Cedar County, Missouri Obituaries

Henry Marion Addison Sr., son of Nealy M. and Bessie Lee Addison, was born September 17, 1906, at Moundville, Missouri, and departed this life at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital January 12, 1973, at the age of 66 years, 3 months and 26 days. He was united in marriage to Minerva Fleeman on December 29, 1926. To this union were born five sons, James, of the home, Henry Jr., of Bonner Springs, Kansas, Martin, of Stoutland, Missouri. Michael, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Billy John, deceased, and two daughters, Betty Lee Stark of Strafford, Missouri, and Mary Lou Scott, of Marion, Iowa. Other survivors incude [sic] 15 grandchildren, 7 sisters, nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was a member of the Southern Baptist Church, Stockton, Missouri, where he was a faithful member as long as he was able to attend. He served in the Navy for 17 months in the South Pacific during World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and one son. Hank as he was known to his family and friends, was of a sunny and pleasing disposition and was interested in the better ways of life. He was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather and a good neighbor and friend and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Services for Mrs. Minerva I. (Nell) Addison, 72, of Stockton, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the First Southern Baptist Church here under the direction of Brumback with the rev. Larry Chapman officiating. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery. Mrs. Addison died Friday at St. John's Hospital in Springfield from an apparent heart attack. She was a charter member of the First Southern Baptist Church here. Survivors include four sons, James, of the home, Henry, of Weaubleau, Martin, of Bolivar, and Michael, of Kansas City; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Stark, Strafford and Mrs. May Lou Shurtz, Osceola; a brother, Howard Fleeman, Carpinteria, Calif.; four sisters, Mrs. Ruth Hickman, Stockton, Mrs. Ruby Stinson, Anaheim, Calif., Mrs. Emma Harville, Saugus, Calif., and Mrs. Ina Harville, Hayward, Calif., and 16 grandchildren.

Nettle F. Agee was born Feb. 8, 1881, and was converted and joined the Baptist church at Hazel Dell in the fall of 1897, and was baptized by Elder Z.F. Shurley.  She was married May 16th, 1903 to J.R. Sellars and departed this life June 1st 1905.  She leaves behind her a bereaved husband and infant son, a father, sister, three brothers and a host of friends to mourn her death.  Her remains were laid to rest in the Wright Cemetery.  Her funeral was attended by a large crowd of friends.  Funeral services were conducted by the writer.  We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones, but remember she is not lost, but gone before.  Our loss is her personal gain.          I.N. Pace 

[Note: I used the surname that I found in the newspaper, the cemetery book lists her as, Nettie F. Sellars.]

Cedar County Republican, June 1905

"Anna Craig (Nee Fiddler) was born March 3, 1876, in Logan county, Ohio, and departed this life September 26, 1931. At her home in El Dorado Springs, Mo., at 12:30 p.m..  At the age of 55 years, 6 months and 23 days.

She was first married to Amberse Meridith. To this union one child was born. Father and son dying at an early date.

She was again married to F. F. Craig, October 2, 1899 to this union three children were born one son and two girls. The girls dying when quite small.

Sister Craig was converted in the state of Texas a number of years ago, befoe she and Bro. Craig were married, and sanctified wholly in the Holiness Church in El Dorado Springs some years later, she has held fast her profession of faith since. The proof of which was shown in the life she lived, the fruit she bore, her loyalty to the church, her steadfastness in her God given conviction of right. Sister Craig took sick about the first of the year and was unable to attend church anymore. How she longed to be with the saints in their worship but thank the Lord, she has gone to a place of worship where they will never more adjourn, sickness never come, Glory! Blessed thod.

Sister Craig was loved by those who knew her for her kind and faithful disposition. She will be greatly missed by her community, church, neighbors, friends and relatives, but most of all by her dear companion and son, Parel. May great grace rest upon all the bereaved.

The deceased leaves to morn [sic] their loss a companion, son, two brothers, three sisters and a number of other relatives and friends. But our loss is her eternal gain. Her place in the church is vacant. Her place in the home none can fill. The hearts that are sad God can alone cheer and comfort. Bro. and Sister Craig had many friends which was shown by the great concourse of people who attended the funeral Sunday the 27th at 2 p.m. at the Holiness church in El Dorado Springs, conducted by the writer. Lesson read from the 1gth chapter of 1 Cor.  Text Rev. 13: 13. After which the remains were laid to rest in the Clintonville cemetery by the side of her two darling little girls, to await the last trumpet sound, (1 Cor. 15:52). Glorious resurrection.

Sister was a very kind and devoted companion, a loving and faithful mother and a true Christian. Had nothing to do but to die when death came.

"Let me die the death of the righteous and let my last end be like His." R. C. Oldham"
Obituary - copy given to author had no notation of date printed or the newspaper it came from.
Submitted by: Sharon Koleber [skkoleber

  Thomas Crawley born in Dade County, Missouri Feb. 13, 1859 (wrong date) came to Cedar County in 1890 where he married Miss Sarah J. Clark and settled on a farm near Ivy where he died of bronchial pneumonia Nov 23, 1916 age 57 yr. 9 months and 10 days.  He was the father of 5 children two girls, an three boys. The girls died in infancy, and the boys, Francis, Nelson and Finis Crawley and the companion were with him when the spirit took its flight from earth.  Interment was made in the Pankey Cemetery.  Elder A.M. Weaver rendered a short discourse at the grave where a large concourse of friends had met to pay their last respect to the deceased.  Besides the widow and three sons the deceased leaves one brother, David Crawley of Ivy; two half brothers, one half sister and a host of friends to his departure.  He was a member  of the West Union Baptist Church and lived a devoted Christian life.    He was a good husband, a kind father, a good neighbor, honest in all his dealings and a friend to all.  We know he has passed from death unto life because he loved the brethren".  Dearest father, thou hast left us, and our  sorrow can't be told; But we know that we will meet you Over in that City of Gold

David N. Crawley was born Feb. 12, 1854 in Dade Co., Mo., died April 26, 1933.  Age 69 years, 2 months and 14 days.  He was married to Martha Miller about 50 years ago.   To this union was born 4 children three boys and one girl all died in infancy.   His wife died 3 years ago in May.  He has lived most of his life in Cedar County.  He leaves to mourn their loss one half brother Jim Crawley of Bozman, Montana, a number of nephews and nieces besides a host of friends.  David Crawley was a good citizen , neighbor and friend.

