Sunday, February 23, 2014

Frank Ralston Obit from the Rich Hill Mining Review Feb.2 1967

Frank Ralston 
Dead at 86

Frank E. Ralston one of Rich Hill's best known and highly respected citizens died unexpectedly about 8 o'clock Sunday morning, Jan 28, 1967 in his room at the Oakes Hotel in Excelsior Springs, Mo. where he had been living the past five years. Death was apparently caused by a heart attack.

Mr. Ralston was born in Rich Hill, October 28, 1880, the son of James and Hannah Ralston. He grew to young manhood here and received his education in the Rich Hill schools. He was employed by the Beasley Mercantile company many years before his appointment in 1927 as Missouri State Oil Inspector. He  traveled  through Missouri several  years  discharging  the duties of this office.  June 6, 1904, at Rich Hill, he was united in marriage to Elisabeth Maurer, who preceded him death in 1938. During the time Mr. Ralston was employed by the State of Missouri, he and Mrs. Ralston lived at the Dixon Hotel in Kansas City, but always maintained their home in Rich Hill, and at every opportunity spent their time here.

Following  Mr. Ralston's  retirement he returned to Rich Hill and again became active in civic, social and religious  circles of the town. He was proud of his home town and for number of  years  wrote, a column for the Mining Review concerning early day activities here, and at every opportunity gave of his time and resources for every worthwhile project in the town, also helping with publicity to make the project possible.   He was  faithful member of  the Presbyterian  church. Although Mr. Ralston  had been in Excelsior Springs the past  five  years  he still claimed Rich Hill as his home. He was a member of the B.P.O.Elks and during the  time he lived here planned  that  all Elks attend  Mothers Day services at a local church.

Surviving are one niece, Mrs. A.H. Dixon, Excelsior Spring, Mo. ;two nephews, Dr. H. V.  Guhleman,  Jefferson City Mo. And Lt. Col. J. H. Scrivner, Jr. an instructor in the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

The  body was brought to Rich Hill for burial in Green Lawn cemetery,  and services were held in the Booth Chapel at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. Allen Jones, pastor of the Methodist church.
Pallbearers were F. C. "Toppy" Clark, George Holler, Robert Bums, Raymond Mor gan, Hubert Kienberger, and Edwin Lyons.
Mrs. Paul Stevener and Mrs. Marion Moreland vocalists, were accompanied by Mrs. Delmar Vogt at the organ

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