Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Floyd Laughlin d. April 5, 1916


Head was Completely Severed From Body by a Cable

Floyd Laughlin, 21 years old, was instantly killed April 5th, 1916 at Nagrom Wash., when a cable in the Morgan Lumber Company's mill snapped in two. A hook at the end of the cable tore the youth's head from his shoulders. Young Laughlin had been employed in the mill a year and a half. The body was taken to Tacoma Wash., for burial. Funeral was held in the afternoon on Saturday, April 8th. Interment in Oakland cemetery under the direction of C.C. Melling Co.

Floyd is survived by his father John Laughlin, three sisters: Mrs. A.W. Cook, Mrs. C.C. Myers, Miss Ollie and a half brother, J.L. Vaughn, all of Cookville, Mo. Young Laughlin left this county with his grandfather, T.M. Laughlin, in 1913 going to Modesto, Cal., where he worked in the nursery business during the season of 1914, from there to San Francisco and later to Nagrom where he met his death.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Maria T. Wodohodsky 1861-1916

Died at her home on the Gasconade river, Friday, April 14, Mrs. Wenzel Wodohodsky Sr.. She was born in Germany, Aug. 12, 1861, and leaves a husband, four daughters and four sons. Interment in the Catholic cemetery Sunday.

Monday, December 28, 2015

John B Sauls 1862-1916

John B. Sauls was born in Maries County, Missouri, September 7, 1862. On April 26, 1886, he was married to Lucinda Stites, of Maries County. He has lived in Pulaski County for several years.

He was converted before his marriage and has always lived true to God. He will be greatly missed in the Sunday School and church work.

Mr. Sauls was taken to St. Louis on April 7th for medical treatment and died there April 12th. The body was brought to Crocker the next day, accompanied by Mrs. Sauls and a nephew, Charles Nelson.

He leaves to mourn his loss his widow; his adopted son, Andy, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. M. Vance and interment was made in the Bethany Cemetery—the first grave in the new cemetery.

His relatives who attended the funeral were his wife and adopted son, Mr. And Mrs. Fellar Nelson, Mr. And Mrs. David Stites, Mr. And Mrs. Harvey Baugh, Mr. And Mrs. Johnnie Nelson and children, Mr. And Mrs. Riley Bell and children, Ray Sauls, Charles Nelson, Johnnie Stites, Mr. And Mrs. Jules Jurgens, and C. C. Bell.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all in their time of sorrow.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Lizzie (Hale) Copeland 1873-1916

Gone Home To Rest

Mrs. Lizzie Copeland, wife of C.R. Copeland was born at Edgar Springs, Mo., March 2, 1873, and died at her home about one mile southwest of Dixon Tuesday, afternoon, March 28th, being 43 years and 26 days old.

She was the oldest daughter of S.R. and Mary Hale and was married to Chas. R. Copeland at Spring Creek Dec. 2, 1891. To this union 5 children were born, 4 of whom are still living: Mrs. Ruth Stewart, Clyde, Lois and Right, and 4 sisters and 1 brother to mourn her departure.

She was sick about 23 days and although her suffering was intense she bore it as well as anyone could. She had been unconscious for some time but when the end was near she became conscious and began calling all of her relatives to her one by one and told them what she wanted them to do and bidding them good bye until her aged father came and he said to her, "Lizzie I would not talk so much as the doctor says there is a chance for you" but she said to him "Oh! Papa, I have so much to tell and such a short time to tell it, I must hurry." He asked her if she was afraid to die and her answer was "Oh! No, I'm just going home to reap my reward. I have labored so long and diligently. It is just over there Papa, can't you see it?" She said "I hate to go and leave you all, especially my little boy, Right, as I always prayed to live to raise him. I am not afraid to leave Clyde for I have so instructed him I know he will follow in my footsteps. Now I want you all to follow in the footsteps of my Saviour so my little son will follow you."

She united with the M.E. Church at Bloodland in 1912 but all her life she had lived as a true christian and was a great church and Sunday School worker as the people of Bloodland and Hooker know. In conclusion she said, "My life has been an open book for anyone to read. I have always help up for that which was good and suppressed the bad. I have my ticket ready and am only waiting for the train to carry me home where my seat is waiting for me and I want you to so live that when the time comes to you, you will also be ready to join me in the family circle around the Throne of God." Her last words were "Oh! Look at the beautiful sun!"

