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Deaths from The Audrain County Oracle

Here are the deaths from The Audrain County Oracle that I have transcribed so far. The newspaper articles have been copied exactly as printed including what I felt were spelling errors. The only omissions, to save space, were the standard expressions of sympathy to the family, from the newspaper, at the end of each obituary. The Audrain County Oracle was a weekly paper published by John DeVault at Martinsburg, Missouri. Because of the proximity to Montgomery and Callaway Counties, often news from these areas was included. Copies of the paper from November 4, 1909, through November 12, 1914, and from December 20, 1917, through November 6, 1919, have been saved and may be viewed at the Missouri State Historical Society. Often a recap from The Enterprise, an earlier Martinsburg paper is listed in a special area of the paper. Those obituary snippets are included. -- Nancy Hale Lee

November 17, 1910

THE ORACLE is short of news this week and much news left out as we did not have time to set the same. We were unable to be at the office the first of this week on account of the death of our dear brother, Wm. T. DeVault, of New Florence, who passed away Sunday morning at six o'clock and was buried Monday afternoon in the New Florence Cemetery. (1/1)

Mr.James A. Carlisle of near Auxvasse, died Saturday afternoon in the Columbia Hospital of heart disease. (1/4)

December 1, 1910

Mrs. N. E. Mitchell, who was called here a few weeks ago, by the sickness and death of her father, Joel L. Pierce, left Friday for Mexico and Martinsburg. She will leave Monday for her home in Carnegia, Okla.-Laddonia Herald. (1/2)

Wm. Johnson, a negro boy of Mexico has brought suit against the Wabash Railroad Co. for $10,000 damages, arising from the death of his mother who was killed by a Wabash train last November. (4/2)

Little May Kettle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kettle southeast of Mexico died Wednesday Nov. 23rd of membraneous croup. Funeral took place at Toledo in Callaway County. (5/1)

January 5, 1911

John R. Knight, of Montgomery City, who was teaching school at Gamma this winter, was taken suddenly ill with acute indegestion at the breakfast table where he was boarding, last Wednesday morning and died soon after the physcian arrived. (5/1)

MRS. VAUGHN IS FREED -- Lancaster, Mo., Jan. 3 -- The case of the State of Missouri against Mrs. Alma P. Vaughn and Dr. James R. Hull, charging them with the murder of Prof. J. T. Vaughn, was nolle prosequied yesterday at an adjourned term of the Circuit Court, after Judge Shelton had denied a request, by the state, for a continuance until May.
     Last night, Mrs. Vaughn, who had been under $25,000 bond, and Dr. Hull, who was under $15,000 bond, returned to their respective homes in Monroe City, free of the indictment brought by an Audrain County grand jury in February.
     Prosecuting Attorney Reiger entered his nolle prosequi on the ground that Dr. Paul Schweitzer of the State University, was one of the most material witnesses for the state, and if the judges would not continue the case until the chemist could testify, he would ask the dismissal of it.- The Daily Intelligencer. Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn was formerly of this place. (1/4)

January 12, 1911

John Irvine, a farmer living south of Vandalia died while sitting in a chair Tuesday afternoon Aged 65 years. He was the father of Prof. E. A. Irvine of the Vandalia High School. (1/5)

Mr. Elbert Hobson, age 46 years, died at his home in Williamsburg. Saturday Dec. 31. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Shiffner on the Sunday following. (5/3)

January 19, 1911

JOHN M. WRIGHT DEAD -- John M. Wright, an old and respected citizen, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Geo. Burwell, Jan. 11, 1911 age 81 years 4 months and 3 days.
     Deceased was born near Frankford, Sept. 7, 1829 and came to this state in 1873 and has since made his home at this place. He was married to Miss Adelia Tracy in the year 1858, who preceded him to the grave Nov. 8, 1905.
     To this union were born 12 children, six of whom are now living, two daughters, Mrs. Isabelle O'Donnell and Mrs. Geo. Burwell of this place, and four sons; Bert and Harry, of Mexico, Geo. and Carlyle N. Dakota, and Arthur of Wellsville.
     Funeral services were held at the home by Rev. Francis Ball and the remains laid to rest in the Martinsburg cemetery Friday afternoon. (1/4)

January 26, 1911

Card of Thanks -- We desire, through the columns of THE ORACLE, to thank our friends and neighbors for their kindness shown us during the sickness and death of our father.
     Mrs. G. G. Burwell (1/5)

Mrs. Emily Dill, age 83, a pioneer resident of Mexico, died in that city last Saturday morning. (1/3)

