Harrison County, Missouri



Eva J. Hale
Eva J. Hale, daughter of L.S. and Mary Ellen Hubbard was born in Eagleville, Mo. June 4, 1884, and died at St. Joseph Mo., December 30, 1922 aged 34 years, 6 months and 26 days.  On October 5, 1903 she was united in marriage to Jas. H. Hale, Jr. and to this union were born seven children, one have passed away in infancy.  The greiving children are Glade R., Glen, Garland W, Nina M. and Olive C.

Mrs. Hale had not been well for some time and her condition became so serious it was found necessary to consult a specialist.  So in the company with her mother, husbband and Dr. Walsh she was taken to the Ensworth hospital at St. Joseph and an operation performed for thyroid tumor Thursday December 28.

She rallied from the operation, but realized she was fast sinking and would soon leave her loved ones, expressing a desire to see her children and often repeating the familiar words, "What is a home without a mother?"

Although realizing her weakened condition she seemed perfectly reconciled with the thought of death, yet knew home would be incomplete without a mother.  At 3 o'clock on Saturday morning the spirit took its flight to a better world.   On Saturday evening the remains were taken to the L.S. Hubbard home.  Short services were held at Hobbs Chapel by Rev. Z. Mitchell and a song was sung by Miss Hessie Edwards, Paul Mitchell, Leonard Hale and Carl Shain, on Sunday, December 31.

Beside a mother, father husband and children four sisters, Anna H. Bensyl, Hattie V. Lacy, Pearl I. Huitt, Goldie I. Campbell, and a brother, Delma A. Hubbard, are left to mourn; also a host of relatives and friends who join the sorrowing ones in the loss of one they so dearly loved.
Source: Unknown newspaper clipping, Transcribed by: Melody Beery

Matthew Hale
Matthew Hudson Hale, son of Alonza and Elizabeth Banks Hale, was born November 30, 1887 near Eagleville, Mo and passed away at his home in Ridgeway, Mo. Nov. 12 at the age of 74 years 11 months and 12 days.  He was united in marriage to Zella Fish Sept. 28, 1912.  To this union 10 children were born, three dying in infancy.  Those who survive are his devoted companion, his five daughters and two sons, Mrs. Ruby Ross, Mrs. Grace Wilson, Mrs. Donella Hogan all of Ridgeway, Mrs. Vern Huitt and Mrs. Fern Moody, both of Des Moines, IA, Everett Hale of Pleasant Hill, MO and Leroy Hale of Blythedale, 17 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, one brother, Jim of Clarinda IA, a sister, Mrs. Alice Edwards of Ridgeway, Mo. and a host of relatives and friends. 

He was united with the Latter Day Saints church in his early life, but had attended the Methodist Church  for several years.  His happy and cheerful disposition even while suffering has made him many friends.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church, Ridgeway, Thursday November 15, 1962 at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Bart Lockwood conducted the service.
Source: Newspaper clipping from the personal papers of C. Fish

Mrs. Frances Sadie Henson
Mrs. Frances Sadie Henson, a practical nurse in the Fairmont area for 30 year, died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Crestview rest home in Fairmont.  Death was attributed to the affirmaties of age.  She was 74.
Mrs. Henson was born in Missouri March 11, 1886.  On May 16, 1906 she was married to Ollie Henson in Missouri and they came to Granada in 120 where they operated a resturant for 10 years.

Mr. Henson died in 1953.  Until she moved to the rest home in Winnebago two months ago, Mrs. Henson had been living with a daughter, Mrs. Fred Will, in Fairmont.  Other survivors are one grandchild and one great grandchild; four brother and two sisters, William Eisenbarger of Winnebago, Oscar Eisenbarger and Mrs. Cordia Cox, Bethany, Mo., Lloyd Eisenbarger of Eudora, Kan., Roy Eisenbarger of Ford City Mo and Mrs. Earl Piburn of Martinsville, MO.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Olson Funeral home in Fairmont with the Rev. E.S. Ede officating. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Park here.
Source: Unknown newspaper clipping from the personal papers of Mrs. Cordia Cox, now in the possession of M. Beery

Ezekiel B. Hobbs
The deceased was one of the early settlers and he took an active interest in that organization and his talk upon the hardships and the blessings of those days was always of interest to all and here again will be missed.

The funeral services were held at Hobbs Chapel (which was named for him) and were conducted by Rev. Hawkins of New Hampton a former pastor of the church here and the body laid to rest in the Hobbs Chapel Cemetery on Saturday March 17 at four o'clock.

Before leaving for Hobbs Chapel, the friends of the deceased gathered at his home, where a chapter was read by Elder Johnston and several favorite songs sung and then the solemn procession, bearing the body to its last resting place passed slowly on as if reluctant to leave the old home where love had dwelt.

