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Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, May 10, 1900
After an illness of two weeks the death angel clamed as its victim our esteemed friend, Josiah Bays. He was born in Green county, Indiana, Sept. 1, 1873; removed with his parents when quite young to Nodaway county, where he was reared to manhood; was united in marriage to Eva M Hendry, October 12, 1898, and died at his home, seven miles southwest of Hopkins, May 3, aged 26 years, 8 months and 2 days.

Joe, as he was familiarly called, was an honest, upright man, loved and respected by all. He leaves a loving wife, father, mother, three sisters and three brothers to mourn his less.

Services were conducted at the deceased's late residence, by Rev Pace of Hopkins, after which his remains were followed by a large concourse of sorrowing friends to the Burch cemetery where interment took place.        N. R.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, May 25, 1899
Obituary – Edwin S. Clark was born August 16, 1870 on his father's farm east of Hopkins, Mo. Was married August 4, 1889 to Miss Ida Umbanhower, who, with four children, all boys, survive him, the eldest boy being seven years old. His mother, two brothers and two sisters also survive him. He was a member of the Christian church and a kind and loving husband and father. His death was caused by accident, May 22, 1899. He had resided all his life in this county.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, May 3, 1900
Obituary – Julia Anna Sholes was born at Ft. Worth, Ind., Sept. 20, 1872 and died near Hopkins, Mo., April 26, aged 27 years. She was married to Chas Clark March 30, 1898, and besides the husband and infant child, leaves a father, three sisters and one brother. Funeral services were conducted at the house by Rev Seelig, pastor of the Presbyterian church.


Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri), Saturday, June 6, 1959, p. 2
Mrs. Annice Corken, 89, Dies At Local Hospital
Mrs. Annice Corken, 89, Burlington Jct., died at 10 p. m. Friday at St. Francis Hospital where she had been a patient five months.

Mrs. Corken was born Dec. 29, 1869, at Pickering, the daughter of the late Charles and Eliza Wolfers. She was married to Thomas A. Corken, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Corken was a member of the Burlington Jct. Methodist Church.

She is survived by a brother, Roy H. Wolfers, Long Beach, Calif.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Methodist Church in Burlington Jct. The Rev. John Batchelor, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Burlington Jct. Cemetery.

The body is at the Hann Funeral Home, Burlington Jct.


Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri), Thursday, June 11, 1959, p. 4
Mrs. Corken's Service At Burlington Church
Services for Mrs. Annice Corken were held Tuesday afternoon at the Burlington Jct. Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. John Batchelor.

Mrs. Robert Black and Mrs. A. L. Britton, accompanied by Mrs. Douglas Hill, sang, "Abide With Me" and "Jesus Savior Pilot Me."

Serving as pallbearers were Leo Barnes, W. R. Miller, C. D. Lane, Clyde Shadduck, Allen Martin and Ernest Stalling.

Those who carried the flowers were Mrs. Leo Barnes, Mrs. Ernest Stalling, Mrs. William Krome, Mrs. Lula Rees, Mrs. C. D. Lane and Mrs. Kenneth Bears.

Burial was in the Ohio Cemetery under the direction of the Hann Funeral Home.


Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri), Wednesday, April 19, 1950, [p. 1]
T. A. Corken Dies; Funeral Is Friday
Thomas Albert Corken, age 83, former [?] at Burlington Junction, died at 11 o'clock last night at St. Francis hospital, Maryville. Although he had been ill for some time he had been in the hospital only a few days.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock Friday at the Burlington Junction Methodist church of which he was an early member. The services will be conducted by the Rev. J. Wesley Miller, pastor, and the Rev. Ted Masters, former pastor, who now is minister at Grant City. Burial will be in Ohio cemetery, Burlington Junction. The body will lie in state at the church an hour prior to the funeral. The body is now at the Hann mortuary, Burlington.

Mr. Corken was born April 9, 1867, on a farm near Burlington Junction, the son of the late Samuel A. and Helen Westfall Corken. He was reared at Burlington and attended Tarkio College, Tarkio.

