POLK COUNTY MISSOURI OBITUARIES
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
(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
(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
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
(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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