Obituaries & Bios from Cedar County, Missouri


Unless otherwise noted, the obituaries on this page were contributed by Nancy Smith from her grandmother Nova Smith's collection taken from various records.   Thanks, Nancy
(Note: Any reference to "The Cedar County Republican" as a source for an obituary, especially during the early 1900's, should be checked for the correct name of the publication in that time period. "The Cedar County Republican and Stockton Journal" was known by various names over the years.)

-----, PAUL
In Memoriam. In memory of our little boy who passed to the Great Beyond, two years ago, November 28, 1939. Dear Little Paul, (Poem omitted.) (The rest of this is missing). (Cedar County Republican?, November or December --, 1941)

Funeral Services for Guy Olen Achord, 79, Jerico Springs, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Omer Church with the Rev. Lester Freund officiating. Burial will be in Omer Cemetery under direction of Long Funeral Home of Jerico Springs. Mr. Achord died Sunday afternoon in Cedar County Memorial Hospital, El Dorado Springs, where he was taken after suffering an apparent heart attack during services for a friend, Horace Thomas, at Omer Cemetery. Mr. Achord, a member of Free Will Baptist Church, was a lifelong resident of Cedar county and a retired farmer. He and his wife, Callie, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary March 16. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four sons, Lester, of Wichita, Kansas, Elton, of Valentine, Nebraska, Paul Ray, of Crystal City, and Donald, of St. Ann; two brothers, Claude, of the state of California, and Ora, of the state of Texas; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. (Springfield News-Leader, ??)

In Memory of James Oris Anderson--Born in Dade County, Missouri, September 13, 1894--Passed Away in Pittsburg, California, July 3, 1961--Aged 66 years--Graveside services at Visalia District Cemetery, Visalia, California--Thursday afternoon, July 6, 1961, at 2:00 o'clock--Clergyman Rev. Norman B. Callaway--Under the direction of the Hadley Funeral Chapel, Visalia, California--Interment at Visalia District Cemetery, Visalia, California. (funeral card)

Claud Baird, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Baird, was born in Cedar County, Mo., July 10, 1897, where he lived and was raised to manhood and died January 6th, 1935, being 37 years, 5 months and 25 days old at death. He was married to Nellie Kitsmiller on October 2, 1918. To this union were born 2 daughters and 1 son: Wanda May, Mary Reid and Jack David, all of whom are still at home. Besides his wife and children, he leaves to mourn their loss, his mother, Mrs. D. R. Baird of Greenfield; Mrs. Maude Hemingway of Ft. Scott; two half brothers, Charley and Dave Baird of Jerico Springs; three half sisters, Mrs. Charlotte Bryson, Mrs. Sadie Jones and Mrs. Mary Frieze, all of Stockton; also a host of friends and relatives. He was a very kind and affectionate husband and father; a jolly neighbor always doing any thing he could for others. He was baptized in infancy and during the latter part of his sickness he called for the prayers of Christian friends. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends but God will care for the sorrowing ones. (Poem omitted.) Funeral services were held at the Omer church at 2:30 Monday afternoon with a very large number of friends and neighbors present who came to express their love and extend their sympathy to the sorrowing family. The music directed by Mrs. Lewis Jones was suitable and fine. the floral offerings were lovely. Rev. B. O. Brooks, a long time friend of the family, brought words of hope and promise from God's stone house and sought to comfort the stricken hearts. Interment was in the Omer cemetery in the family lot near his father who had gone on before. (Cedar County Republican, January ??, 1935)


Date of Birth: August 3, 1865--Date of Death: January 21, 1951--Services at Stockton Christian Church, 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 23, 1951, Rev. G. A. Wells, officiating--Interment at Stockton City Cemetery--Pallbearers Ralph Cacy, Loren Trent, Ezra White, Noel Richardson, Doran Hembree and Tommy Levir??--Flower Bearers Ruby Richardson, Thelma Pyle, Mary White, Ruth Breeden, Edna Myrl Lemons, Opal Sellars, Emogene Frieze, Kathleen Felty and Corda Church. (funeral card)


Date of Birth June 4, 1898--Date of Death December 7, 1961--Age 63 years, 6 months, and 3 days--Funeral Services held at Bolivar Methodist Church, Sunday, December 10, 1961, at 1:30 p.m.--Officiating Clergymen Rev. Carlton Knight and Rev. Richard C. White--Final Resting Place, Lindley Prairie Cemetery--Escorts H. E. Raney, Hobart Kell, John Thomas, William Carneal, J. C. Franklin and Jim Bates--Direction of Pitts Funeral Home. (funeral card)

Born July 11, 1881--Passed Away June 25, 1953--Services at Omer Church, Sunday, June 28, 1953, 1:30 p.m.--Minister Sister Callie Achord--Interment at Omer Cemetery--Pallbearers Finis Cassell, Hobart Kell, Jack Felty, Warfel Simrell, Finis Frieze and Paul Sellars--Flower Bearers Bessie Gray, Emogene Frieze, Nellie Kell, Opal Sellars, Mary Kathryn Baldwin and Kathleen Felty. (funeral card)