Mr. Corken was married March 8, 1904 to Annice Wolfers at Pickering. They started housekeeping at Burlington Junction where Mr. Corken engaged in the hardware business with his brother, Robert Corken and operated farms in that vicinity. He also was a director of the now defunct Northwestern bank.

He is survived by wife and brother, Elmer Corken, Denver, Colo.; three sisters, Mrs. Mabel Corken and Mrs. W. V. McCay, Long Beach, Calif. and Mrs. Charles Allen, Birmingham, Ala., and six nephews and three nieces.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, September 21, 1899
Called Home.
Died, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Wm Bradberry, on Friday morning, Sept 15, 1899, Mrs N. [apoleon] Daniels, of blood poisoning.

The announcement of her death was a surprise to many, as she had just arrived from Mammoth Springs, Ark., a few days previous, on a visit. She was suffering with a sore hand when she left home, but it was not supposed to be serious. When she arrived here, however, she had to take to her bed and was never afterward able to move herself, and died before her husband or foster daughter could get here. The funeral was conducted at the house on Sunday by Rev Ferguson, pastor of the Christian church, and burial took place in the Hopkins cemetery.

On Monday the husband and daughter arrived, and Mr. Daniels is now very sick at the Linville hotel. The deceased was a true woman in every sense or the word, and her life was a loving and willing sacrifice for the good and happiness of her family. She was kind and generous to the poor and needy, her favorite scriptural verse being: "For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger and ye took me in; naked and ye clothed me; I was in prison and ye came unto me."

Obituary - Ruth Walker was born in Morgan county, Ohio, Feb. 2,1840, and married Napoleon Daniels April 15, 1865. She moved to Hopkins Mo., in February, 1882, where she resided until about a year ago, when the family removed to Arkansas, but she returned to Hopkins on a visit where she died, Sept 15, 1899.


Albany Capital (Albany, Missouri), Thursday, July 15, 1926, p. 9
Charles E. Donlin, vice-president of the Bank of Hopkins, that voluntarily closed its doors June 26, 1926, took his own life Tuesday morning at about 10 o'clock, by swallowing carbolic acid.

He had worried terribly since the closing of the bank, not by reason of having lost his own personal fortune, but by reason of what the depositors might lose, trying to formulate some plan to save the depositors.

The night before his death he spent three or four hours with O. H. Sayler and his cousin, W. J. Donlin, of Creston, in going over bank matters, checking off bad papers, etc., and really seemed in better spirits than at any time since the closing of the bank.

The morning of his death he had assisted Mrs. Donlin in hulling peas for the noon day meal, the two sitting on the back porch of their home. Mrs. Donlin decided to run over to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. C Wolfers, to get a few more peas and when she returned a half hour later she found the husband in the swing on the front porch, dead.

Mr. Donlin left two notes, one to his wife and one to Mr. Sayler, both being of a strictly business nature. He carried fifteen or twenty thousand dollars in life insurance and was a member of the Modern Woodman lodge, in which he carried $3,000 insurance.

Mr. Shelby, state bank examiner in charge of the bank here, states that no Irregularities have been discovered and none will be. Mr. Donlin was also trustee of Hopkins Township and the books have been audited and every cent accounted for—Hopkins Journal.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, September 28, 1899
John Donlin Dead
He Built the First Store Building in Hopkins and Was Honored Politically Several Times—The Funeral Today at 1 o'clock
John Donlin, one of the early settlers of this country and who, with his brother Edward, was the first to engage in business in this city, died at his home in east Hopkins, Tuesday night, Sept. 26, 1899 at 10:20 of softening of the brain, which dread disease had fastened its clutches on him more than a year ago.

"Honest John" Donlin was known and esteemed by nearly everybody in Nodaway county. He located at Xenia, near here, in 1868, and two years later moved to Hopkins, and since that time has been closely identified with every movement calculated to benefit and upbuild this city, being generous to the needy and kind to the distressed. While a member of no church, he led a pure, moral and up right life, commanding the confidence and respect of all who knew him. He served as postmaster of Hopkins under Cleveland and was elected recorder of the county by the democrats ten years ago, which responsible office he satisfactorily filled for four years. While a democrat politically, he was not of the offensive partisan stripe and could number as many warm personal friends in one party as another.