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.E. Mathews, of Newburg, at the home in a very beautiful and impressive manner after which her remains were laid to rest in the Dixon cemetery to await the sound of the trumpet on the Resurrection Morning.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Nancy Jeffries d. February 26, 1916

Died, at the home of her parents in Big Piney, Feb. 26, Nancy Jeffries, the third daughter of T.P. and Sarah Jeffries. Nancy was an active girl and was always ready and willing to help those who asked a favor. We feel desolate when we think of not seeing her anymore but we hope to meet her in the Great Beyond. Her remains were laid to rest in the Big Piney cemetery Sunday the 26th. The family have the sympathy of the community.

A friend,

D.D. Bott

Friday, December 25, 2015

Nancy Malinda (Musgrave) McElroy 1828-1916

Mrs. Nancy Malinda McElroy was born in Illinois Nov. 15, 1828, and died Jan. 22nd, 1916, age 88 years, 1 month, and 23 days. Mrs. McElroy came to Missouri with her father, Bennet Musgrave and family when 12 years old. At the age of 17 she married J.R. Vincent. To them 12 children were born of whom only one, Mrs. Norman Barnes, still survives. Mr. Vincent died during the Civil War. Mrs. Vincent later married Samuel McElroy, who died 18 years ago. Since then she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Norman Barnes, and granddaughter, Mrs. Lacy Grisham.

Mrs. McElroy made a profession of faith in Christ 45 years ago and was a zealous member of the Christian church. She was interested in every good work and was loved by all who knew her. Aunt Linda, as she was familiarly known, will be sadly missed by her many friends and relatives, but we should not mourn for her as our loss is her great gain.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Laura C. (Sneed) Derry 1877-1916

Died, at her residence in Big Piney, Laura C. Derry, wife of Dr. Wm. Derry. Sister Derry was born in Pulaski County Mo., Feb. 23, 1877, and died Jan. 25, 1916.

She was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and lived a devoted Christian life. She was married to Dr. Wm. Derry, June 17, 1897. To this union eight children were born, three preceding her to that Great Beyond. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn her departure.
The funeral was preached at the church house by Rev. Allsberry after which the remains were laid to rest in the Big Piney Cemetery.
The family has the sympathy of the entire community.

By a friend

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Beatrice Vivian Derry 1897-1916

Died, at the residence of her parents in Big Piney, Beatrice Vivian Derry, Jan. 24, 1916. She was born Sept. 28, 1897 at Big Piney.

She professed a hope in Christ in 1911 and has since lived a devoted Christian life, and her last hours were spent praying for her father, brothers, sisters, and her young associates.

The remains were taken to the church where Rev. Alsberry conducted the funeral of mother and daughter. Interment in Big Piney Cemetery. We sympathize with the father in the loss of wife and daughter.

-A friend

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Jack Warren d. January 25, 1916

Jack Warren died at his home near Wharton 5 o'clock Tuesday evening of tubercular trouble.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Martha A. (Chambers) George 1859-1916

Died at her home on the Gasconade river, Mrs. Chas. George of heart failure Thursday night and was laid to rest in the Green Cemetery Saturday afternoon. She was a splendid woman and leaves seven sons, one daughter, and husband to mourn their loss. They telegraphed her son, Theodore in Oklahoma immediately and on account of a washout he never got here till Saturday night the train being 19 hours late.

Mrs. Martha George, wife of Charley George, died January 20th, 1916. Mrs. George was born in Wright county, Mo., Aug.11, 1858 and was 57 years, 4 months, and 9 days of age. She was married to Charley George in the year 1880. There were nine children born to this union, seven boys and two girls. One girl died in her childhood. Six boys and one girl were present at the funeral. The oldest boy failed to get home in time on account of the train being delayed.

Mrs. George was a good wife, mother, and neighbor and will be greatly missed by us all. We feel sad because she is gone from us, but while we weep and wonder she may be wrapped in garments of light, and warbling songs of celestial joy. She will return to us no more.

What family circle has remained unbroken- no empty chair- no cherished mementoes- no members transferred to the illimitable Beyond? Alas! We all have felt or seen its power.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family and pray that it may be an unbroken family in the glorious beyond.

