St. Clair County, Missouri
Lula Mae Baumgarten
Funeral services for Mrs. Lula Mae Baumgarten, 84, of rural Collins, were held at Goodrich Chapel in Osceola on December 11 with Rev. Irvin E. Allen officiating. Burial was in Kings Prairie Cemetery. Mrs. Baumgarten died December 9 in Ellett Hospital, Appleton City. She was a lifelong resident of St. Clair County. Surviving are a daughter, Minne Taylor, Quincy; three sons, Harvey of Urich, Avery of Bingen, Wash. and Ray, of the home; two sisters, Letha Terry, Lexington, and Carrie Rogers, Ottawa, Kan.; 12 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. [The Hermitage Index, Dec. 20, 1987]
Lewis M. Faulkner
Lewis M was born in Whitley co, Ky, 28 Dec 1823; moved to Daviess co, Mo, about 20 yrs ago; professed religion and joined the MECS in 1863, and died in Taberville, St Clair co, Mo, 17 Nov 1877 … He left home early in Oct, intending to spend the winter in Southern Texas, but before he reached Arkansas he changed his purpose, was taken sick, and started home … His remains were brought home and deposited in the family graveyard near Mt Zion Church in Daviess co. May God bless the widow and children. – SS Hardin [Source: The St. Louis Christian Advocate; Compiled and Published by Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff, C.G.R.S.; Obituaries, July 1877 – Dec. 1879; 16 Jan. 1878; transcribed by K. Mohler]
Ozelma Greathouse, 85, of Collins, died at 9:35 a.m. Monday, September 5, 1988 in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a long illness. Funeral services were Wednesday, September 7 in Coon Creek Baptist Church, Collins, with Rev. Elmo Terry and Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Burial was in Robinson Cemetery , Collins, under the direction of Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home, Wheatland. Pallbearers: Raymond Hensley, Roy Hensley, Ronnie Hensley, Steve Hensley, Richie Hensley and Scott Hensley. Mrs. Greathouse was a homemaker. She was a member of the Coon Creek Baptist Church and a lifelong resident of Collins. Survivors include two daughters, Iris DeShazo and Phyllys Hensley, both of Collins; three sisters, Capitola Best and Bernice Riggs, both of Collins and Audrey Lincicum of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. [The Hermitage Index, Sept. 8, 1988; Submitters Name: Robert King]
Mrs. Alphere Reading
Mrs. Alphere Reading, wife of George Reading in Lowry City died on January 19, after a short illness. Mrs. Reading was in her 58 year. She leaves an aged husband and two children, Mrs. ---e (sic Arminta) Walrath of Brownington, and George W. Reading of Lowry City to mourn her death. Her remains were interred on the 20th inst., Rev. R.D. Lawler delivering the funeral discourse. (Source: St. Clair County Republican, February 10, 1892. Contributed by Fran)
James Helton Reading
In memory of James H. Reading, member of the Grand Army Republic, post No. 238, Lowry City, Missouri.
Born: June 20th, 1840 -- Died: April 20th, 1928
Ex-soldiers of the Spanish-American and the World War were present to pay their last tribute of respect to Comrade Reading. The inclement weather kept many from attending this service, though there was quite a congregation out. His funeral was conducted by Rev. T. J. Simmons, at the Baptist Church. At the conclusion of the sermon, the Spanish-American and the World War veterans took charge of the body and conveyed it to the Lowry City cemetery where the remains were laid to rest. A prayer was given at the grave for the deceased comrade by H. L. Lotz, which is a custom the World War veterans have. Following, a very appropriate prayer for the occasion was given by Walter VanGorden. The pall bearers were as follows: Crawford Irvin, Marida Leach, D. A. Lawson, F. H. Kirtley, Perry LaRue and W. L. Penn.
H. L. Lotz, Past Post Com. of American Legion.
James Helton Reading was born near Logansport, Cass county, Indiana, June 20, 1840, and died at the home of his son, LaRue Reading, in Lowry City, Missouri, April 20, 1928, at the age of eighty-seven years and ten months. He had been in poor health for some time and death came not unexpected. On January 4, 1861, he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah M. Eblin, of near Lowry City. To this union two children were born: LaRue Reading of Lowry City and Mrs. Josie Thompson of southeast of Lowry City. The wife and mother passed away April 2, 1920. Besides his children he is survived by one brother, George W. Reading of Appleton City, one sister, Mrs. Arminta Walrath of Chilhowee, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a number of nephews and nieces. Mr. Reading was a resident of Butler Township for over sixty years. He enlisted in the United States Army at Knoxville, Iowa, in 1862 and served through the Civil War as a member of Company G, 18th Iowa Infantry Volunteers. He was commander of Dawn Post G.A.R. at Osceola, Missouri, for six years, and later commander of Lowry City Post 884. G.A.R. for a period of sixteen years. Only five members of this post survive: W. H. Hillegas, J. W. Titus and J. T. Wears of Lowry City; D. J. Beardslee now living at Kansas City, Kansas, and Frank Bidler of west of Osceola. A resident of Lowry City for many years, he served the city as mayor and alderman at different periods during his residence here and, for a long time, held the office of Justice of the Peace.