 Soon after his term of office expired, Mr. Donlin moved hack to Hopkins, and in company with his nephew, Charles E. Donlin, who had been his deputy in the recorders office, engaged in the grocery business, continuing in this business until about a year ago, when, on account of the senior member's poor health, the firm sold out.

Mr. Donlin was a member of Xenia lodge, No. 50, A. F. and A. M., and for a number of years was Master of the order, and also took the Shriner degree. He was also a charter member of the Workmen and carried $2,000 insurance in this lodge. He was the last of three brothers to go, Edward and Dr. Donlin having died here a number of years ago.

OBITUARY - John Donlin was born in December, l834, in the city of New Orleans, La. His father was a merchant and John was raised in that business, receiving excellent educational advantages. He fitted himself for the profession of a civil engineer, and when nineteen years of age he commenced as such for the Peoria and Oqnaka railroad. This business he followed for about five years and then settled in Mason County, Ill., where he engaged in the mercantile business with his brother. Moving from there to Iowa, he afterward came to Xenia, Nodaway County, Mo., and in 1870 moved to Hopkins. He was united in marriage to Miss Alta Cochrane of Hopkins in 1893, and died at his home in Hopkins, Mo., Sept. 26, 1899, aged 64 years and 10 months.


The funeral will take place from the family residence this afternoon at 1 o'clock. Rev. Warner will make a few remarks, the exercises proper being under the auspices of the Masonic brethren. Burial will take place in the Hopkins cemetery.

Mr. Donlin left his wife well provided for, as he owned considerable property and paper, besides the life insurance.

The sorrowing companion feels very keenly the loss of her husband, who was always kind and affectionate and she and the other relatives have the sympathy of all.

Relatives and friends from Creston, Bedford, Maryville, St. Joseph and other points are here to attend the funeral, Charley Donlin arriving on the 10:20 passenger this forenoon from St Louis. The floral offerings are many and costly, the one given by the P E O, of which society Mrs Donlin is an honored member, being especially handsome.


Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri), Saturday, June 11, 1938, [p. 1, 2]
Mrs. Donlin Will Be 100 Sunday
Longevity Runs in Family of Hopkins Woman, Mother 102 at Death
Sunday, June 12, will be the one hundredth birthday anniversary of Mrs. Mary Donlin, who for the past seventy years has been a resident of Hopkins vicinity. She was born at Sabina, Clinton county, Ohio.

When she was 5 years old she moved with her parents to the vicinity of Princeton, Ill. At Princeton, on February 15, 1858 she was married to Edward Donlin. He died March 27, 1888, leaving her a widow the past fifty years.

In 1860 Mr. and Mrs. Donlin moved from Illinois to Afton, Ia., which at that time was the county seat of Union County instead of Creston, which had not been built at that time.
Came to Old Xenia
They left Afton in 1868, at which time the C. B. & Q railroad was being built. They came to Old Xenia, a village which was located five miles south of what is now Hopkins. Two years later they moved to the site of Hopkins, building the first dwelling house and first store building on that site. Mr. Donlin was associated with his brother, John Donlin, in the general store and it was known as Donlin Brothers general store.

When they came to what is now Hopkins they first built their house and Mrs. Donlin still owns a house on that lot. After that they built the store. She says, "when the men left the house to work on the store building I could not see them after they had stepped out of the yard for the blue grass was so high." The store building was located where the Mendenhall grocery now is located and Mr. and Mrs. Everett Morrison live in the house on Mrs. Donlin's lot.
Hauled Merchandise
For the first two years when they ran the store in Hopkins they had to haul their merchandise from St. Joseph, a distance of sixty miles, with team and wagons.

Mrs. Donlin was the first worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star at Hopkins and a charter member of the Presbyterian church there. The Presbyterian Church united with the Methodist church several years ago, but the Star organization is still active.

