"The Mountain Grove Journal"
January 2, 1913:
Miss Dena Brown of Cabool was married last week to E. R. Pinet of Winnepeg, Canada.
Jip Hardin of South Fork paid $14 for taking a drink on a train near West Plains last week. The prosecuting attorney saw him.
The Republican says that a farmer's wife near Houston in said to be so stingy that when the hired man asks for butter, she will pass the gravy.
Filbert Chapman was arrested in Texas county last week and later turned over to the sheriff of Aberdeen, S. D. He is charged with forgery.
C. H. Heer & Co. had their cashier, Miss Katherine Peterson, arrested last spring on a charge of embezzling $175. She later was acquitted and now she had sued the firm for $25,000 damages. This in Springfield.
W. Hibdon, an employee of the Phenix Stone Company, twenty miles southwest of Springfield, was burned to death last Thursday morning. He was alone at the time and is thought to have used gasoline to start a fire in a forge.
Clyde R. Simmons, 21 year old son of Ralph E. Simmons, former banker at Seymour, was found dead in his bed at Tulsa, Okla., last Friday morning. His parents had been to Seymour on a Christmas visit and thought their son was sleeping when first they returned. The physician who was summoned said that the young man had been dead at least four days. The body was buried at Seymour Saturday afternoon.
Thomas Bond, who broke jail at Ozark December 17, was caught by the Springfield police Sunday night as he was coming into that city on a train. He was recognized by a man on the train, who telegraphed to the police.
The residence of Jacob Simily, near DeCamp, Phelps county, was burned on the 23rd and his sixteen year old daughter perished in the flames. It is thought that in making a fire her clothing caught and set fire to the house. Her father was in Rolla.
A grand jury in Polk county has returned an indictment charging J. S. Copeland, a former student of the Scarrit-Morrisville college at Morrisville, with second degree murder for the killing of Bryan Crane, a Springfield boy who was a student in the school.
Helmeth Folk, the young man who was arrested at Marshfield a few weeks since on the charge of stealing a horse and buggy belonging to Dr. S. W. Tickle at Springfield, pleaded guilty in the Green county criminal court and was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary.
Near Buffalo a few days ago Willis Cline shout and killed John Satterfield and also attacked his son. The men were farmers and had been quarrelling for some months. On the day of the murder Cline rode to the Satterfield home, found the father and son watering horses and opened fire. He gave himself up and will probably stay in mail until tried.
Down in Taney county, at a Christmas entertainment at Rivervu school house, Ralph Peake was drunk and created a disturbance. When some of the men ejected him from the building, he suddenly seized Sol Johnson and stabbed him in the groin, almost disembowelling him, and wounded some of the others. Johnson died from the effects of his injuries.
Marriage Licenses from Hartville Republican: Edgar R. Harris of Wichita, Kansas and Lillie Ellen Neher of Mountain Grove; Charles C. Weiser and Nora E. Gray, both of Macomb; Virgil Anderson of Mansfield and Dollie King of Norwood; Edward Nevils and Anna Holt, both of Mountain Grove; Luther A. Huffman and Iris Pope, both of Norwood; W. A. Jones and Emma Mace, both of Grove Springs; Herman Woolard of Manes and Ethel Coble of Graff; William B. Howk of Brookfield and Viola Thornhill of Rayborn; Guy E. Wood and Emma Rippee, both of Hartville
Charles M. Smith, a well known citizen of Mountain Grove, died at the Christian hospital in St. Louis last Tuesday morning. When he left Mountain Grove five or six weeks ago to enter the hospital it was thought that he was suffering from gallstones or gravel, and his death followed a surgical operations performed Monday. His body was brought to Mountain Grove, arriving on the 10:25 train this morning. Funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock this afternoon at the residence of his father in law, H. H. Latham, on North Maple avenue, Rev. I. P. Langley conducting them with the assistance of the other ministers of the city. Burial was in the new cemetery in charge of the Odd Fellows, of which order he was a member. Mr. Smith was born June 21, 1867. He is survived by his widow and four children, the oldest being twelve years old and the youngest one year.
For several months past residents of the country around Olden and Peace Valley, Howell county, have been missing cattle and were greatly puzzled to account for their mysterious disappearance until they ran onto what they considered a trail ward enough to justify a warrant for the arrest of W. A. Wible, a stock man of West Plains. He had been dealing quite extensively in stock at times for several years, was a good dresser and seemed always to have plenty of money. He had some trouble with the bank at Pomona, near which place he formerly lived. Wible got wind of the proceedings and at last accounts the sheriff had been unable to locate him. During the past few months about ninety head of cattle have disappeared from the neighborhood mentioned, and in the lot were five or six heed which M. N. Washburn of this city had on pasture near Olden.
Mr. Howk of Brookfield, Mo., and Miss Viola Thornhill of Rayborn were married at the home of the bride's month on Christmas day and left Saturday to make their future home in Brookfield.
Mrs. Lorinda Wedge, aged 72 years, died of consumption on the 29th at her home 3 1/2 miles southeast of the city. Her funeral took place Monday.
Walter Bates died near Mansfield on the 11th.
All Master Masons are requested to meet at the Masonic hall at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, for the purpose of attending the funeral of our late brother, William E. Douglass.---A. T. Skirvin, Secretary
W. A. Black of Hamilton, Mo., has bought the printing outfit recently used in the publication of the Mansfield Press, and he and his wife will issue the "Mansfield Mirror", the first number of which came out last week.
The Hartville Democrat reports these weddings: Guy E. Wood and Miss Emma E. Rippee, December 25th; Glen B. McGowen and Miss Etta Lathrom, December 22nd; Walter L. Rippee of Rayborn and Miss Dessie Wynne of St. George, December 25th
Edward R. Dickens, the Branson blacksmith who last August murdered Fred Dorst, his business rival at Hollister, was on Tuesday adjudged guilty and sentenced to serve forty years in the penitentiary. He fainted when the verdict was announced. The sheriff took him to Jefferson City the same day.
M. S. Glenn received a telegram this morning announcing the death of his sister-in-law, Miss Effa Pulse, which occurred at her home in Kansas City, at 4 o'clock this morning. Deceased was well known here. The remains will be brought here for interment.
Miss Claire Mabel Dake died at the home of her parents near town on Christmas Day. She was 23 years of age and had been a sufferer for some time from abscess of the stomach.
A son was born this week to Mr. and Mrs. Marion Agee, but died Thursday morning.
E. E. Wade and Miss Ruth DeBoard were married at the home of the bride's father northwest of Cabool on Christmas day.
Mrs. John A. Goodberlet died at Houston on the 18th. She was born in Prussia in 1856. She was a sister of Mrs. Emma Ober of Mountain Grove, who was with her during the last week of her illness.
Mr. Luther Huffman of Cleburne, Texas, and Miss Iris Pope of Norwood were married i the latter city on Tuesday evening of last week, Elder D. B. Warren pronouncing the ceremony at the bride's home. They will reside in Texas.
Since the Children's Home was closed up and Mrs. Ames' health is improving, she has decided that she does not wish to leave it closed permanently, but instead to rent it for a year, during which time she will visit friends and relatives, and then open it up again after the year's rest. In the meantime, Dr. Ames has opened an office to practice medicine in Mountain Grove. He had practiced medicine ten years before coming to Mountain Grove, and has spent considerable time in post-graduate medical college in Chicago during the past year, in order to keep up on the times in medicine. He has been a member of the Missouri State Medical Association for several years, and should receive his share of the medical work in this vicinity.
Mr. Edward Nevels and Miss Anna Holt were married by 'Squire M. E. Needham at his residence last Friday night.
Our people were shocked this week by the unexpected death of a popular young business man, William E. Douglass. His death occurred at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning, after an illness of three days with pneumonia. Funeral services will be held at the home of his father, George M. Douglas, at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon and the Masonic fraternity will have charge of the burial in the old cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. William Grogen are the proud parents of another fine boy.
January 9, 1913:
Eli Hayes was born in Clarkfield, Huron county, Ohio, May 5, 1836, and died in Mountain Grove, Mo. January 5, 1913 at the advanced age of 76 years and 7 months. In October, 1858, he removed to Mountain Grove, Mo., where he has since resided, being almost the oldest inhabitant of the town. In the year of 1862, he was married to Miss Mahala A. Hoag. To this union one child was born, Mrs. J. A. Cover, of Mountain Grove. Funeral services were conducted at the family residence on Monday afternoon by Revs. W. W. Ramsay and A. M. Livingston, after which the interment took place at the new cemetery.
Henry Tate is home from California.
Mrs. William H. Farris of Houston died December 29.
John Vanzant died December 30 at his home near Mountain Dale.
Judge F. M. Morris, a prominent citizen of Ozark county, died at Bakersfield December 21.
Mr. and Mrs. Wave Powell of Shannon county, divorced a year ago, were remarried last week.
Willie Galloway, a West Plains boy of twelve years, was killed by being thrown from a horse New Year's night. A 12 year old cousin of his was killed on New Year's night, 1905, by injuries received in attempting to climb on a wagon.
At a farm house dance about four or five miles from Rockbridge, on Thursday night of Christmas week, Ed Conley shot his brother William in the jaw with a .38 caliber revolver. It is thought the wounded man will recover, although the wound is a serious one. The men had been on bad terms for several years---both wanted the same sweetheart.
While enroute to attend the funeral of D. M. Jenkins, William Jenkins Jr. and family of Huzzah were the recipients of a sad loss in the death of their four months old child. It was a cold disagreeable day and as a result they had the child wrapped and did not notice it until near the home of Edmund Sparks, when it was unwrapped and found to be dead. Dr. Conway was called, but when he arrived he pronounced life was extinct. In all probability the child had been wrapped too tightly and had been smothered. This makes three deaths in the Jenkins family in the past week.---Salem Republican
J. Ryan of Claremore, Okla., arrived here Wednesday morning, called here by the death of his mother. He expects to return home tonight.
M. M. Ryan of Spiro, Okla., arrived Wednesday and left Wednesday night in charge of the body of his mother, who died Tuesday evening and who is to be buried at the old home place in Kentucky.
The Wichita papers of Jan. 2 and 3 refer to charivaris which were given to Edward Wade and Edgar Harris, residents of that city who brought Ozark brides home with them when they returned from their Christmas vacations. Mr. Harris was married on Christmas Day to Miss Lillie E. Neher, near Mountain Grove. He is an employee of the Uncle Same Oil Co.
W. A. Wible, who rode a horse out of West Plains two or three hours after he heard that a warrant had been issued charging him with cattle stealing, was arrested in Springfield Friday and turned over t the Howell county sheriff. Stockmen in that county have had from fifty to ninety head of cattle stolen from the range within the past few months. M. N. Washburn of this city lost five head which he had on the pasture of the Olden Fruit Co. Wible was suspected and when questioned by the prosecuting attorney told conflicting stories. Late thefts pointed strongly in his direction, a warrant was issued and he skipped. Wible came to West Plains with his wife five years ago from Colorado. He bought a farm east of Pomona and engaged in stock raising and farming. He had extensive business dealings with the Citizens Bank of Pomona and borrowed money from the bank. When a settlement was demanded by the bank, Wible gave mortgages to cover his indebtedness. Then, Wible sued the bank for an accounting. He owed the bank $4800 and claimed that the state banking laws permitted the Citizens bank to loan only $2500, and they could not collect any sum over that amount. Judge O. L. Haydon, who was appointed referee in the case by Judge Evans, heard all of the testimony and in his report to the circuit court found for the bank, saying that the law applicable to this case was for the protection of the depositor and stockholders of a bank and not intended for the borrower. Wible had trouble with his wife and they separated. She went back to Colorado to live with relatives. A year ago Wible moved to West Plains and continued inthe live stock business. Recently he has been buying cattle for C. Workman of West Plains.
Allen Scaggs has sold his Bendavis blacksmith shop to Harry Boyer and will start a gasoline power shingle mill to make oak shingles.
Mrs. Jane Ryan, in her 87th year, died at her home in this city on Tuesday evening, January 7, of gastritis. She was the mother of J. W. Ryan, one of our business men, and has other sons and daughters. Her remains, accompanied by members of the family and friends, were taken to Rockhold, Ky. for burial.
Harrison Strunk and Lillie Johnson, both of Norwood, were licensed to wed in West Plains last week.
Arthur M. Curtis and Charles E. Evans have formed a partnership for the practice of law in Hartville. Mr. Curtis is the retiring prosecuting attorney and Mr. Evans has lately been connected with the U. P. Railroad.
Tom Copley and bride, on their return from a wedding tour to California, were here this week visiting the former's mother, Mrs. James Pursley. Mr. Copley is operator at West Plains and his bride was formerly Miss Nora Sticklen of that city.
Mr. Edgar Harris and Miss Ella Neher were quietly married at the home of the bride, one mile north of town on Sunday, December 29th. Rev. James Harris from Murdock, Kansas, grandfather of the bridegroom, performed the ceremony. They left Tuesday evening for their future home in Wichita, Kansas where Mr. Harris holds a position as stenographer for the Arkansas Valley Fruit Co.
The bodies of Horace Kearney, the Kansas City aviator, and Chester Lawrence, a young newspaper man of Los Angeles, who shortly before Christmas attempted to make a trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in a hydro-aeroplane, were found in the ocean with the wreck of their machine a few days later. Young Lawrence a little over a year ago married Miss Blanche Tobertson, a cousin of J. C. Robertson and sisters of this city and who was well know by many Mountain Grove people. Last summer Mr. Lawrence made an automobile trip across the continent on a "path-finding" tour. California papers received by the Robertsons here give full details of the recent fatality. Mr. Lawrence's funeral took place December 28.
Marriage licenses were granted last week to Obed M. Martin and Verbie Estell, both of Hartville; N. T. Crossland and Goldie Hall, both of Texas county.
An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shinn, in the southwestern part of this city, died last Thursday at the age of about four weeks. Burial took place the following day at the Coughran cemetery, south of town.
John G. Allen, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Allen of this city, is to be united in marriage to Miss Edna F. Convis of St. Anthony, Iowa, January 22, 1913. They will make their home in Marshalltown, Ia., where Mr. Allen is operating a restaurant.
Mrs. Bessie Kallman, wife of Peter A. Kallman, died at her home two and a half miles west of the city on Wednesday, Jan. 8, after a short illness, at the age of 70 years, 6 months and 2 days. Funeral services will be held at the home at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon and the interment will be in the Swedish cemetery. Mrs. Kallman is survived by her husband and several children.
In Hartville on the 28th a pile of burnt straw was found at the back of William Williams' produce establishment, and some of the citizens believe an attempt was made to burn the town.
Gov. Hadley on Tuesday transferred thirteen young convicts from the penitentiary to the state reform school. Among them was Frank Core, aged 19 years, who was sent up for two years from Wright county last April, for grand larceny.
A. C. Sawyer's store including Rembert post office was destroyed by fire last Wednesday night at 2 o'clock. Rembert was a money order post office but we have failed to learn the extent of the loss. The store and stock of goods was insured for $1500. The fire was not discovered until the roof was falling in and nothing was saved. It is thought the fire originated either from a defective flue or from the stove.---Hartville Democrat
The county court met last Monday to finish up the business of the year, among which is the settling with the county treasurer. About three o'clock Presiding Judge Forrest was compelled to leave for his home and Judges Helsley and Walker were left to settle with the treasurer. First one thing and then another delayed the settlement until about five o'clock, and the judges concluded it would be impossible to make the settlement before their time expired at midnight and adjourned. Tuesday morning, after William F. Rippee had taken the oath of office as county treasurer, the trouble set in. D. C. Carter wanted a receipt for book balances and Rippee refused because the court had not made settlement and offered to receipt for money in the bank and await the settlement with the court, which Carter refused to accept. This left the county with a treasurer but no funds and an ex-treasurer with funds but no commission, the result being that only money can be received at treasurer's office and none paid out until a called term of the new court can be had to settle with the treasurer. A call has been issued for next Tuesday, which is as soon as a call term can be held and give the requisite five day's notice, during which time you will find David C. Carter and William F. Rippee both at the treasurer's office, both treasurer and neither treasurer, with Rippee gathering in the coin and the saying changed for once, "All going in, none going out."---Hartville Democrat
The marriage of Miss Lorna Hahn to Dr. Herbert S. Calhoun took place at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eldon E. Hahn, at 8 o'clock Monday evening. Rev. D. S. Martin, pastor of East Side Presbyterian church, officiated. Before the ceremony Miss Mildred Hahn, violinist, played the "Angel's Serenade", accompanied by Miss Grace Kelly. The bride and groom entered the parlors unattended and stood under a huge Christmas bell during the ring ceremony. The bride wore her mother's wedding gown of pink surah silk draped with white chiffon embroidered in roses, and carried a shower bouquet of bride's roses and lilies of the valley. Lilies of the valley were in her hair, Christmas greens decorated the entire house. Dr. and Mrs. Calhoun will be at home after January 15 in their apartment at 3945 Main Street.---Kansas City Star. The groom is a son of Dr. W. S. Calhoun of Norwood and has many friends in that town and neighborhood to wish him happiness. He graduated from the Western dental college at Kansas City in the spring of 1912 and located in that city. He is enjoying a good practice and in building up a fine reputation as a dentist.