Mary Ida Rice, daughter of Robert and Susanna Rice, was born in Polk County, Missouri, December 17, 1883, and passed away December 22, 1953, at 7:45 a.m., being at the time of her death 70 years and 5 days old. She was united in marriage to Robert Lee Barrow, October 7, 1900. She is survived by her devoted companion and two sons, Robert Pirl Barrow of Nampa, Idaho, and John Clifford Barrow of Jerico Springs, Missouri. A baby girl died in infancy. Other survivors include 6 grandchildren, 3 sisters, Mrs. Emmaline Gearhart, Visalia, Calif., Mrs. Jennie Wakefield, Fair Play, Mo., Mrs. Ellen Maxfield, Kansas City, Kan., one brother, Charles Rice of Dunnegan, Mo., and many other relatives, neighbors and friends. "Ma," as she was affectionately called by all her family had been in ill health for a number of years. She and her husband lived in Stockton at the time of death. She was converted at an early age and joined the Methodist church. She always enjoyed attending any church service as long as her health permitted. She was a devoted neighbor and friend and will be so sadly missed by all who knew her. (Poem omitted.) Funeral services were held at the Stockton Methodist Church, Saturday afternoon, Dec. 26, with Elder C. A. Wynes and Rev. G. A. Wells officiating. Interment was in Stockton City cemetery under direction of Cantlon Funeral home. (Cedar County Republican, December ??, 1953) Born December 17, 1883--Passed Away December 22, 1953--Services at Stockton Methodist Church, 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 26, 1953--Elder C. A. Wynes and Rev. G. A. Wells--Interment at Stockton City Cemetery--Pallbearers Rollo Bryant, Harold Willett, Marvin Frieze, Jasper Beaty, A. R. Pyle and N. E. O'Connor--Flower Bearers Zula Frieze, Marie Beaty, Mary Sams, Zula Oldham, Alice Routh and Ethel O'Connor. (funeral card)

Born October 3, 1869--Passed Away November 29, 1952--Services at Gum Springs Church, Thursday, December 4, 1952, 2:00 p.m.--Minister Rev. Geo. Robison--Interment at Gum Springs Cemetery--Pallbearers Finis Wrenn, Bill Thompson, Howard Wrenn, Lester Williams, Clyde Wrenn and Ben Harvey. (funeral card)

Stockton--Warner Beasley, 71, a former resident of Springfield, died Wednesday night in Nevada hospital. He is survived by two sons, Lester Beasley, Stockton, and Kenneth Beasley, Dallas, Tex.; two daughters, Mrs. Luella Bridges, Carthage and Mrs Mary Margaret Terusse, Springfield; a sister, Mrs. Jewel Ayres, Arcola; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Cantlon Chapel. Burial will be in Omer Cemetery. (Springfield, Missouri, newspaper, date unknown)

Margurett Black, daughter of A. O. and Ella Black, was born Sept. 5, 1892, in Crawford Co., Kansas. She was married to Harper Beydler, July 10, 1912. To this union two children were born Donald Ogden age 5, and Harry Wesley age 3. Shortly after they were married they moved to Nebraska. In 1916, they moved to Barton County, Mo., and there lived until she very suddenly died Sunday morning August 4, 1918, age 25 years, 10 months and 29 days. It was indeed a shock to Mrs. Beydler's many friends and relatives to learn of her sudden death of heart trouble, Sunday morning Aug. 4. It seemed almost impossible to be true. Saturday she was in town conversing and laughing with her friends, seemlingly in the best of health. Sunday morning she spoke of her heart troubling her and her husband suggested that she lie down and he would fix her something to stimulate her. After assisting her to the bed, he went to fix the stimulant and upon returning to her, found her dead. It is sad to think of one so young and useful to be taken from her two bright little boys and husband, just starting out in life, but there is One who knows best. Besides her husband and two little sons she leaves a father, two sisters, Miss Grace Black and Mrs. Martin Beydler, grandparents and many other relatives and friends to mourn her loss. She was a true and loving wife, devoted mother and daughter, and leaves a place vacant in her home and community. The funeral services were conducted by Elder J. M. Plummer of the Christian church and burial took place in the Anna Edna Cemetery by the side of her mother who preceded her several years ago. P. A. Peer was the undertaker in charge. Those present from a distance fo attend the funeral were A. H. Black, father of A. O. Black; Thos. A. and E. E. Black, brothers of Mr. Black, Miss Agnes Black, Mrs. Cora Welsh and husband, sister of A. O. Black, all of Butler, and Chas. Beydler and wife, of Mulberry, Kansas. (Jerico Springs Optic, August ??, 1918)

Date of Birth: November 25, 1881--Date of Death: December 12, 1948--Services at Omer Church, 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 13--Officiating Minister Sister Callie Achord--Interment at Omer Cemetery--Pallbearers Norman Moore, Sherman Moore, Donald Scholler, Lee Booher, Carl Blackwell and Alfus Dull--Flower Bearers Alwilda Scholler, Ladonna Scholler, Betty Jo Dull and Donna Booher. (funeral card)

In Loving Memory of Quintus C. Booher--Born February 12, 1880, Richland Center, Wisconsin--Passed Away July 1, 1962, Lockwood, Missouri--Services at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, 1962, at Omer Methodist Church--Clergy, Rev. Lester W. Freund--Ministry of Music by Omer Mixed Choir with Bessie Grey, Accompanist--Escrots, Norman Moore, Donald Scholler, Wattie Bitting, Keith Kifer, Lee Booher and Sherman Moore--Interment at Omer Cemetery, Cedar County, Missouri. (funeral card)

