HARRISON COUNTY MISSOURI
NEWSPAPER DEATH NOTICES.

Allen, James R.
a young man from Bethany, Missouri, and a son of a banker in that city, committed suicide by taking opium, at Kansas City, last week.  Whisky caused the trouble.
Source: Richmond Democrat, Richmond, Ray Co. Mo., April 6, 1882 edition

Baker-Thompson
Mrs. Fannie Baker-Thompson, one of the most widely known of Gilman City's elder residents died there Monday at the age of 81 years
Source: Unknown newspaper, dated Jan. 11, 1933

Baker, Dorothy
Dorothy Helen, the only child of Howard and Belva Baker, died Thursday, September 19, 1918, at the tender age of seven weeks, after a few days illness at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Alice Baker.  Short funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon, conducted by Reverand Alexander and interment was in the beautiful Ridgeway cemetery.  The father, who has been at Camp Funston for the past 8 weeks, arrived home on the noon train Friday to attend the funeral.  The sympathy of all goes out to the heartbroken parents in this their hour of sorrow.
Source: Bethany Republican, Sept. 25, 1918

Brower, James B. 
END OF A FAITHFUL LIFE
THE FATHER OF REV. M.F. BROWER DIES AT A RIPE OLD AGE

James B. Brower died at the home of his son Rev. M.F. Brower, southwest of Hamburg, last Saturday, Jan. 29, at the age of 84 years, 4 months and 14 days. The funeral was held Sunday at the home, Rev. John Zuck, assisted by Rev. Herber W. Dack, conducting the services, after which the body was taken to Eagleville, Mo. for burial beside his wife who preceeded him to the other world some time ago.

Mr. Brower was born in Clermont County, Ohio, Sept. 15, 1825. he moved to Jennings County, Indiana, at 8 years of age, whre he grew to manhood and was united in marriage to Miss E.B. Baliff in 1846. Later he moved to Mrion County, Iowa and in 1858 to Harrison County Missouri, where they reared to maturity a family of 10 children three of whom with their mother prceeded him in death. His surviving children are B.R. of Tacoma, Washington, J.L. and J.S. and Mary of Kansas; Mrs. Canaday and Mrs. Thompson of Harrison County, Mo. and M.F. of Hamburg. His near relatives are scattered from Washington to Calcutta, India, where his oldest grandson is a missionary instructor in the university.

Since 1891 he has made his home in Kansas until last May at which time he came to make his home with his son. For three years he has been an invalid. He was converted in early life and for many years was identified with church work.
source: The Hamburg Reporter, Hamburg, Iowa Feb. 4, 1910 edition

Butcher, Henry Wesley
Henry Wesley Butcher was born in Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri July 4, 1876, and died in Mound City, Missouri, December 18, 1914, aged 38 years 5 months and 14 days.

He was married November 13, 1913 to Miss Emmeline McMann.  It this union one child was born, Fredella Butcher.  Deceased leaves a wife and one child, one brother and five sisters.

He was a member of W.O.W. lodge, No. 114, Maitland, Missouri.  Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at the M.E. church by Rev. J.H. Walker and thre remains were interred in Mt. Hope cemetery.....News Jeffersonian, December 24,
[source: The Holt Co. Sentinel, Oregon, Mo. January 1, 1915 edition]

Clinkenbeard, Oliver B.
Oliver Birch Clinkenbeard, aged 64 years died Friday afternoon at his residence, 1310 South Presa Street.  He was a native of Missouri and is survived by his widow and two daughters, Miss Edna Clinkenbeard and Mrs. Etta Burris.  The body will be sent to Bethany, Missouri by the Porter Loring Undertaking Company, accompanied by his widow and daughter.
Source: San Antonio Evening News, San Antonio, TX, Feb. 15, 1919

Craig, Lusta
Mrs. Lusta Maud Craig, wife of Roy Craig of the Mitchellville neighborhood, died Sunday of pneumonia, aged 45 years.
Source: Bethany Newspaper, Jan. 13, 1943

Curtis, Mrs. George W.
Feb. 4- Mrs. George W. Curtis, who has been ill the past three weeks, died on Monday morning.  She had been in poor health for many years, though the immediate cause of her death was a fall, in which she sustained an injury to one hip, and, it is presumed internal injuries.  The accident occurred in the following manner:  Mrs. Curtis was trying to do her housework as usual- when her knees gave way and she fell on the floor.  At first she thought that she was not hurt much, if at all, but later she began to cry and said she believed that she was seriously hurt.  After the fall she seemed to weaken and hemorrhages set in.  On Friday night she grew worse and the family were called to her bedside and on Monday morning she triumphantly passed from death into everlasting life.  Mrs. Curtis was one of those sunny natures and if she had any grievances she seldom spoke of them to others.  Her suffering had made her patient and loving and she appreciated every little act of kindness or affection shown her.  Although her illness kept her from active life, yet her quiet life was not without its fruits for she will be remembered by many with all respect and love.  The funeral services were held at the house by request of the deceased, who had made all preparation for her death many years ago.
Source: Eagleville News Budget, Bethany Republican, Feb. 6, 1908

