by Rocky Macy
Rootbound has been out prowling through the area flea markets again, and this time we've come up with a little metal box of records and receipts which were the original property of the H.H. STRONG family of Granby, MO. The two items of greatest genealogical significance in the box were marriage certificates honoring the union of Henry H. STRONG of Jasper County, MO, and his bride, Susie REBER of Newton County, MO. Their marriage occurred on 9 Feb 1901 at the home of Susie's father, Edward F. REBER.
The reverse side of one of the marriage certificates has a good deal of family history. It states that Henry H. STRONG was born 6 Jan 1876 in Douglas County, MO. Susie REBER came into this world in Berks County, PA, on 27 April 1879. Her father, Edward F. REBER died 3 Mar 1938 in Ritchey, MO, and her mother, Loand (?) REBER passed away on 7 Dec 1938, also in Ritchey.
Henry and Susie had ten children: Leland O. (born 10 Feb 1902, Carthage, MO; died 7 Oct 1911), Emmit T. (born 4 Oct 1904, Sarcoxie, MO; died 27 May 1913), Dora F. (born 5 Dec 1906, Fayetteville, Ar; married Mr. TURNER on 15 Aug 1926;), Gertie A. (born 5 Oct 1908, Fayetteville, AR; married Clem CUNNINGHAM on 21 June 1936), David M. (born Jan 1911, Newton County, MO; married Grace PUTMAN on 9 Feb 1936), Velma R. (born 16 Oct 1913, Newton County, MO; married Ray Ratliff on 9 Feb 1936 - perhaps a double wedding with David and Grace?), Hubert C. (born 1 April 1915, Ritchey, MO; married Pauline BAKER on 31 Dec 1944), Maie N. (born 1 June 1917, Newton County, MO; married Glen HAWK in November of 1936), Henry H. (born 14 Feb 1920, Newton County, MO; married Esther STAGE in June of 1941), and Ruth M. (born 25 April 1922, Newton County, MO; married Fred OWING).
The little metal box also has various tax, gas, and hospital receipts for Henry and Susie up through the early 1960s - at which time they were living near Granby. Rootbound would be very happy to return this family treasure to the first direct descendant of Henry and Susie STRONG who comes forth with a reimbursement a reimbursement of the three dollars and fifty cents that we paid the lady at the flea market. Heirlooms don't get much cheaper than that!
The Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation (RNCIC) of Fayetteville, AR, is trying to raise funds to purchase 4.5 acres of land adjacent to the National Cemetery in Fayetteville. Unless additional land for the cemetery is acquired, the RNCIC reports that existing burial spaces will be depleted in 1990. the added land should insure burial space until the year 2050. Persons interested in contributing to this worthy cause should contact the group's president, Elvie HEINEY (5688 E. Huntsville Road, Fayetteville, AR 72701).
It's unlikely that any of our readers would need a good excuse to visit Eureka Springs, AR, but if you do, consider this: The Arkansas Genealogical Society will hold its 1989 fall seminar on November 3rd and 4th at the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs. The main speaker at the Saturday session will be Marsha HOFFMAN RISING, a nationally known certified genealogist from Springfield, MO. Her topic will be "How To's of Hunting in the Hills." For further information, write (quickly) to Carolyn Earle BILLINGSLEY at 270 Midland Road, Alexander, AR 72002. Rootbound will be there - and so should you!
Good friend Raymond E. JEFFRIES (Jeff-Gen Research, P.O. Box 369, Pea Ridge, AR 72751) has also been out rummaging through the flea markets. Ray has found a framed certificate from the Monett (MO) Public Schools which "certifies that Mildred NORTHERN has completed the course of study prescribed by the grammar department of public schools of Monett, MO, and is entitled to admission to the high school." The certificate was granted on 20 May 1921 and was signed by Daisy JOHNSON (teacher) and Guy H. CAPPS (superintendent of schools). Ray will return the certificate to a relative of Mildred's for reimbursement of the purchase price (he didn't say how much he gave) and postage.
And if we don't run into each other in the flea markets, let's at least keep in touch through the mail! Write to Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. Our mail backlog is growing, but we will answer every letter - sooner or later!