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Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), May 6, 1897
David Bender, well known in Hopkins, having been in the hotel business here for years, died at his home in Sundance, Wyoming, April 27, aged 80 years. The Monitor in speaking of his death says:

Grandpa Bender had made his peace with God, and when death came it found him ready and waiting. He was rational to the last breath. He passed away as one going to sleep, closing his own eyes. His son and son's Wife have gained the admiration of their neighbors by their loving devotion to their aged parents.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), September 9, 1897
Died in a Well
Wm. Biggerstaff, aged 48 years, who is well known in Hopkins, having been employed on the section here under Fred Othman, met a horrible death near Sheridan last Saturday.

It seems he had been cleaning out a well for a Mr. Grace the day before his death, when he was rendered unconscious from the effects of damps, but this did not daunt him and he went back into the well the next day. He was again overcome and the men above started to draw him out. When within a few feet of the top, the deceased, being unable to hold to the rope longer, fell to the bottom of the well, a distance of about 50 feet, and, of course, was killed.

Mr. Biggerstaff had been recently converted, and was a hard worker in God's vineyard. The funeral services were held near Sheridan Sunday, after which the remains were brought here and laid to rest in the Hopkins cemetery.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), March 31, 1898
O. [rphice] E. [vander] Bugbee, who has been a resident of this township since 1875, died at his home east of Hopkins last Tuesday, aged 72 years. The funeral took place at the M. E. church this morning at 10 o'clock, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Hopkins cemetery. Obituary next week. 

Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), March 31, 1898



Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), April 4, 1898
Mrs. Lucina Butts, widow of the late Clay Butts, died of consumption at her home west of this city, Wednesday, March 30, 1898. The funeral was conducted on Thursday by Elder Jesse Kenan, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Hopkins cemetery. Mrs. Butts was a very estimable lady and leaves a wide circle of friends to mourn her loss.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), April 21, 1898
Obituary – Lucina Butts was born Jan. 31, 1859, and departed this life March 30, 1898. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Morehouse of near Hopkins. Eight months and twenty days preceding her death, occurred that of her husband, H. [enry] C. [lay] Butts. To them was born six children, the oldest, Mrs. Geo. Ulmer, being 16 years old and the youngest 15 months old. One year ago they were a happy family, now entirely broken up, but it is pleasant to know they were both Christians and those remaining need not mourn as those having no hope.

The father and mother, sister and brothers and a large concourse of friends were present at the funeral, conducted at the family home by the writer. She died of that dread disease, consumption, suffering for nine long weeks, being watched over day and night by a loving mother who did all that kind and loving hands could do.

Mrs. Butts was a noble, Christian woman and her loss will be keenly felt in the church and neighborhood.

To the family I would say, live Christ like as she did and you will be a reunited family in that home where parting is unknown.       J. J. Kenan


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri),Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), March 24, 1898
Died – The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Chambers was born March 17, and died March 18. It was sad to give him up but God doeth all things well.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), August 19, 1897
DIED. Annie May, wife of Chas. Clark, died July 27, 1897, aged 25 years and 24 days. She was born in Canton, Lincoln County, Dakota, and was the daughter of James and Ann Allison, who still reside in this county.

The deceased was married in 1891 and moved to a farm three miles east of Hopkins. She leaves a husband and four small children to mourn her loss.

The funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 28, at the Baptist church in Allison, the writer officiating, after which the remains were laid to rest in the New Hope cemetery, a large concourse of friends and neighbors being in attendance.

Her death was so sudden that it was a great shock to the community at large.

She was sick but one night, and suffered most excruciating pain, yet with resignation she endured it without a murmur until death released her from her great suffering. At times she was conscious and conversed freely about her condition.

She was a dutiful and affectionate wife and mother and her death left for her friends and kindred a forgiving and loving memory.

The Sabbath prior to her death, she and her family were in my congregation where she was a member, and her pale, yet beautiful face, as well as her marked attention to the sermon, I am sure will not soon be forgotten by those who saw her..

Mrs. Clark had many friends who loved and admired her and many a tear fell on that sad mournful day when the last tribute was paid to her earthly career.

She was a member of the Baptist church and attended as often as her circumstances would permit.