The remains of Miss Effa Pulse, who died in Kansas City last Thursday morning, arrived here Friday noon, accompanied by Miss Allie Pulse and Mrs. G. W. McCuiston, sisters of the deceased. Funeral services were held at the family residence, Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Saylor, of the M. E. Church, South. Interment was made in the new cemetery. Miss Ella had been in poor health for over a year, but her death was a great shock to her relatives and friends, both here and at Kansas City, she having been a resident of the latter city for the last eight years. She was a graduate of Mountain Grove high school, in the year of '96, and will long be remembered by all who knew her in those days as one of the brightest, jolliest and most loveable girls in the community. She taught several terms of school here and stood high in church and social circles. Her death was caused by a rather peculiar bone disease, the result of a playful scuffle in which she sustained a fractured wrist, some twelve or fourteen years ago.
January 16, 1913:
Rev. Thomas H. Knease, an aged minister of Seymour, died on the 8th.
Mr. Harry James and Miss Marie Smith, both of Cabool, were married in Springfield on the 8th.
James Johnson, charged with grand larceny, dug out of the Barry county jail with a spoon last week.
Judge Thomas G. Mills of Shannon county died at his home near Bartlett on the 3rd. He was about 80 years old.
Ed Conley of near Rockbridge, who was recently shot in the jaw by his brother, died on Wednesday night of last week.
Five men, all residents of Galena, were killed in a zinc mine near Joplin last Tuesday by rock and dirt falling from the roof.
Bob Adkins, for many years a resident of the Dunn neighborhood, recently died in Oklahoma from the effects of pneumonia.
Among the parcel post packages received here last week was a dressed 'coon sent to West Bluffington from an unknown source. If the donor imagines West did not appreciate it, he is mistaken, for he had it cooked by his wife, who is familiar with such dishes, and enjoyed a feast.---Winona Democrat
W. A. Wible, the West Plains stock trader arrested on a charge of cattle rustling, has given $500 bond for his appearance at the March term of circuit court.
Among the effects which the retiring Sheriff of Laclede county turned over to his successor were about forty bottles of whiskey, evidence in bootlegging cases.
Frank Lily, a pioneer citizen of Howell county who died Dec. 31, had one son in Canada, and another in South American, both of whom reached home before his death.
W. W. Ferris, a well known farmer of the Brushy Knob neighborhood, was taken ill December 24th and died New Year's day. He was taken ill while attending to his chores.
An engineer refused to move a passenger train out of the town of Rosedale, Mo. the other evening until a fight which was in progress on the depot platform was over. Incidentally, the engineer's name was Casey.
James Cloud, son of W. B. Cloud, county clerk of Greene county, has been arrested on the charge of forging a note for $110 which he succeeded in cashing. He was released on $500 bond to await the action of the criminal court.
W. E. Conner, Progressive candidate for representative of Howell county during the recent campaign and a prominent county leader in the new party, died suddenly of heart failure at his home near Willow Springs last week.
Thomas Marley, a bachelor, and farmer aged 57 years, who lived alone six miles west of Lebanon, was found dead on his door step Jan. 6th, by some neighbors who called to make some inquiries of him. All indications pointed to the fact that he had been dead since Saturday, as none of his neighbors had seen him since that time.
Henderson Myers, a well known and respected citizen of Mountain Grove, died at his home here last Sunday morning, in his 78th years. He suffered a stroke of paralysis last spring, and a second stroke Saturday which affected his head resulted in his death. He is survived by his wife and several children. Funeral services were held at the family residence Wednesday afternoon by Rev. I. P. Langley and interment was in the old cemetery.
The stork made its appearance in the neighborhood again and presented Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sluder with a big 11 1/2 pound boy. Mother and babe doing nicely, and the doctor thinks Tom will pull through.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Reed, a boy, Sunday, January 12.
John L. Partee, a Confederate veteran ages 80 years who was killed about two weeks ago near Mammoth Spring, Ark., is said to have an aged wife living near Mountain Grove. He was on a bridge near a curve, and the engineer of the train did not see him in time to avoid striking him.
Grove Cantrell and Ivy Beckham, both of Astoria, were last week licensed to wed.
J. R. Sullivan, was called to Imboden, Ark., last Friday by the serious illness of his mother, and a telegram was received from him Sunday, announcing her death.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Jason Finley, a boy, Tuesday, Jan. 7. Mother and child doing well.
Bessie Pearson was born in Sweden on July 6, 1842, and departed this life in Wright county, Mo., January 8, 1913, the length of her early pilgrimage being 70 years, 6 months and 2 days. In 1869 she came to the United States and has lived in Missouri since 1875. On July 18, 1875 she was married to Peter Abraham Kallman. To this happy union four children were born, three of whom remain together with the father to mourn the loss of a devoted mother and companion. In early childhood she professed faith in Christ and united with the Lutheran church.
Raymond Coats of near Tigris was found dead last Monday evening near Arden. County Coroner Henderson Osborn was called to the scene, where an inquest was held. Verdict of death from an unknown cause was given. The supposition that he had been struck by lightning was among some, but nothing to prove such death could be substantiated. He leaves a wife and one child. He was married about a year ago to Martha Twitty.---Ava Herald.
January 23, 1913:
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bob White of Seymour last week.
Mrs. Mary Miller died at her home in West Plains last week at the age of 86 years.
A boy, the 13th baby, was born to Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Hargus, near Seymour, on the 9th.
Miss Ethel Kirkman of Cabool was married last week to P. F. Campbell, a Springfield real estate dealer.
Cloe May, a paroled Barry county prisoner, was last week rejugged because he got drunk and into a fight.
The city marshal at West Plains is looking for a bunch of young people who disturbed the Pentecostal congregation at the Free Methodist church by bursting open the door with a big rock.
During a thunderstorm on Jan. 6, the post office at Arden was badly wrecked by a stroke of lightning and several people who were in the building were badly injured, one man having a shoe torn off. Raymond Cates was killed by lightning in an orchard near town.
Mrs. Emily Gregory, aged 87 years, who lived in Barton county, was so badly burned early one morning, not long since, that she died a few hours afterwards. She kept a small stove burning all night in her room and it is supposed her clothing caught fire from the hot stove.
Evidently having been murdered and robbed, the lifeless body of James O. Wilson, 65 years old, was found near the Frisco railroad tracks at Brandsville last Thursday morning. A hole in the back of the man's head indicted that he has been struck by a heavy blunt instrument. It was later concluded that a train struck him.
In the Springfield probate court last Saturday, a jury awarded Mrs. Mary A. Steffy $1750 for caring for her uncle, Richard McDonough, a former bachelor resident of Douglas county. After making his home with her for years, he became angered and left, and at his death it was found that all his property had been left to a nephew.
To the Public: As I am just starting in the practice of medicine at Mountain Grove, and as yet am not very busy, I hereby offer my service free to those who are unable to pay and are worthy of such help. Anyone knowing of such persons in need of medicine or surgical treatment, will please call their attention to this offer, also please bear in mind that I have practiced medicine ten years before coming to Mountain Grove, and that I have spent considerable time and money in Chicago taking post-graduate work during the past year to keep up with the times, and feel that I am reasonably well qualified.---Dr. A. C. Ames
H. Myers died at his home in Mountain Grove, Mo., January 12, 1913, after a brief illness. He was born in Greene county, Tenn., April 19, 1836. After, 77 years, 9 months, 7 days. He was married to Miss Mary Clouse, February 28, 1858. To this union were born ten children, six daughters and four sons. Two sons and one daughter have preceded him beyond. He and his family moved to Webster county, Mo. in 1870. In 1874 he moved his family to Texas county, Mo. In 1887 he moved to Mountain Grove. Mo. Here his wife died November 27, 1887. He was married to Julia F. Atkisson, February 27, 1889. To this union were born seven children---five daughters and two sons. One daughter and one son have passed beyond. His wife and twelve children live to mourn his sad loss. He had a paralytic stroke January 19, 1912 from which he never entirely recovered. The last stroke was Saturday, January 11, 1913. The funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Rev. Langley. Interment was in the old cemetery.
A young man who died in Houston this week had symptoms which the attending physicians thought resembled spinal meningitis, hence necessary precautions, were taken. He had recently returned from a trip to Kansas.
Vinita, the five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Sullivan near New Grove, died of diphtheria last Monday.
Mrs. Henry Long died at her home in the eastern part of the city last Sunday afternoon, of consumption, at the age of 30 years. She is survived by her husband and three small children. The family came here last spring from Johnson county for the benefit of Mrs. Long's health and that of Mr. Long's father, who has asthma. The body of Mrs. Long was taken to Latour Monday night for burial.
At Hartville Mrs. J. B. Harris has brought suit for divorce from her husband, alleging that shortly after their marriage, he brought his divorced wife to their home, and that she thereafter was treated as a slave and suffered many indignities. She asks the custody of their five year old son, now with his father, and last week unsuccessfully attempted to obtain possession of him by habeas corpus proceedings and later by force. Her husband, Dr. Harris, denies her charges and makes serious charges against her.
Mrs. Louisa Berry, aged 82, died near Cedar Gap last week.
Births announced by the Hartville Democrat are daughters to James Broyles, G. W. Summers and Willie Paxton.
January 30, 1913:
Near Nevada last week Claude Beetle shot and killed Miss Rose Duff and wounded her father as they were running away from his corn crib in the early morning. Duff, who is a neighbor of Beetle, in his store to the coroner's jury said that he believes his daughter was demented; that she arose early, put on men's clothing and slipped out of the house. He pursued her and finally found her hiding in the corn crib on the Beetle farm adjoining his. He was endeavoring to get her to return home, he said, when Beetle ordered them away and they ran. The shooting followed. Bettle told the coroner's jury he found the two in his corn crib before daylight and under the impression they were stealing, attempted to hold them for an officer. When they ran, he fired at them with a shotgun not knowing who they were. He said he did not know he had hit them until after daylight when he found the body of one lying in the road. He then discovered he had shot a girl and sent word to the authorities.
Our citizens were shocked at noon last Monday when it was learned that Thomas E. Gentry had died suddenly at his drug store on the southwest corner of the square. Shortly after 12 o'clock, he was standing in his doorway, spoke to R. J. Frisbee as the latter passed him and then fell forward to the sidewalk. Mr. Frisbee and Stanley Dewey carried him into the store, where physicians at one applied restoratives. He revived somewhat and spoke a few words, but again collapsed and died within a few minutes. He was subject to attacks of heart failure, and a fatal termination had for some time been feared by members of his family. Funeral services were conducted at the residence Tuesday afternoon by Rev. J. C. Saylor, and interment was in the new cemetery. Mr. Gentry was born at Edwardsville, Kansas, April 1, 1872. He was reared on a farm and later spent ten years in the dry goods business and seventeen years in the drug business. In October, 1894, he was married to Miss Nellie Hood. She and their four children---Jay, Nell, Vera and Irene---survive him. He also leaves a brother and three sisters, as follows: Overton H. Gentry, in the real estate and investment business at Joplin; Mrs. Belle Glendenning of Wheatland, Wyo.; Mrs. Carrie E. Estes of Agra, Okla.; Mrs. A. M. Keas of Hillsdale, Mich. In May of last year Mr. Gentry bought the drug business of J. A. Lee and soon afterward moved his family here from Reeds, Mo., where they had resided for a number of years.
Mrs. Martha J. Burress, a well known resident of this community, was married in Springfield last Monday to Mr. James V. Pate of Hugo, Okla. They became acquainted with one another through an advertisement and subsequent correspondence, and Mr. Pate came here Sunday and called on his bride-to-be. Both were satisfied with the result of the interview, and arrangements were made to leave early Monday morning for Hartville and be married there. After getting on the train they decided to go on to Springfield and the knot was tied there. Mr. and Mrs. Pate returned on the night train, seemingly as happy as two young lovers of but half their age, and went out Tuesday morning to look at the bride's farm, four miles southeast of town, where they intend making their home. Mrs. Pate is 47 years old and has two young sons and three married daughters. Mr. Pate is 41 and apparently a pretty good sort of fellow. Friends hope that the marriage, which was somewhat on the parcel post order, may prove an agreeable one for both.
Martha, two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Freeman of Hartville, died on Monday of last week.
D. Morton and Miss Artie Pool were married at the M. E. parsonage in Hartville on Sunday of last week.
Boyd C. Turner of Newburg and Miss Minta Newton of Mansfield were married in Springfield on the 19th. The groom is a Frisco fireman from Newburg to St. Louis.
Ervy Byers and Miss Clara Stubbs were married on Sunday evening of last week by 'Squire Needham.
Marriage licenses granted at Hartville last week: Dee Morton and Artie Pool, both of Hartville; Irvy Byers and Clara Stubbs, both of Mountain Grove; Bert Royston and Alta Denton, both of Mansfield
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Harris of Ann, Mo. are the happy parents of a bouncing baby boy born to them on the 24th of January. They had to come to the Ozarks to raise a boy as the last and only child was born 26 years ago.
Last November, about the 16th or 17th, Mrs. Dorothy Sanders of this city dropped her gold watch on the street and it was found a minute or two later by a woman who lives twenty miles away. Mrs. Sanders' father, Marshal Reager, discovered the woman's name and address and some correspondence followed, the claim being first made that the watch had been traded to a traveller for a horse. Later it was agreed to send the watch by mail, but when the little box was opened it was found to contain a rock. Mr. Reager and Judge Farnsworth last week went to the scene from which the conflicting reports came and with the aid of a local justice succeeded in obtaining the watch.
Harry Vanzant, aged 25 years, died of consumption in Hartville on the first.
Mrs. Sarah Metcalf of Fresno, Calif., having written to Springfield for particulars of the death of her husband in 1874, that she might apply for a pension, the Springfield Republican yesterday published the details of the killing of Horace Metcalf, who was a deputy U. S. Marshal and a civil war veteran. It was not unusual in those days for deputy marshals to be detailed on "moonshining" raids in the Ozarks, old residents say, and Metcalf had been sent on a mission of this kind by Marshal C. C. Allen of Carthage. In formation had come to the government revenue officers that a farmer named Wynne and his son were making whiskey near their home in the vicinity of Hartville. Matcalf started after his men on the morning of August 20, 1874, taking dinner at the home of C. M. Cloud, father of the present county clerk of Greene county, W. B. Cloud, in the southeast corner of the county. Metcalf arrived at the home of the Wynnes on the morning of August 21. Finding father and son both at home, he placed them under arrest. The officer had ridden the greater part of the night and was hungry and much fatigued. The Wynnes, with much show of hospitality, invited him to eat breakfast with them. While he sat at the table with the elder Wynne, the young man suddenly snatched up the gun which Metcalf had laid aside, and fired point blank at the officer, sending a bullet into Metcalf's heart. Young Wynne then fled from the country and his whereabouts have never been discovered. The father was arrested for being an accessory to the crime and was tried in the federal court at Jefferson City, found guilty and sentenced to a term in the penitentiary. The body of Metcalf was brought to Springfield and was buried in Hazelwood cemetery, where it still lies. "Jack" Russell, who was immediately appointed to fill Metcalf's place, was killed by the same gang of moonshiners in Wright county on September 15, only a little over four weeks later.
J. R. Loring of Richville and Clara Upshaw of Buckhart were granted a marriage license at West Plains last week.
Mrs. W. J. McGehee died at her home southeast of Cabool this morning of pneumonia. Funeral at the Hamilton cemetery Friday, Jan. 24, at 2 o'clock.---Cabool Enterprise
Clarence Garrett, the young man who died in Houston last week of spinal meningitis, was 20 years old. The house was disinfected and the family placed under strict quarantine.
Dr. J. F. Gullie of Brandsville has been arrested on a charge of manslaughter. It is alleged that while intoxicated, he administered overdoses of medicine to the twin infant sons of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Davidson, causing their deaths.
William McGuire, circuit clerk of Butler county, and chairman of the county Republican central committee, has recently disappeared from home and the office has been declared vacant. He told his wife he had been appointed by a local lodge to attend a state meeting somewhere and would return in five days. Upon his failure to show up after a couple of weeks or more, the office was declared vacant and Circuit Judge Foard appointed John D. Gleason to fill the vacancy.
At West Plains last week J. R. Broadbury was sent to the penitentiary for two years. He was convicted of selling a car load of goats which a Kansas City firm sent him to put on pasture.
Miss Grace Paynter, daughter of a Kioshkonong physician, disappeared last week from Springfield, where she had been attending the Normal School. Her trunk was checked for St. Louis and she left a note saying: "I am going for reasons I cannot tell."
Sherman Berry, for a number of years a printer employed on the Hermitage, Hickory county, Index, committed suicide last week at Kansas City by taking carbolic acid or some other deadly poison in a despondent mood. Disappointment in a love affair is supposed to have been the cause of taking his life.
On last Friday, Missouri's oldest man, Henry Dorman, of west Liberal, celebrated his 114th birthday, and he has the documentary evidence to prove his age. Mr. Dorman, "Uncle Henry", is very feeble, in fact, helpless, and has been for several years. Stories have appeared in various papers t the effect that Mr. Dorman is a hale, hearty old man, who is still able to perform considerable manual labor. These stories are absolutely without foundation. He has for a number of years been cared for by his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Hattie Dorman, and is a far greater care than a helpless infant. Henry Dorman was born in Steuben county, New York, January 10, 1799, eleven months and four days before the death of George Washington. Therefore, he has lived during the life-time of every president of the United States; also he has lived in three centuries, a privilege that falls to the lot of but few.---Liberal Enterprise
February 6, 1913:
The contractor on Springfield's new court house is said to have lot $15,000 on the job.
Uncle Granville Draper, probably one hundred years old, died at his home in East Salem, January 26.
John W. Dalworth, aged 77, dropped dead from heart failure on the 29th, in the Jadwin neighborhood, Dent county.
The Koshkonong girl who disappeared from Springfield last week returned a few days later, rather ashamed of her escapade.
A cablegram from Paris announces the death of Charles H. Jones, former editor of the Missouri Republic. He died in a sanitarium at Oshidaletti, Italy. Mr. Jones retired from journalism several years ago, had made his home in France. He was born at Talbottom, Ga., March 7, 1848.
