Obituaries of Nodaway County, Missouri
(transcribed by Pat O'Dell:



Asa Broyles Dies at Home of His daughter, Mrs Ellen Eslinger - Funeral Wesley Chapel.

Asa Broyles, one of the oldest Nodaway County residents passed away last evening at 5 o'clock, at the home of his daughter, Mrs Ellen Eslinger, 1207 East Second street, following an illness of three weeks of a complication of diseases. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock at the Wesley Chapel Church and will be conducted by Rev F. J. Mapel, pastor of the Methodist Church, South. Burial will be in the Cain Cemetery. Mr Broyles was eighty-seven years of age and had been in failing health for more than a year. Until two years ago, he had lived west of Maryville for more than 50 years. Since that time he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs Ellen Eslinger, who with another daughter, Mrs Martha Thompson of near Parnell, and a son Charles A. Broyles of Wilcox, survive. His wife passed away three years ago.

The Maryville Tribune, Maryville, Missouri, Wednesday, December 8, 1920



Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept 25, at the Schnerkinger-Johnson & Govier Bros chapel for Asa J. Broyles, 87, of Broken Bow [Nebraska], who died Saturday, Sept 22, 1962. The Rev Phillip K. Gardner of Broken Bow officiated.

Three selections, "The Old Rugged Cross," "Rock of Ages," and "Beyond the Sunset" were sung by Roy Fauquet, accompanied by Mrs Ralph Thompson, organist.

Interment followed committal rites at the Broken Bow cemetery. Pallbearers were Calvin Burdick, Tom Connely, Mark Parker, Jules Moseley, O.V. Hobbs and Roy Alspaugh, all long-time friends of the deceased.

Asa Jefferson Broyes, son of Jefferson and Angeline Broyles, was born on March 3, 1875, at Maryville, Nodaway county, Mo., and died Saturday, Sept 22, 1962, at the Community hospital in Broken Bow, Nebr., at the age of 87 years, 6 months and 19 days.

He was united in marriage to Nellie Martin on April 15, 1896, at Wilcox, Mo., and to this marriage four sons and three daughters were born. They made their home on a farm near Skidmore, Mo., until 1903, when they came to Custer county, Nebr., where they made their home on the farm until 1945 when they took up residence in Broken Bow.

Mr Broyles was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nellie, who died on April 17, 1955; and by three sisters.

Custer County Chief, Broken Bow, Nebraska, Thursday, Oct 4, 1962




Clarence Samuel Hammond was born in Nodaway County, Mo., October 14, 1880, and died September 30, 1915, being 35 years, 11 months and 16 days old. He was married to Miss Etta Howard, March, 1902. To this union five children were born, four of whom are living. The children are: Everett, Ruth, Howard and Francis. He leaves to mourn with his family, his mother, Mrs Martha Thompson and one brother and one sister. They are: Lewis Hammond, who lives six miles west of Maryville and Mrs Oliver Howard of Maryville. He is also survived by his grandparents, Mr and Mrs Asa Broyles and an aunt, Mrs Ellen Eslinger. Clarence was a good boy and was liked by everyone who knew him. Besides his relatives he leaves a host of friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock at Wesley Chapel and will be conducted by Rev M. DeWitt of Skidmore. Burial will be in Cain Cemetery.

The Weekly Tribune, Maryville, Missouri, Oct 7, 1915


James Hammond, a farmer of Polk township, aged 31 years, lost his life last Thursday while digging a well on his farm. It appears that the well had been sunk some forty feet, when Hammond, with a view of blasting a rock, was let down to the bottom of the well by means of a rope and windlass. Desiring to come up he was drawn up to very near the surface of the ground when he cried out to his brother-in-law who had charge of the windlass to help him. Having to hold the windlass, he could not let go or reach him and the unfortunate man fell back into the well, striking his head on a stone at the bottom thus inflicting injuries from which he died in a few hours. Coroner Phillips held an inquest on the remains. Deceased leaves a wife, but no children.

The Nodaway Democrat, Sept 14, 1882


The Death of Mr Thomas Hepburn.

Thomas Hepburn was born in Scotland in January 1803, emigrated to Canada in 1850 and from there to the United States in 1870. He settled in Nodaway county, Mo., where he continued to reside until April, 20th, 1881, when he was called from labor to reward, to exchange time for eternity and the cross for the crown. He had been a worthy and acceptable member of the Presbyterian church since his twenty-eighth year. He was married to his now bereaved companion, who survives to mourn his loss, almost fifty-two years ago. The aged pair lived to celebrate their golden wedding with their children, grand children and friends about them, and now he has gone to the city of pure gold, while his aged companion is treading upon the crumbling verge of time, patiently and calmly waiting to rejoin him and other firends in Heaven. He had been a sufferer from neuralgia during the last forty years of his earthly pilgrimage, yet he was patient and resigned, willing to suffer as well as do the will of his Heavenly Father. For the past few months he had been confined to his house, and when the summons came, was ready to answer with joy rather than grief. In his death the wife of his youth and old age has lost a good husband, the children a good father, the State a good citizen, and the church a worthy and consistent member. But their loss is his gain and they mourn not as those who have no hope.

