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Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, May 21, 1948.


Mrs. Ardelia Harris, aged 91 years 9 months 4 days, passed away at her home, 909 N. Main St., Desloge, Wednesday, May 19, 1948, at 9:45 A.M.


The body will lie in state at her home until Sunday, May 23, when funeral services will be held at the Desloge Methodist Church at 2:00 P.M., conducted by Rev. A. C. Whittemore. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery with C. Z. Boyer & Son Service.


Mrs. Harris was a daughter of the late William M. Highley and Ludicia [Loudisa] McKee and was born at Cedar Falls, August 15, 1856.


She is survived by a daughter and three sons, Miss Birdie Harris, at home; Spencer Harris, Desloge; Clyde Harris, Laramie, Wyoming. And John Gosney, Desloge.


Deceased children are: Leroy, Claude and Charles Gosney and Laurel and Raymond Harris.


Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, May 28, 1948.


Mrs. Ardilia [sic] Harris, daughter of the late William and Ludicia [Loudisa] Highley, was born at Cedar Falls on August 15, 1856, and departed this life at her home in Desloge on May 19, 1948, aged 91 years 9 months 4 days.


On April 30, 1879, she was united in marriage to David Erastus Gosney, who preceded her in death. To this union four children were born, three of whom died in infancy.


She married Marshall Spencer Harris on April 16, 1891, and they were the parents of five children, two having preceded her in death. Mr. Harris passed away on December 19, 1927. The deceased children are: Leroy, Claude and Charles Gosney; Laurel and Raymond Harris. A step-daughter, (Maggie) Mrs. Bryan McCarty, also preceded her in death.


She is survived by a daughter, Miss Birdie Harris of Desloge; three sons: John Gosney and Spencer Harris of Desloge and Clyde Harris of Laramie, Wyoming; eighteen grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was the last of a family of twelve children.


At the age of ten years she united with the Methodist Church, and was a faithful member until death. She attended Carleton College in Farmington and the school at Cedar Falls, in which community she grew to womanhood. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother and will be sadly missed.


Funeral services were held at the Desloge Methodist Church, Sunday afternoon, May 23, conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. S. Whittemore, assisted by the Rev. W. T. Lewis, pastor of the Baptist Church. Interment was in Parkview cemetery with C. Z. Boyer and Son service.





Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, December 23, 1927.




Marsh S. Harris died at his home in Desloge on Monday at 9:10 A.M., after an illness of a week of bronchial asthma, at the age of 83 years, 10 months and 12 days. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Desloge Methodist Church at 1 o'clock conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. C. McDaniel and assisted by Rev. Carroll Thomasson of Route Four, Farmington. Interment followed in Parkview Cemetery.


Marsh S. Harris was born February 7, 1844, near Knoxville, Tenn., and was the son of the late Judea and Seth Harris.


On November 30, 1869, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha McHenry. To this union three children were born, one dying in infancy and one daughter, Mrs. Bryan McCarthy, died at her home at Hazel Run. One son, William, survives. On April 16, 1891, he was again united in marriage to Mrs. Ardelia Gosney, and to this union five children were born. One died in infancy, and four, with the wife and mother, survive. They are Miss Birdie, at home, Spencer and Laurel of Desloge, and Clyde of Larma, Wyoming. The deceased is also survived by a step-son, John Gosney of Desloge and one brother, Perry Harris of Piedmont.


Mr. Harris, with his family, moved to Desloge about two weeks ago, from their farm at Russell Chapel, where they had made their home for the past 35 years.


The News extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives and friends.





Notes for Laurel Jewell Harris:

Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, Feb. 23, 1934.




Laurel Bryon Harris, son of Marshall and Ardelia Highley Harris, was born in St. Francois County, Mo., September 24, 1897, and departed this life at his home in Cantwell February 18, 1934, at the age of 36 years 4 months and 24 days.


On June 10, 1917, he was united in marriage to Miss Lolla Ruth Forshee, to which union two children were born.


He professed faith in Jesus Christ 13 years ago. He leaves to mourn his death, his loving wife, two sons, Laurel, Jr., aged 15 and Billy Jean age 6. He also leaves his aged mother, Mrs. Marshall Harris of Desloge, two brothers, Clyde of Larame, Wyo., and Spencer of Desloge; one sister, Birdie, of Desloge; and two half brothers, William Harris of Sedalia; and John Gosney of Desloge.


Rev. J. H. Winstead offered a prayer at the residence prior to the funeral services which were held at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Cantwell Baptist Church, and S. H. Ramsey sang, "How Beautiful Heaven Must Be." The following was the order of service at the church: Scripture reading, Rev. Thomasson; Prayer, Rev. Crowe; reading of obituary, Rev. Thomasson; Song "What Heaven Means to Me," Mr. Ramsey; Sermon, Rev. E. Polk, text, Rev. 21:1; closing prayer, Rev. E. H. Zipprodt; Hymn, "When I Get to the end of the Way," ladies quartette.


Interment was in Parkview cemetery, in charge of the Boyer Undertaking Company. At the graveside a girl's quartette sang "Does Jesus Care". There were twenty-one flower girls and 6 close friends of the deceased bore the body from the house to the church.


Note: His name was not Laurel Byron Harris, it was Laurel Jewell Harris




Mrs. Carrie Mitchell, well known St. Francois County resident, passed away at her home on Farmington Route 2, Friday, January 18, 1957. A daughter of the late James and Martha Howard Highley, she was born in Esther, March 20, 1862, and at the time of death was 94 years 9 months 28 days of age.

Surviving are two daughters: Miss Marie Mitchell of the home, and Elsie (Mrs. A. M. Blaylock) of Leadington; a son, John Hugh Mitchell, at home and a granddaughter, (Margaret) Mrs. R. V. Powell of Flat River.


Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Raymond Caldwell & Son Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Howard Copeland, pastor of the Esther Methodist Church. Interment was in the Highley cemetery near Esther.


[The Lead Belt News, January 25, 1957]



[The Daily Journal, Monday, Apr. 3, 1995]


Delmar L. Highley, 64 of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., died March 31 at Lawrenceburg, Tenn. He was born June 11, 1930 in Flat River.


Mr. Highley was a salesman. He was a Marine Corp. veteran of Korea. He was a member of the Baptist Church and VFW Post 1618.


He is survived by his wife, Maryanne McCracken Highley of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; one son, Darrell Highley of Barnhart; three step-sons: Anthony and Christopher White, both of Killen, Ala., and Barkley White of Ethridge, Tenn.; four daughters: Delmyra Turner of Crystal City, Brenda Highley of Tampa, Fla., Linda Fox of Festus and Della Cordes of Victoria; two step-daughters: Lisa and Beth Ladner both of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; three sisters: Juanita Butler of Overland, Gulena [Galena] Marler of Desloge and Beulah Nitchman of Park Hills; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren. Visitation will be held Monday at 5 P.M. at the C. Z. Boyer Funeral Home in Desloge. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 P.M. at the Boyer Chapel with the Rev. John [rest of obit is missing].



From: The Spokesman Review (Spokane, Washington)


May 24, 2000


Darline McLaughlin


Coeur d'Alene


Service for Darline M. McLaughlin, 73, will be Friday at 11 A.M. at English Funeral Chapel in Coeur d'Alene. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Coeur d'Alene.


Mrs. McLaughlin, who was born in Fredonia, Kan., died Friday.


She lived in Kansas and moved to Coeur d'Alene in 1952. She was a nurse at West Shoshone Hospital in Kellogg, Idaho.


She married Raymond McLaughlin in 1975 and was active in bowling and fishing.


Survivors include her husband; two sons, Butch Rollins of Coeur d'Alene and Tim Lee of Pinehurst, Idaho; two brothers, Vern Highley of Virginia and Sidney Highley of California; a sister, Colleen Ludwig of California; and one grandchild.




Elbert J. Highley, 79, of Crystal City, formerly of Washington County, died March 8, 1988 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 19, 1908 in Flat River, son of the late Fred (Jack) and Gertrude Beal Highley.


He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Fred O. Highley and Woodrow Samuel Highley, and one sister, Irene.


Mr. Highley was in the air conditioning and refrigeration service business for many years.


He is survived by his wife, Isabelle Frydach Highley of Crystal City; five sons, Ron L. Fredock of St. Louis, Elbert J. Highley, Jr., of Kansas City, Mo., Fred J. Highley of Lawrence, Kan., and Larry W. Highley and Maynard O. Highley, both of Festus; one daughter, Laureen (Mrs. David) Lawson of Festus; one brother, Delmar Highley of Loretto, Tenn.; three sisters, Galena (Mrs. Jim) Marley [sic Marler] of Desloge, Beulah Nitchman of Flat River and Juanita (Mrs. Claude) Butler of Overland; and three grandchildren.