Born May 24, 1886, Richland Center, Wisconsin. Passed Away April 6, 1974, at El Dorado Springs, Missouri. Services: 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 8, 1974, Omer Church. Clergy: Rev. Lester Freund. Ministry of Music: Omer Choir with Bessie Grey, Accompanist. Honorary Escorts: Wilbur Rutledge, Jerry Robison, Fred Cotter, Jack Felty, Keith Keifer and Finis Grey. Active Escorts: Virgil Rutledge, Dwain Rutledge, Donald Rutledge, Johnny Boyd, Russell Smith and Wayne Brewer. Interment at Omer Cemetery, Cedar County, Missouri. (funeral card)


"Mrs. J. F. Boston Dead." America M. Killensworth was born in Green county, Mo., Sept. 20, 1850, was married to J. F. Boston, Aug. 6th, 1865. To this union was born four children, one having died in infancy, the other three are living and were present at her funeral. She died May 20, 1915, aged 64 years 8 months. She was converted in 1865 and joined the Mt. Pleasant Baptist church, was baptized by Eld. Jackson Justice; Came to Cedar county in 1865 and joined the Cedarville church, afterward transferring her membership to Jerico Springs having made a very efficient member until her death. She lived about 50 years on the place where she died. Thus the pioneers are passing. She served well her generation as a neighbor, a christian and friend to those in distress (sic). She will be missed in the church and community, but most of all in the home where she had lived happily since she was a youthful bride. The funeral was conducted by the writer, in the Baptist church at Jerico Springs. Interment in Jerico cemetery. (Jerico Springs Optic, May ??, 1915)

Samuel S. Brand was borned in the city of Covington, Ky., September 26, 1845. Died in Jerico Springs, February 22, 1918. Age 72 years, 4 months, and 26 days. Mr. Brand was married to Mariam H. Clark at Carrolton, Mo. July 11, 1876. To this union were born three children, Katherine, Ruany Virginia and Mariam Lauretta. Ruany Virginia died at the age of two years, March 13, 1882. Mariam Lauretta died Jan. 20, 1907. Mariam, his wife, after a long siege of illness, in which she was confined to her bed, passed to the great beyond, March 17, 1913. He united with the Christian Church when a young man and adhered to that faith until death. He leaves a daughter, Miss Katie, who is teaching school at Campbell, Dunklin Co., and who was at his bed side and nursed him through his last sickness, and two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Anderson, of Kansas City, and Mrs. Lettie Longstreet, of Fairview, Okla. S. S. Brand, or "Sam Brand" as he was better known, was an old land mark, having settled here in the early days of the town and has been identified with the progress and adversities; its joys and sorrows and took a public interest in everything that came up for the good of the town. Mr. Brand was peculiar, in that he always seemed happy and cheerful, always seemed to see the silver lining in the darkest cloud. He was for several years city clerk. He was an advocate of good schools and used his influence to promote our schools. He was an old soldier and drew a pension and was the life of the "Never Sweats," a crowd of old men that could be seen, in the summer, on the benches around the spring, under the shade of the big trees spinning their yarns and enjoying reminecience (sic) of the past. We think he was the originator of the phrase "Never Sweat." Whatever may be said of Sam Brand, he will be missed by his old associates when the warm sunny days come again and the gentle south breeze fan the furrowed brow of the aged and the cool limpid water from the spring slack their thirst. He was laid to rest beside his wife and daughter in the Anna Edna Cemetery at 5 o'clock p.m. Friday evening there to await the resurrection morn. (Jerico Springs Optic, February ??, 1918)

Died at his home in the south part of town at 8 o'clock, Wednesday morning, John Bray, age 83 years 3 months and 21 days. Mr. Bray was born in Tennessee and in early live moved to Missouri and settled in Cedar County near Omer where he lived with his mother until her death. He was married to Miss Flora Longacre February 1892. To this union five children were born, three girls and two boys. One boy preceeded his father several years ago. Mr. Bray embraced religion several years ago and joined the Methodist Church South and lived a consistant christian until he was called hence. He was a good neighbor, a kind husband and an indulgent father. He had lived a long and industrious life. He had been on the decline for a long while and the last two years had not been down town much. He will be greatly missed. His funeral was preached by Rev. Biedenthal in the Methodist church, April 6, and buried in the Omer Cemetery. (Jerico Springs Optic, unknown date but probably in the 1910's)

Leah F. Brown was born September 19th, 1845, in the state of Virginia, and came to this state with her parents when a child. She died at her home near Roland, (torn)day, at 10:45 p.m.; aged 72 years (torn) months and 21 days. She was married to J. F. Brown around? 1865, and of this union seven children were born, three of whom are and were at her side when death came to relieve her of her suffering. They were Alfred M. of Stockton, and (torn) L. and Chas. M. of Jerico Spgs. She professed faith in Christ when (torn) and lived a true and faithful christian life until God called her home. All that loving hands could do was done to save her, but of no (torn). To known her was to love her. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Plummer, minister of the Christian Church, Jerico Springs to a large crowd of friends and neighbors at the Lindley Prairie cemetery, near Paynterville at 3 o'clock p.m., Thursday, (torn) after which the remains were laid to rest to await the resurrection day. (Poem omitted.) (Jerico Springs Optic, unknown date but probably 1918)

