Harrison County, MO



Mrs. Nora Martin, 77 died unexpectedly at her home in Lamoni, IA on June 2.  She was a native of Harrison County, and was the daughter of the late Samuel and Lillie (Lacy) Fish.

Survivors include her husbad, Emory Martin, of the home; a daughter, Alberta, state of Nevada; five sons, Garland and Rex, state of Colorado, Robert, state of California, Jay, state of Arizona, Raymond, Lamoni Iowa; two sisters, Mrs. Zella Hale, Ridgeway, and Mrs. Lottie Ross, Bethany; five brothers, Dee Fish, Eagleville, Claude Fish and Roy Fish, Bethany, Sherm Fish, Hatfield, and Newton Fish, Lamar, 20 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Services were June 4 at the United Methodist church.  Burial was in the Rose Hill cemetery.

submitted by: Melody Beery
source: personal papers of Clara Fish

Wm. L. Magee
Wm. L. Magee was born in Madison county, Ky., Aug. 2, 1831, and passed away Nov. 27, 1919, at his home in Martinsville, Mo, aged 88 years, 9 months and 25 days.  On Feb. 9, 1854 he was married to Mary E. Magee, who passed away Dec. 11, 1891.  To this union five children were born, two having died in infancy.  Those surviving are Mrs. Martha E. Eisenbarger, of Los Angeles, Calif.; Albert I. of Riverside, Calif., and John E. of Memphis, Tenn.  On Nov. 30, 1898 he was married to Maggie Dawson, who survives him.

Uncle Letch Magee (as he was commonly known) was one of the pioneers of northwest Missouri.  He and Thos Gibbany came from Kentucky in 1853 on horseback.  When they came to the Mississippi River they were unable to secure a ferryboat, so they secured a man to take them across in a canoe, and they led their horses, which swam across.

The following winter he took a contract to make rails at 50 cents per hundred.  He made 9300 and used the money to enter his first forty acres of government land, which cost him $1.25 per acre.  Between this time and 1856 he entered three more forty acre tracts.  The land office was located at Plattsburg, Mo, and these trips had to be made on horseback. 

When his house was raised, several came from Albany and were there by sunrise.  In order to protect one's crops from stock running at large, it was necessary to fence against them.  One hundred and twenty acres of his land was thus fenced with stake and rider fence, all of which rails he made himself.  And in order to protect the fences against prairie fires, it was necessary, each fall, to burn a fire guard around the fences.

He thoroughly believed in education and gave the land upon which the first school house in the township was built.  This was a rough log structure covered with clapboards, which wre made by himself and Adam Funk.  This was not only the first school house in the township, but the first in the county.

After the death of his beloved and devoted companion, he left the old farm and went into the general mercantile, implement and undertaking business, in which he was very successful, and in which he was engaged for several years.  When the Bank of Martinsville was organized, he was the first president, which office he retained until it became a burden and he retired.

A little less than a year prior to his death, he gave the writer these bits of history, realizing he was one of the very few left and it would soon be a matter of history indeed.  He also told of hearing his grandfather, Ralph Magee, tell of his pioneer days in Kentucky and of the terrors of the revolutionary war, in which he served for seven years.

Hence it is with some degree of pride that it is my privilege to record this bit of history.  AS the frontier has extended westward, so have the decendents gone with the call of the west until today wer are stopped only by the lapping of the great ocean breakers at our feet.  He was tenderly laid to rest in the Magee cemetery to await the resurrection morn.- MAMYE EISENBARGER
Source: Unknown newspaper clipping, in the possession of M. Beery, from the personal papers of Jewell Eisenbarger

Miller, George M.

Gloom was spread over our whole community on Monday of last week when word was received that George M. Miller had passed away.

George Merritt Miller was born at Lowell, Indiana, September 13, 1873 and died at Odessa Texas April 18, 1903 aged 29 years, 7 months and 3 days and was buried at Eagleville, Masonic cemetery at 3:00 o'clock, Wednesday April 22.

At the age of three years he moved with his parents to Missouri, where he spent the remainder of his life.   At the age of thirteen he united with the Christian Church and was baptized into the same by Elder Coffey.