Dunham, Henrietta Clay Odell
Mrs. Henrietta Clay Odel Dunham, died at her home here Wednesday afternoon at the age of 92 years.  Mrs. Dunaham moved from Harrison County, Missouri in 1888, was born in Capon Bridge W.Va, Dec. 29, 1834.  She was married to the late Dr. H.H. Dunham in sourthern Ohio, where she lived until after the Civil War.  Mrs. Dunham is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mary B. Plummer of Bentonville, and four sons, William Odell Dunham of Bethany, Mo.  Dr. John D. Dunham of Pattonsburg Mo. James E. Dunham of Bentonville, and George A. Dunham of Portland Ore.  Funeral services were held at the residence Thursday afternoon.
(source: Fayetteville Daily democrat May 14, 1927)

Dunn, T.A.
Bethany, MO.
T.A. Dunn, aged 59, prominent in Democratic politics and one of the best known Masons of Missouri, died in a hsopital in Rochester Minn.  The body will be brought here for burial.
Source: Iron County Register, Ironton, Iron County, Mo. Jan. 2, 1913

Donelson, J.M.
John Milton Donelson, who lived on Route 5 and who had been a farmer and stockman all his life died at the Newman Memorial County Hospital Thursday evening at 5:50 o'clock.  Funeral arrangements have not been made.

John Milton Donelson was born on December 11, 1876 in Harrison County, Missouri.  His parents, Reuben and Margaret Hall Donelson had come to Missouri from Pennsylvania.  Mr. Donelson was married on March 21, 1900 to Ethel Tandy in Grant City, Mo.  Mr. and Mrs. Donelson came to Neosho Rapids in 1917 and in 1932 moved to the home on Route 5, near Emporia.  Mr. Donelson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ethel Donelson; three sons, Welby L. Donelson, of Hartford; Sgt. Harry C. Donelson, Parris Island, South Carolina and Ralph T. Donelson of Emporia; a daughter Jean Elizabeth Sattler, Coldwater; two brothers, U.G. Donelson, St. Joseph, Mo.  and R. J. Donelson, Kansas City, Mo.; a sister Miss Minnie Donelson, Kansas City Mo. and six grandchildren.  Mr. Donelson was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
(source: Emporia Gazette, February 17, 1939)

Fansler, Christian
At various times for nearly fifty years I have written articles on the deaths of old Virginia friends.  I again have the painful task before me of noting the death of two once well known men in Rockingham Co. Va., Christian Fansler and John Funk.  both passed away in May.

Mr. Fansler was born near the old Solomon Church, in Shenanadoah county, in the year 1820, and was married near Cootes' Store to Miss Anna Fry in 1847.  He was well known among the old farmers in the Valley between Woodstock and Staunton, as he ran a threshing machine for many years throughout that country.  He was a man who that was very kind and loved by all who knew him.  For many years he was a member of the Dunkard church and did many kind favors for the poor.  He moved to Indiana from Virginia in 1856 and from there moved to Harrison County, Missouri, where he lived until his death, which occurred unexpectedly while sitting on a chair talking to his daughter.  He was empanelled on the jury when he lived near Spring Hill, in Augusta County, to try Hemp Trayor, but was among the rejected.  Just about one year ago, at my house, he went over the whole testimony, as he heard the whole trial, and he declared to me had he remained on the jury Trayor would never have been hung; that the evidence was not sufficient to lead him to believe that Trayor had any hand in the killing of Colman.  Mr. Fansler has yet living in Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah, many relatives who will regret to hear of his sudden death.  Mr. Fansler was a most noble man and much respected by all who knew him.
(source: Harrisonburg Rockingham Register, June 11, 1897)

Fish, Caraway
Caraway Fish, blind resident of the county home since 1926, died at 3:30 yesterday morning at the home.  Fish, 88 years old, had been bedridden for three years.  He died of old age.  Graveside services were conducted by the Rev. C. Breidenthal yesterday afternoon in the cemetery at the county farm.  Burial was in charge of Joe E. Wheeler, mortician
July 14, 1938, unknown newspaper clipping.

Ford,Richard
Richard Ford, an old and respected citizen of Sugar Creek township, died at his residence last Wednesday night.
Source: Republican, Aug. 18, 1881

Frisby, Ezra H.
Ezra H. Frisby, 71 years old, civic and political leader in Harrison county for many years, died last night at his home after an illness of a week.  Mr. Frisby had served as mayor, Harrison County prosecutor, state sentator and was a leader in early highway work in northern Missouri.  He practiced as an attorney here fifty years.  For several years he had been associated with his son, F.M. Frisby, in a law firm.

President of the Bethany Printing Company, which publishes the Republican Clipper, and of the Harrison County Abstract Company.  Mr. Frisby found time for political activity and was a leader in the Harrison County Republican party.