Friends may call today at Gum and Son Funeral Home in Potosi. Funeral services will be at 2 P.M. Thursday at Gum and Son Funeral Chapel in Potosi with Rev. Wenadall Buck officiating.


Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Leadington.


Memorial to the American Parkinson Disease Association of Greater St. Louis are suggested.

[Source: Newspaper clipping obtained from Farmington Library. Name and date of newspaper was not noted on clipping, although it appears to have come from the Daily Journal. The date "1988" was handwritten on clipping.]



REYNOLDS COUNTY COURIER, Ellington, Reynolds County MO, "Looking Back" column, Thurs. May 14, 1987, page 2.


From the Files of the Reynolds County Courier


25 Years Ago - May 17, 1962


Emory Hobart Highley, son of the late Louis and Irene Highley, was born Feb. 6, 1895, in Dent County and spent his entire life in Dent County until Jan. 1962 at which time he moved to St. Louis due to poor health. He departed this life on May 5, 1962 at Barnes Hospital. He was united in marriage to Daisy Gordon on Jan. 11, 1916 and to this union three children were born, two daughters and one son. An infant daughter, Beatrice, preceded him in death. Emory was in business 44 years in Bunker. At one time he owned and operated the grocery, dry goods, furniture building material and hardware stores. He sold the grocery store to W. G. Camden and Bernice Gant in January 1951; Angus Highley and Leon Baker bought the hardware, furniture and building material in June of 1960, and A. R. Gant purchased the dry goods business in October 1961.



Mrs. B. J. Robinson, lifelong resident of Farmington, and a member of one of that city's pioneer families, passed away at her home on West Liberty Street, early Tuesday morning, May 30 [1950], and had resided at her present address for more than seventy years.

Emma Elizabeth Highley, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Dixon (Harve) Highley, was born in Farmington in October, 1870. Her father served as city marshal for many years.


She was united in marriage to Dr. B. J. Robinson, who survives. She also leaves a son, Dr. John B. Robinson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a dentist, who is ill and unable to come for the funeral; three granddaughters: (Gwendolyn) Mrs. Clarence Crumpecker of Morehouse, Mo.; (Patty) Mrs. John Campbell of Portland, Ore; and (Betsy Sue) Mrs. Richard Bertschinger of Pasadena, Calif.; three grandchildren: Ann and Skipper Crumpecker and Peggy Campbell and a niece, Mrs. E. J. McKinney, Jr. of Farmington. A sister (Laura) Mrs. A. S. Davis preceded her in death.


Mrs. Robinson was the oldest living member of the Memorial Methodist Church in point of membership, and was also a member of the Fortnightly Club of Farmington and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She had been ill since January, 1949, when she fractured a hip, and on last Saturday morning suffered a paralytic stroke from which she never rallied.


Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon, June 1, at 2:30 o'clock at the Murphy-Long Methodist Church, conducted by her pastor, Rev. Ebert C. Cole. Interment was in the K. of P. Cemetery, with Miller Service.


[The Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, June 2, 1950]


Clarence Crumpecker of Morehouse, who is working in Texarkana, Ark., came in on Wednesday to join Mrs. Crumpecker and their children, Ann and Skipper, at the home of Mrs. Crumpecker's mother, Mrs. Naomi Robinson, and to attend funeral services on Thursday afternoon for their grandmother, Mrs. B. J. Robinson.


[The Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, June 2, 1950]



Euin W. Highley of Flat River, passed away May 7, 1981 at the Mineral Area Osteopathic Hospital at the age of 76. He was born June 13, 1904 at Desloge to the late Otis [Ottis] and [Rusha] Elnora (Moon) Highley.


He is survived by his wife, Mable Bernice (Hammack) Highley of Flat River; Gene Highley of Commerce, Oklahoma; David H. Highley of Arnold; three half-sisters, Leona (Mrs. C.) Wheeling of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Esther (Mrs. Donald) McDonald of Quapaw, Oklahoma and Norma. Also surviving are six grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.


Mr. Highley was a member of the Flat River Presbyterian Church; Ionic Lodge No. 154 A. F. & A.M. at Desloge and a 32-degree Scottish Rite Mason, Valley of St. Louis.


Services were Sunday, May 10 at Caldwell Chapel [Flat River, MO] with Rev. William McGill officiating.


Interment was in Marcus Memorial Cemetery at Fredericktown under the direction of Caldwell Funeral Home.






COMMERCE, Okla.- Hazel Ilo Case, Commerce, died at 7:30 P.M. Monday, Dec. 2, 1996, at Miami Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, after an extended illness.


Mrs. Case was born in Hazel Green, Missouri. She was graduated in 1924 from Picher High School. She was a member of Rebekka Lodge in Colorado and North Miami Christian Church, Miami. She was employed as a secretary in insurance offices in Colorado and was a manager for several restaurants in South Dakota.


Her husband, Marlin Case, preceded her in death.


Survivors include a son, Gene H. Highley, Commerce; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


Grave side services will be at 2 P.M. Wednesday in GAR Cemetery, Miami. Greg Morrel will officiate.


Grandsons and son will serve as pallbearers.


The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 P.M. Wednesday at Paul Thomas Chapel, Miami.



LEAD BELT NEWS, Flat River, St. Francois Co. MO, Fri. Dec. 27, 1957




Fred Highley of Cantwell, died suddenly of a heart attack on Thursday morning Dec. 26, 1957, at the home of his son Woodrow Highley, in Afton, Mo., where he had been living the past several months. He was 74 years of age.


His wife, Mrs. Gertrude Beal Highley, preceded him in death in 1950. Surviving are three daughters and four sons: Mrs. James Marler of Cantwell; Mrs. (Juanita) Claude Butler, St. Louis; Mrs. (Beulah) Ralph Mitchman, Belleville, Ill.; Fred Highley, Alton, Ill.; Delmer and Elbert Highley, St. Louis; and Woodrow Highley, St. Louis.


The body is in state at the C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home, but arrangements for funeral services had not been announced yesterday.






Mrs. Gertrude Beal Highley passed away at her home in Cantwell [St. Francois County] on Saturday, March 11, 1950, aged 63 years 9 months 9 days.


She was born at Primrose in Jefferson County, Mo., on May 20, 1886. She was married to Fred Highley, and they were the parents of eight children, one having preceded her in death 20 years. She is survived by her husband and seven children: Elbert, Fred and Woodrow of St. Louis; Pfc. Delmar Highley, stationed at Crane, Ind.; Mrs. Juanita (Claud) Butler, St. Louis; Mrs. Beulah Cone and Mrs. Galena (James) Marler, Cantwell; and nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and three sisters: Mrs. Annie Murray and Mrs. Don Williams of St. Louis; and Mrs. Charles Harris of Flat River, besides several nephews, nieces and many friends.


Mrs. Highley had spent most of her life in the lead belt. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon, March 14, at the Cantwell Church of God, conducted by Rev. W. H. Godwin, pastor. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery with C. Z. Boyer & Son Service.


[The Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, March 17, 1950]





The many friends of Harry E. Highley, City Marshal of Farmington, were shocked Sunday to learn of his death which occurred that afternoon, shortly after he had been taken to a St. Louis hospital, and after an illness of only a few days.


Mr. Highley had served as the City Marshal in Farmington for the past fifteen years. The esteem in which he was held was clearly shown each time he ran for re-election. Some two weeks ago he was forced to give up his duties because of illness. His condition, due to diabetes, steadily grew worse and the trip to the hospital resulted Sunday. Death occurred within two hours after he arrived at the hospital.


Harry Edgar Highley was born at Farmington, Mo. on June 14, 1874 [note: cemetery book indicates June 4, 1874], and died May 22, 1938, being almost 64 years of age. He was the son of James and Martha Highley.


He is survived by three children, Leota, Martha and Harry, all of Farmington; and four sisters, Mrs. Carrie Mitchell, R. 4; Mrs. P. G. Hunt, Farmington; Mrs. Maud Brewett [sic Bruett] and Mrs. Kate Eadon [Eaton ?], all of Farmington.


Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Farmington Baptist Church with the Rev. F. Q. Crockett in charge. Interment was in the Highley cemetery near Esther.


Source: Clipping obtained from Farmington Library. Name and date of newspaper not noted on clipping.





Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, Sept. 29, 1933.




Mrs. Harry Highley of Farmington, passed away Friday, September 22, 1933, following an illness of several months, aged 53 years and 21 days. Funeral services were held at two o'clock Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Farmington, conducted by the pastor, Rev. F. Q. Crockett. Interment was in the Highley cemetery near Leadington, with the Cozean Undertaking in charge of arrangements.


Mollie Effie Harrison, daughter of the late John E. and Mary Johnson Harrison, was born August 31, 1880, at Kimmswick, Mo. When a small child she moved with her parents to Bonne Terre, where she was reared and educated, graduating from the high school with the class of 1899. On July 3, 1911, she was united in marriage to Harry E. Highley, who with their three children, Leota, Harry, Jr., and Martha, survive. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. L. O. Ross of Stockton, Ill., and two aunts, Mrs. Millie C. Johnson of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Susan Robinson of Festus, besides many other relatives and friends.


Mrs. Highley became a member of the Baptist Church at the age of twelve years and was a sincere Christian, wife and mother. She will be sadly missed.




Mrs. Harry Highley, nee, Miss Mollie [Effie] Harrison, passed away on Friday, September 22nd, at the Farmington hospital where she had received treatment since in the Spring, when she suffered a stroke. She was fifty-three years of age.


Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the Baptist Church in Farmington with the Reverend Frank Q. Crockett officiating. Interment was made in the Highley cemetery near Esther, Mo.


Surviving the deceased are her husband, who is the City Marshall at Farmington and three children, [Harry] Edgar, Jr., Leota and Martha.


The deceased will be remembered by her many friends in Bonne Terre as she was born and raised here. She graduated from the Bonne Terre high school and later became a trained nurse. She is a cousin to Mrs. Frank Lehman, Miss Cora Moon, Miss Rosa Moon and Mr. Loomis Moon, all residents of Bonne Terre.


Additional Information: According to St. Francois County Cemeteries book, she was born Aug. 31, 1881(?), and died Sept. 22, 1933, daughter of John E. and Mary (Johnson) Harrison. She and Harry were married July 31, 1911.


Source: The above obit was obtained from the files of the Farmington Library. Name or date of newspaper was not noted on clipping. Only 1933 was handwritten on clipping.


Note that this other obit gives her year of birth as 1880 instead of 1881 as reflected in cemetery book. The year 1880 is probably correct since that would compute given her age of 53 at time of death



Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, Oct. 30, 1925.




James W. Highley, one of the pioneer citizens of this community, died at his farm home east of Desloge last Friday, October 23rd, following a severe stroke which he suffered Tuesday, October 20th. He did not regain consciousness between the time at which he was stricken and death. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church, Desloge, Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Hugh May, pastor, with interment in K. of P. Cemetery, Farmington. He was seventy-one years, four months and twenty-two days of age when he answered his final summons.


James W. Highley was born June 1, 1854, in Washington County, and came with his family to St. Francois county early in life. January 21, 1892 he was married to Sallie Rariden and the young couple immediately took up their home on the farm which they have since owned and occupied, from which they have watched the steady growth and development of a busy industrial center as it took form and expanded until it culminated in the present Lead Belt. They have no living children. In passing he leaves his widow, Mrs. Sallie Highley, two brothers, Luke and J. O. Highley, one sister, Mrs. Cinderella Huddleston, one half brother, Harry Highley, and four half sisters, Mesdames Ella Hunt, William Bruett, J. D. Mitchell and Kate Eaton and a number of more distant relatives.


James W. Highley, "Uncle Jim" to almost the entire community, was indeed a pioneer citizen and it is a safe statement that but few if any in this entire county enjoyed as wide a circle of friends and acquaintances. He took an active part in politics, being a stalwart member of the Democratic party, and invariably took his position on every public question of importance, expressing his views and stating the reason for his stand with a frankness that held the respect of all who knew him. He dearly loved children and in turn was high in the affections of more than a few little folks of this decade as well as many others who were little ones in previous decades since he has lived in the community. More than one young man has been enabled to get a better education, a firmer start in life, through the help of "Uncle Jim". The general respect and affection in which his neighbors held him was given public expression by the great throng that attended his funeral to pay their last respects and by the many floral offerings from individuals and organizations. Among the latter, the one that would have been appreciated most by James W. Highley, had he been given the power to express appreciation, was a wreath given by the boys of this community who contributed their small portions by the dozen, no one knowing just how many gave their bit for this last gift to their mutual friend.


Mr. Highley had been suffering from ill health for some two years past, although he has been up and around during practically all of that time. He has kept actively engaged with his farm management and other business interests and, as in many long years past, has been seen daily on local highways occupying his buggy and driving his horse, most always accompanied by one or more boys. On Tuesday evening, while driving about his farm, one of his employees saw him collapse and fall from his buggy seat. He summoned help and the stricken man was assisted to his home. Medical attention was summoned immediately, but Mr. Highley, while recovering himself to some degree, never appeared to be fully conscious from that time until the end.


The News offers sincere sympathy to bereaved relatives.


Note: According to the St. Francois County, Missouri Cemeteries Book for K of P Cemetery in Farmington, Sally [Sallie] Highley, wife of James W. Highley, was born Mar. 26, 1867 and died Apr. 20, 1947. She was daughter of Theodore & Mary Ann (Patterson) Rariden.



Ottis Euin Highley died at his home in Quapaw, Oklahoma, September 11, 1931, at 3:40 P.M., following an illness of several years.  He was the son of John W. Highley and Eliza (McHenry) Andrews Highley and was born near Hazel Run April 30, 1880.  At the time of death, his age was 51 years, 4 months and 11 days.  When he was 17 years old he moved to Desloge and on June 24, 1903 was united in marriage to Elnora Moon, of Desloge.  To this union three sons were born, Euin, Vernon and Rendell.  In 1913 his loving wife was called from this world and in 1915 he married Miss Katie Hawkins of Farmington.  They made their home in Joplin and in 1918 a daughter, Leona was born.  From Joplin they moved to Treece, Kansas where two daughters, Esther and Norma Jean were born.  In 1926 they moved to Quapaw and have resided there since.

 In 1904 he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Methodist church in Desloge.  Since moving to Quapaw he became a member of the Masonic Lodge. 

He has worked in the mines since he was 19 years old and for the past five years has been ground boss in a number of mines. 

He leaves to mourn his departure his faithful loving wife, Katie, three sons, Euin, Vernon, Rendell, three daughters, Leona, Norma Jean, and Esther, a twin brother Otto of Los Angeles, California, two sisters, Mrs. Grace Schuerman of Los Angeles and Mrs. Guy Haile of Desloge and a half brother Henry Andrews of Bonne Terre. 

The body was taken to the Frank Seivers Undertaking Parlor at Joplin.  Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at Quapaw with Rev. Minnif conducting the services.  He was laid to rest at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Joplin, Sunday September 13, 1931.  The News joins with the host of relatives and friends in extending sympathy.





Mrs. Rusha Elnora Moon Highley, the second daughter of Thomas and Ophelia Moon, and the affectionate wife of Ottis Highley, of Desloge, Mo., was born near Bonne Terre, Mo., April 22, 1883, and died in great triumph at her home in Desloge, at 6:20 P.M., Sunday, October 12, 1913, aged 30 years, 5 months and 20 days. 

Ten months ago her father preceded her to the Celestial City, besides three brothers who had gone before.

Mrs. Highley leaves a husband and three children, Euin, aged 9, Vernon, aged 7, and Rendell aged 5, also a mother, Mrs. T. G. Moon, of Bonne Terre, Mo.; five brothers as follows:  Bert and Ed Moon, of St Louis; Tilden Moon, of East St. Louis, Ill.,; Wendell Moon, of Bonne Terre, and Tom Moon, of St. Louis, and three sisters, Mrs. Bert Clay, of Leadwood, Mo.; Mrs. Perry Degonia and Miss Ophelia Moon, of Bonne Terre, Mo., besides a host of friends to mourn an unspeakable grief.

About fifteen years ago she gave her heart to God, professed faith in Christ and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, at Desloge, Mo., under the ministry of a Rev. A.R. Williams, in which she proved a faithful and consistent Christian the rest of her life.

Mrs. Highley's parents moved to Desloge when she was 7 years of age, and with the exception of these 7 years her entire life was spent in Desloge, where she was loved and respected by all who knew her.