Sam Humphrey and Clarence Ashworth, each aged about 17 years, were arrested last week charged with breaking into the Birch Tree drug store and taking several bottles of whiskey.
In the Frisco yards at Springfield Saturday morning, Walter Stewart slipped from the running board of a switch engine and fell under the wheels. His head and both legs were severed from his body. He was 26 years old and unmarried.
Killing her two children and then turning the gun with which she committed the double homicide upon herself, Mrs. Guy Reichtmeyer of Leadmine, Dallas county, Saturday night ended her own life, thereby almost exterminating her family. She is survived by a sixteen year old daughter, Grace. It is thought that the recent death of her husband unbalanced her mind.
A new five cent coin is being coined at the Philadelphia mint for general circulation. They differ from the old five cent piece in that they have an Indian head in place of the woman's head and on the other side is a buffalo with "five cents" underneath. They are being coined at the rate of 120 nickels a minute.
Judge W. S. Candler was in Hartville a few days this week, where the county court did some work toward straightening out the county's tangled financial affairs. The building of the poor house and perhaps some extravagance have put the county in debt, but it will probably get even within the next two year.
A message was received here yesterday afternoon announcing the death at Marshfield of James E. Shannon, a former resident of the Mountain Grove neighborhood. He was in his 76th year and his health had been in precarious condition for several months. Mr. Shannon was the father of W. C. Shannon of this city, and the latter and his son Clarence left on the early train this morning for Marshfield, where the burial will take place.
Reports from Houston are that within the past week there have been three deaths from spinal meningitis, and that there are other cases in the city. The public schools have been dismissed and strict quarantine established. One of the deaths was that of the 13 year old son of Editor Lyes of the Houston Herald, and another was that of a man named McGown. This is so near us that our city authorities should be prepared to take prompt quarantine action should a case appear here.
Uncle Moses McIntosh, an old and well known citizen of Wright county, died at his home south of Hartville, Jan. 24. He was a Civil War veteran and was 81 years of age.
Mr. Elijah E. Bent and Miss Dora A. Barnes were married in the parlors of the Palace hotel at 8 o'clock last Saturday evening. Rev. A. M. Livingston pronounced the ceremony.
The catamount which had been around Hartville the past few months is at work again, the heaviest loser being Arthur Farmer, who has contributed a fine litter of pigs toward its support.---Hartville Democrat
Born, to John Gierent and wife, Jan. 28., a girl.
A ten pound son was born Jan. 21 to Ernest Payne and wife.
Richard, the infant son of Ed Klick and wife of Prairie Hollow, died last Tuesday.
Frank Ellis, who had been very ill for some time, died Saturday evening at about 7 o'clock.
Albert Orson Cole was born at Sparta, Ind., Dec. 7, 1900, and died at Mansfield, Mo., Jan. 27.
Jacob Veit, six miles southeast of town died early on the morning of Jan. 27. Mr. Veit was very old.
Mr. and Mrs. Harris have a new baby at their house after an interval of 20 years. Don't know whether Mr. Harris will get over it or not, but mother and child are doing well.
February 13, 1913:
Al Widick, a baker of Willow Springs, has been arrested in Willow Springs and taken to Thayer by the sheriff of Oregon county on a warrant charging him with the murder of Dave Myers, a Willow Springs painter, who was found dead near the Frisco depot in Thayer early Friday morning. Widick and Myers were in Thayer together at an early hour Friday morning. Widick returned to Willow Springs on the early morning train and at 7 o'clock, Myers' body, still warm, was found. he had been struck in the back of the head and evidently had lived for some time after being struck. Widick confessed that he and Myers quarrelled. Myers, who was about thirty-five years of age, is survived by a widow and one child.
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Reed's little son, Roland Emmett, died last Saturday morning, after an illness of but a few hours. He was four weeks old. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon by Rev. I. P. Langley and the interment was in the new cemetery.
Near Elk Creek church January 25, Hubbard Kline, five years old, was fatally scalded by overturning a kettle of boiling water which his mother had just removed from the fire.
Rev. M. E. Bingham, an aged Laclede county minister, died Feb. 5 at his home in the Dry Knob neighborhood, of paralysis.
Frisco Engineer E. Keith died of heart failure in his cab last Wednesday while on his run from Fort Scott to Sapulpa. His hand was on the air brake and he had been dead for some minutes when the fireman made the discovery.
Virgil McGowen, a Houston barber who died last week at the age of 28, was bitten on the leg by a rattlesnake when a boy and the injury nearly cost him his life and made a cripple of him. The Houston Star says that his death was caused by muscular rheumatism which affected the heart.
Sheriff John S. Hufft las Sunday arrested Hosea Young in Spring Hollow township. Young was wanted in Dallas county on a charge of selling liquor to a minor and had dodged the officers of that county for several months. When arrested he was at the home of a young lady to whom he was paying attentions.---Lebanon Rustic
Down in Douglas county last week at a preliminary examination, eight men were acquitted of the charge of "baldknobbing" George Ellison and wife on the night of Nov. 3. They were said to be indolent, trifling and lazy, bore a hard name in that community, and one night eight men went in on them by surprise and inflicted a very hard thrashing upon Ellison with a switch, giving him directions as to how to live his future life.
Unwilling to face the unknown terrors of the city after they had eloped to this city from their home at Hartville, Mo., Walter Moore and Miss Vera Hake sat in the depot here from 8 o'clock a.m., until 5:30 o'clock last evening before aid was obtained in the form of Rev. J. A. Russell, a Hartville preacher. The young couple related their troubles to the minister and, after much begging on the part of the fiance, Mr. Russell agreed to procure the marriage license, while the prospective husband and wife remained at the station. When the minister did not return in the allotted time, the young couple, who told employees at the station that they had never been out of Wright county before, apparently became apprehensive of some evil which had befallen their messenger. However, he returned after the fiance had encircled the waiting rooms many times and the ceremony was performed before an improvised altar made from a convenient bench. Witnesses were not so scarce as preachers had been a short time before, however, for the marriage document bore the names of five persons among whom were J. N. Nash of Fordland and Mrs. Emma Bennett of Pierce City. The happy couple departed for their home last night at 7:45 o'clock to receive the hoped for blessings of their respective parents.----Springfield Leader
James E. Shannon, an old and well known citizen of Wright county, died at his home on East Washington avenue, yesterday afternoon between 4 and 5 o'clock, aged about 79 years. He had been in poor health for quite a while with the asthma, heart trouble and dropsy. Mr. Shannon came to Webster county some thirty years ago, locating on a farm in High Prairie township where he resided until a few years ago when he sold his farm and moved to Marshfield, where he made his home until his death. Short funeral services will be held at his late home tomorrow after which the remains will be conveyed to the High Prairie church cemetery and laid to rest beside those of his wife who preceded him to the grave by some 15 years. The children left to mourn his death are W. C. Shannon of Mountain Grove, George, Robert, Emmet, Walter and Fred Shannon of this place, and Mrs. T. C. Clayton of High Prairie township.---Marshfield Chronicle
J. W. Brazeal attended the funeral of his brother-in-law, Robert Young, at Macomb Friday.
G. W. Stipp, aged about 65 years, passed away Thursday evening at his home 2 1/2 miles from Mansfield on the Mountain Grove road.
John Kelly, one of this community's substantial citizens, died Sunday at his home six miles north of Mansfield. Death resulted from a bronchial trouble. Mr. Kelly was 83 years old and had resided near Mansfield for 10 years, coming here from Kentucky.
Ben Nall and wife from Hutton Valley have been at Norwood for some time with a very sick baby which died Saturday night, also Ben's mother, whose home was in Springfield, died Friday. The funerals of both were preached at the Baptist church Monday by Rev. Roberts; the remains laid to rest in Thomas cemetery.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Buck Shelley, a girl baby.
Mrs. J. J. Murr has gone into the poultry business and has over 500 hens.
Vernon Lyttle, mail carrier on rural route number 5 out of Batabia, Ohio, is the first man to accept and deliver under parcel post conditions a live baby. The baby, a boy, weighed 10 3/4 pounds---just within the 11 pound limit---is the child of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Beagle, patrons of the route. The "package" was well wrapped and ready for "mailing" and measured 71 inches. Mr. Lyttle delivered the "parcel" to the address on the card attached, that of the child's grandmother, who lives about a mile from its home. The postage was 15 cents and the "parcel" was insured for $50.
R. M. Ruthven, a tieman at Cotter, reports the mysterious disappearance of a raft and three men from the river, which are long overdue in getting to that place. The raft left a landing near Protem, Mo., nearly three weeks ago, and has never been heard from since, and neither have the men returned to their homes. Rafters coming down the river from above the point where the missing raft cut loose have seen nothing of the men or raft and it is feared that it has been torn up in some swift shoal and the men drowned. Ben Townsend and his two sons-in-law were in charge. Telephone messages up the river to all accessible points have brought no word of the missing men.
February 20, 1913:
D. P. B. Berry, a 90 year old citizen of Lebanon, died last week.
David Brower, an old citizen northeast of Houston, died of cancer last week.
Clarence Pennington of Denlow and Ethel Anderson of Cold Springs were married Feb. 4.
Mrs. G. B. Rounder, supposed to be 95 years old, died at Ava last week. Her husband, past 90, survives her.
Willow Springs had another hold-up last week, but his time the robber was knocked down by his intended victim.
Clem and Cora Mason are serving 17 days in the Marshfield jail for stealing the deputy sheriff's hat from a hotel.
Henry True, a Greene county farmer, dropped dead from heart failure in the Springfield circuit court room last Thursday.
Clarence Yates, a young man residing at Arcola, Dade county, was captured last week while in the act of burglarizing a store there.
H. H. Asbury, Congressman Rubey's secretary, died at the national capitol last week and his body was brought to Buffalo for burial, Mr. Rubey accompanying it.
J. H. Turner, new sheriff of Christian county, accidentally shot himself in the calf of the leg last Saturday while bucking the holster of his .41 caliber revolver to his waist.
The Webster county court met Monday to investigate the desertion of three small children, ranging in age from 3 to 12 years, but their other, Mrs. Richard Lemmons of near Fordland, and make arrangements for the proper care and support.
William Cosatt, a prominent farmer nine miles northwest of Greenfield, committed suicide Monday by drowning himself in an old well on his farm. He had been despondent for several days and had threatened to take his life, but his relatives did not take the threats seriously.
Mrs. Harriet Davis-Greenlee, known as the "Mother of Springfield," died at her home Monday night. She was 79 years of age and was named last May and the Mother of Springfield because of the fact that she had lived 76 years in the city---longer than any other woman in the city.
Albert Wyrick, the baker accused of the murder of Dave Myers, a painter, at Thayer last week, claims that he can prove an alibi. Both men were drunk in Thayer and Wyrick left at 1 a.m. for Willow Springs. The body when found at daybreak was still warm, hence there is a possibility of his innocence.
Tom J. Bond, who escaped a few months ago from the Ozark county jail at Gainesville, where he was being held on a charge of forgery, and later was captured in Springfield, last week pleaded guilty in the Ozark county circuit court to the forgery charge and also to the jail breaking. He was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary on each charge.
W. A. Wible, who is charged with cattle stealing, was surrendered by his bondsmen last Friday and turned over to Sheriff Oscar Davis, who lodged the alleged cattle rustler in jail. Saturday morning Prosecuting Attorney Jett filed another information against Wible for grand larceny. The second case is the alleged theft of five heard of cattle from J. N. Washburn, who sold out last year and moved to Mountain Grove. Before his departure Washburn left five head of cattle in his pasture on the Olden Fruit Farm. The cattle disappeared and the authorities claim to have witnesses who saw Wible driving them cattle to town.---West Plains Gazette
Ben, Ferrel and Burt Pittman of near Flat Rock are being held under bond at Houston, Mo., pending the outcome of serious wounds inflicted on Charley Jackson, constable, who was stabbed and cut in trouble that occurred at the Flat Rock store Sunday. Jackson attempted to stop a quarrel between several young fellows and one of the Pitmans is alleged to have resented his interference, drawing a knife and cutting the constable in numerous places. One of the wounds was very near the heart and Jackson is in a serious condition. Benn Pittman is under $2000 bond and his brothers have each furnished $500 bond. They are charged with felonious assault. Following the stabbing of Jackson, Dennis Duff attempted to aid the officer and suffered a broken arm when he was struck on the elbow by a rock hurled by one of the belligerents. Duff went to his home, procured a shotgun and started in pursuit of the Pittman boys, firing at them. Several shot struck one of the boys, but he was injured but slightly. The Pittman boys range in age fro 17 to 23 years. The had gathered at Flat Rock where W. F. Elmore was taking some photographs. It is said they indulged in considerable drinking which resulted in a brawl which the constable attempted to stop.
An eight pound son was born Thursday to Lon Potts and wife.
An eight pound son was born Sunday to D. Roydston and wife of near Bryant.
C. H. Brazeal was called to Norwood Friday night b the death of his father-in-law, T. J. Mallatt.
Harley Stout and Miss Addie Edwards, both of Mansfield, were united in marriage Sunday at high noon by the officiating justice, N. N. Nichols.
Mrs. Addie Pate was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary in the circuit court at Montgomery City recently for stealing chickens in the night time. She sent two girls, 14 year old, after the fowls, and they were traced in the snow, and after their arrest, made a confession. They stole three chickens. Judge Barnett paroled the girls, but refused to parole the woman. It is a penitentiary offence to steal chickens in the night in Missouri and a jailable offence to take them during the day.
The stork visited the home of Marion Reed and wife Sunday, Feb. 16, and left a fine boy baby.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur P. Kemper has been brightened by the advent at their place of a son, born Sunday, February 16, 1913.
J. T. Mallet of Norwood, died very suddenly Friday night, Feb. 7, and was buried in Oak Forest Cemetery Sunday afternoon. He was an uncle of Mr. and Mrs. C. Z. Watkins. They failed to get the word till after the funeral.
A recent ruling of the post office department is that green skunk hides are not mailable by parcel post.
Mr. Sasseen of Chicago and Mrs. Follansbee of Fremont, Nebr., were united in marriage by Rev. A. M. Livingston at the First Methodist church here after the prayer meeting service Wednesday evening. About 100 invitations had been issued and the church was well filled with friends of the bride and groom, who afterward held a reception at their temporary home, the Palace hotel.
The dead body of an infant was found in a pasture near Mansfield last Saturday evening. Coroner Inman was summoned and an inquest was held on Monday, the prosecuting attorney assisting. Sufficient evidence was brought out to fix its parentage upon a young girl who had been working in a restaurant there, and the coroner's jury so stated in its verdict, adding that the child was dead when born, ten days before the body was found. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Charles Hire in connection with the case.
Frank Houston, an employee of the Opera House barber shop, was summoned to Trenton, Mo., Saturday night by a message which announced the death of his mother.
Robert Bain, one of the Orphans' Home boys who has been attending school at Lincoln, Nebr., recently enlisted in the United States navy and has gone to San Francisco to be assigned to a ship. Carroll Ames, an adopted son of Dr. and Mrs. Ames, is still attending the Lincoln school.
The Pease Mills neighborhood has been considerably excited the past few days over the finding of three human skeletons in a cave on the farm of Arnet Massie. According to reports that have reached this city, hogs uncovered a skull and other bones near the mouth of the cave. These were discovered by Mr. Massie. Sheriff Hufft was informed of the find and thought it best for Coroner R. A. Palmer to go to the scene of the discovery. This Mr. Palmer did Tuesday. He dug up two skulls and other bones. From their condition it is many years since the bodies were buried. They are probably the remains of Indians or pioneer white hunters or explorers who had made their way into this country before the permanent settlements were made. Mr. Palmer brought the skulls and bones to Lebanon and many persons have viewed them. A large crowd of citizens of the neighborhood were at the cave Tuesday to get a sight of the gruesome objects.---Lebanon Rustic
F. M. Douglass of Thayer was found guilty of killing John Burnett last summer and received a sentence of twelve years' imprisonment.
February 27, 1913:
W. A. Wible, the Pomona stock dealer charged with cattle stealing, broke out of the West Plains jail one night last week. He is supposed to have had outside assistance.
Miss Vida Clark, a Thayer girl, eloped from college at Fredericktown last week and married Carl L. Bess of St. Louis.
W. C. Clark and John Brown, tie makers of western Howell county, have been arrested on a charge of stealing timber.
Lula Holt, nine year old daughter of Sherman Holt, near Denlow, died last Saturday from the effects of spinal meningitis.
A Springfield child, who mother gave it a box of morphine tablets to play with, was buried Sunday. The box was not labelled.
James M. Hutchison, a pioneer of Ozark county, dropped dead on the 13th while in the act of lighting his pipe with a coal from the fireplace.
Mrs. Starn, who lived near Tyrone a number of years, died in South Dakota Feb. 10 and her body was brought to Texas county for burial.
Joseph Barnes has laid out the town of Bendavis in the west part of Texas county, and has had the plat of the said city filed with the recorder at Houston.
J. W. Biggs, a former resident of Douglas county, is reported to have been killed by a falling tree while at work on the White Rive dam in Taney county.
Finley church house, near Seymour, burned to the ground Monday of last week. The fire was probably of incendiary origin and an investigation is being made.
Virgil Link, a 20 year old Republic youth, was arrested in Springfield Monday, charged with highway robbery at Wichita. He had $300, supposed to be a part of the $400 stolen, hidden in the lining of his overcoat.
