Harrison County, MO
Obituaries

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Christopher Schell
1958-1998
Ottumwa Iowa
Chris Schell, 39, Ottumwa formerly of St. Joseph, died Thursday, April 30, 1998, at a hospital in Ottumwa after a lengthy illness. Mr. Schell was a veterinary assistant, and owned and operated Mound Farm Cages, making cages for animals.  Born in Bethany, MO. May 27, 1958 he lived in St. Joseph before moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1987 and Ottumwa in 1993.

He was a member of the Albia Road Baptist Church, Ottumwa and Mid American Greater Bird Association.  On July 4, 1986 he married Pam Hadrava.  She survives of the home.

Mr. Schell was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Loyd Christopher Fish and Ben Schell.  Services: 1 p.m. today Albia Road Baptist Church, Burial: Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Ottumwa.  Arrangements: Reece Funeral Home, Ottumwa.
Source: Newspaper clipping from the personal papers of M. Beery

Edna May Skinner
1897-1918

Edna May Skinner, only daughter of Edgar and Nellie Skinner, was born in Bethany, Mo. May 3, 1897.  After one week's illness she died at Columbia, Mo. on Tuesday March 5, 1918, at the age of 20 years, 9 months and 22 days.  When only a small child she became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, where she was associated with the work of the Sunday School Junior and Epworth League and all the organizations of the church in which the young people were interested.

She attended the Bethany public school, and was graduated a member of the class of 1915.  Upon finishing of high school, she entered the State University at Columbia, Mo.  She was here made a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, being of the noble and loving girls that go to make such an organization one of love and truest companionship.  "Eddie" as they called her, made many friends who cannot forget her and her ways.

She leaves a host of relatives and friends who mourn her death.  Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church on Saturday afternoon March 9, 1918 and burial was in the K.P. Cemetery.
Source: Unknown newspaper clipping

Sam  Burr Skinner
October 11, 1876 to June 18,1939

Samuel B., son of Lot H. and Sarah Holliday Skinner was born near Eagleville, Oct. 11, 1876.  He was one of four children.  His brothers and sister were Holliday Grant, Luther and Lily Verona, who with the parents preceded him in death.  Sam grew to manhood one mile southwest of where Hobbs chapel stands.  He attended school at the White Oak district and on March 22, 1900 was united in marriage to Bertha V. Mathes.  To their union were born five children, Preston, Eagleville; Jewell (Mrs. Joseph Eisenbarger), Hatfield; Leo, Thelma (who passed away Feb. 12, at the age of seven years), and Everett, of the home.  These four, with the companion and nine grandchildren, survive.
For two years after their marriage they resided with Father Mathes, who had a short time before been bereft of his companion.  They then moved to their own farm home, where his death occurred.
On June 11, before being stricken at midnight with paralysis, he attended Sunday school at Hobbs chapel, where he had served as superintendent for 20 years; also church services conducted by his pastor.  He enjoyed the noon meal, then made out an order for Sunday school supplies.  At evening church services he conducted the singing.  Thus was his last Sabbath on earth.  He was converted and joined this little hillside chapel he loved so well, in 1900, and for almost two score years had ever been true to the faith.
The spirit of this kind husband and father was wafted back to the one who gave it, leaving his loved ones baffled by this great mystery that has robbed them of their loved one, but the fond memories of a life so full of inspiration will ever be a guiding star to lead them on.
Besides the immediate family he is survived by one half-brother, Seigel Skinner of Eagleville.
Funeral services were June 20, conducted by his beloved pastor, the Rev. W.A. Pollock, assisted by the Rev. Pres Mathes, Clarksville, Mo, and the Rev. W.M. Campbell, Davis City, Ia.  Vocal music was by Mrs. Robert Jones, Lucille Sheeler, Edwin Edwards and Leonard Hale, with Mrs. Ethel Cook at the piano.  Pallbearers were nephews, Bert and Verne Davis, Elmer and Emmett Mathes, Oren Skinner and Donald Edwards.  The floral offering was beautiful and profuse.
Among those from a distance attending the services were B.A. Davis, Tulsa, Okla, Mrs Susan Davis and Mrms. Nathan Swanson, Kingsville, Mo, the Rev and Mrs Pres Mathes, Clarksville, Mo, Mrms. John Mathes, Harper, Kan, Oren Skinner, Wayside, Kan., Mrms. Verne Davis and son and daughter, Eugene and Nada.  Linville, Ia, Mrs. Maude Mathes, Bethany, Maudie and Mildred Wise, Des Moines, Ia., Clarence Mathes, Auburn, Neb., Ed Skinner, Mrs. Ida Brown, Mrms. Mart Taylor and Miss Eva Vail of Bethany.  Interment was at the Hobbs Cemetery.

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


Sam Skinner
North Harrison News

We regret the serious illnes of our good friend and neighbor, Sam Skinner, who suffered a stroke Sunday night.  Mr. Skinner has not been well for some time, but had seemed to be improving and this stroke came very unexpectedly.  Mrs. Skinner, who has been ill for several weeks, is improving.  Mrs William Davis is at their home caring for them.