The funeral took place at his residence on the 21st., the sermon being preached by the writer from Thess.IV., 13-18, in the presence of a large company of friends. - J. Moorhead

HOPKINS JOURNAL, Hopkins, Missouri, Apr 30, 1881



Longtime County Resident Died in Broken Bow

Mr Jesse L. Broyles, of Broken Bow, Nebraska, 74 years of age, died in the Community Hospital in Broken Bow on Tuesday, November 7, 1972, where he had been hospitalized for several weeks.

He is survived by his widow, Anna Belle (nee Leibhart) Broyles of Broken Bow, and by three sons, Warren Broyles of California, Charles of Greeley, Colorado, and Jesse Broyles, Jr., of Loveland, Colorado; by two sisters, Mrs George (Ethel) Cox of Broken Bow, Nebraska; and Mrs Beulah Hodges of LaJolla, Arizona; and by three brothers, Robert "Bob" Broyles of Oconto, Nebraska, Arthur J. Broyles of Jacksonville, Oregon, and Asa Broyles of Wichita, Kansas, and other relatives.

Funeral services were held at the Govier Brothers Mortuary Chapel in Broken Bow, Nebraska at 2 pm on Thursday, November [no date] with Rev Oliver W. Brock, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Broken Bow, Nebraska officiating.

Interment was made in the cemetery at Broken Bow, Nebraska, with Memorials suggested to the new Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center. Govier Brothers Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

Jesse Louis Broyles, the oldest son of Asa Jefferson Broyles and Nellie (Martin) Broyles, was born on June 8, 1898 near Marysville, Missouri. As a young child, he moved to a farm in Custer County, Nebraska. The family later moved to Kansas. Then, they returned to the Broken Bow, Nebraska community.

In November, 1915, he married Mary Houser. They were parents of three sons.

On December 10, 1935, at North Platte, Nebraska, he married Anna Belle Leibhart of Merna, Nebraska.

Jesse worked on the Frank Cramer farm for several years. In 1943, he and his wife moved to Broken Bow and there he established a waste disposal business, which he continued in for 20 years. In later years, he maintained a leaf-chopping service and was semi-retired.

He had been a member of the Elks Lodge No 1688 at Broken Bow for 16 years.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Nellie Fleming. Beside his wife, 3 sons, 2 sisters and 3 brothers, he is also survived by 14 grandchildren and by several great grandchildren.

Custer County Chief, Broken Bow, Nebraska, Nov 23, 1972

Armada Rahe, 95, Maryville, died Thursday, July 30, 1992 at Maryville [Missouri] Health Care Center.
Born April 12, 1897 in Arkansas to Lois Smith, she was a homemaker.
She married William C. Rahe in Omaha, Neb. in 1925.
Mrs Rahe was a member of the Lutheran Church, Omaha.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother and one sister.
Survivors include two daughters, Delores May James Spoonemore, Blanca, Colo and Betty Schluter, Hopkins; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held today at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Omaha, Neb.
Services were under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home, Maryville.
Maryville Forum, Maryville, Missouri, Aug 3, 1992

Died, at the residence of his uncle, Mr William G. Reed, of Independence township, Alexander R. Reed, of Henry county, Ills, of typhoid fever, on the 27th ult. The deceased arrived at Hopkins on the morning of February 10th and was an acquaintance and guest of R.M. Simmons. He was taken ill on the second evening after his arrival, and although his disease yielded to treatment, he did not seem to entirely recover. A few days later he went to Pickering, to visit an uncle, Mr Joseph Adcock, who resides there. While there he was again taken sick and seemed to be seized with a premonition of death, saying frequently, "I don't think I shall live long; I wish I had remained at home." Efforts to arouse him from this depression were unavailing, and he finally determined to attempt to reach home as soon as he should have paid his uncle Mr W.G. Reed, a brief visit. On the 17th of March, while at his uncle's house, he again found it necessary to call medical aid, and the disease which had been lingering about him developed itself, and on the 27th he breathed his last, surrounded by many sorrowing friends and relatives. He was fully conscious to the last and seemed to have no fear of death. The funeral took place on the 29th ult., from W.G. Reed's residence, and the services were conducted by Elder R.M., Simmons, who delivered a sermon from the last two verses of the third chapter of Philomen. A large assembly of friends and relatives were present, and the remains were consigned to the Dougherty cemetery in Independence township. The deceased, had he lived, would have been nineteen years old on the 21st of June. The sorrowing mother and relatives have the sympathy of the entire community in this their sore affliction.

