Bates County News
Butler Weekly Times,
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1887
Another Case of Didn’t Know it was Loaded.
This morning a report was circulated on the streets that Harry, the 17 year old son of Alderman Williamson had been shot. A Herald representative repaired to the residence of Mrs. Sick where the shooting took place, and from Will Burkhart, learned the particulars of the accident.
“Harry Williamson and myself were staying with Herman Sick in Mrs. Sick’s absence and this morning when we got up, Herman picked up a revolver and was showing Harry what he would do should anybody break in the house and drew the pistol down on him and snapped it. I heard the report and looked around and saw blood running out of a hole in Harry’s head. I went up to him but he seemed like he was dead.” The ball entered the forehead just over the right eye and lodged in the back of the head, the ball being that of a 42 calibre. The young man’s recovery is impossible, but at this writing, 11:30 he is breathing free.
YOUNG WILLIAMSON DIES.
At 10 o’clock Saturday night, Dr. Gillett assisted by Drs. Winchell and Higgenbottom, extracted the ball which had lodged in the back of the head. When the bullet was taken out a large quantity of the brain oozed out. From the hour of the fatal shot, Harry was unconscious and so remained until death came to his relief. At 1:15 yesterday morning he quietly passed away
amid the sorrow of his parents and family.
Herman Sick, the young man who fired by accident, the fatal shot is almost a raving maniac, and refuses to be comforted, even by the family of Mr. Williamson. It is said the boy’s condition is very critical.
---Rich Hill Herald
SMITH---DOOLITTLE.---At the residence of the bride’s father, in Foster, on Dec. 28, Mr. Lee Smith and Miss Vira Doolittle, Rev. Exley, of Rich Hill, officiating.
At 5 o’clock the holy vow of matrimony was sealed in the presence of a few friends and relatives. In a short time supper was served, which any table would be proud of. Mr. Smith is an energetic young man and we feel confident that success will attend them in their new home.
Charley Lewis received the sad intelligence Thursday morning that his mother was dead at her home near Alton, Bates county. Mrs. Lewis was about sixty-six years old and was returning from a visit to one of her daughter’s, near Dayton, Cass Co., one day last week, when the team became frightened and overturned the vehicle in which she was riding. Although considerably bruised, it was not thought that her injuries were serious. Even Wednesday last, Charley received a letter from the attending physician, saying that she was getting along very well. She died the same night. Charley and wife left Thursday noon for the sad scene.
Mrs. Lewis came from Kentucky in 1853 and settled in Pettis county. In March 1866 she removed with her husband and family to this county. In 1874 they moved to Holden, where her husband S. C. Lewis died the following year and was buried on New Year’s day. Mrs. Lewis then returned to her home in this county where she has since resided. She was a devout christian, having been a member of the Methodist church in good standing for thirty years. She was a loving mother, a kind neighbor and a true friend. The Times extends sympathy to the bereaved family.
The happiest event of the holidays was the marriage of Mr. Clem Warford and Miss Kate Porter, which occurred on the 28th. A reception was held at the home of the groom’s parents Wednesday night, which was enjoyed by some of our young people.
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1887
FROM EAR TO EAR
A Missouri Farmer’s Throat Cut.
Terrible Murder at the Close of Religious Service.
Liquor and Personal Malice the Cause of the Crime.
Eldorado Springs, Mo., Jan. 5.---During a religious meeting at Cherry Valley school house, eleven miles south of here, last night, a man named Oakes, of a good family, but dissipated, began behaving badly, when J. F. Clark, aged 27, and of excellent family, threatened to put him out.
Hot words followed, but all had seemingly quieted down and the services proceeded as usual.
Just as the congregation was singing the last hymn, Clark went outside. Oakes followed and, meeting Clark on the steps, drew a butcher knife and cut Clark’s throat from ear to ear, severing the jugular vein and the windpipe, causing instant death.
Oakes was at once captured by the men present and was brought here to day and placed in jail. His preliminary examination will be held Saturday.
There is great excitement in all parts of this county, as the murder was seemingly unprovoked, and a lynching is most probable.
By request of Elder Tucker we publish the following card which explains itself:
Butler, Mo., Jan. 10th, 1887.
The following are the facts relative to Elder J. H. Tucker’s remarks to me after preaching the funeral of my daughter: He called me to his buggy, and asked me if I could call and see him the next day, as he had a little livery bill to pay, but he did not name the amount. Also said he hated to say anything about it. He has made no charges for his own services. I hereby subscribe my name.
IT WAS A MURDER
A Missouri Mystery Cleared Up.
Dying Confession of a Convict Unravels an Old Case.
A Prominent Bates County Man’s Death by Violence.
Hannibal, Mo., Jan. 6---On the morning of July 25, 1884, the dead body of Judson C. Armstrong, a prominent farmer of Bates county, was found on the Chicago and Alton railroad track near Odessa. It had been run over by a train and was horribly mangled.
The coroner’s investigation of the tragedy developed no satisfactory explanation of the manner or means of death, but suspicions existed that he had met with foul play.