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





Bertha Viola (Mathes) Skinner
1880-1965

Bertha Viola, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Hobbs) Mathes was born Aug. 11, 1880, near Eagleville, Mo. and departed this life Nov. 27, 1965, at the age of 85 years, three months and 16 days at the home of her daughter near Bethany, MO.
Her entire life was spent in Harrison county and at the age of 11 years she was received into the Hobbs Chapel church by the Rev. Kindard.  Bertha was a devoted church worker and was still a member of this church at the time of death.
On March 22, 1900, at the home of her parents,she was united in marriage to Samuel B. Skinner (deceased June 18, 1939) by Rev. Sitton.  To this union five children were born, Preston (deceased March 11, 1945), Jewell, Leo (deceased Aug.18, 1953), Thelma (deceased Feb. 12, 1919) and Everett.
It can truly be said that Bertha lived her life for mankind.  The latch key to the home of Bertha and Sam hung outward and many a one found refuge in their home for loving care.  Although staunch church members and workers, it was their everyday life that caused all to know theirs was deep Christian Faith.
Surviving are Everette, Eagleville, Mo, Jewell (Mrs. Oscar Eisenbarger), Bethany Mo, sister, Lulu Badders, Iola Kan., brother, Clarence Mathes, Lincoln Neb., two loyal devoted daughters-in-law, Nora, Eagleville, and Goldia, Bethany, son-in-law, Oscar (Joe) Eisenbarger, Bethany, 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held in Hobbs Chapel church, conducted by Rev. Wilbur C. Denny, assisted by H.G. Carmichael.  Burial in Hobbs cemetery.  At the services Edwin and Gertrude Edwards, Leonard Hale and Lucille Johnson sang "When They Ring Them Golden Bells (duet Leonard and Lucille) and "Bring Them In", quartette, (the latter Bertha sang during her last illness), accompanied on piano by Ruby Petry.
Pall bearers were Carl Shain, Archie Hale, Bob Edwards, Floyd Cook, Robert and Harry Sheets.  Flower bearers were Marilyn Campbell, Nina McIntosh, Wilma Hale, Gertie Edwards, Maxine and Lura Shain.
During her last illness of five months she received tender care by her immediate family and close friends in the home of her daughter near Bethany.

To those who mourn may they be comforted by the following:

"I wouldn't have you grieve today,
Nor weep beside my vacant chair,
Could you but know my daily portion here,
You would, could not wish me there,
Think of me the same, though changed,
Like Him, a joy more rich and strong
Than I had dreamed that any heart could hold
My days are all one glad sweet song.
Sometimes when you are talking to our Lord,
He turns and speaks to me dear hearts,
In that rare moment, you and I__
Are just the distance of a world apart.
And so, my loved ones, do not grieve for me
Around the family board today,
Instead rejoice, for we are one in him,
And so I am not far away."

Relatives from a distance attending services were Oren Skinner and family, Wichita Kan. Mr. and Mrs. Lory Mathes, Harper, Kan. Bob Tilley and family, Lansing, Kan. Mrs Chloe McFarland, Omaha, Neb., Eva Wise, Lamoni, Iowa, Ruby Sharp, Keota, Iowa Mr. and Mrs. Glen Henry Madrid, Iowa, John Thomas and family, Kansas City, Mo., Larry Eisenbarger and family, Grandview, Mo., Mr and Mrs. Hugh McLain, Maryville, MO., Mrs. Pauline Wagers, Van Silkett and family and Ora Eisenbarger and family of St. Joseph.

"Sleep on beloved, sleep and take thy rest.
We loved thee well; but Jesus loved thee best.
Rest, sweetly rest.

Submitted by: Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Jewell Eisenbarger




Preston Cleo Skinner
10-23-03 to 3-11-45

On this beautiful spring day, as I look out on all the beauty and gladness of life, how sad to think of the going of this loved one.  A sad change in the lives of this family, who one year ago were enjoying the happy springtime together in their little hillside farm home.  There was nothing in the balmy breezes, the warbling of the songbirds, or music of the murmuring brook to tell them of the sorrow they would be called upon to endure 'ere another spring time would greet them.
But alas!  This fond husband and father became ill and within a few months the turning in life's pathway was reached by the soul we all loved so well, and Preston's spirit returned to the God who gave it.
For many weeks there was watching beside a bed of pain each sign of suffering, tearing the hearts of his loved ones all standing ready to supply everything possible to relieve the stricken body.  Then when the finger on the pulse detected no answering throb, they, with tear-dimmed eyes and breaking hearts, could say, "Yes, both physically and mentally were the closing moments of his life peaceful, as he was prepared to go although he loved life and wished to be spared to be with his loved ones.  In the presence of his faithful beloved wife and uncle, the Rev. Pres Mathes (the latter coming from his home at New Bloomfield, Mo., to comfort him in his last hours) he said, "I am ready to go.  I have made peace with my Maker." Near the midnight hour Sunday March 11, 1945, Preston closed his eyes to the scenes of this live and found rest in the arms of his Saviour.
No death occurring in our community ever excited more intense grief, as he was loved by all who knew him.  It was the pleasure of the writer to reside near him a few years, and we can testify that his traits and characteristics were such we can describe him thusly: His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him, that nature might stand up and say to all the world this was a man."
One admirable trait was the inspiration he found at his fireside.  He and his wife, who was an ideal helpmate, journeyed hand in hand in that sacred place called home, where love and confidence predominated.   His life was an open book and to his family and other loved ones he has left a priceless legacy-- a name above reproach.

Preston Cleo, son of Samuel and Bertha (Mathes) Skinner, was born near Eagleville, Oct. 23, 1903.  He was one of five children.  A sister, Thelma, with the father, preceded him in death.  Those who, with the mother, survive are Leo and Everett, Eagleville, Mo., and Jewell (Mrs. Oscar Eisenbarger), Hatfield, Mo.
Preston grew to manhood in the Hobbs chapel community, attending school at the White Oak district school.  Only July 19, 1925, he was united in marriage with Miss Goldie Willis and they established a home near his birthplace, where their married life of almost 20 years was lived.  Two daughters, Mavadene and Bernita, came to bless their home and their happiness was unalloyed until his health failed.  At first no alarm was felt, but when one skilled physician after another failed to relieve him they realized the seriousness of his condition.
But, all were loathe to accept the verdict.  It seemed incredible that one so beloved could be taken from us.  With Christian fortitude Preston faced the end making all plans for his family's future.
On March 15, in the presence of a large crowd assembled at the Eagleville Methodist church; the Rev. W.A. Pollock, assisted by the much beloved uncle, the Rev. Pres Mathes, and the Rev. A. Lamb, conducted impressive services.  Hymns were sung by Mesdames Ted Joy and Myron Johnston, Roy Lesan and Bob Edwards.  Floral escorts were classmates and close friends of the daughter, Bernita.  These silent offering of love were both profuse and beautiful.  Those laying him to rest in Masonic cemetery were lifetime friends and schoolmates, August Chandler, Carl Shain, Edmond Edwards, Toby Cook, Leonard Hale and V.C. McCoy.  The latter had been his faithful mail carrier past his home many years.
Preston's life of 41 years, four months and 19 days is over, but the influence for good he left behind will ever remain with his loved ones.
"Sleep on beloved, sleep and take thy rest.
We loved thee well; but Jesus loves thee best.
Rest, sweetly rest"

