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The Diller, Nebraska Record 29 Sep 1916
Contributed by Janet Spielman

A Pioneer Promoted
Alexander Ballard was born near Hillsboro*, Grayson County, Virginia. October 10 and passed on to his reward at Fairbury, Nebraska, September 25th, 1916; aged 87 years, 11 months and 15 days.

In early childhood - he came with his parents to Hamilton County, Indiana. Here he spent his youth. In 1847 the family moved to Marion County, Iowa.

In 1853 he returned to Indiana and married Rebecca Sumner. In 1856 he and his wife removed to Marion County, Iowa. In 1857 they made a prospecting trip up into Minnesota in what was then known as "Prairie Schooner," (And reminds the writer that the first trip of the family from *Indiana to Iowa was made in wagon drawn by oxen.) Not finding any thing more satisfactory in Minnesota than the home already chosen in Iowa they returned to Knoxville, Iowa. Here he lived until 1880. During this time Mr. Ballard was engaged in the vocation of blacksmith. In 1880 he started west again. He came by railroad as far as Washington, Kansas. There he took the wagon route again and came north to Steele City, then on to the present site of Diller. He was among the very first residents of that place. he built the first blacksmith shop in the place, and hauled lumber for some of the first houses that were erected in the village. About two years later he brought his family to the newly established home and once more became a pioneer in the real sense of the word.

He has made his home in Diller ever since until last winter, where he came to Fairbury to live with his daughter.

There is a rather striking coincidence in the deaths of him and his wife. Both died on the 25th day of September, and at the very same hour of the day, 2:30 in the afternoon. Mrs. Ballard died three years ago. A daughter, Wilna, died in Knoxville, Iowa, September 29, 1881.

He leaves behind the following immediate relatives: One brother, Clerks Ballard, of Frankfort, Indiana; four daughters: Miss Olive, of Diller; Mrs. Etoille McClay and Miss Bert of Fairbury; and Mrs. Ida McEllwee, of Lincoln. Also four sons: William of Indianapolis, Indiana; Allen of Beatrice, Nebraska; Bert, of Escondido, California; and Byrl, of Fairbury, and fourteen grandchildren, with one great grandchild. All of the children were present at the funeral except two sons, William and Bert.

Mr. Ballard was originally a member of the Dunkard Church. Mrs. Ballard had become a member of the Christian Church while a girl in Indiana. It was her privilege to listen to Alexander Campbell several times in her girlhood. When they came to Diller there was for a number of years no Christian Church established there. The Methodists organized a church, and for several years they both worshiped with the Methodists. Later when the Christian Church was established, Mrs. Ballard desired to enter the church of her choice, and Mr. Ballard joined her entering the Christian Church. Of that church he has been a member ever since.

Mr. Ballard enlisted for service in the Civil War, but he was unable to stand the physical examination. He got as far as Keokuk. From there the recruiting officers sent him home. He came back to Marion County, Iowa, and served the cause by becoming a station on the "Underground Railroad." Many a black refugee received aid and sympathy at his hands. He was a true pioneer. He was one of the souls to whom present civilization owes more than it can ever pay. He blazed trails, laid foundations and built structures. We are entered into the inheritance left by such as he and his noble wife. He was entered into his reward.

His body has served its day and purpose. We have laid it away. But Mr. Ballard still lives. His works still speak though his tongue be silent.

Reverently we uncover our heads and do honor to the hero of pioneer days.

Funeral services were conducted form the home of his daughter in Fairbury Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Shalleberger of the Christian Church officiating. Interment was made in the Fairbury cemetery by the side of his faithful wife and companion, a large delegation of long time Diller friends attending from among whom the following pall beares were selected: J.D. Fanders, Thos. P. Price, A.L Tinstman, W.C. Line, J.T. Hendricks and J.O. Blasuer.

Note: Alexander was born near Hillsville (Obituary states incorrectly Hillsboro)

Indianapolis News | 14 Nov 1884

Death of an Aged Lady

Mrs. Margaret Meredith, wife of Samuel C. Meredith, a resident of the city for the last thirty-two years and one of the oldest printers in the state, died at her house this morning of dropsy of the heart. She was born August 31st 1810 in Grayson county, Virginia, and was married in Springfield, Ill, March 29th 1829. Her golden wedding was past five years and more, a wedded-life of fifty-five years, seven weeks and fifteen days, made a happy life by her constant affection and kindness to all within her loving influence.

She leaves two children, Capt. W.M. Meredith, long of this city but now of Chicago, and Mrs. Emily Nicholson, wife of Capt. E. W. Nicholson, from whose residence 266 Blackford street the funeral will take place to-morrow at 2 o'clock, p.m.

Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters
The Chicago Daily Tribune | Thursday, March 7, 1940

Frances Barnes Chase, 5400 Harper avenue, passed on in Dallas, Texas., March 5, 1940; mother of Mrs. Tom Moore, Dallas, Texas., Margaret Chase of Chicago and Lee B. Chase of Oakland, California.

Services at Poole funeral home, 437 West Jefferson street, Dallas, Tex. at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 7.

Note: Burial at Restland Memorial Park (Outside Link at Find A Grave)

New York Times | February 10, 1905

Chicago, Feb. 9. Ex- Federal District Judge Henry W. Blodgett died to-day of old age at his home in Waukegan, Ill. Judge Blodgett was born in 1821 at Amherst, Mass., and was closely identified with the building of the first railway line between Chicago and Milwaukee, and later became the general attorney of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway. He was a member of the Sanitary Commission during the Civil War. While a member of the Illinois Legislature, Judge Blodgett, as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee originated and put through a bill giving married women control of their separate property. It was the pioneer legislation of that kind.

In 1892 Judge Blodgett resigned from the Bench to accept an appointment by President Harrison as one of the counsel for the United States in the Bering Sea arbitration.

See also: Lawyers of Winston, Payne, Strawn & Shaw

Petersburg Observer- Menard Co., IL | Nov. 28, 1913

Harry Brooks - Who Died at Fellsmore, Florida, on Thursday, Nov. 20. Burial Here on Tuesday.

Harry Antle Brooks, son of John T. and Nannie Brooks, was born in Petersburg, Illinois, Nov. 28, 1869. He was united in marriage with Miss Mary Kinner on Sept. 16, 1894, and to this union was born one child, a daughter, Mary M. the wife died on July 3, 1896. He left Petersburg when a young man, and made his home for a short time in Jacksonville, then removing to Galesburg, and after a short residence there removed to streator, where he resided for several years, and then removed to Ottawa which was his home at the time of his death, and had been for about five years.

In the spring of 1898 he was united in marriage with Miss Helen Bales of Louisville, Illinois, and to them were born four children, Berdine, John and Earnest. Luther died when but a young child.

The decedent confessed his Savior and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church in Petersburg when quite young. He was earnest and sincere in his Christian life and in this hope of life eternal and a crown of glory he passed away at Fellsmore, Florida, on Thursday, November 30, 1913, at the age of 43 years, 11 months and 22 days.
He leaves to mourn his early departure, a faithful wife, two sons, two daughters, a loving mother, two sisters, Mrs. A. K. Armstrong of South Bend, Indiana, and Miss Helen at home; two brothers, Ira C. of this city and Hyatt of Joliett, Ill., and many friends.

The funeral was held at the home of his mother in this city on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Eld. W. M. Groves, assisted by Rev. W. F. Gillmore. Interment at Rose Hill under the auspices of Salem Lodge, No. 123, I.O.O.F.

The Mining Review - Rich Hill, MO | March 4, 1948
Contributed by Timothy & Joan (Moore) Meng

MRS. JOHN D. MOORE, DEAD - Mrs. Josephine Moore, widow of the late John D. Moore, passed away at her home West Pine street, early Monday morning, March 1, 1948 at 12:15 o'clock after an illness of only a few days.

Mrs. Moore was born in Paris, Ill., September 15, 1867, and was 80 years, 5 months and 16 days of age.  Mrs. Moore came to Rich Hill in 1887 and has lived here continuously since that time.  Until just a few years ago, Mrs. Moore was active in church and social circles and civic affairs, and until the illness which caused her death, took great pride in her home, family and town.

Surviving are three sons, Ward Moore, Macon, Mo., John Moore, Independence, Mo, and Loy E. Moore, Rich Hill; and two sons and a daughter from a previous marriage, Halsey Ferry, Tampa, Fla., Harry Ferry, Mt. Olive, Ill., and Mrs. Karl K. Engel, Rich Hill; two brothers, Harry Brown, Tulsa, Okla., and Manley Brown, El Dorado Springs, Mo; and two sisters Mrs. Grace Watson, Pittsburg, Kas., Mrs. Ed Smith, Tulsa Okla.  Mr. Moore passed away August 15, 1940.  Four sisters, Mrs. Laura Hunter, Mollie Brown, Lady Brown, and Mrs. Eva Hamman, and one brother Orville Brown, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held in the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Howard Blazer.  Burial will be made in Greenlawn cemetery. 

Bates County Republican - Rich Hill, MO; Friday March 5, 1948
Contributed by Timothy & Joan (Moore) Meng

Mrs. John D. Moore, widow of the late John D. Moore, passed away at her home on West Pine Street, early Monday morning, March 1st, 1948.  She was 80 years, 5 months and 16 days of age at the time of her death.

She came to Rich Hill in 1887 and has been a continuous resident of the town since that early date.  She was active in church work and the social life of the town up to the time of her last sickness.   She was a very pleasant and congenial lady and made friends readily.  She was very alert for a lady of her advanced years and a person would not think her having reached her four score years.

Surviving are three sons, Ward Moore, Macon, Mo., John Moore, Independence, Mo., and Loy E. Moore, Rich Hill; and two sons and a daughter by a previous marriage, Halsey Ferry, Tampa, Fla., Harry Ferry, Mt. Olive, Ill., and Mrs. Karl K. Engel, Rich Hill; two brothers, Harry Brown, Tulsa, Okla., and Manley Brown, El Dorado Springs, Mo.; and two sisters, Mrs. Grace Watson, Pittsburg, Kas., Mrs. Ed Smith, Tulsa, Okla., Mr. Moore passed away August 15, 1940.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. Howard Blazer.  Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.


Funeral of Mrs. Pilcher held on Wednesday Afternoon - Mrs. Diana Buford Pilcher died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Paul Catterall, Monday May 16. A Funeral service was conducted at the Christian Church on Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. True Taylor, assisted by Dr. David H Shields. Internment was in Forest Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Pilcher was born in Canton, December 22 1855, and at the time of her death was 76 years, 5 months, and 24 days of age. She was the daughter of Mary and Paschal Buford. Most of her life was spent in Canton.

In 1873 she was united in marriage to Wm. H. Pilcher and to this union eight children were born, five boys and three girls, of whom three preceded her in death- Arthur M, George B, and Shadrack G. She leaves to mourn her passing Wm. H. Pilcher, Jr., Park L. Pilcher, Mrs. Wm. Zahn, Mrs. Lawrence Barth, and Mrs. Paul Catterall. One brother George Buford, of Keithsburg, Illinois.; seventeen grandchildren, six great grandchildren. Mrs. Blanch Stowe, a niece, made her home with Mrs. Pilcher for several years. Mrs. Pilcher was one of the oldest native born women. Her father, Paschal Buford, built the first brick home in Canton.

Memorian by R. J. Elliott, Minutes of the ... session of the NH Annual Conference of the ME Church ... 75th Session, Vol. VI Part IV, 1904, R.W. Musgrove, Bristol, NH


Mrs. H. Angie (Chase) Jones, widow of Rev. Wm. H. Jones, was born in Loudon, N. H., May 21, 1827, and peacefully passed from the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. Swain, in Epping, N. H., to her heavenly home, on the morning of May 31, 1906.

In early life Mrs. Jones was converted and became a devout member of the church. In Concord, N. H., in November, 1855, she was united in marriage with Rev. Wm. H. Jones, who was at that time pastor at Marlow, N. H. For over thirty years she performed the duties of an itinerant pastor's wife faithfully and efficiently. Since her husband's retirement from the active work of the ministry on account of failing health in 1885, Mrs. Jones has made her home in Epping, N. H. Her husband went to his eternal reward in August, 1902.

Mrs. Jones was one of the saints of God on earth, and a woman of more than ordinary good sense. She has blessed the church with the ministry of personal charms, womanly dignity, gentle grace and sweet Christian spirit. She helped to develop in the church the ministry of practical consecration by sympathy and benevolence. She had a heart for those in physical or spiritual need, and was interested in the work of the kingdom both at home and abroad. She kept in touch with the advancement of the church everywhere, through our church papers, one of which, the Christian Advocate, she had in her hand Sunday evening when the shock came which caused her death. For some time she was unable to attend public services on account of ill health. She has bequeathed to the church a hallowed and ennobling influence, and leaves with her surviving children—Mrs. Emma Swain, of Epping, and Elgin W. Jones, M.D., of Lynn—a loving and blessed memory and an assurance that she is safe at home with Jesus.

Rockford Morning Star, Winnebago Co., IL | October 25, 1918

Henry B. Chase, well known and respected citizen of Winnebago county for over a half century, succumbed to the infirmities incident to advanced age yesterday morning at 10:20 o’clock at St. Anthony hospital, where he had been cared for the past two years. He had suffered a stroke on Thursday of last week, becoming weaker until his death. He maintained excellent vitality until about three years ago, retaining all his faculties and an interest in events of the day.

Mr. Chase was born in Loudon, NH, March 14, 1829, and in 1858 came to Cherry Valley, after his marriage in Solon, Ohio to Miss Katherine S. Hannaford of Solon, October 14, 1857. He engaged in farming in Winnebago county and in 1891 he retired and removed to Rockford, making his home at 321 North Third street. Mrs. Chase predeceased him in 1905. Mr. Chase was a personal friend of the late President Garfield. He was active in the affairs of the First Congregational church before its absorption, and was an ardent Sunday school worker. He was a gentleman of a distinctly pleasing and kindly nature which endeared him to all who made his acquaintance.

