal, January
21, 1915, Page 1 column 2, Death
Mrs. Thomas Lightfoot died at her home in East Boone township Thursday,
January 14, 1915, after a lingering illness of tuberculosis; aged 45 years.
Mrs. Lightfoot was born in Kentucky, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs.
Austin Mudd. The family moved to Bates county, Missouri, when Mrs. Lightfoot was
a small girl and the remainder of her life was spent here. In early life Mrs.
Light foot was converted and united with the Baptist church and lived a devoted
Christian life until death called her to rest. Mrs. Lightfoot was a good
neighbor and loyal friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Lightfoot were held from the Adrian Baptist church
Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. S. Weir of Warsaw, Missouri. Burial
was made in Crescent Hill cemetery. The husband has the sincere sympathy of
friends in his sorrow. -- The Adrian Journal, January 21, 1915, Page 1 column 4,
Mr. H.L. Medlin and Miss Mable Bullock of Urich were married last Monday in
K.C. Kansas. -- The Adrian Journal, January 21, 1915, Page 5 column 4, Marriage
Mr. W. H. DeArmond received a message Sunday morning announcing the death of
his son, Urless, at his home in Denver, Colorado. Mr. DeArmond received a
letter from his son last Thursday in which he stated that his health was good
and the telegram following closely after the receipt of the letter indicates
that death came suddenly, although definite news as to the cause of death had
reached this office Monday, Mr. and Mrs. DeArmond left Sunday noon for Denver
and at that time the could give no information as the funeral arrangements.
Urless DeArmond grew to manhood in this city and was one of the best young men
that we have ever known. About twenty years ago he went to Kansas City, thence
to Denver, where he entered upon a very successful business career. Being a man
of good habits and excellent business methods he accumulated a comfortable
fortune. It is not known just what his estate is valued at but it is said to be
close to $100,000.
Mr. DeArmond was about 48 years old and unmarried. The earlier settlers here
remember Urless as a clean, manly man, ever courteous and always an exponent of
the things that tend to elevate and ennoble mankind.
His death came as a great shock to his aged father, who had a just pried in the
success of his only son. -- The Adrian Journal, January 7,1915, Page 1 column 3,
Lentz, Henry P.
Henry P. Lentz was born at New Paris, Elkhart county, Indiana October 8,
1850, and died January 3, 1915; aged 64 years, 2 months and 25 days. In 1864
Mr. Lentz moved with his parents to Montgomery county, Illinois, thence to Bates
county, Missouri, in 1882, where he had since resided. June 16, 1872, he was
united in marriage with Miss Hannah DeLong, to this union five children were
born, three sons and two daughter. One son, Wm. Franklin, died in infancy. The
living children are; Ira I. Lentz, of Adrian; Mrs. Cora May Hope, of Adrian;
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Clark, of Kansas City, and Burley B. Lentz, of Adrian.
The widow also survives to mourn the loss of the devoted companion. Mr. Lentz
is survived by eight grandchildren and six brothers, five of whom attended the
funeral. The brothers are, A. J. Lentz and S. W. Lentz of this city; Warren and
elder George Lentz, of Kansas City; John Lentz, of Lordsburg, California, and
Chas. Lentz, of Leeton, Mo.
Mr. Lentz was converted and united with the church of the Brethren in 1878, and
remained faithful member until death. His daily life was at all times
consistent with His Christian profession. He was an ideal citizen in every
sense of the meaning of that term. If we were called upon to express the
purpose of his life in one brief sentence were would choose the following,
“Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good.” -- The Adrian Journal,
January 7, 1915, Page 1 column 4, Death
Mr. Leland Tuttle and Miss Eletha McCombs were married at the McCombs
residence Wednesday evening at six o’clock, Rev. Hood officiating. -- The Adrian
Journal, January 7, 1915, Page 5 column 4, Marriage
Alfred Milton Wallace was born in cooper county, Missouri May 12, 1849. Died
in Bates county, Mo., December 30, 1914, aged 65years 7 months and 16 days. He
was united in marriage to Sarah E. Williams, of Pettis county March 15, 1877.
He came to Bates county, settled on a farm half miles west of Hume, but on
account of his wife’s health soon returned to Pettis county, where she died
September 23, 1879. On January 11, 1881 he was married to Amanda Barnes of
Saline county. They came immediately to Vernon and Bates counties,, where he
has since resided with the exception of one year at Eureka, Kansas. To this
union two daughters and a son were born all of whom survive him Mrs. A. J.
Walter, of Adrian, Mrs. Chas. E. Horton Jr., of Hume and Clay H. Wallace of
Altamont, Mo., the wife and mother having passed away November 20, 1912.