Rev. Tull
Pulaski County Democrat

January 27, 1916

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Mary Elizabeth (Carmack) Foote 1878-1916

Mrs. W.B. Foot of near Bear Ridge died at her home about 6 o'clock Monday evening of pneumonia, after an illness of only two weeks. The deceased was 37 yrs. of age at the time of her death. She leaves to mourn her departure of this life, in addition to a host of friend's. A loving husband and three small children, parents Mr. and Mrs. John Carmack of the Bell Creek neighborhood. Two brothers, W.R. and Ivy Carmack. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 18th, at the Christian Church at Crocker, of which Church she was a true and devoted member. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives in this, their great sorrow.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Snowden Earl Shockley d. March 16, 1904

Died, at his home near Waynesville, Mo., March 16th, 1904 at 11:30 p.m., little Snowden Earl Shockley, beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. O.W. Shockley, aged 9 years, 6 months, and 29 days. He was taken sick in school at Waynesville and his ailment was a brain trouble. Although he had all the attention that medical skill could render, together with all that could be done by loving parents, brothers and sisters to alleviate his suffering after a long and distressing illness he was bound to go, tho his bright smiles while at home illuminated the darkest pathway. Oh, how he will be missed, they will be so lonely without him, but we must not wish him back with us. That place at the family table is vacant, which will never e filled. He has run life's toilsome journey here on earth, and now the crown of glory has been won. May God comfort the bereaved parents; he seemed to know during all of his sickness he would not get well. He leaves a heart broken father and mother, two brothers and two sisters, all of whom were at his bedside except Mrs. Cora Stewart who was in the Indian Territory.

The funeral discourse was delivered at the family cemetery by Rev. Manes after which the dear lifeless body of little Snowden was laid to rest.

How sad and sorrowful was the day
When Death his visit made;
We prayed that he might spare
His life, that the sentence e delayed.
But death, an unbidden guest, enters
All of our homes, and takes with him
Some loved ones, ah, 'tis sad, very sad.
She gave up her only child,
Who was the only hope she had,
For whom she toiled, for whom she prayed,
For whom her proudest plans were laid,
God in his wisdom has he recalled,
The bourne his love hath given;
And though the body slumbers now,

The soul is safe in Heaven.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Peggy Hensley d. May 7, 1904

Died, at the home of her son Irven Hensley, near town Saturday, May 7th, 1904, Aunt Peggy Hensley. Mrs. Hensley was one of the oldest residents in the county, being 84 years old at the time of her death. She leaves many relatives and friends to mourn her loss. She was a good woman and will be sadly missed in the community. The family have the sympathy of all

Thursday, December 17, 2015

James Madison Mays d. May 6, 1904

Uncle Mat Mays, a man whom every child in Richland knew and loved, passed into the mysterious beyond last Friday night. He had been an invalid for several years and only survived his wife, Aunt Betty, three weeks.

Richland Items
Pulaski County Democrat

May 13, 1904

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Unknown Female Godfrey d. May 6, 1904

The little 4 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Godfrey died of measles last Friday night and her funeral was conducted Saturday.

Richland Items
Pulaski County Democrat

May 13, 1904

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Unknown Male Manuel d. May 8, 1904

The 12 year old son of A. Manuel living near here died last Monday of measles and his remains were brought here for interment.

Richland Items
Pulaski County Democrat
May 13, 1904

Monday, December 14, 2015

Perlina Jane (Rhea) Houk d, May 28, 1904

Mrs. H.C. Houk, who has been an invalid for several years, died last Saturday morning. Funeral services were held Sunday at the M.E. Church conducted by Rev. January. Mrs. Houk leaves a husband and ten children, nine of whom were present at the funeral to feel her loss.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

James "Cap" Peel 1837-1916

Cap Peal died Monday Jan. 17th of Pneumonia at the county farm near town, after an illness of several days. He was a bachelor, and had no relatives in the county. He has lived near Waynesville for many years, and was highly respected by all who knew him. This is the 3rd death this winter of the inmates of the county farm. Grandpa and Grandma Admire, as they were familiarly known having died the first of this month.

Martha (Decker) Carmack d. June 15, 1904

Mrs. J.A. Carmack, an aged and highly respected lady, died at her home near Crocker Thursday morning of last week, and her remains were laid to rest in the Crocker cemetery the afternoon following. She leaves a husband and several grown children to mourn her loss.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ella Green d. May 18, 1904

Miss Ella Green of the Gasconade died at the home of her aunt, Mrs. Mary Davis last Friday. The Coroner held an Inquest and decided that she died from abortion.

Friday, December 11, 2015

George W. Maze d. April 6, 1911

Killed By Falling Tree

Waynesville, Mo. April 8- George W. Masee, a well-to-do farmer was killed yesterday while clearing woodland on his farm near Moab neighborhood. A tree he was chopping feel on him unexpectedly and crushed him.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Fred Wright d. July 20, 1904

Fred Wright, who has been ill with rheumatism for several months had a relapse Monday and died Tuesday. He was a young man of exemplary habits and his many friends and relatives sadly regret his demise.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Danny Sylvester Miller d. March 27, 1952

Danny Sylvester Miller, 84, of Big Piney, died at Waynesville March 27 and was buried in the cemetery of the Hopewell Baptist Church Sunday afternoon.