He is survived by three sons: Frank H. Chase of River Forest, Ill; Harry H. Chase of Colorado Springs, and Arthur T. Chase of East State street, and a daughter, Mrs. F.E. Rosecrance of North Prospect street. Three sons predeceased him. He also leaves seventeen grandchildren among whom are Dell and Henry Chase of Rockford and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at the Rosecrance home, 142 North Prospect street. Rev. E.G. Shutz will officiate and burial will be in Cedar Bluff cemetery.

Cedar Bluff Cemetery Memorial & Headstone photo at Find A Grave (Outside Link)

Eleanor M. Chase of Winnebago Co., IL: A Documented Detour of a Lane to a Chase - a blog by P. Davidson-Peters (Outside Link)

Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters
The Chicago Daily Tribune | Friday, December 15, 1916

Ira R. Chase, beloved husband of Frances Estella Chase and devoted father of Mrs. Tom Moore, Lee B. and Margaret Chase, at his residence, 442 E. 44th street.

Funeral at chapel 4227 Cottage Grove avenue, 9 o'clock Saturday morning. Burial at Rockford, Ill.

Cedar Bluff Cemetery Memorial & Headstone photo at Find A Grave (Outside Link)

Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters
(1916 Clipping unidentified - found in 1992 among the Moore papers)


Catherine Cook was born Nov. 27, 1821, in Harrison county, Ohio, and died Sept. 2, 1916, aged 94 years, 9 months and 6 days. Catherine was the daughter of Martin and Elizabeth Cook and was left an orphan at the age of 8 years. She was married to James Arbaugh, July 18, 1839, and to this union were born eight children, two dying in infancy, and one daughter Rose passed away Oct. 26, 1886. Those surviving are Levi and Mary Snyder of Scio, Ohio; J.C. and S.W. of Birmingham, Iowa, and Mrs. L.M. Bennett of near Douds, at whose home she passed away. Besides her children she leaves twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild, together with a large number of relatives and acquaintances, who will ever remember Aunt Katie as a warm friend and a good and kind neighbor.

Mrs. Arbaugh became a member of the Lutheran church sometime before her marriage, and was a faithful member till the end of life. She with her husband and children came to Iowa in 1868, and she lived on the farm where she died the remainder of her life, except two years which were spent in Birmingham, Iowa and one year in Scotland county, Missouri.

So far as known she was the oldest resident of Van Buren county and had lived a very useful and industrious life. She was always thoughtful of others and will be greatly missed by all. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Sept. 3, in the Zion Lutheran church and burial was beside her husband in the Lutheran Cemetery. Rev. Barkley, a pastor or the Fairfield Lutheran Church was in charge of the services.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Wednesday, 01 Dec 1909
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Burial Permit: John Fenton, 38, Salvation Army; pneumonia.

The Elwood Daily Record | Fri 02 May 1930
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Mrs. Frances Kelly is Called Early Today

Mrs. Frances L. Kelly, 65, wife of Hernando Kelly, residing at 2220 South E street, died at 4:30 o’clock this morning, of carcinoma, after a brief illness.

She was one of twelve children born to Samuel and Permelia Gray. She was born in Tipton county, near Windfall, June 10, 1865.

On November 25, 1887, she was united in marriage to Hernando Kelly, and to this happy union were born five children.

Mrs. Kelly was a fine Christian woman, a good neighbor and a loving mother and wife. She was held in high esteem by her numerous friends. She was a member of the Pilgrim holiness church and was affiliated with the Royal Neighbors.

Surviving are the husband, Hernando Kelly; four children, Charles F. Kelly, Mrs. William Runyan and Dewey Kelly, all of Elwood, and Mrs. Florence Masteryanni, of Moosheart, Ill., and four sisters, Mrs. Lewis Metsker and Mrs. Jennie Mittendorf, both of Noblesville; Mrs. Emma Shawcross and Mrs. Thomas McBride, both of Elwood.

The body was removed to the Copher and Fesier funeral home and prepared for burial.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Pilgrim Holiness church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock by the pastor, Rev. Jesse Hayhurst, and burial will be made in the city cemetery.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | August 16th, 1893
(Original News Clipping)

George Damon Gould, after a short illness, died at 8:45 o'clock p.m., August15.

Funeral from residence of his parents 4243 West Belle place, at 10 o'clock a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. Interment private.

Note: Laid to rest at Bellefontaine Cemetery - St. Louis, MO

Contributed by Carol Hodges

Friday, October 27 [1939]

Mrs. Harris, 79, Dies Following Fall at Her Home

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Harris, [79], passed away this morning at the Gritman hospital from injuries received yesterday when she fell at her home on Little Bear Ridge.  Mrs. Harris is the widow of the late Eli Harris who passed away on December 8, 1932.

Elizabeth Ann Green was born April 30, 1860 at Yates Center, Kan.  She married Eli Harris in 1878.  In the fall of 1883 she, with her husband, came over the old Oregon Trail in a covered wagon.  They had lived on Little Bear Ridge for 31 years.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. C.A. Teel and Mrs. Laurence Huff both of Moscow, a son Charles Harris, of Troy, four grandsons, Glen Crowley, Seattle, James Clancy, Olympia and Martin and Jimmy Huff of Moscow, and by three brothers, Frank M. Green, Troy, and Dan and Ed Green of Calgary, Alberta.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. for the Short chapel, the Rev. Owen J. Beadles in charge.

Rockford Daily Republic - Winnebago Co., IL | Tues 19 Dec 1905

Wife of H.B. Chase, retired farmer, passes away after long illness
Had been a resident of Winnebago County since 1859

Mrs. Catherine Hannaford Chase died this noon at her home, 321 N. Third Street. She has been in very poor health for the last year and her life has been in the balance for many days. A complication resulting from asthma and bronchial troubles was the cause of death.

Mrs. Chase has for nearly half a century been a resident of Winnebago County. when their active days were over Mr. and Mrs. Chased moved into town from the farm which had been their home since 1859. That was fourteen years ago and their life's labor has been crowned by many quiet and peaceful years.

Catherine F. Hannaford was born May, 1834 at Solon, Ohio, and there married Henry B. Chase in October, 1857. With one child, Charles A. who died six years ago, the young pair came west to take up their residence in Winnebago County in the second year of their married life. The last six years, since the death of the first son and his wife who passed away the same year, their home has been brightened by the presence of two grandchildren, Dell, a young lady of 20 years, and Henry, a boy of 10 years.

Mrs. Chase was a member of the First Congregational Church and desired that her funeral sermon be preached by the pastor.

She leaves several sons and a daughter who have been notified of the death. They are: Ira R. and Frank H. Chase of Chicago; Arthur T. Chase of New Milford; H. Chase of Colorado Springs, Col.; and Mrs. Stella K. Roscrance of Monroe Center. Mrs. George A. Chase of Rockford is the widow of another son. There are fourteen grandchildren, ranging in ages from one year to twenty years of age.

The funeral will be held from the residence Thursday at two o'clock and interment will be at the family lot in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Rev. F.M. Sheldon will officiate.

Cedar Bluff Cemetery Memorial & Headstone photo at Find A Grave (Outside Link)

Eleanor M. Chase of Winnebago Co., IL: A Documented Detour of a Lane to a Chase - a blog by P. Davidson-Peters (Outside Link)

Contributed by Carol Hodges

Eli H. Harris, a pioneer settler of Latah County, died last Friday at his home on Little Bear Ridge.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the home, Rev. Purdy, the Methodist minister from Moscow, conducting the service.  Singing was by Mr. and Mrs. Borlen, of Troy, with organ accompaniment by Marian Peterson.  Burial was made in Moscow cemetery.

Mr. Harris, who had reached the age of 84 years, was born in Ohio, coming to Idaho by covered wagon train, over the old Oregon trail, in 1883.  The family resided in Moscow until 1909, when they moved to Little Bear Ridge.  In his younger days Mr. Harris was engaged in bridge building.

The widow, two daughters and a son survive to mourn his loss.  the children are: Mrs. minnie Teel, Wellington, Nevada; Mrs. Ruth Huff, Moscow, and Charles Harris, Troy.  Emmett Harris, of American Ridge, is a brother.

Contributed by Carol Hodges

Ida Lucinda Harris was born in Ohio, June 13, 1861, and departed this life January 24, 1932, at the age of 70 years 7 months and 11 days. She was a member of a large family, having 5 brothers and 4 sisters. At the age of 15 she moved to Woodson county, Kansas, with hr mother, her father having died in Ohio. She was married to T.H. Horton Dec. 5, 1880, and they lived on the home farm their entire married life. To this union were born 6 daughters, all of whom are living. Maude, now Mrs. M.E. Ferree, and Mrs. Minnie motherly, both of Kansas City, Mo.; Edna, now Mrs. H.H. Laude, Manhattan, Kansas; Bessie, now Mrs. George Underwood, Portland, Oregon; Nellie, now Mrs. R.E. Liptrap, Oakland, Cal.; Ada, now Mrs. C.J. Lortie, Los Angeles, Cal. As a girl she united with the Methodist church but in later years transferred her membership to the New York Valley church. She is survived by her husband, 6 daughters, and 4 brothers, Eli, Ike and Emmet, all of Idaho; and Oll, of Alberta, Canada, and 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

She was one of the pioneers of Woodson county, coming here in 1876. She has done her part in her sphere in the building of a new country. The place of her work was not extensive, possibly she was but little heard of outsider her immediate vicinity, but in her home and among her neighbors there was manifest that inner adorning, ever the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is, in the sight of God, of great price. A tribute to the memory of her mother, to be read at the funeral, was sent from Los Angeles, Cal., by her youngest daughter. The same tribute is cherished in the heart of each of the family and in the heart of each of her acquaintances. “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excelleth them all. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord, shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Funeral services at New York Valley church, Rev. A.J. Leonard officiating, assisted by Rev. Gilham. Interment in Yates Center cemetery.

Contributed by Carol Hodges

James A. Harris whose death was mentioned in these columns last week was one of the old settlers of Lyon County (Minnesota), residing in the township of Lynd, six miles west of Marshall.  Mr. Harris had been bothered for several years with stomach trouble and had made several trips to Idaho and other places in the West for his health, but gradually became weaker until he passed away June 28th.

The deceased was born in the state of Ohio, Jan. 15, 1850, where he spent his boyhood days on a farm with his parents, brothers and sisters, of whom there are now six living.  Three brothers, Eli, Emmett and Isaac at Troy, Idaho, and Oliver Harris in Canada, Mrs. Ida Horton, of Yates Center, Kansas, and Mrs. Belle West of Oklahoma.

Mr. Harris moved from Ohio to Wabasha County, this state in 1872 and married Miss Ada Foster June 4, 1875, to them being born six sons, Willie, the oldest , dying when by three years of age with diphtheria.  Those living are Frank and Lee, both married living in the township of island Lake and Charles, Harry and George, at home on the Lynd farm.

Mr. Harris was a kind father and a good husband and was highly respected by all his neighbors and acquaintances.  he came to lyon County in 1878 and has spent most of the time since in the town of Lynd, where he served about twenty years on the town board.  He was a man of sterling qualities, honest and upright in all his dealings.

The pall bearers at the funeral were L. Ehlers, A.A. Shasta, F. Mellenthin, E.E. Advise, K. Fisher and Henry Matthew's.

Anadarko American Democrat (Oklahoma) | 2 Oct 1929
Contributed by Hal Beumer

Mrs Sabilla West died Sunday morning, Sep 29, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. E. Robertson near Apache. She leaves to mourn her going five children - Charlie West of Oklahoma City; Robert West of Tulsa; Benjamin H. West of Sterling, Colorado; Mrs. J. E. Robertson, Apache, and Mrs.Charles Babcock of Oklahoma City; also four brothers O.C. Harris, Sedgwick, Alberta, Canada; Eli Harris, Troy, Idaho; Emmet Harris, Troy, Idaho; I. N. Harris, Kendrick, Idaho and one sister, Mrs. T. Horton, Yates Center, Kansas. The remains were taken overland Monday morning to Navina, Oklahoma for funeral services and interment beside her husband. Funeral arrangements were in charge of J. H. Farmer funeral director.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Fri 13 Sep 1889
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

DEATH NOTICE: Charles Harzmeyer, 4 months, 1012 North Ninth street; cholera infantum.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Of 2914A Cherokee street, suddenly Thurs., Apr. 17, 1947, beloved wife of Albin H. Johnson, dear sister of Mrs. Emma Bisch, and Charles Harzmeier, our dear aunt.

Services Mon., Apr. 21, at 1:30 p.m. from John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Home, 7027 Gravois ave. Interment Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Note: Formerly Mrs. James Asbury Moore; signature on burial permit Mrs. Mamie Lane (sister of James A. Moore).

Chicago Daily Tribune | 08 May 1923
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

John Dunham Hawes, son of the late Judge Kirk Hawes, died sunday at his home in Los Angeles, Cal. He is survived by his widow Mrs. Edna Grummond Hawes, and three children, Helen, John & Stephen Hawes.

Contributed by Connie Nisinger (2011)

Formerly of 1901 Cora Ave., Mar. 13,, 1941, son of the late Henry and Amanda Henze, brother of Harry and Edward Henze and our dear uncle. Service at the Robert J. Ambruster Mortuary. Clayton Rd. at Concordia Lane, Sat., 2 p.m. Interment Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Contributed by Connie Nisinger (2011)

Sat. , Mar 25, 1978, beloved husband of Edna Henze (nee Lee), dear father of Michael Henze, dear brother of Margaret English, Willis, and Jane Henze, dear son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew and cousin.