Frisby was an organizer of the interstate trail group which originally connected Des Moines and Kansas City by highway and which later was the Jefferson Highway.
(source: Joplin News Herald, August 10, 1933)

Frisby, Kathleen
Kathleen Marguerite, the little eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Frisby, was taken suddenly and violently ill Wednesday night of last week, and died the afternoonn of the following day.  The little one was staying with her grandmother Selby and had enjoyed the afternoon at the fair, and so far aw we are able to learn there has not been any cause assigned for her sudden sickness. 

She was taken sick in the night, and her parents came in the next morning and a physician was immediately called, but the summons had been given to the little one to "come home" and He who said, "Suffer little children to come unto Me for os such is the kingdom of heaven," stood at the pearly gate that evening and welcomed little Kathleen into her heavenly home. 

Funeral services were conducted from the family home, three miles east of Bethany, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 7, 1919 by Rev. C.V. Pearce and interment was in Antioch Cemetery.
Source: Unknown newspaper dated Sept. 10, 1919.
 
Funk, Elizabeth
A correspondent in Gentry county Missouri sends the Register the following in regard to the death of a lady who will be remembered by some of our older readers:
Mrs. Elizabeth Funk died near New Hampton, in Harrison County, Missouri June 8, 1895.  her maiden name was Meliza.  She was born near Turleytown in Rockingham county, September 24, 1802 where she resided until after her marriage with Martin Funk, and where most of her children were born.  The family still have living in that vicinity probably more than one hundred relatives.  Mrs. Funk will also be remembered by all the old citizens in the vicinity of Turleytown, Cootes' Store, Broadway and Timberville.  She joined the Luthern church under the ministry of Rev. Paul Henkel, who, I think, has been dead more than 60 years.  She lived the live of a true Christian, and was highly esteemed by all who knew her.  Her husband, who preceded her to the grave some 15 years ago, had accumulated considerable property by his energy and industry, and Mrs. Funk lived to see all her children grow up and well to do in this world' s goods, and much respected for  their honesty and industry.  The writer has known Mrs. Funk for near fifty years.  She was kind and motherly, and never turned the poor from her door emptyhanded.  She was 92 years, 8 months and 14 days old when she yielded up her spirit.  She was one of the direct heirs to a very large estate that has been lying in Germany since the year 1759 and held subject to the call of the Dusing heirs.  Her grandmother, Elizabeth Dusing, who came to America when a child seven years old was the proper heir to near seventeen millions.  The great bulk of this money will go to heirs living in Rockingham county, Virginia and will soon be sent to Washington for distribution, as I learn from a letter now in my possession from the proper authorities."
(source: Harrisonburg Rockingham Register, June 21, 1895)

Funk, John R.
At various times for nearly fifty years I have written articles on the deaths of old Virginia friends. I again have the painful task before me of noting the death of two once well known men in Rockingham Co. Va., Christian Fansler and John Funk. both passed away in May.

John R. Funk was born near Turleytown in Rockingham County, August 5, 1808, and is one of the old stock of the Funk families who still reside in Rockingham.  In early days he moved to Indiana, Wayne county, where he married Miss Elvira Ring December 6, 1832.  He moved to Harrison county, Missouri  October, 1863, where he died on the 26th of May, 1897, at the ripe age of 88 years, 9 months, and 2 days.  He was the father of 13 children and only three survive him.  He has living 29 grand and 54 great grandchildren, and one great,great grandchild.  Mr. Funk was a most noble man and much respected by all who knew him.  He was a substanial member of the Southern Methodist church for many years and up to the day of his death.  After suffering for some months with paralysis Mr. Funk passed away as if going into a gentle sleep.  Among the large number from Rockingham that came to this part of Missouri, not three yet remain, Jos. W. Kratzer, Nathaniel Funk, and the writer.  So you see that the old and very dear Rockingham friends in this part of the world, and should the writer be the next to follow Mr. Funk, the story would end here.
S.J. Bulger.
( Source: Harrisonburg Rockingham Register June 11, 1897)

Mrs. Mary A. Hales
wife of Rev. T. R. Hales, pastor of the M.E. Church at Bethany, died at her residence in this place on Monday morning, April 15th, 1872, aged thirty-six years.  The deceased was prostrated with measles some three weeks since, which seemed to complicate with erysipelas and a pulomanary complaint, her illness being severe and painful, though borne with Christian fortitude.  Mrs. Hales accompanied her husband and children to this place a year ago, and during her residence here she has won the esteem and affection of all who approached her.  Her death is deeply regretted, and the sympathy of the community is with bereaved husband and two little sons.
Source: Bethany Watchman, April 1872

Mrs. Frances Pearl Harsha
was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Keown, of this city and was born in Harrison County, Missouri, January 27, 1885, and passed away at her home in Oregon, Thursday, July 30, 1914, aged 29 years, 6 months and 3 days, leaving a baby daughter, nine days old.  She became the wife of Hugh G. Harsha, September 14th, 1904, who together with her father and mother, one sister, Mrs. Merl Norris and one brother, W.E. Keown, of this city, survive.  Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Source: The Holt County Sentinel, Oregon, MO., August 7, 1914