Mrs. Manervia A. Davis, Nee Fleeman, better known to her friends and neighbors as "Grandma Davis," passed from this life into the life eternal last Monday morning at 1 a. m., Febuary [sic]18, 1921, at the home of her daughter near Masters, Cedar County Missouri. She was born February 21, 1847, in Cedar County, the county in which she spent her life. In 1867 she was married to George Davis, and became the mother of eight children, two of which preceded her in death, Albert and Manervia Davis. Georgie, Woody, Moody, Sangey, Mrs. Charles Griffin and Mrs. William Lynch are living and were all at the bedside of their mother when she passed away, with the exception of one. Grandma Davis became a Christian early in life, and united with the Methodist church. She was privileged to give a long life in service to her Master. The writer is familiar with the last few years of her life, during which time she seemed to be very much devoted to her Bible and to her God. She leaves to mourn her departure a number of relatives besides her children, and a great number of friends. A brief funeral service was held at the home, and also one at the Bethel church, after which the remains were laid to rest in that cemetery. W.L.

" Mrs. Elsie J. Fiddler, wife of Noah Fiddler, deceased, died April 23, 1908, at the home of her son near ear Creek. Her death was due to nervous prostration. She was born in Ohio Jan. 2, 1843 and was married to Noah Fiddler Aug. 3, 1873. To this union six children was born, four girls and two boys, all are living and four [?] are married.  Sister Fiddler was converted to God in her 18th year and joined the M. E. church and lived and died in the church. She was a consistant member of the chuch, a good neighbor and a [?] mother. She was confined to her bed six months before she died and she bore her affliction with [?] and christian fortitude and she said often during her sickness that she was ready to go whenever the Lord was ready to take her. She was buried in the Lindley Prairie cemetery in the presence of her children except two also a large concorse [sic] of friends and neighbors. Her funeral was preached from Rev. 13:14 [?].  John A. McIntosh"

Obituary in file doesn't have the date or the newspaper in which it was printed. Poor copy - very faint in spots.     Submitted by: Sharon Koleber [skkoleber/\lpbroadband.net]


" Sam Fidler, 92, Route 2, Fair Play, died at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs, after a short illness.

He was a retired farmer and lifelong resident of Cedar County.

Survivors include three sons, Joe and Bernard, both of Fair Play, Paul, of Tulare, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Velma Council, Richmond, Calif., and Mrs. Wilma Jones, Tulare; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday in Lindley Prairie Chapel, near Bear Creek, with the Rev. Lewis Mead officiating. Burial was in the chapel cemetery, under the direction of Pitts of Bolivar."

Obituary in Cedar County Republican, Jan. 21, 1971. Submitted by:Sharon Koleber[skkoleber/lpbroadband.net]

George Riley Fleeman, son of George and Mary Fleeman was born January 25, 1870 and passed away at the home of a daughter Mrs. Lucy Fleener of near Fair Play at the age of 90 years and 10 days. He was united in marriage to Ader Clemmons in October 1890. To this union were born five children. His wife preceded him in death 16 years ago. Besides the daughter, Lucy, he is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Anna Tootle of Visalia, Calif., three sons Charley and Harry of Visalia, California and Homer of Weeping Water, Nebraska; two brothers, his twin, John, and Willis both of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Riley had spent his entire fife in Cedar County, and since the death of his wife 16 years ago he had made his home with his daughter, Lucy. He was a kind and loving father and neighbor, and was dearly loved by both the older and younger people of his community. Although he had been in failing health for the past few years he never complained. He always had a kind word and a cheerful smile for everyone. Not only will he be sadly missed by his family and especially Lucy who had so faithfully and lovingly cared for him these past several years, he will be sadly missed by his many friends. Funeral services were held at the Bethel Church, Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m. with Lewis Mead officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Riley H. Fleeman Funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock Sunday at the Southern Baptist church, Stockton, for Riley H. Fleeman, 77 who died at the veterans hospital at Knoxville, Ia., April 2. (Note: 1969) Eld. Clyde Bough officiated, assisted by Rev. Donald Gundy. Pall bearers were members of the Trent Sallee post of the American Legion, Stockton. Interment was in Bethel cemetery near Fair Play, under direction of Long Funeral Home of Jerico Springs. Riley Hezekiah, son of Joshua and Sarah Holbert Fleeman, was born in the Bethel community southwest of Fair Play on May 22, 1891. He was united in marriage to Pearl Alena Collins in 1918. To this union a daughter, Derralee Elizabeth, was born. Survivors include the daughter Mrs. Jack Stephens, Stockton; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Clay Fleeman, Stockton and Howard Fleeman, Carpenter, Calif.; five sisters, Ina Harville, Hayward, Calif., Emma Harville, Compton, Calif., Ruby Stinson, Cypress, Calif., Ruth Hickman and Minerva Addison, Stockton. During World War I he was drafted into the armed service and received training for overseas duty at Camp Funston, Kansas, and at Camp Pike, Ark. He became ill while at Camp Pike early in 1918, and later received a medical discharge from the Army. In the years that followed he spent much time in veterans hospitals in efforts to regain his health and he had resided at the Knoxville, Ia. hospital since June 1966.

