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Updated June 17, 2013

30 May 1885 - 16 Dec 1943


Funeral of Dan Arnott Held Sunday

Dan Arnott, who operated a small dairy farm in Salem for a number of years, died at his home late last Thursday afternoon. Mr. Arnott had been ill for the past few weeks, and his condition became critical about a week before his death.    Dan, the son of Dr. W. L. and Jane Arnott, was born on May 30th,in 1885, on a farm near Rhyse. He was married to Miss Alice Campbell on March 2, 1904.  Two sons, Arch and Paul, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Arnott. Paul preceded his father in death.   Mr. Arnott was converted when a young man, and united with the Salem Baptist Church. e was a faithful member of this Church for the remainder of his life. he relatives surviving are his widow and son Arch, of Steelville, a grandson, William of Steelville; sisters, Martha Shultz and Mrs. Bert Manning of Dent County. Funeral services were held from the Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon, Dec 19th, with the pastor, rev. L.M. White, officiating. Interment was in the Zion Cemetery near Rhyse.
- Submitted by Julie Gass 

14 Nov 1860 - 15 May 1915

  Born in Cole County, Missouri; died at Licking, Texas County, Missouri. Funeral services will be held from the home in Licking, Mo. Sunday, May 16th at 2p.m.  Interment in Licking Cemetery. Friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully requested to attend.                                                                                  
- Submitted by Julie Gass 

MO Death Cert.#18077: Born 14 Nov 1862; Son of William L. Arnot & Mary J. Hinley. Age 52 years, 6 months, 1 day. 

12 Jul 1868 - 2 Dec 1942

Ida Josephine Collier, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. D.T. Collier was born at Licking, Mo. July 12, 1868 and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Conley of Taft, California, after a lengthy illness.  She was united in marriage to Halbert Lykirby Arnot in 1890. To this union eight children, six boys and two girls were born. Her husband preceded her in death by 27 years. In 1926 Mrs. Arnot moved to Taft, Calif., where she made her home until the time of her passing. She is survived by her eight children, Guy Arnot of Breckenridge, Texas; Clyde Arnot og Omaha, Nebr.; Jean Arnot of Evansville, Ind.; Mrs. Frank Wilson  of Bakersfield, Calif.; Adolph Arnot of Taft, Calif.; Roy Arnot of Licking, Mo.; Paul Arnot who is in Arabia with the Standard oil company, and Mrs.William Conley of Taft, Calif.; three sisters, Effie Kelloof Poplar, Montana; Mamie Mansfield of Licking, Mo.; and Lillian Leninger of Chicago, ILL., and twelve grandchildren. At an early age she was united with the Methodist Church South at Licking. Mrs. Arnot was a charter member of the Eastern Star Chapter in Licking. Funeral services were held in the Stoffer Funeral Service Chapel of Taft, Calif. on Friday afternoon, Dec 2, at 2 o'clock. Rev. A.G. McVay officiated, and interment was in the West Side Cemetery.

Submitted by Julie Gass

Findagrave: Ida Collier's parents were Dr. David Townes Collier and Mahala Leona (Tilley) Collier of Licking, MO. Dr. Collier was a doctor for many years in Licking, MO.
Ida Collier's husband was Hobert L. Arnot per Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Records. 
Family links: 
Halbert L. Arnot (1862 - 1915)
  William Guy Arnot (1892 - 1945)
  Adolph Collier Arnot (1903 - 1966)


13 Oct 1928 - 18 Jan 1929

Mrs. Francis Louaima BLACK, age 58 years, died at her home in Salem last Friday evening.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday by Rev. J. E. GAINES and interment took place at Miner graveyard.  Mrs. BLACK leaves to mourn her death one brother, one sister, three sons, five daughters, nineteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, besides numerous other relatives.

From The Post (later know as The  Salem Post), January 23, 1929                                                    - Submitted by Sharon Owen

MO Death Cert.#887: Daughter of Hamilton Parker & Elizabeth Adams. Born in Reynolds County. Widow of Jesse Alexander Black.   


30 Jul 1860 - 13 Aug 1925



Death came and visited the home of  Emmett BLACKWELL in St Louis last Thursday when his mother Mrs. Sarah BLACKWELL passed away at her home in that city at the age of 65.  Mrs. BLACKWELL lived practically all of her life in this county, being born on July 30, 1860.  She was first married to F. C. BLACKWELL, and to this union three children were born, only one--Emmett--surviving her.  Mr BLACKWELL preceded her in death in March 1893.  In 1904 she was married to J. P. BLACKWELL who died Sept 25, 1917. Since that time she has made her home with her son Emmett both in this county and in St Louis. In 1887 she united with the Christian Church in Salem and remained a faithful member until the end. The body was brought back to Salem and burial made in the BLACKWELL Cemetery last Saturday.                                                                                               - Submitted by Sharon Owen

Daughter of C. Norris & F. Poindexter. Was married to 1) Franklin C. Blackwell and 2) John Piffer Blackwell.
MO Death Cert.#25314:


24 Jun 1883 - 10 Sep 1975


 'Mrs. Brown's Rites Sept. 10'

Funeral services for Mrs. Etta BROWN were conducted Sept. 12, 1975 at 1 p.m. in the James and Gahr Chapel with the Rev. Virgil PARKER officiating.  Mrs. Glen WILSON was the organist.  Serving as pallbearers were Larry WEIR, Don KANDLBINDER, Bob BROWN, Carol and David WELLS, and Gary SCHMIDT.  Interment was in the Morrison Cemetery. Etta Margaret BROWN, daughter of the late George and Margaret KITCHEN, was born June 24, 1883 in Dent County.  She died Sept. 10, 1975 at Rolla at the age of 92. On Sept. 18, 1904, Etta KITCHEN was married to George BROWN and to this marriage seven children were born. She is preceded in death by her husband, George; two grandchildren; and one great grandchild. Surviving are seven children, Elsie KANDLBINDER, Alva BROWN, and Viola PARSONS of Salem; Bill BROWN, High Ridge; Dorothy LANCASTER, Mountain View; Marvin BROWN, St. Louis; and Herman BROWN, Haysville, Kan.; 15 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren and other relatives. Mrs. BROWN had made her profession of faith several years ago. She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother who will be missed by her family and friends.   

Submitted by Betty Harris Hopkins

1 Sep 1850 - 14 May 1929


Nancy Elizabeth JOHNSON was born near Chattanooga,Tenn., on Sept. 1, 1850.  Departed this life at Lenox, Mo., on May 14, 1929.  Age 78 years, 8 months and 13 days. She moved to Phelps County, Mo., with her parents when but six months old.  She was married to L. BROWN in 1869.  She has eleven children, five girls and six boys, all of whom are living.  Her husband preceded her to the grave just 29 years and one day.  Besides her children she has 45 living grandchildren and ten living great grandchildren. She was converted and united with the Missionary Baptist Church when she was a young girl. She has always lived [as] a faithful Christian, always having faith in a living God. She has been an invalid for more than two years. She has always borne  her afflictions with great fortitude. Her children are W. H. BROWN, J. A. BROWN, and S. M. BROWN of Lenox, Mo.,  I. H. BROWN of Ironton, Mo., Mrs. Mary M. C. JOHNS and Mrs. August WALLACE of St. Louis,  Mrs. G. H. WATKINS of Salem, R. 2, Mrs. E. C. KITCHENS of Anutt, Mo., L. H. BROWN of Arkansas City, Kans., Francis A. BROWN of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and Miss Louise Brown of Vinita, Oklahoma. All were present at the funeral except Mrs. Mary M. C. JOHNS, I. H. BROWN and Francis A. BROWN. Rev. Alphus CAPPS conducted the funeral services at the Anutt Baptist Church and interment was made in the Anutt Cemetery.  
From THE POST, Salem, Mo., May 23, 1929.
Submitted by Sharon Owen


5 Aug 1862 - 17 Jun 1929


Margaret M. BROWNE, daughter of Hugh and Mary McGINNIS, was born August the 5th, 1862, at St Louis, Mo., and died at her home in Denver, Colorado, June 17th, 1929.  She was married to Millard F. Browne April 30th, 1882, at Salem, Mo.  They resided at Eden, Mo., until about 1890, when they moved to Salem, where they lived until October 1902, at which time they moved to St Louis, where the husband, M. F. BROWNE, passed away.  Mrs. BROWNE moved with her children to Denver, Colo., in August, 1921, where she lived until her death.

 From THE POST, Salem, MO., June 27, 1929.                                                                                         - Submitted by Sharon Owen


10 Nov 1841 - 9 Feb 1918


Joseph Edward Burgess was born in Delaware County, Ohio, Nov 10, 1841, and passed to his eternal reward at his home near Anutt, Mo, Feb 9, 1918, aged 76 years, 2 months, and 29 days. Bro Burgess was converted when a young man, and joined the Corinth Baptist Church, and afterward changed to the Macedonian Church of Dixon Association. He has been
a Baptist and active Christian for 50 years. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Rolla Baptist Church to which he has been a consistent member for 15 years. At the beginning of the Civil War, Bro Burgess enlisted under the U.S. Flag and served in the Union Army until disabled by sickness. By his going, a home is broken, a good conscientious neighbor and citizen has departed. He leaves to mourn, his demise a loving companion, one adopted daughter, one brother, and many relatives and friends. In the loss of our loved one we mourn not as those who have no hope.

'Blessed are the dead that died in the Lord'.

Funeral services at Anutt Sunday, Feb 10, conducted by Eld. R.W. Callahan, and interment made in Victor Cemetery
(Anutt Cemetery).
(Note: his parents were Isaac Henry and Christine Engle)

The Rolla Herald, Rolla, MO, pg 2, vol 52, Thursday, February 21, 1918

19 Jan 1855 - 11 Sep 1930


Passed Away September 11 At Home of Mrs. W. S. Elayer.
 Thomas Benjamin Callahan, 75 years old, died September 11, at the home of his niece, Mrs. W. S. Elayer.  Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J. Linn Haw at the Salem Methodist Church, Saturday morning.  Interment was at the Round Pond Cemetery.
 Callahan was born at the Callahan homestead, 8 miles west of Salem, January 19, 1855.  He was one of thirteen children born to John Larkin Callahan and Mary Bryan Welch Callahan.  He was married to Josephine Woods and was the father of one son who died some  twenty years ago.  Later he married Mrs. Catherine Organ, who has been dead eight years.  He has one granddaughter, Miss Carmen Callahan who lives at Bushland, Texas.  He is also survived by many nephews and nieces with whom he has been very close, having been a favorite among members of his family.  During the past few while his health has been bad, he spent part of his time at his farm and much time in Salem with relatives.  He joined the Methodist Church when 25 years of age.
The Salem Post Sept 18 1930                                                                                  - Submitted by Sharon Owen

26 Mar 1906 - 26 Dec 1969


Darrell Campbell buried in California

Funeral services for Darrell A. Campbell were conducted Dec.30, 1969 at 2:30p.m. in Dilday Chapel with the Rev. Carl L. Crain officiating. Entombment was in Forest Lawn Cypress Mausoleum. Mr. Campbell, son of Chalmer and Ethel Sharp Campbell was born March 26, 1906 at Licking and passed away Dec.26. at the St. Mary's Hospital in Long Beach, Calif. He married Marjorie Hinds, Jan.31, 1939. To this union one daughter, Gwenelda Campbell, was born. As a boy, he worked on his father's farm in the Rhyse community. He went to St. Louis and worked for a short time, then in 1932 he went to California were he worked for several years in the oil fields in Taft.Calif., then moving to Long Beach where he went into the ice business for himself. His wife and daughter helped him in the office. They had just finished building and moving their business to a new location. Mr. Campbell was always ready to help someone in need. He is survived by his wife and daughter of the home; his mother, Ethel Campbell; and one sister, Fern O'Malley, both of Beulah, Mo.; two brothers, Kenneth Campbell, Long Beach, Calif.; and Donald Campbell of Licking; one uncle, Jewell Campbell, Bellflower, Calif.; his mother-in -law, Emma Kirkman, Summersville; and nephews and cousins. He will be missed by all who knew him.- Submitted by Julie Gass

12 Mar 1906 - 15 Dec 1995


Nola 'Granny' Clover, daughter of William and Mary Hubbs, born March 12, 1906 in the Ashley Creek Community.  She died December 15, 1995 at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Nola married Dewey Scantlin, November 12, 1933 and resided at Ashley Creek. She was a member of the Ashley Creek Baptist Church. Eleven years later she had her only child, Jimmie Scantlin. Dewey passed away on March 18, 1970. Nola later married Earl Clover on February 11, 1972. They resided in Summersville for a short time and then moved back to Raymondville to live. Earl passed away on January 11, 1976. Nola was preceded in death by four sisters, Orpha Brim, Ora McColgin, Otta Kunkleman and Ruby Schafer, one brother, Lecil Hubbs and one grandson, Bobby Scantlin. Surviving is her son Jimmie Scantlin of Raymondville, 1 brother, Hurschel Hubbs and 1 sister, Opal McCabe both of Salem, 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Nola spent many years helping family and friends. She also loved to garden, can and make quilts for family and friends. She will be truly missed by all. Services were held Monday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at Raymondville Baptist Church with Wesley Wallace officiating, burial was in Ashley Creek Cemetery under direction of Evans Funeral Home. 