Hunter, Columbus S.
77 years old and the father of Alva Hunter of Bethany, died Friday at his home near Martinsville.
Source: Bethany Newspaper, Jan. 13, 1943

Jenkins, Mary
Father Tierney was called suddenly to administer the sacraments to Mrs. Mary Jenkins, 90 years old on the Iowa line in Harrison County and will have to celebrate mass at St. Mary's Church (Harrison County) on Sunday, March 3rd.  Hence he cannot hold services at Leopolis on that day.
{source: Chillicothe Constitution Feb. 28, 1918}

Jones, Robert
Salina, KS, Nov. 4 -Robert P. Jones, 76 years old, a resident of Harrison County, Mo. since 1854, died here today at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M.S. Wren.  He served in the Civil War witht the thirty fifth Missouri Infantry.  He first saw service in the United States army with General Johnson in his campaign against the Mormons in 1858.  He left a widow and seven children.  The body will be sent to Blythedale, Mo. for burial
Source: Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO. Nov. 5, 1911

Miller, Glenn
Telephonic report from Blythedale brings the sad news of the death of Glenn Miller, who was born and reared at Blythedale.  It will be remembered that Glenn attended school in Bethany a couple of terms several years ago, boarding while here at the W.H. Skinner home.  We understand that Glenn's mother, Mrs. J.S. Fowler, of Blythdale, received the telegram telling of the death of her son, at his home in Taft., Cal., but no particulars were given.  The shock to the mother must be very severe, and we join her many friends in extending our profound sympathy.
Source: Bethany Republican, September 25, 1918

Munden child
John Munden's 3 month old baby died yesterday, of pneumonia and brain fever after a week's illness.  The remains will be laid to rest in the Lone Rock cemetery today.  The family have the sympathy of the entire community.  It has been only a little over a years since they lost a childwith the same disease who was about 6 months old.
Source: unknown newspaper clipping dated March 1903

Osborn, Zola
Zola Osborn dies Suddenly Sunday-
Well Known Local Girl Teaching at Ree Heights Called by Death
The many friends of Miss Zola May Osborn, 22 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Osborn, 115 Ninth avenue southeast will be grieved to hear of her sudden death Sunday morning at Ree Heights.  Death came at 6:25 oclock Sunday morning after an illness of seven days duration.  Her father Edward Osborn, her aunt Miss May Osborn adn W.H. Harrison of Aberdeen were at the bedside at the time of her death.  She was teaching in the High School at Ree Heights when taken with the illness which resulted in her death.  In October Miss Osborn submitted to an operation for appendicitis and was absent from her school work for some time.  She had been at her home here for the holidays and was taken sick just one day after her school started its second half of the year.

Miss Osborn was born February 20, 1904 in Harrison County, Missouri and moved with her father to Aberdeen when she was 10 years of age.  Her mother died one month after her birth leaving the child to the care of the father and aunt Miss May Osborn. She attended the public schools of this city and graduated from the high school with the class of 1922.  Then she attended State college at Brookings, where she graduated with the class of 1926.  her position as teacher of Latin and English was secured this fall.

Throughout her school days Miss Osborn was very prominent in various activites of school life and many honors were accorded her by the schools she attended.  Her's was a pleasing personality and she was well liked by all who came in contact with her.  At Brookings she was elected the most popular girl for two successive years.  She was a member of the Baptist church and was of a sweet christian character.  All of her many friends will be shocked to hear of her untimely demise and will all feel the loss of a dear friend.

Her aunt Miss May Osborn has been a real mother to her, having lived with her in her fathers home since her mother's death and until the remarriage of Mr. Osborn to Miss Laura Harrison.  Then, after graduation from the Aberdeen high school, her aunt established a home for her at Brookings where she was going to college.  Miss Osborn died in the home established for her by her at Brookings where she was going to college.  Miss Osborn died in the home established for her by her aunt at Ree Heights.

A private funeral will be held this afternoon at 4:30 oclock at Riverside cemetery, with Rev. Claypoole of the local Baptist church officiating.  A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced later.
[Source: Aberdeen Daily News, Aberdeen S.D., Jan. 10, 1927]

Parsons, Mrs. Andrew:
Steubenville, Ohio, Feb.27-
Mrs. Andrew Parsons, a former resident of this city, died at Bethany, Missouri on the 22nd inst. Her mother, Mrs. Rachel Armstrong, left this city on the 16th to make her home with her daughter, but arrived only in time to see her die.
Source: The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, Wheeling W. Va, Feb. 28, 1885 edition