Until a year ago when she had a stroke of paralysis, Mrs. Donlin was in unusually good health for one of her age. She was outdoors some time every day, no matter what the weather and helped her daughter, Mrs. D. A. Sargent, with whom she lives, with the kitchen work. She read modern literature, particularly novels, and made quilt blocks. All this she did without the aid of spectacles. Since having the stroke she has been bedfast.
Mother Lived to 102 Years
Mrs. Donlin has three children, Mrs. D. A. Sargent at Hopkins with whom she has made her home for a number of years; Mrs. R. L. Hubbard of Los Angeles, Calif., and Will Donlin at Creston, Ia.

Mrs. Donlin's age is no novelty in her family, as her mother was 102 years and 2 months old when she died and her grandmother was ninety-two.

Her birthday will be observed in much the same way as it has been for several years. Her son, Will Donlin and his wife, and Mrs. Donlin's niece, Miss Grace Harsh, all of Creston, Ia., will spend the day there. Other relatives and friends may come in for the afternoon. She always receives flowers and greeting cards from friends.


Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri), Saturday, December 24, 1938, [p. 1]
Mrs. Mary Donlin, Centenarian, Dies
She Had Been Resident of Hopkins Vicinity for Seventy Years
Mrs. Mary Donlin of Hopkins, who was 100 years old June 12, died at 6 o'clock this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. A. Sargent in Hopkins.

Mrs. Donlin had been a resident of the Hopkins vicinity for more than seventy years. She was born at Sabina, Clinton county, Ohio.

Two children besides Mrs. Sargent survive. They are Will Donlin of Creston, Ia., and Mrs. R. L. Hubbard of Los Angeles, Calif.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Swanson funeral home in Hopkins with Rev. Paul Barton of the M. E. church officiating. Burial will be in the Hopkins cemetery.

At the age of 5, Mrs. Donlin moved with her parents to the vicinity of Princeton, Ill. At Princeton on February 15, 1858, she was married to Edward Donlin. He died March 27, 1888.
Moved to Old Xenia
In 1860, Mr. and Mrs. Donlin moved to Afton, Ia. Eight years later, when they left Afton, the C. B. & Q. railroad was being built. They came to Old Xenia, a village which was located five miles south of what is now Hopkins. In 1870 they moved to the site of Hopkins and built the first dwelling and the first store building on that site.
Mother was 102
Mrs. Donlin was the first worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star at Hopkins and a charter member of the Presbyterian church there.

Mrs. Donlin's mother lived to be 102 years old. Her grandmother was 92 when she died.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, September 28, 1899
Clarence Eggers, aged 12 years, 6 months and 18 days, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm Eggers, died at his home northwest of Hopkins, Sept 10, 1899, of typhoid fever. The funeral was held at the house, conducted by Elder Leek, pastor of the Baptist church, after which the remains were interred in the Willard cemetery. He bore his sickness with great patience for one of his years and was ready to go, his last words being, "I will soon be there; I can hear the bells ringing now." The parents desire to thank the friends and neighbors for the kindness shown during the sickness and death of their beloved son.


[GRAY, WILLIAM, -1900]
Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, March 22, 1900
58 Years in Nodaway County
William Gray, father of Sherman Gray of this city, died at his home near Pickering last Friday night with lung trouble, aged 68 years.

He came to Nodaway county with his father in 1842, who took the land as a claim where he was living at the time of his death, having resided on it fifty-eight years.

The funeral was held last Sunday, conducted by Rev Bolen, pastor of the Maryville M E church, South, of which the deceased was a member. Interment took place in the Pleasant View cemetery.


Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri), Monday, March 17, 1941, [p. 1]
Andrew Grimes Funeral Is Conducted Sunday
Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the Christian church in Hopkins for Andrew Grimes, 78 years of age, who died at noon Thursday at his home in Hopkins, following a serious illness of a week. Burial was held in the Hopkins cemetery.

