WALL FAMILY REUNION
date unknown - The Holden Progress - submitted by Jimmy Hart, firstname.lastname@example.org
About 300 Gathered at Denton Church Last Sunday The descendants of the Richard Wall family held a reunion at New Liberty church at Denton Sunday, the 14th, in honor of their pioneer ancestors. Approximately 300 were present. More than 220 were on the register; 153 were direct descendants, the rest related by marriage. Besides relatives in the vicinity of Blairstown, Denton, Holden, Chilhowee and Leeton, goodly number of kin came from Boise and Griggs, Okla., Chillicothe, Marceline, Columbia, Sedalia, Kansas City, Smithville, Harrisonville and Windsor. After a bountiful basket dinner at noon, an interesting program was given. In addition to songs and readings, a history of the Walls and a summary of a trip back to North Carolina was given by Edgar Atkins. Z.R. Wall of Columbia, great grandson of Dr. R.Z.R. Wall, was master of ceremonies. The day proved to be so enjoyable that it was decided to make it an annual affair. The following were elected officers for the coming year: President, Mrs. Helen Wall Pigg, Leeton: vice-president, Zachariah H. Wall, Columbia: secretary and treasurer, Miss Nellie Howerton, Holden. The meeting place next year, Shephard Memorial Park, Warrensburg. The Walls came to Missouri from North Carolina; to North Carolina from the shores of Maryland and originally from Scotland. The children of Richard Wall were Dr. R.Z.R. Wall, pioneer settler of Johnson county; Major William Mason [sic] (Wall) pioneer settler of Henry county; Mrs. Frances Howerton and Nancy Webster. Major Wall, Mrs. Susan Potts, Benjamin F. Wall, Sarah F. Lindsey ( (Fewell) was the first pioneer family to emigrate to Missouri, locating in Henry county in 1837. He built the first steam flour mill west of St. Louis. The old Sardis church in the southeast section of Major Wall's land was the first place of worship. In 1839 Dr. R.Z.R. Wall came from Rockingham county, N. C., with his wife and six-weeks-old son, Adrian, his father, Richard Wall and 144 other relatives. They settled south of Calhoun. In 1840 Dr. Wall and family moved to the southwestern part of Johnson county, where he built an extensive practice and accumulated much real estate, his holdings including more than 6,000 acres. He had thirteen children, ten of whom lived to be grown, married and reared large families. Three daughters are still living and were present at the reunion: Mrs. Lena Simpson of Denton, (oldest person present), Mrs. Mary Rush of Blairstown and Mrs. Dora Roberts of Denton. The youngest present was a great granddaughter of Mrs. Simpson, Antonia Ella Bowron of Kansas City three and one-half months old. The Walls and their kinsmen are among the most substantial citizen of Johnson and Henry counties, having always been leaders in church, social and community affairs.
WALLACE, F. R. "Butch" is Gone
Montrose Recorder, Montrose MO - September 26 1913
F. R. Wallace, who for the past two months has kept the meat market here, quit business last Saturday and left for his home in Clinton where he has a position. While here "Butch" made many friends who regret to have him leave.
WARD - TUBBESING - WEHMEYER - Double Wedding
1926 - Clinton Eye, Clinton, Henry County, Missouri
Pretty Double Wedding - Elm Grove, the beautiful, modern country home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Ward, 2 1/2 miles east of Blairstown, was the scene of a most unique and happy occasion, Thursday evening, August 19, at 8:30 o'clock, when they gave in marriage their two oldest daughters, Forrest and Irene. Just before the bridal party entered "Always" and "I Love You Truly" were sang by Miss Anna Lee Achauer, of Warrensburg, accompanied on the piano by Miss Blanche Ward, of Columbia, a cousin of the brides. Then to the strains of Lohengrin's Wedding March, the two couples descended the stairs and took their places under the bridal arch, from which hung two wedding bells, with a background of lovely blooming plants and foliages. The entire house was decorated with goldenrod. The double wedding, each using the impressive double ring ceremony, was solemnized by Rev. S. G. McCluney, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Blairstown. In very appropriate words he joined together the lives of Miss Forrest Fay Ward and Fred Tubbesing and Miss Irene Ward and Glenn Wehmeyer, in holy wedlock. Mrs. Tubbesing was becomingly dressed in a navy blue, embroidered georgette, fastened at the belt with a rhinestone buckle, with black patent leather slippers, with tan trimmings and tan hose to match. Mrs. Wehmeyer wore a beautiful poudre blue georgette crepe, trimmed with cream lace over a pink satin slip, with grey slippers and hose. Mr. Tubbesing wore a dark blue suit and Mr. Wehmeyer wore a dark grey-blue suit. A number of relatives and friends of both couples braved a downpour of rain to attend the nuptials, but counted it a privilege to be present on so sacred an occasion, to wish the happy young people joy and prosperity along the way. Many beautiful and useful presents were showered on the newlyweds. Delightful refreshments of brick ice cream and cake, carrying out the color scheme of yellow and white, with punch, concluded the festive occasion. This double wedding was one of the prettiest ever held in this section of the state. The young people are leaders in their community, all four standing for progress, honor and integrity. The Eye has known and loved the two pretty and attractive brides since their early teens. Both graduated from Blairstown high school, later attended State Teachers College at Warrensburg. Both have been devoted daughters, every interest of their parents being theirs. They have taken great interest in helping develop the home place and Forrest was an active member of the Brinkerhoff-Faris Calf Club several years ago. She has made one of this county's best teachers, having taught the past two years at Shawnee Mound. Irene is her sister's equal in every way, having taught Brushy school last year, and will teach there again this year. both girls are versatile, as they lead in social affairs, and can do everything in the home with equal ease. Fortunate are the young men who claimed them for their brides, as there are no lovelier girls anywhere. The grooms also come from Henry county's best families. Both young men are of high moral standards, with a thorough knowledge of stock raising, farming and ever interested in the development of their community. Fred is a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Tubbesing, north of Clinton, and his friends are numbered by his acquaintances. Glen is a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Wehmeyer, who live near Brushy. He also is popular with all who know him. Mr. Tubbesing and bride will live on the Paul Ward farm, and Mr. Wehmeyer and bride will live on one of the groom's father's farms. The Eye joins their many friends in wishing these splendid young people the best that life has to offer.