Pousch, Cecil
Cecil Pousch meets frightful Death while crossing Thos. McCormick field.
Rodman IA June 14, 1927
Last Thrusday morning Cecil Pousch who worked for Thos. McCormick living in the vicinity of Rodman, was instantly killed by lightening as he was crossing a field.  When he was found, he was lying on his face. Considerable of his clothing was torn from his body.  There was an ugly wound on his right temple and a patch of his hair was burned. The left leg of his trousers was torn partly off and the cloth was found under his body.  His cap and his right shoe were torn off and were found several feet from the body.  The eyelets of the other shoe were also turned out.  The buckle of his belt was cut off.  The left side of the body was burned.  Before going into the field, Pousch was working a short time in a machine shed.  As he was starting for work in the field, Mr. McCormick looked about and noticed a threatening rain cloud.  He kept watch of Pousch and intended warning him of the approaching storm.  Later he looked across a knowll in the field and did not see Pousch.  He became alarmed and started investigate.  Mrs. McCormick noticed something in her husband's actions that told her that Pousch had met with misfortune.  She phoned to West Bend for a doctor and he reported promptly but the man was dead before he came.  When Mr. McCormick located the body some of the clothing on the unfortunate young man was burning.  After extinguishing the flames with mud, he called for help.  The remains of the young man were brought to the house on a stretcher.  Later they were taken to the home of his uncle, Len Blake.
 
Cecil Pousch was born in Harrison County, Missouri, July 3, 1905.  His age was 21.  When he was a small boy his parents came to Rodman.  Some time later they moved to California.  Cecil went with them but he did not like the country and returned to this place.  He was for several years employed by different farmers in this locality.  They all speak well of him.  He was the oldest of eight brothers and sisters.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Pousch of Glendale, California.  There are two brothers Kenneth and George, and five sisters.  The sisters are Mrs. Ruth Travers, Juanita, Bessie, Royena and the baby.  Allk are in California.  There are numerous other relatives.  The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church at this place Friday afternoon, Rev. Zimmerman of West Bend officiating.  The burial was in the Rodman cemetery.  Our community united in offering sympathy to the bereaved ones.
(source: Emmetsburg Democrat, June 15, 1927)

Rardin, S.D.
S.D. Rardin who had been seriously ill for several months suffering from diabetes passed away at Lamoni, Ia., Saturday morning.  Funeral services were conducted at lamoni Monday afternoon and were attended by several of the family's friends from this community.  Mr. Rardin formerly owned the produce business were Don Killough now operates a produce house.
[source: The Ridgeway Journal, August 24, 1939 edition]

Rockhold, Gordon:
Gordon Rockhold, aged 21, of Princeton, was killed in a motor car accident on a hill west of Mt. Moriah on Highway No 4 last Wednesday night.  The pavement was slippery from rain and as the two cars approaced each other a third car attempted to pass one of them and the crash followed.  Rockholds care was demolished.  Miss Mildred Sires, Rockhold's fiance escaped injury.
[source: The Ridgeway Journal, August 24, 1939 edition]

Sallee, John M.
a prominent attorney and democratic politician of Harrison county, died of heart disease at his home in Bethany this morning.  He was a candidate for nomination for attorney general on the democratic ticket in 1904.
Source: The Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore, OK, Aug. 4, 1909

Scott, Mrs. O.D.
Mrs. O.D. Scott, of Riverton sister of Mrs. William Welch and Charles Monk, of Hamburg passed away at her home in Riverton, last Wednesday.  Mrs. Scott had been in poor health for many months and for the past ten weeks has been bedfast.  Sarah Elizabeth Monk  was born in Harrison County, Missouri Aug. 4, 1867 and passed away at her home in Riverton, Iowa, May 1, 1929, aged 61 years, 8 months and 27 days.  She had spent a greater part of her life in Riverton.

She was united in marriage to O.D. Scott, January 29, 1884.  She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, two daughters, Edith of Chicago and Berah at home, one sister, Mrs. William Welch, and one brother Charles Monk, both of Hamburg.  She united with the Church of Christ at the age of fourteen years.  She was an active member of the R.N. A. lodge of Riverton, Iowa.  She had been in poor health for the past two years.  She had been confined in her bed for nearly ten weeks, always hopeful and patient to the last.

Funeral services were conducted at the Church of Christ at Riverton, Friday May 3, 1929, at 2 p.m. conducted Rev. D.N. Gilett, of Hamburg, assisted by Rev. H.P. ? of Riverton.  A quarter sang three beautiful songs at the service.  Interment was made in Mount Zion Cemetery.
(source: Hamburg Reporter, May 9, 1929)

Scott, Winogene
T.E. Sallee received a message today announcing the death of his granddaughter, Winogene Scott, the 13 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elzumer Scott of Ridgeway Mo. The girl died in a hospital in St. Joseph where she had been taken a few days ago. The body will be taken to Ridgeway for burial and the funeral probably will be held Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Sallee and Mrs. Gardner of Lineville, Ia., a sister of Mrs. Scott, who was a guest at the Sallee home will go to Ridgeway tomorrow to attend the funeral. Mrs. Scott was formerly Miss Carrie Sallee.
{source: Chillicothe Constitution,Feb. 28, 1918}

Sears, David
A sad accident occurred in the timber between West Bethany and the Fair ground Thursday evening David Sears and a man named Hollingsworth were cutting down a tree.  Instantly it bounded, the butt flying out eight or ten feet, striking Sears in the abdomen and terribly mutilating him.  He lived only about 20 minutes. 

