Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye old,hello new....Rich Hill Mining Review JUNE 13, 2002

Rich Hill High School faculty pose for a final photo in front of the old school building.When classes for the 2002-03 school year resume this fall,faculty and students will be in the district,s new high school building.
Faculty members include, left to right ;Front row-Vicky Proppelwell, Julie Laver ,Christy Mckinney,Rhonda Healdley,Jennifer Wheatley and Dwayne Bauer,Back Row Brian Thomas,Gary Dunn,Sylvia Eldridge, Larnel Martin,Sandra Robb,Richard Courter, Nancy Wimmer, Larry Palmer, Greg Brocka, and Lance Sargent.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Picture from the 1976 Bates County Bicentennial Book

Picture from the 1976   Bates County Bicentennial Book

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Old Pictures on the 2008 Rich Hill Mo. Phone Book

Old  Pictures on the 2008 Rich Hill Mo. Phone Book

The back of the books says
Picture 1.The Columns at the Entrance to the East Park.
Picture 2. The Parkview Hotel was located at 5th & Park.Some time after a fire in the early 90's  it was demolished .
Picture 3. Looking east on Park Avenue at Clark's  Drug & Booth theatre.
Picture 4. Bryant High School before the addition of the cafeteria & gymnasium.
Picture 5.The Northup's Drug store building still stands at 6th & Park.
Picture 6. The Standard Service station at 6th & Park was add on to in later years and is now a restaurant.
Picture 7. The RHHS Drum Bugle Corp leads Elks Members in the Flag Day Parade June 14 ,1940  

Sunday, August 7, 2016

James Ernest Truex Real birthplace

I found this story in the Nevada Daily Mail Sept 16 1982  News of Yesterday Taken from Sept 16 1932

50 years ago Sept. 16 1932
 For the last 25 years the little Bates county town of Rich Hill has been denied an honor due it from the fact that the compilers of Who's Who on Broadway failed to double check the data on Ernest Truex, the "half pint" comedian, as Mr.Truex often refers to himself, who is know to theaters goers on two continents, has made famous a Missouri town which never existed."Red Hill" has received the honor of being the birthplace of Mr.Truex and only recently a prominent New  York columnist referred to Mr. Truex as the "Red Hill Missouri boy who made good in the city."
 With years of such misinformation going out to the reading public,Rich Hill citizens finally "got mad."They took the matter up with Ernest with the result that Rich Hill will replace "Red Hill" as the birthplace and the early  home of Mr. Truex with the next appearance of Who's Who on Broadway.In an interveiw with Mr. Truex he said"There is no such town in Missouri as Red Hill,but I never denied it when writers gave that mythical town the honor,and for years that town has appeared as my birthplace."
 In 1896 a stranded Shakespearean actor became ill. Ernest's father,Dr.J.L.Truex,then practicing in Rich Hill,now in Joplin,treated the actor-Edward M. Chamberlain.Unable to meet the bill after his recovery, Mr. Chamberlain organized a school of elocution and dramatics and agreed to pay the doctor's bill by giving five-year old Ernest lessons in the art of stage.The results was that Ernest made his debut a few months later on the stage of the opera house here in Nevada,playing the part of Hamlet.For some years he was billed as a child prodigy and appeared in many cities in Shakespeare's plays before landing on Broadway.
 Rich Hill's older citizens, who knew Ernest as a boy and watched his rise to stardom in the theater world,had as their only regret for years the error consistently made as to Mr.Truex's birthplace.Now that Ernest has corrected this error everyone is again happy in the old home town and when he is next billed for an appearance in Kansas City,all his old friends from this little city will be there to greet him in a big way.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fourth of July in Rich Hill Missouri 1951

Article from Rich Hill Mining Review  June 21, 1951
The fourth of July committees have been working hard the past week completing plans for the Fourth of July celebration here.Arrangements are nearly completed and according to the information received a finer program is in store for those attending the celebration than has been presented here in many years.
 The celebration this year will observe the 175th Anniversary of the founding of the United States. All churches in Rich Hill are asked to ring their church bells for five minutes at twelve noon on July 4 to acknowledge this anniversary.Upon hearing the tolling of the bells,all persons are asked to pause and offer silent prayer of thanks to God for the Freedom and Principles which this nation was founded.
The Parada Shows will arrive in Rich Hill Monday and be here for the Fourth.This show has been in Rich Hill several times in previous years and they have a nice clean show.They have a number of rides,shows and concessions.
Rich Hill has two fine parks in which the people who arrive for the day can find plenty of shade. The East Park is the picnic park. There one will find ovens and tables for their picnic dinners.Central Park, which is downtown, has many seats for the comfort of those attending and the programs in the afternoon and evening will be held in the bandstand this Park.

