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Ancestors of Jacob Moses Tate

Generation No. 1

    1.  Jacob Moses Tate, born April 01, 1849 in Palmyra, Marion Co., MO; died March 16, 1938 in Smileyville, MO.  He was the son of James Tate and Elizabeth Harsell.  He married (1) Sarah G. White March 02, 1871.  She died 1926 in Hannibal, Marion Co., MO.

Notes for Jacob Moses Tate:
Died at home of son, P. A. Weyand

Funeral Arrangements by Lewis Brother's Funeral Home
Funeral Conducted by Rev. C. E. Griswold, Bethal Baptist Church

Newspaper clipping:

Jacob was that oldest native male citizen of his community at the time of his death.  He was just short 14 days  of reaching the age of 89.

When a young boy, he helped in clearing 200 acres of land that had been purchased by his father.  He grew to young manhood on the old homestead until he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah G. White on March 2, 1871.

Jacob enjoyed remarkable health all of his life and active until his last illness.  He would walk from his home in the western part of town to the business section several times daily when the weather permitted and was in the habit of walking at least three miles daily for the exercise. When friends would ask his recipe for longevity and good health, he would make the reply that he had none.  However, he did admit he always ate sparingly and never used tobacco.  He escaped all of the diseases peculiar to children such as measles, mumps, chicken pox, and whooping cough.

Possessing a fine memory, he was familiar with many of the important events occurring during the early history of Palmyra, and that section of the country.  His ability to retain dates was remarkable.  He was 15 years old at the close of the Civil War and vividly recalled many of the activities of both the Union and Confederate forces operating in and about Palmyra during that time.  He enjoyed talking with friends that happened at the old Hanley Mill on North River, before the days of the railroad in this section, and remembered the day when the mill ceased operations in 1857.

Jacab Tate had an interesting historical family background.  His great grandfather, one of the heroes of the Revolution, lost his life on the battlefield.  The pocket testament carried by the soldier has been handed down through several generations and eventually came into the possession of Jacob.

Marriage Notes for Jacob Tate and Sarah White:
Sarah White and Jacob Tate lives in Fabius, MO, for a number of years following their marriage.  They then sold their farm and move to Palmyra, MO, where Jacob entered the grocery business.  During his early residence in Palmyra he built three cottages on the north end of town.

Provided by Kathy Tate
ktate@aoc.nrao.edu


Ancestors of Marion A. Tate

Generation No. 1

    1.  Marion A. Tate, born November 26, 1906 in Marion Co., MO; died September 13, 1999 in Maple Lawn Nursing Home, Palmyra, Marion Co., MO.  He was the son of James Henry Tate and Dora Catherine Bross.  He married (1) Mary Thelma Bernice Bornmann October 25, 1930 in Palmyra, Marion Co., MO.  She was born January 01, 1912 in Quincy, Adams Co., IL, and died November 04, 1993.  She was the daughter of Albert Bornmann and Mary Jane Reischling.

Notes for Marion A. Tate:
Hobbies included horticulture, gardening, growing flowers and fruit trees
HE TOUCHED HEARS OF TENNESSEE SCHOOL CHILDREN
Sept. 29, 1999

It doesn't surprise me that our friend, Marion Tate, chose to leave us on such a beautiful September morning.  It was a surpise that we got to him at all.  A chance meeting at the St. Louis Airport and being introduced to each other by Bob and Hazel Daniels, begins his story.

Marion Tate became a pen pal to my class of fourth graders.  He was their pen pal grandfather.  Each year a new class joined the last class to write to him and we wrote them.  Alas, the first year became the second year, then the third, he continued to write the children until there was an amazing number of boys and girls who patiently waited to hear from Mr. Tate.

I had a large manilla envelope on my desk in which the children put their letters and pictures.  When the envelope could hold no more, it was mailed to him.  At last the day came when a trip to our school was planned one fall two years ago.  Mr. Tate's good friend, Jim Davis, drove him all the way to Bartlett, Tenn.

Everyone waited watching the clock until he arrived.  He came twice that year, fall and the next spring.  Mr. Tate told stories of Mark Twain and the mighty Mississippi River, told about his one room school where some children rode horses there or brought their dogs with them.

Mr. Tate saw our library and all the books he had purchased for them. Everywhere he walked through the building of 1200 students, everyone knew who he was.  Over and over he said how lucky he was to have us, when actually it was the other way about the same.

As children are trustful for a future in all things, they trusted their friend would return to them and always be there.  And as a man who always kept his word, he always will be there in the spirit of things that are good and kind, loving and giving.

He is still here for us in the hearts of the children and me and he is there for you in Palmyra.  He has made this world a better place for all of us.

There is a lone Monarch butterfly that has been at our playground all week.  It flies (the last part of this clipping is missing)

Provided by Kathy Tate
ktate@aoc.nrao.edu


Ancestors of Mollie Lee Samuel

Generation No. 1

    1.  Mollie Lee Samuel, born December 07, 1899 in Palmyra, Marion Co., MO; died January 07, 1917 in Cox Crossing, Palmyra, Marion Co., MO.  She was the daughter of Leroy Samuel, Jr. and Ann Elizabeth Dalton.

Notes for Mollie Lee Samuel:
Mollie was killed on January 17, 1917 when the Model-T car that she was riding in with Elmer and Lois Tate was caught by a fast passenger train and demolished at Cox Crossing, Palmyra, Marion Co., MO.  She was killed instantly.  Elmer and Lois Samuel Tate were not expected to survive either.  They were at the home of Mr. John Cox for four weeks while recovering.  Elmer's father, Robert William Tate, came and took Lois and Elmer to his home.  Elmer was on crutches for approximately one year.