Joshua Fleeman was born May 27th, 1845, departed this life July 26th, 1930, being 85 years, 1 month and 29 days of age. He was married to Elizabeth Holbert January 12, 1886; to this union were born nine children, all of whom, with his loving wife, survive him. Three boys, Clay, Riley and Howard Fleeman of Stockton, Mo., six daughters, Iona Harville of Visilea[sic], Calif., Martha Marman of Long Beach, Calif., Emma Harville of Compton, Calif., Ruth Hickman, Stockton, Mo., Ruby Stenson of Long Beach, Calif., and Minerva Addison of Stockton, Mo. He also reared to womanhood a loving step-daughter, Mrs. Theodosha Williams of Minden Mines, Mo. This dear loving husband and father was a faithful soldier of life and was loved by every one who knew him. His entire life was spent in Cedar County except two and one half years, which was spent in the state of Oregon. At the age of seventeen, he joined the army (Regiment No. eight, Co. D.) and served three years during the Civil war, and received an honorable discharge. He has been blind and helpless for the last few years and often told his loved ones he was ready and longed to go, and asked them to meet him in Heaves, where he would wait and watch for them. "Goodbye dear husband and father, Life will be lonely without you But you have left the sweetest memories, And comfort to cherish thru out years to come." The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Bethel Methodist church near Fair Play, Mo., conducted by the Rev. M. A. King. Interment was made in the cemetery of that place. May the Great Eternal Father bless and bind up the broken hearted, and draw them unto Himself. The bereaved ones have our love and sympathy.
Sarah Elizabeth Holbert Fleeman, Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of Riley and Rowena Holbert was born February 5th, 1860 and departed this life September 3, 1945; being at the time of her death, 85 years, 6 months and 28 days old. She was united in marriage to Joshua Fleeman, January 12, 1886 and to this union nine children were born, all of whom are now living. Six of these were at her bedside. She was converted many years ago and was united with the Oak Grove Baptist church, southwest of Fair Play, where she was a faithful member, over a long period of time. In recent years she had withdrawn membership there, to unite with the Hopewell Baptist Church west of Stockton. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and took much interest in local activities always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Her father died during the Civil War. Later it became necessary to go out into the world at a very tender age to make her way. Thus her life become dedicated to the welfare of others and she was never happier than when she could lighten the cares and burdens of others. She was ever devoted to the aged and children, and often expressed a wish that her last days might be spent among little children. She was a loving and beloved mother, a good neighbor and friend-and faced the evening shadows of her life as she had lived-patiently and hopefully, asking little, giving much. Trusting her heavenly father to lead and direct her-beyond this vale of tears to a life above. The husband, one daughter Mrs. Theodosha Williams, and one son John W. Huber preceded her in death. Left to mourn her passing are: three sons, Clay and Riley of the home address and Howard of Compton, Calif., six daughters, Mrs. K. V. Harville, Mrs. Martha Warman, Mrs. Troy Stinson of Long Beach, Mrs. Lee Harville of Compton, Calif., Mrs. Floyd Hickman and Mrs. H. M. Addison of Stockton, Mo., 27 grandchildren, 39 great-grand children and 7 great great grandchildren and two half brothers, Logan Mitchell of Dunnegan and Lev [sic] Mitchell of Caplinger Mills, and a host of other relatives, friends and neighbors. Last rites were conducted at Bethel Church on Wednesday, September 5 by Bro. W. P. Barnes, Interment was in the cemetery there under direction of Church & Neale. Pallbearers were grandsons, Clay and Cecil Williams, Minden Mines, Mo., Bobbie Gene Harville, Long Beach, Calif., PFC Hubert Turner of O'Reilly Hospital, grandsons-in-law, Rex Jones, and John Cornstubble, Stockton.

Willis Vassor, son of James and Alice Flood, died Oct. 19, 1905, at the age of three years, five months and 10 days, and was laid to rest in the Hackleman Cemetery Oct. 20.
          Little Willis was almost super human, having the most perfect form, both in body and intellect, and was endowed with moral worth beyond belief, and thus assigning him a place with the good and happy on the other shore.  And now this angelic boy may be deputized to extend his little hands entreating the parents and loved ones to follow and enjoy that happy place.
          A few more years of sorrow past, We’ll reach the happy shore; Where death divided friends at last, Shall meet to part no more.
          The people with heartfelt sympathy all partake of the bereavement and grief of the surviving friends.

Cedar County Republican, Nov 1905

Susan Fleeman Robertson was born in Henry county in what was then old Virginia Oct 10, 1841 and came to Cedar county Missouri with her parents in 1843 spending all but two years of her long life in Missouri. She made a profession of Christ when but a girl of fourteen years of age and remained true to that faith through all her earthly pilgrimage. She was united in marriage to Mr. James Robertson Jan. 12, 1880 moving to Lawrence county Missouri where she remained until the last few years of her life which she spent at the home of her brother Joshua Fleeman at Stockton Mo. She passed from this life Feb. 15, 1925 leaving to mourn her loss two stepsons, Hilary Robertson of Miller, Mo. and Seth Robertson of Mount Vernon Mo., and two brothers Joshua Fleeman of Stockton, Mo. and George Fleeman of Tacoma, Washington and a [sic] other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at Bethel Church by the Pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of Stockton Sunday Feb. 15 at 4:30 p.m. after which the body of Aunt Susan as she was known to all was placed in its last resting place in the beautiful little graveyard near the church.

Jeff Fortner was born Oct. 7th, 1831 professed faith in Christ in 1850 and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church at West Union at the time of death.  He was married to Dolly E. Cox February 14, 1852.   Died April 10, 1913.  He was the father of 12 children 5 of whom are dead.  He leaves a wife and 7 children and a number of friends to mourn their loss.  Funeral services were conducted at the home by Elder James N. Jeffries April 11th, 1913 in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends.  We sympathize greatly with the bereaved one.  A member of the West Union Baptist Church and lived a devoted Christian life.    He was a good husband, a kind father, a good neighbor, honest in all his dealings and a friend to all.  We know he has passed from death unto life because he loved the brethren".  Dearest father, thou hast left us, and our  sorrow can't be told; But we know that we will meet you Over in that City of Gold

The populace of this section was called upon last Friday to pay the last sad rites to the memory of Mrs. Mary Hall, who died on the event of the first last.  For several years past, Grandma Hall has made her home with her son, Don Hall, who resides on the old homestead settled by the deceased’s husband, William, 39 year ago.  On a portion of this land is located the Hall Cemetery, and it was here that her remains were laid to rest on Friday afternoon after funeral services at the house. The deceased had a few weeks previous met with an accidental fall, heretofore mentioned in these items, which while not serious at the time, doubtless together with the natural decline incident to old age, had a helping had in severing the brittle thread.
(From community items, 8 Feb 1906 issue of the Cedar County Republican)

Theodosia Holbert born January 18, 1880, departed this life March 1, 1933, at the Mt. Carmel hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas. She was converted at the age of sixteen and joined the Missionary Baptist church at Oak Grove near Fair Play, Missouri. Since that time she has been a Christian and a constant worker and was fully prepared to meet her Savior. She was united in marriage to James Turner, September 2, 1899. To this union three children were born, Veva Pruitt and Hubert Turner of Stockton, Veda Vest of Springfield, Missouri. This husband departed this life November, 1908, and she was united in marriage to Ed Williams in 1912. To this union two children were born, Clay and Cecil Williams of the home address. Besides the husband and children she leaves eleven grandchildren, and aged mother Mrs. Sarah Fleeman of Stockton, several sisters and brothers and a host of relatives and friends. She was stricken late Sunday evening at her home in Minden Mines, Mo., and was later taken to the Pittsburg Kansas hospital where preparations were hurried through from an operation which proved to late and nothing medical aid or loving hands could do brought relief. The husband and children were at her bedside during the sickness and death and did all that was possible for the hands of the loved ones to do. Funeral services, under arrangements of the John Haskell Undertaking Co., were held in the Baptist church in Minden Mines on Friday morning at 9 o'clock in the presence of relatives and a large gathering of friends who came to pay their last respects.