There has been no special entertainment planned for the morning but  the Parada shows will open early for the entertainment of those coming to town in the morning
 In the afternoon a street parade will be held at 2 o'clock. Prizes are being offered for the best decorated floats as follows :first prize,$25.00: second prize $15.00:and third prize $10.00.An added feature to the parade this year will be the boys and girls riding ponies.Prizes will also be given, for the best dressed boy or girl on horse or pony,first prize,$10.00 :second  prize $5.00, and thrid prize $2.50.There are many ways in witch they may dress, such as Indians,Mexicans or cowboys and cowgirls.
Anyone who wants to participate in the parade contact Sam Fisher of or Shirley Booth.Charles Logan of Nevada has notified Mr. Booth that he will be again this year with his Shetland ponies, which are favorites of the children.

Immediately following the parade Mr.H. Roe Bartle,of Kansas City will give the Independence Day address Mr. Bartle has been a leader in Boy Scout work in Kansas City and this region for many years.He has served as President of Missouri Valley College at Marshall Mo. and at the present time is regional director of the office of Price Stabilization.
L.G.Nelson of the Nelson Construction company is sponsoring a turtle race which is open to all children between the ages of 6 and 19 years.Any child wanting to participate in this event is asked to contact Mr. Nelson.
Edward Wright of the Rich Hill Roller Rink is sponsoring a roller skating
 contest on Park Avenue between sixth and Seventh streets. we have no particulars concerning this event but are sure Mr. Wright has some extra special entertainment in this feature for all.
     The Rich Hill Legionnaires baseball team will play at Association Park following the parade for the baseball fans of this community.
     The Rich Hill High School band will give a short concert in the evening preceding the dinner hour. The entertainment for the evening will begin at 7 O'clock when we have something new in the entertainment field, and that is the "baby buggy parade." Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated baby buggy or stroller, in the following amounts:  first prize $10.00:  second prize $5.00: and third prize $2.50.  Prizes will be awarded on the appearance of the whole unit but with the greatest emphasis being on the decoration of the vehicle. Those who desire to compete in this parade should contact Sam Fisher.
     Immediately following the baby buggy parade a variety show of home talent will be held in the band stand in Central Park. This program is under the direction of Miss Zelma Copeland and it is at this time that all attending will have the privilege of seeing the many beautiful bathing beauties of our town.
     Miss Copeland has many other interesting numbers planned for this program.
The fourth of July program will end at 10 o'clock with a grand display of fireworks on Park avenue near the railroad tracks.
    Fourth of July celebrations are not new in Rich Hill. Rich Hill has celebrated yearly since 1881, except during World War I and World War II. the first celebration  was held on the block on the North side of Walnut Street, just east of the railroad track.  A hotel was located where the Paris Woodall home now stands. Heavy timbers were hauled in to make shelter tents because there were no trees at that time to provide shade.  Each year the committees try to make the celebration better than the preceding one and this year is no exception. These celebrations are really Rich Hill's annual homecoming days for people travel great distances to meet their friends here.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Paris Woodall

This Blog article comes from 

Excerpts from:

Daily Capital News, Jefferson City, Missouri
October 5, 1938


Rich Hill, MO., Oct. 4 – (UP) – Suits, overcoats, leather jackets and hats valued at $3,000 were stolen early today from the Beasley Mercantile Co. store by three bandits who tied up Paris Woodall, 65, the night watchman.

Moberly Monitor-Index, Moberly, Missouri
December 15, 1939


Rich Hill, MO., Dec. 15 – AP – Marvin Denayer was killed last night in a scuffle with Night Officer Paris Woodall.  The officer was wounded.
    Woodall said Denayer resisted arrest for intoxication, seized the officer’s revolver and shot him through the hand.  He was choking Woodall when the officer recovered his weapon and fired three shots.  Denayer died two hours later in a Butler hospital.