The mystery of two years was solved Wednesday by the death-bed confession of a convicted train robber in the Missouri penitentiary, who revealed the story of the crime, confessing that he had robbed Armstrong of several hundred dollars, murdered him, and then, to divert suspicion, placed the dead body on the track, where it was run over and crushed.
This is the story as it comes from Warden Marmaduke to J. M. Armstrong, the murdered man’s brother in this city.
For convenience in this extremely cold weather the following named gentlemen and ladies have united in the holy bonds of matrimony: Jas. Allison to Sarah Coldwell, Ed Elage to Hattie Warren, Sam White to Emma Douglas, Geo. Ross to Miss Fisher. Want-to-be-married---J. G. White, of California. He has a ranch stocked with horses. For further description address lock box 476 Butler, Mo. Now girls all speak at once.
Mr. J. K. Brugler received the sad intelligence that his brother had died at his home in Pennsylvania on last Thursday. Mr. B. will probably go to Pennsylvania this week.
L. B. Hardin and Miss Viola Tharp were married at the residence of the bride’s parents on December 30th, 1886, A. S. Badgley, Justice of the Peace, officiating. The Times wishes the happy couple a long and happy life.
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1887
A Brutal Husband.
From a party who came in last evening from Sprague, we learn of the beastly conduct of one Neice, a farmer living two and one-half miles north of Sprague. The family consists of husband, wife and little son 14 years of age. Neice is evidently a fiend in human disguise, if reports of his treatment of the wife and son be true and we have no reason to believe otherwise. The neighbors say that he beats his wife and child unmercifully and misuses them in every conceivable shape. Upon one occasion he knocked his wife down and then poured a tub of water over her, and refused to allow her to go to bed, but compelled her to cower down in a corner of the room and pass the night as best she could. The little boy has been maltreated to such an extent that physicians assert that he will eventually die. It seems to us that the case should be looked into by the grand jury, and steps taken to bring this fiend to justice.
---Rich Hill Herald
We are informed that a little baby of T. M. Broaddus’ of Shawnee township, died on last Monday, Jan. 10th.
Mr. Crow, brother of W. J. Crow, of Spruce township, died on Monday January 10th, 1887. We did not learn the nature of his ailment.
It has been a painful surprise to many readers of the Times in this locality that a more than noticeable sketch of the death of Mrs. Dora Nickell was not furnished your paper. The oversight is due, no doubt, to the absence of our pastor, Bro. J. T. Wright, who was absent from home at the time of her death and did not get word in time for funeral services. Mrs. Nickell was born in Montgomery county, Indiana, and was 32 years old; died Dec. 16th, 1886. In 1881 she, in company with her husband and family, came to Missouri. Having a letter from the Corinth church, Montgomery Co., they united with the Christian church at Virginia, to which she remained a good member until her death. She endured her intense suffering, which lasted over ten days, with great patience, and all that medical skill and kind nursing could do was done to alleviate her pain, but death claimed her as his own. Her mind seemingly was on her children and household duties. She said she had no fears of death, and if called was willing to go, and when the time came she kissed her children and told her husband there would be a way provided for them, then laid down the weapon of life and her soul peacefully winged its way back to its maker. Her husband and five little ones are sad and feel lonesome without her presence to comfort and cheer them, but they rejoice in the hope of meeting her again. Sister Nickell was respected by all and to know her was to love her. She has gone to heaven, but she leaves as a heritage to her children and friends the savor of a good life and holy example to follow, that they, too, when dead, may leave such a monument to speak out to others to cheer them in the storms of life as they are cheered by the memory of this estimable lady. May her mantle fall on her children here while she rests with Christ, and then meet, an unbroken family, in heaven.
There is no death; an angel form
Walks o’er the earth in silent tread.
He bore your mother dear away
And now we call her dead.
He left your hearts all desolate,
He took your fairest flowers
Transplanted into bliss, she now
Adorns immortal bowers.
J. F. Yearwood, aged about 35 years, after an illness of but four or five days of pneumonia, died at his home in the north part of the city Tuesday night of last week. Mr. Yearwood came with his family to this city about five years ago from Tennessee. He was a carpenter by trade and since his residence in Butler has worked continuously for Mr. Eldridge. He was an excellent mechanic, honest, industrious and highly prized by his employer as one of his most trusty and best workmen. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss. Two of his children having preceded him but a month. In her great distress over losing a husband and two children in the short period of one month, Mrs. Yearwood certainly deserves the sympathies of the entire community, which we believe she has.
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Butler celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on Saturday, the 8th, at their home near Cornland, at which time a family reunion was held, all the children being present except their oldest son, Ben., besides a number of invited guests. A magnificent supper was spread and a most enjoyable time had. Mrs. Butler’s maiden name was Mary E. Caudle, daughter of Dr. John Caudle, of Scottville, Ills., at whose residence they were married on January 8th, 1858. The Times congratulates this most excellent couple and hope they may live to enjoy another pearl wedding before they are called hence.