Newspaper clipping:

TRAIN HIT AUTO; YOUNG LADY KILLED
    Palmyra, Mo., Jan 8.  Miss Mollie Samuels, 16 years old, who lives eight miles northwest of this city is dead, and her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Tate, six miles north of Palmyra, are seriously injured as the result of a collision here at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, when the automobile in which they were riding collided with a C. B. & O. passenger train.
    The accident occurred at the Cox crossing in the west end of town. Mr. and Mrs. Tate and Miss Samuels were driving from the Tate home to the Samuels home and from stories told by John Frohn, who resides near the crossing, and Steve Rogers, who resides one block away, the probabilities are Tate lost control of the car when he slowed down to avoid a mud hole.
    Both men saw the accident from their home.  They tell practically the same story.  The automobile was on the crossing, when the engine, headed for Quincy, struck the automobile on the side near the front end and hurled the car into the air, turned it over several times, and then dumped it in a heap after having carried it about 16 feet on the cow catcher.
    Occupants Unconscious
    The occupants of the automobile were buried beneath the car and were unconscious when removed from the wreck to the home of William Cox nearby.  Later Mr. and Mrs. Tate regained consciousness, but Miss Samuels failed to rally and died within half an hour.  She never spoke a word after the accident.
    Mr. Tate suffered a broken and a broken leg, and other injuries, the extent of which are not known.  Mrs. Tate's breast was crushed and she is otherwise internally bruised, but the extent of her injuries are not known.  It is thought, however, they will recover, but it is probable that not for a day or two will their condition be known.
    Mr. and Mrs. Tate, who were married only about two months ago, reside with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tate.
    The victim was the daughter of Lee Samuels living 6 miles from Palmyra.  The funeral was held at the home of W. P. Johnson this morning at 10 o'clock.  Internment at Emerson.

Provided by Kathy Tate
ktate@aoc.nrao.edu


Headline: Obits
Publication Date: November 11, 1994
Source: The Kansas City Star
Page: C4
Subjects: Obituary
Region: Missouri
Obituary: CORDONNA M. CUNNINGHAM Cordonna Marie Cunningham, 88, Memphis, Mo., died Nov. 8, 1994, in a nursing home in Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the New Testament Church, Rutledge, Mo.; burial in Pauline Cemetery, Rutledge. Friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Payne Chapel, Memphis, where Order of the Eastern Star services will be at 7 p.m. The family suggests contributions to the Scotland County Care Center, Memphis. Mrs. Cunningham was born in Lewis County, Mo., and lived near Rutledge most of her life before moving to Memphis in 1985. She was a 50-years member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Her husband, Earl D. Cunningham, died in
1955. Survivors include two sons, Stanley Cunningham, Kansas City, and Dean Cunningham, Nathrop, Colo.; a sister, Carmelita Laverty, Memphis; and five grandchildren. (Arrangement: Payne, Memphis) Marvin J. Craig


Headline: Obits
Publication Date: November 11, 1994
Source: The Kansas City Star
Page: C4
Subjects:  
Region: Missouri
Obituary: CORDONNA M. CUNNINGHAM Cordonna Marie Cunningham, 88, Memphis, Mo., died Nov. 8, 1994, in a nursing home in Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the New Testament Church, Rutledge, Mo.; burial in Pauline Cemetery, Rutledge. Friends may call from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Payne Chapel, Memphis, where Order of the Eastern Star services will be at 7 p.m. The family suggests contributions to the Scotland County Care Center, Memphis. Mrs. Cunningham was born in Lewis County, Mo., and lived near Rutledge most of her life before moving to Memphis in 1985. She was a 50-years member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Her husband, Earl D. Cunningham, died in 1955. Survivors include two sons, Stanley Cunningham, Kansas City, and Dean Cunningham, Nathrop, Colo.; a sister, Carmelita Laverty, Memphis; and five grandchildren. (Arrangement: Payne, Memphis) Marvin J. Craig


Headline: Obits
Publication Date: September 23, 1997
Source: The Kansas City Star
Page: B4
Subjects: Obituary
Region: Missouri
Obituary: Thomas J. Sullivan, 94, East Peoria, IL, passed away Friday, September 19, 1997, at Fondulac Woods Health Care Center. Private memorial services will be held at Resurrection Mausoleum. Cremation.
Me - morial contributions may be made to St. Monica's Food Pantry, East Peoria, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Mr. Sullivan was born September 8, 1903, in Lewis County, MO, to George Jr. and Marietta Walker Sullivan. He married H. Regina Noone on July 11, 1925, and she preceded him in death on March 20, 1970.
Thomas married Rita E. Gardiner in Peoria, IL, on December 3, 1993.
He did defense work for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Co. He retired from Katz Drug Co., where he worked as a store manager for 20 years.
Survivors include his wife, Rita, of the home; two daughters, Mary Helen Luttrell, and Patricia J. Letizia, both of Peoria; one step-daughter; 11 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.


Headline: Obits
Publication Date: December 30, 1995
Source: The Kansas City Star
Page: C5
Subjects:  
Region: Missouri
Obituary: Leota Fern Richards, 94, Mission Hills, KS, died Friday, December 29, 1995, at Trinity Lutheran Manor. Private graveside services will be held in Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Mission United Methodist Church or Children's Mercy Hospital.
Mrs. Richards was born March 27, 1901, in Lewis County, MO. She attended Northeast Missouri State University. In 1923, she married Glen E. Richards. She was a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area. She was a member of the Rose Society; the Indian Hills Country Club; the Methodist Women's Circle; and the Old Mission United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen, in 1991. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Glenna and Dr. Robert Wilber, Mission Hills; two granddaughters, Lori Christopher and Leana Brayshaw; and one great-granddaughter. (Arrangements: D. W. Newcomer's Sons Stine & McClure Chapel) LENORA ``LUCKY'' ROTHWELL
Lenora ``Lucky'' Rothwell, 72, Garden City, MO, passed away Thursday, December 28, 1995, at her home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, December 31, at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City; burial in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Saturday, December 30, at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, which is in charge of arrangements.


Headline: Obits
Publication Date: September 23, 1997
Source: The Kansas City Star
Page: B4
Subjects:  
Region: Missouri
Obituary: Thomas J. Sullivan, 94, East Peoria, IL, passed away Friday, September 19, 1997, at Fondulac Woods Health Care Center. Private memorial services will be held at Resurrection Mausoleum. Cremation. Me - morial contributions may be made to St. Monica's Food Pantry, East Peoria, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Mr. Sullivan was born September 8, 1903, in Lewis County, MO, to George Jr. and Marietta Walker Sullivan. He married H. Regina Noone on July 11, 1925, and she preceded him in death on March 20, 1970. Thomas married Rita E. Gardiner in Peoria, IL, on December 3, 1993. He did defense work for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Co. He retired from Katz Drug Co., where he worked as a store manager for 20 years. Survivors include his wife, Rita, of the home; two daughters, Mary Helen Luttrell, and Patricia J. Letizia, both of Peoria; one step-daughter; 11 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.