He was born January 1, 1863 in Illinois and had lived almost all of his life in the Hopkins community. August 17, 1883, he was married to Miss Mary Butler of Illinois. He was a member of the Christian church.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Claude Grimes, Maryville, and Forrest Grimes, Hopkins; one daughter, Mrs. Irvin Lawler, Hopkins; two brothers, Sherm Grimes, Hopkins and Harvey Grimes, Corning, Ia., and eight grandchildren.


Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri), Monday, March 29, 1948, p. 2
Mrs. Mary Grimes Dies; Funeral Is Wednesday
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Grimes, widow of Andrew Grimes, formerly a retired farmer, died at 6 o'clock this morning at her home in Hopkins. A week ago she suffered a stroke. She was a charter member of the Royal Neighbor lodge and a member of the Hopkins Christian church. She had been a resident of the Hopkins community the last 50 years, Mr. Grimes died in 1941.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Hopkins Christian church. The Rev Elba Martin, pastor, will conduct the services. Burial will be in the Hopkins cemetery.

Mrs. Grimes was born April 18, 1859, at La Harpe, Ill.

She is survived by two sons, Forrest Grimes, Hopkins, and Claude Grimes, Maryville, a daughter, Mrs. Irvin Lawler, Burlington, Ia.; three brothers, Thomas Butler, La Harpe; Milton Butler, Chillicothe, and Charles Butler, Maryville; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, February 9, 1899
Vere Andrew Grimes, aged 9 years, died Feb. 2, 1899, of meningitis. The funeral was conducted at the home on Friday by Rev. Seelig, after which the little form was laid away in the Hopkins cemetery. He was a bright boy, just old enough to be interesting and attractive and will be sadly missed in the home.
Going in the morning---Oh! That we should
That the shepherd safely his tender lambs
  Doth keep;
Ah, that we should murmur, when from sin and
He takes our loved ones from us, just a little


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, May 25, 1899
Obituary – Harvey Kempton was born on Harbor Island, off the coast of Maine, August 24, 1831. He married Miss Julia A Clark at Epworth, Iowa, Jan 1, 1856. Four sons were born of this union, three of whom are still living.

August 16, 1862, he responded to his country's call and enlisted in Co B, 29th Iowa vol. Inf.

He was honorably discharged from the service July 14, 1864. He was married to his second wife Jan 10, 1884. The date of his conversion is unknown, but he has been for many years a professed Christian and a member of the M E church.

For nearly five years past he has been greatly afflicted by disease which affected his mind, rendering him incapable of self-control and making him a constant burden upon his devoted wife who through all has clung to him with heroic devotion and cared for him with tenderness and love to the end, his death occurring at his home in Hopkins, Mo., May 18, 1899.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, November 30, 1899
Death of Harley Lytle
Little Harley Lytle, the seven year-old son of Mr. and Mrs H. W. Lytle, died at their home in East Hopkins Sunday morning, of spinal meningitis. The news of little Harley's death came like a thunderbolt out of a clear sky, as he was at school on Wednesday of last week and but few knew of his sickness until they heard of his death.

The funeral was held at the Methodist church Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and was preached by the pastor Rev. Warner, to a large concourse of friends. Burial took place at the Hopkins cemetery.

Obituary - Harley Lytle was born Dec. 26, 1892, at Sheridan, Worth county, Missouri, hence at the time of his demise, was 6 years and 11 months of age. Always of a loving and affable disposition, at all times and under all circumstances, a broad deep smile upon his face, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him, but more especially by his schoolmates with whom he was always a great favorite, for "to know him was to love him." Already one can hear the query among his schoolmates, "I wonder who will take Harley s place," and more particularly from his bosom friend and companion, Master Paul Strawn. At school he was always of a kind and obedient spirit and stood well at the head of his class, always knowing his lessons well.

Well do I recall the day, a week or two ago, when he approached me on the street, his face flushed with gladness, his eyes gleaming with exultant joy, in these words: "Mr McCaffrey, mamma has consented that I may get an air gun for Christmas.''