For many years he has held positions of trust through the confidence of the
people having served Hume as postmaster for four years and held most of the
township offices of his home and from January 1909 to 1913 was deputy sheriff of
Bates county. He was created a Pythian Knight as a charter member of Hume Lodge
311, August 1894, since which time he has been honored as a past Chanceler and
always a devoted and loyal Knight. The universal expression of those who knew
him best was, Alfred Wallace was a kind and obliging neighbor and friends, an
affectionate and indulgent father, and a loving and devoted husband. A life
full of noble deeds, love and virtue, ought be a sweet consolation to his
bereaved family and friends. They must feel as assured that he has only gone to
enjoy that higher reward of Christian virtue to receive his crown of eternal
Funeral services over the remains were held in Hume, Saturday morning at 10
o’clock from the M. E. church, south. Rev. Campbell assisted by Rev. Hunt
conducted the services at the conclusion of which the Knights of Pythias
rendered the ritualistic services. -- The Adrian Journal, January 7, 1915, Page
5 column 4, Death
At the home of the bride’s parents in Altona, in the presence of eighty five
guests, on Wednesday afternoon, the thirtieth of December, 1914, at four
o’clock, Mr. Clifton Herbert Porter and Miss Lena Bell Mouse were united in
marriage, Dr. Coggins of Warrensburg, officiating.
To the strains of “Lohensrin” and “Mendelssohn’s” wedding marches played by Mrs.
Frank Mouse, of Marquette, Kansas, the bridal party descended the stairs and
took their places beneath a beautiful arch of smilax, interwoven with pink and
white roses, where Dr. Coggins, in a brief but impressive ring ceremony
pronounced them man and wife.
The attendants of the bridal couple were: Master Herbert Austin Mouse, attired
in white, who bore the ring in a calla lily; little Miss Jewell Mouse, wearing a
dress of pink and white, and acting as flower bearer, scattered rose petals
along the pathway. Miss Estella Pheasant of Appleton City, Mo., gowned in pink
satin, with over dress of brocaded chiffon was maid of honor, and Mr. Leonard
Finley, attended the bridegroom, who wore the conventional black. The bride,
wearing a dress of ivory satin, made in train, with chiffon drapery trimmed in
pearls, and a veil caught in cap effect with orange blossoms, carried a shower
bouquet of bride’s roses and lilies of the valley. She was given in marriage by
Immediately following the ceremony the wedding party led the way to the dining
room where an excellent two course luncheon was served by Misses Ina Owen,
Venelia Riddell and Doris Bates. Miss Eula Car and Mrs. Scott Mouse presided at
the punch bowl. A feature of much interest was the cutting of the bride’s cake
which was quite beautiful. The house was tastefully decorated for the occasion
with evergreen, smilax pink and white roses and carnations.
The bride was the recipient of a number of handsome and costly gifts.
The groom is a young man of good morals and strict integrity admired by a wide
circle of friends. The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Mouse.
She is popular with all who know her and a girl of rare personality.
The happy couple left on the train for an eastern honeymoon. They will be at
home after February first near Adrian. --The Adrian Journal, January 7, 1915,
Page 4 column 3, Marriage,
Married at the beautiful home of Mrs. J.H. McCombs on Wednesday Jan. 6,
1915, Eletha Mary to Leland S. Tuttle.
Promptly at six thirty Miss Frona Hood sang “Loves Old Sweet Song” accompanied
by Mrs. Geo. Lawson. After which the bridal party led by Rev. W. S. Hood,
marched to the conservatory where the ceremony took place, Miss Opal Hogan
playing the wedding march.
Mr. Ray Packer acing as best man, and Miss Lila Wilhite as bridesmaid. The
bride was beautifully gowned in white crepe meteor and lace caught up with
pearls and carried a beautiful bouquet of bride’s roses, the bridesmaid was
gowned in light blue satin and carried roses.
Immediately after the ceremony they were let to the dining room by her mother
where a delicious two course supper was served the color scheme of pink and
white was beautifully carried out. The remaining part of the evening was spent
in congratulations and music.
About one hundred and twenty five people were present.
Out of town guests were: Mr. Fred Stahl, Warrensburg, Mo., Mrs. Fred Stahl and
children of Garden City Mrs. Geo. Neff and daughter, of Montserate, Mo., Mrs.
Wm. Jennings and daughter, of Eldorado Springs, Mo.
They were assisted by the following: Mr. Harry Tuttle, Aubrey Harmon, and Miss
Opal Hogan, receiving.
Misses Mayme Packer and Millie Jennings receiving the presents upstairs.
The Misses Elinor Ferrell, Frona Hood, CoraAllen,Louise Stone, Nell Wright,
Wilma Bates, Elsie McReynolds, Leona Tabler, Lenna McDaniel Hood passed the
finger bowl. Mrs. James Hall seated the guests in the dining room. -- The
Adrian Journal, January 14, 1915, Page 1 column 4, Marriage
A fine daughter is reported to Mr. and Mrs. Harve Wright. -- The Adrian
Journal, January 14, 1915, Page 5 column 4, Birth
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