June 27, 2001 68 Homestead Rd Hannibal, Mo. 63401 Shirley Bishop Keller 3207 Appalachian Dr. Columbia, Mo. 65203 Dear Shirley, My Name is Otis Woodson, and I have relatives buried at Liberty Cemetery. Last Friday we went to the cemetery and got what information Mrs. Ruby Hale had (from her cemetery book). She gave us your name and address. Yesterday we went to the Callaway County Court House and historical society. My great-grandparents were Tyra D. Bishop (1816-1905) and Rebecca (Wilburn) Bishop (1816-1899). My grandparents were Tyra D. Bishop (died 11/19/1918) and Nannie (died 2/3/1904). My mother is Mary Bishop Peterson born 2/24/1886 and died 11/20/1957. I am interested in possibly putting up some small stones where there are none. I am not sure of the row but west of the gate there is a row (according to cemetery records) that has 1) Arta Bishop 2) Evie E. Bishop 3) Nannie Bishop 4) Tyra D. Bishop 5) vacant 6) Coe Ruth Bishop 7) Emma (Mrs S J) 8) St. Clare Bishop 9) Rebecca (Wilburn) Bishop 10) Tyra D. Bishop 11) negro slave of 9 and 10, Elvira I am interested in small stones at [plot number] 1, 2, 9, 10 and 11. We think 1 and 2 may be infant children of 3 and 4 (but are not sure). 9 and 10 have big stone w/ Bishop name but no information. 11 no information other than name. We can do 9 and 10 with the information we have but if you have any additional information we would appreciate hearing from you. Thank you, Otis R. Woodson 573-221-0016 especially on #1, 2 and 11.
Otis and Vanda Woodson 68 Homestead Rd. Hannibal, MO 63401 Mr. Wm. F. Bishop 603 W. Ash Columbia, Mo. 65203 July 12, 2001 Dear William, Thanks for responding to my request for information about some of our kinfolks. I'm writing this note to let you know I will try to answer your questions, but it will take time for me to get in contact with some of the people that can answer some of your questions. I don't know how long it will take for them to correspond. I will also call you one of these days so we can get together to get to know each other. Thanks again. I appreciate what you did and look forward to meeting you. Otis R. Woodson
24 July 2001 Background Biography of Otis R Woodson I was born May 1, 1923, in Hannibal, Mo. to Jess and Mary Bishop Woodson at 1503 Park Ave. The house is still standing and in good repair. (I will take a picture of it later on.) We moved to a farm in Monroe County, Mo. in 1924. At this time, Nannie, my sister was married to Erby Chase. Virginia Ruth born 1915 and Matalene [Geraldine??] 1918 were living at home. Mary Francis was born in Monroe county in May 29, 1925. I think it was in 1928 we moved back to Hannibal. Our mother worked at the International Shoe factory. Our dad Jess Woodson died March 29, 1929, at the State Hospital (I'll explain this to you later when I see you.) [Jesse S Woodson was taken to the hospital in Fulton as he was having seizures and they were to check into this. While in Fulton Jess died and was buried at Augusta Church Cemetery with other Woodson family members in Callaway County, Missouri. - William F Bishop] Our mother lost her job later in the fall and she put Mateline, Mary and I in the orphan's home here in Hannibal from the fall of 1929 to early 1933 when we got out. She married W. D. Long and they separated later. In 1934 she took a job with the Harvey Family at Ashburn, Mo. doing housework. Mary and I were with her and went to school in Pike County. Mateline married Sylvan Purcell in 1933 and lived in Hannibal until some time during WWII. We later moved to Louisiana, Mo. where we lived at 602 Kentucky and later to 1119 Kentucky and our mother worked on the WPA Sewing Room. She met and married Mr. Louis A. Peterson about 1938. Later they moved on the farm in Monroe County, Mo. I went in the CCC Camp in 1940 at Bowling Green, Mo. and in 1941 we moved it to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. I came back to Hannibal in July that year and got a job at the Shoe factory and worked a few months and got a job with the CB&Q Railroad on the rip track and worked a short time and quit and went back to the Shoe factory. I married in Jan. 24, 1942, to Iva L Smith 3-20-25 and lived in Hannibal a short time. I quit the Shoe factory and went to work on the Hannibal Connecting RR. In March of 1943 I went into the Army. I was in Ft. Sill, Ok., Pennscola, Fla., Ft. Jackson, N.C., Ft. Bragg, N.C. and the Southern Pacific - Phillipine Islands. After the war ended I was discharged in Jan. 6, 1946. I came back home and lived in Rual, Mo. and worked on the Hannibal Connecting RR until Jan. 31, 1965, when I went to Chicago, Ill. (I had been a Car Inspector Staff Assistant, Yard Clerk - Yard Master and Supr M/W. I went to the Belt. Ry Co. of Chicago as a Track Supr. I did quit them in a couple of years and worked as a carpenter in Decatur. Moved to Louisiana, Mo. I was a Shipping Supervisor for Dundee Cement Co. at Clarksville, Mo. until 1972 and I quit and went back to the Belt Ry Co. of Chicago. I was a Track Inspector for seven years and was promoted to Engineer M/W in 1980 and retired in 1985. We moved back to Hannibal in an apartment house that we had and lived there for a couple years and bought a new house from someone that couldn't pay for it and lived there until 1994. When my wife died and later I decided I would get married again I sold out and moved in with present wife who we had known for quite a while. Her name is Vanda M. Jones (Holder). She comes from Randolph County, a good Christian Lady. Her daughter Janet Lyn lives in Burlington, Ia. I raised 3 children. Otis Wayne Jan. 30, 1942. (Died Mar. 3, 1989 of cancer) Carol Jean Oct. 14, 1944. Virginia Kay Jan. 16, 1952. Carol lives in Hannibal; Virginia lives across the River in Ill. I am a Deacon in the Calvary Baptist Church in Hannibal, Mo. [Statement from Otis R Woodson, 24 July 2001]
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