No more will that loving and long suffering mother hear that sweet and heavenly given name "Mamma" ringing in her ears from the lips of her loving son. No longer will that loving father, when he shall have returned from his day's labor, be met at his gate by his dark haired, black eyed, rosy cheeked darling of his heart, with the expectant kiss and caressing embrace.

 But still how sweet it is to die in the innocence of youth, before one is thrown into the society of this cold, uncharitable and unscrupulous vale of sorrow, before oneself is contaminated and inoculated with the misdeeds and shortcomings of this world. Yet I had no fears for Harley, for at an early age he professed religion and of a Sunday's morn he was always in a hurry to go to Sunday school and church. However, it is hard to part with the idol of one's heart, for surely he was the idol of his parents hearts.

I shall not believe that even now his light is extinguished. If the Father designs to touch with divine power the cold and pulseless heart of the buried acorn, and makes it burst forth from its prison wall, will He leave neglected in the earth the soul of this child who was made in the image of his Creator? If he stoops to give to the rose bush, whose withered blossoms float upon the breeze, the sweet assurance of another springtime, will he withhold the words of hope from the sons of men when the frosts of winter come? If matter, mute and inanimate, though changed by the forces of nature into a multitude of forms, can never die, will the imperial spirit of this boy suffer annihilation after it has paid a brief visit, like a royal guest, to this tenement of clay? Rather let us believe that he who in his apparent prodigality wastes not the raindrop, the blade of grass or the evening's sighing zephyr, but makes them all to carry out His eternal plans, has given immortality to the mortal and gathered to Himself the generous spirit of our child and friend. Instead of the parents mourning, let them look up and address Him in the words of the poet:
Thy day has come, not gone:
Thy sun has risen, not set,
Thy life Is now beyond
The reach of death or change.
Not ended but begun.
O, noble soul! O, gentle heart! Hail and
    farewell.     C. F. M.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, November 30, 1899
Mrs. Wes Lytle accompanied her father, Mr. Appleton, to Vincent, Ia., Tuesday where she will visit some time. Mr. Appleton was here to attend the funeral of his grandson, Harley Lytle.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, May 25, 1899
Killed Herself for Love
Edith McKee, aged 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McKee, living north of Maryville, committed suicide Monday night by shooting herself with a shotgun. It appears that the girl was in love with a young man a few years older than herself, named John Lewis. Her parents objected to her keeping company with him for some reason and last Monday night, when he drove around to take her to church, refused to allow her to accompany him.

After his departure she went upstairs and a few minutes later the report of a gun was heard.

Members of the family went to her room and found her lying on the floor with a large wound over her heart.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, May 31, 1900
Peter Shaffer [Shafer], an old and respected resident of this county, died at his home six miles southeast of Hopkins, Friday, May 23, 1900, of dropsy of the heart, aged 73 years. The funeral was held at the house on Saturday by Rev Seelig, after which burial took place in the Allison cemetery. Mr Shaffer leaves a wife, one son, Peter Shaffer, Jr. and a daughter, Mrs. Pevee, of Illinois, to mourn his loss. Such substantial men are a great loss to a community.
[Note:  The last name is spelled Shafer on his headstone.]


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, May 11, 1899
At Rest
The remains of Mrs. Washington Sturgeon arrived here from Vernon county last Monday. The funeral was held at the Baptist church on Tuesday at 10 a. m., conducted by Rev. Cooper, of Bolckow, after which the remains were buried in the Hopkins Cemetery.

Margaret Evans was born in Jennings county, Indiana, April 26, 1817, and died in Vernon county, Mo., May 6, 1899. She was united in marriage to Geo W Sturgeon May 17, 1838. By this union there were eight children, four sons and four daughters, five of whom are living. She removed with her husband to Iowa in 1855 and then to Missouri in 1856. She united with the Baptist church years ago and lived an exemplary Christian life.

Father Sturgeon departed this life March 25, 1895.

[Note: She is buried beside her husband in White Oak Cemetery, near Pickering, Nodaway County, Missouri, not in the Hopkins Cemetery as stated in the obituary.]