Mr. Henze in state at Math Hermann & Son's Chapel, 10212 Hall's Ferry Rd., Mon. Mar. 37, 6 p.m. until Tues. at 9 p.m. Funeral Wed. Mar 39, 10 a.m. from Bellefontaine Rd. Interment Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Contributed by Connie Nisinger (2011)

1121 Jennings Station Rd., Thurs., Oct. 6, 1960, husband of the late Margaret Henze (nee Eustace) dear father of Mrs. Margaret English, Willis, Jane and David Henze, brother of Harry Henze, our dear father-in-law, grandfather, brother-in-law and uncle.

Funeral from Drehmann-Harral Chapel, 1905 Union Blvd., 11 a.m., Mon., Oct 10. Interment Bellefontaine Cemetery. A member of Rose Hill Lodge No. 550 A.F. & A.M. Masonic service Sun. 8 p.m. To those desiring contributed to Rose Hill Building Fund will be appreciated.

Note: Rose Hill Lodge No. 550 is now Polar Star Rose Hill #79

Contributed by Connie Nisinger (2011)

Kirkwood, Tues., March 4, 1980, beloved husband of the late Elsie A. Henze, dear father of May L. Norfleet and the late Ellsworth Henze, dear grandfather of Irvin L. Norfleet, Jr. and Diane Steele, dear great-grandfather, uncle, and cousin.

Funeral Fri. 1 p.m. from Gerber Chapel, 23 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves. Interment Bellefontaine Cemetery. Visitation after 6 p.m. Wed. Mr. Henze a 50-year member of Rose Hill Lodge #550 AF & AM, Rabboni Chapter R.A.M. and 58-year member of the First United Methodist Church of Webster Groves. Masonic services Thurs. 7:30 p.m.

Contributed by Connie Nisinger (2011)

Resting in the arms of the Lord on Friday, December 8, 2000; dear daughter of the late Edward and Margaret Henze; sister of Willis Henze and the late Margaret English and David Henze; sister-in-law of Edna Henze and the late Lura Henze and Bill English; dear aunt of Tom and Bill Henze of Phoenix, AZ, Richard English of Merit Island, FL and Peggy Doerge of Iowa City, IA: our dear aunt, great-aunt and cousin and best friend of Jane Brandt.

Ms. Henze was a member of Zion United Methodist Church and Easter Star. She volunteered at Missouri Baptist Hospital where she had accumulated 13,500 volunteer hours. She taught in the St. Louis City School system at Shepard and Walbridge Elementary Schools.

The Henze family is being cared for the the Stygar Family of funeral Service at the Stygar & Sons Chapel, 9825 Halls Ferry Road (at Lucas Hunt) where services will be held on Wednesday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m. Interment Bellefontaine Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday 2:00-8:00 p.m. Memorials to Zion Methodist Church, 1604 Union Road, 63125 appreciated.

Chicago Daily Tribune | 21 May 1899
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Mrs. Elizabeth Dunham, Chicago, the widow of John H. Dunham, died on Friday night at her home, 233 Michigan avenue, after an illness of two weeks. She was 76 years old and had been a resident of Chicago since 1844. Most of that time she lived as 233 Michigan avenue. Mrs. Dunham before marriage was Miss Elizabeth Hills. She was born in Waterloo, N.Y. At the time of her death she was the oldest member of the Second Presbyterian Church. Her husband, John H. Dunham, was formerly a wholesale grocer, and at the time of his retirement from business life was the President of the merchants' Loan and Trust Bank. He died in 1893.

Two daughters survive Mrs. Dunham - Mrs. Kirk Hawes, the wife of the former Judge hawes, and Miss Mary Dunham, who lived with her mother. The funeral will be held at the residence tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial will be private.

Contributed by Mike Stock

Had Resided in This City For 18 Years
Practiced Medicine For a Long Period

The people of East St. Louis will regret to learn of the death of James M. Hoge, which occurred at his late residence, 2232 Bond Avenue, lastnight at 10 o’clock, after a lingering illness with Bright’s disease. Mr. Hoge was born in Fayetteville, Ark. 79 years ago, and moved to this city in 1895, where he had resided continually since. He was the first man to open a drug store at Eureka Springs, Ark., and for a number of years was actively engaged in the practice of medicine, but gave up the profession a few years before he removed to this city.

Mr. Hoge was a strong character, a rugged type of manhood, and possessed a remarkable fund of general information as he spent many years of his life inextensive travel throughout the western country. He was a first cousin of former Speaker Joseph Cannon, and the two frequently exchanged visits. Mr. Hoge was a lifelong Democrat and thought as much of his party as some people do of their Christianity. Although he was never an office seeker, yet he never missed an opportunity to give the straight Democratic ticket his full, loyal and undivided support, the big victory of Woodrow Wilson of the last campaign being one of the brightest spots in his life.

As a man, James M. Hoge was honest, upright, sincere and generous to a fault, and one upon whom absolute reliance could always be placed in times of need or adversity. He was always active and enthusiastic in outdoor sports of all kinds and was considered one of the most devoted fans that the baseball fraternity had in East St. Louis. He raised a large family of sons and daughters, who were a pleasure and credit to him in his declining days, and who have the satisfaction of knowing that their father died as he always lived-respected and beloved by every one that knew him. Surviving him are his widow, daughters,Marguerite, Helen, Mrs. J. W. Peabody, Mrs. Charles_________, all of Chicago, and sons Robert, _________, Albert and Hugh. The ___________will be held Sunday _____________ family residence to _______.

Note: There was a small piece of the obituary torn off of the bottom ofthe article. Blank spaces were unreadable. Believe the year to be1913.


Thaddeus Haines Horton was born in Missouri on July 30, 1859, and died at Yates Center, Kansas, on Jan. 30, 1936, at the age of 76 years and months.  He came to Kansas at 2 years of age, where he parents homesteaded their farm 7 miles southeast of Yates Center.  He made his home on this farm continually until about three years ago when he came to Yates Center and mad his home with Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Smith, where he lived until the time of his death.

On Dec. 5, 1880, he was united in marriage to Miss Ida Lucinda Harris, who shared with him a half century of the pioneer life of this county where they made a splendid contribution to the upbuilding of the community in which they lived.  They were the parents of six daughter, all of whom are still living and have established their own homes.

Mr. Horton was converted in middle life and united with the New York Valley church, of which he was a member at the time of his death.  However, since moving to Yates Center he attended the Evangelical church here.

His wife preceded him in death.  Thus there remain to mourn his passing, his children, Mrs. Maude Ferree and Mrs. Minnie Matherly, both of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. Edna Laude, of Manhattan, Kansas; Mrs. Bessie Underwood, Mrs. Nellie Liptrap and Mrs. Ada Lortie, all of Los Angeles, Calif.; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; other relatives and a large host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Evangelical church at Yates Center on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 1, 1936, with Rev. C.O. Bickel in charge of the services, assisted by Rev. A.H. Leonard.  Interment was made in the Yates Center Cemetery on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 1, 1936, with Rev. C.O. Bickel in charge of the services, assisted by Rev. A.H. Leonard. Interment was made in the Yates Center cemetery.

New York Times | November 12, 1878


A dispatch from Chicago announces tbe death in that city yesterday of Hon. Norman B. Judd, who has been for many years prominently identified with the politics of Illinois and of the nation. The deceased was a native of this State, having been born in Rome, Oneida County on the 10th of Jnnuary, 1815. He was educated at the grammar school in thRt pillee, IInu after receiving a pretty thorough common school education entered upon the study of law. But young Judd was not satisfied with his home prospects. and in 1836, immediately upon attaining his majority he removed to Chicago, which city has ever since been his home. His success at the Illinois Bar was immediate, and he was famous throughout the Northwest. His knowledge of railroad affairs was unsurpassed, and he early became attorney for the Illinois Central Railroad position which he retained until his appointment as Minister to Berlin.

He early entered into political life and he acted with the Democracy until the passage of the Nebruska bill when he assisted in the formation of the Republican Party. The first position to which he was elected was that of Alderman, an office, in those earlier days of the famous and growing city, of much more importance than it has been lately. He was soon after elected City Attorney, and from that progressed to the office of County Attorney. In the meantime having been commissioned Notary Public by the Governor of the State, an appointment which wa then attended with dignity and honor. In 1844 Mr. Judd was elected to the State Senate, and was subsequently re-elected for eight consecutive terms, thus holding the offiee tor 16 years. Mr. Judd was made Chairman of tho Republican State Committee in Illinois, in 1855, and continued to set in that capacity until he received his diplomatic appointment from Mr. Lincoln. To Mr. Judd’s personal exertions the success of the Republican Party in Illinois is largely due. Soon after the installation of President Lincoln he was appointed Minister to Prussia and at once took his departure for Berlin where he remained until 1865. In the publications of the diplomatic correspondence can be found many interesting and important communications from Minister Judd to Secretary Seward. He took an active interest in Continental affairs and furnished the State Department with many intelligent and useful notes in relation to European politics. In 1866 Mr. Judd was elected to Congress from one of the Chicago districts. He served on the Committees on Banking and Currency and Weights and Measures. In 1868 he was re-elected.

Soon after leaving Congress, Mr. Judd was appointed Collector of Customs at Chicago, which office he held until removed by President Hayes to make a place for William Henry Smith.

See also: Lawyers of Winston, Payne, Strawn & Shaw

Elwood Call-Leader | 15 Nov 1905
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Consumption Caused Death

Daniel O’Kelley, son of the late James O’Kelley, died at his home at 1511 North E street, of consumption, aged 35 years. He had been in failing health for some time. The funeral services will take place at St. Joseph’s church Friday morning at 8 o’clock. Father Biegel in charge and the interment will follow in the city cemetery.

The Elwood Daily Record | 11 Mar 1940
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Hernando Kelley Dies Yesterday

Hernando Kelley, 78, died at 3:45 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the home of his son, Dewey Kelley, residing at 2223 South K street, following an illness of seven months of complications.

The deceased was the son of James and Mary Jane Kelley and was born March 26, 1862, south of the city. He was married in 1888 to Frances Grey. Mr. Kelley was a former tin plate worker and was a member of St. Joseph’s Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jennie Runyan and Mrs. Flossie Masteryanni, and two sons, Dewey Kelley and Charles Kelley, all of Elwood.

The body was removed to the York Memorial Chapel where it will remain until the hour of the funeral with Robert L. Jackley in charge.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning at St. Joseph’s Church with Rev. N.C. Huemmer, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery.

The Elwood Daily Record | 14 Feb 1905
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Elwood’s oldest citizen is dead. James Kelly, aged nearly 99 years, passed away Sunday morning. This good old man, well known in Elwood and well liked for his always courteous manners and true gentlemanly characteristics, was born in Ireland, August 9, 1806.

He spent many years of his life in Elwood, coming to this country when a young man. His death occurred at his home at 1511 North E street on Sunday morning at 6 o’clock.

Mr. Kelly had been in poor health for some time, suffering from infirmities of old age. Recently, he contracted a cold which is believed to have resulted in lung fever or pneumonia, and this was the immediate cause of his death.

A wife and four children survive, the latter well known Elwood people and to them the sympathy of their friends is extended in the loss of the husband and father, who was mercifully spared to complete a long and useful life that is far beyond that allotted to the average man.

Those who knew Mr. Kelly have oftentimes listened to narratives that came from another long past generation and which held much of interest to the people of today, since history was related by one who had lived and participated in it. Few men of today will ever reach the age of this hardy son of the “ould sod.”

The funeral services will take place at St. Joseph’s Catholic church Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock. Father Biegel conducting the services, and at the request of the deceased, the body will be interred on the family lot in the city cemetery.

KELLY FUNERAL - 14 Feb 1905

The funeral of James Kelly took place this morning at the Catholic church with burial in the city cemetery. It was perhaps one of the coldest funerals that the friends had ever attended.

Note: According to census records, James Kelly was born about 1816 rather than 1806. Headline of newspaper in part reads, " ... Two Oldest Men of County Dead" - the other being an Alexander Furgeson who was estimated to be between 116-126 years old.

Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Mary Jeanette Lane, 57 of Glendale, Arizona, a homemaker, died November 4th, 1999.  She was born in St. Louis, Missouri (daughter of Clarence Lane & Theresa Laratta).   Survivors include her daughter Patricia Peters; son, Victor Gene Davidson; parents Theresa and Virgil Baugh; sisters, Joy Freeman, Sally Penoyer and Bonnie Peffly; brothers Bob, Gene and Gary Baugh; and one grandchild, Lara Peters.  Services 1 p.m. Monday, Rest Haven Park Cemetery, 6290 W. Northern Ave., Glendale.  Contributions: Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.  Chapel of the Chimes.  View Tribute

St. Louis Post Dispatch | April 26, 1937
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Monday, April 26, 1937, 1 a.m., dear husband of Eleanora Laratta, and our dear father.

Funeral from Kriegahamser Chapel, 4104 Manchester Ave., Wed, April 28, 8 a.m. to St. James Church to Calvary Cemetery.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | 08 Jan 1956
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

2345 Dodier, Sat. Jan 7 1956, beloved wife of Joseph Cappaletti, our dear mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law and aunt.

Funeral from Drehmannharral Chapel, 1905 Union, 2 p.m., Wed., Jan 11, 1956.

Contributed by Connie Nisinger (2011)

Kirkwood, Mon. June 4, 1979, beloved wife of Harry Henze, dear mother of May L. Norfleet and the late Ellsworth Henze, dear grandmother of Irvin L. Norfleet Jr., and Diane Steele, dear great-grandmother, aunt and cousin.