Her health had been very poor for some time, but this was particularly true the Monday before she died, her condition being such that a reputable physician of Hopkins, as I am informed, gave it as his opinion that she could not have lived; at all events he thought that death would follow.

She sprang from an estimable family, was well connected and had a good family history. Her brothers are among the most respected citizens where they reside, George, Milford and Milo live near Allison, Mo., Orlando at Sheridan, Mo. and John Alfred near New Market, Iowa. The good parents still reside near Allison. The sisters are most highly respected and enjoy sweet wifehood and motherhood, giving cheer and comfort to their respective households.

The parents, brothers and sisters enjoy the blessing of that highest of all rich gifts bestowed by our gracious Heavenly Father,---the highest that earth has seen---the Christian's hope, the religion of Christ, the Lord.     J. S. Carrington, Allison, Mo., July 27, 1897.

Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), February 14, 1895
DIED – DINSMORE. At her home near Gaynor City, Nodaway County, Mo., Feb. 6, 1895, Mrs. James Patterson Dinsmore, wife of Rev. Francis B. Dinsmore, in the 75th year of her age.

Mrs. Jane Patterson Dinsmore was born April 10, 1820 near West Alexander, Washington County, Pa. A child of the covenant, she was brought up under the pious training of godly parentage, together with the precious gospel ministrations of Rev. John McClusky, D. D., of precious memory.

In her early girlhood she applied for and obtained upon profession of her faith in Christ, full communion in the Presbyterian Church.

On the 3rd day of June 1847, she was united in the holy and sacred bonds of marriage with Rev. Francis B. Dinsmore, which relation was maintained until her death.

On the 10th day of November, 1847, she and her husband, together with ministerial and other Christian workers, left their native homes in Pennsylvania for the then new and sparsely settled state of Iowa to engage in various forms of Christian labor. In this new and wide field of Christian work the deceased, in her own quiet way, proved to be an efficient helper in gathering and otherwise building up churches, not only in some of the more prominent, but also in a goodly number of destitute and otherwise neglected places. Her vigilant eye and willing hands were frequently employed, even beyond her strength, to administer to the sick, the distressed, and many others needing help. Indeed, many with whom the prime of her days were thus spent did rise up to call her blessed; many of their children in later days delighting to honor and respect her.

That she was a kind and affectionate wife, safe in council and management of the affairs of life, a vigilant and tender mother, a frequent inquirer after and sympathizer with her neighbors in sickness and the trials of life, only those who know best in these various avocations of life can duly appreciate.

In 1872 she came to Nodaway County, Missouri, where she lived with her family until her death. Mrs. Dinsmore was the mother of seven children, of whom the oldest three passed on to the heavenly home in early childhood. Her husband, three sons and daughters, are bereaved indeed.

Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), December 2, 1897
Mrs. J. T. Disney – Lillie, wife of Joseph Disney, died at the Sisters hospital in St. Joseph, Mo., Friday, Nov. 26, 1897, and was buried from the Methodist Episcopal church in Hopkins, Sunday, Nov. 28, at 2 p. m., Rev. Danford preaching the sermon.

Mrs. Disney was born near Charleston, Tenn., in 1864 and removed with her parents, John Q. and Mary J. Blevins, to Linn County, Mo., in 1870 and from there to Hopkins in 1884. For months past Mrs. Disney has been afflicted with a tumor and the end came as a result of the surgical operation in removing it.

The services at the church were under the auspices of the Ancient Order of Pyramids, of which order she was an honored member. That she was known and loved by the community at large was attested by the large congregation that gathered at the church and that followed the remains to the city of the dead.

For thirteen years Mrs. Disney has been a member of the M. E. church. While, on account of her affliction, she was not often at church, she was full of faith and good works. To many, her memory is "like an ointment poured out."

[King, Jimmy]

Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), March 31, 1898

Uncle Jimmy King, one of the old landmarks of this county, died at his home south of town Tuesday night and will be buried today. He was over ninety years of age and had lived in this county over forty years.



Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), August 26, 1897

Obituary – Caroline Harmon, daughter of Alpheus and Huldah Harmon, was born in Erie County, Pennsylvania, May 27, 1823. She moved with her parents when quite young to Illinois. She was married to William A. Lincoln near LaHarpe, Hancock County, Illinois, May 23, 1850. They resided at the above named place until 1882 when they moved to their farm, 4 miles west of Hopkins, Nodaway County, Mo., where she died August 22, 1897. She leaves a husband and five children, two children having died in infancy. Those living are Charles W., Elisabeth J., Henry M., He[r]man C. [lyde], and Mrs. Alfaretta Alexander, all residents of Nodaway County. She was a faithful and affectionate wife, a kind and solicitous mother. She was modest and retiring in her manner, but firm in her convictions of right and wrong. She was religiously inclined from early girlhood, and united with the Christian church in 1865 of which she has since been a faithful member. Though a great sufferer for many months, she was very patient through it all.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Hopkins, May 23 [August 23], conducted by Elder Jesse Kenan, assisted by Elder Conner. She was laid to rest in the Hopkins cemetery.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), October 7, 1897

Gone to His Reward

John H. Lindsay, who has been suffering with a cancer for several years, died at the home of his son in this city on Monday, Oct. 4, 1897.

The funeral was held on Tuesday from the M. E. church, Rev. Danford, preaching the funeral discourse, after which the remains were taken to the family burying ground, near Allison, and laid to rest, Rev. Seelig conducting the services at the grave.

Mr. Lindsay had been a resident of this vicinity for ten years and was one of our leading and influential citizens and had many friends. He was well fixed financially, being vice-president of the Bank of Hopkins and having large landed estates. He leaves three children, one daughter, Mrs. Tom Jersey, and two sons, J. W. and Harry Lindsay. Obituary next week.



Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), October 14, 1897

John H. Lindsay was born in Howland, Penobscot County, Maine, Sept. 15, 1827, and died in Hopkins, Mo., Oct. 4, 1897. He moved to La Moille, Van Buren  [Bureau] County, Ill., in 1838. He went to California in 1852 and returned to LaSalle County, Ill., in 1856; was married to Amelia S. [ophia] DeWolf on Nov. 3, 1856. His wife died June 1, 1886, and the following spring he moved to Nodaway County, Mo., living on his farm six miles east of Hopkins and in April 1894 he moved to Hopkins and was married to Alice Edwards, who died the following year, since which time he had lived with his son, J. W. Lindsay. While still a young man he united with the Freewill Baptist church at Four Mile Grove, Ill., but after coming to Missouri he joined the M. E. church at Maple Grove, and afterwards by letter with the M. E. church of Hopkins. He leaves three children, Mrs. M. T. Jersey and Harry S. Lindsay, of Allison, and J. [ohn] W. Lindsay, of Hopkins. Mr. Lindsay was a good citizen, honest, upright and enterprising, and in his death, this community has lost a man who will be greatly missed. He was a consistent Christian and his friends and relatives have the satisfaction of knowing he has gone to a haven where there will be no more suffering, sickness, sorrow or death.



Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), October 7, 1897

Mrs. Chas. Lower died at her home west of Hopkins last Tuesday, with consumption. She was a stepdaughter of Mack Ulmer and a very estimable lady, having many friends in the community in which she resided. The husband has the sympathy of all in this his great bereavement.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), October 28, 1897

Obituary – Died, Oct. 6, 1897, of bronchial consumption, Mary Lower, wife of C.[harles] C. Lower, at her home west of Hopkins. She was the daughter of Mrs. Geo. M. Ulmer by her first husband, Geo. W. McGinnis. Deceased was born Oct. 11, 1868, being 29 years old, less 5 days, at time of her death. She united with the Baptist church at the age of 16. She was married to C. [harles] C. Lower Oct. 26, 1886, of which union are two little girls and a boy, the youngest being 6 years old.

She was patient in her sickness, never complaining of her lot. She said she was not lonesome if others were asleep for she had company and was praying. She told her mother she was ready to go and only felt sorry to leave her husband and children.

She, with her husband, spent part of the summer in Colorado, but to no purpose. She had known for some time the gravity of her case and was ready. What a comfort! In her death the community has lost a good neighbor, the husband an affectionate and helpful wife and the little children a mother. What is home without a mother to them? She was careful of the little ones in so many ways and her home was an evidence of much pains. Her life is photographed in her little girls and they will, though young have occasion to be thankful for her training. The family have the deepest sympathy of all.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Woods, of Pickering, who spoke in a very impressive manner. She was laid to rest in the Hopkins cemetery.

