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Fish, Samuel Phillip

In fond Memory of a Kind husband and Father SAMUEL PHILLIP FISH BORN:5-17-1867 Died: 6-1-1945 "One less at home;the charmed circle broken.  One dear face missed from day to day  From its accustomed place."  How truly sad is the thought of a family chair which has remained intact for over half a century being broken and a line which had been the strongest removed.  For years this husband and wife had journieded hand-in-hand and enjoyed the association of 10 happy boys and girls with their families.  This husband and father had enjoyed good health until a year or more ago when he was stricken with paralysis, but he recovered sufficiently as to be about and he and Mother Fish were nicely located in a cozy cottage home in Eagleville which made a rallying point for their children and families.  One morning the father was not there, having fallen asleep during the night to awaken no  more to greet them with his sunny smile and warm welcome but he left to them a storehouse full of happy memories which are priceless.  Samuel Phillip son of John Henry and Elina (Hubbird)Fish was born near Martinsville, Mo. May 17, 1867.  He was one of a family of 14 children.  All except Edward, Earl, James, Ace and Bertha with the parents, preceded  him in death.  He grew to manhood on his father's farm, attaining his education at the Nossaman district.  On Oct. 2, 1892, he united in marriage with Lillie Lacy of Eagleville and to their union were born 10 children who with the companion 38 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, survive.  They began housekeeping in north Harrison and their entire married was spent in Harrison.  He followed the vocation of farming until his health failed.  His death occurred on the evening of June 1, 1945.  Like a tired child he fell quietly asleep at the age of 76 years and 15 days.  Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 5, from Hobbs chapel conducted by the Rev. O. D. Hedges.  Hymns were sung by Edwin Edwards and Leonard Hale, with Mrs Edwards at the piano.  The following laid him to rest in the cemetery near by, Max Wilson, Wm Lacy, Robert Huitt, Hobert Fish, Ellis Fish and Vernal Ross.  The children are as follows, and, with members of their families, were all present at the services: Nella (Mrs Matt Hale), Roy and Lloyd, Ridgeway, Nora (Mrs. Emory Martin), Lamoni, Ia., Lottie (Mrs. Russell Ross), Bethany, Sherman, Hatfield, Mo., Claude, Martinsville, Mo., Henry and  Dee, Eagleville;  Newton, Independence, Mo.  a friend M C R     

Submitted by:  Clella  (Fish) Eisenbarger 
Source: Personal papers of Clara Fish  
Note:  Samuel's mother was Eliza Hubbard  not  Elina Hubbird .  Nella was Zella  (Mrs Matt Hale)


Fish, Lillie Margaret (Lacy)
March 14, 1873---Dec. 27, 1953 

Lillie Margaret Lacy, daughter of William and Kathyrn (Cook) Lacy, was born in Harrison County, Missouri, March 14, 1873, and passed away at her home in Eagleville Dec. 27, 1953, at the age of 80 years, nine months and 13 days.  She was united in marriage to Samuel P. Fish, Oct. 2, 1892, and to this union were born 10 children, all of whom survive her passing.  Zella Hale Ridgeway,  Mo. Lottie Ross, Des Moines, Iowa, Henry and Dee of Eagleville, Mo., Claude of Martinsville, Mo. Roy of Bethany, Mo., Sherm of Hatfield, Mo., Loyd of Ridgewy, Mo. and Newt of Independence, Mo.  Also left to mourn her passing are 37 grandchildren aand 53 great-grandchildren; two sisters Mary Banks, Eagleville, Mo., and Rose Galsscol, St. Joseph, Mo. and two brothers, Ben and Jim Lacy, Eagleville, Mo.  Funeral services were held from the Eagleville M. E. church Dec. 29, conducted by the Rev. O. D. Hedges.  "God Will Take Care of You."  "Does Jesus care?" and "The City Foursquare," were sung by Mrs. Myron Johnson, Mrs. Edwin Edwards, Bob Edwards and Floyd Cook, accompanied by Coleen Kabel.  Flower girls were Shirley, Mary Louise, Madeline, Louise and Lavaughn Fish, Kathleen McClelland, Donella Hogan and Maxine Taggart.  Pallbearers were Bill Hogan, Vaughdean Ragan, Jack Taggart, Vernal Ross, Ora Eisenbarger and Max Wilson. 