A few miles north of Ava on Sunday of last week, Starling Inman and W. Grabeel engaged in a cutting affray on the public road, and Gabeel received four ugly cuts, one of which will disable his shoulder. Both were courting the same girl.
Jake Bob, who lived about 5 miles from Cabool, while cutting down a tree last Monday, was instantly killed. In falling, the tree struck him, and he died in a few moments before any help could be obtained. He leaves three children, who are comparatively alone, as the mother died about six years ago.---Cabool Enterprise
Jesse Poe, who lived in the vicinity of Rock, Polk county, has been missed for the past ten days. On the day he disappeared, he went to the clearing to chop wood, but instead of doing so, stuck his axe in a stump and disappeared, leaving no trace behind him. He left a wife and three children.
Edna, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. VanVranken, died at the home in this city on the 17th, at the age of thirteen days.
Friends of the parents have received cards announcing the arrival of Ray Augustus Johnson, Jr., at their home in Springfield on February 10, 1913.
Mrs. John Boatman, aged about 50 years, died at her home on the South side last Monday night, of tuberculosis. Her body was taken to Durbin church, north of Hartville, for burial yesterday.
Marriage Licenses from Hartville Democrat: John Dennis and Jessie B. Morefield, both of Grove Springs; Oscar Gartin and Grace Roby, both of Mountain Grove; John R. Sasseen of Chicago and Eliza Follansbee of Mountain Grove; Ralph E. Haffee of Norwood and Viola Long of Mountain Grove; Neutie Hatfield and Verna King, both of Norwood; Glenn Tiffney of Hartville and Elizabeth Widner of Fuson; Frank M. Gladden of Hartville and Fannie Owens of Norwood; Clarence W. Honeycutt of Manes and Dora E. Bohannon of St. George
March 6, 1913:
Dr. Albert Simon, an aged physician of West Plains, died last week.
Mrs. Farren, wife of James L. Farren of near Seymour, died in the asylum at Nevada, Feb. 19, aged 53 years.
Grandma Ross, aged 82, died near Rocky creek, Shannon county, last week. She was the widow of Capt. William Ross.
Last week's report that J. W. Biggs of Douglas county had been killed by a falling tree is said to have been "greatly exaggerated." He is alive, in good health and at work.
B. S. Bishop, who came back to West Plains to visit his wife, critically ill with typhoid fever, was arrested on an old charge of obtaining money under false pretences and lodged in jail.
Constable Virgil DeForest was here from Licking Friday having placed Overton Martin in jail to serve out a fine of $5 and costs. Martin plead guilty to stealing a watch from Judge J. T. Harmon.---Houston Herald
James T. Moore, of the Moore & Lazear pressing establishment, was married February 10 to Miss Elsie Parker of Cabool, and succeeded in keeping the news of his marriage from friends until a few days ago.---West Plains Quill
At Nevada last week, L. M. Duff was sent to the penitentiary for two years on a charge of stealing corn. At Mount Vernon a few weeks ago, a farmer fired on Duff and his daughter, killing the latter, as they were running from his corn crib in the early dawn. The young woman was dressed in man's clothing and the father said she was temporarily demented. Evidence of Duff's having stolen two or three loads of wheat in Lawrence county a few years ago caused his story to be disbelieved.
A. M. Andrews returned Tuesday night from Doniphan, Mo., with Will Hance, who is charged with wife abandonment, having gone away from his home in the south part of this county several weeks ago with another woman.---Marshfield Mail
Robert H. Smith, a resident of Neosho, was killed at that place Monday morning of last week by his horse running away and throwing him in such a way as to cause his death. When found his lifeless body was hanging in the front part of the buggy, the head out just far enough to be struck by the buggy wheel.
While walking along the Frisco railroad track near Bourbon, Crawford county, E. D. Hardy, 67 years old, was struck and instantly killed by a Frisco freight train in charge of Conductor Wicker and Engineer Crowe. The man was nearly deaf and, it is claimed, did not hear the warnings of the trainmen. He home was formerly at Sullivan, Mo.
When Sheriff T. Hall of Dade county unlocked the corridors of the county jail at Greenfield Monday evening at 7:30 preparatory to locking the seven prisoners in their cells for the night, only two of the number were in sight. The others had escaped through windows, sawing the steel bars in two with saws which, is is presumed, were secretly given the prisoners by friends on the outside. When the five men escaped, the two prisoners who were in the corridors refused to join in the flight. The prisoners ranged in age from 14 to 22 and all were charged with burglary.
Leroy B. Valliant, former chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, died Monday afternoon at Greenville, Miss. where he first began the practice of law. He was 74 years old. He was a resident of St. Louis and had gone to Greenville for the benefit of his health.
The new nickel of Indian head and buffalo design was put into general circulation Saturday. Already the Treasury Department has received applications from banks for more than two million of the new coins.
Mansfield will have a new industry in the carrying out of plans now under way by Jack and Paris Rippee Bros. Possum and Pole Cat Farm on the Rippee farm two miles west of Mansfield on the Springfield and Mountain Grove road. The animals will be raised for their hides and the boys expect to do a good business.---Mansfield Mirror
Frank Clopton, a young man who has lived most of his life at Dadeville, but whose home a few years ago was in Greenfield, is in trouble as a result of a rather indiscreet prank at Dadeville. He is charged with an attempt to blow up the Methodist church at Dadeville with a stick of dynamite. He is reported to have come into a grocery store near the church shortly after dark and advised the proprietor to "hold his goods on his shelves, because there's goin' be hell a-poppin' in a minute." He had no more than uttered the words than the explosion occurred. The damage was not what would be expected but was enough to cause his immediate arrest. The window lights were broken out of one side of the church and neighboring buildings, and the wall of the church was otherwise damaged. Constable Monroe Kirby of Dadeville brought his prisoner to Greenfield Saturday and Frank soon hunted up bondsmen and was given his release.
Mrs. A. C. Hayward, wife of a Springfield attorney, killed herself with a revolver last Friday morning. She was despondent because of ill health.
An undertaker at Marshall pulled off quite a stunt the other night. Returning to his establishment he found one of the town's well known drunkards with a stew on, peacefully snoozing on a couch. With the help of friends he picked up his unwelcome guest and moved him into the stock pauper coffin, which was laid in the center of the room. The top was lightly fastened down with two screws at the foot. Putting out the lights, the fellow was left to finish his nap. Next morning with the undertaker came down, he found the casket smashed to kindling, a window sash gone and his "guest" nowhere to be seen.
Charles Creek, the young man who had been running a peanut and popcorn wagon here for several months and later a small grocery store on Frisco street, died of tuberculosis Sunday morning and was buried in the Stubbs graveyard northeast of the city. His family lives in West Plains and he came here in the hope of regaining his health.
T. H. McCall died at his home near Fowler, Mo., February 28, in the 68th year of his age. He was buried March 2 in Jahville cemetery, after funeral services at Fowler school house, conducted by Walter Campbell. He was born in Moniteau county and served three years and ten months in the Union army. The deceased is survived by his wife, two sons and one daughter. The latter (Mrs. George Myers) is a resident of Mountain Grove.
Uncle Eli Coday of Mansfield, born on Wolf Creek 74 years ago, is thought to be the oldest native citizen of Wright county.
Mrs. Hall died last week at the home of her stepson, Charles Hall, at Dunn. The burial took place Saturday in the Dunkard Cemetery.
S. F. and I. A. Murr of the Alice neighborhood went to Stratford, Okla., last week and returned Sunday with the body of their father, Alfred Murr, who died there Feb. 4, 1911. They were met in Mountain Grove by their brother, J. J. Murr, and the body was buried in the Murr graveyard on the farm which the deceased homesteaded in 1869, and where probably 400 or 500 people have found their last resting place. The older Murr was a pioneer of Texas county and resided there until a few years ago, when he bought a farm in Oklahoma and removed to that state. His wife at first thought to remain there, but later decided to return to her old home.
A four year old daughter of George Neill died last week of pneumonia and was buried Friday in Greenwood church cemetery.
Lost, strayed, or stolen from my pasture, this week, one bale of heavy barbed wire. Circumstances lead me to believe that it was stolen. I offer a reward of $5 for the capture and return, dead or alive, of the party who stole it---dead preferred.---W. N. Pearman
Fulton Anderson of Grove Springs and Pearl Thomas of Niangua were granted a marriage license in Webster county last week.
Mr. Barney A. Claxton and Miss Olive Chapman were united in marriage Sunday, February 23rd at the bride's home, near Mansfield.
Harry Townley of Nebraska, who on account of injuries in a hotel fire, took a lay-off and visited Hartville relatives last week, considers himself fortunate. The second day after his accident, the locomotive on which he had been firing, exploded and killed engineer, fireman and a brakeman.
Sylvester Watt of Ben Davis and Miss Elda Zirschky of Graff were married at Union Chapel last Sunday morning. The boys gave them a rousing serenade after midnight that night.
Messrs. Frank and Isaac Murr returned from Oklahoma Sunday, with the remains of their father, Alferd Murr, who died there two years ago. They found the remains entirely petrified, and as life-like as when buried. The remains were interred in the Murr graveyard, in sight of his old home, and in the spot selected by him many years ago. His widow, Mrs. Ellen Murr, and several children live here, also his only surviving brother, William Murr, Sr. and a sister, Mrs. Vollner.
An eight pound son was born Monday to Fred Oetting and wife.
An eight pound son was born to Jesse DeArmond and wife Friday.
Mrs. Sarah Philips, aged about 38 years, passed away Friday at her home 2 1/2 miles south of Mansfield. Death resulted from tuberculosis.
Mary Selvidge, the 18 days old daughter of Jack Selvidge and wife south of Mansfield passed away Tuesday, death resulting from croup. Interment today at Cedar Gap.
Grandma York, aged about 74 years, died Friday at her home 2 1/2 miles southwest of Olathe, death resulting from dropsy and kidney trouble. She was one of the pioneer settlers of Douglas county.
Oscar Gartin and Miss Grace Roby were married at the bride's home last Sunday evening at 4:30 by Rev. John Smallwood.
A large crew of bridge workers arrived here Tuesday for the purpose of beginning work on the bridge across the Gasconade river near Hartville. At the last session of the county court, the court rescinded or attempted to rescind the contract for the bridge. The company claimed that the bridge material was on board the cars at that time and immediately sent a representative here who called up the members of the court and also employed Attorneys Jackson & Jackson to look after the affair. It may or may not mean a law suit, but to the satisfaction of a very large community east of town it will mean a bridge.---Hartville Democrat
Marriage Licenses from Hartville Democrat: John H. Kirkendall and Mary A. Raney, both of Norwood; Barney A. Claxton of Hartville and Olive E. Chapman of Mansfield; Harold C. Cantrell of Astoria and Emma Hutsell of Graff; H. King of Grove Springs and Emma Coffey of Niangua; Charles Rayborn of Rayborn and May Murr of Graff
March 13, 1913:
A. C. Sawyers of Rembert has bought a farm in Arkansas and will move to that state.
Carac S. Hill, a well known business man of West Plains, died of Brights disease last Sunday. He was 62 years old.
G. A. McBain of Memphis was found dead beside the railroad track near Rolla last week, evidently having been struck by a train.
James Woodcock, an old citizen of Laclede county, died suddenly last week near Phillipsburg, while walking to town on the railroad track.
Arthur McDaniel of Cabool and Miss Minnie Mercer of Ava were married recently and will reside in the latter city, where the groom will clerk in the Mercer store.
Roy Earnest, a former resident of Willow Springs, was killed near Sentinel, Ariz., last week. He was engineer on a pile driver and his death is supposed to have been accidental.
Frank Finley, a bachelor, who made his home with a brother, Asbury Finley, living about four miles from Competition, was found dead in bed Tuesday morning of last week.
Doctor H. M. "Doc" Jones, another of the band of outlaws who were trapped in Mammoth Spring, Ark. last June when three of the gang made an attempt to hold up the Citizens' bank of that place, was last week sentenced to five years in the penitentiary when a jury in the Fulton county circuit court at Salem found him guilty of being an accessory before the fact in the killing of Charles Moore, near Mammoth Spring in March, 1912.
Bertha Malone, a fifteen year old girl, who came to West Plains with her parents a short time ago from Koshkonong, created quite a little excitement last week when she eloped with and married her sister's sweetheart, James Johnson, a twenty-one year old youth.
Frank Murr, who last week brought the body of his father from Oklahoma for re-interment in Texas county, called Monday to correct a report that the body was petrified. After two years' burial, the head and face presented a natural appearance, and the undertaker in charge of dis-interment said the body might have become petrified in time had it not been disturbed. This is about all the foundation there was to the rumor, and the body was not unusually heavy, although one story was that it weighed 1100 pounds.
Mrs. Hannah C. Nelson (nee Ritenour) was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, August 31, 1844 and on January 14, 1862 was married to James Nelson, who departed this life June 26, 1882. Unto this union were born five children, all of whom survive them. They are: Mrs. Alice Eberhart and Amos Nelson of Wood Lake, Nebraska; Thomas Nelson of Hull, Nebraska; Mrs. Estella Schenk of Custer City, South Dakota; and Mrs. Lizzie Phelps of Mountain Grove, Mo. After the death of her husband, she moved from Meigs county, Ohio, to the northern part of Nebraska, and resided there until the fall of 1911 when she came to Missouri, to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. J. E. Phelps. In her childhood day she joined the Presbyterian church and later on in life changed to the M. E. Church. She was taken to her bed with a case of pneumonia on February 25 and passed this life on March 6 at 4:15 a.m. and was buried in the Mountain Grove cemetery, Sunday, Rev. A. M. Livingston officiating.
Mrs. Elizabeth "Grandma" Cannon died near Manes recently, aged over 80 years.
Charles P. Ellis, cashier of the First National bank at Marshfield, recently was married to Miss Fannie Shook.
James Kellet, a brother of Mrs. Bell Hayes of this city, was stricken with apoplexy at his store in West Plains last Friday and died soon afterward.
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Davis, in the Mountain Home district, March 7.
Louis Sherrill of this city was married Sunday morning to Miss Lola Argenbright, at the home of William Sherrill, about ten miles south of Mountain Grove. 'Squire Needham was the officiating justice.
Susan, the wife of W. R. Blanchard, died at her home in Mountain Grove, Mo., March 9, 1913, after a lingering illness, at the age of 72 years, 2 days. Susan Van was born in New Haven, Huron county, Ohio; was married to W. R. Blanchard in Buchanan, Mich., Sept. 5, 1858; moved from Hastings, Mich. to the vicinity of Mountain Grove in 1885, later moving to Mountain Grove where they have since resided. Eight children were born to this union---three sons and five daughters. Her husband, three sons and three daughters and several grandchildren are left to mourn her loss---two daughters having preceded her to the better land. Funeral services were held at the First M. E. church at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, conducted by Rev. H. H. Mitchell of West Plains and Rev. A. M. Livingston of this city. Interment took place in the new cemetery.
Brant Sutton rubbed mustard on his eyes instead of eye salve one night last week and Aunt Nan could have played checkers on Brant's shirt-tail when the heat struck in and he made a dash for the outside, minus shoes and pants, and grabbed up snow to put out the fire in his face. Brant says it is funny now but anything but funny then.---Houston Herald
Mr. Harrison Johnson of Lamar and Miss Clara Gaspersonof Norwood were united in holy matrimony at the home of the bride's parents, five miles east of Norwood, on March 4th. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson left the same evening for Lamar, Mo., where they will make their future home.
A daughter was born Sunday to R. L. Handy and wife.
A daughter was born February 26 to Homer Tarbutton and wife.
Robert Neat Potts, infant son of Lon Potts, died Tuesday of pneumonia.
Will Parker's wife was buried the 9th. She had been sick for several weeks. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Smallwood of Mountain Grove. She leaves a husband.
March 20, 1913:
At Caruthersville last Saturday, "Slim Jim" Smith shot and instantly killed Andrew J. Layshott, his partner in the restaurant business, sending three bullets into his back. Smith refused to give any reasons, but it is thought he was jealous of his partner's attentions to Mrs. Smith.
Mrs. G. B. Lindholm was called to Winona, Mo., Thursday morning by the sudden death of her nephew, Marvin Tahline.
Mrs. Pauline Evans of Monett, who was convicted at the March term, 1912, of the Barry county circuit court on the charge of "keeping a sign of an honest business displayed on a bawdy house," and sentenced to two years imprisonment in the penitentiary and then paroled, was last week taken to the penitentiary to serve her sentence, she having violated the provisions of her parole.
Mr. Erwin Pace of Mountain Grove, Wright county, and Miss Maude Gallion of Lynchburg, were married Tuesday by Justice of the Peace Robert M. Barton.---Lebanon Rustic
In our recent item about the death of Charles Creek, we failed to mention that he is survived by a widow. He was married in West Plains last August to Miss Mary Scott, who now makes her home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Scott, seven miles northeast of Mountain Grove.
Coroner Inman was called to the Sunshine neighborhood, seventeen miles northwest of the city, and on Monday held an inquest on the infant child of Clementine Duke, which was found dead beside her in bed. The jury found that the child smothered to death for want of attention while the mother was asleep, but exonerated the mother and other members of the family from blame.
Pea Ridge seems to have been under some kind of ugly influence. Week before last a young Mr. Honeycutt accidentally discharged a shotgun, the discharge of which tore away a portion of his side and nearly caused his death; one of the Doril boys had his hand and arm horribly mutilated by getting caught in a saw rig, which will cost his his arm; another person whose name we failed to learn had an eye destroyed; and one of George Fuge's children died, but we failed to learn from what illness.---Hartville Democrat
Miss Bertha Kimbrough, 18 year old daughter of Alf Kimbrough of Competition, had never until yesterday seen a city, electric lights or a railroad train, and her visit to Mountain Grove with her uncle, John Ousley, was mainly to satisfy her curiosity. The trip was a disastrous one, however, for just as Mr. Ousley reached the business district his mule team became frightened at a stream of water and air released in "trying out" a hydrant and started to run. The young lady jumped backward from the vehicle and had a fall which strained her ankle and bruised the back of her head and other portions of her body. She was taken to a house near by and given surgical attention and was able to return home this morning.
