Tuesday, February 20, 2018

William P. Mitchell d. 1 November 1956

Optical Firm Owner Dies

William P. Mitchell Was Civic Leader

William P. Mitchell, 59, one of the leading business and civic leaders of Waynesvville, died in Fort Wood Hospital at 3:30 a.m. today. He was owner of the Waynesville Optical Company, with far-reaching trade in lenses for shooting glasses.

One of the civilian leaders in the successful effort to obtain Ft. Wood as a permanent Army installation, Mr. Mitchell was widely known over the Ozarks. He moved to Waynesville in 1947 and established his company, first known as the Mitchell Optical Company.

Mr. Mitchell was born in Tennessee and had been in the optical business more than 40 years. He started in Kansas City in 1914 with the Columbia Optical Company. IN 1923 he studied optometry at the Needles Institute of Optometry in Kansas City and established a branch office of the Columbia firm in Oklahoma City. He later served as special representative in the middle west with Bausch and Lomb for 18 years.

During World War II he manufactured optical elements for the armed forces in St. Louis. He turned his attention to shooting glasses and moved to Waynesville. In recent years he also has manufactured driving glasses, designed to reduce glare and increase visibility at night.

Survivors include his wife, Jean and a son, William P., Jr., of Grapevine, Tex., and daughter, Mrs. Nancy Christy, Waynesville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending word from distant relatives. They will be under direction of Hedges. The request has been made that instead of flowers donations be made toward a municipal swimming pool for Waynesville.

Springfield Leader and Press
Springfield, Missouri
1 November 1956
Page 33

Monday, February 19, 2018

Issac F. (Ike) Martin, SR. d. 15 March 1975

Issac F. (Ike) Martin, SR. d. 15 March 1975

Springfield businessman Isaac F. (Ike) Martin, Sr., 80, of 1209 South Jefferson, died at 10:55 p.m. Saturday at his home after a long illness.

Mr. Martin established the Ike Martin music store, now located at 220 South Campbell, in 1919 on South Main Street. He retired in 1948.

He was active with the Missouri Conservation Commission and was a World War I Navy veteran.

Mr. Martin was a member of Goad-Ballinger American Legion Post 69, VFW, and Elks Lodge 409.

He attended Springfield Public Schools and Drury College and was a member of St. Agnes Cathedral.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel M.; three sons, Isaac F., Jr., of 2526 East Grand, Charles Dudley, of Route 2, and Ben J. of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three sisters, Mrs. Loraine Strickrodt, Aurora, Mrs. Delbert Wright, Brentwood, and Mrs. Naomi Hasty, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements are incomplete under direction of Herman H. Lohmeyer.

The Springfield News-Leader
Springfield, Missouri 
17 March 1975
Page 7 

*Editor’s Note---Saint Robert was home to an Ike Martin Music Store as early as December 1974 when the Pulaski County Democrat reported that Mr. & Mrs. Ron Reed were the new managers. A seemingly abandoned (but stocked) Ike Martin Music Store was located just east (37.827531, -92.173484) of the IGA Foodliner on Route 66 as late as 1989.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mrs. Cora Lee Tice d. 2 August 1965


WILLOW SPRINGS---Funeral services for Mrs. Cora Lee Tice, 96, Willow Springs, will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Methodist Church at Waynesville. The Rev. George Turner will officiate and burial will be in Waynesville Cemetery under direction of Burns of Willow Springs.

Mrs. Tice, the widow of Dr. LaVega Tice died Monday in Connelly Nursing Home in Springfield.

Surviving are a son, Dr. Arthur L. Tice, Crocker; a sister, Mrs. Stella Claiborn, Big Timber, Mont.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Springfield Leader and Press
Springfield, Missouri
4 August 1965
Page 26

Elbert Rayl d. 12 June 1906

Elbert Rayl, an old citizen of Pulaski County, died at the home of his son-in-law, H.M. York, seven miles south of town, Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock and was buried at the family burying ground just north of town Wednesday. Mr. Rayl was about 70 years old and was raised in and near Waynesville. He was the oldest brother of S.O Rayl of Waynesville and J.A. Rayl of Crocker and had a world of friends in this community who regret very much to learn of his death. He had long been a sufferer from a complication of ailments and his death had been expected for some time. The sorrowing relatives have our profound sympathy.

The Pulaski County Democrat
Waynesville, Missouri
15 June 1906
Page 5

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Docia (Vaughan) Schock d. 13 April 1913



Mrs. L.A. Shock died in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 32, Sunday night, April 13th, 1913, after a long spell of sickness.