Her only sister, Susie, has just arrived and will stay with her mother for a couple of months.  H. W. H.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), October 21, 1897

Ham McCoy Dead

The sad news reached Hopkins yesterday announcing the death of Ham McCoy at his home in Chicago after a lingering illness of several months with cancer of the stomach.

Mr. McCoy is an old and respected citizen of Hopkins and at one time represented this county in the state legislature.

In 1872 he came here from Ohio, when Hopkins was in her infancy and did much towards building up the place.

He engaged in farming and stock raising and at one time was quite wealthy, owning two fine farms near here well improved and well stocked, but by unfortunate investments in western mining stock he lost the greater portion of his fortune some years ago and moved to Chicago where he engaged in the commission business.

Mr. McCoy was born in 1848, making him at his death 49 years of age. He leaves a wife and two children, Irma and Logan. He was for years a prominent and honored member of the Masonic lodge of this city and his death will be mourned by a wide circle of friends. He is a brother of Mrs. Harry Myers and Mrs. Robt. Hook of this place.

Mr. McCoy had $3,000 life insurance.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), May 27, 1897

Coroner Shearer was called to near Burlington Junction last Saturday to hold an inquest over the body of Chas. Matkins, who died very suddenly, only being sick a few hours. There were some symptoms of poison but the jury returned a verdict of "cause of death unknown." Matkins was a young man about 23 years of age and had been married but a few months. He was buried at Quitman on Sunday.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), September 2, 1897

Florence Pierce, who resided with her patients in Union block, near the depot, died last Saturday with that terrible disease, consumption, aged 18 years and four months. She had been sick about six months, but was patient in her sickness and suffering, winning the love of those around her. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Elder Seelig, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Hopkins cemetery.


Hopkins Journal, January 20, 1898
William Albert, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. U. W. Redman, was born Oct. 19, 1897 and died Jan. 8, 1898 with lung fever.


Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri), March 24, 1898

Obituary – Mrs. Flora B. Schuyley [Schuyler], wife of William Schuyler, died Monday, March 21, and was buried in the Baptist cemetery at Allison. Her infant child died a few hours before the mother and was buried in the same coffin with her, being placed in the mother's arms. It was a touching scene, to see the little one in the arms of the mother, as though they were both asleep. Rev. Seelig of Hopkins conducted the funeral services at the Maple Grove church.

The young couple were just getting started in life, having been married only about five or six years. Mrs. Schuyler leaves the husband, father and mother and several brothers and sisters and a wide circle of friends to mourn her loss. "The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

 [Wilson, Sam, Mrs]

Hopkins (Hopkins, Missouri), November 25, 1897
Mrs. Sam Wilson, who lived near where the old mill stood, died last Friday night, after a long and painful illness with rheumatism. She was a kind, patient lady, of a loving disposition, and leaves a husband and many friends to mourn her loss. The remains were interred in the Bedford Cemetery. The funeral services were conducted at the house by Elder Seelig.




Obituary - Died at his home in Polk Township, Taylor County, Iowa, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 1898, Andrew J. [ackson] Wolverton, aged 54 years, 11 months and 13 days.
Andrew J. [ackson] Wolverton was born in Parke County, Ind., resided there until 1874 and moved to Taylor County, IA., where he lived until his death. He was married to Miss Mary C. Jacobs, January 23, 1868; of this union nine children were born, five sons and four daughters, one daughter preceded him to that better land. He was cheerful to the last and bore his suffering without murmuring. Neighbors and friends bear witness to his honesty and liberality. During his sickness lots of friends came for miles around to see him and he appreciated their kindness greatly. When he bid us that sad good-bye he said not to forget these kind neighbors--how good they had been to him when that cancerous tumor was doing its deadly work. He said he was happy and longed for the end to come. Besides his children, he leaves a loving wife to mourn his loss. The funeral was conducted by Elder Simmons of Hopkins, by his request, after which the Masonic Order, of which he was an honored member, laid him to rest in the Willard graveyard to await the resurrection morn. An honest man is the noblest work of God.