Mrs. Della Skaggs, charged with tearing a deed from one of the records in the Christian county recorder's office a few weeks since and destroying it, plead guilty in the circuit court at Ozark last week and was fined $100 and sentenced to six months in jail, the sentence being later commuted to a fine of one cent and a day in jail.
Marriage Licenses from Hartville Democrat: Wright C. Perkins and Elva Oliphant, both of Manes; Fred L. Henderson of Booher and Piccola Anderson of Grove Springs; John B. Boyer of Hartville and Myrtle Henderson of Booher; Ervin H. Temple of Hartville and Pearl B. Randolph of Grove Springs; Arley Smith of Loring and Isabella F. Clark of Hartville; Edgar Byron Shanes and Alta McIntosh of Mansfield
A double wedding was performed at Justice Freeman's office last Monday morning---Fred J. Henderson of Boyer and Piccola Anderson of Grove Springs and John Boyer and Myrtle Henderson, both of Boyer.---Hartville Republican
Cyrus Milton Lovan, a resident of Willow Springs since 1885, died March 10.
Mrs. Elvina Barnes of the Competition neighborhood was found dead in the barn lot where she had gone to milk a cow on the morning of the 6th. She was 77 years old.
John Farrar, an 18 year old West Plains youth, who broke jail in that city, where he was being held on a burglary charge, was recaptured and pleaded guilty to both burglary and jail breaking before Judge Evans' last Friday and was sentenced to three years in the reform school.
This community was greatly saddened last Sunday morning when the news reached here of the death of Grandpa Griffith, which occurred in Texas last Friday, March 14. The remains were brought back here for burial in Friendship cemetery, the funeral being conducted by Rev. Golvin Chadwell. Grandpa Griffith was the father of E. T. Griffith and Rev. Sherman Griffith of Dawson and was well known here having lived here for over forty years. He was a faithful member of the Friendship church.
March 27, 1913:
Ike Robinson, a chronic bootlegger, is again in jail at West Plains.
Dennis Weaver of Olathe and Maud Riley of Brushy Knob were married recently.
Heppner post office, in the Coon Creek neighborhood, has been discontinued.
Mrs. Ida Stultz of Tyrone died suddenly at the breakfast table one morning last week.
John Suker, an old man 70 years of age, a resident of Crocker, plead guilty last week to the charge of bootlegging whiskey and was sentenced to six months in jail.
Charles E. Peter, aged 50 years, died at Summersville on Wednesday of last week. He was born in Scotland and in 1835 came to the Ozarks as manager of 20,000 acres of land around Jacks Fork owned by a London land and cattle company.
William Kivett of northern Texas county was taken to the state penitentiary last week to serve two years for carrying a revolver. The severe penalty was enforced because a revolver was found on his person while he was being tried for a similar offence.
Near Grandin on the 14th Oscar Marley shot and killed a neighbor named Pulliam, in a dispute over the vacation of some farm premises. The murder is alleged to have been deliberate and unprovoked, and Pulliam's son who was present claims that he had to beg for his own life.
Dr. H. M. Jones of Mammoth Spring, Ark., convicted of being the accessory before the fact in killing of Charles Moore by Lyfus Davis, a member of the noted Arkansas outlaw band, attempted suicide a few days ago by stabbing himself with a veterinary lance. The injury, however, is not serious.
A warrant was sworn out Wednesday charging Charles Warfel, James Kinney and Foster Sharp with robbing Mrs. Elizabeth Hickman of about $1,500.00 which she had in her residence three miles south of Salem. The robbery occurred Monday night, and the accused were arrested on suspicion of committing the robbery. Warfel, who is confined in the county jail, says he is innocent, and after he was searched after his arrest only 30 cents were found in his pockets.---Salem Republican
Emory Dent, who for several years has resided near Pottersville and a part of the time in West Plains, was arrested last week in an isolated settlement in Douglas county and sent to jail in West Plains. Dent is alleged to have eloped from Pottersville several weeks ago with Mrs. Emma Crafton, the nineteen year old wife of Shannon R. Crafton, a young Pottersville farmer, and is said to have since been living with the young woman on an isolated farm in Douglas county several miles out of Mountain Grove.
President Wilson created a flurry in Washington City official life by declaring against the serving of wines and other strong drinks at public functions. It is reported that Vice-President Marshall and Secretary of State Bryan are in full accord with the President. As the three are elders in the Presbyterian church they are likely to see that the edict is obeyed. The idea of a Democratic function with "licker" is something unique in Washington City life.---Kirksville Journal
The trial of J. C. Copeland in the Polk county circuit court last week on the charge of murder in the second degree, for the killing of young Crane, the Morrisville College student, resulted in a mistrial. The Bolivar papers say the understanding is that all jurors voted for conviction but were unable to agree upon the penalty, two holding out for a penitentiary sentence and ten being in favor of a jail sentence. The case was set for re-trial during the regular May term of the Polk county circuit court.
A son of Elza Huey and wife of near Macomb has three feet and one hand, a foot taking the place of one hand. The baby was born January 10 and enjoys good health. Dr. R. M. Rogers will read papers at Springfield next month before the Missouri Medical Association and the Frisco Surgeons Association, of both of which organizations he is a member, on this prodigy. He will also send a photo to Washington, D. C. for filing purposes.---Mansfield Mirror
Fred Atnip and wife are rejoicing over the arrival of a brand new baby girl.
Richard Griffith was born in Wales, England, April 14, 1830, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. E. Middleton, in Texas, March 14, 1913, aged 83 years and eleven months. He came to America with his parents when about 14 years old and settled in the state of Ohio. He was the second son of a family of fifteen children, all of whom are dead, he being the last one of the family. He was married to Miss Anna Williams in the year 1853 and moved to the state of Missouri, where they reared a family of ten children, seven of whom are living. His wife has been dead 12 years. He made a profession of faith in Christ when a young man and united with the Baptist church, of which he remained an active, leading member for more than half a century; was a deacon for a number of years.
Marriage Licenses from Hartville Republican: Edgar Bryon Shanes and Alta McIntosh, both of Mansfield; Joseph L. Hunt and Eunice Davis, both of Wright county
Twin daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stanton last Friday.
C. A. Swenson is in Springfield today, attending the funeral of Otis L. Milligan, who was president of the G. D. Milligan wholesale grocer company.
A big boy baby arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Murrell of Hartville on the 16th.
Work on the bridge across the Gasconade river near the county seat is progressing rapidly, and the Kansas City Bridge Co., expects to have it completed within thirty days.
A Loring correspondent says that "wedding bells are almost constantly ringing here of late and Peter Johnson of Loring has sold more gun powder in the last three weeks than he ever did in his life." Harvey Templer of Little Creek and Miss Pearl Randolph of Grove Spring are among the latest of Cupid's victims.
Uncle Marion Curnutt, an aged and well known citizen of Douglas county, died Tuesday night at the home of his son-in-law, John Pennor, several miles south of this city. He was formerly county clerk of Douglas.
Mr. Paul Green of this city and Miss Mary Stokes of Seymour slipped off to West Plains Wednesday morning and were married by the Christian minister there, returning on the evening train to Mountain Grove, where they will make their home. We do not believe that even Mr. Green's most intimate friends knew of his matrimonial intentions, hence the wedding was a surprised to them as well as to our people generally. The bride is a sister of Mrs. Carson Wade of this city.
Tuesday morning when Ed Widener, who is running the store at Oakside, came down to open up he found that an attempt had been made to burn the building and contents. Pine knots had been split up and piled against the front door. Over this had been poured coal oil, until it ran under the door and made puddles on the floor inside. Fire had been set to the pine knots, and they had burned almost through the door before going out. Had the door not fitted very closely at the bottom, the flames would have followed the oil inside and there would have been nothing but ashes the next morning. This is not the first time fire has been set out at Oakside, Mr. Stalman having lost his store there last year. It is a shame that the dastardly parties cannot be caught and given the full limit of the law for such heinous crimes.---Mt. View Standard
Uncle Tom Riley, age 65 years, residing near Tedrick, Douglas county, died Friday morning while here for treatment and was buried Saturday at New Hope graveyard near home. He leaves a wife and seven children.
Mrs. H. L. Newton, who recently came from San Antonio, Texas and purchased the Coonrod place, two miles south of town, died Monday, March 17, and was buried Tuesday afternoon in the Thomas graveyard. She leaves a husband and daughter to mourn her loss. A similiar occurrence also happened to the Coonrod family, for they had not much more than arrived at the destination in Ohio when Mrs. Coonrod took sick with pneumonia and was buried within four days later.
Born to John Bingham and wife, March 14, a fine baby girl.
A ten pound girl was born to C. M. Tate and wife, March 12.
A daughter was born today to Charles Goss and wife of near Cedar Gap.
Opal Agnes Handy, the 17 days old daughter of R. L. Handy and wife, passed away at 6 a.m. Wednesday with pneumonia.
Paris Rippee informs us that the Rippee Bros. opossum and pole cat farm had secured several of the animals and prospects for the business were good.
The 8 year old daughter of Fred Tretton and wife, 3 miles east of Olathe, was burned to death Tuesday. The little girl was in the yard near a bon-fire about noon when her dress caught fire. Medical aid was summoned but she was so badly burned that death soon resulted.
The Ann community has been shocked by another accident. Richard Cardin was killed Saturday about 3 o'clock by a tree falling on him, breaking his neck and back. He and others were chopping in new ground and as he ran, he was caught. It will be remembered that this is the same young man that accidentally shot his mother a short time back.
April 3, 1913:
John Wagoner was shot last Friday night, but was not seriously hurt. The report as received at this office was to the effect that Mr. Wagoner was in hiding along the road to scare a neighbor and a friend of his, but when the move was made, the man who was to be scared happened to have a gun and took a shot at him. Only four or five shot hit the mark and as it was fine shot it did not prove serious. However, this should be a warning to those who would frighten another.---Willow Sprngs Independent
While digging a grave in the cemetery at Diamond, Monday morning, in which the body of Rev. L. Krutsinger was to be interred, Austin Sneed had his right hand blown off by the premature discharge of a piece of dynamite which he was handling.---Wheaton Journal
Louis Reithmiller, age 72 years, was agreeably surprised Sunday morning to find twin boys at his home. The little fellows are fat and hardy and have the promises of big men some day. Dr. R. A. Ryan attended.
Two weddings have occurred near Norwood. Thomas Pope and Ruth Shores and Charles Clinton and Miss Abbott. The former couple will reside with Uncle Dic Shores, 2 miles north of town, and the latter couple on the Bush place south of town.
While in St. Louis last week, J. A. Cover of the Bankrupt Store was relieved of his purse by a deft pick-pocket. He was "touched" while standing in a crowded street car, one hand supporting Mrs. Cover and the other holding to a strap, hence it was easy work to secure his purse from his left trousers pocket, It contained about $15 and some checks and notes. On his return home, Mr. Cover received a letter containing the papers, which showed that the man who robbed him was not entirely bade. It was as follows: "Dear Sir; I will enclose your notes which I know would have put you to some trouble by the loss. Hoping you will not try to make me any trouble, I remain P.P." At a wholesale house, when Mr. Cover related his experience, he was informed of a country customer who a few days previously had exhibited three $1000 bills to the force and had been advised to leave them there and check against them while in the city. He declined to do so, however, saying that he would like to see the color of the man's hair that could rob him of them. But the next morning, he came around to countermand an order for $2000 worth of goods and confessed that someone had gotten two of the bills, although he had each in a separate pocket.
Mr. Orren Choat and Miss Laura Newton of Hartville were married last week and have gone west to make Idaho their home.
A young Mr. Long, age 18, and Miss Alice Miller, age 14, both of this place, applied for a marriage license today, but although the girl had written consent to the marriage , the young man was not so fortunate and the license was refused. The young couple left immediately for some county with a recorder not so exacting.---Hartville Democrat
Mrs. J. A. Peyton was summoned to Macon, Mo., last Friday evening by the death of her brother-in-law, W. P. Walker.
Mr. W. M. White, who for a year has been baker at Frank Newton's, was married Sunday afternoon at 2>30 to Miss Fay Allie of this city. The ceremony was performed by 'Squire M. E. Needham at the Charley Myers place, which had been already fitted up by the groom for their occupancy.
The crew of workmen erecting the new bridge across the Gasconade river expected to complete the job last Wednesday, but the recent heavy rains and high water have been a serious handicap; however, all the steel has been suspended and their work is near completion.
Dr. J. M. Hubbard was called to Plato on the 22nd to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Martha A. Lynch, whose death occurred the day previously. Martha A. Hubbard was born near Houston, October 27, 1855. She was married to Dr. R. B. Lynch March 4, 1874. To this union were born three daughters, all living. She is also survived by her mother, Mrs. Lucy Lea, of Houston, and by five brothers. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 10 o'clock Sunday and burial took place at the Frazier cemetery. She and her husband were resides of this community about forty years ago.
E. Bailey and Alice Armor of Cedar Gap were granted a marriage license in Douglas county last week.
William H. Manning, wanted for forgery in Douglas county, was caught in Christian county last week.
Miss Gladys Ames, foster daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ames, arrived from Springfield Monday morning, and will spend the summer with the family of H. A. Pinkerton.
Theodore Walker, alias D. C. Cobb, upon being released from jail where he had been serving a sentence for disturbing the peace at Niangua, was again arrested by Sheriff Brixey Sunday on a warrant from Douglas county charging him with hog stealing. He was taken to Seymour where the sheriff of Douglas county met Sheriff Brixey and took charge of the prisoner. It is also believed that Walker is the man who is wanted in that county for stealing horse.---Marshfield Mail
A correspondent of the Houston Herald says that there is too much drunkenness and profane and obscene language on the streets of that city, and suggests as a remedy the election of a mayor and a marshall who are well supplied with backbone.
In a street fight at Alton last Saturday, Dais Bemis and Elijah Bailey exchanged ten shots without hitting anything but a plate glass window.
The public will please excuse Mr. Edd Klawitter this week if he should make any mistakes in dealing, as his mind seems to be somewhat confused on account of the arrival of a brand new baby girl at his house last Saturday. And if any strange noise is heard there, don't get excited because Edd will be trying to learn her to say "papa." The firm from this time on will be known as Klawitter and Daughter. All are doing well except Edd.
William Roger Sisk, weight 10 pounds, arrived Monday at the home of E. A. Sisk and wife.
Tom Riley of Brushy Knob died at the Wells Hotel in Norwood last week; interment at Brushy Knob.
Macomb now has three stores, two shops, mill, barber shop and a post office, all on Main street; if we had a bank now, we would be all o. k. Macomb has her wings plumed now and she is ready to fly.
April 10, 1913:
Two boys, Burton Hoover, age 19, and Irvan Moore, age 17, were drowned in Jack's Fork about eight miles north of Mountain View some time Sunday of last week. The boys had driven over to the river to spend a day's outing and it is supposed that they were riding in a boat that was found capsized and in which were found their coats. The father of one of the boys became uneasy about 8 o'clock Sunday evening when they failed to come and got on his horse and went to look for them. When he arrived at the river he found the team they had used tied to a tree close to the river. Upon further investigation he found the boat with their coats and about a hundred yards below found their hats. After the news reached Mountain View of the supposed drowning of the boys, several were soon on the scene looking foe the bodies. The search was kept up until Wednesday about noon before the bodies were found. One of the boys could not swim, and it is supposed that the other lost his life in attempting to save his companion when the boat upset.
Last Thursday a woman who gave her name as Mrs. Anna Smith got off passenger train No. 4 with five small children, and said she had stopped here on account of having let one child in West Plains and telegraphed back to have the child sent on the next train. The lady stated that she was enroute from Alabama to Omaha, Nebr., and had stopped at West Plains to rest, and when she got on No. 4 she forgot to count her youngsters and left a three year old girl behind. Some time after boarding the train she missed the little tot, and telegraphed back to West Plains, where the child was found in the waiting room and was placed on the next train and sent to her mother here, where the resumed their journey to Omaha. Mrs. Smith sated that her husband had died a short time ago in Alabama and that she was trying to get to relatives who lived at Omaha.---Willow Springs Republican
West Plains continues to be a good place to marry. Last Friday Paul H. Green and Miss Mary A. Stokes, both of Mountain Grove, were married in the parlors of the Arcade Hotel. J. H. George, pastor of the Christian church, performed the ceremony. The bridal couple were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Wade and Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Green, of Mountain Grove who came to witness the ceremony. The party returned to Mountain Grove on the first train.---West Plains Gazette
Mr. and Mrs. Shiflet went over to the Featherston home Sunday to attend the wedding of their niece, Miss Verda, and Earl Needham.
Born, April 5, to A. C. Jones and wife, a ten pound boy.
Rev. J. B. Capps returned home Sunday from the penitentiary at Jefferson City where he was sent in the fall of 1911 for a two year term for horse stealing. He got off on 18 months on account of good behavior. Mr. Capps, who was a Baptist preacher, was convicted in circuit court at Ava on a charge of stealing a horse from W. M. Collin, a prominent farmer in the eastern part of Douglas county.
Herbert Killingsworth, aged 20, was stabbed by Tom Neal, a 17 year old farm boy, in a drunken row at Walnut Grove last Saturday night. The wound was a deep stab in the left side and the victim may die.