June 24, 1903, she was very happily married to Ottis Highley, Rev. A.S. Coker, of Bonne Terre, officiating.  I doubt if there was ever a happier union affected at the hymenal altar or a more beautiful devotion of husband and wife to each other.  Their hearts were indeed one in the golden hands of love.

Mrs. Highley was sick but a short time, but through it all she proved to be one of the brightest and happiest Christians.  Although everything possible was done to alleviate her suffering and restore her to health, the half of her suffering could not be told.  She was always found wholly resigned to the divine will of God, cheerful and with a strong and abiding faith in Christ.  She never murmured nor complained but always gave evidence that she believed that things worked together for her temporal and eternal good.

There was nothing that medical science could not do that was left undone by her family physician.  So patiently the loving mother and husband were devoted to their dear one, from sunrise to sunset remain her unflinchingly to the last when medical aid had failed and watched the last flickering ray of light, ready to grasp at any ray of hope no matter how small.

The greatest consolation that I vouchsafed, is the sweet realization of the fact that our beloved is at peace.  The one upon whom we have lavished our affection is now in the land "where the weary are at rest."

Bending over the open casket, looking at the folded hands which will never clasp ours again in this world, gazing upon the closed eyes in which we will never more see our image reflected on this earth, the scalding tears fall as we realize that our earthly companionship with this one is forever at an end.

Our only consolation is that our heart's idol has heard the words from the Father's lips, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joys of the Lord."

The consolation is found in a consideration of the fact that our treasure is in heaven.  The poor, worn frame will never more be racked with the agonies of pain, suffering is at an end.

The high esteem in which Mrs. Highley was held by her church and friends was in evidence by the great number who attended the funeral service, and followed her to the grave.

As a Christian she was above reproach; as a wife, she was true and faithful; as a daughter always obedient and devoted; as a sister, affectionate; a friend, never failing.

The funeral service was conducted at the M. E. Church, at Desloge, Mo., Tuesday, October 14, 1913, at 11:30 A.M., by Rev. George Walker, of Fornfelt, Mo.  Her funeral was one of the largest ever held in Desloge.  The body was laid to rest in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Desloge.

The precious influence of her stay among us rests as a benediction upon all of her acquaintances.  May the Holy Spirit comfort her brokenhearted loved ones, and the word of God be their consolation.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             O.M.  (Ophelia Moon]  





Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, April 25, 1947.




Mrs. Sallie Highley, widow of the late James W. Highley, who resided at the Sloan House in Farmington, was found dead in bed by Mrs. Sloan, Tuesday morning, April 22, 1947. She was born in St. Louis on March 26, 1867, a daughter of the late Mary Ann Patterson and Theodore Rariden, and at the time of her death was 80 years 1 month of age.


Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Cozean Funeral Home, conducted by her pastor, Rev. W. T. Magill, of the Presbyterian Church. Interment was in the K. of P. Cemetery.


Mr. Highley passed away several years ago. During his lifetime they resided on a farm near Desloge. They had no children. Mrs. Highley was a member of the Sarah Barton Murphy Chapter of the D.A.R., the D. A. C. and the Presbyterian Church. She was at all times interested in civic affairs of the community and until her death enjoyed the pleasant association of her friends. She was in her usual good spirits Tuesday [sic Monday?] evening before retiring, and her passing was a shock to her relatives and friends. She is survived by several nieces and nephews, and a wide circle of friends.




The Cemetery Book gives her date of death as April 20, 1947. However, I don't think this is right since the newspaper article specifically states that she was found dead on Tuesday morning, April 22nd. According to my perpetual calendar, April 22, 1947 did, in fact, fall on a Tuesday. April 20, 1947, fell on a Sunday. Also, cemetery book has her first name spelled as Sally.



[The Farmington Times, Friday, June 25, 1915]



Respected Citizen and Ex-County Official Passed Away Last Monday.


Jefferson D. Highley was born in St. Francois County July 18, 1860, and died at 11 P.M. on Monday, June 21, 1915. In February, 1910, he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Cook, who survives him. For more than a year he had been in failing health, and in an effort to regain his lost health he left for California on November 14, 1914, and after spending about six months in southern California he returned to his home in May, 1915; and on consultation with his physician, Dr. J. B. Robinson, he was told that he was fatally ill, being in the advanced stages of Bright's disease, and was sent to the hospital at Bonne Terre, where he steadily grew worse until the end came.


A short while before his death he expressed a desire to join the Catholic church, whereupon his wife sent for the resident priest and he was admitted to that church and died in that faith; his funeral was conducted by Father Casey of Desloge at the Catholic church at Farmington, at 2 o'clock P.M. on Wednesday of this week, and his remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery here in this city.


Jefferson D. Highley was elected Sheriff of St. Francois county two terms, serving from January 1st, 1899, to January 1st, 1903, and after being out of politics for a few years was the Democratic nominee for Collector of this county, being defeated at the general election by Cy Denman, the Republican nominee.


To appreciate the character of Jefferson D. Highley, one had to know him well and to be associated with him daily, he was not given to much talk nor was he very demonstrative in his communications with his friends. If he was your friend and you his, the night was not too dark nor the day too stormy for him to go out of his way to do you a favor; if he did not like you he said but little, if anything , about it. The writer, who has known him for thirty years, does not now recall his ever having said to him an unkind word or uttered an unkind thought concerning any man; faults he had but his virtues were more than his thoughts, even though the flesh was weak at times.


For many years he was a member of the K. P. Lodge, which membership he kept up until the last, and we feel sure that he was a true friend and that he bore toward his fellow man that charity that made his life nobler and the world better, that benevolence that not only wished his fellow man well but at all times was willing to do well toward him.


His father and mother died while he was quite young and he was brought up in the home and under the influence of his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Highley, and the influence of that home and the teaching he received, more especially from Mrs. John B. Highley, was evidenced in his last illness for it brought him back to his God and to the faith of that good woman who loved [him] as her own son and whom Jeff loved, perhaps, as well or better than anyone who had come into his life.


The dates of our birth and death measure the duration of our lives; but to those who knew the departed best, only earth circumscribed his influence over them and only eternity is long enough for the fulfillment of a joyous experience unfettered by earthly impediments.



Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, Nov. 5, 1926.




The body of Jerry Highley, who was mysteriously shot in St. Louis last Thursday night a week ago, was brought to Desloge today where funeral services were held in the Methodist Church. Interment was made in the McHenry Cemetery, east of Desloge. Highley had been employed by Mrs. James Eaton on a farm all summer and fall and had only been in St. Louis a day or so when he met with his fate. When he left Desloge he had $180 on his person. He leaves several brothers and sisters and other relatives.





We learned with much sorrow of the passing of Lee Highley, which occurred at five o'clock on Monday evening at a hospital at Council Bluffs, Iowa, which he had entered for treatment a week before, aged 69 years, 1 month and 27 days.


Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church at Loveland, Iowa, Wednesday afternoon, with interment in the Branson Cemetery at Loveland.


The deceased was the older son of the late Thomas J. and Mary Williams Highley. He was born on December 6, 1871, on what has been known for many years as the J. B. Williams farm, one mile north of Farmington. He was reared in this community and attended the local public schools and Carleton College. He received a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri and later took a post-graduate course in Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. After graduation, he was employed as an engineer for several years by the Illinois Central Railroad following which he entered the employ of the Missouri Pacific Railway. For a few years he was located at Pacific, Mo. While engaged in his work as an engineer he met and married Miss Olive M. Henderson, of Loveland, Iowa, their marriage taking place in May 1906. After a residence of four years in St. Louis, Mr. and Mrs. Highley went to Idaho where his work called him and in 1911 they located at New Meadows where they continued to live until Mrs. Highley's death which occurred on April 13, 1939. Her body was taken back to her old home town of Loveland, Iowa, for interment. Soon after her passing, Mr. Highley's health became seriously impaired and late last fall he went to Loveland to spend the winter with his wife's sister. Recently his condition grew worse and ten days ago he entered a hospital at Council Bluffs, where the end came as stated above.


During Mr. Highley's residence at New Meadows, he was active in the town's business, civic, educational and religious circles. He was cashier of the local bank for many years, member of the school board and a leader in the church.


The editor of The News became acquainted with Lee Highley in the autumn of 1890 while both were students at Carleton College. A close friendship was formed then which lasted through the years. He was one of the finest men it was ever our privilege to know -- kind, unassuming, courteous, honest, intelligent, unselfish, public spirited, broadminded, deeply religious, and considerate.