Lucy V. Gill was born in V(torn), Ind., August 23, 1867, and departed this life at her home in Jerico Springs, (torn) 13, 1919. Aged 51 years, 4 months, 20 days. She was married to J. A. Brown Dec. 31, 1886. To this union were born three children: Mrs. G. M. Tre(torn) of Akron, Ohio, Mrs. G. F. Hornbake? of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. R. P. Bowles, of Durant, Okla., the last named being at home with her parents the last week of her mother's patient suffering. Those together with her husband and four grandchildren survive her. Mr. and Mrs. Brown came to Kansas City, Mo. in 1887 and with the exception of one year have since been residents of Mo. Mrs. Brown was converted and joined the M. E. Church South at Oak Grove, Mo., in 1903. She lived an unselfish Christian life, forgetting herself in service for others. Her sufferings through the weary months which was great was borne with true christian fortitude and patience. The funeral service was held at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon by Rev. J. T. Loyal and the Pastor, after which she was laid to rest in the beautiful Anna Edna Cemetery. (Poem and prose omitted.) (Jerico Springs Optic, ???, 1919)

Born February 11, 1886, Everton, Missouri--Passed Away October 19, 1948, Arcola, Missouri, age 62 years, 8 months and 8 days--Services at Senseney Funeral Home, 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 21, 1948--Casket Bearers Roy Burlison, Isom Decker, Isaac Burlison, C. C. Collier, Lucian Crutcher and Herbert Hall--Interment at Omer Cemetery. (funeral card)

Columbus Blaine Caldwell, born Nov. 24, 1876, near Knoxville, Tenn. Residing there but a short time, he moved west with his parents where he has since lived. He was married Dec. 23, 1896, at Jerico Springs, Mo., to Ollie V. Hudson. There was but one child born to them which died in infancy. He united with the Christian Church at Jerico in 1904 and has since that time been a deacon in the church. He died Feb. 14, 1918, at his home three miles south of Jerico. His last words to his wife were: "Don't think of me when I am gone as shovelling coal, for I have seen my way to Heaven. The people there are all dressed in white and are so nice. I should like to be with them, they are so peaceful." He leaves a wife, a father, three brothers and four sisters to mourn his loss. His remains was laid to rest beside his infant child, in the Brasher Cemetery. A short funeral service was held at the grave over the remains by the writer. (Jerico Springs Optic, February ??, 1918)

Rev. William Benjamin Carrico was born in Kentucky April 1, 1848, and departed to his home at Jerico Springs, Mo., January 18, 1917; aged 68 years, 9 months and 17 days. Brother Carrico was one of the twelve children born to Joseph B. and El(torn) Carrico--nee Goldsberry. He was happily married to Mary B. (torn) October 24, 1872, and to this union was born 4 sons and 3 daughters: Mary Ellen, Joseph William, Walter (torn), Gertrude Ethel, Ona D., Alonzo Goldsberry and Lula Belle. He was genuinely converted to the Christian religion while working in his herd? in the summer of 1875 and lived a constant and zealous Christian to the end of his earthly pilgrimage and was ready when the Master called him to his home above. He was licenced to preach the Gospel-of which he said at the last, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation--by the Quarterly Conference of Stockton district, of Springfield district, of Southwest Missouri Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, on September 25, 1886, Rev. J. G. L. Mitchell, P. C. and he was ordained a deacon in the said Methodist Episcopal Church, South by Bishop Joseph S. Key, at Clinton, Mo., Sept. (torn), 1890. He preached with considerable union? and supplied several charges in the said Southwest Missouri Conference with good results. His end was peaceful and his children were all present except Mary Ellen Leedy of Boise City, Okla., and Ona D. Carrico of Joplin, Mo. His father and mother, 7 brothers and sisters and one grandchild have preceeded him to the spiritland. He leaves here 1 brother, 4 sisters, his wife, 7 children, 19 grandchildren and one great grandchild to mourn their loss and his departure, which we believe is his eternal gain. At his request, his funeral services were conducted in the church where he had his membership, by the undersigned assisted by Rev. Claude Breidenthal, P. C., after which his remains were interred in the Jerico Springs cemetery to await the resurrection of the just in the last day when we hope to meet him (torn) to part no more forever. (Prose omitted.) J. T.

Mary Kate Daniel was born 6 miles north of Lockwood, Mo., Nov. 26, 1874, the daughter of Green W. and Millie Daniel, and died at Springfield Baptist Hospital, February 10, 1939, from accidental burns suffered at her home near Greenfield a few hours previously. She was married on Dec. 13, 1911 to L. G. Cassell, and they established their home in the Fairview district northeast of Greenfield. Mr. Cassell died suddenly a few years ago. They had no children. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Fannie Ballenger of Tulsa and three stepchildren, Mrs. Cuba Farmer of Cedarville, Mrs. Lois Smith of Dadeville and Omer Cassell of Victor, Colo. Sister Cassell was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, lived an upright Christian life, and by her friendly disposition had won for herself a large circle of friends. She will be sadly missed by her church, her neighbors and friends, and especially by her relatives. Funeral services were conducted at the home on Sunday afternoon after which the body was laid to rest beside her husband in the Omer cemetery. (???, February ??, 1939)

