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Obituaries for Irvin M. Calhoun (1860-1902)
From the Mexico Weekly Ledger dated Thursday, December 25, 1902; page 3, column 2.
Mexico, Audrain Co. MO
I. M. Calhoun Dead

At 2 p.m. Monday, December 22, I. M. Calhoun, aged 42 years, died at his residence in this city of pneumonia. Mr. Calhoun leaves a wife and four children - two little boys and two little girls. Deceased was highly respected by all of our people and the Ledger joins all in this community in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.
Funeral services over the remains of I. M. Calhoun, who died at his home in Mexico Monday afternoon, were held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at the late residence of the deceased; Rev. J. H. Prichett officiated. The pall bearers were W. S. Claggett, Grant Wright, W. A. Wayne, Frank Pearl, J. A. Brown and John Waugh. Interment was made in the Mexico Cemetery.

From the Auxvasse Review dated Thursday, December 25, 1902; page 1, column 7.
Auxvasse, Callaway Co. MO
I. H. Calhoun died at his home in Mexico, Mo., Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock. He was a brother-in-law of Mr. Edgar Threlkeld, formerly of Auxvasse.
NOTES: Irvin M. CALHOUN was born on or about December 1, 1860 and was a son of Robert Austin and Martha Rachel (CRAIG) CALHOUN. Irvin also had a brother Robert C. CALHOUN, born 1870, who married Vannie C. ELLER on 16 November 1892 in Audrain Co. MO. On 7 October 1885, Irvin married Miss Anna Marcella "Cellie" THRELKELD in Mexico, Audrain Co. MO. Cellie was a daughter of Marcellus and Elizabeth "Eliza" J. (SMITH) THRELKELD. Cellie was born about 1864 in Salt River Twp. of Audrain Co. MO in or near the Beaver Dam Community, a few miles south of Mexico. As given above, Cellie has a brother named Edgar THRELKELD. Her other brothers were Hiram and Thaddeus. Also as given above, Irvin M. CALHOUN died of pneumonia on December 22, 1902 at his home in Mexico, Audrain Co. MO; and was buried in Mexico on December 24, 1902.


CARNES, John Leander

CARNES, John Leander  1928- newspaper unknown
Funeral of John Carnes Held Friday
The funeral of John Leander Carnes, who died February 6 at his home near Littleby Baptist Church after a long illness was held from the home Friday, February 10, the Rev. H. B. Rice conducting the service.

Mr. Carnes was born in Ohio August 13, 1838. In 1859 he was married to Susan Frances Hall. The had seven children, only of two of whom are living. They are Mrs. Della McManamy of Rush Hill and Harry C. Carnes of Independence.

Besides his wife, son and daughter, he is survived by three brothers, George W. of Arkansas, James S. of Independence of B. Frank of Carner, Ill.

CLARKE, George Oliver

George Oliver Clarke

George Oliver Clarke, 89 of Mexico, formerly of Laddonia, passed away at 619 a.m. Feb. 19, 2004 at Audrain Medical Center, Mexico.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb 21 at Bienhoff Funeral Home at Laddonia with Reverend Tommy Barnhart officiating. Burial will be in the Laddonia Cemetery with military honors by Laddonia American Legion Post No. 510. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.

Mr. Clarke was born Dec. 12, 1914 in Plymouth County, Iowa, the son of Henry and Eva M. Burrill Clarke.

He was married to Bertha Shotwell on March 28, 1942 in Vandalia and she survives.

Other survivors include one son, George Clarke of O'Fallon; three daughters, Cheryl Schlemmer of Laddonia, Evelyn Ellis of Liberal, Kan., and Paula Vinyard of Mexico; a half brother, Ronald Hanssen of New London; a stepbrother, Melvin Hanssen of Wright City; one sister, Lois Sankpill of Cantonment, Fla.; five grandsons and three granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford Clarke; three stepbrothers, Harold Hanssen, Darrel Hanssen and Arlo Hanssen; one half sister, Beulah Waugh; and one stepsister, Virginia Towle.

Mr. Clarke was a life time area resident and member of the Laddonia Christian Church. He was a 1933 graduate of the Laddonia High School. He served as Postmaster at the Laddonia Post Office from January of 1954 until his retirement in March of 1975. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 510.  He loved his children and grandchildren and enjoyed gardening.

He served in the US. Army during World War II from Aug. 13, 1942 until Jan. 30, 1946 and attained the rank of corporal.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Laddonia Cemetery Association or the American Legion Post No. 510 or the charity of the donor's choice.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren


COIL, James A

Laddonia Hearld Feb. 16, 1899

James A. Coil Dead -- James A. Coil of southern Ralls county died yesterday. Deceased was born in 1829 --. His death was caused by apoplexy and he passed away surround by all his children: James A. Jr., having arrived from Lexington Ky; -- Deceased was the father our fellow townsmen Wm. U. Coil. Remains laid to rest in Lick Creek cemetery.