Headline: Obits
Publication Date: August 21, 1993
Source: The Kansas City Star
Page: C5
Subjects: Obituary
Region: Missouri
Obituary: ELSIE M. JENKINS Elsie M. Jenkins, 94, Buckner, died Aug. 20,
1993, at the home. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Wyaconda (Mo.) Methodist Church; burial in the Wyaconda Cemetery.
Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Speaks Midtown Chapel. The family suggests contributions to the church memorial fund. Mrs. Jenkins was born in Lewis County, Mo., and moved to this area in 1971. She was a member of the church. Survivors include two daughters, Virgie L. Brune, Buckner, and Georgia Mae Hicks, Fort Wayne, Ind.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.


Headline: Obits
Publication Date: August 21, 1993
Source: The Kansas City Star
Page: C5
Subjects:  
Region: Missouri
Obituary: ELSIE M. JENKINS Elsie M. Jenkins, 94, Buckner, died Aug. 20, 1993, at the home. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Wyaconda (Mo.) Methodist Church; burial in the Wyaconda Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Speaks Midtown Chapel. The family suggests contributions to the church memorial fund. Mrs. Jenkins was born in Lewis County, Mo., and moved to this area in 1971. She was a member of the church. Survivors include two daughters, Virgie L. Brune, Buckner, and Georgia Mae Hicks, Fort Wayne, Ind.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.


Headline: Obits
Publication Date: December 30, 1995
Source: The Kansas City Star
Page: C5
Subjects: Obituary
Region: Missouri
Obituary: Leota Fern Richards, 94, Mission Hills, KS, died Friday, December 29, 1995, at Trinity Lutheran Manor. Private graveside services will be held in Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Mission United Methodist Church or Children's Mercy Hospital.
Mrs. Richards was born March 27, 1901, in Lewis County, MO. She attended Northeast Missouri State University. In 1923, she married Glen E. Richards. She was a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area. She was a member of the Rose Society; the Indian Hills Country Club; the Methodist Women's Circle; and the Old Mission United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen, in
1991. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Glenna and Dr.
Robert Wilber, Mission Hills; two granddaughters, Lori Christopher and Leana Brayshaw; and one great-granddaughter. (Arrangements: D. W.
Newcomer's Sons Stine & McClure Chapel) LENORA ``LUCKY'' ROTHWELL
Lenora ``Lucky'' Rothwell, 72, Garden City, MO, passed away Thursday, December 28, 1995, at her home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, December 31, at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City; burial in Garden City Cemetery, Garden City. Friends may call after 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 30, at Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, which is in charge of arrangements.


Headline: Obits
Publication Date: July 19, 1994
Source: The Kansas City Star
Page: B2; B3
Subjects:  
Region: Missouri
Obituary: CLAGGETT S. PENN Claggett S. Penn, 78, Edina, Mo., formerly of Kansas City, died July 17, 1994, at a hospital in Columbia. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Edina; burial in the Lewistown (Mo.) Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Hudson-Rimer Chapel, Edina, where wake services will be at 7 p.m. The family suggests contributions to the church.
Mr. Penn was born in Monticello, Mo., and grew up in Lewis County, Mo. He lived in this area before he moved to Edina three years ago.
He worked for the U.S. Postal Service before he retired. He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Kansas City. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion in Lewistown. Survivors include his wife, Margaret O'Hare Penn of the home, and a son, Michael Penn, Kansas City.


Headline: Obits
Publication Date: July 19, 1994
Source: The Kansas City Star
Page: B2; B3
Subjects:  
Region: Missouri
Obituary: CLAGGETT S. PENN Claggett S. Penn, 78, Edina, Mo., formerly of Kansas City, died July 17, 1994, at a hospital in Columbia. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Edina; burial in the Lewistown (Mo.) Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Hudson-Rimer Chapel, Edina, where wake services will be at 7 p.m. The family suggests contributions to the church. Mr. Penn was born in Monticello, Mo., and grew up in Lewis County, Mo. He lived in this area before he moved to Edina three years ago. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service before he retired. He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Kansas City. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion in Lewistown. Survivors include his wife, Margaret O'Hare Penn of the home, and a son, Michael Penn, Kansas City.


Headline: Obits
Publication Date: March 19, 1999
Source: The Kansas City Star
Page:  
Subjects:  
Region:  
Obituary: Mary Ann Beullens, 80, Kansas City, MO, passed away March 17,
1999, at her daughter's home in Bonner Springs, KS. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at St. Francis Xavier Church; interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call
6-8 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Muehlebach Funeral Home, with a rosary at 7 p.m. (Arrangements: Muehlebach Funeral Home) BLANCHE I. BRAINARD
Blanche I. Brainard, Stilwell, KS, passed away Tuesday, March 16,
1999, at Raymore Health Care Center. Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, March 21, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 9101 Lamar Ave., Overland Park, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Hospice or the charity of your choice. Mrs. Brainard was born April
15, 1908, in Kansas City, MO. She was preceded in death by her husband, brothers, and sisters. Survivors include sons, William D.
Ott and wife, Connie, Prairie Village, KS, and Waldean D. Ott and wife, Patsy, Madera, CA; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Following cremation interment in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. (Arrangements: Mt. Moriah and Freeman Funeral Home) JULIA E. ``JUDY'' BRANHAM
Julia E. ``Judy'' Branham, 86, Raymore, MO, passed way March 17,
1999, at Research Belton Hospital. Memorial services will be 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, at Belton Methodist Church. Family requests contributions to the Fellowship of John at Foxwood Springs or Belton Methodist Church.
Mrs. Branham was born in Lewis County, MO, on December 10, 1915, and moved to Kansas City to attend beauty school. She worked for the House of Beauty in Kansas City before moving to Belton in 1951. She opened Judy's Beauty Box and enjoyed serving the ladies of Belton.
She was a member of MUFFF and the Sunshine Circle, and enjoyed helping with FDA cooking at Belton Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James O. Branham, and brother, William N. Jenkins. She will be greatly missed by her niece, Peggy Elkins, Belton, MO; nephew, George Jenkins, Spokane, WA; niece, Sandy McVeigh, Kennewich, WA; cousin, Leola Stolberg, Raymore, MO; and other great-nieces and great-nephews, including Georgia Elkins, Belton, MO, and Bud Elkins, Kansas City, MO. (Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, MO) JOSEPH BROMAGEN