Mary Jane Hunt daughter of the late Franklin Jackson and Margaret Elizabeth Hunt was born in Monroe county, Tenn., September 29, 1859, departed this life April 27, 1943 at the age of 83 years, 7 months. She was united in marriage to Louis T. Hunt in 1894, to this union two children were born, Finis E. with whom she made her home and a daughter Lena who passed away, July 26, 1899 at the age of two. Her husband passed away in 1905. Besides her son she is survived by one sister Annie Harville of Fair Play and three grand children. Two brothers John and William Hunt preceded her in death. She came to Dade county from Tennessee with her parents at the age of six. They came to St. Louis, Mo., by boat and came on to Dade county in a covered Wagon. She was one of the oldest residents of Dade county and had spent her entire life on the same farm her parents settled with the exception of the last sic years, here health forcing her to move to the home of her son. But she remained very active for one of her age and was able to wait on her self until the last month. She was converted and united with the Oak Grove Baptist church about forty years ago. She was very affectionately known as Aunt Mary by all and always had a smile for everyone. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her as well as in the home. Life will never be the same Dear Mother since you've gone away, Your memory we will always cherish and hope to meet again some day. Funeral services were Thursday afternoon at the Bethel Church with the Rev. Fletch Davis officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mary Francis Mitchell, daughter of James and Cyntha Ann Lemons was born, January 16, 1869, departed this life, February 19, 1948, being 79 years, 1 month and three days of age. She was united in marriage to James B. Mitchell, February 26, 1888. To this union three children were born, Fred L. Mitchell and H. W. "Nick" Mitchell of Stockton, Missouri and Mrs. Lora Cain of Colville, Washington. This husband passed away July 14, 1901. She was united in marriage to William T. Hickman, January 14, 1906. To this union a daughter was born, Mrs. Willa T. Fox of Fair Play, Missouri. She was converted in November 1888, and a charter member of the Baptist Church of Stockton, and a charter member of Woodman Circle Lodge 225. She was a loving and beloved mother, a good friend, and enjoyed a large circle of friends. She will be fondly remembered by her many gifts and the helping hand she extended to others. The departed had been in failing health for several years, but was able to maintain her home, until the past year and a half of which she resided with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. And Mrs. Fred L. Mitchell. She leaves to mourn her passing the four children, three grandchildren, two daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law and a niece Mrs. Harris Dickey of Springfield; three step-sons. Frank and Floyd Hickman, Stockton, Mo., and Harrison Hickman, Porterville, Calif.; five step-daughters Leona Fleeman, Stockton; Alice Perkins, Carthage, Nellie Jarvis, Norton, Kansas; Stella Freedle, Jerico Springs, Mo., and Ella Marcum, Houston Texas. "Sleep Mother Sleep, your trials are o'er, Sweet be the rest, you have needed before; We loved you, but God loved you more, For He has called you to that bright happy shore Funeral services were conducted by Elder C. A. Wynes at 11:00 o'clock, Sunday morning in the Baptist Church in Stockton. Interment was made in the City Cemetery under direction of Church & Neale. Pall bearers were R. T. Boone, B. Rex Jones, Johnny Cornstubble, Tom Douglas, Cleo Frieze and Benny Hickman. Flower girls were: Zella Boone, Helen Jones, Mildred Cornstubble, Beulah Douglas, Della Mae Frieze and Betty Lou Hickman.

Logan Mitchell, the last of eleven children from one of the oldest families in this are, died December 18, 1962. He lived his entire life-87 years, 8 months and 5 days in Cedar county. With the exception of four years he lived only a short distance from the place where he was born, April 13, 1875. His grandfather, Eligah Mitchell, was one of our first settlers coming from Rone [sic] county Tennessee. His father, Rev. John Clark Mitchell, preached the gospel for 64 years and was active in organizing Baptist associations prior to the following the Civil War, in Cedar, Polk and neighboring counties. His mother was Roena (Akins) Mitchell. He was converted to the Christian Faith and was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church since 1913. Sixty years ago he was married to Mary Isabellah Peeples of Elmont, Texas. Two daughters and two sons were born to this union: Faye, deceased, 1916; Mrs. Nina Cowels, Hamburg, Iowa; J. B. Mitchell, Mt. Vernon, Missouri; and Kenneth L. of the home. In addition to the wife and three children he is survived by a daughter-in-law, Mary Brown Mitchell, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren a great number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Last rites were conducted by Rev. Hobart Mustain in the Beckwith Chapel on Friday afternoon. Interment was in the Lindley Prairie Cemetery. Pall-bearers were Oran Simmons, Henry Addison, Fred Solovery, [can't read]
Services for Mrs. Mary Isabellah Mitchell, 104 of rural Stockton will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Brumback Chapel here with Revs. Ralph Marcum and Joe Ridgeway officiating. Burial will be in Lindley Prairie Cemetery near Stockton. Mrs. Mitchell died at 4 a.m. Thursday in El Dorado Springs Nursing Home. She is survived by two sons, State Rep. J. B. Mitchell, Mt. Vernon, and Kenneth L., of Stockton; one daughter Mrs. Nina Cowles, Hamburg, Iowa; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

John Bernard (J.B.) Mitchell, 95, Stockton, gently passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 25, 2000, at Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar. His three sons and long time caretaker were at his side. The son of Logan and Belle Mitchell, he was born April 24, 1905, on their small, backwoods farm near Dunnegan and was a lifelong resident of the surrounding area. J. B. married Mary Rosier in 1945 and she preceded him in death in 1974. He married Irma Futhey and she preceded him in death in 1994. His surviving sons are John Jr., Josh and Mark. He also has two grandchildren, Mary and Allison Mitchell. J.B. decided at 65 to run for State Representative when someone asked, "When are you going to start campaigning?" His simple answer was, "I started about 50 years ago!" He was a devoted community leader and dedicated public servant. At the age of 18 he started teaching in a one room schoolhouse and followed those humble beginnings to the most modern of classrooms. He was a graduate of Stockton High School, worked his way through SMS College in Springfield and received his Masters Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. J.B. served in the Navy from 1941 to 1945. A school administrator for 43 years, which included being superintendent in El Dorado Springs, he retired as an elementary school principle in Mt. Vernon. Continuing his community service, he served in the Missouri House from 1972-1978 representing the 134th District of Cedar, Dade, Lawrence and St. Clair Counties. Having a sense of style, J.B. was an entertaining storyteller and formidable debater. He greatly enjoyed the outdoors and raising cattle. Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Brumback Funeral Home, Stockton, with burial in the Stockton Cemetery.