Ulyssis Stephen Grant Cassell was born in Wytheville, Virginia, October 6, 1865, later moving with his parents to Cedar County, Missouri, and departed from this life November 7, 1933, being 68 years, 1 month and 1 day old when the sad intelligence of his death was ringing in our ears. He was united in marriage to Addie Lemaster January 11, 1894, and to this union four children were born, two girls and two boys. The two sons preceded him in death infancy. The two remaining are Nova Smith of Jerico Springs, Missouri, and Fern O'Connor of Stockton, Mo. He also leaves a loving companion, and one sister Ella W. Kell of Jerico Springs, six grand children and a host of other relatives and friends. He professed faith in Christ at an early date in manhood and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Omer and became a faithful worker for the Lord. Always at his post of duty as a Sunday school and church worker. His death was a shocking sensation to his entire family and community. He was stricken with heart failure which he had been troubled with for some time and passed away suddenly. Grant, as he was best known among his many friends, was jolly, good natured and always ready to help in time of need. His motto was the Golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you," thereby being a living example for all with whom he came in contact. (Poem omitted.) Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church of Omer by Rev. Daughtery assisted by the local pastor Rev. Jasper after which the I.O.O.F. Lodge of Stockton of which he was a faithful member for forty-six years, took charge at the cemetery. (Cedar County Republican, November ??, 1933)

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Mrs. Nancy Caroline Clauson (nee) Sage, was born Jan. 2, 1846, near Springfield, Mo. She died at 7:30 o'clock June 16, 1917, at the home of her son, F. A. Clauson, in Jerico Springs, aged 71 years 5 months and 14 days. She was married to J. W. Clauson, in Feb. 1865 at Ft. Smith, Ark. To this union nine children were born, four dying in infancy. One boy and two girls survive. F. A. Clauson, Mrs. Ammie Pertil and Mrs. Mary Netherton, all of Jerico Springs, who were at her bedside when the summons came. Mrs. Alice Phipps who grew to womanhood and was married and moved to Okla., and died about two years ago. A short service was held at the home sunday, at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. Claude Breidenthal, pastor of the local Methodist church, after which she was conveyed to the Omer Cemetery in Dade County (correctly Cedar County) where Rev. (torn) delivered an appropriate sermon and at 3 o'clock she was laid to rest. Mrs. Clauson joined the Methodist church in early life and died in that (torn). She was a patient sufferer, having been for several years unable to walk and was confined to her room for years?. Her husband preceded her to the silent beyond in 1906. The family and friends have the sympathy of the community in this sad hour of their bereavement. (Poem omitted.) (Jerico Springs Optic, June ??, 1917)

Alfred Wesley, the little son of Alfred Harris and wife, was born December 17, 1916, and died August 2, 1918, at the age of 1 year, 7 months and 15 days. He was only sick a few days. Just two or three days before death came, Mrs. Harris brought him to the doctor. Besides the devoted parents he leaves a little sister, Alma Maxine, to mourn his death. Funeral services were conducted by Elder Plummer, at the Hall cemetery, Saturday, August 3, at 3 o'clock p.m. (Jerico Springs Optic, August ??, 1918)

Martin Luther Harris, 78 years, 2 months and 28 days, died at his home northeast of Jerico Springs, Monday morning, March 27, 1916. He was born in Preble County, Ohio, Dec. 29, 1837. At the age of 14 years he moved to Wayne County, Indiana, where he remained until he came to Missouri in 1866. He was married in 1860 to Susan M. Morgan who was given her reward in the world beyond in 1878. To this union two children were born, Mrs. W. P. White of New Mexico and J. W. Harris of Joplin, Mo. In 1880 he was married to his present wife Mrs. Maggie J. Simms. To this union were born eight children, five boys and three girls, one boy dieing (sic) in infancy, namely Mrs. A. E. Hudson, Jerico Sp'gs., P. L. Harris, Cimarron, Kan., Mrs. L. T. Mann, Wilmar, Ark., Mrs. W. J. Clark, Jerico Spgs., Alfred Harris, Jerico Spgs., Arthur and Walter who are still with their parents. Bro. Harris accepted the Christian faith at the age of seventy and affiliated with the Methodist Church at this place. His wife and nine children mourn his departure. While he was gone to his eternal reward where they hope to meet him in the sweet by and by when the mists of this vision have cleared away. (Jerico Springs Optic, March or April ??, 1916)

Mrs. Esta Hyder died at her home near Wagoner Tuesday, December (torn), 1918, of Influenza. Her husband Irvin H. Hyder died just about two weeks ago on Dec. 10. Mrs. Hyder is a daughter of Walter Barnett and wife. She leaves two little children, Lee age four and Gladys age two. The remains were laid to Rest at the Cedar Bluff Cemetery Thursday afternoon Dec. 26 at 3 o'clock. (Jerico Springs Optic, December ??, 1918)