Headline: Obits
Publication Date: May 23, 1993
Source: The Kansas City Star
Page: B6
Subjects: Obituary
Region: Missouri
Obituary: Rex L. Speer Rex L. Speer, 86, Kansas City, a former barbershop owner, died May 21, 1993, at St. Joseph Health Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Hickman Mills Community Christian Church; burial in Floral Hills Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the George Grandview Chapel. The family suggests contributions to the church.
Mr. Speer was owner of Rex's Barber Shop from 1956 until he retired in 1984. He was a member of the church and a member of the Monticello (Mo.) Masonic Lodge. He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II. He was born in Lewis County, Mo., and lived in this area most of his life.
Survivors include his wife, Lena Speer of the home; a brother, Jack Speer, Savannah, Mo.; and four sisters, Freda Bevans and Mildred Brown of Williamstown, Mo., Wilma Bowls, Monticello, and Dorothy Woolsey, Hugo, Okla.; and two grandnieces, Suzanne Thomas and Melana Thomas of the home.


Headline: Obits
Publication Date: May 23, 1993
Source: The Kansas City Star
Page: B6
Subjects:  
Region: Missouri
Obituary: Rex L. Speer Rex L. Speer, 86, Kansas City, a former barbershop owner, died May 21, 1993, at St. Joseph Health Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Hickman Mills Community Christian Church; burial in Floral Hills Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the George Grandview Chapel. The family suggests contributions to the church.
Mr. Speer was owner of Rex's Barber Shop from 1956 until he retired in 1984. He was a member of the church and a member of the Monticello (Mo.) Masonic Lodge. He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II. He was born in Lewis County, Mo., and lived in this area most of his life.
Survivors include his wife, Lena Speer of the home; a brother, Jack Speer, Savannah, Mo.; and four sisters, Freda Bevans and Mildred Brown of Williamstown, Mo., Wilma Bowls, Monticello, and Dorothy Woolsey, Hugo, Okla.; and two grandnieces, Suzanne Thomas and Melana Thomas of the home.


Database: St. Louis Dispatch (Missouri) Obituaries, 1998-99
Headline: OBITUARIES
Publication Date: April 07, 1999
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Page:  
Subjects:  
Region:  
Obituary: Mary Elizabeth Tucker, 84, of Warrenton, died Thursday (April 1,
1999) at St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis.
Mrs. Tucker was a homemaker, a member of the College United Methodist Church in Warrenton and the Eastern Star in Lewis County, Mo.
The funeral was held Monday at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Canton, Mo. Burial was at Forest Grove Cemetery in Canton.
Among survivors are two sons, Karl Tucker of Tucson, Ariz., and Jimmy Tucker of Phoenix; two daughters, Glinda Hutcherson and Linda Cheeseman, both of Warrenton; two sisters, Velma Ruth Childress of Detroit, and Adeline Fretwell of Canton; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to the Campus Crusade for Christ in care of the Nieburg-Martin Funeral Home, 510 East Main Street, Warrenton, Mo.
63383.
Ray D. Stull


Headline: STORMS FRIDAY, EARLY SATURDAY CAUSE 3 DEATHS, POWER OUTAGES WEATHER IS EXPECTED TO STAY SUNNY, GROW WARMER
Publication Date: May 28, 2000
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Page: C5
Subjects: WEATHER; THUNDER STORMS; AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT AIRPLANE ACCIDENT DEATHS
Region: North America; Midwest United States; Missouri
Obituary: Debbie Black, 44, of Lonedell, was eastbound on Highway 30 in Franklin County about 5:45 a.m. Saturday during a heavy rain. She lost control of her car, which went off the road and overturned in standing water, the Missouri Highway Patrol said.
The pilot and his 11-year-old son died when their single-engine plane went down during a severe thunderstorm Friday night, authorities said. The Missouri Highway Patrol said the 1972 Bellanca crashed in a bean field just after 9 p.m., a short time after the pilot made radio contact with the airport in Taylor.
The plane crashed 2 miles northwest of the airport in Lewis County. The victims, Sam Sparks, 40, of Casselberry, Fla., and his son, Justin Sparks, of Winter Springs, Fla., had begun their flight in Florida. The wreckage was discovered shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday in south Lewis County.
Some 15,000 homes and businesses were left without power for a time after the storm system passed through. The outages were scattered throughout the metropolitan area.
Unlike the storms that caused flash floods in the area May 7, this series moved briskly through the area. None stalled and dumped enormous amounts of water as did the storm that flooded Franklin and Jefferson counties.
In addition, the condition of the ground was a factor.
"When the ground is as dry as it is, it has to dump a lot of rain to cause flooding," Pettera, the forecaster, said. "Sometimes the ground can become too dry. We've had a lot of off-and-on rain that had kept it like a sponge."
About half of the electrical outages were in north St. Louis County, where a circuit breaker in Baden failed shortly after 6 a.m., a spokeswoman for AmerenUE said.
Other outages occurred in Chesterfield, Hillsboro and Clayton. An underground electrical line near Shaw Park west of downtown Clayton failed and about 800 customers were without power, some for much of the day.
The outages were caused by downed trees and branches, high wind and moisture seeping into cables, the AmerenUE spokeswoman said.
The storm Friday night and Saturday washed out half the temporary parking at the golf tournament at the Boone Valley Golf Club near Augusta. Thousands of people trying to attend the tournament had to turn away Saturday.
Tournament officials are offering refunds to those ticket-holders who could not attend Saturday's round. Those seeking a refund should send their unused Saturday tickets, along with their name, address, and a se lf-addressed, stamped envelope to the Boone Valley Classic's office, 1260 Andes Boulevard, St. Louis, Mo. 63132.
Officials of the Federal Aviation Administration reported that no airlines have reported weather-related delays this weekend. Southwest Airl ines, the second-largest carrier at Lambert Field, reported no delays; Trans World Airlines did not respond to calls.


Shelbina Democrat  May 24,1911  p 8 c:6

Mrs. Mary S. Humphrey

The above lady died at her home in this city (Shelbina) Sunday morning
about 10 o'clock.  About threee weeks age she had a stroke of paralysis
from which she only partly rallied at any time.