Luther Shobe, of Wellington, Kansas, a former resident of Bates county and at one time county treasurer, is in the city on business. He informed a Times reporter that his daughter, Miss Ola A., better known to our citizens as “Gilley”, died in Wellington, December 30th, 1886, of consumption. She was 17 years and 9 months of age at the time of her death. Those who knew her best here say she was a sweet, amiable young lady, admired and loved by a host of friends.
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 1887
Two Farmers Hang Themselves
Lamar, Mo., Jan. 25.---Early yesterday morning George W. Jeffries, a farmer, went into his corncrib with an old bridle with rope lines, climbed up the side of the crib and tied the lines to the rafters above him. Then he buckled the throat latch of the bridle around his neck and swung off, literally choking to death. Financial trouble was the cause.
Thomas Beebe, 22 years of age, living ten miles west of here, made a noose in a short piece of rope yesterday, mounted a barrel and after tying the rope to a rafter above him and placing the noose over his head kicked the barrel away. In one of his coat pockets was found a note stating that the trials of life were too many for him.
A serious shooting scrape took place at Osceola Wednesday morning between Charles Schmidt, a hotel keeper, and a young barber named Wm. Robbins. It is said the trouble grew out of Robbins carrying notes to Schmidt’s girls against the wishes of their father. The two met on the streets and after a few words it is said Schmidt drew his pistol and fired one shot at Robbins, who in turn drew his revolver and shot Schmidt in the breast, the ball passing through the lung and liver. Schmidt will likely die.
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1887
The hand of death has again visited our community and removed from our midst one of our most beloved citizens, Mrs. Chas. Sprague, at about 5 o’clock Sunday morning, after a protracted illness of over two months, with complication of diseases. She was a member of the First Presbyterian church, and leaves a kind and loving husband, and a host of warm friends to mourn her loss. She had been an invalid for several years, and owing to the nature of her last illness her death was not unexpected by her friends.
From a Rich Hill gentleman while in the city Saturday, a Times reporter learned the sad fate of a destitute family who moved to that place a month or six weeks ago. The family, unknown to the neighbors, were in a most deplorable condition. The husband sought work in the country, and obtained a job from Mr. Wm. Johnson. During this time his wife was living in Rich Hill, and to sustain life would sell off piece at a time of their scanty furniture, and with the proceeds procure a morsel to keep soul and body together. Unfortunately for the husband, after he had worked a month, and with the glittering fancy in his eye that he would soon draw his pay and return to make his wife and family happy, Mr. Johnson, the man for whom he was working, mysteriously disappeared. With sad heart he returned to the Hill, only to find his wife in a much more serious condition than when he left her, being reduced by starvation to almost a skeleton and on the very verge of giving birth to a child, and his house destitute of furniture. Under the existing circumstances, there was but one alternative left him, and that was to appeal to the authorities for aid. As soon as the facts were made known to the Mayor, a physician was dispatched and provisions furnished, but in the case of the poor woman, alas, too late, as on Sunday evening she died in labor, and it is said for the want of strength and vitality to give birth to the child, having literally starved herself to death, and that too, in a neighborhood, where, had she made her necessities known, assistance by the neighbors would have only been too gladly rendered. Truly it is a sad case and adds another truth to the old adage, that one-half of the world does not know how the other half lives.
Perhaps one of the strangest, if not the only case of the kind that ever happened in Butler, is that of Miss Fanny Curry, who is lying very low at her home in the northwest part of the city, but persistently refuses to take medicine of any kind or have a physician see her. She was taken sick during the month of October with a severe cold, but belonging to that class of mortals who believe in the efficacy of prayer in curing all diseases, commonly known as “faith cure,” she put her faith in the Lord, expecting to be raised from the sick bed. She has been growing gradually worse all the time, notwithstanding the fact that a so-called faith doctor from Nevada has been with her part of the time, administering his spiritual consolations, and exhorting her to have the desired amount of faith, but refusing to let her receive treatment from a regular physician. Now, we understand, Miss Curry is in a precarious condition and is likely to die if she does not receive the proper medical attention. She is an excellent young lady, a strict member of the Methodist church, south, and it is to be deplored that such a wild phantasy has taken possession of her mind.
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1887
Miss Fanny Curry died at her home in the northwest part of the city Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and was buried Monday afternoon at the same hour. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Noland. Miss Curry was an excellent young lady, a member in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church, (South) and was loved and respected by all who knew her. The Times extends sympathies to the bereaved family.
Burned to Death.
From S. C. Marshall, of East Boone township, we learn the particulars of a very sad affair, the burning to death of the youngest child of Wm. Hoffman, a little girl 2 or 3 years of age. On last Thursday the mother left the little girl in the sitting room and went out to the hen house to look after her poultry. She had only been out a few minutes when she heard the child screaming and, rushing in the house, found her clothing all ablaze. The fire was extinguished, but not until the child was fatally burned. She lingered until Sunday morning when Mr. Marshall learned she was dying. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community.