          Jordon Pankey was born in Williamson County, Alabama, May 3, 1837; moved with his parents to Cedar County when young, made a profession of religion at the Old Cedar Camp Ground and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1857; was married to Adaline Parker in 1859 and to them was born one child, and in 1863 his first wife died.
          Brother Pankey enlisted in the Provisional Missouri Militia in 1862, an in 1863 he enlisted in Company M 15th Mo. Volunteers and served his country until the close of the war in 1865.  He was married the second time to Martha Younger in Sept. 1865, and to them was born four children, W.T. Pankey of Millford, Mrs. Oor Deborah of near Omer, Mrs. Sarah Deborah of Arcola and Mrs. Effie Tereel of Caplinger Mills.  Bro. Pankey was a devoted father and a loyal citizen whose death is mourned by a host of relatives and acquaintances.  He died
Feb. 24, 1900 and his remains were laid to rest to await the resurrection of the dead in Pankey cemetery.

Cedar County Republican, March 1905

Mary Elizabeth (Miller) Peebles was born near Val Paraiso, Porter County, Indiana, February 27, 1854.  Departed this life at her home near Needmore, November 4, 1929.  Being at her death 75 years, 8 months and 7 days of age. She leaves to mourn their loss - one son, Charles of the home address; one daughter, Mrs. Bertha Fleeman of near the home; and one sister, Mrs. Dave Crawley of near Filley, Mo.  She was married to William E. Peebles September 3, 1885.  To this union two children were born, Charles and Bertha.  Her husband preceded her to the Great Beyond, September 13, 1929.   Mrs. Peebles immigrated with her parents from Indiana to Missouri in 1870 and settled 3 miles west of Stockton where she spent her young girlhood.  She was one of a family of twelve children, who helped to settle Cedar County, and wrested it from a wilderness to a community of homes.  Mrs. Peebles as she was known by her neighbors will be greatly missed in the community.  She was always ready to help the sick and afflicted and to do a neighborly kindness.  She always lived up to the Golden Rule and set a good example for the community to live by.  She was stricken with dropsy about three years ago.  All that loving hands could do was done to ease her suffering; but to no avail.  The Great Giver of life saw fit to close her long and eventful life;  so she was summoned to a better world, where all suffer is o'er.  Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the cemetery, by Rev. R.C. Oldham. After which the remains were laid to rest in the Lindley Prairie Cemetery.

Mrs. Lizzie Rountree, wife of Clyde Rountree, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Montgomery, died at her home near Cane Hill last Friday night.  She had not entirely recovered from a severe attack of fever with which she was very low early last fall.  She leaves a husband and little one, father, mother, brothers and sisters to mourn her death.  The remains were laid to rest near Cane Hill on Sunday.  The bereaved will have the sincerest sympathy of their many friends.     (Cedar County Republican, December 1905)

  Henry Elmer Steely, the son of Francis Marion and Louisa Jane Steely, was born October 27, 1882, in Taney Co., Missouri, near Kirbyville.  He died at his home near West Union Church northwest of Stockton, Missouri, September 18, 1942, at the age of 59 years, 10 months and 22 days.  He was united in marriage to Susie Keller on June 29, 1905.  To this union ten children were born, all of whom are living: Marion Steely, Nevada, Missouri: Mrs. John Gentry, Kansas City, Missouri: Mrs. Conrad Lamert, Kansas City, Missouri; Lawrence Steely, El Dorado Springs, Missouri; Mrs Jean Cairns, Kansas City, Missouri;  Mrs. Eugene Hays, Princeton, Missouri; Mrs. Charles Benham, Stockton, Missouri; Floyd Steely, Kansas City, Missouri; and Merle and Thayne Steely of the home address.  He had six grandchildren. He leaves one brother, Jesse Steely, Picher, Oklahoma,  a half sister, Mrs. Edith Chaffin, Kansas City, Kansas and half brother, John Steely, Gore, Okla.  In October, 1922, he joined the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Forsyth, Missouri and moved his membership to the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Stockton, Missouri, in 1927.  He united with the West Union Missionary Baptist Church on July 31, 1938.  Although he was of a quite, retiring disposition, his honesty and dependability won him friends.  He took great interest in school affairs and in his lodge.  For years he was a crop reporter, aiding in the compiling of government statistics.  His interest were varied and he was conscientious about his responsibilities. His loss is deeply felt. Funeral services were conducted in the West Union Church, Sunday afternoon, September 20, 1942, by Elder Bill Burchett.  Interment was in Stockton City cemetery, Davis & Co. in charge.

Funeral  services for Jake Swaggerty were conducted by Rev. Ralph Marcum in the Southern Baptist Mission in Stockton, on Tuesday afternoon June 12 and interment was in Pankey Cemetery under the direction  of the Cantlon Funeral Home.  Swaggerty came to his death in an accident at the Charles Whistance Farm on Saturday afternoon, June 9 when he was assisting in freeing a truck that was stuck in the barn lot.  A chain had been attached to the truck which was owned by the Stockton Central Cooperative and the other end to the hydraulic lift on the Charles Whistance  tractor.  When Swaggerty who had been called to assist in freeing the truck got on the tractor to drive it and pull the truck, the tractor reared up and turned over on him, killing him instantly.   A wrecker had to be called to the scene to remove the tractor from Swaggerty's body.  
Life is like a book, with the turning of a new page each day, also with the loosing, by the sudden and tragic death of this loved one.  Jake Lonnie Albert Swaggerty who was born to Jim and Margaret Swaggerty on April 6, 1906 and met with the tractor accident on June 9, 1962, which claimed his life so sudden.  He was married to Flora Rector on March 2, 1940.  To make this home complete a little son, Lee Williams was born Feb. 14, 1941.  Again happiness brightened his life when a daughter, Anna Mae, was born, April 19, 1946.  He leaves to mourn his passing his devoted wife, Flora, and one daughter, Anna Mae, his brothers Willie, of Kansas City, Arthur, Johnnie, and Roy and a sister, Lula Bearce, all of Stockton.  Three sisters-in-laws, one brother-in-law, several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father and mother and one sister, Mae, and an infant brother and sister.  Jake, as he was known by his friends and loved ones, was always ready to lend a helping hand, He was always ready when he could assist a neighbor in his community where he lived on the farm northwest of Stockton all his life.  To know Jake was to love him.  He will be sadly missed by his loved ones, and his many friends.  And now you sleep in peaceful sleep.  Your memory we shall always keep.  For memory is one gift of God that death can never take.  Funeral services were held at the Southern Baptist Church at 2:00 Tuesday afternoon June 12,1962, by the Rev. Ralph Marcum, interment was in Pankey cemetery., under direction of Cantlon Funeral home.  songs: "Beyond the Sunset", solo by Jack Gunier; "What a Friend", by Marvin Gordon, Dorothy Smith, Nina Miller and Jack Gunier; Rebecca Murray, pianist. Pallbearers were Geo. Sharp, Paul Alberti, Chas. Whistance, Rose Coleman, Coy Cargill and Leland Geisser.