A devoted friend:
Myrtle Richardson

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: Personal Papers of
Jewell Eisenbarger 



THELMA BEA SKINNER
Augst 4, 1912-February 1919



Pictured above: Thelma Skinner and brother Everett


Thelma Bea Skinner, youngest daughter of S.B. and Bertha Skinner, was born on the home farm two miles west of Eagleville Aug. 4, 1912 and died at her home Feb. 1919 aged seven years.  She was stricken down in health with infuenza, later developing pneumonia and died after a short illness.  She was a bright, cheery child and patient in  all her sickness.  She will be greatly missed in the home especially by the little brother with whom she was constantly.  She attended school this year and was a favorite among all her classmates and schoolmates.  Her sweet ways and affectionate disposition won her to everyone.  It seems so sad to give up our precious jewels but God takes them only to refine them and give them back to us more beautiful than before.  Funeral services were observed at Hobbs cemetery and the dear little from laid to rest in mother earth.  May God bless and comfort the bereft hearts and saddened home is the prayer of the writer.

It was just a little rosebud,
So pure and sweet
That opened its petals
The sun to greet.
The dew drops fell
Upon its petals so rare
And sparkled and glistened
So radiantly there
As it opened its petals
To the morning's glow
Disclosing the purity
Of the soul inclosed
The perfume wafted in the morning's air
And found our hearts entering there
As the petals unfolded each beauty rare
The rosebud grew dearer and in each hour of care
We thought of it only earth's sorrows to spare
But God in his love and his mercy divine
Looked down from above and says:
"It's mine,
I planted the heart and soul that's there
But I'll pluck it away from all sorrow and care"
And Jesus whose heart was so tender with love
When on earth looked about him and above
Saying, suffer the children to come unto me
For of such the kingdom of heaven shall be
So our hearts are sad, as we bid her adieu
But shall be so gladdened in that home anew
When we see the bright little rosebud once more
Knowing we shall never be parted no more.

She leaves to mourn their loss a father, mother, one sister and three brothers, a grandmother and a host of other relatives and friends.  She was preceded to the beyond by an aunt Adda Mathes, who had made her home with the Skinner family for a number of years and was loved by all like a sister.  Little Thelma was her favorite and followed Adda to the Great Beyond in nine months after Adda's leave.  We know they are united again and happy in that home where there is no more parting nor sorrow, for the former things will have passed away. Burial at Hobbs cemetery

Kathryn Terry

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Jewell  Eisenbarger





IN LOVING MEMORY
LEO A. SKINNER
Feb.6, 1908 to Aug. 18, 1953



A beloved husband, son and brother has been called from life, and many hearts are lonely at his going.
Leo, who meant so much to his family, more especially his aged mother, who was uppermost in his mind following the death of her companion and who retained her little home alone.  The other members of his family also relied on Leo, as he was ever ready to respond when they needed him.  His activities toward them were always of kindness, goodness and helpfulness, and it will be many a day before they will become reconciled.
Leo A. son of Samuel B. and Bertha V. (Mathes) Skinner, was born near Eagleville, Mo., Feb., 6, 1908.  He was one of a family of five children. His brothers and sisters were Preston, Jewelle, Thelma and Everett.  The sister Thelma, and brother Preston, with the father, preceded him in death.  The mother, sister Jewelle (Mrs. Oscar Eisenbarger) of Bethany, Mo., and brother, Everett, of Eagleville, survive. 
Leo grew to manhood on his father's farm, attending school days at White Oak and Eagleville, and Sunday school at the Hobbs chapel, where he was a member.
On April 7, 1952, he united in marriage with Lucile M. Honn, who, with the little stepdaughter, Paula, survives.
His death occurred Tuesday, Aug. 18 at the age of 45 years, six months and 11 days.  His going is sadly mourned by the many who knew him; not only by his family, but numerous friends.  He was a great lover of his home, family and friends, no task too large or small for him to do for anyone in need.  One outstanding trait was his love for children and young people which was proved by his devotion to the little stepdaughter, Paula, his nieces and nephews, who will all miss him sadly.
 
"We will not think of him as dead,
But in the path we mortals tread.
Got some few, trifling steps ahead,
And safe at home
Ane we, too, once past the bend,
Shall meet again this dear son, husband, brother and friend."

Burial at Masonic Cemetery, Eagleville, MO.

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Jewell Eisenbarger


MARTHA JANE DAVIS SKINNER
1854-1938

When we pause to think of the lapse of time between these dates, our mind reverts over one-half a century when we first knew this mother, when she resided in a little cottage near our childhood home.We realize how her life speaks and so powerfully of the worth of the commonplace.  Her earlier life belongs to the pioneer days.  She bore her share of hardships and toil incident to those days. 

She was the mother of nine children, all of whomshe reared to be honest, god fearing citizens.   They were Jesse, Belle, Albert, Wilson, Nellie, Grover, Estella, Lettie and Del.  Five of these beloved children, with the companion, preceded her in death.  Surviving are Belle (Mrs. Billy Cook), Independence Kansas; Jesse, Veronica, Ore.; Estella (Mrs. James Cox), Kansas City, Mo.; and Lettie (Mrs. H.T. Ensley) Russell, Kansas.

