HARRISON COUNTY MISSOURI
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
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
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
Clinkenbeard, Oliver B.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
( 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
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
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
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
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
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)
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]
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.
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
Simpson, Roy L.
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
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
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
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]
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
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
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
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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