Pearl Alice Eisenbarger, daughter of Mary Ellen and Jacob Eisenbarger was born January 12, 1878 at Conway Iowa and passed away Feb.2, 1929 at 11:15 p.m. at the home of her parents in Harrison County Missouri at the age of 51 years and 21 days.  She moved to Harrison County missouri at the age of five years in which county she spent the remainder of her life.

Pearl became a member of Mt. Olive Christian Church at the age of 15 years. She was united in marriage with Albert H. Dale, January 16, 1898 at the age of 20 years.  To this union three children were born, two daughters and one son, Mrs. Golda Lee (Dale) Ogle, Kirksville, Mo. Gertrude Pearl Dale, Ridgeway, Mo. and Gerald M. Dale, Martinsville, Mo.  She moved with her family to Ridgeway Mo in 1915 where she spent the rest of her life.  She transferred her church membership to the Ridgeway Christian Church where she remained a faithful worker as long as health permitted.

Pearl was very patient in her long illness which became serious about one year ago.  She was a kind mother and loving wife to her children and husband.  To know her was to love her.  Her friends were numbered by her acquaintances.  She leaves to mourn her departure her husand and son and daughters , one granddaughter, Delores Kathryn Dale, her mother and father, one brother, John M. Eisenbarger, three sisters, Mrs. Kate noble, Mrs. Bess Phillips and Mrs. Bertha Snipes and a host of other relatives and friends.

Appropriate services were held in the Martinsville Christian church, conducted by J.T. Alsup, a former pastor.  The music was rendered by the combined choirs of the Christian and M.E. Churches.  The interment was in the berautiful Kidwell cemetery. 

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William Andrew Davis, son of John and Sarah Holliday Davis, was born in Montgomery county, Illinos, Augst 27, 1857, and departed this life in Eagleville, Mo. September 16, 1931, at the age of 74 years and 20 days.  After the death of his father he moved with his mother to Harrison County, Missouri in the year1872 and located on a farm west of Eagleville.

Mr. Davis was one of a family of four children-Charles, who passed away in infancy, Mrs. Rosa Fowler, who died in the year 1900; Mrs. Mattie Skinner of Jefferson Kansas, who was with her brother in his last illness and death; also two half brothers, S.B. Skinner of Eagleville, who adminstered in every way possible for the comfort of Mr. Davis during his illness and Luther Skinner who died in the year 19176.

On November 5, 1893, Mr. Davis was united in marriage to Susan B. Judd, and continued to live on the home farm.  To this union three children were born, one daughter, Mrs. Jennie F. Swanson of Kansas City, Mo. two sons, Bert A. Davis of Tulsa OK, and Marion V. Davis of Lineville, Ia, who were with their father during his last illness and death.

In the year 1889 Mr. Davis heeded the call of his Master and was converted during a revival held in Eagleville by Evangelist L.B. Little and united with the United Brethren church at Hale chapel, living a useful Christian lfie to the time of his death.

In 1904 Mr. Davis purchased and moved to a farm two miles north of Eagleville, and with the exception of a year or so this remained the family home to the time of his death, although owing to the condition of his health the past few year Mr. and Mrs. Davis did not spend their entire time on the farm, but were always given a welcome by their renters whenever they desired to visit their old home.  He with his wife, moved to Eagleville, where they enjoyed mingling with their friends and neighbors during the summer months.  The winter was given over to the pleasure of dividing their time visiting in the homes of their three children, who always found it a joy to have the parents share their home.

Mr. Davis was quite active for one of his age.  He could not get away from the call of the farm where he had spent so many happy years with his wife, planning for the futrue, tilling the soil, and made such a success of life.  he believed we should "earn" our living by the sweat of our brow.  He went about his daily work happy in this belief, greeting his many friends in the same friendly way and living his own life as he thought would be acceptable in the sight of his Master.  He was always of a jovial disposition and even in his last illness showed the same jovial spirit which had won him so many friends as he traveled on his journey through life.  "Uncle Billy" as he was generally known, was a pioneer resident of North Harrison County and believed we came into this world to do good to all humanity.  His early lfie was a story of hard work in which he and his wife labored and saved and in later years enjoyed their savings together; yet he never lost interest in the farm work, and the past summer his time and attention was given to light work on his farm.