{Note: According to my calculations, given age and date of birth as stated above, death would have occurred Abt. Feb. 2nd or 3rd, 1941, as he would have turned 69 on Dec. 6, 1940, and he was 69 years, 1 month and 27 days at death. Actually, I figured Feb. 2nd, but obit states that death occurred on "Monday" evening and Feb. 3, 1941, fell on a Monday}


[Source: The above obit was obtained from the files of the Farmington Library. Name and date of newspaper were not noted on the clipping, although I assume it was taken from The Farmington News.]



Leroy Highley, 76, Adrian, Missouri, died Tuesday, June 15, 1999, at St.

Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be 2 P.M.

Friday, June 18, at Atkinson Chapel, Adrian, Missouri; burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Friends may call 6-8 P.M. Thursday at the chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. (Arrangements: Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri)



[The Lead Belt News, April 19, 1961]



Mrs. Maggie (Highley) McDaniel was born on January 15, 1880, near Leadington [St. Francois County], Mo., and died in Farmington, Sunday, April 16, 1961, aged 81 years 3 months 1 day. She was a daughter of the late Thomas and Sarah (Thomasson) Highley.


On February 25, 1898, she was united in marriage to George McDaniel, who preceded her in death. Following the death of her husband, she lived for 20 years with her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. McKinney in Farmington.


Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, April 18, at the Cozean Funeral Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Joseph H. Jones, pastor of Memorial Methodist Church. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.





Mrs. Melissa Jane (Burgess) Highley who had made her home the past 16 years with her daughter, Mrs. S. D. Koen of near Esther died last Friday, March 8, 1929. She was born in Montgomery County, Tenn. May 4, 1843, being 85 years, 10 months and four days of age. She was married to Joe McDaniel, Dec. 27, 1863 and who preceded her in death 49 years ago. To this union was born eight children, four of whom preceded her in death. Those living are: George and James McDaniel of Anaconda, Mont.; Mrs. Lucy Reed of Riverside, Calif., and Mrs. S. D. Koen of Esther. Also two sisters, Mrs. Sarah McDaniel of Esther; Mrs. Mary Cleveland of Farmington. Also sixteen grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. In 1889 she was again married this time to James N. Highley who preceded her in death 16 years. When 17 years of age she was converted and joined the Old Colony Baptist church retaining her membership there throughout her long life. Funeral services were held at the Esther Methodist Church Sunday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Carrol Thomasson assisted by the pastor, Rev. Forsythe. The remains were buried in the Burgess cemetery two miles north of Farmington. The News extends sympathy to all the sorrowing relatives and friends.


[The Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, March 15, 1929]



January 4, 1935


Thomas Coke Highley, known to this friends as "Buck" Highley; died Wednesday, January 2, 1935 at his home in Farmington, St. Francois County, MO. of heart trouble.

He was 74 years of age.


The body was removed to the Cozean Funeral Home, where a short funeral service was held Thursday at 2 P.M. The body was taken to Kennett for burial this morning.


The deceased was born near Irondale, Missouri, March 6, 1860, the son of Robert Brown and Sarah Bush Highley. He was first married to Mary Nicholson of Washington County and they were the parents of two sons, Frank and Rolle, the later having preceded his father in death.


He later married Emma Offer, who died nine years ago. Three children were born to this union, Fern (Mrs. Ode) Masters of Farmington; Virginia Lee and Carlton, at home. He also leaves five grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. W. H. Rariden of Farmington.


Mr. Highley was for many years engaged in the livery business in this county and had a wide circle of friends who will miss him.



Thomas Franklin Highley, Jr., son of Mrs. Nelle [Nellie ?] Byington Highley, was born in Farmington, Mo., on July 15, 1910, and died on May 28, 1950, at the age of 39 years, 10 months and 13 days.


He was united in marriage to Edna Fay Mouser on March 12, 1933, who survives with their two children, Tommy Ted and Janelle. He is also survived by his mother; two sisters, Ann Elizabeth (Mrs. Walter) Carrow of Farmington, and Mary Helen (Mrs. George) Michel of St. Louis, one brother, Perry B., of Belleville, Ill., and many other relatives.


Frank was a faithful and active member of the Memorial Methodist Church, also a member of the order of DeMolay, of which he was Master Counselor for two years. He was secretary for the Chevrolet Company here for 16 years, prior to becoming an employee of the Goodman Finance Co., of Flat River.


Funeral services were held at the Memorial Methodist Church at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by his pastor, Rev. E. C. Cole. Interment was in St. Francois Memorial Cemetery with Miller Service in charge.



Frank Highley, Jr., 39 and Dr. Albert F. Mayerhoffer, 26, both of Farmington [St. Francois County, Mo.], were killed instantly on Sunday afternoon, May 28 [1950], in a collision on Route 25, three miles South of Bloomsdale. Two other Farmington men, Bert J. Miller, Coroner of St. Francois County, and W. J. Sarff, Superintendent of Esther Schools, were critically injured in the crash.


The accident happened at four o'clock. According to the State Highway Patrol report, Dr. Mayerhoffer, driving north in a 1950 Roadmaster Buick sedan, attempted to pass a car and saw a livestock truck approaching. The truck was being driven south by Otto Coleman of Bloomsdale. Approximately at the same time Coleman saw the danger and pulled his loaded truck onto the shoulder on his side of the highway, Mr. Mayerhoffer apparently headed for the same shoulder in the belief that the truck would remain on the payment, and the car ran under the truck which toppled the front end of the auto.


Dr. Mayerhoffer and Mr. Highley riding in the front seat, were dead when removed from the wreckage. Miller and Sarff, in the back seat, were both unconscious. The bodies of the two men who were killed were removed to Ste. Genevieve and later transferred, Dr. Mayerhoffer to East St. Louis, Ill., and Mr. Highley to the Miller Funeral Home in Farmington.


After emergency treatment at Bonne Terre Hospital, Mr. Miller was taken to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis where he is suffering from a fractured skull, fractures of both the upper and lower jaw, fractures of facial bones near the nose and a broken left leg at the knee, in addition to severe lacerations of the face and head. He regained consciousness on Tuesday and on Thursday underwent an operation on his knee. He is expected to recover. Mr. Sarff was taken from Bonne Terre Hospital on Sunday night to De Paul Hospital in St. Louis, where he is still in critical condition. His injuries consist mainly of a fractured skull, severe lacerations over the right eye, compound fracture of the right arm, and a possible fracture of the spine. Latest reports from the hospital state that his general condition is improved, although he remains unconscious.


The four men, all prominent citizens of Farmington, had left at 3:30 o'clock for Indianapolis, Ind., where they planned to attend the auto races on Memorial Day.


In the tragic accident, one of the worst in the history of this community, Mr. Coleman, driver of the truck, was also seriously hurt and is a patient at Bonne Terre Hospital. He sustained a broken left ankle and severe lacerations of the head and neck. Riding with him were Alphonse Joseph Bader, 41, of Bloomsdale, who sustained a broken right wrist, and Med Camden, also of Bloomsdale, who suffered severe sprains and bruises about the body. Both were treated in Ste. Genevieve and returned to their homes.


An inquest in the death of Mayerhoffer and Highley was held on Monday at the Basler Funeral Home in Ste. Genevieve, conducted by Coroner Basler, and a verdict of accidental death was returned.


Funeral services for Mr. Highley were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Murphy-Long Memorial Methodist Church, conducted by his pastor, Rev. Ebert C. Cole. Interment was in St. Francois Memorial Park, with Miller Service.


He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Edna Mouser, two children, Tommy Ted and Janelle; his mother, Mrs. Nelle B. Highley of Farmington, a brother and two sisters. He was employed with the Goodman Finance County, in Flat River. Active in community affairs, he was serving on the Board of Education and on the Board of Stewards of the Memorial Methodist Church at the time of his death.


Funeral services for Dr. Mayerhoffer were held on Wednesday afternoon at the Kuris Funeral Home in East St. Louis, with interment in that city.


He was educated in East St. Louis, received training at the Aloe Co. in St. Louis and was graduated from the College of Optometry in Chicago. He opened offices in Farmington in the fall of 1945 and had enjoyed a successful business. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and of the Kiwanis Club, having served as its president in 1948. In 1947 he was treasurer of the club, was a director in 1949, and was again director at the time of his death.


He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Ann Helfer of East St. Louis, and two children, Carol Ann and Albert. He was the only child of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Mayerhoffer of East St. Louis. His father is a retired druggist.


[The Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, May 26, 1950]


Note: A very dramatic photograph of the two vehicles involved in the collision accompanied this article.