Funeral Mon. 10:20 a.m. from Gerber Chapel, 23 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves. Interment Bellefontaine Cemetery. Mrs. Henze a member of Webster Groves Chapter 64 O.E.S. Senior Citizens Group of Webster Groves and 58-year member of First United Methodist Church of Webster Groves. Eastern Star Services Sun. 7:30 p.m. Visitation after 1 p.m. Sat. (Burial Bellefontaine Cemetery)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | June 28, 1909
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Entered into rest after a lingering illness, on Sunday, June 27, 1909 at 7:40 a.m., Amanda Henze (nee Moore), beloved wife of Henry Henze, and mother of Charles, Carlos, Harry and Edward Henze, and sister of Thomas A. and Isaac L Moore, and mother-in-law of Mrs. C.L. Henze (nee Werner) at the age of 58 years 1 month and 23 days.*

Funeral on Tuesday, June 29, at 2:30 p.m. from family residence, 1901 Cora Avenue, thence to Bellefontaine Cemetery. Relatives and friends invited to attend.

Note: A letter written by J.U. Moore (father of Amanda) states she was born 03 Mar 1845 which supports the 1850 Federal Census (Madison Co., IL) which lists her as age five.

Nevada Daily Mail | October 30, 1977
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Mrs. Erma Miller, 88, Florissant, formerly of Hume, died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital, St. Louis.

Born July 14, 1880, at Rich Hill, she was the daughter of Jno and Lulu Badgett Moore. She was married Oct. 2, 1912, at St. Louis to Guy Hugo Miller, who died April 9, 1972. They had lived in the Hume area from 1945 to 1972. She was a member of Hume United Methodist Church, a member of Hum chapter 433, Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of Bates County Daughters of the American Revolution. She was the organizer of the Hume Garden Club. She was secretary of St. Louis Women's Democratic Club, was the founder of Group 2 Webster Grove Garden Club of which she was a life member and past president. She was active in USO groups during World War II, was a member of Webster Grove PTA and was on the first Planning Commission for Parks of Webster Grove.

Survivors include two sons, John Guy Miller, Washington D.C., and Frank A. Miller, Branson; a daughter, Mrs. Eleanor Gardner, Florissant; a brother, Loye Moore, New Home, Ark., three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hume Methodist Church with the Rev. Loren Wolfe officiating. Interment will be in Green Lawn Cemetery, Rich Hill.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Torneden Funeral Home, Hume.

The family has suggested memorials to the St. Louis Chapter of the Leukemia Foundation.

Newspaper Unknown | Feb 1950
Contributed from news clipping by Marsie Heister (2007)

Mrs. Beulah Vosburgh Dies Sunday, Feb. 5

Mrs. Beulah Moore Vosburgh, widow of Roy D. Vosburgh, died Sunday morning, February 5, at the home of her sister, Mrs. S.E. Jones, 521 Clark avenue, with whom she had made her home for about 12 years. She was born in St. Louis and was 63 years old.

Also surviving are: two sons, Sheldon Vosburgh of Waukegan, Ill., and Winston Vosburgh of Cleveland, Ohio; a daughter, Mrs. William Foschetti of Hershey, Pa.; three grandchildren Marcelia and Peter Foschetti, and Sandra Vosburgh, and another sister, Mrs. Mae Lane, all of whom were here several days prior to Mrs. Vosburgh’s death, and remained for the funeral. A niece, Mrs. Denise Armstead of Omaha, Neb., was also here.

Funeral service were held Tuesday morning, February 7, at 10 o’clock from the Parker chapel, 15 Wet Lockwood avenue, followed by interment in Bellefontaine cemetery. Services were conducted by Rev. Wilburn S. Yoder, minister of the First Methodist church.


VOSBURGH, MARY CECELIA (Beulah Moore) - 521 Clark ave., dear mother of Sheldon and Winston Vosburgh and Mrs. William Foschetti, dear sister of Mrs. S.E. Jones and Mrs. Mae Lane, our dear grandmother, aunt and mother--in-law.

Mrs. Vosburgh at the Parker Chapel, 15 West Lockwood, Webster Groves. Services Tues., Feb 7, at 10 a.m. Interment Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Note: For more on the two names of Beulah/Cecelia, see "The Vosburgh Investigation: Beulah Abrams (Moore) Vosburgh, Known in Death as Mary Cecelia Vosburgh" a blog by P. Davidson-Peters

Contributed by Carol Hodges

Mrs. Cynthia Harris, who died June 5, was born in Pennsylvania in 1825.  While yet a child her parents removed to Ohio.  In 1865 she, with her husband and family, emigrated to Illinois.  There in 1867 - 22 years this month, her companion died, leaving her with a large family of children.  In 1876 she, with her children came to this State and have resided in the vicinity of Yates Center ever since.

Mother Harris, when quite young, united with the Methodist church, and although her name has not been on the church record since coming west, we feel assured that it has ever been recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life.  Her clinging, trusting faith in the Redeemer never wavered, and her true christian spirit shone brightest in her home, where she ever strove to teach her children the lessons of immortal life, and guide them in the truth.  Her kind, patient, sympathetic nature won her the name, "Mother Harris" within the circle of her acquaintances, and aside from her own family she left many friends who will sorely miss her from their society.

All her children were present at her death, except three sons, two of whom are in Idaho Ti, and one in Minnesota.  Her brother and his wife from Missouri, arrived in time to attend the funeral. She was laid to rest in North Cemetery Friday, June 7, 1889.

Dearest mother thou hast left us, and thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God who hast bereft us, He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee, when this weary life has fled
And in Heaven with joy we'll greet they, where no farewell tear is shed.

Contributed by Carol Hodges

Eli Moore, son of Eli and Deborah Moore, was born at Beaver Dam, Pa., July 27th, 1828.  His father died when he was six weeks old.  When he was a child his family settled at Uhrichsville, Ohio, where he grew to manhood.

On July 25th, 1851, he was united in marriage to Maranda Hooker and of this union nine children, five sons and four daughters were born, of whom two sons died in childhood and Lyman W. Moore (a former teacher in our school) died in 1892, and one daughter, Effie Myers, died in 1903.  Two sons, John D. of Rich Hill and Guy Z. of Chicago; and three daughters, Mrs. Lucy Gettz, Mrs. Ambrose A. Wilson and Mrs. Thomas E. Hackett survive.  He died at his home in Chicago, April 20th, 1914, aged 85 years, 8 months and 23 days.  His wife passed away April 4th, 1902 at Rich Hill, since which time he has made his home with his son, Rev. Guy Z. Moore, with the exception of one year which he spent with Mrs. T.E. Hackett and Jno. D. Moore.

He united with the M.E. Church in early manhood in Ohio and retained his connection with that church until his death.

He was by nature a pioneer, growing to manhood in the forest of Ohio.  He tired of that country when it became thickly settled and emigrated to Missouri in 1858.  When the war came on he enlisted in the Union army, from which later he was discharged on account of disability.  In 1860 he again sought a new country and settled on a farm near where Harwood now stands, where he resided until 1893, when he came to Rich Hill.

He sleeps beside his wife in Green Lawn Cemetery, Rich Hill, MO.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Sun 03 Nov 1912
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10:30 a.m., James A. Moore, beloved husband of Lydia Moore (nee Harzmeier), and our dear son, brother, and brother-in-law, age 39 years.

Funeral from residence 2515 Emerson avenue, Monday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m.

Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

On Friday, March 12, at 3:30 p.m., of consumption, Joseph E. Moore, aged 82 years, 7 months and 7 days.

Funeral March 17, at 2 p.m. from the residence of his sister, Mrs. Henry Henze, No. 811 Mound Street, to Bellefontaine Cemetery. Friends invited.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Thursday, October 10, 1957
(Original News Clipping)

ROSS-GOULD, JULIA S. (nee Schlabach*), formerly of 4386 Laclede, Thurs., Oct. 10, 1957, 3:30 a.m., dear wife of the late Robert D. Ross, dear mother of Robert G. Ross and the late Marie Williamson, dear mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt.

Mrs. Ross will lie in state at WACKER-HELDERLE Chapel, 3634 Gravois, until 12:15 p.m., Saturday. Service same day 2 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church. Euclid and Washington. Interment Sunset Burial Park. In parlor after 10 a.m. Fri.

Note: Julia's maiden name was Moore. This error comes from her mother's maiden name that was Slayback, not Schlabach.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Friday, April 26, 1963
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

521 Clark Ave., Webster Groves, Mo., Thurs., April 25, 1963, wife of the late Samuel E. Jones, mother of Elliott Jones of Webster Groves and Mrs. Eugene M. Armstead (Denise) of Omaha, Nebr., sister of Mrs. Mae Lane, grandmother of Gail Armstead.

Services from PARKER-ALDRICH RICH Chapel, 15 W. Lockwood Bl. Webster Groves, 10 a.m. Mon., April 29.  Interment Bellefontaine Cemetery.  Deceased was a member of Fortnightly club of Kirkwood, Group 9, Webster Groves Garden Club and Women's Society for Christian Services; First Methodist Church of Webster Groves.  In state after 2 p.m. Sat.

Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Entered into rest Wednesday, June 16, 1915, at 7:30 p.m., Thomas A. Moore, beloved husband of the late Clarissa V. Moore (nee Pilcher), and our dear father, father-in-law, grandfather and uncle, aged 77 years.

Funeral from the Leidner chapel 2223 St. Louis Avenue, Friday, June 18th at 2 p.m., thence to Bellefontaine Cemetery. Deceased was a member of Gen. Lyon Post No. 2, Department of Missour G.A.R.


Whereas it has pleased the Almighty Father to remove from this Earth and its associations another one of the Comrades of our Post, and we miss them more and more, as the numbers grows less. Comrade Thomas A. Moore, was born Oct. 31st, 1838, at Scio, Harrison County, Ohio. The family moved to Collinsville, Ill., in 1847, and later to St. Louis, where he received his education. Before the war, he was in the Livery and Ice Business, and afterwards became a builder and contractor.

He enlisted in the Union Army at St. Louis, Mo., on August 1st., 1862 in Co., K, 33rd Infantry Volunteers, Mo., and was in active service in the campaign in the South, at the Battle of Helena, Arkansas, was severely wounded by a Minnie Ball in his right temple and was left on the field for dead. This battle was fought on the 4th of July 1863 - celebrating our National Holiday. Comrade Moore was in the Hospital for many months, and was discharged at St. Louis, MO on the 14th of December 1863, on Surgeons Certificate of Disability.

He was mustered in the Gen. Lyon Post No. 2, Grand Army of the Republic, on July 10th, 1884. He was faithful to duty, having served the Post for many years as its Chaplain, and held this position at the time of his death. Comrade Moore died at the home of his Daughter, Mrs. S.E. Jones, No. 7 Parkland Place, Kirkwood, Mo, Wednesday, June 16, 1915, and was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery, June 18th, 1915, with services by Gen. Lyon Post No. 2, GAR, with the ritualistic services of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Comrade Moore left one son and four daughters to mourn his death.

Therefore be it resolved that in the death of Comrade Thomas A Moore, this Post has lost a True, Faithful and Loyal Member, this community an Honest and Honrable Citizen, the Country a Patriotic Supporter, and his family a Kind, Loving and Dutiful Father. ... signed James P. Hesser, Commander | St. Louis, MO Sept. 20th 1915.

The Daily Chronicle | Friday, November 23, 1951
Contributed by Richard Detering (2009)

Mrs. Redmond Passes Away

Funeral services were held Friday morning in Olympia for Mrs. Aimee Clotilda Redmond, 77, of Olympia. A former Centralia resident who died in an Olympia rest home Tuesday evening.

Mrs. Redmond was born in Olympia on September 10, 1874. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Isaac V. Mossman, Pacific Northwest pioneers.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. W.H. Yeager, Olympia, and Mrs. William DeVaull, Hollywood, Calif; brother Frank Mossman, Bandon, Ore. and a large number of nieces and nephews in California, Oregon, and Washington.

Funeral services were private, with the Rev. Claude H. Lorimer officiating. Cremation followed.

Caribou County Sun, Soda Springs, Idaho | On or about 13 Oct 1978
Contributed by Bill Bosley

Cecil LeRoy Mossman Dies At Age 57

Cecil LeRoy Mossman, Santa Monica, Calif., formerly of Conda [Idaho], died Oct. 11 of a heart attack. He was 57-years-old.

He was born July 31, 1921 to Guy and Leota Mossman. He was raised on the family homestead in Trail Canyon and attended schools in Conda and Soda Springs. His parents preceeded him in death.

He worked on ranches in the Western States and was in the service during World War II, stationed at Guam where he was wounded. He received his discharge in 1946.

He married Iris Call in Soda Springs in 1947. They were later divorced. He married Doris Smith in 1953 at Van Nuys, Calif.

Except for one year working on a ranch in Wyoming, he lived the last 29 years in California.

He is survived by his widow; two sons, Terry of Santa Monica, Shannon, presently in the Navy, one daughter, Mrs. Bill (Cora) Bosley of Grace; three grandchildren; one brother, Cleo of Anaheim, Calif.; and two sisters, Mrs. Wendell (Wanda) Twitchell, and Mrs. Dee (Donna) Bloxham of Pocatello.

There will be no services and his remains will be interred at Soda Springs.

Note: "His remains were scattered out on the range lands by Blackfoot Reservior, as he so loved being a range rider and requested this specifically. The remains are at a place called "Lone Pine" where a solitary pine tree is in the middle of the open range lands."

The News-Sentinel, Rochester, Fulton Co., IN | Saturday - December 29, 1938

Charles Douglas Mossman, 72, died at his home near Leiters Ford at 3:30 a.m. Saturday after six days illness from double pneumonia. The deceased had been a resident of Aubbeenaubbee township all of his life where he was engaged in the occupation of farming.