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, October 18, 1894
WALKER—At Bedford, Iowa, Oct 11,1894, aged 21 years, Cora May Walker.

Death resulted from the effects of poison. She was in the garden and ate part of a tomato when she was taken very sick and died in about six hours. The doctors say it was caused by a poisonous insect or worm.

Her home was with her parents near Hopkins, but she had been staying at Bedford for some time, where all was done for her that could be done.

Word was quickly sent to her relatives at Hopkins, but she died fire minutes before they could reach her bedside. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Hopkins by her pastor, Elder S. H. Coleman assisted by Rev. Downs. She had been a loved and consistent member of the Adventist Christian church of Mt. Vernon, Mo., for two years. There was a large gathering of friends at the funeral, all but a very few of the Mt Vernon church members being present.

The relatives are glad to know that she was among friends at Bedford who did all in their power to help her. May God sustain the grief stricken family who are left to mourn the loss of this member.   They have the sympathy   of the entire community.
Sister, thou art sweetly sleeping,
Free from toil, and pain and care,
Dearest sister, how we miss thee!
Miss thee in the house of prayer.

Thou wilt sleep, hut not forever;
Jesus died and rose again,
Soon He'll come In Clouds of glory,
Thou wilt rise with him to reign.

Sister, then we hope to meet thee,
Then we'll take thee by the hand.
And we'll twine our arms around thee,
In that bright and happy land.
Valisca, I.      S. H. COLEMAN.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, November 30, 1899
Died – Lydianne Smith was born Sept 25, 1824 in Malaga, Monroe county, Ohio. She was connected and joined the M E church when 12 years of age and lived a useful consistent Christian life. Her savior called her to her heavenly home March 30, 1899 at Rocky Ford, Colo. She was married to N [athaniel] V [anhorn] Willard Jan. 14, 1844. To them were born nine children—seven sons and two daughters. She leaves husband, six sons, one daughter, one sister and three brothers to mourn her loss, besides many friends.

This notice would have appeared long ago but the committee could not get dates. At the School of Methods a memorial hour was held to her memory. Her sister, Mrs Price, was with us. A very impressive service it was to all who were there. Nearly everyone told of the help Sister Willard had been to them in their Christian life. "Surely their works do follow them." She is the first member of Hopkins W C T U for God to call and we bow in loving submission for we know "He doeth all things well." 
Emma B. Cobb, Lottie Fleming, Della McMaster, Committee


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, May 3, 1900
H. D. Willis Dead
Harley Dexter Willis died this morning at the J. W. Gillespie residence, 460 West Holt avenue, aged 61 years. The cause of death was pneumonia. The deceased was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Gillespie and had made his home with the family for several years, coming to California from Hopkins, Missouri, in March 1899, and to Pomona last July. No arrangements have been made for funeral services, but the remains will be shipped to Galesburg, Ill., for interment. –Pomona Express.

Mr. Willis had many warm friends in this vicinity who will be pained to learn of his death. He was a true man in the fullest sense of the term, always acting well his part in the play of life.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, May 10, 1900
Obituary of Harley D. Willis
Harley D. [exter] Willis was born in St Lawrence county, New York, Nov 28, 1838; was a veteran soldier of the Civil war and belonged to Co L, 9th Ill., cavalry, which was one of the regiments known as Hatch's hard riders. He enlisted in November 1861, with several other Cameron boys and their rendezvous was at Chicago, Ill. He soon rose from the rank of private to that of sergeant, in which capacity he was mustered out in December, l864, having served over three years.

He was constantly at the front and took part in the battle of Franklin, Tenn., after his term of service had expired. He was in a number of engagements with the enemy and did faithful service for his country.

In the fall of 1864 when home on a furlough he was married to Miss Sarah Jane Abbott, with whom he lived happily until June 11, 1892, when death claimed her as its victim. Her illness was prolonged and her husband did all in his power to secure for her regained health, taking her to Chicago, St. Louis and other places, but finally returned to Cameron, where she died. Her illness and death so affected her husband that disease seized and held him almost from the time of her death until death victimized him and he passed to his reward after the death of his wife.