Submitted by Vernetta Nelson

11 Mar 1847 - 5 Jan 1929


One of the Oldest Residents. Had Been in Good Health Only Until Recently. -- Mrs. Jane Cooley Dead.
 Saturday morning Aunt Jane COOLEY, old resident of this county, and descendant of one of the county's pioneer families, succumbed to pneumonia, at her home on Dry Fork west of Salem.  Mrs. COOLEY was buried Tuesday at Round Pond Cemetery, amid a bank of flowers sent by her loved ones.  We are indebted to an old friend of the family for the following:

In Memoriam
Sarah Jane COOLEY was born March 11, 1847, eight miles west of Salem, and departed this life Saturday morning January 5, 1929, at the age of 81 years, 9 months and 24 days.  Death came from an attack of pneumonia. Sarah Jane COOLEY was the daughter of Thomas J. and Eliza WELCH.  On April 14, 1867, she becamthe wife of John COOLEY which union was a most happy one until death of her husband April 8, 1901. 'Aunt Jane' as she has been familiarly known by all her friends as well as her many nieces and nephews for several year, was the sister of Morgan WELCH; Jeff WELCH; Eliza PLANK, who was the wife of Jasper PLANK; Melissa HOWELL, who was the wife of Joseph M. HOWELL; and Phoebe INMAN, who was the wife of Carroll INMAN; all of whom have preceded her to that land from which no traveler returns, that House not built with hands, eternal in the heavens.  She also was the half-sister of C. R. WELCH, known as 'Dock'; G. A. (Fon) WELCH; Jim WELCH; Mrs. Joda SKEETERS, wife of Sam SKEETERS of Jack, Mo.; and Albert Sidney WELCH, known as 'Sid'; all of whom are living except 'Dock' and 'Fon'. To her marriage to John COOLEY, the following children were born:  Henry who lives in California; Edd who resides North of  Salem, Ammy who married John JOHNS, former assessor of Dent County and now Associate Judge of the County Court; Harve of Hot Springs, Ark.; Tom of Divernon, ILL.; John, Will, and Cleve of near Salem; Lettie, wife of Walter ADAMS of near Anutt; and Lee of California. Soon after her marriage to John COOLEY in 1867 she with her husband located on their farm on Dry Fork, eight miles west of Salem, where the above mentioned family was reared, and where the deceased spent her entire life. 'Aunt Jane' was happiest when looking after her home and children.  She was not content after she had reared her own large family but prevailed on helping rear her grand children. Deceased was a follower of her saviour for the greater part of her life.  'Aunt Jane' was a woman of wonderful physical and mental vitality and was able to attend to her business affairs until the fever struck her. She has had the good fortune to enjoy good health most of her life, and did her own house work up to the time she was stricken with pneumonia fever about one week befor[e] she died. To know 'Aunt Jane' was to love her.  She was one of the kindest and most unselfish women the writer ever had the pleasure to know, sweet in disposition, soft and gentle voice with a smile for every one. Besides many, many friends, she leaves 10 children, 49 grand children, and 48 great grand children to mourn her loss. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. F. MANESS. She was laid to rest in Round Pond Cemetery, Tuesday, January 8, 1929. Beside her husband's resting place and in the community of her ancestors back as far as a great great grand father--who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, a great grand father who was a soldier of the War of 1812, and a brother who was a soldier in the Civil War. Six of her big stalwarth sons acted as pall bearers and gently carried their mother to her last resting place.  May her sweet life be a guide and example for those left to follow her. THE POST,  (later known as The Salem Post), January 9, 1929.                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                      - Submitted by Sharon Owen

29 Mar 1867 - 30 Jul 1957 

John & Kate Coon - grave stone 

19 Jun 1871 - 13 Jul 1943
John Coon - copy of newspaper obit

John Coon -
copy of transcribed obit

Kate Coon - copy of newspaper obit

Kate Coon -
copy of transcribed obit

27 Sep 1882 - 28 Apr 1947


William Emmett Copeland, son of John and Eliza Cummins Copeland, died in a hospital in Somerset, Kentucky, April 28th.  Mr. Copeland was born in Salem, on Sept. 27, 1882, and at death was 64 years old.  He was educated in the rural schools of Dent County, and later in life was engaged in the ranching and mining business.  Mr. Copeland had been in ill  health for many years, and due to the condition of his health was forced to retire from business some years ago.  He had made his home at Somerset for the past fifteen years, and had many warm friends there. He united with the Fairview Christian Church early in life, and while his health prevented him from taking an active part in civic affairs, he was greatly interested in the community's welfare. He is survived by two sisters,  Mrs. Gracie Garner and Mrs. Virgie Duckworth of Salem; one nephew, Chester Copeland of Somerset; three nieces, Mrs. John Rogers of California, Mrs. Sam Arcadia and Mrs. Ollie Lasslie of St. Louis. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. D. Fisher,  assisted by Rev. W.W. McAlpin of Somerset, with interment in the Somerset Cemetery.  All surviving relatives were present
for the funeral services.
                                                                                                                         - The Salem News-May 22, 1947


6 Jan 1927 - 15 Aug 1943


Dear daughter of Norvell Cotner and Mrs. Irene Locke, sister of Floyd and Norvell Cotner, Jr.; our dear stepdaughter, granddaughter, niece and cousin.  Miss Cotner will lie in state at Fred M. Williams Funeral Home, 4535 Washington  Blvd., until Wednesday, August 18, 10 p.m.  Funeral Thursday 2 p.m. at Spencer Funeral Home, Salem, Mo.

                                                                                                                                                    - Submitted by Pauline L. Dawes

MO Death Cert.#26559: Daughter of Norvell Cotner & Irene Brazier. Born & died in St Louis MO. Burial Aug. 17th.


Sara Smith Cox
15 sep 1872 - 10 jul 1909



  Obit published in the Chester Signal 15 jul 1909
submitted by
Willis Stagner 


19 Dec 1878 - 5 Feb 1942



Rachel Catherine BROOK was born Dec. 19, 1878, and died Feb. 5, 1942, at the age of 62 years, 1 month and 16 days. She was married to Gentry MESSER in 1898, and they were the parents of three daughters--Mrs. Effie PRYOR and Bessie NELSON, of Boss, and Mrs. Ola PERKINS, of Stone Hill. On March 21, 1920, she married Hubert CRABTREE of Dillard; and she is survived by her husband; three children; 13 grandchildren; 1 great- grandchildren; a step-son; her mother; two sisters; three brothers; other relatives and friends. Mrs. Crabtree professed faith in Christ about 25 years ago and was baptized by the Rev. W. L. STAFFORD and became a member of the Baptist Church, at Boss. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. STAFFORDS at the Presbyterian Church with burial at the Dillard Cemetery, under direction of Hobson & Grantham.

THE SALEM POST, Salem, MO., February 12, 1942                                                                            - Submitted by Sharon Owen

Arthur David Cummins
21 Mar 1924 - 11 Apr 1996

The funeral for Arthur David Cummins, 72, was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14th at Holt Funeral Home, Vandalia, MO. The Rev. Marvin Jones officiated and burial was in the Vandalia Cemetery. Pallbearers were Adam Buchmeier, John Stringer, Don Callahan, Bruce Weilmuenster, Ray Warren and H. E. Libby. Honorary pallbearers include Eric, Billy and Andrew Cummins, Michael and Timothy Burnett, Eddie Thurman, Garnet Culwell and Tom Gaddie. Mr. Cummins died Thursday, April 11, 1996, while working at the Garnett Culwell farm of an apparent heart attack. He was born March 21, 1924, in Dent County, to Jasper and Maggie Ogle Cummins. His marriage to Hazel James took place July 27, 1946, in Salem, and she survives at the home. Also surviving are five sons, David and Donald Cummins, both of Center, MO. Coy Cummins, Troy. Roy Cummins, Perry, and James Cummins, Farber, MO; one daughter, Judy Burnett., Louisiana, MO; three sisters, Beulah Whitby, Licking, Thelma Garrison, Montauk, and Daisy Lunn, Salem; 12 grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, James Cummins and Obie Nelson; and three sisters, Edna and Leoria Cummins and Minnie Schafer. Mr. Cummins was a Baptist by faith and enjoyed fishing as a hobby.

From the Licking News                                                                                                                        - Submitted by Vernetta Nelson 


11 Aug 1846 - 13 Apr 1929

Sallie P. DILLON, nee HAWKINS was born August 11, 1846 and died April 13, 1929, at the home of her son Dr. W. G. DILLON, of Salem.  She was 82 years, 8 months and 2 days of age at the time of her death. She was married to W. A. DILLION and to this union eleven children were born, the husband and six of the children preceding [her] in death Those surviving Mrs. DILLON are: Dr. W. G. DILLON of Salem; Lola B. COPPEDGE, of St. James; Robert E. DILLON of Beaumont, Calif.; Everett H. DILLON of Safe, Mo.; and Nellie B. LOVE, of Woodbine, Iowa. Mrs. DILLION united with the Christian Church about forty years ago and remained faithful to the end of her life.  She was buried April 14th at the family Cemetery in Maries County following funeral services at the St. James Christian Church, conducted by the Rev. Harland of Rolla.

THE POST, Salem, Mo.,  April 25, 1929.
                                                                                              - Submitted by Sharon Owen

MO Death Cert.#14285: Daughter of Perry E. Hawkins & Joan Martin. Born at Vienna, Missouri. Widow of W. A. Dillon. Burial at Dillon Cemetery.

3 Apr 1884 - 15 Aug 1925



One of the picturesque pioneer citizens of the county died at his home here Saturday morning [Aug 15] in the person of Isaac DYE.  Mr. DYE had been failing in health for several years, and it was no surprise when the news of his summons came.  Isaac DYE was born in Monroe County, W. Va., on April 3, 1884, and with his parents moved to Ohio when a boy, later moving to  the state of Illinois.  While in Illinois he joined the Union Army, and served in the Civil War.  After the war he returned to that state and on December 24, 1896, he married miss Martha GRIGSBY, to which union four children were born--one girl dying in infancy. In 1879 he moved to Salem and has resided here continuously, being identified for many years with his brother, E. L., in the lumber business at the stand now occupied by the Roberts-Judson Lumber Company.  Almost 25 years ago he retired from the business and had since peacefully lived the life of a retired business man. In politics he was a Republican, and held office and took an active part in the party councils in his earlier days.  For the past three years he had been confined to a wheelchair, not having the use of his limbs and had what is known as ascending paralysis. He is survived by his widow and one son and two daughters, the latter being A. E. DYE of Salem, Mrs. W. F. SMITH of St Louis and Mrs. HEIBLE of Akron, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon from the family home, the Rev. Morse being in charge assisted by Rev. Bradsher.  Interment was made in the city Cemetery--Cedar Grove.

The Post August 20, 1925.                                                                                                                         - Submitted by Sharon Owen


Sep., 1888 - 24 Nov 1971


Funeral services for Eckles Duncan Floyd, 84, were held November 26, 1971 at the Buchanan Chapel, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, with the Rev. Luther Nelson officiating. Interment was in the Okmulgee Cemetery under direction of the Buchanan Funeral Home. Mr. Floyd, a retired farmer, died Wednesday in a local nursing home. He was born near Montauk, in Missouri, and had been a resident of Oklahoma since 1924 and Okmulgee since 1947. He was a member of the Modern Woodman of America. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Louise (Cole) Floyd of the home at 1217 West Fifth, two sons, Herb Floyd, Okmulgee, and Hershel Floyd, Wichita Falls, Texas , two daughters, Mrs. Lela Vinson, Modesto, California, Mrs. Larue Deane, Woodland, California, one sister, Mrs. Lela Collins, Licking, Missouri and two brothers, Albert Floyd, Los Angeles, California, and Charley Floyd, Raymondville, Missouri, 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

The Licking News Dec 30, 1971                                                                                                            - Submitted by Vernetta Nelson

14 May 1858 - 27 May 1931

Jessie Robertson Floyd, daughter of Peter and Margarette Robertson was born in the village of Balmore, Perthshire, Scotland May 14, 1858. She came to the United States with her parents when she was ten years old. They settled near Licking, Missouri where she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to J.N. Floyd Jan. 20, 1876. To this union eleven children were born, namely, Peter Floyd, Charley Floyd and Tennie Patterson of Montauk, Maggie Jones of Ohio, Eckles Floyd of Oklahoma, Robert and Amanda Scott of Kansas, Albert Floyd of California and Lelia Collins of Licking. Her husband and two of the children, Johnie and Carrie preceded her in death several years ago. She professed faith in Christ Jan.28, 1895 and united with the Hepsoda Baptist Church the following September and lived a faithful consistent Christian until death. She died May 27, 1931 being at the time of her death 73 years and 13 days old. She was of a family of ten children all of whom preceded her to the great beyond but two brothers and one sister. A few days before her death Mrs. Floyd received a broken hip and other injuries which caused her death. All that loving hands and the doctors' skill could do was done to restore her to health but without avail. All the children but Albert were present at the time of her death. She seemed anxious to live until he could reach her bedside stating that it would be the happiest day of her life. She was a devoted wife and mother. Her children held her in the highest esteem and proved the fact by coming so far and so quickly upon hearing of her affliction. She leaves to mourn her going the nine children mentioned above, fifty grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, two brothers, John and Charley Robertson, and one sister Mrs. Eckels McKinney of Licking, and a host of relatives and friends. She was a true friend, a Christian woman, one that will be missed in the community in which she lived, by her children and friends. We would say to them, weep not as those who have no hope for she gave great evidence in her daily walk that she was right with God and is now at rest. Funeral services were conducted by the writer in the presence of a large congregation at the Patterson Cemetery near Montauk, Thursday afternoon, May 28.