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Miss Mell Davis, 74 years old, died at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday morning at her home, 10 miles southwest of Mexico. Miss Davis fell and broke her left hip about ten weeks ago and she had been confined to her home since that time.
Deceased was born in Jefferson County, Ohio. She came to Missouri about 50 years ago and settled in this county where she lived the remainder of her life. Miss Davis was well known in Audrain County and her many friends will regret to know of her death.
She is survived by a brother, Johnson Davis, of this county.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 o'clock Thursday morning at the home. Burial will be made in Elmwood cemetery. [THE INTELLIGENCER Mexico, Mo., Thursday, October 21, 1920]

DAY, Margaret

Mrs. Margaret Day Dies At 67
Mrs. Margaret Marie Day, 67, of Mexico died at 7:37 p.m. Wednesday at Audrain Medical Center. She had been a patient two days. Services

will be Saturday at the Arnold Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Heidbrier officiating. Burial to be in Elmwood Cemetery. Mrs. Day was born

in Mexico on Sept. 12, 1917 to DeWitt and Minnie Bryan Tanner. She married Carl Day who survives in Kansas City. Other survivors include

one daughter, Ms. Wanda Day, Kansas City; one grandson, Darrell Day, and one great-grandson, Jeremy Day, both of Kansas City; two sisters, Mrs. George (Glessie) Carlyle, Thompson, and Mrs. Ruby Davis, Mexico. Mrs. Day had lived in Mexico about 6 years. (Mexico Ledger, 1985) Submitted by Ida Hepler




DEPPE, Clarence E

C.E. Deppe Dies At Age 84
Clarence E. Deppe, 84, of Vandalia, died at 1:18 a.m. today at Audrain Medical Center where he had been a patient for about a week. He had been a resident of the Tri-County Nursing Home for 18 months. Services will be Thursday in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vandalia with the Rev. John Walsh officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Deppe was born in St. Louis on July 16, 1900 to Fred E. and Katherine Hoeffner Deppe. He married Marie Mulroy in St. Louis in December 1919. She preceded him in death in July 1958. Survivors include three sons of Vandalia, Clarence E. Deppe Jr., Edwin Deppe, and Robert Deppe; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Two brothers and one great-grandson also preceded him in death. Mr. Deppe was a retired executive of the Harbison-Walker Refractories in Vandalia. After his retirement, he was a bookkeeper and accountant many years for the Waters Furniture Co. and Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia. He was a WWI veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the Sacred Heart Church and the American Legion. (Mexico Ledger 1-22-1985) Submitted by Ida Hepler




DEVANEY, Patrick

Patrick Devaney, 84 years old, died Thursday morning at six o'clock at his home two miles south of Rush Hill. He had been in ill health for several months and according to the attending physician his death was caused from complication of ailments and infirmities of old age.

Deceased was born in Ireland in 1836 and came to this country when a youth. He first settled in Pennsylvania and lived there until forty-five years ago when he purchased the farm he lived on at the time of his death. He was married to Miss Kate Gallaher of Laddonia, Mo., and eight children were born into this union of whom three died in infancy. The surviving children are: James Devaney, Commerce, Texas; Miss Sarah Devaney, Kansas City; Mrs. Mary Ann Erb, Mrs. C.S. Ray, Emmett, Mike and Miss Frances Devaney, all of Rush Hill, and John Devaney of St. Louis. All of the children except James, who is ill, were at the bedside of their father when he died.

Mr. Devaney was a devout member of the Catholic church and during the time he lived near Rush Hill he acquired a large following of friends who will join the relatives in mourning his death.

Funeral services was conducted Saturday morning at the Catholic Church by Rev. Timothy O'Sullivan. Burial was made in the Catholic cemetery. [THE INTELLIGENCER, Mexico, Mo., Thursday, March 11, 1920]





DORE, Frank

Frank Dore passed away at Audrain Hospital Tuesday morning where he had been seriously ill for several weeks.
Francis Lawrence Dore was born in Boston, Mass., Nov. 28, 1872. In 1886 he came to Missouri and spent the rest of his life in this locality. He was a miner by trade but retired several years ago.

He was first married to a Miss Reighley who passed away after a few years leaving two children, Mrs. Laura Bugg now of St. Louis and Robert Dore of Los Angles, Calif.
On December 20, 1902 he was married to Miss Ora Mae Sanders of Farber and to this union eleven children were born, there of whom Lena, James and Thelma preceded the fathre in death. Surviving are the devoted wife and the following children: Mrs. Lee LaBrayer, McAllen, Texas; Albert Dore, Granite City, Ill.; Edward Dore, Leavenworth, Kans,; Fred Dore, Perry; Morgan, Ray and June of the home. He also leaves ten grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at theLaddonia Christian Church with Rev. Bloebaum in charge and burial will be at Vandalia.

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Eric Duckworth, 71 years old, died Monday morning at 6 o'clock at his home one mile southwest of Benton City. The cause of his death was dropsy.
Deceased was born in the South end of Audrain county in 1849. In 1874 he was married to Miss Martha McDonald. After their marriage they settled on the farm where he lived at the time of his death.
Until several years ago, when he suffered a stroke of paralysis, Mr. Duckworth was one of the most active farmers and stockmen in the county. He was well and favorably known and his many friends will join the relatives in mourning his death.
Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, W. N. Duckworth of Benton and one sister, Mrs. James Locke of south of Mexico.
The funeral was held at the Union Chapel church south of this city Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock. THE INTELLIGENCER, Mexico, Mo., Thursday, March 11, 1920 pg. 1 column 2]



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