Lawrence Steely, 81, Stockton, was born Dec.31, 1911, in Forsyth and died at 10 a.m. Friday, May 7, 1993, in his home after a prolonged illness.   Lawrence had reside in Cedar County since the age of 14.  He was a farmer and worked for American Breeder's Service for 40 years, retiring in January 1991.  He also worked for the Stockton Walnut Plant for 15 years and was a carrier for the Springfield Sunday News and Leader for 10 years.  He was united in marriage to Lucy Avis Crawley on Jan. 27, 1932.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Susie Steely; his wife, Lucy; his son, Dale; a brother, Marion Steely; and a sister, Iva Gentry.  He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Stockton.  He is survived by his wife, Ruth, of the home; his children and their spouses, Carol and Melvin Wright of Alberta, Canada, Shirley and Dennis Wright of Nevada, Jane and G.J. Lacy of Lathrop, Frank and Pat Steely of Bolivar and Linda and Don Maples of Pleasant Hope; four stepdaughters, Jane Passi of Palm beach, Fla, Dixie Baetsle of Altoona, Iowa, Sally Anderson of Urbanadale, Iowa and Karen Kingsley of Colorado Springs, Colo; 16 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 14 step grandchildren; 19 step great grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Floyd and Delores Steely, Merl and Vera Mae Steely and Thayne and Charlotte Steely; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Neva Cairns, Jean Cairns, Ruth Hayes and Lou and Charles Benham; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Crawley of Union Grove, Wis.  Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 10, in Brumback Funeral Home, Stockton, with the Rev. Frank Fincher officiating. Burial was in Stockton City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Citizens Memorial Hospital Bolivar.

Lucy Avis Crawley Steely, daughter of William Thomas Crawley and Sarah Jane Clark, was born April 10, 1917, in Cedar County near West Union Church.  She passed away at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 11, 1986 at Cox Medical Center, after a short illness.  At the time of her death she was 69 years, one month and one day of age.  She was united in marriage to Lawrence Steely on January 27, 1932. To this union were born six children.  Mrs. Steely was saved at home when her children were small.  She was a loving wife and mother and a best friend to her children.  She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Francis, Nelson and Finis Crawley; twin sisters, Ida Mae and Cora Bell; and her infant son, Dale Edward.
She is survived by her husband Lawrence; four daughters, Carol Wright of Alberta, Canada, Shirley Wright of Nevada, Jane Lacy of Lathrop, and Linda Maples of Bolivar; one son Franklin Steely of Bolivar; four son-in-laws, Melvin Wright, Dennis Wright, G.J. Lacy, and Donald Maples; one daughter-in-law; Pat Steely; one sister-in-law; Evelyn Crawley of Union Grove, Wisc; sixteen grandchildren; and five grgrandchildren.

Susie Keller Steely was the eldest of six children of Marion Keller and Cynthia Fortney Keller.  She was born September 29, 1882, and departed from this life on February 15, 1972 at the age of 89 years 4 months and 2 weeks.  She professed faith in Jesus Christ during  a revival meeting in the Old Cedar  Church.  The church moved to West Union Community and she, her father, and her mother became charter members of the West Union Missionary Baptist Church in 1899.  She was the last surviving charter member.  On June 29, 1905, she was united in marriage to Elmer Steely.   They were the parents of ten children.  Those surviving are : Mrs. J. H. Gentry (Iva) of Kansas City, Mo; Mrs. George Cairns (Neva) of Kansas City, Mo; Lawrence Steely of Stockton, Mo;  Mrs. Jean Cairns of Kansas City, Mo;  Mrs. Eugene Hays (Ruth) of Fairport, Mo.;  Mrs. Charles Benham (Lou) of Stockton, Mo; Floyd Steely of Eldorado Springs, Mo.; Merle Steely of Igbaja, Nigeria; West Africa; and Thayne Steely of Kansas City, Mo.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer on September 18, 1942 and her eldest son, Marion on September 3, 1954.  Two grandchildren, Sharon Kay Cairns and Dale Edward Steely also a half brother, Arthur Marical and two half sisters, Clara Wright and Annie Wheeler. She leaves besides her children ,  two brothers, Harrison Keller of El Dorado springs, Mo.,  and Emmons Keller of Fair Grove, Mo; and a sister Mrs. Dave West of Stockton, Mo; also two sisters-in-law, Icie and Anne; a brother-in-law, Dave; three son-in-laws and four daughters-in-law.  In addition she is survived by 28 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.  Plus a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She spent most of her life in Cedar County on the farm where she was born.

Margaret Ann Swaggerty passed to her eternal rest on Monday, May 29, 1916.  She was born in Dade County, January 14, 1866,  while still a child she was left an orphan.  In her early life she was converted to the cause of Christ and in 1880 united with the Missionary Baptist Church and has been a true and earnest worker for God from that time until death.  At the age of 15 she came to Cedar County where she met J.B. Swaggerty and on Dec. 2, 1883 they were married.  To this Union nine children were born, six boys and three girls, two of whom, one boy and one girl went to their Saviour in childhood the remaining ones, five boys and two girls were with her at the time of her death.  Two brothers Thomas Crawley and David Crawley were with her at different times during her illness.  She was one of the few remaining good old fashioned mothers and better be that than queen of all nations.  She was widely known and beloved by all.  On January 12, 1914 she was stricken by paralysis and since that time has borne her afflictions with all patience and good cheer.  She never was willing to wrong any one but was always ready to do good.  She has left a husband, five sons, two daughters, two brothers, two half brothers, one half sister and scores of friends to mourn their loss, but we realize that our loss is her gain.  Interment was made at  the Pankey cemetery.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A.M. Weaver.  Attention was called to the latter part of the first verse of the first chapter of the first Epistle of john "If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."  another point to which our attention was drawn by Rev. Weaver was, "A Christian Mother".