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Brakeman Killed. Aug 28 1890

Brakeman Killed. Aug 28 1890
'Feely' McQuity  Meets Sudden Death at His Post of Duty.
Knocked into the River.
The Sad and Untimely Death of a Rich Hill Brakeman this Morning at 11 o'clock-The Remains brought to Rich Hill at 1 o'clock.
This morning 'Feeley'  McQUITTY passed north on the local, due here at 7:30 o'clock, but which was about 8 hours behind time, and was seen at the depot by a number of his friends and former companions for the last time alive. The particulars of the sad death of this young man are about as follows. When nearing the intersection of the Emporia road, about five miles this side of Butler, the instructions were given Mr. McQuitty to set the brakes, as some switching was to be done. The conductor was on top of the train, and when the instructions were being given Mr. McQuitty was on the ladder in the act of ascending, and leaning out was watching the conductor, Mr. Garnett, unawares of approaching the Miami bridge. While in this position one of the abutments of the bridge struck the unfortunate brakeman on the back of the head, hurling him 15 feet into the waters below. The signal was given and the train stopped as soon as possible, but the unfortunate man was a corpse before he could be reached. A great hole, the size of an ordinary ink stand, was found to have been made in the left back part of the head, which evidently caused instant death. An inquest was held at Butler, and a verdict returned in accordance with the above facts.
The parents of Mr. McQuitty have been residents of Rich Hill the past 9 years, and the sudden death of their son is indeed a severe shock to them. The deceased has made Rich Hill his home much of the time, and was well known and liked by all. Besides his parents, he leaves a young wife [Margaret Hannah Pearson, later Linthicum] and six brothers to mourn his sudden demise. The wife of the deceased was not apprised of the sad fate of her husband at our hour of writing, as she was visiting at the mines, and could not be reached. Mr. McQuitty had only been married about a year, and the young wife, as well as all other members of the household, have the profound sympathy of the Review in this dark hour of their sorrow.
The funeral services will be conducted at the family residence in the East End to-morrow evening, to which all friends of the deceased and of the family are invited.
Related article:
Roadmaster Meyers in Town.
Roadmaster Meyers was in the city yesterday, and went out to the Mia- bridge, where Mr. F. U. McQuitty was killed on Thursday of last week. While there Mr. Meyers took occasion to measure the distance from the timber where Mr. McQuitty met his fate to where he landed in the water below, and found the same to be 90 feet. "It is a very great distance for a human body to be knocked by the force of a blow, and the imprints on the abutments where his head struck would indicate that they had been struck with a huge piece of iron of some kind.
--of about fifteen brakemen who have engaged in that avocation from Rich Hill, Mr. McQuitty is the third to have met death while on duty.

Friday, March 4, 2016

From Gail Biggs Facebook

From Gail Biggs Facebook
my Friend Gail posted this picture on her Facebook 
from 1957 Rich Hill Year Book
The King is Billy Schenker, The Queen is Evelyn Coonce Painter, The Prince is Joe Daughtery, and the Princess is Helen Reedy

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Rich Hill tribune., May 19, 1910 {Class of 1910}

The Rich Hill tribune., May 19, 1910  {Class of !910}
Commencement Exercises
The commencement  exercises of the graduating class of the Rich Hill School for 1910 was held at the opera house last night and was a success in every particular. 
A large crowd witnessed the performance of the play "The Professor"and the manner in which it was produced reflect great credit  both on the Students and their director Mr. Beninsley.
     The Valedictory and Salutatory addressed were well gotten up and excellently delivered.The music was beautiful and the class address  very interesting and taken all together we believe that in the annals of Rich Hill High School history,the class of 1910 will long be looked upon as a banner class.  


Looking at the Car's ,I would say sometime in the 1940's

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church History

 Lutheran Church History-from the book the Town that Coal Built
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized November 21, 1883 in a boarding house operated by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cane. Some of the early members were Fred Cane, John Klumpp, August Elgert, Joseph Ochsner, Frank Yarick, John Farrer, Wm. Fritz, John Marquardt, Albert Kleiwin and H. Schwamb.
Most of these German Lutherans settled in the North part of town. Probably, so as to be closer to their work in the mines to the North and Northwest of town and the smelter.
Rev. Niederwimmer was the first Pastor. Their first church was several blocks North of the present church. The membership grew every year, and they outgrew the small church building which was also used for parochial school. During that time they bought land from Robinson for a cemetery, also bought 2 lots on the southeast corner of 4th and Chestnut. They bought the present church building from the Methodist Church, and moved it to the west lot in 1890. In 1892 they moved the little church to the east lot, and added on 2 large rooms in the front of it. This building served as the parsonage, and the back part as the schoolroom.