The deceased lived in the house owned by Mrs. Wills near the mill, on the north side of the creek, and had a wife and five children, whom he leaves in very poor circumstances.  He was a new citizen here having come to this place from Iowa a few months ago.  Parties who knew him say he was a clever, honest hard working man.
Source: Unknown Newspaper dated Aug. 1880


Shumate,Cynthia
After a long struggle with the grim monster, Mrs. Cynthia Shumate died at the home of her grandson, J.M. Shumate, in Forest City, on Tuesday of last week, January 3, 1905, in the 78th yesterday of her age.  From the Forest City Press we gather the following data relating to the deceased:

Cynthia M. Peters was born in Peterstown, West Virginia, August 7, 1828.  When quite young she united with the Baptist church and has been a true and faithful Christian all through life.  She was married in 1846 to Daniel Shumate, who died in September, 1902.  Two children were born to them, neither of whom survive

In 1855 she accompanied her husband from their home in Virginia to Harrison County, Missouri, where they resided continuously until his death, when Mr. Shumate came to Forest City to live with her son.

The deceased was a noble Christian character, and during her life was ever ready to lend a helping hand to those among whom she lived.  In the early days when her husband left his little family to go to the front at his country's call, she was a brave good woman, taking care of her own home and lending assistance wherever it was needed.

Although only living here a few years, Mrs. Shumate was highly esteemed by all who knew her.  In less than ten months she has stood at the bedside of her only son and daughter in law and saw the Death Angel summon both to their last resting place, her son having died last March and her daughter in law only a month ago.  She was with the latter, the late Mrs. Amand Shumater, in her last sickness, and was taken ill shortly after her death.  She felt that her time had come to die and was ready and willing to go, having no fear of the future.

Since the death of her son she had mader her home with her grandson, and in her illness all that loving hands could do to alleviate her suffering was done.  She leaves to mourn her loss, three grandchildren, James and Will Shumate and Mrs. Cynthia Lyons, all of this city.  

The remains were taken to Bethany, Missouri, and laid beside those of her husband.
[source: The Holt County Sentinel, Oregon, Mo., January 13, 1905 edition]

 

Simpson, Roy L. 
Roy L. Simpson, the subject of this sketch, was born in Harrison County, Missouri, and died at Pawnee, Missouri, June, 1915, of the dreaded disease, consumption, aged 25 years, 5 months, and 14 days.

He was left an orphan at the age of 5 years, and was then taken by Richard Smith and wife and raised to manhood, and was the same s an own son to them.  They gave him every advantage of a good education and he was one of Harrison Countys successful school teachers. He was a faithful member of the Christian church and bore his long sickness with patience and fortitude.

He was married to Miss Carrie Wood, May 22, 1913; to this union was born one sone, Dick, age fifteen months.  He leaves an invalid wife and sone, eight brothers and his foster father, Richard Smith to mourn their loss.  Roy was a boy and young man loved and respected by all who knew him, and his friends were numbered by his acquaintances.
[source: the Holt County Sentinel, Oregon, Mo. July 23, 1915 edition]

Skinner, Sigel
who had been seriously ill at the home of Mrms E.O. Martin, south of Eagleville passed away Saturday night at the age of 78 years.  Mr. Skinner was one of the older residents of Eagleville and his friends were many.   He was one who always wanted to do right, and his worry was the fear of doing wrong.  Funeral services were held from the Methodist church Sunday afternoon, Nov. 12 conducted by Rev. A.P. Mathes of Clarksville, Mo.  Singing was by Miss Lucile Sheeler, Mrms Edwin Edwards and Leonard Hale.  The body was laid to rest in Masonic cemetery.  Those from a distance attending the funeral were Mrms Verne Davis of Lineville, IA and Mrms Earl Ballew of St. Joseph
Source: Unknown newspaper clipping, 1939

Smith, Mary E.
Mrs. Mary E. Smith died at her home in west El Dorado at 12m August 9, aged 86 years.  She was born in New York City February 1, 1820 and was married to Geo Smith when she was eighteen years of age.  To this union were born eight children, four of whom are living, George Smith and Miss Susan Smith of El Dorado; W.T. Smith of Hamilton, MO., and Martha J. Burnham of Leon IA.  Mrs. Smith had been confined to her bed for almost two years and in all of this time was devotedly cared for by her grandaughter, Miss Minnie Smith.  Her body will be taken to Eagleville, Missouri and laid beside her husband who died several years ago.  There will be a short serviceat the home at 7 a.m. Friday.  George Smith will accompany the body.
Source: Walnut Valley Times, El Dorado, KS, Aug. 17, 1906