Tilden H. Smith has proven himself to be a most successful and skillful attorney. After many months of courtship he wins his case, and with the assistance of Rev. W. A. Walker, of the C. P. church, on Sunday evening foreclosed his mortgage and carried away Miss Anna Walker. The pleasant event took place at the residence of the bride’s parents J. G. Walker, on Ohio street, the only witness to the affair besides the family being John T. Smith, brother of the groom. After the ceremony the happy couple took the train for Adrian, their future home. Well. Till, you stole a march on the boys and outgeneraled all except the eagle eye of the reporter of the Times who was watching your movements closely. However, you certainly have won one of our most handsome and accomplished young ladies, and in thus launching your soul into unendless bliss by plucking from the lilac bush of Butler so lovely a flower you have the best wishes of the booming Times for your future prosperity and that your path may be strewn with roses and your shadow never grow less. There is a bright future before you if you will look after the claims of your clients with the same amount of zeal and fidelity that you looked after your own.
Ada Ford, the little four year old daughter of Geo. Ford, colored, of Butler, was burned to death at the Mines on the 12 inst. It seems that the little girl was visiting Winnie Walker, a negro girl, old friend of the Fords, she was playing about the stove when her clothing caught fire and though other parties were in the room at the time they were so frightened that the child burned almost to a crisp before the fire was extinguished. Physicians from Rich Hill were summoned but the child died in a short time.
We learn that the bans for the marriage of S. M. Levy and Miss Jennie Porges, of New York, have been announced. While we do not know the young lady, we can trust the judgment of Sam in choosing a wife that is lovable and worthy in every respect, and extend congratulations to the young lady in capturing so great a prize and to both our best wishes for a long and happy married life. Mr. Levy is the junior member of the large mercantile establishment of Samuel Levy & Co., of this city. He has resided in this place for ten or twelve years, and by close application to business and strict integrity has won for himself the highest esteem of our entire community, and we can truthfully say to Miss Jennie that she has done well in accepting the hand and heart of so noble a young man.
Thos. Eslinger, Sr., founder of the town of Cedar Springs, is dead.
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1887
An infant child of B. F. Gregory’s was buried last Sunday.
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 1887
Peter Lennartz, aged 82 years, was found dead in his room at the residence of his son, in Montrose, Wednesday last.
H. Philbrick, Esq., of Rich Hill, formerly county surveyor, was married last week to a Miss Lane, near Cincinnati, Ohio. The bride is a sister of Wm. and Jas. C. Lane, of Prairie township, and is a most intelligent and estimable lady. We extend congratulations.
Marshal Logan, of Rich Hill, informed us that a miner was accidentally killed near that place Monday. A load of them started from the Hill in a two horse wagon for the mines, when out of town a short distance they overtook another wagon and a race took place, and in crossing a bridge the wagon went down and one of the men was killed. Mr. Logan disremembered his name.
An M.K.&T. brakeman by the name of John McCarty, was instantly killed at Deepwater bridge, near LaDue, Henry county, Wednesday last. He was on top of an extra high car setting a brake when his head came in contact with a cross beam of the bridge. The lick was so severe the whole top of his scalp was torn off. His body fell to the water below and was recovered with difficulty by the train men and taken to Clinton.
Wednesday, Mar. 2, 1887
We see from the Rich Hill Herald of the 24th inst., that John H. Vanbenthusen committed suicide at his home in that city Wednesday evening last, by taking a dose of strychnine. No cause could be assigned for the rash act.
Two children, aged about four years each, met with horrible deaths about the same hour in the afternoon near Balltown, in Vernon county, the latter part of last week. One, was drowned in a spring and the other was burned to death in a cradle.
There seems to be some dissatisfaction in regard to the verdict of the jury over the remains of Chas. Johnson, the man killed near Rich Hill last week. Johnson stated to parties just before his death (and it was about the only words he uttered) that he was dragged out of the wagon. There can be no doubt the matter should have been more fully investigated by the jury before rendering such a verdict.
John Raybourn has taken to himself a better half, a Miss Lane being the happy one. John, accept congratulations.
Wednesday, Mar. 9, 1887
We are the recipient of cards to the wedding reception of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. H. Wilson at Eldorado Springs, Thursday, March 15. The bride’s maiden name is Miss Mattie M. Blankenbaker. The Times extends congratulations and best wishes.
Rev. W. A. Walker informs us that a little stranger arrived at his home on Friday night. It is a little lady and will reside with Rev. gentleman in the future and call him paps.
Born to the wife of Z. J. Williams Sunday night, a girl, weight 8 pounds. All parties doing well and Zib is supremely happy.
Dr. Renick received the sad intelligence on Wednesday last of the death of his father, L. H. Renick, at his daughter’s home in Dodge City, Kansas. Dr. Renick and daughter, Prudie, attended the funeral at Holden, Mo., Friday. Father Renick was well and favorably known in Butler and Bates county, in fact in southwest Missouri, having made his home in the southwest for a number of years. He was a devout christian gentleman, and was loved and respected by all who knew him for his amiable disposition and pure character. He had eaten a hearty supper and went up stairs to his room, talking with the family below. In a few minutes, hearing an unusual noise, some of the family went up to his room and found him dead.
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 1887
As we go to press Mr. D. H. Warford, of Altona, dropped in and informed us of the death of Mrs. Laura Moore, of near that place which occurred on last Wednesday. She was a most estimable lady and the Times deeply regrets her taking off.