At Hobbs Chapel many friends had gathered and awaited with sad hearts the coming of the body of their friend and brother.

A loving and dutiful wife is left alone in the old home and our hearts goes out in sympathy to her in her loneliness.

Six children, all of whom ministered as best they could to father in his last illness, remain to mourn and they too are lonely in heart and to them the old home is broken up. Their names follow:  John Hobbs, Mrs. Josie Mumma, Mrs Lydia Gilpatrick, Mrs. Rosella Chapman, Harvey Hobbs and Elcana Hobbs.  There are also numerous grandchildren whose names we will not mention, excepting Robert Hobbs, a grandson, whom the deceased had raised as his own child and who came to visit him while lying in his last illness.  The grave has claimed its own but who could gaze upon that aged form, resting so sweetly on its snowy couch and not feel sure that this is not all, that he who gave us life will guide us onward in the realms above.

His first wife (Lydia) died December 19, 1854, at the age of 32 years, 9 months, 18 days.  Their children were Henry Hobbs, buried in Iowa and an infant daughter that died in 1854 and buried in Hobbs Cemetery (The other six I don't know about)

His second wife (Lettissha) was born in Davison County Tenn. March 10, 1819 and died in Harrison County Mo. June 5, 1857.  Their two children Jim Hobbs (I don't know about him), the other one and its mother died when it was born.

His third wife was nancy Jane and she died March 30, 1883 at the age of 45 years, 6 months.  They had ten children and six were still living at the time of their fathers death.  They were: Lydia Ann Gilpatrick, Alice Rosella Chapman, Josie Mumma, Harve, Cain and John Hobbs.  Those that died before their fathers death were: Mary L.F. daughter, died July 15, 1860, age 7 months;  Sara J.W. daughter, died August 31, 1862, age 5 months; Thomas N. son, died October 3, 1871 age 1 year, 1month, 15 days; George B. Hobbs son, was born July 23, 1866 and died April 27, 1906, age 39 years, 9 months, 4 days.  His fourth wife (Beuna Vista) and his last wife didn't have any children.  She died September 1, 1928 at the age of 78 years, 1 month, 18 days.
author unknown.,submitted by: Melody Beery,source: Personal papers of Jewell Eisenbarger


We are again called to announce the passing away of one of our old settlers.

Ezekiel B. Hobbs was born in Russell County, VA on March 30, 1822.  In the year 1839 when only 16 years of age he was converted and united with the M.E. church and was still a faithful member of this faith until called higher.

In the year 1844 he was united in marriage with Miss Lydia Woodward to which union eight children were born all having preceded him to the Great Beyond.

He was afterwards married to Miss Letitia Massengill as his second wife; then to Miss Nancy Ballew; and on Sept. 28, 1883 he was united in marriage to Miss Beuna Vista Shirley who with loving tenderness cared for him in his reclining years, always mindfull of his smallest wants.

He was the father of nineteen children, six of whom are still living three boys, Elcana Hobbs of Horton, Kan. Harve of Brooklyn, Mo and John of Eagleville.  Three daughters, namely Mrs. Martin Mumma of Garnett, Kan., Mrs. A. Chapman of Ridgeway and Mrs. Cola Gilpatrick who lives west of Eagleville, these were all here during the last illness of their father.

In the fall of 1850 he moved to Gallatin, Davies county, Mo., and the year following moved to Harrison County and settled on a farm two miles west of Eagleville.  He afterward moved to Ridgeway, but not being satisfied there returned to Eagleville where he made his home until the time of his death, whcih occured at 4 o'clock on Saturday afternoon March 17, 1910.  Uncle Zeke as he was usually called, was a man honored and loved by all who knew him and a host of friends can recall his loving smile, kind words, and friendly council and advice with deep reverence and love.  He was a devout christian, a kind loving husband and indulgent father and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

The funeral services were conducted with his request by Rev. Hawkins at Hobbs Chapel, who preached a comforting and appropriate discourse from Acts 11-24.  For he was a good man and full of the Holy Ghost and of Faith.

