1117. JAMES MONROE "MON" COMSTOCK377,385,458,459,460,461,462 was born on 23 February 1860 in McDonald County, Missouri.8,363,384 He died on 29 November 1928 at the age of 68 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.8
Age given as 4/12 in the 1860 McDonald Co MO Census.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1883
Fran Alverson Warren
Mar 17. p.13 on Petit Jury: Monroe Comstock
Marriage license was taken out on 22 Oct 1884. Mr. J. M. Comstock [indexed in FamilySearch Records as "Dell"] of Uniontown in Crawford Co AR, aged 24 years and Miss L. Ellen Wood of Uniontown, Crawford Co AR, aged 17 years. They were married on 26 Oct 1884 by A. E. Poague, JP Recorded on page 5 of Book C on 29 Oct 1884.
Mon and "Dolph" started Comstock Bros. - mercantile in Van Buren, AR. Mon's sons, Kenney, Ira, and Paul later ran the store and eventually only Ira was proprietor. Was sold in 1964. Mon died on Thanksgiving Day in 1928, probably stroke - he had gone down to the store to work on accounts and when he did not come home, the sons found him there.
Obits Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1888; Fran Alverson Warren
Jul 28 1888
Judges of Elections: Union Twp Andrew Howell, John Burchfield, J. M. Comstock
OBITUARIES, DEATH NOTICES AND NEWS ITEMS EXTRACTED FROM THE VAN BUREN ARGUS, Vol. 2, Fran Alverson Warren, 2001; p.5
6 Feb 1889 UNIONTOWN
Our town is on a boom. Mr. J. C. Wood and L. L. Bragg have formed a copartnership in the mercantile business, and J. C. Wood has renovated his store-house and got it up in style, with an orin roof, and has a complete stock of goods....... Mr. Wheeler bought out Mr. Thomas Howell. Mr. J. M. Comstock, or Comstock Bros., have a good storehouse and a good stock of merchandise.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1890; Fran Alverson Warren
Aug 16, 1890
Judges of Elections Union Twp – Henry Howell, J. M Comstock, John Palmer
In 1890 Reconstructed Census is J. M. Comstock living in the Uniontown School District at Section 6, Township 10, Range 33. In 1892 he is on record as having paid his Poll Tax in Crawford County AR
OBITUARIES, DEATH NOTICES AND NEWS ITEMS EXTRACTED FROM THE VAN BUREN ARGUS, Vol. 3, Fran Alverson Warren, 2001;
p.21 18 May 1892 We had a pleasant call last Thursday from J. M. Comstock, of the popular firm of Comstock Brothers, Uniontown.
p.28 29 Jun 1892 Found - By J. M. Epperson on 1 Dec 1891, at Comstsock Brothers store in Uniontown, Ark., one-half of a $10 bill, No. 438469. Bank of issue is not known. For further information address B. Brewer, Post Master, Hanson, Indian Territory.
1900 Crawford Co Census. Children down through Edna listed including Lelia at age 9. Mon's brother Hardy is living with him. Union Twp, Hh 86
James M. Comstock, b. Feb 1860, age 40, married 15 years, b. MO, Father b. TN, mother b. AR, general merchant
Lucretia E., wife, b. Apr 1867, age 33. 7 children, 6 living, Born Kansas, father b. MO, mother b. W. Va.
Kennie, M., son, b. Jul 1887, age 12. Nora H., dau, b. Jun 1889, age 11. Lelia E., dau, b. Nov. 1890, age 9. Ira V., son, b. Sep 1892, age 7. Fannie M., dau, b. Jun 1894, age 5. Edna E., dau, b. Oct 1899, age 8 months.
Hardy Comstock, brother, b. Sep 1877, age 22, Divorced, b. AR, father b. TN, mother b. AR, Salesman, dry goods.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1906 Fran Alverson Warren, p.45
1 Sep 1906 J. M. Comstock of Uniontown, accompanied by his daughter, left Saturday for St. Louis to puchase a fall and winter stock for Comstock Brothers' Store at Uniontown.