John Pendergrass, a young married man, died of spinal meningitis at Brandsville on Monday of last week, after an illness of three days. James Rhoads also had the disease but it was thought that he would recover. West Plains also had a case a few days earlier, which was successfully treated by injecting a serum.
The new bridge at Hartville was completed last Monday.
James Ussery was born in Wright county, Mo., December 22, 1886, and died April 5, 1913. He was a member of the Free Will Baptist church when God called him to come. He leaves a mother, four brothers and four sisters. Funeral at the Mountain Valley graveyard was well attended, the sermon being preached by D. H. Long.
Mrs. Bertha L. Ullery, 35 years of age, wife of H. B. Ullery, a prosperous farmer of Mountain View, committed suicide Sunday morning by drowning herself in the well at her farm home near that place. Despondency on account of ill health is thought to have unbalanced her mind.
An 8 pound daughter was born Monday to Julius Klich and wife.
Elmer Said's dwelling house four miles west of Hartville was destroyed by fire last Sunday. None of its contents were saved. Origin of the fire unknown, and he carried no insurance.
Elias Rippee, one of Wright county's pioneer citizens, passed away at 10:45 a.m. Monday at his home in Mansfield. Mr. Rippee was born in Wright county July 5, 1843, and was therefore nearly 70 years of age. He spent his entire life in Wright county and was one of our best known and most highly esteemed citizens.
April 17, 1913:
A. Z. Brook, who sold all of his chickens some time back but one rooster, is still finding eggs. Now, who is to blame for that?
Marriage Licenses from Hartville Republican: William A. Clark and Annie Prock, both of New Grove; Lewis E. Needham and Virda Featherstone, both of Mountain Grove; Emmett Jones of Rembert and Verda Newton of Odin
Riley Leach, a tough character arrested for drunkeness, almost destroyed the West Plains jail last week. It was a hard matter to jail him, and an hour later the jail was discovered on fire. According to the other prisoners in the jail, Leach had a rough house. He broke the windows, tore down the stove, demolished the toilet and water pipes and acted like a mad man.
Lewis Earle Needham and Miss Virda Featherstone were married Sunday, April 6, at 3:30 p.m., at the home of the bride, seven miles north of Mountain Grove, Rev. J. W. Needham officiating. Immediately after the ceremony the guests were ushered to the dining room, where a delicious lunch was served. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Featherston, formerly of North Missouri. The groom is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Needham, has grown to manhood in and around Mountain Grove. They will be at home to their many friends on the Needham ranch north of town.
Rev. Marion Capps, a Methodist minister, was yesterday sentenced by Ft. Smith, Ark. Circuit Judge Daniel Hon to hang at Fort Smith May 13 for the murder of his two children, who were burned to death December 18 last, when fire destroyed their home at White Bluff. A third child died from his injuries after escaping from the building. Two surviving children testified at the trial of their father that Capps tied them to an oil-soaked bed and applied a match.
R. A. Jones, 30 years old, fell from a train near Liberal Sunday afternoon and was killed. He was standing on the platform at the time.
A man, supposed from papers found on his person, to be Charles Hudson, a lodge organizer, was killed by a train a few days ago in the suburbs of Pierce City.
Dick Killman, pardoned from the Texas penitentiary last week, was arrested at the prison gate and brought to Howell county on a charge of forgery.
Luther Turner, born and raised to young manhood in Webster county, is now a millionaire and he and his family visited Marshfield last week in their private car.
Uncle Calvin Holt passed away this past week with general debility. His daughter, Mrs. Sluder of Kansas, was at his bedside, as was also Mrs. Conway of Minneapolis, and Mrs. Hale of Springfield, Mo., sisters of Mrs. Holt. There was a meeting of neighbors at his home a few nights before he died, who sang and prayed, trying to interest him in the better world. Death was April 6th. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Garret. Burial in Thomas cemetery.
There is talk of Dawson having a restaurant going up soon. Don't talk about Dawson going dead, but just come over and see the things being done around there. What hasn't been done will be.
Mr. J. B. Stickney of Mountain Grove and Miss Zetta M. Fleming of Springfield were married in the last named city at 10:30 Sunday morning by Rev. Mr. Hargis, the Southern Methodist minister, and came to this city on the evening train. Mr. Stickney recently opened a shoe repairing shop here. He and his bride are preparing to begin housekeeping in the house which Fred Kirkpatrick has been occupying, on East First Street.
Louis Reithmiller and wife are the proud parents of twin boys.
A fine 9 pound boy was born at Norwood April 3 to C. H. Brazeal and wife.
A seven pound son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Brand last Saturday.
Mrs. Jerry McCullough, one of Ozark county's pioneers, died near Dugginsville last week at the age of 100 years.
Webster county had several deaths last week---among them Uncle Alex Hyde of Niangua; John W. Jump near Marshfield; Miss Achsa Lusk of Elkland; Granma Warden of Niangua; and Mrs. Press Lowe of High Prairie
A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Craft on the 9th.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Rutherford on the 10th.
Twins---a boy and a girl---were born to Mr. and Mrs. George W. Mayberry, 3 1/2 miles west of the city, last Sunday. The stork is rather liberal with this family, as twins were left on a former visit two or three years ago.
Zach Johnson, the voted sheriff of Christian county, died of paralysis at his home in Ozark last Monday night. As an officer he was fearless and never hesitated to face danger, and was instrumental in helping break up the Bald Knobbers clan.
Mrs. Martha A. Montgomery, who had for the past few years been making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Fery, died of general debility at the Fery home at 4:30 last Sunday morning. She was born in Scott county, Indiana, and was 80 years and 20 days old. She leaves four sisters, but her only children are Mrs. Fery and John Hendrickson. The latter lives near Knoxville, Ill., on the old homestead, and Mrs. Montgomery's body was taken there for burial, her daughter accompanying the remains.
John Chilton, in his 91st year, died in Phelps county March 20. He had lived in southern Missouri since 1830.
Alfred J. Bradshaw, born in Wright county in 1882, died at Seymour March 30, leaving a wife and three children.
A. C. Sawyer, former merchant and postmaster at Rembert, has purchased an 80-acre farm near Waldron, Ark., and is preparing to move there.
A special session of the Dallas county circuit court convened at Buffalo last week for the purpose of trying Willis Cline on the charge of first degree murder. Cline is charged with shooting and killing his neighbor while the latter was watering his horse at the creek.
Miss Mabel Orchard, youngest daughter of former State Senator James Orchard, was married at Eminence last week to Haydon Crawford, also of Eminence. At the time of the wedding Mr. Orchard was in West Plains attending to legal business and Mrs. Orchard was also away on a visit.
Last Sunday as Harry Keithley passed up the street with his new milk-white pants on, a young lady was seen to sit down on the sidewalk, deliberately pull off her shoes and stocking, turn the latter wrong side out and put them back again. When asked why she did this she replied: "Those pants of Keithley's are so hot I had to turn the hose on myself."---Licking News
Ben Bench, who was convicted at the January, 1912, term of the Webster county circuit court of wife abandonment and fined fifty dollars, appealed the case to the Springfield court appeals where it was reviewed last week. A decision was handed down affirming the decision of the lower court.
April 24, 1913:
The suspense of five or six candidates and their interested friends was relieved last Tuesday morning when it was learned that Hon. Thomas L. Ruby, congressman of the Sixteenth Missouri district, had recommend the appointment of J. W. Allen as post master at Mountain Grove.
When J. Frank Neighbors moved a few weeks ago he left his automobile in a shed at his former home, and some days later three boys aged from 10 to 12 years, began to covet the bright brass work and rubber with which it was fitted. Later they went to work on it, one of them informing Mrs. McMillan, who occupies the premises, that he was Mr. Neighbors' boy and that they were stripping the machine to send it to the factory. Five lamps, the windshield, brass railing, steering wheel and other bright works were hammered, pried or wrenched off and sold to junk dealers, and later the boys raised the machine with a jack and took off the tires, which were disposed of in the same manner. Their operations extended over a period of four or five days, and damaged the auto $250, according to Mr. Neighbors' estimate. The youthful offenders---two boys named Smith and one named Elgin---owned up when arrested. The Elgin boy had his arm broken the day before his arrest while trying to steal a box from a dray, and the constable made a trip to Springfield for the Smith boys. They were taken to Hartville Tuesday and placed in the sheriff's custody, and when circuit court meets Monday will probably be sent to the state reform school.
Mrs. Blanche V. Gambill, the wife of Floyd Gambill, died very suddenly Monday evening, April 25, at her home in this city. Mrs. Gambill had been ailing for some time with tuberculosis. She was a young woman, having been born April 14, 1885; her age being 28 years, 2 months and 7 days. She was married to J. F. Gambill, March 21, 1908. To them was born one child, Louise, now in her fourth year. In religious faith she was a Presbyterian. The funeral was conducted by Mr. Bundy of the Christian church at the residence Wednesday at 2 o'clock. The Eastern Star conducted closing services at the new cemetery.
Marriage Licenses from Hartville Republican: Morgan Stakes to Sarah E. Rader, both of Wright County; Otto Moody of Mansfield and Minnie Findley of Macomb; Rosco Sikes and Etta Coday, both of Wright County; George T. Gann and Mary McIntosh, both of Mansfield
At Springfield last Thursday Sidney R. Alley, a telephone lineman, got a thirty-foot fall which fractured his skull and resulted in his death Tuesday. His fall was caused by his taking a bolt out of a cross arm to which his life belt was attached.
At the Palace Hotel last Saturday night, Mr. L. A. Bailey of Telluride, Col., and Miss "Toots" Foster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Foster, were united in marriage by Rev. I. P. Langley. The young people will depart for their western home about the first of May.
Uncle Mart Cooper, a 70 year old citizen of West Plains, died last week from the effects of drinking carbolic acid, which in the darkness he mistook for his medicine.
Mountain Grove relatives this week received news of the death of little Hazel Becker at her home in Trenton, Mo., last Sunday morning, from spinal meningitis. She was in her ninth year and was a granddaughter of M. E. Needham of this city.
Mrs. Cole Hill, living three miles north, died Wednesday after a lingering illness and was buried Saturday morning in the Thomas graveyard.
Two hearts were made glad when on April 14th Mr. Andy Strunk and Miss Ethel Cisco were united in marriage at the home of Mr. R. L. Berry, elder of the Church of God. They were accompanied by Mr. Arno Medlock and Miss Cisco. The groom is a son of Noah Strunk, an old settler on Fox Creek, who died a few years ago, and the bride is a daughter of George Cisco, also of Fox Creek.
May 1, 1913:
Marriage Licenses from Hartville Democrat: Loren A. Bailey and Ruth Collier, both of Mountain Grove; Elva Smittle of Smittle and Cammie Long of St. George; Samuel H. Henderson and Etta Weaver, both of Wright County; James Otto Wood of Phlegeton and Carrie Esta Page of Booher; Frank W. Eaton and Emma Kohn, both of Mountain Grove; William H. Eaton of Rembert and Mary Martin of Hartville
William Dunnivan was accidentally killed, Monday, near his home at Clear Springs. He and his brother-in-law, Mr. Boone, were hauling logs to a saw mill, both were sitting on a load of logs and while driving into a creek on a sidling road, the binding pole, which held the load on, broke, letting the logs shift to one side throwing both men off. Mr. Dunnivan fell off on the low side of the wagon directly under the hind wheel of the wagon, which crushed his skull.---Willow Springs Republican
A fine son, whose fighting weight is ten or twelve pounds, was born to Dr. and Mrs. C. E. Douglass on Tuesday of last week.
N. M. McElfresh of Mountain Grove, and Miss Francis Hocutt of this city, were married Monday morning at the office of 'Squire George Halstead, the officiating justice. They left that afternoon for Mountain Grove, where they will make their future home. The bride is a daughter of W. C. Hocutt, a prominent farmer residing just south of town. The groom is a son of W. H. McElfresh, who formerly made his home on a farm three miles southwest of here. Last year he and his family moved to Mountain Grove.---West Plains Gazette
At the adjourned term of circuit court in Hartville this week, Walter and Clarence Smith and the Elgin boy were sent to the state reform school for stealing the fittings from J. F. Neighbors' automobile. Two of the boys got two year sentences, and the old one, who seems to have been ringleader, was given three years.
Joseph Fisher, who has been down with dropsy for a long time, died last Wednesday night, April 23, at the home of his son Fred, 1 1/2 miles south of Dawson. He had lived there several years, having moved there from Oklahoma with his family, and his children are all married now, except one boy. He leaves a wife and seven children.
Mrs. Anna Dake gave birth to a fine 10 1/2 pound girl last Thursday. Both are doing nicely.
Harvey Dake and wife and daughter, Dolly, came up from Brushy Knob Sunday to make the acquaintance of their new granddaughter, the wee Miss Dake, who is at the home of her other grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Lindholm.
May 8, 1913:
James M. Wammack, aged 74 years, died of paralysis in Seymour on April 26.
Uncle Billy Miller, a resident of Douglas county since 1856, died last week at the age of 87 years.
The mayor of Springfield has ordered 3000 fly swatters which will be sold to school children at three cents each. The latter are expected to peddle them out at five cents and to see that every house is supplied.
Arrests are expected within a few hours of three men believed to be guilty of complicity in the murder of William Steele, wealthy Christian county recluse, who was found murdered in his home Friday night, by John Steele, his son. The slayer shot the victim through an open window while the aged man was sitting at the supper table in his home near Wilson Creek, eleven miles south of Springfield. John Turner, sheriff of Christian county, spent Sunday investigating the case and said this afternoon that sufficient evidence has been accumulated to warrant arrests, and that suspicion turned on three persons, to whose doors bloodhounds had taken trail. It is known that Steele for the last three years has feared violence from his enemies and has carried firearms. The sum of $5,400 was discovered in his house after the murder. Steele's funeral was held yesterday.
Succumbing to hydrophobia, resulting from a dog bite two months ago, Seth Tuttle, a pioneer of Greene county and one of the wealthy contractors of this city, died this morning. The bite which caused the disease was from a small pet dog, and the injury was so slight it was unnoticed at the time. The attack came when Mr. Tuttle attempted to drink a glass of water Saturday night. He suffered terrible convulsions, which developed into an advanced stage of rabies. The death followed an epidemic of hydrophobia which has caused a score of dogs to be killed.---Springfield newspaper
W. H. Gardner, who was kidnaped from his Kentucky home when a child but five years old, was in Marshfield last week, trying to discover whether the Wilson brothers living near that city are his brothers. The Wilson's had a brother stolen from their home about that time but Gardner (whose name was given him by a court) was too young when stolen to remember his name or his early home. He resembles the Wilson's, but there is insufficient proof and he will follow up other clues he has. He says that he has often felt that he would "gladly give his life to see his own mother for just one hour." He is now married and has a son 19 years old.
Hon. B. A. Taylor of Mansfield, Wright county's representative in the state legislature, was married April 26, 1913 to Miss Ethel Burnett of Dixon. The ceremony was pronounced by Rev. W. O. Anderson, pastor of the First Baptist church of Springfield, at the parsonage in that city. The groom is a present employed as a teacher in the state normal school, and it was at this institution a year ago that the romance began, both parties being in attendance at the school at that time.
W. A. Latimer, treasurer and one-fourth owner of the Ava railroad, died in Sedalia of heart disease last week.
Uncle Joe Adkins has his garden broke up ready to plant. Uncle Joe is very hale and hearty for a man his age and is a good citizen of Dunn.
The free lunch which has been such a drawing card to the average country and city saloon, and which has induced tens of thousands of men who otherwise would have spent their money at a restaurant or lunch counter, to invest it in intoxicating liquor, has been put out of existence by the Missouri legislature. The bill recently enacted into a law makes it a misdemeanor to serve a free lunch in any place where liquors are sold.
W. A. Hoffarth, the general merchant of Bendavis, and Miss Polly Polk of Mountain Grove were married Sunday at Gravel Point.
May 15, 1913:
Bill Clark, a well known citizen of Texas county, died near Lundy last week.
Col. William Monks, a civil war veteran well known throughout southern Missouri, died at his home in West Plains, May 2.
Thornton Williams, father of the proprietor of the Farmers hotel and who is over 70 years of age, was married at Houston Monday to Mrs. Elizabeth Wood, 66 years old, mother of John Wood of Cabool.---Enterprise
Near Billings not long since, a Mr. Evans and his wife were out riding in a buggy drawn by a thirty-four year old mare, when the animal ran away, throwing them out of the buggy. Mr. Evans sustaining injuries from which he died in a short time afterwards.
Harry Dishman and Lewis Johnson, the youths recently convicted of the murder of a Negro hotel porter in Springfield were on Monday sentenced to terms in the state penitentiary, the former getting twenty and the latter sixteen years. They had made an unsuccessful attempt to break jail a week or two ago, and after sentence Monday afternoon made another and successful trial and escaped from the city on barebacked horses. They were caught by a farmer near Turner six hours later and returned to the custody of the sheriff. Evidence at the trial was that Dishman did the shooting, but that Johnson was running toward him with a revolver at the time.
Rev. J. A. Long, who has passed his seventy-fifth birthday, is the proud father of a seven pound girl which arrived on the twelfth.
Marriage Licenses from Hartville Democrat: William F. Gillman and Bertha L. King, both of Norwood; Arthur F. Short of Macomb and Emily James of Mansfield; William Oscar Dugger and Hattie Coday, both of Mansfiled; Grover M. Cantrell and Alta Ritter, both of Mountain Grove; Samuel O. Bagby of Ava and Dessie Liles of Mansfield; James Otto Wood of Phlegeton, Douglas county, and Carrie Esta Page of Booher; Frank W. Eaton and Emma Kohn, both of Mountain Grove
Hollen Kelley and family went to Ash Grove Sunday evening to attend the funeral of the former's sister, Miss Cora Kelley, which took place Monday afternoon. Miss Kelley was taken ill with pellagra while visiting her sister in Kentucky and died in a few hours after reaching home.
