Wm. Canaday was born in Ohio, on April 15, 1823, and died at his late residence in Ridgeway, February 28, 1919, aged 95 years, 10 months and 15 days. His grandfather, Walter Canaday was a southern gentleman and a Quaker in religion. His father, John Canaday was born in Alabama in 1801. The family moved to Ohio in a covered wagon (called schooner), drawn by oxen, and located in southern Illinois, the deceased being six years old at the time. The nearest postoffice was forty miles away and letter postage was 25 cents, and was paid by the receiver. His education consisted of one week in school six miles from home and he was so homesick that his mother never sent him back. He learned his letters from the old Bible and in after years read the book to learn his duty to God and his fellow man. He qualified himself and taught school one winter.
William Canaday was married to Elizabeth Leeper of Illinois on March 24, 1842. To this union seven children were born: John Canaday, Eagleville, Christopher Canaday, of Blythedale, Phoebe A. Poynter, deceased; Joseph W. Canaday, Wyoming; Carrie B. Hungate, of Columbia, Mo.; Charles and Benjamin Canaday who died in infancy. Elizabeth Canaday, their mother died in Blythedale, Mo. July 10, 1907, aged 82 years. Wm. Canaday came to Missouri in 1854 and entered fourteen forties of land in Colfax township, and has been a resident of Harrison County sixty-five years. He was a charter member of the Bank of Blythedale, became justice of the peace in 1856, which office he held until 1862, when he was elected County Judge. He has been an active member of the G.A.R. and has helped to build many churches by his liberal donations. He organized the Taylor Grove Christian Church in 1859. He was a member of the church at Eagleville and later transferred his membership to Blythedale Christian Church. Mr. Canaday practically built the church of Blythedale from a financial consideration.
Wm. Canaday cast his first vote for James K. Polk in 1844, about the time the telegraph was invented. Abraham Lincoln was entertained at his father's home in Illinois, and Mrs. Lincoln and Wm CAnaday played together as children at the home of her father, Dr. Todd. In 1861 he enlisted and was commissioned first lieutenant. He received his discharge with the rank of quartermaster at the close of the war.
Wm. Canaday was married to Mrs. Jennie Reed on January 6, 1909, and had spent his declining years at their home in Ridgeway;, where his faithful and devoted wife tenderly cared for him until the end came on Friday night, February 28, at 9:30 o'clock.
Wm. Canaday leaves his wife, three sons, one daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a large number of old acquaintances who will miss him. Thus passes one more of Harrison County's old citizens, highly honored and respected by all.
The funeral services were held on tuesday afternoon at the Christian Church in Blythedale, conducted by the writer of this article. The funeral was large attneded and the remains deposited in the beautiful Cedar Hill Cemetery.
By: A.C. Babcock
source: unknown newspaper clipping
transcribed by: Melody Beery
CHAMBERLIN, C.L. "DUKE"
C.L. "Duke" Chamberlin, 88, Altoona Iowa died Oct. 20 at the Altoona Manor where he had lived for the past 18 months.
Mr. Chamberlin was a former resident of Harrison County and also formerly had resided in Des Moines. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Thelma Stark and one son, Gale Chamberlin both of Des Moines; nine grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Funeral services and burial were Saturday, Oct. 22, in Des Moines
Source: unknown newspaper clipping fromt he papers of Cordia Cox, now in the possession of M. Beery
William M. Cook, son of John and Mary Anne Cook, was born in Harrison County, Mo. December 24, 1859 and departed this life on october 6, 1924 at the age of 64 years, 10 months and 13 days, at his home, three miles south of Eagleville, near his birthplace. He was united in marriage to Mary Alice Gant May 27, 1886. To this union was born six childre, two of whom, Carrie and Leonard D preceded him to the great beyond.
He had been in failing health for some time but was too determined to give up. One Sunday last summer he consented and went to a doctor in Bethany, his trouble being pronounced cancer of the stomach, which finally caused his death. Even though he did suffer much pain he did not express it and during his last illness wanted nobody but his much loved companion to attend him. Monday evening, Oct. 6 his conditon grew worse. Death claimed him about 10 oclock that night. He was conscious until the end.
Funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m. by Rev. Wm. S. Warren, Methodist pastor of Eagleville in the presence of friends unnumbered.
He leaves to mourn his death a loving wife; four children, Clara W., Nellie Ely, Ira E. and Floyd C. all of whom were with him during his illness; five grandchildren, Lela Wiley, Jay Edwards, Vernell, Opal and Keith Cook; also three brothers, C.C. Cook of Eagleville, Jake Cook of Utah, Jim Cook of Idaho; one sister, Delilah O'Neal of Nebraska and a large circle of family and friends.
source: Bethany clipper, dated: October 29, 1924
transcribed by: Melody Beery
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