The Licking News                                                                                                                                     - S
ubmitted by Verneta Nelson

28 Jan 1895 - 7 Oct 1971

  Funeral service for Robert Edward Floyd, 76, who died Thursday Oct. 7, 1971 at a Gooding Hospital, were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday Oct. 11, at Thompson Chapel by Rev. Larry Maxwell of the Southern Baptist Church, Glenns Ferry. Final rites followed at Elmwood Cemetery, with services by Veterans of World War 1 post No. 1318. Organist was Norma Rice. Musical selections, 'Sometime We'll Understand' and 'Beyond the Sunset' were sung by Florence Palanski, and Perdita Carman. Pallbearers were Elmer Judd, Dick Maestas, John Warren, Jess Ross, Otto Lemke, and Floyd Goss. Honorary pallbearers were Gooding Barracks No. 1318, World War 1 Veterans.  Mr. Floyd son of the late John and Jessie Floyd, was born Jan. 28, 1895 in Dent County, Mo. near Montauk, spent his early years in Missouri and Texas and married Sylvia Wallis on Sept. 15. 1919, in Missouri. The Couple moved to Western Kansas where Mr. Floyd farmed, and in Missouri until 1934. They moved to Gooding, Idaho in 1935, farming there until moving to Bliss, Idaho in 1942. He retired in 1960. The family moved back to Gooding, Idaho  earlier this year. Mr. Floyd was a member of the Baptist Church, the American Legion and Veterans of World War 1, Post No. 1318. Survivors include his wife, Gooding, Idaho; four sons, Chet Floyd, Gooding, Idaho; Wibur Floyd, King Hill; Willard Floyd, Phoenix, Ariz., and Bobby Floyd, Hammett, Idaho; three daughters, Mrs. Claris Myers, Boise; Idaho; Mrs. Olive Smith, Gooding, Idaho; Mrs. Claudia Michalkee, Lake wood, Colo., three brothers, E.D. Floyd, Okmulge, Okla., Charles Floyd, Licking, Mo, and Albert E. Floyd, Reseda, Calif.; a sister Mrs. Lela Collins, Licking, 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. One son, two brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.
The Licking News, Oct. 28, 1971                                                                                                            - Submitted by Vernetta Nelson
24 Sep 1870  7 Apr 1952


Mrs. Foster died Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. James Foster were held Thursday, April 10, at 2  p.m. in the Spencer Chapel. Interment in the Cedar Grove Cemetery under the direction of Spencer Funeral, Luther Villars, officiating. Almedia Francis Foster, was born Sept 24,1870 in Morehead, Ky. She died April 7, 1952 at the age of 81. She joined the Methodist Church in early life and was baptized in the
Licking River at Morehead. She was married to James Lonzo Foster, also of Morehead, in January 1890, Soon after, they moved to Missouri.  On June 13, 1947 her husband preceded her in death and since his death she has been in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lillie Dulworth, of St. Clair, Mo., except for the past two weeks when she was moved to the Knox Nursing Home. Her family consisted of seven children, two boys and five girls, Myrtle Palluck and Pearl Hagler of Aurora, Mo.; Lillie Dulworth of St. Clair; and
Russell Foster, Herschel Foster, Nellie Babb and Mary Johnson of Salem. Two living brothers are Bert Manning of Rhyse and Troy Manning of Jacksonville, ILL. There are 21 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

- Submitted by Julie Gass

4 Jul 1867 - 17 Jul 1949

Bearden, July 20--(Spl)--R.A. Fraser, age 82, formerly of Bearden, died Sunday morning in Salem, Mo.  He is survived by his wife Mrs. Belle Fraser of Bearden, a step-daughter Mrs. John Cox of Bearden, and a step-son W.E. Grammer of Woodville, Texas.  Funeral was Tuesday at 3 o'clock at Salem, Mo.      

This was taken from a Camden, Arkansas newspaper.  The name was spelled 2 different ways as I have typed it.  I was later told he was buried in Fraser Cemetery on Long Branch, north of Salem, in Dent Co. 

Camden News, Wednesday, July 20, 1949

Ozark Heritage, Vol 3, p 410 has some info.                                                                                               - Submitted by Gary Cox

F.A.G. head stone reads Richard Frasher, death certif. reads Fraser. Father William Fraser, mother Mary Hearhart; husband of Belle Fraser; death from acute coronary heart failure; was a Timber worker. died at age 82 yr. 1 mo. 13 da.

30 Apr 1855 - 28 Jan 1929


James Madison GAMBLIN was born in the state of Kentucky, April 30, 1855, and died at his home near Salem, Missouri, January 28, 1929, his age being 73 years, 8 months and 28 days. He was the son of Henry and Fredonnia (GREEN) GAMBLIN.  He came to Missouri with his oarents in the year 1858, and grew to manhood on a farm, experiencing the hardships of all early settlers. November 22, 1877, he was married to Nancy M. NORRIS.  To this union were born four children -- namely:  Mrs. Lawson LAY, ST. Louis, Mo.; Bradford, of Alberta Canada; Edmon G. and Roy O., of Salem, Mo. He leaves his aged companion, the four children, and twenty-one grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters. He made a profession of his religious faith and joined the Baptist Church some forty years ago, and his life had been consistent with his profession. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. WHITEAKER, January 30th, in the presence of a large crowd of relatives and sympathetic friends.  Interment was in the Norris Cemetery. [note: the Norris Cemetery is now called Union Cemetery].

My comments:
Nancy Norris and Rev Whiteaker/Whitaker are both in my ancestral line.

The Post, Salem, MO February 6, 1929                                                                                               - Submitted by Sharon Owen




3 Aug 1861 - 23 Sep 1931


S. L. GIBBS was born in Dent County, August 3, 1861, and departed this life September 23, 1931, at the age of 70 years, 1 month and 18 days. At an early age he was married to Jadia CALLAHAN.  After about a year she passed away. Later he was married to Mandy WILSON.  To this union was born one child, which died in infancy. After the death of Mandy he was married  to Mary HINSLEY.  To this Union were born ten children, seven boys and three girls, all living  except one son, John, who passed away in 1914.  All the others were able to be at his bedside. The deceased leaves to mourn his going nine children, Bill, Harvey, Virgil, Mrs. Tom SUMMERS and Mrs. Dick GIBBS, all of near Hobson; Wallie and Win of near Salem, and Mrs. Al SCHRADER of St Louis; nine  grandchildren, three brothers, Lee and George of Success and Harrison of near Hobson and one sister, Mrs. Will Young, of Coffeyville, Kan.  All brothers and sister were at his bedside during his illness. The deceased has spent almost his entire life in Dent County.  He has always been a true and loving father and a kind neighbor. During his illness he professed faith in Christ and asked that the song, 'What a Friend We Have In Jesus,' be sung for him.

THE SALEM POST, Salem, MO. October 31, 1931                                                                         - Submitted by Sharon Owen




OLD TIMER DEAD--W. R. GRUBB, age 95 years, 9 months and 21 days, passed away at his home near Winkler Bank on last Friday.  'Uncle Riley,' as he was commonly called, had been a resident of Dent and Phelps counties for many years, and was well and favorably know by hundreds of persons.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday.

The Post, January 23, 1929.                                                                                                                   - Submitted by Sharon Owen

15 Nov 1867 - 1 Feb 1929

Selina  BARKSDALE, daughter of William and Ellen  BARKSDALE, was born in Shannon County, November 15th, 1867. She was united in marriage with Benjamin Franklin HALBROOK, Jan. 1, 1888. Six children were born to this union, namely, Mrs. Walter Grogan, Custer, MO., Winnet and Clark, Gladden, MO., Mrs. A. C. ROBINSON, Chicago, ILL., Everett, of Wichita, Kansas, and Emmett, of Custer, MO. Early in life she united with the Christian Church and remained a loyal member to her death, which occurred Friday, Feb. 1, 1929.  Her age at this time being 61 years, 3 months and 17 days. She leaves to mourn her loss, a husband, six children and nine grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers, John BARKSDALE of Montana, Ike BARKSDALE, of Arizona, and Duck BARKSDALE of Salem, and one sister, Mrs. George HALBROOK, of Custer.  One sister, Sina MILLER, having preceded her into the Great Beyond. Funeral Services were conducted by Elder Ira G. WILLIAMS, assisted by Rev. E. F. MANESS, at the Christian Church, Monday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, after which internment was made at the local Cedar Grove Cemetery.                                                                                                                                  - Submitted by Sharon Owen

Note from Rob Minor -
My Grandmother, Barsina Lee Barksdale was Selina 'Lina' Barksdale's sister. Barsina died Stillwater City, Payne Co., Ok during child birth 1909, married to Columbus Sylvester Miner.                                                                       - Rob Miner, Angels Camp, CA


26 Oct 1847 - 9 Jan 1929


Joseph Nicholas HEAVIN was born on October 26, 1847, and died January 9, 1929--age 81 years, 2 months and 14 days.  He was married to Martha Lorane FLEMMINGS, December 16, 1869.  To this union ten children were born:  Willie and Mack who preceed him in death; Lee and Dave of Annut, MO.;  Anvil of Edgar Springs, MO.; Mrs. Maude RAYSON and Mrs. Mae WARNER, of Klamath Falls, Oregon; Mrs. Mattie PRITCHETT, of St Louis, MO.;  Mrs. Laura COOLEY, of Salem, MO.; and Mrs. Gertrude HALE, of Coalings, Calif..  Besides his children he is survived by his wife, 36 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He professed faith in Christ at an early age, and for many years had been a faithful member of the Round Pond Church.  He was laid to rest in the Edgar Springs Cemetery, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. CALLISON.

The Post, Salem, MO. Jan 23, 1929.                                                                                                 - Submitted by Sharon Owen


10 Sep 1902 - 21 Feb 1994

Orval Heavin was born September 10, 1902, in Dent County, Missouri, the son of Minnie Belle Weber Heavin and Gordon Minett Heavin. He died on Monday, February 21, 1994, in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the age of 91 yrs. 5 months & 11 days. He married Ella Lee Royston on Dec. 24, 1926, in Anadarko, Okla. Orval came to the Anadarko area from Missouri as a child. As an adult, he lived at Verden and worked for the Verden School system for 20 yrs.  Orval worked for the Western Farmers Electric Co-operative until his retirement in 1969. He had lived in the Cyril-Cement area since 1994.

Submitted by Sheri Monroe Miller


9 Mar 1887 - 9 Feb 1929


Ambrose HODGES, former cashier of the Bank of Lenox, but more recently connected with the Merchants and Farmers Bank of Rolla, died at that place Saturday, from the result of double pneumonia.  At the time of his death, he was connected with the Carney Chevrolet Co. Mr. HODGES was well known in this county, having only a few years ago moved to Rolla to become connected with a bank.  He was born March 9, 1887, being slightly less than 42 years of age.  He is survived in his immediate family by his wife and two daughters, Julia May and Bernadeen.  He is also survived by several brothers and sisters. For many years Mr. HODGES was an official member of the Dry Fork Baptist Association of Dent County, and made a wide acquaintance with the people of the county. Mr. Luther HODGES, a cousin, of near Salem, Mrs. Ruah DAVISON, also of near Salem, and G. H. O'MALLEY, R. C. KITCHEN and F. W. CARNEY, of Lenox, attended the funeral, which was held in Rolla, Tuesday.  Burial took place in Rolla Cemetery.

The Post, Salem, MO, Feb. 13, 1929                                                                                                - Submitted by Sharon Owen


23 Jul 1854 - 21 Nov 1925


November 21, 1925, marked the  passing of another pioneer of Dent County. Hiram Leeds HODGES, fourth son of Hiram and Rhoda HODGES, was born July 23rd, 1854  and died November 21, 1925. Mr. HODGES spent practically all of his life in Dent County and was one of our most progressive and influential citizens, promoting several successful enterprises and doing much toward the upbuilding of our county. He married Clara HYER, of Lake Springs, MO., on March 29, 1882.  She died June 29, 1883, leaving him a childless young widower.  She was a cousin of the wife of his brother, Joe, who preceded him in death just 20 days.  Uncle Hiram did not re-marry and after the death of their parents in 1909, he and his sister, Ellen, kept house together until her death, April 14, 1924. He has been in failing health for many months and made a brave fight to regain his health, but after the death of the beloved twins, Miss Ellen, in 1924 and James Joseph, October 30, 1925, it seemed that he was so worn and so weary that he too just went to rest. Uncle Hiram was noted for many charitable deeds and acts of kindness. He leaves--one brother, George W. and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth CRAIG and Mrs. J. B. DAUGHERTY and a number of nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held at the Lake Springs Church, conducted by Rev. John JACK, assisted by A. C. DONNAN, after which he was laid to rest in Lake Spring Cemetery beside the wife of his youth.