He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Daisy E. Helton of Palace, Mrs. Maude O. Nickels of Lakeway and Mrs. Josephine Helton of Plato; three sons, Dr. Clyde S. Miller of Waynesville, Richard W. of Bassville, and Jack N. of Glendale, Calif.; two sisters and 14 grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Hedges Funeral Home of Waynesville

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

James W. Hancock 1861-1941

James W. Hancock was born March 27, 1861 in Pulaski County, Mo., and passed away at his home in Dixon, Mo., April 10, 1941, being at the time of his death 80 years and 13 days.

On May 15, 1930 he was married to Mrs. Lillie Ray of Rolla, Mo., who survives. He is also survived by two daughters by a former marriage, Zola Costly of Gary, Ind. and Irene Brittan, of St. Louis, Mo., and four grandchildren and one great-grandchildren, one brother, George Hancock of Dixon, Mo., three sisters, Mrs. Lin Briggs of Muskogee, Okla., Mrs. Flora Anderson of Detroit, Mich., and Rosa Bates of Dixon, Mo. He was a member of the Christian Church of Dixon and had been a Mason for 52 years.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Mrs. Mike Coffey d. 1903

Mrs. Mike Coffey, near here, who was reported out of danger but died very suddenly, was buried in the Catholic cemetery in Lebanon by the side of her husband who went there about two months ago.


May 1, 1903

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Mike Coffey d. February 28, 1903

Mike Coffey, an old Pulaski county citizen, died at his home near Swedeborg Saturday morning at 4 o'clock and was buried at Lebanon Sunday.


March 6, 1903

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Evelyn Bates d. March 15, 1903

Died- At the home of Mrs. Cora Hobbs in this city on Sunday evening March 15, 1903, little Evelyn, the four-month old baby of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Bates. The little one had been suffering from whooping cough for the past three weeks and owing to the mother's condition, was moved to the home of Mrs. Hobbs where it could be better cared for, but the baby grew rapidly worse until Sunday when death ended its sufferings. The remains were interred Monday in the Mitchell cemetery across the creek. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad hours of bereavement.


March 20, 1903

Friday, December 4, 2015

D.B. Dudley d. March 15, 1903

D.B. Dudley, an old and respected citizen of this place died Sunday. Mr. Dudley had lived in Pulaski county many years and formerly edited a paper at Richland and was twice School commissioner of the county. He was buried Monday at the Dixon cemetery by the Masonic order. He was a charter member of the Dixon Masonic Lodge at its organization at Arlington.

April 3, 1903

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Mary McMillian d. December 8, 1902

Grandma McMillen, who has been confined to her bed for over a year, died Monday.

Crocker News

December 12, 1902

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Mrs. W.L. Lane 1847-1902

Death of Mrs. W.L. Lane

Mrs. W.L. Lane, who formerly lived in this county, died at the home of her husband at Arlington, Okla., November 30, 1902, from the effects of a serious burn she received the 22 of October while making soap by a fire in the yard. Mrs. Lane was born in Hamilton county, Illinois, May 14, 1847, and was 52 years, 7 months and 16 days old.

She was married to W.L. Lane in 1871 and was the mother of nine children, eight of whom are still living. She was a member of the Baptist church and a devout christian and had many friends in Pulaski county, as well as in Oklahoma where she had lived for several years. Her last days were made as pleasant as possible by kind friends and neighbors and her death sadly mourned by all.


December 12, 1902

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Eliza J. (Shelton) Allen 1826-1902

Mrs. Eliza J. Allen

Mrs. Eliza J. Allen was born in Cumberland county, Tenn., May 13th, 1826; died at her home in Springfield, Mo.; Oct. 24th, 1902. Mrs. Allen, who was Eliza Shelton of Miller county before she married E.M. Allen of the same county in June, 54 years ago, was well known in Miller and Pulaski counties. She was a most deserving woman, being the mother of ten children reared to man and woman-hood she was necessarily a home body, but a more faithful wife and mother never lied. Her life was one of hardships as most all pioneer settlers were, but she cheerfully went about her duties in a hopeful and patient way.

She was a member of the Christian church from girlhood and often said during her year and one half at confinement that she was perfectly willing and just waiting for the Lord to call her.

Rev. Harlow of the Washington Ave. Christian church of Springfield, held funeral services and the remains were brought to Crocker and laid beside a son.