A Dawson correspondent writes us that Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Garrett are the proud parents of a fine big boy. A telephone message, however, says that it is a girl. One of them must be right, so here's luck to the newcomer.
William Fuge and wife are visiting their son Fred Fuge at Newton, Kansas. Mr. Fuge is one of the county's most prosperous and substantial farmers. Mr. Fuge and wife came from Pennsylvania in 1870 and this is Mrs. Fuge's first railroad ride in the 43 years since her trip from the east.---Mansfield Mirror
Mrs. E. K. Lyles, wife of the editor of the Houston Herald, died in Springfield last Friday. A few weeks ago she underwent an operation for removal of gall stones and for a time it was believed that she would recover. Her condition became alarming early last week, however, and death followed in a few days.
The young woman who acted as Will Hogle's stenographer at Cuba, was arrested at Salem one day last week for supplying liquor to parties at Salem and was tried by a jury and fined $300. The sheriff of Dent county captured a suitcase which she took to Salem containing 10 pints of whisky. It is reported that when the officer accosted her and wanted to know what the suitcase contained she said it had her clothing therein, and later was claimed by a young man known as "Fatty" Sprague, who was also tried in the circuit court on some kind of a liquor charge, and being under age was sentenced to the reform school for two years by Judge Woodside.---Steelville Mirror
A. D. Wilcox, former cashier of the City Bank of Bloomfield, arrested after discovery of a shortage totalling $100,000, was convicted of embezzlement in the Stoddard county circuit court and his punishment fixed at two years in the penitentiary. Ten additional cases, growing out of the shortage, are pending against Wilcox, it is said. The bank closed its doors November 18 last, when the president, George Houck, discovered that Wilcox was short in his accounts nearly $100,000. After a lapse of three weeks the bank re-opened and paid off its deposits, the shortage having been made good by Messrs. George and Rudolph Houck and E. J. Williams by the sacrifice of their entire fortunes.
May 22, 1913:
Dr. John L. Short, a well known Rolla physician, died last week from the effects of a stroke of apoplexy.
Easton York, a young man, was arrested at West Plains last week and taken back to Arkansas on a charge of horse stealing.
William Steele, Jr. has been arrested and jailed at Springfield on a charge of killing his father, William S. Steele, Sr. on the night of May 2. "Bud" Hale, father-in-law of young Steele, is held as accessory. The elder Steele was assassinated while sitting at supper at his home six miles southwest of Springfield. He was wealthy and on bad terms with his children, hence living alone.
Dishman and Johnson, the Springfield youths sent to the penitentiary last week, lost their bravado by the time the prison was reached, and begged the sheriff to use his influence to secure for them good treatment. The warden stated that he would separate the boys and have them work in different departments, as in his opinion this will assist materially in securing good conduct from them.
On Thursday last, about twelve or fifteen deputy United States marshals left Springfield for the wilds of Ripley and Oregon counties to break up some illicit stills which were supposed to be the last in Missouri. The party was heavily armed and expected to have one of the old time battles with moonshiners, but the only things discovered on a two days hunt were small portions of a still, a little sprouted corn and a keg of whisky. Six mild and wild looking backwoodsmen were arrested without resistance, on suspicion, and cheerfully accompanied the deputies to Springfield and seemed to enjoy the trip, though it ended in jail. The evidence is said to have been secured by James Case, a Springfield revenue officer who disguised himself as a tramp and spent a week or more among the moonshiners. The illicit distillers, however, frequently move their outfits when suspicions are aroused, and the contemplated raid was heralded throughout the state before the officers reached the ground. One Kansas City paper even went so far as to send a reporter with them.
Sheriff Spurlock of Ava was here this week enroute to Texas, where he went after a man named McCasky, who is wanted on a charge of stealing a horse and buggy in Douglas county several weeks ago. McCasky sold the horse and buggy at Seymour to D. W. Hoover of Mansfield. The owner subsequently claimed the stolen property and Mr. Hoover was out the money he paid the thief. He will doubtless be glad to learn of McCasky's apprehension. City Marshall Roe Strong has been on the trail since the robbery. McCasky was traced to West Plains and then to Hoxie, Ark. Here the trail was lost and nothing more was heard of him until he was located in Texas.---Mansfield Mirror
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Little last Saturday.
Mr. James Hunter and Miss Ada E. Gravens of Hartville were married May 11 at the home of the bride's mother and will reside on the groom's farm.
John Sullivan, recently arrested at Ozark, Ark., confessed to being implicated in the Mansfield bank robbery. He is 48 years old and has been a bank burglar for fourteen of them. He said that he had been hiding in the woods for four years and was tired of it.
Mr. and Mrs. John Shelby of Astoria have a new boy at their house.
Peter Allen, aged 29 years, died at his home on the South Side Sunday night, from the effects of dropsy. His wife and one child survive him. Rev. I. P. Langley conducted funeral services at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning at his late home, and the body was interred in the Cotheran cemetery. The funeral was in charge of the Knights and Ladies of Security. The deceased was a member of a Kansas lodge and had $2000 insurance in this order.
John Zornes, an Old Town veteran of 74, who has of late been making mysterious visits to Springfield, came home last week with a bride and was given a rousing charivari by the boys near his home a night or two later. It cost Uncle John so much to satisfy them that he refused to treat down-town friends. We failed to learn the bride's name but she is said to have been a widow whose charms and excellent biscuits made a double appeal to the groom.
Twin boys arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kelley, four miles south of Hartville, last Monday night.---Democrat
G. Ober is not mentally responsible, and we will not be held for any indebtedness he may contract.---Otto and Emma Ober
Willie Orton, the jolly mail boy on Bendavis route, was married to Miss Clara Alexander, last week, and they expect to go to Washington soon.
Walter Stocksdell of Houston and Miss Dollie Young of Bendavis, were married Sunday morning at the home of her father, William Young, with Will Robertson, J. P., officiating. This is the third daughter of Mr. Young's that has been married this spring.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Edd Royal, May 8, a boy.
A girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bellamy, Monday, May 19.
An 8 pound son was born Thursday of last week to Edgar Rich and wife of Macomb.
Richard Grissom may lose his eye-sight from the effects of being stuck in the eye with a hat pin recently when in church. A lady who was sitting near him was the owner of the hat pin which inflicted the injury. Whether of not his eyesight is permanently affected, he as suffered considerable pain, nevertheless. Short hat pins---or protects points---might do away with such accidents.
May 29, 1913:
Mr. Frank Kirkman of Cabool and Miss Phebe Helfinstine were married last Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the home of the bride's parents in Mountain Grove, Rev. I. P. Langley, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Helfinstine.
Marriage Licenses from Hartville Republican: Grover M. Cantrell and Alta Ritter, both of Mountain Grove; William Oscar Dugger and Hattie Coday, both of Mansfield; Arthur F. Shad of Macomb and Emily James of Mansfield; James H. Hunter of Astoria and Ada Gravens of Hartville; William F. Gilman and Bertha L. King, both of Norwood; Newt E. Retherford of Norwood and Rhoda Pennington of Denlow
Aunt Lucy Benton died at the home of her son-in-law, J. L. Williams, near Rembert last Sunday morning. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near Bethel Chapel Monday.
Uncle Billy White, the veteran store keeper of Fuson, has sold his store and other property to Fred Palmer. Mr. White expects to move either to Fordland or to Springfield in the near future. He has been a resident of this county for many years and leaves a host of friends.
Wilma, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Agee, died at their home six miles west of Mountain Grove, last Saturday afternoon, in the ninth year of her age. Funeral services were conducted at the home Sunday afternoon by Rev. J. C. Saylor and the burial took place in the old cemetery in Mountain Grove.
Ira Henderson of Branson and Miss Julia Burris of Smittle were married May 11.
George Stevenson, a young man of Mountain View, got into trouble last week by filling up on bad whiskey and trying to shoot up the town.
Luther McCarty, the Springfield, Mo. heavy-weight pugilist, died at Calgary, Can., last Saturday afternoon from a blow below the heart administered by Arthur Pelky in the first round of a scheduled ten-round bout.
Emil Loessner, a German farmer, living about three miles south of Rolla, was shot and killed Friday, May 16, while driving his team with a load of wood to Rolla. The coroner's jury recommended that his 21 year old son, Otto, be held for further investigation.
Miss Anna Hoffarth of Bendavis was married on Tuesday of last week to Rev. John G. Bauer, a Methodist minister of Bates county. A letter written by Miss Hoffarth to the St. Louis Christian Advocate recently attracted his attention, a correspondence resulted and the courtship ensued.
My wife, Marth Sisco, having left my bed and board, I hereby give notice that I will not be responsible for debts contracted by her.---J. F. Sisco
A good-looking black-haired, 8 1/2 pound daughter took up her abode with Mr. and Mrs. Carlos E. Baker last Sunday evening.
One of the saddest deaths it has been our duty to record is that of Mrs. Elsie Florence Kelley, who passed away at 2:30 a.m. Friday at her home nine miles north of Mansfield. She was 20 years, 6 months and 23 days old and leaves a husband and twin boys, born the previous Sunday.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Inman, May 26, an eight pound boy.
Otto Reberry and family drove over to Fairview Sunday from south of Mountain Grove to see the new boy that was born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mayberry, May 8.
June 5, 1913:
Louis and Porter Taylor, aged 16 and 12 respectively, were instantly killed Monday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock on a farm four and one half miles southeast of Koshkonong, Mo., by a bold of lightning which flashed from a dark cloud overhead as they were returning home from a field where they had been plodding. The boys were astride a horse and their older brother, Calvin, was riding another some distance in the lead. The bold struck Louis and Porter and the horse they were riding, and stunned Calvin. However, the older Taylor was not made unconscious and after falling from his animal saw the bodies of his brothers and the horse prostrate where they had fallen. Within a short time Calvin gained control of his body which had been temporarily made useless by the stroke and he ran to the side of his relatives. Upon ascertaining that they were dead the young man ran to the house where he told his parents of what had happened.
Mrs. Nancy Jane "Grandma" Cawthon died Tuesday morning at her farm near Ann, at the age of 78 years, 8 months and 22 days. Burial in Cawthon cemetery a few miles southwest of the city.
J. D. Brooks, prosecuting attorney of Oregon county, who was on trial at Alton for assault on Pete Braswell with intent to kill, was acquitted by the jury returning a verdict of "not guilty." Brooks claims that he was forced to defend his life when Braswell stopped him in the post office and struck him in the head.
Marriage Licenses from Hartville Democrat: Newt E. Retherford of Norwood and Rada Pennington of Denlow; Lonzo Palmer and Lydia L. Keith, both of Mansfield; Marion F. Scott and Nannie E. Purtle, both of Norwood
A. H. Livingston, a well known attorney of southern Missouri, died at his home in West Plains last week.
Attorney John Frank Williams of West Plains died on the 23rd. He contracted tuberculosis in Mexico about a year ago.
Dr. J. M. Finney, one of the oldest practicing physicians of Cape Girardeau, died suddenly Sunday afternoon in his drug store in that city.
Secretary McAdoo has ordered the new "buffalo" nickel withdrawn because the words "five cents" are outlined to faintly. New ones will be issued.
Hulda C., wife of E. J. Jarrett, died last Thursday evening at their home in Wood township, near the Fruit Experiment Station, of tuberculosis. Her age was 40 years, 7 months and 18 days. The body was taken to Olden, Mo., for interment.
Under the new law passed by the recent legislature, minors applying for a marriage license must not only have the written consent of the parents or guardian, but much also subscribe to an oath before a notary public or other officer qualified to administer oaths.
Charles Huggins, whose relatives live a short distance north of the city, was killed last Thursday afternoon by a fall of 163 feet from the top of a concrete grain elevator in Kansas City, Kansas where he was at work. His body was brought here for interment, arriving Saturday morning.
Irvin Farmer, born and reared near Hartville, died recently at Fawn, Okla., aged about 24 years.
E. M. Gentry of Clara, Texas county, who recently had seven sides of good country cured bacon stolen from his meat house, had the help of his neighbors in solving the mystery, as some of them had suffered similar losses. As there were no vehicle marks near the premises, it was evident that more than one person was implicated, because it would take more than one to handle to weight of the meat. Constant, faithful search finally located the stolen meat in the old Wolford school house buidling in that neighborhood. The thieves had carried the meat to the old school building, loosened some boards in the ceiling and carefully hung the mat to the rafters. It was evidently not stolen to eat, but the thieves expected to sell it after the excitement had blown over. After the meat was located, a watch was kept each night, but the guilty ones were too sly and kept their distance. Arthur F. Norris, John C. Davis and Ben Pollard, all young men, have been arrested on suspicion.
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Larson, a girl on the 29th of May.
Lonzo Palmer and Miss Lyda L. Keith, both of Mansfield, were united in marriage at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning.
Uncle John Star living five miles north of town is one of Wright county's oldest inhabitants, being in his ninety-third year. Until the last three or four years he had retained his physical and mental vigor and had never failed to make a crop. He is a native of Tennessee but has resided in Wright county more than fifty years. When the writer first knew him thirty years ago he was apparently in the prime of life and could perform more physical labor than most men of thirty. Most all his neighbors who were anywhere near his age have long since passed away but Uncle John still lives although his mind is feeble and his body weak. He has for years been a devout member of the Christian church and a worth member of Masonic order, which has rendered him financial assistance for the past few years.---Hartville Republican
Mrs. Asa Jarrett, who has been a patient sufferer for over two years, died peacefully Thursday afternoon. The remains were taken to West Plains for burial.
Charles Jordan of near Pease Mill, Laclede county, was shot and killed last night. Joseph Prince of the same neighborhood is accused of the crime. The killing was the end of a feud resulting from Jordan's hogs getting into Prince's father's field. Jordan had been away from home and on his return learning of the trouble, said he would fix it with Prince. They met at a store and Prince says he evaded Jordan so as not to have any trouble. Jordan, Prince says, followed him and drawing a knife advanced on him. Prince ordered him to stop and when he did not, he fired, the shot taking effect in the temple. A coroner's inquest was held today and Prince's arrest was requested. Prince surrendered. Prince is single. Jordan was about 30 years old and married.
June 12, 1913:
T. M. Gray, aged 69 years, died in Springfield last week and was buried at Cabool.
Rose Smith, a domestic in a private family at Springfield, committed suicide by taking a dose of bichloride of mercury, because, it is alleged, her lover had gone back on her. The remains were shipped to the home of her parents in Douglas county for burial.
Bud Hale, William Steele Jr. and John Young are under arrest in Ozark for the recent assassination of William Steele Sr., a wealthy Christian county farmer. One is a son and the others are sons-in-law of the murdered man, and all were fishing near the house on the night of the murder. The theory is that they were tired of waiting for the old man to die.
Claude Swann of Morris, Ala., was killed and his two companions badly crushed last Friday night at 10:50 when seven cars of Frisco freight train No. 437 left the track between Cedar Gap and Mansfield. The accident was caused by a broken flange on a sand car and the track was torn up for over 100 yards, delaying traffic about six hours. Div. Supt. Baltzell was at Cedar Gap and when notified had the signal maintainer to take him to the wreck on his gasoline car. Swann's body was found under a mass of wreckage and it was evident that he had been killed instantly. The young man's companion, J. A. Farmer, had his left leg crushed, was sent to Mansfield for temporary treatment and thence to the Springfield hospital. He and Swann were both telegraph operators and were beating their way to Memphis. S. Jones of Kennett, Mo., was also in the wreck and had two ribs broken. Coroner Inman held an inquest in Mansfield Saturday, where but one witness was examined and Supt. Baltzell's statements were read. The jury's verdict merely stated that "death was caused by deceased being crushed and mangled in said wreck."
John Smith, a young man living across the line in Texas county, who has been quite sick for some time, is taking treatment of the local doctors in this city, who have diagnosed the disease as pellagra, a mysterious skin disease, prevalent in semi-tropical climates, which had baffled the medical authorities for near 200 years, and is pronounced incurable. The cause of pellagra has been ascribed to the eating of bad corn. The disease is most prevalent in Italy where it claims 50,000 cases annually, but there are quite a few cases in the southern states. By some it is attributed to bad air or water. This is the first case reported in this section of Missouri.---Willow Springs Republican
Henry Rummel, an uncle of A. D. Rummel of this city, dropped dead of heart trouble near the depot in Springfield last Friday night. He had been visiting relatives in this section of Missouri and was on his way to Tuttle, Okla., when stricken by death. His brother, B. F. Rummel of Parsons, Kansas, A. D. Rummel of this city and other relatives went to Springfield and arrangements were made to inter the body at Jamesport, Mo., where his wife was buried a few years ago. The deceased was 84 years old and the oldest of sixteen children, six of whom served in the Union army during the Civil War. He recently visited his nephew in Mountain Grove, leaving here on Decoration Day to make a short stay with his son near Willow Springs.
To be alive and in fairly good health 100 years after the death of his father and 102 years after the death of his mother sounds almost impossible, but such is the history of William C. Simpson of Lebanon, who celebrated his 102nd birthday at the Soldiers' home in St. James on the 2nd of June. His mother died at his birth and his father died two years later. He was born in Pennsylvania and homesteaded a piece of land in Taney county, Mo., when a youth. He was never married, and unlike most men his life had but one romance. In his youth, the young lady whom he expected to marry died shortly before the day set for the wedding. He has never ceased to grieve for her and no other woman has ever had a place in his affections. Last fall he walked a mile to attend a county fair. When asked the reason for his longevity, he has jokingly attributed his 102 years to his diet of corn bread and bacon.