"Cedar County's Oldest and Wealthiest Citizen Succumbs to Pneumonia." With the dying year there passed away at his home in this city one of Cedar's most highly esteemed citizens--Jefferson Jackson--after 84 busy, eventful years. His death occurred Friday, Dec. 12, 1902, at 10 o'clock p.m., after one week's illness of pneumonia. He had been in an unconscious and semi-conscious condition for several days and on the night of his death he was no worse and the family had retired to get needed rest, leaving him in care of nurses. Shortly before 10 o'clock he turned upon his side. About 10:00 the nurses observed that he was breathing abnormally and awakened the family, but 'ere they reached the bed he was dead. His home-going was so beautifully quiet that the watchers scarcely knew when the soul took its upward flight. (Poem and caricature omitted.) The deceased has spent 57 years in this county as a farmer, merchant, county official and banker in all of which positions his honest, conservative business methods brought success and he enjoyed in the fullest degree the confidence and esteem of the people among whom he has lived so long. He was an indefatigable worker and his labors and business judgment were fruitfully blessed, as he started in life with two ponies, two cows and one colored man and was at the time of his death said to be the richest man in the county. He was above all things scrupulously honest. He wanted everything that was rightfully his and he was desirous of seeing others receive that which was theirs. As a husband he was tender, thoughtful and devoted; as a father he was a wise and safe counselor and adviser; he was very firm and steadfast as a friend. He was very regular in his habits. Five o'clock p.m. always found him at home no matter what he was doing; at 9 o'clock he was in bed. He seldom left home after night except on election nights and then he sat up later than many younger men, always evincing a strong interest in national, stsate and local elections. In politics he was a strong Democrat and cast his first vote for Harrison for president in 1840, being then a Whig. In 1896 and 1900 when many other moneyed Democrats wavered and faltered he remained firm and true to his party, with firm belief in the wisdom and justice of Democratic principles as applied to all public questions. In 1870 he was elected sheriff and ex-officio collector of Cedar county and served two years. He was born in Roane county, Tenn., Aug. 6, 1818. In 1843 he moved to Arkansas and two years later came to Cedar county, Mo. He engaged in farming until the civil war broke out. In 1861 he enlisted in the Home Guards, but soon after returned home and resumed farming. In 1862 he enlisted in Co. M, 15th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry and after being in the service twenty months was discharged at Springfield. In 1865 he engaged in the mercantile business and continued in that business until recently, being interested in two stores in Stockton and one in Bear Creek. A few months ago he sold his store at this place and his interest in the store at Bear Creek. In June, 1901, he was instrumental in organizing the Commercial Bank at this place and was elected as its president, which place he was filling at the time of his death. He lived long enough after its organization to see the bank become one of the solid financial institutions of the county. He has been married twice and his second wife survives him. No children were born of the second marriage. His living children are J. M. Jackson, of Humansville; Mrs. R. A. Brown, of Stockton and Mrs. L. A. Pyle, of Cedarville. The deceased children are Mrs. J. R. Owen, Mrs. C. W. Paynter and John R. Jackson. He was a member of the M. E. church, south, and a Mason and was buried with Masonic honors by Stockton lodge, No. 283, A. F. & A. M. Interment was at the family burying ground at Lindley Prairie last Sunday. (Cedar County Republican, December ??, 1902)

Meryle E. Jackson, youngest son of S. E. Jackson and wife, was born October 27, 1899, and died August 24, 1918, age 18 years, 10 months and 3 days, of pneumonia fever while in training at Mare Island, Cal. Naval Training Station. His funeral was held at the Brasher Cemetery Sunday afternoon, September 1, in the presence of a large crowd of relatives and friends, probably the largest crown ever attending a funeral at this place. It was estimated about 1500 persons were there. Rev. J. H. Cleaves, of the Methodist Church of El Dorado Springs pastor of the church which Meryle belonged, conducted the services assisted by S. M. Snodgrass, he having been the deceased's Sunday School teacher. A letter from the Commanding Officer of the Haval Tr. Sta. to the parents was read, expressing sincere sympathy to them and congratulating them upon having so fine and noble son. The casket was covered with beautiful flowers, the gift of loving friends and relatives. Two car loads of relatives, friends and classmates of his came up from Morrisville to attend the funeral, among them Miss Annis Watson, a close friend of the dead boy. There were also several cars from El Dorado Springs, Stockton, Caplinger Mills and various places, the Jacksons having acquaintances all over the country. In response to a telegram Miss Effie Potter came home the first of last week from Chillicothe where she is attending Business College to be present at the funeral. No eulogy need be given of Meryle Jackson as his life and character are known to everyone of his acquaintances and he made friends of practically all whom he cam into contact. (Jerico Springs Optic, September ??, 1918)

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O'BRYANT, Frank Lester.
On Wednesday, August 3rd, 1927, a message came that Frank Lester, eldest son of George Edward and Sarah Elizabeth O'Bryant, was very sick. Dr. E. S. Smith and Dr. G. B. Steward of Stockton were called and with the assistance of his loved ones and so many kind friends all was done that could be done to relieve his awful suffering for the terrible pain in his head, but on Tuesday, August 16, about 4 a.m. God came and took him home where there is no sickness, sorrow and where we will never have to say good bye. The undertakers Crow and Barker of Fair Play were called to care for the body. Rev. Denton and wife of Fair Play directed the services, the high waters preventing Rev. King and wife from assisting. The choir sang "In the Sweet Bye and Bye" and "O, Think of the Home Over There" with Mrs. Edward Price at the piano. Mrs. Denton sang "Some Day We Will Understand" with Mrs. V. G. Curl at the piano. The large crowd of relatives and friends who gathered around to pay their last respects proved how many true friends Lester had. Lester was married to Wylla Deane Fox on August 7, 1910. To this union, one son, John Edward, was born, who with his mother mourn the loss of the husband and father. Other relatives are mother Sarah E. O'Bryant, brothers S. S., W. B. and James E., sisters Ruth Belle Clemons of Fair Play, Mrs. Bessie Margaret Davis of Memphis, Tennessee, Bertha O'Bryant, niece Margaret Mae O'Bryant, nephews Joe E. O'Bryant and Donald O. Clemons with a number of other relatives and a host of friends to mourn his going. The flowers were so many and so pretty and showed how much sympathy they can carry to aching hearts. Dr. E. C. Mitchell, Dr. Rucks, Mrs. Piere (spelling?) and son, Clifford, sent such pretty flowers from Memphis, Tennessee. The body was laid to rest in the Lindley Prairie cemetery on Thursday, August 17, at 4 p.m. (Poem omitted.) (Card of Thanks from Mrs. F. L. O'Bryant, John Edward O'Bryant, Mrs. Sarah E. O'Bryant, S. S. O'Bryant and family, Mrs. J. W. Clemons and family, Mr. and Mrs. Z. T. Davis, W. B. O'Bryant, James E. O'Bryant and Bertha O'Bryant.) (Cedar County Republican, September 15, 1927.)