THE POST  December 31, 1925.                                                                                                      - Submitted by Sharon Owen 


12 Jan 1874 - 28 Oct 1941

Mrs. Isabelle Holland Funeral in St. Louis

Mrs. Isabelle Holland died Tuesday, Oct. 28th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Leslie Warden in St. Louis.  Death was caused by heart disease, following a brief illness. Funeral services were held in St. Louis last Thursday evening, and the body was brought to Montauk for burial Friday.  Mrs. Holland, sixty-seven years old was the widow of Charles Holland.  Mr. and Mrs. Holland made their home in Dent County during his life.  After the death of her husband, Mrs. Holland and her children moved to St. Louis, where she had resided for about twenty-two years.  Eleven of fourteen children survive.  Mrs. Holland was the daughter of David and Sara Jane Hoodenpyle, and was the half sister of Mrs. D.T. Dodds, Mrs. E.E. McMurtrey, Mrs. H.L. Jones, Mrs. A.S. Asbridge and A.H. Hoodenpyle, all living in Dent County.  The children who survive are David and Walter of Montauk, William of Webb City, and Mrs. Warden, Mrs. Earl Mincher, Mrs. Inez Helen, Mrs. Leonard Record, Earl, Archie, Charles and Franklin of St. Louis.  Mrs. Holland was a member of a Pentecostal Church in St. Louis.  She became a Christian in early womanhood. James Hoodenpyle from Los Angeles, California, brother of Mrs. Holland came this  summer to visit with her; a brother Julius in Aldrich, and with other relatives.  Mrs. Holland had expressed the desire to have one more visit with her brother James, before her death.  They had been visiting relatives together, and she had returned to St. Louis  only a few days before she became ill.  [Burial at Montauk Cemetery]

30 Jul 1846 - 13 Feb 1929


Mrs. Mary A. JOHNSON, a native of this county, and for many years one of its residents, died Tuesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. W. Reaves, of Steelville.  Mrs. JOHNSON was a daughter of one of the early pioneers of Dent County, her father being a HIGGINBOTHAM, which family located in this county shortly after 1830. We understand the funeral will be conducted tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon and burial will take place at the Steelville Cemetery.  Mrs. JOHNSON was a cousin to Mrs. Alcey LOVE and Miss Emma MCSPADDEN and an aunt of Mrs. Tom YOUNG.

The Post, Salem, MO. Feb. 13, 1929                                                                                              - Submitted by Sharon Owen

F.A.G. has Mary H.

12 May 1875 - 2 Feb 1929


Thomas Stephen LAFFOON was born in Arkansas, May 12, 1875, and departed this life at his home nine miles northwest of Salem on February 2, 1929, age 53 years, 9 months and 21 days. He was united in marriage to Tina C. NORRIS on January 29, 1902.  To this union were born three children one of whom preceded him in death.  He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, son Robert E. and daughter Bessie T., who were with him at the time of his death.  He also leaves one brother, Alex LAFFOON, of St. Louis, and one half-brother, John CASEY, of Salem, and one half-sister, Mrs. Rachel LOWELL, of Arkansas, and a host of friends. He professed faith in Christ and united with the Baptist Church at Round Pond about six years ago, and was a faithful member until his death. Funeral services were conducted at Deep Ford school house by Rev. E. F. Maness, assisted by Rev. Cleve Cooley, after which burial took place at the Stagner Cemetery.

Note: Tina NORRS is an ancestor of mine.  Also note that the name LAFFOON was spelled with both one and two  'F's' in the article.

The Post, Salem, MO. February 6, 1929                                                                                          - Submitted by Sharon Owen



Infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Arch Land, of near Boss, was buried Sunday at Stone Hill.

The Salem Post  June 11, 1931                                                                                                        - Submitted by Sharon Owen 

Died 13 Aug 1925



We learn that James LAY, prominent Dent County farmer was found dead in the orchard on his farm near Lenox last Thursday evening [Aug 13], death being attributed to heart failure. Mr. Lay was 56 years of age.  He had eaten a hearty noon meal, and when he failed to put in [an] appearance near the evening meal hour a diligent search was made for him and he was eventually found laying in the orchard, death having come to him many hours before.  He had been a resident of Dent County for many years, and was well known and respected by all who knew him. He is survived by a widow, three brothers and a son and a daughter.  

The Post, Aug. 20, 1925                                                                                                                   - Submitted by Sharon Owen


24 Jan 1886 - 8 Oct 1954


Mrs. Armelia Lee, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Sam West, was born January 24, 1886, near Licking, Missouri, and passed to her reward October 8, 1954, at the home of her son, Lacy Hubbs of Houston. She was united in marriage to Robert Hubbs, 1906. To this union was born two sons, Lacy Hubbs of Houston, and Oscar, whose address is unknown. Mr. Hubbs, her husband passed away in 1911. She later was married to Purdy Lee, who also preceded her in death in 1942. She is also survived by one brother, Ben West of Licking, one sister, Dora Griffin of Morehouse. Three sisters preceded her in death. She has 5 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was converted and united with the Licking Baptist Church in 1941. She will be sadly missed by all her loved ones and a great host of friends and neighbors. Funeral services were conducted in First Baptist Church at Licking, Sunday, October 10 at 2 P.M. with the pastor, Gene Lewis officiating. Burial was in Licking Cemetery, Smith and Ferguson in charge.
The Licking News
                                                                                                                             - Submitted by Vernetta Nelson


19 Nov 1848 - 16 Dec 1940


Alva C. LEECH was born at Sumner, Illinois, November 19, 1848, and died December 16, 1940, at the age of 92 years and 27 days. He was married to Mary Louise SANDERS and they were the parents of five children. His wife and three children preceded him in death. The two surviving being Mrs. Anna CALLAHAN, of Dent County, and Elmer of St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Leech professed faith in Christ in early manhood and united with the United Brethern Church. He was buried in Fraser Cemetery, near Salem.

The Salem News, December 19, 1940                                                                                                - Submitted by Diane Jones



18 Aug 1865 - 26 Jun 1951



Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon for Mrs. Mary Jane Leonard by the Rev. Bill Wynn.  The services were carried out at the home of Mrs. Leonard's son, Johnnie, near Darien, and interment was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, under the direction of the Spencer funeral home. Mary Jane Leonard was born August 18, 1865, and died at her home June 26, 1951, at the age of 85years, 10 months and 15 days.  She had been ill for some time.  Mrs. Leonard was the daughter of Silas M. and Dovie L. Rasor, and was the last member of her original family. She was married to the late William Leonard in 1887.  Four of their seven sons survive.  They are Johnnie and James of Darien; Andrew, of Joy; and Caleb, of the home.  Besides her sons she leaves fifteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Leonard united with the Free Will Baptist Church early in her life.

Salem Post-June 28, 1951



William (Bill) Land, former merchant at Max died at his home at Hawkins Bank Tuesday night. He is survived by his wife the former Mrs. Maggie Kruger and a large family.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Stone Hill Church at 2:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon by the Rev. Clifford Parker, and burial in Stone Hill Cemetery, directed by Spencer Funeral Home.

The Salem Post & The Democrat-Bulletin on May 30, 1946                                                               - Submitted by Otto K. Land
  ROBERT LAND, after a long and lingering illness died at his home at Turtle last Monday morning and was laid to rest in the Stone Hill Cemetery last thursday. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.

The Salem Dent County Post, March 12, 1914                                                                                     - Submitted by Otto K. Land




LUTHER LAND Rites Sept. 2, Funeral services for Luther Land were held at the Spencer Chapel Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Virgil Parker officiating. burial was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Luther Milton Land, son of William and Alice Land, was born Jan. 24, 1904. He died Aug. 29, 1953, at the age of 49. He was married Dec. 11, 1931, to Nellie Pierce, who survives him. He also is survived by two sons, Otto and Leon, and one daughter, Kathryn. One son, Milton, passed away Oct. 7, 1951, while in the Armed Services. He also leaves two sisters, Dean Nevins and Sylvia Raulston, five brothers, Fred, Arch, Alf, Vernon, and Troy: and other relatives and many friends. Most of his life spent in or around Salem, where he was known as an industrious and steady worker.

The Salem News, September 3, 1953                                                                                                    - Submitted by: Otto K. Land



9 Nov 1899 - 10 Jul 1945


Funeral services for Stella Florence Lucas [nee Patterson] were held at the Ink Church Saturday  afternoon, by the Rev. L. O. Huitt.  Interment was in the Thunor Cemetery, under the direction of the Spencer Funeral Service. Stella Florence Patterson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Patterson, of Ink, Mo. was born November 10, 1945 [error].  She was 44 years, 8 months and 1 day old at the time of her death.  She was baptized into the Christian Church at an early age. She was united in marriage to Paul H. Bales, in 1920.  One child, Billy Bennie Bales, was born to this union. A few years ago she was married to William Lucas, of Wichita, Kans. Survivors are: her husband, William Lucas; one son--Billy B. Bales, of St Louis; her father --W. M. Patterson, of Ink; five sisters--Artie Unice Shedd, of Hominy, Okla., Maude Ora Haverstick, of Brooklyn, N. Y.,  Leona Nancy Shockley, of Ink, Willie Orphia Lewis, of Timber, Mo., and Lorraine Louise Medley, of St. Louis; one brother--Paul Patterson, of Granite City, Ill., Her mother,  Mrs. Minnie Augusta Patterson, one sister , Nora Patterson and two brothers, Theodore and Burl Patterson, preceded her in death.

The Salem Post, July 19, 1945                                                                                                                 - Submitted by Sharon Owen

Stella Florence Patterson was born to parents, William Patterson and Minnie A. Branson in Ink, MIssouri (Shannon County) on November 9, 1899. She first married Paul H. Bales in 1920, and they had one child, Billy Bennie Bales of this union. A few years prior to her death, she married William Lucas of Wichita, Kansas. Besides her husband and son, she is also survived by her father, five sisters and one brother. She was preceded in death by her mother, one sister and two brothers. Her usual occupation was that of a solderer. Her cause of death was pulmonary tuberculosis and her death occurred in a hospital (St. Louis City Hospital-Max C. Starkloff Memorial) where she had been for five days prior to her death. She was sent back to Ink, MO. for her interment in Thunor Cemetery.  


27 Mar 1886 - 16 Jan 1951


Phillip Lunn Rites Thursday

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon,Jan.18, for Phillip E. Lunn, who died at his home near Rhyse, Jan.16.  Interment was made in Zion Cemetery under direction of Spencer Funeral Home. Rev. Garrison of Licking officiated.   Phillip E. Lunn, son of Gus and Christina Lunn, was born March 27,1886, in Monet, Mo. On March 28, 1915, he married Mae Agee in St. Louis. Eight children were born to the family. Mr. Lunn was converted in the Lighthouse Mission in St. Louis. When the  family moved to Rhyse in 1922 their membership was changed to Zion Church. Survivors include the widow; children, Mrs. Geneva Howald of Steelville, ILL., Mrs. Lavina Bryant, Licking, Mrs. Juanita Hood, Mrs. Sarah Sickman, Mrs. Deree Williams, Mary Ellen Lunn and Wesley, all of St. Louis, and Claude of Rhyse; two brothers, Caleb and Ed Lunn; three sisters, Mrs. Tillie Holowell, Mrs. Alma Lewis, and Mrs. Anna Floyd and nine grandchildren.

                                                                                                                                                                      - Submitted by Julie Gass


6 May 1923 - 26 Mar 1944


Dorse Manning Funeral Wednesday

Had Been In Army Hospital Before Returning Home on Furlough Last Week----Legion Service

Friends of Dorse Manning were greatly surprised Sunday evening when word was recieved that he had been found dead at the home of his brother Burt Manning, Jr., near Rhyse. All circumstances indicated that Dorse had gone to the home of his brother who was not at home, and killed himself with a .410 shotgun. Manning has been in the hospital at DeRidder, Louisiana for several months before being granted a furlough to return home for a visit with his family and relatives. He had been visiting at the home of his wife since Tuesday, March 21st, and had expected to return to camp the first of this week. He was inducted into the service of our country on February 17, 1943 and had served in the army for thirteen months.

Dorse Afton Manning, son of Burtis and Minnie Manning, was born May 6th, 1923, near Rhyse, in Dent County and passed away near his birth place on March 26, 1944, at the age of 20 years and 10 months. He was married to Miss Marianne Hauser on May 10th,1942. To them was born a daughter, little Sharon Odessa. Dorse was the youngest so of a family of nine children. A brother, Clarence, sisters Bertha, Bessie, and an infant sister all preceded him in death. Surviving are his parents, his wife and daughter, one sister, Mrs. E.M. Hagler of New Berlin, Illinois; three brothers, John W. of LaMonte, Sgt. Troy W. of Camp Campbell, Kentucky and Leon Burtis of Rhyse. He professed faith in Christ and joined the Baptist Church, while stationed at Sheppard Field in Texas. At the time of his death he was a PFC., stationed at DeRidder Army Air Base, DeRidder, Louisiana.
  Funeral services were held at the Spencer Chapel on Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Fred A. Hearn, followed by burial in the New Hope Cemetery. Military rites were conducted at the grave by L.L. McSpadden, chaplain of the Walker-Roney Post, American Legion. A firing squad of soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood under the command of Staff Sergeant J.O. Shirer, came for the funeral to assist in the military rites.

                                                                                                                                                                       - Submitted by Julie Gass


3 May 1844 - 8 Oct 1936



John Manning, a veteran of the Union Army in the Civil War, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elex Crisp, southwest of Salem, early Wednesday morning at the age of 92. Mr. Manning was born in Kentucky on May 3, 1844 and during the Civil War he enlisted under General Breckenridge at Lexington, Ky., in Company 'E', 40th regiment as a volunteer. The captain commanding his company and many of his comrades were killed in action, and those remaining were combined with another company. With this company he served the latter part of the War under General Grant. He moved to Dent County in 1891 and settled on a farm. He was married twice, both of his wives having preceded him. He leaves five children to mourn his passing: Mrs. Melissa Foreman of Ashland, ILL., Meda Foster of Salem, Alla Crisp of Salem, L.B. Manning of Rhyse, and Troy Manning of Alexander, ILL. A military funeral was conducted under the auspices of the Walker-Roney Post of the American Legion Thursday afternoon, October 8. The services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Elliott, pastor of the First Christian Church, from the New Hope Church, with interment in the New Hope Cemetery under the direction of the Spencer Funeral Service.