Mrs. Shock was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Vaughan formerly of this place and known as Docia M. Vaughan. She was born and raised near Waynesville and has many relatives and friends here and vicinity. It was her own wishes to choose Waynesville as her resting place where she would be welcomed and remembered.

Mrs. Shock leaves a husband and two children, seven brothers and two sisters, Mrs. B.N. Pippin, of St. Louis, and Mrs. P.H. McGregor, of Rolla, Mo., mother and father now of Bakersfield, Mo., to mourn her death.

Mr. and Mrs. Shock for the past seven years had made Kansas City, Mo., their home, her husband entering business March 1st, 1912, and just a few weeks before his wife took ill with a complicated disease. He immediately began to make arrangements to dispose of his business in order to make a change of climate for her health and finally decided on going to San Antonio, Texas. In the meantime Mrs. Shock decided to go to the Missouri State Sanitarium at Mount Vernon, Mo., a most delightful place, not responding there and fearing a severe winter coming on started to San Antonio, in November. Upon arrival at San Antonio she began to improve but it was only for a short time as it was noticed the strong fight she was making to rid her terrible illness was all in vain. She struggled along in agony and intense pain, trying everything possible for relief.

Mr. Shock had her in a private Sanitarium where she was well cared for, he himself and her brother Byron helped to nurse and comfort her in every possible way during her terrible sufferings and was present at her bedside when the end came.

Mrs. Shock was beautifully arranged for burial which showed the love and sorrow of her mourned ones. Impressive funeral ceremonies were conducted at the M.E. Church South in this city at 2 p.m. Wednesday by Rev. H.W. Bostwick after which the remains were laid to rest in the Mitchell cemetery amid a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends there as per her request to repose amidst the dust of her kindred and friends until the resurrection.

The Pulaski County Democrat
Waynesville, Missouri
17 April 1913
Page 4

Mrs. Ora Thompson d. April 1913

Mrs. Ora Thompson died at the St. Mary's hospital Sunday morning at 12:30 after a long illness of peritonitis. She was taken to the hospital last week. Mrs. Thompson is a daughter of O.B. Vaughn. She was married to Ed Thompson several years ago. Two children, one of whom survives her were born to the marriage. She was born Feb. 5 twenty-three years ago in Pulaski county and has resided in this city the larger portion of her life. ---JEFFERSON CITY TRIBUNE

The Pulaski County Democrat
Waynesville, Missouri
17 April 1913
Page 1

Harold Mitchell d. 8 March 1912

Death has again invaded our town and this time claimed for its victim, Harold, the little two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Mitchell who passed away Friday after a brief illness of dropsy of the bowels. Of a family of six little children little Harold is the first to be called away. Although the conditions were such that neighbors could not show their sympathy


The remains were interred in the city cemetery MISSING TEXT

The Pulaski County Democrat
Waynesville, Missouri
14 March 1912
Page 5

Vandiver Berry Hill d. 27 September 1912

Vandiver Berry Hill

Judge V.B. Hill was born in Adair county Kentucky, Dec. 27th, 1827, and died at his home in Waynesville, Mo., Sept. 27th, 1912, aged 84 years and 9 months. His father was George Hill, his mother was Malinda Christeson, who died when the subject of this sketch was three years old. He was then sent to live in the family of her brother, Josiah Christeson, who reared him. His uncle moved to Pulaski county, Missouri, in 1835 and settled near Waynesville, on what is now G.O. Crismon's farm bringing the boy with him. He worked on his uncle's farm during the summer and attended the country schools in winter until 1848, when he went to school at Springfield, Mo., for five months. Subsequently he attended High school at Ebenezer, Green county, Mo. for thirteen months. Returning to Pulaski county, he was appointed deputy circuit clerk held eighteen months when he was elected sheriff of the county in 1850. He was elected to the Missouri Legislature, from Pulaski county in 1854 and again in 1856. For several years back he had been studying law, preparing himself to enter upon that profession. He was admitted to the bar in 1857 and opened an office in Waynesville. In 1861 he was elected a member of the state convention, which was to determine what course this state would pursue in regard to secession. He kept his seat in this convention until that body adjourned from St. Louis to Jefferson City where he with Sterling Price and several other prominent members were expelled on account of their strong Southern proclivities. He returned home and was elected captain of Company F 1st Regiment Missouri State guards, McBride's Division in the Confederate army. He was in the battles of Wilson Creek, Drywood and Lexington. In 1862 he resigned, returned to his home and engaged in farming until 1864 when he went to Wyandotte Kan., where he remained about a year as a clerk in a dry goods store. He then went to Putnam county, Indian, where he remained until May, 1867, when he returned to Waynesville and resumed the practice of law and also engaged in farming. In the early seventies he served his county as County School Commissioner and later as Prosecuting Attorney. In November 1874 he was elected Judge of the Circuit Court for the 18th Judicial Circuit of Missouri, in which capacity he served six years.