Four years ago Mr. and Mrs. Allen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Crocker, and one sister and eight children were present. She leaves  a companion, two sisters, one brother and nine children- four girls and five boys- to mourn her loss, a loss that can never be replaced, for there is no love like a mothers and this mother was one in the true sense of the word. We rejoice to know that this is not a final separation if we live under God's counsels.


December 12, 1902

Monday, November 30, 2015

Minerva Jesse d. June 3, 1916


Dies at Waynesville- Body Shipped to Mexico for Interment

Many friends in Mexico of Mrs. Minerva Jesse, beloved wife of Rev. J.S. Jesse, were pained to hear of her death at her home at Waynesville, Mo., last Saturday morning. Mexico was formerly her home. The body was shipped here for interment. Rev. O. Olin Green, pastor of the Mexico Baptist Church, held funeral service Sunday afternoon, burial in Elmwood.

Mrs. Jesse was 60 years old. She was a sister of Mr. Granville Reed who died at Columbia and was buried here last week. The husband survives; he is one of the most popular Baptist ministers in the State and pastor of the Baptist church at Waynesville. The following children survive: J.C. Jessie, Artesia, New Mexico; Rev. Lewis Jesse, of Texas; Mrs. Wiley Atkins, Lebanon, Mo., and Mrs. Nancy McKamey, Waynesville, Mo.

Mrs. Jesse was a woman of high Christian ideals. Beloved and faithful in every good work, the world is poorer for her passing.


June 8, 1916

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mary J. McFall d. December 28, 1902

Nothing which has occurred during recent months has caused such general regret as the death of Mrs. Mary J. McFall, wife of Robert McFall, which occurred last Wednesday. The news of her sudden taking off was a great shock to the community, as she had apparently been in her usual health until with four days of her death. Death was caused from a stroke of paralysis. The remains were taken to Richland on Monday for interment.

The deceased leaves a husband and four children who have the sympathy of the entire community in this their trying bereavement.

Pulaski County Democrat

Saturday, November 28, 2015

May Wilson d, December 16, 1902


Little May, the seven year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dell Wilson died Tuesday evening at six o'clock after an illness of several weeks from typhoid fever. The remains were buried in Turpin graveyard Wednesday. Little May was a bright and lovable child and a favorite among her school mates, and will be sadly missed by them as well as the doting parents in whose heart her place can never be filed. We extend to the bereft family our heartfelt sympathy.

Pulaski County Democrat

Friday, November 27, 2015

W.S. Adams d. December 11, 1902

Death of W.S. Adams

W.S. Adams was born in Clark county, Ky., October 10, 1826; died in Pulaski county, Mo., December 11, 1902, aged 76 years, 2 months, and 1 day. He came with his parents from Kentucky to Clay county, Mo., in 1832, and removed to Pulaski county about the year 1867, where he lived until his death. He was married to Miss Martha Phillips in Ray county, Mo., December 24, 1851, to them were born six children, all of whom are still living, the children present at his death were, Thomas, Margie, Mrs. Stacy Harrison and Mrs. Mollie Miller, two of them living at Baxter Springs, Kan., were not present Rufus and Mrs. Nancy Miller. He has 19 grand children living.

Uncle Spencer was loved and respected by friends and neighbors and he will be missed in the community where he lived so long. He professed religion about 17 years ago but he never united with any church. He respected and loved all church going people. he gave up all for Jesus, was willing to die and requested that his children meet him in Heaven. He was a good man in his home, loved his family as he loved himself, and his place will be hard to fill in the community. His widow has the sympathy, love, and respect of everyone who is acquainted with her.

We have known Mr. Adams for about twenty years and in all that time he was ever the same kind hearted man and friend to us.


Pulaski County Democrat

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

John Laughlin d. July 16, 1902

John Laughlin, a well known and well-to-do farmer living three miles south of town, died early Wednesday morning after a brief illness of Appendicitis complicated with Peritonitis. he had but recently had an attack of malarial fever but had recovered and was able to be up and around the house when attacked with Appendicitis. His last illness only lasted a few days during which time he suffered very much.

He leaves a wife and two small children besides many other relatives and friends to mourn his loss. He was in the prime of his life and was a reasonably strong and healthy man.

Mr. Laughlin was an honest, upright citizen, very industrious and attended very much to his own business, and possessed many traits of character that go to make a good citizen. He will be missed in the community. The family have our profound sympathy.