Two men gigging on the Gasconade river near Newburg last week came home with a 60-pound catfish.
A. B. Crawford, a prominent Springfield capitalist, died suddenly last Friday while attending a meeting of the board of equalization, where his assessment was under investigation.
Fate Coats' barn, 4 miles southwest of Houston, was burned on Sunday afternoon of last week, with a loss of $1500 and no insurance. It was fired by the owner's father, "Uncle Billy" Coats, who has since been adjudged insane and sent to Nevada to the asylum.
Otto Loessner, charged with the murder of his father, who was found dead in the road near his home in Phelps county, has been discharged, as there was insufficient evidence against him. The Rolla Herald, in commenting on the case, refers to the mysterious disappearance of John W. Scanlon in December of 1911 and says it is up to the citizenship of the county to unite and search diligently for the guilty party in this case at least, in the interest of public safety.
A. J. Bass of Greene county, convicted some months since of murdering his wife and firing their home and sentenced to the penitentiary for life, was last week adjudged by the supreme court to be not guilty and he was discharged. It was ruled that there was not enough evidence to convict. The woman met her death January 24, 1911. She, her husband and baby occupied a small house in the country. In the night the house caught fire. Bass carried the baby out, according to his own statement and tried to get his wife out, but she had ascended a ladder to remove some belongings from the attic, the seat of the fire at the time, when as her husband said a churn which contained a large number of loaded shells exploded, killing his wife and driving him from the house.
John R. Hutts, of near Mokane, was probably fatally injured one day last week, and one of his horses killed and the other ruined for service when attacked by several colonies of bees. Before man or beast could escape, they were literally covered by the angry insects and were stung upon head, body and limbs, so that scarcely a spot could be touched with had not been penetrated by a stinger. The man was unconscious when neighbors rushed in and carried him from the vicinity of the bees, and nearly 200 stingers were extracted from his head and face. So vicious were the bees that they could not be beaten off the horses, but finally were put to flight with torches of burning paper passed over the bodies of the animals. Chloroform and whiskey were administered to the suffering brutes and salt water injected to offset the poison of the stings, but one of the horses died within a couple of hours and the other probably is ruined, even it it survives.---Elsberry Democrat
Marriage Licenses from Hartville Republican: Lonzo Palmer and Lydia Keith, both of Mansfield; Cecil Hilsabeck and Bess Turner, both of Mansfield; Marion F. Scott and Nannie E. Purtle, both of Norwood; Frank Hudson and Myrtle Randolph, both of Grove Springs; Fred Owens and Agnes Ramsey, both of Norwood
Arthur Freels and wife are rejoicing over a pair of twin babies which arrived recently.
On last Thursday morning Uncle John Hutson, living on Clark's Creek, reached his hand into a barrel to obtain some feed and was severely bitten by a copperhead which had concealed itself in the barrel. He sent immediately for Dr. Latimer, who dressed the wound and pronounced it dangerous. Later reports are that Mr. Hutson appears to be free from danger.
Tuesday morning during the rain, William Smith living in the south part of the city met with what might have proven a fatal accident. He detached the wire from his phone and was placing it a distance from his dwelling when it was charged by an electric flash, which gave him a shock he will not soon forget. He says he was unconscious for a short time and the many bruises on his face and hand show how nearly he came being killed.---Hartville Republican
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ecklund, the 3rd, a baby girl.
The body of Calloway Riley was brought here [Mansfield] Wednesday from Hammond, Kansas, and taken to Brushy Knob for interment. Mr. Riley was about 55 years old and resided here until about five years before his death.
Carl, the 1 1/2 year old son of Newton Miller and wife of Mariposa, Calif., passed away Friday, death resulting from measles and a complication of infantile disease. The remains were brought here [Mansfield] Tuesday, and were taken to the Prairie Hollow church where funeral services were conducted.
Miss Vernie Goff; Joplin's young police matron, made her first arrest June 5, in a campaign she started recently against street "mashing" when Harry Moore of Monett accosted her on the street with a flippant remark. "Hello, kid!" said Moore. "You're under arrest," said Miss Goff, showing her star. "I'll march you to jail." After she had taken him to the city prison, Moore asked her to mail a letter he had written to his wife. "I will do it," she said, "and I will write her a letter myself, explaining how you happened to be in here."
June 19, 1913:
On Wednesday evening, June 11, at Hobart, Oklahoma, Mrs. Ester B. Rush, a well known citizen of Mountain Grove, passed away at the home of relatives. Ester B. Rush, whose maiden name was Bean, was born September 25, 1837 in Licking, Ohio. In 1868 she came west, to reside in northern Missouri, where in 1876 she married Peter C. Rush. After several years they moved to Mountain Grove. Here Mr. Rush died, in November 1895, leaving Mrs. Rush in the care of her only son Wayne, who now survives her, and whose painstaking care and devotion to his mother through her years of suffering and helplessness [from paralysis] has equalled that of a daughter or a mother to her child. During May of this year they removed to Hobart, Oklahoma, where reside the only remaining relatives of the family. The funeral was held from Hobart Christian church.
Elizabeth P. Mears was born Sept. 28, 1848 in Crawford county, Mo., and was married to James A. Gourley Dec. 3, 1864. To this union were born ten children, but five of whom are now living. The father died April 11, 1883 and his widow was married Sept. 12, 1886 to Alfred Anstee. One child was born to them and Mr. Anstee died in June, 1888. Her third marriage, March 17, 1898, was to Alex Pilant who survives her. She united with the Methodist church in 1862 and remained a member of that denomination until 1907 when she became a Baptist. Her death occurred Thursday morning, June 12, and the funeral was conducted by the pastor of her church at the home of her son, H. E. Gourley. The Woman's Relief Corps was in charge of the burial. Her surviving children are H. E., C. A., W. A. and J. W. Gourley, Mrs. Della Perry and A. H. Anstee. All were present except the last names, whose home is at Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was unable to come on account of sickness.
Marriage Licenses from Hartville Republican: William Dugger and Carlie B. Hurt, both of Norwood; Selph Jones of Rembert and Pansy Newton of Odin; Oscar S. Coday and Zena Lenora Reynolds, both of Mansfield; Ben Murrell and Gladys Crawford, both of Seymour
E. B. Laughton, aged 91 years, died near Sleeper, Laclede county, recently.
The Phelps county court offers a reward of $300 for the arrest and conviction of the unknown slayer of Otto Loessner.
Mr. Selph Jones and Miss Pansy Newton were married at the Odin M. E. church, Sunday evening, June 8, in the presence of a large audience, Rev. J. A. Russell officiating.
Lee Myers has been jailed in Texas county on a charge of stealing four mules and a horse about two years ago. He has just completed a penitentiary term for obtaining money under false pretences. Other new boarders at the jail are Jack Priddy, charged with stealing hogs, and Eddie Castle, said to have stolen some money and jewelry.
Quite a serious fight took place near Salem on the night of the 5th in which Edgar and Will Chrisco and Guy and Harve Mann were the participants; the Chriscos and Manns have been at outs for the last year and as they came from a party they met in the road and fought ten or fifteen minutes with knives. One of the Manns was so badly cut that he may die, and the Chriscos were jailed on a charge of felonious assault.
A dispatch from Mountain Home states that the neighborhood around Shoal creek, near Norfolk, has been thrown into great excitement during the past week by an apparition which has been appearing nightly in that neighborhood in the vicinity of old still house long ago abandoned. A few nights ago Joe Flower, hearing of the nightly visits of the ghostly visitor, went in company with a few others to watch it. It appeared as reported, so they say, and swept directly over Fowler's head. As it passed, he made a slash at it with a knife but the blade came in contact with nothing earthly and he was smothered down to the ground, choking. In an interview with Bill White a few nights ago, he stated that while on his way home, just as he came t the ford of Shoal creek, he looked up an in the gathering dusk saw what appeared to him two women dressed in while coming down the road on the other side of the creek. They came to the ford and in silence crossed the water, as Bill said, "without makin' nary ripple." Across they turned up the bank and through a panel gate into the field. The gate was not opened by them and he could see the panels as they passed into the field through their misty ghostly forms.
Tom Hill, held on a forgery charge, dug partly out of the West Plains jail last week. A few days earlier he had tried to get backing in a plot to kill the jailer.
Uncle Billie Coats, sent to the Nevada insane asylum last week, died in that institution and his body was brought back to Texas county and buried by the Masons. He was 82 years old.
As a result of the prisoners in the Greene county jail at Springfield securing drugs, whisky, a knife, file and other articles that had been slipped to them by friends who had visited the jail, the sheriff issued an order that no more visitors be allowed to enter the jail, not even the ladies who had been in the habit of calling at the jail for the purpose of holding religious services.
H. L. Mabrey, an old citizen of Wayne county, has the copy of a contract he made to teach in that county 65 years ago. The salary was $15 and by the terms of the contract the teacher agreed to accept "cash, port, beef hides, deer skins, raccoon skins, or any fur if good, also woolen jeans cloth, shirting cloth or young cattle not over one year old, young beef steer or cow."
Miss Agnes Whitmire, a young lady of West Plains who is well known in Mountain Grove, was married yesterday to Christian Garness of St. Louis.
James P. Nixon, Jr., son of Judge Nixon of Springfield, died at Salmon, Idaho, June 3, of appendicitis, and his body was brought to Lebanon last week for interment. He was born in the last named city in 1886 and had been practicing law in the West for about four years.
In the preliminary hearing, before Justice T. B. Burley, on Tuesday, Joseph Prince, who shot and killed Charles Jordon, at Pease, was held without bail for the August term of circuit court. Arthur, the father and William Prince, brother of Joseph Prince, were held in $2,500 bail as accessories to the killing. Thomas Parrick, a brother-in-law of Joseph, and the fourth member of the party present at the killing, was exonerated and given his liberty. The evidence adduced at the preliminary went to show that the Princes lay in wait for Jordon and that Joseph Prince premeditatedly and deliberately did the killing. Jordon, it appears, was a peaceable, law-abiding citizen, and being such, was unarmed and at the mercy of the gun-toter.--Lebanon Republican
The remains of Mrs. Caroline Elliott, wife of A. Elliott, was removed from the Alverson cemetery in Dillion township last week to the Rolla cemetery. When the coffin was found and opened the body was turned to stone and it gook seven men to raise it out of the grave. Mrs. Elliott died some twelve years ago and buried in the Alverson cemetery by her husband who is now removing her remains to this cemetery. It was reported by those who assisted in the removal that her features looked natural; the gloves on her hands and the stockings and clothing were well preserved.---Rolla New Era
June 26, 1913:
Jack Kennedy, known as the "Quail Hunter," who engineered a train robbery near Macomb, this county, in 1899 and was sentenced to 17 years in the penitentiary, has since his release gone into the moving picture business. He was at Springfield last week with a set of films showing his criminal career, and presents himself as an example of what youths should not attempt to be. He claims he will do good by thus exhibiting himself---but we doubt it.
Our people were shocked Tuesday night when news reached here of the sudden death of Mrs. N. L. Townsend in a Springfield hospital. For some months she had been a sufferer from severe headaches; and he condition becoming worse in the past week, her physician, Dr. Butzke, decided it advisable that she should consult a Springfield specialist. She left for that city Monday evening, accompanied by her husband, and her physician also went to the city on Tuesday's early train. When the latter arrived he found her unconscious in the hospital and she remained so until her death at about ten o'clock Tuesday night. The seriousness of her condition was not realized; and while a definite diagnosis was not possible, the physicians attributed her death to pressure on the base of the brain from an abnormal growth or the rupture of a blood vessel and later examination shows death to have been caused by a tumor at base of brain. Mrs. Townsend had been a resident of Mountain Grove for about a year, and her pleasant disposition, friendliness and cheerfulness had endeared her to many of our people. Her taking away in the prime of womanhood is deeply regretted by those with whom she was most intimately associated. The hardest blow, however, falls upon her husband, to whom she was indeed a companion, taking a lively interest in all his plans and brightening the home by her sunny disposition. There are two sons, sturdy little fellows too young to realize the greatness of their loss. The burial took place at Holts Summitt, her old home place.
We have printed bills for a picnic to be held at the Whetstone Ford on the Hartville road July 4. Judge Farnsworth and others will speak; there will be exercises by the children in the morning; a baseball game in the afternoon, and other amusements. John S. Smalley, chairman of the committee, informs us that a glove contest has been arranged between J. A. Wheeler, Light-weight, and Norve Allen, heavy-weight champions of the Ozarks. There will be refreshment stands on the grounds. People generally invited to come with well-filled baskets.
Tuesday morning while prematurely celebrating the 4th of July, Erman, the 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Gray, was seriously injured by the unexpected explosion of a large firecracker. A 3-inch firecracker had been placed in a large bottle, and lighted, but did not explode on schedule time. While Erman was kneeling closely over the bottle to examine it, the delayed explosion came which shattered the bottle with terrific force. The right eye, only escaped destruction by a very narrow margin as the glass cut gashes both above and below it. The most dangerous wound was a large gash in his left side just above his heart where the glass struck a rib.
A dispatch mentioning the fact that Jean Porter, a Connecticut girl aged ten months, has nine grandparents living, the Hartville Republican says: Misses Pauline and Ruth Gorman, aged two years and five months, and one year respectively, of Hartville can go Miss Jean three better. Grandparents---their father's father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Gorman, and her mother's father an mother, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Odell, all of Hartville, Mo. Great-grandparents---their father's grandfathers and grandmothers, Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Gorman and Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Hensley; their mother's grandmother and grandfather, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Odell, all of Hartville, Mo. Great-great-grandparents---their fathers's great-grandfather, Henry Hake of Hartville, Mo. and Mrs. M. A. Henslee of Henderson, Mo. Eleven grandparents live in and near Hartville, and one in adjoining county.
Calvin Honeycutt, of Gasconade township, died at the home of his parents after a two-hours illness last Thursday morning. He had spent Wednesday at Seymour in apparent good health. He was laid to rest by the M.W.A. camp at Jerico of which he was a member. Early last spring while hawk hunting he accidentally discharged a shot gun and received wounds which practically tore away his right side and from which he was not expected to recover and it is thought this would had something to do with his fatal illness.---Hartville Democrat.
Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Curry are being congratulated upon their first born, Alois Ralph Curry, who has been "at home" with them since last Saturday, June 21.
Harry Worth, 28 years old, a farmer residing near Williamsville, died Tuesday morning in Springfield, at St. John's hospital, of tetanus. Five weeks ago Worth dissected a colt which had died of lockjaw, and is thought to have come in contact with the germ.
Mrs. Sarah M. Bailey died at noon last Thursday, June 19, at her home 1 3/4 miles north of the city, after an illness of seven months, of catarrh of the head and neuralgia of the stomach. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon by Rev. Richard Anderson, and burial book place at the city cemetery. Mrs. Bailey was a member of the Free Will Baptist church. She was born in Stoddard county 66 years ago and was married in 1865 to D. W. Bailey. He and the three sons and three daughters who survive her express themselves as deeply grateful to friends for ministrations during her illness.
Elisha C. Davidson, formerly cashier of the Bank of Houston, died on Wednesday of last week at the age of 58.
James K. P. Alsup, of Pomona, a well-known pioneer settler of Howell county, died at Nevada, Mo., Friday, June 13.
Leslie Vernon, a deaf and dumb Negro boy of Laclede county, was killed by a train last week while he was walking on the track.
Tom Hill, West Plains forger, was taken to the penitentiary last week to serve a two year term. He made several attempts to break jail.
Mrs. Katherine Dixon, widow of the late Dr. J. C. B. Dixon, died in West Plains on the 14th, in her 92nd year. She had been a resident of Howell county since 1866.
Ed McCaskey, recently arrested in Texas for stealing a horse in Douglas county, which he sold to D. W. Hoover, has been sentenced to two years in the penitentiary, to which place he has been taken by Sheriff Spurlock of Ava.
Jasper McCorman, 17 year old son of a Fanchon minister, recently convicted of horse stealing and paroled, later forged and cashed $15 check and was jailed at West Plains, but escaped while workmen were making some repairs.
"Mike" Caplinger, a 14 year old Springfield boy, died of lockjaw last Wednesday. He injured his back while swimming in a pool of impure water from the gas plant, and the germs of the disease are supposed to have originated from this source.
At New Madrid last Sunday nine men of a part of thirteen were drowned when a squall upset a government surveying boat. At Parkville on the same day two young men and two young women from Kansas City were drowned by the upsetting a a launch.
Miss Opal Mizer, two miles northwest of Lebanon, committed suicide by taking strychnine, Tuesday of last week. She was musically inclined and after taking the poison, sang a favorite song, accompanying herself on the guitar. Though she remarked to a member of the family that this would be her last song, the real situation did not occur to anyone until the effects of the poison became evident. She was 18 years old.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Weatherman, June 21st, a pretty little girl. Dr. Hubbard in attendance.
Just a sample of what corn will do in Wright county...A. J. Wilder, the progressive proprietor of the Rocky Ridge farm, 3/4 mile east of Mansfield, brought the Mirror office Monday a stalk of corn 8 feet high.
J. E. Farmer of Birmingham, Ala., who was
injured in the recent Frisco freight wreck near Mansfield, died last week
in the hospital at Springfield, where he was taken for treatment of his
injuries. Mr. Farmer was a telegrapher and was a close friend of
Claude Swan of Morris, Ala., who met instant death in the wreck.