The Hopkins Journal, Hopkins, Missouri, Saturday, April 9, 1881


Death of Mrs Mary J. Stewart

Died, on Saturday, June 11th, at her residence in this city, Mrs Mary J. Stewart, wife of Mr A.V. Stewart, aged thirty-nine years, of pulmonary consumption. The deceased was born in Dark county, Ohio, her name before marriage being Mary J. Hickman. At an early age she removed with her parents to Clark county, Iowa, and was married in Harrison county, Mo., in 1862. In the same year she contracted the measles and the disease of which she died may be said to date from that time. About eight years ago she removed with her husband to this city and has since resided here, winning many warm friends and the esteem of all who knew her. She was taken ill about fourteen weeks ago, and until the time of her death, was confined to bed continuously. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, the service being performed by Rev R.A. McKinley, of Bedford, at the home, in accordance with her request before death.

Mrs Stewart was a member of the Christian church, with which she had united at the age of thirteen, and in which she had consistently lived during her whole subsequent life. Her end was peaceful, and all the details for her funeral and the future of her family were made by her with calmness and resignation. She leaves a bereaved husband and four children to mourn her loss, and many friends regret her untimely demise. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon at just the hour when the storm which has cast a gloom upon the surrounding country, was gathering, yet in spite of the threatening weather an unusually large concourse of people testified their esteem for the deceased and their sympathy for the surviving family by following the remains to their last resting place.

The Hopkins Journal, Hopkins, Missouri, June 18, 1881



Mrs Jane Ellen Thull, 82, life-long resident of Nodaway county, who lived at 210 East Edwards street, died at 3:05 o'clock Monday afternoon at the St Francis hospital where she was admitted two hours earlier. She had been in failing health for several years and suffered a heart attack Monday. She had lived in Maryville 17 years, and her husband, Nicholas Thull, to whom she was married Jan 29, 1891, in St Mary's Church, Maryville, died May 27, 1947.

Mrs Thull, born Nov 1, 1871 west of Maryivlle is survived by one daughter, Mrs Robert Ramsey, Hopkins [Missouri]; three sons, Ernest Thull, Phoeniz, Ariz; Paul Thull, Des Moines [Iowa]; Rodney Thull, Maryville; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Asa Broyles, Broken Bow, Nebr., and one sister, Mrs D.T. Dalrymple, Stanberry [Missouri].

The Rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock tonight at the Price funeral home and funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning at the St Mary's church of which she was a member and burial will be in the St Mary's cemetery.

The Maryville Daily Forum, Maryville, Missouri. Tuesday Evening, May 25, 1954



Among the out-of-town persons who attended funeral services for Mrs Nick Thull, held this morning at St Mary's Church were Mr and Mrs Elmer Hanna and Mr and Mrs Champ Rice, Pickering [Missour]; Galen Ulmer, Hopkins [Missouri], and Mr and Mrs Dave Dalrymple, Stanberry [Missouri].

The Maryville Daily Forum, Maryville, Missouri. Thursday Evening, May 27, 1954


Vetra Louise Constant, 86, Sheridan [Missouri], died Tuesday, Nov 8, 1994, at Heartland East Hospital, St Joseph [Missouri].

Born June 20, 1908, near Skidmore to Seneca and Ethel Reavis VanAusdall, she had been an elementary school teacher in Nodaway and Worth counties and has served as teacher's aid and cook in the Sheridan and Grant City schools.

She married Dale H. Constant, Nov 27, 1928, in Sheridan.

Ms Constant graduated from Burlington Junction High School and attended Northwest Missouri State Teachers College in Maryville, where she received her teaching certificate and had lived in the Sheridan area since 1928. She was a member of the United Methodist church and the United Methodist Women of Sheridan; and the Stitch and Chatter Club of Sheridan.

She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant son, Jimmy Constant; one brother, Vernon VanAusdall; and one sister, Verneda Nelson.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Constant of Sheridan, and Roy Constant of Centerview; three daughters, Leta McMartin of Sheridan, Doris Chancellor of Raymore, and Willa Wilson of St Joseph; one brother, Ivor VanAusdall of Maryville; two sisters, Wilma Thomas of Amarillo, Texas, and Cleo Nell Farley of Amarillo, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation is currently under way at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, Grant City. The family will receive friends after 10 a.m., Saturday, at the United Methodist Church, Sheridan.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, at the United Methodist Church, Sheridan.

Burial will be in Sheridan Cemetery, Sheridan.

Arrangements are under the direction of Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, Grant City.

Maryville Forum, Nov 10, 1994