Mr. Davis was always ready to help other of less circumstances than himself.  He was kind and considerate, genuinely Christian in spirit and right living and was a loyal friend, a man devoted to the best in community life.  He will be kindly remembered as a good neighbor, worthy friend consistent Christian and an honorable citizen.  We trust that the power of his life will be an inspiration and an incentive to noble deeds to all who knew this good man.

On September 11, 1931, Mr. Davis sustained serious injuries from an accident in a fall which proved fatal, and he passed away September 16, 1931.  In the silent watch of the night, as the midnight hour drew near and loved ones watched by his bedside, as he husband and father was quietly sleeping the angel messenger, Death, came and his soul returned to the Father of all who said, "it is finished"; come up higher.  In my Father's house are many mansions"  and his home lost a kind and devoted husband and father, a Christian man and a friend to all humanity.  Those left to mourn his departure are the faithful wife, three children, five grandchildren- Jean, Naida and Helen Jeanette Davis, Elizabeth and Gloria June Swanson, one sister and one half brother.

Funeral services were held from the Christian church in Eagleville Friday afternoon, September 18 at 2:00 p.m. conducted by the rEv. A.P. Mathes of Chillicothe, assisted by the Rev. T. Northup of the Eagleville Methodist church and M.N. Breckenridge, pastor of the Eagleville Church of Christ.  Mrs. R.S. Wood and Mrs. M.N. Breckenridge sang "The Old Rugged Cross" Songs selected by the family, "Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown" and "Jesus, Pilot me" were sung by a quartet from the Otterbein United Brethren church= Mr. and Mrs. C.V. Anderson, Mrs. J.H. Leeper and Farris Turner, with Mrs. Turner at the piano.  The floral offerings were beautiful.  Pallbearers, friends and neighbors of the deceased, were Geo. A. Powell, J.H. Leeper, J.S. Wagner, Chas. Evans, H.J. Brooks and C.N. Beeks.

Burial was in the beautiful Masonic Cemetery where deceased had assisted in many ways to make his last resting place beautiful.
Written by a friend of the family, Mrs. Jennie Fisher
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Mrs. Sallie (Moss) DePriest daughter of John L. and Martha Moss of Cainsville, Mo was born at Warrensburg, Mo. on February 14, 1871 and departed this life on December 15, 1950, at the age of 79 years, 10 months and one day, at Reid Hospital, where she had been a patient about two weeks.  She entered the hospital with a serious heart ailment but was recovering when she was stricken with a stroke, about one week before her death.  She was stricken with a stroke, about one week before her death.  She never regained consciousness.

She was united in marriage to A.J. DePriest Jan. 13, 1892, whose death occurred December 20, 1938.  to this union one child was born, a son, Grover of Bethany.  "Aunt Sallie" as she was tenderly called by so many who knew her, had not been quite so well the past year but continued to care for herself in her home.  This had been home to her from the beginning of her married life, 58 years ago, except for two years in Bethany, and was very dear to her.   About 15 years ago she suffered a fractured hip which left her lame.  Although this was a handicap, she was so amibitious and home-loving that she retained her home.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.  Besides the son, Grover, she is survived by two grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Elizabeth, teaching in Brownsville, Texas and Dale, in service, and in Japan, at the time of her death; a sister, Mrs. Olin Kies of Bethany, a brother, John Moss, who makes his home with his sisters and his children and a number of nieces and nephews to whom she was very dear.

Funeral services were conducted at the Haas Chapel on Sunday December 17 at 2:00 p.m., conducted by Rev. Huell Warren, in the presence of friends unnumbered.  Burial was at Miriam Cemetery. 

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transcribed by: Melody Beery

Dowell, Daniel Carlton
Daniel Carlton Dowell was born Oct. 16, 1858 near Gilman Ciry, Mo.  He was the son of John and Sarah Dowell.  He was united in marriage Nov.30, 1879 to Eliza Hamilton, who preceded him in death June 2, 1930.

They took into their home a daughter Maude, whom the loved and cherished dearly.  She became the wife of Ed Norton.  Maude preceded him in death Aug. 10, 1919.  After her death they took her daughter, Doris Norton, who was loved and reared for as their own.  She died Oct. 30, 1929.

On August 15, 1931, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Sadotha Larason, at Princeton, Mo. who was a faithful companion and who tenderly cared for him.  He will be sadly missed in the home.  Most of his life was spent in Harrison County and in Mt. Moriah, with the exception of a few years in the state of Nebraska.  He gave his heart to Christ and united with the Mt. Moriah Baptist church.  He was a good neighbor and friend to all, and he always had a cheery greeting for those he met.