Squire Cannon united in holy bonds of matrimony Frank P. Webb and Miss Annie Wright, on March 10th, 1887.
“Passed Under the Rod.”
After a protracted illness Mrs. T. V. Hall, passed quietly away and her spirit returned unto God who gave it. She was a consistent member of the Baptist church, and the loss of her christian influence will be deeply felt in our community. The fell monster consumption has done its work and robbed the family of a loving wife and a kind and devoted mother. Mr. Hall wishes to thank his neighbors and friends for their many kindnesses shown during his wifes last sickness. They have the sympathies of the community.
Wednesday, Mar. 23, 1887
Old Landmarks Gone.
John Stanfill, an old and respected citizen of Elkhart township, died at his home on the 16th of old age, having reached the 77th mile post of life’s journey.
We are pained to learn of the death of John Harper, father of county clerk, Thomas L. Harper, which took place at the latter’s home in Lone Oak township last Wednesday, with obstruction of the bowels, after an illness of only three days. He bore his suffering with fortitude after he was stricken, and because he did not complain he was not considered to be dangerously ill. Mr. Harper was born in Scotland in the year 1819. He came to America in 1854. He moved to Bates county about ten years ago. His occupation was that of railroading, which he followed for 42 years and only retired from active business to a quiet farm life on account of injuries he had sustained. He was a man of considerable means, and was highly respected by all who knew him for his many noble traits of character. He was buried Thursday in Lone Oak cemetery.
With deep regret we are called upon to announce the taking off of another landmark by the relentless scythe of Father Time in his onward march to eternity. This time it is A. G. Crumly, father of Dr. F. M. Crumly, of our city, who died at the home of his second son, Acy C., in Mound township, on Tuesday evening, March 15th, at 11:45 o’clock, of pneumonia. He only suffered about six days from the time he was taken sick. Mr. Crumly was in his 61st year, was born in East Tenn., and moved to Missouri in1866. In 1871 he located in West Point township, Bates county, where he resided until within a few years, when, on account of failing health he sold his farm and went to live with his sons. He was a sufferer for 30 years with asthma and suffered much inconvenience from that dread disease during all those years. Mr. Crumly was an honest man, strong in his convictions, true to his friends, a fond husband and kind father. He has been a Mason in good standing for 18 years. He leaves an aged wife and three children to mourn their loss.
Fletcher Warnock wants it distinctly understood that he is in the vanguard and keeps square up with the procession. It, too, is a girl, and as fine a little lady as ever lived. Monday was its birthday.
Shortly after 1 o’clock last Tuesday afternoon a 14-year old colored boy named Ben Wiley was run over by the north bound freight train. Ben, with several other boys, has been in the habit of boarding such trains just as they were pulling out from the city and thus securing a ride sometimes as far as Ovid, returning by the next train south. At other times the boys would jump from the train ere it got fairly started down the grade between here and the smelters. On the fatal occasion Ben was perhaps a little more careless or hazardous than usual and lost his footing. In pitching from the train the unfortunate boy struck upon his forehead, his right leg being thrown across the track by the fall; and the wheels, of course, passed over this, crushing the bone and severing the limb just below the knee. Ben was in intense distress and fear for a few moments after the accident, but the flow of blood from the lacerated member soon brought tranquility to his mind, and by the time the amputation took place he was quite reconciled. Dr. Allen, the railroad company’s physician, was on the train at the time the accident occurred, but got off as soon as the train could be stopped and promptly superintended the necessary arrangements for the surgical operation---ministering to the poor boy’s wants with his usual willingness in such cases.
---Rich Hill Review.
Mrs. Elston, of Cole county, sister of county clerk Harper, arrived in Butler Thursday night but too late to attend her father’s funeral.
We understand that Mrs. J. C. M. Young, of Deepwater township, died at her home the latter part of the week. We failed to hear any of the particulars.
The Times reporter missed a very important item last week, and though late it is mighty interesting reading. A little stranger arrived at Don Kinney’s on the 10th ist., a boy, and the very image of his pa. Don says he is preparing for war.
Mr. Walter Price of Ballad and Miss Highland M. Mosby of Ellis, Vernon county, were married Thursday at the house of the bride’s parents. Walt is one of our model young men, and the bride an accomplished lady. The happy couple have our best wishes.
Wednesday, Mar. 30, 1887
Edmund Hart, aged 68 years, died at his home in Pleasant Gap township, of Pneumonia, Friday.
Married- Mr. A. C. Day and Miss Mary Harrold were married at the residence of the Rev. Alex. Walker March 27, 1887. The parson of course officiated. The young people expects to make Kansas City their future home.
Married- At the residence of the bride’s parents in Foster, on Thursday, March 24th, by Judge John H. Sullens, W. A. Ephland of Foster, Bates county, Mo., to Mrs. Ada B. Harbaugh of Lee’s Summit, Jackson county, Mo. Immediately after the ceremony the happy couple departed for Nevada Mo., where they will spend a few days with relatives and friends. Mr. Ephland is a teacher by profession, is endowed with that higher order of intellect, combined with fine executive ability, which at once command the confidence and respect of all his pupils. And now that he has displayed most excellent taste in the selection of a partner for life, a bright future is predicted for him.
