I’m going to put this week’s blog schedule right up at the top so that I can get into the updates down below. If you’re here just for this week’s blog schedule you won’t need to read the updates that way. The updates are for Bart’s paternal family, and my paternal AND maternal families.
The schedule for this week is:
Monday: On 23 April 1874, Bart’s paternal great grandfather, George PAGE, was born. On Monday we’ll celebrate his life.
Wednesday: On 25 April 1867, my paternal 3rd great grandparents, Quincy and Elizabeth Emoline (STEPHENSON) BELL, were married. I’ll be blogging about them on this anniversary date.
This past week I took a day off from work and went to Joplin, Missouri to visit Bart. He is working there right now and since we both have family from that area, I thought I would go and do some research while he was at work and then visit him in the evenings. I spent a few hours in the Joplin Public Library on Friday. I only looked at 3 books but I think I found one of Bart’s relatives in a book entitled, Mine Accidents and Deaths, Jasper County, Missouri, 1868-1906. If it pans out, I’ll be sure to include a post about it here on the blog. After the library, I pulled up one of my old blog posts (Small Town- David Alexander Cawyer and Mary S. Case (and Paralee and Emma) and decided to drive to as many of the addresses as I could find from that post. The map shows the addresses to be close together but driving those short distances really brought home the fact that David lived in a very small area. I was able to drive to four of the home sites: 218 St. Louis, which connected to 203 St. Charles which connected to 209 Highland and then 1511 Hill St was a few blocks over. The homes in the area that haven’t had siding put on (or been renovated) show their age. This seems to be a really old area of town. The area lies to the West of Northpark Mall. I also drove around some of the Villa Heights area but I had no exact address for where David lived in Villa Heights. It was interesting to see the places for myself. I’m including photos below.
Above is where I think the Saint Louis street location is. It’s an empty lot right now.
Above is the Highland Street address. It looks like they removed the large tree that was hiding the house when Google last photographed it.
The above two images are of the intersection where the Saint Charles Street home used to stand. Ginger was checking out the walkers. 🙂
The Hill Street home burned down a few years ago and nothing has been rebuilt there.
The Villa Heights area is bounded on one side by 7th Street.
You know you’re in the right area because Villa Heights Christian Church still exists. I’m not sure if this area is marked on current maps but you can find it on historical maps.
Before leaving the area, I visited the closest cemetery, Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. I drove around a while but the cemetery is huge. I gave up and went to the office but it was locked up.
On Saturday, I went to the cemeteries to decorate some of the graves. I first went out to Reeds, Jasper County, Missouri to Reeds Cemetery. I decorated the graves of my paternal 3rd great grandfather Jehue BAKER and his second wife, Lillie (LOWERY) BAKER. My most recent post about Jehue is here.
Next, I traveled to Peace Church Cemetery- a very old cemetery in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri. It’s on the Northeast side of Joplin. The last time I went was at least 10 years ago and it was very overgrown. Only a small portion of the cemetery was viewable at that time. At that time, my mom and I were unable to locate the grave of my maternal 2nd great grandmother, Lucinda (DOW) ALBIN GIBSON JONES GATEWOOD. Lucinda was the first person I blogged about when I decided to blog more consistently. You can see that post on the old blog section at Livejournal here.
I was surprised that when I arrived on Saturday there was a crew of about 20 or so people cleaning up the cemetery. There was quite a bit more of the cemetery that was viewable this time as compared to when my mom and I came previously. I was able to speak with the husband and wife- Jim and Kay BEELER- who organize clean up of the cemetery. I still didn’t find Lucinda’s grave but I did learn about their clean up efforts and appreciate their doing it. While there I photographed a young man- Aiden EVANS- who was helping to clean up the cemetery. He told me he is responsible for cleaning the area where his EVANS ancestors are buried and he showed me a few graves right behind me that he said were his people. I met his mom, Vonn EVANS, and she told me about their efforts and gave me permission to use Aiden’s photo on the blog. While I was there someone from a media outlet was there to interview Jim BEELER about the clean up efforts. I was glad to see them getting some publicity. In case any of them decide to search for this blog post and read it, I want to say to them- THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
I wish I would have checked my photo of Aiden before leaving. I didn’t realize his eyes were closed. Aiden’s a good kid. I’m proud of him for helping out!
Above is Jim Beeler being interviewed. I didn’t ask anyone to spell their names so I hope I haven’t gotten the names misspelled too badly!
The next stop was Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. Their office was still closed and the so I figured I would call them this week and see if they have a list of burials.
The final cemetery stop was Forest Park Cemetery. I placed flowers on the graves of James and Martha (my maternal 3rd great uncle and aunt- the son & daughter-in-law of Charles George and Synthia Arrena (FOSTER) SEELY. James went by Frank and his nephew was Preston SEELY. I wrote a blog series about Press and it is still one of my favorites. If you have time, go read about the duel he had with William PETTY over a girl. The series is entitled “Jealousy and Bad Whiskey, OR Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight”. You can find the first post in that series here.
I only decorated one grave at Forest Park because I ran out of time. I’ll have to get the others on another day. For now, I have other things that need to get done.
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives blog.