J. M. Turner, a prominent citizen of Wellsville died Sunday at the age of 74 years. (5/3)

D. T. Weakley, a well known farmer of near Farber, died suddenly of Apolexy at his home Jan. 6. (8/2)

January 26, 1911

Accidently Shot with 22 Caliber Rifle Sunday Evening at 8:30 O'Clock

     Herman Roppel was killed instantly Sunday night about 8:30 o'clock by the accidental discharge of a 22 caliber Winchester rifle. He had borrowed the rifle from Chas. Peyton of Wellsville and was prepared for a big hunt Wednesday, and on Sunday evening he thought he would see how the gun worked and also unload it. After taking the shells from the magazine and thinking he had also taken the load from the barrell, he placed the gun on the floor, and leaning over, shoved the magazine in place which discharged the remaining load, the ball striking Mr. Roupple just above the left eye which caused instant death.
     Mr. Ropple was about 30 years of age and leaves a wife and a daughter besides a large number of relatives to mourn his untimely death. Funeral services were held at the German Lutheran church at Wellsville Wednesday morning and the remains entered in the Wellsville Cemetery.
     This is one of the saddest deaths that has occurred in this community for several years and the sorrowing ones have the deepest sympathy of the entire community.
     Mr. Roppele was carrying $6,000.00 life insurance- $1,000.00 in the Modern Woodmen and $5,000.00 in Mutual Protective League. (1/1)

Georgetta Jane Haislip, daughter of David and Willie Haislip was born Aug. 31st, 1903, and died at the home of her parents in St. Louis, Jan. 15, 1911, age 7 years, 4 months and 15 days. She was a victim of Pneumonia and died after a short illness. The funeral services were conducted by Eld. E. Herndon and the remains were laid to rest in the Unity Cemetery two miles south of Benton City Tuesday Jan. 17.
     The floral offerings were abundant and rich in designs.
     Georetta was a good and dutiful child and was devoted to her parents. All who knew her loved her. Death to her is but the portals to a life of endless bliss.

Dear Georgette thou have left us,
For that bright world above,
Where sorrow, sickness, pain and death,
Give place to light and love.

And they, oh! so lonely,
Lonely, Georgetta without thee here,
But they feel it is their duty
For thy gain, their grief to bear.

Thay are waiting, only waiting,
Until this life is o'er.
For then in Heaven they hope to meet thee,
on the bright Celestial shore.
     A friend (1/5)

DENNIS CLINES DEAD -- Dennis Clines died at his home Tuesday in St. Louis at 6:30 o'clock of heart disease. The remains will be brought here today (Thursday) and funeral services will be held at St. Josephs church at 11 a.m.
     The deceased formally lived at this place and is a brother-in-law of P. H. and M. J. Scannell. P. H. Scannell and Miss Anna went to St. Louis yesterday and will return with the remains. (4/1)

Age 83, Commits Suicide -- Fred Laird, age 83 years, residing near Middletown committed suicide Monday afternoon by shooting himself in the breast with a shotgun. Ill health is given as the cause of the deed. He made his home with his son-in-law, Dennis Nolan. (4/3)

Benton City Items
Very sad news reached Mrs. Jno Garver last week, her brother and mother died on the same day. (4/1)
Mrs. Ben Verhoff, Miss Beulah and Lester and Charlie Watkins went to Jonesburg Sunday to attend the funeral of their little cousin Willard Watkins, son of Mr. and Mr. Geo. Watkins. (5/3)

[The Oracle, February 2, 1911]

Happenings of 10 Years Ago This Week, From the Enterprise, February 1901

Mr.William Dillard, a well known citizen of Callaway county died at his home near Shamrock Sunday night of pneumonia. (1/5)

Miss Lizzie Wright, wife of Edward Wright died at her home near Martinsburg, age 71 years. (1/5)

W. H. Arnold died at his home in Wellsville at the age of 76 years. (1/5)

February 2, 1911

In Memoriam -- One of the saddest deaths we have been called on to chronicle lately occured Sunday when Willard, beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Watkins, fell victim to the dreaded disease, pneumonia. Willard was the oldest of six children, and had scarsely started on life's journey, being only 12 years and six months old. He was ill only a little over a week. Rev. J. S. Brownell conducted the funeral services, and the interment was made at Camp Branch cemetery where a large number of sympathyzing friends were gathered to do respect to his memory. The Journal and their many friends extend their sincerest sympathy.- Jonesburg Journal.
     Willard was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Watkins of this place. (1/1)