Mrs. Howard Hoffman and daughters, Susie and Betty of Riverton, Wy., who are visiting in Bonne Terre with her sister, Mrs. Leon Palmer and family were guests of Farmington relatives and friends last weekend. Mrs. Hoffman attended funeral services for her cousin, Frank Highley, Jr. on Tuesday.

Rev. Elbert C. Cole visited in St. Louis on Wednesday evening with Berl Miller, a patient in Barnes Hospital, and J. W. Sarff, at De Paul Hospital. Both men are suffering from critical injuries suffered in an auto-truck crash at Bloomsdale last Sunday afternoon.


Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Wilson of Camden, Ark., who were called here on Monday by news of the death of their brother-in-law, Frank Highley, Jr., which was on Sunday afternoon, returned home on Wednesday. Mrs. Wilson will come here this weekend for an indefinite visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Mouser and her sisters, Mrs. Highley and Mrs. Francis Stoll and their families.


Mr. and Mrs. Merl Miller and the former's sister of Kansas City, were called here last Sunday by news of the critical injuries sustained by their brother, Berl Miller in an automobile accident. They are in St. Louis with Mrs. Berl Miller to be near Mr. Miller, a patient in Barnes Hospital.


Mr. and Mrs. George Michel and children, Judith Ann and Billy of St. Louis and Mr. and Mrs. Perry Highley and son, Robert of Belleville, Ill., were called here last Sunday night by news of the tragic death of their brother, Frank Highley, Jr., who was killed in an automobile accident. Others from out of town who were here on Tuesday for the funeral service included Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Howell, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Rainwater and Mr. and Mrs. Paul London and three children of St. Louis.



We desire to express our sincere thanks to our neighbors, fiends and relatives for the many acts of kindness and expressions of sympathy shown us at the time of the tragic death of our dear husband, son and brother. Also for the beautiful floral offerings, Rev. Cole and the Miller Funeral Service.

Mrs. Frank Highley, Jr. and children

Mrs. Nelle B. Highley and family.


[The Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, June 2, 1950]





FARMINGTON - Edna Faye Highley, 90, of Farmington passed away on Dec. 17, 2000, at the Presbyterian Manor. She was born on June 28, 1910, at Flat River, the daughter of the late Luke and Missouri Jane (London) Mouser. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank Highley, Jr. and by a sister, Alta Wilson Roberts.


Mrs. Highley owned and operated the Foster-Highley Dress Shoppe. She was also a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church of Farmington.


She is survived by a son, Thomas Highley and wife, Wanda of Louisburg, KS; by a daughter, Janelle Gibson and husband, Gary of Farmington; by her twin sister, Eva Stoll of Farmington; by a brother-in-law, Perry B. Highley and wife, Bernice of Fort Pierce, FL; by 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be Tuesday after 5 P.M. at the Cozean Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 A.M. at the Cozean Memorial Chapel with Dr. David Webster officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Francois Memorial Park. Memorials may be directed to The Good Samaritan Fund at the Presbyterian Manor. This obituary online at .



Hugh Highley died at his home in Bismarck at 4:30 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, September 9, of a cerebral hemorrhage. Mr. Highley had been under a physician's care for some time, but continued at his work as a section hand on the Belmont Branch. He was about town late Saturday morning.


The deceased was a son of the late Thomas and Sarah Highley and was born May 14, 1895, and was aged 55 years 3 months and 25 days at the time of death.


Funeral services were held at two o'clock on Monday afternoon from the Union church, conducted by Rev. Wm. Stewart, pastor of the Methodist Church, with Rev W. J. Velvick assisting. Interment was in the Masonic cemetery with the White and Hill Service in charge.


Surviving are his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Helen Kilbreth, of St. Louis, one granddaughter, two brothers, William Highley of Flat River and Jeff Highley of Elvins and three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Buster of Farmington, Mrs. Maggie McDaniel of Farmington and Mrs. Blanche Cevelee of Richwoods, Missouri.





Mrs. Hugh Highley (nee Skinner), wife of Hugh Highley, of Leadington, and daughter of George Skinner of Knob Lick, died at her home in Leadington at 9:15 A.M. on February 9th, 1920. Death was due to pneumonia, following an attack of the "flu".


She was born at Syenite, Mo., on September 19, 1889, and was united in marriage to Hugh Highley on August 6th, 1919. She became a member of the Christian church at Flat River, Feb. 1st, 1917.


She leaves to mourn her death a husband, father, mother, four brothers, and three sisters - John of Webb City, Mo.; George of Knob Lick, Mo.; Bertha (Mrs. Jack Ragsdale) of Olney Springs, Colo.; Tom, of Eastland, Texas; Roy, of Knob Lick; Sadie and Jessie of Farmington.


Her body was taken to Knob Lick for burial. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Canterbury of Knob Lick, and interment was in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.


Source: Clipping obtained from files of Farmington Library. Name and date of newspaper not noted on clipping.



The Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, Jun 11, 1920.




Thos. Highley who has owned and lived on a farm on the main road between Farmington and Flat River for many years, died Monday night following a lingering illness of Bright's disease. The funeral service was conducted at the Farmington Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30.


Mr. Highley has been well and favorably known throughout St. Francois County. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Stella Hopkins and Mrs. Carrie McClanahan, and two sons, Maurice and Lee, all of whom live in this county except Lee, who lives in Omaha.





Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, Aug. 26, 1932.




Mrs. Thos. Highley passed away Sunday, August 21, 1932, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Hopkins on Farmington Route 4, at the age of 82 years, 2 months and 19 days. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 P.M. at the First M. E. Church at Farmington, by Rev. H. C. Hoy, Interment was in the K. or P. Cemetery at Farmington with Cozean Undertaking Company in charge.


Mary Josephine Williams, daughter of the late William D. and Mary Cole Williams, was born near Farmington, June 12, 1850. She was married to Thos. J. Highley, November 4, 1870. Four children survive: Lee of New Meadows, Idaho; Tessa (Mrs. Val McClanahan) of Farmington Route Five; Maurice and Stella (Mrs. Charles Hopkins) of Farmington Route 4. She also leaves eleven grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Ella McEwen and Mrs. Georgianna Ledbetter of Farmington. The husband and father died twelve years ago. Mrs. Highley has always maintained her own home, but spent much of her time with her children. Just a week prior to her death she became ill and was tenderly cared for at her daughter's home until death claimed her.


The News offers sympathy.



Woodrow Wilson Highley, 81, Mount Olive, Missouri, died Jan. 7, 1995, at a hospital in Butler, Missouri. Services will be at 2 P.M. Tuesday at the Underwood-Steinbeck Chapel, Butler; burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Friends may call from 6 to 8 P.M. today at the chapel. The family suggests contributions to the Kidney Foundation. Mr. Highley was a lifelong Mount Olive resident. He was a retired farmer. He was one of the founders of the Butler Chapter of the Missouri Farmers Association and the Butler Chapter of the Missouri Farmers Association Oil Board. Survivors include his wife, Carmen Etta Highley of the home; two sons, Robert W. Highley, Butler, and Dr. Kenneth Highley, Harrisonville; two daughters, Ruth Baker, Butler, and Barbara K. Danahy, Kingsville, Missouri; two brothers, Robert "Jack" Highley, Archie, Missouri, and Leroy Highley, Adrian, Missouri; three sisters, Mona Corwine, Butler, Thelma Butler, Urich, Missouri, and June York, Bolivar, Missouri; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.





Carmen Etta Highley, 83, Butler, Missouri, passed away Friday, November 29, 1996, at Bates County Memorial Hospital, Butler. Services will be 2 P.M. Monday, December 2, at Underwood-Steinbeck Funeral Home, Butler; burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Friends may call 6-8 P.M. Sunday, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Highley is survived by two sons, Robert Highley and wife, Janice, Butler, Missouri, Dr. Kenneth Highley and wife, Linda, Harrisonville, Missouri; two daughters, Ruth Baker, Butler, Missouri, Barbara K. Danahy and husband, Jerry, Kingsville, Missouri; two brothers, Earland Heckadon, North Kansas City, Missouri, Walter Heckadon, Adrian, Missouri; two sisters, Mabel Huff, Clinton, Missouri, Jessie Lacy, Adrian, Missouri; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.





LEAD BELT NEWS June 11, 1943



William E. Eaton, son of the late Aaron and Sarah Eaton, was born in Indiana, January 25, 1870, and died in a hospital at Collinsville, IL, Wednesday, June 2, 1943, aged 72 years 11 months 8 days.