Mrs. Humphrey was born in Kentucky* May 10, 1840, and was therefore eleven
days over 71 years of age.

The three greatest events of her life happened in this month as on May 15,
1859, she was married in Lewis County to Wm. T. Humphrey, who still
survives her.

To this union 12 children were born, two of whom have preceded her to the
great beyond.  those who survive her are George W., Robert A., Mrs. Joyner,
Mrs. Joseph Threlkeld, and Miss Ella of this city,  John of Leonard,
Samuel, Mrs. A. B. Porter and Mrs. A. D. Sharp, of Lewis County and David
of Oklahoma City.

With one exception, all were present at the funeral, which was held
yesterday morning at the Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Adolph Vollmer.

Mrs. Humphrey was a devoted member of the Baptist Church and a woman of
force of character.  Up to the time of her affliction, she seldom had
missed a Sunday service at her church.  That her life was well spent in
usefullness is attested by the large family and the host of freiends she
leaves to morn her death.

*She was actually born in Lewis Co. daughter of David Rodefer

Provided by Steve Miller


The Lewis County Journal  Canton  Sept 18, 1947  pg 1 c:1

George Humphrey Dies in Kirkville Hospital

George Humphrey died at the Laughlin Hospital in Kirksville Friday
morning,  Spetember 12.  He underwent a major operation Sunday, Spe. 7, and
was apparently getting along as well as could be expected.  His death came
unexpectantly.

George Ellery Humphrey,  the son of Samuel J. and Anna Wright Humphrey, was
born in Lewistown Oct. 14, 1897.  He was united in marriage to Inez
Roberson on Oct. 30, 1919.  He spent his entire life at farming in Lewis
County until he retired from active farming about two years ago when he
moved to Canton to make his home.

Mr. Humphrey was a member of the Lewistown Baptist Church, the Pink Prarie
Grange and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Winston Munns, of Bloit,
Wisconsin;  two sons, Ellery Humphrey of Quincy, and Donald, at home;  two
grandchildren, Judith and Jerry Munns; four sisters, Mrs. Glen Bruce of
Lewistown, Mrs. Ralph Nichols of Lewistown, Mrs. John Fishback of Dinuba,
Calif. and Mrs. Alfred Boggs of Los Bonos, Calif.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Sept 14t at the First Baptist
Church in Canton, with the Rev. M. D. Mulvania in charge.  the music was
furnished by Miss Sue Wood with Miss Emma Ruth Smith at the piano.

Pall bearer were J. G. Franks, Irven VanTress, Hilborn Bader, Gilbert
Musgrove, Stanley Hoffman and Lucien Collins.

Interment was in the Lewistown Cemetery.

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Matilda Permelia Frances Hufnagel Heckrodt Obituary

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Obituary from unnamed newspaper: “Mrs. William Heckrodt”
“Matilda Permelia Frances Hufnagel, the eldest of the seven children of George Godfred and Wilhelmena Fridereicke (Rachel) Hufnagel, was born in Adams county, Illinois, March 2, 1855, and departed this life at her home in Steffenville, on January 28, 1937, at the age of 81 years, 10 months and 26 days.
“On February 14, 1878, she was married to William Heckrodt in Adams county, Illinois, who now survives. To this union three children were born, Lillie, who died at the age of thirteen, Charlie Elmer and George Henry who survive. Also they adopted and reared Iva May Winfield, now Mrs. Iva Kitch, of near Steffenville. Also two brothers and one sister remain, Albert and Oscar Hufnagel of Camp Point, Ill., and Mrs. Amelia Eckert of Albuquerque, N.M. There are also fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild, and a host of other relatives and friends.
“In February 1882 they came to Missouri and settled on a farm near Steffenville, where they lived until 1913 when they purchased a home in Steffenville and moved there.
“Mrs. Heckrodt joined the Christian church at Columbus, Ill., at about the age of eighteen and when the Christian church was organized at Steffenville in 1889, she became one of the charter members. As long as she was able she was faithful in attendance and in the work of the church and in the work of the Ladies Aid Society.
“Aunt Tilly” as she was affectionately called will be greatly missed from the community in which she spent so many years of her life, both by her relatives and her many friends.
“Funeral services were conducted in the Union church at Steffenville by her pastor, Rev. Paul A. Gross, Saturday afternoon and burial was in the Cemetery at Steffenville.”


George William Heckrodt Obituary

Posted by Marilynn Howard

Obituary from unnamed newspaper, no date: “George Wm. Heckrodt Buried at Steffenville”

“George William Heckrodt died at his home in Steffenville Sunday, December 13, at the age of 89 years. He had suffered a paralytic stroke the previous week.
“George Wiliam Heckrodt, last surviving child of Martin A. and Anna Mary Heckrodt, was born in Adams County, Ill., October 27, 1853. On February 14, 1878, he was married to Miss Matilda F. Hufnagel of Camp Point, Ill., who preceded him in death January 28, 1937.
“To that union three children were born, Lillie Elnora, who died at the age of 13 years, Charles Elmer and George Henry, who survive. Also surviving is Mrs. Horace Kitch, whom Mr. and Mrs. Heckrodt raised from infancy and who cared for him since the death of his wife.
“Fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild also mourn his death, along with a host of other relatives and friends.
“Uncle” Will was a charter member of the Steffenville Christian church and served as elder as long as his health would permit.
“Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, December 15, at the Union church in Steffenville, conducted by Rev. Carl Robinson of Canton. Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Phillips, Mrs. Minnie Steffen and Sam Gross sang, accompanied by Mrs. Gertrude Steffen at the organ.
“Pall bearers were William Cissna, Omar Rife, A.A. Feigenspan, J.G. Allen, E.C. Dawson and Nathan Allen. Interment was in Steffenville cemetery.”


