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James C. Campbell
James C. Campbell was born in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, December 8, 1845 and passed into his eternal home August 9, 1923, age 77 years 8 months and 8 days.  When we make a brief statement like it means more than we at first think.  If we take into consideration these 77 years it means a long journey through this life that had ripened into old age.  Brother Campbell was married to Luvenia Reed, August 31, 1871 and to this union 3 children were born, namely, Mrs. O.W. Kennedy of St. Joseph, Mo., Miss Inez of Grant City, and a son who died in infancy.  He leaves his sorrowing wife, his two daughters, two grand children and one great grand child of St. Joseph. He taught school in early life as a profession and thru the years he has been an industrious man.  He did not have that dispostion to gather about him the material things of live but lived a life that is far more valuable than riches.  He was a quiet, unassuming man and lived that all who knew him learned to love and respect the simple life of a Christian.  For many years he has been a member of this church being one of it's charter members.  There are only three left of that group that made it possible that a Christian Church might be organized  in Grant City.  Those left are Aunt Christie Early, Mrs. James Campbell and Brother Herren.  For over a half a century he has been a follower of Jesus Christ, to say this means much in his life as well as in the lives of many others. Brother Campbell was a good man, a kind neighbor and a loving husband and father.  A consistent christian and a loyal citizen.  The funeral services were held from the home, August 11, 1923 at 10 a.m. by his pastor and friend, Frank R. Gillihan.  His body was laid to rest in the City cemetery with all those that have answered the call inevitable. [Source: Unknown Newspaper Clipping from family scrapbook, circa 1923, transcribed by: Melody Beery]

John Cowen
Died at Isadora, Worth county, Mo., of throat complaint, John Cowen, 4, son of Royal and Amanda Olmsted of Saratoga township, and grandson and namesake of ex-may J. C. Townsend of this city. [Source: November 4, 1880, Henry Republican, Henry IL - Nancy Piper]

Sarah Alice Dickey
Sarah Alice Batt was born March 3, 1866 in Worth County, Missouri and died December 18, 1919, age 53 years, 9 months, and 15 days.  She was married November 4, 1884 to Frank Dickey.  To this union was born five sons and three daughters:  Everett Dickey, Geo. Dickey, Bruce Dickey, Roy Dickey, Ivan Dickey, Mrs. Maye Sharp, Mrs. Susie Snyder and Mrs. Zelma Nail.  Also eleven grandchildren, all living, and with the husband are left to mourn her departure. At the age of 15 years she was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church and has lived a consisternt christian life until the death angle came to guide her spirit to her heavenly home.  Funeral services were held at the Worth methodist Church Saturday, Dec. 20 and were conducted by the pastor W.F. Wiley.  Her remains were laid to rest in the Grant City Cemetery. Source: Unknown Newspaper Clipping from family scrapbook, circa: 1919, transcribed by: Melody Beery]

John W. Hern
DIED. At his residence in Allendale, Worth Co., Mo., on the 16th ult., of consumption, John W. Hern, son of Allison Hern, and brother of Mrs. H. W. Gilman; aged 50 years. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, September 14, 1876; Submitters Name: Kathy McDaniel]

Mrs. Cynthia Holman and Jasper E. Holman
DIED. At Grant City, Worth Co., Mo., Feb. 9th, 1875, Mrs. Cynthia Holman, aged 60 years, consort of the late M. E. Holman. Mrs. Holman was formerly a resident of Porter, Gallia county, Ohio, from which place she removed to Missouri in the year 1867. She was converted and united with the Presbyterian church in her thirtieth year. She had no fear of death, and her only desire to be spared was that she might spare the grief of her children, little thinking that her beloved son Jasper was soon to follow. In her death her children have lost a kind and indulgent mother, and society a consistent Christian. Let us hope that our loss is her eternal gain.
Also, Jasper E. Holman, son of the above, died Feb. 20th, 1875. In the year 1866 he was converted and united with the M. E. Church in Porter, Gallia county, Ohio. During his last illness his thoughts seemed turned to that home where the deaf shall hear and the dumb shall speak. He died with a peaceful and happy smile on his countenance, and now we trust that both mother and son are united in Heaven, where no farewells are spoken and sorrow never comes. T. A. C.] [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, March 18, 1875; Submitters Name: Kathy McDaniel]

M.R. Hopewell
Lieutenant Gov. of Nebraska Dead
Takaham, Neb. May 2-
Lieutentant Governor M.R. Hopewell died early today of pneumonia and heart trouble.  In boyhood, he worked on his fathers farm in Worth County, Missouri.  He was a member of the Third regiment of mounted state militia, organized to repel guerilla robber bands in that state.  Latger he drove a government freight train west from Fort Leavenworth.
Source: The Daily Ardmoreite, Ardmore, OK, May 2, 1911

Mrs. Ollie Mason
Died: March 31, 1900, at Georgetown, Nebraska, Mrs. Ollie Mason, age 22 years 1 month and 4 days. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Williams; she was born in Worth County, Mo.; she was married February 16, 1898 to James Mason and they lived in Buffalo County until fall when they moved back to Custer county where she has always lived since she was six years old. She leaves a husband, a little son, Everett 16 months old, father, mother, two brothers and three sisters to mourn her loss; they were all present at her bedside except one sister, who lives in Hayes County. Two little girls were born to them on March 21st; one died on the 23rd and the 30th, both are buried in the same little coffin in the Boxelder Cemetery. At the request of the deceased her body was taken to Ansley where services were held in the Methodist Church, Rev. Forsyth officiating, and she was laid to rest beside her brother in Ansley cemetery. She also requested that her babies be taken and laid besider her. We wish to express through the Republican our sincere thanks to Dr. Hannah, Mrs. Isaac Mason and all others who so kindly assisted during the recent illness of our loved one and we also thank Rev. Forsyth and the people of Ansley for their kindness and use of the church. James Mason, Mr. and Mrs. Geo Williams [source: Custer County Republican, April 5, 1900. Submitted by Melody Beery]

Charley M. Smith
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 [transcibers note: Washington Township, Harrison County, Mo.] 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 united 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 smal 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 heidolized, (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. [Source: personal papers of Clara E. Fish. Submitted by Melody Beery]

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

James Manuel Smith
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. [Source: personal papers of Clara E. Fish. Submitted by: Melody Beery]

Mary Melvina Smith
Mary Melvina, daughter of George and Elizabeth Smith, was born in Worth 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 motherand 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. [Source: personal papers of Clara E. Fish. Submitted by: Melody Beery]

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