He passed away Wednesday evening, April 22, 1942, at 6:25 p.m. at the Bethany hospital, at the age of 83 years, six months and six days.   He was preceded in death besides the above mentioned, by his parents, three brothers, Abion, Henry, Linza and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Newman and Martha Dowell.

Left to mourn his going are his devoted wife, two brothers, G.W. Dowell, of Gilman City and the Rev. J.T. Dowell of Hillsboro Ore. and a sister Mrs. Matilda Myers of Gilman City.  Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Baptist church and were conducted by the Rev. V.F. Walker, assisted by Mr. Dowell's nephew, the Rev. hermal Dowell.  Music was furnished by B. W. Garner, R.E. Hamilton, Mrs. Bernie Squires and Mrs. Cole Rhea, with Mrs. Roscoe Craig as accompanist Interment ws in the Mt. Moriah cemetery.
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Born: October 14, 1833  Died:  April 20, 1917

    Dr. J.L. Downing was born in Burgettstown, Pa.  When a small child his parents moved to Holmes County, Ohio.  In the year 1853, he came west and located in Vinton, Iowa.  In September of the same year, he returned to Ohio, to claim as his bride Miss Mary Ann Burd, the wedding taking place on September 7, 1853.  To this union ten children were born.  After his marriage he made Vinton and Albia Iowa his home and while at Albia taught in the school and was also township trustee for one term.  In the year 1860 he moved his family to Eagleville and began to take an active part in the development and improvement of the county, which was then its youth.  On September 26, 1859, he was enrolled as a member of the Harrison county bar, but owing to some chronic throat trouble, he found it impossible to continue in the law practice and he then took up the study of medicine, and continued in its practice until the last two years of his life.

    Dr. Downing was loved by his patients and the night was never too stormy or cold for him to answer the call for help.  With him the ministering unto the sick was a religious duty and dare not be neglected.  In politics, the deceased was a staunch Republican and in his younger years made his influence felt wherever he went.   He was a member of Lodge of Light No. 257, A.F.& A.M, in Eagleville and served as its secretary from the year 1883 until a short time before his death, when he resigned owing to ill health. 

    He served as registar of district 337, vital statistics, Harrison County, Mo for a number of years, being the first to serve in that office.  He was also at one time postmaster in Eagleville, Mo.

    On April 15, 1915, Mrs. Downing died and the shock was so great that he never fully recovered and his loneliness was indeed most pathetic.  In matter of a religious nature, his creed was "always do right, and the future will take care of itself."  He had a strong leaning toward the teaching of the Christian churck, though the beautiful teachings of the Masonic order held for him the greatest charmand it was his wish that said order should perform the last rites as he was laid into the all embracing arms of mother earth.  Before he died  he told members of his family that he had done what seemed to him to have been right and was at peace with all the world.

    Dr. Downing had been ill for six weeks and during that time suffered severely, and on Friday, April 20, 1917 passed away.  Words fail us to express our thoughts regarding this fine old gentleman, whom we had grown to love for his purity of thought, his broad views, his keen insight into human nature, his self sacrificing ways and his absolute honesty.  To us his faults were but petty irritabilities and his good qualities magnificent.  In order to really know anyone, we must for the time forget our own views and get the viewpoint of such person, and when we truly do this, we always fail to criticise and we then receive that spiritual understanding which so few try to possess.  To sum up his life it must be said that he was a useful, beneficent, clean minded cultured gentleman and his life has been a blessing.

    Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 22, 1917 at 10:30 a.m. conducted by the Masonic Lodge.  The many friends (and they were legion) gathered around the old home, the entire lodge marching in a body to the cemetery, fully one hundred cars being in the procesion, besides the large number of horse drawn vehicles.  At the cemetery the casket was opened for those assembled and the beautiful Masonic service given at the open grave, and the little handful that was left of the once vigourous body of our departed friend gently lowered, amid a profusion of flowers, into its last resting place, surrounded by his four daughters and other relatives and many friends.

    He leaves two sons, Ben Downing, Wheatland, Cal.  H.L.Downing, Holden, Mo. and four daughters, Mrs. J.L. Allen, Houston, Texas, Mrs. Jennie Phillips, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Oscar Nelson, Jet, Okla, and Mrs. C.U. Grenawalt, Lamoni, Ia, besides numerous other close relatives, to all of whom is extended deepest sympathy.

Mrs. O. W. Curry

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transcribed by: Melody Beery



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