She was laid to rest in Hobbs Chapel cemetary by the side of her companion, who preceeded her in death eight years ago, June 1, 1945.  With failing health and almost blind, she had lived alone and kept up her home which was her wish, where relatives and friends were always welcome.  She was united with the United Brethern church at an early age, and continued this faith until her health failed.  She was a friend to everyone, and loved by all who knew her.  Yes, Heaven would not be complete without mothers.  And today, when so many hearts are aching, we are glad we can link these three words, "mother, home and Heaven," together, and think of her as only passing through a doorway to a richer, fuller life in that Heavenly home with her companion and loved ones, where sorrow, pain nor sickness can not enter in.  "She was a little old-fashioned, That sweet mother of mine.  There are many whose beauty Did my mother's outshine.  "She was a little old-fashioned, As you can plainly see, But she was the sweetest Mother to me."She was a little old-fashioned, That sweet mother of mine.  Though even her plainness Now my heartstrings entwine."Other hands may have been whiter, But none other so dear, For they smoothed my pillow For many a year.  "She was a little old-fashioned.  She stayed closely at home, So calm and contented, Although others did roam.  "And in tender young childhood.  It was her home sheltered me;  And she who so graced it,  Dearest ever shall her memories be."  Cards of Thanks  We wish to thank everyone who assisted in anyway at the death and burial of our dear mother, and for the beautiful floral offerings.  The Children.               

Submitted by:  Clella Eisenbarger
Source:  Personal papers of Clara Fish

Fish, Henry Asberry

Henry Ashberry Fish, the oldest son of Samuel and Lillian Lacy Fish was born September 26, 1897, on a farm near Brooklyn Mo. and departed this life at his home in Ridgeway Mo. May 14, 1972. He was 74 years, 7 months and 18 days.

On July 3, 1918 he was united in marriage to Miss Sara Fitzgeralds.  A son Wilbur came to brighten their home.  Henry spent all of his life on the farm, he was a farmer at heart and enjoyed tilling the soil and harvesting his crops.  He was a lover of horses and all farm animals.  He was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather, was a good neighbor and liked by everyone and will be missed by those who knew him.

Services were held at Boggess Chapel in Eagleville conducted by Rev. James Collins. Burial was at Hobbs cemetery.

Submitted by:  Clella Eisenbarger
Source:  Personal papers of Clara Fish

Fish, Sarah S.

Sarah S. Fish, 91, Bethany, died Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Liberty Hospital.  Mrs. Fish was a lifelong resident of Harrison County. She had resided at the Bethany Care Center for the past three years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Fish, her parents, Mr.and Mrs. Grant Fitzgeralds, and five brothers, all former Harrison County residents.

She leaves one son, Wilbur Fish, Kansas City, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Webb Freer Chapel, Blue Springs, Mo., with the Rev. Melvin Poe officiating.  Burial was in the Hobbs Cemetery, Eagleville, Mo.

Submitted by:  Clella Eisenbarger
Source:  Personal papers of Clara Fish


Fish, Wilbur

Wilbur G. Fish, 82 of Kansas City, Mo. passed away Saturday November 17, 2001 at his home.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday November 21, at Speaks Suburban Chapel. Interment in Blue Springs Cemetery.   Wilbur was born on October 16, 1919 to Henry and Sarah Fish.  He retired from Ford Motor Co. after many years and continued to work at Stephenson's Orchard in Lee's Summit.  He was a Navy veteran of WWII, honorably discharged on December 28, 1945.  His wife Lillian of 47 years preceded him in death.  He is survived by his sons, Dennis Fish, Omaha, NE, Mike Maggard, Paul Maggard, Blue Springs, Mo. and grandchildren.  Wilbur was a kind and gentle man with a heart of gold.  He will be truly missed by all those who loved him.

Submitted by:  Clella Eisenbarger
Source:  Personal papers of Clara Fish


Fish, Alva Dee

Alva Dee Fish, son of Samuel and Lillie Lacy Fish was born Jan. 23, 1900 and departed this life at the Worth County Convalescent Home Feb. 2, 1981 at the age of 81 years and 10 days.  On March 12, 1921 he was married to Nina Dorrel.  To this union two sons and two daughters were born.

He is survived by his wife Nina of the home, his children, Madeline Ragan, Bethany, Clayton and wife LaVaughn and Hobert and wife Helen, Martinsville and Norma and husband Leleand Gorden of Des Moines, Iowa. Seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, four brothers, Sherman, Hatfield, Claude of Ridgeway, Roy of Bethany, Newton of Alburquerque New Mexico, and a sister Lottie Ross of Bethany.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brother, 2 sisters, one grandson and a great-grandson. One son-in-law, Vaughndean Ragan.  Services were held at the Roberson Chapel, Feb. 4, 1981 at 3:00 p.m. by Rev. James Collins and he was laid to rest in the Allen Cemetery west of Eagleville.