William A. Douglass Dead -- William A. Douglass died at his home south-west of here Thursday afternoon. He was one of Audrains most prominent citizens.
     The deceased was 71 years old. His wife preceded him to the grave a number of years ago. He is survived by nine children as follows: Misses Lou and Mattie Douglass who resided with their father W E Douglass of near Venice; Mrs. H O Craig and Misses Julia and Maude of Dallas, Tex.; Mrs. W A Herring, of Hannah, Wyo.; M A Douglass of Montana, and Miss Russie Douglass, of Greely Colorado.
     The deceased was a member of the Christian Church. The funeral was held at Liberty Monday at 11 o'clock by Rev. Wm. Dameron, of Centralia, and the remains enterred in the Liberty cemetery Monday afternoon. (1/3)

Laddonia Items
A. C. Corner received a message Monday morning from Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. stating his youngest brother, Edwin M. Corner, had died that morning. No details were given. Mr. C. left on the noon train for that place to be present at the burial. (1/3)

Obituary -- Once more we are called to mourn. On Tuesday January 34th, 1011, [note: correct date is January 24th, 1911] at 6:30 p. m. Dennis Clines, age 45 years, of 5070 Horton Place, St. Louis, Mo., died suddenly of heart disease. He had been complaining for a few days previous to his death, but it was not thought he was serious. On Tuesday evening he had returned from work as usual seemingly all right, when in a few minutes he fell over dead.
     The esteem in which the deceased was held was readily shown from the large number of friends who came to pay their last tribute to the dead and offer sympathy to the sorrowing ones.
     The floral offerings were profuse and richly designed. Besides a host of friends he leaves to mourn his death two sisters, Mrs. Edw. Kerwin, of Montgomery City, and Mrs. R. J. Gilbert of Jungo, Nevada, also one brother, Patrick Clines of St. Louis.
     The remains were shipped to this place Friday and Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Fr. Haar at St. Joseph Church. Deceased was a loyal friend and a kind and loving father.

The busy hands lay folded,
Tired feet are resting now.
A holy smile seems stealing,
Upon his peaceful brow.

Weep not for him dear children
Though he is here no more.
Grieve not for one that's absent
For he's only gone before.

Dennis dear, has gone to rest,
God took him with Him to bless.
His presence sweet was our delight,
Since he has gone our day is night.

Dennis then we bid adieu,
To the lone spot where thou must lie,
Yet we will cherish still for you
A tender memory till we die. (1/4)

Note this same obituary is in the February 9, 1911 paper listed in addition to the previous relatives are two daughters, Nora and May. (8/3)

Misses Nora and Mae Clines returned to their homes in St. Louis Thursday (5/1)

Card of Thanks -- We desire to thank our St. Louis and Martinsburg friends for their kindness during the death of our father.
     Nora and Mae Clines (5/1)

     Mrs. Susan D. Bugg, an old pioneer citizen of Callaway County died at her home Wednesday. The deceased was 74 years of age. Her husband preceded her to the grave a number of years ago. (4/3)

Mrs. Liza Hudnall Dead -- Mrs. Liza Hudnall died at her home at Venice Thursday, January 26th at the age of 65 years.
     She leaves a husband, two daughters and three sons to mourn her death.
     Funeral services were held Saturday and the remains were laid to rest at Friendship. (5/4)

Card of Thanks -- We want to thank our neighbors and friends for their kindness shown during the sickness and death of our dear wife and mother.
     Mr. C. B. Hudnall and Children (5/4)

February 9, 1911

"Dad" Meyers Dead -- W. H. H. Meyers, of Paris died Friday at his home after an illness of six days of pneumonia.
     The news of his death will be received with sorrow by the Woodmen of the state, as he was well known among them as one of their hard workers and lecturers. He was district deputy of the Woodmen and visited this Camp numerous times and also lectured at the Woodmen picnic. (1/1)

Miss Harriet Nichols Dead -- Miss Harriet Nichols was born in Clayton Co., Ill., Jan. 18, 1865 and died at Fulton, Mo. Feb. 2, 1911 of bronchial tuburculosis. The deceased was a sister of Ely Nichols of this place.
     The remains were brought here Saturday and laid to rest in the Martinsburg cemetery. Rev. Francis Ball conducted the services at the grave. (5/4)

February 16, 1911

D. C. Hays Dead -- Daniel Calvin Hays was born Aug. 1st 1838, in Warren Co., Kentucky and died at his home near Wellsville Feb. 12th 1911 age 72 years 6 months and 11 days. He joined the Christian Church at Wellsville in 1885 under the preaching of Rev. D. M. Granfield. He was married to Rachael E. Bunch Dec. 24th 1861, who died Feb. 6th 1892. To this union were born four children, all of whom are living.
     In March 1893 he was married to Mrs. Harriet Willis who survives him. To this union were born four children, all of whom are living.
     Funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church in Wellsville Monday morning at eleven o'clock. The deceased was the father of Mrs. John Davis of this place. (1/1)

