Thursday, June 19, 2008

Rootbound in the Hills #141:
5 Jun 1990

by Rocky Macy

Gramma was an American beauty - and Rootbound has photographs to prove it. Please read on...

A recent raid on the flea markets netted three small protraits that need to find their way home to family members. The first, taken in June of 1898, is of four very attractive young ladies dressed in stiff and formal attire reading a newspaper. They were Jenny BERRY, Emma WILSON, Jennie BAIN, and Edna LAWRENCE. Photo number two shows a very somber girl, Kathryn BAIN (age eight or nine), and her little brother, Edwin. It was taken by C.A. PENNELL of Trenton, MO, in 1909. and the third photo is also of Kathryn BAIN. That likeness, captured on film just after World War I, depicts Kathryn as the emerging modern woman, replete with a sleeveless dress, long strands of beads, and bobbed hair.

Descendants of any of the individuals mentioned above should contact Rootbound in the Hills in care of this newspaper. We would like to get these photographs back into the pages of their respective family albums.

Ida MUNGER (P.O. Box 104, Marsing, ID 83639) is researching her g-g-g-g-g-grandparents, William Price CASEY (born 24 Jan 1826, KY) and Mary Ellen BALDRIDGE (born 11 July 1827). William was the son of Thomas and Susanna CASEY, both natives of Virginia. William and Mary Ellen (BALDRIDGE) CASEY were residents of Clinton County, IL, from 1840-1880. Mary Ellen died at Pea Ridge on 19 May 1887, and William passed away in the same community on 4 Feb 1898.

The CASEY children were born in Clinton County, IL, and most, if not all, migrated to Benton County, AR. They were: Mary Jane (born 1 Jan 1850; married Robert SANDERS on 26 July 1867 at Carlyle, Clinton County, IL), Alford S. (born 1860, Ira C. (1867), Ida (1870), and George W. (1872). The three youngest attended school at Buttram's Chapel in Benton County. Are descendants of the CASEY children still in the Ozarks?

James L. SPENCER (3712 Tanager Drive, N.E., Cedar Rapids, IA 52402) is searching for information on Watson LOWTHER who was born circa 1830 in Virginia and died in September of 1891 in Saratoga Springs, MO, near Southwest City, McDonald County, MO. He is also on the trail of Watson's brother, Arnold LOWTHER, and others with that surname who resided in the Ozarks. Which of our readers can assist James in his quest?

C. Don HOBSON (8 Hollow Way Drive, Bella Vista, AR 72714) reports that the 1930 senior class of Pittsburg, KS, High School will be holding its sixtieth class reunion this August. The reunion committee has lost track of the following individuals: Lucille BREIVOGEL DePRIEST, Helen FITTON HUTCHINSON, Marion SEABROUGH, Mary Jane MOFFATT BRANT, Francis RIORDAN, and V. Marie WAGAR. Those knowing the whereabouts of these good folks should contact G. Don at his home in Bella Vista.

Garland MACY, good friend and father of this columnist, has informed Rootbound that his old alma mater, Westview School, will hold an annual reunion along with Dessa and No. 4 Schools on June 9th. The doors will open at 4 p.m., and there will be a covered dish dinner at 6 p.m. with drinks, rolls, and table service furnished. A business meeting will be held at 7 p.m. those attending are encouraged to bring school pictures for display.

Westview School is located just off of Highway 60 between Neosho and Seneca, in Newton County, MO. At the time that my father attended it encompassed grades one through ten. He graduated there in 1940 and then moved to Neosho to finish high school. Dad, does it seem like fifty years?

Until next week...happy hunting!

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