Charles Douglas, son of William and Manda Mossman was born on a farm near Loyal on December 11, 1856. In the year of 1880 he was united in marriage to Alice Bingerman at the Leiter home near Loyal the ceremony being performed by Rev. Frank Leiter. Surviving with the widow are the following children and relatives: three sons, Chalmer Mossman, of Cloverdale, B. C., Canada; Wilbur Mossman, of Huntington, Milo Mossman, of Ft. Wayne; three daughters, Mrs. Earl Zegafuse of Ft. Wayne, Mrs. Chester Orth, of Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Ethel Cunningham, of Rochester; nine grandchildren; one brother, Ike Mossman, of Leiters Ford, and a half- brother, John Troutman, of this city.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Leiters Ford Methodist church Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock with Rev. Burges, of the Mt. Hope church officiating. Interment will be made in the Leiters Ford I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Mrs. William Patton

Cora Belle Mossman was born March 4, 1880, in Hardin County, Iowa, and died August 22, 1934, after a lingering illness at the age of 54 years and six months. She was the youngest daughter of the late Reverend and Mrs. A.L. Mossman. She lived in Iowa until 1896 at which time she went to Missouri. On January 30, 1898, she was united in marriage to William H. Patton at Rockport, Missouri. The family moved to Mason City, Iowa. In 1913 spending six years in that community. They then moved to Howard County, where she spent the last fifteen years of her life.

She was a member of the Free Methodist Church until womanhood, when she affiliated with the Methodist Church at Bonair, Iowa, where she was a faithful attendant and worker.

To this union twelve children were born, five of whom preceded her in death, Viola at the age of eight years, and four in infancy.

Those left to mourn her loss are her sorrowing husband and her seven children, Ione, Ernie, and Fred of Chester, Iowa; Mrs. Mervin Holloway, Lime Springs, Iowa; Mrs. Leslie Price, Steamboat Rock, Iowa; Mrs. H.V. Bourette, Sioux City, Iowa; and Floyd B. Patton, LeRoy, Minn.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren, one sister Mrs. T. McMeyers, Marshalltown, Iowa; one step brother Charles Shane, Bronson, Iowa; one half brother John Mossman of California, and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was a devoted and self-sacrificing wife and mother and will be deeply mourned by those she leaves. Her Christ-like spirit, her thoughtfulness and untiring efforts for others made her a beloved member of the communities in which she lived. She faced her final illness with the characteristic courage and fortitude which she displayed throughout her entire life.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 25th, at the Methodist Church in Lime Springs, with Rev. Schepple of Chester officiating. Burial was at the Lime Springs cemetery. A great many relatives and friends attended the funeral.

CARD OF THANKS: We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for their kind assistance during the sickness and death of our beloved wife and mother. We also wish to extend our thanks for the many beautiful flowers. - William H. Patton and family.

Canton, Lewis Co., MO
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

In Canton, Feb. 8th, 1875, Mrs. Eleanor Ballard, aged 84 years, 2 months and 9 days. The deceased was born in Berwick, Eng., November 29, 1791, was the daughter of Archibald and Margaret Mossman. Her father and mother emigrated to the United States when she was but four years old, and settled in Norfolk, Virginia. 

In 1808 she was married to Christopher A. Ballard, of Grayson county, VA., and subsequently removed to Springfield, Ills. Mr. Ballard went to Texas on business and died there, and in 1855 Mrs. Ballard removed to Canton and has, since that time, lived with our townsman S.H. Pilcher, whose wife was the daughter of the deceased. She has been a member of the Church for nearly 40 years, first with the Methodist and subsequently the Christian Church in which communion she died peaceful and triumphant.

Contributed by Andee Mossman (2008)

Evard Lawrence Mossman, Lt Col. I,SAF retired, went to be with his Savior and his wife, Evelyn Ruth Neessen Mossman, on July 21, 2007, at the age of 85 at his home in Mustang, OK. He suffered from various health problems, primarily heart-related. But for the grace and love of God, Edvard should have left us many years ago. He was more than ready to leave his earthly shell to meet his Lord and be reunited with his wife and loved ones who preceded him in death. Evard was the youngest child born to Samuel Andrew and Minnie May Knight Mossman in Hubbard. IA, January 24, 1922, raised in Hubbard, IA. Evard was a talented clarinet player in the Hubbard High School band and he greatly enjoyed dancing and music, lately Dixieland banjo. and big band. He loved to hear his children and grandchildren sing. He was an avid sports fan, card player, Chicago Cubs fan, an avid golfer, and fisherman. He enjoyed traveling and was gifted in languages.

Evard and Evelyn met on a blind date, fell in love, and were married on July 31, 1943, in Putnam, TX, while he was a student in pilot training prior to entering WII. On their wedding night, Evard's friends laid out all of his possessions on his cot, thus ensuring he would fail inspection and be confined to the barracks.

Evard was a career U.S. Air Force officer retiring in 1970. He was devoted to the service of his country. During WW II he flew various types of aircraft, among which were the C-46, C-47, C-119, and the C-130 Hercules, delivering supplies to a number of combat zones in the Pacific theater and later the European theater. He was stationed at various bases including: Rapid City, SD, Ardmore, OK, Murfreesboro, TN, Tainan AB, Taiwan Tachikawa AFB, Japan, Newark AFS, OH, Peral Harbor, Hl, and Wright Patterson AFB, OH. He served a number of temporary duties in Vietnam.

Edward never met a stranger. He enjoyed talking to people, being with his family, and traveling. His grandchildren and great grandsons were the lights of his life. In addition to his wife Evelyn, he is preceded in death by his parents, brother Laurel Laverne Mossman and sister Goldena Edith Mossman Clark Wykle. He is survived by his daughter, Andrea (Andee) Lee Mossman Boone and husband Frank, of Yukon, OK;. son Robert (Bob) Evard Mossman and wife Nancy of Mustang, OK, and daughter, Cynthia (Cindee) Ann Mossman Burkitt and husband Bruce, of Kihei. HI; grandchildren Melanie Ann Boone Sershon and husband IT I Jeffery, of San Diego, CA. Diana Rachel Boone Lewellen and husband Paul of Oklahoma City OK, Rebecca Eileen Boone of Yukon, OK, Laura Allison Mossman and Rachel Elizabeth Mossman of Mustang, OK, great grandsons Charles Evard James Sershon, San Diego, Jacob Lawrence Mossman Mustang, and Mason Paul Lawrence Sershon, San Diego.

Services are under the direction of Vondel Smith Funeral Home, S. Western, OKC, with viewing and family visitation on Thurs, July 26, 2007 from 6-9 p.m. and a celebration of life for Evard at Heartland Community Church, 8301 SW 83d, OKC. on Fri, July 27, 2007, at 1 p.m. with military honors. Cremation will follow the service with later burial of urns at the Eldora, IA. cemetery.

The family offers their heartfelt appreciation to the prayer warriors at HCC, to Pastor Ken Senchal, and all friends who have provided food and comfort to the family. What a blessing - Evard is home and whole!


"Sunday morning last, October 23rd [1870], Mr. Geo. Mossman of Tipton Township, died at the age of 66 years, 2 months, and 25 days.

Up to the Thursday previous, Mr. Mossman had been in his usual indifferent health, being no worse than for months and years. That morning he was suddenly taken with strangulated hernia, and despite the skill of the physicians and care of friends he grew rapidly worse until death relieved him. He was one of the earliest settlers in the county, and by dint of a strong will, a life-long habit of industry, and a laudable ambition to excel, he succeeded in making one of the best farms in the county and a comfortable and happy home.

A man of strict integrity, he carried the principle of honest into all the relations of life, and at the late election he went to the polls with the vigor and faith of years ago, and voted for his cherished principles. He was an earnest christian man, a valued citizen, and in death, not Tipton alone, but the whole county has lost a man whom to know as to respect. Peace to his ashes."


Hubbard Interment for Mrs. McFarland

Funeral services were conducted from the Leyson Funeral Chapel in Lake Park, Ia, Monday, Feb. 22, for Mrs. LD. McFarland, 92, who died Friday at the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Interment was at the Hubbard Cemetery Tuesday with Rev. Fred Pieper officiating at graveside services.

Hannah Edith Mossman, daughter of Sarah Jane Reep and Andrew J. Mossman, was born July 28, 1878 in Hardin County and was united in marriage with Martin Lewisen of Hubbard on December 8, 1898.

Two daughters, Vera and Carrie were born to the couple.  Mr. Lewison died in 1902.

She moved to the Lake Park area in the spring of 1907 following her marriage to L.D. McFarland and has made her home their since that time, residing in the same house for the past 60 years. Her husband preceded her in death in 1923.

She was preceded in death also by her parents, five sisters and brothers, one daughter, Vera and to grandchildren.

Surviving are three daughters and one son, Mrs. Carrie Lynn of Lake Park, Mrs. Theodore (Inez) Dopp of Graceton, Minn., Grace McFarland and Lawrence McFarland, both of Lake Park; a brother T.O. Mossman of Eldora; three grandsons and four great-grandchildren.

The News -Sentinel | Monday, April 15, 1935

Isaac Mossman, aged 75, better known by his many friends as Ikey Mossman, who was for many years a fisherman's guide on the Tippecanoe River, died at 4 o'clock Sunday morning at the home of his nieces Mrs. Paul Cunningham in this city. Death was due to a sudden heart attack. The deceased had suffered with dropsy and heart trouble for the past two years.

Mr. Mossman was born in the Burton neighborhood west of this city on January 16, 1860. His parents were William and Amanda (Blanden) Mossman. He had lived in Fulton county all of his life. In his early life Mr. Mossman followed the occupation of a carpenter.

Twenty years ago Mr. Mossman purchased a plot of ground made by a bend in the Tippecanoe River a quarter of a mile east of the bridge at Leiters Ford. This ground Mr. Mossman called Mossman's Park. He sold many of the lots to persons living in various cities in the state. There are a number of log cabins in the park.

Mr. Mossman was known by sportsmen in Indiana and in many of the surrounding states through his long service as a guide for Tippecanoe River fishermen and because of his peculiarities of manner and speech. He also was a trapper and hunter. The Mossman Park was the scene of many family reunions, picnics and camp meetings.

The deceased had never married. Several sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews survive. He was a half-brother of the late John Troutman of this city.

The funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the Zimmerman Brothers Funeral Home on South Main street. Rev. B. G. Fields will be in charge. Burial will be made in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Contributed by Bill Bosley

James Edwin Mossman, son of George and Sarah E. Mossman, was born in Boston, Illinois, May 28, 1866, and died at the Dimmitt Memorial Hospital in Humansville, Missouri, April 20, 1930, being at the time of his death 63 years, 10 months and 23 days old.

When a child he moved with his parents to Iowa, where he grew to manhood, and in 1895 moved with his family to St. Clair county, where he resided until his death. On June 19, 1889, he was married to Miss Josie A. Miller; to this union were born three children, namely; Guy Mossman, of Soda Springs, Idaho, Mrs. Grace Hannah, of Osceola, Mo., and Roy Mossman, of Soda Springs, Idaho. On March 6, 1923, his wife who had been an invalid for several years, passed away. Then on December 21, 1926, he was maried to Mrs. Josie Whiting, who was at his bedside when he passed to that Great Beyond.

On Friday morning, April 18, he became ill while doing his chores, but as the day wore on his illness increased with such severity that by Saturday afternoon his attending physican advised his being taken to the hospital, but when the ambulance got him there it was found that his condition was beyond human aid. So at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, April 20, his soul passed away to The Giver, and his body was freed from pain by the "Great Reaper", Death.

Mr. Mossman was a man of rare friendship ability, one whom the boys and young men sought when in need of advice, coming to him with their joys and sorrows alike. Neighbors found him always a neighborly neighbor. So in his going the neighborhood has lost a valued neighbor, and the country has lost an upright and progressive citizen.

Besides his wife and three children he leaves to mourn his loss one brother, C. J. Mossman, of Iowa, and five grand-children.

Funeral services held at Pleasant Mound church, conducted by Rev. C.W. Davis, Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

Card of Thanks: We wish to thank our many friends and relative for their aid and kind sympathy during our recent bereavement. [Mrs. Josie Mossman; Mr. and Mrs. Guy Mossman and Children; Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Hannah and Daughter; Mr. Roy Mossman; C..J. Mossman]

Contributed by Kathy O'Connell

Hardin County Times, May 13, 1983: Blairstown, Iowa --"Services for former Iowa Falls resident Lawrence Mossman will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Victor Baptist church in Blairstown and at 4:30 p.m. a committal service will be held at Northlawn Memory Gardens in Iowa Falls.

Mr. Mossman, 58, died May 14, 1983, at the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City.

He was born July 29, 1924, at Hubbard to Thomas and Pearl Sheldon Mossman.  He farmed with his wife, Maxine.  They moved from Iowa Falls 11 years ago.

Survivors include his wife Maxine of Blairstown; sons, Charles Mossman of Blairstown and Lawrence G. Mossman of Joplin, MO; daughters Nancy Koegting of Blairstown and Becky Lee Bryan of Bloomfield, MO; brothers Russell Mossman of Steamboat Rock and Muriel Mossman of Eldora; and six grandchildren.

Rochester Sentinel | Friday, March 6, 1914

Death Notice: Mabel Mossman of Leiters Ford died at the Logansport hospital Thursday afternoon. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mossman. Mr. Mossman is a half-brother of John E. Troutman. She will be buried in the Liters Ford cemetery Sunday afternoon.

OBITUARY: Wednesday, March 11, 1914

Mable Leona Mossman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Mossman, was born in Fulton county, Ind., January 8th, 1897, and departed this life March 6th, 1914, age 17 years, 1 month and 26 days.