Robert A. Hohmann Obituary

Posted by Marilynn Howard

Obituary from unnamed newspaper: “Funeral Services for Robert A. Hohmann”

“Funeral services for Robert A. Hohmann were held at the Methodist church in Canton, Friday afternoon, September 17, with the Rev. Ray S. Tomlin, pastor of the church in charge. Music was furnished by F.W. Goetz with Mrs. E.P. Condit at the organ.
“Pallbearers were Lawrence Barth, Edgar Constantz, Sr., Karl Hachtel, Ben Hoffman, Eugene Lloyd and Lee H. Schlager. Interment was in Forest Grove cemetery.
“Robert A Hohmann, son of John C. and Louisa Hoerer Hohmann, was born at Canton on April 18, 1883. His entire life was spent in Canton with the exception of a few years in Louisiana, Mo. He was the owner and manager of the Hohmann Plumbing and Heating company in Canton.
“Mr. Hohmann had been in bad health for some time. Twice he had spent time in a hospital but he grew continually weaker until his death Monday morning, September 21. Mr. Hohmann was a member of the Methodist churct.
“Survivors include his devoted wife; a daughter, Mrs Lenora Younger and her husband, Gaylord; one granddaughter, Gale, one grandson, Gene; two step-daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Smith of Davenport, La., and Mrs. Mildred Peikett of Hannibal; one step-graddaughter, Sharon Kay; one step-grandson, Wayne Wilson; two brothers, Edward of St. Louis, and Oscar of Western Springs, Ill; three sisters-in-law; and a number of relatives.”


Dora Birk Hohmann Obituary

Posted by Marilynn Howard

Obituary from unnamed newspaper: “Funeral Services For Mrs. Robt. Hohmann Held Monday P.M.”
“Dora Lizzie Hohmann, daughter of Peter and Minnie Birk, was born February 24, 1882, in Canton and died at home in the same city February 8, 1941.
“May 1, 1908, she was united in marriage to Robert Hohmann. To their union three chidren were born. One died in infancy. Another, Robert, died in his early young manhood. The third is Mrs. Lenora Louise Younger, who lives at Farley, Mo.
“Early in life Mrs. Hohmann united with the Methodist Church and was always present at its services when she was able to attend.
“Besides her husaband and daughter, she leaves two grandchildren, Gene and Gale Younger of Farley; four sisters, Mrs. George Heckrodt, her twin, Mrs Mollie Stone, both of Canton, Mrs. George Laumann of St. Louis and Mrs. Oscar Morris of Hannibal; two brothers, Fred B. of St. Louis and Earl B. of Memphis; a number of nieces and nephews; and a large group of friends who cherish her memory.
“Funeral services were held at the Canton Methodist Church Monday afternoon, February 10, conducted by her minister, the Rev. E.H. Farmer, assisted by a male quartette composed of F.W. Goetz, A.F. Goetz, Karl Hachtel and Lee H. Schlager, with Mrs. E.P. Condit at the organ. Interment was in Forest Grove cemetery.

“The pall bearers were H.H. Zenge, S.F. Hoerer, Burl Brandshaw, W.E. Thompson, Frank Page and Will C. Wagner.”


George Heckrodt Obituary

Posted by Marilynn Howard

Obituary from unnamed newspaper: “George Heckrodt Rites Held Sunday At Barley Chapel”
“Funeral services for George Heckrodt were held Sunday, March 27, in the chapel of the Barkley Funeral home in Canton, with the Rev. V.T. Wood officiating. Music was furnished by Mrs. Earl Barkley at the organ.
“Pall bearers were Herb Owens, Ernest Lillard, Harlin Kitch, Francis Kitch, Stanley Heckrodt, and Gregroy Heckrodt. Burial was in Forest Grove Cemetery.
“Mr. Heckrodt died Friday, March 25, in the Community nursing home in Sedalia, Mo., where he had been a patient for about a month.
“George Henry Heckrodt, the son of George W. and Matilda Huffnagle Heckrodt, was born November 9, 1882, at Steffenville. He was united in marriage to Lenora Birk in Canton on April 10, 1910. She preceded him in death on November 10, 1943.
“Mr. Heckrodt was a member of the Steffenville Christian church, and was at one time a member of the Woodman’s Lodge.
“Survivors include a son, Clyde S. Heckrodt of Elk city, Okla.; three daughters, Mrs. Melvin Jones of Edina, Mrs. Robert Forsberg of Sedalia, and Mrs. Dean Owens of Parkville, Mo.; a sister, Mrs. Iva Kitch of Steffenville; five grandchhildren; three great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives. In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; and a sister.”


Nora Birk Heckrodt Obituary

Posted by Marilynn Howard

Obituary from unnamed newspaper: “Mrs. George Heckrodt Dies Suddenly; Funeral Services Held Saturday”
“Mrs. George Heckrodt died suddenly at her home in Canton at 8:30 Wednesday night of last week, following an illness of only a few hours. She had come to Canton from Keokuk, Ia., where her husband is employed at Hubinger company, to make some arrangements regarding the home here, and became ill late in the afternoon. Her death came as a shock to her many friends.
“Nora Birk, the daughter of Peter and Wilhelmina Birk, was born in Canton, February 24, 1882. After her marriage to George Heckrodt on April 10, 1910, they made their home at Steffenville until a few years ago when they moved to Canton.
“Mrs. Heckrodt was a member of the Christian church at Steffenville. Upon moving to Canton she became a member and active worker in the Builders Sunday school class and the Woman’s Society of Christian Service of the Canton Methodist church. She was a loyal member of Esther Rebekah lodge of Canton.
“Surviving her are her husband and four children, Mrs. Melvin Jones of Steffenville, Miss Lillian and Miss Helen Heckrodt, both of Kansas City, and Lieut. (j.g.) Clyde Heckrodt of the Naval Air Corps, now stationed at Eagle Mountain Lake, Texas.
“In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Oscar Morris of Hannibal, Mrs. George Laumann of St. Louis, and Mrs. Mollie Stone of Canton; and two brothers, Earl Birk of Beaumont, Texas, and Fred Birk of St. Louis; and one grandchild, Melba Francis Jones of Steffenville.
“Lieut. Heckrodt arrived in Canton Thursday evening, having come by plane to Quincy, Ill.
“Funeral services were held from the Canton Methodist church at 10:30 Saturday morning conducted by the Rev. E.H. Farmer, assisted by special music by Mrs. Karl Hachtel and Mrs. Mabel Hayes, accompanied by Mrs E.P. Condit.
“Interment was in the Forest Grove cemetery. Pall bearers were Sylvester Kitch, Jake Nichols, John Schlager, S.F. Hoerer, R.J. Tillmann and Oscar Hetzler.
“In addition to her husband and children, relatives and friends from a distance who were in Canton for the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. George Laumann of St. Louis, Mrs. Florence Morris of Hannibal, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Kitch and daughter, Myrtle, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mesmer, Mrs. Ira Pyles, Mrs. Virgil Pyles, Mr and Mrs. Lewis Feigenspan, Mr. and Mrs. William Homerighausen and Mrs. Will Lindsey of Steffenville and Mrs. Boss Jones of Shelbyville.”