His occupation was principally farming. From Galesburg, Ill., the old home of his family, he went to Mills county, Iowa, where he engaged in farming for about twelve years. From Iowa he moved to Hopkins, Mo., at which place he lived about fourteen years. Since the death of his wife he had not engaged in active business, but visited relatives and friends in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska, trying to regain lost health. On March 1, 1899, he went to Southern California in hopes to receive benefit from a change of climate. He died at Pomona, Calif., April 24, 1900. His disease was locomotors ataxia with liver and kidney complication.

His remains were interred at Cameron, Ill., by the side of his wife. Funeral services were held in the M E church, conducted by Rev. P W Puffer, pastor of the church. Many of his army comrades and a large number of citizens of Cameron, relatives and friends, followed his remains to their last resting place.

There still remains of his immediate family Dr J W Willis, of Galesburg, Ill., and R M Willis, of Columbus, Kansas.


St. Joseph Observer (Saint Joseph, Missouri), Saturday, August 6, 1921, p. 8
C. [harles] A. [ugustus] Wolfers, president of the Wolfers Mercantile Company of Pickering and the Bank of Pickering, died suddenly at his home at Pickering at 7 o'clock Friday morning of heart trouble. Mr. Wolfers and son, Roy Wolfers, of Pickering, were putting ice in a box in the yard and when the former stopped to pick up a hatchet he complained of being dizzy. His son caught him as he reeled and Mr. Wolfers died a few seconds later.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), Thursday, August 1898
Grace Hawkins Wolfers was born in Hopkins, Mo, Oct. 11, 1878, and died Aug. 5, 1898. She was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E .C. Wolfers, who, together with two sisters, Gertrude and Jessie, and two brothers, Linn and Robert, survive her.

Grace was a beautiful child and lived a pure, unselfish life. She was one of the best-educated girls in Hopkins, graduating from the High School here in 1895, and from St. Mary's School at Knoxville, IIl., last June. She was fond of literary pursuits, and, after resting a year, intended to take another course in some eastern institution.

She returned from Knoxville last June for the purpose of spending a year having a good time at home and had been planning for weeks for the joy and pleasure they would have in different ways around the family hearthstone, which makes her sudden and terrible death all the harder for her family to bear; but they have the sweet satisfaction of knowing that she was prepared to go, and is now dwelling with the angels, where there is no sickness, sorrow nor death.

While death is terrible under any circumstances, a case like this makes it doubly hard for the grief stricken family; but, in the language of another, the loved ones who are left behind have this one great fact to comfort them in their affliction—"that beyond this vale of tears there is a home where mortals weep no more " Grace is there, at rest beside the still waters of eternity, waiting patiently until time, on its wings, shall waft homeward to her side the beloved ones over whom she is now watching.

The sympathy of all is extended to the afflicted ones in this, their hour of almost unbearable grief. May they realize and know that the loved one sleeps sweetly, and dry their tears; for just over into eternity she waits beside the gate.


Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville, Missouri), Friday, May 16, 1958, p. 2
Miss Mary Wolfers, 78, Dies After Long Illness

Miss Mary Elizabeth Wolfers, 78, died about 7:30 p. m. yesterday at the St. Francis Hospital, where she had been a patient six weeks. Miss Wolfers had been ill for some time, suffering a lingering illness.

She was born Nov. 18, 1879, at Pickering, the daughter of the late Charles and Eliza Crandall Wolfers. She had resided all of her life in Pickering with the exception of the past eight years when she had been residing with her sister, Mrs. T. [homas] A. [lbert] Corken, Burlington Jct.

She was a member of the Pickering Methodist Church and the Burlington Jct. Garden Club.

In addition to her sister, Mrs. Corken, she is survived by a brother, Roy H. Wolfers, Long Beach, Calif.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday at the Methodist Church of Burlington Jct. with the Rev. Carlos Demarest, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Hopkins cemetery. The body is at the Hann Funeral Home, Burlington Jct.