We learn that Mrs. Henry Fleming, living three miles west of Butler, suicided by taking rough on rats. The woman has been afflicted for some time and has made several attempts at self destruction. On Saturday only a small boy and girl was with her and she succeeded in taking the fatal dose. Jimmy Hanks and another boy were passing at the time and gave their assistance by calling in the neighbors and a doctor, but the poor woman died in a short time in great agony.
T. J. Ruddle died at his father’s residence north of Butler on Friday evening of a congestive chill. His appearance was so lifelike that the family refused to let him be buried, notwithstanding, Dr. Walls, the attending physician pronounced him dead. His corpse was kept until Monday evening when evidences of decay convinced the relatives that he was really dead and they consented to his interment. Our informant said that he retained the life-like appearance to the last, and when the flesh was pressed in that it would return to its natural position when the pressure was removed. Mr. Ruddle was about 35 years old and was highly respected by all who knew him.
J. H. Sisson and wife and R. J. Starke attended the funeral of Mrs. Mary Poage, in Spruce township last Saturday. Mrs. Sisson remained to comfort her father until the arrival of Mrs. Starke, who will make her home there for the present.
One of the oldest and most highly respected citizen of Spruce township, Mrs. Mary Poage, wife of Rev. Wm. B. Poage, departed this life on last Friday, March 25th, of pneumonia fever. She was only sick about a week and her sudden death was a great surprise and sorrow to her family and many friends. Mrs. Poage was about 70 years of age. She was married to Wm. B. Poage, a Southern Methodist preacher, in Henry county in 1837. The same year they located in Spruce township on the present home place, where they have lived continuously since. The deceased was the mother of Mrs. J. H. Sisson and Mrs. R. J. Starke, of Butler. She was a perfect type of a true and noble christian, and bore her sufferings with great fortitude, and when called was not averse to stepping out into that great eternity from whence no traveler ever returns, for she had planted her trust in that Father who doeth all things for the best. She was a true and devoted wife, a kind and loving mother and good neighbor. She had performed her life-work nobly and well, and the Father called her to enjoy the crown she had won. Her remains were interred in the family burying ground on Saturday. The Times extends its profound sympathies to that aged husband who is indeed passing under the rod of affliction, and to the bereaved family.
The Vernon County Murder
The Vernon County murder, mention of which was made in these columns last week, seems still shrouded in the deepest mystery. It appears that a number of competent witnesses swore positively that the body was that of John Jones, who had been at work in or near Camp Supply, Indian Territory, and was expected home about the time of the murder, while an equal number, affirmed that the murdered man was Andrew Althizer, a young man raised in Metz, but who has been working at Medicine Lodge, Kan., while the relatives of both Jones and Althizer say the body is neither one. There was but one article found in the pockets of the dead man, a piece of paper directing the postmaster at Camp Supply to forward mail to a certain point, and signed “Oliver Reece.” There is grave suspicion by parties who are familiar with the circumstances so far unearthed and who know the character of John Jones, that the murdered man is a stranger to this section of country, and possibly may have been a man with some money, a land prospector or one looking out for some profitable investment, and that he had fallen into the company of young Jones, had been invited to his (Jones’) father’s home, and on the way was foully murdered and robbed. This we say is only suspicion and can do Mr. Jones no harm, if not guilty, as he, when found, will then be able to prove his whereabouts and his innocence. Vernon county cannot afford to let this mystery go unearthed. The keenest scented officers and best detectives should be put on the trail and the guilty brought to justice and the public satisfied.
---R. H. Review.
Wednesday, Apr. 6, 1887
We are called upon this week to chronicle the death of that most excellent citizen, William Walton, of Lone Oak township, who departed this life on April 1st of typhoid pneumonia. Mr. Walton was born in Boone county Kentucky, October 11th, 1827. He moved to Bates county in October 1883, and purchased the Steele farm in Lone Oak township, where he has since lived. In his short stay among us he had gained the confidence and esteem of all his neighbors. He was generous and charitable to a fault, a good neighbor, a loving husband and kind and affectionate father. He leaves a wife and large family of children to mourn his loss.
Married- March 31st 1887 by W. M. Graham, J. P., Mr. Henry Mayhee to Miss Ida Baker, both of West Point.
Wednesday, Apr. 13, 1887
One of the saddest deaths which has occurred in our city for some time was that of William W. Smith, youngest brother of Joe T. Smith, which occurred at the residence of the latter, Friday evening, of that dread enemy of the human system, consumption. William was born in Butler on April 20th 1860, just at the beginning of those turbulent times that tried men’s souls. He had spent all of his short life among our people and there was not one who did not respect and love him for his many noble traits of character and manly bearing. He was sick about one month and bore his sufferings with great fortitude, never complaining, and refusing to give up, defying death itself even while its cold hands were upon him, in his great ambition to conquer. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. A. Walker in a very impressive manner on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and the remains were followed to their last resting place in Oak Hill cemetery by a large procession of sympathizing friends. The Times extends sympathy to that aged mother and brothers and sisters in their great affliction.