[Which daughter? Nora was eldest and was not yet married - about age 17 in 1906.]
1910 Crawford Co Census. Only Kenney and Nora married. Union Twp., Hh 69
James M. Comstock, age 50, married 24 years, b. MO, father b. TN, mother b. AR, Merchant
Lucretia E., wife, age 43, 10 children - 8 are living, b. KS, father b. TN, mother b. MO
Children all born in AR:
Ira, son 17. Maude, dau, 15. Edna, dau 10. Lettie, dau, 8. Pauline, dau, 4. Paul, son, 3.
1920 Sebastian Co Census. Living at 901 N. 15th St in Ft. Smith. J. M. Comstock age 59 b MO, Merchant. Wife Ellen age 52, born Kansas. Daughter Edna age 20, Teacher in the public schools. Daughter Pauline age 14, student. Son Paul age 13, student.
5 May 1925 Notice in the bulletin of the Wood Memorial Church, twelve days before the dedication of the church to Miss Margaret & Norma Wood [no relation to my family]. A letter of appreciation for their family and signed by the Board of the Church, J. M. Comstock, Chairman, and my grandfather, D. M. Comstock, Secretary.
Father Found Dead by Son in Van Buren.
Heart Disease Attributed as Cause of Death of Monroe Comstock in His Store On Main Street Thursday.
J. Monroe Comstock, 69 years old, proprietor of the Comstock Dry Goods company of Van Buren, was found dead at his store on Main Street Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock, when his son, Ira M. Comstock went to the store in search of his father.
Mr. Comstock had not been in good health, but apparently was feeling well Thursday morning, though he had complained of a pain in the shoulder. Heart disease was attributed as the cause of his death.
The store was closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Mr. Comstock left home at 11 o'clock to go to town. When he did not return, his family became alarmed and his son went in search of him. The father's body was found lying on the floor in his office. He apparently had been dead for some time.
No funeral arrangements had been made Thursday night.
Mr. Comstock had been a resident of Crawford county for more than 60 years. He was born in McDonald county, Missouri. He came with his parents to Crawford county, when only a few years old. He was for 25 years a merchant at Uniontown before he came to Van Buren nince years ago, and established the Comstock Dry Goods company. He was a member of Wood Memorial Church and a Mason. The funeral will be in charge of Mrs. W. W. Ocker, funeral director.
Surviving relatives are the widow, Mrs. Ellen Comstock, three sons, Ira Comstock of Van Buren; K. M. Comstock, a traveling salesman for the Berry Dry Goods company of Fort Smith; Paul Comstock of Little Rock; five daughters, Mrs. A. C. Clark of Van Buren; Mrs. Cy Carney, Rudy, Ark.; Mrs. T. L. Delzell, Charleston, Ark.; Mrs. C. L. Redmond, Sallisawy, Okla.; and Mrs. J. L. Rainwater, Bristow, Okla; and a number of grandchildren. Mr. Comstock also leaves a brother and sister, H. Comstock of Uniontown and Mrs. Hugh Walker of Uniontown.
K. M. Comstock, who was covering his trade territory had not been located Thursday night.
Another obituary gives his home address as 520 North Thirteenth Street.
Still another lists the pallbearers:
Honorary: Oscar Norris, Ft. Smith; E. F. Mayfield, G. C. Yoes, Ed Deffenbaugh, C. I. Clark, John J. Hays, Edgar Covey, S. T. Matlock, M. V. Wallace, Clay Ward, Van Buren, and David Shapard, Fort Smith.
Active, Hugh Oliver, Dell Miller, O. D. Thompson, Charles E. Riddle, W. H. Wallace, Van Buren; Orien Horn, Fort Smith; Olin Pitts, Fort Smith; Othniel Miller, Van Buren.
COURT WILL ADJOURN AS COMSTOCK TRIBUTE. Tribunal Attaches to Attend Funeral of Widely Known Merchant Found Dead Thursday.
Judge J. O. Kincannon announced Friday afternoon that circuit court would be adjourned at noon Saturday out of respect to the memory of J. Monroe Comstock, widely known Van Buren merchant, who died suddenly Thursday. Court attaches will attend the funeral.
Funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at Wood Memorial Christian Church. William A. Sessions, supply pastor of the church, and Harney McGehee will conduct the service a the church. The ritual of the Masonic order, of which Mr. Comstock was a member, will be used.
Surviving relatives are his wife, Mrs. Ellen Comstock, three sons, Ira Comstock of Van Buren; K. M. Comstock, a traveling salesman for the Berry Dry Goos company of Fort Smith; Paul Comstock of Little Rock; five daughters, Mrs. A. C. Clark of Van Buren; Mrs. Cy Carney, Rudy, Ark; Mrs. T. L. Delzell, Charleston, Ark.; Mrs. B. L. Redmond, Sallisaw, Okla.; and Mrs. J. S. Rainwater, Bristow, Okla; and a number of grandchildren. Mr. Comstock also leaves a brother and sister, H. Comstock of Huniontown and Mrs. Hugh Walker of Uniontown.
All the relatives are in Van Buren for the funeral.
Buried GraceLawn Cemetery, Van Buren, AR
I found the following note by his granddaughter, Josie Ellen Comstock, written probably soon after he died as the handwriting was that of a child:
"Grandpa Comstock died on Thanksgiving Day on November 29th, 1928. His funeral was held on the following Saturday. He had many, many friends. Nearly every seat in the church was full. He had many flowers. There were so many they had to be put way out at the side of the grave. Some Negroes who knew Grandpa sat outside of the church during the funeral. I was eleven years old when Grandpa died."
JAMES MONROE "MON" COMSTOCK and LUCRETIA ELLEN WOOD were married on 26 October 1884 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.462,463 LUCRETIA ELLEN WOOD278, daughter of JOSEPH CHRISTOPHER WOOD and LETITIA ANN MAYBERRY, was born on 3 April 1867 in Kansas.8,464,465 She died on 19 November 1963 at the age of 96 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.8
Born possibly Wichita, Sedgwick County, or Douglas County, Kansas. They lived in Kansas for 2 1/2 years.
Postcard. Mailed 29 Jun 1915 from Colorado Springs, Colo. to Mrs. L. E. Comstock, Uniontown, Ark.
"Colorado Spgs - Sunday Night.
Dear Mama, We could find nothing in Salt Lake so we are a great deal nearer home now. Go to Denver tomorrow Then on toward Arkansas. Love to all. Ira."
And on front: "Monday Eve. We Scaled Pikes Peak today and are now on top. 14,147 ft. above sea."
The picture on front is of Balanced Rock & Steamboat Rock with the note, "Hope to see things here tomorrow."
In 1930, Ellen L. Comstock was age 63, widowed. She gave her birthplace as Kansas, her father's as KY, her mother's as VA. Paul, age 23, was still living at home and working as a salesman in a Dry Goods Store - probably at his brother Ira's. The address was 524 N 24th Street.
1940 Census. Van Buren. 524 N. 13th Street. [Google maps show that the house is still there! I was in it so many times....] Hh 368
Ellen Comstock, age 73, widow, b. Kansas, Lived in the same house in 1935.
Maude Redmon, daughter, age 45, widow, b. AR. Also said she was there in 1935 - she must have moved in with Grandma about the time her husband died.
Many clippings of Grandma's annual birthday parties were found in Lettie Comstock Carney's scrapbook, but the one from 3 Apr 1961 has more detail about Grandma:
On Sunday April 9 the family of Mrs. J. M. Comstock will gather at her home for the observance of her 94th birthday anniversary and a noon meal together.
Mrs. Comstock was born Miss Lucretia Ellen Wood on April 3, 1867 in Wichita, Kansas. Her father, J. C. Wood was a pioneer Crawford county citizen and a confederate veteran. He operated the first and only telephone exchange in Uniontown. The Wood family moved to the Philadelphia community when she was an infant. Since that time she has been a resident of Crawford county with residence in Uniontown and Van Buren. The present home is 524 North 13th Street, Van Buren where she has spent more than forty years.