Stanley, A.L
died suddenly at his home last Friday evening, June 4th.  Deceased was born in Iowa in 1857.  When about ten years of age moved with his parents to Harrison County, Missouri, where he grew to manhood and was united in marriage to Matilda Yockey.  About 1878 they came to Neosho county where they have resided ever since. To them were born eight children.  The widow and three sons survive him.  Stanley was a kind husband and father, an honest and upright citizen and a devoted Christian.  Funeral services were held here Monday at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. Kitchen of Chanute.   The remains were laid to rest in the Urbana cemetery.  There was a large crowd of relatives and friends in attendance to pay their last tributes of respect to whom they loved and respected.  Two brothers and one sister who reside in other parts of the country were present at the funeral
Source: The Chanute Times, Chanute, KS, June 10, 1910

Stone, Phoebe Cullins
The Dresden Transcript has the following death notice.

Phoebe Cullins Stone was born in the southwestern part of Muskingum County, Ohio, July 3, 1847; died in Bethany Harrison County, Missouri, May 18, 1904, aged 57 years, 10 months and 15 days.  She was the youngest child of (?) and Levina Cullins.  She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, one sister, Mrs. Charlotte Baker of Dresden, one brother, H.B. Cullins of Delaware, Ohio, and two nephews, Clifford and Earl Cullins, of Dresden.

Some time during the year 1858 (?) she united with the muskingum Presbyterian church.  April 17, 1871, whe was united in marriage to Taylor E. Stone.  Soon after her marriage she and her husband went to Harrison county, Missouri, locating on a farm near the county seat.  On this farm they remained twenty-eight years.  Four years ago they let the farm and moved to Bethany, the county seat of Harrison County.

She with her husband, was a member in good standing of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.  She was a good woman and gave many evidences of a living faith.  She was interested in all church work and zealous for the cause of her Saviour.

Since March 10, 1902, Mrs. Stone has been an invalid.  On that day she suffered a stroke of paralysis, which caused her to lose totally the sight of one eye.  Six weeks ago she was again stricken down by the same affliction.

Mrs. Stone had in her heart a natural longing to be buried in the home land.  It was the request of mrs. Stone that her remains be laid to rest in the soil of Muskingum County, Ohio, rather than Harrison County, Missouri.  It was also her request that the burial services be held in the Presbyterian church and conducted by the pastor of the same church.  In accordance with her last wishes, her body was brought from her distant home, arriving here last Sunday night at 9:30.   The burial services ere held in the Presbyterian church, and conducted by the pastor, Rev. F. Benton Shoemaker.
source: Democratic Standard, Coshocton, Ohio, June 2, 1905 edition


Stinson, Andrew
Andrew Stinson died this afternoon at 2 o'clock at his home, 410 Cottonwood Street, after an illness of four months.  Mrs. Stinson's health began to fail six years ago.  The funeral will be held in the First Christian Church tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. M. Lee Sorey will conduct the service.  Interment will be made in Maplewood Cemetery.

Mr. Stinson was born in Hamilton County Indiana, December 23, 1835.  When 4 years old, he moved to Springfield, ILL. with his parents.  At 19 he settled in Harrison County, Missouri and took up farming which he followed all his life.  During his residence there he enlisted in Company D, Twenty-third Missouri Infantry and served during the remainder of the war.  In 1864 he married Nancy E. Bunt, in Harrison County.They came to Kansas in 1878 and lived in Salina four years.  Since that time they have lived in Emporia.

Mr. Stinson's life has been characterized by his devotion to his family.  He was an esteemed member of the Preston B. Plumb Post No. 55, and his loss is keenly felt by his commrades.  He was a member of the First Christian Church in Emporia and had been a member of that denomination from his young manhood.  Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons, Elmer, Andrew and Charles, and by two daughters, Mrs. Mattie Robinson, of Russell and Mrs. Minnie Fanning of Melvern.  A granddaughter, Miss Marle Stinson, has been living with her grandparents.  Mrs. Robinson is the only child who will be unable to be home for the funeral.
source: The Emporia Gazzette, Emporia Kansas, November 21, 1914 edition


Talmage, Susie
Tillamook, OR, Aug 21-
After an extended illness, Mrs. Susie Talmage, wife of C.W. Talmage, a widely known attorney of this city, and at one time Mayor of Tillamook, died Tuesday night.  Mrs. Talmage was born in Harrison County, Missouri in 1862, and came west with her parents two years later, spending her childhood and early girlhood at Walla Walla, Washington.  Afterwards she lived at McMinnville, where she married Mr. talmage in 1880, residing continually in that city until 1901, when, with her husband, she came to Tillamook.
[Source: Oregonian, Portland, OR, Aug.22, 1908]