Mrs. A. R. Bowdre, living 7 miles northwest of town received from the Mutual Reserved Fund Association, Saturday last a check for $2,000 in full payment on a life insurance policy of her husband who died December last.
We are in receipt of cards to attend the wedding of Sam M. Levy to Miss Jennie Porges, of New York, on Tuesday, 19th 1887.
Sam Levy and wife left for New York city, Sunday night, to be present at the marriage of Sam Levy, Jr., which will take place on the 19th inst. Immediately after the ceremony the bride and groom will start for this city, their future home.
Mr. Charles Fox and Miss Lena Daniel were married by the Rev. Alex. Walker April 10, 1887, at the minister’s residence in this city.
Wednesday, Apr. 20, 1887
Another old landmark has passed away. This time it was that good old man Father Bartley, who died at the residence of his son, George Bartley, one mile north of Butler, on Wednesday last. He was in his 93rd year. He is an old resident of Bates county, and was loved and honored by all who knew him. He was the father of Mrs. R. G. Hartwell.
Henry Litts and wife, nee Miss Luella Dickey, of Abilene, Kansas, arrived in Butler Saturday evening on a short visit to the latter’s parents. Mr. Litts is editor of the Reflector, a sprightly journal of the above city. He favored us with a call Monday, and it is a pleasure to know Miss Luella has captured a young man so worthy of her confidence and esteem. Mr. Litts captured a prize in Miss Luella and the Times extends its congratulations.
We are in receipt of cards to attend the marriage of Edward E. Riley, of Kansas City, to Miss Lillian Crabb, the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Edward Crabb, of Rich Hill. The ceremony will take place at the First Presbyterian church at high noon to-day. The groom is a young man of high moral character and marked business ability, while the bride is a highly educated, refined young lady. The Times extends best wishes and congratulations.
Grandma Tuttle, aged 80 years, died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Judge McGaughey, Sunday evening, of old age, and her remains were interred in Oak Hill cemetery Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday, Apr. 27, 1887
Many Persons Killed and Incalculable Damage Done.
Prescott, Kan., and Vernon County, Mo., Awfully Visited.
Eight Now Dead and Eleven Dying in the Wrecked Town.
Four Victims of the Wind’s Fury in Vernon County, Mo.
Three Killed and a Number Injured in Bates County.
Fort Scott, Kans., April 22.---The cyclone which started near Colony, Anderson county, Kansas, Wednesday evening, and caused the death of one person and about $10,000 damage, swept eastward, gathering force as it went, until it struck the town of Prescott, in Linn county, where it leveled or irretrievably damaged every house in the place, killed eight persons and fatally injured eleven more. Then it passed on into the northern part of Vernon county, Missouri, where it leveled every farm house for miles, killing four persons and injuring many more, and finally spent its force near Schell City.
SCORES OF HOUSES WRECKED.
The storm struck Linn county about 6 o’clock yesterday. It passed clear through the county and made a path varying from one half to one mile wide. The general course of the storm seemed to lay from Blue Mound in the western part to Prescott in the southeastern part. They are about twenty miles apart, and almost every farm house, barn and structure between them in the path of the cyclone were demolished, making the number of buildings in the county that were destroyed over 250. Some farmers lost as much as $5,000 in buildings, food and stock. At least twenty minutes warning was given of the approaching cyclone by the loud noise it made, which gave everyone ample time to find a hiding place. In most cases cellars and dug outs were used for places of safety.
A WEDDING PARTY SPARED.
At the residence of Joe Duncan, a wedding had been performed a few minutes before the cyclone struck the building. The structure was carried away, but the floor and the wedding party were left. Fortunately none of the assembly were injured but an infant, which is seriously hurt.
Mrs. A. E. Wright and Mrs. Jeff Crone, of Maud City township, were killed. The latter was blown two hundred yards and the supposition is that the fall killed her. She held an infant in her arms until dead. The infant is seriously injured.
LIVES LOST IN OTHER PLACES.
It is known that several were killed at Blue Mound and Mapleton, both in this county.
In a distance of twenty-two miles, only one house is known to have stood the storm, and the country around is very thickly settled. Many reports are coming in from the country of the dead, dying and injured, but nothing further definite can be learned.
IN BATES COUNTY.
Rich Hill, Mo., April 22.---The Republican reporter has just returned from the section of country over which the cyclone passed, doing immense damage, last evening, and will detail the facts concerning the doings of the Kansas twirlers in this portion of Bates county. Rich Hill did not suffer any damage, being apparently on the outskirts of the storm, but Sprague, a town of about 500 inhabitants, six miles west of Rich Hill, was badly damaged. The central part of the cyclone, however, was between Sprague and the town of Hume, six miles further west and near the Kansas line.
The country about Sprague and Hume is prairie, and the approach of the storm could be seen for miles, and it is depicted by the people who watched it as a grand though terrible scene and one such sight sufficient for a lifetime. Whenever the funnel shaped cloud struck the earth it completely demolished everything in its path, and the whole country between Hume and Sprague and for several miles north and south shows evidence of the cyclone’s ravages. Fences are down, hayricks blown away, dwellings and outbuildings destroyed, live stock killed and crippled, shrubbery and hedges torn out and scattered over the prairies.