Nellie Weaver Stone Obituary

Posted by Marilynn Howard

Obituary from unknown newspaper “Mrs. Nellie N. Stone, 95, of Sunset Home in Quincy, Ill., formerly of Canton, died at 12:45 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 26, 1995) in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
“Born Nov. 15, 1899, In Kinsley, Kan., Mrs. Stone was a daughter of James W. and Cansada Malone Weaver. She married Don B. Stone Nov. 27, 1920 in Dodge City, Kan. He died Aug. 29, 1991.
“Mrs. Stone had worked at Gould Elevator Co. in Bucklin, Kan., before her marriage. She and her husband had owned and operated the Stone Dairy Farm near Canton for many years before World War II.
“Mrs. Stone was a member of Canton Christian Church, Unity Chapter 151 Order of Eastern Star and Golden Rule Chapter 32 White Shrine of Jerusalem, River View Extension Club, and the American Legion Auxiliary, all of Canton. She was a charter member of Business and Professional Women of Canton.
“Survivors include two sons, Reid T. of Playa Del Ray, Calif., and Robert D. of Kansas City; a daughter, Edna Mae Baxter of Canton; five granchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
“Mrs. Stone was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters and a grandson.
“Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Davis Funeral Home in Canton by the Rev. Ron McNeill. Burial will be in Forest Grove Cemetery at Canton.
“Visitation will be held after 6 p.m. Tuesday with an Order of Eastern Star service at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.
“Memorials may be made to Canton Christian Church or Sunset Home.”


Donald Birk Stone Obituary

Posted by Marilynn Howard

Obituary from Quincy Herald-Whig, 8/30/1991 and local Canton paper:
“Donald Birk Stone, 92 of Sunset Home in Quincy, formerly of Canton, a retired farmer and dairyman, died Thursday, August 29, 1991, in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
“Born May 1, 1899, near St. Patrick, Mr. Stone was a son of Robert P. and Amalia Birk Stone. A farmer and dairyman in Lewis County for many years, he was a member of Canton Christian Church, a former Canton City Councilman, and had served on the Lewis County Extension Board.
“During World War II, he served on the draft board, and was an Army Veteran of World War I and a member of Otto Bruner Post 170 of the American Legion. He also was a member of Craft Lodge 287, Royal Arch Masons 88, Unity Chapter OES 151, a charter member of Golden Rule Shrine 32, Order of White Shrine of Jerusalem, and a member of the Kirksville Council 44, the Ely Commandery 22 of Kirksville and Ararat Shrine of Kansas City.
“On Nov. 27, 1920, he married Nellie Weaver in Dodge City, Kan. She survives in Sunset Home, Quincy.
“Survivors also include a daughter, Mrs. W.A. (Edna Mae) Baxter of Canton; two sons, Reid T. Stone of Playa Del Rey, Calif., and Robert D. Stone of Kansas City; three sisters, Mrs. Frank (Wilma) Harrington of La Grande, Ore., Mrs. Moritz (Myra) Fromme of Eugene, Ore., and Mrs. Robert (Roberta) Lutes of Kansas City; five grandchildren, Mrs. Charles (Marilynn) Howard of La Canada, Calif., W.H. Baxter of Flemington, N.J., Mrs. Santo (Jeanne) Carfora of Janesville, Wisc., Mrs. Richard (Bette) Oesterle of Crown Point, Ind., and Kent Stone of Kansas City; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Karl, and a grandson, Kevin Stone.
“Graveside services were conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday in Forest Grove Cemetery in Canton by the Rev. Ron McNeill. Pallbearers were Kent Stone, Santo Carfora, Bruce Weaver, W.H. Baxter, Richard Oesterle, Euge Lutes, and Donald Lutes.
“A memorial service was conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Sunset Home Chapel by the Rev. Ron McNeill and Rev. David Ericson. Lorene Clark furnished music.
“Memorials may be made to Canton Christian Church or to Sunset Home.”


Mollie Birk Stone Obituary

Posted by Marilynn Howard

Obituary for Mollie Birk Stone

Obituary from unnamed newspaper: Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie Stone were held in the chapel of the Barkley Funeral home in Canton Friday, Jan. 29, with the Rev. V.T. Wood, assisted by the Rev. Otton Steinhaus, officiating. Music was furnished by Trevor Pilcher with Mrs. Marvin Zenge at the organ.
Pall bearers were Robert Stone, William A. Baxter, Donald Fromme, William H. Baxter, Eugene Lutes and Donald Lutes. Burial was in the Forest Grove cemetery.
Mrs. Stone died Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M.P. Fromme.
Anna Amalie Birk Stone, the daughter of Peter and Minnie Yust Birk, was born in Canton on July 13, 1872. She was united in marriage to Robert P. Stone on November 21, 1894. He preceded her in death in 1919.
Mrs. Stone attended the Methodist church, and was also a member of the Rebekah lodge and the Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include two sons, Don Stone of Canton, and Karl R. Stone of LaGrange, Ore.; three daughters, Mrs. Myra Fromme of Canton, Mrs. Wilma Harrington of Milwaukie Ore., and Mrs. Roberta Lutes of Kansas City; a sister, Mrs. Florence Morris of Hannibal; a brother, Earl Birk, Sr. of Memphis, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 19 greatgrandchildren; and other relatives. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters, Clara Birk, Louise Birk, Rose Laumann, Nora Heckrodt, and Dora Hohmann; and a brother, Fred Birk.