While waiting for Rev. Hawkins arrival, who was attending conference at Maryville when sent for.  The Rev. A.L. Johnson read the 23 Psalm and a few favorite hymns were sung at the home.  Interment took place at the Hobbs graveyard.  The bereaved wife and children have the sympathy of the community.
Source:  The Harrison County Democrat, 1910,Submitted by:  Melody Beery

Mrs.Ezekiel B. Hobbs
Mrs. Ezekiel Hobbs, an aged lady of Eagleville, Mo passed away at a hospital in St. Joseph Saturday evening where she had been taken on Friday for the purpose of treating a dislocated and broken hip caused by falling. Aunt Vista had been a resident of North Harrison since early childhood, coming with her parents, Daniel and Americas Shirley, in 1851 from Kentucky.  She had reached the age of 77 years. She was one of six children of which only one survives, Mis Elizabeth Shirley, of Eagleville.  F.Y. Cramer drove to St. Joseph Saturday evening for the body and funeral services were held at the M.E. church of Eagleville Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Cooper, of New Hampton, assisted by a step-grandson, Rev. Pres Mathis.  The services were well attended by a large crowd which spoke of the esteem in which she was held. Interment was on the old Shirley homestead near Eagleville where her father and mother were buried.
submitted by:   Melody Beery,source: Personal papers of Jewell Eisenbarger

John B. Hobbs
John B. Hobbs was born in Harrison County, MO August 4, 1858 and died in Des Moines Iowa December 1, 1924.  He was united in marriage to Alice F. Allen March 25, 1876.  Four children were born to this union: Edward L. Hobbs of Beaver Crossing, Nebr.; Thomas B. Hobbs, address unknown; Mrs. Sadie Chamberlin, Des Moines, Iowa and Martin B. Hobbs who preceded his father in infancy.

He lived in Missouri (mostly Harrison county) until 1910 when he with his wife moved to Boone, Iowa living there seven years, moving from there to Des Moines, Iowa, where he lived until his death.  He had been in failing healthfor some years but was bedfast the last year of his life.  He was a patient sufferer, thoughtful of others.  Those left to mourn their loss, besides the children, are: His companion, two brothers, Harve, of Paris, MO, and Elkana of Nebraska; two sisters, Mrs. S. C. Gilpatrick, Eagleville, MO, and Mrs. A. J. Chapman, Ridgeway, Mo; also eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, besides other relatives and a host of friends.

The funeral was conducted at Hobbs Chapel Church, Thursday, December 4 by A.P. Mathis, and the body laid to rest in the Hobbs Chapel cemetery.  May the sorrowing ones be comforted by the words of our Master: "Let not your hearts be troubled, ye believe in God believe also in me."
Source: Unknown Newspaper Clipping

Vergie Hook
Vergie Onlee oldest daughter of Charley and Della Smith was born in Harrison County December 7, 1899 and departed from this life at her home in Washington Township August  31, 1930 aged 31 years,  eight months and 24 days. Vergie was a very fortunate girl by being born in a Christian homeand was taught from her childhood days to be  very obediant and ambitious. She was blessed by an unusually good memory and was very quick to learn.  She decided to prepare herself to be a school teacher and after completing the eighth grade attended college at Maryville and at the age of 16 began teaching in  the rural  schools.   She proved to be one of Harrison county's best teachers and taught in the country for nine years.

She was also taught from childhood to be a regular attendant at church and Sunday School and when very young began doing  her part to carry on our Masters work by being teacher in Sunday School and any part that was asked of her to do, and at the age of 15 she made her confession in a meeting held by the Rev. Mr. McKensie and united with the Mt. Olive church where she remained a faithful member until her death.

On December 23, 1922 she was united in marriage to Robert Hook, and to this union one son was born, Paul; whom she idolized and being one of our most loyal homemakers devoted her time in making her home an ideal  Christian home for her husband and son.  She also thought of her father, mother, brothers and sister,never to busy to help them in any way possible for her to.

Vergie's passing from this life was a great shock to her loved ones, friends and neighbors, as she was taken suddenly sick at 11:00 o'clock and passed away at 2:00 o'clock the following, only being sick three hours. She will be greatly missed, especially in her home and community and in her Sunday School where she was teacher of the women's  class.

Those left to mourn  her death are her broken hearted husband and four year old son, mother,one sister Ruby Campbell, two brothers, Hanford and Stanley, and an aged grandfather, Will Glenn, besides a host of relatives and friends.  She was predeceased by her father,who departed this life six months previous to Vergies death and an infant brother. 

Funeral services were held at Mt. Olive Christian Church on Monday September 1 at 2:30p.m. in charge was the Rev. Wm.M. Stanley of the Ridgeway Christian Church.  Interment was in the Wesley Chapel Church.
Submitted by:  Melody Beery, Source: personal papers of
Clara E. Fish

Indiana Hubbard
Indianna Hubbard nee White, was born in Washington County, Indiana, Sept.3rd, 1818.  She was married to Levi Hubbard March 10th, 1836.  She united with church in the year 1838, and in 1855 she and her husband settled near Blooomfield, Davis county, Iowa.  Remaining there two years they finally located in Harrison County, Mo., near the place where she died.  She became a member of the Dunkeson Grove church and what is now known as the Mt. Gilead congregation.  She remained a consistent member of the church until her death which occurred August 31st, 1891, aged 73 years less 2 days.   More than 50 years of her life were spent in the service of her Master.  She leaves an aged husband, nearly 75 years old, and two sons and eight daughters to mourn her loss.  Sister Hubbard lived to raise all of her children to womanhood and manhood, except three- two girls and a boy who died in infancy.  But what is better than this, she lived to see them all in the church of her choice.
M.S. Gillidett
submitted by:   Melody Beery,Source:  Bethany Republican Sept. 10, 1891, pg.6