Mother Skinner's life of 84 years was one of usefulness until a few years ago.  In her little home in Jefferson Kansas her declining years were spent peacefully, looking forward to the day when the gate of life would lift and she would be ushered into eternal springtide.  What loving memories she has left behind.  One of the most priceless legacies is the memory of a Christian mother..


Martha Jane Davis was born in Hillsboro, Ill.  She was united in marriage to Wilson Finley Skinner of Hillsboro and two years later they moved to Eagleville, where they resided until 1901, when they with their family went to Jefferson, Kansas.  There the father passed away Nov. 2, 1907.  Mother retained her home at that place until her death.

Funeral services were held from the Jefferson M.E. church, of which she was a faithful member, June 21.  Pallbearers were grandsons and granddaughters acted as floral escorts.  Beautiful graveside services were conducted by the W.C.T.U. of which she had been a member for many years.  She was laid to rest by the side of the companion in Fawn Creek cemetery.  Among those from a distance were James Cox and family, Kansas City, H.T. Ensley and family, Russell, Kansas; M.V. Davis and son, Lineville, Ia; S.B. Skinner, Eagleville, Mrs. Jennie Swanson, Kngville, Mo., Mrms Bert Davis and daughter, Tulsa OK.
Source: Unknown newspaper clipping.

WILSON FINLEY SKINNER
1847-1907
Wilson Finley Skinner was born January 18, 1847, at New Lexington, Perry county, Ohio and died at his home near Jefferson Kansas, Saturday, November 2, 1907.  A severe attack of la grippe, together with injuries sustained by a fall, brought on both mental and physical weakness, and later rupture of a blood vessel in his head, and resulted in his death.  Every effort was put forth to restore his health, but to no avail.

Funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Rev. Sawyer after which the remains were tenderly laid to rest by the side of his son Grover, who preceded him a few short months.

He was married to Martha Jane Davis December 6, 1870.  To this union there were born nine children, six of whom are still living, three having crossed to the other shore.  Besides the wife and children he leaves five brothers and three sisters and a large circle of relatives and friends who will cherish his memory in their hearts.  He was a man of sterling integrity, honest and upright in all his dealings.  His word was as good as his bond.   He was converted under the labors of J.B. Kindred and united with the M.E. Church South at Hobbs Chapel, Mo., about the year 1890.  He was earnest and zealous in his religious life and sought to do his Master's will, not from any outside display, but from a heartfelt desire to help others and gain for himself an eternal inheritance.  Again this grief stricken family is called to mourn.  This time the loss of a true and devoted husband and a kind indulgent father.
Source: unknown newspaper clipping



GEORGE A. SMITH
1844-1930

George A. Smith was born in Clark County, Indianna January 27, 1844 and departed this life March 23, 1930, aged 86 years, one month and 26 days.  He was united in marriage to Sarah E. Humphry on September 9, 1862.  To this union were born 10 children.  All grew to manhood and womanhood except for Wiley, who died in infancy.  The other children are Lewis, John, Henry, James, Samuel of Martinsville, Susie Glenn of Eagleville, and Manda Allen of Cunningham, Kansas.  Mary and Charley preceded him in death. His wife also preceded him about a year ago, passing away May 18, 1929.

Early in life he and his good wife united with the Baptist church.  They later united with the Christian Church and remained faithful members until their deaths.  They always attended services until their health prevented it.  Uncle George and Aunt Elizabeth were early pioneers to this country and helped to build it up.  Uncle George enlisted in the militia and guard force during the Civil War and then enlisted in the regular army and served 90 days.

He has been a good husband and a loving father.  He will be missed by all, but especially by his son John, who has so lovingly and uncomplainingly cared for him for the last four years and a half.  He was laid to rest in the  Wesley Chapel Cemetery

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Clara E. Fish



SAMUAL G. SMITH
1885-1981

Samual G. Smith, son of George and Elizabeth (Humphry) Smith, was born October 25, 1885 in Harrison County, Missouri and departed this life on March 1, 1981, at the Crestview Nursing Home at the age of 95 years, 4 months and 6 days.  In 1895 at the age of 10, Sam helped build the Mt. Olive Church.  Later in his life, he joined the church where he was a devoted Christian.  On April 19, 1908 he was united in marriage to Bessie Homes.  To this union one daughter, Velma was born.

Sam loved to farm.  He and Bessie owned and operated a farm west of Eagleville until his retirement in 1958.  Sam was a devoted husband and father.  He loved his relatives and many friends.  Our love will always be with you now that you are at home with the Lord.  Sam was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 64 years, Bessie, 6 brother, Lewis, John, Charles, Henry, Wiley and James, 3 sister, Mary, Amanda Allen and Susanah Glenn, son-in-law Leland Cook and grandson, Robert Cook.

He leaves to mourn his daughter Velma Cook; granddaughter Lee Eckerson and husband, Harold, granddaughter in law Dorothy Cook of Omaha, Nebraska, 6 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held March 4, 1981 at Roberson Chapel with Rev. Bill Briley officiating.  Pallbearers were Clyde Chamberlin, Hobart and Clayton Fish, Bill Hook, Vodra Eisenbarger and Jewll Bramer.  Buriel was at the Allen Cemetery, Eagleville, Mo.

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Clara E. Fish

SARAH ELIZABETH HUMPHRY SMITH
1844-1929

Sarah Elizabeth Humphry was born in Washington County, Indiana October 28, 1844 and died at her home in New Hampton, Mo. May 18, 1929, aged 84 years, six months and 21 days.  She grew to womanhood in the county where she was born.  She was united in marriage to George Smith September 9, 1865.  They resided in Indiana for two years then decided to go west.  Missouri was the most western state at that time.  They made the trip in a covered wagon and drove an oxen team.  They located in Caldwell County Missouri and lived one year, then moved to Harrison County where they resided until their death. 

Early in life she dedicated her life to Christ_____________near the Mt. Olive Church______________________she placed her membership with that church and remained a faithful member until her death.  They were two of the early pioneers and shared many hardships as all the early pioneers did.