    L. W. Tolbert was born in Guernsey, Ohio, March 10, 1863, and died in Cedar County Sept. 21, 1906.  The length of his earthly pilgrimage being 43 years, 6 months and 11 days.  At the age of 4 years, he moved with his parents to Cedar County, where he resided until 18 years of age.  He then went to Illinois and engaged in the barbering business.  April 9, 1902, he was married to Miss Minnie Walters, and to his [sic] union was born one child, who with its mother survives the father.
    We don't know just the date, but Mr. Tolbert professed faith in Christ and joined the First Free Will Baptist Church, in which he lived a faithful, consistent Christian until he took his departure to join the church triumphant, which has no fault before the throne of God.  He was a true Christian, faithful to God and the church, and devoted to his family, always cheerful, hopeful, sympathetic and kind.
    His life exemplified his faith in God and love for the church, shedding a quiet yet beautiful influence upon a large circle of friends who testify to his Christian devotion.
    The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. J.L. Samsel in the presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives who had assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to him, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Lindley Prairie Cemetery to await the resurection [sic] morn.
    This is no death the stars go down, To rise upon some fairer shore.  And bright in heaven's jeweled crown.  they shine forever more.                        --A friend, J.H.W.

Cedar County Republican, October 1906 issue.

( torn) Edwinia Walker, died, after a lingering illness, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Todd, in Perry, Oklahoma, Monday, Mary 31, 1921. Her remains were brought to Fair Play last Thursday, and taken to her old home. Funeral services were held at the home, and also at the Bethel Church, last Saturday, by Rev. Long of Stockton, and interment was made in Bethel cemetery. Deceased was born in Cedar county, December 13, 1849, and the greater part of her life was spent in that county. January 1, 1871, she was married to Samuel Walker. Five children were born to them, four sons and one daughter, B. H. and E. L. Walker of Fair Play, C. L. Walker of Saddle Mountain, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Todd of Perry, Oklahoma and a son who died in infancy. She has one sister and two brothers living, Mrs. Susan Robison of Fair Play, Joshua Fleeman of Stockton and George Fleeman of Spokane, Washington. Mrs. Walker was a professed follower of Christ. She was converted and united with the Methodist church at Bethel at the age (rest of copy missing).

             Guian L. Walker, born just over the line in Dade county, Mo., on Oct. 22, 1841. Died March 29, 1921, at his home in Stockton, Mo., of heart trouble with which he had been afflicted for some time.

            The end came quickly as he often hoped it might and with his passing the community loses one of its oldest most prominent citizens.

            In early life he was a teacher and surveyor. He began to take active interest in politics and soon became one of the foremost leaders of the Democratic party to which he gave unswerving allegiance through all the years to follow. He was elected in 1874 to the office of county collector, serving two years, in 1878 became county clerk, with re-election in 1882. Elected county judge in 1912, serving two years. Served also as deputy under county clerk Thos. French and deputy collector under J.G. Nance, making twelve years as county official and six years as deputy official. This shows the esteem in which he was held by the people of the county. His extremely affable manner and constant kindness in rendering small favors without recompense endeared him to the people and he became the recipient of all the worries and troubles, politically and otherwise, of a very large circle of acquaintances. He never grew impatient but lent attention and exerted himself to give aid as well as advice. He gave minor legal instruction to many and saved them the fees they would otherwise have been compelled to pay. In all these ways he drew to himself the staunch support and affection of nearly all with whom he had dealings and when asking for political preferment not only did his own party give him loyal support, but many friends were found among other parties. It was natural for him to be kind and in return it was natural that he should receive loyalty.

            On Sept. 7, 1865 he was married to Mary A. Roberts. For almost fifty-six years they lived happily together and when his state of health became critical, she watched over him with anxious care, ever dreading, yet ever expecting a sudden summons. They had experienced many joys and many sorrows together, Five children were born to them, Virgil L. Walker, Cora E. Webb, Susie E. Webb, Lula M. Hurt and Frank J. Walker. Two only survive, Virgil L. and Cora E. Webb, the others passing on after attaining maturity and becoming heads of families. Twelve grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren also are of the host who mourn for him.

            For fifty years he was a member of the Masonic order, being, at the time of death and for many years previous, Secretary of his home lodge. He was very devoted to its teachings and active in its ministrations.

            Mr. Walker enlisted in Company G., Eighteenth(sic) Mo. Inf., Confederate army in 1862 and served until the close of the war. He fought at the battles of Newtonia, Humansville, Prairie Grove and Helena. Made a prisoner at Helena and held for eight months at Alton, Ill., and twelve months at Fort Delaware. He was ordnance sergeant of his regiment. And in 1863 was transferred to Pindel’s  First Battery of Sharpshooters.

            Although active in many lines of work he was always a farmer, owning and Maintaining a valuable farm near Stockton and upon which resided most of the time. His hospitality was most generous and many are the visitors who have sat at his table and been welcomed by him and his good wife to the comforts of their home. He was kindly, accommodating and loved a friendly joke with his neighbors.

            He was a prominent and familiar figure in the life of the community and his passing will be keenly felt.

            Funeral services were held at the Christian church with which he united more than forty-five years ago. Rev. A.M. Weaver, Baptist minister and a strong personal friend and Masonic Brother, conducted the services, speaking from the text, “He was a good man,” taken from Acts 11-24. after which his body was conveyed by his Masonic brethren to its last resting place and there given the beautiful burial service of that order. A very large number of  people attended the funeral and burial, each feeling a sadness that another old friend had been removed.

            The wife, son, daughter and grandchildren have the sincere sympathy of everyone. May they be comforted.                                                                                            A.B.C.

"Col. Benj. F. Walker

            A few days ago G.L. Walker received the sad news of the death of his father, Col. Benj. F. Walker, near Habeton(sic), Arkansas, on Feb. 22, 1906. The deceased was born in Tennessee, Jan. 20, 1820, his age at his death being 86 years, one month and two days. Deceased came to Green County, this state in 1838 where he married and lived two years, going then to Dade county from which county he was sent to the legislature. In 1848 he located in Cedar county and was sent to the legislature from this county for three terms. He introduced the bill changing the name of this place from Fremont to Stockton. He organized the first company of Confederate soldiers from Cedar county and was elected lieutenant colonel and on the death of Col. Cawthorn became colonel. In 1868 he located in Washington county Arkansas, which he represented in the state legislature and also in the state senate. He was a member of the convention which framed the present constitution of Arkansas. He was a man of marked characteristics, a deep thinker and in private as well as public life won the confidence and respect of all. Besides serving in the law making bodies of two states he was county surveyor in both Dade and Cedar counties and also public administrator of this county. His first wife was Nancy Leeper who died in 1845. She was the mother of G.L. Walker and Sarah Deardorff. He was married in 1847 to Eliza(sic) Moore and to this union were born five boys and two girls, of these Sam and Lee and Eliza Frost are living.