Submitted by:  Clella Eisenbarger
Source:  Personal papers of Clara Fish


Fish, Sherman Leland

Sherman Leland Fish was born December 20, 1903 near Brooklyn Mo. to Samuel Phillip and Lillie Margaret Lacy Fish. He was united in marriage to Bonnie Avis Snipes September 24, 1923 in Lamoni, Ia. To this union were born six children.  He was preceded in death by his parents; six brother: Henry, Dee, Newt, Loyd, Claud and Roy Fish; two sisters, Zella Hale and Nora Martin; two grandchildren, Gordon A. Fish and Terry Lynn Fish.

His is survived by his wife, Bonnie of the home, three sons, Keith, Kansas City, Mo., Melvin of Agana, Guam, Sam of Eudora Kansas, three daughters, Kathleen McClellan of Hatfield Mo., LaVaughn Waller of St. Joseph, Mo, Louise Kelley of Davis City, Iowa, 33 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, one sister, Lottie Ross of Bethany, Mo.  He departed this life on October 27, 1989 at the age of 85 years, 10 months and seven days.

Services 2 p.m. Monday Boggess Robertson Polley Funeral Home, Eagleville, MO. Burial Hobbs Chapel Cemetery, Eagleville, Mo.

Submitted by:  Clella Eisenbarger
Source:  Personal papers of Clara Fish


Fish, Bonnie Avis

Bonnie A. Fish, 95, Bethany, Mo formerly of Hatfield, Mo. died Friday Aug. 20, 2004 at a Bethany Healthcare facility.  Mrs. Fish was born Oct. 15, 1908 in Harrison County, Mo, the daughter of Rutherford B. and Ida Laurella (Allen) Snipes.  On September 24, 1923 she was married to Sherman Leland Fish.  He preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 1989.

She leaves two daughters, Kathleen McClellan, Hatfield and Louise Kelley, Davis City, Iowa, three sons, Keith, Kansas City, Mo., Melvin Brecoda Washington and Sam Fish, Baldwin City Kansas, one brother Clyde Eckard, Bethany, 32 grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter LaVaughn Waller, granddaughters, Terry Lynn Fish and Sandra Lonjiers, a grandson, Gordon Fish; sisters, Acel Eckard and Ethel (Snipes) Williams, brothers, Alvin and Floyd Eckard.  Services were Tuesday Aug. 24 at the Roberson Funeral Home, Eagleville, Mo. Burial in the Hobbs Cemetery.

Submitted by:  Clella Eisenbarger
Source:  Personal papers of Clara Fish

Fish, Loyd Christopher

Loyd Christopher Fish, son of Samuel P. Fish and Lilly Fish was born near Eagleville Missouri November 1, 1905 and passed away October 8, 1971 at the Noll Memorial Hospital at the age of 65 years, 11 months and 7 days.  He was united in marriage to Clara Smith on October 22, 1924.  To this union six children were born, Alma, Alva, Truman, Clella, Vergie and Pauline.  He was preceded in death by two daughters, Alma Jennings and Vergie Fish, his parents and two grandchildren, Paul K. Jennings, Jr. and Dianna Pauline Eisenbarger.

Loyd was the seventh child of a family of ten children, all who mourn his passing.  three sisters, Mrs. Zella Hale, Ridgeway, Mrs. Nora Martin, Lamoni, Ia, Mrs. Lottie Ross, Bethany, Mo.  six brothers, Henry, Ridgeway, Mo, Dee Fish, Eagleville, MO Newt Fish, Oronogo, Mo. Sherm Fish, Hatfield, MO, Claud and Roy Fish, Bethany, Mo.

He is also survived by eleven grandchilden and one great grandson.

Services were held at the First Baptist Church, Bethany, Mo on October 11, 1971 with the Rev. Earl Swafford of Albany and the Rev. Roger Briggs, Bethany officiating.  He was laid to rest in the Mt. Moriah cemetery beside his daughter Vergie and next to the woods that he loved so much.