Pulaski County Democrat

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Charles Ballard d. June 12, 1902

Charles Ballard died at his home near Waynesville, June 12, 1902, of typhoid fever after a short illness, aged 24 years. Everything that skilled physicians and loving hands could do was all in vain; the Lord had need for him and called him away. His sisters and step-mother were with him and administered to every want until the end came. His companion had proceeded him just three weeks. But we weep not as those that have little faith. While we have lost him we hope our loss is his gain. He is free from all care and trouble and has paid the debt we all must pay. While his body moulders in the tomb the soul is safe in Heaven. where there will be no hour of parting and God shall wipe all tears away.

He leaves two small children and four sisters to mourn his loss. The interment took place at the Laughlin cemetery at 12 o'clock Saturday.


Pulaski County Democrat

Monday, November 23, 2015

James A. Vaughan 1841-1902


At his home near Dixon, May 2, James A. Vaughan, in the 61st year of his life. Brother Vaughan was born in Gasconade County, Mo., August 22, 1841; was married to Miss Maria Turner, Sept. 7, 1865. To them were born nine children, all boys, all yet living. Brother Vaughan was well respected and liked by his neighbors. He was a member of the church of Christ, and died in the faith and hope of the righteous. The writer spoke to the sorrowing relatives and friends from Rev. xiv:13.

His mortal remains were laid away in the cemetery at Fox Crossing to await the trumpet's call on resurrection morn. To the sorrowing ones we say: he's only gone a while before, to greet you on the happy shore.


Pulaski County Democrat

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nancy Jane (Robertson) Brake 1819-1902

Mrs. Robert Brake, an old and highly respected citizen living near Bells Creek, five miles southeast of Crocker died Sunday morning after a long siege of suffering. Mrs. Brake was a kind Christian lady and had been in poor health for many years. She leaves a husband and three children to mourn her loss.

Pulaski County Democrat

Daniel Berkley Colley 1874-1902


At his home on Colley Hollow, six miles west of Waynesville, on Friday, March 7, 1902, Daniel Berkley Colley, of tuberculosis.

He was born Feb. 25, 1874, was 28 years old, and leaves a wife and one child, two years old, to mourn his loss. Deceased was a model young man and had many friends in this county. He was a son of the late D.B. Colley, and a nephew of G.W. Colley, of this place.

Funeral services were conducted at the cemetery Saturday by Rev. T.J. Zumwalt, of the Baptist church, of which church deceased was a consistent member.

1902 Pulaski County Democrat

Friday, November 20, 2015

Nora (Stokes) O'Connell d. January 17, 1902


Mrs. Nora (Stokes) O'Connell, wife of John M. O'Connell, a telegraph operator, died at their home in Rolla at 1 a.m., Friday, Jan. 17, 1902, of an abscess and pulmonary complications, and was buried in the Jerry O'Connell family lot in the cemetery near Frank's, Saturday afternoon Jan. 18. Rev. J.B. O'Laughlin reading the funeral service and making a brief and touching address. There was a large attendance of sympathizing neighbors, friends, and relatives of both the deceased lady and bereaved husband. They had been married but little more than a year, and a couple of months ago had with resignation given up their babe to Almighty God.

Deceased was a daughter of Mrs. Sallie Stokes, of Crocker, and granddaughter of Mrs. E.G. Williams, of Waynesville. Deceased had, by virtue of the sacraments of baptism and matrimony, entered upon the Christian life, but had not become a communicant. She had ever lived according to the light vouchsafed her. May perpetual light shine upon her.

1902 Pulaski County Democrat

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Nancy (McDonald) Hill 1830-1902


Nancy Hill, beloved wife of V.B. Hill, departed this life on Thursday evening, January 9, 1902, at 10:30 of the clock. She had suffered for years from asthma and bronchitis, which finally caused her death.

Her maiden name was Nancy McDonald, born in St. Louis county, Mo., December 4, 1830. Her father, Jas. A. McDonald, afterward removed to Texas county and died there. She and V.B. Hill were married January 8, 1856, at the home of her brother, W.W. McDonald, in the town of Waynesville, Pulaski county, Mo., and she and her husband lived happily together forty-six years and one day.

There were born to them six children, four of whom died in infancy; only two surviving their mother, the oldest, Mrs. J.B. Harrison of Rolla, and the youngest, Mrs. W.H. Locker, of Waynesville.

She was a loving, faithful wife, and patient in her long suffering. She was a faithful member of the Baptist church at Waynesville, she was baptized in 1879 by Elder M.M. King, pastor of the Baptist church at that time. She is buried at the grave-yard on the farm just west of Waynesville.