In summing up the life of the deceased, let us start at the beginning.  At the age of about six years, God called his earthly mother home to rest, but in His wisdom and love, sent an angel of mercy to fill her place, for in 1881 his father was united in marriage to Miss Addie Bonar, who was all that a mother could have been;  ever thoughtful, kind and loving to the boy whose affliction was never out of her mind. At the age of eight years, George while playing with a toy pistol, met with the unfortuante accident depriving him of the sight of his left eye, and at about the age of ten the eye was removed, and from the time of the accident, until his death he had never enjoyed good health, it being the remote cause of his death.

But in all these years of affliction he murmured not, nor asked his friends to share his sorrow, for well he knew that he would not be spared long.

Prior to his final illness, he unbosomed himself to an intimate friend, telling him that he had not long to tarry, but no word of murmuring did he utter.  Tis true regret rang in every word, for George was ambitious and life was dear to him.  Public spirited, progressive, broad minded, his name could be seen on every subscription paper for any worthy cause.  He was one of the first to subscribe $100.00 to the Eagleville hall.  He worked for and encouraged the spread of the telephone system to all parts of the county.  He was through his untiring efforts that Eagleville got her rural route.  As postmaster he was the favorite of the community; first to visit the sick, first to speak a kind word to the disheartened, affectionate with children, courteous to the aged, full of wit, humor and good feeling toward his fellow man.

During his stay in Odessa Texas a letter was sent to the Knights of Pythias lodge at that place, telling them that a sick brother was in their midst, and immediately loving hearts and willing hands were present to administer to all wants, and when the final hour had arrived, they took entire charge of the body, relieving the parents of all the care possible.

At Bethany, loving hearts gathered around the grief stricken parents with kind words; at Blythedale, friends gathered around the casket, and brother knights hurried to meet the dear departed.

It was the request of the family that the Knights of Pythian lodge take charge of the funeral, which they did, taking the remains to their lodge room, where suitable decorations were prepared.

At one o'clock on Wednesday the remains were taken to the Christian Church were Elder A.L. Johnston addressed the assemblage, after which the Knights of Pythias took charge of the body, reaching to the cemetery where they laid all that remained of their brother to rest, and with touching and impressive words gave him back to the earth.

Consumption was the immediate cause of death to George Miller and no effort or expense was spared by his loving parents, making the last hours of this life as pleasant as possible and what could have been more touching than the spoken words that were written in the tears that were shed; the flowers that were strewn over the casket, the multitude of people from far and near, the heart broken cries of little children who loved the departed one  These were the tokens of love and esteem, shown to our brother and friend.

Many tender ties are broken and who can find it in his heart to say they will not be reunited?  In the death of George M. Miller, the family has lost a dutiful and loving son and brother, the community a good citizen and in behalf of our entire people, we extend to the family heartfelt sympathy to their sad bereavement.

Mrs. Lou Curry

transcribed by Melody Beery
source:  Bethany Republican Paper
April 29, 1903 edition

Carrie Josephine Montgomery
the only daughter of Wm. and Nan Montgomery was born March 13, 1899.  At the time of her death she was 33 years, nine months and 9 days old.  Carrie had never been in the best of health, so when pneumonia developed, her body became to weak to fight the disease and on December 22, 1932, her master called her home.  Carrie took Christ as her savior and joined Mt. Olive church at a meeting in August 1912.  She was married to Bert Mull, November 16, 1915 and to this union were born three children, Cleo Elliott, Vondelena Marie and Loleta Maxine.  Death invaded this happy home February 17, 1923, taking the husband and father from them.

She was again married to Seigel Maddy and one son William Gilbert was born to them.  She had lived in her home community all her life except a few years at Martinsville after her second marriage and in the fall of 1930 she and her children moved to Bethany, where they could go to school.  She leaves besides her four children, a father and mother, one brother Claud Montgomery of Des Moines, IA, a host of relatives and friends.  The body was brought to the home of her parents on Thursday afternoon and was taken to Wesley Chapel at 1:00 oclock on Friday.  Rev. John Waldron conducted the funeral service and her worn body was buried in mother earth beside her dear departed husband in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Source: Bethany Republican Clipper, January 4, 1933


The grim reaper of death has invaded our domestic circle again and taken from our midst a well known and respected woman. Julia Ann Humphry, daughter of William and Mary Humphry was born in Indiana November 16, 1834 and departed from this life July 6, 1921, being at the time of her death 86 years, 7 months and 20 days old.  She grew to womanhood in Indiana and was united in marriage to Charles Mull in 1851.