Aunt Elizabeth as she was usually called, always had a smile and good word for every one and nothing pleased her better than to have her friends and especially her children, to visit with her in her home.  On account of poor health they bought a home in New Hampton four years ago and moved from the farm there where they lived until her death.  She knew and realized she was nearing death's door but she was ready and willing to go.  She felt she had done her duty on earth as she had lived to rear her children all to womanhood and manhood.  Oh, if we cauld all say that, and be prepared to meet our Lord and Master.

To this union 10 children were born and they were all with her and helped care for mother in her last sickness and death, except one son, who died in infancy, and one daughter, Mary who preceded her in death four years ago.

those who are left to mourn their loss are an aged companion, George Smith, and eight children, namely:  Lewis, Charley, Henry, Jim and Sam of Martinsville, John of New Hampton, Susie Glenn of Eagleville and Manda Allen of Cunningham, Kansas, 24 grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted at Wesley Chapel Sunday, May 19, by the Rev. H.G. Blomfield of Bethany.  The music was furnished by Mt. Olive and Wesley Chapel choirs.  Greater esteem was shown Aunt Elizabeth by the large crowd of sympathizing friends and neighbors who were present at the funeral than words could ever express.

Interment was at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Clara E. Fish


MARY MELVINA SMITH
1873-1925

Mary Melvina, daughter of George and Elizabeth Smith, was born in Worh County, Mo. September 17, 1873 and departed from this life at Missouri Methodist hospital in St. Joseph July 9, 1925, aged 51 years, 9 months and 22 days.  When she was a small child she moved with her parents to Harrison County, where she spent the remainder of her life.  Very early in life when the Mt. Gilead church was first built she united with that church and remained a member until a few years ago when she placed her membership at Mr. Olive Church, where she remained a faithful member until death called her.

Mary had been in failing health for about two years, suffering with gallstones, but she had been so patient with her suffering her friends and neighbors did not realize her condition until the last when her suffering became so intense she could stand it no longer and went to St. Joseph July 6 for an operation.  She was operated upon July 7.  It was thought at first she would recover but Thursday, July 9 her heart gave way, it could stand the strain no longer and she passed into the great beyond at 11 o'clock.

To know Mary was to love her for she was of cheerful nature, one who was always looking about to help some dear relative or friend.  For years she took care of her aged father and mother and no sacrifice was too great for her to make for them.  Just before leaving for St. Joseph she went to her father and mother and said, "Well dear parents, I have cared for you the best I could.  I am now where I must look after my own health but I am leaving with the intentions of coming back and caring for you the remainder of your lives, but if I don't it is all right, I will have a home in heaven.

Miss Smith is survived by her aged father and mother; two sisters, Amanda Allen of Cunningham, Kansas; and Susie Glenn of Martinsville, and six brothers, Lewis, Charley, Henry, Jim and Sam Smith, all of Martinsville, and John of New Hampton besides a host of relatives and friends.  funeral service was conducted at Mt. Olive, July 11, by Rev. Gillespie of New Hampton.  The church was filled to overflowing with many friends who came to pay their last tribute to a loved one who had gone on.  Burial was in Wesley Chapel cemetery.

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Clara E. Fish



LEWIS EDWARD SMITH
April 18,  1868- June 15, 1943


God in his infinate mercy closed the eyes of this tired pilgim to the scenes of this earth, and  wafted his soul to the realms above after he had battled with trials and tribulations for over 75 years.  It is as natural to die as to be born.  Birth incurs a debt of which death is the payment.  Whither earth's journey takes us, over rough mountains or  through flowering meadows and at the end all must pass through the valley of the shadow of death into the silent land from whence no traveler has ever returned.  For over 75 years Uncle Lewis stood on the bridge uniting the mystery of birth with the mystery of death, but his life was one of faith, hope and love.

Lewis Edward Smith son of George A. and Elizabeth Smith was born in Clark County, Indiana, April 18, 1868, and departed from this life at the Wood Hospital, June 15, 1943, at the age of 75 years, one month  and 27 days.  He was one of a family of 10 children.   His brothers and sisters were;  John, Henry, Jim and Sam, Mrs Amanda Allen, and Mrs. Suse Glenn who survive him.  Mary,Charley and Wiley,with his parents, preceded him in death.  When about one year old he moved with his parents to Worth County, Missouri,later to Harrison County,where he grew to manhood.

On April 21, 1889  he was united in marriage to Laura Willis.  To this union seven children were born.  One son Willard,at the age of 21, passed to his reward from this world of action, which was a great blow to his father.  The other six children along with his wife are left to mourn his departure.  They are:  Archie, Cora Grabill, Elsie Chamberlin, Flora Henson, Manda Hook, and Grace Marks.

Funeral services were held at Mt.Olive Church June 17 conducted by the Rev. O.D.Hedges. A large crowd was present to pay their respects to this noble man. The floral offering was beautiful.Burial was at the Wesley  Chapel Cemetery.  The Mt. Olive choir furnished the music, with Mrs. Vesper Shelby accompaning.  Pallbearers were close neighbors,namely: Henry Fish, Freeman Geralds, Reube Dorrell, Vernon Geralds, Orley Burns and George Snipes.  Flower girls were Thelma Stark, Gladys Henson, June Craig, Lois Henson, Ivadean Lacy, Ethel Rinehart and Jewell Smith.


Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Clara E. Fish


Elizabeth Agnes Smith
November 28,  1899-February 17, 1962


Mrs. Elizabeth Agnes Smith a former resident of the Martinsville community, passed away  at the Donley Hospital at Kingman, Kansas on February 17,1962 five days after entering the hospital.  Elizabeth Agnes Dodge was born in Ninnescah township, Kingman County, Kansas on November 28, 1899, a daughter of Charles Orin and Sarah Gertrude (Hefner) Dodge.  She attended the rural schools and graduated from the Kingman high school with the class of 1922.  Following her graduation she taught two terms of school and attended Emporia State Teacher College at Emporia Kansas.   She gave up teaching to help care for her aged grandmother until her death in 1929.