Towhy, Marie
Mrie Towhy, 49, wife of William F. Towhy, 1611 Water Street, died in Portland, Oregon, Saturday morning after a long illness.  Mrs. Towhy was born August 19, 1892, at Bethany, Missouri.  About 1912 she came to Portland.  There she was graduated from Good Samaratan Hospital.  In 1917 she was enlisted in the Army and served as nurse at Fort Lewis.  In 1920 she married William F. Towhy and they made their home in Olympia ever since.  She was a member of the Catholic Church.  Surviving her are her husband, William F. Towhy; two children, Virginia and William, Jr., both of Olympia; her father W.D. Dunham, and one sister, Mrs. Joyce, all of Bethany Missouri.  funeral services will be held this Tuesday at 9a.m. in St. Michael's Church, under the direction of Warnica and Warnica's.  Burial will take place in the Calvary Cemetery.
Source: Morning Olympian, Olympia, WA, Dec. 14, 1941

Vail, Jackson
Born in Perry County Ohio, July 20, 1842
Died at his home in Bethany, Mo. December 17, 1922
Aged 80 years, 4 months and 27 days.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Vail home Monday December 18, 1922 at 2:30 p.m. by Rev. E.P. Reed
Burial at Miriam Cemetery, auspices of T.D. Neal Post G.A.R.
Source: copy of Funeral Notice  Card in the possession of M. Beery

Vail, Mrs. Catharine
(wife of Jackson Vail)
Born near Lexington, Ohio, October 22, 1836
Died at Bethany, Mo. February 13, 1918
Aged 81 years, 3 months, 21 days
Funeral services will be held at the residence Friday Feb. 15, 1918, at Two p.m. conducted by Dr. W.S. Welsh
Burial in Miriam Cemetery
Source: copy of Funeral Notice Card in the possession of M. Beery

Parks, Mrs. Lewis
Mrs. Lewis Parks died Saturday morning, September 30 at the age of 39.  She was born in Harrison County, Missouri, but had lived near Miller, for several years.  Death was due to paralysis, it being the third stroke.  She had been dangeroulsy ill a month agoe, but recovered enough to be out of bed.  She leaves to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother, a son and daughter and two step-sons, and a husband.  The funeral was held from the home at 11:30, Monday, Rev. E.E. Urner, of Osage City, conducting the services.  Interment was made at the Ivy Cemetery.  Sympathy from many friends is extended to the family.
source: The Emporia Weekly Gazette, Emporia Kansas, October 5, 1911 edition


Vice, Samuel-
Seek Dead Man's Relatives-
Coroner H.S. Garfield is making every effort to locate the relatives of Samuel Vice, who came to his death yesterday fternoon beneath the wheels of an O.W.R.& N. freight train, but as yet has not been satisfactory.  From conversations he has with Judd Rogers, William Ellis and others it is thought that at one time he lived in Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri and a wire has been sent to the authorities at that place. An inquest will be held tomorrow morning.
[Source: East Oregonina, Pendleton, Umatill Co. OR, June 25, 1913]


Walker, Mrs. Nannie
Mrs. Nannie Walker Dead in Missouri-
News reached Tazewell a few days ago of the death of Mrs. Nannie Wlker at her home in Bethany, Missouri, from suffocation by leaking gas pipes in her room.  She retired Sunday night, was found unconscious on Monday morning, and died on Wednesday, still unconscious.  She moved to Missouri about the year 1891.  She was a daughter of the late John Empaschwiller, of this town, and is affectionately remembered by the older citizens of this town, by whom she was highly respected.
Source: Clinch Valley News, Jeffersonville, VA Feb. 11, 1921 edition

Wilcutt, Ella
Mrs. Ella Wilcutt one of the older residents of Bethany, died yesterday at her home here, aged 84 years.
Source: Unknown Newspaper, dated January 11, 1933

Wilson, J.C.
J.C. Wilson of Bethany, a delegate to the Missouri Constiutional convention, died.
Source: Rock Island Argus and Daily Union, Rock Island, IL, July 11, 1922

Winburn Child
August 16, the four month old child of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Winburn, at the family residence on Twentieth Street, north of the city.  The remains will be taken to Harrison County, Missouri this evening.
(source: Des Moines Daily Register, August 17, 1897)

Wren, Robert Harvey
Funeral services for Robert Harvey Wren, Civil war veteran of Bethany, Mo. will be held this afternoon at the Johnson-Saum chapel, under the auspices of Heintzleman post No. 33 G.A.R.  Mr. Wren died last Thursday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles B. DeLong of this city.

The veteran enlisted for service in the Civil war at the age of 15 and served as orderly sergeant and scout in Company H, 43rd regiment of Missouri volunteer infantry, on active duty.  He was at the time of his death the only surviving member of the T.D. Neal post No. 124, G.A.R.  of Bethany, Mo. and was a past commander of that post.  He also served two terms as commander of the Harrison county brigade of the G.A.R. comprising all the posts in Harrison Co. Missouri.
Mr. Wren had retired from G.A. R. activity and had been in poor health for the last two years.
[Source: San Diego Union, San Diego, CA, November 5, 1921]
 


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