                                                                                                                                                                      - Submitted by Julie Gass 

MO Death Cert.#37229: Son of Falton Manning & Hattie Hyatt. Born in Kentucky, died at Spring Creek. Widower. Age 92 years, 5 months, 5 days. Burial at New Hope on Oct 9th.


19 Mar 1908 - 20 Apr 1973


Manning Rites Today

Funeral services for John W. Manning were held today ( April 25 1973) at 2p.m. in  the Spencer Chapel with the Rev. Virgil Parker officiating. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Mr. Manning, son of Burtis Linn and Minnie Arnett(Arnot) Manning was born at Rhyse, Mo. on March 19,1908. He died April 20, 1973 at the age of 65. On Sept.23, 1930 at Salem John W. Manning and Pearl Clark were married and to this union six children were born. He was preceded in death by his father, Burtis; four brothers, Burt, Clarence, Troy and Doris; two sisters, Bertha Robnett, and Bessie Manning; one infant; and one granddaughter, Joan Click. Surviving are his wife Pearl of the home; six children, Walter Manning of St. Clair, Mrs. Liz Schultz of Lakewood, Calif., Mrs. Agnes Bunch of Eureka, Mrs. Mary McCoy of  Kirkwood, Mrs. Joyce Hafley of Villa Ridge and Mrs. Margaret Bennett of Catawissa; his mother, Mrs. Minnie Manning; one sister, Mrs. Agnes Hagler; 24 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and family friends. In 1960 Mr. Manning professed faith in Christ and became a member of the Baptist Church. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, and friend.                                                                                                                                      -                                                                                                                                                                      - Submitted by Julie Gass 


20 Jan 1876 - 26 Aug 1960


L. B. Manning Buried Sunday

Services were conducted for Leon Burtis Manning Sunday Aug. 28, at 2:30 p.m. in the Spencer Chapel with Rev. Harry Foley officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery. Mr. Manning, son of the late John N. and Louise Carpenture( Carpenter) Manning, was born in Kentucky, Jan 20, 1876. He died at his home west of Salem Aug.26 at 84. He was the last survivor of 11 children. Mr. Manning was the father of 9 children, six of whom preceded him. Surviving is his widow, Minnie Manning, two sons, John William, and Leon Burtis, both of Dent County; one daughter, Agnes Hagler of Springfield; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Mr. Manning came to Dent County with his parents when he was 17. He married Minnie Arnot April 12, 1903 and they made their home on the farm where he died. He was converted some years ago and joined the Joy Baptist Church where he was active as long as possible. He was also active in community affairs.

                                                                                                                                                                   - Submitted by Julie Gass



1927 - 1988


Martin Don Manning, 60, Conway, Ark. died March 31.  Services were held at the First Baptist Church in Conway. Gravesides services were held at the Concord Cemetery April 4, 1988, with Rev. Robert Gifford officiating. Burial was in the Concord Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home, Licking. Serving as pallbearers were Russell Kaiser lll, Rodney Kaiser, David Crigler, Howard Rodgers.                                                                                                                        - Submitted by Julie Gass




22 Dec 1882 - 15 May 1973

Mrs. Manning Rites May 17

Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Estel Manning were conducted Thursday, May 17, 1973 at 2 p.m. in the Spencer Chapel with the Rev. Harry Foley officiating. Mrs. Tom Spencer was at the organ. Interment was in New Hope Cemetery.   Mrs. Manning, the daughter of the late Doc Arnett(Arnot), and Louisa Jane Brigman Arnett(Arnot), was born Dec 22,1882 at rhyse. She died at the home of her daughter-in-law, Ruth Manning, near Montauk. Her entire life was spent in Dent County. She was married April 12, 1903 to Leon Burtis Manning at Rhyse and to this union nine children were born. Preceding her in death were her husband, Leon Burtis Manning; one infant child, Clarence; and Bertha Robnett, Bessie, Doris, Troy, Burt and John Manning. Surviving are one daughter, Agnes L. Hagler of Springfield, Ill,; two daughters-in-law, Ruth Manning of near Montauk and Pearl Manning of Eureka; 14 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; and other dear relatives and family friends. Mrs. Manning professed a faith in Christ a number of years ago, was baptized and at the time of her death was a member of the Joy Baptist Church. She will be missed by her dear daughter, daughters-in-law, devoted grandchildren and many family friends

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31 Jul 1912 - 4 May 1945


T-4 Troy W. Manning Funeral Held Sunday

T/4 Troy W. Manning, son of Burtis and Minnie Manning, was born July 31, 1912 and died in action on the battlefront from a heart attack, in Germany, on May 4, 1945. His age at the time of his death was 32 years. He was united in marriage to Miss Arzetta Robnett on November 13th, 1944. He is survived by his wife, father, mother, one sister, Mrs. Ellray Hagler of New Berlin, Illinois; two brothers, Bert of Rhyse and John of St. Albans. Six brothers and sisters have preceded him in death; Clarice, Clarence, Bertha, Bessie, Dorris, and an infant. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the First Baptist Church, with Rev. Claud Ornsbee, officiating, followed by interment in the Berry Cemetery under the direction of the Spencer Funeral Home.  Military services were held at the grave side by members of the V>and American Legion Posts.

                                                                                                                                                                  - Submitted by Julie Gass


16 Sep 1888 - 17 Jan 1913

Effie May Headrick Mitchell Dies Suddenly at Weatherford, Okla.

Effie May Headrick was born September 16, 1888, near Anutt, Mo., where she grew to womanhood, and on March 11, 1908, was married to J. E. Mitchell, of Guymon, Okla.

The young couple went to housekeeping immediately in a neat little home which had been provided and into which, as time went on, came three little ones, Julia Marion, now 4 years of age, Lina Eva, who lived only 6 weeks, and Virginia Lorine, now 14 months old.

About a month ago Mr. Mitchell with his family moved to Weatherford, Okla., where he entered the State Normal to complete his Education. For several days Mrs. Mitchell was puny with tonsillitis and on Tuesday morning April 15, the doctor was called but the case was not considered in any way dangerous, yet an efficient nurse was procured that evening and the next day the doctor pronounced her "doing well" and no danger was anticipated. But on Thursday morning another doctor was called in consultation and it was decided that the fatal malady, peritonitis was fastened upon her system and at 11:40 a.m., Thursday, April 17, her spirit took its flight to another world.

May was of a sweet temperament and always pleasant, a gentle wife and a loving mother. In early life she became identified with the Methodist church and ever tried to imitate the Great Exemplar.

In the most trying scenes of life she manifested that gentle disposition and cheerful spirit which the children of God should possess.

She was in perfect sympathy with her husband and was delighted when he entered school to prepare himself for greater usefulness in the world.

She bore her last suffering with patience, not murmuring or complaining, but committed her soul unto a faithful Creator.

None of her folks were present at the funeral except her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Headrick, of Anutt, Mo., and Geo. Headrick, of Dombey, Okla.

The body was taken to Dover, Okla., where Mr. Mitchell's folks reside, and the funeral services were conducted by Wm. L. E. Shane at the Christian Church, after which her body was laid to rest in the Dover cemetery to await the resurrection morn.

May her loved ones mourn not as those who have no hope, but realize that Christ has broken the power of death and given assurance of the resurrection, and anticipate a life beyond the grave.

Aubrey J. Bradshaw - Salem Monitor.

 - Submitted by R. Schmedake

13 Dec 1926 - 24 May 1929


10-Year Old Steelville Boy Hits Her With Steel Bar.

A Coroner's verdict of accident was returned Saturday in the case of Iva Marie MITCHEL, 2 years old, who died at St. John's Hospital Friday, several hours after she had been struck on the head by an iron bar in the hands of her brother, Thurston, 10 years old, who was attempting to drive away a swarm of bees from their home in Steelville. The girl was brought to the office of a St. Louis physicians who ordered her taken to the hospital.  Death was caused by a fractured skull.  The children's father is Peter P. MITCHEL, treasurer of Crawford county.

THE POST, Salem, Mo., May 30, 1929.                                                                                          - Submitted by Sharon Owen

MO Death Cert.#20083: Iva Marie Matchell, daughter of P. P. Matchell & Clara J. Harper. Born at Sullivan, Missouri; died at St Louis, Missouri. Informant signature P. P. Matchell. Burial May 25th.




6 Dec 1818 - 19 Mar 1910

Note: As of this moment, the tombstone is not found. There are many graves marked with rocks with no writing.


18 May 1822 - 20 Aug 1868
Born in Alabama


Henderson McDonald was born in Tennessee December 6, 1818, who married to Mary Bridges, January 14, 1841, who died August 20, 1868. To this union were born nine children, seven sons and two daughters all of whom are yet living. Father McDonald was an exemplary man in every line of work in which he engaged in agriculture and horticulture. A home builder as one of the oldest settlers and one of our best citizens, as Christian plain and simple, only following the Great Captain of our salvation with all confidence. His old home stands a monument testifying of his industry and economy on father McDonalds leave from the old home. The procession of sorrowing relatives and friends testifies to his worth as a man among men, he has only passed on into a higher sphere to rest from his labors and his works, will follow him. He was baptised by Elder Drennon in 1856 and was one among the few that come together to observe the ordinances of the Lords House in breaking the bread and in prayers as Christians only. These few early settlers continued to meet and worship God together until their peace was so disturbed by the Civil War that the meetings were discontinued, yet some of the few, at least worshiped God in spirit and truth 'till life's latest hour. Father McDonald has laid his Armour by, discharged from service at the unusual age of ninty-one years three months and thirteen days. His past life stands a beacon light; calling his posterity, and his neighbors and friends to a higher life. He was laid to rest on the 20th, in the presence of a large number of sympathizing relatives and friends. - Source: Newspaper clipping, probably from Salem Monitor, found by Merrily McDonald Dasenbrock in a trunk in her aunt's attic.   - John McDonald Campbell, California                                

MO Death Cert.#4856: Born in Tennessee. Son of David McDonald & Jane Miller. Burial Mar. 20th at Wagner Cemetery Salem, MO

Findagrave: Married 1st Mary Bridges; 2nd Charity C. Marlow.


5 Aug 1864 - 16 Aug 1925


William McGINNIS, a very highly respected citizen of near DeCamp, Phelps County died at his home Monday, Aug. 16, after an illness of about two months. Mr McGINNIS was born August 5, 1864, and was 61 years and 11 days old at the time of his death. Wm. McGinnis was married to Miss Mary Ellen Bassett on October 22, 1898 and to this union 13 children were born.  One son and the first born died in infancy and one daughter--Maggie Ann died July 17, 1903 at the age of 12 years.  The other children were all present at the funeral which was conducted Monday afternoon at Adams Cemetery under the auspices of the Modern Woodman of America of which he was a member. Besides his wife Mr. McGINNIS leaves to mourn his death three sons, eight daughters, Mike of Mississippi, Heiny and John of Salem and two sisters of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Mary Kneedler of Collinsville, Illinois besides several neices and nephews.

The Post, Salem, Mo. Aug 20, 1925.                                                                                                  - Submitted by Sharon Owen



8 Aug 1899 - 28 Jul 1961


Thelma Viola Jadwin was born at Jadwin, Missouri, August 8, 1899. She was one of twin daughters born to Lucian and Della Jadwin. She was married to Eckles McKinney on May 22, 1921. To this union were born three children. Mourning her passing are her beloved husband, Eckles; her daughter, Mrs. Lynn Martin of Springfield, Mo.; a son Gene McKinney, Jennings, Mo.; a son, Bill McKinney, Licking Mo.; her twin sister, Lola Hume, Rolla, Mo.; Paul Jadwin, a brother; Rev. Ollie Jadwin, Corning, Calif., a brother; Mrs. Lillie Moser, Salem, Mo., a half-sister; Mrs. Pearl Massey, Glendale, Calif., a half-sister; Howard Jadwin, St. Louis, Mo., a half-brother; Mrs. Alma Flett, Salem, Mo., a half-sister; Mrs. Alta Ponds, a half-sister De Soto, Mo.; and her step-mother, Mrs. Anna Jadwin, St. Louis, Mo. In addition to these individuals, she leaves to mourn her going two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and four grandchildren. She leaves a number of nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, and a host of friends. The following poem, which was presented to her as a bookmark by a dear friend, reflects her philosophy and attitude of life: Ola McKinney sought Him early in the morning, when she was in her early teens and she truly knew Him throughout her life. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Sunday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m. with Max L. Hamilton and Grafton Poage officiating. Interment was in the Licking Cemetery under direction of Smith-Ferguson Funeral Home.
The Licking News                                                                                                                             - Submitted by Vernetta Nelson


28 Jul 1928 - 24 May 1929

From THE POST, Salem, MO., May 30, 1929.
I have capitalized the surnames.



Charles Gustin NASH, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Nash was born July 28, 1928, passed away at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jess NASH on Friday, May 24, 1929. He had been ill for several months.  His father and mother took him to St. Louis but to no avail.  They reached home with him on Thursday and on Friday he passed away. Charles was a very sweet child and the sunlight of the home.  The devotion of his mother, father, sisters and brother toward him was beautiful to see. He leaves to mourn his departure his mother, father, two sisters, Lorene and Louise, and one brother, Billie, besides a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. E. COOLEY at the Bay Cemetery on Saturday and interment was made at that place.