We believe she died in Christ and that she will be raised up in the first resurrection. We are told the dead in Christ rise first; then we that are alive that are left shall together with them be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

One Who Loved Her Dearer Than All

1902 Pulaski County Democrat

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mary (Keeler) Trower 1823-1902

DIED- Saturday, Jan. 4, of pneumonia, Mrs. Mary Trower. Grandma Trower was one of the oldest persons in this county and with her husband, was among the early settlers of the county. She has been widowed several years and at the time of her death was visiting at the home of her son-in-law, J. Goodman of Hancock.

1902 Pulaski County Democrat

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sarah A. (Petty) Case 1857-1902

Died at her home near Hooker, October 4th 1902, Mrs. Sarah A. Case, wife of Robert M. Case.

Mrs. Case was born on Matthews Prairie, September 18th, 1857, and was married to Robert M. case October 16th, 1881. She was the mother of eight children, six of whom survive her, three boys and three girls. She was a loving wife and an affectionate mother and the chair she has left vacant can never be filled. She was a devoted christian, always cheerfully assisting in the advancement of the cause of christianity.

Her soul has passed into Heaven but she will long be remembered by friends as one whose heart was filled with love and hospitality towards her fellow creatures. Although for three long years she struggled with that "King of disease", consumption, still she bore it patiently and when the death Angel came she was not afraid to meet her God.

Ralph Hutcheson

Pulaski County Democrat

Sunday, November 15, 2015

John Martin Johnson 1848-1910

The great and merciful master has again visited us and taken from our midst our dear father.

John Martin Johnson  was born in Kungshacka, Sweden, Sept. 8th, 1848, and died at Porcupine, Montana, May 21st, 1910, aged 61 years, 8 months, and 13 days. His remains were taken back to our old home at Swedeborg, Mo., where they were laid to est in St. John's cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Bell at the Swedish Lutheran church at Swedeborg, of which he had long been a member. He had been a resident of Missouri for over twenty years, but on account of failing health, came here in April last, to see if he could regain his health by a change of climate, but to no avail. He passed away quietly to his long rest, where he shall suffer no more. His family watched faithfully by his bedside until the end came, which was no surprise to us, as we could see him gradually growing weaker from day to day.

He leaves a wife, one son, and one daughter residing at Porcupine, Mont., besides one brother and four sisters residing in Sweden, and quite a number of friends to mourn his loss. It was hard to part with him, but it was the Lord's will and we must all submit to that, for he doeth all things well.

- An Only Daughter
Pulaski County Democrat

24 June, 1909

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Catherine G. Jensen 1869-1909

Died, at her home near Swedeborg, Monday morning, Jan. 11, 1909, Catherine Jensen, aged 39 years. She was buried at the Crocker cemetery on Tuesday. She had lived a consistent Christian life having professed faith in Christ when but 18 years old; appropriate funeral services were held by Rev. Petty of the Baptist Church.

Pulaski County Democrat

15 January, 1909

Friday, November 13, 2015

Mary (Hancock) Hamilton 1830-1909

Again the death angel has entered the home and carried away one of the time honored landmarks of Pulaski county in the person of Aunt Mary Hamilton of near Wheeler's mill, who died on Friday and was buried at the Hamilton graveyard on Saturday January 9th, 1909.

Mrs. Hamilton was one of the early settlers of Pulaski Co. and has lived for about fifty years on the farm where she died. Her husband preceded her to the better land many years ago, leaving her with a large family of children, which she reared to man and womanhood and it can truthfully be said that her children, grand children, and great grand children, which are many, go to make up the best citizenship of our County. She had acquired much of this world's goods and was always kind to those who was in need; thus one by one we record the passing away of some of the Lords chosen people. The Democrat joins in sympathy with the relatives who mourn the loss of so good a mother, grandmother, and friend.

Pulaski County Democrat
15 January, 1909

*While the original obituary indicates that Mary Hamilton was laid to rest at Hamilton graveyard, her headstone is located at Sewell Cemetery near Hancock. We do not know if this was simply an error by the paper, if Mrs. Hamilton's grave was later relocated, or if Sewell Cemetery was once known as the Hamilton graveyard.  According to Tombstone Inscriptions of Pulaski County, published by Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society, there are two Hamilton cemeteries, both located near Riddle Bridge. Mary's husband, Samuel, who passed away in 1874, is recorded as being buried in Hamilton Farm cemetery. His tombstone was transcribed by the Historical Society in the mid 1980's. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sarah Jane (Martin) Rollins 1834-1909