We celebrated our 50th anniversary in 1932, Arthur Schardt was pastor then. The last resident pastor here was Edward Haferman. He left in 1942. In 1957 we celebrated our 75th anniversary. Rev. Ritterling was our pastor and also of Nevada St. Paul Lutheran Church. The parsonage was rented until 1971 and is still used as a "get-to-gather" place for the congregation. The ladies of the church also use it to meet in.
Richmond Anderson of Kansas City is our present pastor. We have services the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays from the 1st of March through December. Time is 8:30 A.M., as he also serves the Nevada St. Paul Church, after our services.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The ORDINANCE where the Lutheran Church turned over the cemetery to the City of Rich Hill - October 1961

0692 – Lutheran Cemetery

BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the City of Rich Hill, Missouri, as follows:
Section 1:  The Mayor of the City of Rich Hill, Bates County, Missouri, for and on behalf of said city is hereby authorized to enter into the following contract for the acquisition of certain land for cemetery purposes:
     THIS AGREEMENT, made and entered into this 1st day of October, 1961, by and between the LUTHERAN CHURCH of Rich Hill, Missouri, First Party, and CITY OF RICH HILL, Bates County, Missouri, Second Party, WITNESS:  that,
     WHEREAS, First Party is the owner of the following described real estate in Bates County, Missouri, known as the Lutheran Cemetery, to-wit:
Beginning at a point 27 Rods 1’6” East of the Southwest corner of Section 6, Township 38, Range 31, (otherwise described as the Southeast corner of the Catholic Cemetery) running thence East 307 feet, more or less, to a fence thence North 280 feet, thence West 307 feet, more or less, to a point directly North of the place of beginning thence South 280 feet to the point of beginning; and,
WHEREAS, the members of the Lutheran Church of Rich Hill, Missouri, recognize that maintenance of such cemetery will become a serious problem in the future; and,
     WHEREAS, the City of Rich Hill, Missouri, has a need for additional burial grounds;
      It is, therefore, agreed, as follows:
      The Lutheran Church Council of the Lutheran Church of Rich Hill, Missouri, shall convey to the City of Rich Hill the property above described as a burial ground. Second Party agrees that it will restore all existing graves and stones in such area and will permanently maintain the entire cemetery above referred to.
     It is further agreed that the tract immediately west of the present driveway in such cemetery, being otherwise described as:
 Beginning at a point 507 feet East of the Southwest corner of Section 6, Township 38, Range 31, running thence North 164 feet, thence East 84 feet, thence South 164 feet, thence West to the point of beginning,
Shall be reserved for burial by members of the Rich Hill Lutheran Church and their families.
     Proceeds from the sale of lots reserved for Lutheran burials in the paragraph last above shall go to the Rich Hill Lutheran Church, but such church will abide by all the existing practices of the cemetery.
     It is further understood and agreed that many lots for burial have heretofore been sold By First Party and that any dispute as to the ownership of any lost previously sold, or alleged to be previously sold, will be resolved by First Party.
     It is further understood and agreed that all expenses in connection with this contract and the conveyance here under shall be assumed by Second Party.
     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, First Party has caused this contract to be signed in its behalf by the Lutheran Church Council of the Lutheran Church of Rich Hill, Missouri, and Second Party has caused this contract to be signed by its duly authorized Mayor the day and year first above written.
Fred Marquardt
John Denayer
Lawrence Denayer-Lutheran Church Council

Marvin Hurst-Mayor

Lily White-City Clerk

     Section 2.  This Ordinance shall be in effect from and after its passage and approval.
     Read three times and passed this 10 day of October 1961.
Marvin Hurst-Mayor
Lily White-City Clerk

Approved this 10th day of October 1961
Marvin Hurst

Friday, January 29, 2016

Pictures from Rich Hill Alumni 2015

Pictures from Rich Hill Alumni 2015

These three pictures had the name Emma Henely on the back.
The one taken in front of county school might be Mission Branch.
The other two were taken at Byant School -Rich Hill.
The small group had the Emma Henley name and Rich Hill Freshmen 
Class of 1921
The two group picture were taken by Brown Studio of Harrisonville ,Mo

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Willard Clark Henderson : WWII Experience

WWII ExperienceDESCRIPTION: Joplin News Herald Friday September 29 1944 Page 7

Says-Then there was the experience of Staff Sergeant Willard C.Henderson of Shell City,Mo. He bumped into a German officer unexpectedly in a tunnel and in a fraction of a second each had poked a weapon against the other[s abdomen.
Drop it"Henderson yelled,
The German's automatic clattered to the floor.
Henderson rounded up the officer and 22 other Germans in the tunnel and ushered them all out.