                                                                                                                                                                       - Submitted by Sharon Owen


3 Sep 1854 - 2 Feb 1929



Mrs. Cornelia NELSON, widow of the late Joseph W. NELSON, died at the home of her son, L. B. NELSON, near Howes Mill, Saturday night Feb. 2nd.  She had been in poor health for some time, but seemed to be no worse until 7 o'clock that night.   She had stepped out on the porch when she was stricken with severe pains in the head, being assisted back into the house and only lived until 9 o'clock.  Her husband preceded her August 12, 1928; also one son, Henry Adrain, April 8, 1928.  And one daughter, Effie Maud, died in infancy. She is survived by the following children: W. J. NELSON, Bunker; J. M. NELSON, Boss; A. L. NELSON, Black; L. B. NELSON, Howes Mill; Mrs. W. G. CAMDEN, Greeley, MO.; Mrs. T. E. BAKER, Bunker; Mrs. J. H. PARKER, Howes Mill.  She was born in Murphysboro, N. C., Sept.3, 1854, being 74 years, 5 months of age.  Her maiden name was Cornealia JENKINS. When a young girl she moved to Kentucky and was there united in marriage to Joseph W. NELSON.  They moved to Dent County, MO., in 1879, a half century ago, and had lived here since. She accepted Jesus as her personal Savior quite a number of years ago, and lived a devoted Christian Life.  In her passing the children have lost a real mother, the community a true and faithful neighbor. She reared eight children of her own to manhood and womanhood, besides one grandson she took at the age of eighteen months.  Also another grandson that was left motherless at the age of three years and is now twelve. She always had a word of comfort and cheer to those in distress.  Her teachings to her children and grandchildren were the ways of righteousness. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wm. PARKER, at his residence interment made in Parker Cemetery, February 4, 1929.
The Post, Salem, MO. Feb. 20, 1929                                                                                                    - Submitted by Sharon Owen

MO Death Cert.#5997: Daughter of William Jenkins & Martha Mangrove/Mangrave. Born in North Carolina. Died at Osage, Dent County. Burial Feb 4th.


6 Mar 1845 - 14 Sep 1930

Co.D. KY 15th Calvary


Willis Pace Dies While Sitting in Chair Tuesday Afternoon

Willis Pace, 85 year old veteran of the Civil War, died suddenly while sitting in a chair at his home shortly afternoon Saturday.  He was buried Tuesday at the  Warden Cemetery, the Rev. McDonald and John M. Lindsey, leading the funeral services and C. K. Spencer directing interment. Pace was born in Marshall County, Kentucky, in 1845, and came to Missouri about 1868, three years after he was marrried to Celio Hurst.  Six of the nine children born to this union are still living, but Mrs. Pace died in 1907. The children are: Liburn, Hardin, Ap and Gus Pace and Vina Edmunds and Audrey Grogan. When about 21 years old, Pace became a member of the Church of Christ, a faith he retained to the end of his life. During the Civil War he served two or three years and is one of the few remaining members of the G. A. R.

The Salem Post, September  18, 1930                                                                                                 - Submitted by Sharon Owen

F.A.G. Son of John Westley Allen Pace & Mary 'Polly' Cornwell. Married Celia Isabell Hurt. Father of nine children.



 7 Nov 1886 - 11 Jul 1945



Rites to Be Held at First Christian Church at 2:30 in Afternoon. Served on City Council in Salem. Was Standard Oil Agent Here for 22 Years.  Also Had Planing Mill. Jesse L. Park, for twenty-two years the Standard Oil agent in this district, died at his home in Salem last night after an illness extending over seven years. Funeral services will be held at the Christian Church at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, with interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.  The Rev. L. O. Huitt will conduct the services.  Until that time the body will lie in state at the Spencer Funeral Home. Stricken seven years ago with a rare disease that attacks the motor nerves, Mr. Park became progressively less active.  Although he traveled widely to secure the aid of specialists, nothing could be done to arrest the disease and in recent months he had become helpless. Born November 11, 1887, at Shaddron, Neb., he was married November 23, 1905, to Miss Lulia Nash.  They were the parents of four children: Mrs. Alice Hendricks of St. Louis; Cletus, who died in Scotland January 31, 1942, while flying planes for the Army Transport Command: Sanford of St. Louis; and Mrs. James Faulk, of Salem. In addition to Mrs. Park and three children, he is survived by two grandchildren, Earlene Hendricks, of St. Louis, and James Michael Faulk, of Salem.  Two grandchildren died in infancy.  He also leaves a brother: E. C. Park, of Gorham, Kans.; two half-brothers, Alfred G. of Monroe, Oregon., and Elvin, of Wanachee, Wash., and a half-sister, Mrs. Gladys Martin, of Nebraska His aunt, Mrs. Joane [?] M. Woolf, of Gorham, Kans., has been here for some time helping to care for him.   Mr. Park came to Salem about thirty-five years ago, and with Ed Strode established the first planing mill in the county.  Later he became affiliated with the Standard Oil Co., and continued as the company's agent as long as his health permitted.  He was an elder in the Christian Church and served as alderman in the city council of Salem, resigning this public position because of his health.

The Salem Post, July 12,  1945                                                                                                          - Submitted by Sharon Owen 

MO Death Cert.#23859 has Nov. 7, 1886 - Jul. 11, 1945. Son of Alton J. Park & Emma Kent. Husband of Lulia N. Park.



9 Aug 1884 - 12 Oct 1965


Cora Belle Patterson, daughter of William C. and Susan Jane Patterson was born in Dent County, Missouri on August 9, 1884. She passed away at the Texas County Memorial Hospital on October 12. 1965, making her age at time of death 81 years, 2 months, and 3 days. She was converted early in life and joined the Zion Methodist Church. She later moved her membership to  the Licking Methodist Church where she remained faithful in service and attendance as long as her health permitted. She served for many years as Church treasurer, board member, and secretary-treasurer of the Woman's Society of Christian Service. She was also known and will be remembered in the community for her work as City Collector and the many other jobs she held prior to this.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and three brothers. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Ruey Huskey, of Licking. Also surviving are two nephews, Kenneth Patterson of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Clark Rogers of Licking, and six nieces, Mrs. Hazel Dunn of Houston, Mrs. Anna Brashears of Raymondville, Mrs. Mildred Breedlove of Shreveport, Louisiana, Mrs. Eula Creech of Raymondville, Mrs. Marie Garrison of Mansfield, Missouri and Mrs. Ruth Jackson of Licking, and several grand-nieces and nephews. She was a kind and thoughtful neighbor and will be greatly missed by her family, her many friends, and neighbors. Funeral services were held at the Licking Methodist Church Thursday afternoon, October 14, 1965, with the Rev. Clarence B. Kell officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Bill Walker, Don Walker, Weldon Austin, Bryan Austin, Cook Ware, and Earl Crow, Music was furnished by the Church choir with Delbert Mugford as soloist and Mrs. Arlene Clouse as pianist. Interment was in the Zion Cemetery under the direction of Smith and Ferguson of Licking, Missouri.

The Licking News


29 Oct 1860 - 15 May 1946



James T. Rasor Funeral Saturday

James Thompson Rasor was born October 29, 1860 in Dent County, the son of Marion and Levina Rasor.  He passed away on May 15, 1946 at the age of 76 years. He had lived all his life in the southern part of the county, near Current River.  He was married in early life and was the father of nine children, two preceding him in death. In more recent years he was married to Noroa Julian, who survives him.  Besides his wife Nora, he is survived by the following children:  Josie Pruitt of Greenville, IL, Floy and Leslie Rasor and Dora Holland of Dent County, Marion and Vernon of St. Louis and Gladys Graul of Maplewood. He also leaves one sister,  Mrs. Mary Leonard and twenty-nine grandchildren, as well as a number of great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Spencer Chapel, Saturday, May 17, at 2:00 o'clock p.m. with Rev. Walter M. Jenkins, officiating.  Burial was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.  

The Salem News-May 22, 1947


29 Dec 1867 - 22 Mar 1947



Nancy Ann Rasor Funeral Monday

Nancy Ann Rasor was born December 29, 1867 and passed away  March 22, 1947, at the age of 79 years. She lived most of her life near Montauk, but during the last weeks of her life, she lived at a nursing home at Hillsboro. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Marion and William, leaving one brother, James; and one sister, Mary Leonard to mourn her death. Funeral services were held at the Upper Parker Church, Monday at 1:00 o'clock p.m. with the Rev. Carl Hunter officiating with burial in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, at Cedar Grove, under the direction of the Spencer Funeral Home.  

The Salem News, July1, 1943

Nancy Ann Rasor was born to parents, Marion and Levina Rasor on December 29, 1867 in Dent County, Missouri. She did not marry, and remained a single woman the entirety of her life. She lived most of her live near Montauk, but lived the last two weeks in a nursing home in Hillsboro, Missouri. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Marion and William, leaving one brother and one sister to mourn her death. Burial was held at Cedar Grove Cemetery. 
F.A.G. Daughter of:
  Silas Marion Rasor (1829 - 1921) and  Dovie Lavina Wooliver Rasor (1831 - 1906)


7 Sep 1862 - 22 Jun 1943


Wm. Geo. Rasor Dies at Age of  81

William George Rasor, a life-long resident of Dent County, died on June 23rd at his home in Darien community.  Mr. Rasor was eighty-one years old, and had been in ill health for some time. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Marion Rasor, he was born on Sept. 7, 1862.  His parents and two brothers, Andrew Jackson and Johnnie Roberts, preceded in death.  One brother, James of Darien, and two sisters, Nancy of Darien and Mary Leonard of Montauk, survive. Funeral services were conducted by Elder C.W. Hunter, last Thursday afternoon.  Burial in the Cedra Grove Cemetery was directed by the Spencer Funeral Service.

The Salem News-July 1, 1943 

F.A.G. Son of
  Silas Marion Rasor (1829 - 1921)
  Dovie Lavina Wooliver Rasor (1831 - 1906)
  Nancy Rebecca Berry Rasor (1883 - 1909)*



25 Sep 1927 - 20 Jun 1929


Hila Elizabeth, daughter of Howard and Tillie REDDICK was born on Sept., 25, 1927, at Springfield, Mo., and departed this life on June 20, 1929, at Hobson, Mo., age 1 year, 8 months and 25 days.  Besides her parents and one sister, she leaves her grandparents and a host of other relatives. She had been failing in health for some time and was brought to the home of her grandparents,  Mr. and Mrs. J. F. REDDICK near Hobson in hopes that they might gain her health back.  All was done for her that loving hands could do and soon she gave up this earthy home for a home in Heaven.  Interment was made on Friday afternoon at the Anutt Cemetery.  Services were held in the Christian Church.

We once had a little treasure.
She was our joy and pride,
We loved her perhaps too well,
For soon she slept and died.

THE POST, Salem, MO., June 27, 1929                                                                                                    - Submitted by Sharon Owen


4 Apr 1845 - 5 Apr 1929



Elisha O. RICE was born in Illinois, April 4, 1845, was united in marriage to Miss Adaline WESTON, April 4, 1879.  He passed to his reward the 5th of April at 2 p.m. at the Miner Cemetery, conducted by Eld. Walter M. JENKINS in the presence  of many friends who join the relatives with sympathy. His wife preceded him a few years ago.  The only child of this home was by adoption, now Mrs. Lee WELLS.  The two children of  Mr. and Mrs.  Lee WELLS are Goldie of St Louis and Jewell of Salem.  Brother RICE was converted more than 40 years ago.  He was of the Holiness persuasion.  He served faithfully in his Master's service.  Eld. E. O. RICE began preaching soon after his conversion and was instrumental in many revival meetings in different localities for several years.

THE POST, Salem, MO, April,  11,1929                                                                                                   - Submitted by Sharon Owen



5 Jan 1906 - 31 Aug 1930



Bertha Fay daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Manning was born January 5, 1906 and departed this life at her home near Rhyse, Mo., August 31, 1930. Aged 24 years, 7 months, and 26 days. She was born at the Manning home in Dent County near Rhyse, Mo. where she spent her childhood and grew to womanhood. At the age of 21 she was united in marriage to Gilbert Robnett. They moved to their present home where they lived until she passed away. To this union was born two children, twins, Hildred Dean and Gilbert Jean, Hildred Dean having passed away in infancy leaving only Gilbert Jean who is now 2 years and 3 months of age. She was always a favorite among the young people of the community, a jolly happy girl, a kind obedient child at home and in school and a loving wife and mother. She professed her faith in Christ before she passed away and stated that when she recovered she was going to live for him and with him. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband and baby, her father and mother, five brothers and one sister, two sisters having preceded her to the better world, and a host of other relatives and friends who will greatly miss her.   The funeral was conducted at the house by Rev. Leo M. Willard, of Licking, and the remains were laid to rest in the Berry Cemetery to await the coming of the Lord.                                                                                                                       - Submitted by Julie Gass



6 Sep 1898 - 2 Apr 1971


Funeral services for Gilbert Esco Robnett were conducted Sunday afternoon, April 4, 1971, at 3p.m. in the James-Gahr Chapel in Salem with the Rev. Virgil Parker officiating. Interment was in the Berry Cemetery. Mr. Robnett, son of the late John and Rosa Robnett, was born Sept. 6, 1898 at Rhyse, Mo. He died April 2, 1971 at the Salem Memorial Hospital at the age of 72. On April 16, 1927, he married Bertha Fay Manning, who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were one daughter, Hildred Dean; his father and mother; two sisters, Mrs. Cleve Jack and infant, Lettie; and three brothers, Estel, Joseph Oscar, and Otis Lee.
Surviving are one son Gene of New Orleans, La.; one niece, Gladys Jack of Salem; and other relatives and friends. Mr. Robnett professed faith in Christ about 10 years ago. he lived most all of his life in Salem, with the exception of a few years. He will be missed by his son, Gene, Niece and other loved ones and his many friends.
                                                                                                                                                                         - Submitted by Julie Gass

28 Jul 1893 - 20 Jul 1961



Mrs. Robnett Buried Sunday

Services for Mrs. Myrtle A. Robnett were held in the Spencer Chapel, Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Otto Schafer and the Rev. Floyd Snider officiating. Burial was in North Lawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Robnett, daughter of Joel and Alice Shelton Triplett, was born July 28,1893 in Dent County. She died July 20, in Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis after a long illness at 67.   She was married to Oscar Robnett Aug. 9, 1914 and four children were born. Mr. Robnett, of the home near Joy, survives as do two sons, Sherrill and Lloyd of St. Louis; two daughters, Arzetta Manning and Rosetta Hancock of St. Louis.; two grandsons, Bernard and Larry Robnett of St. Louis; one daughter-in-law, Marie Robnett, and one son-in-law,Winfred Hancock; two brothers, Aaron Triplett of Salem, and Robert Triplett of St. Louis; three sisters, Lola Hall and Bessie McGhay of St. Louis, and Clarice Claus of Dallas, Texas; and many other relatives and friends. Mrs. Robnett was converted and baptized in 1910 and became a member of the New Harmony Baptist Church at that time. All of her life was lived in Dent County.