PITTMAN, Felicia Jane (Hamby)
Thursday, August 19, 1937,   Jerico Springs News Section, Cedar County Republican
  Mrs. Will Pittman passed away at her home in Jerico Springs, Saturday morning.  2 daughters attended the funeral from Wellington, Kansas.  Mrs. Robert Hunter, a daughter who lived near Sheldon, was with her mother when she passed away.  Mrs. B. L. Smith of Idaho arrived in Jerico Monday pm, too late for the funeral.  Mrs. Smith will stay with her father awhile.  The family has the sympathy of the community.
  Felicia Jane Hamby, daughter of Mary and Ezekiel Hamby was born near Filley, September 9, 1861, and passed away August 14, 1937, at the age of 75 years, 11 months and 5 days.
  She was married to W. H. Pittman December 25, 1878.
  This good woman lived in Cedar County practically all of her life, and for more that 58 years, she with here husband made a Christian home for a large family.  The 10 children born to this union are:  Henry, who passed away in France during the World War, and now sleeps in Arlington Cemetery;  Mary Boyer, deceased; Dora Hunter, who lives near Belamy;  Leota Riege, Wellington, Kansas; Della McCort, Wellington, Kansas; Emma Carter, deceased; Jim of Jerico Springs;  Ezekiel, Enterprise, Oregon; Agnes Zollman, Enterprise, Oregon; and Martha Smith, Meridian, Idaho.
   Besides these children, she leaves 2 sisters, 1 brother, 45 living grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren,
   She and Mr. Pitman lived near Filley for a long time and reared their family there, then they moved to a farm 3 miles north of Jerico and lived there until 2 years ago when they moved into town.  Mrs. Pitman has been an invalid since last November and at times she has suffered a great deal.  She united with the Christian Church when she was about 17 years old, and for almost 60 years she has lived a good Christian life.  She realized here time was near and told her loved ones that she was ready and willing to go to receive the crown of life promised to his faithful ones.
   Funeral Services were conducted by Bro. Clawson Sunday afternoon at the home, and the body was laid to rest at the Hall Cemetery.
   A precious one has gone, a chair is vacant.  Rest on Mother, we will soon meet again.
Submitted by: Warren & Betty Lawrence.

PITTMAN, William Harvey
Jerico Springs News:  William Harvey PITTMAN, son of John and Elizabeth Pittman was born in Macoupin, Illinois, Nov. 17, 1858, and passed away at the home of his grand daughter, Mrs. Harley Litsey near Jerico Springs at 12:30pm Thursday, Mary 31, 1951.  He was 92 years, 6 months and 14 days old
 When he was 12 years old his parents came to Cedar County Missouri and lived on a farm near Filley.
  On Christmas Day 1878 he was married to Felicia Jane Hamby who passed away in 1937.      Mr. Pittman united with the Christian Church when he was a young man.  He with his good wife established and maintained a Christian home, near Filly and reared their large family there.  The ten children born to this union are:  Henry, who passed away in France during WWI and now sleeps in Arlington Cemetery.  Other deceased children are, Mary Boyer, Dora Hunter, and Emma Carter.  The 6 living children are:  Leota Sharp, Wichita, Kansas, Della McCert (Cort) Wellington, Kansas, Jim Pittman, Carthage, Mo, Ezekiel Pittman, Meridian, Idaho, Agnes Zellmen, Enterprise, Oregon and Martha Smith, Boise, Idaho.  There are 47 grandchildren, 62 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren. Living sisters are Mary Fesmire of Snider, Texas, Ida Oatman, Brookline, Missouri and Rose Cross, Carey, Idaho.
  Mr. Pittmans last years were spent in or near Jerico Springs.  he had been an invalid a long time and for about 4 years lived in the Frank Bannister home.  When his condition grew worse, he was taken to the home of his grand daughter where for 11 months Mr. and Mrs. Litsey lovingly and tenderly cared for him.
 After 92 years of work, joys and sorrows, rest and peace has come to one who had lived a full life and a wonderful life among so many loved ones and friends.
  Funeral services for mr. Pittman were conducted by Bro. Jones at the Jerico Springs Christian Church at 2:30 Sunday.  A choir with Bernice Beckley at the piano sang "In The Garden", "The Old Rugged Cross", and "No Night There".  Flower girls were members of the SS Class and Casket bearers were members of Independence SS and Neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Litsey. His body was laid to rest in the Hall Cemetery.  Submitted by: Warren & Betty Lawrence.