            The remains were laid to rest on Feb. 24th with Masonic honors, the deceased having been a member of that order for many years. He was the first Worshipful Master of Stockton Lodge No. 283, then old Cedar lodge No. 124."         

Obituary clipping from a newspaper:

Stockton Cedar County Republican, 23 January 1930, Page 1

Charles U. Gunier Obituary

Chas. U. Gunier, son of J.N. Gunier and wife, was born in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana; August 20, 1852, passed this life in the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Clark, January 20, 1930, age 77 years, and 5 months.

He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Graves September 1870.  To this union twelve children were born, six of whom preceded their father in death.  He leaves besides his wife, Mrs. Mary Burgert of Oklahoma City, Ed of Jerico Springs, Mrs. Cora Clark of Stockton, Mrs. Della Allen of Sandown, Arkansas, Walter of Independence, MO., and Louie of Humansville, MO.

He was converted and united with the Methodist Church about thirty-five years ago.

The funeral services were conducted at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Clark, Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. M.A. King.  Interment was made in the Stockton Cemetery.  The bereaved ones have our sympathy and love.

 Submitted by Juvanne Martin, CG, Nampa, Idaho.

 Charles and Sarah Elizabeth Graves Gunier were my second great-grandparents.  Della Allen was my great-grandmother.

Stockton Cedar County Republican, 14 April 1910, Page 2

Judge Jerome Napoleon Gunier Obituary

An Old Citizen Passes Away

Judge Jerome Napoleon Gunier died at his home north of town at nine o’clock Wednesday night, April 6, 1910, after an illness of four weeks.

            The parents were French Canadians and lived in Detroit, Michigan at the time of birth of their son on August 2, 1824.  These people were pioneers of that section and the father was a soldier in the War of 1812 and in the Black Hawk Indian War.

            In 1837 J.N. Gunier went to Marion County, Ohio and worked on a farm for a time then he learned the plasterer’s trade which he followed for forty years.  In 1841 he removed to Howard County, Indiana and helped roll logs where the Kokomo public square is now situated.  He these years and in that section, the Miami Indians were very numerous.

            Judge Gunier was married to Miss Mary Adaline Inman in 1846 and to them was born ten children all of whom are now living.  They are Mrs. Elizabeth Younger, Charles G., Mrs. Abigail Street, Kansas City, Mrs. Viola Stringer, Kansas City, Mrs. Martha E. Lorton, Andrew J., Mrs. Frances M. Swager, Miss Mollie, Mrs. Mina White, Quindaro, Kansas, Mrs. Ida Wright; Kansas City, all of whom except Mrs. Street and Mrs. White were at his bedside of their father during his last sickness.  And whose pleasure in doing all they could to make their dear father comfortable and easy in his last moments.  The wife and mother died in 1900.

            Judge Gunier moved from Indiana to Cedar County, Missouri in 1858 and remained here the rest of his life.  During the war, he took up the cause of the Union and served from August 2, 1862 until June 1865 with the company “fifteenth Missouri Cavalry U.S.A.  He was an orderly sergeant of his company.

            After serving as Justice of the Peace several years, he was elected probate judge on the Republican ticket in 1886 and served one term.  He had been a Democrat until the war, but after his discharge from the Army, no one was more loyal to the Republican Party than he.

            Judge Gunier and his wife were both christened in the Roman Catholic Church, but after they were married and while living in Indiana both joined the Christian Church and were baptized.  He was a man of many splendid traits.  He was kind and loving to his family always urging and encouraging his children to be good citizens.  As a citizen he was honest and patriotic, ever ready to publicly oppose the wrong doing and lawlessness and always ready to commend all that which was good.  As an official he discharged his duties fearlessly and always to the best of his ability.  He took much pleasure in watching the progress of the development of the country and would often talk to his friends of the wonderful changes he had seen take place.  Besides following the plasterer’s trade, he was also engaged in farming.  All in all  his was a useful and well spent life with its share of sorrow and happiness and when the end came, he had the satisfaction of knowing he had done no harm to anyone intentionally and hope he had done much good.  The bereaved children and grandchildren have a rich legacy in his memory and the great esteem in it is held by all who knew him.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Slusser on Thursday and the remains were laid to rest in the Stockton Cemetery by the side of those of his beloved wife.

            The children of Judge J.N. Gunier extend to all who were so kind to them during the illness and death of their father their sincere thanks.

Submitted by Juvanne Martin, CG, and Nampa, Idaho.  J.N. Gunier was my third-great-grandfather. His son, Charles, was my second-great-grandfather.


Sarah E. Graves Gunier Obituary

 Stockton Cedar County Republican, 27 May 1943; page 4

            Sarah E. Graves, daughter of Samuel Graves and wife, early pioneers of Lawrence County, was born, January 12, 1851 and as a child came with her parents who located in Washington Township, Cedar County, where she grew to young womanhood.  On May 19, 1943, at the age of ninety-two years, she departed this life to enter that Great City, the Promised Land, where there is no more sorrow, nor more parting of loved ones of those who believe and obey the teaching of Christ.  She was converted and united with the Baptist Church at Old Union in her young womanhood and has lived a true Christian.

            She was married to Charles W. Gunier in 1866.  Her husband passed away, January 19, 1930.  She is survived by six children, three daughters and three sons; Mrs. Mary Burgett of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Mrs. Della Allen of Caldwell, Idaho, and Mrs. Cora Clark of Stockton, Edward of Jerico Springs, Walter of California, and Louie of Humansville, Mo.

            Since the death of her husband, she has made her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Clark, north of Stockton.

            She will be greatly missed by her loved ones, neighbors and friends as a good mother and a good neighbor and a devout Christian.

            “Tell mother we’ll be there
            Heavens joys with her to share.
            This message guardian angel to her bear,
            Tell mother we’ll be there.”

            Funeral services were conducted by Arthur Wynes at the Baptist Church in Stockton, Saturday afternoon, May 22, 1943.  Internment was in the City Cemetery, Church and Neale in charge.

Card of Thanks
            We wish to thank our neighbors and friends who so generously assisted us during the sickness, death and burial of our dear mother and grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Gunier.

            The Clark and Gunier families and other relatives. 

Submitted by Juvanne Martin, CG; Nampa, Idaho. 

Sarah Elizabeth Graves Gunier was my second-great-grandmother. I am descended from her daughter, Lucy Della Gunier Allen.





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