Willard Clark Henderson Obit

He was married Aug. 14, 1947, in Berryville, Ark., to LaVern Barker, and she survives of the home.
He grew up in Schell City, and went to Flat Rock School there. He finished his last two years of school in  Nevada. He joined the U.S. Army on Nov. 11, 1942. He served in Europe during World War II. Among the medals he received was a bronze star, a silver star, as well as two purple hearts, the second of which was received when he was wounded while he was among the first to go through the wall in Breast, France. He went to California in 1952 where he lived and worked for 26 years before moving back to Rich Hill, in 1978. He was a welder and mechanic most of his working life. He owned and operated Henderson and Sons Garage in California with his three sons. Following his retirement, he went to work for Balk's Farm Implement in Vernon County.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Club 44 Ad -The Nevada Daily Mail - Sep 16, 1960

Club 44
Ad -The Nevada Daily Mail - Sep 16, 1960
Round &Square Dance
Trap Shoot

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Rich Hill Insurance Calendar 1897-1965

Rich Hill Insurance Calendar 1897-1965

The Calendar says-We celebrated our 13th Birthday in 1897 and 81st in 1965 
Rich Hill Insurance 
   Security Bank Bldg.  ::   Rich Hill, Missouri  
Specializing in Truck Insurance
Phone 395-2111

The top pad says:
  This Calendar ,long out of print,may seem incorrect... but here's a hint
Every year in history Has it"TIME" when dates agree.

And though 1897 is the printed date.1965 is it perfect mate.
The pad's correct you can rely on this useful calendar of days gone by.

And so we're happy to revive Lovely Lillian for 1965
It was she who made the 1890's gay
And we thought you'd enjoy her yet today

And with this sweet alluring creature
you also get another feature
Look at the pad and you can foresee
Things to come in the "next century" 


Saturday, January 23, 2016

U.S., African American Newspapers, 1829-1947 for Homer Kimbrough

Wichita Kansas  Dec 241898 Nesspaper

  Killed in a Rich Hill Mill Collapse-Rich Hill Mill . Collapse 

Rich Hill Mo. Dec.21--A portion of the Rich Hill mill collapsed at 1 o'clock this Morning. Homer Kimbrough a transfer man was caught by timbers and crushed. The building was badly damaged.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Doc Allen story from the (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

Osage Township - W.H. Allen, physician and surgeon, and a man eminent in his profession in this vicinity, was born in Frankfort, Kentucky, May 1, 1848, and is a son of R.N Allen, now a citizen of Bates County, Missouri. W.H. grew up and was educated in his native county, attending the Military Institute of which his father was professor for many years. He took a thorough course and was graduated with the degree of A.M. in 1869. During this time he had studied medicine with his cousin, Dr. R.D. Allen, who was superintendent of the Military Institute, and a prominent man in Kentucky. Dr. W.H. Allen was graduated from the medical department of the University of Louisville on February 28, 1871, and soon began his practice in Batesville, Carroll County, Missouri. This he continued in that locality till the spring of 1875, when he came to Bates County, Missouri, settling at Old Rich Hill, at which point he gave his attention to his chosen calling till the birth of this city in 1880. Then he built the finest dwelling in the town. He served as its mayor for the first eighteen months of its growth, having been appointed by the court. The Doctor is a member of the K. of P. and A.O.U.W. fraternities. He was married May 2, 1871, to Miss Ora Sims, who was born in Texas, July 3, 1851. Her father, Samuel Sims, was a native of Georgia. The family of the Doctor consists of four children: Laura S., William H., Eben G. and Samuel W. (History of Bates County, Missouri, 1883)