Mrs. Sarah J. Rollins, the subject of this sketch, was born in Scott county, Va. the 5th day of June, 1834. Died at her home in Waynesville 6th day of January, 1909, after an illness of about eight months duration.
She was married to James M. Rollins December 1851 in Va., where her family then resided; after seven years she with her companion and little ones removed to Missouri in the year 1858, and have since resided near this place. There were born into this home 9 children all of which grew to man and womanhood: Emily Barlow, deceased, H.E. Rollins of Dixon, Elisha M. of Thayer, Theodosia Pippin, of near Richland, Ransom R. Rollins, of Winona, John O. Rollins of Brownfield, Ida B. Morgan of near town, Thos. M. deceased and Samuel T. Rollins of Waynesville. Besides these children reared in the home was George R. Barlow, a grandson, and Chas. McDonald, a great nephew. There are 28 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
She professed faith in Christ when but fifteen years of age and was received into full fellowship of the Baptist church in the neighborhood where she lived and where her father was then pastor. Mrs. Rollins has lived a beautiful life, and altho her death has left a vacancy in the home and grief and sadness in the hearts of her loved ones, and while they will miss her cheerful smile and kind words of council and encouragement there is consolation in the thought that she died ripe in years and rich in experience in a life of good deeds.
She leaves an aged husband who walked by her side for 57 years sharing each other's joys and sorrows, and seven children and a host of friends to mourn the loss of a good woman.

Pulaski County Democrat

15 January, 1909

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Margaret Jane (Smith) Roam d. 1904

Mrs. Jake Roam who was at her fathers, the Judge Smith, died in the presence of friends and relatives, burial services were held by the Rev. Marian Manus at the cemetery in Flea Hollow.

Pulaski County Democrat

5 August, 1904

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Jimmie Lee d. January 29, 1904

Uncle Jimmie Lee died at his home in Richland last Friday evening. He was probably the oldest man in this part of the country, being 98 or 99 years of age. He was remarkably active considering his age and often walked up town without assistance. His passing away was said to be as peaceful as a babe going to sleep. He was a member of the Christian church and had many friends in Richland and surrounding county.

Pulaski County Democrat

5 February, 1904

Monday, November 9, 2015

Lizzie Walters d. May 31, 1904

Little Lizzie, the eight-year old daughter of L.F. and M.L. Walters, passed over the Valley of Death on Tuesday of last week. She had been suffering with the measles and was thought to be out of danger, but the angels came and wafted her spotless spirit to the golden city beyond the skies, where there is no more measles. The bereaved parents, brothers, and sisters have our sympathy.

Friday, 10 June, 1904
Pulaski County Democrat

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Drucilla Jane (McElroy) Giddens 1865-1904

Died, on Bald Ridge, Pulaski county, Missouri, May 1st, 1904, at 3 o'clock, a.m., Sister Drucilla Jane, wife of George W. Giddens, and daughter of the late Fowler T. McElroy and wife, aged 38 years, 4 months and 21 days.

Sister Jane was born near Palace school house in Pulaski county and was of a family of 11 children, six of whom survive her. May 17th, 1883, she was united in marriage with G.W. Giddens and to them were born nine children, seven of whom survive, and with their father are left to mourn a kind and faithful mother, wife, and companion. Her disease was consumption and when she realized her approaching desolation sought and found Jesus, the sinner's friend, and was made to rejoice in a Saviour's love, and when death struck her and she realized her end was near she called her husband and bid him goodbye, then she called her children and bade them farewell and told them to meet her in heaven, but when she called for Frank and reached to him her hand, her arm was palsied and her hand fell and with a slight convulsion she was gone.

May God in mercy comfort all the bereaved ones and may they all be prepared to follow when called to go as we believe she was.

J.J. Watts

Saturday, November 7, 2015

John Strom 1835-1904

Mr. John Strom was born in his native land, Sweden, June the 27th 1835. He came to America in the year 1868. He married Miss Carolina J. Bergman, at Springfield Mo. November 17, 1871, and with his bride came the same year to a farm one and half miles from Swedeborg, Mo. where he has ever since resided.

He died on the 23rd day of January, at 10:30 a.m. 1904. He leaves a wife, one married and two single sons and one single daughter. A son and daughter have preceded him to the spirit land.

The departed was a member of the Lutheran Church in his own country, but was never connected with a church here. He lived an honest, industrious upright life, and in the absence of a minister has conducted funerals.

He was a good neighbor, and was honored and respected by all who knew him. He will be missed by many friends.

Funeral services were held at the home on January 25, at 11: a.m. 1904, by J.R. Blunt of Richland, after which the body was laid to rest in the city of the dead near his home.

*He was a member of the Richland Lodge of Ancient Order of United Workmen and carried a policy of $2000 which will provide for his wife and children.

Pulaski County Democrat

January, 1904