In childhood he moved with his parents to St. Francois County, MO, where he grew to manhood. Several years ago he moved to Collinsville, IL where he had employment and lived until his death. In young manhood, he married Kate Highley and to this union two sons and three daughters were born. He is survived by his wife and son, Orville Eaton of Collinsville, and a daughter, Mrs. Lena Thompson of Centralia, IL, ten grandchildren and six brothers: Gallant, Aaron, Porter, John, Marvin and Abe Eaton all of St. Francois County, other relatives and a host of friends.


In 1938 he became a member of The Assembly of God Church and remained a devoted member until death. The men of his Bible Class served as pall bearers.


His body lay in state and funeral services were conducted by his pastor at the Schroeppel Funeral Home and he was laid to rest by the side of two daughters in St. John's Cemetery in Collinsville.







[The Lead Belt News, April 2, 1969]


Guy W. Haile of 202 Vandervoort, Desloge, was born March 14, 1871 in St. Francois County the son of the late Samuel Guy and Virginia Hutchings Haile and died April 1 [1969] at the Mineral Area Hospital.


His wife Ardelia Highley Haile preceded him in death in 1953.


He is survived by the following children: Grace (Mrs. L. L. Meritt) of Desloge, Percy Haile of Lemay, Effie (Mrs. Ray Woolridge) of Lemay, Lillian (Mrs. George Russell) of Waterloo, Ill., Shelton Haile of New Florence, Alma (Mrs. Roy Gale) of Desloge and Ann (Mrs. Harry Townsend) of Rt. 2, Bonne Terre; also surviving are 20 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren. His wife, two daughters, two sons and three sisters preceded him in death.


Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2:00 P.M. at the Marvin Chapel Church, with the Rev. Willard Snyder officiating. Interment will be in the Herod Cemetery under the direction of the C. Z. Boyer and Son Funeral Service of Desloge.





Buford Haile passed away February 27, 1953, at Farmington. He was born April 27, 1897, and was the son of Guy Haile and the late Celeste Highley.


He was united in marriage to Ruth Banister, of Doe Run, who survives him. Others surviving are his father, Guy Haile, of Farmington Route Two, and the following sisters and brothers: Grace (Mrs. Tol) Merritt, of Route One, Bonne Terre; Percy and Shelt, of St. Louis; Effie (Mrs. Ray) Woolridge, of St. Louis; Lillian (Mrs. George) Russell, of Waterloo, Ill.; Jerry, of Route Two, Farmington; Anna (Mrs. Jewell) Lindsey, of Bonne Terre Route One; Alma (Mrs. Roy) Gale, of Desloge; Ella (Mrs. Arba) Galvin, of Esther.


The funeral service was held at the Doe Run Church of God Monday afternoon at 2:30 with interment in the Doe Run Cemetery under the direction of the Cozean Funeral Service.



Burford Guy Haile of Doe Run [St. Francois County, MO] died suddenly Friday night, February 27, 1953, while en route from his home to Bonne Terre Hospital. He had been ill for several years but his death, attributed to a heart attack, was unexpected. A son of Guy Haile and the late Celeste Highley Haile, he was born on April 22, 1897, and at the time of death was 55 years 10 months 5 days. He was a veteran of World War I.

He was married to Ruth Bannister [Banister], who survives. He also leaves his father, Guy Haile of Farmington Route 2, and the following brothers and sisters: Grace (Mrs. Tol Merritt), Bonne Terre Route 1; Percy and Shelt Haile, Effie (Mrs. Ray Wooldridge) and Lillian (Mrs. George Russell), St. Louis; Jerry Haile, Farmington Route 2; Anna (Mrs. Jewel Lindsay/Lindsey), Bonne Terre Route 1, and Alma (Mrs. Roy Gale), Desloge, and Ella (Mrs. Arba Galvan/Galvin), Esther.


Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon March 2, at the Church of God in Doe Run, conducted by Rev. Lydia Long of Farmington. Interment was in the Doe Run Cemetery. Cozean Service.


[The Lead Belt News, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, March 6, 1953]





Tessa Ella Hutchings, 78, of Farmington, died January 16. She was born February 22, 1908 in Ste. Genevieve County to the late Valentine and Tessa Highley McClanahan.


Mrs. Hutchings was a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church of Farmington and St. Francois County.


She is survived by five sons: Robert Blaine of Desloge, Edward H. Blaine of St. Louis, Harry P. Hutchings Jr., of the state of Texas, and Robert B. Hutchings, of the state of Louisiana; two daughters: Charlotte LaVern Burris of Summerville, Georgia; and Delores Sellers of Fredericktown; one brother, Homer H. McClanahan of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; one sister, Mildred Olive Keys of Florissant and 14 grandchildren.


Funeral services were held 2 P.M. Sunday at the Cozean Funeral Chapel with Rev. Elmer Revelle officiating. A private burial service will beheld at a later date at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery.


If desired, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.





Valentine James McClanahan, son of the late John and Catherine Clay McClanahan, was born in St. Francois County, Mo., October 30, 1871, and departed this life in Farmington, Monday, Sept. 8, 1958, aged 86 years, 11 months, 8 days.


On January 1, 1906, he was united in marriage to Tessa Ella Highley, who preceded him in death. They were the parents of six children, two of whom are also deceased, Estella in infancy, and Florence (Mrs. Roscoe) E. David, in 1937.


He is survived by three daughters and a son: Vivian (Mrs. Clarence Keeling) of Cassville, Mo.; Tessa (Mrs. Warren Blaine) of Farmington; Mildred (Mrs. William Keyes) of Jennings, Mo; and Homer McClanahan of Oklahoma City, Okla. He also leaves a brother, George McClanahan of Farmington; a sister, Mrs. Clara Dudley of Fredericktown; two half-brothers, Henry McClanahan of Farmington and Ben McClanahan of Elkhart, Ind.; a half-sister, Mrs. Nora Bradshaw of Elkhart; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Funeral services were held at ten o'clock on Wednesday morning, September 10, at the Cozean Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. J.W. Allen pastor of the Assembly of God Church. Interment was in the K. of P. Cemetery.


Copied from obit scrapbook at Farmington library. Newspaper and date not shown.





Willard B. Rariden Former Sheriff, Postmaster; School Board President, Dies


Willard B. Rariden was born near French Village, Missouri, July 3, 1860, and died at his home near Farmington February 19, 1939, aged 78 years, seven months, and 16 days.

He was married to Miss Mollie A. Highley in December 1885.  To this union three children were born -- Walter, who died when only two and one-half years old, R. Lynn and Lee, of Farmington.  Two grandchildren, Lynn Bowman Rariden and Billy Lee Rariden, also survive.  Mr. Rariden had four brothers and three sisters, and two brothers and two sisters survive him.  They are: Mrs. Sallie Highley, of Farmington, Mrs. Nannie Shaw, of Seattle, Washington; Wesley Rariden of Oklahoma, and Kennett, of St. Francois County.

His entire life was spent in this community.  He had served his community as Postmaster, appointed in 1886, and Sheriff, elected in 1894.  He also served on the local school board for 24 years.  In addition to these activities he was a dealer in livestock and acted as special agent for the Missouri Pacific Railway for many years.

A good citizen, a loyal husband, and a father who was a friend to many.

Services were held at the home, Tuesday, February 21, conducted by Rev. A. C. Johnson, of the M. E. Church, South, with interment in the Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Cozean Funeral Service




Willard B. Rariden, on of this community's best known citizens, passed away at his home one mile north of Farmington at 11 o'clock Sunday night.  Death was caused from pneumonia.  It was believed on last Thursday that he was very much better and had passed the crisis.  However, on Friday afternoon he suffered a sinking spell and from that time until the end his condition gradually grew worse.

Willard Rariden was 78 years, 7 months and 16 days of age and had enjoyed a long, active and useful life in this community.  He was one of the best known stockmen in all Southeast Missouri and had during a period of half a century bought and sold thousands of head of livestock.  He had also been a life-long active Democrat and had been honored by his party of many occasions.  He was first recognized by his party during the first Cleveland Administration when he was appointed postmaster.  In 1894 he was elected Sheriff of St. Francois County.  In later years he was elected a member of the Democratic State Committee and served his party in this capacity for a number of years.  His activities were not entirely confined, however, to his political party.  He took a keen interest in the civic welfare of the community and served as a member of the Farmington School board for six terms, giving unselfishly of his time and means to the improvement of our public schools.