Published in Goodspeed 1889.
Wiley J. RYAN , general merchant at Eldorado Springs, whose stock of goods is valued at $6,000, is the second of five sons and eight daughters born to Morgan and Susan J. (PATTON) RYAN, natives of Tennessee, born in 1817 and 1821, respectively. The parents were married about 1837, and in 1848 emigrated to Lawrence Co. MO where they remained until 1850, and then removed to Johnson Co. of the same state. In 1856 they came to Cedar Co, and here Mrs. RYAN died July 21, 1884. Mr. RYAN is still living, and has been a life long farmer. He was a soldier in the Seminole War, and was a member of Methodist Church for many Years as was also his wife. His father, Fuller RYAN, who was of Irish extraction, was a carpenter by trade, and died in Knoxville, Tenn. John M. PATTON, father of Mrs RYAN died in Tenn. Wiley J. RYAN was born in Jefferson Co. Tenn. in 1840, attained his growth on the farm, and never attended school but four months in his life. Notwithstanding all this, he is considered a well-informed man on all subjects, owing to the fact that all his spare/moments were devoted to self study. He began for himself at the age of Twenty as a farmer, and in 1860 married Miss Mahala HENDRIX, a native of Tenn, and the daughter of Abraham HENDRIX, who was also born in that State. (should be NC) Mr HENDRIX came to Texas Co. MO in 1854 but died in Dent County. (should be Crawford Co.) To Mr and Mrs RYAN have been born twelve children, four sons and three daughters now living. Mr. RYAN settled in Texas Co. MO. in 1861 and the following year removed to Carroll Co. of the same State, where his family remained until after the war. In 1864 he joined Company F. Forty-forth Missouri Infantry, U. S. A. and operated in Missouri and Tennessee. He was in the fights at Columbia Hill and Franklin, Tenn. receiving a gunshot wound at the last named place, which disabled him for further service. He received his discharged at Jefferson Barracks August 21, 1865. In 1866 he came to Cedar Co. Mo. Located near Clintonville, and here followed farming until 1876, when he engaged in general merchandising at that place, continuing the same industry until 1882, when he removed to Eldorado Springs. Previous to this in 1881 he established a branch house at Eldorado, and was the first to embark in that business there. He continued alone until 1888, when he sold out and and engaged in the business with A. J. RITTER. Mr. RYAN is one of the leading merchants and general business men of the town. He is a Republican in politics his first presidential vote being for Abraham Lincoln in 1864; was elected alderman of Eldorado by that party, and held the position one year. He is a member of I.O. O. F. Lodge No 332, and has been a member of the former since 18789, and of the latter since 1875. He and Mrs RYAN are members of the Freewill Baptist Church, having joined in 1880, and he was a member of the Methodist Church from the age of sixteen up to that time. Mr RYAN is a member of the Encampment, Eastern Star and Rebecca Order.
Submitted by: Della Bailey, gg granddaughter

Harry A. Simrell, son of Dr. and Mrs. John Simrell, was born July 15, 1886, in Cedar County, Missouri. Died May 29, 1939, at Springfield Baptist Hospital, aged 52 years, 10 months, 14 days. He was married to Hester Cowan, March 29, 1924. To this union was born one daughter, Zella Lee, who with her mother survives. He also leaves a daughter by a former marriage, Mrs. Mildred Allen and two children of Nevada, Missouri, an aged mother; two sisters, Mrs. S-- Havenhill and Mrs. Flora Moo-- (Moon or Moore?), a brother, Carl Simrell; and a half sister, Mrs. Flora Kenne-- (Kennedy?), to mourn his passing. Dr. Simrell attended Loyola University in Chicago. Graduated June 1913, practicing 27 years in Cedar County where he was a beloved and successful physician. He was a man of splendid personality and attained many honors in his profession. He was Past President of the Vernon and Cedar County Medical society and while serving in that capacity gave to the New Nevada Hospital, a new Oxygen tent to fight that dread disease, pneumonia. The Hospital has a corner stone in memory of this. He was a member of the American Medical and State Medical Association, which bodies held him in high esteem. A call for help was never refused unless too ill to answer and often left his sick bed to attend suffering regardless of their financial condition. For years he was prominent in political affairs of the county, had been chairman of the Republican County Committee and a delegate to the district convention. At the time of his death, he was Cedar County's representative to the State Legislature to which he was elected in 1938. (After this point, parts of the old obituary were worn, torn or totally missing.) . . . while attending the . . . and serving on six . . . that body. Dr. Simrell be. . . of the Baptist . . . boy and during . . . newed his fello. . . brethren. He was . . . ber of the Mason. . . and Modern Wo. . . His kindness . . . will be long . . . host of friends . . . ily will sadly m. . . May those . . . comforted by . . . his good deeds . . . (This second piece of newspaper was either a continuation of the foregoing obituary or a separate newspaper article.) Dr. H. A. Simrell died at the Springfield Baptist Hospital early Monday morning. He had been in ill health for the past year? or so, and the strenuous tas. . .ying to attend to his wide practice in this section combined with taking care of his duties as Cedar County Representative, brought on a stroke from which he never fully recovered. A week ago, he suddenly became weaker after showing some improvement. He was rushed to the hospital where he lapsed into unconsciousness sinking slowly away. Dr. Simrell was known to practically everyone in this county as well as having a wide acquaintance in surrounding counties. No weather was too bad for "Doc" as he was lovingly called, to answer a call. Many were the errands of mercy he went on knowing full well that he would never receive any pay for it. With his passing, Stockton loses its last home county born Doctor. We could write columns of the good deeds that "Doc" performed but we know he wouldn't want it that way. Suffice to say we down here on Wall street will miss him and his little thoughtful deeds of kindness, such as bringing in a pitcher of ice water from his drugstore next door, to our office force when we were exceptionally busy. The remembrance of a box of strawberries, out of season, and last but not least his willingness to help out when we needed information about any family living in the county. We join the host of friends of bereaved in tendering deepest sympathy. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Baptist Church. Interment was in the City Cemetery. (Cedar County Republican, June ??, 1939)

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