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source:  Personal papers of Clara Fish

Fish, Clara Ethel (Smith)

Clara Ethel (Smith) was born in Harrison County to Henry and Katie (Stewart)Smith on March 30, 1906, and passed away May 7, 1998 at age 92 years, one month and seven days.  She was married to Loyd C. Fish on October 22, 1924 at Leon, Iowa.  Loyd passed away October 8, 1971. To this union were born six children: Truman, Martinsville; Clella Eisenbarger and Pauline Fish, Bethany. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Alma and Vergie, and one son, Alva, one daughter-in-law, Madeline Fish. 

Clara was the oldest of five children: Lorence, Lee, Leslie and Artie Smith, who all have preceded her in death, also three grandchildren, Paul Kenneth Jennings, Jr., Diana Pauline Eisenbarger and Christopher Roe Schell.

Funeral Services were held on Sunday May 10,1998, at Bethany Memorial Chapel, Bethany, Mo. conducted by Pastor Harold Huitt.  She was laid to rest by her husband in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source:  Personal papers of Melody Beery

Fish, Vergie Maxine

Vergie Maxine Fish, daughter of Loyd and Clara (Smith) Fish was born January 30, 1935 near Martinsville, Mo. and died at the University Medical Center Hospial, Kansas City, Kansas, October 16, 1950 at the age of 15 years, eight months and 16 days. Vergie leaves to mourn her passing her parents, two sisters, Mrs. Clella Mae Eisenbarger of Mt. Moriah, Pauline of the home, two brothersTruman, of the US army, and Alva of near Mt. Moriah, one nephew, Richard Lynn Fish, one grandparent, Mrs. Lillie Fish of Eagleville, Mo and many other relatives and friends.She was predeceased in death by a sister, Alma Jennings, who died August 29, 1946.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at Mt. Moriah, October 19, conducted by the Rev. Marvin T.Judy. She was laid to rest in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source:  Personal papers of Melody Beery

Fish, Madeline
Mrs. Madeline Fish was born November 3, 1931 in Eagleville, Mo., She was the daughter of Oscar (JOe) and Jewell (Skinner) Eisenbarger.  She was baptized by her great uncle, Rev. A. P. Mathes, at Hobbs Chapel Church on November 12, 1939.  Madeline joined the Mt. Moriah church in 1947 at the age of 16.  At her death she was a member of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.  On April 27, 1950, she was united in marriage with Truman Fish in Cainsville, Mo.  To this union was born four children, Charlotte, Winona, Douglas, and Janelda.  The family was extended with the addition of ten grandchildren.  Madeline had been a resident of Martinsville for 37 years where she worked along side her husband on their farm.

She died November 26, 1992 at Liberty, Mo and is buried in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Source: Newspaper clipping in the possession of M. Beery

Francis, Cyrus H.

Cyrus H. Francis, one of the oldest residents of northern Smith County Kansas, died last Monday at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 12 days.  Funeral services were held at the family home, conducted by Rev.G.W. Hummel, and burial was in Mount Hope cemetery.

Cyrus H. Francis was born in Burlington, Lawrence county, Ohio, July 27, 1825, where he resided until about 29 years of age.  He was married to Harriett Williams in 1853, and to this union was born eight children, four boys and four girls, seven of whom with his aged wife and a brother survive him, one having died in 1881.  He is also survived by thirty grandchildren and ten great grand children.  In 1856 he with his family removed to Harrison County, Missouri, and from their removed to his late home in Kansas in 1878.  He endured the hardships of the early settlers without a murmur or complaint.  During the civil war he served two years and 5 months.

submitted by: M.Beery
Source: The Red Cloud Chief, Oct. 12, 1906

Funk, Adam
Adam Funk, son of Martin and Elizabeth Funk was born in Sandusky county, Ohio, May 21, 1830.  He departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M.E. Premer of Bethany, Mo. at 12:30 a.m. April 14, 1923 at the age of 92 years, 10 months, and 23 days.  When eight years of age, his parents moved to Logan county, Indiana where he grew to manhood.

On September 22, 1859 he was united in marriage to Susan Eisenbarger.  In the year 1861 Harrison County, Mo, locating two and one half milesnortheast of Martinsville, where they lived until the death of his companion November 5, 1914.   To this union, seven children were born: Bertram, dying in childhood, Henry E. of Aurora NE, John M. of New Hampton, Mo., Elizabeth Premer of Bethany, Mo., Ida Munroe of Hastings, NE, Wm. of San Diego CA, and Robert M. of Albany, Mo.Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Earl F. Mitchell of New Hampton at Bethany Christian church at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon.  The body was laid to rest in the Magee cemetery.
Source: Bethany Clipper, April 25, 1923.

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