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Barry County, MO



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Rock Springs, Barry Co., MO - 1904

First Row: Mary Gowen, Gertie Anderson, Zoe Fairchild, Maggie Gowen, unknown, __ Smithy, Joe Henry, Sid Henry, Orville Roller, two small children are Layton Pippin and his sister Goldie Pippin, Charlie Evans, Orville Evans, Albert Roller

Second Row: Rev. Frank Fine, Jetta Edens, Listy Fine, unknown, Nellie Roller, Lena Anderson, unknown, unknown, unknown, Ober Edens, Jim Edens, Edgar Fairchild, Rebecca Evans holding Pearl Evans and ___ Evans - the little girl.

In the Back are George Roller, Jake Roller and near the tree is Benton Lenox.

Gusta (Banks) Roller had this photo, too, and she named the above people as being pictured. Below was another copy which came to me from a Barry County researcher. She was interested in the Fine family and so this photo came to her through those connections. The red marks are to help locate the people that she is talking about in the below message that she sent me.

This message came with the photo: My Mother's cousin, Claude Fine sent me the photo to copy several years ago. We were able to identify Fine family from marks on the original. On the very left side is an elderly gentleman we believe to be Joseph M. Fine, he looks like this in other family photos. We believe the two young ladies next to him are Alma and Calista Fine. Over to the right towards the back are two young men-in front of them is a gentleman holding his hat, we think for sure this is Frank and one of the other Fine boys - possibly could be David or William. I do not know if John Fine and family are in the photo or not. They were members at one time. He is my Great grandfather, his eldest child Nellie my Grandmother. Barbara (Harrison) Basa
Rock Springs Group - 1911

Harbin & Gowen Families and House

Stage Stop

Barry County Cemeteries

Canning Factory & Workers

Pictures of the Bell & Church
Descendants of Joseph Madison Fine

1 Joseph Madison Fine b: October 05, 1847 in Jonesboro, Washington Co., Tennessee d: September 19, 1925 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: King's Cemetery, Seligman, Barry Co., MO +Mary Elizabeth Andes b: April 05, 1847 in Tennessee m: January 28, 1869 in Washington Co., TN d: April 14, 1915 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: King's Cemetery, Seligman, Barry Co., MO

2 John Wesley Fine b: December 1869 in Barry Co., Missouri d: January 08, 1929 in LaHarpe, Allen, KS Burial: LaHarpe Cemetery, LaHarpe, Allen County, Kansas +Nannie Parlee Williams b: October 20, 1877 m: August 09, 1894 in Cass Co., MO d: March 13, 1942 in LaHarpe, Allen, KS Burial: LaHarpe Cemetery, LaHarpe, Allen County, Kansas

2 David A. Fine b: December 14, 1872 in Barry Co., Missouri d: September 18, 1905 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: King's Cemetery, Seligman, Barry Co., MO +Mary P. b: March 1874 in Kansas m: Bet. 1897 - 1898 in Kansas

2 William Edward Fine b: April 16, 1875 in Barry Co., Missouri d: July 29, 1941 in Barry Co., Missouri

2 George Walter Fine b: March 27, 1877 in Barry Co., Missouri d: May 12, 1941 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: King's Cemetery, Seligman, Barry Co., MO

2 Robert R. Fine aka: Bob b: March 22, 1879 in Barry Co., Missouri d: 1941 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: King's Cemetery, Seligman, Barry Co., MO +Edith L. Henley b: 1882 in Missouri m: Abt. 1919 in Barry Co., MO d: 1980 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: King's Cemetery, Seligman, Barry Co., MO

2 Alma Fine b: July 23, 1881 in Seligman, Barry Co., MO +Lloyd Oliver Wagoner b: Abt. 1881 m: 1903

2 Charles D. Fine b: July 23, 1883 in Barry Co., Missouri d: September 25, 1884 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: King's Cemetery, Seligman, Barry Co., MO

2 Franklin Fitzhugh Fine b: June 13, 1885 in Barry Co., Missouri d: 1971 in Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri Burial: King's Cemetery, Seligman, Barry Co., MO +Laura A. Brown b: April 22, 1887 in Brazito, MO m: February 26, 1911 in Barry Co., MO d: January 19, 1970 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: King's Cemetery, Seligman, Barry Co., MO

2 Calista Jane Fine b: March 28, 1888 in Barry Co., Missouri d: 1940 in Barry Co., Missouri Burial: King's Cemetery, Barry Co., MO

Photo is of Calista Jane Fine holding baby Joe, son of Robert and Edith (Henley) Fine, and of Joe Fine. This photo was taken on the Bob Fine place, I think.

Photo from the files of Barbara (Harrison) Basa

Pansy was a daughter of Calista Jane Fine and she married, school teacher, Kirtsey Still.

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John W., Mary E, Joseph M., William, Calisia, and Frank Fine - photo was probably taken on the old Fine place - the Joe Fine place. It was located just below the King's Cemetery.

Photo from the files of Barbara (Harrison) Basa
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Calista and nephew baby, Joe Fine - Photo from the files of Barbara (Harrison) Basa

Joe was the son of Bob and Edith and Calista was a sister of Bob Fine. This photo was probably taken at the Bob Fine place. The little log cabin was still standing in the 1950's, but the house was gone. There was nothing left of it but the foundation in the 40's.