Minnie Yust Birk Obituary

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Obituary for Minnie Yust Birk

Obituary from unknown newspaper: Mrs. Peter Birk, a resident of Canton for seventy-nine years passed away at her home Saturday afternoon at 1:30, following an illness of several weeks. With her sweet smile and unassuming nature Mrs. Birk endeared herself to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed in the home where she was a devoted wife and mother and by the entire community where she was an ever helpful friend and neighbor and the sympathy of the entire community is extended to the husband and children in their bereavement. She united with the Methodist church in early childhood and was a consistent member to the end.
Wilhelmina Yust, daughter of Fredrick and Amalia Yust, was born in Grafenheinchen Saxony, Germany on March 20, 1853 and passed away in her home in Canton June 2, 1934, aged 81 years, 2 months and 12 days.
At the age of three years, with her parents, she came to this country, landing at New Orleans, La., and coming directly to Canton where her entire life was spent.
She was united in marriage to Peter Birk of Canton June 29, 1871. To this union were born nine children, Mollie, Louise, Rose, Fred, Dora, Nora, Clara, Florence and Earl. Louise and Clara preceded her in death a number of years ago she is survived by her husband, two sons, Fred of St. Louis and Earl of Canton, and five daughters, Mrs. George Laumann of St. Louis, Mrs. Oscar Morris of Hannibal, Mrs. George Heckrodt of Steffenville, Mrs. Mollie Stone and Mrs. Robert Hohmann of Canton. There are also fifteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Birk lived all their married life on Washington St. Following their marriage they went to housekeeping in the cottage, three doors west of the First Methodist church where they lived seventeen years when they moved one-half block east where the rest of their life was spent.
In 1910 Mr. and Mrs. Birk spent three months abroad visiting in England, Switzerland and Germany and many other places of interest.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. F.P. Hanes in the First Methodist church Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock.
Interment was in Forest Grove cemetery.


Peter Birk Obituary

Posted by Marilynn Howard

Obituaries for Peter Birk

Unidentified original newspaper clipping, probably local Canton, MO paper: Peter Birk, 90 died at his home on Washington Street Monday. Mr. Birk was born in Germany and had lived 69 years in Canton. He was in business here from 1872 to 1920, as wagon and carriage maker, farm implement and hardware dealer. He sold to his son, Fred, following the World War.

Another obituary, also unidentified: Funeral services for Peter Birk were held at the Methodist church Thursday, March 3, in charge of the Rev. W.P. Wynn. Interment was in Forest Grove cemetery beiside his wife, the Masons having charge.
Mr. Birk had been in bad health for several months, but appeared no worse than usual, when death came suddenly Monday night, February 28.
For 69 years he had been a resident of Canton and during that time his name was synonymous with Canton history. Mr. Birk was born in Kolschausen, Germany, January 2, 1848, and came to Canton from Quincy by boat when 21 years of age. His first work here was with George Giegerich, the wagon maker, helping to make the sides of scrapers used in building the roadbed for the Burlington railroad. Afterward he entered the implement business and with the advent of factory-made buggies and wagons entered the implement business, which he conducted until 1920.
Mr. Birk was identified with the progress of Canton in a building program. He erected five dwelling houses on Washington street and four business houses on Clark street.
Following the World war, Mr. Birk sold his hardware and implement business to his son, Fred, and the plumbing and tinning business to his son-in-law, Robert Hohmann. At the time of his death he owned the buidlings and some farm land.
Mr. Birk was the oldest Mason in the local Mason lodge in age and years of membership.
He married Miss Minnie Yust in Canton June 29, 1871, and five daughters and two sons survive him--Mrs. George Heckrodt, Mrs. Mollie Stone and Mrs. Robert Hohmann, Canton; Mrs. George Laumann, St. Louis, Mrs. Oscar Morris, Hannibal; Fred, St. Louis, and Earl, Canton.


Hugh P. Wood 1812-1907

Posted by Dorothy Hall Wood

1907, Thursday, Aug 22, - LaGrange MO
Hugh P. WOOD the oldest resident - in Lewis County died at his home - seven miles south of this city Friday-evening at 6:45, aged 95 years 7-months and 6 days. His death was - caused by the infirmities of old age.
The funeral took place at Liberty Church Sunday morning at 11 o'clock and was conducted by Rev. SPEER of Maywood. The remains were interred in Dover Cemetery.
"Uncle Hugh" as he was famil - early known all over the county was born in Monroe County, Virginia - January 22, 1812. He was married on Christmas Day in the year 1833 to Miss Eleanor MATTHEWS and to this union were born six children -- four sons and two daughters. Shortly after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. WOOD came to this state and settled in Lewis County where they reared their family and lived until the death angel entered the home on July 7, 1873 and removed the beloved wife and mother. Two years later March 11, 1875, Mr. WOOD Married Miss Martha A. WRIGHT, who died December 31, 1892.
"Uncle Hugh" was converted at Dover camp ground in 1839 and joined the Methodist Church in which faith he remained steadfast until his death.
The deceased was too well known- for the writer to attempt to say anthing about his life or character- save that he was a noble christian man, loved and esteemed by all who knew him. His example amoung men was ever that of a christian. Uncle Hugh will be sadly missed by all and especially in the nieghborhood where he had lived for so many years. But we can say "Servant of God, well done! The glorious warfare is past. The battle's fought, the race is won, And thou art crowed at last."
The esteem in which he was held was attested by the large concoarse of friends and neighbors who attended the funeral. The procession from the home to the church and cemetery was one of the largest ever witnessed in the county.
Deceased is survived by his four sons, John of Clarence, Marvin of Maywood, Stewart, of Dallas Texas and Issac of Denver, Colo., and two daughter, Mrs. Jane B. LAYTHAM and Mrs. M. QUINN of this county, All of whom have the sincere sympathy of the community.


Leta Alice Taylor

Posted by Linda Miller

Leta Alice Taylor
Funeral services for Leta Alice Taylor, were held at 2:00 pm, Saturday March 28, 1970 in the Coder Funeral chapel, conducted by the Rev. John Nickel. Burial was in the LaBelle Cemetery.
Mrs. Taylor passed away at 5:25 pm, Thursday March 26,1970 in a Kirksville hospital wher she had been a patient since March 1. She was born May 24,1905, in Knox county, the daughter of James and Bettie Mitchell Hayden. She was married to James R. Primm and later married John Taylor.

Surviving are one son, Robert Primm of Quincy Ill, one daughter, Mrs Willard (Doris) Strahl of LaBelle; two brothers, Earl Hayden of Quincy and Evert Hayden of Edina; two sisters; Mrs Lola Myers of Quincy and Mrs. Kate Hayes of Edina and five grandchildren. Preceeding her death were three brothers and one sister.


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