Friday, January 8, 2016

E-Mail from the UK

Hi Bart
New Year’s greetings from the UK, and many thanks for all the work you’ve done to publish the history of Rich Hill. I first came upon the site about four years ago through a Google search for ‘Cheverton’ and was delighted to find the advertisement for ‘Cheverton Bros of the West End Meat Market’ (I am a grand-grand-nephew of those brothers, Frank and Wallace Cheverton).
Your Excel sheet of Greenlawns cemetery was at that time more comprehensive than the ‘Find-a-Grave’ index and through your sheet I was able to find out about the marriage and death of Gertrude Cheverton, daughter of  Wallace William Cheverton.
I attach a couple of pictures featuring Gertrude Cheverton that you might find interesting.
The first item is a photograph of her and her brother Ernest (both seated), along with two other children; Audie Thomas and Winchell Jamison. It was sent to me by Bill Gurske, a great grandson of James McCulloch, whose brother, Joseph, had a store in Rich Hill (and I guess is the J R McCulloch pictured in your latest post). Bill mentioned that the border of the photo mount was inscribed ‘Booth Studio Rich Hill’ (the background to which I learned from another posting on your site). Ernest was born in May 1883, Gertrude in March 1885 and Winchell in November 1884, so I estimate that the picture was taken somewhere around 1893/95. 
The second item is what appears to be an advertising leaflet for Gertrude and the ‘Cheverton Entertainment Company’. I estimate that this must date from sometime around 1914 or later, as two of the testimonials mention her music studies in Europe, and passenger records show that she returned to New York from Europe in November 1913.
Gertrude is listed as singing in the 1902 High School Commencement Exercises article you posted in May 2014. She also appears in the ‘1910 Rich Hill Graduating Exercises Program’ that you posted in Feb 2011, performing as part of a quartet and also giving a vocal solo, so her musical career was clearly underway by then. I believe that her European studies will have commenced later that year, given they lasted 3yrs and that she returned in November 1913. Her uncle, Frank H Cheverton, is named as one of the six members of the Board of Education in that program and my discovery, a couple of days ago, that his photograph was in your latest post is what has prompted me to finally getting round to sending you this email (which I’ve been intending to do for over a year!). NB You have the lefts and rights reversed in the notes below the picture in that recent post!
Gertrude married William Kyner in August 1918 and sadly died 5 years later on 24th June 1923, of Peritonitis that seems likely to have been a complication following the birth of her first child only 6 days earlier. She is buried in Greenlawns, as I indicated above.
Two of the other children in the photograph are also buried in Greenlawns. The records show that Ernest died in 1982 just a few days short of his 99th birthday and Winchell Jamison committed suicide in 1948 (though curiously the photograph of his memorial stone on Find-a-Grave shows 1884 – 1947). Winchell was the only son of John W Jamison, who was for many years the cashier of the Farmers and Manufacturers Bank of Rich Hill.
I’ve attached biographies of Wallace William Cheverton and John W Jamison that I found in ‘Missouri, the Center State, 1821-1915 (Volume 4)’. Red superscript text entries are my corrections/annotations.
Thanks once again for all your efforts on the Rich Hill History blog. Keep up the good work!
Les Sheppard