On Sept. 19,1933 Elizabeth Agnes was united in marriage with John William Smith of Eagleville, MO at the home of her parents in Kingman, Kansas.  Following their marriage they moved to New Hampton, Mo later living near Martinsville.  They bought and operated the Smith grocery in Denver, Mo and remained there until 1943 when they moved to a farm in Kingman Kansas.  In 1946 they moved to their present home address of 401 W. 3rd St. Kingman Kansas.  John William passed away March 21, 1949.

Elizabeth Agnes  was a member of the Flower Study Club and an active member of the Methodist Church in Kingman as long as health would permit.  She was baptized  in infancy in the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kingman.  In addition to her husband, those who preceded her in death were her parents, a brother, Charles Hubert, a sister, Ethel Bridgette, and two other sisters  who died in infancy.  She is survived by   two sons, Franklin Dodge and Francis Oren Smith of the home,  a  sister,Marie Gertrude Johnson, Kingman,  a brother, Cecil Raymond Dodge,Partridge, Kansas and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held at the Livingston funeral home, Kingman Kansas at 2:00 o'clock Wednesday, February 21 with the Rev.Ralph Jones of the Methodist officiating. Interment was made in the Walnut Hill cememtery at Kingman by the side of her husband.

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Clara E. Fish


HENRY FRANKLIN SMITH
MARCH 7, 1876- JANUARY 26, 1948


When the  shadows fall and twilight comes,we think of  home and rest; and when we come to the evening of life, we gently lay our burden down and pass to our Heavenly home.

Henry Franklin Smith, son of George A. and Sarah E. Smith was born March 7, 1876 in Worth County, Missouri and was of a family of 10 children.  Three have passed on ...Lewis, Charlie and Mary.  Those living are:  John,Sam, Jim, Mrs. Amanda Allen and Mrs. Suse Glenn.

He  was married March 9, 1902 to Katie C.Stewart. Six children were born to this union, namely: Mrs.Clara Fish of Mt. Moriah, Leslie and Lawrence of Bethany, and Lee and Mrs. Artie Smith of Martinsville and an infant son who passed away at the age of two days.  Mr.Smith passed away January 26, 1948 at a Bethany hospital at the age of 71 years,10 months,19 days.

Those left to mourn his passing are his wife,who so faithfully walked by his side and shared his pleasures and disappointments for 45 years, the three sons,  two daughters and 13 grandchildren.  He was converted 16 years ago in a meeting held at Mt.Olive church by Paul Mitchell and placed his membership in the Mt. Olive  Church.

They spent most of their life in that community.  He will be sadly missed by the family and friends, but mostly by his companion who must walk alone but still has the hand of Jesus to cling to and He will be her comfort. The community has  lost a good neighbor and friend.

The funeral was held at Mt. Olive church, conducted by the Rev. O.D. Hedges, burial was at the Logsdon cemetery.  Pall bearers were Cecil Campbell, Bob Hook, Hanford Smith, Stanley Smith, Jesse Geyer and Noel (F.J.) McIntosh. Flower girls were: Elaine Fish, Opal McIntosh, Manda Hook and Mary Geyer.  The music was provided by Mrs. N.D. Lindsey, Mrs. Oscar Graham, Ray Snipes and Cary Harrison, with Mrs. Arlene Harris at the piano.



Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Clara E. Fish


KATIE CURRILLA SMITH
JULY 24, 1878- JULY 19, 1948


Death  has again  come to our community,and one of our older citizens has answered the summons.  Katie Currilla Stewart was born July 24, 1878 in Lancaster, Mo and departed this life July 19, 1948.

When three years old her parents moved to the Mt. Olive community, where she spent the remainder of her life. Early in her life she gave her heart to her Saviour and had no fear of death when suddenly called home while visiting a neighbor, Mrs.Taylor,  where she and her daughter, Clara Fish, were calling.

March 9,  1902 she was married to Henry Franklin Smith. Six children were born.  One infant son passed away at the age of two days.  Those left to mourn her passing are Mrs.Clara Fish of Mt.Moriah, Leslie and Lawrence of Bethany, and Lee and Mrs.  Artie Smith of Martinsville, also 13 grandchildren.

After Mr. Smiths death in January she had made her home with her children, as she was very frail and not able to live alone.   She was visiting in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clara Fish, when called home. She was the daughter of James and Melissa Eliza (Pooler) Stewart.  She leaves a brother Jim Stewart of North Dakota, two sisters, Ida Geyer and Mrs. Becca Solomon of Hiawatha Kansas. Burial was at the Logsdon Cemetery.

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of Clara E. Fish , Bethany Republican Clipper, Aug. 4, 1948



LAWRENCE EDWARD SMITH
1908-1988


Lawrence Edward Smith was born August 12, 1908 in Martinsville, Missouri to the parents of Henry and Katie Smith, and departed this life in Memorial Hospital, Stilwell  Oklahoma on May 26, 1988. He was united in marriage to Ruth E. Keech on January 25,1930.  They made their home in Bethany, MO several years before moving to Joplin Mo in 1949.  In Feb of 1982 Lawrence and Ruth had moved to Stilwell OK and made their home at Hickory Village until entering the Stilwell Nursing Home.  Ruth preceded him in death in October,  1983.  He was also preceded in death by an infant son.

Lawrence was a member of the Pentacostal Holiness Church in Stilwell OK where he attended faithfully until his health failed him. Survivors include one son, Bob  Smith, Joplin MO one daughter, Mary Lou Rowen of Stilwell, OK, two sisters, Artie Smith and Clara Fish, both of Bethany; two brothers, Lee Smith of Waynesville, MO and Leslie Smith of Buena Park, CA, five  grandchildren and four great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Services were held at the Pentecostal Holiness Church on May 28, 10a.m.with Rev. Hubert Sponsler officiating.  Burial was in Stilwell City Cemetery.


Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Clara E. Fish


LEE ANDREW SMITH
1911-1989

Lee Andrew Smith, son of Henry Franklin Smith and Katie Curilla Stewart Smith was born February 25, 1911 near Brooklyn, Harrison County, Missouri and was of a family of six children.  Two have already passed on:  Lorence Edward and an infant brother.  Those still living include Mrs. Clara Ethel Fish, and Mrs. Artie Marie Smith of Bethany, Mo. and Leslie Ray Smith of Buena Park, California.

Lee was married to Stella Young on March 25, 1933 at the courthouse in Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri by Rev. Dotson.  Three children were born to this union, Mrs. Rose Mary Osmon of Waynesville, Mo, Darrell Eugene and Virginia May both of whom passed away shortly after birth.  Lee passed away May 18, 1989 at the Phelps County Memorial Hospital in Rolla, Missouri at the age of 78 years, two months and 23 days after a series of minor heart attacks.

Those left to mourn his passing included his wife, who so faithfully walked by his side and shared his pleasures and disappointments for 56 years; one daughter, Rose Mary and son-in- law Edgar Osmon of Waynesville, Mo, three granddaughters, Ms. Teresa Sue Tallant of Dixon, MO, Mrs Patricia Ann Firle of Fountain, Colorado, and Ms Rebecca Marie Osmon of Springfield, Mo, and one great granddaughter, Rachel Erin Firle and grandson-in-law Terence A. Firle of Fountain, Colorado, and several nieces and nephews.

Lee was converted to Christ at the age of 16 and baptized August 21, 1927 at the Mount Olive Church near Martinsville, Mo.  He spent most of his life in Harrison County, moving with his wife, to Waynesville in 1982 to be near their daughter and her family.  He will be sadly missed by all of his friends and family.

Services were held Sunday May 21, 1989 at the Roberson Polley Funeral Home in Bethany, Missouri.  Burial was in the Logsdon Cemetery, northwest of Bethany.

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Clara E. Fish





JAMES MANUEL SMITH
1884-1964


James Manuel Smith son of George A. and Sarah Elizabeth Smith was born January 1, 1884 and departed this life January 13, 1964 at the age of 80 years and 12 days.  He was one of a family of nine children, all whom have preceded him in death except one brother and one sister.  He was born in Worth County, Missouri, moving to Harrison Co. when a small child.

He was united in marriage to Lucinda Jane Glenn on March 8, 1905 who preceded him in death June 5, 1944.  To this union were born four daughters, Mrs Grant Lacy (Leona)  of St. Louis, Mrs. O.N. McIntosh (Opal) St. Joseph, MO; Mrs. Claude Fish (Elaine) Bethany, and Dorothy May who died in infancy.  He is also survived by an adopted son Max, of the home in Martinsville.  Remaining brothers and sisters living are Sam of Eagleville and Suse Glenn of Orland, CA.  Other survivors include five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He united with the Christian Church at Martinsville years ago and later placed his membership at Mt.Olive Church.  He was a  farmer until his eyesight began to fail and he  left the farm and moved to Martinsville.  He could never become adjusted to being blind as he had always been so active and he was compelled to stay inside where he could find his way around.

Funeral Service were conducted at the Martinsville Christian Church by the Rev. James Collins and the Rev. Floyd Lacy.  Songs were by Mrms Floyd Lacy.  Burial was in the Magee Cemetery beside his wife.

Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Clara E. Fish

CHARLEY M. SMITH
1874-1930

Charley M.Smith,son of George and Elizabeth Smith was born in Worth Co. Missouri on April 25, 1874 and departed from this life at his home in Washington Township March 5, 1930 aged 55  years, 10 months  and seven days.  When a small boy he moved with his parents to Harrison County, Missouri where he spent the rest of his life.  His boyhood days being  in the period of frontier life he received no education than  the district school afforded. When he came to manhood he launched out for himself and engaged in farming and stock raising, as well as buying and feeding his stock for market.  He made this a business of profit, being one of Harrison  County's largest land owners.

March 16, 1898 he was untied in marriage to Della Glenn of Harrison County, MO and to this union five children were born:  Mrs. Vergie Hook, Mrs. Ruby Campbell, Hanford and Stanley, one son dying in infancy.  When Charley's parents Mr.and Mrs. George Smith,  left their parential home and established a home  of their own, they obeyed the teachings of our Lord and united with the church and reared their children in an ideal Christian home.  Charley, being a very obediant child, obeyed the teachings of his parents and grew up to one of Harrison county's most honest, loyal and upright citizens.  Friendship with him meant more than mere social liking. It meant an instant readiness to aid in any difficulty without show.  His loyalty to his work was exceeded by his loyalty to his family and neighbors.

Charley was a public spirited man.  Any enterprise that was for the good of the neighborhood he was always ready to push along.  He was generous in disposition and a  good provider for his family.  He was friendly and sociable, greeting all he came in contact with a smile.  The traits made him a host of friends. 