THE MILLER FAMILY.
Several human lives were sacrificed and the list will probably grow larger as secluded country houses are heard from. Three persons were killed near Sprague and at least two seriously wounded. The killed are Miles Miller, a well-to-do farmer, living one and a half miles from Sprague: his wife and babe 2 months old. His family consisted of himself and wife and two small children and a young lady, his niece. The family were watching the storm and seeing the funnel shaped cloud bearing down they started for the cyclone cave near by, which Mr. Miller had built for such emergencies. The young lady succeeded in raising the door of the cave, followed closely by Mr. Miller, leading his little boy about 3 years old and Mrs. Miller, who carried the baby. However, before they could effect an entrance the cyclone struck them, hurling all to the ground and blowing them away from the cave. The dwelling and all the outbuildings were at once swept away. The young lady was blown some thirty or forty yards and separated from the remainder of the family. She was badly stunned, but as soon as she recovered she caught the little boy who was being rolled over and over on the ground by the wind. Together they were carried more than 200 yards from the site where the house had stood. She finally managed to reach the cave with the little boy, thinking her uncle and the other members of the family had gone there, as she saw nothing of them outside. They were not in the cave however. As soon as the storm abated, which was in a short time, she ventured out and began
SEARCHING FOR THE MISSING
members of the family. She could not find them, nor get any reply to her repeated calls. She continued the search until some neighbors, who had observed the destruction of the house, came to her assistance. All search seemed fruitless; no trace of the missing ones could be found. The alarm spread over the neighborhood, and finally, as a last resort, it was suggested that the well, a short distance from the cyclone cave, be examined. The curb had been blown from around the well and at the bottom of it was found the lifeless bodies of Mr. Miller, wife and child. The supposition is that the bodies were drawn into the well by the suction of the cyclone passing over it. The well is about sixty feet deep, with six feet of water in it.
The house of Dwight Smith, who lives three miles northeast of Sprague, was demolished, and all of his fences and buildings blown away. Mrs. Smith was caught in the debris, her right leg broken and other injuries sustained. Her condition is critical. Mr. Smith probably escaped being killed by reason of having just gone to the cellar with some milk.
The house of Mr. Cole, a tenant living near Mr. Smith, was also blown away, but the inmates escaped with slight injuries.
Another family living near had their house blown down and it took fire and burned. The inmates escaped with slight injuries.
the Methodist church was totally destroyed. The roof of the Christian church was torn off. A house occupied by W. J. Graves was blown away. Mr. Graves was very seriously injured and the members of his family hurt.
Mr. Riley, of Sprague, also lost his house, but the family escaped without serious injury.
A livery stable, hotel and barn, and a number of other buildings in Sprague were twisted from their foundations and damaged.
A fine barn belonging to J. M. Olive, near Hume, was wrecked.
Mr. Ganda’s house, in the same neighborhood, was blown down and afterward burned. The dwelling houses and all outbuildings of Richard Miller, Peter Daniel and a Mr. Williams, near Hume, were completely destroyed. Sam’l. Wilson, a large stock feeder between Sprague and Hume, had his windmill, fences and cattle pens destroyed and several head of cattle killed. R. A. Robinson, near Sprague, lost his dwelling and outbuildings. The family escaped injury by being in the cellar. The house was lifted from over them. T. C. Robinson, near Sprague, lost his dwelling house and all outbuildings. The family were saved by being in a cyclone cave. His house caught fire after being blown down, but the flames were put out.
J. K. Kelsoe, near Sprague, had his house and barn moved from their foundations.
J. F. Weedon, near Sprague, had the roof of his dwelling torn off and barn destroyed.
W. H. Petty, near Sprague, had his barn destroyed and eight horses injured.
These are the most serious results of the cyclone so far as learned. In this section, fortunately, the main part of the twister was outside of the town. Just before reaching the coal mines of the Keith & Perry Coal company the force of the cyclone was spent, or else it rebounded into the air again, or the loss of life would undoubtedly have been great had the cyclone struck the mining camp, with its weak buildings. The loss of life would probably have been much greater but for the fact that it is quite a prevalent custom in this section for farmer, and also people living in town, to erect cyclone caves, in which they go upon the approach of a storm that gives evidence of cyclonish proclivities.
The storm struck Round Prairie, in Hudson township, doing considerable damage to property.
The residence of M. A. Nolin, a substantial two story frame, was completely demolished.
Nolin, who was confined to his bed with pneumonia fever and had been at death’s
door for two weeks, was thrown from his bed and landed on a pile of brick-bats
(a fallen chimney) in the midst of the wreck, but fortunately did not receive
any internal or dangerous injuries. His wife, who was attending his bedside
during the storm, received internal injuries, which the Dr. fears will prove
fatal, she was struck by a falling timber, but grit to the end, she remained in
the crashing ruins by her husband’s side till aid was summoned and he could be
extracted. All others escaped uninjured.