For eighteen years John W. Jamison has been the efficient and popular cashier of the Farmers and Manufacturers Bank of Rich Hill and his long connection with business activity here renders it unnecessary for him to have special introduction to the readers of this volume who reside in his section of the state. He has many admirable social as well as business qualities and has thereby gained a circle of friends that is almost coextensive with the circle of his acquaintance. Indiana claims him as a native son, his birth having occurred in Salem, that state, December 31, 1865, his parents being William G. and Marjorie (Davis) Jamison, both of whom were born upon farms in the vicinity of Salem. The father devoted his early life to general agricultural pursuits and afterward became auditor of his county. He held various local offices previous to that time and was ever found loyal to the trust reposed in him.
John W. Jamison was the second in order of birth in a family of four children and through the period of his boyhood he attended the district schools and also the schools of Salem, Indiana. Later he became a student in the Eikosi Academy at Salem and in his broad educational training laid the foundation for his later success. He was eighteen years of age when he became identified with business interests of Rich Hill, Missouri, at which time he began driving a delivery wagon for a grocery firm. Later he became a clerk in the store and so continued for several years, enjoying the full respect and confidence of his employers, whom he ably and conscientiously served. At length he retired from that position to enter the employ of the Cowles Mercantile Company in the capacity of clerk, continuing with that house for about two years. He was next employed by J. L. Minor in the hardware business, remaining in that connection for four years, when he was elected to the position of cashier of the Farmers and Manufacturers Bank of Rich Hill. There has been no change in his business career since that time. Through eighteen years he has faithfully served the institution and its success may be attributed in large measure to his capability, fairness and promptness in discharging the duties of the position. From time to time he has made investments in lands and is now the owner of valuable property in both Missouri and Kansas, but he devotes his entire tune to the bank and is thoroughly familiar with every phase of the banking business.
On the I6th of January, 1883, Mr. Jamison was married to Miss Cora Zink, who was born in Salem, Indiana, April 27, 1866, a daughter of Emanuel and Mary (Wiseman) Zink. who were likewise natives of the Hoosier state, born near Salem. The father followed farming and was also proprietor of the Salem Stone Quarry, in both of which connections he conducted an extensive business. He never sought nor desired office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his individual interests, in which he met with substantial success. Both he and his wife have passed away. To Mr. and Mrs. Jamison was born one son, Winchell W., who was born in 1884 and is now bookkeeper in the bank with his father. He married Miss Clara Weeks, a native of Rich Hill. She is deceased [13 Apr 1914] and left one son, John Weeks, three years of age.
Mrs. Jamison passed away April 28, 1912, at the age of forty-six years and one day and her death was deeply deplored by all who knew her. She was a most lovable woman, genial, good-natured and kindly and thus it was that she was greatly endeared not only to her immediate relatives, but to all with whom she came in contact. She was the youngest in her father's family of five sons and four daughters and was the first to pass away. The others are: Mrs. T. B. Ritter, Bloomington, Indiana; Mrs. C. W. Murphy: Mrs. Fred N. Clark; Dawson, James and Grant Zink, all of Salem, Indiana: and Isaac and Lemuel Zink, of Turon, Kansas. Mrs. Jamison was but thirteen years of age when she joined the Christian church in Indiana in 1879. She at once took active part in its work and became a member of the choir. It was in the Christian church in Salem, on the 16th of January, 1883, that she gave her hand in marriage to John W. Jamison and their wedding journey consisted of a trip to Bates county, where Mr. Jamison has since lived, and during the period in which Mrs. Jamison remained here she won the love of all with whom she came in contact. She was unassuming and unostentatious in manner, possessed a jovial disposition and a generous spirit. Her interest centered in her home, where she was a devoted wife and mother. She was also an unselfish, sympathetic friend and at all times was generous in thought and charitable in action. A tale of sorrow or distress made strong appeal to her and she did everything in her power to obviate the cause thereof. She ministered with tenderness and patience to the sick and gave assistance and sympathy in the house of mourning. She was always among the first to assist in church, lodge or public work of any kind and her heart went out in a helpful spirit to the unfortunate. While undergoing medical treatment in Jefferson City she frequently visited the penitentiary, where she would speak words of cheer to or sing for the convicts, and at her demise J. J. Martin, chaplain of the Missouri State Penitentiary, sent the following telegram:
"Jefferson City, Missouri, April 29th.
John W. Jamison, Rich Hill, Missouri.
My wife and daughters join me in deepest sympathy and condolence in this, your greatest sorrow and irreparable loss. Two thousand unfortunate prisoners who lovingly remember your wife for her sweet service of song and kind words of sympathy are in deepest sorrow.
J. J. Martin,
"Chaplain, Missouri State Penitentiary."
Many other words of condolence and sympathy were received by Mr. Jamison and his son at the death of the wife and mother.
Mr. Jamison remains a member of the Christian church, of which he has long been a loyal representative. He is also prominent in fraternal circles, holding membership with the Masons, Elks. Eagles, Modern Woodmen of America, Woodmen of the World, the Odd Fellows and the United Workmen, and in the local organization of the last named he has been treasurer for a quarter of a century. His political support is given to the Democratic Party and in political circles he has attained prominence and distinction. For two terms he served as mayor of Rich Hill, where he has also filled the offices of city assessor, clerk and treasurer. He was a member of the democratic state central committee for two terms and in 1913 was chosen to represent his district at the national convention of his party in Baltimore. His opinions carry weight in local party councils and his public-spirited citizenship is above question. His life in all of its varied phases has been honorable and upright and those who have known him longest are those who esteem him most highly, which indicates the worth and nobility of his career.