He was one of a family of 10 children.  One brother, Wiley died when a small boy.  One sister, Mary,predeceased him in death about five years ago, and his mother one year ago.  He leaves surviving him his bereaved wife the four children named above and two grandchildren, Paul Hook and Harold Dee  Smith whom he idolized, (one granddaughter, Lila  Mae Campbell, preceded him in death) and aged father, five brothers,Lewis,John, Henry,Jim, and Sam, two sisters, Mrs.Maude Allen of Cunningham, Kansas and Susie Glenn of Eagleville. These were all present at his funeral.  He also leaves a host of other relatives and friends.  All will feel their loss and he will be missed especially in his home as he  was an ideal father to his family, and as an adviser to his neighbors,  as many of them would go to him for advice at different times.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Paul Mitchell, a very close friend of the family at Mt. Olive where he was a regular attendant, Friday March 7.  Pall bearers were Charley Poteet, Albert Dale, Orley Burns, George Snipes,  Grant Geralds and Fritz Cable, his boyhood friends.  A very large concourse of neighbors and friends were present at this service which speaks louder than words of the respect that was held for Charley by his neighbors.  He was taken to the Wesley Chapel Church for burial.
Submitted by:  Melody Beery
Source: personal papers of
Clara E. Fish


LETITIA STEWART
1878-1973
Letitia C. Eckard, the youngest of a family of eight children, was born to William and Susannah Eckard north of Martinsville on September 25, 1878, and departed this life in Albany, Mo. October 3, 1973, at the age of 95 years and 8 days.  She had lived her entire life in Harrison County until the last three months when she was in the nursing home in Albany.
She was united in marriage on April 8, 1902 to John V. Stewart.  To this union three children were born: her son, Earl, her daughter, Effie and a son Ervin who died in infancy.  She was converted and became a member of the Mt. Olive Christian church, being baptized by Paul Mitchell on October 23, 1922, fiftyone years ago this month.  She was a member of the Ridgeway Christian Church at the time of her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband, a son in law, Joe Stanton, her parents, her seven brothers and sisters and one great grandson, Jim Stewart.  She leaves to mourn her departure her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Stewart of Ridgeway, her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Don Kirby of Eagleville, seven grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She was always ready to welcome her children and grandchildren into her home and always enjoyed their company.  She had accumulated a host of friends during her unusually long lifetime in this area.  Loving hands did all that was earthly possible, but the Lord released her from mortal trials by calling her to her eternal reqard.
Final memorial services were conducted by Rev. Paul Mitchell at the Boggess Chapel in Eagleville, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 6.  She was gently laid to rest in the Logsdon Cemetery west of Brooklyn.
Source: Unknown newspaper clipping

JOHN VALIANT STEWART
1861-1932
John V. Stewart was born in Van Buren county, Iowa, November 6, 1861 and departed this life at his home northwest of Brooklyn, July 31, 1932, at the age of 70 years, eight months and 24 days.  He grew to manhood in the state where he was born and at the age of 19 years he moved with his parents and brothers and sisters to Harrison County, Missouri, where he lived the remainder of his life.

On April 8, 1902 he was united in marriage to Latitia Eckard.  To this union three children were born, two sons and one daughter, one dying in infancy.  He leaves to mourn his departure his devoted wife, his son Earl D. of the home and his daughter Effie Stanton of Brooklyn, two brothers, Thomas of Canada and James of Sherwood, N.D., four sisters,Nancy Stewart and Rebecca Salmon of Hiawatha Kansas, Ida Geyer of Bethany and Katie Smith, Martinsville, five grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.  Uncle John, as he was called, was well known in and around Brooklyn.

Funeral services were conducted from the home, Monday, August 1, 2:00 p.m. in charge of Rev. Wm. V. Stanley, pastor of the Ridgeway Christian Church.  Interment was in the Logsdon Cemetery.
Source: Bethany, Republican Clipper, August 17, 1932

NANCY FLORENA STEWART
daughter of James A. and Melissa E Stewart, was born in VanBuren County, Iowa, March 28, 1871, and passed away Sunday, March 18, 1945, at the age of 73 years, 11 months and 20 days.  She died at the home of Mrs. Orpha Grace in  Gentry County, where she had been for more than two years.  She came with her parents when she was a small child and spent most of her life in Harrison County.  She was converted and united with the Mt. Olive Christian Church early in life.

Nancy was one of a family of ten children; three sisters, Ruth Elizabeth, Cynthia Ellen and Lula May, and two brothers, Thomas H. and John V., preceded her in death.  Left to mourn her departure are a brother, James A. of Sherwood, N. Dak., and three sisters, Ida Geyer of New Hampton, with whom she made her home for a number of years, Katie Smith of near Brooklyn and Rebecca Solomon of Hiawatha, Kans., a number of nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the New Hampton Christian Church on March 21, conducted by Rev. O.D. Hedges.  Music was furnished by a group of New Hampton ladies.  Pall bearers were Lee Smith, Lawrence Smith, Joseph Grace, Earl Burton, Jesse Geyer and Joe Stanton.  Burial was in Logsdon Cemetery with W.G. Noble and Son in charge.
Source: unknown newspaper clipping in the possession of M. Beery


ELIZA STURDIVANT
1842-1925


Eliza Sturdivant, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Scott Hubbard, died at her home in Eagleville, Monday morning, February 1st, at 9 o'clock, following an illness of several weeks.  She was born in Indiana, September 6, 1842 and passed away at the age of 83 years, 4 months and 25 days.  

She came to Missouri while yet a child with her parents, who settled in Harrison County.  She was united in marriage to John H. Fish, moving near the White Fawn Schoolhouse near Martinsville and to this union 13 children wer born, three having pre-deceased her to the great beyond.  Ten children survive to mourn her departure; Mrs. Anna Rogers, Rexburg, Idaho; Ed, Florice, Ia; Sam, John, and James, Eagleville; Mrs. Lizzie Hale, Oklahoma; Mrs Bertha Eaton, Boulder, Colo; Earl, Blanchard Ia; and Mrs. Serena Fleming, Broken Bow, Nebr.  In the year 1887 death visited this home taking one son, Alva, and one month later the father also passed away.

In August 1893 Mrs. Fish was again united in marriage to R.J. Sturdivant.  They located 3 1/2 miles from Eagleville where they lived for several years, before moving to Eagleville, where Mr. Sturdivent died October 29, 1914.  Mrs. Sturdivant was converted and united with the Church of Christ, when only 18 years old and remained true to her faith through the remaining years of her life, and she was faithful to her church and attended services until her health failed.  Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday morning at 10 oclock, conducted by Rev. M.R. Coles of the United Brethern church and the body was interred in Highland Cemetery.

Source: Unknown Newspaper clipping
Transcribed by: Melody Beery



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