Luther S. Hubbard
Luther S. Hubbard, son of Levi and Indiana Hubbard, was born December 9, 1861; departed this life October 1, 1926 at the age of 64 years, 9 months and 22days.Mr. Hubbard was united in marriage to Ellen Roach February 21, 1881. To this union seven children were born. Two, Mrs. Elva Hale and Mrs. Rosa Fish, preceded him to the great beyond. Those left with the wife and companion who mourn his departure, are four daughters, Mrs. Goldie Campbell, Mrs. Pear Huit, Mrs. Hattie Lacy and Mrs. Anna Bensyl, and one son Delmar Hubbard; 19 grandchildren, all of Eagleville; three sisters, Mrs. Siegel Murphy of New Hampton, Mo. Mrs. Millie Ely and Mrs. Sarah Moore of Blythedale, Mo. Owing to the high waters caused by the heavy rains the sisters were unable to attend the funeral.

Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard moved from a farm near Washington Center and located in Eagleville some 23 years ago, where they have resided ever since. Mr. Hubbard had been in failing health for over a year and gradually grew worse, and on Friday, September 24 in company with his son Delmar Hubbard and son in law, Lloyd Huit was taken to the state hospital in St. Joseph for treatment. In the week he was at the hospital there was no improvement in his condition and a letter to Mrs. Hubbard from the attending physician stated that he failed rapidly, refused nourishment toward the close of his life, never complained, uttered no words and passed peacefully without any pain or realizing his condition.

Deceased had been a member of the Christian Church since boyhood and at the time of his death held membership with the Christian Church at Eagleville. He was a good citizen and had made many friends here who sympathize with the wife and children in their sorrow.

The message was received Friday morning conveying the sad news of the death of Mr. Hubbard. Undertaker F.Y. Cramer, Delmar Hubbard and Lloyd Huit went to St. Joseph and arrived in Eagleville Friday night with the body, taking it to the Hubbard home in the northeast part of town.

On several occasions during the life of Mr. Hubbard, he had expressed desire for short funeral services at home and his request was carried out. Services were held at the home Sunday October 3, at 12:30 o?clock conducted by rev. L.F. Harmon of the M.E. Church Mrs. Hal Rogers sang his favorite song, ?Does Jesus Care? and his body was taken to Hobbs Chapel cemetery and laid to rest by the side of his daughter Eva.

Sympathy is expressed for the wife and children in their hour of sorrow.

source: unknown newspaper clipping, transcribed by: Melody Beery

Mrs. Allen Hubbard
Our people were shocked Thursday morning when the word was given out that Mrs. Allen Hubbard had been found dead in bed,having died from heart trouble sometime during wednesday night.  Her daughter Mrs. Ralph Campbell and children were staying in the home at the time. Mr. Hubbard passed away having passed away a little more than two months ago.  Mrs. Campbell continued to stay with her mother until about two weeks ago, when they went to New Hampton to join the husband, who has work at that place.  Since that time Mrs. Hubbard lived alone but her grandchildren were with her of nights quite frequently as they attend school here.  Mrs. Hubbard was alone wednesday night and talked over the phone to her daughter, Mrs. Ben Lacy, and expressed herself as feeling pretty well.

as is the usual custom the children always called their mother if they could not go to see her in person.  On thursday morning about 8:45 oNE clock after repeated efforts of a daughter, Mrs. Loyd Huit to get any answer from her mother over the phone she called a near neighbor, Mrs.Lydia McCormick, who knowing Mrs. Hubbards condition was quite attentative to her.  A son, Delmar Hubbard, had just arrived at the home of his mother about the same time Mrs. Mccormick started from her home, and the doors being locked, they feared the worst.  Delmar burst the door in and going to the door of the bedroom where his mother retired for the night, spoke "mother"  with no response, and on going to her bedside and gently laying his hand on mothers shoulder, found that the lips were silent and her soul had passed to the god who gave it.

Dr. W.A. Broyles was hurriedly summoned and expressed his belief that she had passed away about midnight.  Short funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon at 1:30 oclock conducted by Rev. Wallace, pastor of the Christian Church, where the deceased held membership.  The body was interred by the side of her husband in the family lot in Hobbs cemetery.
source: unknown newspaper clipping, transcribed by: Melody Beery


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