She leaves to mourn her untimely departure, a loving father and mother, four sisters, Laura Scott, of Logansport, Ind.; Zina Orth of Dayton, OH.; Annie Mossman and Ethel Mossman, who are at home, and three brothers, Chalmer Mossman of Luceland, Canada; Grover Mossman of Huntington, Ind., besides many relatives and a host of friends. Mabel was a friend to all who knew her. That she had a Christian spirit was shown during her sickness, when she sang the entire hymn, "No Not One," while the fever was raging at the highest. The funeral was preached at the Leiters Ford M. E. church by Rev. Hankins. The Pocahontas lodge, of which she was a member, had charge of the funeral at the church and cemetery. Interment in the I.O.O.F. cemetery at Leiters Ford.

The Times Record - April 26, 1923


Mrs. Margaret Spangler, aged 95 and the oldest resident of this vicinity, (which was Keithsburg, Ill news item) died at an early hour Friday morning and was buried Saturday afternoon. Funeral services were held at the home, Rev. J.F. McAnnally, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating.

Mrs. Spanger leaves one daughter, Mrs. Arminta During of Monmouth and one son, George, who resides in California. Mrs. Spangler has lived in Keithsburg for a number of years and was at one time a florist here. She has been an invalid for 15 years.

The Elwood Daily Record | 11 Mar 1924
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

One of Elwood’s Oldest and Most Esteemed Citizens, Receives Call Last Night
Lives Here Many Years

Mrs. Mary Kelly, 91, familiarly known to many residents as “Grandma” died in her home at 1511 North E street, last evening at 6 o’clock, of infirmities of age. The good old lady had been rapidly growing weaker and members of the St. Vincent de Paul and Rosary societies were with her when the peaceful ending came.

Mrs. Kelly, one of Elwood’s oldest residents, was born near Centerville, Indiana, November 17, 1832, to which her parents had removed from Virginia. She was married to James Kelly and they located, soon after assuming their new relation, on the Tom Moore farm, south of Elwood, occupying a log cabin which still stands.

James Kelly was an expert ditcher and his services were much in demand in that day. In 1872 the family removed to a farm of forty acres, five miles north and a mile west of this city where they lived until 1887 when they took up their residence in Elwood. James Kelly died in 1906.

Nine children were born to them of whom only two survive. They are Aaron and Hernando, twin sons, the former making his home with his aged mother and the latter residing at 2335 South G street. Children deceased were Matthew, Mrs. Catherine Doyle, Mrs. Miranda Corn, Mrs. Mary Ellen Shay, John, Honor and Dan Kelly. There are thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Was Remarkable Woman

“Grandma” Kelly was a remarkable woman. Despite her advanced years she had a remarkable possession of all her faculties. She was an inveterate reader and a woman well posted upon all current events, which she could discuss with remarkable intelligence, the clearness and force of her opinions being surprising to all who conversed with her.

She was a devout member of St. Joseph’s church and a charter member of the Rosary society. While not blessed with abundant means she was a woman of charitable propensities and did much good in the community which will be remember after her.

The body was taken to the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. W.H. Runyan, 400 North Thirteenth street where it will remain until the funeral services which will be conducted at St. Joseph’s church by Father Biegel Wednesday morning at 8 o’clock, and the burial will be in the city cemetery beside her husband. The Rosary society will attend the funeral In a body.

Contributed by Merlin Miller

T. O. Mossman, 76, Rites Here Saturday*

Services were held Saturday, Sept. 18 from the First Baptist church in Eldora for Thomas Mossman, 76, of Eldora who died Thursday noon at the Eldora Community Hospital.

Rev. H. I. Surls officiated with the interment in the Eldora Cemetery.  Boeke Funeral Home of Hubbard was in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Orlando Mossman lived most of his life in the Hubbard area, being born Sept. 23, 1894 near Hubbard in Tipton township, the youngest son of Andrew and Sarah Jane Reep Mossman.

On November 24, 1920 he was united in marriage to Pearl Sheldon.  the couple lived on the family farm northeast of Hubbard for nearly 40 years, retiring to their Eldora home in 1959.

A member of the Point Pleasant community church, he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, four sisters and a granddaughter.

Survivors include his wife; five children, Mrs. Myles (Mildred) Miller of Eldora, Lawrence of New Bloomfield, MO., Muriel at home, Oral of Hubbard and Russell of Eldora; three granddaughters and seven grandson.

Note: Ink inscription on news clipping "died Sept. 16"

Contributed by Andrea Boone (2008)

Evelyn Ruth Neessen, died April 3, 2002, at the age of 70, from pneumonia, secondary to lung cancer. She was born Jan. 28, 1923, the 4th child of Heine & Sophia (Frerichs) Neessen in Grundy Center, IA. She was an honor roll student and played the clarinet in the band.

She married Evard L. Mossman on July 31, 1943 in Bonham, TX. As an Air Force wife, she spent many years traveling with her family. Evelyn is remembered as a creative gifted, kind, intelligent and loving person. She is survived by her husband, Evard; children: Andrea Boone & husband, Charles of Yukon, Bob Mossman & wife Nancy of Mustang, Cindee Burkitt & husband, Bruce of Houston; grandchildren: Melanie Boone Sershon & husband, Jeff of San Diego, Diana Boone Llewellyn & husband, Paul of OKC, Rebecca Boone of OKC, Laura Mossman of Mustang, & Rachel Mossman of Mustang; great grandson CeJay Sershon; brothers: Willis Neessen & Jim Neessen; sister, Doris Savedge; and many nieces and nephews She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Tom & Ervin Neessen, & sister, Jean Grace.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM Friday, April 5th at the Vondel Smith Mortuary/ South. Services will be held at 1:00 PM Sat., April 6, 2002, at Heartland Community Church, SW 83rd &S. Santa Fe, OKC, with cremation following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or Heartland Community Church.

Decatur Herald | January 5th, 1928
Contributed by Margaret R. Arrington

Mrs. John Lindsay, 92, died in her home at Cantrell and Webster streets at 9:15 o'clock Wednesday evening (4 Jan 1928) after an illness of two weeks. She had been in her usual health up to a few days before Christmas when she took to her bed with indigestion. Her condition showed little change until Wednesday when she lapsed into unconsciousness. Up to that time her mind had remained remarkably clear, and she welcomed those who came to her bedside.

With her at her death were four of her daughters and three sons, seven of her 11 living children. The funeral will be in the home at 10 o'clock Friday morning with burial in North Fork cemetery.

Mrs. Lindsay's life span covered the period in American history from Jackson to Coolidge. She came to Illinois when the frontier was just passing and when the state boasted only 10 incorporated cities. She had known Decatur from the time it was a little country village without a railroad until old landmarks were affaced and the familiar place names were giving way to modern designations.

Decatur owes much to the Kentucky immigration and of this drift that came in the early and middle part of the last century, Mrs. Lindsay was a part.

With her father and mother and three brothers and sisters she came to Macon Co. in 1850. She was born in Garrard Co, Kentucky, Sept 15, 1835, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Willis Nicholson. Her oldest brother, Edward Willis Nicholson became the father of Meredith Nicholson, the well-known Indiana novelist.

It was a slow, toilsome journey overland in the wagon. The family cow followed behind. Meals were cooked in an iron oven set up over the campfire. Mrs. Lindsay only recently had recalled the floods of that year which made necessary a long detour to find a ford. The journey was interrupted for months in Crawfordsville, Ind., owing to the illness of the mother. In the spring it was resumed. They settled first near what is now Turpin station southeast of Decatur, but soon moved to a farm in Long Creek. A portion of this land Mrs. Lindsay retained throughout her life.

Theirs were the common experiences of the pioneers. Advantages were few. Mrs. Lindsay had had some schooling in Kentucky. Her education was to continue through her life. She attended a singing school conducted by John Wesley Powell who was to achieve --- --- soldier and an explorer of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. His niece was the late Maude Powell, the violinist. Maj. Powell's pupils used to sing the geography lessons. Children of the pioneers remember some of those old rhymes.

Six years before the Nicholson family had taken up their residence in Macon County, there came to Decatur one John Lindsay, a Tennessee youth. He was born in Bethesday, the son of Elmore and Margaret Wilson Lindsay. The Wilson's were an old North Carolina family from Mecklenburg and were sturdy patriots in the revolution. There was a tradition that a Wilson woman, whose place was visited by Cornwallis' raiders in the absence of her men, had so effectively afgued with the soldiers that they withdrew discomfitted.

Elmore Lindsay had gone off to the Mexican War and had not returned. The widow with her son and daughter came to Decatur when John was 10. The boy was received into the family of Judge Charles Emmerson, leader of the bar ---and one of the best read judges that ever occupied the circuit bench. For a time he attended Mt. Zion academy but his best education was obtained from reading law with Judge Emmerson. John Lindsay even as a boy was an ardent abolitionist and was at no pains to conceal his opinions. He met Edna Nicholson, who was but six months his junior, and they were married Jan 1, 1866.

After a year in Mechanicsburg where John Lindsay taught school, and where their first child was born, they returned to Decatur. In the lawn shaded with oak and elm trees at Webster and Cantrell streets, there is a little depression which marked the basement of the house which John Lindsay built for his wife and growing family. It was among the first in that neighborhood. Later it was moved farther to the north and became a part of the present Lindsay home, which is one of the landmarks of this portion of the dity. The sills of the original house cut from forest trees on the land are still in place.

John Lindsay, of course, enlisted when the Civil War came. He went into the service as a member of Battery I of the 2d Illinois Artillery, organized in Peoria. His was one of the families that the conflict divided. He used to tell of fraternizing with relatives on the Confederate side when the day's fighting was over. Lung fever struck him down when he was with Grant in the Vicksburg campaign, and after 18 months service, he was sent home from Island No. 10, a semi-invalid. From the effects of his illness, he never fully recovered.

Before tilling came in, John Lindsay in partnership with Thomas Davis of Macon, drained a good many of the farms in this vicinity by means of a mole ditcher, a machine which, dragged by several yokes of oxen, cut a tunnel through the soft mulch, the surface being undisturbed save for the knife-edge standard to which the plow was attached.

In this way and with some law practice, Mr. Lindsay supported his family in the early part of his married life. The life of the Lindsays was a perfect partnership. They both brought culture to the little home. They read together Shakespear and the translations of Iliad and Odyssey, and the family Bible. Mr. Lindsay's well thumbed unabridged Webster bespeaks their curiosity. John Lindsay traveled little, but for his day he was an educated man. To the end of his life he was interested in the classics and was familiar with the works of the Latin authors. Mrs. Lindsay's love of reading was not difficult to understand. For education she had a reverence that made no sacrifice too heavy, if it could see her children through school and college.

It was not remarkable that a man with John Lindsay's social sense and humanitarian zeal should try to find a wider means of expression than the law afforded. In 1876 he and a partner leased the Decatur Review, then a weekly. From that time to the end of his life, he was in newspaper work. His children joined him. His wife had no direct part in the publishing enterprise. The little house at Cantrell and Webster street finally sheltered 12 children. The mother was reasonably busy with home cares. Mrs. Lindsay, indeed, never took part in public and civic enterprises in which other women were embarking. She did her part in making a home for the husband and the boys and girls that were much concerned with everything that went on in Decatur.

John Lindsay, in 1885, started the Labor Bulletin. He brought in with him a young apinter in the Decatur coffin factory, Ethelbert Stewart of Maroa, who was greatly interested in the labor movement. Later, Mr. Lindsay recommended his associate to Gov. Richard Oglesby for a state position, and today Mr. Stewart is the veteran commissioner of labor statistics in the Department of Labor in Washington.

The Bulletin had been going six years when John Lindsay died. His older children carried on the paper until it was consolidated with the Decatur Herald. It was a family enterprise. On her husband's death, Mrs. Lindsay found herself with seven dependent children, her aged father and his wife to care for, her pension stopped, and a $1,000 paving assessment due on her property.

Mrs. Lindsay never worried. She planned, and she had great faith. Some families are able to organize for team work. Hers was one. While with a fine unselfishness she effaced herself, she was the recognized leader. Although in later years her children were scattered, the strong family consciousness was to remain. She gave her children a few homely maxims. One of these was: "Do the hardest and most disagreeable task first."

Long after her children came of age they returned to their mother for counsel. Mrs. Lindsay had not merely worldly wisdom, but a natural gentlewomanliness. The thing to say and the thing to do that would give other people happiness and satisfaction came to her instinctively.

Mrs. Lindsay had genius at nursing. When she brought one of her brood through a desperate attack of diphtheria which the doctor feared would prove fatal, that wise man said that the credit for the child's survival was all hers. From the time that she was a young woman, Mrs. Lindsay was in demand for nursing and many a family had to thank her for unceasing vigilance at the sick bed. She went to the house of mourning to give her ministrations to the dead, and until she was past 70 she continued these kindly services.

As she grew older her children insisted that she lay aside some of the cares that she had borne uncomplainingly. She made visits to Oklahoma City, Birmingham, Ala, and Colorado, but she limited every visit to two weeks. She was still the home-keeper. Even in her last illness when her children came back to her bedside, she was concerned about her duties as a hostess. Her resident children and grandchildren helped to keep her young in mind and sympathetic with youth. Between her nephew, Meredith Nicholson, and herself there was a strong attachment, they frequently corresponded, and she assisted him in compiling the records of the Nicholson family.

Her clear memory made her one of the authorities on early Decatur. Some of the scenes and places had for her a significance that they could have for few other persons. For instance, she was never reconciled to the change of the name of the Crowford to the Nelson park as the name of the bridge for Decatur's principal eastern entrance, for she remembered not only the first bridge, but the ford before it, and she recalled bright eyed girls standing on the structure to greet the soldiers that came marching into Decatur in Civil War days.

Mrs. Lindsay formerly was a member of the Christian church, but when the division came in Decatur, she, with a number of others, went on to the Congregational fellowship, in which she was active to the end of her life.

