Polk County, Missouri American History and Genealogy Project


Died, at Girard, Kansas, Jan. 20, 1874, of typhoid fever, C. H. Attebury, formerly a resident of Humansville, Polk County. He left Polk County less than a year ago to remove to Kansas, and is survived by his widow and children. (Boliver Free Press, Feb. 19, 1874)

Died, January 2nd, 1874, at his residence near Bolivar, James B. Burros, for the past seven years County Court Clerk of Polk County. He had been ill for several months, from a complication of disorders that baffled the skill of his physicians. His life was breathed out peacefully, in full hope of a blessed mortality beyond the grave. He leaves a widow and several children to mourn their loss and cherish his memory. His funeral was largely attended Saturday afternoon. The Masonic and Oddfellow fraternities, with a large procession of relatives, neighbors and friends, followed his remains to the cemetery. He was buried with the impressive rites of the Masonic fraternity, in the presence of several hundred people. He was a faithful officer, an upright citizen, a beloved father and husband, and altogether such a man as a community cannot well spare. (Boliver Free Press, Jan. 8, 1874)

Frances E., aged six years and 20 days, daughter of J. W. and Elizabeth Eagan, died last week at the home of her parents. (Boliver Free Press, Feb. 5, 1874)

John Eidson, an aged citizen of Polk County, was prostrated by a sunstroke on Wednesday, while at work in his garden, and died that evening from the effects of it. (Boliver Free Press, June 26, 1873)

Ann Jane Fullbright, wife of W. F. Fullbright, died Feb. 2nd of pneumonia fever in the 50th year of her age. She leaves a husband and seven children to mourn her loss. (Boliver Free Press, Feb. 5, 1874)

Died, at Avilla, Jasper County, Mo., June 6th, Thomas Golston, age 57 years, formerly of Polk County. (Boliver Free Press, July 11, 1872)

Died, Thursday, May 13th, Mrs. Jennings, mother of O. B. Jennings, of Marion township, aged 79 years and seven months. (Boliver Free Press, May 20, 1875)

John R. Kelso, junior, eldest son of Hon. John R. Kelso, was found dead in a ravine near his father's home, about three and a half miles southeast of this town. From all appearances the death must have occurred on Saturday evening. A coroner's jury determined the death was caused by the discharge of a pistol, which was found in the clenched hand of the deceased. The muzzle of the pistol had been placed on the near the forehead, while the deceased lay on his back, the ball penetrating to the brain and producing almost instant death. John R. Kelso junior was about fourteen years old, a boy of remarkably fine scholarly attainments, had been carefully reared to prudent habits, and was industrious and thoughtful beyond his years. It is believed that the boy thought he had disappointed his parents by some deceitful behavior, and his shame drove him to the point of despondency that he would attempt such a deed. We will not invade the sacred precincts of that family's home, made so sad only two weeks ago by the sudden death of little Freddie, and now so awfully bereaved by the suicide of the eldest son. (Boliver Free Press, Sept. 22, 1870)

Died, at his residence int. his place, on Sunday evening last, Maj. Thomas McBroom, in the 78th year of his age. He had been an invalid for years, and his decease was not unexpected. The major was a native of Granger County, Tennessee, removing to Bolivar in 1850, where he has since resided. He did honorable service as a soldier in the war of 1812, and his entire record has been that of an upright man and worthy citizen. (Boliver Free Press, Aug. 17, 1871)

Died, at his residence in Bolivar, Mo., on Monday evening, Feb. 28th, 1870, of consumption of the throat, Dr. John C. Nodurfth, aged 43 years. The deceased was born in the town of Carrollton, in Carroll County, Ohio, on the 15th day of March, A. D. 1827. His father, Christian Nodurfth, and his mother, emigrated from the ancient and renowned principality of Wurtemberg, Germany. The father died while the subject of this notice was still a child; the mother still survives at the advanced age of eighty-five years. There were four children of this family, two boys and two girls. The only brother of the deceased died some years ago, at the age of forty years. One sister, Mrs. Augusta Moorhouse, resides with her husband and family in Walla Walla, Washington Territory; the other sister, Mrs. Hannah Moorhouse, lives with her husband and family, and with her mother, Mrs. Barbara Nodurfth, at Red Rock, Marion County, Iowa........ He early in life adopted the profession of teaching in common schools as a means of obtaining a living............. ordained a minister of the Methodist church in 1857. He was married at Poland, Ohio, in 1852, to Miss Lois Dean, who with their only living child, a daughter, survive........... He was an active, contributing member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. (Boliver Free Press, March 3, 1870)

Amos Richardson, of Humansville, who has been severely ill for the past two months, died at his residence, May 10th, 1875. Mr. Richardson was one of the pioneer settlers of Polk County. He has lived in the State of Missouri for about sixty years and in Polk County for hear half a century. When he died he was 84 years old, and until his late sickness had always been in remarkably good health. He has ever been looked upon as a true man, one of principle and integrity......For several years he has been an orderly and highly respected member of the Christian church, and on his death bed expressed his hope for heaven and his to die.............The funeral services were attended by the Rev. John Dimmitt, at the Humansville Baptist church on May 11th. (Boliver Free Press, May 20, 1875)

Emily Florence, daughter of T. A. and M. A. Snodgrass, of Bolivar, whose death was briefly announced last week, was a child of more than ordinary promise, and in her loss the bereaved parents have the sympathy of this community. Her death was occasioned from infantile remittant fever, which lasted sixteen days. She was born in Vernon County, Missouri, Feb. 23rd, 1868, and departed this life March 3rd 1873. Her remains were interred at Marshall's burial ground, in Cedar County, near the Polk County line, where three other children had previously been laid to rest by the afflicted parents. Truly the ways of Providence are inscrutable. (Boliver Free Press, March 13, 1873)

Abel Studevant, who resided on the Linn Creek road, seven miles northeast of Bolivar, died on Jan. 28th of typhoid pneumonia, aged 73 years. His wife, aged 56, was also ill at the time, of typhoid fever. After the death of her husband she persistently declined to take either food or medicine, giving as a reason that she had no wish to survive him. On Sunday last, she too died, although it is the opinion of the physician attending that she would have recovered had she not refused to the last to take medicine or nourishment. (Boliver Free Press, Feb. 5, 1874)

Died, in Bolivar, Jan. 24th, John Warren, in the 72nd year of his age. (Boliver Free Press, Jan. 25, 1872)

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