WEIDEMEYER, J. M. Indian Agent
Clinton MO - November 1885
Mr. J. M. Weidemeyer has been appointed agent of the New Mexico Navajo Indians, with salary of $2000 premium.
WELLING Brothers Announcement
Montrose Recorder, Montrose MO - March 14 1913
Having successfully passed the Missouri State Board of Embalming and Undertaking, am now pleased to announce to our friends and the public in general, that we are now ready to do all kinds of Undertaking work. We are now carrying a Complete Stock of Coffins and Caskets, also Vaults; all sizes and styles, and at prices to suit any body. We have made a Special Reduction on what has been known as the Leading $50.00, Oak Shell Broad Cloth Casket and will now offer it complete for $30.00, and all others in proportion. Have just bought a new and Up-to-date Hearse, one of the finest in this part of the State which we will furnish, so when in need give us a trial, and we will sure try to please and save you money. - W. H. Welling, Licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director. - Welling Bros.
WHITFIELD, Willis Off For California
Montrose Recorder, Montrose MO - May 9 1913
Willis Whitfield, wife and child started Saturday morning for Los Angeles, California, this is not determined on as their home. Mr. Whitfield has been in California a number of years, and liked the climate and people, Fresno and Selma are points he will see before locating permanently. He has the hearty good wishes of a large circle for a pleasant journey and prosperity in his new home for himself and worthy wife and child.
WILSON, Edith V. Retires
1964 - Clinton Daily Democrat, Clinton, Henry County, Missouri
Mrs. E. V. (Edith) Wilson, 208 S. Fifth St, Clinton, retired on December 31, 1964, after working 30 years and 10 months in the Henry County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation office now located in the basement of the Clinton Post Office. She was one of six in the state, who were with the farm program when it first started, to receive their 30-year pins last summer. It was first known as the Corn and Hog program when it was instituted and was almost a life saver as the farmers needed it so badly, later it was known as the AAA Program. Through the years it has had different names and has grown substantially but still works on the same principles. At the beginning of the program Mrs. Wilson took a competitive examination and was appointed tabulator for the Henry County office which was on the third floor of the courthouse. C. W. Shepard, Emergency County Agent, was at the head of the office and there were others working as general office help. After a few months the title of tabulator was discontinued and Mrs. Wilson was designated chief clerk, continuing this until Vincent Sell was appointed office manager, then she served under him. Mrs. Wilson was presented sterling silver pieces by her fellow employees at the ASCS office upon her retirement. She had been in the Henry County office since March 1934.
WILSON, R. B. New Postmaster
Montrose Recorder, Montrose MO - July 4 1913
R. B. Wilson the new postmaster and his assistant Miss Julia Wagner took charge of the office at this place the first of July. They were in the office several days receiving instructions from C. M. Clark, postmaster and Miss Stella Kirsch, assistant who have had the office here for the past four years.
WITTMAN - HILLERMAN Wedding
Montrose Recorder, Montrose MO - September 5 1913
Henry Hillerman and Miss Frances Wittman were married at the Catholic church in this city Tuesday morning at eight o’clock, Father Wm. Hovestadt, officiating. Both of these young people have resided near here for a number of years and are well and favorably known. Tuesday evening a reception was given at the home of the brides mother and a large number of friends were present. We extend congratulations and wish for the young couple many years of happy wedded life.
WOOLFOLK, Ruby Has Operation
Jul 23 1904 - Clinton Eye, Clinton, Henry County, Missouri
Little Ruby, the 12 year old daughter of W. W. Woolfolk of Appleton City, was taken sick last April with measles, followed by pneumonia, and was given up to die but after eight or ten days the pneumonia gave way ans she lay for nine weeks; thought by her physician to have gone into typhoid fever, when symptoms of dropsy appeared, until she was so bloated she looked frightful and could scarcely breathe and begged her father to have her side opened and let the stuff, as she called it, out; she could feel it break loose and run down inside. When Drs. Talbot and Bowden of Appleton City held a consultation and decided to tap for dropsy and inserted a hollow needle in the abdomen and found nothing but blood, they then decided that the trouble was internal abscess and an operation was the only relief but said she was too week to put under chloroform and were afraid to undertake it without, when she said, "Oh doctors, do something for me; I can stand it without medicine if Papa will hold me on his lap." Shile she was gasping for breath, her father held her and the doctors made an incision in her spine and inserted a tube and let out one gallon of pus at one time and as much as one pint per day for several days, the little girl never murmured, except when they inserted the tube she said: "Oh, that hurts so bad." She is now able to be up and walk around and hopes of her recovery are retained.