Joe was killed in the mountains in California. He was in a run away truck accident and was logging timber. His sister Faye and her husband Alva Burris raised his children.

In 1930, Robert R. Fine and family were living in Barry Co., MO, in Washburn Twp., in household #100. He was age 57, born in MO with Tennessee born parents. His wife was listed as Edith L. Fine, age 48, married at age 21. Robert married at age 24. Edith was born in MO, with a Tennessee born father and a Missouri born mother. Children were given as born in MO, and listed as Faye C., age 20, and Joe T., age 5.

Joe Thomas Fine, son of Bob and Edith, was born June 29, 1924, Barry Co., MO, died Oct 9, 1957, Tulare Co., CA.
A Few News Items

Monett Times, Weekly Paper, January 1894: Washburn News Items listed these teachers. That section reads: Our school now has an enrollment of 249 students with new students entering every week. Four teachers are now employed: Prof. A. C. Farley, Misses Nora Blankowlee, Maggie Walker, and Effie Salmon. Prof Farley has a large class of teachers. The following is a list of outside students now in attendance with their address: Tea Preston, Seligman, Mittie Chandler, Pierce City, Daisy McPhersorf, Ivy McPherson, Effie Robertson, Lee Robertson, Alonzo Robertson, and Clarence Robertson, Roaring River, E. C. Miller, Texas, Benj. Hancock, Scholten, Finis Burnett, James Wasson, Minnie Miller, and Elbert Wasson, Seligman, Willie Graham, Neosho, John Fine, P. R. Moffatt, J. A. Fulp, C. B. McCary, J. R. Walker, W. R. Hood, Jennie Mooney, Etta McCollum, Libble McCary, Anna Moore, Lola Stark, Washburn, and Nellie Frost, Cassville.

Seligman News: John Fine has secured the Mt. Pleasant school. August 9, 1894, Thursday, Weekly Paper, Cassville Republican

Washburn News: John Fine of La Harpe, Kan., spent Sunday, with is brother, Frank, and family. He was called to the bedside of his mother, Mrs. J. M. Fine, near Rock Springs who has been quite sick but is much better. June 10, 1913, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

Rock Springs News: Mrs. John Fine and family of Laharp, Kan., have been visiting in this section. Saturday, Jan 23, 1904, Cassville Democrat, Barry Co., MO

Rock Springs News: Walter Fine has gone to Laharp, Kan., to work. Saturday, Jan 23, 1904, Cassville Democrat, Barry Co., MO

Rock Springs News: J. W. Fine and sister, Alma Wagoner, of Laharp, Kan., have been at the bedside of their mother, Mrs. J. M. Fine, who has been very ill. She is much better at this writing. June 10, 1913, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

Rock Springs News: Mrs. J. M. Fine was taken very sick last Sunday with stomach and kidney trouble. It was thought for a while she would not recover but at this writing she is much better and it is thought she will recover. June 12, 1913, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

Washburn News: John Fine of La Harpe, Kan., spent Sunday, with is brother, Frank, and family. He was called to the bedside of his mother, Mrs. J. M. Fine, near Rock Springs who has been quite sick but is much better. June 10, 1913, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

Sunnyside News: We understand that Elenger Fawver and Frank Fine are holding a protracted meeting at Corinth. October 7, 1915, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

Rock Springs News: Mrs. Molly Fine, wife of J. M. Fine, died Wednesday, April 14, 1915, at her home in this section. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She leaves to mourn her loss, a husband, John Fine, and Alma Wagoner of Kansas, Robert Fine of Oklahoma, Frank Fine of Washburn, W. E. Fine, Calista and Walter Fine of this section. She was 66 years old. Elder P. H. Hodge conducted funeral services at the residence after which the remains were interred at the Roller Cemetery. A number attended the funeral. The bereaved have the sympathy of the people of this community. April 22, 1915, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

Seligman News: Bob Fine has rented the farm on which Bud Smith has lived for four years. Bob means to grow strawberries and cantaloupes. October 26, 1907, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Barry Co., MO

Seligman News: W. F. Fine was elected teacher for Wednesday night by the Rock Springs Writing Club. Cassville Republican, Weekly Paper, Thursday, May 5, 1898

Rock Springs: Frank Fine was learning the art of selling patent churns. Ask Frank which he likes best selling churns or fox hunting. June 3, 1905, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Weekly Paper, Barry Co., MO

Rock Springs News Items: Joe Gregory, Frank Fine and others had a fox chase a few nights ago. August 26, 1905, Saturday, Cassville Democrat, Weekly Paper, Barry Co., MO

Washburn News: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fine, Friday, Dec 8th, twins, a son and daughter, all doing nicely. December 14, 1911, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

Washburn News: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fine visited the formers parents near Rock Springs Tuesday. December 12, 1912, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

Washburn News: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fine, Friday, Feb. 13th, a son. February 19, 1914, Thursday, Cassville Republican, Barry Co., MO

Pictured here are Alma D. Fine, Mary E. (Andes), and Calista Jane Fine -

Photo from the files of Barbara (Harrison) Basa

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