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