Mrs. Lindsay was the mother of 12 children, all but one of whom, Laura Jane, the eldest, are living. They are Margaret Ellis Lindsay, Mary Willis Lindsay, Nettie Sherman Lindsay who made their home with their mother, Charles Emerson Lindsay, James Nicholson Lindsay, and William Proctor Lindsay all of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Edna May Swartz of Berkeley, Cal., John Wilson Lindsay, Peoria, Arthur Oliver Lindsay, Decatur, Mrs. Ada Emily Roundy, Laconia NH. There are 20 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Chicago Tribune | January 24, 1935


Washington. D. C., Jan. 24[Special] Funeral services for John Barton Payne, former secretary of the Interior and chairman of the Amerlcan Red Cross under four Presidents, who died here this morning will be held at St. John's Episcopal church at 2 p.m. Saturday. Interment will be in Washington.

Mr. Payne would have bcen 80 years old Saturday. He had been taken to the George Washington hospital for treatment of influenza, developed appendicitis, and underwent an operation. He died of pneumonia which followed.

Born In Pruntytown In what is now West Virginia, Mr. Payne was ad mitted to the bar in 1876. He moved to Chicago in 1883 and was elected a judge of the Superior court of Cook county ten years later. He was a partner In the Chlcago law firm of Winston, Payne, Strawn & Shaw until 1918. Silas Strawn of that firm was at his bedside when he died. He was appointed secretary of the interior by President Wilson after the war.

Mrs. Jennie Bryan Payne, his wife, died in 1919. They had no chlldren.

In a tribute to Mr. Payne today President Roosevelt said:”He never knew a boundary line when flood, fire, earthquake or other great adversity called ‘the Greatest Mother ' to help the needy."

New York Times | January 24, 1935

Chairman of the American Red Cross Began Career as Country Store Clerk

Head of Shipping Board 1919-1920
Won World-Wide Honors as Humanitarian

WASHINGTON, Thursday, Jan. 24 -John Barton Payne, former, Secretary of the Interior and chairman of the American Red Cross under four Presidents, died at 1:06 A. M. today of pneumonia.

Judge Payne was taken to the George Washington Hospital recently for treatment for influenza. He developed appendicitis and underwent an operation last Saturday. Pneumonia developed subsequently.

He would have ben 80 years old on Jan. 26. A widower for years and childless, Judge Payne's closest survivors are a number of nephews and nieces. His old Chicago law partner, Silas Strawn, was at his bedside during his last illness, which was attended by Dr. Cary T. Grayson, physician to President Woodrow Wilson.

Boyhood Lacked Advantages

John Barton Payne achieved eminence in his own country and worldwide honor despite a lack of advantages during boyhood which would have handicapped a man of less intelligence, character and stamina.

The man who was to become a noted lawyer, chairman of the United States Shipping Board in 1919-1920, later Secretary of the Interior under President Wilson, and finally chairman of the American Red Cross in 1921, began his career as clerk in a country store, with only a "little red school house" education.

Judge Payne was born on Jan. 26, 1855, at Pruntytown, then a small town in Virginia but now in West Virginia, son of Dr, Amos Payne, a country physician and farmer. His mother's name was Elizabeth Barton Smith. From the age of 5 to 15 the boy attended schools in Fauquier County, Va., and then began his career as a clerk in a country store at $50 a year, selling all the produce that the community housewives required from brown sugar to silk, His first visit to Washington, D.C., of which he was later to become a distinguished resident, was as a boy of 12. With two others he was hired to drive 300 turkeys on the hoof to the capital, a distance of sixty miles, the flock averaging not more than ten miles a day.

Philosophy of Service

It was said that Judge Payne's philosophy of service which later' led him to accept the chairmanship I of the American Red Cross but decline to accept the salary of $27.000 carried by the position, originated in his boyhood. His father's farm had been overrun by armies during the Civil \Var and the community became so poor that his neig-hbors were unable to pay their medical bills. None the less, the country physician continued to minister to their ills without thought of his own needs.

Judge Payne's second job was in a store at a salary of $50, which to him then was a large amount, but the shop's business began to decline in the depression of 1873 and young Payne, much as he hated to lose his large salary, frankly advised his employer to give up the business. This was done, and young Barton walked the twelve miles to his home.

Shortly afterward his father sent him to a near-by town to negotiate the sale of a farm and handle two lawsuits growing out of the col1ection of rents. His common sense and ability so impressed the clerk of the court that he employed young Payne. Thus began a contact with the law which was the beginning of a distinguished legal career.

Young Payne applied himself so studiously to law that within two years, just as he came of age, he was admitted to the bar and went to Kingwood, W. Va., to start practice. There he practiced until 1883, becoming chairman of the Democratic Committee of Preston County, a special judge of the Circuit Court and Mayor of Kingwood, In order to give the county a Democratic newspaper, he purchased and published for a time The West Virginia Argus. In 1883 Judge Payne was ready to try a wider field of opportunity, both in law and politics, and moved to Chicago.

Cook County Judge in 1893

There Judge Payne soon won recognition both as a capable lawyer and as an efficient public servant, In 1889 he was elected president of the Chicago Law Institute and in 1893 became judge of the Superior Court of Cook County. In 1898, however, he resigned his judicial position to enter a law partnership with Edwin Walker. one of the senior members of the Chicago bar. Through a consolidation four years later the firm became Winston, Payne, Strawn & Shaw. In 1918 Judge Payne resigned the senior membership in this firm to devote his entire time to public service. In 1913 he had declined the proffer of the position of Solicitor General of the United States, but Gofter the entry of this country into the World War decided to place his' service at the disposal of the government.

He was sent first by President Wilson to the Pacific Coast in 1917 to aid in settling shipyard strikes. Then he served successively as a member of the Board of Appeals of the Treasury Department and general counsel of the United States Shipping Board, Emergency Fleet Corporation. When late in 1917 President Willian decided to take over the railroads, Judge Payne was asked for advice as to how it could be done In the absence of an appropriation from Congress. The next day he submitted in writing the plan which was adopted. At once he was made general counsel of the United States Railroad Administration.

In 1919 Judge Payne was made chairman of the United States Shipping Board, becoming a year later Secretary of the Interior. As a member of President Wilson's Cabinet he devoted particular attention to conservation of the navy's petroleum reserve and of the national parks. He put into effect the on Leasing Act and success!ul1y opposed the building of a commercial dam in Yellowstone Park. In addition, from May, 1920, to April, 1921, he served as director general of railroads.

In 1921 when the position of chairman of the American Red Cross was offered him at a salary of $27,000 a year, Judge Payne accepted on the condition that he should receive no salary, Two years later he was made a United states Commissioner to negotiate recognition of Mexico. Later he became chairman of the board of governors of Red Cross societies of Paris, with membership of Red Cross societies of fifty-eight nations.

Red Cross Honors Accorded Him

Judge Payne was tireless in his service of the Red Cross, guiding : its benevolent work in disasters not only in this country but abroad. He was decorated by many foreign countries. France made him a Commander of the Legion of Honor and gave him also the Red Cross Medaille du Cinquantenaire. Belgium gave him the Order of Leopold II. Japan presented to him the Order of the Rising Sun with Grand Cordon. Greece. Sweden, China, Costa Rica, Poland and Austria also honored him.

In September, 1934, the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, president of the German Red Cross, presented to Judge Payne the highest decoration of the German Red Cross as "one of the last acts of President van Hindenburg,"who was honorary president of the German Red Cross. In January,1930, on Judge Payne's seventy-fifth birthday, a dinner in his honor was held in Washington, at which messages were received from Red Cross societies in many European countries. President Hoover, as president of the Red Cross, sent this message: "Your seventy-fifth birthday will recall to the memory of your many friends, as it does to mine, a wealth of reminiscences of your numberless public services and private kindnesses. We are all glad that you still buoyantly bear your part in these activities, and as we congratulate you upon your anniversary we also wish for ourselves many more years of your comradeship."

In 1913 Judge Payne married Miss Jennie Byrd, who died in 1919. His chief hobbies were art and golf. He had received honorary degrees from several American colleges and was a member of the Metropolitan and Burning Tree clubs of Washington, the Law, Caxton, Forty, and wayfarers clubs of Chicago and the Bibliophile Club of Boston.

St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat | April 1890
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Moore - April 7, Clarissa V. Moore (nee Pilcher), wife of T.A. Moore, aged 44 yrs, at 4221 Lucky Street.

Due notice of funeral will be given.

Note: Laid to rest at Bellefontaine Cemetery.


Died 1903 - At his home in this place Monday, April 6th, in his 59th year of his age.

The announcement of the death of Mr. Pilcher was a shock to the community. He was down town about a half hour before, and appeared in his usual health, which however, had not been the best for several months.

He was engaged in some work in his house when he was seized with convulsions and expired in about 10 minutes. He was born in Jacksonville, Ill., and came to canton with his parents in 1855. He was a veteran of the civil war and a prominent member of the G A R. Though quiet and retired in demeanor he took a lively interest in the current news and events of the day. A good neighbor, steady friend, kind father, devoted husband, and loving son and brother he filled all the relations of life to the best of his ability. He leaves a sorrowing family consisting of wife and seven children, and aged mother, two brothers and one sister as immediate relatives to mourn his death. His funeral took place yesterday afternoon and was largely attended by old comrades and friends, the services being conducted by Dr. D. R. Dungan, assisted by Rev. F. C. Berry, after which his remains were interred in Forest Grove Cemetery with ceremonies of the G. A. R. by King Post No. 70, of which he was an enthusiastic member.

Centralia Daily Chronicle | July 16, 1949, p.6
Contributed by Richard Detering (2009)

Death Claims W.J. Redmond

Death came Thursday afternoon to William James Redmond, 81, resident of Centralia 19 years, whose home was at 1505 North Pearl street. He was born December 7, 1867 in Ontario.

Mr. Redmond was a member of the Masonic fraternity. Surviving are his wife, Aimee; sister, Mrs. Estelle Michelbrook, Deer Park; half-sister. Miss Mina Redmond, McMinnville, Ore., and two half-brothers, Wesley and Roy Redmond, both of McMinnville.

Newell-Hoerling's has charge of funeral arrangements.

Centralia Daily Chronicle | July 17, 1949, p.8
Contributed by Richard Detering (2009)

REDMOND, William J. - Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Newell-Hoerling chapel.

Redmond Rites Set

Funeral services for William James Redmond, who died Thursday at a Centralia hospital, will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Newell-Hoerling's with the Rev. C. Ellsworth officiating. Cremation will follow in Tacoma.

Hardin Co. Newspaper
Contributed by Merlin Miller

"Mrs. Andrew Mossman" Sarah Jane Reep, the second daughter of Jane and William Reep, was born near Martinsburg, Butler County, Pennsylvania, on September 2, 1851, and passed away at her home near Hubbard on December 6th 1929 at  the age of 78 years, 3 months and 4 days.

At the age of five she moved with her parents to Illinois, where they resided for several years before moving to Chickasaw County, Iowa.  when a young girl she came to Hardin County with her parents, settling on the old Reep homestead where she grew to womanhood.  She was the last of a family of ten children to answer the call to the great beyond.

On June, 25, 1872, she was united in marriage to Andrew Mossman, who preceded her in death on March 8, 1928.  To this union were born seven children.  Lawrence, Mary Jane Brightwell, of Iowa Falls, Edith McFarland, of Lake Park, Samuel, of Eldora, Elsie Conklin, of Los Molinos, Calif., Lovesta Dawson and Thomas, of Hubbard.  Lawrence died at the age of 14 years and her daughter, Lovesta, preceded her to their heavenly home last October 25.  All her surviving children were at her bedside the last two weeks of her illness.  Besides these children she leaves 24 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren to mourn the loss of a devoted and loving mother and grandmother.

Until the last five weeks of her life she was in good health, cheerfully doing the duties that befell her and was always thinking of the comforts of her children and friends.  All through her illness she was loving and patient and losing hope in earthly help clung to her faith in god, remarking that christ was the greatest doctor and could cure us of all our diseases.  When her health permitted she was never too busy to help a friend or neighbor who was in need.  In childhood she was baptized in the Lutheran faith of which church her parents were members.  She studied her bible faithfully and never tired of reading it to her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Harry Conklin, of Los Molinos, Calif., was called here by her mother's illness, and was present at the time of her death.  Funeral services were held at the Point Pleasant church and burial in the Eldora cemetery, the services being in the charge of Rev. Rice.

The Washington Post | 10 Aug 1903

Wife of Director of Bureau of Engraving Buried at Arlington

The funeral of Mrs. Terressa A. Meredith, the wife of Capt. William M. Meredith, director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, who died suddenly of heart trouble on Wednesday night, took place at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon from her late residence, 1219 Princeton street northwest. Rev. Alexander Blelaski of Baltimore, officiated, and the interment was made in Arlington Cemetery.

Mrs. Meredith was fifty-five years of age. She was a native of Indianapolis and leaves four children - Mrs. Charles H, Burras, of Chicago; Mrs. E. G. Niles; Miss Margaret Meredith, and Mr. Aaron Meredith of this city. Handsome floral offerings from Capt. Meredith's associates in the various divisions of the bureau were sent as tributes of of sincere sorrow, and there was a large gathering at the services.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Sun 20 Jul 1997
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Wed. May 7, 1997, dear husband of Dianne Rossomanno (nee Dixon), dear father of Bronwyn (Todd) Wucherpfenning, Brett (Jennifer), Brooke and Brian Rossomanno, dear grandfather, dear brother of Edward and Frank Rossomanno and Dora Phillips, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, and friend.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Johns Evangelical United Church of Christ, 11333 St. Johns Church Rd. St Louis, MO 63123 on Sat. July 26 at 2 p.m. Donations to the American Diabetes Association or St. Louis Heart Association would be appreciated. GEBKEN-BENZ Service.