Funeral services were held at the Lowry City Baptist Church at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, April 22, conducted by Rev. T. J. Simmons who chose as his scripture lesson the twenty-third Psalm and his text Ecclesiastes 5:4-5. The song service, by a choir chosen from representatives of each church in the town, rendered appropriate slections including two of the deceased's favorites--"Home Over There," and "Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground." The pall bearers were
ex-service men, two Spanish-American war veterans, and four veterans of the World War. Herbert L. Lotz, past post commander of Merle Noll Post of the American Legion, Lowry City, directed short services at the cemetery which were in charge of a representation of the American Legion.
[Remarks: Although the obit for James Helton Reading [son of George and Elizabeth (Helton) Reading] states he was born near Logansport, in Cass Co., Indiana, he was born in Niles Twp., Delaware Co., Indiana but his family did live near Logansport for a while before moving to St. Clair Co., Missouri in the mid 1850s (Contributed by Fran Miller)]
LaRue was born on a farm near Lowry City, Missouri on the 9th day of June, 1867 and died December 26, 1933, at the age of 66 years, 6 months and 17 days. He grew to manhood on the farm, taught school several years, studied law for some time, then engaged in the real estate business. In young manhood he confessed a faith in a crucified Savior and was baptized into the New Light church by Rev. Barber, transferring his membership to the Lowry City Christian church in the year 1915. He was always interested in the affairs of his community; he served as city councilman...and three times mayor of Lowry City which position he held at the time of death. He also was Justice of the Peace of Butler Township for many years and had the reputation of settling many difficulties out of court and was one to whom many turned in time of trouble, and he always shared their sorrows and trials, taking every thing to heart, and this in a measure, contributed to his ailment that resulted in death. He always exemplified implicit faith in a life beyond the grave and, just a short time ago, told an intimate friend that he could see himself "way down the road, all battled scarred and a failure in life but making it in home." He leaves to mourn his passing, his beloved wife, Mattie P. Reading, one son, three daughters, one step-son, (one infant child preceeding him in death), one sister, several grandchildren, one nephew, and a host of friends, all who will greatly miss him. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. H. E. Carpenter before a large crowd of friends of the deceased at the Lowry City Christian Church, at 1:30 o'clock, Wednesday afternoon, December 27. The Lowry City Masonic Lodge of which Mr. Reading was a member, had charge of a part of the final rites, at the church and cemetery. Thomas Jennings, prominent Clinton Mason conducting this part of the service. Burial was in the Lowry City Cemetery. The pall-bearers were as follows: H. A. Haveland, J. L. Irvin, Perry LaRue, D. A. Dawson.
[Remarks: LaRue married first Estella B. Beardslee 23 Mar 1888; they were divorced ca 1900-1905. They had one son, Francis Marion, and three daughters: MaryLouella, Margaret Adaline, and Jessie. LaRue married second, the widow of Nathaniel Hannah, nee Martha Pearl Osborn, and they had one daughter, Vivian T. who died young. (Contributed by Fran Miller)]
Died, Near Appleton City, Mo., on the 27th of January, 1879, of pneumonia, Mrs. Margaret Stephenson, mother of Mrs. S. C. Turner of Pendleton, wife of the Editor of the “E.O.” aged 84 years.
Mrs. Stephenson was born in Madison county, Kentucky in 1795, removed with her parents to Missouri in her girlhood and soon after was married to Capt. John Stephenson. Deceased was a consistent member of the M. E. Church South, for many years in fact since the separation of Church, North and South, and died as she had lived in the triumphs of faith. Her last illness was short and severe yet she bore her sufferings without a murmur and with Christian resignation, until her spirit was released by death and took its flight to the mansions of bliss where suffering is known no more. Peace to her ashes. [The East Oregonian (Pendleton, OR) – Saturday, March 15, 1879; Submitted by Jim Dezotell]