From: Missouri, the Center State, 1821-1915 (Vol 4) P344-6.      Walter Barlow Stevens.        Pub 1915.

Wallace William Cheverton has been prominently identified with farming and stock-raising interests in Bates County and now figures also in financial circles as vice president of the Commercial State Bank, of Rich Hill, Missouri. What he undertakes he accomplishes. His plans are well developed and carefully executed and his recognition of the fact that industry is the basis of all honorable success, has brought him to his present enviable position as one of the prosperous citizens of his section of the state. Of English birth, he is a native of the Isle of Wight, his natal day being October 4, 1858. His father, William Cheverton, was born on the Isle of Wight in March, 1821, and has made farming his life work. He wedded Anna [Hannah] Pryor [Prior], who was about four years his junior and who passed away in the year 1900, but Mr. Cheverton still survives. In their family were ten children.

In his boyhood days Wallace William Cheverton attended the public schools near his father's home, but at the age of sixteen bade adieu to friends and native land and sailed for the United States. He proceeded directly to Fort Scott, Kansas, where for one year [1875] he was employed by his brother. He afterward studied medicine for two years under the direction of Dr. Greening and subsequently spent three years in Dickinson and Saline counties, Kansas, devoting a part of his time to farm work and threshing. He operated a threshing machine at an expense of thirty dollars per day. In 1880 he removed to Rich Hill and for one year was employed by a brother in the butchering business. On the expiration of that period he embarked in the butchering business on his own account and for twelve years conducted business in partnership with his brother, carrying on a growing and profitable trade. Within that period he purchased land near Rich Hill. In connection with his brother he likewise engaged in the packing business. There was a financial panic that year and, afraid of the stability of the banks, the brothers deposited their money in a salt barrel in the packing-house. On withdrawing from the butchering business the brothers invested more largely in land and after buying the interest of his brother, Wallace William Cheverton operated a farm of three hundred and twenty acres as a general stock ranch, keeping a large number of hogs, cattle and horses. Again success attended his efforts. He proved himself an excellent judge of stock, making judicious investments and profitable sales. Since 1904 his son has resided upon the farm, while Mr. Cheverton has made his home in the town of Rich Hill. He is now vice president of the bank, but devotes the greater part of his time and attention to his farming and stock-raising interests. 

On the 2nd of July, 1882, Mr. Cheverton was married to Miss May Potter [Patten] Greening, who was born in Madison, Illinois, May 6, 1862, a daughter of Dr. James and Francis (Stewart} Greening, natives of Kentucky and England respectively. Her father early took up the practice of medicine and also engaged in farming. Eventually he removed with his family to Fort Scott, Kansas, where he became a landowner and farmer and also practiced medicine until his death, which occurred in 1879. While a resident of Kansas he twice represented Bourbon County in the state legislature and he was active and interested in public affairs, doing much to further progress along various lines. He was likewise a minister of the Christian church and remained one of its active members up to the time of his demise, exemplifying in his life the teachings of that denomination. His wife passed away in Illinois in 1866 or 1867 at about thirty years of age. 

To Mr. and Mrs. Cheverton have been born two children; Ernest William, who was born in 1883 and married Miss Ethel Williams, their home being now upon the ranch: and Gertrude, who [in 1915] is with her parents, having recently returned from Europe, [Arrived N.Y. 27th Nov 1913 on ‘Oceanic’] where she has been studying music.

Mr. Cheverton votes with the Democratic Party and while upon the ranch served as a trustee of his township and in Rich Hill has filled the office of alderman. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, the Modern Woodmen, and the Select Knights and Ladies of Honor. In his life he has displayed many sterling traits, which have won him respect and esteem. In his business dealings he has been thoroughly reliable, never taking advantage of others in his trade transactions. He holds friendship inviolable, has never been known to betray a trust and by reason of his many sterling traits has become firmly entrenched in the regard of his associates.

From: Missouri, the Center State, 1821-1915 (Vol 4) P352-3. Walter Barlow Stevens. Pub 1915.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Gertrude Cheverton Program

This was sent to me from a Les Shepard in the UK.Les  estimate that the advertising leaflet must be dated  from sometime around 1914 or later, as two of the testimonials mention her music studies in Europe, and passenger records show that she returned to New York from Europe in November 1913.
Thanks Les