Chicago Tribune | May 4, 1949
Contributed by D. Barry Sheldon (2010)


Ralph Martin Shaw, 80, senior partner of the law firm of Winston, Strawn, Shaw & Black, 38 S. Dearborn st., died yesterday in Passavant hospital after a brief illness.

He was stricken with a heart attack Saturday in his home at 1427 N. State pkwy., a day after he had returned from a business trip to New Jersey.

Shaw had practiced law in Chicago for 57 years. In addition to being nationally known as a lawyer, he was active in railroad and business circles.

Native of Kentucky
Shaw was born in Paris, Ky., Feb 18, 1869, was graduated from Transylvania and Yale universities, and came to Chicago in 1892 after studying law at the University of Michigan.

He was chairman of the board and general counsel of the Chicago Great Western railway, general counsel and director of the United States Pipe & Foundry company, and counsel and director of Union Stock yards & Transit company, Stewart-Warner corporation, Chicago Junction railway, Dy-Dee Wash, Inc., and the Live Stock National bank.

Repeal Fight Leader
Prominent in the repeal movement, he was chairman of the Illinois Against the Prohibition Amendment and was an active opponent of the Roosevelt New Deal.

Survivors are his widow, the former Louise Sheppard Taylor, and a son, Ralph M. Jr., by his earlier marriage to the late Mary Stephens. The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Chrysostom's church.


Funeral Services to Be Saturday For John Sheldon, 91

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Point Pleasant Community church for John Sheldon, 91, who passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Herbert Roll, in Eldora, Wednesday.

The Revs. Dewey Lamprecht and Fred Pieper will officiate. Interment will be in the Rough Woods Cemetery with the Andrle and Creps Funeral Home handling the funeral arrangements.

John Sheldon, the son of George Washington and Aleva Lohr Sheldon, was born September 3, 1872, west of Eldora.

On April 8, 1896, he was united in marriage to Maude Lindsay at Eldora.  He was a farmer most of his life before retiring in 1944 and moving to Eldora.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Tom (Pearl) Mossman, Eldora, Mrs. Herbert (Winnifred) Roll, Eldora, Mrs. Harley (Kathleen) Bar, rural Eldora, and Mrs. Claire (William) Clingerman, New Providence; and two sons, Caroll, East Peoria, Ill., and Lawrence, Eldora.

He was preceded in death by his wife on June 12, 1951, on son Floyd, and his parents.

Contributed by Merlin Miller

Pearl Maude Sheldon Mossman was born on July 25, 1898 at Eldora to John and Maude Lindsay Sheldon.  He attended Victor School and Normal Training School at Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls and later taught at Meeker School.

Pearl was united in marriage to Thomas Orlando Mossman on November 24, 1920 at the bride's home. To this union were born five children: (Mildred) Mrs. Myles Miller of Steamboat, Lawrence of Blairstown, Muriel at home, Orlan of Hubbard and Russell of Eldora.

She lived her entire life in Hardin County.  She was saved in her teens and baptized on September 5, 1943.  She was a member of the Point Pleasant Church and adult sunday school teacher until she moved to Eldora.  She joined the First Baptist church of Eldora where she became a member of the Service Class and the Women's United Circle.  She also belonged to the Blue Star Mother's Club, Hardin County Historical Society and the 75 Year Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband (Thomas), brother (Floyd) two sisters (Wilma) Mrs. Wilma Clingerman Dobbrunz, (Winifred) Mrs. H.C. Roll, a brother Carroll and one grand-daughter Mary Jane.

Surviving are the five children, eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister (Kathleen) Mrs. Harley Bahr and a brother, Lawrence Sheldon of Eldora.

Contributed by Renee Padfield-Perkins

Funeral services will be held Tues at 10 AM at Payne and Son's Funeral Home ... will be buried at Union Cemetery. The deceased was a native of Missouri and had lived in California, Kern county 46 years. he was a barber 40 years and was the owner and operator of Al Barber Shop on 20th Street at his retirement in 1953.

Survivor include one son Euguene (Victor) Skinner of Bakersfield, daughter Louise Padfield of Washington, two brothers: Chester of Seattle, Washington; Earnest of Clearview, Washington; four sisters: Aretta Ireland of Yakima, Washington; Dolly Bailey of San Francisco; Mildred Skinner of San Diego, California; Lula Hindman of Kansas; one grandson and two great grand daughters.

Contributed by D. Lynn Jones

Robert J. Skinner, one of the early and most respected citizens Of Wapakoneta, was born in Virginia in 1788. He established the first Democratic paper published in Dayton, Ohio, the first Number of which was issued in December, 1816. This paper was continued by him until 1830, in which year he removed to Piqua, and established in that town the first Democratic press.

In 1832, having received the appointment from President Jackson of Receiver of the United States Land Office at Wapakoneta, he moved his family to that town, and continued A resident of the place until June, 1849; when being on a visit with part of his family at the house of a married daughter in Dayton, himself, wife, daughter and son, composing all the visitors, were attacked with cholera, which prevailed in the city at the time, and in one week the four died of the disease.

Mr. Skinner was a man of positive character, of great enterprise, and a most useful citizen. He represented Montgomery County, of which Allen County formed a part, in the General Assembly, at the sessions of 1828-29. [Headstone - Woodland Cemetery]

Source: History of Western Ohio, Auglaize County; Williamson, 1905. Death of Robert J. Skinner and Family.
Note: These items obtained from the Auglaize Public Library, Wapakoneta, Ohio and were provided in the research of Mary Helen Morrison Haag where her research is in the Dayton & Montgomery County Library in Dayton, Ohio.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Sunday, July 4th, 1937 (Original News Clipping)

Joseph Francis Smith- 4905 Forest Park bl., entered into rest Sat., July 3, 1937, 10:15 a. m., beloved husband of Marie Louise Smith (nee Gould), dear father of Charles Edward Smith, dear son-in-law and uncle, at the age of 53 years. Funeral Mon., July 5, 3 p. m., from Cherokee st., to Valhalla Crematory. Deceased was a member of Pomegranate Lodge No. 95, A. F. and A. M

Chicago Tribune | 09 Jul 1913

Mrs. Ralph M. Shaw Dead
Well Known Chicago Woman Passes Away - Ill Since Her Return from Africa

Mrs. Mary Stephens Shaw, wife of Ralph Martin Shaw, died yesterday at the residence of her brother, Redmond d. Stephens, 1865 Astor Street. Mrs. Shaw was a member of a well known old Chicago family, and was interested in numerous city charities. She and her only child, Ralph Martin Shaw, Jr., spent the winter traveling in Africa. When she returned to Chicago the family took up residence temporarily with her brother, expecting to go for the summer to their camp on Lake Placid. Shortly after returning home, however, Mrs. Shaw became ill.

Mr. Shaw is a member of the law firm of Winston, Payne, Strawn and Shaw. Their city residence is at 2632 Prairie avenue.

The funeral will be held at 11 o'clock tomorrow. Burial in Graceland.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Mon 19 May 1927
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Entered into rest on Monday Dec. 19, 1927, at 2:10a.m. Cynthia Lillian Suggs (nee Fenton), dear wife of C.S. Suggs, dear mother of John, Francis, Edith, Bernice and Thelma Suggs and the dear daughter of John Fenton, dear sister of A.J. Fenton, and our dear sister-in-law and aunt, aged 33 years.

Funeral Wednesday, Dec 21 at 2 p.m. from Bauman Bros. Funeral home, 2304 Woodson road Overland, Mo., to Lake Charles Cemetery.

Richmond Paladium - Richmond, Indiana | May 2, 1861

Died on Tuesday the 23rd inst., in the vicinity of this city, Mary Brown, aged 86 years, 6 months and 23 days. Mrs. Brown was born in Guilford County, North Carolina. She lived in Virginia about 25 years, and then moved to this county in 1837, where she resided, in the vicinity of this city, up to the day of her death. She had been afflicted for the past eight years with a cancer in the face, and her sufferings were intense, but she endured them with patience and resignation. She was a constant member of The Society of Friends, and died in the triumps of the redeemer. "Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord."

Burlingame Enterprise - Osage Co., KS | Thursday September 7, 1916
Contributed by Kim Baker

MRS. WHEELER - Nancy Matilda True was born near Springfield, Ill., Feb. 14, 1837 and died at the home of her son, Charles on Aug. 29, 1916 at 3 p.m., being at the time of her death 79 years, 6 months and 15 days old. In 1855 Miss True was united in marriage to James Slatten. The following year the young couple, with their infant son, moved to Missouri. The baby died before the journey's end. In 1867 the husband died, leaving the young wife and six children. In 1873 Mrs. Slatten married J. H. Wheeler to which union one girl was born, who stayed with them only three short years. In the spring of 1879 the family moved to Kansas. In 1899 this resolute pioneer woman was again left a widow at the home of her son, Charles, where she has ever since resided with the exception of two years. The deceased is survived by five children who mourn a loving mother, Elmer having died in 1895; Wm. H. of Chicago; George of Independence, Mo.; Rosa Wheeler of Broadwater, Neb.; John T. of Topeka, and Charles of Burlingame.

Sacramento Bee - Sacramento, CA | Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Contributed by Debbie Carroll (2008)

Dennis R. Warren, a prolific freelance photojournalist who captured revealing images of a who's who of state and national political figures, from Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan to Cesar Chavez and Robert Kennedy, died Friday. He was 62. (Full story)

The Eldora Ledger - Eldora, Hardin Co., IA | Thursday, October 27, 1910
Contributed by Merlin Miller

Mrs. George Mossman Deceased

Mrs. George Mossman died at her residence in Hubbard Sunday.  Her maiden name was Sarah Warrenton and her birth place New Boston, Illinois.  She was born Feb. 2, 1843 and married George Mossman Feb. 2, 1865.  Mr. Mossman died in February 1905.

There were four children. J.E., Henry, Frank and Charles J., of these only J.E. and Charles J. are living.

The funeral services were held Monday afternoon. Rev. W.E. Stanley of Eldora officiating.  The interment took place in the Boylan Cemetery.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Fri 12 Sep 1924
Contributed by P. Davidson-Peters

Entered into rest at home, 5067 Emerson avenue on Thursday, Sep., 11, 1924, at 9 a.m. Mathilda Harzmeier, beloved wife of the late William Harzmeier, dear mother of Mrs. Emma Bisch. Charles Harzmeier and Mrs. Lydia Johnson, and our dear mother-in-law; grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, aged 89 years.

Funeral from the Leidner chapel, 2223 St. Louis avenue, Saturday, Sept. 13, at 1:45 p.m. to Salem Cemetery.

Deceased was a member of Salem M.E. Church.

Osage County Chronicle - Burlingame, KS | May 17, 1899
Contributed by Kim Baker

At Rest -- John Henry Wheeler, a well known and respected citizen living seven miles north of Burlingame and one mile west of Fountain, died at his home on Saturday morning, May 13, at the age of seventy-two years. He had been in poor health for the past year, and the last few weeks his suffering was intense, from a complication of diseases. J. H. Wheeler was born in Barbour county, West Virginia, April 4, 1827, and lived there until he was sixteen years of age. At that time he moved to Iowa; there he was married to Elizabeth Perry, June 17, 1849, who died March 19, 1872. To them were born ten children, four of whom survive him, Geo. L., Marion, John Wesley and one daughter, Maud, all living near Ottawa. Mr. Wheeler was married again on August 13, 1873 to Mrs. Nancy Slatten, who still survives him. One daughter was born to them, who died in childhood. The deceased moved with his wife to Kansas a number of years ago, and has lived near Burlingame for about ten years, living for some time on the Vreeland farm northwest of town. He united with the Methodist church over thirty years ago, was a good neighbor, tender husband and indulgent parent. To the bereaved family is extended the sympathy of their many friends. The funeral services were held Sunday at ten o'clock, Rev. Perry Kline officiating. Interment was made in the Prairie Center cemetery.

Washington Post | February 20, 1904

Frederick H. Winston Long Prominent in Chicago's Life.

Chicago. Feb 19. - Frederick H. Winston, former Minister to Persia and for many years prominent in Chicago, died this afternoon at magnolia Springs, Fla. Mr. Winston had been in feeble health for some time. Mr. Winston for hears held an important place in Chicago municipal, political, and legal circles. As a layer, he was one of the foremost in his profession. He was appointed Minister to Persia in 1886 by President Cleveland, and spent two years abroad. Ten years ago he practically withdrew from active practice of law, but still retained large real estate interests.

Special to The New York Times | February 20, 1904

Chicago Lawyer, ex-Minister to Persia, Dies In Florida

CHICAGO, Feb. 19.-Frederick H. Winston, ex-Minister to Persia, died to-day at Magnolia Springs, Fla. He had been in ill health for two years and the end was expected. He had not practiced law for many years, and devoted much of his later days to his large real estate interests. He was one of the most active friends of Lincoln Park, and was Park Commissioner several years. For fifteen years he was general solicitor for the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Chicago. In 1886 Cleveland appointed him Minister to Persia, but he only held the place two years.

Frederick Hampden Winston was born in Liberty County, Ga., on Nov. 2, 1830. He came from English ancestry, and claimed to be able to trace his descent from the Barons of Runnymede in a period as distant as the thirteenth century. While he was yet a child his parents removed to Kentucky, where he received his early education, later coming East, and studying law at the Harvard Law School, where he was graduated in 1852. He was admitted to the bar In this city the same year, but only remained here until 1883, when he removed to Chicago. and established a law practice.

For almost a quarter of a century he held an important place in municipal, political, and legal circles of Chicago. He was an ardent Democrat. For a number of years he was President of the Union Stock Yards Company in Chicago Mr. Winston was twice married. His first wife was Miss Mariah G. Dudley of Frankfort, Ky; his second, Miss Sallle Reeves Hewes of New Orleans.

See also: Lawyers of Winston, Payne, Strawn & Shaw



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