                                                                                                                                                                          - Submitted by Julie Gass

MO Death Cert.#027282


13 Jul 1897 - 25 Jul 1982

Age 85 years and 12 Days


Funeral services for Mrs. Otto Shaw, 85, were conducted Tuesday, July 27, 1982 at 2p.m. in the James and Gahr Chapel with the Revs. Virgil Parker and Louis Brinker officiating. Mrs. Ann Emory was the organist. Serving as pallbearers were Jeff Shaw, Larry Pieper, Dave Shaw, and Marty Shaw. Interment was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Lucy Irene Shaw was born July 13, 1897 at Greeley and died July 25, 1982 at St. Louis. On March 5, 1916, Irene Blankenship and Otto Shaw were married and to this union 11 children were born. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw had made their home in St. Louis except for the 14 years that they lived in Salem. Mrs. Shaw attended the Church of God and had made her profession of Faith in Christ many years ago. Preceding her in death were her parents, Harvey and May (Parks) Blankenship; two sons, Earl and Bobby; one daughter, Eunice; two grandsons, Ricky and Kevin Shaw; three sisters, Myrt Wisdom, Ona Shaw and Nancy Kay; and three brothers, Anzel, Howard and Jess Blankenship. Survivors include her husband, Otto of the home in St. Louis; one daughter, Clella Malloy, St. Louis; seven sons, Melvin, Bill, Clyde, Richard and Don Shaw, St. Louis, Bob Shaw, Salem and Charles Shaw of Wenatchee, Wash.; one brother Troy Blankenship, Bonne Terre; one sister, Martha Blake, Wash. state; 22 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and other relatives. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

                                                                                                                                                                   - Submitted by Cathy Cadd


19 Oct 1872 - 29 Dec 1943


William H. Sharp, son of J.H. and America Sharp was born at the family home near Coulstone, Dent County, Missouri, Oct. 19, 1872 and after a year's illness passed away at his home in Licking  Dec 29, 1943. at the age of 71 years 2 months and 10 days. On Dec. 27, 1905 he was united in marriage to Sarah A. McKinney. To this union four children were born, Hallie Lutzenberger of Yakima, Wash., Gene and Wayne who died in infancy and Virginia Bonitatibus of the home. He was of a family of five children, two sisters and one brother preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn his going his wife and two daughters, one sister, Mrs. Ethel Campbell of Rhyse and other relatives and a host of friends. He had been a Christian for several years., and united with the Primitive Baptist Church about three years ago. and had lived a devoted Christian life. Tho Will had been sick for a year or more, he bore his afflictions with great patience. Though he wanted to live, he was ready to go. He was a successful farmer, a good neighbor and friend, a devoted husband and a loving father, all that loving hands could do was done but his life's tasks were completed, and his Father said, 'Come up higher.'  In early manhood Bro. Sharp taught one year in a country school in Dent County and then his father was elected to the office of County Clerk and the family moved to Salem where Will was his father's deputy four years. Afterward they moved back to the farm and lived there until they moved to Licking in 1919, where he has since resided. He was connected with the Firm McKinney & Co. in Licking where he worked for several years. During this time he also looked after the interest of his farm, but the burden became too great and he sold his interest in the Firm and continued to oversee his farm as long as his health would permit. He served several years efficiently as Collector for the City. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church in Licking Friday at 2 p.m. by Rev. Walter Bradford of Rolla, assisted by Rev. A.B. Garrison of Licking, and the body was laid to rest in the Patterson Cemetery under the direction of Smith & Ferguson, Undertakers.

The Licking News                                                                                                                                - Submitted by Vernetta Nelson


24 May 1926 - 28 Jan 1929

Raymond, the two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett THOMASON, died at the home of his parents in St Louis the first of last week, and the remains were shipped to Salem and taken to the home of his grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. REED, at Darien, where the funeral was held last Thursday.  Internment took place at Green Forrest Cemetery. Raymond Junior THOMASON was born in St. Louis, MO., May 24, 1926, and died of pneumonia fever Jan. 28, 1929, age 2 years, 8 months and 4 days. He leaves to mourn his loss, his mother, father, five sisters, one brother and a host of relatives and friends.

The Post,  Salem, MO. February 6, 1929                                                                                         - Submitted by Sharon Owen


10 Jul 1818 - 19 Feb 1888

copy of newspaper obit

Ary Dye Sprague
20 Mar 1819 - 12 Dec 1884

John Nelson Sprague
5 Oct 1840 - 10 Mar 1902 


Elias P. Sprague was born July 10th, 1818, in Belmont County, Ohio. He was united in marriage to Ary Dye January 11th, 1838. He and his wife were both converted in the same month and year and united with the M. E. Church and continued in such relation, respectively, until death. Together with his wife and three children he emigrated to Bartholomew County, Indiana in October, 1847, where were born unto them five daughters and one son. Three of the daughters are still living. One died in the year 1854, being sixteen months old; the other in Dent County, Missouri, April 21st, 1882, being 34 years old. The sons are still living. He came to Missouri in 1868 and located in Dent County. After a most trying ordeal of suffering, which continued for three months, he departed this life at his late residence in Salem, Sunday, February 19th, 1888, aged 69 years, 7  months and 9 days. His death was peaceful and easy. During his prolonged illness when his heart and flesh began to fail, he continually pleaded with his God for happy admittance to the Heavenly Kingdom. A good citizen, and one of the kindliest father's to his children by every providence within his reach has gone from us. He clung to them as long as he lived and they to him - which is well. Appropriate funeral obsequies were conducted in Salem, M. E. Church, February 21st, 1888, Pastor W. M. Creamer officiating, Rev's. Aspley and Campbell assisting. Test: I Peter. I: 3-5. The body was laid to rest in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Rest thee, our brother, 'in that port where the storm of life never beat, and the weary forms that have tossed on its chaffing bosom lie forever at rest.' W. M. Creamer. [This obituary was found in the Sprague family Bible and I assume the clipping is from the Salem paper (which makes this obituary 115 years old). I have transcribed the obituary word for word. - Janice Belew Black, 198 Tanglewood Rd., Harriman, TN 37748. 3rd Great Granddaughter. 2003]  

Elias P., John Nelson
& Ary Dye Sprague

  These were all grandparents on my grandmother's side of the family. She was Doris Ann Sprague (Kate Sprague Coon's daughter) Doris married Arvel R. Belew, son of Russell R. Belew all of Salem.                                                   - Janice (Belew) Black

Enoch Sprague
28 Dec 1838 - 15 Dec 1901 

Mary J. Sprague
23 Aug 1854 - 21 Nov 1944 

  Enouch Sprague - copy of newspaper obit  part a - part b
Enouch Sprague - copy of transcribed obit 

Mary J. Sprague -
copy of newspaper obit
Mary J. Sprague -
copy of transcribed obit


8 Jan 1843 - 6 Jan 1902 

14 Jan 1848 - 26 Sep 1900

  Martin L. Sprague - copy of newspaper obit

Martin L. Sprague - copy of transcribed obit 



30 Jun 1848 - 10 Sep 1936

                                                                                                                                                                        - Submitted by Janet Carlson


15 Sep 1866 - 18 Feb 1929


Mary Ettie VISE was born near Benton, Illinois, Sept. 15, 1866.  Died Feb. 18, 1929.  Age 62 years, five months and three days. She was married to J. E, WAINWRIGHT, April 5, 1885.  J. E. WAINWRIGHT departed this life, March 29,1893, at the age of 46 years.  Later she was married to William B. CAPE, Dec. 30, 1896.  To this union were born four children:  Joel Ralph of Bunker, MO.; James Lee of Doss, MO.; Lawrence and Roxie Helen, of Gladden, MO.;  She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, 6 children, 9 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.  She professed faith in early life and united with the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, later moving her membership  to the Ashley Baptist Church.   She lived a devoted Christian life until death. She was a loving mother and a kind companion. Her friends and neighbors extend their sincere sympathy to the bereaved family. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Gaines at the Pleasant Valley, after which the body was laid to rest in the Miner Cemetery.
To this union were born four children:  Edward Arthur and Robert  R. WAINWRIGHT (both died in infancy); R. F. WAINWRIGHT of  Montauk, MO.; and Margaret L. NIVENS of Polson, Mont.

THE POST, Salem, Missouri, February 27, 1929                                                                                     - Submitted by Sharon Owen



8 Mar 1869 - Apr., 1936



Andrew H. Wallis Passes Away Here  
Andrew Horton Wallis, former resident of Shavano, passed away at a local hospital at 8 p.m. Friday, after a brief illness from pneumonia. He was born March 8, 1869 in Salem, Mo. where he lived until 1901 when he moved to Montrose. He lived in Montrose for four years, then going to Shavano valley, where he owned and operated a ranch for many years, returning to Montrose some two years ago. Mr. Wallis married Ellen Holland in Salem in 1890. Four children were born, Mrs. Olive McFay of Butte, Mont.; Mrs. Bertha Merchan of Green River, Utah; Myrtle Smith who died several years ago and Adolph Wallis of Los Angeles. Mrs. Wallis passed away and two years ago he married Mary Horton, who survives. In addition to the children surviving is his father, William, 89 of Salem, Mo., and four brothers, W.F. Wallis of Saco, Mont., S.L. Wallis of Picher, Okla., R.V. Wallis and J.L. Wallis of Olathe. The remains are at the Addington Mortuary awaiting arrangements.

Montrose Daily Press, Montrose, Colorado  Saturday, May 2, 1936                                        - Submitted by Vernetta Nelson 



19 Mar 1877 - 10 Jun 1965


Olathe Pioneer Died Thursday
Mrs. Etta Ellen Wallis, a resident of Montrose county and Olathe the past 62 years, died Thursday, June 10, in the Valley Manor Nursing Home in Montrose.   Mrs. Wallis was born March 19, 1877, in Missouri, the daughter of George and Nancy (Skiles) Thomason. She spent her childhood in Missouri. On August 11, 1895, she was married to J.O. Wallis, in Missouri. The couple came to Olathe in 1903, where Mr. Wallis was a blacksmith for many years. He preceded her in death several years ago. During Mrs. Wallis' lifetime she traveled by oxcart, covered wagon, automobile, and jet planes. She also reared two grandchildren Rev. Jimmy Wallis and Mrs. Fay Killon. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. Surviving are two sons, Johnnie and James Wallis, both of Orangeville, California; two daughters, Mrs. Walter Honeycutt of Telluride, and Mrs. Johnnie West of Denver, one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Hamson of Freemont, California; 14 grandchildren; and 39 great grandchildren; one sister and four brothers are deceased. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 12, at 2:00 p.m.,from the Assembly of God Church at Olathe, Rev. Ralph Durham officiating. Laurel Lilly sang 'Love of God,' and Mrs. Robert Hill sang 'Safe in the Arms of Jesus' and 'When I Come to the End of the Road.' Mrs. Joe Lilly was accompanist. Casket bearers were Robert Hill, Joe Lilly, Gene Anders, Charles Sheets, Woodrow Pope and Rhodes Stephens.  Interment was made in the Grand View Cemetery in Montrose.

                                                                                                                                                                  - Submitted by Vernetta Nelson


17 Sep 1877 - 13 Apr 1961


A former Olathe resident, Euel Everett Wallis of 1202 Meeker street in Delta, died Sunday in Delta Memorial hospital, A retired rancher, he had lived in Western Colorado for the past 60 years, first in the Olathe community for 50 years, prior to locating in Delta 10 years ago. Born Sept. 17, 1877 at Salem, Mo., he was the son of James and Alzenia Wallis. His early life was spent in Dent County, Mo. On July 28, 1897 he was married at Sherman, Tex. to Flora Hodges. Survivors include his wife, their two sons and four daughters: Mrs. Henry (Lillian) Ludwig, Clarence Wallis and Mrs. Claude (Pearl) Roberts, all of Montrose; Mrs. Clarence (Lura) Craven, Olathe; Paul Wallis, Naturita, and Mrs. Wes (Freda) Durand, Roy, Utah; one sister, Mrs. Lawrence (Mamie) Campbell, St. Louis, Mo., 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, since 1914, he was especially active in the work of the Church, was a lover of home and enjoyed gardening as a hobby. Funeral services have been set for Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 11th and Meeker streets in Delta, with Elder Charles J. Hoschouer of Montrose officiating. Interment in the Olathe Cemetery will be directed by the Montrose Funeral Home.