Willard Rariden was born near French Village on July 3, 1860, son of Theodore F. and Mary Patterson Rariden.  He was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Highley on Dec. 29, 1885.  To this union were born three children, one son dying when about 2 1/2 years old.  The other two children, both sons, R. Lynn and Lee, and Mrs. Rariden survive and all live here.  He is also survived by two grandsons, Lynn Bowman and Billy Lee; also two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Highley, of Farmington, and Mrs. Nannie Shaw, of Seattle, Wash., and two brothers, Wesley Rariden, of Oklahoma, and Kennett, of near Esther.

Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday, Feb. 21st, and conducted by Rev. A. C. Johnson, pastor of the Murphy-Long Memorial Church.  Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.





Bonne Terre Register, Bonne Terre, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, Feb. 4, 1916.




Thomas M. Ross, father of Mrs. W. J. Marshall, and an uncle of J. W. Ross, the restaurant man, died Monday at Elvins at the age of 68 years. The death was sudden and was caused by heart disease. He had been up and around that morning and came in and sat down when he fell over dead.


Mr. Ross though an old man had the distinction of having been born and reared in St. Francois County and lived here all his life. He married in young manhood Miss Sarah Highley who died in 1897. Since then Mr. Ross has made his home with his daughter Miss Sallie Raines of Elvins. The other children besides Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Raines are Claude Ross of Kansas City, Mrs. Alvin Rucker of Oklahoma City, Mrs. S. J. Wood of Jones, Okla. He also has two living brothers and one sister John and William Ross of St. Louis and Mrs. M. E. Barry of Latham, Ill.


Because of the high waters the children in the west were delayed in getting here and the funeral was not held until Friday. Burial was made at Doe Run, the birth place of the deceased. He was a member of the Masonic and Redman orders.





Harry Bryan Walker was born near Farmington, St. Francois County, Mo., April 23, 1893, and died in Missouri Pacific Hospital, St. Louis, Sunday, March 5, 1961, aged 67 years 10 months 12 days. He was son of the late John McKee Walker and Laura Jane Highley Walker.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Herod Walker, also by two brothers, Finis and John, and a sister, Maude. Surviving relatives are a brother, Bart Walker of Desloge and two sisters, Mrs. Anne Haile of Farmington and Mrs. Joseph Wess Stuever of St. Louis and several nieces and nephews.


Mr. Walker, a retired railroad switchman, was affiliated with the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen.


Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, March 8, at the Hood Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Harold Nancy, pastor of the Taylor Avenue Method Church. Burial was in St. Francois Memorial Park. Hood Funeral Service.








[The Lead Belt News, Friday, August 3, 1917]


Geraldine Burks, the only daughter and eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Burks passed peacefully away at the home of her parents at Farmington on last Saturday morning [July 28, 1917] at 10:00 o'clock. Geraldine had been ill only about 24 hours with appendicitis. She was in the prime of youth, aged 18 years. She won friends wherever she went by her sunny disposition. Besides her parents, she leaves two brothers, Allen and Stephen, one aunt, Mrs. J. H. Tetley, all of Farmington and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her untimely death. Miss Burks was a member of the Farmington Christian Church and the funeral services were held in the yard of her home by her pastor, Rev. J. M. Bailey, on Monday morning and interment was made in the Masonic cemetery. The News joins in extending deepest sympathy to the bereaved.





THE DAILY JOURNAL, Flat River, St. Francois Co. MO, Mon. May 8, 1989, page 3




Ava Grace Merritt, 94, of Farmington died May 5 at the Fleur De Lis Nursing Home. She was born July 2, 1894 to the late Guy and Celeste Highley Haile. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Merritt; two sisters and four brothers.


Mrs. Merritt was a member of the Marvin Chapel Methodist Church.


She is survived by one daughter, Irene (Mrs. Karl) Kassabaum of Farmington; four sisters: Effie (Mrs. Ray) Wooldridge of Springfield, Lillian (Mrs. George) Russell of Alton, Alma (Mrs. Ray) Gale of Desloge, Anna (Mrs. Harry) Townsend of Bonne Terre; one granddaughter; and two great-granddaughters.


Funeral services, under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service in Farmington, were today at 1:30 P.M. with Rev. Bearl Pettus officiating. Burial was in Hillview Memorial Gardens.


Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.





Donald G. McDonald

QUAPAW, Okla. — Donald Gene "Flip" McDonald, 81, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2002. He was a retired school principal.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Thursday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Picher, Okla. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Joplin, Mo.

Visitation will be from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.







S. Sgt. Donald Crepps Returned for Burial.


Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., March 15 [1950], at Jefferson Barracks for Staff Sgt. Donald L. Crepps, who was shot down over Formosa on April 15, 1945. Burial for Sgt. Crepps and five comrades will be in the National Cemetery.


Donald who was 21 years of age at the time of his death, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Crepps of St. Louis, formerly of Esther. He was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Crepps and Mr. and Mrs. Rolla Crepps of Flat River, and a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Ransom of Esther.


Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Crepps and daughter, Betty Jean, Mr. and Mrs. Rolla Crepps and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Crepps will attend the services.


[The Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, Friday, March 10, 1950, Page 1]







Elizabeth N. Crepps, 92, of Farmington, passed away Oct. 31, 2000, at St. Francois Manor. She was born June 24, 1908, daughter of the late John and Margarett A. "Pigg" Ransom. Also preceded by one son, Paul Eugene who gave his life on Iwa Jima during World War II; her husband, Lloyd G. Crepps; two sisters, Mabel and Gladys Crepps; three brothers: Lawrence, Johnny and Walter Ransom.


Member of the Esther Baptist Church for 61 years, serving as secretary of her adult Sunday School class for many years.


Survived by one daughter, Betty and son-in-law, Delbert 'Red' Bittick of Farmington; three grandchildren: Roger Lyn and wife, Carolyn Bittick of Farmington; Paula Elizabeth and husband, Mark Ruth of Springfield; Debra Lee and husband, Dean Garling of Springfield; two great-grandsons, Kyle David and wife, Cindy Bittick of St. Louis; Brett Aaron Ruth of Springfield; one great-granddaughter, Krista Lynn Bittick of Farmington; two brothers, Raymond and wife, Mildred Ransom of Union; Mayford Ransom of Farmington and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Visitation will be Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Horton-Wampler Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Friday at 11 A.M. at the Horton-Wampler Memorial Chapel with Rev. Lester Henson officiating. Burial in St. Francois Memorial Park Cemetery.


[The Daily Journal, Nov. 2, 2000]







Goldie L. Pigg, of Route 2, Farmington, wife of Marvin C. Pigg, Mother of Norman C. Pigg. Daughter of William and Clara Crepps of Esther, Missouri, passed away at Park Lane Memorial Hospital, in St. Louis, Missouri on July 28, 1943, following an operation the week previous, aged 37 years, 6 months, and 2 days. She was united on May 6, 1925, to Marvin Charles Pigg. To this union, two sons were born, Norman of Bonne Terre,(St. Francois County) Missouri and Marvin Jr., who preceded her in death, February 18, 1934.


Funeral services were held at the Three Rivers Baptist Church, on Friday, July 30, 1943. Interment was at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.







February 23, 1934


Marvin Benjamin Pigg, six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Pigg, passed away at his home in St. Louis following an illness of measles and pneumonia. The little body was brought to the Benham Undertaking Parlor of Bonne Terre Tuesday where services were held at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. B. Ragsdale. Burial was made in the Marvin Chapel Cemetery. (St. Francois Co.)


He is survived by his heartbroken parents, one older brother, Norman, who was too ill to attend the funeral service, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Crepps of Esther, and Mrs. Ben Maddern of Detroit, Michigan and other relatives and friends.


To the bereaved ones the News offers sympathy.







Lead Belt News, Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri, June 28, 1961.




Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, June 24th, at the First Baptist Church in Esther, for Harold Raymond Crepps, who lost his life in an accident at Baker mine near Leadwood, Wednesday, June 21. The Rev. V. E. DeFreece, pastor, conducted the services, and burial was in St. Francois Memorial Park, in charge of the Raymond Caldwell & Son Funeral Service.


Born in Esther, Mo., February 2, 1923, he was a son of Rolla and Gladys (Ransom) Crepps, and was aged 38 years 4 months, 19 days at the time of death.


He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dorothy (Lucas) Crepps, four children: Janet, Gary, Richie and Randy, of the home; also his parents, who reside in Esther; his grandfather, J. L. Ransom, and an uncle, Lloyd Crepps, both of Esther.


Mr. Crepps was a veteran of World War II.