She was married to J. M. Comstock at Uniontown about 1884. To this union was born ten children. In 1928  she lost her companion by death and through the years she lost four of the children.
The six living children of Mrs. Comstock are Mrs. Nora Rainwater, Ira V. Comstock, Mrs. Maud Redmon, and Paul Comstock all of Van Buren; Mrs. Cy Carney of Fayetteville and Mrs. A. C. Clark of North Little Rock. She is blessed with 12 living grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren [one of these being Steven Kenney Haden].
At the age of 19 years Mrs. Comstock was baptized into the Christian church at Uniontown. Her health at this time is declining and most of her hours are spent in bed. The photograph was made in 1960 when she was strong enough to be about the house.
Nov. 19 1963
Mrs Ellen Comstock
Mrs Ellen Comstock, 96, 524 N. 13th Street, Van Buren, died at her home early this morning after a long illness. She was the wife of the late J. M. Comstock.
Mrs. Comstock was a life long resident of Crawford County, coming to Arkansas from Iowa with her parents. She was the oldest member of the Wood Memorial Christian Church in Van Buren.
Survivors include two sons, Ira V. and Paul, both of Van Buren; four daughters, Mrs. John Rainwater and Mrs.. Maude Redmon of Van Buren, Mrs Cy Carney, Sr, of Fayetteville, Ark., and Mrs A. C. Clark of Little Rock; three sisters, Mrs. Ola Haggard of Van Buren, Mrs. Mina Matlock of Fort Smith, and Mrs Zella Comstock of Durant, Okla.; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ocker Funeral Home.
Funeral Record from Ocker Funeral Home, Van Buren.
Mrs. Ellen Comstock, widow. Deceased husband, J. M. Comstock. Estate handled by Ira Comstock. Date of Funeral: 21 Nov 1963; she died on the 19th. She was born 3 Apr 1867 - a note says (enroute to Ark) Kansas. [I've never heard of this previously - was she born on the trail while they were returning to Arkansas???] Her residence was 524 North 13th St., Van Buren. Her phsycian was Dr. M. C. Edds - she had suffered a long illness. Her father was J. C. Wood; her mother's name not given. Services were at Wood Memorial Christian Church; burial at Gracelawn Cemetery.
JAMES MONROE "MON" COMSTOCK and LUCRETIA ELLEN WOOD had the following children:
|Dora COMSTOCK was born on 26 May 1886.8 She died on 31 May 1886 at the age of 0.274|
|KENNEY MARCUS COMSTOCK.|
|Nora Hessa COMSTOCK.|
|Lelia Ethel COMSTOCK was born on 18 November 1890 in Uniontown, Crawford County, Arkansas.8,460 She died on 12 February 1904 at the age of 13 in Crawford County, Arkansas.466,467 |
From VAN BUREN ARGUS, 9 Mar 1904:
Lelia Comstock, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. J. M. Comstock, died February 12, 1904. Aged 13 years.
While we mourn the loss of her sweet face, we rejoice that she has joined the angelic choir, and has left her earthly tabernacle to dwell in the house not made by hands.
Lelia confessed her faith in Christ September 3, 1902, and was baptized on September 7th. She was a faithful member until death, and now the tired little soul, which has been afflicted for several years, but clung tenaciously to the promis of God, is now safe in the realms of bliss, where earthly sufferings are forgotten in the everlasting joys of Heaven.
J.J.H., Chairman Secretary, Uniontown, Ark.
OBITUARIES, DEATH NOTICES AND NEWS ITEMS EXTRACTED FROM THE VAN BUREN ARGUS, Vol. 8, Fran Alverson Warren, 2001, p.18
Grave marker says "Her many deeds of kindness form the noblest monument to her memory"
|Ira Vard COMSTOCK.|
|Frances/Fanny Maude COMSTOCK.|
|Edna Eugenia COMSTOCK.|
|Letisha Miranda "Lettie" COMSTOCK.|
|Rebecca Pauline COMSTOCK.|
|Ruel Paul COMSTOCK.|