Montrose Daily Press Monday April 14, 1961                                                                                      - Submitted by Vernetta Nelson


10 Mar 1872 - 1946


Wallis Funeral Baptist Church
Another early day pioneer has passed on, and this time it was James Oliver Wallis, whose body was found early last Friday morning in a stable at the fair grounds at Montrose where he was stricken while attending a horse that had been entered in the fair. He was a great lover of horses and we know that he died as he would have liked it. Since his retirement from his trade as a blacksmith he had devoted considerable time to horses and his many friends will miss daily contact with him on the streets. He was always jolly and cheerful and it was a pleasure to meet and visit with him. James Oliver Wallis was born at Salem, Mo., on March 10, 1872 where he grew to manhood, and was married on Aug. 11, 1894 to Miss Etta Ellen Thompson, also of Salem, Mo. He was engaged in the blacksmithing trade in Missouri for a time and on Dec. 2, 1904 he moved with his family to Montrose where he operated a blacksmith shop for about 10 years, and then moved to Olathe where he opened a blacksmith shop near the depot. Seven boys and five girls were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wallis. Three children died in infancy. Three sons, Gilbert, Ray and Virgil, passed away several years ago. A fourth son, Vernon, was killed during the last World war in Italy. Besides his widow, he is survived by three daughters and two sons, Mrs. J.B. (Gertrude) Fay of Telluride, Mrs. John (Sadie) West of Denver, Mrs. Walter (Clara) Honeycutt of Costa Mesa, Calif., James Wallis of Olathe and John Wallis of Ouray. He is also survived by a brother, William Wallis of Montrose and a cousin, E.E. Wallis of Olathe. There are 15 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Olathe Baptist Church with Rev. Ralph Durham in charge assisted by the pastor, Rev. George Wick. A quartet composed of Jean Stephens, Edna Hill, Joe Lilley and Ralph Durham sang 'When the Roll is Called Up Yonder,' 'Face to Face,' and 'Home of the Soul.'  The floral tribute was large and the Church was filled with friends of this pioneer. The pall bearers were George Greenbank, Richard Greenbank, Verlin Beal, Archie Faries, A. W. Mumm and Newt Beal. Lawrence Veirs of the Montrose Funeral Home directed, and interment was made at Grand View Cemetery near Montrose.

                                                                                                                                                                 - Submitted by Vernetta Nelson


1 Jun 1848 - 15 Aug 1938



William Wallis, who served two terms as Sheriff of Dent County, died Monday night about midnight at the Garrett Hotel, where he lived. Mr. Wallis was born in Tennessee on June 1, 1848, and was ninety years old. His wife, Mary Wallis, two daughters and one son preceded him in death. The son, A. H. Wallis of Colorado , died about two years ago. Surviving are four sons, Oliver of Ouray, Colorado, who came to Salem for the funeral, Louie of California, Roy of Olathe, Colorado and Bill of Montana, Three brothers, Sam of Salem, Mose of Texas, and sisters, Mrs. Tennie Alley of Licking and Hulda Hackworth of Texas. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Salem this afternoon (Thursday). Rev. A. R. Sanders officiated at the service Interment was in the Berry Cemetery under the direction of Hobson and Grantham Funeral Service.

                                                                                                                                                                - Submitted by Vernetta Nelson


14 Mar 1901 - 4 Apr 1929



Mrs. Julia Mae WALLS, daughter of Mrs. Ellen PLANK of Salem, was born in Phelps county, Mo., March 14, 1901, age 28 years and 20 days.  She died at her home near Gladden, MO., of dropsy of the heart, Thursday, April 4th, and was buried at the Short Cemetery Friday afternoon, April 5. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, Mont WALLS and four children, a mother, Mrs. Ellen PLANK, one sister, Mrs. Ana HOGAN, both of Salem, one brother, Roy ASHER of St Louis. She professed her faith in Christ before she passed away and was baptized into the Methodist Church of Salem. The Rev. J. Linn HAW conducted the services.

THE POST, Salem, MO, April,  11,1929                                                                                                   - Submitted by Sharon Owen


12 Sep 1896 - 7 Dec 1969


Mrs. White Died Dec. 7

Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia T. White will be conducted today(Monday) at 2p.m. in the Spencer Chapel with the Rev. Virgil Parker officiating. Interment will be in the Zion Cemetery. Mrs. White, daughter of the late Otto and Sarah Carlton Tohlen, was born Sept. 12, 1896 in Dent County, Mo. She died at her home in the Zion community Sunday, Dec. 7, 1969. Most of her life was spent in Dent County. She was married to Estell Robenett who proceded her in death in 1934. On Sept.22, 1945 she was married to Cecil P. White, who proceded her in death February, 1969. Also preceding her in death was a sister, Hermenia Tohlen. Surviving are three brothers, Herbert and Harold Tohlen of Tulsa,Okla. and Wilson Tohlen of St. Louis; two sisters, Eulelia Ogden of Andrews, Texas and Christina Cook of Buffalo, Mo.; and a number of nieces, nephews, other dear relatives and family friends. Mrs. white professed a faith in Christ and united with the Methodist Church. At the time of her death she was a member of the Zion Methodist Church. For a number of years Mrs. White taught in the schools in Dent County and will be remembered not only by teachers but by many of the students whom she taught. She will be deeply missed by her brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and her many other dear relatives and friends.

                                                                                                                                                                             - Submitted by Julie Gass 

19 Jan 1835 - 17 Mar 1918 

11 Aug 1848 - 30 Jan 1918 

Samuel White - grave marker 

Samuel White - copy of newspaper obit

Samuel White - copy of transcribed obit 

Mrs. Samuel (Rachael) White - grave marker 

Mrs. Samuel White - copy of transcribed obit

Mrs. Samuel  White - copy of newspaper obit 

3 Feb 1935 - 17 Jan 1998



Donald Williams, son of Dewell Williams and Etnia Nelson Williams, was born February 3, 1935, in Montauk, MO and passed away January 17, 1998, in Houston, MO at the age of 62 years, 11 months, and 14 days. Donald is survived by eight children: Donna Williams of California State; DonWilliams of California State; Vicky  Herrera of St. Louis; Rick Williams of Houston; Patsy Saxton of Springville, CA; Donny Williams of Houston; Etnia Williams of Golden Meadows, LA; Dwell Williams of South Carolina State; two sister: Delois Gorman, Montauk; Darlene Silva of Montauk; Three brothers: Everett Williams of Mechanicsburg, IL; Ernest Williams of Montauk and Lee Roy Williams of Licking; and seven grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Melvin Williams and Arthur Williams; two sisters: Hazel Williams and an infant sister. Funeral services for Donald Williams were held January 20, 1998, in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church near Montauk MO and Rev. Robert Gifford officiating. Special music was provided by Patricia Gorman and Leta Malott and Carol Carmack as pianist. Serving as pallbearers were Thomas Clark, Donnie Shelter Jr., Lee Roy Williams, Doug Gorman, Raymond Williams, Steve York, Billy Sheperd, Brian Williams. Interment was in the Mount Olive Cemetery with all arrangements under the direction of the Spencer Funeral Home of Salem.

Licking News                                                                                                                                     - Submitted by Vernetta Nelson 




6 Apr 1847 - 1 Jul 1931



Anna Jane WILSON, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. T. L. WILSON, was born in Marion, KY., April 6, 1847, and died at her home in Salem July 1, 1931, aged 84 years, 2 months and 25 days. She was married to John F. DODDS in Kentucky November 6, 1861.  From this union two children were born, a son and a daughter.  The husband and daughter preceded her in death.  She moved to Missouri with her husband about the year 1866, locating in Texas County, where she lived for one year.  Since then she has lived in Dent County.  The last eleven years of her life she resided at Salem, and the remainder of her time near New Hope. She was converted in her youth and soon after coming to Dent County, she went into the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at New Hope with her husband,and remained a member of that Church until her death.  She was a woman of wonderful Christian character, who lived a life of purity and holiness until the end.  She had a strong faith, and she was loyal to her Christian profession. She was one of God's most faithful children, who trusted him implicitly, and who was ready to go when the summons came.  'She knew in whom she believed, and was persuaded that he was able to keep that which she had committed unto him against that day.' The funeral was held at the Presbyterian Church at New Hope Thursday at 10:00 a. m. conducted by the Rev. J. Linn HAW, assisted by John M. LINDSEY and the Rev. E. F. MANESS.  Interment was in the New Hope Cemetery under the direction of C. K. SPENCER.

THE SALEM POST, Salem, MO. July 9, 1931                                                                                     - Submitted by Sharon Owen




7 Sep 1848 - 23 Feb 1929




Amanda Jane VERHINE nee WINGFIELD was born in Tennessee, Sept. 7, 1848, and departed this life in Salem, MO.,  Feb 23, 1929.  Age 80 years, 4 months and 16 days. She was married to John Sidney WINGFIELD, June 16, 1870, and to this union was born three children: Cora  DYE  of Salem, Mo., Frank E. WINGFIELD, St Louis, Mo., Myrtle Lee SMITH, of Rolla, Mo. Besides the children she leaves one granddaughter, Mrs. Maxine CAIRNS, Rolla, Mo., and one great grandson, Billy Jack CAIRNS, Rolla Mo., and one sister. She was a charter member of the local Presbyterian Church, having united with it Nov. 30, 1870, when the Church was reorganized by Rev. E. R. JONES, Sept. 15, 1870, after the organization of 1858 had broken up during the Civil War. To this Church she has been a constant and faithful, working and serving member.  She loved her Church  and was faithful to the end. She was a good and faithful wife, a good, kind, and loving mother, so gentle and patient.  In fact she was loved by all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted at the local Presbyterian Church by Rev. M. E. MORSE, at 2:30 Monday afternoon, and burial was in the local Cedar Grove Cemetery.

THE POST, Salem, MO Feb 27, 1929                                                                                                  - Submitted by Sharon Owen 


5 Dec 1868 - 23 Jun 1931



Eliza A. WELCH was born at Dry Fork, eight miles west of Salem, on December 5, 1868, and departed this life at her home in Salem at 6:30 A. M. Tuesday, June 23, 1931, at the age of 62 years, 6 months and 18 days. Eliza A WOFFORD was the oldest daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Mary A Welch.  At the age of 10 years her father located on the farm 8 miles west of Salem where she grew to womanhood, and at the age of 19 years she was united in  marriage to Wm. L. WOFFORD, a young farmer and school teacher, November 20th 1887, by Frank C. RICHARDS, minister.  They located on a Dry Fork farm which they bought and which they still own, near where she was reared. At an early age she united with the South Methodist Church in which she has been a faithful member until her death.  To the marriage mentioned above four sons were born, Elbert, age 42, of Dewar, Okla.; Leslie A. of St. Louis, age 41; Herbert Lee of St. Louis, age 39, and Orville Welch (Ray) of Salem, age 37, all of whom were at their mother's bedside during her last illness and present at her funeral. She has spent her entire life in Dent County, except one year the family spent in Victor, Montana.  Sixteen years ago they located in Salem, when her husband opened the Ozark garage. She began declining in health more than a year ago, but kept going until five weeks ago when she was confined to her bed with a paralytic stroke from which she gradually declined until death took her to that house not built with hands eternal in the Heavens.  The writer was deeply touched with the extreme devotion and loving care given her by her devoted husband, sons and daughter- in-law and other relatives and neighbors. Besides the sons mentioned above and their wives, she leaves to mourn their loss her devoted husband and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Walter ROBB, Carthage, MO.; Mrs. Emma CHANNIE, Tulsa, Okla.; Wm. H. WELCH, Salem; Ethel WELCH of St. Louis and Hazel ROBERTSON of Detroit Mich.; seventeen grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of nieces and nephews, and being a descendant of the WELCH and INMAN pioneer families leaves hundreds of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.  Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at 2:30 p. m. Wednesday. June 24, 1931, by Rev. L. C. BRADSHER, assisted by Rev. J. Linn HAW and other pastors. She was laid to rest in the Salem Cemetery, the casket being covered and surrounded with many beautiful flowers, the tokens of love of her many friends and loved ones. Her life was spent in devotion to her family; may her example be a guide to we who yet owe and will have to pay the debt of death. Interment was in charge of Hobson &  Grantham.

THE SALEM POST, Salem, MO. July 2, 1931                                                                                      - Submitted by Sharon Owen 



12 Mar 1861 - 25 Apr 1929



'The many friends of J. M. WOFFORD were shocked to learn of his sudden death Thursday evening at 5 o'clock of heart trouble. 'Joseph M. WOFFORD was born in Salem, Dent county, Mo., March 12, 1861 and died in Birch Tree April 25, 1929, at the age of 68 years, 1 month and 18 days.  He lived in Dent county until 25 years ago when he moved to Shannon county on a farm southeast of town which he managed successfully untill illness forced him to move to Birch Tree. 'He professed faith in Christ and united with the M. E. Church 48 years ago and has lived a devoted Christian life, serving a number of years as official in the Church. 'Forty-eight years ago he married Miss Malissa ALLEY and to this union nine children were born.  Four sons have preceded him in death.  He leaves to mourn him in his departure, three sons, James of Candoline, Idaho, Ernest of Odessa, Mo., Alvin of Kansas City and two daughters, Mrs. Etta Richardson and Mrs. B. O. Brown of Birch Tree and 16 grandchildren besides a host of relatives and friends. 'Mr. WOFFORD was a true friend to the Herald honest and upright in all dealings and will be missed by all who knew him.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dodson assisted by presiding Elder Brower, Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist Church.  Interment at the Oak Forest Cemetery.'

The Shannon Herald - May 2, 1929                                                                                                         - Submitted by Sharon Owen



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