He was a leading member of the Baptist church having served several times as Moderator of the Association, he was also prominent in Masonic circles, having been raised to the sublime degree Master Mason a half century ago at Steelville, Mo., at that time the nearest lodge to Waynesville.

He was married Jan. 8th, 1856, to Miss Nancy McDonald in Waynesville, Mo., at the home of her brother, W.W. McDonald, who at that time was Circuit Clerk of this county. Six children were born of this marriage, four dying in infancy, two surviving, Mrs. J.B. Harrison, of Rolla, Mo., and Mrs. Nora H. Locker, of Waynesville. His wife died in 1902.

By his death that county has lost one of its oldest and most prominent pioneers and citizens. He saw this country transformed from a wilderness, overrun by Indians and wild beasts to its present condition, and aided all he could in its social, religious and moral development. He was always found on the moral side of every question public or private. In one sense he was a strong partisan. That is he was a firm believer in the great fundamental principles of the political party, the church, and the lodge to which he belonged, all of which had honored him and all three of which were his ideals in their respective spheres. He had been an invalid for years and his death had been expected any time for several months. The hand of affliction has rested heavily upon him for years thereby affording the younger generation little or no opportunity to know him personally and thereby become familiar with the many noble traits which endeared him to every one with whom he came in contact when he was in his prime 20 to 60 years ago. There was a quiet, native dignity about him in his daily walk and conversation which gave a charm to his personality. He cherished his home circle in a marked degree. A more loving, faithful husband, a kindlier, better father, a more exemplary citizens, a more trusted official or a more impartial Judge never lived.

The funeral services were held by Rev. J.C. Hicks, of Plato, after which the Masons took charge and the remains were laid to rest in the Mitchell cemetery by the side of his wife to await the Resurrection Morn and that lowly yet lofty spirit which so lately dwelt in that body of his, over which nature will spread her soft green carpet- where is it? May the Almighty save and may his children and grandchildren "be beloved for the fathers sake."

The Pulaski County Democrat
Waynesville, Missouri
3 October, 1912
Page 1

Mrs. M.G. Wyrick d. 10 April 1911

Mrs. M.G. Wyrick Dead

Died, at her home in this city Monday morning, Mrs. M.G. Wyrick, after a brief illness of about three weeks duration.

Altho Mrs. Wyrick had been ill for some time her condition was not considered dangerous until the day before her death.

She was 51 years of age, was a kind unassuming woman who had the love and respect of everyone who knew her. She has lived in this county most of her life, grew to womanhood in the Bellefonte neighborhood, where she lived until about 15 years ago they moved to Waynesville where she has lived until she was called home. Deceased lived a consistent Christian life and while ill health forbid her making public demonstrations of her Christian woek yet her everyday life spoke volumes to her neighbors and friends.

She leaves a husband, two daughters, three step children, a mother, three sisters, a brother and a host of friends to mourn her death. Funeral services was held at the Methodist church Tuesday morning conducted by Rev. W.H. Bostwick after which the remains were laid away in the city cemetery. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved ones.

The Pulaski County Democrat
Waynesville, Missouri
11 April 1911
Page 1

Loyal Mitchell d. 18 January 1910

Loyal Mitchell Dead

Again the death angel has invaded our town and plucked one of its fairest gems. Little Loyal, the 21 months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Mitchell, passed away Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. after an illness of four days of bronchial pneumonia. The baby had been frail from birth and when the disease had fastened itself upon him medical skill and loving hands were to no avail.

Little Loyal's loveable, sweet disposition endeared him to all and he was a great favorite with neighbors and friends of the family.

Four little girls of Mrs. Mitchell's Sunday school class acted as pall bearers and funeral services were conducted by Rev. Bostwick at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon, after which all that was mortal of little Loyal was laid away in the city cemetery.

We join the many friends in extending sympathy to the fond parents in this loss of their darling baby.

The Pulaski County Democrat
Waynesville, Missouri
21 January 1910
Page 1