Rev. Herndon was in town Tuesday on his way home from the funeral of D. C. Hays, which he preached at Wellsville Monday. (5/1)

Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Peery attended the funeral of Mr. D. C. Hays at Wellsville Monday. (5/3)

Mr. Wm. Ruitcel went to Quincy, Ill., last Thusday to attend the funeral of Mrs. Ruitcel's brother, Arthur Dickhut, who accidently shot himself last Wednesday. Mrs. Ruitcel has the sympathy of the community. (5/3)

[The Oracle, February 16, 1911]

Mrs. T. O. Cornett died Saturday Feb. 9, age 87 years. She had been married 72 years. (1/5)

Orval Sigler died of his home south of town Friday the 8th, age 20 years. (1/5)

[The Oracle, February 23, 1911]

Wm. Cornett died at his home at this place age 95 years. He had been a member of the A. F. and A. M. lodge for 70 years. (1/5)

John Howkins was shot to death on the depot platform at Centralia by Riley McKinzey. They got into a dispute over a small sum of money.

February 23, 1911

Mrs. J. T. Nelson Dead -- Mrs. J. T. Nelson died at the home of Mrs. Catherine Meyerpeter at this place Thursday evening at 6 o'clock. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. J. W. Keltner of Mexico conducted the services. The remains were laid to rest in the Wellsville Cemetery.
     Catherine C. Waters was born in Rappahannock Co., Va., Nov. 11th 1840, and was 71 years old at the time of her death.
     She was 15 years old when she came with her father's family to Lincoln County, Mo.
     When she was not yet 18 years old, she was married to Jas. T. Nelson. Four children were born to them, but only one, Mrs. Charles T. Peyton of this place lived to be grown.
     Her husband, to whom she has been a loving and faithful wife for 53 years, and this daughter, with two grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary J. Eidson, of Dillon, Mont., and Mrs. J. K. Hansborough, of St. Louis; and James F. Waters, of Elsberry, Mo., and Chas. W. Waters, of Galland, Iowa, two brothers, survive her.
     In February 1857, she united with the Baptist Church during a meeting held by Bros. Busby and Hickson in Hannibal, Mo. and was baptised in the Mississippi River, the ice having to be broken for the ordinance.
     Since the winter of 1893, when she had a series of paralysis, she had never been well -- never quite like her former self, and gradually grew worse until the end. (1/1)

Card Of Thanks -- We wish in this way to express our sincere thanks to our neighbors and friends for their sympathy and kind help in our recent bereavement by the illness and death of our companion and mother, and especially would we mention Mrs. Catherine Meyerpeter Jas. T. Nelson Mrs. Chas. T. Nelson (1/5)

Mrs. J. K. Hansborough of St. Louis, Jas. F. Waters and son Landen of Elsberry, Mo, attended the funeral of their sister, Mrs. J. T. Nelson at this place Saturday. (3/1)

Mrs. W. G. Robinson -- Permelia Brown was born in Troy, Lincoln County, Missouri, Sept. 13, 1831, and was married to W. G. Robinson Nov. 11, 1852.
     To this union were born nine children, six of which are living. For seventeen years she has been a resident of Martinsburg. The last year of her life she spent at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nora Kleinsorge, of Wellsville.
     She departed from this life Feb. 18, 1911, age 79 years 5 months and 5 days. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Swift at Wellsville and the remains enterred in the Benton City cemetery Monday.
     Besides her children, Frank Robinson, of Clark, Mo.; Mrs. Fred Watkins of this place, Mrs. A. W. Hadley, of El Paso, Tex.; Mrs. Lewis Brown, of Canue, Ark.; Mrs. Nora Kleinsorge and Mrs. Wm. Robinson of Wellsville, she leaves three brothers, two sisters, a number of grand children and a host of friends to mourn her death. She joined the church at an early age and was a firm believer in Christ. Deceased was a loving mother and sister and bore her sickness with patience.

Gone dear mother, gone forever.
How we miss your loving face.
But you left us to remember.
None can ever fill your place.

We miss you grandma, miss you.
Our hearts are heavy tonight.
We think of you on the hillside,
Out in the pale moon light.

We miss your pleasant greeting.
We miss your pleasant face.
Our home is sad without you
When we see your vacant place.

Tho you've gone you're not forgotten
Never shall our memory fade.
Loving hearts shall often linger
Around the grave where you are laid.
      -From her loving children and grand children. (1/2)

Mrs. Roy Travis Dead -- Mrs. Roy Travis died at her home north of here Friday night. She was about 25 years of age and leaves a small son and husband to mourn her death. Mrs. Travis was formerly Miss Sadie Haycraft. The funeral was held Sunday. (1/5)

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