She with her husband decided to emigrate to Missouri and, being one of the early pioneers came in a covered wagon and drove an ox team.  It took them six weeks to make the trip.  They settled on a farm in Caldwell county and lived there two years.  They then grew discouraged with pioneering and went back to Indiana and lived there eight years.  They then decided to come back to Missouri and made this trip in a covered wagon but drove a team of horses.  They spent they remainder of their lives near Martinsville and vicinity in Harrison County.

To this union twelve children were born, ten boys and two girls.  Nine children have preceded her in death.  Her husband departed from this life November 21, 1878.  She has since made her home with her son Charles, where she died.  Three children survive her.  The names of the surviving children are:  Chloe Thomas of Quinter, Kansas, Wiley of Toledo, Iowa, who were unable to attend the funeral account of sickness, and Charles of Harrison County.  She is also survived by two sisters Mrs. George Smith and Mrs. Scott Kelly, both of Harrison County.

In early life she obeyed the gospel of Christ and became a member of the Chrisitan church and remained a faithful member until her death.  Sixteen years ago she had the misfortune  of falling on the ice and broke her hip, making her a cripple the remainder of her life, but she was so patient with her sufferings.  She was never heard to complain or murmur of her affliction.  She was very industrious and lived up to a high standard of Christian womanhood and was always willing to help those in trouble and need.

She had been in failing health for several years and for three weeks had been hovering near death's door.  About 10 o'clock on Wednesday, July 6, the doors of the unknown opened and the messenger came taking the weary pilgrim home to a mansion not made with hands that God has prepared for those that love and obey His will.  But friends and relatives do not mourn as those that have no hopes for soon we shall meet her face to face where no parting comes and no farewell spoken.

The funeral was held at Wesley Chapel July 7, Rev Baxley of Martinsville.  The body was borne to the cemetery near by six of her grandsons and laid to rest by the side of loved one gone on before.

submitted by: Melody Beery
source: personal papers of Clara Fish

Martha Josephine Hobbs Mumma
Martha Josephine Hobbs was born in Harrison County, Missouri July 9, 1863, and departed this life June 24, 1924, aged 60 years, 11 months, 15 days.  She was united in marriage to Martin A. Mumma, December 26, 1880.  To this union was born thirteen children, eight boys and five girls, all living except Delmer Glenn who died in 1918 in a training camp.  Those living are:   Mrs. Pendergrass of Garnett, KS, , Clarence Mumma of Dighton, KS, Mrs. Ellis DaVolt of Denver, CO, Mrs. Nellie Owen, Twin Falls, ID, Roy Mumma, Brewster, WA, Charles Mumma of Healey, KS, George Mumma of Dighton, KS., Louie Mumma, Garnett, KS, Arley Mumma of Healey, KS, Mrs. Leota Watkins of Garnett, KS, and ? Mumma who is still at home.  There are twenty-five grandchildren, two sisters and three brothers, living in Missouri and Iowa.

Mr. and Mrs. Mumma moved from Missouri to Lane county Kansas in 1902, and from there they came to Anderson county in 1909, and lived on a farm in Lincoln townshp.  In 1919 they moved to their home on East Fourth avenue, where she lived until called home.  Her parents preceded her in death.  She was converted in 1880 and united with the United Brethern church at Highland, Mo.
Mrs. Mumma never changer her church relations, but often said she was a Methodist.  She was a home loving woman and an excellent wife and a loving mother.  The last few years she had suffered much, and now, at the call of the Master, the pain and suffering are over.

Funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon by Rev. H. E. Smith of Chanute KS, who is pastor of the United Brethern congregation at the Washington church and in the Iantha district.  The remains were put away to rest in the Garnett cemetery.  The sorrowing husband and family have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.
Source: The Garnett Kansas Review.

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